Lorraine Sklar (nee Kretchman), age 77, died in Carmel, Calif., on Dec. 18, 2007.
Lorraine was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 6, 1930, to Albert Kretchman and Pearl Cohen. Her Mother called her “Sunshine.”
Lorraine was like a mother to her sisters Doris and Caroline. She was Miss Tilden in her senior year at Tilden High School, Brooklyn, N.Y. Lorraine married Sherman Sklar in a snowstorm in December 1948. They took their honeymoon in Southern California and decided to get jobs and stay for good.
Lorraine was involved with many Southern California charitable organizations and causes for justice, including, county commission for human relations, United Way district chair, and a grocery store boycott to change store policy of restricting black men to part-time bagger positions.
Lorraine and Sherman moved to Lake Tahoe in 1977, where she continued to be involved with the community, including, co-founder of Temple Bat Yam, founder of Lake Tahoe Cultural Arts Alliance, founder and VP of Arts Vision, and Tahoe Tallac board member. Lorraine and Sherman moved to Carmel, Calif., in 2000, where she was a Head Start volunteer, America Reads volunteer, and greeter at the Temple Beth Israel food festival.
Everyone said Lorraine was determined, compassionate, confident, classy, generous, and always knew who she was. Lorraine was a good wife, mother, and businesswoman.
Lorraine is survived by her children, Richard, Dawn, and Glenn Sklar; grandchildren, Aja Marie Richardson and Catherine Caballero-Sklar; sisters, Doris Oshinsky and Caroline Cooperman; in-laws, William Oshinsky, Carol Sklar and Mickey Sklar; and many beloved relatives and friends. Lorraine was preceded in death by her son, Dale Mitchell Sklar and her husband of 58 years, Sherman Sklar. Between Lorraine’s passing and the publishing of this obituary her brother-in-law, Arnold Cooperman, passed away.
A private ceremony has been held. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Bat Yam at P.O. Box 5099, Stateline, NV 89449, or to Temple Beth Israel at 5716 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93923.
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