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Pete Seeger closes the Clearwater Festival two years ago with a song. Credit: Ossining-Croton-on-Hudson Patch
Amy Smolens January 28, 2014 at 03:28 pm
This is a beautiful rendition of Where Have All the Flowers gone, sung w/ his grandson and ArloRead More Guthrie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXqTf8DU6a0
Blake Yeaman January 28, 2014 at 03:37 pm
God bless Pete. I was just watching his PBS film "Pete Seeger: The Power of Song" thisRead More weekend and a second time yesterday, the day he passed. Amazing to read about this today. He did way more than most believe. I recommend watching the film. I got it from Netflix. He received The National Medal of Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts (1994).
Kei January 29, 2014 at 01:12 pm
A contrarian view: http://www.steynonline.com/6052/changing-his-tune
A memorial display on the BART path (Ohlone Greenway) in North Berkeley, where Steve Maranzana, a 39-year-old assistant manager at UC Berkeley, died in a bicycle crash on Dec. 20, 2013. Photo credit: Charles Burress, Dec. 23, 2013
lmj December 31, 2013 at 11:59 am
I wanted to express my condolences and let you and your family know that my prayers will be withRead More you. It is in times like these where the bible can be of great comfort because it tells us about a hope we can have for our dear loved ones. The scripture at Revelation 21:4 is encouraging. If you would like to know more or would like to speak about this hope please feel free to contact me via email at lyds1186@gmail.com
John Paul ("JP") Koehn of Albany died Nov. 21 in a traffic accident linked to high winds. Photo courtesy of his family
lmj December 31, 2013 at 12:05 pm
I am very sorry for your loss it is times like this where that the bible can be of comfort to usRead More because it sates that we can have a hope for our loved ones who have passed away. Revelation 21:4 was especially encouraging to me when my uncle passed. If you would like to learn about my hope, or if you would just like to contact me feel via email at lyds1186@gmail.com
Former Albany Mayor Bill Lewis died Nov. 21, 2013 at age 79. Photo courtesy of his family
Robert Zweben November 26, 2013 at 10:38 am
I am sad to hear this new. Bill was a wonderful person. He contributed to Albany in so many ways. IRead More first me him through Albany Little League. He and Jack Rosano coached together for many years.. Bill also served on the Little League Board and was President at least a couple of times. As a coach he exemplified to the players a spirit of winning with grace and dignity. Bill was elected to the City Council in 1978. He served for two terms and was selected as Mayor as well. Bill showed respect for all who came to express opinions before the City Council, no matter whether he agreed with the opinion. He was fair minded and cared about making Albany a better community. I believe Bill's spirit will be greatly honored if those who participate in community activities or government remembered Bill and try to emulate the many fine qualities he stood for. I will miss him. Robert Zweben
joan larson November 28, 2013 at 09:24 am
Giving THANKS for having known Bill and for all the wonderful memories.
Monica Riley, who received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, and produced groundbreaking work in the genomics and other areas of biology, died Oct. 11, 2013 at age 87 in Richmond. Photo courtesy of her family and reprinted by permission from Lifetouch
lmj December 31, 2013 at 12:08 pm
At this time id like to offer my condolences to your family. I did not know Monica, But I am sureRead More that those in her community appreciated all the work that she did and loved her dearly. It is at times like this when the bible can be of comfort because it offers hope for out dear loved ones. If you would like to learn more about the hope that i personally have feel free to contact me at lyds1186@gmail.com
Albany Bulb dweller Patrick Leach died at age 46 on the Bulb from congestive heart failure on Oct. 17, 2013. Photo courtesy of Katherine Cody
dorthy manser October 28, 2013 at 03:02 am
Amen, Ross. It's kind of like the Patch has been infected with a gross skin disease that just getsRead More worse when you itch it. Given that this racist troll uses exactly the same voice whatever his or her "name", I would suggest that the editor ban each incarnation as soon at it begins the inevitable veiled sliming of "those people", and the rest of of simply ignore it until it gets tired. Trolls feed on attention and anger. Lets not give it any of each.
Rochelle Nason October 28, 2013 at 09:47 am
Amber, I am sorry for your loss and the loss to your whole circle of friends. Also very sorry toRead More see the troll popping up here - an obituary thread should be a place for people to share memories and consoling thoughts, it is particularly offensive to see abuse posted here. Best wishes.
Gustav Blitzz October 28, 2013 at 10:22 pm
How many bums are you letting into your dwelling Dorothy. Oh, none, why am I not surprised??
Albany native Mary Wallmann died Sept. 26, 2013 at age 86. She was the longtime Albany High librarian, a member of the Albany school board and a co-founder of the Albany Education Foundation. Photo courtesy of her family
Robert Marshall October 11, 2013 at 07:59 am
This is sad news to read this morning. She welcomed me into the fold of student service membersRead More helping in the library when I attended high school, though it seems virtually all of them were girls, and she always encouraged reading (I guess that goes without saying for a librarian!). One of her annual traditions was to give a big thick red Merriam-Webster Dictionary to any graduating library service students. Today, I rarely touch it, using the Internet for spelling and definition lookups. But, I cannot find myself donating it to a book drive because of the memories it brings back from my time in the high school library! Best Wishes to the Wallmann family. While John and Peter may have been her's by blood, she has hundreds of "sons" and "daughters" in her extended AHS family who will remember her fondly.
Moe Hong October 15, 2013 at 02:17 pm
I skipped class a lot in high school, and after chasing me out of the library a few times I thinkRead More she realized that it was better for me to be hiding in the library & reading than smoking cigarettes behind the school. She pushed me to give up empty junk reading and concentrate on good books, and I will always appreciate her for that.
Aaliyah Dennis December 8, 2013 at 08:40 pm
I remember her accompanying the choir, especially with our mid-terms and finals when I was at AHSRead More from 91-93 ... as well as her generosity in allowing me to always check out more books than the limit. She will definitely be missed.
Judy Lieberman, former Albany Assistant City Manager, died July 25, 2013 after a battle with cancer. Photo courtesy of her husband, Allen Samelson
Dan Hess July 27, 2013 at 03:43 pm
Judy was the City Liaison to the Albany Library Board and a strong advocate for libraries. LibraryRead More supporters will miss her warmth, humor and intelligence. - Ronnie Davis
Leah Flanagan July 29, 2013 at 09:14 pm
What terribly sad news, I've only just heard. I knew Judy for some years mostly via the LibraryRead More Board, and found her such a tremendously lovely person, thoughtful, warm, funny, and above all with that particular job, everlastingly patient. She will sincerely be missed. My heart goes out to Judy's family and friends. - Leah Flanagan
Citizens for East Shore Parks July 30, 2013 at 02:51 pm
Condolences to the Lieberman family. I didn't know Judy well but was impressed with her graciousnessRead More and dedication when working on the Codornices Creek restoration project. Thanks for a job well done. Patricia
Jewel Okawachi, a lifelong resident of Albany and former mayor, died at her Albany home on July 14, 2013. Photo courtesy of the Okawachi family
emraguso July 29, 2013 at 04:50 pm
I will miss Jewel -- and feel so grateful that I got to know her, even a bit. Feels like the end ofRead More an era...
Citizens for East Shore Parks July 30, 2013 at 02:47 pm
Condolences to Jewel's family. CESP appreciates the lifetime of service Jewel gave to the public.Read More She will be missed.
Emily Culpepper August 30, 2013 at 11:43 am
We have enjoyed meeting Jewel many times at family gatherings over the years. She was always a warmRead More presence and a friendly face. It was an inspiration to read about her life and legacy. Our love goes out to her family. Jewel will be remembered in so many ways. Jan Lake and Emily Culpepper
Iris Miranda March 1, 2013 at 04:09 pm
What a terrible loss, this young man seemed to have so much going for him. My thoughts and prayersRead More go out to his family.
AMC March 6, 2013 at 12:46 pm
A wonderful person. Very sad news.
Karin Lamb July 10, 2012 at 04:40 pm
When the park gets built it should be Armstrong Park.
Emilie Raguso July 11, 2012 at 10:13 am
Have you considered suggesting that to the city?
Robert Marshall June 26, 2012 at 01:25 pm
Sad news to hear. I met him when I went to school with his son, Mike, back in the late 1970s/earlyRead More 1980s. Definitely, put a lot of care into his position, and Albany was better for it.
Steven Promes July 8, 2012 at 02:03 am
Chief Koepke launched my start in the fire service in 1981, though I only stayed with the AlbanyRead More Fire Department for 3 years and moved on to Newark and Fremont where I currently work, I still have a special place in my heart for my foundation that begun at AFD. The night I was offered the job, the first words out of Chief Koepke mouth were "well do you want the job", as I recall he had a smirk on his face. Steven Promes Captain Fremont Fire Department
Emilie Raguso July 8, 2012 at 03:04 am
Thank you for sharing this memory!!
Cory April 4, 2012 at 12:34 am
Mr. Zarri was my first boss and a friend of my grandfather. He was the sweetest man. I rememberRead More being nervous with high school friends coming through the line and if I didn't want to wait on someone in particular he'd just smile at me knowingly, pat my hand and say, "I will help him/her". I've ran into him on occasion at St. John's over the years as he was active in church, he always remembered me fondly. He will be missed.
RJ. Bennett April 4, 2012 at 02:16 pm
Albany won't be the same without Mr Zarri. My whole family will miss him. We moved to Albany inRead More 1975. Every time I went into the Deli, Mr Zarrie was smiling, greeting customer's. He always worked ,to keep all customers ,helped and kept everyone laughing,while waiting in sometime's vwry long line's. The Deli always smelled sooo good !! Mr Zarrie was a gentle ,kind soul,loving Father,and friend. He also raised wonderful Children,who worked at the Deli. Sincerly , Bennett Family
Sandra Dovali April 6, 2012 at 01:04 pm
Mr. Zarri had a kind word for everyone - even my dog!
Nick February 11, 2012 at 04:30 pm
I am saddened by Tyler's loss. One must only look at the YouTube video to see Tyler chugging vodkaRead More and smoking dope. While he was a great guy, his use of drugs and alcohol may have affected his judgement that day, in a way that has affected hundreds of others. Just something to think about. Don't normalize it, please.
Ivan G Ackley February 15, 2012 at 09:33 pm
Being one of his closest friends, I know what kind of person he was. He was a smart, kind, loyal andRead More talented person. He was the type of person that would offer his condolences to anybody who had lost someone, and never ever leave hurtful, disrespectful and inflammatory comments on an article about their funeral. Your comments say much less about what kind of person he was, and much more about the kinds of person you are. PS. That "thizz" sign you mentioned earlier, yes it did begin as a reference to ecstacy...in about 2002. It has since taken on much greater meaning, and represents a musical genre, an entire culture, and the bay area as a whole. I know those kids. They are all just regular skaters, not gang member in the least. Those were not gang signs they were throwing up, those are our generation's version of a thumbs-up, or peace sign. Learn a bit about popular culture.
lmj December 31, 2013 at 12:11 pm
I did not know Mr. De Martini but i would like to offer my condolences alone with a hope from theRead More bible at Revelation 21:4 - If you would like to learn more about the hope given to us in the bible please feel free to contact me via email at lyds1186@gmail.com
Emilie Raguso February 2, 2012 at 10:33 pm
We'll definitely let you know when we find out about the funeral, if it's open to the public. We'reRead More getting conflicting reports about tomorrow's ECHS memorial... friends and family have said it's "open to the public" but the school is saying it's for students and family only?
Vox Humana February 3, 2012 at 02:38 pm
People have commented on the conditions at that intersection. I'm not sure I agree. I live nearbyRead More and I've traveled Marin daily for twenty years. While the new lane arrangement has made things smoother for drivers, it has made traffic move without as much caution, due to the middle lane, where cars turning can migrate before turning, rather than blocking forward moving traffic. The cars go too fast. But once you get in the middle lane, you have to slow down to turn. It's just physics. I came through that intersection last night, at 7:15pm, to see what it was like at that hour, at this time of year. There is a curve in the road, but it works in favor of visibility for the east bound driver, being concave at that point. There is enough light to see what's coming. But closer to the intersection, say the last 100 ft., where no cars are parked, there would be no contrast against the background scene if a skater came zooming by with dark clothes on. I don't understand why Tyler, being an experienced skater, did not anticipate the oncoming driver, who most likely would be turning from the middle turn lane. Maybe he though he could beat him or that he could be seen.
Deni Bluestein February 7, 2012 at 06:09 pm
I am so deeply, deeply sorry for the tragic loss of Tyler, and for his family and friends. I haveRead More much compassion for the driver, I can only imagine the pain, guilt, and undeserved self-blame he or she might be experiencing. Having driven that strip of road 1000's of times, I know how difficult it is to discern pedestrians in the glare of the headlights of oncoming traffic. And someone moving fast on a skateboard without lights and reflective clothing would likely be invisible. This incident reminds me again that as long as drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians share our public roadways, we all have the obligation to be responsible for our actions and not assume that "the other guy" can stop in time, can see us, will read our mind. There have been many times I've had to slam on my brakes for a pedestrian who steps into the street with their eyes on their cell phone without looking to see if oncoming traffic can safely stop. Or the cyclist who speeds through a stop sign at a blind corner. It all seems very innocent but can end up as a deadly situation.
Rachel Holmen March 2, 2012 at 04:04 am
What a sweet remembrance!
Charlie Cockey December 20, 2013 at 06:33 pm
Though I've always maintained my home in the Bay Area, I pretty much moved to the Czech RepublicRead More back in 2000, so lost track of a lot of friends, among them Stu Teitler. Iknew him for pretty much the whole time he lived out west, and had some wonderful times with him. Stuart was one of a kind, a grimy, grouchy, grousing guy, but we got along pretty famously. I would visit him, pore over his Lost Race collection, haggle and finagle for things I found, occasionally traded with him. We used to go scouting together - he'd call and invite me along, which was not only always fascinating but a total gas as well (smoky, though; he was a chimney, that's for sure). I remember once in a bookstore somewhere in Sacramento on a scouting trip with him, we both saw a desirable book way up on a high bookshelf. We charged, literally ran, across the shop and started leaping to get the thing, like a couple of guys from the hood playing hoopball. Took several jumps. I seem to remember that I won, gave me HUGE pride (you don't beat Teitler at much) - but for the life of me can't remember what it was (perhaps an Odd John, which would have been appropriate). I did beat him one other time, when we both were standing about 3 feet apart and spotted a gem on the shelf between us - I was quicker - again, no idea what the book was. The one I *DO* remember missing was Victor Saville's "Beyond the Great South Wall", a lost race book he was very keen on having - and grrrrr he got it. Snatched it right out of in front of me - because HE knew what the spine looked like and recognized it before I, who only knew the name, could read what it was.............. He loved coming over to my house and making me play free-form extemporaneous music on the guitar. Something about my rhythms moved him, and he would stand in the corner between my rocking chair and old lawyer's sectional bookcase and dance for hours while Alice cooked stuff in the kitchen. I'm pissed off that he's dead, which is appropriate, because he was generally pissed off at just about everything. Dammit - just dammit.
lmj December 31, 2013 at 01:16 pm
Although i did not know you dear loved one I would like to say that i am sorry for your loss and IRead More would like to offer my condolences and share a scripture for you to read in your spare time. it's at Revelation 21:4 and it give us hope for those that have passed. If you would like to hear more about my hope please feel free to contact me at lyds1186@gmail.com
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