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Resident of Alameda
Born in Alameda to the late Battista and Angelina Cipresso, our dear Joanne passed away June 7, 2014, at the age of 83 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Joanne was the loving wife of the late Luciano Vigna of Alameda for 61 years. Dear sister of Catherine DiGiulio of Brentwood, the late Marie Sandroni of Alameda and Pete Cipresso of San Leandro. Sister-in-law to Al and Louise Vigna of Alameda, Piera and Giorgio Bigliati of Asti, Italy, the late Louie DiGiulio of Brentwood and the late Bruno Sandroni of Alameda.
She is survived by her sister Catherine DiGiulio, brother Pete Cipresso, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Al and Louise Vigna and Piera and Giorgio Bigliati, and many nieces and nephews in California, Florida and Italy.
She attended St. Joseph’s Elementary School and graduated from Alameda High School in 1950.
In her earlier years, she worked for a dental service in Oakland and women’s clothing stores in Oakland and Alameda. Later, she enjoyed operating a day care for children of family and friends in her home. She was a talented cook; she enjoyed cooking for many family events. She loved to travel. She was also very proud of her doll collection.
The family would like to thank Premier Homecare Angels of Alameda and Gentiva Hospice for providing excellent care during her final days.
Family and friends may visit after 9:30 a.m., today, Thursday, June 12, and are invited to attend the funeral mass also today, Thursday, June 12, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 3108 Van Buren St. She will be laid to rest at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward following the mass.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Born in Oakland to the late Catherine and Bud Lockwood. Fred was the second of nine children and spent his childhood in Fairfield. He was the beloved husband of Janice Lockwood; father of Lisa Lockwood and Kirstin Lockwood; grandfather of Michelle Leite Hall, Cortney Wilcox and Brett Wilcox; great-grandfather of Valentino Leite-Hall, Tyrus Hall and Elias Hall.
Fred attended Salesian High School and later became a brother with the Salesian Order. Fred’s love for teaching began at Don Bosco Tech High School, where he taught non-destructive testing and coached basketball. After leaving the Salesian Order and marrying Janice, Fred taught nondestructive testing at Contra Costa College for 32 years, where he became a mentor and friend to many students. Fred was a member of American Society for Nondestructive Testing for many years and even after retirement, he continued to work in the field as a consultant. He enjoyed fishing, basketball, road trips and time with his family. In his lifetime, Fred touched many people’s lives and he will be greatly missed by all who loved and cherished him.
Family and friends may visit after 5 p.m. today, Thursday, June 12, followed by the rosary at 7 p.m. at Greer Family Mortuary, 2694 Blanding Ave., Alameda. Funeral Services will be held tomorrow, Friday, June 13, at 12 p.m. at Saint Philip Neri Catholic Church, 1335 High St., followed by burial at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland and a reception at Zion Lutheran Church.
Donations in Fred’s memory may be made to Salesian High School.
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He led a life of courage, curiosity, determination, independence, solitude, freedom and honesty. Denny was unique from the day of his birth on Sept. 10, 1937, in that he was the completely unexpected third child of Eston Albert McGarraugh and Clella Winifred Cannon McGarraugh of Omaha, Neb. His siblings, Merry-Margaret and Eston Jr., were 20 and 18 years his senior, respectively.
At age three, he lost his father suddenly. Thereafter, he became the “Original Latchkey Kid,” while his mother worked six days a week and they became boarders in the home of relatives. This was the point in his life when the person he would come to be took shape. He learned early on that he enjoyed the freedom, solitude and independence of essentially being the only child of a single parent.
His courage and determination were displayed when for months after his father’s passing, he continued to go to the bus stop in the evening, certain that his father would alight and carry him back home on his shoulders. And maybe, after dinner, they would walk in the same way to the railroad tracks so that he could get “oh, so close” to the whizzing train.
Denny’s courage was also on display when he witnessed his younger cousin being bullied. When it happened repeatedly, he put an end to it with a well-placed brick to the stomach of the tormentor.
Curiosity may or may not have killed the cat, but it certainly killed the beautiful watch that his cousin received as a high school graduation present. Denny really wanted to know how it worked, so he used a hammer, broke it open, studied the workings and then realized that he had no idea how to reassemble it. The watchband was still intact and in the logic of his little boy’s mind, it deserved to be saved, so he carefully hung it on a nail on the porch and buried the remaining pieces. He and his cousin laughed about it only many years later.
Pursuing new interests with gusto was Denny’s way. He was always determined and committed to be the best that he could possibly be. Tennis, wrestling, boxing and basketball were his mainstays throughout his school years. As an adult, tennis maintained its attraction, but he branched out to cycling, running, backpacking and gym workouts. But physical activities were not his only sources of enjoyment. Denny was an avid reader from the Howard Pease series for young boys to John Muir, Mark Twain, Dan DeQuille and Carl Sagan as an adult. After retirement, he immersed himself in astronomy.
Always a lover of cars, particularly low-slung imports, his first car was a red British ralley sports car called a Dellow. Over the years, a Lotus Super 7, an MG TC, an Austin Healy 3000, an Alfa-Romeo GT Veloce and a Corvette followed.
It was when his very new Austin Healy was hit by another car that Denny’s life took a turn. He was not injured, but had his first experience with an insurance adjuster. He was intrigued by the freedom the young man had by not being tied to a desk and meeting new people.
His determination, honesty and curiosity served him well as an insurance investigator/adjustor through 10 years with Aetna, five years with Industrial Indemnity, eight years as an independent investigator with Chalmers & Schneider and 18 years as co-owner with his wife, Michele, of McGarraugh Company.
During the early 1960s, Denny married for the first time and had three daughters, Theresa, Cindy and Kim. Denny was a convincing and entertaining storyteller who found the girls and their friends to be a most appreciative audience. He was very proud of his daughters and the wonderful people they grew up to be. He was equally happy to see them each marry a wonderful man: Jim, Eric and Evan respectively, and become parents to his eight grandchildren: Melissa, Michael, John, Noah, Camden, Pierson, Quinten and Merry-Margaret.
Early in the 1970s, he became intrigued with the possibility of working in radio. With his typical determined commitment, he went to work learning all that he could, got his license and took on unpaid and paid jobs, just to get whatever experience he could. He worked at KPFA in Berkeley, KNBA in Vallejo, KKIS/KDFM in Pittsburg and Walnut Creek and had a brief stint at KJAZ in Alameda.
He did all of that on a part-time basis, while holding down his full-time investigation/adjusting job. When he decided that a career in radio would not provide sufficient income to properly support his family, he simply shifted gears and focused on establishing his own investigative firm after marrying his second wife, Michele, in 1977.
Denny was able to fully enjoy several years of his retirement in Virginia City, Nev., long a place he had loved, before the early symptoms of his Alzheimer’s disease and Lewy Body Syndrome became too intrusive.
With the receipt of the formal diagnosis, the decision was made to return to the Bay Area, where superior medical care is available. It was his great good fortune to be referred to the Memory and Aging Center at University of California San Francisco and have his care undertaken by Dr. Mary DeMay, an angel on earth if ever there was one.
It was through Dr. DeMay that Denny received some early care at the Jewish Home of San Francisco. That led to Denny’s admission there in September 2010, when it was no longer safe for him to remain at home.
The family offers the most heartfelt thanks to the Jewish Home staff for their loving care of Denny for more than three and a half years. From his social worker, Andrea Korsunsky to all of the RNs, LVNs, CNAs, PT aides and clinic staff, so much love, care and energy were given to both Denny and Michele.
A memorial celebration will be held on Sunday, June 29, at the Jewish Home of San Francisco, 302 Silver Ave., from 1 to 4 p.m. Please visit caringbridge.org/visit/
dennymcgarraugh to RSVP.
If you are so inclined, donations may be made in Denny’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org, or to the Jewish Home of San Francisco at jhsf.org.