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May 25, 1965 – March 6, 2021
Resident of Alameda

Richard Kellner was born in Manhattan, N.Y., in May 1965 to the late Isidore Kellner and Joan Basson Kellner. Rick passed away on March 6, 2021. He is preceded in death by his brother, Martin Kellner.

Rick was a loving father to Lucas Riley Kellner, devoted partner to Arlette P. Constantino, loving brother to Jeffrey P. Kellner, uncle to Allison and Annika Kellner, and friend to Jacqueline Riley, mother of Lucas Kellner.

Rick graduated high school from Bronx School of Science in 1983, and went on to earn his degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1987. Rick started his career with Raytheon Missiles and Defense, and later became interested in energy efficiency.

Rick moved to San Francisco in 2000, nudged by his entrepreneurial spirit and an interest in more time with lifelong friends. He founded and operated several businesses before finding his calling as a baker.

He enrolled in San Francisco Baking Institute and opened Feel Good Bakery in 2004. Rick took great pride in offering Alameda and the Bay Area baked goods, prepared with quality ingredients and artisan execution.
He was also very proud and so grateful to a dedicated and skillful staff that made Feel Good Bakery such a success.

Jackie joined him at the bakery in 2006, and together they expanded the bakery and brought Lucas into the world in 2008. Although, baking was his passion, his greatest joy was spending time with Lucas.

Rick had many interests and enjoyed a healthy lifestyle in addition to fitness. When he was not managing the bakery, he could be found gardening, hiking, snowboarding, doing yoga or shooting hoops with his son.

He enjoyed cooking from the garden and “Feel Good “was part of his mantra; living a healthy, sustainable and organic lifestyle. Rick and Arlette enjoyed time together and often gathered with friends and family. Rick cherished his longtime friendships, taking trips to Tahoe with his buddies, carving down the mountain or enjoying an evening of live music.

Feel Good Rick will be missed by all who loved him, and found joy and laughter in his company. Fly high, hang loose and Namaste, Ricky.

Condolences may be made to the family at www.greermortuary.com.

Greer Family Mortuary & Cremation Services FD-1408
greermortuary.com 510-865-3755

Shirley Irene Curtis, 88,passed away March 18, 2021, in Harrison, Ark. Born May 17, 1932, in Plentywood, Mont., one of six children to Arthur and Elberta Draszt. Shirley was married to Jim Curtis for 21 years until his passing in 1993.

Shirley worked 20 years for the Pacific Bell phone company as a 411operator, retiring Oct. 7, 1993. It was the perfect job for her, Shirley was known to like to talk and enjoyed helping those in need. In 2017Shirley moved from Alameda, Cal. to live with Ken and Andrea.

She loved the Lord and touched people with her generosity and passion for engaging in the lives of those around her, assisting wherever she could.

She enjoyed camping, outdoor activities, traveling to see family,crocheting, and making Cross bookmarks.

Though Shirley was only 4’7”,she had a huge, loving heart and made an easy height goal for her grandkids when they grew “as tall as Grandma.

Shirley will be missed greatly for her with, her giggle, her love of the Lord, and love of the American Pickers TV Show.

She is preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Elberta Draszt,and siblings: Lorraine Terwillinger, Maxine Houlbjerg, Eugene Drasztand Yonnne Ellerman.

She is survived by her brother Darrel Draszt, children: Kathy Brandom (Dave) of Kanorado, Kan.,Ken Collins (Andrea) of Berryville ,Ark., Becky Al-Tabeekh (Saleh) of Kuwait, and many grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

No services are scheduled at this time. Shirley is allergic to flowers, please donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Shop,501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105, or Hospice of the Hills in Harrison, AR.

Cremation arrangements under direction of Nelson Funeral Service.
Online condolences sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.
© Nelson Funeral Service, Inc.

By the time she reached the age of 97, Naomi Gilkerson had outlived everyone in her immediate generation.

She was preceded in death by her parents, all of her siblings and their respective spouses, her husband of 63years, and also Kherson. She was also preceded by her parents-in-law, as well as her brother-in -law and sister-in-law, plus their spouses. Sadly, she also outlived two nephews, a niece-in-law, a granddaughter and an infant great-grandson.

She is survived by her daughter, six grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson plus numerous nieces, nephews, and their families. Most of this surprising number of descendants and extended kinfolk live in various locations that are not nearby, so her life recently was relatively quiet.

Her daughter spent significant amounts of time with her in the past several years, and stayed in her home with her since shortly before the Covid pandemic, which extended her visit by many months.

The day before Christmas, Naomi did not wake up as usual, to begin her day. She had passed in the night into her eternal home. While of course we miss her a great deal, we are comforted that she was granted her two wishes as to the end of her earthly life. First, she was able to live in her own home, and not have to be someplace that would be strange to her.

And second, she often said that if she got her wish, she would go to bed one night, and just not wake
up in the morning. And so it was. She and her daughter had a normal conversation Wednesday night, and
the next time she saw her mother, she was no longer bound to inhabit
a 97-year-old body.

Yes, we knew that one day we would lose her, but surely no one is never really ready. And so, we move on, and cherish the memories. Those of you that knew her undoubtedly have some precious memories of Naomi. We will be able to look back and be glad she was in our lives, and look forward to one day seeing her in Heaven.

Greer Family Mortuary &
Cremation Services FD-1408
greermortuary.com 510-865-3755

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