Deaths

Cohen, Lester Bernard. In Brentwood, April 1. Age 75. Wife of the late Blanche Cohen. Father of Jeff (and Cheryl) Cohen and Debbie (and Roy) Freidman. Grandfather of Marissa, Jamie, Joshua and Ashley Cohen and Cindy, Ali and Eric Freidman, known as the “magnificent seven.” Brother of Ruth Otkiss. A veteran. Lived in Florida and California. Services were held April 3 at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward. Shiva was held at the home of Cheryl and Jeff Cohen. Donations to Camp Kadima, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton, CA 94566 or the American Cancer Society, 1700 Webster St., Oakland, CA 94612.

Norwick, Walter L. In Oceanside, March 27. Son of the late Harry and Reba Norwick. Husband of Natalie Norwick. Brother of Sydney Norwick of Petaluma. Father of Constance (and David) Gottlieb of Danville, Barbara (and Josef) Davidson of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Naomi Norwick of Long Beach. Grandfather of Olivia (and Sean) Herstein of St. Paul, Minn., Michaela (and Myles) Bogner of St. Louis, Mo., Elana Davidson of Oakland, and Jacob Davidson of Chattanooga, Tenn. Great-grandfather of Adin Bogner. Cousin and friend to many. Born April 28, 1916, in Philadelphia. Joined the family clothing business. Managed the Rischalu Hotel. Owned the St. Clair Hotel. Lived in San Francisco and Monterey peninsula. Worked in management at Holman’s and other department stores. Ran Walter’s Fashions for Men until retirement. Helped establish Congregation Beth Israel in Carmel Valley. San Francisco Giants fan. Moved to Oceanside in 1985. Volunteered with Senior Core of Retired Executives. Established a scholarship fund at a Southern California music camp. Services were held March 30 at Mission Memorial Park in Seaside with Rabbi Josef Davidson officiating. Arrangements by Paul Mortuary in Pacific Grove. Donations to Walter Norwick Scholarship Fund, c/o Arrowbear Music Assoc., P.O. Box 1294, Lakewood, CA 90714.

Perlman, Labelle (Lee). In Walnut Creek, March 30. Wife of the late professor Isadore Perlman. Mother of Judy Perlman of Santa Fe, N.M., Alice Perlman of Sebastopol and Paula Perlman of Austin, Texas. Grandmother of Marcos Lewis of Port Angeles, Wash. A lifelong Democrat and supporter of progressive and Zionist causes. Born in Canada. Spent many years in the Bay Area and Israel. Founder of Temple Isaiah in Lafayette and Diablo Valley Hadassah. Supporter of Women’s ORT and Na’amat. Co-founder and owner of the Lafayette Book Store. Lived in Israel for 15 years where she served as an Israel Museum docent. Established the Perlman Scholarship in Archaeology at the Hebrew University in her husband’s memory. Service plans have not been finalized. Buried in Los Angeles. Donations to Diablo Valley Hadassah, Jewish Community Free Clinic, PMB #63, 708 Gravenstein Hwy North, Sebastopol, CA 95472 or Women’s ORT, 250 Park Ave. South, New York, NY 10003.

Simon, Albert. In Terra Linda, March 26. Age 85. Father of Harry (and Ann) Simon, Ron (and Carol) Simon, Ellen (and Fred) Kotkin and Jaqueline Simon. Brother of Ethel Ress and the late Melvin and Sarah Simon. Grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and cousin to many. Resident of Oakland. Immigrated to the United States from Hungary in 1920. He worked for the Oakland Tribune. Services were held at Home of Peace in Oakland. Donations to Congregation Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City, CA 94061 and Jewish Family and Children’s Services, 2647 International Blvd. Ste. 220, Oakland, CA 94601.

Smith, Cyrene E. Bennon. In San Francisco, March 14. Daughter of the late Eli Siegel and Cecilia Siegel. Wife of the late Morris Nathan Bennon. Mother of Riza M. Bennon and Rhonda L. Bennon (and Martin E. Brown). Sister of Andre Siegel. Born Dec. 3, 1930. Family of musicians, doctors, scholars and businesswomen. Lived in Chicago and Florida. A model, social worker and businesswoman. Supporter of women’s rights and NOW, the United Farm Worker’s movement and social justice. Private services.

Stroud, Vernon. In Palo Alto, March 31. Age 87. Husband for 58 years of the late Flora Stroud. Father of David, Michael, Ruth and Denis Stroud. Son of the late Edith and Fritz Straus. Brother to Eva Linker of El Cerrito. Grandfather to five. Great-grandfather to one. Born Aug. 7, 1917, in Karlsruhe, Germany. Fled hometown at age 17 after Nazis came to power. Led a youth group to Palestine. Pursued engineering degree in Great Britain. Left college in 1940 and was interned for six months as an “enemy alien” by orders of British government in Quebec, Canada. Released after five years of service with British Army. Moved to Berkeley in 1948 and then Palo Alto in 1949. Forty-year career as mechanical engineer at Westinghouse in Sunnyvale. Services were held at Temple Beth Jacob in Redwood City. Donations to Temple Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City, CA 94061.