Obituaries

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Mary Joyce passed unexpectedly and peacefully at home on July 18, 2019. Mary lived all her life in Oakland and Alameda except for 1966-67, when she lived in Australia with her dear friend, Colleen Gallagher.

Mary graduated from St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda and Holy Names University in Oakland and was an engaged alumna throughout her life. 

Mary had a fulfilling career as a medical lab technician, retiring from the Alameda Blood Bank. She loved to travel, was adventurous, well-read and intellectually curious, often attending lectures and symposia on a broad range of subjects. Mary loved life; her quiet, straight-forward approach belied her keen wit and wonderful sense of humor.

Mary was preceded in death by her beloved brother, Rev. Brian T. Joyce and their parents, Thomas and Margaret Joyce. She will be greatly missed by her extensive family, neighbors and friends, whom she wove into her proud Irish family. Hospitality and family gatherings were Joyce hallmarks.  Mary nurtured family connections in many special ways, including an annual Easter family reunion where all were welcome.

Everyone is invited to celebrate Mary’s life and love at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, at St. Philip Neri Church, 3101 Van Buren St., Alameda. A reception will follow; per Mary’s wishes, attire is “cheerful.”
In lieu of flowers, contributions in appreciation for Mary’s love and friendship may be made to your favorite charity or to Holy Names University, HNU Fund, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland, CA 94619.

For further information contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745). 

 

Margaret Agnes Hill Randall was born in Alix, Alberta, Can., in 1919. Margaret’s mother, Jesse, died when Margaret was eight years old. 

The family moved to Alameda where Margaret went to Haight Elementary School and Alameda High School. Her sophomore year they moved to Oakland where she graduated from Fremont High School. After graduation Margaret moved back to Alameda. She went to Alameda Beauty School and became a beautician.

Soon after, she met Beverly ”Bev” Randall and they married in 1939. They bought a home in 1943 on Marina Drive next to the Oakland Estuary. They had two daughters, Karen and Bonnie. They lived in Alameda for 38 years and enjoyed many years of boating and golfing.

Margaret and Bev retired in 1979 to Calistoga and Napa. Margaret continued playing golf for many years and also loved watercolor painting, ceramics and porcelain doll making. Margaret returned to Alameda in 2017 and passed away on Mother’s Day of 2019 at the age of 99. 

Margaret was predeceased by her husband, Bev, in 2010 and previously by her sisters Mary and Jean and brothers: Earl, William and Ronald.  

She is survived by her two daughters, Karen Raymond of Pioneer, Calif., and Bonnie Randall Boller of Alameda; sons-in-law Jim Raymond and Lorne Gould; grandsons: Bob Newman (Monica), Mike Raymond (Jill), Mark Raymond (Jen), Greg Boller and Rob Boller (Marketa); plus nine great-grandchildren: Jake and Luke Newman, Emily, Andrew, Nicholas Raymond and Ashley, Zachary, Alex and Hillary Corgiat Raymond.

Margaret will be dearly missed. A family celebration of life will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alameda this summer.

Albina Mary Galetto, 87, passed away peacefully on July 29, 2019, after a brief but valiant battle with a brain tumor. 

She was born in Alameda to Bianca and Settimo Tesconi on June 25, 1932. She has lived in the same house on High Street her entire life — growing up as a child, making a home for her family and spending many tireless days and nights cooking in the same kitchen and always enjoying the company of her family, relatives and friends. 

Albina was a devoted daughter, a beloved wife, an amazing mother and Nonna, cherished cousin and friend to many. She was a lifelong member of St. Phillip Neri Parish as well as Italian Catholic Federation Branch No. 10. 

Albina was preceded in death earlier this year in April by her husband Mario and is survived by her children: Mark, Christine (Tom), Paul, John and Patrick (Lisa) and her grandchildren: Robert, Marie (Andrew), John, Nicholas, Michael and Sofia.

A recitation of the rosary and funeral mass will be held this Saturday, Aug. 10, at 10 a.m., with a viewing beginning at 9:30 a.m. at St. Philip Neri Church, 3100 Van Buren Ave. in Alameda. A reception will immediately follow the services. Private interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Oakland.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of choice.  

For further information contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745). 

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