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Brown, LaVera Lorena  
LaVera Lorena Brown April 17, 1930 - June 9, 2016 Resident of Oakland LaVera Lorena (Adam) Brown, born on April 17, 1930 in Keota, IA; the 7th child of Michael and Bertha Adam, passed into the hands of the Lord on June 9, 2016. She leaves her husband of 45 years, Richard, daughters Cynthia Millikan (Geoff) and Barbara McInerney (David) and 6 adored grandchildren; Jack, Gabriel, Tyler and Preston Millikan and Declan and Fiona McInerney. Vera was preceded in death by her parents, and siblings; Paul, Earl, Leo, and Viola Adam. She is mourned by her dear sister Martha Bryson and brother Alfred. At a young age Vera left Keota to achieve her goal of becoming a registered nurse. After earning her degree from Marquette University, she departed with 3 other new nurses to seek their fortune in California. She served at several Bay Area hospitals and also a year aboard The Hope Ship in Peru. She eventually met and married her husband, Richard, and settled in Oakland to raise her family. She loved her extended family, dear friends, her trips abroad, competitive bridge and her spiritual home on earth, St Paschal Baylon Parish. A Memorial Mass and reception is scheduled for 11am, July 23rd at St Paschal's Church in Oakland. Donations in Vera's memory may be made to the Marquette School of Nursing PO Box 1881 Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881 or St Paschal's Church or a charity of your choice. Holy Angels Sorensen 510-581-1234 FD126 View the online memorial for LaVera Lorena Brown
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Published in East Bay Times on June 21, 2016
Bruzzone, James Laurence  
James Laurence Bruzzone Oct. 14, 1932 - Jun. 22, 2016 Resident of Fairfield James Laurence Bruzzone passed away on Wednesday after a valiant long term battle with lung disease. He touched many lives along the way with his own gentle spirit, sense of humor, and passion for life. He had a profound sense of fair play and lived by a strict code of ethics and the right thing to do. Jim was born on family farm located in North Richmond, he was the tenth of eleven children. He was a veteran of the Korean War, drafted in December of 1952 into the US Army. Upon his completion of military service, he soon embarked on a 35-year career in the Construction and Maintenance Department at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, where he ultimately rose to the position of Superintendent. He was valued for his ability to teach and mentor workers. James is survived by his loving wife Merrillee and devoted children David (Vickey) of Clayton and Paulette of Concord, and grandchildren Adriana, Bianca, Christyna, and Brianna. He is survived by sisters Ange Call (Danville), Claudia Girimonte (Redding) and Marie Mirante (El Sobrante) as well as brothers Frank (Richmond), John (Brentwood), and Al (Richmond). James will be remembered as a person who was always at the ready to help others (Meals on Wheels volunteer), and always knew the right thing to say to cheer up others or offer counsel if asked. He was a man of the highest integrity. He also loved sports, including water skiing, bowling, golf and baseball. There was no bigger Giants fan. Family and friend are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday 6/30 at 10:30am at Christ the King Catholic Church, 199 Brandon Rd. Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. Private interment to follow at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, Dixon CA. View the online memorial for James Laurence Bruzzone
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Published in East Bay Times on June 26, 2016
Buschman, Maria Tserepa  
Maria Tserepa Buschman Former Bay Area Resident Born 1/20/32 in Samos, Greece. Passed away 6/18/16 in Folsom, CA. Preceded in death by her husband, Martin. Survived by her loving daughter, Irene, son-in-law Paul and beloved grandchildren Jack and Elise Maria. Dedicated and loving mother and YiaYia, and devoted member of her church. Visitation Thursday 4-6 p.m. at East Lawn Cemetery Sacramento. Services Friday noon at St Anna Greek Orthodox Church in Roseville. View the online memorial for Maria Tserepa  Buschman
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Published in East Bay Times on June 22, 2016
Cayward, Margaret Louise  
Margaret Louise Cayward December 22, 1958 - May 24, 2016 Hayward, CA Margaret Louise Cayward, 57, passed away on May 24, 2016, in Hayward, CA.  Margaret was born to the late Burl Cayward and Hilda Cayward (née Ransom) on December 22, 1958.   Margaret grew up in San Jose, CA, with her older sister Elizabeth and her younger brother Timothy.  Music lessons were compulsory in the family, and Margaret followed her mother's example, specializing in the violin.  She honed her skills in the First Baptist Church orchestra, and maintained her love of music throughout her life.  Margaret strove for excellence in everything she did.  She was a prolific and generous knitter, and her skill and knowledge of the more arcane aspects of this art form were nothing short of remarkable.   The family would spend their summers camping in Yosemite, or driving cross-country to upstate New York to visit grandparents.  As the family rolled across the Great Plains in their enormous 1957 Cadillac, Margaret engaged in what was to become her lifelong passions: reading and learning.  She graduated as Valedictorian from James Lick High School in San Jose, CA in 1977, and went on to graduate Phi Beta Kappa in Mathematics from the University of Santa Clara.  Margaret's fascination with other cultures drew her to study in Central and South America, and eventually led her to attain a doctorate in Ethnomusicology from UC Davis, and a college teaching position.  Margaret worked with the Amah Mutsun, a Native American people who arrived in California thousands of years ago, to help restore their musical traditions and heritage, which had been buried in library archives for generations.  Margaret's gentle spirit and tenacious intellectual curiosity helped to bestow a legacy of cultural pride and historical significance upon these original Californian people. She is predeceased by her sister, Elizabeth, and survived by her brother Timothy, and her niece Sasha.     A celebration of her life, followed by a reception, will be held Saturday, July 23 at 4:00 pm at The First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco, California 94109. View the online memorial for Margaret Louise Cayward
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Published in East Bay Times on June 26, 2016
Churich, Mildred (Millie)  
In Loving Memory Mildred (Millie) Churich March 25, 1934 - June 21, 2016 Millie, born in Berkeley, California, was the fourth daughter of the late Milos and Mary Churich. After a long illness, she passed away peacefully in Oakland, California. She is survived by her loving sisters, Olga Knight, Elena Sannazzaro and Joanne O'Keefe. She will be greatly missed by her surviving nieces Sharyn O'Keefe Climons, Dayna Sannazzaro, DeeAnn Sannazzaro Gray, Stephanie Cannizzo, Kasey O'Keefe and nephews Michael O'Keefe and David Sannazzaro as well as many grand nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed. A memorial gathering will be held at 1 p.m. on July 2nd at Eskaton Hazel Shirley Manor, 11025 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito.
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Published in East Bay Times on June 28, 2016
Clark, Mary Louise  
Mary Louise Clark Jan. 3, 1930 - June 18, 2016 Oakland, CA Gone yet not forgotten, although we are apart, your spirit lives within us, forever in our hearts. View the online memorial for Mary Louise Clark
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Published in East Bay Times on June 24, 2016
Climons Jr., David "Dave"  
David Jr. "Dave" Climons Sept. 5, 1947 - May 30, 2016 San Pablo David Climons Jr., age 68 died on May 30, 2016. Born September 5, 1947 in Berkeley, CA, he graduated from Harry Ells High in 1965. He is survived by five brothers and two sisters. View the online memorial for David Jr. "Dave" Climons
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Published in East Bay Times on June 24, 2016
Comer, Will Lynn  
Will Lynn Comer May 12, 1923 - Jun. 16, 2016 Resident of Concord Will Lynn Comer, aged 93, went home to be with the Lord on June 16, 2016. Will Lynn Comer, "Bill" was born on his parents' farm in Hocomo, Missouri, in Howell County on May 12, 1923. His immediate family was a "Yours, mine and ours" situation. His father, Oscar Tom Comer, was a widower with a son and two daughters while his mother, Lizzie Hamilton Brown Campbell, had two sons from a previous marriage. Together his parents had three sons, Oscar Tom Jr., Will and Ray and one daughter, Rosemary. He became deathly ill as a small child and missed nearly two years of school. Will had to teach himself how to walk again with the aid of his little sister. Will traveled as far as Kansas and Nebraska at the age of 16 to shear sheep in the summer. He was tall and thin but very quick with the clippers. At the request of the sheep rancher's son, Will transformed the boy's collie into a lion with a mane and lion's tail much to the delight of the family. He went to Bakersfield High School through his junior year due to helping his dad with a long wheat harvest. He then decided to hitch a ride to California to work at the Mare Island shipyard in Vallejo, Ca. during WW II. This began Will's career with the Federal Government in Train Transportation that would span thirty-seven years. He began on the track gang and rose to the rank of brakeman, conductor, engineer and supervisor throughout his career. After WW II, he transferred to Concord Naval Weapons Depot where he also came to live in 1948. His work was dangerous but Will worked hard and received various awards through the years for his excellence on the job. Will also saved a man's life by rescuing him after he fell out of his boat patrolling the ammunition ships in the Port Chicago harbor. Will met the love of his life, Lola Marie Bratcher, in Missouri, before he went to California. Marie was class Valedictorian at West Plains High School. Marie traveled to Portland, Oregon, to become a licensed welder in the shipyards during WW 2. Will married Marie on May 25, 1946, in West Plains, Missouri. Will and Marie settled in Vallejo. They lost their first son, Will L. Comer Jr., in childbirth. They purchased their first home in 1951, preceding the birth of their daughter, Karen, and subsequently another daughter, Kathy, and son, Gary. Will and Marie were baptized into the Lord in the late 1950's and worshipped at the Joan and LaVista Church of Christ in Concord. Will helped lay the foundation for the church building. Will always worked on cars aside from his Naval Depot job. It was very common for Will to repair cars for family and friends. Will loved experimenting with nature and was a master tree grafter. He actually had three varieties of fruit growing on the same tree. Will and Mare were a very good team in every way. Will and Marie took their family back to their Missouri roots every two years for a vacation and family reunion. Will always planned a scenic attraction such as the Grand Canyon, Carlsbad Caverns or Royal Gorge into the agenda as well. When not traveling to Missouri, the family enjoyed camping at Yellowstone, Yosemite and Clarks Fork. Will loved to fish the mountain streams and was exceedingly patient helping his kids in this endeavor. They celebrated fifty-five years of marriage before Marie passed away in 2001. In all ways Will lived his life as a Good Samaritan. Whether it be helping strangers on the road, assisting friends and neighbors in all aspects of life and death, Will was there for them no matter what. Will thoroughly enjoyed being a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He accompanied his family to the races, camping trips and family vacations. His sharp mind aided him in becoming both a historian for the Naval Weapons Base as well as a master storyteller of his own life experiences. He was preceded in death by his parents, all of his brothers and sisters, his daughter Kathy and wife, Marie. Will is survived by daughter, Karen Comer Davis, (Dean) grandsons, Joel and Jonathan Baker, step grandchildren, Darcy, Shane, Darren and Tamara . Will is also survived by son Gary Comer, (Margaret), grandchildren, Sam, Will and Kathy and one great-granddaughter, Oniece Baker, daughter of Jonathan. He remained a faithful servant of Jesus and worshipped at Walnut Creek Church of Christ in his later years. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Ouimet Bros. Concord Funeral Chapel, 4125 Clayton Road, Concord, CA 94521. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the chapel. Interment at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette, CA. If you wish, In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Walnut Creek Church of Christ. View the online memorial for Will Lynn Comer
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Published in East Bay Times on June 21, 2016
Da Rosa, Rafael  
Rafael Da Rosa December 19, 1932 - June 15, 2016 Resident of San Leandro In Loving Memory Rafael Da Rosa. Rafael was 83 passed away on June 15, 2016 at home with his family around him. Rafael was born in Shanghai on Dec. 19, 1932. He is survived by Wife Priscilla Da Rosa, Daughters Rita and Carol, Son in-law Joe, Grand Children Dominique (Husband Dennis) Michael (Wife Lovelyn) Danielle (Husband Jason) Great Grand Children Leticia, Merissa, Jocelyn, Angelina, Anthony, Angelo, Areheonna, Michael, Maleah, Jaxson, Jason, Elysia, Joseph. Visitation will be on June 28th 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with the Vigil Service at 6:00 P.M. at Santos-Robinson Mortuary 160 Estudillo Ave. San Leandro. Celebration of Life June 29, 2016 Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 2500 Bermuda Ave. San Leandro, CA. at 11:00 A.M. Reception to follow at the church hall. View the online memorial for Rafael Da Rosa
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Published in East Bay Times on June 24, 2016
Dashiell, Alice  
Alice Dashiell nee Griffin Sept. 6, 1918 ~ Jun. 14, 2016 Resident of Berkeley Alice Dashiell was born 97 years ago in Berkeley California to Thomas Richard Griffin and Julia Moore Griffin. She passed away peacefully on June 14th. On the same day her parents married in New Orleans they boarded the Santa Fe train for California where her father saw wider opportunities for African Americans. After graduation from Berkeley High School, Alice attended San Francisco State College for two years until she married Dr. Joseph F. Dashiell in 1940. She was a founding member of St. Monica's Guild at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church as well as a founding member of the East Bay Chapter of Jack and Jill, Inc. She leaves to cherish her memory daughters, Margot, Merryl (Harold Louis Haynes), Danielle (Rafeeq Naji) and Vera Dashiell, a son, Joseph Dashiell (Kenneth Thames), grandchildren Kamau Dashiell-Ben, Robert Cobb and Douglass Cobb (Bukola Adesokan-Cobb), Felicie Standley-Langaard (Max Langaard), and nephews Richard McCary, Jimmy Dashiell, and a host of friends. Friends and family members are welcome to attend the noon memorial service Thursday, June 23rd at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church on the corner of 29th St. and Telegraph Avenue. On Wednesday June 22nd at 7 pm a quiet hour will be held at Sunset View Mortuary, 101 Colusa Avenue, El Cerrito. In lieu of flowers, the family requests all donations be sent to St. Augustine's Church Food Pantry 525 29th St Oakland, CA 94609. View the online memorial for Alice Dashiell  nee Griffin
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Published in East Bay Times on June 21, 2016
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