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Emmet “Doug” Steed passed away at home on June 1, 2020, surrounded by his loving wife Dianne and his daughters Jennifer and Melissa. Although he was born in Canada, he was proud to be an American and served as a Marine in his early years.

Doug was a magic man and could fix anything. His daughters and his grandchildren were the highlights of his life.

He leaves behind his devoted wife Dianne of 54 years who cared for him until his death and his daughters Jennifer Dorn (Lonnie) and Melissa Haugner (Ted). He was the beloved Ampa to his six grandchildren: Claire Dianne Haunger, Ryan Steed Haugner, Anna Maxine Dorn, Jennifer Anne Haugner, Matthew Emmet Dorn and Allison Melissa Dorn. He will be forever missed by his family and many friends.

Doug lived life to its fullest, but most of all, he loved spending time with family and entertaining friends at his cabin on Donner Lake. The family expresses its heartfelt appreciation to all who sent prayers, masses, cards, flowers, food and the abundance of shared memories. He was truly a great man! 
A private, immediate family mass will be held and a celebration of his life will take place when it is safe. 

If you wish to make a contribution in Doug’s honor, the family requests that a donation be made to the Alameda Welfare Council, PO. Box 2265 Alameda, CA 94501.

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

Anto Aghapekian passed away of natural causes on May 16, 2020, at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland, surrounded by immediate family. Anto’s youth was spent in Beirut, Lebanon, where he resided with his parents, Mardig and Marie Aghapekian, and his two sisters, Aida and Madeleine. He grew up in the Armenian community and spent many happy times in the mountains of Lebanon and swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. He was an avid athlete, excelling in basketball, and was a proud member of the Boy Scouts, serving as a scout master for several years in his late teens.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 27 years, Lynda Johnson; his sons, Ari (daughter Ava), Raffi (wife Chris and daughters Riley and Emilie) and stepsons, Spencer (wife Lesley and daughters Amelia and Sophia) and Clayton (wife Margo and grandchildren Eloise, Theo and Simon). In addition, he is survived by his two sisters, Aida Achdjian and Madeleine Aghapekian, and their families. He is also survived by his first wife, Linda Agapekian, whom he married in 1967 and divorced in 1985. 

At the age of 22, Anto fulfilled his dream of immigrating to America to study architecture. He received degrees from the College of San Mateo, University of Oklahoma in Norman and UC Berkeley, where he studied architecture and urban planning. He enjoyed a long and rewarding career as a board-certified architect, designing and remodeling homes, banks, schools and public spaces, primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Portland, Ore. 

A strong believer in giving back to America and his local community, he helped build the Bay Area Armenian culture centers in the 1970s and ‘80s and inspected buildings for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the City of Oakland after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. More recently, he served as Commissioner for Disability Issues for the City of Alameda and as a volunteer at Mastick Senior Center. He was a consistent donor to causes and the arts, including: public radio, television, Rhythmix Cultural Works, Island City Opera, Doctors without Borders and Habitat for Humanity. 

Always artistic, Anto turned to ceramics and stained glass during retirement and enjoyed many happy hours at Mastick Senior Center creating wonderful works of art and making deep and lasting friendships with his classmates. His other passion in life was world travel, including multiple trips to the south of France to visit relatives. 

Drawn to water his entire life, he resided at different times in close proximity to the Mediterranean Sea, the San Francisco Bay and the Willamette River in Oregon. He was thrilled to be able to live this past year in a floating home at the Barnhill Marina in Alameda where he was surrounded by a close knit, marine-oriented community. 

A private memorial will be held in the future. In lieu of floral tributes, donations are suggested to Doctors without Borders or to a charity of choice. 

John Edgar Bonwell III went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 21, 2020.

John was born Sept. 28, 1930, in Vallejo to parents John Edgar and Gladys Ellen (Patrick) Bonwell Jr. He was known for being honorable and loving to those closest to him and a genuine patriot.

John graduated from Alameda High School and the University of California, Berkeley, with a bachelor of science in civil engineering. Using his engineering degree, he worked for the City of Berkeley retiring after 30 years.

John was active in San Francisco Bay Area camera clubs and was frequently asked to judge important competitions. He and his wife traveled to the British Isles and treasured a genealogy tour from Montana to Nebraska. John enjoyed numerous camping trips to Idaho for stream fishing.

During the Korean conflict he joined the Air Force. As this was during the Cold War, his group was handpicked to carry the atomic bomb if it had been needed. John fondly remembers those years with a license plate on his old Mercedes B36GUNR.

He was married to Marian Ellen Lallman for 49 years before her passing.

John reacquainted himself with Marian’s best friend MaryAlice Brown and after a brief courtship they married in 2008 in Lynden, Wash.

John will be greatly missed by his sweetheart of 11 years MaryAlice.

The family wants to thank Visiting Angels and other caregivers who made it possible for John to stay home in his declining years.

John will be interred in the Sacramento California National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Christian media company, Illustra Media, PO Box 636, La Mirada, CA 90637-0636. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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