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Jane Huberman Siegel 97, a second-generation San Franciscan, died peacefully on January 14, 2010, after a brief illness. Born Janet Rose Dickhoff on February 22, 1912, she chose to be called Jane. Like her mother, Jane loved showing "her city" to visitors. Her interest in others drew people to her, both young and old--there was always a brilliance in the room when she was present. Jane was known for her spontaneous hospitality, her wise counsel, and her open heart. Jane began her education at The San Francisco Normal School, graduated from Girls' High in 1929, and from the University of California at Berkeley in 1933. She studied ballet with a student of Anna Pavlova and was an accomplished dancer (it was said that Jane started to dance before she walked). In 1938, she married Moses Huberman, a distinguished tax lawyer, in San Francisco; Moses died in 1963. 10 years later, Jane married Melvin Siegel, and lived with him in her wonderful apartment overlooking San Francisco Bay; Mel died in 1996. Jane's passions included the San Francisco Ballet, Opera, and Symphony, not to mention a good game of bridge or poker. She loved doing crossword puzzles and reading Herb Caen in the Chronicle. Jane is survived by her four children: Barbara Liskov, Waltham, MA; Alice Huberman, San Francisco, CA; Robert Huberman , El Sobrante, CA; and Mary Huberman, Santa Fe, New Mexico; as well as grandson Moses Liskov, Waltham, MA; great-granddaughter Miranda Liskov, Waltham, MA; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A celebration of Jane's life will be scheduled sometime this March. Donations may be made in her memory to Home Away from Homelessness, Fort Mason, Building 9, San Francisco, CA 94123.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 24, 2010
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