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Deaths for the week of March 8, 2019


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


Shana Rose Abela

Shana Rose Abela, daughter of John Waisman and the late Marsha Waisman, was born June 2, 1956, and passed away on March 3, 2019.

Shana Rose Abela
Shana Rose Abela

Loving wife to Jeffrey Abela for 37 years and dear sister to Steve Waisman. Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her children, Andrew, Nicole, and Adrienne. She loved her newest role as grandma to Harper and angel Avery.

Shana was born in Haifa, Israel, and raised in San Francisco. She attended George Washington High School, where she met her beloved and loyal friend Nancy Kuhn. In 1981, Jeffrey and Shana wed, moved to Sonoma and built their home to raise their three children. She was the mom at every soccer and Little League game and quickly became a part of the community. Shana was her kids’ biggest advocate, greatest cheerleader and number-one fan. In one weekend she would be grabbing a forgotten tutu, editing an English paper, or making the world’s best spinach dip. Anyone who knew Shana knew how much she loved to travel. She checked many places off the list and had a refrigerator full of magnets to prove it.

In December of 2016, her life was rocked by the diagnosis of stage IV colon cancer, which she faced head-on with determination to fight. It was not only her mission to beat it but to spread awareness to the people around her. She became very involved with the colon cancer community, meeting fellow fighters and survivors who inspired her to become an advocate and a strong voice for everyone.

Shana could walk into any room and make a fast friend. She was loved by so many and will be missed by all. Though her life was ended before we were ready, it was a life well lived, and we know she cherished each and every moment. Even through the struggles and hardships, she was a ray of positivity. We will pass down our memories of her with others. We love you!

Shana was laid to rest at Eternal Home Cemetery, Colma.

(Sinai SF)


Alan David Bonapart

1930-2019

Alan was a man who lived a full life and was loved by many. He was a gentle man of keen intellect and a beautiful temperament. He was a man of great kindness and extraordinary sweetness.

Alan David Bonapart
Alan David Bonapart

Alan was cherished by his wife of 63 years, Helen Bonapart, who survives him. He was a loving father to Paul and to Andy who predeceased him. He was adored by grandchildren Adin and Mayana and will be missed by Barri Bonapart, Mitch Stein, and many wonderful friends.

Alan was born in San Francisco to Rose and Ben Bonapart. Alan graduated from UC Berkeley in Political Science and from Boalt Hall Law School. He enjoyed a long, distinguished career as an estate and trust attorney at Bancroft, Avery and McAlister. Alan took great pleasure and pride in his work, and he helped many people.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Andrew Bonapart Fund at Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon, CA 94925.


Elie Nounou

Elie Nounou, 88, passed peacefully at home surrounded by his loving children on February 26, 2019. Elie was born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1930. He graduated from the University of Cairo with an architectural degree.

Elie Nounou
Elie Nounou

He married Nelly in 1958 and took refuge in Paris to pursue a better life. In 1960, Elie and Nelly, with their daughter Sylvie, immigrated to San Francisco, U.S.A. Elie worked as a senior civil engineer at PG&E. Elie retired and devoted his time with family and enjoyed cuisine, watercoloring, sculpturing wood and clay, music, movies and nature. Elie help find a home for the Karaite community. Elie was full of humor and advised a diverse group of people on many topics.

Elie is survived by his devoted and beloved wife Nelly of 60 years, daughter Sylvie (Leonard Nordson), Joseph (Andrea) Nounou, Gilbert (Anne) Nounou, and Paul (Jacqueline) Nounou. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Daniel and Benjamin Nordson, Tracie, Jaime, Zachary, Michelle, Maurice, Natalie, Nathan, and Elliot Nounou. Great-grandchildren : Xelin, Isaiah, Lucas, Mataya, Nico, and Noah.

In lieu of flowers, family requests donations made in honor of Elie Nounou be made to either the American Cancer Society or Magen David Adom.

(Sinai Redwood City)


Lyllian Wendroff

It is with great sadness that the family of Lyllian Wendroff announces her passing on February 23. She was born in Denver on January 25, 1931. A strong, independent, and fearless young woman, she moved to San Francisco in her 20s. In 1967, Lyllian married the late Alan Wendroff. Together they shared a beautiful life together as avid readers, music lovers, world travelers and lifelong learners.

Lyllian Wendroff
Lyllian Wendroff

Lyllian began her career at Mount Zion Hospital and continued at the newly developed Goldman Institute on Aging (now the Institute on Aging), where she remained until her retirement. She was also a volunteer at the San Francisco Botanical Garden for more than 40 years.

In addition to her many friends, she is survived by her treasured sister-in-law, Maureen Waldbaum; nieces and nephews Mark Waldbaum (Scott), Randi Bloom (Kerry), Debbi Waldbaum, Michelle Slosky (Bill), Ted Slosky (Sue) and Michael Slosky; and her godchildren, Alexandra and Noah Schneider, as well as her cousin Arlene (Missy) Doyle (Don), stepson David Wendroff (Wendy) and stepdaughter Kathy Hannappel (the late Mike).

Services were held at Eternal Home Cemetery, Colma, on March 3. A celebration of her life will be held at a future date.

Donations in Lyllian’s memory may be made to the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning at the University of San Francisco, the San Francisco Botanical Garden (formerly known as Strybing Arboretum) and/or the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center.

(Sinai SF)