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Deaths for the week of Jan. 25, 2019

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

Lori Joan Barker

Lori Joan Barker, beloved daughter of Nancy Goldberg and Stephen Barker, sister of Jonathan P. Barker, and aunt of Adam Barker, passed away January 17, 2019, after a long illness. Lori leaves behind family and many friends who will miss her every day. A celebration of Lori’s life will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., San Francisco, CA.

In lieu of flowers, we kindly request you support Cancer Research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Indicate “In Memory of Lori Barker.” 8700 Beverly Blvd., Suite 2416, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Online at giving.cedars-sinai.edu, or call Mike Amerikaner at (323) 866-2922.

Randall G. Dick

Randall G. Dick passed away peacefully on January 12, 2019, with his loving family by his side. Randy was born on October 18, 1945, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was raised in Arlington, Virginia, before following in his father’s footsteps and attending college and law school at the University of Michigan.

Randall G. Dick
Randall G. Dick

Shortly after graduating law school, he moved to San Francisco to begin his professional career, and this is where he met the love of his life, his “sweetie pie,” Theresa Pagano. After a brief stint working in Chicago, where his first child, Joshua, was born, he returned to San Francisco, where he established deep roots in the legal and Jewish communities and had his second child, Rebekah.

Randy was active in the San Francisco Jewish community, serving as President of the Jewish Federation and Young Adult Division; won the Young Leadership Award; and was the Chairman of Super Sunday for several years. He and his family were members of Congregation Beth Sholom.

Randy was a successful and well-respected tax attorney. He dedicated several years to public service, working for the government, and then went into private practice, where he served his clients with the same amount of dedication, passion and integrity.

A devoted and caring husband, father and friend, Randy will be deeply missed by all those whose lives he touched. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Theresa; his children Rebekah, Joshua and Hilary; his identical twin brother Brett; brother Michael; his sister Pamela; and their families. Randy was predeceased by his mother and father, Zelda and Jerome.

Funeral services were held.

(Sinai SF)

Mady Dukler

Mady Dukler passed away on January 8, 2019, at the age of 103 after an extraordinary life that encapsulated the history of 20th-century diaspora Jewry. Mady Schenker was born in Vienna on March 21, 1915, as the youngest child in a religious family, which moved from Oswiecim (sadly, the town later gave its name to the Auschwitz concentration camp located nearby) to Vienna shortly before Mady was born.

Mady Duker
Mady Duker

Following the Anschluss (the Nazi invasion of Austria) in 1938, the family scattered worldwide, and Mady ended up in Amsterdam. As borders closed throughout Europe, Mady found herself unable to escape. Through perseverance, courage and good luck, Mady was introduced to Frits and Ida Tacx, a young Gentile couple with strongly anti-Nazi views. They sheltered Mady in their apartment and then moved her to a remote village on the north coast of Holland, where Mady spent more than two years hiding in an attic. One perilous night, German troops searched the house for Jews but did not locate Mady (although she recalls seeing the light of a German soldier’s flashlight cross her dress through a crack in the wall). Mady was liberated in April 1945 by a Canadian tank battalion.

Following the war, Mady lived in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Los Angeles, and ultimately Lausanne, Switzerland. She was fluent in six languages, including Italian, which she learned in her 80s. Mady planted a tree at Yad Vashem to pay tribute to the Tacxs’ heroism. Mady outlived her beloved husband, Joel (known as Duk), and was close to her many nephews (including Marty Schenker of San Francisco), nieces, cousins and friends throughout the world. Like many in her family, Mady was a proud Zionist, and her support of Israel’s Weizmann Institute was a source of great joy to Mady. She was an inspiration to everyone who knew her.

Herman “Red” Glass

Herman “Red” Glass, 90, of Lafayette, California, died on January 10, 2019. Husband of the late Barbara Sara Glass. Cherished father of Richard Glass (Judy Rothschild) and the late Lee Glass. Loving grandfather of Joseph Glass and Emily Glass. Dear later-in-life partner of Joan Byrens. Adored brother of Henry (Ida) Glass. Services were held at the David Oppenheim Memorial Chapel at Machpelah Chapel. Arrangements by the Ira Kaufman Chapel, (248) 569-0020. irakaufman.com

Markus Willy “Leo” Horovitz

Markus Willy “Leo” Horovitz, a Berkeley resident of nearly six decades who is one of the only known people to repatriate to Germany as a senior citizen after fleeing from there as a child during the Holocaust, died in Frankfurt on January 13. He was 90 years old.

Markus Willy Horovitz was born in Frankfurt on Nov. 8, 1928. His grandfather, Markus Horovitz, was a rabbi who was recruited to come to Frankfurt am Main, where a synagogue was built for him on the Börneplatz. His father was a silversmith, whose Judaica items can be seen in Jewish museums throughout the world.

Horovitz remembered witnessing Kristallnacht, which took place the day after his 10th birthday. His father was arrested in a roundup of German men very early on, but his friendship with a police officer helped him avoid being deported to a concentration camp.

That event scared his parents enough that they sent Horovitz and his older sister Hanna to Great Britain on the Kindertransport, which helped an estimated 10,000 German Jewish children escape. Eventually, Horovitz’s parents were also able to flee, though it was some time before the family was reunited. Horovitz and his sister were sent to live in the countryside when the Germans bombed London.

Markus Horovitz and grandson Daniel Horovitz in Frankfurt, Germany, August 2016
Markus Horovitz and grandson Daniel Horovitz in Frankfurt, Germany, August 2016

Horovitz attended the University of Toronto. Then he decided to pursue a degree in biophysics at Cal, which brought him to Berkeley in 1958, but he never finished his Ph.D.

While a student, he met Janet Rosenblum at a picnic for Jewish singles in Tilden Park, and they married soon after they met.

For much of his career, Horovitz worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and then later in technology. He and Jan had two children: Alex Horovitz, born in 1968, now of San Carlos, and Suzy McMeans, born in 1970, now of San Leandro. They divorced in 1980.

Horovitz’s background and relationship to Germany was a never-ending source of fascination for him; he first went back to visit in 1954, and later, found a job that had him commuting back and forth between Silicon Valley and Germany. He felt compelled to make peace both with Germany the country and Germans themselves.

This propelled him to seek out Berkeley-based drama therapist Armand Volkas, who spent decades leading workshops for Jews and Germans to work through their darkest feelings about “the other.”

While working through this trauma in dialogue and drama therapy was one outlet for him, clowning was another major one. He was a participant at the Clown School of San Francisco for over a decade. Horovitz was always the oldest person in the room, as he started clowning in his 70s.

When Horovitz was well into his 80s, he made an indelible mark on Wilderness Torah, which puts on earth-based festivals timed to the Jewish holidays, showing up with his box of clown costumes.

In 2014, Horovitz received German citizenship under Article 116 (2) of the German Basic Law, the country’s postwar constitution.

The vast majority of Jews who reclaim German citizenship are the children or grandchildren of Holocaust survivors or refugees from Nazi Germany. Horovitz was the rare example of a German-born Jew who lived through the Nazi era and reclaimed it.

His receiving it was on the front page of J. in 2014. Not long after, Horovitz repatriated. His son said he found healing and acceptance there, something he had always longed for.

In addition to his son and daughter, Horovitz is survived by five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Donations in Horovitz’s memory can be made to either the UN Refugee Agency or the ACLU. A memorial service is pending in Berkeley. To receive details about the date, email [email protected].

Virginia Jacobs Prince

Virginia Jacobs Prince passed away peacefully in her home in Daly City, California, on November 17, 2018, at age 97. Virginia was a third-generation San Franciscan and had many interesting stories to tell about S.F. Jewish society.

Judith Prince
Judith Prince

She leaves behind daughters, Marilyn Prince Letchworth and Jacqueline Prince Cummings, son-in-law James Letchworth, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The Neptune Society scattered Virginia’s ashes to rest under the Golden Gate Bridge along the Marin coastline on December 13. She lived a wonderful, long life and is now joined with her loving husband, Melville Peter Prince.