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Linda Darlene Belt was born in Alameda on Nov. 7, 1962, to Mary Phillips. While growing up, Linda blessed all that knew her. She had a heart of gold and was loved by many.  

In 1981, Linda graduated from Alameda High School and started her career at US Bank. In 2000, Linda decided to move on to Medical Insurance Exchange of California as an accounts receivable technician. 

Linda’s favorite pasttimes included spending quality time with family, camping, watching her favorite sitcoms, doing crosswords and cheering on the Warriors. 

On May 28, 2018, Linda was reunited with her Savior; mother, Mary Phillips; adopted father, Frank R. Esparza, Jr.; siblings: William Phillips, Sharon Avery and Marvin Malone; sisters-in-law, Marlene Malone and Diane Phillips; Auntie Emma Esparza and nephews Bobby Phillips and Noah Esparza.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are: her adopted mother, Josephine Esparza, children: James “JJ” Palega (Mary Palega), Brittany Belt and Brian Belt; brother, Timothy Malone; adopted siblings Raeann Esparza-Banuelos (Jesse Banuelos) and Frank Esparza III (Rebecca Esparza); grandchildren: Kylani, Kaleya and Kylie; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews: William (Billy) Phillips, Maryann Wright (Mark Wright), Stacie Salinas (Jimmy Salinas), Tiffany Maloch (Chas Maloch), Michael Wright, Jimmy Salinas (Alyssa Bermudez), Mila Salinas, Joaquin Salinas, Jae’Ven Salinas, Desirae Archuleta (DesiSue) and Frankie Esparza lV, as well as many other family and friends. 

Services held in Linda’s honor will be at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St. A rosary will be held today, Thursday, June 14, at 5:30 p.m. and a mass tomorrow, Friday, June 15, at 11:30 a.m.

A beloved and devoted wife and mother has been reunited in heaven with her husband Robert H. Beland, stillborn son Robert H. Beland, Jr., loved ones and friends.

Emma was one of seven children born to Walter and Ethel Lucas in Alameda. She worked for a prestigious brokerage firm in San Francisco and was known to handle the investment portfolio of Joan Crawford.

Alongside her husband Robert, they raised two daughters in Newark, Calif., for 14 years until they relocated to Fresno. It was there she returned to the workforce finishing her career at the age of 75 when she retired from Blue Cross. 

Emma loved entertaining, decorating and gardening, saying she did her best praying there. She will be remembered for her kindness, generosity and concern for others. Her death has left a hole in the hearts of those who knew her. 

Emma leaves behind two daughters, Jeanette Beland and Andrea Marshall; son in law, Dr. Daniel Marshall; sisters, Beverly Splan and Betty Spingola and sister in law, Anne Beland. She is also survived by nieces: Marie Tapia, Laurie Mari, Claire Splan, Kerrin Beland, Kelli Proctor and Nephew Tanjore Splan; many great-nieces and -nephews; grandchildren: Chrissy McCormick, Michael Marshall and Sarah Linden and great-grandchildren: Hunter McCormick, Hayden McCormick, Jayden Marshall Martinez, Noah Buckley, Tristan Marshall and Gemma Marshall. 

Honoring Emma’s wishes there will be a private burial.

Please see the full obituary for Emma Beland at

Born in Glen Ridge, N.J., to the late Shelley and Lois Kaplan, Robert Kaplan died of end-stage renal disease caused by amyloidosis at his home. 

He was the incredible husband of Jerrilyn and loving father to their twin daughters, Nikki Kaplan (Blake Echols) and Dara Sue (Alan), grandfather to Hannah Echols and Lylah and Rayah Sue. He is also survived by his brother, Vic Kaplan.

After finishing high school in Millburn, N.J., he attended and graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. He then attended the California College of Podiatry in San Francisco at which time he met Jerri. He did two years of residency in New Jersey and Oakland, after which he began his practice of Podiatry on Pill Hill in Oakland. He was a lifetime member of the California Podiatry Association and served as president of his local chapter.

Rob was an avid golfer, bread maker, vacation planner, guitar player, reader, A’s and Warriors fan. He volunteered to cook for the Midway Women’s Shelter in Alameda. He was an active member of Temple Israel of Alameda and served as president, treasurer and Cantorial Soloist.

In lieu of flowers please donate to Temple Israel Alameda at 3183 Mecartney Rd., 94502 or to the National Kidney Foundation, 717 Market St. San Francisco 94103. For both charities, please reference “In memory of Robert J. Kaplan, DPM.” Private services have been held.