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Obituaries for the week of Nov. 12, 2021

Obituaries are supported by a generous grant from Sinai Memorial Chapel


Grayce Bergman

March 15, 1929–Nov. 7, 2021

Grayce Bergman
Grayce Bergman

Grayce Bergman, née Grayce Marie Kosby of New York City, daughter of Lewis Kosby and Florence (Maggin) Kosby. Her late husband, Martin Bergman, passed away 28 years ago on the same date, November 7, 1993. Grayce was, above all, a loving person who openly and often expressed her love for her family and friends in the most charming and beautiful ways. She was elegance incarnate, always dressed creatively with a clear and glorious sense of style and panache. Her family and friends adored Grayce/Mom/Nana. Their lives were enriched and rendered delightful in her presence. Grayce’s survivors are her sons, Rick, Lorin and Bradley, her daughter, Leslie Levy, and grandchildren, Sara, Daniel, Gabriel, Lindsay, Jesse, Ethan, and Amanda, and 14 great-grandchildren.  She will be remembered for her sweet nature which shone in everything that she did with and for others.

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Judith Dobin, nee Kesten (formerly Wolfberg)

March 20, 1926–Nov. 1, 2021

Judith Dobin
Judith Dobin

Judy peacefully passed away Nov. 1, 2021 at the age of 95, after a long struggle with dementia. Her personal motto was always “tiny but tough” relating to her 5’0” stature and strong will. Born in Magdeburg, Germany, March 20, 1926, she escaped the turmoil in 1939 via the “Kindertransport” evacuation program, arriving in England. She learned English very quickly and was happy to be reunited with her father a few years later. Judy married Maurice Wolfberg in 1950 and with her two sons, in 1958, moved to San Francisco where she had family and found work at the “Big E,” the Emporium. She married Louis Dobin in 1963 and the family moved to Oakland where she worked for Laird’s Stationery for many years. After Lou passed in 1986, Judy moved back to San Francisco, where she met Walter Ullmann. Their friendship remained until his death in 2011. A lover of music and dance, Judy also enjoyed taking long walks and also found time to volunteer at the Jewish Weekly. Survived by her sons, Adrian and Paul, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, many cousins and close friends, she will be dearly missed.


Richard (Rich) Kreisman

Feb. 14, 1957–Oct. 7, 2021

Richard Kreisman
Richard Kreisman

Richard (Rich) Kreisman, 64, died peacefully on October 7, 2021, at home in San Francisco, after a courageous two-year battle with lymphoma. His loving partner, Jack Fahy, and their dog, Gemma, were by his side. Rich spent his first ten years in Philadelphia and then moved to Rockville, Maryland, where he graduated from Robert E. Peary High School. After majoring in journalism at Northwestern University, he worked as a reporter and editor. Rich then created a consulting business specializing in digital content licensing and content acquisition. He collaborated with Outsell where he was VP and Practice Leader of Science, Technology and Healthcare. Outsell CEO Anthea Stratigos wrote, “Rich worked on an amazing number of projects, and never did he deliver one that didn’t meet or exceed the client’s expectations. That is who Rich was – caring, and complete in whatever he did.”

Rich enjoyed tutoring adults who needed help with reading. He also was an exceptional advocate for his mother and others at the facility where she lived. Rich had many close friends by whom he was cherished for his charm, wit, and sense of humor. He was uniquely able to “dig in deep” and “get real,” allowing everyone to feel seen, heard, and loved.

Rich is survived by his partner Jack; sister Sandy Kreisman and her husband Robert Buganski and son Sam Buganski; his uncle Harold Borushok and his wife, Judy; and several cousins. He was predeceased by his parents Renee and Irv Kreisman and three dogs: Penny, Otto, and Franny. An online memorial was held on November 7, and an in-person gathering is planned for next September. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: empoweredaging.org, sfdog.org and jewishhealingcenter.org.


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Henia Milkier, Holocaust Survivor

Jan. 2, 1934–Oct. 18, 2021

Henia Milkier
Henia Milkier

Henia Milkier, a longtime San Francisco Bay Area resident, passed away peacefully in her sleep after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Her children were at her side. She was lovingly cared for in her final years by caregivers Vicky, Michelle and Jacky.

Prior to coming to the San Francisco Bay Area, Henia was a Holocaust survivor who made her way from Poland to San Francisco with her parents Harry and Masha, first via Sweden, and then Israel, where she served in the Israeli army and ran into her brother, Moshe, on a street in Tel Aviv by pure happenstance.

Henia was the loving wife of David Milkier, also a survivor of the Holocaust, for nearly 50 years before David passed in 2003. Together they ran the Marina Deli for many years, along with her brother Mike and her uncle Bernard.

Henia was the loving mother of Flora (and her spouse Robert Shapiro), Elizabeth and Daniel, the loving grandmother of Phillip (and his spouse Lauren), Rebecca, Nicole (and her spouse Aurush), and Allison, and the loving great-grandmother of Ryan, Juliet, Emma and Hailey. Henia was also the loving aunt of Jackie and Joy Bendzinski.

Henia’s funeral was held at Eternal Home in Colma, CA on Oct. 20, 2021.

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Joey Philip Robinow

Sept. 3, 1963–Oct. 29, 2021

Joey Philip Robinow
Joey Philip Robinow

Joey Philip Robinow passed away surrounded by family and friends on Oct. 29, 2021, at 58. Born on Sept. 3, 1963, in Oakland to Norman and Carole Robinow, Joey’s life was marked by his devotion to his wife and three sons, his quick-witted sense of humor and knack for telling a joke, his passion for music, his compassionate and caring role as a physician, and especially, the deep love and generosity he showed his family, friends and community: Camp Swig/URJ Camp Newman, Congregation Rodef Sholom, Brandeis, Kaiser, Meals on Wheels/Vivalon and more.

After graduating from UC Davis Medical School in 1990, Joey joined Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco and then in Vallejo as an internal medicine physician. He met his wife and soulmate, Alissa, in 1989, and they were married for 30 years this October. His biggest source of joy and pride were his three beautiful boys: Danny (1993), Gabe (1996) and Ben (2001).

In 2005, Joey was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and given only six to 12 months to live. He and his family never thought he’d make it to his first son’s bar mitzvah, let alone to see his children grow up. However, 16 years later, Joey was there when all three sons read from the Torah, graduated high school, played a game or performed, and he just celebrated his eldest son Danny’s engagement. Joey, the true Energizer Bunny, beat all of the odds thanks to countless clinical trials, treatments, pure verve and his dry sense of humor.

After his diagnosis, Joey worked 10 more years as a physician, and then volunteered for many organizations including Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity and RotaCare. He spent his summers at Camp Newman — his refuge of friendship, serenity, purpose and support all year.

Joey is survived by his wife, Alissa; sons, Danny (Jenna), Gabe and Ben; parents Norman and Carol Robinow; parents-in-law Sandy and Carole Natelson; sister Laurie (Paul) Nussbaum; and brother David (Wendy), as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and chosen family.

Donations in Joey’s memory may be made to Camp Newman, Congregation Rodef Sholom and By the Bay Health.