Obituaries

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Oct. 29, 1911 – Jan. 28, 2014

Merah Payne Carvelo passed away peacefully in her sleep on Jan. 28, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents Harry James Smith and Laurie Albon Smith, her husbands Carl V. Payne Sr. and William Carvelo, brother Harry William Smith, step-son Carl Vance Payne Jr., and niece Dale Smith Christensen (Steve). She was the devoted mother of Suzanne Merah Payne Mathieson (Jack), the cherished grandmother of John Carl (J.C.) Mathieson (Jill), Julie Corrine Mathieson Bauer. Step grandmother to Gretchen Lynn Payne Nees, Stacy Payne, and Jeff Minzer. She was a great-grandmother to Ava Michele, Jack Raymond and Connor John Mathieson. She was the loving sister-in law to Elinor (Dede) Smith.

She was a loving aunt to Keith (Anne), Barry (Julie), and Garth (Robin) Smith, a great aunt to their children and grandchildren. Merah was a native of San Francisco, attended schools in San Mateo and graduated from San Mateo High School. She loved sports, sewing and knitting. She participated in tennis, golf and swimming all her life. She worked as a bookkeeper for Victor Equipment Company of San Francisco until the birth of her daughter. She remained a stay-at-home mom and participated in Children’s Home Society, Robin Hood and Alameda PTA’s. She returned to work and was a school secretary in the Oakland Unified School District working at Franklin, Garfield and Toler Heights Elementary schools.

After retiring from the Oakland Public Schools she enjoyed playing golf and doing water aerobics with the Alameda Wets into her mid-90s. Merah will be remembered most for her love of sports, positive attitude, sense of humor, great physical strength, creative talents and her love for family. She lived a long, healthy and happy life and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Charitable donations can be made to East Bay Division Scholarship Foundation, Inc. c/o Jim McVay, 260 Willamette Ave., Kensington, CA 94706, Alameda Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 2534, Alameda, CA 94501, or the charity of your choice.

Sheryll Mindy Israels Gore passed away quietly early March 17, 2014, after waging a valiant five-year battle against several painful and debilitating conditions.

Sheryll was born in Mountain View, and grew up in the Bay Area. She graduated with an AA from F.I.D.M., SF in retail interior design/ merchandising. Sheryll moved onto a successful career as manager and sales clerk in cosmetics at Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Neiman- Marcus. Besides her love of fashion and cosmetic arts, she enjoyed dancing, vegetarian cuisine, classic films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and loved French pop, new wave and ’80s rock music. She had begun to make a career in stage comedy.

In spite of the assault of many maladies she never lost hope and never gave up her desire to return to her former life. Sheryll was the only daughter of Myra Lander and Martin Israels and sister to Stephen. Granddaughter of the late Clara and Jack Lander and Sylvia and Albert Israels of Winnipeg. In addition to her grieving family she had many friends across the U.S. and Canada. She will be sorely missed by all. A celebration of her life is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter. For further information, contact Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director FDR-745.

Alameda Funeral & Cremation Services 1415 Oak St. 510-522-6020

Aug. 31, 1952 – March 14, 2014 Resident of Alameda Kevin Leech was born Aug. 31, 1952 in Greenock, Scotland passed away unexpectedly on March 14, 2014. Kevin cared deeply for his children, family, friends and community both in Alameda and the Bay Area, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

He will be missed. The Wilson Leech Family would also like to thank all our friends, neighbors, family and colleagues for their caring support, kindness and humanity at this time. We are fortunate to be part of such a wonderful community. Love Sue, Alex, and Sarah. A memorial service will be held at Alameda Funeral & Cremation Services, in the New Beginnings Chapel, 1415 Oak S t., Alameda, today, Thursday, March 27, at 2:30 p.m. For further information, contact Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director FDR-745.

Alameda Funeral & Cremation Services 1415 Oak St. 510-522-6020

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