Deaths

Barbara Hirschfelder Hanen

Died peacefully at St. Mary’s Hospital on July 30, 2010. Barbara was grateful for her many wonderful doctors including Dr. Breall and Dr. Chun and, more recently, Dr. Fong and Dr. Raybin. She appreciated the doctors and nurses who attended her during her final illness. In her later years, she relied heavily on the support of her friends Paul Miller, Jane Steiner and Sophie Breall. She is survived by her only daughter, Suzanne Waterman.

Barbara was a native San Franciscan who was the beloved only daughter of the late Erwin and Ruby Hirschfelder. While growing up, she worked for her father’s import/export business, EM Hirschfelder & Co., last located on Front Street in San Francisco. She continued to help in the business even after it was bought out by Joe Bruscia, who was a devoted and kind friend to Barbara for decades.

Barbara loved to play cards including bridge and gin. A member of Congregation Emanu-El’s Sisterhood, she also volunteered at Mt. Zion Hospital. A member of the Concordia Argonaut Club, she enjoyed eating at their Sunday crab-feed.

Funeral services were held this past week at Home of Peace Cemetery in Colma.


Myron D. King
, age 83, of Richmond, CA passed away peacefully at home with family by his side on July 26, 2010. Myron was born in New York and had been a Richmond resident for 62 years. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Joanne, three children, Chandra, Allen and Evan, two daughter-in-laws, Hannah and Alanna, and three grandchildren, Arik, Avi and Maya. His family, friends and community will really miss this crazy guy. A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, Aug. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Bermuda Room at the Richmond Civic Auditorium, 43 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond.

Koff, JoAnn Dorman

JoAnn was born in Philadelphia in 1930, the youngest of the four children of Rose Kimmelman and Nathaniel Dorman. Her brothers Harold and Morton predeceased her.

In 1946, the family moved from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, where she married Jerome Koff; the marriage ended in divorce. She married Kip Kipnis; they were married 37 years, until his death.

In May 2010, she came to live with her son and daughter-in-law in San Francisco. JoAnn died on June 19, 2010 from brain cancer. She died at Coming Home Hospice, whose staff was kind, comforting and caring. These are truly special people. Her devoted family was with her, showing her love and kindness during her final days. JoAnn faced her death with dignity, calm and strength.

JoAnn is survived by her daughter Marilyn Koff of North Las Vegas, Nevada; her son Jacob Koff, her daughter-in-law Jeanette Bemis, and their children Nathan and Rachel, all of San Francisco; her sister Lucille Dorman Marion; and her nieces and nephews Carol Marion Carter, Allan Marion, David Marion, Bruce Marion, Cynthia Dorman, Jeffrey Dorman and Steven Dorman.

The hallmarks of JoAnn’s life were love, kindness and sharing. She will be remembered for her many acts of gemilut hassidem, her deeds of loving-kindness.

Few of us are destined for fame or fortune. For most of us, what we leave behind is our good name, our good deeds and our children. In that regard, JoAnn Koff was truly blessed.


Charles Mayerson

Resident of San Mateo

Charles Mayerson passed away on Saturday, July 31, 2010 in San Mateo. He was a native San Franciscan, born on August 28, 1925. He proudly served in the Marine Corps during World War II and Korea. After his honorable discharge, Charles married Reta Levine in 1956.

Charles was a devoted husband to his surviving wife of 54 years, and a loving father to his two daughters, Stephanie and Wendy, and his grandchildren, who will all miss him deeply.

George B. Saxe

February 28, 1921–July 28, 2010

Died peacefully in Palo Alto, California, in the arms of his devoted wife of 62 years. Born in Mount Union, PA, George was a graduate of Mercersburg Academy and Cornell University. After serving in Europe in the U.S. Army during World War II, George married Dorothy Ruby in 1947 in Michigan City, IN. After their children were born, the family moved to Palo Alto in 1959 where George established a successful real estate development business.

He was a longtime member and past president of Congregation Beth Am and served as a respected board member of many organizations, including the Jewish Home of San Francisco, the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Pilchuck Glass School, and California College of the Arts. He and Dorothy have become nationally known collectors of contemporary crafts, and have nurtured and inspired the careers of many artists and students.

As a businessman, George was a generous and kind mentor. He and Dorothy believed passionately in the importance of philanthropy. George was a true community leader and visionary. He had a strong belief in the importance of family and created many opportunities for his family to be together.

George is survived by his wife, Dorothy, son Loren (Shelley), daughter Ellen (Jerry) and son Joel (Susan), grandchildren David, Aaron, Daniel, Dena (Gary), Rebecca and Shira, and his brother Bob (Elizabeth).

The family would like to thank Robin, Annabelle and Peter for their service and devotion to George.

The burial took place at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park in Colma.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a contribution to Congregation Beth Am, California College of the Arts, the Jewish Home, or the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

S. Jerral Schwartzman, affectionately known as “Papa Jerry” to those close to him, died on Friday, July 30, surrounded by those he loved. He was 81.

Jerry was beloved husband to Sunny Kaplan, father to Jeff and Gary Schwartzman, father-in-law to Sue and Chellie Schwartzman, and grandpa to Aaron and Danielle Schwartzman, Zachary and Madeline Vidibor, Ben and Joe Schwartzman, and Mathew and Joshua Kaplan, and stepfather to Dorie Lyn and James Kaplan.

Jerry was the last survivor of five brothers, all of whom grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He took pride in his family and staying connected with nieces and nephews. After serving in the Korean War, he settled in the L.A. area and then the Peninsula, where he lived most of his adult life.

At the urging of his eldest brother, Jerry entered the produce business and made it his career. In 1983, after working for Mendelsohn Zeller for more than two decades, he opened Schwartzman Distributing and took great pride when his son Gary joined him and made it a true family business.

Jerry’s name throughout the Jewish community has long been synonymous with gracious, giving and compassionate. His dedication to Jewish life — for children and adults — is legend. He was an active board member of Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School and took nachas (pride) in teaching the Hausner students to blow the shofar, the ram’s horn used in Jewish ritual. Jerry supported the school’s fundraising efforts by initiating a car donation program. He and his wife Sunny were instrumental in starting and supporting Hatikvah House, a Jewish home where developmentally disabled adults could live together in a supportive and caring Jewish environment.

Jerry served the greater community as well. He volunteered innumerable hours as a fee arbitrator for the state bar association. Jerry had a heart of gold and the intent of a lion. If he agreed to work on a project, he put his full determination and heart into getting it done, no matter what the obstacles. He was a singular man, known for unparalleled inner strength and strong convictions.

Jerry’s greatest pride came from his family, especially his grandchildren, whose presence made his face always light up with joy. He derived immense pleasure when surrounded by his family at Shabbat dinners and holiday celebrations, including Passover seders. “Papa Jerry” is mourned, and will be greatly missed, by his immediate and extended family, his many friends, members of the community, and all those whose lives he touched with generosity, kindness and respect.

Donations in Jerry’s memory can be sent to the Jewish Community Federation for the Hatikvah Endowment Fund, 121 Steuart St., San Francisco, CA 94105.

Hyman Sholin

Passed away peacefully in San Rafael on July 31, 2010 at the age of 92. He was the beloved husband of the late Charlotte Kramer Sholin and the late Renee Drach Sholin. Also the loving father of Dave (Debbie) Sholin, Larry (Orah) Sholin, and Miriam (David) Spencer, and grandfather of Sara (Kier), Malyssa (Torrey), Andrew (Fabiola), Laura (Bobby), Sam, Charlotte and Aaron, and great-grandfather of Torey and Maci.

Hy was born in Worcester, MA. A World War II Navy veteran, he became a senior manager in the Social Security Administration with over 35 years of service. He will be greatly missed for his loving care and devotion to family, his wisdom and friendship, and his wonderful sense of humor. May his memory be for blessing.

Funeral services were held in the Kol Sholom section at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery in San Rafael. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Hospice by the Bay would be warmly appreciated: 17 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Larkspur, CA 94939.

Dr. Raul Alberto Wapnir

Dr. Raul Alberto Wapnir passed away on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at Stanford Medical Center from complications due to heart failure. Surrounded by his family, his wife Elsa, children Irene and Ariel, along with his son-in-law Ralph Greco.

Raul was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on January 6, 1930, the son of Salomon Wapnir and Rebecca Kusnir. He attended the prestigious University of Buenos Aires High School and then received his Ph.D. in Chemistry there, too. In 1952, he married Elsa Michalewicz, followed by the birth of Irene and then Ariel in Buenos Aires.

In 1963, the family emigrated to the U.S. and settled in Baltimore where he began a life-long career in research at the University of Maryland. Raul Wapnir received a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, and was a Master of the American College of Nutrition. In 1973, Dr. Wapnir moved to North Shore University Hospital in Long Island, New York, where he became tenured Professor of Biochemistry at New York University.

Published author of several books and journals, including nearly 200 papers, Dr. Wapnir was working on a new book about the political saga of Argentina’s General Juan Peron. Besides his work, Raul Wapnir was a passionate lover of classical music, an aficionado of opera, and an avid student of history.

After retirement in 2007, Raul and Elsa moved to Palo Alto to be close to family. Raul is survived by his wife of 57 years, Elsa, his children Irene and Ariel, his son-in-law Ralph Greco, and grandchildren Justin, Eric and Ilana. Raul also is survived by sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins, and many friends in New York, Baltimore, Argentina, Israel and California.

Conductor Mitch Miller dies at 99 Mitch Miller, the goateed orchestra leader who asked Americans to “Sing Along with Mitch” on television and records, died at age 99 after a short illness.

“Sing Along with Mitch” started as a series of records, then became a popular NBC show in early 1961. Miller’s stiff-armed conducting style and signature goatee became famous. Miller, formerly a key record executive, worked with recording artists Rosemary Clooney, Patti Page, Johnny Mathis and Tony Bennett.

Miller was born in 1911 in Rochester, N.Y., son of a Russian Jewish immigrant wrought-iron worker and a seamstress.  — ap