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Marilyn Joan (Mathieson) Zecher passed away peacefully on May 12, 2020, after battling cancer. 

She was preceded in death by her father and mother (John and Eola Mathieson) and her childhood sweetheart and loving husband of 45 years, Harold Louis Zecher. 

Marilyn was a loving and devoted mother of Hal Zecher (deceased), Cindy Zecher (Mike Perez) and Steve Zecher (Anne Marie), mother-in-law to Mary Wehr Elkins (Kevin), and sister of Jack Mathieson (Sue) of Alameda. She was so proud of her grandchildren Megan Zecher, Josie Zecher, Kevin, Matt, Hannah and Sam Elkins. Marilyn was the cousin of Joan Pearson Dyer (Lloyd, deceased), Mark Mathieson (Elaine), and Scott Mathieson (Betsy), a loving aunt of JC Mathieson (Jill), Julie Mathieson Kopple (Erich), Brandon Zecher (Jenny), Brandi, Zachary and Matthew Zecher and is also survived by many cousins, grand nieces and nephews and a host of friends who loved her for her generosity and support.

Marilyn was born in Alameda on Aug. 22, 1939, and graduated from Alameda High School. She worked part time for the Alameda Unified School District for more than 20 years and devoted her life to the community she loved so dearly. Marilyn was honored in 1994 with the Alameda Woman of the Year Award. She was an active member of various local organizations throughout her life including the Alameda Elks Lodge No. 1015, Alameda Hospitality Club, Alameda Welfare Council, Boy Scouts, Children’s Hospital Branches of Oakland, Clara Barton Foundation, Girl Scouts, Alameda Girls Club/Girls Inc., North American Benefit Association, UN and MU Chapter of P.E.O. Sisterhood and PTA to name a few.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your charity of choice or to Garden Branch Children’s Hospital Branches, Inc. @ The CHORI Campus, 5700 Martin Luther King Jr. Way T-2, Oakland, CA 94609.

There will be a private viewing for family and friends. Entombment  will be at Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland. A celebration of her life will be held at a future date.

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

Lawrence “Larry” F. Travernier, 84, passed away March 28, 2020, in Bellingham, Wash. Larry was born in Oakland on June 27, 1935, to Ellen and Lawrence Tavernier. 

He was a proud Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War, and was loved by his veterans group for his comedic wit. Larry also had a host of friends in California and Washington due to his fellowship with other Friends of Bill for the last 41 years. He would often choke up with gratitude for the life he had been given, especially for the gift of his “lovely bride” Anita.

Larry worked for the Alameda Parks Department and the Alameda Golf Course for many years getting his hands dirty bringing new life from the soil. He also worked as a substance abuse counselor and helped many struggling with addiction cultivate a new life. 

Larry had a loving, kind heart and was often referred to as a sweet man. He was generous to a fault for those he loved and total strangers alike. In his later years, he loved to garden and plant trees, saying “I might not see them grow tall, but younger people will love them.” He was also an avid reader with his loyal dog, Tank, always by his side. 

Larry is survived by his loving wife of nearly 40 years, Anita Tavernier and their two children, JT and Kristine. He also leaves his brother James (Kathy) and his son Clayton (Leslie) from a previous marriage to Joan. He is also survived by his stepchildren: Gayle Lemieux, Pam Walmsley; her son Will Roberts (and his son, Grant); and Tim Walmsley (Deborah). He loved them all as they did him.

Due to social distancing, memorial services are pending until later in the year. Larry always appreciated the importance of a good hug.

 

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