Obituaries

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Maewood Crowe Zarback, 98, of Alameda passed away on April 25, 2018. She leaves behind her daughter, Donna Quintero, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara Meeks.

Maewood was born in Louisiana and came to California in 1937. She was retired from Montgomery Ward in Oakland where she worked for 30 years.

Maewood will be remembered for her generosity and desire to help others. 

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m. at Redwood Chapel, 19300 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA 94546.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Redwood Christian Schools (4200 James Ave., Castro Valley, CA 94546) are preferred.

Laurance Michael Quintero, 75, of Castro Valley (formerly of Alameda), passed away on Aug. 5, 2018. He passed peacefully at home surrounded by family after a brief bout with cancer.

He is survived by Donna, his wife of 56 years; son Jeff, daughter-in-law Shelley, grandchildren Savannah, Austin and Shane; daughter Cindy and grandchildren: Sam and Kevin; and siblings: Joe, Manuel, Gloria, Monica and Lydia. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Laurance was preceded in death by his mother Rose, father Modesto and sister Marie Ann.

Laurance managed the family business, Acapulco Restaurant, in Alameda, until his retirement in 2011. In his spare time he enjoyed golfing, custom cars and gathering with friends.

Laurance will be remembered for his kind heart and compassion for family, friends and strangers alike.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m. at Redwood Chapel, 19300 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA 94546.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Redwood Christian Schools (4200 James Ave., Castro Valley, CA 94546) are preferred.

 

Editor’s note: Throughout his term running the restaurant his parents founded in 1953, Laurance found many ways to support local business and the Alameda community. He was a founding member of the Greater Alameda Business Association and Acapulco often generously hosted or catered local meetings and events.

Kent Rosenblum was born in Mason City, Iowa, on July 29, 1944, to Georgia Imogene Shaw Rosenblum and Roger Spies Rosenblum. He grew up in St. Paul, Minn., and aspired to be a veterinarian from a young age based on his fascination with Dr. Doolittle. 

He received a football and wrestling scholarship to attend Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. He was then accepted to the University of Minnesota Veterinary School where he decided to specialize in small animals and exotics. That was also where he met the love of his life, Kathy O’Shaughnessy. Kent graduated with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1968 and in 1969 the couple married.

Kent and Kathy moved to California in 1970 where they fell in love with wine. Both Kent and Kathy were passionate about skiing, so they joined the Berkeley Ski Club. In 1971 the club bought one ton of grapes and divvied them up. The next year they came back to taste what everyone had made. Kent and Kathy’s wine was the only wine remotely palatable. 

The following harvest, the ski club tasked Kent and Kathy with making all the wine. They decided they were pretty good at making wine and started a little winery they called Rosenblum Cellars. They started making wine in their garage, and in 1978, they turned the Dead-End Bar in West Oakland into their winery.

In 1980, they purchased a 52-acre plot of land on Eastside Road in Healdsburg and started growing grapes. Kent was still working as a full-time veterinarian at Providence Veterinary Hospital in Alameda, where he continued to work through the late 1990s.

In 1984, Rosenblum purchased some Zinfandel grapes from George Hendry, a Napa Valley grower, and it turned out to be the wine that changed their course forever. It won Best of Show at wine competitions and earned outstanding scores from critics. This was the pivotal wine that launched Rosenblum Cellars on its path to success.

Although Kent was busy working as a full-time veterinarian, winemaker while raising two daughters with his wife Kathy, he still found time to give back to his community. He served as the President of the Alameda Chamber of Commerce, President of the West Alameda Business Association and President of the Berkeley Ski Club. He also found time to coach his daughter’s sports teams.

In 2008, Kent and Kathy sold Rosenblum Cellars to Diegeo. Their “hobby gone wild” had turned into an American success story.

Without dropping a vintage, in 2008 Kent and his daughter Shauna launched Rock Wall Wine Company, which is located on the former Naval Air Base in Alameda. They worked together for 11 vintages, and Shauna got to show her dad everything she had learned about winemaking from him over the years.

Kent is survived by his wife of 49 years, Kathy, their daughters Shauna and Kristen, his brother Roger, his sister Pamela and his granddaughter Skylar Rose.

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