Deaths

Lucy Mae Blumenthal in San Francisco on June 21, 2006 at age 86. Beloved wife of the late Herbert Blumenthal; loving mother of Judy (Norman) Sobel, Teri Blumenthal; devoted grandmother of Kimberly and Brooke Sobel and Hilary Goodman; sister of Dr. Harold Randle; sister-in-law of Juel (Frank) Morris; daughter of the late Bessie and Samuel Randle; aunt of Dr. Alan Randle, Gary (Letty) Morris, Craig (Cindy) Morris; cousin of Ruth Ann (Donald) Seiler; dear friend of her caregiver Anthony Perez. Graduate of U.C. Berkeley, member of the St. Francis Foundation Board of Directors and the St. Francis Auxiliary Board of Directors at St. Francis Memorial Hospital. A dedicated volunteer at the hospital for many years up until May of 2006. An avid golf and tennis player. She loved the English language and was a prolific poet. Funeral services were held at Sinai Memorial Chapel, 1501 Divisadero St., at Geary Blvd. In lieu of flowers contributions to the St. Francis Memorial Hospital Foundation, 900 Hyde St, SF/CA 94109-4899 or the Herbert and Lucy Mae Blumenthal Home Care Fund, c/o JF&CS, 2150 Post St., SF/CA 94115. Arrangements made through Sinai Memorial Chapel.

Elaine Levey Goldingay, 84, the daughter of former San Francisco Assemblyman and Speaker of the California Assembly, Edgar Levey, and his wife, Emily, passed away on Thursday, June 8 after a short illness. Goldingay was born in San Francisco in 1921. She is a graduate of San Francisco’s Washington High School and U.C. Berkeley. After graduating from college in 1942, she married Sylvan Cohen and resided in Seattle, Washington. Goldingay is survived by three sons; Steven Cohen of Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel; Richard Cohen of Piedmont and Lawrence Altose of Seattle; and by her sister, Janet Hoffman of Cupertino as well as 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Donations can be sent to City of Hope National Medical Center, 1500 E. Duarte Rd., Duarte, CA 91010.

Sophie Hoffman passed away peacefully in her San Francisco home on June 22, 2006, with her children by her side. She was 90 years old. Sophie graduated from Commerce High School in S. F., where her creative and artistic abilities were recognized early on. After graduating Commerce she joined the Emporium in S. F., rapidly rising from sales clerk to Assistant Buyer. During that time she met George I. Hoffman, who became her beloved husband for 66 years. While George was in military service during World War II, Sophie founded the highly successful Charm Shoppe, a fine apparel women’s and children’s store. In addition to Sophie’s being a devoted wife, and mother to Ted and Carol, she also took on leadership roles driving innovation through numerous community activities such as, the P.T.A., UNICEF, National Council of Jewish Women, the Board of Trustees for the Josephine Randall Junior Museum, the Geary Street Merchants Association, and other worthy organizations. She was President of the Vera C. Hendry Foundation. She spent 10 years studying and producing beautifully elegant metal craft in silver, brass and copper with her dear friend Agatha Hooy, daughter of Dirk van Erp. In 2000 her works were featured in the Quarterly Journal of the Arts and Crafts Movement, “Style 1900”. Sophie was prominent in the political and fund raising campaigns of three S. F. mayoral candidates, George Christopher, Harold Dobbs and Frank Jordan, in addition to candidates for the Board of Supervisors. In 1974 she was invited to join the Salvation Army Advisory Council to the Harbor Light Center. The Council was composed of a broad spectrum of S. F. leaders in government and industry. She was instantly attracted to the Salvation Army after she observed their philosophy in action – they never turned anyone away. She was the first woman on the Council, and was later elected as their first woman Chair. Her engagement with the Council began what evolved into 28 continuous years of selfless devotion and energetic leadership for the Salvation Army. Following her chairing the Harbor Light Council, Sophie was asked to join the Northern California and Nevada Divisional Headquarters Central Advisory Board, and was later elected its Chair. In her leadership roles she continuously raised funds for countless small and large projects, and initiated new programs to assist the needy. Sophie was admired for both her leadership and rolling up her sleeves and becoming actively involved in these programs. In 1977 and 1980 she was profiled in depth by the S. F. Chronicle for her Salvation Army volunteer accomplishments, received the internationally recognized William Booth Award in 1989 which was one of the highest forms of recognition in the Salvation Army, received the KFRC Radio Station Volunteer of the Month Award in 1995, received the Honorary Colonel Award 1996-1998, and received other special awards for her accomplishments in helping children (including collecting 10,000 toys for them at Christmas), building a recovery residence for women, remodeling food service facilities, supporting the senior meals program, and other projects. Sophie was an amazing person, always looking for ways to give of herself to others. She was compassionate for the underprivileged, and open-hearted to all those who were challenged by serious obstacles in their lives. She offered words of encouragement, wisdom that clarified and inspired, and took immediate action steps to make a positive difference for many. Sophie was a natural organizer and leader with infectious enthusiasm, and an uncanny ability to connect with the hearts of the many she touched. Sophie was a marvelous grandmother to Jonathan, Samuel and Aaron, who for 20 years spent every August vacation with her at her Sonoma country home. Her daughter, Carol De Canio, always respected and admired her as well as thought she was great fun. Her radiance does not diminish. Her son, Ted G. Hoffman, married to Wendy Strickman Hoffman, had the deepest devotion for her and was her caregiver during her final years. Private services were held. A public Tribute to Sophie Hoffman will be held on Sunday, July 9, 2006, at 2:00 PM at Sinai Memorial Chapel, 1501 Divisadero St. (at Geary), S.F. Contributions in Sophie Hoffman’s memory may be made to the California Pacific Medical Center Foundation (Hospice Program), attn. Jana Cuneo, P.O. Box 45902, S.F., CA 94145-0902. Arrangements made through Sinai Memorial Chapel.

James A. Lande in San Francisco, on June 21, 2006 at age 75. Beloved husband of Ann Mari Lande for 47 years. Loving father of Susanne (and Edwin) Chang and Sylvia Lande. Adoring grandfather of Sherri Chang. Dear brother of Dee (and David) Lane and the late Robert Lande. Brother-in-law of Rosemary Lande. Loving uncle of David Jr. and Eric Lane, and Jason and Micah Lande. Jim was a lawyer for 46 years during which time he held positions of contract manager at Bechtel Corp. (10 years) and senior contract manager at Bay Area Rapid Transit District (12 years). He also was an adjunct professor of law at the University of San Francisco School of Law and a lecturer in law at the University of Santa Clara School of Law. Jim was a long time member of Congregation Emanu-El. He enjoyed playing the piano. He also was an avid tennis player. He will be greatly missed by his family, colleagues and all those who came to know him over the years. Memorial services were held at Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., SF. Donations may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245, phone 877-272-6226, or your favorite charity. Arrangements made through Sinai Memorial Chapel.

Helen Frances Levin In San Francisco at age 73. Beloved wife of the late Marvin Levin; loving mother of Donna Levin (and Michael) Bernick, Chana (and Yonatan) Amitsur, and Claire Levin (and Peter) Baum; adoring grandmother of William, Sonia, Elena, and Anna Bernick, and Maytal, Coby, Daniel, David and Levi Amitsur, and Shaina Baum. Loving daughter of the late Rabbi William M. Stern who officiated at Temple Sinai in Oakland for 34 years. Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 22 at Home of Eternity in Oakland. The family requests that donations be made to Rabbi William M. Stern Memorial Scholar-in-Residence, Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit Street, Oakland, CA 94609, Phone (510) 451-3263. Arrangements made through Sinai Memorial Chapel.

Gordon A. Littman passed away on June 15, 2006 at the age of 81. Gordon lived a full and robust life with loving family and friends. A renaissance man skilled as a craftsman, educator, wine maker, cyclist and hiker. World War II and Korean War veteran. Loved Marin County (Mt. Tam) with all his heart. Known for his kindness, generosity, compassion and wisdom; a friend to all he met. Survived by wife Reva, sons Philip (Jan), Les (Anita), and Steve. Beloved grandfather to Max, Andrew, Jake, Zoe and Jeremy.

Dr. Ernest Allen Siegel, DVM. Dearly loved husband of Norma, devoted father of Rise and Marty Cherin, Joyce and Jerry Burstein; loving grandfather of Kim and Andrew Oliff, Stacy and Michael Cherin; and great-grandfather of Cooper Samuel Oliff, was taken from us on June 22, 2006. He was the last of the Siegel family, predeceased by his sisters: Ann Parker, Nora David and Rose Paul; uncle to all his nieces and nephews who loved him. Ernie grew up in San Francisco, attended Redding Grammar School, Galileo High School and graduated from Kansas State Veterinary School of Medicine, in Manhattan Kansas in 1942. He enlisted in the Veterinary Corps in WWII and served two years in the ETO. He practiced Veterinary Medicine for 64 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. He served on the San Francisco Grand Jury and was instrumental in bringing the Guard Dog Program to the San Francisco Police Dept. in 1946. His life was devoted to his family and all living creatures. He will be remembered for his loving kindness, generosity and friendship; truly a Gentleman and a Scholar. Services were held at Peninsula Temple Sholom, 1655 Sebastian Dr. Burlingame, CA. In lieu of flowers, contributions to any animal rescue or support group will be greatly appreciated. Arrangements made through Sinai Memorial Chapel.