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Birth Date: 
Jul 10, 1949
Date of death: 
Aug 10, 2021

Resident of Pacifica

Wynn was a lover of life! She grew up in Alameda, Calif., attending Porter School and Alameda High. She was an accomplished tap dancer and loved playing the violin. Wynn attended the University of Oregon and Lane Community College where she earned her nursing degree and was an ICU nurse on the Peninsula at Kaiser Hospital and Mary’s Help Hospital (now Seton Hospital).

While in Oregon Wynn met Nick. They later married and lived in both Pacifica and Hillsborough raising Christopher and Cassondra, to whom Wynn was devoted. She had a wonderful sense of humor, loved their yearly family visits to Lake Tahoe, road trips with daughter Cassondra, their beloved dogs, cooking, music, the San Francisco Ballet, museums, the theater and visits to Filoli. She doted on grandchildren Amy and Andrew.

Wynn passed away in the early morning hours of Aug. 10 from complications due to Alzheimer’s after a valiant 13-year battle. Wynn was predeceased by parents William “Frank” Peacock and Iris Peacock. She is survived by her husband Nick, son Christopher (Florence), daughter Cassondra, grandchildren Amy and Andrew, sister Gail De Bellis (Dominick), sister-in-law Georgia Morrow and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Wynn’s life from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 4, at the outdoor courtyard of First Presbyterian Church of Alameda, 2001 Santa Clara Ave. in Alameda. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.

For more information please call or text 650-224-47

Birth Date: 
Jul 8, 1928
Date of death: 
Aug 11, 2021

Resident of Alameda

Longtime Alameda resident Mary Lee Kieffer, 93, made her transition to the next life on August 17 in Thousand Oaks (Ventura County). She moved there in October 2019 after spending her entire life in Alameda (with exception of about three years total as a girl in the 1930s and as a young wife in the 1950s).

She leaves two sons, Brad (Karen Oxrider) of Thousand Oaks and Steve (Amy) of Manteca; four grandchildren, Sharon Steele (Grant) of Springfield, Virginia, Steve Kieffer (Amber Hair) of Modesto, Taylor Gillis (Heidi) of Redding, and Parker Gillis, also of Redding; 11 great grandchildren; two nephews, Bret Hewitt of Davis and Garth Hewitt (Sherri) of Petaluma; one niece, Lauren Hewitt (Dolores McElroy) of Oakland; and an extended family that traces its Alameda roots back to the 1890s.

She was preceded to the next life by her daughter Leslie Gillis, son David Kieffer, grandson Scottie Gillis, brother Thomas Hewitt, sister-in-law Emily Hewitt; niece-in-law Deb Pinkerton; and former husband George Kieffer.

She was born in 1928 to Burt and Florence Hewitt (Tasker) at Mabel Tennant’s Maternity Home on Chestnut Street. Like mother, like daughter: Her mother, too, lived her entire life in Alameda.

Mary Lee graduated from Lincoln Elementary School and from Alameda High School (class of 1944).

After high school, she performed administrative duties for Shell Oil Co. in downtown San Francisco, commuting across the bay on a Key System bus.

In the ’60s she worked seasonally in the city of Alameda’s tax assessor’s office and part time at Debbie’s Attitude dress shop on Park Street, where Lauren’s Closet is now located. When her children were old enough, she returned to admin work and spent the rest of her career in office management for Variable Annuity Life Insurance Co. and its successor company, Security First Group, in Oakland (and later Pleasanton). When asked later in life about what she felt her legacy would be, she would demur. But her family members know that her memory lives on in the powerful life lessons she instilled in them and others.

First, she taught them how to revere nature and the outdoors. She covered the finer points of cooking Spam over a campfire and how to hold on to the saddle horn like there’s no tomorrow when your horse stumbles on a rock during an afternoon downpour in the Sierra. Thanks to her, her sons learned an early lesson that the worst day fishing is still better than the best day at work.

Most of all, though, were her lessons on love. Family and friends remember her devotion to her son, David, who was born severely physically and mentally disabled. For about the final 20 years of his life, Mimi, as she was known to family and friends, spent almost every Sunday taking David for scenic drives throughout the Bay Area, the usual highlight being an ice cream sundae McDonalds drive-through in whatever town they found themselves.

When asked about her devotion to others, she would just shrug and say, “That’s what family’s for, isn’t it?”

Another lesson she taught was on selflessness and putting the needs of others above your own. During the pandemic, she self-isolated in her apartment as part of social-distancing precautions. Whenever someone expressed sympathy over the dearth of her human interactions, she would just say, “There are others who have it much worse than I do, and I worry more about them.”

After retiring, Mary Lee enjoyed volunteering. She was a docent at the Alameda Museum and the U.S.S. Hornet Museum, and she was a long-time volunteer at the Oakland Museum Women’s Board annual White Elephant Sale.

Among her volunteer endeavors, she was most proud of being a charter member and two-time president in the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic organization promoting women’s educational opportunities.

Before moving to Thousand Oaks in October 2019, Mary Lee lived for a year at The Lodge assisted living on Island Drive. Before that, she lived on Bayo Vista Avenue for more than 40 years.

Friends and family are invited to Mary Lee’s celebration of life service at noon on Saturday, Oct. 2 at noon at the First Congregational Church, 1912 Central Ave. The service will be livestreamed at www.fccalameda.org.

Following cremation, Mary Lee’s ashes will be spread with her mother’s, father’s and son’s.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood has been designated for memorial contributions. Checks payable to “P.E.O. Chapter UN” may be sent to: Mary Lee Kieffer Memorial Fund c/o Lynette Sawyer,1112 Broadway, Alameda, CA 94501

Birth Date: 
Oct 15, 1934
Date of death: 
Jul 28, 2021

Resident of Alameda

Ronald Goodman passed away on July 28, 2021, at home with his wife and children at his side after a short fight with cancer. He was born in Oakland, Calif., on Oct. 15, 1934 but often joked about migrating to Alameda when he was three years old.

He went through Lincoln and Alameda High Schools and attended U.C. Berkeley where he was a member of Chi Psi fraternity. He also attended the Hotel and Restaurant College in San Francisco. After college, he became a partner with his father at Goodman's Catering Co., where they worked at Jack London Square more than 25 years. They put on parties for governors, celebrities, local sports teams as well as many corporations.

While in high school he met the love of his life, Shirley DeHaven. They were married Aug. 3. 1958, and had three children. After retiring at 48 years of age he became very active at the Harbor Bay Club both on the tennis courts and in the gym.

His family and friends were very important to him. He loved being a father and grandfather. He often gathered the grandchildren only to a party where he invented a new game- Papa Pong. He gave out many prizes to the winners. He also attended many of their sporting events. There always seemed to be a final-final game or tournament.

He was proceeded in death by both parents, Ralph and Beatrice Goodman and his brother Richard.

He is survived by his adoring family: Shirley Goodman, Ronda (Steve) Sorensen, Jeff (Veronica) Goodman, Tim (Tracy) Goodman, Erin Sorensen (Joe Dieterle), Stephanie (Johnny) Dunn, Thomas, Bobby and Jacob Goodman.

There was a private farewell to Ron on Aug. 3. His favorite charity was Alameda Food Bank. The family would like to thank Lia Bullock, Ana Bajramovic and Dr. Donald Miller for all the extra care for Ron. He will be missed by many people.

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