Deaths

Allen S. Feder

February 17, 1925 – March 4, 2016

Allen Feder passed away peacefully at home with his family at his side. His charm, kindness and intelligence will be greatly missed. Allen is survived by his loving wife, Francine; his loving children, Carolyn Schwartzbord, Bruce Feder (Beverly), Cara Schumacher (Alex); nieces and nephews John Feder (Sue), Cathy Janigian (Richard), Cindy Friedman (Andrew), and Daniel Feder (Sandra); and grandchildren Aaron Schwartzbord (Michael), Jeremy Schwartzbord, Elana Woodward (Alex), Jason Feder and Ben Feder. Allen was predeceased by his twin brother, Jack Feder Jr., his parents, Jack and Bertha Feder, and his beloved son-in-law Ourry Schwartzbord.

Allen was born and raised in San Francisco, the third generation of Feders to reside in the city.  He was a proud member of the Boy Scouts Troop 17, where he attained the highest rank of  Eagle Scout.   A 1942 graduate of Lowell High School, he was admitted to the Navy’s V-12 officers training program at the University of California, Berkeley and received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and his Navy commission in 1944.  Though he was required to complete his degree in two years, he was always grateful for his time at Cal.  He finished out the war at sea. After WWII ended, he returned to San Francisco and worked as an engineer before forming his own company and embarking on a career in financial services.

Allen loved all the arts, often frequenting the San Francisco Ballet and the San Francisco Symphony, and he was a primarily self-taught painter.  He loved traveling with his wife, Francine, and Paris held a special place in his heart.  Allen invested countless hours in civic pursuits and volunteering for nonprofit organizations.   He served as president of both the San Francisco Rotary Club and the San Francisco Boys & Girls Club. As a highly regarded consensus-builder, he employed his leadership skills in guiding the S.F. Boys & Girls Club and the Columbia Park Boys & Girls Club in their merger. Allen also was a Board member and Treasurer of the Institute On Aging, and a longtime member of the Concordia Club.

Most of all, Allen loved being with his extended family, enjoying vacations and celebrating special occasions together.  His family was very important to him, and he took special pleasure in annual family trips to Pajaro Dunes where he spent time with his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews who loved the barbecues he hosted for them on the beach.  When visiting with family or friends, he was the type of person who was always more interested in hearing about them than in talking about himself. Allen touched so many family members and friends with his warmth, wisdom, insight and engaging manner. 

The family wishes to thank his caregivers, Leo Isales and Marcial Marinas, for their companionship and loving care of Allen.

Services were held. Contributions in Allen’s name may be made to the Institute On Aging or Peninsula Temple Sholom.

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Birdie Klein, in San Francisco on March 5, 

26th of Adar, at age 85. Beloved wife of Morrey Klein. Mother of Geoff Klein, Channa (Klein) Shriki (Dani), and Hank Klein (Melissa). Grandmother of Ethan Klein, Emilee Klein, Louria Shriki, Alya Shriki and Tamar Shriki. Brother of Joe Goldman. Native of San Francisco, member of Congregation Adath Israel, past president of AMIT women.

Donations can be made to Adath Israel, 1851 Noriega St., S.F. CA 94122 or AMIT Broadway, New York, NY, aiding children in Israel, or Jewish Study Network, 2584 Leghorn St., Mountain View, CA 94043.

Rabbi Jay M. Krause passed away in San Francisco on March 7, 2016 at the age of 81. He was surrounded by his family and friends as he passed away peacefully in his sleep.

Beloved husband of the late Elly K. Krause. Loving father of Shira Eve Krause, Jenny Aliza (Mark) Bernstein, and Aaron Joel (ChiYin) Krause Adored grandfather of Jacob Benjamin, Eli Solomon, Amalia Michal and Isabella Sara Seigel; Anastasia Rose and Alexander Ross Richardson; Daniel Lee, Emma Lourdes and Dylan Bernstein; and Abigail Evelyn and Sophia Eleanor Krause. Dear son of the late Eileen and Max Krause; son-in-law of the late Esther and Sidney Kayman. Loving brother of Edmund (Anne) Krause and Dr. Marvin (Kay) Krause; brother-in-law of Dr. Harvey (Susan) Kayman; and dear uncle, cousin, teacher and friend.

A stalwart of the Bay Area Jewish community for over 40 years, Jay will be greatly missed for his humor, warmth and larger-than-life presence.

Following ordination in 1960, Jay served as rabbi at various congregations and for five years as Hillel director at Tulane-Newcomb University, New Orleans, where he met his beloved wife of 28 years, Elly. He came to San Francisco in 1972, after which time he served as the Assistant Director at the Bureau of Jewish Education. He served as rabbi at Peninsula Sinai Congregation from 1975 to 1984; an educator at Brandeis Hillel Day School for more than 25 years; a lecturer at the Fromm Institute at USF; and rabbi and leader of the free High Holiday services at the Berkeley JCC for more than 15 years. A beloved teacher and friend to all.

Services were held. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Jay’s honor to the PJ Library, the American Heart Association or the Jewish National Fund.

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Susanne Spritzer

Susanne Spritzer was born on August 14, 1920 in Katowice, Poland. She passed away on Monday, February 22, 2016 at Peninsula Hospital, Burlingame.

She immigrated to the United States, settling in Oakland, California. Her parents hoped to escape the anti-Semitism that was interfering with their children receiving a fair education. Her father’s brothers, Kuba Avon and Herman Aron, had already settled in San Francisco.  Susanne and her parents (Jetti and Alex Aron) and her brother, Henry, became members of Temple Beth Abraham, where she taught Sunday school. She studied at U.C. Berkeley and often noted how she was challenged by taking classes in a foreign language, her “tears enough to add an inch or two to the Bay!” She also worked briefly in the family jewelry business that her father opened in downtown Oakland.

It was in Oakland where she met her beloved “Butch,” who enlisted in the U.S. Army soon after his arrival from Cuba. Not long after their meeting, he was shipped back to Germany with the Army, where he couriered the plans for “the invasion” and was assigned to interrogate German prisoners of war. After a long-distance courtship, they were married at the Fairmont Hotel by Rabbi Lang (1945). Aided by the GI Bill, they built their home in San Mateo where they raised their family. Susanne and Herman worked together to create the second-generation family fur business in San Mateo, Spritzer Brothers Furs, along with Jack and Netty Spritzer.

Susanne was the matriarch of both the Aron (her father’s side) and the Kohane (her mother’s) families. She loved and supported her family and was devastated when her mother was diagnosed with ALS. She maintained a close and loving relationship with many cousins, especially that of Ziva Rom in Israel. She would often share stories about the life and family she left behind and lost in the Holocaust.

She maintained her elegant appearance: Her deep red lipstick would be placed on your cheek when she met you!  She loved hugs and attention and, in recent years, escaped the challenges of age by Wednesday visits to Graton Casino!

She was supported by her dedicated caregivers who enabled her to live in her home.

Their love and companionship provided her with the ability to live with a sense of dignity. With sincere gratitude to Vilma, Berlita, Maricela and Celina.

Whether it was seen in the way she managed her home, set her holiday table, maintained her finances online, or cared about her appearance, she had high standards for herself and for all of us.

She will be missed by her daughters, Hildie and Charlotte, their spouses: Tsutomu Satomi and Ray Kelly. Grandchildren: Max Goldberg, Marissa Halbrecht and Ariel Spritzer-Satomi. Great-grandchildren: Eliana and Gabe Halbrecht and Elijah Satomi, who loved their Gg! Also by Liza Stalman (Elijah’s mother), Jeff Halbrecht,  Ruth Avon, sister-in-law, and the entire Avon Family, the Todd Keithly and Peter Kelly families, and by many friends and cousins local and throughout the world.

Funeral and shiva services were led by Rabbi Mark Bloom, whom she admired. Susanne was laid to rest at Home of Eternity Cemetery, Colma. Donations may be made to an ALS or veterans’ support agency, local Humane Society or Facing History and Ourselves based in Hayward, California.

Susanne’s favorite line: “I love you more.”

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Sheldon Swedlove died on February 23, 2016, after a recurrence of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Beloved husband of Adrienne Muscat Swedlove for 30 years; adored father of Joel and Andrew Swedlove, and his “bonus daughter,” Stephanie Swedlove. Doting grandfather of Ethan Harrison Swedlove; son of Caroldyne and the late Hershel Swedlove; brother of Randall (Karen), David (Jeanette) and the late Jerome Swedlove; brother-in-law of Angie and Mike Kurtzman; loving uncle and cousin. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. at Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos. The family requests that donations in Sheldon’s memory be sent to Temple Beth El.


Phyllis Donner Wolf

December 8, 1930 – March 2, 2016

Phyllis Naomi Donner Wolf was born in San Francisco at St. Francis Hospital to the late Henry George Donner and the late Marcia Raben Donner and graduated from Winfield Scott Elementary School, Marina Junior High School  and George Washington High School where she was a lifetime member of the California Scholarship Society. She attended University of California at Berkeley and later graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a California teachers’ credential. 

Phyllis was married to the late Stanley William Wolf for fifty-four years from 1951 until his death in 2005. She lived in Portola Valley for most of her married life and then in Palo Alto.  She is survived by her son, Douglas Jeffrey Wolf, and his wife, Vicki, of West Hills, California; and her daughter Melanie Wolf-Greenberg, and her husband, Dr. David Greenberg, of Nazareth, Pennsylvania.  Phyllis is also survived by devoted grandchildren, Joshua Wolf, Carly and Brett Feuerstein, Jordan Wolf and fiancée Katie Saffron, Hank Greenberg, Rebecca and Steven Oppenheim; two great-grandsons, Bryce and Mason Feuerstein; and two great-granddaughters, Zoey Feuerstein and Lily Oppenheim. Phyllis’ family was the love and light in her life, and there were friends, both old and new, who were very important and dear to her. The late Lewis Weil of San Mateo became family to her, and they were inseparable for five years and his family remained very dear to her.

Phyllis’s teaching career started in 1961 after her own children were in school.  She was dearly loved and respected for her 30-year career in teaching kindergarten in Redwood City.  She also taught Head Start in the 1960s and then she worked with Superintendent Honig’s Quality Education Program, which included Parent Education and Behavior Modification.

Phyllis was very active in a range of community and charitable causes, most notably as a member of board of the North Peninsula Jewish Day School, now known as the Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School, and as a volunteer with the Jewish Coalition of Literacy, where she tutored at John Gill School and was a member of the Angels of John Gill School in Redwood City. She was a lifetime member of Brandeis, Hadassah and ORT, and was a member of the San Carlos Association of University Women, and a longtime member of Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City.

Phyllis’ life changed drastically after a life-altering fall in 2013, and she resided at the Jewish Home of San Francisco thereafter. She became an avid painter while there and volunteered to lead a yoga class for residents.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 4 at Congregation Beth Jacob with burial following at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park.

Contributions may be made to Congregation Beth Jacob, to the Jewish Home SF, Healing Touch or to the Jewish Home SF Creative Arts Program.

May her memory be a blessing.

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Andre Louis Zanger, M.D.,  died at home February 24, 2016. He was born in Quito, Ecuador, on August 2, 1941 to William and Dora Zanger and immigrated to San Francisco in 1953. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley and U.C. Irvine School of Medicine in 1967. After completing his Psychiatric Residency at Mount Zion Hospital, he practiced psychiatry in San Francisco for 43 years. He is survived by his longtime partner and wife, Ragna; sister Beatrice; daughter Patricia and her husband, Tim Reeves; and grandson Eli. Services were private.