Deaths

Allan Amber

Sept. 25, 1942–Aug. 29, 2015

Cherished, sweet, gentle, caring and loving husband of Ruth for 48 years. Allan loved Ruth and their daughter, Amy, with his whole being.

Proud and loving dad (“Poppy” and “Pops”) to Amy and her boyfriend, Jim, and their dog, Oreo. “Poppy” was happy to see Amy in a loving relationship with Jim, even if Jim is a Raiders fan. Amy was and will continue to be the light of Allan’s life.

Devoted brother of Gary Amber.

Allan retired from the City and County of San Francisco Retirement System in 2009 after a 47-year career with the city.

Allan was ecstatic to have been able to witness his beloved S.F. Giants in the World Series during his lifetime.

Member of Congregation Beth Israel Judea in San Francisco since 1982.

Allan and Ruth met at a dance at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco in 1963. When Allan walked through the door, with his sweet smile and a twinkle in his eyes, Ruth knew he was the one.

They dated for 3 1/2 years and married at Forest Lodge in San Francisco on Oct. 1, 1967. Their daughter was born on Jan. 4, 1973, the best New Year’s gift one could ask for. In 1975, the family moved to Pacifica where they still reside.

Ruth and Allan began attending performances at Pacifica Spindrift Theatre in 1989 and have been involved ever since (Ruth is the box office manager). Allan enjoyed helping in the office when Ruth volunteered him. Allan loved the theatre and so many of the people he met and considered them his “theatre family.”

Private burial has taken place. Donations to PSP, 1050 Crespi Drive, Pacifica CA 94044 preferred.

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Genya Galafutnik

Jan. 25, 1933–Sept. 15, 2015

In San Francisco on Sept. 15, 2015. Cherished and beloved mother of Irina Galafutnik. Graveside services were held at Eternal Home Cemetery in Colma.

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John Lewis Kay

John Lewis Kay of San Francisco passed away on Sept. 14, 2015, one day after his 96th birthday. He was born in Munich and escaped Nazi Germany when he immigrated to the United States with his family in 1938. He served in the United States Army during World War II and received the Bronze Star Medal for leading a thousand civilians to safety under heavy artillery fire in the vicinity of Torre del Padiglione, Italy.

He was a proud graduate of the Hotel and Restaurant Division of City College of San Francisco, and at one time managed the Women’s Athletic Club of San Francisco (now the Metropolitan Club). He later worked for food distributor Gourmet Specialties.

He had a lifelong love for nature and especially enjoyed hiking in the Sierra Nevada and exploring the beauty of the Bay Area. He loved music and photography and was an excellent chef. He was a member of Temple Emanu-El and also supported the Jewish Welfare Federation. He was humble, kind and generous to all, and he had a sharp and dry sense of humor. He loved spending time with his family and was a loving father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Selma and Julius Kay, first wife Carla Kay, second wife Barbara Richter Kay, brother Fred Kay and sister Ruth Wilkerson. He is survived by his sister Margaret Kaplan, his children Robert, Richard, Joann and Stephen, his daughter-in-law Jennifer, his grandsons Alex and Gabriel, and his stepchildren Arthur Richter and Julia Richter.

Contributions in his memory can be made to the Jewish Community Federation based in San Francisco.

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Harold Levinson

Harold Levinson was a man of dignity, integrity and compassion. He was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, but spent most of his life in the Bay Area. He passed away on Aug. 3, 2015.

Harold was a devoted, loving and patient husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He supported his family in achieving their goals with joy and determination. He unhesitatingly helped family and friends in need.

Harold was a man of deep religious values. Jewish education and college for his children were a priority. His children attended Brandeis Hillel Day School. Harold supported the school during its infancy in many capacities.

Harold was a master machinist at Harold’s Machine Shop in Burlingame for 35 years. His expertise was invaluable to his clients and colleagues.

Harold and his friends restored the Niles Canyon Railway in Sunol, California. Harold hand-machined new parts for their antique trains for many years. The railway continues to operate today. He also took pride in his work on the renovation of the San Francisco cable car system.

Harold’s life is an inspiration to all who knew him. After suffering a debilitating stroke, he became a resident at the Jewish Home in San Francisco, where he lived for 14 years. With great courage, strength, determination and humor, he gradually regained function, inspiring others never to give up.

Harold Levinson had an indomitable spirit to survive. He is our hero. We will always honor and cherish Harold’s memory. He will be in our hearts and souls forever. May G-d grant Harold protection, peace and comfort eternally.

Harold is survived, loved, adored and cherished by his wife Shanna, son Michael, daughters Terre and Robin, six grandchildren, two nieces, one nephew and many cousins.

Donations can be made to the Jewish Home in San Francisco in Harold’s memory.


Barbara Weiss Weinger

April 10, 1938–Sept. 13, 2015

A native of San Francisco, Barbara Weinger died on Sept. 13, 2015 from multiple organ failure. The daughter of the late Monte and Clara Weiss, Barbara is survived by her daughter, Susan Weinger, and her sister, Carolyn Weiss.

Barbara received her BA and MA in education, as well as an administrative credential, from SFSU. She taught for 30-plus years for the SFUSD as a kindergarten and 1st grade teacher. After retiring, she continued to work as a consultant for the district.

In her younger years, she traveled extensively and enjoyed escorting a tour around the world. She especially liked to socialize with a close group of friends at piano bars. Barbara will be remembered fondly for her love of musicals, her wit and positive sense of humor, tinkering at the workbench, and eating at her favorite Chinese restaurant.

Special thanks to the staff at UCSF Parnassus, especially 10 Long.

In lieu of flowers, we recommend a donation to the American Heart Association.

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