Obituaries

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Claire Eileen Perry, 71, of Alameda, passed away on Dec. 19, 2018, after a difficult battle with cancer.

She was born Claire Eileen Hughett on Dec. 2, 1947, in Oakland. Claire grew up in Alameda and attended Otis Elementary School and Lincoln Middle School. She graduated from Alameda High School in 1965. Throughout these years she developed special life-long friendships.

Claire lived and worked in the Bay Area, most importantly working as the office manager at Webster Dermatology until her recent retirement. Claire was loved and respected by her co-workers and enjoyed the company of family and friends.

She was an avid reader, loved to collect books, enjoyed developing artistic projects and sharing her creativity with others. Her main passion was to help those less fortunate than she.

Claire was preceded in death by her father, John Paul Hughett, and her mother Alma Jean Willyard. 

She is survived by her sisters Ann Steele and Paula Hughett Case; brother in-law Clayton Case; nieces and nephew Jessica Case, Holly Case and Trevor Case; and great-nephews Jacob von Muldau and Braden von Muldau.  

Claire will be missed by her family and many friends. 

A private celebration of life will be held in Claire’s honor.

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

 

Will Willett, beloved husband of Coralie Coudert Willett, and cherished friend to many on Maui, died peacefully at home on Nov. 10, 2018. Will was born on Sept. 5, 1925, in Escalon, Calif., but moved with his mother Alma and father John to Alameda at an early age. 

He grew up in a family of limited means but unlimited kindness and love. With two sisters, Lucille and Marge, and many close cousins, Will early on developed an attitude of caring and gratitude. Will is survived by his wife, Coralie, his son John Willett and daughter Carol Menefee, his two sisters, Lucille and Marge, four grandchildren: Bryan, Robyn, Ashley, Megan and four great-grandchildren. 

Will’s extraordinary career encompassed active duty in World War II. Serving in New Guinea made him part of the “Greatest Generation.” He worked for 25 years for the federal government, moonlighting after hours in building small apartment buildings. 

His real estate development business became so successful he “retired” from the federal government at an early age to devote full time to his burgeoning development business. He was at the cutting edge of the “condominium” concept and was featured in the local newspaper for his ingenuity and success in building condominiums. 

He started his business in association with Gallagher & Lindsey of Alameda but soon expanded to developments in Marin and Contra Costa counties under his own business known as Ignacio Creek Development Corporation.

His success enabled Coralie and Will to move to Maui to “retire” in 1984. But retirement wasn’t in his vocabulary. So he soon started to design and build homes on Maui and continued to do so into his early 90s. Will designed 19 exceptional homes on Maui including three on Keawakapu Beach and was involved in multiple other projects. As one admirer said, “Your designs capture the essence of place, space and time that all good architecture encompasses without negating function and comfort.” 

Will’s eye and interest in detail garnered praise from all who worked with him, as well as the proud owners of “Willett” homes. Will felt blessed to be able to do what he loved best. He advised his young nephew who at the time was struggling with career choices that “if you can wake up every day looking forward to what you do for a living then you will be a success.” Will looked forward to every day. 

His wife, Coralie, is a member of American Society of Interior Designers and collaborated with Will on every aspect of their projects. They shared not only a great love but a great mutual respect in their professional partnership.

Although Will accomplished much in the area of architectural design his greater success was in his unique ability to relate to all the people he met with kindness and a great sense of humor. As one friend noted, “I will always remember Will as one of those rare, great people who have no adversaries but only good friends. I admired his tremendous mix of great business acumen, genial common sense and unbounded generosity. He was someone who always made people feel relaxed and at ease, by himself setting an example. A blessing to all who had the good fortune to know him.”

Over the past 34 years Will and Coralie travelled the world but when they came back home to Maui, they loved the warm company and beautiful sunsets with their many friends at their famous “Willett Bar and Grill,” always set in the home(s) that Will designed.

It is not with grief, but gratitude that Coralie, family and all of Will’s many, many friends celebrate a life so well lived. We all feel privileged to have known him. We love you, Will!

Judith brought light into the world when she was born on July 9, 1964, to Eliseo and Remedios Manongdo in Caba La Union, Philippines. 

Throughout her life, she accomplished many things, including earning her bachelor of science in Education at Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University in Caba La Union, Philippines. 
She married the love of her life, Gregory P. Aribon, and together they raised five children. 

Judith worked as Assistant Activity Director at Bay View Nursing Home for five years; she also worked for eight years as a receptionist at State Coastal Conversancy. 

She was also a worship leader at her church, River of Life Ministries, and loved playing the guitar and singing. 

Judith is preceded in death by her brother, Gilbert Boy Manongdo. 

She is survived by her husband, Gregory, and their children; Gregory, George, Gilbert, Jeorgeann and Georgilina. She is also survived by her parents Eliseo and Remedios Manongdo, as well as her siblings Debra Elaine Monangdo and Rowena Marie Oligo. 

A visitation will be held at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services, 2694 Blanding Ave., on Thursday, Dec. 27, from 4 to 8 p.m. A celebration of life will be held at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m.

 

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