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James Michael McDonald

James Michael McDonald ’61 (12/05/36 - 06/02/12) Coach Jim McDonald, 75, passed away peacefully in San Francisco on June 2, having endured multiple myeloma and related complications since 2003.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Francesca (Guheen) and daughters Christina D'Arcy (Finbarr) and Melissa Wagner (Nicholas). He is the proud Papa of Oliver Edward James Wagner. Jim is uncle to Jessica Guheen Wald (Adam), Colin (Carrie) and Ryan Guheen ’03, Paula, Kenny and the late Kevin Carolla, John Edmunds and Sandra Ledford. Jim is survived by his brothers-in-law Michael Guheen ’68, MBA ’70 (Cheryl) and Fred Carolla, and his sister-in-law Susan (Guheen) Desautels (Marc). He is predeceased by his parents, Valentine and Noreen McDonald, twin brother Jerome and sisters Patricia and Peggy; his in-laws, John J. Guheen II and Francis Arguello Guheen (nee Lemmelett) and brother-in-law John J. Guheen III.

Jim grew up in Eureka Valley and graduated from Most Holy Redeemer grammar school. He attended St. Joseph's Seminary in Los Altos for one year prior to attending Saint Ignatius College Preparatory on Stanyan Street and graduating in the class of 1955. Jim's collegiate athletic and academic adventures began at the University of San Francisco followed by a stint at Santa Clara University and then back to USF where he completed his B.S. in Business Administration, followed by a teaching credential and Master's degree in Education. In 1962, at Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, Jim began what was to become a 50-year career as an educator and football coach. In 1971, Jim started teaching and coaching at Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga. He retired in 2004, after 32 years of service and in 2005 he was inducted into the St. Mary's College Athletic Hall of Fame, an honor for which he was most humble. After his official retirement, Jim volunteered on the coaching staff of City College of San Francisco and was ecstatic to be a part of Coach Rush's 2011 National Championship team. Coaching at CCSF completed Jim's vision of coaching football until he died.

Jim made a positive impact in the lives of hundreds of young men and women and enjoyed the ongoing communication with so many of his former players and students. His spirits were buoyed with visits and phone calls from players and students throughout the years, especially during his illness. He delighted in hearing about their families, careers, and accomplishments. Jim valued family and friends and was extraordinarily loyal to the loved ones in his life. He referred to himself as a blessed man to be surrounded by his loyal family and friends, for they made him laugh and lightened his heart throughout his life. He felt fortunate to visit with them daily and weekly in his last months.

Jim was particularly grateful to the Jesuits for the impact they had on his formative years and how their philosophy shaped his life; he was grateful for how the individual Jesuits in his life guided and supported him as an adult, especially during his illness. Jim was also affected by, and deeply respected, the teaching mission of the Christian Brothers at Saint Mary's College. Additionally, donations of one's time or funds in support of the vocation of nursing would be an appropriate tribute, as Jim had a deep respect for the nurses who took such good care of him, calling them his angels. The family would like to extend its gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Hematology/Oncology practice at the University of California San Francisco and the UCSF Family Medicine Centerat Lakeshore; and in addition, the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Jewish Home in San Francisco who welcomed Jim and treated him like family. To all our friends who provided support and guidance and were always there for us during this time, our heartfelt thanks and love

submitted Aug. 3, 2012 10:17A
Jacqueline Ithurburn

Jacqueline Ithurburn, Oct. 9, 2013. Longtime Susanville resident Jacqueline (Jackie) Ithurburn passed away at Manor West Skilled Nursing Facility in Sparks, Nev. Her last days on the earth were spent with her family by her side. Jackie was born March 22, 1935 to George and Margaret (Corvello) Campidonica in Merced, Calif. She attended local schools and graduated from Merced High School. She went on to attend Hartnell College and San Jose State University. While attending San Jose State, she met the love of her life, Peter (Pete) Ithurburn '56, who was attending nearby Santa Clara University. They were married July 13, 1957 at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Merced. Jackie then moved to Susanville where she and Pete made their home. Jackie worked as a librarian at Diamond View School for several years in the 1970s. She devoted her life to her husband, children and eventually to her grandchildren. She was a past member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Caring and Sharing Group, past member of the Susanville Euskaldunak Basque Club and a devout member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Jackie was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Ithurburn, brother, Robert Campidonica, and parents, George and Margaret Campidonica. Jackie is survived by her daughters, Margaret (Bob) Pieper, of Susanville, and Catherine Ithurburn, of Sacramento sons, Stephen Ithurburn, of Yuba City, Christopher (Kathy) Ithurburn, of Sacramento, and Phillip Ithurburn, of Susanville. Jackie's grandchildren, Christopher, Daniel, Matthew, Jacob, Amy, Samuel, Micheal, Stephanie, Paul, Andrew, Makayla and great-grandchild, Liam, will miss her kind blue eyes. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

submitted Dec. 3, 2013 9:12P
Flora Cabral Komes

Flora Cabral Komes, matriarch of Flora Springs Winery, peacefully passed away on Oct. 29, 2012.

Flora always described her life as beautiful, and so it was, from her roots in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she was born Nov. 7, 1911, to her final days in the Napa Valley and in her beloved San Francisco.

Flora was a nurse and a nurturer, whether it was a bird with a broken wing, a small, struggling plant or a scraped knee. She first recognized her call to nursing when she was in fifth grade and read about Florence Nightingale. In 1931, after her graduation from McKinley High School, Flora boarded a Matson liner to the mainland - to San Francisco to attend St. Mary's Hospital School of nursing. Her first purchase when she arrived in chilly San Francisco was a warm coat.

By Halloween that first year, Flora had been introduced to Jerry Komes, who would become the love of her life. The attraction was mutual and he asked her out to a movie the next week, which happened to be her birthday. He arrived with a bouquet of violets - a practice that continued for the rest of their life together. He courted Flora for years, but she would not marry him until she completed her training, including a postgraduate degree at Shriner's Hospital. They finally married at morning mass at St. Agnes Church in San Francisco, Feb. 16, 1935.

Flora eventually gave up her career to raise their children. Jerry and Flora were quite a team. Flora supported his successful career at Bechtel Corporation and he was always quick to tell you that his accomplishments were not his alone, but possible because of his devoted Flora. They were married 66 years when Jerry died at the age of 89.

Flora always lived up to her name - she loved to garden and always had green plants thriving around her. Even after she moved to The San Francisco Towers, people would bring her their weak and dying plants to revive.

In 1977, after a several year search, Flora and Jerry purchased the property at the end of West Zinfandel Lane in St. Helena. Flora had immediately fallen in love with this land and quickly convinced her husband that this was the perfect place to "retire." They hiked the hills together and located the springs, and when their son, John, proposed that the old winery building on the property be revived, it only made sense that the winery should be called Flora Springs after these two sources of life. Instead of a retirement property, this became a new career for Flora and Jerry and their children.

Flora remained interested and involved with the winery until her death. Last year, the family was able to celebrate Flora's 100th birthday and people were astounded by her spirit and energy and radiant smile.

Flora is survived by her three children and their spouses, Michael ’58 and Pat Komes, John ’62 and Carrie Komes and Julie ’71 and Pat Garvey M.A. ’74 and daughter-in-law Rose Komes; seven grandchildren, Michelle (Steve) Dolge ’84, Jeannine (Dave) Ross, Lisa (Curt) Myers, Nadine (Scott) McIntosh, Kirsten Komes (granddaughter-in-law), Nat (Anne) Komes, Sean (Lindsay) Garvey and Joe Garvey; and 15 great-grandchildren, Jackson and Zoe Dolge, Tucker and Hayley Ross, Kyle and Keenan Myers, Peter and Mark McIntosh, Christian, Mary Grace, and Elisa Komes, Matthias and Charlotte Komes, Graham and Sabine Garvey. She also is survived by her devoted personal secretary, Catherine Cunningham. Flora is predeceased by her husband, Jerry Komes and her grandson, Otto Komes; her sisters, Philamena Kellogg, Adeline Spencer, and Ethel Helmboldt; and her brothers, Edward and Wilfred Cabral.

submitted Nov. 15, 2012 10:11A
Emma Rita Shane Anderson

Emma Rita Shane Anderson, September 14, 1919, to March 31, 2012.
A resident of San Jose, Emma, 92, was born in Santa Clara to Rita and John Shane. She passed away at her home in San Jose with her constant loving companion and caregiver, Jane Escalante--who called her "Grandma" and made her happy with TLC, laughter, and love--holding her to the end. She was the beloved wife of the late Jack B. Anderson, who passed away Oct. 1989; loving sister of the late Walter Shane, who passed away Aug. 1986; sister-in-law of Mary Shane; devoted aunt of Mike Shane and many cousins. Emma attended Santa Clara H.S. and Heald Business College. She moved to San Jose when she married her dear husband Jack on June 25, 1947. Emma was an active partner and accountant in Jack's business, Globe Printing Co. on S. First St. in San Jose for over 50 years until Jacks' passing in 1989; when she continued operating the Globe until her retirement and closing of the business in Jan. 1997. Upon retirement, Emma became socially active in different organizations, among which were: the Catala Club of Santa Clara Univ., San Jose Univ. Heritage Society, the Caritas Society of Catholic Charities, California Pioneers of Santa Clara Co., the Comtemporary Arts Club and San Jose Country Club. Emma was a longtime resident of Linden Oaks (Willow Glen) loved by neighbors young and old. They will remember her as an avid gardener who always had a kind word to all of the passers by. They will remember the individual bags of candy that Emma made for all of the neighborhood children during Halloween. After selling her home in Pebble Beach, she spent her last years in her home in Willow Glen. Emma will be remembered always as a beautiful lady loved by all who knew her.

submitted Apr. 19, 2012 3:52P
Elizabeth Mary Ginty

Elizabeth Mary Ginty, born May 25, 1917, the beloved daughter of Peter Francis and Margaret Mary Hamill of Oakland, died peacefully at her home on October 7, 2012 at the age of 95. She was a lifelong resident of Oakland/Piedmont having been born in Oakland, attending Piedmont Avenue School, graduating from Oakland Technical High School and completing two years of business college. She lived and raised her family in the same Piedmont home for nearly 67 years. She was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church her entire life where she, as well as her mother and her daughter were married. She was active in the Mothers Club at St. Leo's school, from which her two children graduated. She was a volunteer and officer with the Holy Family Guild and a member of the Catala Club of Santa Clara University for over forty years. Elizabeth was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, a devoted caretaker of family and friends throughout her life. She was always cheerful and friendly to anyone she met; a ray of sunshine in any room she entered. She delighted in being a native Californian and was especially proud of her Irish heritage and her extended family in Ireland, whom she visited on many occasions with her late husband and brother and her grandchildren. Elizabeth was predeceased by her devoted husband of 53 years, John Francis Ginty, founder of Ginty Supply of Walnut Creek and by her dear brother, Edward Hamill of Oakland. She is survived by her daughter Margaret Shumm and husband Gary of Menlo Park, CA and her son John F Ginty, Jr. '70 and wife Maureen of Alta, CA. Elizabeth is also survived by her six grandchildren, Meghan Shumm Oliveri '01 of Danville, Erin Shumm and Kathleen Shumm Tuttle '05 both of San Jose, Flynn Ginty of San Francisco, Britte Ginty of Rochester, Minnesota and Devin Ginty currently residing in Helsinki, Finland; and her great-grandchild Emily Tuttle of San Jose.

submitted Nov. 15, 2012 3:00P
Elizabeth "Betty" Sutro

Elizabeth "Betty" Sutro died peacefully on August 8 at her ranch in Napa at the age of 101 surrounded by family. She was a gracious and giving lady and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.  Betty was born in July 1911 to Philip Hanson Hiss and Caroline Dow Hiss at their home in New Canaan, Connecticut. She attended Tenacre Country Day School in Massachusetts, and was profiled in its 2011 newsletter, as both the school and Betty turned 100. She graduated from Dana Hall in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and was presented their distinguished alumni award in 2002. She moved to San Francisco after her marriage in October 1931 to John Sutro, who for many years was a distinguished attorney and partner at Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro. In 1935 they moved to their new home in Presidio Heights, where she raised four children, many dogs and lived until her death.  Betty will be remembered for her extraordinary caring and generosity, and for the impact she made on so many people. There were several organizations that she cared about and supported, but she was especially passionate and committed to St. Luke's Hospital (now part of the California Pacific Medical Center) and Laguna Honda Hospital. Betty was involved with St. Luke's for over 75 years, and helped found the St. Luke's Auxiliary 60 years ago. In 1984, as further acknowledgment of her commitment to improving the human condition, she was invested into The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem. In February 2009, Betty was honored at a reception for her decades-long commitment to St. Luke's.  Betty Sutro's spirit of giving has also been shown and known by her participation at Laguna Honda Hospital for the past 50 years. Betty was a founding member of the Laguna Honda Hospital Volunteers (now known as Friends of Laguna Honda), beginning her service on the board of that organization in 1957 and retiring in 2008. Throughout that time and after her retirement, she was devoted to the residents of Laguna Honda and open to answering their critical needs. In June 2010, at the opening of the newly revamped hospital, the Betty Sutro Meadow was dedicated in her honor and the meadow is now an active area for the residents of Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center as well as the residents of San Francisco. In the words of one friend, "She was a selfless act to others. She had the opportunity to give; she took it;she gave it."  In 1994, Betty endowed the first academic chair at Santa Clara University School of Law, the John A. and Elizabeth H. Sutro Professor of Law.  At the time of her death, Betty had been a member of the Town and Country Club for 66years.  Betty loved the outdoors, and especially loved her ranch in Napa. She made the drive from San Francisco to Napa every weekend, and spent much of each summer there. There were always family and friends around. Her children and grandchildren and some of her great-grandchildren had large groups of friends visit on a regular basis. As a sampling; her son Stephen had his fraternity up for a weekend, a granddaughter's entire swim team came up, and a great-grandson's Boy Scout troop had several camping weekends there. Betty's story would not be complete without mention of her beloved dogs. When she was 12 years old her dog, Dixie, went with her to Tenacre Country Day School, although Dixie was asked to leave almost immediately. Throughout her life she always had a dog (or three), many of which have their portraits hanging in her bedroom. She is survived by her Labrador retriever, Dusty, who was at the foot of her bed when she died.  A special thank you to her granddaughter, Margaret Mackey, NP, for all the love and care she gave "Gima" the last few years. The family also wishes to thank Bobby Cohen and Celedonia Garcia and his family for the invaluable care and support they gave her over the past 20 years, without which she would not have enjoyed those years as much as she did.
Betty was preceded in death in 1994 by her devoted husband, John, after almost 63 years of marriage. She also was pre-deceased by her beloved son, Stephen, in 1962, and her loving daughter, Caroline Mohun, in 1997. She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Mackey ’91, of Los Altos, and her son, The Honorable John A. Sutro, Jr. (Loulie), of Kentfield. She also leaves behind 17 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren. 

submitted Sep. 6, 2012 12:09P


Therese King McNeil

Therese King McNeil August 13, 1939 - February 7, 2014 Resident of Monte Sereno, Therese died peacefully with her family in the home she cared for and cherished after a two year struggle with cancer. Therese is survived by Don '57, her husband of fifty years, by their four sons: Peter '90 ( Patricia), Timothy (Katie), Patrick '92 (Erica), and Thomas '98 (Darcie) and nine grandchildren: May Margaret, Eamon, Dillon, Ryan, Keira, Will, Luke, Timothy and Cassidy. Therese was born of Irish immigrant parents in San Francisco, California. She attended St. Rose Academy and Dominican College of San Rafael. She taught school in Marin County, then in Campbell after her marriage. She loved teaching and was an inspiration to her students and everyone around her. She retired from teaching to raise her four boys - a very polite and well mannered group, of course. The job she retired to was loving, guiding and supporting her husband and family. She did her new job well and was loved and valued in return. She was president of the Bellarmine Mothers' Guild, chair of the Bellarmine Fashion show, and active in and an officer of a number of non-profit agencies. She was also a member of Santa Clara University's Board of Fellows. Therese's particular gift was her ability to make and keep friends. She was interested in the stories of those around her, and was able to share with them a love of life, a sence of humor, a generous spirit and a scrupulous honesty. Her friends are loyal and legion. Therese will miss them and they her. 

submitted Apr. 22, 2014 9:02P
Michael E. Kelly

Michael Kelly ’14 passed away on May 8, 2013, surrounded by his family and close friends. He was 21.

Born in Walnut Creek, CA, in 1992, Michael had lived in Modesto and was currently a junior at Santa Clara University. Michael is survived by his parents, Ed and Debbie Kelly, sisters, Kimberly, Maribeth and Bridget, brothers Zack Vagneur and Hasani Carr.

His passing at such a young age is reminder to us all to appreciate each and every person with whom we spend time, each and every day we share. May Michael's open and enthusiastic spirit nourish our own care for each other, especially in this time of grief.
submitted May. 23, 2013 1:26P
John Arthur Stege Sr.

John Arthur Stege Sr. died on December 28, 2010. He was born in Los Angeles to Art and Clementine Donahue Stege. He was raised in Lancaster, California with his sister Katie (Whidden). While he was in the Retail Wholesale Wine and Spirits industry his entire business life, his real joy and love was in his family and flying. He matriculated from the Army Air Corp as a Major, having flown 125 missions in a P-38 fighter plane in both North Africa and The South Pacific in World War 2. His children had no idea growing up in Van Nuys California that their father was a war hero, as he never spoke of his exploits until his later years. He was inducted to the Hall of Fame for the Newport Beach American Legion Post #291. He was always in the family hall as the best father, friend, uncle, and grandpa anyone could ever have. It is with much joy and comfort that he is now reunited with his beloved wife Charlene Mary Mertes, who departed from us in June of 1999. He is survived by son John Stege Jr. ‘74, Los Gatos (Laura), Lorraine Ellen in Napa, Roseann Christine in Costa Mesa (Steve Wherry), Mary Lynn in Fairfield (John Askin), and Sally Elizabeth in Chico, and 7 grandchildren.

submitted Jan. 10, 2011 12:00P
Jo Ann Costella


Jo Ann Costella died on Aug. 21, 2010. She was a resident of Santa Clara. Jo Ann was born on Apr. 12, 1928 to Charles and Nena Williams in Lodi, CA. She was raised in Chowchilla, CA until moving to Santa Cruz, CA and graduating from Santa Cruz High School in 1945. In 1946 she met Richard Costella, the love of her live, at the Cocoanut Grove on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and they were married March 3, 1951 at the Carmel Mission in Carmel, CA. In 1955 they bought a home in Santa Clara, CA and began raising three sons, Rick, Chris and Jon. In 1968, Jo Ann commenced on a rewarding twenty five years of employment at Santa Clara University before retiring in 1993 with a commendation of gratitude from The Rev. Paul Locatelli, S.J. At heart, Jo Ann was a small town girl but she loved to travel. She and Richard traveled extensively, visiting all points of the globe. Jo Ann is survived by her loving husband, Richard, of Santa Clara; son Rick and future daughter-in-law Kimberly Thompson of San Jose; son Jon and daughter-in-law Suze of Santa Clara; son Chris of Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren Patrick, Natalie, Sharon, Addison, Rachel, Spencer and great-grandsons Jordan and Holden. Jo Ann will be remembered for her unconditional love, support, and encouragement of her children and family.


submitted Sep. 13, 2010 4:12P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. 'wn
Gregory Todd Savage

Gregory Todd Savage died July 15 of complications from cancer. A graduate of Texas A&M, he completed the teaching credential program and the coursework for a master's degree at Santa Clara. Greg taught at Pioneer High School in San Jose and was the son of Tom and Marsha Savage, both retired as professors emeriti from the Department of Education. Greg is survived by his family Crystalyn Savage M.A. ’06, Cody Savage, and Chelstie Prewitt, as well as his parents Dr. George and Mrs. Rexanna Latimer of Bryan, TX, Drs. Tom and Marsha Savage of Manteca CA, his brother Steve Savage of San Jose, his grandmother Norma K. West of Idaho, as well as many aunts, cousins, friends, and students.

submitted Jul. 26, 2012 10:13A
Eugene A. Yuasa

Eugene Akio Yuasa J.D. ’89, March 7, 2013. He was 51, of Honolulu, and an attorney. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by parents James M. and Marjorie, brother Steven and sisters Frances Higashi and Ann Yuasa. 

submitted Oct. 14, 2013 9:04A
Dale Schrumpf

Dale Schrumpf M.S. '73, MBA '80, May 5, 2014. Dale Schrumpf was born March 3, 1935, in Perryville, Mo., the first of three children.  He attended Missouri School of Mines and then moved to California to work as an engineer, after serving in the Army briefly.  He worked at Sylvania and GE when the microwave was first in development.  He worked at Lockheed Missiles and Space as an engineer in two different time periods, including work on the Space Station.  In between he worked at Quantic Enterprises, where he attained several patents.  He received a Master of Science degree and an MBA from Santa Clara University.  He also had a passion for sales and entrepreneurship.  For many years he traveled the Bay Area with his son, placing Christian books in grocery stores.  He started many of his own businesses, including Satellite Solutions, one of the first distributors of DISH Network systems in the Bay Area.  In his retirement, he enjoyed merchandising and product demonstration jobs, feeding his love of interacting with people.  After moving to Texas, he was able to return to his love of fishing.

Dale had a passion to read the Bible and serve the Lord.  He was active in Peninsula Bible Church (Palo Alto, Calif.) in the 60s and 70s, and Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (Calif.) from the 80s until he moved to Texas in 2012.  In Arlington, he found a church home at Pantego Bible Church.  At Peninsula Bible Church he was active in evangelism programs, he helped with counseling at Billy Graham events, and he led a Bible study at Lockheed.  For several years he and his wife Dianne helped Wycliffe Bible Translators in their recruitment program (TOTAL It Up) in Temecula, Calif.  He attended Western Seminary in Santa Clara, Calif., for several years, working towards a Certificate.
He is preceded in death by his sister, Darleen Dunker.  He is survived by his brother Leman Schrumpf, his son John Schrumpf (Claudia), John’s mother Jan Schrumpf, step-daughter Beth Bryson, step-son Jim Bryson (Joelle) and their children, and Beth and Jim’s mother Dianne Bryson.
submitted May. 16, 2014 12:27P
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