Andree Nathan, born July 13, 1924 and left us April 29, 2007. Beloved wife of the late Richard S. Nathan; devoted mother of Ronald (Janet), Joseph and Richard E. (Dr. Dana Kolibachuk) Nathan; loving grandmother of Deanna, Angus and Morgan. Graveside services were Tuesday, May 1st, at Sunrise Memorial Cemetery, 2201 Sacramento St., Vallejo. In lieu of flowers memorials to Save the Animals BV Humane Society, 1121 Sonoma Blvd., Vallejo, CA 94590-6954, would be appreciated. For information or to send a message to the family contact Mandel Funeral Services of Northern California, (866) 962-6335 or

Naomi Papo Roman, in San Francisco on May 3, 2007.

Naomi was born on a farm in pre-Israel Palestine in 1911. She lived in an early agricultural settlement before attending school in Egypt. She immigrated to this country in the 1920’s. Her love for Israel, the land of her birth, and for the U.S. which welcomed her family as immigrants, were constants in her life.

Naomi loved languages, studied them continuously, and spoke six. One of the highlights of her life was acting as an official hostess at the U.N General Assembly in SF when the State of Israel was voted into existence. She also volunteered to tutor recent arrivals to the U.S. in English, when she lived in NY and later in California. Her lively interest in people, her warmth and conversational skills won her many loyal friends.

Naomi is survived by her devoted son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Kathy Roman; her beloved grandson Max Roman, of whom she was so proud; her much loved sister and best friend Rebecca Willheim; and her treasured sister in law Beatrice Papo.

Naomi was the loving sister of Joseph Papo, Marie Papo Walton and Elisha Papo, all of whom predeceased her; she was the dear aunt of Nesya Fishstrom, Judy Levin, Micheline Kirshbaum, Ruth Schifrin, Michael Papo, Louise Jacobsen, David Willheim and Ruth Rosenthal and a great aunt to many grand nieces and nephews. Each held a special place in her heart, and she reveled in their company and their accomplishments.

Private family services were held. A memorial service will be held at a later date; for information call Michael Roman at 510/593-5331. Contributions in Naomi’s memory may be made to the Jewish Home, 302 Silver Ave. San Francisco CA, 94112. Arrangements by Sinai Memorial Chapel (415-921-3636).

Betty Elkind, age 86, passed away peacefully on May 1 at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley. A long-time resident of El Cerrito, Betty succumbed to kidney failure. She will be greatly missed by all those who love her.

The former Betty Glass was born in St. Louis on April 3, 1921, and grew up in Detroit. She entered Wayne State University as a music major, and graduated with her teaching credential in early education. She taught kindergarten in Detroit for several years before coming to California. In December 1946, while on a trip to San Francisco to visit her cousins, she met her future husband, Sam Elkind. They were married three months later. Her husband of 54 years passed away in April 2001. After living in San Francisco and Richmond, Sam and Betty settled in El Cerrito. In the late 60’s, Betty returned to teaching the Head Start Program in the Richmond school district. She always loved working with small children.

Betty was an avid theatergoer; a lover of both jazz and classical music; an inveterate traveler, particularly to London for theatre and to Italy for pleasure; and a collector of Victorian jewelry and other antiques. She was also a generous contributor to many humanitarian, educational, theatrical and Jewish organizations. She and Sam were members of the Richmond Jewish Community Center/Temple Beth Hillel for almost 60 years. Betty was a member of the Wayne State University Alumni Association.

Her survivors include daughters Susie Elkind and Risa Nye; her son-in-law, Bruce Nye; and three grandchildren, Caitlin (Christian DuComb), Myles and James Nye. Sadly she will miss the birth of her first great-grandchild in June.

It was Betty’s wish for donations to be made in her name to the American Cancer Society or Children’s Hospital for Terminally Ill Children.

A memorial service will be held at Temple Beth Hillel in Richmond on Friday, May 11 at 11:00 a.m., 801 Park Central, Richmond.

tombstone setting

On Sunday May 20th at 11 a.m. at Eternal Home Cemetery in Colma, we shall be setting the tombstone for our beloved son and brother Yotam. Lunch will be served at our home at 71 Live Oak Ave. Fairfax, following the services. We hope you can join us. Stanley, Loretta and Shai Bresh, Malkiel and Chris Parsi.