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Sherry Grossman (Sylvia Zimmerman) born Dec 7th, 1926 in Montreal, Canada, passed away peacefully on Oct 6th in her home in Lincoln, California surrounded by loving family.

Whatever cards Sherry was dealt, she always played her best hand. At five, following the death of her father, her proud, immigrant mother, unwilling to accept charity, made the difficult decision to put her into a Jewish orphanage, the Montefiore Home, so she could work and visit Sherry on weekends.

Gdeaths Sherry GrossmanAt 14, Sherry and her mother moved to New Jersey where Sherry completed high school and some college. She worked in a variety of jobs culminating as a respected head hunter using the non-Jewish pseudonym Miss Lord.

Sherry met the love of her life, Ivan Grossman (deceased August 2009). They were married for 58 years and had four children (Jonathan deceased 1986). When Ivan decided to become a doctor after overcoming a life-threatening illness at age 32, Sherry worked with him to prepare for the MCATs which he aced with Sherry’s great coaching. Tired of the biting cold and four kids in snow clothes, she cast the final vote to move the family west, accepting Stanford Medical School’s offer of admission.

Sherry devoted her life to her husband, children, grandchildren, and friends, and was an active volunteer. Having both lost many family members in the Holocaust, Sherry and Ivan worked tirelessly for the creation of and sustaining of the state of Israel. She was especially proud of her fundraising efforts for The Jewish Federation as she was able to inspire others to give more generously than they ever had; she also relished her many mission trips to Israel. She and Ivan left a legacy of volunteerism and social responsibility now being practiced by their progeny.

Sherry was a life-long learner and an excellent writer who wrote a short story about her husband’s illness and subsequent decision to become a physician. She also wrote a golf column for many years for her golf club’s newsletter, and many letters and pieces about her family’s exploits.

Playtime was also important, and Sherry was an avid golfer with two holes-in-one to her credit. She also enjoyed bridge, poker, world travel, and organizing family vacations.

Sherry, truly a role model for dealing with adversity, stayed positive and lived her life to the fullest through 15 years of serious illness.

She is survived by daughters Nancy, Laurie, and Jane Grossman, her step daughter and son-in-law Dian and Niels Kjaergaard, her grandchildren, Sarah Samuel, and Ariel and Perrin Wright, and three sons-in-law, David Wright, Brad Rassler, and Mark Samuel. Donations can be made in her honor to Stand With Us, an Israeli advocacy organization (http://www.standwithus.com).


Pearl Silber on October 08, 2010 at 74 years of age. A native of San Francisco, raised in Turlock and moved to the East Bay over 50 years ago. She was a lover of computers, shopping and Starbucks.

Preceeded in death by her husband of 50 years, Werner Silber in 2008. Loving mother of Tammy (Michael) Goldstein and Stephen (Deborah) Silber; devoted grandmother of Jason, Becky, Andrew, David, Ethan, Michaela and Michelle; sister of Adelle (Guenther) Leopold and sister-law of Bunny Minkin.

Services were held under the direction of Sinai Memorial Chapel (925) 962-3636. 

Donations in her memory may be made to The American Cancer Society (specify “Dublin Relay for Life”).

 

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Unveiling and memorial service were held for long-time Palo Alto resident Ruth Gologorsky Rubin who passed away on October 16, 2009. She is survived by her sons Rami Rubin (Nancy) of Cupertino, Oren Rubin (Nava Shaham) of Piedmont, her daughter Talia Shaham of Palo Alto, and 9 grandchildren — David, Michael, Rafi, Roni, Raviv, Libbat, Shlomtzi, Shira and Amit. She follows her devoted husband of 64 years, Jacob Rubin, who passed away in 2007, and her brother Fred Gologorsky and sister Rina Shaham, all of blessed memory.

gdeaths_rubin_ruth_206Born on October 9, 1921 in Hermosillo, Mexico to Russian parents fleeing their country, she grew up in New York City and as a young adult moved to California.

Ruth Rubin was devoted to her family, education, and Jewish ideals. She and her family made Aliya to Israel in 1949 and lived there for 12 years, later settling in Palo Alto in 1963. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at San Francisco State University and later followed with a master’s in educational psychology at San Jose State University, and was a teacher. Ruth raised a family of three children and later was a very involved grandmother.

Together with her husband, they traced and recorded the family genealogies for posterity. From a young age, she acquired a passion for books and learning. Philosophy, archaeology, art, dance, and psychology were some of her many intellectual and cultural pursuits. She was involved in Jewish groups and interests throughout her life. Ruth had honesty and a special quality of refinement. She will be remembered for her essence of freedom and idealism for a better world, her keen mind, and her loving hand.


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