Obituaries • 10-03-12 | Print |  E-mail


DOUGLAS, Albert Franklin Jr.

DOUGLAS, Marian Grace

FERNANDES, Jose “Joe Russo”

HANCOCK, Leonard Lathrop


POKRANT, Douglas Paul


CARLOS, Mary C., February 15, 1911 – September 28, 2012, resident of San Leandro. Mary Clorinda Carlos, a longtime resident of San Leandro, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2012. She was 101 years old. Mary was born in the Tras-os-Montes region of Portugal and moved to San Leandro with her mother and brother in 1921. She worked for Stenzel Pickle Works for 20 years. Mary loved gardening, knitting, cooking and playing bingo. She was a member of the I.D.E.S. She is survived by her sisters, Jackie Amaral of Dublin and Ida Reis of Patterson; son, Louis, and daughter-in-law, Jane, of San Leandro; granddaughter, Susan Elliott, and grandson-in-law, Matthew Elliott, of Castro Valley; granddaughter, Sharon Carlos of San Leandro; great-grandson, Adam Elliott of Castro Valley; and great-granddaughters, Ashley Elliott of Livermore and Allison Elliott of Castro Valley. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 12 noon to 8:30 p.m., with the Vigil Service commencing at 7 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Leander Church in San Leandro on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m., with graveside service following at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. Arrangements made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123,


DOUGLAS, Albert Franklin Jr. and Marian Grace, husband and wife. Marian passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2012 following Al’s passing on June 17, 2012. Al was born in 1932 in Oakland and Marian in 1937. Al found his life’s work with Pacific Telephone while Marian went into teaching after graduating from San Francisco State University. They married in 1958 and moved to Castro Valley in 1973. Here they raised two daughters, Denise and Laurene; later, they adopted and raised their granddaughter, Hilary, after the early death of her mother, Laurene. They are survived by their children, Denise and Hilary; and grandchildren, Jay (Jes) and Ashley. Marian was an active member of Neighborhood Church and counted many friends there.  Memorial services will be held at the Neighborhood Church in Castro Valley on Friday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. For more information, please contact Neighborhood Church at (510) 537-4690.

FERNANDES, Jose “Joe Russo”, resident of Castro Valley. Jose “Joe Russo” Fernandes, 78, of Castro Valley died September 25, 2012 at home surrounded by family after a brave battle with cancer. Jose was born June 22, 1934 in Portugal and came to the United States at the age of 15. In 1960, Joe became a proud citizen and began his career working as a farmer, blacksmith and, finally, a longshoreman. Papa Joe, as he was known, retired after 42 years of faithful service. He spent his retirement tending to his garden, hunting, making wine and tinkering around the house. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth Fernandes; daughter and son-in-law, Celeste and Mark Alves; son and daughter-in-law, Antonio Fernandes and Debbie Fernandes; grandchildren, Angela and Thomas Nichols, Jennifer and Jose Fernandes III, John and Jessica Marques, and Melissa and Mark Duesler; great-grandchildren, Thomas and Andrew Nichols; brothers, Antonio and Manuel Grego; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family. Joe was preceded in death by his son, Joe Fernandes, Jr.; and his brothers, John Teles and Domingo Grego. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 3, starting at 5 p.m., followed by a rosary at 7 p.m. Memorial service is on Thursday, Oct. 4, beginning at 11 a.m. Both are held at Holy Angeles Funeral & Cremation Center, 1051 Harder Road, in Hayward. Arrangements made by Holy Angels Funeral & Cremation Center, FD1456, (510) 537-6600.

HANCOCK, Leonard Lathrop, of Castro Valley, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 23, 2012. Leonard was born in 1923 in Oakland. During World War II, he flew 55 combat missions as a gunner/engineer on a B-24 bomber in China, Burma and India. After the war, he married his childhood sweetheart, Norma Joyce Kimball; and, in 1950, they bought a house in Castro Valley where they raised their six children. Leonard retired in 1984 after 34 years of service in the San Lorenzo School District. He adored his 26 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by his many friends and relatives. Services were held on Sept. 29 at the LDS Church in Castro Valley.



KAUKA-ANDERSON, Anna, passed away on September 2, 2012, at age 53, in her Castro Valley home. A celebration of life will be held on October 14, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 1970 Via Buena Vista, San Lorenzo. If you are planning on attending please contact a member of the family.



POKRANT, Douglas Paul, of Castro Valley, passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 16, 2012. Douglas was 47 years of age. He is survived by his brother, David; step-sister, Cassandra Duncan; his mother, Lynne Fenchel; step-father, Donald Forster; grandmother, Beryl Fenchel; as well as David Lewis (Pops), Dawn Lewis Medieros and Dave Lewis, Jr.

POYNTER, Ruth Eva, who lived in Castro Valley since 1998, passed away on Saturday, September 22, 2012, at age 89. A native of Alvord, Texas, she and her siblings came to California in 1939 from the Oklahoma “Dust Bowl” and fell in love with California despite the hardships “Okies” suffered in that era. Twice widowed by husbands who served in the Army and Navy, Ruth  was an avid reader, painter, quilter, seamstress and crochet artist. She worked during WWII at Consolidated Aircraft in San Diego and for a time as a waitress years later. She is survived by her sons, Wesley Fisher, Charles Fisher and Robert Fisher; grandchildren, Toby Fisher, Wesley Fisher, Jr. and Liza Armstrong; great-grandchildren, Whitney Armstrong, Mason Armstrong and Jordan Armstrong; and her best friends, Necole Brown, Cindy Fisher and Karin Hammer — all of whom she cherished immeasurably. A private service will be held at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.



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