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Deaths for the week of July 12, 2019

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

Mildred Cohn

October 25, 1927–April 25, 2019

Mildred Cohn
Mildred Cohn

Mildred Cohn passed away on April 25, 2019. She was 91 years old. She was a special lady who was adored by many.

Born on October 25, 1927 in Denver, Colorado, Mildred was the youngest of three sisters. Her family moved to San Francisco when she was a child, and she grew up there.

She was very outgoing. As a young person, she liked to dance and spend time with friends. She was fortunate to have formed many lasting relationships that continued throughout her lifetime.

As a married woman, she enjoyed entertaining at her home, often having dinner parties. As well, she was active in her Havurah group. She also played mahjong and bridge, and later in life, her passion was bingo.

Mildred was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and Lindell, and her son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Patricia, eight grandchildren, and seven great- grandchildren. She was loved very much, and she will be dearly missed.

Jane Lois Falk

May 16, 1943–June 28, 2019

Jane Lois Falk
Jane Lois Falk

Jane was a linguist who was proud of her direct New Yorker style of discussion (and argumentation). Always interesting and interested in big questions. Remembered for the intensity of her spirit and love of life, and for her perseverance through the challenges of health — she succeeded in softening her heart before it finally failed her.

Born in Brooklyn, attended P.S. 215, Winthrop Jr. High, then Hunter College High School for intellectually gifted girls, followed by Brooklyn College. Jane received her Ph.D. from Princeton University. Insightful about bridging cultural differences, she taught English as a Second Language in the U.S. and English at Hebrew University, and served as a consultant to U.S. companies engaged in international business. She was a major force in the City of Berkeley’s annual Holocaust memorial observances.

Although she found happiness and community in California, she was at times ambivalent about whether she should have stayed in Israel with the spirited friends and family she’d discovered when she was a starry-eyed young dreamer in her 20s (and with whom she remained close ever since).

Previously married to Stuart Margolis, she enjoyed being a stepparent to his children Leah and Josh (and Josh’s daughter Mookie). Jane was a longtime resident of an apartment building in Berkeley that became a source of daily support and affectionate friendships that grew stronger over the years. Her team of extraordinary doctors definitely extended her life. She loved and was loved by her Jewish community at Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley. Her correspondence with family and friends stretched out from her local community across the world, and she offered quiet assistance to many in times of difficulty. Her nephew Jesse Falk-Finley and brother-in-law Lowell Finley grew closer in the last decade of her life (and helped with menchwork). Her sister Candace remains ever grateful for Jane’s early life guidance, for her unbridled enthusiasm for Candace’s work, and for the calmer, wiser love they shared in the later years of true sisterhood.

A memorial service was held at Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley on July 7. Per her wishes, Jane was buried in New York, near her father.

Jane had a lasting impact on all who knew her well and will be greatly missed. Shayna Liebe bat Malka and Nachum Eli ben Chaim Yosef, may her memory be for a blessing.

Lisa Ruth Flagg

August 12, 1971–July 5, 2019

Lisa Ruth Flagg
Lisa Ruth Flagg

On Friday, July 5, 2019, Lisa Ruth Flagg, loving wife to Alex Flagg and mother of Jackson and Audrey, passed away peacefully at the age of 47 in her home under hospice care. Lisa battled courageously for over eight years with stage IV breast cancer while she raised her children and provided love and support for her family.

A native Hoosier, Lisa was born on August 12, 1971 in Bloomington, Indiana, to Susan and Jerry Brown. Her family later moved to Los Altos, where Lisa spent her high school years getting acclimated to life in Silicon Valley. During her college years, Lisa first attended University of Oregon for a semester, decided it was too rainy and cold, and so finished her BA in English at UC Santa Barbara in the warmth of the SoCal sun.

After college, Lisa moved to San Francisco where she became an expert in Direct Marketing and eCommerce at companies such as Parenting Magazine, Klutz Books, and Kodak, and a few now-extinct dot-com companies. Lisa met her husband Alex at swing dancing lessons at Café Du Nord in San Francisco and married him on June 17, 2000. Together, they raised Jackson, 13, and Audrey, 12.

For Lisa, her family was everything. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, she decided that life was too short and quit her promising career to focus full time on fighting her cancer and spend time with her kids. During this time, Lisa served on various community volunteer organizations such as the PTA while she traveled across the country for frequent treatment for her brain tumors at top cancer centers.

Lisa was determined to live life to its fullest for her kids and was always there for them. Friends and acquaintances often remark that they had no idea she was living with brain tumors as she was so strong physically and emotionally. She loved traveling as a family to places such as Hawaii, hiking in Yellowstone and spending summers in Rhode Island.

Lisa is survived by her husband Alex, her children, Jackson and Audrey, her brother Mike, and parents, Susan and Jerry Brown.

We’ll miss you my sweet Pie!