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Adamo, Kerry  
Kerry Adamo Mountain House, Ca Kerry Anthony Adamo June 18, 1957 - September 8, 2017 Resident of Mountain House. Kerry Anthony Adamo, 60, of Mountain House, passed away suddenly on September 8. Kerry was born in San Francisco in 1957, the son of Anthony and Marlene (Monize) Adamo. He is survived by his loving wife, Nicole; his sons Ryan (Kristi), Hugh (Alison), and Gianni; his daughter Sofia; his brothers, Keith (Courtney) Adamo, Justin (Melanie) Adamo, and Christopher (Angela) Adamo; his sister, Tara Adamo (Brandon) Marks; grandchildren Brooklyn, Whitley, Paisley, McKenna, Chelsea, Matthew, and Aurianna; and several nephews and nieces. View the online memorial for Kerry Adamo
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Sept. 25, 2017
Benson, William Thomas  
William Thomas Benson October 10, 1940 – September 4, 2017 Resident of Los Gatos William Thomas Benson was born October 10, 1940 in Topeka, Kansas to Emeline and George Benson. Bill lost his life to kidney cancer on September 4, 2017. His devoted wife, Mary, loving daughter and stepsons, Jennifer, John and Jeff were at his side. His diagnosis had come only 8 months prior. Bill fought his battle valiantly. Over the difficult months, his family members and friends held him close in loving prayer. Those prayers, along with Bill's embracing a newfound faith in God, brought him to a state of grace, strength, peace and endurance during the last weeks of his life. Bill and brother Mike were raised among the sunflowers of Kansas. Bill graduated from Topeka High School and enrolled at Kansas State University. His academic excellence earned him an appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. He graduated in 1964 with a BS in engineering. Upon graduation, Bill was assigned to flight training in Pensacola, Florida. After completion of training to fly the Navy's F-8 Crusader, Bill flew 28 missions from the carrier USS Kearsarge during the Vietnam War. He completed a second deployment, and in 1976 received his honorable discharged. He enrolled at Columbia University where he earned his MBA in Business Finance, and ultimately moved to the San Jose area to pursue work in real estate. After working as a broker for Coldwell Banker, Bill joined Koll Company, headquartered in Irvine, CA. He began employment as Vice President of Marketing. Under Bill's direction, Koll's commercial and industrial development was significant in growing the real estate market in the Santa Clara Valley and beyond. Bill eventually gained the role of President of Koll's Northern California Division. Among his peers and competitors, Bill was highly respected as fair, honest and a tough negotiator. As as a real estate industry leader, he served on various real estate and charitable boards Bill was a supporter of education. He taught Junior Achiever classes, served on the YMCA board. In more recent years, he made certain that his robotics club offered instruction to interested students. Bill's heart led him to assist many young students. Whether the need was for moral or financial support, he was present and generous. Bill's interests in his hobbies compelled him to take leadership positions in robotics, astronomy and magic. He formed a "Skeptics" lunch group who enjoyed great camaraderie and met faithfully over the years to banter and resolve "world issues" and "philosophies of life." San Jose Sharks hockey was also a passion and, as a season ticket holder for 27 years, Bill rarely missed a home game. Bill was passionate about his family! He and Mary married in 1980. They raised children, John, Jeff and Jennifer in Saratoga. With pride in each child, they supported the kids' pursuits in education, music and sports including football, soccer and equestrian games. Bill and Mary lived a life full of adventure enjoying trips with family and friends. They shared in the joys of flying, upland bird hunting, fly-fishing, SCUBA diving, sailing, golf and world travel with friends and their children. Family vacations were planned not only for fun, but learning as well. An East Africa trip with the kids was one of the family's travel highlights. The family also shared the excitement of SCUBA diving. Bill enjoyed a loving relationship with brother, Mike, wife, Elaine and their family. That bond remained over the years, and Mike spent precious time with his brother as a support during Bill's illness. Bill, affectionately called "Papa," by his grandchildren, loved and adored them. He cradled them as infants, changed diapers and nurtured them from toddlers to teens. In their tender years, they snuggled on "Papa's" lap and reveled in hours of reading and playing games, making joyous their shared time. "Papa" loved to incorporate fun into his grandchildren's learning experiences. The games and puzzles he created for them to solve was his delight. In "Papa's" presence there was love, warmth and security. Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Mary Benson; loving daughter and stepsons, Jennifer K. Benson McDowell, John R. Lawson and Jeffrey D. Campbell; beloved brother Michael McLean Benson and wife, Elaine, of Ontario, California; Seven adored grandchildren and step-grandchildren: Carson and Parker McDowell, Madeline, Emma and Scott Campbell; and Danielle and Brandon McDowell. Also surviving is mother of daughter, Jennifer, Cynthia K. Barnes Benson; cherished cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as many close friends. Family wishes to express deep gratitude to Arvin Engelson of Saratoga Federated Church who provided comfort and spiritual guidance during his visits with Bill. A memorial service was held at Saratoga Federated Church in Saratoga. Those wishing to make charitable contributions in memory of Bill, please direct donations to Hospice of the Valley, 4850 Union Ave., Campbell, CA 95008 (online: hospiceofthevalley.org .) or American Cancer Society: online: cancer.org (please indicate "research") View the online memorial for William Thomas Benson
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Sept. 25, 2017
Bliss, Paul Clinton  
Paul Clinton Bliss Paul Clinton Bliss, 83, passed away August 24, 2017, at the VA hospital in San Francisco, with loving family by his side. Paul was born May 5,1934, in Oakland, California, to Paul P. And Cecile K. (Steffen) Bliss. He met the love of his life Meredith A. Bottome, and they married February 6, 1954, and raised six children together. He graduated from Saint Mary's College High School in Berkeley, Ca., He proudly served in the army reserves for three years, he then enlisted in 1956 in the Air Force, where his career of 50+ years as a Computer processing system analyst began. He worked many jobs through out his career. In 1976, Paul and his family moved to Mendocino County, he still commuted back and forth working for Crowley Maritime in San Francisco. He then landed a job as Data Processing Manager for Remco Hydraulics in Willits. He had a love for our country and a deep appreciation for those who served in our military. He devoted most of his time to the American legion post 174 as Adjutant. He also wrote and published the American Legion newsletter for the whole district. Paul is survived by his children; John and Cecile (Bliss) Elfman, Katrina (Bliss) Peers, Doug and Alicia (Bliss) Berry, Meredith (Bliss) BooneDenhem, Paul D. and Sabrina Bliss, Nieces and Nephews; Bill and Pat Moffett and Barbara Hazelhorst and Doreen Ligertwood, 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren. Lovingly known as Grumpa, everyone will miss Paul for his dry humor and funny jokes, he was truly one of a kind. Paul was preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years Meredith A Bliss, parents Paul P. and Cecile K. Bliss, son Darrell P. Bliss, and sister Peggy (Bliss) Gray. A memorial service and potluck has been set up for Sunday, October 1, 2017, at 12 noon at St. John Lutheran Church, 24 Mill Creek Dr. Willits, Ca, a short graveside service to follow at 3:00 p.m., at Little Lake Cemetery on East Hill road. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Legion post 174, or St. John Lutheran Church.
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Published in Willits News from Sept. 23 to Oct. 22, 2017
Branik, James R.  
James R. Branik March 1, 1973 - September 19, 2017 Morgan Hill, CA James R. Branik was born on March 1st, 1973 to Lawrence P. Branik and Charlotte A. Branik. His sister is Tracey A. (Branik) Morris. He married Gina Baiza-Branik October 18th, 1997. James was a man of integrity and quiet conviction. James graduated from Leigh High School (S.J., CA.) in 1991. He worked for the US Post Office (Campbell & Los Gatos) from 1993 to 2005. Officer Branik worked with the CHP from 2004 to present, most recently as a Mobile Road Enforcement officer for the Gilroy Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility. James loved basketball, GI Joes, Marvel / DC comics, and his dogs. As a follower of Christ, James loved life, the CHP, and his family and friends. He is deeply loved by them too. His service is open to the public and will take place Friday, September 29th, at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, located at 17000 Monterey Street, Morgan Hill, CA 95037 at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, James' family has requested donations be made to the CHP 11-99 Foundation in James' name. View the online memorial for James R. Branik
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Sept. 25, 2017
Chastain, Elvis  
Elvis Chastain Elvis Chastain passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2017. Sadly missed by her daughters, Pat Barnes, Janet Pittman, and Virginia McLoud; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary in Lakeport, CA. Donations can be made to the Lucerne Church of Christ or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary 707-263-0357 or 995-5611 or visit chapelofthelakes.com . Please share your memories by signing the guest book at www.legacy.com .
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Published in Lake County Record-Bee from Sept. 23 to Sept. 25, 2017
Farber, Gary  
Gary Farber From Novato, CA age 52 Died Suddenly on 9/16/17 Beloved husband to Carla Farber and children Bethany, Garrett and Nicholas. Also survived by mother Marlene and brothers; Greg, Jeff, Brad and Fran Guevara and their families. There is a Celebration of Life on 9/26/17 at 2:30 pm at Nazareth House, 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the children's college fund would be preferred. Mail to Carla Farber at PO Box 1165, Novato 94948.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal from Sept. 23 to Sept. 25, 2017
Feinman, Lewis (Lew)  
Lewis (Lew) Feinman June 10, 1935 - Sept. 21, 2017 Resident of Capitola Lew passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of September 21st due to complications from Alzheimer's Dementia. Lew was born in the Bronx, and raised in Brooklyn, New York City. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy from Fordham University in June 1956 and became a practicing pharmacist. He married his sweetheart Judith (Edelson) that September. Lew served in the National Guard for a six month stint and then they moved to South Florida where he became a partner with 3 other pharmacists in several pharmacies in Coconut Grove, Hialeah and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Lew and Judy raised their 2 children, Ilene and Michael, in Coral Gables, Florida where they lived until their children were grown. Lew then sold his shares in the drug stores, and he and Judy attained their Real Estate Licenses in Florida with Coconut Grove Realty in Miami where they successfully sold real estate for several years. The traveling bug hit them in the late 1970s and they took off for a 13 month Cortez Motor Home tour of the United States, including Alaska, Canada, and Baja, California. Returning to Miami they sold their home in Coconut Grove and bought a home near Ilene in Santa Cruz. Lew became a realtor in California working with Darrow Talbert and then Vanguard Realtors. He and Judy bought a house in Capitola and Lew changed his profession once again and became a Real Estate Loan Agent successfully working with Commercial Pacific, San Francisco Federal, Norwest Mortgage, Pacific Republic, Planters Union and American Home Mortgage. He was admired by clients and coworkers as his motto was that every transaction should be a "win-win". He was an amazing mentor and loyal friend. Retiring from work Lew volunteered to help raise funds for the Santa Cruz Art League and became a VIP (volunteer in police) for the City of Capitola where he lived with his wife Judy before his residency at Aegis of Aptos. Lew was brilliant. He had an amazing sense of humor and quick wit, an accomplished photographer, business person, loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Married for over 60 years, Lew is survived by his wife, Judy, his daughter Ilene (Kenny Welcher) son Michael (Cathy Cochran) and his grandchildren, Ben (Elizabeth) Shuts, Jessica (Dwight) Clark, Rebecca (Steven) Stringfellow, Maia Feinman Welcher, Erica Feinman, and great granddaughter, Lily Rose Peterson Shuts. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. The Feinman Family wishes to extend our gratitude to the entire staff at Aegis Living and to Hospice of Santa Cruz for the gentle care that Lew received. To share a memory or condolence with Lew Feinman's family, please visit www.pacificgardenschapel.com . View the online memorial for Lewis (Lew) Feinman
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel from Sept. 23 to Oct. 1, 2017
Hagen, Sama  
Sama Margaret Hagen Sama Margaret Hagen was born October 6, 1946, in Rock Island, IL, to James and Ethel Reed. Sama, known as "Margie" by her childhood family and friends, was the youngest of five siblings. Sama met her husband, and love of her life, Jim Hagen, at Black Hawk College, in Illinois, and they married in 1964. They shared 41 years as partners, raising their daughter, Katie, first in Oakland, CA, and later in Upper Lake, CA. Sama spent 30 years as a Foreman's Clerk for Pacific Gas and Electric and was a well-known fixture for many years in the "storm room" helping linemen bring power back up across Northern California after outages. Sama enjoyed gardening and her grandkids over all else; and her kitties, Baby and Button, were her constant shadows. For many years she enjoyed traveling, camping and fishing with her husband, Jim. Those who knew Sama remember her beautiful eyes, how she loved to laugh, and recognized her deep love for her husband, daughter, and grandsons. Sama joins her husband, Jim, pre-deceased in 2011, and baby daughter, Rebecca, in rest. She leaves behind her beloved daughter, Katie Hagen Radlick; son-in-law, Peter Radlick; grandsons, Kyle and Tyler Radlick; and a brother, Robert Reed. No services are planned at this time.
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Published in Lake County Record-Bee from Sept. 19 to Sept. 25, 2017
Irvine, Maureen (Mo)  
Maureen (Mo) Irvine May 28, 1926 - September 8, 2017 Mom had a GREAT BIG LIFE and will be missed by all. There is a bright new star in the heavens! There will be a Celebration of Life, Oct. 1, 2017, at 3 p.m., at Aroma Roasters, 95 5th Street, Santa Rosa, 95401. Please share your memories by signing the guest book at www.legacy.com .
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Published in Lake County Record-Bee from Sept. 23 to Sept. 25, 2017
Karine, Campbell Mock White (Kay) (Featured)  
Karine "Kay" Campbell Mock White Kay was 82. She died September 16, 2017 from complications of COPD. She leaves daughters Leslie and Julie, four nieces and one nephew. She was predeceased by her husband Robert "Bob" White in 1987. Born October 23, 1934 in Chicago, she attended UCLA and later, after raising her children, she won a scholarship to paralegal school, working as a paralegal at Honda Corp. in Torrance until her retirement. Kay was extremely active as a leader in her community, performing service in the League of Women Voters of L.A. County and Torrance, the Torrance Water Commission, Traffic Commission and Ethics Committee, and the Riviera Homeowners' Association, among others. Kay was a world traveler, continuing her overseas adventures up until 2016. She will be dearly missed by those lucky enough to have known her. Her family is grateful for the loving, compassionate care she received from Torrance Memorial Hospice, Isabel Belgica Caregivers, and her friends and the staff at Brookdale Senior Living. Please sign the guestbook, www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze from Sept. 23 to Sept. 25, 2017
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