Jacqueline Bandel

 April 3, 1932–Nov. 15, 2014

Jacqueline Bandel died Nov. 15, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Jacqueline grew up in Piedmont, where she married and had four children. After her undergraduate education at U.C. Berkeley, she was an editor and a freelance reporter for Bay Area newspapers on social and political issues, while rearing her children.

Intelligent, spirited, independent, and creative, she employed these qualities to publish a book of children’s poetry, “In and Out the Window,” and to bring poetry to life for elementary school students through her interactive poetry program. She had a deep passion for the fine arts, especially opera and ballet.

She was a dedicated and loving mother and grandmother who inspired her family with her creativity, humor and wisdom. Jacqueline is survived by her four children, Todd, Sandra, Scott and Jay; her seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Claremont Hotel, in the Empire Room, on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m.

Donations in her honor can be made to Ashby Village,

Arrangements by Sinai Memorial Chapel–Lafayette, Calif.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (925) 962-3636


Deborah Adler Cook, 41, passed away suddenly on Oct. 22, 2014 in Vallejo, Calif. She was the loving daughter of Dr. Miles Adler and Susane Eaton, recently of Oakland, Calif., now living in Tahoe Vista, Calif., and Vivian Keyes of Grants Pass, Oregon. She leaves three children: Lee, 18, Lara, 16 and Lucas, 12. A memorial service was held at Temple Israel of Alameda on November 19, 2014. Donations may be made to Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda, CA 94502.


Rae Klassel Schefski passed away on November 10, 2014 in San Mateo, Calif., at age ninety-seven.  A registered nurse by training, she was born in Fargo, North Dakota, on June 24, 1917.  She was preceded in death by her husband Abe Schefski (1905-79).  Rae is survived by her two children Lorraine Mendlin (Ron) and Harold Schefski (Marilyn).   She leaves behind four grandchildren: Andrew Scott Mendlin (Valli), Susan Debra Mendlin Schofield (Michael), Jenne Esther Schefski and Hope Melinda Schefski.  In addition, there are four great-grandchildren: Ariel Rose Mendlin, Haley Danielle Mendlin, Jani Paige Schofield and Bodhi Keith Schofield.  Services and interment were held. The family prefers contributions to the Diabetic Foundation or a charity of your choice.
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