Jerome Moses Lench
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October 23, 1925 - February 17, 2014 Jerome Moses Lench, 88, of Santa Clarita, CA died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones after a long illness on February 17, 2014. He was born in New York, October 23, 1925, to the late Max and Rose Lench. "Jerry" attended Erasmus High School and graduated from Midwood High School. At age 17 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in France (as an interpreter) and later in Germany. After the war, he moved to Southern California where he resided until his death. He graduated from Los Angeles City College where he met his beloved wife, Judy. They were happily married for 54 years until her death in 2006. Jerry was an enlightened, educated, gentleman who spoke seven languages but excelled in French, Spanish and Yiddish. A staunch Democrat, he campaigned for Harry Truman, and went on to run other political campaigns. He later formed a public relations company, Jerry Lench and Assoc. and represented the Musicians Union, Retail Clerks Union, and the Jewish National Fund. He planted many trees in Israel. A world traveler, he and Judy cruised to Hawaii and the Caribbean, explored Europe, and made dear lifelong friends in the United Kingdom, and enjoyed Mexico and Canada. He loved music, theater, politics, people and was generous, supportive, fun, and funny. He can best be described as a "bon vivant." He is famous in the Santa Clarita Valley for singing "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime" and was an accomplished emcee and comic. See his many jokes on youtube.com. Type "Jerry Lench" and laugh! He is preceded in death by his dear brothers and their wives, Dave (Anita), Ben (Sylvia) and Bob (Laura) and his brother in-law Mort Laine. He is survived by his sister, Freda Laine, children, Daniel Lench (Lisa) of Burbank, Katherine Lench-Meyering (Ralph) of Santa Clarita, grandchildren, Raleigh, Alexandra, Max, Dylan, Michael, and Danielle, his nieces Madeline (Ira), Barbara, Lisa, and nephew, Richard (Rachail) and many great-grand children. There will be a private service for family and friends at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please plant a tree in Israel for Jerry. They say, when an old man dies, a library burns down. Seven libraries (one for each language he spoke) burned with his passing. Au Revoir, Jerry¿we love you so.

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Published in Los Angeles Times on Feb. 21, 2014.
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March 5, 2014
We made a friend. Jerry's spirit will remain long after his passing. Such is the legacy of remarkable men. It is a pleasure to have known him and his family. Rest in Peace.
Patrick Delbar
February 25, 2014
Kindly old uncle Jerry, missing you.
B Merino
February 23, 2014
We miss you every day.
Katherine Lench-Meyering
February 22, 2014
Count me among those moved by Jerry's rendition of "Brother Can You Spare a Dime."
Joe Mulroy
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