Obituaries

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Born on Aug. 19, 1932, to the late Edwin and Virla Lund, Peggy passed away on April 2, 2018.  

She is survived by her children: Penny Watson, Jody Christensen, Joni Pratt, Benjamin Fraga, Dennis Grossmann, Rick Grossmann and Mack Fraga; grandchildren: Aaron Wiederspahn, Josh Wiederspahn, Tricia Christensen, Billie Jo Baer, Hillary Hardy, Gary Woodworth, Nicholas Woodworth, Jason Woodworth, Ruthi Woodworth, Sarah Woodworth, Natalie Woodworth, Jammin Fraga, Cameo Fraga, Anthony Jesse Fraga, Majestic Fraga, Ryan Grossmann, Jesse Grossmann, Richard Grossmann and Jessica Grossmann; and siblings Chuck Lund and Suzi Lund. Her beloved husband, Anthony “Tony” Fraga, predeceased her in 2013.  

Peggy retired from 33 years of service at the Southern Pacific Railroad. She was a union representative for the Brotherhood of Railroad and Airline Clerks (BRAC). Peggy and Tony were active members of Alameda Yacht Club. They sailed the San Francisco Bay in their boat, My Way.

Peggy wrote poetry; some of her work was published with the Alameda Island Poets. She also had been an actress in community theater productions in Pacifica.

Family and friends may visit at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services this Friday, April 13, after 5 p.m. and attend a vigil service at 7 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Barnabas Church, 1427 Sixth St. this Saturday, April 14,  at 10:30 a.m. Peggy will be laid to rest with her husband at St. Mary Cemetery.

Donations in Peggy’s memory may be made to Alameda Meals on Wheels.

 

Born in Alameda on April 14, 1919, to the late Joseph and Marie O’Brien, Katie passed away just a few days shy of her 99th birthday on April 4, 2018.  

She is survived by her beloved nieces and nephews: Tom Mackey, Jerry Mackey, Mary Crutchfield and Kathy Ranharter; grandnieces and nephews: Colleen Volpone, Denise Toth, Joan Larson, Bob Mackey, Susan Frakes, Theresa Lyon, Janine Reed, Todd Crutchfield, Cindy Crutchfield, Andrea Crutchfield, Richard Crutchfield, Patrick Saxton, Bryan and Jeremy Ranharter; 28 great-grandnieces and nephews; one great-great-grandniece and nephew; and sister-in-law Audrey O’Brien. 

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Arthur Baker; sister Marcella Mackey; and brothers: Joseph, Edward and Jim O’Brien.

Katie worked as a manager in the personnel department of Pacific Bell and AT&T for many years. She was a long-time member of the Youth Leadership Institute. She enjoyed traveling the world, playing cards, gardening and knitting.

Family and friends may visit after 5 p.m. today, Thursday, April 12, and attend a vigil service at 7 p.m. at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services, 2694 Blanding Ave. A funeral mass will be held this Friday, April 13, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Katie’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

Jack Owens, 98, passed away peacefully after a brief illness in Alameda. He was born and grew up in Quincy, Mass. He graduated from Quincy High School in 1938, and served in the U.S. Army and the Coast Guard Reserves during World War II.

Jack married Elizabeth (Bette) May Todd on July 14, 1945, and they were married for 69 years. They lived in Hingham, Mass., for 48 years and were parishioners of Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church. 

Most of Jack’s career was working at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy. He retired from the shipyard in 1985 as a structural design supervisor. 

In 2000 Jack and Bette moved to Alameda to be closer to their daughter and two granddaughters. In Alameda they joined the Christ Episcopal Church and also became members of the Trinity Seniors at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Jack is survived by his son Malcolm Owens of Castro Valley, his daughter Meredith Owens and his two granddaughters Anna Tai Owens and Mei Liu Owens, all of Alameda. Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Bette Owens.

Friends and family are invited to a memorial service on Friday, April 20, at 2 p.m. at the Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Ave.

Donations may be made in his memory to “One Sky for All Children” www.onesky.org; OneSky at 715 Hearst Ave., Suite 200, Berkeley, CA 94710.

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