Deaths

Friday, January 21, 2005 | by

Berkowitz, Vernon H. In Pacifica, Jan. 6. Age 81. Husband of the late Ann Berkowitz for 40 years. Father of Beth Berkowitz. Brother of Esther Berkowitz. Cousin and uncle to many. Born May 31, 1923, in Superior, Wis. Moved to the Bay Area in 1950 and settled into his home in Pacifica in 1963. Owned and operated Vern’s Coffee Shop in Daly City for 30 years. Active member of B’nai B’rith, and recently the Gateway Lion’s Club. Traveled the world with his wife. Volunteered at Doelger Senior Center in Daly City and the Jewish Home in San Francisco. Services were held at Congregation Beth Israel-Judea in San Francisco with burial at Salem Memorial Park in Colma. Donations to Gateway Lion’s Club, 6654 Mission Street, Daly City, CA 94014; Congregation Beth Israel-Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F., CA 94132; or the charity of your choice.

Hass, Pauline Ann. In Santa Clara, Jan. 12. Wife of the late Gustav Hass. Mother of Denise (and Howard) Osharow, Mark (and Elena) Hass and the late Arthur Hass. Grandmother of Ian, Adam, Tamara and Edward Osharow and Masha Hass. Great-grandmother of Hannah and Brianna Osharow. Her nephew, Rabbi Michael S. Beals of Congregation Beth Shalom in Wilmington, Del., officiated at the funeral, which was held at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park, Colma. Donations to Temple Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City, CA 94061.

Sobel, Carlyle Cohen. In San Francisco, Jan. 7. Age 79. Husband of Alice Sobel for 57 years. Father of Denise (and Tom Oczkowski) Sobel, Fredie Sobel and Lindie (and David) Newlin. “Popa Cocky” of Aaron and Jaimey Wiener, Levi and Amy Joy Newlin. Brother of Norita (and Burt) Robbins and the late Earl and Roger Sobel. Brother-in-law of Joanne Sobel and Betty Tein. Uncle to many. Decorated Army World War II vet of the 10th Mountain Infantry Division. Life master bridge player. Resident of Coventry Park. Services were held at Congregation Beth Israel-Judea in San Francisco with interment at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park in Colma. Donations to Hospice By the Bay, 1540 Market St., Suite 350, S.F., CA 94102, or charity of your choice. 

Wronsky, Peter. In Seattle, Jan. 1. Age 61. Of complications from a stem-cell transplant given to combat lymphoma. Husband of Marilyn Wronsky of Corte Madera. Son of Lore Zutraun of San Francisco. Brother of Marian Wronsky of Sunnyvale. Father of Ben and Anna Wronsky of San Francisco. Teacher in Kentfield School District for 33 years. Cabinetmaker. Son of German refugees. Born in Bogota, Columbia. Immigrated to United States in 1949. Graduated from Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco in 1961. Received a bachelor of arts degree in history from U.C. Santa Barbara in 1965. Served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic where he met and married his wife. Eagle Scout. Assistant scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 43, Corte Madera. Active in Marin County Bicycle Coalition and Bay Area Woodworkers’ Association. Avid backpacker. Donations to KQED-FM Radio, Attn. M.F. Petroni, 2601 Mariposa St., S.F. 94110, or Bay Area Woodworkers’ Association, P.O. Box 2764, Menlo Park, CA 94026.