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Mount Sinai Obituaries and Services » Paige Van Harmill
August 16, 1927 - November 15, 2015
Service Information Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills - Mount Sinai Chapel
Service Date: Thursday November 19th, 2015
Service Time: 11:30 am
Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills - Mount Sinai Chapel
5950 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, California 90068
Paige Van Harmill was born Renee Harriet Miller in Brooklyn, New York to
Jewish immigrants whose families came from Poland. She was educated
at New York University, and received a degree in English. She had an affinity
for the theater and acted in a number of plays and shows during this period.
In the late 1940’s, she met Allan Wolfe, a Jewish doctor from Winnipeg,
Manitoba, who was doing his residency at a Jewish Hospital in Brooklyn. In
1949, they married and moved to Los Angeles. Children came after that:
Tom (1950); Linda(1951); Joanne(1954); Jim(1956).
In 1955, Allan and Renee bought a beautiful home in Beverly Hills, and Renee
used her considerable decorating skills to furnish and make the house lovely.
Then about 1959-1960, they separated and divorced. The contentious nature of
their relationship lasted for many years.
Renee lived in several places in the 1960’s, including Manhattan and then
back to Los Angeles, where she resided the remainder of her life. She was
always worried about her children and interested in what they were doing.
After her divorce, she began teaching English as a second language for the
LA County School District and was a teacher for 30 years.
Renee also tried her hand at screen acting and had some minor parts in a Death
Valley Days TV episode and some other credits. She also socialized with artists in
the movie industry. Renee was also a member of Mensa.
About 20 years ago, Renee changed her name to Paige Van Harmill. The last name
was a combination of her middle and maiden names. She was known as Paige ever
since then. In her elder years, Paige required the care of others. The selfless efforts
of these caregivers were so very much appreciated by Paige’s family.
She will be both remembered and missed by her four children and all who knew her .