Obituaries

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Birth Date: 
Apr 29, 1958
Date of death: 
May 31, 2021

Beloved father, brother, mentor leader friend and coach.

Stephen Phillip Burnett was born April 29, 1958, to the late Eugene Howard Burnett Sr. and Mary King Burnett in Philadelphia, PA where he grew up and graduated from Edison High School with honors. Following his father’s blueprint and footsteps, Stephen excelled in sports at an early age. He went on to star locally in the park and recreation leagues and on the football field and basketball court in high school. Stephen studied at Texas Southern University, in Houston, TX, and Alabama A&M University, in Huntsville, AL, respectively.

Stephen was an avid swimmer and his early jobs included Lifeguarding at the Y.M.C.A. and Hartranft Community Center in Philadelphia.

In 1980 Stephen enlisted in the US Army. He quickly rose to the rank of Sergeant. Stephen served in the 82nd Airborne Ranger Battalion. During his tenure, he served in Germany, Saudi Arabia, Panama, and Kauai. Most notably, he served heroically in Operation Desert Shield during the Gulf War. He retired with numerous awards, commendations and accolades in 1994.

Stephen relocated to Alameda from the East Coast after he retired from the service. For two decades, he served as a Campus Supervisor at Alameda High School. Stephen coached many sports at Alameda H.S., football, ping pong, and badminton are just a few. However, this was not his biggest accomplishment, basketball and women’s golf was where he shined! With a competitive nature and drive to win, he taught students a spirit of excellence and determination. It paid off! Coach “B”, which the Alameda community knew him as, rarely lost a game, championship, or tournament under his leadership. He was especially proud of his record versus crosstown rival Encinal claiming to “never losing to Encinal in anything.” In a casual conversation, you could catch Coach “B” saying, “I hate kids,” but the community knew this was far from the truth as he attended sporting events for students year-round, coaching and cheering from the stands.

His genuine, authentic character touched the lives of thousands of students who walked the halls at Alameda High and was a legend in the community. His laugh was contagious, and his relentless pursuit to see everyone excel made him a strong pillar throughout the Alameda community.

Coach “B’s” favorite pastimes included traveling, fine dining, fancy cars and family. Coach “B” was dedicated to his Alameda High School Family. He somehow knew everyone’s name, their story and always made each student he met feel supported, loved and special.

Stephen is survived by 1 brother Eugene Jr., 3 sisters, Cynthia, Dominique (Debbie), and Marsha, his daughter Danielle, 2 stepsons Patrick & Damien Jackson, and a host of nephews, great nieces/nephews, and friends.

Birth Date: 
Oct 29, 1946
Date of death: 
Apr 21, 2021

Juelle Ann Boyers, 74 years old, was born on Oct. 29, 1946, to Harry and Christine Rupkalvis. Raised in Vallejo, she graduated from Hogan High School in 1964. Juelle Ann played violin in the local youth symphony. She participated in the Model United Nations program and attended the international event at the United Nations in New York City. She was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and youth group. Juelle Ann attended Southern Oregon College for two years, where among other things she developed her love of snow skiing. She continued her education at San Francisco State College for her bachelors and later earned her MBA in International Finance from Golden Gate University. After college Juelle Ann worked in Zurich, Switzerland, and enjoyed her time traveling. She returned to settle and work in San Francisco where she met her soulmate Ford Boyer. They were married at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Vallejo, on May 2, 1970. They were married until Ford’s death in 2009.

Juelle Ann retired as Chief Financial Officer from the City of Alameda in August 2008. She returned twice to the City of Alameda, the first time as Interim Financial Director and a second time as a PERS retiree in the Finance Department. She was a devoted public servant as Finance Director for the City of Petaluma and at Alameda Municipal Power.

She was a stalwart worker and generous donor for many years to a number of excellent organizations. She served for 15 years as a Board Member of Girls, Inc. of the Island City, held many positions in Business and Professional Women, locally, statewide and nationally. Most recently she was President of the California Education Fund, BPW. She volunteered for the League of Women Voters, both in Alameda and San Joaquin County; volunteered for the American Association of University Women, most recently serving on the TechTrek committee in San Joaquin County, served on the Board of Directors at Alameda Family Services-Xanthos and volunteered as tax preparer for Mastick Senior Center.

Juelle Ann loved to travel and was a lifelong learner. Her last road trip was an RV road trip to the balloon festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 2019, even though she needed to continue her kidney dialysis. After an almost four-year fight with end stage renal disease, Juelle Ann died of complications on April 21, 2021, at Adventist Lodi Memorial Hospital.

On Saturday, June 19, 2021, from 2-4 p.m. friends, relatives and her beloved community are invited to attend an outdoor Celebration of life at Girls Inc. of the Island City, 1724 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda, California. This gathering is not to mourn but to celebrate this remarkable person who graced our lives for many years. Join us in your bright and colorful outfits and bring along a favorite photo or snapshot of Juelle Ann for our memory board. Be prepared to share your favorite story and to hear others as we celebrate Juelle Ann Boyer’s life. Light refreshments will be served.

Donations should be made to Girls, Inc. of the Island City.

Birth Date: 
Aug 11, 1954
Date of death: 
May 14, 2001

“It’s important to know your immediate vicinity, but you should also not lose track of the universe around you.” – David J. Marutiak

On May 31, 2021, David J. Marutiak completed his last trip around the sun. The party ended way too soon, with Carolyne, relatives and close friends at his side. Dave was born Aug. 11, 1954, in Owosso, Mich., to Peter and Helen Stengle Marutiak. Uniquely talented, highly intelligent and charismatic, his exuberance for life was contagious. In the eighth grade he was invited to become a member of MENSA and graduated from Owasso High in 1973. He was awarded a National Merit Scholarship and attended Michigan State University where he earned both his BS and MS in Systems Science / Electrical Engineering.

After graduation Dave began his career in telecommunications and business management with Bell Labs in New Jersey where he was responsible for several patents and for 15 years was a Distinguished Member of Technological Staff. Since 1990 Dave was involved in wireless communications and worked with several notable companies. Although many in the tech realm will recall his innovative contributions and award-winning work on mobile phone software architecture and commerce, Dave said his colleagues at Microsoft would remember most his, “long hair, concert t-shirts, and dogs in the hall.” His knack for keen observations, combined with his easy-going nature enabled his global success in the tech world, as well as the wider universe.

Dave put the art in party. His presence filled the room at every gathering and all were drawn to his contagious laugh, sharp wit and warm embrace. He made friends, not just acquaintances, and not long after meeting he would introduce you as, “my good buddy.” Dave loved everyone, but none more than Carolyne. They met in 1988 in Woodside and were married in Berkeley in 1997. The couple traveled widely and together they made homes in Oakland, Seattle, Paris, London, and most recently, Alameda. Warm and gracious hosts, their door was always open and the guest room rarely vacant. Visitors were greeted enthusiastically by their two Brittany dogs. He was an avid supporter of local musicians; the legendary Leo parties hosted by Dave and Carolyne featured Bay area artists and were faithfully attended by a core group of dear friends.

No one filled out a Santa suit like Dave. But it was not just his physical resemblance that made his appearances at Christmas so popular. He thoroughly embodied the spirit of Santa and it was obvious he enjoyed playing the role as much as the crowd he was entertaining loved him. His boundless generosity, deep laugh, sharp wit and painful puns are fond memories for all. Dave worked as hard at spreading music and joy as he did in his career, and made lasting friendships wherever he went. Crogan’s in Montclair will be quieter and the pups and humans who frequent the Point Isabel and Alameda dog parks have lost a fine companion.

Preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Peter, he is survived by his wife, Carolyne Orazi of Alameda, brothers Peter (Gail), Mike (Gerda), Joe (Mieken), Mark, and Pat (Laura), his sister Teresa Marie, nieces Eileen, Katrina, Erica, nephews Peter Leroy and Kristian, great-nieces, Lizzie and Natalie, and great-nephew Kyle.

On his social media page, he posted this quote: “People will forget what you said or did. But they will never forget how you made them feel.” Dave made everyone he met feel accepted, valued and unconditionally loved. We are grateful he left us with so many memories of his generosity, kindness, and the reminder to celebrate and live each moment to the highest degree.

A celebration of Dave’s life is planned for a later date. Memorial Donations may be sent to the Alameda Food Bank.

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