On October 15, Magdalena Elefant Gilbert at 100. She is survived by daughter Ilona Shillman of Los Angeles, Calif., and son Louis Shillman of Austin, Texas; stepdaughter Lynn Lempel of Daytona Beach, Fla., and stepson Mark Gilbert of Amherst, Mass.; sister Dr. Edith Eva Eger of La Jolla, Calif.; grandson Grant Nathaniel Garson of Los Angeles; and by loving nieces, great-nephews and great-great nephews.
Often described as the “Belle of the Ball,” stylish was another word often applied, as she was as colorful in her choice of fashions as she was with her choice of joke-telling. And while well-known for her strict dieting regimen, she was quick to enjoy a good hotdog.