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Sally Ann Karmelenski

May 15, 1910–Sept. 18, 2012

In San Francisco at age 102. Beloved wife of the late Robert Karmelenski; adoring aunt of Harold and Sheldon Siporin, Roz (Stein), Steve (Ona) and Alan (Julia) Siporin, and Burton and Sandra Siporin. Best friend to many. Treasured by all who knew her. A heart so big it took 102 years for it to give out.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at Salem Memorial Park, Colma. Donations to the American Heart Association, preferred.

Sinai Memorial Chapel


Raymond H. Levy

June 18, 1921–Sept. 22, 2012

In San Francisco at age 91. Beloved husband of Shirley Levy for 48 years; loving father of Daniel (Jennifer) Levy, Michael (Elisa) Levy and Steven Levy; adoring grandfather of Aaron, Joshua, Dahlia, Sarah and Rachel Levy; dear brother of the late Elbert Levy.

Raymond was born in San Francisco. He represented the third generation of his family. He attended George Washington High School in its pioneer class.

Gdeaths_Raymond_levy_small_sizeRaymond was inducted into the United States Army in 1942 and served as X-ray technician. Among others, he was stationed at the Monterey Presidio. After his discharge, he completed his bachelor’s degree at U.C. Berkeley, and then earned his bachelor of law at Hastings College of the Law. He was later credited with leading the initiative that converted Hastings’ graduates’ degrees to the Doctor of Jurisprudence. Raymond passed the California Bar in March of 1951, which commenced what would become a 61-year law practice, at first pioneering the field of construction litigation and then becoming one of San Francisco’s premier probate and estate planning attorneys.

Raymond married Shirley on Dec. 8, 1963, and was the father of three sons and grandfather of five children. He was an extremely devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, and a friend to all his family, friends, and clients, whom he regarded as family.

Raymond was a member of Congregation Beth Sholom, Pacific-Starr King Lodge #136 F&AM, and American Committee of Shaare Zedek Medical Center. Raymond enjoyed practicing law, community service, fishing, stamp collecting, horseback riding, classical music and being surrounded by family and friends, in particular his grandchildren. Baruch Dayan Emet; May his memory be for a blessing.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at Hills of Eternity Cemetery Chapel, Colma. Donations preferred to either the California Masonic Foundation—Raymond H. Levy Fund for Public Education; or to Congregation Beth Sholom.

Sinai Memorial Chapel


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