Deaths for the week of June 24, 2005

Samuel David Berzin in San Francisco June 18, 2005 at age 96. Loving husband of the late Margaret Berzin; beloved father of Janice Fingerut; devoted grandfather of Ilene (David) Mino and William Fingerut; beloved brother of Jack Berzin and Rose Eisenstark; dear uncle to many nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, June 21 at 11:30 a.m. at Eternal Home Cemetery in Colma. Contributions to the Jewish Home or the Institute on Aging preferred.

Samuel Reselbach of San Francisco, age 85, passed away peacefully on June 16, 2005. He is predeceased by his wife Phyllis Reselbach. He was a Holocaust survivor and President of Congregation Adath Israel. Loving father of Anna Hartmann and David Reselbach, beloved grandfather of Sarah and Carolyn Hartmann. He is missed by his longtime friend and companion Tauba Weiss. Services will be held on Sunday, June 19 at 12:00 p.m. at Sinai Memorial Chapel, 1501 Divisadero St., San Francisco. Contributions to the Holocaust Center of Northern California — Morris Weiss Essay Contest, 121 Steuart St., San Francisco, CA 94105 or to the Jewish Institute for the Blind, Jerusalem, Kiryat Moshe, PO Box 925, 91008, Jerusalem, Israel.

Gail Sapir Sklansky. March 1, 1919 – June 15, 2005. Beloved wife of the late Frank Sklansky. Dearly beloved mother of Rochelle Sklansky and Elaine McFerrin. Loving mother-in-law of Doug McFerrin. Loving grandmother of Shaun McFerrin and Laurie McFerrin. A dear sister, sister-in-law and aunt to many. A giving, loving, and thoughtful person all her life. She will be dearly missed and always remembered by those who love her. Services were held on Friday, June 17, at Home of Peace Cemetery, 4712 Fairfax Avenue, Oakland.

Harold N. Spitz passed away peacefully at his home in San Francisco on June 12, 2005 at the age of 80. He was surrounded by his loving and supportive family. Hal was born in Los Angeles on February 20, 1925. During World War II at the age of 18 he entered the Navy as a radioman and served for 31⁄2 years in the South Pacific. Upon his discharge he joined his father’s business, Guest Informant, an in-house luxury hotel publication that provides informative editorial coverage of special interests to travelers. He became co-partner and publisher and in 1962 he moved his family to San Francisco to open a local office. He was responsible for conceptualizing and expanding the publication into 17 other U.S. cities. He and his father sold the company in 1981; Hal continued on as publisher and CEO while expanding into cities worldwide. Hal devoted 58 years of his life to the extraordinary success of Guest Informant magazine. Over his lifetime, Hal was involved in many philanthropic endeavors including serving on the advisory board for the UCSF Program in Thoracic Oncology. He also supported the Mount Zion Health Fund, Jewish Community Endowment Fund, Pine Street Chinese Benevolent Clinic, Congregation Beth Sholom and many other charitable organizations. He touched the lives of so many others to whom he offered generosity, warmth and friendship. He will always be remembered as a true gentleman with a gracious spirit. Hal was loving and devoted to his late wife Marlene, his children, Suzanne, Steve and Michele, and his friend and companion of many years, Doris Nissinoff. He was the beloved son of the late Francis and Edward Spitz and the dear brother of the late Elaine Oliver. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, June 16 at 2:30 pm at the Hills of Eternity Chapel, 1301 El Camino Real, Colma. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made to the UCSF Program in Thoracic Oncology, PO Box 0248 San Francisco, CA 94143-0248 or the Pine Street Chinese Benevolent Clinic, 124 Pine Street, San Anselmo, CA 94960.

Richard Tandowsky in Pleasanton on June 14, 2005, at 71 years of age. A native San Franciscan and longtime resident of the East Bay. A high school teacher for 30 years and past president of Temple Beth Sholom in San Leandro. Beloved husband of Eleanor for 47 years; loving father of Mark (Vicki) and Ross (Judi) Tandowsky; proud grandfather of Mara and Nathan Tandowsky, James, Michael and the late Gina Johnson; dear brother of Sanford (Selma) Tandowsky; brother-in-law of Bonnie Tandy and Arthur Tandy and dear son-in-law of Frances Tandy. Devoted uncle, great-uncle, nephew, cousin and friend. Services were held. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Temple Beth Sholom.