Karen Silverstein

Karen Silverstein passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer on November 11, 2022, in the San Francisco Bay Area, surrounded by her family.

Beloved wife of Greg Huber for 31 years, and loving mother of Lucas and Natalie Huber. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Jill (Jerome Dobson) Silverstein and Gail Huber. Beloved daughter of the late Merle “Ruffy” and Marcelyn “Marcee” Silverstein. Dear daughter-in-law of Geneva Huber. Loving aunt to Morris and Lizzy Mills, and dear cousin and friend.

Karen was an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker.  She dedicated her life to telling stories and giving a voice to those who often were not heard. Her award-winning film, Gefilte Fish, was screened all over the world. She spent many years as an editor and producer at WGBH, and at a host of other public television stations, creating everything from history and science programs to children’s television, such as the series Zoom, Arthur and Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman. Beyond her passion for filmmaking, Karen was a loving dog mom to Taro, Stella, and (the late) Scruffy. She was a loving friend to many and her unique way with words and humor will keep generations in stitches. She was an outsized personality, a life force, and, in a word, “lovable”.

Memorial service Thursday, November 17, 10:00a.m. at Congregation Temple Israel, 1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Drive. Visitation with Karen’s family beginning at 9:00a.m. until time of service.  Live stream available at www.ti-stl.org/watch. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made in Karen’s memory to support ovarian cancer research to the UCSF Foundation, P.O. Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145. Please make checks payable to the UCSF Foundation and write “in memory of Karen Silverstein” in the memo line.