Obituaries • 05-07-2014 | Print |  E-mail


ESCHEN, Martin Eugene

PANGELINAN, Maria Taitano


RAO, Martha

SINGSON, Dr. Ricardo L.



ESCHEN, Martin Eugene, of Castro Valley, passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014 at age 88. A native of Nebraska, Mr. Eschen was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran who later taught in San Lorenzo Schools for 34 years. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on May 8 at First Presbyterian Church, 2490 Grove Way, Castro Valley.



PANGELINAN, Maria Taitano, a native of Guam who lived in Castro Valley, passed away on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at age 101. A funeral Mass was said May 3 at Our Lady of Grace Church in Castro Valley. Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.



PELLEY, Leroy, of Castro Valley, passed away on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at age 89. A native of Albany, Calif., Mr. Pelley played semi-pro baseball and basketball. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force and later served as a detective with the Oakland Police Department


RAO, Martha, November 29, 1924 – May 1, 2014, Martha Rao, a resident of Redwood Convalescent Hospital, passed away in her sleep on May 1, 2014. She was born in Bangalore, India, and lived in Castro Valley for 28 years. She was married to David Rao who predeceased her. She is survived by her 5 children, Dr. Esther Vasanth of the U.K., Sam Prakash of Castro Valley, Vincent Prakash of Los Altos, Daniel Prakash of Salinas, and Shashi Priyanath of Castro Valley, and their families. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She worked in India for the State Government and later for the Oakland School District. Martha enjoyed spending time with her family and the congregation of CV First Baptist. Her hobbies included traveling, sewing, knitting, gardening and cooking. She also had an affinity for music and was a skilled violist. Viewing was held at Jess C. Spencer Mortuary on May 6. Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, May 7, at 10 a.m. (reception to follow) at CV First Baptist Church, 18550 Redwood Road, in Castro Valley. Burial at Chapel of the Chimes following the Memorial Service. In lieu of flowers, please make your donations to the Alzheimer’s Association (


SINGSON,Dr. Ricardo L., March 23, 1938 – April 30, 2014  •  Resident of Castro Valley. Surrounded by family, Professor Ricardo Singson passed away at age 76 from complications of a rare neurodegenerative disease called Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). He suffered for many years with this illness and, with the support of his wife, Margaret, faced it with determination and courage. Born in Vigan in the Northern Philippines, Professor Singson was the third of six siblings and the first son. His mother, who was a dentist, and his father, a civil engineer, deeply valued education. Before heading to the United States, Professor Singson attended De La Salle College in Manila. He continued his graduate education at New York University, completing an MBA in 1963. While living in New York City, Professor Singson met Margaret Worden, who was from England, and they married on April 4, 1964. They moved to Manila, where they started a family, and he worked for Nestle. In 1967, Professor Singson returned to graduate school at Stanford University and later completed his Ph.D. in Business Administration at the University of Washington in Seattle. Professor Singson accepted a faculty position at California State University Hayward in 1971 and taught in the Business School for over 30 years. He specialized in marketing and entrepreneurship and encouraged practical experience for students. Having made important contributions to his field, he was recognized with numerous awards for both cultural work and his innovative entrepreneurial approach to teaching. Professor Singson loved sports, adventure, good food and family, and, together with his wife, traveled extensively during his teaching career and also for pleasure. Professor Singson is survived by his wife and their three children, Andrew (Andrea), Katherine and Jeffrey (Nicole); and one grandchild (Brooke). A second grandchild is due in early July. A memorial service celebrating his life will take place at a later date. In the hope of learning more about this currently incurable disease, Professor Singson and his family have donated his brain to a specialized research facility. Should you wish to do so, please consider a contribution in his memory to the Brain Support Network, P.O. Box 7264, Menlo Park, CA  94026.





Obituaries • 04-30-2014 | Print |  E-mail


BLAIR, Darrell George

HANSEN, George

JOHNSON, Clayton Edward


SUER, Munir



BLAIR, Darrell George, passed away on April 20, 2014, after a short illness at the age of 92, in the presence of his loving family. Born in Arborville, Nebraska on April 15, 1922, he was a WWII veteran in the U.S. Navy, involved in many historic events, from Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal, where he survived the sinking of his ship, Northampton. During the war, he married his sweetheart, Rose Ann, and later raised a family in Hayward, eventually residing in Castro Valley for the remainder of his life. He is survived by his son, Dennis Blair, his wife, Lynda (Las Vegas, Nevada), and their 4 children, John, David, Robert and Lisa; his daughter, Deborah Walther,  her husband, Larry (Castro Valley), and their five children Matthew, Robert, John, Steve, and Katrina; his daughter, Pamela Clifton, and her husband, Jay (Eugene, Oregon), and their 2 children, Jacob and Karin; and 13 great-grandchildren. Visitation is on Wednesday, April 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Jess C. Spencer Mortuary, 21228 Redwood Road, in Castro Valley. Funeral service is on Thursday, May 1, at 2 p.m., also at Spencer Mortuary. Burial is on Friday, May 2, at 1:30 p.m. at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Gustine.


HANSEN, George, of Castro Valley, passed away at his home on Friday, April 25, 2014, at age 84. Mr. Hansen was a U.S. Navy veteran. Services will be held at 11 a.m. May 10 at Neighborhood Church in Castro Valley.


JOHNSON, Clayton Edward, of Castro Valley, passed away on Monday, April 7, 2014, at age 84. A native of Faribault, Minnesota, Mr. Johnson served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1954. A Celebration of Life will be held at noon on May 3, at Faith Lutheran Church, 20080 Redwood Road in Castro Valley.


PAPACHRISTOS, Patricia L., passed away at Eden Hospital on April 23, 2014, after battling a variety of serious health issues for several years. Her husband, Zack, was at her bedside when she passed. Mrs. Papachristos is survived by her husband, Zack.  She is also survived by her sister, Sylvia, and two nieces. Pat was born June 17, 1943, in Albany, California. She was an honors graduate from Oakland High School. She attended Chabot College in Hayward where she received an A.A. degree in psychology. Mrs. Papachristos was an honors graduate from California University, East Bay, where she earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in psychology. Pat was particularly proud of the acceptance by the faculty of her thesis on “Music As An Adjunct to Psychotherapy: A Review of the Literature”. Pat was employed at Holy Names College in the counseling department prior to her illness. Pat expressed her artful and entrepreneurial spirit in the creation of “The  House of Wreath,” which catered to an exclusive clientele. Patricia’s interests included artwork, traveling and reading. She was an ardent movie fan from a historical perspective. Before her illness, Pat loved to travel to Tahoe and Carmel with her husband. She was her husband’s biggest fan during his coaching career at Canyon High School and Chabot College. A memorial service will be held at Jess C. Spencer Mortuary, 21228 Redwood Road, in Castro Valley on Friday, May 9, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Eden Hospital Foundation in her honor.


SUER, Munir, age 77, a longtime resident of Castro Valley, passed away on April 4, 2014. The vigil service will be today, April 30, at 7:30 p.m., and the funeral Mass on Thursday, May 1 at 9:30 a.m., both at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland, with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward.

Obituaries • 04-23-2014 | Print |  E-mail


BAUER, Monica

BOYKIN, Edward E.


BAUER, Monica, of Baywood Court Retirement Community in Castro Valley, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at age 97. A native of Oakland, Mrs. Bauer worked as an executive secretary for Safeway Stores for many years.  Services are pending.

BOYKIN, Edward E., of Castro Valley, passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014 at age 92. A native of Hernando, Mississippi, Mr. Boykin worked for the City of Oakland for 22 years. A celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m. today, April 23, at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward.






Obituaries • 04-16-2014 | Print |  E-mail


BONNEY, Stella Alander

JOHNSON, Clayton Edward


MAES, Helen M.

WRIGHT, James E. Jr.




BONNEY, Stella Alander, a 35-year resident of San Leandro, passed away on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at age 94. Mrs. Bonney was born in Lancashire, England and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She is survived by her daughter, Susan (John) Sandborn of Castro Valley; and granddaughters, Michelle Espino, and husband Jim Moore, of Oakland, and Marissa Lopez of Castro Valley. She is also survived by her sister, Marion (Louis) Storm of Bel Air, Maryland. She is predeceased by her husband, Frank F. Bonney. At Stella’s request, no services will be held. Her family wants to thank the amazing staff at Rose Gate Assisted Living for their loving care.


JOHNSON, Clayton Edward, April 26, 1929 – April 7, 2014, of Castro Valley passed away on April 7, 2014. He was born and raised in Faribault, Minnesota. After graduation from high school, he went to work for Nutting Truck and Caster Company, a material handling firm in Faribault. He served in the Army from 1951-1954. He married Elaine Storch of Faribault in June 1955. He and his wife moved to California in October 1955 where he managed a warehouse for Nutting Truck. In 1962, he joined Buehrer, Inc. and became a partner shortly thereafter. In 1997, Buehrer was sold and Clayton went to work for Cromer Equipment of Oakland. He worked there until his retirement in 2010. He enjoyed spending time with his family as well as hunting, fishing, camping and golf. He coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball for 17 years. He is survived by his wife, Elaine; son, Jed (Melanie); grandson, Clayton Alexander Johnson; granddaughter, Jessica Copley (Ben); brother, Jerry Johnson (Joan); and other family members from Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anna and Fred; son, Jay; brother, Warren, and his wife, Stella. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 3, at 12 noon at Faith Lutheran Church, 20080 Redwood Road, in Castro Valley. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association or Faith Lutheran Church Intern Fund.


LOCKETT, Helen, a longtime Castro Valley resident, passed away on Friday, March 28, 2014. She was retired from the Oakland public school district where she was an elementary school teacher. Helen often remarked on how much she loved teaching and she retained her great affection for children until the end of her life. Rain or shine, Helen went for a walk every day, meeting and chatting with her wide circle of friends, which was one of the highlights of her day. Helen’s warm Irish smile and genuine interest in and concern for her friends and neighbors will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her.



MAES, Helen M., of Castro Valley, passed away at her home on Tuesday, April 8, 2015, at the age of 76. A native of Walsenburg, Colorado, Mrs. Maes was a devoted parishioner of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in San Leandro for more than 40 years. A Mass was said April 12 at Our Lady of Grace Church in Castro Valley. Arrangements were made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro.



WRIGHT, James E. Jr., passed away in Modesto, CA on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at age 78. He retired from the Castro Valley Fire Department in 1989, after 25 years of dedicated service. Interment will be private at the Mountain View Cemetery Mausoleum in Oakland.






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Obituaries • 04-09-2014 | Print |  E-mail



ARCHBOLD, Emilce Anamaria

ENOS, Ronald (Ron) Frank


ALIRES, Dema, of Castro Valley, passed away on Friday, April 4, 2014, at age 83. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, April 9, at the Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church, 20104 Center St., Castro Valley.


ARCHBOLD, Emilce Anamaria, of Castro Valley, passed away on Monday, March 31, 2014, at age 98. A native of San Ramon, Costa Rica, Mrs. Archbold was a member of Our Lady of Grace Church and for 10 years she taught CCD. Services were held April 8 at Our Lady of Grace.


ENOS, Ronald (Ron) Frank, former resident of Castro Valley and operator of Big Oak Stables, passed away Friday, April 4, 2014, at his home in Mariposa County. He was 74. Family and friends are invited to a celebration of his life on Saturday, May 17, at 1 p.m. at the Henderson Park Clubhouse, 3325 N. Merced Falls Road, Snelling, CA  95369.


Obituaries • 04-02-2014 | Print |  E-mail


DiMAMBRO, Gwendolyn

LEE, Mamie Wong

McCLAREN, Amanda “Mandy”

McGEE, Frances Larsen


DiMAMBRO, Gwendolyn, December 26, 1944 – March 25, 2014. Gwen passed away at home, on March 25, with her family by her side. She is survived by her sons, Troy Copsy and wife Marie, and Chad Copsy and wife Debbi; 3 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild. She is also survived and deeply missed by her sisters, Nancy, Joan and Charlene; her brother, Thomas; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Orval and Hazel Grooms; brothers, Orval and Gene; and sisters, Glowanda and Colleen. Gwen moved to the Bay Area in 1975, starting off in Oakland, later moving herself and her Theatrical Drapery manufacturing business to Hayward for a successful 30-year business. Upon retiring, Gwen settled in Castro Valley. She is missed by her family, friends and business associates alike. Love you “Mama/G-Ma”


LEE, Mamie Wong, of Castro Valley, passed away on Monday, March 17, 2014, at age 88. A native of Augusta, Georgia, Mrs. Lee moved to California in 1949 where she met Wayland, whom she married in 1950. They were married for 60 years, until his passing in 2011. She was a housewife and worked in family grocery stores for much of her life, including Wayland’s Market in Oakland. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, with funeral services at 10:30 a.m. at Chapel of the Chimes, 32992 Mission Boulevard in Hayward.


McCLAREN, Amanda “Mandy”, lost her courageous battle to pancreatic cancer on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Amanda is survived by her husband, Charlie; mother, Phyliss; daughter, Kirstin; son-in-law, Lucas; and brothers, Steve and Mark, and their families. A large part of her family, as well, were the many people she worked with at both Vons and  Safeway stores in Fresno, San Leandro, Newark and Castro Valley for nearly 30 years. A Celebration of Life will be held at Paradiso Restaurant in San Leandro on Saturday, April 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to for pancreatic cancer research.


McGEE, Frances Larsen, August 31, 1918 – March 14, 2014. Born in Sioux Rapids, Iowa to Anna and Herman Larsen, Frances married Thomas McGee in Los Angeles on Oct. 27, 1944 and moved to San Leandro. Frances is survived by her children, Mary McGee, Marilyn Briggs and Daniel McGee (Ellen); grandchildren, Thomas and Lana McGee; sister, Helen Paulson; brother, Harold Larsen (Anne); and 7 nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband, Tom; and her brother, Hartvieg Larson, USAF. Frances passed away peacefully at her home at Baywood Court in Castro Valley. She enjoyed her life there. She was an active member of St. Leander School and Bishop O’Dowd High School, where she organized  many great fundraisers, and started the annual Crab Feed, which continues today with great success. She was also an active member of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. As a travel agent for over 20 years, she wrote and led tours around the world, making lifetime friendships with people everywhere in her travels. She shared her life experiences with all, finding common ground with new people throughout her lifetime. Frances will be greatly missed for her smile, laughter, dry humor, and her kindness to all whom were blessed to know her. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Maryknoll Society, Southwest Indian Foundation or Alameda County Food Bank. A memorial Mass will be held on Friday, May 9, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Leander Church in San Leandro, with a reception to celebrate her life afterwards, where people are encouraged to share memories of Frances.






Obituaries • 03-26-2014 | Print |  E-mail


COHEN, Marion

HALLIDAY, Ruth Sampsel

OROSCO, Shirley



COHEN, Marion Cohen, born March 23, 1929 and died December 19, 2013 from pancreatic cancer, Marion was born in Skokie, Illinois and moved to California in her twenties. Marion lived in Castro Valley for almost 50 years, where she made many friends. Her daughter, Judy, passed awa y in 1974, and her husband, Raymond, in 1985. Marion moved to San Leandro and lived at Carlton Plaza, starting March 9, 2012. She always enjoyed talking to people, walking to Lake Chabot and spending time with her many friends. Marion leaves behind her daughter, Carolyn, who lives in San Mateo; as well as her two grandchildren, Peaches and LemonDrop. Marion was buried on Dec. 24 at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward. Contributions can be made to Vitas Hospice or Peninsula Sinai Congregation in Foster City.


HALLIDAY, Ruth Sampsel, of Baywood Health Center in Castro Valley, passed away on Thursday, March 13, 2014 after a long illness. She was 91. Mrs. Halliday was born in West Reading, Pennsylvania. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. March 28 at First Methodist Church, 1183 B St. in Hayward.


OROSCO, Shirley (Dec. 30, 1947 – Feb. 13, 2014), 66, passed unexpectedly at her home in Pleasanton on February 13, 2014. She is survived by her loving husband, Ron Orosco, and his family; her son, Drew Faelz, and wife, Ivy; and her 3 grandchildren. She is also survived and deeply missed by her siblings: sister, Karin Reiff, and brothers, Michael Griffiths and Richie Griffiths, and his wife, Colleen; and many nieces and nephews, Nicole, Matthew and Elizabeth Griffiths, Kim Reiff Buzan, Michele Rodgers, and Donald Reiff. She will also be missed by many friends and neighbors, and the community of Pleasanton. Shirley was preceded in death by her beautiful daughter, Tina Faelz; her parents, Elfriede and Richard Griffiths; and her brother, Dennis Griffiths. Contact a family member for future services (Karin Reiff on Facebook or call 510-886-5979).


WORTHEN, George III, age 64, passed away in San Leandro, after a short battle with Pancreatic Cancer. A celebration of George’s life will be held on Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m. at Castro Valley Church of the Nazarene, 19230 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley, (510) 581-8377.


Obituaries • 03-12-2014 | Print |  E-mail


CRUDELE, Anthony Jr.

KOPPENHAVER, Elizabeth “Liz”

MORGAN, Louis DeSales

OLIVIER, Arthur Craig

RUEDA, Edward “Mike,”

SEITZ, David R.

SOUZA, Mary Correia


CRUDELE, Anthony Jr., of Castro Valley, passed away on Monday, February 24, 2014, at age 68. Mr. Crudele served as a Captain in the Oakland Fire Dept. for 34 years. Services were held March 11 at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward.


KOPPENHAVER, Elizabeth “Liz,” of Castro Valley, passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at age 91. Mrs. Koppenhaver was an executive secretary at Mervyns and ChrisCraft. Services were held March 11 at First Presbyterian Church in San Leandro.


RUEDA, Edward “Mike,” of Castro Valley, passed away at his home on Friday, March 7, 2014, at age 87. A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Mr. Rueda served in both the Merchant Marines and the U.S. Army. A celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow, March 13, at Transfiguration Church, 4000 East Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley.


SEITZ, David R., born April 28, 1946 – Died February 2, 2014, passed away on February 2 in Rocklin, California after a long, courageous battle with Huntington’s Chorea. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Vickey; sons, Steven (Kristen), Matthew (Toni) and Timothy; and grandchildren, Logan, Emma, Nikolai, and Kaia. He is also survived by his sister, Joan (Art) Romero; and brother, Brian Seitz. He is predeceased by his brother, Jim Seitz. Born and raised in Oakland, Dave attended Bishop O’Dowd High School. He graduated from Santa Clara University and earned his MBA from California State University Hayward. He served in the United States Army as a captain. For 25 years, Dave worked in the electronics/computer industry, both in Oakland (Brill Electronics) and Silicon Valley (Kieruff, Seagate Software, Bell Micro). For the last 20 years of his business career, he was a financial planner. He worked for Cal Cap Planning, Inc., where he loved helping clients realize their financial potentials. A resident of Castro Valley for over 35 years, Dave was a member of the Castro Valley Rotary. He had served as president of the Chabot Swim Team and had been a member of the Castro Valley branch of the Indian Y-Guides. He was an active member of the Our Lady of Grace parish serving on the school board, the fall festival board and as a Lector/Eucharistic Minister. Dave loved sports (football, basketball), traveling, playing golf, cards and Pictionary. He was a true gentleman, a dedicated husband, a devoted father and a proud grandfather. He leaves a legacy of courage, humility and quiet persistence. His sharp wit and great sense of humor will be missed by all. Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, March 19, at 11 a.m. at Transfiguration Catholic Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., in Castro Valley with a reception immediately following in the church hall. Private inurnment will take place Thursday, March 20, at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in Dave’s name to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America at


SOUZA, Mary Correia, of Castro Valley, passed away in Reno, Nevada on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at age 93. At her request, no services will be held. Her cremains will be scattered at sea in Hawaii.




Obituaries • 03-05-2014 | Print |  E-mail




LEW, Pamala S. Y.

AMERIO-RICCHIUTI, Amy, of Castro Valley, passed away at Helping Hands Homecare on Thursday, February 27, 2014. A native of Fresno, Mrs. Amerio-Ricchiuti was 99. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. tomorrow, March 6, and services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Chapel of the Chimes, 32992 Mission Blvd. in Hayward.


KOPPENHAVER, Elizabeth “LIZ”, November 25, 1922 – February 22, 2014. Liz passed away peacefully on February 22, at the age of 91, surrounded by her family. A Celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday, March 11, at First Presbyterian Church, 180 Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro beginning with a viewing at 10 a.m. and followed by a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. A gathering of family and friends will occur in the Fellowship Hall at the Church. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the American Diabetes Foundation, 492 9th Street, Suite 300, Oakland, CA 94607, or Dusty Paws Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 2794, Castro Valley, CA 94546.


LEW, Pamala S. Y., of Castro Valley, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at age 90. A native of the Toishan Province of China, Mrs. Lew immigrated to the U.S. in 1955 and settled in Castro Valley in 1963. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. tomorrow, March 6, and services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Jess C. Spencer Mortuary, 21228 Redwood Road, Castro Valley.



Obituaries • 02-26-2014 | Print |  E-mail



BLACK, John Seth


BLACK, John Seth, (1961 – 2014) was born to James and Jacqueline Black in Palo Alto on September 1, 1961. He grew up in Castro Valley, graduated from CSU Chico in Civil Engineering and excelled at artistic design, working in San Leandro, Seattle and in the Truckee/Tahoe region. His love for outdoor adventures and natural beauty led his family to settle in Truckee, where he designed two beautiful homes for his family that framed the breathtaking views of the Sierras. The outdoors always beckoned, and hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, backcountry and downhill skiing, ice hockey, mountain climbing, kite boarding, river rafting, kayaking, snorkeling, fly fishing and tennis are among the activities he enjoyed with great energy and enthusiasm, and shared with family and friends. A fierce lover of nature, art, travel, his dogs and, most of all, his family, our John lived his too-short life to the fullest. John was a devoted husband and playmate to Liz Black for 26 years. He was an irreplaceable father to their two amazing children, Ellie and Nathan, who share the same passion for nature, travel, adventure and fun. John was an intelligent, caring, loving man who inspired many with his quests for adventure. He was admired and well loved, a teacher not just to his own children, but to his many nieces and nephews, and he is greatly missed by all. John died on January 31, 2014 at the age of 52. John is mourned by his wife, Elizabeth; daughter, Ellie; son, Nathan; mother, Jacqueline; sisters, Claudia and Wende; and his loving extended family and friends. Everyone that shared John’s wonderful life is invited to a Celebration of Life to be held on Saturday, March 8, at Painted Rock Lodge, 5048 River Road, in Tahoe City (Olympic Valley) from 1 to 4 p.m. If you’d like to bring food to share, it is welcome. For those who want to contribute in John’s memory, donations can be made to the John Seth Black Foundation at Bank of the West, to support Ellie and Nathan’s college fund.


BETTENCOURT, Elsie, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 10, 2014, at the age of 94. A wonderful wife to Charlie; she was a loving mother to Charlotte (Kip) and Chuck (Jeanne); proud grandmother of Heidi, Erich, Amy, Michael, Charlie, Kim, Sally and Wayne; and adored great-grandmother to Charlotte, Charlie, Atticus, Kippy, Elsie-Jane, Charlie, Anthony and Joey. Elsie was proud of being 100% Portuguese and enjoyed cooking, baking, and sewing for her family. She was very active at All Saints Church in their YLI and Senior Busy Bees programs and volunteered for the Hayward Historical Society. She was a strong, loving lady who cherished her family. A Funeral Mass was held on Feb. 20 at All Saints Church in Hayward. Donations in memory of Elsie can be made to All Saints Church.



Obituaries • 02-12-2014 | Print |  E-mail


ABRAHAM, Jack W., Jr.


CASTRO, Thomas

ENOCH, Loren W.




ABRAHAM, Jack W., Jr. passed away peacefully Sunday, February 9, 2014 in Castro Valley at the age of 95 years young, where he had lived for the past 60+ years, purchasing his land in 1949. Preceding him in death was his beloved wife of 70 years, Shirley E. Abraham, in September 2013. Jack was born in Rutland, Vermont. After attending Cushing Academy, he went on to graduate from Dartmouth University and University of Alabama, and came to California after being in the United States Air Force, WWII. Upon coming to California after WWII, he was an Air Traffic Controller at the Oakland Airport. Soon after he decided to become a Real Estate Broker, opening his own Real Estate company, Abraham Realty & Rental Center, and joining and becoming involved with the Alameda County Real Estate Board for many, many years. It wasn’t long before he also opened his own Mortgage Company, called California Coast Mortgage. His memberships in the community were many, some of which were: Our Lady of Grace Parish, Knights of Columbus, Holy Names Society, Elks Club, Chabot Junior College Board and Grand Marshall of Castro Valley’s Don Castro Days — just some of his many involvements. But his greatest passion was that of his over 50 years in the California State Horsemen’s Association. He held many offices during those 50+ years, from being State President, all the way to being the California State Trails Patrol Chairman and being on the State Board as their Financial Officer and putting together a lot of the California State Horsemen’s Assn. Handbook for it’s over 20,000 members. Jack was extremely instrumental in moving forward the trails in Redwood Canyon and the opening of the arena and was a member of the California State Agricultural Board. Jack is survived by his devoted children, Bonnie Jean (Abraham) Craig, Jack W. Abraham, III and wife Angela, Joel M. Abraham and wife Cindy; his 10 grandchildren, Julie Lynn and Rick Jeffery, Jennifer, Joel, Jr., Kimberly Abraham and Nicole (Abraham) Cheshire, Brittney, Kelsey, Jaclynn and Katelynn Abraham; and 4 great-grandchildren. A viewing will be from noon to 4 p.m. followed by a Vigil at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, at Santos Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., in San Leandro. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 3433 Somerset Ave., in Castro Valley, beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 24, followed by internment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 26320 Mission Blvd., in Hayward. Following internment, a “Celebration of Life” will be held for family and friends (location to be announced at the Funeral Mass).


BETTENCOURT, Elsie, of Castro Valley, passed away on Monday, February 10, 2014, at age 94. Mrs. Bettencourt was active at All Saints Church and a volunteer with the Hayward Area Historical Society. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, Feb. 20, at All Saints Church in Hayward.


CASTRO, Thomas, of Castro Valley, passed away at his home on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at age 83. A native of Stockton, Mr. Castro was a U.S. Army veteran who enjoyed a 28-year career with the Castro Valley Fire Department. He retired with the rank of Assistant Fire Chief in 1984. Funeral Services were held Feb. 13 at Sorensen Chapel.


DEL RIO, Gwendolyn Darlene (Gram), February 14, 1941 ~ January 27, 2014. Please join us in a celebration of Gwen’s Life on Sunday, February 23, at 6:30 p.m. at Castro Valley Masonic Center, 4521 Crow Canyon Road in Castro Valley.


ENOCH, Loren W., of Castro Valley, passed away on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at age 92. A native of Lewiston, Idaho, Mr. Enoch was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II who served with the 335th Bomb Squadron as a navigator on B-17s in the European Theater. He later served as County Administrator of Alameda County, retiring in 1978. A military service will be held at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road in Dixon at 11 a.m. on Feb. 25.




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