Dorothy Kubel Landsberg, a Sacramento matriarch and gracious hostess of lively parties for Capitol reporters and politicians, died Sunday after a brief illness, her family said. She was 97.
Mrs. Landsberg was well-known in journalism and political circles as the wife of Morrie Landsberg, who was an associate editor for McClatchy Newspapers. For many years, she threw annual parties at her Land Park home for the Capitol press corps "that were quite well attended," said her son Mitchell Landsberg, a Los Angeles Times reporter.
She also hosted celebrations for her large, extended family. She was the eldest of eight siblings and matriarch of four generations. Her son Brian is a prominent constitutional law professor at McGeorge School of Law.
Born in Sacramento in 1915 to Annie and Isadore Kubel, Mrs. Landsberg graduated from Sacramento High School.
She married her high school sweetheart, Morrie Landsberg, in 1936 and raised their children alone while her husband was an Associated Press reporter in Japan during World War II. Her husband died in 1993.
Mrs. Landsberg was believed to be the longest-tenured member of Congregation B'nai Israel of Sacramento. She was active in Theta Delta Xi, a Jewish charitable group, and Temple B'nai Israel Sisterhood.
Besides Mitchell and Brian Landsberg, she is survived by son Joel of Woodstock, Ga.; a brother, Gerald Kubel of Roseville; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Congregation B'nai Israel, 3600 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento. Donations in memory of Mrs. Landsberg may be made to Congregation B'nai Israel or the Sacramento Public Library Foundation.