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Annabelle Altshuler Block

Annabelle Block passed away on June 8, 2014 at home in San Mateo with her children by her side. She fought cancer for many months, but finally succumbed to it with courage and dignity.

9_Gdeaths_blockA native San Franciscan, she was born on Aug. 24, 1934 to Sam Altshuler and Sylvia Schwartzberg. She had no siblings. As a proud alumnus of Lowell High School in San Francisco, class of 1952, she attended many happy class reunions over the years. She also attended U.C. Berkeley. Annabelle’s friendships from her youth were precious to her throughout her lifetime.

Annabelle’s primary focus during her life was her family. She was married to Allan Gamson, with whom she had her two children, Susan Karl (Barry) and Gary Gogol (Julie). In addition, she was devoted to her grandchildren, Gary’s son Nathan (Anne), and Susan’s daughter and son, Amanda and Ethan. All of them gave her great joy, and their loss of her will leave an empty space in their hearts.

Annabelle Candy Co., established in 1950, was a source of great pride for her. Named for Annabelle by her beloved father Sam, founder of the company, she grew up surrounded by the sweet aromas of chocolate and marshmallow. Later, she successfully headed the company herself, in spite of overcoming life-changing medical challenges at age 39. She oversaw its growth for many years. One of few female business owners after her father’s death, she was a committed feminist unafraid to challenge many of the staid conventions of the times.

In addition, Annabelle was an active member of Peninsula Temple Beth El, where she served on its board of directors and was active in Sisterhood. She also volunteered her time at Mount Zion Hospital and with the Holocaust Oral History Project. Always on the go, she loved to travel, and enjoyed her visits to many exotic locales around the world. She also appreciated the performing arts, particularly live theater.

Most of all, Annabelle enjoyed her family and friends. She was the matriarch of our small clan, and her family loved her adventurous spirit, sense of humor, deep caring and enduring love. She was instrumental in bringing her cousins to San Francisco from the Soviet Union, supporting their adjustment to life in their new home. Her many friends were the fortunate beneficiaries of her thoughtfulness, love and loyalty. In addition, her good nature and kindness endeared her to the many individuals with whom she came into contact every day.

She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Her funeral was held at Peninsula Temple Beth El, San Mateo, followed by her burial at Skylawn Memorial Park, San Mateo. Donations may be made to Second Harvest Food Bank, Attn: Development Department, 4001 North 1st St., San Jose, CA 95134, or Mission Hospice and Home Care, 1670 South Amphlett Blvd., Suite 300, San Mateo, CA 94402.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (650) 369-3636


Evelyn C. Madfes

Passed on June 10, 2014 peacefully at home in San Francisco at the age of 93. Dearly beloved wife of the late Saul Madfes; beloved “second” mother of David (the late Tania), Ken (Sherry) and Ian (Camille) Madfes and Susan (Steve) Raike; beloved grandmother of Tracey (Doug) Leighton, Lindsay Raike, Lauren (Matt) Miskelly, and Sasha, Michael, Aaron, Justin, Shaina and Isaac Madfes; great-grandmother of Scott and Zachary Leighton and Nolan Miskelly.

Evelyn taught P.E. at Washington High School for 33 years. She then joined the Madfes family in 1977 and took on the role of mother, grandmother and great-grandmother with gusto. For many years, she was an active member of the Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood and Council of Jewish Women.

A burial service was held at Home of Peace.

Donations to the Saul Madfes Scholarship Fund at George Washington High School, 600-32nd Ave, SF, CA 94121.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (415) 921-3636


Andrea Mostny

Andrea Mostny, 56, unexpectedly on June 9, 2014. Born in Santiago, Chile, on Dec. 7, 1957. Beloved daughter of the late Kurt and Marion Mostny. Beloved sister of the late Patricia Mostny Hejtmanek. Survived by siblings Dannie (Jan) Van der Steen, Yvonne Nouri, David Mostny. Nieces and nephews Jen Kriskey (Tom), Steven Hejtmanek (Melissa), Rory Hejtmanek, Jeroen Van der Steen (Audrey), Elke Van der Steen, Julian, Renee and Jordan Nouri, Jacqueline Mostny. Loving niece of Miryam Raphael, cousins Jeanette Otus (Kerim), and Stephen Raphael (Chris), and great-nieces Abbey, Zoe and Ellie Kriskey.

Andrea was an extremely conscientious and dedicated nurse at UCSF in the Neonatal ICU as well as at California Pacific Medical Center. Andrea was an avid hiker and outdoor adventurer of numerous parks and nature trails throughout the Bay Area and the U.S., as well as many abroad. Her kindness, generosity, and human spirit resonate around the world. Donations may be made to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., or the American Cancer Society. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 23 at Peninsula Temple Sholom, 1655 Sebastian Drive, Burlingame.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (650) 369-3636


Jaime Leah Wynn

Oct. 27, 1978 – June 13, 2014

Beloved daughter, sister and friend, Jaime touched many people’s lives with her beautiful art, poetry, humor, creativity and powerful spirit.

Jaime was born in San Francisco. As a young woman, she attended Mills College and U.C. Santa Cruz, receiving her B.A. in art and community studies. She spent many years at Precita Eyes, a mural center in San Francisco, and her beautiful and inspiring murals can be found throughout the Bay Area, as well as in Israel and St. Petersburg.

Jaime received her M.A. in Jewish education at the American Jewish University in L.A. and went on to teach children at multiple synagogues in California and New York. She also led the Artists Fellowship at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education in New York, combining her passions for Jewish learning and artistic expression.

Jaime confronted cancer head-on with courage and hope. A fiercely independent person, she will be remembered for her brilliant mind and warm heart, her ability to translate complex emotions into words and art, and her incredible strength of will.

She is survived by her parents, Richard Wynn and Sandra Cohen-Wynn, her brother Myles Wynn, and her sister Lesley Wynn. She will be dearly missed by many loving family members, friends and colleagues around the world. May Jaime’s memory be for a blessing.

Jaime was most at home outside in nature, and especially loved the Pacific Coast. A public memorial service was held on June 19 at Fernwood Cemetery, Mill Valley. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the San Francisco Food Bank.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (415) 921-3636



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