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Culver Resident Silverstein Dies at 94


October 15, 2015

Lester Silverstein, 75-year resident of Culver City, passed away peacefully at the VA Hospital on September 30 after a brief illness.

Lester was born 94 years ago in St. Paul, MN and grew up in Antigo, WI. After attending two years at University of Wisconsin, he moved to California in 1940, where he met his wife, Ethel.

He built his house in the Carlson Park neighborhood in 1946, when he returned from Army Air Corps service during World War II. It was there, with Ethel, that he created a good life for himself and his children, Susan and Michael.

He owned Quality Shoes, a retail shoe store in Los Angeles, for over 30 years before representing the Florsheim Shoe Company until he retired.

Lester was blessed to have had enduring marriages to Ethel (44 years) and Barbara (25 years).

Lester and Barbara were very active together in Culver City life. Lester was a long-time member of the Culver City Historical Society and the Culver City Homeowners Association. He was a regular attendee and volunteer at many events at the Culver City Senior Center, as well as Fiesta La Ballona and worked on several successful campaigns for City Council candidates.

Lester was an avid Dodgers fan since 1958 and always attended several games each season. He was an active member of the Masonic Lodge, the Shriners and Temple Beth Am, having served as President of the Men's Club and on the Board of Directors of the Temple.

Lester is survived by his wife Barbara, children Susan Deen and Michael Silverstein, step-children Barry Milinksy, Brian Milinsky and Beth Milinsky, son-in-law Charles Deen along with several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Lester was very fond of telling his family that he had made provisions for each of them in his Wll.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that charitable donations be sent to the Culver City Senior Center Association, 4095 Overland Avenue, Culver City 90232. Remembrance and Celebration of Life services will be private.


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