Valley Funeral Home

2121 West Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA


Ida Sarah Montana

November 29, 1911July 5, 2019

Ida Sarah Montana passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 5, 2019 having reached the remarkable age of 107 years. Her family was by her side.

Ida was born in Philadelphia on November 29, 1911 to Nathan and Frieda Sosnoff. The family moved to Carmel, New Jersey where she met her husband to be Sam Montana. They later moved to Queens New York and eventually arrived in Burbank, California in 1959. She was into healthy alternatives long before it became popular. She was a vegetarian for nearly 60 years and believed good food could cure just about anything. She credited her longevity to eating unprocessed food and staying away from unnecessary medication. Ida always put family and friends first. Her greatest joy was feeding people. If you came through the door you were fed. She was also an accomplished seamstress, knitter, upholsterer and cook. She is survived by her loving daughter Paula, Grandson Josh, son-in-law Gary, granddaughter Rebecca, and all her extended family. She was a truly wonderful woman who will be greatly missed.


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Gregory George

July 15, 2019

In the Bo and Joey days, I would grill with Josh at Gran's house a lot. Josh and I were stout devotees to our finely-honed routine; open a couple cold ones, crank the tunes, and pre-heat the grill. BBQ was in the air people. Like clockwork, those two beautiful dogs would saunter out from Gran's house in search of what was tickling their noses. They'd come to the grill, sit, and just stare at us. I would exclaim "Look at these dumb dogs!" It was, in retrospect, a poorly played term of endearment celebrating Bo and Joey's fully functioning dog noses, and tummys. Gran overheard me and she let me have it. "They're not dumb dogs! They're smart! Don't you say that!" I loved that about her, unfailing commitment to her canine companions. My good intentions were irrelevant, don't call the dogs dumb, you dumby. 100% correct. Message received loud and clear, Gran. She was their champion and Bo and Joey her protectors, with Zeb and Jesse carrying on the tradition. Gran and I had a great relationship and she always brought the truth.

She was part of our crew. Fun to party with and great to talk to. She liked to sneak and do our dishes before we had the chance to. Was very active and I believe she would stay up later then us. A one-of-a-kind person with a beautiful heart. My friend. She is missed.

Jennifer Terrigno

July 14, 2019

Aunt Ida was a most amazing soul. Full of love, light, and wisdom, she was a second mother to so many, including my mother, Linda, and Aunt Ida brought her so much comfort, joy, and peace throughout the years. She made us all better people on so many levels with her kindness, gentleness, and generosity. I’m deeply grateful I received many opportunities in my life to spend time with her, but I’ve always felt her with me because she seemed to me to transcend time and space, to be in spirit where she was needed when her family in Philly & South Jersey needed her. She was an angel long before she passed on, and I’m so happy for her that she’s finally gone home, is finally at rest, after having given so much of herself to this world. ❤️

Elizabeth M Nisotis-Kerr

July 13, 2019

I have never known anyone who was as loving and accepting as Lady Ida. She took me into her heart as if I were her daughter. She sent me birthday cards with money in them. She sent Christmas cards with money in them. So giving, so generous of heart. Ida didn’t need to accept me into her family. She continued to love her ex-son-in-law and because I married him, she loved me. She loved my dogs and they loved her.
I love Ida from infinity and beyond, ALWAYS...

Doreen Blank

July 12, 2019

I remember visiting Josh and Rebecca at their home in Burbank for a Celebration of Life for Rebecca’s Dad. Ida would come outside and walk around and just smile. Although I didn’t personally know her she looked like a such a peaceful soul . I’m sure you folks miss deeply her but know that she is now in peace and watching over you. My deepest condolences to you two and the family. Rest In Peace Ida. Carl & Doreen Blank 🙏 ✝️

April Malfa

July 12, 2019

I am so lucky and grateful to have known Aunt (as my family referred to her) Ida. She was always inspirational. Always enthusiastic to see you! It always warmed my heart to be around her. When my mom was alive she would always say ask Aunt Ida she has a cure for everything. She always called on my birthday and even on my mom's birthday after she passed. Such a sweet sweet and most wonderful human being, woman and friend anyone could ever ask for! I will always remember how she ate nuts and loved almonds. I'll think of her when I eat almonds too (one of my go to snacks). My heart and love are with you all Paula, Gary, Josh and Rebecca.