Deaths

Sidney Gutterman. Resident of Palo Alto. Sidney was born in San Francisco on October 15, 1917. He died peacefully, in his sleep, on Feb. 26, 2011 at age 93.

Sidney graduated from Sequoia High School and attended San Jose State University. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Business Administration from Stanford University. Sidney took great pleasure in attending his high school and college reunions over the years. Sidney was the owner of Sydney’s Interiors at the Stanford Shopping Center.

Sidney’s parents, Sam and Mollie, were among the founders of Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City and Sidney was the longest surviving member of the congregation. He served the temple in many capacities, including President. In addition, Sidney served on the San Mateo County Grand Jury and the Juvenile Justice Commission.

Sidney married Devera Brenner in 1941. She died in 1974. He married Anne Feinstein in 1979. Sidney is survived by his wife, Anne, his three children, Clifford Gutterman (Susan), Ann Mitchell (Gary), and Mimi Gutterman. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Stephanie Feinstein (Jeffrey), Scott Gutterman (Cristina) and David Gutterman and his great-grandchildren Matthew and Sydney Feinstein, and Cameron and Sterling Gutterman. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Lottie Gutterman, and numerous nieces and his nephew. He was pre-deceased by his brothers Willie and Morris.

Most important to Sidney were his love for his family and his devotion to his temple. Sidney played tennis until he was 85 years old and enjoyed playing poker with his closest friends until the last week of his life. Sidney’s sense of humor will be remembered by all who knew him and he was often called upon to be the master of ceremonies at special events.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 2 at Congregation Beth Jacob, Redwood City. In lieu of flowers, donations to Congregation Beth Jacob are preferred.

Allan Herskovich, beloved husband of Dorothy. Father of Emanuel (Johanna) and Joel (Janyce) Beloved grandfather of Annika. Uncle of Phil ( Dea ) and Jack. And numerous family in Israel. Holocaust survivor. Will be missed by all who knew him.

 

Hanna Hochfeld (nee Norden), age 92, born Jan. 7 1919, in Elberfeld, Germany; died Feb 23, 2011 in S.F. in her home of 17 years, the Carlisle.

Devoted wife of the late Josef Hochfeld for 65 years, beloved mother of Frank Hochfeld and mother in law of Hana Koppman. Arrived in the U.S. in 1948 from Tientsin, China, where she and Josef lived for 8 years after fleeing Nazi Germany. Her childhood education cut short, she became a prolific student at San Francisco State in the 60-plus program.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be sent to any Jewish charity of your choice or to the Earth Justice Defense Fund at 426 17th St., 6th floor, Oakland, CA 94612.

Funeral services were held on Sunday,

Feb. 27, 2011.

Sinai Memorial Chapel

 

 

Moshe Kaplan, May 2, 1920–March 1, 2011. In San Francisco at age 90. Beloved husband of Esther Kaplan for 66 years; loving father of Joseph (Ester) Kaplan and Shula (Raymond) Zerbib; adoring grandfather of Sherrie (Tim) Wolf, Tammie (Scott) Medlin and Peter, Karen and Sara Zerbib; dear uncle to many in Israel and the United States.

Holocaust survivor with a strong will to live. He loved his family and America. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at Eternal Home Cemetery. Donations to Congregation Adath Israel, 1851 Noriega Street, S.F., CA, (415) 564-5665, preferred.

Sinai Memorial Chapel

Robert Moohr Lichtenstein, M.D., 90. March 13, 1920–December 7, 2010. Oakland.

Retired Kaiser Permanente physician, died of natural causes on a hiking trail in the Oakland Hills. A native of Milwaukee, raised in a farming suburb near Seattle, Bob earned his medical degree at Northwestern University in Chicago after discharge from the Army Air Corps, where he was Master Sergeant meteorologist in WWII’s Pacific Theater.

Bob served 35 years — virtually his entire medical career — at Kaiser’s Oakland, Richmond and other Bay Area allergy clinics. Even in retirement he remained a fixture at Kaiser’s weekly Grand Rounds. For years, Bob donated his medical expertise to the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Health Center in Richmond, fighting the budget cuts that ultimately closed its doors. Concurrently, he nurtured his interest in botany as a docent at the U.C. Berkeley Botanical Garden, where he conducted tours and cultivated friendships throughout the last three decades of his life — attachments that prompted field studies abroad in Costa Rica, South Africa and Venezuela.

Within the Jewish community, Bob was best known for his devoted service, for over 20 years, as board member and chairman of Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay. Former colleagues describe him as thoughtful, wise, generous and kind; gentle, smart and loving; a terrific listener, compassionate and calming. He was never unkind to anyone but was always able to stand up for what was right. He loved what he was doing and sought no accolades or special attention. In a word, selfless.

Bob is survived by Caroline, his wife of 61 years; their children David, Nancy, Steven and Joanne; and grandchildren Aaron, Ari and Laura.

Bob supported a diverse array of organizations, including the UC Botanical Garden, JFCS–East Bay, Alameda County Food Bank, Amnesty International, ACLU, Doctors Without Borders, Hadassah, International Rescue Committee, Jewish National Fund, Nature Conservancy, Physicians for Social Responsibility, innumerable environmental and medical organizations, and nonprofits supporting peace, social justice, and healthcare. Memorial contributions may be directed to these or any other meaningful causes.

Memorial celebration/91st birthday party: Sunday, March 13, at the U.C. Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (first day of daylight savings time). Carpooling strongly advised.