Deaths

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David Erich Hahn, 35, of Page Mill Court Apartments in Palo Alto, died Tuesday, September 16, 2008.

A native of Palo Alto, David is survived by his parents, Dr. Michael Hahn and Susan Hahn of Palo Alto, and his sister, Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tapper, brother-in-law, Dr. Aaron Hahn Tapper, and nephew, Isaiah Everett Hahn Tapper, of Redwood City.

David greeted the world through his heart. He was exceptionally warm and happy, and his contagious smile, which knew no boundaries, will be deeply missed.

One of the most enthusiastic fans of all sports teams representing Leland Stanford, Jr. University, as well as many non-university teams, David was an extremely active member of the Palo Alto community. He worked at one of Stanford’s dormitory cafeterias, in Florence Moore Hall, and was an energetic and beloved member of the university’s marching band. Aside from the thousands of individuals David touched in these environments, he was also a regular fixture on Palo Alto’s California and University Avenues, making daily visits to customers and shopkeepers alike, offering habitual doses of hugs and warm greetings.

A private funeral service will be held on Friday, September 19, and a public memorial and celebration of David’s life — open to any and all of those whose lives he touched — will take place at 2PM on Sunday, September 21, at Kol Emeth Synagogue, 4175 Manuela Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306 (650.948.7498).

Contributions in David’s memory to any of the following charities are welcome: Abilities United (formally C.A.R.); Best Buddies; Stanford University Band (contact [email protected]); Williams Syndrome Foundation.

Bert Kamalman passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Sept. 8, 2008, while engaged in his favorite pastime, golf.

Bert was born on June 20, 1934 in St. Paul, Minn., and graduated from San Francisco State University in 1956 with a degree in business. He went on to a very successful 40-year career at Pacific Steel and retired with many friends and colleagues in his field. Anyone who worked with Bert knew that his handshake was his word.

Bert was preceded in death by his first wife, Marilyn Weder Kamalman. He is survived by his son, David, and daughter-in-law, Kim, and two granddaughters, Maren and Morgan, who were the lights of his life.

He found love with Arlene, whom he married in 1989. They enjoyed extensive travel and an active social life both in Palm Desert and Alamo. Throughout their almost 20 years together, Bert and Arlene were devoted to one another and looked forward to spending their “golden” years together. Bert was a second father and grandfather to Arlene’s children, Teri (Curt), Linda and Brad (Lucy) and their 11 children. He touched their lives deeply and they are forever grateful for his support and love.

Bert will be sorely missed by all who were lucky enough to know him.

Funeral services were held under the direction of Sinai Memorial Chapel. Donations can be made to any Jewish charity of your choice.

Rayna Kanter, loving mother and grandmother, passed away on Sept. 7, 2008, at home in Castro Valley, after a courageous battle with cancer. Rayna was born in Chico, Calif. on Oct. 13, 1920. She and her brother, Mendel, are third generation descendents of the pioneer Tochterman and Breslauer families.

She graduated from Chico State in 1942 and married the love of her life, Russell Kanter, that same year. She taught elementary school as a substitute, then opened Kanter Optical with Russell, her late husband. The business thrived for 20 years, and they were well known and loved in the community. Her children and grandchildren were proud of her limber abilities to dance in her 80s, and her calendar was always filled with exercise, literature and opera classes.

She is survived by her son, Jon (Gayle) Kanter, and daughter, Ricka (Albert) Fisher; her grandchildren, Scott (Hillary) Kanter, Rachel (Zak) Ammirato and Hannah Fisher; her brother, Mendel (Nadine) Tochterman; and nephew, Alan Tochterman.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Temple Beth Shalom in San Leandro, and Hope Hospice in Danville. Private service was held Sept. 10, 2008 at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park, Colma, Calif.

Frank Winston, 74, attorney, “Emperor of Pacifica,” dear brother of Tom. Founder of Jewish Heritage Night for the Giants and the Warriors, member of the Pacifica Historical Society, former regional president of B’nai B’rith and many other organizations. Services were Monday, Sept. 15, at Congregation Beth Israel-Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco. Interment will be private. To view a taped Webcast of the funeral, for further information or to send a message to the family, visit Mandel Funeral Services of Northern California’s Web site at www.mandelfuneralservices.com.