This week's announcements:
Charlotte Ehrlich Daughter of Sara and Christopher Ehrlich, Saturday, April 30 at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco.
Adam Friedman Son of Raquel and Richard Friedman, Saturday, April 30 at Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame.
Spencer Lewis Son of Jill and Mark Lewis, Saturday, April 30 at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette.
Adrienne Manheimer Daughter of Kelly and Jim Manheimer, Saturday, April 30 at Temple Sinai in Oakland.
Ari Sabsovich Son of Ella Furman and Igor Sabsovich, Saturday, April 30 at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo.
Sam Sarver Son of Jennifer Sarver and Steve Sarver, Saturday, April 30 at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo.
Max Shmelev Son of Robin Beck and Alex Shmelev, Saturday, April 30 at Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael.
Wilfred “Bill” Kay
Wilfred “Bill” Kay passed away peacefully at his home in San Rafael on April 11, 2016. He was born on May 16, 1928 in Pultusk, Poland. His childhood ended abruptly at age 11 when World War II broke out and his parents and six siblings fled their home. During the war he experienced the tragedy of losing his entire family and the miracle of surviving. In 1949, after spending time in a Displaced Persons camp in West Germany, he realized his dream of immigrating to the USA to start a new life.
With support of the local Jewish community, Bill was able to find employment in Oakland and then on the chicken farms in Petaluma. He enrolled in night school to learn English. In 1951, he was drafted and served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean War. Upon returning to the S.F. Bay Area, he attended City College of San Francisco and earned a degree in Electrical Technology. During this time, he met his future wife, Rachel.
After graduation, Bill began a 30-year career working for PG&E in the electrical engineering department. He and Rachel married in 1958 and they had a daughter, Rena. They moved from San Francisco to San Rafael in 1963 and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the natural beauty of Marin County.
In 1987, Bill retired and then began volunteering at various places, most notably the San Rafael Police Department, where he worked for 28 years. He was an avid hiker, biker, dancer, swimmer, photographer and world traveler.
Bill was remarkable in his ability to lead a life full of joy and gratitude, despite the hardship of his early years. He chose not to speak of that time for many decades. In his later years, he began to speak out about his experiences. He participated in the Bay Area Oral History Project and contributed photographs and records to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. He especially enjoyed sharing his story with students throughout the Bay Area to keep his story alive.
Bill was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, and a loyal friend. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rachel Kay, and is survived by his daughter Rena Kay, son-in-law Joe Hiney, and grandchildren Eric Kay, Kevin Kay and Elena Kay.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. at Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael. Memorial donations can be made to Congregation Rodef Sholom or Hospice by the Bay.
Lawrence “Larry” B. Miller
Lawrence “Larry” B. Miller passed away on April 18, 2016 in Tiburon at the age of 74 after a long battle with bladder cancer. His will to live was strong and his capacity to love even stronger. We are grateful he spent his final days at home surrounded by family and that his final moments were peaceful. Larry is survived by his wife, Gerri, daughters Lisa and Nicole, sister Channa Orah Meir, sons-in-law Andrew Hellman and Theo Robins, and grandchildren Arianna, Teigan, Liam and Ella.
Larry was born on Nov. 6, 1941 in San Francisco, son of the late Arnold and Ruth Miller. He attended Lowell High School and graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1963 with a degree in accounting. At Cal, Larry was very active in student life as a member of Sigma Alpha Mu, ROTC, and as a student yell leader. Following his service in the Army, he obtained his J.D. in 1968 from Hastings Law School.
Larry married Geraldine “Gerri” Finkelstein on June 27, 1971. They moved to Tiburon in 1973 and raised their daughters there. They shared a deep and abiding love.
Larry practiced law as House Counsel for Operating Engineers Local 3 for almost 30 years. He developed a passion for investing in real estate and enjoyed finding good investments and creating opportunities for family and friends. Larry was always generous with his time and resources and served on several boards, including Jewish Vocational Service, Image for Success, Fair Housing of Marin, and Lowell and Cal alumni groups.
Larry’s zest for life was contagious and he could make a game out of anything. He was playful, fun-loving and competitive. He loved to travel, eat ice cream and follow the Giants, 49ers and Warriors. Larry read the newspaper daily and cared about politics and the world around him, but nothing was more important to him than family.
Larry’s funeral was held at Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael on April 21 followed by a burial service at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, if you would like to make a donation in Larry’s memory, American Jewish World Service was one of his favorite organizations. Larry made a difference in the lives of so many. His life was a blessing to us all. He is greatly missed and will be remembered always.
Dr. Walter Kurt Schoenholz
January 23, 1923–March 18, 2016
Family and friends are mourning the passing of Dr. Walter Kurt Schoenholz at the age of 93.
Walter was born on January 23, 1923 in Recklinghausen, Germany. As Germany became unsafe for German Jews, he emigrated in 1937 with his family to what was then Palestine. They settled near Tel Aviv, where they established a small farm, which Walter ran for many years. He also served in the military and fought in 1948 in Israel’s war for independence. In 1950, after Israel’s creation, he immigrated to England to finally pursue the education that world events had denied him. It was there that he met Ilse Sternberg, a German-Jewish refugee who had also managed to evade the Nazis. Walter and Ilse fell in love and decided to start anew in the United States. They were married in Wisconsin in December 1952, and moved to California shortly thereafter.
Walter was an outstanding student, first at City College of San Francisco, then at U.C. Berkeley, where he earned his B.S., his Masters, and his Ph.D in microbiology. By the time he started his career as a professor at the University of New Mexico, he was a 40-year-old father of three. His next (brief) stop was the University of Illinois before he returned to the Bay Area for good to teach at Cal State Hayward. There he developed and ran a degree program in medical technology, helping countless students embark on their career paths.
In addition to his academic career, Walter had numerous other interests. He was well-known in his Walnut Creek neighborhood for his amazing backyard vegetable garden, and he was an avid stamp collector, which dovetailed with his interest in world geography. Walter also had an encyclopedic knowledge of world history and was a perceptive analyst of U.S. foreign policy, particularly as it applied to the Middle East. He liked nothing better than to track current events and to debate their implications with his friends and family.
Walter was a kind and gentle soul; he had a dry sense of humor and a wisdom born of firsthand experience, all of which remained with him even as his health declined in his later years.
Walter’s beloved wife, Ilse, preceded him in death. He is survived by daughter Naomi of Vallejo, and sons Michael (Debbie) and Daniel (Mary) of Walnut Creek, and by his three grandchildren, Jocelyn, Jake and Eva, all of whom greatly miss their “Opa.”
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