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Lucille Schaefer, 101, a longtime resident of Alameda, passed away peacefully on Feb. 5, 2020, in Alameda. Lucille was born Sept. 13, 1918, in New Castle, Pa., to Jennings Potter and Lillian Randall. 

She is survived by her daughter Karen Awad, son Mark Schaefer, her three grandchildren Lisa, Christina and Josh, nine great-grandchildren and her dearest friends, Madonna and Bryan. 

Lucille followed her husband Clarence west when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following in her footsteps soon after, her four sisters and brother also came to California. Her husband’s work took them to New York and Wisconsin but after retiring they returned to California and settled in Alameda. 

Lucille will always be remembered for her loving heart, her generosity and her wonderful sense of humor.

Gerald Kenneth “Jerry” New, 73, passed away July 30, 2019, at his home in Alameda. He was born Feb. 23, 1946, in San Francisco to Kenneth and Elizabeth (Theman) New. While he spent his younger years growing up in San Francisco, his family eventually moved to Alameda, where he graduated from Encinal High School. 

Alameda is where he met his wife, Silvia (Bucciarelli) New. They married at St. Joseph’s Basilica on Aug. 20, 1967. Jerry served in the United States Navy during Vietnam aboard the USS Constellation. 

His time in the Navy inspired a lifelong enthusiasm for military fiction and non-fiction reading, and he loved authors like Tom Clancy. Father to Alison and Wesley, he dedicated himself to his children. He exemplified what it meant to be a good father and will be remembered by his children as a gentle, caring man who always put them first. 

Although he had no formal culinary training, he could give any classically trained chef a run for their money. 

He shared his passion for cooking with a love of painting, woodworking, gardening, writing, poetry, flying, astronomy and fishing. He loved fishing; and he was good at it. He loved the outdoors. He loved backpacking and camping. 

A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m. at Greer Family Mortuary, 2694 Blanding Ave. 


Catherine Phillips, 89, passed away in Alameda Feb. 9, 2020.Catherine was a native of Alameda born April 23, 1930.  She was a graduate of Alameda High School. 

She was pre-deceased by her parents, Peter and Margaret Canepa. She was the beloved wife of the late Donald Phillips.  

She was the loving mother of Vincent (David) and John (Kim) Phillips; grandmother of Nicholas (Charlee), Bryan and Matthew; great-grandmother of Isabella, Marley and Nicholas. 

Catherine was a long-time member of St. Albert the Great Catholic Church and a long-time volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She was a member of the Italian American League. 

Vigil rosary services will be held Thursday, April 13, at 6 p.m. at the Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel, 1415 Oak St., Alameda.  

Graveside services will be held Friday, April 14, at 1 p.m. at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. In lieu of flowers her family prefers that memorial contributions be made to Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter and Alameda Meals on Wheels. 

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