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Deaths for the week of June 14-20, 2020

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Bettye Isaacs Roos

June 16, 1928–June 9, 2020

Bettye Isaacs Roos
Bettye Isaacs Roos

Bettye Isaacs Roos passed away peacefully on June 9th in Palo Alto, with her loving husband of 70 years, Jacques, and son John by her side.
Born in 1928 in San Francisco to Sylvia Rosenbaum and Al Isaacs, Bettye attended Roosevelt Junior High and Lowell High School, where she met her husband Jacques and developed an unshakable bond that carried her through her entire life.

Bettye and Jacques raised their three sons in San Francisco on 29th Avenue in Seacliff. After her boys were all school age, Bettye decided to go back to school because it had always bothered her that she had not pursued her college degree earlier. She attended San Francisco State University while also working full-time at the University. She earned her BA in 1986 and then a Master’s degree in Gerontology in 1995, with her family there to proudly see her graduate.

From marching in the streets of San Francisco against the Vietnam War in the 1960s, to women’s rights issues, to other issues of fairness and equality, Bettye instilled the liberal values that formed the moral backbone of her family. She loved Joe Biden and would have been going door-to-door (virtually) right now to do whatever she could to change the course of this country and history.

Bettye was an avid volunteer for years at, and was honored by, the Jewish Coalition for Literacy. One student wrote in a letter of appreciation, “Thanks for everything you did for me. You turned dark into light.” She did that for all the lives she touched.

Family was always first and foremost for Bettye. She was a proud member of the Rosenbaum family. She never missed a birthday or playing an April Fools’ joke. She loved musicals and plays (particularly when she was with her grandchildren) and she often performed as part of a volunteer theatre group for underserved communities. Bettye loved her family trips to the Lair of the Bear, Lake Tahoe, cruises, Sun Valley and more.

Bettye is survived by her husband, Jacques, who was the rock of her life, and her sons Brad (Susan), John (Susie), Michael (Julianne), grandchildren Tyler (Maddie), Lauren (Brian), Greg, Alexandria, David and Nicole, great-grandchildren Cora, James and Lily, her loving sister and best friend Lois Rhine (Julian), niece Victoria (whom she always considered the daughter she never had), nephews Andy (Jillian), Larry (Amanda) and Ron (Cynthia), cousins by the dozens (too many to mention) plus grand-nephews and nieces.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to The ACLU Foundation, Everytown For Gun Safety Support Fund, or any charity of your choosing.

Judith Weinreb

Oct. 15, 1959–June 8, 2020

Judith Weinreb
Judith Weinreb

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Judith Weinreb, 8 June 2020, after a long battle with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD). Judith was born in 1959 and grew up in Hayward, CA. She became a Bat Mitzvah at Temple Beth Sholom in San Leandro, CA. She lived her life in the East Bay and was a lifelong Oakland A’s fan. After graduating from Grinnell College, she worked for United Airlines, which allowed her to indulge in her passion for travel (and shopping). Meeting her future husband, Michael Dirubio, at a wedding, gave her a soul mate and travel partner for the next twenty years.

Judith is predeceased by her father, Dr. Marvin S. Weinreb, and her beloved Aunt Barbara Spack. She is survived by husband Michael Dirubio, her mother, Ilene Weinreb, and her sisters Rachel Weinreb and Deborah Weinreb Jacobsen (Tom). Judith loved her nieces and nephews and marveled at their accomplishments. Sara Jacobsen, Hilary Jacobsen (Noah Brod), Hannah Archibald, Abigail Archibald as well as Steven and Matthew Hoban, and Christopher Dirubio, were always in her thoughts. She loved her stepson Nicholas Dirubio (Tabatha) and was thrilled to meet grandson Michael. Family was always so important to Judith. She loved spending time with her beloved Aunts Bari Winchell, Anita Katz, and Uncle Joe Weinreb. No family event was complete without her many cousins: Joshua, Jonathan, Bryna, Ruth, Jenny, Dena and Michele. We love her and miss her. Rest well, sweetheart.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, private services were held. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be sent to UCSF Memory and Aging Center, CJD Foundation, or a charity of your choice. May her memory be a blessing.