Jay R. Oliff

Passed away peacefully on March 1, 2014 at the age of 82. Born and raised in Chicago, Jay met the love of his life, Adrienne Klein, in Berkeley while serving as first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. They married in 1956 and eventually settled in Palo Alto by way of San Francisco to raise their family. Jay’s work was a source of great pride and joy to him. He graduated from Northwestern Law School and worked as a CPA and tax attorney for 54 years, the last 35 years in private practice. Jay was a warm-hearted, generous man whose greatest passion was his family. He will be deeply missed.

In addition to his wife, Jay is survived by his sister, Baila Stein; his two children, Jamie (Scott Hayden) and Andrew (Kim); and grandchildren Sarah, Michael, Cooper and Joseph.

A Celebration of Life in Jay’s honor will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9 at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills. Donations in Jay’s memory may be made to the Jewish Home and Senior Living Foundation or Jewish Family and Children’s Services. The family also encourages blood donations in Jay’s honor.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (650) 369-3636


Fern Smulyan

In San Francisco on March 1, 2014 at age 88. Beloved daughter of the late Harry and Susie Baer; loving and proud mother of Steven Shakin (Madeline Mendelsohn); adoring grandmother of Arin Shakin.

Fern was born Oct. 30, 1925 in Denver, Colorado. She moved to San Francisco when she was 14. Fern was a successful real estate broker with Hayman Brothers and Louis Gallic Realty specializing in the buying and selling of income properties. Fern was a former volunteer and president of the Jewish Home Women’s Auxiliary where she starred in several Jewish Home plays. She was active in B’nai B’rith and a member of Congregation Sherith Israel. Fern loved to entertain family and friends in her home and loved all animals, especially her favorite “Schnoonie,” a toy poodle.

Private graveside services were held March 4 at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park, Colma. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Jewish Home of San Francisco, 302 Silver Ave., SF, 94112, would be kindly appreciated.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (415) 921-3636


Cornelia “Connee” Spindel

In San Francisco on March 3, 2014 at age 88. Beloved wife of Gerald Spindel; loving mother of Laura Stuchinsky (John McManus); adoring grandmother of Daniela Stuchinsky; dear sister of Alfred (Ruth) Sporer.

A bright, vibrant woman who made life worthwhile.

Funeral services were held March 5 at Congregation Ner Tamid, S.F., followed by interment at Salem Memorial Park, Colma. Donations to Congregation Ner Tamid.

Sinai Memorial Chapel (415) 921-3636