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Born to the late Pierce and Elsie Reinhardt on June 27, 1941, in High Shoals, N.C., Coman Eugene “Gene” Reinhardt peacefully passed away on May 15, 2019, in Redwood City with his family by his side.

Gene is survived by his loving wife Karen Kay Reinhardt;  children Karrie Reinhardt, Jennifer (David) Murov and Keith Hockin; grandchildren: Priscilla Reinhardt, Violet Murov and Lucy Murov and brother, Joe Reinhardt. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Peggy Owens and brothers: Robert Reinhardt, Harold Reinhardt and James Reinhardt.

Gene was an incredibly skilled and gifted furniture maker, both overseeing and creating quality furniture for decades. He loved sports (particularly the Oakland A’s and the San Jose Sharks). He read the daily paper and loved to eat his favorite foods: burritos, milkshakes and banana splits.

At the request of the family, services are private. 

Donations in Gene’s memory may be made to the Family Caregiver Alliance, 101 Montgomery St., Suite 2150, San Francisco, CA 94104.

 

Linda M. Shinnefield (Scannell), 69, loving mother, daughter and sister, passed away peacefully in Modesto, Calif., on May 6, 2019, due to complications following lung cancer and renal failure.

Linda was born on June 4, 1949, in Oakland to James T. and Adelaide M. Scannell. She graduated from Encinal High School in 1967 where she was the Girl State Representative and Senior Class Student Body Vice President. 

She enjoyed making pounds of her delicious peanut brittle during the holidays, knitting afghan blankets, playing cards with friends, watching football, baseball, NASCAR races, game shows and a good party. She was also a member of the American Legion. Linda moved to Riverside, Calif., in 1974 and relocated to Modesto in 2018 to be closer to her sister.

She is preceded in death by her parents James T. and Adelaide M. Scannell, brother James Scannell II, many aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents (Manuel and Izabel Mattos, Jim and Laura Scannell and Rose Muzio).

Linda is survived by her son Jeffrey T. Martin, her sister Charlene M. Scannell, Aunt Shirley Mattos, cousins from Redding, Modesto, Oakdale and Newman, Calif., many wonderful close friends, neighbors and her Grand-Dog Abby. She was a fighter to the end, was a kind, loving person who loved many people and in turn was loved by many. She will be missed by all that knew and loved her. 

Linda’s ashes will be interred in the Patterson District Cemetery, 10800 State Highway 33, Patterson, Calif., on Tuesday, June 4, at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Linda’s name to: Alameda Meals on Wheels P.O. Box 2534, Alameda, CA 94501 or to Community Hospice 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356 or to a favorite charity. 

For more information contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745). 

 

Long time Alameda resident, Melvin Kahn, 98, passed away peacefully on May 9, 2019, in Oakland. He will be remembered for his generous spirit and his sense of humor.
Being blind since the age of 18 did not deter Melvin from becoming a successful businessman and inventor or from raising a family. Nor did his blindness stop him from playing and enjoying the organ, piano and harmonica. 

Born in Montreal, Canada, his family immigrated to the United States when he was three years old and eventually settled in Alameda on San Antonio Avenue. Melvin attended Porter Elementary School, Alameda High School, California School of the Blind in Livermore. He studied philosophy and music at UC Berkeley. He was a member and past president of the Alameda Lions Club and was active with the Bayview Chapter of the California Council of the Blind. His positive attitude and keen sense of humor endeared him to the many friends he made.

He was successful in the retail furniture business. Along with his brothers, in the 1950s and ’60s, he co-owned and managed Kahn Furniture on Santa Clara Avenue in Alameda. He also owned and managed several rental properties, including a laundromat on Central Avenue for 20 years. 

Melvin was a Renaissance man and enterprising inventor. He developed, patented, manufactured and sold a cane (The Kahn Cane) providing safety for visually impaired users and donated the proceeds to charitable organizations serving the blind. He also worked on and patented designs for washing machines, as well as voice enhancement training devices. Melvin was an amateur radio enthusiast from an early age (these were the “techies” of the 1930s) and he held the call sign AB6BY. 

Melvin was a voracious reader of audio literature and was a sharp political observer and pundit. As a self-proclaimed singer and song writer, he wrote songs portraying the political mood of the country. He loved to sing and could still carry a tune up until his final days. His sense of humor was appreciated by all who knew him. He had a joke available for almost any occasion, but he especially relished in telling jokes which skewered the legal profession. 

Melvin is survived by his son, Kenneth, a daughter, Sylvia (Dan), his two grandchildren, Evan and Peach and his former wife, Barbara of Alameda.

A memorial for Melvin will be scheduled at a later date. Date, time and location to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Melvin’s memory to the California Council of the Blind, 2143 Hurley Way, Suite 250, Sacramento, CA 95825. 

For more information contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745). 

 

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