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Thursday, March 15, 2012 | by

Jeanne Goldman

Jeanne R. Goldman, nee Sutterman, born in Minneapolis, MN, Aug. 9, 1915, a longtime resident of San Francisco, CA, died peacefully in Longmeadow, MA, on March 8, 2012 after a short illness. She was the wife of the late Joseph Goldman, who died in 1984, and the mother of Rabbi Gerald A. Goldman of Holyoke, MA, and the late Richard B. Goldman. In addition to her son Gerald, she leaves behind a close and loving family: daughters-in-law Roberta and Barbara, grandchildren David and Judith and their spouses Suzanne and Sheldon, and great grandchildren Isabel, Julia, Jackson, and Eliana. Jeanne was a lifetime member of Hadassah, a supporter of many Jewish and cultural organizations and a beloved member for over 50 years of Congregation Ner Tamid in San Francisco. Her knowledge of Hebrew and all things Jewish enhanced her life. She was a true “woman of valor.” She will be missed by her entire family and many longtime friends. Contributions may be sent to Congregation Ner Tamid in San Francisco, CA. Services were held at Congregation Ner Tamid in San Francisco, CA on March 15.


Dr. Natalie Miller

Dr. Natalie Stern Miller died peacefully on Jan. 12, 2012, following bouts with several serious illnesses. “Dr. Miller” to many, “Aunt Natalie” and “Natalie” to a few, she was a complex person who could be both challenging and endearing, but one who always had compassion and concern for others in her heart.

Dr. Miller was born on March 28, 1933, in Tarentum, Pennsylvania, the first daughter of Eva and Joe Stern. Growing up in Tarentum, she quickly defined herself as a very bright child who excelled in school and in playing the piano. Dr. Miller was a gifted pianist her entire life, and music was always one of her great interests and passions. Encouraged by her family, all of whom were immigrants, Dr. Miller continued her education after high school and graduated from Chatham College, PA, in 1955, becoming the first person in her immediate family to graduate from college.

Dr. Miller met the love of her life, Dr. Craig Brown Miller, while she was at Chatham and he was at William and Jefferson College, PA. They married on June 12, 1955, after their graduation from college.

Dr. Miller taught English from 1955 to 1959, while Dr. Craig Miller attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh. After his graduation, Craig served in the U.S. Air Force for two years, after which they moved to San Mateo, CA, where they became life-long residents.

In each other, Natalie and Craig found the match they both needed, and they loved, cared for, and challenged each other until Craig’s death in 2003. Their marriage was the foundation from which they both built successful careers and made many lasting contributions to their community: It was one of the great accomplishments of both of their lives.

Dr. Miller worked for many years helping to build Dr. Craig Miller’s medical practice, then returned to school for her Ph.D. in Psychology, which she received from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto, CA, in 1980. Her dissertation was “Bioethics, Decisions and The Physician-Patient Relationship: An Investigation of Physicians’ Attitudes Regarding Death & Dying.” She then built a successful practice, working throughout the 1980s, specializing in helping women navigate their roles in the work world and confronting the “glass ceiling.” Unfortunately her own career as a psychologist was shortened by a major stroke in 1987, after which she retired from practice.

Never one to be defined by adversity, Dr. Miller continued to live a rich and full life after the stroke, and one of her great accomplishments was her ability to live fully and independently after Dr. Craig Miller’s death in 2003.

A frequent traveler, one of the family highlights was her trip to China with her niece in 2005. Dr. Miller enjoyed many life-long interests, including painting, needlework, playing the piano, traveling around the world, and attending and supporting the San Francisco Symphony. Philanthropy was another major passion of her life, and some of the causes she most supported included the symphony, the San Mateo Library, the California Academy of the Sciences, and the National Yiddish Book Center.

Dr. Miller is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Jim Kiser, her two nieces, Madeline Kiser (Oscar Beita) and Lisa Kiser, and her four great-nieces and nephews: Lilly, Gabriel, Joshua, and Rachel. As Lilly said to her at her time of death, “We love your feisty spirit.” We do indeed, and will miss her so very much.

A memorial service will be held on April 15 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Kohl Mansion, 2750 Adeline Drive in Burlingame, California. The family encourages Natalie’s friends and acquaintances to attend, but please R.S.V.P. to Natalie’s sister, Shirley Kiser, at either (520) 529-3374 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions can be made to the San Francisco Symphony or a charity of your choice.


Matthew David Turbow

Matthew David Turbow, 36, passed away on Friday, March 9. An active member of the local deaf community, he was also an avid follower of his local teams — the Giants, 49ers and Stanford athletics, especially — consistently switching between any number of ball caps in his collection, depending on the season. Matthew loved being surrounded by people, from Deaf Expos to sporting events to rock concerts to family gatherings. He was a graduate of Leigh High School in San Jose, attended Ohlone College, and in December completed a computer course conducted by Goodwill Industries. He is survived by his parents, Mike and Ellen Turbow, and his brother, Jason Turbow.

Services took place last week in Redwood City. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Children’s Health Council, which helped Matthew early in his life: http://www.chconline.org/giving/donate-now; 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto, CA 94304.

Sinai Memorial Chapel