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Stephen S. Klevens

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Stephen S. Klevens Obituary
September 23, 1942 - January 5, 2016 Stephen Sheldon Klevens M.D., Ph.D., beloved husband, father, physician, and friend, died Tuesday, January 5th, with his family by his side. He was 73 years old. He is survived by his deeply-loved wife, Nancy, of 47 ½ years. He was the devoted father of David Klevens (Cheryl) and Alisa Yungerman (Ethan). His grandchildren are the twins, Chase and Cody Klevens (6), Isaac (3) and Orli (7 months) Yungerman. He had a very full and rich life that was cut much too short. His family, friends, and community were enriched by his life and are greatly diminished by his passing. Steve was a caring, compassionate man of great heart, wisdom, and strength. He was a gifted psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. Dr. Klevens touched the lives of thousands, helping to guide them through their most challenging moments. Steve and Nancy led a joyous and happy life together. They traveled the world, had weekly date nights, spent evenings at the philharmonic, and always loved going to the movies. Wonderful dinners with close friends and monthly get-togethers with their beloved havurah enriched their lives. They had a deep and abiding love and respect for each other. Steve adored being a dad and a Zayde (grandfather). He sang Hebrew songs to his children when they were young and continued that tradition with his grandchildren. He taught his children to love nature - summers on the beach and yearly camping trips - and his grandkids will also walk those trails and feel renewed. Steve loved being Jewish, celebrating Shabbat and Jewish holidays with his family, and imparted to his children the importance of tradition and living a life of tikkun olam (repairing the world). Steve is also survived by his brother, Joel Klevens (Susan) and their family; sister-in-law Stanlee Rubin (Jerry) and their family; step-brothers Marvin Leon and Lloyd Fradkin and their families. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, or Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2016
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