Obituaries

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Feb. 2, 1955 – Feb. 19, 2014

Jean Brown Schooley, 59, died in her sleep at her home in Alameda after a valiant nine-month battle with malignant, metastatic melanoma. Jean Brown lived with her older sister, Betsy Schooley, since moving to Alameda in May 2012. She was born and raised in Champaign- Urbana, Ill. JB spent her adult life in Soldotna and Kenai, Alaska, where she taught school, home-schooled her children and helped manage the family’s surveying business.

A true Alaskan in spirit and constitution, Jean Brown spent many hours carrying rebar and other heavy equipment long distances and standing in the Alaskan wilderness while surveying land for the company. Jean Brown’s parents were Frank and Eleanor Schooley, (deceased) long-time Champaign civic leaders.

She is survived by her three children, Caleb of Eugene, Ore.; Gavin of Tucson; and Sinead of Kenai, Alaska. Jean Brown is also survived by her older five siblings, as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. On Jean’s behalf, Betsy wishes to thank her wonderful caregivers, Jessie Thompson, Verna Smith, and Pathways Hospice, as well as caring neighbors Teresa Perata, Lindy Morgan, Lou Salerno, and Sandie Manzo for sharing their love with Jean Brown. Jean Brown donated her body to science. There will be no services.

Resident of Alameda

Born in Flandreau, South Dakota, on Oct. 12, 1933, to the late Melvin and Mildred Bonrud, Donna passed away peacefully in Alameda, on Feb. 5, 2014. In the early 1950s she left her small town for the San Francisco Bay Area.

It was here that she met her late husband, Robert Carter, a career serviceman with the U.S. Navy, and raised their two sons Michael and Steven. She fell in love with Alameda and spent the majority of her life with friends and family on this island.

She is survived by her two sons Michael and Steven Carter; her daughters-in-law Esther and Sharon Carter; her grandchildren Marianne, Sharie, Frank and Joshua Carter; and her two brothers Lanny and Robert Bonrud. Donna was a loving mother, a beloved grandmother and sweet sister. Family meant everything to her and she did anything she could to keep everyone happy and connected.

She will be dearly missed by her family every day. Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD 1408 865-3755 www.greermortuary.com

May 21, 1985 – Feb. 15, 2014
Resident of Manhattan Beach, Former Resident of Alameda

Thomas John Theodore Phillips, 28, of Manhattan Beach, Calif. died peacefully, surrounded by his family at 2:23 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at his sister’s home in Claremont, Calif.

Thomas, known affectionately by his friends and family as Tommy, was born on May 21, 1985, to George and Jean Phillips. He married the love of his life, Elizabeth Stone, on Sept. 28, 2013. Tommy was a long-time resident of Manhattan Beach, where he lived since leaving his childhood home in Alameda at the age of 18 to attend Loyola Marymount University.

After college, Tommy began a very successful career in digital marketing and advertising at Carat USA, culminating at Dealer.com where he helped establish the company’s West Coast presence. Tommy was loving, kind and relatable. He was not a man who focused on an impressive academic record or career accomplishments.

He was a man who loved food, plaid clothing and a good drink. He was well respected and impacted every person he came in contact with. As one friend put it, “there are good men, there are great men and there is Tommy Phillips.”

He began his education at Bayside Montessori School, then St. Joseph’s Elementary School and St. Mary’s College Prep High School. He graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2007. He made lifelong friends in every phase of his life. Growing up, Tommy participated in most of Alameda’s youth sports programs and was an active Boy Scout. He went on to play both football and basketball at St. Mary’s College Prep High School, including the varsity basketball team that won the California State Championship.

He is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth, by his parents Jean and George Phillips of Alameda, his sisters and brotherin- laws, Amy and Wade Mathieson (Claremont), Leslie and Brian Corcoran (Claremont), Sara and Brian Harrison (Concord), his nephew, Finn, nieces Hannah and nephew, Finn, nieces Hannah, Claire, Grace, Stella and Ruby. Tommy also leaves behind his grandmother Ann Jonlick; aunts Gail Loya and Mary Jonlick; and uncles George Adams and Mark Jonlick.

He enjoyed summer vacations at Donner Lake, camping trips and traveling. In college he traveled to Japan and coached youth sports. Tommy visited 13 countries in Europe and Asia. Tommy lived each of his 28 years to the fullest. He enjoyed being surrounded by his nieces, nephew, sisters and brothers-in-law, as well as his wide circle of friends. He had an amazing ability to stay in touch with people he knew from all stages of his life.

His enthusiasm and humor were infectious and his friends flocked around him. Heaven was already paradise and God just added our biggest All Star. He will be lovingly remembered by all who knew him. Family and friends are invited to visit with Tommy’s family at 6 p.m., Feb. 21, at St. Joseph’s Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., to be followed by vigil services at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the church on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. Private interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery, 4529 Howe St., Oakland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: gofund me.com/tommy-phillips. For more information, call: Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director (FDR-745). Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services, FD-2139 1415 Oak St. (510) 522-6020 

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