On March 10th,2023, Estelle passed away peacefully at 6:20 a.m., at the age of 101 years. Born to Isadore Rosenberg (from New York City) and Ida Feldman Rosenberg (originally from Chicago) on February 16, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York, she grew up in the Crown Heights neighborhood, before relocating to Los Angeles, California, with her husband Jack Eisler in 1952. Estelle graduated from Girls Commercial High School of New York City in January 1940. Estelle’s father, Isadore, died young at the age of 40 of suspected heart disease. Estelle’s mother, Ida, died at the age of 86 in Los Angeles, California. Estelle outlived her two younger siblings, Maxine and Shirley, and is survived by her daughter, Nancy Eisler Thorner (Bruce), son, Ian Eisler (Ida), granddaughters Jackie Stern (Jonathan) and Danielle Thorner, and greatgrandchildren Kevin and Eli Stern.
Estelle was widowed in her thirties and supported three children on her own; her youngest child, Richard Eisler, preceded Estelle in death in 2014. She had her own fashion design business, Estelle Eisler Ltd., in downtown Los Angeles for many years, designing and manufacturing girl’s dresses for the likes of Neiman Marcus and Sacks Fifth Avenue. She later received an Associate in Arts degree in humanities from West Los Angeles College in 1974 and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Humanities, Magna Cum Laude, from California State University, Dominguez Hills in March of 1980. Estelle went on to teach Fashion Design at Los Angeles Trade Technical College in downtown Los Angeles and Westwood College , where she gained lifelong friends and colleagues, including former students with whom she maintained contact. Upon retirement in her 80s, Estelle reinvented herself once more by becoming a host for foreign exchange students, providing boarding and daily meals and becoming a maternal figure to them all.
Estelle lived in her West Los Angeles home for 70 years, until the ripe age of 100, when physical ailments necessitated the move to an Assisted Living Facility. Prior to her 100th birthday, Estelle continued to cook and entertain. She was an avid reader, but sadly suffered from macular degeneration in her later years, forcing her to rely on audio books and voice activated technology. She really missed reading her New Yorker magazines and the daily paper.
Estelle was very vocal about politics and other current events and was fortunate to maintain all her cognitive faculties until her death.
A graveside service and internment will be held at Eden Memorial Park, 11500 Sepulveda Boulevard, Mission Hills, California on Monday, March 13th, at 2PM. Friends and Relatives will be received at the home of Ida Eisler at 909 Standford Street, Santa Monica 90403 immediately following the service to honor and celebrate Estelle’s long life. Donations in honor of Estelle can be made to the American Heart Association , Foundation for the Blind or similar organization and the Alzheimer’s Association.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.gromanedenmortuary.com for the Eisler family.