Obituaries

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Dec. 23, 1963 – April 10, 2021

Mark Dale Chavez was preceded in death by his father, Larry Chavez, and mother, Evelyn Chavez. He is survived by his sons Alex Sanchez and Marciano Chavez, and his three grandchildren; Nevaeh, Daniel & Malena Sanchez, and six siblings; Denise Jimenez, Gabriella Dalisay, Eddie Chavez, Richard Chavez, David Chavez, Teresa Crone.

Mark had a very dear, loving spirit, a kind heart, and sweet smile. He was selfless and always there for his sons and grandchildren. They meant everything to him. His faith was important to him as he shared prayers for his family.

During his lifetime he enjoyed spending time with family. Family was very important to him and brought him much love and joy.

Mark was very intelligent, and a gifted artist, oftentimes drawing together with his sons and grandchildren. Being born and raised in Alameda, he was an avid fan of the Oakland A’s and Raiders.

He was a beloved father, grandfather, son and brother. He will be dearly missed by all who loved and cherished him.

1941-2021

David C. McGaffey, Ph.D., professor, diplomat, actor, and storyteller, died in his home in Alameda, on April 14, after a long battle with cancer.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth; three daughters: Jennifer, Margaret (Colin) and Deirdre (Chad); and two grandsons, Sean and Jacob.

David, son of Donald and Rosalee, was born in Michigan in 1941, one of six brothers. After completing primary school in five years, he attended high school at Assumption in Ontario. At 15, he entered the University of Detroit, and after a two-year sabbatical, returned to complete his education with majors in theater, folklore, psychology, and math.

His Catholic faith has always been a key part of his life from serving as an assistant to Fr. Panigati, Bishop of Kabul, Afghanistan, to serving as a lector, Eucharistic minister, and RCIA teacher at St. Joseph Basilica in Alameda.

While at U of D, he met his future wife. One month after their June wedding, the two of them entered the Peace Corps and went to teach in Afghanistan beginning a lifelong journey together.

Next David joined the State Department and their travels took them to every continent except Antarctica. David’s negotiations ranged from adjudicating a murder case in the Philippines to participating in the formation of Bangladesh.

After he successfully managed the safe evacuation of 2,500 Americans from Iran during the 1979 revolution, he was posted to the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute to share his negotiating skills. He then served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Guyana during a year-long absence of the Ambassador, was the U.S. representative to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and was part of a team that evaluated the operations of several U.S. embassies.

During this time, he published four non-fiction books about diplomacy and was working on a children’s book about a dragon.

While in the diplomatic service, he received his Master of Systems Analysis at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. Then after his retirement, completed a Ph.D. in International Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He returned to teaching in Portugal at European University and in Sierra Leone guided the establishment of an MBA program for the national university.

When his wife retired, they settled in Alameda, and he began teaching at Holy Names and St. Mary’s Universities. In 2010, he taught negotiations, international trade, and cross-cultural management to students from over 40 countries on the Scholar Ship as they traveled around the Cape of Good Hope from Hong Kong to Amsterdam.

The following year he went to Macedonia as a Fulbright Senior Specialist to assist the American University of Skopje in gaining U.S. accreditation. David was a teacher first and foremost.

He was also a powerful and awarded negotiator, a talented actor, a generous storyteller, an enthusiastic singer, a voracious reader, a consummate host, and an incurable punster. Those who knew him, whether as family, friend, or student, speak of the impact he made in their lives — how he was an extraordinary man and larger than life. He will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Nothing But Nets (https://nothingbutnets.net). Services will be held on Friday, April 23, visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. and the funer¬al liturgy will be held at 3 p.m. at Greer Family Mortuary, 2694 Blanding Ave.

Alameda Family and friends that are unable to attend funeral liturgy at Greer Family Mortuary are invited to virtually attend the funeral liturgy for Mr. David C. McGaffey at https://view.oneroomstreaming.com Event ID: GreerFM Password:NROAJF

Greer Family Mortuary & Cremation Services FD-1408 greermortuary.com 865-3755

Feb. 13, 1923 – Dec. 18, 2020

Wilhelmine (Wilma) Klinkenberg, née Menting, 96, passed away in her home in Alameda, on Dec. 18, 2020, surrounded by her children and grandson. Wilma was an exceptionally strong and selfless woman who will always be remembered for her limitless kindness, caring, generosity, hard work, loyalty, spiritual nature, and unwavering commitment to family.

Wilma was born in Subang, Indonesia — then known as the Dutch East Indies — on Feb. 13, 1924. She spent her first 10 years growing up on a rubber plantation with her three younger siblings. Her father, a Dutchman, was the plantation’s accountant while her mother, an Indonesian native, was a homemaker. In 1934, her father arranged boarding in Holland to allow for her and her younger sister, Carla, to attend school.

In 1939, World War II broke out and the Netherlands was invaded by the German army in 1940. In 1942, while Wilma lived in Holland, the Japanese invaded the Dutch East Indies. Her parents and brother were eventually put into prisoner-of-war camps. Her father did not survive the camp and Wilma never saw him again.

Wilma eventually became a nurse in Utrecht, Netherlands. At one point, she had no conventional housing and lived in a hospital while taking care of patients until the war’s end in 1945. She coped by finding her life’s purpose: dedicating her time and energy to caring for the sick and wounded during German occupation.

Wilma was a true survivor. As a child and young adult, Wilma lived through the horrors of a horrendous war, separated from friends and family; not knowing if they were dead or alive. Her resilience and inner strength kept her going. She never gave up, despite many obstacles and challenges.

In August 1948, Wilma married Daniel C. Klinkenberg (d. 1997), with whom she had two children, Carla and Henk Martijn. Eventually, the family was approved for United States citizenship and obtained a U.S. sponsor. The family embarked on a boat trip to the U.S. leaving Holland in December 1956, with little money and few belongings. They landed in New York City in January 1957.

After completing a one year farm work commitment in Hancock and Red Wing, Minn, the family moved to Alameda, where Wilma spent the last 62 years of her life. Life was very difficult while adjusting to a new culture, learning a new language, finding work, raising children, and having left family and friends behind.

A homemaker until 1972, Wilma went back to school to earn an Associate’s Degree of Arts in Fashion Arts from Laney College in Oakland. She cultivated her gift for sewing and spent the next decades sewing and knitting items for family and friends.

From the early 1980s until 2016, Wilma volunteered at the Alameda Hospital and the Mastick Senior Center, where she selflessly donated her time and energy to serving others. She loved people, especially babies and young children.

From 2016 until her death, she remained active and engaged, while continuously cared for by loving family members. Wilma enjoyed volunteering but, her first love was gardening. She had a spiritual connection with the earth and found solace and peace working in her beautiful garden. She had a special connection with her favorite plants; roses.

Wilma is survived by her devoted daughter and son, Carla Sommers of Alameda, and Henk Martijn Klinkenberg of Lafayette, and her grandchildren: Michael Murphy, Jaqueline Randolph-Giral, Abigail Klinkenberg, and Olivia Klinkenberg; and great-grandchildren: Amira Campbell, Etienne Giral, Jr., and Adrian Murphy; and her beloved cat and best friend, Pepper.

The family of Wilma Klinkenberg wishes to express their appreciation and thanks to Wilma’s friends, family, and neighbors for the many expressions of kindness, flowers, and cards. There will be no funeral services but, in lieu of honoring and celebrating Wilma’s life, the family asks that you plant a rose bush in your garden in her memory.

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