Obituaries

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Felipa Angelito Acosta, 79, passed away peacefully on Jan. 11, 2018. She was born on Sept. 5, 1938, at La Union, Philippines, to the late Maximiano and Nicholasa Acosta. 

She graduated from Adamson University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry as part of the class of 1962. She was a retiree of California State Compensation Insurance Fund. 

“Fely” was well known and truly lived life to the fullest through serving God as a choir member of the Catholic Church in the Philippines and the U.S. She had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. 

She will be remembered as the “Candle Lady” of St. Barnabas Catholic Church and a woman with golden heart.

Visitation was held at Greer Family Mortuary yesterday, Jan. 17. Services will be held at St. Barnabas Church, 1427 Sixth St., today, Thursday, Jan. 18, at 10:30 a.m.

Michael “Mike” McMahon died peacefully at his home in Alameda after a brave fight against glioblastoma. He was known for his wonderful smile, his love of life, family and friends and his “Let’s have a party” attitude. He was a joy to be with and a force to be reckoned with if someone he cared about needed help. 

Mike was born to James Patrick and Ellen Smith McMahon on Sept. 15, 1938, in Washington, D.C. He had four older brothers: Jack, Jim, Ralph and Gene. He attended St. Theresa Elementary School and St. John’s College High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Catholic University of America and his master’s degree from George Washington University. 

Mike began his 35-year career with the federal government as an intern for the Navy Department and then as a program analyst for the Federal Aviation Agency. He became one of the first employees at the Office of Economic Opportunity, a.k.a. the War on Poverty, where he worked on the Foster Grandparents program. 

He later joined the Department of Urban Development and became Director, Program Policy & Operations for the Urban Development Action Grant program. His final position was program director for Youthbuild, a national program that offered high school dropouts an opportunity to gain both a GED and construction skills. 

Following retirement, he tutored grade-school children in reading and volunteered at a food bank in Maryland. After moving to California, he volunteered at the Alameda County Community Food Bank from 2008 to 2017.  

Mike married Christine O’Donnell McMahon in 1965 and made her happy for all 52 years. He treasured his children, Beth McMahon-Wise of Alameda, Gregory Ralph McMahon of Brighton, Colo., his granddaughter, Brooke Tyler, his son-in-law, Timothy Wise and Tim’s son, Jake. 

Mike enjoyed attending opera in San Francisco and Alameda, plays at the Altarena Playhouse and movies.

He loved playing bridge, traveling and walking the paths of Harbor Bay. Most of all, he treasured time with his family and friends.  

In addition to his immediate family, Mike is survived by his sisters-in-law: Sara McMahon, Mary Ann McMahon, Jean O’Donnell, and Margaret O’Donnell and his brother-in-law Joseph O’Donnell. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom loved to be with Uncle Mike, and by dear friends from all periods of his life.  

A memorial mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, 1022 Holly St. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Doctors Without Borders or the Alameda County Community Food Bank would be greatly appreciated.

Ronald V (Ron) Guptill, 85, died on Jan. 5 after a short fight with cancer. Ron was born June 5, 1932, in Los Angeles, to Virgil Guptill and Genevieve Guptill, née McChesney. 

Ron grew up on the water in Alameda, graduated from UC Berkeley, and was an Army 1st Lieutenant during the Korean War. He launched a career in heavy equipment and tractor sales starting with John Deere and opening his own dealerships, Guptill Equipment Company in Whittier, Calif., and BayCal Equipment in Livermore.  

Ron met Kathy Howard (of Hillsborough, Calif.) when they were both students at Cal and were soon married; their partnership of 62 years, involving love, children, travel and home improvement projects inspired, and occasionally frightened, us all. Like many young couples they spent the first several years of their marriage traveling as part of Ron’s military service and then his career before settling in California’s Central Valley where they lived for nearly 50 years raising their children and grandchildren.  

Ron loved sailing, mountain climbing and traveling the backroads of this and other countries with Kathy, occasionally bringing along a child or grandchild for the trip.

He is survived by his four children: Sarah Taylor, Genie Betsch, Kitty Guptill and Chris Guptill and six grandchildren.  

Ron’s can-do attitude, his do-it-yourself mentality, and his wit and wisdom will be missed.

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