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Yetta Shaner


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Yetta Shaner Obituary
July 18, 1919 - May 31, 2016 Yetta Shaner, a longtime resident of Upland, Calif., died peacefully at age 96 in Santa Monica, Calif. Predeceased in 2014 by Sydney Shaner, her husband of 69 years, she is survived by her sons Roderick, Malcolm and Andrew, 3 daughters-in-law and 6 grandchildren. Yetta was born in Vilnius, Lithuania to Chaim and Devorah Kraus, and fled to Montreal at age 6 with her parents and sister to start new lives. Despite poverty and the early loss of her mother, she thrived in her new homeland, with a zest for family, friends, music, art and skiing. In 1945, she married Sydney after he returned from overseas service in World War II. Sydney completed his medical studies and the young couple moved to California, a place they forever considered paradise. They settled in Upland, where Yetta devoted herself to managing life for Sydney and raising the three boys and their dog. She was active in PTA, the Great Books Society, and the West End Symphony League. Her social circle included the Fontana Kaiser Permanente wives, many of whom lived nearby. Her keen wit lit up a room. She was a wonderful mother: loving, always available, chauffeuring, cooking, and generously opening her home to family friends. As the boys grew up, she and Sydney traveled the world. Later, she served as capable advisor and babysitter of grandchildren. She volunteered at the Old Timers Senior Center, where she entertained for hours at the center and on day trips to Las Vegas. To the end of her long life, she concerned herself with the welfare of her children, their families, and Sydney. She remained always ready to dance, smile and engage others with often poignant and sage advice. Sydney commented that she was the kindest person he has ever known. Those who knew her understood exactly what he meant.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 17 to July 24, 2016
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