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Showing obituaries submitted in last 6 months by graduates in 1961
Richard J. Morey ’61, 73, a lifelong resident of Menlo Park and Atherton, passed away on November 20, 2012. He was born Jan. 21, 1939. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Maura; son Mark of San Francisco; son Michael and daughter-in-law Katie of Beaverton, Oregon; daughter Melanie Allen and son-in-law Brett of Portland, Oregon; and grandchildren Molly, Jane, Tate, and Riley.
He attended St. Joseph's, Bellarmine and Santa Clara. Richard had a career as a cement mason and was a member of the Operative Plasters' & Cement Masons' Union for over 50 years. In his later years, he enjoyed driving to Oregon to spend time with his children and grandchildren. Above all, Rich loved to visit with his friends and family. He will be missed by all.
submitted Jan. 28, 2013 11:19A
Larry F. Higgins
Larry F. Higgins ’61, 75, stepped beyond his journey with lymphoma on Nov. 27, 2012. Larry is survived by his loving wife, Charii; a son, Damon and his wife, Kerena; two grandchildren, Connor and Abigail; five siblings, Jack Higgins, Marion Walters, Bob Higgins, Patricia Cates and Eileen Higgins-Lower; and one sad dog, Katie. His parents and oldest son preceded him in death. Larry was born in Yonkers, N.Y., in August 1937 to John and Marion Higgins. He was the fourth of six children and the darling of all (although he did not know it). After several moves his family settled in Pasadena, Calif., where Larry proceeded to make a name for himself delivering newspapers (uphill both ways and in driving snow storms), and playing football and baseball for St. Francis High School. One of his proudest moments, next to the birth of his children, was his induction into his high school's hall of fame for his tenacious pitching, wild knuckleballs, and outstanding leadership. These same qualities helped him pitch spring batting practice for the Los Angeles Dodgers and be a four-year starter for Santa Clara University's baseball team. Upon graduation from college, Larry accepted a commission in the U.S. Army. He served seven years, one in Vietnam flying helicopters, and earned the regular Army rank of captain and a Reserve rank of major. Prior to deployment to Vietnam, Larry met and married his best blind date and lifelong love, Charii. Together they moved to Spokane to raise their two children, Larry John and Damon. Larry took a managerial position with American Handicrafts, where he worked hard and was promoted to district and then regional manager. After several years he took a job with the Washington State Liquor Control Board, where he managed the Pullman store. He retired after 19 years and spent his time eating ice cream, traveling with his wife and dog in their fifth wheel, playing golf, visiting his grandchildren, and trying to strike out cancer in the biggest game of his life. The lefty took it into extra innings and left the game with his head high. Larry was a deeply private person; however, he met people with kindness, respect and a gentle tease. He will be missed deeply by those he touched, especially his loving family. GOD bless and keep you!
submitted Jan. 7, 2013 11:29A
James Frank Schmiederer
James Frank Schmiederer ’61, MBA '63, a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away with his family by his side on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.
submitted May. 22, 2013 4:56A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '61
Fred "Freddie" Domino ’61, J.D. ’68 was born in Chicago in 1939 and passed away on Jan. 2, 2013, in Morgan Hill. He was a lawyer. His parents were Sylvester "Jack" Domino and Ann Domino. His sister was Kathy Domino. He is survived by wife Ruby Domino of Morgan Hill, daughter Dawn Domino of Morgan Hill, niece Trista (Domino) Zwemke of Palm Springs, and nephews David Domino of San Jose and Thomas Angelo Smith of San Francisco. He loved golfing and taking trips to Italy.
submitted Jan. 28, 2013 11:38A
Donald Ingoglia ’61 died Jan. 23, 2013, in a traffic collision in Hawaii.
The Sacramento business leader was 73.
Ingoglia retired in 1999 as chairman and chief executive officer of Tony's Fine Foods, a major food distributor based in West Sacramento. He was on the board of the company, which was founded by his parents in 1934 and grew to be one of the biggest employers in the region.
A Sacramento native, he was born March 20, 1939, to Adele and Anthony "Tony" Ingoglia Sr. He graduated from Santa Clara University and earned a law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law. He married his wife in 1969, raised five sons and was a tax attorney before joining the family business.
Donald Ingoglia is survived by his wife, Pat of Sacramento; sons, Dan of San Francisco, Thomas of San Diego, and Peter and John, both of Sacramento; brothers, Tony of Granite Bay and Michael of Sacramento; sister, Joanie Berger of Lake of the Pines; and four grandchildren.
submitted Jan. 28, 2013 11:29A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '61
St. Helena Mayor Delford Glenn (“Buddy”) Britton ’61, 74, died unexpectedly of renal failure Jan. 8, 2013, at home, after serving four terms and having been sworn in for a fifth.
A true native son, Mayor Britton was born in St. Helena on Aug. 3, 1938 to Mary Jane and Delford Britton. Britton’s seven siblings and life-long friends remember him as a popular kid “into everything” from sports to carpentry to student government to jazz. Britton received his bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University on a baseball scholarship and while in the military earned graduate degrees in economics and business administration.
In 1963, Britton was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force and later became a Command Pilot in Vietnam. For his valor in flying helicopter rescue missions, Britton was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (among other decorations). His quarter century of military service included assignments such as Professor of Aerospace at Lehigh University and ROTC Detachment Commander at Loyola Marymount University, Senior Staff at the Military Airlift Command (MAC), and the Air Sea Rescue Command for the Pacific.
After transitioning from the military, a Lt. Colonel, to civilian life, Britton fulfilled his dream of returning to St. Helena, where he built a home on the property where he was born and raised.
In Vietnam, Britton met and married his first wife, Red Cross service member Ida Jane Welty, with whom he had three children and celebrated 34 years of marriage before her death in 2004. Four years later, Britton met Marielle Coeytaux, a musician and soon-to-be pilot from Pope Valley; the couple married a year and a half later and together organized community-building events such as the Sister-City Project, a Youth Awareness Program, and Community Christmas carols.
Britton entered politics motivated largely by his abiding passion for St. Helena and his determination to preserve its way of life.
Above all, Del is known for his integrity, playfulness, gentle spirit, contagious optimism, sense of humor, and his insistence on seeing the best in everyone. No matter how insignificant a person’s effort in delivering on a request, Del’s response would always be, “Wonderful, wonderful.” He was a man who preferred to hear a joke over a compliment, and who liked to speed-walk any golf course, treating his best scores as flukes and his worst as funny, living always by his well-known mantra, “It is what it is.”
Britton is survived by his wife, Marielle; his three children Duke Britton, April Wilder, and Stephanie Getz; four grandchildren, four step-daughters, and six sisters.
submitted Jan. 11, 2013 10:59A
Charles "Chuck" Larson Sr.
Charles "Chuck" J. Larson Sr. ’61, 82, of Oro Valley, AZ, formerly of Sunnyvale, CA and Grass Valley, CA went to heaven on April 9, 2013 surrounded by family. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 22, 1931. He was preceded in death by his parents, Meta Anderson and William Larson Sr. and brother, William Larson Jr. A Coast Guard Veteran, Charles graduated in 1961 from Santa Clara University with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He was married to Elizabeth (Betty) Essner Larson in 1951, and over their 61 years of marriage, he worked at Varian, Lawrence Livermore Lab, Plasma Kinetics and EBT in the Bay Area. He retired to Grass Valley, CA and Oro Valley, AZ in 2004. Although he was a husband, dad, uncle, brother, coach, friend, his favorite title was ""Poppy,"" the name given to him by his 11 grandchildren. He is survived by his children, Cathy Cattaneo (Andy), Charles Larson Jr. (Patrice), William Larson (Patti) and Teri Pierce (Lawrence); adored and missed by his grandchildren, Elizabeth Cattaneo, Meg and Steven Larson, Ashley (Ulm), Victoria, Chelsea and Tyler Larson, Lauren, CJ, Zack and Billy Pierce.
submitted May. 22, 2013 4:12A
Carl A. Munding
Carl Alvin Munding ’61, with a taste of Wild Turkey, and a kiss from his beloved wife of fifty years—Kathleen—and surrounded by the love of his four children—Monica, John, Matt, and Michelle—crossed over to the Kingdom of God on Jan. 19, 2013. His spirit lives on as he was and will always be a man who lived a life of respect, love, and service to others before himself.
Carl was born September 19, 1939 to Clarence and Mary Munding in San Luis Obispo, Calif. He was the oldest of eight children and grew up in Santa Maria, Calif. At the age of eighteen, he spent one of his most memorable summers on the wheat farm of Margret and Ervin Christensen, who loved him like a son, and his love for them was returned the rest of his life in kind.
Carl graduated from the University of Santa Clara, class of 1961, and graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a Masters Degree in Public Health and a Masters Degree in Business. He loved Santa Clara University and his Bronco classmates. For those Bronco’s reading this: a mandatory toast to the spirit of Carl.
It was at Santa Clara University where Carl met the love of his life: Kathleen Degnan. Truly soul mates, with a love that will transcend this life, and that will endure through eternity.
Carl was honored to serve in the Army where he attained the rank of Captain. Carl’s first job was at Pfizer, where he was honored as Man of the Year. He subsequently accepted a position at Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, Wash., which led to his most passionate career as the hospital administrator at Providence Hospital Everett, Wash., where he served loyally for twenty years. Carl was the first lay administrator of the hospital where he worked with the nuns to transform an 87 bed facility to a 257 bed regional medical center. He was an administrator of vision for the community.
After 20 years at Providence and with the children off to college, Carl and Kathleen moved to Paradise Valley, Ariz., where he founded Munding & Associates, serving people for the next twenty years.
Carl was the most humble of men. He adopted early on this mantra: “gratitude is riches; complaint is poverty.” He didn’t speak it; he lived it on a daily basis. Every day, Carl nurtured and challenged people spiritually, intellectually, morally, and physically through his example. His life was one of service to family, community, and society’s most disadvantaged members. He loved his membership in Rotary for over forty years, being president of both Everett and Paradise Valley Chapters. He was President of the Seattle Area Hospital Association, Sisters of Providence Retirement Board, National College of Hospital Administrators, United Way, and the YMCA. In Arizona, he served on the Board of La Hacienda Hospital de Niños for nine years, established foundations for Paradise Valley of Washington elementary school districts, and North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. While consulting for Flagstaff Medical Center, he oversaw the building of Taylor House for cancer patient families. The awards and honors were numerous. However, he was simply grateful for the opportunity to serve others.
Carl is survived by his wife of 50 years, Kathleen (Kitty), four children, Monica Windham, John "Tiger" Munding ’88, Matt Munding and Michelle Cash. Beloved daughter-in -laws, Karen and Liz; sons-in-law, Rob and John, grandchildren—Beth, Erin ’15, David, Tom, Madeline, Jeffrey, Stephanie, Elise, and Zachary. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother David. He is survived by his siblings, Mary Steven Smith (Gordon), Laura Munding Rhodes (Dick), Amelia Munding, Peter Munding (Marti), Frances Parrish, Sene Williams (David), many nieces and nephews, and numerous close cousins.
submitted Jan. 28, 2013 11:47A