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Deaths for the week of June 15, 2018


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Robert Jason Kaplan, DPM

May 21, 1950–June 4, 2018

Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, to the late Shelley and Lois Kaplan, Robert Kaplan died of end stage renal disease caused by amyloidosis at his home. He was the incredible husband of Jerrilyn and loving father to their twin daughters, Nikki Kaplan (Blake Echols) and Dara Sue (Alan), and grandfather to Hannah Echols and Lylah and Rayah Sue. He is also survived by his brother, Vic Kaplan.

Robert Jason Kaplan
Robert Jason Kaplan

After finishing high school in Millburn, New Jersey, he attended and graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. He then attended the California College of Podiatry in San Francisco (at which time he met Jerri). He did 2 years of residency in N.J. and Oakland, after which he began his practice of podiatry on Pill Hill in Oakland. He was a lifetime member of the California Podiatry Association and served as president of his local chapter.

Rob was an avid golfer, bread maker, vacation planner, guitar player, reader, and A’s and Warriors fan. He volunteered to cook for the Midway Women’s Shelter in Alameda. He was an active member of Temple Israel of Alameda and served as President, Treasurer, and Cantorial Soloist.

In lieu of flowers please donate to Temple Israel Alameda at 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda, CA 94502, or to the National Kidney Foundation, 717 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103. For both charities, please reference “In memory of Robert J. Kaplan, DPM.” Private services have been held.


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.

Deborah L. 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.


It is with great sadness that the family of Ernest (Ernie) J Sherne announces his passing at the age of 86 years. Ernie will be lovingly remembered by his children Gary (Sandy Frucht), Jana and Caryn; his four granddaughters, Whitney, Dana, Yael and Maya; and his partner, Flora Pena. Ernie was predeceased by his two wives, Janice and Beverly.

Ernest (Ernie) J Sherne
Ernest (Ernie) J Sherne

Ernie was playful and loved to tell jokes and play games, especially golf and bridge. He always said his first language was math, and after serving in the U.S. Army as a math instructor, he had a long career as a CPA and financial analyst, retiring from Kaiser Permanente. He loved music, played the trumpet well into his 80s, and sounded the shofar on Jewish High Holidays at various synagogues in the Bay Area. Ernie had the good fortune to retire early and enjoyed world travel, but his favorite place was Bishop, California, during the spring with the beautiful wildflowers.

Ernie made the world a better place just by being himself. Now he is at rest and will be dearly missed by his many family and friends. May his memory be for a blessing.


Edgar Norman Stone

November 28, 1920–May 29, 2018

A lifelong and true San Franciscan, Edgar Stone passed away May 29 in San Francisco at age 97.

Edgar Norman Stone
Edgar Norman Stone

After graduating from Galileo High School, Edgar attended Stanford University. He graduated in 1941 shortly before enlisting in the Navy to serve in the Pacific aboard the destroyer USS Fanning during World War II. Returning to San Francisco after the war, Edgar pursued a career as the owner of men’s clothing stores, but he reinvented himself at age 50 when he became a successful stockbroker.

Edgar was the chair and a longtime board member of the San Francisco Zoological Society and also served on the board of the Jewish Home for the Aged. He was a lifelong member of Temple Emanu-El and the Concordia Club and was also a longtime member of Lake Merced Golf Club.

While Edgar was a faithful fan of the 49ers and Giants, he was an even bigger fan of chocolate. One of his greatest joys was entertaining clients and friends with amusing stories, but nothing mattered more to him than his family. He was a devoted husband to the late Beatrice Stone, to whom he was married for nearly 50 years, and father to Marcia Sowers (late Philip Sowers), Ellen Davis (late Laurence Davis), and Patty Stone (Chuck Ortenberg). He was a beloved grandfather to Robbie Sowers, Amy Sowers (Bennie Rodriquez), Cindy Ruhl (David Ruhl), David Ortenberg, and Richard Ortenberg and great-grandfather to Emily and Kylie Sowers and to Jacob, Amanda, and Rebecca Ruhl. Donations in Edgar’s memory may be sent to the San Francisco Zoo or a charity of your choice.