Paul Edward Berger, 68, passed away Oct. 31 after a valiant battle with kidney disease. He spent his last days at his home in Alameda with his family at his side.
Born in the Bronx in 1946, Paul was the third son of George and Elaine Berger.
Paul graduated from Christopher Columbus High School before earning his bachelor of arts finance degree from Boston University. After stints as a Good Humor truck driver and lie detector operator, Paul traveled west in the mid-1960s and en route met his wife Diana.
Landing in Alameda, Paul became controller at companies such as Mack Truck and Occupational Health Services. Paul and his wife later built small businesses D&F Floral and The Sandwich Garden before retiring. Paul was one of the founding members of the Alameda Little League and coached his sons for several years.
Paul is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Diana; devoted children Donald (Shannon) of Danville; John (Carol) of Walnut Creek and Jeremy (Lynn) of Novato. He was "G-Pa" to grandchildren: Justin, Jordie, Jacob, Sydney, Kendall, Brian and Jackson. He is also survived by his brothers Mel of Mt. Kisco, N.Y.: Stuart of Alameda and Randy of Las Vegas.
Friends and family are invited to a family visitation, sharing of loving memories and reception on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services, 2694 Blanding Ave., Alameda.
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Betty Jean Williams passed away in Hayward Oct. 29, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred C. Williams, in 2001.
Betty was born in Hollister, Mo., June 11, 1924, but spent most of her life in the Bay Area.
She graduated in 1945 from Providence Hospital School of Nursing in Oakland as a registered nurse. She spent a short time as a private-duty nurse in the Los Angeles area but eventually returned to the Bay Area where she worked as a surgical nurse at Alameda Hospital for many years.
In later years she was quite involved with her husband, Fred, in publishing a newsletter entitled Type and Press, which was about the lost art of printing. Betty was the official proofreader. She was an accomplished seamstress. She made most of her clothes and some of Fred’s. Betty loved to travel and spend time with her many friends.
She is survived by cousins in the Sacramento area and relatives who reside in Missouri.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
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Lew was born Sept. 28, 1921, at Oakland’s Fabiola Hospital to John and Edna (Potter) Monk, both of whose ancestors immigrated from Denmark. He attended Glenview Grammar School and graduated from Oakland High School, class of 1940. Lew served in the U.S. Coast Guard for three and a half years in World War II, including on assignment to the LST 207 in the South Pacific.
Lew retired after 35 years with the Southern Pacific Railroad as an officer in passenger operations. Early in his career, Lew was an agent on the Southern Pacific Coast, San Joaquin and Shasta Daylight trains. Of particular note, was his coordination of whistle-stop trains for John Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Nikita Kruschev. His work was a great source of pride. The history of all railroads held a special interest for him.
He was married for 55 years to his wife, Katharine (Wittman), who preceded him in death in 2001. They made their home in Alameda and enjoyed many activities, including golf, bowling, dancing and traveling throughout the U.S. and foreign countries. He was especially proud of his three holes- in-one (always attributing them to skill) and his beautiful begonias in his garden.
Lew was a longtime member of Live Oak Masonic Lodge and of the Alameda Elks. He served as past president and executive secretary for SKAL Club.
Surviving Lew is his son Kenneth Monk (Vicki) of Oakland, his daughter Janice Hanson (Paul) of Sonoma and granddaughters Katharine Rienerth (Chad) of Denver and Christine Hanson of Greely, Colo.
Lew passed away Oct. 8, 2014, in Alameda. His life was fully lived and always filled with a great interest and sense of fun. Services were private.
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