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Eleanor Weiniger Fishtrom

Eleanor passed away peacefully at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, Calif., on April 8, 2013. Eleanor was born in Canada and came to California as a child.

Gdeaths_Eleanor_smallBeloved wife of the late Harry Gordon Fishtrom. Predeceased by her late parents, Louis and Clara Weiniger, sisters Frieda Hicks and Sylvia Sosnick, her son, Michael Lawrence Fishtrom, and her grandson, Christopher Lee Fishtrom.

Eleanor is survived by her children Gary and Susie Fishtrom, Sharon Hernandez and Ilene Scherwin, and Marlene and George Saydah.

Eleanor also leaves eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

A celebration of Eleanor’s life was held privately. Donations may be sent in Eleanor’s name to Peninsula Temple Sholom, Burlingame, to the Christopher Lee Fishtrom Temple Grounds Beautification Fund.

Ruth Morse

On April 15, 2013, in San Francisco at age 89. Beloved daughter of the late David and Annie Morse, she was also predeceased by her brothers, Bertram and Milton Morse. Ms. Morse is survived by several cousins in California, New York and Florida. She was a mentor, guide and inspiration to her many younger cousins and in recent years served as the much beloved unofficial head of the extended family.

Ms. Morse was born in San Francisco on Dec. 11, 1923. She graduated from Lowell High School and the University of California, Berkeley, from which she also received a Master of Public Health, and studied at Berkeley Law School, Boalt Hall.

Ms. Morse’s professional life spanned 39 years in which she was an admired professional organizer and fundraiser for voluntary and nonprofit agencies on the local, state and national level in Oakland, San Jose, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. Some of the agencies for which she worked include the Mental Health Association, the American Cancer Society and the American Red Cross national headquarters. After the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, she was persuaded to come out of retirement in order to assist the American Red Cross Bay Area in emergency fundraising. Since 1998, Ms. Morse resided at the Sequoias, San Francisco, where she remained instrumental in support of the programs and services that enhanced the lives of all the residents.

Funeral services were held on April 18 at Eternal Home Cemetery, Colma. In lieu of flowers, donations to American Red Cross, Bay Area Chapter, would be kindly appreciated.

Sinai Memorial Chapel


Sylvan H. “Bud” Viner

Loving husband of Carmeli Viner for 46 years, passed away peacefully in his home in Foster City, California, on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the age of 91.

He was born in Stockton, California, to Rose and Phillip Viner. Bud grew up in San Francisco and proudly served in World War II, Korean conflict, and was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force until his retirement in 1968. He started a second career with United Airlines at San Francisco International Airport. He retired from United at the age of 84.

Bud loved flying and the airline business and received many awards during his Air Force and United Airlines careers.

He was the caring father of Phillip (Vicky) Viner and Karen (Steve) Sumner. He was the brother of Janice Selix and the late Irving Viner. Bud was also the loving grandfather of Cara, Lindsay, Christy and Jennifer and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Hills of Eternity, Colma, on April 16.


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