Obituaries

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Peggy Sue Rivas passed away peacefully on January 17, 2023. Born on January 29, 1929 on her family farm in Plankinton, South Dakota. She moved to Alameda as a teenager and attended Alameda High School, where she met her husband Thomas Rivas.

Peggy is survived by daughters Susan Tweet of Vacaville, Karen Ruckman of Alameda, Peggy Ann Lackmann of Modesto, and numerous cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Peggy was a wonderful loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She is preceded in death by Thomas Ernest Rivas, her husband of 56 years; her father Aloysius Corrington and Mother Gladys B. Morgan. Sadly, she lost her beloved sons Michael and Patrick Rivas over forty years ago. Peggy has also left behind many loved family members and friends.

Peggy was a majorette with the Alameda High School marching band. She loved dance and could play the piano by ear. She also liked to draw and paint. She loved listening to music, with a fondness for the Blues. She was very proud of her Irish heritage. Her greatest joy in life was her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be missed and dearly loved by all who knew her. Family and friends are invited to attend funeral services Friday January 27, 2023, 11:00 a.m. at the GREER FAMILY MORTUARY, 2694 Blanding Ave., Alameda. Entombment Mtn. View Cemetery, Oakland.

Memorial contributions may be made in Peggy’s name to the Alameda Elks Charity Fund, 2255 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda Ca. 94501. Reception to be held at the Alameda Elks Lodge at 2:00, following the entombment.

For further information please call:
GREER FAMILY MORTUARY
ALAMEDA
(510) 865-3755

Ron Salsig sports writer, author, and golf pro — saw himself and the world around him as a true writer sees the world, where the story of the character is more important than the truth of history, but the history itself should be told in a way that makes the reader smile, grimace, feel, and think. Ron passed away on Nov. 19, 2022, he leaves behind a trove of writings, friends, his brother Bill Salsig, niece Jody Salsig, and nephew Brian Salsig.

Born in Berkeley on Nov. 10, 1948, to William and Natalie Salsig, Ron spent most of his life in the Bay Area. He attended Kensington Elementary, and graduated from El Cerrito High School in 1966. In the early 1970s, Ron attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he played golf, and eventually was part of the coaching staff.

In the mid-1970s Ron worked as a golf pro at the Tilden Park Golf Course. In the 1980s Ron began his professional sports writing career, eventually becoming a sports editor at the Alameda Times-Star. Ron also wrote for the Oakland Tribune and had articles published in a number of golf magazines. In 1999, he published a book with Roger Maltbie, Range Rats: How to Get Your Swing from the Practice Range to the Golf Course.

For a brief period of time, Ron lived in the Sierra Nevada near Nen-i-mish (Mount Sill). He often said the people he met, and the time he spent there was instrumental in the shaping of his life.

Ron claimed to have golfed with everyone from Mark McGwire to Dan Quayle. He also believed he is one of the first journalists to have discovered the incredible talent of a young Tiger Woods and has published several golf articles about Tiger’s younger and college years.

Ron was an active part of the East Bay community, while most of his efforts centered on providing advice and wisdom about golf to new players, clubs, the public, and golf course designers, Ron was also a very active member of the Alameda Alcoholics Anonymous providing advice and wisdom to those who struggled to walk down a path he credited with saving his life.

Ron will be missed, his gravely laugh, his quick wit, and his wonderful conversation.

Editor’s note: Ron Salsig contributed countless local golf stories to the Alameda Sun over the years. We appreciated Ron’s generosity and his depth of golf knowledge and history will be missed.

Born and raised in Yakima, Wash., Betsy enjoyed her role as the youngest of Jesse and Jane Lindeman’s three children. She attended college at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she acquired her bachelor’s degree.

With a strong independent spirit, Betsy moved to Hawai’i in the late 1950s where she enjoyed many days on the beach and witnessed the addition of Hawai’i as the 50th state. After a short stint teaching kindergarten, she found her passion in retail, which continued when she moved to San Francisco a few years later. She loved telling the stories of her time at Joseph Magnin’s department store in the 1960s and 70s, including the time her team sold a topless swimsuit to local star Carol Doda.

A blind date with a man visiting Seattle on a business trip led her to move to San Francisco where he lived. She and George Gammell hit it off wonderfully and loved the vibrant nights out around North Beach (and the free music and happy hour food)! Married in 1966 in a little church in Sausalito, a new phase of life brought her two children over the next four years and a move to nearby Alameda.

What started as a way to be involved in her husband’s activities, Betsy’s love of golf grew, and became a way for her to enjoy friends and sport and to serve her community. She recently accepted the honor of lifetime membership in the Alameda Women’s Golf Club, her giving spirit continued as she got involved serving as Chair of the Alameda Golf Commission and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Alameda Junior Golf Association.

Betsy loved to be around friends and family, swapping stories or just having a good laugh. She was an avid reader and loved curling up with a good book. She played bridge regularly with her group of friends that called themselves ‘the support group’. One friend remarked that Betsy had just the right balance of funny and serious. Betsy cherished her children deeply and took great pride in watching them grow up (eventually) into the adults they have become. She had cats around her most of the years, with the last two brothers of Ringo and Rusty being wonderful companions.

Betsy is survived by her husband George, children Jessica Jane (partner Dan Buckley) and son Douglas John (wife Andrea Gammell), her two furry friends and many wonderful human ones.

Donations in Betsy’s memory can be made by check sent to the Alameda Junior’s Golf Association, #1 Clubhouse Memorial Road, Alameda, CA 94502.

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