In Memory

Merle Goldberg

Merle GoldbergMerle Shelley Goldberg of Los Angeles, died Feb. 11, 2018. She was 67. Merle was born on March 5, 1950, in Cleveland to the late Morton and Geraldine Goldberg. Confirmed at Park Synagogue, she grew up in Coventry and Cleveland Heights, graduating from Cleveland Heights High School in 1968. She received a B.F.A in film and television from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music before pursuing a career in New York City and Los Angeles. Merle was a television writer and producer who created numerous documentaries, tributes, biographies and promotional campaigns for clients such as ABC, CBS, HBO Europe, Screen Actors Guild, Writer’s Guild, American Film Institute, Dick Clark Productions and TBS. In later years, she became a program coordinator at senior centers and retirement communities in southern California, developing movie and Broadway musical clubs, and armchair traveler and current events programs. A lover of genealogy and Jewish history, Merle made pilgrimages to Eastern Europe to learn about her ancestral roots. Merle interviewed many Holocaust survivors, documenting their testimonies for the Shoah Foundation. She was an avid lover and historian of movies, spanning from the Golden Age to today. She is survived by her brother, Steven Goldberg and wife, Susan; sister, Marcia Goldberg and husband, Paul Garrity; niece, Jennifer Goldberg; nephews, Michael and Eric Goldberg, Jacob and Adam Garrity. Burial services will be held Feb. 18 at Mount Olive Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz.

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02/13/18 06:51 PM #1    

Gary Glazer


 I have not seen Merle since high school but I can say without a doubt that she was a great person-funny, kind and smart. We attended religious school together as well. Merle had a wonderful sense of humor and no one pushed her around. I always felt that Merle was an independent thinker and a destined for great stuff-the fact that she moved to California and was involved in the arts was no surprise to me. Getting old is not for the faint of heart-these losses never get easier even as the numbers increase. Rest in peace Merle-

Gary S. Glazer

02/19/18 12:05 PM #2    

Scott Holden

Indeed, she was smart and funny.  My last memory of her was in the summer of 1972.  I had a summer internship in New York and Merle was already working there at the local NY ABC News affiliate.  She took me to watch the news.  Hayseed that I was, I thought it was really cool. A memory that pops up now and then, was that the Anchor, under the desk, was wearing no socks and top siders.  I guess I expected black socks and wing tips.  I wanted to share this reoccuring memory with her next time I saw her.  Life is too short.  RIP Merle.

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