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Steven Gunia MBA '74, a resident of Monterey, passed away unexpectedly October 21, 2013 surrounded by family and friends. He was 65. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife, Dolores; his mother Virginia of San Jose, sister Jacque Hennig (Jon) of Campbell, nieces Lindsay Hennig and Brittany Gilhooly (Tim), nephews Michael and Wyatt Gilhooly, stepson Sean Murphy, grandchildren Christina and Brenden Murphy (Laura) and great-granddaughter Scarlett. Born in 1948, Steven was a graduate of Blackford High School and San Jose State University. A lifelong thirst for education led Steven to continue his education and obtain his Masters degree at Santa Clara University, and later on his law degree. In 1985, Steven and Dolores moved to Monterey. In addition to his legal practice, Steven became very active in his community. The United Way, the Monterey Museum of Art, Jesters, The Monterey County Symphony and The Ombudsmen are among some of the charitable causes he gave his time to. He also loved to open their home and host events for many non-profit organizations. Steven loved to play bridge, and achieved Life Master status. He was a bridge director, and also began directing and teaching bridge on cruise ships, combining his love of the game with his passion for travel, allowing him and Dolores to travel the world. He loved museums, enjoyed cooking, was an avid golfer and enjoyed his membership at Corral de Tierra Country Club. A lover of nature, Steven enjoyed the outdoors - especially fly-fishing and skiing.
Amy Jeanne Seevers Nelson M.A. ’75, born Oct. 14, 1932 and resident of Santa Cruz, passed away June 13, 2013 following a lengthy illness. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she was 80 years old. Amy lived in Santa Cruz for the past 19 years, and before then in Palo Alto and Saratoga where she and her husband David Carl Nelson raised their family. Amy earned her nursing degree from the University of Minnesota - where she met her husband in 1955. She later earned her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University, and worked many years in Public Health for the County of Santa Clara. A talented athlete, Amy enjoyed sports. She excelled in tennis and golf, and was a member of both Valley Gardens and De La Veaga Women's Golf Clubs. Amy also liked to waterski and enjoyed many seasons of camping and boating with family and friends. She loved music, theater, and museums and her family cherishes fond memories of the special events they attended together. She was able to travel widely, and journeyed with her husband Dave over 6 continents. A member of First United Methodist of Santa Cruz, Amy served as chairman of the Social Concerns Committee, and also sang in the church choir. She and her husband helped to launch the Reconciliation Congregation Movement to promote a welcoming inclusiveness for everyone. Amy also volunteered for the Society of the Blind. Amy is survived by her husband of 58 years, Dave Nelson of Santa Cruz; her three daughters, Kris Nelson of Santa Cruz, Cindy Nelson of Palo Alto, and Kimberley Nelson of Berkeley; her son, David Nelson of Santa Cruz, and her five grandchildren, Kati, Juli, Madeline Amy, Elijah, and Kiala. Amy was deeply loved by her family and her kindness, enthusiasm, and passion for life continues to have a positive impact on all of their lives.
Ted T. Yamamura MBA ’78 was born to Masakazu and Tatsuko on January 3, 1949. He passed away peacefully on August 18, 2013 at the age of 64 with his family members by his side. He fought a courageous battle with cancer. He will always be loved and remembered by his wife of 40 years, Lilly, along with his children Brandon (Kathy) and Peter. To his family he will always be the dad with a loving and positive attitude. He was very supportive of his children's endeavors and cherished time with his family. He coached his sons' sports teams and never missed any of their school events. They also frequently took family vacations to sunny places such as Hawaii and enjoyed crabbing at their summer home. Born and raised in Seattle, Ted attended Queen Anne High School then earned a BS and MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics at UW. He continued his education in California at Santa Clara University and received an MBA degree with concentrations in finance and marketing. After graduating, Ted worked for seven years at Lockheed Martin before moving back to the Seattle area. He then began his career at Boeing as an aeronautical engineer and later became the Regional Director of the Global Asia Markets. During his 33 year career at Boeing, he traveled and built work relationships with people from all over the world. Ted had a strong passion for mentoring and empowering people. He was an active member in the community and held many leadership positions. For example, he is co-founder and developer of the Executive Development Institute (EDI), a program aimed to build culturally diverse leaders. He was President of the Boeing Asian American Professional Association (BAAPA), President of the Asian Management Business Association (now known as the National Association of Asian American Professionals - NAAAP), President of the Japanese American Chamber of Commerce, and also served on the board of many organizations. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Henry. The surviving family members include Aunt Ayako Mochizuki, Uncle Mitsuo (Peggy), Sister-in-law Susan, Brother George (Laurie), brother-in-laws, cousins, nephews and their families.
Father John "Jack" Joseph Folmer ’78 died at Sacramento's Mercy General Hospital after a brief illness. Only son of the late Harry and Agnes Folmer, he was born in Sacramento. He came of age in a time of great social change and lived his life helping others. Ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1969, after studying at St. Pius X and St. Patrick's Seminaries, Jack earned a doctorate in canon law from Catholic U, a JD from UC Davis and studied at the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley. A member of the California Bar for more than 20 years, he practiced law briefly in San Francisco. Jack served as a canon lawyer 30 years in SF, Sacramento and Monterey and was president of the Canon Law Society of America in 1985. His career included pastoral work in Fairfield, Vallejo, Sacramento and St. Agnes Parish in San Francisco as well as Newman Centers in Davis and Sacramento. He served as Rector of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento and, more recently, as Parochial Vicar at St. Mel's Parish in Fair Oaks. Jack was also active as an educator. He taught canon law at St. Patrick's Seminary, and also served as chaplain and teacher at Christian Brothers HS and later at St. Francis HS, both in Sacramento. Jack was an avid reader and film lover, a raconteur, champion of those in need, spiritual advisor and a true and loyal friend. He will be greatly missed. Closest relatives (cousins) include John Doyle (Windsor, CA), Deborah Doyle and Melvin Whartnaby (SF), Jerry and Jane Button (Fort Collins), Laurence Doyle (Newport News), Agnes Shoemaker (Omaha).
Donna Jean Parsons M.A. ’79, June 19, 2013. She died at her home after a long battle with cancer, multiple myeloma. Donna was born in Dunsmuir to Art and Vera Parsons, the middle of 3 children. She attended local schools, graduating from DHS in 1961. Donna was active with cheerleading, Rainbow Girls, and academic clubs, making many life-long friends. Donna was accepted at UC Berkeley, which was as far from her small town experiences as she could get! She was grateful to all of her teachers, including Ramey Drake, Grace Harris, and Reva Coon, as well as her parents, for encouraging her academic achievements and instilling a drive for higher education. After graduating from Cal, Donna worked in the social welfare field in several northcoast and SF Bay Area counties, finishing up that part of her career as an adoptions social worker in Alameda County. By that time she had gotten her Masters at Santa Clara University and went out on her own as a psychotherapist. She loved that work, developing even more her passion and skill for helping children and families with a variety of problems. In 2005 Donna realized a dream of returning to Dunsmuir, when she, husband Jon Jeffers and son Eric Burger, bought and renovated the old Oak Tree Inn (Motel?) into what is now the Dunsmuir Lodge. She was the last of the siblings to return to Dunsmuir and was so happy she could spend her last years here. Sadly, although the number of her last years were defined by the cancer diagnosis in 2007, the quality was not. She bravely fought this disease, although she didn't consider herself brave; she just wanted to live as long and as well as she could. She continued her other passions for the piano and knitting and photography, helped nurture the success of the Lodge, and spent time with her family and friends. She was part of a support group for multiple myeloma patients, who drew comfort from each other. Her continued friendship with classmates of 1961 and adjacent years, helped to make the 50th reunion in 2011 very successful. Donna leaves behind her husband of 33 years, Jon Jeffers her son Eric Burger, siblings Carol (Dick Keiser) and Bill (Hazel) Parsons. She was a loved stepmother, grandmother, and great grandmother to Diana Jeffers Williams, Danielle Finley-Haley and Michael Haley, and an aunt to Sheryl Burger. Carol's stepchildren Lori Keiser Usher and Rick Keiser were very grateful for her love and support during their childhoods, and through the births of their children. Donna will be missed by many but our hope is that her kindness and generosity and humor will live on with all those who knew her.
Stephen Louis Pessagno Sr. ’80 , 55, of Salinas, passed away peacefully in his home on June 9, 2013. He was born May 26, 1958, in San Francisco to Aldo and Anita Pessagno. Steve was an active member of and advocate for the Monterey wine industry, founding family-owned Pessagno Winery in 1999 to fulfill a 20-year dream of producing high-quality, exclusive local wines. Inspired by crushing over-ripe Zinfandel grapes for the first time at his grandfather's ranch in 1974, Steve pursued his passion for winemaking as assistant winemaker and vineyard manager for Kirigin Cellars, and then as vice president and winemaker for Jekel Vineyards and Lockwood Vineyard. His deep love for winemaking and the Monterey area culminated in Pessagno Winery, where he crafted full-bodied wines from distinctive local vineyards and engaged the community with countless social events and paella feasts. He was a leader of the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association, the Knights of the Vine, the Monterey County Planning Commission, and numerous other organizations. He graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University in 1980, and a B.S. in Enology & Food Science from California State University, Fresno in 1986. At Santa Clara and during a short stint as an engineer, he conducted innovative research on using alternative fuel sources for combustion engines and facilities. He also will be remembered as a proud baseball coach for his four sons, an avid hunter and fisherman, and a talented engineer and craftsman. Steve is survived by his four sons, Anthony, Stephen, Robert, and John; his mother, Anita; his sister, Elaine Offenbach (Randy); his companion, Jeri Crittenden, and the mother of his sons, Janet. He was preceded in death by his father, Aldo and his best friend in duck hunting, black Labrador Keno.
Randal Dean Stiles ’80, 55, passed away July 11, 2013. He was born in Berkley, Calif., on May 29, 1958. Randy graduated in 1976 from Redwood High School in California. He received his Business Degree from the University of Santa Clara, Calif. He was a meat cutter for Price Chopper. He served in the Army, was an avid runner, bicyclist and loved to sail. Randy is survived by father, Dean Stiles and wife Patricia of Belton, Mo. mother, Jean Stiles, Placerville, Calif. brother, Jeffery Stiles San Jose, Calif. sister Jennifer Rutherford, Eldorado, Calif. step-brothers, Gerald Vandervort, Topeka, Kan., and Merlyn Vandervort, Brumley, Mo. step-sisters Gloria Vandervort, Slater, Mo., Cathy Rand and Valerie Littrell, both of Lake Ozark, Mo. and many loving nieces and nephews.
Sharon Louise Knopf J.D. ’82, MBA ’82, a resident of San Jose, passed away suddenly of a heart attack. Sharon L. Knopf was born February 10, 1956 in Munich, Germany to Arthur and Alice Knopf. Sharon graduated from Willow Glen High, UC Davis (BS) and Santa Clara University (MBA, JD). She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. After graduation she formed a law practice, Sasaki and Knopf, with Dale Sasaki in 1984. Sharon served on the Board of Directors of the San Jose Quilt Museum, helping to propel it to prominent status. She was passionate about plants, animals and preservation of historic buildings supporting the Nature Conservancy and National Trust for Historic Preservation. Sharon is survived by her husband Richard Johns of San Jose, Calif., father Arthur Knopf of San Jose, sister Susan Crase and husband Dietrich Crase of Mountain View, brother Jeff Knopf and wife Stacie Knopf of San Jose, and several nieces, nephews, god-children and many cherished pets. She was preceded in death by her mother Alice in 2005 and recently by her beloved German Wire Haired Pointer, Gus (Gustav Runciter Von Wee). Sharon was a tour de force whose favorite activities centered on restoring her vintage home. A consummate shopper, she delighted in filling her home with her collected treasures. Overflowing with knowledge and creativity, Sharon had ideas and plans and invited friends to come along for the ride. Sharon has touched lives from the West Coast to the East Coast. All those touched by Sharon feel an immeasurable loss. We will miss her energy, enthusiasm, companionship and presence.
Victor Valdez ’84, M.A. ’94 51, lay ecclesial minister and long-time catechetical leader who achieved Master Catechist status last year, died on July 17, 2013. He had suffered for many years from the effects of recurring brain tumors.
Wendy Scherbart, Director of Catechetical Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, said, “Over the 30 years I have known Victor, he has shown me how to put my trust in God. He lived with integrity and hope while carrying recurring health challenges.
“Victor chose to discern the will of God each day. He strived to do the will of God and now is fully united with God. I thank him for inspiring us with his courage and deep faith.”
Scherbart said that Victor had just made his second trip to Lourdes in May with the Knights of Malta and that he was seeking peace. “He told me that the day he went to the baths he didn’t want to hurry, but to be fully present to the experience.
“As he stepped through the waters, he felt sensations, the temperature, the placement of each foot, and he emerged feeling a deep peace,” Scherbart said.
At Valdez’s funeral Mass, July 24, at Santa Teresa Church, San Jose, Father Jose Antonio Rubio M.A. ’95, STD ’06 gave the homily, noting the Gospel reading, John 6: 37-40, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”
Father Rubio said Victor “had recurring benign brain tumors and had 12 surgeries — some 13 hours — until they couldn’t operate anymore. He had the tumors for more than half his life, but he did a lot in a life.
“Even as a boy Victor carried his cross. When he was born, an ear was partially developed and he endured a number of surgeries. When he was in grammar school, he was hit by a car, broke his hip and was in a cast for six months.”
“Victor had a strong faith,” Father Rubio said. “From his Mexican heritage he had great faith in Our Lady of Guadalupe, and he got strength from the writings and spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. After he was diagnosed with the tumors, he dedicated his life to God, working for the Church. He always paid attention to how God was working in his life.”
Valdez worked at St. John Vianney, St. Athanasius, St. Denis (Menlo Park) as Director of Religious Education, at the University of Santa Clara as a resident minister in the dorms and with the alumni association. He planned retreats, gave talks and workshops at faith formation conferences in San Francisco, Santa Clara and Ariz.
Father Rubio said, “Victor carried his cross behind Jesus, but he carried his cross like Jesus. The cross of Jesus changed the universe and lead to resurrection, his resurrection, Victor’s resurrection, our resurrection.
“Victor saw life as a pilgrimage. He liked to travel and went to Lourdes twice, to Fatima, and to Madrid for World Youth Day in 2011. He had
been looking forward to WYD Brazil this year.
“When he returned from Madrid he wrote an article for The Valley Catholic recalling standing in rain all night and sleeping on cement. He quoted the very text that was tonight’s Gospel reading, and he concluded: If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
Victor wrote, “I know the call of Jesus calls for total commitment requiring great sacrifice. What we experienced at World Youth Day was an opportunity to trust in the Lord who never abandons us. In an exhibit along a Madrid parkway, we saw life-size reproductions of the Stations of the Cross. It is through the cross that we are led to freedom.”
“Free at last, Victor, free at last!” Father Rubio concluded.
Bobbi G. Hoover M.A. ’84, Aug. 20, 2011. Hoover was born in 1932 and lived in Los Gatos.
Thomas J. Bahr ’85, a resident of Mountain View, passed away on April 21, 2013, after a reoccurrence of brain cancer first diagnosed 25 years ago. Born on August 12, 1963, he leaves behind loving parents Alfred and Caroline Bahr and sister Anne Bahr-Katarincic. Before his illness he was active in a group devoted to the music and dance of his Croatian heritage and graduated from Santa Clara University in 1985 with a degree in science and math. Limited by the disability suffered as a result of his affliction he was never able to work in this field, but he managed to go back to school to pursue his real passion, graphic design. He received certificates in graphic design and production in 1995 and 1996. He produced a legacy of a large number of high-quality digital art pieces that will be cherished by his family.
Edna (Teddy) Marie Pescatore Renzullo M.A. ’85 passed away on June 8th, 2013 in Yuba City, Calif. Her love and caring for her students will be missed by all. Edna was born in Torrington, Conn. November 27, 1940. She attended Seaton Hall University in N.J. and later obtained a Masters of Education from Santa Clara University in Calif. She was a teacher for over 40 years. The last 28 were at Saint Isidore's Catholic School in Yuba City. She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Ivilo "Mike" Renzullo, her son, Chris Renzullo (Jodi) her granddaughters, Gillian and Lauren of Yuba City, CA brothers, Michael (Lorraine) of Florida and Richard (Lilly) of Connecticut and many nieces and nephews. When Edna was not in the classroom teaching, you could find her bowling, playing cards, or supporting her grandchildren in their various endeavors.
David J. Osborne J.D. ’85, June 3, 2013. Dave was in the middle of a jury trial. He was in the midst of defending a client against charges of child abuse. Dave was a public defender, appointed by the Court to defend the most despised in our society. He gave his life to and for his clients. He defended and saved the lives of many of our citizens. He was most proud that he convinced a jury to spare the life of one man who the state was trying to execute. David James Osborne was born on April 1, 1956 to James and Katie Osborne in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is survived by his only sister, Jane Frydenlund, of Floodwood, Minnesota. He loved miniature trains as a boy. One of his granddads had been an engineer. His dad was managing editor of the Grand Rapids newspaper. His mom, Katie, had been one of its first female reporters. She quit so that she could raise Jane and Dave. Dave went to a ""free school"" and never graduated from high school. He was proud of his GED and displayed it proudly on his law office wall. He was proud of his clear and cogent writing which he credited to his parents and their life of letters. Dave's best friends in Grand Rapids, Michigan were Kimbo and Jim Reed. In 1980, he graduated from Michigan State University, a student of philosophy and political science. In 1981, he moved to California, with his sweetheart, Diane Meconis. She was accepted into the Hastings School of Law at University of California in San Francisco. Dave got a job at The College Avenue Burrito Shop. A year later, he was accepted into the University of Santa Clara School of Law. He said he wasn't smart enough to get into Hastings, so he went to Santa Clara, with one of his best friends, David Michmerhuizen, who moved out from Michigan to live with him. When I was told by my girlfriend not to bother coming home, Dave offered his couch. When his next door neighbor, Ben O'Mahoney, had his apartment burned by his crazy roommate, Osborne, O'Mahoney, Michmerhuizen and I all moved to a locked, iron door neighborhood in downtown San Jose. That house, or the mattresses where the people lived below it, caught fire. The fire started, perhaps, by firecrackers thrown in the floor heater, investigated by fire inspector Piper, continued to spark Dave's fascination with explosives. Osborne barely survived first year final exams after catching double pneumonia. I finally took him to a doctor for antibiotics. He eventually moved with me to Felton, California. We lived with a fellow, Randall G. Binks, III, also known as White Cloud. Dr. Michael Freeman of Ben Lomond would commute with Osborne to law school that year and became his friend. In 1985, his last home during law school was a cottage in San Jose behind the house of Doug Bird and Stewart Wilson, lawyers with the Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County. They also volunteered for The National Lawyers' Guild. Dave helped found the University of Santa Clara County Chapter of The National Lawyers' Guild. The Lawyers' Guild at that time observed and represented protestors arrested during Presidential campaigns of the day. A few months before he died, he planned with me to establish a National Lawyer Guild Chapter in Redding to advocate for Native Americans here. Dave's next love was a radical lawyer in San Jose, Constance Carpenter. He loved her passion for justice, her crazy ways, her celebrations of life and love of tequila. Her law partners, Dan Mayfield and Jeff Lake J.D. ’92 were his good friends. Somehow, Dave graduated from the University of Santa Clara School of Law. He loved Ed Steinman's Civil Procedure and Alan Sheflin M.A. ’87's Forensic Persuasion classes. His photographic memory and razor sharp intellect somehow substituted for class and study, and Dave graduated from the University of Santa Clara School of Law and passed the California Bar exam. He followed me up to Redding, California to work for Frank J. O'Connor, the Shasta County Public Defender. Steven C. Kennedy, Bob Willie, Greg Parker, Brian McNally, Erin O'Toole McNally, Gary Roberts, Daphne Wilson, Bill Malloy, Doug Gardner and Jeff Gorder J.D. ’84 all worked with him at the office. Gary Roberts once accused him of stomping on Gary's toe. Dave enjoyed playing practical jokes on Gary, sending envelopes with white powder and wrapping Gary's porch with crime scene tape. Gary said Dave Osborne was one of the three reasons he left Shasta County. After Frank O'Connor left the Public Defender's office, he and Dave Osborne then shared an office across the street from the courthouse for many years. Dave loved Berkeley, the Mediterranean CafT, the record stores. He loved Oakland and Mama's Royal CafT. He loved San Francisco and the Schezuan Restaurant. He fantasized about moving back, going back to college to study Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern studies. He wanted my wife, Monica, to find him a mosque in Chico where he would be welcome. He loved the beauty of the Koran. In earlier years, Dave dug African history and music: King Sunni Ade in the 1980s and Ali Farke Toure and Hugh Masekela in the 1990s. He always appreciated guitar, especially Leo Kottke. He himself played the bass. He loved to play and listen to Motown like The Temptations or The Neville Brothers and The Wild Tchoupitoulas. Of course, he loved the Reggae music of Bob Marley and the Wailers and Toots and the Maytals. Twenty years ago, I would often find Dave after work at the Squire Room having a beer with buddies, John Webster and Frank O'Connor. Dave loved and doted on his friends' children, Corbin, the son of his best friend, Rich, Mary Ellen, the daughter of his sister, Jane, and especially Savannah, his God-daughter, my daughter. He wanted us to dedicate a room in our home so that he could build a huge train track and train set for our kids. We never got a chance. He often shopped for these kids and thought of them and tried to imagine what kinds of things they might like. He collected Barbies, and went shopping for Barbies, and had Barbies at his home that he never had a chance to give to my daughters before he died. After moving to Redding in 1986, he found a new true love, Christy Zink. She was a park ranger and Fish and Game warden. They lived together on the Sacramento River, his friend John Webster living in a cottage on the property, where they brewed beer. After that he lived with Al Myrtle, and became involved in Kenpo karate with Scott Halsey and his best friend, Rich. Dave used to love to tell stories, funny stories about himself and others. He never lost the relish for repeating these. He loved to tell about the one time that he met my dad when my dad showed up with a T-shirt that said ""Get a lot of the beach while you're young!"". In his last ten years, his secretary, Sharon Rader, became like a sister, and a mom, to him. He complained constantly to her about his health, but seldom saw a doctor or changed his habits. She cursed him daily after his death. Dave's mother, Katie Osborne, lived into her 90s. She died just a few years ago. She would continue to come and visit him for several weeks each year, until she broke her hip, and could no longer tangle with Dave's huge dogs. Dave lived for these visits each year with his mom, complained about them, complaining that he would have to get his house clean and presentable for her visits. His mom would tell Dave that she wasn't buying any green bananas.
Every Christmas, he would fly to be with his mom and his sister to Grand Rapids, to Brownsville, to Virginia, to Minnesota. Osborne loved the music festivals in Northern California. He loved to camp all weekend in the fairgrounds while drum circles play all night, people sold acid outside his tent flap, youngsters offered to buy his fried eggs, or sell him sticky balls or ganga spaghetti. He looked forward to another summer of Reggae-on-the- River and the World Music Festival in Grass Valley. Dave loved to backpack with me and Frank O'Connor in the Trinity Alps. Dave's poor health slowly caused him to postpone and only dream. He never gave up dreaming of doing these things that he loved.
James Tomich M.S. ’86, Aug. 15, 2013. A resident of San Jose, Jim Tomich died after a courageous battle with cancer. His family was at his side. Born Oct. 20, 1941, and raised in Sacramento, Jim went onto CSU Sacramento earning a B.S. in Electronic Engineering, an Environmental Studies Certificate from USC and an M.S., Computer Science from University of Santa Clara. In 1971, he joined the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, retiring as Supervising Air Quality Engineer in 2010. Jim and his wife Glow settled into suburban San Jose to enjoy an active lifestyle. He served as president of the BSA Owners Club of Northern California and won awards for his mortorcycle restoration excellence. In the mid-90s, Jim sponsored members of his extended family overseas seeking refuge from the war in Bosnia - a proud moment for his entire family. Jim is survived by his wife Glow-Renee, sons Tom and Mike and grandchildren Marco, William and Danielle.
Steven Griffin Jay ’87, May 26, 2013. Beloved husband of Laura nee Hyndman. Loving father of Sarah, Margaret and Griffin Jay; dear son of Peter Michael and Maureen (nee Fleming) Jay; son-in-law of William Hyndman and Beverly Hyndman; brother of Sharon (David) Dukesherer, Robert Jay and Susan (Mark Cassayre) Jay; nephew, uncle and cousin of many. He was 47.
Lynn Alison Samsel MBA ’87, age 56, passed away in God's care on March 30, 2013. Born in San Francisco she relocated to Lincoln, Neb. in 1992. Frequent family visits thereafter to the San Francisco Bay Area always included, for restorative purposes, trips to the ocean and redwoods which she loved. An avid reader all her life Lynn was a poet and writer. She was a novitiate in the Order of St. Benedict and a spiritual director. Lynn graduated in 1974 from Westmont High School in Campbell, CA then went on to pursue academic degrees from San Jose State University (B.A.), Santa Clara University (M.A. 1987) and the University of Nebraska (Ph.D in Business Administration-Marketing, 2001). Lynn taught marketing at UNL and then was involved in the support of various non-profit organizations in Lincoln. Survivers include daughter Elaine M. Samsel, husband Jason M. Samsel, sister Stacy Powers and brother Clay Smith.
Kathleen Davey ’90, June 21, 2013. A resident of Campbell, Davey died June 21, 2013 ans was just 46. Kathleen is survived by her husband Mike Davey ’90 of Saratoga, her two beautiful daughters Samantha and Rachel, her mother Connie McGrath of San Jose and her siblings Wendy Krafft and Joe McGrath of Hollister, Megan McGrath of Fremont, Jim McGrath of Phoenix, Ariz., and Sheila Martins of Ft. Bragg. Kathleen (Bean) was the sixth child of Connie M.A. ’83 and Jerry McGrath ’56, M.A. ’72.
Kathleen was a Santa Clara Valley native, and when she was born the entire neighborhood waited on the street curb to greet her when her parents brought her home for the first time. From that day forward, she was adored by her family and friends. We miss the joy her sense of humor, angelic laugh, contagious smile, and love of life brought to all of us. Kathleen received a B.S. from Santa Clara University in Political Science and went on to a successful career as a Paralegal and caseworker, most prominently at Onetta and Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati.
Kathleen's most treasured accomplishment was her role as loving mother for her daughters Samie and Rachie. Kathleen was the best friend to many and the confidant of all who knew her. She had a unique way of making everyone she knew feel that there was a special bond between them. She will be greatly missed.
Henry Joseph Greiner M.A. ’90 passed away peacefully on May 17, 2013. Henry was born on March 16, 1943, in Keota, Iowa, to Leonard and Mary (Woerdeman) Greiner. He always said, The two best things I ever did were to get ordained and to get married. He was ordained in 1968 in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport and served as pastor in many parishes in the Diocese, ending up with one of the largest parishes of the Diocese, St Mary's in Iowa City. While attending Santa Clara University on a study leave he met Anne Blair M.A. ’90. In 1993, he left ordained ministry to marry Anne. They have lived in Palo Alto, Calif., for 20 years. He worked as the administrator of the El Retiro Jesuit Retreat House in Los Altos, Calif., until 1998. He then became a financial planner with Money Concepts International. In 2001, he began working part time for several of the mortuaries in the Palo Alto area. By request he would conduct funerals of those who did not belong to a congregation but wanted a religious service. Henry felt he was a blessed man and throughout his life he was pleased to share those blessings in many wonderful ways. Henry loved his grandchildren, travel, golf, fine wines, salmon fishing in Alaska, the Iowa Hawkeyes and sunsets on the beach. He is survived by his wife, Anne, stepsons, Christopher Blair (Manisha) and Andrew Blair (Robin) and his grandchildren, Anand, Sonali, Ewan and Mimi Blair. He is also survived by his brothers, Paul Greiner (Nadine) and Marlin Greiner his sisters, Jeanette Vittetoe, Veronica Menke (Paul) and Marlene Clerkin (Patrick) and 25 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents sister-in-law, Bonnie Greiner brother-in-law, Alvin Vittetoe and godson, Douglas Vittetoe.
Jeffery W. Saunders MBA '91, Oct. 20, 2013. Formerly of Cupertino Jeff died at home in Seattle of a stroke. Loving husband of Kristin Matosian Saunders, formerly of Los Altos, and devoted father of Ginevra, 6; Roland, 4; Camilla, 2; and Daphne, 9 months. They were his focus and joy. Born Oct. 22, 1962, Jeff graduated from San Jose State University, earned an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University and was a mechanical engineer at Lockheed Martin for 25 years. He loved the outdoors, lived from the heart and gave generously of his kindness, optimism, patience and resilience. Also surviving are his parents, Bill and Lynne Saunders, of Surprise, AZ, formerly of Cupertino; sister and brother-in-law, Laura and Brian Ebert, and niece, Siera Ebert, of Reno, NV; and inlaws, Ken and Paula Matosian of Los Altos. His sister Michelle died in February.
Katherine Pak J.D. ’93 Aug. 21,1965-July 9, 2013. A resident of San Jose, Katherine, 47, passed away at her home surrounded by her family. She was married to Breck E. Milde ’85.
Cynthia D. Waddell J.D. ’94, resident of Danville, 60, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Danville, Calif. She was born on May 3, 1952 in Long Beach, Calif., the first child of Charles and Vaun Del Bonney. A graduate of the University of Southern California (BA) and Santa Clara University (JD), Cynthia was the Executive Director of the International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet, and a world-renowned advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Waddell; by two daughters, Elizabeth Waddell and Christina Thompson; by her granddaughter, Julia Garcia; by her brother, Timothy Bonney; by her sister, Annette Van Vliet; and by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Carol Anne Lies MTS ’96 of St. Helena died on Friday, June 7, 2013. She was 65. Born in Minn. to Frank and Dorothy Waskow, and raised in Wis., she married James Lies in 1971 in Sacramento, Calif. They moved to Napa in 1979. A wonderful and devoted wife, supportive and insightful mother, and generous and funny friend, she attained her master’s degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley in 1996. She was a passionate advocate for peace and social justice. Farmworker fair housing, prevention of nuclear proliferation, meals for the homeless, and abolishment of the death penalty were a few of the many causes she championed. Carol was also a long-serving member of the Napa County Library Commission. She is survived by her loving husband, James; daughter, Jenny; son, Lucas; daughter-in-law, Maxinn; sister, Sharon Wallenstrom; and brother, Richard Waskow.
Brian Patrick Sweeny ’01, age 34, of Spokane, Wash., died on June 29, 2013. He was 28 when he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and given only 15 months to live, beating all odds by living six more years doing the things he loved. Born in Seattle, Wash. on April 17, 1979 to Kevin and Donna Sweeny, Brian moved with his family to Modesto, Calif. in 1982 and lived there until 1990 when they moved to Spokane. He went to All Saints Catholic School from sixth through eighth grade and graduated as Salutatorian from Gonzaga Preparatory School in 1997. Brian received a degree in Communications (Video Production) from Santa Clara University in 2001 and graduated Magna Cum Laude. After graduation, Brian moved to Los Angeles to fulfill his dream of working in the entertainment industry. After waiting tables, he found employment as a production assistant on the TV series, Fear Factor, and quickly worked his way up to Stunt Producer. He worked in that position until the show ended in 2006. He loved all aspects of his life in LA, which included surfing, basketball, and beach volleyball. He had a very adventurous spirit and spent much of his yearly hiatuses from Fear Factor, traveling, sometimes for pleasure and sometimes for work. One of his most memorable trips was to Thailand in 2003 where he taught English to non-English speaking Thai people. Among Brian's most wonderful qualities was his ability to make friends. He loved people, and if you were lucky enough to get to know him and become his friend, you were a friend for life. All who came to know him found his wit, humor and charm endearing. Brian was also the most loving and caring son a parent could ask for. He often worried about his parents and was never afraid to express his concerns. This caring nature could also be seen in his relationship with his brothers. Whether it was guiding his younger brother Kyle, or being there for his older brother Paul Sweeny ’00, his generosity and companionship to his brethren was always apparent. Brian was a devoted fan of G-Prep basketball and football, going so far as to make his parents hold the phone to the radio so he could listen to games from LA. Brian was also an avid Seahawks fan and in spite of the fact that he went to Santa Clara University, he learned to love the Zags, but only when they were not playing the Broncos. He stayed true to his team in that instance. From the time Brian was a baby, Priest Lake was in his blood. He cherished any time he could spend there and always made certain to be there every summer no matter what other obligations he had. He was an avid writer and kept historical journals of his life from the time he moved to Spokane in 1990 until he was no longer able to. His entries are heartwarming, funny, and sentimental, as was he. His mother and father, Kevin and Donna Sweeny and two brothers, Paul D. (Bellevue, WA) and Kyle J. (Spokane), survive Brian. His two grandmothers, Gladys H. Urbaniak and Lillian A. Sweeny and seven aunts, six uncles and nineteen cousins also survive him. His two grandfathers, Raymond J. Urbaniak and Jerome L. Sweeny, met him in heaven upon his death. There are people who touch many lives during their time on earth and Brian was one of them. He was so loved and he loved so many and will be missed more than is conceivable. A special thanks to Dr. Kirk Lund and the nursing staff at RWC Cancer Treatment Center, most especially, Lisa, Pam and Sandy who worked with Brian for so many years and showed compassion beyond words. Special thanks go out to Jane and Sherri, and Dawn and Jennifer at Hospice of Spokane whom we grew to admire.
Cindy Avitia J.D. ’06 worked on staff for Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren J.D. ’75 from 2006 to 2010. She was killed in an automobile accident in Mexico on Aug. 22, 2013. Avitia was a strong advocate for immigration reform.
“As those of us who knew Cindy grieve her tragic loss, we can take pride in the fact that during her short life she did more to promote strong, caring families in our community and advance the cause of justice than many people accomplish in a lifetime dedicated to public service. I am rocked by the tragic news of her passing and feel her loss acutely. I will never forget her.”