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Maria "Tona" Martinez
September 10, 1929    •    September 21, 2017

Maria "Tona" Martinez passed away September 21, 2017 surrounded by family. She leaves behind 2 sisters in El Salvador, 7 children, 40 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, and countless nieces and nephews. She will be missed and never forgotten by family and friends.



William “Bill” Lezchuk
April 1, 1940    •    April 15, 2017
Resident of Fremont

William passed away on April 15, 2017. He was born in Chicago, Ill. to William and Anne Lezchuk. He lived in California most of his life.

He was the loving husband of Margaret Lezchuk. Preceding him in death were his sons David and Michael as well as a sister Doris Fagundes. He is survived by his sons James (Ling), also Dan (Ed), Jeff (Denise), and Greg Koning, as well as daughter Melanie Weber (Dan). Also surviving Bill is his brother Dennis (Kathleen). He leaves behind grandchildren Bryndon, Jeremy, Zachary and Madison Lezchuk. Also, Nicole and Mikayla Koning, Kelly, Joel, Natalie and Hannah Weber.

William was a long time educator in Loma Prieta and San Jose. He officiated sports in the Tri-city area. He as a long time member of Centerville Presbyterian Church. Some of his greatest enjoyments were singing in the Centerian Choir, watching his favorite sports and having a good meal and conversation with family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at Centerville Presbyterian Church, 4360 Central Avenue, Fremont CA 94536 on Saturday, April 29th at 11 am. Reception to follow.

Donations in Bill's memory may be made to Centerville Presbyterian Church and will be designated to the Centerian Choir.



Rogelia Mendoza Castañeda
Junio 13, 1918    •    Febrero 6, 2016

Rogelia murio en paz el 6 de febrero del 2016 a la edad de 97 años en la ciudad de Hayward, CA donde vivio por los ultimos 17 años.

Rogelia nacio el 13 de Junio de 1918 en un rancho llamado El Paraje localizado en el municipio de Coalcoman Michoacan donde vivio muy feliz sus primeros 15 años de edad en compania de sus padres, hermanos y familiares.

Rogelia se caso muy joven con el Sr. Jose Maria Jimenez con el cual formo una bonita familia en la cual procrearon 8 Hijos y Hijas. Anita, Jose Maria, Anita, Eduvina, Ines, Terecita y Elias el cual ya fallecio.

El Sr. Jose Maria Jimenez fallecio a la edad de 35 años de edad dejando a Rogelia Mendoza viuda muy joven y con la responsabilidad de crear y formar a sus 8 hijos en unas personas de bien, lo cual no fue una tarea facil para ella ya que tuvo que ser padre y madre a la misma vez.

Ella nunca se volvio a casar solo vivio para y por sus hijos hasta que poco a poco cada uno de ellos comenzaron a formar sus propias familias. hasta casi quedarse sola.

Quando se caso su hija mas pequeña Terecita Jimenez ella decido refugiarse con ella al verse sola, y desde entonces es que Rogelia vivio una vida plena hasta la fecha de su hoy fallecimiento

Rogelia fue una mujer recta, honesta, disciplinada, buena madre y padre a la vez, fuerte, valiente, admirable, buena persona y abuela por eso y mucho mas es que la recordemos para siempre!

Hasta pronto Rogelia Mendoza!



Theodore Erik D'Oliveira
June 28th, 1990    •    January 23rd, 2016

Theodore Erik D'Oliveira “Theo” , 25, recently of Yuba City passed away January 23rd, 2016. Theo was born in Hayward , California the only son of Ted and Nina D'Oliveira. He attended Hayward schools and graduated from Castro Valley High School in 2008. Theo spent the past 12 years of his life living in Castro Valley where he attended and graduated from Heald College with a degree in Computer Programming.

Theo was talented with computers and enjoyed working on them. If you had a computer related issue Theo would always be willing to help or fix the problem. Additionally, there was a telescope from his great Uncle Will at the home and Theo began to take a great interest in viewing stars and planets. He enjoyed Astronomy and would talk about eclipses and comets that were coming into view in our area.

Theo enjoyed spicy food - always ordering the Warrior Chicken at his favorite restaurant Genghix and it was never spicy enough so he would order extra hot sauce on the side. He love Sriracha hot sauce. He enjoyed Krispy Kreme donuts, Peet's coffee and Stella beer. A few other favorites were the Walking Dead TV show, his favorite color was Red and his favorite flower was the orchid. Theo had a music account with Spotify where he listened to music by Interpol, Modest Mouse and Gaslight Anthem. Although he would say he felt allergic to cats, he loved his sister Christine's cat “Effy”. Effy waits by the door for Theo's return............

Theo is survived by his parents Ted and Nina D'Oliveira, his step-mother Suzanne D'Oliveira, and Nina's significant other Tom Tucker. He leaves behind beloved sisters Christine D'Oliveira and Celena Sanchez and step-sisters Chelsey and Leanna Broderick. Theo is survived by his beloved Paternal Grandmother Agnes Lester. Theo is also survived by his best friend since age 3, Jake Partridge, and dear friend Oz Scarborough.

Memorial Services will be held at Mission Funeral Home in Hayward on Friday, February 5, 2016 from 1pm to 5pm, memorial ceremony at 2pm, lunch reception to follow services.



Nsima Etok
March 3, 1966    •    January 15, 2016

Nsima passed away peacefully on January 15, 2016 at the age of 49 with his wife and sons by his side at Valley Medical Center, San Jose, California.

Nsima was born and raised in Nigeria and then came to the United States of America in 1997 to San Jose, California where he spent his entire life. He worked for Home Depot and Walgreens for many years and studied in different schools through post-graduate level.

Nsima was baptized into Church of Christ and was faithful despite the challenges he faced in life. He raised his family to love and serve God. He loved reading, playing sports especially soccer, and he also enjoyed taking children to sport activities.

Nsima is survived by his wife of 17 years, Mfon, 3 sons (Abasi-Ikpongke, Andikanabasi and Kufreabasi), mother- in-law (Uduak Eyo), Uncles, aunt, Cousins in Nigeria, American parents (Peggy and Lorin Cross) and in-laws in Nigeria.

We will miss his infectious smile and kindness that he showed to those around him.

To honor Nsima’s life, all are invited to attend a Viewing/Night of Songs on Friday, 5, 2016 and Funeral Service on Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 at Campbell Church of Christ, 1075 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell, CA 95008. Interment to follow at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, 490 Lincoln St. Santa Clara, CA 95050.



Felicitas Buenafe Talledo
Sunrise: March 7th, 1927    •    Sunset: January 16th, 2016

The lone survivor of the seven siblings of Froilan and Josefa Buenafe is gone.

Felicitas was the fifth child of six girls and one boy. She was born on the 7th of March 1927 in Macarcarmay. Life in this barrio was concentrated in farming and all members of the family helped each other. Later, Aniceta, the eldest, got married to Manuel Taloma and resided in Tayum.

Aniceta had a sarisari store and she took Felicitas to help her in her business as well as in household chores. Felicitas was also sent to learn dressmaking in Bangued. While in Tayum, Felicitas, a fair-complexioned young lady caught the attention of Tayumenian gentlemen but her heart was conquered by Crispulo Babasa Talledo who is the bosom buddy and co-worker of Manuel in Hawaii.

Crispulo and Felicitas celebrated their wedding in Tayum on the 23rd of September 1950. Later, they bought a house in Sabal, Tayum and engaged in rice mill business. Out of their marriage, the couple had nine children; John, Dick (deceased), Ben (deceased), Nelo, Rey, Lee, Eva, Liza and Aemo.

John, the eldest, migrated to the United States and let his mother follow him. Here, Felicitas resided till her last breath at the age of 88, her last destination which began in Macarcarmay. She is now with her 2 sons and husband, who passed away on the 18th of June 1986.

Farewell, Felicitas, we will miss you, will never forget you and thank you for the time you shared with all of us.



James Willis Russell
Sunrise: July 28, 1952    •    Sunset: May 14, 2015

James Willis Russell was born on July 28, 1952 to Leroy E. Russell Sr. and Mildred Russell in Hartselle, Alabama and they have both preceded him in death. His siblings lovingly referred to him as “J.W.”

He was baptized and added to the Church of Christ at an early age. James W. Russell then moved to Oakland, California in the 1980’s where he began working for AC Transit as a bus operator. He was promoted to Line Instructor at AC Transit in 1993 where his prime responsibility was to train new and aspiring bus operators throughout the East Bay. James Russell retired after twenty-two years of service.

While working at AC Transit, James W. Russell also received his preaching diploma from The Bay Area School of Preaching and graduated on December 16, 1987. He studied under the late and great James W. Ferguson Sr., who was the Senior Director at the Bay Area School of Preaching and Minister of Alameda Church of Christ. Three years later, James Russell became the Minister of Alameda Church of Christ.

In 1988, Minister James Willis Russell met and married the love of his life Cherrie in San Francisco. From this union James and Cherrie Russell had two sons, Denzel Willis Russell and Derek James Russell. Minister James W. Russell raised his family to love and serve God, and they assisted him in his ministry at Alameda Church of Christ. One of James Russell’s best strategies in waking up his two sons for church was throwing a cold wet towel over their faces every Sunday morning. This was always a battle, but James is still undefeated. While being a servant leader and minister at Alameda Church of Christ, James was a faithful, committed, and beloved preacher who loved doing God’s work with a smile. Minister James Russell preached at Alameda for over fifteen years and his family then moved their membership to Hayward Church of Christ.

Minister James Willis Russell leaves his beloved wife Cherrie H. Russell; two sons Denzel Willis Russell and Derek James Russell; his siblings Ocie Sharply (Wayne), Orel McCarther (Mac), Doris Ann Newton (Dale), Leon Russell (Brenda), Charles Russell (Pat); mother-in-law Alma Parson, two brothers-in-law Ruldoph Parson Jr. and Morton Bradley, two sisters-in-law Jackie Singleton and Joyce Bradley, a host of adored nieces and nephews, Hayward Church of Christ family, Godson Brey, longtime friends Minister Roscoe Rhodes, Sis. Valorie Bolden and her family, Joyce Williams, and innumerable relatives and friends.

Cherished ones that preceded Minister James W. Russell in death were his three siblings Miss Bernice Russell, Levon “Hollis” Russell, Leroy E. Russell Jr., and Calvin Powers who was a dearly beloved in-law.



Daniel Palmieri, Jr.
Resident of Newark
January 3, 1934    •    January 31, 2015

Daniel Palmieri, Jr, 81, passed away on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at his home in Newark, CA.

Daniel was born in 1934 and raised in San Francisco, CA. In 1956, he was inducted into the Army and served in the Korean War while stationed in Germany. In 1959, he returned to San Francisco where he met and married his wife of 51 years, Betty. He worked as an accountant at Southern Pacific and retired in 1996 after thirty years of service. Daniel was an active member of The Moose Lodge where he loved socializing, Karaoke, and dancing with friends. He also enjoyed reading and gardening. He had a wonderful smile that could light up a room and touched many lives with his gentle spirit and positive outlook on life.

Daniel is survived by his four sons: Glenn Kerr (Maria), Newark, CA; Ron Turney, Klamath Falls, OR; Brett Palmieri, Burlingame, CA; Jason Palmieri, Paso Robles, CA; one daughter, Sherine Turney, Alaska; seven grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren. He is further survived by his brothers Charles Ortez, Saint Helena, CA and Gary Ortez, Union City, CA, other relatives and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Daniel Palmieri and Mary Ortez, and his wife, Betty, San Francisco, CA.

The family would like to thank Vistas Hospice for their loving care and support and Mission Funeral Home, Hayward, CA for all of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. A Celebration of life is scheduled for Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 2pm-6pm at The Moose Lodge, 6940 Rich Ave Newark, CA 94560.



Martha Elva Wenzel (Sarakby)
Sunrise: March 29, 1929    •    Sunset: May 21, 2014

“Thou Art not lost who find the light in the sun, the stars, and God.."

Martha (Marty) Wenzel, (Aka Stevens, & Sarakby) entered into eternal rest on May 21, 2014. She was beloved mother of daughters Pamela Stevens, and Penelope White/Son-in-Law Thomas Grajek. Beloved Grandmother to Christian Gray, Autumn Metzsch, Jacob Jeffery White. Beloved Great Grandmother to Ashley Reloba, Jonathan White, Sarah White, Taylor Rose Metzsch, Maddox Gray.

Born in Chicago Illinois, (both Parents immigrated from Europe.) she went to Julliard for Music, was accomplished in Singing and Dancing. Marty traveled the world, and was a member of the Elks in Castro Valley. Worked for Encinal Terminals, was AVP for Episcopal Homes Foundation, Globe Metals, and finally retired at H & R Block in San Leandro.

"From Everlasting to Everlasting....Thou Art from Everlasting..."
"From Everlasting to Everlasting.... Thou Art God..."
"His Mercy is Everlasting... Blessed Be The Lord.."

The Sound of your voice.... The Touch of your Heart... Will be Everlasting...

Your Loving Family

(Private Interment at Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, California)



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