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Robert J. Harris

Robert J. Harris (Bob), on June 5, 2010 suddenly in South San Francisco.

Bob Harris was born in Los Angeles, CA on April 17, 1943. He was a self-made man: After buying Day and Night Alarm Company at the age of 27, he grew it into the eighth largest burglar and fire alarm company in the United States. He then went on to build Chateau Whittier, one of the first assisted-living facilities in Southern California. In recent years, he had started two companies in the courier and logistics industry. He was always filled with optimism and possibility.

In his youth he was the MVP for the Altadena pony league for 12-year-old baseball players, a catcher on the high school baseball team and coached little league when he was in college. He went on to win local racquetball championships and played a mean game of backgammon. But his renown in the family was due to his expertise in the self-created game of Cherry Golf.

He was a person of great character and performed mitzvot for so many — quietly, modestly and consistently over his lifetime: helping friends, family members, employees, acquaintances, whenever possible. He took care of people.

His sense of humor, good nature and warm heart were clearly apparent to all who encountered him. He had an unparalleled skill at putting people at ease — and then playing masterful practical jokes while they weren’t looking. He had incredible parking karma.

What he will be most remembered for, however, is his love of and for people and, in particular, his devotion to his family. He was a devoted father to Hadar (Heather), Greg (and Rebekah) and Jamie, brother to Nan, and grandfather to Benjamin, Maayan, Adam, Leo and Shoshana. He leaves behind his wife of 45 years, Ruthellen Harris, whom he met in Sunday School when they were 12 years old.

He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Burial was at Home of Peace Cemetery. The family requests that donations be made in Bob’s memory to Jewish Vocational Service, 225 Bush St., Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94104-4252.

Norma F. Satten

Norma passed away in San Francisco after a brief illness on June 14, 2010 at age 87 years. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Joseph Satten; her children, Neal, Debby, and Sara Satten; her daughter-in-law, Rona Cordish Satten, and her grandchildren, Susanna Satten, Matthew Satten and Cory Edelson.

Gdeaths norma f sattenNorma was born in 1922 in Brooklyn, NY. Her first degree was in Economics from Brooklyn College, where she graduated Magna cum Laude. She then obtained a Master’s in City Planning from MIT. She met Joseph Satten in 1941 and married him in 1945. Norma and Joe lived in Kansas from 1946 until 1971, during which time their children were born. Norma was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and the matriarch of her extended family.

Throughout her life, Norma worked toward Tikkun Olam, a Hebrew phrase that means “to improve the world.” Her career had many firsts: While in Kansas, she helped set up Topeka’s first City Planning Department. She then became the state’s first Director of Health Planning. In 1971, she and Joe moved to San Francisco, where she continued her work in area-wide health planning.

In 1982, in the midst of the AIDS epidemic, she was the Director of Support Services for San Francisco Home Health and Hospice, and then became the Director of Development for the Visiting Nurses Association of San Francisco. She was most proud of the work she did in establishing the Coming Home Hospice, the first residential hospice for people with cancer and AIDS.

Her pioneering advocacy efforts in no way diminished after she retired in 1992. She developed a volunteer career for a variety of long-term care services for the frail and needy. She was described as the unofficial “mother of long-term care” in San Francisco. She held leadership roles in many organizations, including Stepping Stone (formerly North & South of Market Adult Day Health Center), Planning for Elders, the Mayor’s Long Term Care Coordinating Council, the Laguna Honda Hospital Community Advisory Group, the In Home Health Task Force and the Community Living Campaign.

Norma was active in the San Francisco Jewish community, including the Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-El, Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) and the National Council of Jewish Women. In 2009, she co-founded the Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking, which became a city-wide effort.

She received awards for her community work from Planning for Elders, the National Council of Jewish Women, the U.C. Berkeley School of Public Health, and the city of San Francisco.

Services were held at Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco followed by interment at Home of Peace Cemetery in Colma.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any of the above organizations or to JFCS’ Norma & Joseph Satten Endowment Fund for families and children.

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Anna Stone

Passed peacefully on June 18, 2010 at the age of 95. Anna was born to Tini and Samuel Legman in New York on May 8, 1915. The family moved to Oakland, and she was raised in Oakland and Berkeley and graduated from Berkeley High School. She wanted to attend U.C. Berkeley, but family finances required that she work.

She married David Stone in 1934, and together they created Stone Radio Co. They had two children, Marvin and Janet. Anna was active in the business until they sold it in the early 1970s to retire to Orange County.

They first lived in Leisure World, then the Wellington. After David passed, Anna moved back to Leisure World where she enjoyed many friends and loved her Bridge games. She was also active in the Jewish Federation of Orange County and Hadassah. In her later years, she moved back to the Wellington, which is where she spent her last days.

Anna said she just wanted to live to see her 95th birthday. That goal was realized on May 8 of this year, and she was surrounded by children and grandchildren to celebrate her birthday. Shortly after that her health began to fail, and she passed away on June 18, 2010.

She is survived by her children Marvin Stone (Ann) of Palos Verdes and Janet Goldberg (Ken Hoffman) of Tiburon; grandchildren Debra (Donald) Wanamaker, Lara Gremmels, Steven (Syvia) Goldberg, Gary (Cyndee) Stone, Jeffrey (Kimee) Stone, and Jonathan Stone; and great-grandchildren Cameron Gremmels, Michael Goldberg and Alexander Goldberg. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and she will be missed by all.

The family wishes to thank Anna’s caregivers, Vanna, Meggie, Yulia and Sauw, who cared for her with love. Also, they are grateful to Hospice of Saddleback Valley for their guidance and care during this time.

Donations may be made to Hadassah, or a charity of your choice.

Ruth Mohr Tukeman

October 10, 1933–June 20, 2010

Passed away peacefully at Silverado Senior Care Nursing Home in Burlingame. Ruth was born in Furth, Germany, to parents Ernest and Auguste Mohr. During the Holocaust, she and her family escaped to Haiti. They settled in New York’s Kew Gardens where she grew up and attended PS 99, and later Forest Hills High School. She trained as a nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital and continued her studies at Columbia University. After graduation Ruth headed west to San Francisco and become a Public Health Nurse. She met her husband, Cyril Tukeman, and they married in 1958. With the births of their children she became a full-time mother until they were teenagers. Ruth then worked as a school nurse for the Jefferson Elementary School District in Daly City until her retirement in 1998.

Ruth leaves behind a devoted husband, Dr. Cyril Tukeman, two children, Mark Tukeman and Erica Gilbert, five grandchildren, Sammy and Gabi Tukeman, Robert, Evan and Ari Gilbert. She also leaves a brother, Bill Mohr, nieces Tara Mohr and Dina Tuchscher, nephew Bruce Hofert and many loving friends. To know her was to love her.

Funeral services were held at Home of Peace Cemetery, 1299 El Camino Real in Colma. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Ruth’s memory to the Jewish Community Federation, 121 Steuart St., San Francisco, CA 94105.

Belson Jack Weinstein, MD

Belson, age 76, passed away on June 11, 2010, surrounded by his beloved family. A devoted, loving and caring husband, father, and Zeide, Belson is survived by his wife, Helen, daughters Debbie Fahey (Andrew) and Dalia Zatlin (Andrew), son David, and grandchildren Conor and Bodie Fahey and Ari and Maia Zatlin.

Belson was born in Chicago, IL in 1933 and moved to Los Angeles as a young boy. His undergraduate degree was from UCLA and his medical degree from UCSF. He practiced Internal Medicine & Cardiology in Palo Alto for forty years. He was also on the voluntary faculties of UCSF and Stanford for twenty years. He was a pioneer in the field of Preventive Medicine, and used the whole-person approach to patient care.

In addition to enjoying time with his children and grandchildren, Belson enjoyed playing the flute, painting, floral photography, Israeli folk dancing, Tai Chi, running in local races and writing poetry.

Belson was so gentle and sweet

He was someone you were lucky to meet

He was very compassionate, considerate & kind

He truly was a rare find

Belson was so thoughtful & caring

He loved chocolate and herring

He could make you laugh & smile

Belson made you feel comfortable to stay a while

He always asked how you are

He made you feel like a shining star

Belson was the best doctor, teacher and friend

He was a cardiologist; there wasn’t a heart he couldn’t mend

He was a Mentch through and through

Belson was unique — this is true!

He was so giving and generous of heart

He was soooo special from the start.

If Belson had a penny for every kind act, he’d surely be the richest man.

Graveside services were held on June 13 at the Eternal Home Cemetery in Colma.

Donations in Belson’s memory may be made to Mazon or to Congregation Kol Emeth’s Homeless Fund.


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