Melba Bartfeld, 94 of Laguna Woods, California, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, November 2, 2015. She is survived by her son, Michael Bartfeld, daughter, Rene Leeson, son-in-law, Charlie Leeson, and was a devoted grandmother to Tyler Leeson, his wife Celeste, and her first great-grandchild Kendall Allie Leeson. She will be greatly missed.
Daniel H. Benjamin
In San Francisco, December 17, 2015. Beloved husband of Sandra Benjamin. Loved by many. Never had an unkind word. A native of San Francisco. Age 80 years. Past owner of Daniels Display for 44 years.
Contributions to the American Heart Association, a congregation or charity of your choice.
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Louise Frances Brownell
March 27, 1947 — December 26, 2015
Louise Brownell passed away peacefully in her home on December 26, 2015. Loving daughter of the late Samuel and Charlotte Blatteis. Devoted wife to Kenneth Brownell, amazing mother to Jessica Brandwein (David), Sam Brownell, Noah Brownell (Meghan) and Sarah Epstein (Craig). Thoughtful sister to David Blatteis (Jane), Jonathan Blatteis (Bonnie), and Daniel Blatteis (Angela). Grandmother to Mila and Charlotte Brandwein, and Hannah Brownell. Lifelong friend of Maura Menendez. Dear aunt, cousin and loyal friend to many. May her memory be a blessing.
Funeral services were held at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park in Colma. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to cancer research in Louise’s memory.
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Sylvia Zebrack Davis
March 8, 1913 — Nov. 29, 2015
Resident of Los Angeles and Walnut Creek, California.
Sylvia Jeanette Zebrack Davis was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Ellis and Rose Smolowitz. She served as president of her sorority, SDT, and received her B.A. degree from UCLA in 1933. She was married in 1934 to Simon Zebrack, an attorney and L.A. Superior Court Clerk/Referee, who was a WWII casualty in 1943 while serving with the Red Cross in the Mediterranean area.
Sylvia returned to college, became a member of Rho Chi, Pharmaceutical Honor Society, a graduate of USC College of Pharmacy, Magna Cum Laude, and was licensed as a pharmacist in 1946. In 1996 the USC Pharmacy Alumni Association presented its Recognition Award to Sylvia Zebrack Davis for 50 years of service to the profession.
In 1974, Sylvia married Arthur Davis, also a pharmacist, who predeceased her. She later spent 17 years with her friend and social partner, Eddie Zysman, who also predeceased her. Sylvia was also predeceased by her younger sisters, Idella Osherenko Goodman and Evelyn Shultz, and by her nephews Harvey Sol Osherenko and Richard Shultz.
Sylvia supported and served a number of organizations, including service as treasurer of the Temple Israel of Hollywood Sisterhood, and Brandeis University National Women’s Committee, L.A. Chapter Board, and City of Hope. Until hip surgery on her 85th birthday, she was an active golfer and dancer. She continued playing duplicate bridge when able to find others qualified to participate.
Sylvia is survived by her son Joel Zebrack, and his social partner Joan Mendelson Sautter; her granddaughters Sara Michele Delphine and Lisa Anne Zebrack; her niece Brendie (Alvin) Rosenbloom, and her children and grandchildren; nephew Dr. Robert Ellis Shultz; niece Dorothy (John) Waybrant, and their daughter Emily; and many cousins and friends.
Interment services conducted by her son were at the Home of Peace Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California on December 1. Throughout her life Sylvia was guided by understanding that every choice we make matters, and always acted to affirm life. Treating others with love, kindness and respect, she measured her consumption, maintained a healthy diet and exercise activities, advocated for civil rights, economic fairness, education and environmental sensitivity. May her memory continue as a blessing and inspire us, with the options put before us, also to choose life!
Fern E. Lowenberg
Fern E. Lowenberg, 88, died peacefully in San Francisco on December 21, 2015. Fern was born on October 18, 1927 in Shanghai and lived in Hong Kong from age 3 until 12. She then moved with her family to San Francisco. She attended Lowell High School and graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1949.
After working for several years in the family import-export business she met her husband, William J. Lowenberg, who predeceased her. They married in 1957 and had two children, David and Susan.
Fern lived a beautiful, dignified, and family-centered life. She loved to travel and had the privilege of traveling all over the world with Bill and their children. Fern also enjoyed many close friendships throughout her life. More than anything she was incredibly proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by children David (Jacqueline) and Susan (Joyce); grandchildren Gary, Stacie (Aaron), Alison, Daniella and Ruthie; and great-grandsons Devon and Ryan. She will be deeply missed by all of her family and friends.
A private family service followed by a private burial was held on December 23, 2015. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum or Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco.
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Bella (Kurant) Fox Slamovich
Our beloved Bella died on December 15. Bella was the personification of unconditional love and acceptance. She remembered and celebrated the details of the lives of many of the people she encountered throughout her life: their birthdays, anniversaries, favorite foods, successes and losses. To embrace people in this way after her horrific experiences during the Holocaust was remarkable. Instead of turning away, she had a deep thirst and curiosity about the nature of people, cultures and history beyond her own experiences. Bella was a voracious reader and loved conversation.
She was born in Skrzynno, a small village in Poland, on March 14, 1924, to a large and loving family and Jewish community. Bella was the sole survivor of her extended family and only one of seven survivors in the entire town. She met and married her first beloved husband, Paul Fox in Zeilsheim DP (Displaced Persons) camp in 1946. They eventually immigrated to Petaluma, worked as chicken farmers and were blessed with the birth of their cherished son, Elan. They moved to San Francisco a few years later.
Bella was a marvelous cook, and friends convinced her to open Fox’s Deli, a mecca for wonderful Jewish food in the South of Market area for many years. Though Bella may not have remembered every customer’s name, she always knew their favorite dishes. Sadly, Paul Fox died in middle age of heart disease.
Bella was remarried in 1981 to Henry Slamovich, a San Francisco businessman, who was a longtime friend and fellow Holocaust survivor. As she told a visitor not long ago, she was lucky in her life to have had two wonderful husbands.
She was a devoted and gracious step mother to Rochelle, Joseph and Elliott Slamovich, celebrating wholeheartedly in the joys and simchas of her now larger extended family.
We are so lucky that all the grandchildren, Miriah Fox, Kira Fox Pool, Jonah and Miriam Blumenfeld, Jason, Eric, Ari and Aaron Slamovich, had so many sweet years with Grandma (Bubba) Bella. She also cherished the folks that came into the family through relationships and marriage: Becky (Elan’s wife of blessed memory, who Bella said was the best daughter-in-law she could imagine having), Jerrimiah Pool, Walter Dickson, Carol and Gwendolyn Slamovich, and Joel Blumenfeld. Barbara Cinger Roth became an “adopted” daughter after the death of Barbara’s father and mother, Albert and Manya, fellow survivors from Bella’s hometown. Bonnie Miluso, a cousin, has had a special place in Bella’s heart. Both Bonnie and Barbara were central to having Bella’s memoir, “Beautiful Soul,” published just in the past year. In Bella’s later years, she hugged and cherished her great-grandchildren, Hope, Rebecca and Aryanna Pool. They loved coming to her Sonoma home to swim and eat latkes year round.
Bella, we will all miss you so much.
Donations in Bella’s memory can to made to Mazon, Hospice by the Bay, The Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research or the charity of your choice.
Leland Cyril Spiegelman passed away peacefully at his home in San Francisco, on December 22, 2015 at age 89.
Beloved husband of the late Joy Sugarman Spiegelman for 56 years; loving father of Marc (Jayne) Spiegelman, Roxanne (Stan) Cohn, and Heidi (Robert) Feldman; adoring grandfather of Erica H. Spiegelman, Max David Spiegelman, Joe Hess, Peter Harrison Cohn, Gabrielle Elisabeth Cohn, Matthew Alexander Cohn and Daniel Jerome Feldman; dear brother of the late David Spiegelman, Herbert Spiegelman, Mildred Golson and Estelle Wineroth; brother-in-law of Gay (Bernard) Young; and uncle to many beloved nieces and nephews.
A native of San Francisco, Lee grew up in the Marina where he attended Galileo High School and later graduated from San Francisco Law School. Lee practiced law in the Bay Area for over 40 years. He was a Navy Veteran of World War II and a member of Lake Merced Golf Club and the Concordia-Argonaut Club.
Lee loved languages and was conversant in French, Spanish, and Yiddish. He practiced his skills on the many travels he and Joy took, in particular to Paris where they spent much time later in their lives.
Lee was an avid sports fan and tennis player, with a regular game every week at Lake Merced Golf Club, and taught his children and grandchildren to play on summer vacations at Lake Tahoe, where they spent wonderful summers boating. All his life, he enjoyed following the Giants and 49ers teams. As an avid history buff, Lee was always eager to share his expansive knowledge.
The family would especially like to thank his devoted nephews Joel Wineroth and Bruce Spiegelman. They would also like to thank the staff at Vintage Coventry, who treated him with great kindness and respect.
Contributions can be made to Congregation Emanu-El or The Make A Wish Foundation.
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Lawrence (Larry) Roy Wayne born on August 14, 1942, died on December 22, 2015. His passing was peaceful. He leaves behind his wife of 38 years, Susan Levin Wayne, and his daughter Jessica, his Pumpkin. He was in finance for over 45 years in the Bay Area and recently retired to play golf and travel.
In his memory, donations go to the University of Arizona Athletic Club: Bear Down, Larry!
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