Deaths

Barbara Barron

May 5, 1926–April 30, 2012

Barbara Barron passed away peacefully in Burlingame, California on April 30, 2012. She is survived by her six loving children, Carolyn Schwartzbord (Ourry), Richard Barron (Rita), Bruce Feder (Beverly), Suzanne Barron (Charles Pollick), Paul Barron (Angie Partolan), and Anthony Barron (Bridget). “Nana” will also be deeply missed by her ten grandchildren, Aaron Schwartzbord, Elana Feder, Jeremy Schwartzbord, Tessa Barron, Jason Feder, Kerissa Barron, Laura Ruchinskas, Ben Feder, Lucas Barron, and Nora Barron. She is also survived by her brother, Richard “Bud” Brown (Sandra), and numerous nieces and nephews. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Morton Barron, in 2005.

Barbara was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and attended college at the University of California, Berkeley, and UCLA. She moved to San Francisco upon marrying her first husband, Allen Feder, where she developed many of her dear and lifelong friendships. She later married Mort, and they raised their family of six children in Millbrae in a spirited home that was filled with love, laughter, good food, weeknight study hours, and a strong sense of togetherness.

Barbara and Mort loved to travel and they visited much of the world during their numerous trips. They would always have lots of stories to tell and bring back gifts for their children and grandchildren. Barbara was an exceptional athlete, and in particular enjoyed tennis and skiing and sharing those activities with her children. She derived great pleasure from having her grandchildren sleep over at her home, making them pancakes in the morning, and attending their performances and games. Barbara will be dearly missed by all of her family, and by so many close friends.

Funeral services were held at Peninsula Temple Sholom, Burlingame. Interment followed in Home of Peace Cemetery, Colma. Memorial donations may be made to the Mission Hospice and Homecare, 1670 South Amphlett Blvd., Suite 300, San Mateo, CA 94402 or Jewish Family and Children’s Services, 2150 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94115.

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Benny (Ben) Harris, D.D.S.

June 1, 1934–April 15, 2012

Ben died peacefully in his Walnut Creek, CA home. He is survived by his wife Judith Harris; his daughters, Wendy Robinow (David), Jill Harris, Dory Harris (David Lachs); stepdaughter, Stephanie Fishel (Paul Gappa); grandchildren, Marisa and Jared Robinow, Zachary and Evan Lachs, and Griffin Gappa. Ben was predeceased by his wife, Sandra Harris, beloved mother of his three daughters.

Ben was born in Chicago and earned his undergraduate and dental degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Following graduation, Ben joined the U.S. Air Force — living in San Antonio, TX, the Philippines and Sacramento, CA. Ben met his first wife Sandra (Feinstein) in San Francisco. They married July 7, 1965 in Detroit, MI. While Ben and Sandy raised their daughters in San Francisco and Lafayette, CA, Ben ran a successful dental practice in El Cerrito. He was active in Rotary and his community. He retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel and retired from Delta Dental Insurance in San Francisco where he worked as a consultant.

Ben married Judith Cimino November 7, 2004 in San Francisco; they lived in Rossmoor (Walnut Creek). They were grateful to have found love again with one another.

Ben had an enormous zest for life and an obsession with exotic foods. He told stories of his travels and off-color jokes. He spoke a few words in many languages and enjoyed trivia games, crossword puzzles, card games, golf and the lottery. Ben will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Services were held at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette. Donations in Ben’s memory may be made to: www.lungcancerfoundation.org, www.foodbankccs.org or a charity of your choice.

Stanley J. Herzstein

Died at the age of 91 on April 24, 2012 in San Francisco.

Stanley is survived by his 2 sons and their spouses, Stanley D. (Lynn Altshuler) and Robert (Stefanie) and 4 grandchildren, Ariel, Joshua, Daniel, and Noah. He was married for over 60 years to the late Marion Herzstein.

Stanley came to California in his teens. He started out working for Koret as a stock boy and driver for Joseph Koret. He retired 30 years later as President of the men’s division of Koracorp, a subsidiary of Koret of California. However, his relationship with Koret continued and spanned over 60 years, including years of service as a Director on the Board of the Koret Foundation.

Stanley will be remembered by all for his humor, which was an important part of his life. He always saw the glass half full. He loved puns and had a huge repertoire. He always had a sparkle in his eye.

He was extremely generous and caring. He spent years leading the cause for the elderly, having served as President of the Commission on Aging and President of the Institute on Aging. His approach was always how can we get this problem solved to protect and benefit the elderly.

Stanley was the model citizen. He served on numerous other community Boards, including the following: Board of the Koret Foundation, Board of the Jewish Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma counties, Board of the Jewish Home for the Aged, San Francisco Task Force on Aging, International Society of General Semantics, Founding Board of Urban School, Market Street Development Association, San Francisco Open Space Committee, Board of the Pacific Bank, Advisory Board to the S.F. State University Business School, Advisory board–University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim.

Two of his hobbies were fine dining and wine. He was a Francophile and spent between one and three months in France for many years. He started studying French at 49 years of age and took up Italian when he was 69. He got immense pleasure in using his language skills in the pursuit of his passions and hobbies. For thirty years he traveled on trips globally with his brother and sister and their spouses. Family was very important to him.

He was active in supporting many local political campaigns from those of Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Willie Brown, Louise Renne, Michael Bernick and many others. His home was often given for campaign events. He championed equal rights for all and went out of his way to give opportunities to women and minority community members.

He touched the lives of all who knew him and will be greatly missed.

The family wishes to especially thank George Suarez, his caregiver, who was so very special to Stanley and to the entire family.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. at Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St. (at Arguello Blvd.), San Francisco. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Jewish Family and Children’s Services, the Jewish Home or the Institute On Aging, all in San Francisco.

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David Keller

Passed away in Palo Alto on May 1, 2012 at age 89. He leaves behind Luba, his wife of 66 years, sons Marty (Barbara), Allyn (Jovanna), and Arthur, and grandchildren Paul (Sasha), Will (Yael), Sophie, Reta, Jordan, and Dania.

David was born in Turka, Poland, and attended Yeshiva in Oswiecim, Poland. He left when the Jews were chased out for the construction of the Auschwitz death camp. He was captured and sent to various concentration camps while he worked on building the  Reich’s Autobahn, the roadways. He is the only member of his extended family to survive the Holocaust. He was honored in Sacramento as a Holocaust survivor by then–State Assembly member Ira Ruskin.

He met his wife, Luba, also the only Holocaust survivor from her family, at the displaced persons camp in Feldafing, Germany, and they emigrated to the United States in 1947, settling in New York. David worked at Ratner’s Dairy Restaurant on the Lower East Side, where he worked himself up from busboy and counterman to waiter, night manager, and shop steward. In 1969, he was elected as a Labor Chief of Local One of the Hotel and Restaurant Employees Bartenders International Union (now part of UNITE-HERE). He retired in 1985, as a Business Agent, where his territory included Windows on the World restaurant in the World Trade Center. He also served in various leadership roles at Seaview Jewish Center in Canarsie, Brooklyn, and received a certificate in labor relations management from Cornell University.

David lived his life for his family and by the motto “Do the right thing.” He was a selfless and tireless worker. After moving to Palo Alto in 1996 to be near family, he worked at Bob and Bob’s Jewish Books and Gifts store in Palo Alto. He also volunteered serving meals at Avenidas La Comida lunch program. He was a weekly fixture at the Shabbat morning service at Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto, where he cut the challah at the end of services with the speedy professionalism from years of working at Ratner’s. His participation at Kol Emeth diminished as health declined. We are grateful for his care at the Avenidas Senior Day Health program. He was also cared for by the Seniors at Home program of the Jewish Family and Children’s Services and Pathways Hospice, whose loving care made such a difference at the end of his life.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at Hills of Eternity in Colma. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Pathways Hospice and the Jewish Family and Children’s Services Holocaust Center.

HB (Steve) Raskin

May 25, 1920–April 27, 2012

Steve was born in Sioux City, Iowa. He was the last of six children born to Ben and Mary Raskin. In 1925 the family moved to Los Angeles where Steve grew up. At 15 he helped run his father’s tire shop. After completing high school with honors in debate, he enrolled in Los Angeles City College until the death of his father necessitated him working full time to support his mother.

He served in WWII, honorably discharged as a Naval Officer with the Seebees. He then entered the real estate business in Los Angeles. In 1957 he and his wife Dorothy, son Richard and daughter Donna moved to San Francisco where he became General Sales Manager for San Francisco Real Estate Co. After going on his own with two other partners for 3 years, he met Harry Aleo on the golf course and the two worked together at Harry’s Twin Peaks Properties office on 24th Street. He and Harry were very successful and together acquired some 43 properties. Steve later worked at Saxe Realty in the loan dept. He retired at 62 soon after his wife Dorothy’s death.

Steve loved golf and although he started playing at age 28, he became a steady player scoring in the mid to low 80s. He also skied, jogged and biked. He was in great physical shape his whole life. At 68 he rode his bike on a 120-mile tour. At 84 he was still playing golf and walking the course 5 days per week. He achieved a hole-in-one. All golfers dream shot. He was able to travel extensively.

Steve was a self-made man of principles. He was a motivated hard worker and devoted family man. All those who he came in contact with were thereafter very pleased to know him.

Steve is survived by his son, Richard, Richard’s significant other and Steve’s elder care advocate, Linda Grontas, his daughter Donna, his son Mark and wife Haydee, and his son John; grandchildren, Allie, Lisa, Joseph, Michael, Michelle, Steven, Jason and Nicholas; great-granddaughter Sadie, and his prized loyal dog known to him as Little. Special thanks to Linda and his caregiver Freddy for providing the love and care for the last 4 years.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park, Colma. Donations to Hospice by the Bay, 1902 Van Ness Ave., 2nd Flr., San Francisco, CA 94109 (phone 415-626-5900), preferred.

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