Female 1894 - 2001


Helen Rosenberg Kahn Geballe Obituary

12 Oct 2001 San Francisco Chronicle 

GEBALLE, Helen (Rosenberg Kahn) -- Helen Marie Rosenberg was born on February 18, 1894 in Woodland, CA. On her 10th birthday, February 18, 1904 was given a piano and became a very accomplished pianist. She experienced the 1906 earthquake while living in Woodland. She moved with her family to Oakland in 1907. She played a piano solo at her 8th grade graduation, one of the Schubert Impromptus. The family was part owner of Vallejo Gas & Electric Company which was later bought by P.G. & E. The family moved to San Francisco where she attended Girls High School. Helen married Sidney Kahn on October 4, 1916. Sidney was of the Oakland Kahns (who owned the Department Store) and son of Dr. Samuel Kahn of San Francisco. During World War I, she was active with the American Red Cross 'rolling bandages' for wounded soldiers. Helen was in charge of the San Francisco chapter, wore a uniform and handled emergency requests. Helen served as program Chairperson for the San Francisco Jewish Community Center during the period that their present building was being constructed. During World War II, as part of a Council of Jewish Women project, she greeted arriving European refugees and helped them in settling in their new homeland. Helen also helped start an Americanization Program for them. She was fluid in French and German. She traveled extensively, visiting China, Japan, Europe, and Scandinavia. During a trip to Norway, while she was staying at a resort hotel in Stalheim, the hotel caught fire and Helen was forced to jump from the second story; she was not injured. Helen was active in establishing the Montefiori Senior Centers in San Francisco. In June 1960 Helen married Oscar Geballe. Helen loved speaking French, playing and listening to music, arranging flowers and being with her two daughters' families which include seven grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. The U.C. Medical school asked her to appear in class to show medical students an example of creative aging. She did this for several years while in her nineties. In December 1988 Helen moved to The Peninsula Regent where she continued to be involved in the Education Committee, taking classes and enjoying herself. She is survived by daughters Phyllis Fisher and husband Leon and Shirley Rosenberg and husband Robert; grandchildren Robert, Larry and David Fisher, Carol Slotnik, Charles, and John Rosenberg, Nancy Bott; and 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday evening, October 13th at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth El, 1700 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. Contributions can be made to Jewish Family and Children's Services, 1600 Scott St., San Francisco, CA 94115 or The Council of Jewish Women. Arrangements through SINAI MEMORIAL CHAPEL

Owner/SourceSan Francisco Chronicle
Date12 Oct 2001
Linked toHelen Marie ROSENBERG

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