Obituaries • 05-27-15 | Print |  E-mail


ROBERTS, Margo Olive

ROBERTS, Margo Olive, passed away peacefully at home in Castro Valley on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Days before her passing, she was able to enjoy a wonderful Mothers Day with her children and grandchildren. Born in Butte, Montana on July 24, 1920, Margo was one of 6 children (one son and five daughters) born to Bertha and Nick Pope. The Pope family moved to Bozeman, Montana in 1932, to allow for their father to work as a buyer for a local department store. Being a buyer of women’s fashions, among other departments, it’s no surprise the Pope girls were the best dressed girls in high school. After high school, Margo moved to California to help with the war effort and got a job as a flight inspector for the Navy at Alameda Naval Air Station. She married Edwin “Bob” Roberts, M.D. in November 1950. They were married 54 years before he passed away in 2004. As time would permit, they traveled to remote and less-traveled destinations that included every continent and 164 countries. She was an expert on geography. Her most cherished accomplishment was her family: son, Dwight (Julie);  daughter, Gay (Guy Harris); and son Dana Roberts. Margo was lovingly known as “Muzzen” by her grandchildren: grandsons, Dustin and Duran Roberts; granddaughters, Chase Roberts Johnson, Summer, Ashlyn and Paige Harris; and great-grandson, Austin Johnson. She is also survived by her sister, Martha Hutchison of Reno, Nevada; and 7 nieces and 8 nephews. Small but mighty, energetic and enthusiastic, caring and loveable describes her best. Her memory will live on by those who knew her. A reception is planned for friends and family on Friday, May 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. For information, contact Dwight E. Roberts at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Gay Harris at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Castro Valley Arts Foundation or Alameda County Library Foundation.


Obituaries • 05-20-15 | Print |  E-mail


BYRD, Terri Alise

COMBE, Karen Lisa

PASTRONE, Helene Marie

BYRD, Terri Alise, of Castro Valley, passed away on  Sunday, May 10, 2015, at age 16. Viewing services will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. today, May 20, with a Quiet Hour from 7 to 8 p.m. at Fuller Funeral Home, 4647 International Blvd., Oakland. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, May 21, at 11 a.m. at Cosmopolitan Baptist Church, 988 85th Ave. in Oakland.

COMBE, Karen Lisa, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 in Modesto. She is survived by her mother, Marlene Manoogian (Arthur); her sister, Colleen Rosen of Twain Harte; daughter, Heidi Combe; aunt, Victoria Ferreira of San Luis Obispo, and her family, Rachael, Luke, Delilah, Olivia and Rebecca, and their children; her uncle, Don Kennedy, and children, Renee, Denise and Laura, and their children; and her good friend, Bill Ercolini of Oakdale, California. She is predeceased by her aunt, Darlene Kennedy; brother-in-law, Don Rosen; her grandmother, Ida Julio; and her great-grandmother and great-grandfather, Colomba and Charlie Julio, “Nana and Nono.” We will sadly miss Karen. You will always be in our hearts. Love, Mom, Colleen, Heidi, and all your family.

PASTRONE, Helene Marie, of Castro Valley, passed away at her home on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at age 95. A native of Michigan, Mrs. Pastrone was head counselor at Elmhurst in Oakland who retired in 1982. An intimate ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow, May 21, at Chapel of the Chimes 32992 Mission Blvd., Hayward.

Obituaries • 08-27-2014 | Print |  E-mail



DEITZ, Shirley Lorraine

FERRARIS, Loretta Consuelo

ROSE, Anthony “Tony”


COFFIN, Dana, resident of Castro Valley, passed away early in the morning on Friday, August 22, 2014. There will be a memorial service for her at Holy Cross Episcopal Church at 19179 Center Street on Saturday, September 6 at 3 p.m.

DEITZ, Shirley Lorraine, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 9, 2014, at Eden Villa in Castro Valley, her home for the past 2 years. She lived 92 wonderful years. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 61 years, Rutherford Deitz. She is survived by her son James (Maureen) Deitz of Chico, her daughter Sandra (Thomas) Walbert of Castro Valley, four grandchildren and one great-grand daughter. No services will be held at her request.

FERRARIS, Loretta Consuelo, of Castro Valley, passed away on Saturday, August 16, 2014, after a long illness. She was 81. Mrs. Ferraris was born in Hayward and graduated from Hayward High School in 1950. Services were held Aug. 22 at Transfiguration Church in Castro Valley. Arrangements were made by Jess C. Spencer Mortuary and Crematory, 21228 Redwood Road, Castro Valley.

ROSE, Anthony “Tony,” of Castro Valley, passed away on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at age 93. Mr. Rose was a veteran of World War II who served as a B-24 tail gunner in Europe. He was a 75-year member of IBEW Local 595. A funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. today, Aug. 27, at Transfiguration Catholic Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. Arrangements were made by Jess C. Spencer Mortuary, 21228 Redwood Road, Castro Valley.


Obituaries • 08-20-2014 | Print |  E-mail


ALIRES, Patricia

BEALE, Marilynn

HERRING, Virginia Mae


PENLAND, Marie Patricia

VLAHOS, Georgia


ALIRES, Patricia, of Castro Valley, passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at age 79. Mrs. Alires is survived by her husband Alfred J. Alires and daughter Janet L. Bryant.  

BEALE, Marilynn, a longtime resident of Castro Valley, died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at 91 years old. Memorial services will be held on Friday, August 22, at 10 a.m. at Jess C. Spencer Mortuary, 21228 Redwood Road in Castro Valley.

HERRING, Virginia Mae, of Castro Valley, passed away on Friday, July 25, 2014, at age 83. A native of Trinidad, Colorado, Mrs. Herring had retired from Alameda County Social Services. A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 20, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 3433 Somerset Ave., in Castro Valley.

LARSEN, Axel, July 21, 1920 – August 6, 2014, resident of Castro Valley. Axel Larsen, 94, of Castro Valley passed away on August 6, 2014, at Eden Hospital Medical Center after a brief illness, with his family at his side. He was a Castro Valley resident for nearly 60 years, and for the past 2-1⁄2 years resided at Casa Sandoval Senior Living Community, where he made many new friends and was treated with love and care by the Casa staff. He was born in Chicago, Illinois to Axel and Ruth Larsen. He attended Lane Technical High School, and proudly and bravely served his country in the United States Army Air Corps during WWII, as a pilot of a PBY Catalina, an aircraft that was used for air-sea rescue. Axel was involved in an airplane accident which caused him to lose an arm; however, this did not stop him from continuing to achieve. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois. He spent most of his career as an accounting supervisor at General Foods in San Leandro. He was married to his late wife, Patricia, for 60 years. They raised their three children in Castro Valley. Axel is survived by his sister, Ruth Gersch; his children, Jay Larsen, Jean Larsen-Viscovich (Peter) and Jim Larsen (Nena); and 5 grandchildren. His hobbies included reading, gardening, bowling and international travel. He also enjoyed meeting with a group of friends at Rudy’s Donut House nearly every morning for years. Although he will be sorely missed by his family and friends, he couldn’t have been more loved and appreciated for his kindness, graciousness, stability, sense of humor, and an amazing ability to show respect for other people. At his request, there will be no service.

PENLAND, Marie Patricia (Souza), of Castro Valley passed away at Baywood Court Health Care in Castro Valley on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at age 94. Ms. Penland enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps in 1943 as a general duty nurse, ultimately attaining the rank of First Lieutenant. She was employed for more than 20 years at Doctors’ Hospital in San Leandro, retiring in 1982. A funeral liturgy was held Aug. 19 at Our Lady of Grace Church.

VLAHOS, Georgia. In loving memory of Georgia Vlahos (Miss Vlahos), a lifelong resident of San Leandro, she was granted angel wings on August 15, 2014. Georgia fought a valiant battle with cancer for over 17 years. She was born in San Leandro, the youngest daughter of Mike and Antonia Vlahos, owners of Blue Bird Sweet Shop and then Plaza Tavern in San Leandro. She graduated from San Leandro High School in 1961 and then attended Cal-State Hayward as a Speech/Drama major with an English minor. In the summer of 1968, she arrived at St. Joseph’s Boys High School to interview for her first teaching job. She was to become the speech teacher and coach the debate team. With interest in debate waning, she focused her talents in Drama and directed many plays and taught English at St. Joseph Notre Dame. Soon she realized she was spending more time helping students with personal problems so she returned to school to complete her Master’s Degree in Counseling. She was a teacher and counselor, dearly loved and appreciated by her students. She taught at St. Josephs’ Notre Dame for 38 years (1968-2006). She said, “Laughter is what gets me through the day.” Georgia was a vibrant light and her brightness and love filled up the room. She was an inspiration to her family, friends and many students, whose lives are forever touched by her love, boundless energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and witty sense of humor. She had a dazzling personality and brought happiness, laughter and smiles to all. She won the hearts and souls of all she met. Though she never married or had children of her own, she shared her love of mankind, and thousands of students were touched by her loving care and attention; she gave her best every day to all who were lucky enough to encounter her. Whether you knew her 5 minutes, 5 years, or 50 years, her deep compassion and love of all overcame you with a sense of belonging and understanding. She impacted so many lives. She was the life of the party and loved theater, music, books (especially science fiction), movies, swimming, singing, dancing and travel, as well as her coffee friends at Zocalo’s. She traveled to Europe many times but her favorite was her Greek parent’s village of Kyparissi. She leaves behind her greatest hopes, dreams and joy to her family, friends and students. She had a way of making you feel you were the most important person in the world and she left this world a better place by her love, deep care and concern. We will miss and cherish the wonderful memories you gave us and you will remain forever in our hearts. She is survived by her sisters, Anne Sarris of San Jose and Clara Meniktas of Castro Valley; neices, Dede De Michele and Toni Kalogrides of San Jose, and Anna Meniktas-Edwards of Concord; nephews, Dean Meniktas of Moraga and Michael Meniktas of San Francisco; and grand-nephews and nieces, Marty De Michele, Maria Indalos, Joey and JR De Michele, Demetra Kalogrides, Alex Kalogrides, Georgia Barnes, Alexandra Meniktas, Natalie Meniktas, Claire Meniktas, and Melina Meniktas. Please join us in celebrating the Life and Times of Georgia Vlahos. Family, friends and former students are invited to attend the Trisagion (Wake) Service on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 6 p.m. and the funeral memorial service on Friday, Aug. 22, at 10:30 a.m. Both services will be held at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Ave., in Oakland. All are invited to the luncheon to follow after the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to St. Joseph Notre Dame Tuition Endowment Fund, 1011 Chestnut St., Alameda, CA  94501; Breast Cancer Fund, 1388 Sutter St. #400, San Francisco, CA  94109; or the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension. In the memo of the section of your check please note “In Memory of Georgia Vlahos.” Please visit for details regarding the service, celebration and to sign the guest book. Please feel free to sign the Memories book and add any memories or photos of Georgia. If you are planning on attending the Luncheon after the Memorial Service, it would be greatly appreciated if you would notify the family by sending an email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Arrangements made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary.



Obituaries • 10-01-2014 | Print |  E-mail


GUNTON, Valeria

HARDMAN, Blanch Ila



HARDMAN, Blanch Ila, of Castro Valley, passed away at Willow Creek Memory Care Home in Castro Valley on Monday, September 22, 2014, at age 95. Mrs. Hardman grew up in Wenatchee, Washington and was a homemaker for most of her life. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at San Leandro Church of Christ, 601 MacArthur Blvd., where she had been a member for more than 60 years.

PARMANTIER, Shirley Ann, of Castro Valley, passed away on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at age 82. Raised in Grosse Point, Michigan, Mrs. Parmantier had a long, dedicated career as a Dental Hygienist. She endured multiple health issues, but proved herself to be one tough lady. Visitation was held at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro on Sept. 25

GUNTON, Valeria, passed away in September, 2014 in Castro Valley, where she was living at the Baywood Court Retirement Community. She was born on February 23, 1925 in Siskiyou County, near the Oregon border. Her parents were Homer C. Denny and Mildred Swanson Denny. The family lived in Scott Valley, west of Yreka, until they moved to Napa, California in 1929. Valeria graduated from Napa High School and then started her higher education at U.C. Berkeley. After one year there, she transferred to Stanford University and graduated from that institution in 1947. She then became employed in San Francisco and worked for a bank and insurance companies. In 1957, she was offered a three-week prepaid trip to Europe, which she accepted. On returning to the U.S., she worked in New York City for three years and learned much about the east coast. Then, she returned to California, relocating in Palo Alto to be near the man she would marry, in 1973, Robert C. Gunton, a physicist with Lockheed. Unfortunately, Robert suffered an unexpected fatal heart attack in 1982. Valeria then moved to Hayward and then to Castro Valley, where she had the time to pursue her personal interests: travel, music and writing. In 2012, she self-published a diary written at age 14, “Paris, Here We (Didn’t) Come, in 1939,” which told of her trip to Sweden and Finland with her mother and grandmother in that year. On reaching Copenhagen, they had to turn back to Sweden as World War II had broken out and they needed to change their passage from an English liner to a Swedish one to return home safely. Survivors are step-daughter, Joanne Shortz, of Sunnyvale; step-son, John Gunton, and his wife, Stephanie, of Auburn; 4 step-grandchildren; 2 step-great grandchildren; and 3 cousins. There will be no services, at the deceased’s request.



Obituaries • 08-13-2014 | Print |  E-mail


BAKER, Merval

BALTHAZOR, John Howard

BROWN, E. Mary

CANESTRO, Patricia “Dale”

DAVIS, Jernadine


JETER, Ruth N.

REES, Frank


BAKER, Merval, a longtime resident of Castro Valley, passed away on Thurday, July 31, 2014, at age 93. A native of Center, Colorado, Mr. Baker was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II who served in the South Pacific. He retired from the University of California at Berkeley. Arrangements were made by Jess C. Spencer Mortuary.

BALTHAZOR, John Howard, who lived in Castro Valley for 33 years, passed away on Sunday, August 3, 2014, at age 76. A native of Freeport, Illinois, Mr. Balthazor joined the U.S. Coast Guard after graduating from high school. He retired after 22 years, reaching the rank of Master Chief Yeoman. Later he worked at numerous jobs. Services were held August 9 at Jess C. Spencer Mortuary, 21228 Redwood Road in Castro Valley.

BROWN, E. Mary, of Castro Valley, passed away at her home on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at age 86. Services were held August 9 at Pioneer Chapel in Castro Valley.

CANESTRO, Patricia “Dale,” of Castro Valley, passed away on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at the Baywood Court Health Cente, where she had resided for the past four years. A native of Oakland, Mrs. Canestro received her degree in Social Welfare from U.C. Berkeley.

DAVIS, Jernadine, passed on Friday, August 8, 2014, at age 91. Jernadine was born in 1922 in Jarbridge, Nevada. No services will held at her request.

GUERRA, John, who lived in Castro Valley for 61 years, passed away at his home on Thursday, August 7, 2014, at the age of 101. John worked as a barber in San Francisco, Oakland Airport and Castro Valley. A Service was held at Jess C. Spencer Mortuary Redwood Road in Castro Valley.

JETER, Ruth N., of San Lorenzo passed on Saturday, August 9, 2014. Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today  at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Burial will take place in Ada, Oklahoma.

REES, Frank, resident of Castro Valley since 1951, passed away on July 10, 2014. Born on Jan. 20, 1920 in Cody, Nebraska. Predeceased by wife Margaret of 55 years and daughter Carolyn. Mourned by son James (Robin), grandchildren Joel, Joshua (Julianna), Jacob (Tiffany), Emily and 6 great-grandchildren. Sgt. with 1759th Eng. BN. WWII SW Pacific. Shriner with Crow Canyon Lodge 551, golfer, Operating Engineers Local 3. Memorial service will be held at Castro Valley United Methodist Church at 19806 Wisteria Street on August 14 at 10 a.m.





Obituaries • 08-06-2014 | Print |  E-mail


EWING, Beverly A.

FRANK, Jane M.

KEIM, Orville Leroy


PETERSON, Victoria

SANTICH, Jacquelyn Anne

SQUIRES, Arthur James

WRIGHT, Francesca Dimita


EWING, Beverly A., who lived in Castro Valley for 54 years, passed away at her home on Monday, June 30, 2014 at age 77. Mrs. Ewing owned Bolt’s End Fabrics in Castro Valley for 25 years. A memorial service was held Aug. 2 at Church of Christ in Hayward.

FRANK, Jane M., died at the age of 93 on July 7, 2014, in Castro Valley. Betty Jane Murray was born December 31, 1920 in Connersville, Indiana, to William J. Murray and Louise Bradfield Murray. Working for a major oil company, Jane’s father moved his family all around the South. Finally, they located in Oakland where Jane completed high school at Oakland High. Both her parents predeceased her; she was an only child. In high school, Jane was active in student body activities, cheerleading squad and varsity tennis, playing at the Claremont Hotel courts. She attended Cal Berkeley, playing tennis as well, still at the Claremont courts. Her high school PE teacher and coach, Elizabeth Frank, remained a mentor and eventually introduced Jane to her younger brother, Jim. During this time, Jane worked at Continental Can Co. in Hayward. They became engaged December 7, 1941, and married in Reno July 1, 1942, as Jim entered the Army Air Corps as an aviation mechanic, stationed near Taft, California. When the Corps worked in the Pacific Theater, Jane moved further south to live with her numerous Bradfield aunts and one uncle. When she lived with Reason Silas and Barbara Bradfield in Downey, California, the oldest Frank daughter was born, Susan Jane, in 1946. Post-war, the family returned to San Jose as Jim completed his MA degree at San Jose State. Jane was his chief supporter, editor and spell-checker — jobs she fulfilled extremely well. Jim’s first teaching job was at Hayward High School, where he and Tom Moore shaped the Industrial Arts Department for the high schools, so the family moved to Castro Valley. Jane and Jim built a home themselves (1948) in Castro Valley in which they lived for over 60 years, always entertaining family and friends, indoors and out — a perfect setting for gatherings. Jane loved to garden, so her yard was amazing, but her roses were her pride and joy; they were absolutely gorgeous. She also grew many fruits and vegetables to supply the family and others with her amazing canned goods and fresh foods. Jane’s cooking was legendary — creative and delicious. This gift would serve her well later in life. During this time, Jane and Jim welcomed two more children to the family: Jonathan James, 1949, and Nanci Louise, 1955. Consequently, Jane became very active in school and community activities with her children, including Girl Scouts, church school, youth groups, chaperoning church retreats, Cub and Boy Scouts (until the hiking and backpacking began), and music. During this time, Jane worked outside the home at Hayward Public Library; she loved it and helped organize the children’s library. But she was needed at home, so her public experience turned into volunteer work at the libraries of the Castro Valley School District, establishing and organizing them. Jane also played Castro Valley Women’s League Softball as one heck of a pitcher for her winning team! Jane supported Jim in his love of camping for the family, too; every summer, she worked as hard as Jim to prepare unique equipment and foods for the lengthy family summer treks. As her children left home, Jane became even more active with her church, Hayward First Presbyterian. She loved her church home, entertaining the wonderful friends she made there in social activities like the Schooners, studying for Bible Study, winning in bowling, driving the church bus, taking church trips, and, most of all, cooking in the kitchen. She cooked and cooked and cooked there — for hundreds — and did it well. All her recipes from that time produced amazing quantities! She volunteered to serve Senior Meals and, with the help of great crews, always pleased her customers. She helped design the new kitchen and enjoyed working in that spacious, well-equipped center. The kitchen was truly Jane’s heart, whether at church, at home or in the outdoors. After retirement, Jane and Jim traveled to numerous locales in the U.S.: Alaska, Canada, the New England states and the Southwest. She enjoyed these opportunities to discover new places and new social situations. Jane could talk to anyone and loved friendly conversations with family, friends and strangers everywhere. In addition, she was so delighted with all four of her grandchildren and very pleased to see and hold all but the last of her great-grandchildren (6). She was incredibly proud of each of them and talked about them to everyone. She illustrated her values to her children and grandchildren — family, faith in God, a church home and giving back to her community. Jane is survived by her children: Susan Frank Ballentine (Richard) of Portland, Oregon; Jon Frank (Kathy) of Seattle, Washington, and Nanci Frank Scheevel (Roger) of Castro Valley. Her grandchildren include: Jennifer Ballentine (Scott Kelsey) of Decatur, Georgia, Joshua Frank (Emily Howe) of Seattle; Lara Ballentine Anderson (Bill) of Marietta, Georgia, and Nicholas Scheevel of Castro Valley. Her great-grandchildren include: Jack and Lila Kelsey of Georgia, Torin and Haana Frank of Washington, and Luke and Drew Anderson of Georgia. Family and friends joined in remembering Jane on August 5 at Hayward First Presbyterian Church, followed by a luncheon at the Scheevel home in Castro Valley. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jane’s name to Deacon’s Fund (kitchen), Hayward First Presbyterian Church, or Blind Babies’ Foundation, 1814 Franklin St., #300, Oakland, CA, 94612. Thanks to Angel Hospice and Valley Pointe for their care in Jane’s last days.

KEIM, Orville Leroy, November 3, 1940 – July 30, 2014. Orville Keim (Lee) of Castro Valley passed away at home on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at the age of 73. He will be missed by his family and many friends. Services will be held at Grissom’s Mortuary, 267 E Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo on Saturday, August 9 at 2 p.m.

MARCHETTI, Guy, a longtime resident of Castro Valley, passed away on Friday, July 25, 2014, at age 87. A funeral Mass was said August 5 at Our Lady of Grace CAtholic Church in Castro Valley. Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

PETERSON, Victoria, longtime resident of Castro Valley, Victoria Peterson passed away peacefully in her home, after her brave battle with cancer on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, with family and friends by her side. Victoria deeply loved her family. She was the beloved wife of Dr. Charles Peterson; dear mother of Anne (David) Jackson and Mark (Elizabeth) Peterson; loving Oma to Colleen and Nathan Jackson, and Tatum and Margot Peterson; and daughter of the late Louise McMinn. Born and raised in New York State, Victoria graduated from Poughkeepsie High School and then graduated from Bellevue & Mills Schools of Nursing in New York City. She married Dr. Charles Peterson in 1972 and they spent the next 42 years together. For nearly 20 years, Victoria worked as a nurse in her husband’s medical practice and later worked with Vitas Hospice Care. One of her passions was nursing education and mentoring. She was both a kind caregiver and a stern teacher, depending on the situation. Along with nursing, her children were her number-one priority. When Anne and Mark were young, she donated many hours volunteering at school and athletic events. She even spent a summer working as a camp nurse to be closer to her children. Victoria was always loving and compassionate when it came to family and friends, and would gladly offer help and support whenever and wherever she could. There will be a memorial service at her son and daughter-in-law’s house, 4179 Krolop Road, in Castro Valley on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Vitas Community Connection.

SANTICH, Jacquelyn Anne “Jacquie,” of Castro Valley, passed away at age 71. A native of Oakland, Mrs. Santich served for more than 35 years with the Alameda County Adult Probation Department. A Funeral Mass was said Aug. 4 at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Castro Valley.

SQUIRES, Arthur James, of Castro Valley, passed away at his home from lung cancer on Friday, July 25, 2014, at age 68. A U.C. Berkeley graduate, Mr. Squires worked as a carpenter and general contractor. Services will be held at Faith Lutheran Church in Castro Valley at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 14th. Following the service a celebration of life will be held at Sunol Valley Golf Club.

WRIGHT, Francesca Dimita, of Castro Valley, passed away at her home on Sunday, July 20, 2014, after a debilitating struggle with cancer. Mrs. Wright was employed by Pacific Telephone, The House of Nine, I. Magnin and Clorox Corp. from which she retired in 1993. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 30 at Christ the Light Cathedral, 2121 Harrison Street in Oakland.






Obituaries • 07-30-2014 | Print |  E-mail


ARZINO, Frances H.

DAVIS, Harold Bryan


HACKENKAMP, Ardythe “Ardy”

HUGHES, Gary Olen

MOURA, Melvin G.

POWELL, John (Jeb)


ARZINO, Frances H., of Castro Valley, passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at age 94. A funeral Mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 3433 Somerset Avenue.


DAVIS, Harold Bryan, passed away peacefully at home, on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 from mixed dementia complicated by esophageal cancer. “Hal” was a true character who will be missed. He considered himself a native Californian, although he was born (February 27, 1937) in Arizona (the location of the nearest hospital). He grew up on Army bases and Bureau of Reclamation Dam Sites across the Western United States, and also lived in Healdsburg, Berkeley (graduating from Berkeley High School), Hayward and San Leandro. Harold began training to be a land surveyor at age 13, under the tutelage of his father. He served in the Naval Reserves as a Seabee. He worked for East Bay MUD from 1958-1963, before being hired by the City of Hayward. He worked his way up to the official position of City Surveyor and unofficial position of “Hayward’s Walking Encyclopedia.” He retired from the City in 1998, proud of being one of the few who had worked in all four city hall buildings. He was a member of the Mount Diablo Surveyors Historical Society and the California Land Surveyors Association (among others). He joined CLSA in 1971, and was on the Board of Directors for more than 30 years, in addition to being East Bay chapter president. He helped found the CLSA Education Foundation which provides scholarships for land surveying students. His proudest accomplishment was the creation of state legislation in 1982, requiring all City Surveyors to have a land surveying license. Hal was on the board of Bay Cities Credit Union for over 35 years, eventually being elected President of the Board. He was an active church member, particularly at Trinity United Methodist in Berkeley (1960-1976) and First United Methodist in San Leandro (1976-present). He joined the choir for the first time at FUMC San Leandro, singing in the tenor section until last Christmas. With the help of kindergarteners and first graders, he established a garden, full of fruits, vegetables and flowers, outside of his wife’s classroom at Lorenzo Manor School. Hal is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Charlotte; daughters, Elisabeth Wade and Cathlin Davis; son-in-law, Doug Wade; grandchildren, Imogen and Bryan Wade; and siblings, Patricia and Bill. He loved the Sea Scouts, Zocalo coffee, eagles, American history, Irish music, Yosemite, and using big words. He and his wife were season ticket holders for Lamplighters and ACT for many years. Charlotte and Hal traveled to all 50 states, the last (Alaska) in 2013. The family wishes to thank Dr. Niaz, the team at Epic Care, Svetlana Rubin, the team at Eden Medical Center Outpatient Rehab, David March (Sutter Care at Home,) Sharanuit Dosasuh (Sutter AIM), Jamika and the Hospice staff. Thanks also to Judy Bulman and many church members who lent their support. A special debt of gratitude is due to his neice, Ramona Holbrook, and his sister, Pat Davis, who took on many care duties; and Connie Brownlee-West from Devine Home Care, who cared for Mr. D. as though he were part of her family. Services will be at First United Methodist Church in San Leandro on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 2 p.m. (Handicap parking is available behind the church. Street parking is limited; there will be a drop-off zone in front of the church and information on shuttle service from the city parking lot.) In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CLSA Education Foundation, which will be establishing a memorial scholarship in his name (


GALLEGOS, Jesse, of Castro Valley and formerly of San Leandro, passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at age 73. At Mr. Gallegos’ request, no services will be held.


HACKENKAMP, Ardythe “Ardy,” October 12, 1927 – July 8, 2014, joined her husband on July 8th. She died peacefully in her sleep at home at Casa Sandoval where they took great care of her. A Mass and Funeral were held July 29th at St. Clements Church at 750 Calhoun Street in Hayward.


HUGHES, Gary Olen, of Castro Valley, passed away at his home on Friday, July 25, 2014, at age 62. He is survived by his wife Janet, sons Ron and Alex, daughter-in-law Kirstin, sister Carol Lewis, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Memorial Service on Saturday, August 2 at 2 p.m. at Jess C. Spencer Mortuary, 21228 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, (510) 581-9133.


MOURA, Melvin G., of Castro Valley, passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at age 85. A native of San Lorenzo, Mr. Moura was a 1948 graduate of Hayward High School. He served two year in the U.S. Army and later worked for 35 years at Lawrence Livermore Lab. Services were held July 29 at St. John’s Catholic Church in San Lorenzo.


POWELL, John (Jeb), passed away peacefully on July 20 from ALS (Lou Gehrig disease) at the age of 60, with his loving wife and son by his side. Jeb was born and raised in Hayward, attended Tennyson High and also lived in Castro Valley for many years. He was the owner of a successful business of 35 years, Jeb’s Used Appliance, always known for his honesty and integrity which is carried on by his son and continues today. A member of the Moose Lodge, Chamber of Commerce and a reliable friend and neighbor, Jeb had a quiet, gentle demeanor yet a great sense of humor and a love of music. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Twyla. He is survived by his best friend and wife, Robin; his greatest pride, his son, Kyle; his brother, Mike; sister, Leslie Chapin; and his nephew and nieces, whom he adored. A private service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to ALS Golden Chapter, P.O. Box 565, Agoura Hills, CA 91376, or Arrangements made by Jess C. Spencer Mortuary, Inc. & Crematory, 510-581-9133.






Obituaries • 07-23-2014 | Print |  E-mail


FONG, Dr. Neal


REES, Frankin Fay

WARD, Raymond L.


FONG, Dr. Neal, of Castro Valley, formerly of San Leandro, was born Thanksgiving Eve in 1955. He was active in music and athletics throughout junior high and high school. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles and set up a dental practice in Alameda where he practiced for more than 30 years. He worked with the Castro Valley Education Foundation to raise funds and organized local dental professionals to do free dental screenings in Alameda County. Services were held July 19 at Neighborhood Church in Castro Valley.

GONSALVES,Ronald M., January 14, 1947 – July 10, 2014, resident of Hayward. Ron passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the age of 67. He leaves behind Maria and their 3 children, Amy Bothwell, John (Jessica) Gonsalves and  Joseph Gonsalves; grandchildren, Logan and Bianca Bothwell, and a “grandson on the way;” brothers, Robert, Thomas and Donald; sisters, Elizabeth and Gloria; many nieces and nephews; and many, many friends. Friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Sunday, July 27, at noon at Jess C. Spencer Mortuary, 21228 Redwood Road, in Castro Valley.

REES, Frankin Fay, who lived in Castro Valley since 1951, passed away on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at age 94. Mr. Rees was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, who served as a Sergeant in the 1759th Eng. Bn in the Southwest Pacific. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Castro Valley United Methodist Church, 19806 Wisteria Street.

WARD, Raymond L., of Castro Valley, passed away suddenly on Friday, July 18, 2014 at age 82. A native of San Pedro, Mr. Ward worked for more than 40 years at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory prior to his retirement. Friends and Family are invited to a Funeral Service at 10 a.m. on Friday July 25, at Newman Holy Spirit Parish, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley.







Obituaries • 07-16-2014 | Print |  E-mail


AMBRO, Shirley Ann

BLAZIN, Mary Martindale

ENGEL, Hilda Jewel

SHORT, Helen LaVerne

SMITH, Owen R., Jr.


AMBRO, Shirley Ann, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2014 at age 69. She made her grand entrance into this world in Santa Rosa on March 3, 1945. She is preceded by her parents, Edward and Helen Vecente; brother, Dennis Vecente; sister, Rosemary Vecente; and step-children, Jeffery and Stephen Ambro. She is survived by her siblings, Janice Fogle of Missoula, and Edward Vecente and Christine Kovacs of Modesto. A loving mother of Wendy Campbell Plotner of San Ramon, Dana Heppner of Larkspur, Mitchell Ambro of Oakland and Andrew Ambro of Castro Valley, step-mother to Karen Ilmberger of Castro Valley, and loving grandmother to Jacob, Jack Henry, Deja, Bella, Harrison, Anderson and Stephen, Shirley also leaves behind her loving companion of 25 years, Christopher Burnett of Castro Valley. Successful business owner of Ambro Insurance Services of Castro Valley and active member of her community, involved in the Castro Valley Chamber of Commerce, LeTip and member of Soroptimist of the East Bay, Shirley was a life force full of energy whose waves, among her family, friends and clients, will remain unmeasured. A memorial service to celebrate Shirley’s life will be held this Saturday, July 19, at 11 a.m. at Transfiguration Catholic Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., in Castro Valley.

BLAZIN, Mary Martindale, a longtime resident of Castro Valley, passed away on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at age 89. A native of Oakley, Idaho, Mrs. Blazin was a lifelong, active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Services were held July 14 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Castro Valley.

ENGEL, Hilda Jewel, of Castro Valley, passed away at her home on Saturday, July 5, 2014, after a brief illness. She was 90. A native of El Dorado, Illinois, Mrs. Engel was active in community groups and with Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Castro Valley. A funeral Mass was said July 10, 2014 at Our Lady of Grace.

SHORT, Helen LaVerne, of Castro Valley, passed away at her home on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at age 84. A native of Missouri, Mrs. Short had been a resident of Castro Valley for more than 50 years. A memorial service was held July 14 at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward.

SMITH, Owen R., Jr., February 11, 1922 – July 7, 2014, resident of Castro Valley, Owen Royle Smith, Jr. gave up the good fight on July 7, 2014 at age 92. Born in 1922 to Ethel and Owen Smith, Sr., Owen’s early years were spent in his hometown of Milford, Utah, where he found a notable variety of odd jobs to help get through tough economic times. Upon graduation from Milford High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, quickly entering the thick of WWII. During his years of service, he rose to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer, seeing some of Europe but mostly serving in the Pacific Theater. It was there, in 1941, that Owen survived the attack on Pearl Harbor aboard the USS Phoenix, and later participated in the Occupation of Japan. After the war, Owen attended the University of Utah on the GI Bill, majoring in Banking and Economics. It was there that he met Erma Smith, his future wife of 62 years. They made a life together in California, where he eventually started Cascade Pool and Ski Center in Castro Valley, providing employment and mentorship for many young people. He was a committed member of the Castro Valley Rotary Club, serving as president in 1961. His business experiences fueled a lifelong interest in free enterprise and the limited role of government. After retirement, he couldn’t help buying another business, remaining Chairman of the Board of Nutek Corporation until the last year of his life. Owen and Erma traveled the world, and engaged in many civic and philanthropic ventures. He was an emeritus board member of the Eden Medical Foundation, where he served for many years. Together, Owen and Erma founded the Smith Center for Private Enterprise Studies at Cal State East Bay. They strongly supported the Castro Valley Center for the Performing Arts, as well as many other local and international charities. In his spare time, Owen liked reading market reports and murder mysteries, along with drinking very hot coffee and martinis. Owen is survived by Erma and his three children, each of whom was his favorite: Chere Smith Villines (Lex), Tracy Smith and Kelly Smith Cole (Mark). All six grandchildren, Nicole Shaw (Darrick), Trevor Ohlson, Amy Johnstad (Chris), Emily Villines, Rebecca Cole and Jonathan Cole, as well as his great-grandchildren, Livia Shaw and Jax Shaw, enjoyed many years with Grandpa Owen. He is also survived by his brother, Al Smith; and many nieces and nephews, who will miss his humor, stories and amazing resilience. Rest in peace, Owen Smith, our honored husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, friend and patriot — one of the greatest generation. Friends and family are invited to attend a celebratory memorial service at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16, at First Presbyterian Church of Hayward. Interment will take place before the service at 12:30 p.m. at Lone Tree Cemetery in Hayward. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Castro Valley Rotary Club, Eden Medical Center Foundation or the Castro Valley Arts Foundation.






Obituaries • 07-09-2014 | Print |  E-mail


CROWDER, Sheila Rowene


MORRIS, Erlinda


CROWDER, Sheila Rowene, passed away on July 1, 2014, just shy of her 92nd birthday. She is survived by her son, Jeffrey Crowder; her daughter, Cindy Crowder Huber; and their families — all of whom she adored. Sheila was a musical child prodigy as well as a valued elementary school educator. A UCLA alumnus, she joked that she never passed the 1st grade. She goes to join her husband, Edward Crowder, who passed away almost 6 years ago to the day, in Heaven. Her strength and spunky spirit will live on through her family. In lieu of flowers, if you wish, please make donations to the Fireside Room Building Project at First Baptist Church of Castro Valley. A Memorial Service celebrating her life was held on Monday, July 7, at Baywood Court in Castro Valley. Arrangements were made by Santos-Robinson Mortuary (510-483-0123,

GRASSESCHI, Thomas, of Castro Valley, passed away of heart failure on Monday, June 30, 2014. at age 50. A native of Fremont, Mr. Grasseschi was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who woked in computer animation, most recently in the Interactive Studio for Charles Schwab both in Austin, Texas and San Francisco. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today, July 9, at Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels, on Fremont Blvd in Fremont.

MORRIS, Erlinda, beloved and devoted wife and mother, passed away at 59 years young after a two year battle with brain cancer. Erlinda died in her home in Castro Valley on June 24, 2014. Per her wishes, there will be no funeral services.





Obituaries • 07-02-2014 | Print |  E-mail



BRAINE, Raymond Stanley, Ph.D.

TSANG, Montgomery “Monte”

BARROERO, Isabel, a San Leandro resident for 64 years, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at age 93. Her husband, Lou, preceded her in death in 1996. She is survived by her two daughters, Jean Barroero LoBue and Susan  Barroero and her son-in-law, Victor LoBue, sisters, brothers, nephews, nieces, cousins, friends and neighbors. A loving wife and perfect mother. A wonderful, kind person, always generous with her affection and kindness.  Per her wishes, no services are being held. Donations to your local animal shelter in her memory would be appreciated.

BRAINE, Raymond Stanley (Ray), Ph.D., of Castro Valley, passed away at his home on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at ago 90. A native of Winnipeg, Canada, Dr. Braine was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He worked as a machinist in Oakland and later as an educator. Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 7, at Neighborhood Church in Castro Valley. Military burial will take place at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery on July 8.

TSANG, Montgomery “Monte”, age 24, of San Leandro, passed away on June 21, 2014. Montgomery graduated from Castro Valley High School and was an Eagle Scout. He was warm, friendly and supportive to his friends — always ready with a smile and a heart of service to others. Montgomery is survived by his mother, Pauline Tsang; his father, Jeffery Tsang; and Cynthia Perez; as well as his siblings, Alexander and Nicholas Tsang, and Ryan and Delana Perez; his grandfather, Wai Haw Tsang; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. The funeral will be held at Bay Area Chinese Bible Church, 1801 North Loop Road, in Alameda on Saturday, July 5, at 5 p.m.. In lieu of flowers, you may send a donation to the SFBAC Boy Scouts Monte Tsang Memorial campership fund. This will allow a boy to attend camp in memory of Montgomery.








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