Wali Rashid Hardy

Wali Rashid Hardy of Oakland, Ca. passed away August 9, 2017.  He was born in Berkley, California on April 2, 1975 and attended Oakland public schools.  Wali was born to James (Basim) Hardy (preceded in death) and Josephine (Yusefah) Hardy.  Wali was a member of the Oakland Boys Club and had a passion for Rap music and Spoken Words. He loved to play basketball and watched the Warrior’s faithfully.  Wali is survived by his children, Wali Hardy, Jr (preceded in death), Kawan Hardy and Jeaniquah Reed-Hardy; one grandson Kartiae Wali Hardy; siblings, Self Hardy, Khalif Webb and Jamilah Webb; and his mother, Josephine (Yusefah) Hardy. He will be missed greatly by his family and friends.

Quiet Hour/Viewing will be held at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611 on August 23, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Private Services will be held. Please call family directly for details.

Tadashi Tatsui

Tadashi (Tad, Taddy) Tatsui was born on January 6, 1929 in Los Angeles, California.  He lived in Berkeley, California for 37 years. Previous to that, he livd in Chicago, Illinois.  He graduated from the University of Illinois where he earned his Bachelor and Master’s degrees.  He was in the Signal Corporation during the Korean War.  He enjoyed attending the University of California sports events; the Oakland A’s games; and eating at the various restaurants in Berkeley and San Francisco.

Tadashi is survived by his brother, Hanabusa (Han) and sister, Hitomi (Tooru) Kajiwara; nephews, Glenn (Amy), and Tod; niece, Jean (Davis) Sasaki; great-nephews, Joshua, Evan, Ryan; great-niece, Jessica. All are of Illinois.

Tadashi is preceded in death by Grace Tatsui, sister-in-law.

He will be missed greatly by his family and friends.

Private Services were held.

Lawrence “Lonnie” Webb Nelson III

Lawrence “Lonnie” Webb Nelson III died unexpectedly of a heart attack in El Cerrito, CA. He was 67 years old.


Lonnie was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He graduated from Loy Norrix High School in 1968 where he was senior class president and a member of the debate and tennis teams.  He earned a BA degree in English from the University of Michigan in 1972 and moved to Berkeley, CA where he became a general contractor and founded Lonnie Nelson Co, a renovation and remodeling business that he ran until his death.


Preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Webb Nelson II “Larry”, Lonnie  is survived by his mother Wilma (Barnitz);  wife Jacalyn Thompson;  daughter Brittany Thompson; siblings Sue Nelson (Jim Rock), Tamara Nelson (Roger Hurd), David Nelson (Roberta Cunningham);  nieces Linden, Emily, Rebecca; nephews, “J.T.”  (Farah), Andrew, Matthew, Samuel; great-niece Arya; and many long-time friends and business associates.


Lonnie had a strong independent spirit and zest for life. A product of the sixties, he loved rock and roll, dancing and adventure. Smart, an avid reader and critical thinker, he loved talking ideas and debating politics. He relished being outdoors – fishing, camping, backpacking and skiing – and enjoyed travel. He loved sports and baseball was his passion. He grew up on Tiger baseball but converted once he moved to California to the Oakland A’s. When Brittany played soccer for the Mavericks, he became the team manager and President of the League.


Lonnie played baseball or softball most of his life so it’s only fitting that his life should be celebrated at an Oakland A’s game.


Lonnie had a special river in the mountains where he would get away with family and friends or by himself to fish and contemplate. He will be cremated and his ashes scattered in a private ceremony along that river.


Messages of condolence may be posted at https://oakland.chapelofthechimes.com/. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association http://www.heart.org or a charity of your choice. Lonnie will be deeply missed by all.

Marcella Flora Brown

Marcella “Marcie” Brown, 86, passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 24, 2017, in Fairfield, California. She was the matriarch of six children (Dennis Brown, Eileen Susan Knapp, Patricia Brown, Linda Brown Johnson, Brian Brown, and Alicia Brown) and six grandchildren (Jordan Brown, Deneva Ferdinand, Harrison Brown, Julia Brown, Zackary Crosley, and Gabrielle Crosley) and three great grandchildren (Sarah Brown, Nicholas and Lydia Ferdinand). She was very proud of her children and grandchildren and enjoyed hearing about their accomplishments. Loving Aunt to Teresia Petty, Donald Stader, Anne Sonkoly, Lisa Carico, Stephanie Macuch, Debbie Brown, and Leslie Strohm. Marcella was born September 16, 1930 (during The Great Depression which had a major impact to her life), in French Camp, California to Carl and Flora Stader. Along with her older brother Donald and her younger sister Rita Williams (both deceased now). She attended St. Mary’s High School in Stockton and to this day kept in touch with a number of her classmates. She met Harold “Hal” Brown at the Stockton Fairgrounds and they married February 10th, 1951. Living in Oakland, California all of her married life, she was active in the Junior Women’s League and was an active Block Parent for the neighborhood. As a married couple with young children, they took up boating and joined the Hobo’s (a family boating organization). Later, they became very active in the Oakland Power Squadron and were members of the Point San Pablo Yacht Club. Boating became their hobby and family enjoyment. Unfortunately, she lost the love of her life, Hal to mesothelioma on February 28, 1986 so spent her remaining days on her own. She lived at Crow Canyon Country Club for 20 years and enjoyed participating on the Social Club. She has gone through two bouts of breast cancer and suffered from congenital heart failure. Luckily for her, her daughter Susan and her husband Raymond, opened their home to her. She lived with them on and off the last two years she lived in Danville, three years full time in Napa, as well as the past two years in Fairfield. She lived in some beautiful places and enjoyed the scenery, flowers, bird activity and trees. Her favorite companion in recent years was “Sophie”, a Jack Russell Terrier. Marcella will forever be alive in her family’s hearts, and in their love for each other. A celebration of her 87th Birthday and her life will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017.


In lieu of flowers, Marcella loved trees and they can be purchased in her honor to be planted in the Lake Tahoe National Forest


Christeen Hill-Barnett

Rosemarie V. Kennedy

It is with sad hearts that our family wants everyone to know that Rosemarie (Rosie) V. Kennedy died on July 21st, 2017 shortly after being diagnosed with an extremely aggressive case of ALS ( Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Rosie was born at home in Fiumara di Piraino, Sicily to Concetta Romano and Gioacchino Princiotta where she lived with her paternal grandmother Rosina Cusmano until the age of 11.

When her grandmother became ill her father went to Fiumara and brought to the Bronx, NYC where she lived with the rest of the family until she became financially independent and started her adult life.

Her love of nature and exceptional mathematical skills (as told by her) were developed during her formative years in Sicily, climbing trees and eating fruit and nuts in the orchard owned by the family.

The family has been overwhelmed by the love and support of all those that knew her, especially from family child care educators. We were humbled by reading all the letters and emails describing the impact Rosie had in their lives and how much she loved what she did.

When she was a family child care educator, Rosie realized how deeply and permanently the earliest experiences affect each child, their families and communities. She made it her life’s work to support family child care educators and advocate for them.

Rosie asks that contributions be made to the California Family Child Care Network (CFCCN), a charitable non-profit organization that addresses early childhood education issues at a statewide level and promotes excellence and peer support among all of California’s family child care educators.

Please send your contributions to:

California Family Child Care Network

P.O. Box 23, Lafayette, California 94549

For more information please email cfccnetwork@gmail.com

Francisco Munoz Garcia

Rose Tishman Silkiss

Rose Tishman Silkiss was born on January 13, 1924 in Manhattan to immigrants Bessie and Morris Tishman. Rose was the youngest daughter of four children, Abraham, Evelyn and Sydney. A product of the depression, she was a creative, curious, fearless young woman. Rose attended Washington Irving High School then City College. She received a scholarship in 1948 to study engineering at the Pratt Institute.  There she studied design and earned a Master’s degree in mathematics at a time when there were no positions available for female mathematicians. Consequently, she earned a teaching certification that enabled her to obtain a teaching position in Peekskill, New York.


At the end of the school year, Rose decided to travel to Los Angeles. She had been traveling from the Bronx to Peekskill on a weekly basis. She took a statistical analyst position in Los Angeles and stayed at the Hamburger House. During her trip, Rose sent 10 post cards to her family and friends. She had one extra stamped card and decided to send it to this nice guy, Manny Silkiss, whom she had met just before   leaving Peekskill. She did not have the address, but improvised.  The address was listed as Silkiss Peekskill NY. Amazingly, Manny received the card. And a romance was born.


Rose and Manny dated for two years. They married on July 11, 1952 at the Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan. On their honeymoon, they traveled by car across Canada, to Montreal, Lake Louise, and Banff. Upon their return they settled in the Bronx. Manny took a position in Allentown, and eventually joined the metallurgical engineering firm Lucius Pitkin Inc. in New York as an attorney and Chief Metallurgical Engineer. He became CEO of the company.


Rose and Manny returned to Peekskill often to help run the bungalow colony where Sarah and Joseph Silkiss (Manny’s parents) lived.


Rose took a position as a remedial reading specialist in Yonkers. She was an early adopter of new methods learned through her studies at the Orton Society for teaching reading to students with learning disabilities. Rose often turned children’s lives around when they were smart but suffering from dyslexia, and failing in school.


Rose and Manny had two children, Susan and Rona. Susan became a successful television producer at CBC, and other television networks. Rona became a successful ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeon.


When Susan started school, Rose volunteered to teach reading in Susan’s class. In lieu of a baby sitter, Rose took Rona to the class and sat her at the back of the room. At the end of the year, Rona had learned to read at age 3. Rose retired at 75 having been an active, successful, and much loved teacher for over 40 years.


In his recent book The Road to Character, TV Commentator and Author David Brooks noted that there are two types of virtues, one is resume virtues, and the other is eulogy virtues– related to who the person was as a human being. Both are important.


Rose was a fearless companion. Full of life, always ready for a new adventure, and at the head of the line. She was super intelligent, friendly, charming, a great conversationalist, an enthusiastic dancer, and brave. Rose had a great sense for people, and was a good judge of character.  She loved to laugh…. exuberantly. Rona often thought that this was the antidote to aging, at least for Rose.


Rose and Manny lived a life of their choosing. They loved their family, their parents, their children and their occupations.  They traveled throughout the world together, and enjoyed what life had to offer.


Rose was an unusually stoic person. She lived a full life in her later years despite an age acquired profound hearing loss, and remained committed to social interaction in spite of it. Rose endured the sickness and death of her 49 year old daughter Susan, and although it broke her heart, she did not let it break her spirit. Rose underwent cancer surgery recently. She demonstrated herculean resolve to leave the hospital early, and recovered in record time…. a tribute to her competitive spirit and resolve.


Rose was youthful in her appearance, often being mistaken for being 20 years younger. Her energy and zest for life was continually evident. She led a life with confidence and without fear.  She wanted to live fully, and at 93 she was determined to thrive – even as she made the decision to undergo an aortic valve replacement – knowing the risks. As she waited in the holding area of the hospital prior to the surgery, Rose said, “Let’s get on with it!”.  Rose died on July 28, 2017 with her family at her side.


Rose is survived by her loving husband Manny, her devoted daughter Rona, her loving son-in-law Neil, her nieces Rena and Debbie, and her nephews Robert, Jerry, Robert, Ronnie, and Alan.


Much of the energy, curiosity, and devoted work ethic that we see in Rona, we saw in Rose, and Rona no doubt modeled it from her.  In reflecting on this, we were reminded of a paragraph written by Mary Catherine Bateson, in a book, With A Daughter’s Eye”, that she wrote about her parents, Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson. This passage from Bateson still resonates:


“A parent dies and one gropes for a certain knowledge of the person who is gone. More and more, it has seemed to me that the idea of an individual, the idea that there is someone to be known, separate from the relationships, is simply an error. As a relationship is broken or a new one developed, there is a new person. So we create each other, bring each other into being by being part of the matrix in which the other exists. We grope for a sense of the whole person who has departed in order to believe that as whole persons we remain and continue, but torn out of the continuing gestation of our meetings one with another, whoever seems to remain is thrust into a new life.“


Some of this new life we are thrust into involves the new realities and logistics of life that Manny, Rona, and Neil are just now beginning to understand and grapple with. Rose was with Manny almost continuously during their 62 year marriage. They had a lovely and enviable loving relationship. Rose was fiercely committed to Manny’s well being, and took very good care of him.


Rose was amazingly youthful in her appearance, attitude, and life perspective. She was a strong, thoughtful, intelligent person interested in new ideas. She truly embodied life, and wanted to live fully and completely.  Rose supported Israel, the Israeli Red Cross, and breast cancer research. She supported her daughter Rona’s surgical career, and Rona’s commitment to the Pacific Vision Foundation.


We will greatly miss her love, companionship, energy, support and sense of humor.


In lieu of flowers, those who would like to make a donation, please do so at the Silkiss Family Research Fund at the Pacific Vision Foundation:


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Dorothy Sikes Almquist

Dorothy “Dottie” Almquist, 88, a fierce beacon of love and fortitude, passed away peacefully on July 19, 2017, in Fairfield, California, surrounded by family. She was known for making a bold and stylish splash everywhere she went, frequently launching into song to punctuate a cherished moment. She graced everyone she encountered—even the wild neighborhood peacocks—with a wide and welcoming smile, infectious laughter, and playful banter.

Dottie was born March 7, 1929 (“the year of The Great Depression,” she often proclaimed), in Oak Park, Illinois to Colonel Alfred Sikes and Nora Sikes. Along with her older brother George, she was raised among principled intellectuals who were passionately engaged in social justice. This influenced her lifelong concern for others and dedication to making positive changes in the world.

As a child she showed determination and resilience while bedridden for a year recovering from scarlet fever. She acquired a thirst for reading and appreciation for the power of the written word to convey new perspectives. Her irrepressible spirit became a recurring theme throughout her life.

Putting her compassion into action, she attended University of the Incarnate Word and Santa Rosa School of Nursing in San Antonio, Texas from 1948-1950 where her love story began. She met young Air Force Instructor Pilot Adolph “Gus” Almquist on a blind date, and immediately they knew they were right for each other. Soon after, Gus was transferred two hundred miles away, so he courted her by airplane, making the return flight several times weekly. After three months, they married on October 15, 1950, and proceeded to go the extra mile together for the next 67 years.

Dottie’s nurturing devotion to her family was undeniable. She led the military wife’s life of moving from base to base with four daughters in tow. Without hesitation she made sacrifices along the way, embracing her roles.

When paralyzed by a stroke at age 27, she rose to the challenge with a heroic life spirit. She would say, “I’m going to do as much as I can for as long as I can.” Through her challenges she gained a deep empathy for those who suffered from illness or pain.

She was truly a “witness for God” as her commitment to community outreach and message of unconditional love and acceptance guided her actions. She fearlessly defended those treated poorly and believed all are children of God. She reached out beyond boundaries of race, religion, financial status, and sexual orientation as she fed the homeless, visited hospitals and jails, and sponsored children through programs such as Mission Solano Rescue, Compassion in Jesus’ Name, and Mentoring Outreach.

Dottie enthusiastically held several offices in the United Methodist Church in both Alamo and Fairfield, and was awarded the Honorary Pin for her generous service. She served as Phone Chairperson for the women’s fellowship circle in Alamo, as well as Neighborhood Chairperson. She volunteered countless hours at the Danville Thrift Station, prepared devotional programs for The Women’s Circle, and folded weekly bulletins for the Sunday church services (with the use of only one hand). She chaired and hosted monthly fellowship with The Susanna Circle for many years and was adored and admired by the women who attended.

She was a remarkable woman blessed with a long life lived well, and a voracious appetite for living, always with room for another guest at her table. Her ability to face and overcome adversity continues to be an inspiration to all.

Dottie is survived by her devoted husband and caregiver Gus, and their four daughters, Marty (Larry), Suzun (Richard), Ellie (Randy), and Karen (Wendy). She is preceded in death by her parents and beloved brother, George. She will forever be alive in her family’s hearts, and in their love for each other.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 am on Saturday, August 26, 2017, at the Community United Methodist Church, 1875 Fairfield Ave, Fairfield, California.

In honor of Dottie, keep reaching out in love—to everyone.

Rose Silkiss

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