Linda Breder

Linda (Libusha) Breder, Holocaust survivor, passed peacefully on September 19, 2010.

Linda Breder was born in Stropkov, Slovakia on February 24, 1924. On March 26, 1942, she was taken from her family and deported to Auschwitz. She was the 173rd Slovakian woman to enter the camp, where she survived for over three years until she was liberated on May 5, 1945. After the war, she met fellow Holocaust survivor Fridrich Breder in a bread line in Slovakia. They married six months later, had children, and immigrated to San Francisco in 1966. Linda and Fridrich celebrated 64 years of marriage shortly before her passing.

She is survived by loving husband Fridrich; her sister Edith Wellisch; children Pavel Breder and Dasha Grafil and their spouses Chairina Breder and David Grafil; grandchildren Caroline Breder, Linda Peters (née Grafil), Steven Breder, Elliot Grafil and Ethan Breder; and great-grandchildren Christine Rayo, Richie Rayo, David Peters and Gwendolyn Gaythorpe.

Despite losing her entire family—with the exception of her sister Edith—to genocide, Linda maintained a positive fighting spirit, and brought joy to those around her. She was an outspoken and active survivor, and was known for her eloquence and passion. Her accounts of the war have been included in documentaries, books, magazines, classrooms, oral history projects, and numerous speaking engagements. In 1997 she was the Keynote Speaker for the North Peninsula’s annual Yom HaShoah observance. And in 2005, one of her descriptions of the war was the opening quote for the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Schultz’s 2005 Floor Statement on the 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz. She was a member of the Holocaust Center of Northern California’s Survivors Speakers Bureau.

Funeral services were held at Eternal Home Cemetery in Colma. Donations in her memory can be made to the Jewish Family and Children’s Services, 2150 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115; or to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,

David Edward Fisher

David passed away on September 17, 2010 in San Mateo. He was born in Cork, Ireland in 1925. He moved to San Francisco as a young adult to be with his family. David was in the import toy business and traveled the world extensively, searching for the next hot item.

David was a member of Pacific–Starr King Lodge #136, F&AM; San Francisco Scottish Rite Bodies and Asiya Shrine Temple. Recently he was awarded the Golden Veterans Award for 50 years of Masonic membership. David volunteered as a clown with the Asiya Shrine Clowns, where he led candy sales to raise money for the Shiners Hospitals for Children. Known as “Emes the Clown” he entertained the children in the hospital and participated in parades and various other events.

He is survived by his sisters Mona Cohn and Barbara Lieberman. David has many nieces and nephews and was a beloved uncle. His brothers, Ted and Stanley Fisher and his sisters, Sylvia Zukerman and Rita Cohen preceded him in death. He will be sorely missed by all his family and friends.

His family would like to thank the staff of Hennelly House and all his private caregivers for their care and support. Donations can be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento or Mission Hospice of San Mateo. Funeral Service were held September 20 at Eternal Home Cemetery, Colma.

Patricia Edris Levin

Suddenly in San Francisco on September 16, 2010 at the age of 60. Loving daughter of Charles Pivnick and the late Janice Pivnick; beloved wife of Gary Levin for 39 years; caring mother of Jonathan and his fiancée Ariel Shulman, Marc and his fiancée Jennifer Landres, and Diana and her husband Evan Ben-Artzi; dear sister of Barrett Lucero and loving aunt of Hayley Lucero.

She was born in San Francisco on November 20, 1949, and attended Lowell High School. She majored in French as an undergraduate at U.C. Berkeley where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with Honors and Distinction in 1970. She also completed a Master’s of Arts degree in French Literature at Stanford University in 1972. Patricia worked both as a teacher and a tutor in her early career in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the past two decades, she worked as a copy editor for several catalogue firms and other organizations.

Patricia was a third-generation San Franciscan and a lifelong member and active leader at Congregation Beth Sholom, where she served on the board as both Secretary and Vice President. She also served on the Lowell High School Alumni Association Board, and contributed to many other community organizations. An avid Francophile, she continued to study French at the Alliance Française and in private classes throughout her life. Her life’s passion was speaking and translating the French language as well as traveling to France. Other interests included reading, knitting and needlepointing, as well as spending time with her many friends in the community. Patricia was a beautiful, intelligent, and dignified woman who loved her family passionately. We will love her forever.

Funeral services were held on Sept. 19 at Sinai Memorial Chapel in San Francisco followed by interment at Home of Peace Cemetery, Colma. Donations may be sent to: Congregation Beth Sholom, 318 15th Avenue, S.F., CA 94118 or Lowell Alumni Association, P.O. Box 320009, S.F., CA 94132-0009.

Philip Sokoloff was born November 3, 1916 in Philadelphia, PA. Died Sept. 16, 2010 in Walnut Creek, CA.

Loving husband of Florence Sokoloff for 73 wonderful years of marriage. Father of Tilden and Howard; father-in-law to Francine and Sheri Sokoloff; five loving grandchildren: Randall, Michelle, Jared, Marla and Jordan Sokoloff. He is survived by his brother, Nathan who resides in Florida.

He was past president of the Philadelphia Display Guild. Pop will be missed!

Memorial services were held. Donations in his memory may be made to Temple Isaiah or Hospice of the East Bay.

Starno, Bella


Gdeaths Starno, Bella

Loving wife of the late Wolf Starno for 50 years, cherished mother of Roman (Beverly) Starno, Leon, (Maria) Starno, Adriana Manousakis. Adored grandmother of Erica, Elliott, Sean, Michele, and Shanon Starno, and Tatyana, Tina and Alexandra Manousakis. Beloved sister of Sonia Zilberman.


A native of Belz, Romania, Bella was a real balaboosta who loved to cook, sing and entertain people with her wonderful dinners and singing. She had a beautiful operatic voice. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Forever in our hearts. 92 years of age.