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Eunice Coleman

Daughter of Joseph (a”h) and Anna (a”h) Koenigsberg; beloved wife of Mervin (a”h); cherished mother of Lynne Kinsey, Rosalind Whitesides and Norman Coleman; devoted mother-in-law of Stephen Kinsey and Thomas Whitesides; beloved grandmother of Kevin Whitesides (wife Katie Rose) and Leanna Shuster (husband Michael); proud great-grandmother of Samantha and Eli; adoring sister of Elec Koenigsberg (a”h) (wife Sallie a”h); revered aunt; and dear friend.

Eunice and Mervin were founding members of Temple Judea (now Congregation Beth Israel Judea). Eunice was a special woman, known for her calm and friendly nature. She is remembered for kindness and was a person that family, friends and stray animals could depend on for support and help. She was loved by all of those who had the good fortune to know her.

Services were held at the chapel of Eternal Home Cemetery, Colma. The family requests that no flowers be sent.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (650) 369-3636


Frances L. Michael

Frances L. Michael, born in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1922, passed away peacefully at home Jan. 23. She was predeceased by her husband, Warren, of 60 years. Frances was an alumnus of New Rochelle High School in N.Y. and Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., class of 1943, with a major in architecture. She was a longtime member of League of Women Voters, ORT and League to Save Lake Tahoe. Frances was the first female City Planner in San Francisco and San Mateo County. She later assisted her husband in his insurance and their travel businesses.

She is survived by her loving daughter Elizabeth Michael (Ed Ingber) and son Jonathan, sister Nancy Block, granddaughter Elissa Hirschmann (Niels), great-grandson Noah, and nieces and nephews. We thank her wonderful caregivers Lou and Kathy for their compassionate care.

Family services were held at her home. Donations in her memory may be made to League to Save Lake Tahoe, 2608 Lake Tahoe, CA 96150; Scripps, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont, CA 91711; or Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95032.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (650) 369-3636


Richard Joel Passer

Jan. 17, 1936–Feb. 6, 2014

Loving husband of Ruth Rakosky, father of Michael Passer, Lindy Passer (Jason Gwasdoff), Jay Passer, Jenna Schule (Alan); stepfather to Matthew Cohen (Sasha Gulish), Gabriel Cohen (Alexis); grandfather of Scarlet, Oliver, Seth, Ari, Jory, Cameron, Gavin, Zig, Delilah, Myles and Aiden.

Rich, a native San Franciscan, had a successful 45-year career in the furniture business, where he was a proud mentor to many.

He loved life and people and made friends wherever he went. Known for his wonderful sense of humor, he loved to make people laugh. Rich was passionate about travel, sports, cars and especially his friends and family, including his cat, Punkin.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Temple Israel, Stockton; Image for Success; and Hospice of the Bay Area are appreciated.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (415) 921-3636


Ruth Philip

In San Mateo at her home Feb. 4. Age 92. Beloved wife of the late William Philip, mother of Bob (Rita) Philip and Dave (Janice) Philip, devoted grandmother of Brian, Michele, Dana, Josh and Kevin, great-grandmother of Drew, Louie, Danny, Sabrina, Olivia and David. Sister of the late Francis Cappel, sister-in-law of Margot Cappel, aunt of Joan Wachter and Ellen Fiebert.

A native of Cologne, Germany. Passionate volunteer and loved by many.

Service were held at Home of Peace Cemetery, Colma. Contributions to ORT San Mateo, Shaare Zedek Hospital, 703 Market St., SF, CA 94103; or Mission Hospice, 1670 S. Amphlett Blvd., #300, San Mateo, CA 94402.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (650) 369-3636


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