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Keith Gallee Newsome

Keith Gallee Tubby Newsome Jr. was born June 6th 1972. He departed this earth and left us behind April 13, 2021 to join the Justice League of Tubby ancestors who moved on to a better side of life; a life where there is no mental, emotional, or physical pain...Amen.

Keith’s life was one of true adventure and excitement mixed with the bittersweet realities of real love and painful loss, coupled with the unintended consequences of bad decisions...Amen.

As a self-appointed Dare Devil, and honorary member of the DC Comics Justice League, Keith drove his parents crazy by jumping off tall buildings in a single bound, boldly exploring places sane kids would never go, speed racing down dangerous hills on a ten speed without a helmet and fighting with any and everybody just to test out various moves he learned from watching kung fu movies.

The Most High blessed him with six children Rachel , Allec, Keira, Maximus, Cyrus and Atlantis. He loved all of his children in his very own Keith way. He was blessed to be loved and raised by three parents including his mother Gwendolyn Denise Tubby Newsome Mayon, his father Bobby Lee Mayon Senior who preceded him in death may (God bless his soul) and Keith Newsome Sr..

Keith was also loved and raised by his grandfathers George Lee Tubby and Robert Lee Hood, great grandfather Anthony Washington Woods all whom preceded him in death may (God bless their souls) and a host of surrogate mother’s including his beautiful grandmother Pearlie Woods Tubby, Great grandmother Lilly Lloyd Woods, both who preceded him in death, May (God bless their souls) Auntie Janice Faye Tubby Lee, Aunty Patricia Enoch Tubby Maggie, Aunty Shelia Kaye Tubby, Aunty Jolanda Tubby Smith, and Aunty Grecia Collette Dinwiddie Ward who also preceded him in death (may God continue to bless her soul).

Like many of us he had his fair share of struggles, but this does not negate the fact that he loved us honestly and sincerely. Nevertheless he was our family; our son, father, brother, nephew, uncle and cousin a.k.a. the proverbial thorn in our side. Keith will forever be loved and really missed dearly by all; especially those who knew him best.

He leaves behind in mourning his mother Gwendolyn Faye, and little brother MFlame Damu, unborn sister Atlanta Tubby Newsome, Brothers Gary and Bobby Lee Mayon jr. Sisters Felicia Ann Mayon, and Trina Bop Mayon, nieces Beonka, De’Ahevon, Heaven and Destiny, and Baby Heaven, nephew Hollis MFlame Mayon, as well as his Uncle Wayne Lee Tubby, Uncle Gregory Tubby, Uncle Otis Lee II, Cousin Darrell Dinwiddie, his cousin and friend Jarome Kerry Enoch, Cousin Avery Enoch, Cousin Anthony Ward, Cousin Otis Maceo Lee III, and Keith’s lovely children, Cousin Tileah Pitts, and Cousin Jarea Williams, Aunty Thelma Pennington, Aunty Betty Joe, Uncle Dan Murray, Aunty Jackie and Tonie Teasley, Cousin Sharita and Mark and the entire Tubby, Lee and Teasley families and a host of family members whose names are not mentioned but never forgotten as their names are forever etched in our minds as you know who you are.

Keith if you can hear us, thank you for being a part of our lives. You are gone but never forgotten. Your memory will live on with us forever.

We Love You... 💗💗💗

Linda Lea Royce
Sunrise: January 18th, 1959    •    Sunset: February 4th, 2021

Linda was born on January 18, 1959, in Hayward, California to William and Leonor Royce. She received her Business Administration degree from California State University, Hayward. On February 25, 1988, she gave birth to her only son, Alexander Royce, whom she dedicated all of her love and devotion.

Linda started her career with the airline industry, including World Airways, AirCal, and American Airlines. In 1999, she joined Chaves & Associates and provided invaluable services to the engineering industry for 22 years. Linda had a notable passion for nature and beauty. She loved gardening, beautiful art, and anything that sparkled. She especially loved sharing her wild dreams and animal sightings.

Linda was known for her infectious smile, loud laugh, exaggerated expressions, her caring and compassionate spirit and dedication, her undeniable beauty, and her excitement to share moments and memories with her friends and loved ones. Linda is survived by her mother Leonor Royce, and her son Alexander Royce.


OPAL R. "RAE" ERKS, 89, of Hayward, California, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, was called home to her Lord and Savior on August 20, 2020. She was born in 1930 to Opal (Moss) and Clarence Ray Sillaway. Rae was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Leslie G. Erks. She is survived by her sister, Margie Johnson, daughter Pam (Walker) and her husband, Jerry; son Rod; grandchildren, Brandon and his wife, Meghan, Ryan, Danny, Amber, Ashley and Amanda; and 6 great-grandchildren, Jayden, Sienna, Jacob, Mylie, Grant and Luke.

Rae was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and raised in Salinas, California. She was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Rae was an avid gardener and took great pride in her many species of roses. She was also a voracious reader and was rarely seen without a book in her hand. Rae will be missed, but certainly never forgotten. Her legacy lives on in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 26th at Mission Funeral Home, 22297 Mission Blvd., Hayward between 12-5pm. Burial will be held at a future date at Rose Hill Cemetery, Wentworth, South Dakota.

Memorial contributions may be made in the name of Opal R. Erks to the Daughters of the American Revolution ("DAR").


"If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my own garden forever."
~Alfred Jennyon

Michael Duggan

Michael Duggan, 64, of Newark, passed away May 7 in Hayward after a lengthy illness.

Michael filled his life with family, friends, music and sports among many interests. His greatest joys were playing guitar and singing with his beloved son Alek and friends and playing softball, most recently in several senior softball leagues. Other interests included riding his motorcycle and working in his organic garden. During his life he became a certified SCUBA diver, took sailing lessons, jumped from an airplane, could play guitar and bass, read music, sing, ski, skate, sail, hit a home run, play chess, throw a ringer, fix anything, juggle and was rarely beaten in ping pong or darts.

He was born in San Jose and lived most of his life in the Bay Area. In his late teens he traveled the country hopping freight trains with his faithful dog, finding work as he went. In 1975 he moved to Santa Cruz working to become a licensed general contractor and painting contractor. It was there he met his wife and companion of more than 44 years, Pat Purdy, and became step-father to her daughter Lyssa. In 1977 they moved to Modesto and in 1980 became proud parents of their son Alek.

Michael was generous of spirit, kind, talented, funny and loved to learn about everything. He coached Little League for many years for both Alek and Lyssa and enjoyed travel in Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii and Italy.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Purdy, step-daughter Lyssa Schmitt, son Alek Duggan, grandchildren Eric Schmitt, Jessica Kennedy, and Liam Duggan, brothers Jed Duggan and Paul Duggan, sisters Mary Anne Halbeisen and Nancy King and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family is planning a celebration of life in the summer.

Denise Rae Woodfill
Sunrise: June 16, 1952    •    Sunset: July 13, 2019

Our beautiful Denise Woodfill (Denisa Rae Montoya) joined our Lord on July 13, 2019, in Hayward, California, her home for the past 50 years.

Denise was born on June 16th, 1952, in Santa Fe, NM to Ernesto and Ramoncita Montoya. She was preceded in death by her loving parents, brothers, Louie and Joe Ernie Montoya and nephew John Michael Gonzales.

She is survived by her beloved son, Todd Pickering, her grandsons (her brightest stars) T.J. (Jessica) and Noah Pickering. Great grandchildren, Micah and Ophelia Pickering. Sisters, Nancy Gilorteanu (Ion), Linda Montoya-Miller(Chris), and sister-in-law Lucille Montoya, along with several nephews, nieces, cousins, and special friends.

Denise retired from a rewarding career in counseling in northern California.

A Christian Service will be held at Mission Funeral home in Hayward, California on Friday August 2nd, 2019. In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to the Carmelite Monastery which was very close to her heart.

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.

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