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Carol Louise Stolte Paden, 95, passed away peacefully in her sleep on the morning of April 27, 2020. In her whole life, she had not lived more than 50 miles from the town she called home, Alameda. Carol was born on June 11, 1924, in Oakland, to Elizabeth Moran Stolte and Ferdinand Charles Stolte. She spent her first few years living in the Oakland hills on Fruitvale Avenue.

They moved briefly to Saratoga where her late brother, Charlie, was born, and where Carol went to kindergarten and first grade. Her father’s dream of becoming a gentleman farmer in Saratoga was drastically changed by the crash of 1929. In order to be closer to his construction company, the family moved to Alameda in 1935.

This move started a new life chapter that would eventually become epic. During her early years, Carol and the Stolte family spent the summers living near some of her father’s construction projects; in particular, two projects for William Randolph Hearst. The first was his fishing and hunting lodge on the McCloud River and the second was Hearst Castle in San Simeon. During these summers, she became playmates (and lifelong friends) with Bill Apperson, a grandnephew of Phoebe Apperson Hearst. 

Carol continued her elementary school education in Alameda.  During her eighth-grade year, she met William W. (Bill) Paden, the son of Irene D. Paden and William Guy Paden, superintendent of schools in Alameda. This was another life-changing event. They continued on to attend Alameda High School on a year-round schedule, graduating in three years, as the class of January 1941.

College followed, and Carol attended UC Berkeley where she graduated in October 1944 and received her bachelor of science in dietetics and nutrition. Carol and Bill were married on Dec. 30, 1944, their union lasting nearly 60 years until Bill passed away June 23, 2004.

Carol was an avid reader and horse enthusiast, a clever knitter and crafter. She was very loyal, gracious and kind. As a perpetual optimist, she could always see the silver lining. As a loving mother, she wore many hats. She was a “stay-at-home mom,” dietician, part-time bookkeeper, tour director, amateur attorney, puppeteer, nurse, swimming instructor and construction foreman, as the situation required.

Horseback riding and swimming were the sports she especially loved. She kept herself involved in both for almost all of her life, especially with decades of teaching swimming to the youngsters of Alameda and managing the teenage pool lifeguards during the summers.

From 1960 to 1964, Carol, Bill and the four Paden children were lucky enough to be able to take summer car and trailer trips criss-crossing the U.S. and southern Canada. At the end of these journeys, they had visited every continental state, except Florida and Alaska, and all of the southern provinces of Canada.

During her lifetime, Carol also volunteered with the Girl’s Club, Garden Branch, Alameda Hospital Auxiliary, Children’s Hospital, The East Bay Dental Auxiliary, and became a Founding Member of The Alameda Swimming Pool Association and The Hearst Castle Foundation.

Carol is survived by her daughters, Christine P. Greenlaw (Russ) of Livermore, Jan P. Covell (Steve), of Pacific Grove, her son, Dr. William S. Paden (Becky) of Alameda; six loving grandchildren: Kimberly G. Baker (Joshua), Craig P. Greenlaw, Kelley C. McCarthy (David), Stephen W.D. Covell, William R. Paden (Kristin), Amanda P. Rojas (Jesus); and eight adorable great-grandchildren: Clare Baker, Quinn Baker, Mason Greenlaw, Samuel Greenlaw, Madeline McCarthy, Connor McCarthy, William J. Paden, and Elliot Paden. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. William W. Paden, orthodontist, and their daughter, Dr. Susan Elizabeth Paden, each of Alameda.

A memorial service will be announced at a future date.  To make a donation in memory of Carol Paden, please consider the Alameda Swimming Pool Association, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide safe instructional swimming activity for Alameda children, as well as encouragement and support for adult and U.S. team swimming.  

For more information contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745). 

 

Our hearts are broken over the loss of our beloved Anna, who passed away unexpectedly on April 15, 2020.

Anna was born on Aug. 3, 1954 in Corpus Christi, Tex., to Lawrence and Hortense Rodriguez (deceased). The youngest of five children, she moved to Alameda at the age of eight. She has called the Island City her home since 1963.

Anna attended Mastick Elementary and St. Barnabas schools, St. Joseph Notre Dame and Encinal high schools (class of 1972) and Cal State Hayward. Anna was employed by Alameda County Human Resource Services and was looking forward to her retirement after 42 years.

In 1979, Anna married Tom Montoya and the couple enjoyed 37 years together, until his passing in 2016. Anna was the loving and supportive mother to Matthew and Michael Montoya. She attended every baseball game, soccer game, Christmas play and Boy Scout event with pride for her sons. As they became adults, Anna was always there whenever they needed her to be.

Anna was truly a “Love Magnet,” who touched the hearts and lives of everyone blessed to know her. She made an immediate and unforgettable impression on all she met. Her inner and outer beauty, love and acceptance, along with  her keen sense of understanding always made one feel special. 

She loved cooking, dancing, laughing and traveling with her legions of family and friends. Together, with her sister and best friend, Patti, she was hostess to every family gathering, holiday party and Bunco night. The memories of her love and laughter will be cherished by her many relatives and lifelong friends.

Anna is survived by her sons: Matthew (Danielle) and Michael Montoya, her brothers: Larry (Paula) Rodriguez, Arnold (Elaine) Rodriguez, Robert Rodriguez, and her sister Patti (Gary) Ward. Loving “Auntie Anna” to numerous Rodriguez and Montoya nieces, nephews and family friends. Anna will also be missed by her loving in-laws, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, God children and the very best “sister-friends” ever.

As we lean on the Lord for understanding, we are assured that Anna is happy to be reunited with her husband Tom. Our loss is heaven’s gain. Her legacy of unconditional love and kindness will live in our hearts and minds forever.

A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. Please contact family members for details.

Martha Lopolito passed away peacefully on Monday, April 27. She was born on April 18, 1930, in Miami, Ariz., to Arthur and Maye Smith. She was a teen when her family moved to Oakland, where she graduated from Oakland Technical High School, Class of 1948. She met Norman Lopolito in 1949 on a blind date, and they were married in 1950. They were married for 64 years, until the time of his death.

Martha worked for Bank of America for more than 20 years in both Alameda and Oakland. She was also a member of the WETS swimming group for many years. For a number of years in the 1960s, she bowled on the Monday Morning Housewives League. She loved being in her kitchen making homemade soups and baking pies and cakes for Norman’s sweet tooth. She was also a beautiful seamstress. She was a lover of animals, and supported several animal charities.

Martha was preceded in death by her husband, mother and father as well as her younger brother, Ted. She is survived by her daughter Cheryl, sisters-in-law Mary Ann Houck (Gene-deceased) and Vida Reiss (Roland-deceased), and many nieces and nephews.

At Martha’s request, no services will be held. Those wishing to commemorate her are encouraged to consider a donation to Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter, 1590 Fortmann Way, Alameda, CA 94501.

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