Obituary | Idamay Schwimmer

Idamay Schwimmer

Idamay Schwimmer, the only child of Will Lovern Trine and Frances (née Lambert), passed away on July 29, 2020, in South Pasadena. She was 100 years old.
She was born in El Segundo, CA on Dec. 10, 1919. In her youth, Idamay played the violin in a band that John Philip Sousa once guest conducted. She graduated at 16 from George Washington High School. Then, after briefly working as a Navy stenographer in Washington, DC, she continued her education at USC and then UCLA, where she received her A.B. in psychology in 1943.
Idamay raised three kids in South Pasadena. She enjoyed methodically bargaining for rare collectibles at local yard sales, bird-watching, playing the piano, playing bridge with friends, and, most of all, spending quality time with her family. She had a green thumb and once won a South Pasadena Golden Arrow Award. For 14 years, she volunteered at the South Pasadena Public Library.
She is survived by her children, Cathy Pierson, Bill Schwimmer, and Ann Larson (Doug); grandchildren, Jake Pierson, Emily Hausner, Will Larson, and Henry and Elliott Schwimmer; and five great grandchildren. Idamay is preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Jerome Schwimmer.
Because Idamay described weddings and funerals as “dumb,” no funeral services are planned. She also would have preferred to save money and avoid this obituary altogether, but her family wanted to share her colorful Los Angeles life. Donations in her memory may be made to Planned Parenthood or the Biden Victory Fund.