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Colette Fox passed away Sunday after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia. She touched many lives with her vibrant spirit and positive outlook.

Colette was born in the town Tullamore in County Offaly, Ireland. Leaving Tullamore she went to London and worked as a conductor on the London bus system. It was there that she met her husband Dermot "Pete" Fox. The couple moved to the United States and settled on Alameda in 1968.

After several years of working retail in downtown Oakland she assisted Dermot in managing their general contracting business located in Alameda. Colette retired with Dermot in 2003 and began their golden years together.

Colette is survived by her loving husband, Dermot; son Neal and daughter-in-law Karin, and her grandchildren Claire and Jake. She is also survived by her two sisters Mary Molloy of Grass Valley and Peggy McGee of Tullamore and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She will be greatly missed by all who were able to know her.

Friends and family are invited to attend a vigil and rosary service today, Thursday, Aug. 21, at 6 p.m. and a mass of christian burial tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 22, at 10:30 a.m., both at St. Albert the Great Parish at Holly Street and Mecartney Road on Bay Farm Island. There will be a celebration of life immediately following the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Lewy Body Dementia Association. 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W. Lilburn, GA 30047 or online at www.lbda.org/go/donate. For further information, call: Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745).

Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services, 1415 Oak St., Alameda (510) 522-6020

Leonor Leones was born in Manila, Philippines, on July 1, 1925. She entered heaven’s gates on Aug. 14, 2014.

A consummate mother and homemaker, Leonor was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. She and her predeceased husband Santiago celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1995. They were married for 65 years.

Leonor is survived by her children; Rudy, Carol, Ramon, Connie, Cecil, 10 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and a great-great grandchild.

A funeral service celebrating her life will be held today, Thursday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m., St. Barnabas Church, 1427 Sixth St. Alameda. She will be laid in her final resting place at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon.

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD 1408

greermortuary.com 865-37

A descendant of California pioneers, Alta was born in Hayward to Allen and Winifred Peek in 1924. She passed away peacefully on Aug. 13, 2014, at age 90. Her husband, Frederick M. Cunningham died in 1999. Her dear sister Patricia Pullman died in 1998.

Alta cherished her children, son Fred of Berkeley, and daughter, Theresa of Santa Rosa. Her much-loved brothers and sisters-in-law, Tom and Bobby Peek and Allen and Janice Peek also survive her.

Growing up in Castro Valley, Alta was a member of the Girl Scouts and Camp Fire Girls. Her mother Winifred was her role model. Alta excelled in sports and dance and played center on the Hayward High School field hockey team. As an adult, she played tennis with the same foursome of friends for 20 years. Alta was a true and constant supporter of the Oakland Athletics and the Golden State Warriors.

She attended UC Berkeley, class of 1946. She worked as a copy girl for the San Francisco Examiner newspaper. She also worked at the UC Berkeley Radiation Lab, where she met many leading scientists of the day.

Alta married Fred Cunningham in 1946. Fred was a naval aviator in World War II. Alta and Fred raised their two children in Berkeley and Alameda, where Fred was City Attorney. Alta began her 20-year career in the book business at The Factory and then at Walden Books in Alameda. Customers specifically sought out her book recommendations.

Alta worked actively to support Democratic Party candidates, was a member of the League of Women Voters and supported the American Civil Liberties Union. She was also active as a volunteer in the Blossom Branch of Children’s Hospital. Later in life, Alta traveled in England, France and Italy.

Alta leaves behind her remarkable nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and many dear friends in the Bay Area and in Santa Rosa.

Alta will be remembered for her hospitality and welcoming spirit. A private celebration will be held. The family wishes to thank the caring staff at Emeritus of Santa Rosa and Sutter Hospice.

Donations may be made to Sutter Hospice of Santa Rosa or the Friends of the Alameda Public Library.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD 1408

greermortuary.com 865-3755

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