Deaths

John Edmund Bain

September 28, 1949 – January 20, 2010

Beloved husband of Rochelle (Shelly) Bain; loving brother of Darlene Puertolas and Pete Bain; uncle to Deadra Puertolas; great uncle to Aiyana Puertolas, and friend to many.

Retired San Francisco Police Officer, S.F.P.D. 449.

Funeral services were held at Home of Peace Cemetery Chapel, 1299 El Camino, Colma. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart Association appreciated.

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Paula Weinstein Burr 1908-2010

Paula Weinstein was born in San Francisco at the home of her grandparents, who were immigrants from Craiova, Romania. Her parents, Morris and Lena Maisler Weinstein, brought her home to Stockton, where she was raised.

Paula graduated from Stanford in 1930. Her graduate studies in mathematics at Yale were curtailed after one year by the Great Depression. She earned her living as a social worker in San Francisco until she married in 1938. Her husband of 53 years was Charles Burr, a nurseryman and garden writer, who was a columnist for the San Jose Mercury News in the 1970s and 1980s. They settled in Palo Alto after the war, and Paula worked in the Planning Office at Stanford as an administrative assistant.

They had two children, Benjamin Burr, a plant geneticist who resides in Bellport, New York, and Jane Sprague Zones, a medical sociologist, and two grandsons, Milo Sprague and Isaac Zones, and one great grandchild, Maya Hui Sprague, all of whom live in San Francisco. Paula lived her last 35 years at the Sequoias, in Portola Valley. During her retirement, she loved traveling and exploring new places. She died at age 101 on January 17th.


Julius Thomas “Ted” Fisher, M.D.

Ted passed away on January 21, 2010 in San Mateo with family by his side.

Ted was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1922. He was a Pediatric Cardiologist and earned a medical degree from Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland. In 1955 he moved to the United States to be with his family and intern at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco. He completed his medical residency at Cedar Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles and performed his fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland. After studying cardiovascular disease in children at Stanford Medical Center, he started a private practice in Daly City. He was committed to provide quality medical care to all children, especially the ones in need and did volunteer work as a pediatrician at St. Luke’s Hospital in San Francisco and for clinics in San Mateo County.

Ted was an avid golfer and an accomplished painter and was a member of the Society of Western Artists. Many of his paintings have been exhibited around the Bay Area and he won many awards. Recently, he was “Resident of the Month” at Sterling Court in San Mateo, and an art show of his watercolor paintings was held in his honor.

He is survived by his brother David Fisher, and sisters Mona Cohn and Barbara Lieberman. Ted has many nieces and nephews and was a loving uncle. He was preceded in death by his brother Stanley Fisher, and sisters Rita Cohen and Sylvia Zuckerman.

His family would like to thank Sarah St. Charles and the staff at Sterling Court and all his private caregivers for their care and support.

Donations can be made to Ronald McDonald House at Stanford in Palo Alto or Mission Hospice in San Mateo

Funeral Services were held at Eternal Home Cemetery in Colma on Sunday, January 24.

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Beverly Garelick

Beverly Sarah Garelick, born May 14, 1940 died January 25, 2010.

A 1958 graduate of Capuchino High School and graduate of San Francisco State University, Beverly taught 30 years in Sequoia Union High School District. She was active in Girl Scouts and her joy was singing with the Bay Area Showcase Sweet Adelines.

Survived by Marilyn Weisberg, Dorothy Asbury (Bob), David Garelick, Naomi Garelick, her canine companion Dixie, loving nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

Memorial Service were held Thursday, January 28 at Peninsula Temple Beth El, San Mateo. In lieu of flowers, donation requested to Sweet Adelines or your favorite charity.

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Isaac Goretsky

Age 83, born January 8th, 1927, passed away Jan 18th, 2010.

Isaac Goretsky

He was a prominent civil engineer in Kiev, Ukraine. In 1982, Isaac with his family immigrated to the U.S. and settled in San Francisco Bay Area. At the age of 55 he would start over in the new country. He was able to use his civil engineering skills to build beautiful new homes in Palo Alto.

Willingness to work hard, his charisma and charm helped Isaac to overcome many obstacles, including the language and culture barriers. When words were  lacking, he won people over with his smile.

Husband of Basya, father of Galina and Vadim, father-in-law of Lev and grandfather of Dina, Mira and Yitzhar, Isaac will always be missed, loved and remembered.


Richard V. Rafael

Richard V. Rafael

Age 87, born April 19, 1922, passed away at home January 21, 2010 after a battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.

A graduate of San Francisco State University and Berkeley, employed for many years by the San Francisco Public Library. A passionate believer in the power of knowledge, an advocate for human rights, and a creative artist, Richard was an active member of the Anti-Defamation League and B’nai Brith and Editor for many years of the Golden Gater. Devoted to his loving wife, Ruth, and beloved father of Barbara Yates and Brenda Derin, son-in-law, Lee Derin, grandchildren, Adelida, Jeanette and Jacob and great-grandchildren, Frederico, Trent, Shane, and Kyryn. Memorial services were held at Sinai Memorial Chapel, 1501 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA.

Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Helen Ann Rosenman

June 21, 1918 – January 19, 2010

Helen was a beloved and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and warm resource to hundreds of persons whom she befriended during her long and gently conducted life. She will be the source of countless memories for many whose lives she touched. She was an artist in the Chinese manner and a warm and sensitive musician. Helen wished to have donors contribute to the Marian Ford Fund at the San Francisco Community Music Center.

At her request, a simple memorial service was held last week with private burial at Home of Peace Cemetery in Colma.

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Rebecca (Betty) Rosenthal

April 15, 1911 – Dec. 8, 2009

Born Rebecca Reiwitz, second of four children to Wolf and Sarah. Betty lived in Denver where she met her husband, Al A. Rosenthal, a graduate of Denver University, to whom she was married for 65 years until his death in 1999.

Betty and Al settled in San Francisco in 1934. Al and his brother Bill owned and operated one of the first drapery manufacturing companies in the Bay

Area known as Peerless Curtain Manufacturing Company.

Betty was predeceased by a sister Clara and two brothers, Al (Gertrude) and A.C.”Chic” Roberts. Known to her family and friends as “Babe,” she is survived by son, Paul C. Rosenthal (Kaye), and daughter, Judith C. Rodman, four grandchildren, Russell, Walter and Tami Rodman (Mike Alexander) and David Rosenthal (Laurel), two great grandchildren, Tucker and Rachel, and also by daughters of her brother A.C. “Chic” Roberts, Debra Kaiser (Jack) and Cindy Roberts and her brother Al’s daughter Kathy Williams (Don) and many more nieces and nephews.

Betty was very active her entire life in San Francisco — both socially and philanthropically. Aside from raising two children, she was active in the local PTA, Girl Scouts, Hadassah, B’nai B’rith and Red Cross. She volunteered countless hours working for the USO during WWII and she was an icon at Lake Merced Golf and Country Club, playing well into her 80s and was President of the Womens Auxiliary there. She was a longtime member of Theta Delta Xi, an organization set up to raise funds for underprivileged children, serving as President for many years.

In her later years she remained active in the community as well as her local Marina district. She gave much advice, comfort and consoling to her many friends and relatives. Betty will be always remembered and missed by all. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to UCSF House Calls (a nonprofit specializing in geriatrics and doctors that make house calls) or the charity of your choice. There will be a private interment. Memorial Service for relatives and friends were set for mid-January.