Deaths

Leona Rhine Greendorfer, passed away of natural causes on May 3, 2010 in San Francisco. She was 96 years old. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Bernard (Barney) Stein Greendorfer.

Leona Rhine Greendorfer

“Le” was a native San Franciscan, descended from early settlers of the Bay Area and the state of Washington. Her paternal great-grandfather, Charles Rhine, settled in the Bay Area in the 1850s and was one of the founders of the town of Clayton, Calif. Her maternal grandfather co-founded Gross Brothers department store in Tacoma, WA in the 1880s.

Le graduated from Girls High School in San Francisco and attended U.C. Berkeley. One of her favorite memories of her youth was a trip to Hawaii onboard the SS Lurline, Matson’s ocean liner with her parents, Maurice and Leta.

Introduced by mutual friends, she met Barney during World War II. During the war, she worked as a sales clerk at I. Magnin’s and served as a volunteer nurse. After the war they married in San Francisco and raised their children, Jeffrey and Andy, in a home near Lake Merced. For many years, she and Barney loved to attend the Big Game with close friends. They enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.

Leona was a longtime active member and docent at Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco and enjoyed giving tours of the beautiful structure to visitors from out of town. As well as being a volunteer at the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums, she was accomplished and truly enjoyed her time spent in the art of Japanese flower arranging known as Ikebana.

She is survived by two loving sons and their families: Jeffrey of Larkspur, CA (wife, Joan Lubamersky), Andy of Seattle, WA (wife, Linda Sorensen), grandchildren Elias, Hannah, Daniel and Michael, sisters Cecilia Michael and Marjorie Morris, and many adoring nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and cousins.

Leona’s smile, interest in and concern for others, generosity, upbeat and positive attitude and love of life will be sorely missed.

A memorial celebration will be held on Sunday, May 16 at 2 p.m. at Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St. at Arguello, S.F. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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Vivian Gardner Konigsberg

May 12, 1917–May 8, 2010.

In Tiburon, four days before her 93rd birthday. Devoted and beloved wife of Sidney Konigsberg for 70 years; loving mother of the late Joanne Konigsberg.

Born in Chicago, Vivian spent her earliest years near Calgary, Alberta, Canada; her father was a Canadian Pacific watchmaker. Growing up in San Rafael, she attended San Rafael High School and College of Marin. During World War II, she volunteered for American Red Cross’ Gray Lady Service.

She loved classical music and opera, and supported numerous arts and charitable organizations. Her lifelong hobbies were writing poetry and playing piano. A 60-year member of Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco and lifetime member of Hadassah, Vivian was also an active contributor and Guardian of the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. She championed the work of Technion’s outstanding students through the Vivian Konigsberg Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Vivian was a person of generous spirit who will be greatly missed by her husband and many others whose lives she blessed, nieces and nephews Marilee K. Gardner, Joyce M. Konigsberg (Philip Cecchettini), Michael J. Smith (Lynn Krystal), Edward P. Smith (Nancy) and Roger A. (Lynn) Smith; cousins Reah Sadowsky, Clarice Martensen and Stuart Edelstein; great-nieces and nephews William S. Gardner, Michael K. Gardner, Deborah Smith, Jordan Smith and Suzanne Smith, and many great-great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at Sinai Memorial Chapel, S.F, followed by a graveside service at Home of Peace Cemetery, Colma. In lieu of flowers, her family would appreciate donations in her memory to their favorite charity.

Judith M. Hirsch, Ph.D., 61, died peacefully on April 25, 2010, at her home in San Francisco, surrounded by her family. She had pancreatic cancer.

A skilled psychologist, Judy helped hundreds of families throughout her career at the Family Service Agency–San Francisco, and in agencies across the San Francisco Bay Area. She was an artist, a scholar and a lover of nature.

Judith M. Hirsch, Ph.D.

Judy was born in Chicago, Ill., second oldest of four children, and spent her childhood in the university town of West Lafayette, Ind. During the 1960s and ’70s, she lived in Israel, spending time on a kibbutz and studying art at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Judy trained and worked as an art therapist in her early career, combining her love of art and her growing abilities in the mental health field. She taught art in the public schools, and later worked with developmentally disabled adults. As a scholar, she conducted research in the trans-generational transmission of trauma in Jewish Holocaust survivors and their children. She received her Ph.D. from California School of Professional Psychology in 2003. Shortly before her death, she was honored by the Family Service Agency of San Francisco.

Judy was an extraordinary friend and co-worker, nurturing and caring for those around her. She listened intensely and valued each person who came into her life. Her friends, from childhood on to her years in San Francisco, were blessed by her giving nature. She was loved by many people.

Judy saw beauty in the world around her, especially throughout her travels. She loved hiking, bird watching and was a passionate gardener. Her work was being with people, yet she also treasured her solitude, which she found in nature and through her art. She loved to read and to write from an early age, and was always surrounded by her many books. Her friends and family will miss her caring presence, her laughter and her love.

Judy was the daughter of Lotte Hirsch and the late Walter Hirsch of West Lafayette, IN. She was the sister of Martin (Joyce) Hirsch, of Glendale, CA.; Janet (Dan) Wittenberg, of Bethesda, MD.; and Dan Hirsch, of Oakland, CA. She loved being the aunt to Amy and Jenna Hirsch; Alexandra, Jamie and Andrew Wittenberg; and Leo, Julia and Sophia Hirsch.

Graveside services were held in Lafayette, Indiana. A memorial service will be held at Sinai Memorial Chapel, San Francisco, on Friday, May 21 at 3 p.m. There will be a reception following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Judy’s memory to: San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance or San Francisco Community Gardens. www.sfgreenschools.org/home.html, www.sfgro.org.

Cards and condolences may be sent to: Judy Hirsch Memorial, PO Box 210328, San Francisco, CA 94121.

A life well lived — in love, friendship and nature’s beauty.

Marjorie Leffler

July 18, 1918 – May 1, 2010.

Died peacefully in Oakland at the age of 91. Born in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, she was married to the late Benjamin Leffler for 63 years. They adored each other. Marge shared her special gift, love of laughter, with everyone. This included daughters Ann (Dair Gillespie) and Deborah (Stuart Oppenheim), and grandchildren Rachel (Christian Woods), Emma, Nora, Clayton, the late Copper Gillespie, and the late Nathan Oppenheim.

Marge contributed her time and skills generously, teaching middle school in Alameda for 25 years. After that, her passion for reading led her to develop a library at Alameda’s Temple Israel, where she was a longtime congregant. She also enjoyed mah jong and bridge, and classical concerts. She and Benjamin were the backbone of the St. Andrews Road neighborhood association. The couple was feted for their 91st birthdays less than a year ago by their wide circle of family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and former students.

A private burial is planned. The family would appreciate gifts made in memory of Marjorie to the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

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