Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing obituaries submitted in the last year by graduates in the 1970s
Gerald "Jerry" A. Ritthaler ’63, MBA ’70: December 5th, 1941 - February 22nd, 2013. Jerry, to his three sons, family, and countless friends, lived life with boundless enthusiasm. He was known to start conversations with a family member, close friend, or perfect stranger (soon to be a friend) by telling them about the best food he's ever had in this life, the greatest game or play he's ever seen, the nicest person he's ever met, or something very simple to the rest of us that simply amazed him. Pops would end the story with the declaration, How cool is that? It sounded like a question, but it was more of a statement about his zest for life and optimism. His enthusiasm was contagious and brought a smile or a laugh to everyone who came into his life, each and every day. Born on December 5, 1941 to Jaconda and Philip Ritthaler in Sacramento, CA, Jerry was destined to make friends and make a strong 1st impression from the day he was born. He grew up in the Sacramento area and attended college at Santa Clara University where he earned a Bachelor's and Master's Degree. After college, he had a successful business career in sales at General Foods, Sunshine Biscuits, and Kroger. Jerry's Bay area roots were an early indicator of one of his great loves in life sports. From the time he could yell and listen to a game on the radio, he developed a great passion for sports, and this passion never wavered for a second. He cheered early and often for the Raiders and Athletics because of his strong California ties, and he never stopped cheering for his beloved Oakland teams, but he added many teams in Georgia to his shirt and hat collection when he moved to Georgia in 1979. Once his three boys Mike, Mark, and Matt attended and graduated from the University of Georgia, he was destined to be a life-long Dawgs fan. Pops also had enough spirit in his heart to add the Falcons to his list of football teams he pulled for. Sundays in the fall were never dull with Jerry around, and he always had the game on and a rooting interest in the outcome no matter who was playing. One of Jerry's other great sports loves was baseball. He started out an Oakland A's fan while in the Bay Area, but after moving to Georgia, he quickly adopted the Atlanta Braves as his favorite team. Pops was always ready to head to the ballpark and watch his beloved Braves with anyone who would go with him. No matter how many times they broke his heart in October, he was ready again the following spring, enthusiastic and full of optimism. When he was not in Atlanta, he was always looking for a good deal on some tickets so he could catch the local team and enjoy a few cold ones at the ball park. Pops also brought this love for baseball to his family. He coached his sons in little league baseball in Scotts Valley, CA, teaching them the fundamentals and never missing a game, but more than anything he taught them a love for baseball, sports, and competition. Pops kept the family baseball tradition and love of sports alive with his grandchildren, attending Matthew's baseball and hockey games, Katie's softball and gymnastics, Daniel's baseball and basketball, and Evan's baseball games. He was a fan of his sports teams and an even bigger fan of his boys and grandchildren. Later in his life, Jerry had the good fortune to meet Marilou, who became his wife in 2011. They enjoyed a loving and devoted marriage for 2 + all too short years, but they filled that time up with passion, laughter, and a great appreciation for the opportunity to find true love late in life. Jerry and Marilou shared their devotation to their Catholic Faith and attended church and bible study regularly together. The marriage of Jerry and Marilou also allowed two families to meet each other and become one as Mike and Daniel, Mark and Mary Beth along with Katie and Matthew, and Matt and Kim were able to meet Michelle and Scott Whitehead and their children Erin and Evan to create a new and loving family. Jerry's gift of bringing people together will never be forgotten. Pops was a father figure to many of his sons' close friends in the Dunwoody, GA area. Now and forever, all of those who were fortunate enough to meet Pops will remember him for his stories. He never bragged about himself, but he never stopped telling proud stories about his sister Phyllis and her husband Scott, the good people he met through his charitable work, the love he had for the choir at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Historic Sweet Auburn, and whomever he was going to meet tomorrow. Jerry had an opinion on everything and it was almost always a positive, kind, and hopeful one. Pops will be greatly missed but never forgotten. If the question is, How cool was that man? The answer is The Coolest of them All.ö We will hear his joyful voice in our heads for the rest of our lives. When Pops passes thru the gates of heaven, a crowd will welcome him. Some will have known him well, others simply heard he was coming, and then he will get back to work checking on his earth bound family and friends. Jerry is survived by his wife, Marilou Ritthaler, of Alpharetta; sons, Mike Ritthaler, of San Rafael, CA, Mark (wife, Mary Beth) Ritthaler, of Atlanta, Matt (wife, Kim) Ritthaler, of San Francisco, CA, step-daughter, Michelle (husband, Scott) Whitehead, of Cumming; grandchildren, Katie Ritthaler, Matthew Ritthaler, Daniel Ritthaler, Erin Whitehead, and Evan Whitehead; sister, Phyllis (husband, Scott) Keilholtz, Sacramento, CA and Nephew Erik Keilholtz (wife, Melanie and daughter, Amalia) of Vallejo, CA.
Steven L. Tuma MBA ’71, 75, of Chatham, and formerly of Jacksonville, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. He was born Dec. 11, 1937, in Chicago, the son of Elmer and Dorothy Long Tuma. He married Margaret J. "Peggy" Jess on June 19, 1964, and she preceded him in death Jan. 2, 2002. He is survived by one son, Steven S. (Amy) Tuma of Machesney Park; one daughter, Mary Tuma Werries of Chatham; and three grandchildren, Zachary Tuma of Janesville, Wis., and Alyssa and Kyle Werries, both of Chatham. Mr. Tuma was a 1956 graduate of Morton (Illinois) High School, and then attended Roosevelt University in Chicago. During that time, he served in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Upon graduation, he began active duty with the Navy, serving on the USS Nereus. He was honorably discharged in 1967, and began work with the Lockheed Corporation in San Jose, Calif. While at Lockheed, he received his MBA from Santa Clara University. He and his family then returned to Illinois and Steven began work as an engineer with the State of Illinois, retiring from the Illinois Commerce Commission in 1999. Mr. Tuma was a very active member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Chatham, and a member of the Jacksonville Amateur (HAM) Radio Club. He had also been a member of the Jacksonville Lions Club. He was a fantastic "Grampy," and loved attending all of his grandchildren's activities.
Richard Certo ’71, September 5, 1949 - May 19, 2013. A resident of Scotts Valley, Certo passed away ten months after he became very ill with a rare type of lymphoma. Richard was born in Oakland, the oldest of five children, and was raised in Santa Clara. He graduated from Buchser High School in 1967, Santa Clara University in 1971, and launched his accounting career at Price Waterhouse. He then worked for Syntex and Argo Systems and moved to Scotts Valley in 1980 to serve as Seagate's first CFO. He spent the next 25 years working in business and venture capital, including time at Bell Micro and Al Shugart International. Richard worked hard and played hard. His passions were golf, good food, family, and friends. More than anything, he loved to laugh and make others laugh. He had an unforgettable smile and a loud, pure, infectious laugh that easily filled a room, a restaurant, or a movie theater. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a playful way of looking at things. He loved to have a good time and knew how important it was to enjoy life. Richard had a quick wit, a sharp mind, and a creative spirit. He loved a challenge, a complex problem, or an opportunity to improve upon something. He always had a project up his sleeve and several ideas brewing in his mind. His creations included "Improve Your Swing" golf app, several patented golf accessories, screenplays, children's books, a taco bar, and a few very eccentric Halloween costumes. He always found ways to keep life interesting and his mind engaged. He took pride in maintaining a beautiful home and yard, where he and his wife hosted many gatherings. Richard loved sports and physical activity. In addition to golfing, swimming, and cycling, he spent many years playing pick-up basketball and coaching youth soccer. In 2003 he participated in the week-long Cycle Oregon event and in 2010 he took the golf "trip of a lifetime" to Scotland. He loved to walk on the beach in Maui, play golf in Mexico, and hike through the forest at Henry Cowell State Park. His loyal corgis, Shorty and Lola, were at his side on countless walks through Hidden Glen. Richard is survived by his wife, Linda Teague, daughter Aly Certo and son-in-law Justin Weaver, son Kyle Certo, and step-children Abbey Teague and Kyle Teague. He is also survived by his siblings: Carol Poulsen, Donna Gamaly, Christine Certo, and Tom Certo. He was preceded in death by his daughter Lauren Certo. Richard's 4-year-old grandson Austin Weaver was the light of his life in recent years. Of Richard's many personal and professional accomplishments, perhaps the most valuable to him was that he was the first to make Austin laugh. Richard had hoped to travel to Southern Italy to explore his family's roots in Sicily. He loved all things Italian - the people, the food, and most of all, the Italian approach to life. Slow down. Enjoy yourself. Live in the moment. Don't take anything too seriously. As his disease progressed, Richard faced the end of his life with calm acceptance. More than once he shrugged his shoulders and said with characteristic ease and humor: "I picked the short straw." He made it home, which was his final wish, and died peacefully. He was surrounded by family and some of his closest friends in his final days. Richard's personality was larger than life, and the void that he leaves is immeasurable. If you wish to do something in Richard's honor, please consider donating blood, joining the national bone marrow registry, or volunteering with an organization that provides support to cancer patients.
Michael John Clark ’71, M.A. ’72 was born in Richmond, Ind., Jan. 10, 1949. He passed away unexpectedly in San Luis Obispo on July 23, 2013.
He grew up in Campbell after living in Indiana for the first four years of his life. He attended Saint Lucy Catholic School in Campbell from the first through eighth grades. He attended Campbell High School where he played football and wrestled. He then attended Santa Clara University where he played football and graduated with a master's in history and teaching.
During his time attending Santa Clara University he met Maryanne Patricia Scott, “Patty.”
After graduating in 1971 and marriage in 1972, he worked for Atascadero Unified School District, where he taught English, history and driver's education for 14 years. He also coached swimming and football.
In 1973 he received his master's in administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
After 14 years of teaching, he became the assistant principal at Atascadero Junior High. He then went on to become an elementary school principal at Creston and Carissa Plains, Lewis Avenue, San Benito and San Gabriel.
Mike retired in 2005 from Atascadero Unified School District and worked for a short time at Mission Prep High School as an assistant principal.
He lived in Los Osos from 1972 to 2006, when he moved to Paso Robles to be closer to his children and grandchildren. In 2006 he became a proud grandpa.
He was a grandpa to five grandchildren. He was a proud father to three children, Kimberly Rivas (Dan), Kristi Roberson (Matt) and Will Clark (Autumn).
His students, faculty, wife, children, grandchildren and extended family were everything to him. He was dedicated to always making them happy. His sense of humor, smile and his laughter were contagious. He was selfless and often unwilling to take credit for his accomplishments. He always fought for the underdog and a just outcome. The likes of him will not soon enter this world again.
Mike was an animal lover and will be missed by his dogs, Sheena and Stryker, and his three kitties, which were dependent upon him for their many daily walks and treats.
He is survived by his wife, three children, five grandchildren, two sisters, Colleen Chiaramonte and Cathy Blass, brother, Tom Clark, and many nieces and nephews.
John Dudley Wilson '71, Sept. 4, 2013. Born in Lompoc, California, on Oct. 9, 1949, John graduated from Santa Clara University and Cal Poly with degrees in civil and transportation engineering. John was a consulting engineer his whole career working mostly in the Bay Area and his last professional association was with SANDIS. John had a full and successful life and will be remembered for his positive attitude. He enjoyed his family and friends, collecting books, restoring classic cars and remodeling boats. John is survived by his wife Kay of thirty years, his father Arthur Wilson, his brother Arthur Wilson Jr. and his sisters Marion, Casey, and Barbara. John was also very close to his extended family of nieces and nephews and in laws from the Wilson family and from Kay's family.
Mary Cobb ’72, born Aug. 26, 1950, passed away quietly after a heroic fight against cancer on March 17, 2013.
Mary was born in Santa Monica and grew up in Van Nuys, attending St. Elizabeth School and Louisville High School She graduated from Santa Clara University with a major in Economics. After 16 years in the securities industry, Mary started her own consulting business as a compliance expert.
John Justin Proulx MBA ’72 April 14, 1938 - July 10, 2013. Resident of San Jose, John Justin Proulx, 75, passed away July 10, 2013 in San Jose, Calif., surrounded by his loving family. A native of SF, John attended USF earning his B.S. degree in accounting and later received his MBA from Santa Clara University. An auditor for many years, he became an IT manager in the early days of Silicon Valley. For 28 years, CPA John operated his own accounting practice, and used his financial expertise to help non-profit organizations in Santa Clara Valley. He is survived by: the love of his life and wife of 45 years, Bernadette; his beloved children, Rich Proulx (Rachel Antell) and Michelle Schuette (Derek); and, his adored grandchildren, Talia and Gabriel Antell-Proulx and Katie Schuette. He was also deeply grateful for his extended family, numerous close friends, and his physician Kenneth Greene, M.D. for his many years of care.
In John's words, "I am no longer physically with you, but am still with you in a spiritual way." He was a member of the Seeking Guidance men's group for 14 years. John enjoyed spending time with friends and family, travel, genealogy, collecting football memorabilia, and cheering on the 49ers - the pinnacle of his 60 years of "fandom" came earlier this year with his first trip to a Super Bowl. John was a very humble man, doing many things for many people without telling anyone. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Herman Egger M.S. '72, a resident of Palo Alto, died on Nov. 5, 2012. He was 75. Egger was born in Murten, Switzerland. In 1967 he moved to Palo Alto with his bride and began a 35-year career with Varian Associates. He earned a MSEE from Santa Clara University in 1972. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Monika, his daughters Pia Lusk (Mike) and Susi Egger-Watson (Matt) and his grandchildren Brenden, Daniel, Emma, Claire, Max, and Leo.
Nancy Diers Gullion ’73, 61, passed away on January 14, 2013 at Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, CA, from complications caused by her 12-year battle with Leukemia. Nancy was born on June 25, 1951 in Salinas and had lived in Salinas all of her life. She attended Hartnell Community College and Santa Clara University, and she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and English from Santa Clara. Nancy met Paul '72, J.D. '75, her husband of 40 years, while they were attending Hartnell Community College. For the past 20 years, she worked as the manager of her husband's law office. Nancy was very active at First Presbyterian Church in Salinas and enjoyed reading, gardening, and being with her family. She will always be remembered for her smile, her laughter, her positive attitude, her love of God, and her love for her family and friends. She made an impact on everyone she met. Nancy was preceded in death by her mother, Virginia Johnson Diers, and her father-in-law, Eugene ""Gene"" Gullion. Nancy is survived by her husband, Paul D. Gullion; her son, Matthew P. Gullion; her daughter, Shelley C. Escobar; her son-in-law, Nick Escobar; her granddaughter, Grace Escobar; and her grandson, Troy Escobar; her father, Herman ""Lucky"" Diers; and her mother-in-law, Wanda Gullion.
Loretta Edita Cabacungan Silvagni ’73 passed away on Jan. 15 at her home in Napa. Loretta was born in the San Antonio barrio of Narvacon Ilocos Sur in the Philippines in 1950, and moved to San Jose, Calif., when she was 5 years old. After graduating as the salutatorian of her class at Lincoln High School, she attended Santa Clara University, where she met her future husband, Steven Silvagni '73. They married and attended graduate school together at San Diego State University. Loretta and Steven moved to Napa together in 1978. She worked many different jobs as a licensed clinical social worker over the years, ranging from employment at the Napa State Hospital, having her own successful private therapy practice, teaching at Pacific Union College, and therapy and mentoring in Napa Valley Unified School District. She loved singing and participated in the St. Thomas Aquinas Church Choir and the Napa Valley College Chorale. She was a fourth-degree black belt (Yodan) in jujitsu and provided many years of service to the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation as manager of examinations. As sensei of her own dojo, Napa Valley Jujitsu, she shared her love of the sport with her students who ranged in age from 5 and 6 to those in their 50s and 60s. In the last few years of her life, Loretta suffered from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) which slowly robbed her of the ability to do all of the activities she loved. But nothing about the disease changed the love she had for her family, which surrounded her until the end. She is survived by her beloved husband, Steven Silvagni; her mother, Angela Cabacungan; her daughters, Sarah DeFelice and Teresa Silvagni, and their husbands, Marcus DeFelice and Ryan Nuez; and her two grandsons, who loved taking rides on Nonna's chair Marcus DeFelice, II, and Dominic Nuez. She is also survived by cousins in the Cabacugan and Raymundo families, as well as many other friends and relatives.
Edward P. Davis Jr. J.D ’73 died July 19, 2013. He came from an unusual background for a man who emerged as a strong advocate of freedom of the press. He was a child of the military, a Naval ROTC student at Stanford and a former federal attorney who helped prosecute Patty Hearst.
For a long stretch in the 1980s and early 1990s, Davis was the attorney for the Mercury News at a time when a confident and improving newspaper did battle with local governments over public records and public meetings. He rarely lost a case. "There was no better advocate for open government and open meetings than Ed Davis," said Bob Ingle, the former executive editor of the Mercury News. "He wouldn't have put the time and effort into those cases if he hadn't been a true believer.''
Davis, 64, died on July 19 in San Antonio from complications of a double-lung transplant in 2011. His friends say the surgery was successful but left Davis vulnerable to infection. A witty man who had the ability to think on his feet and regale friends with stories, Davis in recent years had defended white-collar clients charged with a variety of crimes -- anti-trust, money-laundering, export offenses and tax fraud.
Even when his health declined, the attorney retained a sense of community obligation: After undergoing his lung transplant, he spoke to groups about his experience and volunteered with Donate Life California, an advocacy group for organ donation.
Davis was born in La Jolla on Aug. 23, 1948, the son of Shirley Stock Davis and Lt. Commander Edward P. Davis Sr. As a "military brat,'' he moved frequently. It was in Hawaii, where he attended Punahou School for two years, that he became a lifelong San Francisco Giants fan while listening to the recorded summations of their games. Davis graduated from Blackford High School in San Jose, where he met his wife, Sheryl Cook M.A. ’80. He went on to Stanford, where he joined NROTC in hopes of becoming a naval aviator. When medical reasons prevented that, he became a private pilot anyway -- and later an accomplished sailor. His friends say his experience at Stanford left him with a decidedly more liberal political outlook than his parents. After graduating from Santa Clara Law School in 1973, Davis clerked for U.S. District Judge Oliver Carter for a year and then joined the federal prosecutor's office in San Francisco, where he worked between 1974 and 1978 and served as a junior attorney on the Hearst case. Then he joined the Rankin Oneal law firm in downtown San Jose, where he became the Mercury News attorney. When he won a public records case, executive editor Ingle published a photo of the check the government wrote to pay for Davis' attorneys fees. Davis moved his practice to the Pillsbury law firm when it opened an office in downtown San Jose in the mid-1980s. He later joined a boutique law firm and practiced at Gray, Cary Ware & Freidenrich before finishing his career as a partner with Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe. He also taught at Santa Clara University. A former San Carlos resident who moved with his family to Wimberley, Texas, to be closer to his son, Davis is survived by his wife, Sheryl, a son, Braden, his daughter-in-law Amy, and two grandchildren.
David R. Frank MS ’73 attended the SCU "Early Bird" engineering gradute program through Lockheed for a number of years to obtain his M.S. in applied mathetics. He continued working at Lockheed/Martin, primarily in the Trident Strategic Systems Program, until his retirement in 2000. He was a native of Bellville, Texas, and a resident of Santa Cruz from 1967 until his death. After retiring, he continued his interest in model planes, photography, and advancements in engineering. David is survived by his wife, Iris, of Santa Cruz; son Reese, wife Cathy, and grandson Alexander of Woodland Hills; and son Jonathan, wife Gina, and grandson Ethan of Los Gatos.
Arthur William Anderson J.D. ’73 was born Aug. 14, 1927, and passed away on Jan. 13, 2013. A resident of Saratoga, Arthur passed away peacefully with his loving wife, June, by his side. Arthur was born in Shanghai, China, to Eileen and Arthur Anderson, and raised in San Francisco. He was a graduate of Galileo High School, UC Berkeley and UCSF Medical School. Later in life, he graduated from Santa Clara University, School of Law, while continuing his medical practice. On December 19, 1948, he married the 'love of his life and joy of his heart', June Ann Nickelson, theirs was a lifetime of love, recently celebrating their 64th wedding anniversary. After serving two years in the Korean War as a US Army doctor in Okinawa, he returned home and established practice as an orthopedic surgeon in San Jose. He touched the lives of many, in a practice that spanned over fifty years; during that time, he served as Chief of Orthopedics, Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff at O'Connor Hospital. Arthur instilled a love of family, a sense of loyalty, integrity and the value of hard work in all. He was a man of many interests and passionate about each of them. He was the ultimate outdoorsman, hunting and fishing throughout his life, while also enjoying backpacking, woodcarving, bonsai, stained glass, culinary arts, and learning foreign languages; and his tremendous love of books fulfilled his insatiable quest for knowledge. He will live forever in the hearts of his five children and their spouses: Mark Anderson (Nancy), Jeff Anderson (Mary Beth), Chris Anderson (Terri), Carol Johnson (Cliff), Marlene Kuh (John). 'Grandfather' will also be greatly missed by his twelve grandchildren: Katie Hogan (John) '97, Chris Anderson (Wendy) '01, Lauren Townsend (Josh), Lindsay Doody (Ian), Hayley Alverson (Adam), Billy Anderson, Sarah Greenwood (Brian), Jonathan Johnson (Shelly), Mark Johnson (Anna), Taylor Johnson; Brad and Colin Kuh; and his eleven great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his sister Jacqueline, and beloved grandson Kevin Anderson.
Steven Gunia MBA '74, a resident of Monterey, passed away unexpectedly October 21, 2013 surrounded by family and friends. He was 65. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife, Dolores; his mother Virginia of San Jose, sister Jacque Hennig (Jon) of Campbell, nieces Lindsay Hennig and Brittany Gilhooly (Tim), nephews Michael and Wyatt Gilhooly, stepson Sean Murphy, grandchildren Christina and Brenden Murphy (Laura) and great-granddaughter Scarlett. Born in 1948, Steven was a graduate of Blackford High School and San Jose State University. A lifelong thirst for education led Steven to continue his education and obtain his Masters degree at Santa Clara University, and later on his law degree. In 1985, Steven and Dolores moved to Monterey. In addition to his legal practice, Steven became very active in his community. The United Way, the Monterey Museum of Art, Jesters, The Monterey County Symphony and The Ombudsmen are among some of the charitable causes he gave his time to. He also loved to open their home and host events for many non-profit organizations. Steven loved to play bridge, and achieved Life Master status. He was a bridge director, and also began directing and teaching bridge on cruise ships, combining his love of the game with his passion for travel, allowing him and Dolores to travel the world. He loved museums, enjoyed cooking, was an avid golfer and enjoyed his membership at Corral de Tierra Country Club. A lover of nature, Steven enjoyed the outdoors - especially fly-fishing and skiing.
Robert C. Schwalbe ’74, M.A. '79, a resident of Santa Clara, was born in 1952 and died in January 2013. Robert was first introduced to Yosemite by his parents Marge and Bill Schwalbe, and his love of the park continued throughout his childhood with the adventures he shared with his siblings Ronald, Joan ’65, and Richard. Beyond his love of nature, Robert was a generous and compassionate human being. He loved life and enjoyed serving the community by volunteering at St. Justin's during the holidays and Yosemite in the fall. His positive, infectious spirit will be missed greatly by his adored wife, Linda, and beloved children Matthew, Jenna, and Roxanne.
Alfred Kok-Ching Chan M.S. ’74, a resident of Sunnyvale, died peacefully in his home on March 20, 2013. Born September 27, 1938 in Hong Kong, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1957. He is survived by spouse Chu Lee, children Clara and Timothy Chan, and siblings Paula Leung, Calvin and Albert Chan.
Sue Noel Hinrichs Ph.D ’75 of Manteca was born on March 18, 1935 in Clinton, Okla., where she was raised and attended Clinton schools. She left this life on December 9, 2012 in Modesto, Calif. She was the daughter of Clyde Alvin Noel and Susie Barr Noel, deceased. She was also preceded in death by a sister Alva Jane Powell. She attended Oklahoma State University where she obtained her B.S. in Accounting. She received her M.S. from Kansas University and PhD from Santa Clara University. Sue's career was as a CPA and Professor at San Jose State University and University of Pacific. She was a member of the Genealogical Society of Stanislaus County and had served as Treasurer, former board of director for San Joaquin County Women's Center, and loved to play bridge and did so at every opportunity. Sue is survived by husband of almost 56 years, Eric Hinrichs, a sister Clyda Ann Neal of South Carolina and many loving nephews and nieces. She and Eric were almond growers in the Manteca area for many years.
Amy Jeanne Seevers Nelson M.A. ’75, born Oct. 14, 1932 and resident of Santa Cruz, passed away June 13, 2013 following a lengthy illness. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she was 80 years old. Amy lived in Santa Cruz for the past 19 years, and before then in Palo Alto and Saratoga where she and her husband David Carl Nelson raised their family. Amy earned her nursing degree from the University of Minnesota - where she met her husband in 1955. She later earned her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University, and worked many years in Public Health for the County of Santa Clara. A talented athlete, Amy enjoyed sports. She excelled in tennis and golf, and was a member of both Valley Gardens and De La Veaga Women's Golf Clubs. Amy also liked to waterski and enjoyed many seasons of camping and boating with family and friends. She loved music, theater, and museums and her family cherishes fond memories of the special events they attended together. She was able to travel widely, and journeyed with her husband Dave over 6 continents. A member of First United Methodist of Santa Cruz, Amy served as chairman of the Social Concerns Committee, and also sang in the church choir. She and her husband helped to launch the Reconciliation Congregation Movement to promote a welcoming inclusiveness for everyone. Amy also volunteered for the Society of the Blind. Amy is survived by her husband of 58 years, Dave Nelson of Santa Cruz; her three daughters, Kris Nelson of Santa Cruz, Cindy Nelson of Palo Alto, and Kimberley Nelson of Berkeley; her son, David Nelson of Santa Cruz, and her five grandchildren, Kati, Juli, Madeline Amy, Elijah, and Kiala. Amy was deeply loved by her family and her kindness, enthusiasm, and passion for life continues to have a positive impact on all of their lives.
Steven Emerson Curtis M.S. ’77, our wonderful husband, father, Papa, and hero, passed away on January 5, 2013 after a courageous eight-year battle with cancer. He valiantly inspired others and proved that this is still a day of miracles. Steve was born in Salt Lake City on March 16, 1948 to Reuben Emerson and Alice Call Curtis. He graduated from Highland High School and served an LDS mission to Northern Germany. He married his eternal sweetheart, Janice Derrick in the Salt Lake Temple. He graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in electrical engineering and received a master's degree from Santa Clara University in California. He spent the majority of his career designing medical imaging equipment and managing research and development departments. He loved solving mathematical engineering problems and was granted many patents. Steve was a man of absolute integrity. He had sound judgment and great wisdom. He possessed charity for all and so appreciated the love and prayers offered for him during his health struggles. He left a legacy of love, service, humor, and devotion to his family. He endured to the end with steadfast faith in the Savior and a testimony of the gospel. He was without guile and was a true disciple of Christ. Steve loved gardening and his beautiful flowers were legendary. He passed on his love of camping and hiking in the mountains and national parks to his family. He loved music and sang every chance he had in choirs, quartets and duets with Jani and was an excellent choir director. He enjoyed traveling and saw much of the world. He delighted in the scriptures and was continually immersed in them. He had an extensive knowledge of the gospel and lived its principles with exactness. He served faithfully in many callings, but his favorite was teaching, where he constantly bore his testimony of the love, kindness, and mercy of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Jani, their children Michael (Rochelle) Curtis, Matthew (Brooke) Curtis, Alisa (Kevin) Bolander, Jennifer (Alan) Stout, and 14 grandchildren.
Joan Marie Vellequette M.A. ’77, a resident of Los Altos, Calif. for 51 years, passed away peacefully on Nov. 13, 2012. Joan is survived by her loving husband, Murlin Vellequette MBA '68, her sister Margaret Bouthillier (& husband Conrad), her brother-in-law Roger Vellequette, her sister-in-law Bernadette Hall, and her eight children: Joseph Vellequette (& wife Suzy), John Vellequette, David Vellequette (& wife Mary), Mary Singleton (& husband D.J.), Ann Frates, Mark Vellequette '86, MBA '91 (& wife Mary Beth), Michael Vellequette (& wife Kim), and James Vellequette. Joan was blessed with 21 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren - all of whom she loved deeply. Joan had a knack for remembering everyone's birthday, graduation, and anniversary - while making it all look easy. Born Joan Marie Lynch in Chicopee, Mass., her family later moved to Michigan where she attended the University of Detroit as a Chemistry major graduating in 1951. Joan dated Murlin Vellequette in college and they married in 1952. Over the next 9 years, they lived in Huntsville, Detroit, Fort Wayne, Cincinnati, and then moved to California in 1960 when Murlin accepted a position with Fairchild Semiconductor. In Los Altos, they bought one of the first homes in the Highlands area, where they made many close friends in that great neighborhood. Recently, with family and some long-time friends, Joan and Murlin celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, a true milestone of enduring love. Early on, Joan worked as a Chemist for Ethyl Corp., and then devoted herself to the whirlwind of raising eight children. Joan returned to college and obtained a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University in 1977. She also volunteered for many years with the St. Simon Catholic Parish ministries, the El Camino Hospital Auxiliary, and for St. Francis High School. Later on, she enjoyed being the office manager and psychological testing coordinator for the Behaviordyne Pyschological Corp. in Palo Alto, and she also acted as the bookkeeper for the family business. Joan's personal interests varied from celebrating and quietly helping her family, to frequent travels, to being an extremely avid reader. Her travels included India, Europe, China, Australia and many trips with family to destinations all over the US. Annual summer trips to Myrtle Beach were a favorite, and no one will ever forget seeing Joan and Murlin parasailing together way up in the sky during one terrific Vellequette & Bouthillier Family Reunion. Joan was always selflessly full of life and love, and she will be dearly missed by all who knew and cherished her.
Ted T. Yamamura MBA ’78 was born to Masakazu and Tatsuko on January 3, 1949. He passed away peacefully on August 18, 2013 at the age of 64 with his family members by his side. He fought a courageous battle with cancer. He will always be loved and remembered by his wife of 40 years, Lilly, along with his children Brandon (Kathy) and Peter. To his family he will always be the dad with a loving and positive attitude. He was very supportive of his children's endeavors and cherished time with his family. He coached his sons' sports teams and never missed any of their school events. They also frequently took family vacations to sunny places such as Hawaii and enjoyed crabbing at their summer home. Born and raised in Seattle, Ted attended Queen Anne High School then earned a BS and MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics at UW. He continued his education in California at Santa Clara University and received an MBA degree with concentrations in finance and marketing. After graduating, Ted worked for seven years at Lockheed Martin before moving back to the Seattle area. He then began his career at Boeing as an aeronautical engineer and later became the Regional Director of the Global Asia Markets. During his 33 year career at Boeing, he traveled and built work relationships with people from all over the world. Ted had a strong passion for mentoring and empowering people. He was an active member in the community and held many leadership positions. For example, he is co-founder and developer of the Executive Development Institute (EDI), a program aimed to build culturally diverse leaders. He was President of the Boeing Asian American Professional Association (BAAPA), President of the Asian Management Business Association (now known as the National Association of Asian American Professionals - NAAAP), President of the Japanese American Chamber of Commerce, and also served on the board of many organizations. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Henry. The surviving family members include Aunt Ayako Mochizuki, Uncle Mitsuo (Peggy), Sister-in-law Susan, Brother George (Laurie), brother-in-laws, cousins, nephews and their families.
Karen Elizabeth LaMothe ’78, March 25, 1956, to April 23, 2013. Karen was born in Portland to Barbara and Roger Wagner. She graduated from Wilson High School in 1974 and attended the University of Santa Clara spending her junior year in Florence, Italy. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology she remained in San Francisco working in the investment banking field. She re-met her husband Greg '78, a fellow Santa Clara graduate, in 1987 and they married soon afterwards. They moved to Portland in 1991 and were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Noel in 1993. Karen loved watching classic movies, gardening, reading a good book in the sun and making her friends and family laugh. Everyone who knew her will miss her keen wit and wry sense of humor. She was preceded in death by her father, Roger Wagner and is survived by her husband, Greg; daughter, Noel; mother, Barbara and stepfather, Jack McKinnon; brother, Eric (and wife, Cindy) Wagner; and sister, Gretchen Wagner-Lariviere.
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).
John "Papa" Eastus M.S. ’78, deputy city manager, City of San Jose (Ret.), and a resident of San Jose, passed away peacefully in his home on March 7, 2013 at the age of 81. He was born in San Luis Obispo, CA to Charles and Josephine Eastus and raised in Marin County. He joined the US Marine Corps at the age of 17. After being honorably discharged, he attended San Jose State University earning a degree in civil engineering and a masters degree in public administration at Santa Clara University. John started working for the City of San Jose as an Assistant Director of Public Works, promoted to the Director of Public Works, and retired in 1984 as a Deputy City Manager. After retiring from the city, he became a partner with HMH Engineering and later he was a consultant as Chief Engineer for the City of Brisbane. John loved the outdoors, fishing, camping, golf, and spent many hours working in his garden. He leaves behind his wife Sherry of 43 years, his brother Frank Eastus and sister Diane Wheeler, along with his 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 2 great granddaughters.