Obituaries

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Raye Lee Thieman-Pereira, a longtime Alameda resident, was born Dec. 7, 1932, in Oakland, and passed away in her home surrounded by loving family.

Preceded in death by her late husbands John Monti and Ray Pereira, her mother Louise Goodwin Noble, father Bernard Goodwin, sister Betty Condi, step-brother J.B. Johnson, half-brother William Goodwin, and niece Elaine Shipman.

Survived by her brother, Garry Goodwin and her nephew and nieces: David Goodwin, Gail Cederlund, and Nora Ferrar; her step-sister Athalia Fetter; niece Kathy Gunther and nephew Chris Buckley. She leaves her devoted children, Cynthia Ratto (Steve,) Frank Monti (Jane,) Cheryl Hallman (Max,) and Kendall Thiemann (Tammy.) She adored her grandchildren: Lyndsey Strankman (Elliott,) John Monti, Karrington Thiemann, Karina Thiemann and K.J. Thiemann.

Raye lived most of her life in Alameda and wintered in Palm Desert. She attended Lincoln Elementary and Alameda High School, Class of 1951. She was a sales agent of Gallagher & Lindsey for 39 years, earning top sales agent several times, before ending her real estate career at Preferred Properties of California. She received an Honorary Member for Life award from the California Association of Realtors in 2008.

Raye also had a lifetime commitment to community service, holding offices of several organizations. In her retirement, Raye was an avid golfer, belonging to five golf clubs.

A private celebration of life will be held by her family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Gwendolyn Katz, 15, passed unexpectedly on Nov. 24 at her mother’s home in Alameda. 
Gwen will always be remembered for her passions and kindness towards others. She was a lover of Japan and Japanese culture. Gwen was creative and artistic, always sketching, drawing or making something creative. Her favorite thing to listen to was Kanye West, especially in her dad’s Buick. She loved the art of makeup and enjoyed sharing this with others.

Gwen attended Alameda High School her freshman year and Encinal High School this year. She was on the cheerleading teams at both schools. Her fellow classmates talk about how kind and friendly she was to everyone. 

She will always be remembered by her family: Damien, her father; Laura, her mother; and Rosie and Zack, her sister and brother.

Gwen took her own life and the family would like to ask that anyone who is struggling with the loss of Gwen, or sadness and depression in general, to please ask for help from a therapist, a counselor, a clergy member, teachers, principals, parents, grandparents or any other source of support available.

A memorial service will be held at Alameda Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave., this Sunday, Dec. 8, at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be given to the help start the charity that her mother Laura will start in Gwen’s honor. Please PayPal to GwendolynsLight@gmail.com.

Editor’s note: If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call 1-800-273-8255, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. 

It is with heavy hearts we say goodbye to Timothy Alfred Wise, 56, devoted husband and father. Tim was born on Jan. 13, 1963, in San Jose and passed away on Nov. 9, 2019, at UC San Francisco Hospital after a courageous year-long battle with cancer. 

Tim was loving husband to Beth McMahon-Wise, and caring dad and papa to Jacob Wise and Brooke Tyler, all of Alameda. His faithful four-legged companions, Jazzy and Biscuit, will miss him, too. 

Also survived by sisters, Cindra Lee and Mivy Johnston, mother-in-law Christine McMahon and brother-in-law Gregory McMahon along with many loving nieces, nephews and friends. 
Tim was predeceased by his parents, Alfred and Mivy Wise; brother Terry Wise and father-in-law Michael McMahon. 

Tim was employed by Meyers Sound in Berkeley for 24 years and also will be missed by his Meyers Sound family. 

Tim loved fishing, boating, traveling and photography. He was a fabulous cook and grill master who loved to entertain family and friends. A sports enthusiast, he was a devoted Giants fan and was thrilled with the World Series wins. 

A celebration of his life is scheduled for this Saturday, Nov. 30, at 1 p.m. at the Rock Wall Winery Barrel Room, 2301 Monarch St. 

Please dress in bright colors to remember the often attired “tie-dyed” Tim. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to the Berkeley Humane Society, 2700 Ninth St., Berkeley, CA 94710 or the American Red Cross, 1663 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103 are appreciated.

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