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Deaths for the week of Dec. 22, 2017

Leatrice (Leedy) Bohne

May 1, 1925–Dec. 18, 2017

Leatrice (Leedy) Bohne

Leedy Bohne, loving wife of the late Monroe Bohne for 49 years. A native San Franciscan, Leedy grew up in the Richmond District and attended George Washington High School and UC Berkeley. During World War II she worked for the Department of War Information to help gather information and disseminate propaganda to the country’s enemies. After the war she got married and raised a family and traveled extensively.

Leedy loved tennis, the opera and travel. She is survived by her children Russ, Larry and Marilyn; grandchildren Lisa, Michael, Daniel and Sandra; and great-grandchildren Enzo, Hugo, Audrey and Roma.

Private services have been held. Contributions in her memory may be made to the San Francisco Opera Guild.

(Sinai Redwood City)

Joseph West Chait

March 15, 1947–Dec. 18, 2017

Joseph Chait
Joseph Chait

Joseph W. Chait (70), son of the late Robert and Toby Chait, passed away at home on Monday, Dec. 18 at 10 p.m. surrounded by his loving family after a valiant 8-month battle with cancer.

An avid fisherman, passionate skier, often competent golfer, and master margarita maker, Joey had a smile and laugh that could fill a room. A 43-year resident of Menlo Park, Joey was passionate about his business, having first partnered with his father and then his son, and loved nothing more than traveling the world with his beloved wife and true love.

A man who put family and true friendship above all else, his goal throughout treatment was “to inspire others.” Inspire you did, Joey. You will be deeply missed and wholeheartedly celebrated.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 47 years, Deborah; adoring children Marcus (Melissa) and Jessica Sieck (Shawn); and the “lights of his life” Zoe (11), Brody (9), Stella (5) and Sophie (3).

A celebration of Joseph’s life will take place at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.

(Sinai Redwood City)

Helen Field
Helen Field

Helen Field, born May 8, 1929, passed away at home with friends and family at her side on Dec. 12, 2017. She was an active participant in the National Council of Jewish Women, ORT and the History Guild of the Oakland Museum. She loved music, dance, theater and movies and had traveled much of the world.

Helen is survived by her sister Jeanne Kerdash, several nieces and nephews and a host of loving friends who will miss her. Her burial will be in Philadelphia, her hometown. There will be a Celebration of Life in February, TBA.

(Sinai Lafayette)

Sheldon Jerome Friedman passed away December 19. He is survived by his sons, Bruce (Joanne) and Irwin (Ellen); grandchildren Laura Mendelson (David), Michael Friedman (Betsy), David Friedman (Nicole) and Sarah Papoff (Alexander); and great-grandchildren Ella and Laina Mendelson, Maisie and Judah Friedman, and Sydney Papoff. He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther.

Sheldon was born in Scranton, PA in 1925. He served in the United States Army in World War II. A loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he will be remembered for his love of sports, teaching card games to his children and grandchildren, and his love of conversation. He will be forever missed by his family and many friends.
Private services were held. Donations in Sheldon’s memory may be made to the Jewish Home & Rehab Center SF.

Rhoda Burns Grumet

Aug. 7, 1941–Dec. 5, 2017

Rhoda Burns Grumet, 76 years old, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Dec. 5, 2017, in Palo Alto, California. Rhoda led a vibrant life with a contagious laugh and was an avid traveler who had her passport and tickets ready to depart on a trip to Morocco this month.

Rhoda Burns Grumet

Rhoda was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Ida (Shore) and James Burns. The oldest of three children — Rob (Lynda) Burns and Doug (Ellen) Burns — Rhoda played an active role in arranging family reunions throughout the years to unite cousins on the West and East Coasts.

Rhoda graduated from Baldwin High School on Long Beach Island and graduated from a Registered Nursing School in Southhampton, New York. Rhoda continued her education at University of Pennsylvania and graduated from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California. During her studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Rhoda attended a wedding where she met her future husband, F. Carl Grumet, M.D. This marriage brought a brother-in-law George and his wife Barbara Grumet, who became known as Rhoda’s “twin sister” from different parents.

Rhoda is survived by three daughters: Amy (John) Connolly of Palo Alto, Jill Lauren of Santa Cruz and Nancy (Devin) Prouty of Menlo Park; nine grandchildren: Zac and Jeremy Rosenbaum, Abby and Caleb Prouty, Taylor and Sydney Giniezcki and Mark, Elena and Ahna Connolly; a great-aunt; two brothers; one brother-in-law; her “twin sister”; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Rhoda’s professional work included being a Pediatric Registered Nurse at Stanford, developing the recruitment department of the Stanford Blood Center, and administrative director positions at both Stanford Blood Center and Irwin Memorial Blood Bank in San Francisco. Rhoda was a dedicated, dynamic volunteer and served as the president of the Sequoia chapter of Hadassah, on the board of the Beth Longwell Foundation, and as a volunteer with anti-human trafficking programs and the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in Menlo Park.

Rhoda’s favorite people included her family and dear friends. Rhoda’s favorite local places included the beach and near West Cliff in Santa Cruz. Rhoda’s hobbies included cooking, knitting, fly fishing, water skiing (with her most recent water skiing trip on her 70th birthday), book club, a mahjong group and spoiling her grandchildren.

Rhoda’s passion for life was contagious. Rhoda was discretely generous with others in need. Memorial services were held at Congregation Beth Am on Dec. 8, 2017. Memorial donations can be made to:American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC); Sequoia Chapter of Hadassah, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto CA 94303; Beth Longwell Foundation, P.O. Box 50457, Palo Alto CA 94303; American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma city, OK 73123; Stomp the Monster, P.O. Box 521, Marlboro, NJ 07746; Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos CA 94022.

(Sinai S.F.)

Harry I. Hanen passed away on Dec. 11, 2017, at the age of 97, born Feb. 22, 1920, in the city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Harry I. Hanen
Harry I. Hanen

He grew up in Calgary, along with two older brothers, Ben and Mike, and younger sister Jenny. When his brothers were recruited to play hockey for UC Berkeley, Harry visited them and fell in love with the Bay Area. After WWII he moved to San Francisco, having served as a corporal in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Harry proudly worked for the Western Pacific Railroad in San Francisco. His career as an accountant spanned 34 years, from 1949 to 1983.

After his retirement he gave generously of his time as a volunteer at St. Anthony’s Dining Room, the SF-SPCA, Filoli, and as an usher at the S.F. Opera, S.F. Ballet and the Orpheum Theater. He was a member of SIRS and greatly enjoyed their luncheons and reunions.

Harry is survived by his daughter Suzanne Waterman, grandson David Waterman and longtime friend Ismael Basco. Harry was the beloved uncle of Katherine & John Radford of Los Altos, CA; Jeff Hanen and Greg & Karen Hanen of Los Angeles, CA; Jerry Hanen, Pamela Hanen, Basha Hanen, Beryl & Eldon Shaffer of Calgary; and Allen & Anya of Moscow, Russia. Harry also has many beloved cousins nearby and in Canada.

Harry had a zest for life. He loved to travel, attended the opera, theater, ballet, played bridge, visited art museums, and enjoyed a wide range of restaurants and wearing bright, colorful outfits. Harry loved life and treasured everyone’s friendships. And for those who knew him, his memory will live on as a blessing.

Ruth (Braunstein) Horenstein

June 2, 1921–Dec. 4, 2017

Ruth (Braunstein) Horenstein

Ruth, originally from San Francisco, passed away on Dec. 4 in Danville. She was predeceased by her parents, Sam and Anna; her brother Marvin; her husbands Jerome Nossen and Lawrence Horenstein; and her grandson John Burnham. She is survived by her daughter Margie Cherin (Don); her son Jeff Nossen (Pat); her grandchildren Debbie Berger (Robert) and Scott Nossen; her great-grandchildren Lauren, Nathaniel and Lindsey Berger; her stepson Michael Horenstein (Ann); her stepdaughter Lois Gilbert (Peter); and stepgrandchildren Pam, Johnathan, Lori and Mark.

She was bright and funny and loved to travel, read, play bridge and mah jong and spend time with her family and her many friends. The family requests that anyone wishing to make a donation make it to the Reutinger Community for Jewish Living or Continuum Hospice.

Marian Moose Levy

It is with great sadness that we announce that Marian Moose Levy entered eternity surrounded with dignity and love in the presence of her children Richard, Barbara and Diane and her friend Lucrecia.

Marian Moose Levy
Marian Moose Levy

Born in Oakland in 1923, Marian was the only child of Ed and Belle Moose. She had the good fortune to meet and fall in love with Robert Levy while they were both students at UC Berkeley, and they married in 1943.

Family was the key to Marian’s heart, and they delighted in raising their family in San Francisco. She absolutely adored her grandchildren Jeremy, Rosalie and Daniel Carnam, and they were a precious part of each other’s lives. Following Bob’s death in 1985, she shared a loving relationship for many years with Myer Kahn.

Marian truly embodied our Jewish values. She cared for her parents with devotion, as well as her in-laws and anyone in need. Her generous heart was always open, and she became the second mother to many of her children’s friends, each one of whom knew her genuine love and concern and remember her with great love and affection. She worked tirelessly to make our world a better place, whether through her children’s activities or as a community volunteer.

Committed to Temple Emanu-El, she was a dedicated member of the floral committee, kept the Gift Shop running, served as Sisterhood president and was instrumental in developing the lovely Bible Walk in the Golden Gate Park arboretum. She was a proud member of the Jewish Federation and strong supporter of the JCRC.

As an energetic woman with a boundless zest for life, Marian was a force of nature who lived and loved fearlessly. Whether for a Giants game or the opera, she always dressed in style. She never hesitated to speak her mind and stood by her convictions.

Marian was blessed with a long and rich life. She embraced every bit of it, and would wish the same for all of us whom she loved so well. While we will miss her tremendously, we will never be without her. She exemplifies a life well lived.

Mildred (Micky) Wohl

Mildred (Micky) Wohl

Micky was born on Dec. 13, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York, and passed away peacefully, just one day shy of her 90th birthday, in Burlingame, California. Micky was the beloved wife of Morry, who predeceased her; adored mother of Steven (Leonie) and Jeffrey (Annie); proud grandmother of Matthew, Kellen, Samuel and Julianne; much loved sister of Zelda Ruttenberg and Annette Bronstein; and aunt and great-aunt.

Micky came to California as a young adult and fell in love with San Francisco immediately, and with Morry soon after. They wed in 1951 and lived in Oakland and San Francisco before settling in Westlake in 1957, where they raised Steven and Jeffrey. After Morry passed away in 2001, Micky remained in the Westlake family home for several more years before moving to The Magnolia of Millbrae, her wonderful home for the past three years.

Micky had worked as a bookkeeper before devoting her life to her husband and children and was active in a number of Jewish service organizations, including B’nai B’rith, Hadassah and Temple Judea’s Sisterhood. Always kind and popular, Micky leaves behind many friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Avalon Academy (818 Mahler Road, Burlingame, CA 94010), a special school serving the needs of children with cerebral palsy and other movement disorders, or your favorite charity.

(Sinai SF)