Lanny Gertler dies at 71

DOWNEY - Leonard "Lanny" Gertler, who founded All American Home Center in Downey with his father, Irving, more than 50 years ago, has died. He was 71.Services were held on Feb. 12 at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Los Angeles for Gertler who opened All American Home Center in 1959 and helped transform the once small variety store into the lucrative 175,000-square-foot facility it is today. According to the Aspen Times, Lanny was a part-time resident of Aspen for more than 30 years, served on the board of the Aspen Music Festival and School and supported the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, along with other local causes. Gertler is survived by his wife, Judith, of 47 years, two children, Tamar Kane and Ari Gertler, and two grandchildren, Kayla and Hailey Kane. -Christian Brown, Staff Writer

********** Published: February 26, 2010 - Volume 8 - Issue 45