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Nauvelene Blaisdell, 93, wife of Cdr. Robert Blaisdell (deceased), and mother of Robert, Mikael and Mark Blaisdell passed away at Aegis Living of Moraga on Nov. 5, 2018. Nauvelene was a devout Christian and a longtime active member of St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley. 

The Blaisdell family has lived in Alameda since her husband’s Navy retirement in 1971. Her accomplishments include raising three sons as a Navy wife and mother, years of volunteer service at Navy Relief and earning her bachelor’s degree in French literature from Hayward State University at age 60.

She was raised in Oklahoma City with her younger brother Rev. Earl Taylor (deceased 2016). She was an 18-year-old nursing student when she met Robert, the love of her life, at a U.S.O. dance. They married in 1946 and raised their children in many different places in the U.S., Europe and the Far East during Robert’s 27-year career as a Navy pilot. 

She and her husband continued to enjoy world travel after his retirement. Nauvelene is survived by her sons Robert (Simone Brumis) of Albany, Mikael of Alameda and Mark (Shelly Maramonte) of Concord and her grandchildren: Erik, Demetri, Amaya and Lian. 

Erik’s wife Bobbi-Jean is expecting Nauvelene’s great-grandchild on Nov. 15. 

Our deepest thanks to the staff of Aegis Living for five years of compassionate care. Memorial Services were held at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13. 


Alameda resident Eunice Dillon passed away Oct. 25, 2018, surrounded by family. Born during the Great Depression in Miller County, Ga., Eunice overcame poverty through the love of family and hard work.  

She was predeceased by her husband, Ralph, her parents, an infant brother and two sisters.  

Surviving her are a daughter Dena (Steve) Andersen of Alameda, a son Charles, of San Jose, a sister Rita (Lamar) Barrineau of Stone Mountain, Ga., and three generations of nieces and nephews.  

A private family memorial is planned for a later date. 

Her family wishes to thank Elders Inn of Alameda and Vitas Hospice of Walnut Creek for their aid during this time.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Building Futures of San Leandro, or a favorite charity.  

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

Raymond George Fitzsimons, Jr. was born in Pomona, Calif., to Raymond George Sr. and Eva Mixer Fitzsimons. He was the third of four children: Mollie, Doris, Ray and David. He grew up in Ontario, Calif., and graduated from Chaffey High School in 1948. He moved to Berkeley and attended University of California there. In 1952 he married Barbara Okerbeck in San Francisco and they had two children, Sharon and Steve.  

Ray worked for more than 30 years for Cahill Construction building high-rise buildings. In 1975, Ray married Lee Prickett who has two daughters, Patty and Christine. They lived in Concord and Lafayette.

Ray attended Lamorinda Presbyterian Church and met Kaye Velasco in the mid-1980s along with Kaye’s children Tami, Ray and Jill. Ray and Kaye married in July 1990 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alameda. Their 28-year journey together included church, family, travel adventures and dancing.

His life ended Oct. 29 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. He is survived by his wife Kaye, siblings, children: Steve, Tami, Ray, Jill, Patty and Chris, eight grandchildren, a great-grandson and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter Sharon. 

He will be missed.

A memorial service will be held this Saturday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1323 Central Ave. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, Trinity Lutheran Church, UC San Francisco or a charity of your choice.