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.

Nov. 10, 1933 – March 8, 2014 Resident of Alameda

Vera Silva of Alameda passed away peacefully in her sleep Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the age of 80. She now joins her husband, Alfred Silva, in a higher place. She is survived by her four loving children, Robert Silva, of Alameda, David Silva and wife Debbie of Portland, Ore., Carole Silva, of Alameda, and Janet Vinciguerra and husband Louis, of Old Saybrook, Conn. Beloved grandmother of six grandchildren, Sara and Hunter Silva, Amelia and Francesca Vinciguerra, Andrew Cooper and Shu Silva, and one great grandchild, Logan Fagundes. She is survived by her sister, Virginia Zauner and her brother, George McKee. Vera was born Vera Mae McKee to Edward and Amelia McKee in Portland, Ore. on Nov. 10, 1933. She moved to Oakland and wed Alfred on June 30, 1955.

Her hobbies included bowling, playing cards and reading. She was very active in the PTA at St. Philip Neri School where her four children attended. She was a caring and nurturing wife, mother and friend to all fortunate enough to know her. We all love you so much Mom, rest in peace. Family and friends may visit on Friday, March 21, after 5 p.m. and attend the vigil service at 7 p.m. at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services, 2694 Blanding Ave. and attend the funeral mass on Saturday, March 22, at 10 a.m. at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 3108 Van Buren St. Burial will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD 1408 865-3755 www.greermortuary.com

Born in Hong Kong, Szeto passed away peacefully in Alameda on March 5, 2014. Beloved husband of Lola, father of Ashley Lopes and owner of his pet Oreo. He is survived by his sibling Mok Sue of Emeryville and other siblings in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and in Hong Kong and was preceded in death by his brother, Szeto Wah. Szeto owned China Trade as an importer / exporter of Chinese herbs to Europe and was formerly a member of the American Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong. He enjoyed playing bridge, Chinese art, and was an avid reader. Services were held at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church followed by burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Oakland. Donations in Szeto’s memory may be made to the Alameda Welfare Council or the American Cancer Society.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD 1408 865-3755 www.greermortuary.com

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