Dec. 31, 1951 - March 19, 2013
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Fany Voaknin Pierce, 61, taught Hebrew to hundreds of Solano and Napa County students who completed their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs at Vallejo's Congregation B'nai Israel, Napa's Congregation Beth Shalom, and other Bay Area Synagogues.
Since her arrival in America from Israel in 1979, Fany was an active member of the Vallejo Temple where she also taught Sunday school and generously shared her love of Israeli dance, culture and food. Her love of family and children the world over led her to support many youth-related activities, particularly Israel's Ahava Village for children and youth.
Born Dec. 31, 1951 in Casablanca, Morocco and raised in Haifa, Israel, Fany's 10-year struggle with breast cancer ended peacefully March 19, surrounded by her loving husband, Ralph; children, Steven and Angelic and her grandson Amari. Fany is also survived by her nephew, Yaniv Okhayon; mother, Rena Voaknin; six siblings and many nieces and nephews in Israel, as well as extended family in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her father, Avraham Voaknin and several siblings preceded her in death.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., March 20, at Vallejo's Colonial Funeral Home. Interment will be at Sunrise Memorial Cemetery. A Celebration of her Life will take place at a later date. Donations can be made to Ahava Village, c/o Congregation B'Nai Israel, 1256 Nebraska St., Vallejo 94590.
Published in TimesHeraldOnline on Mar. 20, 2013