Max Blumenfeld, a native of Marin County, passed away peacefully at his home in San Rafael on May 22, 2010. He was 73. The son of Nate & Ruth (nee Lehman) Blumenfeld, he was born in San Rafael, CA in 1936, and spent his early years working for his family in the theater business — the Blumenfelds owned a circuit of theaters including the historic Sequoia in Mill Valley — until he forged his own path developing bowling centers in the Bay Area and Sacramento. He was the proprietor of Albany Bowl, among others.

Max loved his bimonthly poker game and was an avid golfer who spent the happiest times of his life in Rancho Mirage, California, on the golf course.

He was known for his wry sense of humor and genuine smile and will be remembered by his many friends as one of the nicest and kindest men they ever met. He had a quiet, gentle presence and was a dedicated son, husband, father, grandfather and uncle.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Valerie (nee Harris); his daughter, Pamela Ortiz, and son-in-law, Diego Ortiz of Walnut Creek and their children Juliana and Nicolas; his son, Jack Blumenfeld, and daughter-in-law, Jessica of San Francisco and their children Isabella and Alexie; his stepson, Jeff Anixter, and daughter-in law, Gina Anixter of Granite Bay and their children Alyssa and Natalie; and his stepdaughter Shelley Anixter of San Francisco.

Donations in Max Blumenfeld’s honor can be made to Jewish Family Services of Marin or San Francisco or ORT America of New York.

Elsie (Kantrow) Heiman

Died peacefully on May 19, 2010 in Santa Rosa, CA at age 94. A devoted, loving and caring wife and mother, she was adored by all who knew her and will be deeply missed by many.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, David Heiman; her sister, Mimi (Kantrow) Haas; her daughter, Cherie (Singer) Williams; son-in-law; two grandchildren and their spouses and children; her stepsons, Jay and Rick Heiman, and their families; along with extended family and many friends.

Elsie lived her entire life in the Bay Area — San Francisco, Sacramento and Santa Rosa. She approached all of life’s joys and challenges with a smile, gracious words and good-natured determination.

Services were held at Home of Peace Cemetery Chapel with interment at Salem Memorial Park, Colma. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorial donations be sent to the Jewish Home, 302 Silver Ave., S.F., CA 94112.

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Linda Carol Reiner


In San Francisco on May 23, 2010. Wife of Edward Reiner; mother of Jennifer, Jason, Zev and Rebecca; grandmother of Michael, Lily and Noah; aunt of David and Eric Triebman.

Services were held at Sinai Memorial Chapel in San Francisco. Private interment.

Donations in Linda’s memory may be sent to Or Shalom Jewish Community, 1250 Quintara St., San Francisco, CA 94116.

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Catherine Picard Rosen

January 8, 1940–May 21, 2010

Catherine Picard Rosen, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and colleague, has died after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in New York, New York, shortly after her parents immigrated from Vienna, Austria, and Lausanne, Switzerland, Cathy met her future husband Sanford Jay Rosen at age 13. This began a beautiful love story lasting fifty-seven years and creating a legacy of love, friendship, and family.

Cathy was educated at Vassar and Connecticut Colleges, and received her law degree from the University of Maryland after attending Yale Law School.

After living in a number of cities across the country with four small children, the family moved to San Francisco. Cathy became one of the first women hired by the prestigious law firm Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe, where she practiced complex litigation for many years. As a successful litigator and mother, Cathy was a role model to countless women lawyers.

Cathy and Sandy traveled extensively, especially to Istanbul, Turkey, and frequently hosted friends from around the country and the world. After retiring from Heller Ehrman, Cathy relished time with her eight grandchildren.

Cathy is survived by her husband of fifty-two years, her daughters and sons Caren and Michael Andrews of Oakland, Durelle and Alan Schacter of San Francisco, Ian and Sagra Rosen of London, England, and Melissa Rosen and John Elling of Santa Fe, New Mexico; brothers and sisters Daniel Picard, Yvonne Picard, Phyllis Sayet, and Seth Rosen; grandchildren Emma and Jonah Schacter, Malika and Kendra Andrews, Isabel and Olivia Rosen, Jack and Samara Elling, and countless nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Burial took place this week at Home of Peace Cemetery in Colma. For additional information please check Cathy’s blog at

Paul Sade


Dearly beloved sixty-year husband of Eleanor passed away at his home in San Rafael May 9. He is also survived by his son Ron, daughter-in-law Yvonne, daughter Sherry Patrizio and four grandsons, Justin, Grant, Carl, and Erik.

Paul was born in Eastern Poland where he lost his parents and 3 siblings to the Holocaust. He joined a small group of partisans and later went to the Russian army where he fought the Germans and Ukrainians for two and one half years. Subsequently Paul deserted the Russian army with false papers. Via Germany, Paul came to Baltimore where he had many relatives and for a short time he worked for an uncle. After his friend Joe Pell arrived from Germany, the two headed for San Francisco, the golden state.

His first job in San Francisco was being a busboy at Compton’s Cafeteria. After saving their money, Paul and Joe bought a homemade ice cream store in San Francisco and later built their own ice cream store in Richmond, CA. After ten years of ownership, they sold the store.

Paul and his wife, Eleanor, became successful builders of apartments and mobile home parks, which they operated for many years.

The Sades contributed very generously to many charitable causes. They also helped many relatives and friends who were less fortunate than they were.

As an expression of sympathy, the family suggests memorable contributions in Paul’s name to Hospice by the Bay, 17 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Larkspur, CA 94939 or Hadassah, 50 West 58th St., New York, NY, Attn: Donor Services.

Norman Emanuel Steinberg

Age 80, passed away on May 6 in Houston, Texas.

Beloved father of Mark Steinberg of Urbana, Illinois; Deborah Sondock of Bellaire, Texas; and Steve Steinberg of San Diego, California; and their respective spouses, Jane Hedges, Brad Sondock and Ella Parks Steinberg.

Cherished and loved grandfather of Sasha, Adam and Nathan Steinberg, and Ellie and Dina Sondock. He is survived by his sister Harriet Richman; brothers Fred and Allan Steinberg, and their respective spouses Colleen and Barbara.

He was born in Los Angeles on November 9, 1929 to Sam and Ernestine Steinberg, and moved to San Francisco within months.

Norman was a longtime resident of San Francisco with his wife of 46 years, Dina Gilbert Steinberg, who passed away in 1997. He lived in Stockton before moving to Houston in 2001. Norman and his wife owned and operated dry cleaning businesses in San Francisco and a framing and art business in San Bruno and Stockton until their retirement.

Norman was awarded the Purple Heart for bravery in the Korean conflict where he served as a Marine. He was a longstanding member and past president of B’nai B’rith, and a member of the fraternal order of the Freemasons.

A memorial service will be held in San Francisco in June. His ashes will be scattered with his wife’s in the Pacific Ocean. A memorial service will be held June 22 at 1:30 p.m. at Beth Israel–Judea on Brotherhood Way, San Francisco.