Obituaries

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Resident of Alameda

Born in Alameda to the late Battista and Angelina Cipresso, our dear Joanne passed away June 7, 2014, at the age of 83 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Joanne was the loving wife of the late Luciano Vigna of Alameda for 61 years. Dear sister of Catherine DiGiulio of Brentwood, the late Marie Sandroni of Alameda and Pete Cipresso of San Leandro. Sister-in-law to Al and Louise Vigna of Alameda, Piera and Giorgio Bigliati of Asti, Italy, the late Louie DiGiulio of Brentwood and the late Bruno Sandroni of Alameda.  

She is survived by her sister Catherine DiGiulio, brother Pete Cipresso, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Al and Louise Vigna and Piera and Giorgio Bigliati, and many nieces and nephews in California, Florida and Italy.

She attended St. Joseph’s Elementary School and graduated from Alameda High School in 1950.

In her earlier years, she worked for a dental service in Oakland and women’s clothing stores in Oakland and Alameda. Later, she enjoyed operating a day care for children of family and friends in her home.  She was a talented cook; she enjoyed cooking for many family events. She loved to travel. She was also very proud of her doll collection.

The family would like to thank Premier Homecare Angels of Alameda and Gentiva Hospice for providing excellent care during her final days. 

Family and friends may visit after  9:30 a.m., today, Thursday, June 12, and are invited to attend the funeral mass also today, Thursday, June 12, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 3108 Van Buren St. She will be laid to rest at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward following the mass. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.   

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

Resident of Alameda
 

Born in Portland, Ore. to the late Neuman and Melba Weber, Miles was the loving father of Geoffrey Weber, Lorise Fallau and Jonathan Weber, grandfather of Kalei Fallau and Sophia and Gianna Weber and beloved uncle to Melinda Jackson and Lauren Dillard.

Dr. Weber graduated from Reed College and the University of Oregon medical school, practicing medicine in the Bay Area for more than 50 years.

Miles was an avid ham radio operator and, after gaining his private pilot’s license, flew aircraft for nearly 40 years all over North America.

Donations in Miles’ memory may be made to the Humane Society of Alameda.

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

Virginia Milly Peterson was born in Spearfish, South Dakota, on Oct. 23, 1921, daughter of Orval Gaston Williams and Flora Belle Adele (Parsons) Williams. She graduated from Deadwood High School in 1940. 

In the fall of 1941 she took a great leap of faith, leaving the small town of Deadwood, S.D. on a Greyhound bus for the big city of San Francisco.  It was there she met David Peterson, a member of the Army Air Corps, and they were married only six months later on Nov. 14, 1943.

After the war they moved to Alameda where Virginia raised two children, daughter Linda and son Dennis, and was active in her community. She was a dedicated member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a behind-the-scenes organizer of “Christmas Tree Lane” on Thompson Avenue where she lived for more than 50 years. She was also an accomplished seamstress and baker and she loved to play bridge. 

Virginia is survived by her daughter Linda (Gary) Woehl, granddaughter Elisabeth; her son Dennis (Yolanda) Peterson, grandson Kyle, granddaughter Marieka (Marshall) Greene, great granddaughter Nora. She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, David, her parents, her two brothers Van and Donald and her sister Twila. 
She will be remembered for her meticulous attention to detail, her strawberry-rhubarb pies, and her surprising sense of humor. 

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 14, at 11 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1323 Central Ave. in Alameda. In lieu of flowers, the family have asked that you make a contribution to your favorite charity in memory of Virginia Peterson.

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