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Posted on Jul. 23, 2008 at 11:48 pm

Sue Lynn Alexander died July 1 at 74. She is survived by her husband, Joel; sons, Glenn and Marc; daughter, Stacy; and two grandchildren. Groman

Samson Asch died July 4 at 100. He is survived by his daughters, Hella (Charles) Hershson and Basia (Larry) Frank; son, Morris (Linda); and three grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Leslie Eckerling died July 6 at 54. She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth (Ian) Crossley, Rachel (Ralph Capasso) and Samantha; son, Aaron (Cristina); father, William Turf; and brother, Robert (Barbara) Turf. Malinow and Silverman

Gary William Ferenstein died July 6 at 67. He is survived by his son Greg (Teresa); daughter, Rachael; and granddaughter, Macy. Hillside

Gloria Bard George died July 6 at 87. She is survived by her grandchildren, Brian (Patricia), Jeffrey and Victoria; and brother, Robert (Myrna) Bard. Mount Sinai

Dorothy Grossman died June 6 at 92. She is survived by her daughter, Melissa; sons, Neal, Alan, David, Marc and Joel; and brother, Jerry Pauker. Malinow and Silverman

Larry Harmon died July 3 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Susan; son, Jeff; daughters, Ellen (Ira) Kosberg, Marci (Armie) Carabet, Leslie Breth and Lori (David Schwarzman); and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Milton Jack died July 3 at 90. He is survived by his son, Michael David (Betty Ann), three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Hillside

Esther Kaiserman died July 2 at 90. She is survived by her sons, Mark and Alan (Phyllis). Malinow and Silverman

Henry Kurland died July 3 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Beatrice; sons, Scott, and Dr. Jeffrey. Malinow and Silverman

Eric Lieber died July 2 at 71. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Lieber; daughter, Christine; and one grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

Sylvia Liebman died July 4 at 81. She is survived by her daughter, Zelda Dan. Mount Sinai

Germaine Lovental died July 1 at 88. She is survived by her son, Alex; sister, Judith; and one grandchild. Groman

Leonard Muskin died July 5 at 88. He is survived by his brother, Stuart (Bettie); nephews, Brule (Mary-Beth), Alan (Linda) and Michael (Diane Murada); and friend, Judy (Mort Kolbe) Fishman. Mount Sinai

Meir Nunberg died July 5 at 90. He is survived by his daughters, Yaffa (Martin Nienstedt) Kaplan and Alice (Steve Treistaru; and grandsons, Joshua and Alex Kaplan. Mount Sinai

Mary Port died July 3 at 92. She is survived by her son, Robert (Anne); daughter, Susan (Ron) Timpson; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild, Logan; and sister, Rhea (Werner) Wolff. Mount Sinai

Moshe Ronen died June 28 at 79. He is survived by his wife, Ela; daughter, Dina Brown; and sister, Bita Hucker (Alon). Chevra Kadisha

Vernon Rusheen died July 6 at 83. He is survived by his sons, Dr Jeffrey (Grisel), and Dr Larry (Dana); daughters, Lisa (Dr. Douglas) Gardner and Patricia (Dr. Michael) Kupfer; and nine grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Bertha Sacks died July 6 at 89. She is survived by her daughter, Ronney (Fred) Johnson. Malinow and Silverman

Joan Ward died July 3 at 55. She is survived by her daughters, Wendy (Sasha) Kottmeier and Lisa (Jimi); son, Patrick (Priscilla); four grandchildren; mother, Claire Bennett; and brother, Richard (Debbie) Bennett. Mount Sinai

Beverly Auerbach Pressman, Singer and Teacher, Dies at 59

Beverly Auerbach Pressman died July 18 in San Jose at 59, after a valiant two-year struggle with uterine cancer. Her husband, Rabbi Daniel Pressman of Congregation Beth David in Saratoga, was at her bedside. She was also the beloved daughter-in-law of Marjorie and Rabbi Jacob Pressman of Beverly Hills.

She was a person of great integrity, who taught those who knew her about being consistent in everything you do.

One of her rules for living was to never show up anywhere empty-handed. In addition to her love of cooking, her passions were music and teaching. She was married for 40 years, after meeting her husband when they were teenagers at a United Synagogue encampment at Camp Ramah in Ojai.

After growing up in the San Fernando Valley, Beverly attended UCLA and Barnard in New York, from which she was graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in American studies. She earned a master's degree from Cal State University and later a bachelor's in vocal music from San Jose State University.

The Pressmans spent some years at Congregation Ner Tamid in Palos Verdes, before settling in San Jose 27 years ago. Rabbi Pressman has served at Beth David ever since.

She taught elementary school for 15 years, but also found time to sing with Schola Cantorum, a community choral group. She had a beautiful soprano voice and was an upbeat, selfless person with unusual spirit until the day she passed away.

She is survived by her husband, Rabbi Daniel Pressman; children Aliza (Craig Chosiad), Benjamin and Rebecca; father, Louis Auerbach; siblings, Melvin Auerbach and Jeffrey Auerbach; and in-laws, Rabbi Jacob and Marjorie Pressman.

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