William Velvel Alder

August 07, 1913-August 19, 2007

Oh my darling Velvel

Ever the love of my life

Ever the love of our family

The poet patriarch

Storyteller supreme

Wealth weaver/tales of humanity

Holistic humor/subtlety in the moment

Funny witty hilarious

Unregenerate radical/global acuity

Intellectuality imparted

Embedded into our essences

Over our loving lifetime

With you … 94


Annie, Seth, Jody, Mara Adler

Lillian Leah Batt in San Francisco, on August 22, 2007 at age 97 years. Beloved wife of the late Myer H. Batt for 34 years; loving mother of A. J. (Linda) Batt of Hillsborough, CA, Nathan (Amelita) Batt of Vancouver, B.C. and Rose Pearl Batt of Los Angeles, CA; devoted grandmother of Rochelle (Aaron) Kushner, Melodie (Ben) Rubin, Benjamin Batt and Bernard Batt; adoring great-grandmother of Marcus and Mirabella Kushner.

Funeral services were held at Home of Peace Cemetery chapel, 1299 El Camino Real, Colma. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Jewish Home, 302 Silver Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112.

Henrietta Feibelman (Henny) 96, died on June 11, 2007 in Oakland, CA. Parents were Moses and Clementine Schmidt. Henny emigrated from Germany in 1938 with her husband Alfons (dec.) Survived by daughter Irene (Wally) Krohn, son Lester (Mary) Feibelman, granddaughter Cory Norman-Feibelman, and cousins, nieces and nephews. Member of Temple Beth Abraham for 60 plus years, Hadassah and the Friendship Circle. Her compassionate nature, sense of humor and love for family and friends will be missed. Private services were held.

Edwin Jerome Kaphan born in San Francisco on April 13, 1924 passed away peacefully August 20, 2007 at the age of 83.

Ed attended Washington High School in San Francisco and was a graduate of University of California Berkeley where he was a member of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity. He served in the Signal Corps in Hawaii for three years during World War II. Ed was a Certified Public Accountant and was the Divisional Comptroller at Philco Ford. He was one of the Founders of Telecommunications Technology Inc. He retired in 1978.

Ed was predeceased by his first wife Marilyn Melmon in 1979. He is survived by Esther Kaphan, his wife of 23 years. He is also survived by his son Shel Kaphan and Ericka Lock of Seattle, Washington; his son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Michele Kaphan of Fremont California; his daughter and son-in-law Lori and Ron Saxon and grandson Kevin Saxon, of San Jose, California; his step daughter and son-in law, Judy and Jeffrey Hecht of Madera, California; his step daughter, Leah Reinard, of Rossmore, California; his step son and daughter-in-law Bill and Shula Karr, of Vancouver, Washington; and step grandchildren, Toben and Sarah Green; Jack, Rachel and Joe Reinard, and Talya and Ely Karr; as well as many, many dear friends.

Remembrances may be made to Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Geriatric Health Services Program, 300 Pasteur Drive, STE HG 003, Stanford, CA 94305-5625 in thanks for the great kindness shown to Ed and his entire family by Dr. Rita Ghatak. Remembrances may also be made to Pathways Hospice, 585 Mary Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085. The family wishes to thank the staff of Lytton Gardens for their excellent care.

Family and friends mourn the sudden and unexpected passing of Abraham Kass on Friday, August 24, 2007. Born July 7, 1924 in Plonsk, Poland, he immigrated to New York in 1949 with his wife Greta, both being Holocaust survivors, and their 9 months old son. In 1957 Abe and his family moved to San Francisco. Abe is survived by his children, Steve Kass of San Francisco and Diane and her husband, Vic Connell of Napa; four grandchildren, Ariana, Caitlin, Aidan and Hannah. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years Greta, who passed away in 2001. Graveside services were held at Eternal Home Cemetery, Colma. Sinai Memorial Chapel.

Richard Kavich-Sharon, Ph.D. In Redwood City, CA, August 21, 2007 of pancreatic cancer. A native of San Francisco, graduate of Lafayette Grammar School, Presidio Jr. High and George Washington High School. He studied biological sciences at UC Berkeley and Reed College in Portland, OR. A later graduate of the Program in Human Sexuality at UCSF and of the Ph.D. program in human sexuality at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco and at Antioch University, where he obtained a masters degree in counseling psychology. He was a pioneer in the field of medically-related sexual dysfunction of both men and women. A noted writer and lecturer in post-heart attack sexuality for men and women as well as sexuality of cancer, diabetes and other conditions. Dr. Kavich-Sharon was a consultant at the Palo Alto VA Spinal Cord Injury Unit, helping Vietnam vets recover their sexuality. He was a member of many prestigious professional organizations and a board member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, active with the professional staff at both the Stanford School of Medicine and Mills Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame. He was a life member of the San Mateo County Psychological Assn., a board member of Planned Parenthood of San Mateo County and vice-president of patient services, a fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Sexology, a diplomat and clinical supervisor of the American Board of Sexology as well as Emeritus faculty at San Jose State University Dept. of Biological Sciences, where he taught a sexuality course. He was a proud life member of the International Society of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Richard was active in community affairs as past president of Skyline/Unity Lodge B’nai Brith, past board member of the San Francisco Jewish Community Relations Council and the Americans Friends of Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem. He was a founding member of the Bay Area Council on Soviet Jewry and a long time board member of the Anti-Defamation League. Richard was a professional writer with two books published by major publishers, and dozens of articles and short stories in various magazines. He was married to the former Doris Jacobson of Brooklyn, NY, the love of his life for 53 years. His kids and grandkids Bruce (Daphne, Samantha and Charlie) and Tamar (Chris Renteria, Tyler Kavich, and Jonas Renteria) were the loves of his life. He was the loving son-in-law of Ms. Evelyn Lando of Redwood City. Doris’ loving care kept him alive for an extra length of life after his diagnosis; his daughter Tamar was his nurse; his son Bruce was his strong support throughout. Richard was lifelong friends with Marvin and Arlene Steinberg and their families, Joe and Joyce Behar families serving as godfather to all of the kids, now State Senator Darrell Steinberg, Rabbi Richard Steinberg, Jeff Steinberg, family therapist David Behar and Jeffrey Behar, his special love-godson since birth. Richard kept friends like Dr. Bob Schnal, and Jay and Elaine Begun family since age seven, for life. Richard, an iconoclast, was a visionary in many fields of the literary and social sciences, having no patience with any religion or religious tradition on which he blamed our culture’s sexual infantilism. He was a life member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and a supporter of the separation of church and state. Richard was “everybody’s doctor” giving freely of love and advise which proved to be excellent over the years, to all who would ask. In lieu of a commemoration of his life Richard has suggested that friends gather to tell not-too-embarrassing stories about him and a life lived fully and long, but not long enough for those who loved him. Arrangements made by Sinai Memorial Chapel.

Berta Silvia Ksiazenicer de Baez in Buenos Aires, Argentina on August 21, 2007. Wife of Ricardo Baez; mother of Gaby Baez; daughter of Fanny Butler de Ksiazenicer; sister of Noemi Ksiazenicer de Avram; sister-in-law of Hector Avram and aunt of Dario and Romina Avram. The family would like to thank all thoughts of sympathy and prayers.

Elisabeth (Beth) Longwell,

1968-2007. In Palo Alto, CA August 20, 2007. Beloved wife of Robert Longwell. Loving mother of Lucy Michelle and Nathan Douglas Longwell. Devoted daughter of Ellen and the late Louis Levitas. Dear sister of Jim Levitas (Lisa). Loving aunt of Josh, Jesse and Annie Levitas. A loving wife and mother, dedicated teacher, devoted friend and an inspiration to all who knew her.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elisabeth Longwell Foundation, c/o Longwell & Associates, 1900 Embarcadero Road, Ste. 107, Palo Alto, CA 94303.

Carol Michaelis in San Francisco on August 25, 2007 at age 95.  Beloved wife of the late Kurt Michaelis; aunt of Steven (Audrey) Jakob and their children, Joshua and Daniella.  A Holocaust refugee.  Graveside services were held at Salem Memorial Park, Colma.  Contributions to the SPCA, San Francisco or Congregation B’nai Emunah preferred.  Sinai Memorial Chapel.

Albert Triger (Abrasha Treguboff) Born December 9, 1909 in Harbin, China and died on August 18, 2007 in San Francisco, CA.

Beloved husband of Ilse Roven Triger for 23 years. Loving father of Patricia (David) Giuliani and Joan (Bob) Enright. Adoring grandfather of Nicole and Daniel Giuliani and Michael and Robert Enright. Also survived by adopted children Diane Loeb and Jay Zemansky, nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces and friends all over the world.

A Merchant Marine WWII Veteran and P.O.W. “He did it his way!”

Funeral services were held at Home of Peace Cemetery Chapel, 1299 El Camino Real, Colma, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. Sinai Memorial Chapel.

William A. Siskin was born in San Francisco on June 20, 1920 and died on August 19, 2007. He served in the United States Army during World War II, was stationed at Hamilton Field, where he served with distinction as Chief Pharmacist. Bill was a beloved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother and uncle. Celebrating their 63rd anniversary together in August, he is survived by the love of his life Norma; daughters, Jackie Berk (Stephen), Sharon Bologna (Anthony); son, Robert Siskin (Debbie); grandchildren, Adam and Amy Berk, Rachelle and David Siskin, Stephanie, Hayley and Drew Thompson; sister, Dorothy Karp; sister-in-law, Cecilia Zweig; brothers-in-law Len Norack and Hy Karp; nieces, Linda Breen, Sandra Bronson, Judy Dale, Denise Norack; nephews, Roger Karp and Bruce Zweig, and many dear friends. His parents Dinah and Samuel Siskin preceded him in death. Bill met his lovely wife on the J.C.C. badminton court in 1944. He graduated from the UCSF School of Pharmacy. Bill owned and operated Siskin’s Thrift Drug Pharmacy for over 30 years at 9 West Portal Avenue in San Francisco. He served as President of Lake Merced Golf Club & The West Portal Merchant Association. A sports enthusiast who played golf and tennis, Bill was an avid fisherman who loved fishing with his father and son. Donations can be sent to Peninsula Temple Beth El in William’s honor. The family would like to thank Sutter Hospice and all of the wonderful caring people who touched us with their kindness.