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Meyer (“Mike”) Nathan Aronovsky

August 10, 1927-February 11, 2016

Passed away at home peacefully in the presence of family in Santa Rosa, California. Previous longtime resident of San Francisco, where he owned and operated a barbershop for many years.

Mike was born and raised in Shanghai, China, to Nathan and Sarah Aronovsky, natives of Kiev, Russia. Immigrated to San Francisco by way of Haifa, Israel. Korean War veteran. Fluent in several languages. Avid photographer. Lover of classical music, whose sounds often filled the family home. Survived by his adored wife of 60 years, Betty. Loving and devoted father to Daniel (Susan), Ellen Phillips (Greg), Mark (Natalie Olivas), and Nathan (Zaida). Doting and proud grandfather to Lisa Casner (Jared), Joe, Laurie, David, Katrina, Sofia, and Jessica. Survived by brother Morris and preceded in death by brothers George

(Eleanor) and Aron (Millie-deceased.). Caring brother-in-law to Betty’s sister, Sandra Osheroff (Jack-deceased.). Beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews. Mike’s greatest love was for his family. He was a valued friend whose warmth, kindness and gentle wit touched all who knew him. He is missed terribly.

Private services were held at Eternal Home Cemetery.

Sinai Memorial Chapel

(415) 921-3636

Hans Friedeberg died January 31

with his family by his side. He will be missed by his wife Anna, daughter Annette, brother Rene Friedeberg (Ursula), sister-in-law Roberta Gilbert (Bruce), nieces Karen, Judy, Susan, Laura, and nephew Dan. Hans was born in Germany in 1933. His family fled to Shanghai in 1939, where they lived until coming to America in 1947. Castro Valley was his home, and funeral services were in Hayward.

Bob Hirsch died peacefully in his sleep on February 11 at Rhoda Goldman Plaza in S.F. He lived in and loved the San Francisco Bay Area for the last 70 of his 95 years on earth and crowded as many activities and friendships into those years as is humanly possible.

Bob was born on August 3, 1920 and raised in his beloved Brooklyn until the Marines took him to the Pacific to help win WWII. While on leave in S.F., he met the first love of his life, Barbara (Wax) Hirsch, whom he married and had two children with: Douglas (Bernie) and Karen (Jim Condit). Her family and broad circle of local friends became his. Bob and Bobbie were active members in the young marrieds group called “The Sherith League” at Congregation Sherith Israel, where he kicked off a lifelong avocation, writing, directing and performing in shows, hysterical skits and fundraisers. In 1956 he married Dori. They relocated to the “fun house with the pool” in Redwood City where he helped raise her two boys: Barry and Brian (Linda) Horwitz. Dori and Bob returned to S.F. in the mid ’60s, worked, socialized and traveled the world collecting friends across the universe until Dori’s death in 2012. Bob was a businessman, haberdasher, golf and tennis player, thespian, sports fan and … bookmaker. He advocated and demonstrated for the release of Soviet Jews and volunteered at S.F. Airport Travelers Aid from 1983 until 2015. He loved musical theater, was a renowned story and joke teller and dazzled his fans with card tricks. No one was allowed to call him during his favorite show — “Jeopardy” — he knew all the answers, and of course he was the reigning trivia champ at RGP. He was a bright star, dearly loved, and will be missed by casts of thousands. Bob is survived by 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Celebration of Bob Hirsch’s Life at Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon, California on Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m.

Donations in honor of Robert Hirsch: Jewish Family & Children’s Services, Rhoda Goldman Plaza, 2180 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94115, (415) 345-5060,

Gert Philippi, born 4/1/1925 in Berlin, died Tuesday evening, 2/9/2016 surrounded by family and friends. He immigrated to Chile in 1939 and then to the U.S. in 1971. He played tennis, and was a master bridge player, earning many trophies. He is survived by his brother Hans Philippi, sister-in-law Ursula Philippi and many nieces and nephews. Gert was a very generous man. He lived a full life, was a friend to many and will be missed by all.