Obituaries

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Thomas Lane Engh, husband and father, lover of ideas, Wikipedia fan, exercise enthusiast, canine companion, friend to many, and an Alameda character of the first order, died peacefully on Sunday, June 26th, 2022. He was eighty-four years young.

Born in 1938 to a train conductor father and a musical mother, Tom spent his childhood on the northside of LaCrosse, Wisconsin. He was a good student, a gifted writer, and a terrible speller, with a quick wit that was responsible for getting him both into and out of trouble. He was the first in his family to attend college, graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a degree in philosophy.

Upon graduation, Tom headed west to the Golden State, where he found sunshine, liberal politics, and like-minded peers. Tom also met his wife of 56 years, Luzanne (Guidici), to whom he was introduced during his lifeguarding days in Oakland. He often said that the best decision he ever made was marrying Luzanne. In 1969, Tom and Luzanne moved to Alameda, where they raised their two daughters. Tom coached for the Alameda Swim Team, delivered for Meals on Wheels, and walked dogs at the Alameda Animal Shelter.

For further information, please call, Harry Greer, Funeral Director (FDR-745). Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services 510-522-6020 Alameda.

Our loving mother Antoinette (Ratto) Carbone passed on May 9, 2022. She was born June 15, 1930 in Alameda to Giacomo and Pauline Ratto, who moved to Alameda from Genoa, Italy.

Proceeding her in passing was her beloved husband of 71 years George Carbone, as well as her sisters Margaret Maggiora and Louise Bertuccio, leaving one surviving sister Lorraine Bertuccio of Merced.

She deeply loved her children, Debora Taylor (Michael) and Denise Garvine (Bill); her four grandchildren, Courtney Sien (David Bail), Michael Taylor (Katey), Lauren Penko (Joseph) and Lisa Moody (Michael), and five great-grandchildren, Gemma Sein, Matteo, Mauricio and Camila Moody, and Levi Penko. Her extended family includes Kaelyn, Bret, Tanya, Huston, Dakota and Kristen Garvine and Rocco Bellavia.

Her grandchildren have fond memories growing up with her in their lives. Memories of Halloween parties after Trick or Treating, New Year’s Eve sleep-overs, where at midnight, they would celebrate by banging pots and pans in the backyard. To this day, the TV programs “Golden Girls” and “Murder She Wrote” remind them of growing up at Nana’s house.

You were a beautiful, loving, caring and generous person that Debbie and I were fortunate to call Mom. You were always there for us. We are so grateful to have had you in our lives for the last 70 years. You instilled in us family values and how important closeness of family is. You were the matriarch.

Mom, you were a gift to Debbie and I. We will carry you in our hearts always. You are forever with us.

Good Bye to our mom with the “Beautiful Blue Eyes”.

We Love You!

Private Services will be held to honor Antoinette.

Robert (Bob, Beastwood) Kent Eastwood was born October 10, 1966, and grew up in Mountain View, California where he excelled both in academics and athletics, particularly in baseball — from little league, through Babe Ruth and on to high school, before leaving to attend California State University Chico.

At Chico, he made many lifelong friends joining Tau Gamma Theta fraternity. In addition to the innumerable great adventures, including his portrayal as Captain Riverman Pierce, helping the fraternity win the championship at Rancho Chico Days, he also furthered his passion for music and became the lead singer for the band Graymail. This led Bob to Santa Barbara where the band released their debut CD and he found a new passion in construction.

Wanting to complete his education, he returned to San Jose State University to start a new chapter earning a degree in public relations and meeting his wife, Nancy. In his new career in hi-tech PR he again made many more lifelong friends, bringing Nancy along for the ride as they hosted elaborate parties and traveled, while continuing to work and use Bob’s construction skills rehabbing houses.

All of this led to his greatest joy — the birth of his son Callahan. Starting with their special morning routines as a baby, teaching him sports as soon as he could hold a ball and then when he was old enough, taking him camping throughout northern California and skiing in Tahoe. However, the absolute best for him was sharing his love of baseball with Cal while coaching Alameda Little League for five seasons. With a positive approach and a desire to improve each child’s skill and love for the game he was able to spend countless hours with Callahan at the field. Along the way, again, making many more friends.

In every phase of Bob’s life dating back to middle school, Bob made friends and kept in touch with them. He treasured their time together and he will live on in their memories.

He is survived by his wife Nancy, son Callahan, brothers Walt and Rich, sister-in-law Teresa, brother-in-law Austin, father-in-law David and five nephews: Jackson, Cooper, Jackson, Grayson, and Branson. His parents and brother Jeff have passed. Donations can be made in his honor to Alameda Little League.

There will be a celebration of life on Sunday, June 26th from 11am to 3 p.m. at the Oakland Yacht Club, 1101 Pacific Marina, Alameda.

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