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Deaths for the week of May 4, 2018

Obituaries are supported by a generous grant from Sinai Memorial Chapel.

Floyd L. (Avram) Butler

Nov. 16, 1938–Feb. 1, 2018

Floyd L. Butler, beloved husband of Sarah Butler, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 1, 2018. The burial service was held at Eternal Home Cemetery, Colma, on Feb. 6, 2018.

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Irwin Lionel Marcus passed away from metastatic skin cancer on April 15, 2018, at his home in Burlingame, California. He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Sonia B. Marcus; his son, Alan D. Marcus; and his sister-in-laws, Hanna Marcus and Diane F. Marcus. His daughter, Eleanor L. Marcus-Callison, predeceased him, as did his parents, Rose and Herman Marcus, and his brothers, Sanford A. Marcus and Hubert C. Marcus.

Irwin Lionel Marcus
Irwin Lionel Marcus

A native San Franciscan, Irwin was a graduate of Lowell High School and received an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley. His dental degree was received from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, School of Dentistry, San Francisco, California. He earned his degree in orthodontics at University of Pennsylvania, School of Dentistry, Philadelphia. Irwin was a life member of the American Dental Association, served on the faculty of his alma mater dental school and received many professional honors throughout his career, which he practiced for 38 years in San Francisco and Millbrae. Communities and organizations benefited greatly from the expertise, time and talent that Irwin energetically and graciously gave to them. Irwin was a veteran of the Korean War when he served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant.

Irwin was a well-loved, admired and respected man with a boundless sense of joie de vivre, an unstoppable sense of humor that always brought a smile to those around him, and a generosity of spirit that helped and sustained many people in their lives. To his family and friends, Irwin was sweet, kind, attentive and engaging. One always had a sense of happiness and well-being when Irwin was with them.

Graveside services were held on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Gan Hazikaron, Skylawn Memorial Park, San Mateo, California.In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that a contribution be made in Irwin’s name to a charity of your choice.

Anna H. Meyer

Born in Vallendar, Germany, in 1923, Anna (Loeb) Meyer was the first of two daughters of Flora and Felix Loeb. Along with sister Martha, Anna’s family had a full life sustained by many relatives, the synagogue, and the family tobacco business. Life was good until the early- to mid-1930s, which saw the rise of anti-Semitism and the Nazi party. From that time, the family endured many hardships, ultimately resulting in the loss of their business, forcing the girls to move to Dinslaken, where they resided in an orphanage until November 1938.

After the Kristallnacht destruction of the orphanage in early November 1938, Anna and Martha found their way via the Kindertransport to Belgium. Ultimately, Martha returned to Germany and Anna was taken in by the Potelle family, with whom she stayed throughout the war years, living in hiding. Anna learned French quickly and managed to avoid being discovered despite several close encounters with German soldiers.

Anna H. Meyer

After the war, Anna connected with her cousin and uncle, who were by then residing in San Francisco and sponsored her to immigrate to the United States. By mid-1948, Anna arrived in San Francisco to begin her new life. She quickly learned English and began to work in the hotel industry at the Clift and Plaza in senior housekeeping positions.

In 1954, Anna met her future husband, Joseph Meyer, at the engagement party of friends. Anna and Joseph married in 1958 at Congregation Beth Sholom, which remains an integral part of their family even to this day. They celebrated their honeymoon in Mexico and El Paso, where Anna met Joe’s family, with whom she remained close throughout her life.

Son Mark was born in 1961 and daughter Eleanor in 1963. The family had a wonderful San Francisco life, which included Anna’s activities at Beth Sholom and her love of the San Francisco Symphony, where she was a volunteer for many years, first selling memberships and in later years working at the symphony thrift store, Repeat Performance. Life was good until 1974, when Eleanor was diagnosed with a tumor and became paralyzed following surgery. Anna cared for Eleanor every day until Eleanor passed away in 1975.

After the passing of her beloved Joseph in 2003, Anna moved to Rhoda Goldman Plaza, where she remained active until her health declined over the last 2–3 years. She was lovingly looked after by caregivers Christy, Mildred, Asenaca, Gail, and Brenda, who took amazing care of her every day.

Anna leaves behind her son, Mark Meyer, and his partner, Linda Haertling; nephews Steven and Michael (Heather) Meyer, great-nephew Zachary Meyer; relatives in Israel; the extended El Paso family; and many friends near and far.

Funeral and burial were held on May 2, 2018 at Home of Peace Cemetery in Colma, followed by a reception and afternoon mincha minyan at Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco.

In keeping with tradition, in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Eleanor Meyer Scholarship Fund at Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco.

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Jill Sakol Snow died Tuesday, April 17 at her home in San Francisco after a 10-year battle with breast cancer. She graduated from Piedmont High School and the University of California at Irvine and received her MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. She worked as a fixed income financial analyst successively at Standard and Poor’s, DLJ, Credit Suisse and, for the last 14 years, American Century Investments.

Jill Sakol Snow

Jill loved adventure, traveling through Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, from trekking in Nepal to safaris in Tanzania and snorkeling in the Galapagos. She climbed Mt. Shasta with friends from her cancer support group, Bay Area Young Survivors.

She is survived by her husband Scott, her sons Dylan (13) and Sam (10), her sister Jodi of Washington, D.C. (Chris Lapetina), and her parents, Marlene and Jon Sakol of Piedmont.

Funeral services were held.

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