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Deaths for the week of May 11, 2018


Obituaries are supported by a generous grant from Sinai Memorial Chapel.


Laura Duering (née Rosenberg) passed peacefully on March 25, 2018 at her home in San Mateo at the age of 94 with her children, Vivien and Mark, and her dear caretaker Ima by her side.

Laura was born in Geisen, Germany in 1923 to an affluent family of winemakers who had to flee the country in 1939 a result of the Nazi regime. With her parents and brother, she moved first to London, then to San Francisco thanks to a distant cousin sponsor.

Laura Duering
Laura Duering

In 1946, while vacationing with a friend in Lake Tahoe, she met Rudy, and they continued to vacation there for the next 50 years. They became engaged 6 weeks after meeting as the war ended, married 6 months later, and had celebrated 67 years together when Rudy passed in 2012 at the age of 94.

In San Francisco, Laura worked at many of the old San Francisco women’s retail stores. She also helped out on holiday seasons at her family’s Rosita Candy store on Clement Street and at Rudy’s Seabright Bakery on Noriega Street. She later worked part-time for many years at Arline Francis in Stonestown and as a volunteer at Children’s Hospital California Street gift shop.

In 2006, Laura and Rudy moved from their 37th Ave. home of 58 years in San Francisco to the Sterling Court residence in San Mateo, where they made many new friends and enjoyed a renewed social life. Laura was an excellent bridge player and also regularly played bingo, blackjack and rummykub (all with lucky results). She also liked films, books and travel and was always up-to-date on the news and issues of the day. Laura was a beautiful, kind, smart, spunky, generous and classy woman, admired and respected by all who met her.

Laura is survived by her daughter Vivien, son-in-law Tom Curran, son Mark, daughter-in-law Debra, granddaughter Nicole, brother John Rosenberg, sister-in law Thelma, and sister-in-law Ellen Stern of Long Beach, as well as many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews.

We would like to give special thanks to Laura’s longtime caretaker Sereima Tur, and to Maureen Dudgeon and Elizabeth Craig of Mission Hospice, who provided love, comfort and friendship to our family.

Mom, you are my “Eishet Chayil.” You will forever be missed, but your love and spirit will live on in all of us whose lives you touched.


Thomas Alvin Young, 70, died peacefully on May 4, 2018 after a yearlong battle with cancer. He leaves behind his wife of twenty-five years, Lynne Young; two sons from his first marriage, Thomas Lee and Noel (Momoko), their children, Amelia and Robin, and an expected grandchild; adopted son from his second marriage, Justin; and a step-daughter, Savannah. He also leaves behind many loving cousins and friends. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Thomas Allyn and Wilma (Stedman) Young.

The Young family settled in Sausalito in the 1700s. Their name was Llonch, which was changed to Young in 1905. Thomas was in sales for many years. He worked for Marin Surplus, which became Marin Outdoors. He was a manager, salesman and instructed many businesses and community groups in emergency preparedness as their outside representative. He left Marin Outdoors to turn a hobby into a business while taking care of Justin, who lives with multiple severe disabilities.

Tom produced 1/72-scale models and published a magazine based on the book “The Encyclopedia of 1/72 Scale Models,” which he co-authored with Claude Boileau and Huynh-Dinh Khuong, both of France. Tom won many modeling competitions for his built-up models from kits and scratch. Noel has been Lynne’s right hand throughout the last week. Friend Aviva and cousin Tom Graefe, have been supporting Tom, Lynne and Justin during this week. Mathew, Monique, Michael and Ken have all given Tom much support over the last year. He has also had support from the staff at Kaiser oncology, Rohnert Park Cancer Center, Satellite dialysis and Hospice By The Bay. He enjoyed his many flights on WWII planes throughout his life, especially several flights he took in his last year at Shellville airport.

Justin is quite aware of the events. We hope his memory serves him well that his dad Tom adored and admired him and will miss taking care of him. Justin is subdued (not the usual) and helped his brother Noel place the cloth over his dad’s face after the eyelids were closed ritually. Justin then said “bye”, surprising everyone. He brought books to place beside his dad’s body. He kept catching everyone’s eye, punctuating the seriousness of the moments after death.
Services were held on May 8 at Kol Shofar Congregation in Tiburon, CA, with interment at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Young Living Trust for the care of Justin, F.I.D.F., or Hospice by the Bay.

(Sinai SF)


Bruce Cohen died on May 10, 2017 at age 52. He is survived by his daughter Naomi, parents Melvin Cohen and Joan Cole, brother Craig Cohen, sister-in-law Elin Cohen, niece Shana Cohen, nephew Ari Cohen, loving partner Bea Fritzsching, stepmother Lorraine Fingerson-Cohen, stepsister Heather Fingerson-Patel, and stepbrother Eric Fingerson.

Bruce Cohen
Bruce Cohen

Bruce (Baruch) was a blessing to all who knew him. He challenged each of us to strive to become our best and helped elevate our souls in the process. After graduating from the University of California Berkeley in fine art, he later enrolled at the Long Island University to become a physician assistant. He worked in several medical practices in the Bay Area for over 15 years. In 2012 he and Naomi moved to Berlin to pursue his fulltime career as a fine artist.

He had an incredible passion for life and for never giving up hope that continued to his final day. He lived life present and in the moment, and took pleasure in the joy of everyday life.

Bruce took loving care of his wife, Palma Risler, until her death in 2008. His family and friends were fortunate to spend every day of the last three months of his life together. May his memory be a blessing.

To help commemorate Bruce’s life, his family has established the Bruce Geoffrey Cohen Memorial Fund in Art Practice at UC Berkeley. This endowment will support the work and development of aspiring undergraduate art students in perpetuity. The family appreciates contributions towards this fund to help establish this legacy. Tax-deductible contributions can be made to:

The Bruce Geoffrey Cohen Memorial Fund in Art Practice
c/o UC Berkeley Foundation
1995 University Avenue, Suite 400
Berkeley, CA 94704-1070

For secure gifts via credit card: please call 510.643.9789 (M-F, 8 am – 5 pm) and direct the gift to the Bruce Geoffrey Cohen Memorial Fund in Art Practice.