Obituaries

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Barbara Marie Baack died on Feb. 8, 2019, in San Lorenzo. Born in 1937 in Berkeley, her mother, Frieda Baggley, came from England and father, Ernest Baack, from Hoboken, N.J. 

Barb attended Oakland Technical High School, played violin in the orchestra and wrote for the school newspaper. She majored in journalism at U.C. Berkeley. Influenced by the Berkeley-based master Dorothea Lange, she also studied photography. 

She covered the Monterey Jazz Festival and John F. Kennedy’s 1962 visit to Berkeley. She also worked for the Watsonville Register-Pajaronian before becoming editor of the Alameda Naval Air Station’s newspaper. She also ran her own printing business, first in Berkeley, later in Oakland. 
She acquired several classic cars, including a 1957 Packard sedan, a Jaguar XK-120 roadster and a 1937 Buick Special. 

With her friend, Marilyn York, whom she met at the airbase, she co-founded the Alameda Naval Air Museum. 

Late in life she lost her eyesight but never slowed down. She remained active as a spokesperson for retired government employees and blind people. 

She loved her two dogs and music of all sorts. She often entertained friends by playing her harmonica. She was generous to a fault. 

She is survived by two brothers, Caleb Bach and Lawrence Baack, and their respective families. She also cared deeply about members of the Sulieti and Edward Maeli family who looked after her during her last years. 

She was laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the East Bay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Virginia Hadaway Jones, 91, a longtime resident of Alameda, died Saturday, Feb. 9, at an area hospital. Virginia was born June 11, 1927, in Hot Springs, Ark., the daughter of John C. Hadaway and Nell Young Hadaway. 

Her formative years were spent in Hot Springs and in Mobile, Ala. She attended the University of Alabama for two years and graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor of arts. She was a proud member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. After her marriage to Howard Clement Jones in 1952, the couple lived in several different locations before settling in the Bay Area.

Following Howard’s death in 1962, she taught school at military bases in Europe eventually returning to California and teaching in the San Lorenzo Unified School District.

Virginia loved skiing in the Lake Tahoe area and enjoyed playing tennis. She was a patron of the arts and enjoyed opera, ballet and live theater performances. 

Playing bridge was one of her favorite pastimes and she loved to read and travel.

Survivors include a niece, Eileen McWilliam (Charles Grench) of Chapel Hill, N.C., and cousins Herbert (Wanda), Walter (Dayna) and Joe (Ellen) Moreland of Arkansas.

A gathering for family and friends will be held in her honor at a future date. Memorial contributions may be made to: Friends of Alameda Animal Shelter, 1590 Fortmann Way, Alameda, CA  94501 or Meals on Wheels of Alameda, P.O. Box 2534, Alameda, CA 94501.

 

Born in Pasadena Calif., on Aug. 2, 1941, to the late John and Mimi Clark, Susan “Suzi” Hill Zika Worden, 77, passed away peacefully Jan. 12, 2019.

She was preceeded in death by her husband and partner of more than 30 years, William “Big Bill” H. Worden and her sister Erica Peterson. 

Susan is survived by her brother John Garvin Clarke (Sara); and brother-in-law Richard Peterson. She also leaves behind her stepson Bill and his wife Barbara Worden; son Don Zika; daughter Anh Zika, granddaughters: Katie Worden, Tatianna and Anna Hauso; and several nieces and nephews.

Susan’s career started in 1959 as an assistant librarian at Pasadena City College. From there she earned a bachelor of science in Education from Drake University in Iowa, and then acquired a life teaching credential for the State of California. She completed a short stint at teaching (which turned out not to be her passion).

Susan was destined for a higher calling. She was already heavily ensconced in the boating community in the East Bay where she had resided since 1968. In 1979 she started working for the City of Berkeley Parks and Marina Division and met her future husband, Big Bill. 

She earned a masters degree in public administration at California State University Hayward and never looked back. 

She spent the next 23 years working, serving the public as a civilian employee. Starting out at the Navy Resale & Services Support Office as a personnel assistant, moving on to the Oakland Army Base working her way up to management analyst records manager and ultimately landing a position in the Bridge Inspection Division of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Department of Homeland Security where she stayed until she retired as a bridge management specialist in June 2005. Throughout her illustrious career she received many awards and commendations for public service.

As a longtime resident of Alameda, Susan loved the water.  She was an avid and accomplished sailor who enjoyed giving sailing lessons to anyone who asked. Among her most prized possessions was her 32’ Erikson sailboat on which she spent countless hours as an active member and volunteer for the USCG Auxiliary, involved in safety patrols and instruction of boating safety. From 1975 to 1982 she participated in specialized training to perform the duties of instructor, vessel examiner, operator, patrol vessel commander and communicator. She also held two elected positions with the USCG Auxiliary, that of Vice Commander (1976) and Commander (1977).

She was also closely involved with the Alameda yachting community and was a member of the Aeolian, Oakland and Alameda yacht clubs. Among the volunteer positions she held were Port Captain at Oakland Yacht Club (1979 and 1982) and secretary for Point San Pablo Yacht Club. Susan also served as a delegate to the Pacific Inter-Club Yachting Association from 1983 to 2013 and received the coveted Staff Commodore’s Silver Star Award in 2005 for her distinguished service.  Throughout all of this she still managed to independently own and operate a thriving business called Ship Shape Suzi.

Susan’s warm smile, contagious laugh, outgoing personality and passion for dance and music, touched many lives. Dubbed the “Dancing Queen” at her granddaughter’s wedding just three months ago, this picture reminds us all of her love of music and her constant want to dance.

A celebration of Susan’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Susan’s memory to the following organizations close to her heart: The Oakland Civic Orchestra, Antioch Strolling Strings, the Amador High School music program or a music program of choice.For additional information, please visit www.greermortuary.com.

Sail on Suzi. You will be sadly missed by all whose lives you touched.

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