Obituaries

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Oct. 29, 1911 – Jan. 28, 2014

Merah Payne Carvelo passed away peacefully in her sleep on Jan. 28, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents Harry James Smith and Laurie Albon Smith, her husbands Carl V. Payne Sr. and William Carvelo, brother Harry William Smith, step-son Carl Vance Payne Jr., and niece Dale Smith Christensen (Steve). She was the devoted mother of Suzanne Merah Payne Mathieson (Jack), the cherished grandmother of John Carl (J.C.) Mathieson (Jill), Julie Corrine Mathieson Bauer. Step grandmother to Gretchen Lynn Payne Nees, Stacy Payne, and Jeff Minzer. She was a great-grandmother to Ava Michele, Jack Raymond and Connor John Mathieson. She was the loving sister-in law to Elinor (Dede) Smith.

She was a loving aunt to Keith (Anne), Barry (Julie), and Garth (Robin) Smith, a great aunt to their children and grandchildren. Merah was a native of San Francisco, attended schools in San Mateo and graduated from San Mateo High School. She loved sports, sewing and knitting. She participated in tennis, golf and swimming all her life. She worked as a bookkeeper for Victor Equipment Company of San Francisco until the birth of her daughter. She remained a stay-at-home mom and participated in Children’s Home Society, Robin Hood and Alameda PTA’s. She returned to work and was a school secretary in the Oakland Unified School District working at Franklin, Garfield and Toler Heights Elementary Schools.

After retiring from the Oakland Public Schools she enjoyed playing golf and doing water aerobics with the Alameda Wets into her mid-nineties. Merah will be remembered most for her love of sports, positive attitude, sense of humor, great physical strength, creative talents and her love for family. She lived a long, healthy and happy life and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Charitable donations can be made to East Bay Division Scholarship Foundation, Inc. c/o Jim Mc Vay, 260 Willamette Ave., Kensington, CA 9470, Alameda Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 2534, Alameda, CA 94501, or the charity of your choice.

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

John Patrick Brosnan, 88, passed away in Vero Beach, Fla. on Sunday, March 9, 2014, following a courageous battle with cancer. John was born in Oakland to Denis and Margaret Brosnan and lived there for 70 years before moving to Vero Beach in 1996. He then moved to Rio Vista, Calif. in 2003, returning to Vero Beach five years ago. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served with the 15th Air Force in Southern Italy where he flew 35 missions on a B-24 Liberator.

He had his general contractor’s license in California for more than 50 years and was a manager for Airco in California (BOC) for 45 years prior to his retirement. He was an American Welding Society member and past chairman of the San Francisco Section as well as past chairman of the Emeryville Planning Committee. He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and VFW Post #3918 in Vero Beach where he served on the Honor’s Team.

John was an avid boater and 49ers fan who often watched Monday night football with his sonsin- law while living in California. He was an expert craftsman with projects ranging from furniture to docks, restaurants and homes. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Arlene, daughters Joan Kammerer, Nancy Brosnan (Alan) Cohen, Patricia (Mark) Haggen and Mimi Brosnan and grandchildren Johanna Kammerer, Denis Cohen, Andrew Haggen and Rachael Haggen all of California.

He is also survived by his beloved dogs, Rudy and Kerry. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church, 500 Iris Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32963. Family and friends are invited to a celebration of life funeral mass Monday, March 17, at 10 a.m. at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, 30 Mandalay Road in Oakland followed by a lunch reception in their hall. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Oakland. Grant Miller-John Cox Mortuary 510-451-6434 FD# 171 www.grantmillerchapel.com 

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