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Deaths for the week of April 26-May 2, 2020

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Libby Lewin

April 13, 1928-April 28, 2020

Libby Lewin passed away peacefully on April 28 at her home in San Francisco. She was born April 13, 1928, to Sephus and Ethel Lewis in Mount Airy, North Carolina, the fifth of six children.

Libby Lewin
Libby Lewin

Libby was a teenager when her mother passed away, and the loss inspired Libby to value strength, kindness, and family. She was a 1945 graduate of Franklin High School in Mount Airy, and subsequently moved to New York City to work for a top cosmetic company. On a business trip to San Francisco, she met Werner Lewin. The couple married on July 12, 1953, and celebrated 63 years of marriage before Werner’s death in 2016. After raising five children, Libby began a career as a real estate agent in 1985.

Libby was the cherished mother of Werner S. Lewin, Jr. of Novato (Yolanda), Michael Lewin of San Francisco (Jamie), Lydia Tevini of Miami, FL (Helmut), David Lewin of Chicago, IL (Simmone), and Lysa Lewin of San Francisco (Robert Bevc); loving grandmother of Tyla, Nyki, Sepp, Benjamin, Emily, Jessica, Max, Nya, Luciana, Luka and Sam; and proud great-grandmother of SJ, LyliAnna, Maximo, Jaxon, Lyv, Josef, Byanca, and Pyper. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Gitta Lewin, as well as ten nieces and six nephews. Libby will be missed by her dear friends Sue Rouda, Jayne Lee and Ruth M. Chavez.

Libby will be remembered as a generous person, whether giving her support, lending an ear, or delivering chicken matzoh ball soup to anyone in need. Those who knew her best would describe her as a force of nature.

A private burial at Eternal Home will be officiated by Cantor Roslyn Barak. Arrangements have been entrusted to Sinai Memorial Chapel. A celebration of life service will be scheduled at a later date.The family requests memorial donations be made to the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation in memory of Libby Lewin.

Harry Schriebman

September 21, 1922-April 21, 2020

Harry Schriebman, 97, died at home in Corte Madera, CA on April 21, 2020 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Harry Schriebman
Harry Schriebman

Born on Sept. 21, 1922 to Fanny (Cohen) and Jacob “Jack” Schriebman in Oakland, CA, Harry grew up in Los Angeles until heading to San Francisco with his brother Stan to join the army during World War II. After serving as a captain in Europe, Harry returned to San Francisco where he met Annette Sabel at a JCC Purim dance. They were married on July 6, 1946 and moved to Fairfax in the early ‘50s. Harry and Annette were members of Congregation Rodef Sholom when the synagogue was located on Mission Avenue in San Rafael and then became early members of Congregation Kol Shofar.

Harry liked sailing on San Francisco Bay and was an avid reader. Harry and Annette loved to travel and were frequent Elderhostel students. England was a beloved destination. He worked for AT&T for more than 30 years and after retiring early explored new interests, including civic affairs. He became an active member of the Mariner’s Cove Neighborhood Association where he initiated neighborhood emergency preparedness drills that continue to this day. In 2000, Harry and Annette were named Corte Madera’s Senior Citizens of the Year and served as Grand Marshalls in the town’s Fourth of July parade.

Harry will be remembered for his generosity, humility and sense of humor. During Passover Harry and Annette would often dress as Moses and Miriam and re-enact the Exodus from a script they developed together. While performed primarily to entertain the grandchildren, it created laughter and memories for adults in the room as well.

Harry is survived by Annette, his beloved wife of 73 years; son Jeff (and Judy) of San Rafael; daughter Joyce (and Yehezkel Landau) of Bethel, CT; five grandchildren: Daniel, David, Abigail, Robin, and Andrew; four great-grandchildren; and his sisters Hattie Brogden (William) and Miriam Maldonado. Sisters Sylvia Gardner, Lillian Kent, and brother Stanley Schriebman predeceased him.

Parkinson’s may have hampered his body, but it did not cripple his spirit or his mind, which were active until his final day. He will be deeply missed.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, 900 Pennsylvania Ave, San Francisco, CA 94107 https://www.sfmfoodbank.org

Carolyn Epstein

October 25, 1958–April 3, 2020

On April 3, 2020, Carolyn Epstein, beloved daughter of Dr. Wallace Epstein (deceased) and Sherrie Epstein, died of heart failure at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA.

Carolyn Epstein
Carolyn Epstein

Carolyn was loved by all who knew her. She had an endearing manner and a wonderful sense of humor. She loved being with people, especially those at Redwood Villa in Mountain View where she lived for the last six years.

Carolyn enjoyed volunteering in the Menlo Park Library and Mitchell Park Library in Palo Alto.

Carolyn is survived by her loving mother, Sherrie Epstein, sister Eve Jaffe (Ross) and goddaughters Jenny Jaffe and Brooke Jaffe, her brother, Dr. Gordon Epstein (Marsha), and niece, Haley Tess Epstein, nephews Dr. Daniel Epstein (Molly) and Zachary Epstein, and many cousins.

Carolyn will always be remembered for her sweet and friendly personality. She was the heroine of her own life story.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Contributions can be made to your favorite charity or Moldaw Senior Living Community in Palo Alto.

Joan Roeder Titus

Oct. 13, 1928–April 21, 2020

Joan Roeder Titus, 91, a fourth-generation San Franciscan, passed away at sunset on April 21, 2020, in the arms of her loving daughter and surrounded by her family.

She attended Madison Elementary, Roosevelt Junior High, and Lowell High Schools and graduated in 1950 from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor of arts degree in Communication and Public Policy. She worked at Sunset Books before marrying Albert Titus. While raising three children, she returned to school to obtain a master’s degree in law from Lone Mountain College, and worked for 25 years as a paralegal handling estate administration. After retirement, she enjoyed participating in a writing group, attending classes at the Fromm Institute, and spending time with family and friends.

She was a member of Temple Emanu-El her whole life. She lived through historic times and remembered it all. She was smart and witty until the end.

She is survived by her children, Alan (Meg), Steven and, Amy; grandsons, Avram and Micha; and sister, Jane Graham. Due to Covid-19, a private funeral was held.

Contributions may be made to the Fromm Institute or the charity of your choice.

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