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Ellen Kilston 1921-2013

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 2nd, 2013

Ellen Kilston (née Hoschander) of Cottage Grove died on March 26, 2013 from age related causes.

She was born Sept. 21, 1921 in Berlin, Germany to Moses and Zelda (Rudawa) Hoschander.

As a Jewish girl, Ellen had a scary adolescence under the Nazis. She and her parents barely managed to escape Germany, arriving in New York by ship on Aug. 11, 1939. (Her videotaped memories of Berlin, and of relatives who perished, are in Steven Spielberg’s Shoah project on Holocaust history.)

Ellen went to Reno and then Los Angeles, where she worked at a bank and married Ben Kilston on June 7, 1942. Ben passed away on June 12, 1991.

Ellen realized a childhood dream of acting in the movies, meeting Cary Grant, Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Stanwyck and many other famous stars. She eventually got to return to school, earning her A.A. at Santa Monica College.  She gave German lessons through Berlitz and was a receptionist. Ellen traveled extensively and loved parties and to sing and dance, with great spirit.

Ellen is survived by her son, Steve Kilston of Cottage Grove, two grandchildren and three step-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild and six step-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles today, April 3, 2013, at 10 a.m.

Arrangements under the care of Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel, Cottage Grove. 

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