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Deaths for the week of July 28, 2017

Albert Bernzweig, 89.

Albert Bernzweig
Albert Bernzweig

Beloved husband of the late Sima Bernzweig. Father of Sharon Donham, Steve (Jane), Paul (Kimberley), and Michael Bernzweig. Grandfather of Fred (Elizabeth), Eric, Mike (JeeJee), Christopher, Sophia and Zachary. Great grandfather of Rebecca and Noah. Also survived by many loving cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Born in Cleveland, Ohio. Longtime resident of San Francisco. Patriarch of Bernzweig Picture Framing. Dedicated member of Congregation Ner Tamid.

Interment at Eternal Home Cemetery, Colma, CA.

Donations to Congregation Ner Tamid San Francisco, Yad Ezra Detroit, or charity of one’s choice.


Helen Lilly Kurlandsky Brenner passed away peacefully at Valley Convalescent in Santa Cruz on July 18, 2017 at the age of 98 .

Helen Lilly Kurlandsky Brenner
Helen Lilly Kurlandsky Brenner

Lilly was born in Vienna, Austria on April 28, 1919. She survived the Holocaust and escaped to Israel, where she met and married her husband Eugene Brenner in Tel Aviv in 1942. There they had two children, Nurit and Avi.

They immigrated to the United States in the early 1950s and settled in San Francisco. There they made many friends who became like family to them, and they lived a full and long life together.

Lilly worked at Macy’s and later at Jon Roberts where she was able to help her customers with her keen fashion sense.

After Eugene’s passing in 2009, Lilly continued to live in San Francisco.

A graveside burial was held at Salem Cemetery with family present.

Lilly is survived by two children, three grandchildren, four great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.


Dr. Lauren Battat Gerson, a gastroenterologist practicing at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, passed away on Friday, July 21, after a valiant battle against metastatic melanoma.

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Dr. Lauren Battat Gerson

Dr. Gerson was the beloved wife of Bill Gerson, a lawyer at Apple Inc., and the adoring mother of Stephanie, a student at Woodside High School; Jackie, a student at UC Santa Barbara; and Andrew, a graduate of UCLA. She was a treasured daughter of Eileen and Ralph Battat of Hillsborough and the beloved sister of Margie (Jeff) Klapper of Menlo Park and of Peter Battat, who predeceased her.

Dr. Gerson was a graduate of Princeton University, SUNY Buffalo Medical School, and the Stanford University School of Medicine. She served as a fellow and faculty member at Stanford Hospital for over 15 years and became an internationally acclaimed published researcher in her field. The American College of Gastroenterolgy elected Dr. Gerson to serve on its board of trustees for 2016-2017.

Dr. Gerson enjoyed entertaining friends and family, and was an avid tennis player, skier, figure skater, pianist and flautist at holiday observances. She will be dearly missed by her loving family, friends and colleagues.

A memorial service was held at Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame on July 26. In place of flowers, donations may be made to Peninsula Temple Sholom or to the Foundation of the California Pacific Medical Center.