Deaths

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Irving Ginsberg in San Francisco on Dec. 12, 2006. Born in Russia in 1907. Beloved husband of the late Betty Ginsberg; loving father of Cynthia (Irving) Shapiro, Sue Carlson and Barbara (Shel) Silverman; adoring grandfather of Elyse (Chris), Allan (Linda), Sheri (Danny), Mark, Jeffrey and Matthew; devoted great grandfather of Tyler, Haley, Ryan, Joshua, Benjamin, Adam, Danielle, Jacqueline and Gabrielle. Not a day went by that he didn’t put a smile on someone’s face. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. A Memorial Service was at Sinai Memorial Chapel, 1501 Divisadero St., at Geary Blvd. The family requests contributions in Irving’s name to the Jewish Home, 302 Silver Ave., SF/CA 94112.

Jack Leland Hymes, in San Rafael, on Dec. 11, 2006 at age 75. Loving father of Anne (and Nick) Germanacos, Jennifer (and Thomas) Battat, and Jacob and Jon Hymes; adoring grandfather of Constantine and Alexander Germanacos and Jared and Lillian Battat; dear brother of Judith Cohen.

Third generation San Franciscan. Graduate of Lowell High School and Cal Berkeley. Past president of the California Tennis Club and past member of the Concordia-Argonaut Club.

Funeral services were held at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park Chapel, 1301 El Camino Real, Colma, California. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Youth Tennis Advantage, please call Karin Klarreich at 650-575-4432 for further information.

Aimee Levin, born in Oakland, August 29, 1918; beloved wife for 64 years to John Levin; devoted mother of David (Ruth Auerbach) and Michael (the late Jane) Levin; loving grandmother of Mark, Natasha and Matthew; dear sister of Irving Siminoff and the late Fira May. She was active in B’nai Brith, City of Hope and many other organizations. Memorial Services will be held, Sunday, December 24th, 11:00 AM, at Beth Israel Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco. Contributions in her memory to The City of Hope, c/o Sid Levinson, 54 Pinehaven Dr., Daly City, CA 94015, would be appreciated. For further information contact Mandel Funeral Services of Northern California at (866) 962-6335 or www.mandelfuneralservices.com.

Bernard Portnoy, retired principal clarinetist with several major symphony orchestras, died in Marin County, California on December 2, 2006, two days before his ninety-second birthday. “Port”, as he was known to friends and family, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to parents Jacob and Rebecca Portnoy.

At age 15, Portnoy left home to accept a scholarship to the Curtis Institute for Music in Philadelphia. Following graduation from Curtis, his career blossomed, including principal clarinetist with the Kansas City Philharmonic under conductor Karl Krueger, the Pittsburgh Symphony under Fritz Reiner, and the Philadelphia Symphony under both Leopold Stokowski and Eugene Ormandy. During World War II, Portnoy joined the Merchant Marines in New York. After the war, he joined the Cleveland Orchestra as principal clarinetist under George Szell for six years. Portnoy then returned to New York where he played with the NBC Symphony under Arturo Toscanini and accepted free-lance assignments including recordings for Victor, Columbia, Vox, Capitol M.G.M., as well as for television and motion pictures, Broadway shows such as “My Fair Lady” and “Kismet” and stints with the WOR Mutual Broadcasting Orchestra and Pablo Casal’s Orchestra.

In spite of his career demands, Portnoy found time to teach, first at the Curtis Institute during his tenure with the Philadelphia Symphony and later at Juilliard School in New York for twelve years. In 1968, he became Professor of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he spent the next twenty years. In 1987, Portnoy moved to California and settled in Larkspur. He was invited to join the prestigious Bohemian Club of San Francisco and Russian River, where he participated in many musical events over the years.

Port was married twice and is survived by three children: a daughter from his first marriage, Josie Fisher of Wynwood, Pennsylvania; and two sons from his second marriage, sons Carey Portnoy of Tucson Arizona and Richard Portnoy of Southern California. He is also survived by his brother Dr. Joseph Portnoy, retired Cantor of Temple Emanu-El, and one niece and nephews.

Wolf Sattler Passed away in San Francisco on December 15, 2006. Husband of the late Sonya Sattler. He is survived by his son Joseph Sattler and daughter-in-law Juana Sattler; grandchildren Henry (Lisa), David and Anna; great grandson Simon. Also survived by his second wife Yevgenia, her daughter Izabella (Boris), Izabella and Boris’s children Alex (Sarah), Gregory; great grandchildren Zachary and Kiara. He was a Holocaust survivor from Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

He was a great man, always with jokes in “idish”. He worked at Brooks Brothers in San Francisco for many years. He will be remembered by everyone that knew him.

Funeral services were held at Sinai Memorial Chapel, 1501 Divisadero St. at Geary Blvd.

In his memory donations may be made to Jewish Home, 302 Silver Ave., SF/CA 94112 or Jewish Federation of San Francisco.

Doris Edith Siders, beloved wife and mother, passed away September 27, 2006 at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View after enduring a long and painful struggle with lung cancer. She was born in Boston on April 7, 1941. She enjoyed playing the piano and befriending animals, and occasionally, her husband’s sense of humor. She derived joy from life’s simple pleasures. Doris possessed a quiet wisdom beyond her years and taught her husband and sons patience and kindness. She will be greatly missed by her husband of 42 years, Larry Siders, and sons, Jeremy and Jonathan. Services have already been held.

Ellen Stewer in San Rafael on December 13, 2006 at age 88 years. Beloved wife of the late Walter H. Stewer for over 50 years; loving mother of Nancy H. Reich (and Bob Anderson); adoring grandmother of Kimberly (and Bryan) Meade, Michael (and Devorah) Reich and Kenneth Reich; adoring great-grandmother of Yosef and Ben-Tzion Reich and Tanner Meade.

Ellen survived the Holocaust in Shanghai with her husband Walter. They made their life in San Francisco. After Walter’s death in 1991, Ellen moved to Marin County to be closer to her family. She continued an active life. Ellen was a devoted mother, grandmother and especially great-grandmother. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Funeral services were held at the Home of Peace Cemetery Chapel, 1299 El Camino Real, Colma, California with interment following. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Heart Association, 120 Montgomery St., Ste. 1650, SF/CA 94109, phone 415-433-2273, or, the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1131, Fairfax, VA 22038-1131, phone 800-342-2383.