Obituaries

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Birth Date: 
Jul 14, 1950
Date of death: 
Jul 8, 2021

Rebecca “Becky” Perre Martin passed away with her family by her side at her home in Reno on July 8, 2021. She was 70 years old.

Becky, a devoted wife, sister, aunt and friend, will be deeply missed. She had a special space in her heart for all animals, especially her beloved cats.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 22 from 1:30- 4:30 p.m. at Walton’s Sierra Chapel, 875 W. Second St., Reno, Nev.

The Graveside Service will be held on Friday, July 23 at 12:00 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery, 435 Stoker Ave., Reno.

Becky left us way to soon and will always be fondly remembered.

Birth Date: 
Apr 24, 1942
Date of death: 
Jul 8, 2021

MaryAnn Mertz, age 79, passed away peacefully July 8, 2021. MaryAnn was born in Humboldt Park, Chicago, Illinois to Stella and Peter Jensen. She married Arthur Mertz in 1967.

In the 1960s, while working for Alitalia Airlines, MaryAnn was able to fulfill her love of travel. MaryAnn and Art went on many impromptu international adventures from Peru to Fiji to Mexico. Her joy in sharing travel adventures with others prompted her career as a luxury travel agent for over 20 years.

MaryAnn carried on the Jensen family love of cooking and feeding people. She always had the makings for a small feast in the fridge and often whipped up a gourmet meal for dozens of family members and friends. She passed that love on to her daughter, Amy.

MaryAnn was an avid gardener. She looked forward to participating in the annual Dearborn Garden Walk while living in Chicago. MaryAnn and her longtime companion in life, Bruce Gillis, spent many hours landscaping their yards and the yards of their churches. Upon moving to Alameda, MaryAnn took charge of her daughter’s weed patch and quickly converted it into a beautiful and thriving drought-tolerant garden.

From an early age, MaryAnn showed her creative crafting side. She taught herself to sew and was able to drape a dress in a day. She loved to knit and needlepoint; she was especially proud of the piece she donated to the Altar Guild of St. Chrysostom’s Church in Chicago. As a grandmother, she was often found at the kid’s table, showing the youngsters how to craft handmade holiday ornaments.

Being a grandmother to Eli and Ezra was MaryAnn’s greatest source of joy. She was delighted that Ezra was college bound and that Eli was engaged to Natasha Won.

MaryAnn leaves behind her daughter, Amy (Mertz) Frary; son-in-law JP Frary; grandsons Elijah Frary Kerns and Ezra Frary, companion Bruce Gillis; Brother Len Figura, and many nieces and nephews and friends that felt like family.

MaryAnn is preceded in death by her husband Arthur Mertz.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) at https://www.alamedaanimalshelter.org.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD1408
www.greermortuary.com
510-865-3755

Birth Date: 
Aug 4, 1956
Date of death: 
Apr 30, 2021

Michael “Jon” Richardson of Spokane, Washington was born August 4, 1956 in Alameda, California, the son of Alton and Jacqueline Richardson. He died on April 30, 2021 at his home in Spokane, Washington at the age of sixty-four.

He graduated from Alameda High school in 1974. He married Jerri Jo Neuman and was blessed with a daughter Denise and son Michael. Jon spent over 40 years in the Landscape Irrigation Management field. In 1996 Jon moved from Alameda, California to Hayden, Idaho and eventually resided in Spokane, Washington. Jon was a Freemason and reached the level of 3rd Degree.

In his spare time, Jon enjoyed fishing, golfing, concerts, Oakland Raiders, Gonzaga Bulldogs games and watching races of his grandson Jeremy Doss. He loved his dog Yogi very much, but there was nothing more precious to Jon than his family.

Jon proceeded in death by his parents; one brother and one brother in law. He leaves behind his daughter, Denise Lynn Doss (Mike) of Kelseyville, California, son Michael Jon Richardson Jr. of Livermore, California. He also leaves the following 2 grandchildren, Jeremy Doss, and Andrew Garcia, and his beloved dog “Yogi.”

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday August 1, 2021 at Hennessey Valley Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 N. Pines Rd, Spokane Valley, WA 99206. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to ASPCA https://secure.aspca.org/donate/ps-gn-p1?linked=1. Please visit Jon’s online memorial and sign his guest book at www.hennesseyvalley.com

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