Obituaries

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James Douglas Stephens, 86, of Alameda died peacefully on May 1, 2018, surrounded by family. 

Jim was born in Oklahoma and raised in Stockton, Calif. He lived in Alameda for the past 26 years. He spent his career working as a machinist.

Jim was a long-time member of the Northern California Alfa Romeo Association, and loved to take frequent road trips in his beloved red Alfa. He was an avid model train collector and enjoyed designing garden railways. Since 1996, he volunteered countless hours at the Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale in the tool department. He also spent many hours collecting U.S. postage stamps, loved to square dance and recently discovered an appreciation for yoga.

During his years in Alameda, Jim enjoyed going for long walks with his Labrador retrievers — first Holly, then Buck, and just recently, his new Lab, Penny. When asked to describe himself, he would say, “I’m curious.”

Jim is survived by his long-time partner, Neila Hallenbeck: his children: India Smith-Gingell (Scotty), James Stoker (Susan), Lori Dedmon (Shane) and Ronald Stephens; his niece Lathana Collins; and Neila’s children: Aline Caulley (Dennis), Risa Yuhas (George) and Kalyn Baer (Brian).

A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, May 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pier 29 Restaurant, 1148 Ballena Blvd.

Teresa “Terri” Leigh Ratto (Trujillo) born March 13, 1959, passed away on May 5, 2018, surrounded by her family and friends. 

Terri shared her most-prized assets with the world. She was an amazing person with a magical smile and outspoken compassion that made anyone feel proud to be part of her life. 

Terri was a devoted mother to her son, Matteo Benedetto Ratto, 18, affectionately referring to him as Kokomo. Terri was the beloved No. 8 out of 10 siblings, devoted daughter, proud mother, tia and loyal confident to many friends. Terri was a die-hard Oakland A’s and Raiders fan. 

She was a dedicated Alameda resident and loved her city and its “spirited” neighborhood establishments. She truly despised littering and led the “Take It to the Trash” crusade throughout the Bay Area. Terri was a self-appointed ambassador of public transportation with a keen knowledge of the AC Transit and BART schedules. 

She was defiant, strong and brave in her unforgiving fight with cancer. Terri fought the unrelenting disease and won the prize of time; time to watch her son become a college freshman and time to create cherished memories with family and friends. Terri ascended the stairway to heaven to knock on heaven’s door. She will be watching any cardinals she left behind and hovering her angel wings over her family and friends. 

A celebration of life was held Friday, May 11, at St. Phillip Neri Church.

Dorothy Rae Salinas passed away quietly in Alameda after a 13-year battle with severe dementia caused by Alzheimer’s. She is finally whole again and with her family in heaven. 
She was preceded in death by her father, Walter A. Soots; mother, Vera Lynn; brother, Walter Jr.; sister-in-law, Suzanne Trujillo; ex-husband, John Martin Salinas II; niece, Roxanne Soots and brother-in-law, Jack Salinas.

Dorothy was born in San Diego as the eldest of two children. Her father was a Navy man, so the family moved around quite a bit and came to the Bay Area in 1940, settling in Alameda in the early ’50s. 

She met her husband John while in high school at Oakland Tech. They were married in 1948 and had three children: Vickie Lynn Wright (Junior), Kathleen Ann Gallegos (Nico) and John Martin Salinas III (Jana). 

She was affectionately known as “Dordy” by her two grandchildren whom she adored and helped raise; Jessica Marie Salinas and Diego Martin Gallegos. She worked at Alameda City Hall for a period of time but retired from Del Monte Corp. as an executive secretary. She was an avid tennis player, any kind of game, poker, cards you name it. Password was her favorite. 

She lived an active life and was always physically fit, had a passion for South Lake Tahoe and was a wonderful cook and extraordinary baker. She had an open-door policy to her home, taking in many friends and family members. The house was always full! Her extended family stretches far and wide.

Dorothy was a loving aunt to Karen Pare, Steven Soots, Gary Soots (Charlene), Donna Spinola, Mark Soots (Kathleen), Kim Orlacchio (Deano) and Craig Aguiar (Jennifer Johnson); great aunt to Jennifer Pare (Milo Dodds), Elise Harlow (Chuck), Amber Moon Reynolds (Matthew), Scotty Soots, Bryan Michael Soots, Clifford Spinola (Matt), Michael Spinola, Alex, Blaine and Lucas Aguiar; great-great aunt to Abigail and Caroline Harlow, Ethan Dodds, Julia Kate and John Henry Reynolds. “Rae” is also survived by her loving sister-in-law Joyce Lee Aguiar. 

Services celebrating her life will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1201 Grand St. in Alameda on Saturday, June 2, at 1 p.m. Her ashes will be interred at the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland.

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