Deaths

Morton C. Feld

A native of Bronx, N.Y., aged 77 years. He passed away May 29, 2010 in Walnut Creek. He worked over 50 years in the life insurance industry, as both a broker and educator. He was a longtime patron of the San Francisco Ballet and the Town Hall Theater in Lafayette. He had a passion for wire-haired dachshund dogs. He is survived by his loving daughter Susan Padan (Peter). A cherished grandfather to Eden and Ben Padan. He was pre-deceased by his beloved wife Anne Feld. Services were held under the direction of Sinai Memorial Chapel.


Hyman Gurman

Hyman Gurman, born in Manchuria in 1916 and son of the late Rabbi Berek and Sarah Gurman and brother to the late Beatrice, Nathan and Tzierel Gurman, died on May 29, 2010 at age 93. Beloved husband of the late Anna Gurman for 53 years; loving father of Bess Gurman (Peter Miller) and Barry (Melinda) Gurman; adoring grandfather of Sarah and Emily Miller and Russell and Rosie Gurman. Survived by sister-in-law Marian Greenbach, cousin Norman Nomof, nieces Michelle Greenbach Goldman, Judith Kay and Barbara Smith and by many cousins and great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Hyman immigrated to San Francisco in 1927 and lent documents and photographs of his family’s life in Manchuria and arrival in the United States to the recent “Jews in China” exhibit at the Presidio. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in Panama, New Guinea and the Philippines, and was awarded a Purple Heart.

Hyman was a proud 1948 University of California, Davis, graduate and worked for 31 years as a chemist for the City and County of San Francisco, retiring in 1981 as Superintendent of the Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant. A longtime member of Congregation Beth Sholom, Hyman attended Saturday morning services regularly up to the age of 91. Always alert, he devoted his life to his children and grandchildren and late wife.

Services were held at Salem Memorial Park in Colma. Donations to Congregation Beth Sholom, Jewish Family and Children’s Services Seniors at Home, or your favorite charity preferred.

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Marie Isaacson Karonsky

Marie (“Molly”) Isaacson Karonsky passed away peacefully last week with family at her bedside. Marie was 84.

Marie was the surviving sibling of a pious Seattle family headed by her parents, Joseph and Ida. She is predeceased by her brother Rabbi Yitz Isaacson, sister Gussie Isaacson Solny, sister Raizel Isaacson Klein and brother Henry Isaacson.

The Isaacson offspring led distinguished lives that made an impact on the world and gave birth to succeeding generations of children and grandchildren who are of the same mold. As the baby of the family, Marie’s siblings took turns taking care of her while they went about taming the new land. Marie and best friends Mary Ann (Haas) and Libby (Epstein) enjoyed their childhood together and remained lifelong friends.

Upon graduation from Garfield High School, Marie moved to S.F. and lived in the Residence Club on Page Street. Her life was changed one night in 1947 when friend Dave Robins (aka Rabbi Robins) arranged for her to meet a soldier who had recently returned from the Pacific at a JCC social on California Street. She and George were married by Rabbi Saul White four months later.

The Karonsky home was a meeting post for a special group of friends they met through the Young Married Guild. Frequent social gatherings, life-cycle celebrations and vacations at Hobergs were hallmark activities. Marie thrived as one of the most admired ladies of the group. With her movie star looks, she was a wonderful dancer, a great friend and confidante. YMG friends became extended family and the YMG children were like siblings to each other. Marie enjoyed travel and cruised to all corners of the world. She was an avid bridge player with an active and intense spirit about everything going on around her. She found it difficult to sleep without the company of talk-radio and the yearning to know what was going on in the world.

Marie loved and supported Israel. She was a Life Member of Hadassah and active in Beth Sholom’s Sisterhood. She was passionate about the work of the Sonoma Development Center and advocated for the rights of the autistic and developmentally disabled.

In years of declining health, she was cheered by the support of nephews and nieces Dr. Yisrael Isaacson, Dr. Joel Isaacson, Hasida Toltzis, Rabbi Charna Klein, Harris Klein, Lester Klein, Rabbi Sanford Solny, Rabbi Yisroel Solny, the recently deceased Irene Steinberg, and cousin Marcia Ratner.

Marie is survived by her children Samuel Karonsky, Rabbi Glenn Karonsky, Sheri Taman Karonsky, Larry Taman, grandchild Jake Charles Taman, and husband George, who was the love of her life for 63 years of blissful marriage.

Interment took place this week at Home of Peace Cemetery in Colma. The family requests that donations in Marie’s memory are sent to the Samuel Karonsky Fund for the Developmentally Disabled, c/o Jewish Community Foundation, 300 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610.

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Anita Koralek

Anita passed away peacefully at the age of 90. She was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic) in 1919. She was married in Prague on March 15, 1939, just as the Nazis were occupying the city (they were the last couple married at City Hall in free Prague, with the Gestapo standing in the back). After 6 months and many close calls they miraculously escaped to London, where they lived for 2 years, enduring daily bombings. During this time, her positive upbeat attitude helped them persevere. In September 1941 they found passage to New York as crew on a freighter.

They lived in Manhattan for 2 years, and she worked as a nurses’ aide while her husband completed his medical training. They then settled in New Jersey, where they lived until her husband’s death in 1983. During this time she completed her BA and MSW degrees from Columbia University and worked for many years as a counselor in the Summit New Jersey school system. She then moved to California to be near her children and grandchildren.

She was an active member of Congregation Beth Am and became a B’nai Mitzvah at 70. She always had an interesting story to tell, and had a positive attitude even though she lost all material things during the war (the house she grew up in is now the Russian Embassy). She was grateful every day just to be alive.

She was a loving mother to her two sons, Richard of Palo Alto and Leslie of Portland, Oregon, and her daughter-in-law Gayle, and a loving grandmother to her grandchildren Jacob and his wife Annalisa, Katherine, Aaron, and Lauryn. She will be deeply missed by everyone would knew her.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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