Born in Stayton, Ore., to Henry and Martha Painton Sause, Sam was the beloved husband of Helen Sause; father of Paula Sause Conway, David (Cheryl) Sause and Carole Sause McClintock; grandfather of Theresa, Debbie, Jolene, Campbell, Malcolm and Hunter; brother of Mary, Anne, Sara, Catherine, Richard, Steve and Roger.
Sam was a gentle, loving man who touched the lives of many here in our Alameda community and beyond our island home. At Christ Episcopal Church, Sam was beloved by everyone while he served in most of its ministries with steadfastness and selfless devotion, including that of Senior Warden.
His compassion for others reached beyond the doors of his church to the Seafarers Ministry where he reached out to those who sail months on end without contacts beyond their ships. Sam helped shepherd these sailors to the Oakland center where they could worship, shop and connect with families across the sea via phone and computer.
At Alameda Rotary, he participated in a wide range of programs from facilitating grants for local organizations to establishing micro-banking and water projects in Central America. The Navy League was a life-long passion for Sam where he supported those who go to sea in the service of protecting us all. He took special satisfaction in helping the youngsters of the Navy League, who find support and career openings through their programs. More recently, his boundless energy found him assisting the Alameda Point Collaborative, a supportive housing community that helps families and individuals break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.
Sam owned and operated Grand Transport from his home office for 25 years moving a diverse range of freight around the world. He likened this vocation to detective work, figuring out how to package and ship complicated freight for the best price to the best port. These challenges kept him working until his death.
Sam married Helen Perkins on Feb. 29, 1964, and they made Alameda their home for more than 50 years where they raised their three children. Sam and Helen loved to travel and recently were able to check off some long-awaited bucket list items, including touring Alaska and visiting Columbia and Peru. When not enjoying time with their two cats, Sam loved reading, watching movies and taking walks, which he did every day, treasuring his excellent health and zest for making new friends he might meet along the way. He continued to stay in touch with those he went to school with years ago in Oregon. It is a testament to Sam that stories of his kindness and gentle assistance to anyone he encountered in his life continue to pour in each day. He will be incredibly missed.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at noon at Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Donations in Sam’s honor may be made to the Alameda Point Collaborative, Alameda Rotary Club or the Seamen’s Church Institute — Bay Area.
Condolences may be offered to the family at www.greermortuary.com.
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Born in Tarlic, Philippines on Aug. 13, 1931, to the late Maximo and Carmen Mangila, Corazon passed away peacefully at her home in Alameda on Dec. 14, 2014.
Corazon is survived by her husband, Bartolome Tolentino; children, Renato Tolentino, Roel Tolentino, Richard Tolentino and Rosmarie Tolentino De Guzman; grandson, Nicholas Tolentino; and siblings, Cesar Mangila, Rodolfo Mangila, Violetta Taguines and Consuelo David. She was preceded in death by her brother, Antonio Mangila.
Corazon held various jobs in Alameda; as a waitress at the Officer’s Club Naval Air Station Alameda, sales clerk at Alameda Naval Air Station and Coast Guard Base Exchanges and as a certified medical assistant. She enjoyed sewing and, most of all, spending time with family. She will be dearly missed.
Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation today, Thursday, Dec. 18, from 4 to 9 p.m. with a vigil service at 7 p.m. at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services, 2694 Blanding Ave. in Alameda. A funeral mass will be held tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. at St. Albert the Great Church, 1022 Holly St. in Alameda.
She will be laid to rest at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward.
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Larry Leslie Branchaud died unexpectedly on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Alameda at the premature age of 73.
Larry is survived by his wife, Kathleen, two children Jeff Branchaud (Michelle Ratto-Branchaud) of San Leandro and Michelle Branchaud Simi (Todd) of Moraga, his four grandchildren, Ryan and Jason Simi, and Kendall and Aaron Jeffrey (AJ) Branchaud. Other relatives include Richard Branchaud, Gary Branchaud, Butch Branchaud, Joann Wesleder (George) and brother-in-law Richard Davis (Judy).
Larry was born in Alameda on March 15, 1941, to Harry and Fran Branchaud. He graduated from the great Encinal High School in 1959. At Encinal, Larry excelled at football and track and field. Upon graduation Larry joined the Coast Guard.
After serving, Larry went on to become an apprentice type-setter at Spartan Printing in San Francisco. Larry joined the Alameda Fire Department on Nov. 1, 1968, and served until he retired on March 16, 1994, with 26 years of service. As a firefighter, Larry was awarded the Archie Waterbury Community Service award in 1988. In 1975, Larry established, "For Safety Sake," teaching CPR and first aid to the community.
On June 14, 1990, Larry received a certificate of recognition from the American Red Cross for utilizing life-saving skills to save a human life. One of his proudest moments occurred when he was inducted into the Encinal High School Civic Hall of Fame on May 22, 2010.
In retirement, Larry was always busy and had many interests. He had a passion for martial arts and earned a black belt on Dec. 4, 1967, from Wally Jay and the American Jujitsu Institute.
Larry was an avid swimmer and bike rider and a member of the Harbor Bay Club. Larry loved vegetable gardening year round and fed his loving neighbors the fruits of his labor. He loved the culinary arts and was addicted to watching the Food Network channel. He was a second-generation member of the Alameda Elks Lodge #1015 where he headed up many committees.
Larry was a very generous person whose passion was serving and educating others about life-saving first aid and CPR.
Family and friends are invited to attend a mass of Christian burial, Tuesday Dec. 23, at 10 a.m. at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church 3108 Van Buren St., in Alameda. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward Wednesday, Dec. 24.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to "Encinal High School Alumni Assoc. FBO Larry Branchaud Civil Hall of Fame Scholarship Award."
For further information, please call: Harry W. Greer, funeral director, FDR-745.
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