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Janith Margaret Steinhardt
Age 87, passed away after a long illness, with family beside her in Sacramento, California, on July 22, 2012. Born June 13, 1925, to Meta Byk and Sydney Samson Rosenthal in New York City; predeceased by husband David Steinhardt, beloved sister Mildred Kosseff, infant daughter Deborah.
Attended Julia Richman HS and Hunter College in NYC. In 1944, married David as he entered the US Army and medical school. They came to Calif. in 1951, living in Tiburon, the San Francisco Bay area, and Big Sur coast. Having met camping, they treasured California's beauty, especially the ocean and SF Bay. Janith loved flowers, travel, boating, Marin Headlands, Muir Beach and Woods, San Juan Islands, Alaska, and viewing wildlife like birds, whales, sea otters, and sandhill cranes. Most of all, she was a loving mother, wife, and gracious hostess, with a quick sense of humor. She volunteered with the Audubon Society, conservation, peace, social justice advocates, (then) Permanente Medical Group Wives, and PTA.
Recently, Janith was honored
for her pivotal 1950's role helping create the Richardson
Bay Audubon Sanctuary. Janith, David, and a few others prevented filling in Richardson Bay for residential development, even blocking heavy dredging equipment. They rescued
the legendary, diamond-in-the-rough Victorian "Lyford" mansion from the wrecking ball and barged the mansion across the Bay to land Rosie Verrell, the "Goat Lady," donated to Audubon, launching a vibrant, long-lasting Richardson Bay conservation movement.
Janith is survived by children, Barbara (Dale), Sacramento; Kim (Madelyn), Aptos, Calif.; Jeffrey (Lisa), Orcas Island, Washington; grandchildren Rachel, Ezra, Julia, and Eva; nieces, nephews, and cousins. Memorial service at
the Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary, Nov. 17, 2012.
Please contact 206-930-6596 or JMSteinhardt.memorial2012@comcast.net for details. If desired, memorial gifts may be made to the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, , or your chosen charity. The family warmly thanks family and friends for their love and concern.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 14, 2012
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