Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing obituaries submitted in the last year by graduates in 1953
John Patrick Smalley '53, September 2, 2013. Born in Jackson, CA on Dec 30, 1928, and died in San Francisco from old age complication. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Beatrice; sons: John Joseph ’87, Patrick Michael, CHP; Dr. Val Smalley, DO; and Stephen, Sgt. SFPD; daughter and son-in-law: Christine and Tony So; granddaughters: Noelle and Adrianna So; Sister-in-law: Joanne Smalley; and nephew: Martin Catudio. John graduated from Santa Clara University, Civil Engineering. He was in the U.S. Army Artillery in Germany for the Korean War. He worked with the State of California for Bay Toll Crossings and on the San Diego Coronado Bridge and Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, City and County of San Francisco Public Works. He was a dedicated supporter of Pro Life Activities and was an active member of Star of the Sea Parish.
James Edward Chargin ’53 Oct. 2, 2013. He died from complications after he fell in his home. He was 81. Jim Chargin was born in San Jose, Calif., in 1932, the second of seven children to Joseph A. Chargin, Jr., and Ellen X. Laundrie Chargin. After completing his studies at Bellarmine Preparatory and Santa Clara University, he married Patricia Murphy, his longtime sweetheart, in 1955. They moved to Chicago, where he graduated from Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in 1957. Dr. Chargin moved with his family to Grass Valley in 1963, and they became members of St. Patrick's Catholic Parish. Dr. Chargin was in private practice in Grass Valley until 2003. He was chief of staff at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital for multiple terms. He continued assisting in surgery, especially orthopaedic surgery, until 2008. Dr. Chargin was an avid builder, machinist and do-it-yourselfer. He relished the challenge of fixing broken things of all kinds, rather than replacing them. He loved fishing and introduced all of his children and many of his grandchildren to the joys of camping in the Sierras. Dr. Chargin will be profoundly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues in California and beyond. Dr. Chargin is survived by his wife of 58 years, Pat; his children and their families - Jim, Sherry and Brenna of Nevada City, Katherine of Sebastopol, Peter, Jennifer, William and Emily of Portola Valley, and David, Susan, Patrick and Maria of Tucson, Ariz.
Judge Dewey Lawes Falcone ’53, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away in his sleep at home in Redondo Beach, CA on August 15, 2013, at the age of 82. Dewey was born and raised in Hermosa Beach, CA on June 27, 1931. Son of Rose Coury and Alfredo Victor Falcone. Dewey graduated from Redondo Union High School class of 1949. He then attended Bay areas Menlo College, followed by the University of Santa Clara and then USC Law School. He then served his country in the US Army. Dewey started practicing law with his father in 1959 in Los Angeles for the next 34 years (law offices of Falcone & Falcone). While a lawyer he also served our country as ambassador to the Mariana Islands. He was appointed to Judgeship by Governor Pete Wilson and served for 20 years in the Norwalk Superior Court. He loved his work and his colleagues. Dewey was a family-first guy a great athlete and a scholar. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years Teresa Falcone and their four children, Darran, Felicia, Marisa, and Christina. His five grandchildren Dylan, Iona, Forrest, Luna and Luke and his loving sister Delores Metzger, and his nephew Paul Marinos. Dewy was the Sea that we all floated on. He will be missed and loved always.
Arthur "Art" Ciapponi '53, a resident of Fremont, 84, passed away on Feb. 7, 2013, at Washington Hospital in Fremont, CA. He was born on May 24, 1928 in Oakland, CA to Arthur and Evelyn Ciapponi. Art was preceded in death by his loving wife of 36 years Joan (Van Dusen) Ciapponi; his parents, Arthur and Evelyn; and his brother, Dick. Art is survived by his wife, Beverly (Hagan) Ciapponi. They were happily married for over 14 years. He is survived by his three children, Debbie, Bob (Paula) and Cathy (Jack); grandchildren Amy (Mike), Rachel (Scott), Nick, Nate, and Sara; great grandchildren Colton, Mattea, Jade, August, Easton and Keenan; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by Beverly's children, Tami (Gene), Debi (Kamal) and Bill (Lisa) and their children Melissa, Danica, Darion, Diego, Brian and Kelsey. Art grew up in Oakland where he graduated from Castlemont High School. He attended Napa Junior College where he played football. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1953. Art served two tours as a proud member of the United States Marine Corp. He worked for Pacific Pump Company in Oakland for over 30 years. In retirement he was co-owner of Ruxton Pump in Hayward. Art loved the outdoors and was an avid tennis player, hunter and sports enthusiast. All who knew him knew that he had a passion for politics and will always be a staunch Republican. Art was a wonderful husband and father who cared deeply for his family. He loved to tease and make everyone, even strangers, laugh.
Anton "Tony" Janda ’53, CFN 1958, our dear brother Companion and good friend, entered into Light this morning, February 16, 2013 at 3:15 am. He was approximately 82 years old. Tony died without pain and at peace at a hospice residence in La Mesa, CA, a suburb of San Diego. A priest from a local parish was called in to attend Tony last night. Anne was at Tony's bedside when he died; she has been with him during many hours of the difficult past days and weeks and she is doing well. She wants us to know that Tony's final and cherished thoughts had been of Los Gatos, and of us, his Companions through the years. Thanks to the kindness of Anne Janda, I had the privilege and joy of sharing some 30 pleasant moments with Tony at his bedside at the skilled nursing facility a few weeks ago. We were blessed to enjoy a portion of our lives in Tony's company. Each of us who knew and loved him holds our own special memories of him. We will carry those memories and experiences in our hearts until the time, beyond time, when we shall meet again. I hope that we--our lives--were as much a blessing for Tony as we were blessed with him.
Go with God, dear Tony. Until we meet again..