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Deaths for the week of Dec. 20, 2019

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


Mervyn Goodman

Aug. 1, 1926–Dec. 8, 2019

Mervyn Goodman, 93, passed away December 8, 2019 in San Mateo, California.

Mervyn Goodman
Mervyn Goodman

Merv was born in 1926 and raised in San Francisco by his parents, Abe and Bessie. Merv attended Polytechnic High School of San Francisco and entered WWII after graduating. He served in the Navy, and after the war he returned to San Francisco where he became a sales manager for Fuller O’Brien Paint Company for 42 years.

Merv is survived by his beloved wife, Fay Goodman, a marriage that was blessed for over 65 years. He is survived by his loving and devoted daughter, Marcie Salberg, amazing son-in-law Gerry Salberg and his grandson Taylor, who brought him joy and happiness every day.

He is also survived by brother-in-laws Milton Mosk (Tom Foutch), Mel Mosk (Pearl) and many nieces and nephews. Merv had two brothers, predeceased, Dave Goodman (Edna) and Harold Goodman (Ruby).

Merv was a longtime member of the Lake Merced Golf Club and enjoyed many occasions with his family there. He treasured the times he was able to spend with his grandson, Taylor. Merv had a special place in his heart for watching Taylor grow from his buddy to a well-rounded man. Taylor will miss his time with his wonderful grandfather and the memories they shared.

Memorial donations may be made to Peninsula Humane Society-PHS/SPCA, 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame, CA 94010 or to a charity of your choice.

Private family service was held at Hills of Eternity Cemetery.

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Shirley Ethel Leventhal

Aug. 10, 1928–Nov. 26, 2019

Shirley was born in San Francisco on August 10, 1928, to parents Anne and Morris Jack Blumenfeld. In 1950, she married Daniel Leventhal and they bought a house in Daly City, where they lived the rest of their lives. Shirley and Danny raised three children together: David, Susan and Roger. She deeply loved her children and grandchildren, and nothing made her happier than seeing her family together.

Shirley Ethel Leventhal
Shirley Ethel Leventhal

She and Danny started and operated Richter’s Music Boxes in Ghirardelli Square, the first music box specialty store in the US. She was an incredibly hard worker, managing and running the store by day and doing the books at night (after making dinner) until Danny’s untimely death in 1989. Shirley enjoyed theater and international travel and was passionate about supporting children’s health organizations. Over the years, she provided vision and hearing screenings to thousands of local children.

Shirley was a member of the Daly City Lions Club, various local Democratic organizations and Congregation Beth Israel Judea. In 1994 she remarried David Zeff, who recently preceded her in passing.

Shirley is survived by her three children: David Leventhal (Annie) of Kauai, Susan Margolis (Gary) of Los Angeles, and Roger Leventhal (Helen) of Petaluma. She is also survived by her three grandchildren: Hayley (Mark), Stacey and Elias Leventhal; and by her brother, Allan Blumenfeld (Morry) of San Francisco. While she will be missed, her family is happy that she is finally reunited with Danny.

A service in memory of Shirley will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. Jan. 19, 2020 at Home of Peace Cemetery in Colma.