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Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing obituaries submitted in last 6 months by graduates in the 1970s
Kenneth Michael "Mike" Keller '72 passed away at his home in Grimes on Wednesday, January 28, at the age of 64. Mike, as he was commonly referred to, was born in Woodland to Kenneth Andrew Keller, Jr. and Elizabeth Joyce Keller. Mike was raised in Colusa and graduated from Colusa High School in 1968. He attended the University of San Francisco, then transferred to Santa Clara University where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1972.
Summers during his college years were often spent as a camp counselor at Kennolyn Camp in the Santa Cruz mountains. After college, Mike enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves, where he served in Alameda, CA; New Jersey, and Virginia. After the Coast Guard, Mike moved to the Santa Cruz region to teach at Quail Hollow Elementary. While in the Santa Cruz area, Mike married Linda Lee Reames '75 of Ben Lomond, CA in 1975. Mike and Linda have two children, Patrick (who resides in Los Angeles) and Christopher (who resides in Denver). In 1979, Mike and his family moved back to Colusa where he began farming in Grimes with his father. Mike farmed rice and other commodities over 30 years and also served the community in many ways.
For years, Mike served on the Grand Island Fire Department in Grimes and also served on various agricultural committees and groups. Mike's love of horses started as a child. He taught others horseback riding while a counselor at Kennolyn Camp and actively rode well into adulthood. Mike enjoyed giving his sons and other kids in the area horseback rides around the Keller ranch and on camping trips. Other passions of Mike's were collecting and restoring antique furniture and appliances, local and world history, and his beloved dogs: a yellow labrador retriever (Holly) and a basset hound (Charlie). For the past 22 years, Mike has been on his quest to restore Ella Miller's former residence in Grimes, affectionately known as "Gram's House." Mike is survived by his mother Joyce, sister Candyce Dormer' 75 (Candy), sons Patrick and Christopher (Carly), nephew Donald Dormer '07, brother-in-law Don Dormer '75, and girlfriend of 18 years, Kimberlee Caldwell.
James Patrick Connolly '61, M.S. '72 was born in Oakland in 1938 to James P. and Mamie W. Connolly. He attended Napa Union High School and graduated in 1956 and married Sharon in 1997. James passed away in San Jose on February 2, 2015. He was a retired engineer and manager whose career spanned 49 years at NASA, managing the design and development of Space Shuttle, International Space Station, and small spacecraft payloads. He joined the Peace Corps in 1964, and spent 2 years working on road and building projects in Tanzania. He graduated from Santa Clara University with an MS in Electrical Engineering in 1972. James is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Sharon and his children Tim Connolly of Campbell, Thad Connolly of Oakland, and Michael Sommese of San Jose.
Denise Taylor ’72 MD was a top-rated neurologist at St. Louis University, where she earned her MD. She settled in St. Louis, practicing at University Hospital for a while before launching her own private practice. In the recent few years, she closed her practice, and became a "traveling" neurologist via locum tenens. She never married but had many, many dear friends and family in St. Louis, as well as California. She battled Stage 3 breast cancer after being diagnosed in June, 2014. Her plight with cancer was short, but she fought the good fight until the end, Jan. 18, 2015. Her ashes will be buried in San Jose California in a family area. She will be missed tremendously. She is survived by her two sisters, Sharon (Chris) and Melanie, and a host of family and friends world wide. Rest in peace, my sister, safe in Jesus' arms. We will love you always.
Rand Irwin M.S. '73, of Raleigh NC, 77, died January 26, 2015, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born to Marian Hughes Irwin and Laurence Drummond Irwin in Oakland, California, on January 20, 1938. He graduated from Menlo School for Boys in 1955 and then attended Pomona College, graduating in 1959.
He entered the Marine Corp as a lieutenant. After he left the Marine Corp he worked for Eitel-McCullough Electronics and later Varian Associates as an accountant and computer developer. In 1970 he returned to school at the University of Santa Clara to get a teaching credential in mathematics and there met Diann Irwin '71, his wife of 42 years. He taught mathematics at Tyrell Middle School in Hayward, California; Carnage Junior High School in Raleigh; and Millbrook High School in Raleigh where he developed a computer science curriculum and taught that also.
He retired in 2003 after 32 years of teaching. He was a Boy Scout Leader for 23 years in Troop 376 and a volunteer at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh in many different capacities during his 40 year membership. He also served on the UUFR Board of Directors, The UUFR Foundation, and the Method Day Care Board of Directors. He is survived by his wife, Diann, and three sons, Keith (Joy), Brian (Zuzana) and Paul (Keiko) and their children, Natalie and Leah-Rose, Hana, and Ray and Julie. Also surviving are his three brothers, Hugh, Larry and Howard and their families.
Patrick G. Reding M.A. '74 June 14, 1932 - November 22, 2014. Reding, 82, passed away peacefully in Roseville, CA. Patrick was born in Santa Cruz, CA to John and Agnes Reding and grew up in San Jose, CA where he attended St. Mary's and Bellarmine H.S. (1950). He also obtained a BA in Education and MA in Education from San Jose State and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. Pat had many accomplishments during his life which included serving 20 years in the Navy and Navy Reserves, partially during the Korean war, finishing with the rank of chief, as well as teaching for 31 years with Alum Rock U.S.D., retiring in 1991. Pat loved golf and travel, participating in both as often as possible. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Jim Reding. He is survived by his loving wife of over 51 years Janice Reding, his daughter Kathleen Jettlund, son-in-law Vernon Jettlund and sister Marge Pospishek. His nephew is Timothy J. Reding ’75, and two nieces include Carol Sisney ’82, MA ’07 and Mary Reding ’98.
Michael Leonard Angelastro MBA '77 passed away on January 19, 2015, from injuries sustained during a fall. He was 70 years young. Born to Broadway performers Leonardo and Aldine Teague Angelastro, on July 7, 1944, in New York City, he spent his childhood years at a school affectionately known as the "Ranch" in the Bronx. He graduated from San Jose State with a bachelor's degree and earned his MBA in Financial Analysis from Santa Clara University in 1977. He served honorably in the US Air Force from 1965 to 1969. He was married for many years to Shirley Wells Angelastro and was later divorced. In 1995 he married Lynda Goddard Sessions and they lived at Wasatch Commons Co-housing Community in Salt Lake City, Utah. They planned to celebrate 20 years of marriage later this year. Across his life he was employed by National Semiconductor and then became manager of Incentives for American Express. Later in life he was a computer programmer for various companies. He loved to read and was known for his guitar playing and his amazing garden.
Mike adored his big blended family and is survived by children: Rebecca Fattah and Mike (Jade) Angelastro Jr., Salt Lake City, Utah; Karen (Chris) Westbrooks, Griffin, Georgia; Shelley Snyder and Heidi (Cody) Preston, North Ogden, Utah; Darren (Shell) Sessions, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; Jared (Dena) Sessions, Logan, Utah; and Jeffrey (Shandra) Sorenson, Layton, Utah. He is also survived by 23 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mike's love and support for his extended family was a special gift that encouraged and lifted us all. He will be missed dreadfully.
Michael G. Ruso '79 died on January 21, 2015, from heart failure at the age of 57. He was born on August 12, 1957 in Watsonville, CA. Mike attended Moreland Notre Dame, Watsonville High School class of 1975 and graduated with a BS in Finance from Santa Clara University in 1979.
He returned to Watsonville to start his career at Wells Fargo Bank and then managed Valley National/Household Bank. Many businesses and individuals benefited from his keen sense and personal approach to lending. When banking became more corporate he left and went to work in the auto industry. He was currently sales manager of Santa Cruz Nissan Dodge and VW. He also owned the Villager Bar with childhood friend, Eric Johnson.
Following in his father Fran's footsteps, Mike was very involved in local baseball. Treasurer of Aggie's baseball for many years, he ran the local baseball tournament each August. He was a member of BPOE Elks Lodge #1300, Knights of Columbus 958, California Water Fowl Association, Rod & Gun Club and Two and Change. In the true Croation manner, he loved to cook and enjoy a good meal. He often cooked meals and brought them to his colleagues at work. An avid sports fan, he loved the Giants and the 49ers. He was happiest when he was fishing or hunting and then sharing his catch with his many friends. He loved to travel to Tahoe and Las Vegas to play poker, or to bet on sporting events. He also enjoyed Cabo San Lucas & Hawaii and the casual lifestyle there. Mike was generous to a fault, even as a child. He was kind, hardworking, nonjudgmental and forgiving with a keen sense of humor with an uncanny way of making everyone feel safe and at ease. The nicknames that he coined for friends and family stuck and sometimes replaced their legal name.
He leaves his loving wife of 11 years, Saundra; son, Michael Gene II of Aptos; mother, Jolene Ruso; mother-in law, Lea Tedrowe and father-in law, David Bowersock; siblings, Kerry Stringari (Steve), Mark Ruso, Susan Rodriguez (Frank), Jennifer Scurich '83 (Mike) and John Ruso '86; nieces and nephews, Casey Luke and Zach Scurich, Josh and Nico Stringari, Matthew and Kellie Rodriguez, John and Samantha Ruso. He was predeceased by his father Francis J. Ruso and grandparents Gene and Joanne Bartlett and Ann Ruso.
Luis Guerrero Hernandez M.A. ’79 was born in Sahuayo, Mexico, on July 07, 1937, and died in Colima, Mexico, on June 3, 2014. After graduating from SCU, he joined Gas Menguc back in Mexico, from which he retired after 36 years in 2011. He was an avid reader and chess player. He is survived by his wife, Cristina; son, Alejandro; daughters Noemi, Cecilia and Beatriz and eight grandchildren.