Irwin J. Mussen passed away on Feb. 8 peacefully in his sleep. He was 76. Irwin was an urban planner dedicated to creating housing for the poor and to environmental justice. After serving his country in the armed services in Okinawa, still in his 20s, he was a deputy to S.F.’s Mayor John Shelley and was instrumental in S.F. project renewal.

He was the urban planner for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District; was one of the founders of Resources for Community Development (RCD) and an active member of a number of community-related organizations in the Bay Area. Irwin was very committed to the Eco Peace Project of Israel and its neighboring countries, promoting an integrated, sustainable regional development plan for the Dead Sea Basin for all the people of the region to share in the natural resources. Irwin was a member of Netivot Shalom synagogue in Berkeley and a Yale University alumni. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, a son-in-law and his wild dog.

Miriam Peckler, 83, born in Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 17, 1924, died Feb. 5 surrounded by family.

Miriam touched many hearts in her lifetime, most especially her high school sweetheart and loving husband, Larry, whom she married March 26, 1944. Their devotion to each other was beyond compare.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons Stephen and Douglas, daughter-in-law Evelyn Pine, and grandsons Joshua, Aaron and Gabriel. She is also survived by her brother Stanley Kohn and sister-in-law Sunny Kohn, sisters-in-law Udice Kohn, Frances Kohn, and Barbara Drexler. Also survived by cousin Salo Gronowitz of Sweden, and many relatives and friends around the world, all of whose names and birthdays she remembered.

She was predeceased by her parents, Samuel and Lillian Kohn, and brothers Eugene and Herbert Kohn.

The family is especially grateful for the loving care given by her friend Elaine Aguilar.

Miriam had a strong sense of social justice, friendship and beauty. She worked for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and Stanford’s Department of materials science. She met her many health challenges with grace. And she had the most incredible blue eyes.

Funeral services were held Feb. 8 at Temple Beth Jacob in Redwood City, followed by interment at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park in Colma. Contributions recommended to the Miriam and Larry Peckler Scholarship Fund at the Hebrew Free Loan Association, 131 Steuart Street, Suite 425, San Francisco CA 94105 ( or a cause of your choice.

Sylvia Radovich in San Francisco, at age 87, on Feb. 14. Loving mother of Lydia R. Zinn (and David Samuel) Zinn and Louis R. Radovich. Dear sister of Ida Lowenthal, Mollie Strauss, Fannie Gottesman, Diane (and Henry) Mendel, Earl (and Suzanne) Horenstein and Donald (and Loretta) Horenstein. Loving aunt of William and Brigita Perazich and many other nieces and nephews.

Sylvia sang in the San Francisco Opera Chorus in the 1950s. She was proud to be a liberal progressive and was a member of the Office and Professional Union for many years. She was a long-time member of Hadassah and a devoted fan of the San Francisco Giants and 49ers.

Graveside services were held at Shaari Torah Cemetery, Portland, Ore. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Jewish Home, 302 Silver Ave., San Francisco CA 94112. Arrangements by Sinai Memorial Chapel.