After almost 95 years on Earth, our father, Floyd Hunter took his last breath on March 25, 2020.
Floyd attended South San Francisco High School where he was a standout football player and track star. Upon graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was assigned to the 3rd Marine Division and fought in the liberation of Guam. A few months later, he landed on Iwo Jima, where he was wounded and earned a Purple Heart. He was 19 years old.
After a medical discharge from the Marines, he graduated from San Jose State University, where he was president of the Sigma Nu fraternity. He later earned a master’s degree and had a long career as a high-school teacher and administrator.
Floyd was a member of the Disabled Veterans of America, the Iwo Jima Association of America and the USMC Combat Correspondents Association.
He was once named California Educator of the Year. Floyd was a life-long fisherman, boat and water man, founding a fishing club and a club for boating singles. Most of all, he was a loving father. A long-time Alameda resident and local political activist, he lived a unique and happy lifestyle for 45 years, living on a floating home at Barnhill Marina.
Floyd is survived by sons Dutch Hunter, Mark Hunter, daughter Holly Schalla, daughter-in-law Julie Hunter and grandchildren Jesse and Dylan Hunter and Chelsea and Trevor Schalla. He is pre-deceased by his son Gary Hunter.
Rest in peace, Dad. We love you.
Carrie Marie Gomes passed away Nov. 25, 2019, in Hayward. She was born June 22, 1958, in Oakland and was a lifelong resident of Alameda.
Carrie graduated Encinal High School in 1976. She was the mother of Cristina Alaniz of Oakley and Marisa Sousa-Satizabal of Livermore; grandmother of Marcelo and Mateo Satizabal; sister of: Edward, Anthony, Danny and Josephine Gomes and Johnny Bignone. She was the daughter of Ed Gomes of Hawaii and the late Louise Bignone.
Family and friends are invited to attend memorial services Thursday, March 19, at 4 p.m. at the Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel, 1415 Oak St., Alameda.
For more information, contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745).
Luz G. Guidici passed away on Feb. 29, 2020, peacefully, in her sleep, within 10 miles of where she was born. The proximity of her birth and death belies all that she traversed in her 103 years.
Luz was born on Dec. 26, 1916, and grew up in the Piedmont Avenue neighborhood of Oakland. She was one of six children born to Jean and Louise Gouailhardou. In her youth she enjoyed sports and acrobatic dancing. She graduated from Oakland Tech High School in 1934, the only one of her siblings to do so.
In 1941, Luz married John J. Guidici, a fellow Oakland Tech grad. At the time of their marriage, John was a merchant mariner. Married life prompted him to leave the high seas to become an Oakland police officer, eventually becoming captain of the force. Luz supported his career and maintained their household.
Luz and John were the proud parents of three daughters: Luzanne, Ginette and Denise. Luz was a homemaker and community volunteer for the Emerson Elementary PTA and Samuel Merritt Hospital, now Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.
Luz enjoyed sewing, crocheting, playing bridge and actively participating in the Catholic Church. She was a terrific cook who specialized in serving family dinner — from weekly Sunday gatherings to traditional Christmas Eve celebrations. Her prized French apple pie was a crowd favorite. She was a generous host as she never shied away from inviting guests to dinner or housing foreign exchange students.
In their retirement years, John and Luz moved to Alameda. Many will remember Luz from her participation in St. Albert’s Church and from the hundreds of baby blankets she crocheted and distributed to friends and family near and far.
Luz was an Oaklander through and through. She was a fan of the Oakland A’s, Fenton’s Ice Creamery, Casper’s Hot Dogs and Neldam’s Bakery. She loved Piedmont Avenue and even served as Miss Piedmont Avenue in 1935. She and John liked to travel. Hawaii and Alaska and trips to Italy and France were among their favorites.
Luz was preceded in death by her husband (John Guidici) and all her siblings. She leaves behind her daughters: Luzanne (Tom) Engh of Alameda, Ginette (Senator) Raygor of Walla Walla, Wash., Denise Guidici of Crosswicks, N.J., and grandchildren: Michele and Nicole, Scott and Stacy, Matt and Tim and 11 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, send donations in Luz Guidici’s memory to the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Newborn Intensive Care Unit Fund at Alta Bates Summit Philanthropy, 2855 Telegraph Ave., #601, Berkeley, CA 94705. The family plans a small private service in the spring.
For more info, contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745).