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Philip G. Rizzo '49, 89, of St. Augustine, Fla. passed away on Nov. 26, 2013. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and devout Catholic, Phil was truly of The Greatest Generation, born in San Jose, Calif., and serving four years in the Army Air Force during World War II. He utilized his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University to good advantage during his 32 year career in management at American Can Company. He loved his family, was an avid golfer, musician, and dog-lover. He enjoyed life, loved people, and those he met knew he had a genuine interest in them. One of the distinct honors in his life was being able to help President Ronald Reagan celebrate his 79th, 80th, and 81st birthdays. In 2012, he and Alene left his beloved Calif. to live with his family in Fla., and became members of San Juan del Rio Catholic Church. He is survived by his devoted wife of 66 years, Alene M. Rizzo; children, Paul (Nancy) Rizzo of Portland, Ore.; Carol (John) Scherer of St. Augustine, Fla.; Thomas Rizzo of Houston, Texas; Ricci (Tamara) Rizzo of Boston, Mass.; Rion (Yvonne) Rizzo of Atlanta, Ga.; Darren Rizzo of Newport Beach, Calif.; grandchildren, Justin (Amanda) Barney, Nathan (Kelly) Scherer, Christopher (Lacey) Rizzo, Dustin Rizzo, Lisa (Christopher) Stone, Brian Rizzo, Danielle Rizzo; great-grandchildren, Leah Scherer, Landon Barney, Levi Scherer, Savannah Barney, Mason Stone; as well as many extended family members, and hundreds of friends from coast to coast.
November 26, 2013 marked the passing of Philip G. Rizzo M.S. '49, 89, of St. Augustine. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and devout Catholic, Phil was truly of The Greatest Generation, born in San Jose, California, and serving four years in the Army Air Force during World War II. He is survived by his wife Alene M. Rizzo, with whom he recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.
He utilized his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University to good advantage during his 32 year career in management at American Can Company. He loved his family, was an avid golfer, musician, and dog-lover. He enjoyed life, loved people, and those he met knew he had a genuine interest in them. One of the distinct honors in his life was being able to help President Ronald Reagan celebrate his 79th, 80th, and 81st birthdays. In 2012, he and Alene left his beloved California to live with his family in Florida, and became members of San Juan del Rio Catholic Church.
He is survived by: Six children Paul (Nancy) Rizzo of Portland, Ore., Carol (John) Scherer of St. Augustine, Fla., Thomas Rizzo of Houston, Texas, Ricci (Tamara) Rizzo of Boston, Mass., Rion (Yvonne) Rizzo of Atlanta, Ga., Darren Rizzo of Newport Beach, Calif.; seven grandchildren Justin (Amanda) Barney, Nathan (Kelly) Scherer, Christopher (Lacey) Rizzo, Dustin Rizzo, Lisa (Christopher) Stone, Brian Rizzo, Danielle Rizzo; five great grandchildren Leah Scherer, Landon Barney, Levi Scherer, Savannah Barney, Mason Stone; as well as many extended family members, and hundreds of friends from coast to coast.
Paul M. McCormick ’49 died on October 9, 2010.
Patrick Emerson Golden ’49, 83, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., passed on Jan. 5, 2012, in Rancho Mirage of a broken heart. He was born June 12, 1928, to Waldo and Violet Golden in Lake Forest, Ill. He married Helen Ernst on June 1, 1957 in Orinda, Calif. He was a medical doctor for 21 years in the Navy and 20 years with Kaiser Permanente. He served in the Navy. He is survived by daughters Claudine Latchaw, Santa Rosa, Calif., Melinda Kusch, Mobile, Ala., son Michael Golden, Keaau, HI., sister Barbara Dunnil, Peoria, Ariz., and 5 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his spouse Helen Golden.
Michael John Donovan '49, 90, passed peacefully to the Light on Feb. 5, 2014. He was born Fe. 3, 1924, in New York City to Dennis & Elizabeth Donovan. Mike, also known as Mitch in his younger days, was the eldest of two children and graduated from St. Francis Grammar School, Christian Brothers High School and the University of Santa Clara.
He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend who showed great devotion to his faith, family and friends. He was an U.S. Army Air Corp veteran who served in the Pacific during WWII and participated in initial wave assaults on five islands. The majority of his business life was spent in the real estate profession most notably as the manager and co-owner of DRW Realtors. After retiring from real estate he went through deaconate training, was ordained as a permanent deacon for the Sacramento Diocese on June 1, 1985 and spent many years serving All Hallows Parish.
Mike was preceded in death by Anne, his loving wife of 61 years. He is survived by his brother Denis Donovan ’54, sons James Donovan ’80 (Jennifer Allen) and William (Jane) Donovan, daughters Gloria Donovan, Linda (Mike Wonderly) Donovan, and Joan (Gary) Bonin, as well as six grandchildren; Alicen, Rob (Jeni), and Mike (Shelby) Leggett, Elizabeth and Michael Donovan, Amanda Bonin, great grandson Alexander Leggett, and many nieces and nephews.
Joseph Nicholas Ylarrarz '49 died Dec. 5, 2009 in Castro Valley, Calif. Born in Stockton, Calif., on September 11, 1923, he graduated from Fresno Technical High School and then received a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Degree in 1949 from the University of Santa Clara. He had served proudly in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945 in Europe. Joe was married to Elizabeth Ann Riley Ylarraz for 56 years, until her passing 3 years ago. He was employed for Pacific Gas and Electric for 36 years, retiring in December 1984. He worked as Department Manager of Electric Operations in San Francisco where he was in charge of operation and maintenance of 1000 electric power substations. Joe had memberships in the Registered Professional Electric Engineers, Senior Member Institute of Electronic and Electric Engineers, Edison Electric Institute, Pacific Coast Electrical Association, Engineers Club of San Francisco, and the Electric Club of San Francisco. Joe did the electrical design for the new school for St. Joachim's parish and spent two years, weekends, and vacation doing the physical installation. He also did volunteer activities which included St. Vincent de Paul Society and Income Tax Consultant for Seniors (AARP). Joe is survived by his two children, Tom Ylarraz of Pinecrest, Calif., and Paula Ylarraz of Rodeo, N.M. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth ""Betty"" Ylarraz, sister Theresa Ylarraz, and parents Nicholas and Felicia Zandueta Ylarraz, both born in Spain. A Memorial Mass was held in December.
Joseph Anthony Zanger Sr. '49 on Feb 9, 2009. A native of San Jose, he was introduced to cattle ranching as a teenager on his father's ranch on Mount Hamilton. Until 2003, he maintained a small cattle herd, doing the gathering, roping, branding, and vaccinating of the cattle himself. He was a director of the Santa Clara County Horseman's Association at age 17. After attending college, he moved to Pacheco Pass to help manage the family's orchard operations. For more than 50 years, he and his two brothers, George and Eugene, farmed more than 600 acres of orchards and vineyards on Pacheco Pass. He helped found the California Prune Bargaining Association at age 19 and later served as the director of the Santa Clara Valley Winegrowers Association and as president of the San Benito County Farm Bureau. The Zanger family founded Casa de Fruta to complement their farming business. It now includes a large fruit stand, restaurant, RV park, lodge, wine tasting, gift shop, barnyard zoo, candy store, service station, and dried fruit mailing business. He was a lifelong Republican, serving as the San Benito County Republican Central Committee Chairman for eight years. He loved to dance and helped found the Hollister Dance Club in 1959. He was inducted into the California Southwestern Dance Hall of Fame in 1985 in recognition of the years in which Casa de Fruta served as a venue for world champion western dancers. He is survived by his longtime partner, Roxy Montana; four children; and eight grandchildren.
John Petter Monks ’49 passed away peacefully at his home in Shady Cove, Ore. on August 25 at the age of 88. He was born in Red Lakes, Minn. John's family moved to Chiloquin, Ore. where he attended school. John was Student Body President and Captain of the Basketball Team at Chiloquin High School. He served in the US Air Force in World War II. John graduated from Santa Clara University. He retired from AT&T after 30 years of service where he was a District Level Audit Manager. John enjoyed his retirement in Sebastopol, Calif. and then Shady Cove, Ore. He was active and loved to walk. John collected antique clocks and had 50 in his house at one time. He loved his daily trips to Jacksonville for a white chocolate mocha. John was an avid Charles Schulz fan. He will be missed by his partner Jan Howe and their dog Lucy, daughters Janet Monks of Oakland and Carrie Monks of Alameda, sister Mary and brothers Jerry and Bob. John was preceded in death by his sister Kathy and wife Loretta Monks.
John August Klein J.D. '49 died in his Santa Rosa home on Sept. 12. He was 91.
Klein was born in Kansas City, Mo., but his family moved to San Francisco when he was two years old. He grew up in a working class family in the city's Mission District when it was an Irish and German neighborhood. He attended St. Paul's Grammar School and Sacred Heart High School. At St. Mary's College, he studied philosophy, where the Christian Brothers left a lasting impression on Klein.
During World War II, he served as captain in the U.S. Navy aboard the submarine Chaser PC 822. While in port in New York, Klein met Hazelita Mary Villagran, whom he would later marry.
After the war, Klein returned to St. Mary's College, and after earning his law degree from SCU, he worked in Sacramento in the legal counsel office of the State Legislature. He also worked as an assistant city attorney for Santa Rosa and served as city attorney for Cloverdale, Healdsburg and Sonoma.
In the 1970s, Klein teamed with businessman and Catholic Church real estate advisor Cono DiPietro and Steve Burke, who at the time was the director of redevelopment and housing, to build Vigil Light Apartments, a Santa Rosa housing development for low income seniors located behind the Safeway on 4th Street. In 2011, a community center at the Vigil Light Apartments was dedicated in Klein's name. And in 2006, the Sonoma County Bar Association gave Klein its Career of Distinction award.
After Klein retired at the age of 85, he decided to relearn the trumpet, which he hadn't played in years. He joined an off-shoot of the New Horizons Band for less experienced players. Klein was an inspiration and a respected role model for his large family, which produced seven attorneys. Two of his grandchildren currently are in law school.
Read the full tribute in the Press Democrat.
John "Jack" Goodspeed Matthews ’43, J.D. ’49 was 93 and passed away peacefully on Dec. 23, 2014.
Howard S. Dattan J.D. ’49, born January 26, 1920 in Seattle, Wash., passed away September 6, 2013. A complex and fascinating man who served in the Army Air Corps in North Africa and Italy during World War II, completed his education at the University of Southern California. After the war, he attended the University of Santa Clara School of Law. He had two sons with Evelyn (Angerhofer) Dattan ~ Scott Dattan of Anchorage, Alaska and Christopher Dattan of Seattle, Washington. Howard was a member of the California State Bar from 1949, served with the Judge Advocate in Japan during the Korean War, and was the first Dean of the University of San Diego, School of Law. He practiced law in California for many years. For the last twenty years of his life, he traveled the world with Jean Milam, the love of his life. He died gracefully in their home in Carlsbad, California. Howard will long be remembered for his love of the mountains, animals, flowers and poetry. He always looked forward to seeing USC beat Notre Dame in football and provided inspiration to his granddaughters, Devin, Valorraine, Lorelei, Gretta and Fiona. His wry sense of humor and the certainty that he was right will be missed.
Harry S. Curry ’49 died on August 28, 2010, in Sacramento, Calif. Born on April 4, 1923, to Harry S. and Elizabeth ''Bessie'' Curry. Preceded in death by his wife Ilene. He is survived by his children Nance Singleton and David Curry, daughter-in-law Tanya Anthony Curry, granddaughters Angel Singleton and Kristina Bickford, grandsons Alexander Singleton, Brandon Curry, and Scott Bickford, and great-granddaughters Amelianna and Marianna Singleton. After serving in the Marine Corps during WWII he attended Santa Clara University, graduating with a degree in business law. He enjoyed owning and running his business, Martyr and Curry, from 1960 until he semiretired in 1985. Along with numerous other organizations he spent much of his time at Del Paso Country Club and traveling the world with his longtime companion Lois Divel. He will be missed but remembered with pleasure by family and friends.
Frank Domenichini '49 passed away on Sept. 15, 2011 in San Clemente, Calif.
Eugene L. Heyburn '49 entered into eternal rest peacefully at age 85 in his home surrounded by his loving family on March 28, 2009. He is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Melba. Also survived by his seven loving children: son James Heyburn '68 (Viola) of West Africa; daughters Elizabeth Millier '70 (Steve) of Murphys, Susan Molumby (Rob) of Colorado Springs, Mary Maro (Dean) of Felton, Julie Keller, M.D. (Jerry Sheehan) of Cleveland Heights, Theresa Heyburn of Sitka and Ann Lane of San Jose and also 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his sister Thelma Cudworth of San Anselmo, his loving nieces and nephews as well as many dear friends. He is the son of the late John J. and Gertrude Heyburn. Gene was born and raised in San Jose. He attended St. Patrick's Grammar School. He graduated from Bellarmine College Prep in 1941 and Santa Clara University in 1949. He was a distinguished veteran in the US Navy and served in WWII with the Pacific Fleet. For 33 years he worked as the area director and district manager for the Internal Revenue Service. He was a member of St. Christopher parish since its beginning and a past president of St. Christopher Holy Name Society. He was also a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and was a loyal contributor to many charities. During his lengthy illness the family is especially grateful to his devoted caregivers, Asterio Valera, Dr. Henry Fosah, and Violet Chapman. The family would also like to acknowledge Dr. Jack Siegel for his exceptional care over the past 23 years. Gene lived his life simply, generously, and with great integrity, and he will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.
Ed Van Vranken '49 died on March 15, 2007. A native of Stockton, Calif., he served in the U.S. Navy as fighter pilot during WWII. He was awarded the Gold and Silver Stars after seeing action in both the North Atlantic and South Pacific. After attending SCU he returned to Stockton where he worked in construction managment and formed his own company Vanbilt. He is survied by his children Mary Ida, Carol McGurk '72, and Mark '81, and six grandchildren.
Donald E. Sullivan ’49 was called to heaven on Saturday, July 7.
Don was born on May 7, 1928, in Richmond, Calif., the oldest of five children born to Edward J. and Mae C. Sullivan. He attended schools in the Bay Area and Bellarmine Prep in San Jose. He was also awarded Eagle Scout honors in 1947. In 1949 he graduated from SCU as a premed student and earned his medical degree in 1954 from Creighton University, Omaha, Neb.
In 1951 he married his sweetheart, Loretta Joan Weaver. Together they worked at Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska. He then joined the US Navy Medical Corps and attended the Naval School of Aviation Medicine as a flight surgeon in 1955, receiving several commendations and medals during his service and being discharged as a Lt. Senior Grade in October 1957.
In 1957, Don and Joan moved to Yuba City, where he was hired as a county physician at Sutter County Hospital. In 1958 he opened his first family medical practice in Live Oak, and in 1964 he opened his medical practice in Gridley, where wife Joan and later daughter Laurie, both nurses, assisted him. During this time he served as chief of staff for the Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital for several terms, medical director for Valley Oaks Health Care Center, visiting physician for the Leo Chesney Correctional Facility in Live Oak and medical director for the Hovlid Center at Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital. He was also a lifetime member of the American Academy of Family Practice.
As a family practitioner, Don loved and cared for generations of families in the Gridley-Biggs-Live Oak area for over 52 years. At the time of his retirement, the hospital foundation honored Don by naming Gridley's medical clinic The Donald E. Sullivan, M.D. Medical Specialty Center.
Don also served the community through volunteer work, including providing Pop Warner football physicals, serving as a team physician for the Gridley High School football team, and conducting polio vaccination clinics. He was a lifetime member of the Gridley Rotary Club and a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Gridley Moose Lodge. Because of his dedication to the community, in 1982 he was awarded the Chamber of Commerce's Man of the Year Award and received the Chamber's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.
Don is survived by the love of his life and wife of 60 years, Joan, two sons, Ed, of Folsom, Bill (Tina), of Gridley, and two daughters, Kathy (John) McHenry, of Sparks, Nev., and Laurie, of Gridley, four grandchildren, Maycee Sullivan and John, Matt and Kyle McHenry, as well as four great-grandchildren, Sadye, John, Micky and Jackson. He is also survived by his brother, Terence (Ann) Sullivan, and sister, Mary Sullivan Prolo (Jeff), and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, sister Loretta McClellan, and brother, Richard Sullivan.
Daniel Cunha ’49 passed away on September 12, 2014, in his home in Felton, California, at the age of 91. He attended Santa Clara University in the 1940s, after serving as a Navy pilot in WWII. He was one of the first baptisms in the Santa Clara mission after it was rebuilt. His first wife (who passed away) was Violet "Sue" Cunha. He is survived by his wife, Sybil "Dandy" Cunha, five children, nine grandchildren—including Kathryn Gulland ’09—seven great-grandchildren, many in-laws, and two siblings. He was an engineer, craftsman, and a wonderful friend, neighbor, great-grandfather, grandfather, father-in-law, father, brother, and husband.
Alfred S. Maida ’49 was born May 24, 1927. He was a resident of San Jose. After a long and courageous battle with cancer, he passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his adoring family on Jan. 24, 2013, at the age of 85.
Dr. Maida is survived by his wife Cecile, to whom he has been married 60 years, his children: Kathy, Beth, Paul (Tammy), and Margo; his grandchildren Mario (Laura), Michael (Marci), Eric and Kristin; and his great grandsons Mario II, Giancarlo, and Nicolas. He was sadly preceded in death by his precious daughter, Karen and loving son-in-law, Mark Reynolds.
Dr. Maida was born and raised in San Jose, California. Through scholarships, he proudly attended Bellarmine College Preparatory, Santa Clara University, and Stanford Medical School; achieving the highest academic honors at all three institutions. Upon completing his medical training and residency, he opened a private practice where he devotedly provided the highest quality care to all of his patients for many years. Later in his career, he served as Medical Director for Pacific Bell, General Electric, and Gilroy Foods. He volunteered on numerous medical advisory boards in constant service to his community.
He was a voracious reader and a lifelong student of the English language. He could often be found perusing the dictionary for new and interesting words in order to expand his vocabulary. He loved to read Steinbeck and Hemingway. He held extraordinary knowledge on a wide variety of subjects and yet was always eager and willing to learn more from those with whom he was conversing. He was an avid gardener, devout Christian, and a collector of stamps.
Dr. Maida was humble, gentle, and perhaps the kindest of men. He is adored by his family and was loved and cherished by all who knew him. He will be long remembered and his spirit will live in our hearts for all the days to come.
The family extends their deepest gratitude to Hospice of the Valley and all his caregivers for their tender care these many months. Your professionalism and loving hearts brought him joy and comfort.
Alexander P. Beltrami ’49 passed away on October 3, 2012. Born in Premia, Italy, on August 5, 1923, Al immigrated to California with his parents and older brother when he was two years old. He spent his early childhood in Petaluma and Santa Rosa. The family moved to San Francisco in 1937 and resided in the Inner Mission. Al graduated from Sacred Heart High School and enlisted in the army to serve during WWII. He was a 2nd Lieutenant, assigned to the 15th Air Corps and served as a bombardier on a B24 for 35 missions in the European theater. Al attended Santa Clara University, earning a degree in mechanical engineering in 1949. He began working for Pacific, Gas & Electric Company in Bakersfield, CA, where he met his wife, Alina. They married on June 19, 1954. The couple returned to San Francisco in 1954 when Al was assigned to PG&E's steam plant. He worked at the plant until his retirement in 1986. In his retirement, Al enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, daily walks in McLaren Park and volunteer activities. He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-eight years, Alina, their eight children and spouses: Monica (Duncan); Teresa (Wayne); Claire (Mike); Michael (Maggie); Paul (Amy); Mary (Steven); Catherine (Bernie); Laurie (Aaron) and twenty grandchildren. Al was preceded in death by his parents, Giuseppe and Paolina, and brother, Fr. Robert. Al is also survived by his brother, Dante, his wife, Mary, and their family.
William E. Daniels ’50, resident of Sunnyvale, passed away on July 3, 2012, in Mountain View. He was born in Chicago, Illinois in July of 1926 to Frank and Ottilie Daniels. His family moved west during the Depression and settled in San Francisco in 1938. He enlisted in the Army in 1946, serving in Korea in the postwar occupation army until 1948. Upon his return to the United States, Bill resumed his studies at Santa Clara University and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1950. He met and married his wife Violetta in San Francisco in 1954. The marriage lasted 58 years until his death. His legacy includes a daughter, four sons (including Peter ’81 and John ’85), and ten grandchildren. Bill was an active member of the Church of the Resurrection. He served as a volunteer for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, participated in the Men's Faith Sharing Group, and served with the Building and Grounds Committee. He will be missed.
William Albert Staats '50 on Jan. 1, 2009. A native of San Jose, he joined the Army Air Corps in 1942, served in the Pacific and was discharged Valentine's Day 1946. After graduating from SCU, he joined Bank of America, from which he retired after 39 years in 1989. In recent years he enjoyed travel to such places as Italy and the Galapagos Islands. He was an avid nature photographer, sports fan, and chef. He was also an active member of Saint Martin's church and treasurer of the Santa Clara Valley Bank of America Retirees' Club. He is survived by his wife, Jean, and son, Eric.
William A. Wright '50, born January 26, 1929 in San Leandro, Calif., died peacefully March 24, 2011. Survived by Dolores, his loving wife of 58 years; his children, Randy Wright (Linda), Mary Frances Wright (Lee Bartholomew), and Nancy White (Larry); his grandchildren, Christopher, Alexander, John, Ayala, and Caleb; his great-granddaughter, Staley; and his brother, James Wright (Bev). Bill became a Seattleite upon moving to Mirabella in 2009. His warmth and friendliness endeared him to many.