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Nicole Therese Jones, 41, known by many as Niki or Miss Jones, a dearly loved friend, daughter, sister and teacher, passed away on Dec. 12, 2019, in Alameda. 

Nicole radiated with kindness, generosity and joy towards life. Even at a young age she was considerate and caring of others. Her passion for animals, education, her service as a Girl Scout and her stature as a constant role model for her friends and cousins serve as evidence of her principled, yet gentle nature. 

Like her father, Nicole was competitive and strived for the best in everything: sports, board games, education and career. But her sensitivity to those around her never let the pursuit of accomplishment get in the way of creating a better experience for all. Nicole played varsity softball at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland and went on to receive a degree in psychology with a minor in human development at UC Davis. Her educational background seamlessly bridged her innate ability to connect with children to her career in early childhood education. 

Nicole went on to teach for 16 years at Love Elementary (formerly Haight Elementary) School in the Alameda Unified School District. She taught kindergarten, second grade and third grade.

In 2014, Nicole received a master’s degree in reading and language arts from St. Mary’s College in Moraga. All those who knew Nicole recognized that she was a perfect fit to pursue a career that required monumental levels of patience and empathy, both traits that she so effortlessly embodied. Her magnanimous heart consistently gave to those in need of extra support. Nicole worked to bring creativity and compassion to her classroom.

Nicole will be remembered for her blue jean overalls and pigtail braids, her stunning and bright blue eyes, her love of tomatoes, understated confidence and smart and joyful demeanor. Stubborn to the end, she endured an eight-year battle with brain cancer and took each day in stride to defy the odds. 

Nicole spent her last months surrounded by the love of family and friends. Her memory will remain in our hearts and we will find solace that her soul has found a place of happiness with her adoring father in the stars.
Nicole is survived by her mother, Theresa Ann (Green) Jones; grandmother, Mary Frances (Abraham) Green; brother, Matthew Stephen Jones; sister-in-law, Anna Lorraine (Shute) Jones; nine aunts, 10 uncles and 26 cousins. Nicole was predeceased by her father, Stephen Russell Jones; grandfather, Russell Harry Jones; grandmother, Cecile Margaret (McKee) Jones; and grandfather, George Robert Green.

Special thanks to the teachers and staff at Love Elementary School for their love and support, to UC San Francisco Medical Center for their compassionate care and to the firefighters of Alameda Fire Station No. 2 for making it possible for Nicole to visit her favorite places during her final months.

1929 - 2019

Ronald Anthony Stauber passed away on Dec. 7, 2019, in San Ramon. Ron was 90 years old, born July 23, 1929, in Oakland, child of Anthony (Andy) Wenzel Stauber and Genevieve Anne Kelly.

He is survived by his wife of more than 65 years, Eleanor Diane (Sullins) Stauber, and his seven children and their spouses, Greg Stauber (Amina) of Harrisonburg, Va.; Lynette Seaton (Robert) of Forest Hills, Calif.; Michael Stauber (Brenda) of Kauai, Hawaii; Chris Stauber (Tara) of Danville; Margaret Storelee (Robert) of Benicia; Madeleine Brown (Michael) of San Ramon; and Nicole Wisotsky (Philip) of Danville, his brother Terry Stauber (Patricia) of Napa, and his 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Ron was predeceased by his sister Joyce Joan Coleman of Kirkland, Wash.

Ron grew up in Oakland, graduating from St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco and from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., where on June 1, 1952, he was awarded a bachelor’s degree in business. Ron and Diane were married on April 24, 1954 in Carmel, California at the Carmel Mission Basilica. The newlyweds moved to Pacific Grove, Calif., where Ron served in the U.S. Army at Fort Ord. Among other accomplishments, Ron received the honor graduate award in his leaders’ course class at Ft. Ord.

Ron worked in commercial real estate for more than 50 years, including a time working with his father at Anthony Stauber Real Estate in Oakland, and from 1993 to 2016 in the Napa, California office of Keegan & Coppin. Ron took over his father’s business when he passed at the age of 62. Ron also worked with his brother Terry for more than 15 years at Capsule, Inc., a startup company making a diverse set of custom products from plastic sheets. Innovative, scrappy, and revolutionary for its time.

Ron and Diane moved their family to Danville in 1969 and joined St. Isidore’s Catholic Church, members of the choir and singing together for more than 40 years. Ron loved his family, and spending time at the beach, around the pool and tending the barbecue. With a wife, seven kids and a dog, traveling with the family was always a memorable experience.

Memorial Services are planned for Friday, Dec. 27, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Isidore’s Catholic Church in Danville.

The family wishes to thank the caregivers at the Valle Verde Care Home in San Ramon for their loving care of Ron over the past year. 

Sept. 1, 1932 – Dec. 1, 2019

Robert J. Fitton, 87, also known as “Bob,” passed away on Dec. 1, 2019, in Alameda.

Robert was born on Sept. 1, 1932, in San Francisco to Carroll and Dorothy (Cummings) Fitton.

Bob married Barbara A. Bonino on Dec. 11, 1965, in Alameda. The couple moved to Brookings, Ore., in 1998. They lived happily until Barbara passed away in 2013. Bob returned to Alameda in 2014.

Bob was an avid reader, loved traveling, spreading knowledge and sharing stories. 

Among his many accomplishments in life were: receiving a master’s degree in political science from California State Hayward, serving as a fire inspector, establishing his own business. The two most precious things to him were being married to the love of his life, Barbara, and serving his country in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955. He continued his service in the reserves until 1959.

Bob leaves behind cousins, nieces and nephews along with grand-nieces and grand-nephews. 

Those who knew him, knew him as a quiet, kind and a very gentle man. He will forever be missed but always in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution in Bob’s name to a U.S. veterans organization of your choice.  

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