Anita Osofsky (z’’l) passed away on March 30, 2016.
Born 1922 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Jacob and Lena Ponsky (Grandma & Zadie). The family immigrated to the United States when Anita was 2½. The family settled in the Bronx, New York City. There she met the love of her life at 12 years old, Willie Osofsky. The family moved to Los Angeles and Willie followed her and they were married in Los Angeles. During WWII, the family moved to Berkeley. While Dad was in the Army, Gene, the first child, was born.
Anita and Willie settled in Hayward and two other sons were born, Stan and Alan. The family enjoyed a very productive and comfortable life in Hayward.
Anita and Bill (Willie) started SOF Paper Company and soon this business venture became the largest independent office supplies, paper and janitorial company in Southern Alameda County. They sold the business when Dad was 48 years old and then attended college. The entire family was in college at the same time.
Anita was a wonderful hostess to family and friends. All were always welcome. Most family and holiday gatherings were hosted by her and Dad. It was very common for Anita and Bill to host three to four Seders during Pesach, to include college friends and other members in the community.
Anita and Bill joined Temple Beth Sholom 72 years ago and were active members. Anita was Temple Beth Sholom’s Sisterhood President, an officer in Hadassah, on Temple Beth Sholom’s executive board and was Shabbat oneg coordinator. Anita and Bill were the co-chairs of numerous Israel bond drives for Temple Beth Sholom and volunteered with the American Cancer Society. Anita was nominated as a Life Member of the Hayward PTA for her efforts and dedication.
She was an avid swimmer and loved to walk and be active. She worked in Gene’s law practice until she was 92 years old.
Anita is pre-deceased by her husband Willie (z’’l); her mother and father; her best friend and younger sister Gerry Toorans and many of her dear friends and especially Carolyn Vollmer.
Shabbas dinners were always very special to her and Dad and there was always room for many friends and family members at their table. They kept a kosher home for over 72 years.
She leaves many close cousins in Buenos Aires and Cordoba, Argentina.
Anita enjoyed her grandchildren Lisa, Michael, Sharon, Matthew, Sara, Lauren, Jeffrey and great-grandchildren Lena, Joshua, Owen, Justin, Sadie, Arthur, Ben and Tyler. She was very proud of them all.
“Give until it hurts and then some more” was her life motto. Anita and Willie were a loving and productive couple and cherished their boys, their extended family and many close friends.
We send to you, Mom, our final “oy a nochas.” Anita lived her life with dignity, compassion and love. Every day was a gift.
We love you and will miss you Mom, z’’l.
— Gene, Hilary, Stan, Serio, Alan and Regina.
Donations can be made to the Ponsky Fund at Temple Beth Sholom San Leandro, Hadassah East Bay, Berkeley Hillel and the MS Society.