Lamorinda Death Notices

Some of the people with ties to Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda who have passed away recently

Sylvia Bailes, a resident of Moraga, was born in San Marino, California. She attended Stephens Women's College in Missouri. She was an active member in the Linnets for 47 years, helping support the Mt. Diablo Therapy Center. Bailes died on Nov. 26 at the age of 79.

Jay Samaniego Martin, 
a resident of Moraga, spent his early childhood in San Francisco and attended high school in El Paso, Texas. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He earned an associate arts degree from City College of San Francisco. Martin worked for the Defense Department in Lancaster, California, and in Maryland. He then worked for the federal Housing and Urban Development Department and the Department of Health and Human Services in San Francisco. He attended Lafayette Christian Church for 39 years. Martin died on Nov. 29 at the age of 81.

Peter Hawley Miller, a resident of Lafayette, also grew up in Lafayette. He loved being on the open water, especially at Fallen Leaf Lake. He worked as an estimator for Welcomes Auto Body Shop in South Lake Tahoe. Miller died recently at the age of 64.

Frederick John Moran Jr., a resident of Moraga, was born in San Francisco. He owned an accounting business and was a passionate sports fan. Moran died on Dec. 8 at the age of 81.

Gloria Paulsen, a resident of Lafayette, was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her family moved to Oakland when she was young. Paulsen spent 25 years in the banking industry and 25 years in the real estate business, working for Mason McDuffie and Prudential Realty. Paulsen died Dec. 9 at the age of 86.

Charles W. Radcliffe, a resident of Lafayette, was born in Calexico. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, earning three battle stars for action. He attended U.C. Berkeley and became part of the mechanical engineering faculty. He became a member of the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics. He worked with the Veterans Administration and invented the 4-bar Radcliffe knee and the SACH foot. Radcliffe died on Dec. 6 at the age of 91.

Wanda L. Schwoerer, a resident of Lafayette, was born in Boone, Iowa. She earned a degree in nursing from the Lutheran School of Nursing in Des Moines. During World War II, she worked as a nurse overseas, rising to the rank of second lieutenant. After the war, she worked in hospitals in Chicago and San Francisco. She also worked in her late husband's dental practice. She was active in the Lincoln Child Center, local literacy programs and the PEO Sisterhood. Schwoerer died on Nov. 24 at the age of 91.


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