Obituaries

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Feb. 13, 1923 – Dec. 18, 2020

Wilhelmine (Wilma) Klinkenberg, née Menting, 96, passed away in her home in Alameda, on Dec. 18, 2020, surrounded by her children and grandson. Wilma was an exceptionally strong and selfless woman who will always be remembered for her limitless kindness, caring, generosity, hard work, loyalty, spiritual nature, and unwavering commitment to family.

Wilma was born in Subang, Indonesia — then known as the Dutch East Indies — on Feb. 13, 1924. She spent her first 10 years growing up on a rubber plantation with her three younger siblings. Her father, a Dutchman, was the plantation’s accountant while her mother, an Indonesian native, was a homemaker. In 1934, her father arranged boarding in Holland to allow for her and her younger sister, Carla, to attend school.

In 1939, World War II broke out and the Netherlands was invaded by the German army in 1940. In 1942, while Wilma lived in Holland, the Japanese invaded the Dutch East Indies. Her parents and brother were eventually put into prisoner-of-war camps. Her father did not survive the camp and Wilma never saw him again.

Wilma eventually became a nurse in Utrecht, Netherlands. At one point, she had no conventional housing and lived in a hospital while taking care of patients until the war’s end in 1945. She coped by finding her life’s purpose: dedicating her time and energy to caring for the sick and wounded during German occupation.

Wilma was a true survivor. As a child and young adult, Wilma lived through the horrors of a horrendous war, separated from friends and family; not knowing if they were dead or alive. Her resilience and inner strength kept her going. She never gave up, despite many obstacles and challenges.

In August 1948, Wilma married Daniel C. Klinkenberg (d. 1997), with whom she had two children, Carla and Henk Martijn. Eventually, the family was approved for United States citizenship and obtained a U.S. sponsor. The family embarked on a boat trip to the U.S. leaving Holland in December 1956, with little money and few belongings. They landed in New York City in January 1957.

After completing a one year farm work commitment in Hancock and Red Wing, Minn, the family moved to Alameda, where Wilma spent the last 62 years of her life. Life was very difficult while adjusting to a new culture, learning a new language, finding work, raising children, and having left family and friends behind.

A homemaker until 1972, Wilma went back to school to earn an Associate’s Degree of Arts in Fashion Arts from Laney College in Oakland. She cultivated her gift for sewing and spent the next decades sewing and knitting items for family and friends.

From the early 1980s until 2016, Wilma volunteered at the Alameda Hospital and the Mastick Senior Center, where she selflessly donated her time and energy to serving others. She loved people, especially babies and young children.

From 2016 until her death, she remained active and engaged, while continuously cared for by loving family members. Wilma enjoyed volunteering but, her first love was gardening. She had a spiritual connection with the earth and found solace and peace working in her beautiful garden. She had a special connection with her favorite plants; roses.

Wilma is survived by her devoted daughter and son, Carla Sommers of Alameda, and Henk Martijn Klinkenberg of Lafayette, and her grandchildren: Michael Murphy, Jaqueline Randolph-Giral, Abigail Klinkenberg, and Olivia Klinkenberg; and great-grandchildren: Amira Campbell, Etienne Giral, Jr., and Adrian Murphy; and her beloved cat and best friend, Pepper.

The family of Wilma Klinkenberg wishes to express their appreciation and thanks to Wilma’s friends, family, and neighbors for the many expressions of kindness, flowers, and cards. There will be no funeral services but, in lieu of honoring and celebrating Wilma’s life, the family asks that you plant a rose bush in your garden in her memory.

Feb. 6, 1925 – April 1, 2021
Resident of Alameda

Alice Garvin was born Feb. 6, 1925, in San Francisco. She attended Notre Dame College in Belmont and graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education as part of the Wartime Class of 1943.

Prior to her marriage to William Garvin (Bill) she taught elementary school in Lodi. She started a family with her husband Bill, in Berkeley, and moved to Alameda in 1962 where Alice quickly became an involved member of the community.

She was a longtime volunteer for the Franklin Park swim program, served as a “founding family” for Boy Scout Troop 89, and a Cub Scout den mother. She was an active member of St. Joseph’s Church and School, the UC Berkeley Alumni Association, and served as host for the popular Around the Town Luncheon for 15 years.

Alice began her real estate career with Gallagher and Lindsey Realtors in 1970 and in 1994 she was awarded Realtor of the Year by the Alameda Board of Realtors. In 1994 and 2006 the California State Board of realtors designated her an Honorary member for Life and she also received the Distinguished Service Award, Alameda Association of Realtors highest honor, in 2008.

She is survived by her seven children — Bill, Kathleen (Robert), James Casey (Barbara), Tim (Tracey), Anne (Don), Jennifer and Dan (Margot) as well as ten grandchildren, Molly, Matthew, Joshua, Nathan, Rachel, Garett, Lucy, Alice, Rose, and Chellie and six great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass and celebration of her life will be held on Friday, May 14, at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Basilica, Alameda. Donations may be made to Alameda Meals On Wheels.

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May 25, 1965 – March 6, 2021
Resident of Alameda

Richard Kellner was born in Manhattan, N.Y., in May 1965 to the late Isidore Kellner and Joan Basson Kellner. Rick passed away on March 6, 2021. He is preceded in death by his brother, Martin Kellner.

Rick was a loving father to Lucas Riley Kellner, devoted partner to Arlette P. Constantino, loving brother to Jeffrey P. Kellner, uncle to Allison and Annika Kellner, and friend to Jacqueline Riley, mother of Lucas Kellner.

Rick graduated high school from Bronx School of Science in 1983, and went on to earn his degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1987. Rick started his career with Raytheon Missiles and Defense, and later became interested in energy efficiency.

Rick moved to San Francisco in 2000, nudged by his entrepreneurial spirit and an interest in more time with lifelong friends. He founded and operated several businesses before finding his calling as a baker.

He enrolled in San Francisco Baking Institute and opened Feel Good Bakery in 2004. Rick took great pride in offering Alameda and the Bay Area baked goods, prepared with quality ingredients and artisan execution.
He was also very proud and so grateful to a dedicated and skillful staff that made Feel Good Bakery such a success.

Jackie joined him at the bakery in 2006, and together they expanded the bakery and brought Lucas into the world in 2008. Although, baking was his passion, his greatest joy was spending time with Lucas.

Rick had many interests and enjoyed a healthy lifestyle in addition to fitness. When he was not managing the bakery, he could be found gardening, hiking, snowboarding, doing yoga or shooting hoops with his son.

He enjoyed cooking from the garden and “Feel Good “was part of his mantra; living a healthy, sustainable and organic lifestyle. Rick and Arlette enjoyed time together and often gathered with friends and family. Rick cherished his longtime friendships, taking trips to Tahoe with his buddies, carving down the mountain or enjoying an evening of live music.

Feel Good Rick will be missed by all who loved him, and found joy and laughter in his company. Fly high, hang loose and Namaste, Ricky.

Condolences may be made to the family at www.greermortuary.com.

Greer Family Mortuary & Cremation Services FD-1408
greermortuary.com 510-865-3755

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