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Violet Virginia was born to Isabell and Alexander Legge in Alameda on March 8, 1925. Vi, as she was known, attended St. Joseph Elementary School along with her younger sister, Maureen Legge Richardson. Vi graduated from Alameda High in 1943. 

She later met a Navy man, David Cary from Lake County, while working at the Army Offices in Oakland. The two were married in 1947 and settled in Alameda where they raised their four children: Maureen, Virginia, Brian and Patricia.

Vi and Dave were very active in St. Joseph Parish, belonging to various groups and committees. Vi was a member of the Mothers’ Guild and the Garden Club. Parish socials and dances were special events for the couple, and they enjoyed the company of a wide circle of friends in the community. 

For several years, Vi worked at St. Joseph Elementary School as a teacher’s aide and served on the Alameda Hospital Auxiliary. In the early 1980s, Dave, who worked for the Department of Defense, accepted a position in Stuttgart, Germany, where Vi volunteered for the Red Cross. For three years the couple indulged in their love of travel, visiting many European countries and her dear cousins in County Down, Northern Ireland, the homeland of her parents.

Vi loved storytelling, music and dancing, reflective of her Irish heritage. Many of her friends marveled at her ability to recount the history of Alameda, including the neighborhoods and interesting personalities who once called the city home.  

A major movie buff, Vi loved attending the Alameda Theatre, where she worked as an usher as a teenager. A big fan of Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, her bookshelves held many volumes on film history. Friends, family and her many cousins here and across the pond will miss her laughter, storytelling and strong faith. May she rest in peace and dance with the angels, including Dave. 

A memorial mass will be held Saturday, March 7, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St. 

For more information, call Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745)

Ellen Dale Peterson passed away peacefully in her home on Jan. 1, 2020. Born Aug. 27, 1965, in Germany, she moved to the United States with her beautiful mother Isa Hille Peterson as a child. After attending San Diego State University, Ellen made the San Francisco Bay Area her home for most of her life. 

Ellen will be remembered for her beautiful smile, her kind and charitable nature, especially for all animals, her incredible talent in the kitchen, her overwhelming generosity and the love and loyalty she showed to everyone she knew. 

Ellen is preceded in death by her father, Paul Jose Peterson, born in Niagara Falls N.Y., and her mother, Isa Hille Peterson, born in Chemnitz, Germany. She is survived by her aunts, Ellen Hille and Uta Hille, aunt Colleen (David) Snyder, uncles Arnott (JoAnne) Peterson and Kerry (Tina) Peterson, all from New York and her extended family back east, her dear surrogate father Jim Price, her cherished dog Chico and her love and best friend, Art Hammond. 

Family and friends are invited to attend memorial services Friday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. at the Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services chapel, 1415 Oak St., Alameda.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Ellen’s memory to Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) or other animal rescue organization of your choice.

For more information, call Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745).  



Rudolph Beserra, 86, passed away Dec. 13 in Alameda. 

He is survived by his brothers Leo and Richard, sister LeNore Beserra and sister-in-law Michele Beserra. His extended family included: Thelma, Jay and Richard Guzman, nieces Allison Jordan (Andy) and their child Nicole Cox as well as many cousins and close friends.

Born in Jerome, Ariz., on Jan.  11, 1933, Rudy was raised by his mother, Nora, and stepfather, Leo, Beserra. 

Rudy lived in Los Angeles, and then moved with his family to Long Island, N.Y., where he played high school football with Hall of Famer Jim Brown.

Rudy joined the army during the Korean War. Rudy lived after military service in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Colorado Springs and finally in the Bay Area where he worked for KABL Radio in San Francisco for more than 25 years. He also hosted a local radio program showcasing Bay Area activities and catering to local Latino community events.

Rudy spent his retirement years in the Bay Farm Island community surrounded by many friends and neighbors. He attended many local events and was active in both political and community activities. 

As many in the local community learned of his passing, all expressed what a wonderful person he was, and that he will be truly missed. 

For more information, call Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745).