Deaths

Laila Ruth DeWitt, born on January 4, 1967 passed away on August 10, 2009 after a short illness. Laila was beloved by her parents, Sanne and Hugh DeWitt, her partner Pete Vukovich, her brothers, Ralph (Joni Miller), Joel (Glenda Luehning), nephew Langley and nieces Raizel and Tenaya.

Laila was a consummate lover of the outdoors, never missing a season to enjoy nature. She was a skilled skier, a tireless backpacker and an energetic climber. She excelled at ballet as well as other forms of dance. Laila was also a serious student of several martial arts including ceremonial styles, like wushu, which incorporate dance forms. Laila was an observant and careful gardener, and a dedicated animal lover. She also studied languages and linguistics with a passion. In her teens she spent a year on Kibbutz Kfar Blum as a high school student, and six months living and trekking in Nepal. As a young adult she cared for the handicapped. Throughout Laila’s life she volunteered for diverse causes too numerous to list. Her humanity, quick wit, and passion for the earth are missed.

Contributions in her memory may be sent to Hadassah c/o Tammy Plotkin-Oren, 1553 Douglas Drive, El Cerrito, CA 94530.


Vera Katzenberg

November 26, 1922 – August 21, 2009

Beloved wife of the late Alfred Katzenberg, cherished mother of Frances (William) Katzenberg-Soss and Elaine (David) Katzenberg-Silver, and proud Oma of Gillian and Gwendolyn Silver and Jason Soss.

Vera grew up in Hanover, Germany, later fleeing to Shanghai, China to escape the Holocaust. Vera met her future husband, Alfred, in Shanghai. After nine years in China, Vera left for San Francisco, where she and Alfred married and raised their family. Vera always said that her children were her greatest joy, and her children and grandchildren adored her.

Funeral services were held at Eternal Home Cemetery, 1051 El Camino Real, Colma, on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary, 3749-A Highway 14, Santa Fe, NM, 87508, www.kindredspiritsnm.org; Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., 17th floor, Chicago, IL, 60601; or American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.


Betty Roubell

In Alameda on August 18, 2009 at the remarkable age of 106 years.

Beloved wife of the late Ralph Roubell; loving mother of Barbara Rosenberg and mother in law of late Richard A. Rosenberg; cherished grandmother of Vicki and her husband Dwayne Rich and great-grandmother of Michael Henry Langton.

Also survived by her many loving nieces and nephews.

Born in London England in 1903, her entire family immigrated to the United States when she was a very young girl, making San Francisco their home. Later in life she moved to Alameda, where she resided for 24 years, the last eight years as a resident of the Alameda Care Center.

Private burial has taken place at Salem Memorial Park in Colma, CA.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (415) 921-3636


David S. Rubinger

Passed away Friday, August 21, 2009. Peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Born in New York City, raised in Stockton, CA and lived his adult life actively and happily in Marin County, CA. A young 67.

Beloved husband of Carole, proud parent of Jillian Abrams (Yariv), and Todd Rubinger, son of the late Dr. Joshua and Peggy Rubinger, brother of the late Ken and Gary Rubinger, brother of Mark Rubinger, brother-in-law of Dr. Marshall and Janice Sachs and their families, and uncle to many nieces and nephews.

David’s positive attitude and energetic demeanor was shown on the golf course, on the tennis court, on the waterways of California, and in operating his business for 30 years. His kindness, patience, and gentle heart brought love and happiness to those around him. A true gentlemen who was a role model to all.

David was a member of Marin Yacht Club, Stonetree Golf Club, as well as Rodef Sholom Temple and Marin Tennis Club for 30 years.

A memorial service was held Aug. 24 at Rodef Sholom in San Rafael. In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s memory may be made to American Cancer Society, 750 Lindaro St., Ste. 120, San Rafael, CA 94901 or a charity of your choice.

 

Schwimmer, David born March 14, 1920 in New York, N.Y. Resident of Daly City for 22 years, Foster City for past 31 years. Died at home Aug. 22.

His late beloved wife Janet (Baskin) was at his side for 48 years of marriage. David is survived by his loving children Amy Schwimmer (Mark Segal) and Mylene Caplan (Russ), and his grandchildren who were the light of his life, Aly and Brett Caplan, Sierra and Jacob Segal. Loving son of the late Pauline (Singer) Schwimmer, son-in-law of the late Anna & Max Baskin. Greatly loved and respected uncle, cousin and friend to all who knew him.

Graduated Morris High School, Bronx, 1936; City College of New York B.A. ’41. Worked for U.S. Government Dept. of Defense 1941-1978, U.S. Army 1945, Rolm Corp. 1978-87.Taught C.S.M. evening classes.

Dave made everyone he met feel special and appreciated. He was a Renaissance man with a wide-range of passions including language, art, sports, jokes and movies. Dave and his infectious smile will be deeply missed.

Member of Congregation Beth-Israel Judea Brotherhood; City of Hope Doubles Chapter.

Funeral services were held Aug. 26 at Temple Peninsula Sholom followed by internment at Home of Peace Cemetery, Colma. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Beth Israel–Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F., CA 94132; or City of Hope Doubles Chapter c/o Levinson, 54 Pinehaven, Daly City 94015.