Obituaries

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Richard J. Regoli, formerly known as Richard J. Felker, passed away on November 28, 2021. Born on November 3rd, 1954 in Alameda, California, Richard was a graduate of Encinal High School, after which he attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco.

In addition to being a student of the arts, Richard also believed that life was not only measured by its length, but by its depth and breadth as well. The consummate individual who was known for his unique sense of style and individual taste, Richard was also known for his love of travel which had no limits. His travel experiences ranged not only across the country, but around the world with no continent off-limits. He left footprints behind in a wide range of places including Guatemala, Africa, Thailand, South America and especially Myanmar where he practiced Buddhism and studied along side with the monks for months every year. He loved sharing stories of his travels with anyone who would listen. It is safe to say that, during his lifetime, he never met a stranger.

Perhaps best known for his willingness to express himself in many ways, Richard was a visionary who often focused on the future and did so through a philosophical lens with little interest in conformity. He was the textbook definition of a Renaissance man who seemed to possess unlimited talents and knowledge. One day he might be brewing beer, only to be baking pies the next. Along the way he would build a wide range of things from doll houses, drums, to full-sized homes and miniature sailing schooners created from nothing but toothpicks. He was a man without limits.

His children recall his often-eclectic tastes, even in fashion. He was not beyond wearing red suspenders, white dress pants, leather shoes with tassels and ray-Ban sunglasses while chaperoning school field trips. His outgoing demeaner was often expressed through his love for art, music, dance and theater, and he constantly tried to share his knowledge and passion with everyone around him, especially his children. He was also known to hold nightly readings of William Blake poetry in his home, encouraging his children to express themselves artistically, as well.

Among the bits of wisdom that Richard often shared were quotable nuggets such as “Free is my favorite four-letter word,” “You better hurry up living or get busy dying,” “We don’t break rules, we bend them,” and “Even if the meal was bad, at least the bread was good.”

Even though Richard is gone, his lessons, stories and memories will live on.

Richard is survived by his three children, Nicolette Fisher of Danville, California, Marlena Felker of San Francisco, and Richard von Felker of Portland, Oregon as well as siblings Christina Felker, Jack Felker and Fred Felker. He is also survived by his aunt Leona Watson of Reno, Nevada.

In accordance with Richard’s final wishes, his remains have been cremated. His family members plan to allow him to continue traveling the world, scattering his ashes while on their yearly travels. Family has requested that any donations in Richard’s memory be made to the San Francisco Academy of Art in Richard’s name.

Roderick S. Stewart, a resident of Alameda, CA, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2022, at Kaiser Medical Center in Oakland, CA.

Rod was born January 23, 1934, in San Diego, CA, to Claude and Eleanor Stewart (née Stark). He graduated from The Citadel in 1956 and served in Korea. After leaving active duty, he went to work for RCA’s new computer division. In 1962, Rod met his future wife, Joan, while overseeing the installation of an RCA computer system at U.S. Steel in Duluth, MN. Rod and Joan were married in Duluth on December 4, 1962, and soon moved to St. Joseph, Michigan, for Rod’s job with RCA. He later took a position in the area with Whirlpool Corporation in Benton Harbor, MI. During their 35+ years in the St. Joseph area, Rod and Joan raised two daughters, Sue and Deb. Rod and Joan were active members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, each serving terms on the Vestry. Rod worked as the church treasurer for many years at St. Paul’s and loved doing taxes. He also participated in the Band and Orchestra Parents (BOP) during Deb’s time in high school.

Rod retired from Whirlpool Corporations in 1994 after 20 years. In 1999, he and Joan moved to Newbury Park, California to be closer to his family. In 2007, Rod and Joan moved to San Diego, CA to be near Sue, who was assigned there with the Navy. They moved with Sue to the East Bay area of San Francisco, CA in 2013.

Rod was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Eleanor; his brothers, Bruce and Andy; and his wife, Joan. He is survived by his daughters, Sue Stewart of Alameda, CA and Deb Stewart of The Woodlands, TX; his brother-in-law, Haeung Joung of Silverlake, CA; his nephew, Jon Stewart and Jon’s family in West Hills, CA; and several cousins including Linda Davis of Houston, TX and Sheree Moody of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. A memorial and interment service will be held on April 2, 2022, at Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, CA. A second prayer service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Michigan during the summer of 2022. Instead of flowers, donations may be made in Rod’s name to the American Kidney Fund at kidneyfund.org.

Carol Rivano (née Toomey) of Alameda, CA passed away on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at the age of 63 surrounded by family. Carol was born on December 18, 1958 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Robert T. and Theresa (Harvey) Toomey.

Carol worked for JP Morgan in NY for eight years until she was poached by Jensen & Company and moved to California in 1988. Over the next 12 years, she helped to set up an international bond fund and manage the operations for the next twelve years. Shortly thereafter, she continued in office operations and HR management with Mygrant Glass until her retirement in 2021.

Carol spent over 20 years bettering her community of Harbor Bay as Treasurer of the local organization. She also participated in several Avon Walk for a Cure events in New York City and was a volunteer organizing the villages at the Avon Walk for a Cure events in San Francisco. However, many would agree, her most important contributions to the community were, of course, her beloved dogs, Sabrina and Roxy.

Raised in Brooklyn, she spent the last 33 years in California, but would still insist she was not a Californian. During her years in California, Carol became an expert on Napa cabernets and enjoyed sharing a good bottle with her many friends over dinner or bunco. She loved to walk around Alameda, especially with her many dogs that she loved over the years. Her ability to help everyone and let them know exactly how to do things better was legendary. Her friends and family will miss her deeply, although she may find this all too sentimental.

In addition to her parents, Carol was predeceased by her sister, Noreen, and her brothers Timothy and Jack Toomey.

Surviving are her siblings, Marie Laffan (Michael), Ann DiBello (Richard) and Robert Toomey; brother-in-law Charles Dechon; sister-in-law Rose Toomey; her nieces and nephews, Colleen Dechon, Patrick Dechon (Adrienne), Michael Dechon (Bre), Michael Toomey (Olivia), John Toomey (Katherine), Theresa Furey, Jacqueline Furey, Julian DiBello, Michael Laffan (Ashley), Jake DiBello, Robert Laffan and Luke DiBello. She was happy to become a great-aunt to Riley Dechon, Emma Dechon, Sullivan Dechon, Kai Kumagai, Lorelai Toomey, Emilia Toomey, Keira Dechon, Joseph Hurley, Liam Laffan and Jackson Hurley.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Carol’s name to the American Cancer Society.

For further information please call, Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director (FDR-745), Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services (FD-2139). 510-522-6020, Alameda, CA.

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