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Leonardo Naputi Paulino passed away on Friday, Oct. 16, at his home in Alameda, 30 days after celebrating his 92nd birthday. During the final weeks of his life, Leonardo was surrounded by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and clergy, reflecting with each on his wonderful and blessed life.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Maria Rivera Flores who died in 2011, and his siblings Herman T. Paulino, Elmina C. Duenas, Juan N. Chargualaf, Lourdes N. Chargualaf, Cecilia N. Chargulaf and Rosita N. Chargulaf.

Originally from the island of Guam, Leonardo was born on Sept. 17, 1928, to Ignacia Paulino Naputi. He was raised in the village of Inarajan by his mother and grandparents, Lucas and Rosa Naputi. He was the typical island boy who enjoyed school, working on the ranch with his older brother Herman, fishing with his grandfather, and working side-by-side with his stepfather, Francisco Chargualaf.

In 1941, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Guam was captured by the Japanese Imperial Navy. During the occupation the island was ravaged and atrocities inflicted on the natives until the United States liberated Guam in 1945. Leonardo suffered physical injury but stayed spiritually strong. However, the emotional scars remained with him throughout his life.

In 1945, Leonardo met Maria Rivera Flores of Tamuning. They married in 1949 following a four-year courtship, immediately started their family and welcomed three sons. Leonardo enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1948. He traveled to many international ports while assigned to various Navy vessels but was eventually transferred to the United States in 1953.

The family settled in Alameda and continued to grow with the addition of two daughters and another son. Leonardo continued his Navy career and enjoyed many years of shore duty on Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco. There he served many high-ranking officers including Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. Leonardo retired in 1974 after serving in the military for 32 years.

After the Navy, Leonardo attended College of Alameda and became a professional upholsterer. While studying his new trade, he worked for Woodstock Corporation. Later, Southern Pacific Railroad hired him for their West Oakland yard where he worked for more than a decade before retiring in 1989. That same year, Leonardo and Maria opened L & M Upholstery, providing custom upholstery for the Amtrak Passenger Lines and the Alameda community. After 30 years of operating the family business, Leonardo closed L & M Upholstery.

The family of Leonardo Paulino is deeply saddened to say goodbye to Dad, affectionately known as Pop and Papa-Leo. He is survived by his brothers Francisco and Esteban Chargulaf; sister-in-law Annie Chargulaf and children: Edward (Brenda Davis), Rudy (Diane Riley-Baccus), Albert (Krista Anderson), Julie (Michael Tucker), Linda (John Costello), and Michael (Antoinette Bertolani).

He is also survived by his grandchildren Christine (Juan Orellana), Michelle Paulino and fiancé Carlos Vasquez, Marrin and Jaymie Costello, Samuel and Lily Tucker, Monica Paulino, Richard (Lacey Rodriguez), Gina (Matt Fournell), Robert (Fallon Rodriquez), Katie (Jason Lupine) and Joey (Kristy Baccus); and great-grandchildren: Carlos and Jocelyn Vasquez, Mia, Vanessa and Juan Jr. Orellana, Elena and Everett Rodriquez, and Given Baccus.

Due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, private Rosary and vigil services were held at the Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel, 1415 Oak St., Alameda, on Oct. 26.

A private Mass of Christian Burial took place at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, on Oct. 27, private entombment with military honors followed the Mass of Christian Burial. Leonardo was laid to rest alongside his beloved wife Maria at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

For more information, contact Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director (FDR-745).

Leonardo Naputi Paulino passed away on Friday, Oct. 16, at his home in Alameda, 30 days after celebrating his 92nd birthday. During the final weeks of his life, Leonardo was surrounded by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and clergy, reflecting with each on his wonderful and blessed life.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Maria Rivera Flores who died in 2011, and his siblings Herman T. Paulino, Elmina C. Duenas, Juan N. Chargualaf, Lourdes N. Chargualaf, Cecilia N. Chargulaf and Rosita N. Chargulaf.

Originally from the island of Guam, Leonardo was born on Sept. 17, 1928, to Ignacia Paulino Naputi. He was raised in the village of Inarajan by his mother and grandparents, Lucas and Rosa Naputi. He was the typical island boy who enjoyed school, working on the ranch with his older brother Herman, fishing with his grandfather, and working side-by-side with his stepfather, Francisco Chargualaf.

In 1941, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Guam was captured by the Japanese Imperial Navy. During the occupation the island was ravaged and atrocities inflicted on the natives until the United States liberated Guam in 1945. Leonardo suffered physical injury but stayed spiritually strong. However, the emotional scars remained with him throughout his life.

In 1945, Leonardo met Maria Rivera Flores of Tamuning. They married in 1949 following a four-year courtship, immediately started their family and welcomed three sons. Leonardo enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1948. He traveled to many international ports while assigned to various Navy vessels but was eventually transferred to the United States in 1953.

The family settled in Alameda and continued to grow with the addition of two daughters and another son. Leonardo continued his Navy career and enjoyed many years of shore duty on Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco. There he served many high-ranking officers including Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. Leonardo retired in 1974 after serving in the military for 32 years.

After the Navy, Leonardo attended College of Alameda and became a professional upholsterer. While studying his new trade, he worked for Woodstock Corporation. Later, Southern Pacific Railroad hired him for their West Oakland yard where he worked for more than a decade before retiring in 1989. That same year, Leonardo and Maria opened L & M Upholstery, providing custom upholstery for the Amtrak Passenger Lines and the Alameda community. After 30 years of operating the family business, Leonardo closed L & M Upholstery.

The family of Leonardo Paulino is deeply saddened to say goodbye to Dad, affectionately known as Pop and Papa-Leo. He is survived by his brothers Francisco and Esteban Chargulaf; sister-in-law Annie Chargulaf and children: Edward (Brenda Davis), Rudy (Diane Riley-Baccus), Albert (Krista Anderson), Julie (Michael Tucker), Linda (John Costello), and Michael (Antoinette Bertolani).

He is also survived by his grandchildren Christine (Juan Orellana), Michelle Paulino and fiancé Carlos Vasquez, Marrin and Jaymie Costello, Samuel and Lily Tucker, Monica Paulino, Richard (Lacey Rodriguez), Gina (Matt Fournell), Robert (Fallon Rodriquez), Katie (Jason Lupine) and Joey (Kristy Baccus); and great-grandchildren: Carlos and Jocelyn Vasquez, Mia, Vanessa and Juan Jr. Orellana, Elena and Everett Rodriquez, and Given Baccus.

Due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, private Rosary and vigil services were held at the Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel, 1415 Oak St., Alameda, on Oct. 26.
A private Mass of Christian Burial took place at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, on Oct. 27, private entombment with military honors followed the Mass of Christian Burial.

Leonardo was laid to rest alongside his beloved wife Maria at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

For more information, contact Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director (FDR-745).

Shelly Kimberly Gable passed away Oct. 9, 2020, at her home in Alameda after a long and courageous battle with cancer, with her final days surrounded by her loving family and friends.

She was born in Waterloo, Iowa, on May 4, 1962, and is survived by her daughter Samantha and mother Sherry Gable. She was preceded in death by her father Jim Gable. She is also survived by her extended family Skyla, Shepherd, George and Simco, and took with her memories of Pasha, Asta, Sasha and Synta.

Shelly got her BA in Finance in 1984, graduating magna cum laude from Iowa State University. She went on to get her MBA at the University of Iowa, and after graduating moved to California where she later got her license to practice public accounting. She worked for several accounting and real estate development firms before starting her own accounting business.

To know Shelly was to know an amazing mother, daughter, friend, and philanthropist. She met every challenge and lived life to its fullest, from raising her daughter, running her own business, traveling the world, and giving much of her life and love to the animals of Alameda.

A private service was held at Greer Family Mortuary in Alameda on Oct. 23. For those who wish to view the service through a live stream link, please send a request to ShellyGableMemorial@gmail.com.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her memory to Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) at www.alamedaanimalshelter.org to continue her legacy of creating a more humane world for animals and people. Donations can also be made to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation at cholangiocarcinoma.org whose mission is to find a cure and provided Shelly much support while she battled the disease.

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