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Robert Charles Weidlich died Tuesday, Sept. 2. He was 86.

Upon learning of Robert’s death, an old friend said, "I’m sorry Robert has left us, but now he knows everything." We took that to mean that Robert now knows all of the answers to life’s "Big Questions."

Robert was a Renaissance man who lived life to the fullest. He was born in Oakland on April 22, 1928.

He joined the Merchant Marines during World War II, became a champion body builder afterwards, and then went on to serve as an Alameda firefighter for 20 years. During that time, he also developed a fitness gym, ran an antique business and raised his family of three children with his late wife, Sandy.

In 1969, he purchased a vineyard in Sonoma near Occidental. In 1977 he met his wife Allyce Dowling. Together they raised their son, Robin. Robert’s many contributions to Occidental as president of the Chamber of Commerce and "mayor" will long be appreciated.

More importantly, he will be remembered by so many for his generous friendship and wonderful stories, which became better with each recounting. Robert was a great friend to many, who will all miss his friendship, smile and twinkling blue eyes.

Robert was preceded in death by his son, Bobby, and grandson, Leif. He is survived by his wife, Allyce, and son, Robin, of Occidental; his two daughters, Rachele Holstlaw of Alameda, Debra Weidlich of Hawaii; and granddaughters, Camille Weidlich and Taylor Holstlaw.

Funeral services were held yesterday, Sept. 10, at Pleasant Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary, Sebastopol. Interment followed at Druids Cemetery, Occidental. Funeral arrangements by Adobe Creek Funeral Home, Petaluma.

Sharon Hogan Van Meter M.D. passed away Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. She was a talented and inspirational woman with a persistent intellectual curiosity, generosity to others and broad knowledge. Born Sharon Mary Hogan Sept. 29, 1941, she graduated from Glenbard High School in Lombard, Ill., and earned a degree in political science from Washington University, St. Louis. While beginning advanced studies in social work at the University of California, Berkeley, she learned she had been accepted to the Medical School at Washington University. In 1967 she was one of only four women to receive a medical degree there. Sharon went on to pursue a career in anatomical, clinical and forensic pathology, ultimately becoming one of the foremost pathologists in the state of California. She studied, examined and acted as an expert witness in some of the most prolific and complex cases here. Sharon had a particular interest in Medical Ethics, organizing and chairing numerous committees and conferences on the subject. Yet she never forgot her role as a wife and mother, balancing a complex medical career with nurturing her husband and three children. A mentor, teacher and leader, Sharon touched the lives of many. She was an avid reader, gourmet chef, eclectic art collector, seamstress and traveler — truly a multi-faceted woman. A civil war “buff” with a specific interest in medicine of that era, she had an insatiable thirst for knowledge, pursuing her outside interests with the same commitment and love she showed her family. Sharon is survived by her husband of 48 years, Dr. Stephen Van Meter; children Luke (Kate), Andrew (Jennifer) and Emily (Wendy) and grandchildren Phoebe, Molly, Theodore and Jackson. She was loved by and will be missed by many. Memorial services are pending. Donations in her memory may be made to the Alameda Hospital Foundation or to a charity of the donor’s choice. For further information contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director FDR-745. Alameda Funeral & Cremation Services FD-2139 1415 Oak St. 522-6020

Born on March 10, 1956, in the Philippines, Debbie passed away peacefully on Aug. 25, 2014, in Alameda with her family by her side.

Family and friends are invited to attend the visitation today, Thursday, Aug. 28, from 5 to 9 p.m. and the funeral service tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 29, at 11 a.m. all will be held at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services, 2694 Blanding Ave.

Debbie will be laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Ave., Oakland.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.greermortuary.com

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

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