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Virginia Schaefer, WA6DOV – SK

Posted by af6aq on 14th May 2012


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Virginia A. Schaefer Resident of Benicia Virginia, 81, passed away April 25. She was born and raised in Berkeley, and spent many years living in Contra Costa County before moving to Benicia 15 years ago. She also enjoyed her second home in Bodega Bay. A gifted teacher, she will be remembered by hundreds of former students from gifted and talented summer schools and at Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s Science Center. Her instructional methods expanded the minds and appreciation for science for all her students. She also supervised student teachers several years through UC Berkeley and finished her career working in the MDUSD homeschool program. Virginia enjoyed flying her 1947 Stinson airplane all over the US. It can still be seen at Buchanan Field Airport to which she donated it after years of service on the aviation advisory committee. She traveled extensively in six continents. She had an amateur radio license for around 60 years. Her parents Edward and Virginia Reinke, brother, Charles Reinke, and half sister Pat Griffin preceded her. She will be lovingly remembered by children Theresa Jenson of Oakridge, OR, Cassandra Girard of Silverado CA, and Nicholas Schaefer of Sterling, CO, grandchildren Angelina Godchaux, Melanie Lerman, Jaya Girard, Alex Schaefer, Natalie Schaefer, and great grandson Isiah River Godchaux. A celebration will be held at a later time. Memorials in her honor may be made to Passalacqua Funeral Chapel, 707-745-3130, passalacquafuneral

Published in Contra Costa Times on April 29, 2012

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Silent Key Memorial – Edwin G. Wong (N6YCG)

Posted by af6aq on 14th May 2012

By Rodney Yee 4/29/2012

Edwin G. Wong (N6YCG) of Berkeley, California – October 1, 1924 – April 17, 2012, passed away at the age of 87.

Edwin was one of three original members of the Cathay Amateur Radio Club. The Cathay Amateur Radio Club was established in April of 1949. The other two club members were Manfred Jang, Winston Wong. With the exception of Winston, they all were Chinese Americans GIs that served in the US Army in WWII and had returned to their homes in the San Francisco bay area. Their HAM radio clubhouse was in the American Legion Cathay Post on Powell Street, San Francisco.

In 1940, Edwin met our present day Cathay Amateur Radio Club President, George W6BUR at a St.Mary’s school sponsored street fair held on Stockton Street in San Francisco. Edwin was demonstrating his homemade CW transmitter he built as a Boy Scout – Troop 3. In the crowd that day observing Edwin’s CW transmitter was George W6BUR, he introduced himself to Edwin as a fellow Boy Scout – Troop 11 and an aspiring HAM.

Back then both Edwin’s and George’s families lived in Chinatown San Francisco. Edwin and George became lifelong friends, hung out together and ate lunches at the famous100 year old Sam Wo restaurant on Washington street.

Edwin interest in electronics led him to become a HAM before the war. When he entered the service in 1943, he was a natural fit for U.S. Army Signal Corp – 14th Service Group and was stationed in Chan Yuan Province, China. By 1946, Edwin rose to rank of Technical Sergeant as he completed his tour of duty in the China, Burma and India (CBI) Theater of War.

Edwin’s choice of joining the Cathay Amateur Radio Club would be a rather fortuitous life changing event. His fellow club members; Manfred Jang and Winston Wong introduced Edwin to Miss Loretta Yee who eventually became his wife.

After 35 years of Federal Government Civil Service as an inspector of military equipment he completed his career with the Lockheed Missiles and Space Corporation as a Quality Assurance Specialist.

Edwin enjoyed his retirement fishing and making radio contact with fellow HAMs from all corners of the globe.

According to his wishes, there will be no services and his ashes will be scattered outside the Golden Gate where he loved to fish.

Edwin leaves behind a devoted wife of 61years,Loretta Wong and his cherished 3 daughters: Denise (Sherman) Lee, Jadine (the late Steve) Yamamoto, and Deanne (Robert) Surtees. He always will be the loving grandfather of Stacey Lee, Kevin Lee, and Maia Surtees. Survived and missed by dearest cousin, Shubert Yee, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Contributions in Ed’s memory may be made to Vitas Innovative Hospice Care or the American Heart Association .

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Richard Harrell KI6SVG, SK

Posted by af6aq on 26th April 2012

Richard Harrell

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Richard H. Harrell
Resident of Concord
Richard H. Harrell, 82, entered into rest in Concord on April 9, 2012; he was born in Oakland on March 1, 1930 to Edmund and Alma Harrell.
Richard entered the Coast Guard at 18 and ended his military career 6 years later with a rank of Radio Man 2. Richard received his AA degree from West Contra Costa Junior College in 1954 at 24 years of age. Richard spent most of his working years as an Insurance Adjuster. Realizing his dream, in 1981 Richard opened his own company, HS Insurance Adjusters and Appraisers, Inc. Richard closed his business 11 years later and retired at the age of 62.
Richard was a devoted father and wonderful friend. He was a lifelong Raider fan. Richard’s favorite destination was Twain Harte, Ca where he enjoyed golfing, skiing, swimming, and relaxing with a good book. Later in life, Richard rekindled his interests in Ham Radio. He received his license as an Amateur Radio Operator in 2008, earning his call sign “KI6SVG”.
Richard is survived by his wife, Jean F. Harrell; daughter, Patricia Gwizdak (Paul); brother, John E. Harrell (Janet) and grandchildren, Thomas, Kathryn and Sarah and longtime companion, Dona Thompson.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00PM, Friday, April 27, 2012 at Ouimet Bros. Concord Funeral Chapel, 4125 Clayton Road, Concord.
Memorials in Richard’s memory may be made to The Shriners Hospital for Children and sent to Aahmes Shriners, 170 Lindbergh Ave, Livermore, Ca 94551-9569


Published in Contra Costa Times on April 22, 2012

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David Pehrson WW6I – SK

Posted by af6aq on 11th April 2012

David Pehrson (1940 – 2012)

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David L. Pehrson WW6I
Sept. 5, 1940 – Mar 19, 2012
Resident of Livermore
A resident of Livermore since 1965, David worked at LLNL for 36 years in research, engineering and senior administration. He was an electrical engineering graduate of UC Berkeley and NYU. Fly fishing, HAM radio, gardening, woodworking and community service were his favorite interests and he was an active member of Cedar Grove Community Church and Livermore Rotary. David is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Petey, and survived by son, Terry (Denise) Pehrson, daughters Wendy Holt and Johanna (Ian) Campbell, four grandchildren and a sister, Connie Pehrson.
Special thanks to his caregivers and Dr. Michael Abdel-Malek for their outstanding care after his brain stem stroke in 2001.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 25th, from 2-5pm at the Chapel of Graham-Hitch Mortuary, Pleasanton, CA, with a Celebration of Dave’s life at 3:30pm on Monday, March 26th at Valley Community Church, 4455 Del Valle Pkwy, Pleasanton, CA. David will be laid to rest with his wife at a private burial at Chapel of the Chimes Memorial Park, Hayward.


Published in Contra Costa Times on March 23, 2012

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Mark Baginski N6LFD – SK

Posted by af6aq on 11th April 2012

Mark Baginski

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Mark Edward Baginski
Nov.14, 1954-Mar. 25, 2012
Resident of Martinez
Mark, 57, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 25, 2012.
Mark grew up in a big family that moved often, traversing several Eastern States but settled for his high school years in a suburb of Buffalo, NY. He attended Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he met his loving wife Sue. They raised their three children in the Martinez community where they lived for 34 years. Mark retired as an electrician with IBEW Local 6 and had worked at Mare Island, Treasure Island, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He had been a member of the Board of Directors of John Muir Homes. Mark shared his love of cooking, yard projects, camping, fishing, rifling, and ham radio with friends and family. He loved his children and nieces and nephews more than they know and he was very blessed to have them in his life.
Mark was known to neighbors and friends as a generous and kindhearted man who will be missed. Whether it was at home, in the neighborhood, or visiting others, he could always be found solving and fixing what was needed while adding his own creative flair.
Mark is survived by his wife, Susan G Baginski and children : Bruce R. Baginski, Robin L. Baginski, and Pamela S. Baginski, all residing in the Bay Area. He is also survived by his father, Frank Baginski, brothers Paul and David Baginski of Williamsville, NY, his brother Bruce J. Baginski of San Francisco and his sisters, Laura Rasmussen of Martinez, and Lisa Mapel of Natick, MA. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Sue Baginski.
A private burial will be held at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette.


Published in Contra Costa Times on March 29, 2012

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