Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 8, 2018
Jane Weitzman Bernstein
Feb 23, 1942 - April 4, 2018
Jane Weitzman Bernstein died April 4th of cancer at her home
in Sonoma, CA. Her 76 years were filled with love and love for
life. Sadness at her passing flows through all whose lives she
deeply touched. Born and raised in Washington, DC, the daughter of Isadore and Gertrude
Weitzman, she attended Woodrow Wilson High School (1960), and the American
University, where she studied literature.
She married Richard Bernstein in 1963 and was a devoted mother to their two children, Baron
and Tara. Jane and Richard lived in Washington, DC in Georgetown and later Tulip Hill in
In 1976 she started The Written Word, teaching herself to start and run a busi-ness while
demonstrating the bookkeeping skills, acquired from her mother, which she employed
throughout her life. As they would say, "she ran a clean ship." Located in Canal Square and
Dupont Circle, The Written Word became the source for special event invitations and
personalized stationary. Jane was also a competitive tennis player and accomplished sailor.
She and Richard spent many weekends sailing on the Chesapeake Bay as well as St.
Thomas. Her marriage to Richard ended in divorce.
In 1985, Jane met her second husband, Bob Ellis, also living in Washington. During their more
that 30 years together they lived in DC's Palisades neighbor-hood, spent two years in Paris,
and then moved to San Francisco in1997, where Bob pursued his interests in the technology
industry. Next to Paris, Jane loved San Francisco - living on Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill and
finally Nob Hill.
She shared her husband's passion for opera and enjoyed their involvement in the San
Francisco Opera and Opera Parallele, as well as their travels to opera festivals in Salzburg
and Glimmerglass. Their weekends were spent at their home in Sonoma, tending their
vineyard, making wine, gardening and reading. She was a voracious reader, creative cook
and entertainer, and a devoted partner. Bob and Jane traveled widely. They have been
committed to helping children in Siem Reap, Cambodia through education and medical
programs. Jane supported and stayed in close contact with children she met there.
Jane will be remembered as a beautiful woman, known for her signature gray hair; although
her true beauty was expressed in her loyalty to those she loved, her enduring friendships, and
a fierce determination to live life to the fullest.
She is survived by her husband, Bob Ellis, daughter Tara Bernstein and son Baron Bernstein;
grandsons, Jonah and Gabriel Bernstein, brother Buddy Weitzman and wife Nancy, niece
Tracy Metro and nephew Ian Weitzman, and stepson Erle Ellis and wife Ariane, and step
grandchildren, Ryan Ellis and Amaia Ellis.
No service is planned. In lieu of flowers,
contributions may be made to http://caringforcambodia.org/donate-now/