Barbara Laven Goldberg

Born June 28, 1918 in Brookline, Massachusetts, to Sadie and Meyer Federman.

Died August 17, 2013 in San Francisco, California.

For 60 years, the beloved wife of Judge B. Abbott Goldberg (deceased). Beloved sister of Jack, Irene, and Larry Laven (all deceased). Cherished mother of James (and Diane) Goldberg and Judith (and Donald) Gilson. Adored grandmother of Jeffrey, David, Jason, Sarah, and Andrew. Dear great-grandmother of Abby, Benjamin, Amy, Noah, Jacob, Jack, and Abe.

She was part of the first generation of women to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating in 1941 with a degree in business and engineering administration. She moved to San Francisco in 1942 and to Sacramento in 1961, where she resided until returning to San Francisco earlier this year. A strong believer in social justice, she joined the National Council of Jewish Women in 1943 and became a dedicated member and leader of the organization. She founded the NCJW’s Sacramento section and served as its president as well as vice president of the Western district and a member of the national board. In 2011 she received the Hannah G. Solomon Award, one of the group’s highest honors.

Though never shy about her strong opinions, Barbara’s compassion and love of people won her countless loyal friends. She was known as an accomplished knitter, an avid bridge player, and a baker of unforgettable chocolate chip cookies. Her decades in California never dulled her Boston accent or the feisty spirit that brought her here. She passed on as she had lived: Committed to her beliefs and devoted to those she loved.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the National Council of Jewish Women Sacramento Section, 3218 Norris Ave., Sacramento, CA 95821.


Sandra Nelson


October 11, 1932–August 17, 2013

Sandra passed away peacefully with her family by her side. Sandra was born and raised in Boston, then moved with her family to San Francisco in 1963. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Harry Nelson, and her parents, Dr. David Quint and Helen Quint. She attended Boston University and was employed by Warner Brothers in the marketing department.

Sandra is survived by her loving sons Dr. Richard (Sharon) Reed and Daniel Reed, her beloved grandchildren Anne, Jon and Megan Reed, her cherished sister and brother-in-law Doris and Dr. Gordon Katznelson and her brother Dr. Simon Quint. The family wishes to thank Kiti Maitoga, Edna Bonilla and Joy Castillon for their kind and loving care.

Memorial contributions in Sandra’s honor may be made to the Jewish National Fund or to the charity of your choice.