Obituaries • 06-20-12 | Print |  E-mail

DOW, Russ

GERTON, Raymond Harold

TIFFANY, Margaret Jane Payne


DOW, Russ, who formerly lived in Castro Valley, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at age 72. Mr. Dow was raised in San Francisco and had been living in San Ramon. A reception was held at San Ramon Presbyterian Church on June 23.


GERTON, Raymond Harold, of Castro Valley, passed away on Monday, June 11, 2012 at age 89. A native of Flushing, New York, Mr. Gerton enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942, shortly after the outbreak of World War II. After the war, he settled in the Bay Area, living in San Lorenzo and moving to Castro Valley in 1979. He worked as a salesman. He was active in Boy Scouts and a member of the American Fuchsia Society and Buon Tempo for many years. A memorial service was held June 16 at the Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward.

TIFFANY, Margaret Jane Payne, died peacefully on June 19, 2012, in Modesto, California. Born March 3, 1926, to Edward Henry Payne and Rose Telban Payne, Margie grew up in Forest City, Pennsylvania. She was an Honor Student at Forest City High School and graduated in 1943. She worked in Philadelphia for the government and met her husband of 52 years, Lt. Col. Howard Tiffany. After tours of duty that took them to many countries, they returned to Castro Valley, California where she lived until her death. Marge was employed by the Castro Valley School District for 32 years. She was secretary at A.B. Morris Jr. High and Castro Valley High School, and later the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Personnel. Upon retirement, she became a volunteer at the local Senior Center, where she was known to always have a smile and kind words for all. She received the Volunteer of the Year award. Marge enjoyed spending time with her family, yoga, reading and taking long walks to the lake near her home. She will be greatly missed in the lives of so many people, including her brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Romaine Payne, and Edward and Janet Payne. She is survived by her four daughters and sons-in-law, Terrie and Tom Wallace, Sue and Randy Tiesiera, Lynne and Mike Fontes, and De Tiffany and Ed Hall; 10 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren, and one on the way. Marge was a devoted daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She raised her daughters with laughter, love and encouragement. She will be remembered forever and with love. As she requested, a private burial will take place in Forest City, Pennsylvania… “when the trees change color.”



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