Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing obituaries submitted in last 6 months by graduates in the 1960s
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.
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.
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.
James Anthony Lanza '66 entered into eternal rest on Dec. 21, 2014, in Phoenix, Ariz. He was 70 years old.
James was born on March 9, 1944 in Seattle, Wash., and was the eldest of eight children of Joseph and Gloria Lanza. He grew up in Seward Park and later became a standout athlete in football, baseball, and basketball at Seattle Prep. He continued on to Santa Clara University in California where he was a standout player on the football team (as a member of the "Rodents") and graduated in 1966 with a degree in business. He stayed in touch with many of his close SCU friends after he graduated.
James worked in insurance for several years, and then he met the love of his life, Gloria Ludke from Port Angeles. James and Gloria married in Port Angeles on May 20, 1972. They bought a home in Seattle and started a family in 1974. They had two sons, Mario and Dominic, and then James switched careers and became a lawyer after attending and graduating from Gonzaga Law School in Spokane in 1980.
James and his family moved to Bellevue in 1981, and he worked as a personal injury lawyer on the Eastside for more than 20 years. He relocated to Port Townsend in 2004, and spent the remainder of his life there, aside from the last few months of his life which were spent in an assisted living facility in Phoenix, Ariz., where he had moved to be closer to his son and grandchildren.
James was an active member of St. Louise Parish in Bellevue, and he was a well-respected youth football and basketball coach in Bellevue for many years. He was also a proud member of the Seattle Seafair Clowns for most of his life. But his greatest love was probably the sport of horse racing. James loved to go to the track (first Longacres, and then Emerald Downs), and he loved anything involved with horses or horse racing or teaching his sons about horse racing. He was also a great bowler, he carried a mid 200's average as a young man and he later taught his sons to be standout bowlers as well.
James will be remembered as an exceptionally sweet man who had a good heart, a successful law career, a great family, and the innate ability to find free parking anywhere in the state of Washington.
James is survived by his two sons, Mario Lanza ’96 (Diana) Upland, Calif., and Dominic Lanza (Jess) of Phoenix, Ariz. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Vanessa, Nicholas, Ben, and Luke, as well as seven siblings, David, Julie, Vincent, Gina, Mary, Lisa, and Lori. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 31 years, Gloria Ludke Lanza, as well as his parents, Joseph Lanza ’32 and Gloria Lanza.
Dr. Kevin Barr ’66 passed way on November 19, 2014 at his home in Boise, Idaho after a long struggle with cancer. Kevin was born in London and spent his infant nights sleeping in the London Underground to avoid the nightly bombings. At age 3, his parents, William and Marion Barr, took Kevin to Australia where they lived until they moved to California in 1953. Kevin graduated from Santa Clara University and earned a PhD in Physics from the University of Kansas. He worked as an Aerospace Scientist for 32 years in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boise before retiring in 2006.
He had a lifelong love of all of God's creatures. He volunteered for many years at Zoo Boise and was honored to be a member of the Friends of Zoo Boise Board of Directors. He traveled over the world for many years but had a special affection for Africa where he went many times for photographic safaris. He was a proud Irish citizen and visited Ireland and his Irish relatives at least once a year for the last twenty-five years.
He was known in the neighborhood as Snake Man because he loved to take his snakes for walks. He was fascinated by the universe. He could talk to a child or an adult about the smallest particle or the largest star and everything in between. He lived in a different plane from most of us - he was a genius.
Kevin is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Mary Pat; and by four younger siblings: Brian Barr ’67, Michael, Maria, and Jeanette, whom Kevin claimed to have raised.
Allen K. Tibodeau MBA ’66, age 76, of Marion, Iowa, died Nov. 22, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Julia; five children, Pam Wild, of Marion, Michelle (Paul) Sillman, of Cedar Rapids, Janette (Brian) Shea, of Chicago, Ill., Kevin Tibodeau, of Marion, and Joshua Tibodeau, of Hiawatha; eight grandchildren, Zach, Lauren, and Elizabeth Wild, Nick, Jordan, and Anthony Sillman, and Eleanor and Julia Shea; sister, Jeanne (Larry) Schuetzle, of Cary, Ill.; brother, Jim Tibodeau, of Phoenix, Ariz.; and his dogs, Charlie and Sophie. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Shirley Baker.
John R. Triplett J.D. ’67 was born on July 11, 1934. He passed away on Sept. 12, 2014, in Los Gatos. What characterized his remarkable life was his love for his family. Born in Pierre, South Dakota, to Renold and Mildred Triplett. He had 3 sisters. Dad served proudly in the Marines. Graduated from University of Oregon, went to law school at Santa Clara University, graduated in 1967. Dad had a private law practice and then was appointed to the Superior Court and served as a Court Commissioner for over 25 years. He is survived by his wife of over 52 years, Patricia and his 3 daughters, Terry, Mary and Kate. He also had 6 grandchildren.
Bonnie J. Waldron ’69, resident of San Jose, child of God, was summoned to the Lord Almighty on November 8, 2014. May her loving spirit continue to guide, protect, and shine down upon us all.
Born one of three siblings on May 10, 1947, at Glenview Naval Air Station, outside Chicago, Ill., to Theodore J., and Jeune M., Shara, Bonnie, and her family, would soon relocate to Rose Avenue, in Mountain View, Calif. After attending elementary school at St. Joseph Catholic School, and graduating from Holy Cross High School (Mountain View, Calif.), Bonnie went on to Santa Clara University where she would meet her future husband, Seaton "Rocky" Daly Jr. ’67, who would predecease her in death.
Bonnie followed Rocky to Spokane, Wash., where she would complete her bachelor's degree from Gonzaga University, and pursue a career in teaching through Spokane School District No. 81 and the Archdiocese of Spokane. After Rocky's untimely passing, Bonnie would once again find love and devotion through marriage to James V. Waldron by whom she is survived. Additionally, Bonnie is survived by her beloved four children Shara Daly-Arnoldi (Greg), Kimber Daly, Seaton M. Daly III (Colleen), and Molly Daly-Avery (Ian); and her treasured grandchildren Emilie and Gregory Arnoldi, Isaiah Avery, and Rocco and Sydney Daly, along with countless other family and friends whom were blessed to know her. Bonnie will forever be remembered for her positive outlook, loving smile, and duteous service to others.