Samuel Burge, age 91, died peacefully after a short illness on October 8, with his beloved wife Violet at his side.

Sam was born in Winnipeg, Canada in 1915. He had a musical gift that defined him and gave enormous pleasure to those around him.

After WWII, he married his childhood sweetheart Violet. They moved to Vancouver, Canada, where they started their family. Then moved to southern California to raise their two young sons. In 1995, at the urging of their children, they moved to Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, CA.

Sam’s gentle nature, love of music and good food will be greatly missed by his wife, sons and daughters-in-law: Michael Burge and wife Kathy, Richard Burge and wife Shelley Gordon, and his grandchildren, Jason and wife Rachel, Kari, David and Joe.

Services were held at the Home of Eternity, 5000 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA on Thursday, October 12 at noon.

Donations may be made to Bruns House c/o Hospice & Palliative Care of Contra Costa, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.

Donald Ellis Levy, a third generation San Franciscan and a well-known local philanthropist, passed away peacefully Thursday, October 12, 2006 in the same home he was born. Donald, born May 21, 1925, was the very proud son of Louis (Ludy) Levin Levy of San Francisco and Helen Selma Levy (Levison) of San Francisco.

His passion was travel and he toured extensively worldwide throughout his life, since he was a very young child and loved the diversity of the many cultures he experienced. He was an avid sailor on the waters of the San Francisco Bay and cruised the oceans of the world during his many travels. He found Paris, France to be his most favorite city in the world outside of San Francisco; and Don spent many fond times on the Hawaiian Island of Molokai, where he was very involved in local charities.  

Don was a caring and generous advocate of animals, community, arts and youth programs. As an avid animal lover, he was particularly involved in contributing to the San Francisco Zoo. A small sampling of the many and varied charities Don supported included The Gorilla Foundation, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco Symphony, and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Don offered a helping hand to many individuals throughout his life. In addition, he established the Donald E. Levy Endowment Fund in 2004 at Congregation Emanu-El to benefit child education.   

 All who loved him will miss Don’s unique personality, sense of humor and zest for life.

Walter P. Targoff, 88, passed away peacefully at home in Pacific Palisades on October 11, 2006. Shirley, his loving wife of 62 years was at his side.

He is also survived by his children Claire and James Davis, and Donald and Marcy Targoff. He was the proud grandfather of Jonathan, Jeffrey, Jessica, Allison, Steven, and Eric. Walter was loved and respected by all in his family. He had a distinguished career in engineering, followed by a long healthy retirement. He enjoyed golfing and growing orchids in his green house and he was a long time member of the Malibu Orchid Society. He most enjoyed the time spent with his wife Shirley, the love of his life. Services were held at the Home of Peace Chapel, Colma. Contributions to the St. John’s Hospital Foundation, Nursing Endowment, 1328 22nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404 preferred.

Milton Zeman in San Francisco on Sept. 25, 2006 at age 93. Beloved husband of the late Gertrude Zeman; loving father of Linda Zeman. A native of San Francisco. Funeral services were held at Eternal Home Cemetery, Colma. Contributions to Congregation Chevra Thilim, 751 25th Ave., SF/CA 94121 preferred.