Obituaries

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Andy Barbera was a long-time resident of Alameda, active in many civic and philanthropic organizations, and a joy to his wife, family and friends.

Andy was born in Richmond, Calif. to Raymond R. and Frances Barbera. His family moved to Alameda in 1939 where he attended Porter School and Alameda High School, graduating in 1952. Andy joined the Army, served in Korea and Japan as a supply Sergeant. After his military service, he earned an Associate Arts Degree at San Francisco City College, then in 1958 he was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Business Degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

In 1959, Andy began his insurance business career working out of his house. To supplement his income, he taught ballroom dancing for several recreation departments and private clubs.

He eventually dropped teaching and devoted all his energy to building his insurance agency.

After several years of hard work, in 1980 Barbera Insurance Agency moved into their building at Versailles and Fernside Drive. He received many awards and citations from the insurance companies he represented. The last couple of years, Andy was semi-retired but still served his longtime clients.

At a dance party in San Leandro in 1961, Andy met Nadine Loomis. They were married Aug. 25, 1962 and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The two of them were seen quite frequently on the golf courses here in Alameda, Boulder Creek, and Maui. They are competitive, betting a $1/hole on their golf outings. Andy had four holes-in-one to Nadine’s three, but the side bets perhaps were even.

Andy gave generously to Girls Inc. of the Island City, Boys and Girls Club of Alameda and Alameda Junior Golf Club. He was a life member of the Alameda Elks Lodge #1015, the Alameda Men’s Golf Club and the Native Sons Halcyon Parlor #47.

He is survived by his loving wife, Nadine Barbera, his brothers Ray and Edward, his sisters-in-laws Glenda and Joen, many cousins, nieces and nephews. His generous loving spirit will be missed by all who knew him.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Ceremony followed by a reception on Nov. 2, 11:30 a.m. at the Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Girls Inc. of the Island City, 1724 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda 94501 or Alameda Junior Golf Club, 1 Clubhouse Memorial Drive, Alameda 94502.

For further information, contact: Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director (FDR-745). www.alamedafuneral.org

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A 25-year resident of Alameda passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 7, 2014. She was predeceased by her father Helmut and her mother Hildegard Piehl. She is survived by her husband Charles Dempsey, her son William Piehl, brother Gary Piehl and sister Ingrid Butterfield of Connecticut.

Born in Salzhausen, Germany, May 18, 1949, her family immigrated to New Britain, Conn. in 1951 aboard the USS General R.M. Blacthford. Along the way she married and divorced Thomas Kelley of New Britain.

In 1976 she moved to California and started life over. She was married to David Guffey and lived in Berkeley. They have a son William Piehl. Divorced from David she moved to Alameda and devoted herself to raising William.

Irmgard enjoyed flowers and traveling. She enriched her life by driving Mercedes Benz and Cadillacs. She traveled to Europe and Hawaii. Irmgard liked to travel to the desert and watch the meteor showers in the sky.

She studied nursing and began a long career in psychiatric nursing. Irmgard last practiced nursing at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco on the adolescent psychiatric ward.

A public celebration of her life will be held at a later date. For further information, contact Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director, FD-745.

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James Winfred Walton, born May 16, 1919, in Alameda, entered into rest on Oct. 9, 2014.

A loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Jim was the youngest of two sons of Ralph (an Alameda fireman) and Alma Walton who raised their boys here. He married his life-time love and best friend Jean S. Mundie on Oct. 31, 1942, at Christ Episcopal Church.

Jim was pre-deceased by his loving wife Jean in 2006.

Jim was Past Master and 73-year member of Oak Grove Lodge #215 F&AM, Oakland Scottish Rite, Aahmes Shrine and past Patron Carita Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. He was past President of the Alameda Masonic Temple Association.

Jim served in the US Navy during World War II in the Pacific with pre-invasion forces with an expertise in electrical and communication systems, being injured multiple times.

As a dad, he was a Scout Leader for his two Eagle Scout Sons. He was a solo hiker and troop leader to the 1964 National Jambroee and served as council president of the Alameda Boy Scouts in the 1960s. A golfer and member of the Alameda Golf Club until the age of 91 when he retired from the game.

Jim was medical sales manager for Ohio Medical until his retirement in 1981.

Jim is survived by his two sons and daughter-in-laws James N. and Sylvia Walton and Jack W. and Jeri Walton; his granddaughter and her husband Christine and Robert Brown; his great-grandsons Nathan and Jacob Brown; his step-grandchildren Lisa and Drew Chalstrom and Craig and Kathryn Rinker; his step-great-grandchildren Taylor and Payton Chalstrom and Ava and Abby Rinker; and nieces and nephews: Gayle Howell, Ed Walton, John Walton and Jeanette Del Carlo.

At his request, a private memorial service will be held by the family.

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