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1986

GRD Leavey/MBA '86
William F. Weitz

William F. "Bill" Weitz Jr. MBA '86, resident of San Jose, died March 31, 2010, in Needham, Mass., after a courageous battle with cancer. Born September 15, 1951, in Pittsburgh, Penn.; he was the son of the late William F. and Elizabeth (Alex) Weitz Sr. Bill served in the Navy as an electronics technician from 1969-1973, aboard the USS Seattle. He graduated from U.C. Irvine and later with an MBA from Santa Clara University. He enjoyed a long career in talent management with various high tech companies in Silicon Valley, including Watkins-Johnson, KLA Tencor, Yahoo! and Solectron. He volunteered for many years with Furry Friends Animal Rescue and united many pets with their forever homes. He will be missed by family and friends, including children Joey and Jennifer Weitz and their mother Beth Weitz, daughter-in-law Kristin Weitz and granddaughter, Ashlynn Weitz all of San Jose and his companion Kerry Sullivan of Concord, Mass. He was the brother of Cynthia (Pix) DeMann, Pamela Grove and Richard Weitz.

submitted Apr. 30, 2010 11:34A
'86
Sydney Byron Darington

Sydney Byron Darington ’86, of Fremont, Calif., passed away July 21, 2011.

submitted Dec. 11, 2011 12:26P
GRD Leavey/MBA '86
Philip Chike Nchekwube

Philip Chike  Nchekwube '83, MBA '86 on March 8, 2010. A native of Aguleri in Anambra State, Nigeria, Chike was born in Lagos to Georgina Nchekwube and the late Matthias Nchekwube. He returned to Aguleri at the onset of the Nigerian civil war and completed his secondary school studies at All Hallows Seminary in Onitsha. Chike then moved to the United States in 1979 and subsequently obtained his undergraduate degree in accounting and an MBA from Santa Clara University in California where he graduated with distinction as the class valedictorian. He also held a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley and worked at various times as an accountant at Xerox, an attorney at the global law firm of Jones Day in Washington DC, a business owner of three GNC stores in northern California, a deputy prosecutor in Lake County, Indiana and a professor of Business Law and Accounting at St. Francis University in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Left to mourn Chike are his wife, Miranda Nchekwube sons, Ikenna and Nnamdi Nchekwube; mother; brothers, Emeka and Chiedu Nchekwube; sisters, Angelina Ivenso, Uju Nchekwube, Victoria Nchekwube; in-laws, along with countless other friends and family members who were blessed to have known him. Chike had a good wit and enjoyed long conversations with friends and kin, championing the aspirations of the Aguleri people in the diaspora, and being with his family. He touched the lives of many people with his smile and generosity, and maintained his trademark sense of wit and stubborn integrity all the way to the end.

submitted May. 24, 2010 4:21P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '86
Peter C. Hellwig

Peter C. Hellwig ’86 on Feb. 2, 2008.

submitted Jun. 29, 2010 11:15A
'86
Pamela J. Skenderian
Pamela J. Skenderian ’86 died Aug. 20, 2012 in Ventura Calif. 

She was born in Glendale, Calif. on October 5, 1964 to Sue and Joe Skenderian. 

Pam grew up in La Canada and attended Paradise Canyon, St. Bede the Venerable elementary school and Mayfield Sr. High School in Pasadena, Calif. Pam completed her education at Santa Clara University. 

Her passion for caring for others led to a career as a special education teacher and administrator. 

Pam leaves behind her loving family including sisters, Leslie (Bill) Van Dalsem of Newport Beach, Calif., Jenny (Mike) Ward of Phoenix, Ariz., Sue (John) Stonehouse of Camarillo, Calif., Jessie (Ryan) Eckardt of San Francisco, Calif., and brothers Joe (Jeanne) Skenderian of Dallas, Texas and Jamie (Jody) Skenderian of Camarillo, Calif.  She is also survived by 15 nieces and nephews and loving aunts and uncles. 

Pam is preceded in death by her brother Peter and her grandparents Josephine Skenderian Driscoll and husband John, and Dr. John and Margaret Niles. 

 

submitted Sep. 6, 2012 11:27A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '86
Michelle Corbett

Michelle Kenealey Corbett '86 passed away peacefully, with her loving family by her side, on January 26, 2010, in Oakland, at the age of 45. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert A. Kenealey in 2004, and her mother Eileen Kenealey in 2007. She is survived by her adoring husband, Kevin, adoring daughters Katie and Megan, loving sisters Maureen Matteri, Danielle Kenealey and Joelle Kenealey, loving aunts Irma Burnett and Mary Mahoney and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws. Michelle attended Epiphany elementary school and St. Rose Academy High School in San Francisco. She graduated from Santa Clara University in 1986 and married her true love, Kevin, in 1990. She was a long time parishioner of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Oakland, where her children attended school. She was very active in numerous parish events and activities,most especially those involving the school and the WINGS organization. She co-chaired the school auction twice. Michelle was known for providing sound advice and good counsel to many, especially to her fellow school moms with whom she worked and played and developed many deep friendships. Her favorite things to do were spending time with her large group of family and friends, cooking, traveling, socializing and hosting parties and events. She will remain forever an important part of the loving and supportive community of St. Theresa parish and school. Her many and varied friends will know that they need only to listen carefully whenever they wish to hear her familiar, easy laugh and when they wish to seek her advice and counsel which she will continue to give freely.

submitted May. 25, 2010 2:57P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '86
Mary Jubb

Mary Gerwe Jubb ’86, a resident of San Francisco who fought a courageous, 8 1/2 year battle with cancer, lost that battle on June 7, 2014. Everyone who knew her was inspired by her bravery and indomitable fighting spirit. She was 50 years old. In her last days at the UCSF Medical Center she was supported by a loving group of family and friends: her husband Paul Jubb, their children Sam, age 12, and Darcy, age 10, her parents Barbara Gerwe M.A. ’84, M.A. ’95 and Gene Gerwe, her siblings Gretchen, David, Peter, Sara, Kate, and Margaret Gerwe ’88 and their spouses, and many friends.

Mary and Paul were married in England in on August 1, 1998 and lived in Datchet and Windsor, England until 2005, when they moved to San Francisco. She was born in Davenport, Iowa and moved with her family to California in 1968. The family lived in Monte Sereno, when Mary attended Los Gatos High School and Santa Clara University. She had a successful career in marketing for British Airways and Kikkoman, USA.

Mary will be remembered by her family and friends as a loving, outgoing person, full of laughter; who lit up a room with her presence. She loved her nickname "Gorgeous", as well as cooking, tending her orchids, and planning parties. But most of all she loved her husband, her children and her extended family. That love was returned without reserve.

submitted Aug. 14, 2014 11:13P
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Marc Thomas Friscia

Marc Thomas Friscia '86 April 6, 1964 - August 5, 2010. Cherished son of Natalie Friscia and the late Carl Friscia, adored father to Natalie Friscia, loving brother to Tony (Linda) Friscia, Tina Clark (Steve), and loving uncle to Antonio Friscia, Michelle Rosecrans, Chris Friscia, Denise Gewecke, Karen Wilhelm, and survived by grand nephews, nieces, cousins, many friends, especially Lydia. He attended St. Vincent de Paul Grammar School, St. Ignatius College Prep, and Santa Clara University, and received a MBA from University of San Francisco. Marc loved to cook and entertain family and friends. He enjoyed traveling. He will be missed. He lit up our lives!

 
submitted Aug. 23, 2010 11:19A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '86
Marc Thomas Friscia

Marc Thomas Friscia ’86 died on August 5, 2010. Born on April 6, 1964, he was the cherished son of Natalie Friscia and the late Carl Friscia, adored father to Natalie Friscia, loving brother to Tony (Linda) Friscia, Tina Clark (Steve), loving uncle to Antonio Friscia, Michelle Rosecrans, Chris Friscia, Denise Gewecke, Karen Wilhelm, survived by grand nephews, nieces, cousins, many friends, especially Lydia. Attended St. Vincent de Paul Grammar School, St. Ignatius College Prep, Santa Clara University, received his MBA from University of San Francisco. Marc loved to cook and entertain family and friends. He enjoyed traveling. He will be missed. He lit up our lives!

submitted Jan. 10, 2011 1:01P
'86
Jay R. Martino

Jerome "Jay" Raymond Martino MBA ’86, 54, of Cupertino, Calif., on Nov. 27. Jay was born in Waukegan, Ill. of Florence and Ray Martino. Jay was the eldest of four, followed by Ken, Julie and Karen. He attended Waukegan High School, and received his BS in Computer Engineering from University of Illinois. Upon graduating he moved to Silicon Valley in Calif. to begin his software engineering career. Jay worked as a software engineer for 20 years at such companies as Lockheed, Nynex, and IBM. He also received an MBA from Santa Clara University. In 1986 Jay married Linda Heller MBA ’87, and in 1988 they moved to Wilton, Conn., where their two lovely children, Kelley, currently in graduate school at San Francisco State University, and Dylan, currently a Junior at Sonoma State University were born. In 1994 Jay and Linda moved their family to Cupertino, Calif. Jay was a very proud and involved father, participating in Y Indian Princesses, Cub Scouts, and coaching soccer, basketball, baseball and softball. In 2000 Jay found his true calling when he received his teaching credential from Santa Clara University and began teaching 6th grade at Stevens Creek Elementary School in Cupertino. He moved to Cupertino Middle School in 2004, where he taught 6th grade math and social studies and coached softball. Along the way Jay made many lasting friendships and will be missed by many. He had a large family of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins and a special friend since high school, Scott Sunday of Libertyville, Ill., who will always love and remember him. He had a great time traveling around the world, visiting national parks, attending sporting events—including eight Olympics—and many music concerts and festivals. Jay was very active as a long distance cyclist, mountain biker, runner, skier, scuba diver, backpacker, and river rafter. Jay passed very unexpectedly, surrounded by Linda, his loving wife of 27 years, and his children Kelley and Dylan. He was preceded in death by his adored father Ray in 2002.

submitted Feb. 3, 2014 3:25P
'86
James Tomich

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
'86
Irene A. Radtke

 Sr. Irene A. Radtke M.A. '86, age 85, of Bridgeton, Mo., a Franciscan Sister of Mary for more than 60 years, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. She was born on Nov. 24, 1928, in Mineral Point, Wis., the daughter of Ernest and Mary Lylith (Gedye) Radtke. After graduating from St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing in Madison, she worked at St. Joseph's Hospital in Dodgeville until she entered the Sisters of St. Mary (SSM) on Aug. 12, 1953. She was known as Sr. Mary De Montfort until resuming her baptismal name later. In 1987, the SSM reunited with the Sisters of St. Francis of Maryville, Mo., as the Franciscan Sisters of Mary (FSM). She earned a BSN from St. Louis University (1959), a master's degree in hospital and health administration from the University of Iowa, Iowa City (1972), and an M.A. in counseling from Santa Clara University, Calif. (1986). She served as a nurse and nursing supervisor at SSM hospitals for many years and as executive director of St. Clare Hospital, Baraboo, and St. Mary's Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., and associate executive director of Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, St. Louis, Mo. In 1993, she founded Almost Home in St. Louis, providing transitional housing and education for homeless mothers under 18 and their children; she was executive director until 2002. Sr. Irene was preceded in death by her parents and brother, William. She is survived by her sister, Marjorie Beer of Sterling, Ill., and sister-in-law, Betty Radtke of Oregon, Wis. 

submitted Apr. 22, 2014 9:48P
GRD Leavey/MBA '86
Bruce Ruffin

Bruce Ruffin MBA '86 died on June 11, 2011 at O'Connor Hospital in San Jose at the age  of 54. For the past two years, Ruffin fought lung cancer showing those around him how precious each day is. He will be remembered fondly for his patience, quick wit, sense of humor, intelligence and friendly charm. Ruffin is survived by his devoted wife of 23 years Cheryl Koshiro, his adored children Travis Ruffin and Lauren Ruffin, his parents Paul Sr. and Leona Ruffin (Suffern, N.Y.), sisters Valerie Mathews (Nyack, N.Y.) and Lorna Conley (New Port Richey, Fla.), brother Paul Ruffin Jr. (Orange, N.J.), eleven nieces and nephews, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Ruffin was born on December 13, 1956 to Paul and Leona Mae Ruffin in Suffern, N.Y. Raised in a military family, Ruffin attended various elementary schools, including ones in the San Francisco Bay area and the Philippines before his family settled in Spring Valley, N.Y. in 1968. He was a 1974 graduate of Spring Valley High School lettering in football and baseball. He then attended State University of New York, College at Oneonta where he received a Bachelors of Art in 1978. Driving himself out west, he settled in San Jose where he completed a Masters of Business Administration at Santa Clara University in 1986. He was employed at Fujitsu Technology Solutions, Inc./AMDAHL in product management for 18 years. After leaving high tech, he enjoyed working as a tax consultant with H&R Block and insurance sales with Banker's Life and Casualty and All Care Insurance. Ruffin most enjoyed being involved with his children and always made it a point to support his children's various interests. This included coaching his son's baseball teams and supporting his daughter's interests in musical theater. Throughout his life, Ruffin was involved with baseball. As a youngster, Ruffin played Little League and as an adult played for several leagues. He coached baseball over ten years with various organizations such as the Evergreen Little League, Police Athletic League and Evergreen Valley high school in San Jose, California. "Coach Bruce" will always be remembered for his positive attitude and dedication to supporting not only his own children but to those he had the pleasure of coaching. An avid reader, Ruffin especially liked science fiction, history and science. He was a self described political junkie and his favorite TV channel was MSNBC. He was a loyal New York Yankees and San Jose Sharks fan.

submitted Aug. 29, 2011 2:56P

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