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Sally Borkin Cannon

June 27, 1930–March 4, 2014

9_gdeaths_sallySally Borkin Cannon, born to Max and Ida Borkin in Milwaukee, Wis., died March 4, 2014, at home. Sally and her husband, Eph Cannon, were married June 17, 1951. They came to the Bay Area on their honeymoon and have happily resided in Palo Alto for more than 58 years.

Mrs. Cannon taught hearing-impaired children in the Palo Alto Unified School District. Following her retirement, she and her husband owned Lady Bug Messenger Service. She earned her teaching degree at Milwaukee Teachers’ College and her master’s degree from San Francisco State. She was an active member of Hadassah. She was a president of the Sequoia chapter and served as a regional vice president. She and her husband were charter members of Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, where she taught religious school for many years, served on the board of directors and sang in the choir. Sally was a wonderful mother, grandmother and consummate hostess.

Mrs. Cannon is survived by her husband of 62 years, Eph, as well as three children, Debra Cannon of Seattle, Amy (Wallace) Westfeldt of Boulder, and Charley Cannon of Nannup, Western Australia; two grandchildren, Nathan Westfeldt of Denver and River Zayla of Nannup, and many beloved nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at Congregation Beth Am. Remembrances can be sent to Congregation Beth Am–Rabbi Marder’s Discretionary Fund, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022, or Sequoia Hadassah, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303.

Leonard Fixler

Sept. 12, 1922–Feb. 26, 2014

Beloved husband, brother, father and grandfather, survivor of a Holocaust death march and two concentration camps.

9_Gdeaths_leonard_fixlerLeonard Fixler passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 26, 2014, after a brief illness.

Leonard was born in Tachavo, Czechoslovakia, as one of 16 children of a banker and furrier. He recalled a wonderful childhood. Once the hostilities began, he was forced to flee Czechoslovakia as the Hungarians invaded. For the next few years he hid his Jewish identity and worked in Budapest with his older brother Simon, until they were turned in and sent to different labor camps. With the Russians closing in, Leonard was taken by cattle car to different sites to build bunkers. At one train stop, other prisoners were tossed into his car and, by fate, one was his brother, Simon, whom he had not seen for years.

Together, he and Simon survived being enslaved at work camps, and then Mauthausen, and kept each other alive for the five-month forced death march. They had nothing to eat but “grass, snails and air.” More than one time, Leonard broke ranks to forage for food, machine gun bullets chasing him back into line while killing others nearby. It was the dream of his favorite food, “pasta with poppy seeds,” that kept him alive as he was sleeping standing up back-to-back with Simon; for to sit was to be shot.

After the war, Leonard worked for the American Occupation Forces and was relocated to Canada where he met his beloved Helen Nudler, to whom he was married for 63 years. Living in Oakland since 1956, Leonard was a successful small businessman. He owned Leonard’s Clothing in East Oakland, where he counted many Raiders and Athletics as clients. As longtime president of the Men’s Club at Temple Beth Abraham, Leonard was often host to the regular breakfasts, dinners and poker games.

Always one with the best jokes, and the most clear-eyed outlook on human nature, he was a true survivor. Once asked about working in tough neighborhoods, he replied, “In Mauthausen I was afraid, never here.” Both Leonard and Helen were interviewed by the Spielberg Shoah project and visited many schools to speak about their experiences. For these educational efforts, both of them were honored with a resolution by the California State Assembly. He felt it was important that the world must never forget.

After retirement, he and Helen traveled the world on dozens of cruises. He loved meals and gatherings with his large family, telling and retelling stories. A devout yet tolerant man, Leonard often attended services at both Beth Abraham and Beth Jacob.

Leonard is survived by his wife, Helen, daughters Marleen Brodsky and Hedy Huntsman, brother Simon Fixler, sisters Eva Katz and Blanche Lachmanovich, and six grandchildren. Leonard was laid to rest next to his son Alan at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland.

Carl T. Foorman Jr.

Passed away peacefully at home in Piedmont on Wednesday, Feb. 26. He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Leonore (Lindy); his children David (Robin), Bill (Jackie), Ann (Robert), Gail (Craig); grandchildren Rachel (Omer), Max (Erin), Steven (Janine), Nathan, Sean, Ben and William; and five great-grandchildren. A private service and burial took place at Home of Peace in Colma on March 3.

Carl, a native Californian, was born in Bishop to Carl Foorman Sr. and Rose Wolf Foorman and was the descendant of a California pioneer family. He grew up in San Francisco, attended Galileo High School and the University of California at Berkeley where he graduated with a B.Sc. in chemistry in 1941. Carl served as a captain in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945 and was stationed in Okinawa. He returned from the service to work in his father’s food brokerage, the Wyman-Foorman Company. In 1946, he wed Babette Ann Coblentz, also a native Californian, with whom he had three children: David Carl, William Lambert and Ann Babette. Carl was widowed in 1959 and was remarried in 1961 to Leonore (Lindy) Steiner, with whom he had daughter, Gail Ann. Carl continued to work for Wyman-Foorman, eventually succeeding his father as president. Upon retirement in 1978, Carl took up a life of study, travel and philanthropy with his beloved wife and partner, Lindy. Carl was devoted to his family and community and was widely respected and admired as a person of great warmth and integrity.

Donations may be made in Carl’s memory to Temple Sinai in Oakland, Berkeley Rotary, the New Israel Fund or the charity of your choice.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (925) 962-3636

Florine Beverly Lerner

March 24, 1922–March 8, 2014

Gdeaths_florine_lernerA native of San Francisco from “out the road,” Florine was born to Pauline Blum Frank and Jacob Frank. Dearly beloved wife of Jerome Lerner for 71 years; doting mother of Jill Lerner and Heidi Lerner; grandmother of the lights of her life, Casey Hallinan Hicks (Danny) and Neil Hallinan (Vanessa); great-grandmother of Michael, Alyson and Olivia Hicks and Xochitl Hallinan; dearest cousin of Enid Folger, Michael, Elton and Linda Blum, Barry and Joel Blum, Gordon and Jeffrey Cohen, and the late Arnold and Richard Colman and Morley Shapiro.

In the tender embrace of her husband, daughters and grandchildren, Florine went to sleep. Forever young.

Funeral services were held at Hills of Eternity Chapel, Colma, followed by interment at Salem Memorial Park, Colma. In lieu of flowers, donations to Camp Tawonga Scholarship Fund, 131 Steuart St., Ste 460, S.F., CA 94105, or Friends of the Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F., CA 94115, would be kindly appreciated.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (415) 921-3636

Renee Neuhaus

In San Francisco on March 7, Renee passed away at the end of a long and full life, just shy of 90 years old. She passes just as her favorite flower, the lilac, is about to bloom.

Renee is the beloved wife of Jerry; loving mother of Sandy Edwards, Debbie (Gary) Frank, and Nancy Neuhaus; adoring grandmother of Gabriel and David Edwards, Naomi (Brad) Chusid, Jeremy Frank, and Marc and Eric Samuel.

Renee was born in Hamburg, Germany, on April 8, 1924 and came to San Francisco with her parents, Bernhard and Dina Cohn, in 1939. There she attended Lowell High School, where she met her future husband, Jerry. They married in 1947. She raised three daughters and got to spend many years enjoying her grandchildren. She traveled the world with Jerry and her extended network of very close friends, with whom she exercised her skill in cards and other games. She spent her later years at Rhoda Goldman Plaza in San Francisco, enjoying the many friends she made there and serving as President of the Resident’s Council.

Services were held at Sinai Memorial Chapel, S.F., followed by interment at Home of Peace, Colma. In lieu of flowers, donations to Congregation Beth Sholom, 1301 Clement St., S.F., CA 94118, phone (415) 221-8736, would be kindly appreciated.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (415) 921-3636



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