A resident of Palo Alto for 35 years, for the past year at the Jewish Home in San Francisco, Mary passed away on October 10, 2009. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1912, Mary was a social worker and talented “people person,” and worked at Jewish Community Centers in Akron, Ohio, San Francisco, and San Diego, as well as in other settings. Mary was actively engaged in the Palo Alto Jewish community for over 3 decades, and belonged to Congregations Emek Beracha and Kol Emeth. She and her deceased husband, Bob, were often the first stop for newcomers to the community and for travelers seeking a kosher meal and home hospitality. She had an extremely positive view of life and was psychologically resilient despite her experiences during the Depression and when her beloved husband died, 10 years ago. Mary was the last of her 6 siblings to pass; she is survived by her children Larry (and Helene) Imberman of Nahariya, Israel, Nechama (and Howard) and Malka Imberman Lozon, all of Palo Alto. She also leaves 13 grandchildren: Dov (Amy Bryman) Tamler, Tamar Tamler, Yoni Tamler (Hadas), Aliza Imberman, Maya Imberman, Amitai Imberman, Ben Imberman, Guy Imberman, Avinoam Lozon, Lily Lozon, and Talia Lozon, and two great grandchildren, Daniel Aaron Tamler and Shira Miriam Tamler. She is also survived by friends and numerous niece and nephews, in the United States and in Israel. Services were held at Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto on Oct. 13. Contributions can be made to Congregation Kol Emeth and the preschool at the South Peninsula Hebrew Day School.
“I didn’t agree with his politics, but I loved the way he valued his family, service to others and was always finding ways to be intellectually curious,” his granddaughter Tamar Tamler Henry posted on Facebook this week. “Saba, your memory is a blessing. I love you.”