Deaths

Warren Harry Berl

August 24, 1920 — November 22, 2009

Warren Harry Berl

Warren passed away peacefully at his home in San Francisco on November 22.

Warren was a third generation San Franciscan. He attended Galileo High School where he was captain of the golf team. He also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Stanford University in 1942. He was a member of the 1939 and 1941 NCAA Championship teams. In 1939 he was the Individual Conference Champion and NCAA Individual runner up. Warren was elected to the Stanford Hall of Fame for Golf in 1961.

During WWII he served as a Lieutenant on the U.S. Navy destroyer Aaron Ward, which was sunk in Guadalcanal, and the USS Downes.

Warren’s business career began in 1946 when he joined his father at Edwin D. Berl & Sons, a San Francisco investment firm established by Harry Berl in 1882. They merged with Sutro & Co. in 1957 where he was Chairman and President from 1971-1982 as well as Chairman Emeritus. His leadership at Sutro gained the respect and admiration from all those who worked with him.

During his career he was on the Board of Governors of the New York Stock Exchange, American Stock Exchange, Chairman and Governor of the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange, SIA Board Chair and Chairman of the Investment Bankers Assoc.

Active in the community, he was Director of the greater S.F. Chamber of Commerce, Chairman Emeritus Northern California Multiple Sclerosis Society, Honorary Lifetime Director of the Institute on Aging and a Mt. Zion Hospital Board member.

He was a member of the Pacific Union Club, The Family Club and Lake Merced Golf and Country Club where he won 7 club championships.

The family would like to give special thanks for the care and devotion from Dr. Jim Davis, Francine, Lou, Hospice by the Bay, Vince, Lin and the staff at 1070.

Warren is survived by his loving and devoted wife and best friend of 61 years Aline, his brother John Berl, his devoted children; Douglas and Jane, Cathy and Peter Deutsch and Susan Berl, his adoring grandchildren; Elizabeth, Michael, Natalie, Marion, Aleen, Jason, Shelby and Haley.

Aline’s love and dedication gave him the support and encouragement he needed to live life to the fullest, an inspiration to us all.

His family, friends and community will miss him.

There will be no public service. However, donations in his memory may be made to: National M.S. Society Northern California Chapter 1700 Owens St., Ste. 190, San Francisco 94158; Berl /Tatum Scholarship c/o Stanford Athletic Department, 641 East Campus Drive, Stanford, Ca. 94305-6150; Institute on Aging (IOA) 3330 Geary Blvd. San Francisco 94118.


Irvin Wolfe Boxer

Irvin Wolfe Boxer

In Fremont, Ca on November 23, 2009 at age 78 years.

Beloved husband of Juliet Boxer for 12 years; loving father of Eric Boxer, Lauren Boxer and step-father of Kristan Carado.

Irvin was a retired city employee of San Francisco and served in the Korean War. He was a long time member of the Golden Gate Yacht Club. His great loves were boating and travel. He was a wonderful father to his son and step-son who lovingly called him “pops.” Irvin will be dearly missed by his family, his friends and his community.
 Funeral services were held at Sinai Memorial Chapel, 1501 Divisadero Street at Geary Blvd. in San Francisco. Interment followed at Eternal Home Cemetery in Colma. Donations in his memory may be sent to Sea Scout Ship Viking #100, c/o San Francisco Whale Boat Assoc., 220 Sansome Street, #900, S.F., CA 94104. Corsair-viking.org are preferred.


Natalie Prager-Hertmann

Passed away on November 18, 2009 at the age of 83 while recuperating from spinal surgery.

Born on January 11, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York, Natalie was, at the time, the only girl to attend the Yeshiva in Brooklyn where she graduated second in her class. She later went on to graduate from New York University. In 1947 she married Jack Prager, and raised a family with Jack in New York and South Florida before moving to San Francisco in 1970. Following Jack’s death in 1983, Natalie met and later married Walter Hertzmann of Portola Valley.

A strong supporter of Israel, Jewish causes, and education, Natalie was a remarkably kind, gentle soul and a sympathetic, compassionate, and positive presence to her family and many friends. One of Natalie’s special gifts, the hallmark of her great empathy for people, was the pleasure she took in striking up conversations with strangers, truly listening, and, within minutes, learning their histories and caring about them. A woman of wide tolerance, Natalie could always be counted on for her smile, her laugh, and her never-flagging encouragement of others’ hopes and dreams. She will be greatly missed.

Natalie is survived by sons Lawrence (Linda) and Kenneth (Lisa), and her four grandchildren, Deborah, Anna, Jaclyn and David. Donations may be made to the Jewish Federation of San Francisco.

Albert Rogan, aka Albert Roginsky, was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Nathan Roginsky, from Russia and Gizella (Diamond) Roginsky, from Hungary. Albert is predeceased by his parents, his sister, Rose Roginsky (Walters) of Cleveland and his son, Roger Alan Rogan of Detroit, Michigan.Albert is survived by his wife of 67 years, Elaine R. Rogan of Sacramento; his daughter, Gloria Ruth Rogan, of San Francisco, California; and his son, Gerald Neal (Pauline) Rogan of Sacramento, California.

Albert Rogan

After graduating from Cleveland Technical High School, Al attended Western Reserve University School of Architecture and then Fenn College of Tool and Die Engineering. His Military Service: WWII, 5th Air Force, 90th Bomb Group, 319th Squadron (Asterperious), South Pacific Theater, Navigator, B-24 bomber; First Lieutenant, Air medal and three oak leaf clusters. You can find more of his story at http://www.jollyrogersweb.com or http://www.jollyrogersweb.com/resultDetail.asp?jrlD=838

After his Military Service, Al was a manufacturer’s representative for the J.C. Newman Cigar Company (aka M&N Cigar Company) and retired at the age of 76.

He resided in Detroit, Michigan (1947-1957); Huntington Woods, Michigan (1957-1995); and Rossmoor Walnut Creek, California (1995-2007).

Albert Rogan was a man of great creative gifts, a loving heart, great courage, and a compassionate nature. He reveled in the beauty of nature, loved the pleasure of gardening and flowers, the joy of sailing, many sports, and the fellowship and friendship of others wherever he went. He stayed fit throughout his long life and conscious of his health and vitality. He knew no strangers, only people he hadn’t yet met. His home was open to people from all corners of the world. Al was always ready to lend a strong and helping hand to anyone he could possibly assist. Always ready with a joke, a smile, and a wink, he had a ready laugh and was happy within himself. His integrity and honesty inspired many. He took great care of the well being of his family. He sought education for his children and had more books than shelves on which to put them. A more loving husband, a more devoted father, and a truer friend could not be found. Albert Rogan will be missed terribly by his wife and children and by all who were fortunate enough to have known him.

Donations in Al’s name may be made to Cigar Family Charitable Foundation, http://www.cf-cf.org/

Albert F. Rogan, USAAC, will be buried in Myrtle Hill Memorial Park Cemetery in Tampa, Florida.

To sign the Rogan Family guest book, go to www.sacbee.com and click on obituaries.

Please send personal cards to Mrs. Elaine Rogan, 345 Munroe, Sacramento, Ca, 95825

Arrangements by Lombard & Company Funeral Directors, 916.483.3297, 1550 Fulton Avenue, Sacramento CA 95825

Cyril L. Weiss passed away at home in Walnut Creek on November 23, 2009 at the age of 95.

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, she moved to Los Angeles in 1940. Through mutual friends she met Ben Weiss on a blind date, who had come down from Oakland to Los Angeles for the weekend to see friends. They were married November 6, 1942 and she moved to Oakland where Ben lived and had an insurance business. Cyril worked with him as a bookkeeper and helped him build the business.

Cyril was an active member of the Jewish Community. She was a member of Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland and past President of Temple Sisterhood. She was a board member of the Jewish Federation and Hadassah where she was a Life Member. She and Ben were very involved in the Jewish Home in Oakland. She started the Women’s Guild and Sponsor Program and they both were instrumental in forming the Guardian Circle for the home. When the Home moved to Danville, she and Ben helped raise funds to ensure its success. She loved to travel and was an avid bridge player. She was a mentor to many. She enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by her children Arlene (Steve) Greenberg and Malcolm (Eva) Weiss. Grandchildren Lee Greenberg (Rachel Warner), Karen (Ty) Levine, Marc (Jennifer) Greenberg, Jason (Farah) Weiss, Leon Weiss and Mike Weiss. Great grandchildren Aaron and Daniel Greenberg, Hayley and Brooke Levine, Maya and Sadie Greenberg.  Donations may be made to Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living, 4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville, 94506 or Temple Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd. Oakland, 94610. Services were held under the direction of Sinai Memorial Chapel. (925) 962-3636