Nobuko Okamoto

Nobuko Okamoto of Alameda died peacefully on April 1,2018 at the age of 97. She was a dedicated member of the Buddhist Temple of Alameda. She lived Japanese culture through cooking, flower arrangement, paper arts and sewing. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Tomio Okamoto, who died in 2008. Nobuko is survived by her children Nancy,Dorothy and Thomas (Ruby) and grandchildren Lauren and James.                                                                               A memorial service will be held on Friday May 4, 2018 at 2PM at the Buddhist Temple of Alameda, 2325 Pacific Avenue, Alameda 94501. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Buddhist Temple of Alameda or to your favorite charity.

Leoides N. Farales

Leoides N. Farales age 90 of Alameda, Ca , passed away April 18, 2018. He was born in Vigan, Ilocos Sur Philippines on Jan.4, 1928. Leonides N. Farales graduated from Vigan Trade School and received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of the East Manila, Philippines.He was married to Priscilla C Farales on May 4, 1960.He worked and had a career in the Military and the U.S. Post Office U.S. Navy and the U.S. postal  Service Leonides had a passion for gardening.

He is survived by Cheryl Farales Knittel ( daughter), Darryl C. Farales (son),Eddy C. Farales (son) and Grandson Edward Sanchez Farales.He is also survived by a sister Asuncion Tejada and brother Elpidio Farales. Funeral Service will be on Thursday April 26th, 2018 10:30 am at St. Barnabas Church, 1427 6th Street, Alameda, CA 94501

Barbara Lacy

Barbara Ruth Lacy was born on January 17, 1955 in Louise, Mississippi to Nash Hamlin Jr, and Alice Lee (Clark) Hamlin. Barbara’s family moved to San Francisco in 1957. Barbara attended the public schools of San Francisco and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1973. It was in high school where Barbara met Jerome Crawford, who she later married. Their union blessed her with a daughter, Tanika Cheri Crawford, born on Mother’s Day, May 12, 1974.


Barbara had a flourishing career in the banking industry. She began with an entry level program at Wells Fargo Bank, moved on to Operations and Coding at Bank of America, and received her first managerial position at Union Bank. Lastly, Barbara secured a supervisory position with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.


Throughout her life, Barbara had an ongoing relationship with Christ. As a child, her mother insisted that she and her siblings regularly attend church and bible study classes. As an adult, she was an active member of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, then became the head of the Audio and Visual Department at Acts Full Gospel Church of God in Christ in Oakland, CA. She later found her home at Bible Way Church in Richmond, CA, where she married Darryl Lacy. Soon after joining Bible Way Church She found her calling as a teacher in Women’s’ Ministry.


In her downtime, Barbara was fond of fishing and camping. She also enjoyed bowling and joined a job sponsored league in the late 90’s. Barbara was a skilled cook with an adventurous palate, which is now known as a foodie. An avid music collector as well as a dazzling dancer, Barbara enjoyed many categories of music and dance styles.


In 2004, Barbara was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. A year later, after splitting from her husband, she moved to Sacramento, California. Barbara battled the MS for many years, holding fast to her faith; never complaining. She quietly departed this life on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California. Her strength, love, and laughter will be forever cherished by all who knew her.


Barbara leaves to cherish her memory, her mother, Alice Lee Hamlin, her father, Nash Hamlin, Jr., (Barbara Ann), her daughter Tanika Cheri Crawford, brothers Sylvester Hamlin and Elliott Ferguson (Leticia), sisters LaVerna Vaughn (Tony), Tammy Marie Hamlin, Kelly Alford, and Blake Hamlin, nieces, Shaughnessie Sturdivant Roa, Nicole Vaughn, Blaise Hamlin, Carlicia Harris, Shaon Ferguson, Amari Ferguson, Brooklyn Hamlin, nephews Jaquan Nicholson, Lamonte Ferguson, Joseph Hamlin, Everyn Alford; a host of family and friends.


Antoinette C. Harris

Antoinette “Toni” Harris, age 83, of Oakland, California, passed away on April 19,2018.  She was born in Oakland, California on July 29, 1935.  Toni graduated from Oakland Technical High School.  She was married to Edward “Skipper” J. Harris, Jr.

Toni worked for U.C. Berkeley for over 20 years. She had a passion for dancing, Crochet, and Crossword puzzles.

She is survived by her son, Craig Harris,daughter-in-law, Mareijke Harris, and sister, Lois Collins.

Toni will be missed greatly by all who knew her.

Please see Service Details for Memorial Service which will be held on May 4th, 2018 at 11:00 am in the Chimes Chapel at Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home. Entombment at Chapel of the Chimes Mausoleum, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611 will be private.



Melba Jean Guyton

Melba Jean Guyton, 85, of 1308 Blake St in Berkeley, CA, passed away April 16, 2018.

She was born in Oklahoma on May 11, 1932. Jean graduated from Douglas High School and briefly attended Laney College in Oakland. She married Charles Guyton November 20, 1954.

Jean worked in Civil Service for the U.S. Postal Service. She loved spending her time gardening and with her grandchildren. She also had a passion for antiques.

She is survived by her daughters, Yvonne Guyton-Johnson of Berkeley and Heidi Guyton of Sacramento, her grandchildren, Reginald Guyton Johnson of Berkeley and Zion KaOi Le of Sacramento.

Services will be held at 1:00pm, April 25th at Chapel of the Chimes.

Daniel Steve Cordova

Daniel S. Cordova, 25, of Oakland, California, passed away April 15, 2018.

He was born in Hayward, California on February 13, 1993. Daniel S. Cordova received his High School Diploma from the state of South Dakota.

His significant other is Ana Pacheco. Daniel had a career in Security and Maintenance.  He had a passion for pool, football, poker, bowling and hydroponics.

Daniel was survived by his Mother: Deirdre Winters and Father: Augustine Cordova; Nephews: Vincent and Darien Brewer;  Step-Mother: Jacqulin Cordova; Brother: Angel Cordova; Sister: Amanda Cordova.

Daniel was loved and will be missed by his family and friends.


Cindy Le

Cindy Le, 61, of Alameda, passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2018. She was born in Vietnam on February 10, 1957.

Cindy Le graduated from Vietnam and received a Bachelor’s degree from Vietnam.

She married her husband, Calvin Nguyen, on January 1, 1989.

Cindy Le owned and ran her own restaurant in Oakland and Alameda. She was a member of the Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce and adored her family.

She is survived by her children Jennifer Nguyen, Anna Nguyen, and Thomas Nguyen. Also by her siblings Long Le, Cao Thi Nga, Cao Thi Thuy, Cao Thi Minh, Cao Thi Huong, Cao Anh Tuan, Cao Thanh Phuong, Cao Thi Nguyen.


Services will be held at Chapel of the Chimes April 21, 2018.

John Harry Sofios


John Harry Sofios, 80, of Antioch, passed away Monday, April 9, 2018. He was born in Bowling Green, Ohio, on May 14, 1937,

a son of Greek immigrants. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Helen Sofios and a brother, Ted Sofios.

Upon returning from Germany after serving in the U.S. Army, he began his career working for the East Bay Regional Park District. He retired as Supervisor of Briones Park in 1999 and was very proud of his 32 years of service.

During the seventies, he and his brother, Ted, opened a Greek Taverna in Berkeley, called Aitos. There they taught Greek dancing and became very well known in the Bay Area for performing traditional Greek dances.

He was a lover of music, and was an avid Jazz fan, and followed the Oakland and San Francisco Jazz scene for many years.

John loved people and most of the time was the life of the party. He would go out of his way to talk to strangers. Sometimes this act alone led to lifetime friendships. He was loved deeply by his family and friends and will be missed.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Kay Sofios, his daughter, Nicole and son-in-law, Dean Miller, and step-daughter, Robyn Wood.

He is also survived by brothers, Nicholas Sofios and wife Virginia of Rhode Island, Chuck Sofios and wife Sandy of Michigan, sisters-in-law

and brother-in-law, Sylvia and Lamar Brown, and Joyceanne Williams of Georgia. Nieces and nephews, Jim and Nancy Sofios and children Nick & Nicole, Alysia Sofios, Evangeline Johnson and children Erin and Christopher, Kim Hersch, Gregory Sofios and Melissa Mudgett,

Stephanie and Jon Kirwan and daughter Nicolette, Scott Williams and son Brandon, Adam Brown, Kari & Greg Sostrom and sons, Tyler, Cody, and Jordan.

Goddaughter Mimi Mantalvanos and special cousins, Peggy and Jimmy Tanaka.

Services are Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 1:00 at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA. There will be a visitation in the chapel from 4:00-7:00 on Tuesday, April 17.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations for a bench in Briones Park, Martinez, CA, to honor John.


Hisako June Kuge

Hisako Kuroiwa was born on June 20, 1923 in Stockton, CA to her father Hisakichi Kuroiwa and mother, Sekiyo, Kuroiwa. Hisako (June) was the youngest in the family which included siblings Harumi, Haruki, Hideko. She graduated from Berkeley High School and Armstrong Business College before her family was evacuated to Tanforan Race Track and later Topaz “Relocation” Camp. She married Tadashi T. Hirota in camp and raised three children, Patty, David and Sherry in Berkeley, CA. In 1978, June married Donald Masayoshi Kuge. She is survived by daughters Patty Hirota-Cohen, Sherry Hirota; son, David Hirota; step daughter, Pamela Kumimoto; grandchildren, Jackson Valparaiso, Takeo Wong, Josef Anolin, Jennifer Anolin, Rachel Hirota, Kelsey Hirota, Mark Kumimoto, Kevin Kumimoto; and great-grandchildren, Victor Valparaiso and Marley Valparaiso. Private funeral services for family and close friends will be held on May 6, 2018 at 2 pm at the Buddhist Church of Oakland, 825 Jackson Street, Oakland, CA 94607.

Beathel Hollans

Beathel Hollans, 85 of Oakland, Ca passed away April 5, 2018. She was born in Natchitoches , LA on September 16, 1932. She was married to Raymond Hollans in 1953. Beathel had a career in cooking and worked for the Oakland Army Base and UC Berkeley. She also had a passion for cooking, fishing, playing bid whist and dominoes. Beathel was survived by one son and daughter -in-law Dannie and Gloria Hollans, one daughter and son -in-law Sheila and Clinton Frieson, Sr. Grandchildren : Ayana and Aisha Hollans, Shenelle and Charles Gatlin, Sharyce Easterling and Alaina Frieson; Six Grandchildren: Kenisha Frieson, Clinton Frieson, Jr., Gussie, Earline and Stewart; Brothers: Herman and Leroy Williams and a host of nieces and nephews.

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