Obituaries

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On Jan. 21, 2020, Peter Sanderson, loving uncle and compassionate friend to all he knew, passed away at the age of 77.

Peter was born Aug. 4, 1942, in Cannes, France, to Andre and Marie Sanderson.
He lived in Paris, France, where he majored in drama, performing in many classical plays. He then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1975.

His passion was to create unique and diverse masks. He was also a published author of the book Looking Within and co-founder of the artistic group “Introspective Moment.”

He leaves behind his sister Josette, nephew Eric, niece Pascale and great-nephew Brandon Chevreux.

Lucille Schaefer, 101, a longtime resident of Alameda, passed away peacefully on Feb. 5, 2020, in Alameda. Lucille was born Sept. 13, 1918, in New Castle, Pa., to Jennings Potter and Lillian Randall. 

She is survived by her daughter Karen Awad, son Mark Schaefer, her three grandchildren Lisa, Christina and Josh, nine great-grandchildren and her dearest friends, Madonna and Bryan. 

Lucille followed her husband Clarence west when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following in her footsteps soon after, her four sisters and brother also came to California. Her husband’s work took them to New York and Wisconsin but after retiring they returned to California and settled in Alameda. 

Lucille will always be remembered for her loving heart, her generosity and her wonderful sense of humor.

Gerald Kenneth “Jerry” New, 73, passed away July 30, 2019, at his home in Alameda. He was born Feb. 23, 1946, in San Francisco to Kenneth and Elizabeth (Theman) New. While he spent his younger years growing up in San Francisco, his family eventually moved to Alameda, where he graduated from Encinal High School. 

Alameda is where he met his wife, Silvia (Bucciarelli) New. They married at St. Joseph’s Basilica on Aug. 20, 1967. Jerry served in the United States Navy during Vietnam aboard the USS Constellation. 

His time in the Navy inspired a lifelong enthusiasm for military fiction and non-fiction reading, and he loved authors like Tom Clancy. Father to Alison and Wesley, he dedicated himself to his children. He exemplified what it meant to be a good father and will be remembered by his children as a gentle, caring man who always put them first. 

Although he had no formal culinary training, he could give any classically trained chef a run for their money. 

He shared his passion for cooking with a love of painting, woodworking, gardening, writing, poetry, flying, astronomy and fishing. He loved fishing; and he was good at it. He loved the outdoors. He loved backpacking and camping. 

A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m. at Greer Family Mortuary, 2694 Blanding Ave. 

 

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