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Franklin Moffett Mosier, born May 15, 1929, in Mt. Ayr, Iowa passed away on June 13, 2014, in Alameda. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Diane, son Eugene, daughter Jennifer with her husband Roger Billerey-Mosier and grandson Jano Mosier Linse.

He was a veteran of the Korean War serving from September 1951 to August 1953 during which time the U.S. Army utilized his skills in mathematics, photography and journalism.

Frank was active in the arts and education for all of his life, graduating from William Jewell College and earning a masters of fine arts in playwriting from the State University of Iowa. He was a past member of the Actors’ Studio Playwrights’ group and a continuing alumni member of the New Dramatists. He was associated with The Actor’s Place at St. Luke’s, New York City, for six years; as managing director of that group in 1972, he served on the original board of directors of the Off-Off-Broadway Alliance. Concurrently, for 15 years he was associated with Quintano’s School for Young Professionals in New York City, as head of the English department and assistant principal.

In 1989 he was instrumental in founding the Lively Arts Foundation and its resident Central California Ballet in Fresno, along with Diane, who is the organization’s artistic director. Frank served in various roles including stage director, librettist, acting coach and press coordinator. 

Frank was notable for his outstanding mentorship of young people pursuing lives in the arts and nurturing under-recognized intellects. He will be missed by many for his erudition, creativity and good nature.
Frank loved horticulture but preferred the idea of “optimistic observances” in memoriam. With this in mind, the family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in his honor to the Lively Arts Foundation at For Frank’s last poem, and information on the developing Frank Moffett Mosier Prize for New Works, please visit

For further information regarding services, contact Harry W. Greer Funeral Director, FDR-745.

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March 18, 1922 – June 18, 2014  •  Resident of Alameda

Born in Berkeley on March 18, 1922, to the late Felix and Rachele (Corbelli) Medaglia (of Verbicarro, Italy) then residing on Pacific Ave nue in Alameda, Josephine passed away peacefully at her current home in Alameda on June 18, 2014, at the age of 92.

Josephine is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Kenneth G. Crowley; daughter, Patricia Lynn Crowley (Stewart) Nelson; grandson Brint Joseph Stewart and his wife, Audrey Lynn (Crawford) Stewart; great-grandchildren: Travis, Abigail and Daisy Stewart; sister Lorainne (Medaglia) Lazarus of Chicago; beloved cousin Marie (Carlomagno) Mulcahy and Marie’s loving family: Janis and Harold Bond and their children. 

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph and Franklin Medaglia, cousin Salvatore Carlomagno, niece, Cheryl (Medaglia) DeMent Brearcliffe, best friend and sister-in-law Lois K. (Crowley) Cox. Also survived by nieces, their spouses and their children: Sharon (Medaglia) Machado, Tom Medaglia, Carolyn Medaglia, Michael and David Lazarus, Steven, Jefferey and Rodney Cox. Fondly remembered by the Howards near and far, especially Mr. and Mrs. Monahaghn.

Josephine was a 1940 graduate of Alameda High School, after having attended both St. Joseph’s and Porter schools. Her parents and brothers, Joe and Frank, owned and operated many neighborhood grocery stores and gas stations around town. 

A World War II-era tuberculosis survivor, Josephine went on to work in San Francisco as a key punch operator until the 1960s, when she was swept off her feet by Ken, and elected to take up life as a wife and mother, most enthusiastically as a Brownie Troop leader in the Girl Scouts. 

She accompanied her husband upstate-and down on myriad photography trips in support of his artistic vision. She graciously opened her home to host local club meetings as well as N4C club events and competitions. 

She was a long-standing member of the American Red Cross, known primarily for her work in “the Crowley House” distributing food to the local needy three times a week, drawing in her husband, daughter, brothers, son-in-law, and grandson as needed for special projects. 

She was active in the Alameda Bowling League for about 10 years, and (along with her husband) delivered food for Alameda Meals on Wheels for about 20 years. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Josephine’s memory may be made to the American Red Cross, Alameda Meals on Wheels, or the Norberine Association of St. Joseph in Tehachapi, Calif.
Funeral services were held on June 23 at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church and she was laid to rest at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

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Resident of Alameda

Born in San Francisco to the late Leonard and Marguerite Ruisinger, Marguerite passed away peacefully on June 19, 2014.

Married to Dana Payne for 64 years, she was the beloved mother of Don Payne of Antioch.

She graduated from Alameda High School and was an avid tennis player.

At her request, no services will be held.

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