Deaths

Jacquelyn G. Ben-Eliezer

In San Francisco on Sept. 3, 2011 at age 81. Beloved wife of Edward Ben-Eliezer for 51 years; loving mother of Daniel, Deborah and Hagar Ben-Eliezer; dear cousin of Janice (Bill) Mason. Jacquelyn was a San Francisco native. She spent many years in dedicated volunteer service to the Jewish community. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Jewish Home, 302 Silver Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112.

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Susan (Sue) Bloch

Born in Worms, Germany, on April 21, 1921. Died in San Francisco on Aug. 28, 2011 at age 90. Beloved wife of the late Julius Bloch for 63 years. Loving mother of Beverly and Bruce Stamper, Susu to grandchildren Stacey and Craig Tupper and Jaime and Ian Reichbach and to great-grandchildren Jackson, Kaitlyn and Sloane Tupper and Jordyn Reichbach. Loved and cared for by Glee, Chey, Victoria and Dr. James Davis. Immigrated to San Francisco in 1935 and was in the second graduating class from George Washington High School. Proud co-owner of Brooks Cameras. Was a very active and longtime member of Lake Merced Golf Club. Also a member of Theta Delta Xi Sorority and supporter of the Jewish Home for the Aged. Donations to Hospice by the Bay, 1902 Van Ness Ave. #2, San Francisco 94109 or Theta Delta Xi, 339 Magellan, San Francisco 94116 preferred.

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Leonard M. Lebovitz

01/10/1922–08/31/2011

89 years old

Leonard served his country in the Army/Air Force for over 20 years. He loved to travel and eat all kinds of food. He also worked for the VA and the National Park Service.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Jennie Lebovitz; brother, Leroy and, sister, Shirlene Lefton. He leaves behind two brothers, Ken (Bobbie) Lebovitz and Jerry Lebovitz (Sharon Zimmerman); five nephews, Joel (Chris) Lebovitz, David Lebovitz, Bradley (Karen) Lebovitz, Loren Lebovitz and Allan (Dena) Lebovitz; two nieces, Bonnie (Michael) Levy and Debbie (Bill) Lebovitz; 15 grand-nephews and nieces; sister-in-law, Shirley Lebovitz, and many good friends. We all miss him but know that he is in a better place. Services have been held. Donations in Leonard’s memory may be made to: VA Hospice Care Center, 3801 Miranda Ave.,

100-4A, Palo Alto, CA 94304.

Stuart Levin

Stuart Levin, in San Rafael, Sept. 3, 2011, age 76. Beloved husband of the late Barbara (Bobbi) Levin; Loving father of Karen Levin, Michael Levin and Karen Scofield; devoted grandfather of Joel, Shira, Elliot and Maya; devoted friend of Marge Zelles; member Marin Yacht Club. Services were held at Congregation Rodef Sholom. Contributions to American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association.

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Barbara Anne Levine

In San Francisco on Sept. 5, 2011. To all who knew her, Barbara inspired the life of the mind, the warmth of the heart, and the strength of the spirit. She is survived by her loving husband, Robert Levine, her stepdaughters Robyn Levine and Amy Seff, her brothers Ronald Levin and Michael Levin, her niece Rachel Levin, and her twin grandchildren, Kyle and Olivia Seff.

Born March 10, 1943 to Rose and Morris Levin, Barbara ­­­­— affectionately known as “Bobbi” — grew up in the Richmond District of San Francisco, a city that was always dear to her heart. She attended Cabrillo Elementary, Presidio Junior High and George Washington High School. A love of reading led her to complete a major in English literature at U.C. Berkeley.

After college, Bobbi went to live in Israel for five years, where she taught English as a second language and formed enduring bonds with family members who resided there. Her time living abroad reflected her lifelong interest in learning about other cultures and in the Jewish faith.

After she returned to San Francisco, Bobbi began a teaching career in the Hayward School District that lasted for 27 years. She taught elementary school children first as a reading specialist and later as a school librarian, cultivating literacy and an appreciation of arts and letters in the young people whose lives she touched.

She remained an avid reader of literary fiction and the daily New York Times throughout her life. A talented pianist, she was also a lover of music, from the symphony to flamenco, and especially enjoyed playing the Broadway canon of Rodgers and Hart. Foreign films and independent art house flicks were always on her list of must-sees.

Bobbi placed great emphasis on family. She enjoyed a happy 21-year marriage to Robert and was the beloved daughter-in-law of Jules and Ann Levine. She was a second mother to his daughters Robyn and Amy and very close with her niece Rachel as well. She was the glue between her two brothers, Ronald and Michael. After retiring from teaching, Bobbi helped her husband with his psychiatric practice, serving as office manager.

When Bobbi received the diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), she met the news with strength and courage. Her spirit and fortitude amazed those around her. Surrounded by supportive family and friends and with assistance of her caregiver Emelita Fakahua, her zest for life, the arts, and the people she loved never waned.

Funeral services were held at Sinai Memorial Chapel, San Francisco. Interment at Eternal Home Cemetery, Colma. Donations to AIPAC PNW, P.O. Box 207, San Francisco, CA 94104, (415) 989-4140, [email protected], preferred.

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Irvin Zelitzky

Irvin Zelitzky died on Aug. 27, 2011. Born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 23, 1920. He is survived by his wife of almost 62 years, Lee Zelitzky, his son Jay, daughter Gali, daughter-in-law Sue and grandchildren Maayan, Naor and Orly. He was a patriarch figure to a large circle of nieces and nephews who he loved deeply. His greatest joys in life involved being with friends and family while eating good food. He worked as a Contract Administrator for the Department of Defense for 40 years. He was a respected Chief of his office for many years. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a proud University of Chicago graduate in Political Science and wore his Phi Beta Kappa key until his last day. He calls on all to vote to re-elect Obama in his memory. Even though he was a skeptic about the existence of God, he had a deep love, respect and pride for his Jewish heritage and philosophy. His thoughtful wisdom will be missed by all who knew him. His Facebook obituary is

http://www.facebook.com/note.php?created&&note_id=10150279661489822.

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