Dale Marie Katz, 68, passed away peacefully at home on June 12, 2016. Born Jan. 4, 1948, to Melvin and Beth Greenberg, she was a lifelong San Franciscan.

She was a loving sister of Allen (Diane) and twin brother David (Gail), devoted wife to Charles Katz for 45 years, dear mother to Stacie (Josh Black) and Debra Keith (Scott), grandmother to Hailey Keith, and loyal aunt to many nieces and nephews.

A George Washington High School graduate, she was voted “Most Spirited” in her fall 1965 graduating class. She worked with special needs students at Washington for over 20 years. She was a talented artist who enjoyed visits to museums, watching the Giants and 49ers, and entertaining family and friends.

Funeral services were held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hamotzi at Sherith Israel.

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Oscar Machbitz died peacefully surrounded by his loving wife, his four children and their families. Oscar was born in 1930 in Cairo, Egypt. He studied in London at the National College of Rubber Technology. He returned to Cairo, married Huguette and began working alongside his father, Solomon Machbitz, the owner and founder of the National Rubber Industry. Following the establishment of the State of Israel, the company was taken over by the Egyptian government.

Oscar emigrated to the United States in 1960 with Huguette, eight months pregnant with Michele, and twins Marc and Maureen. They settled in Los Angeles, where Joseph was born three years later. Oscar moved his family to San Francisco to continue his education at U.C. Berkeley and Golden Gate University, where he got an MBA while working full time. After a 28-year career at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, he retired in 1994, and moved to Phoenix in 2006.

Oscar loved traveling and cherished the weekly dinners, outings, company and friendship of his extended family. Oscar is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Huguette, his children Marc (Lori), Maureen (Eric), Michele (David) and Joseph (Lesley), nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and sister Tania (Marvin).

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to either Congregation Ner Tamid in San Francisco or Beth El Congregation in Phoenix.

Irwin Abel Phillips passed away from complications of Parkinson’s disease in San Francisco on April 1, 2016 at the age of 85. Irwin is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Annabella Phillips, and is lovingly remembered by his daughter, Monique Pflager, her husband, John, and his grandchildren, Cecilia Ann and Piper Rose; and by his son, Max Phillips, and his fiancee, Sandi Draper. He is predeceased by his first wife, Fabia-Ann Phillips.

Irwin was proud to be a native San Franciscan and lifelong resident. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1948 and went on to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Golden Gate College in commercial science and complete post-graduate work in business administration at the University of San Francisco. After college, he worked as an insurance agent for his father’s insurance business. During the Korean War, Irwin enlisted in the United States Army and became a staff sergeant. After his honorable discharge, he went back to work in the insurance industry as an agent/broker and went on to earn a teachers credential with a specialization in junior college teaching.

Irwin was a full-time instructor at City College of San Francisco for 30 years in the business department, and he was a mentor to many of his college students. He continued his career as an insurance agent and broker for over 60 years and owned his own insurance business, Phillips & Associates.

Irwin loved the outdoors and spending time in the sunshine gardening and tending his orchids. He was an avid yachtsman and fisherman. He loved hiking in the Nevada high desert and loved rock hounding and gem collecting. He was a volunteer lapidary instructor for 40 years at the San Francisco Gem and Mineral Society, as well as a past president of the society. He was a dedicated Mason and a Shriner. For 10 years he served as a commissioner on the delinquency prevention commission and served twice on the grand jury of San Francisco. He was a past president of the Clement Street and Noriega Street merchants associations and a past president of the Council of District Merchants. He was a lifelong member of Temple Sherith Israel of San Francisco.

Irwin loved family and neighborhood gatherings and had many lifelong, loyal friends and associates. All will miss him dearly.

The interment ceremony was held at Hills of Eternity, Colma, with close family and friends in attendance.

Memorial donations in Irwin’s name may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for children.

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Abraham Mordokowicz, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 19 at Hills of Eternity Cemetery in Colma, with Rabbi Susan Leider officiating.