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Community Pulse - August 8, 2008

Obituaries

Teresita Echivaria Lopez

Alamo resident Teresita Echivaria Lopez died July 31 at the age of 62.

She was born April 26, 1946, in the Philippines. After high school she moved to the United States where she studied at San Jose State University. She worked as a medical technologist at Kaiser Permanente for more than 25 years; she also ran a nursing home business for more than a decade.

She was active at St. Isidore Church where she was a member of the FAPSI organization, and she served as president of the Rizal High School Alumni Association of North America for four years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling. She was fond of British sitcoms and was a wonderful cook. She inspired those around her through the strength and grace she showed during her serious illness.

She was the beloved wife of Frank Lopez, devoted mother of Joshua Lopez and Kristin Hoffmeister, and grandmother of two. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 9, at St. Isidore Church, 440 La Gonda Way in Danville with a reception afterward. Contributions can be made in her memory to St. Isidore Church.

Aimee West-Settle

Aimee West-Settle died at her home in Alamo on July 15.

She was born in Pennsylvania and lived in Hayward for more than 30 years where she raised her family and was active in the Hayward community as a businesswoman and member of various organizations.

She and her late husband, Keith W. West, M.D., began West Properties in Hayward in 1953. She was instrumental in bringing the San Francisco Ballet to the East Bay with the start of the East Bay Branch of the San Francisco Ballet Guild.

She was a member of Round Hill, Silverado and Palm Desert country clubs; a charter member in Castlewood Country Club; a guarantor of both the Civic Light Opera and the San Francisco Symphony; a board member of the San Francisco Ballet; a member of the Children's Hospital Auxiliary, the Hayward Dance Club and the Eden Hospital Foundation. She enjoyed boating with her husband Howard and their friends at the Bridge Marina, Delta and Classic Yacht Clubs. She was a zealous Oakland Raiders fan and a partner in the World Football League Oakland Invaders. She loved playing tennis, taking cooking classes in foreign countries, and hosting elegant parties. She traveled to more than 187 countries and considered life to be an adventure.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Robin West. She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Howard Settle; daughter Melissa West Phillips; sons Keith and Scott West and Wayne Settle; in-laws Marilou West, James Phillips, Denise West and Wendy Settle; 10 grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life was held July 29 at Round Hill Country Club. Donations may be made to the Alameda Food Bank, Hayward Rotary Club Foundation, Hospice or organization of choice.

Roko Anton Lucin

Roko Anton Lucin, a resident of Danville, died Aug. 1 due to complications resulting from final stages of renal failure caused by amyloidosis.

He was the beloved son of Mercedes Lucin and Roko Lucin, father of Jackie, and cherished brother of Natasha Wiseman. He is also survived by his grandmother Eliana Rojas, brother-in-law Mark Wiseman, many uncles, aunts and cousins and his niece and nephew. A service was held Aug. 6 at Hull's Walnut Creek Chapel.

Arlene Coburn

Danville resident Arlene Coburn died July 25 at the age of 95.

She was born in Oakland in 1913. She married Bud Coburn in 1935 and moved to Orinda in 1947, Rossmoor in 1985 and Diablo Lodge in Danville in 2003.

After World War II, she assisted her husband in forming Oliver and Coburn, a Bay Area construction company, before devoting her life to community projects. She taught ballet privately and introduced local children to square dancing and folk dancing in the Orinda schools. She co-founded Absurdia in Suburbia, an Orinda community theatre production to raise money for the grammar schools.

She also began the Poplar Branch of Children's Hospital Oakland, volunteered at the hospital and was named Children's Hospital Volunteer Woman-of-the-Year three times.

She is survived by her two children, Chuck Coburn of Walnut Creek and Carolyn Holder of Encinitas; four grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. At her request, services will be private. Remembrances may be directed to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer's Association.

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