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Steve Wachsner


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Steve Wachsner Obituary
July 30, 1924 - December 31, 2016 Steve was 92 when he passed peacefully in the early morning on New Year's Eve. He was born Heinz Egon, to a loving family in Breslau, Germany. Life became more difficult and tragic with the rise of the Nazis in Germany. He was lucky to survive, and left Germany to London on the Kindertransport in July 1939. His family went to Shanghai; he never saw his mother again. Steve was fiercely independent, and supported himself from the age of 15. He worked as a tailor in London, and when he became of age, entered the British Army in Intelligence. He fought in both D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge. He participated in covert actions, prisoner interrogations, and liberation. He joined his parents in Hollywood in 1949. He became reacquainted with his soon to be wife in 1949. They had both come from Breslau, and gone to the same elementary and middle schools. She named him "Steve" when he became an American citizen. Steve worked in the shoe business for 60 years as a salesman, manager, executive, and small business owner. Steve and Mary-Ann had known each other for 87 years, and were married for almost 65 years! He leaves behind Mary-Ann as well as his adoring family of two children, Robin (Susan) and Gary (Amy), two grandchildren (Emily and Adam), six nieces and nephews, and many grand-nieces and -nephews. Steve loved the gym, traveling, Dodger baseball, and the racetrack. He worked into his 80's, did advanced aerobics until he broke his hip at 88, and was an incredible role model for his children, grandchildren, and "adopted" children. He donated many personal items to the Holocaust Museum in Berlin, and spoke there to middle school students with Mary-Ann. May we never forget. Steve was a survivor, quietly fierce, with integrity, kindness, honesty, loyalty, and generosity. He led by example. Services Sunday, January 8, 11:30 a.m. at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills. In lieu of flowers, please donate to in his name.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 4 to Jan. 7, 2017
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