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Linda Gee was born in Zhongshan, China, on July 15, 1935. She passed away peacefully on Aug. 30, 2017.

Linda’s life revolved around her devotion to family and community, her dedication to education and her passion for music. She grew up in Oakland’s Chinatown and received her bachelor’s degree in English from UC Berkeley. After graduation, Linda pursed a career as an elementary school teacher. She then moved to Alameda, where she devoted her time and energy toward raising her family. Later, she returned to work as an Internal Revenue Agent with the Internal Revenue Service in San Francisco. 

Retirement offered Linda the opportunity to explore and expand her passions in life. With family and friends, she traveled across the globe, including trips to Mongolia, Greece, Italy and France. In 1999, she reunited with her relatives in her birthplace in Zhongshan. She regularly volunteered at St. Anthony’s Dining Room in San Francisco and tutored children in reading at Lum Elementary in Alameda. 

She was a devotee of classical music, loving to play Beethoven and Mozart on the piano, attending the San Francisco Opera and singing in the Alameda Community Chorus. Finally, Linda loved to spend time in her backyard garden nurturing and cultivating flowers.

Linda is survived by her husband Warren; her three children, Becky Gee, Karen Zeller and Kevin Gee; and her brother Richard Lee. She was also mother-in-law to Matthias Zeller, the ever-doting grandmother of Max Zeller and aunt to many nieces and nephews.

 

 

Michael L. Sites passed away Sept. 6, 2017, from a battle with throat cancer. He was born Dec. 15, 1945, in Anderson, Ind.

After graduation from Hoosier High School in Knightstown, Ind., he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1964 and started survival training at San Diego’s 32nd Street Naval Air Station (NAS). During his naval career, Michael was stationed at Oceana Virginia Beach NAS, Mare Island Naval Air Shipyard in Vallejo, Agana NAS in Guam, Alameda NAS and Treasure Island NAS. 

Mike also had a locksmith business, Sites Unlimted. 

Retiring after 20 years of naval services, he worked as a civil servant at Alameda NAS, leaving when the base closed in 1997. Then he went on to work with the FBI in San Francisco before retiring in 2006.

During Mike’s retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his wife of more than 44 years, Billie Sites, and volunteering time with the Alameda Naval Air Museum. One of his hobbies was racing cars with Tobi and Chase. 

Mike resided in Alameda since 1970. He is survived by his wife, Billie, sister Linda Morse, son Chris Sites (Shannon), daughter Connie “Sugar” and stepchildren Kristy (Jerry), Vicky and Rick. His grandchildren: Kaylynn, David, Abby, Mellissa “Puddin,” Stephanie, Ron, Tobi, Tina and Erin survive him along with five great grandchildren: Chase, Cedric, Anthony, Marley and Emily. He is also survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews. 

He was dearly loved by his family and friends and will be sincerely missed by many. 

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alameda Naval Air Museum in honor of Mike Sites, 2151 Ferry Point Road, Bldg. 77, Alameda CA 94501.

Services will be held Sunday, Sept. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. on the second floor of the Alameda Naval Air Museum.

 

Effie Lea Johnson passed away peacefully at home in Alameda, Calif., on Aug. 17, 2017, at the age of 83. Her loving husband, Harold Duane Johnson, was at her side. 

Effie was born in Kanawha, Iowa, on Dec. 3, 1933, to Ora and Opal Johnson. She and her loving husband moved to Alameda in 1960 and purchased a beautiful Victorian that was built in 1890. They spentmany enjoyable hours fixing up their home and making it into a showplace. 

Effie is survived by her husband, Harold Duane Johnson, and their two daughters, Sheila Johnson and Leanne Johnson. She is also survived by her grandson, Willard “Billy” Garoutte, son of Sheila Johnson; his wife Sarina Garoutte, and their three children, Brittany, Dylan and Kekoa. Effie is also survived by two great-grandsons. 

Effie was born into a family of 10 children and is survived by her sisters, Sheryl and Ioleata, and brothers, Arlan and Ronald, all living in Minnesota and Iowa. 

Effie enjoyed collecting unique antiques that she labored hours restoring. She was very creative, making Christmas wreaths and other beautiful items. She loved gardening and music. She enjoyed playing the piano and accordion and singing in the church choir. 

The family requests that donations in her memory be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Kidney Foundation. 

She will be terribly missed and loved forever. 

A small gathering of family and friends held services for Effie last Saturday.

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