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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.
Ronald "Ron" Joseph Schenone '52 passed away peacefully at home on Monday, April 11, surrounded by his family. He leaves behind his loving wife of 59 years, Gloria Chinchiolo Schenone. He is survived by his son Chris (Maaike), son John (Dori), daughter Renee Westerfield '83 (Geoff), son Tim (Heidi) and daughter Jennifer Aiello and grandchildren Mark and Emily Westerfield, Jackson and Isabella Schenone, Francesca Aiello, Caitlyn and Riley Schenone. He is fondly remembered by his family as a loving husband, great father, and adored grandpa.
Ron was born to Josephine and Joseph Schenone in Stockton, California. He attended St. Mary's High School in Stockton where he played basketball and football and was Student Body President. He received a football scholarship to University of Portland, attended University of San Francisco, and then completed his college education at his beloved Santa Clara University.
After receiving his degree from Santa Clara University in 1952, Ron was activated from the Army Reserve and was stationed at Ford Ord, California,from 1953-1955. After completing his service, he worked for Shell Oil Company for five years. In 1960, he began a thirty-one year career with United Technologies, specializing in Personnel and Industrial Relations. He was a lifetime member of the Labor and Employment Relations Association.
A firm believer in the value of education and a lifelong learner himself, Ron continued his ongoing intellectual pursuits throughout his life by taking numerous classes and pursuing his Masters after retirement. He was a voracious reader. His personal library highlighted his varied interests, including sports, history, politics, and the labor movement. He was a devout Catholic and proud of his Italian heritage.
Ron loved sports. Always the athlete, he began running mid-life and completed over 750 races, including his first marathon in 1985. He was truly a lifelong 49er Faithful. In 2006, he created the Athletic Hall of Fame at his alma mater, St. Mary's High School, to specifically honor outstanding athletes This, and his many other contributions, led to his own induction into the school's overall Hall of Fame in 2009.
John S. Pasco '52 died on Nov. 26, 2015. He leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Beverlee. He is preceded in death by his first child Patricia Ann, survived by daughter Susan, son John Jr. J.D. '85, daughter Janet Kittleson (Tom) and grandchildren Courtney Pasco, Kelsey Pasco '19, Kyle Pasco, Beau Kittleson and Haley Kittleson. He is fondly remembered by his family as a loving husband, a great father and an adoring grandfather "big poppa".
John was born on December 15, 1930 to Stephan and Mary Pasco in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Mt. Carmel High School, where he played football. He received a football scholarship to Santa Clara University where he played from 1948-1952. He was fortunate to quarterback the 1950 Broncos to victory in the Orange Bowl at the age of 19. This would be one of many victories for John in his life.
After receiving his degree from Santa Clara in 1952, John married his college sweetheart, Beverlee Martella of San Jose. The next week, he was commissioned to serve his country in the Korean war as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Artillery Unit. He spent a year in Korea and returned to enter Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1954. John graduated from Loyola in 1957 as president of his law school class. He passed the bar in November, 1957 and shortly thereafter set up his private law practice. John practiced law for 29 years in San Jose. He was appointed to the bench in 1985 as a municipal court judge. In 1994 he was called to the Superior Court where he remained until his retirement in 1999.
John was a grateful alumnus of Santa Clara University. He was one of the original founders of the Bronco Bench Foundation at Santa Clara that was established to provide scholarships to athletes. He also volunteered his time coaching football at Santa Clara for 19 years under head coach Pat Malley. John was inducted into the Santa Clara University Hall of Fame in 1977.
John enjoyed his retirement, traveling with Beverlee to Europe seven times, watching grandchildren and spending time at the beach in Rio Del Mar. John was a modest, honest man – kind and gentle to all and his generosity knew no bounds. He will be greatly missed.
Michael J. Virga '53, J.D. '58 was born January 11, 1932 in the front bedroom of their Land Park home. His three older sisters were told to look for the doctor because he was bringing the baby with him in his black medical bag.
The Great Depression may have been in full swing but the Virga family was rich in love and laughter. Mike's parents, Michael P. Virga, full blooded Sicilian, and mother Helen, full blooded Irish, were to have 7 children: Margret (Lyon), Mary (Shelby), Patricia (Tammen), Katie (Trekur); Mike's brothers John and Richard (died at 6 months) Virga. Their home was the heart of the neighborhood. Children played, friends, family and neighbors gathered for visits, good food, and the weekly Friday night poker game. Many an evening, the carpet was rolled up for dancing and it was here that Mike's older sisters taught him to dance; his love of which would last his lifetime.
He was taught the lessons of hard work by his immigrant father, who had prospered in his adopted country as a painting contractor. Many a day was spent painting by his side. Mike's mother, brilliant and cultured, was the loving heart of the family. Home was where where Mike learned about dignity, kindness and character. It was with these ethics, that Mike started CK McClatchy High School. Soon he would become Student Body President, an all city baseball and basketball player, and member of the championship American Legion team. A baseball scholarship to Santa Clara followed.
But before he would leave for college a striking blonde sophomore caught his eye. In an instant, Betsey Gillis became the love of his life, and would become his future bride. A stunning couple, Mike, tall dark and handsome, and Betsey, a timeless beauty, married after he graduated from college. After two years in the US Army, where he made Captain, Mike finished law school at Santa Clara and headed home to Sacramento.
With hard work and diligence, his legal career flourished rapidly; starting as a deputy district attorney, then city prosecutor, then on to private practice, where he won the largest recorded verdict in Sacramento history at the time. At 38, Mike was appointed to the judicial bench by then Governor Ronald Reagan. He was the quintessential judge. Known for his fairness, open mind, empathy, keen intellect and knowledge of the law, he presided over many high profile cases, including the notorious Dorthea Puente murder trial. A skillful mediator, he also had an excellent record of settling lawsuits before they went to trial.
During this time Mike's family life was equally busy and flourishing. He and Betsey had four children, Michael, Julie, Greg and David. Once again the Virga home was rich with love and laughter. He and Betsey made sure they were involved with their children's lives through the years. Their home was the hub of the neighborhood with family and friends gathering often. When the kids were younger there was little league, Sunday drives to the Orange Freeze, Camp Sacramento and the boardwalk at Santa Cruz. When they were older, the teenagers and parents had parties together. There was always dancing and Sinatra was often playing. Mike and Betsey bought a house with a swimming pool and a pool table and encouraged the kids to have parties there so they wouldn't be out driving.
Mike, charismatic and the life of the party, always had something going on with family and friends. He made sure he always learned the latest dance the kids were doing. Their large circle of friends were always there for good times throughout the years. A truly unpretentious, humble man, Mike attributed much of his success to the lessons of life learned while playing and coaching sports. "I've been associated with everybody you can imagine. It 's something you learn in sports- it doesn't matter your color, your wealth, your background. It's only what kind of person you are," said the Judge.
Baseball, not surprisingly, has always been an integral part of his family's life. Mike said: "One reason I like boys to play ball is that it teaches them something about life- not to get discouraged on a bad day and not to get conceited on a good day." He coached his sons first at Pacific Little league, then at Land Park Pony and Colt Leagues. He was responsible for starting the Kennedy Legion Baseball program, no small feat, and managed all three sons' teams. Many happy days were spent on baseball diamonds throughout the years. Many lifelong friends were made. Although Julie, his only daughter, didn't mind baseball, she loved horses more, so he made sure she had one.
Remarkably, even though Mike was busy with work and family, he always made time for various charitable organizations. He helped organize the Police Athletic league and helped set up their boxing league for underprivileged youth, raising monies with local boxers and celebrities. He was on the committee that started the PIG bowl and was its first announcer. He was actively involved with Footprinters, Saints and Sinners, and the 20 /30 club. He was honored to be both inducted into the La Salle Club hall of fame and named Irishman of the year. Behind the scenes he was always helping someone. He spent countless hours doing gratis legal work.
Above all, Mike was committed to his family and relished their success and happiness. He shared a special bond with his brother, John Virga, a prominent Sacramento attorney. Throughout the years they were each other's most ardent supporters. No one was prouder when Mike's son Michael G. Virga '78, J.D. 81, already a successful attorney, was elected to the judicial bench and recently named Judge of the Year. When Julie and Greg opened Virga's Restaurant in 1990, he was their best customer. As Sinatra played, he held court at table 40, entertaining friends and family there daily. When, after 15 years, Julie decided to switch careers and close Virga's, a going away party was given for Mike at the restaurant. Always supportive, he encouraged and promoted her when she opened Virga Realty. Lucky for him, sons Greg and David carried on the restaurant tradition. Loyal to a fault, he would only dine at their restaurants: Jacks Urban Eats, Paesanos, Pronto and Uncle Vito's. He was an adoring "Papa" to his grandchildren and great grandchildren and was very involved with their lives and activities, whether it was sports or cheerleading.
After retirement, Mike and Betsey spent much of their time at their vacation home in Santa Cruz. Dancing, entertaining, golfing, and socializing with friends old and new. Mike enjoyed life's simple pleasures. A hot dog with lots of mustard, Sinatra on the stereo, dancing cheek to cheek with his true love. Mike and Betsey's deep and abiding love for each other has been a beacon to their family. A love affair known to few, their commitment to each other never faltered. It would sustain them through Mike's fierce battle with Parkinson's disease. His beloved Betsey, would be by his side when he drew his last breath. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Betsey, children Michael Virga '78, J.D. 81 (Debbie), Julie Virga (Todd), Gregory Virga (Laura) and David Virga (Shawna), grandchildren Nicole Virga Bautista (Jayme), Natalie Panagotacos '08 (Gus), Michael Virga, Jake Virga and Nico Virga, and great grandchildren, Avery Bautista, Michael Panagotacos and Leo Panagotacos, loving caregivers and second sons Osea (Oscar) Baraki, and Joe Bulivou.
Adolph Capurro '53 passed away in San Rafael following an illness. He is survived by his wife of almost 56 years, Jeanne Sciutti Capurro, and children John (Sandi) Capurro '85, David Capurro, Stephen (Rose) Capurro '91. and five grandchildren - Trent, Alex, Sofia, Joseph Capurro and Daniel Sand. His daughter, Christina Capurro Sand (Duane) '92, predeceased him in December 2015. Adolph took great pride in being a 4th generation San Franciscan, his great grandparents having arrived in the Bay Area during the Gold Rush. He attended St. Brigid's Grammar School, Sacred Heart High School (now Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep), University of Santa Clara for his undergraduate degree, and Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley for his law degree. In the 1950's he served in the US Army, and was stationed in Germany with the occupying forces. Through the years he's been a backpacker in the Sierras with an interest in the John Muir Trail and did lots of camping with family. He was an avid stamp collector, a lover of fine music, early California Art and good Italian food! Throughout the last 50 plus years, he never once stopped rooting for the San Francisco 49ers. He practiced law in San Francisco beginning in 1958, most notably as a partner with the firm of Mullen & Filippi, a workmen's compensation defense firm. In 1979, his family called him into service to manage the family business. He has enjoyed retirement during the last nine years and especially looked forward to cruising in different parts of the world, the latest trip in 2015 to Antarctica filled with the wonder of pure beauty. Since locating his office in North Beach in the late 1970's, a highlight in his life has been the weekly gatherings with members of Il Cenacolo, a San Francisco Italian men's cultural club, where he heard many and varied speakers, but mostly where he enjoyed wonderful friendships. Adolph and his family have been residents of Marin County since 1964. Family gatherings won't be the same without him Papa, rest in peace.
Patrick Ford '55, J.D. '58 passed away on February 13, 2016. He was preceded in death by his brother James Ford '62 and is survived by his wife Cynthia Ford, brother Terrence Ford '57, J.D. '59, and children Hillary and Glenn.
John Edward Nolan J.D. ’60, resident of Pleasant Hill John passed away on May 9, 2016 at the age of 81 with his family by his side after a long illness. John was born January 18, 1935 in Oakland California and attended St. Joseph's High School in Alameda, Santa Clara University (graduating with the Dynamic Class of '56) and Santa Clara University School of Law. John was in private practice a few years before joining the Port of Oakland where he was the Assistant Port Attorney for 30 years. After retiring he loved to spend time in his vacation home in the Santa Cruz mountains playing golf. He was also a member of the Boulder Creek Golf and Country Club. John was a big fan of the 49ers and the SF Giants, but his greatest love was his family. He is survived by his loving wife Sheila of 53 years, and together they raised four devoted children. Monica (Dave) of Palo Alto, John (Dana) of Portland and Scott (Lisa) of Australia. Seven cherished grandchildren, Kyle, Emma and Grace Johnson, Summer and Ella Nolan, and Quinn and Milo Nolan. Also survived by nieces Janet Gomez, Kathy Mattos, Annette Syrrist and nephew Steve Mattos. John was predeceased by his son Michael in 1992, his parents John and Monica Nolan, sister Jean Mattos and brother Bill. John was a member of Christ the King Church for 50 years and was a Eucharist Minister for many years. A Memorial Mass celebrating his life will be held at Christ The King Church in Pleasant Hill on Friday June 10 at 11:00 am, with a reception following at Zio Fraedo's in Pleasant Hill. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society 199 Brandon Road Pleasant Hill 94523 or to a charity of your choice. See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/eastbaytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=180185863#sthash.DSRpmEKF.dpuf
Vincent West Reagor J.D. '57 was born in 1929 in his family home in Reno, Nevada and died on May 3 in Washington State. Vince was an United States Army veteran, a police officer in Reno, and a graduate of the University of Nevada, Class of '55 and the Santa Clara School of Law class of '57. As a member of the California Bar, he established a career as a prosecuting attorney in both the Sacramento County District Attorney's office as an Assistant Chief Deputy and the California Attorney General's Office as a Special Prosecutor. Throughout his legal career, Vince practiced and taught other prosecuting attorneys their responsibility under the U. S. Supreme Court case of Berger vs U.S. which held prosecutors to a higher standard than other attorneys. He truly believed in the concept that the prosecuting attorney represented all the people. Joe Taylor, a former prosecutor, a public defender and a law professor recently wrote a dedication of a National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) publication that read in part: "Vince Reagor had a greater impact on the training of Deputy D. A. Joe Taylor than any other teacher or attorney. He taught me how to prepare cases for trial, how to present the case in court, and perhaps most important what ethical responsibilities prosecuting attorneys bear and how to fulfill those responsibilities. I worked with many prosecuting attorneys for over 22 years, and I place Vince Reagor at the top of that cast...I will truly miss this remarkable man." Vince is survived by Kati, his wife of 45 years, his daughter Valerie, grandsons Jon and Ben, and his great-grandson Caleb.
John C. Fitzpatrick '57, Redding business leader, philanthropist, car enthusiast and loving family man, died on July 10. John, who owned and operated McColl's Dairy and Pepsi Cola Bottling of Northern California, was a Redding native and an active and celebrated member of the community over the course of his colorful life. John passed away at home, from natural causes related to Alzheimer's Disease, on Sunday, July 10, 2016, four days short of his 81st birthday.
John was born in Redding on July 14, 1935 to John and Marie (nee Bryant) Fitzpatrick, the oldest of three boys (brothers Bill and Jerry). John went to Santa Clara University where he joined ROTC and studied mechanical engineering, graduating in 1957. As part of his military commitment, he worked in New Mexico with the Atomic Energy Commission as a young engineer.
While working in New Mexico in 1960, John met Betty Ahern on a blind date in Los Angeles. They became a couple as she finished her McColl's Dairy, where he expanded and ultimately sold the business to Crystal Creamery in 1985. John then took over operations of the other family-owned business, Pepsi Cola Bottling of Northern California, significantly expanding its territory and profitability as well. Beyond these full time jobs, John invested in his local community of Redding-from developing housing subdivisions to turning around a grocery store chain to helping start the Redding Bank of Commerce.
While creating and supporting local jobs was always very important to John, he also gave back through service. He served for ten years on the city planning commission, was president of the Redding Chamber of Commerce, and served on numerous boards including the Advisory Board of Mercy Hospital Redding and the United Way of Shasta County. An active Rotarian (and President of the Redding Club in 1988-89), John was named Businessman of the Year twice, first in 1977 and again in 1998.
Philanthropically, John and Betty have helped many local organizations with fundraising. They have been key donors to Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Bishop Quinn High School, St. Francis Middle School, Northern Valley Catholic Social Services, St. Joseph's Parish, and the new Redding Library. In 2005, John and Betty together received the City of Redding's Philanthropist of the Year Award, just the second time such an honor had been given.
John, Betty and their family enjoyed many travels in the U.S. and abroad throughout their time together. And while he was a very driven man who was always on the move, John's cornerstone values were honesty and integrity. He felt that a life well lived meant being challenged, contributing to society and improving whatever you worked on-whether it was a car, a business, a community organization or a city. A good life was a life of progress and making a positive difference.
John is predeceased by his parents John and Marie Fitzpatrick and brothers Jerome Fitzpatrick and William Fitzpatrick. John is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betty Fitzpatrick; his children Sean Fitzpatrick of Chico, CA; Kacey Fitzpatrick (Deborah Kilpatrick) of Los Altos, CA; Bryan Fitzpatrick of Redding, CA; and Adam Fitzpatrick Amanda) of Portland, OR; and grandchildren Kael, Sam and Max. John will be dearly missed by his family and friends.