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Roan June (Natac) Kees joined heavenly angels on Feb. 24, 2015. Born on June 7, 1967, in Alameda, she is survived by her husband, John, and children Jordan (fiancé Brennan), Taylor, Aaron and Cameron. She is also survived by her parents, Anthony and the late Rosita Natac, and parents-in-law Bonnie (Akiko) and Brig. Gen. Elwood A. Kees Jr. Her brother is Ray Natac, and brother-in-law is Jimmie Kees (wife Tamara and children Christopher and Alexandra).

She is supported by uncles and aunts: the late Victor (late wife Evelyn), Wilfred (Evelyn), Rose (husband Rodil), Leonardo, Lydia (late husband Bruno), James, Eduardo, Regino (Kimberly), Mary (late husband Guillermo), Ron, Arleen, Frank and great-aunt Elvira Mendoza.

She walked hand-in-hand with many first cousins: Daniel (wife Rowena and children Candace and Daneen), Jennelyn (husband Scott), Dana (husband Francis and children Danica and Julian), Sherri, Shannel (husband Dong and child Camden), Christopher (wife Cynthia), Frances, Bogoy, Bayani, Rodrigo (wife Jennilee and children Jayla, Maliya, and Noah), godson Joeseph, Nicholas, goddaughter Natalie, Nathaniel, Guillermo, David, Jennifer (husband Arthur and children Brendan, AJ, Jazmyne, Victoria, Sophia), Kelly (children Janessa, Angelo, Joelina, Tatyanna, Joseph), Stephanie and Juan (children Lexi, Sunol, Max). Her other godsons are Joshua Suarez and Julian McCrann.

She is also adored by many second cousins, aunts, uncles, godparents and friends, including godparents of her children: Amy Suezaki, Gia Degrano, Donna Ihling, Craig and Lica Smith, Ruby and Rick Alfonso.

Roan loved many of the youth in Alameda. She was involved in many activities supporting her children, including: Alameda Little League, Alameda Babe Ruth, Alameda World team, Encinal Water Polo, Wood Middle and St. Joseph Elementary Volleyball, and more.

She also volunteered for kinder-swim at Franklin Pool, supported her college sorority Alpha Omicron Pi, Kalani Volleyball, and class activities at her high school alma mater St. Joseph Notre Dame, and El Rancho at St. Joseph Basilica. She volunteered at many community events.

Roan shared her gifts of time and talent, and her strong spirit was felt by all. Her large circle of family and friends appreciated her generous soul and giving heart.

A viewing will be held on Friday, March 6, from 3 to 6 p.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St. in Alameda. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be later that evening at 6 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Basilica on Saturday, March 7, at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be private.

For further information, call: Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745), or visit alamedafuneral.org.

Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services FD-2139.

1415 Oak St. 522-6020

Since 1983, Cal lived in Alameda where he operated a building maintenance service. Cal, a devoted father to his daughter, had a lifelong passion for the outdoors. Yosemite and Point Reyes were two of his favorite places to be. He loved sailboats and was always in process of building or renovating one.

He is survived by his daughter Sarah Reid of Alameda, mother and father Edwin and Carole Reid of Wilsonville, Ore., brother Matt Reid of West Linn, Ore., and sister Susan Reid Bartholomew of Lake Oswego, Ore.

There will be a celebration of life to honor Cal on Sunday, March 22. For information, please email calvinreid1953@yahoo.com

Frank R. Strebel, 95, passed away at the Veteran’s Home of California in Yountville on Jan. 6, 2015. He was born in San Francisco to John and Lucy, the fourth of six children. They moved to Alameda in 1923.

Frank’s military service began in 1937 when he joined the National Guard. After graduating from the first class of St. Joseph’s High School in Alameda, in June 1938, Frank became a member of the California Conservation Corps (CCC’s), building fire roads and breaks in the Marin County watershed around Mt. Tamalpais for six months. Afterwards he joined the Boyle Manufacturing Company making pails and barrels.

In 1939 there was talk of a draft, so Frank rejoined the National Guard (Co. F 159th Infantry California) to be with people he knew. By the time he was called to active duty in the fall of 1940, Frank had been promoted to sergeant.

In March 1943, Frank joined the 104th Division, F Co. 413th Infantry and was sent to Europe. He received his baptism of fire in the Battle of Dykes in Holland, and also fought in Germany. Frank was twice wounded in battle in Germany in November 1944.

He was shot in the foot while leading a charge to capture a strongly fortified town, for which he received a Silver Star. One week later in Frenz, Germany mortar fire caught Frank’s leg, and he was in the hospital recuperating for two years. Frank was promoted to captain and retired in May 1946.

Postwar, Frank went to work at the Alameda Naval Air Station. In 1964 he married Genevieve Morrisette and they lived in Oakland. At the air station, Frank rose through the ranks, and retired in 1974 at age 55 as an industrial engineer.

In his retirement, Frank stayed active raising three children George, Lucy and Judy. He also enjoyed driving, carpentry, his South Lake Tahoe cabin and the Catholic Church.

Frank’s affiliation with his World War II unit fraternal organization, the 104th Infantry Division, National Timberwolf Association was very important to him, and he made numerous trips to the European war theater.

Frank is survived by his sister Marie Mason, children, grandchild, nieces, nephews, and the many people around the world who think of him as their adopted father. He will always be remembered for his help, friendship and quiet jokes.

Frank will be honored Monday, April 6, at 10 a.m. at St. Clement Church on 750 Calhoun St. in Hayward.

In lieu of flowers or charitable donations, the family requests you hug a veteran.

 

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