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Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing obituaries submitted in last 6 months by graduates in the 1980s
Jack Lee Aker M.S. ’80 was born on March 26, 1935, In Topeka, Kansas, earning his graduate engineering degree in computer science. He passed away in San Jose on Sept. 6, 2016, at age 81.
Robert Bathiany MBA ’82 was born on May 1, 1945, and passed away on April 17, 2015. He was a resident of Alameda, California.
Anne Hamill Maricle ’82 passed away on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, after fighting cancer for more than a decade. She is survived by her husband, Christopher, and her two children, Sarah and Nicholas; parents, Frank and Joan Hamill; brothers, Anthony, Matthew and John; and friends too numerous to count. Anne was born on All Saints’ Day, Nov. 1, 1959, symbolic of her lifelong faith. She was active from an early age and not afraid to rough and tumble with her brothers. After finishing high school near the top of her class, Anne graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in political science, going on to earn her J.D. She was not a bookworm—she took time from school and work to enjoy roller coasters, skydiving, bungee jumping, piloting an airplane, hot air ballooning, and her favorite: snow skiing.
Early in her career, she clerked for one of the best federal trial court judges in the country in Reno, Nevada, and went on to serve in the Consumer Advocate's Office of the Attorney General for Nevada. When Nevada Bell saw how effectively she battled against energy rate increases, the company recruited Anne on the spot. In Reno, she met Christopher at St. Albert's Parish, and they were married in July 1996. By the time Sarah was born, Anne had already been promoted to Pacific Telesis Senior Counsel. Her professional star was rising. But she soon gave up that career for a higher calling. In summer 1999, she became president and CEO of the Maricle household, taking full-time responsibility for Sarah and Nicholas. She home-schooled her children for several years, and like everything she did, poured her all into this work—with great results.
Anne was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, but she refused to be defined by that condition. Anne’s self-discipline was tremendous, and she did everything possible to stay healthy for as long as possible. She often surprised doctors who could not reconcile the patient in the paperwork with the charming, intelligent, optimistic, and determined woman before them. The strength to do this came from her faith in Jesus and her love for God. This was the absolute core of Anne’s life. She loved God, prayed constantly, and modeled the values of compassion and service in all that she did. We miss her so much.
Born in Minnesota, Sue Potter M.A. ’85 grew up in Redondo Beach, California. She met Vern Potter while working in the aerospace industry, and they were married in 1961. His Cold War Army service in Germany was one of their defining experiences, where they made friends that endure to this day. They started their family upon returning to the States. Sons Michael and Leon were born in Southern California, but soon the family relocated to the rapidly growing community of San Jose. Sue enjoyed a varied career, from clerk typist to realtor to business owner. She graduated from San Jose City College, then earned her B.A. from USF before completing her M.A. at SCU—all while raising a family and often working. She set an example for all about the importance of lifelong learning. Sue’s organizational and financial acumen were instrumental in providing a stable and nurturing home for her family during the Valley’s unpredictable economic swings. She excelled for more than 12 years at the San Jose Mercury News in classified sales, where she made many friends and earned several awards. Sue and Vern ventured to his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington, in the late 1990’s. They moved once more to the much warmer and dryer community of Thousand Palms in the Coachella Valley, where they enjoyed spending time with Sue’s siblings and their families. She passed away suddenly on May 17, a month short of her 77th birthday. Sue is predeceased by her husband, Vern, in 2014. She is survived by her sons Leon Potter of Brentwood, California and Mike Potter of San Jose, along with Mike’s wife Cindy Chavez; grandson Brennan Potter; sister Mary Carron James of Redondo Beach, her husband Richard and their son Tyler; brother John Carron of Palm Desert and his Wife Kathi Carron; and brother Bill Carron of Thousand Palms and his son, James Carron, of San Jose.
Paula Jean Kozlak Evan ’86 was the most kind-hearted, loving, and compassionate person you could ever meet. A graduate of Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as well as SCU (with a degree in accounting), she lived her life following Mother Teresa’s motto: “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” Paula passed away at home with her family by her side on June 19. Her strength through her difficult bout with cancer was courageous and inspiring. She will be sorely missed because she was everyone’s best friend (there was nothing she wouldn't do for a friend.) She was truly one in a billion! Paula is survived by her loving husband, Tom, and two beautiful daughters, Kate and Emma Larson; stepchildren Stephanie, Chris, and Ryan Evan; parents Bill and Kathy Kozlak; siblings Ann (Rob) Moore, Sue (Toby) Richards, Katie Kozlak Graif, Bill Kozlak Jr., and Joe; as well as 12 nieces and nephews.