Obituaries

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Joyce Aguiar, 87, passed away with her daughter, son and daughter-in-law by her side on July 18. 

Joyce Lee Salinas was born on June 7, 1932, to John and Augustina (Bernal) Salinas in Galveston, Tex. After relocating with her family to the Bay Area, Joyce attended Haight Elementary School and Alameda High School. She was very proud of her first job as an usher at the Alameda Theater.

She met the love of her life, Larry Aguiar, and they eventually settled in Lodi where they raised their three children. Joyce loved the many red roses from her honey Larry’s carefully tended garden in Lodi. In later years, Joyce and Larry enjoyed numerous family gatherings and trips to many places, including their favorites: Hawaii, Reno and Lake Tahoe.

After Larry’s passing in 2005, Joyce moved back to Alameda to be near family and resumed her long connection with the St. Joseph’s community. Joyce loved helping others and began many years of volunteering at the Mastick Senior Center and with Meals on Wheels. She made many special friends in both places. Joyce loved the color red and was wildly surprised at her 60th birthday party by a large, loving family dressed in red. Her animated expressions of love and surprise were legendary to experience!  

Joyce was predeceased by her husband Larry, her parents, daughter Roxanne (Gary Soots) and her brothers John and Jack Salinas. She is survived by daughter Kim (Deano Orlacchio), son Craig (Jennifer), four loving grandsons: Bryan (Soots), Alex, Blaine and Lucas (Aguiar), step-grandsons: Saul (Rosa), Sergio and Stephon, and step-great-grandchildren Sofia and Ivan, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins who will miss her dearly.

Family and friends are invited to attend memorial services at St. Joseph’s Basilica this Saturday, Aug. 3, at 1 p.m. Private interment to follow at Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland.  

On March 31 Mary Frances Rawlinson, 91, passed away in San Leandro. Mary was born in Massachusetts on Dec. 18, 1927, to Charles and Mary Kiddy. 

Mary is survived by her six children: Patricia, James, Michael, Charles, Mary and Robert; one sister, Loraine, and two brothers, Charles and Stanley. Mary also had 11 grandchildren: Shaun, Kathleen, Danny, Kristen, Jason, Michael, Jacqueline, Adrian, Gabrielle, Maria and Alexandra; eight great- grandchildren: Calissa, Courtney, Alexander, Ashley, Marcelo, Justin, Natalia and Nolan; as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Prior to Mary living in San Leandro she had lived in Alameda for more than 50 years. After retiring from the Hilton Hotel at the Oakland Airport where she was a waitress, she loved dancing, crossword puzzles and Oakland Athletics baseball. 

Mary also worked many more years as a caregiver. She will be forever loved and dearly missed by all.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 26, at 11 a.m., at Greer Family Mortuary, 2694 Blanding Ave. In lieu of flowers and donations, Mary requested donations be made to the local A.S.P.C.A.

Oramae Brady, 103, passed away peacefully on June 28. She was a long time resident of San Leandro. Oramae was born in Tulsa, Okla., on Nov. 2, 1915. She grew up with her beautiful, older sister, who later died. She eventually migrated to the Bay Area. She was married for a short time but later divorced. Oramae never had any children. She later went to work for a company in Oakland as a bookkeeper for many years.  

Throughout her life she enjoyed many of her lifelong friends, ballroom dancing, a love for animals, especially cats. She enjoyed going to Neptune Beach in Alameda and just hanging out, enjoying the outdoors. She was a free-spirited type of person. 

She belonged to a Baptist church in Alameda and attended every Sunday. She always made it a point to visit with her friends afterwards. 

Oramae also developed an interest in ballroom dancing and began attending the Mastick Senior Center in Alameda for lessons. It was there, where she met one of her lifelong friends, Joanne Lindsey, who was one of the dance instructors.  

Joanne had a gentleman friend, Wallace Johnson, who also became a friend of Oramae’s who always made it a point to check on her to make sure she was OK. Another lifelong friend of Oramae’s was Shelly Chamberlin who also made sure Oramae was taken care of throughout the years. Shelly’s mother was one of Oramae’s mother’s friends.  

Oramae was preceded in death by her older sister and her mother, Elizabeth Childs.  

Services will be held at Greer Family Mortuary & Cremation Services in Alameda, located at 2694 Blanding Ave. A viewing will take place today, Thursday, July 11, from 5 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held tomorrow, Friday, July 12, at 11 a.m. Her body will be flown to Arkansas and laid to rest next to her mother’s grave.  

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