Deaths for the week of June 21, 2013

Michelle Jane Allen

Michelle Jane Allen, 38, of San Jose, California passed away at home, surrounded by   family on June 7, 2013, after a long and courageous eight-year battle with cancer.

Michelle was laid to rest in a private burial at Oak Hills Cemetery in San Jose on Sunday, June 9.

Michelle was born in San Francisco on August 18, 1974. She graduated from George Washington High School in San Francisco and continued on to receive her bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific and her teaching credential from San Jose State University. She was a loved sister of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. Michelle was married to Andrea Shively on October 19, 2008; they were together since 1997. Together they had two sons, Tyler (10) and Grayson (6).

Michelle was a loving wife and mother, a cherished daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend. She will be remembered for her wit, sense of humor, beautiful smile, and her strength and spirit.

Michelle worked as an inspirational and dedicated 4th grade teacher at Eaton Elementary School in the Cupertino Union School District for 11 years. Michelle was more passionate about her teaching than anything else, other than her own family.

She is survived by her wife, Andrea Shively, her sons Tyler and Grayson Allen-Shively, her mother, Marilyn Allen, and her sister, Christine Ryerson.

Michelle was preceded in death by her father, Robert Allen, and her grandparents, Dorothy and Ivan Anixter and Jane and Herb Allen.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Avon Foundation for Women, Attn: Donations, 1 Avon Plaza, Rye, NY, 10580 or the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, 3330 Geary Blvd., 3rd Floor West, S.F., CA. 94118

A celebration of her life will be held June 23, 2013, 11a.m. at Vasona Park, 333 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos, 95032, Raintree Picnic Area

Sanford Barth

Sanford Barth, 98 years old, passed away peacefully in San Diego on June 8 with his family at his bedside. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and dear friend to many.

Sanford, affectionately called Sandy, was born on January 19, 1915, in Nikolsburg, Czechoslovakia and grew up in Zagosh, Poland. He left Poland in 1933, to study in Rabbinical School at Frankfurt am Main with Dr. Jacob Hoffman. His mastery of languages included fluency in Hebrew, German, Polish, Yiddish, and English. Later in life he also learned Arabic and Filipino. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1937, and settled in Youngstown, Ohio, where he started a grocery business with his uncle, Joe Barth.

Sandy volunteered for the U.S. Army in 1942, when World War II broke out, and was selected to join the elite military intelligence unit at Camp Ritchie, Maryland.

Sandy was married to Vera, the love of his life, for 64 years. Vera attended Pitt University and became a teacher. Sandy and Vera raised two sons, Kenneth and Richard. Richard is Chief of Pediatric Radiology at Stanford University and Kenneth is an attorney specializing in real estate law in San Diego. Sandy loved his family deeply and was tremendously proud of their accomplishments. Sandy and Vera moved to Palm Springs, California in 1978, and ultimately settled in San Diego.

Sandy was extremely  proud to be an American citizen, and was especially proud of his service in the U.S. Army. He was also a fervent supporter of Israel and a scholar of the works of Theodore Herzl, the founder of the Zionist movement. He was a designated pre-eminent speaker for the Zionist Organization of America and frequently lectured at synagogues in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Sandy was buried at Hills of Eternity Cemetery in Colma, California on June 11, 2013. His service to the U.S. Army was recognized with a military honor guard. Sanford is survived by his wife, Vera; sons Kenneth of San Diego and Richard and his wife, Lori, of Los Altos; grandchildren Amy of  New York and David of Los Altos. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your favorite charity in memory of Sanford Barth.

A. Phillip Beiser

A. Phillip Beiser, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away peacefully, June 12, 2013 at the age of 89. Janice, his wife of 61 years, preceded him in death, passing in 2010. Survived by son Bruce, daughter Andrea, daughter-in-law Colleen, grandchildren Jarrod and Danielle. Born in Kansas City, MO, Phil left Kansas City in 1942 to serve as a lieutenant in the Army Signal Corps during WWII; he also served in the Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean War. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley 1949 with a degree in Civil Engineering and was a devoted lifelong Bears fan. Phil met Jani in 1947 while both were attending Cal, they married in 1949 and remained devoted, loving partners for 61 years until Janice’s passing in 2010. Phil worked in general contracting and heavy construction his entire professional career; was a member of Peninsula Temple Beth El from 1959 on, where he served on the Board of Directors. Janice and Phillip were residents of San Mateo for over 50 years and loved to spend their leisure time traveling the world, with stops in Europe, Russia, China, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa, North and South America. There will be a private internment at Hills of Eternity Cemetery.

Dr. Milton L. Rosenberg

Dr. Milton L. Rosenberg of San Francisco passed away peacefully in his home. In his 90th year, he is survived by Martha, loving wife of 66 years, sons Bruce, Stuart (and wife Debbie), and daughter Robin Cerf (and husband Dan) and grandchildren Jordan, Bradley, Josh, and Kara who all loved him very much. Family was extremely important to him, and he touched the lives of many, including countless patients under his care during his 60 years of medical practice. He was always interested in hearing about others, while modest in sharing about himself so that few knew of his lifelong accomplishments.

Born Sept. 13, 1923 in Morristown, New Jersey, Milton graduated Phi Beta Kappa from University of Virginia in 1943, and earned his Medical Degree, also from University of Virginia, in 1946. Shortly after he enlisted in the armed forces, stationed in the U.S. Army Surgical Unit in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He was elevated to Captain and honorably discharged in 1950. Stanford University then offered Milton a Professorship during which time he received several awards and commendations including induction as both a Giannini Foundation Fellow, and a prestigious Graham Fellow. Simultaneously, he completed intensive renal research at the Peter Bent Bringham Hospital in Boston, MA after which he became the first doctor on the West Coast with such knowledge of artificial kidney usage and dialysis treatment, now a widely utilized practice.

As Mt. Zion Hospital’s Chief of Urology from 1968-1982, and in private practice for much of his career, Milton was universally beloved by all and renowned especially for his tremendous bedside manner. Patients have admitted to making appointments to see him, even when there was nothing wrong, just to have some time with “Dr. Milt.”

Milton’s research and achievements were widely celebrated by the American Medical Association and the American Urological Association, with works published in multiple journals and trade publications.

A longtime congregant of San Francisco’s Temple Emanu-El and perennial philanthropist and supporter of the Arts, Milton was one to put others’ comfort above his own. His signature wit and humor “Poppie-isms,” as they were known, as well as his devotion to his family and compassion for others will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.

Private family services were held. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Jewish Family and Children Services, designated for the Rosenberg Family Fund, 2150 Post St., SF, 94115 or a charity of your choice.

Shirley Bernstein Sterling

October 9, 1914-June 6, 2013

Shirley Bernstein Sterling passed away at The Jewish Home, San Francisco. A Memorial Service is scheduled for Friday, July 5, in the Synagogue at The Jewish Home, at 11 a.m. Donations are preferred to Sinai Memorial Chapel, Chevra Kadisha Fund, or The Jewish Home.

Shirly moved to San Francisco from Passaic, New Jersey, in 1936. She married Herman Sterling in 1938. She had two daughters, Barbara Schneider and Janice Sterling. She was the proud grandmother of Michael and Kenneth Schneider, Sean Stortroen and Brittany Arana, and devoted great-grandmother of Natasha Schneider and Jonah and Zachary Schneider. One grandson, Jason Stortroen, predeceased her — at 12 years old — in 1987. She was a loving Aunt to Joel Rosenblatt and Jeffrey and Bruce Dielle.

Shirley had been a legal secretary and worked for many years for San Francisco Adult Education. Her favorite pasttime was traveling, internationaly, with her daughters.

She lived at The Jewish Home for 61⁄2 years, participating in many of their activities and especially enjoyed playing Bingo.

Shirley was over 981⁄2 when she passed away, peacefully, with close family (and loving dog, Arlo) at her side. She will now join her beloved, long-departed husband, Herman, and grandson, Jason; and is being interred this week, in a private ceremony, at Eternal Home Cemetery.

She is already dearly missed by family and friends.

Abraham Tobin

Abraham Tobin (9-21-17 to 6-14-13) was a mechanical engineer by trade and a story-teller/historian by preference. Born in Chelsea, MA, he moved with his late wife, Thelma, and his eldest son, Gary, to Northern California in 1948 to seek his fortune. Over the years, he became the patriarch of an extended family that included Gary and his wife Lisa; another son, Howard and his wife Lois; a grandchild (Jeremy and his wife Allison and their son, Cooper); a step-grandchild (Lyla Max, her husband Tom and their daughter, Frankie), real cousins and nephews and nieces as well as a veritable collection of “twice-removed” and “cousins of cousins” kin. All were invited into his family, with open arms and a story, which often began with “did I ever tellyou about …?” Each time a story was told, it was as if it had never been told before. Over the years, he traveled the globe, from New Delhi to Trinidad, on business in which he managed to include events as diverse as a three-day Sikh wedding in the former and the week-long carnival in the latter. Not one to take pictures, he wrote entertaining letters back home, describing his wonderment.

Later in life, he was a volunteer stage manager at the Hillbarn Theater in San Mateo, and wrote a play which was produced at Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame, where he and Thelma were founding members. A retirement “highlight” was his service as an alternate juror in the Billionaires Boys Club murder trial, which led to a meticulously researched but unpublished 400-page tome. It was one of two books that he wrote during his retirement. The other, unfinished at the time of his death, traced the history of religion from the unique perspective of an engineer. He was also actively engaged in researching the history of his family from its roots in the Ukraine.

He and Thelma resided in San Mateo from 1950 until her death in 2002. They were married for 58 years. He then moved to Milllbrae, then to Novato and ultimately to Portland, where he died after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was also predeceased by his mother, two brothers and a sister. His memory was sharp until his final days. He never tired of regaling the family with stories of his beloved Chelsea High School, and his military career during World War II as a staff sergeant in counter-espionage. He often mentioned but did not dwell on an early life in a family without a father and with a mother who never spoke English. In his own life, he became a beloved great-grandfather and family patriarch. Having to work to help support his family from age 13, he was accepted by but could not afford to attend MIT and later graduated from Northeastern University.

Graveside funeral services were held at Home of Peace Cemetery in Colma on Tuesday, June 18. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to efforts to combat Parkinson’s Disease.

Marcus Turk

At home in San Francisco on June 9, 2013 at age 97. Loving husband of the late Jean Turk for 65 years; beloved father of Sandy and Richard (Katie); adored grandfather of Helen and Leah, step-grandfather of Katie German and great-grandfather of William.

Born and raised in El Paso, TX, Marcus went on to earn his law degree at the University of Texas and served in the Army as a 1st Lieutenant during WWII. After marrying his bride Jean in 1943 he came to San Francisco and became involved in the retail clothing business on Clement St. operating the Coliseum Store for Men for 37 years until retiring in 1983. During retirement Marcus enjoyed his many travels with Jean and volunteered his time in the area of immigration law, helping those in need. He also continued his education at the Fromm Institute, learning about computers and other areas that interested him and he enjoyed passing along his knowledge to others. His graciousness and gentle spirit will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

We would like to extend thanks and gratitude to Dale, Zenni and Lydia for their compassionate caregiving during the past few years.

Funeral services were held June 14, 2013, at Home of Peace Cemetery, Colma.  Donations to Jewish Family and Children’s Services or to the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.