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Sharon L. Knopf
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.
submitted Oct. 13, 2013 10:21P
Albert A. Agresti
Albert A. Agresti, S.J. M.Div. ’79, ThM ’81 December 13, 2013 in Lebanon, N.H. Al was born in Boston, Mass., on Aug. 5th, 1949, the son of Michael and Evelyn Sera Agresti. The family home was in Quincy and Al attended local schools there, graduating from North Quincy High School. He studied history at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and when he received his B.A. degree, in 1971, he entered the novitiate of the New England Province, St. Andrew House, on Newbury Street in Boston. After first vows, in 1973, he did collegian studies at Boston College, earning an M.A. in philosophy. He spent a year as a regent, teaching English at the Cranwell School, Lenox, Mass., in 1974-75. From 1975 to 1979 he studied theology at JSTB, Berkeley, Calif., interrupting his studies there for 18 months of Clinical Pastoral Education at Bon Secours Hospital in Methuen, Mass. He was a campus minister at the University of San Francisco from 1979 to 1981 and was ordained to the priesthood at the College of the Holy Cross, in 1980. From 1981 to 1986 he studied counseling psychology at Ohio State. With his doctorate in hand, he taught psychology at several universities: Boston College, Loyola University Chicago, the University of San Francisco, and San Jose State University. He was associate dean at St. Louis University and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Creighton University. From 2005 to 2007, he engaged in retreat ministry, at Gloucester and then at Campion Center, including serving as director of the Renewal Center there. From 2007 to 2011, he was Catholic chaplain at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, N.H. His administrative talents led to his being invited to become senior manager of operations for graduate medical education at the medical center, which is affiliated with Dartmouth Medical School. He belonged to a number of professional and scholarly associations. Quite recently, he received a diagnosis of a serious medical condition and he was making plans to step down from his position. Friends became concerned when he failed to keep appointments. He was found dead in his apartment on Friday, Dec.13. Al is survived by two brothers, Joseph Agresti (of Naples, Fla.) and Carmen Agresti (of Stoughton, Mass.); his nephews Jason, Paul, and Adam Agresti; two aunts, Enes Centofanti and Adela Contrada; and several cousins and grandnephews and grandnieces.
submitted Feb. 3, 2014 8:35A
Raymond "Frisky" Kaliski
Raymond "Frisky" Kaliski ’36, the main character in the movie The Life of Raymond "Frisky" Kaliski, has left the set 25 days after reaching the magic age of 100 years old. Frisky passed on the morning of Thanksgiving, November 28th, 2013. The epic tale was magnificently acted, performed at the highest level, and will be remembered by many for generations to come. Raymond "Frisky" Kaliski was born on November 3, 1913 in San Francisco, the second son of Louis and Frances Kaliski. He and his brother Marty, were raised in Oakland, California where Ray excelled in track and football. Many of Ray's track records at Oakland High from the late 1920's stood until the 50's. His football ability earned him a scholarship to Santa Clara University where he became a fierce running back, defensive back and an elusive kick returner during the 1932-35 seasons. His running abilities were what got him penned by the S.F. Chronicle as "Frisky Kaliski", a name that has stuck with him for over 70 years. "Frisky" became a proud member of the SCU Football Hall of Fame on August 28, 2001, getting inducted along with Brent Jones of the San Francisco 49ers. After his college years, Frisky went on to distribute film all along the West Coast. During the war, Ray could not serve in the military due to a childhood accident which almost took his life at the age of ten. Instead, he worked as a ship fitter at the Bethlehem Shipyards at Hunters Point in San Francisco. After the war Ray worked with his dad and brother to develop a large chain of movie theatres in the Bay Area. The passing of Ray's father in 1955 marked the beginning of a new phase in the life of Ray and his brother. They ceased running movie theatres and concentrated on building apartment complexes, starting with the 34 unit Lakeside Apartments complex on Lake Merritt. They then built the 80 unit complex in Alameda called The Dunes, whose eventual sale made way for the Harbor Point Apartments and the connected tennis and swim club, as well as Strawberry Shores Apartments all on Strawberry Point in Mill Valley. Frisky, along with his bride BJ and daughter Barbara, built a successful miniature horse ranch in Petaluma, called Winner's Circle, which won dozens of trophies and ribbons including a National Title with one of their prize show horses. When Ray's brother Marty died in 1989, Ray got his sons, Raymond William ’66 and Robert (Bobbo), involved in running the show. Ray spent much time traveling the world with BJ but was devastated with her death in January of 2000. After that loss, he further embraced his family, taking them on numerous cruises and trips allowing him to get to know his five grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Tragedy struck Ray and the family in 2009, when his youngest granddaughter, Jaime Norman ’98, passed away at the early age of 33. In addition to the generosity to his family, Ray donated to hundreds of charities, and also supported his youngest son, Robert's, dream to start The Harbor Point Charitable Foundation, that has since raised over $1,000,000 for local charities and those most in need in The Bay Area. So now the theatre showing Ray's remarkable life is dark. But his legacy will continue through his loving family and the many friends he left behind. His three children, Barbara, Ray W, and Robert will continue to enhance the legacy of this remarkable man. His four grandchildren: Michael; Melanie; Kris and Patrick will enhance it even more. Ray is also survived by 11 great grandchildren, Nicholas Mitchell, Colton Dansie, Taylor Dansie, Brett Mitchell, Andrew Mitchell. Joshua Dansie, Ty Mitchell, Alli Dansie, Zachary Schwerin-Daro, Jack Sheldon and Ziyad Kaliski. His generosity and the physical things he built have helped make people's lives better, healthier and more fun. The Harbor Point Apartments, The Club at Harbor Point and the restaurant Nourish Grill continue his legacy. Rest in peace "Frisky", you played your role on this earth with dignity and grace. All of your family and friends are proud to have known you, loved you and lived with you. Your employees have been honored to work for and with you. We will all continue to make you proud until we join you on the other side. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/marinij/obituary.aspx?n=raymond-kaliski-frisky&pid=168365230&fhid=18264#sthash.OMfV18Pb.dpuf
submitted Dec. 12, 2013 11:22A
Bill Adams '37 passed away on Sept. 10. The world lost an amazingly intelligent, well-traveled, kind and wonderful man. At the age of 96, William J. (Bill) Adams, Jr. led an outstandingly full life and he touched the hearts of many. His passionate involvement with his alma mater, Santa Clara University, the Boy Scouts of America, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Catholic Church gave him strength and his influence will live on for generations. He is now reunited with the love of his life, Marijane.
Bill was the Nobili Award recipient in 1937 and a regent and past president of the Alumni Association. He received the Ignatian Award, the Bannan Award, and the Distinguished Engineering Award from Santa Clara University. He and his wife also endowed the William and Mary Jane Adams Mechanical Engineering Scholarship on campus, and he was also actively involved with the Diocese of San Jose, Catholic Charities, and the Boy Scouts of America.
submitted Sep. 13, 2013 11:43A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '38
Norman T. Burke
Norman T. Burke ’38 passed away November 14, 2013 at age 96 in his home in San Mateo. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Esther. After graduating from SCU he spent his career in the paper and packaging industry with Fibreboard Corp. and Pacific Paperboard. He was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946 assigned to the 14th Air Force (Flying Tigers). He is survived by his four children Tom ’73, J.D. ’83, Laurie ’75, Michael and Dan; and by three grandchildren including Kathryn ’17.
submitted Nov. 25, 2013 3:33P
UGRD Engineering '39
John "Jack" E. Richter
John "Jack" Edward Richter ’39, Dec. 18, 1916 - June 20, 2013. A resident of Aptos, Calif., Richter passed away suddenly, after a fall. Jack was born in San Francisco and lived his younger years in Kentfield. Later, he moved to Willow Glen where he attended elementary school. After graduating from Bellarmine College Preparatory School, he furthered his education at University of Santa Clara and earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then married Helen and moved to San Jose to raise his family. He enjoyed building his "cabin" in Felton where the family spent many happy days. Jack started his career at Wooldridge Mfg. and quickly advanced to Chief Engineer. Later, he joined Gould Bros. as a partner and Engineer of a fruit harvesting company in Milpitas. The company merged and moved to Modesto as AGMAC and was later purchased by FMC. After retirement, he moved back to the Santa Cruz area. Jack was a "MacGyver" type person that could fix anything from electrical, automotive to woodworking with no problems! He was well respected by his traveling trailer folks, mobile park friends and at his neighbors in Aptos. Jack is preceded by the death of his loving wife Helen on October 4th 1997 and is survived by his son John and daughter -in -law Joy of Felton; 2 grandchildren: Todd Richter of Ben Lomond and Sheri West of Aptos; 4 great-grandchildren: Darren Richter, Todd Richter Jr., Jacquelyn Richter and Kaile West and 2 great-great- grandchildren: Faith and Brooklyn Richter.
submitted Jul. 23, 2013 11:02A
UGRD Engineering '39
Frank R. Ryan
Frank R. Ryan ’39 Aug. 18, 1917 - July 31, 2001, from Los Angeles, Calif. Preceded in death by his beloved wife Barbara, mother of his 11 children; daugther Loretta; and second wife Cynthia Daly. Survived by his 10 childresn, 19 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. He served in the Army Air Corp during WWII, on active duty from Oct. 1940 to Dec. 1945, and in the Air Force Reserve from Dec. 1945 - Mar. 14, 1960, when he retired as a Lt. Colonel. He later joined his father and worked at Frank J. Ryan and Co. for over 42 years. He was most proud that his son William Ryan ’82, MBA ’91 and grandson Sean Brown ’97 also graduated from Santa Clara.
submitted Aug. 4, 2013 10:28A
Bernard F. Cassidy, S.J., ’40, 96, died September 15 in Regis Infirmary, Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. A Jesuit since 1954, he recently celebrated his 50th anniversary of priestly ordination.
Bernie was born in Los Angeles in 1917 and was a 1940 graduate of Santa Clara University, where he majored in electrical engineering. From 1940 until 1953 he worked as a civilian electrical engineer for the Army and Air Force, involved in the design, installation, repair and instruction in the use of electrical and electronic systems at military bases in Hawaii and Sandia, New Mexico. After his ordination to the priesthood in 1963, he taught theology and served as student chaplain at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles (1965-67), and in parish ministry at Blessed Sacrament Church, Hollywood, Christ the King Church, San Diego (1968-78) and Holy Family Church, San Jose (1979-82). In 1982 he returned to Hawaii and served as Director of Spiritual Services at St. Francis Medical Center, Honolulu, retiring in 1992. He then became a hospice chaplain until 2005, when he retired to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center. During his four decades of ministry Bernie touched the lives of countless students, parishioners and hospital patients.
submitted Oct. 13, 2013 10:08P
Louis M. Caserza
Louis M. Caserza ’41, April 28, 2013. Dear husband of Bianca (Ratto), whom he married on August 18, 1956. Devoted father of Rosemarie ’80, Catherine, and Elizabeth ’81. Son of the late Dionizio and Rachele (Crescio). Brother of the late John and Alfred Caserza. Uncle of Richard (deceased), Gloria, Daniel, Teresa ’75, Steven, and David. Great uncle of Philip, Matthew, Christina, Timothy ’05, Melanie, Claire, Michelle, Mark, Sabrina, Diane, Dennis and Rachele. Great great uncle of Cooper, Rhea, and Alfred.
A lifelong parishioner of Holy Angels Church since 1916. Graduate of Jefferson Elementary School, St. Ignatius Preparatory, and University of Santa Clara with a BME. Proud retiree of 34 years with Bechtel. A member of several professional societies especially a 75 year member of ASME. He was also a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Marian Council 3773, Italian Catholic Federation Branch 19, Hillside Homeowners Improvement Association, The History Guild of Daly City/Colma, and Colma Historical Association. He always looked forward to the annual reunion with classmates from St. Ignatius up to the last one the class had - their 72nd reunion. He was also so proud to have received his golden diplomas from his high school and university. After he retired in 1984, he enjoyed many hours outside gardening and being busy at his work bench.
submitted Jul. 4, 2013 6:58A
UGRD Engineering '41
Eugene G. Stephens Jr.
Eugene Graham Stephens Jr. ’41 died peacefully in Novato, Calif., on July 10, 2013. Eugene was born in Oakland, Calif., on October 3, 1919. He graduated from Oakland High School in 1937 and from The University of Santa Clara, Magna cum Laude in Mechanical Engineering, in 1941. In the same year he won first place for a research paper submitted to the 7th Annual Conference of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers Student Branch at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. During his career, Eugene worked at General Electric in Schenectady, New York, served in the United States Navy, and ran a steel fabricating business, McDonough Steel Company in Oakland, Calif., later renamed MidCon Fabricators in Tulsa, Okla. Eugene was an avid golfer, and he belonged to SIRS Branch 22. He was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Church. Eugene and Monica McDonough were married on July 11,1942, and celebrated fifty-seven years of marriage. As a widower, Eugene was blessed with a second wife, Patricia Bacich, Monica's best friend from childhood. They enjoyed almost fourteen years of marriage. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, by his brother, Philip Stephens ’43, by six children (Michele Janssen, Monica White, Madeleine, Margaret, Patrick, and Mary), and five step-children, by twelve grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Monica McDonough, by his parents, Eugene and Elizabeth, and by his sister and brother, Suzanne Ortman and Richard Stephens.
submitted Jul. 23, 2013 11:18A
William H. Royer
William Howard Royer ’42 (April 11, 1920 – April 8, 2013) was an American politician and a member of the Republican Party. He served as a U.S. Representative from the 11th Congressional District of California from 1979 until 1981. Born in Jerome, Idaho, he earned his B.S. at Santa Clara University and did graduate work at what is now Oklahoma State University. He served in the United States Army Air Corps (1943–45) and worked as a realtor before entering politics. He served on the Redwood City, California City Council from 1950 to 1966 (including service as mayor from 1956–60) and was elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in 1972. He was reelected in 1976.In 1979, Royer won a special election to succeed the late congressman Leo J. Ryan (D-San Mateo), winning with 57% of the vote. He finished out the remainder of Ryan's term but was defeated for reelection in 1980, losing 46.4% to 43.3% to Democratic challenger Tom Lantos. Royer ran against Lantos again in 1982, losing 57% to 40%.Royer was married to his wife Shirley for 69 years and has had children and grandchildren. Royer died on April 8, 2013 at the age of 92 (days before his 93rd birthday) in his Redwood City home of natural causes. Relatives included granddaughter Whitney A. Sangiacomo '91, grandson Brady W. Royer '93, and son Dennis W. Royer '65.
submitted Jul. 23, 2013 11:05A
John F. "Lefty" Collins
John F. "Lefty" Collins ’42, a resident of Pleasant Hill, passed away peacefully at his home in Pleasant Hill on January 28, 2013 at the age of 92 with his loving family at his side. John, a lifetime Bay Area resident, was born in San Francisco to Francis and Alice Collins on May 14, 1920 and attended St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco, followed by Santa Clara University on an athletic scholarship for baseball. He spent his youth playing baseball and was named the high school All City Pitcher for San Francisco in 1938. John, an avid golfer, served many years as the Treasurer for the Concord Men's Golf Club. He enjoyed creating and caring for his garden, a park like refuge for wildlife. John married Suzanne Channell at Camp Barkeley, Texas, in 1943. He joined the Bank of America in 1943 and soon after moved to Pleasant Hill in 1949. John retired from the Bank in 1984. He was part of the Greatest Generation as a member of the United States Army serving in France during WWII. John was predeceased in 2003 by his wife Suzanne. He is survived by his sons Michael Collins and Timothy Collins, daughters Kathy Greear and Liz Azuma, son in law David Azuma, grandchildren Jennifer McNeill, Kelly Greear and Amy Greear.
submitted Apr. 18, 2013 1:26P
Daniel C. Willis
Daniel C. Willis ’42 was a resident of Arcadia, Calif. He was born in 1920 and died on Feb. 5, 2013. He was 92.
submitted Apr. 18, 2013 8:22P
Alvin H. Storch
Alvin Hugh Storch ’42 was born in San Francisco, California on Oct. 20, 1920. He departed on Apr. 15, 2013 and resided in Cupertino, CA.
submitted May. 23, 2013 1:34P
William P. Crawford
Captain William P. Crawford ’43, a familiar figure on waterfronts along the West Coast, passed away peacefully on March 20, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; 13 children, Patricia, Thomas, John, Christine, Andrew, Daniel, Joseph, Robert, Timothy, James, Margaret, Catherine and William; 19 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Bill was born into an Irish seafaring family in 1922, left college to serve as a merchant seaman in the Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean-Middle East war zones and was an unlimited shipmaster by the time he was 22 years old. After the war, he finished school and then practiced admiralty law until joining in the operation of the family training school for shipmasters and officers. He taught in Crawford Nautical School locations in New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle for almost six decades. He was a noted author of maritime trade books, including Mariner's Celestial Navigation and Mariner's Weather. Bill had a fierce intelligence, insatiable curiosity, undeniable charm and well-earned pride in his many accomplishments. He truly lived every day of his long life. His memory lives on through his family, all of the seafarers he taught and many others whose lives he touched.
submitted May. 23, 2013 1:06P
William J. Crowley
William James Crowley ’44, May 19, 1922 to August 21, 2013. A resident of San Jose, Bill passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones. He was born in Denver, CO where he attended Regis Jesuit High School and earned recognition as all-time all Regis honors in both football and baseball. From there Bill earned athletic scholarship to Santa Clara University where he excelled as a scholar athlete in those same 2 sports. While attending SCU he met the love of his life, Mary Rose, and enjoyed 65 years of marriage and raising a family of 9 children. Besides Mary Bill is survived by his children Michael (Cathy), Mary Jo (Jim), Tim (Lise), Dan (Joan), Kevin ( and the late Dawn), Sheila (Pete), Sean ’81 (Lisa), Maureen (Mark), and Colleen ’88, 21 grandkids, and 4 great granchildren. Bill excelled as a businessman starting his own company, Crowley Sales & Export which continues on today. Bill had an uncanny ability of making you feel at ease, treating everyone as an equal, making friends all day long. His sense of humor was unmatched.
submitted Aug. 26, 2013 6:51A
Marcel E. Gres
Marcel Emile Gres ’44, a long-time resident of Austin, age 90, died on January 5, 2013 in Austin. He was born to French parents Elie P. Gres and Germaine M. Gres on April 16, 1922 and was raised in San Francisco, California. After graduating from St. Ignatius College Preparatory School, he attended Santa Clara University on a football scholarship and studied Mechanical Engineering. The week after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Marcel and several of his friends enlisted in the navy, and was assigned to the V-7 Officer Candidate Program and returned to college. In 1943, the V-7 program was replaced by the V-12 program and he and a train full of other California students were sent to the University of Texas, where he continued his studies. He played on the Texas football team that won the Southwest Conference championship in 1943. Most significantly, Marcel met Charlotte Mayes, whom he married in 1946 after returning from the war. After graduating from Midshipman's school he served on minesweepers in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In 1946 he was discharged from active duty and returned to U.T. to complete his studies and married Charlotte. After graduating, he and Charlotte moved to Schenectady, New York where Marcel worked for General Electric, Inc. After a year, they returned to Austin, having accepted a position as instructor in Mechanical Engineering and studied for his Master's degree. He also worked part time at U.T. Defense Research Laboratory. After he obtained his degree he gave up his instructor's position and went to work full time at DRL where he headed up the Mechanical Engineering section. In 1956 he, together with physicist Obie Baltzer and mathematician Gene Smith, left DRL and started Textran Corporation. Textran was a small engineering firm conducting research in countermeasures and very low frequency technologies. In 1962, Marcel was the catalyst for the merger with Texas Research Associates, another offshoot from DRL which was started by Richard Lane, Frank Mc.Bee and Ray Hurd, to form Tracor Inc. Marcel's contributions to the development of many of Tracor's defense and commercial product lines was significant. At Tracor Marcel was on the Board of Directors and held several management positions before retiring in 1987 as senior Vice President. He was a member of Sigma Xi and Pi Tau Sigma, Honorary Mechanical Engineering Fraternity. In 2007 Marcel was inducted in U.T.'s Mechanical Engineering's Hall of Fame. Marcel enjoyed snow skiing with his family during winter vacations and sailing on Lake Travis. He was one of the founders of the Austin Yacht Club and a member of the Headliners Club. He served on the board of directors of Tracor and the Austin Cerebral Palsy Center. After retiring he did some consulting work at Tracor and several small companies in Austin. He also played golf to occupy his time. He and Charlotte traveled extensively after he retired. In 2003 they moved to Westminster Manor retirement community, where they enjoyed the friendship of the residents and kindness of the staff. Marcel is predeceased by his son-in-law David DeBerry and is survived by Charlotte, his wife of 66 years, his daughter Judith DeBerry, his daughter and son-in-law Patricia and Mac Shuford, his son and daughter-in-law John and Lisa Gres. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Christina Leinart, Quink DeBerry, Brooke Luz, Robert Shuford, Megan Cowell, and Patrick Gres, and by six great grandsons.
submitted Apr. 18, 2013 1:48P
Bert "Bart" Gianelli
Bert "Bart" G. Gianelli ’45, Sept. 5, 1921- June 21, 2013. He was 91. Bart lived a full and active life of fishing, hunting, and golfing. He had just "bagged" a deer on a trip to Idaho in the past year. Bart was known as an avid local salmon fisherman and frequently traveled to the Pacific Northwest in pursuit of the elusive fish. He also spent a lot of time working and hunting at his duck club in Los Banos, Calif. Bart truly lived the American Dream. Bartholomew George Gianelli was born the second son of an Italian immigrant commercial fisherman on the banks of the Columbia River in Astoria, Ore., on September 5, 1921. He was raised in Clifton, Ore., and later in Everett, Wash., along with his siblings, Andy (deceased), Ann (deceased), and Lucille of Everett, Wash. Bart received a scholarship to the University of Oregon where he was a two-way football star and also joined the Sigma Chi fraternity. Bart later transferred to Santa Clara University to study business administration and eventually met the love of his life Florence ""Flo"" Volta who was a business student at San Jose State University. They met after a Santa Clara vs. UCLA football game that Bart had just played in. After the attacks at Pearl Harbor, Bart joined the U.S. Marine Corps and transferred to the University of the Pacific for officer training school. It was here, in 1943, that Bart played his final football season. This time for Hall of Fame coach Alonzo Stagg. The successful season led to Bart being selected by the Cleveland Rams in the 1944 NFL draft. But football had to wait. Bart married Flo and shipped off to war in the Pacific theater. He fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima and witnessed the U.S. flag being raised on the top of Mt. Suribachi. After the war, Bart and Flo settled in Los Banos, Calif., to start a wholesale beverage distribution business and a family. Bart, Flo and their two sons, Bob and Rich moved to Ventura, Calif., in 1959, where they all took part in running the family business known as Gianelli Distributing Co., Inc. In 1996, Flo preceded Bart in death. Bart and Flo are survived by two sons, Robert (Beverly) of Koloa, Hawaii, and Richard of Ventura, Calif.; three grandchildren, Robert (Debbie) of Kilauea, Hawaii, Michael (Shelly) of Ventura, Calif., and Steven of Lihue, Hawaii; and three great-grandchildren, John, Noah, and Sarah. Bart was an excellent cook, which brought the family together frequently for Sunday dinners. He was an active member of the Rancheros Vistadores which included an annual ride on horseback through the Santa Barbara backcountry. Bart was a longtime member of Saticoy Country Club where he loved to play cards after a round of golf. He also spent many years as a member of the Ventura Yacht Club where he occasionally gave clinics on salmon fishing techniques for the other members. Bart continued to fish and hunt until his final year of life.
submitted Jul. 19, 2013 5:04P
Frederick C. Tholcke
With sad hearts, we announce the death of our beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Frederick Clyde Tholcke ’46. He was born in Porterville, Calif., on June 6, 1924, to William Francis Tholcke and Anna T. Heinzen, and entered eternal life on Jan. 22, 2014.
Fred graduated from Porterville High School in 1942 and attended the University of Santa Clara, until he joined the Army Air Corps during World War II. He served as a first lieutenant and was a B24 “Liberator” co-pilot in missions flown over Italy; he was honorably discharged in 1945.
He married Patricia Rose Mego on May 1, 1953. Together, they raised their family in Napa and enjoyed 53 years of marriage. Fred worked as an engineer for Pacific Telephone & Telegraph, one of the “telephone pioneers,” for 39 years before retiring on June 6, 1985. Fred and Pat enjoyed camping with their children at many Northern California sites, including Hat Creek and Eagle Lake. He was a loyal 49ers and Giants fan who loved to take walks in the neighborhood and tend to his yard.
Fred is survived by his four loving children, Dianne (Ron) Weichel of Grass Valley, Calif., Richard (Jeannette) and Gary of Napa, and Stephen (Cheryl) of Sacramento; four grandchildren, Jeremy, LeAnn and Chris (American Canyon), Sarah (Napa), and Nick (currently serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan); and one great-grandchild, William Christopher. Fred is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
His loving wife, Pat, and his siblings, Evelyn (Bill) Acree, George (Grace), and Bill (Mary) all greeted him upon his arrival in heaven.
submitted Jan. 29, 2014 4:23P
Eugene M. Donatelli
Eugene "Gene" Marvin Donatelli '47 was born on Feb. 9, 1926. A resident of Santa Cruz, he passed away in Santa Cruz on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. His last days were spent at home with his family. Born in Seattle, he moved to San Jose with his parents Frank and Madelyn when he was two years old. He went to Bellarmine for high school and to Santa Clara University. He was an Army Coreman Gunnery Instructor in the US Army Air Force during WWII. Gene met Mary on a blind date, and they married in 1949. His work career included a family grocery store, sales and working in construction. He founded Donatelli Sons Construction in 1970 and retired in 1988. Gene enjoyed backpacking in the Sierras, fishing trips to Canada, and traveling the world with Mary. He was a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and raised money for the Alzheimer's Association through the yearly fundraiser. He recently celebrated his 87th birthday with about 100 of his friends and family. He "loved" golf, walking his dog Fergie, building furniture and art structures with wood, baking his famous cookies and spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed watching detective shows with his loving and patient caregiver Fabiola Herrera. The family is grateful to Fabi for her care of both Mary and Gene. Gene was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mary, his son Eugene (Pilar), and his daughter, Catherine. Gene is survived by six children: Chris (Theresa), Susan, Tim, Michael (Barbara), Margaret (Kelly) and Grace (Mark); his grandchildren Chris, Jenny, Paul, Natalie, Elena, Angela, Stephanie, Tony, Gina, Rachael, Vincent, Catherine, Miles and Monica; his great grandchildren Aiden, Timmy, Isabella, Cameron, Gabriella, Jacob, Bryce, Daniella, and Emma.
submitted Apr. 18, 2013 1:34P
William Hugh McInerney ’47, Oct. 5, 1924 - Nov. 12, 2013. Bill passed away on Tuesday afternoon after a valiant year long battle with cancer. He finally made it into the "Irish Sports Page." Bill was born in Los Angeles, Calif. in 1924. His father, Cornelius, emigrated from Ireland and was an iron worker with Pacific Iron Company. Cornelius was killed in an industrial accident shortly after the birth of his son. Thereafter, his mother, Ellen, raised Bill in their family home that had been built by his father, in the Boyle Heights section of LA. Bill attended St. Mary’s Grammar School until the seventh grade, when his mother died. Bill’s uncle, Joe McInerney, brought him to Oakland to live with his mother’s four maiden aunts and three cousins, who had also lost their parents. Bill completed grammar school at St. Francis de Sales in Oakland followed by St. Joseph's High School in Alameda. He attended Santa Clara University where he served as Student Body President and graduated cum laude in 1947 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He then attended the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, where he was on the law review and graduated in 1950.
His legal career began in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office before entering private practice. He was one of the founding members of the Oakland law firm of McInerney and Dillon, where he worked up until the last few months. For over sixty years, Bill concentrated his practice in construction law and became a national leader in the field, representing some of California’s and the nation's largest contractors. He was past chairman of the Legal Advisory Committee of the Associated General Contractors and served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and the Public Works Contract Arbitration Panel for the State of California. He served on the Disputes Review Board for California's first private toll road project in Orange County and the Oakland Bay Bridge Retrofit Project.
He served as corporate counsel for the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for over 40 years. He served on the Board of Fellows at Santa Clara University and was the president of its National Alumni Association. He served on the board of regents for both Holy Names University and St. Ignatius College Preparatory. He served for 10 years as a director and chairman of the Board of Directors of Hanna Boys Center. He was the chairman and member of the advisory board for Little Sisters of the Poor’s St. Ann's Home in San Francisco. Bill most recently served on the President's Council of Thomas Aquinas College in Southern California.
Bill spearheaded efforts to bring Immaculate Heart Radio to the Bay Area, volunteered at Mercy Retirement and Care Center, and more recently, assisted Archbishop Cordileone in locating temporary housing for a group of cloistered Carmelite Sisters from Nebraska. Bill was a Knight of Malta; serving as Secretary and Vice President as well as a board member. Along with his wife Mary, he volunteered on twenty-three trips to Lourdes assisting the Malades. Perhaps Bill and Mary's proudest service was leading the effort to open, staff and operate a free medical clinic for the poor at Oakland's Cathedral of Christ the Light. Since September, 2008, the clinic’s volunteer doctors and nurses have serviced over 3000 people a year who would otherwise be without health care. While in Rome in May 2012, Bill received the Knight Grand Cross of Magistral Grace in Obedience. On October 17, 2013 Bill received the Silver Chalice Award from the Knights of Malta for his work on the medical clinic and on October 23, 2013 at the Red Mass of the St. Thomas More Society, he received the St. Thomas More Award for his life of service to the Church.
Bill was happily married to Mary Virginia McEnhill in 1949 and they recently celebrated their 64th anniversary. Bill and Mary have four children, Bill Jr. ’74, (Karen), Bridget (L. Randolph Harris), Timothy ’83 (Veronica) and Michael (Robyn). Bill loved his 15 grandchildren: Colleen, Mary and Theresa McInerney, Cornelius, Elizabeth, Liam and Dermot Harris, Seamus, Brendan, Declan, Maura, Tadhg and Liam McInerney and M. Riley and Keara McInerney.
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Robert E. Jones
Robert E. Jones ’48 died on March 12, 2013. A resident of Hollister,
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Henry W. Spini
Henry W. Spini '48, September 12, 2013. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Henry "Hank" Spini, husband, father and grandfather. He was 90 years old, and a resident of San Carlos. Henry was born on August 18, 1923 in Turlock, Calif. and was the youngest of four children, and the only boy, born to Christopher and Emma Spini. Henry was raised on a typical dairy farm in Stevenson, Calif., and arose early each morning to tend to the daily needs of the ranch. He attended Hilmar High School in Hilmar, Calif., enjoyed playing football, and was named All-Conference Tackle one year and All-Conference Fullback the next. After graduation from Hilmar High, he received football scholarship offers from Stanford and Santa Clara University. He chose Santa Clara University, and for two seasons played the old Notre Dame formation as Quarterback and Linebacker. His coach, Buck Shaw, later became the first coach of the San Francisco 49ers. A proud World War II veteran, in the fall of 1942, he signed up for the Army Air Corps. March 1943, saw Hank's entry as a Cadet in the Army Air Corps, later to become the U.S. Air Force in 1946. He went through flight training and became a pilot and a First Lieutenant at the ripe old age of 19. He then went on to become First Pilot in B24 and later the B29 Bombers flying seven days per week. He later became a flight instructor, and Hank and his crew were poised and ready to go anywhere in the world, however, the war ended. After the war, Henry left the service to continue his education. He completed his undergraduate work at San Francisco State University and did his post-graduate work at Golden Gate University. It was in college that he met Virginia White. They married in 1953, and several years later, moved to San Carlos where they raised their three children. In 1951, he went to work for Guittard Chocolate Company in San Francisco (now Burlingame). Henry became Vice President of Sales 1979, and retired from Guittard in 1999. He remembers his years at Guittard as a "...wonderful experience, from beginning to end", and forged many life-long friendships throughout his tenure there. His son, Mark, continues in his Father's role at Guittard today. Henry loved to travel the world with his wife, Virginia, and their home holds many wonderful mementos of their adventures together. He was immensely proud of his children, and adored his grandchildren. He loved to garden, meet with his investment-breakfast group, and cherished most being at gatherings with family and friends. Henry is survived by his wife of 60 years, Virginia, their children, Laureen, Mark (Karen), David ’87, MBA ’90, J.D. ’90 (Angie) and grandchildren, Emma, Brad, Brian and Jenna. He is also survived by his sister, Evelyn Besone, his nephews Ronald (Sally) Migleo and Richard (Donna) Besone, and numerous great-nephews and nieces.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 8:40P
Richard L. Hennessy
Richard Lee Hennessy ’49 passed away on May 7, 2013 peacefully at his home in San Mateo. He was a resident of San Mateo for over 60 years.
Richard was born in Oakland, California February 28, 1924 to Stephen Hennessy and Marian Benson and he was very proud to be a native Californian. He lived in San Francisco and then San Carlos where he attended Sequoia High School. He served for the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater during WWII. Upon returning from service, he enrolled at Santa Clara University graduating in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce. At the age of 26, he proudly established his own business, Diesel Supply Co., sales of marine diesel parts and equipment. The business later became Hennent Corporation which he managed until 2011. Richard married Helen Potter in 1950 and they raised four children in Hillsborough. They enjoyed hiking and skiing on their many outings to Yosemite, where he visited ever since he was a child. Helen passed away in 2001. He later married Beatriz Almario who brought him much happiness introducing him to another culture and they enjoyed many adventures together, sharing a passion for travelling. A devout Catholic, he served in different capacities at St. Bartholomew and St. Catherine of Siena Churches. He was a very positive person, generous and loyal. He loved to tell stories and had a great sense of humor. Proud of his Irish descent, he took joy in distributing Irish potatoes to family and friends on St. Patrick's Day. He was quite a good athlete; he enjoyed swimming and playing tennis with his friends in Millbrae and at the Peninsula Golf and Country Club where he was a member for many years.
Richard is survived by his wife, Beatriz Almario-Hennessy, his sisters Gail McDonald, Patricia Frey and husband Jack, his children Timothy and wife Cheryl, Corey, Dan and Mary Beth; three grandchildren William, Lee Ann and Shannon, great-grandson Joshua; sisters-in-law Mercedes and Rosana, brothers-in-law Jose M., Edgardo, Alejandro, and Nelson A. Almario, and many nephews and nieces.
submitted May. 23, 2013 1:21P
Philip G. Rizzo
Philip G. Rizzo '49, 89, of St. Augustine, Fla. passed away on Nov. 26, 2013. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and devout Catholic, Phil was truly of The Greatest Generation, born in San Jose, Calif., and serving four years in the Army Air Force during World War II. He utilized his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University to good advantage during his 32 year career in management at American Can Company. He loved his family, was an avid golfer, musician, and dog-lover. He enjoyed life, loved people, and those he met knew he had a genuine interest in them. One of the distinct honors in his life was being able to help President Ronald Reagan celebrate his 79th, 80th, and 81st birthdays. In 2012, he and Alene left his beloved Calif. to live with his family in Fla., and became members of San Juan del Rio Catholic Church. He is survived by his devoted wife of 66 years, Alene M. Rizzo; children, Paul (Nancy) Rizzo of Portland, Ore.; Carol (John) Scherer of St. Augustine, Fla.; Thomas Rizzo of Houston, Texas; Ricci (Tamara) Rizzo of Boston, Mass.; Rion (Yvonne) Rizzo of Atlanta, Ga.; Darren Rizzo of Newport Beach, Calif.; grandchildren, Justin (Amanda) Barney, Nathan (Kelly) Scherer, Christopher (Lacey) Rizzo, Dustin Rizzo, Lisa (Christopher) Stone, Brian Rizzo, Danielle Rizzo; great-grandchildren, Leah Scherer, Landon Barney, Levi Scherer, Savannah Barney, Mason Stone; as well as many extended family members, and hundreds of friends from coast to coast.
submitted Feb. 3, 2014 3:43P