Class Notes | Obituaries
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William “Bill” Kelly ’53 died on October 14, 2010.
William 'Bill' Risko '53 died Oct. 14, 2009. Resident of Campbell and Santa Clara County for 60 years. Bill was born in Hurley, Wisc., in 1927, the eldest of six children. He came west after serving in the United States Marines in 1954. He attended the University of Santa Clara and played football for the Broncos where he became a lifelong member of the Bronco Bench Foundation. He played with the San Francisco 49ers and played semi-pro with various teams in the area. He married his wife JoAnn in 1955 and enjoyed many happy times during their 53 years of marriage until her death in 2008. Bill was an investigator for the District Attorney's office until his retirement in 1983. He was a long time member of the YMCA where he could be found each lunch hour playing handball or racquetball with friends. Bill enjoyed traveling, barbequing and working in his yard. He is survived by daughter Patti (Tom) Lovely, Dan (Nancy) Risko and Steve (Robin) Risko of San Jose. Grandchildren surviving him are Adam, Andreal, Anthony, Gina, Sean, Robert and Matthew. A celebration of his life will be held at the American Legion Hall #419, 958 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara on Nov. 9th at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may go to the Bronco Bench foundation, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara 95053
Stanley A. Seneker ’53, a former chief financial officer at Ford, died June 28, 2012 at his home in Naples, Fla. He was 81.
Seneker retired at the end of 1994 as executive vice president and chief financial officer, having held the latter position since 1987. He worked with two CEOs: Donald Petersen and Harold (Red) Poling. Seneker joined Ford in 1957 as a cost analyst at the company's San Jose, Calif., assembly plant.
Samuel W. Kyburz ’53 died on Oct. 14, 2009. He was an eighth-generation native of Placerville, Calif., and Korean War veteran. Kyburz Worked for Aero Jet General Corporation over 18 years before forming, owning, and operating a sporting goods store in Placerville. He is survived by his wife of 5 years, Naomi, two children, and four grandchildren.
Robert Edward Monroe ’53, died March 24, 2012, at his home in Highland, Calif. after a two-year bout with cancer. He was 80. Monroe was born April 7, 1931 in Los Angeles, Calif. and moved to Glendora, Calif. as a young child. He began his lifelong business career as a college student, buying a small grocery store in the "Veterans' Village" section of the Santa Clara University campus that catered to the returning World War II veterans that made up a large part of the Santa Clara student body in the early 1950s. The ROTC student joined the U.S. Army shortly after graduating. During his stint, he was stationed in Bamberg, Germany among other Army bases. He achieved the rank of first lieutenant before being discharged honorably in 1956. In 1954, he married Mary Theresa Cavanaugh of Lodi, California and upon his discharge from the Army they settled first in San Mateo and he began his career with Mobil Oil Corp. After frequent relocations, he and his family settled in Upland, Calif. in 1969. He launched an auto parts distribution business called Century TBA in San Bernardino, Calif. where he worked until his retirement in 1992. In retirement, he traveled frequently and was active in St. Adelaide's Church in Highland, Calif. Monroe is preceded in death by first wife Mary Theresa Monroe. He is survived by wife Lois Longo Monroe of Highland, Calif.; sister Mary Helen Monroe of San Bruno, Calif.; brother Joseph Monroe of Napa, Calif.; sons Michael Monroe of Gilroy, Calif.; Daniel Monroe of Carlsbad, Calif.; Patrick Monroe of Tustin Ranch, Calif.; and Robert Monroe of Poway, Calif., 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Raymond "Ray" Bettencourt '53, born August 23, 1931, and a resident of Fremont, with great sadness we say goodbye to Ray who passed away on July 16, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond Sr. and Anna Bettencourt and his loving wife Harriet Bettencourt. Ray was a brother to Donna Shoults, a loving father to Jeff (Sandi) and Greg (Liz), and a wonderful caring grandfather to Daniel, Renee, Eric, and Jenna.
Ray was born and has spent his whole life in Fremont where he graduated from Washington High School and played football. He then extended his education and graduated from Santa Clara University. Following this he served two years in the United States Army. He then earned his teaching credential and later taught Social Sciences for 30 years back at his alumni of Washington High School.
He was known for his great humor and sarcasm and was very well-liked by his students. After graduation many of his students would stop by to visit Ray, return several times and grew to really adore Harriet, who was a magnet to the neighborhood teenagers. In addition, he had an after school session known as "detention" which he actually enjoyed and derived great pleasure in conversing with the participants who were a captive audience for his wit and humor.
He was an avid golfer. He coached golf at Washington High School from 1961-1965. With only one family car his wife and eldest son would come to the school to load up the entire golf team in the station wagon and drive to the local golf course. To the end of his life he remained in contact with some of the members from these teams. He shared his love of golf with the neighborhood kids and inspired them by teaching them and giving them clubs and golf balls that he fished out of ponds at various golf courses to develop their own passion for golf.
In recent years he became very involved in genealogy. He traced back his family origins with the help of like minded relatives to the 1863 arrival of his Great Grandfather John to the San Francisco Bay Area. As a result of this interest he was very much involved in collecting, taking, and organizing photos of family and friends he had known throughout his life.
He also had a great passion for movies and has a vast collection of miniature movie posters which are displayed throughout his house. His love for movies is evident by his book and movie collection. Growing up in Fremont, Ray kept in touch with many friends from grammar school days through Monday morning breakfast, reunions, and frequent visits to each other's homes. He will be greatly missed by his friends as he missed those who went before him. Two of his many great qualities were his generosity and progressive thinking which allowed him to share and grow both spiritually and intellectually to the very end of his life. When you spent time with him, you felt as though you were growing along with him.
Michael Robert O'Sullivan '53 of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., passed away May 15, 2011, at the age of 80. Michael was the son of Michael Richard O'Sullivan and Julia Kate Hartnett, both originally from County Cork, Ireland. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who will be remembered for his integrity, generosity, patience, compassion, humor, and gentleness. Mike is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons, Michael (wife Nancy) and Dan; grandchildren, Galen, Jesse (Laurel), and Emily, and great grandchildren, Gabriel and Penelope. He is also survived by his sisters, Virginia Madden, Phyllis O'Sullivan, and Patricia O'Sullivan and many much-loved nephews and nieces. He attended Mt. Carmel High School, University of Santa Clara, and UCLA, where he earned a master's degree in electrical engineering. He and his wife, Barbara enjoyed two years in Paris from 1958-1960 while he worked for the Foreign Service. They traveled in Europe with their infant son, and visited Ireland, where they established life- long connections with his Irish relations. He worked for Hughes Aircraft and TSC as a Radar Engineer before creating O'Sullivan Consulting in 1982. Mike and Barbara enjoyed traveling, and visited Ireland, the U.K., Europe, Japan, China, and Africa. Michael was a resident of Rancho Palos Verdes for 50 years and built long-lasting friendships through his involvement in the Via Cambron neighborhood, Indian Guides, Lunada Bay Little League, back-packing, and sailing. In recent years he was active in the community working for balance and integrity in the implementation of the Rancho Palos Verdes view (tree) ordinance. Michael freely gave his attention, time, wisdom, and support to his extended family. He was a thoughtful man who really listened to people, and enjoyed hearing about their aspirations, ideas, careers, and their families. He was our guiding light.
Manlio "Mel" John Micheletti '53 April 8, 1930 - May 7, 2014. Resident of Los Altos Hills. Mel Micheletti died peacefully on May 7, 2014 in the presence of family in his home in Los Altos Hills where he resided for 53 years. Mel Micheletti is survived by his brother Art Micheletti '50, his wife of 62 years, Lorna Micheletti and their six children: Dave Micheletti, Diane Stevenson, John Micheletti, Rob Micheletti, Joane job, and Jim Micheletti '88. Mel and Lorna endured the loss of their son, Paul Micheletti '81, in 1991. He was 32 years old at the time. Additionally, Mel and Lorna have 17 grandchildren and 5 great Grandchildren.
Mel graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in 1949 and remained faithful to the "Bells" his entire life. He is in the Bellarmine Hall of Fame with many years of service in the Dad's Club and on the Board of Trustees. He attended Santa Clara University and the University of San Francisco. He owned and operated Micheletti Insurance in San Jose, Calif , which he bequeathed to his sons, Dave, Rob, and John.
Mel was known for his generosity and loyalty. He contributed lavishly to a number of charities and was a lifelong 49er fan going back to Kezar Stadium. More recently he was known for leading large groups of fans to "The Stick.'" For years he vacationed in Twain Harte, Calif., sharing the Micheletti cabin with countless friends and family. He and Lorna traveled much of the world together.
John Patrick Smalley '53, September 2, 2013. Born in Jackson, CA on Dec 30, 1928, and died in San Francisco from old age complication. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Beatrice; sons: John Joseph ’87, Patrick Michael, CHP; Dr. Val Smalley, DO; and Stephen, Sgt. SFPD; daughter and son-in-law: Christine and Tony So; granddaughters: Noelle and Adrianna So; Sister-in-law: Joanne Smalley; and nephew: Martin Catudio. John graduated from Santa Clara University, Civil Engineering. He was in the U.S. Army Artillery in Germany for the Korean War. He worked with the State of California for Bay Toll Crossings and on the San Diego Coronado Bridge and Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, City and County of San Francisco Public Works. He was a dedicated supporter of Pro Life Activities and was an active member of Star of the Sea Parish.
John Forrest Cronin '53, J.D. '58, of San Clemente died on April 18, 2010. John was a graduate of Loyola High School and Santa Clara University and Santa Clara Law School. He served with distinction as a Deputy District Attorney in Orange County, California for 31 years. John lived his life with passion and grace. He is survived by his beloved wife, Elisa; his children, Tina (Ted) Strickland-Wallace, Karen Cronin and John Patrick (Judy) Cronin; and his grandchildren, Michael Mulcahy, Daniel Mejdrich, Kellie Mejdrich, Kayleigh Strickland, Bobby Strickland and Maggie Cronin.
John A. Maloney '53 on May 12, 2010. Maloney was born and raised in Sayre, Pa., but a cross country trip as a high school graduate sold him on California as the place to get away from cold winters. His first job was as a caddy at age eleven at the Sayre country club. Soon after he was hired the caddies went on strike for a raise. They won and were paid up to 25 cents per round, and that was the beginning of his solid support for labor unions and the beginning of lifetime habit of working. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II as an infantryman in the invasion of North Africa and in the invasion of Sicily. Like many men of his generation, his combat service was the defining force in his life and was never forgotten. He was a 1953 graduate of Santa Clara University, and he went from there to become a social worker for Santa Clara County. He had started to learn the clarinet at age 10 and completed classical training. He was bitten by the jazz bug early and was playing in combos in clubs by age 16. Locally he played for 30 years with Emperor Norton's Jazz Band as well as with other groups. He was an enthusiastic supporter of live music and the South Bay Traditional Jazz Society. He always thought that San Jose, Calif., was the best place in the world to live. His first wife, Elizabeth, died in 1983. He is survived by his second wife, Cecelia; two daughters, Patricia Farrell (husband, Jim) and Veronica Maloney; two grandchildren, Jennifer Maloney and Sean Farrell (wife Adriana); eight step-children; and 11 step-grandchildren.
James Orrin Trowbridge '53 passed away on Friday, August 14, 2009, after a long illness. Jim was born on July 12, 1931 in San Jose, Calif., to Spencer and Gladys Trowbridge. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University. He attended medical school and completed his pathology training at the University of California, San Francisco. While in medical school, he met his beloved, beautiful wife, Mary Lou. Jim and Mary Lou lived in San Francisco until 1974, subject to a two-year detour to El Paso, Texas, where Jim fulfilled his service duties as a physician at La Tuna Federal Correctional Institute. Jim was a highly regarded pathologist, practicing first at the City and County of San Francisco and teaching at UCSF. From 1974 until his retirement in 1989, Jim was a partner in Diagnostic Pathology Medical Group in Sacramento. He was a member of the Gold Headed Cane Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, California Medical Association, American Medical Association, College of American Pathologists, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, California Society of Pathologists, and Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society. Jim and Mary Lou had a long, happy life together. He was a wonderful father, making sure his daughters knew they could accomplish anything with commitment, hard work, and a sense of humor. His grandsons brought him great joy. Jim loved his terrier, Raker, his koi, and to travel, fish, and read. Jim is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; daughters Ann (Jeffrey Clayton, M.D.), Susan (Vigan Kachikian); and grandsons Sam and Aran. He is dearly loved and deeply missed. Jim's family thanks the Viriviri family (Bale, Lily, and Sam) and the staffs at DaVita (Campus Commons), and Gramercy Court for their compassionate care.
James H. Love '53 died on March 29, 2010.
James Edward Chargin ’53 Oct. 2, 2013. He died from complications after he fell in his home. He was 81. Jim Chargin was born in San Jose, Calif., in 1932, the second of seven children to Joseph A. Chargin, Jr., and Ellen X. Laundrie Chargin. After completing his studies at Bellarmine Preparatory and Santa Clara University, he married Patricia Murphy, his longtime sweetheart, in 1955. They moved to Chicago, where he graduated from Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in 1957. Dr. Chargin moved with his family to Grass Valley in 1963, and they became members of St. Patrick's Catholic Parish. Dr. Chargin was in private practice in Grass Valley until 2003. He was chief of staff at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital for multiple terms. He continued assisting in surgery, especially orthopaedic surgery, until 2008. Dr. Chargin was an avid builder, machinist and do-it-yourselfer. He relished the challenge of fixing broken things of all kinds, rather than replacing them. He loved fishing and introduced all of his children and many of his grandchildren to the joys of camping in the Sierras. Dr. Chargin will be profoundly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues in California and beyond. Dr. Chargin is survived by his wife of 58 years, Pat; his children and their families - Jim, Sherry and Brenna of Nevada City, Katherine of Sebastopol, Peter, Jennifer, William and Emily of Portola Valley, and David, Susan, Patrick and Maria of Tucson, Ariz.
Harold "Harry" J. Mullin '53, born in San Francisco on April 1, 1932, passed away July 15, 2010 at his home in Carmichael, Calif., surrounded by his family. Preceded in death by his loving parents Dr. Harold Joseph and Alice Mary (Haster) Mullin and his sister Sr. Ann Marie Mullin, OP. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Marlene Ann "Engardt" Mullin, daughter Denise (Tom) Lysaght of Sacramento, daughter Michelle Mullin of Sunnyvale, grandchildren Mike and Jenny Lysaght, sister Alice (Jim) Gilheany, nephews Tom and Jim Gilheany and niece Ann Marie Snelling. Harry graduated from St. Cecelia's grammar school and St. Ignatius High School. He continued his education at Santa Clara University, University of San Francisco and finalized his degree at the University of California Berkeley where he graduated in 1954. He was an avid swimmer, lifeguard, and water polo player. To this day he still holds a state record in the three-man relay and swam the Golden Gate three times. Other hobbies included hunting, golfing, reading, Vintage Santa Clara and anything CAL-Berkeley. Upon graduation from CAL -Berkeley, Harry followed in the footsteps of many family members and joined the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD). He was proud to be a tillerman for Truck #3 Station Three located at Post and Polk. During his tenure with the SFFD, he met the love of his life - Marlene (Molly). They were set up on a blind date; fireman meets surgical nurse and the rest is history. Harry served in the US Army and was stationed in Manheim, Germany. He was proud to be a member of the Geneva Convention and assisted President Eisenhower on numerous occasions. After being honorably discharged from the army, he returned to the San Francisco Fire Department. It was during this time he proposed to Marlene and they were married February 9, 1957. She was definitely the love of his life. In 1958, Harry and Molly moved from San Francisco to Sacramento to assist Molly's father with his company - Alex Engardt Roofing & Siding Co. (est. 1923). He worked as a roofing contractor and was an integral part of the roofing industry for more than 50 years. Harry's vast contributions to the roofing community eventually led him to be elected President of the Associated Roofing Contractors of Northern California. In the early 1970's, Harry found a new hobby/commitment - the Sacramento Elks Lodge #6. He was an avid member who's vibrant personality and leadership skills led to his installation as the Exalted Ruler of Elk's Lodge #6. Harry wanted to send special thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Sutter Memorial Hospital.
Gilbert U. Kraemer Jr. '53 on Jan. 13, 2009. A native of Anaheim, his professions ranged from citrus farming to real estate development. An international angler, he broke the world record in 1986 for largest Pacific blue marlin caught. He was president of the Balboa Angling Club. He is survived by his wife, Diane; four children; and eight grandchildren.
Duane Louis ’53 Dec. 10, 1931 - July 15, 2012. Born in Alameda. B.S. from SCU, master's and administration credential from USF. Taught and coached 33 years in the Acalanes High School District in Lafayette, Calif. ROTC and an army veteran. He is survived by his loving wife of 59+ years, Annette, eight children, 21 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. He dided at home from complications of Hungtington's disease with family members at the bedside. Both Duane and his wife enjoyed working on the class of '53's 50th reunion. They attended many SCU events and had a great love for the university.
Donald Campion Atkinson '53, resident of Santa Clara died at O'Connor Hospital in San Jose on February 28, 2010 at the age of 81. Born in San Francisco to Mr. and Mrs. James E. Atkinson, Don was a longtime resident of Santa Clara, having spent his career as a practicing lawyer in the office of the City Attorney of San Jose. He is survived by his brother James Bruce Atkinson, sister-in-law Fay Atkinson, and nephew James Atkinson. He will be missed by his many friends and extended family members in the Bay Area.
Judge Dewey Lawes Falcone ’53, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away in his sleep at home in Redondo Beach, CA on August 15, 2013, at the age of 82. Dewey was born and raised in Hermosa Beach, CA on June 27, 1931. Son of Rose Coury and Alfredo Victor Falcone. Dewey graduated from Redondo Union High School class of 1949. He then attended Bay areas Menlo College, followed by the University of Santa Clara and then USC Law School. He then served his country in the US Army. Dewey started practicing law with his father in 1959 in Los Angeles for the next 34 years (law offices of Falcone & Falcone). While a lawyer he also served our country as ambassador to the Mariana Islands. He was appointed to Judgeship by Governor Pete Wilson and served for 20 years in the Norwalk Superior Court. He loved his work and his colleagues. Dewey was a family-first guy a great athlete and a scholar. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years Teresa Falcone and their four children, Darran, Felicia, Marisa, and Christina. His five grandchildren Dylan, Iona, Forrest, Luna and Luke and his loving sister Delores Metzger, and his nephew Paul Marinos. Dewy was the Sea that we all floated on. He will be missed and loved always.
Ben C. Francis J.D. '58 on Jan. 13, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Bernice, and three children.
Arthur "Art" Ciapponi '53, a resident of Fremont, 84, passed away on Feb. 7, 2013, at Washington Hospital in Fremont, CA. He was born on May 24, 1928 in Oakland, CA to Arthur and Evelyn Ciapponi. Art was preceded in death by his loving wife of 36 years Joan (Van Dusen) Ciapponi; his parents, Arthur and Evelyn; and his brother, Dick. Art is survived by his wife, Beverly (Hagan) Ciapponi. They were happily married for over 14 years. He is survived by his three children, Debbie, Bob (Paula) and Cathy (Jack); grandchildren Amy (Mike), Rachel (Scott), Nick, Nate, and Sara; great grandchildren Colton, Mattea, Jade, August, Easton and Keenan; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by Beverly's children, Tami (Gene), Debi (Kamal) and Bill (Lisa) and their children Melissa, Danica, Darion, Diego, Brian and Kelsey. Art grew up in Oakland where he graduated from Castlemont High School. He attended Napa Junior College where he played football. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1953. Art served two tours as a proud member of the United States Marine Corp. He worked for Pacific Pump Company in Oakland for over 30 years. In retirement he was co-owner of Ruxton Pump in Hayward. Art loved the outdoors and was an avid tennis player, hunter and sports enthusiast. All who knew him knew that he had a passion for politics and will always be a staunch Republican. Art was a wonderful husband and father who cared deeply for his family. He loved to tease and make everyone, even strangers, laugh.
Anton "Tony" Janda ’53, CFN 1958, our dear brother Companion and good friend, entered into Light this morning, February 16, 2013 at 3:15 am. He was approximately 82 years old. Tony died without pain and at peace at a hospice residence in La Mesa, CA, a suburb of San Diego. A priest from a local parish was called in to attend Tony last night. Anne was at Tony's bedside when he died; she has been with him during many hours of the difficult past days and weeks and she is doing well. She wants us to know that Tony's final and cherished thoughts had been of Los Gatos, and of us, his Companions through the years. Thanks to the kindness of Anne Janda, I had the privilege and joy of sharing some 30 pleasant moments with Tony at his bedside at the skilled nursing facility a few weeks ago. We were blessed to enjoy a portion of our lives in Tony's company. Each of us who knew and loved him holds our own special memories of him. We will carry those memories and experiences in our hearts until the time, beyond time, when we shall meet again. I hope that we--our lives--were as much a blessing for Tony as we were blessed with him.
Go with God, dear Tony. Until we meet again..