Louise L Frankel

February 8, 1923July 23, 2014
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Louise L. Frankel, 91 years old, passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by family, on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. She was born and raised in Hendersonville, North Carolina to immigrant parents from Poland and the Ukraine, She graduated Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. Louise spent much of her adult life in California devoted to a wide spectrum of civic activities, acting as the founding member and five-term president of the Tarzana Property Owners Association. She was an enthusiastic and successful political campaigner and fund raiser for many local candidates, was instrumental in developing the Tarzana Community Plan and served with distinction on multiple local government commissions, including the Los Angeles County Civil Service Commission and the Los Angeles City Fire Commission.

She is survived by her husband, Ernest Frankel, a novelist, television producer and retired Colonel in the US Marine Corp , two daughters, Elin Schwartz and Sharyn Musika, and six grandchildren: Michael and Allyson Musika, Jennifer Riemer, and Rachel, Sarah and Abigail Schwartz. In Lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to American Friends of Magen David Adom:


  • Memorial Service Sunday, July 27, 2014

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Elin Schwartz

August 16, 2015

A year has passed since our mother's death. In her honor, we have planted a California live oak seedling in her beloved Santa Monica Mountains.

October 14, 2014

I have not seen all of you in many years. I was on the computer looking up a similar name and saw the obituary. I am so very sorry. I remember all of you from Hendersonville and last saw you at Jeff Patterson's wedding in Atlanta many years ago. Ann Mottsman Michalove was my Mother who passed away in 2004.

Lois Michalove

September 1, 2014

Dear Ernie,
How lucky you are to have shared 72 years with such a wonderful lady. May her memory, your lovely family, many friends, new novel help you through these difficult times. We love you. Margot & Leonard

joel and deborah rogosin

August 12, 2014

Ernie - you and Louise have been a meaningful presence in our lives for some time... we will always hold you both close,in our thoughts, and in our hearts...

July 31, 2014

Dear Ernie, Elin and Sherry,

Louise became my friend when I was still in graduate school and we both worked as volunteers for Baxter Ward. She taught me a lot about politics and the ways of the world. She not only taught, she was also willing to teach my students who loved her insights and her humor.

Our friendship deepened over the years and I will miss her terribly. She was funny and fun as well as intelligent and determined. We laughed and we cried together.

I hope that soon, her memories will bring a smile to your lips rather than a tear to your eyes.

With sympathy and love with best wishes,

Louise Warner

July 29, 2014

It was a beautiful memorial for Louise,our Godmother and my namesake. I am honored to be named after such a wonderful woman. Ernie and Louise have always been here for us, the Warner children...and we have many many many great memories. We love all of you very much.

Louise Warner

July 29, 2014

susie friedman

July 28, 2014

Dearest Sherry,
Our hearts and thoughts are with you during this time of grieving. We hope the fond memories of happier times will help you. Your mom was so lucky to have such a beautiful and accomplished family. Please accept our sympathies.
Much love, Susie and Rick Friedman

Kathy & Kevin McMahon

July 28, 2014

We extend our most heartfelt condolences to Ernie, Elen and Sharyn. We love you all and we are so honored to have known and loved Louise.

Kathy and Kevin McMahon

Thomas Gebr

July 28, 2014

My deepest condolences. I extend all of my thoughts and prayers. A women I admired and respected so very much.


Louise was born and raised in Hendersonville, North Carolina. She was an honors graduate of University of North Carolina, BA in English Literature, and Phi Beta Kappa. In 1960, she, her husband Ernest, and her two daughters, Elin and Sherry, moved to Los Angeles, where she quickly became a "mover and a shaker" in the City. She served on the Precinct Election Board for 10 years, and founded the Tarzana Property Owners Association serving as its president for five terms.

In 1971, she was appointed to the committee which developed a Master Plan for Encino and Tarzana and played a major role in the creation of the Master Plan for the Mulholland Scenic Highway. She later served as the vice president of Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of Los Angeles, and then from 1975 to 1982 she was a member of the Los Angeles County Civil Service Commission. Following that appointment, she moved on to the County Economy and Efficiency Commission, the Task Force for Children's Services, Reform of the County Pension Fund, and the Citizens Advisory Committee for Development of a Special Master Plan for Ventura Boulevard.

In the 1980's, Louise was named Woman of the Year by the Tarzana Chamber of Commerce and received a citation for outstanding service from the U.S. Marine Corps for her work with Toys for Tots. In the 1990's, she was one of the founders of the Mission Canyon Coalition, and then from 1994 to 2010, she was President of the Mountaingate Community Association and the Mountainview Association.

The highlight of her civic life was her appointment, in 2001 to the Los Angeles City Fire Commission, where she served until 2005. She loved the work she did and she made it her mission to visit every fire station in Los Angeles. She advocated for the firemen, worried about their fitness, their living conditions, and their morale. She loved them all -- and they loved her.

If you were to ask her what things she missed the most, as she grew older and more frail, she would have said, "Horseback riding (English), roller-skating, and the Fire Commission!

She will be deeply missed by Ernest, Elin, Sherry and her six grandchildren, Michael, Allyson, Rachel, Jennifer, Sarah and Abigail.