Obituaries

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Oct. 29, 1911 – Jan. 28, 2014

Merah Payne Carvelo passed away peacefully in her sleep on Jan. 28, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents Harry James Smith and Laurie Albon Smith, her husbands Carl V. Payne Sr. and William Carvelo, brother Harry William Smith, step-son Carl Vance Payne Jr., and niece Dale Smith Christensen (Steve). She was the devoted mother of Suzanne Merah Payne Mathieson (Jack), the cherished grandmother of John Carl (J.C.) Mathieson (Jill), Julie Corrine Mathieson Bauer. Step grandmother to Gretchen Lynn Payne Nees, Stacy Payne, and Jeff Minzer. She was a great-grandmother to Ava Michele, Jack Raymond and Connor John Mathieson. She was the loving sister-in law to Elinor (Dede) Smith.

She was a loving aunt to Keith (Anne), Barry (Julie), and Garth (Robin) Smith, a great aunt to their children and grandchildren. Merah was a native of San Francisco, attended schools in San Mateo and graduated from San Mateo High School. She loved sports, sewing and knitting. She participated in tennis, golf and swimming all her life. She worked as a bookkeeper for Victor Equipment Company of San Francisco until the birth of her daughter. She remained a stay-at-home mom and participated in Children’s Home Society, Robin Hood and Alameda PTA’s. She returned to work and was a school secretary in the Oakland Unified School District working at Franklin, Garfield and Toler Heights Elementary Schools.

After retiring from the Oakland Public Schools she enjoyed playing golf and doing water aerobics with the Alameda Wets into her mid-nineties. Merah will be remembered most for her love of sports, positive attitude, sense of humor, great physical strength, creative talents and her love for family. She lived a long, healthy and happy life and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Charitable donations can be made to East Bay Division Scholarship Foundation, Inc. c/o Jim Mc Vay, 260 Willamette Ave., Kensington, CA 9470, Alameda Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 2534, Alameda, CA 94501, or the charity of your choice.

Born in Hong Kong, Szeto passed away peacefully in Alameda on March 5, 2014. Beloved husband of Lola, father of Ashley Lopes and owner of his pet Oreo. He is survived by his sibling Mok Sue of Emeryville and other siblings in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and in Hong Kong and was preceded in death by his brother, Szeto Wah. Szeto owned China Trade as an importer / exporter of Chinese herbs to Europe and was formerly a member of the American Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong. He enjoyed playing bridge, Chinese art, and was an avid reader. Services were held at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church followed by burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Oakland. Donations in Szeto’s memory may be made to the Alameda Welfare Council or the American Cancer Society.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD 1408 865-3755 www.greermortuary.com

Nov. 30, 1920 – March 8, 2014
Resident of Alameda

Terry was born in San Francisco, on Nov. 30, 1920, grew up in Oakland, and settled with his family in Alameda for the past 47 years. At 93 years of age, Dad passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by loved ones on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

As a child he attended Sacred Heart Grammar School, then graduated from St. Mary’s High School, class of 1938. He was a proud member of the U.S. Navy serving during World War II, and in 1978 he retired as a manager for the U.S. Postal Service where he was employed for 36 years. He was a member of the St. Joseph parish in Alameda serving as an usher at the 5 o’clock mass for many years. Terry was a great dad — young at heart, quick to smile, a true joy to be around.

His parents Bernard and Catherine, his wife Theresa, all natives of Ireland, and his sister, Catherine, preceded him. Terry leaves behind his six children: Terence (Darcy), Edward, Eileen (Rick), Robert (Kiki), Kathleen, and Patricia.

He also leaves behind his three grandsons: Ryan, Michael, and Matthew, his brother and sisters-in-law Robert Foley, Barbara Foley, and Lorraine Foley along with great grandchildren and loving nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral mass, today, Thursday, March 13, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St. in Alameda. Burial to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD 1408 www.greermortuary.com 865-3755

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