Obituaries

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Linda Kathleen Gremminger, was born Jan. 26, 1945 in Alameda, Ca., the loving daughter of Jack and Marge Burns. Linda was a current resident of Magalia, Ca. She peacefully passed away on Saturday, April 9th, 2022. She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Everett Gremminger. The two were married in Alameda on July 10th, 1965.

Preceded in death by their daughter Deborah Gremminger and is remembered by her daughters Denise (Greg Cumiskey), Stephanie (Chris O’Reilly), grandchildren Nicole (Justin DeAnda), Zachary, Alexandra, Anna, Isabella, Grace, Lindsay, and Loisa. In addition, she is remembered by her great grandsons Vincent and Matthew, and her sisters, Beverly Soderling and Marjorie Sherratt, Everett’s sister and brother-in-law Barbara Saevke and Steve Gremminger (Linda), and nieces and nephews.

Linda and Everett moved to Magalia California in 2000 and enjoyed Mountain living ever since. She loved singing with the Mountain Ridge choir and volunteering at her church. She loved playing cards with her grandkids and was always the “Champion of the World.” Visiting her family was always the best of times for her.

Linda was kind, loving, caring and always welcomed you as family. Her legacy will live on through everyone she met.

A service will be held at Paradise Lutheran Church, 780 Luther Dr. Friday, April 15th, at 11 a.m. We will also be holding a celebration of life in Linda’s hometown of Alameda this August 2022. More details TBA.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Paradise Lutheran Church in her honor.

Joyce Yvonne Edwards, affectionately known as Nana to her grandchildren, passed away on Sunday, April 3rd. She fought a painfully hard battle but ultimately succumbed to pancreatic cancer. Joyce had such a strong, loving, caring heart, and she touched so many lives.

Joyce, born in Oakland, CA was raised and lived the majority of her life in the East Bay Area. She attended All Saints Catholic School in Hayward, Hayward High and Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, CA. Joyce worked in retail and wholesale sales in the floral industry but her primary focus in life revolved solely around her family, and nothing gave her greater joy than being together with family. There were no “simple” weekend dinners, because Nana put all her love into every meal. Joyce was also a master planner of great family vacations. Whether it was Maui, Europe, Australia, the East Coast, or a fabulous holiday at the cabin, Joyce always made it special and perfect in every way.

Joyce is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Bruce; devoted children Braxton of Folsom, Brittney Bridges (Greg) of Alameda and grandchildren, Kyle Bridges (Brooke) of Linda, Carson and Caroline Bridges of Alameda. She is also survived by her sisters Jennifer Foreman (Steven) of San Francisco and Jeanne Shiells (Bob) of Danville and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins throughout California and Minnesota. Her kind, generous, loving spirit and joyfulness will be deeply missed by all. No more pain, just loving peace she so richly deserves.

Friends and family are invited to her Funeral Mass on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St. in Alameda. In a private family service, she will later be laid to rest at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery where Bruce plans to hook up with her again, forever.

In lieu of flowers the family would cherish donations in Joyce’s memory to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (pancan.org) or your favorite charity. For further information please call, Harry Greer, Funeral Director (FDR-745), Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services. 1415 Oak Street, Alameda, CA 510-522-6020.

Born at home in Cumberland, RI on October 11, 1925, to John and Emma (Butterworth) Grayson, and raised with her sister, Ruth (Grayson) Morrison, Violet passed away of natural causes at Alameda Hospital on March 24, 2022 at the age of 96.

Violet was a wonderful woman of steadfast compassion and kindness, with boundless energy and imagination. She grew up during the Great Depression and graduated from Cumberland High School in 1943, active most notably with the school paper and the Year Book committee. Her passion for writing blossomed early and continued unabated throughout her long life. During World War II, she served as a hostess at YMCA and USO dances, all the while honing her writing skills by corresponding with fourteen servicemen! In her spirit of kindness and generosity, she also sent staples such as sugar and tea to relatives in England.

After graduating from business school in Providence, RI in 1943, she eventually became a respected Credit Administrator with The Foxboro Company from 1952 until her retirement in 1985.

In 1949, Violet married Donald Morrison, and gave birth to her daughter, Darcy, in 1950. She moved to Foxboro, MA in 1951, and later divorced. In 1968 she met the love of her life, Charles Dean Lawton, enjoying twenty wonderful years until his passing in 1989. In 1993, Violet moved to Alameda, CA to be with her daughter, calling the island home for the rest of her life. Within a few years, she met George Schultz, whom she eventually married and for several delightful years Violet and George cruised and danced around the world, until she lost George in 2009.

After retirement in 1986, she arrived at her real vocation, as a writer. She published stories in 22 national magazines and wrote a column for The Foxboro Reporter. After moving to California, she joined Writers West of Alameda, serving in various roles for over thirty years. Most notably, she published three books of short stories (In the Village of Lonsdale, A Gossamer Cord, and Jeremy’s Cottage) and a memoir, A Life Not Expected.

Throughout her lifetime, Violet was a dedicated and devout church member. She served on the Vestry of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Foxboro, MA, sang in the choir, and acted as diocesan representative. She later joined Christ Episcopal Church in Alameda, sang in the choir, and served as a lector and greeter.

Violet leaves a beloved daughter, Darcy L. Morrison of Alameda, two stepsons, Peter E. Lawton and his wife, Nancy, of Sanford, FL and their three children, Shane, Maggie and Sophie, and Mark D. Lawton, of Oxford, MA, and his wife, Mary Ellen, and, as “Auntie Vi”, her three nieces, Janet (Doug) Pierson, of Warwick, RI, Marilyn (Lee) Fisher of Prescott, AZ, and Ann (Bruce) Millard of Spring Hill, FL, one grand-niece, Katherine (Katy) Vazquez Lames of lrvine, CA, and a great-grand-nephew, Matthew Bennett, also of Huntington Beach, CA. She also leaves many devoted friends, and testaments to Violet as a lovely and deeply caring person continue to pour in.
Donations in Violet’s honor may be made to Christ Episcopal Church in Alameda. https://christchurchalameda.org/

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at the Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services, 1415 Oak Street, Alameda, CA. For further information please call, Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director (FDR-745),

Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services, 1415 Oak Street, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-522-6020

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