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A native of Alameda, Betsy passed away peacefully early Saturday morning, Aug. 11, 2018.

She was the loving and steadfast wife of the late Peter Bongiovanni and beloved sister of the late Antonio and Peter Ratto. She was an amazing mother to Greg, Mary (Leo), Paul (Zaby), Mike, Steve (Cecilia) and the late John. She was also the loving grandmother of Sarah, Ashley, Anne, Dominic, Joshua, Vince, Matthew, Alex, Mario and Antonio. She was a lifelong caregiver and stellar role model to many.

Family and friends may visit after 5 p.m today, Thursday, Aug. 16, and attend a vigil service at 7 p.m. at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services, 2694 Blanding Ave. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 17, at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 3108 Van Buren St. 

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Special Olympics Northern California or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.



Ann Parrington, 102, resident of Alameda passed away peacefully in Alameda. Her beloved husband, Howard, predeceased her (1984) as did three brothers and two sisters. 

Ann leaves four children who adored her: Jean of Alameda;  Howard (Patricia) of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; Raymond (Marian) of Absecon, N.J.; and Judy of Lincoln, Calif. She was the cherished grandmother of Larry Quinn (Tiffany), Melissa Conaty (Mike), Lisa Parrington (Arun Khosla), Dennis Parrington, Howard Parrington, Kathryn Matuliewich (Jason) and Kevin Parrington (Danielle). She was the dear great-grandmother to eight. Ann also had a special bond with her nephew and Godson, Frank O’Donnell (Jeanne) as well as nieces Janet Pitts and Patricia Dioguardi.

Ann grew up in New York City and raised her family in Carle Place on Long Island. She retired from Macy’s, New York, and subsequently lived in Alameda for the last 34 years. She lived in the St. Frances Condominiums among many friends for 28 of these years.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Elders Inn for their incredible compassion and kindness. A special thanks to Jackie McGill of Vitas Hospice for her care of Ann and wise counsel to the family.

The family will hold a private celebration and remembrance of Ann’s life in October.

May 19, 1943 – Aug. 3, 2018

Michael Patrick Murphy was born to Aloysius and Emmamay Murphy in Oakland on May 19, 1943, and passed away peacefully in Las Vegas on August 3, 2018. He is survived by his loving wife Sandra. They were married 54 years and raised three beautiful children: Garett (Courtney), Danette (Steve) and Bryan. He leaves behind five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was the second oldest of 12 children and a great role model for his siblings: Dennis (Cathy), Timothy (d) (Sue), Terry (Charlie), Peggy (d), Penny, Patrick (d), Sally (Clifford), Laurie (Jim), Debbie (Rich), Jon (Kimberly), and Tami (Bill (d)). Michael is also survived by countless nieces and nephews and friends who will sorely miss him. 

Michael was a dedicated employee and manager for 39 years at Lucky’s Stores in the Bay Area and retired at 55 years old to spend the rest of his life enjoying his family in Discovery Bay then in Henderson, Nev. 

Michael touched the lives of many and is especially remembered for his quick sense of humor and storytelling. He was a riot!! He loved social gatherings with loved ones.  He would be happiest playing Bingo with his loving wife or laughing and lounging by his swimming pool (or anywhere his closest friends and family would be). We all miss you and love you and will always remember your smiling Irish eyes.

Friends and family are invited to Michael’s memorial services: Rosary on Friday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. and Mass on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 9:30 a.m., both at St. Philip Neri Church at 3100 Van Buren St.