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

 

ABRAHAM, Jack W., Jr.

BETTENCOURT, Elsie

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.

 


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

 

ABRAHAM, Jack W., Jr.

CROSBY, John Theodore (Ted)

MATTHEWS, Mary Elizabeth

SERRATO, Humbert H.

STONE, Robert Beckwith

 

 

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).

 

CROSBY, John Theodore (Ted), of Castro Valley, passed away at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto on Friday, January 24, 2014, at age 93. A native of Eureka, Mr. Crosby was a Commander in the U.S. Navy and a Flying Ace during World War II. A memorial service was held Feb. 9 at Eden United Church of Christ in Hayward.

 

MATTHEWS, Mary Elizabeth, of Baywood Court in Castro Valley, passed away in her sleep on Monday, February 3, 2014, her 95th birthday. Mrs. Matthews served for 20 years at Adelaide Christian Home for Children in Los Angeles. Services were held Feb. 8 at Cross Winds Church in Dublin. Arrangements were made by Jess C. Spencer Mortuary & Crematory in Castro Valley, www.spencermortuary.com

 

SERRATO, Humbert H., of Castro Valley, passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at age 84. A native of Los Angeles, Mr. Serrato was raised in Oakland and was a Korean War veteran. Services were held Feb. 6 at Sorenson’s Funeral Home in Hayward.

 

STONE, Robert Beckwith, May 2, 1919 – February 3, 2014. A fourth-generation Californian, Bob died peacefully at his home in Castro Valley. He was 94. Born in Oakland, he was the first son of Robert Elwin and Alice Beckwith Stone, and brother of Albert Ward (Al) Stone. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1942 and went on to earn his medical degree from Saint Louis University. He then served for two years as an Army medical officer at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. As a practicing physician on Oakland’s “Pill Hill,” he specialized in internal medicine and pulmonary disease and was well loved and respected by his patients. In 1967, he was instrumental in establishing the non-profit West Oakland Health Center, which continues to provide low-cost medical care to this underserved community. He was past president of the California chapter of the American College of Chest Physicians and of the Alameda County Tuberculosis and Health Association; chairman of the section on chest diseases of the California Medical Association; and secretary-treasurer of the California Thoracic Society. In 1982, he took a position on the medical staff of the California Veterans’ Home in Yountville. During his years in the Napa Valley, he also worked for the non-profit Clinic Olé and served briefly as its director. In his retirement, he was an activist on behalf of many social and environmental causes. Bob is survived by Elizabeth (Rabe) Stone, his wife of 57 years; 2 sons, Michael Robert (Kristine) Stone of Frankfort, Kentucky, and Robert Douglas (Judith) Stone of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa; 2 daughters, Katie Stone (Vincent) Horpel and Leslie Jane (Roger) Lowe, both of Castro Valley; and 8 grandchildren. He was a devoted husband and a kind, generous father. He loved choral music, singing, listening to jazz and classical music (especially Beethoven), and sipping a dry martini accompanied by good conversation. He also enjoyed bicycling, travel, hiking, fly fishing, bocce ball, family genealogy, and playing harmonica for his grandchildren. He was an avid reader and a fan of the Oakland A’s. He had a wonderful smile and a twinkle in his eye with which he greeted people. Above all, he loved humanity, was incredibly open-hearted and accepting, and treated everyone with dignity and respect. He touched the lives of many people and will be greatly missed. Bob’s remains will be interred in the Alamo cemetery in Stone Valley (Contra Costa County), where his ancestors had originally settled in the mid-1800s. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to U.C. Berkeley.

 

 

 
Obituaries • 02-05-2014 | Print |  E-mail

 

CARTER, Donna

DA SILVA, N. Jorge

GIBBS, Clara

SMITH, Clara Mae Jackson

TEDESCO, Salvatore Peter

 

CARTER, Donna, of Castro Valley, passed away on Friday, January 24, 2014, at age 85. A graveside service was held on Saturday, February 1, at Lone Tree Cemetery.

 

GIBBS, Clara, of Hayward passed on January 22, 2014 at age 75. She was laid to rest at Mount Eden Cemetery in Hayward.

 

DA SILVA, N. Jorge, died at his home on January 28, 2014. Born on July 26,1928 in Macau then emigrating to the United States, he received a Masters Degree and a Juris Doctorate. Jorge was a teacher for 17 years at the secondary, junior college and university levels. Jorge was a lecturer, consultant and a special education advocate. He is survived by his wife, Joanne; 3 children, Christopher, Timothy and Pamela; 6 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. Services will be held at Our Lady of Grace Church, 3433 Somerset Ave., in Castro Valley, on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m. Please sign Jorge’s online guest book at www.jonesandlewis.com.

 

SMITH, Clara Mae Jackson, April 6, 1920 – January 25, 2014, born in New Boston, Texas to Stoney and Idella Jackson, Clara was the sixth child of 13 children. She was the mother of three, John E. Forte, Barbara D. Forte Bridges and Curtis Ray Forte (deceased). She later married William Smith (Smitty) who is now deceased. Clara is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. We would like to acknowledge all of Clara’s nephews, nieces and in-laws who are too numerous to mention by name, but know that we know you are there and we would like to acknowledge the many friends that she and the family have had over the years. Thank you for your mourning. The family would like to say: Please remember Clara in the manner that makes you feel best, and not the way that all of us must end. Funeral Service is today, Feb. 5, at 1 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home, 3665 Telegraph Ave., in Oakland. Reception follows at East Bay Dragons Hall, 8733 International Blvd., in Oakland.

 

TEDESCO, Salvatore Peter, a resident of Castro Valley since 1969, died at his home on January 25, 2014. He was 85. Born in the North Beach area of San Francisco to Neapolitan immigrants, he was introduced to opera at an early age by his grandmother, and once appeared as one of the ragamuffin children in a production of La Boheme. Opera became a life-long passion of his, along with the San Francisco 49ers and Cal football, and later, Castro Valley Rotary and the Monday afternoon Senior Singalong Chorus. Following his Army service and graduation from U.C. Berkeley, he and his wife moved to Santa Cruz, where he was assistant city manager and then city manager, and helped to secure the new U. C. campus for that city. When President Kennedy announced the formation of the Peace Corps, he was among the earliest volunteers and served in posts in Ghana, Somalia and Kenya. He later worked in the federal Poverty Program and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he assisted in developing the Model Cities program. His service with HUD brought him to the Bay Area in 1969, where he served as a senior urban grants manager to cities and counties. After his retirement from government service in 1985, he became active in Castro Valley affairs, including the Rotary Club, where he opened each meeting with a rousing rendition of the “Hello” song. Sal served as a member and as Chairman of the Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council, chaired the CV Downtown Specific Plan Development Committee, served on study groups investigating the feasibility of incorporation and actively worked to achieve incorporation for Castro Valley. He also served on the county grand jury, County Advisory Commission on Aging, the Measure A Oversight Committee and on the Board of Directors of Eden Housing. He is survived by his wife of nearly 63 years, the former Sylvia Scovil; sons, Greg and John (both products of Castro Valley schools); daughters-in-law, Julie and Carol; and grandson, Matt, who is in his senior year at U.C. Davis. A special gathering will be held later this year to celebrate his life, his family and his friends. “Ti voglio bene, Salvatore! Tante belle cose!”

 

 

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Obituaries • 01-29-2014 | Print |  E-mail

 

BLUCKER, John “Bruce”

BOURGEOIS, Diane Lee

JARDIM, Manuel Lopes

LEISTER, Ralph Lloyd

SEKI, Ann Keiko

SHORT, Richard Henry

WINK, Ronald William

 

 

BLUCKER, John “Bruce,” of Castro Valley, passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at age 84. Mr. Blucker was raised in Castro Valley where his family had settled in 1932. He rode horses and  became a master of cutting and stamping intricate and detailed floral designs on saddles and leather goods. He worked at Lawrence Livermore Lab and Physics International. A memorial service will he held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 22 at First Baptist Church in Castro Valley.

 

BOURGEOIS, Diane Lee Miller, August 13, 1946 – Jan 22, 2014. Diane Bourgeois, of Castro Valley, passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at Eden Hospital after a battle with cancer. She was a beloved wife and sister. Diane was born on August 13, 1946 in Evergreen Park, Illinois to Leora (Murray) Miller and Harry F. Miller, Sr. She grew up in Antioch, Illinois. Following graduation from high school, she moved to Metarie, Louisianna, where she was a surgical technician at Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans. During this time, she developed her passion for the city of New Orleans, itself, and Cajun cuisine. She was an accomplished pirogue racer, of which she was very proud. After moving to California, she worked at Fremont Dental and was office manager for Creative Dimensions in Dentistry, San Leandro for over 30 years. During her years at CDD, she developed many close, long-lasting friendships. She married Robert M. Maass (Mike) on July 30, 1995. Theirs was a wonderful, loving marriage. Among her passions were her friends, gardening, fine food and wines, and traveling. Everyone loved her gourmet Cajun cooking. New Orleans, Mexico and the wine country were among her favorite destinations. Survivors include her loving husband, Mike; brother, Harry F. Miller, Jr. of Pilot Hill, Calif.; and twin brother, David Miller (Jill) of Appleton, Wisconsin. Also surviving are 12 nieces and nephews, and many great-nieces and nephews. She thrived on watching the “little ones” grow. Diane will also be missed by her favorite canine companion, “Siri,” the “most beautiful yellow Lab in the world.” If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society, Alameda County — Dianes’ favorite animal welfare agency. Arrangements made by Jess C. Spencer Mortuary and Crematory, 510-581-9133.

 

JARDIM, Manuel Lopes, of Castro Valley, passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at age 87. Mr. Jardim was born in Madeira Island, Portugal. A funeral Mass was said Jan. 24 at Our Lady of Grace Church in Castro Valley. Arrangements were made by Jess C. Spencer Mortuary in Castro Valley.

 

HAEDICKE, Donald Arthur, age 89, passed away on Friday, January 24, 2014, surrounded by his family. A 66 year resident of Castro Valley. 50 year member of the San Leandro Kiwanis Club. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, February 3 at Chapel of Chimes, 32992 Mission Blvd., Hayward. For additional information: http://hayward.chapelofthechimes.com

 

LEISTER, Ralph Lloyd, passed away on December 15, 2013, at the age of 62. His ashes were inurned at Lone Tree Cemetery, Hayward, CA.

 

SEKI, Ann Keiko, of Castro Valley, passed away at her home on Thursday, January 9, 2014, at age 56. A native of Hawaii, Ms. Seki was a systems engineer for Chevron Corporation and played on the Chevron Golf Team for many years. A celebration of her life was held Jan. 25 at Grissom’s Chapel & Mortuary in San Lorenzo.

 

SHORT, LCDR Richard Henry “Dick”, USN, Retired, May 3, 1930 – January 25, 2014. On January 25, 2014, a great Christian leader, veteran and gentleman went to Heaven when Mr. Richard Henry “Dick” Short passed away after a recent fall. Mr. Short is survived by his precious bride of 64 years, Doris; 5 children, Deedra Pedersen of Boise, Idaho, Daniel Short of Castro Valley, Donna Dobbs of Hayward, Lt. Col. Dale Short of Drayden, Maryland, and Beth Teyler of Billings, Montana. Lieutenant Commander Short was a Naval Flight Officer serving as the Electronic Warfare Officer for the Admiral’s staff when he retired on May 31, 1971. He served the country he loved for 20 years, including two back-to-back deployments to Vietnam. He worshiped his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at Fairhaven Bible Chapel in San Leandro and later at Valley Bible Chapel in Pleasanton. Mr. Short was loved by so many at Redwood Christian Schools, where he served on the RCS Board of Directors for more than 35 years (almost 25 as Chairman of the Board). He was also an avid member of the Castro Valley Rotary Club, serving as its President in 2007-08. There will be a viewing at Chapel of the Chimes, 32992 Mission Blvd., in Hayward today, Jan. 29, from 4:30 to 9 p.m. followed by burial at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif. His life will be celebrated Friday, Jan. 31, at Redwood Chapel Community Church, 19300 Redwood Road, in Castro Valley at 11 a.m. Our loss is truly Heaven’s gain. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Richard Henry “Dick” Short Memorial Fund, c/o Redwood Christian Schools, 4200 James Ave., Castro Valley CA  94546. All contributions will help boys and girls receive a Christ-centered education from Redwood Christian Schools.

 

WINK, Ronald William, born June 6, 1937, joined the Angels above on January 4, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Susanne Wink; 3 daughters, Kristy Peixoto, Heidi Woods and Wendy Modrell; son, Eric Wink; and 7 grandchildren, Alex Wink, Josh Peixoto, Kasey Peixoto, Taylor Martin, Mason Martin, Samantha Woods and Sarah Woods. Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity Christian Fellowship, 20307 Marshall St., in Castro Valley, with a potluck directly after the services at the church. We hope you can come and celebrate his life with us.

 

 

 
Obituaries • 01-22-14 | Print |  E-mail

 

BARONI, Dorothy Elizabeth

COLLINS, Patrick Daniel, Jr.

DENNIS, Harry

GLASS, Arden Barbara

JENSEN, Margaret Ellen

LARKIN, Deborah Kathleen

McLEAN, Richard

TINGLEY, Larna E.

 

BARONI, Dorothy Elizabeth, who lived in Castro Valley for the past 50 years, passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2014, at age 82. Mrs. Baroni worked for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors for 10 years. A memorial celebration will be held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 16 at the family home in Castro Valley.

 

COLLINS, Patrick Daniel, Jr., February 8, 1979 ~ January 7, 2014, resident of Castro Valley. Patrick Daniel Collins, Jr. passed away very suddenly at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley after a severe sickle cell attack. Patrick was born in Martinez and graduated from Mt. Diablo High School in Concord. Patrick spent many years working in the gaming and technology fields. Most recently, he worked for Zynga as a Localization QA Coordinator. He was instrumental in guiding external QA test vendors in testing top Zynga games and ensuring that all the foreign languages in the games were translated correctly. Patrick was often seen with his beloved dog, Bob, at work, or playing a friendly game of ping pong or Tekken during lunch. His interests included: video gaming, cars, the Japanese language and culture, basketball, bicycling, and shoe collecting. More than anything, Patrick loved to spend time with his children. Patrick is survived by his eternally devoted wife, Megan Malone-Collins; children, Jaeda and Jeremiah; parents, Patrick and Patricia Williams of Oakland, and Synthia Collins of Oakland; sisters, Tanya Scalzo and Roezell (Alonzo) Carter; brothers, James and Jason Williams; grandmothers, Grace Collins of Antioch and Rosalie Campbell of Bay Point; and many, many more nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends. Patrick is also survived by his in-laws, Dennis and Gail Malone; his brother-in-law, Matt Malone; and his sister-in-law, Katie Malone — all of Concord. Friends and family are invited to attend his funeral service on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1658 Excelsior Ave., in Oakland. A PayPal account has been set up for Patrick’s family. Please send donations to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to this account or to the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California. See more at: www.legacy.com/obituaries/contracostatimes/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=169148697#sthash.oNyfmXUP.dpuf

 

DENNIS, Harry, of Castro Valley, passed away on Monday, January 13, 2014 at age 90. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Dennis worked for Kelloggs for many years and served as Chief of the Alameda County Sheriff Search and Rescue Squad. Services were held Jan. 17 at Jess. C. Spencer Mortuary in Castro Valley and at Lone Tree Cemetery.

 

GLASS, Arden Barbara, of Castro Valley, passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2014, at age 84. Arden was born on January 7, 1929, graduated from San Leandro High School and received a degree in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. She married the late William Charles Glass in 1954 and they lived together with their four sons in San Lorenzo, before relocating to Castro Valley, CA in 1967, where she and William had built a new home of their own design. Arden was a parishioner of St. Margaret Mary Church in Oakland, CA and was a champion of the traditional Latin Mass and a pillar of social and spiritual life among her fellow parishioners. Arden is survived by four sons: Christopher Glass of San Diego, CA, Jeffrey Glass of Castro Valley, CA, Timothy Glass of Burbank, CA and David Glass of Lafayette, CA. She also is survived by four grandchildren; Erin Glass of New York, Bryan Glass of San Diego, Megan Glass of San Diego, and Sean Glass of Baltimore. A Requiem Mass was said at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Oakland on January 11.

 

JENSEN, Margaret Ellen, of Castro Valley, passed away at her home on Sunday, January 12, 2014, at age 75. A celebration of Mrs. Jensen’s life was held at Faith Lutheran Church in Castro Valley on January 18.

 

LARKIN, Deborah Kathleen, September 23, 1969 ~ December 27, 2013, former resident of San Leandro, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family at the UCLA hospital in Los Angeles. Memorial Services were held at Westwood United Methodist Church in Los Angeles on Jan 4.

 

McLEAN, Richard McLean, renowned photorealist painter and educator, passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 3, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Born April 12, 1934 in Hoquiam, Washington, Richard received his early education in the rural community of New Meadows in north central Idaho from which he graduated in 1953. He received no formal instruction in art until he entered Boise State in the fall of that year, relying throughout his boyhood on what he managed to absorb through observation of newspaper comic strips, comic books and illustrations from the popular magazines of the day. He also exhibited, from an early age, an overall, general fascination with the visible world. In 1955, he married Darlene Young, and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to continue his studies at the California College of Arts and Crafts where he earned his BFA. In 1962, he was awarded an MFA from Mills College in Oakland. He was also Professor Emeritus at San Francisco State University where he taught for 30 years. He is represented in New York City by OK Harris Works of Art, a gallery with whom he has been associated since 1970. McLean’s work is included in numerous private and public collections in the U.S. and abroad, including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Guggenheim Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Yale University Art Gallery, The Ludwig Museum of Modern Art in Vienna, Boymans Museum in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and the Kunst Museum in Hanover, Germany. He continues to exhibit widely, having recently concluded exhibitions in Denmark, Austria, Italy, France and Japan. Among his friends and family, he was known as warm and generous, with keen wit and an ironic sense of humor. He was a lover of jazz music and could often be found playing trumpet along with the radio in his art studio. He infused the same integrity into his daily life and family as he put into his work. He was widely loved and will be greatly missed by his many friends. Mr. McLean most recently resided in Castro Valley and is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Darlene; son, Ian; daughter, Caitlin; and grandchildren, Justin, Darian and Jesse.

 

TINGLEY, Larna E., a 15-year resident of Castro Valley, passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. A native of Newton County, Arkansas, Ms. Tingley moved to the Bay Area in the early 1940s. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. and services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 22, at Sunset View Mortuary in El Cerrito.

 

 

 
Obituaries • 01-15-14 | Print |  E-mail

 

CAMARA, George Lewis

GLASS, Arden Barbara

LYERLA, Eva Imogene Tripp

MITCHELL, Jerry Ernest, Jr.

MORGAN, Robert

OPPENHEIMER, Charlotte

WILLIAMS, James

 

CAMARA, George Lewis, of Castro Valley and Brentwood passed away on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at age 89. A native of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Mr. Camara was a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Military Police. He ran Tracy Auto Court and Cafe in 1950. A funeral Mass and burial were held Jan. 13 at Our Lady of Grace in Castro Valley. Arrangements were made by Jess C. Spencer Mortuary, 21228 Redwood Road in Castro Valley.

 

GLASS, Arden Barbara, who lived in Castro Valley since 1967, passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2014, at age 84. Mrs. Glass was a parishioner of St. Margaret Mary Church in Oakland. A Requiem Mass was said at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church on Saturday, January 11.

 

JENSEN, Margaret Ellen (Walters), July 3, 1937 – January 12, 2014, resident of Castro Valley. Margaret died peacefully at home on Sunday, January 5, surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her children, Susan Jensen, Valerie and Paul Landeraaen, and Tim and Charlett Jensen; and her grandchildren, Tyler Crabe, Stephanie and Zachary Ward, Morgan and Alex Ator, Thomas Crabe, Hannah Landeraaen, Matthew Jensen and Cassidy Jensen. Margaret made her life’s work taking care of other people. She was a devoted wife to her husband, Marvin, until his death in 2008. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, reading, Bible study, and was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church for 52 years. A Celebration of Margaret’s life will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 20080 Redwood Road, in Castro Valley on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 4 p.m. with a reception following in the Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Faith Lutheran Church Intern Fund, or Hope Hospice.

 

LYERLA, Eva Imogene Tripp, pioneering former California executive with Bell Telephone, died in her sleep Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at a regional hospital. She was 87 years old. A woman of commanding presence, Mrs. Lyerla was born on her ancestral farm in Illinois, where she married her childhood sweetheart at age 16. Imie (as she was known to family) and her husband, Merle, operated the Lyerla family farm there until 1946, when they relocated to Colorado Springs, where Mrs. Lyerla began her long career with Bell Telephone System. After a move westward to California in 1947, they bought their first home in Castro Valley in 1948, with their son, Paul Douglas Lyerla, born the following year. In 1951, her six-year-old niece, Jane Tripp, joined their family. Retiring in 1984 after nearly 40 years of company service, she was renowned throughout the workplace for her tireless dedication and numerous accolades, many of which recognized her as a trailblazing woman in positions of increasing authority and scope. Within the community, the couple were early members of First Baptist Church of Castro Valley. Mrs. Lyerla was involved in many church activities, later serving on the Board of Deacons. She was member and president of the San Leandro Soroptimist Club, member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, and participated in the Castro Valley Bowling League for many years. She enjoyed the family project of building a vacation getaway in the Sierras, serving as hostess to friends and family for decades. Loving travel, they visited each state and traveled abroad extensively. Mrs. Lyerla is survived by her husband, Clyde Merle Lyerla of Castro Valley; her son, Paul Douglas Lyerla of Castro Valley; 2 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Sylvia Jones of O’Fallon, Illinois and Delia Atchison of Racine, Wisconsin; as well as many nieces and nephews. A memorial service and reception was held at First Baptist Church of Castro Valley on Sunday, Jan. 12. At her wishes, the family would appreciate donations in her name to A Kids’ Kingdom Preschool at First Baptist Church in lieu of flowers.

 

MITCHELL, Jerry Ernest, Jr., October 18, 1968 – January 2, 2014. Jerry (Jay Jr.) passed away at the age of 45 on January 2, 2014. He grew up in Pleasanton and Castro Valley as a child and moved to Sacramento at age 17, where he met his wife, Michelle, and had their first child of three. He was a great father, husband, uncle, son, brother, coach — anything you needed, he would be there. He devoted his life to his three beautiful girls; family always came first for him, no matter what. If it was a soccer game here or a softball tournament there, Jay was there to coach or support his girls. He was such a loving, giving, heartfelt person. He always had an open door to family and friends, whether it be for a BBQ or just to come over and talk. Jay was a wonderful man who was loved by so many people. He will be deeply missed. Jay’s love will always surround his friends and family. It’s not goodbye, it’s just see you later. We love you Jay, Jerry, dad, father dearest. All are welcome to attend a Celebration of his Life on Saturday, Jan. 18, at noon at Castro Valley Community Center, 18988 Lake Chabot Road, in Castro Valley. Tie-dye attire is encouraged. Services will be held Sunday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Castro Valley.

 

OPPENHEIMER, Charlotte Saxe Oppenheimer, born in Saco, Maine on May 31, 1940 and died on December 29, 2013 in Castro Valley, after a valiant 8.5-year battle with multiple myeloma. She was raised in New Hampshire and Amarillo, Texas, and graduated from Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Missouri in 1962. That same year, she married Steven Oppenheimer and they lived in New York City; Atlanta, Georgia; Okinawa, Japan; and Seattle, Washington before settling in Castro Valley in 1968. She is survived by her husband, Steve; son, Dan Oppenheimer (Sarah Tunik); daughter, Laura Oppenheimer Carlier (Laurent); grandchildren, Simon, Ruth, Max, Felix, Adele, Romain and Cedric; brother, Henry; and sister, Mimi. Charlotte was a caring, giving, energetic, vibrant, enthusiastic, adventurous and creative foodie (before the term existed). She was the go-to person for all things food and kitchen. She is remembered for happy times over the years around the table with good food, and travel with her husband, Steve, as well as with the family. She worked as the Rabbi’s assistant for 15 years at Temple Sinai in Oakland, and was co-chair of the hospitality committee there for many years. A member of the League of Women Voters and Vintage Wives Club, she loved her garden flowers and playing piano. She had great fashion sense, and built and lived in the family home for over 40 years. Charlotte will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her. Contributions in Charlotte’s memory may be made to Temple Sinai Endowment Fund, 2808 Summit St., Oakland, CA 94609 or to Head-Royce School, 4315 Lincoln Ave., Oakland, CA 94602.

 

WILLIAMS, James (JimmyDon), of Castro Valley, passed away from pancreatic cancer oat the Veterans Administration Hospital in Martinez on Saturday, January 4, 2014. He was 78. A native of Salisbury, North Carolina, Mr. Williams was a U.S. Air Force veteran who served as an airborne radio operator. He was a member of the American Legion, AMVETS, the VFW, and the Elks of San Leandro. Cremation and interment will take place at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon.

 

 

 
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ALLEN, Lois

ANDERSON, Jo

BEST, Eva (Johnsen)

DIEHL, Jean Mae

KANOHO, John H.

LABER, Dolores “Bunny”

WICHAEL, Kent “Bud”

 

ALLEN, Lois, of Castro Valley, passed away at Eden Hospital on Thursday, December 26, 2013, at age 90. Mrs. Allen was born in Commerce, Texas. Funeral services were held Jan. 4 at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward.

 

ANDERSON, Jo, a resident of Castro Valley since 1950, Jo passed away December 31, 2013. She was born June 14, 1914, in Sparta, Missouri. She is survived by her 4 children, Jerry Anderson, Coralee Laux, Jackie Barkworth and Andrea Marquardt; her youngest brother, Jack Monge; 4 sons-in-law, Ed Silva, Richard Laux, John Barkworth and David Marquardt; her daughter-in-law, Paulette Anderson; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her eldest daughter, Gennie Silva. Jo came from a large, close and loving family, which she passed on to her own family. Private services will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the American Heart Association.

 

BEST, Eva, beloved artist Eva Best (Johnsen) died peacefully in her sleep in Castro Valley on December 26, 2013. Born in Oakland in 1918, she married Val Best in 1939. She was predeceased by Val and her oldest son, Dennis. Eva was adored by her family. She will forever be missed by twins, David Best (Copperopolis) and Patti Henry (and husband John) of San Jose; 3 grandchildren, Erik Henry (Nicole) of Truckee, Chris Best (Reba) of Kauai, and Heidi Cordova and 2 great-grandchildren, Nicole and Alyssa, all of Simi Valley. She played tennis for nearly 50 years, and maintained large gardens at each of her homes. She returned to Hayward State University after 65, teaching art throughout the area. Eva was loved and respected by many, many friends and students. Her paintings garnered numerous awards, and are in countless private collections. She was vitally engaged with her art well into her 90s. Most of all, she will be remembered for her astounding energy, as her curious mind never stopped searching universal themes. In the end, it is her loving, joyous spirit that will keep her forever in our hearts. A celebration of her life will be held as arrangements are finalized. For information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Thanks to the wonderful team at Kaiser Hospice, who were kind and helpful beyond measure.

 

DIEHL, Jean Mae, of Castro Valley, passed away on Sunday, December 1, 2013, after suffering a severe stroke four days earlier. She was 83. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 4 p.m. Jan. 10 at Jess C. Spencer Mortuary, 21228 Redwood Road in Castro Valley.

 

KANOHO, John H., passed away on Sunday, December 22, 2013, at age 72 at St. John’s Kronstadt Skilled Nursing facility in Castro Valley. For memorial information contact family.

 

LABER, Dolores “Bunny,” of Castro Valley, passed away at her home on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at age 80. A native of Oakland, Mrs. Laber was a longtime Registered Nurse at Eden Hospital. A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Jan. 9, at Jess C. Spencer Mortuary, 21228 Redwood Road in Castro Valley. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 10 at Our Lady of Grace in Castro Valley.

 

WICHAEL, Kent “Bud,” March 26 1947 ~ Dec. 22, 2013, resident of San Leandro. A memorial celebration of Bud’s life will be held Tuesday, January 14 at 11 a.m. at Lone Tree Cemetery, 24591 Fairview Avenue in Hayward. Reception will follow at Moose Lodge at 20835 Rutledge Road in Castro Valley.

 

 

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Obituaries • 01-22-14 | Print |  E-mail

 

BARONI, Dorothy Elizabeth

COLLINS, Patrick Daniel, Jr.

DENNIS, Harry

GLASS, Arden Barbara

JENSEN, Margaret Ellen

LARKIN, Deborah Kathleen

McLEAN, Richard

TINGLEY, Larna E.

 

BARONI, Dorothy Elizabeth, who lived in Castro Valley for the past 50 years, passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2014, at age 82. Mrs. Baroni worked for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors for 10 years. A memorial celebration will be held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 16 at the family home in Castro Valley.

 

COLLINS, Patrick Daniel, Jr., February 8, 1979 January 7, 2014  •  Resident of Castro Valley. Patrick Daniel Collins, Jr. passed away very suddenly at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley after a severe sickle cell attack. Patrick was born in Martinez and graduated from Mt. Diablo High School in Concord. Patrick spent many years working in the gaming and technology fields. Most recently, he worked for Zynga as a Localization QA Coordinator. He was instrumental in guiding external QA test vendors in testing top Zynga games and ensuring that all the foreign languages in the games were translated correctly. Patrick was often seen with his beloved dog, Bob, at work, or playing a friendly game of ping pong or Tekken during lunch. His interests included: video gaming, cars, the Japanese language and culture, basketball, bicycling, and shoe collecting. More than anything, Patrick loved to spend time with his children. Patrick is survived by his eternally devoted wife, Megan Malone-Collins; children, Jaeda and Jeremiah; parents, Patrick and Patricia Williams of Oakland, and Synthia Collins of Oakland; sisters, Tanya Scalzo and Roezell (Alonzo) Carter; brothers, James and Jason Williams; grandmothers, Grace Collins of Antioch and Rosalie Campbell of Bay Point; and many, many more nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends. Patrick is also survived by his in-laws, Dennis and Gail Malone; his brother-in-law, Matt Malone; and his sister-in-law, Katie Malone — all of Concord. Friends and family are invited to attend his funeral service on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1658 Excelsior Ave., in Oakland. A PayPal account has been set up for Patrick’s family. Please send donations to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to this account or to the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California. See more at: www.legacy.com/obituaries/contracostatimes/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=169148697#sthash.oNyfmXUP.dpuf

 

DENNIS, Harry, of Castro Valley, passed away on Monday, January 13, 2014 at age 90. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Dennis worked for Kelloggs for many years and served as Chief of the Alameda County Sheriff Search and Rescue Squad. Services were held Jan. 17 at Jess. C. Spencer Mortuary in Castro Valley and at Lone Tree Cemetery.

 

GLASS, Arden Barbara, of Castro Valley, passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2014, at age 84. Arden was born on January 7, 1929, graduated from San Leandro High School and received a degree in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. She married the late William Charles Glass in 1954 and they lived together with their four sons in San Lorenzo, before relocating to Castro Valley, CA in 1967, where she and William had built a new home of their own design. Arden was a parishioner of St. Margaret Mary Church in Oakland, CA and was a champion of the traditional Latin Mass and a pillar of social and spiritual life among her fellow parishioners. Arden is survived by four sons: Christopher Glass of San Diego, CA, Jeffrey Glass of Castro Valley, CA, Timothy Glass of Burbank, CA and David Glass of Lafayette, CA. She also is survived by four grandchildren; Erin Glass of New York, Bryan Glass of San Diego, Megan Glass of San Diego, and Sean Glass of Baltimore. A Requiem Mass was said at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Oakland on January 11.

 

JENSEN, Margaret Ellen, of Castro Valley, passed away at her home on Sunday, January 12, 2014, at age 75. A celebration of Mrs. Jensen’s life was held at Faith Lutheran Church in Castro Valley on January 18.

 

LARKIN, Deborah Kathleen, September 23, 1969 ~ December 27, 2013, former resident of San Leandro, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family at the UCLA hospital in Los Angeles. Memorial Services were held at Westwood United Methodist Church in Los Angeles on Jan 4.

 

McLEAN, Richard, renowned photorealist painter and educator, passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 3, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Born April 12, 1934 in Hoquiam, Washington, Richard received his early education in the rural community of New Meadows in north central Idaho from which he graduated in 1953. He received no formal instruction in art until he entered Boise State in the fall of that year, relying throughout his boyhood on what he managed to absorb through observation of newspaper comic strips, comic books and illustrations from the popular magazines of the day. He also exhibited, from an early age, an overall, general fascination with the visible world. In 1955, he married Darlene Young, and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to continue his studies at the California College of Arts and Crafts where he earned his BFA. In 1962, he was awarded an MFA from Mills College in Oakland. He was also Professor Emeritus at San Francisco State University where he taught for 30 years. He is represented in New York City by OK Harris Works of Art, a gallery with whom he has been associated since 1970. McLean’s work is included in numerous private and public collections in the U.S. and abroad, including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Guggenheim Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Yale University Art Gallery, The Ludwig Museum of Modern Art in Vienna, Boymans Museum in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and the Kunst Museum in Hanover, Germany. He continues to exhibit widely, having recently concluded exhibitions in Denmark, Austria, Italy, France and Japan. Among his friends and family, he was known as warm and generous, with keen wit and an ironic sense of humor. He was a lover of jazz music and could often be found playing trumpet along with the radio in his art studio. He infused the same integrity into his daily life and family as he put into his work. He was widely loved and will be greatly missed by his many friends. Mr. McLean most recently resided in Castro Valley and is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Darlene; son, Ian; daughter, Caitlin; and grandchildren, Justin, Darian and Jesse.

 

TINGLEY, Larna E., a 15-year resident of Castro Valley, passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. A native of Newton County, Arkansas, Ms. Tingley moved to the Bay Area in the early 1940s. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. and services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 22, at Sunset View Mortuary in El Cerrito.

 

 

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Obituaries • 12-18-2013 | Print |  E-mail

 

ASTURIAS, Dennis R.

BRONZINI, Mary J.

KAKARIGI, Stevan Nikola

MARTIN, Wilbert L.

PAGANO, Domingo R.

SILVA, Collene

STARLING, Patricia

 

 

ASTURIAS, Dennis R., passed away on December 15, 2013, at age 71. A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, December 19, beginning at 5 p.m. at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro, (510) 483-0123.

 

BRONZINI, Mary J., Sunrise April 13,1933 – Sunset December 14, 2013, resident of Castro Valley, died on December 14, 2013, surrounded and comforted by her loved ones. Devoted wife of 58 years to the love of her life, Velio (Al) Bronzini. The youngest of three children, she was born to Rafael and Carmen Lopez who emigrated from Malaga Spain in the early 1900s to the Hawaiian Islands for work in the sugar cane fields, then to Decoto (Union City), California in the 1920s. She was preceded in death by her mother; her father; her brother, Tony Lopez; and her sister, Jessie Sanchez. She is survived by a very devoted family: her 3 children, John (Nancy) Bronzini, Marie (Jim) Lassalle and Marco (Abigail) Bronzini; and 7 grandchildren, Dominic, Marc and Mary Lassalle, and Sarah, Brian, Juliana and Nicolas Bronzini. After retirement, Al and Mary traveled extensively. Her most favorite trips were the ones to Maui with her children and grandchildren. Mary lived her life for her family, there was nothing more important to her. She was loved and respected by all who knew her. The family wishes to thank caregivers, Angie, Cynthia and Alba, who were there to comfort Mary to the end. A Funeral Mass in honor of Mary will be held Saturday, Dec. 21, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Church, 3433 Somerset Ave., in Castro Valley. Internment will be private. In lieu of flowers, it would be appreciated that contributions in Memory of Mary be made to Sutter Hospice, 1900 Powell St., Emeryville, CA  94608.

 

KAKARIGI, Stevan Nikola “Stevo,” of Castro Valley, passed away at his home on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at age 94. A native of Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia, Mr. Kakarigi came to the U.S. in 1949 and operated his own sheet metal business in Oakland. Services were held Dec. 14 at the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Oakland. Arrangements were made by the Jess C. Spencer Mortuary, 21228 Redwood Road, Castro Valley.

 

MARTIN, Wilbert L., of Castro Valley, passed away on Friday, December 6, 2013, at age 91. A native of Hayward, Mr. Martin was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II who was wounded in 1944. He worked as an ironworker and special inspector for structural steel for 50 years. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at All Saints Church in Hayward.

 

PAGANO, Domingo R., 94, of San Leandro, passed away Thursday, December 12, 2013, at his home. He is survived by his wife, Erminia (Babe); his sons, John (wife Linda) and Robert; grandchildren, Kevin, Thomas, Jacqueline (husband Chris) and Kirsten (Andy); great-grandchildren, Marissa, Gwendolyn, Madeleine, Ryan and Nicholas; nephews, Doug (Gretchen), Jens Mahler, Jon Mahler (Linda) and Tom Ferro (Sally); niece, Judy (John) Filippa; and many cousins. Preceding him in death were his Italian immigrant parents, Luigi and Caterina Pagano; stepmother Anna; brothers, Willi am (Florence) and John (Olivia); stepbrother, John Ferro (Lillian); stepsister, Mae Mahler (Anker); and cousins, Andy (Myriam) Pagano and Leo (Maria) Pagano. Domingo was born in Alameda, California on March 5, 1919. He lived in (what later became) San Leandro since 1920. He graduated from Hayward High School in 1938. During the Great Depression, he worked in family businesses. In his free time, he would go to Sweet’s Ballroom in Oakland to listen and dance to the big bands. After Pearl Harbor and with 30 days of training with wooden guns in San Diego, he sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge in January of 1942 and served four and half years in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific. Returning from WWII, he took over his father’s beer & wine bar on the San Jose Highway (Washington Avenue), got a loan from his brother, Bill, in order to get a liquor license and established PAGANO’S as a working man’s payroll bar for 33 years. Domingo distinguished himself as a successful business man. He was widely respected for his integrity and colorful personality.  He built and operated a car wash for 30 years until he retired at age 80. In the 1960s, he built rental units in San Leandro that later became senior housing. He did not retire from maintaining the rental units until he was 84 years old. In addition to his active business career and family life, Domingo (aka Ming or Mingo) was a very involved community member. He was a member of the Alpicella Club, Buen Tempo Club and Columbo Club. He supported his local parish, St. John’s of San Lorenzo, and its school. He was an avid Cal Bears, San Francisco 49er and Oakland Raider fan, and was a season ticket holder for several years. He was also a member of the Southern Alameda County Raiders Boosters and traveled to several out-of-town games. Our family is most appreciative of the wonderful care that Domingo received from his caregivers, Evon and Rosalinda, over the last four years. Per Domingo’s instructions, there will be no funeral services. Domingo had a great love of animals, particularly his dogs, Topper, Champ, Ruffles, Brandy, Sadie and Doe. Donations can be made to Guide Dogs for the Blind, Donations Department, PO Box 3950, San Rafael, CA 94912-3950. He will be deeply missed and forever loved by all.

 

SILVA, Collene, passed away on Saturday, December 7, 2013, in Carson City, Nevada. She is survived by her two daughters, Kelly (Joey) and Sara (Erwin); her grandson, Gavin; her sisters, Cindy (Bob) and Connie; and her brother, Roger. She is also survived by her loving dog Emily. Friends and family are invited to celebrate Collene’s life on her birthday, Sunday, January 19, at 11 a.m. at Dino’s Restaurant, 3600 Castro Valley Blvd., in Castro Valley.

 

STARLING, Patricia, of Castro Valley and a life-long resident of Alameda County, passed away on Friday, December 6, 2013, at age 86. She worked for 37 years for General Tire in Oakland. Services were held Dec. 13 at Holy Angels Funeral Center in Hayward.

 

 

 

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Obituaries • 12-11-2013 | Print |  E-mail

 

 

BISHOP, Charles

BLUE, Roland Rupert

BOLTON, Ed

PAGENHART, Thomas Harsha

 

BISHOP, Charles, who lived in Castro Valley. passed away on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at The Masonic Home in Union City at age 90. Mr. Bishop proudly served in World War II and was an active member of Crow Canyon Masonic Lodge No. 551 in Castro Valley for many years. A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 15 at the Masonic Lodge, 4521 Crow Canyon Road in Castro Valley.

 

BLUE, Rowland Rupert, August 16, 1923 – December 5, 2013. Born in Des Moines, Iowa and resident of Castro Valley since 1950, Rowland was a member of the Untied Methodist Church since 1953, where he was head usher and youth group leader. He worked at the American Can Company as a coil mechanic for 34 years. He loved hiking and long walks around town. Rowland is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Leota; 2 daughters, Peggy and Mary Jane; 7 grandchildren, Bobby, Brian, Kenny, Denise, Crystal, Laura and Ashley; 2 great-grandchildren, Abigail and Anthony; nephew, David; niece, Nancy; and 2 sisters, Marilyn and Madelyn, along many nephews and nieces in Iowa. Viewing is at Jess Spencer’s in Castro Valley on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 4 and 8 p.m. Funeral services will be at United Methodist Church in Castro Valley on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m., gathering to follow in fellowship hall.

 

BOLTON, Ed, formerly of Castro Valley, passed away at his San Andreas home on Monday, November 25, 2013 at age 78. A native of Oakland and a graduate of San Leandro High School, Mr. Bolton was a veteran of the Army National Guard. He had lived in San Andreas since 2005. Services were held Dec. 8 IN San Andreas.

 

PAGENHART, Thomas Harsha, 92, died peacefully on Sunday, November 10, 2013, at his residence, Baywood Court in Castro Valley. He was born January 11, 1921 in Seattle, Washington, and grew up in Washington, D.C., Manila and Santa Cruz, California. He attended Santa Cruz High and San José State University. As a naval officer during WWII, he participated in the Normandy Invasion at Omaha Beach. He received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1969, and taught Geography at California State University at Hayward until retiring in 1991. He was an accomplished pianist, a graceful dancer, an unrepentant imp, and a near-tireless optimist. His charm was unfailing and directed to absolutely everyone he met. He will be dearly missed. Tom is survived by two daughters, Anne (Trond) and Polly (Jennifer). An informal remembrance for Tom will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. at Baywood Court, 21966 Dolores St., in Castro Valley.

 

 

 


 
Obituaries • 12-04-2013 | Print |  E-mail

 

HANSEN, Louis Rienhart

MOROSKY, Mary A.

PALMER, Gerald Wayne

PERSCHONOK, Ted

SILVA, Melford Eugene

VALETT, Barbara Ann

 

HANSEN, Louis Rienhart, resident of Castro Valley, October 30, 1923 – November 29, 2013. Louis (Lou) Hansen went to be with our Lord and Savior on Friday, November 29, 2013. He was surrounded by his family when he peacefully reunited with Joy, his wife of 66 years. Lou was a graduate of Hayward High School where he played football position right guard for the Hayward Raiders, “Class of ’42.” Lou spent many summers living and working at Yosemite National Park — his favorite place to be. Lou served with the Army Air Corps and was stationed in Italy during World War II. After the war, Lou became a Deputy Sheriff with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, where he was employed for 27 years. Lou was a member on the Sheriff’s Department Special Response Unit  (SRU) and his dream assignment as a Crew Chief at “The Farm” at Santa Rita Jail. Lou kept in contact with all of his comrades after retirement in 1979. Lou loved to fish and spend time with family and friends. He also enjoyed trying his luck against the “One Armed Bandits” at Harvey’s, Lake Tahoe.  He blessed his daughter, Tami, and son-in-law, Tom, when he came to live with them a year and a half ago at their restful river home property in El Dorado. Lou, “Sweet Lou” to his family and friends, was an incredible man, devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and exceptional friend. Lou is survived by his daughter, Tamara Wilson; son-in-law, Tom Wilson; son, Bruce Hansen; granddaughters, Amber Tuhacek, Candice Tuhacek and Cassandra Harvie-Harden; grandson, Brandon Burnette; and great-grandchildren, Joshua Casqueira, Jacob Hill, Alexis Stewart, Gabriella Stewart and Kendra Harvie. Friends and family are invited to celebrate Lou’s life on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m. at Spencer Mortuary Chapel, 21228 Redwood Road, in Castro Valley. Reception to follow.

 

MOROSKY, Mary A., of Castro Valley, passed away on Tuesday November 26, 2013, at age 88. Mary was born in Richmond, Ca. and was a homemaker. She was a graduate of Castlemont High School. Services will be held on Saturday, December 14 at 1 p.m. at Chapel of the Chimes at 32992 Mission Blvd. in Hayward.

 

PERCHONOK, Ted, of Castro Valley, passed away on Thursday, November 21, 2013, at age 65. A native of Oakland, Mr. Perschonok was a U.S. Navy veteran of Vietnam who served aboard the USS Canberra. He retired after 30 years as a food service chef at Stanford University. Services at Chapel of the Chimes were to be private.

 

PALMER, Gerald Wayne, April 28, 1938 – November 19, 2013. Gerald, also known as Jerry, was born in Hiawatha, Kansas. He has lived in California since 1948. He retired as a foreman from the shipyards where he had a very high security clearance in order to work on the ships. He loved riding his Harley motorcycle and driving his little sports car. All the family loved camping and riding their motorcycles. He is preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Claudia; and his 2 sons, Ronald and Edward. He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Kathleen Palmer; 2 grandsons, Daniel and James Palmer; his sister, Janice Sharpe; niece, Janine Schaefer, and her husband, Kevin; nephew, Jay Sharpe; great-niece, Megan Ostermeyer, and her husband, Peter; great-nephews, McLean and Riley Schaefer; and great-great-nephew, Henry Ostermeyer. A memorial will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 16105 Mateo Street, in San Leandro, at the church social hall.

 

SILVA, Melford Eugene, who lived in Castro Valley for over 45 years, passed away on Monday, November 25, 2013, at age 85. A native of Niles, Mr. Silva was a lifelong member of the NRA. Services were held Dec. 3 at Holy Angels Funeral Center in Hayward.

 

VALETT, Barbara Ann, resident of Columbia, California, April 20, 1936 – November 8, 2013. Barbara lived in Castro Valley for many years, where she raised her family. She was involved in her church and was a Sunday school teacher at Hayward Bible Chapel. She is survived by four of her six children, Pam Kelliher (Gary), Tracy Valett, Dana Valett and  Jeremy Valett (Kristen). She was preceded in death by her husband, Burdett Valett, Sr. and two of her sons, Burdett Valett, Jr. (Nancy) and Perry Valett. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in her honor on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 1:30 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 19765 Grace Way, in Sonora, California.

 

 

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Obituaries • 11-27-2013 | Print |  E-mail

 

CECCANTI, Alan

CHISHOLM, Lynne Mary

KNESEK, Linda Joyce

MOORE, James L.

 

CECCANTI, Alan, of Castro Valley, passed away on Veterans Day, November 11, 2013, at age 79. Mr. Ceccanti was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in the Korean War. He worked in the retain grocery business and eventually become vice president of Lucky Stores’ Meat Division.  Services were held Nov. 24 at Transfiguration Catholic Church.

CHISHOLM, Lynne Mary, of Castro Valley, passed away on Sunday, November 17, 2013, at age 78. Ms. Chisholm helped inmates and the homeless through Bread of Life. Services were held Nov. 23 at Trinity Christian Fellowship in Castro Valley.

KNESEK, Linda Joyce, of Castro Valley, passed away on Tuesday, November 12 , 2013, at age 64. A native of Los Altos, was a 1967 graduate of Castro Valley High School. She had been living in Reno for the past two years. Services were held Nov. 23 at San Leandro Funeral Home.

MOORE, James L., of Castro Valley, passed away on Friday, November 22, 2013, at age 85. A native of Bryte, Mr. Moore was a longtime member of the Elevator Constructors Union Local 8. A funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 27 at Our Lady of Grace in Castro Valley. Arrangements were made by Jess C. Spencer Mortuary, 21228 Redwood Road in Castro Valley.

 

 

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