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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.

 

Longtime Resident of Alameda

Born to Marco and Juliette Falletti on Sept. 20, 1922, Connie passed away on Feb. 20, 2015, at her home in Alameda.

Connie was the loving wife of 69 years to Ernest Servente (deceased), adoring mother to Christine Servente, Marianne Servente (deceased), Cathleen Brown, Ann Damian and Marco Servente; loving mother-in-law to Frank Damian and Randall Brown; loving Noni to Dominic Reno, Marianne Brown, Rachel Brown, Theresa Reno and Robert Hynes. 

She was also the adored great-grandmother of Madison Hynes. She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was also preceded in death by her loving brother Harold Falletti.

Connie served as PTA President for St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, was a longtime member of St. Philip Neri Rosarians and a long-standing member of Branch 10, Italian Catholic Federation. Connie was also a volunteer at Alameda Hospital for many years and contributed many hours to various organizations and charities. 

Family and friends are invited to visit today, Thursday, Feb. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. and attend a vigil service at 7 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 3101 Van Buren St. in Alameda. 
She will be laid to rest at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. Burial will be private.  

Donations in remembrance of Connie can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.greermortuary.com.

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

 

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