Issue:  Vol. 45 / No. 35 / 27 August 2015

Rhoberta Hirter


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February 21, 1945 – August 18, 2015

Rhoberta Hirter passed away peacefully August 18, 2015 after living with cancer for several years.

A native of Kentucky, Rhoberta lived in Oregon through the 1970s before relocating to San Francisco in 1982 with her partner, Elaine Levine. The two launched a personal coaching business, which operated in a number of forms, most recently as Deep Nurturing, until 2013. Rhoberta also worked as a massage therapist well known in the Bay Area bodywork and alternative care community for her gentle and healing touch.

Rhoberta is survived by five stepchildren, Beth Weissman, of Oregon; Julie Marto and James Weissman of Massachusetts; Ellen Carenza of Connecticut; and Eric Weissman, of Maryland; and their spouses and children. Levine, her partner in life and business of 37 years, died in 2014. Rhoberta also is survived by her former husband, Mark Alter, of Oregon, and numerous close, longtime friends in the Bay Area, Oregon, and beyond.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Zen Hospice Center, 273 Page Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. A private memorial will be arranged for a later date.



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