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Robert Alan Cowart passed away on Oct 31, 2014, at home in Alameda after a four-year battle with cancer.

Born July 4, 1955, in Benton County, Oregon, he was the fourth child of five. He was an amazing musician and sailor, understood and could fix anything electronic, was able to build or repair anything and was a true Renaissance man. Life to him was a big adventure, and he lived it to the fullest.

He is pre-deceased by his oldest sibling, Diane Ward, and is survived by his wife of 29 years, Pamela, and daughter Jessica, as well as his sisters Robin Cowart, April Tarango and brother Eric (Debbie) Cowart, and numerous brother- and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Robert’s life will take place on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Ave. in Alameda. Anyone who would like to join the celebration is welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, donation information online at

Paul Edward Berger, 68, passed away Oct. 31 after a valiant battle with kidney disease. He spent his last days at his home in Alameda with his family at his side.

Born in the Bronx in 1946, Paul was the third son of George and Elaine Berger.

Paul graduated from Christopher Columbus High School before earning his bachelor of arts finance degree from Boston University. After stints as a Good Humor truck driver and lie detector operator, Paul traveled west in the mid-1960s and en route met his wife Diana.

Landing in Alameda, Paul became controller at companies such as Mack Truck and Occupational Health Services. Paul and his wife later built small businesses D&F Floral and The Sandwich Garden before retiring. Paul was one of the founding members of the Alameda Little League and coached his sons for several years.

Paul is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Diana; devoted children Donald (Shannon) of Danville; John (Carol) of Walnut Creek and Jeremy (Lynn) of Novato. He was "G-Pa" to grandchildren: Justin, Jordie, Jacob, Sydney, Kendall, Brian and Jackson. He is also survived by his brothers Mel of Mt. Kisco, N.Y.: Stuart of Alameda and Randy of Las Vegas.

Friends and family are invited to a family visitation, sharing of loving memories and reception on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services, 2694 Blanding Ave., Alameda.

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Betty Jean Williams passed away in Hayward Oct. 29, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred C. Williams, in 2001.

Betty was born in Hollister, Mo., June 11, 1924, but spent most of her life in the Bay Area.

She graduated in 1945 from Providence Hospital School of Nursing in Oakland as a registered nurse. She spent a short time as a private-duty nurse in the Los Angeles area but eventually returned to the Bay Area where she worked as a surgical nurse at Alameda Hospital for many years.

In later years she was quite involved with her husband, Fred, in publishing a newsletter entitled Type and Press, which was about the lost art of printing. Betty was the official proofreader. She was an accomplished seamstress. She made most of her clothes and some of Fred’s. Betty loved to travel and spend time with her many friends.

She is survived by cousins in the Sacramento area and relatives who reside in Missouri.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Grant Miller-John Cox
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