Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing obituaries submitted in the last year by graduates in 1961
Lee Albert Cook ’61 (July 8, 1939 - July 30, 2013), a U.S. Veteran, age 74, of Sutter Creek, CA, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at his home with his loving family by his side. Born in San Francisco on July 8, 1939, a son of the late Edith Louise (Giusto) and Albert Bernard Cook, Lee was a 3rd generation San Franciscan. Lee was a Lt. in the U.S. Navy before joining the US Army Reserve and retiring a Captain after 22 years of service. As a teacher at San Quentin Prison, he created a data processing course that enabled inmates not only to find jobs when they were released, but also to financially support the program. Lee was very active in his community, belonging to Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor #31, Italian Catholic Federation, Branch #428, and Italian Benevolent Society. He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 108. Lee and his wife Lynda traveled extensively after his retirement from Preston Youth Authority in 1998. They created many lasting friendships wherever they traveled. Lee was an affectionate son, husband, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. Lee is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Lynda Cook, of Sutter Creek, brother Kenneth and his wife Kathleen Cook of St. Louis, Mo., a niece, Catherine Cook, cousin Mike and his wife Patricia Giusto of Benecia, Calif., as well as many cousins and his beloved dog, Lucia.
James Frank Schmiederer ’61, MBA '63, a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away with his family by his side on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.
He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1961. He worked as a stock broker then moved to Fresno in 1976 to farm with his brother-in-law, Bill Coit '64, MBA '66. Together they ran a successful farming business. Those who knew James will remember his kind and quiet demeanor. He was well respected for being true to his word. His generosity touched many.
He truly loved his family and made it his priority to keep the family together. He leaves behind his wife, Dayle; his children and their spouses, Jeffrey, Kendra, Krista '90, Sharolyn, Francois and Anthony; his grand- children, Antoine, Taylor, Stephane, Blake, Kilina, Chanel, Hannah and Christina; and his brother, Bob MBA '65.
Charles (Chuck) Larson, Sr. ’61, 82, formerly of Sunnyvale, Calif. went to heaven surrounded by family on April 9, 2013. He is survived by wife Betty and four children, Cathy (Andrew) Cattaneo, Chares, Jr. (Patrice), William (Patti) Larson, Theresa (Lawrence) Pierce, and eleven grandchildren. Charles worked at Varian, Lawrence Livermore Labs, Plasma Kinetics and EBT in Santa Clara. He retired to Grass Valley and later to Oro Valley, Ariz. Although he was a great husband, dad, uncle, brother, coach, friend, his favorite title was POPPY to his 11 grandchildren. Legacy.com and Arizona Daily Star have a full obituary. He loved Santa Clara University and all it gave him. Thank you, Betty Larson
Charles Bernard Gass Jr. ’61 age 74, died in Chandler, Arizona, on May 26, 2013. A Phoenix native, Bernie was born in 1939 as the first of 10 children to the late Charles Bernard Gass Sr., another Phoenix native, and Nina T. Gass. The family lived on a farm at 19th Avenue and Earll Drive. Bernie was a member of the Brophy College Preparatory class of 1957 and was captain of the basketball team. Bernie attended the University of Santa Clara before graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1962. He also completed the Public Utility Executive Program at the University of Michigan in 1980. Bernie joined Arizona Public Service in 1961 as an engineer. He was promoted in 1973 to the newly created position of Fuel Supply Manager, a position he excelled at until his retirement in 1995. Bernie's hobbies included fishing, camping, hiking, tennis, reading, dirt bike riding, gardening, and genealogy. He loved attending his children's and grandchildren's sporting events. Bernie is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Margo; his dear brothers and sisters Toni Dole, Linda Garnand, Ron Gass, Madeline Kelly, Paula Ames, Dick Gass, Monica Barnekoff, Victor Gass, and Jerry Gass; his beloved children Larry Gass, Kathy Anderson, and Tom Gass; his precious grandchildren Jennifer Gass, Ryan Anderson, Kelly Gass, David Gass, Tim Gass, and Charlie Gass. Bernie was preceded in death by his beloved son Steven. Bernie was an exceptional figure to many others, whom he lovingly accepted as his own, including the spouses of his brothers, sisters, children, their children and step-children. Bernie will be remembered for his caring and kindness.
Charles "Chuck" J. Larson Sr. ’61, 82, of Oro Valley, AZ, formerly of Sunnyvale, CA and Grass Valley, CA went to heaven on April 9, 2013 surrounded by family. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 22, 1931. He was preceded in death by his parents, Meta Anderson and William Larson Sr. and brother, William Larson Jr. A Coast Guard Veteran, Charles graduated in 1961 from Santa Clara University with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He was married to Elizabeth (Betty) Essner Larson in 1951, and over their 61 years of marriage, he worked at Varian, Lawrence Livermore Lab, Plasma Kinetics and EBT in the Bay Area. He retired to Grass Valley, CA and Oro Valley, AZ in 2004. Although he was a husband, dad, uncle, brother, coach, friend, his favorite title was ""Poppy,"" the name given to him by his 11 grandchildren. He is survived by his children, Cathy Cattaneo (Andy), Charles Larson Jr. (Patrice), William Larson (Patti) and Teri Pierce (Lawrence); adored and missed by his grandchildren, Elizabeth Cattaneo, Meg and Steven Larson, Ashley (Ulm), Victoria, Chelsea and Tyler Larson, Lauren, CJ, Zack and Billy Pierce.