Obituaries

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Ronald Einer Nelson, 85, a longtime resident of Alameda, and an adoring and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away on Oct. 12, 2018. Ronald was born on Jan. 20, 1933, in Los Angeles, the son of the late Einer and Vivian Nelson.

Ronald received a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Idaho State University in 1955 and was a member of Phi Delta Chi Fraternity. Upon graduation, Ronald was drafted into the military and served two years in Germany as a medic with the U.S. Army. 

Ronald was a dedicated and compassionate pharmacist for more than 50 years, starting his career at Webster Pharmacy in Alameda. Ronald and his brother, Robert Nelson, also a pharmacist, owned and operated Santa Clara and Encinal pharmacies. Ronald took great pride in helping others, especially the young adults he hired at the pharmacy, some of which became pharmacists themselves.

Ronald and his wife, Signe Nelson raised a son and two daughters. As a family they enjoyed time outdoors, especially at Lake Tahoe where they spent several summers at their family cabin. Ronald also enjoyed camping trips to Yosemite with his long-time friend, Harold Gilmet and working on cars, especially his 1960 Thunderbird. He was an active member of the Elks Club.  

In 2011, Ronald and Signe moved to Folsom, Calif., where they enjoyed spending time with family and taking drives up to the foothills. Ronald was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Nelson, son, Robert O. Nelson, and his wife Signe Nelson. Ronald is survived by his daughters, Debra Gorman and Carrie Hendrick, grandchildren Gus, Hannah and Elsa Hendrick, Lindsay Gonzalez, Taylor Evanson, Paige Gorman, and great-grandson, Devon Evanson.

A celebration of life for Ronald and Signe Nelson will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave.

Charles ‘Charlie’ W. Wolf, a longtime resident of Alameda, passed away on Sept. 29. Charlie was a member of Temple Israel for more than 50 years. He taught religious school, served as Temple President and led many Sunday morning services. 

Charlie served in the United States Army in the 1950s. He taught school for 37 years, including for the Alameda Unified School District at Wood Middle School. He was the longtime president of B’nai Brith in San Leandro. He was the father of Edward and Michael Black and the uncle of Harold Lesch and Jeannette Philan of Oregon. 

Please join family and friends at Charlie’s memorial services, which will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, at Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Road in Alameda.

Angel (Angelo) Munoz passed away suddenly on Oct. 2, 2018, in Alameda. He was born on June 8, 1930, in Dawson, N.M. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and a retired employee of the United States Postal Service.

Angel was married to MariaElena for 61 years. She preceded him in death in 2012. He was blessed with four sons: Luis who preceded in death 2003 and surviving sons: Frank, Rick and Marcos. He also has one daughter-in-law, Ruth, and two grandchildren, Nathan and Daniel. He is survived by his sister, Cecelia and was preceded in death by his three brothers: Poncho, Chewy and Kenny Boy.

Angel’s favorite pastime was yard work and following Bay Area sports. His true love though was being the unofficial Mayor of Dawson, a coal-mining town where the second-deadliest coal mining disaster in U.S. history took place. The town was razed in 1950. 

He made sure the history of the town and its people did not fade away. He made a pilgrimage every two years for the on-site picnic with former residents and their relatives. His wish was to be cremated and his ashes scattered in Dawson during the next picnic in two years. 

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