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Birth: Apr. 1, 1912
St. Louis County
Death: Aug. 3, 2010
Los Angeles County
Duluth News Tribune (MN) - August 7, 2010
Deceased Name: JOE SLAFER
Joe Slafer, 98, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, in his home in Los Angeles.
Born in Duluth April 1, 1912, to Morris and Sarah (Freidlansky) Slafer, Joe was a 1930 graduate of Duluth Central High School, an active Eagle Scout, and loved the Minnesota north woods.
During World War II, he served with the Army Air Corps and married Esther (Usan). Stricken with severe arthritis, in 1952 he and his young family moved to warmer California. He recovered and was active and energetic until his final days. Joe worked as an environmental test technician in the young aerospace industry, making contributions to the Mercury manned space program; but he was also a master upholsterer, which he practiced into his late '90s. Joe proudly served the Jewish community as Commander of the Jewish War Vets and President of the local chapter of B'nai B'rith. Joe embodied the best qualities of "the greatest generation" strength of character and an indomitable spirit. Inspiring respect in all who knew him, he passed on to his family a "can do" attitude, eternal curiosity, love of music and the simple things, respect for others, and a sense or humor. Always with a twinkle in his eye, at 98, he proudly displayed his valid California driver's license and the unique clocks he made. But he was proudest of his family.
Joe was preceded in death by his loving wife, Esther in 2008.
Joe is survived by his children, Loren (Alexis), Dennis (Andrea), Gene (Lorraine) and Anna; and grandchildren, Haley and Noah, who will miss terribly his wit and joie de vivre.
FUNERAL SERVICE: Noon Monday, Aug. 9, in Bell Brothers Jarvi Dowd Chapel, 925 East Fourth St. burial at Adas Israel Cemetery. To leave a memory of Joe or words of support for the family, please visit www.BellBrothersJarviDowd.com. Arrangements by Bell Brothers Jarvi Dowd Funeral Home, (218) 722-5131.
Adas Israel Cemetery
St. Louis County