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.
William (Bill) Albert Kendrick was born August 3, 1949 and passed away May 13, 2017. He was born to Joseph and Ann Kendrick in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he lived until the family moved to Scarsdale, NY. He attended Tulane University where he pursued his passion of architecture before moving to the Bay Area to pursue an MBA from Golden Gate University. He met the love of his life, Vicki Higgins, in 1980 and they were married in 1984. He was an avid sailor and enjoyed taking his family to Steamboat Slough in the Sacramento Delta every summer and recently, living out his dream of cruising Mexico and the Sea of Cortez. He will be remembered for his love of good wine, sailing, his family, and his status as a Sacramento River Rat. He is survived by his loving wife, Vicki Kendrick, and their three children Margaret (Christopher) Guerriero, Victoria Kendrick and William Kendrick, his mother, Ann Kendrick and brother, James Kendrick. He is preceded in death by his father, Joseph Kendrick. A service of memorial will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017, at 2 PM at Piedmont Community Church at 400 Highland Avenue, Piedmont, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given in Bill’s name to the Piedmont Community Church Youth Mexico Mission Trip.
Annie Chu Hung Lee was the second of three children born in Waihiawa, HI on May 25, 1928. In 1933 the family moved to Canton, China, where her parents were originally from. It was there, in Canton, where she met and grew up with her future husband, William.
Annie and her two brothers returned to Hawaii in 1949 during the early years of the People’s Republic of China. In 1952 William decided to leave Canton for the United States to start a business. During William’s travel to the United States he had a layover in Hawaii in which he contacted Annie. In 1953 Annie decided she’d follow him to the “Mainland” and they were married in Reno that same year.
They lived in a small apartment on Oak Street in Oakland at the outskirts of Oakland Chinatown. Annie’s first job was a seamstress in Chinatown and soon thereafter became a waitress for over 45 years. She was very sociable and always greeting everyone with a smile. She enjoyed watching Chinese movies, listening to Chinese music, enjoying the company of her grandkids and her family and she loved cooking dinners for family and friends.
Happily married for 64 years, Annie was a devoted wife and loving mother to Leighton and wife Linda Lee, Anna Lee, Susan and husband Ronald Ni, and adoring grandmother to Michael Lee, Arnold Ni and Kelly Maeyama.
Annie will always be remembered as a gentle, loving, modest and compassionate woman.
Thank you for joining us in celebrating her life. Your presence, prayers, thoughtful remembrances have touched our hearts deeply.
Hatsuko (Hatsie) Matsutani, a long time resident of Walnut Creek, passed away May 9, 2017 at age 92. Hatsie was born the oldest of 4 siblings in Concord to parents Tatsuo and Masame Kanagaki. She was married to the love of her life George for over 50 years. They enjoyed traveling together. Especially to Japan, Europe and Hawaii. Her warm smile and sense of humor will be greatly missed.
DIANNE M. WINNE, M.D.
June 2, 1956 – May 11, 2017
Born in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1956, Dianne M. Winne died at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco on May 11, 2017 following an extended illness. Her ashes will be interned in the Chapel of the Chimes Columbarium in Oakland, California. Hundreds gathered for her Memorial Service held on June 3, 2017 at her church, Plymouth UCC, 424 Monte Vista, Oakland. Dianne Winne is survived by her wife, Rev. Sandy Gess, and their son, Jason Peter Winne-Gess of Oakland.
Dianne Winne graduated from Carson High School, Carson City, Nevada in 1974. As a student, she worked as a candystriper at Carson City Hospital; then a scribe; and nurse’s aid. She credits this early experience with her ability to work collaboratively with all levels of hospital staff, the empathy she had with her patients, and her ability to respond to all their needs.
In 1978, Dianne graduated from the University of Nevada at Reno (UNR) with a degree in Pre-Med. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, Beta Mu Chapter. Before being admitted to UNR’s Medical School, she attended the Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua Medicina, 1978-80 where she had the honor of teaching the Histology Lab / Laboratorio de HistologÃa. She returned to the states fluent in Spanish. She liked to credit the excellence she achieved at UNR’s Medical School with the extraordinary medical education she received in Chihuahua. Dr. Winne graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, Medical School in 1984.
In 1984 Dr. Winne moved with her spouse to the Bay Area for a medical internship and subsequent fellowship (until 1987) at the Veteran’s Hospital in Martinez, Ca. Dr. Winne was double boarded in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. She served as the Director of Ambulatory Care at the California Veterans’ Home in Yountville, California beginning in 1987. Her career lasted for 30 years. In 2015 she had to go out on disability retirement.
Dr. Winne’s passion was practicing geriatric medicine. She would often say, “The older they are, the better I like ‘em.” She was dearly loved by her patients and their families in addition to the entire staff at Yountville.
Dianne and family lived in the Glenview District of Oakland where she co-founded with neighbors the “Junta de Muejeres” Book Group. She loved a good mystery, especially if written by women.
Dianne was a Co-founder of Weave of Faith, Christian-Feminist Worshipping Community at Lake Merritt UMC, Oakland where she was the communion bread baker (http://home.earthlink.net/~sjgess/).
Dianne is remembered as a lively and engaged teacher not only in her profession, but as a volunteer. When her spouse, Rev Sandy Gess, was the pastor St Paul’s UMC, Vacaville, Dianne was their dedicated Sunday School teacher and drama coach. When Dianne & Sandy’s son was a student at Montclair Elementary School, Oakland, Dianne was the Volunteer Parent Science teacher for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes.
Dianne loved: gardening; traveling; cross-country skiing; her beloved Lake Tahoe; Rodeo Beach; zoos; museums (especially De Young and the Palace of Fine Arts); San Francisco Giants; a good glass of wine; dancing swing with her spouse; music nights in their Oakland home; her family in Oakland, Carson City, and New Zealand. She admired Martin Luther King, Jr; She had an under-rated tenor voice, a captivating smile and a good laugh. She leaves many friends, colleagues, neighbors, church families, book group, patients and countless others whose lives she touched.
Dr. Dianne Winne is also survived by her mother, Doris Winne; brother, Don Winne, Jr (wife’s name).; and sister, Debbie Winne Jeppson (husband’s name), all of Carson City, Nevada; brother, David Winne (Andy) of Lake Tahoe, Nevada; niece Jenae Jeppson Schroeder and her family, Lauren Winne; and nephews Grant Jeppson and Donald P. Winne.
The Winne-Gess Family Trust has established as her living legacy – the Dianne M. Winne MD Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Geriatrics — at her alma mater, University of Nevada, Reno Medical School — in conjunction with Sanford Center on Aging (https://med.unr.edu/aging). Contributions may be made out to UNR Foundation with the memo Dianne M. Winne MD Memorial Scholarship-Geriatrics and mailed to : University of Nevada, Reno Foundation – Morrill Hall – 1664 N. Virginia Street – Reno, NV 89557-0162. Email for more info: DianneWinneScholarship@gmail.com.
Rochelle A. Walkup, born August 30, 1953 in Berkeley, California passed away peacefully at home in Martinez, California on May 9, 2017. She was surrounded by family and her Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. She was the beloved daughter of Rita Johansen and the late Verne Johansen. She was the loving granddaughter of the late Angelina and Canio Maffucci. Rochelle is survived by her devoted husband of 40 years, Robert Walkup, and his extended family. She is additionally survived by aunt Patti Fadelli (Andy), uncle Robert Maffucci (Marcia), cousins Scott Fadelli, Nina Fadelli, Steven Fadelli (Stacia), Bobby Maffucci (Kristy), Jill Maffucci, and a host of loving cousins and close friends. Rochelle’s love for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels led her to volunteer for Cavalier Rescue USA, where she helped place rescue dogs with families. She was deeply passionate about her family and her Cavaliers and was fiercely loyal to her friends.
Visitations will be held at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue in Oakland on Saturday May 13th, from Noon-4pm as well as Wednesday May 17th at 10am at Christ the King Catholic Church, 199 Brandon Road in Pleasant Hill. A Funeral Mass will be held immediately following at Christ the King Catholic Church on Wednesday May 17th, at 11am. Private Entombment will take place at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her memory may be made to Cavalier Rescue USA, c/o Carolyn Stigler, 1345 Eagle Run Drive, Sanibel, FL 33957. For more information, go to www.cavalierrescueusa.org. Memorial donations can also be made to Hospice East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Avenue, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.
Anne J. Pappas, age 87 was born on September 25, 1929 in Oakland, California. She was a resident of Lafayette, California. Passed away peacefully on May 6, 2017 in Walnut Creek, California. She will be missed by many and never forgotten.
Anne “Tessie” Pappas, daughter of the late Angelo Pappas and the late Elizabeth Saccos Borelli. Loving mother of Richard Sheppard and the late Linda Sheppard. Sister of Grace Brusseau , sister-in-law of Leonard Brusseau. Adored aunt of Elizabeth Brusseau, John (Julianna Burke) Brusseau, Michele (Matthew Blaine) Brusseau. Great-aunt of Nicholas Tarantino, Henry Brusseau, Mary Tarantino, Matthew Brusseau and Theodore Blaine. She also leaves many devoted cousins and friends.
No services will be held upon her request.
Clemmie Belinda Thomas, age 83 was born on August 12, 1933 in Emerson, Arkansas. Passed away peacefully on May 8, 2017 in Oakland, California. Born to Charles Dawson and Ozzie Murphy. Loving mother of Rosenda Thomas.
Clemmie retired in 1996 from Piedmont Avenue School, Oakland, California after serving 40 years working for Oakland Unified School District. She choreographed dances for her students and Clemmie enjoyed doing plays and creative arts as well. She appreciated modern, as well as, creative dancing. Clemmie’s musical interests included from Nancy Wilson to early jazz. A member of IOTA PHI LAMDA Sorority; Lifetime member of the NAACP. One of her many passions was purchasing antiques.
Family and friends are invited to attend the Visitation on Monday, May 15, 2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00 pm at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland,CA 94611 in the Julia Morgan Chapel. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 11:00 am at Chapel of the Chimes as well, but in the CHIMES CHAPEL.
Private Interment at a later date.
Sophie Anastastia Martinez, age 89 was born on October 1, 1927 in Cortez, Colorado and passed away peacefully on May 3, 2017 in San Leandro, California. She was born to Adelia & Frank Martinez.
She leaves to mourn her son, Ron David Martinez. Preceded in death by her loving sons, Michael Martinez and Robert Al Martinez; loving grandmother of Alexa Rae Martinez, Kahn Sue Martinez. Preceded in death her brothers, Juan Manuel Martinez, Frank Christopher Martinez, Frederico Aniceto Martinez, and Robert Elias Martinez. Beloved sister of Juanita Carmelita Montoya and Dorothy Marie Donges. Loving best friend of Donna and Noel White; loving mother-in-law of Ruby Concepcion. Beloved family of Fred, Ana & Freddy Kao, Carol & Joe Marketti, and The Juanita Ramirez & Family. She will be missed by many nieces, nephews, friends and relatives.
Sophie was a wonderful homemaker that worked as a caretaker in the childcare field. She enjoyed crocheting, and her love of music ranged from Ranchero to Rock n Roll genre.
The family would like to thank all of her caregivers that cared for her at the end of her life.
Private services were held.
Bon Ru Chang Cheng, age 71 years was born on March 22, 1946 in Shanghai, China. She passed away peacefully with her family at her side on May 6, 2017 in Union City, California. Bon Ru was born to Kuo Chen Chang and Yah Earl Hsiang.
Bon Ru is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Che Pok Cheng. Beloved mother of Tina Cheng and Elley Cheng. Loving grandmother of Contance Yeh, Harrison Yeh and Aurora Gyoshev. Loving sister of Tommy Chang, Jimmy Chang, and George Chang.
She will be missed greatly and her spirit will never be forgotten.
Family and friends are invited to the Visitation on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 3:00 pm at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611 (in the Chimes Chapel) and the Funeral on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 9:30 am in the Chimes Chapel as well.
Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611.