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Helen G. Mohr died June 25, 2018 in Alameda after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. 

She was born March 6, 1941, with her identical twin Ann, in Davenport, Iowa, to Florentine “Jack” Mohr and Margaret Coen Mohr. Helen graduated from Assumption High School and Mary Crest College, both in Davenport.

She had a 38-year career, primarily in San Francisco with the Federal Department of Housing Development, developing multi-family housing in Northern California and Nevada, administering community development block grants in San Mateo County and its communities.

Helen is survived by her loving husband, Jim Thomas. They shared a wonderful life together in Alameda. She was preceded in death by her parents and her twin sister Ann Mohr, sister Mary Otto and brother Chuck Mohr.

Helen was a person of great compassion and empathy. She was always the first to offer aid and comfort to anyone in need.

A celebration of Helen’s life will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1506 Brown St, Bettendorf, IA 52722 at a time not yet determined. 

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


Tanya was born in San Jose and raised in Alameda. She was the youngest of three children. She is survived by her sister Jayne Bush of Fort Bragg, nieces Kathie and Jessica, and nephew Michael. She was also great-aunt to: Danielle, Chase, Richard, Sean, Jade, Caelan and Carson. She is also survived by her great friend Carol of more than 50 years.

Tanya graduated from St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, and received her college degree from Sacramento State. She began a career in teaching but soon changed, working for the Del Monte Corporation for more than 16 years. After Del Monte, Tanya spent many years working with children through her church and Girl Scouts. 

“Auntie” Tanya had a great love for all things Disney. She cherished her trips to DisneyLand with her nieces and nephew, and a trip to Disney World with her brother. Her home is filled with Disney memorabilia. She loved and valued her family dearly. 

Tanya was devoted to her faith. She had a huge heart and shared her love with everyone she met. She loved all the people that would call and visit, it always brightened her day. She had a fantastic memory and enjoyed being around people. She will be missed. 

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 12, at 2 p.m., at Central Baptist Church, 2133 Central Ave. In lieu of flowers, she asked that people donate to St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

Patrick Merrigan, 90, passed peacefully at home with his family at his side. He was born in Reynolds, N.D. on March 17, 1928, to James and Emma Merrigan. The youngest of seven children, he was predeceased by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.

He moved to Oakland as a teenager, attending Oakland High School. After World War II, he enlisted in the army and served in the “Army of Occupation” in Japan, playing basketball to entertain the U.S. Troops stationed there. After his service, he attended Armstrong College, graduating with a business degree in 1953.

After graduation, he worked at various freight-forwarding companies, before eventually becoming an independent contractor with Santa Fe Railroad.

In 1953, he met and married his wife of 64 years, Yvonne (Vonnie) Puget Merrigan. They raised a beloved family of five children: Mark (Karen), Sharon, Patti, Paul (Diane) and Kevin (Paula). They, along with seven grandchildren: Bryan, Christina, Amber, Aaron, Katie, Christopher (deceased) and Andrew, were the “Loves of his Life.”

Golf joined basketball as his favorite pastime. He was a 34-year member of the Alameda Commuters Committee, serving as the General Chairman in 1995. He was also responsible for the formation of the Senior Division of the Alameda Commuters Golf Tournament, serving as entry chairman for many years. A single-digit handicapper into his late 70s, he was Alameda Golf Club Match Play Champion, Club Champion and shot his age numerous times.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Memorial services will be held this Saturday, July 7, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Basilica, located at 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda. A reception will follow at a site to be announced.