Obituaries

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Larry LeSeur Kettelhut, 73, of Alameda, passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of June 13 in Fairfield, CA with family by his side, after a 6-month long battle with Cancer.

Larry was born in Oakland, CA to Dr. Howard and Iva Kettelhut of Alameda. Larry was a lifelong resident of Alameda. After graduating from Encinal High School, he went on to earn a master’s degree in accounting from San Jose State, and a Law Degree from San Francisco Law School. He retired from Tharco in San Lorenzo after working as their Head Accountant for many years. Larry was an avid swimmer and he and his wife Barbara enjoyed cruising and visiting Hawaii. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Larry was an accomplished musician and played clarinet, flute, and saxophone, with the saxophone becoming his passion. He loved playing and performing jazz music with several bands. Most recently he could be seen and heard playing jazz music with fellow band members in the Gold Coast on one of the band member’s lawns during COVID for all to enjoy.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents Dr. Howard and Iva Kettelhut and his daughter Kerrie Ann Kettelhut. He is survived by his wife of almost 54 years Barbara Kettelhut of Alameda, his sister Janet Kettelhut of Lafayette, CA, his daughter Sarylsue Kettelhut DiFabio of Fairfield, CA, grandson Steven Kettelhut of Campbell, CA, granddaughter Christine Gaster of Vacaville, CA, granddaughter Lillith Olsem of Reno, NV, and great-grandchildren Lilian, Hunter, Anastasia, Jayden, Lincoln, Adaline and Aubriela.

The family would especially like to thank the outstanding doctors, nurses, and attendants of Alameda Hospital for the amazing care and compassion he received during his 6 weeks there.

A memorial service will be held for Larry on August 12, 2022, at 2 p.m. at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland followed by his internment there.

Dick Porter passed away July 18, 2022, at the age of 91 while living at Cardinal Point, Alameda.

Dick was born at Alameda Sanatorium. He was raised in Oakland and graduated from Fremont High School. Although he received a basketball scholarship to attend St. Mary’s College, he instead went to work at PG&E where he worked until retirement 38 years later. He started as a mail boy and retired in upper management. While working at PG&E he took a leave of absence to serve in the Korean war and was stationed in Canada. He loved to read, play golf, and watch sports on TV, especially the Golden State Warriors. He resided in Alameda for the past 52 years.

Dick and his late wife, Bev, loved their travels to Maui, their eight cruises to the Panama Canal, Europe, Mexico and Alaska, and their many trips to their cabin at Rubicon Bay Lake Tahoe. He also enjoyed eating with his circle of friends (Marge, Marilyn, May, Jack, and Terry) at the Elks, and all his friends and staff at Cardinal Point.

He is survived by his loving daughter Cindy Grady (Walt), their children Tom Grady (Nicole) and Cathleen Massey and four great grandchildren, Austin and Addi Grady, and Camryn and Clayton Massey; his loving daughter Stacy Bales (Chuck), their four children, Tara, Trevor, Mary and Randy and five great grandchildren Allysandra, Isabella, Liam, Emily and Kenley.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Beverly Gay Porter, his parents Mildred and William Porter, and his sister Donna Crew.

At Dick’s request, there will be no services. He will be inurned at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland.

Marlo Nicole Polston was born to the late Dr. John Polston and Barbara Polston Marchand in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was their second child, her older brother and friend in life is Scott Polston. Marlo graduated from St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda and then with honors at Mills College in Oakland.

Marlo had a stroke after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccination in May 2021 and passed after many months of fighting in December 2021. She and her partner Dennis Tavares had two children, Ivy Star Tavares and Hunter Moon Tavares. She moved to Texas in 2011 with her children and mother Barbara to begin a new life.

Her first grandchild was born on August 6, 2021, Novaly Opal Hagan. She never met her granddaughter but when she was shown a photo of her and how much she looked like her, Marlo smiled. Marlo was a beloved mother and friend to many. Her motto in life was “keep friends close to the heart.”

A celebration of life took place in Texas on July 16, 2022. In lieu of flowers please visit her go fund me account. www.gofund.me/1f9bc407

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