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Mel Harris Bloom, May 1938-May 2009.

Mel, of San Francisco and Atherton, a well-known Bay Area auctioneer (retired), passed away after a long illness. Survived by Jayne Bloom of San Carlos, his sons David (Jennifer) of Redwood City, Eric (Sophia) of Palo Alto, Gary (Pim) of Sunnyvale, and Joel (Grecia) of Oakland, grandchildren Jean-Luc, Zoe Valentina, Leah and Pearl and sister Shara (R.D.) Berger of Campbell River, B.C. A memorial service was held at Hills of Eternity in Colma on May 21, 2009. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Jewish Home of San Francisco.

Eugene Yoshua Brenner, 94, of San Francisco, CA passed away peacefully with his family at his side, on Sunday, May 17, 2009.

Eugene was born in Berlin, Germany Dec. 17, 1914. In Berlin after his schooling, Eugene became a diamond setter in his father’s business. At the age of 20 he moved to Israel. After he settled in Tel-Aviv he sent for his father, mother and younger brother.  Eugene always loved cars and decided to buy his own Taxi and became a tourist guide. He was the personal driver for the Mayor of Tel Aviv, where he met many dignitaries like Golda Meier. He also proudly served in the Haganah. He was married to the love of his life Helen (known as Lilly) Kurlandsky on March 27, 1942 and raised two children Nurit and Avi. In 1952, Eugene moved his family to the United States and settled in San Francisco, CA. Eugene was determined to support his family and took as many jobs as possible which included becoming a driving instructor for a high school, opening two Deli’s, and owning and operating his own Jitney bus on Mission Street in San Francisco.

Eugene Yoshua Brenner

Eugene was a loving husband, father, grandfather and a friend to many who he knew for over 50 years. Many friends are Holocaust survivors. Eugene was very proud of being a United States citizen, but his heart and soul will forever be in Israel.

Eugene is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Lilly Brenner; his daughter Nurit Brenner and his son Avi Brenner (wife: Elise Corin-Brenner); his grandchildren Jacquelyn Travis, Doron Brenner (wife: Susie Brenner), and Zena Brenner; his great-grandchildren Elizabeth Deal, Jessica Deal, Robert Poninski, and Kayla Brenner.

Services were held on May 20, 2009 at Home of Eternity Chapel and Salem Cemetery for family and friends.

Eugene loved all his volunteers from Hospice By The Bay and Jewish Family Services, and he became one of the longest living Hospice patients from 2005 to 2009. The family has requests that donations be made in Eugene’s memory to Hospice By The Bay of San Francisco or Jewish Family Services of San Francisco.

Edwin Katz of San Anselmo, California passed away on May 20, 2009 at the age of 77. Preceded in death by his parents Betty and Smuel Katz and his sister Greta. Loving brother to Irwin Katz of Los Angeles. A devoted uncle and great uncle. A realtor in Marin County of many years. Ed volunteered with Chabad and other Jewish organizations. His compassion and sense of humor will be missed. Funeral services were held in Los Angeles at the Home of Peace cemetery on May 21, 2009.