Deaths

Phillip Goodman

1946–2011

In Stanford, CA, Oct. 20, 2011. Beloved husband of Hildy Goodman. Loving father of Tamara and Danielle Goodman. Devoted son of Sylvia and the late Irving Goodman. Dear brother of William Goodman. A longtime resident of Hillsborough and Burlingame, with multiple accounting firms throughout the Peninsula and South Bay. Cherished and trusted by many, his love and honor for all will never be forgotten.

Funeral services Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011 at Home of Peace Cemetery, 1299 El Camino Real, Colma. Memorial contributions may be made to any cancer research organization.

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Mitzi Lederer

We announce with great sadness the passing of Mitzi on Oct. 11 not long after she celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends. Her remarkable intuition allowed her to leave Czechoslovakia at the 11th hour while Nazism had already invaded her homeland, and with her immediate family fled to Panama in 1939 and immigrated to the U.S. in 1947.

She was an avid supporter of Jewish causes and a contributor to JCF and Hadassah. She leaves behind her sons George (Sheila) and Peter (Doris), grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Her husband, Jose, preceded her in death after 63 years of marriage. Private arrangements were made.


Henrietta Roth Meltzer

Born in Northampton, PA to Hungarian immigrant parents on May 6, 1922, Henrietta Meltzer passed peacefully away, with her family by her side, at the age of 89 on Oct. 16, 2011 in Sacramento, CA.

The third of seven children, Henrietta grew up in Northamp-ton, riding along with her father on deliveries from his furniture store, helping raise her younger siblings after her mother died when she was 14, and graduating from Northampton High School in 1938. During World War II, she volunteered as a nursing assistant, and shortly after the end of the war in 1946 married her husband, Harold, a decorated Merchant Marine officer, in NYC.

Henrietta Roth Meltzer

A gifted actress, Henrietta graced the stages of Allentown & New Milford in PA, off-Broadway and other New York venues, and at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, CA, receiving a nomination for the 1963 Atlas Award for Best Actress, hosted by Jerry Lewis. She was an extraordinary writer and storyteller whose lucid, natural style brought readers to tears of laughter and sorrow, and she also depicted her artistry on canvas in oil and watercolor.

Her many volunteer activities in California included helping the children of migrant farm workers learn to read and write, and serving in the chaplaincy at Stanford Hospital and San Mateo Women’s Correctional Center. In her late 40s, Henrietta obtained her real estate license and membership in the Million Dollar Club after only one year.

A woman whose unswerving faith in Judaism informed every action of her life, Henrietta was fiercely independent with an indomitable will, especially in areas where truth and justice were concerned. She was a social activist from very early on, but most importantly, she was a woman who touched and changed the lives of everyone who met her. To say she will be missed does not begin to describe the loss of this woman of gentle and kind heart who always put the needs of others — family, friends and strangers — before herself. Husband Harold says that “her heart was so big it finally gave way.”

Predeceased by her parents, Isadore and Lillian Roth, sisters Mildred and Sally, and grandson Robert. Survived by her husband Harold; children Michael, Jonathan and Deborah; daughters-in-law Norma and Robin; and grandchildren Michaella, Sarah and Jordana; and siblings Beatrice, Joel, Melvin and Jean.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of the following: Jewish Federations (www.jewishfederations.org), Southern Poverty Law Center (www.splcenter.org), Jewish National Fund (www.jnf.org/trees), or the Humane Society in a city of your choice.


Alise Rebecca Posman

On Wednesday Oct. 12, 2011, Alise Rebecca Posman passed from this earth peacefully in her home in Santa Rosa, CA. She was 58 years of age.

Alise was surrounded with love by her husband, John Vigil; daughter, Rachel Posman; son-in-law, Timothy Gillihan; mother, Sheva Posman; sister, Suzy Hayman; brother, Bennet Posman; sister-in-law, Judy Posman; and stepsons Adam Vigil and Ian Vigil.

Alise is also survived by her beloved nephews Adam and Austin Hayman, as well as many other loved and cherished family members, and will be deeply missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the National Brain Tumor Society, www.braintumor.org/giving.


Hannah Scher

April 15, 1922–Oct. 18, 2011

Our dear Hannah passed peacefully from this life at her home of over fifty years. She was attended by loving family and caregivers and is finally at rest after a long illness.

Hannah was born April 15, 1922 on the kitchen table at 179 Stanton Street on the Lower East Side of New York City. She was the youngest of 11 children born to Hattie and Abraham Horn, who owned a small luggage factory in the front of the building where they lived. Hannah was athletic and played on the basketball team at Seward Park High School, where she graduated in 1939. This is where she also met her future husband and lifelong partner, Meyer Scher.

Hannah Scher

They spent the next few years falling in love at rooftop dances and outings to the beach at Coney Island. With Hannah wearing taps on her shoes in order to get more pizzazz into her dancing, Meyer didn’t want to dance with anyone else. After high school she attended Acme School of business and studied accounting.

Hannah and Meyer were married on Dec. 17th, 1944. Almost immediately Meyer had to return to Hawaii where he had been working as a welding contractor for the Navy. Hannah bravely followed in a few months, all alone, first by plane to California where she worked at the Naval shipyard on Mare Island while waiting for a transport ship to take her to Hawaii despite the ongoing war. Les, their first child, was born on Oahu in 1946.

After the war the little family returned to the mainland where their second son, Arnold, was born in Hollywood. Soon after, the growing family found the city they would live in for the rest of their lives, Palo Alto. Meyer was working full time and attending law school at night, while Hannah put her business school training to good use working at the VA Hospital in Menlo Park. The addition of Danny kept them both busy with their three young sons.

As the years passed and the family grew — eventually adding three more sons, Robert, Eddie, and Jerry — Hannah became the benevolent matriarch presiding over both their home and the office of Meyer’s busy law practice. Hannah eventually found the perfect home to raise their large and growing family on beautiful University Avenue where they happily lived for over fifty years.

In later years Hannah and Meyer traveled all over the world, visiting every continent. They would sometimes bring their whole family, gradually including daughters-in-law and then grandchildren as the family continued to grow. They arranged for an epic journey to Israel in 1994 for 24 immediate family members and 18 members of Hannah’s extended family from the East Coast. The group traveled all over Israel in a bus and everyone had the time of their lives.

No matter how busy their lives got they always made time for a jaunt to their beloved Las Vegas. Hannah was incredibly fast with numbers and figures and was not intimidated by a packed craps table. The other people at the table would assume she was there to place a few basic bets and then leave. They would watch in amazement at her knowledge and skill of this game of chance. Eventually they would ask her to explain the different bets she would place that they had never seen before. Her nickname on the floor was “Hardways Hannah” and of course her special bet was “The Horn,” after her maiden name.

Hannah and Meyer were blessed with many friends that they had made during their years together and loved both attending and hosting gatherings to mark their collective simchas. Their parties were legendary and they loved being surrounded by family and friends and dancing away to their beloved big band songs. Hannah and Meyer were founding members of Temple Beth Am and also founding members and lifelong benefactors of Kol Emeth Synagogue, both in Los Altos. Hannah was also an original and lifetime member of Sequoia Hadassah. Hannah remained athletic and was a competitive bowler on a local league as long as she was able.

Hannah lost her beloved Meyer, her husband of 63 years, as well as her beloved second-born son, Arnold, in the year 2007.

Hannah is survived by her remaining five sons, Les (Carol), Danny, Robert (Elise), Eddie (Lori), and Jerry (Susan), her daughter-in-law Lynn, and her fifteen grandchildren, Rachelle, Paula, Hadassah, Elliot, Sarah, David, Jordan, Roxy, Corey, Abe, Jacqueline, Dina, Saul, Jonathon, and Mia. She was thrilled to be a great-grandmother to two sets of twins: Benjamin and Caitlin, and Audrey and Mirabelle.

Hannah Horn Scher was a gracious and vital woman who was the heart and soul of a large dynamic family. She was a loyal and stalwart friend who could be counted on in good times and bad. She was a fierce competitor and loved to match wits in any game she had the opportunity to play. She was the beloved “Nanna” to her grandchildren. She was the night owl that her sons could call at any hour and she would invariably say, “I was just thinking of you.” She loved cats and had the opportunity to have many beloved pets during her lifetime. Everyone who had the good fortune to know her will cherish her memory. May she rest in peace.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Oct. 23 at Congregation Kol Emeth, Palo Alto.

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