Long active in local politics, Mim lived by her strong beliefs, from being an activist PTA president to protesting injustices to running for and winning a seat on the Council.
"She had a knack of making us all feel listened to," said a former John Muir student. Altman taught and was principal there, and was a leader of the Berkeley Public Schools Fund.
An early interest in folk music led, for Peery, to a life of collaborations and friendships with musicians.
Erich, whose career started at well-known restaurants like the Shattuck Hotel and Giovanni’s Pizza, loved the ocean and loved to read. His humor could also make anyone laugh.
Bob was a very thoughtful and philosophical person and was always quick with a joke or to make light of a situation.
Her superpower was making a deep connection with each person who came into her life, said her brother. “The love, laughter and friendship she created will reverberate forever."
A student as well as a teacher, a fighter for just causes and much loved by her family, Margo Shafer's gentle spirit will always be cherished.
At 70, Townes founded the Berkeley Ecumenical Chaplaincy to the Homeless to bring Berkeley’s churches together to provide meals, shelter, and other services to homeless people.
Katherine Freeburg was an amazing woman who was always helping people and wanted to make sure others were happy.
John Oliver Simon was a well-respected poet and teacher. After learning Spanish at 40, he also became a noted translator.
Always filled with intellectual curiosity, and a lover of Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson, Carol Hochberg-Holker began her own modern dance troupe and wrote plays.
Dorothy Bryant, who was honored by the Berkeley City Council in 2017, died Dec. 21 from complications related to cancer.
Ruth Ahoy, who worked at Cal and as a real estate agent locally, greatly enjoyed her adventures, but she always wanted to return to her cherished home in Berkeley.