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Joan Berkett

Passed away peacefully but most unexpectedly on Feb. 8 surrounded by her loving husband, Jay, and her children, Dana Berkett, Dru Berkett, Daren and Mitch Tuchman. The family would appreciate all contributions in Joan’s honor be made to the Friendship Circle, 3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303.

The Friendship Circle is a Jewish nonprofit organization that pairs special-needs children with typical teenagers to form a happiness bond.

A private service was held at Skylawn Memorial and a living tribute to her life was held at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills.


Pauline Forman

Nov. 3, 1917–Feb. 15, 2014

9_Gdeaths_paulinePolly lived a very full life. She was born in Winnipeg to her wonderful parents, Sam and Rose Lipschultz. She, like her parents, was a political progressive all her life. In 1922 her family moved to San Francisco. Polly loved learning as a child and went on to attend San Francisco State College, where she studied education. She taught in San Francisco over 25 years.

In 1940 she met and married Moses Forman. They had two children, Shelly (Roy) Berke and Robert (Mary) Forman, both of whom also became educators. Polly loved and was proud of the members of her family, including grandsons David (Michelle) Berke and Joel (Stephanie) Forman, great-grandsons Cameron and Spencer, brother Sid (Gerry) Lipton, nieces Deborah (Geoff) Perel, Linda (Harv) Abernathey, nephews Marcus Lipton and Dr. Paul (Gary) Blanc, great-nieces Elana, Marisa (George), and Samantha, cousins Dr. Jerry (Ellie) Mednick and Pat Mednick, and her late cousins Hank and Charlotte Libby. Additionally, she was close to many cousins in California and Canada.

Polly had a good relationship with her partner for over 25 years, Al Silverstein, who died in early 2011. Following his death, Polly moved to Rhoda Goldman Plaza, where she made many friends. At the end of 2011 she met Charlie Pivnick, who became a very special companion. Polly was a loyal 49ers and Giants fan. Charlie introduced her to the Warriors, and they enjoyed watching many basketball games together.

Services were held at Hills of Eternity Cemetery, Colma. In lieu of flowers, donations to JFCS or your favorite charity is most appreciated.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (415) 921-3636


Henry H. Kruger

Dec. 14, 1923–Feb. 12, 2014 

Henry was a Holocaust survivor born in Wolomin, Poland. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Perez Kruger, who perished in the Treblinka extermination camp. Husband of Ruth Kruger and father of Harold Kruger. He came to San Francisco in 1949 and worked various jobs to learn the language.

Henry was a merchant on San Bruno Avenue in San Francisco, owning Vella Variety for 25 years. He was a staunch admirer of Menachem Begin and Simon Wiesenthal. Supporter of the State of Israel.

A member of Congregation Ner Tamid and the Lake Merced Golf Club. Henry was a Freemason and a member of the Scottish Rite. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, 1399 South Roxbury Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90035. Services were held at Eternal Home Cemetery in Colma.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (415) 921-3636


Werner Loeb

9_Gdeaths_werner_loebWerner Loeb, 89, of Walnut Creek, a wonderful, loving man, passed away peacefully in his home on Jan. 23, 2014.

A Holocaust survivor, he was born in Paderborn, Germany, on Jan. 6, 1925. He immigrated to the United States in 1949 and resided in the San Francisco Bay Area until his passing.

He worked for many years as a Steam Turbine Engineer for General Electric in San Francisco and had a great reputation for his knowledge in the field.

Werner is survived by his loving wife, Lilo, son Ralph, daughter Janet Williams (Jim) and his pride and joy, grandsons Daniel and Ryan.

We love you and you will be missed by many.


Helen Louise Pearl

9_Gdeaths_helen_pearlPassed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family in Greenbrae on Feb. 15, 2014 at age 93. Born in Seattle, Wash., on Oct. 8, 1920 to Abe and Anna Fisher. Helen graduated from Garfield High where she met the love of her life, Milton (“Buddy”) Pearl. They married in 1941 and were able to celebrate 50 years of marriage.

Helen and Buddy moved to San Francisco where they raised their four children. She was an avid golfer, loved the arts, was a voracious reader and was active in the Mt. Zion Woman’s Auxiliary and the Jewish federation.

Helen was gracious, kind and loving and, as everyone knows, always had a smile, never had an unkind word, was truly a great lady and will be missed every day.

She is survived by her loving children Dr. Jeffrey (Anne) Pearl, Linda Pruzan and Louis Pearl (Jetty Swart); her adored grandchildren Laura Pearl Shapiro (David Shapiro), Amy Pruzan and Alex (Norie) Pruzan; her treasured great-grandchildren Jayden Pruzan and Daniel and Lindsey Shapiro. She is predeceased by her beloved husband Buddy and son Stephen.

Services were held at Eternal Home Cemetery Chapel, Colma. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Milton J. Pearl Surgical Fund at UCSF Mt. Zion, 1600 Divisadero St., SF, CA 94115 (415-567-6600), would be kindly appreciated.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (415) 921-3636


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