Cartier Alexander Beasley

Cartier Alexander Beasley made his grand entrance into the world December 21, 2012 to his parents Shanan Ivory and Curtis Beasley Jr. “Baby Boy” as his “GRANNY” would call him.

Cartier was an affectionate and very loveable kid. Cartier was very vocal often stating his truth of what he thought you may have smelled like, looked like, or even what he thought you need need to hear or do. “Carty here”, as he once announced entering a room.

Cartier briefly attended Supporting Future Growth Preschool in Oakland, but soon left on good terms due to his teachers not complying with his rules. Better know as “Carty’s way or the highway”.

If you yelled at Carty, Carty yelled back. Cartier loved donuts, pizza, and most of all toy cars. His love for cars became evident when he would go quietly off to his favorite place, lining each one of his cars in a row. Zoom, zoom, zoom.

Gone to soon from us but realty quickly in he arms of our Dear Lord. Cartier departed this life on Friday June 23, 2017 leaving his mother Shanan Ivory, and his father Curtis Beasley Jr. One sister Anayah Hill. One brother Curtis “Baby Curt” Beasley. Great grandmother whom he called “Granny”, Freddie Mae Burse. Three grandma’s, Judy Burse, Berteenia Rainey, and Michelle Brooks. One Grand-dad Curtis Beasley Sr, and two Pa-pa’s Anthony Ivory, and Barrett Loving. Two aunties, Corina Beasley and Lovfertiti Loving. Several Uncles, Marcus McAroy, Craig “Bookie” Smith, Michael Morgan, Isiah Smith, Henry Celestine, Gary Roberson, Raymond “Uncle Goob” Duncan. Cartier also had two special great uncles, Uncle Johnny Young, and Uncle Rickey Burse. Carty also leaves his three favorite cousins, Samantha, Tre, Deshawn, and a host of other family and friends to mourn his passing.

Carty was greeted by relatives who had gone on before him and we can only imagine the stories he’s being told.

Robert Bennett

Robert Bennett, Lifelong Advocate for Social and Economic Justice, Dies at 68

Robert (Bob) Bennett, a transformative leader in the health and social services field, died suddenly on Friday, June 2 following a hit and run accident in Oakland, California. He was 68.

He was born in Dearborn, Michigan on June 1, 1949 to Roland and Helen Bennett. He grew up in Flint, Michigan, and attended Flint Southwestern High School. He graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1971 summa cum laude with a B.A. in philosophy, and from the University of California, Berkeley in 1978 with a Master’s Degree in history.

Bob spent his early career in the nonprofit sector, and in 1984 he founded Resource Development Associates, (RDA) one of the nation’s premier consulting firms devoted to promoting social and economic justice through the use of data-driven planning, resource development, evaluation and research. For the next 20 years, he was a major force in cutting edge public systems transformations, including establishing Children’s System of Care, the Washington State Mental Health Transformation Plan, the Oakland Homeless Families Program, and San Francisco and Alameda County’s first Juvenile Justice Local Action Plans. He was also a leader in the development of Neighborhood Family Resource Centers and community-based approaches to reducing infant mortality. During the 1990’s, he raised over $500 million for RDA clients, including $100 million for economic revitalization in Oakland.

He returned to the nonprofit sector in 2004 when he was appointed President and CEO of the Felton Institute (formerly known as Family Service Agency of San Francisco), where he served until his retirement in 2015. Bob grew Felton, which traces its roots back to 1889, into a $20 million award-winning organization with 46 programs in 11 languages at multiple sites throughout the greater Bay Area. In 2014 he was honored by the National Behavioral Health Council Science-to-Service award, and received an Appie Award from Salesforce for the best nonprofit application. At the time of his death, he was working on developing strategies to use machine learning and big data applications to impact poverty and systemic injustice.

In an era where confidence in government institutions is crumbling, Bob stands as an example of steadfast dedication to the continuous improvement of public systems and their potential for being a force for good. His faithfulness to the call of public service resulted in a consistent influence that transformed lives and made a far-reaching impact that will last for generations.

Bob is survived by his wife of 24 years, Patricia Bennett, his children Eric, Jeremy, Julia and her husband David, Josh, and Sara; his former wives Elaine Bennett, mother of Eric and Barbara Cowan, mother of Jeremy and Julia; and an extended family of friends from every walk of life. A private funeral for family members will be held for Bob on Friday, June 9 at Chapel of the Chimes Oakland, and a memorial service celebrating his life is planned for later this summer. Should friends desire, contributions should be made to the Felton Institute or the ACLU.

Private Services will be held.

Saundra Ann Wondaferow

Saundra Ann Wondaferow, age, 71, born April 5, 1946 in San Francisco, California passed away peacefully on June 6, 2017 at her home in Oakland, California with her daughter, son, and husband of forty eight years at her side.

If our family could bestow sainthood, Saundra would be the first to be canonized.

When many are motivated by what’s best for them and getting themselves ahead, Saundra was motivated by what was best for others. That selflessness was present in every decision and action that she made.

As a child one could see that charity, love, caring, and humility were the foundation of her loving and selfless character; a character shown in acts of kindness.

Each time she let her little brother crawl in her bed at night (to be comforted from his fears of ghosts); when she walked her younger sisters and brother to school and the swim center; when she fixed their meals and broke up their skirmishes it was selfless.

Saundra attended San Francisco State where she met the love of her life, Mengesha Wondaferow. From the day they met, til the day Saundra drew her last breath, their love was a deep and unconditional love that most will never know.

If you asked her about her accomplishments she would immediately turn the discussion to Mengesha’s rich cultural heritage, what a wonderful, smart and generous person he is and how he too was a graduate of SF State. We never got tired of hearing about his great heritage and how great a husband, father and provider he is. In turn, Mengesha would brag about Saundra being smart, beautiful, a great cook, her great business acumen, and a woman with immaculate taste. He would tell all that she was a dedicated mother and wife. Most of all he appreciated her patience with him.

Saundra could have bragged about herself but that was not her character. She had a wonderful career working in the airline industry, hospital administration and running the family business, Hoy’s Sports (in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury). Saundra chose brag about Mengesha, her daughter Yayne, her son Atikum, her father, and mother, and every one of her brother and sisters. Saundra bragged about Mengesha’s family including his siblings. We are reminded of a quote by Eric Hoffer, ” Humility is not renunciation of pride but the substitution of one pride for another.”

In the last months of her life her children, Yayne and Atikum assisted their father in caring for her every need. They speak of her advocacy for them throughout their lives. Some parents say, “whatever it takes to care for my children.” Saundra did not speak of it, she delivered with deeds.
Saundra has joined her parents Hoy and Velma Henderson, in the hereafter. She is survived by her husband of forty eight years, Mengesha Wondaferow.

Saundra is also survived by her two children, daughter Yayne-Abeba and son Atikum; her granddaughter Kya; her two brothers and four sisters as well as her many nieces and nephews.

She will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at 1 pm, July 1st 2017, at the Chapel of the Chimes – Chimes Chapel

Stephen Nemeth

Stephen Nemeth, 94, of Berkeley, CA, passed away of natural causes on June 5, 2017.

He was born in Zslickisfalud, Hungary on May 23, 1923. He fought with the Hungarian army at the Russian Front to defend his homeland. He survived a Russian POW camp and later escaped Soviet controlled Hungary in 1950. He was a refugee in Canada and became a Canadian citizen.

He worked as a mechanical and civil engineer in Alaska, Canada and Argentina.
He was married to Clara Chamorro on January 17, 1961.
They emigrated to the USA in 1973 ultimately settling in Berkeley.

He loved his dogs Tippy, Pluto and Milo. He had a passion for his extensive vegetable and fruit garden and spent much time in it.

He is survived by his only child Terezia Nemeth, son-in-law Charlie Gibson, granddaughter Clara Marie Nemeth Gibson, and stepgrandchildren Max and Averi Gibson. He was preceded in death by his wife Clara (72), his sister Jolan Rakai (94) and his parents Istvan (78) and Terezia (94).

A private Memorial Service will be held at Chapel of the Chimes.

Doris J. Eng

Doris J. Eng November 1, 1927 to June 8, 2017

Mom was born in China in 廣東省 (Canton province),台山縣( Toi Shan County),四九鎮(4 9 Town),大塘區(Tai Tong District),蟠龍村 (Poon Loong Village). Her father’s name was 許大維 (Huie Tai Way. Her mother’s name was 伍秧娣(Ng/Eng Young Hai,

Mom was the youngest of three children. Her older sister was 許容芳(Huie Yong Fong) and her brother, 許汝能(Huie Yue Nung).Her Chinese name was 許容雁 (Huie Yong Ngan).

Her father wanted his children to be educated, even the girls. So Mom attended
大塘小學 (Tai Tong Elementary School) and 台山女子師範 (Toi Shan Girls Teachers Preparatory School) for junior high school. She said she excelled in math, which came in handy later when she and Dad ran a restaurant business and later rental property.

She developed her passion for growing fruits and vegetables at her home in China. Even to this day, her fruit trees at her Concord home continue to yield a bounty season after season. She loved to sing and dance, and also was skilled in sewing and artwork.

In September 1947, she married a Chinese American GI, our Dad, Don, and honeymooned in Hong Kong before setting sail for San Francisco.

Mom and Dad were met at the harbor in San Francisco by her father, our Gung Gung. That was the first time she met her father because he had sojourned to North America while our grandmother was pregnant with Mom. While Dad worked at the Shell gas station at Sacramento and Stockton, Mom set up their household. Thanks to other Engs from the village, Mom and Dad were able to borrow enough money to start a laundry business on Kearny Street. Ken was born in 1948; Ed in 1949. Hoping for a girl, Mom and Dad had to settle for a third son, Don Jr.

Around 1953, our family moved to 123 Bridgeview in the Bayview. Dad sold the laundry and bought a grocery store in the Mission, called Save Way Grocery. While Dad ran the laundry and grocery store, Mom worked as a seamstress for Koret on Mission Street. In 1959, we moved to Berkeley, where Dad had bought a Chinese American restaurant, Wing Kong. They sold the house in the Bayview for the outrageous price of $3000 and used the $1500 windfall as the down payment for our Berkeley home.

In 1963, they had an eight-unit apartment complex built at 2024 Vine. Mom still loved to garden, so she planted flowers and vegetables. She continued working at Koret, taking AC Transit to San Francisco every day.

When Mom got her driver’s license, and while Dad ran the restaurant, she drove us on family excursions to the Berkeley pier to fish, Tilden Park, to the Plunge in Richmond and even across the Bay Bridge to San Francisco.

In 1966, Wing Kong was sold and Mom and Dad bought a coffee shop in Downtown Berkeley, naming it Town Square.
In 1975, Mom and Dad sold the restaurant and Dad retired. Mom went to work at Snow Lion, later named Snowline, making down jackets and sleeping bags. She did that for a couple of years, until they sold the apartment complex and moved to Concord where they started a new life as full time retirees. They loved the huge yard, where they grew fruit and vegetables and where Mom learned to swim in their own pool.

It was also in that same pool that Mom and Dad were baptized in 1980 after they came to know the Lord as their personal Savior the year before.

They took a cruise to Puerto Vallarta, travelled to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Hawaii, Yellowstone, Niagara Falls, Washington DC, Lake Louise, Montreal, and the Dakotas, where they saw “the four men” as she called them, otherwise known as Mount Rushmore.

They became active in their church and served until Dad was called home to his Savior in 1994. Mom continued attending until Alzheimer’s began taking its toll.

Mom and Dad really enjoyed their life in their cul-de-sac on Woodmoor Court in Concord. With their big back yard, they adopted Ling Ling, a Pomeranian that gave them years of joy.

In 2012, Mom began her stay at Golden Heritage Senior Living, an assisted living ministry (1275 North Fourth Street, San Jose, 95112), where she was lovingly cared for.

On the morning of June 8th, Mom passed peacefully in her sleep and woke up in her home in heaven in the presence of her Savior, Jesus.

Her family – sons Ken (Leslie), Ed (Eveline), Don (Gerri); grandchildren – Jessica, Michelle (Billy), Andrea (Brian), Eric, and Jennifer already miss Mom, but we celebrate and rejoice that while absent from the body, she is at home with the Lord. (2 Cor 5:8)

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, in Piedmont. A dinner will be held at 5:00 p.m. Hong Kong East Ocean Restaurant, 3199 Powell Street in Emeryville.

Donations may be made to The Ministry of Golden Heritage Senior Living where Mom spent the past 5 years being taken care of: 1275 North 4th Street San Jose, CA 95112

Steven Mark LeBlanc

Steven Mark LeBlanc was born in Oakland, California on November 2nd 1961 to Maude E. LeBlanc and Joseph C. LeBlanc, Sr. He was the youngest of four brothers in a family of five siblings.

Steven attended St. Benedict’s Catholic Elementary School, St. Paschal’s through middle school and graduated from Bishop O’Dowd for high school where he excelled at football. He attended San Jose State University’s Automotive Design School where he was recommended by the football coaching staff to walk-on as a player but declined to play for the Spartans football team.

Steven was a true family man, and he was a devoted uncle and brother. He was a loyal son who stuck by his mother and father through the ups and downs of the dairy distribution business.

Steven was well–read and appreciated great music from all genres. From an early age and into adulthood, he was always sketching exotic sports cars. These drawings transformed into illustrations of Formula One or futuristic original racing car designs. At the peak of his artistry, he received a first place award for his mixed media work at the “Art and Soul Festival”. He practiced judo, kajukembo, and kung fu. He became a professor in the Brazilian martial art of capoeira, traveled to Brazil and studied Portuguese.

Steven peacefully passed away at St. Rose Hospital (Hayward, CA) on June 11th, 2017 almost two years after contracting a rare operative infection. He was blessed to have a loving and supportive family, great friends and good times. Some of his favorite past times were enjoyed at the beach, Jack and Jill Camp in the Mendocino Woodlands, Oakland Raider football games, annual auto shows and racing events.

Steven predeceases his father, Joseph LeBlanc, Sr.; siblings: Joseph LeBlanc Jr. (Jane LeBlanc), Marvin LeBlanc (Gena LeBlanc), Harold LeBlanc “Chef LeBlanc” (Diane LeBlanc) and Rachelle LeBlanc Cunningham (Fred Cunningham); nephews, nieces and a host of family and friends.

A Celebration of Life mass will be held on Friday, July 7th, 6:30 p.m. at St. Paschal’s Baylon Church at 3700 Dorisa Avenue, Oakland, CA.

Stanley Lee

Stanley Ock Ying Lee passed away peacefully at the young age of 94 on Friday, June 2, 2017, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Toishan county, Guangdong (Canton) Province, China on January 19, 1923.

His many interests and hobbies, which he shared with family and friends, were varied and interesting. Among his many talents, he was a business owner, bird and dog breeder, fisherman, and outstanding chef. His incredible fried rice, chicken nuggets, and twice fried French fries will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lily Moy Lee in 2013.

He is survived by 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Visitation and funeral service will be held at the Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA. The visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Funeral service will be held on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 11:00am. Graveside burial service will follow immediately at nearby Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, CA.

Angel David Tafolla Ramirez

Angel David Tafolla Ramirez age 12 was born on October 22, 2004 in Berkeley, CA and passed away peacefully with his family by his side on May 29, 2017 in Oakland, CA. He leaves behind his loving parents, Gabriela Ramirez and Eduardo Tafolla; brother Omar Tafolla, and his loving Aunties, Uncles, Grandparents, Cousins, Godmother and many many friends.

Angel was a happy and playful 12 year old. He loved to play soccer and was a #1 Fan of Lionel Messi. He was very loving and would do anything to help others. At his young age, he was very religious and would always put his faith in God and the Virgin Mary. He loved to be surrounded by his family who loved him dearly.

Angel was diagnosed with T. Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma at age 9. He fought cancer with so much bravery and never gave up. He would never complain about any medical procedure, even though he hurt, he would always tell his mom he was ok and not to worry. He dreamed of getting well and had the wish to help other children in the hospital by providing Christmas gifts every December. He earned his wings like a soldier on Memorial Day. He is and will always be our Hero. He will be missed and loved forever.

Lillian E. Cortner

Lillian E, Cortner age 95 was born March 4, 1922 in San Francisco, CA and passed away on May 29,2017 in Arroyo Grande, CA. She was born to Fred and Jennie Wagner. She is survived by her loving children, Lisa Hall (Doug),Sallie Cortner (Phil Hunter); grandchildren, Jacob Ballweber (Jessica), Aaron Ballweber (Alyson); great grandchildren Mason, Corbin, Zachary, Joshua, Preceded in death her brothers, Fred Wagner, Bill Wagner,and sister, Lydia Wagner Shearer. Services will be private.

Helen Metz Lore

Helen Metz Lore
March 3, 1922 – June 1, 2017
95 years young

Wife, mother and career woman Helen Lore was a force to be reckoned with. Her boundless energy and enthusiasm were directed into every facet of both her private and professional lives.

She was born Helen Billie Metz on March 3rd, 1922 in Des Moines, Iowa to Helen and William H. Metz. She came to California in 1939 to attend Mills College, earning her B.A. in Economics and Sociology. Vivacious and popular, she was known to her classmates as ‘Metzy’. She also studied fencing and modern dance, this last becoming a lifelong passion.

In 1945 she married respected Oakland union leader Stanton W. Lore, president and manager of Shipwrights, Joiners and Boat Builders Local 1149.

Marriage and motherhood did not prevent her being active in the League of Women Voters, Children’s Hospital (Azalea Branch), the Mills Alumnae Association, the Girl Scouts, the PTA and many other groups devoted to community betterment. Her keen interest in the arts made her an ardent supporter of local performance and museums.

Her professional life officially began in 1960, with five years on the staff of the Montclarion newspaper. In 1965 she entered into her long association with City of Oakland Parks and Recreation, a career that lasted until 1987. During that time she was first Director of Special Programs (Cultural Arts Division), then Director of Montclair Recreation Center, and lastly promoted to District Supervisor. Many will remember fondly the many creative programs she conducted at Montclair Center (1967-1977), as well as her 1969 founding of the still-active Montclair Hiking Club. An avid hiker and lover of the outdoors, she introduced children, teens and adults to the trails and diversity of Bay Area parks.

In 1975 Helen’s husband Stanton passed on.

When she retired from Parks and Recreation she spent the next decade as Administrative Director at Oakland Heritage Alliance, devoted to preservation of our local architectural legacy. She was also active in the Alameda County Historical Society, especially in the restoration of the Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, and in supporting other Oakland historic houses.

Helen loved to travel, and as a confirmed Anglophile visited the UK as often as she was able, with hiking tours in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. There were also art tours in France, and a visit to the Czech village where her maternal grandmother was born.

Helen passed away peacefully at Kaiser hospital in Oakland on June 1st, and is survived by her three children, Stanton Lore Jr., Priscilla Metz Lore, and Victoria Anne Lore, as well as by her sister Shirley Cundari and many nieces, nephews and friends. Preceding her in death were her sisters Marilyn Wilson and Dorothy Metz. She will be greatly missed.

Helen left instructions that the family not hold a funeral or public memorial service for her. Part of her ashes will be interred at Mountain View Cemetery in the Lore family gravesite, with the remainder to be scattered in some of the Regional Parks she knew and loved so well.

The family suggests that in lieu of floral tributes, donations might be sent in her name to either the Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, Oakland Heritage Alliance, or the Alameda County Historical Society.

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