Obituaries • 08-22-12 | Print |  E-mail

ANDERSON, Florence Alma (Flo)


HOMAN, Bettie

McCARTHY, Susan Elizabeth

MEISSNER, Dorothy B.

MOORE, Gerald Joseph

SILVA, Edwin Delphin

WILFONG, Ernest Lee

ANDERSON, Florence Alma (Flo), a former resident of Castro Valley, passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at age 100. Born in Havre, Montana, Mrs. Anderson was a U.S. Navy veteran. On her 100th birthday, she enjoyed celebrating with many friends and family, both at Eden Villa where she resided, and at her home. Services will be held at Faith Lutheran Church in September.

HERNANDEZ, Loretta, of Castro Valley, passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, after a valiant two-year battle with cancer. She was 61. Mrs. Hernandez retired from Laney College in June 2011 after a long career as Instructor, Counselor, Program Director, and Faculty Leader.

HOMAN, Bettie, resident of Castro Valley for 47 years, died on Sunday, August 12, 2012. A tribute to her life will be held on Sept. 15. Call Donna for details at 510-828-3082. Donations can be made to VITAS Hospice in memory of Bettie at 670 N. McCarthy Blvd. #220, Milpitas, CA  95035.

McCARTHY, Susan Elizabeth, of Castro Valley, passed away on Saturday, August 11, 2012, after a brief illness. She was 92. A native of San Rafael, she worked as a substitute teacher in Castro Valley. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at First Presbyterian Church, 2490 Grove Way, Castro Valley, where she had been a member for 46 years.

MEISSNER, Dorothy B., a long time resident of Oakland, passed away on Friday, August 17, 2012 at St. Johns Kronstadt Care Center in Castro Valley, where she lived for the last several years. She received excellent care there and made many friends with the very lovely and caring staff. She was 93. She was preceeded in death by her late husband of 67 years, Richard (Dick) F. Meissner. She is survived by her only child, her son, Ronald (Ron) L. Meissner; her daughter-in-law, Janet (Jan) C. Meissner; 2 dearly loved grandchildren, David L. Meissner, and Julie Gibbons and her husband Patrick; and her dearly loved great-granddaughter, Karma Gibbons. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Dorothy was a warm and gracious soul, who loved life, people, traveling, entertaining, her wonderful garden and her beloved dogs. She had a sparkle in her beautiful blue eyes and a bit of a playful smile. She belonged to many groups, organizations and gave generously of her time and talents to all. She will be missed a lot by many. She was also preceeded in death by 2 brothers, Wayne (Pete) B. Peterson of Oregon and Bud Peterson of Arizona. She is also survived by her sister, Betty June Nauratil (Don) of Lafayette, Calif. A “Celebration of Life”luncheon for family and friends will be held on Friday, Aug. 24, at 1 p.m. at Willow Park Event Center, 17007 Redwood Road, in Castro Valley. There will be a private internment preceeding the luncheon. The Family is requesting a donation to your favorite charity or SPCA, in lieu of flowers.

MOORE, Gerald Joseph, of Castro Valley, passed away in Ireland on Sunday, August 12, 2012, at age 81. A native of Byron, Mr. Moore was a U.S. Army veteran who served as a lieutenant in Korea. He retired from UC Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 1994. Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 3433 Somerset Ave., Castro Valley. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the church.

SILVA, Edwin Delphin, June 6, 1921 – August 9, 2012  •  Resident of Castro Valley, passed away at the age of 91. He was born in Oakland. He graduated from Frick Junior High in 1936 and from Fremont High in 1939. He worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad before he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He had to wait until he was 21 because his mother wouldn’t sign for him as she already had two older sons enlisted. He was most proud of his service to his country. The Navy sent him to the University of Minnesota for six months to study electrical engineering and, subsequently, was assigned to the USS Saugatuck, the fuel ship of his fleet, to help keep the engines operating. He also played the bugle for Reveille and Taps and operated the gyro compass equipment. He also witnessed the horrors of war. He is preceded in death by his first wife of 39 years and mother of his children, Dorothy (Sandy) Silva; his father, Antone; his mother, Doris; 3 brothers, Alvin, William and Robert Silva; and a great niece and nephew. He is survived by his present wife of 26 years, Lynette Silva; his children, Dorothy and Paul Runnells, and Barbra and Bruce Davis; his grandchildren, Paul Runnells, Jr., Eric Urban, Dannelle and Mark Sheetz, Lynn Baughbauh and Monica Hoberg; and 3 great-granddaughters. He is also survived by his stepchildren, Carrie Conlon, Sandra Barton-Bialostosky and Jack Standridge; his step-grandchildren, Amanda Standridge, Joshua Tataro, Kali Conlon, Kori Conlon and Rory Bialostosky; one step-great-grandson; his niece and nephew, Roberta and Robert Archibal; great nephew, Ryan Archibal; and many other family members. He was very close to some of his neighbors. His best buddy was his dog, “Spotter,” who was his shadow for 12 years. Ed had a great love of motorcycles. He had his own shop with a partner and sold, repaired and raced motorcycles. Many friends were involved with him and they formed a motorcycle club, naming it “The Zebras.” He also loved bowling and had many bowling friends. His first wife worked at the bowling alley organizing all the leagues. He spent much time there with his grandchildren, Paul Jr. and Dannelle. He also kept score many seasons for the Japanese League before automatic score keeping came to be. He took some youths under his wings. And, this is where he met his present wife. He was a wonderful singer with a voice that sounded “something like his favorite vocalist, Mario Lanza.” He enjoyed garage sales. He was a big fan of the Raiders and 49ers. He dearly loved his children and grandchildren and cherished the memory of their mother and grandmother. He had a great bond with his caregiver over the last years of his life. He loved his mother (and her spaghetti!). All his family and friends love him very much and our lives have been extremely enriched from knowing him. Donations may be made to UCSF Research for Lewy Body Dementia / Parkinson’s Disease. Mail donations in the name of Edwin D. Silva to: UCSF Memory and Aging Center, P.O. Box 45339, San Francisco CA  94145.

WILFONG, Ernest Lee Wilfong, Nov. 19, 1921-Aug. 9, 2012 • Resident of Castro Valley. Ernest Lee Wilfong passed away on August 16, 2012 from a short illness. He touched many lives with his gentle spirit, positive outlook on life and humor. Ernest was born in Indiana in a family of 12 children. After service in the U.S. Navy for 6 years, BM3C Ernest Lee Wilfong served in WWII on the USS Minneapolis and USS Carter Hall in the Pacific, he settled in California, married and raised a family. He then enjoyed a 36-year career in the Millman and Industrial Carpenters Local 262. Ernest is survived by his sons and their families, Gary and Virginia (Ginger) Wilfong of Castro Valley and Ron and Robin Wilfong of Fremont; grandchildren, David and Elisabeth (Elisa) Wilfong of Castro Valley, Greg and Cara Wilfong of Florida, Railene and Harry Cathrea of Livermore, Jeff and Elizabeth (Beth Henderson) Wilfong of Sacramento, and Steven Wilfong of Santa Clara; great-grandchildren, Casie and Cory Cathrea of Livermore, Ronan and Dregken Wilfong of Castro Valley, Mason, Harrison, and Allison and Hudson Wilfong of Florida. Joyce Zeigner of Discovery Bay has been his lady friend for the last few years. Ernest is also survived by his brothers, Albert (Dick) Wilfong of Indiana and Dale Wilfong of Morgan Hill; and numerous nieces and nephews. Ernest was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Frances. In his retirement years, Ernest enjoyed traveling for family reunions in Indiana and visiting his family in Florida. He helped babysit his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and neighborhood children. His hobbies included painting, wood-working projects, repairs, making hooked rugs and bee keeping to supply honey to family and friends. Ernest enjoyed taking his family and neighborhood children on trips to the beach and on 4-H trips with his grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to his home after the memorial service to talk about the good/bad times we all had. Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, at 11 a.m. at Jess C. Spencer Mortuary, 21228 Redwood Road, in Castro Valley.



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