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It is with deep, and heavy sadness that we announce the death of Mark "Marco" Guajardo, 63. He died at Highland Hospital Aug. 20, 2014, after suffering cardiac arrest Aug. 10.

Mark was born in Dallas but lived most of his life in Alameda. He was a Vietnam War veteran, who earned several commendations for his service, which included: National Defense Service, Combat Infantry, Vietnam Service, Sharpshooter, Army Marksman, and two Purple Hearts.

Mark is well known for his years as a welder at a shipyard in Alameda and most recently as the owner and operator of the Clubhouse and Cocktail Lounge in Alameda.

He lovingly helped raise two daughters, Monica and Corinna. Mark was passionate about serving and supporting his fellow veterans in any way possible. Anyone who visited and enjoyed time at The Clubhouse knows that it was about entertaining and providing his veteran friends a place to be appreciated. So much so, that he earned several awards for his generosity and continued support.

For those that didn’t get a chance to know Mark well, he was a quick learner and could pick up most any instrument and play a tune. He was an artist and loved music of all kinds. Mark loved to travel and lived in Mexico, Hawaii and, of course, California. He was a born leader and loved things done his way. Mark would love if we remembered him as "the most interesting man in the world."

Mark is survived by his mother Loyce, life partner Susan, daughters Monica and Corinna and three grandchildren, Taylor, Nicholas and Jacqueline. Mark is also survived by his many loving and close friends and colleagues.

Mark lived his life on his terms and passionately loved the people around him. His tenacity for serving those same
people will be missed for many years to come.

Family and friends celebrated the life of Mark at the Clubhouse Cocktail Lounge on Sept. 20.

Born in Barugo, Leyte, Philippines, Myrna was the beloved wife of Eric Wheat Sr., mother of Vanessa Dinicola, Andrew Pondoc, Marc Guerrero, Erica Wheat and Eric Wheat Jr., and grandmother of Talan and Taryn Dinicola. She is also survived by her siblings Heidiliza, Heidi, Allan, Berny, Dinah, Bella, Alina, Chito, her uncle Clodualdo, her mother Francisca and loving family members.

Myrna worked at AAFES for more than 20 years. She was a proud member of the Filipino Catholic Organization of the East Bay, the Filipino Community of the Bay Area and Fil Women’s Club of the East Bay. She enjoyed helping others, cooking, word search puzzles, going to church, hanging out with family and friends, taking strolls around the beach, supporting school activities; she loved attending community festivals.

A funeral mass was celebrated at St. Joseph’s Basilica and was followed by burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Oakland. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.greermortuary.com.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD 1408

greermortuary.com 865-3755

Florence D. Bowen died peacefully Sept. 14, four days shy of her 99th birthday.

Florence was born Sept. 18, 1915, to Arthur and Maude Dickson in Beaumont, Calif. She was raised in Yuma, Ariz. along with two brothers and a twin sister. She attended Pasadena Junior College where she met her future husband, Oliver, at the United Methodist Church. She attended U.C. Berkeley, graduating with a degree in botany and a teaching credential in 1940. She taught for a year at Yuma High School before being forced to resign when she married Oliver in 1941. Florence and Oliver were married for 59 years.

The couple first lived in Monrovia, where their son Stephen was born in 1942. Florence managed the home front when Oliver went to war in 1944. The family moved to the Bay Area in 1947. They settled and raised their family with two additional boys, Norman and Eric, in Walnut Creek. They retired to the Santa Cruz Mountains above Watsonville in 1974.

In 2001, after Oliver’s death, Florence moved to Alameda where she remade her life with new friends, her church, several bridge groups, the Adelphian Club, the Hospitality Club and the American Association of University Women.

Throughout their life together, Florence and Oliver traveled extensively to visit archeological sites in Latin America and to discover wild flora and fauna in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

Florence took great pride in the accomplishments of her children, to whom she dedicated so much of her early married life. She was equally proud of her talented grandchildren. In recent years she found great joy in the growing number of charming great-grandchildren.

Florence was a dedicated and active United Methodist. In Pasadena, Berkeley, Walnut Creek, Watsonville and Alameda, the church was the conduit for her life of faith and community service. She taught Sunday school, held lay leadership positions and was active in United Methodist Women. She attributed her longevity to living one day at a time and accepting what life has to offer.

Florence is survived by her sons: Stephen Bowen (Isa) of Miami, Norman Bowen (Patricia) of Alameda; her grandchildren: Kristy (Andrew), Eric (Cari), Martin (Claudia), Steve (Denise), and Thomas Bowen; and her great-grandchildren: Noah, Veronica, Helen, Adalyn and Christian.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Twin Towers United Methodist Church, 1411 Oak St. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Nature Conservancy or to the Twin Towers United Methodist Church.

For further information, contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director FDR-745.

Alameda Funeral & Cremation Services FD-2139
1415 Oak St. 522-6020

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