Obituaries

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David Marshall Rose passed away peacefully on June 29, 2018, in Alameda after a brave battle with cancer. He was born in Oakland in 1942, and was preceded in death by his father, George Francis Rose and his mother, Berit Linom Rose. 

Dave attended Bishop O’Dowd High School and Armstrong College. He retired after 32 years as a Kaiser Permanente executive as director of financial reporting and funding. 

Dave served for 41 years at St. Philip Neri in various lay positions including President of Parish Council. Dave was a longtime member of the Italian Catholic Federation (ICF) Branch 10, serving the ICF in numerous capacities. He earned the Pope John XXIII award, the highest honor ICF gives to a layperson, for his years of dedicated service to others. 

Dave was a charter member of the St. Philip Neri Boy Scouts of America Troop 78. He was a 60-year member of the Boy Scouts of America Alameda Council, as well as a 45-year member of the Boy Scouts board, earning the prestigious Silver Beaver Award. 

Dave was a wonderful person who donated thousands of hours to the Alameda community during his long and happy life of giving. 

He was a steadfast Oakland Raider fan since the team’s inception in 1960. 

Dave is survived by his loving sisters, Barbara Payne (Jerry, dec.) and Patricia Kennedy (John) as well as his adored nieces and nephews: Linda Rose Payne, Tess Payne Rohan, Mary Payne-Omohundro, Karen Kennedy Bjeletich, Matthew Kennedy, and David Kennedy; sons Whitney Gaunt (deceased), James McGee (Kristina) and Erick Waddington (Carmen); grandson Paul Waddington; and Godsons David Kennedy and Mark Hobson (Leigh). 

Dave acted as a foster parent and mentor to many young people throughout the years including: Michael Pang, Rafael Garcia, Larry Smith (deceased), Chris Wong, the Travenias (Charles, Peter, Jessica, Jacob) Niko Aumua, Sean Ramsey, Cole Blankenship, Matt Jones, Qaise Shaghasi, Braulio Aramburo, Silvio Mora, Tim Watanabe, Giovanni Campos, Donte Cullins, Miles Jones, Jonathan Pfifer, Emilio Garcia-Sanchez, Safi Hasseeb, Jesse Groves, Keith Murray, Marco Gonzalez, the Norris girls (Hope, Michaela, Sarah, Kate and Anne), the Hendersons (Charlie, John, Tom and Mary) and Maggie Hobson Caracciolo. 

A rosary service will be held this Friday, July 13, at St. Philip Neri Church, 3100 Van Buren St. Viewing from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with rosary at 7 p.m. A funeral mass will take place this Saturday, July 14, at 11 a.m., also at St. Philip Neri Church. Reception to follow in church hall. 

Donations can be made in Dave’s name to the Bishop O’Dowd “60” Scholarship Fund, Boy Scouts of America Alameda Council, St. Joseph Elementary School, Hanna Boys Center, Alameda Meals on Wheels, St. Philip Neri School or ICF.  

For more information call Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745).

Harold (Hal) Elzig, 89, passed away peacefully in Alameda on June 30, 2018.

His wife of almost 50 years, Zelda, predeceased him (2002) as did his brother Richard of Portland, Ore., and his sisters Clara Ward of Clarissa, Minn., and Helen Lemke of Mesa, Ariz. 

Hal is survived by his brother Robert Elzig of Seldovia, Alaska, and sisters Frances Lindborg of Sarasota, Fla., and Ruth Davidson (Warner) of Phoenix, Ariz. He also leaves his children, Barbara Elzig of Vacaville, William “Bill” (Nancy) Elzig of Alameda and Roberta “Bobbie” Schultz of Redmond, Wash. He will be missed by his grandsons Craig Schultz, David Elzig and many nieces and nephews.

He was born in Steamboat Rock, Iowa, to the late Charles Fremont and Anna Dora (nee Trittien) Elzig. Hal grew up working on the family farm before he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in the Korean Conflict and completed three tours in Vietnam. He was awarded many medals including a Purple Heart. 

After 22 years of service, he retired to other careers. He worked at the Marines Memorial Club in San Francisco as head of security, then retired from a civil service position as a hydraulic mechanic, as well as a 10-year career working for Enterprise Rental Car, before finally retiring for good.

Fishing was Hal’s passion! He loved talking about the 150-pound halibut he caught in the Cook Inlet in Alaska where his younger brother Bob lives. It wasn’t unusual for him to get up at 3:30 a.m., head to the Stanislaus River and bring home a stringer of trout. His other passions included backyard barbecues, strawberries, friends, family and watching both his cherished grandsons grow and play baseball.

Thank you to all the staff at Elders Inn and Pathway’s Hospice for their endless compassion and a special thanks to Lydia DeGarmeaux for her special care over the last four years to ensure Hal was always comfortable.

Hal will be remembered as a quiet, caring, giving man who served his family, friends and country with honor and dignity. His memory will live forever in our hearts.

Friends and family are invited to a memorial service with full military honors which will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 20,  at Greer Family Mortuary, in Alameda. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Semper Fi Fund at semperfi fund.org/donate would be appreciated. 

Private internment at St. Mary’s Cemetery will be held at a later date.

A resident of Alameda for more than 50 years, James Anthony Demarest died peacefully at his home on May 20, 2018, after many years of declining health. 

He was born in Queens, N.Y., in 1942. Jim is survived by his wife Mary; sons Dan and Jeff; daughter Heather; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He will be dearly missed.

After high school, Jim joined the U.S Navy. He had many tours of duty on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) especially during Vietnam. During his time in the Navy, he met the woman of his dreams and married her on Nov. 28, 1968. At this point Jim decided to go into the Navy Reserves, in which he served for another 30 years.

On Dec. 24, 1969, Jim began his long career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He served many roles: mechanic, shuttle driver, giving drivers tests, tour guide and clerk. He spent 40 years building life-long relationships and making people laugh. Jim especially liked taking agents down Lombard Street in San Francisco, “the crookedest street.”

His post-retirement was spent doing his favorite thing, being on a baseball field. Through his lifetime, he loved playing and watching his three children play the game. Upon retiring he began umpiring which put him back on the baseball field. He decided to umpire girls’ softball and loved it, especially if “someone was heckling him.”

We are very thankful to the compassionate health care providers at Alice Home Care, friends and family that lent support over these years.  

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Jim’s life this Saturday, July 14, at noon at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services, 2694 Blanding Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to The American Diabetes Association at diabetes.org/donate.

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