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.

We have lost a man with a genuine kind soul, who never prejudged anyone and will be remembered by many for his ever-present smile.

Bill was born June 18, 1928, in Alameda, to Olga and Otto Heck, the first of two children.

After graduating from Alameda High School in 1946, he enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley for one year, then decided to enter the Franciscan Seminary in Santa Barbara, then on to the seminaries in San Miguel and San Luis Rey. While at San Luis Rey, he earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy. In 1955, after getting his teaching certificate from the University of San Francisco, he taught school for three years in the Bay Area.

Then it was time to travel the world, teaching history to middle and high school students at the various U.S. military bases. His first stop was Japan, then on to Germany, England, Turkey, Ethiopia and Spain. In 1988, he returned to the States and was a substitute teacher until finally retiring in 1992. Long after he retired, Bill would receive letters from his former students full of praise and saying he was a great teacher.

A life-long stamp collector, he was lifetime member of the East Bay Stamp Club. As his health started to decline, he eventually was unable to attend the meetings, but would try his best at making it to the stamp shows.

He learned to ski in Japan, and while living in Europe, he skied at some of the major resorts. His love of skiing continued after he returned to the States. He made frequent trips to the Lake Tahoe resorts and also traveled to Aspen, Whistler, British Columbia, Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole and Bariloche, Argentina.

Because he was well traveled, he had a world view and breadth of knowledge that was impressive. Languages seemed to come easy to Bill. He could hold his own in German, Spanish and Japanese. He loved to attend his weekly German conversation group at the Mastick Senior Center.

Bill was a member of Saint Philip Neri Parish in Alameda and rarely missed attending mass. A longtime Vincentian, he served as St. Philip Neri Parish, Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conference President. He often found time to volunteer at their dining hall, greeting folks with a big smile. Bill always found time to visit sick family members and friends in the hospital or convalescent homes.

When his father became ill, he was a devoted caregiver. He was very close to his sister, Joann Williams, who preceded him in death in 2016. He is survived by his partner of 21 years, Clancy Woolf, and many cousins that he stayed in touch with through the years. 

Family and friends are invited to a visitation today, Thursday, Oct. 25, 3 to 8 p.m., vigil at 6 p.m. at Greer Family Mortuary, 2694 Blanding Ave. A funeral mass will take place Friday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m. at St. Philip Neri Parish, 3101 Van Buren St.

 

Ronald Einer Nelson, 85, a longtime resident of Alameda, and an adoring and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away on Oct. 12, 2018. Ronald was born on Jan. 20, 1933, in Los Angeles, the son of the late Einer and Vivian Nelson.

Ronald received a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Idaho State University in 1955 and was a member of Phi Delta Chi Fraternity. Upon graduation, Ronald was drafted into the military and served two years in Germany as a medic with the U.S. Army. 

Ronald was a dedicated and compassionate pharmacist for more than 50 years, starting his career at Webster Pharmacy in Alameda. Ronald and his brother, Robert Nelson, also a pharmacist, owned and operated Santa Clara and Encinal pharmacies. Ronald took great pride in helping others, especially the young adults he hired at the pharmacy, some of which became pharmacists themselves.

Ronald and his wife, Signe Nelson raised a son and two daughters. As a family they enjoyed time outdoors, especially at Lake Tahoe where they spent several summers at their family cabin. Ronald also enjoyed camping trips to Yosemite with his long-time friend, Harold Gilmet and working on cars, especially his 1960 Thunderbird. He was an active member of the Elks Club.  

In 2011, Ronald and Signe moved to Folsom, Calif., where they enjoyed spending time with family and taking drives up to the foothills. Ronald was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Nelson, son, Robert O. Nelson, and his wife Signe Nelson. Ronald is survived by his daughters, Debra Gorman and Carrie Hendrick, grandchildren Gus, Hannah and Elsa Hendrick, Lindsay Gonzalez, Taylor Evanson, Paige Gorman, and great-grandson, Devon Evanson.

A celebration of life for Ronald and Signe Nelson will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave.

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