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Showing obituaries submitted in the last year by graduates in the 1970s
A resident of Menlo Park for 46 years, Raymond Basso ’67, MBA ’70 was born to Lawrence Basso and Catherine (Lena) Basso on March 15, 1945. His early years were spent in San Francisco, and he attended Saint Vincent De Paul Elementary School, Saint Ignatius High School, and SCU, where he graduated with a degree in political science. It was there that he met and fell in love with his beautiful bride, Mary (Moroney) Basso ’67.They were married in 1967. In 1971, Raymond earned his MBA from Santa Clara. He spent most of his adult life working for Hewlett Packard as a comptroller. After nearly 30 years at HP, he worked for his family business, Guyan Eagle, for several years. In retirement, he was a member of the San Mateo Grand Jury, and in 2011, he was the foreman of the Grand Jury. Raymond passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his children on June 17, 2016. His dear wife Mary passed away on April 1 of that year. Together they leave behind their beloved children: Ray Basso Jr, Sarah (Luis) Vergara, Brian (Samantha) Basso, and Anne-Marie Basso. Raymond will be dearly missed by his brother, Lawrence (Susan) Basso and his sister-in-law Sheila (Ron) Santero, and brothers-in-law Carl Moroney, Barry (Faye) Moroney, Tom (Carole) Moroney, and Mark Moroney, as well as by many nieces and nephews. Raymond was a doting grandfather to his seven grandchildren: Kevin Basso, Andre Basso, Noah Vergara, Luca Vergara, Sofia Vergara, Cade Basso, and Jenna Basso. They will never forget their amazing “Pop.”
Paul Luper M.S. ’70 was born in Houston, Texas, but raised in California. He graduated from Cal Poly Pomona College and received his master’s in electrical engineering. Paul had an illustrious 40-year career with IBM. He also held management positions at Memorex of California and Atlas Electronics of Malaysia. Other accomplishments include service to the community as a board member of Caritas. He was an Elder, business owner, and mentor, and he received many outstanding citations from IBM. He married the love of his life, Berna, in 1986. Paul was a devoted family man and a loving father and well respected in the community. He moved to Austin, Texas, in 1990 and made his life there for the past 27 years. He was a faithful friend and a trusted confidant, compassionate, and sought to put the needs of others before his own. He was also kind and soft-spoken, with a peaceful spirit and temperament. His contagious smile brought joy to the room. At the age of 77, Paul went home to be with the Lord on July 25, 2017. His newest assignment in heaven comes with the promise that his youth and strength will be renewed like the eagles and that he will be reunited with family and friends he has not seen in a long time. He will be dearly missed by those he loved who celebrate the fact that he is in the presence of Jesus now and forever. Paul is survived by his wife, Berna; his sons Erik, Jemal, and Justin; his daughter, Amanii; his grandchildren, Christian, Myesha, Brianna, Kiah, Jordan, Jahquila, Irie, and Azari; his sisters, Judi and Jane; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his brother, William, and his parents, George and Berniece.
Howard Ogden Lilly ’70, MBA ’73 entered into rest on May 14, 2017. A resident of San Jose, he was born Aug. 1, 1948, in Davis, California. Ogden graduated from SCU in 1970 and was a CPA for 47 years at Boitano, Sargent, & Lilly. He enjoyed watching the San Francisco Giants and especially enjoyed his sons’ athletic events. He was the unofficial photographer of his extended family, the Ravizza’s. Ogden is survived by his wife, Rose, and sons Oggie (Marianne and grandson Bennett) and Aaron (Nicole). In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hoover Middle School PTSA/Athletic Program, 1635 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95126; or Lincoln High School Foundation, 555 Dana Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126.
Gerald Henry Quilici ’70 was born at Palo Alto Hospital on June 29, 1948, to Henry and Bruna Quilici. He spent his childhood years in Mountain View, attending St. Joseph’s Catholic School and St. Francis High School. He graduated from SCU with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. Jerry became a registered civil engineer and worked for the County of Santa Clara, primarily in the Land Development Engineering Department, for 34 years. Following his retirement in 2004, he changed careers and worked as a tax preparer for McFarlane, Cazale & Associates and for Petersen & Associates. Jerry met his wife, Louanne Bergna, while she was working in the County Planning Department, and they married at Mission Santa Clara in 1979. Jerry was active in dog training and obedience trials for over 20 years and was a member of the Standard Schnauzer Club of Northern California. He enjoyed playing softball and golf and was an avid follower of the SF Giants, SF 49ers, and Golden State Warriors. He and Louanne enjoyed traveling—and whenever they were in a city with an MLB team, they would take in a game, sometimes even touring the ballpark. Jerry was able to go to spring training in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 2016. Jerry was happiest when he was with his family and friends, drinking a Manhattan. Jerry passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on June 7. After successfully battling brain cancer (CNS Lymphoma) three times since 2011, Jerry succumbed to complications of pneumonia. He remained a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather through the end. Jerry is survived by Louanne Quilici, his loving wife of 37 years; daughters Lauren Quilici (Travis Hinkle) and Tessa (Justin) Parks; grandsons “JJ” Parks and Conrad Hinkle; mother Bruna Quilici; and sister Judy (Steve) Ehrat. He is predeceased by his father, Henry Joseph Quilici.
C. Alan Parbury ’70 was born on Aug. 13, 1947, in San Jose, the only child of the late Charles Byron and Ethel Noakes Parbury. He attended Bellarmine College Preparatory and graduated with a B.S. from SCU. After graduation, he pursued careers in the financial and real estate investments markets in addition to sales. Sports were his passion, with baseball and golf being his favorites. After a hand injury ended his pitching career, he turned to golf. He won local championships and became a scratch handicap player. He served two terms as chairman of the board of governors at Crow Canyon Country Club—also serving on the greens, tournament, and handicap committees. He was a NCGA rules official for local tournaments and volunteered on committees for the PGA and LPGA. In 1992, he received an appreciation certificate from the U.S. Open Championship for his dedication and volunteerism. He passed away on June 15 at ManorCare Health Services in Walnut Creek at the age of 69. He is survived by Shirley A. Buxkemper, daughter Cynthia Parbury, stepdaughter Jamey Moore, wife Carole, and their son, Rowan.
Anthony “Tony” Lo Bue M.A. ’70 was born on Feb. 1, 1938, in San Jose. His parents, Salvatore and Lena Lo Bue, were recent immigrants from Sicily. Tony attended Campbell High, where he excelled at school activities, including varsity football and student council. He was elected class president every year and student body president his senior year. Upon graduation in 1956, Tony had planned to follow his father in the produce business. However, he felt called to other goals. He and his new wife, Georgia, moved to San Luis Obispo, California, to attend Cal Poly. He was awarded a B.S. in truck crops in 1962. Still desiring additional education, Tony received a teaching credential and a master’s in education from SCU. In 1991, Santa Clara University recognized him as an Outstanding Alumnus. Tony began his career in education working for the Santa Cruz Office of Education. The greatest contribution he made in his profession came when he worked for the Scotts Valley School District. His strength and creativity shone as he worked with students as a school counselor. With other staff he wrote the ACARE program, which helped students develop caring, compassionate attitudes and behavior. He would go from classroom to classroom implementing this program with students. Every month he presented the “Bear Hug Assembly,” recognizing students for outstanding and caring behavior. His positive impact is still remembered by many! He wrote and published the book, Take My Hand. Later, although retired from the school district, he continued to inspire prospective teachers in the Bethany College teacher education program. He concluded his teaching career at Twin Lakes Christian School, acting as second-grade teacher and sharing the ACARE program with students, staff, and parents. After full retirement from teaching, Tony enjoyed woodworking; many people still enjoy the Adirondack chairs he made! In addition to his successful career, Tony was a dedicated husband and father. He met his wife Georgia in 1955 and they married in 1959. Daughter Elizabeth arrived unexpectedly while Tony was a student at Cal Poly. Son Mark was born as Tony began his master’s program. Spending time with his children brought him much joy and laughter. He had a knack for imparting wisdom in a unique and creative style. Tony passed into heaven Aug. 3, 2017. He will always be loved by his wife, Georgia, daughter Elizabeth (Francis Krebs), and son Mark (Theresa Kehoe LoBue) as well as grandchildren Anthony, Colette, and Ethan.
William Hugh Baber III '68, J.D. '71, a retired attorney, pilot and family man, passed away on Monday, October 24th at age 69. Bill was born and raised in Willows, California graduating Willows High School in 1964. At Willows High, he played baseball (catcher), basketball and football, where he was a proud "Willows Honker." As a teenager, Bill spent many weekends playing golf at the Glenn Golf and Country Club. Growing up in Willows, Bill loved to spend time with his father and grandfather on their nearby ranches. His father, William H. Baber, Jr., was a well respected sheep rancher and past president of the California Wool Growers Association. Bill was very proud of his father's military service in defending our country as a lead Bombardier in WWII. Bill's grandfather, Hugh Baber, managed the Llano Seco Rancho in Butte County and was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City in 1971. "Hugh Baber Lane" at the Llano Seco was named in his honor. Bill's mother, Suzanne La Force Baber, was a shining star in his life. A classical pianist from Midland, Texas, Sue started the Junior League in Willows and played the piano and organ at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. She was much beloved by her husband and two sons, Bill and his brother, Clark. Bill was also very close with his family in Texas. Watson La Force, his maternal grandfather, was a renowned businessman in the independent oil and gas industry. His efforts for the community of Midland's flying transportation work resulted in the current development and operation of the Midland International Terminal. Watson too had a street named after him, "La Force Blvd." When Bill was growing up, his grandfather and grandmother would take him for rides in their twin engine Cessna. Bill always attributed his love of flying to his grandfather. In 1968, Bill graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Political Science. He went on to attain a law degree from Santa Clara Law School in 1971 following his clerkship in a large law firm in Midland, Texas. In college and law school, Bill had a very special group of friends. There were always many fun stories and a lot of laughs following their fly fishing, hunting and golfing adventures. Following passing the State Bar on December 7, 1971, Bill practiced law with the Minasian Law Firm in Oroville, California for 32 years. His practice included water rights, civil litigation and business law. As a young litigator, Bill brought a case, "Royal Globe," before the California Supreme Court and won. In 1974, Bill moved to Chico and started his family. He loved to take his family skiing: Squaw Valley, Snow Mass, Aspen and Vail were some of his favorite ski resorts. Bill's children started skiing at age three. Because of his very adventurous spirit, Bill encouraged his family to ski the black diamond slopes, ski the powder through the trees and helicopter ski. Bill was an avid pilot and loved to fly for both business and pleasure. He received his private pilot's license in 1979, the year his son, Scott, was born. Flying his family to the Nut Tree for breakfast and taking the train to the restaurant was one of Bill's favorite flying trips. Physical activities and sports with family and friends were always a passion for Bill. He really enjoyed duck and pheasant hunting with his son and Uncle Jack in Colusa as well as fly fishing with his family in Deer Creek and Alaska. Golf, snow skiing, water skiing, tennis and jogging through Bidwell Park were some of Bill's favorite pastimes. Most every Sunday, Bill attended St. John's Episcopal Church with Father Richard Yale. He felt blessed to be part of a loving, positive church community. Bill's zest for life and contagious laugh will always be remembered. He was very grateful to spend special time with his children and grandchildren. Bill is survived by his two children, Kelly Kristine Nelson and Scott Baber; his four grandchildren; his Uncle Jack Baber; his nephew Mike Baber, and his niece, Melissa Baber; his aunt and uncle, Watson and Patti La Force and four cousins, including Jack "Jon" Baber M.B.A. '86.
Michael George Emery ’71 was born to George and Marjorie Emery on Nov. 18, 1949, in Poughkeepsie, New York, migrating to Los Gatos in the 1957. He attended St. Mary’s School, St. Francis High School, and SCU. Michael was passionate about radio. He was an FCC-licensed engineer and in 1972 was one of the co-founders of KKUP 91.5FM community radio, which still serves the South Bay today. Michael was also an original volunteer with the Los Gatos Disaster Aid Response Team, where he spent many years supporting the community—including during the Loma Prieta earthquake. He retired from IBM after 15 years of service. Michael passed away on June 28 after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma cancer. He is survived by his loving wife, Sue; four sisters: Lisa Patten, Ellen High, Megan, and Jennifer Emery; stepsons Dwight and Michael Cornwell; and several nieces and nephews.
Jack Watkins MBA ’71 was born in Newton, Iowa, on May 18, 1929—the only child of John Earl and Eva Lorena (Franz) Watkins—and grew up in the Midwest. He received a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Nebraska, an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from Santa Clara. Jack served on active duty in the Navy for three years. While stationed in Japan, he met his wife, Alice, who was a Navy nurse. He participated in the Naval Reserve for over 26 years, retiring as a captain in the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps. Jack and Alice married on Nov. 27, 1957. Their first home was in Glendale, California, where they welcomed their first daughter, Diane, in September of 1958. They quickly added to that when Debbi was born in 1960, Donna and Doug (who passed away at 11 months from Down Syndrome) in 1961, and Linda in 1963. They had a wonderful marriage and set a great example for their daughters, who each have celebrated over 25 years of marriage. Jack spent 40 years as a professional engineer, retiring in 1994 as a vice president for Montgomery Watson Consulting Engineers. He was involved with major water quality and treatment projects in the Western United States and Canada. He served on many professional engineering organizations in California, Oregon, and Washington. Jack was appointed to the State of Washington Water Supply Advisor Committee and served on that committee for many years. In addition to his engineering career, he was involved in many community activities, serving as co-chairman of the committee for funding the new Clover Park High School as well as a trustee for Pierce College for 10 years. Jack was a member of the Tacoma Sunrise Rotary Club for many years, including a year as president. He became a Christian in 1955 while stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, where he and Alice were active in missionary outreach in Japan for over 30 years. He spent much of his adult life working with youth, young adults, and young married couples in several churches in California and Washington. He loved to travel, and he and Alice were able to visit many parts of the world. Jack also loved spending time with his grandchildren whenever he had a chance. Jack is survived by his wife, Alice; daughters Diane (Mark Hartenstine) and Deborah (Brian Harper); and Brian Goff and Linda and Rob Moynan; grandchildren Jessica, Stephen, Nathan, Michael, Amanda, Brett, Shannon, Leanne, John, James, and Matthew; and two great-granddaughters, Mayah and Addilynn, all whom he loved with his whole heart.
Francis Burton Doyle ’71 was born and raised in San Francisco. He attended St. Anne and St. Stephen schools and graduated from Archbishop Riordan High School in 1967. He received a B.A. in history from SCU in 1971, a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law, and a LL.M. in taxation from Golden Gate University. The founding partner of WealthPLAN, Frank was an estate and trust attorney whose practice touched the lives of many families and local charities. He was past president of Santa Clara County Estate Planning Council, served on numerous nonprofit boards, including Notre Dame High School. He also helped found and grow the SCU Jerry A. Kasner Estate Planning Symposium and taught Wills and Trusts at Lincoln Law School for almost 25 years, receiving its Lifetime Achievement Award last spring. Frank worked hard, but he also led a rich life outside of work. He loved to read and write, and he honed his craft by taking writing courses at Stanford Continuing Studies. He was interested in history, politics, and social justice and always enjoyed lively conversation with friends and colleagues. He was an avid golfer who frequently woke early to drive up to play at the Olympic Club, where he was a member for over 50 years. He was famous in his family for a hole-in-one on the 17th hole on the Ocean Course on Mother’s Day in 1993. Frank was a strong supporter of Catholic education and proud that all three of his children graduated from Catholic elementary and high schools and Jesuit universities, just as he had done. On Sept. 15, 2017, he died peacefully at his San Jose home due to stomach cancer. He was the beloved husband of Nancy Fahrner Doyle ’72; loving father of Megan Eileen Doyle (Kevin Iadonato), John Francis Doyle (Laura), and Colleen Doyle Kendrick (Jeffry); much-loved “Papa Bear” of Eleanor Rose and Clare Elizabeth Doyle, Mario Francis Iadonato, and Cora Jane Kendrick; and admired oldest brother of Gerald James Doyle, Richard Doyle, and the late Joseph Charles Doyle.
Barbara Lucy Nicoara J.D. ’71 was born on Aug. 3, 1935, in Detroit, Michigan, and married John Nicoara in 1956 during her senior year at the University of Michigan. They welcomed her first child, Joe, in 1957. John’s career took their young family to San Diego, California, Denver, Colorado, and finally to his job at Lockheed in Sunnyvale in 1962. By 1964, the family had grown with the arrival of James, Peter, and Anne Marie.
Barbara graduated from SCU with a law degree by attending night classes while raising her four children as a single parent. She practiced family and criminal law and gained valuable political experience while running political campaigns in San Jose. She inevitably came to the attention of California Assemblywoman Leona Egland and was hired to run Leona’s San Jose office. Eventually, the County of Santa Clara hired Barbara to work in labor relations and negotiating labor contracts. She retired in 1985 and began a private consulting business.
In 1975, Barbara found a kindred spirit in George Lewis, who shared her love of civic engagement. Their first date was to a very romantic SMACNA (Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association!) event. George and Barbara were married in 1977, bringing George’s two sons, David and Tim, into the fold. While George was employed at MH Engineering in Hollister, he and Barbara purchased 40 pristine acres in Paicines, California, and for a time lived on the property in a trailer with their two dogs and cat while they built their home.
Living in the country did nothing to deter Barbara’s community involvement. She joined the Methodist Church and remained an active, contributing member for the rest of her life. She also was an active member of Chadeish Yameinu, a Jewish Renewal Community in Santa Cruz. In 1986 she was appointed to the San Benito County Arts Commission and became a founding member of the San Benito Oriana Chorale, an organization that still thrives. Over the course of her long and industrious community involvement, Barbara served on the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation board and spearheaded its Northside Challenge Campaign, raising $762,000. She also served on the seniors’ council for Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties and the diabetes collaborative. In conjunction with her work on the collaborative, Barbara began “Fit for Kids,” a yoga program designed to promote exercise and good nutrition at Calaveras and R.O. Hardin elementary schools, which continues to serve hundreds of kids each year. She helped form a singing group, The Old Time Religion Singers, who for years performed monthly at county convalescent and retirement homes. In addition, she campaigned for walkability improvements in new commercial developments in Hollister.
In 2006, the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce awarded Barbara “Woman of the Year.” She had a fierce and omnivorous intellect, was courageous, and could disagree with someone without being disagreeable. She loved books, music, and trailer camping with George and their dogs. She was a loyal and steadfast friend and a beacon of hope and resolve to those lucky enough to have known her. After a long and meaningful life, Barbara died on June 14 at her home in Hollister. She is survived by her husband, George, their six children, 12 grandchildren, and a sister, Elizabeth Hackett, of Detroit Michigan.
Linda (Irwin) Escobar ’72 passed away peacefully in her Roseville, California, home on May 18, 2017. She was born Feb. 10, 1950, in San Antonio, Texas, to Art and Phyllis Irwin. The family soon moved to Athens, Illinois, which is where she spent most of her childhood. When Linda started high school, her father, being in the Air Force, was relocated to Hawaii, which is where she spent the next four years of her life, along with sisters Judith, Barbara, and Mary and brother John. Eventually, her family came back to settle in Novato, California. After graduating with a psychology degree from SCU, Linda soon married the love of her life and best friend, Kenneth Escobar. Linda and Ken were married for nearly 45 years and spent 44 years in Santa Rosa, which is where they raised children Adam, Tim, and Donna before moving to Roseville this past August. For Linda, her children were her life and she made it clear to them how much she loved them and that she would do anything for them. During her time in Santa Rosa, Linda devoted her life to helping people. She worked as a counselor, both through her independent practice with couples and families as well as at St. Eugene’s School for more than 25 years. She loved working with the staff and the children at the school and empowering them with the knowledge and skills needed to solve problems and build and maintain friendships. Linda also coauthored the book Positive Discipline: A Teacher’s A–Z Guide, once again helping teachers and children overcome challenging behaviors at school. Linda was everyone’s “person”—she was the person everyone could count on to listen to them and to help them through a problem or situation. She was selfless in every sense of the word. She would drop everything that was on her full plate to help and she wasn’t happy or at peace unless those around her were happy. Linda knew just how to make each person she met feel like the most important person in her life. She had a special way of connecting with the people around her. Lots of things brought Linda joy in her life. She loved to sing and was very talented with the sewing machine. She also loved reading, painting, and being outside in the garden. She spent a large part of her life in the stands at countless baseball games cheering for her children and grandchildren. After Linda’s children were married and she became a mother-in-law to Jaime, Carolyn, and Kyle, nothing brought more joy to her life than welcoming her 10 grandchildren into the world: Madison, Mason, Marley, Maggie, Tianna, Brenden, Logan, Dylan, Drew, and Grace. Her grandchildren lit up her life and she found a way to make each and every one of them feel so very special and loved. Linda was a very involved Grammie and loved playing cards and solving puzzles with her grandkids. They would read books, sing songs, cook, sew, and do crafts together. Linda made sure that each grandchild had special one-on-one time with her to create lasting memories with Grammie. Linda has had an incredible influence on the lives of so many people. She will be greatly missed and is sure to live on in the hearts of all she has touched. Services will be held on Sunday, June 25, 4 p.m., at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Petaluma. Reception following at Petaluma Community Center, Lucchesi Park. If you would like to make a donation in Linda’s memory, please do so to either the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance or The Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Karen Mullings Stabeno M.A. ’72 was born May 9, 1945, the day after the Allies declared WWII victory in Europe. Her parents, Maurice and Katey Mullings, were both extraordinary people. Her sister, Peggy Mullings Ruff, was born five years later. Karen grew up in Garland, Texas, and graduated from Garland High School. She met her husband, Don, in study hall her junior year in high school. They were married on Aug. 6, 1965. Karen graduated with a degree in English from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1966 and completed her master’s at SCU in 1971. Karen and Don moved to San Jose in 1968, but returned to the Dallas area in 1971. She taught at Garland High School and Union School in San Jose, but later took a “20-year sabbatical” to raise her children. It was time well spent. In 1995 she reentered the workforce as a professor at DeVry in Irving, Texas. Karen loved her years as a teacher and was a wonderful model to her students at all levels she taught.
Karen gave birth to her first child, Amy Kathleen Stabeno Houghtaling, on Dec. 19, 1975. Her son, Andrew Lee Stabeno, was born on Jan. 16, 1980. She loved her children unconditionally with a joy and passion that never waned. Karen grew up in church her whole life, but truly came to know the Lord on a Sunday morning after hearing Angel Martinez, an evangelist, clearly share the story of the gospel at Orchard Hills Baptist Church in 1971. Karen and Don were active members of Forest Meadow Baptist Church and Scofield Memorial Church in Dallas. As they transitioned to living full time at their Lake House at Texoma, they became more and more active at Georgetown Baptist Church in Pottsboro.
Karen taught children’s church for her children at Forest Meadow Baptist Church and even volunteered at Georgetown Baptist Church the Tuesday of its Vacation Bible School, three weeks before she died. A true lover of the stories of God, she read missionary stories to her children growing up. Although this was probably not her intention, God used these stories to spark a passion in them for the gospel that has led both overseas to share His story. Being a Camp Fire girl as a child in a group led by her own mother, Karen also led Camp Fire groups for her daughter, Amy. She was a second mother to several of her children’s friends growing up, and loved them all well. Karen’s son, Andrew, was married to Carrie Conner on Dec. 18, 2004. They have five children: Nathaniel, Jacob, Abigail, Ezra, and Eden. Karen's daughter Amy married Michael Houghtaling on Aug. 10, 2014. Karen passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her family shortly after midnight on June 27. Blessed with good health her entire life, she was diagnosed with cancer on June 13 and Jesus took her home two weeks later. Her passing was virtually pain-free. She was sad to leave us all so soon but very excited about being present with the Lord. Karen is preceded in death by her parents and grandparents. She leaves behind her husband, Henry Don Stabeno; her daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Michael Houghtaling; her son and daughter-in-law, Andrew and Carrie Stabeno; her five grandchildren: Nathaniel, Jacob, Abigail, Ezra, and Eden; her sister and brother-in-law, Mike and Peggy Ruff; her niece, Lacey Ruff Zuhoski; and a host of friends and family who will miss her greatly.
John William Otter M.S. '72 joined his beloved Elda in eternal rest, October 14, 2016. He met Elda, his lifelong sweetheart, at Roseville High School. They shared 6 decades together, giving life to 3 children David (Leticia), James (Anne), and Diane (Richard), 9 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. John is also survived by his beloved sister and friend, Anne Woods, and several nieces and nephews. In a life characterized by hard work and service, John worked for the railroads as a young man, spent two years in the Navy, worked for the Post Office as a letter carrier, graduated from Sac State, and then began a 38 year career as a Math teacher at El Camino High School, occasionally teaching at American River College. At El Camino he was also a Drivers Ed instructor, union steward, and frequent volunteer at sports games, and JROTC outings. He also earned a master's Degree from Santa Clara University. John was an usher for many years at Our Lady of the Assumption. After retiring, John spent much of his time helping his best buddies on construction jobs, and was a 20-year volunteer for the Sac County Flu Clinic. John loved to spend time gardening and working in the yard. He trimmed his trees so his grandkids could climb them more easily. John loved the outdoors, and was always up for a road trip to the very end. He and Elda enjoyed cruises to Alaska, Hawaii, and around the Caribbean.
Jerry Pecharich ’72 was born in California on Sept. 24, 1948. He was a long-time resident of Richmond and lived 65 wonderful, loving, and happy years. He worked as a computer analyst in the technology field for 40 years. Jerry passed away on June 21, 2014, and was surrounded by loved ones. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Born in 1950 to Vito and Catherine Chiala, Lloyd Richard (Rick) Chiala ’73 moved with his family from Cupertino to the Eastman Kodak Estate (Fountain Oaks Ranch) in east Morgan Hill when he was 8 years old. Growing up in Morgan Hill, “Ricky” attended Live Oak High School and graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. degree. He started his career in agriculture irrigation systems (his father was the founder of Chiala Farms, which remains a family-owned, active agricultural producer in Morgan Hill and Santa Clara County) before getting his real estate broker license. He was active in commercial real estate sales and investments while simultaneously managing the Fountain Oaks family estate. In appreciation for the beauty of nature and his home, Rick was motivated to maintain the legacy of the mansion and estate. He loved sitting in the back patio after an exhausting day, sipping on a cocktail, and munching on cheese with family and friends. Rick also enjoyed getting away to the coastal weather in Santa Cruz. Known for his caring nature, honesty, integrity, and sense of responsibility and humor, Rick was active in the community as a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Italian Catholic Federation, Fish and Game, and Leadership Morgan Hill. He died unexpectedly on May 2, 2017.
Kevin McCarver ’73 died at home on February 2, 2017. A native of Bakersfield, Kevin was the sound technician with the all-SCU students’ band, “Oliver Sudden,” which got its start performing on campus. In the summer of 1971, the band traveled together to Europe to perform. While there, Kevin worked harvest —picking grapes in Bordeaux, France. That turned out to be his introduction into the wine world, something which became his life-long passion. Upon his return, he was hired by Intel, a job which brought him to Portland, Oregon, where, as a completely different type of technician, he helped open up Intel’s first Oregon factory. After working there 11 years, Kevin enrolled at Fresno State to study winemaking. Upon returning to Oregon, he was hired as the oenologist at the McMenamin's Edgefield Winery in Troutdale, starting when its doors were opened in 1990, and working there 22 years. In their words, “Kevin worked tirelessly in the lab and cellar, steering the wines from harvest to bottle with a jovial, mischievous style all his own.” Kevin loved travel, music, and photography, and the outdoors. He was an avid vegetable gardener, and a talented bread baker. Those who loved him described him as compassionate, enthusiastic, and always the last to leave a party. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife, Betty “JoJo” O'Connor ’69; they enjoyed to the utmost the years they had together.
Born in San Jose, Andrea “Punky” Conway ’73 learned what it meant to be a strong, independent woman from her mother, Sylvia “Skipper”, who was widowed when Punky was 5 years old. Skipper also instilled in Punky the importance of family, as she was very close to her own siblings, who played a vital role in her children’s upbringings. Punky was blessed to grow up with many cousins, attending St. Clare Elementary School and Mother Butler Memorial High School with them. While at SCU, Punky made lifelong friends through the Foxy Ladies Powder Puff team and met the love of her life, Patrick Conway. Pat and Punky married on Oct. 5, 1974, in the Mission Church. Punky walked down the aisle with flowers in her hair; she was not to be outdone by Pat, who was sporting a powder blue tuxedo. As newlyweds and young parents, Pat and Punky maintained close friendships with their college friends. They spent summers vacationing together on camping trips in the Chambers Landing area of Lake Tahoe, where they taught their children card games and camp songs. The family also spent many summers at Skipper’s beach house in Capitola, which is still a very special place for the family.
Punky had always dreamed of being mother to a large family, and as it turned out, she was very well suited for it. Living in San Rafael, she assumed the role of mother for not just her seven children, but also cared for countless children from the neighborhood. She was selfless and always willing to offer a helping hand, whether driving a carpool, assisting with homework, or just opening her home. Once all of her children were in school, Punky was able to pursue her passion for reading and working with children as a librarian at Vallecito Elementary School. She retired in 2000 and moved to Waukee, Iowa, when Pat was named CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines. Shortly after the move, Punky rediscovered the great outdoors and trained for competitive sports through a very active lifestyle. She competed in half marathons, lifted weights at Spartan Strength, practiced her net game at Lifetime Fitness and Aspen Tennis Club, drove the ball at Des Moines Golf, and played doubles at Palm Valley Country Club. As a reward, Punky liked to treat herself to a skim mocha with half the chocolate and no whip, which would accompany her on strolls around the local lakes. In her downtime, she was a voracious reader who appreciated all genres and styles. As her children have attested, Punky (aka “Grandma Munky”), especially loved reading to her grandchildren. She also surrounded herself with women who loved what she loved: tennis and reading. In 2001, her tennis friends formed the Courtside Critics, a book club for tennis and book lovers.
Punky was a devoted mother, loving wife, adoring grandmother and inspiring friend to many. She was adventurous, full of life, and eager to get outside—often the first in the family to explore a new trail or park. While she loved the outdoors, she seemed happiest helping and supporting others. This generosity and compassion often extended beyond friends and family, including support for the Anawim Housing’s Women Empowering Families program, which provides safe, affordable homes for women and families—many of whom are single mothers. She was also a member of Prism, a women’s networking and social interaction group that focuses on creating awareness of community issues and needs and developing contacts with others in business. But paramount to all activities she joined was the intent to have a good time while bettering the community and herself. Punky passed away suddenly but peacefully on June 11 while hiking through Walnut Woods Park in West Des Moines, Iowa. She is survived by her husband, Pat Conway; seven children: Michael, Kevin (Samantha), Alison (Jason Vogt), Betsy (Chris) Fryday ’04, Brian (Megan), Dan (Katie Griffen), and Kaitlin (Jeff) Thompson; nine grandchildren: Amelia, Andrew, Nathan, Elliott, Declan, Vincent, Joseph, Brynlee, and Cooper; and siblings Charlie (Leigh), Rosie (Clive) Hallatt, and Jerry. Punky is now in heaven playing Shanghai and eating lots of chocolate with her parents, Skipper and Bob Nurre, as well as nephew Joe Nurre.
Ronald Wright J.D. ’74 was born on Sept. 18, 1936, in Coffeyville, Oklahoma, and was later raised in Kansas City, Kansas. He graduated from Turner High School in 1954 and received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, graduating in 1958. Shortly afterward, he married Connie, whom he met at a sailing regatta in Annapolis. Ron was then commissioned as a Marine Corps officer and received basic training in Quantico, Virginia. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the Marine base in 29 Palms, California, where his first two children were born. His next assignment was to the Marine Barracks in Subic Bay, Philippines, where the family lived for two years, enjoying trips to Hong Kong and Japan provided by the military. Ron then returned to 29 Palms for a year before his admittance to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he studied electronics. His primary hobby was photography, and he took many photos while in Europe and various U.S. cities while accompanying Connie on her trips to business conferences. His other main interest was sailing, and he sailed in San Francisco Bay on his 27-foot boat for nine years. He was also interested in local politics and served on the local school board. He spent many hours participating in his children’s many activities and sporting events and took many camping trips with the family. In 1976, Ron graduated from Santa Clara School of Law. He was asked by a friend to work in Washington, D.C., and the family moved to that area, where he worked in the Department of Justice and at the Credit Union Administration. Six years later, the family returned to the West Coast, settling in Santa Cruz, California, where Ron installed the first computers in the local school district. He continued to travel, visiting Australia, New Zealand, and many towns in Mexico. Later he opened a small travel agency, giving sightseeing tips to prospective travelers. His next move was to the Seattle area, where he worked on computer systems for Litton, a transportation agency, for seven years. He was introduced to kayaking by a local group and enjoyed trips to Canada. Finally, he moved to Grass Valley, California, where he enjoyed retirement, kayaking on many out-of-town and local lakes, and hiking on numerous local trails. He also took guitar and art lessons and joined the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, working on numerous projects and serving as a driver for the Interfaith Food Ministry. Ron departed this life on June 24, 2017, in Grass Valley and is survived by his wife, Connie; four children: Ron Jr., Patrick, Marcia, and Chris; as well as five grandchildren: Michaela, Sarah, Alex, Mary, and Madeline.
John Hopkins M.S. ’74 passed away in December 2016. An ardent friend of Santa Clara University, he served on the Board of Fellows, on the Department of Civil Engineering’s Advisory Board, and on the School of Engineering’s Alumni Board, and was a perennial judge at the School’s annual Senior Design Conference. Following military service in the U.S. Marine Corps where he was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Central America, he enjoyed an illustrious career in public works leadership positions for the Cities of Sunnyvale and Belmont, California. Over the years, John continued to contribute to his profession as a consultant, author, and engineering instructor at De Anza College. He served his field and community as president of numerous professional and service organizations and received awards for his service from the School of Engineering, Department of Homeland Security, and American Public Works Association. Steve Chiesa ’75 remembers, “John had a contagious, positive attitude that made working with him very enjoyable. He was always willing to share his personal and professional experiences and help those around him.” Reynaud Serrette said, "He was not just a leader, he was an inspirational, supportive leader," and Sukhmander Singh said, “John was a truly warm and a humble person. A very caring and ever-ready personality—to help the department and the students. We lost a great friend and will miss him.”
A fifth-generation San Franciscan, Francis Oliva ’74 had numerous careers following SCU and a fine arts graduate degree from UC Irvine. He taught at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa, worked as a production assistant at the San Francisco Opera, directed opera as a freelance opera stage director, and concluded his work as a consulting systems engineer with Bank of America’s residential loan division. Frank expressed his gratitude for his years of AA sobriety by founding a number of meetings in San Francisco in addition to running a well-known fourth step retreat at St. Dorothy’s Rest. He is survived by his spouse of 31 years, Steve Mills, of Oakland; his brother, Anthony Oliva (Audrey) of Pacific Palisades, and his sister, Marge Oliva Villarreal (Javier), of San Jose.
A longtime resident of Santa Barbara, California, Edwin J. Rosenblatt ’74 was born and raised in Whittier, California. He graduated from St. Paul High School and SCU, obtaining a dual teaching credential in English and history and working as a teacher in his first career. Later, he became a business marketing consultant, traveling throughout the country and abroad. He had his own marketing business, EJR Consulting, for the remainder of his work life. Ed liked good food and cooking, reading, and following current events in politics. He enjoyed sports, including swimming and tennis, and especially surfing, which he loved most of all. Ed was happiest and most at peace when he was riding his board on the waves. His favorite charity was the Surfrider Foundation, with which he was involved and volunteered his time. Ed passed away on May 22 at age 64 after a long illness. He is survived by three sons, five siblings, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and friend, Kathryn Toriko Tsushima ’75 was born Sept. 27, 1954, in Columbus, Georgia, to Robert and Jeanne Tsushima. Although Kathryn grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, she moved to “the Mainland” to attend SCU—and in 1976, while completing her master’s in special Education at San Francisco State University, she met Daniel Keller. They married on Aug. 18, 1978. She worked as a special education teacher, market researcher, and most notably a passionate school librarian. Kathryn was an avid reader, traveler, volunteer, and mahjong player. Respiratory failure following thoracic surgery took her from the Keller and Tsushima families on June 29 at 62 years old. She is survived by husband Daniel, son Brian (Leslie), grandchildren Liam and Kana, daughter Marisa (Paul), parents Bob and Jeanne, and brother Michael.
Virginia “Dinna” Moody MBA ’76 was born in Detroit, Michigan to John Henry and Gertrude Amos, both teachers. She was the middle of three children and is survived by her younger brother Tom Amos B.S. ’65, MBA ’67. Her elder sister Betty passed away in 2016. Dinna spent her early childhood in the Michigan cities of Detroit, Frankfort, and Jackson. Her happiest Michigan memories were spending summers with her family and cousins at Crystal Lake at the five vacation cabins that her grandfather built.
In 1947, the Amos family took their first road trip to California after her dad had attended a conference in Los Angeles. They squeezed into their car, along with their dog BoBo and cat Mowie, for a long road trip to California. In 1948, they took their second road trip to California because they loved it so much. Dinna's family was adventurous and loved to travel, something she carried with her into adulthood and always enjoyed.
In 1950, the family initially moved to Cupertino, California but later settled permanently in San Jose. Dinna attended St. Mary's School of San Jose and later graduated from Notre Dame High School (1956). She pursued higher education and graduated from Notre Dame de Namur University (B.A. 1960) in Belmont, Stanford University (M.A. 1963) in Palo Alto, and Santa Clara University (M.B.A. 1976).
Dinna's early employment included teaching High School at Notre Dame in San Jose. She followed this with work for the USO coordinating recreational programs for enlisted personnel and their families. She was stationed in Berlin, Germany and Seoul, Korea from 1966—1971. While stationed in Germany she met an attractive Lieutenant Colonel named Gordon Moody. They became engaged but decided to separate. Later, she worked for the YWCA in Yakima, Washington and Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California. While working in Oakland, she received a phone call from a visiting Gordon Moody. They confided to each other that they had never stopped loving each other and resumed their courtship.
In 1980, Dinna and Gordon married at Santa Clara Mission. They immediately relocated to Seattle, Washington. Dinna initially worked for the Seattle Health Consortium. Later, she worked and retired from Boeing Commercial Aerospace as an internal auditor. Gordon and Dinna did not have children of their own but were actively involved in spoiling their nieces and nephews. Gordon and Dinna had a guest room and enjoyed being host and tour guide for out of town friends and family. She and Gordon especially loved the wonderful local restaurants. When Dinna joined Gordon as a retiree, she filled her days volunteering at the local animal shelter and the local senior center.
In 2005, Gordon passed away. Dinna decided to relocate to San Jose, California to be closer to family. She bought the house directly across the street from two nieces and near her sister and brother-in-law. Dinna shared her unconditional love and wisdom with her family. She enjoyed reading, cooking, flower arranging, decorating, entertaining, making crafts, going on religious retreats, watching movies, attending theater, and attending seminars at Santa Clara University. Dinna was a world traveler and storyteller. She thoughtfully shared her interesting experiences and view of the world. She was a great listener and was always interested in our lives as well as meeting new people. She was dedicated to good health and worked out with her friends at the Central YMCA and by walking her beloved dogs Murphy and Bisbee.
Dinna was instrumental in providing loving care for her sister with dementia. As her sister's dementia became disabling, Dinna took on a matriarchal role in her family by organizing and hosting family holiday dinners and Easter egg hunts. She always remembered birthdays and special occasions. Like their mom, she always made her family feel special.
Dinna loved being Catholic. She fully embraced her faith and was actively involved as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister at the Santa Clara Mission. She especially enjoyed making weekly pastoral support visits to women incarcerated at the Santa Clara County Jail through the Diocese of San Jose Restorative Justice Program. She was also an active member of the Catala Club of Santa Clara University.
Dinna was tragically taken from us when she was hit by a motorist while walking her dog. She touched many lives and will be greatly missed. Dinna was truly a special person who made this world a better place. She will be greatly missed by her brother Tom (Merilee Amos '69), brother-in-law Al, nephews Mark, Steven (Alison) and David (Michele), nieces Catherine (Brian) and Elizabeth (Keith), great nieces Anna (Zeb), Emily, Jenny, and Sarah, and great nephews Daniel and Mateo, along with her late husband's niece Elizabeth and nephew Noel.