David Borglum, longtime Alameda resident, passed peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Friday, Oct. 31, after a serious illness.
David was a devoted family man and clergyman. His dedication to serving both his community and the greater good of humanity in the areas of spiritual development, social justice and environmental awareness brought him close to many Alamedans. He was universally liked and respected for his friendly, gentle approach with everyone and for his dedication to living a life which embraced the higher aspirations he so passionately believed in for the world. David’s life was truly a sermon lived as well as a sermon preached.
He was born in Chicago, and lived there and in Los Altos. He graduated from Los Altos High School. He then attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley. He later studied pastoral education in Chicago and pursued graduate studies at the Graduate Theological Seminary in Berkeley. In his later years, he earned a Doctor of Ministry at the University of Creation Spirituality in Oakland (now Wisdom University).
He was ordained in the United Church of Christ and served in Teko, Wash., Hudson, Kan., Slinger, Wisc., and Campbellsport, Wisc.,
before answering the call which brought him and his family to Alameda, where he was the pastor at Alameda’s Home of Truth. After he left the Home of Truth, he earned his credential in adult education and began teaching classes in stress reduction, mindfulness, and happiness. He also taught adult education through Alameda Unified School District, at Mastick Senior Center, and at the Independent Way, in San Leandro. His final ministerial call was at Fremont Congregational Church in Fremont. David was and his family continues to be members of First Congregational Church of Alameda.
David is survived by his wife of 26 years, Robbie, and his two children, Christopher Borglum of Fayetteville, Ariz. and Angela Borglum of Alameda; his brother Dale Borglum and nephew Declan Borglum of Fairfax; as well as extended family in Illinois and Wisconsin.
David also leaves behind many friends and associates who came to know him through his various affiliations and activities. His warmth and genuine interest in his fellows plus his wry, witty sense of humor endeared him to his friends. He will be especially missed by those who shared his company in the men’s groups in which he took part.
Services will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, at First Congregational Church of Alameda, 1912 Central Ave. (at Chestnut) in Alameda.
The family requests that donations in lieu of flowers be made to the organization of your choice or to Roberta Borglum for an educational fund for his daughter, Angela.
Bette passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Alameda.
She was born in Gloucester, Mass., grew up in Quincy, Mass., and graduated from Quincy High School in 1940. Bette married William John "Jack" Owens on July 14, 1945, and they celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary last summer. Bette worked at the Granite Trust Company in Quincy prior to her marriage and then became a homemaker. The couple lived in Hingham, Mass., for 48 years, where they were parishioners of Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church. Bette was also a member of the Hingham Historical Society.
In 2000 Bette and Jack moved to Alameda, to be closer to their daughter and two granddaughters. In Alameda they joined Christ Episcopal Church and also became members of Trinity Seniors at Trinity Lutheran Church. Bette enjoyed sewing, stenciling, baking desserts and, most of all, being with her granddaughters.
Bette is survived by her husband Jack Owens, her son Malcolm Owens of Castro Valley, her daughter Meredith Owens and her two granddaughters Anna Tai Owens and Mei Liu Owens, all of Alameda.
Friends and family are invited to a memorial service on Saturday Nov. 22, at 1 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Ave. in Alameda. There will be a gathering in the church social hall after the service.
Donations may be made in her memory to Bay Area Adoption Services in Mountain View, or Half the Sky Foundation in Berkeley.
Born in Oakland to the late Francis and Kathleen Reilly, Bob died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Kathleen Reilly, his brother, Jack Reilly, and sister-in-law, Sally Reilly. Bob was the loving husband of Lois Reilly, devoted father of Mary, Chris, Cathy and Joan, stepfather of Mark, Vince, Robert and John and loving grandfather of Jonathan, Anna, Allison, Hayden, Bridget and Michael. He was adored by his cat Rolf and dog Peggy.
Bob attended SF City College (AA), SFSU (BA), USF (life teaching credential) and Cal State East Bay, where he received his master’s degree in education administration. He taught at Encinal High School from 1956 to 1964, then spent a year in the district office before founding Island High School and working there as Principal for seven years. He then became principal of the Alameda Adult School until his retirement in 1992. He also taught courses for teachers throughout his career, part-time, at Cal State University (East Bay) and UC Berkeley.
Bob was active in adult education development throughout California. He enjoyed reading and listening to classical music while smoking cigars.
A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, 1022 Holly St., in Alameda, immediately followed by a reception.
Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to The Franciscan Fathers, St. Elizabeth Parish, Office of Development, 1500 34th Ave., Oakland, CA 94601.
Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD1408