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Takaha, Chikara - Foster City  
Chikara Takaha June 6, 1923-April 22, 2016 Chikara Takaha passed away peacefully on April 22, 2016. He is survived by his wife Lilyan, his sons Marc (Ane) and Cary (Annie) and his daughter, Cara Scopazzi (Dan) as well as 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Larry. "Chick" as he was affectionately called, was born near Stockton and was one of 10 siblings whose parents had emigrated from Japan. The family moved to Half Moon Bay where they farmed vegetables. Dad was Senior Class President and on the football team at Half Moon Bay High. During WWII citizens of Japanese descent on the West Coast were interned in relocation camps. Dad and his family were interned at Topaz, Utah. While in camp, Dad enlisted in the Army where he served in the Military Intelligence Service. In 2012 he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor for his service. After the war, Dad returned to the Bay Area where he enrolled in the San Francisco Art Institute under the G.I. bill. This led to a lifetime career working as a commercial artist with the U. S. Army based at the Presidio. In 1948, Dad married Lilyan becoming a father to her son Larry. In 1954 they moved to San Mateo and in 1971 settled in Foster City. Dad was a prolific artist and attended art workshops twice weekly for over 40 years. Dad also had a great love of cars, working on his own car and driving. Our summer vacations were spent driving cross country visiting many of our country's national parks. In later years, Dad was a familiar sight tending to his Zen rock garden and riding his bike around the levees of Foster City with his dog Molly in the front basket. One of Dad's greatest gifts to us was being able to see and appreciate the beauty in the everyday. We will remember him as a caring husband and a committed father. Our family would like to thank the staff at Gordon Manor in Redwood City where Dad resided the last 2 years for their dedication and care and the Hospice team from Vitas who helped Dad move peacefully onto his new journey. Donations to honor Chick may be made to the Peninsula Humane Society or the charity of your choice. A celebration of life will be held on June 12. Email Carats90@outlook.com for details.
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Thomas, Dorothy - Albany  
Dorothy Thomas March 31, 1934 - April 21, 2016 Dorothy Thomas, 82, died April 21, 2016, with loved ones by her side in Berkeley, California. As she requested, a informal memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 14th at 2 p.m. at Brennan's in Berkeley, CA. She was born March 31, 1934, in San Francisco to Albert and Caroline Werle. Dorothy is survived by her brother, Albert Werle; 1 son and his spouse, Mike and Kathy Piper; 4 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Steve Piper, and husband, Chuck Thomas. Dorothy, or Dottie to some, had fond memories of her co-workers at Nomadic Traders, ServaMation, and Pinole Point Steel. She loved her neighbors, friends, and family with her whole heart. She was a beautiful, vibrant, and unique woman that touched the lives of many and spread laughter wherever she went. She, and her infectious smile, will truly be missed. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Smile Train ( smiletrain.org ).
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Travis, Audrey - San Francisco  
Audrey Jean (Stevens) Travis Aug 16, 1929 - May 1, 2015 Audrey passed away peacefully one year ago today. "My life began in a family of many aunts and uncles," Audrey once wrote. She spent "an idyllic childhood" in Madera, graduated from Burlingame H.S., and earned her undergraduate and teaching degrees at UC Berkeley. She made lifelong friends in college. "Having friends for such a long time through all the stages of your life, who know everything about you and have shared your happiness and sorrow, is treasured more and more as the years pass." After college, Audrey taught in Sacramento. There she met a "young man just returning from the Korean War," James Travis ("Trav"), and they soon married. In her words, "Family days arrived": three sons and a daughter. In 1954, Audrey and Trav bought a home near Lake Merced. Audrey lived there for 58 years. "Memories of that neighborhood are wonderful. The 50s, 60s, and 70s were times full of children on the street and all the neighbors knew each other." She discovered her "second career" as a school volunteer, from librarian at Lakeshore Elementary to operating and growing the Volunteers in College and Career Information center at Lowell H.S. Audrey enjoyed gardening and bridge, and especially the "great joy" of her family. Of course, she also endured "several terrible sadnesses." She lost Trav in a snorkeling accident 36 years ago. In the space of six months in 2006-2007, cancer claimed first a daughter-in-law, Jane, and then Audrey's only daughter, Mary. Then, in 2013, her second son, Bill, passed away after a series of illnesses. Audrey wrote, "The consolation comes with having so many happy and funny memories of each of them." And so it is with our loss of Audrey. So many happy and funny memories. And warm ones. And loving ones. Memories that continue to instruct, amuse, and comfort. Audrey is survived by her sons Monte and Bob, her daughters-in-law Yuko, Pilar, and Jeanne, her son-in-law Richard, her grandchildren Dustin, Samantha, Vasco, Julieta, Sabrina, and Felix, and her great-grandson Ryder. Audrey's close family and friends enjoyed a private celebration of her life on the Bay shortly after her death. She is missed.
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