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Dorothy Golden Berelson

Gdeaths_berelsonDorothy Golden Berelson of Tiburon, California, passed away peacefully on June 12, 2014 at the age of 102. Mrs. Berelson, a native of San Francisco, was a Marin County resident since 1978. She was educated at Girls’ High School in San Francisco and the University of California at Berkeley.

The widow of the late Edwin T. Golden and William Berelson, and the daughter of Hazel and Garrett Goldberg of San Francisco, Mrs. Berelson was an adored mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and a dear friend and “mom” to many. Her long and loving life was counted as a great blessing. She was a woman of great style and beauty.

Mrs. Berelson leaves a son, Garrett J. Golden of Sacramento, two daughters, Barbara Lambert (Norm) of Novato and Ann Mizel (Bernard) of Mill Valley. Two stepdaughters also survive: Gayle Leventhal of Los Angeles and Patricia Ross of Scottsdale, Arizona.

“Bee,” as she was lovingly called, also leaves grandchildren Marc Ialeggio (Chelsea) of Mill Valley, John Mizel (Lisa) of Maui, Debra Platt (Dennis) of Shingle Springs, Calif., and her late granddaughter, Jeannie Mizel. Great-grandchildren are Kelsey Perry, Mason Platt, and Lauryn and Francesca Ialeggio. Mrs. Berelson was the sister of Hannah G. Samuels of San Francisco and the aunt of Peter Samuels of Palm Springs and Joan Trapkin of San Francisco. She was the niece of renowned cartoonist Rube Goldberg. Mrs. Berelson took great pride in her many years of volunteer work at Marshall Hale Hospital in San Francisco and for Handgun Control Inc., now the Brady Campaign.

Her family wishes to thank the dedicated nurses at Hospice of Marin and her devoted caregivers, Anna Marie Sandoval, Mary Barlow, Gessie Melano, Marichelle Tomelden, Ann Kofron and Keely Hatfield, for their many years of kindness and attention to the lady they all came to love. A memorial service was held at Temple Emanu-El, S.F. under the auspices of Sinai Memorial Chapel. Donations to the Jean Mizel Scholarship Fund for Art History at Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901, Attn: Advancement Office, or call (415) 257-1396; Hospice of Marin, the Brady Campaign or your favorite charity.


Bernard Chaknova

Gdeaths_chaknovaBernard Chaknova, 86, of San Mateo, passed away peacefully with his family at his bedside, Monday, June 23, 2014. 
Born in New York City Jan. 18, 1928, Bernard lived in New York until 1943 when he came west to San Francisco. Bernard graduated from Polytechnic High School in San Francisco. He married Marjorie Tarlin in February 1950.

Bernard was a remarkable, self-made businessman. He started Prinova with John Prinvale in 1968. After selling Prinova in 1985, he took Clenacorp from a one-product company to a global enterprise and at his passing, Bernard was still president of Clenacorp.

Bernard and Marjorie traveled extensively around the world for business and pleasure. Bernard was loved by so many for his kind generosity. He was always there with advice and support for those who needed his help. Bernard was first and foremost a family man.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Marjorie, and their three sons, Jeffrey, David and Paul Chaknova. He was also a proud grandfather to his five grandchildren, Dan, Sam, Rachel, Marcus and Ryan. He was a wonderful uncle and great-uncle to his many nieces and nephews as well. A special thank you to the Stratford Laurel Wing and Aura Flores for their loving care as he lost his brave battle with cancer.

A service was held at Home of Peace Cemetery, Colma. In lieu of flowers, donations in remembrance of Bernie can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association, the Cancer Society or Temple Shalom Children’s Drama Service.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (650) 369-3636


Gunter Ullmann

(Sept. 5, 1922–June 2, 2014)

Gdeaths_ullmanDied at home in San Francisco, with his beloved wife of 64 years and children and grandchildren by his side. Survivors of the Holocaust and of a refugee life in Shanghai, China, Gunter and Ilse married when they settled in their new home, San Francisco. Gunter worked in the automobile business (Ellis Brooks Chevrolet) and then for many years, together with his wife, owned and operated Gunter’s Restaurant in South San Francisco.

The Ullmann family helped to found — and Gunter was a past president of — their synagogue, B’nai Emunah, which became a second home to their children Steven and Peter Ullmann and Lisa Karpanty. Marriages, grandchildren and a great-grandchild added to what Gunter called the “happy ending” of his story.

An extraordinary listener, learner, mentor and guide, his wisdom and humor were felt by all who knew him. Three weeks before his passing, he stood, without notes, before his granddaughter’s class of 160 sophomores in San Jose and delivered a historically detailed and spiritually moving account of the tragedy, hope and love of one family’s survival of the Holocaust. He was a man with a beautiful smile, a loving heart, an intelligent mind, an adventurous spirit, deeply set morals and values based in 91 years of life experience, and the tightest hugs anyone could wish for.

Survived by his wife, Ilse, his children, their spouses Rhonwyn, Vicki and Joe, and their children and grandchildren Jeff, Reamy, Bryan, Isabel, Leila, Joshua and Reid. Gunter was laid to rest at Salem Memorial Park, Colma. Donations may be made in his memory to San Francisco’s Jewish Family and Children’s Services and Congregation B’nai Emunah.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (415) 921-3636


Elizabeth Nadia Steinlauf

Elizabeth passed away peacefully on June 17, 2014 at age 88. Beloved
mother of Celia Niemerow, Jacob Steinlauf and Aness Pogni. Beloved
mother-in-law of Richard Niemerow. Devoted grandmother of Adina, Daryl and
Daron Niemerow, Justin and Bradie Steinlauf, and Dean and Aria Pogni.

Born in Berdichev, Ukraine, she was a Holocaust survivor who escaped Europe
on the Exodus ship to Israel in 1946 with her beloved husband, Solomon
 Steinlauf. The newlyweds were pioneers of Israel and helped build the
infrastructure of the new Jewish state. In 1955, accepting a prestigious job
offer in the San Francisco Bay Area, the family relocated and began a new
life in the United States. After her husband passed away, Elizabeth pursued
a 30-year career in real estate and property management. A self-made woman, 
she gave back to the Jewish community and was a benefactor to her favorite
charities, including Hadassah as a lifetime member, B’nai B’rith, Temple
Emanu-El and Congregation Ner Tamid. Elizabeth will be very missed and her
memory will be cherished.

Family services were held at Eternal Home Cemetery, Colma.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her memory to Hadassah
or Hospice by the Bay.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (415) 921-3636



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