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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Andy Barbera was a long-time resident of Alameda, active in many civic and philanthropic organizations, and a joy to his wife, family and friends.
Andy was born in Richmond, Calif. to Raymond R. and Frances Barbera. His family moved to Alameda in 1939 where he attended Porter School and Alameda High School, graduating in 1952. Andy joined the Army, served in Korea and Japan as a supply Sergeant. After his military service, he earned an Associate Arts Degree at San Francisco City College, then in 1958 he was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Business Degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
In 1959, Andy began his insurance business career working out of his house. To supplement his income, he taught ballroom dancing for several recreation departments and private clubs.
He eventually dropped teaching and devoted all his energy to building his insurance agency.
After several years of hard work, in 1980 Barbera Insurance Agency moved into their building at Versailles and Fernside Drive. He received many awards and citations from the insurance companies he represented. The last couple of years, Andy was semi-retired but still served his longtime clients.
At a dance party in San Leandro in 1961, Andy met Nadine Loomis. They were married Aug. 25, 1962 and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The two of them were seen quite frequently on the golf courses here in Alameda, Boulder Creek, and Maui. They are competitive, betting a $1/hole on their golf outings. Andy had four holes-in-one to Nadine’s three, but the side bets perhaps were even.
Andy gave generously to Girls Inc. of the Island City, Boys and Girls Club of Alameda and Alameda Junior Golf Club. He was a life member of the Alameda Elks Lodge #1015, the Alameda Men’s Golf Club and the Native Sons Halcyon Parlor #47.
He is survived by his loving wife, Nadine Barbera, his brothers Ray and Edward, his sisters-in-laws Glenda and Joen, many cousins, nieces and nephews. His generous loving spirit will be missed by all who knew him.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Ceremony followed by a reception on Nov. 2, 11:30 a.m. at the Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Girls Inc. of the Island City, 1724 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda 94501 or Alameda Junior Golf Club, 1 Clubhouse Memorial Drive, Alameda 94502.
For further information, contact: Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director (FDR-745). www.alamedafuneral.org
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Allan Stewart Whyte passed away peacefully Oct. 7, 2014, in Alameda at the age of 78.
A graduate of San Jose State University, and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, he earned a master’s degree at San Francisco State University.
Al worked for the Alameda Unified School District as a teacher, counselor and Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance. Al was very proud to earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts.
Predeceased by his parents Noel and Joan Whyte. He is survived by his loving wife Patricia; brother Gordon and his wife Donna; Uncle and Uncle-in-law to Lori, Steven, Michael, Bill and Corinne.
Private services will be held at the St. Mary’s Cemetery chapel in Oakland. For further information contact: Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director (FDR-745). www.alamedafuneral.org
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