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Deaths for the week of Aug. 10, 2018


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Zev Hymowitz, 1932-2018

Buried in Israel on Aug. 1. Please send written memories for family album to Sheila Lippman, 2190 Washington St., No. 506, S.F., 94109. Donations may be sent to Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, 2530 Taraval St., S.F., CA 94116.

(Sinai SF)


Ilse (née Feibusch) Lewy died on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Ilse was born in Wuppertal, Germany on Feb. 26, 1920. Fleeing Nazi Germany, Ilse immigrated to the United States, arriving in San Francisco in 1938 with her parents and younger sister, Martha.

Ilse became a nurse at Mount Zion Nursing School, joining the U.S. Army three months later in 1944. Sent to the Philippines, she met and was proposed to there by another German Jewish refugee, John Kurt Lewy, in 1946. John entered the United States illegally; however, he was admitted legally through the War Brides Act, allowing Ilse and John to marry in May 1947 and establish their home in the Sunset District.

They raised a family of three children: Deborah (married to John), James (married to late spouse, Carol, who was also a very special friend and caregiver to Ilse), and Leonard (father of Ilse’s grandchild, Eliana). John died in 1987. For the last 15 years, Ilse made her home at Rhoda Goldman Plaza with a view out of her window of the very Mount Zion building where she graduated as a nurse.

Besides her immediate family, Ilse’s survivors include sister, Martha, many cousins of various generations, good friends, and her precious Rhoda Goldman family of residents and staff.

Ilse’s family would like to especially recognize the special caring staff of Rhoda Goldman Plaza, Sutter Care at Home (hospice care) and Home Care Assistance. No flowers. Donations only, please, in memory of Ilse to Jewish War Veterans of the USA, Rhoda Goldman Plaza or Congregation Ner Tamid in San Francisco.


Marianne Liepman

May 31, 1927–July 29, 2018

Marianne Liepman, 91, died peacefully of natural causes in Santa Barbara, with family at her side, surrounded by orchids.

In March 1938, Marianne Fischer’s carefree childhood in Vienna was upended by the German occupation of Austria. Marianne’s mother, Helene, arranged her husband Albin’s release from Nazi prison on the condition that the family leave Austria. The family fled to relative safety in Shanghai, China, where they survived in a Jewish ghetto until after the war, and where Marianne began her work life teaching very poor children in the ghetto.

Marianne Liepman
Marianne Liepman

In the early ’50s, Marianne rekindled her romance with her childhood Shanghai beau, Peter Liepman. They married in Reno, Nevada while he was on a weekend pass from the U.S. Army. The couple raised their three sons in Pacific Grove, Treasure Island and Oakland. She ran the household, was active in many volunteer activities and worked in administration at Merritt College and UC Berkeley.

With the boys in college and grown, Marianne joined Peter in Tidewater, Virginia in 1978. Peter managed the Little Creek naval base officers’ club while Marianne found employment at Old Dominion University. Shortly after Peter’s death in 1981, Marianne returned to the Bay Area, where she remained until 2013. She enjoyed many happy years with her friend Maurice Boaz, dividing her time between Israel and San Francisco. Her final chapter was spent at The Samarkand, a lovely retirement community in Santa Barbara where she was wonderfully cared for by their staff.

Marianne was charming, generous and stylish, a fine cook and hostess. Above all, she valued spending time with her small but loving family. Marianne played the piano, and she loved to attend chamber and classical music concerts. She had a keen interest in Jewish history and the fine arts and never shied from political and literary discourse. Marianne also loved learning, reading, adventure and life. She led her three boys on often ambitious hikes during the family’s customary weeklong summer vacations in Tahoe, featuring plunges into ice-cold mountain lakes and precarious scrambles across high-altitude ice floes. Her announcement “Come on boys, we’re going hiking!” could bring at least two of the boys to tears.

Our beloved mother, grandmother and aunt will be missed for too many reasons to list. She leaves behind her sons Michael (Barbara), Andy (Mary) and David (Gigi); her grandchildren Ben, Julia and Allie Liepman; and nieces Ruth and Kelly Mackay.

Private services held. Donations in Marianne’s memory may be sent to the Jewish Federation or a charity of your choice.


Harry Policar passed away peacefully July 21, 2018 in San Rafael. He was born to Rebecca and Morris (Mike) Policar, who had emigrated from Marmara, Turkey to Seattle. After the premature death of his mother, he and sister Virginia (DeLeon) lived in a children’s home and later were cared for by members of Seattle’s Sephardic community.

After graduating from Queen Anne High School, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1941, where he served as a radioman on Liberty Ship troop transports in the North Atlantic during World War II.

Harry Policar
Harry Policar

A talented pictorial and calligraphy artist, he moved with his wife, Katherine Pizante Policar, to Vallejo in 1950. He was the owner of Pizante Music, a Vallejo vending and amusement machine company, until his retirement in 1981.

He served both as President of Congregation B’nai Israel and of the Board of Directors of the Blue Rock Springs Golf Club, where he was editor of the association’s newsletter. His other community memberships included the B’nai B’rith, SIRS, Green Valley Country Club, the Exchange Club and the Vallejo Elks.

After retirement, he pursued his love of golf, gardening and travel, as well as spending time with his children and grandchildren. He and Katie, his wife of 69 years, traveled extensively to Africa, Asia, South America and Europe and reveled in innumerable golf trips in Maui, Palm Desert and Las Vegas with friends from Vallejo and Seattle.

A lifelong passionate football fan, he was particularly proud to be an original San Francisco 49ers season ticket holder and attended most games in person, both in good years and bad, until recently. He also was an avid fan of the S.F. Giants, the Golden State Warriors and the PGA golf tour.

Along with his wife, he is survived by three sons: Michael Policar M.D., of San Rafael; Raymond Policar, J.D., of Davis; and Norman Policar, of Gold River (Sacramento); and their wives, Kristi Pearson, Joy Policar and Kristi Policar, as well as three grandchildren: Jack, Kyle and Lindsey.


Judith Nancy Horwitz Schaefer died peacefully on July 31, 2018 at Schon Hyme Rest Home in San Rafael. Born on Jan. 20, 1942 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Judy is survived by her sons, Ari Efrem Schaefer of San Rafael and Jonas James Schaefer of Belvedere, as well as her granddaughter, Jacqueline Amaris Schaefer, and daughter-in-law, Julianne Malnick Schaefer. She is survived by her brother, James Alex Horwitz of New York, N.Y.

Judy was a lively, caring, warm, funny, creative person who was beloved by many from all walks of life. A sharp wit with a beautiful smile and piercing blue eyes, she was a devoted mother, daughter, sister and friend to many. Judy graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a degree in integrated liberal studies, spent a semester in Florence, Italy and earned a masters in clinical psychology from the John F. Kennedy School in Orinda, Calif.

Judy opened the only all-Oshkosh B’gosh store in the United States in San Rafael, Calif. (Wear With All) in the 1980s and was an independent filmmaker who made a documentary about Samuel Ullman, “So Long Are You Young,” which premiered around the country at independent film festivals, including the Mill Valley Film Festival and San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. She loved all forms of art and collected art from all over the world. Her favorite holiday was Valentine’s Day, and she was known for her parties.

She will be missed by many but remembered as she was, a vibrant, vivacious person. In the end, she suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and died surrounded by her family.

(Sinai SF)


Gladys Wagman

Formerly from Philadelphia, Gladys passed away peacefully in San Francisco on Aug. 3, 2018 at age 96. She was beloved mother to Thelma Weiss of Woodacre, Calif., Robert Wagman of Palm Desert, Calif. and Susan Wagman-Brettschneider of Mount Kisco, NY. Loving mother-in law to Nancy Wagman, Mark Weiss and Kenneth Brettschneider. Six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She will missed by many. Memorial service to be held.