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Greenberg, Robert Lee - San Francisco  
Robert Lee Greenberg Robert Lee Greenberg, 87, of San Francisco, CA. passed away September 23rd, 2016. He is survived by his nephews Jeffrey and Justin. Robert was born in Stockton, California to Sam and Esther Greenberg. Robert and his younger brother Morton, attended El Dorado and Stockton High School. Robert went on to graduate from Menlo School, University of California at Berkeley, and Stanford Law School. After graduating from Stanford, Robert returned to Stockton and practiced law for over 40 years. He also maintained a residence in San Francisco, where he was a recognizable figure in many of San Francisco's arts, charity and social circles. During this time, Robert cultivated an enthusiastic interest in and dedication to helping his community. Robert was certified by the State of California to act as an Ombudsman to protect senior citizens from neglect and abuse. During his many years of performance he was honored to be named Ombudsman of the Year, and received a Certificate of Appreciation from the mayor of City and County of San Francisco for his compassion and friendship to the elderly. Robert was an avid participant to many Stanford alumni activities, and enjoyed travelling the world. He was an accomplished classical pianist, and an avid tennis player, formerly belonging to the California Tennis Club. Robert regularly attended the SF Opera and symphony, and attended many charity events to promote the arts. Robert will be greatly missed by his friends and family
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 29, 2016
Haber, Henri - Hillsborough  
Henri Irving Haber 1926 - 2016 Born in San Francisco in 1926, died peacefully at home on September 27, 2016. Henri was a wool broker for 50 years and a member of the San Mateo Elks Lodge for 63 years. Survived by his loving wife Nancy of 66 years; 3 children: Jeff (Anne Marie), Mike (Cathy) & Nancy (Kent); sister Carol Moye; nephews: Peter & Rick. The world has lost a gentle soul and he will be forever loved. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30am on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 300 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, CA. Inurnment at St. John Cemetery, San Mateo, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations to your choice of charity preferred.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 30, 2016
Herold PBVM, Sister Cleta - San Francisco  
Sister Cleta Herold, PBVM Sister Cleta Herold, PBVM, (religious name Sister Mary Cletus) entered eternal life on September 26, 2016, at the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco. She was born in 1921 in San Francisco, California and was the second child of Kathryn McGee and Clair Herold. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Rev. Norton Herold, SJ. Sister Cleta leaves many loving cousins, as well as her loving Presentation Sisters and Presentation Associates. Sister Cleta entered the Sisters of the Presentation on January 6, 1941, seventy-five years ago. During her early years she earned her BS and MA degrees in Education from USF. From 1942 to 1950 and 1952-1964, Sister Cleta taught in Catholic elementary schools in San Francisco and Los Angeles; from 1950-1952 she taught at Presentation High School, San Francisco. She was principal and teacher at St. John Vianney School, San Jose from 1954-1960. In 1964, Sister Cleta was elected to the Council of the Sisters of the Presentation as well as appointed Director of the Junior Professed Sisters. She became Assistant Director at Saint Benedict Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in San Francisco in 1968. Epheta House, a residence connected to Saint Benedict's, was home for Sister Cleta, two other Sisters, and a lay woman. Among the honored guests at Epheta House were Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, and Cesar Chavez. In 1984, after completing Clinical Pastoral Education at Saint Mary Hospital, Sister Cleta became a Pastoral Associate at Most Holy Redeemer Parish, San Francisco. She served there during the early years of the AIDS epidemic, forming support groups and volunteer outreach to those in need and their families. In her retirement years, starting in 1993, Sister Cleta volunteered at SafeHouse (a residential program for women seeking to leave prostitution), Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, and The Lantern, a Presentation literacy ministry in the Mission District of San Francisco. Most recently, Sister Cleta was engaged in the Ministry of Prayer. A Vigil Service will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Presentation Motherhouse, 2340 Turk Boulevard, San Francisco. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 30, 2016, at the Presentation Motherhouse. Interment follows at 2:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma. Memorial contributions to the Sisters of the Presentation are preferred and can be sent to Sisters of the Presentation, Development Office, 281 Masonic Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 29, 2016
Hobson, Rosemary - San Francisco, Ca  
Rosemary Hobson Rosemary Hobson died peacefully on August 19, 2016, near Tacoma, WA where she relocated in 2014 after living nearly 60 years in Palo Alto, CA. Rosemary was born in Oakland, CA on March 27, 1928. As a young girl, she moved to Beverly Hills, CA,. but graduated from Carmel High School after relocating to Carmel, CA during high school. Rosemary later graduated from San Francisco State with a degree in teaching. Upon graduation, she began working in the Mountain View School District, where she remained for over 30 years, teaching fourth grade at Benjamin Bubb Elementary School. She was a well-loved teacher and an advocate for teachers in the district. After retiring in 1988, she cared for her sister, Mary Louise Hobson, both friend and mentor to Rosemary, who suffered from Alzheimer's. She later became a valued volunteer in the Spiritual Center at Stanford Hospital. In the last eight years, Rosemary was able to travel, including a trip to Ireland (thereby fulfilling a life-long dream), to New York City to see a great nephew perform on Broadway, and to a great, great nephew's wedding in Virginia. In 2014, Rosemary moved to Tacoma, WA and was cared for during her failing health by her niece, Nancy Hobson Wall (St. Paul, MN), and her nephew, Thomas Hobson (Puyallup, WA). During her time in Tacoma, Rosemary was able to spend significant and valuable time with her nephew, Tom, and his two sons and six grandchildren, and Nancy who visited often from St Paul. Rosemary deeply appreciated reconnecting with family her last decade of life. A Memorial Mass will be said at 10:00 AM on Monday, October 17, 2016, at St. Albert the Great (1095 Channing Road, Palo Alto, CA) where Rosemary was a long time member. Memorials preferred to the Vet's Wounded Warriors Project or St Jude's hospital
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 2, 2016
Hollett, Alexander - San Francisco  
Alexander Francis Hollett October 9, 1924-September 24, 2016 Alexander Francis Hollett passed peacefully on Saturday, September 24th, 2016 just shy of his 92nd birthday. Alexander (Al) was born on October 9th, 1924, to Leigh and Mary Hollett of San Francisco. He was proud to be a third generation San Franciscan. Al grew up in the Excelsior District attending Corpus Christi Catholic grammar school and Saint Ignatius High School Class of '43. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII as a medical technician specialist with the rank of Sergeant. He tended to injured soldiers on the flight from the South Pacific Islands on their way home to America. After the war, he attended City College of San Francisco to pursue the field of engineering. He began his career with the City of San Francisco in the Public Works Division as a surveyor. He became Chief Surveyor of San Francisco. He then became a Civil Engineer obtaining his California Civil Engineering license. He worked for the Public Utilities Commission engineering the modern tracks for the MUNI Light Rail Vehicles. He met the love of his life, Betty, on a blind date set up by his best friend Stephan Leonoudakis in 1947. Betty Wittrich and Alexander Hollett became joined in marriage on September 17th, 1949. They enjoyed 67 years of bliss until the day he died. Al was an avid adventurer and fisherman. Besides traveling around the world with Betty, he also traveled to remote locations such as Murmansk, Alaska, and Christmas Island to pursue his enthusiasm for his love of fishing. The best days, as with any fisherman, were owning his own boat with childhood friend Steve. He made many friends through the Tyee Club and the Golden Gate Angling Club in Golden Gate Park. After 64 years living in the Sunset District, Al and Betty moved to the Rivers Edge/Chateau in Sacramento where they began a new chapter in their lives making new friends and beginning new adventures. There wasn't a day that went by that Al did not inquire about his ten grandchildren. He was visible at many games and sidelines that his feet could get him to. His parents Leigh and Mary Hollett, his brother James and his sisters Patricia and June precede Al in death. Al is survived by his wife Betty and three wonderful children, Diane (Phil) Freeman, Steven (Joan) Hollett, and Annie (Tony) Clifford. He also leaves behind ten beloved and adored grandchildren: Lynne Freeman, Michael Freeman (fiancée Amanda), Natalie (Kyle) Norton, Eileen Hollett, Claire Hollett, Joe Hollett, Will Hollett, Anthony Clifford, Lauren Clifford, and Colin Clifford. Al also leaves behind his wonderful sister-in-law, Barbara Aase, and many beloved nieces and nephews. Please join us in celebrating Al's life, Saturday, October 8th, 2016, 10:30am, Saint Robert Church, 1380 Crystal Springs Boulevard, San Bruno. In lieu of flowers, Al's family is asking for donations to the San Francisco SPCA, (memo line: Alexander Hollett) 201 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 OR development@sfspca.org
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 2, 2016
Joy, Patrick - Orinda  
Patrick F. Joy Birthday September 29thDeceased August 17th, 2013 Happy Birthday, Pat! :: Tears of course, but Joy shines through. :: Never forgotten. Always loved.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 29, 2016
Knee, Martina W. - San Francisco  
Martina W. Knee Martina W. Knee, born March 12, 1954 passed away September 26, 2016. She was a wife, a godmother to her South Sudanese son, an anti-genocide and human rights activist, and a highly respected and successful corporate lawyer. Martina was born in Vienna Austria, and at the age of 2, immigrated to the US with her parents Theodor and Annemarie Wanko, both accomplished MD's. They lived in Washington DC. Martina received her primary education at Holton Arms School. She graduated from New Trier East High School near Chicago and completed her sophomore year at the University of Chicago. She moved to the Bay Area in 1974 and was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UC Berkeley in 1981. In 1984 she received a JD from Boalt Hall, Berkeley. She worked her way through Berkeley as an undergrad and through Boalt Hall as a grad student. In 1984 she joined Heller, Ehrman, where she became a partner, in corporate securities law in its San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices. In 1995 she left Heller to become VP and General Counsel for UUNET, an ISP that went public in 1995 and grew rapidly to be the world's largest ISP. In 2005 Martina retired from corporate life and returned to the Bay Area where she nurtured her Jewish identity and explored the mental and physical toll the Holocaust exacted on her Jewish mother's mother and other relatives who lived in Austria. She became a passionate anti-genocides activist, initially serving as Executive Director of the Bay Area Darfur Coalition. She gave generously of her time and resources to co-found Act for Sudan, an alliance of US citizen activists and Sudanese refugees living in the U.S. who advocate for an end to genocide and mass atrocities in Sudan. In 2009 she became a Carl Wilkens Fellow, an organization focused on increasing the capacity of community leaders and grassroots organizers to create the sustained political will for the prevention and cessation of genocide. She co-chaired the International Human Rights portfolio of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs' Task Force on Israel, World Jewry, and International Human Rights. She was a member of Board of Directors of the Helen and Joe Farkas Center for the Study of the Holocaust; a member of the Advisory Board of the University of California, Berkeley Law School Human Rights Center; an officer and Director of Living Ubuntu, focusing on the health and well-being of refugees aid increasing public awareness of refugee needs; a member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties; a member of the Jewish Public Affairs Council; a member of American Jewish World Services; and the Northern California Director of the 2009 Pledge to Protect National Canvass, an effort to build a broad base of support in advance of key provisions of the Genocide Prevention Task Force Report of 2008. She supported many other human rights organizations. Martina was honored as a "Darfur Hero" by the Save Darfur Coalition in October 2007 and received the Honorable Tom Lantos Memorial Humanitarian of the Year award, 2008. In 2006, Martina and her husband, Michael, assisted a family of South Sudanese who emigrated from Uganda to San Francisco. Martina and Mike mentored and tutored two of the younger members of the family who graduated from Stuart Hall High School. Emmanuel, who earned a college degree with their love and support, is like a son to them. The funeral service will be held at Sinai Memorial Chapel, 1501 Divisadero St., San Francisco at 1 pm on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. Burial will follow at Sha'arei Shalom (Gates of Peace) at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, 2500 Fifth Ave., San Rafael at 3 pm. Contributions in lieu of flowers should be sent to: • HIAS, Memorial Gift in honor of Martina Knee,1300 Spring St., Suite 500, Silver Spring, MD 20910 • Lehrhaus Judaica, Memorial Gift in honor of Martina Knee, The Reutlinger Center, 2736 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 • Community Service Fund at Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., San Francisco, CA 94118
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 29, 2016
LeBlanc, Joseph - Foster City  
Joseph "Joe" LeBlanc 1925 - 2016 Departed this Earth on Friday, September 23, 2016 after a short illness. Survived by his loving wife Billie, following 65 years of a most happy and productive marriage, 7 children; Lisa (Paul), Mary Jo (Al), Jeffrey (Pb), David, Leslie, Stephen, and Stephanie (Jason), 11 grandchildren; Joseph (Joanna), Nick, Hallie Jo, Sam, Lindsay, Kaitlyn, Zoe, Jessie, Stevie, CJ, and Jet, and great-grandchild Zeha. Born in Michigan, son of Joseph and Irene LeBlanc of a pioneer family who settled in the downriver area of Detroit Michigan in the early 1800's. Joe graduated from the University of Detroit in 1950 following service aboard the USS Hamlin in the Pacific Theater during WWII. He continued his Naval Reserve training as a Lieutenant in Submarines. Former President of Taylor Engineering in Detroit, he joined Bechtel Power Corporation in 1974. His management duties in Project Operations and Business Development moved Joe and his family to Hillsborough, Seoul, Tokyo, Newport Beach, and finally back to Hillsborough. A final move in retirement relocated Joe and Billie to Foster City. Until recently, Joe was active as Usher, Sacristan, and occasional Altar Boy at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church. He was a regular volunteer of weekly food distribution for the Second Harvest "Brown Bag" program. He enjoyed parties, was a "sing-a-long" guitarist, an erratic golfer, and an avid crossword puzzle and sudoku fan. His humor, social presence, expert bartending and generous nature will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Have a martini, shaken or stirred, in his name, at your favorite watering hole. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Joe's life at the Memorial Mass at 11am on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 300 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, CA. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, it was Joe's wish that a donation be made in his name to Second Harvest or Mission Hospice.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, 2016
Mackenzie, Vincent - Sausalito  
Vincent Mackenzie Born in Peoria, Illinois on July 4th, 1929, Vince passed away at home in Sausalito surrounded by his family on August 3rd, 2016. Vince is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Carolyn, their children, Kathryn Mackenzie of Sacramento, Bruce Mackenzie of Sausalito, Anne Courtney of Mill Valley, her husband Mike, and three grandchildren, Annie Rakich, John Rakich, and Robbie Courtney. Vince graduated from Bradley University in Peoria and law school at the University of Illinois in 1954. He moved to San Francisco to work for Standard Oil Company in 1956, where he met his wife, Carolyn. Marin County has been their home for most of their married life. He left Standard Oil in 1961 when the family moved to Sacramento, where Vince worked for the California Consumer Counsel, primarily with the legislature on consumer rights issues. In 1965 he returned to San Francisco to work for the Public Utilities Commission. From 1975 to 1977 he served as General Counsel for the State Energy Commission in Sacramento, then he returned again to San Francisco to work for the Public Utilities Commission until he retired in 1987. He was active in the Episcopal Church. After retiring, he graduated from the Episcopal School for Deacons. He was ordained in 1993, and then served as a Deacon at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Novato until he retired in 2000. Vince was remarkable in that he suffered from pulmonary difficulties since childhood and yet was able to live a full and energetic life. He had fond memories of being a pitcher on his high school's baseball team, he loved playing golf, going to the opera, attending art museums, traveling, and skiing and back packing in the Sierras with family and friends. After his retirement, he and Carolyn were able to travel abroad frequently until 2000. After moving to Sausalito in 2001, he was able to spend more time with his family, especially his grandchildren, reading history books, hiking, and taking advantage of the cultural opportunities available in the Bay Area. Memorial Service on October 22 at 3:00 Christ Episcopal Church 140 San Carlos Avenue Sausalito
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 2, 2016
Moeller, Adrienne - Santa Rosa  
Adrienne Moeller May 21st, 1947 - Sept 19th, 2016 Adrienne Ann Moeller passed away on September 19th, 2016 in Santa Rosa, California. Adrienne was born in San Francisco on May 21st 1947, to parents Rena (Rossetti) and Aurelio "Reo" Ferrau and younger sister to Marisa. Adrienne was raised in San Francisco on Lake Street in a very close Italian-American family with several generations under the same roof, including her uncle Al, and her Nonni Angelina. She split her time growing up between San Francisco and the family's summer house on Fitch Mountain in Healdsburg. After attending Washington High School in San Francisco, she graduated college from UC Berkeley. Post college she worked various jobs including as an elementary school teacher and a flight attendant, where she was able to travel the world. Later in San Francisco she would meet the love of her life, Joel Moeller, who she later married in 1977. In 1981 they left the city to buy a home in Santa Rosa and raise their family of three boys Dan, Andrew, and Nick. The consummate Italian mother, Adrienne developed a love of cooking from a young age with her mother, sister and grandmother. She enjoyed hosting family dinners, holidays and parties, where extra people would invariably show up just for her delicious food. She cooked with a lot of love. Those who ate her food - and there were many- can't remember ever having anything other than an exceptional meal. Adrienne spent many years as a loving mom to her three sons before returning to work as a bookkeeper at St. Rose and Cardinal Newman. In addition to her work, she dedicated her time to the community running the Mark West baseball snack bar as well as Piner High Boosters for numerous years. Healdsburg was a special place for her, as she spent summers and weekends as a youth with her family at Camp Rose on the Russian River. It was a close-knit community with friendships that spanned both decades and generations. She would later spend summers here with her own family, her sister Marisa's family, as well as her beloved mother-in-law (Lorraine) and father-in-law (Joe), who had purchased the cabin across the street. More recently she was a regular at the Tuesday concerts in the plaza that she would attend weekly with a large group of friends to eat, drink and be merry. Adrienne cherished family and friends more than anything. She stayed close with a large number of friends she accumulated through various stages of her life. She was always there to lend an ear, laugh, or a hug. Some of her favorite times were spent on vacation with family and friends at Camp Mather, Del Mar, Hawaii, and Italy. In her spare time Adrienne enjoyed playing card games, doing crossword puzzles and was an avid reader. Characteristic of her tremendous love of her family, Adrienne loved to babysit her niece Nicole's son Reo, and you could often find the two of them in her kitchen baking oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Adrienne loved to spoil all her family and friends with thoughtful gifts every chance she got. Her life was truly a gift to all those who knew her. She will be missed. Adrienne is survived by husband Joel; sons Dan, Nick, Andrew and daughter-in-law Minerva; sister, Marisa Mitchell; niece Nicole Mitchell, and her son Reo Mitchell; nephew Jonah Mitchell, his wife Beth, and their daughters Francesca, Valentina and Natalia Mitchell; and numerous other family. A memorial service is planned for Friday, October 7th at 11:00 am (reception to immediately follow) at the Villa Chanticleer, 900 Chanticleer Way, Healdsburg, CA 95448.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 2, 2016
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