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Roland Elefant 

9_Gdeaths_roland_elefantHusband of Joanne Elefant, passed peacefully with family by his side on May 24, 2014 in Oakland, Calif. Roland was born in the Bronx on June 19, 1928 to Blanche and Edward Elefant. He was raised in Hackensack, New Jersey, and moved to California with his family his senior year in high school. Roland attended Oakland High School and U.C. Berkeley, class of 1949. He was predeceased by his parents, Blanche and Edward, and by his brother Richard Elefant. Roland is survived by his wife of almost 64 years, Joanne, and his three children, David (Anna), Debbie, and Doug (Lori). He is also survived by his five grandchildren, Daniel, Marianne (Stepan), Matthew, Joshua and Rachel.

Roland was a partner in the CPA firm of Elefant & Handler in San Francisco. He retired as a CPA and joined Globe Metals in the early 1970s. Roland was active in the Jewish community, having served as President of Temple Sinai in Oakland and as Chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council. He was also on the Board of Directors for Canyon Ranch and President of NARI, National Association of Recycling Industries. More recently he was on the board of the Foundation for Cardiac Research, UCSF.

Roland and his wife, Joanne, lived life to the fullest. They traveled the world and were avid patrons of the arts, including the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet. Roland loved sports, especially tennis, and would play as often as he could. Roland was a lifelong Cal fan and enjoyed many summers with his family at the Lair of the Golden Bear. One of his greatest joys was spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Services were held at Home of Eternity in Oakland. In lieu of flowers, donations in Roland’s memory may be made to the Guide Dogs for the Blind, 350 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael, CA 94903 or to the Jewish Federation of the East Bay, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94720.


Laura Sue Kanin-Peck

July 11, 1948 – May 20, 2014

Beloved wife of Dr. Raphael Peck for 41 years; loving mother of Sydney and Alex Peck; treasured daughter of Annabelle Kanin and the late Mitch Kanin; dear sister of Jill Kanin-Lovers; devoted aunt to many nieces and nephews; dedicated mentor to many.

Laura was an educator in the Richmond schools since 1976. She lived and died with the belief that public education should be free and accessible to all regardless of circumstances.

Laura was an avid baseball fan — she was known to argue balls and strikes, and even attended games as far as Havana, Cuba. She was a sugarcane cutter, a salsa dancer and a fighter for social equality. She helped make the world around her a better place.

Graveside services were held at Gan Yarok at Fernwood Cemetery, Mill Valley. In lieu of flowers, donations to Quality Medical Relief International, P.O. Box 10782, Oakland, CA 94610, or Planned Parenthood, would be kindly appreciated.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (415) 921-3636


Ernest Lampert, M.D.

Passed away Monday, May 26, 2014, in San Francisco at age 96. Beloved husband of Joyce Lampert for 59 years; loving father of Robert (Susan) Lampert and Charles (Nancy) Lampert; adoring grandfather of Alexandra Lampert (Rubén Cabanillas Ramos), Maxwell Lampert, Joshua Lampert and Jesse Lampert (Jingyi Zhou); dear brother of the late Gerald Lampert.

Ernie was born December 19, 1917 in Toronto, Canada, to Ben and Bella Lampert. He graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1941, having distinguished himself with admission into the AΩA Honor Medical Society. Shortly thereafter he immigrated to the United States and proudly served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II, receiving the bronze battle star and achieving the rank of Major. Upon completion of his residency in surgery, he obtained the status of Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and eventually settled in San Francisco where he practiced medicine until his retirement at the age of 71.

Throughout life Ernie extended himself toward others in his family, his community, his country, and his work. He enjoyed numerous hobbies over the years, including oil painting, raising bonsais, and most notably constructing crossword puzzles, many of which were published in print and Internet applications, including the New York Times. Joyce was the love of his life and they truly shared life’s adventure together. His knowledge, wisdom and presence are missed, but his example lives on. He has left the world a better place.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ernie’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society and Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco.

A celebration of his life will be held on a future date.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (415) 921-3636


Adrienne Irene “Judy” Segol

Wife, mother, Nana, friend, volunteer and adventurer — passed away May 23, 2014 in San Mateo, Calif.

Born Nov. 1, 1936 to Stanley and Lillian Yukon in Kansas City, Mo., she grew up in San Diego, attending Herbert Hoover High School.

She attended the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, San Francisco, receiving a nursing degree in 1958. Most important, at Berkeley Hillel she met Marty, her best friend and husband of 55 years.

In addition to raising three children, she volunteered extensively, serving as a Board member for Congregation Beth Israel Judea in San Francisco, serving as president of the American Association of University Women, San Mateo chapter, and working with the Deaf Counseling, Advocacy and Referral Agency, where she was 1992 Volunteer of the Year.

In her free time she loved books and reading, particularly the works of Charlotte and Emily Brontë, and collecting thimbles with the Bay Area Thimble Society. She also traveled extensively, going with her family to all parts of the United States and Canada, and with Marty to the Caribbean, Italy, England, Scandinavia, Greece, Turkey and Israel, and to the Galapagos Islands with her friend Jean. Her trips included attending the Summer Olympic Games four times. She especially loved spending time and laughing with her friends and family.

 She is survived by her husband, Marty Segol of Foster City, Calif.; her children, Jeff Segol of San Jose, Richard Segol of Danville, Calif., and Annette Enfield of Mesa, Ariz.; and her grandchildren, Ruthe Ann, Danielle, Nathaniel, Jacob, Lillian, Samantha and Madeline. We all miss her very much.

Funeral services were held at Congregation Beth Israel Judea in San Francisco.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her name to Congregation Beth Israel Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco, CA 94132, or to the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada, 1060 La Avenida St.,
Mountain View, CA 94043.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (415) 921-3636



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