Deaths

Jerome (Jerry) Rogoway passed away at the age of 76 on May 31 in Palo Alto, CA., after a valiant fight against a rare form of intestinal cancer. He and his wife, Janice, had just moved to Northern California 17 days earlier in order to be with their children and grandchildren.

Jerry was born in 1933 in Spokane, WA, and grew up in Seattle. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington and later earned his CPA certification. In July of 1954, Jerry met Jan at a youth conference in California and, after a year of correspondence, they married in Seattle. Their wedding was only the third time they had seen each other in person! After spending their first year of married life in North Carolina, while Jerry completed his Army service, they returned to Seattle, where their three daughters were born.

Jan and Jerry helped found the Conservative synagogue Congregation Ner Tamid in Bellevue, WA, where Jerry volunteered as “acting rabbi” for three years until the congregation could afford to hire a professional rabbi. In 1970, the family moved to California for the first of a series of jobs Jerry held in executive management of retail chains, primarily in the women’s fashion industry.

In Los Angeles, Jerry served on the Board of Directors of the University of Judaism (now AJU), and on several Jewish Federation committees. He was deeply committed to Israel and to many other Jewish causes. He and Jan helped found Kehillat Ma’arav, a Conservative synagogue in Santa Monica, where he served a three-year term as president.

In 1996, Jerry began a second career. He joined Dynamic Nursing, a home health care agency, as marketing manager for the Westside of L.A. He often said that this was his true calling, and that the job allowed him to perform “at least one mitzvah a day.” He was a case manager for his clients, taking a personal interest in them and going beyond the requirements of his job description to grocery shop for them or take them to doctors’ appointments.

Known for his colorful designer ties, his always-dapper appearance, his quick sense of humor, and his warm and caring smile, he was considered a “mensch” by all who knew him.

Jerry is survived by Jan, his beloved wife of 54 years, and his daughters, Sheri (Paul Robbins) of Palo Alto, Cindy (Joe Goldberg) of San Carlos, and Tami of Riverside, CA. He also leaves behind four cherished grandchildren, one new great-grandchild, and his brothers Bert (Jessica) in San Diego and Paul  (Debbie) in Israel.

Donations may be made to Kehillat Ma’arav, 1715-21st St., Santa Monica, CA 90404 or to the charity of your choice. Funeral services were held on June 3 in Palo Alto.


David Leonard Stadtner
Born March 17, 1926 and died on Aug. 28, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Rose, daughter Elaine (and Michael) Macaluso, Susan Blake, Larry (and Debbie) Stadtner, his sister Lynn (and Aaron) Gibor, grandchildren, nieces and friends. He served this country in WWII in the Navy and was a member of many service organizations. He founded several businesses including Sierra Electric in S.F. Services were held at Sha’arei Shalom Cemetary.