Fannie Shirley Rothman


A native of San Francisco, Fannie Rothman passed away peacefully on Jan. 4. Loved by her parents, Nathan and Pauline Abend, sister Evie Krasow (deceased), brother Morrie (deceased), her son Richard Rothman (wife Niki) and daughter Geri Siegel (husband Marty, deceased), grandson Eric (deceased), granddaughter Emily,

brother-in-law William Krasow, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A proud native San Franciscan, Fannie (nee Abend) was born in 1915 and grew up the Western Addition of the city, then a thriving Jewish neighborhood. She

graduated from Lowell High School. Fannie met her future husband, Robert Rothman, a New York native, on the Muni. They were married in June 1941 by Rabbi Burstein of Beth Israel (now Beth Israel Judea). They lived on Fell and Webster until the family moved in 1949 to the Outer Richmond, to a home built by her father, a Richmond District housing contractor. Fannie and Bob lived there happily, only half a block from Golden Gate Park and a mile from the Golden Gate Bridge, for the rest of their lives.  

Fannie was active in many community activities.  She was treasurer of the Beth Israel synagogue sisterhood and was a longtime member of the San Francisco Hadassah chapter, where she served as treasurer. For many years Fannie worked at the Irwin Memorial Blood Bank. She and Bob stayed active and attended the Doelger Senior Center a number of days a week where she became a volunteer in the kitchen every Friday.

Fannie Rothman lived a long, happy and healthy life (1915-2015!) among loving family and friends, here in the most beautiful city in the world. And although she will always be deeply missed — who could ask for anything more?