Harrison Lew

“Harry” Anixter

Harrison Lew “Harry” Anixter, native son of San Francisco, was born Jan. 8, 1933. He passed away on Nov. 30, 2014 after a brief illness. Harrison was a graduate of Lowell High School Class of 1951 and Cal Berkeley Class of 1955. He was a Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity brother, served in the United States Navy and was past master of Pacific Lebanon Lodge #136. Harrison retired as credit manager for Sherman and Clay in 1998.

Harrison and Rochelle, his wife of 57 years, loved to travel and eventually covered 64 countries and islands. For 10 years while the kids were away in college, Harrison became a motorcycle enthusiast. He and Rochelle loved touring the back roads of California together on his motorcycles.

Harrison started volunteer teaching at Good Samaritan Family Resource Center in February 1998, soon after retiring from Sherman and Clay. At Good Samaritan, he taught immigrant students how to read and write in English. He continued at Good Samaritan until June of 2006. In October 2006, Harrison began teaching at the Lantern Center for Hospitality and Education, opened by the Sisters of the Presentation. He taught adult classes in English and was loved by all at the Lantern, students and staff alike. He stopped teaching in October 2014 when he was no longer physically able to continue.

Harrison has been a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and uncle, dog lover, teacher and friend to many. We will miss him so much.

Predeceased by parents Raymond T. Anixter and Isabel Ruth Jacobs Anixter. Survived by his devoted wife of 57 years, Rochelle Greenberg Anixter, whom he met on the Berkeley campus of the University of California. He was a loving father to Stuart (Caroline) Anixter of Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren Danielle and Courtney Anixter of Las Vegas, NV; son Russell Anixter of New York City; grandchildren Izabella and Roark Anixter of Cazenovia, N.Y., and their mother Shari Craft. He was a loving brother to his sister Sandra Anixter Goldberg and brother-in-law Charles Leonard “Bud” Goldberg. Uncle of Clifford Goldberg and Kenneth (Angelique) Goldberg. He was devoted to his Silky Terriers, Pogo and Champ.

Private services were held. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Lantern Center for Hospitality and Education, 3106 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110; Fromm Institute at USF; or to a food bank of your choice.

Sinai Memorial Chapel

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Ralph Frederic Goldman

1926–2014, resident of Mountain View

A great man, devoted husband, beloved father, doting grandfather and constant friend, 88-year-old Ralph Goldman died Nov. 22 at the Mountain View home he shared with his wife of 60 years, Myrna Goldman, and their two cats.

Ralph was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to Jacob and Pearl Goldman and raised in Los Angeles. He attended Fairfax High School. Ralph was an honor guard in the U.S. Army and served in World War II. Ralph and Myrna Brookman met while working in the same building in L.A.’s garment district. They were married Dec. 12, 1954.

Ralph, above all, loved being with his family and friends and was appreciated for his wit, good nature and over-the-top generosity. Ralph was passionate about tennis and belonged to the Woodland Vista Swim & Racquet Club in Los Altos. He spent his career in retail. While working for Lucky Supermarkets, he was assigned to its Northern California Gemco Division and settled in Los Altos in 1969. Later he joined his twin brother as a food and candy broker, much to the delight of his children.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by their three children and spouses, Julie (Bob Rosner), Matthew (Barbara Cotter) and Karen (Mitch Varhula), and by seven grandchildren, Jacob, Seth, Dean, Eric, Jay, Lauren and Audrey. His brother Irvin and his sister Harriet also survive him. For those who wish, the family suggests donations to Hospice of the Valley, 3850 Union Ave., San Jose 95124, or the charity of your choice.


Esther Kaplan

June 17, 1927–Dec. 4, 2014

In San Francisco at age 87. Beloved wife of the late Moshe Kaplan for 66 years; loving mother of Joseph (Ester) Kaplan and Shula (Raymond) Zerbib; adoring grandmother of Sherrie (Tim) Wolf, Tammie (Scott) Medlin and Peter, Karen and Sara Zerbib; dear aunt and cousin to many.

Holocaust survivor with a strong will to live. She loved her family and America. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends, and her devoted caregivers Grace and Rose.

Services were held at Eternal Home Cemetery, Colma. Donations to Congregation Adath Israel, 1851 Noriega St., S.F., CA (415-564-5665), preferred.

Sinai Memorial Chapel

(415) 921-3636