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Birth Date: 
Oct 15, 1934
Date of death: 
Jul 28, 2021

Resident of Alameda

Ronald Goodman passed away on July 28, 2021, at home with his wife and children at his side after a short fight with cancer. He was born in Oakland, Calif., on Oct. 15, 1934 but often joked about migrating to Alameda when he was three years old.

He went through Lincoln and Alameda High Schools and attended U.C. Berkeley where he was a member of Chi Psi fraternity. He also attended the Hotel and Restaurant College in San Francisco. After college, he became a partner with his father at Goodman's Catering Co., where they worked at Jack London Square more than 25 years. They put on parties for governors, celebrities, local sports teams as well as many corporations.

While in high school he met the love of his life, Shirley DeHaven. They were married Aug. 3. 1958, and had three children. After retiring at 48 years of age he became very active at the Harbor Bay Club both on the tennis courts and in the gym.

His family and friends were very important to him. He loved being a father and grandfather. He often gathered the grandchildren only to a party where he invented a new game- Papa Pong. He gave out many prizes to the winners. He also attended many of their sporting events. There always seemed to be a final-final game or tournament.

He was proceeded in death by both parents, Ralph and Beatrice Goodman and his brother Richard.

He is survived by his adoring family: Shirley Goodman, Ronda (Steve) Sorensen, Jeff (Veronica) Goodman, Tim (Tracy) Goodman, Erin Sorensen (Joe Dieterle), Stephanie (Johnny) Dunn, Thomas, Bobby and Jacob Goodman.

There was a private farewell to Ron on Aug. 3. His favorite charity was Alameda Food Bank. The family would like to thank Lia Bullock, Ana Bajramovic and Dr. Donald Miller for all the extra care for Ron. He will be missed by many people.

Birth Date: 
Jul 14, 1950
Date of death: 
Jul 8, 2021

Rebecca “Becky” Perre Martin passed away with her family by her side at her home in Reno on July 8, 2021. She was 70 years old.

Becky, a devoted wife, sister, aunt and friend, will be deeply missed. She had a special space in her heart for all animals, especially her beloved cats.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 22 from 1:30- 4:30 p.m. at Walton’s Sierra Chapel, 875 W. Second St., Reno, Nev.

The Graveside Service will be held on Friday, July 23 at 12:00 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery, 435 Stoker Ave., Reno.

Becky left us way to soon and will always be fondly remembered.

Birth Date: 
Apr 24, 1942
Date of death: 
Jul 8, 2021

MaryAnn Mertz, age 79, passed away peacefully July 8, 2021. MaryAnn was born in Humboldt Park, Chicago, Illinois to Stella and Peter Jensen. She married Arthur Mertz in 1967.

In the 1960s, while working for Alitalia Airlines, MaryAnn was able to fulfill her love of travel. MaryAnn and Art went on many impromptu international adventures from Peru to Fiji to Mexico. Her joy in sharing travel adventures with others prompted her career as a luxury travel agent for over 20 years.

MaryAnn carried on the Jensen family love of cooking and feeding people. She always had the makings for a small feast in the fridge and often whipped up a gourmet meal for dozens of family members and friends. She passed that love on to her daughter, Amy.

MaryAnn was an avid gardener. She looked forward to participating in the annual Dearborn Garden Walk while living in Chicago. MaryAnn and her longtime companion in life, Bruce Gillis, spent many hours landscaping their yards and the yards of their churches. Upon moving to Alameda, MaryAnn took charge of her daughter’s weed patch and quickly converted it into a beautiful and thriving drought-tolerant garden.

From an early age, MaryAnn showed her creative crafting side. She taught herself to sew and was able to drape a dress in a day. She loved to knit and needlepoint; she was especially proud of the piece she donated to the Altar Guild of St. Chrysostom’s Church in Chicago. As a grandmother, she was often found at the kid’s table, showing the youngsters how to craft handmade holiday ornaments.

Being a grandmother to Eli and Ezra was MaryAnn’s greatest source of joy. She was delighted that Ezra was college bound and that Eli was engaged to Natasha Won.

MaryAnn leaves behind her daughter, Amy (Mertz) Frary; son-in-law JP Frary; grandsons Elijah Frary Kerns and Ezra Frary, companion Bruce Gillis; Brother Len Figura, and many nieces and nephews and friends that felt like family.

MaryAnn is preceded in death by her husband Arthur Mertz.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) at https://www.alamedaanimalshelter.org.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD1408
www.greermortuary.com
510-865-3755

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