Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing obituaries submitted in the last year by graduates in the 1990s
Rev. Victor C. LaVoie M.A. ’91, 69, of Woburn, Mass., went to his heavenly reward June 26, 2014. The son of Rene and Ruth (McCusker) LaVoie, he was born August 25, 1944 in Hartford, Conn.. His early years were spent in Manchester, Conn., before moving to Watertown. He graduated from Saint Mary's School in Waltham. He attended Saint John's Seminary, and was ordained May 15, 1971. He attended Boston College and received his Master's in Spirituality from Santa Clara University in California. Brother of Anne Uva of Syracuse, N.Y., John LaVoie and his wife Mary of Duxbury, Joseph LaVoie and his wife Debbie of East Falmouth, and the late Thomas LaVoie. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Fr. LaVoie has served in parishes in Chelsea, Hingham, West Roxbury, Hudson, Chelmsford, Wilmington, Lahey Clinic in Burlington and Saint Eulalia's in Winchester.
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.
Elsie Frost J.D. ’91 was born on Oct. 25, 1930 and passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2013. Elsie was a resident of Gaithersburg, Md.
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.
Mary Mabey M.A. '93, Jan. 21, 2014. A wide circle of family and friends mourn the passing of Mary Ellen Mabey after a long illness and courageous battle against lung disease.
Margaret "Meg" Joan Andelman Keller M.A. ’93, a resident of San Jose, age 69, died on May 1, 2014, surrounded by family and friends. Meg fought a courageous battle against multiple health issues for much of her adult life. She is survived by her husband and soul mate of 50 years, Doug Keller, her loving daughter, Alisha Morcate ’93, her devoted son-in-law, Raoul Morcate, and adoring grandsons, Alex and Zach Morcate. She is also survived by her dear sisters, Barb Dodds, Jan Roversi, and Nancy Opyd. Meg was born in Harlan, Ky. to Dr. Samuel and Joan Andelman, the eldest of their four daughters. She grew up in Kentucky and Illinois. Meg graduated from Morgan Park High School in 1963 and graduated from Millikin University with a degree in Business Administration in 1967. Following graduation, she worked briefly for Trans World Airlines before getting married in 1968 and moving to New Jersey. At this time she began working at Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield, N.J. as the Director of Nurse Recruiting. In 1970, Meg and Doug joyfully welcomed their only child, Alisha Beth Keller. After Alisha's birth, Meg devoted all her time and energy to raising their daughter. In 1971, the Keller family moved to New York and then five years later moved to Lake Oswego, Ore. and finally settled in San Jose, Calif. in 1982. In 1994, Meg accomplished her life-long dream of earning a Masters in Counseling Psychology degree from Santa Clara University. After internships at the Bill Wilson Center and Almaden Valley Counseling Services, Meg earned her Marriage and Family Therapist license. In 1996, she opened her private practice in Almaden Valley and provided relationship advice to numerous cherished clients. In her free time, Meg loved to volunteer with various animal rescue groups by fostering dogs and cats and helping at adoption fairs. Meg was passionate about many things including her family, dogs, and helping others overcome life's many obstacles. Meg will be greatly missed for her intelligence, compassion, insightfulness, sense of humor, courage, and amazing spirit. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Meg's name to South Bay Purebred Rescue. Instructions for donations can be found at www.sbprdogs.org.
Fresno attorney Laura Guzman Magill J.D. '93 will be buried in a 1920s hand-beaded jacket and red boots designed by Bob Mackie that she bought off the Internet. Her coffin will be upholstered in teal leather to match the furniture in her living room. In addition to photographs of her life, mourners will see her collection of shoes and the dresses she made out of recycled material for Trashique, the annual Fresno Art Museum fundraiser. Mrs. Guzman Magill, whose love of fashion was secondary to her love of God and her desire to help the accused, died Dec. 27 after a long and unconventional battle with breast cancer. She was 48. Friends say Mrs. Guzman Magill was the brains behind the husband-wife criminal law firm that represented such clients as convicted rapist Spencer Scarber, the Buchanan High butt-drag wrestler who got expelled and the students who got kicked out of Central High for cutting down two trees. While Charles Magill made his pitch to school boards and juries, his wife sat at the defense table plotting strategies or writing her next motion on her laptop. And when a board or judge ruled against them, she wasn't shy about appealing."She marched to a different beat," Fresno defense attorney Michael Aed said. "She never let a client get convicted without a fight." Case in point: Scarber, who contended he didn't get a fair trial. In legal documents, Mrs. Guzman Magill and her husband accused Sheriff Margaret Mims of withholding evidence and revealed an old romantic relationship between Scarber's father, a former assistant chief of the California Highway Patrol, and Elizabeth Egan before she became Fresno County's district attorney. Aed said the legal community took note of Mrs. Guzman Magill's ability to find an obscure document that linked Mims to the case. Judge Edward Sarkisian Jr. upheld Scarber's conviction on Dec. 19. "You hear lawyers promise that they will turn over every stone," Aed said. But, "Laura was one of the few that really did it." With her death, Aed said, "we all lose, because who is going to take her place?"
Within months of their birth, Laura and her twin, Linda, were adopted by P. "Guz" Guzman Jr. and his wife, Paula, who owned National Hardware Supply on Blackstone Avenue in Pinedale. Mrs. Guzman Magill's love of law and fashion came from her mother, a Fresno State English professor, who encouraged her children to engage in public speaking and debate. She also taught them how to sew. "Laura loved colors and fabric, especially leather," Magill said, noting his wife made her own dresses, shirts, pants and jackets. "If she had her druthers, she would have been a fashion designer." But her Catholic upbringing and quest for social justice pulled her toward law, he said. After graduating from Bullard High School in 1983, Laura Guzman earned a political science degree from Pepperdine University and a law degree from Santa Clara University. She began her career in the Bay Area in 1995 before returning to Fresno two years later. She worked briefly for the Fresno County District Attorney's Office, but was let go. "She wasn't a company person," Magill said. "She wanted to do her own thing." In 2000 she married Magill. At the time, she had two daughters, Petra and Sierra, and he had two boys, Gary and Zechariah. Together, they have one son, Matthew. Magill said his wife had success as a trial lawyer: in 2000 she represented a defendant in the Mongolian Boys Society gang-rape trial. Seven people were convicted of rape in Fresno County Superior Court. Her client, Lao Yang, was found not guilty of 12 counts; the jury deadlocked on two rape counts. But it's the high-profile cases she and her husband lost that will seal her legacy, her husband said. Magill said his wife hated zero-tolerance school policies. "In her mind, there was nothing worse than children being persecuted by school officials," he said. In 2010, they represented five students who were expelled for a senior prank: they cut down two trees at the Central High School East Campus. Because the students had no prior history of being disobedient, Mrs. Guzman Magill got a court order to reinstate them, her husband said. And when school officials stopped them from entering campus, she called police. School officials countered with their own judge's order, and the case ended up in a long legal battle with the students ultimately getting expelled. Magill, however, said his wife didn't see it as a loss: "Central wanted to show they were tough, but Laura sent a message that they can't bully people around." The couple also lost the Buchanan butt-drag case. They defended wrestler Preston Hill, who was expelled in 2011 after being accused of sexually assaulting a teammate during practice. Magill said Hill was doing a wrestling maneuver called the butt-drag that coaches had taught him. In a 3-2 vote, the Fresno County Office of Education board upheld Clovis Unified School District's decision to expel Hill during his senior year. They then lost Hill's appeal in court. Because they had appealed, Hill's expulsion was temporarily stayed, giving Hill time to transfer to another school district. He received his high school diploma, Magill said. "That was all engineered by Laura," Magill said. In her spare time, Mrs. Guzman Magill was a mock trial coach at Central and Bullard and took kids to Christian camp. She also reached out to community groups, charging them nothing for legal advice. "She answered my emails and gave me advice for free," said Fresno activist Gloria Hernandez, who fights for the rights of farm laborers. She said other lawyers charged $250 an hour consultation fee. "Our community is going to miss her," Hernandez said.
Mrs. Guzman Magill's fight with breast cancer ended her life, but she didn't go without a fight. In a July 2011 "Valley Voices" column for The Bee, she wrote about her unconventional victory over Stage II-III breast cancer: "What a great year to be diagnosed with cancer." She said she wasn't trying be sarcastic or flippant; she wanted to tout an alternative method of fighting cancer: "cryoablated," which destroys the cancerous tumor by freezing it. She avoided the traditional method of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. "We are in the 21st century with 21st century technology," she wrote. "Ancient bloodletting, or chemotherapy and radiation, is just that: ancient." But in a follow-up column in August this year, Mrs. Guzman Magill said the cancer had returned "four short months" after the first column was published. She decided to undergo chemotherapy. In November, the cancer worsened and reached her liver, her husband said. But she didn't give up. She flew to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland, but doctors there said it was too late because the cancer had gotten into her bones, Magill said. Mrs. Guzman Magill made her last court appearance in the Scarber case. She was in a wheelchair and hooked up to oxygen. On Dec. 23 she was admitted to Community Regional Medical Center with blood clots in her lungs. The day after Christmas, Magill took his wife home to die among family. She will be buried in a private service Saturday at St. Peter's Cemetery in Fresno next to her father, who died in August at the age of 90. "The passion she had for everything she did was amazing," said stepson Zechariah Magill, 20. He then recalled getting in trouble at Central High, where he was senior class president. He had driven his father's car to school and campus police found a knife in it. School officials suspended him and threatened to expel him. "My stepmom came to school with a video camera and filmed them as as they searched my dad's car," Zechariah Magill said. "She then told them she would take them to court if they expelled me." In preparing for battle, Guzman Magill got into "Full-Metal Jacket" mode, her husband said. She got 10 people to write letters on Zechariah's behalf and presented them to school officials. The plan worked: Zechariah was able to graduate with his class and give his speech. "It was a great feeling," he said. "Like so many people she helped in court, I knew she had my back and I could count on her."
Born: May 10, 1965 Died: Dec. 27, 2013 Career: Fresno criminal defense lawyer Survivors: husband, Charles Magill; children, Gary, Zechariah, Petra, Sierra, and Matthew; mother, Paula Guzman; sisters, Lisa Guzman and Linda Guzman Ellenberger.
David Robert Kerr MBA '93 died at home, in the early morning hours, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. David was born to Robert and Jean Kerr, on May 20, 1962. David earned his undergraduate degree from Wooster College of Ohio, a Master's of Science from University of Cincinnati, Ohio, and an MBA from University of Santa Clara, Calif . He enjoyed a successful career in the Semi-Conductor Industry. His expertise took him across the United States, to Europe, and the Pacific Rim. More recently his work was in the Pacific Northwest, at LAM Research, Linear Tech, Fairchild Semi, and Microchip Technology. David married Helen R. Koeppen in Boise, Idaho on October 26, 1996. David is survived by his parents, Bob and Jean Kerr; daughter, Olivia; and son, Owen. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jim. David was an excellent provider for his family. He dearly loved and was extremely proud of his children, and supported their many activities. David will be greatly missed in all our lives.
Betty Jane Rank M.A. '94, Sept. 1, 2013. A resident of Walnut Creek, Betty Jane Rank was born in Benicia on Sept 6, 1923. Betty Jane attended St Bernard Grammar School in Oakland, graduated from Holy Names High School in Oakland, then earned a BA Degree from Holy Names College in Oakland in 1945. In 1957, she received a Masters degree in Social Work from UC Berkeley. In her retirement, she capped off her education with a Masters degree in Theological Studies from Santa Clara University. During her career, Betty Jane worked for the City of Oakland Recreation Department, the Oakland Council of Camp Fire Girls, the Denver Council of Camp Fire Girls, and the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Oakland. She was the first director of Tallmadge Hamilton House for senior citizens in Seattle, and spent 23 years with the Santa Clara County Department of Social Services. She often "moonlighted" as an adult education teacher and as a consultant on the aging. Betty Jane never married. Family and friends were her primary focus. Travel was an important part of her life. She traveled to and hiked in many parts of the world. The Sierra Club provided a vehicle for the outdoor activity she so enjoyed. Yosemite provided a setting that she never grew tired of. She did a lot of volunteer work with the Red Cross and with her parish church. Betty Jane moved to Rossmoor in Jan 1997 after living in San Jose for 34 years. She was a member of St. Anne's Church, and participated in ministries as her health permitted. Betty Jane is survived by a nephew, two nieces, one great nephew, four great nieces, two great, great nephews, two great, great nieces, and many first cousins and their extended families. We all loved her and will miss her.
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
Barbara J. Freidrich M.A. '95, July 15, 1927 to June 21, 2014, resident of Union City.
Barbara Jean (Warren) Friedrich, 86, passed away peacefully in Union City on June 21 with family in attendance. Bobbie to her friends, Barbara was born in Evanston, Ill., then lived in Baltimore, Md., moving at age 5 to Berkeley, Calif., where she was raised. She graduated from Holy Names High School and UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Business Administration. In 1948 she married Paul Friedrich, to whom she was married for nearly 50 years before his passing. They raised 9 children. They subsequently lived in Alameda, Hayward, Castro Valley, and Broken Arrow (Okla.), before finally settling down in Union City.
Barbara obtained a Master of Library Science from San Jose State University and later a Master of Pastoral Liturgy from Santa Clara University. After working for a private law firm in San Francisco, she worked until retirement at Santa Clara University Law School as a librarian. Barbara gave unceasingly to her community as an involved PTA member and president, as co-president of the Union City Historical Society, as an active member in the League of Women's Voters, as a 4-H volunteer, as a Red Cross volunteer, as a Girl Scouts of America volunteer, and especially as a lay leader for Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Union City.
She is preceded in death by her husband Paul and her infant son William. She is survived by her children Mike Friedrich ’71 (Lee), Terrie Light (Bill), Paula Lucchesi (Dennis), Martin Friedrich (Marian), Rob Friedrich, Michele Friedrich (Steve), Joan Uhlig (Roger), David Friedrich (Ratsamee), Magi Diego (Rey), her grandchildren Susan (Dean), Tom (Ali), Patrick (Kimmi), Matthew, Kasey (Dom), Jenny, Dustin, Dinelle Lucchesi ’06, Bryan, Brendan, Kyle, Kristian, Daniel, Christie, Alex, Nick, Emmalea, Jordan, Marlena, and her great-grandchildren Arianna, Armando, Andres, Alexandra, Mallory, Jack, Trevor, Sophie, Juliette, Jace, and Makai.
Lawrence R. Moots '96 June 8, 1940 - Nov. 19, 2013 Resident of San Jose Lawrence R. Moots passed away on Nov. 19, 2013 at his home after a long battle with cancer at the age of 73. A second generation Californian, Larry was born in Pajaro, grew up in Menlo Park, and graduated from Sequoia High School in 1958. He joined the Air Force, served as a Weather Observer at Zaragoza Air Base in Spain, and coaxed his "girl-next-door" fiance, Diane, to join him there; they were married in Gibraltar in 1961. (He always teased her that their Gibraltar wedding wasn't legal in the U.S.) Returning home, Larry graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in History and obtained a secondary teaching credential from San Jose State while engaged in part-time work in the grocery industry. He went to work full-time in the grocery industry when he found so few teaching jobs were available. Larry also volunteered as both adult and children's Sunday School teacher at his church, mentored Eagle Scout Merit Badge candidates in his sons' Boy Scout Troop, sang in the church choir, and was a docent at the San Jose Historical Museum. An all around athlete and avid soccer player in his youth, he was a staunch supporter of the Stanford and San Jose State teams, SF Giants, and SF Forty-Niners. A back injury lead Larry to a career change which ultimately became one of his greatest joys. He obtained a primary teaching credential from Santa Clara University and went on to become a beloved third grade teacher at Millbrook and Carolyn A. Clark Elementary schools in the Evergreen School District. He formed after-school programs to teach the students how to play the recorder and chess. He combed garage sales to bring in books and manipulatives to help students grasp mathematical concepts, (as well as stuff to keep them occupied on rainy days), and enlisted parental support in conferences with his attitude of "what can we do to make your child more successful?" Larry is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Diane, his two sons: Corbin (Julia), and David (Tobey), and grandchildren: Lauren, Wesley, and Rachel, all of San Jose. Known for his engaging sense of humor, creativity, music ability (could play anything with strings), and out-of-the-box thinking, he will be greatly missed by family, friends, and former students.