Deaths

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Alfred O. Belotz

Passed away peacefully on January 5th, 2010 at 82 years with his loving family at his side. Al was preceded in death by his wife Bernice of 55 years. He was the loving father of Bruce (Lydia), Carol and Judy; brother of Melvin (Ethel) Belotz and sister-in-law Gertrude Halpern. He also leaves behind many cousins, nephews and nieces and was a good friend to many in his community.

Al was born in Fall River, Mass. in 1927 and moved to Vallejo, CA with his parents, where he served in the Navy during World War II. He met his future wife and was married in 1950. He moved his family and Accounting practice to Daly City in 1954 and was active in numerous community organizations throughout the years, culminating in his receiving the 2004 Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also an active member of the Boy Scouts of America for almost 70 years.

A private family service has been held at Hills of Eternity in Colma, CA, along with a celebration of his life at Temple Beth Israel–Judea in San Francisco, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society, the Cerebral Palsy Assoc., the Society for the Deaf or a charity of your choice.

Sinai Memorial Chapel.


Sidy Bresler

Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt went to her eternal reward at age 95 on Tuesday, December 29, 2009, in San Francisco, California.

She was born in Vienna, Austria, on February 19, 1914. Mother of Ted (and Karen) Bresler of Fremont. Grandmother of Stacie Bresler-Reinstein (and Jonathan Reinstein) of San Diego and David (and Maddy) Bresler of Tucson. Great-grandmother of Julian Reinstein and Miles Reinstein of San Diego. Aunt of Howard Bresler of South San Francisco and Marcella Holzman (and Martha Russell) of San Francisco.

Gravesite services were held at noon on Thursday, December 31, 2009, at Eternal Home in Colma under the supervision of Sinai Memorial Chapel.


Marjorie Mayers Colvin

In San Francisco on January 3, 2010 at age 92. Loving wife of the late Reynold H. Colvin; loving mother of Susan and Robert May, and Andrew and Suzanne Colvin. Cherished grandmother of Mathew and Jessica Colvin, and Michael Colvin. Doting great grandmother of Lev and Shai Colvin. Sister of the late David C. Mayers; sister-in-law of Kenneth and Thelma Colvin, Pat Mayers, and the late Leonard and Marilyn Colvin.

Marjorie was born in San Francisco and lived here all of her life. She graduated from Lowell High School and U.C. Berkeley. She married Renny Colvin, her high school sweetheart, and remained devoted to him all of her life. She rooted for the Giants, the Cal Bears and the 49ers. She was a longtime volunteer in the S.F. Public Schools and at Mt. Zion Hospital. Marjorie was an appreciative student at the Fromm Institute. She valued family, friends and her independence.

A memorial service was held at Congregation Emanu-El at Lake and Arguello Streets in S.F.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Congregation Emanu-El, Jewish Family & Children’s Services-Seniors at Home, or the Fromm Institute.

Sinai Memorial Chapel.


George H. Maisels

March 14, 1924 – December 29, 2009

Born in San Francisco, graduate of Polytechnic High School ’42. Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lois, and his two brothers, Marshall and Larry.

Served in the 58th Quartermaster Corps during World War II and returned to a career in San Francisco retail, working side by side with his brother Larry for 30 years until he retired in 1981. Member of Pacific Starr King Lodge of San Francisco and Asiya Shriners of San Mateo. Remembered and loved by his devoted family, and friends, including Sally, Michael and Jack Cohen, Sally, Jerry and Shareen Fanburg, Jim and Jenice Rosenbloom and family, Tolly and Dave Liebel.

Services were held at Eternal Home Cemetery on Thursday December 31. Donations to Jewish Family and Children’s Services, San Francisco, in lieu of flowers. George was a Prince of a man, a true gentleman in every sense of the word. He was the kind of husband every woman dreams about. May he rest in peace. G-d bless his soul.

Raymond E. Rappaport, M.D.

Died January 5, 2010 after a valiant battle with multiple myeloma. Son of the late Alfred and Evelyn Rappaport. Survived by cherished wife Abby, brother in law Terry (Beverly) and cousins. A passionate supporter of Israel. No services at request of family.

Sinai Memorial Chapel.


Lottie Rothschild

Born May 1916 to Rosa and Julius Herzberg in Aachen, Germany. Lottie emigrated to the United States, arriving in San Francisco in 1941 via England. That year, she and David (“Theo”) Rothschild married and remained so until his death in 1992. She died peacefully at home on December 30, 2009.

Active in the San Francisco Jewish community and organizations, she held leadership roles in B’nai Brith and Hadassah, and membership in Congregation B’nai Emunah over the course of several decades. She and her husband were avid travelers, devoted to San Francisco Opera and the Symphony. She leaves relatives in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and California.

Burial took place at Salem Memorial Park in Colma. A Bay Area memorial service will be scheduled and announced at a later date.


Gloria K. Sopher

January 1, 1926 – December 31, 2009

Passed away peacefully at home in Walnut Creek. Her parents, Eugene and Margaret Federmann, raised Gloria and her siblings Ginny and Tommy in San Francisco. She graduated from George Washington High and earned a Master’s degree in special education from San Francisco State University. She enjoyed an active retirement in the Rossmoor community. She is survived by her children Valerie and Jonathan and remembered dearly by relatives and friends.

Services were held at Salem Memorial Park in Colma last week. In lieu of flowers, donations to local chapters of Gloria’s favorite charities, the American Heart Association and Disabled American Veterans, would be appreciated.


Joy Spiegelman

Joy Sugarman Spiegelman in San Francisco on December 23rd 2009 at age 78 years. Beloved wife of Leland Cyril Spiegelman for 58 years; loving mother of Marc (and Jayne) Spiegelman, Roxanne (and Stan) Cohn, and Heidi (and Robert) Feldman; devoted nanny of Erica H. and Max David Spiegelman, Joey Hess, Peter Harrison Cohn, Gabrielle Elisabeth Cohn, Matthew Alexander Cohn and Daniel Jerome Feldman; dear sister of Gay (and Bernard) Young; loving and caring godmother of Joel Wineroth who has always been there for her — no questions asked; many nieces and nephews.

Native of San Francisco, attended Winfield Scott Grammar School, Marina Junionr High School, Lowell High School, U.C. Berkeley and San Francisco State. Past President of Regional Hadassah and President of Lakeside Hadassah. Volunteered with blind children for 13 years. Author of many books consisting of poetry, children’s books and cookbooks. Avid walker and hiker. Fastidious dresser.

Private services have been held. Contributions to Hadassah Organization of America, Inc., 1715 Polk St., S.F., CA 94109, or Guide Dogs for the Blind, 350 Los Ranchitos Rd., San Rafael, CA 94903, Make-A-Wish Foundation, 235 Pine St., 6th Floor, S.F., CA 94104, or Hospice By the Bay,1902 Van Ness Ave., S.F., CA 94109-3038.