Obituaries • 01-10-13 PDF  | Print |  E-mail

CARR, Patricia

CASTILLO, Antonio “Tony”



HOLT, Barbara Jane

LUISOTTI, John “Gene”


MURPHY, Major Richard Patrick


ROSE, Deborah Ann

RUSSELL, Betty (Murphy)

CARR, Patricia, passed away suddenly on December 30, 2012, at age 85. Wife of the late Don Carr, and descendant of Stephen Hopkins signer of the Declaration of Independence and former Governor of Rhode Island. Patricia is survived by 4 daughters, cousins Jo and Brittney McDonald, Stephanie Hopkins, and other relatives. Private services.

CASTILLO, Antonio “Tony,” of San Leandro, passed away on December 27, 2012. A native of Manila, Philippines, Mr. Castillo was an employee of the Public Works Dept. in Oakland. Services were held Jan. 5 at Grissom’s Mortuary.

GOMEZ, Pete, Sunrise April 28, 1930, Sunset December 28, 2012, a resident of San Leandro for over 60 years and longtime member of the brotherhood of Teamsters, is survived by his wife of 62 years, Myra Gomez; his son, Pete Gomez (Pam); daughter, Lani Hart (Tim); son, John Gomez; daughter, Myra Gomez-Kesler (Michael); 12 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lucy Martinez and Lena Espinoza (Ben); and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his sons, Charles Gimble and George Gomez; and daughter, Deborah Gomez-Castro. In honor of Pete’s request there will be no services held. Arrangements made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary in San Leandro (510-483-0123,

HANSEN, Wayne, age 100, died peacefully of natural causes on January 1st, 2013, in San Leandro. Born May 8th, 1912, in Chico, California, he was the only child of almond-farming parents, Charles and Anna May (Schilling) Hansen in Dayton, California. His boyhood was spent there in Butte County working on the farm in Dayton and at his grandfather’s (John Schilling’s) blacksmith shop in Nelson. He attended the one-room schoolhouse in Dayton through grade six, then middle school and high school in Durham. He graduated from Chico State Teacher’s College with a BS in biology, took pre-med classes at UC Berkeley, and then completed medical school at the University of California at San Francisco in l939. He joined the U.S. Navy Medical Corps in l940, serving as a general surgeon and (later) urologist aboard destroyers and hospital ships in the Pacific throughout WWII. There, he also met his wife, Catherine (Kitty) Shaw, a U.S. Navy Nurse. They married in l946. Wayne stayed in the Navy a total of 32 years, he and Kitty having 4 children and enjoying duty assignments on both U.S. coasts and in Japan and Guam. Retiring at Pearl Harbor as a captain in 1973, he worked 8 more years for the Hawaii State medical system as a consultant. He was a much-loved physician, an excellent father, and an avid gardener, craftsman, woodworker, photographer and philanthropist. He was a long-time member of the choir at Saint Andrews Episcopal Cathedral in Honolulu. He traveled at various times in his retirement to revisit the Pacific, Asia and Europe, maintaining interest in world problems such as poverty, climate change and cultural intolerance. His wit, intellect, humor and quiet-loving patience will be missed by his children and many others. Wayne’s wife, Kitty, preceded him in death in l995. He is survived by sons, Wayne Jr. of Atascadero, California, Christian of Oakland, and Marshall and wife, Carla, of Northfield, Minnesota; his daughter, April of San Leandro, with whom he lived many of the last years of his life; his foster daughter, Kit Kwan and husband, Danny Chow, of Halifax, Nova Scotia; and 4 grandchildren, May, Andrew, Samuel, and Abraham. Funeral services were held at San Leandro Funeral Home on January 4th, 2013. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Red Cross or to the National Military Family Association.

HOLT, Barbara Jane, passed away on December 23, 2012, from a long illness. Born in Iowa on November 7, 1926, she moved to the Bay Area and married Guy William Holt on August 9, 1956. They settled down in San Leandro, where they lived for 56 years. Barbara was a member of St. Felicitas Church and St. Leanders. She became a Eucharistic Minister giving communion to the elderly and also to patients at San Leandro Hospital. She leaves behind her two daughters, Linda Holt of Hayward and Marianne Knight; and her 2 grandsons, David William Knight and Derek Knight. There will be a Memorial mass at Saint Leander Church, 50 W. Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro on Friday, Jan. 18, at 1:30 p.m.

LUISOTTI, John “Gene,” passed away on December 31, 2012 in San Leandro, at age 91. He is survived by his brother, Louis; sister-in-law, Isabelle; brother, Frank; sister-in-law, Shirley; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and other family members. Funeral Services were held. Arrangements made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary

MILLHOUSE, Gary, a former resident of San Leandro and a graduate of San Leandro High School, Class of ’69, sadly passed away on January 5, 2013 at the age of 61 after a brave fight with lung cancer.  He was preceded in death by his father, Virgil Millhouse. Gary is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Pat; mother, Rita Millhouse; sisters, Sharon Kitchen (Joe) and Debbi Tokos (Gary); 4 nieces; 2 great-nieces; and 3 great-nephews. He was a terrific athlete, excelling in football, baseball and, in his later life, golf. He was an avid sports enthusiast (Go, Cal, Go… Niners). He will be greatly missed. Services will be held Monday, Jan. 14, at 11 a.m. at Santos Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro, with a military burial on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to lung cancer research.

MURPHY, Major Richard Patrick, was born in Vallejo, California and resided in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was a WWII veteran, served as a pilot and instructor in the Air Force, and returned to active duty to fly in the Berlin Airlift. After retiring from PG&E in 1979, he then followed his life-long interest in art. Mr. Murphy soon received national and international recognition as an artist/sculptor. He is represented in many public and private collections, including museums, universities and hospitals. He shared Castro Valley and San Leandro studios with his beloved wife of more than 42 years, Marilyn Strobridge Murphy. Their passion for art influenced many students and family as well. They traveled worldwide for many years, gathering photo inspirations and delivering sculptures to Japan, Jamaica and other sites. Family members include: sons, Daniel P. Murphy of Beavercreek, Ohio and John R. Murphy of Bella Vista, Arkansas; daughters, Susan Bischof of Lake Shastina, California, Lynette Whitemyer of Palm Desert, California and Margo Milandin-Leatham of Woodinville, Washington; 7 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Colonel John R. Murphy, and grandson, Shane Murphy. Honoring his request, no services will be held.

POLIONE, Paul, was born in Spokane, Washington to Francis Paulo Polione and Helen (Mottaz) Polione, later moving to the Bay Area in his mid-teens with his mother and step-father, Wm. Buell. He graduated from Alameda High School in 1949, where he was active in drama, glee and student government. While raising his four children with his wife, Alice (Wise) Polione, Paul worked for many years at Controlador company in Fremont, later moving into automobile sales and ultimately becoming the owner of Berkeley Datsun. Prior to retirement, Paul worked for years in remodeling, utilizing his natural talents to do what he loved most — creating with his hands. Paul’s greatest pleasure came from his family and friends. Playing gin rummy, shaking dice with the guys, family gatherings and trips to his hometown Spokane were among his favorite pursuits. His team was the Oakland Raiders and he was active in the Raider’s Linesmen Club in the 70s. In 1979, Paul met and later married Pamela Laurich, originally of Michigan. Paul was an incredibly loyal friend and husband. He possessed a natural charm and genuine interest in people and was always willing to help someone in need. He had a clever and curious mind, and was exceptionally skilled at figuring out complex mechanical problems. Paul is survived, missed and loved by his wife, Pam; four children, Carolyn Milheim (Harold), Mike (Mary), Paula Harrington (Larry) and Joe; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous other family and friends. A memorial service to celebrate Paul’s life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 11 a.m. at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are welcomed for Paul’s favorite charity — St. Jude Children’s Hospital (

ROSE, Deborah Ann, of San Lorenzo, passed away on December 31, 2012. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 13 at Jess C. Spence Mortuary in Castro Valley.

RUSSELL, Betty (Murphy), of San Leandro, passed away on December 19, 2012 at age 88. A small private service will be held in January.



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