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March 1, 2000 – May 9, 2019

Jonathan "Logan" Padre passed away peacefully on May 9, 2019, at the age of 19. Logan was born on March 1, 2000, in San Francisco. He is survived by his mother and father, Jade and Rudy Padre, Jr.; his younger brother, Dominic; Lola Pury Salamanca; Grandpa Rudy Padre, Sr.; Aunt Rosemarie and Uncle James Brooks; numerous Godparents and cousins. Logan was preceded in death by Lolo Jose Salamanca, Grandma Sally Padre, Aunt Rosalyn Padre, and Uncle Joel Salamanca. 

Logan lived in Newark, Calif., through April 2016, where he attended Bunker Elementary, Newark Junior High and Newark High School. Upon moving to Alameda in May 2016, he attended Alameda High School, where he proudly led the procession across the stage and graduated in June 2018. He proceeded to spend his 2018-2019 school year attending the adult transition-continuing education program in Alameda, while working a part-time position at Walgreen’s. 

Logan’s village of support not only included his parents, but the myriad of agencies, therapists and case managers (CCS, RCEB and IHSS); classroom instructors and caregivers. The Newark and Alameda School District Special Education Department Instructors, speech therapists, adaptive PE activity coaches and Instructional aides provided daily encouragement and promoted Logan’s self-confidence and independence. Logan loved his school experience. 

Special thanks to all his home caregivers through the years for all their loving care and companionship they provided: Pricilla, Annie, Rosemary, Joanne, Amanda, Stephanie, Ari, Nick, Leah, Angelica, Elizabeth, Dren, Bob and Lilian; and the Tomas, Becerra, Maniling and Rodrigues families. 

He looked forward to summer destination visits with his family around the US and Canada and always enjoyed his time visiting grandparents in San Francisco and Ventura County, Calif., during winter and spring breaks. He was a seasoned traveler, passing through Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver, Whistler, Winnipeg-Manitoba, Washington D.C., Orlando-Florida, Las Vegas and island family-favorites Oahu, Maui and the Big Island, with Mom, Dad and Dominic in tow. 

For anyone who’s ever met Logan, even just once, he is known to have that dynamic energy that absolutely brightens any room he enters. And with his handsome smile, he prompted a genuinely returned smile from anyone he’s see, whether stranger, friend or family. Rest in Peace, dear Logan. We will miss you.

A memorial mass is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, June 17, 2019, at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda, Calif. All are welcome to attend.

Born in Alameda on Aug. 8, 1959, to Harold Thompson and the late Margaret Thompson, Alan was the beloved husband of Kari Thompson; father of Angelina Blick and Janie Thompson; grandfather of Luke Blick; brother of Jewelie and Lorin Thompson and the late Marianne Garcia. 

Alan was an incredibly loving family man and avid car enthusiast who enjoyed relaxing at the beach or with a fishing pole in his hand. True to his kind-hearted and giving nature, he was a dedicated member of Kiwanis who enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels to Alamedans in need. He was very involved in the Alameda community and could frequently be spotted alongside his wife at local events.

Alan was a general contractor for more than 35 years, beginning as a child helping his father with the family business, and then running his own company with his brother during his adult life. He was a master craftsman of remodeling kitchens and bathrooms and could repair anything imaginable in houses or cars.

Alan had an uncanny ability to make friends everywhere he went. He was always ready to lend a hand, tell a story or start the party. His smiling face, twinkling eyes and endless love and support will be missed by many. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rhythmix Cultural Works, the Midway Shelter or Alameda Meals on Wheels.


Sherylanne (Hanecak) Mason, 59, passed away peacefully May 2, 2019, with her family by her side after a short battle with cancer.

Sherylanne was predeceased in death by her parents, Jack and Dorothy Hanecak, sister Zeda Wingo and brother David Middleton.

She is survived by her two children: Jessica and Benjamin Mason whom she shared with former spouse Scott Mason; her brothers: Jack, Pat and Ken Hanecak; sister Jean Mina along with a host of nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.

Born Aug. 16, 1959, Sherylanne graduated from Alameda High School in 1977 and spent the last 25 years working as the administrative assistant at the Alameda County Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC), coordinating the internship program and graduations.

She was the most giving person, who loved spending time with her family, enjoyed traveling, camping and hiking with friends. Her sweet smile and laughter was uniquely hers and will be missed each and every day.

A celebration of life will be held for Sherylanne on Saturday, June 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alameda County JATC, 14600 Catalina St., San Leandro. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to the American Cancer Society or the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter.