Class Notes | Obituaries
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Retired executive Ronald Himstreet ’54 passed away Jan. 12, 2015, in San Antonio. He was born on April 25, in Denver, Colorado to Ray "Ted" and Rose Himstreet. He is survived by his wife of 51 years Helen Rose (Mulligan) Himstreet and three children, Joseph (Patrice) of San Antonio, Texas, Julie of San Antonio, Texas, and Timothy (Monica) of San Diego, California; 3 beautiful granddaughters, Ava Rose Himstreet of San Antonio, Texas, Haley Himstreet and Sidney Slyvester both of San Diego, California; also by numerous loving nieces, nephews, cousins and hundreds of devoted friends.
Theodore Martin Welp '55 and Dolores Elaine (Bruno) Welp of Boise, ID, died Sunday, March 8, 2015, unexpectedly and tragically in their home. Ted was born in Colma, CA on June 13, 1934. Elaine was born in her Grandmother Rose's cabin at the base of Mount Borah in Custer County, ID on May 8, 1938. They were devoted to each other for 57 years, and through the combination of Ted's optimism and Elaine's love, they created a truly incredible life together. They were devoted parents to their four children, making numerous life choice to guarantee that their deaf son Tom had a life full of opportunities and experiences equal to those available to their other children.
As a kid, Ted work with his father Martin in the landscaping and walnut growing businesses. He attended Santa Clara University on a baseball scholarship, going on to play baseball for the US Army team. He loved playing golf and had a 7 handicap. He never met a dessert he didn't like; one of his favorites was a chocolate dipped ice cream cone. He was lauded as a financial genius, working for GE, PG&E, TEP and Alamito. To his kids he was just Dad.
Elaine was a fantastic cook, a member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild, an avid reader, and proud of her rough and tumble Mackay roots. She was an early advocate and supporter of the value of sign language for the deaf, as well as an early and continuous supporter for the Community Outreach Program for the Deaf in Tucson, AZ. Elaine also directed the Dove Foundation which supported various causes, many of which focused on eye research, Catholic charities and the deaf and blind community. Mom's cowgirl spirit brought them back to Idaho in the early 90's, where she and Ted spent summers in Stanley, ID surrounded by the peace and beauty of nature, and the love of their children, grandchildren and friends. In our family, there were two spoken rules: education is number 1, and always take care of your family. There was also an unspoken rule: love as big as you can.
They are survived by their children and their children's spouses, Katherine (Jim) Nesci, George (Tiffany Roberts) Welp, and Lori (Guy) Hudson. In addition they are survived by their grandchildren who they loved dearly, Katie, Clay, Lily, Evy, Alexandra, Victoria, Ean, Dylan and Jace, as well as Ted's sister and her spouse, Rosie (Joe) Keebler, his brother-in-law Harold Schulz and their nephews and nieces: Kenneth P. Schulz '81, Douglas, Audrey, Katie and Paula. They were preceded in death by their son Martin Theodore Welp who died of complications soon after birth; and died at the same time as their devoted and caring son, Tom. They were also preceded in death by their parents, Martin and Paula Welp, George and Miriam Bruno, and Ted's sister Betty Schulz.
James Daniel Gavigan '55 was born in Pittsburg, Calif., on Aug. 22, 1932. He departed on Dec. 10, 2014, and resided in Pasadena, Calif.
Edward W. Mattos ’55, age 83, died in Rocklin, California, on Feb. 2, 2015, after a short illness. Born Oct. 6, 1931, in French Camp, California, he lived in Gilroy before settling in Rocklin.
Victor A. Bertolani '56, J.D. '60, an influential lawyer and educator who opened doors to the legal profession for many judges, prosecutors, and litigators, died April 5 of an aortic abdominal aneurysm, his family said. He was 80.
Frank C. Burriesci J.D. '56 was born on February 18, 1924 and passed away on February 16, 2015. He was a resident and native of San Jose. Frank C. Burriesci was the son of Gaspare and Rosa Burriesci of Mezzoiuso, Italy. As a young man, Frank was a proud Eagle Scout; during World War II, he served in the Army. As a first generation college graduate, Frank received an Engineering Degree from Cal Berkeley and went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. Upon becoming an Attorney, Frank practiced probate administration and real property law.
Frank was predeceased by his beloved wife, Neva Burriesci in 1981 and his five brothers—Mike, Tom, Joe, Nick and Sal Burriesci. His sister, Patricia Diani is his only surviving sibling. He was loved by many sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. His favorite restaurant was Mio Vicino, in Santa Clara where he enjoyed dinner regularly at his favorite "Counter Spot." His happy smile and irrepressible story telling will be greatly missed. He loved his faith, BMW's and listening to various political news channels; Frank was a member of the San Jose Elks Club and the North Star Social Club.
Robert Hammond ’57 passed away on Oct. 31, 2013 at age 78 due to congestive heart failure. Hammond was born in Los Angeles, raised in San Marino, and resided in Pasadena for 52 years. He served his country in the US Army as a Second Lieutenant after graduating from Loyola High School and Santa Clara University. He was active at St. Bede the Venerable parish in La Canada Flintridge and sang in the choir for 35 years, including two choral tours to Europe. He was particularly proud of his participation in Alcoholics Anonymous for nearly 35 years and was active in the Sober over Breakfast men's club who met weekly at the University Club. He owned and operated a manufacturing concern in Riverside for many years. He was gentle, humorous and helpful to all. He is loved and survived by his wife Claire, daughter Krista Hammond Tasto and spouse Charles, son Shane Hammond and spouse Shelly, three grandchildren, Nicholas, Anne, and Kate Tasto, brother John Hammond ’53, and niece Jennifer.
John Taglio ’57, 79, passed away peacefully on Dec. 9, 2014 surrounded by his adoring family. John was born on Nov. 8, 1935 in Modesto, California to Philip and Lucile Taglio. After graduation from Santa Clara University he built a storied career in the building industry throughout California as president of Morrison Homes. He and his wife Carol raised their family in Walnut Creek, California. In 1996, John was inducted into the California Builder's Hall of Fame, a prestigious and honorable award for his excellence in leadership and professionalism. He had the joy of introducing his young family to Sun Valley, Idaho, and all its natural wonders. Carol in turn introduced the family to her beloved islands of Hawaii. After his retirement in 1996, they decided to share their time between Idaho and Kauai. While in Kauai, they became members of Koloa Missionary Church where they enjoyed serving with their church family. John was very instrumental in planning their new church. Their church home in Idaho is the Calvary Bible Church in Hailey. Throughout his career, John was respected and admired for his honesty, integrity and compassion for his fellow workers. John is survived by his wife Carol of 50 years; sons Tory and Lane (Hilary); daughter Shae Aicher (Shawn); and four adored grandchildren, Lella and Connelly Aicher and Brennan and Clayton Taglio.
John C. Fell J.D. '57 was born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1928 and moved to San Jose in 1946. He served in the armed services, having graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and the U.S. Army War College. He also served on the NRA board of directors for nine years. John was in law practice for many years with Don Welsch until his death in 1981. John leaves four children and his wife, Eulalia.
Thomas Bannan ’58 died early on Jan. 5, 2015, due to complications from cancer. Tom was born in Seattle, Washington on Nov. 4, 1936, to Berchman A. Bannan and Clotilde Diepenbrock Bannan. He was married to the late Jane O'Farrell Bannan for 45 years and is survived by his five children, Betsy Bannan, Teresa Schrader ’87, Tom Bannan Jr. ’91, Cloie Smith and Gus Bannan, as well as 10 grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Teresa Nally, brother Phil Bannan ’61 and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Dr. Robert M. Takamoto '58 was born on July 31, 1936, and met his maker on October 18, 2014, after a long illness and under the loving care of his dedicated wife of 51 years, Josephine. He is survived by his son, Michael Takamoto ’86 and grand-daughter Nina; daughter, Michelle McCauley and grandchildren, Shannon, Ryan and Keenan; son, Matthew Takamoto and grand-children, Marcus, Nicole and Mason; and daughter, Maria Weaver and grandchildren, Maxwell, Dashiell and Phoebe.
A native of Hawaii, Dr. Takamoto graduated suma cum laude from Santa Clara University. He attended medical school at McGill University in Canada. Upon graduation, Dr. Takamoto served as an officer of the United States Air Force. Beginning in 1974, Dr. Takamoto was stationed at Travis A.F.B. where he served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery, David Grant, U.S.A.F. Medical Center and director of the surgery residency program. He retired in 1981 as a full Colonel. Dr. Takamoto joined Fairfield Medical Group, which later became the Sutter Fairfield Medical group, and oversaw the organization through its rapid growth. He also served on the Board of Directors of the North Bay Medical Center for 18 years. Always concerned with the quality of medical care, Dr. Takamoto voluntarily served as an evaluator of ambulatory practices for a number of accrediting associations. He finally retired from clinical activities in 2011.
Dr. Takamoto was an exceptionally kind and caring person, well-known and appreciated for his warm bedside manner. It was common for former patients to greet and thank him during his everyday outings in the Vacaville/Fairfield area. Dr. Takamoto was a gifted conversationalist and storyteller, always ready with a clean joke and a wry smile. He loved golf, travel, the arts, and sporting events, and enjoying all of these with his family and friends.
John Philip Taglio '58 died on Dec. 9, 2014. A native of Modesto, California, he built a storied career in the building industry throughout the state as president of Morrison Homes, while residing in Northern California. In 1996, he was inducted into the Builder's Hall of Fame, a prestigious and honorable award for excellence and professionalism. In 1997 he and his wife, Carol, retired and shared their time between Sun Valley, Idaho, and Kauai, Hawaii. John was instrumental in building the new Koloa Missionary Church in Kauai and was recognized for his integrity and compassion for his fellow man. He is survived by his wife, Carol; sons Tory and Lane (Hilary); daughter Shae Aicher (Shawn); and four grandchildren.
Daniel P. Gaffney '58 passed away at home on October 4, 2014, in Petaluma, California, from stomach cancer. He was 80 years old. Dan was raised by his grandparents who had 11 children of their own. His sister Beth resides in Boise, Idaho. He is survived by his wife of thirty years, Bea, his children Tim, Greg, Karen, and Maureen Gaffney, and his step-children Raegen Flinkingshelt, Rebecca Dunn, Jason Beardslee, and ten grand children. Dan received a baseball scholarship from Santa Clara University where he received his undergraduate degree. He received his Masters Degree from San Francisco State. Dan taught a combined 31 years at Serra, Boonville, and Analy High Schools. He was proud to say he taught whatever subject the school needed, which included 18 years of Special Ed. He coached football, baseball and girl's basketball. He ended his career at Laguna Continuation School in 1990, but kept in contact with many of his students and those he coached. Dan played semi-pro baseball into his 40's and during the summers he was a commercial fisherman. He loved the ocean whether he was on it or near it. He was Governor of the Moose in Petaluma for two years. After retiring, he and Bea traveled overseas and took many road trips throughout the U. S. and Canada, some up to four months long. They especially enjoyed the National Parks. He was also "Handy Dan the Fix-It Man" for many years. He enjoyed helping people. In later years he enjoyed working on scroll saw projects, and no one ever left the Gaffney home without one of his creations. He was also known to give abalone key chains to friends and Bea's students. He would say "give it a rub and it will bring you good luck.
William "Bill" Francis Dempsey '58 October 21, 1936 - December 31, 2014. Bill was the son of Judge and Mrs. John P. Dempsey of San Jose, CA, brother of John A. Dempsey and sister of Sister Eileen Dempsey, Daughter of Charity, St. Vincent de Paul. Bill graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in 1954 and went on to the University of Santa Clara where he earned a degree in economics.
Bill worked for the CA State Department of Highways as a right-of-way agent. He appraised and purchased property used to build highways in Northern CA. He then went to work for San Mateo County in a similar capacity until he retired. In the late 80s, Bill, his wife, and the Rev. Ed Butler of East Palo Alto, and two others started a Habitat for Humanity Affiliation in Menlo Park, CA. Many people and companies their donated time and materials to build affordable housing for low-income county residents.
After retiring, Bill and Anne traveled extensively around the US and Western Canada visiting family and friends along the way. They even went to England to watch the 49ers defeat Denver in a football game. Bill went to his first SF Giants game at AT&T Park, entirely missing the Candlestick Park experience. Bill is survived by Anne his wife of 56 years, their two sons, William G of Santa Clara, Anne F. Schwartz of Henderson, NV, James P of Spokane Valley, WA, and Karen L. Seitz of Chattaroy, WA. He was Gpa to twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild.
William "Bill" Francis Pearl '79 Sept. 24, 1931-Feb. 15, 2015. A resident of Los Gatos, William (Bill) Pearl passed away peacefully on February 15, 2015, his wife Cynthia and children were by his side. Bill was born in Greenville, Michigan, to James and Ann Pearl, and was the youngest of four children. He served in the Airforce in 1950, and graduated from Santa Clara University in 1959.
Bill started his own company, California Business Machines in 1968. Over 28 years he grew a very successful family business with loyal customers.
Bill was beloved by his family and many friends. Family and Faith always came first. He loved to watch football, play golf, and attend his grandchildren's events and games. Bill is survived by his wife Cynthia, sons John '88 (Marnie), daughter Kathleen '89 (Travis) Pearl Bertelsen, and Rich (Denise) Pearl. He leaves behind many wonderful grandchildren: Conor, Meghan, Caitlin, Mark, Darren, Ryan, and Kelly.
Thomas J. Besmer Sr. ’60, Sep. 5, 1933 to Jan. 13, 2015. Tom Besmer was a big man in more ways than one. Standing at 6’5 ½” tall, he was not one to be missed. As a young man, and from a family of nine children, Tom enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After the Navy, he married Dovaleen (Gross) and he attended Santa Clara University. During those years, they lived in the old Quonset huts. It was an era when married students attended SCU and lived on campus. He played basketball for the Broncos and graduated with a BSEE in engineering in 1960.
James Patrick Connolly '61, M.S. '72 was born in Oakland in 1938 to James P. and Mamie W. Connolly. He attended Napa Union High School and graduated in 1956 and married Sharon in 1997. James passed away in San Jose on February 2, 2015. He was a retired engineer and manager whose career spanned 49 years at NASA, managing the design and development of Space Shuttle, International Space Station, and small spacecraft payloads. He joined the Peace Corps in 1964, and spent 2 years working on road and building projects in Tanzania. He graduated from Santa Clara University with an MS in Electrical Engineering in 1972. James is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Sharon and his children Tim Connolly of Campbell, Thad Connolly of Oakland, and Michael Sommese of San Jose.
Former SCU Regent Stanley David Hayden '63 was born Nov. 22, 1941, passed away on Dec. 16, 2014 at his home in San Marino, Calif. with his family by his side. He was survived by his wife of 49 years, Marcia; his four children, Katie (Willy), William "Bill" Hayden ’91 (Lindsay), Maggie Hayden Dietz ’94, and David Hayden ’96 (Shana); and his nine grandchildren, Molly, Will and Maggie Marsh; Will III and Matthew Hayden; Abbey and Henry Dietz; and Grace and Emma Hayden.
Stan was a native Angeleno and had been a resident of the San Gabriel Valley for over 35 years. He attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles and received his bachelors and masters degrees in Sociology and Child Development from The University of Southern California. He went on to teach Sociology and Child Psychology at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut for 18 years, later leaving academia to join his father's investment company, William R. Hayden and Associates.
A life long philanthropist and deeply committed to Catholic education, Stan served on the boards of Mayfield Junior School, Mayfield Senior School and Loyola High School, as well as on the Board of Regents (1973-1983) of Santa Clara University , where he attended before transferring to and graduating from The University of Southern California.
He was a former member of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Education Foundation in Los Angeles, and had served as president of Catholic Charities among other leadership roles. Stan, along with his wife and children, served on the Board of Directors of The William R. and Virginia Hayden Foundation, started by his father, William Rube Hayden.
A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Stan loved spending time with his family and close friends, through travel, golf and his various charitable endeavors. At the heart of Stan's life was his love for his family, friends and his Catholic faith. A "Man for Others" (Loyola Graduate '59) who lived out the motto, "Actions Not Words", Stan supported many Catholic schools and charities throughout the Archdiocese.
Heaven has gained a true jewel of our community and, most of all, we have an advocate in Heaven, as he has now joined the Communion of Saints.
Robert B. Yonts '63, J.D. '68, who served as a Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge for 13 years and spent more than two decades in private practice before that, died April 9, 2015. He was 73 and a resident of Soquel. Yonts served in the U.S. Army from 1963 until 1965 and was stationed in Germany as a lieutenant in the 7th US Cavalry, according to the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc., for which Yonts was an arbitrator.
Judge Yonts was born in Seattle, Washington, and raised in California. Judge Yonts was very proud of his duties in the army, and shared his many fond memories with family and friends. His successful private law practice in Santa Cruz led him to an appointment as a Superior Court Judge in Santa Cruz County. Practicing for more than 16 years, Judge Yonts leaves many dear colleagues who will miss his leadership and generosity. Upon retirement from the bench he remained involved in numerous civic activities and organizations including JAMS, CASA, and the Santa Cruz Rotary Club. He was member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Capitola, and enjoyed numerous activities with family and friends.
Thomas David DeGregori '64, 4/26/1942 to 7/1/2015. He was born and raised in Los Banos, CA, graduate of Los Banos High, Santa Clara University, and Golden Gate University, master's in taxation. Tom was a husband, father, father-in-law, CPA, Army veteran, Little League coach, investor, wine connoisseur, master card player, avid golfer, volunteer, and more. After residing in San Jose for 33 years as a CPA for Arthur Young & Co., and Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Tom and his wife of 46 years, Beverly, retired in 2003 to Greenhorn Creek Golf Resort in Angels Camp, where he lived his dream of golfing, playing bridge, and enjoying good wines with friends and family. He was the proud dad of Timothy (Amanda) DeGregori of San Jose and "Baka" to his grandsons Michael Thomas, and Leo Anthony.
John Emmett Rolleri '65 was born in Alameda, Calif. on May 9, 1943 and died in San Francisco on Aug. 28, 2013. John was the son of the late Thomas T Rolleri, MD and Katherine W Rolleri and brother to Michael J Rolleri and Thomas T Rolleri, Jr.
John spent his whole career as an accountant and Certified Public Accountant specializing in tax matters, most recently with the William Shine Company in San Francisco.
He had great and varied interests, particularly in the arts. John regularly attended San Francisco Opera and Symphony performances, but his seat was empty for the opening of the Symphony season on September 3. Tango dancing was his late night obsession. Toting a bag with his dancing shoes he joined many like-minded friends at Milongas held around the City.
John was also a accomplished basketball player in his younger days and was not reticent about sending critiques and suggestions to some NBA players about their style of play.
Above all else, John was a kind, gentle and learned man. He seemed at times to be shy and unassuming, but when it came time to discuss important and difficult issues of the day John was well prepared and assertive on those subjects. Many times he proved to others that their misconceptions of one matter or another were unfounded. We will miss him, his smile and his quickness of wit.
John, a bachelor, is survived by his brothers; his nephews, Paul and Rico Rolleri; his niece, Teri Rolleri; his grand-nephews, Kyle and Evan Rolleri and grand-nieces, Rachel, Gianna and Siena Rolleri. John is also survived by numerous cousins in Angels Camp and northern California.
Robert G. Gabalec MBA '66, age 90, formerly a resident of Naperville, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 16, 2014, at Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, IL. He was born June 10, 1924 in Cicero to Edward and Agnes Gabalec. Bob served as a Navigator during WWII for the Army Air Corps. He was a graduate of Purdue University and Santa Clara University. He enjoyed working with his hands doing stained glass, woodworking and making furniture and toys for his grandchildren. He loved family trips and especially loved to be with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his children, Thomas (Linda) Gabalec and Ruth (James) Milashus; grandchildren, Jennifer Milashus, Craig Gabalec and Amanda Welsand; and 3 great-grandchildren, Josh, Nicole and Brian. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Jeanne A. Gabalec, and 2 grandchildren, Jimmy and Neal Milashus.