Deaths

Arthur Haken, born December 23, 1918 in Brooklyn, NY, died February 22, 2007 in Millbrae, CA. He is survived by his daughters Bonnie (Jerry) Neary and Stephanie (Steve) Wolff, 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Burial, with military honors, will be private.

Max Hamrol In San Francisco on February 27, 2007 at the age of 99 years. 

Loving husband of the late Sylvia Hamrol and loving father of Charlotte (Jerome) Hyman, beloved Zaidie of Michael (Audrey) Hyman, Jeffrey (Hillary Weingast) Hyman, and Michelle Hyman, adoring great Zaidie of Joshua and Sydney Hyman, Sierra Weingast-Hyman, and Alex Hyman.  

Born in San Francisco July 25, 1907. Retired after 48 years of loyal service from Jos. Buchwald & Sons. Member of Masonic  Starr King Lodge #344 F&A M, Scottish Rite, Shriners, and L’Chaim Club. Member of Congregation Ner Tamid. 

Funeral services were held at Eternal Home Cemetery, Colma, California under the direction of Sinai Memorial Chapel. Contributions to Congregation Ner Tamid, 1250 Quintara Street, SF 94116, preferred or charity of your choice.

Leah Levitas passed away at age 92 on March 3rd in Palo Alto. A native of Greenbay, WI. She was a member of the San Francisco Jewish Federation, Hadassah and Israel Bonds. She was very philanthropic with these organizations. Devoted wife of the late Robert “Bud” Levitas, mother of Judyth Levitas Melvin, Susan Levitas Ross (Ira), Grandmother of Kathleen Esquivel (Jose), Robert Melvin (Kelley), David Ross (Lisa), Rebecca Moltyaner (Lev). Great Grandmother of Rachel, Sarah and J.P. Esquivel, Alexi Melvin, Libby Ross, Haley and Emma Moltyaner. Great Great Grandson Ryder Stoner. Sister of Mildred Glick, Pearl Friedland and the late Estie Epstein. Private graveside services will be held. Donations to The American Parkinson Foundation, P.O. Box 3127, Walnut Creek 94598 and The Israel Emergency Fund c/o San Francisco Jewish Federation, 121 Steuart St. San Francisco 94105.

Richard J. Reback In San Francisco on February 25th 2007 at age 63 years.  Beloved brother of Nancy and her husband Lawrence Goldberg; loving uncle of Lori Barker and Jonathan (Angela) Barker and great uncle of Adam Barker; dearly beloved son of the late Jack and Sylvia Reback; loving and devoted friend of both Karen Light and Jonathan Mitchell who will miss him dearly.

Richard was a graduate of Lowell High School and attended both Pepperdine University and San Francisco State. Richard served as a long time volunteer at the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia Society, Friends of the River and the Rose Resnick’s Lighthouse for the Blind in San Francisco. His presence and his time helping others will be greatly missed by all.

Services were held in the Rinder Chapel at Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake Street in San Francisco with private interment at Home of Peace Cemetery in Colma. In lieu of flowers contributions in Richard’s name may be sent to the Reback-Goldberg Family Fund c/o J.F.C.S., 2150 Post Street, S.F., CA  94115

Jankiel Tajchman passed away on February 1, 2007, in Pikesville, Maryland, after a long struggle. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sophie Tajchman, his daughters Solange Tajchman and Pauline Tajchman, his son-in-law David Kaplan, and his three grandchildren Noah, Joshua and Naomi Tajchman-Kaplan.

Born in Ryki, Poland in 1927, he was the son of Moshe Chayim and Sarah, and the brother of Havah, Frieda and Yechiel Kalman, z”l — who all perished in the Nazi gas chambers, along with most of the Jews of Ryki and Demblin.

Jankiel was a survivor of Nazi labor camps, concentration camps, and the death march from Buchenwald to Teresienstadt. Following the war, he joined Betar, worked on a kibbutz in Germany, and dreamed of going to Eretz Yisrael. Health problems prevented him from making Aliyah; he made his way to France in 1947. Following in his father’s footsteps, he apprenticed himself as a tailor in Paris, and became a master craftsman. Seeking safety and an easier life for his family, he brought them to the United States in 1964 and settled in Baltimore.

Jankiel took great pride in the work of his hands. He was a self-taught man with a keen interest in the arts and in politics, and a great proponent of Yiddishkeit. He had a melodious voice and loved to sing — about the shtetl, resistance, Betar, the land of Israel, the Torah, love, laughter and tears…

Funeral services, interment and Shivah took place in Pikesville, Maryland. Donations may be made to Yad Vashem, the Jewish National Fund, or programs that promote Yiddishkeit. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 18 at 4:30 p.m. in the chapel of Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame.

Hilda Turetzky, born 12/13/1916 Colchester, Connecticut, passed this life February 21, 2007, San Francisco at age 90. Youngest child of Meyer Turetzky born Turetz, Belarus and Annie Silver born Vilna, Lithuania, Hilda was a department store buyer originally in New York City joining I. Magnin, San Francisco in the late 1960s. Pre-deceased by siblings, Helen, Moses and Sam, she is survived by nephews, Howard (Denver), Philip (Ft. Collins, CO), Paul (Mystic, CT); niece Diane Haskell (Waterford, CT).