Obituaries
Obituaries • 02-04-16 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
GOMEZ, Peter K.
JAYNES-OMOLOLU,Cynthia
SPINARDI-ROCCHI, Lisa

GOMEZ, Peter K., a lifelong resident of San Leandro, passed away January 26, 2016. He was born January 2, 1952. Raised in Washington Manor, Peter remained friends with many. He graduated from Marina High in 1970. He loved working at Joe Pucci & Sons Wholesale Seafood, Airborne Express and DHL until he retired. After retiring, he continued to volunteer with our church, AA, Bridging the Gap and Love East Bay Bike Clinic. He put 170,000 miles on his Harley, making friends everywhere he went. He is survived by his wife, Pam Stutzman-Gomez; children, Carissa, James (wife Silvia), Keah and Desiree Gomez, and Rachel Lopez (husband Alberto) and Sean Stutzman; 12 grandchildren; brother, John Gomez; sisters, Lani Hart and Myra Kesler; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephew, cousins and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Pete and Myra Gomez; brothers, Charles and George; and sister, Deborah. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 1 p.m. at Faith Fellowship Church, 577 Manor Blvd., in San Leandro. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Faith Fellowship Church, or volunteer anywhere. Arrangements made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary in San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

JAYNES-OMOLOLU, Cynthia, July 14, 1966 – December 31, 2015 • How does one encapsulate the life of a beautiful and vibrant woman — wife, mother, daughter, sister and published author — who was taken from us in the prime of her life? To all of us left behind, it’s a tragic loss; it’s inexcusable and it’s simply not fair. But, as Cynthia herself would say — and she said it many times during the 18 months that she battled Stage IV Colon Cancer — It is what it is and I accept it for what it is. Cynthia demonstrated extraordinary courage and stoicism, from June 30, 2014 when she was first diagnosed with terminal cancer, until she finally lost her battle in the early morning hours of December 31, 2015. She is survived by her husband, Bayo; and her two sons, Jaron, a freshman at the University of Arizona, and Taemon, a sophomore at San Leandro High. After her children were born — and with the full support of her husband — Cynthia became a stay-at-home mom and found that she now had some extra time on her hands. One day, as she was reading to Jaron and Taemon, she started thinking that there weren’t enough books about biracial kids and maybe she should write one. That one thought started the creative juices flowing, and the next thing she knew, When it’s Six O’clock in San Francisco rolled off her printer. Shortly thereafter, she had attracted an agent, a publisher (Clarion Books), and her first book was available on Amazon as well as in bookstores throughout the country. Following this first success, the creative juices began to flow freely. Writing as C.J. Omololu, Cynthia discovered that, “there are a lot of voices in my head and sometimes they have interesting things to say.” Six O’clock was followed by her first novel, Dirty Little Secrets. Next came Transcendence followed by Intuition, and, finally, in 2015, The Third Twin. Cancer cut her literary career short as she was well along in writing a sequel to The Third Twin when she was diagnosed in 2014. Cynthia felt blessed for being able to live and raise her children in San Leandro, a family-oriented community she referred to as a “mini United Nations.” She was deeply involved with her children’s school activities as well as being active herself in the San Leandro school system, at one time serving as PTA President of Roosevelt Elementary. Cynthia’s life may have been cut short just as she was entering her prime. Nevertheless, she lived a very full life and achieved success well beyond her 49 years as a wife, mother, friend, mentor and confidante to countless others, becoming a well-known author along the way. Cynthia’s philosophy of life can be summed up in one paragraph of a letter she wrote to her sister, Jessica, the day Jessica was born… Don’t ever be afraid to be who you really are, not just what people try to make you. Get out and look for things that are different, get to know all sorts of people. The more familiar something is, the less likely you are to be afraid of it. A Celebration of Cynthia’s life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Sequoyah Country Club, 4550 Heafey Road, in Oakland. Doors open at 5 p.m. Those of you who would like to learn more about Cynthia’s career as a published author, please visit her blog: http://cynjay.blogspot.com/ and then click on the link to her website. The courage and resignation she displays in her writings during these months will give you insight into the character of this beautiful and remarkable woman.

SPINARDI-ROCCHI, Lisa, of San Lorenzo, passed away on January 28, 2016. A Memorial service celebrating her life will be held tonight, Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. at Church of the Assumption, 1100 Fulton Ave., San Leandro. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro.

 

 
Obituaries • 01-28-16 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
BIGELOW, Imogene
CURRY, Golenia
DAVIDSON, Nora Adelene
DELFINO, Peter
GOUIG, Jeanne G.
PERRY, Ben F.
POTTER, Raymond L.
PROTTI, Elda
WHITNEY, Minerva C.

BIGELOW, Imogene, of San Lorenzo, passed away at her home on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at age 87. Services were held Jan. 27 at Grissom’s Chapel & Mortuary, 267 E. Lewelling Blvd. in San Lorenzo

CURRY, Golenia, 71, of Stockton, CA, formerly of San Leandro, passed away, on Sunday, January 17, 2016. She was born March 17, 1944 in Ladd, AR. She is survived by her son Limus Curry III of Stockton. Mrs. Curry retired as a psychiatric clerk from John George Psychiatric Hospital in San Leandro. She was a member for many years at the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Oakland. Services will be held Friday, January 29, at 11 a.m. at God’s Throne Baptist Church, 405 E. Lindsay St. in Stockton. Frisbie-Warren & Carroll Mortuary, Stockton, CA has been entrusted with services. Final resting place will be Parkview Cemetery.

DAVIDSON, Nora Adelene • April 3, 1920 – January 5, 2016  •  Resident of San Leandro • Nora Adelene Davidson, a long-time resident of San Leandro, passed away peacefully on January 5, 2016 surrounded by friends. Nora was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on April 3, 1920 and was the daughter of Sidney Edgar Barnard and Lillian May Tothill Barnard. Nora had a twin brother, George Barnard; and a sister, Jean Barnard. Nora married Charles Davidson in North Vancouver, British Columbia at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church on November 29, 1947. They remained faithfully married for 61 years until her beloved “Charlie” passed away on January 8, 2009. Nora and Charles emigrated to the United States during the 1950s and purchased their first home in the U.S. on Linnell Avenue in 1959 where they met their life-long friends, Mike and Thelma Luciano, and their children, Rick, Nancy and Mark, who she treated as her own children. They likewise acknowledged her as another mother. In 1966, when the Lucianos moved across town to the Bay-O-Vista development, Nora and Charlie decided to move with them. Nora and Charlie eventually purchased a home that shared a backyard fence with the Lucianos. She worked in administrative roles at the Stokley Van Camp plant in San Leandro for many years until it was closed, at which time she chose to retire from professional life. Most notably, the company was wise enough to make Nora a telephone operator where she would greet customers who looked forward to hearing her warm, calm and cheerful voice greet them — a gift she kept until the day she passed away. Nora had a kind and gentle spirit. Everyone was Nora’s friend. Her retirement from work allowed her to explore her desires and devote herself to others. Nora used her self-taught skills as an artist, painter and crafter to brighten the lives of countless people and to raise funds for various charitable causes. Nora was a founding member of H.A.R.T.S. which has, for over 50 years, raised and provided funds to send developmentally challenged children to camp in the Santa Cruz mountains. While a member of  H.A.R.T.S., Nora made many close friends, notably among them Theresa Hunt whose daughter, Cossette Cameron, also thought of Nora as another mother, and was actively and deeply involved with Nora’s care. Nora was also a member of the Alta Mira Club, the San Leandro Art Association, Red Hat Club, Young at Hearts Club, Breakfast Club, Mary Martha Circle and a travel club, just to name a few. Nora was also a very devoted member of the Christian community of the First Presbyterian Church in San Leandro. Nora was loyal and devoted to her friends, kind and loving to everyone she met. Nora and Charlie were always available to help a friend in need. There are countless stories about how Nora and Charlie would show up to perform many fix-it projects for friends in need — even when they were well into their 80s. She was full of life and an inspiration to people of all ages. She will be missed by generations of families and friends. Nora is survived by her “adopted” children Rick, Nancy and Mark Luciano; her nieces, Diane and Margaret; her nephews, Brian and Chris, from Charlie’s sister’s family; and a niece, Carol, from her sister Jean. A special thanks is extended to Carol Anderson, a devoted friend, who spent many days and hours with Nora keeping her company and taking her to many of the events and sites that Nora loved. A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, at First Presbyterian Church, 180 Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro, with a gathering to follow. Private interment will be at Chapel of Chimes in Hayward. It is respectfully requested that, in lieu of flowers, any memorial contributions in Nora’s name be made to H.A.R.T.S., P.O. Box 10475, Castro Valley, CA  94546, so that her long-time efforts to help children in need can be continued. May Nora rest in peace and perpetual light shine upon her.

DELFINO, Peter, a resident of San Leandro passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2016. Peter loved baseball and coached San Leandro Babe Ruth Baseball for 14 years. At his request there will be no services. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

GOUIG, Jeanne G., of San Leandro on Friday, January 22, 2016. The Funeral Liturgy celebrating her life was held at 9 a.m. today at St. Leander Church. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

PERRY, Ben F., of San Leandro, passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at age 84. A U.S. Coast Guard veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Perry retired from Pacific Telephone/Pacific Bell in 1992 after nearly four decades. A memorial Mass was celebrated Jan. 27 at St. Felicitas Catholic Church.

POTTER, Raymond L., a resident of San Leandro passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2016. A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held beginning at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro   Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

PROTTI, Elda, a resident of San Leandro passed away on Friday, January 15, 2016. Funeral Services will be held today, Thursday, Jan. 28, at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro beginning at noon. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday.  Burial to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. Santos-Robinson Mortuary, santos-robinson.com).

WHITNEY, Minerva C., longtime San Leandro resident passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at age 64. Survived by her husband, Harold Michael and her sons, Joseph and David. Services were held at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward on Jan. 27, 2016.

 
Obituaries • 01-21-16 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
ATKINS, Anne B.
BLAKE, Dorothy Louise (Jilson)
CANTAL, Marvin J.
CARDANA, David Allen
CATTERALL, Herbert Joseph
REITZ, Walter
RUIZ, Angelo
VIRAY, Maxima M.

ATKINS, Anne B.,  of San Leandro, passed away on Monday, January 18, 2016. Visitation will be held at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro on Thursday, Jan. 21, from noon to 8 p.m. with a vigil service beginning at 7 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at Church of The Assumption, 1100 Fulton Ave. at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 22. Burial to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro 510-483-0123

BLAKE, Dorothy Louise (Jilson), passed away November 14, 2015, at age 92. She was a wonderful mother and a faithful friend. She loved to dance and socialize with her many friends in the area. She was a proud retail clerk for 25 years and retired from GEMCO. Born in Alameda, Dorothy lived in San Leandro for 61 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Billie, a Navy veteran. She is survived by her son, William; and daughter, Pamela Maddock (Ed).

CANTAL, Marvin J., of San Leandro, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at age 86. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, at Grissom’s Chapel & Mortuary, 267 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo.

CARDANA, David Allen, February 12, 1946 – January 7, 2016, 69, passed away Thursday, January 7, 2016 from complications related to cancer. He leaves his wife of 49 years, Helen (Cunha) Cardana; his daughters and their spouses, Lori and Brand Burfield and Jessica and Russ Thielen; his grandchildren, Sarah, Brooke, Kelly, Logan and Bronson; his two siblings, Henry Cardana and Elaine Snyder; nieces and nephews; and many close friends. David is predeceased by his parents, Edward and Aileen (Ahlberg) Cardana; and his sister, Sylvia Lessard. Born in Washington D.C. on February 12, 1946, David lived the majority of his life in San Leandro. He and his wife met in elementary school, became high school sweethearts, and both graduated from San Leandro High School in 1963. Upon graduating from Cal State Hayward, he served in the Army Reserve for six years and also began his career as a chemist in the paint industry. David was an avid reader. He loved playing tennis with friends and eventually transitioned to bocce ball. He had a gift of creative writing and humorous poetry, and used his talent to commemorate special family events. Known as “Papa” to his grandchildren, he was always interested in their activities, helped them with homework and school projects, and regularly babysat when needed. He remained positive about life, even when faced with medical issues. His most favorite place to visit was their cabin in Sonora. Many memories were made there with family and friends. A private celebration of David Cardana’s life will take place at a later date.

CATTERAL, Herbert Joseph, died peacefully in Salem, Oregon on January 15, 2016. He lived a full life for 95 years. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 5, at 11 a.m. at the First Methodist Church in San Leandro. Herb was born on March 27, 1920, in Arvada, Colorado to Henry and Mabel Catterall. He was the middle child, with an older sister and brother (Betty and James) and a younger sister and brother (Reba and Calvin), whom he outlived. The family relocated to Northern California when Herb was very young. His mother died when he was 10. His father was a Methodist pastor, and the family moved frequently. Herb graduated from Willets High School and stayed in town, taking a job selling shoes in order to save money for college. He moved to Stockton, California to attend college and soon met Blanche Rusk, who was the pianist at his father’s church. WWII interrupted his education. He enlisted as a conscientious objector and served as an Army Air Corps pilot towing targets along the west coast to train aircraft gunners. While on a brief leave, he and Blanche were married on January 2, 1943. After his military service, he returned to college and graduated with a business degree from the College of the Pacific. He then went to work in San Francisco for Fiberboard Paper Products as an estimator. He enjoyed his carpool commute from San Leandro because he could play bridge in the car nearly every workday. After nearly 25 years, he followed his passion for gardening and began his own yard care business that he continued until age 89. He always used a hand-push lawn mower and spent long hours on his knees hand weeding. He was known around town as the elderly man who weeded the church lawn. Herb was an early recycler, saving and reusing as much as he could. From him, we learned that every penny counts, to finish everything you start, and to live as an example of what you believe. Herb and Blanche raised two daughters, Shirley and Joyce. In 1958, they moved into a new house that Herb worked hard to help build. The family enjoyed camping, especially in the redwoods. They were also very active in the San Leandro Methodist Church, where they filled many jobs and sang in the choir. Herb looked forward to the annual Thanksgiving extended family gathering that still continues. He was widowed in 1994 after 51 years of marriage to Blanche. Herb took pleasure in his 6 grandchildren (Kim, Todd, Jeff, Becky, Dan, and David), 5 great-grandchildren (Angela, Logan, Emma, Matt and Theodore) and 2 great-great-grandchildren (Brenden and Jayce). Herb was much loved and will be missed by his family and friends.

REITZ, Walter, of San Leandro, entered Heaven’s gate on Wednesday, January 6, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jan, and children, Steve (Teresa) Reitz, David Reitz, Debi (Mark) King; grandchildren, Teena, Richard, Linda Reitz, Jennifer and Stephanie King and his special little buddy Amani Rios. A memorial service will be held at Creekside Community Church, 951 MacArthur Blvd. at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 25. Reception to follow.

RUIZ, Angelo, of San Leandro, passed away at his home on Friday, November 13, 2015, at age 74. Mr. Ruiz worked for the Regional Center of the East Bay for 28 years before retiring in 2008. He dedicated his professional life helping the developmentally disabled. A celebration of his life was held Jan. 16 at Grissom’s Chapel & Mortuary in San Lorenzo.

VIRAY, Maxima M., of San Leandro, passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at age 81. A funeral liturgy was held Jan. 19 at St. Felicitas Church in San Leandro. Arrangements were made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary in San Leandro.

 

 
Obituaries • 01-14-16 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
BAKER, Kimiko
BARGAGLIOTTI. Louise A.
BRADLEY, Melva
FERNANDEZ, Mercedes
FRANCIS, Caroline B.
HOFSOMMER, Angella Rose
IONE, Helga
KADIS, Florence
LEE, Winifred
LEMOS, Agnes M.
MAK, Tai Tai
TOJI, Glen M.
VALLEJOS, Teresa
VIRAY, Maxima M.
WOODS, Philip

BAKER, Kimiko, a resident of San Leandro passed away on January 08, 2016. No services will be held. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

BARGAGLIOTTI. Louise A., of San Lorenzo, passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at age 71. Mr. Bargagliotti was a member of the Red Hat Society and Fratellanza Women’s Club. Services were held Jan. 11 at All Saints Catholic Church in Hayward.

BRADLEY, Melva, of San Lorenzo, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2016, at age 86. A native of Eureka, Mrs. Bradley was co-founder of Little Lambs Preschool. A celebration of her life was held Jan. 9 at Neighborhoold Church in Castro Valley.

FERNANDEZ, Mercedes, October 13, 1929 – December 28, 2015, a San Leandro resident for 66 years, died peacefully in her home. Born in Durango Mexico, Mercedes moved to San Leandro in 1949 with her husband, Robert Fernandez, who preceded her in death on August 13, 2003. Mercedes enjoyed visiting with family and friends. She had a great sense of humor, a big heart and a giving nature. She was a wonderful woman who will be missed dearly by all who have met her during her beautiful life. She is survived by her 7 sons, 16 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Services will be held at Holy Sepulcher cemetery on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m.

FRANCIS, Caroline B., a longtime resident of San Leandro, passed away at her home on Sunday, January 3, 2016, at age 97. Mrs. Francis was an original member of St. Felicitas Parish. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 14, at St. Felicitas Church, 1662 Manor Blvd.

HOFSOMMER, Angella Rose, a resident of San Leandro passed away January 6, 2016, at age 93. Visitation will be starting today, Jan. 14 at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave. from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be Friday, Jan. 156 at St. Leander Church 550 W. Estudillo Ave. San Leandro beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

IONE, Helga, a resident of San Leandro passed away on January 04, 2016. No services will be held. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

KADIS, Florence, of San Leandro, passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2016, at age 94. A native of Chicago, Mrs. Kadis was a longtime resident of the Washington Manor neigborhood. A memorial will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19 at Chapel of the Chimes, Hayward.

LEE, Winifred, passed away on December 21, 2015. A memorial service will be held January 26, at  10:30 a.m. at St. Leander Church with a reception at The Englander in San Leandro. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

LEMOS, Agnes M., December 8, 1923 - January 10, 2016 • Resident of San Leandro — Agnes, a retired business owner, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 10, surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Agnes was born in Papaikau, Hawaii and was the owner of Windsor Beauty Salon in San Leandro for more than 45 years. Preceding Agnes in her passing was her beloved husband of 48 years, Clarence M. Lemos. She is survived by her son, Randy; daughter, Laura Records; son-in-law, Patrick; grandchildren, Renee Giammalvo, Kristy Case (Daryl) and Eric Records; great-grandchildren, Kyle and Lea Glammalvo, and Kylie Case. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews. Visitation will be on Thursday, Jan. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. with a Vigil/Rosary Service at 7 p.m. at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro. A Funeral Liturgy celebrating her life will be held on Friday, Jan. 15, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at St. Felicitas Church, 1662 Manor Blvd., in San Leandro. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. Arrangements made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary in San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

MAK, Tai Tai, passed away on January 6, 2016. A funeral service will be held at Santos Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave. on Saturday, January 16, at 3 p.m. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

TOJI, Glen M., of San Leandro, passed away on Monday, January 4, 2016 at age 73. A U.S. Army veteran who served from 1961 to 1967, Mr. Toji worked for the City of Oakland for 38 years. His ashes will be scattered at sea.

VALLEJOS, Teresa, a resident of San Leandro passed away on January 3, 2016. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

VIRAY, Maxima M., a resident of San Leandro passed away on January 13, 2016. Visitation will be at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro on Sunday, January 17 from noon to 5 p.m. and on Monday, January 18 from noon to 8 p.m. with a vigil service beginning at 6 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday, January 19 at St. Felicitas Catholic Church beginning at 10 a.m.  Burial to follow at St Mary’s Cemetery in Oakland. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

WOODS, Philip, a resident of San Leandro passed away on January 5, 2016. Visitation will be held at Santos Robinson Mortuary on Friday,   January 15, from 12 - 5 p.m.  The funeral service will be held Saturday, January 16, at 11 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church in San Leandro on Manor Blvd. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

 

 
Obituaries • 01-07-16 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
CROOKS, Kay
ENGLER, Jeffrey Thomas
FERNANDEZ, Mercedes
HELSTROM, Lucille Roberta
JACKSON, Beatrice
LUCCHESI, Marina
O’KEEFE, John G.
ORTIZ, Brenda a.k.a. “Nina”
TUOHY, William W.

CROOKS, Kay, of San Leandro, passed away on Monday, December 21, 2015, at age 79. After retirement, Mrs. Crooks volunteered at San Leandro Hospital.

ENGLER, Jeffrey Thomas, died in Berkeley, California on December 19, 2015. He was 22. Jeff (also known by the family nickname of “Tommy”) was a lifelong San Leandro resident, attending Roosevelt Elementary, Bancroft Middle, and San Leandro High School, graduating in 2011. Always active in sports, Jeff was a member of the San Leandro Drowning Darryls Swim Team from ages 6 thru 18, competing on record-setting relay teams. He also swam for San Leandro High, winning the 100 meter butterfly in HAAL as a junior. Jeff was an active community member throughout high school, serving as the Student Representative to the Board of Education. Jeff recruited dozens of high school students to walk precincts to secure passage of Measure B in 2010. The bond measure included the new swim center at San Leandro High.  Jeff’s efforts helped ensure that San Leandro children and students would continue to have a venue for competitive swimming after the old pool had been condemned. Jeff was a coach for the Drowning Darryls for the past three summers. He was an enthusiastic, fun-loving, encouraging coach who helped instill a love of swimming in children of all ages. Jeff attended community college and the University of California, Berkeley, where he played tuba in the University of California Marching Band. Jeff is survived by his parents, Jerry and Jeni; his sister, Caity; his brother, Michael; grandparents, Rose Engler from Sonora, and Sally Lewis and Jerry Lewis from Southern California; and many uncles, aunts and cousins. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. at the San Leandro High Performing Arts Center, 2250 Bancroft Ave. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in Jeffrey’s memory to the San Leandro Scholarship Foundation (www.slsf.us).

FERNANDEZ, Mercedes, passed away on Monday, December 28, 2015. She was 87 years old and a San Leandro resident since 1949. She will be memorialized at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m.

HELSTROM, Lucille Roberta, November 1, 1933 - December 24, 2015, 82, of Hayward, passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2015. Born November 1, 1933 in Denver, Colorado, Lucille was the daughter of the late Ralph Edward Stearns and Alice Matilda Stearns. She was a 1951 graduate of West High School in Denver and a long-time member of World Wide Church of God. She was born the third of six children, and is preceded in death by her three brothers and one sister. She is survived by her brother, Orlin; her loving friend, James Sampaio; 4 daughters, Stephanie Jones-Waters of Hayward, Cynthia Blackburn, of  Longmont, Colorado, Katrina Hostetler, of Dayton, Ohio and Roberta Silva, of Hayward; 7 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great-grandchildren. She spent her early life in Denver, Colorado and relocated to Fort Morgan, Colorado, where she raised her four children. Although she cherished the Rocky Mountains, from there, she moved to Hayward, where she loved spending time on the beach, watching sunrises while sipping a cup of coffee. She also loved sunsets, looking at the clouds and stars, and enjoyed the little things in life. The only thing she loved more than life were her daughters, who were the apple of her eye. All who knew her dearly loved her and appreciated her sense of humor and devotion to family and friends. Memorial services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, at Christ Presbyterian Church Chapel, 890 Fargo Ave., in San Leandro. The family will receive friends Sunday after services at the church.

JACKSON, Beatrice, March 19, 1929 – December 25, 2015, Resident of Pacifica, California — On Christmas morning, our beloved mother peacefully passed away. Bea now joins her late husband of over 50 years, Alson Jackson. She was the loving mother of Portia (Paul) Collins and the Honorable Teri Jackson; dearest grandmother of Jason and Jarron (Elsa) Collins; great-grandmother of Alessandra, Valentina and Massimo. She was affectionately known by many names… Bea, Mom, Bacca and GiGi. On Christmas Eve, she was surrounded by three generations of family with love, laughter, tears, prayers and smiles. The Lord and Beatrice made it possible for the family to say their goodbyes. What an amazing life she had, and on her last day she spent it with family and listening to rebroadcasts of the Warriors championship run from last year. She loved the Lord, her family, and basketball. She was the matriarch of the family and a trailblazer for the San Francisco Bay Area community. She was the first African American woman to be appointed to the Daly City Planning Commission; a board member of the Hillside Homeowners’ Association; a volunteer with the San Mateo Health & Welfare Advisory Board; and a longtime employee of the San Mateo County Juvenile Hall. Christmas will forever have a new significance with the family; God has a new angel by His side. Beatrice will be greatly missed by all of those who were fortunate to know her. Family and friends were invited to visit at the Quiet Hour on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Duggan’s Serra Mortuary in Daly City. A Memorial Celebration of her life will be held today, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. at Third Baptist Church, 1399 McAllister St., in San Francisco. A reception will follow. Private family interment will be at Olivet Memorial Park. Donations in Bea’s name may be made to any national chapter of the American Cancer Society or to Harvard-Westlake School, 700 North Faring Road, Los Angeles, CA  90077.

LUCCHESI, Marina, August 21, 1921 to December 27, 2015, of San Leandro entered peacefully into God’s hands, with her beloved son, Erino (Reno) Lucchesi, at her side. Marina was born in Casoli, Italy, and moved to San Leandro in 1959. Marina is survived by her loving son, Reno; many caring nieces and nephews; and many loving friends. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 59 years, Giuseppe (Joe) Lucchesi; her parents; and 7 brothers and sisters. Marina was a parishioner at Church of the Assumption, for over 55 years. She loved to tend to her flower garden and her vegetable garden, sharing flowers and vegetables with her family, neighbors and friends. She also liked to cook for her family and friends. Marina also enjoyed her bi-annual trips to Reno, Nevada with her son, where she looked forward to dining at the hotel buffet, enjoying pizza and soup for breakfast. Marina also loved to share stories, memories and pictures about her life in Italy. On a nice day, Marina loved to walk in her neighborhood, and to local stores. Everyone she met on her daily walk became a friend, and she looked forward to seeing them again. Marina was a strong, hard-working woman, who enjoyed a full and loving life. Marina will be missed by all, and remembered always in our hearts. Arrangements made by Jess C. Spencer Mortuary, Inc. & Crematory, (510) 581-9133.

O’KEEFE, John G. (1940 - 2016). Please join us at the celebration of John’s life at St. Felicitas Church in San Leandro on Saturday, January 9 at 11 a.m. Arrangements were made at San Leandro Funeral Home, 407 Estudillo Avenue, 510-483-5300.

ORTIZ, Brenda (a.k.a. “Nina”), passed away in San Leandro on Saturday, December 19, 2015. Brenda was known by many as the owner of Nina’s Daycare. Brenda is survived by her daughter, Jennie; father, Robert; mother-in-law, Theresa; sister, Debbie; brother, Mac; nephew, Jesse; niece, Teresa; great nephew, Cole; great niece, Sophia; great niece, Emily; and great nephew, Joseph. Please visit http://beautifultribute.com/brenda-ortiz/ to send a message to the family and share a memory or a photo of her.

TUOHY, William W., of San Lorenzo, passed away at his home on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at age 77. A memorial gathering will be held at 3 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 9, at the San Lorenzo Homeowner’s Association, 377 Paseo Grande.

 

 
Obituaries • 12-31-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
BRUTLAG, Melvin W.
CAPURRO, Mary Angela
ENGLER, Jeffrey Thomas
GAGNON, Marcel
HALE, Jim

BRUTLAG, Melvin W., a resident of San Leandro, passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2015, at age 83. Burial took place at Lone Tree Cemetery in Hayward. Arrangements made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary in San Leandro (510-483-0123).

CAPURRO, Mary Angela, November 9, 1919 – December 24, 2015, resident of San Leandro. A rosary was held Dec. 30. A funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 31, at Assumption Church, 1100 Fulton Ave., in San Leandro.

ENGLER, Jeffrey Thomas, a lifelong resident of San Leandro, died on Saturday, December 19, 2015, in Berkeley. He was 22 years old. A memorial service will be held at the San Leandro High School Theater on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. The family asks that donations be directed to the San Leandro Scholarship Foundation (www.slsf.us). A full obituary will appear in next week’s San Leandro Times.

GAGNON, Marcel, passed away at his San Leandro home on Sunday, December 13, 2015, at age 98. A native of Minnesota, Mr. Gagnon was a U.S. Army veteran of Wolrd War II who earned the Bronze Star. He became an Administrative Law Judge with the State of California, a career that spanned 32 years. A memorial celebration will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, at St. John’s Catholic Church, 264 E. Lewelling Blvd.,  in San Lorenzo.

HALE, Jim, passed away peacefully December 20, 2015, in his bed. Born in Butte, Montana on November 26, 1941 to Delbert and Martha Hale, Jim grew up in Butte and then Castro Valley. He attended Bishop O’Dowd High School and San Mateo City College. His first California Parish was All Saints and later Our Lady of Grace. For over 40 years, Jim was an Alameda County Deputy Sheriff Reserve and worked at Lyal Nickals Florist in San Leandro. In his spare time, he was a Docent at the Blackhawk Museum in Danville and a member of two different local clubs of Toastmasters International. He was also on the board of the San Leandro Optimists Club for several years. Since 1968, Jim vacationed every year in Yosemite with family and friends, and often acted as a “volunteer” tour guide to those new to Yosemite. He will be missed by all who knew him and especially by his son, William Hale; daughter, Caleen Espinoza; son-in-law, Ed Espinoza; grandsons, Eddie and Lyal Espinoza; and lifelong friends, the Gautreaux and Simpson families. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements were made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary in San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

 

 
Obituaries • 12-24-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
COLLINS, Sharon Ducat
DENEVI, Frank
FUKASAWA, Fred Kon
SUURONEN, Richard S.
TUGADE, Romula

COLLINS, Sharon Ducat, April 3, 1937 – December 5, 2015, passed away on December 5, 2015 at the age of 78. Sharon (Sherry) fulfilled her lifelong dream that she had from the age of 8 by becoming an elementary grade school teacher. She taught children for 40 years, the last 16 were taught at Proctor Elementary in Castro Valley. She leaves behind two daughters, Linda and Lorna; 4 grandchildren, Jessica, Daniel, Nicholas and Ryan; and 2 great-grandchildren, Janelle and Aaliyah. She also leaves behind MANY friends and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick (Fred) Collins, and her son, Lawrence (Larry) Collins. She will always be remembered by her sense of humor, intelligence, generosity and her love of a good bridge game. We will ALL keep her close in our memories and in our hearts. Her Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Spinnaker Yacht Club, 75 Pescador Point Dr., at the San Leandro Marina.

DENEVI, Frank — We have lost a Bay Area icon — a man who loved life, lived big and gave 100% to everything he did. Frank Denevi of Denevi Camera and Video Reflections had humble beginnings. He was born in Oakland and raised on a farm in San Lorenzo. He discovered his passion and talent for photography while at Hayward High School, and it was at Hayward High School where he met and fell in love with the dazzling Delores (Orrey) Denevi to whom he was married for 56 years. Frank earned a degree in business from City College of SF and served in the U.S. Army. In 1959, he started his own business on Bockman Road in San Lorenzo as a wedding and portrait photographer. He grew that business into a very successful network of camera stores, then transformed it into Denevi Video Transfer and Digital Imaging. A true family man, Frank ran the business with his son, Michael, the administrative support of his wife, Dee, and help from his son, Rick. He loved and appreciated his family and friends above all else. He was outgoing and magnanimous, and could win people over with his charming smile. Frank had the most wonderfully eclectic group of friends and business associates — people of all ages and backgrounds. A big-hearted generous man, he helped countless people get started in business, get their first job, buy their first camera and learn photography. He also knew how to have fun, throw a great party, and entertain people with his captivating stories. Frank embodied the best of “the old school” values — hard working, keeping his word, and delivering top-quality service and products. Business was personal. Yet, at the same time, Frank was progressive, reinventing his business more than once, embracing technology, networking before Facebook or Twitter made it easy, widely sharing photos before Instagram and sending out newsletters and making daily calls before email or instant messaging. Everyone who encountered Frank felt his unmatched energy. His mind was a creative factory, generating brilliant and sometimes crazy novel ideas on a seemingly endless basis. Frank was a huge sports fan. He was a loyal supporter of Bay Area teams, most notably the Oakland Raiders and Golden State Warriors (even during the lean years). Frank was a photographer on the field at Raider games for years and traveled with the team to their Super Bowls. He started The Raider Lineman’s Club in the 1970s, and produced the Raiderette calendar. Many players and coaches considered him a good friend. Frank is survived by his daughter, Karin DeNevi; sons, Michael and Rick Denevi; grandchildren, Tyler, Carly, Kylene, Ariana and Trevor; and his great-granddaughter, Payton. He was loved and adored by all his children and grandchildren. The family is having a private service on Tuesday, Dec. 29, and then a Celebration of Life event to remember Frank on Sunday, Jan. 31. Please contact the family for details. In lieu of flowers or donations, we ask that you honor Frank by channeling his generous spirit and extend a helping hand or an act of kindness to someone in need. And, when the camera is pointed at you, think of Frank and smile. Arrangements made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary in San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

FUKASAWA, Fred Kon, a resident of San Leandro, passed away at his home on Monday, December 7, 2014, at age 89. Mr. Fukasawa was a veteran who loved hiking. Mr. Fukasawa is survived by brother, Tommy Fukasawa, and three nieces. At his request, no formal services will be held.

SUURONEN, Richard S., a 47-year resident of San Leandro, passed away peacefully in is home on December 7, 2015 at the age of 93. He is survived by his wife, Norma Suuronen; son, David Suuronen; daughter, Barbara Gawehn; brother, John Suronen; and numerous nieces and nephews. Richard was born in Alameda, California to Richard Suuronen and Aina Erika Gron Suuronen of Finland. Richard was well known as a high school football star, graduating in 1941. He started his career as a carpenter and soon enlisted in the Navy, becoming a carpenter’s apprentice. He spent four years in the WWII Pacific Theater and was honorably discharged in 1946. As a master carpenter, he built many homes in the Oakland hills and around the East Bay. He was a member of the carpenters union for more than 73 years. Private services will be held.

TUGADE, Romula, a resident of San Leandro passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. A Funeral mass was held on Wednesday, December 23 at St. Leander’s Church and burial was held at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward. Arrangements were made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estdudillo Avenue in San Leandro, phone 510-483-0123, www.santos-robinson.com

 

 
Obituaries • 12-17-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
AYALA, Maximino “Max”
BROWN, Diane W.
HERRERA, Evelyn
JOAQUIN, Lavana Sue
MENIATIS, Kenneth A.
SANTOS, Americo V.
TIZZO, Inez

AYALA, Maximino “Max,” of San Leandro, passed away at his home on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, at age 85. A native of Hawaii, Mr. Ayala earned the Medal of Honor during the Korean War. A funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. today, Dec. 17, at Our Lady of Grace Church, 3433 Somerset Ave., in Castro Valley.

BROWN (Frith), Diane W., February 1934 ~ December 2015, passed away on December 9, 2015 at Paramount Court Senior Living in Turlock, California. Diane was born on February 24, 1934 to Henrietta Veronica Frith and William Hislop Frith in Oakland. Diane attended The Miss Wallace School, a private school for girls in Piedmont. She then attended University of California at Berkeley at the age of 16. She would not earn her degree in Anthropology until years later after her children were grown when she attended California State University Hayward (CSU EASTBAY). While in school, she enjoyed ice skating, horseback riding, tennis and plays. Diane married Delbert (Del) Lee Brown on August 20, 1950 in Oakland. They moved to Oceanside, California while Del was in the Marine Corps. They would eventually settle in San Leandro to raise their family. They were married for 63 years. Del and Diane were inseparable until his death in 2014. Diane will be remembered as a loving, kind intelligent woman. Over the years, she volunteered in several classrooms for her children and grandchildren. She loved the arts, plays and a good book. Her door was always open for family and friends. Even in her later years, she never failed to help others if she could. She was an intelligent woman with a quick wit and sense of humor. Diane was very creative. She loved to write, make crafts and sew. She had a thirst for knowledge — usually reading two or three books at a time. Diane will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Diane is preceded in death by her husband, Delbert L Brown; parents, Henrietta Veronica Collins and William Hislop Frith; and her sister, Harriet Montague Doyle. She is survived by her children, Donald L. Brown (June), William R. Brown (Patricia), Michael P. Brown (Wendy), Patricia D. Panos and Cameron L. Brown; 13 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; brother, Donald Montague; sisters, Mary Gargano and Alice (Cel) Archuleta; and several nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. Diane will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband after a brief graveside service at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, California on Friday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m. Allen Mortuary is handling the arrangements. Please share your memories at www.AllenMortuary.com.

HERRERA, Evelyn, a 51-year resident of Castro Valley, died peacefully at home in her sleep on December 13, 2015, at the age of 102. The oldest of nine children born to Frank and Mary Sousa, Evelyn was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, and the family moved to Berkeley, California in 1918. She married John Herrera in 1931 (Deceased 1981). She is survived by three children, Louis (Dorothy) Herrera, Margaret (Carl) Lundbom, and Dolores Macrae; 6 grandchildren, John, Louis, Greg and Cindy Herrera, Mark Macrae, and Andrea Stivers; 4 great-grandchildren, Andrew, Karl, Sophia and Cassie; sister, Mary Furtado; sister-in-law, Frances Sousa; brother-in-law, Ed Herrera (Louise); and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Evelyn is predeceased by her grandson, Carl Lundbom Jr.; sisters, Lillian, Florence, Gloria and Louise; and brothers, Dan, John and Frank. Services are private. A celebration of life will be held in February. Friends can contact her family for more information. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of the Holy Cross Retirement Fund, Department Office - St. Mary’s, 407 Bertrand Hall, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556. The family would like to thank Sutter Home Hospice Care for their guidance, support and care during her last week.

JOAQUIN, Lavana Sue, a longtime resident of Castro Valley passed away on December 10, 2015. Visitation will be at Santos-Robinson Mortuary on Friday, December 18, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.  A Chapel Service will be held on Saturday, December 19 at the mortuary beginning at 11 a.m.  Entombment to follow at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary 510 483-0123 www.santos-robinson.com

MENIATIS, Kenneth A., September 20, 1955 – November 26, 2015, a resident of San Leandro, age 60, passed away at home on November 26, 2015, following a lengthy illness. He is predeceased by his father, Ken, and survived by his loving mother, Patricia Meniatis; son, Kenneth Alexander Meniatis; sister, Debbie Nordman (Randy); brother, John Meniatis; nephews, Nicholas, Chris (Natasa) and Chase; and great niece, Mila. He is also survived by his aunts and many cousins. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to Brain Cancer Research at Stanford in Palo Alto. Private services were held.

SANTOS, Americo V., of San Leandro, passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, after a long battle with cancer. He was 86. A native of the island of Pico in the Azores, Mr. Santos was a telegraph operator on the American Air Force base on Terceira. Services were held Dec. 14 at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro.

TIZZO, Inez, of San Leandro and Hayward, passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, at age 94. A native of San Francisco, Mrs. Tizzo was a 1939 graduate of Haywared High School who retired after 43 years with Pacific Telephone. She had recently moved to Oregon to be near her family. A celebration of her life will be held at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 18, at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro (www.santos-robinson.com).

 

 
Obituaries • 12-10-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
DUTCHOVER, Walter Duke
GARRISON, Sallie Mae
GAZARIAN, Dorothy Mae
KANALAKIS, John Sr.
O’BRIEN, Terence (Terry)
WEBER, Shirley M.

DUTCHOVER, Walter Duke, 62, passed away in Biloxi, Mississippi on Friday, November 27, 2015. Walter graduated from San Lorenzo High School in 1972. Two memorial services will be held for Walter; one in Biloxi on December 5, 2015 (www.bradfordokeefe.com) and another in Alameda, California at the Elks Ballroom at 12 Noon on Saturday, December 12. To send flowers in Biloxi: www.bradfordokeefe.com, in Alameda: Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, CA  94501.

GARRISON, Sallie Mae, a longtime Bay Area resident who formerly lived in San Leandro, passed away in her Medford, Oregon home on Wednesday, November 25, 2015. She was 78. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Mrs. Garrison worked for the Owens Illinois glass company for more than 30 years. Services were held Dec. 5 at Lone Tree Cemetery.

GAZARIAN, Dorothy Mae, of San Leandro passed away on December 3, 2015. There will be a Vigil at San Leandro Funeral Home, Thursday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m., Funeral Mass at St. Felicitas Friday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m., and burial to follow at Holy Sepulchre. Arrangements were made at San Leandro Funeral Home, 407 Estudillo Avenue, 510-483-5300.

KANALAKIS, John, Sr., a long-time resident of Castro Valley and San Leandro, passed away on December 2, 2015, following a lingering illness at his residence in Castro Valley at age 92. John was born in Sunnyside, Utah on August 30, 1923. He was one of four boys born to Arhundula Barbakis, a first-generation Greek emigrant. His family suffered a great loss in 1926 when his father was killed in a tragic mining accident. Shortly afterwards, Mrs. Barbakis relocated with her boys to San Leandro, where she remarried and raised her family. John grew up on the family farm in San Leandro, where he and his brothers tended to the farm and orchard while attending local schools. John later graduated from San Leandro High School’s Class of 1941. John worked hard at many jobs, but his heart was in the building trades, where he excelled. He worked as a carpenter and a contractor, building homes on the Monterey peninsula, where he also raised his family. His passion was working with his brothers to enhance the family farm which turned into many successful business ventures, including Fourth of July fireworks sales, Christmas tree sales and apartment rentals. John enjoyed being with his family and making wine at the family farm with his brothers. It was one of his favorite pastimes. He was a devout Greek Orthodox Christian and a member of the Oakland Greek Church community. He also had strong ties in Monterey to the Greek community there as well. John is survived by his son, Michael of Monterey, California; daughter, Alexandra of Coronado, California; his brother, Kent Mitchell of Monterey; twin brother, Mike Kanalakis of San Leandro; stepson, Bill Terry of Prescott Valley, Arizona; 3 grandsons; a grand-daughter; 4 great-grandchildren; and his beloved partner of 30 years, Emily Luchessi of Castro Valley. His brother, Peter, preceded him in death in 2011. Visitation will be on Thursday, Dec. 10, from noon to 5 p.m. at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro. The Trisagion Service will also be on Thursday at 7 p.m.. at the Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church, 20104 Center St., in Castro Valley. The Funeral Service will be on Friday, Dec. 11, at noon at the church. Interment will be at Lone Tree Cemetery in Hayward. The family suggests donations in his memory be made to the American Heart Association. Arrangements made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary in San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

O’BRIEN, Terence (Terry), of San Leandro, passed away at his home on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at age 75. A native of San Leandro, Mr. O’Brien worked for many years as a real estate agent. At his request, no formal services will be held.

WEBER, Shirley M., of San Lorenzo, passed away in San Leandro on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at age 88. A native of Oakland, Mrs. Weber was a homemaker who was active in Friends of San Lorenzo Library. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today, Dec. 10, at St. John’s Church, 264 E. Lewelling Blvd.

 

 

 
Obituaries • 12-03-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
CAMPO, Rosario
CASELLA, Joey D.
GUERRA, Richard “Dick”
KING, John Harvey
LEFFEL, Arthur
SOARES, Jose L.
STEWART, Mary Joyce
TELES, David
WAY, Charles R. (Charlie)

CAMPO, Rosario, a native of Tunisia who lived in San Lorenzo, passed away in Walnut Creek on Thursday, November 26, 2015 at age 83. A funeral Mass was held Dec. 2 at St. Clements in Hayward.

CASELLA, Joey D., a resident of San Leandro passed away on November 24, 2015 at age 95. Funeral services were held on Dec. 1 at Santos-Robinson Mortuary. Burial was at Mt. View Cemetery in Oakland. Arrangements made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary in San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

GUERRA, Richard “Dick,” of San Lorenzo, passed away at Eden Medical Center on Sunday, November 22, 2015. Mr. Guerra was a shift supervisor at Crown Zellerbach for 40 years. A funeral Mass was celebrated on Dec. 2 at St. John’s Church.

KING, John Harvey, of San Leandro passed away November 25, 2015, at age 82. Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, at noon at First Southern Baptist Church of San Lorenzo, 15503 Usher St., in San Lorenzo.

LEFFEL, Arthur Leffel Surrounded by his loving family, Arthur Leffel passed away from a short battle with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s on October 30, 2015. He was 75 years old. Art was born in Oakland and grew up on Barlette Street. He went to Fremont High School, and joined the Navy at the age of 18. He spent time in Japan and several other ports, but left active duty after six years and spent the balance of his career in the reserves. He was deployed during the first Gulf War to Saudi Arabia, and then retired as a Chief Petty Officer (E-7). He met his wife, Sharon, while attending Laney College, taking classes to become an Electrician Apprentice. He spent almost 50 years in the Local 595 Electrical Union, working for various local companies. He had three children, Paul Leffel of San Ramon, Patrick Leffel (Roxanna) of Rocklin and Kathy Vargas (Joe) of San Lorenzo. After retiring, he enjoyed road trips and traveling to many state parks as well as visiting many of the pen pals he made while writing to “Any Servicemen” letters during his years in the Navy. In addition, he loved his weekly cribbage games with Mel Brouilette and Rod Hallback. He also enjoyed visiting his high school friend, Alan Pratt, in Oregon, who preceded him in death. He loved every minute he was able to spend with his children, but his greatest love was his grandchildren and being able to spend as much time as possible with them. He was very active in his church, Fairhaven Bible Chapel, which he attended for over 40 years. Art is survived by his wife, Sharon; his sister, Pat Brouilette of San Lorenzo; his children; his nieces and nephews; his grandchildren; and many friends. A Celebration of Life with full military honors will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m. at Fairhaven Bible Chapel, 401 MacArthur Blvd., in San Leandro. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to your favorite Veterans Service organization, as the military was a big part of Art’s life.

SOARES, Jose L., a resident of San Leandro passed away November 29, 2015 at age 75. The Rosary and Funeral Liturgy will be at 6:30 p.m. tonight at St. Leander Church, 550 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Burial will be tomorrow, Dec. 4, leaving Santos-Robinson Mortuary at 9:45 a.m. for the 10:30 a.m. burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward.

STEWART, Mary Joyce, of San Leandro, passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2015, at age 89. Services were held at Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland.

TELES, David, passed away on November 24, 2015 at age 58. Visitation and vigil were held on Dec. 2 at Santos-Robinson Mortuary. Mass will be held today, Dec. 3, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Leander Church, followed by burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward.

WAY, Charles R. (Charlie), a lifelong resident of San Leandro, died in his sleep on November 27, 2015, at the age of 86. His wife of 53 years, Roxie M. Way, preceded him in death on October 24, 2015. Charlie was the son of Charles C. and Anita Way. Charles C. Way was a music instructor in the San Leandro School District from 1911 to 1954. The music building at San Leandro High School is named for Charles C. Way. Charlie attended Washington Elementary School, San Leandro Junior High School and San Leandro High School. Charlie was the student body president at both San Leandro Junior High and San Leandro High School. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1951. He was on the track team at Cal from 1947–1950 and ran the 100-yard dash and 440-yard relay. Charlie graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1954. After spending two years clerking for a federal district judge, he practiced law in San Leandro from 1956 to 2000. Charlie retired as an Army Major in the National Guard after 19 years of service. He was a long-standing member of the San Leandro Kiwanis Club with over 55 years of attendance. Mr. Way left a legacy of helping many members of the community in his estate planning and probate law practice. He was intelligent, he laughed easily and enjoyed a wide circle of friends. His kindness and generosity drew all of us to him and he will be greatly missed. There will be no services, at his request.

 

 
Obituaries • 11-26-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
BAPTISTE, Josephine Marie
BICKFORD, Jean L.
FOGLI, Dorothy
MARQUES, Elizabeth

BAPTISTE, Josephine Marie, of San Leandro, passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at age 91. Ms. Baptiste worked for the Oakland Unified School District for over 40 years. In accordance with her wishes no services will be held. For more information, visit alamedafuneral.org

BICKFORD, Jean L., born October 3, 1935, passed away at her home on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. She was 80 years old. There will be a Celebration of her Life in a couple of weeks. All friends and family will be invited.

FOGLI, Dorothy, of San Leandro, passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at age 91. Mrs. Fogli was a long-time resident of San Leandro.

MARQUES, Elizabeth, who lived in San Leandro for many years, passed away on Friday, November 13, 2015, at age 87. Mrs Marques wa a member of St. Anthony counsel 4 & 31, IDES counsel 9, UPPEC counsel 123, UPEC counsel 3, ISMN 4 & 8, SES 75, and belonged to many Holy Ghost associations.

 

 
Obituaries • 11-19-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
BRUNDAGE, Robert John
GHIGLIONE, John Michael
HOWE, Kathlean (Kathy)
JESSEN, Beverly Dolores
PEACH, Charles K. “Chuck
RAMIREZ, Salvador A.
SIMMONS, Daulton (Tex)
WALKER, Elbridge III

BRUNDAGE, Robert John, March 32, 1953 – October 16, 2015, passed away on October 16, 2015 at the age of 62. Born in Oakland, he grew up in San Lorenzo. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Searlla Brundage. He is survived by his daughters, Melissa, Amanda, Alice and Ester; his brothers, Jerry and Jim; his sister, Joan deBar; in-laws, Chris and Debbie; and many nieces and nephews, family and friends. Robert graduated in 1972 from San Lorenzo High, then went into the U.S. Navy and was in the Vietnam War. He has lived the past 10 years in Sonora and Jamestown. He enjoyed playing pool and loved to write poems and stories. Robert will be greatly missed by all. Rest in peace Little Brother. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. at Ironhorse Lounge, 97 So. Washington St., in Sonora, California.

GHIGLIONE, John Michael, of San Lorenzo, passed away on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at age 87. A native of San Leandro, Mr. Ghiglione was a Teamsters truck driver for more than 47 years. He will be laid to rest at 11 a.m. today, Nov. 19, at the Mausoleum of the Apostles at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 26320 Mission Blvd., Hayward.

HOWE, Kathlean (Kathy), of San Lorenzo, passed away on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at age 85.

JESSEN, Beverly Dolores, of San Leandro, passed away on Friday, November 13, 2015, at age 89. A native of Hayward, Mrs. Jessen had retired as a manager in the fabric industry where she had worked for 18 years. Services were held Nov. 18 at Epiphany Lutheran Church in San Leandro.

PEACH, Charles K. “Chuck,” April 12, 1915 – November 8, 2015, 65 year resident of Castro Valley, died of complications from Alzheimer’s. A burial will be held on Friday, Nov. 20 at Lone Tree Cemetery at 11 a.m. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

RAMIREZ, Salvador A., of San Leandro, passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at age 78. A native of Tamazula, Jalisco, Mexico, Mr. Ramirez lived in San Leandro for 47 years. A Mass will be said at 11 a.m. today at St. Felicitas Church. Burial will be private.

SIMMONS, Daulton (Tex), of San Leandro, passed away on Friday, November 6, 2015, at age 89. A native of Bogata, Texas, Mr. Simmons was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who later worked as a mechanic at the Alameda Naval Air Station for 30 years. Services were held Nov. 15 at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward.

WALKER, Elbridge “Bink” III, May 23, 1931 – November 13, 2015, passed away at San Leandro Hospital after a short illness on November 13, 2015. He was born in Virginia, and is predeceased by his parents, Elbridge and Francis Walker of Wayne, Pennsylvania; and his brother, Peter Walker of Denver, Colorado. Bink retired from the Navy after 27 years of service as Commander. His last duty station was Commander of Military Sealift Command in Oakland. He later went on to get a degree in Accounting at Saint Mary’s College in Oakland. He worked as a bookkeeper for Foss Lamp shop in Oakland. Bink and his wife were members of the San Leandro Shirts and Flirts Square Dance Club for over 19 years. He and his wife also loved to travel and took many trips. Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Elizabeth Bednar Walker of San Leandro; and daughter, Karen Leagualt of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Friends are invited to services on Friday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m. at San Leandro Funeral Home, formerly Guerrero Mortuary. Interment will follow at the Lone Tree Cemetery in Hayward. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the First Presbyterian Church of San Leandro.

 

 

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