Phyllis and Valerian Padrnos

Phyllis and Valerian Padrnos
Resident of Oakland
Valerian (Larry) Padrnos,
April 12, 1918 - December 11, 2012
Phyllis Marie Jericoff - Padrnos,
May 28, 1927 - December 16, 2012
Valerian (Larry) Padrnos passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at the age of 94 in his home in Oakland, Ca. Phyllis, his wife of 62 years, followed him in death five days later on Sunday, December 16, 2012, at the age of 85. She also passed away peacefully at home. They are survived by six children: Judy Sklenicka (Rich), Mike, Sue Kerr (Don), Dan (Pat), Rick (Monica), and Jeannie Behr (Jeff). Jim, another son, preceded them in death in 2004. They are also survived by eight grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.
Larry, son of Anton and Mary, was born in Redfield, South Dakota on April 12, 1918. After eight years of school, he worked on the family farm. Enlisting in the Marines shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Larry fought with the B-1-2 Marines at Guadalcanal. There in 1942, he was wounded and received a Purple Heart. Recuperating at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, California, he then made Oakland his home.
In 1947, Larry joined the Oakland Fire Department, rose to the rank of Captain, and retired after 29 years of service. He was the Secretary Treasurer of the IAFF Local 55 for many years, and more recently he was the President of the Oakland Police and Fire Retirement Association for three years.
Besides working for the Fire Department, Larry loved fishing and camping, traveling with Phyllis, visiting family, reliving memories and creating new ones, but his passion was working in his garden. So much so, that Mom referred to the garden as his "mistress".
Phyllis, daughter of Michael and Lillian Jericoff, was born in Oakland, California on May 28, 1927. Enjoying her role as mother and homemaker, the kids in the neighborhood also lovingly called her "Mom".
Appointed as President and Secretary of the Oakland Police and Fire Retirement Association, Phyllis was also active in the organization in recent years.
Phyllis loved tending her flower garden, spending time with her grandchildren, attending family gatherings, and traveling with Pop.
Both lived a rich and beautiful life and will be greatly missed by all who knew them. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the 100 Club of Alameda County, a fund for spouses and children of on-duty fallen police and firefighters.

Published in Inside Bay Area on Dec. 30, 2012