Ray Beck died Dec. 18 at 75. He is survived by his sons, Scott (Camille) and Russell (Barbara); and three grandchildren. Mount Sinai
Barbara Woldman Blaine died Dec. 13 at 75. She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl (Robert) Mansell; son, Marvin; three grandchildren; sister, Marlene (Bernie) Weinstein; and brother, Ron Woldman. Malinow and Silverman
Michael Blumenberg died Dec. 16 at 20. He is survived by his parents, Richard and Rosanna (Reed); sister, Emily; friends; and extended family. Hillside
Fay Derman died Dec. 15 at 95. She is survived by her son, Bruce. Malinow and Silverman
Gloria Fenster died Dec. 15 at 76. She is survived by her daughter, Sunny (Roger) Schuster; one grandchild; and brother, Robert Snyder. Hillside
Harry Leon Goziker died Dec. 18 at 77. He is survived by his daughters, Francine Goziker Dyke and Sheri Goziker Nicholas; stepdaughter, Sheri Celusta; and four grandchildren. Hillside
Jack Guttenberg died Dec. 21 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Cecilia; children, Paul, Allan and Michele; 11 grandchildren; and sister, Ronnie Stockton. Hillside
Ralph Horn died Dec. 9 at 53. He is survived by his brother, Fred. Malinow and Silverman
Thelma Horowitz died Dec. 15 at 91. She is survived by her son, Stephen. Malinow and Silverman
Jack Edward Howard died Dec. 18 at 82. He is survived by his wife, Blanche; daughters, Cathy (Lou) Rosenmayer, Cory (Michael) Wellman and Carrie (Craig) Diamond; six grandchildren; cousin, James Seltzer; in-laws; nieces; and nephews. Hillside
Jack Jacobs died Dec. 20 at 92. He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl Gray; grandson, Jonathan Gray; brother, Morris Jacobs; nieces; great-nieces; and great-nephew. Hillside
Sarah Jacobs died Dec. 20 at 95. She is survived by her daughters, Ruth (Norm) Ascher and Noreen; son, Jerry (Estelle); stepdaughter, Helen (Arnold) Kaufman; and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai
Leon Leibowitz died Dec. 20 at 73. He is survived by his wife, Henriette; sons, Ira and Mark; daughter, Eden; and two grandchildren. Hillside
Edith Lessing died Dec. 16 at 99. She is survived by her sons, Arnold and Lawrence; six grandchildren; great- grandchild, Shawn; and three great-great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai
Jeffrey Scott LeWinter died Dec. 22 at 59. He is survived by his sons, Steve (Debra) and Scott (Michelle); daughter, Sandy (Lev) Ginsberg; grandson, Moshe; father, Richard (May); brother, Tony (Julie); sister, Judi (Mary Ellen); stepsisters, Laura (Barry) Green and Allison Schwarz and former wife, Yvette. Hillside
Marlene Medwin died Dec. 18 at 51. She is survived by her husband, Jeff Wald; daughter, Ashley Wald; father, Leo Medwin; and brothers, John and Steven. Hillside
Murray Gerald Menter died Dec. 13 at 68. He is survived by his wife, Terri; sons, Randy, Eric, Scott (Jackie) and David (Tikvah); and six grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman
Alvin Powell died Dec. 16 at 96. He is survived by his son, Richard (Jena) Powell; and grandchildren, Emma and Jack. Hillside
Frieda Resch died Dec. 16 at 87. She is survived by her son, Ronald (Laurie); and three grandchildren. Hillside
Rhea Rodney died Dec. 22 at 79. She is survived by her daughters, Beverly (Darryl) Mirsky and Irene (Ronald) Zelman; grandsons, Daniel and Kevin Zelman; and brother, Martin (Mildred) Zaretsky. Mount Sinai
Irwin Schneider died Dec. 21 at 81. He is survived by his friend, Sandra Levine; two children; two grandchildren; brother, Lester Schneider; and sister, Sybil. Mount Sinai
Jerome Schur died Dec. 17 at 94. He is survived by his daughters, Paula (Marvin) Kraft and Laura Leder; son, Joel Schur; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai
Martin Selko died Dec. 13 at 67. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; sons, Warren and Kenneth; daughters, Laurel (Eric) Bernt and Katie; mother, Ida; and three grandchildren.
Gloria Sklar died Dec. 17 at 65. She is survived by her husband, Myron; son, Marc; and two grandchildren. Hillside
Sheila Fay Townend died Dec. 17 at 58. She is survived by her husband, Donald; daughters, Tina (Richard) Kinsel and Wendy; and three grandchildren. Hillside
Lillian Wallis died Dec. 19 at 88. She is survived by her son, Steven; daughter, Patricia (Marshall) DeYoung; and grandchildren, John and Sarah. Mount Sinai
Edith Weintraub died Dec. 16 at 76. She is survived by her daughter, Thea (Scott Telford); son, Phil (Susan); three grandchildren; and sister, Jeanette Roffman. Malinow and Silverman
Marilyn Zuckman died Dec. 16 at 72. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Sander; sons, Joseph and Daniel (Kelly); daughter, Karey (David) Wegher; eight grandchildren; brother, Steven Razner; sister, Susan Kessler; and two great-grandchildren. Hillside
Karl Martin Strauss, a Bavarian master brewer known for his perpetual smile and characteristic German accent, died of natural causes on Dec. 21 in his home in the Milwaukee suburb of Fox Point, Wis.
Strauss worked at Pabst Brewing Co. for 44 years before helping launch an eponymous San Diego-based brewery.
"We are saddened by the loss of our leader, personal friend, mentor, and master of good cheer," Matt Rattner, president of Karl Strauss Brewing Co., said. "As we mourn his passing, we also celebrate his legacy and 94 years fully lived."
Strauss was born in 1912 at the Feldschloschen Brewery in Minden, Germany. The son of a brewmaster, he earned his degree in malting and brewing from the Munich Technical University at Weihenstephan.
"As a Jew I could not find employment in the brewing industry," he wrote many years later, explaining how a job outside the industry saved him from concentration camps.
His mother and a brother were among his relatives lost in the Holocaust.
Fleeing Nazi persecution in 1939, Strauss arrived in New York intent on moving to San Francisco where other family members had settled. With very little money to sustain his journey, he accepted what he thought was a short-term job in Milwaukee at the Pabst Brewing Co. As a certified Bavarian brewmaster, he quickly rose through the ranks.
In 1948, he was transferred to Los Angeles to oversee the company's latest acquisition, the Los Angeles Brewing Co, once located on North Main Street. He served there as plant manager until returning to Milwaukee in 1955, when he was promoted to corporate vice president of production.
"He was most friendly, gracious and cordial to us subordinates," said Pabst's current brewmaster, Bob Newman, honored this year by the Brewers Association as Brewer of the Year. "And he was always willing to pass on his knowledge of brewing."
After retiring in 1983, he consulted for regional breweries at the start of America's microbrewing revolution, before his innovative brewing techniques and expertise were requested in Southern California.
In 1989, a distant cousin, Chris Cramer, and his business partner, Rattner, recruited Strauss to help launch their enterprise. Karl Strauss Brewing Co., San Diego's first brewery since Prohibition, which today has six locations, including a brewpub at Universal City Walk. In 2001, Strauss received the Master Brewers Association of the Americas' Distinguished Life Service Award.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Marjean, and four stepchildren. His first wife, Irene Vollweiler, died in 1978. He was buried Dec. 29 at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Los Angeles.
Donations may be made to the Jewish Community Foundation, 4950 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92123, with a notation to the Karl Strauss Brewers Education Fund.
-- Brian Yaeger, Contributing Writer
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