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Obituary: Bernice Righthand

Bernice Righthand

Bernice Righthand died peacefully on Jan. 27, 2011 at her daughter’s residence in Oakland, CA. She was born in Russia on Nov. 1, 1916, lived many years in Roslyn, but resided in Walnut Creek, CA, for the past 20 years. She worked primarily as a comptroller in the New York area. Her activities in charitable organizations included North Shore Child Guidance, B’nai Israel, National Council of Jewish Women and as past president of Rossmoor ORT.

She was the second youngest (her twin sister Ann was delivered seconds later) of a family of 12, all of whom successfully escaped the Russian pogroms to come to the United States. Her brothers and sisters predeceased her as did her husband of 63 years, Herb Righthand. Bernice lived independently in her apartment in California to the day of her death. She was the matriarch of a large extended family, knowledgeable about every cousin, nephew and family member, never missing a birthday, occasion or failing to send a note, gift or card. Many sought her views and advice to the end.

Loved by all of the many she touched, Bernice is survived by her children, Scott and Penny, both of whom reside in the San Francisco Bay area, her three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and an extended family. A celebration of her life will be held on March 12. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate in her name to the American Heart Association and/or American Cancer Society.