Mildred Kluger, 1922 – 2013

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mildred Kluger in November 5, 2013. She was born in Chicago in 1922 and died at the age of 91 in San Francisco.

Book Bank USA President and Executive Director, Andy Kluger, said, “Thank you all so much for your kind offers to send flowers and donations in memory of our mother, Mildred. It was her wish to have donations made to a number of charities, or a charity of your choice, in lieu of sending flowers.”

Some of Mildred’s favorite groups were:

  • Book Bank USA – Founded by Mildred’s husband, Sidney Kluger, Book Bank USA has sent millions of books to public and school libraries and community centers worldwide.
  • Hadassah –   A Women’s Zionist organization in America supporting the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) in Jerusalem that serves over one million patients each year.
  • Yemin Orde – The Yemin Orde Youth Village is home to more than 500 at-risk children from around the world.
  • David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies –  Teaches the history and lessons of America’s response to the Holocaust and genocide, through scholarly research, public events, publications, and educational programs.
  • Congregation Sherith Israel – Mildred’s congregation in San Francisco. It is one of the oldest synagogues in the United States.

Read this obituary from The Northern California Jewish Bulletin:

Mildred Kluger

In San Francisco on Nov. 5, 2013 at the age of 91. Beloved wife of the late Sidney Kluger for 59 years; loving mother of Andrew Kluger, Rochelle (Haim) Schwartz and Debbie (Eitan) Zuberi; adoring grandmother of David (Meredith) Kluger, Alex Kluger, Avi (Mindy) Schwartz, Yael (Asaf) Gaon, Jonathan (Natasha) Kluger, and Adam, Noam and Talia Zuberi; aunt and friend to many.

Mildred was born on Dec. 9, 1922 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Abraham Gerber and Rose Slobovi Gerber, sister of Claire Gerber Krauss and Jack Gerber. She graduated from the Illinois Teachers College and Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education.

Mildred was an educator all of her professional life, who taught on the faculties of Yale University, Chicago Public Schools, the American School in Mexico City and the Daly City School District. She was loved and admired by her colleagues and students throughout over 40 years of teaching.

She married Sidney Kluger in 1948 in Mexico City. She and Sidney were leaders in the Jewish community in Mexico for over 16 years prior to their settling in San Francisco when Sidney assumed the position as Executive Director of Congregation Sherith Israel, where Mildred was active in sisterhood and the Rae Levy drama group for many years.

Mildred assumed leadership positions in many philanthropies. She was President of the Hadassah Northern California chapter, a national board member of Friends of Yemin Orde, Girls Town of Israel, Boys Town Jerusalem and Book Bank USA.

The family wishes to acknowledge and thank her wonderful and kind caregivers Lilia Romova, Marina Flores and Lorraina Nagogo for their compassionate care in her last years.

Gravesite services were held at Hills of Eternity Cemetery on Nov. 6 with family and friends. She loved and was loved by many. She will be greatly missed.

Donations may be made to Hadassah, Book Bank USA, Yemin Orde, the Wyman Institute, Congregation Sherith Israel or the charity of your choice.