Esther Eisenberg, 95, passed away Saturday Jan. 19.

Devoted wife of the late Harry Eisenberg. Esther leaves behind her two daughters, Donna Weinberg (Stewart) and Rochelle Glassel (Gary); seven grandchildren Brian (Jen), Dan (Marlie), Michael (Cindy), Joel (Yoko), Joshua, Nicole and Dana; three great grandchildren: Sarah, Samantha, and Itai.

Esther was born in Kansas City, Mo. She and Harry lived in the Lakeside District of San Francisco for more than 50 years. Esther was active in her husband’s liquor store business for 25 years, she was involved in B’nai Brith and Hadassah and loved to cruise traveling all around the world. After Harry’s death in 1995, Esther moved to the Rhoda Goldman plaza. She will be most remembered for her genuine love for her family and good friends.

Services were held at Hills of Eternity in Colma. Contributions can be made to the Auxiliary UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion, 1600 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, Ca. 94145-1606.

Irving Grossman passed away peacefully on Feb. 9 at the Jewish Home in San Francisco. Irving is survived by his devoted and loving daughter, Gail Grossman, Gail’s mother Sylvia Morden, brother-in-law Harold (Ruth) Epstein, sister-in-law Relda Grossman, step-son Bill (Jan) Zachary, step-daughter Patsy (Doug) Zike, nieces and nephews Barbara Erickson, Susan Grossman, Teri (Mitch) Ostwald, Steven (Diane) Markham, Stuart (Judy) Markham, Helane Rappaport and ten great nieces and nephews.

Irving was born on Feb. 16, 1915 in Great Falls, Montana and moved to San Francisco with his parents Joseph and Lena Grossman in 1939. Irving was a business owner in the East Bay for many years and in later life worked as an accountant in San Francisco.

Irving was a gentleman who loved life and always had a positive can-do attitude. He enjoyed his last four years at the Jewish Home where he lived, volunteered, participated in numerous activities and made many special friends. Irving will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Services took place at the Jewish Home with interment at Eternal Home Cemetery in Colma. Donations to the Jewish Home, 302 Silver Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112 preferred. Sinai Memorial Chapel.

Jason Aaron Nogee died on Jan. 21, 2008 of cardiac arrest. He was born in Schenectady, New York on March 9, 1939 of Lena Engle and Julius Nogee. An older brother Sanford Nogee preceded him in death. A graduate of Buffalo University, Jason worked for the American Library Association and for several businesses in Chicago, Seattle and Oakland. At the time of death he was self-employed in sales of rare books, sports memorabilia and American Toys. For a time he was the editor and publishers of the magazine the American Book Collector. Jason interests included music, arts and theater but the great passion of his life was the care of and protection of animals in need. He contributed generously to animal protection organizations, demonstrated with others against companies whose activities involved animal abuse, spoke to school children about the importance of care of animals; and he regularly worked as a volunteer for the care of animals. Jason was an avid member of JEBS, Jewish East Bay Singles. He leaves behind many friends and is survived by his son Jordan, brother Joseph, nephews Jyle and Allen and nieces Leah and Linda. Memorial contributions can be sent to any organization serving animals.

Memorial will be on March 2. Contact Art Weil at 510 654-5626.

Bernard S. Packer, MD of Tiburon died Jan. 29. He was 73. A Philadelphia native, he graduated from Temple U. (BS); UC Berkeley (MS, engineering); and received his medical degree from the U. of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his medical residency at S.F.’s Mount Zion Hospital. A pulmonologist, he was Director of Respiratory Therapy at St. Luke’s Hospital and later worked at Yountville Veteran’s Home. He had a lifelong interest in sailing, astronomy, computers and history. Son of the late Lillian Packer Drasin and Morton Packer and stepfather Samuel Drasin, he is survived by his wife of 47 yrs, Gail; daughters Susan and Jennifer; brothers David Drasin and Andrew Packer, MD; and sister Martha Packer. He will be deeply missed by his many friends, associates and family who cherished him for his infinite courage, honesty, generosity and continual pursuit of justice. Funeral services will be private. A celebration of his life is being planned. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to giver’s charity of choice.

Beloved by generations of family and friends, Ruth Carmel Roth died peacefully on Feb. 8 in Oakland, Calif. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who nurtured and encouraged everyone around her. Born in 1924 in Providence, Rhode Island, Ruth was the daughter of Rabbi Morris and Mary Schussheim. She grew up in Providence, where Rabbi Schussheim had a pulpit for forty years. She attended Case Western Reserve University, where she met her husband, Doctor Arthur Roth. They were married for more than 60 years.

As a young couple, the Roths lived in Cleveland, where daughter Jo was born, in Alaska, where daughter Judy was born, and then settled in Oakland, where daughters Amy and Sharon were born.

Ruth, who had been a preschool educator and union organizer, then received a Masters in Education and managed medical offices for many years, in Oakland and at Santa Clara University, where her husband was a physician.

She was known in the Bay Area Jewish community for her organizational work, including Hadassah, where she was a life member and former Oakland Chapter President. She volunteered with the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP), providing free insurance counseling. Twenty-two years ago, Ruth and Arthur helped start San Jose’s Chai House, a retirement community focused on Jewish life and community.

Ruth had friends throughout the United States and Israel. She was deeply loved by these friends and her family. She was pre-deceased by her husband Arthur and by her sister Israela Henning. She is survived by her four daughters and their spouses Norman Budman, JP Villedrouin, and Jon Dunn, four grandchildren and their spouses Scott and Jenny, Margo, Roland and Nomi, and Kyle and Lauren, and two great-grandchildren Maria and Anna.

May her memory be a blessing.