Obituaries

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Jack Lawrence Neves was born in Oakland on Nov. 8, 1936. He is a descendant of the Azores of Portugal who migrated from the shores of Portugal to the Hawaiian Islands.

Jack was an avid chess player, dancer and fisherman who won many awards doing so. Jack was truly a man of all trades; he was a bowler, hunter, constructor, magician and Rubik’s cube aficionado!

Jack is survived by his loving brother Gable and sister in-law Diana, his only child Gloria, his nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchild.

Jack was no saint! He was a ladies man, who was married to his

one true love, friend and foe Lillian Marie for 52 years.

Jack passed away on Dec. 13, 2014. A friend to many and my father; we love Jack and will miss him dearly in this lifetime.

A graveside service was held Jan. 3 at the Copperopolis Cemetery in Copperopolis, Calif.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland to the late James and Christina Toman, James passed away Dec. 25, 2014 with his beloved wife, Debby Meyer at his side. Loving father of Padric Toman, grandfather of Maeve Toman and Averi Toman, sister of Carole (James) Anderson; he is also survived by his nieces Keeli (John) McClearnen and Christina (Tyler) Campbell and numerous relatives in Northern Ireland.

Jim was a "natural" musician. He understood music on a level that most musicians spend their whole lives trying to achieve. He was a well-known DJ at KJAZ radio for many years. Jim mastered most musical instruments with no formal training, he just had the music in him. During his musical career, he played gigs with local bands as well as some of the biggest names in the Jazz world. He had endless talents, artist extraordinaire, photographer and correspondent for the Alameda Times Star, consummate salesman, entertainer and Irish philosopher.

Jim took pride in his complete knowledge of all things Irish, mainly the history of Ireland. Seamus (Irish for James) was a charismatic character with the kindest soul. He led a fascinating life and his friends loved his endless stories about his adventures. He was so much fun, he could make anyone laugh.

A World War II master historian, he could have easily been an instructor at any military academy. Seamus was "the coolest," most hip guy you could ever meet. He will be deeply missed and the world will never see his likes again.

At his request, no formal services will be held. His ashes will be returned to Belfast. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.greermortuary.com.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD 1408

greermortuary.com 865-3755

Evelyn passed away peacefully in her sleep on Dec. 23, 2014.

She was the daughter of Theodore and Josephine Johnson. Evelyn was born in Elwood City, Pa. and married Ralph Ivar Bertelsen on Aug. 30, 1947.

She traveled with her husband and family until Ralph retired from the Navy in 1973. They settled down in Alameda with their four children, Eric Bertelsen, Karl Bertelsen (deceased), Martha Bertelsen, and Christina (Bertelsen) McAdams. She was a loving mother to her children and a caring mother-in-law to Penny Bertelsen and Joseph McAdams. She was an affectionate grandmother to Brian and Lindsey Bertelsen and Holly and Stephanie McAdams. She adored her great-grandchild, Lily, who was her pride and joy.

Evelyn was married for 67 years to Ralph and was a nurturing mother and homemaker. She was a great cook whose dishes and soups were sought after at countless community events at St. Joseph Basilica. She was a mother to all of her children’s friends and loved to care for others.

Please join in celebrating her life at a memorial service on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St. in Alameda.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to either Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) or American Cancer Society.

For further information, call Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director (FDR-745) or visit www.alameda
funeral.org.

Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services, 1415 Oak St.

(510) 522-6020

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