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Gwendolyn Katz, 15, passed unexpectedly on Nov. 24 at her mother’s home in Alameda. 
Gwen will always be remembered for her passions and kindness towards others. She was a lover of Japan and Japanese culture. Gwen was creative and artistic, always sketching, drawing or making something creative. Her favorite thing to listen to was Kanye West, especially in her dad’s Buick. She loved the art of makeup and enjoyed sharing this with others.

Gwen attended Alameda High School her freshman year and Encinal High School this year. She was on the cheerleading teams at both schools. Her fellow classmates talk about how kind and friendly she was to everyone. 

She will always be remembered by her family: Damien, her father; Laura, her mother; and Rosie and Zack, her sister and brother.

Gwen took her own life and the family would like to ask that anyone who is struggling with the loss of Gwen, or sadness and depression in general, to please ask for help from a therapist, a counselor, a clergy member, teachers, principals, parents, grandparents or any other source of support available.

A memorial service will be held at Alameda Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave., this Sunday, Dec. 8, at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be given to the help start the charity that her mother Laura will start in Gwen’s honor. Please PayPal to

Editor’s note: If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call 1-800-273-8255, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. 

It is with heavy hearts we say goodbye to Timothy Alfred Wise, 56, devoted husband and father. Tim was born on Jan. 13, 1963, in San Jose and passed away on Nov. 9, 2019, at UC San Francisco Hospital after a courageous year-long battle with cancer. 

Tim was loving husband to Beth McMahon-Wise, and caring dad and papa to Jacob Wise and Brooke Tyler, all of Alameda. His faithful four-legged companions, Jazzy and Biscuit, will miss him, too. 

Also survived by sisters, Cindra Lee and Mivy Johnston, mother-in-law Christine McMahon and brother-in-law Gregory McMahon along with many loving nieces, nephews and friends. 
Tim was predeceased by his parents, Alfred and Mivy Wise; brother Terry Wise and father-in-law Michael McMahon. 

Tim was employed by Meyers Sound in Berkeley for 24 years and also will be missed by his Meyers Sound family. 

Tim loved fishing, boating, traveling and photography. He was a fabulous cook and grill master who loved to entertain family and friends. A sports enthusiast, he was a devoted Giants fan and was thrilled with the World Series wins. 

A celebration of his life is scheduled for this Saturday, Nov. 30, at 1 p.m. at the Rock Wall Winery Barrel Room, 2301 Monarch St. 

Please dress in bright colors to remember the often attired “tie-dyed” Tim. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to the Berkeley Humane Society, 2700 Ninth St., Berkeley, CA 94710 or the American Red Cross, 1663 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103 are appreciated.

Marie Lillian Botts, 93, passed away peacefully on Oct. 1, 2019, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law in Palm Desert. Marie was born on April 27, 1926. She was raised in Alameda where she lived for 90 years. 

She was predeceased by: her parents Giuseppe and Albina Ratto, husband Dale Botts and niece Janice Dubois-Wheeler. She is survived by her son Bill Botts (Alison), sister Catherine Cardelli (Lou, deceased), nieces Kathleen Rabbach, (Vern) and Sue Nicol; grandnephews and nieces, Todd Rabbach (Deana), Stacy Wiley, Marci Stewart (John), Tim Dubois and Jennifer Nicol. and great-grandnephews and nieces: Tristan, Davis, Dylan, Dawson, Roman, Paolina and Sophia.  
Marie attended St. Joseph’s Elementary School and Alameda High School. She was a life-long parishioner of St. Joseph’s Basilica and a proud member of the Italian-American League of Alameda.  

Marie worked at Boniere Bakery in Alameda for more than 35 years where she was affectionately known as “Bottsie.”

Marie loved her family and made it easy to love her back. Her kind heart touched everyone she met.  

Family and friends will celebrate her beautiful life Saturday, Nov. 23, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Basilica in Alameda. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or (800) 822-6344.