Obituaries

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Born in Glen Ridge, N.J., to the late Shelley and Lois Kaplan, Robert Kaplan died of end-stage renal disease caused by amyloidosis at his home. 

He was the incredible husband of Jerrilyn and loving father to their twin daughters, Nikki Kaplan (Blake Echols) and Dara Sue (Alan), grandfather to Hannah Echols and Lylah and Rayah Sue. He is also survived by his brother, Vic Kaplan.

After finishing high school in Millburn, N.J., he attended and graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. He then attended the California College of Podiatry in San Francisco at which time he met Jerri. He did two years of residency in New Jersey and Oakland, after which he began his practice of Podiatry on Pill Hill in Oakland. He was a lifetime member of the California Podiatry Association and served as president of his local chapter.

Rob was an avid golfer, bread maker, vacation planner, guitar player, reader, A’s and Warriors fan. He volunteered to cook for the Midway Women’s Shelter in Alameda. He was an active member of Temple Israel of Alameda and served as president, treasurer and Cantorial Soloist.

In lieu of flowers please donate to Temple Israel Alameda at 3183 Mecartney Rd., 94502 or to the National Kidney Foundation, 717 Market St. San Francisco 94103. For both charities, please reference “In memory of Robert J. Kaplan, DPM.” Private services have been held.

 

Ed Gibson lived a great life filled with family, friends, travels, dogs, cars, lawn chairs, beers, movies, poetry and books. His subtle sense of humor and compassionate heart made it easy to talk with him about everything under the sun including the deeper meanings of life. He was outwardly quiet, inwardly kind and truly interested in the well-being of people around him. 

Ed grew up in New Hartford, N.Y., with his parents and little sister Julie, who always called him, “My Eddy.” In 1957 he graduated from Ohio Wesleyan and then earned a Masters of Divinity at Boston University, where he met his future wife, Janet. Ed and Janet first lived in Knoxville, Tenn., where Ed’s campus ministry job at the University of Tennessee led to his involvement with the civil rights movement and lunch counter sit-ins to end segregation. 

Between 1963 and 1966 Ed worked as a campus minister with international students in Stuttgart, Germany. He and Janet traveled in their red 544 Volvo to most every country in Europe. After leaving Germany, they spent four months driving to the Middle East, flying to Egypt, shipping the “544” to California and flying eastward around the world. 

Ed taught political science and government in the community colleges and local high schools, fixed cars, wrote poetry and worked as a handyman where he began his business card with humor: “Ed Gibson, Burned-Out Teacher.”

He was an engaged, playful and loving father with his two daughters, Sylvia and Jennifer. He liked to work on cars with his adopted son, Ray. He played tennis with his best friend, Marvin, and could often be found reading a book or writing poetry on the front porch.

He loved to spend time with his brother and sister-in-law, Chuck and Stella Cordes; with his three grandchildren: Ben, Soul and Eden; and extended family and friends. 

Ed’s gentle nature and kind spirit made it easy to care for him at home until the end of his life. He was so thankful for his loving and capable caregivers: Marilou, Kalo, and Aurele. He was 82 years old when he died and he enjoyed the ride of life even on this last day. He lives on in our hearts. 

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Ed’s life on Sunday, June 24, at the Alameda First Congregational Church, 1912 Central Ave. The service begins at 3 p.m., followed by a reception in the social hall 4 to 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers Ed’s family prefers that memorial contributions be made in his name to Jean Sweeney Open Space Park Fund to purchase a memorial picnic table near the children’s playground. Send check to: 212 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda 94501 (write Ed Gibson memorial fund on the check.) Or to The Michael J. Fox Foundation (search for Ed Gibson’s Tribute Page).

Elmer Sheridan Garlets was born in Arkansas City, Kan., in November 1932, to the late Virgil and Clara Garlets. Elmer, 85, passed away in Alameda on May 27, 2018.

He leaves behind his son, Ronald and sister, Lois Tokar. He was preceeded in death by his daughter, Beverly and beloved wife, Nancy.

Shortly after the United States entered World War II, the family started to migrate west; harvesting crops and finding work on farms when and where ever possible. Their intended goal was to reach Oregon, instead the family ended up in Northern California’s Sonoma-Napa region. 
In 1950 Elmer joined the U.S. Army where he trained as a combat engineer at Fort Belvoir, Va., with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

Elmer served in Korea and was discharged in 1953. He eventually went to work for the federal government, as Department of Defense Police, Army mail messenger and forklift operator prior to his retirement. 

Even after he retired from federal service, he continued to serve the community as a crossing guard for at many of Alameda’s schools, most notably Lum Elementary School on Otis Drive.
Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of the lives of Elmer and Nancy on Saturday, June 23, at noon followed by a  potluck luncheon at the Immanuel Lutheran Church Parish Hall, 1910 Santa Clara Ave., at Chestnut Street. 

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