Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing obituaries submitted in last 6 months by graduates in the 1960s
James F. Russi '60 passed away on June 2, 2014 at the age of 76. Beloved husband of Arleen Russi of Alameda. Loving father of Jack (Jodie), Tim (Alicia), Joe (Lynn), Cathy Thomas, Patrick (Kelly) and Shelley (Rahn Twitchell) . Adored Papa of 18 grandchildren.
James (Jim) was born in San Francisco on June 1, 1938 to Francis John and Catherine (Carroll) Russi. He was an older brother to Fr. John Joseph Russi and Carroll McDaniel both deceased and an Uncle to Carroll's two children Kitty and Patty. He graduated from St Cecilia Grammar School , St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, and Santa Clara University, where he was a basketball player. He was second team all-conference in 1960 and honorable mention in 1959. He is in the Hall of Fame at Santa Clara University. The pinnacle of his sports career was to be a first round draft pick for the St Louis Hawks in 1960.
Jim was a CPA and a long-time partner in Yandell Truckaway and Santa Clara Warehouses. Jim coached CYO basketball from 18 years of age and was Athletic Director for over 25 years at St Joseph's Grammar School in Alameda. For many years Jim and Arleen ran the CYO East Bay Parochial League for the Oakland Diocese and their impact on youth and sports in the Bay Area has been substantial . He was a legend in adult basketball leagues in the area and frequently sought after pick-up basketball player at Franklin and Washington Parks.
Jim lived his life with a few simple principles. God and family were always first and if you were going to do something then try to be the best. He has been a significant and positive influence for so many, and truly has left the world a better place. He will be dearly missed.
Daniel E. Lester ’60, age 75, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Aug. 15, 2014, the day that commemorates the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven.
Dan was born on Oct. 8, 1938 to proud parents Ed and Willa Lester, residents of Santa Cruz, California. The family moved to Watsonville where Dan attended Freedom Elementary School and Watsonville High School – where he met his only love and lifetime soulmate, Patricia Copriviza.
Inspired by the popularity of rock and roll, Dan learned to play the guitar and recorded four original songs – making him a popular local musician. He decided, however, that a career in music would not become his life's pursuit. After graduating from Santa Clara University in 1960, Daniel and Patricia were married at St. Patrick's Parish in Watsonville on June 11 of that year. After settling into their first home on Green Valley Road, Watsonville, Patricia gave birth to five children in the first six years of their marriage. The children attended Moreland Notre Dame in Watsonville, followed by Aptos High School before moving on to various colleges and careers.
Dan launched his career in the home sales industry and eventually formed a partnership with trusted colleagues Richard Roach and Don Gardiner, with a focus in commercial development. William Locke-Paddon later joined the firm known as Lester Roach & Gardiner, which currently owns and operates residential and commercial property in Santa Cruz County.
Dan was always full of life and adventure, and he relished worldwide travel – collecting art and antiquities along the way. He loved to share his lust for life with his family and friends, and often traveled with them on trips to places such as Asia, Africa and Indonesia. His worldwide travels inspired him to create impressive paintings with Aboriginal, Asian and Pre-Columbian influences – recognized by many as superb works of art. He was intensely interested in the history and culture of the places he visited, and loved to collect relics of the past and display them with pride and knowledge, always ready to answer questions about the ancient artifacts he had collected.
Saltwater and freshwater fishing was a great source of enjoyment to Dan, and he recently won a world-class fishing tournament in Mexico. As a testament to his achievements, his family office, Lester Company, is adorned with many of his trophy fish. Following his lifetime dream of owning a ranch, Dan purchased land in the Aptos hills, planted a successful vineyard that has produced many award-winning wines. He and Patricia later built their dream house on the ranch – always a welcoming venue for family, business and charitable gatherings.
Dan was a unique man who was well loved by all his family. He had the rare ability to make people feel intensely important in his presence, and built bonds of friendship with almost everybody he encountered throughout his life. As a successful man, he was generous to those in need and always ready to give a helping hand. He was moved by the inequalities he observed throughout his life and travels and made a habit of being generous to others and helping them pursue their dreams.
In the passing of Dan Lester, the community has lost a true renaissance man who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife Patricia, sons Mark Lester ’83 (Suzy), Sean (Lori) and Joseph his daughters Lori Johnson ’85 (Steve) and Kelly Armstrong also his grandchildren Megan and Logan Johnson, Jackson Armstrong, Tobin and Annie Lester and great grandson London Johnson. He is also survived by his first cousin Steve Benson (Evette).
Robert M. Polhamus ’61, age 75, of Boynton, Beach, Fl., a Northwest Airlines captain, flew west on Jan. 17, 2014. He was born April 24, 1938, in Seattle, Wash. Bob and his twin brother, Dick, played baseball at SCU. Prior to SCU both Bob and his twin attended Bellarmine College Preparatory. After graduation Bob joined the US Marine Corps, earning his Naval Aviators wings of gold. He was a member of Marine attack squadron (VMA 311) serving in Vietnam in 1965. Bob flew a total of 174 missions over Laos and North and South Vietnam . After retirement he was an active member in a number of organizations including Masons, Shriners and Quiet Birdmen. Bob is survived by his wife Betsy, daughter Leigh, twin brother Richard Polhamus ’61 of Vero Beach, Fl., brother Mac of Houston, and sister Kathi Hanson of Bentonville, Ark.
James P. McGonigle ’61, 74, of Longboat Key, Fla., passed away June 2, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father, James P. McGonigle, and his mother, Irene M. McGonigle. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Clara A. McGonigle and his brothers, Michael M. McGonigle ’63, M.D. of Fountain Hills, AZ and William J. McGonigle, J.D. of Cheney, WA. He is also survived by the following: his daughter Erika and son-in-law Fred of Novi, MI and their 6 children: Freddy (16), Julia (14), Tommy (12), Vivian (9), Billy (6) and Jimmy (4); his daughter Adrienne West ’91 and son-in-law Andrew of Cape Girardeau, Mo. and their 5 children Andrew (13), Jane (11), Charlie (8), Elle (6) and Erika (6); his daughter Clara and son-in-law Michael of O'Fallon, Mo.and their 5 children Francie (10), Adrienne (9), Maria (8), Michael (5), and Therese (3); his daughter Gabrielle Lucey ’95 and son-in-law Steven Lucey ’95 of San Francisco, Calif. and their 4 children Clara (10), John (8), Hannah (6), and Mary Margaret (3); and his son James P. McGonigle ’97 and daughter-in-law Kristin of Rio Rancho, N.M. and their 3 children Emma (9), Violet (7), and Jim (5).
He was born on November 30, 1939, at St. Johns Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., and he grew up in Pueblo, Colo.. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1961 and from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1965. He married Clara A. Werth of Waterloo, Ill. on Aug. 14, 1965. His medical internship was at the University of Iowa from 1965-1966. Then, from 1966-1968, he served in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed at Mayport Naval Air Station and also served on the U.S.S. Pratt as a ship's medical officer. After the navy, he did his ophthalmology residency at St. Louis University. He practiced ophthalmology for 25 years in Joplin, Mo., and raised his family there. In 1996, he retired and moved with his wife to Longboat Key, Fla. where he lived until his death. He was a member of St. Mary's Star of the Sea Parish in Longboat Key, Fla. and served as a Eucharistic Minister there. He loved visiting with his children and grandchildren, playing golf, and reading. He will be missed for his sense of humor, his quick and acerbic wit and his effective advice on a wide array of subjects.
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.
David George Ferrari J.D. ’64 May 31, 1939-July 14, 2014 San Jose, California
David (Dave) Ferrari died peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Dave fought a valiant and determined battle with the devastating disease, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). He was ill for eight years; the last two, being extremely difficult. He never complained, only talked about getting better and hopeful a cure would be found.
Dave was born to George Ferrari and Elena Denegri Kelley on May 31, 1939, in San Jose, Calif. He is a graduate of St. Leo's, Bellarmine, and attended Creighton University. He graduated from Santa Clara Law School in 1964. Dave practiced law, which was his life's passion, for 47 years. In 1961 Dave married his college sweetheart, Marian Schultz. Dave is survived by his wife, Marian, his son Douglas Ferrari ’84 and his wife Gail, his daughter Susan (Ferrari) Mikacich M.A. ’93 and her husband, Jim and his four grandchildren, Alexandria and Dominic Ferrari and Michael and Adam Mikacich. Dave is also survived by his sister, Christine Ercoli, his niece and nephews and many cousins and close lifelong friends.
He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He loved family get-togethers, Sunday night dinners, and outings. Family was Dave's number one priority. Dave had a zest for life. He had a love of travel, sporting events, duck hunting, socializing with friends and family. He played tennis and golf and was a member of San Jose Country Club. Dave was a great supporter and fan of Bellarmine and Santa Clara University athletics attending games for decades. As a member of the San Jose Rotary Downtown Club he was involved in the Gift of Life program. Dave had a near photographic memory and aced almost every question on Jeopardy every time he watched. Dave was a lifelong Catholic who had a strong faith in God. He was known for his honesty, generosity, sense of humor, and being a true friend to all. His authenticity and goodness cannot be matched. Dave will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Mary Clarie McBride '66, Feb. 14, 1944 - May 26, 2014. Dr. Mary C. McBride, recently honored by administrators of the Arlington County Public Schools and her colleagues at the Hoffman-Boston Woodlawn Secondary Program for 45 years of distinguished service as a teacher – administrator, died suddenly on May 26, 2014.
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.
James Conrad Ciardelli '68, MBA '80 June 9, 1945 - May 9, 2014 A resident of Walnut Creek, James (Jim) Conrad Ciardelli died peacefully Friday of an aggressive bladder cancer after being diagnosed in January. His family was in town for his final days to offer him comfort and to enjoy his big personality one last time. He will be missed and remembered for his sharp sense of humor and for his love of tennis, music, football, travel and cooking.
Mr. Ciardelli was born in San Francisco and raised in San Jose. He graduated from Bellarmine College Prep and University of Santa Clara, where he also earned an MBA. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1968-72 and was stationed at Beale AFB in Marysville and Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque. He had a career in international finance, working for J.A. Jones Construction Co. in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from 1975-78; Louis T. Leonowens (Thailand) Ltd., in Bangkok, from 1986-92; and for many years in San Francisco for Castle & Cooke, Getz Corp and Infac India Group. In recent years he worked as a commercial appraiser.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Dolores Fox Ciardelli; son Joseph Pepe Ciardelli of Berlin, Germany; daughter Zoe Ryan, son-in-law Jeff Ryan and granddaughter Camille Ryan, 2, of Lake Forest; sister Sue Martin of Pleasanton; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Diane and George Lechner of San Jose; and nieces and nephews.
Charles "Brad" Bradwell Ish '68 passed away on May 22 at the age of 67 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just two months prior. He was a beloved grandfather; father, brother, uncle, and friend to many.
Ish was born on June 21, 1946, in Chicago, IL. As a kid, Brad traveled the world with his family due to his father's work in the oil business. Graduating from high school in Rome, Italy, Brad went on to earn a bachelor's degree in business administration from Santa Clara University. It was at SCU that Ish met his wife of 27 years, Karen Boggio Ish ’68. Brad and Karen where married in San Diego, Calif. on Dec. 28, 1968 and shortly after they moved to Virginia where Brad enrolled in Officers Candidate School and into the MBA program at George Washington University.
In 1972, Brad began his 42-year career in the wine industry by joining Gallo Wines. Brad spent that last 20+ years of his wine career as a co-owner of the American Beverage Group, a wine import and distribution company based in Petaluma, Calif. In addition to his career in wine, Brad served for 31 years in the United States Navy and raised to the ranking of Captain before retiring in 1997. He also worked as a professor of wine sales and marketing courses at Santa Rosa Junior College.
Although Brad lived all over the world, he always called California home. He loved Northern California and spent the last 25 years of his life in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Larkspur and most recently South San Francisco, which is where he passed away. Brad enjoyed life to the fullest and loved his family more than anything in the world. He was loved by many because of his kind demeanor and his wonderfully positive attitude. Ish was truly a ray of sunshine and will be deeply missed. His four children, Tina Ish of Burlingame, Calif.; Mark Ish of Austin, Texas; Erik Ish of Phoenix, Ariz., and Stephen Ish of San Mateo, Calif. survive him. His wife, Karen passed away in 1995 of ovarian cancer at the age of 48.
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.