By Neil Cline
Susan Gaines Dinkelspiel Stern Cerny passed away peacefully on Dec. 1, 2016, after a long and brave battle with cancer. Born in San Francisco on September 28, 1940, she lived in Berkeley for more than 50 years. A graduate of Dominican High School in San Rafael and UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, she spent many years as an artist and potter before finding an additional passion in architectural preservation.
William Marx “Bill” Mandel (born June 4, 1917 in New York City), a former Bay Area broadcast journalist, left-wing political activist and author, best known as a Soviet expert, died Nov. 24 at 1:15 a.m. Bill was 99.
Franz (“Heinz”) Rolinek, Oct. 23, 1940 – July 21, 2016
By Kevin L. Jones
Fiercely outspoken at times, at other times unmoved by the ring of the phone, Britt Badgley Alamo was underestimated. She could spit fire. She was a doting mother and a caring wife; a child, herself, who carved a way in a world that she struggled to make sense of.
Longtime Berkeley resident Lu Charlotte passed away peacefully in her home on The Alameda Aug. 9, 2016. She was 92.
Friends and family gathered around the East Bay on Sunday to celebrate the life of Terrence McCrary Jr. (known to many as Terrence Mack).
Verna Frances (Hottel) Murray: Oct. 17, 1917 – May 28, 2016
Don Jelinek, a former Berkeley City Councilman, author, and a crusading lawyer who worked for civil rights in the South, represented the Native Americans who took over Alcatraz in 1969, and defended prisoners who survived the Attica Prison uprising, died June 24. He was 82.
Josephine Norma Grayson (nee Josephina Norma Pozza) of Denver, Colorado, passed away in her sleep Thursday evening, May 13, 2016, after a prolonged illness. She was 79 years old.
Nancy Jane Heckrotte: July 9, 1958 – April 21, 2016
Paul James Church, a disability-rights activist and City of Berkeley employee, died suddenly at home in Berkeley on March 31, at the age of 60.
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