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Esther Malka Friedman

In San Francisco on July 20, 2013 at age 85. Beloved wife of Sheldon Friedman for 65 years; loving mother of Irwin (Ellen) Friedman and Bruce (Joanne) Friedman; loving grandmother of Laura Mendelson, Dave Friedman, Mike Friedman and Sarah Friedman; great grandmother of Ella and Laina Mendelson; sister of Ben Kaufman and the late Dorothy Reis, William Kaufman and Joseph Kaufman.

She loved volunteering and working for various charities. She was the past president of Hadassah in Scranton, PA and the Sisterhood at Temple Israel in Scranton, PA. She loved going to the theater and instilled this love to her children and grandchildren.

Services were held on July 23, 2013, at

Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael, CA.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations

to the Jewish Home of San Francisco, CA.


Rena Guggenheim

Rena Guggenheim passed away peacefully at home on July 14, 2013, at age 89. Born in Germany Sept. 8, 1923, she settled in San Francisco in 1946 with her loving husband, Erwin.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters Rose (Wendy) Guggenheim and Debbie Voss, sons-in-law Wayne Greene and Ken Voss, and grandson Scott Karoly. Rena was a loyal friend to many fortunate people and will always be remembered for her kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity. Special thanks to the wonderful staff at American CareQuest Hospice, and her dedicated caregivers Diane Adams, Gwen Devilla and Houri Henry.

A donation to your favorite charity to honor Rena’s memory is appreciated.

Boris Wolper

Native San Franciscan Boris Wolper, a lifelong resident of the Bay Area, passed away on July 22, three and a half months after celebrating his 89th birthday. Boris had a zest for living that inspired everyone who knew him, and his joie de vivre, curiosity and generosity took many forms. He was always ready for an adventure, traveling the globe with Marilyn, his sweetheart and wife of 64 years; introducing his daughters to California’s natural and historic riches; exploring new restaurants with his grandchildren.

Boris was politically, culturally and socially engaged, supporting causes and institutions he believed in. He and Marilyn attended a wide variety of sporting and cultural events. A lover of good food and wine, he was always eager to try new restaurants and recipes. He attended every Stanford-Cal Big Game from 1942-2011, skied and played tennis for many years, and enjoyed annual trips to the Sierras with his hiking buddies Howard Eisenberg, Bob Kohn, Dick Zukin, Paul Kaplan, Roy Goldberg and Joe Samson. With his positive outlook and “glass half full” attitude, he never let a painful hip or injured arm stop him from pursuing his interests and activities. He and Marilyn enjoyed a vibrant social life, remaining close to dear friends from their early days while forging equally strong new connections through the years.

Born April 8, 1924 to Mariam and Mordecai Wolper, Boris attended Lowell High School in San Francisco, graduating from Sequoia High School in Redwood City. He began college at the University of California, Berkeley (where he was a member of Pi Lambda Phi fraternity), attended Ohio State University while serving in the Army during World War II, and earned bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Stanford University. His professional life comprised nearly 60 years as a commercial and industrial real estate broker.

Boris is survived by his wife, Marilyn, daughters Julie Brenner (Ellis) and Andrea Wolper (Ken Filiano), grandchildren Sharon Brenner and Elliott Brenner, sister Malkah Carothers (Don), cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and a network of friends of every generation who, even if not related by blood, considered him brother, father, uncle, grandfather.

Throughout his illness, Boris and his family felt greatly supported by the outpouring of love from relatives and friends far and near, new and lifelong. The family asks that donations in Boris’ memory be made to Music at Menlo (, the Hebrew Free Loan Society ( or Pathways Hospice Foundation (