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Josef Sands

March 14, 1924 - November 22, 2020

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Mount Sinai Simi Valley

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Simi Valley, California 93063

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Service Date
November 25, 2020
Service Time
12:00 pm
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Josef Sands March 14, 1926 – November 22,2020
Josef (Yossi) Sands, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, passed away in the early morning hours of Nov. 22. His children, Stuart and Felice, were at his side at home.
His warmth, humor, and selflessness are remembered by all that knew him.
He lived a remarkable life. Born in Eastern Europe, he had a large extended family. When the war broke out, Joe and his brother Tibi survived four concentration camps(Auschwitz, Buna, Dachau, Buchenwald (Langenstein-Zwieberge)) from the ages of 17-19. He emigrated to the U.S. as a stateless man in the early 1950s. He provided testimony for the Shoah Foundation and the Holocaust Museum, LA on his experiences. His incredible story can be viewed on both websites. The brothers are also mentioned in Elie Wiesels’ book “Night.”
Always a creator until his last days, he designed and made shoes, belts, purses, stained glass, sketches, and carvings. He was the Vice President of Kimel Shoe Company, where he designed high end womens’ shoes, and was highly regarded by the factory workers. For the last several decades, he ran his own business, Vogue Accessories. He enjoyed gadgets and taking things apart to fix them. If Joe couldn’t fix it, likely it was not fixable. He read the newspaper daily and enjoyed all sorts of games and puzzles, especially with his grandchildren. Until the week before his passing, Joe was still working, piddling around in his tool and fabric filled garage, and completing Sudoku.
Joe spoke 7 languages, loved to sing, dance and most of all be with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of almost 64 years, Shirley, his children Stuart (Ann Kim), and Felice (Bryan), his grandchildren Gaby, Chloe, Khoa and Kailamae, his brother Tibi, his nieces Diane and Renee and numerous other family and friends that deeply loved him.
Thank you to all our friends and family that brought dad meals, took him to dinner, and came to visit during this very difficult last 18 months. Special thank you to his caregiver that we lovingly call Joe2, who is an angel sent to us to help care for dad with such care and dignity until his last breath.
If you are so inclined, in lieu of flowers, a donation to Yad Vashem ( or the Holocaust Museum, LA ( is appreciated.
Joe’s memory is truly a blessing to all that knew him and loved him.

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