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Showing obituaries submitted in the last year by graduates in the 1980s
UGRD Engineering '80
Stephen L. Pessagno Sr.
Stephen Louis Pessagno Sr. ’80 , 55, of Salinas, passed away peacefully in his home on June 9, 2013. He was born May 26, 1958, in San Francisco to Aldo and Anita Pessagno. Steve was an active member of and advocate for the Monterey wine industry, founding family-owned Pessagno Winery in 1999 to fulfill a 20-year dream of producing high-quality, exclusive local wines. Inspired by crushing over-ripe Zinfandel grapes for the first time at his grandfather's ranch in 1974, Steve pursued his passion for winemaking as assistant winemaker and vineyard manager for Kirigin Cellars, and then as vice president and winemaker for Jekel Vineyards and Lockwood Vineyard. His deep love for winemaking and the Monterey area culminated in Pessagno Winery, where he crafted full-bodied wines from distinctive local vineyards and engaged the community with countless social events and paella feasts. He was a leader of the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association, the Knights of the Vine, the Monterey County Planning Commission, and numerous other organizations. He graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University in 1980, and a B.S. in Enology & Food Science from California State University, Fresno in 1986. At Santa Clara and during a short stint as an engineer, he conducted innovative research on using alternative fuel sources for combustion engines and facilities. He also will be remembered as a proud baseball coach for his four sons, an avid hunter and fisherman, and a talented engineer and craftsman. Steve is survived by his four sons, Anthony, Stephen, Robert, and John; his mother, Anita; his sister, Elaine Offenbach (Randy); his companion, Jeri Crittenden, and the mother of his sons, Janet. He was preceded in death by his father, Aldo and his best friend in duck hunting, black Labrador Keno.
submitted Jul. 22, 2013 5:26P
Randy D. Stiles
Randal Dean Stiles ’80, 55, passed away July 11, 2013. He was born in Berkley, Calif., on May 29, 1958. Randy graduated in 1976 from Redwood High School in California. He received his Business Degree from the University of Santa Clara, Calif. He was a meat cutter for Price Chopper. He served in the Army, was an avid runner, bicyclist and loved to sail. Randy is survived by father, Dean Stiles and wife Patricia of Belton, Mo. mother, Jean Stiles, Placerville, Calif. brother, Jeffery Stiles San Jose, Calif. sister Jennifer Rutherford, Eldorado, Calif. step-brothers, Gerald Vandervort, Topeka, Kan., and Merlyn Vandervort, Brumley, Mo. step-sisters Gloria Vandervort, Slater, Mo., Cathy Rand and Valerie Littrell, both of Lake Ozark, Mo. and many loving nieces and nephews.
submitted Oct. 13, 2013 10:28P
GRD Law '81
Page Humphrey Vernon
Page Humphrey Vernon J.D. ’81 died Wednesday, February 20, 2013, in her home. It was a beautiful sunny morning, much like Page herself.
submitted Apr. 18, 2013 8:15P
David Louis Normandin
David Louis Normandin '81, resident of San Jose, passed away suddenly of natural causes on November 20. He was known for his generosity, heart of gold, and spontaneous free spirit. David was born June 1, 1957, in Colorado Springs, Colo., graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in 1975, and earned a business degree from Santa Clara University in 1981. He worked at Normandin Chrysler Jeep and Dodge in the Customer Service Department for many years, and spent his recent years caring for his two children as well as working as a jack-of-all-trades. He touched the lives of those who knew him with his kindness, generosity and sense of adventure. He often pulled up to his family members' driveways in his van, blasting classic rock music and inviting them along to catch frogs with him. He had a deep love for nature, and enjoyed visiting Yosemite for fishing trips. David approached the prospect of helping others with unbridled enthusiasm, from moving his niece into her college dorm room to spending hours painting fences or working on projects at his siblings' and friends' houses. He also had a sharp focus for creativity - the Christmas lights that adorned his home each year became famous throughout the neighborhood. Visits with David would usually involve some great barbeque (lots of meat), plenty of laughter, and at least one adventure. David is survived by his wife Michelle, and is the adored father of Tristan and Sarah. He is also survived by his parents Lon '81 and Peggy Normandin and siblings Caren Normandin '79, Lisa McHugh '81, Mark Normandin, Diane Azevedo, and Paul Normandin. He was a beloved uncle to 16 nieces and nephews. He will be sorely missed.
submitted Jan. 7, 2013 10:45A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '81
Anne J. Anderson
Anne Jeanette Anderson M.A. ’81, 79 years old, of El Granada, Calif., died on January 21. She was born on May 2, 1933, in Worchester, Mass. to Gilbert Ralph LaPoint and Gladys May Porter of Westborough, MA. She graduated from the New England Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing on Oct. 10, 1954 and subsequently married William Anderson on Oct. 30, 1954. She then spent two years working as an RN followed by 19 years raising a family. She graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing on June 8, 1973 followed by a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of California in San Francisco on June 25, 1978. During the time she pursued additional degrees in nursing, she was working as nurse and developed a special interest in the problems of the elderly. This led to an additional Master of Arts degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from the University of Santa Clara June 11, 1981 after which she worked several years in private practice with Menlo Counseling Associates. Anne is survived by her husband, William, by three children, David of Racine, WI., Carolyn of Champaign, IL and Kevin of El Granada, CA, and by four grandchildren, Geoffrey and Britta in WI and Sarah and Christopher in IL. Anne's greatest legacy is the love and care she lavished on her family. She is also survived by her siblings, Marilyn of VA and Gilbert of FL. Anne's love and care was also lavished on her patients and clients. She went into one of the caring professions at the beginning of her carrier and continued in them throughout her life. She was motivated by the love of Christ and what God had done for her in the person of Jesus Christ. From her high school days she had a desire to serve as the hands of Christ in caring for the needs of people.
submitted Apr. 18, 2013 1:04P
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
Daniel "Danny" Lawless
Daniel "Danny" P. Lawless ’82—our beloved father, son and brother—left this life and entered eternal life on Friday, February 22, 2013. Danny was born in Phoenix on August 7, 1960. He attended Brophy College Prep and graduated from the University of Santa Clara in 1982. Danny worked his entire career as a financial consultant. Danny is survived by his beautiful children, Dylan and Megan, his former wife and mother of their children, Hallie Lawless, his parents David and Ellen Lawless and siblings, Tom Lawless '77, J.D. '82 and Cathy Gaudreau (Bill). Danny was a great golfer and two time winner of The Men's Club Championship at Arizona Country Club. He was also a life member of the Phoenix Thunderbirds. Danny loved life, his family and his many friends. He will be sorely missed but never forgotten. Our family appreciates the enormous outpouring of love for Danny. Rest in peace our beloved Danny!
submitted May. 22, 2013 4:15A
GRD Law '83
Roger A. Parshall
Roger A. Parshall J.D. ’83, passed away on Feb. 8, 2013, in Arcata Calif. After his graduation, he practiced law in Humboldt County, originally as a public defender. In recent years, he came to support the Occupy Movement locally. A native of Detroit, Mich., he is survived by his younger sister, Nanci Parshall. He is remembered as a good friend by all his law school classmates.
submitted Mar. 14, 2013 2:23P
Victor Valdez ’84, M.A. ’94 51, lay ecclesial minister and long-time catechetical leader who achieved Master Catechist status last year, died on July 17, 2013. He had suffered for many years from the effects of recurring brain tumors.
Wendy Scherbart, Director of Catechetical Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, said, “Over the 30 years I have known Victor, he has shown me how to put my trust in God. He lived with integrity and hope while carrying recurring health challenges.
“Victor chose to discern the will of God each day. He strived to do the will of God and now is fully united with God. I thank him for inspiring us with his courage and deep faith.”
Scherbart said that Victor had just made his second trip to Lourdes in May with the Knights of Malta and that he was seeking peace. “He told me that the day he went to the baths he didn’t want to hurry, but to be fully present to the experience.
“As he stepped through the waters, he felt sensations, the temperature, the placement of each foot, and he emerged feeling a deep peace,” Scherbart said.
At Valdez’s funeral Mass, July 24, at Santa Teresa Church, San Jose, Father Jose Antonio Rubio M.A. ’95, STD ’06 gave the homily, noting the Gospel reading, John 6: 37-40, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”
Father Rubio said Victor “had recurring benign brain tumors and had 12 surgeries — some 13 hours — until they couldn’t operate anymore. He had the tumors for more than half his life, but he did a lot in a life.
“Even as a boy Victor carried his cross. When he was born, an ear was partially developed and he endured a number of surgeries. When he was in grammar school, he was hit by a car, broke his hip and was in a cast for six months.”
“Victor had a strong faith,” Father Rubio said. “From his Mexican heritage he had great faith in Our Lady of Guadalupe, and he got strength from the writings and spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. After he was diagnosed with the tumors, he dedicated his life to God, working for the Church. He always paid attention to how God was working in his life.”
Valdez worked at St. John Vianney, St. Athanasius, St. Denis (Menlo Park) as Director of Religious Education, at the University of Santa Clara as a resident minister in the dorms and with the alumni association. He planned retreats, gave talks and workshops at faith formation conferences in San Francisco, Santa Clara and Ariz.
Father Rubio said, “Victor carried his cross behind Jesus, but he carried his cross like Jesus. The cross of Jesus changed the universe and lead to resurrection, his resurrection, Victor’s resurrection, our resurrection.
“When he returned from Madrid he wrote an article for The Valley Catholic recalling standing in rain all night and sleeping on cement. He quoted the very text that was tonight’s Gospel reading, and he concluded: If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
Victor wrote, “I know the call of Jesus calls for total commitment requiring great sacrifice. What we experienced at World Youth Day was an opportunity to trust in the Lord who never abandons us. In an exhibit along a Madrid parkway, we saw life-size reproductions of the Stations of the Cross. It is through the cross that we are led to freedom.”
“Free at last, Victor, free at last!” Father Rubio concluded.
submitted Sep. 6, 2013 2:09P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '84
Bobbi G. Hoover
Bobbi G. Hoover M.A. ’84, Aug. 20, 2011. Hoover was born in 1932 and lived in Los Gatos.
submitted Sep. 6, 2013 3:52P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '85
Thomas J. Bahr
Thomas J. Bahr ’85, a resident of Mountain View, passed away on April 21, 2013, after a reoccurrence of brain cancer first diagnosed 25 years ago. Born on August 12, 1963, he leaves behind loving parents Alfred and Caroline Bahr and sister Anne Bahr-Katarincic. Before his illness he was active in a group devoted to the music and dance of his Croatian heritage and graduated from Santa Clara University in 1985 with a degree in science and math. Limited by the disability suffered as a result of his affliction he was never able to work in this field, but he managed to go back to school to pursue his real passion, graphic design. He received certificates in graphic design and production in 1995 and 1996. He produced a legacy of a large number of high-quality digital art pieces that will be cherished by his family.
submitted Jul. 19, 2013 4:21P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '85
Edna "Teddy" Marie Pescatore Renzullo
Edna (Teddy) Marie Pescatore Renzullo M.A. ’85 passed away on June 8th, 2013 in Yuba City, Calif. Her love and caring for her students will be missed by all. Edna was born in Torrington, Conn. November 27, 1940. She attended Seaton Hall University in N.J. and later obtained a Masters of Education from Santa Clara University in Calif. She was a teacher for over 40 years. The last 28 were at Saint Isidore's Catholic School in Yuba City. She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Ivilo "Mike" Renzullo, her son, Chris Renzullo (Jodi) her granddaughters, Gillian and Lauren of Yuba City, CA brothers, Michael (Lorraine) of Florida and Richard (Lilly) of Connecticut and many nieces and nephews. When Edna was not in the classroom teaching, you could find her bowling, playing cards, or supporting her grandchildren in their various endeavors.
submitted Jul. 23, 2013 10:59A
GRD Law '85
David J. Osborne
David J. Osborne J.D. ’85, June 3, 2013. Dave was in the middle of a jury trial. He was in the midst of defending a client against charges of child abuse. Dave was a public defender, appointed by the Court to defend the most despised in our society. He gave his life to and for his clients. He defended and saved the lives of many of our citizens. He was most proud that he convinced a jury to spare the life of one man who the state was trying to execute. David James Osborne was born on April 1, 1956 to James and Katie Osborne in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is survived by his only sister, Jane Frydenlund, of Floodwood, Minnesota. He loved miniature trains as a boy. One of his granddads had been an engineer. His dad was managing editor of the Grand Rapids newspaper. His mom, Katie, had been one of its first female reporters. She quit so that she could raise Jane and Dave. Dave went to a ""free school"" and never graduated from high school. He was proud of his GED and displayed it proudly on his law office wall. He was proud of his clear and cogent writing which he credited to his parents and their life of letters. Dave's best friends in Grand Rapids, Michigan were Kimbo and Jim Reed. In 1980, he graduated from Michigan State University, a student of philosophy and political science. In 1981, he moved to California, with his sweetheart, Diane Meconis. She was accepted into the Hastings School of Law at University of California in San Francisco. Dave got a job at The College Avenue Burrito Shop. A year later, he was accepted into the University of Santa Clara School of Law. He said he wasn't smart enough to get into Hastings, so he went to Santa Clara, with one of his best friends, David Michmerhuizen, who moved out from Michigan to live with him. When I was told by my girlfriend not to bother coming home, Dave offered his couch. When his next door neighbor, Ben O'Mahoney, had his apartment burned by his crazy roommate, Osborne, O'Mahoney, Michmerhuizen and I all moved to a locked, iron door neighborhood in downtown San Jose. That house, or the mattresses where the people lived below it, caught fire. The fire started, perhaps, by firecrackers thrown in the floor heater, investigated by fire inspector Piper, continued to spark Dave's fascination with explosives. Osborne barely survived first year final exams after catching double pneumonia. I finally took him to a doctor for antibiotics. He eventually moved with me to Felton, California. We lived with a fellow, Randall G. Binks, III, also known as White Cloud. Dr. Michael Freeman of Ben Lomond would commute with Osborne to law school that year and became his friend. In 1985, his last home during law school was a cottage in San Jose behind the house of Doug Bird and Stewart Wilson, lawyers with the Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County. They also volunteered for The National Lawyers' Guild. Dave helped found the University of Santa Clara County Chapter of The National Lawyers' Guild. The Lawyers' Guild at that time observed and represented protestors arrested during Presidential campaigns of the day. A few months before he died, he planned with me to establish a National Lawyer Guild Chapter in Redding to advocate for Native Americans here. Dave's next love was a radical lawyer in San Jose, Constance Carpenter. He loved her passion for justice, her crazy ways, her celebrations of life and love of tequila. Her law partners, Dan Mayfield and Jeff Lake J.D. ’92 were his good friends. Somehow, Dave graduated from the University of Santa Clara School of Law. He loved Ed Steinman's Civil Procedure and Alan Sheflin M.A. ’87's Forensic Persuasion classes. His photographic memory and razor sharp intellect somehow substituted for class and study, and Dave graduated from the University of Santa Clara School of Law and passed the California Bar exam. He followed me up to Redding, California to work for Frank J. O'Connor, the Shasta County Public Defender. Steven C. Kennedy, Bob Willie, Greg Parker, Brian McNally, Erin O'Toole McNally, Gary Roberts, Daphne Wilson, Bill Malloy, Doug Gardner and Jeff Gorder J.D. ’84 all worked with him at the office. Gary Roberts once accused him of stomping on Gary's toe. Dave enjoyed playing practical jokes on Gary, sending envelopes with white powder and wrapping Gary's porch with crime scene tape. Gary said Dave Osborne was one of the three reasons he left Shasta County. After Frank O'Connor left the Public Defender's office, he and Dave Osborne then shared an office across the street from the courthouse for many years. Dave loved Berkeley, the Mediterranean CafT, the record stores. He loved Oakland and Mama's Royal CafT. He loved San Francisco and the Schezuan Restaurant. He fantasized about moving back, going back to college to study Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern studies. He wanted my wife, Monica, to find him a mosque in Chico where he would be welcome. He loved the beauty of the Koran. In earlier years, Dave dug African history and music: King Sunni Ade in the 1980s and Ali Farke Toure and Hugh Masekela in the 1990s. He always appreciated guitar, especially Leo Kottke. He himself played the bass. He loved to play and listen to Motown like The Temptations or The Neville Brothers and The Wild Tchoupitoulas. Of course, he loved the Reggae music of Bob Marley and the Wailers and Toots and the Maytals. Twenty years ago, I would often find Dave after work at the Squire Room having a beer with buddies, John Webster and Frank O'Connor. Dave loved and doted on his friends' children, Corbin, the son of his best friend, Rich, Mary Ellen, the daughter of his sister, Jane, and especially Savannah, his God-daughter, my daughter. He wanted us to dedicate a room in our home so that he could build a huge train track and train set for our kids. We never got a chance. He often shopped for these kids and thought of them and tried to imagine what kinds of things they might like. He collected Barbies, and went shopping for Barbies, and had Barbies at his home that he never had a chance to give to my daughters before he died. After moving to Redding in 1986, he found a new true love, Christy Zink. She was a park ranger and Fish and Game warden. They lived together on the Sacramento River, his friend John Webster living in a cottage on the property, where they brewed beer. After that he lived with Al Myrtle, and became involved in Kenpo karate with Scott Halsey and his best friend, Rich. Dave used to love to tell stories, funny stories about himself and others. He never lost the relish for repeating these. He loved to tell about the one time that he met my dad when my dad showed up with a T-shirt that said ""Get a lot of the beach while you're young!"". In his last ten years, his secretary, Sharon Rader, became like a sister, and a mom, to him. He complained constantly to her about his health, but seldom saw a doctor or changed his habits. She cursed him daily after his death. Dave's mother, Katie Osborne, lived into her 90s. She died just a few years ago. She would continue to come and visit him for several weeks each year, until she broke her hip, and could no longer tangle with Dave's huge dogs. Dave lived for these visits each year with his mom, complained about them, complaining that he would have to get his house clean and presentable for her visits. His mom would tell Dave that she wasn't buying any green bananas.
submitted Jul. 22, 2013 5:18P
James Tomich M.S. ’86, Aug. 15, 2013. A resident of San Jose, Jim Tomich died after a courageous battle with cancer. His family was at his side. Born Oct. 20, 1941, and raised in Sacramento, Jim went onto CSU Sacramento earning a B.S. in Electronic Engineering, an Environmental Studies Certificate from USC and an M.S., Computer Science from University of Santa Clara. In 1971, he joined the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, retiring as Supervising Air Quality Engineer in 2010. Jim and his wife Glow settled into suburban San Jose to enjoy an active lifestyle. He served as president of the BSA Owners Club of Northern California and won awards for his mortorcycle restoration excellence. In the mid-90s, Jim sponsored members of his extended family overseas seeking refuge from the war in Bosnia - a proud moment for his entire family. Jim is survived by his wife Glow-Renee, sons Tom and Mike and grandchildren Marco, William and Danielle.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 12:09P
Steven G. Jay
Steven Griffin Jay ’87, May 26, 2013. Beloved husband of Laura nee Hyndman. Loving father of Sarah, Margaret and Griffin Jay; dear son of Peter Michael and Maureen (nee Fleming) Jay; son-in-law of William Hyndman and Beverly Hyndman; brother of Sharon (David) Dukesherer, Robert Jay and Susan (Mark Cassayre) Jay; nephew, uncle and cousin of many. He was 47.
submitted Jul. 4, 2013 7:11A
GRD Leavey/MBA '87
Lynn A. Samsel
Lynn Alison Samsel MBA ’87, age 56, passed away in God's care on March 30, 2013. Born in San Francisco she relocated to Lincoln, Neb. in 1992. Frequent family visits thereafter to the San Francisco Bay Area always included, for restorative purposes, trips to the ocean and redwoods which she loved. An avid reader all her life Lynn was a poet and writer. She was a novitiate in the Order of St. Benedict and a spiritual director. Lynn graduated in 1974 from Westmont High School in Campbell, CA then went on to pursue academic degrees from San Jose State University (B.A.), Santa Clara University (M.A. 1987) and the University of Nebraska (Ph.D in Business Administration-Marketing, 2001). Lynn taught marketing at UNL and then was involved in the support of various non-profit organizations in Lincoln. Survivers include daughter Elaine M. Samsel, husband Jason M. Samsel, sister Stacy Powers and brother Clay Smith.
submitted Jul. 20, 2013 1:19P
William B. Morrissey
William Bede Morrissey ’89, 46, passed away suddenly on January 30, 2013 at the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans' Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Born on January 7, 1967, Bill attended Our Lady of the Assumption School and Aquinas High School before being awarded a full ROTC Scholarship to Santa Clara University in 1985. He graduated in 1989 with a degree in Political Science and a commission as a US Army officer. A decorated veteran of Desert Storm and Airborne Graduate, Bill was a Captain in the U.S. Army for 8 years which included assignments in Turkey & South Korea. He was a compassionate person who loved nature, was especially fond of dogs, and was always on the alert for opportunities to help others. Bill was preceded in death by his father, Jere Morrissey J.D. '56 and his cousin Thomas J. Morrissey. He is survived by his mother Patricia Morrissey, brother, John Morrissey; son, Robert Bede Morrissey and Robert's mother Marjorie Jorgensen. Also surviving him are his uncle, Brian (Janet) Morrissey '62, his cousins, Joan, Michael, Sean (Veronica) Morrissey and many other relatives and friends. A bright light has disappeared from us. We are the poorer for his absence.
submitted Apr. 18, 2013 7:58P