Julius Lichtenstein, 93, died Dec. 22, 2012.
Husband of Nora Jovel Lichtenstein of Burlingame, and father to Paul Lichtenstein of San Francisco and the late Erna Maroot. Proud grandfather to Matthew Maroot, son of Erna and Todd Maroot, and great-grandfather of Jackson Maroot of Woodland Hills. Julius and his late sister Steffi were born in Piestany, now the Czech Republic.
His parents, Dr. Ladislas Lichtenstein and mother Erna owned a prominent health spa in the city. Lichtenstein attended hotel management school in Nice, France until his studies were interrupted by France's capitulation to the Nazis. He went to Great Britain, joining his physician father in London, completed basic military training and then proudly served in the Free Czech Brigade in Dunkirk.
Following the war, Julius became an insurance agent and broker, establishing a relationship with his clients for more than 40 years. He found purpose in his work, never choosing to retire. Lichtenstein was multi-lingual, fluent in his native Czech, German, French, Italian and Spanish.
Lichtenstein and his wife Nora, a travel agent, were partners of Bon Vivant Travel in Daly City. He loved life, people and traveled the world, visiting Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. They delighted in spending each New Year in Maui where they did so for the last 25 years.
Services were held on Dec. 26, 2012 and internment was held at the Home of Peace in Colma.