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Jess Katzberg, Orange County Jewish Community Leader, 96

February 6, 2009 | 4:31 am

Jess Katzberg of Laguna Woods, who served the Jewish community in Orange County for nearly 50 years, died Dec. 15 at 96.

An electronics engineer for many years with North American Rockwell, Katzberg held several U.S. patents and was the inventor of the E-Z Lock Umbrella.

In addition to his service as president of the Anaheim Chapter of B’nai B’rith, Katzberg seeded the North Orange County and other chapters of B’nai B’rith and was honored with the organization’s “Man of the Year” award in 1969.

Katzberg was a founding member of the Orange County Jewish Community Council, the forerunner of the current Jewish Federation of Orange County.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughter, Lois K. (Robert) Rubin; son, Sanford; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and brother, Arthur.

Katzberg was interred at Mount Olive Cemetery in Costa Mesa.


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