Rose Silkiss

Frank Edward Linzie

God smiled on us when Frank Linzie was born. With his infectious smile, he loved to love and was adored by all who knew him. He blessed us with his presence on February 09, 1947 and he entered into rest on July 23, 2017. Join us in celebrating his life with a Visitation held at Chapel of the Chimes – 4499 Piedmont Avenue Oakland, CA 94611 on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, from 5:00 PM –
8:00 PM in the Chimes Chapel. His Homegoing Celebration will be held at Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church – 1188 12th Street Oakland CA 94607 on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, and the service will commence at 11:00 AM. Mr. Linzie’s final resting place will be at Rolling Hills Memorial Park – 4100 Hilltop Dr. Richmond, CA 94803.

All are welcome to attend.

Constance Tak Fun Wong Jung

Constance Tak Fun Wong Jung, 91, of Oakland, CA, passed away on July 17, 2017. She was born in Guang Dong, China on November 25, 1925 and was married to the late Lawrence L. Jung. She is survived by sons Conrad and Douglas (Linda) Jung, grandchildren Derek Lawrence (Chelsea) and Bryce Wesley Jung, and brother Wayne (Fannie) Wong. A Funeral Service will be held at on Thursday, July 27th at 1pm at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, CA followed by a burial at Mountain View Cemetery, also in Oakland, CA.

Mary L. Bowman

Mary L. Bowman of Alameda, CA, age 93, was born in Hopedale, Ohio on December 30, 1923. She graduated from Virginia School of Nursing Virginia and received a Bachelors Degree from the College of Virginia. Mary was married to her Robert William Bowman on January 5, 1954. Robert, her loving husband preceded her in death and both will be reunited again at Chapel of the Chimes Mausoleum.

She was a Registered Nurse and worked in many Bay Area Hospitals. As well as, Tripler Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii when she served in the U.S. Navy. Mary was a Member of the American Nursing Association.

Mary is survived by her loving daughter, Robin Bastien and son-in-law William Bastien. Sisters, Tresa Barr, Clara Connor; nieces, Carmen Tanphanich (Johnny Tanphanich ),Crystal Hutchinson-Allan (Jim Allan) and Michelle Greitzer (John Greitzer) and grand-nephew, Eric Tanphanich and grand-niece, Melanie Tanphanich.

She was an avid 49’er and A’s Fan and was passionate about her nursing career and watching over her beloved family.

Georgia Alexander

Georgia Alexander was born March 8, 1956 in Hanford, CA. She lived in the Fresno area until she was 17 and later moved to Oakland, CA where she attended McClymonds High School. She was a counselor at a women’s shelter in Berkeley as well as a nurse at various Bay Area hospitals for over 20 years.

In her free time, Georgia enjoyed cooking and gardening. She loved helping people and welcomed everyone into her home with open arms. Family was most important to her and she was always available to listen and give advice.

Georgia is survived by her husband Anthony and her daughter Sharlene. She also leaves behind her honorary daughters Jovita, Alexis, and Roshanda, and their children Steven, Da’Yani, Jai, Naijaila, Amani, Amir, Alejah, Laraine, and Aiden, as well as a host of other family and friends.


Benson Fong

Benson Fong
Jun. 14, 1926 – Jul. 16, 2017

Benson Fong, long a resident of Oakland, California, passed away at the age of 91 and entered into the presence of the Lord on Jul. 16, 2017. Born in 1926 in Zhongshan, Guangdong province of China, Benson immigrated to the U.S. in 1947. His first marriage was to Lillian Miu, with whom their son, Alan Dean Fong, was born in 1957. Tragically, Benson became a widower in 1962 and eventually married Elaine Yau Yuk Ling in 1964. From their marriage would be born Eva and Edmund Fong. He was a loving husband, devoted father, trustworthy friend, and successful businessman.

For most of his life, Benson successfully owned and operated a number of grocery stores and meat markets, including for 30 years the Fong Bros. Market in East Oakland. He was a skilled butcher, loved cultivating fruits and Koi in his backyard garden, and was famed for cooking routine feasts at the Fong Family residence.

Benson was widely beloved for his generosity, tireless industry, and devotion to loved ones. He helped many build a life in the Bay Area. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Fong; children, Alan, Eva, and Edmund Fong; and grandchildren, Carise, Tiffany, Justin, Austin, and Oscar. Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, Jul. 21, 2017 at Heritage Baptist Church (2960 Merced St., San Leandro) with subsequent burial at Mountain View Cemetery.

Madie Thompson

Madie Thompson, of Oakland, Ca passes away peacefully on July 9, 2017.She was born on August 26, 1931 in Houston, TX., graduating from Booker T. Washington High School and attended Texas Southern University. On February 18, 1950, Madie married the love of her life Jessie B. Thompson, who proceeded her in death.

Madie worked for over 27 years for the federal government, retiring from Social Security Administration in 1988. She gave selflessly of her time to many charitable organizations and causes and was a lifetime member of Pauline Dupee Chapter #55 and Menelink Court #53 and also belonged to the Oakland Chapter of the NAACP. She loved her family and friends dearly and enjoyed traveling.

Madie is survived by her beloved children Jessie, Byron, Hilary, Deborah, Delores, and Michelle, proceeded in death by daughter Schurniece. Daughter in law Marilyn, son in laws Ronald and Damen and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family and friends.

Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Shiloh Baptist Church, 22582 South Garden Ave., Hayward, CA 94541. Repass to immediately follow.

Mr. Glen E. Chesnut

“Estuche de Monerias”

Glen Earl Chesnut was born in Amarillo, Texas on March 04, 1930. He died in Alameda, CA on July 06, 2017 of lung disease. In his last weeks he was cared for by Kaiser Hospice. Glen’s father Sam and his mother Ulta Isa, worked on cattle ranches: Sam as a foreman and Ulta as a cook. Glen went to twelve different schools before he got out of high school as his father couldn’t stay in one place too long. Glen loved horses and took a year off from high school to work on the Crofton Ranch in Tehachapi, CA. After a rigorous time working as a cowboy, he decided to return to school and graduate from Tehachapi High. He attended Bakersfield City College and then transferred to Fresno State and earned his B.A. in 1954. He was drafted into the army upon graduating and was stationed in Germany. He didn’t like the army but, did like traveling in Europe where he became a good photographer. Years later his photographs were used by Jonathan Hayes, editor of Over the Transom for the covers of the periodical garnering rave reviews.
While in transit from Europe and aboard a ship he met a merchant seaman from Norway. Glen thought that shipping out 6 months a year and staying home for six months was something he’d like to do. He came to San Francisco. The only union that would take him was the Marine Firemen’s Union. When he finally got his seaman papers he was able to ship out on April 15, 1957. In between shipping out, Glen lived in hotels in North Beach and began to write poems and some prose. In 1964 after hanging out with an artist he began trying to paint. Around the year 1966, he stopped writing and concentrated on painting. In 1970, Glen met Ellen Sarkisian a teacher at Hoover Jr. High and a painter. They married on July 1, 1972. He continued with both writing and painting until two years before he died.
An exceptional artist (self taught) he received the Artists’ Society International 1987 Experts Choice in acrylic painting for “The Archer.” Since moving to Alameda in 2006, Glen was affiliated with the Frank Bette Center. His poetry and prose have appeared in numerous literary magazines. Glen was predeceased in death by his mother & father, brothers, J.T., Kenneth and Charles, and sisters Oliver Rhea and Marge. Glen and Ellen celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on July 01, 2017. He died 5 days later. I cherish our years together. “A happy marriage is a long conversation that always seems too short.” Here is a poem from Glen’s anthology “Of Time and Leaky Faucet” Let’s start dancing again like our ancestors used to do, dance to affect the outcome of human and natural events. It may not make a difference, but think of how much fun we will have.

Glen will be dearly missed by numerous nieces and nephews, his cousin Millard, sister-in-law Ruth and many friends.

In his loving memory, kindly donate to the following organizations: COPD Foundation Inc. – 3300 Ponce do Leon Blvd. Coral Gables, FL 33134 (866) 731 – 2673 or Alzheimer’s Disease Research – 22512 Gateway Center Drive Clarksburg, MD 20871 (301) 948 – 3244

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at Chapel of the Chimes – 4499 Piedmont Avenue Oakland, Ca 94611. The service will commence at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 28th, 2017 in the Chimes Chapel. There will a be a reception to follow.

Evelyn Shepherd Jones

Evelyn Shepherd Jones of Berkeley, CA was born in Forbing, Louisiana on July 23, 1932. She graduated from Technical High School and attended Merritt College and San Francisco University. Evelyn was married to William Jones, Sr. on May 27, 1961 and he has preceded her in death, now to be reunited.

Evelyn was a accountant for the United States Government for over 30 years. She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Oakland, California. She had a passion for helping others and caring for her family. Evelyn is survived by beloved son, William Jones, Jr.; Stacy Jones, daughter-in-law; beloved daughter, Kimberly Jones Martin; and one son-in-law Edward Martin. Survived also by Ginnie V. Johnson her loving sister; loving grandchildren, William Flournoy, Jacque Akema Jones, Sherina Parks, Deborah Martin, William Edward Martin, and Lacheal Renee Martin; nephew, Flournoy Shepherd III and a host of family and friends.

There will be a Memorial Service in Evelyn’s memory on Friday, July 14, 2017 at Chapel of The Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611 in the Julia Morgan Chapel beginning at 10:00 am.

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