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Deaths for the week of June 2, 2017

Jack Rosenberg, May 25, 1925–December 25, 2016. Son, Brother, Friend, Mariner. Unveiling on June 6, 2017, 2:30 p.m., at Eternal Home Cemetery, 1051 El Camino Real, Colma.

The sea he sails does not touch this shore.

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Joyce Elaine Barnett
August 7, 1932 – May 21, 2017

“I sure had fun getting old!”

Joyce Elaine Rosenberg Barnett passed away on May 21, 2017 in San Francisco. She was 84. Joyce enjoyed a colorful life that began in Yonkers, New York. Born to Romanian parents, Octave and Shirley Rosenberg, she was the precocious big sister to Franklin, her supportive lifelong sibling. Joyce sparkled with a joie de vivre. She earned a B.A. in English at Brandeis University and spent summers waiting tables in Catskill Mountains resorts. After college, she worked for impresario Saul Hurok, bringing international arts to New York City such as the Bolshoi Ballet. Joyce relocated to Los Angeles, married Robert Barnett and had two children. The family moved to the Bay Area where Joyce became an elementary school teacher, which gave her immense pleasure.

Joyce Elaine Rosenberg Barnett

Light and lively, Joyce biked solo around the world for a sabbatical in her 50s. Danced tango in Argentina in her 60s. Climbed Machu Picchu’s highest peak in her 70s. And in her 80s was energized by African safaris and hiking adventures. She was a member of The Travelers’ Century Club for people who’ve been to over 100 countries. Joyce traveled in color-coordinated style, with an efficiently packed carry-on suitcase.

Joyce appreciated classical to modern art. She attended yoga and strength-building classes to stay fit for museum-going worldwide. Joyce formed special bonds with her Presidio walking friends and Channa’s international folk dancers, where gossip centered on arts, food, and stimulating activities. Her favorite fruits were Japanese persimmons and raspberries. Her favorite potluck dish: vegetarian chopped liver.

Joyce volunteered with the San Francisco Ballet, Symphony and Opera. She was a benefactor to young artists. A member of the Opera Guild and Wagner Ring Society, she traveled the world to see Ring cycles. She participated in local opera productions as a supernumerary and pre-production light walker. She met luminaries like Placido Domingo.

Joyce Barnett is survived by her brother Franklin Rosenberg, children Donna Barnett and Ethan Barnett, grandsons Andrew and Sam Barnett, ex-husband Robert Barnett and countless friends who admired her spunk, sense of style and beauty, and compassion. She will be dearly missed.

The family is grateful to Coming Home Hospice and its staff that ensured her last days were comfortable. Remembrances to Coming Home Hospice, 115 Diamond Street, SF, CA 94114

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 2-6 p.m. at SF Columbarium, One Loraine Court, San Francisco, CA 94118


Jack Jeger, husband (Jeanette Jeger of blessed memory), father, grandfather, brother-in-law (Misia Nudler), uncle (Judy, Brett and Alanna Borah and Harry Nudler) friend and mensch passed away just a month before his 96th birthday. He leaves behind his children, Edith Mills (Dick), Henry Jeger (Becky), Helen Loewenstein (Peter); his 7 grandchildren Lisa Fisher (Josh), Lauren Mills, Kimmy Roehn (Derrick), Minnie Jeger, Lindsey Jeger, Mark Loewenstein (Kelly), Devin Loewenstein; and 4 great-grandchildren James, Brynne and Lila Fisher and Chase Loewenstein to tell his story and live his legacy.

Jack Jeger, Holocaust survivor, was born Yankle Jeger in Chechowitz, Poland, on July 15, 1921. There he lived with his parents, 5 brothers, and 2 sisters. Sadly, they were taken from him during the Holocaust along with 50-plus family members. After WWII, in 1945, he married Schendel Olszak (Jeanette Jeger). Together they made their way from Poland to a displaced persons camp in Poking, Germany, where they began their family and building a life in the shadow of tremendous tragedy and loss. In 1949, with their 2-year-old daughter, they made passage to the United States. The land of promise and opportunity proved to be a place for scars to heal and possibilities to unfold.

Jack and his brother-in-law, Harold Nudler, were metal dealers and owned a plumbing supply store. He was a devoted member of Temple Beth Abraham.

Those who knew Jack will remember him for his kindness, blue eyes, love of children and particularly his favorite expression… “You’re Okay in America!”

Francine Woolfe
March 19, 1918-May 24, 2017

With deep sadness I announce the passing of Francine with her loving daughter by her side.

She was the daughter of the late Louis and Rose Liebert, sister of the late Arthur and Bert. Her beloved husband Phillip preceded her in death in 2013.

She was a longtime member of Temple Emanu-El. She and Phillip were world travelers and members of the Fine Arts Museum.

Besides her adoring daughter Michele Avramov, she leaves behind niece and nephew Denise (Bob) Webb and Phil Liebert; great-niece and -nephew Katy and Daniel.

Special thanks to Wilma and Stephanie for their devoted care and friendship.

Services were held privately.