Obituaries

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Birth Date: 
Oct 29, 1946
Date of death: 
Apr 21, 2021

Juelle Ann Boyers, 74 years old, was born on Oct. 29, 1946, to Harry and Christine Rupkalvis. Raised in Vallejo, she graduated from Hogan High School in 1964. Juelle Ann played violin in the local youth symphony. She participated in the Model United Nations program and attended the international event at the United Nations in New York City. She was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and youth group. Juelle Ann attended Southern Oregon College for two years, where among other things she developed her love of snow skiing. She continued her education at San Francisco State College for her bachelors and later earned her MBA in International Finance from Golden Gate University. After college Juelle Ann worked in Zurich, Switzerland, and enjoyed her time traveling. She returned to settle and work in San Francisco where she met her soulmate Ford Boyer. They were married at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Vallejo, on May 2, 1970. They were married until Ford’s death in 2009.

Juelle Ann retired as Chief Financial Officer from the City of Alameda in August 2008. She returned twice to the City of Alameda, the first time as Interim Financial Director and a second time as a PERS retiree in the Finance Department. She was a devoted public servant as Finance Director for the City of Petaluma and at Alameda Municipal Power.

She was a stalwart worker and generous donor for many years to a number of excellent organizations. She served for 15 years as a Board Member of Girls, Inc. of the Island City, held many positions in Business and Professional Women, locally, statewide and nationally. Most recently she was President of the California Education Fund, BPW. She volunteered for the League of Women Voters, both in Alameda and San Joaquin County; volunteered for the American Association of University Women, most recently serving on the TechTrek committee in San Joaquin County, served on the Board of Directors at Alameda Family Services-Xanthos and volunteered as tax preparer for Mastick Senior Center.

Juelle Ann loved to travel and was a lifelong learner. Her last road trip was an RV road trip to the balloon festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 2019, even though she needed to continue her kidney dialysis. After an almost four-year fight with end stage renal disease, Juelle Ann died of complications on April 21, 2021, at Adventist Lodi Memorial Hospital.

On Saturday, June 19, 2021, from 2-4 p.m. friends, relatives and her beloved community are invited to attend an outdoor Celebration of life at Girls Inc. of the Island City, 1724 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda, California. This gathering is not to mourn but to celebrate this remarkable person who graced our lives for many years. Join us in your bright and colorful outfits and bring along a favorite photo or snapshot of Juelle Ann for our memory board. Be prepared to share your favorite story and to hear others as we celebrate Juelle Ann Boyer’s life. Light refreshments will be served.

Donations should be made to Girls, Inc. of the Island City.

Birth Date: 
Aug 11, 1954
Date of death: 
May 14, 2001

“It’s important to know your immediate vicinity, but you should also not lose track of the universe around you.” – David J. Marutiak

On May 31, 2021, David J. Marutiak completed his last trip around the sun. The party ended way too soon, with Carolyne, relatives and close friends at his side. Dave was born Aug. 11, 1954, in Owosso, Mich., to Peter and Helen Stengle Marutiak. Uniquely talented, highly intelligent and charismatic, his exuberance for life was contagious. In the eighth grade he was invited to become a member of MENSA and graduated from Owasso High in 1973. He was awarded a National Merit Scholarship and attended Michigan State University where he earned both his BS and MS in Systems Science / Electrical Engineering.

After graduation Dave began his career in telecommunications and business management with Bell Labs in New Jersey where he was responsible for several patents and for 15 years was a Distinguished Member of Technological Staff. Since 1990 Dave was involved in wireless communications and worked with several notable companies. Although many in the tech realm will recall his innovative contributions and award-winning work on mobile phone software architecture and commerce, Dave said his colleagues at Microsoft would remember most his, “long hair, concert t-shirts, and dogs in the hall.” His knack for keen observations, combined with his easy-going nature enabled his global success in the tech world, as well as the wider universe.

Dave put the art in party. His presence filled the room at every gathering and all were drawn to his contagious laugh, sharp wit and warm embrace. He made friends, not just acquaintances, and not long after meeting he would introduce you as, “my good buddy.” Dave loved everyone, but none more than Carolyne. They met in 1988 in Woodside and were married in Berkeley in 1997. The couple traveled widely and together they made homes in Oakland, Seattle, Paris, London, and most recently, Alameda. Warm and gracious hosts, their door was always open and the guest room rarely vacant. Visitors were greeted enthusiastically by their two Brittany dogs. He was an avid supporter of local musicians; the legendary Leo parties hosted by Dave and Carolyne featured Bay area artists and were faithfully attended by a core group of dear friends.

No one filled out a Santa suit like Dave. But it was not just his physical resemblance that made his appearances at Christmas so popular. He thoroughly embodied the spirit of Santa and it was obvious he enjoyed playing the role as much as the crowd he was entertaining loved him. His boundless generosity, deep laugh, sharp wit and painful puns are fond memories for all. Dave worked as hard at spreading music and joy as he did in his career, and made lasting friendships wherever he went. Crogan’s in Montclair will be quieter and the pups and humans who frequent the Point Isabel and Alameda dog parks have lost a fine companion.

Preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Peter, he is survived by his wife, Carolyne Orazi of Alameda, brothers Peter (Gail), Mike (Gerda), Joe (Mieken), Mark, and Pat (Laura), his sister Teresa Marie, nieces Eileen, Katrina, Erica, nephews Peter Leroy and Kristian, great-nieces, Lizzie and Natalie, and great-nephew Kyle.

On his social media page, he posted this quote: “People will forget what you said or did. But they will never forget how you made them feel.” Dave made everyone he met feel accepted, valued and unconditionally loved. We are grateful he left us with so many memories of his generosity, kindness, and the reminder to celebrate and live each moment to the highest degree.

A celebration of Dave’s life is planned for a later date. Memorial Donations may be sent to the Alameda Food Bank.

Birth Date: 
Oct 19, 1937
Date of death: 
May 3, 2021

Longtime Alameda Resident

Diane Coler-Dark was born at Highland Hospital to Thelma Gene Coulter and Adele Broughton, in Oakland, CA on October 19, 1937. Diane grew up and resided in Alameda, CA until the day of her passing on May 3, 2021. She died peacefully in her home with family present at the age of 83.

A true Bay Area Native, Diane was an unstoppable driving force and dedicated her life to the betterment of her community. Her family would say her greatest ongoing achievement was initiating the concept and organizing the Park Street Art and Wine Faire established in 1985. For 7 strong years she brought community together with art and culture while also cultivating growth for local business owners. For this she was awarded Alameda Woman of the Year by the Alameda Business and Professional Women Association in 1992.

Diane’s dedication to service started in 1965 where she helped her parents work with the Carousal Campers Group funding committee for Cerebral Palsy. In her young years, she was a member of the League of Women Voters, The Girls Club, Park Street Business Association, G.A.B.A and W.A.B.A. Diane was also a proud business owner much like her parents before her. She partnered in the ownership of Johnny’s Gym (Alameda Athletic Club) from 1956- 68. In ‘68, Diane branched off and opened her own gym, Diane’s Figure Salon, where she proudly supported women’s health and fitness. The importance of women’s independence, personal growth, and physical health was something she took great pride in.

In 1968, Diane joined the Chamber of Commerce where she served the community for over 2 decades. She sat as Park Street Business Association President in 1987-88 and was instrumental in establishing the Business Improvement District in 1989. From 1989-90, Diane ran the Mayor’s Thanksgiving for the Homeless Fund, became a strategic planning process member, held publicity chair for the 4th of July Parade Committee, and was on the board for Business and Professional Women. Diane was also active with the Navy League, Missouri Committee and the Military Affairs Committee and was President of the Alameda Museum for nearly a decade.

In 1990, Diane joined the Economic Development Commission to focus on business and waterfront improvement which led her into several decades of success in real estate. Diane expressed that the E.D.C. was the most exciting project she had the opportunity to work on. Her years of dedication to the improvement and support of the business community has left a marker here in Alameda. When people describe Diane, they say she was tenacious, fiercely independent and never spoke from a place of fear. She was often described as a “true feminist” and a member of “the Boy’s Club.” She applauded herself in her ability to thrive in a male dominated environment and was relentless in her pursuit for women’s rights and advocacy. We will all miss her dry wit and sense of humor as well as her unfiltered commentary.

Diane was always busy with business but was proud of her daughter, Kimberly Meredith (deceased) and considered herself very lucky to have the truest love and companionship of her partner of many decades, Harry Kintzer Sr (deceased).

She is survived by her two loving grandchildren, Mikaela Meredith (Alameda) and Rowan Meredith (Colorado); her loving and supportive cousins Donna, Phil and Jeannine Gravem (Alameda); Eric Gravem (Sacramento); Susan Sperry, Cristina Polk, Serina Culleton, Theresa Marable (Moraga).

Later in life she was in the loving care of Martha, Kim, and Heirut of Home Care Assistance of the Bay Area as well as her Granddaughter Mikaela and Cousin Jeannine.

Diane wanted her Celebration of Life to be with close family, she didn’t want to “make a big fuss.” In lieu of flowers, Diane asks that you donate to the Alameda Historical Museum or a local women-owned establishment. Condolences to family may be made at www.greermortuary.com.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD 1408
www.greermortuary.com
510-865-3755

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