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Osuna, Bea - San Jose  
Bea Osuna Resident of Milpitas,CA Entered into rest San Jose, CA. August 25, 2015. Wife of the late Ramon P. Osuna. Beloved mother of Daniel, Albert, Philip (Nancy) Osuna, JoMarie Salet, Gerald Osuna (Jennifer) and the late Joey Osuna. Devoted grandmother of Joelle, Nikki, Peter, Jordan, Mattthew and great-grandmother of Christian, Briana and Joshua. Dear sister of Lina and the late Ramona, Frank, Fito, Yoyoy, Helen, Henry, and Cheney. A native of Phoenix, AZ. Age 80 Years. Visitations will be held from 3 P.M. to Vigil time Friday, Sept 4, 2015 at funeral home below. Friends are invited to attend Vigil Service at 7:00 P.M. Friday, Sept 4, 2015 at Lima Family Erickson Memorial Chapel, 710 Willow St, San Jose, CA. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 12:00 P.M. Sat, Sept. 5, 2015 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church 750 Sequoia Dr, Milpitas, CA with interment to follow at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, 490 Lincoln St, Santa Clara, CA.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 29, 2015
Papa, Margaret Violet - San Jose  
Margaret Violet Papa Oct. 5, 1922 - Aug. 26, 2015 Resident of San Jose Wife of 50 years to Raymond Papa. Loving mother of Ray Papa Jr. (deceased), Gary Papa and Thomas Papa. Loving Grandmother to many and a friend to all. Funeral Service to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 at 11AM at Lima Family Santa Clara Mortuary, 466 N. Winchester Blvd., Santa Clara.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 30, 2015
Pirazzi, Craig Robert - Paradox And Telluride  
Craig Robert Pirazzi Aug. 18, 1959 - Aug. 24, 2015 Resident of Colorado Craig Pirazzi, 56 of Paradox and Telluride, Colorado died August 24, 2015 in a hang gliding accident near Moab, Utah. He was born on August 18, 1959 in the San Francisco Bay Area to Gene and Richard Pirazzi. Craig is survived by his wife Heidi Attenberger of Telluride, mother Gene Pirazzi of Menlo Park, California, brothers David (and Tina) Pirazzi of Long Beach, California, Steven (and Kathleen) Pirazzi of Castle Rock, Colorado, and Christopher Pirazzi of Thailand, and nieces and nephews. Craig was predeceased by his father Richard Pirazzi, and maternal and paternal grandparents.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Sept. 2, 2015
Powers, Marianne (mims) - Redwood City  
Marianne (MIMS) Powers October 26, 1933 - August 11, 2015 Redwood City & Santa Rosa, CA Marianne was a graduate of Mercy High School in Burlingame, CA. Marianne leaves four sons and their families. Tim & Debbie, Terry & Laurie, Patrick & Ana, Tammy widow of Kevin. Grandchildren Kyle, Erin, Trevor, Courtney, Taryn, Nickolas, Eric, Justin & 6 great-grandchildren. She leaves a sister and niece Penny Circle and Lori Solon. Join us on September 12th, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. at ST. PIUS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1100 Woodside Road, Redwood City, CA.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 30, 2015
Rasmussen, Marilyn - Park Ridge  
Marilyn Rasmussen May 2, 1928-Aug 17, 2015 Los Gatos, California Our beloved Mother, Grandy, G-Ma, and Aunt Marnie passed away peacefully in Los Gatos, California on August 17, 2015 at the age of 87. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Marilyn was born on May 2, 1928 in Park Ridge, Illinois, one of four children of the late John and Winifred Kwasigroch and predeceased by her siblings Rosemarie Kwasigroch, Jack Kwasigroch and Lorraine Weslow. Her family migrated West where she met the love of her life, William Rasmussen. They married in Campbell, California on November 2, 1957. The joy of Marilyn's life was her family, including her sons Bill Charles(wife Susan), Gregg(wife Jeanette) and Jon(wife Gina) and her grandchildren Kristen, Erik, Luke, and Jack. A quote that she often shared with us was "The first thing that a person finds in life and the last to which he holds out his hand, and the most precious that he possess, even if he does not realize, is family life." Marilyn spent a robust career working in the medical field teaching Medical Assisting at West Valley College, managing a medical billing practice in San Jose, California and later at Ascension Church in Saratoga, California. Marilyn was a huge fan of all of her children's and grandchildren's sporting events, often attending almost every game with her silver coffee carafe and snacks for everyone. She was an avid fan of the Giants, 49ers, Stanford, Long Beach State Dirtbags, CSUMB, Menlo College, Archbishop Mitty, and Atascadero High School, always sporting the team colors on game day. She was a woman of strong Catholic faith and her unwavering spirit captivated us all throughout her life. She lived a full and vibrant life and will be missed dearly by her family and friends. Family and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass on Friday, September 11, 2015 at 10:00am at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 219 Bean Avenue, Los Gatos, California followed by a Celebration of Life reception at The Terraces, 800 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos, California. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Marilyn's honor to the American Cancer Society, Carmelite Monastery of Santa Fe, NM (Attn: Sister Therese), or a charity of your choice.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 30, 2015
Reback, Theodore (Ted) - Sunnyvale  
Theodore (Ted) Reback March 26, 1924 August 23, 2015 Resident of Saratoga Born and educated in Toronto, Canada. Born to parents Agnes and Anthony Reback. Ted worked most of his career in the field of electrical engineering. Survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Jean Reback. Also survived by daughter Laura Soriano (Brice), son Ted Jr. (Anna), and 2 grandchildren Kirsten Hertzler (Jeffery) and Christopher. His four sisters predeceased him. He had a love and zest for life and left a lasting mark on anyone who met him. Thank you to the caregivers who helped him through his illness. Rest in peace and enjoy your 18 holes in the sky. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 2:30 PM at LIMA & CAMPAGNA SUNNYVALE MORTUARY, 1315 Hollenbeck Ave., Sunnyvale. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Ted's name to Guide Dog for the Blind or the American Heart Associations.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 26, 2015
Reed, Sheri Lynn - San Jose  
Sheri Lynn Reed Nov. 16, 1951 - Aug. 16, 2015 Resident of Woodland, CA Loving daughter of Russell and Lois Reed, her mother preceding her in death in June 1989. Sister to Lauri (Rob) Realini and Nanci Adams, proud mother of Ariane (LaDonrick) Powell and Arista (Jeremy) Lemos. Sheri was elated to be called "Nana" by her precious and active grandchildren, Myles and Aubrey Lemos and Jayla Sol Powell. Sheri graduated from the former San Carlos High School in June 1969, followed by earning her Nursing Degree from St. Francis in San Francisco in June 1972. Her passion for giving her patients her very best started while still in high school, volunteering at nursing homes on the Peninsula. Sheri's first nursing position began at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, proving to everyone that her chosen career was the right one. Later on her nursing talent brought her to leadership positions at the Blood Banks in Santa Rosa and Millbrae, CA. She had many fond memories of traveling to the local high schools so the younger generation could participate in this important endeavor. Our dearest Sheri will be remembered in so many ways. What stood out the most, besides her love for family, was her commitment to being a staunch supporter of those less fortunate, and always ready to voice her opinion on the issues of the day. May her new found spiritual beliefs lead her on a journey to a serene resting place in a beautiful garden surrounded by her favorite flowers. Sheri's family and friends will not say farewell, but rather choose to fill their hearts with love, appreciation and happy memories of a very gifted lady. A grave site service in her memory will be held at a future date at the St. Helena Cemetery in St. Helena. CA. Donations may be made in her memory to your favorite charity.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Sept. 1, 2015
Rehkemper, Gerald Howard - Los Gatos  
Gerald Howard Rehkemper Aug. 6, 1935 - Aug. 28, 2015 Resident of Los Gatos Gerry died of complications from Parkinson's disease at the age of 80. He was born in St. Louis, MO and moved to San Jose after marrying the love of his life, Carolyn, in 1960. He met Carolyn while working in England for McDonnell-Douglas, and brought his young bride to settle in San Jose where they raised their three children. Gerry worked for over 40 years in various Quality Assurance roles at a variety of defense and high tech companies in the Silicon Valley. He was predeceased by his parents, Aloysius and Dorothy Rehkemper; brothers, Philip and James; and wife Carolyn. He leaves behind his remaining siblings, Alan, Julie and Gloria, his children Steven (Jodi), Philip (Erin) and Catherine (Brian), and six grandchildren, Ashley, Kyle, Greg, Lexi, Clare and Nick. Gerry was a caring and involved father and grandfather who will be greatly missed. Friends and family are invited to a memorial service on Monday, August 31, 2015 at 7 pm at Chapel of the Hills, Los Gatos. Family requests donations to The Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center ( www.thepi.org ) in lieu of flowers.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 30, 2015
Reichmuth, Bernard "Ben" - San Jose  
Bernard "Ben" Reichmuth June 1, 1935 - August 23, 2015 Resident of Los Gatos A super "Spartan", Ben Reichmuth, passed away on August 23, 2015 with long-time friends at his bedside. The only child of Mary (McHugh) and Bernard Francis Reichmuth, Ben was born in San Francisco on June 1, 1935 and raised in San Mateo. A graduate of Serra High School, he went on to San Jose State College where he graduated in 1957 with a BA in Marketing. Upon graduation, Ben went into the insurance business and led the Life Underwriter's Association in community action projects which won them a national award for a drug abuse information project directed at high school students. Early in the 1970's he became Executive Director of the Spartan Foundation at San Jose State followed by formation of Reichmuth & Associates, a professional fund raising firm serving non-profit organizations. His career took another turn when he was hired as Marketing VP at Gillcable. Over the next eight years, revenue quadrupled and Ben was made Executive Vice President and General Manager. When the company was bought by Heritage Cablevision in 1988, it was the largest independent television cable company in the United States. Ben then became President and CEO of LOCATE in New York City. Upon his return to Los Gatos Ben resumed his fund-raising activities working with many non-profit organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club of Silicon Valley, the YMCA of Silicon Valley, Stroke Awareness Foundation, and Cancer CAREpoint. Ben was very dedicated to his two institutions of learning by supporting them with his time and with financial support, however San Jose State became his first love. Over the years he stayed involved as a volunteer in raising millions of dollars for his beloved "Spartans". He was also President of the Alumni Association, President of The Sigma Alpha Epsilon Housing Corporation, a member of the President's Advisory Council, Campaign Coordinator for the capital campaign to expand Spartan Stadium, and Advisor to the International House Endowment Fund campaign. Even though he shied away from recognition, Ben was the first honoree of the Tower Award, the University's highest community award, in 1983. In 2014 he was presented with the first Presidential Medal of Distinction by President Mohammed Qayoumi, and recently, the Phyllis Simpkins Athletic Service Award. Ben was driven to help others. He was brutally honest and a man of his word. He was adamant about young people completing a college education. His love and generosity extended to the children of his many friends. He not only encouraged but guided them to the appropriate colleges and for some, assisted in their tuition. He remained a counselor and trusted advisor to them even after they entered their respective careers. Diagnosed with lung cancer two years ago Ben lived far beyond the doctor's expectancy. He will be missed dearly by all of his friends and family. A celebration of his life is planned for a later date. If you wish to honor Ben, you may send a donation to the B.F. Reichmuth Athletic Endowment c/o Tower Foundation, 1 Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95112.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 28, 2015
Ribbs, William T. "Bunny" - San Jose  
William T. "Bunny" Ribbs October 9, 1925 - August 23, 2015 Resident of San Jose William Theodore "Bunny" Ribbs, Sr., passed away peacefully in his 90th year on Sunday, August 23, 2015, at the VA Medical Center, Palo Alto, California. He was preceded in death by his dear daughter, Alma Renee, his parents Henry and Nora, and his brother Felix, sisters Juanita Hartog, Alma Ribbs, and Evelyn Ribbs Hutchinson. Bunny was born in San Jose on October 9th 1925. He was the beloved fifth child of Nora and Henry Ribbs. Bunny is survived by his wife of 20 years, Heather McFarland Ribbs, and his sons Phillip, William "Willy T." Jr, Stephen (Sylvie), daughter Victoria Ribbs and step-daughter Shauna Greene (Andy). Also survived by his grandchildren who were his pride and joy: Sasha, William "Theo" III, Maxine, Jamal (Emma), and Xander Greene, as well as his brother-in-law, Dr. James Hutchinson and many other family members, especially his beloved nieces and nephews, Karen, Henry and Jimmy, Brenda and David, Paula, Ronnie and Tommy (deceased) (Lois), former sons in law, Darby Davis and Richard Wychoff, and his former wife, Geraldine Ribbs. He was educated at Pala and Roosevelt schools and San Jose Tech. In 1943, he joined the Army Air Corp and remained in service until 1946. After the war, he worked in the family plumbing business ( established in 1927 ) with his father, Henry and brother, Felix. In 1963, he founded Bunny Ribbs Plumbing, which he operated as a flourishing business until he retired in 1987. Bunny's youngest son Stephen Ribbs, now owns and operates the family business as Ribbs Plumbing in San Jose. Bunny served on The Santa Clara Grand Jury and was a member of the Santa Clara County Board of Directors for a decade. He had a lifelong passion for automobiles and auto racing and was legendary in the racing community. Bunny raced sports cars in the 50's and 60's in the SF SCCA region. Subsequently he traveled great distances in his many motorhomes to view F1 events in the US, Canada, and Mexico. For four decades, Bunny was a tireless ambassador for Lions Club International, serving as a District Governor for 4C-6 (1987-88) and proudly enlisting the greatest number of new members during his tenure. He loved Mexico and its people and spent many happy years in his home in Puerto Vallarta where he became renowned in his pursuit of helping others. A Celebration of his life will be held at The Villages Golf and Country Club, 5000 Cribari Lane, San Jose on September 26th at 11:00AM at the Clubhouse. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his memory to Fisher House, Palo Alto VA, 3801 Miranda Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304 or any Lions Club Charity. Cards may be sent to Heather c/o, 1212 Copper Peak Lane, San Jose, 95120-4267.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 30, 2015
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