Obituaries • 06-13-12 | Print |  E-mail

BASS, Donald Barrett

DISTOR, Lourdes A.

HALL, Rita Kelly

PROFFITT, Edward Earl


BASS, Donald Barrett, September 18, 1925 – June 3, 2012, a 48-year resident of San Leandro, was 86 years old. His wife, Hetty, preceded him in death by 8 years. They had been married 40 years. Don was in the Army and went to the Philippines in 1945. After that, he worked 38 years for Railway Express Company. Don was a great outdoors man. He loved fishing and hunting; and, when he was younger, he was a licensed pilot and loved to fly. He liked to walk at Oyster Point in San Leandro, and enjoyed talking to the people there. Don thought the world of his neighbors and often did them favors, and they did the same for him. They will also miss him very much. Don leaves behind his nephew, Richard Bear (Gale); grand-nephew, Jeffrey (Lisa), and their children, Ashley, Nicholas and Chad; grand-niece, Lori Hall (Brian), and their 2 boys, Dominic and Dante; and niece, Karen Bunter (Richard), and their daughter. Don is also survived by his stepson, Gary Kukus; and step-niece, Jeanette Tilton, and family. Don will be missed by all who knew him. At Don’s wishes, there will be no services and his ashes will be spread at sea.

DISTOR, Lourdes A., a San Leandro resident for 38 years, passed away on Friday, June 8, 2012, at age 78. She was born in the Philippines and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Home Economics. She was married to Fortunio Distor for 45 years until his death. Lourdes held numerous positions at The North Face until retiring after 30 years as the Warranty Manager. Lourdes was a devoted and hard-working mother of three. She prided herself on disciplining her children, and guiding and forming their personalities. She set high standards for them and shielded them as much as possible from any distractions that could take them away from their desired goals. Lourdes loved her garden and had a passion for sewing. She loved people and enjoyed being surrounded by friends and family. Her home was a center for family gatherings. She loved conversing with people and many found her charming. All that were with her in the end showed her much love. She is survived by her children, Leonil and Debra Distor, Jocelynn and Gary Copsey, and Rowena and Glen Davenport; her siblings, Adelaida Cuevas, Antonio Anit, Rolando Anit, Edita Pirante, Teresita Gonzalez, Leandro Anit and Efipania Leyva; and a host of nephews and nieces. Viewing will be at 10 a.m., followed by a memorial at 12 noon, on Saturday, June 16, at Jess C. Spencer Mortuary in Castro Valley. Burial to follow at Lone Tree Cemetery in Hayward.

HALL, Rita Kelly, formerly of Castro Valley and Hayward, passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2012, after a short battle with cancer. She was 83. Mrs. Hall was proud of her work translating books into Braille. She was active in the community, a member of the League of Women Voters, the NAACP, the Eden Youth Center and a member of the board of UFCW Local 870 among other local organizations. She had lived in Santa Clarita since 1996.



PROFFITT, Edward Earl, December 18, 1919 – June 5, 2012, resident of Castro Valley. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty Proffitt. He is survived by his children, Judy Roda, James Proffitt, Joyce Barros and Janeen Leech. He will be missed by his nine loving grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. His family invites you to celebrate his life. A visitation will be at Grissom’s Chapel and Mortuary, 267 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo, on Wednesday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. A Funeral service will follow at the Castro Valley Methodist Church, 19806 Wisteria St., Castro Valley, at 1 p.m. He will be interred at Saltville, Virginia. Grissom’s Mortuary, (510) 278-2800,



QUINTANA, Aida C., of Castro Valley, passed away on Monday, June 4, 2012, at age 79. A native of Tigaon, Philippines, Mrs. Quintana was a poet, an artist and a massage therapist. Services were held June 8 at Holy Angels Sorensen Chapel in Hayward.




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