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White, Bob Earl - Burlingame  
Bob Earl White January 22, 1924 - June 8, 2016 Bob Earl White, 92, died peacefully at home June 8, 2016, surrounded by his family, after a 7 year battle with Alzheimer's. He dealt with his disease with grace and dignity. Bob is survived by his loving wife, of 70 years, Clara M. White, daughters and their husbands; Marsu Robinson and Harry Robinson, MaryAnn Storek and Craig Storek, Melody Ackley and Bryan Ackley, 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Bob was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, always putting others before himself. He was loved by all and will be truly missed.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 26, 2016
White, William - Daly City  
William Keith White 09/28/1940 and 06/24/2016 My beautiful Bill passed after an all to short struggle with debilitating lung cancer. He leaves me, his wife Stephanie, of almost 29 years behind. I thank him deeply for putting up with me as no one else possibly could. He was a kind and patient man, a true gentleman, who always took care of me. He also had the best posture of anyone I ever met. With great pride, he would tell all he was born and raised in SF and served with the SFPD for 30 years. There, he honed his photography skills as Sergeant in charge in the Photo Lab which kindled his lifetime love of photos. Always remember to take a photo with a person in it. And so he did, on every single trip we went on whether it was one of our motorcycle trips to Sturgis or an adventure abroad. He was ahead of his time in the new era of all things electronic and computerized, exemplified by his final denouement of acquiring a Tesla. Saturday mornings were reserved for Dog Agility Class with our Stuart and Phoebe, who are at a loss without his presence. My only real competition in life was for his love of golf and I can honestly say I held no grudges. Please raise a glass of wine (particularly Chardonnay) and toast to my Bill. He was the son of the late Richard and Jean White and sister Mary Lei Paul. Bill leaves behind his nephews Ray and Ron Paul and adoring children son Darrick (Julee), extremely talented granddaughters, Cailyn and Calista, and daughter, Cheriece. He will also be sorely missed by his best friend, Jim Brown, and Frank and Evie Mah. A private internment to be at Olivet Memorial Park and a Celebration of his Life to be announced at a later time.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 26, 2016
Wider, Tamara - San Francisco  
Tamara Wider 1959-2016 After a long and courageous fight against Scleroderma, Tammy has lost her battle with this terrible disease. Tammy leaves behind her son Richard Acosta and daughter Kaitlyn Wider, her grandchildren Jay'Lah, Skye, Amy'ah and Richard, Jr., and many friends. Tammy is survived by her parents Richard Ranghiasci and Carol Kessler, her brother Adam Ranghiasci and her sister Renee Ranchiasci, and many nieces and nephews. Private services will be held at Woodland Memorial Park. Please contact family for details.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from June 24 to June 26, 2016
Williams, Shirley - Rocklin  
Shirley Ann Williams (Latie) Oct 14, 1927 - Jun 15, 2016 Shirley Ann Williams passed away peacefully on June 15, 2016. She was born in Eugene, Oregon and in 1937 she moved to San Francisco. She developed lifelong friendships there with girlfriends she met at Lincoln High School in San Francisco. She organized a Mothers' Day luncheon for a dozen or so of her friends that developed into a 70 year, multi-generational tradition each year. Shirley loved San Francisco and all her memories of that great city and most especially meeting her husband, Al Williams there in 1946. "Shirley-bird" was nicknamed for her love of birds and her perpetually cheerful singing and whistling wherever she was. She and Al moved to San Carlos, California in 1956 and there raised three daughters. Shirley is survived by her three daughters, Cheryl Williams (Mindy), Robin Williams Hood (Lonnie), Lori Whittemore (Petr) and two grandchildren, Katie and Johnny Whittemore. For the past four years, Shirley lived at Sunrise Assisted Living in Rocklin, CA in their Reminisence Neighborhood. Here she was cared for and loved by an outstanding team of angels. Shirley's family invites you to make a donation to the Alzheimer's Foundation.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 26, 2016
Woodman, Pernesa - San Francisco  
Pernesa "Sue" Foster Woodman March 28, 1927 – June 19, 2016 Sue was born in Catale, Oklahoma to Dewey Bryan Foster and Bramlette Britton Cullum in 1927 and left this earth to join her husband, Lewis Carl Woodman, on the day that would have been their 68th wedding anniversary. Sue was a devoted mother to Lynn Anderson (Tom), Carol Duchesne, Cyndy Woodman, Amy Hammon (Mark), and Jeanine Woodman. She was a loving grandmother to Jim Gillespie (Michelle), Kristen Wilson (Rob), Brandon Gillespie (Shannon), Ryan Gillespie, Brittany Gillespie (Lynzey) and Hillary Simonson (Ben); Melanie Williams (Guille), Aaron Duchesne and Tyler Duchesne; Rachael Parr (Jason); Philip Hammon, Courtney Wann (Levi), Janelle Hammon and Lauren Shafer (Christian). Sue and Lew had 35 great-grandchildren with two more on the way. Sue was welcomed into heaven by her loving husband Lew, daughter Carol Duchesne, great-grandson Taylor Zabriskie, her parents and siblings, Bryan, Malcolm, Robert George 'RG', Monta, Benjamin and Bramleta. Sue was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and held many different leadership positions throughout her life. Passionate about Genealogy, she served a one-year Mission with her husband in the Family History Department in Salt Lake City. Sue was also an excellent seamstress, teaching sewing and designing. She designed and created matching Easter outfits for her daughters, as well as costumes for their dance recitals. In her younger years, Sue was a beautiful model. Services will be held on Saturday, June 25th beginning with a viewing at 10:00 AM followed by A Celebration of Life service at 11:00 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, 730 Sharp Park Road, Pacifica, CA. Interment will follow at 12:30 PM at OLIVET MEMORIAL PARK, 1601 Hillside Blvd, Colma, CA. Donations to your favorite charity preferred.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from June 23 to June 25, 2016
Woods, John - San Francisco  
John Joseph Woods Woods, John Joseph - A "gem" of a man died peacefully in Sonora on 6/19/16 surrounded by his family after a long illness. Beloved son of the late Jack and Mary Woods and son-in-law of the late Jack and Mary Fleming; cherished husband of Maureen Fleming Woods for 41 years; beloved father of Danny, loving brother of Jerry, Roseanne, and the late Michael Woods; dear brother-in-law of Patricia Walsh and Nonie Woods. Born in San Francisco on 3/28/45, John graduated from St. Cecilia's Grammar School, Sonora High School, San Jose State University, and Lincoln Law School. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army where he held the rank of Sergeant. A practicing attorney in S.F. and Sonora for 38 years. John was a tireless "champion of the underdog" who possessed a strong sense of integrity, kindness, loyalty, and respect for the law. With a keen intellect and witty and dry sense of humor, he leaves a proud legacy of family, faith, and education. He left all of us the richer for knowing him. John distinguished himself on the football field as a two way starter, excelled in track and for a time held the Sonora High School shot put record. He was a member of Mt. Springs Golf Club where he was Senior Club Champion in 1995 and also carded two holes-in-one. Other community affiliations include the Sonora Elks Lodge and the Tuolumne Co. Bar Assn. Friends may visit Friday, June 24th, after 5:00 p.m. at Terzich and Wilson Mortuary and are invited to attend the vigil service at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial to be held at Saint Patrick's Church Sonora on Saturday June 25th at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in John's memory may be sent to Hospice of Sierra, 20100 Cedar Rd. North Sonora Ca. 95370.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from June 23 to June 26, 2016

Yesterday's Obituaries

Whelan, Helen Mary - Burlingame  
Helen Mary (Sullivan) Whelan Helen Mary (Sullivan) Whelan beloved wife of the late Raymond James Whelan, passed away peacefully at home on June 19 surrounded by her family. She was the adoring daughter of the late Daniel and Bridget Sullivan, loving sister of the late Abina Sullivan and Cecelia McElearney, and loving mother of the late Michael Whelan (Christine.) Helen is survived by her loving children, Daniel Whelan, James Whelan (Nancy), Mary Patricia Whelan-Miille (Michael Miille), Joanne Thurau (John), and Aileen Whelan. She will be missed by her grandchildren Lisa Oshima (Rob), Lauren Go (PJ), Cameron Miille (Jamie), John Paul Thurau II (Gabriela), Raymond Whelan, Mark Thurau, and Daniel Whelan. She is also survived by her precious great grandchildren Olivia, Gabriel, and Samantha Go, Caelyn Oshima, and Parker Miille, as well as three who will soon be joining the family. Helen's extended family of greatly loved nieces and nephews includes the Whelan, Lyons, and McElearney families. Helen is also survived by her cousins Sr. Rosaleen O'Sullivan, RSM, Claire D'Amico, and the Duignan family of Ireland. Helen grew up in the Mission District of San Francisco amidst a very close knit Irish community. She attended Corpus Christi grammar school, and graduated from St. Paul's High School in 1941. Helen graduated from the College of Notre Dame, Belmont, in 1944. She met her husband Raymond (SCU Fighting '44, class of 1947) at a Santa Clara University dance. They were married in 1947 until his death in 1995. Helen & Ray moved to Burlingame in 1954 where they raised their family in Our Lady of Angels Parish. Both Helen and Ray were active in the Our Lady of Angels School and church community. Helen was a Mothers' Club president and volunteered for many years at the church rectory. She was also in the "Pink Lady" Auxiliary at Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame for many years. Helen loved being a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and aunt. She greatly enjoyed hosting family gatherings with Ray in their home. Sewing was a creative outlet for Helen, and her daughters greatly benefited from this! In her later years, Helen enjoyed the friendship and support of the Our Lady of Angels Parish community especially the Capuchin Franciscans and rectory staff. Helen's family would like to thank Visiting Angels, in particular, Beth and Patricia, for the wonderful care they provided, and most especially Jennifer Leone for her loving care during Helen's final days. Donations in Helen's memory may be made to the Capuchin Franciscans, Western Province, 1345 Cortez Avenue, Burlingame CA 94010. A Visitation will be held on Thursday June 23 at 6pm and the Rosary will begin at 7pm at Our Lady of Angels Church, 1721 Hillside Drive, Burlingame CA 94010. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 am on Friday, June 24 at Our Lady of Angels Church, 1721 Hillside Drive, Burlingame CA 94010. A graveside service will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma following the mass. A reception will be held back in Burlingame following the graveside service (details will be provided at the church.)
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from June 21 to June 24, 2016

Obituaries from the Past Week

Ward, Kirk - Orinda  
Kirk G. Ward May 29, 1934 - May 27, 2016 Kirk Guy Ward, 81, of Orinda passed away peacefully at home on May 27, 2016, after struggling with Parkinson's Disease. Kirk was born May 29, 1934, in Bakersfield, CA to Vaughn M. Ward and Opal I. Chilton Ward of Chesaning, MI. He graduated from East Bakersfield High School in 1952, and in 1962 became a partner in Ward Ryder Realty, until he started his own company, WDC Corp, in Walnut Creek in 1983. He was a successful real estate developer for over fifty years, with residential and commercial properties in Santa Maria, Napa, the Bay Area, and Southern California. Kirk will be remembered for his optimistic outlook, generous nature, and his entertaining stories of growing up in Bakersfield, working in Yosemite in his teens, and attending college at UC Santa Barbara (Class of '57). He loved golf and the "Bakersfield Sound", and valued his many friendships from Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and Claremont Country Club. Survivors include his wife, Regina Kay Davis Keran-Ward, whom he married August 6, 2005 in Orinda; daughter Karen (Paul) Aldridge and son Andrew (Tina) Ward of Lafayette, and their mother Bernice Olson, whom he married October 8, 1960 in Porterville; step-daughters Kim Coers of Santa Cruz, Courtney (Dale) Holman of Willow Park, TX, Kelly Coers of Lafayette, and Cecileigh (Joey) Mota of Alamo; step-son Kim Nott of San Francisco; five grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren. Kirk was preceded in death by his wife Betty Bofenkamp Nott Ward, whom he married May 12, 1973 in Incline Village, NV; step-daughter Patricia Nott Hansen of Truckee; and his brother Greg Ward of Tulare. The family is respecting Kirk's wishes to not have a public memorial, and instead held a private family service. His ashes will be placed next to his parents graves in Historic Union Cemetery in Bakersfield. In lieu of flowers, tribute donations can be made to Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Foundation Research, www.michaeljfox.org .
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 19, 2016
Westbrook, Irving - San Francisco  
Irving Westbrook March 7, 1925-April 26, 2016 Born in Prairieville, TX to Emmett T. Westbrook and Lee Stribbling Westbrook, Irving was the 14th of 15 siblings. He left home in 1940 to join the Civilian Conservation Corps and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942. Leaving the Navy in 1952 after 10 years including service aboard the USS Kermit Roosevelt (ARG-16) during WW II and the Korean War, he subsequently served 16 years with the U.S. Air Force at bases around the world. He retired on August 1, 1968 as a Chief Master Sergeant and subsequently served 20 years with the Navy Department as an Air Terminal Manager at Naval Air Station Alameda. His beloved wife Barbara (Kindberg) whom he met in Chicago, IL, courted for 30 months by letter while serving in the Pacific during WWII, and married on January 2, 1946, died in 1998. Irving is survived by his daughter, Cynthia Westbrook Hu; son-in-law, Wayne Hu; grandchildren Lindsay (Kylene); Alison (John), Jordan and Sarah; great grandson, Maddox Irving; sisters-in-law Nancy Kraft and Suzanne Barranco (John), his loving companion Trudie Schierenbeck; numerous nieces and nephews. A resident of Alameda for more than 40 years, Irving also spent many seasons at his 12-acre property in Pollock Pines, CA, bringing the land back to life after a devastating fire. He favored Cadillacs, Johnny Cash, ample breakfasts and left the world better than he found it. A "Passing Through" ceremony will be held at the Presidio Chapel on June 25 at 10:30 a.m.; interment will be at the San Francisco National Cemetery next to his wife, Barbara. Donations may be made in Irving's memory to the Alzheimer's Association.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 19, 2016
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