Obituaries

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Born in San Leandro, on Dec. 3, 1925, to the late Erma (Dobbell) and Harry Nelson. Harriet passed away peacefully in Alameda on April 10, 2014, at the age of 88.

Preceded in death by her beloved husband, Loren Alfred Taylor, brother Harry Nelson and sister Meriam Narvaez. Harriet was the loving mother of Loren Craig Taylor, and Kandis (Michael) Gaughan; grandmother of Ryan, Nathan and Matthew Gaughan; great-grandmother of Ariella, Anneliese, Lauren and Kellan Gaughan.

She spent the majority of her life as a loving wife, mother and grandma. She was a talented seamstress and homemaker. She and Loren raised their family in Hayward, but returned to their beloved Alameda when Loren retired. After Loren’s retirement, they enjoyed traveling all over the world and taking bus trips with the Elks. She loved playing cards until her failing eyesight finally took its toll to total blindness. She was an avid A’s baseball fan and never missed an opportunity to listen to them on the radio.

She will be laid to rest with her husband at the San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio at a future date.
Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services   FD 1408
www.greermortuary.com 865-3755

Stephen was born on Sept. 11, 1968, in Oakland. He passed away on April 4, 2014, in his childhood home in Alameda surrounded by family and close friends. A resident of Palmer, Alaska, he had recently returned to the bay area to undergo advanced treatment for cancer.

Stephen attended Bret Hart Jr. High in Oakland and Language Associates School in Orinda. He was known to his young friends for his skill and daring in mountain biking and climbing, Alpine and Nordic skiing, skateboarding and canoeing. Being an accomplished outdoorsman at an early age he backpacked extensively with his family throughout the high Sierras.
After a very successful amateur junior racing career representing Squaw Valley, Kirkwood and Bear Valley, he retired from U.S. Ski Association competition and turned professional to compete in extreme skiing, the North American center of which is Valdez, Alaska.

Settling in our northern most state, he married Tara Mellon who has both Alaskan and Californian roots and whom he had met in South Lake Tahoe. He retired from Extreme competition upon the birth of his first child. Widely loved for his mentoring and support of young athletes and other children he was adored by youngsters and their parents for being the definitive strong, but compassionate male figure.

After some early years in construction and trucking, Stephen worked on Alaska’s North Slope for a corporation jointly owned by Conoco Oil and the region’s Native Corporation. He ensured that the oil wells were accessible and equipped at all times, in all conditions and received major commendations for his work.

Stephen is survived by his wife, Tara, captain of the fire department in Wassilla, Alaska, by his daughter Athena, a high school student there, his son Clayton, just admitted to UC Davis (both children being outstanding athletes) and his parents, Steve and Arletta Wade of Alameda. Services are being held in Alaska.

For further information contact Harry W. Greer Funeral Director FDR 745.
Alameda Funeral & Cremation Services 1415 Oak St.
(510) 522-6020

Born in Budapest, Hungary on July 25, 1937, to the late Vilma Ginzer and Joseph Csorgei. Klara passed away at her home peacefully in Alameda on March 21, 2014, with her family by her side.    

She is survived by her husband Dave Bordeaux, her brother Joseph Csorgei Jr., her sister Zsuzsana Dominik and her three children Elizabeth Leslie, Suzy Bordeaux-Johlfs and Peter Bordeaux. 

She was known as “Grandma Strawberry” to her five grandchildren whom she loved dearly: Brandon Bordeaux, Danielle Bordeaux, Britney Johlfs Dawn Leslie and Shannon Leslie. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.   

“I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.”
— Leo Buscaglia

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

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