Obituaries • 11-07-12 | Print |  E-mail

ARSONDI, Frances “Jean”

GOUVEIA, Wallace Charles

LEE, Helen Josephine

PAYNE, Denver Jay

SEIDL, Edwin “Eddie”

ARSONDI, Frances “Jean”, August 14, 1931 – October 29, 2012, resident of Castro Valley, went home to be with the Lord on Monday night, her family was by her side as she went peacefully. She graduated from Hayward High as Jean Stafford in 1950. She married Bob Arsondi in 1951 and celebrated 59 lovely years together. Bob preceded her in death in 2010. Jean is survived by her brother, Albert Stafford; 3 children, Anna Fredrick, William Arsondi and Candyce Arsondi; 7 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. Jean resigned from the Oakland Post Office in 1989 to be the caregiver of her 7 wonderful grandchildren. Jean loved bingo, bowling and baseball; she also made beautiful afghans and needle-craft items for her family and friends. She loved her family and friends and will be missed and never forgotten. Donations (in her name) can be made to Hanna Boys Center. Visitation and Vigil was held on Nov. 5 at Holy Angels Sorensen Chapel. Funeral Mass was held Nov. 6 at All Saints Catholic Church in Hayward. Burial followed at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Arrangements made by Holy Angels Sorensen (510-581-1234,  FD 126).


GOUVEIA, Wallace Charles, of Castro Valley, passed away on Saturday, October 26, 2012, at age 81. Mr. Gouveia is survived by his wife of 62 years, Eleanor Gouveia, daughter Kathy and son-in-law Butch, and granddaughter, Tracy. Funeral services were held Nov. 6 at Holy Angels Funeral Center in Hayward. Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. Donations may be made to Saint Jude Childlren’s Research Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, Tenn. 38101-9929.

LEE, Helen Josephine, 1924 - 2012, 88, of Castro Valley, went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 31, 2012, at Kaiser Permanente Post-Acute Care Center (KPPACC) in San Leandro. Helen was born on September 18, 1924, the third daughter of the late Francis and Harriet Jamieson of Edmonds, Washington. Helen graduated from Roosevelt High School in Seattle and later attended Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, where she met her husband of 67 years, Robert Eugene Lee. They were married on February 15, 1946. She was a member of Redwood Chapel Community Church in Castro Valley for almost five decades. Helen is survived by her loving husband, Bob Lee of Castro Valley; daughters, Linda (Bruce) Johnson and Patty (Mark) Boyd of Castro Valley, and Ginny (Todd) Lewis of La Mirada; son, Jim (Ruth) Lee, of Sugar Hill, Georgia; grandchildren, Jon (Angela) Price, Doug (Jackie) Johnson, Debi (Michael) Wolf, Ric (Jeri) Price, Emily Boyd, Aaron Boyd, Bobby (Angela) Lee and Mike Lee; seven great-grandchildren; her sister, Frances Boyle of Seattle; nieces and nephews; and countless friends whose lives she touched. Her family and friends will miss her smile and her godly walk with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Helen loved her church, music (especially Bill Gaither and Dixieland), Bible Study Fellowship, Vacation Bible School, working on Missions at Redwood Chapel, reading, crossword puzzles, sewing and spending time with her husband, Bob. Helen’s family wishes to express their appreciation for the tender, loving care Helen received from George, Dena and Vio of the Fairbanks Care Home in Castro Valley, where she lived for seven years, and the doctors, nurses and staff serving at KPPACC in San Leandro. We praise God for their roles in Helen’s final days on earth. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Redwood Chapel Community Church. A memorial service will be held at Redwood Chapel in Castro Valley on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m.

PAYNE, Denver Jay, went to be with his LORD at his Castro Valley home surrounded by family on October 30, 2012, after a short battle with cancer. He was 70 years old. A longtime resident of Castro Valley, he was born in Success, Arkansas, coming out to California on the train as an infant. He was the oldest of four children of Edman and Delcie Ledonna Payne. Denver spent his childhood growing up a country boy in the Salinas Valley, where he attended Salinas Union High School. A proud member of the U.S. Marine Corp, he served 4 years as a radio operator in Japan, Korea and Camp Pendleton. Denver was a railroad man for 42 years, beginning with the Southern Pacific Railroad, Coast Division, where he started his career as the youngest wire chief in the division. He worked locally at Oakland S.P. Terminal and San Francisco, Labor Relations Department. He retired from Amtrak in 2005 as Supervisor of Commuter Operations in San Jose. He was known for his distinctive radio voice and title of “Mr. Daylight.” Along with his family and friends, Denver spent most of his recreation time the last 36 years at his cabin home in Twain Harte, where, after retiring, he served in Post 681 of the American Legion, TCARES Tuolumne County Amateur Radio Electronics Society and Tuolumne Band of Cherokee Indians. Locally, Denver was active as a dedicated member of BSF, Bible Study Fellowship, serving as Treasurer, and enjoyed many evenings with Castro Valley Cribbage Club. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Florene; son, Travis (Flower); daughters, Amy Lichty (Jon), Heather Whitt (Larry) and Melissa Mudgett (Michael); brothers, Louie Payne (Peg) of Hollister and Dale Payne of Elkton, Oregon; 8 grandchildren, A.J. Colagross, Breanne and Samuel Whitt, Max and Mason Mudgett, Lily and Rose Payne, and Benton Lichty; as well as many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Patricia Payne; and grandson, Alexander Lichty. Denver will be remembered for his love of family, friends and country; his quick mind, sense of humor and passion for pursuits of learning, which included a Cal State degree; and flying, ham radio, music, travel, woodworking, reading, calligraphy and crossword puzzles. Services were held at 10 a.m., Nov. 7, at the Trinity Christian Fellowship Church in Castro Valley to honor a good man and share memories of a life well lived. The family escorted Denver to the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery at Dixon where U.S. Marine Corp Honor Guard conducted a gravesite military ceremony. Rev. Dr. Marilyn Bennett presided over the final committal service. In lieu of flowers, Denver would appreciate donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, 1120 G. St. Suite 700, Washington D.C.  20005.



SEIDL, Edwin “Eddie,” 1944 - 2012 Resident of Castro Valley Eddie was born in San Jose on Dec. 30, 1944 and entered into heaven on Oct. 26, 2012. He was predeceased by his parents Edwin and Florence and is survived by his sisters Joan Seidl Taugher of Castro Valley and Janet Seidl Caputo of San Jose. When Eddie was born over 60 years ago there were very few services available for the developmentally disabled. Thanks to the efforts of a group of parents, including Edwin and Florence, Hope for Retarded was founded, and Eddie was one of its first clients. This small group eventually grew to become HOPE. In his adult years Eddie He was a faithful and hard working client at Walpert Center in Hayward, a part of ARC Alameda County. Eddie, always cheerful, loved and was loved by all who knew him, especially his nieces and nephews. He was proud of the “Uncle of the Year’ award given by them for over 20 years. This gentle man will be sorely missed. A Memorial Mass was celebrated on Nov. 6 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Castro Valley. Donations may be made in Eddies’s memory to ARC Alameda County, 14700 Doolittle Drive, San Leandro, CA 94577.





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