Deaths

 Estelle Rita Hoffman nee Klinberg, 85, passed away on June 21, 2007, after suffering from non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, at home with family at her side. She is survived by her devoted loving husband of 53 years, Arthur, devoted children, Dennis, wife Kathy, Paul, Gregory, wife Candice, Camille, 3 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. A native of Wellington, New Zealand, she led and incredible illustrious life. During WWII Estelle served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. She was a legal secretary, medical secretary, real estate agent, and an owner of a small business. A vibrant member of the community, she was president of Temple Beth Jacob Sisterhood, past president of The Peninsula Volunteers, past president of the Atherton Dames, a member of the Holbrook Palmer Park Foundation Board, an avid bridge player and world traveler. Loved by many friends and family.

Funeral Services Monday, June 25 at 2 p.m. at the Hills of Eternity Cemetery Chapel, 1301 El Camino Real, Colma. Entombment following in Portals of Eternity Mausoleum. Donations can be made to Peninsula Volunteers Little House, 800 Middle Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Arrangements made by Sinai Memorial Chapel.

Sylvia Berrick passed away at the Jewish Home, in San Francisco on June 12, 2007, at the age of 89.

Prior to moving to the Jewish Home in 1999, Sylvia was a long-time resident of the Richmond District of San Francisco, and a volunteer for Jewish Family Services. She worked at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital at Ft. Miley as a secretary in the social work department. Her career with the VA had begun in New York, where she had lived from the late 1940’s until her cross-country Greyhound Bus ride to San Francisco in 1964. Sylvia was well-acquainted with San Francisco, having lived there as a child, attending Golden Gate Elementary School.

The family history began in Richmond Virginia, and their course took them to Florida, and then to California, where they drove across the Mojave Desert on wood-plank roads. Their ventures took them variously to Los Angeles, Bakersfield, San Francisco, and Stockton. Her father was a Rabbi who had several congregations, and struggled, as everyone did in the 1930’s, to maintain a family and a home. In addition to his rabbinical work, he had a hot dog stand in Miami, and also worked variously as a shochet, and a real estate agent.

Sylvia has been laid to rest at the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Los Angeles, next to her adored husband, Irving Berrick, who died in 1943 at the age of 27. Sylvia was also preceded in death by her beloved parents, Benjamin and Florence, and by her elder brother, Arthur, and her younger brother, Nathan.

Sylvia was tender-hearted, and donated five dollars to every animal cause, every Indian school, every orphanage, and every Yeshiva. She cared deeply about Israel, her local Jewish community, and her neighbors. She also was an expert in old time movies and the popular music of the 1930’s and 1940’s. While her brothers went on to academic careers, Sylvia went to secretarial school and took the civil service exam. When her younger brother, Nathan, was gaining acclaim as a song and dance man in the Kiddie Revue, it was she who taught him the words to all the songs. When her older brother, Arthur, was contributing knowledge to the botanical sciences and writing a section for the Encyclopedia Britannica, she could not have been more proud.

Sylvia will be missed by her sister-in-law, Julia Cohen, wife of Arthur, and their children Ted, Gilbert, Rebecca, and Philip, and by her sister-in-law, Betty Cohen, wife of Nathan, and their children, Deborah and David. She will be further missed by her cousins, and by her extended family in Richmond Virginia.

Sylvia’s family acknowledges, with appreciation, the loving kindness and good work of the staff of the Jewish Home. David Cohen is a contact (510.658.3039 or [email protected]). Donations to honor her memory may be directed to the Jewish Home, at 302 Silver Avenue, San Francisco 94112.

Robert Alan Klinger of San Francisco on June 18, 2007. Beloved husband of Marilyn Gilbert Klinger; loving father of Steven (Deborah) Klinger and Kathy (William) Krieg; devoted grandfather of Kendra (William) Yoder, Travis Krieg and Evan and Josh Klinger.

A veteran of W.W.II, past Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of CA, past Master and a 59 year member of S.F. Lodge #120 F.&A.M., 33 degree S.F. Bodies Scottish Rite, member ASIYA Temple of the Shrine, recipient of the Honorary Legion of Honor of the International Order of De Molay, past president of the National Soujourners Golden Gate Chapter, past coordinator of the No. CA Hospital Visitation Program of the Masonic Service Assoc., and past Big SIR of Branch #4.

Private services were conducted at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park in Colma. The family respectfully request that memorial contributions in Robert’s name be sent to the charity of your choice. Arrangements made by Sinai Memorial Chapel.