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Cooper II, Steve  
Steve Cooper II June 22, 1916 - May 5, 2015 Fremont Steve Cooper died of natural causes at his home in the Brookdale Senior Apartments in Fremont, formerly Merrill Gardens, where he'd been a resident for over four years. Steve was born in Cooperstown, New York, to George and Emma (Graves) Cooper. He attended and graduated from Cooperstown High School. He grew up in the great depression, but loved his life in Cooperstown, roaming the countryside, hunting and fishing with friends that he kept for the rest of his life. Steve attended Eastern Illinois College for two years and belonged to Phi Sigma Capa fraternity, before enlisting in the US Army in October of 1941. He attended communications, and rifle & heavy weapons courses at Ft. Benning GA. He achieved the rank of Captain and was the Infantry Unit Commander of the 114th Infantry, 44th Division, F Company. Steve was deployed France in September 1944 and landed in Cherbourg, France. He campaigned through France capturing and liberating many towns. He was captured along with 60 troupes of F Company in January 1945 after a pitched battle at the Brandelfingerhoff Farm in Germany. After weeks of interrogation and solitary confinement he was transferred to Hammelburg, Germany where he was held as a POW for three months. He escaped and was recaptured before being liberated by allied forces. During his time as a POW, Steve kept a secret diary. One of the final entries read, "May I never forget the happiness and joy of this day. The fact that I am free and an American is just beginning to dawn on me. The knowledge that I am an American, a part of a country that is large and strong and generous enough to arm half of the world, fight the other half and feed both halves is enough to make this war worth fighting." Steve was a true American hero. Steve returned to College after the war, attending Cornell University where he graduated with a degree in agriculture in 1948, specializing in poultry husbandry. He took a job with Safeway's poultry division and was working in Wichita, Kansas in 1949, when he met, fell in love with and married Katherine Louise Merrill. Together they raised four children; sons Steve III, Tom and Jim, and daughter Sue. Steve & Louise were a great couple and enjoyed many travels and adventures as well as a wonderful circle of friends. They remained together until Louise's death in 1996. In 2000, Steve met Mary Alice vanDoorn and fell in love again. They traveled the world with Friendship Force and enjoyed going to plays at Broadway West. Through Mary Alice, Steve became involved with several organizations, including Relay for Life and the Olive Hyde Art Guild. They were both active members in the Niles Discovery Church. They were constant companions until Mary Alice passed in 2014. Steve felt blessed to have had two incredibly beautiful women in his life. The Coopers settled in Fremont, CA in 1963, where Steve lived for the remainder of his life. Steve became a Real Estate broker 1967. Later in his career Steve took up Real Estate Appraisal work. Steve and his good friend Gary Arnold formed Appraisals Unlimited where he enjoyed working until he finally retired in 1996 at age 80. Steve loved to fish, was an avid golfer and played with both the Southern Alameda Realtors Golf Association and the Oakland Real Estate Golf Club, until hanging up his clubs at age 93. He also collected wooden shaft golf clubs and belonged to the Golf Collectors Society. Steve was preceded in death by his wife Louise and his youngest son Jim. He is survived by three children, Steve, Tom and Sue, grandchildren, Alexi, Eric, Jason, and Anne Marie and great grandchildren Del, Pearl, Radovan, Julius and Summer. By marriage Steve inherited two more grandchildren, Linita and Garrett, and five more great-grandchildren, Tyler, Laycie, Chandler, Joshua and Garrison, and a great-great granddaughter, Jasmine. Steve is also survived by Merrill in-laws in Texas and Horan niece & nephew in New York. He knew, enjoyed and loved them all. A memorial service will be held at the Niles Discovery Church on Saturday May 23rd at 1:00 p.m., 36600 Niles Blvd. in Fremont. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name should be sent to Niles Discovery Church or a charity of your choice.
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Published in Inside Bay Area on May 21, 2015
DeCosta Sr., George  
George DeCosta Sr. San Lorenzo George Anthony DeCosta Sr. entered peacefully into rest on May 14, 2015. He was 88 years old. Visitation will be from 5 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday at Grissom's Chapel & Mortuary, 267 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. The vigil service will begin at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am on Thursday at St. John Catholic Church, 264 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. George will be laid to rest at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Reception to follow at Redwood Canyon Golf Course. Grissom's Chapel & Mortuary 510 278-2800 grissomsmortuary.com
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Published in Inside Bay Area on May 20, 2015
Doctor, Thomas H.  
Thomas H. Doctor Dec. 3, 1933 - May 14, 2015 Oakland, CA Thomas H. Doctor, 81, died Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Sierra Ridge Memory Care, Auburn, CA, following a long illness. Tom was born in Oakland, CA on Dec 3, 1933, to Aileen Catherine Lucey and Thomas Doctor. Tom is survived by his loving wife, Lois, children, Angela Lazear (Arthur), of Newark, CA, Theresa Harrison (Scott) of Cool, CA, and grandchildren, Alexis Rogers (Matthew), Josiah Martens, Avra Lazear, and great grandson, Corbin Rogers. He is also survived by his sister, Ellen Graham, nephew, Dan Graham, grandnephews, Rob and Terry Graham, grandniece, Noelle Graham and great-grandnephew, Jamieson Graham. He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him. Tom graduated from Castlemont High School and earned his degree from the University of California, Berkeley. After serving in the U.S. Army in Germany, Tom enjoyed a 34-year career in City Planning for the City of Oakland. He was Zoning Administrator and Secretary to the Planning Commission until he was appointed manager of the Community Restoration and Development Center after the 1991 Oakland Hills fire. Tom spent many years as a volunteer. He served on the boards of the Lake Merritt Breakfast Club, Fairyland, and St. Vincent's Day Home. Visitation will be on Monday, May 25, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Holy Angels Sorensen Chapel, 1140 B Street, Hayward. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Our Lady of Lourdes, 2808 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA. Graveside services will be at St. Mary's Cemetery and reception in the church hall. You are welcome to visit his online memorial at never-gone.com .
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Published in Inside Bay Area on May 19, 2015
Gahan, William Francis  
William Francis Gahan Oct. 3, 1928 - May 14, 2015 Resident of Hercules William Francis Gahan died peacefully on May 14 of pneumonia at Kaiser Oakland in the arms of his wife Susan. Bill was born in Burbank, CA, graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes Grammar School in Oakland, St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco, and St. Mary's College in Moraga. His S.I. class of '47 was indeed special. After college graduation, he married Nancy Kearns with whom he had 4 children; Christine, William Jr., Joan and Steven. Bill's careers included: jewelry sales, construction, MMM sales supervisor in S.F., bartending in North Beach, and finally, his own business, P C Inventory Service which he operated for 40 years. He married Susan J. Yost in 1972. They were inseparable throughout their 42 years of marriage. In the 1980's, Bill & Susan were active members of St. Mark's Parish in Richmond, Richmond's Crime Prevention Program, and Richmond's Anti-Drug Task Force where Bill served as chairman of the Legislative Comm. In 1990, Bill and Susan moved to Hercules where they became active in the St. Joseph Parish Pinole. He was a Eucharistic minister, lector, member of the Parish Council, & started & led the popular seniors program for 11 years. Bill was very proud of his Irish background, and read extensively on its history & people. He also loved baseball. He & Susan had season tickets to the Oakland A's for 24 years. They also loved to travel. Bill is predeceased by parents James and Gladys Gahan; siblings Mary Gahan, James Gahan III, & Patricia Hagele; son William Gahan Jr; and god-son Michael Vinci. He is survived by wife Susan Gahan; children Christine Meda, Joan Gahan and Steven Gahan; and by grandchildren Edward Meda, Christine McQuown, & Joanne Gahan. He loved each one of his children and grandchildren so very much. Services will be at St. Joseph Parish, 837 Tennent Ave., Pinole. Visitation & Vigil, 5-7 P.M.,Thurs, May 21. Mass of the Christian burial, 10:30 Fri, May 22. Reception to follow. Interment will be on a future date at the mausoleum in the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to St. Joseph Parish Seniors, or St. Ignatius High School in S.F.
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Garcia, Cipriano M.  
In Loving Memory Cipriano M. Garcia May 26, 1936 – May 19, 1998 It has been 17 years since you left us. Our lives go on without you but nothing is the same. Sad are the hearts that love you. Without you is the hardest part of all. You did so many things for us your heart was kind and true we could always count on you. The special years will not return but with the love within our hearts you will walk with us forever. You will never be forgotten. Your loving family
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Grover Snjm, Sister M. Anselm  
Sister M. Anselm Grover, SNJM Nov. 1, 1921 - May 15, 2015 Saratoga, Ca. Sister Mary Anselm Grover (Edwina Josephine Grover) entered into the fullness of life on May 15, 2015 at Our Lady of Fatima Villa, Saratoga. Sister Anselm was 93 years old and celebrated 71 years of her religious profession as a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. Her ministry as educator spanned elementary to university education. She taught at Marylrose (Oakland) and Sacred Heart (Oakland). She moved onto secondary education at Holy Names High School (Oakland), Saint Andrew (Pasadena), Marin Catholic (Kentfield), Saint Bernard (Los Angeles) and Ramona(Alhambra) where she could be found teaching–French, Spanish, Latin or History. She also served as principal at Holy Names High School and Saint Bernard's. For over 25 years she ministered at Holy Names University as faculty member, financial aid director or working in the academic dean's office. In between these ministries she taught briefly abroad in Paris and served for two years as translator for the Holy Names Sisters' General Administration in Quebec. Once "retired" from Holy Names University she ministered to the elderly and as music minister at Assumption (San Leandro), Saint Cornelius (Richmond) and Saint Rose Hospital (Hayward). The fullness and richness of Sister Anselm's life and ministry far exceed any description. In fact she wrote, "I think I will need another life to do all the things I would like to do." Her joie de vivre was evidenced in so many ways – in her characteristic cheerfulness, her flair for the dramatic and her unqualified generosity to respond to needs within and outside the community. She was a trained and gifted musician. So talented that she could play almost any tune on the piano. She is survived by many nieces and nephews on the East Coast. Sister Anselm's Mass of Resurrection will be on Saturday, May 23 at 2:30 pm at Marie Rose Center, 65 W. Rincon Avenue, Campbell, California. Her burial will be at 10:15 am on Thursday, May 28 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, California. Gifts in Sister's memory may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA 95031 or on-line at www.snjmca.org .
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Published in Inside Bay Area on May 21, 2015
Gumas, Jean E.  
Jean E. Gumas July 10, 1925 - May 21, 2015 Resident of Fremont Kind-hearted, fun-loving, and devoted to family, Jean Gumas of Fremont, CA., died on May 21st at the age of 89. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, she was the daughter of Italian immigrants Pasquale and Maria Ginnetti and one of five siblings. She married her high school sweetheart, Sam Gumas, and they followed his family west, finally settling in Fremont, where Jean lived for more than 50 years. Sam passed away in 1972. Jean worked at the iconic San Francisco department store, The White House, until its closing in 1965, and then joined Mervyn's at its second store which opened in Fremont, where she proudly worked for nearly 30 years, until her retirement. She loved people, her garden, cooking Italian specialties and above all, her family, who will remember her always. She is survived by her adored son Dean, of Fremont. She was pre-deceased by brothers Anthony, Flavio, and Patsy Ginnetti, and sister Elizabeth Nicodemo, all of Ohio. She leaves devoted sisters and brothers-in-law Virginia and Peter Kardassakis of San Francisco, Georgia Scordelis of El Cerrito, John Papadakis of Chico, and Peter and Pari Spallas of Chico; as well as fourteen much-loved nieces and nephews in Ohio, California, and North Carolina. Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 26th, at 11 a.m. at Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels 40842 Fremont Blvd, Fremont. Friends are invited to make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org .
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Published in Inside Bay Area on May 24, 2015
Halbach, Janice Dee  
Janice Dee Halbach Sept. 3, 1931 - May 11, 2015 Resident of San Lorenzo San Lorenzo lost one of its longtime residents in May with the passing of Janice Halbach at age 83 on May 11. Born September 3, 1931 to Melvin Boulter and May Boulter in Oakland, California. Janice grew up in Oakland and Niles, California, but Oakland and San Lorenzo would always be home to her. In high school, Jan met and married Harold Halbach; they married in September of 1952 and settled in San Lorenzo to raise their family. Jan and Harold enjoyed many wonderful years in San Lorenzo, where they were very active with their extended family, especially Harold's brothers and sisters and mutual friends. On Harold's retirement, they settled in to enjoy many wonderful years of special times with friends and family, including son Dan and Dessa Halbach, daughter Nancy and Dennis Souza, niece/daughter Lori and Alan Fortine and brother/son Paul and Anne DeMeritt, 19 grandchildren (counting their spouses!), 16 great-grandchildren and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family members. Friends and family are invited to a Memorial Service at San Lorenzo Community Church UCC, 945 Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo at 3:30 pm on Sunday, May 31st. Visit www.grissomsmortuary.com to sign guest book.
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Hara, Shizuko "Susie"  
Shizuko "Susie" Hara Nov. 4, 1923 - April 21, 2015 Resident of Stockton, CA Shizuko Hara passed away on April 21st, 2015 at the age of 92. Shizuko was born in Oakland, CA and raised in Berkeley, CA. The daughter of Suezo and Kikuyo Hayashida, Shizuko was also the sister to 11 siblings. She married Frank Hara with whom she shared a love of fishing, gardening, and the outdoors. Shizuko was a loving wife and a caring mother who was adored by her family. Shizuko is survived by her loving children Paul Hara, Louise Hara and Michael Hara, and by her grandchildren Logan Hara, Kyle Hara, Nicholas Hara, Christine Hara and Colleen Hara.
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Harmon, Karen A.  
Karen A. Harmon Sept 9, 1955 - May 20, 2015 Hayward Karen A. Harmon entered peacefully into rest in San Leandro on May 20, 2015. She was 59 years old. Born in Oakland on September 9, 1955, Karen was one of four children born to Phillip and Doris Davis. Karen attended St. Johns Catholic School and graduated from San Lorenzo High School. She worked as an office clerk for Alameda County Juvenile Hall for 25 years prior to retirement. Karen was a devoted wife and mother who took great pride in her family. She was an avid 49er and San Francisco Giants fan. Karen also enjoyed reading, spending time with friends and caring for her extended family. She was cherished by all who knew her and will be deeply missed. Karen is survived by her beloved daughter and son in law, Jenea M. & Leo Chavez; siblings, Debbie & Brad Amaral, Nadine & Ken Dale and Phillip Davis Jr.; grandchildren, Hailey Reich, Alyssa Chavez and Leah Chavez; many loving extended family and cherished friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Harmon in 2010 and son, Kevin J. Harmon in 2007. At Karen's request, there will be no formal services. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Grissom's Chapel & Mortuary 510 278-2800 grissomsmortuary.com
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