Obituaries

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Resident of Alameda Born in the Philippines on Aug. 15, 1949, to the late Alfredo and Maxima Lacasandile, Tarcisia passed away peacefully at her home in Alameda on April 12, 2014. Tarcisia is survived by her companion, Paul Capina; her siblings in the United States, Sim, Rino, Pat and Gloria and her siblings in the Philippines, Precy, Ben, Banny, Fely, Billy, Virgil and Mary; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She loved her family and will be dearly missed. Tarcisia was an extremely hard worker and everyone who knew her was amazed of how smart she was. She was a college professor in the Philippines and her last job in the U.S. was a senior analyst with the IRS. She was a loving sister, reliable, independent, giving and a home body. She loved gardening and watching football and was faithful to the 49ers.

Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral mass, today, Thursday, April 24, at 10 a.m. at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 3101 Van Buren St., Alameda. Following the funeral mass, she will be laid to rest at the Pajaro Valley Memorial Park, 127 Hecker Pass Road, Watsonville. 

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

Resident of Alameda

Candida Justina Fonseca passed away at the age of 89. She was born and raised in Managua, Nicaragua, the oldest daughter of José Antonio and Virginia Fonseca.

Cristina Blandino. Gladys, Luis and José Antonio (Toñito) were her siblings. She is survived by her son Irving A. Gonzales and his wife Alicia. She was Sophia’s beloved grandmother.

She had an entrepreneurial spirit and worked most of her youth in the family business: a bakery, pharmacy and grocery. She came to the United States after her teenage years. She worked independently to raise her only son, Irving. She lived most of her adult life in Oakland after a brief stay in San Francisco and finally in Alameda where she passed away. She loved poetry and art; her paintings and embroidery have adorned her home for many years. This was equally matched by her love of gardening. These life’s joys and her penchant for travel around the world shaped her ideals. She was an inspiration to others. Her spirit and charm matched an engaging and approachable personality. Her smile and twinkling eyes were her signature introduction. Everyone who met her became her instant friend. She was an adored family member.

Visitation will be held today, April 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. with the vigil service at 7 p.m. at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services, 2694 Blanding Ave. The funeral mass will be held Friday, April 25, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, 1022 Holly St. with a luncheon reception to follow immediately in the church hall.

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

John Wayne Long, 50, of Oakland, formerly of Stony Run, Pa., died April 15 from a fast and aggressive cancer. John was fortunate to spend time with the Oakland A’s.

He is survived by his parents Wayne and Sandra Long of Stony Run, brother Mark (Sharon) Long of Parker, Colo., Paul (Wendy) Long of Blandon, Pa., sister Melissa (William) Houseknecht of Schuylkill Haven, Pa., sister Sherry Richards of Stony Run, nieces Christina Petrocco of Colorado, Ashlee Houseknecht of Schuylkill Haven, Madelyn Long of Blandon and nephews Mitchell Long of Colorado and Owen Long of Blandon.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Grant Miller-John Cox Mortuary Oakland   FD-171
(510) 451-6434

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