Luis "Louie" Rico of Alameda passed away on Oct. 22, 2014, surrounded by his loved ones.
He is survived by his son, Louie Rico, Jr. (Isabel) of Manteca, Calif., daughters Elma Rico Kastning (Floyd) of Alameda and Veronica Rico of Hayward; his grandchildren Roman and Ryan Rico and Benjamin and Emilia Kastning and his great-grandchildren Cayden, Mariah, and Brody Rico. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Irma, and oldest daughter Evelyn.
Luis was born in Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico, but was raised in Ciudad Juarez. He was the eldest of eight children born to Manuel and Enedina Chavez Rico. He proudly served two terms in the U.S. Army and when he received his honorable discharge in 1947, he moved to Oakland. He worked in a series of warehouse jobs, but it was from Colgate Palmolive in Berkeley that he would retire from after 35 years of employment.
While new to Oakland, Luis enjoyed going to dances, where he was a most dashing young man. One of his favorite establishments was Sweet’s Ballroom. It was at one of these dances in 1948 that he would reunite with the beautiful Irma after having been briefly introduced to her at a dance in Juarez the year before. When he saw her again, he said he would never let her go and they would remain married for nearly 64 years until Irma’s passing in 2012.
Luis was a devoted husband and father; he instilled in his children a great pride of the Mexican culture and insisted that everyone speak Spanish at home, as they would speak English outside of it. Luis was also a most talented and creative artist and craftsman.
He designed and built several cocktail bars for his home; and from behind these he would serve as bartender during many of the very festive parties he and Irma would host. He was known for his sharp wit and magnificent sense of humor.
Luis is also remembered by his children for the colorful tales of his youth, and for his chilling tales of the macabre. For many years, every May he would pack up the entire family in the car and make the three-day, two-night trek to Juarez to visit his family.
In their later years in life, Luis and Irma enjoyed getting dressed up on Saturday nights and going dancing; and even later yet in life, they were thrilled to spend time with their beloved grandchildren.
While we are happy that Luis is now with his beloved Irma and Eve, his presence is sorely missed. We take comfort in the belief that life is but a dream, and he has wakened from this dream to move on to his true destination. God bless us all.
A service for Luis and Irma will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8, at noon at Greer Family Mortuary in Alameda. A gathering at Elma’s and Floyd’s house will be held afterwards.
In lieu of flowers, we would request donations in Luis’s name to any animal organization of your choice or the Veterans Administration.
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On Saturday, Oct. 18, Pearl M. Delventhal passed quietly at age 96 in Weed, Calif.
She was born and raised in Alameda as Pearl Marie Waterbury and enjoyed a full life. Pearl and her first husband, Richard William Heilmann, had three children, Rick, Tom and Margaret. After raising her children, Pearl worked as an licensed vocational nurse (LVN). She retired from Saint Rose Hospital in Hayward.
In her later years, Pearl enjoyed boating on the bay, activities at the Aeolian Yacht Club and traveling abroad with her second husband, Erbon Delventhal.
She is survived by her son, Tom Heilmann (Susan), her daughter, Margaret Williams (Steve), daughter-in-law, Sally Panella (Art) and numerous grand, great-grand, and one great-great granddaughter. Her son, Rick Heilmann and grandson, Michael Heilmann, preceded her in death.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Philip Neri on Nov. 15 at 10:30 a.m.
Clarice Myrah Grimstvedt was born to Gustav Myrah and Marie Jorgenson of Lillehammer, Norway in Holdfast, Saskatchewan on March 10, 1915. Clarice passed away at Elder’s Inn Care Center in Alameda on Oct. 5, 2014.
She attended a one-room country school until moving to Portland, Ore. where she graduated from high school. She attended business school and Pacific Lutheran College in Tacoma, Wash. She worked as an office manager for an insurance company in Portland and was very active at Central Lutheran Church.
She moved to Minneapolis, Minn. to study at the Lutheran Bible Institute. Upon arrival, her childhood friend, Clyde Grimstvedt, a student at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, surprised her at the train station. They were married 10 months later back in Portland. After graduation from seminary, Clyde served churches in Vancouver, Seattle and San Mateo with Clarice as a partner in ministry.
The family lived in Oakland and Minneapolis where Clyde served with the national Lutheran Church. Clarice was always involved with their church communities, served as a Cub Scout Leader and volunteered with the Fairview Hospital Auxiliary.
Two years prior to retirement Clyde and Clarice moved to Thousand Oaks, Calif. where Clyde worked in the development office of California Lutheran University and Clarice worked in the College administration offices. Clyde passed away a year after they retired in 1982.
Clarice enjoyed her volunteer work with the college, especially the annual Scandinavian festival and the Conejo Valley symphony. In 1992 Clarice moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to be close to her family, living in Alameda, and then at Baywood Court in Castro Valley.
Clarice was a very talented person who embraced everything she did with enthusiasm and hospitality. She loved to entertain and she touched many lives with her gracious and loving spirit. Clarice was a remarkable seamstress and artist; she enjoyed Norwegian Rosemalling, weaving and pottery, knitting and needle craft. She became a realtor in order to help her four children attend college.
Traveling was another passion for Clarice with trips to Europe, China, Africa and South America. She especially loved coordinating and traveling to Myrah family reunions in the U.S. and Canada.
She lived life to the fullest. She will be remembered for her joy of life and care for family and others.
Clarice was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clyde and son-in-law John Hiemenga.
She is survived by her sister, Mae Petersen of Medford, Ore.; two daughters, Carol (Gary) Cockrell of Kalispell, Mont. and Mary Hiemenga of Alameda; two sons, Mark (Erica) Grimstvedt of San Mateo and Rolf (Kathleen) Grimstvedt of Kerrville, Tex.; 10 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sister-in-law Doris Larson of Oakland and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 600 W. 42nd Ave., San Mateo.
Memorial gifts may be given to California Lutheran University, 60 Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360.
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