Obituaries

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Gerald Kenneth “Jerry” New, 73, passed away July 30, 2019, at his home in Alameda. He was born Feb. 23, 1946, in San Francisco to Kenneth and Elizabeth (Theman) New. While he spent his younger years growing up in San Francisco, his family eventually moved to Alameda, where he graduated from Encinal High School. 

Alameda is where he met his wife, Silvia (Bucciarelli) New. They married at St. Joseph’s Basilica on Aug. 20, 1967. Jerry served in the United States Navy during Vietnam aboard the USS Constellation. 

His time in the Navy inspired a lifelong enthusiasm for military fiction and non-fiction reading, and he loved authors like Tom Clancy. Father to Alison and Wesley, he dedicated himself to his children. He exemplified what it meant to be a good father and will be remembered by his children as a gentle, caring man who always put them first. 

Although he had no formal culinary training, he could give any classically trained chef a run for their money. 

He shared his passion for cooking with a love of painting, woodworking, gardening, writing, poetry, flying, astronomy and fishing. He loved fishing; and he was good at it. He loved the outdoors. He loved backpacking and camping. 

A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m. at Greer Family Mortuary, 2694 Blanding Ave. 

 

Catherine Phillips, 89, passed away in Alameda Feb. 9, 2020.Catherine was a native of Alameda born April 23, 1930.  She was a graduate of Alameda High School. 

She was pre-deceased by her parents, Peter and Margaret Canepa. She was the beloved wife of the late Donald Phillips.  

She was the loving mother of Vincent (David) and John (Kim) Phillips; grandmother of Nicholas (Charlee), Bryan and Matthew; great-grandmother of Isabella, Marley and Nicholas. 

Catherine was a long-time member of St. Albert the Great Catholic Church and a long-time volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She was a member of the Italian American League. 

Vigil rosary services will be held Thursday, April 13, at 6 p.m. at the Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel, 1415 Oak St., Alameda.  

Graveside services will be held Friday, April 14, at 1 p.m. at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. In lieu of flowers her family prefers that memorial contributions be made to Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter and Alameda Meals on Wheels. 

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

Susan Rae Taylor, beloved wife of Marty Taylor, passed away peacefully in her home Feb. 10, 2020. An Oakland native, she left high school at age 16 for her first job with Hills Brothers Coffee. In 1973, she met the love of her life, Marty, and moved to Alameda.

Susan later worked at Southern Pacific Railroad before creating her own business, Isle City Typesetting. Susan  was a former member and Board of Directors member of the Alameda Jaycees, she became editor of the California State Jaycees newspaper, The Quake. Her typesetting work highlighted her excellent language, grammar, spelling, and photographic abilities. Among her proudest moments was winning second place as a newsletter editor during the U.S Jaycees National Convention awards event.

She and Marty entertained often. Friends, family and guests looked forward to her fried chicken and Black Forest cake. In addition to motherhood, she later pursued a degree in criminal justice at community college. 

As a mom, she had a natural way to impart lessons and values without judgment or lecturing. Susan’s young neighbors, Sheri and Josh, have come to think of her as their “other mom.”

Susan is survived by her husband Martin Taylor, daughter Angela Traeger, son-in-law Douglas Traeger, grandson Thomas Traeger, nephew Clyde Francke, cousins Janet Martin, Kathy Martin, Randy Martin and numerous friends whom Sue considered “family by choice.”

A memorial service will be held this Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m., at the Alameda Funeral & Cremation Services Chapel, 1415 Oak St. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the March of Dimes.

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

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