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Our hearts are broken over the loss of our beloved Anna, who passed away unexpectedly on April 15, 2020.

Anna was born on Aug. 3, 1954 in Corpus Christi, Tex., to Lawrence and Hortense Rodriguez (deceased). The youngest of five children, she moved to Alameda at the age of eight. She has called the Island City her home since 1963.

Anna attended Mastick Elementary and St. Barnabas schools, St. Joseph Notre Dame and Encinal high schools (class of 1972) and Cal State Hayward. Anna was employed by Alameda County Human Resource Services and was looking forward to her retirement after 42 years.

In 1979, Anna married Tom Montoya and the couple enjoyed 37 years together, until his passing in 2016. Anna was the loving and supportive mother to Matthew and Michael Montoya. She attended every baseball game, soccer game, Christmas play and Boy Scout event with pride for her sons. As they became adults, Anna was always there whenever they needed her to be.

Anna was truly a “Love Magnet,” who touched the hearts and lives of everyone blessed to know her. She made an immediate and unforgettable impression on all she met. Her inner and outer beauty, love and acceptance, along with  her keen sense of understanding always made one feel special. 

She loved cooking, dancing, laughing and traveling with her legions of family and friends. Together, with her sister and best friend, Patti, she was hostess to every family gathering, holiday party and Bunco night. The memories of her love and laughter will be cherished by her many relatives and lifelong friends.

Anna is survived by her sons: Matthew (Danielle) and Michael Montoya, her brothers: Larry (Paula) Rodriguez, Arnold (Elaine) Rodriguez, Robert Rodriguez, and her sister Patti (Gary) Ward. Loving “Auntie Anna” to numerous Rodriguez and Montoya nieces, nephews and family friends. Anna will also be missed by her loving in-laws, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, God children and the very best “sister-friends” ever.

As we lean on the Lord for understanding, we are assured that Anna is happy to be reunited with her husband Tom. Our loss is heaven’s gain. Her legacy of unconditional love and kindness will live in our hearts and minds forever.

A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. Please contact family members for details.

Martha Lopolito passed away peacefully on Monday, April 27. She was born on April 18, 1930, in Miami, Ariz., to Arthur and Maye Smith. She was a teen when her family moved to Oakland, where she graduated from Oakland Technical High School, Class of 1948. She met Norman Lopolito in 1949 on a blind date, and they were married in 1950. They were married for 64 years, until the time of his death.

Martha worked for Bank of America for more than 20 years in both Alameda and Oakland. She was also a member of the WETS swimming group for many years. For a number of years in the 1960s, she bowled on the Monday Morning Housewives League. She loved being in her kitchen making homemade soups and baking pies and cakes for Norman’s sweet tooth. She was also a beautiful seamstress. She was a lover of animals, and supported several animal charities.

Martha was preceded in death by her husband, mother and father as well as her younger brother, Ted. She is survived by her daughter Cheryl, sisters-in-law Mary Ann Houck (Gene-deceased) and Vida Reiss (Roland-deceased), and many nieces and nephews.

At Martha’s request, no services will be held. Those wishing to commemorate her are encouraged to consider a donation to Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter, 1590 Fortmann Way, Alameda, CA 94501.

James Dennis Molgaard, fondly known as Jimmy, Jim and JD, 72, of Alameda, passed away at Concord Medical Center in Concord. 

JD was born in Audubon County Iowa, on June 15, 1947, to James (Merlyn) and Norma Molgaard as the oldest of three children. He attended Elk Horn Kimballton Community School and graduated in the Class of 1965.

JD worked as a finishing carpenter for Jim Larson Construction until he enlisted in the Army in 1966. He took basic training at Fort Polk, La., and was stationed in Germany. After his discharge, JD moved to California, where he made a career of high-rise construction house framing and carpentry, as well as dabbling in bartending. He retired in 2008. 

JD was a life-long Dodgers fan, but he adopted the Oakland A’s. He walked the Relay-for-Life track in Alameda, volunteered his woodworking skills at his church and rode his bike all over the Island City. He was an avid reader and storyteller. He enjoyed afternoons of baseball and beer. 

JD was preceded in death by his mother, Norma Molgaard. He is survived by his father, Merlyn Molgaard (Mary); his sisters, Judy and Janine (Ellic); his children, Daniel (Dana) and Jennifer (Gilbert); five grandchildren, his longtime companion, Gina; numerous nieces and nephews and other family members and friends.

Memorial donation may be given to the Woman’s Cancer Research Center at 2908 Ellsworth St., Berkeley, CA 94705. JD’s family would like to thank the ICU staff at Concord Medical Center for being his surrogate family while COVID-19 restrictions sidelined them. 

A memorial service will be held when it is safe for family and friends to gather to celebrate JD’s life. 

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