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Maria Chumas Syms passed away in Alameda Jan. 11, 2019. She was born in Kastina, Greece, to Spiro and Stella (Pappagiannis) Chumas. 

Maria was the loving mother of Evie (Les) Bianchi of Alameda and Evan (Maria) Syms of Torrance, Calif. She was the beloved grandmother of Nickolas Bianchi and Aleck Syms and sister of Effie Markis of Oakland. Maria is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Maria was preceded in death by her parents Spiros and Stella Chumas and her brothers Demetrios and George Chumas.

She was an active member and volunteer of the Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland.

Maria was well known in Danville for her beautiful garden. She was a generous and thoughtful person often sharing bouquets of flowers from her garden with family and friends. She was also very accomplished in the kitchen. She enjoyed cooking for close family and friends. She made the best French toast in the Bay Area. She emigrated from Greece and had the fortitude to teach herself how to read, write and speak the English language.

Her greatest pride was her grandson Nick. She whole-heartedly enjoyed every waking moment she spent time with him, attending all his activities. Maria cherished all her friends and lived for her family. She was especially close to her daughter Evie and son-in-law Les who lovingly cared for her in their home, during her prolonged illness. She will be greatly missed by those fortunate enough to have known her.

Family and friends attended Trisagion Services on Jan. 21, and funeral services on Jan. 22. All services were held at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension. Entombment in the Main Mausoleum, Mountain View Cemetery followed services.

For further information contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745).


Lynne M. Taylor, 67, beloved mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and dear friend passed away peacefully at home in Alameda with her children by her side on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

Lynne was born to Mynderse and Muriel Taylor on Feb. 28, 1951, in Elgin, Ill. She graduated from Prospect High School in 1969 and received a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Adrian College in 1974. 

Lynne was married to Robert Arnold from 1972 to 1981. She was later married to Jimmie Hammonds from 1989 to 1999.

Lynne’s early life and career were spent in the greater Chicago area. After her children moved on to college, her work in sales and her love of life brought her to Colorado. She spent 15 years there before moving to Alameda to be near her grandchildren.

Lynne is survived by her two children, Dylan Arnold (Carisa) and Alissa Saldivar (Marc). She also leaves six grandchildren: Ella, Mia and Grayson Arnold and Laelle, Tova and Boden Saldivar; one godson, Miller Boyd, and her beloved platinum Burmese cat, Piper.

Lynne was preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her mother, her brothers, Terry and Kent, and her sister, Patricia.

Lynne excelled in her career as a sales executive. Her sales career created the opportunity to form many lasting friendships and to live in various locations throughout her life. Although she was very successful in her career, her true passion was caring and advocating for animals. Lynne found joy in her companionship with her Australian shepards and Burmese cats. 

She also found great happiness and a sense of independence and community in riding and traveling on her Harley. She was also an avid runner and completed many marathons.

Celebrations of Lynne’s life are scheduled for:

  • This Saturday, Jan. 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Home of Truth, 1300 Grand St., Alameda.
  • Saturday, Feb. 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 1901 Woodfield Dr., Schaumburg, Ill.
  • Details TBD, March 2019, in Denver, Colo.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Lynne’s name to Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter at

For further information contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745).



Frederick Braun, 96, passed away of natural causes on Jan. 9, 2019, at his home in Alameda. Fred was born in Toledo, Ohio, on June 5, 1922, to Ernest and Margaret (Schmitt) Braun. He graduated from Woodward High School in 1940.

Seeking work at the Alameda Naval Air Station (NAS), Fred moved to California in 1943. There he met and married Anne M. McCollum in 1944. They shared 67 years of marriage together before her death in 2012. Together they had four children.

Fred was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving in 1944 and received an honorable medical discharge.

Fred accomplished much in his life. He attended the first industrial engineering training class at the NAS. He went on to develop a revolutionary approach to work measurement. He led an initial team of five who further advanced the system that was ultimately adopted by the Navy, Army, Boeing and United Airlines.

He was well known around Alameda as the man who started the Alameda Penny Market at the Island Auto Movie in 1962. With his wife, he managed the Penny Market until 1994. At the same time he, Anne and son Richard, authentically restored a four-story Victorian-era house on Pacific Avenue. He always said it was the house of his dreams. 
He was an avid collector and enjoyed accumulating antique cars and toys, toy trains, historical firearms and military memorabilia.

Fred was predeceased by his parents, wife Anne, brother Bill and son-in-law Monnie. He is survived by his children: J. and wife Beth, Cheryl, Robert, and Richard and partner Christine; four grandchildren: Trevor Braun, Tristan Braun, Ashley Murdock (Ryan), Jillian Kloter (Michael); and two great-grandchildren, Hudson and Lincoln Kloter.

A viewing will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel, 1415 Oak St., Alameda. Interment will be private. 

For further information contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745).