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UGRD Engineering '50
Edward A. Lafranchi
Edward Alvin Lafranchi '50 died unexpectedly on Feb. 5, 2014, of a massive cerebral hemorrhage. He was a long time resident of Livermore and one the earliest employees of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Ed was a devoted member of the St. Michael Catholic Community. A long time member of the Knights of Columbus, one of the original Lectors and later Eucharistic Ministers, he was responsible for training new volunteers in these duties until his death. At various times, he chaired the Parish Council, was President of CCD, later led the legacy fund to build the parish education center Ed enjoyed golfing, except when he couldn't hit the ball; attending the 49er games but only when they won; tasting good wines, always; deer hunting with his family; playing bridge and most especially sharing a cocktail every evening before dinner with his beloved wife Ann. He was born in Petaluma, Calif. on July 23, 1928 and raised in Nicasio on his family's dairy. He attended Nicasio elementary school, graduated from St. Anselms High School, and later from Santa Clara University with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Upon graduation in 1950, he went to work for Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. He enlisted during the Korean war, spending 1951 to 1953 in the US Air Force. Upon discharge, he resumed his job at Berkeley, transferring in 1953 to Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. Ed held numerous positions at LLNL, eventually retiring as Deputy Associate Director of the Engineering Department in 1991. Ed is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ann (nee Rogers), his three sons Bruce (Judy) of New York, Mark of Walnut Creek and Paul (Mary Jo) of Torrance, four grandchildren Brian, Brendan, Daniel Lafranchi ’14 and Melissa, and a large extended family. He was the son of Fridolino and Zelma (nee Dolcini) and was predeceased by his siblings Estella, Wilfred, Henry, and Arthur Lafranchi ’58.
submitted Apr. 7, 2014 5:50P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '50
Dr. Mark W. Sullivan
Dr. Mark W. Sullivan ’50 passed away on December 26, 2010 in Santa Cruz, Calif. Dedicated scholar, civic leader, husband and father, Sullivan headed the Philosophy Department, then chaired the Division of Humanities at Notre Dame de Namur University from 1952-1995. Mark W. Sullivan was born on January 3, 1927 to San Mateo County Chief Assistant District Attorney Daniel E. Sullivan and his wife Emma Brawn, the fifth of their eight children. Sullivan graduated early from Redwood City's Sequoia High School to serve his country in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre of the War where he achieved the rank of sergeant major at age 19. When World War II ended, he resumed his studies earning a B.A. in philosophy from Santa Clara University in 1950, a M.A. in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 1951, and a Ph.D. in philosophy and humanities from Stanford University in 1964. Additionally, he authored Apuleian Logic, a book published in the distinguished international series, Studies in Logic and the Foundations of Mathematics. On the strength of being named "Mr. Democrat of San Mateo County" by the Democratic Central Committee, he entered the political arena by winning nomination of his party for the House of Representatives for the 11th Congressional District in 1964 and again in 1966. He continued supporting candidates and volunteering his services to them all of his life. In retirement, Mark Sullivan served on Capitola's Arts Commission for several years. Beyond academia and service, Sullivan was a family man who with his beloved wife Kathleen, reared five children in San Mateo, Calif.. The Sullivan family spent his sabbaticals camping in over twenty countries. Summers were spent in Capitola where Sullivan enjoyed reading, politics, tennis and body surfing at Sunny Cove. Mark is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kathleen, children Leslie, Claudia, Caitlin, Adam and Constance, and eleven grandchildren.
submitted Feb. 14, 2011 1:10P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '50
Dr. James Buckley
submitted May. 5, 2010 11:38A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '50
Donald M. Perlenda
Doanld M. Perlenda '50 died in Santa Rosa on March 15, 2011. A native of Santa Clara, he had his college years interrupted by his US Army service in the European theatre during WWII. After graduating from SCU, he worked in agriculture, first with the State of California and then with Moyer Chemical Company, both in San Jose, and after 1958 in Watsonville, retiring in 1992. During his retirement, Don traveled extensively and was a longtime member of the St Joseph's Catholic Community. He is survived by his daughters, Pam '73 and Debbie, and his step-children Tim Reding '74, Terry Reding, and Carol Reding Sisney '82.
submitted Mar. 28, 2011 9:06A
UGRD Engineering '50
Donald Emmanuel Kane
Donald Emmanuel Kane '50 lived joyfully and died unexpectedly on July 24, 2011 from a ruptured aortic aneurysm. Don was born and raised in San Francisco. He graduated from Galileo High School where he excelled in both academics and athletics, earning him a basketball scholarship to the University of Santa Clara. He graduated from Santa Clara with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Don was later inducted into the Galileo Sports Hall of Fame. He was noted for his unbroken school record in the high hurdles and for never losing a race in four years of high school. He remained a long time member of the school's athletic support group, the Bronco Bench. Between high school and college, Don served one year in the United States Navy at the end of World War II. He had a long and successful career in the corrugated box industry, managing plants for Owens Illinois and National Container Corporation. In 1966, with three partners, he founded MARK Container Corporation where he served as President and CEO until retiring in 2000. Don was preceded in death by his first wife Doreen (Yates) Kane, son, Steve Kane and son, Rick Kane. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years Joan (Nystrom Grover) Kane, daughter, Cheryl Kane, daughter, Candice (Kane) Railsback (and her sons Randy and Dylan), son, Mike Grover (wife Kara and sons Wesley and Aaron), son, Bob Grover (wife Laurie and son Brian), daughter Carrie (Grover) Fross (and her daughter Natalie and her children Liliana, Jesse and Isabella), son Chuck Grover (wife Shannon, daughter Katelyn, son Kevin). For over 57 years, Don was very active in Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Castro Valley. This included coaching CYO basketball and heading the Saint Vincent De Paul Society chapter. Don was a great husband, great father, great friend and a pretty good golfer. He was extremely gregarious and generous. He loved to talk with people and to help whenever he could. He maintained friendships for a lifetime including his friends from high school and college. He and his frequent phone calls will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
submitted Aug. 26, 2011 4:06P
Dennis H. Rosaia
Dennis H. Rosaia ’50, born 05/26/1924 and died 05/20/2012 peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family just a few days before his 88th birthday. Beloved husband of 62 years to Lillian, loving father of Dennis (Chris), Lynne, Wayne (Cathy) and David (Kim) Rosaia. Proud Nonno of Gina (James) Collins, Dan (Deana) Rosaia, Lauren and Lindsey Rosaia, Derek Rosaia, Vanessa and Rebecca Powers and Kevin and Gary Patzelt. Adoring great grandfather of Grace Collins. Dear brother of the late Roy and Thelma Rosaia. Survived by many relatives here and in Italy. Dennis was born in South San Francisco to Italian immigrants Dante and Ernesta Rosaia and graduated from SSF High School in 1943. He entered the Merchant Marine Service, traveled around the world as a cadet and graduated as a 2nd Assistant Engineer from the Merchant Marine Academy in Great Neck, Long Island, New York. Following his service, he attended Santa Clara University, graduating with a degree in industrial engineering in 1950. In 1949 Dennis married his home town sweetheart, Lillian Sani and from their modest beginnings in a Quonset hut near campus, they began a rich family and business life together. Dennis established D&M Liquors in 1954 on Grand Avenue and grew a thriving business first with his partner Mario Pieretti, later as a sole proprieter, and finally as proud partner with his 3 sons in D&M Liquor and Deli on Spruce Ave. He believed that the family that worked together, stayed together. Extremely civic minded, Dennis was a highly respected and active community leader, serving as President of the SSF Downtown Merchants Association, President of YMI Council #32, Past President and Director of SSF Rotary Club, 16 year Board member of SSF Conference Center, SSF Parking Commission, member of Italian Catholic Federation, SIRS Branch #91, Italian-American Citizens Club, and SSF Elks. Dennis was a man of great Catholic faith and an active parishioner of All Souls Parish, serving as the head of the Rebuilding Committee following the 1964 church fire, chairing parish festivals, numerous fundraisers and still recently serving on the Finance Committee for the "Fixing God's House" campaign. He thrived being around people and was at every community event possible, working the room and charming everyone with his warm personality. He never missed the annual Santa Clara Engineering Class of 1950 reunions. Throughout it all, Lillian was at his side- behind the counter at D&M, raising the children, working at All Souls events, hosting exchange students, traveling the world and caring for him for nearly 63 years. She fulfilled his final wish by being the last face that he saw in this life. Dennis was a loving and encouraging father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Christmas Eve at Nonno's was an event he planned to the smallest detail-song sheets, trivia contests, games, great food-it was his "command performance" every year. Dennis endured health problems over the years but rarely let illness slow him down. His determination and enthusiasm for life helped him fight back time after time. During his final illness, Dennis was in charge until the end, planning his funeral, enjoying all the delicious foods he had been restricted from eating, holding court with the family, and tenderly saying his loving goodbyes to his family and close friends.
submitted May. 23, 2012 4:47P
Daniel J. Vesely
Daniel Joseph Vesely ’50 of Rocklin passed away peacefully on August 12, 2013, with his loving family by his side after suffering from Dementia for several years. He was 89 years young. Daniel was born to Joseph and Minnie Vesely in New York, New York on July 30, 1924. Daniel married his wife Annie Walker to whom he was married to for 65 years. Daniel is survived by younger brother, Joseph Vesely who is living in Massachusetts. He is also survived by his two children Gregory Vesely, Cynthia Gruber and her husband Joe Gruber, two grandchildren Kristel Vesely, Gregory Goodnough and one great-grandson, Jayden Goodnough. Daniel graduated from Santa Clara University with a civil engineering degree in 1950. He worked for several engineering firms over the years which allowed his family to live in Casablanca, where Greg was born and Madrid, Spain where Cynthia was born. He retired with the Federal Government Corp of Engineers. Daniel and Annie raised their children in Rocklin since 1964. He loved his family and friends, enjoyed reading, traveling and was an avid golfer until he became ill. He always enjoyed living on the golf course. We were blessed to have him in our lives and he will be deeply missed.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 12:12P
UGRD Engineering '50
Benjamin Painter '50, age 85, of Scottsdale, Ariz., passed away on April 29, 2014.
He was born on Oct. 12, 1928 in San Jose, Calif. Ben was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin H. and Carol E. Painter, and his daughter, Katherine E. Kloss. He is survived by his beloved wife, Ileta, sons Steven S. and Kenneth B. Painter MBA ’91, son-in-law David Kloss, daughter-in-laws Lisa and Laura Painter, ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Ben had a lifelong passion for flying. At the time he was the youngest licensed pilot in California at age 15. Graduating from the University of Santa Clara in 1950 with a B.S. in civil engineering he was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force. While earning his wings in Lubbock, Texas he met his future wife Ileta, who was attending Texas Tech University. Ben was assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing, 508th Fighter Squadron of the Strategic Air Command flying F-84G "Thunderjets" located in Albany, Georgia. Leaving the Air Force in 1955 they re-settled in San Jose.
Ben went to work for San Jose Steel Company where he rose to manage the reinforcing steel "rebar" division. In 1973 he followed in the steps of his father as a custom home builder in Los Gatos, Calif. In 1993 they moved from Monte Sereno to Incline Village, Nev. Ben and Ileta moved to Scottsdale, Ariz. in 2004. Ben was most proud of the legacy he leaves behind represented by his large and growing family
submitted Aug. 15, 2014 9:33A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '50
Armand E. Ferrante
Armand E. Ferrante '50 died Dec. 20, 2009.
submitted Feb. 21, 2010 12:04P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '50
Anthony C Bregante
Anthony C. Bregante ’50, a true gentleman with great love and integrity, was born in San Diego on July 1, 1928. He passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Jan. 13, 2011, after a long courageous battle with Mesothelioma cancer. Growing up in Little Italy, the son of Anthony and Ester Bregante, Anthony started working at a young age as a delivery boy for his family seafood business, Sunset Seafood Company Cocktails. After graduating from St. Augustine's High School, he earned his bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University. Shortly thereafter, he started a career with Great American Federal Bank that lasted over 30 years. Anthony found and married his soul mate, Kathleen Fleming, on June 29, 1969. Together they built their dream home and raised four beautiful children, instilling values (FAITH and FAMILY) for which they are forever grateful. Although Anthony's passions included fishing in the Eastern Sierra and cooking, it was meaningless if these moments and memories were not shared with his FAMILY. Anthony was loved by all who knew him. His never-ending love and passion for his FAITH and FAMILY will never be forgotten. Preceded in death by his parents Anthony and Ester Bregante, Anthony is survived by his wife Kathleen and their four children, Christina, Julianne, Anthony and Paul, and eight grandchildren, and brother Richard, his wife and their two kids.
submitted Feb. 14, 2011 4:33P
GRD Engineering '50
Allen Miller Elmore
Allen Miller Elmore '50 on August 13, 2008.
submitted Jul. 9, 2009 12:31P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '50
Alfred Moses Leonetti
Alfred Moses Leonetti '50 passed away in the comfort of his home and surrounded by family on June 3, 2011, after a short illness. He was a long time resident of Morgan Hill and San Martin and known for his over 50 years of community involvement. He graduated from San Martin Elementary School, and Live Oak High School. He served in the United States Army from 1944 to 1946, and earned a BS in political science from Santa Clara University in 1950. Al was first elected to public office in Morgan Hill community as a city council member in 1956. He served as mayor of Morgan Hill from 1958 to 1960 and was a member of the planning commission from 1966 to 1969 and in 1974 completed his second 4 year term as a city councilman. Al was a member of the Santa Clara County Transportation and expressway committee which was responsible for establishing a master expressway system for the entire county. Al was also a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Morgan Hill Merchants Association, Morgan Hill Swim Club Parents, Morgan Hill Choraleers and American Field Service Student Exchange Program. He was an active member of The MH Rotary Club for 56 years and was a founder and board member of the South Valley National Bank. He was the first president of the first Parish Council at St. Catherine's and was involved in building the existing church and school. He was also a charter member of The Knights of Columbus, the Italian Catholic Federation, and an active member of the Full Blooded Italian (FBI) organization. In addition to his civic participation, he was a successful businessman in Morgan Hill, owning a variety stores, Lucky Liquors and The El Toro Shop. He was the son of Alfred Leonetti and Emily Ungaro (both deceased) and the loving husband of Bonnie Leonetti (deceased). He is survived by his sisters Vera Lico and Lorraine (Ray) Caruso, daughters Leslie Leonetti (John McCoy) '73, Lisa Leonetti (Allen Gillespie), Laurie Leonetti (Dean Olmstead) and grandchildren: Laurel Leonetti, Andy Leonetti, Elena Guevara, Victor Gillespie (Brianna), Maycen Gillespie and Olin Olmstead.
submitted Jun. 15, 2011 9:56A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '50
Alfred M. Leonetti
Longtime resident of Morgan Hill and San Martin Alfred Moses Leonetti '50 passed away in the comfort of his home and surrounded by family on June 3rd, 2011, after a short illness. He was a well-loved and long time resident of Morgan Hill and San Martin and was known for his over 50 years of community service. He graduated from San Martin Elementary School and Live Oak High School. He served in the United States Army from 1944 to 1946 and earned a BS in political science from Santa Clara University in 1950. Al was named "Man of the Year" in Morgan Hill in 2006, but started his life in the public by being first elected as a Morgan Hill City Council member in 1956. He served as Mayor of Morgan Hill from 1958 to 1960 and was a member of the planning commission from 1966 to 1969. In 1974, he completed his second 4 year term as a City Councilman. Al was a member of the Santa Clara County Transportation and Expressway committee which was responsible for establishing a master expressway system for the entire county. Al was also a member of the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce, Morgan Hill Merchants Association, Morgan Hill Swim Club Parents, Morgan Hill Choraleers and American Field Service Student Exchange Program. He was an active member of The MH Rotary Club for 56 years and was a founder and board member of South Valley National Bank. He was the first president of the first Parish Council at St. Catherine's Church and was involved in building the existing church and school. He was also a charter member of The Knights of Columbus, the Italian Catholic Federation, and an active member of the Full Blooded Italian (FBI) organization. In addition to his civic participation, he was a successful businessman in Morgan Hill; most well known for owning Lucky Liquors and The El Toro Shop. He was the son of Alfred Leonetti and Emily Ungaro (both deceased) and the loving husband of Bonnie Leonetti (deceased). He is survived by his sisters Vera (George, deceased)Lico, and Lorraine(Ray) Caruso, and will be missed forever by his daughters Leslie Leonetti, SCU 1973(Jock McCoy, SCU 1970), Lisa Leonetti (Allen Gillespie), Laurie Leonetti (Dean Olmstead) and grandchildren: Laurel Leonetti, Andy Leonetti, Elena Guevara, Victor Gillespie (Brianna), Maycen Gillespie and Olin Olmstead. Funeral service was held on Friday, June 10, 2011, at 10:00 A.M., at St Catherine Church in Morgan Hill. Private inurnment. Heartfelt thanks to his dedicated caregivers: Oscar, Cyntia, Ely and Edwin and Hospice of the Valley for their tender care during Al's final days. Donations to Hospice of the Valley are appreciated.
submitted Jul. 22, 2011 4:18P
UGRD Engineering '50
Albert B. Draper '50 passed away on May 5, 1999.
submitted Jul. 8, 2009 11:57A
Bill Riddle '51, MBA '67 passed away Oct. 29, 2013. He is survived by wife, Beverly, son Bill Jr. '76 and daughter Nancee Beals '82, and four grandchildren. We ask that any memorials be made to the Riddle Family Scholarship at Santa Clara.
Bill was born Dec. 4, 1926, to Veta Bilello Riddle and John Riddle in Welch, Okla. At age 6, Bill moved with his family to Oregon where he attended school in Bend and later graduated from Vancouver High School in Washington. Bill joined the U.S. Army in 1945 and served until 1947. He went to Santa Clara University on a baseball scholarship and earned his BA in 1951 and a master’s degree in 1967. He married Beverly Wagner of Yosemite National Park in 1954, and they moved to the Bay Area where Bill worked in San Francisco for Arthur Anderson. In 1956, they moved to Grass Valley, Calif., and he worked for Litton Engineering before returning to the Bay Area, where he worked for 32 years in various electrical industries, eventually starting two businesses of his own, Trendar and Trendcom. In 1982, Bill sold to 3M and retired, moving back to his beloved Nevada City, Calif., in 1992. Bill was an avid golfer and a member of ASCC. He enjoyed fishing and was a member of Nevada City Elks Lodge No. 518. Bill and Bev traveled extensively during his retirement years. Bill was active with Little League and Boy Scouts in his early years, and in retirement, he was a supporter locally of The Friendship Club.
submitted Apr. 3, 2014 6:15A
William James Robert Lemke
William James Robert Lemke ’51 passed away on August 6, 2012. He was born on December 8, 1927 and is survived by sister, Emilie L. Williams, and numerous nephews, nieces and their children and grandchildren. Mr. Lemke attended Saint Louis; graduated from Punahou in 1945; Santa Clara University in 1951 and attended University of San Francisco Law School. He was a veteran of World War II. He married Elizabeth Stephens, a Punahou classmate, and a San Francisco College for Women graduate who later got her teacher's certificate and taught in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was descended from a Kama'aina Family, Napopohoehou, Baker and Booth. She passed away in California in January, 1983. Mr. Lemke worked for various CPA firms in Hawaii and California. In California, while attending Law School, he worked for A. Stanley Dollar Subsidiary (Globe Wireless Company). He later worked for McKesson & Robbins for 15 years and 15 years at Haas Brothers (liquor distributors) in the San Francisco Bay Area. He retired in 1984 and returned to Hawaii, the land of his heritage. On his Father's side, has German Grandparents who settled here in the 1880s. Grandfather was a tailor and father was a buyer for Hackfeld and later Amfac for a period of over 53 years. On his mother's paternal side, he was descended from Napopuhoehou whose daughter married Pervier and settled in Maui in the 1800-1810 period. On his Mother's maternal side, he was descended from Nahiolea, Kahokua,Kahalewai and Robinson ancestors. Mr. Lemke was a member of the German Benevolent Society of Honolulu, Punahou Alumni Association, Santa Clara Alumni Association and the Knights of Pythias.
submitted Nov. 15, 2012 3:09P
UGRD Engineering '51
Walter Alexander Whitnack
Walter Alexander Whitnack '51 passed away on September 4, 2011. He gave his encouragement, kindness and laughter to his family and friends, including his time and talents to the community. Walter Whitnack was a "Man Of Value." Bravely and with dignity, Walt succumbed to his final resting place after a lengthy battle with complications from heart disease. Walt received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University, after which, he served in the U.S. Army. He joined the California Department of Transportation, serving as a design engineer for 39 years. His passions were traveling, golf, gambling, computers, telling jokes, and his beloved Labrador Retrievers. His legacy lives through his wife, Natalie, brother, Edwin, beloved children: Jeff, Chris, David, Kim, Michelle, Brett Allen; six step children, ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Mary Whitnack, five sisters and former wife, Ann Riggs.
submitted Oct. 21, 2011 3:23P
Tony J. Mercant
Anthony (Tony) J. Mercant J.D. ’51 Resident of Los Gatos Anthony (Tony) J. Mercant, husband, father, mentor and friend died in his home after a long illness on Dec. 7, twenty-one days shy of his 92nd birthday. Tony was born 28 Dec. 1921 in Hollister, Calif. to Juan and Maria Mercant. His parents were immigrant farm workers and Tony and his predeceased siblings - Jay, Rose, Angela, Carmen and surviving sister Ann - traveled with them as they moved from crop to crop. Juan was also a sardine fisherman in Monterey, a family tradition he carried from his native Mallorca, Spain. Along the way Tony attended dozens of schools and graduated from Monterey High School in 1940. Working as a bookkeeper until World War II broke out, Tony then joined the Navy in 1942 where he was accepted into the Navy flight program and awarded his wings in 1944 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Stationed in Guam he flew battle-injured soldiers to Alameda, Calif. and carried medical supplies back to the tiny island. Discharged in 1945, he took advantage of the GI Bill and entered Hartnell Junior College in 1946 where he met his bride-to-be Margie Diaz. They married in 1950. After just two years in junior college Tony entered law school at Santa Clara University. Going to school during the day and working at Richmond Chase Cannery at night, he graduated from law school in 1951. After law school Tony was counsel for the Cannery Union in San Jose and soon opened his own law firm, Mercant & O'Brien, with Sam O'Brien, a partnership that lasted over forty years. Tony was founder and first president of Almaden Country Club and holds the title of President Emeritus there. He also served as President of the San Jose Civic Light Opera as well as sitting on the board of the San Jose YMCA. An avid golfer, he could be found on the golf course every Saturdayàrain or shine! He died exactly where he wanted, in his home, his sanctuary, a place where he and his bride of almost sixty-four years hosted hundreds of parties and events. Anthony is survived by his wife, Margie Mercant; son, Jon Mercant; daughter, Marsha Mercant; son-in-law, John Howard Swain; sister, Ann Guzman; brother-in-law, Tom Fast and numerous nieces and nephews. Gone not but not forgotten, this wonderful man has resumed his flying career
submitted Feb. 3, 2014 3:30P
Thomas M. Byrd
Thomas M. Byrd ’51 passed away on August 22, 2011. Born on October 11, 1926, Byrd graduated from Santa Clara University with a bachelor of science commerce. He is survived by wife, Irene and children, Thomas, Stephen, Nancy, and Laura.
submitted Oct. 7, 2011 10:41A
Thomas H. Schilling
Thomas Haverty Schilling ’51 was born June 30, 1929 and passed away September 19, 2013; Long time Los Angeles resident and native. Tom's wife, Dolores, predeceased him in 2005. He will be remembered for his love of life, laughter, passion for the great outdoors, and hunting and fishing with his buddies at Hot Creek and Arcularius ranches. He is survived by his stepson, Drew (Allison) Planting and grandchildren Kate and Andrew.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 8:54P
UGRD Engineering '51
Silvio Giusti '51 passed away on August 19, 2011. He was raised in Santa Rosa, Calif., the son of Frank & Masilia Giusti. Following graduation from Santa Rosa High School, he joined the Army and fought in the battle of Okinawa during WWII, the deadliest battle of the Pacific war. His division, the Deadeyes, received the Presidential Unit Citation for extraordinary heroism. Giusti graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College and Santa Clara University. He was an Electrical Engineer at Bechtel Corporation for 40 years and Chief Electrical Engineer in the SF Power Division. Although Giusti spent most of his time in the SF office, he also worked in the Middle East and in many states throughout the US. Giusti always enjoyed playing ball with his sons and coaching Little League. He enjoyed his 60+ year friendship with the members of the Santa Rosa TBO golf group and always looked forward to lunch with the ""Big Eat"" group in SF. He was a Senior Member of IEEE-PES and could always be counted on to be an usher at the 8 am mass at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. Always a Giants fan, he attended games and enjoyed listening to Giants and 49er games while working in his yard. He took pride in his many and varied fruit trees. Giusti leaves his wife, Bea, sons, Gary (Sherrill), Steve (Celeste) and Mike (Chelsea) and grandchildren, Nicholas, Nathan, Matthew, Alison and Kaelyn, his brother Aldo and sister-in-law Lorraine and many loving nieces and nephews. His brother Dominic preceded him in death.
submitted Aug. 26, 2011 3:29P
Ronald J. Santucci
Ronald Joseph Santucci ’51 Sept. 14, 1929 ~ June 7, 2013 Died peacefully at home surrounded by family after a courageous battle with ALS. Survived by his wife Sally and children of his first wife, Joan; Jean (Jeff), Theresa, Bob (Helen), John MBA ’00 (Malia), Kate (Pete), Michele (Greg) and 17 grandchildren he loved dearly. Born in Seattle, raised in Mount Baker, graduate of Seattle Prep, Seattle University and Pacific Coast Banking School. After losing Joan October 2004, Ron reconnected with high school and college friend Sally Malone Ganong and they married June 12, 2009 to his great happiness. He was a proud Marine and served in the Korean War, spending 9 months on the front lines. Past Italian Club President, Little League coach, banking lender and executive, retiring from Wells Fargo after a highly successful 40-year career. He served on numerous association boards and was active in his community. A talented athlete who started college at Santa Clara University on a baseball scholarship, he loved playing tennis and pickleball into his 80s and enjoyed many sports. He was an enthusiastic member of a close-knit bridge group for 40 years, taught all his children how to snow and water ski and was a mean accordion player who could play any instrument by ear. He enjoyed many trips to Hawaii but the place he was happiest was sharing good times, rain or shine, with family and friends at Lake Cavanaugh. Family was his primary focus, most valued legacy and source of tremendous pride.
submitted Jul. 4, 2013 7:18A
GRD Law '51
Robert M. Falasco
Robert M. Falasco ’48, J.D. ’51, retired Merced County Superior Court Judge and Los Banos native, has died. He was 89 years old.
One of five children born to Dominic and Theresa Falasco, he was elected to the Justice Court in 1958, where he served until 1977. In 1977, he was appointed to Merced County's Municipal Court, and served until his appointment to the Superior Court in 1982. He retired in 1985.
Bob Erreca, 76, a longtime Los Banos rancher and state probate referee, said Falasco had been ill in recent years. Erreca said his friend was a "good people person" who was known to show compassion and fairness in the courtroom. "You weren't just a guy that appeared before him," Erreca recalled. "He was interested in why you were there and how he could help you."
Falasco was considered a need-to-know person among local politicians, and was particularly active in the local Democratic party. Aspiring politicians always made a point of trying to sit next to Falasco during community dinners in Los Banos. "If you were a smart politician, you'd have your picture taken with the judge," Erreca said.
Former Merced City Councilman Jim Sanders, who met Falasco in the late 1960s, called Falasco a political mentor who was tough and fair as a judge. Sanders said Falasco also supported "every type of community project" imaginable. "His influence was not all about politics. It was all about helping people," Sanders said. "Those of us that he touched, in whatever way, we have a piece of that incredible spirit and we need to carry it on."
In addition to his 26 years as a judge, Falasco served as a trustee for Los Banos Elementary School from 1955 to 1958 and director of the Merced County Fair Board for 15 years. He served on the Board of Fellows for the University of Santa Clara, and played an active role in the building of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School and Memorial Hospital Los Banos.
Falasco served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from May 1943 to March 1946. The Merced County Superior Court in Los Banos is named in his honor, and he was bestowed the honor of Papal Knight of the Order of St. Gregory by Pope Paul VI.
In 2008, Falasco was praised by several Los Banos judges for his honesty and intelligence, and for being a man of common sense with a touch of humor. Then they renamed the courthouse in his honor: the Merced County Robert M. Falasco Justice Center.
Falasco was humbled by the tribute—a moment that holds the penultimate place among the recognitions he’s received for his work inside and outside the courtroom. He still counts as his greatest achievement an honor bestowed on him in 1975 by Pope Paul VI: being made a Knight of St. Gregory the Great for his civic and religious activities.
“My Catholic identity is one of the most central things to my life,” he says—and then adds, wryly, “especially now that I’m entering into my twilight years.” He particularly admired the Jesuits who taught him at Santa Clara: Raymond F. Copeland, William J. Tobin, Francis A. Moore, and Dan Germann. “After SCU,” Falasco says, “Fr. Copeland came to Los Banos and would deliver communion to my mother. And Fr. Tobin baptized my children and my wife when she converted. Fr. Germann taught all of my children.”
Those children would be Michael R. Falasco ’73, MBA ’75, Joan LaSalvia ’75, Anne Norton ’75, and Sally Perry ’78. In addition, brother Dominic Falasco ’51, nephew Dan Falasco ’90, grandchildren Dominique Norton ’05, James J. Norton ’07, and Christine LaSalvia ’09, and son-in-law Charles Norton ’76 have come to Santa Clara.Falasco was a 1951 graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law. He was admitted to practice by the California State Bar in 1952.
He's survived by his wife of 63 years, Yvonne, four children, two sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, and 11 grandchildren.
Read more at http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2012/04/01/2292080/retired-merced-county-judge-robert.html#storylink=cpy
submitted Apr. 5, 2012 8:52P
Richard A. Schaub Jr.
Richard Andrew Schaub Jr. ’51 passed away peacefully on March 17, 2013, with his wife and children beside him after a 1 year battle with lung cancer. Dick was born March 19, 1929, to Dr. and Mrs. Richard Schaub, and was raised in Altadena, California. He attended St. Elizabeth Elementary School, Elliot Junior High, and Pasadena Junior College. Dick graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Business. He spent three years in the Navy as a lieutenant serving on the USS Yorktown and Chemung. Dick received an MBA from the Harvard Business School in1956. On July 13, 1957, he married the love of his life, Lou-Ann Sachs of Pasadena. They made their life together in South Pasadena where they were residents for over 50 years, raising 5 wonderful children. Dick was first employed at Waste King Universal, becoming the CEO. He went into private consulting for 3 years. He then worked for Illig Construction Company and its related corporations. He retired as CEO from Architectural Woodworking Company in 1994. Dick was active in the Holy Family Parish as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, and served on various committees. He was a board member of the Los Angeles Rotary Club, the Pasadena American Cancer Society, and a longtime board member of Holy Family Adoption Services. Dick is survived by his wife, Lou-Ann, of 55 years, and 5 children: Richard III, Thomas, Anne (Peter) Zwart, Christina (Edward) Buckley , and Susanne (John) Fisher. He leaves behind 10 beautiful grandchildren: Sarah, Mary Katherine, Peter Jr., Michael, and Julianna Zwart; Allison and Nicholas Schaub; and Olivia, Katherine and Audrey Fisher. Dick will be remembered for his devotion to his faith and family, and particularly for his understated wit.
submitted May. 22, 2013 4:26A
Paul D. Smith
Paul D. Smith ’51, May 4, 2013. A resident of Greenbrae since 1974, he was born in 1923 in San Francisco to Paul D. and Margaret Grover Smith and raised in Piedmont. He graduated from Piedmont High School in January 1941 and enlisted in the US Army Air Corps. Paul served in the European Theater of Operations during WWII as a Staff Sergeant and crash-rescue firefighter and was honorably discharged in 1945.
Paul graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in engineering and practiced as a licensed professional engineer specializing in fire and life safety. He was a life member in the National Fire Protection Association and served on the committees that developed fire sprinkler criteria. Additionally, Paul served the Kentfield Fire District as a Director from 1980 until 2003.
Paul's varied interests included traditional New Orleans Jazz, dancing, inter-urban trains and steam locomotives. His photographs depicting early train transportation around the Bay Area in the 1920s and 1930s are widely published. Paul volunteered countless hours with the Boy Scouts of America, St Sebastian's Church choir and the Western Railway Museum.
Paul, a devout Catholic, is survived by his wife of 62 years, Helen, with whom he raised seven children; Paul (Mary Ann); Brian (Traci); Sarah Jane Savage; Stuart (Dru); Daniel; Mary Ellen Wendt (Marc). He was predeceased by his son Mark (Maria) in 1999. He also leaves ten grandchildren.
submitted May. 15, 2013 1:51P