Obituaries

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Charles ‘Charlie’ W. Wolf, a longtime resident of Alameda, passed away on Sept. 29. Charlie was a member of Temple Israel for more than 50 years. He taught religious school, served as Temple President and led many Sunday morning services. 

Charlie served in the United States Army in the 1950s. He taught school for 37 years, including for the Alameda Unified School District at Wood Middle School. He was the longtime president of B’nai Brith in San Leandro. He was the father of Edward and Michael Black and the uncle of Harold Lesch and Jeannette Philan of Oregon. 

Please join family and friends at Charlie’s memorial services, which will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, at Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Road in Alameda.

Angel (Angelo) Munoz passed away suddenly on Oct. 2, 2018, in Alameda. He was born on June 8, 1930, in Dawson, N.M. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and a retired employee of the United States Postal Service.

Angel was married to MariaElena for 61 years. She preceded him in death in 2012. He was blessed with four sons: Luis who preceded in death 2003 and surviving sons: Frank, Rick and Marcos. He also has one daughter-in-law, Ruth, and two grandchildren, Nathan and Daniel. He is survived by his sister, Cecelia and was preceded in death by his three brothers: Poncho, Chewy and Kenny Boy.

Angel’s favorite pastime was yard work and following Bay Area sports. His true love though was being the unofficial Mayor of Dawson, a coal-mining town where the second-deadliest coal mining disaster in U.S. history took place. The town was razed in 1950. 

He made sure the history of the town and its people did not fade away. He made a pilgrimage every two years for the on-site picnic with former residents and their relatives. His wish was to be cremated and his ashes scattered in Dawson during the next picnic in two years. 

Bette West-Fleenor left this life, surrounded by her loving family, on Sept. 20, 2018. She is survived by her three wonderful children: William Fleenor (Kimberly), Patricia Rolland and Rebecca Fleenor-Berman (Glenn). She also leaves behind her two brothers Robert West (Cathy), and James West. Bette is additionally survived by her grandchildren: Ryan Rolland, Russell Rolland (Lauren), Brandon Rolland (Erin), Laura Roil (James) and Trisha Ayllon. 

She was exceedingly close to and proud of her entire family and was the center of all of our attentions up to the finale of her life. Bette was an extraordinary woman who always kept her family as the primary priority in her life. Bette’s home was her world and we were all blessed to be an integral important part of that. 

She showed us how to be caring, compassionate and conscientious people through the examples she set and the simple loving life that she led. Bette taught us how to nurture the family she created, through her actions and her kind thoughtful words. 

We, in turn, were able to reciprocate her caring and humanity, in the finest way possible, through her teachings, her grace and her gratitude. 

Her entire family honored her wishes and cared for her, in her own exquisite ways, in her own home, until her finale. She was our anchor that kept us from drifting apart and the glue that kept the family tapestry continually together. 

She will forever be missed and loved. We each hold a very personal part of her; close to our hearts, our minds and all of our experiences. We are all better loving people because of Bette’s influence on us and her participation in our lives. 

Bette always made those people around her feel special, needed and wanted, with her warm and wonderful ways. Her smile lit up her home and anywhere she went. The light she instilled in this world will forever be lit through all of us. 

We embrace and delight in all the memories of her rich, long life and particularly want to thank every single one who aided in making Bette’s life superlative, enriching and filled with exceptional love and understanding. 

The hospice workers, nurses and attendees are the earthly angels of this world. We could not have done the tender caring without them. Bette accepted them into her family as though they were each important cherished family members, as did we all. 

Bette West Fleenor will live on in spirit in everyone’s life she touched. A celebration of her life will be held Sunday, Oct. 28, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Garden Isle Clubhouse located at 1060 Melrose Ave. All who knew her are invited to attend.  

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

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