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Aron Nathan Aronovsky

Born in Shanghai, China, on Sept. 28, 1929, passed on June 28, 2013. Beloved husband of Millie for 54 years. Son of the late Nathan and Sarah Aronovsky. Brother of Morris, Meyer (Betty), and the late George Aronovsky (Eleanor) and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Aron immigrated from Shanghai to San Francisco in 1948. He loved to share many fond memories of his hometown. Aron graduated from USF with a degree in accounting. He was a Korean War Veteran and worked in the food industry for many years.

Aron is a Past Master of Pacific Starr King Lodge F&AM and a 32 degree KCCH of the Scottish Rite. He was also a member of the Asiya Shriners, Sciots, SIRS, Far Eastern Society of San Francisco, and the Jewish War Veterans.

Donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association or your favorite charity. Services were held at Eternal Home Cemetery, Colma, on July 3.


Lore Block

Lore Block passed away on July 7 in San Rafael. Loving wife of Eric Block (deceased in 2001), loving mother of Richard (Vicki) Block and Ronald (Janet) Block. Devoted grandmother of Michael Block. Services were held at Home of Peace Chapel in Colma on July 10. Interment followed at Salem Memorial Park. Donation made to a charity of your choice.

Carole C. Chaiken

June 25, 1939–July 1, 2013

Carole C. Chaiken, 74, of Lafayette, entered peacefully into rest on July 1, 2013. A woman with a strong, determined personality and a tremendous sense of both humor and adventure, she lived every day to the fullest throughout her lifetime. She remained positive and upbeat during her 14-year battle against breast cancer.

9carole_chaikenShe was born on June 25, 1939 in Evanston, Illinois, as the only daughter of the late Bernadine (Baines) Dela Rosa Batugo and the late Marcellino “Mike” Dela Rosa, and grew up in Los Angeles, California, from an early age when her widowed mother relocated and married her stepfather, the late Joseph Batugo.

Carole was a 1956 graduate of San Fernando High School and earned a degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1960. She worked in her family’s restaurant throughout her school years and later was a Juvenile Probation Officer before meeting the love of her life, Donald, and marrying on Sept. 11, 1966, after a four-year courtship. They settled in San Leandro for 12 years before building a home in the hills of Lafayette in 1982, where she resided until her death.

In addition to being a stay-at-home mother to their three daughters, Carole was a vibrant and socially active woman. She loved, and will be missed by, her extensive network of friends, with whom she enjoyed travel, sharing her vacation home in Lake Tahoe, supporting charities, playing bridge and going to sporting events, movies and live arts performances including theater, musicals and ballet.

She was an avid fan and owner/breeder of thoroughbred race horses and possessed a lifelong passion for collecting two- and three-dimensional art, much of which she discovered while traveling to more than 100 countries, including all seven continents and beaches worldwide.

Carole was active in the Jewish community, most notably the Jewish Community Federation of the East Bay, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the currently dormant Contra Costa Jewish Community Center, and Women’s American ORT.

She is the co-founder of The Donald and Carole Chaiken Foundation, which supports a large number of Jewish, communal, charitable, educational and cultural organizations. She was very involved with the renovation and expansion at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, where she was a member for more than 30 years.

Her amazing life is celebrated by her loving family: husband of 46 years Donald Chaiken; daughters and spouses Julie Chaiken of Tiburon, CA, Dana Chaiken and Susan Roll of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, and Jennifer Chaiken and Margaret Hamilton of San Francisco, CA; and grandchildren Ethan and Zachary Chaiken Grigsby, and Adelaide and Olivia Chaiken Hamilton.

Funeral service was held July 9 at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, and she is buried in the Tranquility section of Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette.

Memorial donations may be made to the Cantor’s Music Fund at Temple Isaiah or a charity of your choice.

Frances “Peggy” Everett 


Loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and dear friend to many. Predeceased by her husband, Louis, in 2003, she passed away peacefully while surrounded by her children, who loved her more than words can describe. Peggy was gentle, wise, generous, loving and had a special gift of warming people’s lives with her ever-present smile.

9frances_everettPeggy was born Frances Schwartz in Brooklyn, NY, on April 10, 1920. At the age of 2 she moved with her parents, Harry and Celia Schwartz, and brother and sister, Walter and Elsie, to San Francisco. She attended Balboa High School and an S.F. business college and worked at Pig N Whistle Restaurants as an accountant. She was a skier, tennis player and horseback rider and a very attractive and popular young woman. While at a dance at the Jewish Community Center on California Street she met Louis, who would become her future husband and father to her three children. They were married in 1942.

In the years that followed, the family relocated to Sacramento, where she, Louis and the children spent some of their happiest days and made many lifelong friends. They relocated back to San Francisco in the 1960s and some years later became members of Lake Merced Golf Club. The Club served as a hub for family events, holidays and social activities, including golf and mah jong. Peggy’s warm and personable nature resulted in even more lifelong friends.

After a recent illness that had a sudden and unexpected ending, she leaves her loving children Chuck Everett and his son Max, her daughter Suzy (Steve) Stemerman and their children George (Callie) Stemerman (Sloane and Everett) and Julia and Jos Benguigui (Jax) and her son Rich (Laura) Everett and their children Hailey, Hannah and Annie. She also leaves her sisters and brothers-in-law, Nadine and Bernie Monetta and Yvonne and Len Hurwitt and her best friend Jerry Brennan. She also leaves her cousin Helen (Jerry) Lustig and nieces and nephews Sharon and Alan Levins (Emily (Jason) and Amy), Nancy and Matt Browar (Josh (Casey) and Lauren), Joan and Mitch Berger (Lindsay and Alex), David and Lisa Monetta (Alexander, Zackary and Jacqueline), Robert and Natalie Monetta (Kayla and Dominic), Sue and Ron Evans and Russell Rudometkin. Peggy also leaves her devoted and loving caregiver Priscilla Ugalino and a host of friends who will remember her with love always.

A celebration of her life is planned for Friday, July 12 at 1:30 p.m. at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.

Helga Henius

9helga_heniusBorn and raised in Berlin, Helga spent the war underground in Amsterdam and lived in the Bay Area for nearly 60 years. A longtime employee of St. Luke’s Hospital, she loved to paint, write, read and listen to music. Helga volunteered at Suicide Prevention and proudly received her B.A. from S.F. State at the age of 56. Mostly, though, Helga traveled. And made friends, many, many friends. All who knew and loved her cherished her ability to listen, to understand and to show compassion. Her friends around the world will miss her dearly.

Saul Hoffman

Born May 4, 1935, third of three children to Morris and Freda Hoffman. Bar mitzvahed on May 15, 1948. Always felt connected to Israel as a result.

Class president of West Philadelphia high school (1952). Was a water boy for the old Philadelphia Warriors. Attended University of Pennsylvania, graduated with a degree in chemical engineering, but was always a natural salesman. Lived by the motto that any deal had to be a win-win for all participants.

9saul_hoffmanMet the love of his life, Taffy, at a Hillel social. Married in June 1957.

Survived by David (Debby), Dan (Catherine), Doug (Atsu) and Deborah (Louis) and eight grandchildren. Son Dean predeceased in 1985.

Active in the National Feed Ingredient Association in the 1960s and 1970s. Active as a CPR instructor with the Santa Cruz County Red Cross chapter. Became, along with Taffy, the “go to” couple for national disasters, including hurricane Iniki, many Mississippi and Missouri river floods, 9/11 and countless other disasters involving fires, earthquakes, tornados, typhoons and other plagues (except for locusts).

Taught the Hoffman Torah trope at Kol Emeth in the early ’70s during the family’s “temporary” move to California from Cleveland, and again in the late ’70s when the family permanently moved back to Northern California in 1978.

A collector of old cars. Loved driving the grandkids in annual parades in Boulder Creek in the 1990s. Who can forget the ’66 Corvair Corsa convertible? Or the ’47 Chrysler Windsor with the suicide doors? The car that ferried so many couples to and from their weddings.

As regional youth commissioner, led the fight for egalitarian services when the USY international convention was held in San Jose in 1986.

Loved vacationing with the entire extended family, especially with the grandchildren who adored him, from Hawaii to Tahoe.

Deeply loved his family, his friends, his Judaism and, particularly, his wife.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Dean Hoffman Memorial Israel scholarship fund at Kol Emeth.

William “Bill” Kahn 

William “Bill” Kahn, born July 3, 1925 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, died on June 27, 2013, in St. Louis, Missouri, surrounded by his loving family.

He is survived by four children: Mike (Margi), Jane (Michael Bien), Debi (Matt Beal) and Julie, and his 12 grandchildren: Hanna, Jake, Josh, Zack and Kayla Kahn; Ben, Max and Joey Bien-Kahn; Asa and Jane Beal; Jake and Kate Kalnitz and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Shirlee Fink Kahn.

9william_kahnHe had a career spanning more than five decades of Jewish communal service as JCC Camp Director in Denver, Executive Director of the JCC of St. Louis, and Executive Director of the Jewish Federations of Pittsburgh, New York City and St. Louis, and was a mentor and inspiration to numerous Jewish communal professionals and lay leaders.

He was instrumental in integrating the St. Louis Jewish Community Center in the early 1960s and was a veteran of civil rights marches with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights work in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in the summer of 1964.

He led numerous trips to Israel and brought his family to live there for a year while working for the Jewish Agency in 1973. He is especially remembered as a beloved and playful Zayde with a zest for life.

Jean “Jeannie” Mizel

Jean “Jeannie” Mizel passed away peacefully June 20, 2013, of pneumonia after a nine-month struggle with lung cancer at Wellington Hospital, London, England. She was 46.

9jeannie_mizelShe leaves her beloved husband and devoted caregiver, Mark J. Stideford of London, England; her adoring parents, Ann and Barney Mizel of Mill Valley, her brother, John Mizel ( Lisa Walsh) of Maui, Hawaii; her grandmother, Dorothy Berelson of Tiburon; a great-aunt, Hannah Samuels of San Francisco; two aunts, Barbara Lambert of Novato and Marjory Woolf of Los Angeles; an uncle, Garrett Golden of Sacramento; and cousins Joan Trapkin of San Francisco, Debra Platt of Shingle Springs, Calif., and Marc Ialeggio of Mill Valley; her father-in-law and his wife, Colin and Sue Stideford of Plympton, England, her dear sister-in-law, Katie Wakefield (Tom Owen) of Harbertonford, England, her brother-in-law, Paul Stideford (Amy Carter) of Plymouth, England; her brother-in-law, Matthew Strode (Maia) of Bridgeport, Conn., and her oldest and dearest friend, Julia Wood Sheehan of Santa Cruz, Calif. Jeannie missed her late grandfather, Edwin T. Golden of San Francisco, and her late mother-in-law, Sue Wakefield of Devon, England.

The family greatly appreciates the care provided by her London physicians — surgeon, Mr. Steven Edmondson, and oncologist, Dr. Paula Wells, as well as the compassionate and skilled nursing care provided by the staff at Wellington Hospital.

A lifelong animal lover, Jeannie doted on her Siberian Husky, Gigi, whom she rescued and brought back to life and who offered her “Mum” great solace in her last months — never leaving her side.

Jeannie grew up in San Francisco and attended Hamlin School before moving to Mill Valley with her family. She graduated from Marin Country Day School and Tamalpais High School and received her bachelor’s degree in art history from Dominican College (now Dominican University) in San Rafael, Calif. She pursued her studies at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in London, and at Teign Valley Glass in Devon, England. A talented artist, she worked in glass and mosaic. She was a passionate world traveler, and a kind and gentle soul who touched many lives along her way. She will be greatly missed.

 Donations in Jeannie’s memory may be sent to the Jean Mizel Scholarship Fund for Art History, at Dominican University of California, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael, CA, 94901, Attn: Advancement Office. Gifts can also be made by phone to Kimberly Richter, (415) 257-1396.

A memorial service was held in London and a service will be held in San Francisco at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 at Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St. (entrance on Arguello Blvd.), S.F.

Claire Rothenberg

Claire Rothenberg, born Aug. 14, 1927, passed away peacefully on June 11, 2013. Her beloved husband, Don Rothenberg, predeceased her.

She was born Shirley Claire Bluestone in Chicago, Illinois, to Sarah Kaner Bluestone and Louis Bluestone; her brother was the late Henry Bluestone. As a young woman, she moved to Los Angeles to live near her mother and aunt and to attend UCLA. She went into early childhood education and directed a nursery school, using her singing, autoharp and piano gifts with children.

9claire_rosenbergShe married Robert (Bob) Shushan with whom she had two sons, Laurence and Jeffrey. Claire co-wrote several songs; one, “A Whole Lotta Loving” was turned into a hit single by Fats Domino, but to her six kids, her version is far superior!

In 1963, divorced, Claire met Don Rothenberg, a widower, in Cleveland, Ohio. They married and she relocated with her sons, joining Don in raising his three daughters, Linda, Nancy and Diane. In 1966, the whole family moved to Berkeley and soon welcomed the youngest daughter, Wendy. Claire raised her six children, hosted wonderful gatherings and was engaged in the community.

A gifted singer, she gave local concerts of Yiddish songs from her childhood and was a soloist with the Berkeley Community Chorus. Her aesthetic sense was great; she co-owned Stoll and Rothenberg Framing and did stunning work. She took joy in being Jewish and worked and volunteered at the Berkeley-Richmond Jewish Community Center. She delighted in children and volunteered in schools. Claire savored nature’s beauty; her poetic words about the wonder of a leaf were published in “Gems of Wisdom: A Book of Elder Poetry and Prose.” She had sparkle, a sense of humor and commitment to social justice. Claire’s love of people, music, nature and beauty were with her to the end.

Claire is survived by her devoted children Linda (Jonathan) Bendor, Nancy (Robert) Tepperman, Larry Shushan (Maggie Acosta), Diana Tokaji (Robin Gaster), Jeff (Robin) Shushan, and Wendy Rothenberg. She was the proud grandmother of seven grandchildren: Denise, David, Josh, John, Daniel, Ben and Mikhael; and three great-grandchildren: Macy, Nate and Phillip Micah. She is also survived by her niece Marlene Suliteanu, grand-niece Cheryl and grand-nephews Ray and Matt, and she loved and was loved as well by extended and “adopted” family, friends, and the staff at Lakeside Park who “loved Claire like she was our own Mom.” Her presence will be deeply missed.

The family thanks the skilled, caring staff at Lakeside Park in Oakland and devoted friends.

Funeral services were private. A gathering to remember Claire is being planned. To be contacted, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Donations to the JCC of the East Bay, Jewish Coalition for Literacy (which assists disadvantaged children), or Young Musicians Program at U.C. Berkeley would be lovely.

Alvin L. Schwarzbach

In Daly City on June 12, 2013, at age 87. Beloved husband of Denise Schwarzbach for 55 years; loving father of Leslie, Karen and David (Tara) Schwarzbach and grandfather of Daniel, Benjamin and Joshua Pollak and Adar, Kyla and Nava Schwarzbach; dear uncle of George Fleet.

Al was born in Chicago, Illinois, on Nov. 4, 1925. After serving as an Officer in the United States Navy, he attended Purdue University in Indiana, where he graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. Al moved to California with his family in 1959 and enjoyed a long career in commercial real estate, including as Vice President of Real Estate Negotiations with Wells Fargo Bank, until his retirement.

He was a well-respected, admired and active member of the Daly City community, serving as President of the Jefferson Elementary School Board, participating on several local Bond Committees along with other civic duties. He was the recipient of the Silver Beaver award, the Boy Scouts of America’s highest honor, participated in various fund-raising efforts for the Girl Scouts of America and was a generous contributor to numerous Jewish organizations and charities.

Private services were held on June 23, 2013 at Home of Peace Cemetery, Colma. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Schwarzbach Family Fund at Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, 2150 Post St., S.F., CA 94115 would be kindly appreciated.

He will be remembered with great affection.

Joseph R. Seiger

Joseph R. Seiger, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on July 9, 2013 at his home in Los Altos Hills with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Randee, son Jonah, daughter Alicia, granddaughters Zoe and Anna and his sister Marjorie Zapruder.

9joseph_seigerSeiger was born in Washington, D.C., on April 12, 1942. He had a lifelong passion for real estate sparked at the age of 10 when he received a T-square as a gift. After studying law at the University of Michigan and George Washington University, he and Randee moved to San Francisco in 1969. Joe joined the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, where he worked on city revitalization projects. In 1973, he co-founded Vintage Properties, which left an indelible imprint on the Bay Area. Among the projects he developed were Golden Gateway Commons in San Francisco, Alameda Marina Village, Vintage Oaks in Menlo Park, University Circle with the Four Seasons Hotel in East Palo Alto and the acclaimed 700-acre Vintage Club golf club community in Indian Wells, Calif.

Joe, along with Randee, was a generous supporter of the Bay Area Jewish community. He was an active member of the Contemporary Jewish Museum, where he was a director and the driving force behind the museum’s new home in San Francisco. He also was a board member of the Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, the Children’s Health Council of Palo Alto and the Peninsula Open Space Trust.

Joe was known as a man who approached work and life with intelligence, generosity, kindness and humor that garnered him many loyal and lifelong friendships in a competitive industry. He relished spending time with his family, especially at their summer home on Nantucket, Mass. He also enjoyed boating, golf and chocolate chip cookies.

A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 12 at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road in Los Altos Hills, with a private burial to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco or to memory research at Stanford University. For Stanford gifts, please make checks payable to Stanford University designated to the “Joseph R. Seiger Memorial Fund” at Stanford Medical Center Development Office, 3172 Porter Drive, Suite 210, Palo Alto, CA 94304.

Fay Sibell

On June 28 at age 101, Fay Sibell passed away at home surrounded by her loving family.

She is survived by two devoted daughters, Lynne Williams (Peter) and Joyce Schnal (Robert). Daughter Norene Brock (Skip) preceded her in death. Fay, known to us as Nanny, was a beloved grandmother to Jeff Brock (Deanne), Peter Williams III (Lori), Valerie Brock Jacobs (Gregg), Steven Williams, David Williams and Allison Behr. Her 10 great-grandchildren will also remember her fondly.

Born to Isadore and Anna Werdesheim in 1912, Fay was raised in San Francisco along with her brother, Herman Werdesheim (predeceased). She was married for 60 years to her cherished husband, Herman Sibell, who passed away in 1990.

To her family and friends, she was an amazing example of generosity, selflessness, strength, grace, wisdom and comfort. And a caregiver and cook like no other. She will be profoundly missed and never forgotten.

A private burial was held on July 1 at Hills of Eternity in Colma. Donations may be sent to Vitas Innovative Hospice Care at or to the charity of your choice. Services under the direction of Sinai Memorial Chapel, Redwood City.


Reuben Tuck

Reuben Tuck, born November 6, 1918, passed away peacefully on July 2 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Deeply mourned by his beloved children Adrienne and Desmond and daughter-in-law Elena, grandchildren Dina and Simon, nephews, nieces, sisters-in-law, cousins and friends. He was vir sine fraude — a man who knew no deceit.

Lawrence Weissberg

Loving husband and father died Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at the age of 92. Born on Feb. 18, 1921 to Max and Rose Weissberg of New York City, New York. From a young age Larry was known for his business acumen and drive. At 5 years of age, he bought shopping bags for a penny and sold them for 2. Growing up, he was known to his closest friends as “Huss” (short for “Hustler”). As a young man he took photographs of people on the street and sold them. He worked as a cab driver giving guided tours of Washington, D.C., and sold real estate.

9lawrence_weissbergThroughout his life, Larry was a dynamic businessman. He was a man who came from extremely modest beginnings to achieve great success in the savings and loan industry. Always honest, he admonished his two sons “Never make money on someone else’s misfortune.” Larry loved fine dining and enjoyed an extensive wine collection.

He was a world traveler and a great philanthropist.

Larry is survived by his wife, Anita, of over 30 years; his two adult sons: William Weissberg of Tracy, California, and Frederick Weissberg of San Carlos, California; two stepdaughters: Manon Baze of Corte Madera and Pilar Tumolo of Sun Valley, Idaho; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and his brother Marvin Weissberg of Washington, D.C.

Private services were held. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, 2150 Post St., S.F., CA 94115.


Rebecca Papo Weinberg Willheim 

Passed away peacefully on July 8, 2013 at the age of 93 at Drake Terrace in San Rafael.

Beloved wife of the late Edward G. Willheim and the late Alex I. Weinberg; loving mother of Louise (Larry) Jacobsen, David (Debra) Willheim and Ruth W. Rosenthal; adored and cherished grandmother of Annie and Sara Jacobsen, Katie, Andrew and Janie Willheim, and Joel and David Abramovitz; devoted sister of the late Marie Papo Walton, Joseph (Beatrice) Papo, Elisha (Sara) Papo and Naomi Roman; sister-in-law of Judith Stonefield, Ruth Weinberg, the late Florence (Joe) Lane and Harold Weinberg; treasured aunt, great-aunt and cousin to many.

9rebecca_willheimRebecca was the daughter of Michael and Cecilia Papo, who were early pioneers in the land of Israel. Born in 1919 in Mansourah, Egypt, Rebecca and her family immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio, when she was 6, and moved to San Francisco at the age of 16. During World War II, Rebecca worked for the American Red Cross at Long Beach Naval Hospital. She lived in Los Angeles from 1945-1964 when she moved to Northern California, living in San Jose for 43 years before coming to San Rafael in 2007. Rebecca maintained a lifelong love of, and commitment to, the land of Israel, its people and all things Israeli. She was a dedicated and active member of Hadassah, B’nai B’rith, ORT, Pioneer Women, ZOA, Technion Society, Jewish Welfare Federation, Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-El in San Jose and AIPAC.

Rebecca’s unfailing generosity, compassion and kindness were enhanced by her high moral standards, personal integrity and strength of character. She made friends wherever she went and saw the best in everyone and every situation. Rebecca was greatly loved and is already deeply missed by her loving family and her many friends.

Funeral services were held July 11, 2013 at Sinai Memorial Chapel, San Francisco, followed by burial at Eternal Home Cemetery, Colma. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Rebecca’s name to Jewish National Fund: Trees for Israel, AIPAC, or Hospice by the Bay.


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