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News - December 11, 2013

Obituaries

Obituaries are based on information provided by the family.

Douglas Meier Heller

There will be a celebration of the life of Douglas Meier Heller at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton. Mr. Heller died Nov. 26 at his home in Atherton after a short battle with cancer. He was 82.

Born in San Francisco, Mr. Heller attended the Town School and Webb School for high school. He graduated from Stanford University and received a master's in business administration from Stanford after serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Mr. Heller was an insurance broker in San Francisco during his entire working career. He served on many boards and was an avid supporter of the Jewish community, say family members. He was president of the Jewish Welfare Federation, the Jewish Home of San Francisco, and of the Menlo Circus Club.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Ehrlich Heller; children, Steven Heller, Scott Heller, and Sue Fenley; brother Robert D. Heller; and five grandchildren.

A private memorial service was held at the Home of Peace in Colma. The family prefers donations to: The Jewish Community Foundation, 121 Steuart St., San Francisco, CA 94105; The Jewish Home of San Francisco, 302 Silver Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112; Peninsula Volunteers, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025; or a favorite charity.

Marie Dreyer

Marie B. Breyer of Atherton died Dec. 1 at the age of 94.

Born in Connecticut and raised in Evanston, Illinois, Ms. Breyer attended Hillsdale College and graduated from Barat College of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, Illinois, with honors in English literature. While attending Hillsdale, she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

She was an award-winning salesperson of the Easterling Company, makers of sterling silver flatware. She was the first woman in the U.S. to receive the star salesman award from the Sales and Marketing Executives Association in Chicago.

She met Leo Dreyer while working in the business and moved to California with her young daughters, Ann and Molly. The couple married and had three more children: Michelle, Kevin and Lisa.

The Dreyers started their own business, Heritage House Tableware, in San Francisco in 1963, and raised their family in Atherton.

Ms. Dreyer was active in the PTA, serving as president at Laurel and Encinal Schools. An excellent piano player, she loved music, singing, and ballroom dancing with her husband, say family members. The Dreyers traveled around the world, enjoyed family skiing, and spending time at their beach house in Capitola. They lived aboard their Sea Ray boat for extended vacations and were members of the Bay Area Sea Ray Boat Club.

She is survived by her husband of almost 55 years, Leo Dreyer; children Ann Goodenough, Molly Horn-Farley, Michelle Takemoto, Lisa Dreyer and Kevin Dreyer; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services were held at the Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery in Menlo Park.

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