Deaths

Marietta Eve Fulton z”l, beloved daughter of Stella and Desire Rakonitz z”l, born in Budapest, Hungary, on Sept. 8, 1932, died peacefully on May 11, 2015 at Stanford Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

Marietta was a Holocaust survivor. She fled Hungary in 1939 to Montreal, Canada, and moved to San Francisco in 1948. She married Paul Nathan Fulton z”l at age 22, the love of her life, her best friend and also a Holocaust survivor.

Judaism was a way of life for our mother; they immediately joined Congregation Beth Jacob and she became an active lifelong member. Marietta was past president of the sisterhood and was on the religious school and curricular committees at the time of her death. Our mother had beautiful Shabbat dinners for us when we were growing up.

Marietta graduated from U.C. Berkeley with an education degree. She loved children and taught at Belle Haven Elementary School for 40 years. Marietta also loved going to Lake Tahoe where family often congregated, along with the opera, symphony and plays.

Marietta is survived by her daughters, Joy (David) Stiefel and Lynn (Jeff) Kurn. Marietta and Paul raised Ruth (Robert) Donig-White and Reuben (Vivienne) Donig from when they were young, after their parents died. Grandma Mokush is survived by her grandchildren, Jason, Nathan, Martin (Caryn), William, Victor, Elyssa (Omri), Deborah, Jessica and Mark, and great-grandchildren Mia and Nolan.

Services were held at Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City with burial at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park in Colma.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Congregation Beth Jacob or to Stanford Hospital, P.O. Box 20466, Stanford, CA 94309-0466; please specify donations to the Oncology Department in memory of Marietta.

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Jill Lee

July 24, 1944–April 27, 2015

“God, I’ll do what you want when I’m alive, but leave me alone when I’m dead.”

Jill’s father, Seymore Kalom, was a pharmacist and ship’s doctor during World War II. He died when she was 5. Jill’s mother, Jane Kalom, was an artist and an activist. At various times in her childhood, Jill was raised in Los Angeles by her Uncle Julius Blackman and Aunt Phyllis Blackman as well as her “Gramps” Herman and “Granny” Anna Waldman in Palm Springs. She graduated from Wesley Nursing School at Northwestern University in 1965. Jill had three sons, Samuel, Aaron and Joshua, and raised them as a single parent.

Jill owned and administrated Laurel Heights Convalescent Hospital for 35 years and was a prominent fixture in San Francisco’s geriatric care community. She was proud of her Jewish heritage and served on the board of directors for Camp Tawonga and Brandeis Hillel Day School. She also helped found Grief and Growing camp and was a longtime associate with Congregation Sherith Israel. Jill was a tough woman who preferred to be good, rather than nice. She was the original “Tiger Mom.”

The guiding principle for her life was exemplified by the Hebrew word “chesed,” or “lovingkindness” in English. Through this sincere interest and compassion for other human beings, Jill cultivated many close friendships with colleagues, patients and neighbors.

Barbara “Dusty” Dunn was both a longtime colleague and friend to the end. They were like sisters who never tired of each other. For years, Jill and Dusty coordinated their individual family vacations to coincide at Camp Mather during Jill’s birthday. For decades Dusty’s family came to Jill’s during Thanksgiving and Passover, and Jill’s family came to Dusty’s for her Christmas Eve parties.

Jill was one of humanity’s caretakers. May God love her as she loved others.

A memorial service will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 17 at Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., San Francisco.

In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation to any of the following organizations: Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, www.jewishhealingcenter.org; Camp Tawonga, www.tawonga.org; Hebrew Free Loan, www.hflasf.org; Congregation Sherith Israel, www.sherithisrael.org.

 

Florence Dorothy Rabin

Florence Dorothy Rabin, a part of the Greatest Generation, left this earth on May 6, 2015. Born in Chicago in 1920, she experienced the Great Depression, World War II and all the changes and challenges the following decades brought to her life.

In 1940 she, her mother and brother moved to Los Angeles, where she worked in Hollywood as an assistant to scriptwriters and rubbed shoulders with many of the stars of that era. There she met Sol Rabin (who would soon be deployed to Europe) at the Hollywood Canteen in 1942. Two years later, when he returned safely, they were married and moved to San Francisco to join his family, which consisted of his three brothers, a sister and parents. There she gave birth to Lynn and Douglas.

In 1950 the family moved to Millbrae, then a small suburb of San Francisco. While raising her children, she loved to exercise with Jack LaLanne on her black and white TV and swim laps in their pool. She enjoyed working as a clerk in the Millbrae library and later as an office administrator in several offices.

Florence loved the theater, musicals, ballet and fashion. On weekends she could be found at the Curran Theatre matinee and shopping on Market Street in San Francisco at such stores as the Emporium, J. Magnin and Macy’s.

She and Sol moved to Sonoma in 1988. This was their heaven. They would sit at their kitchen table and watch the deer and wild turkeys grazing on the front lawn, tend to the orchids in the greenhouse and, of course, she would swim her laps in the pool.

In later years they found themselves in San Francisco once again, in an apartment with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marina. Following the death of both Sol and Doug in 2008, Florence moved to San Diego, California, to be with Lynn and her family.

Florence was preceded in death by son Koji Boise (born Douglas J. Rabin) and Sol, husband of 63 years, She is survived by daughter Lynn, son-in-law Martin, grandchildren Adrienne and Steven and great-granddaughter Ashley, as well as numerous members of her extended family. Services will be held at a later date.

 To remember Florence, enjoy Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra or Judy Garland — and hum along.


Dr. Marshall Rothstein

March 4, 1937–May 6, 2015

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Marshall at his home in Mill Valley. Marshall was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He started college at the University of Pennsylvania at age 16 and graduated in 31/2 years. Soon thereafter, while in dental school at Northwestern, he met his wife, Francoise. They were married for 55 loving years. He served in the U.S. Air Force for three years in Okinawa. Eventually, he and Francoise settled down in Marin in 1966, where Marshall started his orthodontic practice.

Marshall was an exceptionally good-hearted, vibrant and generous person. His profound kindness and care for others extended to his family, his community, and people around the world he did not know. Marshall absolutely loved serving the community in which he and Francoise were active members. He was passionate about his work and making a difference in his patients’ lives. He participated in the local Dental Society and the Mill Valley Rotary Club, was on the board of the Marin Jewish Community Center, was very supportive of many Mill Valley school programs and activities, and, around the world he improved the lives of many people in need through his generosity to ORT America. Marshall was also involved in the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation with his wife.

He will be deeply missed by Francoise, his daughter Nicole and her husband Martin, son Alain and his wife Jill, and his two adored grandsons William and Tyler.

Betsy Sara (Cohen) Strazzarino

Betsy Sara (Cohen) Strazzarino, daughter of Iris and Eugene Cohen, was born in San Francisco and left us on May 1, 2015, three weeks short of her 60th birthday. She is survived by husband, John, daughter Amy (Adam) Sanchez, sons Brad (Samantha) Strazzarino and Harley Strazzarino, grandchildren Zoe Strazzarino, age 3, Ryan Strazzarino, almost 2, and Rebecca Sanchez, 12 weeks, and sister Marcia (Paul) Kerns, as well as many other family members and friends.

A celebration of Betsy’s life was held and she has been interred at Salem Memorial Park in Colma. If you wish, you may make a donation to the San Francisco Zoological Society, 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco, CA 94132, or a charity of your choice in Betsy’s name.