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Minna Lieberman

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Minna Sue Lieberman Minna Lieberman, always smart and sharp, died in her home early morning Jan. 31, with her sister and her beloved border collie Theo at her side. Although in her final days she was devastated by a ferocious cancer, she remained an adoring aunt and niece, a loving friend, a loyal sports-fan and an unforgettably strong-willed woman.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, she grew up in a multi-generational household, where her parents and grandparents alike admired her keen intelligence and athletic grace. She was proudly left-handed, a precocious student who earned scholarships from New York University as well as New York State. She worked part-time jobs all through college, played girls' varsity basketball for NYU, and in her senior year was not only elected to Phi Beta Kappa, but won special recognition - including a newspaper story in the New York Daily News - as the Student Athlete With the Highest Average.
She took dual majors in Math and English, and went on, after school, to work in the then brand-new high-tech industry, and later for the City of New York. She worked for IBM for about 20 years, during which she added a UC Berkeley MBA to her academic credentials, and moved coast-to-coast several times. Afterward, she became a cookware/knife expert; in many ways, the sharing of information, on any subject, was the job best suited to her. She volunteered at the Marine Mammal Center and the de Young Museum, and worked monthly as a ticket-taker for the dance club Futura.
She was a passionate photographer whose work was shown at the ACCI Gallery in Berkeley.
But with all her brain power and creativity, perhaps her greatest talent was for friendship. As she grew older, she stood by friends, enjoying good times and helping them through hard ones. Special affection went to Helen Montemorano and Jane Worthington, both of whom died in the '90s, and to the living friends who were so much part of her thoughts during her final days: Rose, Claudia, Michael, Jeanne, Sheila, Elizabeth.
She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Leah and Jerry Garchik, her nephews Sam and Jacob, both of whom she taught to ride bicycles and drive cars, and her service dog, Theo. A Feb. 17 gathering in her memory is being organized by Leah Garchik, who may be called for more information.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 3, 2013
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