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Evelyn J. Niederbrach, 91, of Hannibal, Mo., passed away at 9:12 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at her home. 

Evelyn was born in Hannibal on Feb. 26, 1928, to William Thomas Fletcher and Grace Belle Ellis Fletcher. 

She was married to Charles Edward Niederbrach on May 20, 1944, in Hannibal. He preceded her in death on Dec. 24, 2004.

Survivors include: her two sons Charles Niederbrach of Pittsburg, Birney Niederbrach of Oakland, and one daughter Robin Renee Sullivan (Larry) of Hannibal; grandchildren: Caira Niederbrach, Caylyn Niederbrach, Melinda Owens (Sean), Jennifer Lopez (Christopher), Richard Calewarts, and Jennette Calewarts; six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, five siblings and one grandson, Charles Neiderbrach, Jr.

Evelyn lived in Alameda for 60 years and recently moved back to Hannibal. She worked as a nursing home administrator for 20 years, earning the nickname “Nurse Ratchett.”

Away from work, she was very family oriented. Evelyn always said, “the greatest gift in her life was being blessed with, Charlie, Birney and Robin.” 

Evelyn enjoyed spending time with family at the dinner table and loved the holiday season. She was an avid baseball fan and was very involved in attending her children’s baseball games. The community knew her for being the embarrassing mom cheering on the team with her cowbell shouting, “Let’s Go Krusi Colts!” 

Evelyn had an extraordinary big heart; she would never hesitate to help anyone in need. She will be dearly missed.

There will be no visitation at this time and a memorial service will be held at a later date. 
Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Frankford, Mo. Arrangements for cremation are under the direction of the James O’Donnell Funeral Home of Hannibal. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Meal on Wheels. Online condolences may be shared and video tribute viewed at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com.

Benjamin P. Reyes, Sr. was born in Manila, Philippines to Felino and Rosario Delos Reyes. He met his wife of 55 years, Edita Toledo Reyes, in high school. 

A graduate of LaSalle University, Ben joined the United States Navy in 1960 and started a new adventure that took him all over this vast world, ultimately visiting all seven continents on several tours of duty during his decorated 30-year career. 

Ben achieved the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer prior to retiring. His service included deployment to the naval blockade in Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis, two tours of duty during the Vietnam War, the Apollo 14 Recovery Mission, and the maiden voyage of the aircraft carrier, the U.S.S Carl Vinson. Ben moved his family from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to Alameda, where he retired from the Navy. 

A 40-year parishioner of St. Barnabas Catholic Church, Ben served in the Knights of Columbus and on the Parish Council in several leadership positions. Ben also served as a board member of the United Pilipinos of Alameda, Inc. and the NorCal San Antonians, Inc. 

In addition to his numerous service awards from the Navy, Ben was recognized by the State of California as the Veteran of the Year for 2018 in Assembly District 18. He was also recently recognized by the City of Alameda for his 40 years of community service and presented with a Mayoral Proclamation celebrating Oct. 15, 2019, as “Benjamin P. Reyes Day” in Alameda.

Benjamin P. Reyes, Sr. had a large and loving extended family. He is survived by his wife, Edita, his brother, Jovencio P. Reyes and family. He is also survived by his children: Superior Court Judge Benjamin T. Reyes II (Susan); Irma Reyes Glidden; Charisma Reyes Beesley (James); and Ariel “Kiddo” T. Reyes (Mylene). Ben’s grandchildren are: Nicholas J. Frankel, Marlene Calderon Usi, Benjamin Adam Reyes III, James W. Beesley, Jr., Isabel San Juan Reyes, Robert T. Glidden, Jr., Gabriel L. Reyes, Ryan X. Reyes, Kiana Marie Reyes and Maya Edita Reyes. Ben has touched many lives with his gracious smile, his generous spirit and his beautiful singing voice.

His requiem mass is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m., at St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 1427 Sixth St., followed by interment at Chapel of the Chimes, 32992 Mission Blvd. in Hayward. 

Sympathy cards may be sent to Mrs. Edita T. Reyes care of: Susan S. Reyes, P.O. Box 1293, Alameda, CA 94501.

John F. Dawson Jr., 86, passed away peacefully the evening of Sept. 29 in his home, surrounded by family. John was born June 8, 1933, in St Louis, Mo., to John and Florence (Griffin) Dawson. He was a graduate of UC Berkeley, earning a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. John attended Officer Candidate School after graduating and served in the Navy Reserve for three years.

On Aug. 11, 1974, John married Joan Foote of Butte, Mont., and together they had two daughters and raised John’s son. Over a lifetime together, they prioritized their children’s educations and quality family time, taking family camping trips and visiting Joan’s native Montana regularly. John and Joan were married 39 years until her death in 2014.

John loved boats and was an avid sailor for many years. His love of sailing extended to the waterfront. John became a mechanical engineer, working in the shipyards in San Francisco for most of his career. John loved to tinker, fixing anything he could get his hands on. He was known to have many projects going at one time.

John was a devoted father to Gregg (Renee) Dawson, Jessica (Kevin) Bailey and Janet (Todd) Weber. He is survived by his children and their spouses, nephew Anthony Miller, stepdaughter Cassandra Kirk and five beloved grandchildren: John, Owen, Genevieve, Frances and Eleanor.

A memorial celebration will take place at the family home in Alameda in the coming month. Donations in John’s name may be made to Music in Schools Today or the Sea Scouts. 
Contact the family via email at jessbaileydpt@gmail.com or janetweber216@gmail.com

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

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