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Deaths for the week of May 31-June 6, 2020

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Pearl Marie Marchick Rosenthal

February 18, 1927–May 30, 2020

Pearl Marie Marchick Rosenthal was born February 18, 1927, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to Rose and Ben Marchick. She died peacefully at home in Los Gatos on May 30, 2020, after a long illness.

Pearl attended UC Berkeley where she earned a degree in Social Welfare. While attending Berkeley, she met her husband, Leonard Rosenthal. They were married for 69 years. Early in their marriage Leonard was hospitalized with a brief but serious illness from which he fully recovered. From this experience, Pearl realized the importance of being able to support a family, and she returned to Berkeley to become a CPA. At that time there were few women CPAs, and Pearl went on to build a successful practice.

Her greatest passion was her family, and she adored spending time with her four granddaughters, taking them on educational vacations, and ensuring they attended every possible family event, no matter how big or small. Pearl was their loyal “Buba” and a voice of encouragement in all their endeavors.

Pearl cherished her brothers and sisters, many nieces, nephews and cousins, and was always trying to bring the family together.

She always stressed the importance of education, and encouraged her children to choose a career where they could be independent and support a family. She had a unique way of getting things done. Pearl was daring and had immense integrity. She was respected for her dedication, devotion and commitment to family, work and her community.

She is survived by her two children and their spouses, Mark (Lisa) Rosenthal, Gwen (Doug) Kaplan and four grandchildren and their spouses, Emily (Adam) Weinberg, Lindsay (Josh) Klein, Amy Kaplan (Jonathan Pilch), Cora Kaplan (Michael Pilliod), and her great-grandchildren, Micah, Forrest, Zoey, Leonard, Ethan, Gabriel and Grayson. As well as her three siblings and their families, Richard (Gloria) Marchick, Marilyn Stark (Stanley), and Harold Marchick.

Pearl’s devoted caregivers, Timoci, Nanise and Ana, treated Pearl with kindness, and we will forever be grateful for the love they showed her.

To honor Pearl’s life, a donation may be sent to Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95032, or to the Pearl and Leonard Rosenthal Fund at Hebrew Free Loan, 131 Steuart St, Suite 520, San Francisco, CA 94105.


Howard Moss

August 8, 1956–May 16, 2020

Howard Moss
Howard Moss

Howard Moss, 63, passed away on May 16, 2020 in Santa Rosa, CA. He was born in Los Angeles, CA to Tobey and the late Allen Moss. He was the youngest of three brothers, in a large extended family. Growing up, he was a member of Temple Israel of Hollywood.

Howard attended UCSD, LACC, and ultimately graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He married the love of his life, Adrea, after graduation. They moved to Santa Rosa, where Howard started a career as an engineer with Hewlett-Packard (later Agilent), and then with L3. Howard loved music, playing guitar, reading, puzzles of all kinds and, most of all, he loved people.

He was a member of Congregation Beth Ami in Santa Rosa and was involved in the Jewish Community Center, Sonoma County, where Adrea is a board member.

Later in life, Howard experienced physical limitations due to a series of strokes. His optimistic spirit shone through despite his disabilities. He found ways to be independent, enjoy life to his fullest, and even travel to France and Israel. He was an inspiration to all who encountered him.

Howard is survived by his wife Adrea, son Eliot Moss (Lindsay), daughter Carina Moss (Jason), mother Tobey Moss, brothers David Moss (Jane), Kenneth Moss (Pat), and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins, and many friends. Donations may be made in his memory to Congregation Beth Ami or JCC of Sonoma County.


Rose Liberman

July 20, 1927–May 12, 2020

Rose Liberman
Rose Liberman

Early in the morning on May 12, 2020, Rose Liberman passed away. She was born in 1927 in Kielce, Poland, to Meyer and Malka Stzernberg. She had a brother Yaacov and sister Scheindel. At the age of 6, Rose’s mother died, and she was raised by her aunt and uncle. At the age of 11, the war broke out and she was interned in labor camps, and then Uberalstad. She was liberated in 1945 and never again saw any of her family.

Not only was she a survivor of the Holocaust, she was a survivor of life. After the war, she met the love of her life, Alex Liberman. They married in Sweden and had a son, Leo. In 1954 they immigrated to the United States.They grew their family and had a daughter, Mary, in 1956. Life was hard, but good. Sadly, at the age of 69, Alex passed away.

Rose and Alex Liberman
Rose and Alex Liberman

Fifteen years later, Rose relocated to Seattle, Washington, and finally moved into a Jewish retirement community, the Summit at First Hill. She embraced this move, looking forward to new friendships, outings, an in-house synagogue, security and happiness.

In June of 2010, she had her Bat Mitzvah and read Torah.

Rose brought smiles, love and caring with her, and it was reciprocated every single moment of her life. She enjoyed singing, dancing, baking challah and telling jokes, and her pockets always had candy for every person she encountered. She fondly became the Candy Lady.

Rose was preceded in death by her loving husband, Alex Liberman, and survived by her children, Leo (Myriam) and Mary (Ed), grandchildren Sarah (Kris), Neal (Michele), Mark (Theresa), Joshua and Gabriel (Nicole), and great-grandchildren Mirabelle, Cruz and Mia.

Services were held graveside on May 15, 2020 at Eternal Hills, Sinai, with Emeritus Cantor Linda Semi presiding. Shiva was held via Zoom.

She will be profoundly missed and cherished forever. May her memory always be for a blessing.


Susan Diane Wallach

March 12, 1945–March 4, 2020

Susan Wallach
Susan Wallach

Susan Diane Wallach, born in Lafayette, California, and a longtime resident of Walnut Creek, California, passed away on March 4, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.

Susan was wholeheartedly devoted to her family — a caring wife to her late husband, Raul Wallach, and dedicated mother to her three children, Deborah, Liza and Ari. She considered her children to be her proudest accomplishment.

Susan had the unique combination of being a talented artist, and an intelligent, humorous, practical and kind human being. These qualities were enveloped in an emotional intelligence and grace that people admired.

Susan was a leader in the Jewish community, active on the boards of many San Francisco and East Bay Jewish organizations, such as AJC, ADL and Lehrhaus Judaica. Her parents were founding board members of Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, California. Held in high esteem, Susan’s decades of volunteerism were an example to her children, who followed in her footsteps. She led by example and always encouraged the people around her to be their best. Susan also volunteered for many years at her children’s schools as well as assisting homeless food kitchens. She inspired many with her boundless energy and commitment to Jewish life.

Growing up in Lafayette, Susan attended Stanley Elementary, and after her family resettled in Walnut Creek she attended Clayton Valley High School in Clayton, California. She quickly became popular within the student body and was crowned the school’s first Homecoming Queen. She then graduated from San Francisco State in 1962 with a major in Education and Art. Her artistic abilities caught the attention of many. Bill Graham hired her to help organize the SF Jazz Festival and later create the first posters for the Fillmore. During her attendance at SF State, she often lunched with her friend Buckminster Fuller as they bonded over their shared appreciation of architecture and design.

After graduation, she enrolled in a summer art program in Guadalajara, Mexico, through Stanford University. On a blind date, she met her future husband, Raul Wallach (Wolochwianski), a successful entrepreneur, professional soccer player and eventual soccer team league owner. A 20-year age difference and a basic knowledge of the other’s language couldn’t keep these two apart. They were married two years later in Guadalajara, Mexico, in a ceremony that included politicians and business leaders. In Guadalajara, Mexico, they built a house made for entertaining and lovingly raised their three children, Deborah, Liza and Ari. They held fundraisers at their home, including one for the wife of the former President of Mexico and a private tea lunch for the wife of the then-Prime Minister of Israel.

In 1977 they moved the family to Walnut Creek, California, where Susan and Raul raised their children with the core values of knowledge, integrity and family togetherness. In 2002, Susan graduated with a Master’s degree in Art from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California. She continued to refine her ceramics and painting throughout her life. A highlight of her career as an artist was being included in a Chagall retrospective exhibit at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, California. She enjoyed being social and was a friend to many people both in the United States and Mexico. Her Bay Area friends had a special place in her life.

Susan persevered over 25 years with diabetes, through which her determination, courage and strength was formidable, unwavering and inspiring. She focused her efforts on living, loving, and being available to encourage her family and friends.

Susan is survived by her three children, Deborah Wallach, Liza Wallach Kloski and Ari Ben Zion Wallach, and her grandchildren, Rowan Wallach Kloski and Ruby, Eliana and Gideon Wallach, as well as by many cousins both in the United States and Mexico. She is preceded in death by her late husband, Raul Wallach, by her late parents Herb and Elsie Martin, and her late brothers Roger and Doug Martin. She is also survived by her companion of the last 15 years, Norm Hamilton of Orinda, California. Susan and Norm enjoyed traveling, cooking and participating in their film group together. They were both lucky to have found love again later in life.

Susan leaves a timeless legacy of integrity, elegance, charm and strength. She is profoundly missed by her family and friends. What a beautiful legacy she has left us. A traditional Jewish funeral was held at the Home of Eternity on March 6, 2020, where many gathered to pay their respects and honor a life well lived.

Contributions in Susan’s memory may be made to Congregation B’nai Shalom, to the Susan and Raul Wallach Memorial Charitable Trust, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. (925) 934-9446