Longtime Marina del Rey resident Linda Sherman (Scheffer), a Holocaust survivor who was liberated from the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945, has died, her family said. She was 83.
Sherman passed away Friday, July 17th at Marina Del Rey Hospital.
She was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands on July 7th, 1926, and after being liberated from Auschwitz, Sherman came to the United States in 1947. With her cousin, who had escaped to the U.S., and his family, Sherman came to Los Angeles, initially settling in Santa Monica. She worked as a nanny for Ricardo and Georgiana Montalban, caring for their children Mark and Laura.
In 1948 she married Eli Sherman and they settled in Mar Vista. Sherman raised three children, Steven, Vicki and Gary, and a stepdaughter Gloria.
In 1968 she and her family moved to the Marina, where she lived for 41 years. Her husband Eli passed away in 1984 and her youngest son Gary died in January 2009.
For a time in the 1970s, Sherman worked as a hostess at Mr. D’s restaurant in the Marina and at the Marina Hotel. She was known around the various Marina shops as “Oma” and was a regular fixture at Carlton’s Hair Salon for many years, bringing truffles and buttercakes that she made at home, her son Steve said.
Sherman was an honorary life member of the Marina Hadassah, for her work in speaking at local schools about the Holocaust. She was also one of the five women who appeared in the documentary “Swimming at Auschwitz” that recently aired on PBS.
She will be greatly missed by family members and the many friends who knew and loved her.
A memorial service is scheduled at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 26th at Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shoah Foundation.