Obituaries • 08-29-12 | Print |  E-mail

ANDERSON, Arnold Charles
GRACHER, Lois A.
RODRIGUES, Doris Frances
ROGERS, Thomas J.


ANDERSON, Arnold Charles, age 99, of Castro Valley, died peacefully on August 16, 2012, surrounded by his family. An active, dedicated civic leader in Castro Valley for many years,  Arnold is remembered by friends for his integrity, character, honesty and humor.  His youngest days were in Glen Ellen, where his Italian immigrant mother ran a café and his father had a barbershop. His family moved to Oakland and then to Castro Valley, trading the Oakland home for a chicken ranch on Redwood Road. His future wife, Ethel Anne Phillips, was the little sister of his close friend, George W. Phillips, Jr. After college and marriage, he served in WWII. In 1945, he was put in charge of one of the largest POW camps in Germany, holding 135,000 German soldiers. (He later served in the Korean War and later still became a full Colonel). He returned from Europe energized to help in Castro Valley’s development. He was instrumental in getting sidewalks on Castro Valley Boulevard. He went into real estate and then became an MAI appraiser. He found the property for the present Eden Hospital. He conceived of, designed and co-owned the Castro Village Shopping Center. He served on the first BART board for 16 years, president for 2 years. He served on school boards and the hospital board. He retired and built a 31-unit apartment house next door to his home which he managed until he was 97. He and Anne had 5 children. It was a great sadness to him that 3 died before him. “For someone who had to endure so much loss, he carried himself with such dignity,” wrote a friend. He was predeceased by Anne, his wife of 65 years, and children Jennifer Gail Remer, Judith Lee Rasmussen and John Wendell Anderson. He is survived by children Susan Irene Bradley and Lari Phillips Mussatti; 9 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church, 3534 Lakeshore Ave., in Oakland on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m.

GRACHER, Lois A., June 5, 1927 – August 16, 2012, resident of Castro Valley, passed away peacefully on August 16, 2012. Lois was born to George and Claribel Garrigus on June 5, 1927 in Terre Haute, Indiana and later moved to California where she graduated from Hayward High School in 1945. Lois was preceded in death by her husband, William Gracher, in 1997. Lois is survived by her only grandson, Jeremy Phillips of San Leandro; and her sons, Kevin Phillips of San Lorenzo, along with Kevin’s longtime girlfriend, Sally, and Stephen Phillips of Brazil, Indiana, along with Stephen’s wife, Carolyn; and her daughters, Kirsten and Karly. She had made many friends over the years when working as a florist in Castro Valley and Dublin. Later, she worked at Health Unlimited and Dakota Rose, both in Castro Village. She will be fondly remembered for the many rings and bracelets she loved to wear. She loved animals and always had a dog at her side throughout her entire life. She will be dearly missed. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to your favorite charity. No services are scheduled. Burial was held on August 28 at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery.

RODRIGUES, Doris Frances, an East Bay native, born in Oakland, passed away at the age of 92 on Sunday, August 19, 2012, in Castro Valley, California. She was a resident of Baywood Court for the past 7 years and resided in San Leandro over 62 years. Doris married Daniel Rodrigues in 1941 and is survived by her son, Robert Rodrigues of Brookings, Oregon, her daughter, Vicki Butalla of Castro Valley, grandson, Jeffrey Rodrigues of Fremont, and granddaughter Julie Ann Rodrigues. Doris will  be dearly remembered by her many friends and family who enjoyed her warm personality and love for laughter. No services will be held at the request of Doris and family.  Charitable donations in her memory may be sent to C.A.R.H. at 20513 Alameda Street, Castro Valley, CA  94546.

ROGERS, Thomas J., who lived in Castro Valley since 1959, passed away on Sunday, August 19, 2012, at age 89. A native of Fall River, Massachusetts, Mr. Rogers was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II who served with the 13th Field Artillery FOBN. He was deployed to Omaha Beach four days after D-Day. After the war, he worked for Montgomery Wards in Oakland as a delivery driver. Services were held on Aug. 27 at Jess C. Spencer Mortuary, 21228 Redwood Road, Castro Valley.

 

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