Obituaries

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Carol Irene (Bent) Brown passed into her Savior’s arms on April 29 from lung cancer. She was a lifelong resident of Alameda. 

Carol was born to Cleon and Irene Bent May 17, 1939. Carol graduated from Encinal High in 1957. She married Donald Brown in 1961. They had two children, Terry and Phyllis. Carol was blessed with six grandchildren and one greatgrandchild. 

Carol received Jesus Christ as her personal savior in 1956 while at a Bible camp. She increased her faith throughout her life and during her illness testified Jesus’ presence, often commenting she was “in God’s hands.” She had a heart for missions, contributing with a humble spirit as often as possible. She taught toddler Sunday School until her health became poor. She will be remembered as telling her little ones, “Jesus loves you.”

A celebration service will be held at a later date; interment Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. 

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

Paul David Kools, 57, passed away peacefully in Clearwater, Fla., on April 4, 2019. 
Born in Alameda, to Ben and Helen Kools, Paul is survived by his sisters: Ann, Karen and Elizabeth (Domingo), and his cousins: Mark (Linda), Jean, Yoshiko and Christopher (Danielle). 

Paul earned his degree in aeronautical engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. His profession took him to the Mojave Desert, Santa Barbara and Washington State where he made good friends and enjoyed his work at Boeing. His final project was the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which his sisters fondly recall previewing at Boeing Everett Family Day. Paul enjoyed showing his family and friends the sights of Washington State.

Retiring from Boeing on disability in 2008, Paul remained in Edmonds until 2015, when he bought a home in Clearwater, near  his sister Karen. Leading a simple life, Paul enjoyed sharing humor and good times with his friends and family.

Diabetic since age 16 or so, Paul faced health challenges throughout his life. In 2008, with a failing heart, Paul received a mechanical heart pump via open-heart surgery at University of Washington Medical Center. When the pump failed, he received another one. He and his family and friends are forever grateful for having another 10 years together. An ash-releasing ceremony will be held privately.

Known for his sharp mind, irreverent and demented humor, Paul was a kind, sweet, gentle man who loved and appreciated his friends and family. Brother, cousin and friend, Paul showed us what strength, courage and forgiveness look like. 

We will carry you in our hearts forever.

Robert “Bobby” Ramirez, beloved husband and father, passed away April 12, 2019. Bobby was born in Oakland on July, 16, 1946, and graduated from Alameda High School. 

He was predeceased by his mother, Charlotte (Carlotta Nava) and father, Frank Ramirez, his brothers Frank Ramirez, Jr., and Albert Ramirez, his sister Frances Corral and brother-in-law Marc Richardson. 

He leaves his adoring wife Victoria and loving sons Matthew and Marc Ramirez. He also leaves his sisters: Lois, Marsha and Patricia; brothers: Richard (Theresa), Edward (Regina) and Raymond; and his uncles Albert and Daniel. At his and Vicky’s marriage, he became an older brother to his young brothers-in-law: Marc, Matthew, Jon and Marshall (Luke). He also leaves so many nieces and nephews.

Bobby loved his music and always kept his iPod updated and blasting while driving around town on his daily chores. He loved to kid around with all his friends at the local grocery and department stores. 

His greatest hobby was genealogy. He worked feverishly on his and Vicky’s family, amassing more than 700 names and family history. 

Bobby was a die-hard movie watcher, especially Westerns, World War II stories and 1930s or ’40s-era comedies. 

Bobby served in the U.S. Air Force (active and reserve) ending his career as a Tech Sergeant. 

Bobby will be missed more than words can express.

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