The most recent submissions appear first. CLICK HERE to create an obituary online or send an email to with text and photos attached. The fee is $75 per 250 words, and $25 per photograph.

Born in Hastings, Neb. to the late William and Hildegarde Svoboda, Nancy passed away after a courageous battle with cancer in Oakland.

Nancy was the wife of Stephen Pyle. She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Svoboda, and her beloved pet, Brandy.

Nancy is survived by her cherished dogs, Molly and Penny, her sister-in-law Charlotte Pyle (David Silsbee) and siblings Ann (Larry) Grimit, William (Leslie) Svoboda,

Larry (Billie) Svoboda, Kathy Kastrick, Mary (Gerald) McDonald, John Svoboda, Chris (Tim) Rooney, and Debbie (Mike) Shada, as well as her many nieces and nephews.

Nancy enjoyed gardening, needlework, genealogy, singing, home remodeling and helping neighbors and friends in any way that she could. Her excellent editing skills were both a vocation and a gift to friends and family.

Services have been held with interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Oakland.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Animal Rescue Foundation, P.O. Box 30215, Walnut Creek, CA 94598, or the charity of your choice.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services 865-3755

Dan Dimitruk, beloved son, father, brother, uncle and friend, died Friday, April 3, after a long and brave battle with cancer. He was 51.

Dan is survived by his mother, Grace Toifel (Joseph); his father, Eugene; and, his three daughters: Katharine, Alexandra and Natasha, the lights and loves of his life. He is also survived by his brothers, David (Vicki), Mark (Priscilla) and Doug (Diana); his sisters, Carol Cappiello (Frank) and Diana Smith; and a large extended family, including many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews, who meant the world to him.

Dan was born in Covina, Calif., and quickly developed a love for spending time outdoors, playing golf and traveling around the world. He built a career in the technology industry, gaining a large network of close friends and associates who worked with him in many different organizations in both southern and northern California. Dan spent many afternoons and Saturdays as a coach for his daughters’ sports teams, helping them, and many kids, in Alameda improve their soccer, basketball and baseball skills.

Dan had an infectious laugh and a love for life that will be greatly missed by everyone. Most importantly, Dan professed his belief in Jesus Christ as the Savior of his soul and was quick to speak of his faith.

A funeral mass will take place tomorrow, Friday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Saint Joseph’s Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St. in Alameda. In lieu of flowers, make donations to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.

For further information, contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director.

Alameda Funeral & Cremation Services 1515 Oak St.


Born in Chicago on April 29, 1920, to the late Louis and Elizabeth Vander Kamp, Helen passed away peacefully in Alameda on April 12, 2015, at the age of 94.

Preceded in death by her husband, Peter Reitsma and son, James Reitsma, Helen was the loving mother of Beverly Reitsma and Donna Makk; mother-in-law to Istvan Makk; grandmother of Ashleigh Pope; and great-grandmother of Abigail Reitsma, Cadence Pope and Alexandra Pope.

Raised in Chicago, Helen moved to Alameda in 1946, returning here after briefly living in the Bay Area during World War II.

She was known to many through her work at the Encinal High School cafeteria from 1963 to 1983 and as a volunteer at Alameda Hospital for 10 years. She worked well into her 80s in day care at the Alameda Christian School, known to everyone as "Grandma Helen." She was very active in the Alameda Christian Reformed Church and was a woman of great faith. She will be missed by all who loved and cherished her.

Family and friends may visit today, Thursday, April 16, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services, 2694 Blanding Ave. in Alameda and attend a memorial service on Friday, April 17, at 11 a.m. at the Alameda Christian Reformed Church, 2914 Encinal Ave. in Alameda, immediately followed by a reception. Private burial services were held.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services 865-3755