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Deaths for the week of May 31, 2019

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


Malvin Barer, MSc, MD

May 22, 1931–May 8, 2019

Malvin was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Morris and Molly Barer, immigrants from Eastern Europe. He attended Stuyvesant High School and Purdue University. In 1961, he obtained his medical degree from the University of Amsterdam in Holland.

Malvin Barer
Malvin Barer

Malvin met his wife, Barbara, while visiting London, where she was working at the time. They married in Vancouver, Canada, on June 27, 1962. Following his internship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Malvin trained as a Fellow in Orthopedic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where their three daughters were born: Rebecca, Michelle, and Devora.

The family settled in Oakland, California, where he became a partner in the Webster Orthopedic Medical Group. Over the years, he served as Chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at Oakland Children’s Hospital and as an orthopedist for the Golden State Warriors, Health Volunteers Overseas, the California School for the Deaf, and at the Paralympic Games. He was a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, International College of Surgeons, the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy.

Malvin was a marathon runner, devoted member of Beth Jacob Congregation in Oakland and proud grandparent of nine. Throughout his life, he cared for many people — patients, friends, colleagues, and especially his beloved family — with his strong spirit and generous heart.

Donation suggestions:

Beth Jacob Congregation, bethjacoboakland.org

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Foundation, ucsfbenioffchildrens.org

Health Volunteers Overseas, hvousa.org


Florence Marilynn Hoch

Florence Marilynn Hoch was a beloved wife, devoted mother, adoring grandmother and great-grandmother. She passed away at the age of 87.

Florence Marilynn Hoch
Florence Marilynn Hoch

Born in Brooklyn, New York, to Henry and Leah Finger, she met the love of her life, Samuel Hoch, after graduating from Mount Sinai School of Nursing in New York City in 1952. Following Sam’s discharge from military service, they married in 1956 and moved to California in 1958. They lived in San Francisco for more than 57 years.

Together they traveled the world, exploring all seven continents. London and Paris were among her favorite cities. Florence had a passion for antiques and collectibles, especially unusual pieces of porcelain and silver. She was a long-time supporter of the arts, frequently attending the San Francisco Symphony and A.C.T.

She is survived by her loving husband, Sam; their three children, Richard Hoch (Karen), Steven Hoch (Maureen), and Jamie Kendall (Gary); three grandchildren, Natalie Henderson (Travis), Hannah Caldwell (Aaron), and Joshua Kendall; and her three great-granddaughters, Ayla, Nora and Camden.

Most of all, Florence cherished her time with family and was a model of kindness and generosity to all she interacted with and those who cared for her over the years.

A private family service was held. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Planned Parenthood or the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.

(Sinai SF)


Michael Avrum Kurtzman

July 9, 1938 – May 11, 2019

Michael Kurtzman passed away peacefully on May 11, 2019. Mike was born and raised in San Francisco, son of Max and Elizabeth Kurtzman. He was a devoted and loving husband to Angela for almost 60 years; beloved father of Jeff (Kelley) Kurtzman, Dana Kurtzman, and Joni (Ed) Berticevich; brother of Dan Kurtzman; and brother-in-law of Adrienne Swedlove. Mike was so proud of cherished grandchildren Jason (Morgan) Berticevich, Max Kurtzman, Kevin Berticevich, Sam Kurtzman, and Tighe Kurtzman; great-grandson Cal Berticevich; and nephews Joel and Andy Swedlove. He is mourned by his large extended family of cousins and remembered with love by a community of lifelong friends.

Mike had a long career as a communications engineer with Pacific Bell. After retirement, he and Angie enjoyed travel throughout the world as well as in the U.S. Mike was a tireless volunteer, serving on the Boards of Congregation Sherith Israel and the Contra Costa JCC. He was honored as CERT leader of the year by the San Ramon Valley Citizen Corps Council.

Memorial services were held at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette. The family asks that donations be made to Temple Isaiah or Hospice of the East Bay.