Obituaries • 12-13-12 PDF  | Print |  E-mail

CARTER, Brian D.


GERSTEL, Raquel P.

GREGORY Phyllis M.

LOUCKS, Robert Lee

MORAL, Raynold

PAGE, Doris

RYNBERG, Kenneth Lee

STEIN, Werner (Vern)


THOMPSON, Tommy Allen

CARTER, Brian D., of San Leandro, passed away on Monday, December 3, 2012, at age 54. A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be on Friday, December 14 beginning at 11 a.m. at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro (510-483-0123,

DALRYMPLE, Helen O., of San Leandro, passed away on Saturday, December 1, 2012. As per her wishes, no services will be held. Arrangements were made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, in San Leandro (510-483-0123,

GERSTEL, Raquel P., of San Leandro, passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2012, at age 15. Mass was celebrated on Dec. 10 at St. Jarlath’s Church in Oakland followed by a celebration of life at Eagles Hall in Alameda.

GREGORY, Phyllis M., of San Leandro passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. A Memorial Mass celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m. at Church of the Assumption 1100 Fulton Ave. in San Leandro. Santos-Robinson Mortuary, in San Leandro (510-483-0123,

LOUCKS, Robert Lee, of San Leandro, passed away in Modesto on Sunday, December 2, 2012, from complications of pneumonia. A native of Wichita, Kansas, Mr. Loucks was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II who was part of the occupation forces in Nagasaki, Japan. After his military service he worked as a clothing buyer for Emporium Capwell. Services were held Dec. 7 at Holy Angels Funeral Center in Hayward.

MORAL, Raynold, of San Leandro for 39 years, passed away at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Redwood City on Sunday, December 2, 2012, at age 52. A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Mr. Moral was a former basketball and volleyball coach for St. Felicitas Parish. Services were held Dec. 9 at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward.

PAGE, Doris, of San Leandro, passed away on Monday, Decemb er 3, 2012, at age 86. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Wesley Page, her son Glenn and wife Bev, her daughter Janice Page, four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. At her request, no services were held.

PROTTO, Leonard J. “Ben,” July 6, 1921 – November 25, 2012  •  Resident of San Leandro, passed away on November 25, 2012 at the age of 91 after a short illness. Ben was born in Roseville, California and was a longtime resident of San Leandro — graduating from San Leandro High School. He later served in the Army, stationed in Europe, as a member of the Signal Corp during WWII. Ben was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 60 years, Jewel, “Jo,” in 2003. Ben had a long career at Pacific Telephone Company in San Leandro. Ben had a love of the outdoors, gardening and caring for animals of all kinds. He took delight in telling people he had two children but they were 21 years apart in age! Ben is survived by his son, James Protto and wife, Amy, of Estes Park, Colorado; daughter, Kimberley Duckworth of Dublin, California; granddaughter, Tamara Protto; grandson, John Protto; and great-granddaughter, Aliya Protto, all of Southern California; along with many cousins and extended family. The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the loving staff at Leslie’s Care Home in San Leandro. A private burial with immediate family was held on Dec. 5 at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward. Donations in honor of Ben can be made to the Humane Society of America.

REEVES, Paul L. III, May 2, 1952 – November 15, 2012 • Resident of San Leandro, was raised in Berkeley, and moved to San Leandro in 2000. He is preceded in death by his father, Paul II; mother, Agnes; and his sister, Barbara. He is survived by his beloved partner, Leslie Donoviel and his much-loved nieces and nephews, Diane (Charles) Schwalbach, Greg Varni, Kevin (Marta) Varni, Katie Varni, Joseph Varni, Owen Schwalbach and Lorelei Schwalbach. Paul loved the great outdoors, and enjoyed fishing with a passion that brought him memorable journeys in a variety of beautiful settings, including Alaska. He was loved by many lifelong friends for his sense of humor and kindness. We will miss him forever. A celebration of Paul’s life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 12 noon at San Leandro Funeral Home, 407 Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro (510-483-5300).

ROTHWELL, Bolton Brent, formerly of San Leandro, died of leukemia on November 30, 2012. Bolton was born in Montreal, Quebec on Jan. 26, 1952, to Eileen and Richard Rothwell, and died resting peacefully in his bed at home — his wife, Maribeth, by his side. Bolton spent his first 10 years in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The family moved to San Leandro in the ’60s, where Bolton attended Pacific High School and played football. He graduated from Pacific High School in 1970. After high school, Bolton discovered a passion for the performing arts, which eventually led him to Humboldt University. He spent two years there, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978. In August of 1995, Bolton began teaching theatre at Hellgate High School in Missoula, Montana. He built a strong program over the next 17 years. Bolton is survived by his wife, Maribeth of Missoula; his brother, Wayne Rothwell (Castro Valley); and his sister, Gail Rothwell-Drzewiecki (Stockton); and their families. Bolton’s parents preceded him in death. No service is scheduled. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to “Hellgate Cares” at Hellgate High School, 900 S. Higgins Ave., Missoula, MT 59801.

RYNBERG, Kenneth Lee, of Tracy passed away in Tracy on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at age 66. Ken was a native of  San Leandro. A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. at the home of his son for friends and family. 27553 W. Etcheverry Ct., Tracy. Please RSVP by calling or texting daughter Michelle at 209-814-3290.

STEIN, Werner (Vern), who lived in San Leandro for 40 years, passed away on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, after a long battle with Alzheimers. He was 82. Mr. Stein was a native of Erdesbach, Germany. He was a member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union. Services will be held at a later date.


TAMBORINI, Darlene M., a resident of San Leandro, passed away at her home on Monday, December 10, 2012. Darlene will be having a Memorial Service celebrating her life on Friday, Dec. 14, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Santos-Robinson Mortuary 160 Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro (510-483-0123,

THOMPSON, Tommy Allen, Resident of San Lorenzo  •  December 8, 1912 – December 5, 2012, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, December 5, 2012. “Always the Cowboy,” Tom was seldom seen without a cowboy hat, large Texas belt buckle and his boots. Tom was born in Torrance, California to Alexander and Hilda Thompson, and was one of three children. Tom attended school in Southern California. In 1942, he joined the Navy and served in World War II. While in the Navy, he studied and became an Aviation Mechanic and served in the Pacific. After active service in the Navy, he was stationed in Alameda, California, where he worked at the Alameda Naval Air Station. Tom left the service in 1947 and went to work at various jobs and finally settled in at International Harvester. Tom was a Diesel Mechanic at International Harvester for 35 years. He was married to his first wife, Victoria, and moved to Emeryville and later San Lorenzo. His wife passed away in 1982 and Tom remarried in 1984 to his wife, Angie. Tom enjoyed his retirement with Angie and loved traveling, fishing, gardening, gambling and tequila. Tom and Angie were honored in the late ’80s by the City of San Leandro and Washington Manor School for their volunteer work. Tom never forgot a face or name and was active ’til the end. Tom is survived by his wife, Angie; stepdaughter, Teresa Glaze, and her husband, Bob; and grandchildren, Crystal and Brian Glaze. He is also survived by numerous brother- and sister-in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends that will truly miss him. Friends and family are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of the Chimes, 32992 Mission Blvd., in Hayward. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made in Tom’s memory to the American Lung Association or a Veteran support organization of your choice.



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