Helen T. Ginsberg, 93, passed away on Sept. 26, 2009 in San Mateo. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Ginsberg, who adored his “Ginzy”; her beloved daughter, Abby Ginsberg Feinberg; and her loving sister Jeanette E. Hodes. Helen was the adored mother of Beverly Wilets and Lora Ginsberg. She was the doting grandmother and great-grandmother of the Fitch, Kehrberg, Bandanza and Russell families.

She gave much of her time and energy as a life member of Hadassah and National Council of Jewish Women, and long-time member of ORT.

With much love, appreciation and admiration for Michael Taradash, MD, a consummate doctor. A special thank you to the assisted living and dining room staff at the Peninsula Regent and to the Sutter San Mateo Hospice for their attentiveness and caring.

Private services were held this past week at Home of Peace Cemetery in Colma. In lieu of flowers, donations to Forbes Norris ALS Center, 2324 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94115 are welcome.

Nathan Jacobs

In San Francisco on September 30, 2009 at age 91. Beloved husband of Beatrice for 59 close and wonderful years. Loving father of Martin; cherished grandfather of Jason, Sadie, Justin, Joshua and Jazmin; adored uncle.

We are all sad he is no longer with us, but relieved his suffering from cancer is over. He was a man of love, strength, wisdom and compassion and will be missed dearly. Everyone who knew Nathan said he was a real gentlemen, as well as a gentle man.

Nathan loved the arts, the 49ers, Giants and symphony. Growing up in Oakland, he was referred to as “Nate the Great” by his peers, and entertained on the radio crooning Bing Crosby songs, along with various bands at Hobergs and Sieglers resorts in Lake County in the 1940s and ‘50s.

In 1942, he joined Uncle Sam and served the 91st Infantry Division during World War II, nicknamed “Powder River, Let ‘em Buck”. After his discharge, he became a salesman for the next 44 years, selling men’s furnishings for BOND clothiers at Post and Kearney in San Francisco.

He was a member of Congregation Ner Tamid, Elks and Goodfellows, and a respected Mason. His son Martin says his father was his hero, his inspiration, his best friend, and the best dad anyone could ever have and he will miss him dearly. Services were held at Salem Memorial Park in Colma last week.

Annette Louis, peacefully at her home in Alameda on October 5 at age 87. Born in Seattle in 1922, she graduated from Garfield High before serving in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1944 to 1946. After her military service, Annette met her beloved husband of 50 years, the late Lou Louis, and moved to the Bay Area.

She was a part-time accountant and bookkeeper before retirement, lifelong social card player, and avid traveler with friends and family.

Devoted mother of Steven (Maurie) Louis of Livermore and Tina Brugger of Salt Lake City; dear grandmother of Nicole (Jon) Borba, Brandi (Greg) Olmstead and Brian and Erin Louis; great grandmother of Clayton Perkins and Maxx Olmstead. Daughter of the late Samuel and Bessie Fisher, and preceded in death by her brother.

Services were held under the direction of Sinai Memorial Chapel, (925) 962-3636.  Donations may be made to the Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living in Danville or Huckleberry Youth Programs in San Francisco.

Joan Rosenthal

October 14, 1933 to September 21, 2009

The youngest of six children, Joan was born in Duluth, Minn. She graduated from the U. of Minnesota with a degree in speech pathology. After graduation she came to S.F., working in the Palo Alto School District.

In 1960, she married attorney Kenneth Rosenthal at Temple Emanu-El. Ken died after a long illness in Jan. 2009. Together they lovingly raised two sons, who survive her, and five adored grandchildren. Joan also leaves two brothers, two sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was a good and loyal friend, who will be missed.

In 1985, Joan received her masters degree in counseling psychology from Dominican University. For several years she had a private career counseling service and led seminars in career planning at the College of Marin.

Joan was an active volunteer in Tiburon. Most recently she served on the Belvedere-Tiburon Library Board and, a voracious reader, was co-leader of a contemporary book group at the library.

Funeral services have been held. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to the Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon 94920.