John Hans Baumann

Nov. 7, 1930–Jan. 3, 2013

John Hans Baumann, known to his family and friends as Hans, passed away with his family by his side on January 3, 2013, at the age of 82.

Dedicated son of the late Edith and Ernst Baumann. Beloved and adoring husband of his truly dedicated wife, Lea, for 57 wonderful years. Loving father of René (Dan) Hart, Yvonne Baumann and Suzanne (Kevin) Rector. Adoring grandfather

of Jason and Lauren Hart, and Stevie and Danielle Rector. Loving brother-in-law to Meinhard and B.J. Knobloch. Dear uncle to many nieces and nephews. Survived by three cousins. Proceeded in death by two cousins.

Hans fled with his parents from Nazi Germany to Shanghai, and after the war immigrated to San Francisco where he met the love of his life, Lea. He worked for Pacific Fruit Express, a division of Southern Pacific Railroad, for 35 years. After Hans retired, he and his loving wife Lea enjoyed traveling, with the highlight of their travels taking them to Israel, a country he loved.

Our beloved Hans will be forever in our hearts, and will be sorely missed by all.

Services were held on Jan. 6 at Salem Memorial Cemetery, Colma.

In lieu of flowers, donation in Hans’ memory may be made to the American Heart Association.

Sinai Memorial Chapel

Leon Weitz

Leon Rockover Weitz died at age 95 years on 1/2/13 at the Rafael Nursing Home in San Rafael, where he received sensitive care. Leon was born in Vienna, Austria, and fled the Nazis in 1938. As a Jewish refugee, Leon won a double victory over Hitler — he helped defeat him on the battlefield, and he died in old age of natural causes.

He joined the U.S. Army shortly after the beginning of World War II and fought in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany, rising to the rank of Master Sergeant and earning the Bronze Star for courage in action. Following the war, he went into the optical supply business, ultimately forming his own successful company, U.S. Optical Specialties. His humor, honesty, warmth and generous nature made him an outstanding salesman and businessman. Many of his customers became lifetime friends.

He loved good food, drink, entertainment and having fun. He was an interpreter at the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley. In 1963, while skiing at Sugar Bowl, he met Barbara Boerike. They married in 1965 and moved to a rustic cottage on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais in Mill Valley, where they lived happily for 47 years. Barbara predeceased Leon by eight months.

He was dedicated to veterans’ causes and the State of Israel, and made 17 working trips to that country in a “Volunteer for Israel” program. Although Barbara and Leon had no children, “Uncle Leon” became the godfather to many of the children of his close friends. Leon was an outstanding, unique and caring person, a “Mensch,” and he leaves a void in the hearts of all who knew him. Funeral arrangements are pending with Mt. Tamalpais Funeral Home, San Rafael.