Helen Lesser Abrahm died at home on Sept. 18, 2009 at the age of 91. A native and lifelong resident of San Francisco, and a world traveler, Helen created a wonderful home for her family here in the City.

She leaves Paul, her husband of 67 years, and her children Janet (David R. Slavitt), Stanley (Linda Witong Abrahm), Donald (Claudia Abrahm), and Donald and Claudia’s children Adam, Evan and Andrew Abrahm.

She also leaves those who were like family to her: Sydnee Guyer Lipset; Reni, Diana, Amalia, and Daniel Rothschild; and Leah Rothschild Eggers.

Her grace, style and wonderful smile with always be with us.

Donations in her memory can be made to: The Palliative Care Research Fund, c/o Linda Carberry, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, SW 411, 44 Binney St., Boston, MA 02115.

Bernard Holtz in San Francisco on Sept. 11, 2009 at age 91. Beloved husband for 59 years of Edith Holtz; loving father of Lana and Howard Goodman, and Barbara and Tom Rauchwerger; cherished grandfather of Rachel Goodman, Alan Goodman, Adina Rauchwerger (Brian Chaikelson) and Dani Rauchwerger. Dear brother of Rita Shafer and nine late siblings. Brother-in-law of Jake Siegel and Harriet and Martin Mushel and the late Robert and Sylvia Trachtenberg. Loving uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Bernard was co-owner of the Pioneer Army and Navy Store. He was a longtime member of Star King Masonic Lodge. He was a vice president and a long time active member of Congregation Chevra Thilim. Services were held at Eternal Home Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Bernard may be made to Congregation Chevra Thilim, 751 25th Ave., SF/CA 94121.

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Norine Maisler in Tucson, Sept. 7, 2009, age 102 after a brief illness. Predeceased by her husbands, David Goldstein, Eric Kassel and Sol Maisler, she is survived by her daughter Charlotte Hegwer (Hal), grandsons Eric Hegwer and Daniel Hegwer and great-grandsons Zachary and Aaron Hegwer.

A native of San Francisco, born Oct. 14, 1906, she resided in Stockton until attending the University of California. After graduating in 1928 she began her career in social work, working variously for the Jewish Social Service Bureau of Chicago and the WPA in the Bay Area. After advanced coursework at Smith, Norine moved first moved to San Francisco then to Sacramento to work for the State Department of Social Services. In the mid ’50s, she returned to Stockton to become the Assistant Director of Social Services for San Joaquin County. She eventually retired from the County in 1971.

After the death of her third husband, Norine moved to Salinas to be near her daughter’s family, where she remained until moving with them in 2005 to Tucson.

Long affiliated with Temple Israel in Stockton, Temple Beth El in Salinas and Temple Emanu-El in Tucson, she was a strong supporter of Jewish charities. Norine was a life member of Hadassah, a past president of B’nai B’rith Women and proud to have visited Israel three times.

Services were held at graveside at Temple Israel Cemetery in Stockton on Sept. 11, 2009. Contributions may be made in her memory to Temple Emanu-El, Tucson, or to Mazon.

Leo Weingarten, resident of Moraga, CA. born Nov. 13, 1924, entered into eternal rest Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009.

Leo was married to Sarah Weingarten for 60 years. He is survived by daughters Lisa Bismanovsky, Dorit Bechar, Betty Goldberg along with her husband Ephraim Goldberg, and brother Jack Weingarten with wife Carla Weingarten. He also leaves 13 granchildren: Tomer, Talia, Itzy, Yoel, Moriel, Penina, Uriel, Adina, Ashley, Michael, Daniella, Matan and Idan.

A resident of the Bay Area for 52 years, Leo was born in Vienna, Austria. Leo was a survivor of the Holocaust and at the young age of 14 was sent to Israel. It was in Israel where he resided for 18 years and met the love of his life, Sarah. Together, they moved to Oakland, CA, in 1957 and began building their family.

Leo was a longtime member of Congregation Beth Jacob in Oakland and extremely active in the Jewish community, including Chabad of Contra Costa.

His generous spirit, tremendous sense of humor and unconditional love of his family will be exceptionally missed by all who were fortunate to be a part of his life.

Services were held at Home of Peace Cemetery in Oakland on Aug. 21, 2009. In lieu of flowers, any contributions can be made to either Congregation Beth Jacob of Oakland or Chabad of Contra Costa.