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Nancy Livingston Levin
April 29, 1947–Nov. 16, 2019
Nancy Livingston Levin passed away peacefully, at UCSF Bakar Cancer Hospital, holding her husband’s hand, at the age of 72 after a courageous battle with cancer. During her nine-year fight, she never let cancer define her and always considered it “just a minor inconvenience.” Born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, the daughter of Selma and Willard Livingston attended Shaker Heights High School and later graduated from Boston University in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
Nancy was a proud B.U. Terrier all her life and recently served on the Dean’s Advisory Board.
She moved to San Francisco in 1971 and spent her career in the advertising industry. Nancy loved to say, “I married the client.” Nancy and Fred Levin, her husband of over 40 years, did meet at the office. When a business relationship of about three years became personal, they became inseparable. They loved the same things, enjoyed new experiences, worked together, traveled as often as possible and were always surrounded by family and friends.
After retirement, Nancy and Fred became the stewards of the Shenson Foundation, started by Fred’s cousins, where they supported the arts and Jewish social services. In addition to their philanthropic endeavors, they served on a number of distinguished nonprofit boards. They loved fundraising for the organizations they supported, and in 2016 together they received the Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award on National Philanthropy Day in San Francisco.
At the time of her death, Nancy was chair emeriti of the American Conservatory Theater, where she served on their board for 13 years, seven years as chair. She was also a past vice chair of Cal Performances and board member of Congregation Rodef Sholom.
In addition to her husband Fred Levin, she is survived by her son Jeff Levin, daughter-in-law Jane Levin, grandchildren John, Jacob and Jillian Levin, and daughter Victoria Levin, as well as a large extended family and many friends.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Nancy at 11 a.m. Dec. 18 at Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the UCSF Foundation, P.O. Box 45339, S.F., 94145; please indicate that the gift is in memory of Nancy Livingston to benefit gynecologic oncology research under the direction of Dr. Lee-may Chen. Or the American Conservatory Theater, 30 Grant Ave., S.F., 94108 in memory of Nancy Livingston.
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Jan. 15, 1948–Nov. 10, 2019
Jeffrey Liss — beloved: husband, father, father-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin, coach, fan, bartender, fashionista, trend-setter and friend — passed away on Nov. 10. He is survived by his loving wife, Marie Liss, his son Todd (Jessica) Liss, brother Robert Liss, nephew Rob (Amy) Liss, brothers-in-law Ray (Lori) Johnson and Mike (Claudia) Johnson, and countless cousins, second cousins and a large extended family.
A Bay Area native through and through, Jeffrey grew up in San Francisco and spent the past 40-plus years in Larkspur with his wife, Marie. Jeffrey, a lifelong sports fan, spent his childhood as a ball boy for the 49ers at Kezar Stadium, was a longtime 49ers and Warriors season-ticket holder, and helped coach his son’s football team at Redwood High School. Jeffrey was known all around Marin County for his many years as a devoted fan of high school athletics, especially at Redwood and other MCAL schools. The vacant seat in the stands will definitely be noticed.
Although gone too soon, Jeffrey led a very fulfilling life. A life full of love, adventure, laughter, friendships, sports and family. Whether you were related by blood, a longtime/new friend, or someone who sat next to Jeffrey just once at a game, you know what a special man he was.
Charitable donations can be made to: Redwood High School Pigskin Club a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization, FEIN 94-2976325. 395 Doherty Drive, Larkspur, CA 94939.
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June 30, 1927–Nov. 13, 2019
Milton Matz, a resident of Danville, California, died on Nov. 13 at the age of 92. Milton was born June 30, 1927 in New York to Sarah and Joshua Matz. Milton was a rabbi, clinical psychologist and playwright. Milton is survived by his children, Debbie and Michael Towe and David and Sheila Matz, as well as his brother, Marvin Matz. His grandchildren, Rachel Towe and Joshua and Juliana Matz, were his greatest pleasure.
Milton was a kind, peaceful and deeply thoughtful soul and was very beloved to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.
Graveside services were held Nov. 17 at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette, California. Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of the East Bay (hospiceeastbay.org).
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Carl C. Nielsen
April 29, 1949–Nov. 20, 2019
Carl C. Nielsen, born April 29, 1949, passed away peacefully at his home in San Mateo on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the age of 70, surrounded by his many family and friends.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Carl graduated from Lowell High School in 1966, attended the University of Southern California, and spent much of his career managing construction and real-estate projects across San Francisco and Northern California. A former football player at USC, and a Rose Bowl champion, standing at 6-foot-5, Carl was a big guy but known to many as a gentle giant on a mission to help so many in his life and community. Carl was an English tutor at local Peninsula libraries, used his expertise in real-estate development to give free consulting to the construction of homeless shelters in the Bay Area, and was part of countless community organizations throughout his life. For his friends and family, Carl was always available for long breakfast and lunches any day of the week, to listen and give advice for just about anything.
Carl’s life would change 15 years ago, when he met the love of his life, Angela, whom he would spend the last 15 years with. Together they traveled the world, and became best friends and true companions. Carl was adopted into Angela’s family and friends, who grew to love and cherish Carl dearly and viewed him as a pillar of the family.
He is survived by his wife Angela, his children and six grandchildren, his many nieces, nephews, cousins, and family, and his countless close friends.
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Ruth H. Rosenbaum
Dec. 19, 1917-Nov. 23, 2019
Ruth H. Rosenbaum passed away at 101 years of age on November 23, 2019 at the Jewish Home in San Francisco. Ruth was loved by many and will be missed.
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William Martin Scott
May 19, 1952–Nov. 21, 2019
Bill died in his home after a long and courageous battle with cancer, which he fought for almost four years. Taken way too soon.
Born in Los Angeles. His parents came from Oklahoma. Son of the late Mabel and Clarence Scott (a member of the Cherokee Nation). After attending Hartnell College, Bill came to San Francisco to attend San Francisco State University. There he received both undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and classics. It was there that Bill met his wife, Stephanie Ernst. They were classmates, life partners and best friends for 44 years.
His English degree was not particularly helpful in employment. He was a skylight designer for many years. After that he became fascinated with computers and ended up running the computer department at See’s Candies and was responsible for installing every PC at their San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. He wrote all the code, some of which is still in use at this time. After See’s, he worked full-time in his wife’s family’s business, Gus’ Discount Tackle. He designed their website and managed all of their accounting, and was even pressed into service and sales. Other than his very varied career moves, Bill was a man with great interests — a voracious reader, talented chef and creative wood worker.
Bill is survived by his devoted wife, Stephanie Ernst Scott; daughter, Ariana Estoque (Marc) and son, Jonathan Scott. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Calen Gabriel, Ever Ariyeh, Ellery Shalom and Dyllan Bryce. Also included in the family are Tracy and Sean Treacy.
Friends and family attended his memorial service on Monday, Nov. 25 at Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake Street, S.F.
Donations in Bill’s honor can be made to either the American Cancer Society or hospice.
Edgar Paul Talmus
June 11, 1930–Nov. 11, 2019
Edgar Paul Talmus, “Ed” to his friends, passed away on Nov. 11 in his Tiburon, California home, surrounded by his loving family and his dog, Coco. He was 89 years old.
Ed was born in Warsaw, Poland where he survived the Holocaust despite facing horrific adversity as a Jewish child. At the age of 9, with the Warsaw Ghetto under Nazi control, his mother was forced to drop him off at a Salesian orphanage. Ed lived there as a hidden child, separated from his parents for three years. When Ed was 12, the Nazis discovered that the orphanage clergy was working with the resistance. While Nazis were rounding up the children and arresting the priests, Ed escaped, hiding in a church until he was able to contact his parents and reunite with them. After the liberation, Ed’s family resided in Europe until 1947, when they departed for the United States and arrived in New York City.
Ed lived life to the fullest in New York for 54 years. It was there he met and married Roberta Gardner (née Beller) and had two children together, Laura and Evie. He was a successful businessman: In the late ’50s and ’60s he served as vice president for a major record label; he later became the U.S. importer of Polish textiles and clothing. Ed was an avid tennis player and skier, generous, honest, and possessed uncanny intuition. More important to him than anything were his daughters.
As much as Ed loved New York, he loved being near his children and grandchildren even more. He moved to Tiburon, where he spent the last 15 years of his life, creating a new community there. Ed’s intellectual curiosity only grew with age. He was fascinated — albeit at times frustrated — with the domestic and global state of affairs, and read both the American and Polish press on a daily basis. His (strong) opinions on a vast range of topics, from politics to sports to the stock market, were sought and respected by everyone who knew and loved him. While living in Tiburon, Ed honed his skills in bridge, playing multiple times a week with his favorite partners. He loved his master points!
Ed was predeceased by his father, Fred Talmus, his mother, Lili Talmus (née Pikelny), and his granddaughter, Lili Rachel Smith. He is survived by his children, Evie Talmus (Alan Pomerantz), Laura Talmus (Averell “Ace” Smith), and his grandchildren, Jake Schlackman and Abram Smith (Aine Minihane).
In lieu of flowers, donations are gratefully accepted to Beyond Differences, a nonprofit (beyonddifferences.org) that was founded in memory of his late granddaughter, or the Edgar P. Talmus Endowment Fund for Holocaust Education at Jewish Family and Children’s Services (donate.jfcs.org). A life celebration open to his friends and loved ones is planned for 1-3 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Belvedere Community Center, 450 San Rafael Ave., Belvedere.