Toeg, Barbara

Plot Location2E12
Given Name(s)Barbara
Place of BirthOdessa, Russia (now Ukraine)
Date of Birth (Eng)December 14, 1900
Date of Birth (Heb) 
Date of Death (Eng)August 9, 1993
Date of Death (Heb) 
Age at Death92
Hebrew Nameברברא
Spouse’s NameDavid Lionel Toeg
Father’s NameKarkushevskiy
Mother’s Name 
Other Surnames 
Marital StatusW
Maiden NameKarkushevskaya
Title (e.g., Dr) 
Religious Status (כ/ל/י) 
Cause of Death 
Other Family DataHad a son, Valentine Karl Hartmann (b. February 23, 1921, in Vladivostok; d. January 30, 1987, Contra Costa, CA), who lived in California. He would not have been David’s son as they married in 1931. Valentine’s wife’s name was Earlene (Else) Lehtinen. They had a daughter, Valerie, born c. 1945.
Inscription (Eng)IN
Inscription (Heb)מ׳ק ברברא טואג ת׳נ׳צ׳ב׳ה׳
Inscription (Other) 
HistoricalShe was an artist, painting in both oil and watercolour.

The Toeg family came from Baghdad to Shanghai. The surname is a variant of Douek. Husband, David, was born in Shanghai on September 15, 1900. He and Barbara married in Shanghai on July 26, 1931. They left Shanghai for the US on May 27, 1949. In 1952, they lived at 884 Yuba Street, Richmond, California. David died on May 26, 1957, at the age of 56.

David was previously married to Cecile Laval Arnoux (b. July 9, 1898, St. Louis, MO) but they divorced a few years later. She died in 1931 and is buried in Happy Valley Roman Catholic Cemetery, S5 #5567. She was a dancer in the Ziegfeld Follies and then a silent movie actress. They had a son named Robert Raphael Toeg (b. March 15, 1925, San Francisco, CA; d. April 16, 2018, Red Oak, TX), though it is believed that Robert’s father was Nicolai Merkuloff, a merchant from Vladivostok who worked in China. In David’s US Immigration document, he stated that he had no children. David was an insurance broker.

Peter Gesner wrote on 2 May 2019:
“David & Barbara lived for several years in Hong Kong during the 1950s. They had a sumptuous house in Shek-O. After David died (in 1957), Barbara lived a while in the Peninsula Hotel. We (my siblings and I) referred to them as Uncle David and Aunty Barbara because our mother did too. My mother and grandmother were friends with the Toegs in HK as well as in pre-WWII Shanghai. Like Barbara, my grandmother had a Russian background.”

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