Naomi Roman (Papo)
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About Naomi Roman
Naomi was born on a farm in pre-Israel Palestine in 1911. She lived in an early agricultural settlement before attending school in Egypt. She immigrated to this country in the 1920’s. Her love for Israel, the land of her birth, and for the U.S. which welcomed her family as immigrants, were constants in her life.
Naomi loved languages, studied them continuously, and spoke six. One of the highlights of her life was acting as an official hostess at the U.N General Assembly in SF when the State of Israel was voted into existence. She also volunteered to tutor recent arrivals to the U.S. in English, when she lived in NY and later in California. Her lively interest in people, her warmth and conversational skills won her many loyal friends.
Naomi is survived by her devoted son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Kathy Roman; her beloved grandson Max Roman, of whom she was so proud; her much loved sister and best friend Rebecca Willheim; and her treasured sister in law Beatrice Papo.
Naomi was the loving sister of Joseph Papo, Marie Papo Walton and Elisha Papo, all of whom predeceased her; she was the dear aunt of Nesya Fishstrom, Judy Levin, Micheline Kirshbaum, Ruth Schifrin, Michael Papo, Louise Jacobsen, David Willheim and Ruth Rosenthal and a great aunt to many grand nieces and nephews. Each held a special place in her heart, and she reveled in their company and their accomplishments.
Private family services were held. A memorial service will be held at a later date; for information call Michael Roman at 510/593-5331 . Contributions in Naomi’s memory may be made to the Jewish Home, 302 Silver Ave. San Francisco CA, 94112. Arrangements by Sinai Memorial Chapel ( 415-921-3636 ).