John Rudolph Williams, 96, passed away peacefully on Aug. 9, 2019. He was blessed to be active until he was more than 95 years old, riding his tricycle decorated with two American flags around town, giving to people in the community, playing his harmonica and singing.
John served in the U.S. Navy amphibious forces during World War II and always had a story to tell. One of his favorites was meeting John F. Kennedy at Subic Bay and telling us he “knew JFK would be something.”
John was an avid baseball fan and played senior softball into his 80s. His team won the Senior Softball World Championship, AAA division in 1994. John did his part by hitting two grand slams to secure the victory.
John was predeceased by his wife Mavis and daughter Cheryl (John) and survived by his four children: Karen, John (Dee), Michael and Craig (Madilyn); his nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
John’s entire family would like to thank those in the community who helped John in a variety of ways, including Audrey, Albert’s Café, Ole’s, the Mastick Senior Center and all the drivers who gave him a wide berth while he rode down the middle of the street.
As a World War II veteran, our beloved John will be interred at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon with private services.
May the Glory of Love give him eternal peace.
Paul C. Schmidt, 98 passed away peacefully on July 26, 2019.
Paul was born in Petaluma. Calif., to Albert G. and Maude L. Schmidt. He grew up in Oakland and graduated from Fremont High School. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945.
Paul is survived by his loving family: wife Marilyn; sons Gary (Veronique) and Mark (Suzanne); stepdaughter Donna Fuller (Stan); grandchildren: Stephanie Lowrence (Kevin), Michael (Jennifer), Gregory and Juliet; great grandchildren Dominic and Delaney Schmidt and several nieces and nephews.
Paul was a building contractor in Alameda since 1951. Retiring in 1998, Paul went on to enjoy his family life and could be seen on many occasions strolling the neighborhood hand in hand with Marilyn. He was a devoted and encouraging “Grandpa” and thoroughly enjoyed his annual family reunions with his extended family.
Marilyn and Paul made the most of their many travels together. Paul was quite fond of golf and was a long-time member of Contra Costa Country Club. He was an active member of the Alameda Elks Lodge since 1990, attending many lodge activities.
Paul will be remembered in a celebration of life on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 11:30 a.m., at the Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. Any donations in Paul’s memory may be sent to the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge No. 1015.
For more information, contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745).
Mary Joyce passed unexpectedly and peacefully at home on July 18, 2019. Mary lived all her life in Oakland and Alameda except for 1966-67, when she lived in Australia with her dear friend, Colleen Gallagher.
Mary graduated from St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda and Holy Names University in Oakland and was an engaged alumna throughout her life.
Mary had a fulfilling career as a medical lab technician, retiring from the Alameda Blood Bank. She loved to travel, was adventurous, well-read and intellectually curious, often attending lectures and symposia on a broad range of subjects. Mary loved life; her quiet, straight-forward approach belied her keen wit and wonderful sense of humor.
Mary was preceded in death by her beloved brother, Rev. Brian T. Joyce and their parents, Thomas and Margaret Joyce. She will be greatly missed by her extensive family, neighbors and friends, whom she wove into her proud Irish family. Hospitality and family gatherings were Joyce hallmarks. Mary nurtured family connections in many special ways, including an annual Easter family reunion where all were welcome.
Everyone is invited to celebrate Mary’s life and love at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, at St. Philip Neri Church, 3101 Van Buren St., Alameda. A reception will follow; per Mary’s wishes, attire is “cheerful.”
In lieu of flowers, contributions in appreciation for Mary’s love and friendship may be made to your favorite charity or to Holy Names University, HNU Fund, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland, CA 94619.
For further information contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745).