Obituaries • 08-02-12 PDF  | Print |  E-mail


BAUSONE, Lena Marie


DAWKINS, Savannah Kaitlin



GUSTIN, Gladys

MENZEL, Stephen

ST. CLAIRE, Nika Dawkins

BARRETT, Hazel F., who lived in San Leandro for many years, passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2012, after a long illness. She was 95. A native of Brookings, South Dakota, Mrs. Barrett worked for Montgomery Wards in Oakland for 20 years. A celebration of her life was held July 31 at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro.  510-483-0123.

BAUSONE, Lena Marie, Castro Valley, age 99 years and 5 months, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, July 16, 2012. She was born in Rockford, Illinois in 1913 to Joseph and Vincentina Salomone. The family moved to Sophia, West Virginia and then Monterey, Calif. She was the eldest of 7 siblings. Lena helped her father with his meat market and grocery store and learned that business well. She also learned to cook, clean and care for her brothers and sisters, at the side of her dear mother whom she loved until the end. Lena’s brothers, Angelo, Al and Philip Salomone; and sister, Mary Russo, preceded her in death. She is survived by her sister, Florence Bommarito; brother, Jim Salomone of Monterey; son, Rosario (Ross), and his wife, Laureen, of Castro Valley; daughter, Vinnie Thoms, and son-in-law, Harry Thoms, of San Diego; 5 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. She was a homemaker and wife to Frank Bausone who also preceded her in death. The two met at a USO dance during the early years of WWII. Lena waited for Frank’s return from WWII in the South Pacific and then they were married. They relocated to San Leandro in 1954. Lena resided there until recently when she could no longer live alone. She is remembered for her wonderful Italian home cooking, never raising her voice, and continual silent strength. She loved entertaining at home, playing pinochle and chocolate cake. Her unconditional love has been a constant reminder of what our family values are. A Celebration of Life will be held in the fall of this year.

BEARDSLEY Roy Dee, went to be with the Lord on July 24, 2012, at age 91. He was born in Omaha Nebraska. He will be greatly missed. Memorial services will be at International Christian Center at 562 Lewelling Blvd. in San Leandro on Monday, August 6, beginning at 11 a.m. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary 510-483-0123,

DAWKINS, Savannah Kaitlin, 26, of San Leandro, died in an automobile accident in Flagstaff, Arizona, Saturday, July 21, 2012 that also claimed the life of her mother. Ms. Dawkins was a journalism graduate of California State University at Northridge and had planned to teach English in Korea.

EASTHAM, John A., September 19, 1961 – July 24, 2012, Resident of San Leandro — At rest, following a brief illness, John is survived by his mother, Cathy Eastham; sister, Julia Cleveland; brother, Tom; niece, Renee; nephew, Ronald Richter, Jr.; as well as numerous good friends. John is predeceased by his father, Perry; and brother, Ronald Richter, Sr. A Celebration of John’s life will be held in the near future.

GARNETT, Gary W., of San Leandro, passed away at his home on Monday, July 23, 2012, at age 69. A native of Harrisburg, Illinois, Mr. Garnett is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. After his military service, he worked for the City of Oakland. A private cremation is planned.

GUSTIN, Gladys, resident of San Leandro, passed on July 27, 2012. Visitation Sunday, August 5 from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Vigil at 5:30 p.m. at Jess Spencer Mortuary, 21228 Redwood Road in Castro Valley. Mass on Monday, August 6 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Felicitas Church in San Leandro. Burial to follow at Holy Sepulchre in Hayward.

MENZEL, Stephen Anthony, October 11, 1974  –  July 26, 2012, passed away suddenly on July 26, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was born in Oakland on October 11, 1974, and was raised in San Leandro. He is preceded in death by his sister, Christine; and his grandparents, Betty and Tony Cenbrano, and Lila and John Menzel. He is survived by his parents, Nancy and William Menzel; his twin brother, Michael (Jennifer); and his two sons, Jonathan and Zachary Menzel. Stephen spent his entire career with Southwest Airlines. He will be forever missed. Funeral Services will be held Friday, August 3, at 1 p.m. at Deegan Funeral Chapel in Escalon. Immediately following will be a Graveside Service at Burwood Cemetery. An online guestbook is available for condolences at In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to your favorite charity.

ST. CLAIRE, Nika Dawkins, 62, of San Leandro, died in an automobile accident in Flagstaff, Arizona, Saturday, July 21, 2012 that also claimed the life of her daughter. Mrs. St. Claire was Program Director of the Homeless Youth Services Shelter under the auspices of Alameda Family Services.



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