Carole Helene (Lebow) d’Alessio passed away unexpectedly June 11th, 2007 at her home in Ross. Carole’s departure deeply affects the daily lives of many — she leaves behind her husband of 37 years, Jon d’Alessio, her sons, Matthew and Brad, and countless close family and friends.

A fourth-generation San Franciscan, she was born on January 15, 1947, to Helene and Arthur Lebow. Raised in Marin County she graduated in the first senior class at Terra Linda High School. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, she earned a teaching credential and taught elementary school for several years. She later earned a second degree in Marine Biology from Sonoma State while raising her two sons.

Though she continued to make new friends at each stage of her life, she retained many of her closest friends from childhood because she was so loyal and supportive. Sharing time with family and friends remained one of her highest priorities. Not one to broadcast her own achievements, Carole never missed an opportunity to boost others with kind words and beautifully written notes.

She also loved to travel, including recent journeys to six continents and frequent visits to her family’s beloved cabin in the Sierras. But her true passion was back home in the Ross Valley where she lived most of her life. She loved Marin and devoted a substantial amount of time to preserving its natural beauty. She served as board member of the Marin Conservation League for eight years and co-founded Friends of Corte Madera Creek, a non-profit organization that grew out of her passion for the local environment and blossomed through the devotion of her and others who shared her vision and transformed it into a successful community organization that will remain part of her legacy. Careful attention to detail played an important role in her work, at home and in her social life.

We deeply miss Carole’s calm, sweet and fun-loving presence in our lives. Her incredible style, grace, and humility will live on in our memories. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed, PO Box 415, Larkspur CA 94977.

Marian Ganapol June 12, 1918-June 18, 2007. Passed away peacefully at the age of 89. Devoted and loving wife of the late Ben Ganapol for 65 years. Marian cherished the joy and love and fun Ben brought into her life.

Loving mother of Joyce Berenstein and Marcia Avila. Loved step-mother of the late Ronald Gilpatrick. Loving mother in law of Sid Berenstein and Marsha Gilpatrick. Beloved grandmother of Michael, Linda, Sandy, David, Cindy, Mark, Rachel, Will and the late Debra. Loving great-grandmother of 15. A devoted aunt and friend to many. Please rest now “Nanny.”

Marian wanted those close to her to know that she cared deeply about them and that she would continue to love them “until we meet again.”

A memorial gathering in her honor shall be held at the home of Joyce and Sid Berenstein commencing at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, July 14, 2007. Please call (650) 579-1076 for specific instructions.

The family asks that any donations in Marian’s memory be made to the charity of your choice.

Herta Glas, 91, passed away quietly in her sleep on June 28, 2007, with her son Ron at her side. She was born on Feb. 29, 1916 in Berlin, Germany. In 1936 she followed her husband-to-be, Rudi, to Johannesburg, South Africa. Penniless at first, they began life anew in South Africa. They soon managed to accumulate enough money to help her parents and brother leave Germany for Argentina. Then in 1954 they and their sons Ron and Denis left South Africa for San Francisco to join her extended family, many of whom had managed in one way or another to reach San Francisco after the war.

While living in San Francisco, Herta became very involved in Jewish affairs, ultimately serving as president of the B’nai Emunah Sisterhood and the Golden Gate chapter of B’nai Brith Women.

Her husband, Rudy, and loving son Denis pre-deceased her. She is survived by her son Ron, daughter-in-law Joan, grandchildren Michael and Rachel, and her brother Luis and his family. She also leaves behind many additional family members and long-term friends, all of whom loved her greatly. She will be deeply missed.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, July 1st at Salem Memorial Park in Colma. The family requests that donations be made to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Shanti, or the American Cancer Society.

Alma Vera Moser in Greenbrae on July 4th, a day before her 84th birthday. Alma Vera Moser died after a four year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. A proud San Franciscan, Alma was a supporter of the arts, a U.C. Berkeley graduate, published author, a fashion writer and commentator for charity fashion shows. Alma is predeceased by her husband, Howard Moser. She is survived by her daughter Wendy Jo Moser and her partner Niki Gilbert and their children, Melina and Theo Moser; and daughter Dianne Wolfe and her husband Rex Wolfe and their children Brian and Jessica. Her spirit will be missed and always remembered.

Many thanks to all the staff at Adobe House in San Rafael for their untiring love and compassion. Services were held at Sinai Memorial Chapel, 1501 Divisadero St., SF. Donations may be made to Adobe House, 233 West End Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901, or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Minnie Panitz 1908-2007, 99 years. Born in Philadelphia. Longtime resident of Oakland. Daughter of Freda and Harry Horwitz. Adored wife and best friend of the late John Panitz for over 64 years. She leaves her daughter, Carol (Marty) Frankel; granddaughters Cynthia Frankel, Lisa Wade, Jody Greenhalgh and Shari Rhodes; great-grandchildren Laura, Michael, Julena and John; brother Morry (Heather) Horwitz. She was a charter member since 1958 of the Friendship Circle, past President of Brandeis University Women’s Committee, and volunteer member of many charitable organizations. Arrangements made by Sinai Memorial Chapel.

Betty Tein in San Francisco, June 18, 2007. Loving Wife of the late Julius Samuel Tein. Beloved mother of Cindy Jones, Judy Davenport and Bonnie Hall (Kevin). Devoted Grandmother of Michael Jones and Stephanie Hall. Adoring sister of Alice Sobel and the late Ralph Golub. Loving aunt of many nieces and nephews, and a special friend to her caregiver Esther.

Betty loved life and lived each day to the fullest. She was open and honest and everyone who met her soon grew to love her.

Friends were invited to attend funeral services Wednesday, June 20, at 2:30 P.M. at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park Chapel, 1301 El Camino Real, Colma.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation or Cancer Society. Arrangements made by Sinai Memorial Chapel.

Marianne Wolff, 98, died peacefully on June 28, 2007 at her home in Piedmont, California. Marianne was an exceptional person who led a vibrant active life up until age 97. She was greatly admired for her vitality, kindness, and her long-standing dedicated volunteer work on a weekly basis with many community and Jewish organizations.

Marianne was born on November 27, 1908 in Mannheim, Germany and was the only child of Heinrich and Ida Jacobi. In 1930 she married Jack Wolff, also of Mannheim, and they had two children, Robert and Ruth, all of whom are now deceased. In 1938, they left Germany, came to San Francisco and settled in Piedmont a few years later.

Widowed at age 42, she worked as a salesperson to support her children and, after they both married, began her 45-year career as a community volunteer.

She was the cheerful lady for nearly 50 years at Summit Hospital gift shop on Sunday and on Fridays at the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop. For many decades, she was in a leadership role and fundraiser extraordinaire for the Oakland Hadassah Chapter, East Bay Friends, and City of Hope. She was an active sisterhood member and gift shop volunteer at Temple Beth Jacob and Temple Beth Abraham, both in Oakland. When she was not volunteering, she was at the East Bay JCC Friendship Circle, visiting and helping less-abled seniors, playing bridge and tending her beautiful garden.

Along with all of those she touched and inspired daily, she will be greatly missed by her devoted daughter-in-law Lynn Wolff of Walnut Creek, son-in-law Donald Frolli of South San Francisco, her grandchildren Judy Wolff-Bolton (Woody Bolton), Barbara (Aylon) Engler, Mark (Josephine) Wolff, Haggai Wolff, Kevin Frolli, Karen Frolli and Steven Frolli, and her great-grandchildren Matthew, Maya, Marissa, Jacob, Deidre, Justin, Ari, Dalia, Levi, Ezra and Evan.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 2, 2007 at Home of Eternity Cemetery at 5000 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, California. In honor of Marianne’s community dedication, in lieu of flowers or cards the family requests donations to Hadassah, American Cancer Society or City of Hope.