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Adela S. Masley passed away Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, in Alameda.

Adela was born in the Philippines and had lived in Alameda County for more than 40 years.

She is survived by her husband, Michael J. Masley and a host of siblings, nephews, and nieces.

Services were held last week at Greer Family Mortuary’s facility in Alameda followed by interment at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland.

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Elisabeth was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, on April 24, 1923 to the late Carlo Baratta-Dragono and Franziska Nadherny-Borutin of Vienna, Austria. Elisabeth passed away peacefully in Alameda on December 24, 2014 at the age of 91.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 44 years, Allen Honey of Oakland, her brother Franz, sister-in-law Renate and niece Stephanie Baratta of Vienna, Austria, and her sister-in-law Weide Baratta of Vienna, Austria.

Elisabeth was the loving sister of Karlbert Baratta and sister-in-law of Mary Baratta of Vienna, Austria and Buenos Aries, Argentina, and the loving mother to Anne-Marie Richmond of Alameda and John Honey of Corte Madera, mother-in-law to Steven Richmond of Alameda and step-mother to Robert Manion of Spokane, Wash.

She was a loving aunt to Johannes Baratta of Frankfurt, Germany, Alexander Baratta of Oberursel, Germany, Valerie Czernin of Vienna, Austria and Georg Baratta of Kloster-Neuburg, Austria.

Raised on her family’s estate in Moravia, Czechoslovakia, she lived through both the German occupation during World War II and the early Russian occupation at the end of the war. She later moved to Regensburg, Germany, where she worked for the U.S. Army. Elisabeth met her future husband, Allen while he was stationed with the US Army Air Force in Germany and served as his interpreter.

They married in 1949 in Salzburg, Austria, and then returned to the United States. She became a U.S. citizen in 1951. As an U.S. Air Force wife she moved continuously, living in Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, New York, England and, finally, California.

After her husband retired they lived in Oakland from 1961 to 1993. She later moved to Rossmoor in Walnut Creek in 2001. She moved to Alameda to live with her

daughter and son-in-law in 2010.

Elisabeth was an avid walker and enjoyed playing bridge, bingo and taking trips to Reno. She worked for a number of retail stores in Alameda, Oakland, and Berkeley before retiring.

Elisabeth was a loving and generous mother and friend and she will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Elisabeth will be buried with her husband in a private service at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno.

A memorial service in Alameda will be held at a date yet to be determined.

Donations in Elisabeth’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

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Diana Nielsen, 82, passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 22. She owned and operated Nielsen Electric, which has served Alameda for four generations. Diana graduated from Castlemont High School in Oakland in 1950. She was passionately active in the local Italian American community.

Diana, known affectionately as "Di," went on a blind date with Eric Nielsen. She married him, joining a family that had been in business in Alameda since 1932. After she and Eric married, Diana joined the family business as its office manager.

As her family grew so did Nielsen Electric. She and Eric took over the business when its founder, Tom Nielsen, retired. The Nielsen legacy lives on, Diana’s granddaughter "Little Di" is the fourth generation of Nielsens working at the business.

Diana is survived by her sons Eric and Sidney, daughter-in-law Kristin (Vargas), and her grandchildren Diana (Nielsen) and
Nickolas Henneman, Gina Nielsen and Adam Nielsen, as well as her great-granddaughters Giana and Olivia Henneman, her sister Maxine Fullmore. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eric, her son John and her sister Samatha "Sam" McDowell.

Diana will be remembered for many things including her love of cooking, her passion for bocce ball, her contagious laughter, an outgoing personality and unconditional love and generosity to those in need. 

A service was held on Dec. 30 at St. Albert the Great Parish.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Diana’s honor to the Italian American Federation Academic Scholarship Fund: c/o Colombo Club 5321 Claremont Ave., Oakland, CA 94618.

For further information, contact funeral director Harry W. Greer at 522-6020 or visit