Prudy Matthews passed away peacefully with her son at her side in Alameda Feb. 26, 2014. She is survived by her son Burnham “Burny” Matthews of Alameda, grandchildren Nicole Swanson (Steve) and David Matthews.
She is also survived by her great grandchildren Anna and Clara Swanson. Prudy was born in Paris, France on July 18, 1914. She immigrated to the U.S. at age 12 and settled in Chicago with her parents Al and Alice Burdock. She was a professional Classical Opera singer for many years. In 1941 she married Burnham Matthews they moved to New York City, New Jersey and back to Illinois. In 1959 Prudy and Burnham purchased I.T. Bookstore and Prudy ran the retail side of the business.
Prudy was very active in the community and was a volunteer at the St. Mary’s hospital in Streator, Ill. for 20 years. After many years in Streator they sold their business and moved to Rossmoor in Walnut Creek. Prudy again became very involved in the community. She chaired the Rossmoor Music Program and the Rossmoor College Scholarship Program. One of her Crown Jewels in life was her recognition as one of the top volunteers at John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek.
She was widowed 24 years ago. In 2008 she moved to the Water’s Edge Lodge in Alameda. Private family services will be held. For further information call: Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director (FDR-745). Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services FD-2139 1415 Oak St. Alameda (510) 522-6020
Born in Norfolk, Va. to the late Jasper and Florence Brown, Lula was the beloved wife of Michael Patterson, mother of Linda (Vince) Alves, Reynoldo (Irene) Reboton, Florentin (Mila) Reboton, Roderick (Debbie) Reboton, Augustine (Patti) Carraway, Bernard (Barbara) Nestal Florence Eash, Sylvia (Roland) Beles, grandmother to 22 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her late husband, Florentin Reboton, son Frankie Ramirez and daughter Juliette Reboton. Reboten moved to San Francisco in 1945.
She then moved to Oakland in 1955 to the home where she raised her family and resided until her passing. She was the heart and soul of her family, a caring humanitarian, who loved to cook and share a story or two with good company. She will be deeply missed by all who knew, loved and cherished her. Funeral services were held at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services followed by burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
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Paul Frank Cappa passed away early Wednesday morning, Feb. 26 at the age of 83. He was an Alameda native, loving brother, and wonderful uncle. He graduated from Alameda High School in 1949 where he was on the varsity track team.
Paul worked as a draftsman on bridge/building engineering design projects in the fabricating works department at Bethlehem Steel‘s Alameda yard and later at Bethlehem’s Point Pinole facility and Herrick Steel in Hayward. Paul was an active member of St. Barnabas Church and the Italian Catholic Federation. He loved to go hiking, fishing and camping with family. He is survived by his sister Irene Maslonkowski and her children Dennis Maslonkowski, Terry Shuler, Nancy Dressler, and Joyce Rinck; also his brother Aldo Cappa and Aldo’s children Brian, Paul and Leslye Cappa. He was predeceased by his parents Peter & Mary Cappa, brother- in-law Ervin Maslonkowski and niece Linda Goldbeck. He also leaves behind many greatnieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation today, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a vigil service at 7 p.m. at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services, 2694 Blanding Ave., Alameda. Funeral Mass will be on Friday, March 7, at 10 a.m. at St. Barnabas Church, 1427 Sixth St. Interment to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, 2560 Church Lane, San Pablo. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to St. Barnabas Church.
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