Mary Penney Rabener, long time resident of Alameda, passed away peacefully at Felipe Care Home in Danville.
Mary grew up on a farm in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Montana in Ferndale, near Bigfork. Her parents were the late Donald Penney and Mabel Johnson Penney, plus Mary enjoyed the embrace of her extended Norwegian family. She graduated as valedictorian of her class at Big Fork High School.
During World War II she worked in Helena for the state of Montana, and there met her husband, William Rabener, at a USO dance. They married in 1943, and after Bill returned from the war in the Pacific, they moved to Los Angeles near Bill’s large family.
Mary worked while Bill attended USC on the GI Bill and received his degree in pharmacy. With their two daughters, Nancy and Laurie, they shared in the many embracing picnics and holiday gatherings with Bill’s family.
In 1957 the family moved north to San Jose for four years, and after purchasing Sutherland Pharmacy in Alameda, they moved to Alameda in 1961. Through Bill’s involvement in the Lions Club of Alameda, they enjoyed many philanthropic and social occasions including dancing, which they loved. Mary and Bill worked as a team together in the pharmacy until Bill passed away suddenly in 1975.
Thereafter, Mary worked for and retired from the Alameda County Employees Retirement Association. Mary was a long-time volunteer for Alameda Hospital Auxiliary, sewing puppets for the children. She was active in the Soroptimist Club of Alameda to help promote education and economic opportunities to improve the lives of women. She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.
Mary had a keen artistic sensibility, as expressed through her tasteful and excellent sewing skills, making beautiful clothes for her daughters and granddaughter and lovely accents for her home.
Mary will be loved and remembered for her giving, loving and compassionate nature, for her love of animals, for her integrity, wisdom, intelligence, artistic taste and graciousness.
Mary is survived by her devoted children, Nancy Rabener (Tom Stimpfle) of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Laurie Beasley (Paul Beasley) of San Leandro and her beloved granddaughter, Mary Beasley.
We are deeply grateful to Felipe Care Home of Danville, for its warm, kind and exceptionally excellent care of Mary in her final years. Mary’s family wishes to thank you all for your outpouring of love and are privately celebrating her life.
Maryanne Trade passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving daughter, Karen Tonini. She was born and raised in San Francisco.
After 30 years of data processing with Bank of America, she retired and moved to Hayward in 1985. She loved gardening, watching her favorite TV shows, but most of all, she loved her grandchildren.
Maryanne was predeceased by her loving husband, Charles Trade after 44 years of marriage. She was the loving mother of Karen Tonini (Donald), of Alameda, Charles (Cynthia), of Murphys, Calif. and John of Naples, Fla. Beloved grandmother of Jennifer Martin (Brian), of Greenville, Calif., Monica Marigny (Billy) of Alameda, and Brandi Trade, Johnny Trade, Donna Laureano, and Tabetha Terry all from Florida, Heather Rose Martin (Bruce) of Palo Alto, Terry Tonini of Redmond, Ore., Heather Blann (Dustin) of Roseberg, Ore. Great grandmother of Madelynn Martin, soon-to-be Baby Martin, Nathan Marigny, Colton Trade, Braydon Booker, Hector, Isaiah, and Kayla Laureano; Allie Martin, and Harmony and Melody Tonini.
Memorial services will be held at Central Baptist Church, 2133 Central Ave. on Saturday, May 9, at 1 p.m. Interment will be private.
For further information contact Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director, FDR-745, or visit www.alamedafuneral.org.
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Ian Thomas, loving husband to Meela Shah and father to Kyle Thomas, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2015.
He will be greatly missed by his friends and family.
Ian was born in England on June 25, 1958, and worked as a carpenter for more than 30 years here in the East Bay.
A memorial celebration in his honor was held locally.
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