Obituaries

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George “Frank” Robert Musso was born in Alameda on Aug. 9, 1926, to George and Jean Musso. He attended Versailles and Lincoln schools and graduated from Alameda High School in 1944, at which time he enlisted in the Navy and served at the Alameda Naval Air Station and on an aviation supply ship in the Pacific.

Following his release from active duty, Frank attended San Francisco State College where he received his bachelor’s degree with an Earth Science major. In 1950 he was recalled to active duty and assigned to a fighter squadron on the aircraft carrier USS Princeton, serving in North Korean waters. Upon his second release from service Frank was employed as a hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, and built river gauging stations and made river runoff measurements between Salinas and the Oregon Border. His experience taming nature led him to an interest in planning, and he became a planner for the Northern California Counties. From there, he embarked upon seventeen years as the Planning Director of Livermore, where he was responsible for drafting the city’s original general plan. Lastly he was employed as the Planning Director and City Manager of Saint Helena.

During his tenure in these communities he was characterized by the local press as the “conscience of the community” and “a rapier sharp technician.” After retirement Frank returned to Alameda where he was a member of the Aeolian Yacht Club; on the board of the Italian American League; and on the Board of Directors of the Alameda Naval Air Museum. He also did extras work for a number of film and television programs. He is survived by his sister, Lillian Molzan; sons Mark (Annette) and Paul; and daughter Juliet (Chris Weare). He is also survived by five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of Frank’s life at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Italian American League Hall, 2712 Encinal Ave. in Alameda.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alameda Naval Air Museum, 2151 Ferry Point, Building 77, Alameda, CA 94501.

Dickson G. Schneider was born in Marion, Tex. to Edwin and Lucia Schneider on Sept. 6, 1923. He served in World War II in the Pacific. He was a graduate of Southwestern University. He spent most of his working life in civil service, ending his career at Alameda Naval Air Station in 1984.

Dickson is survived by his wife Billie Schneider; daughter Cherry (Ivan) Growl; son Dickson (Katina) Schneider; grandson Damon (Johanna) Growl; granddaughter Shannon (Matthew) Turk; and great-grandchildren Nayela Growl and Mathis Growl. He was a kind and gentle man who was always loved and will be forever missed.

Longtime Alameda resident, and beloved son, husband, father, grandfather and friend, Rudolf "Rudy" Falkner died unexpectedly of a heart attack on Friday, Dec. 26. He was 75.

Rudy is survived by his wife Maria and their three children, Susan Snyder (Dave), Elizabeth Crocker (Ken) and Greg Falkner (Kriste), their six grandchildren: Rachel and Grace Falkner, Matt and Jessica Snyder, and Samantha and Alexandra Crocker; and, his brother Fred (Teri) and niece Mary Falkner of New York.

Rudy was born in Slovenia and came to the United States with his parents, Fritz and Josefine Falkner, and brother in 1950. He married Maria in New York in 1962 and moved to Alameda in 1965. Rudy worked for Xerox for 25 years until 1990 when he took over his son’s business, Fix It Falkner. Greg had started the business while in
college and Rudy continued it for 15 more years.

Rudy and Maria caught the travel bug and enjoyed nine cruises, a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, followed by a safari, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and a hike down the Grand Canyon. They celebrated their 25th anniversary with family friends Kathleen and Larry Branchaud in Australia and New Zealand, drove across the U.S. twice and Canada once, met Lonesome George in the Galapagos Islands, and rode bikes and backpacked in Yosemite and Lake Tahoe.

Following his diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease, his most recent travels were limited to where he was the happiest — watching his grandkids on stage, on the playing field or in a marching band. Rudy’s family and friends were always most important, including his weekly Panera coffee group, lunches with his daughters, and his mornings at the Alameda Elks gym with his son. Rudy was so proud of his children, his roses and grapes!

Memorial services will take place Friday, Jan. 9, at 5 p.m. at the Alameda Elks Lodge #1015, 2255 Santa Clara Ave.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to any of Rudy’s favorite causes: Alameda Elks Charity Fund, Girls Inc. of the Island City, Wounded Warriors and St. Jude’s Research Hospital.

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