Sara Alchermes, 100: tireless fighter for peace and social justice

On February 7, 2015, the world lost a tireless crusader for world peace, social justice, and equality. Sara Alchermes passed away in Walnut Creek at the age of 100.

Sara was born in 1914 to Esther and Marx Blashko. A native of Seattle, she moved to the Bay Area to work at the Richmond shipyards during World War II as a burner constructing Victory ships. After the war, she remained in San Francisco, working on production lines at Best Foods and later at MJB coffee, where she met Ernest, her husband of 54 years. Everywhere she worked, she was a strong advocate for the rights of individuals in the workplace.

The family later settled in Palo Alto, where Sara made many friends through her social activism and various jobs. Her friendly demeanor and can-do attitude drew many people close.

Throughout her life, Sara attended gatherings, joined picket lines, and wrote heartfelt letters to political leaders in an effort to make a positive and lasting change in the world. She was an active member of peace and justice groups throughout the Bay Area. Her tireless work inspired many around her to support important human rights causes.

She was a dedicated and enthusiastic supporter of the People’s World. For years she helped to distribute the print edition, and more recently worked to build support for

Sara’s passion for knowledge never waned, and she was especially well read in current events. Her absence is deeply felt by all who knew her.

Sara is predeceased by her husband, Ernest, and three siblings: Beccy, Leo, and Abe Blashko. She is survived by her daughter Adria Schwartz (Norman), and granddaughters Allison and Julia.

Friends and family will gather for a celebration of Sara’s life at Byron Park, 1700 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek, on Mar. 1 from 2-4 pm. Donations in Sara’s memory may be made to Hospice of the East Bay or the charity of your choice.

Image: Throughout her life, Sara joined picket lines and was an active member of peace and justice groups. Drawing by Rini Templeton, 



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