Charles G. Aknin

Born in Algiers, Algeria Dec. 1, 1933, passed away Feb. 20 after a long and valiant battle with cancer. He was the youngest son of Isaac and Emilie Aknin. He is survived by Blanche, his wife of 55 years; his 3 children, Julianne, David and Jean-Claude (Trish) Aknin; and his adored grandchildren Stuart, Rachel, Amanda, Tyler, Jason and Haley Aknin. He is also survived by his sisters, Raymonde Singley (Roy) and Julie Ehrenberg; his brother Joseph Aknin (Andree), his sisters-in-law Rose and Monique, wives of his late brothers Andre and Marcel; and his sisters-in-law Marcelle Gaillant (Charles) and Mireille Sanchez (Robert).

He was a painting contractor for over 40 years, well known on the Peninsula. Charles was known as “Chacha” to some, “Charlie” to most of us. In addition to being “dad” and “grandpa,” he was “Uncle Charlie” to many nephews and nieces in the U.S., France and Israel. He came to this country in 1957 and decided to put down roots in Redwood City, where he joined and was an active member of Temple Beth Jacob. He will be remembered for his love for life and family and for his tremendous sense of humor.

Funeral Services were held Friday, Feb. 22 at Temple Beth Jacob, Redwood City.

E. Dora Grossman in San Francisco on February 24, 2008 at age 97. Beloved daughter of the late Louis and Ida Grossman; loving sister of Molly Grossman and the late Anna and Alice Grossman.

Private graveside service were held at Eternal Home Cemetery, Colma. Contributions to Hadassah, 1715 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109, 415-771-5900 or Congregation Ner Tamid, 1250 Quinitara Street, S.F., CA 94116. Arrangements by Sinai Memorial Chapel.

Goldie Cutler Michael

On Feb. 21 at age 91 in San Francisco, as a result of complications from a fall. Anyone who knew Goldie knew her to have great integrity, dignity and intelligence. She lived by the motto that every problem has a solution.

Goldie was born in San Francisco and grew up in Pittsburg, Calif. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1937 with a BA in economics and political science. She was a member of AEPhi Sorority.

Throughout Goldie’s life, she was dedicated to Democratic Party causes, and worked on countless campaigns and committees. At one time she was voted the top-ranking woman in the California Democratic Party, when she was elected California Democratic Party Women’s Division Chairman, and State Party Vice Chairman. During Goldie’s term as Women’s Division Chairman, she worked successfully to eliminate the “Women’s Division” from the Democratic Party structure in order to increase equality for women within politics and government.

Goldie’s other lifelong commitment has been to the San Francisco Jewish community. Her family remembers her as always having been deeply involved in numerous causes. She was a past president of Congregation Emanu-El’s Sisterhood, and a past president of the San Francisco branch of the National Council Of Jewish Women.

Goldie meet Harold Cutler at the San Francisco JCC during WWII. They married and had two daughters. Several years after Harold’s passing, Goldie married Joseph Michael, who passed away in 2003.

Goldie is survived by her daughters, Carol Cutler (Shelly) Ray and Lory Cutler (Alex) Drukarev; grandson Andy Drukarev; brother and sister-in-law Norman and Squeek Grabstein; numerous nieces and nephews; John (Harriet) Michael and their children and grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the San Francisco Towers, where Goldie had been a resident for the past 10 years. The service will be held on Sunday, March 2 at 3 p.m. Arrangements by Sinai Memorial Chapel.

Celebrate the life of Walter Green, San Francisco bassoonist and teacher.

You are invited to join us in celebrating and honoring the life of Walter Green at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin St. in San Francisco on Tuesday, March 4 at 5:30 p.m. RSVP: [email protected]

Lillian Brundage Moose

Passed away peacefully at her home in San Francisco on Feb. 19, surrounded by her family. Born in New York on Feb. 28, 1918, she spent the last 88 years in California. She truly loved people and savored life. She traveled extensively with her family and shared her adventures with her clients as a travel agent. She was a devoted Marinite and later, San Franciscian and helped shaped the skyline as a real estate developer. She was involved in many philanthropic activities.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Harold ‘Bud’ L. Moose, Jr.; daughters Jacquelyn (Glenn) Braunstein and Shirley (Bill) Freeman; grandchildren Scott (Lulu) and Jeff (Pamela) Braunstein; six great-grandchildren Joel, Benjy, Elsa, Zane, Zoe Lillian, Rhys; and brother Albert (Fran) Brundage.

Private arrangements were made. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice on Lillian’s behalf.

Georgeanna Prensky

March 11, 1920-February 18, 2008

Georgeanna Prensky “Georgie,” passed away on Feb. 18 with her loving husband Abe, daughter Harriet and son-in-law Bill at her side. Georgie was born in Somerville, N.J. and lived Bayside, N.Y. until moving to the Atriums in Palm Beach in 1988.

Georgie was a devoted wife of 62 years, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and true friend to many. She will be forever remembered for her zest for life, loyalty, integrity and courage. Georgie enjoyed the time she spent in Florida including weekly canasta games and the sunsets over the intercostals. During her time in Florida, she often took trips to San Francisco with Abe to spend time with her daughter’s family and particularly enjoyed celebrating holidays there and celebrating her granddaughters’ special events.

Georgie is survived by her husband Abe Prensky, daughter Harriet Prensky, son-in-law Bill Pomeranz and granddaughters Sarah and Rachel Prensky-Pomeranz, sister Gertrude Howath, nieces Paula Herman and Deborah Azer Brown and nephew Howard Azer. Her family and her family of friends will sorely miss Georgie.

The funeral and burial took place in Colma at Home of Peace Cemetery on Sunday, Feb. 24.

Donations can be made to Brandeis Hillel Day School, 655 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco CA 94132 or Hadassah Hospital.

Norma Sherman, wife of Barney Sherman and long-time resident of Walnut Creek, passed away from pulmonary complications on Feb. 14 at the age of 76. Funeral services were held at Oakmont Cemetery in Lafayette on Feb. 17 under the direction of Sinai Memorial Chapel.

In addition to her loving husband, Norma is survived by her three adoring sons, Michael, Leslie and Brian, sister Elaine and brother Lawrence, and eight grandchildren, Evan, Rachel, Sarah, Ryan, Samantha, Elaina, Daniel and Hannah. Norma was born in New York City on Aug. 27, 1931, and moved to the Bay Area in 1976. During her years living in Walnut Creek, Norma had a 30-year career with the Brose Company of Danville and was active in the Contra Costa County Jewish Film Festival and other Jewish and community activities.

Donations in Norma’s memory should be made to the Contra Costa Jewish Community Center, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek CA 94595.


The memorial service for Jason Nogee is to be March 9 (not March 2) in Piedmont. Contact Arthur Weil at (510) 654-5626.