Obituaries

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Dorothy Alice Hagen, a long-time resident of Alameda, passed away peacefully at her home on Aug. 11, 2019, at the age of 109.  She was born to the late John and Sidonie Hintz on May 5, 1910, in Chicago, Ill.

Dorothy is survived by her son, Richard and his wife Cathy; daughters-in-law, Gayle and Regina; grandchildren: Elizabeth, Rebecca, Sonja, Daniel and Elize; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel and son, Donald.

Dorothy lived next door to Phyllis Diller in the 1950s. Phyllis would send Dorothy hand-painted Christmas cards and autographed photos and books for her birthdays.  

Dorothy was a loyal member of the Order of the Eastern Star, where she was presented with a 75-year service award. She also belonged to the International Order of the White Shrine. She loved volunteering for anything that helped the elderly or children.  She spent much time caring for elderly friends.  

Per Dorothy’s request, no funeral services will take place. She will be laid to rest with her husband at Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland.  

Condolences to the family may be made at www.greermortuary.com

Brinley S. Appleton passed away on Aug. 10, 2019, after a brief but intense battle with cancer. 

Born July 27, 1940, to Lawrence and Carola Appleton, Brinley grew up in San Jose. He attended San Jose State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. 

After graduating, he and his wife Dee Dee (Dianna Dumesnil) settled in Alameda, and he spent his career working in the banking industry. 

Brinley was a 44-year member of Sequoyah Country Club, where he served on the board of directors and many committees. He was also an avid gardener, taking impeccable care of his extensive bonsai collection. 

Brinley is survived by his loving wife of 55 years; sons Jeffrey and Michael; daughter-in-law Andrea; grandchildren: Emma, Allison, Avery and Peter, and sister Dorian Gindraux. 

No services will be held at this time at the request of the deceased. Donations may be made to Alameda Meals on Wheels at www.alamedamealsonwheels.org.

Fred, the middle child born to Carl and Barbara Schadick in Ventura, Calif., and lifelong resident of San Francisco and Oakland, passed away at Alameda Hospital on April 30, 2019, after a long illness. 

Fred spent the majority of his career working in transportation and social work. Later in life he and his partner, Roland Schembari, ran a successful business repairing small business machines. 

He was an avid San Francisco Giants fan and train enthusiast. Fred also enjoyed California history and amassed an impressive collection of movies and classical music. He attended the San Francisco Symphony for many years with his good friend Robert Yates.

He is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth Mendoza (Mark) and Rebecca Hunter (Ron), his sister Doris Mendoza (Ardy), three grandchildren, five great grandchildren, two nephews and one niece. 

Fred was predeceased by his life partner, Roland Schembari, parents Carl and Barbara Schadick, older brother James, sister-in-law Patty and nephew Albert. 

There will be a private memorial service for family at a later date. Donations in Fred’s memory may be made to Lamda Legal or Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter.

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