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Barbara Becker

Feb 21, 1936-Mar 29, 2013

Barbara passed away at home in Danville surrounded by her loving family. A second-generation San Franciscan born to Sara and Sidney Honig. Married to Jack for 55 years, raising their family in Piedmont and retiring to Danville in 1991. Survived by her devoted sons Leonard (Joanne) and Jeff (Heidi). Loving grandmother to Susan, Sidney, Sara, Samantha, Stuart, Emma and Jacob. Adored sister of Myrna (Ed) Ross. Aunt to several nieces and nephews and so many others that are part of her extended family and close friends. Preceded in death by her loving husband, Jack, and daughter, Deborah Patrick. Services were held on Wednesday, April 3rd at Beth Chaim Congregation, 1800 Holbrook Drive, Danville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Beth Chaim Congregation.


Jill Hope David

Jill passed away on March 10, 2013, the victim of severe mental depression.  She is missed terribly by all those that she touched in her life with her outward love, humor, and vivacious energy.  Jill is survived by her parents Sue and Lee David, brother Kent David (Ali Linder), nieces Chloe and Mia David, Aunt Diann Brashier, cousin Craig (Elaine) and their children Connor and Dylan, cousin Scott Brashier, good friend Carl Mitchell and her dog Tintin.  She will also be fondly remembered by the Pathways organization that she supported with her time and love.

Jill was born in San Francisco in 1961 and moved to the Peninsula with her family in 1964.  She graduated from Burlingame High School in 1979 and then graduated Leland Stanford University. Jill maintained her lifelong love of learning and academic excellence.

mug_hope_davidJill’s life was marked by her passion for physical fitness and her tremendous love for dogs. Every morning was spent with Tintin at the Foster City dog park enjoying the company of Carl and the community of dog owners. Being an avid kickboxing enthusiast she often spent time at Impact fitness and kickboxing gym.

Jill’s passing was marked with a private ceremony at Peninsula Temple Beth El on March 13.  Though we will remember Jill as a series of bright memories, we also wish to honor her life by recognizing that she suffered from a debilitating and difficult illness to treat.

In order to make sense of Jill’s passing we must understand and be able to define the severity of the pain associated with mental depression. The treatment of Jill’s severe depression was difficult and ultimately unsuccessful. There is a need for significant advances in the treatment of this terrible disease. Jill’s family therefore requests that donations be made in honor of Jill Hope David to UCSF for mental health research. Checks should be made out to UC Foundation and should have Fund-B2795 written on the memo line. Please mail to: UCSF, P.O.Box 45339, San Francisco, CA, 94145-0339.

Sinai Memorial Chapel



Tania Joan Madfes

June 28, 1944 – March 27, 2013

Wife of David Madfes, mother of Sasha and Michael Madfes, friend to many and long time educator: Tania succumbed to injuries suffered in a tragic accident last week. The world is a poorer place without her.  A memorial service was held Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Congregation Beth Sholom, SF. Donations in her memory to Planned Parenthood, Beth Sholom or the charity of your choice.

Sinai Memorial Chapel


Samele Moncharsh Samuel

April 11, 1927-March 22, 2013

Samele passed away at home surrounded by her family. During her lifetime she volunteered at Mt. Zion Medical Center for many years, and served as president of the Mt. Zion Women’s Auxiliary. She was instrumental in starting a variety of support programs ranging from birth to old age. Samele transitioned from volunteering to become the Director of Volunteers and Auxiliary Services at Mt. Zion, and served in that capacity for 20 years. She also served on many nonprofit boards, and was on the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center’s founding board.

Samele was preceded in death by her husband Byron. She is survived by her children Suzanne (husband Bruce), Patti (husband Steve), four grandchildren, Graham (wife Erin), Jordan, Andy, Tracy (husband Cause), and two great grandchildren Jaxon and Cameron.

Samele was a woman of strength, courage, and class. She touched the lives of many, and will be greatly missed.

At her request there was a private service at her home with immediate family. Donations may be made to the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, 3330 Geary Blvd. 3rd floor West, San Francisco, CA 94118, or the charity of your choice.


Helen Kaplan

September 23, 1914-March 8, 2013 Redwood City, California

Helen Kaplan died on March 8, 2013 at home in Redwood City after a brief illness. She was 98 years old. She was born in the Bronx, New York and soon moved to Brooklyn where she eventually graduated from James Madison High School. She met her husband, Edward Kaplan, at a cousin’s party where they spent the evening dancing together and fell in love.

mug_kaplanFor almost 20 years, she was a devoted teacher at the Nassau Center for Emotionally Disturbed Children in New York, and throughout her life, she was an active volunteer for many causes. In 1977, Helen and Ed moved to Palo Alto to be closer to their children and grandchildren. In California Helen embarked upon a new career. She joined the staff of the Palo Alto Public Library, where for nearly 20 years she was a familiar face to all, working the front desks at the various branches. When Ed died in 1987, just a few months short of their fiftieth anniversary, Helen continued to live an active and independent life which included volunteer work at the Palo Alto VA Hospital where Ed had died. In her late eighties she had to stop working at the library when it became too tiring to stand on her feet for long periods. She went on to volunteer her services for several more years at the Avenidas Senior Center of Palo Alto, doing jobs that allowed her to sit more. She moved to Menlo Park in 2008 and more recently to Redwood City to live in assisted care residences.

Helen leaves behind her son Larry of San Francisco, her son Joel and daughter-in-law Dorothy of Redwood City, her grandsons Aaron and Jared of Hawaii and Redwood City respectively, their spouses Thuy and Mariaelena, her great grandson Zuriel of Hawaii and her great granddaughters Audrey and Emerson of Redwood City. A funeral service was held on March 12, 2013 at the Hills of Eternity cemetery in Colma. Donations in Helen’s memory may be made to Friends of the Palo Alto Library, Avenidas Senior Center or Pathways Hospice.


Rose Jessica Kaufman Freedman

Born on November 7, 1905 in Baltimore, Maryland, Rose came to San Francisco as a young child and resided in the City throughout the rest of her life.  She was a student at Girls' High and later attended Business College.  For all her adult years Rose was very active in the community.  She was a member of Congregation Sherith Israel and was on their board of Leisure League for many years.  She was a life member of Hadassah as well as a Charter and Life member of Faith Guild, City of Hope.  She also belonged to Jewish Women International.  And she continued to be a volunteer for Jewish Children and Family Services until she was over 100 years old.  Rose was also a world traveler, visiting 55 countries throughout her life.

Rose lived at Vintage Coventry Park in SF for many years and was grateful for the care and attention given her during her residency.  She was especially fond of her caretaker Rebecca.
Beloved wife of the late Melvin Kaufman and the late Louis N. Freedman.

Devoted Mother to Dr. Allan H. Kaufman and daughter-in-law Shirley, both deceased: Bruce R. Kaufman of Lafayette and daughter-in-law Nancy (as well as deceased daughter-in-law Susan); and the late Dr. Clifford L. Kaufman.  Loving Step-Mother to Carol and George Hutchinson of Los Gatos and Russell B. Freedman of New York City.

Adoring Grandmother to Kenneth Kaufman (and wife Marti, deceased); Dr. Donald Kaufman; Gerald Kaufman; David Kaufman and wife Julie; Joel Kaufman and wife Jessica; Dana Jagelski; Rick Hutchinson and wife Carolyn; Julie Tidd and husband Michael; Alexis & Ricardo Martinez.

She was affectionately GG Rose to great grandchildren Scott, Mathew, Dustin, Erin Claire, Brian, Jessica, Kevin, Jacob, Natalie, Maya, Deanna, Ella, and Sofia  and was thrilled to recently become a great, great grandmother to Carter Capri.
Beloved sister of the late Freda Loeb and the late Leon Cohn.  Beloved Aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.

Rose had a beautiful outlook on life.  She was warm and friendly with a wonderful sense of humor.  She was also incredibly generous, always giving from the heart. During her 107 years she charmed all who knew her and will be remembered with joyous thoughts and love.

Services will be held at Sinai Memorial Chapel, 1501 Divisadero St., San Francisco at 10:30 am, Sunday April 7th.

Entombment at Salem Memorial Park, Colma.


Elliott Yellin

August 6, 1921–April 1, 2013

Born in Baltimore, Elliott spent his early years in Philadelphia and moved with his mother and sister to San Francisco in 1928. He graduated from Galileo High School and served his country in the Pacific theater during World War II and as a reservist during the Korean War.

He was the locksmith foreman at the Department of Public Works for 34 years. He met his loving wife, AnneMarie, at San Francisco’s Jewish Community Center. The two married in 1950. They had two children: Jacob (deceased) and Francine. He adored them and his granddaughter, Sarah Gonzalez; his grandson-in-law, Ryan; and his two great grandchildren, Mackenzie Ashlyn and Emily Annabelle.

Elliott was passionate about his family, photography, and traveling. During retirement, he volunteered on the Jeremiah O’Brien Liberty Ship in Fisherman’s Wharf, handling all of the locks. While not observant, Elliott was a proud Jew and spoke Yiddish.

He is survived by his wife, daughter, granddaughter, grandson-in-law, and great grandchildren. At his request, there will be no funeral. A celebration of his life will be held soon. The family asks that memorial gifts go to senior care at Jewish Family and Children’s Services, 2150 Post St., San Francisco 94115; the Jeremiah O’Brien Liberty Ship, 1275 Columbus Ave., Suite 300, San Francisco 94133; or a charity of the donor’s choice.


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