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John Vincent Giacomazzi ’77 went to Jesus and his eternal reward on Oct. 7, 2014. He was 59 years old. John was born in San Jose on Jan. 6, 1955. He graduated from James Lick High School and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Santa Clara University in 1977. John stated when he walked across the stage, "It was the happiest day of my life." He worked for the U. S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division in Menlo Park and enjoyed scuba diving until he was incapacitated by neuromuscular atrophy, the progressive and debilitating disease that he endured all of his life.
John is survived by an aunt, Esther Long of Parker, Colo., and cousins Laura Long of Sunnyvale, Calif., Richard Long of Cottonwood, Calif., Michael Long of Jacksonville, Fla. and Mark Long of Parker, Colo. He is also survived by his close friend and caretaker Eileen Hansen and his special friend Julia Pezzini. He was predeceased by his parents, Andrew and Jeanne (Long) Giacomazzi and his brother, Joseph Giacomazzi. John is also predeceased by his two very special canine service dogs "Rather" and "Rio." In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Canine Companions, Santa Rosa, Calif. or Santa Clara University Alumni Family.
Heloïse Ruth Albritton M.A. '77, beloved mother, grandmother and glorious daughter of God, joined her Lord on Thursday evening, Aug. 14, 2014, in East Meredith. She was surrounded by most of her seven children and devoted caretakers, her home filled with the music and flowers she loved.
Heloïse was born in 1928, in Bangkok, Siam (now Thailand), to Dr. Errett and Mrs. Rietta Albritton. The family returned to America in 1931, where Heloïse became an accomplished student, pianist, active Young Federalist and an original candy striper. She graduated with honors from Swarthmore College in 1950. An intellectual beatnik and liberal thinker, Heloïse enjoyed Greenwich Village where she chatted with Pete Seeger and Jackson Pollock. But, it was James Hartwell Frame - a young man from a small town in Iowa - who captured her heart - over a spilled bowl of punch. They wed in 1951 and were married for 47 years until his death in 1997. They had seven children and more than 20 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Heloïse was a devoted servant of the Lord, personally and professionally. She returned to school in her late 40s and earned a master's degree from Santa Clara University in California. Over 60 years, she opened her home to many seekers in the conviction of God's promise in Deuteronomy that, "He sets the lonely in families." She was the spiritual mentor, gifted counselor and healer of many searching souls. Heloïse co-launched House of Bread Ministries in California in the 1970s continued her calling in New York City in the 1980s, developing her 12-step Deprivation Neuroses Anonymous group program and then founded The Lazarus Center in Oneonta in 1992, maintaining her practice there until 2009, then choosing to continue her spiritual work from her home office in East Meredith. Heloïse will be greeted in heaven by those who went before her - her husband, James; brother, Rogers; her parents; daughter-in-law, Clara; and great-grandson, Caiden; as well as numerous friends; and spiritual offspring. Early in the evening of her last day, she was able to share in her cherished sunset prayer, saying to the Lord - as she had every day for many years - "Let us usher in a new day, now beginning with rest."
Doris Patterson '77, May 27, 1934 to September 5, 2014. A resident of Morgan Hill, she passed away peacefully in her sleep after a brief illness. She was 80 years old. She is survived by her three children, Sharon Castillo, Ross Jernigan and Jay Jernigan; four grandchildren, Dionne Obeso, Tom Jernigan, Melissa Jernigan and Meghan Jernigan; and one great-grandchild, Michael Obeso. Her children were with her when she passed.
Doris was confident, smart and independent and had many careers in her life, starting as a secretary with NASA and ending as CEO and Chairman of Smart Products, Inc., a pump and valve manufacturing company in Morgan Hill, earning a B.S. in mathematics from Santa Clara University along the way. Doris took Smart Products from start-up to a thriving manufacturing business with a worldwide customer base. Each of Doris' children has worked with her in her company at various times. Doris retired as CEO in 2007 and her youngest son, Jay Jernigan, took over as CEO. Doris remained active in the business, serving as Chairman of the Board at the time of her death.
Doris loved to dance and travel. She competed in ball room dancing for a number of years and had many trophies to attest to her skills. She traveled throughout the world and loved to explore new places, especially those with nice shops and boutiques! Doris was also a philanthropist, donating much of her time to charitable causes. She was a Rotarian in Morgan Hill and had many friends there.
Christopher Nielsen Heard J.D. '78, of Sacramento, Calif., a successful attorney, dedicated psychologist, beloved father and grandfather, passed away on June 17, 2014.
Chris was born to the late Lawrence Nielsen Heard and the late Betty Ann Heard on October 29, 1950 at St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco, Calif. He was the oldest son and second child for the couple. In 1969, Chris married Melody Benevento and had his first daughter, Felicia. While working and raising a family, Chris continued his education at the University of San Francisco, from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1974 with degrees in Philosophy and Theology. He went on to further his education at Santa Clara University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Juris Doctor in 1978.
Chris began his career in the law in the Santa Clara district attorney's office where he enjoyed an unprecedented record of successes. He remained a dedicated public servant throughout his career, always fighting for the underdog and ensuring that justice was served. In July of 1981, Chris and Melody welcomed their second daughter, Briana. He went on to be a gubernatorial appointee during the Deukmejian administration as well as serving in other distinguished capacities within the California State government. In addition to his academic and professional pursuits, Chris was a fitness enthusiast. He was a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, competing in several triathlons and serving as an unpaid personal trainer to many throughout the years. His daughter Briana has followed in his footsteps, competing in the New York City Marathon and continuing to challenge herself physically and mentally.
Not content to rest on his laurels and eager to make a further contribution to society, Chris went back to school later in life to receive his PhD. in Psychology after which he carved out a distinguished career in forensic psychology. His accumulation of post-graduate degrees inspired his three grandsons to lovingly call him "Dr. Grandpa." Chris was more than the sum of his parts. He was a true renaissance man who never stopped being a student. His love of learning extended to music and dance. He began piano and dance lessons very late in life. Chris read voraciously on any and all topics and was fairly well versed in everything from world history to criminal theory.
Chris was taken from his family far too soon and will be missed by his loving daughters, Felicia Marie Geller and Briana Elizabeth Heard; son-in-law Scott Geller; devoted grandsons Ryan Nielsen, Griffin John and James Powell Geller; his older sister and loving friend Elizabeth Heard Driscoll, brother-in law Gerard Driscoll and their sons Sean, Michael and Matthew; his confidant and younger brother Dr. Geoffrey Stuart Heard and sister-in-law Dr. Christine Heard and their son Kevin Christopher; his sister Lauren Heard and her children Alexandra and Gregory. In addition to his family, Chris leaves behind many close friends and colleagues as well as the countless people he touched during his time here.
Michael G. Ruso '79 died on January 21, 2015, from heart failure at the age of 57. He was born on August 12, 1957 in Watsonville, CA. Mike attended Moreland Notre Dame, Watsonville High School class of 1975 and graduated with a BS in Finance from Santa Clara University in 1979.
He returned to Watsonville to start his career at Wells Fargo Bank and then managed Valley National/Household Bank. Many businesses and individuals benefited from his keen sense and personal approach to lending. When banking became more corporate he left and went to work in the auto industry. He was currently sales manager of Santa Cruz Nissan Dodge and VW. He also owned the Villager Bar with childhood friend, Eric Johnson.
Following in his father Fran's footsteps, Mike was very involved in local baseball. Treasurer of Aggie's baseball for many years, he ran the local baseball tournament each August. He was a member of BPOE Elks Lodge #1300, Knights of Columbus 958, California Water Fowl Association, Rod & Gun Club and Two and Change. In the true Croation manner, he loved to cook and enjoy a good meal. He often cooked meals and brought them to his colleagues at work. An avid sports fan, he loved the Giants and the 49ers. He was happiest when he was fishing or hunting and then sharing his catch with his many friends. He loved to travel to Tahoe and Las Vegas to play poker, or to bet on sporting events. He also enjoyed Cabo San Lucas & Hawaii and the casual lifestyle there. Mike was generous to a fault, even as a child. He was kind, hardworking, nonjudgmental and forgiving with a keen sense of humor with an uncanny way of making everyone feel safe and at ease. The nicknames that he coined for friends and family stuck and sometimes replaced their legal name.
He leaves his loving wife of 11 years, Saundra; son, Michael Gene II of Aptos; mother, Jolene Ruso; mother-in law, Lea Tedrowe and father-in law, David Bowersock; siblings, Kerry Stringari (Steve), Mark Ruso, Susan Rodriguez (Frank), Jennifer Scurich '83 (Mike) and John Ruso '86; nieces and nephews, Casey Luke and Zach Scurich, Josh and Nico Stringari, Matthew and Kellie Rodriguez, John and Samantha Ruso. He was predeceased by his father Francis J. Ruso and grandparents Gene and Joanne Bartlett and Ann Ruso.
Luis Guerrero Hernandez M.A. ’79 was born in Sahuayo, Mexico, on July 07, 1937, and died in Colima, Mexico, on June 3, 2014. After graduating from SCU, he joined Gas Menguc back in Mexico, from which he retired after 36 years in 2011. He was an avid reader and chess player. He is survived by his wife, Cristina; son, Alejandro; daughters Noemi, Cecilia and Beatriz and eight grandchildren.
Dennis Cavender MBA '79, age 63, passed away on July 28, 2014, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Gail (nee Kephart) for over 40 years; the loving father of Amanda (Elliot) Bennett, Jackie (Matt) Wild, and Elizabeth (Adam) Dreyer; proud grandfather of Stella Bennett; devoted brother of Judith (Dennis) Berg and Joyce (Keith) Bogue; and cherished uncle to four nieces and nephews. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Harlan and DeVona Cavender, of Denver, CO.
A native of the Denver area, Dennis also lived significant portions of his life in the San Francisco and Chicago areas. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Northern Colorado and a master's degree in business administration from Santa Clara University. His four-decade career in finance and management took him around the country and the globe. He loved golf, baseball, traveling, and spending time with his family. His loved ones will remember him for his strength, sense of humor, and zeal for life. He will be dearly missed.
Bruce Kent McCormick MBA '79 was born Oct. 8, 1952. Of Granite Bay, he passed away unexpectedly at home of natural causes on Nov. 28, 2014. Born in Sharon, Pennsylvania, Bruce spent his formative years in Yorktown, Indiana. He earned a bachelor's and master's degree from Purdue University in electrical engineering and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Bruce enjoyed a productive and fruitful 36 year career as an engineering executive at Intel Corporation, where he was part of the team to generate the first successful flash-memory device. Following his career at Intel, Bruce was a founder and CEO of CogniMem Technologies Inc. He served as an elder in the Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church and as a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America. Bruce was a loving and devoted father, friend, and community member. He especially enjoyed sharing his passion for flying and the outdoors. His presence, warm smile, and kind manner will be greatly missed.
Bruce is predeceased by his parents, Leach Snapp McCormick, Jr. and Ann Johnson McCormick, of Aiken, SC. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Moffat McCormick MBA ’79 (Granite Bay), daughter Melissa (Santa Barbara), and sons Matthew (Granite Bay) and Christopher (Jessica) of Santa Barbara. He also has three grandchildren, Logan, Jude, and Harper McCormick of Santa Barbara. Bruce's siblings include brothers Steven C. McCormick (Raymond, Nebraska) and David A. McCormick (New Haven, Conneticut), and sister Angela G. McCormick (Saint Joseph, Minnesota).
Brigit Kathleen Whims '79, on June 1, 2014, closed her crystal blue eyes, never to to reopen them again in this life. She was surrounded by her family and friends and passed on peacefully at her home in Saratoga, Calif. She is survived by her husband Jim; children Maclane, Parker and Makena, as well as by her mother Agnes and brother Kevin. Born April 6th, 1957 to Bob and Agnes Mcwalters of San Francisco, Calif., Brigit attended Mercy high school and went to Santa Clara university on an academic scholarship. Her first job out of school was with Xerox Corporation and years later she became a stock broker at E.F. Hutton.
She lived a healthy lifestyle centered on spending time with close friends and family, and always getting to the gym. She loved to travel and did her best to never miss one of her boys' Bellarmine lacrosse games or her daughter's horse shows.
Jeffrey William Carroll '81, 56, of Arcadia CA, passed Monday, March 2, 2015, after a long and heroic battle with cancer. Jeff was born in Los Angeles, CA on February 1, 1959 to William A. Carroll and JoAnn B. Carroll. He graduated from Arcadia High School in 1977 where he was awarded Athlete of the Year. He earned a B.S. Degree from Santa Clara University in 1981, while lettering in both soccer and football.
He is survived by his loving wife Debbie of 26+ years, and their two children, Alexander Jeffrey and Matthew William. He is also survived by his Father, William A. Carroll '58, stepmother, Louise Bannan Carroll '62, siblings, Richard Carroll (Connie), Colleen Lambert (Jeffrey), Kathleen Roussel (John), Mark Carroll '97, '98 (Colleen), Lisa Arnerich (David), stepsisters, Patricia Pascale (Matthew), Virginia Harvey (Jonathan), Joanne Vogt (Erik), Mary Bruno (Philip), many cousins, nieces and nephews. He is proceeded in death by his Mother, JoAnn (1987) and sister, Laura (1987).
Jeff loved life to the fullest and touched everyone in his path. He was a true family man and sports fanatic. He was an avid skier, soccer player, and his true love in life, besides Debbie and his boys, was golf.
Allan Victor Burklund '81, 55, of Tucson, Arizona, passed away suddenly on Aug. 5, 2014. Allan was an Eagle Scout, and graduated from Brophy Prep in 1977. He earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Santa Clara University, and later earned his MBA. Allan is preceded in death by his father, Lee Burklund. Allan is survived by his mother, Dolores; his significant other, Lori; his sister Carol; his sister Barbe (Rick); his brother David (Becky); his two nephews David (Lanette) and Jeremy Wetmore ’02, his niece Brianne (Oliver); and his great-nephews Jack and Theodore. He will be greatly missed. Allan also loved camping, being outdoors and spending time with his cats.
Jonnie L. Herring J.D. '84, a resident of San Jose, passed away peacefully on July 26 after a two-year struggle with brain cancer. She was born to the late Alfred and Dorothy Johnson on Sep. 27, 1941, in Oklahoma City, Okla. She was a proud older sister to the late Donald Johnson of Milwaukee. Jonnie earned her bachelor's degree in English from Rice University and a master's degree in the same subject from University of Houston. She was married to the late Robert (Bob) Herring, whom she met at Rice, for 49 years. After leaving Texas, Jonnie lived in Boston, Mass., and Scottsdale, Ariz., before settling in San Jose, Calif. A resident of San Jose since 1974, Jonnie was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Saratoga for many years. She was a stay-at-home mom and active member of the Dilworth Elementary PTA before earning her law degree from Santa Clara University in 1984. Jonnie practiced family law for almost 30 years, and developed a specialization in mediation. She was proud to have helped pioneer methods to minimize the strife of divorce proceedings. In 2000, she received the Henry B. Collada Memorial Award from the Family Law Section of the Santa Clara Bar Association for her many years of representing children. In 2011, she received the Justice Byrl R. Salsman Award from the Santa Clara County Bar Association. Jonnie was a voracious reader who filled her home with books. She loved music and listened to recordings every night. She enjoyed traveling and attending concerts with her husband, Bob. She is survived by her daughter, Katherine, her son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Christine, and her granddaughters, Virginia and Andria. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Bob Lee J.D. '84, October 12, 1957 - October 18, 2014. Lifelong Resident of Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz County District Attorney Bob Lee died at home after a battle with cancer. He was 57.
As Santa Cruz County's top prosecutor, Bob advocated tirelessly for victims of crime. He was passionate about giving victims a voice in the criminal justice system. Bob restructured the District Attorney's office, creating units to prosecute gangs, sex offenders, elder abuse and domestic violence, as well as consumer protection and environmental cases. He created the Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force, an interagency team focused on suppressing gang violence and prosecuting gang members. Recently he spearheaded the formation of the Downtown Accountability Program, focused on repeat offenders in downtown Santa Cruz. His leadership transformed his office and enhanced public safety.
Bob was a truly gifted trial lawyer. He was justifiably proud of his remarkable trial record, having never lost a jury trial in Santa Cruz County. He never shied away from difficult cases, prosecuting some of the County's most challenging high profile cases. Throughout his twelve years as the elected District Attorney, Bob mentored other prosecutors helping them become better trial lawyers. He was a champion for victims of crime insisting on treating them with the compassion, consideration and respect they deserve.
Bob was a life-long resident of Santa Cruz County. The youngest of four brothers, Bob graduated from Soquel High School in 1975. He received a bachelor's degree in Public Administration with honors from California State University Sacramento in 1980, followed by his Juris Doctorate degree in 1984 from Santa Clara University School of Law. He began his career as a prosecutor in the District Attorney's office in Monterey County. He joined the District Attorney's Office in Santa Cruz County as an Assistant District Attorney in 1988. He was elected as the District Attorney in 2002.
Growing up in Santa Cruz, Bob loved the ocean. Much of his free time during his "coming of age" years was spent with friends at the Cove and at Blacks Beach. He was an avid body surfer. He also spent considerable time playing pick-up basketball at Jade Street Park. He was one of the driving forces in the formation of "Royal Touch", a mainstay softball team of the late 70s. He was the founder of the "World Series of Poker", a winner-take-all dealer's choice poker tournament open to 30-40 of his closest friends (costumes mandatory.) He created one of the earliest fantasy football leagues in the country in 1983, and the BFL (Bobby's Football League) continued through 2001. He enjoyed playing tennis and took the game seriously, especially in his later years.
Bob married the love of his life, Barbara (nee Bush), in 1997. Bob was an Assistant District Attorney and Barbara, a probation officer. Their life together was rich and full; they enjoyed walks on the beach, bonfires, traveling, and good Zin. Their home was the hub of the neighborhood and their events (pumpkin carving, Christmas caroling, and line dancing, among others) and parties bonded their neighborhood. Bob was devoted to their dogs Charles, Cubbie, Chloe, Barkley and Audrey, and their cat Ollie.
Bob loved the San Francisco Giants since childhood. He was convinced that they would win the World Series in 2014, and lived to learn that they had won the pennant. Ever the true fan, he was adamant that his memorial service not conflict with a World Series game.
Bob is survived by his wife Barbara, his mother, Enid, his three brothers, Doug, Mark and Bill. He was predeceased by his father Robert. He was loved by those who knew him and touched the lives of many. He will be dearly missed.
The world lost a beautiful, generous soul when Virginia "Geeg" Mirrione M.A. '85 slipped peacefully into eternal rest on July 22, 2014. Born in San Jose, CA, on February 15, 1938, to the late Edna (nee Santos) and Vincent Mirrione, loving niece of Florence Morrison, sister to Vincent, Peter (Barbara), Charlie (Linda), Helen (Pete, deceased) Ostrander, and Freda (Bud) Hudson, Auntie to 8 nephews, 7 nieces, 9 great-nephews, 13 great-nieces, 3 Godchildren.
Geeg graduated from Santa Clara High in 1955 and coached girls' volleyball at St. Clare's School. In 1958, she received her calling to serve her Lord, becoming Sister Vincent de Paul, SND. She taught in Hawaii and in California (Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo and Yuba Counties). Upon leaving the order, her service to educating young minds continued as a teacher /principal at Franklin-McKinley and Mt. Pleasant School Districts, and in Van Buren, ME. She earned her Master's in Education Administration at Santa Clara University, and continued her career in education. In 1994, she retired from Franklin-McKinley School District, then Geeg became principal of Resurrection Catholic School in Sunnyvale, CA until 2003. She continued her involvement in the ICF Branch 408 and the Santa Clara Senior Center. She enjoyed day trips to the casinos, visiting friends and family, and watching the 49ers and Giants. Geeg was blessed to have a large network of friends who were there to share her journey. But most important to her were her family and thousands of students, whose laughter brought her the most happiness, and whose lives have been forever changed by her kindness, humor, generosity, and "happy pills" (a.k.a. donuts).
Herbert Blake Jr. PhD '85, June 1, 1942 - July 2, 2014.
Born in Denver, raised in Fort Morgan, CO. Served as a naval officer in Vietnam. BS in international affairs U 0f CO, Boulder. MBA in decision sciences, CSUS. PhD in decision sciences, Santa Clara U. Professor in School of Business, Management Dept. CSUS. Survived by wife Nancy (Sacto), daughter Chelsea (W. Hollywood), son Brook, daughter-in-law Amber and granddaughter Nevaeh (Sacto), brother Alan (Texas), and many other relatives and friends.
Patrick A. Pilling ’86 was a wonderful man who left us too early. He died at home on Dec. 7, at the age of 50, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Palo Alto, Calif., to Jack and Marie Pilling, he was the baby of the family. Pat went K-8 at Saint Albert the Great in Palo Alto, and then rode a train to San Jose everyday for the next four years to attend Bellarmine College Preparatory, where his father and older brother had also gone to school. While at Bellarmine, Pat played football and baseball. He graduated with honors and received the Student Scholar-Athlete award. He was later inducted into the Bellarmine Athletic Hall of Fame as part of the 1981 state championship football team.
Pat studied engineering at the University of Santa Clara while he played baseball on an athletic scholarship. Pilling pitched in the program from 1984-86 and played on the 1985 team that posted a 32-25 record. He made a team-high 22 appearances on the mound for the Broncos in 1985 and tied for the team lead with four saves. In 1986, Pilling tied for the team lead with 24 appearances and led the Broncos with three saves. Pat loved playing baseball, and he began coaching summer clinics for children at Stanford. Coaching youth sports became one of Pat's great passions, and he continued it for the rest of his life. When Pat graduated, he was employed at Case Pacific, an engineering firm in the Bay Area. During this time, he went to San Jose State University at night and graduated with a master's degree in engineering.
Pat met his wife, KayAnn Loudon ’87 of Reno, while they were studying at Santa Clara. They were engaged after graduation, and Pat moved to Reno, where they were married in 1989. Pat worked at various Reno engineering firms while attending the University of Nevada, Reno where he graduated with a Doctoral degree in Geotechnical Engineering. In 1997, Pat became a founding partner in Black Eagle Consulting, a local engineering firm. Pat eventually became the President and co-owner of Black Eagle, and he loved his work and was very proud to be part of the company. Pat received numerous awards, including The National Society of Professional Engineers' Young Engineer of the Year award in 1996 and was the Outstanding Graduate Alumni of the University of Nevada, Reno in 2009.
Pat and KayAnn were married for 25 years and had three wonderful sons: Casey (20), Brett (19), and Tyler (16). Every year, Pat coached his sons in Little League baseball and Pop Warner football, and was even president of Reno National Little League for two years. As his boys grew, Pat became a football coach at Bishop Manogue High School where each of his sons attended and played. He most loved coaching and spending time with his boys. Pat's other favorite activity was fishing; if he wasn't working or coaching, he was fishing. Pat fished the world, but he most loved to fish at Lake Tahoe or Pyramid Lake, which was another activity the family did together. Pat loved the outdoors and also enjoyed hunting. He was a member of the Canvasback Duck Club in Stillwater, Nevada, and enjoyed hunting there whenever he could.
Pat was an amazing man who loved his family and friends. He was a hard worker and very successful in all of his endeavors. He loved life and he definitely made the best of every minute! Pat will be forever missed, and forever remembered.
Along with his wife and sons, Pat is survived by his mother, Marie Pilling; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol and Joe Byrne, Susie and Jim Bickel, Linda and Ted Fletcher; his brother and sister-in-law, Mike Pilling ’82 and Vicky Pilling; father and mother- in-law, Dr. Don and Kay Loudon; brother-in-law, Ross Loudon ’88; and many nieces and nephews.
Mary Gerwe Jubb ’86, a resident of San Francisco who fought a courageous, 8 1/2 year battle with cancer, lost that battle on June 7, 2014. Everyone who knew her was inspired by her bravery and indomitable fighting spirit. She was 50 years old. In her last days at the UCSF Medical Center she was supported by a loving group of family and friends: her husband Paul Jubb, their children Sam, age 12, and Darcy, age 10, her parents Barbara Gerwe M.A. ’84, M.A. ’95 and Gene Gerwe, her siblings Gretchen, David, Peter, Sara, Kate, and Margaret Gerwe ’88 and their spouses, and many friends.
Mary and Paul were married in England in on August 1, 1998 and lived in Datchet and Windsor, England until 2005, when they moved to San Francisco. She was born in Davenport, Iowa and moved with her family to California in 1968. The family lived in Monte Sereno, when Mary attended Los Gatos High School and Santa Clara University. She had a successful career in marketing for British Airways and Kikkoman, USA.
Mary will be remembered by her family and friends as a loving, outgoing person, full of laughter; who lit up a room with her presence. She loved her nickname "Gorgeous", as well as cooking, tending her orchids, and planning parties. But most of all she loved her husband, her children and her extended family. That love was returned without reserve.
Rev. Victor C. LaVoie M.A. ’91, 69, of Woburn, Mass., went to his heavenly reward June 26, 2014. The son of Rene and Ruth (McCusker) LaVoie, he was born August 25, 1944 in Hartford, Conn.. His early years were spent in Manchester, Conn., before moving to Watertown. He graduated from Saint Mary's School in Waltham. He attended Saint John's Seminary, and was ordained May 15, 1971. He attended Boston College and received his Master's in Spirituality from Santa Clara University in California. Brother of Anne Uva of Syracuse, N.Y., John LaVoie and his wife Mary of Duxbury, Joseph LaVoie and his wife Debbie of East Falmouth, and the late Thomas LaVoie. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Fr. LaVoie has served in parishes in Chelsea, Hingham, West Roxbury, Hudson, Chelmsford, Wilmington, Lahey Clinic in Burlington and Saint Eulalia's in Winchester.
Florence Remata M.A. '92, a Franciscan sister and Kauai native, served decades as educator Sister Florence Remata, minister of the Hawaii-Southwest region of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities. She died on Aug. 3 at the Queen's Medical Center after a brief illness and 57 years of service to the Roman Catholic Church. She was 75. According to the Hawaii Catholic Herald, Remata was born in Waimea, Kauai, the sixth of 12 children of Crisanto and Vicente Omakanim Remata. She graduated from Saint Francis Convent School on Oahu and joined the Sisters of St. Francis in 1956. After taking her final vows in 1961, she chose St. Therese of Lisieux, "the Little Flower," as her patron saint in honor of her home parish of St. Theresa in Kekaha, Kauai, where "the sisters taught me how to use the fork to eat, how to dance, and all the social graces so that I wouldn't be a wallflower," she told the Catholic Herald in a 2011 interview. Remata graduated from Chaminade College in Honolulu and Santa Clara University. She taught at St. Peter School in Riverside, N.J.; St. Joseph School in Hilo, where she also was vice principal; and Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Pearl City. She was director of religious education at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Pearl City and at St. Patrick in Chittenango, N.Y. Remata returned to Kauai to care for her mother in 1995. For the next 17 years she served at Immaculate Conception Church in Lihue as director of religious education and as pastoral associate. She was also the island's liaison for the Catholic Diocese's Department of Religious Education. The Catholic Herald said she was the first and last Franciscan sister to be assigned to Kauai. Remata told the Hawaii Catholic Herald at the time, "The people of Kauai are church-oriented and value priests and (the) religious." Some nicknamed her "The Mayor of Kauai" for her friendliness and outreach. Remata is survived by eight brothers: David, Edward, Alfredo and Richard Remata, all of Kauai; Stanley Remata of Pearl City; and Wilfred, Lawrence and Patrick Remata of California; and three sisters: Mildred Olores, Elizabeth Aquino and Vivian Nonaka, all of Kauai. She had 30 nephews and nieces, 60 grandnephews and grandnieces, and 11 great-grandnephews and great-grandnieces. Her survivors also include her fellow Franciscan sisters and their associates.
Donald Calhoun Chavous Jr. J.D. '95, 61, of Rancho Mirage, passed away July 29, 2014, in his sleep. Born Aug. 11, 1952, to Donald and Patricia Chavous, Don spent his early years in Bushnell, Florida. In 1967, Don received a congressional appointment to work as a page for the House of Representatives. He lived and worked in Washington, D.C., from 1967-1969, attending the Capitol Page School. Classes were held in the attic of the Library of Congress, during some of the most turbulent times in Washington, D.C., history. He received his high school diploma in 1969, at the age of 16. Don became a student at the University of Florida, majoring in chemical engineering. Just prior to completing his bachelor's degree, he was awarded the unheard of opportunity of early transfer to medical school at the University of Miami, achieving his Medical Doctorate (M.D.) in 1976. From 1977-1980, Don served as a doctor in the Navy, with the rank of lieutenant commander - traveling from Pearl Harbor to the Bering Sea, and eventually to Moffett Field, California. After working in California at Cupertino Medical Clinic (1980-1982), he co-founded and directed Los Altos Medical Clinic in 1983. It was around this time he fell in love with a nurse, Linda Larson, and her 6-year-old son, David. They married Sept. 9, 1985, and had a daughter, Emily, in 1988. Always one for a challenge, Don returned to school at Santa Clara University of Law, earning a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) in 1995. While still hard at work full time as a physician, he began work as an attorney with his own private practice, specializing in medical malpractice and personal injury. In 1998, the family relocated to sunny Southern California, where Don continued double duty as an attorney-at-law as well as full time urgent care physician, saving lives with Desert Medical Group (now Desert Oasis Healthcare). Over the years, Don was an avid skier, tennis player, basketball player, golfer, hiker, and loved watching ESPN. He had a passion for the open road, and took many long rides across the Western U.S. on his '97 Valkyrie motorcycle, becoming very involved with the Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club. He had memberships with the local gun clubs, and enjoyed going out for target practice. He is remembered for his sharp wit and keen sense of humor, his stimulating political banter, loyalty to friends and coworkers, and his fundamental human decency. Don had the nickname "AAA": he made himself available to help anyone - Anytime, Anywhere, for Anything. Don is survived by his wife, Linda Chavous; two children: David Berry of Portland, Oregon, and Emily Chavous of La Quinta, California; four granddaughters, Pearl, Sayde, Ginger and Rosie; his mother, Patricia Chavous, of Tampa, Florida; and siblings Shirley Purvis, of Leesburg, Florida; Alan Chavous of Tampa; Terri Bonner of Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Brian Chavous of Oxford, Florida; his in-laws Larry and Marjean Larson of Rancho Mirage, California; countless friends and colleagues; and by the family cat, Bebe
Barbara J. Freidrich M.A. '95, July 15, 1927 to June 21, 2014, resident of Union City.
Barbara Jean (Warren) Friedrich, 86, passed away peacefully in Union City on June 21 with family in attendance. Bobbie to her friends, Barbara was born in Evanston, Ill., then lived in Baltimore, Md., moving at age 5 to Berkeley, Calif., where she was raised. She graduated from Holy Names High School and UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Business Administration. In 1948 she married Paul Friedrich, to whom she was married for nearly 50 years before his passing. They raised 9 children. They subsequently lived in Alameda, Hayward, Castro Valley, and Broken Arrow (Okla.), before finally settling down in Union City.
Barbara obtained a Master of Library Science from San Jose State University and later a Master of Pastoral Liturgy from Santa Clara University. After working for a private law firm in San Francisco, she worked until retirement at Santa Clara University Law School as a librarian. Barbara gave unceasingly to her community as an involved PTA member and president, as co-president of the Union City Historical Society, as an active member in the League of Women's Voters, as a 4-H volunteer, as a Red Cross volunteer, as a Girl Scouts of America volunteer, and especially as a lay leader for Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Union City.
She is preceded in death by her husband Paul and her infant son William. She is survived by her children Mike Friedrich ’71 (Lee), Terrie Light (Bill), Paula Lucchesi (Dennis), Martin Friedrich (Marian), Rob Friedrich, Michele Friedrich (Steve), Joan Uhlig (Roger), David Friedrich (Ratsamee), Magi Diego (Rey), her grandchildren Susan (Dean), Tom (Ali), Patrick (Kimmi), Matthew, Kasey (Dom), Jenny, Dustin, Dinelle Lucchesi ’06, Bryan, Brendan, Kyle, Kristian, Daniel, Christie, Alex, Nick, Emmalea, Jordan, Marlena, and her great-grandchildren Arianna, Armando, Andres, Alexandra, Mallory, Jack, Trevor, Sophie, Juliette, Jace, and Makai.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Cameron Miller Reedy ’10 the morning of Jan. 4, 2015. Cameron was born Jan. 5, 1988 in Portland, Oregon, and raised in Utah. He graduated from Judge Memorial High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Cameron received his bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University in 2010 and chose to make northern California and specifically Oakland his adopted home.
Cameron recently joined the internet company POPSUGAR and had never been happier with his working environment, teammates and the opportunities the job presented. The family would like to thank POPSUGAR for announcing the creation of a new award at their upcoming annual meeting. The Cameron Miller Reedy Award, which will recognize a person that has worked at POPSUGAR for less than 6 months but has demonstrated a large impact on the company.
Cameron was a tremendous son, brother, and boyfriend. He had a unique collection of friends that he was fiercely devoted and loyal to. Some of Cameron's happiest memories were of skiing the mountains of Utah with his beloved brother Keegan.
Over the last couple of years two very important beings came into Cameron's life. The first was his precious dog, Obie. To most people, Obie would be characterized as a mixed breed, however Cameron swore Obie was of some noble Egyptian lineage that guarded Kings. They were inseparable.
Obie , however was relegated to second place over a year ago when the love of his life, Anne Vander Ploeg, entered his life. Cameron's and Anne's love for each other was strong and apparent to all their family and friends. They loved to explore the bay area together and especially enjoyed discovering new restaurants, bars and coffee shops.
Cameron is survived by his mother, Susan Miller Reedy, Portland, Oregon; father, Patrick Joseph Reedy, Salt Lake City ,Utah; brother, Keegan Patrick Reedy, Portland, Oregon; aunt, Mary Christine Zenker, Kingwood, Texas; uncle, William Boland Reedy, Seattle, Washington; Aunt, Denise Miller, Melbourne, Florida; cousin, Zachary Miller, Melbourne, Florida; cousin, Morgan Miller, Melbourne, Florida.
Alex Rayburn ’11 was lost to a tragic fall in San Francisco on Feb. 21, 2015. He was 26 years old. We are grateful that the love of his life, Jackie Tasarz, and many of his friends from Santa Clara University were with him when he passed. Alex grew up in San Rafael and Novato. He attended Saint Raphael School and Marin Catholic High School. It was a wonderful childhood with many friends made at Swimarin, Central Marin Soccer League and CYO and YMCA Basketball. Alex had an idyllic high school experience at Marin Catholic, making many dear friends and growing physically, academically and spiritually. He was fortunate to play basketball for Marin Catholic and the Oakland Soldiers AAU teams. He was a 2011 finance graduate from Santa Clara University and worked for Silicon Valley Research & Trading for the last 3 years. He was working to achieve his entrepreneurial dream of establishing a hedge fund and was in the final stages of due diligence with institutional investors. He had applied to several MBA programs in the fall and was scheduled for admissions interviews this week. His future was blooming. Alex is survived by his parents, Steve and Mindee Rayburn of Novato, his sisters Amanda Durazo (Erik) of San Francisco and Stephanie Larson (Keith) of Novato and the love of his life for the past four and a half years, Jackie Tasarz ’11, of Concord. They had dreamed of a long life together with many little Rayburn's as Alex completed his MBA program and Jackie completed her medical degree. Alex leaves this world after impacting so many that met him to be a little gentler, a little kinder. As Alex would say, "Life is hard, Be nice to people."