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Kathleen J. Strait was born March 23, 1944 in Alameda, to Eugene and Ann Hughes after sister Stephanie Young (Hillsboro, Calif.) and before brother Eugene (Alameda). Obtaining her Nursing Degree at SOC in Ashland, Ore., her 52-year devotion to the medical field was outdone only by devotion to her family.

It was in Ashland where she met and married Wilbur H. Strait, who preceded her in death (1999), together raising Kyle, Kirk and Kristen. Kathleen passed away February 22, 2014 in her hometown, surrounded by her children. Service will be at 11 a.m., Friday, March 21, at Scenic Hills Memorial Park, Ashland. A r r a n g e m e n t s in Oregon will be handled by: Litwiller- Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland. www.litwillersimonsen.com.

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

Nov. 30, 1920 – March 8, 2014
Resident of Alameda

Terry was born in San Francisco, on Nov. 30, 1920, grew up in Oakland, and settled with his family in Alameda for the past 47 years. At 93 years of age, Dad passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by loved ones on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

As a child he attended Sacred Heart Grammar School, then graduated from St. Mary’s High School, class of 1938. He was a proud member of the U.S. Navy serving during World War II, and in 1978 he retired as a manager for the U.S. Postal Service where he was employed for 36 years. He was a member of the St. Joseph parish in Alameda serving as an usher at the 5 o’clock mass for many years. Terry was a great dad — young at heart, quick to smile, a true joy to be around.

His parents Bernard and Catherine, his wife Theresa, all natives of Ireland, and his sister, Catherine, preceded him. Terry leaves behind his six children: Terence (Darcy), Edward, Eileen (Rick), Robert (Kiki), Kathleen, and Patricia.

He also leaves behind his three grandsons: Ryan, Michael, and Matthew, his brother and sisters-in-law Robert Foley, Barbara Foley, and Lorraine Foley along with great grandchildren and loving nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral mass, today, Thursday, March 13, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St. in Alameda. Burial to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward.

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

Born in Tacoma, Wash. on Jan. 2, 1925, to the late Bill and Rachel Rhoads, Georgene, as she was known by everyone, passed away peacefully in Oakland, on Feb. 24, 2014, at the age of 89. Beloved wife of Roy Mizer and loving mother of Walter Adams of West Point, Calif., David Adams, also of West Point, and Robert Adams of Vallejo; two stepsons, Rick and Allen Mizer; 12 grandchildren and 14 greatgrandchildren. Rachel moved to Oakland as a child; living there for many years until moving to Alameda in 1972 with Roy.

She was an active member of East Hills Community Church and for many years worked with a local senior citizen’s center, where she participated in many crafts and led the singing group. She enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, music and singing. She had a wonderful voice and in her younger years sang with the San Francisco Opera. She will be missed by all who loved and cherished her. No services have been planned at this time.

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

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