Deaths

Warren Roy Bauer was born January 3, 1926 and died February 23, 2010. He was married for 60 years to his wife and mother of his children, Marlene Bauer, who predeceased him in 2005.

Warren Roy Bauer

Warren is survived by his three sons and their families: David Bauer of Belmont, California, wife Elizabeth, son Daniel and daughters Elaina and Rebecca; Alan Bauer of Charlotte, North Carolina, daughter Audra and sons Jason and Adam; and Howard Bauer of Los Angeles, California, wife Jan and daughter Ariella.

Warren served proudly in the military during World War II and in his retirement years volunteered with the Jewish War Veterans. He was also a Mason and a committed volunteer for the City of Hope.

Warren tirelessly served his synagogue. He was the president of the Beth Israel–Judea Brotherhood for several terms and served as well on the BIJ Temple board.

One of Warren’s passions was basketball: playing, watching and coaching.  He coached Beth Israel–Judea’s temple basketball team and Golden Gate AZA’s Basketball team, and was hired by the city of Burlingame to coach its middle school league.

Warren was truly blessed with by his family and his collection of lifelong friends who shared his love of life, laughter and family. God bless him and the memories he has given us.

Funeral Services were held Feb. 25 at Peninsula Temple Beth El, San Mateo. Interment took place at Salem Memorial Park.

Donations to Jewish War Veterans (www.jwv.org) and City of Hope (www.cityofhope.org) in lieu of flowers are preferred.

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Janice B. Beiser, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother passed away peacefully, February 17, 2010 at the age of 82.  A fourth generation San Franciscan, she was born November 6, 1927.  Survived by husband A. Phillip Beiser, son Bruce, daughter Andrea, daughter-in-law Colleen, grandchildren Jarrod and Danielle.  Janice graduated from Washington High School, San Francisco 1945. She graduated from UC Berkeley 1949, where she was president of AE Phi sorority. She met her husband, Phil, in 1948 while both were attending Cal, married in 1949 for 61 years. Real estate broker for 40 years; partner Beiser-Feder Real Estate; President of San Mateo/Burlingame Board of Realtors; member of Peninsula Temple Beth El since 1959 where she served on the Board of Directors and as president of the Sisterhood.  Janice and Phillip were residents of San Mateo for over 50 years and loved to spend their leisure time traveling the world, with stops in Europe, Russia, China, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa, North and South America. Memorial Services and interment were held on Friday February 26 at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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George Raymond Berns

October 19, 1939–February 20, 2010

George Raymond Berns

George was born in Chicago, IL to Molly and Herman Berns. After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School, George worked as a lawyer for Legal Services for the Poor. He often told stories of convincing Chicago judges to release protesters and rioters during the 1968 Democratic Convention and Martin Luther King demonstrations. In 1970 he moved to California to work in the Office of Economic Opportunity/Legal Services Corporation, once again advocating for the needy and oppressed. George eventually went into private practice in Oakland.

In 1973, George met the love of his life, best friend and wife, Joan Accarino. Together they have shared 35 years of love, adventure and friendship.

Mara Berns Langer is his wonderful and courageous daughter; George often said she was his “inspiration” during his long and rough illness. Mara and husband David gave him the precious gift of two beautiful grandchildren, Malia and Ari.

George enjoyed a life rich with friends whom he met through his enjoyment of fishing, photography, pottery, wine, cooking, and during his cardiac rehab.

George loved the outdoors; he and Joan backpacked and camped every summer in Yosemite and Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. Most of all, George loved fishing and did so in many beautiful streams, rivers and lakes throughout the country.

Joan and Mara want to thank the wonderful nurses at CPMC’s ACU, 5 North and 6 North for their outstanding care and kindness over the past year. In addition, we thank his doctors: James Greenberg, Chris Brown, Bensen Chen, Mark Rounsaville, Kevin Knopf, Belinda Gregory Head, Andrew Lasher and Andrea Hendricks, for giving George an excellent quality of life and dignified death.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Cardiac Rehabilitation Fund at CPMC in San Francisco. PO Box 45902, SF CA 94145.


Joan Helen Elman

Sunrise, 1934–Sunset, 2010 in San Francisco at age 75. Joan grew up in Bell Harbor Long Island, near the Atlantic Ocean; she loved to swim. Sensitive and compassionate as a child, Joan transferred her deep kindness and giving spirit to an acting career started in her early 20’s. Working with teachers like Stella Adler, she was a natural beauty and actress, playing lead and understudy roles. Joan later moved to LA where she met and married her soul mate Josef Katten Elman (son of the late Mischa Elman), a fellow actor and fundraiser. She raised two children — Michele (Rajan) Sharma and Lynne Elman — and bragged about the love she had for her grandson David.

Joan taught her girls to be uninhibited, creative, independent women. Joan studied at CCSF and was very interested and excelled in women’s studies. She loved the simple things in life — her yard, the porch, a cup of coffee with her beloved friends at Peet’s and walking. She loved to travel and found a wonderful, caring companion, Sol Silver, to travel with.

A program coordinator for seniors, Joan treated each person as an individual. She was a tutor through the Coalition of Literacy, loved reading and was a member of the Center for Learning in Retirement (CLIR). She supported the San Francisco School and volunteered at Peabody school. She had innovative ideas. Joan advocated the importance of giving free concerts and theater to inner city youth, and deeply supported her daughter Lynne’s film, photography, and writing. Joan continued acting in different venues; she loved theater and music, as well as acting.

Joan Elman was a wonderful human being — open minded, accepting, non-judgmental. Lots of fun, dependable, honest, and humble, she will be missed by her many friends and extended family. Predeceased by her brother, Larry Hofmann, she is survived by her companion, daughters, grandson, a niece and 2 great nephews. Burial took place last week at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park in Colma. Contributions in Joan’s memory may be made to local groups that inspire creativity and joy.

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Patricia Grossman

One less smile to grace this world. One less open heart to extend kindness, generosity, and compassion. One less exuberant spirit to impart joy, optimism and humor …

Patricia Grossman (also known as “Peninnah Mills”) drifted off to her final resting place on February 16, 2010.

Born as a third-generation San Franciscan in 1927, Pat moved to San Carlos as a teenager. She married Herb Grossman in 1947 and they raised their three children, Michael, Melinda and Jack in that community. Known as Pat to family and long-time friends and Penny to her neighbors and friends at Terrace Gardens in Milpitas, she was also known to all as an independent and sociable woman with an unmatched generosity of spirit and sense of humor.

Pat was active for many years in Temple Beth Jacob in Redwood City, and played a leadership role in its cooperative nursery school. She worked for four years with Charles Mendel Landes on a scholarly publication about the 613 commandments, For It Is Written. In more recent years, she enjoyed her position as a greeter at Wal-Mart, and her work tutoring schoolchildren in Milpitas.

Above all, she was a loving and devoted mother, adoring grandmother, and open-hearted friend to many. She is preceded in death by Herb Grossman; her sister, Barbara Millzner; and her son, Michael Grossman. She is survived by her daughter, Melinda Grossman of San Rafael; son Jack Grossman of San Jose; cherished granddaughter Becca Hurwitz of San Rafael; sister Lynn Hart of Los Altos; her lifelong best friend, Betty Newton-Frase; and her many other beloved friends and family.

A memorial is planned for Saturday, February 27 at 4pm in the University Auditorium at the Classic Residence by Hyatt, 620 Sand Hill Road in Palo Alto. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Terrace Gardens Services Committee, 186 Beresford Ct., Milpitas 95036 or to the Special Olympics, Attn: Web Gifts, 1133 19th Street NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20036‐3604.

Without Pat, there is one less smile to grace this world and yet, we have one more blessing to count: our extraordinary good fortune to have her as our loving and beloved mother and friend. “


Edward Lazore

April 10, 1923 — February 13, 2010

Ed was the last member of a family of ten children of Samuel and Sadie Lazore z”l. Siblings included, Louis, Arthur, Mark, Bertha, Lynn, Marion, Ann, Henrietta and Esther z”l. He was reared in the Portola District in San Francisco. In 1975 he and his wife moved to San Lorenzo, where he spent the rest of his life.

He retired from AT&T, was an avid golfer, enjoyed playing Tripoli with his sister-in-law, Rosalie Lazor, nieces, Jacquelyn Levy and Nadine Koss. He also loved singing to anyone who would listen! He had a zest for living and a wonderful sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife, a daughter, many grandchildren, great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be sorely missed by all.

Simon Levine

Died Tuesday February 9th at the age of 86 in his apartment in the City of Alameda. He was born in Schenectady, NY. Simon was best known as a representative for Israeli Bonds for over 15 years and was married to Ruth. In his later years, Sy was an avid golfer and was fantastic in his story-telling. Sy was a gunner on a B25. He participated on many missions in Italy during WWII and received many honors. He served in the U.S. Air Force in 1942-46. Sy was a valued member of the Mens’ Support Group in the East Bay.

Memorial service will be held on Tuesday March 2nd, 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Netivot Shalom (1316 University Ave., Berkeley) (510) 549-9447.


Daniel Kenneth Oxman

July 5, 1919–January 27, 2010

Dan Oxman passed away at age 90 in Marin County, surviving his wife Freida (Fritzie) by 20 years. Raised in Torrington, Connecticut, he lived and worked as a dentist most of his adult life in Castro Valley, CA. Dan, known in Marin as “Dan the Man,” lived the last several years of his life in Alma Via’s assisted living in San Rafael near his daughter Mollee Sue Zoken, her husband Jack, and their children Yael and Arielle. Dan is also survived by his son Brett, his daughter-in-law Cori, and their children Ari, Leor, Havah, and Barak; by his son Reed as well as his sister Dorothy Oxman Helly.

Dan was very involved in the East Bay Jewish community, including securing the current sites of the Judah L. Magnes Museum (where he later served as president) and the original Temple Beth Sholom building in San Leandro. He also became the president of Congregation Shir Ami in Castro Valley.

During his early years, Dan learned from observing his father, an electrical contractor, how to problem solve and be independent. These traits were apparent to Dan’s commanding officers in WWII. As an officer in the army ordnance corps cut off from normal sources of supply after D-Day in France, Dan’s persistence and ability to procure airplane and tank parts made him indispensable. After the war, he attended dental school on the GI bill having completed only three years of college. As a dentist he was known for his technical skill and unique personal touch, distracting patients from dental work by engaging them in spirited conversation, philosophizing, and telling corny jokes or stories. Outside of the dental office, he used his skilled hands to create many artworks and paintings.

Dan enjoyed the practice of dentistry, but felt unfulfilled since he had not completed his college education. He chose to return to school while still practicing dentistry to earn a bachelor’s degree. Once he returned, he never stopped, going on to earn nine degrees, including a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religion. His passion for learning never ended; he continued his studies in Marin down through his last months by attending courses in Judaic and secular studies. 

Funeral services were held on January 29th at Temple Rodef Sholom in San Rafael and burial followed at the Home of Peace in Oakland. To perpetuate Jewish learning, donations may be made in his memory to the Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94903 or Alma Via of San Rafael, Attn: Chaplain — Jewish Services, 515 Northgate Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903.

Barbara Hilp Smith

Died peacefully at her home in the San Francisco Towers on February 13, 2010.

Barbara was born February 25, 1919 to Adelaide Wollenberg Hilp and Harry H. Hilp. A proud third-generation San Franciscan, she lived all her 90 years in the city she loved. Her connections to the city’s history ran deep, including her grandmother Emma Hilp, the first woman to serve on San Francisco’s Grand Jury, and her father Harry whose Barrett & Hilp Construction firm was instrumental in building the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges and other SF landmarks. One of her proudest moments was walking across the still unopened Golden Gate Bridge with her family in April 1937.

Barbara graduated from Galileo High School in 1935 at 16 and went on to study at UCLA, Cal and Stanford. In 1939 Barbara married Stanford man Bob Smith, with whom she enjoyed a rich and full life of travel, friends, parties and family until his death in 1982.

She loved a good game of bridge or mah jongg, playing well past her 90th birthday; she worked on her needlepoint almost every day; and loved reading, going to the ballet, watching sports, and shopping (which she turned into a fine art). Never out of date, Barbara kept a close eye on fashion, and had strong opinions on the news of the day.

Barbara took her philanthropic role in the community seriously. From her sustained and generous support of many causes to her years as a volunteer at Mount Zion Hospital, Barbara always believed that participating in good works was an important responsibility and she passed that philosophy on to her family.

Above all, Barbara’s life revolved around her close family and dear friends, many of whom she had known since grammar school. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Harry Hilp Jr., her sister Marjorie Hilp Rhodes, her loving husband Robert H.F. Smith, and her dear friend Simon Anixter.

Barbara is survived by her adoring family: daughter Susan (Mark) Morris, granddaughter Kathy Morris, grandson Steve (Karen) Morris, sister-in-law Elaine Hilp, and dear friend Richard Rockwell. Barbara is also survived by loving nieces, nephews, and cousins of the Hilp, Rhodes, and Wollenberg families.

At the birth of her first grandchild, Kathy, Barbara declared that she was far “too young” to be called Grandma, and decided that Barbara was a more appropriate name. She continued to be “too young” until the day she died just before her 91st birthday.

Barbara Smith was a proud member of the San Francisco community, the self-proclaimed matriarch of a close family, and strong woman who lived life exactly as she wanted. She will be greatly missed.

Private services were held last week. Donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to the Adelaide and Harry Hilp Fund, Jewish Home, 302 Silver Ave. San Francisco CA 94112; or The ALS Association, Greater Bay Area Chapter, 585 Commercial St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco CA 94111, or a charity of your choice.