Helga Damarowskis

Helga Damarowskis, of Oakland, CA passed away on January 14, 2019. She was born in Homburg Germany on July 4, 1946.Helga Moueller graduated from  Cal Berkeley and received a BA from Cal Berkeley.Helga was married to Ojars (John) Damarowskis on December 10, 1982. She had a career at Kinetics as an Executive Assistant. Helga had a passion for chihuahua dogs, needlepoint, sewing, crochett, and she made premi hats for the hospitals. She was survived by her brother and sister; Arved and Lillian, Michelle and Joan.

Mollie Ostroff

Mollie Ostroff, late of Carlsbad, CA, died peacefully in Oakland, California at the age of ninety-four.  Throughout her long life she saw and did much, but it was always of her lifelong companionship with her husband, Arthur, and of her family that she spoke with the greatest joy.


Mollie was born Mollie Potash in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1924.  Her parents, Abraham and Sylvia, had emigrated to the USA from Russia shortly before she was born, and her older sister, Bea, was born there.  In Philadelphia, she attended public schools as well as Hebrew schools, and excelled scholastically in both.  She did not speak English until she entered kindergarten.  Yiddish was the language of the home, and she spoke it fluently, albeit reluctantly.  It was at Gratz High School, where students were seated alphabetically, that she met her future husband, Arthur Ostroff, who was always seated next to her.  Both Mollie and Arthur were awarded scholarships (Mollie, an academic one, Arthur, a Mayor’s scholarship) to and attended the University of Pennsylvania, and Mollie graduated in 1945.  She continued her studies and gained a master’s degree in Economics there in 1946 while Arthur served in the US Army Signal Corps.


After the end of WWII, Arthur returned from service in the South Pacific (New Guinea) in 1946, and Mollie and he were married on February 25, 1946.  They were rarely apart during the following sixty-eight years.  Arthur completed his studies in engineering at U of P, while Mollie taught Hebrew High School in Philadelphia. She was what is now referred to as a “Judaic scholar”. They began their family while they lived in the Northeast – the mid-Atlantic states.  In these years, Mollie gave birth to her three children, Barbara, Pamela, and Gary, moving a number of times between Pennsylvania, New York and California, as her husband took different jobs with electronics firms.  A memorable and delightful summer was spent in the upstairs apartment unit of the Yoder home in Beach Haven, New Jersey in 1960, and following a year in central Philadelphia, in 1961 they drove across the country in a 1958 Ford Fairlane convertible (white with red interior) and moved to Woodland Hills, California where she was determined to stay put and so they did for twenty-six years.  (Arthur continued to change jobs.)


When her three children were all old enough to attend school, Mollie gained her credentials and began a twenty-five year career teaching grades three, four and five in the Los Angeles City schools. Many of her students had Spanish as a first language, so Mollie learned that language, participating in several programs including living in Mexico with families for a number of weeks. She was a dedicated and gifted teacher, and throughout her life, she loved to be with children.


After retiring from teaching, Mollie and Arthur were adventurous global travelers, visiting China when Mao-suits were standard and bicycles were the primary mode of urban transportation.  She proudly returned with her Mao cap and Red Party Pins, marveling that they had been to the Great Wall. They traveled to points in South America, eastern and western Europe, the middle east and all over the USA, and took cruises to Alaska and along the Argentine coast, on which they were often noted for their dancing.  In 1987, Mollie and Arthur moved to Carlsbad, CA, realizing their dream of living by the beach and they were well known to local residents as the remarkably vigorous older couple who were regularly seen walking the mile or so from their house to the shore down the hill or through their neighborhood.  Her grandchildren Shoshana and Josh attended college in San Diego, not far away, and Mollie was delighted by their visits, and loved to feed and chat with them (and roommates who accompanied them) as they did their piles of laundry.


Mollie always followed the news carefully, and continued to read magazines and the newspaper, do word puzzles, cryptograms and read novels into her nineties.  Reading was her favorite pastime:  She knew the classics as well as contemporary fiction, and among the earliest memories of her son are chats with her about books and history.  She firmly believed that reading improved one’s vocabulary, diction and writing and reading more made one a better reader.  Her daughters, both of whom became skilled at dress making at an early age, credit Mollie as their patient and effective teacher in sewing.  Mollie was an extremely accomplished knitter and taught her daughter, Pamela, that skill as well. She taught her daughters to sew so well that she gave up sewing herself. She continued knitting for her grand-children and great-grandchildren until her late eighties.  Her garments have been passed from generation to generation .  She loved the beach. Living in Carlsbad, especially after Arthur was gone, allowed her still to enjoy the ocean and the sand. A favorite activity with her children was to spend a few hours on the beach in the afternoon, warm or cold, sunny or overcast.  When she moved to the Bay Area in 2016, she learned to appreciate the San Francisco Bay in Alameda shore almost as well as the Pacific Ocean.


Mollie was predeceased by her husband in 2014, and is survived by her three children: Barbara, Pamela, and Gary Ostroff of Los Angeles, Piedmont, CA and Teaneck, NJ; five grandchildren: Shoshana Bohrer, Joey and Josh Wolf, Julia and Eli Ostroff; and four great grandchildren: Madison, Jake Ethan, and Drew Bohrer, and Kennedy Clara Wolf.  She was predeceased by her older sister Bea Baxter,  and is survived by her younger brothers Irwin and Chester Potash who reside in Florida. She made friends among the friends of her children who saw her as wise, intelligent and remarkably astute.  She was a loving presence in all their lives and will be greatly missed.


A happy celebration of her life will be held on Sunday April 28, 2019  with details to follow.

Shigeki J. Sugiyama


December 19, 1927 – January 14, 2019

Like so many of his generation, Shigeki J. Sugiyama was a soldier once.  He was born on December 19, 1927, the eldest of eight children of the late Keichiro and Shizue Sugiyama.  He grew up in Alameda.

With the advent of the Second World War, “enemy aliens” were ordered to leave the West Coast.  As a result, Shigeki accompanied his parents and siblings to French Camp and then to the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California in 1942.  He later moved with his family to the Topaz Relocation Center in Utah in 1943.

While only 16 years old, Shigeki accepted an offer to work at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  He left Topaz on July 12, 1944, never to turn back.  At Ann Arbor, he attended University High School while working on campus.  In June 1945, he enrolled at the University of Michigan with the support of an Alumni Regents Scholarship.

Finishing his freshman year, Shigeki began working two jobs to earn money to cover his living and academic expenses. But in April 1946, he was drafted into the Army.  He attended Officers’ Candidate School, receiving a commission as a Second Lieutenant, Infantry.  He trained further in the basic infantry officers’ course from which he graduated with the highest standing in his 58 member class.  He was then ordered to serve in Japan where he arrived in January 1948

In May 1950, Shigeki was assigned to the 7th Infantry Division, to be the division’s order of battle officer.  Only weeks into his new duties, North Korea invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950.  A few months thereafter, Shigeki landed at Inchon on September 16, 1950, with the advance party of the headquarters for the 7th Division.  His pre-landing estimate of enemy forces that could be encountered included a tank unit with 15 Russian-made T-34 tanks.  His estimate was confirmed by the destruction of all 15 tanks by units with the 1st Marine Division.

After the liberation of Seoul, Shigeki flew to Wonsan, North Korea, with the 7th Division’s forward command group.  He then traveled about 150 miles farther north to Puckchong for an advance to the Yalu River.  On reaching the river, the division was ordered to relieve the 7the Marine Regiment on the east side of the Chosin Reservoir.

The night that the 7th Marine Regiment was relieved, two infantry battalions and an artillery battalion of the 7th Division were overwhelmed by the troops of a Chinese Communist army group.  The division over the coming weeks had to fight its way south to avoid encirclement by the overwhelming Communist forces.

Shigeki served as assistant G2 operations officer with the 7th Division when the United Nations forces resumed their offensive to force the Communist forces north of the 38th Parallel.   In July 1951, as armistice negotiations began at Panmunjom, Shigeki, now a Captain, was reassigned to the General Headquarters, United Nations Command and Far East Command in Tokyo to serve as the North Korean Army Order of Battle Officer.

Finally returning to the United States accompanied by his wife Kimiko and son John, Shigeki arrived in Ft. Meade, Maryland in September 1952 to serve in the headquarters of the Second U.S. Army.  In 1956, he returned to Korea to serve with the Support Group of the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission.  Returning to the United States in 1959, he served as the executive officer of an infantry battalion at Ft. Dix, New Jersey.  In June 1961, he was assigned overseas again to serve in the 4th Armored Division in Germany, initially with the 3rd Brigade, then as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G2.

Returning to the United States in July 1964, Shigeki served as a division chief in the Army Special Warfare School at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.  He was ordered in July 1965 to command a new military intelligence unit set for assignment to Vietnam.  Deployed in September 1965, his unit was assigned to the Headquarters, I Field Force Vietnam, responsible for military operations in Central Vietnam. In addition to commanding his unit, he was appointed as the deputy to the Assistant Chief of Staff, Corps G2.

During his service in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, Shigeki was awarded three Bronze Star Medals, the Air Medal, and the Army Commendation Ribbon, and received numerous campaign and theater ribbons with battle stars.  He retired from the Army as a Lieutenant

Colonel on September 1, 1966.  He then commenced a new career with the former U.S. Civil Service Commission.

In November 1972, Shigeki was transferred to the Commission’s Bureau of Policies and Standards in Washington, D.C.  During this period, he also served as the president-elect and then president of the Japanese American Citizens League.

On January 1, 1979, Shigeki and the staff of the Compliance Branch, which he headed, were transferred to the Office of the Special Counsel that was established by the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978. Shigeki had a key role in writing the legislation, monitoring Congressional action, and planning implementation.  He was recognized for his work with the Commissioners’ Award for Distinguished Service.

In his new role, Shigeki assumed responsibility for working to establish the federal agency.  In the following years he was promoted into the Senior Executive Service and served as Associate Special Counsel for Investigation, then Associate Special Counsel for Planning and Oversight and Inspector General of the agency.  He retired from the government after a combined total of 40 years of service.

While working in Washington, D.C., Shigeki worked with the Bishop of the Buddhist Churches of America to found a temple in the area. In May 1981, his work culminated in the establishment of the Ekoji Buddhist Temple in Springfield, Virginia.

Shigeki moved with Kimiko to the East Bay in August 1988.  In retirement, Shigeki obtained a Master’s Degree in Jodo Shinshu Studies from the Institute of Buddhist Studies (in addition to an earlier Master’s Degree in Public Administration).  He was later ordained a priest of the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha Hongwanji Temple in Kyoto, Japan, and served as a minister’s assistant of the Buddhist Temple of Alameda.

Shigeki is survived by one son, The Honorable John H. Sugiyama (wife Jennifer) in Moraga, two granddaughters, Tara Mariko Sugiyama Potashnik (husband Stephen) in Washington, D.C. and Ashley Kimiko Glenn (husband Daniel) in Los Angeles, and four great grandchildren, Drew Stephen Potashnik, Keira Ashley Potashnik, Bodie John Glenn, and Brecken David Glenn.  Shigeki is also survived by brothers Masami Sugiyama (wife May) and Osamu Sugiyama (wife Karen), sisters Satoko Furuichi (husband James) and Kiyomi Uyeda, sister-in-law Anah Sugiyama, brother-in-law William Taniguchi, and 11 nephews and nieces.


Mary Jung Wong, PhD

Mary Jung Wong, PhD

May 28, 1933 – January 14, 2019

Mary “Mee Lei” Jung, 85, passed peacefully on January 14th in in her home in Castro Valley. Predeceased by husband of 44 yrs., Col. Genson Leroy Wong. Mother to Jensen and Stephen (Kristen), grandmother to Davis and Olivia. She is also survived by her sister Dorothy Louie and brother George Jung.

Born in the heart of Chinatown during the depression, Mary was the youngest of six children: Burbank, Lila, Dorothy, George, Lillian, and Mary. Mary was grateful to have older siblings. Everyone took care of each other and her older sisters were very influential in her pursuit of academics.

Mary went to Commodore Stockton, Francisco, Berkeley High and George Washington High School. Then graduated from UC Berkeley. Hired by the Berkeley Unified School District where she taught for 34 years. In 1961, while teaching abroad in Germany, Mary met Genson in Munich. In 1963, they were married. In 1966, while stationed in Hawaii, they had their first son, Jensen. In 1968, their second son, Stephen was born in Oakland, CA where they resided, until moving to Castro Valley in 1986.

An advocate of continued learning, Mary completed her education with Masters and a doctorate in Education. Mary and Genson both enjoyed visits to Reno playing slots and keno. They were world travelers, covering the leaning tower of Piza, the pyramids in Egypt, the Great Wall, and her favorite, Niagra Falls. Mary loved helping others and driven to keep the family close and connected.

Mary’s Celebration of Life – Friday 1/25 at 10 am, Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA. Visitation – Thursday night 1/24 from 5-7:30 pm Chapel of the Chimes. Donations in Mary’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) or the charity of your choice. Cards may be sent to: 6475 Bellhurst Ct., Castro Valley, CA 94552.



  • A. & B.S. University of California, Berkeley 1957
  • S. California State University Hayward 1977
  • D. University of San Francisco 1982


Berkeley Unified School District 1957-1994

  • Elementary – Intermediate – Adult School Classroom Teacher
  • Demonstration Teacher – Model Multicultural Center
  • Master Teacher for U.C. Berkeley & San Francisco State University Student Teachers
  • Coordinator – Asian American Studies
  • Workshop Facilitator – Cultural material curriculum for classroom teachers

Volunteering & Community Work

  • California Retired Teachers Association (CRTA) / Berkeley Retired Teachers Association (BRTA)
    • CRTA liaison for Division 49 on activities & all issues (Insurance, membership, legislative, conventions, and awards) 2003-2008
    • Attended and assisted in planning Area IV Fall Workshops (2003-2012)
    • Attended and represented Division 49 at CRTA conventions
    • Composed articles on Health Benefits and Insurance. Updated retirees on local, district, state, and federal issues on premiums and benefits
    • Organized Division 49 general meetings to keep retires informed on Health Benefits, Options, and Comparison to different health plans
    • On call to answer health benefits and insurance issues. Resolved many problems working with District Risk Managers and union presidents (2002-2008)
    • Division 40 President and Co-President. (2002-2008)
  • Volunteer- Interpreting and writing legal documents, provided transportation for doctor visits, and arranged air and land transportation for immigrants


Erma E. Waller

Erma E. Waller, 98, of Oakland, Calfornia, passed away January 12, 2019.

She was born in Oakland, California on November 22, 1920.

Erma graduated from McClymonds High School.

Erma Waller had a career in Food Services as a Machinist for Sunshine Bisquit Company.

She had a passion for sports, she loved the Oakland A’s.

Erma also loved music Jazz was her favorite.

She was survived by: Children: Pamela Dyson Pierre; Grandchildren: Toure’ Pierre, Sr. and four other grandchildren.

along with three  Great-Grandchildren. Her siblings, Marjorie Lovette, Eleanor King and John Sutherland Jr. also preceded her in death.


Melvin Ferreira

On Sunday, January 13, 2019 our beloved uncle, Mel Ferreira passed away at the age of 103. Mel was born on September 2, 1915 to Albert and Annie Ferreira. He grew up in Piedmont, CA. and later moved to Albany, CA.,where he lived for over seventy years. Mel was a World II veteran serving in the Sea Bees in New Guinea and the Phillippines. He was very proud of his time in the service and went on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C.while in his nineties. He toured the many monuments and often spoke of how much he enjoyed the chance to visit these places with fellow veterans. When he retuned from the war, he joined his father and brother, Art in running Ferreira Plumbing Company. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, traveling to Alaska to catch halibut and still hunting wild boar while in his eighties. He was devoted to his family and was the ultimate caregiver to anyone in need. He never attended a family gathering without bringing a pie or a casserole he had made.He was loved by all who knew him and will be missed by many. Mel was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Annie Ferreira, his Brothers, Art Ferreira (Marge) and Albert Ferreira (Lucille), his sister, Agnes Ferreira, his niece, Jean Mares (Ray) and his nephews, Al Ferreira (Susuan) and Jim Ferreira. He is survived by his nieces, Melody Ferreira and Patty Ferreira ( Louis Ozenne) and numerous great nieces and nephews, as well as great, great nieces and nephews. A graveside service for the immediate family will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery on Tuesday January 29th at 10:30 am. A celebration of his life will be held during a memorial mass at Saint Ambrose Church at 1145 Gilman Street in Berkeley on Friday, February 1st at 10:30 am and immediately followed by a reception in the church hall.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Operationsmile.org.


Hubert Lew, Jr.

Hubert Lew, Jr.

April 22, 1933 – December 16, 2018

Hubert Lew, Jr. passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 16, 2018, joining his loving wife and lifelong companion, Jane, who predeceased him eight years ago.

Hubert was born on April 22, 1933, in Oakland, California. He graduated from Oakland Technical High School and attended the University of California at Berkeley. At the age of 19, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, prior to the end of the Korean War. After his honorable discharge from the Air Force, he began his career with United Airlines as an airplane mechanic. He worked his way up and retired 33 years later as a supervisory staff technician.

Hubert loved traveling the world with Jane and with their children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed attending air shows and regularly participated in local tai chi classes and the Newark Senior Center’s “Walk The Talk” program.

Hubert is survived by his three daughters, Denise Lew of Burke, VA; Elise Lamberson (James) of Tualatin, OR; and Clarise Lew (Wendy) of Fremont, CA. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Leslie Beatrice of Philadelphia, PA; Trevor Lamberson of Tualatin, OR; and Daria Lamberson of San Francisco, CA; and sisters Peggy Ahtye of Salinas, CA and Marion Chinn of Richmond, CA.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at Centerville Presbyterian Church, 4360 Central Avenue, Fremont, CA 94536, 510-793-3575.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to “Drivers For Survivors, Inc.” 39270 Paseo Padre Pkwy., #355, Fremont, CA 94538, 510-579-0535, info@driversforsurvivors.org. Donations also accepted online at driversforsurvivors.org.

Ruth E. Malachi

Ruth E. Malachi, age 69, of Oakland, California, passed away peacefully in San Leandro, California on January 9, 2019. She was born in Oakland, California on March 21, 1949. Ruth E. Malachi graduated from Oakland Technical High School and received from Merritt College. She was married to Reginald William Malachi, Sr.

Ruth Malachi had a career as a Social Worker for the County of Alameda. She has a passion for dancing, cooking & family time.

She is survived by her children: Macie & Reginald Malachi, II; daughter-in-law, Cybil Malachi; grandchildren: Jomon Grear, Arianna Malachi, JaDon Oler, Drew Malachi; great grandchildren: Chase Malachi, Alice Mcgaugh, Annie Louis-Joseph, Essie Earl Joseph, Earl Joseph, and Rochelle Joseph.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 25, 2019 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Chimes Chapel at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611, thence the Funeral Service on Saturday, January 25, 2019 at 11:00 am in the Chimes Chapel as well. There will be a Viewing on Saturday, January 25th from 10:00 am to 11:00 am before the start of the Funeral Service.

Burial will be at Rolling Hills Memorial Park, 4100 Hilltop Drive., Richmond, CA 94803.

Repast to follow.

Guanghui Wang

Guanghui Wang, passed away at age 81 on January 4, 2019, 12:33PM in Oakland, California.

She was born on October 8, 1937, in Jingzhou, Hubei, China. A loving and dedicated mother and wife, a hard working civil engineer and university teacher, Guanghui had a strong and independent spirit. She experienced tremendous hardships and personal trials due to the historical time she was living in, yet remained optimistic and true to her free spirit.

Guanghui was married to Wenzhi Xie, in the Summer of 1962. She was beautiful, talented, athletic, passionate, and was a great seamstress, knitter, cook, writer and Chinese opera fan. She was full of life till the end of her journey in this world.

Guanghui was survived by two daughters, Boning and Boping Xie, grandchildren Chongwei Ma and Poem C-J Kim.

May Guanghui Rest In Peace and find forever happiness in God’s kingdom.





女儿 – 谢波宁,谢波平
孙 – 马翀炜,金楚安

Daniel Drew Jong

July 5, 1958 – December 23, 2018

Daniel Drew Jong quietly took his last breath at sunrise, December 23, 2018 in Oakland Kaiser Hospital, the same hospital where he was born 60 years ago. He passed peacefully.

His father Francis Jong met his mother Elizabeth during WWII, both serving with the Flying Tigers in China, where they returned to raise their four children, Andrew, Bendrew and Christine, born in the 1940’s, and Daniel born in 1958.

He was the joy of his parents’ hearts, and as the much younger child, became their “only” child, growing up in El Cerrito California and living there until his marriage in 1995 to Lisa Adame-Corker when he moved to a house in El Sobrante, CA. Their son Kalikiano Jong was born there in 1998.

Daniel was intimately associated with the University of California Berkeley all his life. After graduating from Kennedy High School, Richmond, in 1975, he graduated from Cal (U.C. Berkeley) with a major in psychology in 1979. While at Berkeley, he worked for the Cal Visitors Center and after graduation continued working for Cal in the parking division which led to his job at the California DMV. Daniel then worked as a financial analyst for Charles Schwab, and finally came back home to U.C. Berkeley where he worked as a financial analyst until he retired last year in July, at age 60, due to health complications which, unfortunately, brought him to his early demise.

Daniel loved Cal. From high school on, Daniel attended as many Cal sports events as he could, rooting for Cal football and basketball teams as a season ticket holder, and attending every other Cal event he could, including gymnastics

But his real passion was with the churches he attended. First the Berkeley Chinese Community Church, where his mom and dad were early founders, then later with the Christian Layman Church as an adult. He sang in choirs, was an avid volunteer for church duties, and used his audio/visual skills to record church events. One fun joy was his audio work with the Hawaiian Island Ministries for a large conference in Honolulu every year.

Daniel was loved by most everyone he came in contact with for his kindness, volunteering, and joy. And no one had greater faith in Christ and God then Daniel. This deep faith helped him through his last days, knowing he had a limited time left on earth, but knowing he did everything he could do in the name of God and that he would be able to join his loving parents, who have passed before him.

Daniel leaves his brother Bendrew, sister Christine, and his son Kalikiano, and moreover the countless friends he developed over the years. He will be missed by all.

We invite you to The Celebration of Life Service to be held on Saturday January 19, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Tilden Room, 5th Floor at the ASUC Student Building at Bancroft and Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley. Casual attire (e.g. Aloha shirts in the spirit of Daniel’s affinity to Hawaii) would be something Daniel would have liked. Street parking, public parking, and ASUC basement parking available.

The family requests that donations be made to the Berkeley Chinese Community Church at http://bccc-ucc.org/. For family contact: bendrewjong@mac.com

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