Obituaries

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Sharon Lee (Lipka) Miller peacefully passed Nov. 21, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.

Sharon was born to Elkan and Ethel (Worlund) Lipka in Oakland on July 27, 1936. She grew up in Alameda and after marriage lived in Alameda, San Leandro and Castro Valley. She met her husband Bob while working at Tucker’s Ice Cream in 1956. She worked at Bank of America assisting customers balance their accounts. She worked for her sister Nancy at her store, Card ’n’ Quill, and her brother-in-law John Leavitt at Leavitt-Pacific, both in the capacity of bookkeeper. 

Her most notable job of all was being a mom. She loved her family as fiercely as anyone ever could.

You knew Sharon by her love for the color pink as she streaked her hair pink long before it was a fad. She had many talents and interests: ice skating, den mother, sewing, houseboating, pianist, photography, travel, gambling and many more. 

Loving angel wings waiting to reunite with Sharon are her husband Bob of 49 years, son Robbie, her daddy and mother and countless friends. 

And yet she left behind many loving arms not yet ready to let go, son Mark and daughters Vicki and Kassi; grandchildren: Samantha, Mandy, Riley and Keara, great-grandchildren Olivia and William, her sister Nancy, many nieces and nephews and Ruby, her beloved and faithful puppy (who also had pink in her hair).     

Family and friends will gather for a celebration of life to be announced at a later time. 

William “Bill” de Kleer, a long-time resident of Alameda,  passed into the loving arms of our Lord on Oct. 2, 2018. Born in The Netherlands on Nov. 17, 1923, he was the seventh child in a family of 15 children.  

He followed in the steps of his grandfather and father by earning his certificate of horticulture and worked in the family greenhouses. After World War II he married Margaretha Roodenburg, in 1951. Seeking a better opportunity, he accepted a sponsorship by an uncle to immigrate to America, landing in Ripon, Calif., that same year.   

A business opportunity brought him to Alameda in 1957 to take over a landscape maintenance company. Alameda offered more than a way to make a living. It offered a strong church family at the Alameda Christian Reformed Church, with many fellow Dutch immigrant families where he could be of service. He acted as a deacon, an elder, a Sunday School teacher and participated in community outreach.  

He shared his love of life through humor, camping, hiking, flying kites and greeting people everywhere he went. He never met a stranger.

He left behind a grand legacy: his loving wife of 67 years, six daughters: Johanna, Alisa, Glenda, Marilyn, Diana and Pamela, six sons-in-law, 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. They were all touched by his generous, humble spirit and will carry on his positive energy and Godly love.

A celebration of life for Bill will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m. at the Alameda Christian Reformed Church, 2914 Encinal Ave.

Felix Riego de Dios Marquez Jr. was born in Cavite, Philippines, to Dr. Felix Marquez Sr. and Consuelo Riego de Dios.

He served in the U.S. Navy as an air traffic controller for almost 30 years. He was member of the League of Filipino-American Veterans and other veteran groups. 

He remained active into his 90s by gardening, playing Sudoku, bowling, working out at the gym and ballroom dancing.

Felix is survived by his three children: Felix III, Jesus and LaVerne. He also leaves his granddaughter Madelyne, daughter-in-law Kathy, brother Pat and goddaughter and adopted daughter Carmelita. He was predeceased by his beautiful wife of 57 years, Henedina.

A vigil will be held tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 30, at 6:30 p.m. and a funeral mass follows, Saturday, Dec. 1, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St.

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