Obituaries

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Born in Pasadena Calif., on Aug. 2, 1941, to the late John and Mimi Clark, Susan “Suzi” Hill Zika Worden, 77, passed away peacefully Jan. 12, 2019.

She was preceeded in death by her husband and partner of more than 30 years, William “Big Bill” H. Worden and her sister Erica Peterson. 

Susan is survived by her brother John Garvin Clarke (Sara); and brother-in-law Richard Peterson. She also leaves behind her stepson Bill and his wife Barbara Worden; son Don Zika; daughter Anh Zika, granddaughters: Katie Worden, Tatianna and Anna Hauso; and several nieces and nephews.

Susan’s career started in 1959 as an assistant librarian at Pasadena City College. From there she earned a bachelor of science in Education from Drake University in Iowa, and then acquired a life teaching credential for the State of California. She completed a short stint at teaching (which turned out not to be her passion).

Susan was destined for a higher calling. She was already heavily ensconced in the boating community in the East Bay where she had resided since 1968. In 1979 she started working for the City of Berkeley Parks and Marina Division and met her future husband, Big Bill. 

She earned a masters degree in public administration at California State University Hayward and never looked back. 

She spent the next 23 years working, serving the public as a civilian employee. Starting out at the Navy Resale & Services Support Office as a personnel assistant, moving on to the Oakland Army Base working her way up to management analyst records manager and ultimately landing a position in the Bridge Inspection Division of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Department of Homeland Security where she stayed until she retired as a bridge management specialist in June 2005. Throughout her illustrious career she received many awards and commendations for public service.

As a longtime resident of Alameda, Susan loved the water.  She was an avid and accomplished sailor who enjoyed giving sailing lessons to anyone who asked. Among her most prized possessions was her 32’ Erikson sailboat on which she spent countless hours as an active member and volunteer for the USCG Auxiliary, involved in safety patrols and instruction of boating safety. From 1975 to 1982 she participated in specialized training to perform the duties of instructor, vessel examiner, operator, patrol vessel commander and communicator. She also held two elected positions with the USCG Auxiliary, that of Vice Commander (1976) and Commander (1977).

She was also closely involved with the Alameda yachting community and was a member of the Aeolian, Oakland and Alameda yacht clubs. Among the volunteer positions she held were Port Captain at Oakland Yacht Club (1979 and 1982) and secretary for Point San Pablo Yacht Club. Susan also served as a delegate to the Pacific Inter-Club Yachting Association from 1983 to 2013 and received the coveted Staff Commodore’s Silver Star Award in 2005 for her distinguished service.  Throughout all of this she still managed to independently own and operate a thriving business called Ship Shape Suzi.

Susan’s warm smile, contagious laugh, outgoing personality and passion for dance and music, touched many lives. Dubbed the “Dancing Queen” at her granddaughter’s wedding just three months ago, this picture reminds us all of her love of music and her constant want to dance.

A celebration of Susan’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Susan’s memory to the following organizations close to her heart: The Oakland Civic Orchestra, Antioch Strolling Strings, the Amador High School music program or a music program of choice.For additional information, please visit www.greermortuary.com.

Sail on Suzi. You will be sadly missed by all whose lives you touched.

Valerie Broadbent (a.k.a. Bubbles), 95, passed away of natural causes on Jan. 18, 2019. Valerie is survived by three sons, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Valerie moved to Alameda when she was widowed with the passing of her husband, Gerald F. Broadbent, in 1995, after their marriage of 52 years.

Valerie requested a small family memorial gathering and in lieu of a detailed obituary, she asked that the poem at right be shared in her memory.

The New ‘Gal’ in Town
Valerie Broadbent
It was 1999 when I found this special place
with tree-lined streets and Victorians of grace.

I’d never seen so many: each a treasure
with stained-glass windows for everyone’s pleasure.

Alameda won me over, and I knew I’d stay
in this charming island city by the bay.

As soon as I was settled and had more time to explore
I became enchanted, as I uncovered more.

My curiosity grew about Alameda’s history
but our local museum helped solve the mystery.

Its old photos enlightened me greatly
when historians showed homes standing stately.

Some were built a hundred years ago or more,
and they held the keys which unlocked the door 
revealing interiors of quality construction 
lovingly restored and saved from destruction.

Enjoying these homes by the bay
is just one of the reasons I plan to stay.

 

Leida “Lee” Doscher Padway went non-physical on Nov. 21, 2018. She transitioned in a motor vehicle collision, struck by a reckless driver on her way to the Redwoods for Thanksgiving. Lee was born Nov. 1, 1951, in Long Island, N.Y., and moved to Southern California at age 8.

She attended UC Santa Barbara where she focused on environmental studies. She then moved to the Bay Area to earn a law degree at Golden Gate University. She made Alameda home for more than 40 years. There she married and started a family. For many years, she had a career working at a law firm assisting people in gaining legal representation. 

Lee was an avid bike rider with a tremendous spirit. Her passion for the environment continued and she became an advocate for public open spaces. She believed in the power of positive thoughts. She would spend hours meditating and sending good energy into the universe. She was a great mother and wonderful loving person. 

She is survived by her two sons Kevin and Scott, both of whom her world revolved around, her soulmate Barry Greenberg, former husband Laurence Padway, daughter-in-law Lisa, her soon-to-be grandson, her brother Richard Doscher, his wife Rita, their children Evin and Tatiana, her stepmother Patricia and many friends. She is preceded in death by her mother Leida and father Richard. Lee will be greatly missed. 

Please drive sober.

In lieu of flowers, the family invites contributions to park benches dedicated to her and also that you put positive thoughts out into the universe in her memory.

A celebration of life for Lee will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24, at Crab Cove and Crown Beach at noon. Please visit the evite for more information: bit.ly/celebratelee.

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