Obituaries

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Mario Galetto, 89, passed away peacefully in Alameda on April 17, 2019. He was born in Piepasso, Italy, to Nicola and Leonilda Galetto on Dec. 16, 1929. 

He moved to Alameda in 1956 after he married his wife of 63 years, Albina Mary Tesconi, in Italy. He lived in Alameda ever since and had many happy memories of spending time with family and friends. He was a partner in the Oakland Scavenger Company, a lifelong member of the St. Phillip Neri Parish, as well as Italian Catholic Federation Branch No. 10. In his retirement years, he was also a cook for the Colombo Club, the Italian American League and other Italian-American clubs in the East Bay. 

He is survived by his devoted wife Albina, children: Mark, Christine (Tom), Paul, John and Patrick (Lisa) and his grandchildren: Robert, Marie (Andrew), John, Nicholas, Michael and Sofia.

A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, April 27, at 11 a.m. at St. Albert the Great Parish, 1022 Holly St., Alameda, CA 94502, with reception immediately following. 

Private Interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Oakland.  

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

Patti Heimburger passed away on April 3, 2019, from an unexpected heart condition. She was 75 and had just returned from one of her many adventure trips, this one to India.

Patti was born in Long Beach, Calif., and was a first-generation Californian, along with her sister Carolyn and brother Hans. After graduating in 1961 from Wilson High School in Long Beach, she headed to Greenbrier College in West Virginia. Patti’s interest in drawing and painting — a lifelong passion — began in her early years of college.

Not long after marrying Leo M. Breithaupt, Jr., also from Long Beach, they moved to the Seattle area, where she worked for Blue Cross, took up boating and skin-diving and enjoyed her beloved Samoyed, Kimo. Patti and Leo were married for nine years, and some years after their divorce, she decided to attend UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) and completed her bachelors’ degree in studio art in 1986.

Patti’s training and degree from UCSB gave her just the push she needed to move to the Bay area to focus on a serious career in art, with part-time work for financial support. The community of artists in Oakland, along with galleries who showed and sold her work, as well as the Open Studio program, provided encouragement and great satisfaction. 

As Patti’s involvement in the Oakland and Alameda community deepened, through the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Rhythmix Cultural Works, Oakland Symphony, Alameda Hospital Foundation, Altarena Playhouse, Friends of the Alameda Library, Super Stars Literacy, East Bay Community Foundation, Oakland Museum, Girls Inc. and many educational and environmental organizations, her life became more fulfilling each year. She was active in the AAUW-Alameda Tech Trek scholarship program, College of Alameda scholarship program, Peralta Community College fundraisers and other local activities. Patti served as president of the Alameda chapter of AAUW.

Patti’s sister took her to Paris for several weeks in the mid-1980s and to Greece and Turkey a few years later. Those immersions in culture and history sparked an interest in adventurous world travel, which Patti delved into with enthusiasm during the last 15 years of her life. Her travels took her to Mexico, the Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu, South Africa, Israel and Jordan several times, Italy several times, Spain, Portugal and India. 

At the time of her passing, Patti was looking forward to a summer trip to Sicily. All her travel broadened her horizons, resulted in new friendships around the world and widened the network of projects she supported.

Alameda was Patti’s beloved community, but the world was part of her family as well. She supported the African Library Project, helped fund the building of a school in Sierra Leone and supported global relief organizations, among others.

Patti was the genealogist in the family, especially following the six ancestors arriving on the Mayflower. She was a member of the John Howland Society and Daughters of the American Revolution. She spent 10 years developing a manuscript about that branch of her family.

Patti is survived by her sister Carolyn Gannon and brother-in-law Terry Gannon of Woodside, Calif., her brother Hans J. Heimburger of Long Beach, as well as cousins Phil Brattain of Belmont, Frances Garber and her husband Gary Garber of Virginia, Shuler Arent and his wife Sharon of South Carolina, and Shirley Dyer of Virginia. Patti also felt especially close to the Garbers’ grown children: Amber, Nikola and Asa and their children.

Patti will be missed by her family and her wonderful and large network of friends. Her message to us all might be “make the world beautiful and be good to all.” In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to AAUW-Alameda, Rhythmix Cultural Works or an organization of choice. 

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life service in honor of Patti on Saturday, May 11, at 2 p.m. at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave.

With great sadness her family announces that on April 4, 2019, Gloria LaBeauve Maney passed away peacefully in Alameda after a short illness. 

Gloria was affectionately known as “Glo,” “Aunt Glo,” “Nanny” and “Grandma” by her numerous family and friends. She was loved by all who knew her and was a stranger to no one.

Gloria was born and raised in New Orleans, La. She grew up in a loving home as the youngest of four children of Charles and Beulah LaBeauve.  She had a large extended family that gathered often for lively family events. 

She attended St. Joan of Arc Elementary School, and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in New Orleans. She went on to attend business school where she met her future husband John S.E. Maney Sr. They married on Nov. 18, 1950. While still in New Orleans, Gloria worked at Flint Goodrich Hospital.

Her husband enlisted in the U.S. Navy and through his many years of service they traveled and lived in many places including: Florida, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Illinois and California. She was such a loving and friendly person she was able to make many friends along the way. While her husband was out to sea, Gloria spent the early years of her children’s lives as a nurturing and supportive stay-at-home mom.  Finally upon his retirement from the military in 1965 they settled in Alameda.

Although living in California, Gloria returned “home” to New Orleans every year or two for holidays, family events and especially Mardi Gras.

In 1967 Gloria landed a job at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland. She worked there as a medical receptionist and was eventually promoted to senior medical receptionist. She was well liked and highly admired by her coworkers, medical staff and patients. She retired at the age of 65 but she enjoyed her work there so much that she returned to work and retired for a second time at the age of 72. 

Throughout her life, Gloria was dedicated to her family and friends. She loved spending time with them. 

She was an avid sports fan, which began with her days as a little league mom. She was always ready to watch a game and root for her favorite teams: the Oakland Athletics, Golden State Warriors, New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders.  

She was a former board member of the local AARP, a member of the Gold Star Wives, Catholic Daughters and a former member of the Oakland Athletics Booster Club. To carry on their New Orleans social culture, together with her husband and close friends who are also New Orleans natives, they formed The Bon Temps Social Club (Let the Good Times Roll) and enjoyed many successful and fun-filled events.

Gloria is survived by her loving children: Darryl C. Maney, Sr. (Virgie), Charlotte Maney Triggs and Charlene Maney Spinola (Clifford). She is also survived by her nine cherished grandchildren: Manuel, Antonio, Darryl II, John III, Robert, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Kimberly, and Sarahbeth; her six adored great-grandchildren: Liliana, Aurora, John IV, Logan, Donte and Rosalyn; her beloved brother, Clifford LaBeauve; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Gloria was preceded in death by her husband John S.E. Maney Sr., son, John S.E. Maney Jr. brother Charles LaBeauve, sister Katherine Charlot and son-in-law Jonathan Triggs, Sr.

The family would like to thank the staff at Park Bridge Rehabilitation and Wellness Center for their excellent and compassionate care of our beloved Gloria.

A memorial service will be held this Saturday, April 20, at 11 a.m. at Greer Family Mortuary, 2694 Blanding Ave.

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