Deaths

Ann Honig Nadel May 9, 1940-April 5, 2008. Ann Honig Nadel died at the age of 67 on April 5, 2008 after a courageous fight with cancer. She is survived by her husband of 45 years Joseph Nadel, son David Nadel, daughter Marcia Nadel Fiman and son-in-law Keith Fiman. She is also survived by her brother Bill Honig and twin sister Sue Weinstein, along with her brothers- and sisters-in-law, many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Ann was born in San Francisco, daughter of Louis and Miriam Honig. She attended Grant Elementary School, Lowell High School and University of California Berkeley as well as San Francisco State where she also received a Master’s Degree in Education; specializing in education of the deaf. Ann later became a sculptor, studied under and was greatly influenced by the late Peter Voulkos. Ann saw beauty all around her and translated it into works in ceramic, bronze and paper. Her works are seen in many private and public collections including the Vice President’s Residence. Ann had a lifelong love of learning and her intellectual curiosity lead her to explore areas as diverse as physics, philosophy, politics, literature and theology. Ann was active in many charitable organizations and served on the boards of the Jewish Home of San Francisco, The San Francisco Jewish Museum, the Judah L. Magnes Museum and Ben-Gurion University. Ann will be remembered for many things but most of all for her love and devotion to her family and lifelong friends.

A private memorial service is planned. Donations in Ann’s memory can be made to the Jewish Home of San Francisco or the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley, California.

Sally Feiner, 95, in Cupertino on April 4, 2008. Beloved Aunt of Beverly Birnbaum, Larry Feiner, Howard Feiner, Ralph “Reuven” Sabel, Sylvia Sabel, and Norman Sabel. Born to Chana and Rabbi Meyer Feiner in Podgorze near Krakow, Poland in 1912, she came to Chicago in 1928, and to San Francisco in 1936.

Funeral services were held at Eternal Home Cemetery, Colma. Contributions to Sinai Memorial Chapel, Chevra Kadisha, San Francisco or the Alzheimer’s Association. May her soul be bound in the bond of life.

Elizabeth Land At rest, on April 6th, 2008 in San Francisco at age 93. Wife of the late Lewis K. Land, mother of Helen E. Land, Barbara Land and Frances Moore (Charles), a grandmother and great-grandmother, a friend and family member of many. Loved for her gentle warmth, gracious ways and open manner. At home from 2 pm-5 pm, Saturday, April 12th; burial will be private. Donations in her memory to the Jewish Home, 302 Silver Ave., SF/CA 94112 or the Audobon Canyon Ranch, 4900 Highway One, Stinson Beach, CA 94970. Sinai Memorial Chapel.

Sadie Midanik, beloved wife of Harry (Huckle) Midanik (deceased), loving mother to Estelle (the late Leo) Shephard and Lorraine Midanik (Stephen Blum), wonderful grandmother to Amy and Beth Midanik-Blum, loving aunt and great-aunt to so many, and a wonderful warm friend to all, died peacefully on April 3, in Berkeley, CA with her loving family around her. It was a deep pleasure and honor to know her. Her humor was infectious, and her cooking almost spiritual in quality. She loved to read, watch movies, and play mah jong, but, most importantly, she loved being with her family. She will be missed by all. While neither Sadie nor Harry suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, she was always grateful for the respite support that the Alzheimer’s Association had provided her as she cared for Harry. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to: Alzheimer’s Association of Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley Regional Office, California State University, Northridge, Suite 201, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330, Phone: 818-677-4044.

Sarina Pessah, September 19th 1924-April 2nd 2008. When pressed by any of her children with the popular and difficult question “Mama, who do you love the most?”

“I love the one who is hungry until he is fed. I love the one who is sick until he is healthy. I love the one who is far away until he comes close. I love everybody. Show me a mother that doesn’t love her child!”

Sarina Pessah, who is survived by her brother Joshua, sister Regina in Israel, seven children, seventeen grandchildren and one great-grandchild in Israel, marked her final breath on April 2, 2008 at 12:30AM. The loss of her sister 30 days prior to her death combined with her pulmonary ailment precipitated her final departure from her family. Sarina achieved an almost inconceivable amount for one lifetime, and will be remembered for generations to come.

Born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, Sarina persevered in a life marked by joy and hardship. At five years old, her father passed away: an event that forced the family into extreme poverty. Through a scholarship from the Jewish community in Egypt, she and her sister enabled them to attend Jewish school. This formation instilled in her a passion for education, which she carried with her throughout her life and passed onto her children and grandchildren. She married Moussa (Moshe) Pessah at age 18 and one year later had her first child.

The aftermath of the Six Day War in 1967 tore her family apart, her husband and two eldest children were arrested and tortured in prisons for three years. The three of them were among the entire Jewish population of men arrested in Egypt. Forced again into poverty, helpless, deprived from her husband and two eldest sons, Sarina worked tirelessly to support her five other children, and managed to escape out of Egypt to the United States thanks to support from the Hebrew Immigrants Aid Association, HIAS. Finally in November of 1970, when her husband and two oldest sons were released, her family reunited in San Francisco California.

Sarina epitomized a life of learning and was most known for her gourmet abilities. An avid and unparalleled chef, Sarina had a bakery in Sharon Heights, California for 12 years. She found particular joy making feasts for family and friends and continually developed and learned new recipes. Indeed, to eat a meal prepared by Sarina was to savor in the product of decades of practice and love. Sarina Pessah was also known for creating elaborate wedding dresses for many of her community. Other hobbies she took on at various points in her life included needlepoint, crochet, painting, and piano. At age 75, she celebrated her Bat Mitzvah. She is known as Nonna by a great majority of those who knew her and she will be deeply missed.

Sarina Pessah’s persistence, good will and passion for living a full and active life will forever provide those she leaves behind with strength, dignity and peace.

Email comments to [email protected] Charity donations on behalf of Sarina Pessah may be sent to: Karaite Jews of America, Temple B’nai Israel, 1575 Annie Street, Daly City, CA 94015.

Allen Sandberg of Walnut Creek, CA, died early Friday, April 4th, 2008, from pancreatic cancer at the age of 69. A native of New York City, Al received his BA & MA in Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After school, he moved to Chicago, where he worked for Presb. St. Luke’s Hospital in its computer department for 11 years, while simultaneously teaching at the Univ. of Illinois. He then moved to Walnut Creek with his family, where he worked for Kaiser as a systems analyst for 27 years.

Al is survived by his wife of 43 years, Edie Sandberg, and their four children: Eileen (Jeremy), Michael (Stephanie), Mark (Susanna) and Eric (Judy), and his ten grandchildren: Garrett, Molly, Zachary, Benjamin, Max, Emily, Peter, Kevin, Gabby and Isabella, who were the joys of his life. Services will be held Monday, April 7th at 1:30 PM at Cong. B’nai Tikvah, 25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 or www.hospiceeastbay.org. Services by Sinai Memorial Chapel — Lafayette.

Marc A. Waterman. Born January 12, 1943, died peacefully April 5, 2008. Beloved husband of Suzanne Waterman, father of David Waterman, brother of Daniel Waterman of Ukiah, nephew of Frances and Bernard Barrish of Petaluma, and beloved cousin to many.

Marc was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Maurice Waterman and Dorothy Sturt Waterman. He moved to Chicago at the age of nine. He graduated from Roosevelt University and received a degree in Business & Marketing. Upon graduation he went to work for Leo Burnett and Associates in Chicago and was with them for many years till he moved to California in 1976. Marc was a past Director of Marketing for Apple Computer and MicroPro International. He then started his own firm, Waterman Associates and worked as a marketing consultant to many businesses and organizations.

Marc was deeply always committed and involved in the Jewish community. He was especially proud of the fact that he was a founding member of Temple Chai in Long Grove, Illinois. He was also a Sunday school teacher for many years at Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco, a past Director of Education for Congregation Kol Shofar, and was currently involved in adult education programming at Congregation Rodef Sholom.

Marc will be remembered dearly for his love of family,, friends, life, and his commitment to the community.

His funeral was Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 12:30 PM at Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael, California.

Donations may be made to Temple Chai — Waterman Family Music Fund, 1670 Checker Road, Long Grove, Ill. 60047, or Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA. 94903.