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Deaths for the week of May 10-16, 2020

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Libby Lewin

April 13, 1928-April 28, 2020

Libby Lewin passed away peacefully on April 28 at her home in San Francisco. She was born April 13, 1928, to Sephus and Ethel Lewis in Mount Airy, North Carolina, the fifth of six children. Libby was a teenager when her mother passed away, and the loss inspired Libby to value strength, kindness, and family. She was a 1945 graduate of Franklin High School in Mount Airy, and subsequently moved to New York City to work for a top cosmetic company. On a business trip to San Francisco, she met Werner Lewin. The couple married on July 12, 1953, and celebrated 63 years of marriage before Werner’s death in 2016. After raising five children, Libby began a career as a real estate agent in 1985.

Libby Lewin
Libby Lewin

Libby was the cherished mother of Werner S. Lewin, Jr. of Novato (Yolanda), Michael Lewin of San Francisco (Jamie), Lydia Tevini of Miami, FL (Helmut), David Lewin of Chicago, IL (Simmone), and Lysa Lewin of San Francisco (Robert Bevc); loving grandmother of Tyla, Nyki, Sepp, Benjamin, Emily, Jessica, Max, Nya, Luciana, Luka and Sam; and proud great-grandmother of SJ, LyliAnna, Maximo, Jaxon, Lyv, Josef, Byanca, and Pyper. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Gitta Lewin, as well as ten nieces and six nephews. Libby will be missed by her dear friends Sue Rouda, Jayne Lee and Ruth M. Chavez.

Libby will be remembered as a generous person, whether giving her support, lending an ear, or delivering chicken matzoh ball soup to anyone in need. Those who knew her best would describe her as a force of nature.

A private burial at Eternal Home was officiated by Cantor Roslyn Barak. Arrangements entrusted to Sinai Memorial Chapel. A celebration of life service will be scheduled at a later date.The family requests memorial donations be made to the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation in memory of Libby Lewin.


Harry Schriebman

September 21, 1922-April 21, 2020

Harry Schriebman, 97, died at home in Corte Madera, CA on April 21, 2020 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Harry Schriebman
Harry Schriebman

Born on Sept. 21, 1922 to Fanny (Cohen) and Jacob “Jack” Schriebman in Oakland, CA, Harry grew up in Los Angeles until heading to San Francisco with his brother Stan to join the army during World War II. After serving as a captain in Europe, Harry returned to San Francisco where he met Annette Sabel at a JCC Purim dance. They were married on July 6, 1946 and moved to Fairfax in the early ‘50s. Harry and Annette were members of Congregation Rodef Sholom when the synagogue was located on Mission Avenue in San Rafael and then became early members of Congregation Kol Shofar.

Harry liked sailing on San Francisco Bay and was an avid reader. Harry and Annette loved to travel and were frequent Elderhostel students. England was a beloved destination. He worked for AT&T for more than 30 years and after retiring early explored new interests, including civic affairs. He became an active member of the Mariner’s Cove Neighborhood Association where he initiated neighborhood emergency preparedness drills that continue to this day. In 2000, Harry and Annette were named Corte Madera’s Senior Citizens of the Year and served as Grand Marshalls in the town’s Fourth of July parade.

Harry will be remembered for his generosity, humility and sense of humor. During Passover Harry and Annette would often dress as Moses and Miriam and re-enact the Exodus from a script they developed together. While performed primarily to entertain the grandchildren, it created laughter and memories for adults in the room as well.

Harry is survived by Annette, his beloved wife of 73 years; son Jeff (and Judy) of San Rafael; daughter Joyce (and Yehezkel Landau) of Bethel, CT; five grandchildren: Daniel, David, Abigail, Robin, and Andrew; four great-grandchildren; and his sisters Hattie Brogden (William) and Miriam Maldonado. Sisters Sylvia Gardner, Lillian Kent, and brother Stanley Schriebman predeceased him.

Parkinson’s may have hampered his body, but it did not cripple his spirit or his mind, which were active until his final day. He will be deeply missed.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, 900 Pennsylvania Ave., San Francisco, CA 94107 sfmfoodbank.org