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Resident of Livermore

Rose was born in Guasti, Calif. to the late Isaac Izquierdo and Estefania Martin who emigrated from Spain thru Ellis Island in 1920.

Rose was the second oldest of four sisters: Gloria (Frank) Alcosta, Petra (Jim) McVicker, Rosie (Everett) Relph, and Marie (Jerry) Swenson. Rose was the wife of Virgil LeRoy Ayen. She was the mother of Dennis Patrick Hicks; grandmother to: Nicole Taryn Hicks (Jason) DeCarsky, Jason Travis (Chantal) Hicks and Tiana Michelle Hicks. Rose is survived by four great grandchildren: Celina, Zak, Gabriel and Nathan DeCarsky. 

Rose graduated from Chaffey High School in Ontario, Calif., class of 1939. She attended secretarial school and began her career as a secretary for Kaiser Steel in Fontana in 1943. 

During World War II she volunteered at the USO. She married and divorced Michael Hicks. In 1957, Rose was offered a job at Kaiser Engineers in Oakland. She and her small son, Dennis, moved to Piedmont and soon she was working as Executive Secretary to Vice President of Engineering. Rose retired after working 16 years at the Fontana location and 23 years in the Kaiser Building at Lake Merritt. 

In 1967, she married Virgil LeRoy Ayen and became stepmother to Margie Elizabeth Scott and Mary Claire Sites.

Rose and Virgil were avid golfers and even golfed at St. Andrews in Scotland. She and Virgil loved to travel and made many friends on their trips to Russia, China, South America, Caribbean, Hawaii, Alaska, Norway, the United Kingdom and many locations in the U.S. Rose even climbed to the top of Machu Picchu while in her 70s. 

She was a painter and belonged to the Alameda Art Association. She won many awards for her art including an Honorable Mention at the Alameda County Fair. Her cooking was exceptional and she loved to entertain friends and family. If there was a party you could be sure Rose would be there. She leaves a legacy to those who know her of a fun loving spirit and in later years a mentor who was a fighter to overcome disabilities. 

Rose is survived by her sisters Rosie and Marie, brothers-in-law Jim McVicker and Jerry Swenson, grandchildren Nicole, Jason and Tiana, step daughter Mary Claire, daughter-in-law Teresa Hicks Reculin. Rose was predeceased by her husband Virgil, son Dennis, step-daughter Margie, step-grandson Steven Sites, and great-granddaughter Brianna DeCarsky.

A memorial service will be held at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services at 2694 Blanding Ave., in Alameda on Thursday, May 14, at 10:30 a.m. A reception will follow at Greer Family Mortuary from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Inurnment of Rose’s ashes will be for the family only at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward.

Rose died of natural causes at the Kindred Nursing Home in Livermore. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to your favorite charity. 

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services  FD 1408  865-3755

Born in Oakland on Oct. 11, 1924, to the late George and Alvina Crowley, Ken passed away peacefully at his home in Alameda on April 22, 2015, at the age of 90.

Ken is survived by his daughter, Patricia Lynn Crowley (Stewart) Nelson; grandson Brint Joseph Stewart and his wife Audrey Lynn (Crawford) Stewart; great-grandchildren: Travis, Abigail and Daisy Stewart; and nephews: Steven, Jeffery and Rodney Cox. He was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine (Medaglia) Crowley and his sister, Lois (Crowley) Cox.

Ken was a graduate of Alameda High School. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1943 thru 1945 during World War II in France, England and Germany.

Ken and his wife, Josephine, were long-standing members of the American Red Cross, known primarily for their work in "the Crowley House" distributing food to the local needy three times a week. He, along with his wife, delivered food for Alameda Meals on Wheels for about 20 years. He was a member of the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge and the Alameda Photographic Society. He enjoyed photography, gardening and visiting Yosemite.

Funeral Services were held on Monday, April 27, at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services in Alameda. He was laid to rest with his wife at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ken’s memory may be made to the Yosemite Fund, American Red Cross, or the Norbertine Association of the Friary of St. Joseph (Tehachapi, Calif.).

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Major General James Thomas "Jim" Keltner of Alameda passed away peacefully at his beloved Bay Street home on April 16, 2015. His goal was to live to see 96. He reached that goal on March 12. Jim was born on that date in in 1919 in Manor, Texas to James and Adelia Keltner.

"The General" is survived by his loved and loving wife Denine Hilbish Keltner; his children, Jim Keltner and his wife, Jane; Tim Keltner; Anne Weiss and her husband Barry; Katie Freccero; Trish Ratto and her husband Len; and John Keltner.

Jim and his family moved to Alameda in 1959. He lived in his favorite Bay Street house for the rest of his life. Jim was involved in Alameda as a member of the Alameda Commuters golf group and board member of the Alameda Girls Club and of the Alameda Hospital Foundation. Jim loved playing golf with his buddies, usually three times a week, and he shot his age twice at 84

He was a lifelong military man, retiring as commander of the 40th Infantry Division, California National Guard, as a major general with 42 years of service. Jim’s military career began in 1937 when he enlisted in the Texas National Guard. He was mobilized with the 36th Infantry Division in November 1940. He transferred to the Army Air Corps, where he was commissioned an officer in 1944.

Jim served in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II. After the war he became a member of the California National Guard.

He was a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, Armed Forces Institute. He was also a very proud graduate or the Army War College. In September 1976 Jim was promoted to the rank of major general. The following year he became commander of the California Task Force in Alameda. He retired on March 31, 1979.

Besides his country, Jim cherished his family. He taught his children to laugh and be strong. He loved to sing and, most of all, he loved to party. He had a real zest for life and a marvelous smile. A gathering was never without hearing many stories and favorite "sayings," especially, "Born in Texas, raised in Tennessee," and his fist pump. If you ever left a party early, you would hear, "Every party has a pooper."

Jim was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Helen Grinsell Keltner; son-in-law Anthony Freccero; his brother, John; and sisters, Anne Marie and Delia.

The family celebrated the wonderful life of "The General" Monday, April 27, with a mass at St. Joseph’s Basilica in Alameda and a celebration at Rock Wall Wine Co. at Alameda Point.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Jim’s name to Dee and Helen’s favorite charity, the Alameda Welfare Council, P. O. Box 2265 Alameda CA 94501 or to your favorite charity.