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Frank M. Belick '44, resident of San Jose, passed away on July 13, 2014. He touched countless lives through his pioneering work in water pollution control, as well as through offering a helping hand to those in need. Frank was born of Croatian parents in Los Angeles in 1922. The family moved to the Santa Clara Valley in 1934 in search of agricultural work. Amidst farm chores, he attended old Santa Clara High School, then obtained a civil engineering degree by study at San Jose State College and Santa Clara University, graduating cum laude in 1944. He conducted the first water quality studies to assess the polluted south San Francisco Bay for the City of San Jose in 1947. He was chosen to lead and implement San Jose's first wastewater control plant in 1956, becoming Engineer-Manager of this nationally recognized, technologically advanced treatment facility. He retired in 1981 as a Deputy Director of Public Works. Frank was predeceased by his wife Charlotte in 2009 after 58 years of marriage. He is survived by his children Tom Belick (Margaret) of Palo Alto and Denise Binderup (Tim) of Bellingham, Washington, grandchildren Chloe and Emma of Seoul, and sister Agnes of Berkeley. His help to friends, co-workers, relatives, and neighbors will be missed by all.
John Joseph Bower '50, after four years of failing health, and having received the comfort and consolation of the sacraments, at age 93, died peacefully on Friday, July 18, 2014, at Pacific Coast Manor, Capitola, California, where he had resided since 2010.
John was born on April 20, 1921, in Kentland, Newton County, Indiana where his family had settled in the 1860s. He was the sixth child of eight children of the late John and Kathryn (Clark) Bower. Never married, he outlived all of his siblings. He was preceded in death by his only brother, James W. Bower (Mary) and his sisters Mary Freiling (Syl) ,Florence Puetz (Ray), Helen Brouillette (Arleigh), Rita Brunette (Jay), Dolores Esposito (Leo) ,Grace Garavaglia, and nephew Michael Bower.
John attended elementary school in Newton County, Indiana and began his studies for the Roman Catholic priesthood at St. Meinrad Seminary, St. Meinrad, Indiana in 1935. After two years of philosophy, he entered the novitiate of the Benedictine Abbey at St. Meinrad. He left the seminary in 1946 but remained a loyal and generous alumnus. John served in the United States Army for two years and for one year was stationed in Alaska. He began his studies at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California in 1946 and graduated in 1950. That same year he began a very successful career at IBM which would last 30 years.
Known for his keen intellect, razor sharp wit and quick repartee, he was a welcome guest with his many friends and extended family. During his long career at IBM as an industrial engineer, he traveled extensively throughout the United States and enjoyed travel in his leisure time as well. Because he was single, he was able to visit his siblings and their children on a regular basis and enjoyed keeping family members informed about one another. Generous to a fault, he was active in many not-for-profit organizations. No matter where he was stationed with IBM, he was active in the local Catholic parish, the Knights of Columbus and Alcoholics Anonymous. He was grateful that through the years he was able to help countless others become involved with AA and he was proud of the fact that at the time of his death, he had obtained over 60 years of sobriety. Always a faithful Catholic he assisted at daily Mass after his retirement insofar as he was able and was a faithful St. Vincent de Paul worker as long as his health allowed. He is survived by 20 nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews, and brother-in-law, Albert Garavaglia.
Louis Charles Sarto '52, 84, died peacefully on August 21, 2014, after eight strokes. Lou was born June 6, 1930 to Norma and Guilio Sarto of Los Altos, California. He was educated at Mountain View Union High School, class of 1948, Santa Clara University, 1949, and graduated with a BA in accounting from San Jose State University in 1955. Lou was employed by the Adobe Creek Lodge as Social Director, by Wells Fargo Bank of San Francisco, Trust Department, and with Gemello Winery in Mountain View, as Vice President and then President of the Winery, handling retail and wholesale sales, and blending of wines. He was proud that his California wines were among the first to beat the French wines in the now-famous blind tastings of 1976. His civic associations included Santa Clara Valley Wine Association, and Parkland of Monterey, where he served as Vice President and President of the Board of Directors. Lou served in the United States Army in Korea from 1950 to 1952, receiving an award for meritorious military service. Always a fine athlete, Lou participated in track and football, loved golf, and completed a 13-mile run/walk in the Big Sur International Marathon. As an accomplished artist in watercolor, sculpture, and stained glass, he created many original works. In 1999 he married Annette Foisie of Carmel Valley; he tells his friends that these years have been the best 15 years of his life.
Raymond "Ray" Bettencourt '53, born August 23, 1931, and a resident of Fremont, with great sadness we say goodbye to Ray who passed away on July 16, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond Sr. and Anna Bettencourt and his loving wife Harriet Bettencourt. Ray was a brother to Donna Shoults, a loving father to Jeff (Sandi) and Greg (Liz), and a wonderful caring grandfather to Daniel, Renee, Eric, and Jenna.
Ray was born and has spent his whole life in Fremont where he graduated from Washington High School and played football. He then extended his education and graduated from Santa Clara University. Following this he served two years in the United States Army. He then earned his teaching credential and later taught Social Sciences for 30 years back at his alumni of Washington High School.
He was known for his great humor and sarcasm and was very well-liked by his students. After graduation many of his students would stop by to visit Ray, return several times and grew to really adore Harriet, who was a magnet to the neighborhood teenagers. In addition, he had an after school session known as "detention" which he actually enjoyed and derived great pleasure in conversing with the participants who were a captive audience for his wit and humor.
He was an avid golfer. He coached golf at Washington High School from 1961-1965. With only one family car his wife and eldest son would come to the school to load up the entire golf team in the station wagon and drive to the local golf course. To the end of his life he remained in contact with some of the members from these teams. He shared his love of golf with the neighborhood kids and inspired them by teaching them and giving them clubs and golf balls that he fished out of ponds at various golf courses to develop their own passion for golf.
In recent years he became very involved in genealogy. He traced back his family origins with the help of like minded relatives to the 1863 arrival of his Great Grandfather John to the San Francisco Bay Area. As a result of this interest he was very much involved in collecting, taking, and organizing photos of family and friends he had known throughout his life.
He also had a great passion for movies and has a vast collection of miniature movie posters which are displayed throughout his house. His love for movies is evident by his book and movie collection. Growing up in Fremont, Ray kept in touch with many friends from grammar school days through Monday morning breakfast, reunions, and frequent visits to each other's homes. He will be greatly missed by his friends as he missed those who went before him. Two of his many great qualities were his generosity and progressive thinking which allowed him to share and grow both spiritually and intellectually to the very end of his life. When you spent time with him, you felt as though you were growing along with him.
George Chris Fotinos '54, born March 11, 1933, died peacefully at home in Sonoma on August 6, 2014 surrounded by his loving wife and daughters. A native of San Francisco, George was born to the late Christos and Angelina Fotinos. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He then served in the US Army Corp of Engineers administering the construction of radar bases in Iceland and Canada after which George continued his education earning a Masters degree in Civil Engineering from U. C. Berkeley.
George worked for many years at Ben C. Gerwick Company in San Francisco on several major bridges including the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, the San-Mateo Hayward Bridge, the Benicia-Martinez Bridge and waterfront structures throughout the San Francisco Bay. Other structures include the Northumberland Crossing in Eastern Canada, Jamuna Bridge in Bangladesh, Bahrain Crossing in the Persian Gulf and the Seven Mile Bridge in Florida. In latter years, George worked as a consultant and was serving on the Caltrans State Seismic Advisory Board until the onset of his illness.
He is survived by his beloved wife Vivian and his three beloved daughters and their cherished husbands, Angela and Ted Koros, Margaret and Mike Morearty and Elaine and Jim Burrell. He adored and was adored by his eight grandchildren, Elaina, Peter and Ava Koros, Paulina and Maria Morearty and John, George and James Burrell. He is survived by his sisters Christine Kolaites and Mary Anagnostou and predeceased by his brother Tom Fotinos and sister Katherine Fotinos. A devoted Greek Orthodox Christian, George enjoyed a life filled with the love of family and was most often found happily working on his Napa Carneros vineyard where he grew premium pinot noir grapes for nearly 50 years.
Billie "Bill" Horne '57, a friend to all who knew him, died May 27, at age 79 in Twain Harte, California. Bill was born in Mountain View, Oklahoma, and was active in ROTC at Santa Clara University. He served in the U.S. Army as a pilot for 4 years, earning the rank of Lieutenant. Professionally, Bill was active in real estate, including residential and commercial sales and property management. He served on the California Association of Realtors Board of Directors, as president of the Sacramento Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Property Managers, Sacramento Chapter and was active in the Tuolumne County Association of Realtors. He operated his own property management business until his passing. He wrote and taught property management courses and was always an enthusiastic cheerleader for others, providing encouragement, advice and assistance. He will be remembered for his intelligence, professionalism and warm smile. Bill is survived by Jhonnie Horne, his wife of 32 years; sister, Noma Horne; sons, Steven Horne and Chuck Horne; daughter, Janice Horne; stepsons, Duke Darling and Marc Crum; and preceded in death by stepson, Scott Darling. He has 12 grandchildren and 1 greatgrandchild.
Richard Callahan '59: May 21, 1937 to August 7, 2014. Richard passed away peacefully at his home in Orange, California. He was born in Pasadena and was an East Orange resident for 15 years. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a BSC in accounting and a minor in ethics. He served as a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Army Armor Corps. He was a comptroller for Sears, Roebuck & Co., a VP, comptroller for Coldwell Banker, and a registered investment advisor with Ameriprise. Recently he became the publisher of the Foothills Sentry newspaper. He authored four books on investing and the economy.
He is survived by his loving wife, Joanne; his children, Michael Callahan ’80, Brian, Maureen, Lydia and Lynn; and his grandchildren, Kyle, Ryan, Zach, Alex and Connor. He was passionate about being involved with community issues and watching all types of sports. His family and friends enjoyed his gourmet cooking. He deeply affected those who knew him with his loving, caring spirit. We miss him and look up to him, as we always have.
Raymond L. Welch '59, 82, passed away on July 12, 2014. He entered the world on May 9, 1932, in San Francisco, California. His parents were Elinor Nemis and Roy Wade who gave him over to be raised by William R. Welch and Ann C Welch. He grew up in San Francisco attending St. Anne's Grammar School. At the age of 14, he moved with his parents to Salinas where he attended Salinas High. He played on the tennis team and graduated in 1950. He went to college at Santa Clara University, and was on the college tennis team. He majored in economics. He served in the Army, attending Fort Ord and a year later served in Wertheim, Germany. Upon his return he went to work for his father in the men's clothing business called" The Hub" in Salinas.
In 1957, he married Carolyn J Fodrini from Alameda, California. They had three children: Suzanne M., Patrick M. and Steven D. Carolyn was a legal secretary for a while in Salinas. In 1960, they left Salinas and moved to Marin County where Ray went to work for UARCO in San Francisco. They lived in Mill Valley, Fairfax and later moved to Alameda, and then bought a home in San Leandro, California, where they lived for several years. They left their home in San Leandro, to move to Napa, California, in 1970. Ray went to work for Valley Business Forms in Calistoga. He remained there until 1985 when he went into business for himself starting the Welch Co. After 44 years of marriage his wife, Carolyn, passed away in 2001.
Ray later married Virginia L. Gomes from Maryland in 2002 and they resided in the Napa Valley and were members at The Silverado Country Club. Ray and Ginny loved playing golf among many other interests. Ray was a member of the Morning Napa Rotary Club, and had belonged to Napa Valley Country Club and Green Valley Country Club. In 2007, they moved to Chewelah, Washington, to build their "dream" home on the Chewelah Golf & Country Club where they currently reside. Ray leaves behind his wife, Ginny; his three children: Suzanne (husband Stephen), Pat (wife Kelly) and Steven (wife Kate); and three grandchildren: Morgan and Austin (Pat) and Chloe (Steven).
During Ray's young life he was a Boy Scout, an Eagle Scout and an Explorer Scout. Later, he was a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Salinas, Mill Valley and San Leandro. He also worked with young teens in the Junior Achievement Program. He was also a member of the Salinas Elks Club. He also managed a Little League baseball team in Napa.
Donald Joseph de la Pena '59 passed away on August 20, 2014. He was a resident of San Jose, meticulous planner of cities and just about everything else, lover of nature and art, avid photographer, history buff, and mostly . . . loving, generous, and caring husband, father, and grandfather. These are the qualities that Donald de la Pena contributed to this life, qualities that many people only aspire to. Donald left us too early and too quickly. He leaves behind his wife of 28 years, Carmel Foglia de la Pena, and five children and step-children: Michael de la Pena, Kimberly Taggart, Chris Dunia, Stephen Foglia, and Barbara Duggan. Donald had eight grandchildren: Kai de la Pena, Joseph Taggart, Zachary Dunia, Cody Dunia, Joseph Duggan, Jillian Duggan-Herd, Michael Duggan and Jonathan Duggan.
Born in Oceanside Long Island, New York, on April 8, 1936, Donald moved to California in 1949 with his parents and sister. Donald received his Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University and then achieved a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from University of California at Berkeley. Donald worked as a City Planning Director for his entire career, most recently for the City of Menlo Park. After retirement, he managed Carmel's art business. He loved to go on trips with his wife, where he photographed nature, and Carmel would turn the beautiful things he captured in photos into paintings.
Ronald D. Clancey ’62, MBA ’66, 86, of Duluth passed away on Friday, Aug. 14, 2014, at St. Luke's Hospital. Ron was born on June 12, 1928 at Weber Hospital in West Duluth. He attended St. James and Denfeld, where he graduated in 1946. He later attended Santa Clara University in California, graduating with a master's degree. Ron was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy and later went to work for Lockheed Martin where he was a coordinator for heat shield tiles. His last assignment was working for NASA on the space shuttle, Discovery. Ron is survived by his wife Betty; four children: Kevin (Jill) Clancey, Kathleen (Richard) Corcoran, Colleen (Barry) Tuggle, and Peggy (Frank) Slomkowski; six step-children; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
James M. Heyburn '68, born September 23, 1946, entered into eternal rest on April 14, 2014, after a very brief struggle with pancreatic cancer. Jim died peacefully surrounded by loving family members. He leaves behind his heartbroken family and friends from across the United States and around the world. He is survived by his sons George and Michael. Also survived by his sisters Liz Millier ’70, Susan Molumby, Mary Maro, Julie Keller, Tess Heyburn, and Ann Lane, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.He was predeceased by his parents, Eugene Heyburn ’49 and Melba Heyburn.
Jim attended St. Joseph's Seminary and graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in 1964 and graduated from Santa Clara University in 1968. He went to Liberia, West Africa in 1968 as a Peace Corps volunteer and remained in West Africa for 40 years working in the international shipping industry until his retirement in 2011 from Maersk Lines.
Warren Vaughn Garrison M.S. '69, a resident of Mountain View, born February 3, 1941, in Long Branch, NJ, died July 30, 2014, in Mountain View, CA with his loving girlfriend, Carol Guanella of Santa Rosa, by his side. He attended U.C. Berkeley and graduated with a BA degree in Mathematics in 1963. He earned his Masters in Applied Mathematics in 1969 from Santa Clara University. He worked at Lockheed-Martin in Sunnyvale from 1963 - 1998. He retired and taught graduate math at Santa Clara and De Anza Community College. He was an avid Oakland A's fan and a member of Lefty O'Doul's Chapter of Society for American Baseball Research and the Pacific Coast League Historic Society. Warren traveled to many minor league parks and almost all of the parks in the major leagues. It was on one of those baseball tours eight years ago that he met Carol.
Bernard Leitner M.S. '72, Sept. 30, 1927 - June 14, 2014. A resident of Palo Alto, Bernie grew up in Wayzata, Minnesota. At the University of Minnesota, Bernie fell in with a crowd of sci-fi fans, studied physics, and also fell for Jane Tynan. The two were married in China Lake, California. Bernie's work as an aerospace engineer at Lockheed-Martin took the family from the island of Oahu, to a year exploring Europe, then to Palo Alto, California, where Bernie and Jane settled in for the next fifty years. Bernie earned a master's degree in Applied Mathematics from Santa Clara University. His career culminated with his work on the Hubble Space Telescope.
An outdoor enthusiast, Bernie bicycled the California coast, and across the Sierras, the Rockies, and the Nevada desert. He hiked over Hawaiian volcanoes, through Kings Canyon, and up to the Continental Divide. Together, Bernie and Jane globe-trotted from New Zealand to Greenland. Bernie died at his home in Windsor, California. He is survived by his wife, Jane, his son and daughter-in-law, Kam and Valerie, his daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Daniel, and his grandson, Kyle. Bernie's warmth, humor, intelligence, friendship, his love and the spark that is him will be forever missed.
Michael James Zelensky '77, 58, died Aug. 2, 2014, in Ketchikan. He was born Sept. 16, 1955, in Tacoma, Washington. He lived his early years in Seattle, where he attended Our Lady of Fatima School until eighth grade and graduated from Seattle Preparatory School in 1973. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1977, and after earning his law degree from the University of Puget Sound in 1983, Mr. Zelensky came to Ketchikan that same year to clerk in the law offices of A. Fred Miller. Then, Mr. Zelensky and the late Richard Whittaker were partners in the firm of Whittaker and Zelensky for a number of years. For the past 20 years, Mr. Zelensky had a sole practice. He was a member of the Alaska Bar Association, and Ketchikan Bar Association. Mr. Zelensky sponsored and played on Ketchikan “B” League basketball teams for several years. He also enjoyed climbing mountains, first climbing Mt. Adams with his father when he was 16. In 1974, he climbed Mt. Rainier with his close friend, Gary Spees. He also hiked along the west coast of Vancouver Island with friends Bill Jandl and Graham Whyte. He climbed many of Revillagigedo Island’s peaks, including Dude, Ward, Minerva, Deer and Mahoney mountains. He enjoyed kayaking with friends around Ketchikan, and in the Hakai Passage of British Columbias. He was the master teacher of chess and backgammon for his nephews and nieces. Mr. Zelensky is survived by his wife, Myra; daughter, Alexa Ruth; mother, Rose Zelensky of Seattle; sister, Gena (David) McReynolds of Bothell, Washington; members of his wife’s family, Roland and Alaire Stanton, and Loren and Carol Stanton, all of Ketchikan, Bruce and Kathy Stanton of Washington state, and Ralph Stanton of Hawaii; nephews and nieces, Ethan and Megan McReynolds, Daniel and Jacqueline Stanton, Felice Salmon and Brooke Stanton, and Peter, Brendan and Clara Joy Stanton.
Heloïse Ruth Albritton M.A. '77, beloved mother, grandmother and glorious daughter of God, joined her Lord on Thursday evening, Aug. 14, 2014, in East Meredith. She was surrounded by most of her seven children and devoted caretakers, her home filled with the music and flowers she loved.
Heloïse was born in 1928, in Bangkok, Siam (now Thailand), to Dr. Errett and Mrs. Rietta Albritton. The family returned to America in 1931, where Heloïse became an accomplished student, pianist, active Young Federalist and an original candy striper. She graduated with honors from Swarthmore College in 1950. An intellectual beatnik and liberal thinker, Heloïse enjoyed Greenwich Village where she chatted with Pete Seeger and Jackson Pollock. But, it was James Hartwell Frame - a young man from a small town in Iowa - who captured her heart - over a spilled bowl of punch. They wed in 1951 and were married for 47 years until his death in 1997. They had seven children and more than 20 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Heloïse was a devoted servant of the Lord, personally and professionally. She returned to school in her late 40s and earned a master's degree from Santa Clara University in California. Over 60 years, she opened her home to many seekers in the conviction of God's promise in Deuteronomy that, "He sets the lonely in families." She was the spiritual mentor, gifted counselor and healer of many searching souls. Heloïse co-launched House of Bread Ministries in California in the 1970s continued her calling in New York City in the 1980s, developing her 12-step Deprivation Neuroses Anonymous group program and then founded The Lazarus Center in Oneonta in 1992, maintaining her practice there until 2009, then choosing to continue her spiritual work from her home office in East Meredith. Heloïse will be greeted in heaven by those who went before her - her husband, James; brother, Rogers; her parents; daughter-in-law, Clara; and great-grandson, Caiden; as well as numerous friends; and spiritual offspring. Early in the evening of her last day, she was able to share in her cherished sunset prayer, saying to the Lord - as she had every day for many years - "Let us usher in a new day, now beginning with rest."
Dennis Cavender MBA '79, age 63, passed away on July 28, 2014, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Gail (nee Kephart) for over 40 years; the loving father of Amanda (Elliot) Bennett, Jackie (Matt) Wild, and Elizabeth (Adam) Dreyer; proud grandfather of Stella Bennett; devoted brother of Judith (Dennis) Berg and Joyce (Keith) Bogue; and cherished uncle to four nieces and nephews. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Harlan and DeVona Cavender, of Denver, CO.
A native of the Denver area, Dennis also lived significant portions of his life in the San Francisco and Chicago areas. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Northern Colorado and a master's degree in business administration from Santa Clara University. His four-decade career in finance and management took him around the country and the globe. He loved golf, baseball, traveling, and spending time with his family. His loved ones will remember him for his strength, sense of humor, and zeal for life. He will be dearly missed.
Allan Victor Burklund '81, 55, of Tucson, Arizona, passed away suddenly on Aug. 5, 2014. Allan was an Eagle Scout, and graduated from Brophy Prep in 1977. He earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Santa Clara University, and later earned his MBA. Allan is preceded in death by his father, Lee Burklund. Allan is survived by his mother, Dolores; his significant other, Lori; his sister Carol; his sister Barbe (Rick); his brother David (Becky); his two nephews David (Lanette) and Jeremy Wetmore ’02, his niece Brianne (Oliver); and his great-nephews Jack and Theodore. He will be greatly missed. Allan also loved camping, being outdoors and spending time with his cats.
Jonnie L. Herring J.D. '84, a resident of San Jose, passed away peacefully on July 26 after a two-year struggle with brain cancer. She was born to the late Alfred and Dorothy Johnson on Sep. 27, 1941, in Oklahoma City, Okla. She was a proud older sister to the late Donald Johnson of Milwaukee. Jonnie earned her bachelor's degree in English from Rice University and a master's degree in the same subject from University of Houston. She was married to the late Robert (Bob) Herring, whom she met at Rice, for 49 years. After leaving Texas, Jonnie lived in Boston, Mass., and Scottsdale, Ariz., before settling in San Jose, Calif. A resident of San Jose since 1974, Jonnie was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Saratoga for many years. She was a stay-at-home mom and active member of the Dilworth Elementary PTA before earning her law degree from Santa Clara University in 1984. Jonnie practiced family law for almost 30 years, and developed a specialization in mediation. She was proud to have helped pioneer methods to minimize the strife of divorce proceedings. In 2000, she received the Henry B. Collada Memorial Award from the Family Law Section of the Santa Clara Bar Association for her many years of representing children. In 2011, she received the Justice Byrl R. Salsman Award from the Santa Clara County Bar Association. Jonnie was a voracious reader who filled her home with books. She loved music and listened to recordings every night. She enjoyed traveling and attending concerts with her husband, Bob. She is survived by her daughter, Katherine, her son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Christine, and her granddaughters, Virginia and Andria. She will be missed by all who knew her.
The world lost a beautiful, generous soul when Virginia "Geeg" Mirrione M.A. '85 slipped peacefully into eternal rest on July 22, 2014. Born in San Jose, CA, on February 15, 1938, to the late Edna (nee Santos) and Vincent Mirrione, loving niece of Florence Morrison, sister to Vincent, Peter (Barbara), Charlie (Linda), Helen (Pete, deceased) Ostrander, and Freda (Bud) Hudson, Auntie to 8 nephews, 7 nieces, 9 great-nephews, 13 great-nieces, 3 Godchildren.
Geeg graduated from Santa Clara High in 1955 and coached girls' volleyball at St. Clare's School. In 1958, she received her calling to serve her Lord, becoming Sister Vincent de Paul, SND. She taught in Hawaii and in California (Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo and Yuba Counties). Upon leaving the order, her service to educating young minds continued as a teacher /principal at Franklin-McKinley and Mt. Pleasant School Districts, and in Van Buren, ME. She earned her Master's in Education Administration at Santa Clara University, and continued her career in education. In 1994, she retired from Franklin-McKinley School District, then Geeg became principal of Resurrection Catholic School in Sunnyvale, CA until 2003. She continued her involvement in the ICF Branch 408 and the Santa Clara Senior Center. She enjoyed day trips to the casinos, visiting friends and family, and watching the 49ers and Giants. Geeg was blessed to have a large network of friends who were there to share her journey. But most important to her were her family and thousands of students, whose laughter brought her the most happiness, and whose lives have been forever changed by her kindness, humor, generosity, and "happy pills" (a.k.a. donuts).
Florence Remata M.A. '92, a Franciscan sister and Kauai native, served decades as educator Sister Florence Remata, minister of the Hawaii-Southwest region of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities. She died on Aug. 3 at the Queen's Medical Center after a brief illness and 57 years of service to the Roman Catholic Church. She was 75. According to the Hawaii Catholic Herald, Remata was born in Waimea, Kauai, the sixth of 12 children of Crisanto and Vicente Omakanim Remata. She graduated from Saint Francis Convent School on Oahu and joined the Sisters of St. Francis in 1956. After taking her final vows in 1961, she chose St. Therese of Lisieux, "the Little Flower," as her patron saint in honor of her home parish of St. Theresa in Kekaha, Kauai, where "the sisters taught me how to use the fork to eat, how to dance, and all the social graces so that I wouldn't be a wallflower," she told the Catholic Herald in a 2011 interview. Remata graduated from Chaminade College in Honolulu and Santa Clara University. She taught at St. Peter School in Riverside, N.J.; St. Joseph School in Hilo, where she also was vice principal; and Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Pearl City. She was director of religious education at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Pearl City and at St. Patrick in Chittenango, N.Y. Remata returned to Kauai to care for her mother in 1995. For the next 17 years she served at Immaculate Conception Church in Lihue as director of religious education and as pastoral associate. She was also the island's liaison for the Catholic Diocese's Department of Religious Education. The Catholic Herald said she was the first and last Franciscan sister to be assigned to Kauai. Remata told the Hawaii Catholic Herald at the time, "The people of Kauai are church-oriented and value priests and (the) religious." Some nicknamed her "The Mayor of Kauai" for her friendliness and outreach. Remata is survived by eight brothers: David, Edward, Alfredo and Richard Remata, all of Kauai; Stanley Remata of Pearl City; and Wilfred, Lawrence and Patrick Remata of California; and three sisters: Mildred Olores, Elizabeth Aquino and Vivian Nonaka, all of Kauai. She had 30 nephews and nieces, 60 grandnephews and grandnieces, and 11 great-grandnephews and great-grandnieces. Her survivors also include her fellow Franciscan sisters and their associates.
Donald Calhoun Chavous Jr. J.D. '95, 61, of Rancho Mirage, passed away July 29, 2014, in his sleep. Born Aug. 11, 1952, to Donald and Patricia Chavous, Don spent his early years in Bushnell, Florida. In 1967, Don received a congressional appointment to work as a page for the House of Representatives. He lived and worked in Washington, D.C., from 1967-1969, attending the Capitol Page School. Classes were held in the attic of the Library of Congress, during some of the most turbulent times in Washington, D.C., history. He received his high school diploma in 1969, at the age of 16. Don became a student at the University of Florida, majoring in chemical engineering. Just prior to completing his bachelor's degree, he was awarded the unheard of opportunity of early transfer to medical school at the University of Miami, achieving his Medical Doctorate (M.D.) in 1976. From 1977-1980, Don served as a doctor in the Navy, with the rank of lieutenant commander - traveling from Pearl Harbor to the Bering Sea, and eventually to Moffett Field, California. After working in California at Cupertino Medical Clinic (1980-1982), he co-founded and directed Los Altos Medical Clinic in 1983. It was around this time he fell in love with a nurse, Linda Larson, and her 6-year-old son, David. They married Sept. 9, 1985, and had a daughter, Emily, in 1988. Always one for a challenge, Don returned to school at Santa Clara University of Law, earning a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) in 1995. While still hard at work full time as a physician, he began work as an attorney with his own private practice, specializing in medical malpractice and personal injury. In 1998, the family relocated to sunny Southern California, where Don continued double duty as an attorney-at-law as well as full time urgent care physician, saving lives with Desert Medical Group (now Desert Oasis Healthcare). Over the years, Don was an avid skier, tennis player, basketball player, golfer, hiker, and loved watching ESPN. He had a passion for the open road, and took many long rides across the Western U.S. on his '97 Valkyrie motorcycle, becoming very involved with the Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club. He had memberships with the local gun clubs, and enjoyed going out for target practice. He is remembered for his sharp wit and keen sense of humor, his stimulating political banter, loyalty to friends and coworkers, and his fundamental human decency. Don had the nickname "AAA": he made himself available to help anyone - Anytime, Anywhere, for Anything. Don is survived by his wife, Linda Chavous; two children: David Berry of Portland, Oregon, and Emily Chavous of La Quinta, California; four granddaughters, Pearl, Sayde, Ginger and Rosie; his mother, Patricia Chavous, of Tampa, Florida; and siblings Shirley Purvis, of Leesburg, Florida; Alan Chavous of Tampa; Terri Bonner of Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Brian Chavous of Oxford, Florida; his in-laws Larry and Marjean Larson of Rancho Mirage, California; countless friends and colleagues; and by the family cat, Bebe