Jane Aptekar (affectionately known as “Janie” to the grand and great-grandchildren) was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Russian immigrant parents on May 5, 1919. She met her one love, Gerald Aptekar, in high school and studied to be a music teacher at Wayne State University. After the Army, Jerry set up a successful dental practice in Detroit, where they raised their family.
They moved to their dream house on Orchard Lake in 1970 after both boys became physicians. They began to spend each winter in Scottsdale, AZ, and eventually moved there in 2002. Their last move was to San Francisco in 2009 to be closer to family.
Her husband Jerry (of 68 years) pre-deceased her in 2009. She is survived by her two sons, Robert (Judy) of Los Altos Hills, CA, and Donald (Harriet) of Denver, CO, and five grandchildren (Joanna Strober, Denise Aptekar and Rebecca Klein, Jacob Aptekar (Los Angeles) and Noah Aptekar (Denver) and five great-grandchildren.
Jane leaves a legacy of loving devotion to family and friends. She had a love for life and people. She played tennis until her mid-80s. She loved music, good food, art and travel. She was known for her whimsical flair and classic style in clothing, shoes, and jewelry. In the 1950s, they toured Europe and returned many times for food and art tours.
She lived life to the fullest and taught all around her to enjoy what they were blessed to have. She will be missed by all who knew her. The family requests that donations be directed to the Jewish Home of San Francisco.
Stanley H. Cath M.D., at the age of 90, passed away June 24, 2011 in San Francisco. Born in Providence, he relocated to Boston and San Francisco. A graduate of Providence College and B.U. School of Medicine, he was a physician, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.
In 65 years of medical practice, he taught at major schools of medicine, social work and psychology. An acknowledged expert on aging, fatherhood and cults, he co-founded the Massachusetts Gerontological Society and the Family Advisory and Treatment Center and authored four books and 70-plus articles. “Father and Child” was awarded best book of 1982 by the American Association of Publishers. He loved flying, tennis, history and opera.
He is survived by his three children: Phyllis (Erik Gann), Alan (Susan) and Sandra (David Contis) Cath and six grandchildren: Laura (Erik Olson), Andrew Rubenstein, Daniel (Shannon) and Adam (Stephanie Greer) Cath, Elliott and Alex Gann, sister Doris Paster, in-laws Irwin Fishbein, Barbara and Murray Miller, and many nieces, nephews and cousins who also mourn his passing. His compassion and wisdom touched the lives of many. Private memorial services will be held on the East and West Coasts. Contributions can be made to the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis.
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Estelle Greenberg passed away at the age of 105 on Oct. 8, 2011.
Estelle was born in Chicago, Illinois to William and Ida Rochells. Her childhood was spent in Round Lake, IL. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 1928 with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. She also did graduate work there in the School of Social Service Administration.
In 1931, she married her love, David L. Greenberg of Stockton, CA. They moved to Fresno, CA, where David was to be the rabbi for 50 years. They lived there all their lives and celebrated 63 years of marriage in Fresno. Rabbi Greenberg predeceased her in 1994.
After settling in Fresno, Estelle became the only trained family social caseworker in Fresno’s State Emergency Relief Association, which was established to administer relief to families in need during the Depression. After her daughter was born, Estelle devoted herself to raising her child and working with different women’s organizations.
During World War II, she organized the “Angel Dinners” for servicemen. It was nothing for her committee to serve 500 servicemen and women at monthly dinners and Friday night socials at Temple Beth Israel. She also planned wedding receptions for the soldiers who were stationed in the area and married under the auspices of the temple.
After the war she concentrated on the plans to form a Sisterhood for Temple Beth Israel.
In their retirement years, Estelle and David enjoyed traveling by going to Europe and Israel and cruise trips. Estelle also was blessed by being a grandma and “Great Ema.”
The family would like to thank Heather Melton and the staff of the Armenian Home in Fresno for their kindness and good care over her last seven years.
Estelle leaves behind her daughter, Rochelle Anixter and her husband Harrison of San Francisco; grandsons, Russell Anixter and his wife Shari of New York City; Stuart Anixter and his wife Caroline of Las Vegas; great-grandchildren Izabella and Roark Anixter of New York City and Danielle and Courtney Anixter of Las Vegas; a cousin, Shirley Myers of Fresno and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Private services in Colma at the Home of Peace.
Contributions may be made to Temple Beth Israel in Fresno, Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco, or a food bank of your choice.
The world lost an amazing woman on Sept. 25, 2011.
Zipora Langberg, resident of San Rafael, passed away peacefully, at the center of a circle of loving family and friends, at Kaiser Hospital in San Rafael.
Zipora was a world-class mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was a beloved pillar of her numerous communities: Congregation Rodef Shalom, ORT America, Hadassah, as well as her bridge, mah jong, JCC exercise and folk dancing groups. Zipora possessed a keen intelligence, a strong sense of determination and a zest for life. She strongly felt that health was the key to a happy life, and focused on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Zipora was dedicated to numerous philanthropic causes, and was especially active in ORT America, a worldwide organization that provides vocational education for underprivileged children and young adults. She served as the president of the local chapter in years past, in addition to other duties such as treasurer and editor of the newsletter. Zipora enjoyed theater, opera, ballet (she was an usher at the latter two, in San Francisco, for many years), and the symphony. She was a world traveler, enjoyed fine dining, and until her health began declining, loved hiking, both on Mt. Tam as well as in numerous national parks, especially Yosemite.
Zipora was born in Jerusalem, Israel (then Palestine) on July 3, 1926, one of three sisters. Both her sisters predeceased her. With her husband, Herman (d.1985) and son Ron (b.1951) she immigrated in 1954 to the U.S. to pursue the American Dream. After many years of working hard for other people, she started her own business, Lang’s Agency, in San Francisco, and her dream became a reality. Zipora was truly a self-made woman. She remained very close to her two sisters, Sara and Batia and their families, and traveled back to Israel often to visit. As a dual citizen, Zipora remained a staunch supporter of Israel, and of liberal causes in the U.S.
Zipora is survived by her son, Ron (Katharine) of Los Altos Hills, two grandsons, Jordan (of Missouri) and Tobin (of Oregon), and numerous nieces and nephews (and their families) in Israel. She also leaves a wide circle of devoted friends behind, most notably her best friend of many years, Ruth Tanner Glasson, who, along with her children, grandchildren and husband Bob Glasson, were her extended family. Zipora’s passing will leave a gaping hole in the lives of her many family members, friends and admirers.
There will be a memorial service for Zipora at Congregation Rodef Sholom, in San Rafael, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, followed by a reception in the social hall.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of the following: ORT America (in memory of Zipora Langberg) c/o Sue Broad, 100 Golden Hinde Blvd., San Rafael, CA 94903 or Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael, CA 94903.
Joseph E. Lévy
On Sept. 25, 2011, Joseph E. Lévy died peacefully in his home in Berkeley, CA. He was 91. Joe was educated at the University of California at Berkeley. He served in the Army Air Corps, later known as the United States Air Force. As he approached retirement, he fulfilled a lifelong dream by completing his Juris Doctorate in the night program of Georgetown Law School. Following his retirement from the Air Force, he worked for many years for Kaiser Aluminum.
Along with his wife, Helen, of blessed memory, Joe traveled extensively within the United States and abroad. He enjoyed many activities in the out of doors, including gardening, hiking and camping. He read exhaustively. The Levys supported local arts and civic groups through donations to and attendance at symphony, drama and museums.
Joe is survived by his four children, Charles, Carol, Kenneth, and Yonit Lévy and his five grandchildren, Jonathan, Danielle, and Aaron Lévy-Wolins and Raymond and Robin Levy. His family would like to express their gratitude to Sutter VNA and Hospice and Rescare. Memorial donations may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Sempervirens Fund, and Sutter VNA and Hospice.
Necia (Nicky) Salan
Mar. 27, 1934 – Oct. 10, 2011
Beloved San Francisco bookseller Nicky Salan died peacefully at home after a long illness. The bookstore she founded, Cover to Cover, a San Francisco institution, grew out of her love for children’s literature and the small, Saturday sales of children’s books from her long-time home on Edgewood Avenue in Parnassus Heights. Even before the bookstore opened, initially on Clement Street and later on 24th Street in Noe Valley, Nicky was known as the Book Fair Lady, providing books to hundreds of school fundraising events and befriending many elementary school teachers. She soon became a nationally recognized expert on literature for children and youth. She was proud to count among her closest friends many of her devoted staff as well as publishers’ book representatives. When Nicky retired in 1999, the Noe Valley store passed into employee hands.
Born in Baltimore and raised there and in Ellicott City, Maryland, a graduate of Barnard College, Class of 1955, Nicky is survived by her daughter, Debra (and Ken Maki), son Fred (and Toni Barba-Salan) and adored grandsons Aram Hava Salan, Daniel Fine Salan and Marco Barba Salan.
Nicky moved to San Francisco in 1958 with her former husband, Martin Salan, who predeceased her, working initially as a social worker at the Jewish Community Center on California Street. A lifelong Giants fan (her move and theirs in 1958 was merely a coincidence) and long-time season ticket holder, Nicky lived to see her team bring home a World Series trophy. She was a superb and inventive cook, a gracious hostess, and a most generous friend.
The family would like to thank and acknowledge Nicky’s devoted caregivers, Fay Gustilo and Juanita Russo and the wonderful hospice staff.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Sinai Memorial Chapel, followed by burial at Home of Peace Cemetery in Colma. In lieu of flowers, contributions are welcome to Grattan School: Nicky Salan Library Fund, 165 Grattan St., S.F., CA 94117 or the charity of your choice.
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Maurice D. White, 94, of Palo Alto, CA died peacefully Sept. 30.
Maurie was born to Sam and Anna White in Lawrence, MA in 1916, the third of four brothers. He graduated with a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from MIT in 1938.
He had a distinguished 37-year career at NACA/NASA, first at Langley Field, Virginia and then Moffett Field in California. He was one of the pioneers in developing flight simulators still in use today. He is survived by Miriam L. White, his loving wife of 35 years, two children from his first marriage to Evelyn M. White, four stepchildren as well as 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild. He helped found Temple Beth Jacob in Redwood City. For any wishing to make a donation in Maurie’s memory, the family requests that you donate to a charity of your choice.
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