Elizabeth “Liz” Ann Lightstone, a longtime resident of Alameda, died suddenly on March 30, 2020, after a courageous battle with cancer over the past year. Liz was the daughter of the late John H. and Mary Elizabeth Lightstone from Coffeyville, Kan., and the wife of the late Rodney Mariani from Alameda. Liz, born in 1954, graduated from Coffeyville High School and the University of Kansas where she became an avid Kansas Jayhawk basketball fan.
After graduation, Liz was venturesome and headed to San Francisco where she got her first job with an importing company. She eventually joined Gumps, a legendary upscale retailer in the heart of San Francisco. Liz retired from Gumps after 30 years as the vice-president of merchandising. Liz then joined a friend, Sandra Jordan, at Sandra Jordan Prima Alpaca, to help grow the new business. Liz and Sandra became close friends and traveling companions for business and pleasure.
Liz met her late husband, Rodney Mariani, in Alameda and they were married for 30 years. The two of them were quite a pair as they enjoyed sailing in San Francisco Bay and up to the Delta, traveling, scuba diving and enjoying life to the fullest with family and friends.
Liz had a large family with four brothers, their wives, nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and -nephews. The Lightstone clan made a point of getting together as often as possible. The family, along with special friends, have provided wonderful love and support to Liz over the past year.
Liz is survived by her brothers Larry (Fran) of Manchester, Mo.; Bob (Carol) of Solomons, Md.; Bill (Carol) of Carbondale, Colo., and Steve (Terry) of Kansas City, Mo., many extended family members and her beloved poodle, Henry, who were the loves of her life.
A celebration of Liz’s life will be announced at a future date.
For more information, contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745).
Catherine Belluomini, 87, was born in Oakland on Jan. 26, 1933 and passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 2, 2020.
Catherine graduated at the top of her class with honors from Holy Names High School. Afterwards, she married her husband Alfred Belluomini and had three children: Christina, Allan and Dino. She was a housewife and very active at St. Paschal’s Parish for 23 years.
Catherine went to work at the Alameda Naval Air Station at the lowest level due to lack of work experience. In 12 years, she worked her way up to become the manager of cost reduction; which qualified her to take classes in jet engine theory and various inspection techniques, for which, at the time, a college education was requried. After the course, it was determined that she placed highest honors in the class out of all the participants.
Catherine went on to supervise all training and certification of quality assurance personnel. Later on, she became the teacher of the Jet Engine theory and inspection technique course; as well as a substitute teacher to all other curriculum on the Naval Base due to her extensive knowledge on the topics.
Catherine was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Unfortunately, she outlived all three of her children. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Alfred Belluomini, her sister Diana Mori of Moraga, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews who are scattered across the Bay Area.
Catherine’s burial and final resting place will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward.
After almost 95 years on Earth, our father, Floyd Hunter took his last breath on March 25, 2020.
Floyd attended South San Francisco High School where he was a standout football player and track star. Upon graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was assigned to the 3rd Marine Division and fought in the liberation of Guam. A few months later, he landed on Iwo Jima, where he was wounded and earned a Purple Heart. He was 19 years old.
After a medical discharge from the Marines, he graduated from San Jose State University, where he was president of the Sigma Nu fraternity. He later earned a master’s degree and had a long career as a high-school teacher and administrator.
Floyd was a member of the Disabled Veterans of America, the Iwo Jima Association of America and the USMC Combat Correspondents Association.
He was once named California Educator of the Year. Floyd was a life-long fisherman, boat and water man, founding a fishing club and a club for boating singles. Most of all, he was a loving father. A long-time Alameda resident and local political activist, he lived a unique and happy lifestyle for 45 years, living on a floating home at Barnhill Marina.
Floyd is survived by sons Dutch Hunter, Mark Hunter, daughter Holly Schalla, daughter-in-law Julie Hunter and grandchildren Jesse and Dylan Hunter and Chelsea and Trevor Schalla. He is pre-deceased by his son Gary Hunter.
Rest in peace, Dad. We love you.