Obituary

 

Mildred Snitzer Mildred Snitzer, 103 3/4 years old, who was a forceful presence in the senior scene of the San Francisco Peninsula until the last few years of her life, died a peaceful death at Portola Place Board and Care facility in San Mateo Sept. 9.

An avid dancer and dance instructor well into her 90s, Mildred’s favorite expression was, "If you don’t keep moving, they’ll plant you.”

She is survived by a stepson Mort Snitzer of Greensboro, N.C., niece Diane Balter of San Francisco, nephew Robert Bazell of New York and cousin Charles Levine of Napa. Plans for a celebration of her life around the time that would have been her 104th birthday are pending.

Born Mildred Robb in Pittsburgh on Jan. 12, 1908, her father died 10 years later in the great influenza pandemic. She outlived two husbands and identical twin sisters Beatrice Bazell of San Mateo and Iris Balter of Palo Alto. Mildred worked as a stenographer for the United Mine Workers of America in Pittsburgh. After her retirement in 1986, she moved to Palo Alto. She loved Northern California, it was only after the move that she began her intense interest in dance as a form of exercise, which she credited with providing her good health and longevity. She danced and taught line dancing at several senior centers. She made many loyal friends through dancing and celebrated life at the Contempos and Cubberly. She survived a hip fracture at age 95 with such vigor that her struggle through physical therapy and return to dancing was chronicled in the San Jose Mercury News Sept. 2, 2003.

She wanted her ashes be buried with a Meyer lemon trees that symbolized the Northern California she adored so much.

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