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Abbott, Kevin Bryan  
Kevin Bryan Abbott Nov. 2, 1961 - Jan. 24, 2015 Formerly of Fremont Kevin Abbott passed away unexpectedly in Mission Viejo, CA on Jan. 24th, 2015. Kevin was born to Arlen and Arlene Abbott on Nov. 2, 1961 in Fremont, CA. He grew up in the Bay Area with his older sister, Lynette, and younger brother, Rodney. Kevin attended Washington High School where he played varsity basketball and baseball. He went on to play college basketball at Cal State University East Bay in Hayward, CA, graduating in four years with a Bachelor's of Business Administration/Accounting. After graduation, Kevin obtained his CPA license and moved to Los Angeles, CA to begin his accounting career with KPMG in 1984. In 1986, Kevin married the love of his life, Barbara McNamara. In 1989, Kevin then went to work at Apria Health Care for two years before beginning his twenty-two year career at Toshiba America Medical Systems, INC. At Toshiba, Kevin served as the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer for over a decade. Kevin was currently employed at Siemens Medical Solutions USA, INC as Vice President of Finance. Kevin was well known for his work ethic and leadership. Kevin was a family man, enjoying time with his family and friends. He was an avid golfer and basketball player. He enjoyed sports, supporting his favorite sports teams, especially his children's college teams, TCU Football and Gonzaga Basketball. He also enjoyed his local Anaheim Ducks, where he was a season ticket holder for twenty-one years. Kevin was an incredible son, husband, father, and friend. He was universally respected for his integrity and selflessness. Kevin was always there to lend a helping hand, always thinking of others before him. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Barbara, and his two beautiful children, Madeleine and Bryan, and his parents Arlen and Arlene Abbott, his sister Lynette, his brother Rodney, and several nephews. Kevin will be dearly missed by all. His funeral service will be held at St. Kilian Catholic Church in Mission Viejo on Mon., Feb. 2, 2015 at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Heart Association, www.heart.org/HEARTORG/
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Alcantar, Jose Leonides Loera  
Jose Leonides Loera Alcantar Aug. 8, 1948-Jan. 24, 2015 Resident of Newark Leonides Loera passed away peacefully on January 24, 2015 at the age of 66 in Newark. Born in Ahuacapan, Jalisco, Mexico, the youngest of 11 children, Leonides moved to Fremont in his early 20's. He became an outstanding cook at local Mexican restaurants. Leonides loved cooking for his family gatherings and for special occasions. He then worked as a machine operator at Davis Wire Company in Hayward for nearly 30 years until he retired in 2012. Friends and family will always remember Leonides for his strong work ethic, great sense of humor, and dedication to his very large extended family. He enjoyed nothing more than working his land in Mexico, backyard gardening, and family gatherings. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Leonides is survived by his daughter, Veronica Loera, his four beautiful grandchildren, William (16), Cole (7), Viviana (5) and Georgia-Grace (2), his step-daughter, Mayra Vega, his three older sisters, Micaela, Rufina, and Aurora Loera, and dozens of loving nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to Dr. Srivasta and Dr. Dianne Martin for their compassionate medical care. Viewing and services for Leonides will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Mission Funeral Home, 22297 Mission Blvd. Hayward, from 12:00 noon till 4:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 2:00 p.m. Leonides will be buried in Ahuacapan, Mexico.
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Beering, Lori  
Lori Beering January 23, 1960 - January 18, 2015 Resident of Alameda Lori Lynn Phillips Beering entered into rest on Jan. 18, 2015, in Alameda, at the age of 54. Lori was born in Sacramento, California, graduated from Rio Linda High School, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from UC Davis. A loving mother, wife, sister and friend, she'll be greatly missed by everyone whose life she touched. Lori devoted 30 years to creating technologies that would help to improve the lives of others. She loved going to musicals, watching A's games and traveling to Tahoe with her family. Lori is survived by her husband Frank Beering, her daughter Kendall Beering, her sister Lisa Vergolini (Dino), and her extended family. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Murlene Phillips. The family invites friends to join in a celebration of her life on Feb. 7, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Putah Creek Lodge at the arboretum on the campus of UC Davis on Putah Creek Lodge Drive in Davis. Lori will be laid to rest at Tahoe Memorial Columbarium at Lake Tahoe on a separate occasion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity or in Lori's memory to your local animal shelter.
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Cadena, Guillermo Mercado  
Guillermo Mercado Cadena Jul. 26, 1963 – Dec. 31, 2014 Resident of Hayward Tio Memo was a man with high spirits. Always greeted with a contagious smile and warm hugs. He was born to cook. With his natural cooking talents he assisted and guided friends and family in the culinary industry. His humorous and lighthearted sense of being was a people magnet. Tio Memo made a friend in any line or any room he was in. And it is because of that we would like to announce his unfortunate and heartbreaking death. Tio Memo is survived by his loving brothers Arturo Cadena from Hayward, CA; Rafael Cadena from Chicago, IL; Jorge Cadena from Richmond, CA; Mario Cadena from Lathrop, CA; and caring sister Chilo Benavides from South San Francisco, CA. Along with a handful of nieces and nephews who he had a mutual love and bond with. His smile and contagious laugh will be missed by all who knew him. Friends and family are invited to visit Guillermo as they wish. His burial site is located next to his adored mother. At the Holly Cross Cemetery in Colma, CA.
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Edwards, Gertrude Alexandria  
Gertrude Alexandria Edwards Sept. 5,1912 – Jan. 11, 2015 Resident of Oakland Gertrude Alexandria ("Alex") Edwards passed away peacefully at age 102 on Sun., Jan. 11, 2015 in Oakland. She was born, the younger of two daughters, to Calvin G. and Margaret Oregon ("Orrie") Alexander Williams on Sept. 5, 1912 in Jacksonville, FL. After graduating from Stanton High School, she entered the Lincoln School for Colored Nurses, Bronx, New York and graduated as a registered nurse in 1935. She married her high school sweetheart, Arthur N. Edwards (who had followed her to New York) in 1938 and left nursing in 1942 to raise her infant daughter and assist her husband in his insurance and liquor businesses. She was an active alumna of her nursing class and its last surviving member. After her husband's death in Jan. 1973, she remained in New Rochelle, NY until 1999, when she moved to Oakland's Lake Park Retirement Residence to be closer to her family. She is survived by her devoted daughter, Marie Eloise Norton; son-in-law, John H. Norton, III; two grandchildren, Angela Norton Tyler and Douglas Arthur Norton (Ashante); and five great grandchildren, Kendall A, Tyler, John Calvin Tyler, Lucas Norton Jousse, Michael R. Norton and Jackson K. Norton. She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Meredith Anne Norton on Aug. 2, 2013. At Lake Park she endeared herself to the staff and fellow residents by her pleasant and gracious demeanor and will be remembered as an avid bridge player. A celebration of life will take place 2:00 pm Sat., Jan. 31, 2015 at Lake Park, 1850 Alice St., Oakland, CA 94612.
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Graff, Donald Kingsland  
Donald Kingsland Graff Aug. 12, 1946 - Jan. 7, 2015 Resident of Castro Valley Lifelong Alameda County resident, Donald Kingsland Graff, passed away peacefully in his home on January 7, 2015. He was 68 years old. Born on August 12, 1946 to Eleanor and Gordon Graff, Don was the oldest of three siblings. Growing up in Oakland, Don loved to play tennis, a passion he kept until his passing. He played tennis during his time at both Oakland Tech and Cal State Hayward. After his service in Vietnam as a Navy Corpman, Don began his career working for Alameda County. In his 32 years with the county, he worked in the Social Services Agency, the County Administrator's Office, and the Alameda County Fire Department. Don was instrumental in the consolidation of the County's three fire jurisdictions into a single emergency provider. In retirement, Don was as active on the golf course as he was as a member of S.I.R.S. and the 100 Club of Alameda County. Don is survived by his wife Crystal, his sister Mary, his brother Ed and his wife Na and their three daughters , his son Rob, daughter-in-law Jennifer, and his grandchildren Caroline and Samuel. He is missed by those that knew and loved him.
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Hernandez, Kurt C.  
Kurt C. Hernandez Jul 8, 1990 - Jan 10, 2015 Resident of Fremont & Sacramento Kurt C. Hernandez passed away on Saturday January 10th as a result of injuries sustained in a snowboarding accident. At 24 years old, he was unique, genuine, thoughtful and introspective, he was a goof, he was beautiful and we loved him dearly. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 7th at Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels. Please visit www.bergepappassmith.com to view Kurt's full obituary. Contributions may be made to Kurt's causes at www.gofundme.com/kjk960 .
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Miller, Virginia Laurel Piper (Ginny)  
Virginia Laurel Piper Miller (Ginny) Resident of Oakland Virginia Miller died in Oakland on January 15, 2015, at the age of 90. She was born in Minnesota on April 15, 1924, to Charles and Laura Piper. As a child, she spent many happy days with her parents, grandparents and cousins in the town of Young America, Minnesota. In 1935 the family moved to Kansas City for two years and then to Oakland in 1937. Virginia attended Claremont Junior High and University High School. She was active in student Activities, beginning a full life and recognizing the rewards of volunteering. She graduated from University of California in Berkeley in 1946 with a degree in Social Welfare. She was a member of the Sigma Kappa sorority and stayed close to her sorority sisters through the years. She served on the Cal World War IIClasses reunion committee. After graduation Virginia met her husband, Ralph Miller, while working at the California Packing Corporation (Del Monte). They were married in 1947 and celebrated 59 anniversaries. They moved to Fresno where she worked for the County Welfare Dept., and returned to Oakland in 1948 when Ralph went to work for BBD&O. They began a family and soon moved to Berkeley where they raised four children and lived in the same house for 55 years. Virginia was a member of the First Congregational Church of Berkeley since 1938. She enjoyed teaching Sunday School for close to 50 years. She became involved volunteering with Camp Fire Girls while in college and was a group leader for 25 years. She was employed for many years as the District Director of the Codornices Council. Virginia's volunteer work also included serving as a Board Member of the Berkeley City Ballet, working with the Berkeley Youth Baseball Assoc., the Berkeley Excellence in Youth Program, and at the Alta Bates Thrift Shop for 33 years. She was always active in her children's schools and with the PTA. Virginia loved the theatre, ballet, symphony, and especially the opera. She and Ralph had season tickets to the San Francisco Opera for over 30 years and attended the Santa Fe Opera for 11 seasons.She became a member of the SF Opera Guild Board of Directors where she coordinated Opera House tours for 25 years and organized an Opera Guild Rummage Sale for 14 years. She worked with the Student and Senior Matinees and was a co-chairman of the Fol de Rol. Virginia also became involved with the SF Performing Arts Center Tours. She was on that committee for 31 years and joined the Board of Directors in 1985, serving as Regional Director for 6 years. Through the years Virginia was recognized and received awards for her Volunteerism in many areas of her life. She was named Volunteer of the Year by the Opera Guild in 2004 and later received the McNeil Volunteer Recognition Award for "service and commitment" by the SF Opera. Virginia and Ralph loved to travel and went on many trips with family and friends, including Ralph's brother Ed and wife Judy. They went on an annual trip to the plays in Ashland, with friends Phoebe and Dave Fulmer, for over 30 years. Virginia was a big Calfan and Bear Backer. When the children were young the family went to the Lair of the Bear summer camp with the Coates and Fulmer families. Virginia was an avid Giants fan. She was delighted to live long enough to see the Giants win the World Series three times. She rarely missed watching a game on TV.One of the things she enjoyed most was supporting Ralph's long­ time participation in local theatre, which involved over 1500 performances in 150 plays. At different times,Virginia helped with props, costumes, and the box office as well as attending the plays. Virginia is survived by her daughter Laurel (Felix), son Don (Mary), grandson Wilson, daughter-in law Gail, son-in­ law Phil, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins, as well as her dear friends Marge Carstens of Minnesota and Margie Coates of Oakland. She was predeceased by her husband Ralph, daughter Allison, son Jim, brothers Charles and Edward, and niece Juli. A Memorial Service for Virginia will be held on Sunday, February 15th, at 1:30 at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley. Donations may be made in Virginia's memory to the San Francisco Opera Guild at 301 Van Ness Ave., 94102, the First Congregational Church of Berkeley at 2345 Channing Way, 94707, or to an Arts organization of your choice.
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Bachmann, Paul John  
Paul John Bachmann Feb 7, 1939-Jan 25, 2015 Resident of Hayward Paul passed away in peace on Sunday after his entire family surrounded him with love and said their goodbyes. He will always be fondly remembered as a loving husband, caring father and doting grandfather. Paul was born in Germany where he underwent an apprenticeship as a butcher and sausage maker. He moved to Canada in his early 20's were he started his own business. After meeting the love of his life in Mexico he sold his business and moved to California to start a new life with his new bride. He had a long career at Miller's Meat Company and Silva's Sausage before retiring at 55 to follow his second passion as an antique collector and dealer. If you've ever had a garage sale in the East Bay you've likely met Paul, a friendly German man with a passion for antiques and conversation. Paul is survived by his loving wife, Aida; devoted children Delia Passaro of Hayward, John Bachmann of Castro Valley, Jane Clay of Danville and grandchildren, Evan and Maiya Bachmann of Castro Valley, Tyler, Liam and Milo Clay of Danville. He is also survived by his sisters Elisabeth Pollack of Canada, Margaret Weisse of Germany and Sofe Taubert of Germany and brother Albert Bachmann in Germany. His generous loving spirit will be missed by all who knew him. Friends and family are invited to a funeral service on Friday January 30, 2015 at 12:00 pm at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery at 1051 Harder Rd, Hayward 94542 510-537-6600
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Davis, Harding Bernard  
Harding Bernard Davis April 19, 1935 ~ January 26, 2015 Resident of Alameda Harding Bernard Davis also known as "Disco Dave", 79 of Alameda CA passed away January 26, 2015. Harding was born in Detroit Michigan on Good Friday, April 19, 1935 to Dorothula and Robert Davis. Harding joined the Marine Corps after high school and was part of the military band and played the trumpet. He worked for the Oakland Parks and Recreation Department, was the proud business owner of a record shop in Oakland CA and worked over 35 years for General Motors. For over 50 years he worked part time as a popular DJ in the the Bay Area under the DJ name Disco Dave. He was a dedicated husband and survived by the love of his life and wife of 32 years Ina Davis. He is survived by his fraternal twin Julia Woody, and siblings Constance Davis, Robert Davis, Stanley Sneed and Carl Sneed. He is also survived by his daughters: Brenda Eichelberger, Aurora Nelson and Yolanda Baugh and son Anthony Mc Clain, Son in laws Shawn Baugh and Terry Nelson. He was a loving grandfather of seven grandchildren seven great grandchildren. He was also survived by a host of nieces, nephews other family members and friends. He was preceeded in death by his mother and father Dorthula and Robert Davis. Services are entrusted to Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services. The viewing will be held on January 29, 2015 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral Services, with Military Honors will be held on January 30, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at 1415 Oak Street Alameda CA. Private burial, San Joanquin Valley National Cemetery to follow. For further information please contact Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director(FD745) www.alamedafuneral.org Alameda's ONLY FAMILY Service Provider.
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