Dear Paul & Staff - Thank you for your compassion, kindness and professionalism during our time of loss and sorrow. We appreciate everything you did for our family.
Troy & Scott Ashdown and family
Dear Paul & Staff - I wanted to thank you for all your help with my father, Howard Fox's funeral. We were so pleased with how everything was handled by you and your staff. Paul, I know that my niece really appreciated your guidance when she did the readings in church.
Paul and Staff - Thank you for all you did to make sure Harold was laid to rest with lots of love and dignity. I appreciate your kind, courteous and professional service.
Love, Dolores Leonard
Words cannot express how grateful my sister and I are for all you did for our father, Thomas Turck's, funeral. You and your staff were always professional, courteous and attentive to all of our requests. From the time that Joanne and I sat with you to discuss and finalize the details for the funeral, through the burial, you could not have made it easier for us, and your attention to detail was excellent. Our father would have appreciated all the military detail, including the Army insignia on the hearse and the presenting of the three flags at the cemetery.
Joanne and I both thank you!
Dear Paul and Staff - There are not enough words to thank you all. You are very special to me and I will never forget and will always be grateful to all of you. Very Truly Yours
Dear Paul & Staff - We cannot begin to express our gratitude to you for all you did to make the passing of Mom easier for us to get through. Every aspect was perfect, from making the arrangements, to making mom beautiful, to decorating with mom's things, the funeral and graveside. We will never forget your kindness and compassion during a very difficult time in our lives.
Cindy and John Belsito
Dear Paul and Staff - Thank you!! Thank you!! For the manner in which you handled Tony's funeral. We were very pleased. God bless you!!
Anne Greco & son Tony
Dear Paul and Staff - Kind, gentle, efficient, professional this is what you are. Sincere thanks for all that was done for Ella and our family.
In Sorrow, Paul Panesa
Dear Paul and Staff - When you took our choices and put them into action (I am an OCD perfectionist) I could not have orchestrated the whole process better if I had directed it myself. You went above and beyond. It was phenomenal. I mean phenomenal!!!
"Personally, I think you have really answered your true calling in life, to help us deal with the death of a loved one."
Sincerely, Terry Vinning
Dear Paul and Staff - I just would like to thank you for your kindness that you gave to my husband John, during these sad times of losing both of his parents. The professionalism that you showed was outstanding but most of all your compassion and caring meant so much to us all.
Blessings & Prayers, Nancy & John Napoleon
Dear Paul and Staff - Jeff's passing was as much a shock for you, as for our family. Your kind, caring ways; your gentle guidance through those first few days after his death and ultimately through the calling hours and funeral - you never failed to be there when we needed you and continue to do so now. Our community is extremely fortunate to have you here to respond and assist families at such difficult times.
Joanne Fredenberg and Family
Paul and Staff - Your compassion helped us deal with our loss, and your professionalism was unsurpassed in helping us plan his wake and service. It truly was a celebration of David's life.
Gloria G. Katz of New York and Oakland, CA, formerly of Kingston, died Monday, December 25, 2017 at Summit Hospital in Oakland.
Born in Vienna, Austria, she was a daughter of the late Dr. Leon & Josephine Gray. The family came to the USA, narrowly escaping the Nazi occupation they lived under. Dr. Gray was a well-known and much beloved physician in Kingston.
Gloria attended Kingston High School and afterwards got her B.A from Syracuse University and her MA in early childhood education from Columbia Teacher’s College. She was a director of early Head Start Programs and later taught in J. Watson Bailey in Kingston while raising her children in the Kingston-Woodstock area. Gloria later moved down to NY City to become a court clerk at the Federal District Courthouse. She joined her daughter in California in the last few years of her life, where she began writing her memoirs about her childhood experiences in Europe. She was the center of attention and love in her daughter’s home and her greatest joy and pleasure was watching and helping her granddaughter grow into a beautiful young woman.
Gloria loved books and reading. She was a gifted writer and sketch artist. Gloria was kind and generous and gentle, but could be a fearless warrior when it came to protecting others. She had a sharp wit and was known to be always upbeat and smiling in spite of a life with many challenges. Gloria was much beloved by many and will be sorely missed by her family and friends.
Gloria is survived by her daughter, Naomi Katz of Oakland, CA and a grandchild, Maya Katz-Ali.
In addition to her parents, Gloria was predeceased by a sister, Alice Gray and her son, Michael Katz, who passed away in 2010.
A Funeral Service will take place at the Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home, 411 Albany Ave on Friday December 29, 2017 at 11:30 AM, with Cantor Robert Cohen of Congregation Emanuel, officiating.
Interment will follow in Montrepose Cemetery.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Jewish Family and Community Services - East Bay, Holocaust Survivor Program, 2484 Shattuck Ave, Suite 210, Berkeley, CA 94704.
Online condolences may be left for the family of Gloria by visiting www.SimpsonGaus.com
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