Surrounded by his family Kenneth "Ken" left this world on Friday, Aug. 8, due to a rare form of cancer. He was 48 years old. Our lives fractured that day and our world will never be the same. Ken was born in Alameda and was a graduate of Alameda High School.
Ken is survived by fiancé Dr. Shailyrina Arora; mother Patricia Mitchell; daughter Patty Bell; sisters Elizabeth (Jeff Ginn), Jennifer Bell (Matt Tracy), and Cristina (Chuck Moidel); uncle James Mitchell; nephews Brandon, Erik and Kevin Ginn; plus niece Fiona Moidel, and nephew Lucas Moidel. Ken is also survived by former spouse Ana Drost and many aunts, uncles and cousins in the Bell family.
Ken worked in retail management most of his career. He later obtained a bachelor’s degree in computer telecommunications and was near completion of a master’s degree when taken ill. He was a warm, loving human being interested in numerous diverse subjects.
Ken was the family’s trivia expert on general subjects as well as the family history expert. He could always remember what the rest of the family had forgotten. Ken was passionate about music and played the piano and guitar. He studied jujitsu and played tennis. He loved good food, wine and beer, Peet’s coffee on Park Street and Lee’s Donuts on Webster. He appreciated movies, Japanese anime and Dr. Who.
He took his daughter Patty to many movies and musical events. Ken and his daughter attended the "Big Wow Comicfest" in San Jose this year and loved it. Ken enjoyed travel and exotic cultures. He could speak enough Spanish, French, Japanese and Hindi to converse with others. Ken had a unique personality and a brilliant wit that can never be forgotten. Ken was his mom’s best buddy. He will be greatly missed.
Ken was a descendant of many early European founders of this country. He was related to a number of founding fathers, presidents, and first ladies, and a distant cousin to author Jane Austen and singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett.
A musical memorial evening in Alameda is being planned for Ken by his friend since kindergarten, Linda Chase-Stroud. Details about the memorial will be available on his Facebook page and through Alameda Funeral & Cremation Services.
The Kenneth H. Bell Cancer Research Scholarship is being set up to help find a cure for his rare type of cancer. Information about the scholarship will be available on his Facebook page, along with information on a college fund being set up for Ken’s daughter. A private memorial was held for the family on Aug. 23, which would have been Ken’s 49th birthday.
"While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil."
~ John Taylor
For more information, call Harry W. Greer, funeral director FDR-745.
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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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