Obituaries

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Catherine Phillips, 89, passed away in Alameda Feb. 9, 2020.Catherine was a native of Alameda born April 23, 1930.  She was a graduate of Alameda High School. 

She was pre-deceased by her parents, Peter and Margaret Canepa. She was the beloved wife of the late Donald Phillips.  

She was the loving mother of Vincent (David) and John (Kim) Phillips; grandmother of Nicholas (Charlee), Bryan and Matthew; great-grandmother of Isabella, Marley and Nicholas. 

Catherine was a long-time member of St. Albert the Great Catholic Church and a long-time volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She was a member of the Italian American League. 

Vigil rosary services will be held Thursday, April 13, at 6 p.m. at the Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel, 1415 Oak St., Alameda.  

Graveside services will be held Friday, April 14, at 1 p.m. at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. In lieu of flowers her family prefers that memorial contributions be made to Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter and Alameda Meals on Wheels. 

For more information contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745). 

Susan Rae Taylor, beloved wife of Marty Taylor, passed away peacefully in her home Feb. 10, 2020. An Oakland native, she left high school at age 16 for her first job with Hills Brothers Coffee. In 1973, she met the love of her life, Marty, and moved to Alameda.

Susan later worked at Southern Pacific Railroad before creating her own business, Isle City Typesetting. Susan  was a former member and Board of Directors member of the Alameda Jaycees, she became editor of the California State Jaycees newspaper, The Quake. Her typesetting work highlighted her excellent language, grammar, spelling, and photographic abilities. Among her proudest moments was winning second place as a newsletter editor during the U.S Jaycees National Convention awards event.

She and Marty entertained often. Friends, family and guests looked forward to her fried chicken and Black Forest cake. In addition to motherhood, she later pursued a degree in criminal justice at community college. 

As a mom, she had a natural way to impart lessons and values without judgment or lecturing. Susan’s young neighbors, Sheri and Josh, have come to think of her as their “other mom.”

Susan is survived by her husband Martin Taylor, daughter Angela Traeger, son-in-law Douglas Traeger, grandson Thomas Traeger, nephew Clyde Francke, cousins Janet Martin, Kathy Martin, Randy Martin and numerous friends whom Sue considered “family by choice.”

A memorial service will be held this Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m., at the Alameda Funeral & Cremation Services Chapel, 1415 Oak St. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the March of Dimes.

For more information contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745). 

John, a resident of Alameda, passed away on Jan. 28 in Oakland in the presence of his loving wife of 51 years. He was born on June 12, 1942, in Sacramento, the first child of Donald (Jack) and Hazel (Everingham) Quick.

John is survived by: his wife, Kate Quick (nee Cullivan); daughter, Tracy Elizabeth Quick; foster son, Mike Mintah; sister, Gloria Peterson; many nieces and nephews, great- and great-great-nieces and nephews and sisters-in-law Ettamarie Peterson (Raymond) and Barbara Wilson.

John grew up in Sacramento, and graduated from El Camino High School and California State University, Sacramento. He received his MBA in finance from Golden Gate University. It was at El Camino High School that he met his wife, Kate. 

After his college graduation, he entered the Peace Corps, and trained in Puerto Rico for an assignment in the Dominican Republic. However, the Vietnam War intervened, and he came home to serve in the Army and was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. It was during his Army service that he and Kate married, and following his military service, they returned to California and settled in the Bay Area.

John became a purchasing manager at the Oakland Tribune, and later worked in purchasing at several companies, before his retirement in 2006. John was an avid fisherman, and particularly enjoyed ocean fishing in Mexico and Southern California. While the 200-pound tuna he sought eluded him, he did catch several very near that size and loved every trip where he could be at sea, at one with nature, watching the birds and the whales and the fishes at play.

After his retirement, John became a school volunteer at Ruby Bridges Elementary School. He loved helping the teachers with the kids, whether stapling materials, correcting homework, tutoring or just herding. He also volunteered with the Adult Literacy Program of the Alameda Free Library. 

John and Kate were proud members of the Alameda League of Women Voters, the Alameda Association of University Women and the Friends of the Alameda Free Library. John also belonged to the Oceanside Senior Anglers. He loved bird watching, reading mysteries, travel and his family. 

He was a kind and generous man, not given to fads or to excesses, but believed in justice, civility, kindness and fairness. John had the singular ability to find the good in just about anybody, and was open hearted enough to take on a badly disabled teenage foster son, even though he was older than 70.

No services are planned, but there will be a gathering of friends and family at a later time to remember this good man and celebrate his life. We urge everyone to register and vote for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot, thinking about John’s wish for fairness and equity for all.

Memorial donations may be sent to any of the following: League of Women Voters of Alameda, Friends of the Alameda Free Library, Ruby Bridges Elementary School PTA, (marked for Science Camp), the Audubon Society, Planned Parenthood or the Democratic National Committee. 

For further information call Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745).

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