Obituaries
Obituaries • 08-28-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
ACOSTA, Raymond
FITZPATRICK, Michael
STAVOSKY, William Jr.

Acosta, Raymond, In Loving Memory — August 7, 1927 – August 16, 2014

FITZPATRICK, Michael, born September 6, 1963,  a resident of San Leandro, passed away August 21, 2014, in Reno, Nevada. Visitation will be Monday, Sept. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Santos-Robinson Mortuary. The Vigil Service will be Monday evening at 7 p.m. at the mortuary. The Funeral Liturgy will be Tuesday, Sept. 2, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at The Church of Assumption, 1100 Fulton Ave., in San Leandro.

STAVOSKY, William Jr., of San Leandro, passed away on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at age 93. A native of Oakland, Mr. Stavosky was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy’s submarine service. He had a long career as an engineer at Underwriter’s Lab. Services were held at Assumption Church on Saturday, Aug. 23. Arrangements were made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary.

 

 
Obituaries • 08-21-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
DEITZ, Shirley Lorraine
ENGBERG, Harriet Pearle C.
GERLACH, June F.
GONSALVES, Robert J.
McELROY, Lillian
VLAHOS, Georgia
WILSON, Kimberly

DEITZ, Shirley Lorraine, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 9, 2014, at Eden Villa in Castro Valley, her home for the past 2 years. She lived 92 wonderful years. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 61 years, Rutherford Deitz. She is survived by her son, James (Maureen) Deitz of Chico; her daughter, Sandra (Thomas) Walbert of Castro Valley; 4 grandchildren; and 1 great-grand daughter. No services will be held at her request.

ENGBERG, Harriet Pearle Charles, born in Berkeley on March 12, 1927 and a resident of San Leandro for over 50 years, went to be with the Lord on June 22, 2014 in San Leandro. She is survived by her daughters, Caren (Engberg) Tereck and Dorka Engberg; son-in-law, Leslie Tereck; and sister-in-law, Tressie Jacobson. A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 180 Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro. In lieu of flowers, Harriet requested donations to First Presbyterian Church or a favorite charity.

GERLACH, June F. Willis, who lived in San Lorenzo since 1951, passed away on Friday, August 1, 2014, at age 92. A native of Micanite Route, Colorado, Mrs. Gerlach taught at Winton Jr. High School and San Lorenzo Adult School. Services will be held at Messiah Lutheran Church, 25400 Hesperian Blvd., in Hayward at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23.

GONSALVES, Robert J., of San Lorenzo, passed away on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at age 85. A native of Hayward, Mr. Gonsalves worked in his family’s upholstery business, Gonsalves Upholstery.

McELROY, Lillian, of San Leandro, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at age 90. A native of New Mexico, Mrs. McElroy worked in the shipyards during World War II. Services were held Aug. 19 at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro.

VLAHOS, Georgia — In loving memory of Georgia Vlahos (Miss Vlahos), a lifelong resident of San Leandro, she was granted angel wings on August 15, 2014. Georgia fought a valiant battle with cancer for over 17 years. She was born in San Leandro, the youngest daughter of Mike and Antonia Vlahos, owners of Blue Bird Sweet Shop and then Plaza Tavern in San Leandro. She graduated from San Leandro High School in 1961 and then attended Cal-State Hayward as a Speech/Drama major with an English minor. In the summer of 1968, she arrived at St. Joseph’s Boys High School to interview for her first teaching job. She was to become the speech teacher and coach the debate team. With interest in debate waning, she focused her talents in Drama and directed many plays and taught English at St. Joseph Notre Dame. Soon she realized she was spending more time helping students with personal problems so she returned to school to complete her Master’s Degree in Counseling. She was a teacher and counselor, dearly loved and appreciated by her students. She taught at St. Josephs’ Notre Dame for 38 years (1968-2006). She said, “Laughter is what gets me through the day.” Georgia was a vibrant light and her brightness and love filled up the room. She was an inspiration to her family, friends and many students, whose lives are forever touched by her love, boundless energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and witty sense of humor. She had a dazzling personality and brought happiness, laughter and smiles to all. She won the hearts and souls of all she met. Though she never married or had children of her own, she shared her love of mankind, and thousands of students were touched by her loving care and attention; she gave her best every day to all who were lucky enough to encounter her. Whether you knew her 5 minutes, 5 years, or 50 years, her deep compassion and love of all overcame you with a sense of belonging and understanding. She impacted so many lives. She was the life of the party and loved theater, music, books (especially science fiction), movies, swimming, singing, dancing and travel, as well as her coffee friends at Zocalo’s. She traveled to Europe many times but her favorite was her Greek parent’s village of Kyparissi. She leaves behind her greatest hopes, dreams and joy to her family, friends and students. She had a way of making you feel you were the most important person in the world and she left this world a better place by her love, deep care and concern. We will miss and cherish the wonderful memories you gave us and you will remain forever in our hearts. She is survived by her sisters, Anne Sarris of San Jose and Clara Meniktas of Castro Valley; neices, Dede De Michele and Toni Kalogrides of San Jose, and Anna Meniktas-Edwards of Concord; nephews, Dean Meniktas of Moraga and Michael Meniktas of San Francisco; and grand-nephews and nieces, Marty De Michele, Maria Indalos, Joey and JR De Michele, Demetra Kalogrides, Alex Kalogrides, Georgia Barnes, Alexandra Meniktas, Natalie Meniktas, Claire Meniktas, and Melina Meniktas. Please join us in celebrating the Life and Times of Georgia Vlahos. Family, friends and former students are invited to attend the Trisagion (Wake) Service on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 6 p.m. and the funeral memorial service on Friday, Aug. 22, at 10:30 a.m. Both services will be held at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Ave., in Oakland. All are invited to the luncheon to follow after the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to St. Joseph Notre Dame Tuition Endowment Fund, 1011 Chestnut St., Alameda, CA  94501; Breast Cancer Fund, 1388 Sutter St. #400, San Francisco, CA  94109; or the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension. In the memo of the section of your check please note “In Memory of Georgia Vlahos.” Please visit www.Santos-Robinson.com for details regarding the service, celebration and to sign the guest book. Please feel free to sign the Memories book and add any memories or photos of Georgia. If you are planning on attending the Luncheon after the Memorial Service, it would be greatly appreciated if you would notify the family by sending an email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Arrangements made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary.

WILSON, Kimberly, of Oakland  passed away on August 5, 2014, at age 49. Arrangements were made at San Leandro Funeral Home, (510) 483-5300.

 

 
Obituaries • 08-14-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
BAKER, Merval
BALTHAZOR, John Howard
BROWN, E. Mary
CANESTRO, Patricia “Dale”
GALLOWAY, Dr. Brent Douglas
GUERRA, John
JETER, Ruth N.
McELROY, Lillian
SILVA, Dorothy Mae

BAKER, Merval, a longtime resident of Castro Valley, passed away on Thurday, July 31, 2014, at age 93. A native of Center, Colorado, Mr. Baker was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II who served in the South Pacific. He retired from the University of California at Berkeley. Arrangements were made by Jess C. Spencer Mortuary.

BALTHAZOR, John Howard, who lived in Castro Valley for 33 years, passed away on Sunday, August 3, 2014, at age 76. A native of Freeport, Illinois, Mr. Balthazor joined the U.S. Coast Guard after graduating from high school. He retired after 22 years, reaching the rank of Master Chief Yeoman. Later he worked at numerous jobs. Services were held Aug. 9 at Jess C. Spencer Mortuary, 21228 Redwood Road, in Castro Valley.

BROWN, E. Mary, of Castro Valley, passed away at her home on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at age 86. Services were held August 9 at Pioneer Chapel in Castro Valley.

CANESTRO, Patricia “Dale,” of Castro Valley, passed away on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at the Baywood Court Health Center, where she had resided for the past four years. A native of Oakland, Mrs. Canestro received her degree in Social Welfare from U.C. Berkeley.

GALLOWAY, Dr. Brent Douglas, of Regina, died peacefully on August 6, 2014 at the Pasqua Hospital in Regina, at the age of 70. Miriam Handel, his wife of 21 years, and his constant companion and caregiver was by his side. Dr. Galloway was born on April 8, 1944 in Oakland. He received his B.A., C.Phil. and Ph.D. in linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley in 1965, 1971 and 1977, respectively. He was an American linguist noted for his work with endangered Amerindian languages, including Upriver Halkomelem, Nooksack and the Samish dialect of Northern Straits Salish (all of which are spoken in southwestern B.C. and now western Washington), as well as Gullah (the African American language of South Carolina). From 1975 to 1980 he founded and headed the Halkomelem Language Program at the Coqualeetza Education Training Centre in Sardis, British Columbia. It was there he developed the Stó:l Halkomelem orthography which was subsequently adopted officially and is now in wide use throughout the Fraser Valley. He also compiled the first grammar of Upriver Halkomelem, published in 1993, as well as treatises on the region’s ethnobotany and ethnozoology. Brent was adopted as an elder by the Nooksack Tribe of Washington, and given the name Lawechten after an Aboriginal doctor. In 1988, Brent joined the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College’s (now the First Nations University of Canada) Department of Indian Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, and served as its head from 1988 to 1994. He continued to work extensively with Halkomelem and Nooksack language education and completed a dictionary for Upriver Halkomelem, and a Classified Word List and Grammatical Sketch for Nooksack. Brent also wrote a number of papers and articles on his theory of cognitive semantics, first called Three-Dimensional Semantics and now called Multi-Dimensional Semantics. In August 2008, Brent retired from First Nations University of Canada and was appointed Professor Emeritus. Brent was also a lover and composer of classical music. His orchestral pieces, “The Night Before Christmas” and “Mexican Colors” have both been performed by the Regina Symphony Orchestra. Brent and Miriam married in 1993, and together they enjoyed traveling and entertaining family and friends. Through his many years living with chronic illness, Brent truly appreciated and made the most of each day, enjoying life and bringing joy to those around him. His positive attitude inspired many. He will be deeply missed by Miriam; his brother-in-law, Allen Handel; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sharna and Michael White; his nephew and niece, Josh and Claud Handel; and his many cousins, colleagues and friends. Brent is also survived by his brother, Terry; his sister, Nance (Kerry O’Banion); and his niece, Megan (Vlad Dumitrascu), all of California. A Memorial Gathering for Brent will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the University Club, 2nd Floor, College West Building, University of Regina. Parking will be available. Please wear bright colours (no black). In lieu of cards or flowers, a donation to a charity of your choice or to any of the following would be appreciated: Regina Pasqua Hospital - Palliative Care Unit; Regina General Hospital - SICU, CCU, CSU, 3F or Renal Unit; Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, Diabetes Longevity Study, Regina Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Paul Schwann Fitness Centre at the University of Regina. See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/leaderpost/obituary.aspx?pid=172039459#sthash.yyYiBSRg.dpuf.

GUERRA, John, who lived in Castro Valley for 61 years, passed away at his home on Thursday, August 7, 2014, at the age of 101. John worked as a barber in San Francisco, Oakland Airport and Castro Valley. A Service was held at Jess C. Spencer Mortuary, 21228 Redwood Rd., in Castro Valley.

JETER, Ruth N., of San Lorenzo passed on Saturday, August 9, 2014. Visitation was held on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro. Burial will take place in Ada, Oklahoma. Arrangements made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary (510-483-0123, www.santos-robinson.com).

McELROY, Lillian, of San Leandro passed on August 9, 2014. Visitation is on Monday, Aug. 18, from noon to 8 p.m. at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro. A Chapel Blessing will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 10 a.m. also at the mortuary. Interment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. Arrangements made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary (510-483-0123, www.santos-robinson.com).

SILVA, Dorothy Mae, 82, a resident of San Leandro for 50 years, passed away at her residence in Bowling Green, Kentucky, July 30, 2014. Dorothy served in the U.S. Army WAC as a letter carrier for the San Leandro post office, and as a teacher’s aide at Redwood Christian Schools. While living in San Leandro, Dorothy attended the Neighborhood Church and Redwood Chapel in Castro Valley, and First Southern Baptist Church of San Lorenzo. Dorothy is survived by her husband of 46 years, Clarence Silva of Bowling Green; son, John Fensterer, and daughter-in-law, Carol Lynch, of Livermore; son, Frank Fensterer; daughter, Terese Fensterer of Bowling Green; son, Philip Silva, and daughter-in-law, Wendy Silva, of Bowling Green; grandchildren, Evan Lynch and Becky Islas of San Jose, and Zachary and Emily Silva of Bowling Green; and 5 great-grandchildren. Services were held Aug. 1 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Habitat for Humanity.

 

 
Obituaries • 08-07-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
BOWENS, Gregory D.
CARR-HUNTER, Janet
HILL, Hayward Randolph
KINKADE, Pauline “Boo”
MARTINEZ, Rose Marie
PIPER, Barbara Ann
WARREN, Mary Frances

BOWENS, Gregory D., of San Leandro, passed away from cancer on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at age 49. Visitation will be from noon till 5 p.m. today, Aug. 8, at Missionary Baptist Church, 940 Center St., Oakland. C.P. Bannon.

CARR-HUNTER, Janet, passed away Sunday, August 3, 2014 at the age of 50 after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her daughter, Ashley Hunt, Mickey Fox, and their children, Isaac and Olivia; her mother, Lynn Brown; stepfather, James Brown; brother, Kevin Hunter; sister, Lorri  Decia and her family, Amber, Katie and Sean, and their son, Jayden. The family would like to thank everyone whose shown love and support during this time. A special thank you to Shannon and Donald Thomas, and Laurie Ferguson. There will be no public service; the family is having a private ceremony. Donations can be made to the Cancer Foundation.

HILL, Hayward Randolph, of Oakland passed away on Thursday, July  31, 2014, at age 82. Arrangements were made at San Leandro Funeral Home, (510) 483-5300.

KINKADE, Pauline “Boo,” of San Lorenzo and Spokane, passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at age 85. A native of Oakland, Mrs. Kinkade worked for the County of Alameda, and as a secretary for the Dean of Girls & Boys at Marina High School, San Leandro. Services were held in Spokane, Bay Area services are pending.

MARTINEZ, Rose Marie, a native of Cerrillos, New Mexico, and a longtime resident of San Leandro, passed away on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at age 79. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, Aug. 7, at St. Leander’s Church.

PIPER, Barbara Ann, peacefully returned home into the loving arms of our Lord on July 30 at the age of 89. She was surrounded by three generations of family who were given the gift of being by her side in her final hours — holding her hand, sharing fond memories, and praying the rosary. Barbara was kindhearted, thoughtful and generous in nature, and all who knew her loved and respected her. Her quiet strength, giving spirit and passionate devotion to God saw her living independently and in overall good health to the very end. Barbara was a devote Catholic who watched daily Mass on EWTN. She was a “Prayer Warrior” whose days were spent in prayer for her family, the country and peace in the world. She loved the Rosary and prayed it twice each day. Born in Medford, Massachusetts, she was a true New Englander who moved to San Leandro in July 1975, where she has lived for the past 39 years, the last 30 in the same apartment. She worked for many years as a nurses aide in the Prenatal Clinic at Fairmont Hospital. Her greatest joys were her family and her faith. Mother of five, grandmother of six, and great-grandmother of seven, her family stretches from Massachusetts to Maui. She was blessed to be close in proximity to three great-grandchildren who brought her daily joy. Sarah and James Gebhardt enjoyed their visits to “Great Grandma Piper’s,” where their favorite snack of graham crackers and milk were always on the menu. Barbara’s last outing was to St. Leander Church for the Baptism of her newest great-grandson, Colin Michael Martinez. She is survived by her loving daughters, Janet Gebhardt (Russell) and Marianne Perata (Paul), both of San Leandro; and adoring sons, James Piper (Irene) and Michael Piper (Lisa), both of Woburn, Massachusetts, and Timothy Piper (Danny) of Oakland, as well as “just-like-a-daughter,” Nancy Hollister of Castro Valley. She will be deeply missed by her cherished grandchildren, Michael Gebhardt (Nelly) of San Leandro, Roni Piper Rego of Concord, Keli Autumn Martinez (Brian) of Pleasanton, Carrie Ann Haas of Maui, and Paula Merva (Martin) and Kelly Smith (Dan) of Massachusetts. She will always be loved and remembered by her sister, Mary Walsh (Bernard); and brother, Guy Washburn (Helen) of Massachusetts. We have lost an amazing woman who was deeply loved and who loved deeply, but gained an Angel who will watch over and guide us until we join her for all eternity in our Heavenly Home! Private services were held and final interment will be back in Woburn, Massachusetts. Barbara is going HOME in more ways than one! God is good… so very, very good!

WARREN, Mary Frances, of  Oakland  passed away on July 28, 2014, at age 78. Arrangements were made at San Leandro Funeral Home, (510) 483-5300.

 

 
Obituaries • 07-31-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
ARATA, Dale A.
AVILA, Lola I.
CAMP, Jack Tarrel
CHAVES, Paul Manuel
DAVIS, Harold Bryan
QUINTANA, Josephine
REGO, George C.
SOTELO, Philip Charles
WILSON, Deandre
WOOD, George Paul

ARATA, Dale A., DDS, passed away on July 21, 2014 at a care facility in Sonoma, California. He was 93 years old. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine (Onstad); and granddaughter, Adrienne Arata. He is survived by his children, James (Diane M.), Mick (Diane J.), Thomas (Cathy) and Mary Flores (Frank). He had 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Services were private.

AVILA, Lola I., of San Leandro, passed away on Friday, July 11, 2014, at age 93. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward.

CAMP, Jack Tarrel, August 19, 1929 – July 21, 2014, age 84, passed away unexpectedly of heart failure. He is survived by his wife Jeanne of 62 years; his son, Stephen; daughters, Elizabeth Gaylord and Theresa Vandenbroek, and husband Mark; his grandchildren, Bryon Kring and wife Francine, Danielle Gaylord, and Julie Kubiak and husband Dariusz; and great-grandchildren, Vincenzo and Francesca. Jack was born in Panama, Oklahoma and grew up in a large family with three sisters and five brothers. He graduated from Castlemont High School in 1947 and served in the Army during the Korean War. He married Jeanne Young in 1951 and worked for Western Electric/ATT for 38 years. He loved music and art, but his passion was golf. He was a big guy with a soft and loving heart. A celebration of his life will take place at the home of his daughter on Sunday, Aug. 3, at 2 p.m. at 1512 Hickory Ave. in San Leandro.

CHAVES, Paul Manuel, a resident of San Leandro, 40, passed on July 25, 2014. Paul was the beloved son of Maria Eugenia and Manuel Carvalho Chaves of San Leandro.  He is survived by the love of his life, his daughter, Aili Dakota Chaves; his sisters, Arlene Chaves and her husband Matt McCauley of Castro Valley, and Suzanne Chaves of San Leandro; his nephews and nieces, Curran McCauley, Michael Fong, Nicole Fong, Jaime Fong, Dane Chaves-Delaney and Paige Jones. Family and friends are invited to the visitation today, July 31, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a Rosary at 6:30 p.m. and Mass of Resurrection at 7 p.m., and to a service on Friday, Aug. 1, at 10:30 a.m., all at Saint Leander Catholic Church, 550 W. Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro. Committal will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Aili Dakota Chaves Education Donation Trust Account at Wells Fargo Bank, 3500 Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley, CA 94546. Arrangements made by Holy Angels Funeral & Cremation Center, 510-537-6600.

DAVIS, Harold Bryan, passed away peacefully at home, on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 from mixed dementia complicated by esophageal cancer. “Hal” was a true character who will be missed. He considered himself a native Californian, although he was born (February 27, 1937) in Arizona (the location of the nearest hospital). He grew up on Army bases and Bureau of Reclamation Dam Sites across the Western United States, and also lived in Healdsburg, Berkeley (graduating from Berkeley High School), Hayward and San Leandro. Harold began training to be a land surveyor at age 13, under the tutelage of his father. He served in the Naval Reserves as a Seabee. He worked for East Bay MUD from 1958-1963, before being hired by the City of Hayward. He worked his way up to the official position of City Surveyor and unofficial position of “Hayward’s Walking Encyclopedia.” He retired from the City in 1998, proud of being one of the few who had worked in all four city hall buildings. He was a member of the Mount Diablo Surveyors Historical Society and the California Land Surveyors Association (among others). He joined CLSA in 1971, and was on the Board of Directors for more than 30 years, in addition to being East Bay chapter president. He helped found the CLSA Education Foundation which provides scholarships for land surveying students. His proudest accomplishment was the creation of state legislation in 1982, requiring all City Surveyors to have a land surveying license. Hal was on the board of Bay Cities Credit Union for over 35 years, eventually being elected President of the Board. He was an active church member, particularly at Trinity United Methodist in Berkeley (1960-1976) and First United Methodist in San Leandro (1976-present). He joined the choir for the first time at FUMC San Leandro, singing in the tenor section until last Christmas. With the help of kindergarteners and first graders, he established a garden, full of fruits, vegetables and flowers, outside of his wife’s classroom at Lorenzo Manor School. Hal is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Charlotte; daughters, Elisabeth Wade and Cathlin Davis; son-in-law, Doug Wade; grandchildren, Imogen and Bryan Wade; and siblings, Patricia and Bill. He loved the Sea Scouts, Zocalo coffee, eagles, American history, Irish music, Yosemite, and using big words. He and his wife were season ticket holders for Lamplighters and ACT for many years. Charlotte and Hal traveled to all 50 states, the last (Alaska) in 2013. The family wishes to thank Dr. Niaz, the team at Epic Care, Svetlana Rubin, the team at Eden Medical Center Outpatient Rehab, David March (Sutter Care at Home,) Sharanuit Dosasuh (Sutter AIM), Jamika and the Hospice staff. Thanks also to Judy Bulman and many church members who lent their support. A special debt of gratitude is due to his neice, Ramona Holbrook, and his sister, Pat Davis, who took on many care duties; and Connie Brownlee-West from Devine Home Care, who cared for Mr. D. as though he were part of her family. Services will be at First United Methodist Church in San Leandro on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 2 p.m. (Handicap parking is available behind the church. Street parking is limited; there will be a drop-off zone in front of the church and information on shuttle service from the city parking lot.) In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CLSA Education Foundation, which will be establishing a memorial scholarship in his name (www.californiasurveyors.org/educfound.html).

QUINTANA, Josephine, passed away in Walsenburg, Colorado on July 27, 2014. She was a former resident of San Leandro. A Chapel Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 6 at Santos-Robinson Mortuary 160 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Burial to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. Santos-Robinson Mortuary, (510-483-0123, www.santos-robinson.com).

REGO, George C., of San Leandro and a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at age 92. At the family’s request there was no service.

SOTELO, Philip Charles, of San Lorenzo, passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at age 53. Mr. Sotelo wa born and raised in Oakland. A final viewing will be held at 9 a.m. today, July 31, at Grissom’s Mortuary followed by burial at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward.

WILSON, Deandre, of San Leandro passed away peacefully on July 14, 2014, at age 28. Arrangements were made at San Leandro Funeral Home.

WOOD, George Paul, 99, passed away from cancer on July 15, 2014, in his San Leandro home of 69 years. He was born May 24, 1915, in Vancouver B. C., and then moved to Scotland where he attended Knoxland Academy. George and his family moved to California in 1929 where he graduated from Oakland High School in 1933. He then studied engineering at the University of California in Berkeley. During WWII he was employed by General Engineering and Dry Dock Co., in Alameda, building ships. That’s where he met the love of his life, Sue, his wife of 67 years. He worked as a Civil Engineer for the City of Oakland until his retirement in 1976. His favorite hobbies were golf, fishing and playing the bagpipes. George was the source of the wonderful bagpipe music heard in San Leandro on New Year’s Eve as he marched back and forth in front of his home piping in the New Year. He is survived by his sister, Lillian Barrett; his daughter, Virginia; and his son, Jim; 2 grandchildren, Ian Crawford and Derek Wood; 4 great-grandchildren, Alia, Luke, Ryan and Layla; and 2 step-great-grandchildren, Ethan and Autumn. An inurnment ceremony will be held at Lone Tree Cemetery in Hayward on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 11 a.m. Donations may be sent to: Hayward Hospice, 30116 Eigenbrodt Way, Union City, CA  94587.


 
Obituaries • 07-24-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
AVILA, Lola I.
DASKAM, Robert E.
GEISER, Christine (Chris)
GOBER, Audrey B.
GOOD, Frieda Alvenia
MAYER, Lorraine M.
McDONALD, Wilma Lee (Rhodes)
McSHARRY, Mark Alan
PRICE, Ervin Lee
TANISAWA, Chiyogi “Cho”
VIND, Merle Elizabeth
WRIGHT, Dolores Garcia

AVILA, Lola I., August 19, 1920 – July 11, 2014. Memorial Services on Saturday, August 2 at 10 a.m. at Chapel of the Chimes, 32992 Mission Blvd. in Hayward.

DASKAM, Robert E., April 24, 1923 – July 6, 2014. Memorial Services on Saturday, August 2 at 10 a.m. at Chapel of the Chimes, 32992 Mission Blvd. in Hayward.

GEISER, Christine (Chris), January 22, 1949 – June 13, 2014, We have lost our dear friend and colleague, Chris, to a short illness on Friday the 13th, a day of the full moon. She would have liked that. Chris was a lifelong resident of San Leandro, with the Fairmont Ridge near Lake Chabot, the BAL Theater and the Marina being just a few of her favorite places. A humanitarian, environmentalist and political activist, she also devoted her life to pet rescue and to her Reflexology clients. She leaves behind her beloved shih tzu, “Taz,” and the many friends and loved ones throughout the world she cared for so deeply. If so moved, please make a donation to her favorite charity, the Lhasa Happy Homes Rescue (http://www.lhasahappyhomes.org).

GOBER, Audrey B., passed away peacefully in her home on July 17, 2014. Audrey worked in the restaurant industry for 50 years with the last 21 at Elios Restaurant, which she called her second home, and loved it there! She is survived by her 4 children, Ken (Laura) Powers, Randy (Nedla) Powers, Linda Powers-Lawrence and Rich (Janet) Powers; 14 grandkids; 15 great-grandkids; 3 brothers, Don (Pearl) Jensen, Dennis (Nora) Jensen and Ronald (Mary) Jensen; her niece, Kathryn (the brat); and 2 nephews, Mike and Greg, and their families. Audrey is preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, Bill Gober; mother, Berneice Jensen; and 2 brothers, Bud and Rookie Jensen. She was deeply loved by those that knew her and will be missed. At Audrey’s request, no service will be held. Special thanks to Hospice for all that you did for the family.

GOOD, Frieda Alvenia, of San Leandro, passed away at Washington Care Center on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at age 88. A native of Webster Grove, Missouri, Mrs. Good worked as a cook and managed the YMCA Grill in Waterloo, Iowa. At her request, no services were held.

MAYER, Lorraine M., a longtime resident of San Lorenzo, passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at age 78. Ms. Mayer was an active member of the San Lorenzo Sociables.  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated July 21 at St. John’s Catholic Church in San Lorenzo.

McDONALD, Wilma Lee (Rhodes), died Saturday, July 19, 2014 in a caring home in Novato, California, at the age of 92. Services will be held at Grissom’s Chapel and Mortuary, 267 E. Lewelling Blvd., in San Lorenzo on Saturday, July 26, at 12:30 p.m. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the same day. Wilma was born in Acorn Ridge, Missouri, on March 31, 1922, the youngest child of Owen Vernon Rhodes and Alice (Skelton) Rhodes. In 1941, she graduated from Bloomfield High School. She married Robert McDonald, also of Acorn Ridge, on Oct. 9, 1945. He preceded her in death on February 19, 2011. Although they lived in various states during their early marriage, they settled in San Lorenzo, and lived there for over 50 years. Wilma loved cooking and people. She collected many recipes over her lifetime. She was known for her kindness to all. Her two boys, Ronald and Jeffrey McDonald, meant everything to her, and she devoted her life to their happiness. They both preceded her in death, as well as two brothers, Clayton Rhodes of Bloomfield, Missouri, and James Rhodes of Fresno, California. She leaves several nieces, nephews and friends to mourn her passing. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her honor to Hospice by the Bay, 415-526-5500.

McSHARRY, Mark Alan, June 7, 1959 – July 16, 2014, born 1959 in San Francisco, grew up in Concord and San Leandro. A gifted musician, Mark studied music from the age of six and played keyboards for several Bay Area rock bands. He graduated from Moreau High School in Hayward and earned his nursing degree at Napa Valley College. Living in Napa County from 1979 until 2005, he worked first as a psychiatric technician and then as a registered nurse. Mark lived in Yachats, Oregon, for the last nine years of his life. He is survived by his wife, Stacy, and their 2 children, Hadley and Michael; his first wife, Pam, and their 3 children, Sherry, Cassandra and Chris; 3 grandchildren, Noah, Ella and Lincoln; his mother, Mary Jane McSharry; and 5 sisters. He was predeceased by his father, James McSharry, on January 16, 2013. A memorial service with reception to follow will be held on Thursday, July 31, at 11 a.m. at St. Felicitas Church, 1662 Manor Blvd., in San Leandro. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity or have masses offered for Mark’s soul.

PRICE, Ervin Lee, of San Leandro, passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at age 82. A native of Grant, Nebraska, Mr. Price was an Eagle Scout who served in the Merchant Marines. He retired from the Hayward Area Recreation District. Burial was July 18. Arrangements were made by Deer Creek Funeral Service.

TANISAWA, Chiyogi “Cho,” passed away at Willow Creek Alzheimer & Dementia Care Facility in Castro Valley on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at age 83. Mr. Tanisawa was a former TV technician. A service will be held at 4 p.m. July 26 at the Oakland Buddhist Church, 825 Jackson St.

VIND, Merle Elizabeth, of San Leandro, became our guardian angel on July 12, 2014. A Celebration of Life service was held on July 19 at San Lorenzo High School. Burial will be private.

WRIGHT, Dolores Garcia, 90, of San Leandro passed away on July 16, 2014. A Bay Area native, Dolores worked as a social worker and served as a California State Senior Legislator. Dolores was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Thomas; and she will be missed by her 2 children, Keith and Claudia; 4 grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Services will be private. Donations to a favorite charity may be made in her honor. Good-bye, Muñeca — a very special lady!

 

 
Obituaries • 07-17-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
ALHINO, June M.
DOLLY, Nell
FRANKO, Henrietta
HIDALGO, Mary I.
HOLLAND, Ernestine
NICKERSON, Jacqueline F.
PEREIRA, Ilda Vieira
SANTOS, Laura Gomes
VAUGHN, Bert
ZEFFARO, Mae J.

ALHINO, June M., of San Leandro, passed away on Monday, July 7, 2014 at age 93. Mrs. Alhino was a native of Oakland. Funeral services were to be private.

DOLLY, Nell, of San Leandro, passed away in Modesto on Friday, July 11, 2014, at age 96. A native of Fergus County, Montana, Mrs. Dolly was a former restaurateur. A viewing is scheduled from noon to 8 p.m. today, July 17, and funeral services tomorrow at 10 a.m., both at Santos-Robinson Mortuary in San Leandro.

FRANKO, Henrietta, of San Leandro, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at age 91. A funeral Mass was said on July 15 at St. Leander Catholic Church in San Leandro. Arrangements were made at San Leandro Funeral Home.

HIDALGO, Mary I., of San Lorenzo, passed away in Castro Valley on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at age 90. Mrs. Hidalgo was born in San Francisco. Funeral services were held July 16 at Grissom’s Chapel and Mortuary in San Lorenzo.

HOLLAND, Ernestine, who was a Christian and resident of San Leandro since 1963, went on to be with the Lord on July 11, 2014, at the age of 88. A native of Mount Pleasant, Arkansas, Ernestine was married for over 63 years to her husband, Jimmie Holland. She is survived by her son David (Janet); brothers, Shelby (Lois) and Conard; 3 grandchildren, Elizabeth (Jeff), Thomas (Stephanie) and Annette (Greg-fiancé); and 2 great-grandchildren, Stephen-Dean and Elias. Her son Tommy preceded her in death. Ernestine will be greatly missed, but she is in heaven now (2 Corinthians 5:8). She will be cremated at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward.

NICKERSON, Jacqueline F., of Castro Valley passed away on Thursday, July 10, 2014. A Graveside service celebrating her life was held on July 15 at Mt. View Cemetery in Oakland. Arrangements were made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary (510-483-0123, www.santos-robinson.com).

PEREIRA, Ilda Vieira, August 31, 1926 – July 16, 2014, a native of Pico, Azores, IIda has resided in San Leandro since 1967. Ilda leaves her son, Manuel N. Periera; daughters, Manuela Abreu and Maria Garoutte; and 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Sunday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Santos-Robinson Mortuary in San Leandro. Please call mortuary at 510-483-0123 for additional service times.

SANTOS, Laura Gomes, of San Leandro, passed away on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at age 90. A native of Portugal, Mrs. Santos was a homemaker and employee of Santos Liguica Factory in San Leandro. A funeral procession will leave Santos-Robinson Mortuary in San Leandro at 9:30 a.m. today, July 17, for a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. Leander Church. Arrangements were made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary in San Leandro (510-483-0123, www.santos-robinson.com).

VAUGHN, Bert, who lived in San Leandro since 1945, passed away on Sunday, July 6, 2014, at age 75. A native of Waco, Texas, Mr. Vaughn worked in the grocery business at Bayside Center and Porters Market for 58 years. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 21, at Faith Fellowship Church, 577 Manor Blvd., in San Leandro, followed by a reception at Dino’s Restaurant in Castro Valley.

ZEFFARO, Mae Josephine Zeffaro, January 13, 1921 – June 28, 2014, passed peacefully in Vista, California on June 28, 2014. She was born in Brooklyn, New York on January 13, 1921. Mae was predeceased by her 4 siblings, who died as infants and toddlers; her parents, Joe and Lena Yetto; and her husband, Peter. She is survived by 3 children, Gisele, Joseph and Vincent; 4 grandchildren, Jennipher Robidoux, Joseph Zeffaro, Daniel Zeffaro and Ruth Guse; and 5 great-grandchildren. She had many extended family and friends. She loved everyone she met. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, July 17, at Grissom’s Chapel and Mortuary, 267 E. Lewelling Blvd., in San Lorenzo. The vigil will begin at 7 p.m. Mass will be at St. Felicitas Church on Friday, July 18, at 10:30 a.m. Reception immediately after mass. Gravesite service to follow the reception at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Arrangements made by Grissom’s Mortuary in San Lorenzo. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Macular Degeneration Society.

 

 
Obituaries • 07-10-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
CASTRO, Armando
CURTNER, Claude E.
LEWIS, Anthony “Tony”
ROESCH, Gary A.
SALAZAR, Raymond Theodore

CASTRO, Armando, of San Lorenzo, passed away on Thursday, June 26, 2014, at age 59. Services were held on July 7 at Mission Chapel, Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward.

CURTNER, Claude E., of San Lorenzo, passed away on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at age 78. Mr. Curtner worked as a master cut off man in a die casting foundry for 33 years. Services were held July 8 at Grissom’s Mortuary in San Lorenzo. Burial with military honors was held at Lone Tree Cemetery in Hayward.

HEFNER, John Harvey, of San Leandro, passed away on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at age 81. Mr. Hefner was in the first graduating class from San Leandro High School. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II. He retired from U.S. Sprint in 1989 and went to work driving the little yellow bus, transporting children with special needs to school.

LEWIS, Anthony “Tony,” of San Leandro, passed away on Sunday, June 1, 2014, at age 88. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Lewis worked at Gerber Baby Foods his entire career. Memorial services will be held at New Life Christian Fellowship, 22360 Redwood Road in Castro Valley, at 1 p.m. on July 11. Arrangements were made by Jess C. Spencer Mortuary and Crematory in Castro Valley.

ROESCH, Gary A., who lived in San Leandro for more than 55 years, passed away at his home on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at age 84. A native of Kansas, he and his wife operated Atlantic Plumbing Co. for 25 years. At his request, services were private.

SALAZAR, Raymond Theodore, of San Leandro, passed away at his home on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at age 83. Mr. Salazar was a longtime employee of California Container of America and was a member of Teamsters Local 287. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 8 at St. Felicitas’ Church in San Leandro.

 

 
Obituaries • 07-03-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
BEAULIEU, Rita
CUNHA, Walter M.
LEWIS, Anthony (Tony)
McDONAGH, Martin P.
PERRY, Ruth
ROGERS, Billie
TSANG, Montgomery “Monte”
VADER, Judith Ann

BEAULIEU, Rita, a longtime resident of San Leandro, passed away on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at age 85. A native of Manchester, England, Mrs. Beaulieu survived the Manchester Blitz during WWII.

CUNHA, Walter M., a native of San Leandro, was called to Heaven on June 30, 2014. Walter was preceded in death by the mother of his 5 children, Patricia Cunha; and his late wife, Barbara Cunha. Son of Manuel and Mary Cunha, Walter owned Cunha’s Cocktail lounge for many years and continued to work there after selling the bar in 1983. Walter could be seen walking around Pelton Center for the past four years and sitting on the benches talking with many friends in the center. He is a WWII survivor and served in the Navy on the USS Porterfield in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign. After returning from the war, he joined his father, working as a bartender in one of the many clubs in San Leandro and later opening up Cunha’s in Pelton Center. In 2009, he took The Honor Flight trip with his son Rick to visit the WWII memorial in Washington D.C. as a guest of the veterans which was a highlight of his life. He was so proud of his five children, Trini Wilson, and Wally, Sheila, Danny and Rick Cunha, and daughter-in-law, Valerie, and of their many accomplishments. He is survived by his 8 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 from 2 to 8 p.m. with a Chapel Blessing beginning at 7 p.m. at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro. The funeral procession will leave the mortuary on Thursday, July 10, at 10:30 a.m. to be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward for Graveside services beginning at 11  a.m. Arrangements made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary (510-483-0123, www.santos-robinson.com).

LEWIS, Anthony (Tony), October 17, 1925 – June 1, 2014. Tony was a resident of San Leandro and worked at Gerber Baby Foods his entire career. Service will be held at New Life Christian Fellowship 22360 Redwood Road in Castro Valley on July 11 at 1 p.m. Funeral service will be private.

McDONAGH, Martin P., of San Leandro passed on June 28, 2014. A Funeral Liturgy celebrating his life was held on Wednesday July 2 at Church of the Assumption in San Leandro. Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. Arrangements made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary (www.santos-robinson.com).

PERRY, Ruth, June 26, 1925 - June 21, 2014. A viewing for Ruth will be held on Sunday, July 6 from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., with a vigil service at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, July 7 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Felicitas Catholic Church, 1662 Manor Blvd. in San Leandro. Arrangements made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary (510-483-0123, www.santos-robinson.com).

ROGERS, Billie, born May 24, 1921 in Vaiden Mississippi, a San Leandro resident for 64 years, passed away peacefully in her home on June 25, 2014. She was 93. She is survived by and was a loving mother to James D. Johnston and wife Charlotte; Cynthia Yonke Wright and husband Charles; and son, Michael Yonke, all of San Leandro; son Dominic Pontrelli and wife Robin of Cumming Georgia; 11 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. As a working Mom, Billie was a fighter and a true inspiration and role model to her family. She did so much for her children and those she touched. Known for her high energy and fun-loving ways, she made the most of life. She will be dearly missed. No services will be held. Her ashes will be scattered at the Golden Gate Bridge.

TSANG, Montgomery “Monte,” age 24, of San Leandro, passed away on June 21, 2014. Montgomery graduated from Castro Valley High School and was an Eagle Scout. He was warm, friendly and supportive to his friends — always ready with a smile and a heart of service to others. Montgomery is survived by his mother, Pauline Tsang; his father, Jeffery Tsang; and Cynthia Perez; as well as his siblings, Alexander and Nicholas Tsang, and Ryan and Delana Perez; his grandfather, Wai Haw Tsang; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. The funeral will be held at Bay Area Chinese Bible Church, 1801 North Loop Road, in Alameda on Saturday, July 5, at 5 p.m.. In lieu of flowers, you may send a donation to the SFBAC Boy Scouts Monte Tsang Memorial campership fund. This will allow a boy to attend camp in memory of Montgomery.

VADER, Judith Ann, of San Leandro, passed away on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at age 97. A celebration of her life will be held beginning with a viewing at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 7, at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland.

 

 
Obituaries • 06-26-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
BARROERO, Isabel
FITE, Sonny
FREE, Elinor “Pat”
GODKIN, James Arthur
KNOTTS, Anna Giordano
MARTIN, Tony A.
MEDEIROS, Frank J.
STREHLE, William H.
TELLO, Loraine
WILLIAMS, Yvonne “Eva”

BARROERO, Isabel, a San Leandro resident for 64 years, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at age 93. Her husband, Lou, preceded her in death in 1996. She is survived by her two daughters, Jean Barroero LoBue and Susan  Barroero and her son-in-law, Victor LoBue, sisters, brothers, nephews, nieces, cousins, friends and neighbors. A loving wife and perfect mother. A wonderful, kind person, always generous with her affection and kindness.  Per her wishes, no services are being held. Donations to your local animal shelter in her memory would be appreciated.

FITE, Sonny, of San Leandro, passed away on Sunday, June 22, 2014, at age 72. A graduate of San Leandro High School, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army and worked for Western Electric for 22 years. At his request, there will be no services and his ashes will be scattered over the ocean.

TELLO, Loraine, of San Leandro, passed away at her home on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at age 85. A native of Oakland, she was a graduate of Fremont High School A Memorial Mass will be held at noon today, June 26, at St. Felicitas Church in San Leandro.

WILLIAMS, Yvonne, “Eva,” is survived by her son, Philip Williams; daughter-in-law, Janet Williams; granddaughters, Kristy Williams Lomando and Erin Williams Hedrick; and great-granddaughters, Sofia and Stella Lomando. The family has requested, in lieu of flowers, that a donation be given to the San Leandro Boys & Girls Club, 401 Marina Blvd., San Leandro, CA 94577. Arrangements made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary (510-483-0123, www.santos-robinson.com).

FREE, Elinor “Pat” (March 14, 1925 – June 3, 2014), Loving Mum and Grammy, Cherished Best Bud, was called up to Heaven  on June 3, 2014. She moved from Boston to San Leandro in 1993 at her son’s invitation after she helped make it possible for him to go to law school at Santa Clara University. Although Pat was very proud of her Boston heritage, she also felt very blessed to have landed in San Leandro, and her 21 years of retirement in San Leandro were very happy years indeed. San Leandro absolutely became Pat’s “second home town,” and she loved the city very much. When Pat first arrived in San Leandro, she said: “No one is going to come meet me, I have to go meet them.” And that is just what she did. Pat made so many wonderful friends in San Leandro, and she cherished the years she spent as part of Warren Parker’s Forever Young Line Dancers. Pat was also very honored to have been appointed to the city’s inaugural Senior Commission and Pat went on to serve as a Senior Commissioner for almost 12 years. Last but not least, Pat loved reading and learning, and she looked forward with great anticipation to competing in the annual Trivia Bee to benefit the library’s Project Literacy. Pat was predeceased by her husband, Albert Free. She leaves behind her son, Albert; daughter, Barbara of Massachusetts; daughter, Susan of Arizona; son, Doug of California; daughter, Laura; son-in-law, Will; grandchildren, Francis Elinor and William of New York; sister, Margaret of Virginia (along with Margaret’s husband, John, and their daughters, Judy and Sarah); her wonderful friend, Mary of Massachusetts; many nieces and nephews; and her “California Family,” Michelle, Diane and Chet. Pat is buried at the Santa Clara Mission Cemetery. At her request, a Mass will be held at the Mission Santa Clara in June 2015, in celebration of Pat. Pat’s family would like to thank the city and people of San Leandro for helping to make Pat’s retirement years so happy. Although Pat is missed more than words can ever express, she will be forever in our hearts.

GODKIN, James Arthur (July 31, 1921 – June 21, 2014), at 92 years of age, entered the Kingdom of Heaven on Saturday, June 21, 2014 of natural causes. A celebration of James A. Godkin’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 28, at Grace Lutheran Church, 1836 ‘B’ St., Hayward, CA  94541.

KNOTTS, Anna Giordano (September 16, 1930 – May 26, 2014), was born in San Jose, California and was a longtime resident of San Leandro. She was a factory/distillery worker and member of ILWU Local 6. She loved her family, friends and neighbors, and adored her pet cats. She is deeply missed, and will never be forgotten. She is survived by her son, Paul Knotts; her bother, Nick Giordano; many nieces and nephews; Sandra Frost (and the Boys… Jim, Steve and John); and her extended family, Les Marshall and Sharon Smith. May she be at peace in Heaven. A private memorial will be held in July. To reach the family, call 510-967-2865.

MARTIN, Tony A., formerly of San Leandro, died June 14, 2014, at age 95 in Antioch. Mr. Martin was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign. Serving as a radio operator, he transmitted by Morse Code communications during the war using the Navajo language, aiding the success of the American campaign. He adapted the training he received to his civilian life, becoming a ham radio operator and serving in the Hayward Radio Club as an instructor and participating in disaster preparedness. He also helped San Leandro erect antennas to increase the city’s readiness in the event of an emergency. He worked in the sheet metal industry. He loved ham radio and fishing, and enjoyed the annual family reunions and Portuguese festas. Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marie. He is survived by his daughters and their spouses, Karen (Mike) Fraga of Discovery Bay and Judy (Bill) Metzger of San Marcos, California; grandchildren, Angela (James) Johnson of Mercer Island, Washington, Douglas Ortiz and Mike Fraga, Jr., of Discovery Bay; great-grandsons, Cole and Carter Johnson; and many other family members and friends. A private memorial service will be held in September.

MEDEIROS, Frank J., a resident of San Lorenzo (May 25, 1919 – June 17, 2014), was born and raised in Hayward. He was preceded in death by his lovely wife, Genevieve J. Medeiros; his father, Frank A. Medeiros; his mother, Mary Medeiros; and his twin brother, Andrew A. Medeiros. Frank is survived by his daughter, Pamela A. Winterbauer; and son, Frank J. Medeiros III. Frank was a veteran of WWII where he served in the Army Medical Corps in the European Campaign. Upon returning from the war, Frank began his career as an Electrician and has been a loyal member of IBEW Local 595 for over 67 years. Frank was a devoted family man, husband and wonderful father. He had a passion for traveling, both throughout the U.S. and abroad. He was an avid gardener and loved spending time in his yard with his dog “Shelly.” Friends and family are invited to visit on Thursday, June 26, after 5 p.m. A Vigil/Rosary will begin at 7 p.m. Interment Services will be on Friday, June 27, at. 11 a.m. Both services will be held at the Holy Angels Funeral Center, 1051 Harder Road, in Hayward (510-537-6600).

STREHLE, William H., “Wild Bill,” coach of the Cardinals from 1965 to 2000 (his Number 17 was retired on the left field fence), passed away on June 6, 2014, the anniversary of D Day, at the age of 93. He loved Stenzel Park and coaching all the young men here. William Strehle was featured in an article in the San Leandro Times dated Thursday, June 14, 2012. Bill was a decorated veteran of World War II. His funeral will be held on July 9 at 11 a.m. at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. He will have a Full Honors Military Burial. The address is: 5810 Midway Road, Dixon CA  95620. You are all invited to attend. You can contact Gary Strehle, his son, at 510-816-7787 if you have any questions.

 

 
Obituaries • 06-19-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
DAILEY, Robert Edward
GALLAGHER, Colleen V.
GORDON, Mary Kathleen
JEFFERSON, LaRay Darrell Leon
JERMANIS, Sally
MACABEE, June
OKAMOTO, Henry S.
RAMPONI, Mary E.
VANHILLE, Louis E.

DAILEY, Robert Edward, of San Lorenzo, passed away on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at age 87. A native of Oakland, Mr. Dailey was a veteran of World War II. He worked at F.H. Dailey Chevrolet and G.E. Dailey & Spns Chevrolet. A celebration of Mr. Dailey’s life will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church, 17200 Via Magdalena, San Lorenzo, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 28.

GALLAGHER, Colleen V., of San Leandro, passed away on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Carlton Plaza in San Leandro at age 76. She retired in 1998 after a career with the County of Alameda. She volunteered for more than 20 years as a docent at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate in Oakland. A vigil service was held June 16 at Santos-Robinson Mortuary in San Leandro. A funeral liturgy was held June 17 at St. Leander’s Church.

GORDON, Mary Kathleen, a longtime resident of San Leandro, passed away on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at age 92. Mrs. Gordon was a member of San Leandro Marina Woman’s Golf Club. A memorial service was held at St. John’s Catholic Church in San Lorenzo on June 16.

JEFFERSON, LaRay Darrell Leon — We humbly say goodbye to our very own angel sent from heaven. Our son passed gracefully on Sunday, June 15, 2014. LaRay was born March 9, 2013 in Lynwood, Calif. to Ranier Darrell Jefferson and Jessica Rubi Ramirez. LaRay had an unmistakable, special presence here on earth. He touched many hearts during his short time here. We are honored to have been chosen to care for one of God’s most handsome angels. We return him to the glory of heaven, until we meet again. LaRay, we love you and miss you — to the moon and back, our sweet precious angel. Service will be held on Saturday, June 21, at noon at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro.

JERMANIS, Sally, of San Lorenzo, and recently Baywood Court in Castro Valley, passed away on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at age 92. Her husband, John, preceded her in death. She is survived by her son, John Jr. (Linda), and daughter Judy (Terry); grandson John W. Jermanis (Jana), granddaughters Lisa Matthews (William), Christy Hansen (Curtis), Jennifer Blume (Eric), and Dana St. Mary (Mark); great-grandsons Derek and Cole, great-granddaughters Meara, Aubrey and Kate. Private services were held on June 11 at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward.

MACABEE, June, passed on May 9, 2014, at age 88. A teacher for 37 years at Arroyo High School, June died recently after a long struggle with dementia. Known by her students as “Miss Mac,”  a teacher of physical education and math, June loved teaching and she loved her students. She grew up in Illinois, except for her high school years which were spent in Panama City, Florida, where her parents moved to run a bar owned by a family member. When they returned to Illinois, she received university degrees in both Illinois and Iowa. June was a consummate athlete, excelling at all sports. She joined her first women’s softball league when she was only 13 years old. She managed a roller-skating rink to work her way through college, while also playing basketball, hockey and softball. After college, she began teaching in Illinois. And, in 1949, she signed a contract with the National Women’s Softball League, playing for the Chicago Queens, and subsequently many other teams. During the summer months, she and her team traveled around the country playing against other women’s teams. These were exciting years for these young women who got to experience a world unknown to most women of their time, as exemplified in the movie “A League of Their Own.” Arriving in California in 1953, she first taught at the old Hayward High School for three years before moving to Arroyo High School in 1956. There, she was responsible for innovative activities such as co-ed roller-skating, archery, swimming, golf and trampoline. During the 1960s, she was part of the staff that made the Arroyo PE Department a California Demonstration School Program. She was excellent at developing activities for the Special Ed disabled students. Very respected and popular with her students, she had that special connection of acceptance and encouragement so often needed. It did not matter whether you had two left feet or were a gifted athlete, ALL were included and felt wanted and respected by “Miss Mac.” During this time, June also regained her amateur status and was a star first baseman for the Redwood City Jets softball team. She was an excellent bowler and played very good golf — activities she continued through her adult life. She was a member of the Lake Chabot, Willow Park and Alameda women’s golf clubs; and, for a time, was an officer in the Pacific Women’s Golf Association. She was an animal lover who loved her Chihuahuas. She rescued feral cats, and once saved a pregnant deer from drowning in a neighbor’s swimming pool. Mac could be a hardheaded, stubborn woman. She loved to win, but she also knew how to lose with grace. You put up a good hard fight, Mac, and went out a winner. You were loved and you will be missed.

OKAMOTO, Henry S., of San Leandro entered into eternal rest on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at age 81. He is predeceased by his wife, Virginia, and survived by daughter, Colleen; son, Brian; daughter-in-law, Kris; and granddaughter, Valerie. After graduating from Alameda High School in 1951, Henry served in the U.S. Army and California National Guard, retiring from the U.S. Postal Service. Henry will be remembered for his love of outdoors and sense of humor. He enjoyed fishing and vegetable gardening — always sharing with family and friends. A private family memorial service was held on Saturday, May 31, at the Buddhist Temple of Alameda.

RAMPONI, Mary E., of San Leandro, passed away from Parkinson’s disease on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at age 78. Mrs. Ramponi was born in Texas. Services were held June 18 at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland.

VANHILLE, Louis E., of San Lorenzo, passed away on Monday, June 2, 2014. A native of Colorado, Mr. Vanhille was a U.S. Army veteran who served for two year in Germany. He worked as a Teamster in the commercial trucking industry. Memorial services were held June 17 at Grissom’s Mortuary in San Lorenzo.

 

 
Obituaries • 06-12-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
DORY, Rainey R.
FARIA, Lucilia A.
MEAGHER, Concha Elena
OLIVEIRA, Athena A.
RIEWERTS, Barbara
TADDEI, Arnold V.

DORY, Rainey R., peacefully passed away on June 3, 2014.  She fought lung cancer for a year. Her memorial was held on June 11 at Hillview Funeral Chapel in Newman, CA. Her funeral will be held on Thursday, June 12, at Hills Ferry Cemetery, 1334 Stuhr Road, in Newman, Calif.

FARIA, Lucilia A., of San Ramon and formerly of San Leandro passed on June 6, 2014. Graveside Service will be held today June 12, at 10 a.m. at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 26320 Mission Blvd. in Hayward (Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 510-483-0123, www.santos-robinson.com).

MEAGHER, Concha Elena Quesada, who lived in SanLeandro for more than 60 years, passed away on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at age 91. A native of Jalisco, Mexico, she had retired after 35 year in civil service. A funeral Mass was celebrated on June 10 at St. Felicitas Catholic Church in San Leandro.

OLIVEIRA, Athena A., of San Leandro passed on June 4, 2014. Visitation on Thursday, June 12, Noon to 4 p.m. at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro, with the Vigil/Mass combined at 6 p.m. at St. Leander Church, 550 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 13 (Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 510-483-0123, www.santos-robinson.com).

RIEWERTS, Barbara, of San Leandro, passed away on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at age 83. A native of Berkeley, Mr. Riewerts had lived in Oakland, Hollywood and Los Angeles before moving to San Leandro. A small, private service will be held for the family.

TADDEI, Arnold V., of San Leandro, passed away on Sunday, June 1, 2014, at age 89. A native of Oakland, Mr. Taddei was a veteran of World War II and worked as a driver for Colombo Bakery. A funeral liturgy was held June 9 at St. Leander Church. Arrangements were made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary in San Leandro.

 

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