Marjorie B. Edelson on Thursday, March 5, 2009, in Bethesda, MD. Beloved wife of the late S. Eric Edelson; loving mother of Laurelbeth (Jon) Nelson, Joan Haskins and Gregory (Tanya) Edelson. Also survived by seven grandchildren and one great- grandchild. Funeral services and interment held on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 in Colma, CA. Memorial contributions may be made to the Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Dr., Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850 or to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, P.O. Box 451429, Atlanta, GA.

Sarah Ethel Krow, in Redwood City, on March 8, 2009 at age 85. Beloved wife of Morris Krow for 61 years; loving mother of Beila Krow, Jeffrey Krow, Deborah Krow and Sherri Krow; adoring grandmother of Daniel and Ethan Krow, Rebecca and Rachel Krow-Boniske, and Kayli Gascoigne; dear sister of Harry Paper and the late Joseph Paper, Reuben Paper and Simon Paper.

Sarah was born and raised in Oakland, CA, the youngest child and only daughter of Rabbi Behr Michael Paper and Rachel Paper. She married in 1948 and raised four children. She sold shoes for over 35 years and was known by all for her warmth and desire to please.

Funeral services were held on March 11. Interment Eternal Home Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a charity of your choice.

Edith Lilienthal Dorfman

4th Generation San Franciscan

August 7, 1920-March 9, 2009

Passed away peacefully at home after courageously battling brain and other cancers in recent years.

She will be remembered by friends and family for her affectionately loving, friendly and nurturing nature, and the smiles and warmth she brought to those who came in contact with her. She was a true “people person” and formed many long-lasting friendships.

Edie Dorfman was born at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco to the late Arthur Gerstle and Katherine Solomons Lilienthal and took great pride in being a 4th generation San Franciscan. She spent her youth in San Francisco and Burlingame and always spoke fondly of her summer camp experiences at Skylake Camp near her beloved Lake Tahoe, times she shared with her late sister, Katherine Lilienthal Wooden.

After high school graduation, Edie attended Mills College for two years. In 1943 she volunteered to support the war effort, and at a USO function, met young Naval ensign Benjamin Dorfman of Louisville, Kentucky. They were married on November 2, 1944, and enjoyed 64 years, 4 months, and 7 days of wedded bliss.

Edie bore two sons, Richard Nathan Dorfman and the late Roger Dorfman, and was proud of their school, Boy Scout, and other accomplishments. On March 11, 1958, the family moved to 22 Jordan Avenue, a home which had been in the extended family since it was built in about 1920. Edie and Ben lived there until 2004.

Edie was active in the Jewish community, serving on the Board of the Jewish Community Center, and most recently as a volunteer docent and docent coordinator at Congregation Emanu-El. She referred to being a docent as “her job,” and she communicated to her tour groups her joy in being able to relate the history of the synagogue and how some members of her family were part of that history. She and Ben also have supported a number of other organizations through the years.

Edie is survived by husband, Ben, son Richard and his wife Sylvia from Boise, Idaho, and six grandchildren — Ryan Eric (and wife Lindy) Dorfman of Richmond, Virginia, Scott Jason Dorfman of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jeremy Aaron Dorfman of Santa Rosa, Bernard Arthur Dorfman of Santa Cruz, Marleigh Alyssa Dorfman of Santa Rosa, and Rose Alanna Dorfman of Santa Rosa.

She is also survived by nieces, nephews, and cousins, and a number of the life-long friends who were so important to her.

Services were held at Congregation Emanu-el on March 12. Donations can be made to Congregation Emanu-el for Docent Activities, to the American Cancer Society, or to a charity of one’s choice.

Ruth Opper Plainfield passed away peacefully at her home in Berkeley, California on Sunday, March 8th. Ruth was born on January 27th 1925 in Gau Bickelheim, Germany into a family of wine vintners, lawyers and art merchants.  Ruth’s family fled Nazi Germany and came to the United States in 1938. After having lived in San Francisco and San Jose, Ruth and her parents settled in Fountaingrove in Santa Rosa in 1941 where Ruth spent her teenage years.

Gdeaths plainfield, ruthHer father was the wine master at Fountaingrove and later became the wine master at Paul Masson. During these years Ruth continued to learn about the wine making process from her father, who as a highly acclaimed wine master, brought the Paul Masson winery back to glory. Ruth completed her undergraduate education in social work at Santa Rosa. Around this time she met the love of her life, Sanford Plainfield and they were married at Fountaingrove in 1946.

In the following years Ruth became intensely involved in social work all over Napa and Sonoma counties. Ruth and Sanford settled in Berkeley where Ruth went on to earn her masters in psychotherapy. Her son Mark was born in 1951 and Kim was born in 1954. Ruth’s passion for psychotherapy really blossomed and she became a part of the therapy team at Cowell hospital at UC Berkeley.

Ruth was always giving and in very big ways. When she wasn’t working she was volunteering. United Way, the Emergency Service Network, Travelers Aid Society and the YWCA are some of the organizations Ruth worked with. Ruth was a woman of great courage and an amazing spirit. She valiantly battled much illness in her life. Her belief in justice and fairness always shaped her path. Up until her passing she strived for what was right for all around her.

She is survived by her husband Sanford, her sons Mark & Kim and daughter-in-law Maureen, grandchildren Fernando, Samuel, Julian, Joel & Sebastian. Bob & Virginia Plainfield, Craig & Richie and their families. The family gratefully acknowledges Doris, Darlene, Keisha, Sandra, Toni and Theresa for lovingly caring for both Ruth & Sanford. Friends and family attended the service on Thursday, March 12, 2009 at noon at Sunset View Cemeteries, 101 Colusa Ave., El Cerrito, followed by a reception at the family’s home in Berkeley.

For further information, or to send a message to the family, contact Mandel Funeral Services of Northern California at 1-866-962-6335 or

David D. Stern, DDS, passed peacefully at his family home in San Francisco where he lived for the past 57 years. He was 89 years old. Dave, a San Francisco native was born in 1919 the son of Max and Ida Stern. He was the brother of Bernice Freidman and is survived by his brother Jerome P. Stern (Martha). He attended Polytechnic High School where he was a record-breaking track sprinter known as “Fleet Foot.” He received a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in San Francisco with a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree. Dave went on to have a very successful dental practice in San Francisco for over 45 years. He served his country as a Naval Officer in the Pacific during World War II and was called back to active duty to serve his country again during the Korean conflict.

In 1939 Dave attended a state dance where he met his future wife, Charlotte who survives him, with whom he was happily married for over 66 years and raised five children: Richard (Susie), Gary (Randi), Sherrie (Anthony), Susan (Alastair) and Daniel (Donna). He is the loving grandfather of eight grandchildren — Michelle, Jessica, Martin, Ashley, Colin, Alexander, Aidan, Margo, and Laura — and two great grandchildren, Amelia and Ari.

Dave was a devoted father, father in law, husband and friend. He led a full and rich life. His memory will live on in the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved him.

A private Service for the immediate family was held at Hills of Eternity Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice in the name of David Stern.