Jacob Feldman

In loving memory of Professor Emeritus Jacob “Jack” Feldman (University of California,
Berkeley) age 89. Jack passed away peacefully in Berkeley California with loved ones around him.

Jack lived a rich and rewarding life, full of deep and long-lasting friendships, music and the joys of intellectual activity. He was devoted to his family and led a highly successful and
productive work life as a mathematician.

Jack’s loss will be felt by his family, friends, many students and colleagues and indeed by anyone who got to know this mensch whose charm and kind heart brought so much laughter, warmth and sense of belonging into our lives. We love him and will miss him profoundly.

James R. Taylor

Husband, Father, Son, Friend, Manager, Coach…..The well – loved man of many titles, James R. Taylor.

James blessed the world with his presence on April 09, 1957 and entered into heaven’s gates on May 22, 2017. A Celebration of life Ceremony will be held in the Chimes Chapel of Chapel of the Chimes – 4499 Piedmont Avenue Oakland, CA 94611 and will commence at 2:00 PM. A gathering of family of friends will be held the Memories Lounge & Reception room immediately following the services.

Satoshi Hane

Satoshi Hane, 92, born July 21, 1924 in Hollister, CA and passed away peacefully on May 19, 2017 at home surrounded by his loved ones. He was the loving husband of Masako for 64 years.
He is survived by his wife, Masako; children, Gayle (Craig) Wong, Diane (David) Matsumoto, Marianne Hane (Frank Oaks), Robert (Janet) Hane and Mark Hane (Yiyu Yang); grandchildren, Reed Wong, David Matsumoto, Peter Oaks, Keilee Hane and Ken Hane and sister, Grace (Jim) Yamakawa. Preceded in death by father Ichitaro Hane, mother Hifuyo Hane, sisters Shizuye Hane and Hisako Kajioka, brothers Mitsugi Hane, Isao Hane and Mikiso Hane.
Memorial service will be held at 11 am, Thursday, June 8th at the San Mateo Buddhist Temple, 2 S. Claremont St, San Mateo, CA.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the San Mateo JA Comm Ctr, 415 S. Claremont St, San Mateo, CA 94401 or Maya’s Music Therapy Fund, PO Box 7110, Berkeley, CA 94707.

Samuel I. Okocha

Samuel I. Okocha was born in Obior, Delta State of Nigeria on May 18, 1957 and passed away at John Muir Hospital in Concord, California on May 21, 2017. He was a lovely father of two, Joy Onyeiye Egbokwu (Gillian Egbokwu, son-in-law), and Ogechukwu Okocha and a lovely granddaughter, Praise Obiajulu Egbokwu and had many nephews, nieces, and cousins. He was a very humble, kind, and friendly man that loves his family, friends and those that he was privileged to meet.

Samuel is survived by his brothers, Paul Okocha, Austin Okocha, Felix Okocha, Chuks Akaeze, Malechi Akaeze & Ekie Akaeze, and sister, Lillian Uju Akaeze.

Sam came to the United States some 37 years ago in pursuit of greener pasture and did everything humanly possible to achieve his dreams. He battled many obstacles along his path, defeated many, struggled on few, and lost on the one that comes at the end of the road for every living being. We know that the end of the road here on earth is the beginning of a better living because Jesus Christ has promised us this:

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:3

We love you and will miss you profoundly but we comforted that you’re in a better place now.

Delores P. Queen

Delores P. Queen, passed a way peacefully in San Diego, California on May 19,2017 with her family by her side. She was born on October 26, 1934 in St. Louis, Missouri to the proud parents, Warren Pinkston and Bessie Mae Belcher. She leaves to mourn many family, friends, cousins, nieces and nephews. Delores will be missed greatly by all who knew her.

Services are Private per her request.

Joan Berzon

Joan Berzon, our incredibly lively and kind mother, teacher, friend, grandmother, sister, aunt and cousin passed away the week of May 15th. She was 69.
A longtime resident of Oakland, Joan loved adventurous travel, hiking, musical theater, the Warriors and Giants and spending time with her grandson and grandnieces.
Raised in Belleville, New Jersey, she completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Cincinnati in 1969. She completed a Masters in teaching history at New York University and later was certified as a special education teacher.
She moved to the Bay Area more than 40 years ago to be near her then-baby nephew and fell in love with her sister-in-law’s close friend, Lee Rosenthal, whom she married in 1976. She taught in the Hayward public schools and then several decades for the San Lorenzo public school district. She was a strong advocate for children with special needs in school. Her school leadership positions included being chair of the special education department at San Lorenzo High School and being senior class adviser.
After retiring from teaching in 2004, Joan maintained a busy schedule as a regular volunteer at the East Bay Children’s Theater and the Oakland Museum white elephant sale. She was also a constant site on the trails of the Bay Area, a reliable companion to her many loved ones and a world traveler to Asia, Africa, Europe and Mexico.
She recently returned from a 2-week trip to Morocco.
She was always generous: Every year for Passover, because she knew it was beloved by her family, she spent hours making what was perhaps the world’s best brisket. She hadn’t eaten beef in decades.
She was preceded in death by her husband and best friend, Lee Rosenthal. She will be missed immensely by her son, Noah Rosenthal, daughter-in-law Kimberly Rosenthal, grandson Elijah Rosenthal, brother Stephen Berzon, sister-in-law Marsha Berzon, niece, nephew, grandnieces, cousins and numerous friends, some decades-old and some more recent.
Memorial services: Temple Sinai, Oakland, Monday May 22nd. The family requests donations be made to the Oakland Museum of California, an institution she was devoted to.

Dolford “KINNEY” Fretwell Jr.

Dolford McKinney Fretwell Jr., better known as Kinney, was born on January 3, 1942 in Fort Worth, Texas to Lura and Dolford McKinney Fretwell, Sr. Although born in Texas, Kinney was raised in Berkeley, California where his family moved when he was very young. Kinney attended Berkeley schools for elementary and junior high school, then graduated from Castlemont High School in Oakland, California.
After graduation, Kinney enlisted in the U.S. Navy, completed his 4 years of service, and was honorably discharged. Post Navy, he attended California State University Hayward where he received a BS degree in Computer Science.
Kinney married April, the love of his life, and to this union his only daughter Amber was born, who became the love of both their lives. Together they enjoyed camping, going to the movies, and music festivals, especially the Monterey Jazz Festival that they attended every year. They also loved family and friends’ gatherings and often hosted Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Kinney has always been interested in keeping up with current technology, dating as far back as RPG and Cobalt computer programming, in which he made his living as a computer programmer. Kinney had his own computer and consulting business in downtown Oakland, Office Management Systems and Consulting Groups, contracting with well-known companies. His very last job in 2014 was working with computers for FEMA.
Kinney enjoyed fishing, listening to music, watching sci-fi movies, and was an avid sports fan who loved the Golden State Warriors. However, his all-time favorite team was the Oakland Raiders, who he had been following since their beginning when they played at Frank Youell Field in the 1960’s, a small stadium next to Laney College.
Kinney answered the Lord’s call for an even more abundant life on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Kinney is preceded in death by his wife, April, his mother Lura and father Dolford Sr.; one son, Dolford McKinney Fretwell III; brother, George Vincent Brown, and his beloved grandmother, Carrie E Brown.
He leaves in remembrance of his life and times shared his children, Amber Fretwell and Mark Fretwell; daughter-in-law, Elnora Fretwell; grandchildren, Dolford McKinney Fretwell IV, Meshawn Fretwell, Shavonn Fretwell, and Martell Fretwell Sr.; brother, Michael Fretwell; sisters, Carmen Johnson, Jackie Louise Berry, and Terry Landingham; nieces, Debbie Hankins, Lisa Brock, Tina Graham (Dion Graham), Tonya Rambo, and Shelly Landingham; nephews, Al Rambo, Quincy Landingham, Otis Brown, and LaRafael Brown; and a host of great grandchildren, great nieces and nephews, cousins, and close friends. Kinney touched many lives. His support, guidance, and wisdom will never be forgotten.
The memorial service will be held on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 1:30pm at Independent Holiness Community Church, 605 S 16th Street, Richmond, CA 94804. Pastor Raymond Landry of Independent Holiness Community Church will be officiating.
Chapel of the Chimes Oakland, CA

Edward R Hall

Born in Louisiana to Mr. & Mrs. Simon and Gertie Hall, Mr. Edward Randolph Hall blessed us with his presence on April 1, 1949 entered into eternal rest on May 19, 2017. He leaves to cherish his wife Teresa Banks – Hall, his mother Gertie Hall, his sisters Sheila Hall & Gloria Herbert, brothers Alfred & Ronald Hall , his four sons, Terrance & Bryan Hall, Brandon & Michael Hall as well as the apple of his eye; His daughter Ayana Hall.

A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held in his honor in the Julia Morgan Chapel of Chapel of the Chimes – 4499 Piedmont Avenue Oakland, CA 94611 on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 11:00am.

Merry Sakamoto

Merry T. Sakamoto, age
97, died peacefully in
her sleep at the Kotobuki
Services Care Home in
Union City.
Born in Salinas, CA,
February 19, 1920. She
was a longtime resident of
Oakland, CA, and was preceded
in death by her husband,
Merry is survived by
a brother George, in
Boise, Idaho, a son Allen
(Esther) and two daughters,
Suzanne Yamada
(Minoru), Karen Sugiyama
(Osamu), five grandchildren
and eight great grandchildren. Services will be held
Thursday, May 25th at 2:00
pm at the Buddhist Temple
of Alameda, 2325 Pacific
Ave., Alameda, CA.

Bruce Michael St. Cyr

Bruce Michael St. Cyr was born on September 10th, 1946 in New Orleans, Louisiana to James and Elise St. Cyr. His father had a lifelong career in the navy and the family moved often during his young life. Bruce graduated from senior high school in San Diego, California. It was during that year that he met his future wife to be – Glynda James. Soon after graduation Bruce joined the navy. He was stationed for two years on the nuclear submarine the USS Volador which his father served as the chief operator. During Bruce’s service in the navy he became engaged to Glynda. After his honorable discharge, in 1968 they were married. The first six months of their marriage he was employed with United Airlines where he held a position in the control tower. He later made the decision to resign to attend college full time. He had always primarily wanted to be professionally trained to work in a position where he felt he could better serve others. He fulfilled that mission by later obtaining a B.A. and a Masters degree in the fields of Sociology and Rehabilitation from San Francisco State University. He was employed with the State of California from 1974 until his retirement in 2006 in various capacities. Just prior to his retiring year he tirelessly worked as a mediator for the Workman’s Compensation Department for Contra Costa County. His professional affiliations were with the: American Association for Counseling & Development and the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association. Bruce had an insatiable appetite for reading. He had an extensive library of books on a variety of subjects. And he had an array of musical artists that he enjoyed listening too. The enjoyment of the great outdoors,road trips, biking and hiking were also high on his list of fun things to do. But his ultimate joy in all of life was his near “delirious” passion for golf. Rarely did an hour in a day go by without at least several rounds of golf. But most of all Bruce will always be remembered for his on going fight against injustice on All fronts. He cared so much for the down trodden and he dedicated his life to always do what he felt he could possibly do to make a positive change in some one’s life. He was a very kind, gentle and modest human being who never forgot his humble beginnings nor his African roots. He departs from this life leaving behind Glynda his forever loving wife and his precious, sweet adoring daughter,Tamahra who both will honor his life on this planet as long as they shall live;his beloved sister Marti and brother James. And a host of loving relatives, friends and co workers.

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