Obituaries

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Kathleen J. Strait was born March 23, 1944 in Alameda, to Eugene and Ann Hughes after sister Stephanie Young (Hillsboro, Calif.) and before brother Eugene (Alameda). Obtaining her Nursing Degree at SOC in Ashland, Ore., her 52-year devotion to the medical field was outdone only by devotion to her family.

It was in Ashland where she met and married Wilbur H. Strait, who preceded her in death (1999), together raising Kyle, Kirk and Kristen. Kathleen passed away February 22, 2014 in her hometown, surrounded by her children. Service will be at 11 a.m., Friday, March 21, at Scenic Hills Memorial Park, Ashland. A r r a n g e m e n t s in Oregon will be handled by: Litwiller- Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland. www.litwillersimonsen.com.

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

Nov. 30, 1920 – March 8, 2014
Resident of Alameda

Terry was born in San Francisco, on Nov. 30, 1920, grew up in Oakland, and settled with his family in Alameda for the past 47 years. At 93 years of age, Dad passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by loved ones on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

As a child he attended Sacred Heart Grammar School, then graduated from St. Mary’s High School, class of 1938. He was a proud member of the U.S. Navy serving during World War II, and in 1978 he retired as a manager for the U.S. Postal Service where he was employed for 36 years. He was a member of the St. Joseph parish in Alameda serving as an usher at the 5 o’clock mass for many years. Terry was a great dad — young at heart, quick to smile, a true joy to be around.

His parents Bernard and Catherine, his wife Theresa, all natives of Ireland, and his sister, Catherine, preceded him. Terry leaves behind his six children: Terence (Darcy), Edward, Eileen (Rick), Robert (Kiki), Kathleen, and Patricia.

He also leaves behind his three grandsons: Ryan, Michael, and Matthew, his brother and sisters-in-law Robert Foley, Barbara Foley, and Lorraine Foley along with great grandchildren and loving nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral mass, today, Thursday, March 13, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St. in Alameda. Burial to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward.

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

Prudy Matthews passed away peacefully with her son at her side in Alameda Feb. 26, 2014. She is survived by her son Burnham “Burny” Matthews of Alameda, grandchildren Nicole Swanson (Steve) and David Matthews.

She is also survived by her great grandchildren Anna and Clara Swanson. Prudy was born in Paris, France on July 18, 1914. She immigrated to the U.S. at age 12 and settled in Chicago with her parents Al and Alice Burdock. She was a professional Classical Opera singer for many years. In 1941 she married Burnham Matthews they moved to New York City, New Jersey and back to Illinois. In 1959 Prudy and Burnham purchased I.T. Bookstore and Prudy ran the retail side of the business.

Prudy was very active in the community and was a volunteer at the St. Mary’s hospital in Streator, Ill. for 20 years. After many years in Streator they sold their business and moved to Rossmoor in Walnut Creek. Prudy again became very involved in the community. She chaired the Rossmoor Music Program and the Rossmoor College Scholarship Program. One of her Crown Jewels in life was her recognition as one of the top volunteers at John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek.

She was widowed 24 years ago. In 2008 she moved to the Water’s Edge Lodge in Alameda. Private family services will be held. For further information call: Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director (FDR-745). Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services FD-2139 1415 Oak St. Alameda (510) 522-6020

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