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Showing obituaries submitted in last 6 months by graduates in the 1960s
John Thomas Casey '60, a fifty-six year resident of Nevada City, died at his Banner Mountain home on June 22, 2016, surrounded by his beloved family. He was 78 years old. Born to John and Margaret Casey, in Burns, Oregon, he was the first of eight children. At the age of 12, John developed Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, and although the effects of this disease changed his life dramatically, he didn’t let his illness define him. Unfortunately, his doctors assigned extended bed rest, and when he could no longer walk, his parents took him to the Mayo clinic for treatment. He missed a year of school, but studied diligently at home, determined to stay a grade ahead of his younger brother. After the family relocated to Portland, John graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1956. John attended Santa Clara University because of the healing effects of its warm climate, and its Jesuit-based education. He was active in the male chorus and served as Vice President of the student body. It was there that he met his wife, Claire, a San Jose State nursing student, after seeing a photograph of her on his roommate’s desk. They married in 1960, after their graduations, and moved to North San Juan, so that John could run his father’s sawmill, Sierra Mountain Mills. This began his long career in the lumber business, which included serving as President of Western Wood Products. In the eighties, John and a few other men from the mill began to sell lumber, and that venture became Caseywood. In 1965, John moved his growing family to Banner Mountain, where he and Claire raised their four children. Although arthritis kept John from sports, he was the ultimate fan, watching his children, and then his grandchildren, as they participated in athletics, theater, and musical performances. He loved birthday gatherings, toasting at weddings, strong hugs, dinners with friends, barbecues, and cheering for the Gonzaga University Bulldogs basketball team. John loved Nevada City, and was an active member of the community. He coached Little League, was on the Board of Nevada Union High School, served two terms on the Grand Jury, and was also on the Boards of Music in the Mountains, Citizens Bank, and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. John headed the Capital Campaign to build the hospital’s Cancer Center. He was active at both St. Canice and St. Patrick’s churches, and he and Claire were members of the Empire Club for forty years. John is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Claire, their four children, Kathleen Gianotti '83 (Jerry Gianotti '83), Kevin (Sara), Mark (Kirsten Casey '89), and Julie Fraser '90 (Brent Fraser '90), eleven grandchildren: Madeleine McHill (Andrew), Michaela (Lucas) and Kristen Gianotti, Colin (Lisa), Molly, Nick, Hannah, and Ellie Casey, Jane, Jack, and Claire Fraser, and one great grandson, Henry McHill. He is also survived by his siblings and their spouses, Brian (Peggy) and Michael (Mary) Casey, Colleen (Bob) Donnelly, and Maureen (Tom) Fullmer. He was predeceased by his parents, and three of his brothers: Tim, Dennis, and Pat.
John J. Rocha '60, from Manila, Philippines, passed away from cancer on July 20, 2015. At SCU, he was a senior class officer and basketball statistician. After graduation, he was the Philippine's ambassador to Spain for many years. He was a very warm, personable, down-to-earth friend to many. He is survived by his wife Pilina, three children, and six grandchildren.
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
John Hall '61 died on July 15, 2015 at the age of 77; a resident at that time of Roseville, CA. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on 2-11-38. Came to CA in 1949. Went to Bellarmine High School in San Jose, class of '56. He is survived by brother Tom Hall '61. John has 2 nephews who are also SCU alumni: Patrick Frontiera, '95 and Joe Frontiera, '97. At time of death he was unmarried. Had 5 children, 4 living: David Hall of Citrus Heights, CA; Ann (Hall) Day of El Dorado Hills, CA; Jim Hall of Carmichael, CA: and Colleen (Hall) Robertson of Folsom, CA. Deceased since 2002 is son John. John spent two years as a Lay Mission Helper in Ecuador; was a Probation Officer for 15 years; got a Masters in Counseling, followed by MFT work (Marriage & Family Therapy) until his health failed. Funeral was at Divine Savior Catholic Church in Orangevale, CA. Any remembrances can be sent to John's sister Mary at email@example.com Submitted by: Mary (Hall) Frontiera, sister
San Luis Obispo lost an icon when Gregory Morris '62 died on Feb. 8, 2016, at his home in Avila Beach. Greg was born in August 1940 in San Francisco to Harry and Anne Morris. In 1948, Harry, Anne, and their two sons, Greg and Michael, moved to San Luis Obispo. Greg attended Old Mission School, and after grammar school, achieved his Eagle Scout. He spent his high school years at Mission Central Catholic High School and Bellarmine College Preparatory and then graduated from Santa Clara University with his B.A. in history in 1962.
After working for The Hartford Insurance Company in San Francisco for two years, he moved back to San Luis Obispo in 1964 to work with his father at what was then known as Bachino & Morris. Soon thereafter the firm became Morris & Dee. Greg spent his career building long-lasting relationships and taking care of those in need. For over 50 years he considered his clients and employees his family. Greg was instrumental in expanding the company, now known as Morris & Garritano, to the firm it is today. He was proud to have been joined by two of his children to carry on the multi-generational business.
Greg married Theresa LaFace in 1967, and together they had four children: Kelly Morgan '91, Brendan Morris '92, Kerry Morris '98, and Patrick. One of Greg's ongoing passions was his belief in Catholic education, manifested through the reopening of Mission College Preparatory in 1983 and the school's expansion in 2004. His strong interest in history, particularly in that of California missions, was evident in his work to restore the La Loma Adobe-a project that engaged him until the end of his life.
Anyone who knew him would agree, Greg was the world's best host. He was a gentleman through and through, and he made sure your glass was full and your smile was big. His patience and attention to detail were extraordinary, and his boundless generosity was felt deeply by those around him, through his work ethic, his unbridled love for his family, and his commitment to his community through organizations like Mission School Memorial Foundation, Mid State Bank, and French Hospital. Greg exemplified his strong compassion for the people around him through his lifelong service as a Eucharistic minister for parishioners from both Saint Paul Church in Pismo Beach and Old Mission Church in San Luis Obispo. He also participated in the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo, two of the highlights being administering polio vaccinations and drilling water wells in India and Malawi, respectively. Greg's family loved going on vacations with him to beautiful locations such as Maui, Canada, Australia, Tahiti, Italy, and most recently Norway. His kindness and respect for others touched whoever crossed his path, and he was always interested in learning more about other cultures and other countries.
Greg Morris is survived by his brother, Michael (Sandy); his children: Kelly Morris, Brendan (Vicky), Kerry Morris (Ryan), Patrick (Linda); his grandchildren: Jennifer, Amy, Rell, Kalani, Grace, and his nephews, Kevin and Colin.
Robert Bachmann '63 passed away January 9, 2016, at home with his family by his side. He died from pulmonary fibrosis, but maintained his optimism and sense of humor throughout his illness. He was born in Los Angeles to Rudolph and Irene Bachmann, Swiss immigrants.
Bob graduated from Santa Clara University in 1963 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was an Engineering Program Mgr at Northrop Grumman. After retirement he taught part-time at the Monterey Naval Post Graduate School.
He was a lifelong skin diver and cyclist. He volunteered at Santa Clara Senior Center and enjoyed gardening and cooking for family gatherings. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and will be remembered for his generosity, humor and love of life.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Beverly; sons, Steve (Stephanie) and Jon (Katherine); grandchildren, Charlie and Chloe; brother, Rudy; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Paul Kantner '63, one of the giants of the San Francisco music scene, died Jan. 28, 2016. Mr. Kantner, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane, was 74.
Brian Peter "Pete" Barndt '66, age 69 of Allen, Texas, passed away on Monday afternoon April 27, 2015 with his loving family by his side.
Pete was born on August 8, 1945 in Santa Rosa, California, a son of Martha (Dwyer) and Victor Joseph Barndt. He married Barbara McWilliams '69 on March 21, 1970, in Spokane, Washington. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Brian and Elizabeth '01.
Pete recently retired from Texas Instruments where he was a patent attorney for over 25 years. He loved his work and favorite hobbies of golf and travel because of the people those activities brought into his life. He also enjoyed history, art, poetry and music from Jamaican ska to opera.
Mary Kelly (Moroney) Basso '67, a resident of Menlo Park, passed away peacefully on Friday afternoon April 1st, 2016. Born to Thomas Moroney, and Sarah Kelly Moroney on April 23, 1945, Mary is now reunited with her parents, and her sisters, Carol (Duffy) Scheley, Nell (Nonie) Moroney, and Sally Moroney. Mary's early years were spent in San Mateo. She attended St. Catherine's Elementary School, Notre Dame High School, and went to Santa Clara University where she graduated with a degree in Sociology. It was there that she met the love of her life Raymond Basso '67, MBA '70. After graduation, they were married in 1967. She was a wonderful homemaker and support to her husband, as she raised their 4 children,; Ray Basso Jr., Sarah Basso Vergara, Brian Basso, and Anne-Marie Basso.
When her youngest daughter was in fourth grade, Mary attended College of Notre Dame and received her multi-subject teaching credential. She went on to teach 3rd grade and Montessori at St. Joseph's School in Menlo Park, and also did substitute teaching at St. Raymond's School where all her children had previously attended. Mary is survived by her loving husband and best friend of 48 years, Raymond William Basso Senior, her brothers, Carl , Barry (Faye), Tom (Carole), and Mark Moroney, and her sister Sheila (Ron) Santero.
Mary was a devout Catholic who for many years was a Eucharistic Minister tothe sick. She also enjoyed volunteering for several years teaching English to recent immigrants at the Catholic Worker House. Mary was an incredibly loving and caring person giving of herself to those around her who were in need. In addition, she cared for her mother-in-law and close friend, Lena Basso near the end of her life and numerous other family and friends.
In her later years, Mary was a proud grandmother to her seven grandchildren whom she adored, and spent much time with. She often said that her grandchildren were one of the greatest joys in her life. They are, Kevin Basso (27), Noah Vergara (17), André Basso (13), Luca Vergara(13), Cade Basso (11), Jenna Basso (10) and Sofia Vergara (5). She will also be fondly remembered by her dozens of beloved nieces and nephews and brother and sister in law Lawrence and Susan Basso.
Mary was diagnosed with lung cancer five and a half years ago. Those who witnessed her struggle with cancer were in awe of her grace, strength and fighting spirit. Though she endured many treatments, her tenacious will to live never waned and she remained positive throughout. As she passed away, Mary, surrounded by her family, smiled gracefully and was beautiful beyond belief. She became radiant like an angel as she took her last breath and met God.
GRD Leavey/MBA '69
James "Jim" Cronin '67, MBA '69, a San Francisco native and 34 year resident of Hillsborough, succumbed to cancer in the early morning of 3/18/16. He was a graduate of St. Stephen's Catholic School, St. Ignatius High School, and attended Santa Clara University where he received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees. He was an army veteran, first lieutenant. A devoted family man and devout Catholic, he is survived by his wife of 25 years, Nancy; three sons, Stephen (and wife Danielle), Brendan (and wife Kristin) and Michael; two grandchildren (William and Emma); two sisters, Noreen Schillaci and Sheila Marko '70 MBA '72 (and husband Tony); and numerous nephews and nieces. Jim was predeceased by sister Patricia Farber. For several decades he owned and operated Norbert Cronin & Company, an insurance brokerage firm on Market Street in San Francisco. One of only 2% of insurance professionals, nationwide, to hold both CLU and CPCU designations, he was highly respected and universally recognized as an expert in his chosen profession. Jim loved life. On the donor list of many charities, he was a lifelong philanthropist. Generous with his time and talent, he was a loyal, honorable and compassionate man. His efforts to help family, friends and neighbors were legendary. A lifelong athlete, he continued to water-ski, cycle, and play competitive basketball into his final year of life. A member of San Francisco's Olympic Club for 61 years, he was elected to that organization's basketball wall of fame. Jim planned and organized regular gatherings of his classmates and friends from St. Stephen's, St. Ignatius and Santa Clara. Noted for his love of boating and circular pastries, he was fondly referred to as "Captain Doughnut."
Arthur C. Gatto '69, Sept. 3, 1925 - Jan. 25, 2016, resident of San Jose, is survived by his sisters Alberta McDonald and Geraldine Gatto. He is the son of the late Antonio Gatto and Maria Pusatero.