Obituaries

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Frederick Richard Eckert, 75, passed away after a brief illness on May 2, 2019.  

Fred was born on Nov. 4, 1943, in Las Vegas. A member of the 1962 graduating class of Las Vegas High School, Fred enlisted in the U.S. Navy and became a corpsman. Stationed at Oak Knoll, he fell in love with the San Francisco Bay Area and all it had to offer. He studied radiological technology at Merritt College and worked his entire career in the radiology department at Alameda Hospital.

Fred is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Michelle (Stark), his son in law, Mathew, his sister, Caroline Wallace (Marvin), and brother, Don Eckert (Phyllis), and several nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

He was an avid hunter, fisherman, boater, golfer and gourmet cook. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Lois Lee (Gunn) & Guy Frederick Eckert and his granddaughter, Hope Adeline.

A celebration of Fred’s life will be held Friday, June 7, at 11 a.m. at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services, 2694 Blanding Ave. in Alameda. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Fred’s honor to the National Kidney Foundation and the American Diabetes Foundation.

 

Karen Louise Eikeland was born Feb. 19, 1944, to Mary Margaret Gray and Lars Eikeland. Karen was a lifelong Alameda resident. She passed away May 3, 2019. 

A professional photographer par excellence, she graduated Laney College with an associate’s degree in art. 

Well known and loved for her playful, bubbly, joyful personality, Karen was a superb nature photographer. Her outstanding work appeared in several magazines and galleries.  

Karen was the photographer at the Altarena Playhouse. She served as a dedicated photo lab technician at Alameda One Hour Photo until it closed in the early 2000s. Prior to that, she served as a retoucher and lab tech for Romaine Photography in San Francisco. Karen also belonged to Alameda Photographic Society.  

A lifelong devout Catholic, she was a parishioner at St. Joseph and previously at St. Phillip Neri, both in Alameda.  

Karen died of medical complications after being hospitalized several weeks at Fairmont and subsequently at Alameda Hospital.  Her death comes as a shock to her loved ones.
Karen had no children, but is survived by brother William Eikeland, as well as other family members who love her dearly and profoundly feel this great loss.   

Walk along the beach in Alameda, down by the bird sanctuary, and maybe you’ll feel her spirit out there, shooting close-ups of the herons and sandpipers in the sunshine.

The funeral will take place at  Saturday, June 22, at 9:30 a.m. at St Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St. Friends of Karen’s are asked to contact her cousin Linda for more funeral information at cuetzalan2012@gmail.com.

On May 6, 2019, Caroline Bennett Fahlen passed away at home in Alameda after a long battle with lupus. Her beloved Pastor Dot Lundgren was by her side. A mother of six and grandmother of nine, Caroline’s strong will, determination and quick wit will be missed.

Born on Nov. 14, 1947, and raised in the St. Francis Wood neighborhood of San Francisco, Caroline graduated at the top of her class at Lowell High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Mills College in psychology, receiving a key to the school for her academic achievements. She continued her schooling and received a Master’s degree in counseling from San Francisco State University. While working in technology systems, Caroline met Patrick D. McAvoy, they married in 1983, and settled in Alameda.

Caroline was a gifted artist and flautist, passionate about politics and her faith, a loving owner of her feline roommate, Mac, and an avid student of foreign languages. She was very active in her church, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alameda, and volunteered regularly for Alameda Food Bank distributions. She enjoyed spending time with her large family and was surrounded by an incredible community of close friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Patrick D. McAvoy; father, Dr. Charles “Cub” Cuthbert Fahlen; mother, Dorothy ”Dot” Stauffer Fahlen and brother Charles ”Chuck” Cuthbert Fahlen. She is survived by her brother Theodore “Ted” Fahlen (Lynda), many nieces and nephews and children: Kirby Lawton (Laura) of Berkeley, Ted Lawton (Katrina) of Pismo Beach, Katie Honegger (Travis) of Alameda, Erin Kaller (Chris) of Pasadena, Grace McAvoy (Ken) of Portland, Ore., and Patrick C. McAvoy (Andi) of Pacheco. She was loving Oma to grandchildren: Tomis, Charley, Brayden, Layla, Luke, Cadence, Elliana, Charlotte, Logan and two grandchildren-to-be.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alameda Food Bank at 1900 Thau Way, Alameda, CA 94501, or the local National Public Radio station in Caroline’s memory. 
A celebration of life is scheduled for Sunday, June 30, at 1 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1420 Lafayette St., Alameda.

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