Class Notes | Obituaries
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Sue "Scarlett" Lampson M.A. ’78, April 4, 2014. A resident of Aptos, Calif., Lampson, 74, passed away unexpectedly in her home while recovering from minor surgery. Scarlett was born in South Bend, Ind. to Harold (Mickey) and Olga Keller on March 21, 1940. She earned her bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of Michigan and later received her Master's in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from Santa Clara University. She lived and worked in Los Gatos, Calif. as a Public Health Nurse and later a Therapist for over 25 years, until her retirement in 2005 when she moved to Aptos, Calif. Scarlett enjoyed helping people and was deeply involved in volunteer work as a Peer Counselor for the Senior Outreach Services of Santa Cruz assisting seniors, as well as the Santa Cruz Public Library. She was also an active member of the Santa Cruz Diversity Center. She is survived by her son Taylor Lampson of Sebastopol, Calif., and her Daughter Lori Trebbien of Santa Cruz, Calif. and her four grandchildren. Scarlett will forever be remembered as a wonderful, caring mother and friend. She cared deeply about her family and friends and will always be remembered as kind, thoughtful, intelligent and funny. Her sense of humor and genuine personality gained her many long and close friendships. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.
Father John "Jack" Joseph Folmer ’78 died at Sacramento's Mercy General Hospital after a brief illness. Only son of the late Harry and Agnes Folmer, he was born in Sacramento. He came of age in a time of great social change and lived his life helping others. Ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1969, after studying at St. Pius X and St. Patrick's Seminaries, Jack earned a doctorate in canon law from Catholic U, a JD from UC Davis and studied at the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley. A member of the California Bar for more than 20 years, he practiced law briefly in San Francisco. Jack served as a canon lawyer 30 years in SF, Sacramento and Monterey and was president of the Canon Law Society of America in 1985. His career included pastoral work in Fairfield, Vallejo, Sacramento and St. Agnes Parish in San Francisco as well as Newman Centers in Davis and Sacramento. He served as Rector of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento and, more recently, as Parochial Vicar at St. Mel's Parish in Fair Oaks. Jack was also active as an educator. He taught canon law at St. Patrick's Seminary, and also served as chaplain and teacher at Christian Brothers HS and later at St. Francis HS, both in Sacramento. Jack was an avid reader and film lover, a raconteur, champion of those in need, spiritual advisor and a true and loyal friend. He will be greatly missed. Closest relatives (cousins) include John Doyle (Windsor, CA), Deborah Doyle and Melvin Whartnaby (SF), Jerry and Jane Button (Fort Collins), Laurence Doyle (Newport News), Agnes Shoemaker (Omaha).
Constance "Connie" Peters Murphy '78, May 14, 2014, at her home in Alexandria, VA. Daughter of Robert and Margaret Peters; loving wife of Brian Murphy '77; devoted mother of Caitlin Murphy, Erin Murphy, and Shannon Murphy. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Mary Ann Peters '72 (Tim), Peggy Fox, Susan Peters (Ross), Mark and Madeline Peters, Ginny Peters, Robbie Bigley '81, and Mark Bigley '81, MBA '84; in-laws, Jean Vos, Chris and Carmi Murphy, Gregg and Monica Murphy, Gail and Luke Williams and 55 wonderful nieces and nephews. She was 58.
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.
Charles Phillip Johnson M.A. ’78, Oct. 9, 2013. He was born in Independence, Missouri on June 8, 1924. He was very proud of his service in the Navy which he joined immediately after Pearl Harbor in 1941. He had to have parental permission to join because of his young age. He spent his entire tour of duty aboard ships in action in the South Pacific. His ship was one of the first to sail into Tokyo Harbor at the end of World War II. He enrolled in William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri and received his BA degree. He partnered with his father in the family monument business founded by his grandfather in 1897. He sold his interest in the business to his younger brother and moved to San Francisco January 1, 1965. He started a driving school in San Francisco. After several years he began teaching Driver Education in the high school district in Sunnyvale, CA. He could see the writing on the wall concerning the future of Driver Education and took the necessary courses to begin teaching Special Education which he continued to teach until his retirement. He received his Masters degree in Special Education at Santa Clara University. November 1, 2000 he moved to Santa Rosa, CA where he resided until his death on October 9, 2013. Charlie was a member of the American Guild of Organists for over 60 years, first in Kansas City, later in San Jose and then Santa Rosa. He had played the organ in many churches over the years in these places and finally the Episcopal Mission of St. Andrew in Monte Rio, CA. Because of failing health he retired and was honored to be named Organist Emeritus October 30, 2011. He was a 67 year Master Mason. First in Independence Lodge and after moving to Santa Rosa, LaFayette Lodge #126 in Sebastopol, CA where he received his 50 year certificate. He was also a member of the Royal Arch and the Scottish Rite. He is survived by his business partner and best friend of 52 years Douglas DeForeest, his loving niece Marcia Hankins (Bill) and nephew Tripp Johnson (Sally).
Margaret Saal Blatner, MBA ’79, J.D. ’80 passed away in January 2013 after a short illness.
Kathy Clements Hunt ’79, age 56, of Clovis, California, died in an auto accident caused by inclement weather on November 23, 2013, while traveling home with her husband Tom ’79 from the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Show in Oklahoma City. Kathy is survived by her husband, Tom, and son, Miles ’12, J.D. ’15. She was a loving wife and mother who took pride in all of their accomplishments and provided them the best life possible.
Kathy and Tom met while attending Santa Clara University. They have been married for 33 years. She was most proud of Miles, 23, who also received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara and is currently enrolled in law school there. In addition to her love of her family, Kathy was an animal lover. She loved dogs and horses. She competed nationally with her AQHA registered horses. In 2009, she was the Adequan Select Pleasure Driving Champion with her horse, Sky's Moon Pie. There has been an outpouring of support for her family from Kathy's friends and fellow exhibitors in the horse industry, which demonstrates the impact she had on those who knew her.
Catholic theologian and professor Edward T. Oakes, S.J. M.Div. '79 died in St. Louis Dec. 6, prompting his colleagues to remember his work in Christology, his wit, and his lasting effect on students.
"Fr. Oakes was a unique scholar, largely because of his Jesuit background in Classics, where he was able to really do theology within the full richness and the full texture of the Western intellectual tradition," Fr. Thomas Baima, vice-rector for academic affairs at Mundelein Seminary, told CNA. "He was a very pleasant and gregarious personality. A little bit quirky, as scholars often are," the vice-rector continued. "I always thought him delightful. He had a great wit and was very interested in current events."
Fr. Oakes, who was elected president of the Academy of Catholic Theology in 2013, had taught at Mundelein Seminary near Chicago from 2002 until October 2013, when he entered hospice care at Jesuit Hall in St. Louis. He died of complications of pancreatic cancer, the Jesuits' Missouri Province said. The Kansas City, Mo. native was 65-years-old. Fr. Baima said Fr. Oakes was best known for the "extraordinary amount of work" he did on the Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar, one of the most influential Catholic theologians of the 20th century who is widely considered to be an influence on the thought of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Fr. Oakes was involved in the ecumenical group Evangelicals and Catholics Together and was a major contributor to to the ecumenical journal "First Things."
He joined the Society of Jesus in 1966 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1979. He taught at New York University and Regis University in Denver. He had served as a scholar in residence at Cambridge University and taught English, theater and drama at St. Louis University High School. He held a doctorate in theology from Union Theological Seminary, a bachelor's and master's degree in philosophy from St. Louis University and a master of divinity in scripture from Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.
His books include "Pattern of Redemption: The Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar" and "Infinity Dwindled to Infancy: A Catholic and Evangelical Christology." Before his death he was working on a project involving the theological debate about grace and nature, Fr. Baima said. The Academy of Catholic Theology remembered Fr. Oakes as "a deeply cultured man" who "enlivened everything of which he was a part by his penetrating intelligence and warm, friendly spirit."
The Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus said in a statement that Fr. Oakes was "a joyful man" who "loved studies and the intellectual life." Fr. Baima also remembered the priest's dedication as a teacher. He recalled that one of the last public events Fr. Oakes attended at Mundelein Seminary was an Oct. 5 celebration of his book "Infinity Dwindled to Infancy." "A number of his former students, including doctoral students, came to the event," the seminary vice-rector said. "We were particularly touched by the long-term affection that they maintained for all he had done for them." "He was a teacher who was completely there for his students. He was 'all on' when it came to being a teacher," Fr. Baima said.
The Academy of Catholic Theology asked for prayers for the soul of Fr. Oakes, adding "to say that Father Oakes will be sorely missed is a profound understatement."
Donna Jean Parsons M.A. ’79, June 19, 2013. She died at her home after a long battle with cancer, multiple myeloma. Donna was born in Dunsmuir to Art and Vera Parsons, the middle of 3 children. She attended local schools, graduating from DHS in 1961. Donna was active with cheerleading, Rainbow Girls, and academic clubs, making many life-long friends. Donna was accepted at UC Berkeley, which was as far from her small town experiences as she could get! She was grateful to all of her teachers, including Ramey Drake, Grace Harris, and Reva Coon, as well as her parents, for encouraging her academic achievements and instilling a drive for higher education. After graduating from Cal, Donna worked in the social welfare field in several northcoast and SF Bay Area counties, finishing up that part of her career as an adoptions social worker in Alameda County. By that time she had gotten her Masters at Santa Clara University and went out on her own as a psychotherapist. She loved that work, developing even more her passion and skill for helping children and families with a variety of problems. In 2005 Donna realized a dream of returning to Dunsmuir, when she, husband Jon Jeffers and son Eric Burger, bought and renovated the old Oak Tree Inn (Motel?) into what is now the Dunsmuir Lodge. She was the last of the siblings to return to Dunsmuir and was so happy she could spend her last years here. Sadly, although the number of her last years were defined by the cancer diagnosis in 2007, the quality was not. She bravely fought this disease, although she didn't consider herself brave; she just wanted to live as long and as well as she could. She continued her other passions for the piano and knitting and photography, helped nurture the success of the Lodge, and spent time with her family and friends. She was part of a support group for multiple myeloma patients, who drew comfort from each other. Her continued friendship with classmates of 1961 and adjacent years, helped to make the 50th reunion in 2011 very successful. Donna leaves behind her husband of 33 years, Jon Jeffers her son Eric Burger, siblings Carol (Dick Keiser) and Bill (Hazel) Parsons. She was a loved stepmother, grandmother, and great grandmother to Diana Jeffers Williams, Danielle Finley-Haley and Michael Haley, and an aunt to Sheryl Burger. Carol's stepchildren Lori Keiser Usher and Rick Keiser were very grateful for her love and support during their childhoods, and through the births of their children. Donna will be missed by many but our hope is that her kindness and generosity and humor will live on with all those who knew her.
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.
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.
Albert A. Agresti, S.J. M.Div. ’79, ThM ’81 December 13, 2013 in Lebanon, N.H. Al was born in Boston, Mass., on Aug. 5th, 1949, the son of Michael and Evelyn Sera Agresti. The family home was in Quincy and Al attended local schools there, graduating from North Quincy High School. He studied history at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and when he received his B.A. degree, in 1971, he entered the novitiate of the New England Province, St. Andrew House, on Newbury Street in Boston. After first vows, in 1973, he did collegian studies at Boston College, earning an M.A. in philosophy. He spent a year as a regent, teaching English at the Cranwell School, Lenox, Mass., in 1974-75. From 1975 to 1979 he studied theology at JSTB, Berkeley, Calif., interrupting his studies there for 18 months of Clinical Pastoral Education at Bon Secours Hospital in Methuen, Mass. He was a campus minister at the University of San Francisco from 1979 to 1981 and was ordained to the priesthood at the College of the Holy Cross, in 1980. From 1981 to 1986 he studied counseling psychology at Ohio State. With his doctorate in hand, he taught psychology at several universities: Boston College, Loyola University Chicago, the University of San Francisco, and San Jose State University. He was associate dean at St. Louis University and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Creighton University. From 2005 to 2007, he engaged in retreat ministry, at Gloucester and then at Campion Center, including serving as director of the Renewal Center there. From 2007 to 2011, he was Catholic chaplain at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, N.H. His administrative talents led to his being invited to become senior manager of operations for graduate medical education at the medical center, which is affiliated with Dartmouth Medical School. He belonged to a number of professional and scholarly associations. Quite recently, he received a diagnosis of a serious medical condition and he was making plans to step down from his position. Friends became concerned when he failed to keep appointments. He was found dead in his apartment on Friday, Dec.13. Al is survived by two brothers, Joseph Agresti (of Naples, Fla.) and Carmen Agresti (of Stoughton, Mass.); his nephews Jason, Paul, and Adam Agresti; two aunts, Enes Centofanti and Adela Contrada; and several cousins and grandnephews and grandnieces.
James Conrad Ciardelli '68, MBA '80 June 9, 1945 - May 9, 2014 A resident of Walnut Creek, James (Jim) Conrad Ciardelli died peacefully Friday of an aggressive bladder cancer after being diagnosed in January. His family was in town for his final days to offer him comfort and to enjoy his big personality one last time. He will be missed and remembered for his sharp sense of humor and for his love of tennis, music, football, travel and cooking.
Mr. Ciardelli was born in San Francisco and raised in San Jose. He graduated from Bellarmine College Prep and University of Santa Clara, where he also earned an MBA. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1968-72 and was stationed at Beale AFB in Marysville and Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque. He had a career in international finance, working for J.A. Jones Construction Co. in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from 1975-78; Louis T. Leonowens (Thailand) Ltd., in Bangkok, from 1986-92; and for many years in San Francisco for Castle & Cooke, Getz Corp and Infac India Group. In recent years he worked as a commercial appraiser.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Dolores Fox Ciardelli; son Joseph Pepe Ciardelli of Berlin, Germany; daughter Zoe Ryan, son-in-law Jeff Ryan and granddaughter Camille Ryan, 2, of Lake Forest; sister Sue Martin of Pleasanton; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Diane and George Lechner of San Jose; and nieces and nephews.
Steven Schauf ’81 Feb. 14, 1959 - Dec. 3, 2013 Resident of Los Gatos, Calif.
Steve passed on Dec. 3, 2013 at home. Born in San Francisco, graduated Blanchet High School in Seattle 1977 and Santa Clara University 1981 with BA in Philosophy. Survived by sisters, Melissa Edmunson ’82 and Jennifer, brother Michael, nieces (Megan, Sarah, Emily and Kate) and nephews (Greg and Jack). Worked at Joseph Schauf Company entire career. Long time resident Los Gatos, enjoyed traveling, cars, collecting and was especially fond of Ronald Reagan. Steve was loved and will certainly be missed.
Jane Johnson M.A. ’81, Oct. 22, 2013. Mary Jane Johnson, known fondly by all as "Jane," passed from this world on October 22, 2013, at the age of 89, with her loving children Thomas R. Johnson of Stockton, and Deidre L. Johnson of Sacramento by her side. She survived major abdominal surgery in July, but succumbed to complications. Jane is also survived by her grandchildren Aaron J. Johnson of Seattle, Washington; and Jillian Q. Johnson of Petaluma, California; along with Jane's sisters Jeanne Jankovsky of Montana, Rosemary Meskiel of Florida; and her brothers Don Scarmuzzi of Ohio, and Joe Scarmuzzi of Florida. Jane was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Quentin L. Johnson; and her brother Gerald J. Scarmuzzi of Ohio. Jane was born in Niles, Ohio in December 1923, and graduated in 1944 from St. Elizabeth's Hospital School of Nursing in Youngstown. She served as a nurse in the United States Army for two years, and, in 1947, married Quentin, a career Army officer who fought in both World War II and the Korean War and received many injuries and medals. As a military officer's wife, Jane cared for her family in various locations including Colorado, Georgia, Japan and Germany. Upon Quentin's disability retirement in 1959, the family moved to Santa Clara, California, where Jane returned to work as a registered nurse at a hospital and then at Pacific Bell (now AT&T). With Pac Bell's assistance, Jane pursued a higher education and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the College of Notre Dame in Belmont in 1978, becoming an employee assistance counselor. Jane then secured her Master of Arts degree in counseling from Santa Clara University 1n 1981. Throughout her career, Jane listened to people suffering from a wide range of personal problems, and was well respected for her dedication and uplifting attitude. In 1985, she retired, continued as a consultant in Santa Clara County, and then moved to Sun City West in Arizona. In 1996, Jane and Quentin moved to Stockton to be nearer to their children and grandchildren. Following Quentin's passing in 2009, Jane resided in an independent living apartment at the O'Connor Woods retirement community, where she sang in the choir, was an avid bridge player, enjoyed good books, and was an outgoing, social member of the community. As well, Jane was a dedicated member of the international Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO), promoting the educational advancement of women, and St Anne Episcopal Church. Jane embraced an exuberant outlook on life and emphasized enjoying each day.
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.
Joan Marie Banich '82 passed away peacefully at home on Friday May 2, 2014, in Campbell, Calif. surrounded by many loved ones. Joan personified a life well-lived and touched many lives worldwide in her short time. While battling the bone marrow disease MDS for the past 11 years, she continued working at Cisco Systems while also being involved in GWLN (Women Leaders of the World) and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Team in Training. Joan was a graduate of Blanchet High School and Santa Clara University, a loving daughter and great mom and partner, an Aaron Gordon fan, a mentor, a hiker, an entrepeneur. She will be missed by all! Born in France on November 14, 1960, she is survived by parents Al and Lorraine Banich of Magnolia, sisters Peggy Hughes (Bill), Mary Clipsham (Barry), all of the Seattle area. Sister Cathy Bates (James) of Reno, as well as her husband Dave and daughter Atley Keller of Campbell, Calif. She is pre-deceased by her brother Steven.
David F. Escover '83, resident of Hollister, passed away on Saturday May 24, 2014 at the age of 54. He was born on May 20, 1960 to Anthony Escover '55 and Pat Escover. Dave is survived by his wife Denise (Labrucherie) of 29 years, who loved him with her whole heart and soul, his son David and his daughter Danielle. Dave was the proud brother of five sisters: Cathy Warshawsky '81 (Randy), Loraine Otis (Brian), Janette Johnson (Steve), Joan Escover '86, J.D. '90, and Yvonne O'Connor (John). He also was a great uncle for his nieces and nephews: Krickey-poo-Bear (KC), Lady Lo (Lauren), Brandon, Eric, Brian, Rachel, Nate the Great (Nathan), Chris, Kevin, Swami (Dominic), Doug, Julie, and Joe.
Dave graduated from Saint Francis High School Mt. View, in 1978. He went on to finish his education at Santa Clara University in Mechanical Engineering. While in school, Dave also was the loving caregiver of his paternal grandfather, Anthony; who he loved and admired dearly. Grandpa Escover instilled in Dave his love and knowledge of ranching and mechanical abilities.
Upon graduation, Dave worked for a short time in the agricultural industry. In 1990, Dave co-founded All Chemical Disposal, a hazardous waste company. In 1995, Dave established a new family business, D-4 Excavation. Upon closing his company Dave began working closely with his cousin, Steve Pessagno at Pessagno Winery. Upon his death he was the winery manager.
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.
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).
Rudolph G. Kraft Jr. M.A. ’85 received his SCU degree in marriage, family and child counseling. The knowledge from attaining this degree assisted him as a family law attorney. He died August 10, 2011 in Walnut Creek, Calif. Born on August 4, 1929 in Philadelphia, Penn., he was raised in Longmeadow, Mass. by his late parents, Rita H. and Rudolph G. Kraft. He graduated from Classical High School, Springfield, Mass/, as well as from Cornell University and Cornell Law School. Rudolph served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and remained in the Air Force Reserve for over 20 years. He practiced law in San Jose, Calif. until his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Lorna Gillio; his children, Rudolph Kraft III, Terence Kraft, Maggie Kraft and Kathleen Kraft. He was predeceased by a son, Paul Kraft in 2003; his stepchildren Sherril Wunder, Gregory Hurd; brothers, James Kraft of Old Chatham, N.Y. and Frank Kraft of West Suffield, Conn.; along with six grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren.