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Herb Fassler peacefully passed away March 2, 2019, at his home in Green Valley, Ariz., with his wife and children at his side. 

Herb was born in San Francisco on June 8, 1943, and attended Riordan High School (Class of 1961). He graduated from University of California, Berkeley in 1965. Upon graduating, Herb joined the Alameda Police Department. 

After proudly serving the City of Alameda, he spent 24 years with East Bay Regional Parks District serving as the captain of the police department and retiring as the fire marshal. Herb was always quick in spotting a need, be it coaching his children’s sports team or helping a friend.

Upon retirement, Herb and Debra moved to Green Valley where they enjoyed golfing, fishing and traveling. Herb was also an active member of both the Alameda and Green Valley Elks Clubs.

Herb is survived by his wife, Debra Brennen Fassler; his four children: Michael Fassler, Timothy Fassler, Brian Fassler and Melissa Hauer and five grandchildren: Amanda Fassler, Jarod Fassler, Genevieve Hauer, Maximilian Hauer and Nicolas Fassler. He is also survived by sisters, Patricia Barsotti and Joan Friel and ex-wife Madeline Deaton. 

He was predeceased by his parents, Herbert and Imelda Fassler and sister Joyce Alioto.

A celebration of life mass will be held on Saturday, April 27, at 10 a.m. at St. Philip Neri Church, 3100 Van Buren St., with a reception to follow. 

To honor Herb’s love of Cal, guests are invited to wear blue and gold.


Florence Jeannette Cote, 90, passed away surrounded by family on March 24, 2019. She is survived by three loving daughters: Michelle McCourt, Denise LaBarre and Collette McHugh, two sons-in-law, Eugene LaBarre and Karl McHugh, 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She will also be dearly missed by many other relatives and friends.

Florence was born on June 6, 1928, in Manchester, N.H. A diligent student all her life, Florence was the first person in her family to graduate from college, Mount St. Mary College, in 1949. Shortly after graduation, Florence married J.P. Maurice Cote, to whom she was married to for 50 years, until Maurice’s death in 2001. 

Florence and Maurice raised their three daughters in Manchester and were active members of their community throughout their lives. Florence was also a first-grade teacher in Manchester public schools for 20 years. Florence spent her later years with her daughters and their families in Clinton, Mass., and Jamaica Plain, Mass. 

Florence loved nothing more than being with family. Whether she was playing the spoons at one of her famous Christmas parties or holding one of her great-grandchildren in her arms, Florence was always happiest when she saw her family all together. 

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Sunday, March 31, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Mann and Rodgers Funeral Homes, 44 Perkins St., Jamaica Plain, with a funeral mass on Monday, April 1, at 9 a.m. at St. Ann’s Parish in Dorchester, Mass. Interment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Manchester. 


Andrew “Andy” Dubois passed away peacefully in his sleep in late February. 

He was born on the family ranch near El Centro, Calif., the third son of John Lamont and Isabelle Oakley DuBois. 

His education began in a one-room schoolhouse and ended with degrees in mechanical engineering from U.C. Berkeley. 

He served his country in World War II. During that time married Aliton Marsh. They had four children: Jennifer, Barbara, Amanda and Emily. 

Andy’s working career began at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL) working on particle accelerators and ended at LBL working on the two Keck telescopes on Mona Kea in Hawaii.
Andy and Aliton divorced in 1962 and in 1966 he married Rosemary Brandes. Their daughter Julie was born to complete his “treasure of daughters.” In 2008 Rosemary succumbed to Alzheimer’s. 

But Andy never stopped growing and learning. To his children he seemed to age backwards, getting younger, more open minded and even more fun as the years went by.He was a shining example to us all. And, to quote a son-in-law, “he was the best man I ever knew.”

A memorial is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in Alameda. Those interested in attending should email for details.