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Memorial for Emil Knopf

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Graveside: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Wednesday, July 3rd, 2024
Eternal Home Cemetery
1051 El Camino Real
Colma, CA 94014
Memorial Contribution: Sinai Memorial Chapel Chevra Kadisha Endowment
1501 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 921-3636
Memorial Contribution: American Heart Association
1111 Broadway, Suite 1360
Oakland, CA 94607
(415) 433-2273
Memorial Contribution: B'nai B'rith International
1120 20th Street NW, Suite 300N
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 857-6600
Memorial Contribution: Congregation Adath Israel
1851 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 564-5665

Emil Meilech Knopf, 91, of San Francisco, CA, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2024. Affectionately known as Uncle Emil, he is survived by his nieces, grand nieces, grand nephews, and great grand nieces and nephews.

Emil was born on January 7, 1933 in Rzeszów, Poland. After the Nazis invaded, he survived by hiding in the forest with his mother and sister. From there, he emigrated to Bolivia and later settled in San Francisco.

At 19, Emil began a long career at Levi Strauss. He started as an errand runner and soon became the administrator of the Valencia Street factory. While continuing to work at Levi's, Emil enrolled in classes at San Francisco State University and the Salinger School of Design. By the late 1960's, he became the Chief Designer in the Youthwear Design Department.

Emil tirelessly worked to support the Jewish community and several charities. He served multiple terms as president of his B'nai B'rith lodge and Congregation Adath Israel. In retirement, Emil dedicated himself to fundraising for the American Heart Association.

Despite his many professional accomplishments, Emil was proudest of preserving Jewish traditions for multiple generations of his nieces and nephews. His family could always count on Emil's annual Hanukkah party to cement their lasting connection.

Services were held at Eternal Home Cemetery in Colma on Wednesday, July 3rd at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any one of the many organizations that Emil was involved with.

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