Obituaries
Obituaries • 08-27-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
CIRIMELE, Vincenzo
CORRIGAN, Jacklyn C. “Jackie”
FITZSIMMONS, Stephen
HAND, Larry
JOHNSON, Mary Jane (Janie)
SHAIEB, Mary T.

CIRIMELE, Vincenzo, of San Lorenzo, passed away on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at age 86. A native of Verbicaro, Italy, Mr. Cirimele worked for the Golden Grain Macaroni Co. in San Leandro for more than 25 years. Visitation at 6 p.m. and vigil at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 at Holy Angels in Hayward. Mass at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 29 at St. John’s Church in San Lorenzo.

CORRIGAN, Jacklyn C. “Jackie”, died unexpectedly at her San Leandro home on August 24, 2015. She was 58 years old. Jackie was born in Oakland on November 25, 1956 to Jack and Shirley Craig. She was a lifelong resident of Alameda County and a graduate of Marina High School. Jackie met and married her beloved husband, Jim, and together they would raise three daughters. She spent most of her adult life living her dream as a self-employed dog groomer. Jackie enjoyed breeding doodles, camping, boating, and spending time with her family and friends. She was a joy to all who knew her and will be deeply missed. Jackie is survived by her devoted husband of 32 years, James “Jim” Corrigan; children, Jessica and Michael Hansen, Katie and David Hopkins, Jill Anne Corrigan and Rebecca Orabi; mother, Shirley Craig; siblings, Kathy Records and Dot Jessup; grandchildren, Hunter Hansen, Jocelyn Hansen and DJ Hopkins; nieces and nephews, Bryan, Craig, Jamie, John, Lindsey, Riley, Andrew and Brenden, and Kayla; and many cherished extended family and friends. Family and friends are invited to gather for a celebration of Jackie’s life at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 29, at Grissom’s Chapel & Mortuary, 267 E. Lewelling Blvd., in San Lorenzo.

FITZSIMMONS, Stephen, of San Leandro, passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at age 73. Graveside services will be held Aug. 28 at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Arrangements were made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary (santos-robinson.com).

HAND, Larry, of San Leandro, passed away suddenly on Monday, July 27, 2015, at age 66. A native of Oakland, Mr. Hand served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam as a radio repairman. He retired in 1970 as a superintendent after more than 40 years in the sheet metal union local 104. A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 30 at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1105 Bancroft Avenue in San Leandro.

JOHNSON, Mary Jane (Janie), of San Leandro, passed away on her 86th birthday, Saturday, August 22, 2015. A native of Fredericksburg, texas, Ms. Johnson worked at Ronakers for more than 25 years. Viewing will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today, Aug. 27, at San Leandro Funeral Home, 407 Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 28 at Hope Lutheran Church, 1801 Manor Blvd.

SHAIEB, Mary T., of San Lorenzo, passed away after a short illness on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at age 93. Mrs. Shaieb was born and raised in San Leandro and was a third generation Californian. She worked in retail sales at Emporium Capwell and was active in many organizations, including St. Gerard’s Women’s Club. A funeral liturgy was held Aug. 25 at St. John’s Church in San Lorenzo.

 

 
Obituaries • 08-20-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
BALES, Lee Cannon
ELLIS, Rosalie Marie

BALES, Lee Cannon, who lived in  San Leandro, passed away at his home on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at age 75. A native of Martinez, Mr. Bales was an Eagle Scout and a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard who became a private investigator working with government agencies. Funeral services were held  on Saturday, Aug. 22, at Holy Angels Funeral & Cremation Center in Hayward

ELLIS, Rosalie Marie, of San Lorenzo, passed away at her home on Monday, August 3, 2015, at age 88. A native of Burt, North Dakota, Mrs. Ellis was an active volunteer with Calvary Lutheran Church. Services will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 17200 Via Magdalena, San Lorenzo.

 

 
Obituaries • 08-13-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
BULL, Robert
CARPANETO, Jean Holmes
DOMINGO, Osmundo L.
FOPPOLI, Eugene “Gene”
GEORGE, Michael Edward
KESLER, Robert A.
ROBERTSON, William Murray
WYNN, Brooks

BULL, Robert, of San Leandro, passed away on Monday, June 29, 2015 at age 66. Services will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Hiram Hall Banquet Facility, 8105 Capwell Drive, Oakland.

CARPANETO, Jean Holmes, who lived in San Leandro for 70 years, passed away on Monday, August 3, 2015, at age 95. A native of Sacramento, Ms. Carpaneto was a volunteer at Treasures Hospice Thift Shop in San Leandro. At her request, no services will be held.

DOMINGO, Osmundo L., a resident of San Leandro passed way on Monday, August 3, 2015 at age 62. Visitation will be held at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro on Friday, August 14, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. A vigil service will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday at the mortuary. A Chapel Blessing will be on Saturday, August 15 at 9 a.m. at the mortuary. Burial to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

FOPPOLI, Eugene “Gene”, August 31, 1918 – August 4, 2015, a resident of San Leandro, passed away at the age of 96, joining his beloved wife, Connie. He was born in San Francisco on August 31, 1918 and lived in San Leandro for over 50 years. Gene and Connie met in San Francisco and married on October 7, 1946 at Saints Peter and Paul Church. They raised 4 children,  Joseph, James, Teresa Papierniak (Ken) and Cathy; they loved 4 grandchildren, Jennifer, Kim, Ryan and Nicole; and 2 great-grandchildren, Alexis and Dominic. Gene served as a flight commander in Greenland with the rank of Sergeant in WWII. He became a successful Real Estate Broker for 60 years, building his home and a commercial complex in San Leandro, retiring at the age of 80. He was an avid gardener and had a particular fondness for roses. He enjoyed restoring classic cars and loved all things Italian. We will love and miss you for the rest of our lives. Services were held, celebrating his life, at the Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro on August 10, 2015. Interment was at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Hayward.

GEORGE, Michael Edward, longtime San Leandro resident, born October 10, 1949, passed on Monday, July 27, 2015. No services will be held at his request.

KESSLER, Robert A., of San Leandro went home to be with the Lord on August 1, 2015 at the age of 83. He was a golf teacher most of his life at Montclair Driving Range — loving father of Michael Kesler (Myra), grandfather of Nicole Kesler, great-grandfather of Oliver M. Padilla, and a very loving and generous friend to all who crossed his path. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Arrangements made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary in San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

ROBERTSON, William Murray, July 6, 1934 – August 9, 2015 • Resident of San Leandro — Beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and friend, William Murray Robertson (Murray to most who really knew him) passed from this world Sunday, August 9, at the age of 81. He is preceded in death by his wife, Carol; father, William; mother, Vera; sister, Evelyn; and brother, Doug. He is survived by his two daughters, Heather and Diane; his sister, Mary; and numerous extended family and friends. Murray touched many people with his warmth, kindness, generosity, thoughtfulness, great humor, and much more. He was an incredibly dedicated husband and father; and enjoyed many road trips and adventures with his family. Murray was born in Bobcaygeon, Ontario Canada and moved to California in his 20s, where he met his wife, Carol. He grew up playing lacrosse, baseball and hockey; and, while he played ice hockey into his 70s, he always maintained a great fondness for baseball as well. As a young man out on his own by his late teens, he apprenticed as a plasterer and baker. He ultimately chose plastering as his profession and was a true craftsman of his trade, having taught apprentices himself later in his career. He will be missed, and we bless him on his continuing journey in Spirit. A Life Celebration service will be held Saturday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m. at San Leandro Unity, 1420 Santa Maria St, in San Leandro.

WYNN, Brooks, passed away on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at age 94. Visitation will be held at Santos-Robinson Mortuary on Thursday, August 13, from noon to 8 p.m.  Burial will be at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Gustine, CA. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

 

 
Obituaries • 08-06-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
APODACA, Lucia G.
AZCARATE, Richard J.
BALBUENA, Eugenio Laroco
BROWN, Ruth E.
COOK, Dorothy
DANCER, Joan Varni
DePHILLIP, Bernice
DUARTE, Rui Antonio
ELLIOTT, Bruce Arthur
HIGGINS, Warren P., Jr.
KUEFNER, Cherie
LAURISTON, Robert P.
MORTE, Isabel J.
RODRIGUES, Geneva Fontes
ROMERO, Faustina “Tina,”
RUSH, Robert P.

APODACA, Lucia “Lita” G., April 16, 1926 - July 27, 2015, passed away peacefully at home after a long battle with cancer; she was 89 years old. A resident of San Leandro for the past eight years, Lucia was born in Brawley, California. She spent her childhood in Mexico and moved to San Francisco when she was 17 years old, where she met and eventually married a sailor named Raymond Apodaca, Sr. in 1944. Lucia remained in San Francisco for more than 40 years, where she raised her nine children. Lucia was a loving and compassionate person. She was always busy doing the things that she loved, which included spending time with family and friends. She loved nature and gardening. Her favorite flower was the Sunflower. She loved animals and would share stories about her childhood pet goat. Her love of animals allowed for her children to keep the occasional stray dog or cat that would “follow them home.” Lucia was a talented artist who returned to school later in life acquiring an AA in Arts from Diablo Valley College while living in Concord. She was acknowledged for being the eldest graduate in her class at age 75; and the college also hosted an Art Show displaying her work. Lucia had many hobbies; she was an avid reader, enjoyed history and philosophy, and was a gifted writer. She also liked to sew and crochet. Lucia is preceded in death by her mother, Caritina Duarte Domingez; her husband, Raymond Apodaca, Sr.; and three of her sons, Ernesto, Jesse and Ray (as well as Ray’s wife Margie). She is survived by her 6 children, Yvonne, Victor, Marcos, Ruben, Conchita and Carmen, and their spouses, Ray, Linda, Maria and Geoff; and her dear sister-friend, Patricia Bressler. Lucia also leaves behind 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren, and many family and friends. A vigil will be held Thursday, August 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Santos Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro. The funeral mass is scheduled for Friday, August 7, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Leander Catholic Church, 550 W. Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to George Mark Children’s House (www.georgemark.org).

AZCARATE, Richard J., passed away on July 26, 2015 at age 58.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 8, at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro, beginning at 11 a.m. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123.

BALBUENA, Eugenio Laroco, of San Leandro, passed away at his home on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at age 74. A native of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, Dr. Balbuena practiced internal medicine in the San Leandro-Hayward area for 45 years. A funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, at Church of the Assumption in San Leandro.

BROWN, Ruth E., September 20, 1911 – July 18, 2015 • Aged 103, born in San Francisco to Ernest and Ruth Haglin, Ruth moved with her parents to Mexico and then to Chile where they lived until 1921, when they returned to the Bay Area to live in Oakland. After her father’s death in 1958, she settled in San Leandro. Ruth was married to Walter Brown for 26 years and after his death in 1974 her mother moved in with her and they had a great life together until her death in 1987. Ruth was a founding member of the San Leandro Garden Club, an active member of the First United Methodist Church, a crafter and seamstress, and she loved entertaining — hosting many parties for friends at her home. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, August 14, at 1 p.m. at The First United Methodist Church, 1600 Bancroft Ave., in San Leandro.

COOK, Dorothy, centenarian, homemaker, gardener and gourmet Italian cook, died in Hayward on July 23, 2015. She was born in Oakland on September 7, 1914. Her parents, Victor Poletto and Matilde Bianco Poletto were both from Italy. Her older brother, Lincoln, and a twin sister, Evelyn, both predeceased her. Dorothy married Wm. R. Cook in December 1938. In 1950, they moved to San Leandro, where they began attending All Saints Episcopal Church. Dorothy remained active at All Saints and became the first woman Senior Churchwarden. She volunteered with Mended Hearts and Booth Memorial, and later became active in the Colombo Club. Dorothy loved entertaining family and friends, where guests were treated to fabulous Italian food and competitive games of shuffleboard. Dorothy is survived by her 2 sons, Richard and Michael; 2 grandsons, Aaron and Nathan; and 5 great-grandchildren, a cousin, a niece and 2 nephews. Her memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 8, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 911 Dowling Blvd., in San Leandro at 1 p.m. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her honor to All Saints Episcopal Church.

DANCER, Joan Varni, a longtime resident of San Leandro, passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2015, at age 79. A funeral Mass for Mrs. Dance will take place at St. Leander’s Church at 10:30 a.m. today, Aug. 6, followed by a reception.

DePHILLIP, Bernice, a long-time resident of San Leandro passed away July 26, 2015. Her services were held August 4, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Castro Valley. Burial took place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

DUARTE, Rui Antonio, of San Leandro, passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer on Monday, July 13, 2015, at age 46. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 8, with a visitation beginning at 10:30 a.m. and a funeral service at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Angels, 1051 Harder Road in Hayward.

ELLIOTT, Bruce Arthur, July 20, 1924 – July 27, 2015, of San Leandro, passed away at the age of 91. Bruce is survived by his 3 children, Mary Jo Kimbel, Richard (Alice) Elliott and Sally (Stan) Shaw. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Bruce was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Charlotte. No services will be held. Donations in Bruce’s memory can be made to the charity of your choice.

HIGGINS, Warren P., Jr., of San Leandro, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at age 94. A native of Alameda, Mr. Higgins managed Castro Jewelers in Castro Valley. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Aug. 10 at Bethel Presbyterian Church, 14235 Bancroft Ave., San Leandro.

KUEFNER, Cherie, June 12, 1927 – July 26, 2015, entered her heavenly home on Sunday, July 26. Her 88 years were blessed with family, friends, and her strong Christian faith. Mother of 8 children and “grandmoms” to 11 grandchildren,  Cherie was a kindergarten teacher for many years and a choir director for many more. A service will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 166 W. Harder Road, in Hayward on Saturday, August 8, at 2 p.m. Donations may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Valparaiso University and the American Bible Society.

LAURISTON, Robert P., of San Leandro, passed away on July 27, 2015, at age 93. An Office of the Dead, rosary, and funeral mass will be held at St. Albert’s Priory, 5890 Birch Court, Oakland, on Friday, August 7, at 10:30 a.m. The interment service will be at 1 p.m. at St. Dominic’s Cemetery, Hillcrest & East 5th, Benicia.

MORTE, Isabel J., of San Leandro on August 1, 2015. A Graveside Service will be held today, August 6, at 10 a.m. at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

RODRIGUES, Geneva Fontes, passed away on July 31, 2015, at age 85. A Funeral Mass will be held today, Thursday, August 6, at Church of the Assumption, 1100 Fulton Ave. in San Leandro beginning at 11 a.m. A private burial will be held at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

ROMERO, Faustina “Tina,” of San Lorenzo, passed away at her home on Monday, July 27, 2015, at age 92. A viewing will be held from 4-8 p.m. today, Aug. 6, at Grissom’s Chapel & Mortuary, 267 E. Lwelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. John’s Church.

RUSH, Robert P., of Castro Valley passed on July 23, 2015. He will be truly missed by his wife, family, and friends. A Celebration of his life was held on July 29, 2015 at the Grove in Clayton, CA. Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

 

 
Obituaries • 07-30-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
HERNANDEZ, Antonia
NIKSSARIAN, Richard Dikran
RAMOS, Agnes C.
ROSAAEN, Glenn A.

HERNANDEZ, Antonia, of San Leandro, passed away at her home on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at age 95. Mrs. Hernandez was born in Prowers County, Colorado. Services were held July 28 at Holy Angels Funeral Center in Hayward.

NIKSSARIAN, Richard Dikran, Oct. 31, 1952 – June 22, 2015, resident of Castro Valley, was called by our heavenly Father on June 22, 2015, to join Him and continue serving our Lord in heaven. A memorial service to honor him will take place on August 2 at St. Vartan Armenian Apostolic Church, at 650 Spruce St., Oakland, CA. The Divine Liturgy religious services will begin at 10:30 a.m., Memorial Prayers at 12 p.m., followed by a reception in the church hall. Remembrances may be made out to: St. Gregory Church, St. Vartan Church Building Fund, or the donor’s favorite charity.

RAMOS, Agnes C., of San Lorenzo, passed away on Friday, July 24, 2015, at age 80. A native of Las Vegas, New Mexico, Mrs. Ramos was a sports enthusiast. A Mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, July 31, at St. John’s Church, 264 E. Lewelling Blvd. in San Lorenzo.

ROSAAEN, Glenn A., 66, of Rawlins, Wyoming passed away July 19, 2015. He was born May 18, 1949 in Oakland to parents, W.O. “Spike” and Olga “Butch” Rosaaen. He graduated from Pacific High School in San Leandro in 1967. He then served as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force from 1968 to 1970 as an aircraft crew chief on B-52s. He held various mechanic positions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Rawlins, where he was a bartender at a local bar before retiring. Glenn was an avid reader of just about everything, but had a particular fondness for Louis L’Amour, Tom Clancy and Stephen King books. He enjoyed cooking and experimenting with various flavors in his kitchen. Survivors include his sons, Joshua Rosaaen of Meadow Vista, California and Kyle Rosaaen of San Leandro; daughter, Erin Cunningham of Middleboro, Massachussetts; brother, Terry Rosaaen of Folsom, California; ex-wife, Shari Rosaaen of San Leandro; 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews throughout California. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Timothy and Steven Rosaaen. At Glenn’s request, no services will be held. Tributes and condolences may be offered online at www.carboncountyfuneralhome.com.

 

 
Obituaries • 07-23-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
BYRD, Ercile Shelton
CHAMPAGNE, Carole L.
HICKS, Richard E.
KVAM, Robert C.
ROCHA, Alfred Raymond
SIMONE, Charvet Monique

BYRD, Ercile Shelton, of San Leandro, passed away on Friday, July 10, 2015, at age 88. A native of Whitehall, Arkansas, Mr. Byrd worked for Fairchild Semiconductor. He was active in Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland until he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2005. Services wer held July 17 in Oakland.

CHAMPAGNE, Carole L., of Castro Valley passed on July 16, 2015. A Vigil Service will be held on Thursday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro. The Funeral Liturgy celebrating her life will be held on Friday, July 24 at 10:30 a.m. at Church of the Assumption, 1100 Fulton Ave. in San Leandro. Interment will be private. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

HICKS, Richard E., of San Leandro passed on July 18, 2015. Funeral Service celebrating his life will be held on Friday, July 24 at 11 a.m. at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 26320 Mission Blvd. in Hayward. In lieu of flowers donations to your favorite charity preferred. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

KVAM, Robert C., of San Leandro, passed away on May 7, 2015 at age 92. A native of Kief, North Dakota, Mr. Kvam was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He worked for the San Leandro School District for many years, retiring as Assistant Superintendent. Services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow, July 24, at Faith Lutheran Church, 20080 Redwood Road in Castro Valley.

ROCHA, Alfred Raymond, a long time resident of San Leandro passed away June 20, 2015 at age 91. Visitation will be Monday, July 27 from 12:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro. The vigil Service will be Monday evening at 7 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be Tuesday, July 28 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at St. Felicitas Church in San Leandro. Burial to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

SIMONE, Charvet Monique,  passed on June 17, 2015 at age 44. A Mass of Christian Burial is July 27 at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 264 E. Lewelling Boulevard, San Lorenzo, 94580, with Interment immediately following at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery at 1051 Harder Road, Hayward, 94542, Section L.

 

 
Obituaries • 07-16-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
HART, Mary E.
JONE, John L.
SABAL, Amelia S.

HART, Mary E., of San Leandro, passed away at her home on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at age 85. A native of Lawrence, Massachusetts, Mrs. Hart worked at Walgreen’s Pharmacy in Alameda for 35 years. A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, at Cross Winds Church, 1660 Freisman Rd., Pleasanton.

JONE, John L., a resident of San Leandro passed away on July 8, 2015 at age 81. Visitation will be held at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro on July 19, beginning at 11 a.m. with a Chapel Service beginning at 1 p.m. Burial with Military Honors will be held on Monday, July 20 at The Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA. beginning at 1:30 p.m. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro, 510-483-0123.

SABAL, Amelia S., a San Leandro resident passed away on July 7, 2015 at age 76. Visitation will be held at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro on Friday, July 17 and Saturday July 18 from noon to 8 p.m. and on Sunday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a vigil service beginning at 4 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, July 20 at Church of the Assumption, 1100 Fulton Ave. in San Leandro beginning at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Fremont. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro, 510-483-0123.

 

 
Obituaries • 07-09-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
ALVAREZ, Ricardo J.
CHOURY, Marie
LASTER, William
LEWIS, Leonard Michael
RASMUSSEN, Lucille A.
SPINOLA, Joel Edwin

ALVAREZ, Ricardo J., passed away on July 7, 2015 at age 55. Visitation will be held at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro on Sunday July 12 from noon to 6 p.m. with a vigil beginning at 4 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, July 13, at St. Felicitas Church, 1662 Manor Blvd. in San Leandro beginning at 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Lone Tree Cemetery in Hayward. Arrangements were made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

CHOURY, Marie, October 21, 1931 – July 3, 2015, A Vigil service for Marie will be on Wednesday, July 8, at 6 p.m. at Grissom’s Mortuary, 267 E. Lewelling Blvd. in San Lorenzo. Funeral will be on Thursday, July 9, at St. Felicitas Catholic Church, 1662 Manor Blvd., in San Leandro, followed by internment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. In lieu of flowers, Masses may be offered for the repose of her soul, or donations made to Birthright of San Lorenzo. Grissom’s Mortuary, (510-278-2800, grissomsmortuary.com).

LASTER, William, of San Lorenzo, passed away at his home on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at age 86. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Mr. Laster spent the majority of his career in life insurance and real estate. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 11, at Grissom’s Mortuary, 267 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo.

LEWIS, Leonard Michael, passed away June 3, 2015, in Sun Valley, Nevada. Leonard was born in San Leandro on October 11, 1954, and lived in Sun Valley. He owned Leonard’s Machine Shop in Sparks, Nevada. Leonard enjoyed off-road adventures in his Jeep, auto crossing his Corvette, and raising savannah monitor lizards as pets. Leonard leaves his mother, PJ Lewis; brother, Ken; sister-in-law, Patty; nephew, Cameron; niece, Kait; and pet lizard, “Baby”. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, July 18, at 3:30 p.m. at the New Life Christian Fellowship Church, 22360 Redwood Road, in Castro Valley.

RASMUSSEN, Lucille A., a longtime resident of San Leandro passed away on July 7, 2015 at age 100. Visitation will be at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Avenue in San Leandro on Thursday, July 9  from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a vigil service beginning at 6 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, July 10 at Church of the Assumption, 1100 Fulton Ave. in San Leandro. Burial to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. Arrangements were made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro.

SPINOLA, Joel Edwin, of San Leandro, passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at age 77. A native of Pt. Richmond, Mr. Spinola was a Certified Public Accountant for 30 years. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 11, at Fairhaven Bible Chapel, 401 MacArthur Blvd, San Leandro. Golf attire is encouraged.

 

 
Obituaries • 07-02-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
BRASSELL, James Vincent
BUTLER, Ann
MILLER, Robert Steven
RAPHAEL, Gene S.
RUTH, Bobbie Joe
SKINNER, Virginia Goff
ULIBARRI, Elsie

BRASSELL, James Vincent, March 31, 1934 – June 22, 2015, James passed away peacefully at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto at the age of 81. He was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He joined the Air Force in 1951 and served in both the Korean and Vietnam conflicts as an aircraft mechanic. He has been a resident of San Leandro and Hayward since 1966. He worked at both San Francisco and Oakland Airports. James is survived by his son, James (Jimmy) J. Brassell (719-980-0381) of San Leandro and Fowler, Colorado. Internment will be at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. Arrangements made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary. A special dinner served in his honor will be held on July 12, 2015 beginning at  4 p.m. at the Spinnaker Yacht Club, 75 Pescadero Point Drive, in San Leandro. Please RSVP to Don at 510-351-3841.

BUTLER, Ann, passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 in San Leandro. A Funeral service was held on June 17 at Praise Fellowship Church in Oakland. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland. Arrangements by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

MILLER, Robert Steven, passed away on June 10, 2015 at the age of 57. Rob was born on September 10, 1957 and was raised in San Leandro. He is survived by his mother, Sharon Lipka Miller of Castro Valley; his daughters, Amber Miller of Brentwood and Lindsey Miller of Arizona; and his beloved dog, Onie, a Belgian Malinois. Rob has 3 grandsons, Jesiah, Brayden and Judah. He is also survived by an older brother, Mark Miller of San Leandro; and 2 younger sisters, Victoria Miller of Castro Valley and Kassandra Miller of San Leandro; nieces and nephews; his loving Aunt Nancy Leavitt of Alameda; and an uncle, aunts and cousins. Rob’s father, Robert Edwin Miller, predeceased him in June of 2004. In 1971, at the age of 14, Rob had open heart surgery at Children’s Hospital in Oakland to correct an aortic stenosis. He was very proud of the scar from that surgery and was the terror of the halls in the hospital. In 1987, he had another successful open heart surgery to implant a mechanical aortic valve, which, if you listened closely, you could hear his valve ticking, like a Timex watch. Rob was a journeyman machinist for 37 years at the family business, Allied Engineering & Production Corp. in Alameda, and was currently a journeyman machinist at Unico Mechanical, located in Benicia. Over the years, Rob had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of diverse projects, for both public and private sector customers, and he took extreme pride in the work he produced. Rob grew up house-boating with his family and many friends at Lake Don Pedro, and he loved camping and taking his jeep on 4-wheeling and rock-crawling trips to the Rubicon, the Sierra Trek and Lions Back in Moab, Utah. He was currently living on his yacht at Mariner’s Square in Alameda, which he loved to take out on the bay for relaxing cruises. Rob was an enthusiastic photographer and loved to take pictures of any subject, but mostly his family, sunsets and the Blue Angels when they would be in San Francisco for Fleet Week. Rob had a very patriotic attitude… he would recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day and was passionate about everything American and Red, White and Blue! A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday evening, July 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1323 Central Ave., in Alameda. In lieu of flowers, Rob and his family would prefer donations to Children’s Hospital Oakland, http://give.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org or envelopes will be available at the service.

RAPHAEL, Gene S., of Oakland passed on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. A Funeral Liturgy celebrating his life was held July 1 at St. Leander Church in San Leandro. Interment will be private. Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

RUTH, Bobbie Joe, July 20, 1933 – April 29, 2015, a resident of Hayward, on April 29, 2015, went on his journey. He will be missed by his friends and family. He is now dancing in heaven with is family and friends that were waiting for him. Bobbie was born in Sapulpa, OK, on July 20, 1933, to John and Thelma Ruth. He graduated in 1951 from Hayward High School and married Marlene Silva in 1953. They had 61 beautiful years together. Bobbie worked as a machinist and was a tool and die man at A-Henry Stewart Co. in Hayward for more than 30 years. He worked at Continental Bakery and retired from the bakery where he was an engineer in 1995. He also served in the National Guard for more than 11 years. His favorite hobbies included fishing, camping and hunting, and he loved collecting old radios and rebuilding them. He also loved to build things. He built a beautiful home where he lived in Pollock Pines. A few more of his favorite things were music, dancing and telling old stories. Bobbie, along with his wife, Marlene, helped to support the Parkinson’s support group. He also attended Senior Day Care at the Placerville school for three years. He was always kind and caring to everyone and always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. His sense of humor was amazing. He was also very quick witted and always said something to make you laugh. He was a real gentleman from the old school. Bobbie is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marlene Ruth; his two daughters, Lorrie Ruth Guerrios of Livermore, CA, and Patricia Rogers Tarin of Lathrop, CA; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. He is also survived his brother, Charles Ruth; and many nephews and nieces. Marlene is working on Bobbie’s memory book to celebrate his life. Bobbie requested that his body be donated for research. Even in death he is still trying to help someone else. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting any donations be sent to Snowline Hospice of Diamond Springs, CA, or to the Parkinson’s foundation.

SKINNER, Virginia Goff, passed away in her sleep on June 24, 2015, just short of her 95th birthday. She was born Virginia Lee Chapman in Beatrice, Nebraska on August 9 1920. Her childhood days were in Blue Springs, Nebraska — her family moving to Boulder, Colorado at age 17. In 1942, she married Clifford Goff, who preceeded her in death in 1987 after 45 years of marriage. After WWII, they lived in Colorado, where they raised their family. In 1987, Virginia was married to a long-time friend, Durland Skinner, and moved to San Leandro, where she was very active at the San Leandro United Methodist Church and the Alta Mira club. Following Mr. Skinner’s death in 2010, Virginia moved to Tallahassee, Florida and resided at the Allegro Senior Living Center, where she immediately made many new friends. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Bryan and Nancy Goff of Tallahassee; her daughter, Nancy Lee Werholz of Windsor, Colorado; 3 granddaughters, Jennifer Symonds, Stephanie Delier and Kimberly Werholz; and 4 great-grandchildren, Ethan, Bailey, Tyler and Cooper. Graveside services will be held at Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder, Colorado at a date to be determined. The family wishes to thank Big Bend Hospice, Visiting Angels and the staff at Allegro for their wonderful help in making Virginia’s final days comfortable.

ULIBARRI, Elsie, a longtime resident of San Leandro, passed away on Friday, June 19, 2015. Visitation & vigil service was held on June 29 at Grissom’s Chapel & Mortuary San Lorenzo. Mass of Christian Burial was on June 30 at St. Felicitas Church in San Leandro.  Elise will be laid to rest at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

 

 
Obituaries • 06-18-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
BRADDOCK, Lois
HARLAN, Fred
TUAZON, Maria T.

BRADDOCK, Lois, of San Leandro, passed away at her home on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at age 99. A native of Portland, Oregon, Mrs. Braddock and her husband built a successful business. Services will be private, at her request.

HARLAN, Fred, of San Leandro, passed away on Friday, June 5, 2015, from complications related to recent surgery. He was 74. Mr. Harlan was a skilled electrician who recently retired from Brothers Electric, Inc., a business he and his wife began more than 37 years ago. A Funeral Mass was held June 17 at All Saints Catholic Church in Hayward.

TUAZON, Maria T., of San Leandro, passed away  on Saturday, June 13, 2015. A Funeral Liturgy celebrating her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, June 18,  at St. Leander’s Church in San Leandro. Interment will be in the Philippines. Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

 
Obituaries • 06-11-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
DUARTE, Maria Leonor
ELY, Lynda D. (Medeiros)
FERNANDEZ, Walter Sr.
HAMPTON, Dorothy Ann
HARLAN, Fred
LEVAL, Ernest Joseph
MALLY, Denis W.
SALSEDO, Annie Bega
SCHILLER, Ronald W.
SUPRIANO, Edward John

DUARTE, Maria Leonor, of San Lorenzo, passed away at her home of liver cancer on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at age 66. A native of Portugal, Mrs. Duarte worked at the Hudson Lumber Co. in San Leandro for more than 20 years. Services were held June 9 at Holy Angels Funeral Center.

ELY, Lynda D. (Medeiros), born and raised in San Lorenzo and long-time resident of San Leandro,  took her final breath on Sunday, May 17, 2015. She is survived by her sons, Shawn and Donavan; her grandchildren, Kayla, Lisa, Belladonna, Cyrus and Alasdair Ely; and her brothers, Mel, Martie, Ronnie and Johnny. The memorial will be held at the Sorenson Brothers Mortuary at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 12. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 13, at 11 a.m. at the San Lorenzo Home Association building at 377 Paseo Grande in San Lorenzo. Lynda will be deeply missed within her community. And, for those who knew her, fear not, for all cats go to heaven.

FERNANDEZ, Walter, Sr., a resident of San Leandro, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on May 30, 2015, at age 88. Walt was born and raised in Oakland. After serving as a Merchant Marine in WWII, he married his love, Christina, of 69 years. Walt was the beloved father of Steven (Claudia), Walt Jr. (Amanda) and Mitchell; and he also had four beautiful grandchildren, Robert, Karen, Nicole and Kelsey. Walt owned and operated Walt’s Auto Service and later retired from Cox Cadillac. His many joys included being an active member of Racing Roadster Assn. and Par Five Golf club. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. Private services were held on June 8 at Chapel of the Chimes.

HAMPTON, Dorothy Ann, of San Leandro, passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at age 88. A native of Ogden, Utah, Mrs. Hampton was a homemaker for many years. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Anne Catholic Church in Walnut Creek on June 9.

HARLAN, Fred, born on October 15, 1940, passed away on June 5, 2015, at age 74, from complications relating to surgery days before. Visitation on June 16, at 5 p.m., followed by Vigil at 7 p.m. at Holy Angels Funeral & Cremation Center, 1051 Harder Rd., Hayward. Funeral Mass on Wednesday, June 17, at 10:30 a.m. at All Saints Catholic Church, 22824 Second St., Hayward. Private interment at Lone Tree Cemetery. Fred will be dearly missed by his family and friends, especially children, Joy (Buck) and Fred Jr. (Andrea) and grandchildren, Blake & Hilary Buchanan and Gehrig Harlan.

LEVAL, Ernest Joseph (Ern, Ernie, Big Ern, Pops), of San Leandro, died peacefully on June 2, 2015 surrounded by his family following an unexpected cardiac arrest. Ernie was born on Maui, Hawaii on May 16, 1934, and celebrated 52 years of marriage to Carol (Fernandez) Leval, also of Maui, on February 16, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Carol; his 4 children, Valerie Fritz (husband Ronald Fritz), Kenneth Leval (wife Barbara Leval), Brenda Leval and Denise Hopken (husband Mike Hopken); 6 grandchildren, Brian Leval (wife My Leval), Lauren Walker, Shane Irish, Maximus Leval, Isabell Leval and Seth Hopken; 2 great-grandchildren, Brandon Leval and Mia Leval; and his beloved dog, Frankie. Ernie initially served in the U.S. Army and then worked as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Oakland for 50 years, retiring in 2011. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, June 14, at 4 p.m. at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro. Hawaiian attire is encouraged! A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart Association or your own favorite charity are appreciated.

MALLY, Denis W., of San Leandro, passed away suddenly at his home on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at age 55. Mr. Mally was a truck driver for CWX for 25 years. A memorial service was held June 6 at Santos-Robinson Mortuary 160 Estudillo Ave. San Leandro.

SALSEDO, Annie Bega, passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 2, 2015. She was born in San Francisco on January 27, 1921 to Luis and Antonia Bega. Luis and Antonia were immigrants from Spain. Like many others, they left Spain to work in Hawaiian sugar plantations for passage on to the United States. Annie lived most of her 94 years in San Leandro. In 1942, she married the love of her life, John Salsedo, who preceded her in death. She proudly attended Lincoln Elementary School and graduated from San Leandro High School with the Class of 1939. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Jim) Meyers of Clio, California; and her brothers, Louie (Gloria) Bega of San Leandro and Dan (Laureen) Bega of Fremont. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Gloria Everett Collins; and her brother, Joe Bega. She was the devoted grandmother of Elise (Amal) Wootton of Elk Grove, California, Wende (Patrik) Jorgensen of Petaluma, and Susan Everett (Lance) Van Dyke of Brighton, Colorado. Annie was the proud great-grandmother of Jeff and Julian Wootton, Bendt Jorgensen, and Sephira Rose VanDyke. Annie was affectionately known as “Aunt Tanny” to many nieces and nephews, and is survived by several God children and cousins who remember her as loving, kind and caring. Annie’s parents gave her a love for family and a willingness to work hard. Annie spent many years working at the Del Monte Cannery, Caterpillar Tractor Company, and Friden Business Machines. During WWII, while her husband John was in the US Army, she worked for the war effort. Annie’s family was the center of her life. She always knew where everybody was and who needed help. She made sure that her daughters and granddaughters learned to value family too. She was known for her caring personality, warm smile, and welcoming home to friends and relatives alike. Annie made friends easily and treated everyone with genuine respect. Annie lived at the Almond Avenue Residence Club in Orangevale, California for the past two years. Her friends and staff there treated her as a family member, and enjoyed many happy hours of companionship and entertainment. The staff lovingly cared for her until her death. Annie’s family also thanks the wonderful staff of Bristol Hospice for their devotion and kind services these past two months. A memorial vigil service will be held on Monday, June 15, at 7 p.m. at the San Leandro Funeral Home (Guerrero), 407 Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, June 16, at 11 a.m. at St. Felicitas Church, 1662 Manor Blvd., in San Leandro. Burial service will follow at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 1061 Harder Rd., in Hayward. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations, in loving memory of Annie, to Alameda County Meals on Wheels, PO Box 14002, Oakland, CA 94614 (www.feedingseniors.org), or the charity of your choice. More importantly, her family asks that you perform an act of kindness this week on her behalf.

SCHILLER, Ronald W., a longtime resident of San Leandro, passed away on Wednesday, May 13 after a brief hospitalization. A native of Richmond, Mr. Schiller was a State Farm Insurance agent for more than 51 years. Arrangements were made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary (www.santos-robinson.com).

SUPRIANO, Edward John, of San Leandro, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2015, at age 72. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, at San Leandro Funeral Home.

 

 
Obituaries • 06-04-15 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
DeCOSTA, George
MALLY, Denis
McALLISTER, Mary Helen
McDANIEL, Regina
MURPHY, Susanah
SILVA, Eric
SILVA, Rose Marie
TABARNE, Ricardo

DeCOSTA, George, a resident of San Lorenzo passed away on May 14, 2015 at age 88. Visitation was held on May 20 at Grissom’s Chapel & Mortuary, 267 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. The Mass was celebrated on May 21 at St. John Catholic Church, 264 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. George was laid to rest with military honors at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Grissom’s Mortuary (510-278-2800, grissomsmortuary.com).

MALLY, Denis, passed away May 21, 2015 at his home in San Leandro. His services will be on Saturday, June 6 at 2 p.m. at Santos Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro (santos-robinson.com).

McALLISTER, Mary Helen, of San Leandro, passed away at her home on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. A native of Toledo, Ohio, Mrs. McAllister worked as a “Rosy the Riveter” helping to build the airplanes used by the Air Force during World War II.  A small memorial will be held at a later date.

McDANIEL, Regina, passed away May 18, 2015. Her services will be held at Santos Robinson Mortuary on Thursday, June 4 at 1 p.m. at 160 Estudillo Avenue in San Leandro. She will be dearly missed. Santos-Robinson Mortuary, San Leandro (510-483-0123, santos-robinson.com).

MURPHY, Susanah, of Oakland, passed away May 21, 2015 at age 63. Her husband Steve, her daughter Christine Summers and her sisters Margaret Kingcade and Laura Ambrose will miss her very much. A memorial party will be planned later.

SILVA, Eric, a resident of San Leandro passed away  May 12, 2015 at age 49. A Memorial Service was held on May 21 at Grissom’s Chapel & Mortuary in San Lorenzo, followed by  cremation at Grissom’s Crematory, Inc. in San Lorenzo.

SILVA, Rose Marie, a resident of San Lorenzo passed away  May 16, 2015 at age 92. Services are under the direction of Grissom’s Chapel and Mortuary in San Lorenzo. Grissom’s Mortuary (510-278-2800, grissomsmortuary.com).

TABARNE, Ricardo, a resident of San Lorenzo passed away  May 28, 2015 at age 53. Services are under the direction of Grissom’s Chapel and Mortuary in San Lorenzo, with cremation held at Grissom’s Crematory, Inc. Grissom’s Mortuary (510-278-2800, grissomsmortuary.com).

 

 

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