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Bess Calic, resident of San Carlos, CA. Born April 4, 1925, entered into eternal rest Sunday, August 9, 2009. Bess was married to Reuben Calic for 59 years. He passed into rest in 2004. They are survived by sons Dan Calic and his wife, Debbie, of San Ramon; son Rick Calic and his wife, Therese, of North San Juan, daughters Lorayne and Elayne Calic of Redwood City, grandson Ryan Calic of Belmont, and brother Bernard Friedman of British Columbia, Canada. Originally from Providence, R.I. Bess’s cousin Beverly continues to reside there.

A Peninsula resident for over 60 years, Bess along with her late husband was longtime member of Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City, where she was active on numerous committees over the years. As a housewife and mother she mixed her Temple activities with raising her four children. Bess was a gracious hostess to all who came to her home. Her warm hospitality will be missed.

Interment services were held at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park in Colma on Wednesday August 12, 2009. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City.

Pearl Felson died Thursday, Aug. 6 at her home in Hayward after a short illness from pancreatic cancer. She was 87. She was married to Stan Felson of Hayward for 58 years and was a resident in the Bay Area since 1958, when they moved with their three sons from Seattle, Wash.

Born Sarah Pearl to Joe and Rose Benson, she was a native of Toronto, Canada. Her parents had immigrated to Canada from Eastern Europe at the turn of the last century. She met her future husband after she and her parents traveled to Portland, Ore., for the wedding of her brother, Ben Benson, in December 1950. One week after that wedding, Stan Felson proposed to her and they were married less than two months later, Feb. 11, 1951.

She was a longtime member of Temple Beth Sholom, San Leandro, and was once president of the local chapter of B’nai Brith Women, part of an international Jewish service organization.

Besides her husband, Stan, she is survived by her three sons and daughters-in-law: Leonard (and Julia) Felson of West Hartford, Conn; Howard  (and Efrat) Felson of Jerusalem, Israel; and Jeff (and Mimi) Felson of Piedmont. She also leaves five grandchildren: Rachel, David, Ben, Tali and Ami; and nieces and nephews Joe (and Sherry) Felson of Piedmont; Rick (and Claudia) Felson of Castro Valley; Elliott (and Suzanne) Felson of San Francisco; Susan (and Mark) Sisisky of Richmond, Va., and Dana (and Jeff)  Melnick of Portland, Ore.

A graveside funeral service was held at Home of Peace Cemetery in Oakland, presided by Rabbi Judah Dardik of Beth Jacob Congregation, Oakland, and Rabbi Harry Manhoff of Temple Beth Sholom, San Leandro. Contributions may be made to the charity of donors’ choosing.

Miriam Lichtenstein, 93, died June 27, 2009 in White Plains, New York. A 53-year resident of San Francisco, Miriam and her late husband Meier, were active members of Congregation Chevra Thilim.  She is survived by three children, Ilona, (Stan) Galant, of Newport Beach, California, Evelyn, ( Mosh) Koch, of Nashville, Tennessee, and David (Rena) Lichtenstein of White Plains, New York, 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.  Contributions may be made to Congregation Chevra Thilim; 751-25th Ave., SF 94121.

Dr. Joel Ripsteen, M.D.,F.A.C.S, died at his home in Carmel, CA. on July 23, 2009 at age 94. Dr. Ripsteen established his Ophthalmology practice in Berkeley after serving as a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force during WWII. During retirement, Dr. Ripsteen was active in the medical community and advocated support of institutions and foundations providing services for the elderly. Dr. Ripsteen is survived by his wife, Neoma, of 67 years, two sons, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

 

Beverly Gantz Wolfe Born in San Francisco December 9, 1918, passed away July 22. Survived by her son Dr. Randall Wolfe of Corvallis, OR; her daughter Patty Wolfe of San Rafael, CA; four grandchildren: Jessica and Nicholas Wolfe and Tamara and Danielle Ryan; and her special caretaker, Kasi, who became one of the family.

Predeceased by her son James Wolfe; brother Stephen Gantz, and her husband of almost 65 years, Bernard M. Wolfe.

Beverly grew up in Los Angeles where she attended UCLA and received a teaching credential. She married Bud in 1940 and together they lived in 32 homes throughout the U.S. when he was in the Navy. They then built a house on the Peninsula, where she lived until her death.

Besides being the mother of three children, she devoted much of her time and energy as room mother at her children’s elementary school, to Head Start, and while serving as a trustee, was extremely involved with Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation.

Philanthropy was an extremely important part of her life, supporting the Jewish Community Federation, Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, and countless other causes. She was also a talented painter, flower arranger and a very good cook. Her generous spirit, silly sense of humor, and delicious chocolate baking will be much missed by her entire family and a huge number of friends.

A small memorial will be held at her home for close friends and family. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Jewish Community Federation, Mills-Peninsula Hospital, the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, or any other charitable organization.