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Born in Alameda, on May 2, 1945, to the late John and Betty Friedrich, John passed away on Nov. 8, 2014, after battling a long illness.

Preceded in death by his sister, Joan Fairfield, John was the lifetime friend of Jane Friedrich, loving father of John James and Jill Friedrich, grandfather of Isabella and Martine Ibarra, uncle of Kristin Fairfield and Kaeti Crownover and Mike, Mark and Mathew Matzen.

John’s big smile and love of people served him well as a Fremont fireman and later as a Realtor in Alameda. His younger days were spent swimming competitively and he continued this interest in athletics throughout his life. John was a lifetime yachtsman on San Francisco Bay. Along with his love of animals, one of his biggest pleasures was sharing his boat and the water with others.

Friends and family are invited to attend the celebration of John’s life on Sunday, Nov. 30, at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD 1408

greermortuary.com 865-3755

Noemi Giblartar Castrence, age 50, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014.

Noemi was born and raised in Castillejos, Zambales, Philippines. She migrated to United States at the age of 20 and lived in New York, California and Minnesota. She attended the Castillejos Academy, PATS College of Aeronautics and Unilex College.

Noemi was passionate about her life, family, food and culinary talents. She was spontaneous and adventurous; always willing to go on sightseeing drives on a whim or just pick up and move to another state. She was our survivor, having survived breast cancer twice, including a bone marrow transplant. She embodied one of her favorite sayings "Live and Let Live." She lived life with a smile always on her face.

She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by her older siblings Corazon Sarver, Orlando Castrence, Jesus Castrence, Dante Castrence, Osias Castrence and Gloria Levasseur. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews: Tracey Reisert, Orlando Castrence II, Maritess Hochderffer, Leonarda Castrence, Jay Castrence, Jerald Castrence, Leonard Castrence, Danielle Castrence, Helengrace Castrence, Leoconrad Castrence, Christy Castrence and Peter Levasseur. And many other extended family. Predeceased by her parents Conrado and Leonarda Castrence, her older siblings: Napoleon Castrence, Conrado Castrence and Reynaldo Castrence as well as by her niece Leonalisa Castrence and nephew Adro Castrence.

She loved the Lord and is with Him now, following in the path he laid for her.

A celebration of her life was held at Greer Family Mortuary in Alameda on Monday, Nov. 17. We will live on by all the wonderful memories we shared with our dear Noemi.

Memorial contributions are welcome and should be mailed to the Castillejos Association of Northern California via Orlando Castrence at 314 Ironwood Rd., Alameda, CA 94502.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD 1408

greermortuary.com 865-3755

Born in Hayward, Kenneth T. Okamoto was preceded in death by his wife, Grace. He leaves a son, a daughter, a sister and a brother.

During World War II he and his family were interned at Gila, Ariz. They resettled in Alameda, where Kenneth graduated from Alameda High. He was a Korean War Veteran. After his military service, he was employed by Growers Produce in Oakland for 37 years.

He was a member of Extending Connections at Buena Vista United Methodist Church. He enjoyed the watching the Oakland A’s, gardening and his cats.

There will be no service by request. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD 1408

greermortuary.com 865-3755

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