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Howard Martin McMahon '50, 81, passed away the morning of October 5, 2008. He was a professor of aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech for 25 years after receiving a Ph.D. from CalTech. Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada on July 29th, 1927, Howard became a US citizen in 1969. A beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Howard loved entertaining friends with fine wine, good banjo music, political savvy and a sharp wit. He was very active in Catholic education, serving on the Archdiocesan Board of Education and the Our Lady of the Assumption school board. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Fran; his daughter, Pat; daughter, Helen; son, Paul and wife, Laura; son, Michael and wife, Becky; son, Sean and wife, Tabatha; as well as six grandchildren. They will miss him dearly.
Howard J. Lindekugel '50, Jan. 3, 2010.
Herbert E. Clark '50 died in Tucson, Ariz. on August 31, 2011. He owned and operated Clark Office Products while also serving as president of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau. He was preceded in death by Mary Clark, his wife of 46 years.
Herbert E. Clark ’50 passed away on August 31 after a stubborn and valiant battle with cancer. He was born prematurely on August 23, 1925 to Harold and Ursula Clark while they were vacationing in Los Angeles. Clark grew up in Phoenix and graduated early from St. Mary's HS to be drafted for WWII. He served proudly with the Navy's 7th Pacific Fleet and was stationed in the Philippines. After being honorably discharged in 1946, Clark earned a bachelor's degree in business from Santa Clara University. In 1958, Clark married Mary Rita Reid. He purchased Old Pueblo Office Supply from his mom and moved it to Tucson, where it was known as Clark Office Products. He was proud to be a small business owner and served as president of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau. Clark was active in the Tucson Rotary Club, and was a charter member of Elks Lodge 2532. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, member of VFW and the D-M Military Affairs Committee. Clark exemplified honor, honesty, and love of country and its service members. He was happiest when surrounded by family and friends. He was an avid fisherman and aircraft enthusiast, and he taught his children by example. He is preceded in death by Mary Rita, his wife of 46 years, his parents, and sister Carol. Clark is survived by sisters Anne Mullan and Margie Fleming of Phoenix and Marian Hebets of Menifee, CA, daughters Maureen, Jeanine (Harold), Anne Marie (Jeff), son Reid (Holly), and 7 grandchildren who miss him terribly. Clark had many truly fantastic friends too numerous to name, and we are humbly grateful to them for their kindness and support.
George A. Stein '50 passed away peacefully at his Napa home on Sept. 11, 2015.
George was born on Jan. 6, 1929 in St. Louis, Missouri to Melvin and Hattie Stein. The family moved to Napa in 1938. He graduated from Napa High in 1946 and received a full basketball scholarship to the University of Santa Clara, where he graduated with a BS degree in commerce. George served in the Army for two years at the time of the Korean War. Following his time in the service, he began his minor league baseball career with the Yankees farm club. During this time he met and married Shirley Russell. They moved to Napa in 1954 and George started working at Basalt Rock Company and became involved in the Napa community, serving on the Civil Service Commission and the Grand Jury. When Basalt was later purchased by Dillingham Corporation he was appointed Vice President of Labor Relations and continued to be greatly respected and known as a man of his word. George retired from Dillingham in 1994 and immediately started his new career as Administrator of the California Field Iron Workers Administrative Trust. He retired on December 31, 2013 just a few days shy of his 85th birthday. George was very proud of the fact that he never missed a paycheck in 59 years of work.
In 1985 George married Carol Hamon Jones and they just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. They enjoyed traveling and reached their goal of visiting the capitols of all 50 states. Additionally, they found time to travel to all 58 county seats in California.
George loved all sports and was an avid bowler and golfer. He was always grateful for what his sports career at Napa High had done for his life. It gave him the opportunity to attend the University of Santa Clara on a basketball scholarship. Because he wanted to acknowledge the important part the NHS Athletic Department had in his life and the lives of many other students, he led the effort to create the Napa High Athletic Hall of Fame Foundation. He thought it was a fitting way to celebrate the 1997 Napa High School 100 year anniversary. George’s older brother Mel was inducted in its inaugural year and George followed in 2000.
George is survived by his wife Carol; his children Linda Fitzgerald of San Luis Obispo, James (Dianna) of Lodi and Susan of Napa; his stepdaughter Amanda Jones of Napa; and his multiple grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, brother Mel and his stepdaughter Karen Jones Shubin.
Galen R. Norquist ’50 died at the Idaho Elk's Rehabilitation Hospital in Boise, Idaho on Friday, June 11, 2010 at the age of 84. Galen was born June 2, 1926 in Boise, Idaho, the son of Roy H. and Golda P. (Sullivan) Norquist. He attended Park Grade School and North Junior High School in Boise, and was graduated from Boise High School in 1944. He attended and was graduated from Santa Clara University in 1950. Galen served two years in the US Army Air Corps as an Athletic Instructor during WWII, in Florida and at Headquarters 20th Air Force on the island of Guam in the Pacific Ocean. In 1946 he was recruited by the New York Yankees Baseball Club and was offered a professional baseball contract or a four year athletic scholarship at a selected university of his choice. He was a four-year varsity letterman on the Santa Clara University Baseball team in the California Intercollegiate Baseball Association. He played two years of summer baseball during college for the nationally recognized Bellingham, Wash., semi-pro baseball team, in the Northwest League. Following graduation he signed a professional baseball contract with the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast league and played one season of professional baseball. He married Jean Cora Travenshek in Bellingham, Wash., on June 25, 1949. In 1951 he joined his father at Western Steel Mfg. Co., Boise, Idaho. The company fabricated and supplied the structural steel components for many major industrial, commercial and institutional construction projects throughout Idaho, the Pacific Northwest, Northern Nevada and Northern California. He served as President and General Manager until semi-retirement in 1993. Galen was a member and served as president and director of the Pacific Northwest Steel Fabricators Assn., member of the American Institute of Steel Construction, an Associate member of the Idaho Associated General Contractors, a former member of the Boise Junior Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Boise Chamber of Commerce. He served 19 years on the Idaho State Selective Service Appeals Board. Galen also belonged to the Boise Rotary Club, The Boise Lions Club, Masonic Lodge #60, Scottish Rite Bodies, El Korah Shrine and the American Legion. He coached Boise American Legion Baseball, Boise Little League Baseball and was the playing director and coached Boise Boys Baseball. He was on the Board of Directors of the Idaho Golf Angels and coached Hillcrest Grade School Basketball. He was a member and served on the Board of the Boise State Bronco Athletic Association and was a Boise State Football and Pavilion lifetime member. Galen also belonged to the Hillcrest Country Club, the Arid Club and the First United Methodist Church, Cathedral of the Rockies. He enjoyed all sports, both as a participant and as a spectator, and especially enjoyed watching his two granddaughters, Carlee and Summer, participate in their numerous athletic activities. After retirement he and his wife Jean spent winters in Scottsdale, Ariz., and their summers in McCall, Idaho. He is survived by Jean, his wife of 61 years; daughter Kelli and husband, Derek Brummett, of Sacramento, Calif.; son Stephen and wife, Diane, and cherished granddaughters, Carlee and Summer, all of Boise.
Frank Volpe M.D. '50, F.A.A.P., F.A.C.P.E., 80, passed away peacefully July 15, 2010 in Las Vegas. A resident of Henderson, Volpe was a native of San Jose, Calif. He attended Bellarmine College Prep, Santa Clara University and the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago. After a professional medical career spanning almost 40 years, (1954 - 1992), Volpe's retirement activities included volunteer work with children and families in crisis. Preceded in death by his first wife, Aileen McGinty Volpe, he is survived by his second wife, Polly Horton; sister, Yvonne Volpe Bernard of Minden; and by his six children, Marcia Cali (Ron), Karen Volpe (Fred Holcomb), Cynthia Ashworth (Allen), Mark Volpe (Nancy), Michael Volpe (Jennifer), and Mary Volpe (Rena Popma); as well as Polly Horton's two children, Debbie Thurston (Bill), and Mark Horton. He was the proud grandfather of 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild.
Frank R. Britton Jr. ’50 died Saturday September 18, 2010. Born March 4, 1929, in Point Loma, California, he was a long-time resident of Imperial Valley. After graduating from University of Santa Clara, he served in the Korean War as a lieutenant in the artillery. Frank owned Britton & Company and served the importing and exporting community for more than 30 years. He later became a private investigator. Frank was a member of the Elks Club and the Calexico Rotary Club for more than 40 years. He is survived by his long-time companion, Arlyn Duval of Imperial; former wife, Elizabeth Britton of El Centro; daughters, Madeline Contreras and husband, Matt of El Centro, and Anne Gradek and husband, Bruce of Cloverdale; son, Frank R. Britton III and wife, Janice of La Mesa, California; grandchildren, Roberto and Elise Contreras and Cole and Alitha Gradek.
Frank Druding '50 on January 29, 2010. Father, mentor and engineer; he graduated from Santa Clara University in 1950 and later served on the Board of Regents. He was a visionary in the early years of software development for the Aerospace industry with far reaching accomplishments. He will be missed by his wife of 59 years, six children and 11 grandchildren. A service was held Feb. 4 at St. Claire Mission Chapel at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery with a reception following at the Adobe Lodge. The family would request in lieu of flowers donations be made to Disabled American Veterans (www.dav.org) or The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund (www.freedomalliance.org).
Franco W. Giudici '50 passed away on June 20, 2010 of leukemia at age 81.
Eugene John Fisher '50, resident of Los Gatos and beloved husband, father, and Santa Clara University professor, passed away peacefully at his home on July 17, 2010. He was 85 years old. He was born and raised in San Francisco. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II in England and France. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1950 in Mechanical Engineering and later got a M.S. degree from Stanford. He married his wife Rita in 1952. He is survived by his wife and children, Kathleen and (Bruce) Patrick, Lois Anne, Margaret and (Mark) Stanish, Tim and (Lois Jean) Fisher and Dan Fisher, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren; and his sister, Olivia. H began his career as a design engineer at Dalmo Victor and continued at FMC.In 1954 he was invited to teach in the Mechanical Engineering Dept at Santa Clara University. This was the beginning of a 37-year career in which he dedicated himself to developing students into engineers and young adults into responsible professionals. In 1991 he received the University's Brutocao Award in recognition of his overall teaching excellence in the Jesuit tradition. He was a dedicated volunteer helping wherever needed at St. Mary's Church, Habitat for Humanity, Billy Jones Railroad, and any friend with a project. He will be remembered for his good humor, perpetual smile, and trademark bow tie. He will be dearly missed. Read more about Prof. Fisher on the SCU School of Engineering website.
Ernest John Ibarolle ’50, Nov. 29, 1926 to Sep. 22, 2014. A resident of Walnut Creek, Ibarolle passed away peacefully on Sep. 22, 2014 in the presence of his loving wife, Joan. Born in Livermore, Calif., he was the only child of Ernest and Marie Ibarolle, and was very proud of his Basque ancestry. Ernie graduated from Livermore High School in 1944, where he served as student body president during his senior year. Ernie joined the U.S. Navy in 1945. At the end of World War II, Ernie entered Santa Clara University, where he graduated in 1950 and received his degree in accounting. He then began his thirty-eight year career with Del Monte Corporation as Purchasing Manager.
Ernie married the love of his life, Joan Whalen, on Sep. 20, 1953 at St. Michael's Church in Livermore, and they recently celebrated their 61st anniversary. Ernie and Joan have lived for the last 50 years in Walnut Creek, where they raised their two children, Jay and Lisa. Ernie was a devoted husband and loving father. He had many friends from the various chapters of life with whom he remained close until his passing. Ernie was a parishioner at St. John Vianney Church, where he was a member of the Men's Club. He was also a member of the Del Monte Retirees Dinner Group and the Bottom of the Barrel Club. A faithful 49er fan and a car enthusiast, he also loved to take walks and spend time in the garden. Ernie loved to travel, and he and Joan were fortunate to enjoy trips together to many wonderful destinations. One of the family's much loved vacations was their annual Father's Day celebration trip to Graeagle, Calfornia, a 45 year tradition.
Ernie is survived by his devoted wife, Joan, his son Jay (Leilani) Ibarolle, his daughter Lisa Mooring ’80 (married to Dave Mooring ’80), his granddaughter Elisabeth Mooring, grandsons Michael Mooring, EJ Ibarolle and Evan Ibarolle, his sister-in-law Margaret, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Ernie will be dearly missed.
Ellery Williams ’50 passed away in his home in Los Altos surrounded by his loving family. Born in St. Louis, MO, he and his parents, Kathryn and Harvey, younger brother, Dick, and his grandfather moved to Pasadena, CA when Ellery was 16 years old. He was a great athlete and competitor playing baseball and football in High School where he won many awards. After graduation, he joined the Army Air Corps where he hoped to become a pilot. However, the war ended before he was able to attain that goal. He returned to Pasadena to attend Muir Jr. College. After a semester, he was offered a scholarship to Santa Clara University where he became an outstanding football player and again won many awards. He was part of the great 1950 Orange Bowl team that beat Kentucky.
The year 1950 was a very good one for Ellery. After graduation, he married his sweetheart, Joan. He was drafted by the S.F. 49ers but played for the New York Giants for a year in their successful season. Ellery and Joan moved to Palo Alto where he immediately was offered a position in the building industry. Ellery went on to eventually have his own window, glass, and mirror companies. Meanwhile, he continued his sports playing softball for many years as well as swimming, skiing, tennis, golf, and later bocce ball well into his 80s. They moved to Los Altos in 1955 and later had two children, Michael and Janice. As the children grew older, he coached their little league teams and girls softball teams. Ellery could build or fix anything, which he did around the house, church, and other places where he was helpful. He loved music and singing as well as fishing and camping which we did as a family. Ellery later had a very successful real estate career. He also took up painting and found his talent in watercolors. After he retired, he and Joan traveled extensively on almost every continent, whether by ship, plane, rail, or camper. Ellery is in the University of Santa Clara’s Athletic Hall of Fame and also in the Pasadena Court of Champions.
Ellery was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law, uncle, and friend. We shall all miss him and his great sense of humor.
Edward Joseph Farrell '50, J.D. '55 died on January 18, 2011. He was born in Sacramento, Calif. on May 7, 1929 to Bess and Leo Farrell, M.D. Edward Farrell, a fourth generation Californian, who was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Mary Ann. He is survived by his children Leo Farrell ’81, Suzanne Farrell ’82, Michael and Tim Farrell; and grandsons Evan and Dylan Fagundes. Edward is survived by his sisters Mary Kehew and her husband, Roger; and Frances Vitulli and her husband, Frank; sister-in-law Kathy Anapolsky and her husband Larry. He was preceded in death by his sister, Harriet Farrell. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Edward was a graduate of Christian Brothers High School (1946) and Santa Clara University (1950). He received his law degree from Santa Clara University in 1955. He served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War in 1952. He married Mary Ann Morris in 1958 who preceded him in death in 2009. At the time of his retirement in 2001, Edward was the senior partner of the Farrell, Fraulob and Brown law firm in Sacramento. His many and varied interests included a lifelong love of books and a reputation as a voracious reader on a wide array of subjects. His impressive breadth of knowledge along with his capacity as a truly gifted storyteller helped him educate, entertain and inform friends and family memorably for decades. He retained these abilities, as well as his renowned sense of humor, right up until his passing. His devotion to physical fitness found him biking on Sacramento's bike trails well into his 70's and strolling his Land Park neighborhood well after his 80th birthday. An intense interest in travel took him from Finland to France, Malaysia to Morocco, but summer vacations with family at the beach in Rio Del Mar were always his favorite.
Edward Alvin Lafranchi '50 died unexpectedly on Feb. 5, 2014, of a massive cerebral hemorrhage. He was a long time resident of Livermore and one the earliest employees of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Ed was a devoted member of the St. Michael Catholic Community. A long time member of the Knights of Columbus, one of the original Lectors and later Eucharistic Ministers, he was responsible for training new volunteers in these duties until his death. At various times, he chaired the Parish Council, was President of CCD, later led the legacy fund to build the parish education center Ed enjoyed golfing, except when he couldn't hit the ball; attending the 49er games but only when they won; tasting good wines, always; deer hunting with his family; playing bridge and most especially sharing a cocktail every evening before dinner with his beloved wife Ann. He was born in Petaluma, Calif. on July 23, 1928 and raised in Nicasio on his family's dairy. He attended Nicasio elementary school, graduated from St. Anselms High School, and later from Santa Clara University with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Upon graduation in 1950, he went to work for Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. He enlisted during the Korean war, spending 1951 to 1953 in the US Air Force. Upon discharge, he resumed his job at Berkeley, transferring in 1953 to Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. Ed held numerous positions at LLNL, eventually retiring as Deputy Associate Director of the Engineering Department in 1991. Ed is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ann (nee Rogers), his three sons Bruce (Judy) of New York, Mark of Walnut Creek and Paul (Mary Jo) of Torrance, four grandchildren Brian, Brendan, Daniel Lafranchi ’14 and Melissa, and a large extended family. He was the son of Fridolino and Zelma (nee Dolcini) and was predeceased by his siblings Estella, Wilfred, Henry, and Arthur Lafranchi ’58.
Doanld M. Perlenda '50 died in Santa Rosa on March 15, 2011. A native of Santa Clara, he had his college years interrupted by his US Army service in the European theatre during WWII. After graduating from SCU, he worked in agriculture, first with the State of California and then with Moyer Chemical Company, both in San Jose, and after 1958 in Watsonville, retiring in 1992. During his retirement, Don traveled extensively and was a longtime member of the St Joseph's Catholic Community. He is survived by his daughters, Pam '73 and Debbie, and his step-children Tim Reding '74, Terry Reding, and Carol Reding Sisney '82.
Donald Emmanuel Kane '50 lived joyfully and died unexpectedly on July 24, 2011 from a ruptured aortic aneurysm. Don was born and raised in San Francisco. He graduated from Galileo High School where he excelled in both academics and athletics, earning him a basketball scholarship to the University of Santa Clara. He graduated from Santa Clara with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Don was later inducted into the Galileo Sports Hall of Fame. He was noted for his unbroken school record in the high hurdles and for never losing a race in four years of high school. He remained a long time member of the school's athletic support group, the Bronco Bench. Between high school and college, Don served one year in the United States Navy at the end of World War II. He had a long and successful career in the corrugated box industry, managing plants for Owens Illinois and National Container Corporation. In 1966, with three partners, he founded MARK Container Corporation where he served as President and CEO until retiring in 2000. Don was preceded in death by his first wife Doreen (Yates) Kane, son, Steve Kane and son, Rick Kane. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years Joan (Nystrom Grover) Kane, daughter, Cheryl Kane, daughter, Candice (Kane) Railsback (and her sons Randy and Dylan), son, Mike Grover (wife Kara and sons Wesley and Aaron), son, Bob Grover (wife Laurie and son Brian), daughter Carrie (Grover) Fross (and her daughter Natalie and her children Liliana, Jesse and Isabella), son Chuck Grover (wife Shannon, daughter Katelyn, son Kevin). For over 57 years, Don was very active in Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Castro Valley. This included coaching CYO basketball and heading the Saint Vincent De Paul Society chapter. Don was a great husband, great father, great friend and a pretty good golfer. He was extremely gregarious and generous. He loved to talk with people and to help whenever he could. He maintained friendships for a lifetime including his friends from high school and college. He and his frequent phone calls will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Dennis H. Rosaia ’50, born 05/26/1924 and died 05/20/2012 peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family just a few days before his 88th birthday. Beloved husband of 62 years to Lillian, loving father of Dennis (Chris), Lynne, Wayne (Cathy) and David (Kim) Rosaia. Proud Nonno of Gina (James) Collins, Dan (Deana) Rosaia, Lauren and Lindsey Rosaia, Derek Rosaia, Vanessa and Rebecca Powers and Kevin and Gary Patzelt. Adoring great grandfather of Grace Collins. Dear brother of the late Roy and Thelma Rosaia. Survived by many relatives here and in Italy. Dennis was born in South San Francisco to Italian immigrants Dante and Ernesta Rosaia and graduated from SSF High School in 1943. He entered the Merchant Marine Service, traveled around the world as a cadet and graduated as a 2nd Assistant Engineer from the Merchant Marine Academy in Great Neck, Long Island, New York. Following his service, he attended Santa Clara University, graduating with a degree in industrial engineering in 1950. In 1949 Dennis married his home town sweetheart, Lillian Sani and from their modest beginnings in a Quonset hut near campus, they began a rich family and business life together. Dennis established D&M Liquors in 1954 on Grand Avenue and grew a thriving business first with his partner Mario Pieretti, later as a sole proprieter, and finally as proud partner with his 3 sons in D&M Liquor and Deli on Spruce Ave. He believed that the family that worked together, stayed together. Extremely civic minded, Dennis was a highly respected and active community leader, serving as President of the SSF Downtown Merchants Association, President of YMI Council #32, Past President and Director of SSF Rotary Club, 16 year Board member of SSF Conference Center, SSF Parking Commission, member of Italian Catholic Federation, SIRS Branch #91, Italian-American Citizens Club, and SSF Elks. Dennis was a man of great Catholic faith and an active parishioner of All Souls Parish, serving as the head of the Rebuilding Committee following the 1964 church fire, chairing parish festivals, numerous fundraisers and still recently serving on the Finance Committee for the "Fixing God's House" campaign. He thrived being around people and was at every community event possible, working the room and charming everyone with his warm personality. He never missed the annual Santa Clara Engineering Class of 1950 reunions. Throughout it all, Lillian was at his side- behind the counter at D&M, raising the children, working at All Souls events, hosting exchange students, traveling the world and caring for him for nearly 63 years. She fulfilled his final wish by being the last face that he saw in this life. Dennis was a loving and encouraging father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Christmas Eve at Nonno's was an event he planned to the smallest detail-song sheets, trivia contests, games, great food-it was his "command performance" every year. Dennis endured health problems over the years but rarely let illness slow him down. His determination and enthusiasm for life helped him fight back time after time. During his final illness, Dennis was in charge until the end, planning his funeral, enjoying all the delicious foods he had been restricted from eating, holding court with the family, and tenderly saying his loving goodbyes to his family and close friends.
Daniel Gilbert Kraemer '50 passed peacefully in his home in Solana Beach on December 27th, 2015, at the age of 87. Dan was born to Gilbert and Esther Kraemer in Anaheim, California. He attended Fullerton High, and graduated from Santa Clara University in 1950, with a degree in business. He married Mary Musante shortly after serving as a lieutenant in the Korean War. Dan began his farming life in Pauma Valley, later settling in Corona to raise citrus. Over the next years, Dan and Mary welcomed eight children and raised them with love, patience, and faith. Dan was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. Known as Pop by his 21 grandchildren, Dan will be remembered for big hugs, memorable stories, and fresh squeezed oranges. He has set an example of generosity, friendship and faith that will continue for generations to come. Dan is survived by Mary, his wife of 62 years and their children: Mary (Steve), Susan (Dave), Ann, Eileen (Matt), John (Cim), Karen, Janine '86 (Joe '84), and Matt (fiance‚ Alli). He will be missed by grandchildren: Patrick, Rachel, Eric, Jacob, Scott, Nick, Cole, Margaux '12, Dano, Mitch, Madeline '13, Mollie, Belinda, Matt, Jeff, Lauren, Lindsey, Cade, Ryan, Kate and Shannon.
Daniel Joseph Vesely ’50 of Rocklin passed away peacefully on August 12, 2013, with his loving family by his side after suffering from Dementia for several years. He was 89 years young. Daniel was born to Joseph and Minnie Vesely in New York, New York on July 30, 1924. Daniel married his wife Annie Walker to whom he was married to for 65 years. Daniel is survived by younger brother, Joseph Vesely who is living in Massachusetts. He is also survived by his two children Gregory Vesely, Cynthia Gruber and her husband Joe Gruber, two grandchildren Kristel Vesely, Gregory Goodnough and one great-grandson, Jayden Goodnough. Daniel graduated from Santa Clara University with a civil engineering degree in 1950. He worked for several engineering firms over the years which allowed his family to live in Casablanca, where Greg was born and Madrid, Spain where Cynthia was born. He retired with the Federal Government Corp of Engineers. Daniel and Annie raised their children in Rocklin since 1964. He loved his family and friends, enjoyed reading, traveling and was an avid golfer until he became ill. He always enjoyed living on the golf course. We were blessed to have him in our lives and he will be deeply missed.
Benjamin Painter '50, age 85, of Scottsdale, Ariz., passed away on April 29, 2014.
He was born on Oct. 12, 1928 in San Jose, Calif. Ben was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin H. and Carol E. Painter, and his daughter, Katherine E. Kloss. He is survived by his beloved wife, Ileta, sons Steven S. and Kenneth B. Painter MBA ’91, son-in-law David Kloss, daughter-in-laws Lisa and Laura Painter, ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Ben had a lifelong passion for flying. At the time he was the youngest licensed pilot in California at age 15. Graduating from the University of Santa Clara in 1950 with a B.S. in civil engineering he was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force. While earning his wings in Lubbock, Texas he met his future wife Ileta, who was attending Texas Tech University. Ben was assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing, 508th Fighter Squadron of the Strategic Air Command flying F-84G "Thunderjets" located in Albany, Georgia. Leaving the Air Force in 1955 they re-settled in San Jose.
Ben went to work for San Jose Steel Company where he rose to manage the reinforcing steel "rebar" division. In 1973 he followed in the steps of his father as a custom home builder in Los Gatos, Calif. In 1993 they moved from Monte Sereno to Incline Village, Nev. Ben and Ileta moved to Scottsdale, Ariz. in 2004. Ben was most proud of the legacy he leaves behind represented by his large and growing family
Arthur L. Shiffrar '50, 89, of Fremont, CA, died Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016. Born in Nipomo, CA, in 1926, Arthur was the sixth of Mary Buda Shiffrar and Joseph Shiffrar’s 12 children. From an early age, he adored the bounty of the Central Coast, enjoying hunting, rock hounding, fishing, and clamming.
Arthur graduated from Arroyo Grande High School and served as a Navy ship mechanic in the Pacific during World War II. With the help of a football scholarship and the GI Bill, Arthur graduated with a degree in business administration from Santa Clara University. In 1949, he married his long time sweetheart, Ruth Walsh. They settled in Fremont, where they lived for 50 years.
Ruth and Arthur enjoyed a wonderful life. With family and friends, they celebrated with laughter, drinks, tall tales, and Santa Maria-style BBQ. They traveled the world, most notably to Slovenia where they created new bonds with Arthur’s extended family.
Arthur established Art’s Cart Trucking in 1960. As the company grew, he mentored many young drivers. Art’s Cart trucks could be seen throughout California for nearly 30 years. Ruth and Arthur also established and successfully ran Gen Mar, a bed frame manufacturing company.
While he loved driving, especially sports cars, deer hunting was Arthur’s lifelong passion. He hunted simply, with an old rifle, a rich knowledge of animal behavior, and a desire for a clean shot. In later years, he enjoyed attending antique truck shows.
Arthur was pre-deceased by his wife, Ruth, and three siblings (Mary, Donald, and Joe). Arthur is survived by his daughters, Margaret and Genevieve, by Donna Boomershine, his companion in later life, by many siblings (Martin, Louise, George, Harold, Betty, Dolores, Barbara, and Richard) and by dozens of nieces and nephews.