Death of the week of January 7, 2022 – J.
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Aug 11, 1935 – Dec. 22, 2021
Sylvia Bearman passed away peacefully and graciously on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend.
Syl, as her close friends and family knew her, is survived by her children: Linda and her husband David Korth, her son Rob Bearman, her daughter Cantor Julie Steinberg and her husband Darrell Steinberg; as well as his grandchildren Leah and her husband Robert Scholer, Daniel and his wife Shauna Korth, Amy Bearman and her husband and Keenon Werling, Jacob Bearman, and Jordana and Ari Steinberg; and her great-grandchildren Benjamin and Joshua Scholer. Sylvia is also survived by her beloved brother Stan Hotchner and his wife Marilyn Hotchner.
Sylvia was predeceased by her devoted husband of many decades, Dr. Morton Bearman.
The family expresses extreme gratitude to Syl’s longtime and still loving caregivers: Camilla, Inez and Caroline. The family are also eternally grateful for Jill and her team at Sage Eldercare in Burlingame, and for the loving care provided by the medical team at Mission Hospice of San Mateo County.
During her long life, Sylvia served the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish community in a variety of capacities. She was a board member of the Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame, where she helped advocate for the development of the highly successful synagogue preschool (where her great-grandson Ben now attends). Syl also served as the sorority president during her tenure at PTS. Additionally, Syl volunteered with the San Francisco Jewish Federation and served on the board of directors of the Bureau of Jewish Education, now known as Jewish LearningWorks in San Francisco.
Sylvia’s life and impact extended far beyond her volunteer service. She was one of the nicest people in the world. She was a devoted friend to many. She was the family confidante, always listening, always comforting, always encouraging. She also had a bad sense of humor. She never complained during her long illness. She was the embodiment of class and dignity.
For those who wish, the family would appreciate donations made in Sylvia’s memory go to Mission Hospice and Home Care of San Mateo County (missionhospice.org)
Yale Jonathan Downes
October 5, 1927 â Dec. 11, 2021
Yale was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Ethel and Jacob Domnitch. He was the youngest of four brothers: George, Saul and Ruby. Over the years, he has kept a close relationship with each of them. He went to Wayne State and then to pharmacy school.
He traveled to California and fell in love with the Bay Area and worked in drugstores in San Francisco and Berkeley until he opened his own store in Hayward, California.
In 1959, Yale married Arlene Paul. Larry was born in 1960 and Annette in 1964. He was the devoted uncle of Burt, Ellen, Will, Amy, Kim and Barbara. His daughter-in-law Michele and his son-in-law David were very special to him. He was a devoted husband and father eager to further the best interests of his children’s lives. When his grandchildren (Jo, Josh, Jordan, Aaron and Max) were born, he said “these were the best dividends” he could have received. We had great trips together as a couple and as a family.
Yale was interested in learning, especially in Jewish subjects. He enjoyed being a member of the Isaiah Temple. Many have described him as a real mensch. We are grateful for his long life.
December 17, 2021
Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Jane Graham passed away peacefully on December 17 surrounded by her family. She lived in her longtime home in San Francisco and was active until the end.
Jane was a fourth generation San Franciscan whose family rounded Cape Horn on a sailboat and landed in the city in 1842. She met Philip Graham at a ball in 1945 and brought him home that night. there to meet his father. They got married a year later. Their marriage lasted 72 years until Philip’s death in 2018.
After raising her three children, Jane embarked on real estate, a career she had enjoyed for over 40 years.
Jane and Philip enjoyed trips to Carmel where they spent their honeymoon, trips to Napa Valley, and summers to Lake Tahoe. Most importantly, Jane enjoyed a box of See’s Candies, a game of bridge and watching “Jeopardy!”
Jane didn’t like traveling until she heard that there was a lot of bridge being played on cruise ships. It was all she needed to hear. She and Philip sailed the Caribbean and South America, then Alaska every year for 10 years.
Jane is survived by her three children, her son Stephen and daughters Robin and Betsy (Brian), three grandchildren, Caroline (Matthew), Ian (Emma) and Lauren (Jon), and three great grandchildren, Philip, Samuel and Liv, with another on the way.
The family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Kevin Saitowitz for the kind and compassionate care he has provided to our mother for many years.
Peter K. Maier
November 20, 1928-Dec. 21, 2021
A beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. A man respected by all who knew him.
His accomplishments were numerous: tax lawyer, professor of law at Hastings for many years, member of the board of directors of the Fromm Institute for 45 years and president for 35 years. He helped make it the thriving institution it is today. Peter was brilliant in his role as an investment advisor. He enjoyed being involved in the stock and bond markets and in real estate. He took great care of his clients (as he did everyone in his life).
Born in WÃ¼rzburg, Germany, he moved to Bingen on the Rhine, where he lived until 1937, when he, his parents and his sister fled Hitler Germany, first to Belgium and then to the Holland, then to the United States in 1938 for Thanksgiving Day. It has become his favorite holiday. He had many jobs growing up in Chicago. He was a newspaper delivery boy, shoe salesman, bellboy and dance teacher at Arthur Murray.
He has often said that being in the Air Force after law school changed his life. Stationed in England, he became a lover of the theater and a lover of English women. It gave him the confidence he lacked until his turn of duty. He became a formidable dancer and storyteller during those early adulthood years that he carried into adulthood. No one could cha-cha or tell a joke like they could. As a friend said, he was the ultimate gentleman; did not suffer fools; and had a bad sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, MÃ©lanie; his daughters Michele Fisher (Michael) and Diana Maier (Ethan Kaplan); grandchildren June, Jesse Kaplan-Maier, twins Max and Gabe Fisher; his sister Mme Eve Simon; and nieces Renee, Lori, Carol and their families.
A memorial service was held on Wednesday January 5 at Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco. Donations can be made in Peter’s memory to the SF-Marin Food Bank, By the Bay Health (hospice) or to a charity of your choice.
Betty Trooper Naftaly
Baruch Dayan HaEmet – Blessed be the arbiter of truth
Betty Trooper Naftaly died on November 4. She was 99 years old. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1922, Betty traveled to San Francisco in her early twenties, where she met the love of her life, Richard “Dick” Naftaly. Betty was well known for her sharp intelligence and wit, eclectic tastes in food and fashion, and her passion for dancing which she engaged in throughout her long and rich life. She is survived by two children, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Howard Louis North
May 4, 1966 – Dec. 27, 2021
Resident of Antioch, California
Howard Louis Nord, son, brother, uncle and beloved father, passed away peacefully on December 27, 2021 at the age of 55. He was surrounded until the end by his loving family, who will be sorely missed.
Born in San Francisco, Howard was the oldest of three children. From an early age, he distinguished himself by his phenomenal memory. The whole family depended on him to remind us of birthdays, remember phone numbers and addresses, resolve disputes about when and where to happen, and fill in the backstory of every photo in our family albums.
This gift extended to his ability to memorize road maps and routes. Since graduating from high school at the age of 18, he has always worked as a delivery driver throughout the Bay Area, never needing to use a GPS. He was known to all his employers as a stable and reliable team member who rarely missed a day’s work.
Howard was an avid reader who particularly liked John Grisham, Scott Turow, and the biographies of Hollywood celebrities. He had passionate opinions about music, movies, classic TV shows, and actors and actresses, which he enjoyed discussing at our frequent family dinners.
Anyone who knew Howard knows that he was a generous and generous person. Although he didn’t have a lot of material possessions, he used what he did to help his friends and relatives. True to this spirit, Howard donates his organs to give life to others.
Howard is survived by his parents, Paul and Marcia North, his brother Sam (Alicia) North, his sister Aimee (Anton) Ennik, his niece Alison Ennik and his nephews Jordan and Nathan Ennik and Jacob North. He was predeceased by his beloved son, Douglas Charles North.