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Rudy Villegas passed away at home with his family by his side on Aug. 11, 2014, at the age of 88. He was born in Tracy to the late David and Rosa Villegas on Jan. 25, 1926.

Rudy worked as a foreman for E.D. Coat, Inc. for 45 years. Rudy and Sofia owned and operated The Tejano Club in Oakland for more than 30 years. He was involved in billiard and baseball leagues. He enjoyed watching sporting events, gardening and was an avid carpenter. He especially enjoyed spending time with all four generations of children in his family.

Rudy is survived by his loving wife Sofia Villegas of 71 years. They were married in Reno, Nev. on Nov. 13, 1943. Rudy is lovingly remembered by his children, Rudy (Sue) Villegas Jr., Louis (Dorothy) Villegas, Linda Castro and David Villegas; grandchildren, Cynthia Cornejo, Kathy Carrillo, Tara Mendivil, David Villegas Jr., Tina Arellano, Joseph Villegas, Sean Villegas, Jason Villegas, Bonita Pouard and Daniel Castro; 18 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Sophie Villegas Robles, Annie Villareal and Rose Villegas. He is predeceased by his daughter, Rosie Villegas and son, Daniel Villegas.

The family wishes to extend gratitude to Kaiser Hospice in Oakland for their gentle guidance, care and support for our loved one and family members.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.greermortuary.com.

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Elizabeth Whitmore passed away peacefully after fighting breast cancer for 25 years. She spent her last weeks surrounded by her family and friends.

She was born in Lebanon, Ohio, and she was the oldest of four children. She graduated from high school and college, and went to work as a secretary for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She was transferred to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she met her beloved husband Louis Whitmore in Alameda.

They were married May 30, 1947. They had five children, 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Louis A. Whitmore; brother, Lester Engel; her children: Karen Loftus, Louis A Whitmore II, Mary Dougherty, Deborah Orgen and Beverly Whitmore; 13 grandchildren: Kristina Roberts, Patricia Whitmore, Kimberly Estigoy, Andrea Noguera, Victoria Whitmore, Joseph Loftus, Amiee Shannon Loftus, Erin Loftus, Timothy Loftus, Carl Orgen, Tabitha Orgen, Cheryl Oren and Dana Orgen; nine great-grandchildren: Jeremy Estigoy, Francisco Estigoy, Courtney Roberts, Alycia Estigoy, Trinity Estigoy, Jessica Noguera, Gabriela Noguera, Emmy Loftus and Jake Loftus; and two great-great-grandchildren: Aliyah and Ariana Estigoy.

Elizabeth was an active member of the Rebekah’s and Oddfellow’s Lodge, WETS, DAR and a member of Twin Towers Church.

The family would like to invite you to Elizabeth Whitmore’s service Saturday, Aug. 23, at 1 p.m. at 1411 Oak St. Alameda, followed by the celebration of her life in the social hall.

In lieu of flowers please send your contribution to the American Cancer Society.

Stan N. Hiemenga, age 62 went to be with his Lord on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. Stan was born in Alameda on July 29, 1952, to John (Jack) and Helen (Viss) Hiemenga. Stan moved to Grand Rapids, Mich. in 1970 to attend Calvin College; the school that his Great Uncle Rev. John Hiemenga was the first president of from 1919-1925.

Stan earned his undergraduate degree from Calvin College and his masters of business adminstration from Seidman Graduate School at Grand Valley University in Allendale, Mich. During Stan’s time at Calvin College he met the love of his life, Judy Fanberg, in 1971 when Judy mistakenly found herself in the men’s television lounge.

Stan and Judy married on Aug. 24, 1974, at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Era, Mich. They settled in Grand Rapids and had two children, Jennifer Lynn (Hiemenga) Pickel and David John Hiemenga.

Stan worked as a corporate auditor for Michigan National Bank and retired in the mid-1990s to have more freedom to attend his childrens’ many extra-curricular activities. There was little Stan loved more than to be at a sporting event rooting for his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In 2009 Stan and Judy moved to Richmond, Va. for two years then returned to Grand Rapids to be nearer to their children and grand-children.

Stan had a fantastic sense of humor and a love for children, and children certainly had a love for him. It was never a bother for Stan to sit on the floor and play with the kids or take them into the yard for some sort of sports play.

He also had a great love for music and found great solace throughout his illnesses when he discovered Pandora Radio had a station entitled "Mercy Me" one of his favorite Christian groups. Listening to the promises of God’s love, grace and gift of redemption helped him deal with lengthy hospital stays and difficult treatments.

Regardless of his state of health Stan was always up for a vacation to Traverse City, Tenn., Florida or, his favorite, Mexico. He often said if he was going to feel miserable he might as well do it in a beautiful setting.

Stan is survived by his wife Judy (Fanberg) Hiemenga, daughter, Jen (Hiemenga) Pickel, son David Hiemenga, granddaughter Bayle Pickel, grandsons Taylor Hiemenga, Breckin Huizinga and Parker Hoffman, as well as by his mother Helen Hiemenga. He was preceded in death by his father John Hiemenga and brother John Hiemenga.

Arrangements made by Harris Funeral Home (www.harrisfhome.com) in Shelby, Mich. A memorial service is planned for Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at Brookside Christian Reformed Church on Kalamazoo SE in Grand Rapids.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers that gifts be in the form of donations to Calvin College in Stan’s name.

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