Vladimir Waldo Popovich

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On December 26, 2022, our beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather Vladimir Waldo Popovich passed away peacefully at the age of 102. Vladimir (also known by his middle name Waldo or Lolli) was born on April 23, 1920 and grew up in Boyle Heights with his parents, five sisters and four brothers in a three-bedroom house. His childhood sweetheart and future wife Florence lived on the same street. Waldo and Florence were married on August 19, 1944, and enjoyed sixty-two (62) years of marriage before her passing at the age of eighty-five (85) on July 29, 2006. Waldo fought in World War II, serving in telecommunications on the front lines. Following his military service, Waldo worked for the telephone company as a technician for approximately forty years. Always an entrepreneur, he ran his own telephone repair and parts business after retirement from the telephone company. Waldo and Florence lived in Whittier, California and raised three girls, Lynn, Karen and Lisa. He would make crepes every Sunday morning much to their delight. Waldo and Florence loved to travel, and he continued to travel after Florence’s passing including a safari to South Africa and a mule trip (in his late 80s) in Yosemite. Waldo has a living legacy of three daughters, Lynn Popovich, Karen Popovich Levyn and Lisa Popovich (John Porter), four grandchildren, Adam Levyn (Heidi Levyn), Stacy Levyn Rozen (Ricky Rozen), Emily Newton and Alexandra Newton, and four great grandchildren, Larkin Levyn, Anders Levyn, Mateo Rozen and Adrian Rozen. He lived a full and happy life especially with the love of his life Florence. Waldo’s motto was to stay strong and carry on, and to always finish the food on your plate.

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Stacy Rozen
My Grandpa did a lot of things in his life - fought in the war, ran his own business, traveled the world. What he was most proud of was building his family. He was devoted to taking care of his wife, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. I used to say, they don't make them like him anymore. And well, they don't. He taught me to be strong, smart, thoughtful, respectful, and self-sufficient. He could fix anything, and enjoyed a nice meal out. I feel lucky to have had so many years with him and will miss him dearly.
Tom Levyn
I always marveled at how Waldo would be able to fix anything and would go out of his way to be kind to everyone. He lived life to its fullest and most importantly, did it his way -- a true example for all of us.
Adam Levyn
Grandpa loved ice cream, crepes, investing, and could stand to gamble a bit from time to time. He served our country bravely in WW2, married the love of his life my Grandma Florence, raised three wonderful daughters (including my Mom), and had an entrepreneurial streak running his own phone business after retiring from AT&T.

He helped me become who I am today and I am forever grateful that I spent almost 40 years spending time with him as my Grandpa.

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