Monroe Baer Jr.


Monroe Baer Jr. passed away March 23 in his San Francisco home of natural causes at age 91. He was predeceased by his wife Barbara in 2011. He was also predeceased by his sister Helen Jean Weil in 2002. He is survived by his son Larry, daughter-in-law Pam, daughter Leslie Baer Carrington and son-in-law Rogers Carrington. He is survived by the Baer grandchildren — Joshua, Jonathan, Zachary and Alana.

Monty Baer lived a remarkable life. He was born in San Francisco and raised in Sacramento, graduating from the first class at McClatchy High School, where he ran track. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from U.C. Berkeley in 1944 after serving his country as a lieutenant in World War II in the Pacific Theater.

While attending Cal and vacationing in Lake Tahoe, Monty met Barbara Cerf, who became the love of his life and his wife of 57 years. Upon graduating Cal, Monty earned his law degree at Hastings Law School and launched a successful 50-year career practicing law in San Francisco. He was a pioneer in many ways, first practicing corporate law and later doing civil rights and civil liberties work and also working with the State Bar of California on legal reform issues.

Monty cherished his family and relationships with friends. He possessed a remarkable sweetness and caring demeanor that earned him the unconditional love and respect of everyone he touched. By nature, he was an eternal optimist who took the “glass half-full” approach to life. He loved attending Grandparents Days at his grandchildren’s schools. In recent years, he spoke at the bar and bat mitzvahs of his grandchildren and shared in the celebrations of their graduations.

Monty’s loyalty to his friends and his strict routine were legendary. Every Friday for nearly 60 years, he had lunch with “the boys” — a group of friends formed in the 1950s working in downtown San Francisco. They outlived multiple restaurants and kept strong bonds to this day. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the past two decades Monty exercised at his senior aerobics class at the Concordia-Argonaut Club. It was equal parts workout and camaraderie.

He and Barbara lived in the same San Francisco neighborhood for the past 60 years where Monty relished taking his daily walk, always marveling at the cool fresh air and beautiful vistas. Monty and Barbara delighted in their neighborhood and enjoyed dinners on Clement Street every Sunday night.

For the past 15 years in retirement, Monty attended virtually every San Francisco Giants weekday home game, rooting on the team he followed since they moved to San Francisco and Seals Stadium in 1958. He journeyed to spring training in Arizona regularly.

The Baer family offers its deepest appreciation to Dr. James Davis and caregiver Rosario Rivera who, respectively, offered an unsurpassed quality of medical expertise and the most incredible caregiving imaginable.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made the San Francisco Giants Community Fund or a charity of your choice.

Services remembering Monroe Baer Jr. were held at Congregation Emanuel-El, San Francisco.

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Nancy B. Bratman

Died on March 15, 2014, at the age of 84.

She was born in Detroit, Michigan, on June 7, 1929, the only child of Hyman and Esther (Schwartz) Bylan, and raised in Grand Rapids. She was a proud alumna of the University of Michigan. She worked for several years in New York and Chicago as a magazine editor, and throughout her life was an elegant writer with impeccable grammar.

Nancy was the proud and loving mother of four sons. She and her family moved to the Bay Area in 1959, and over the next half-century she lived in Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Cupertino and lastly in Palo Alto, at the Moldaw Family Residences. Busy as a housewife and mother, she also found time for many volunteer activities. She was especially active at Congregation Beth Am, where she was a library volunteer and a devoted student of Judaism. Conversation was her favorite hobby, and her loved ones admired her as a precise and analytical thinker. She stayed in life-long touch with friends she had made as early as the age of 4.

Services were held at Congregation Beth Am, followed by burial at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park in Colma, next to her son Michael. She is survived by her sons David (Berni), Joel (Miriam) and Benjamin, and by her former husband, Robert. Donations to the American Cancer Society would be kindly appreciated.


Charlotte Krepismann

aka Charlotte Jarmy

June 17 ,1925–Feb. 14, 2014

A multifaceted wordsmith, Charlotte taught high school English in Mountain View for 20 years, wrote columns for the Los Altos Town Crier for 20 years, and was the paper’s drama critic, reviewing productions of TheatreWorks, Palo Alto Players and Bus Barn. She worked for Stanford University as a supervisor of student English teachers, and ran writing classes for seniors at several senior centers.

She published articles in magazines and later published two books, one a fictionalized history of her family, the other a collection of her newspaper columns.

Born in New York, she moved to California with her new husband, Julius. Both her parents and brother, Martin, soon followed, the entire family establishing residence on the San Francisco peninsula. Several years after Julius passed on, she met and married Howard Jarmy, an engineer turned writer, with writing being the bond that brought them together.

She was easy to know, always friendly, clever, funny and, in the early years, loved to dance the Lindy. She had a beautiful soprano voice and loved to sing.

Charlotte was deeply interested in and supported organizations devoted to members of the active military, retired and wounded veterans, children’s health, as well as diabetes, cancer and cardiac research.

She is survived by her husband, Howard, her son Ron, grandson Jeremy, cousins and a coterie of friends, some going back 40 years.

Charlotte was laid to rest at Home of Peace Cemetery in Colma.

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Marlyn Gloria Goldwasser McClaskey

75, of San Rafael, California, took her last flight Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Marlyn passed away peacefully at home with family by her side. Marlyn is survived by her devoted husband, Lawrence E. McClaskey, her two children, Dan Heller and Laura Heller Lauder, their spouses, Jill Heller and Gary Lauder, and grandchildren, Joshua Lauder, Eliana Lauder and Jack Heller.

Marlyn was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Dec. 25, 1938, to her parents Draza and Joseph Goldwasser.

Marlyn received her master’s at Kent State where she also taught political economics. In Canton, Ohio, Marlyn was involved with the NAACP. She was the president of the League of Women Voters. She was also involved in Hadassah, ORT and taught Sunday school at Temple Israel.

Marlyn became a pilot in 1980, quickly earning instrument and commercial pilot licenses. She also earned her stockbroker certificate, life insurance and arbitrators licenses. She was extremely enthusiastic in her belief that an individual can make a difference, and her continuing education was a way to fulfill this belief.

After moving to California in 1987, she quickly became engaged in the Jewish community volunteering at the then–Bureau of Jewish Education, Jewish Community Federation, ORT, Hadassah and the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center. At the Marin JCC, Marlyn helped found the Legacy Endowment Program. She was a tireless volunteer and sat on the board of the JCC and JCF.

Marlyn and her husband, Larry, also a pilot, were avid flyers for many years together. Owning her own planes, she flew over 4,000 hours, making cross-country trips and many others. As a member of Rotary International and the Flying Rotarians, she and Larry volunteered to fly medicines and people for Project Amigo in Mexico. She attended many international and domestic Rotary conferences as well.

Marlyn traveled extensively. She had a great love for hiking, a passion for culture and devotion and dedication to her family. She believed passionately in tikkun olam, “healing the world.” Marlyn will be greatly missed by many.

A memorial was held at the Marin JCC on March 23. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Marlyn’s favorite charities: the Marlyn McClaskey Adult and Jewish Education Fund at the Osher Marin JCC and the Women’s Fund at the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation.


Evelyn (Mages) Zelinsky

Passed away peacefully with her youngest son by her side in her home in San Bruno, Calif., on March 24, 2014. She was born on July 20, 1926 in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she was raised. Later while living in Harrisburg, Pa., she met Paul Zelinsky at a USO dance and married him. They moved to San Francisco, where they raised their three sons and a daughter.

Evelyn was dedicated to her family and was an avid animal lover. She made friends with ease — often initiating conversations with strangers. She played tennis for years with her family. Her needlepoint and cross-stitch creations adorned her home along with her varied lovely ceramic creations.

She was an enthusiastic writer and wrote a family history to pass along to future generations. She had a passion for cooking diverse foods. Her knishes were unparalleled and requested by many. She was employed at a variety of workplaces throughout her life contributing her diverse skills and personal touch.

She will be missed by her family and those whose lives she touched. She is survived by her brother Bob Mages, her three sons and daughter, Richard (Cheryl), Mark, Sharon and Jay (Deborah), and her six grandchildren, Jacob, Aaron, Stephen, Jonathan, Asher and Saida.