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Deaths for the week of June 8, 2018


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


Deborah L. Lind
December 10, 1952 – June 2, 2018

Deborah Lind passed away June 2, 2018 at age 65 with her husband Samuel at her side after a battle with virulent leukemia. Debby was the daughter of the late Henry and Dolly Robert and is survived by her husband Dr. Samuel Lind, sister Karen Robert Collier, niece Alyssa Pense (Scott) and nephew Austin Collier. Her cousin, Ilse Schiff preceded her in death.

Debby Lind
Deborah L. Lind

Debby was born in San Francisco and lived in Orinda, where her family hosted warm and joyous gatherings for friends and extended family. After graduating from Campolindo High School, Debby attended UC Berkeley before using her creative talents as an entrepreneur in business. She opened her own business as an independent sales representative for manufacturers, producing silk flowers and other decorative arts for the home. Debby’s vast knowledge of horticulture was instrumental in her ability to help domestic and import factories design flowers and locally sourced accessories.

Debby created close relationships with colleagues and customers, leaving a legacy of admiration for design and beauty in her chosen work. Debby was a regular exhibitor at the San Francisco Gift and Fancy Food Shows, most recently hosting booths for baskets and containers in the food and wine industry. Her customer service and follow-up were well acknowledged.

Debby was a board member of the Orchid Society and a volunteer for Chicken Soupers, a meal service charity for JFCS. She served on the Women’s Philanthropy Board of the Jewish Federation of the East Bay, co-chairing the Choices event. Debby and her husband were co-trustees for the Ilse Schiff Trust established for the renewal of the Reutlinger Community in Danville, a senior home for residency, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing. Debby participated for nearly twenty years in numerous social and cultural groups for knitting, canasta, handwork, book discussions and water athletics, where friendships were sincere and enduring.

Debby gave generously of her talents, teaching children the art of creating by nurturing plants, vegetable gardens, craftwork and food preparation. She was always available to assist her friends with planning and improving their gardens or cooking recipes, always completely present when in their presence. Arriving as a guest at others’ homes, Debby came with an abundance of flowers, fruits, homemade jams and baked goods to share with everyone. She knit hats and blankets for friends’ newborns. Having decorated her own warm and welcoming home, Debby extended her visions to others in need of decorative balance.

Debby supported her husband in his achievement as an academic scholar and teacher and his avocation for playing jazz, regularly attending his music concerts and academic events at his college, where he is a professor of business analytics.

Debbele, as known to her friends, and Sam were married 29 years, eager to be together reading, walking, hiking, nature observing and cooking together, many times on retreats to Carmel, Point Reyes, Santa Cruz, Tahoe, the North Coast and other places of local beauty. She loved and admired Sam sincerely, referring to him as her “rock.” Together they shared an intense devotion to their domestic cats and philanthropic support for wild feline sanctuaries and rescue organizations.

Deborah’s kindness and gentle, easy smile will be missed dearly by Samuel and the wide circle of friendships she leaves behind. In keeping with Deborah’s generosity, the family requests contributions to The Reutlinger Community, 4000 Tassajara, Danville, CA 94506.


Harry Seidel passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2018. He left behind Fredy Seidel, brother and Bela Martin, cousin. May he rest in peace.


Leonard Earle Silverman
Oct. 30, 1932-May 8, 2018

It is with much sadness and a heavy heart that we share the news of the sudden passing of Leonard (Len), a native of San Francisco.

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Leonard Earle Silverman

He is survived by his loving wife Sharon Milenbach Silverman of 54 years; daughters Bonni (Dom) Silverman and Jill (Mark) Brier; and grandsons Zachary Brier and the late Brandon Brier. Son of the late Rose and Al Silverman.

Leonard was a retired San Francisco school administrator and retired lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve. During his active duties he spent time in the Philippines and Colorado. During his reserve years he did counseling for the Air Force Academy.

Len retired at 57 so that he and his wife could travel, which was something they both loved and cherished. They took many trips all over Asia, Maui, and Israel, and in recent years they took up cruising on the high seas. Besides the love for his family, he also loved taking photographs and attending SF Giants games, where he has been a season ticket holder since the early ‘80s.

Memorial services were held at Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame. Donations in memory of Leonard can be made to Hebrew Free Loan and Peninsula Temple Sholom.