Obituaries

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Donna Jean Rapposelli, 92, passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 3, 2019. Donna was born in Deseret, Utah, where she met her husband John (U.S. Navy) on a blind date. They married in 1948, moved to Oakland and then settled in Alameda in 1955 and lived there ever since. 

They owned the restaurant at the Alameda Golf Course as both were avid golfers. They were members of the Alameda Men’s and Women’s Golf Club and the Richmond Country Club. Donna also worked for A.G.E. and Leo’s Normal Pharmacy. She was a member of the Latter-Day Saints Church. 

Donna will be missed by all who loved her. She was preceded in death by her husband John of 58 years and her eldest son Ronald. She leaves behind her son, Michael; her grandchildren: Scott and Kenneth (Katy) Rapposelli, Heather Odom and Amber (Charlie) Oliver; great-grandchildren: Scottie Rapposelli Jr., Mackenzie Odom and Reed Oliver; and many nieces and nephews. 

Donna will be remembered as a nurturing mother and grandmother who made an impact on many lives that extended outside her immediate family.  

In addition to golf, Donna loved to cook for her family and friends. Her chocolate chip cookies and pasta sauce will live on in the hearts and stomachs of all that feasted. Up until the very end, Donna’s sharp mind and quick wit left us all enamored and smiling in admiration.

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation today, Thursday, Sept. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services, 2694 Blanding Ave.

Donna will be laid to rest with her husband John and eldest son Ronald at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Condolences may be made to the family at www.greermortuary.com.

Pamela Boyes’ three-year battle with brain cancer has ended.

Pamela was born in Detroit, Mich., and her family moved to Birmingham, Mich., in 1966. After graduating from Seaholm High School, Pamela earned a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications at Michigan State University (MSU) in 1982. Pamela pledged the Delta Delta Delta sorority where she made many lifelong friends. She declined MSU’s invitation to attend graduate school and moved to San Francisco in 1983 instead. She and her husband, Marty Beene, moved to Alameda in 1992. Their son, Cameron Beene, was born in 1995.

Pamela began working in human resources in the late ’80s, and during her more than 30-year career served hundreds of employees and created human resources departments for several new and/or small firms of all kinds. She completed a UC Extension Certificate in HR Management in 1993 and eventually earned a designation of Senior Professional by both the Human Resources Certification Institute and the Society for Human Resources Management. She became a master at balancing both corporate and employee needs, thereby becoming loved by both management and staff at each firm. 

Pamela was an amazing wife, mother and friend. She involved herself in many segments of life in Alameda, particularly the Alameda Civic Ballet, for which she volunteered backstage as a dresser for several years. Pamela became an avid Jazzerciser, as well as an accomplished cyclist while a member of Team Alameda. She also became very fond of hiking and cross-country skiing. Her most beloved hobby, however, was cinema, and she had an uncanny knack of remembering every leading actor and actress for any film one might inquire about.

Pamela is survived by her husband of 29 years, Marty Beene, and their son, Cameron Beene, 24, of Washington, D.C. Pamela’s father Richard and siblings Ellen, Susan (Stanley Williams), and Erik (Sue McKee) all reside in Michigan. She is also survived by nine nieces and nephews. Pamela’s mother, Joan, passed away in 2018.

There will be a celebration of Pamela’s life on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. On Saturday, Sept. 21, there will be a memorial service at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Southfield, Mich., at 11 a.m., with a luncheon following.

Please consider making a contribution in Pamela’s memory to support the UCSF Neuro-Oncology Clinic: https://makeagift.ucsf.edu.

For further information contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745). 

H. Theodore “Ted” Craig III, 86, was born in Alameda on April 20, 1933, to Homer and Nancy Craig. He passed away on June 22, 2019. 

Raised in Alameda with his two siblings, Rodney and Julie, he attended local schools and was student body president of Alameda High School. He was a good student-athlete and played baseball and basketball. Ted received his undergraduate degree at Stanford University with a break in the middle to join the Navy, stationed in San Diego. He continued his studies at Stanford and received a Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1961.

Ted married his first wife, Patty Wilson, in 1953, and they had a daughter Carrie in 1960, near the end of their marriage. Ted met and married his second wife, Mary Hinman, in 1963, while practicing law in San Francisco. They lived in Alameda and had four children: Ted IV (Kathleen), Katherine (John Volkers), Andy (Silvana) and Eric (Nadja). When the marriage ended in 1976, Ted lived on a small houseboat at Alameda’s Mariner Square.

Ted practiced law with partners (Davis, Craig and Bartalini) in Alameda until 1980 when he established his solo practice specializing in family law. His new offices were in Emeryville, where he met his third wife, Katherine (Kaki) Mackinlay. They married in 1982 and had two daughters, Kristen (Michael Reed) and Lara. 

After living on the houseboat and then in San Francisco, they purchased Kaki’s family home in Orinda in 1985. After his office partner retired in 1998, Ted moved his practice to Orinda.

In the mid 2000s, Ted was tested for memory issues and diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. By 2013, Ted’s condition deteriorated to a level where 24/7 care was necessary. He moved into a small care home in Lafayette. Even though his journey was 14 years long since diagnosis, his passing (from aspiration pneumonia) was swift and peaceful.

Ted was predeceased by his parents and his brother Rod. Ted’s seven children have produced 12 grandchildren: Cori, Peyton, Kaitlin and Cooper Volkers, Mary, Scott, Niklas, Joshua, Anthony, Audrey, Ana and Eliza.

For the full obituary, visit www.greermortuary.com/tributes/Homer-Craig. 

A celebration of Ted’s life will be held Sunday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m. at the Encinal Yacht Club, 1251 Pacific Marina.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Association or a favorite charity.

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