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Deaths for the week of Jan. 11, 2018

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

Richard Jack Cohen

Richard Jack Cohen passed away on the evening of December 25, three weeks shy of his 83rd birthday. He was an empathetic and respected oncologist for over 45 years; a leader in the San Francisco Jewish community, particularly in his home synagogue, Congregation Beth Sholom; an enthusiastic Balldude with the San Francisco Giants; a beloved husband, father, and grandfather; and a humble kid from Brooklyn who was always slightly amazed at where his life took him.

He had many passions, among them fountain pens, baseball, opera, wine, and travel, and was a lifelong learner, attending classes until cancer robbed him of his strength. He was devoted to his wife of 59 years, Sandra; endlessly proud of his two children, Aaron and Eve; and greatly beloved by his grandchildren, Thea and Bailey, who will very much miss their “Grampy.” Kind and gracious until the bitter end, he was a light to his family, friends and community, and cherished by all who experienced his warmth, healing touch, and vibrant sense of humor. May his name be for a blessing.

Ruth Feldman, 1920–2018

Ruth passed away in her home surrounded by family and caregivers on December 15, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Feldman, her parents, Jacob and Fanny Schiffman, and her six brothers and sisters. She is survived by her daughter Marsha Harris (Dr. Ronald), son Rabbi Yisroel Feldman, grandchildren David, Jonathan (Cecilia) and Shana (Vance), and great-grandchildren Emily and Joseph.

Ruth was born and raised in Oakland, graduating from Oakland Technical High School and attending Merritt College business school. She worked at Capwell department store and her mother’s shoe store in Oakland. In 1943, she married the love of her life, Louis Feldman. They opened men’s & boys’ clothing stores in Berkeley, Richmond, and Jeffery’s of Montclair in Oakland.

Ruth was a talented homemaker, seamstress, and gardener, decorating her beautiful homes in Berkeley, Oakland, and Petaluma. She was brilliant, intuitive, strong, opinionated, very generous and sweet with a sense of humor and tremendous drive. She was a successful businesswoman, assisting her husband in the stores and investing in the stock market. Active in the Montclair Business Association, she led the establishing of the post office there.

Ruth and Lou were life members of Temple Beth Abraham, active in its committees and projects including new beautiful stained-glass windows. Ruth was a life member of Hadassah and served as president of its Oakland Chapter. Avid baseball fans Ruth & Lou supported their favorite team—the Oakland A’s.

In 1987, they moved to Petaluma. Ruth was a member of the Petaluma Democratic Club and served on President Clinton’s steering committee, corresponding with him and Vice President Gore. She served on the Council on Aging for Sonoma County and was a member of the Petaluma Garden Club. She was a member of Congregation B’nai Israel and active in its sisterhood and the Petaluma Chapter of Hadassah. She will be tremendously missed for her wisdom, spirit, and many talents.

Services were held with Sinai Memorial Chapel, San Francisco. Donations may be made to Chabad of Petaluma, B’nai Israel Jewish Center in Petaluma, North Bay Chapter of Hadassah, and Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ.

Harold Gevertz

June 20, 1924–December 12, 2018

Harold passed away peacefully at age 94, surrounded by family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosalie, only 3 years ago. Son of Philip and Katie Gevertz, he was born in Oakland and was raised in San Francisco. Harold graduated from Poly High School in 1942 and joined the Coast Guard, where he served his country with distinction until 1945. While serving, he met Rosalie, the love of his life, at Hoberg’s Resort. They married in 1947 and started their retail business, a children’s store in San Bruno called Lullaby Lane. Together, they grew Lullaby Lane into a nationally recognized children’s store that was a destination must for all expectant couples and their families throughout the Bay Area for 64 years.

Harold Gevertz
Harold Gevertz

First and foremost, Harold was a loving husband to Rosalie. In their happy 68 years of marriage they raised 3 children, worked side by side in business, traveled the world and enjoyed the theater, opera, ballet, and symphony. A true renaissance man, Hal was an accomplished fly fisherman, photographer, and athlete.

Fondly known as Hershie, he was a man who lived life to the fullest. One of his greatest passions in life was golf, a sport he was first introduced to as a young caddie at the Presidio Golf Course. He was a member of Green Hills Country Club in Millbrae and Lake Merced Country Club in Daly City for many years. In 1968, he began playing a different golf course in Northern California every Tuesday, taking notes and critiquing each one. He befriended the San Francisco Chronicle sports columnist Art Rosenbaum, who would later tag Harold “The Golf Explorer.” For the next 40 years Hal played and reviewed over 700 golf courses worldwide. His golf articles were published in the San Mateo Times and Golf Today. His golf reviews were recently published in a hardcover book appropriately titled “The Golf Explorer,” compiled by his grandson Connor.

Harold is survived by his children Michael (Melissa), Barry (Maureen), and Debbie (Joe); grandchildren Erin, Michael (Nicki), Bryant (Jenn), Scott, Taylor, Connor, Emily, and Molly; and great-grandchildren Michael and Sofia.

Harold’s love for his family and friends knew no boundaries; he was always generous with his time and support. He will be missed for his infectious smile and tremendous sense of humor.

The Gevertz family would like to thank his loving and devoted caregivers Ermie, Bobbie, and Nelson.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be sent to the First Tee of San Francisco: https://www.thefirstteesanfrancisco.org.

Jane Kahn

Jane Kahn, 64, died at home, surrounded by her family, on December 26, 2018. Born and raised in University City, Missouri, Jane received a B.A. from Brandeis in 1977, a Master’s in Sociology from Northwestern in 1980 and a law degree from Berkeley in 1983. She is survived by her husband, Michael Bien; her children, Benjamin, Max, Joey, Katy and Allison; her brother, Michael; and her sisters, Debi and Julie.

Jane Kahn
Jane Kahn

Jane was a prominent civil rights attorney, practicing with Legal Aid of Marin, the Prison Law Office and Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld. She received honors for her work as a prisoner rights attorney from Prison University Project, Brandeis University and California Women Lawyers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Shirlee Kahn, and her brothers-in-law, Michael Kalnitz and Jon Bien. Jane was a board member and volunteer for numerous organizations, including Camp Tawonga, Brandeis Hillel Day School, Prison University Project, New Israel Fund, Religious Witness with Homeless People, Congregation Beth Sholom and Hamilton House. The family requests donations to Prison University Project, Hamilton House or the charity of your choice.

Marvin N. Nathan

Marvin N. Nathan, in Palo Alto on December 20, 2018 at age 89. Marvin was a longtime resident of San Francisco. He was the only son of the late Louis F. and Janette Nathan. He was the beloved husband, partner and best friend of Anita Nathan; father of Stephen and Anne Nathan and Susan (Bruce) Hammer; loving stepfather of Mark and Peter Miller and Diana (David) Sauerhaft; grandfather of Daniel Hammer; and adoring step-grandfather of Julia and Samuel Sauerhaft and Bryan and Evan Miller.

Marvin and Anita loved each other dearly and joined together in most of life’s activities, enjoying family gatherings, grandchildren, working in Marvin’s accounting practice, traveling the world over, eating good food, being with friends, smelling the clean air and magnificent environment of Lake Tahoe, attending SF operas, symphonies and theater and attending or watching on TV Giants baseball.

Marvin’s career was focused on accounting, initially in corporate controllership and later for many years in public accounting, specializing in taxation, which was a true joy of his being. He was passionate about helping his clients and received enormous satisfaction from his efforts and results. Additionally, public accounting was the perfect vehicle for Marvin’s occupation, as the profession modeled itself with highest integrity. Marvin’s father left a legacy of honesty in his community, and Marvin prided himself to further the lessons of his father.

Marvin also gave time and money to many charitable, civic and Jewish organizations. He served on the board of directors of the Concordia-Argonaut for many years, including three years as President. Marvin was intense about the continued existence of the State of Israel, which he had visited numerous times. His time given on behalf of little children, serving for 10 years on the board of a VA child development center, was truly a great source of joy and enrichment for Marvin.

Of all of the memberships, organizations and civic activities Marvin served, he was proudest of serving in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 and being promoted to sergeant. He carried in his wallet his entire life his U.S. Army certificate of service.

In his younger years, he was motivated to write verses to celebrate some of his life’s significant events, such as Anita’s retirement or first airplane flight piloted by his son, Stephen, after 40 hours of lessons.

In his writing of Anita’s retirement, which he titled “Images,” he wrote: “Admiration paints Anita a heroine; she is by all accounts one of the Nation’s unrecognized saints.” This parable of loving Anita portrays Marvin’s full and long rich life.

Please do not send flowers. Rather, make a donation to your favorite charity for children.

(Sinai Redwood City)

June Rubin

June Rubin died November 29, 2018 in Mill Valley. Born June 13, 1925 in San Francisco, she attended Washington High School and earned both her degrees from SFSU. She taught nursery school for the JCC, San Rafael; developed educational materials for the Jewish Community Library, San Francisco; was the librarian at Congregation Rodef Sholom; and taught at Terra Linda High and Kaiser Permanente.

June was a lover of Judaism, Chinese culture, opera and geology; an amateur photographer; and loved museums, old movies and the fine arts. She sang in numerous choirs throughout her life, starting as a teen at Congregation Emanu-El, and she sang for the USO during WWII.

She was a founding member of Rodef Sholom in San Rafael, volunteered as a speaker for the Marin County AIDS Program and ushered at the Marin Civic Center. Her love of Jewish education brought her to her last job, synagogue librarian, where she fell in love with her companion, David Stern, a library volunteer.

June’s favorite roles were mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. June is survived by her partner, David Stern of Mill Valley; her children, Linda Michels and Marvin Rubin (Ann); her granddaughters, Heather Erez (Shachar) and Kimberly Rubin; her great-grandchildren, Noam, Eden and Rosie; and great-great-grandson Josiah.

Sandra June Werdesheim Solomon

Sandra June Werdesheim Solomon (83) passed away in San Francisco on December 22, 2018 following a brief illness. Born in San Francisco, Sandra was the daughter of the late Sam and Estelle Werdesheim. She graduated from Lowell High School in 1952 and earned a BA in Sociology from UCLA in 1956. She lived in Los Angeles until returning to San Francisco in 1977.

Sandra June Werdesheim Solomon
Sandra June Werdesheim Solomon

Sandra is survived by son Gregg (Leslie Brooks Solomon), daughter Leslie Solomon Klonoff (Jeff Klonoff), along with grandchildren Daniel, Matthew and Brian Solomon, and Joel and Jennifer Klonoff. Additionally, she is survived by her brother Richard Werdesheim, his children Jeff (Kim), Brian (Janelle), and Laura Werdesheim Bucholtz (Ricardo Bucholtz) and their families, and Jerry Solomon (former husband), the father of her children.

Donations in Sandra’s memory and honor may be made to Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (www.dbsalliance.org).

Eva Maria Wiener

Eva Maria Wiener, our “Mami and Omi,” passed away peacefully at home at age 91 on Saturday, December 22, 2018. Our Omi was a Holocaust survivor. She and our Papi/Opi immigrated to this country from Germany in 1959, with little money and speaking little English. Together they built their American dream. Our Mami/Omi was the best! She taught us about tolerance and acceptance. She taught us about family and love. She taught us that the glass is always half full – and no matter how hard things get, they will always get better!

Eva Maria Wiener (left)
Eva Maria Wiener (left)

Her guiding principle was her devotion to her family. Her greatest joy was sharing her life with her loving husband, Herman (Liebelein), who passed away in 2012; her four children, Regina (Lewis) Goldberg, Hennie (Jay) Lichman, Ruthie (Steve) Tolleson, David (Linda) Wiener; and six grandchildren, Nicole (Matt), Lauren (Jocelyn), Danielle, Evan (Chenyu), Matthew and Alex. We will miss her beautiful smile, loving hugs, and her kind, sweet nature — and her amazing bundt cakes! Her positive outlook and her love of family live on in each of us and will be passed on to future generations.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., or the Alzheimer’s Association.

(Sinai SF)