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Deaths for the week of March 12, 2021

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Thelma Colvin

Feb. 14, 1926–March 4, 2021

Thelma Colvin (Marguleas) passed away peacefully on March 4, 2021. In her own words, she “… lived a long, full life of blessings — a wonderful husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”

Thelma was born on Feb. 14, 1926 in San Francisco. She attended Lowell High School and got her B.S. from UC Berkeley, where she was a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority.

Thelma was predeceased by her late husband, Kenneth Colvin, and her son-in-law, Matthew Wolf, and is survived by her three children, Francene Colvin, Cynthia Colvin, Larry Colvin, daughter-in-law Kimberlee Colvin and sons-in-law Elliot Henderson and Stephen Bundy; her seven cherished grandchildren, Rachael Henderson (Marty Bonfilio), Leah Henderson, Mollie Wolf (Aya Masilela), Gabe Wolf (Kristin Seidman), Kasey Colvin, Jake Colvin (Kelly Curran), David Colvin; and was great-grandmother to David and Eli Bonfilio. In addition, Thelma leaves behind her sister, Betty Newman (Harry Newman) and the late Howard Marguleas (Ardith Marguleas), and many beloved nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Thelma had many facets, and as a mother and wife she dedicated herself to her husband and children. She was a superb cook, serving amazing dinners every night for her family — even her frozen cookies were delicious! She was a room mother, Brownie leader and attended every Little League game.

Once her children had reached adolescence, Thelma was able to branch out and truly explore her talents and deep intelligence. Her intellectual curiosity, grit and generosity all shined through in her endeavors. She generously shared her passions as she was chairwoman of the Jewish Women’s Division of Jewish Welfare Federation, during which she traveled to Israel 28 times and led many tours; she was a co-founder with her husband, Kenneth, of the Thelma Colvin Kindergarten in Kiryat Yam, Israel. She supported AIPAC and the United Jewish Community Centers; served on the board of the Silver Avenue Home and the Institute on Aging, and taught English to Jewish Russian emigres, women with whom she developed deep and loving relationships. She was also a docent at the De Young Museum for many, many years.

She was an avid reader, loved her begonias and rose bushes, loved cooking Shabbat dinners for the whole family during summers in Lake Tahoe, and was a lover of anything to the left of center politically! She could not tell a joke nor carry a tune to save her life, but this did not stop her love for symphony, ballet and the theater. She led her life with dignity and grace.

At Thelma’s request, contributions to honor her life may be made to: the Camp Tawonga Colvin Campership Fund, the Jewish Home (now called the San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living) and NARAL.

Zelda Levin

June 6, 1917–March 9, 2021

Zelda Levin
Zelda Levin

Zelda passed away peacefully in her own home in San Mateo, CA on March 9, 2021 after living there for 80 years. She was 103 years old.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Sydney Levin, and their daughter, Linda Lebovitz. Survived by daughter Carol Ann (Robert) Roudman and son Ken (Darlene) Levin, and many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Zelda was a founding member of Peninsula Temple Beth El, San Mateo. She served as a past president of Peninsula B’nai B’rith Women No. 231 and is a lifetime member of B’nai B’rith and Hadassah. Zelda was the first woman to be made a member of the Rotary Club’s Paul Harris Society in San Carlos and was a champion tennis player in San Carlos in 1952.

Zelda (and Sydney) made many generous contributions to Peninsula Temple Beth El (in fact, the new kitchen is named “The Zelda Levin Kitchen”), Mills-Peninsula hospital (the eye surgery area of Mills Surgery Center is named “The Sydney and Zelda Levin Ophthalmology Wing”) and numerous Jewish organizations.

Zelda was truly a generous, kind and loving mother. She will be missed by her family and friends.

Due to Covid, private services with the immediate family were held at Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo.


Iris June Tandler

June 18, 1928–March 6, 2021

Iris June Tandler
Iris June Tandler

Iris June Tandler, 92, prolific writer and storyteller, passed away March 6, 2021 at home in Tiburon, California, surrounded by loving family and was laid to rest on March 9.

Iris was dearly loved by, and dearly loved, her family. She considered every one of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren “perfect.” She was always available to them for listening, talking and encouraging them in all their endeavors.

Iris June was born in June of 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri to Lee and Pauline Frommel, both of whom had emigrated from Russia. She met the love of her life, Paul (formerly from Vienna, Austria), at a B’nai B’rith youth group dance on Sunday, Dec. 5, 1948. Six months later, on June 5, 1949, they were engaged and then married in October 1949. The couple celebrated 71 years of marriage in 2020.

Iris was smart and wanted new challenges. At the age of 44, she enrolled in the University of Missouri, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and then taught high school English in St. Louis inner city schools.

After Paul’s retirement in 1995, the couple moved to Tiburon, California. It was there that Iris indulged her passion for writing. She considered herself a humorist and published many great stories in the Marin County Independent Journal and for the Emeritus Students College of Marin newspaper.

Iris is survived by her husband Paul, sons Robert (Valli), Alan (Cindy) and Jon (Susan) Tandler; grandchildren Michelle, Jaclyn, Jeffrey (Kristen), Danielle (Josh Thurm), Ryan, Ari and Talia; and four great-grandchildren, Madeline, Marisa and Nicholas Tandler and Audrey Thurm.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to all her gracious caregivers. Donations in her memory may be made to Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon or Hospice by the Bay.