Obituaries
Obituaries • 06-11-2014 | Print |  E-mail

 

BALLOCK, Elena Jane

VENTURINI, Mario

 

BALLOCK, Elena Jane (Middleton), April 22, 1953 – June 6, 2014, resident of San Ramon. She worked as an Emergency Room Registered Nurse for 37 years at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley. Memorial on June 14 at 2 p.m. at Walnut Creek United Methodist Church. Complete obituary notice online at Oak Park Hills Chapel’s website at: www.oakparkhillschapel.com

VENTURINI, Mario, October 2, 1928 – May 25, 2014, resident of Castro Valley. A memorial service will be held on June 14 at 1 p.m. at Jess C. Spencer Mortuary & Crematory, 21228 Redwood Road in Castro Valley.

 

 

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Obituaries • 06-04-2014 | Print |  E-mail

 

CHISHOLM, William Murry

KVALE, Dean

ZOFFADA, James

 

CHISHOLM, William Murry, of Castro Valley, passed away on Monday, May 26, 2014, at age 79. Mr. Chisholm was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He worked most of his adult life at American Transmission Service, a business that he started and owned. He retired from the East Bay Regional Park District. A memorial service, followed by a community meal, will be held at noon this Saturday, June 7, at Trinity Christian Fellowship, 20307 Marshall Street, Castro Valley.

KVALE, Dean, of Castro Valley, passed away on Friday, May 23, 2014, at age 84. A native of Oklee, Minnesota, Mr. Kvale was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was employed by Bank of America for more than 40 years, retiring as Vice President in Finance & Operations. A private celebration of his life will be held.

ZOFFADA, James, February 25, 1937 – May 17, 2014. Jim passed away after a courageous battle with Mesothelioma. He lived his entire life in San Leandro. At his request, no services were held.

 

 

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Obituaries • 05-28-2014 | Print |  E-mail

 

BEDEGER, Lloyd Harry

HULME, Ronald Arthur

PREISENDORF, Craig

STRANGE. James L. “Jim”

WHITE, Valgene “Gene”

 

BEDEGER, Lloyd Harry, of Castro Valley, passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, after a bout with cancer.  A native of Clinton, Iowa, he was 65. A Memorial Mass was held May 26 at Transfiguration Church in Castro Valley. Arrangements were made by the Jess C. Spencer Mortuary & Crematory in Castro Valley.

COOKE, Yvonne, February 14, 1924 – May 7, 2014, resident of Castro Valley, passed away peacefully in her family home in Castro Valley on the morning of May 7, 2014. She was born on Valentine’s Day, 1924, in Tracy, California, and was raised in Oakland. Her 90th Birthday party was very memorable and glorious, celebrated with many of her family and friends. In her senior year at Oakland’s Fremont High, Yvonne was recruited by Wells Fargo Bank and became one of the first female bank tellers in San Francisco. In 1946, Yvonne met the love of her life, John “Jack” Cooke, from San Francisco. They married on February 8, 1947, and their lives flourished as husband and wife, parents, and grandparents for 58 years. Yvonne loved being a homemaker and caring for her three children as they grew up — always instilling in them the precious value of being a family. She enjoyed sewing, playing bridge and cribbage. Many people, young and old, were taught how to play cribbage by Yvonne. She would drop everything to play crib. Jack and Yvonne traveled in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and survived family trips across the United States. In their golden years, unforgettable, special times were spent at their cabin on the northern California coast with family and their many friends. Yvonne was predeceased by her husband in 2005, and her beloved son, Tim, in 2004. She will forever be cherished by her surviving daughters, Janine Vanier and Diana Leschinsky, and her husband, Matt, of Hayward. Her love and caring will always be treasured by her granddaughter, Dawn Kramer (Corey), and grandson, Casey Vanier (Michelle). The recent birth of Yvonne’s great-grandson, “Jack” Vanier, brought a smile and twinkle to her eyes that was worth a million dollars! She also leaves behind three generations of many nieces and nephews. Yvonne’s love, strength and generous spirit will forever remain in the hearts of the people whose lives she touched. Family and friends are invited to her memorial service that will be held at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, on the corner of Heyer Avenue and Center Street in Castro Valley, at noon, on Saturday, June 7.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1700 Owens Drive, Suite 190, San Francisco, CA 94158, or the charity of your choice.

HULME, Ronald Arthur, who lived in Castro Valley and North Salt Lake City, Utah, passed away in Utah on Thursday, May 15, at age 83. Funeral services were held on Monday, May 19, at the LDS Chapel in Hagerman, Idaho.

PREISENDORF, Craig, who formerly lived in Castro Valley, passed away on Friday, April 25, 2014, following a heart attack. He was 72. A native of Los Angeles, Mr. Preisendorf’s family moved to Castro Valley where he attended high school. A celebration of life for Craig will be hosted from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at the Elks Club, 38991 Farwell Dr., Fremont,

STRANGE. James L. “Jim,” of Castro Valley passed away at his home on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at age 75. A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., Mr. Strange was a sales manager for Mission Foods. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on June 22 at Faith Lutheran Church, 20800 Redwood Road, followed by a reception.

WHITE, Valgene “Gene,” October 20, 1931 – May 21, 2014, resident of Castro Valley. Services to be held on Thursday, May 29 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Christian Fellowship, 20307 Marshall Street in Castro Valley.

 

 

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Obituaries • 05-21-2014 | Print |  E-mail

 

BUCHANAN, Diane

BUNCH, Jean Marie

COOK, Yvonne

GOODSON, Anh Kim

HARGREAVES, Constance

 

BUCHANAN, Diane, passed away on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at home, at age 83. She lived in Castro Valley for 51 years. She retired from the health department. She will be missed by her daughter, 2 sons many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends. No services will be held.

 

BUNCH, Jean Marie, of Castro Valley, passed away on Friday, May 9, 2014, at age 74. Arrangements were made by Jess C. Spencer Mortuary and Crematory in Castro Valley.

 

COOK, Yvonne, of Castro Valley, passed away in her home on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at age 90. A native of Tracy, Mrs. Cooke was one of the first women bank tellers in San Francisco. A memorial service will be held at Holy Cross Episcopal Church at Heyer Ave. and Center St. at noon on June 7.

 

GOODSON, Anh Kim Goodson, July 12, 1948 – May 10, 2014, died at 9:34 p.m. Saturday evening, May 10, 2014, at age 65. Anh was in the last stages of a very aggressive non-smoking lung cancer that affects many Asian women and succumbed to lung failure from pneumonia. She is a long-term resident of Alameda County having lived in Hayward, Pleasanton and lastly in Castro Valley. She is beloved by all that knew her, and her loss has broken the hearts of friends, co-workers and family members, and left an emptiness that can never be filled to those close to her. Anh was born in Saigon, Vietnam (one of 11 sisters and a brother), and immigrated to America in 1976 with her two children David and Louise. She was a movie actress in Apocalypse Now as a casting director for the extras, and had a 30-second shot in the movie. One of her older sisters was married to the American ambassador in Vietnam and lived in Santa Maria. She sponsored Anh to immigrate and shortly thereafter moved to Santa Barbara, working at Burroughs computer, and then Delco Electronics, where she met her future husband, David Goodson. She has worked as a volunteer social worker, computer inspector and electronics assembler, and bookkeeper in her husband’s company, Manor Research, Inc. She was a licensed Notary and real estate sales person. Her most enjoyable job was as a part-time Yoga instructor. Highly energetic and upbeat, she brought joy to all that knew her. She listened to American Rock ’n Roll music in Vietnam which she claims is what helped her perfect her English language skills. She is survived by 2 children, David and Louise Banot; her husband of 31 years, David Goodson; and 4 grandchildren, Dylan Banot, Madyx Banot, Madison Nguyen and Jacob Nguyen. Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 24, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 3433 Somerset Ave., in Castro Valley.

 

HARGREAVES, Constance Lynn, August 16, 1931 - April 13, 2014, a resident of Castro Valley, passed away after a long illness. She was 82 years old. Connie was born and raised in Highland Park, Illinois, as the youngest of 4 children. She fondly remembered her summers spent in Estes Park, Colorado. She married Robert Mark Hargreaves and raised 5 children, Tom, Linda, Dan, Cheryl and Charlie in Livermore. She was active in the PTA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and as a room mother. She spent years watching her sons’ football, basketball, baseball and soccer games. After a serious illness in 1964, she returned to school and became a Registered Nurse. She spent over 20 years working at Eden Hospital and helped start the Oncology program. She again returned to school and became an Enterostomal Therapist. After hospital reorganization eliminated her job, she worked at Baywood Skilled Nursing Facility. She retired and happily lived with her daughter, Linda, and Linda’s children, Lisa, Andy, Ricky, Hannah and William. She spent her time knitting, visiting Tahoe, and watching the San Francisco Giants and the 49ers play on TV. She loved Disneyland, especially “It’s a Small World,” and family get-togethers. Connie is survived by two sisters, Pat Hoggatt of Berkeley and Barb Foiles of Colorado; her brother, Jim Lynn of North Carolina; her 5 children and their spouses; 13 grandchildren; 4-1/2 great-grandchildren; and her ex-husband. She will be sorely missed. A Celebration of Life for Connie will be held on Saturday, May 24, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Lone Tree Cemetery Amphitheater, 24591 Fairview Ave., in Hayward. Her ashes will be interred in the companion niche next to Hannah, her granddaughter, per her request. Instead of sending flowers, please donate money to Hannah’s Haven at 5010 Tyler Lane, Castro Valley, CA 94546 (EIN 943389701).

 

 

 
Obituaries • 05-14-2014 | Print |  E-mail

 

EGGERS, Joseph E.

LEECH, Bernard

NYSSEN, Sharon

 

EGGERS, Joseph E., of Castro Valley, passed away at his home on Monday, May 5, 2014 from complications of pancreatic cancer. He was 85. A native of San Francisco, Mr. Eggers was an electrician and electrical contractor. Working with area contractors and developers, he was there when Silicon Valley was built. He was the owner of Frank Electric in Milpitas and Pleasanton. A Mass of Christian Burial was said May 10 at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Castro Valley.

 

LEECH, Bernard, who lived in Castro Valley since 1957, passed away on Friday, May 9, 2014, at age 93. A native of Fruitport, Michigan, Mr. Leech was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II who served in New Guyinea and the Philippines. He taught school in the San Lorenzo School Distdrict. A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow, May 15, at Chapel of the Chimes, 32992 Mission Blvd., Hayward.

 

NYSSEN, Sharon, of Castro Valley passed away on May 9, 2014. Sharon was a homeschooler, gardener, bible study leader, human resources director, wife, mother and a Godly woman. She is survived by her husband and four children. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, at Redwood Chapel, 19300 Redwood Road, in Castro Valley.

 

 

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

 

ESCHEN, Martin Eugene

PANGELINAN, Maria Taitano

PELLEY, Leroy

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 (www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp).

 

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.

 

 

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

 

BLAIR, Darrell George

HANSEN, George

JOHNSON, Clayton Edward

PAPACHRISTOS, Patricia L.

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.


 

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

 

BONNEY, Stella Alander

JOHNSON, Clayton Edward

LOCKETT, Helen

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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Adopt-A-Pet • 04-09-2014 | Print |  E-mail

 

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

 

ALIRES, Dema

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 pancan.org 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.

 

 

 

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