Ronna Margolis Berezin was born in Washington, D.C. on August 25, 1939. Her father, Sydney Margolis, owned a men’s clothing store. Ronna describes him as hot-tempered and strict. Her mother, Frances, worked at the store and cared for her family. Ronna had a wonderful relationship with her mother. She has two younger siblings, Richard, an OBGYN who lives in Maryland, and Vivian, who lives in New Mexico. She says that she was lucky to have a good childhood and a great group of friends. She also has fond memories of trips to the beach in Baltimore.
Ronna received a degree in education at Penn State. While there, she joined Alpha Beta Gamma honor society. She met her future husband, Stephan, through their respective Greek organizations. They were married on June 25, 1959 and had two children, Alan and Laurie.
After college, in the early 1960s, Ronna started teaching junior high English and social studies. As a teacher, she believed in encouraging her students to get out of their comfort zone and explore new ways of being. She always tried to treat each student the same way because they all had the same potential coming into her class. She feels that she learned just as much from her students as they learned from her.
She moved to San Francisco in the 1970s. One of her favorite life experiences was going to the discos in the city. She had a larger group of gay friends who she went dancing with. She thoroughly appreciated their mutual acceptance: they accepted her as she was, and she accepted them as they were.
Ronna describes herself as bright, happy, helpful, fun, and friendly. She generally likes to eat healthy, although she also loves having ice cream for dessert at Carlton Senior Living Davis. She enjoys riding horses and describes herself as a good rider. She also loves dancing and people watching at the clubs and bars. She most admires her son, Alan: she believes that he does the best that he can in all things.
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