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Sarah Clara Goldberg

April 28, 1916 - September 13, 2016

Services Date September 18, 2016

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Sarah Clara Goldberg died peacefully in her home on September 13, 2016, at the age of 100. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota April 28th, 1916 to Joseph & Rose Lamm, Sarah moved to Los Angeles in 1920 and was a walking history of the city, having lived in several of its neighborhoods: Boyle Heights, Angeleno Heights, Ocean Park, Pico-Robertson area, Cheviot Hills, Beverly Hills, and Century City, where she spent the last 40 years.
Sarah attended Thomas Star King Jr. High & Belmont High. She was happily married to the love of her life, Charles Jesse “Zaggy” Goldberg, from 1936 until his passing in 1998. In 1944, prior to purchasing wholesale food distributor Warner Foods, Zaggy and Sarah briefly ran Goldberg’s Deli which they sold to Al Mendelson and Nate Rimer who in turn would found Nate n’ Al Delicatessen.
Sarah is survived by her 102 year old sister, Jan Rosenfeld, and her 92 year old brother Jule Lamm. Her youngest brother Nathaniel Lamm passed away in 1998. She is also survived by her three sons – Earl, Donald and Edward, as well as eight grandchildren – Jeffrey, Kenneth, Cathy, Ryan, Erica, Adam, Kei, and Mari; eight great grandchildren – Brandon, Cayla, Alyssa, Lucinda, Maggie, William, Laura, and Bud; and several great nieces & nephews, and daughters & sons in law.
Sarah, her sister and her mother were very active in supporting the charities, “Sunset Echo League,” and “The Wilshire Juniors,” which helped facilitate Cedars-Sinai Hospital’s move to its current location on Beverly Boulevard where she was a volunteer into her 80’s. Sarah was an avid bowler and golfer and an active member of Hillcrest Country Club into her 80’s as well. It was also in her 80’s that Sarah, a huge Lucille Ball fan, pursued a lifelong dream of acting and began to take classes, appearing in several television commercials. In addition to spending time with her large family, Sarah was most passionate about food and travel, having traveled the world with her husband Zaggy several times, and continuing to do so with friends and family well into her 80’s.
Sarah was a fiery redhead who was a wonderful storyteller with a razor sharp wit and an impeccable memory. She was a force to be reckoned with until the very end. Sara’s full life, remarkable energy, and love for her family leave a bright light in her wake. She will be dearly missed.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, mailed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 8700 Beverly Blvd., Suite 2416, Los Angeles, CA 90048 or online at