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Oct. 5, 1916 - Jan. 15, 2014
Resident of Oakland

Hugh was born Oct. 5, 1916, in Newark, N.J. to Sydney G. and Ruth Fisher Rubinow. His family lived in various places before moving in 1930 to Berkeley, where he lived for the next 80 years. The final two years of his life were spent at Salem Lutheran Home in Oakland. He had a long career: he owned a construction business, worked at the Kaiser Richmond shipyards during World War II and designed piping systems for naval yards and chemical refineries.

He retired from Stauffer Chemical in Martinez. Hugh was a physically fit person who lived with zest. He loved golf, flying small planes, arguing politics and telling stories. He fondly remembered all the pets who shared his life. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Boyer Rubinow, and brother, Sydney G. Rubinow. He is survived by daughter, Kathleen Hodges and son-in-law, John Hodges of Boise, Idaho; and grandson, Olaf Faaland, Olaf’s wife, Pam Falvo Faaland, and their children, Stefan and Sophia of Alameda. No memorial service is planned. Contributions in Hugh’s memory may be made to the Humane Society, the SPCA, or the charity of your choice.

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A resident of Indianapolis, lived in Alameda her last two years. Born in Bogota, Colombia, to the late Gerardo and Carlina Hernandez, Alicia Garcia passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family at the age of 77. Preceded in death by her husband, Hernando Garcia, Alicia was a loving mother to Patricia Garcia, Alicia Garcia-Paul, Harold Alberto Garcia and Suzanne Garcia- Misa; mother-in-law to Mark Paul, Alicia K. Garcia, Ernesto Misa Jr.; Grandmother of Erin and Gina Hearn, Carmen and Nicole Paul, Micki Felix, Garik Walters, Antonio, Elijah, Quinn Garcia, Annabella and Makani Misa; Great-Grandmother of Xaviato Felix and Aiden Katona.

Alicia graduated from Purdue University in 1983 with a degree in computer science and worked in the field for 35 years. She spent all her life contributing to charities and was an avid runner who ran in the Indy 500 Mini Marathon for 15 years. In lieu of flowers, Alicia would like donations to be made to The Wellness Community of Indiana. Services will be held in Indiana.

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Sal Spingola passed away on Jan. 27, 2014 in Alameda at the age of 90. He was dearly loved by his family and will be sadly missed by Betty, his devoted wife of 65 years. Born in San Francisco and raised in Alameda, Sal was well known and liked in the community.

Son of the late Angelo and Elizabeth Spingola. Brother of Elizabeth and the late Henry Vallerga, the late Angela and John Campbell, the late Marie and Fred Liserra, and the late Frank and Eleanor Spingola. Brother in-law of Emma and the late Robert Beland, Beverly Splan, the late Helen and Tony Marich, and the late Walter Lucas.

He loved his nieces and nephews as his own: Donna Campbell, John and Judy Campbell, Michael and Merryanne Liserra, Stephen and Roberta Liserra, Cathy (Spingola) and Sean Talai, David and Valarie Vallerga, Karen and Douglas Sowell, Diane and Ronald Fair, Laura and Evert Palmer, Marie Tapia, Tanjore Splan, Laurette and James Mari, Claire Splan, Jeanette Beland, Andrea and Dan Marshall, and the late Donald and James Spingola, the late Dorothy Marich. He is also survived by many greatand great-great-nieces and nephews that he enjoyed and loved so much. He will be greatly missed by his family. Sal proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War ll as a tail gunner, he flew 31 bombing missions over France and Germany.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Lymphoma Society, Veterans Organizations or your favorite charity. Family and friends attended a viewing followed by the Mass of Christian Burial Feb. 3 at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Alameda. Entombment with military honors were held at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

For further information, call: Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director (FDR-7) Alameda Funeral & Cremation Services 1415 Oak St. Alameda (510) 522-6020