Obituaries
Obituaries • 09-18-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
FARIAS, Norma
GONZALES, Clara T.
MILLER, Christian
ORNELLAS, Charlotte M.
PROKES, Florence
QUINTERO, Eric (Heriberto)
SEGRAVES, Bradley David
THURSTON, Mayme M.

FARIAS, Norma, of San Leandro, passed away on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at age 89. A native of Oakland, Mrs. Farias worked for Caltrans fo 40 years and worked in the Oakland A’s Box Office for 30 years. Services will be held at 10 a.m. today, Sept. 18, at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward.

GONZALES, Terry, a resident of Hayward passed away Monday, September 8, 2014 in San Leandro. Visitation and Vigil was held on September 17. Church service will be at Christ Community Christian Church, 25927 Kay Avenue in Hayward today, Sept. 18, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Arrangements made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary in San Leandro, 510-483-0123, www.santos-robinson.com.

MILLER, Christian, a 70-year resident of San Leandro, died Saturday, September 13, 2014, at Emeritus at Heritage Place in Tracy. A native of Taylor, North Dakota, Mr. Miller was a U.S. Navy Aviation Machinist in World War II and worked in the commercial construction for over 45 years as a superintendent. Funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Grissoms Morturary, 267 E Lewelling, San Lorenzo.

ORNELLAS, Charlotte M., of San Leandro, passed away on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at age 90. Born and raised in Honolulu, Mrs. Ornellas worked in retail and was a lifelong member of the Retail Clerks Union. Services were held Sept. 17 at Fremont Memorial Chapel.

PROKES, Florence, of San Leandro, passed away on Friday, August 8, 2014, at age 98. She was a longtime parishioner at All Saints Episcopal Church in San Leandro. A memorial was held Sept. 17 at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward.

QUINTERO, Eric (Heriberto), of San Leandro passed away on Thursday, September 11, 2014. Funeral Liturgy celebrating his life was held on September 17 at St. Leander Church in San Leandro. Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward. Santos-Robinson Mortuary San Leandro, (510) 483-0123, santos-robinson.com.

SEAGRAVES, Bradley David, age 47, born on December 18, 1966, passed away peacefully September 8, 2014, surrounded by his family. He graduated from Arroyo High School in 1985 and served in the U.S. Marine Corp. He also worked in construction for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Lisa; daughter, Emily; parents, Richard and Marian; brothers, Gary and Craig, and their wives, Lisa and Korinne; nieces, Mackenzie and Lucy; and nephew, Hudson. Service is pending.

THURSTON, Mayme M., of Berkeley  passed away on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at age 95. Arrangements were made at San Leandro Funeral Home, 407 Estudillo Ave., 510-483-5300.

 

 
Obituaries • 09-11-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
GONZALEZ, Ruben Virgilio
GRUNOW, Rev. William Paul
LEANDRO, Marc Joaquin
PEREIRA, Victor
WEST, Wayne R.
WHITTAKER, Beatrice

GONZALEZ, Ruben Virgilio, of Oakland  passed away on September 3, 2014, at age 76. Arrangements were made at San Leandro Funeral Home, (510) 483-5300.

GRUNOW, Rev. William Paul, After spending his life in the service of his Lord, Rev. William Paul Grunow, founding pastor at Hope Lutheran Church, returned to be with his Savior on September 4, 2014 at the age of 97. Pastor Grunow is survived by Mary, his devoted wife for 68 years; 9 children; 22 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren, with whom the Lord blessed them. A funeral service will be held on Friday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 1801 Manor Blvd., in San Leandro. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hope Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice.

LEANDRO, Marc Joaquin, of San Leandro, passed away at his father’s home on Saturday, August 30, 2014, after a heroic battle with liver and kidney failure. He was 46. A graduate of Castro Valley High School, he workd was a skilled carpenter and painter. A funeral Mass was held Sept. 8 at Church of the Assumption. Arrangements were made by San Leandro Funeral Home, 407 Estudillo Avenue, San Leandro.

PEREIRA, Victor, of San Leandro, passed away at his home on Monday, August 26, 2014 at age 87. A native of Portugal, Mr. Pereira played on Portugal’s national soccer team and served in the military. He worked as a longshoreman for 30 years. Services were held Sept. 6 at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward.

WEST, Wayne R., a resident of San Leandro passed away September 8, 2014. The services will be held Thursday, September 11, 2014 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery at 10 a.m. Santos-Robinson Mortuary, (510) 483-0123, www.santos-robinson.com

WHITTAKER, Beatrice “Peppy,” of San Lorenzo, passed away on Friday, August 29, 2914, at age 86. A native of Copper City, Michigan, Mrs. Whittaker was employed at Sunshine Biscuit Company for more than 20 years. Services were held Sept. 5 at Grissom’s Chapel and Mortuary, 267 E Lewelling Blvd.,San Lorenzo.

 

 
Obituaries • 09-04-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
BLETE, Gloria A.
COFFIN, Dana
CORTEZ, Gilbert
FITZPATRICK, Michael Steven
LEANDRO, Marc Joaquin
LOZANO, Regalado Agustin
MEDEIROS, Mitchell L. Jr.
MILLHOUSE, Linda Diane
SEEMAN, Albert Max
STEIG, Carl Lawrence
THOMPSON, Walter Hugh

BLETE, Gloria A.; It is with much sadness that we have lost the matriarch of our family, Gloria A. Blete. We are so blessed that God let her walk among us and share her wonderful gift of love to this world. She passed away on August 30, 2014. She will be truly missed and will always be celebrated by her four children, Milton Blete, Jr., Lynette Gossett, Terry Blete and Doreen Blete; her 8 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren and countless friends and family. Thanks for giving our mom your love.

COFFIN, Dana, passed on August 22, 2014. She taught in Castro Valley, San Lorenzo and Hayward School Districts. Service will be held on Saturday, September 6 at 3 p.m. at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 19179 Center St., in Castro Valley.

CORTEZ, Gilbert, of San Leandro, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the age of 86. A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 5, at 1 p.m. at Grissom’s Chapel and Mortuary, 267 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo.

FITZPATRICK, Michael Steven, of San Leandro, passed away on Thursday, August 21, 2014 in Reno, Nevada while vacationing with his family. He was 50. A native of Oakland, Mr. Fitzpatrick was a long tenured student at Sorensdale School in Hayward, where he will be missed dearly by his classmates, teachers and drivers. A Celebration of his Life was held Sept. 2 at Assumption Church in San Leandro. Arrangements were made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary 160 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro.

LEANDRO, Marc Joaquin, January 17, 1968 – August 30, 2014, resident of San Leandro, 46, passed away at his father’s home on Saturday, August 30, 2014 after a heroic battle with liver and kidney failure. Marc was a graduate of Castro Valley High School and a life-long member of the Ashland Holy Ghost Association. Marc spent the last 25 years of his life as a skilled carpenter and painter. He had a passion for cooking gourmet meals with his family and friends, often using home-grown vegetables and herbs from his garden. He was an avowed fan of the Raiders and Oakland A’s, and attended the games at every opportunity. One of his last wishes was to attend an A’s game with fireworks, which he was able to do with the help of his Dad and his long-time companion, Donna. Marc leaves behind Donna Medina, his partner of over 12 years. He is also survived by his parents, Ruben Silva Leandro and Evelyn Rocha Leandro; his two daughters, Alexandria Leandro and Kayla Leandro, and their mother, Soha Nakano. Also left behind are his brother, Ken Leandro, and his wife, Carol, and their children, Carly and Chance; and his sister, Jamie Ghilardi, and her husband, Christopher Hauge. ALL of whom will miss him dearly. Marc enjoyed a large Portuguese family with numerous aunts and uncles, and some 33 cousins. A prayer vigil celebrating Marc’s life will be held on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. at San Leandro Funeral Home, 407 Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro. Funeral Mass will be held at the Church of the Assumption, 1100 Fulton Ave., in San Leandro on Monday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. Graveside burial to follow at Holy Sepulchre, 26320 Mission Blvd., in Hayward. Reception to follow the burial at Ashland Holy Ghost Association Hall, 16490 Kent Ave., in San Lorenzo. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the St. Vincent De Paul Society, care of the Church of the Assumption.

LOZANO, Regalado Agustin, a resident of San Leandro, born November 11, 1944, passed away Saturday, August 30, 2014 in Fremont, CA. Visitation will be Sunday, September 7 from noon to 8 p.m. at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Avenue, San Leandro. There will also be a Vigil Service beginning at 7 p.m. at the mortuary. The Funeral Liturgy will be Monday, September 8 at St. Leander Church, 550 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Oakland.

MEDEIROS, Mitchell L. Jr., of San Lorenzo, passed away on Thursday, August 21, 2014, at age 85. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Sorensen Chapel, 1140 B St., in Hayward.

MILLHOUSE, Linda Diane, of San Leandro passed on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held on Friday, September 5 at 10:30 a.m. at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro (510-483-0123, www.santos-robinson.com).

SEEMAN, Albert Max, of San Leandro, passed away at his home on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at age 85. Services were held at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward on Aug. 31.

STEIG, Carl Lawrence, aka Larry Steig, of San Leandro went to meet his Maker on August, 25, 2014 at 83 years of age. He was a longtime member of First Covenant Church in Oakland. Carl retired from Caterpillar, Inc. in 1985 after 36 years of service as a Manufacturing Engineer. A classic car enthusiast, Carl served as a judge at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance, the former Silverado Concours and many other car shows. He also served as President of Classic Car Club of America and the Cadillac and LaSalle Club, Inc. For himself, he collected and owned 1933 and 1941 Cadillacs. He leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Ann Marie; his brother-in-law, Michael Smith, and wife, Cyndi; nieces and nephews, Stacy Smith, Jim Sturgis, Erik Brand and Benito Solano; his cousins, Elaine and John Whitehouse; and his beloved cat, Roscoe. At this time, no memorial services are scheduled.

THOMPSON, Walter Hugh, a native of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, passed away at his home in San Leandro on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at age 70. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20 (place and time to be announced). Arrangements were made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro.

 

 
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.

 

 

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