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Edwin Joseph Ongerth

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Photo Edwin Joseph Ongerth Passed away peacefully at his home in Hillsborough on December 24, 2007, after a long illness at the age of 88. He was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, MaryAnn in 1993. He was the loving father to Barry and Susan Woodell-Mascall, both of Burlingame; and father-in-law to Tina Ongerth and Bob Mascall. Poppy was the devoted grandfather to Keelin and Colin Woodell; and uncle to the Dillons of Michigan & the Tiffanys of NY. Second generation San Franciscan, Ed was a proud graduate of Lowell High School, class of 1937 and the University of California, Berkeley, class of 1941. At CAL he was a starting outfielder for three years playing with such tenacity that he was nicknamed the Little Giant. His was later inducted into the selected Big C Society. After graduation he briefly played semi-pro baseball prior to serving in the Navy during World War II. He was captain of his ship PC 478 and stationed in the Aleutians and the Pacific. During his midshipman's training in New York, he met his wife to be, Mary Ann, who he married in 1943. After the war they lived in San Francisco until 1952 when they moved to Hillsborough. There he embarked on a very successful hospitality career owning motels in San Francisco, East Bay, and the Peninsula and created many innovative pricing strategies long before they became norm for the industry. He developed a real passion for golf and played with many groups throughout the Bay Area, often winning club championships. However, the most important part of his life was always his family whom with he spent his happiest moments. Private services will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations can be made to Sutter VNA and Hospice, San Mateo.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 28, 2007
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