Herman Wertheim, former real estate agent, dies at 102

Herman Wertheim, who was an active swimmer until the age of 96, died in Burlingame on Oct. 14. He was 102.

Born in Naumburg, Germany, Wertheim was one of eight children.

Wertheim, his wife, Erna, and their 6-month-old baby immigrated to San Francisco in 1936 in order to escape the Holocaust.

He retired from real estate in 1964, and then kept active by playing golf, swimming, fishing, baking and playing bridge. A member of Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco for more than 50 years, he was also known for his handyman skills.

Always the life of the party, he also is remembered for his stories, jokes and poems.

In addition to Erna Wertheim, he is survived by his daughter, Lee Battat of San Rafael, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Donations can be made to the Herman and Erna Wertheim Senior Assistance Fund of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, 2150 Post St, S.F., CA 94109, or the charity of your choice.

Alix Wall
Alix Wall

Alix Wall is a contributing editor to J. She is also the founder of the Illuminoshi: The Not-So-Secret Society of Bay Area Jewish Food Professionals and is writer/producer of a documentary-in-progress called "The Lonely Child."