Phillip Ralph Luna

Phillip Luna, 82, died peacefully on Thursday, March 15, 2018 shortly after his daughter left his bedside.

Phillip was born October 22, 1935 in Santa Paula, California. He was the youngest of nine. He grew up in Hollister, California and proudly worked in the fruit orchards with his father.

Phillip was retired after having a successful career working in heavy construction for Operating Engineers Local #3.

Phillip was a resident of Pacifica since 1970 where he lived with his beloved wife of 43 years, Jerene Luna, who predeceased him July 19, 2014.

Phillip was an avid San Francisco Giants and 49er fan. He loved farmer’s markets and was well known in the community for giving away fruits and vegetables to fellow neighbors and his friends.

Phillip is survived by his daughter Elizabeth, son-in-law Derek Dubuque, granddaughter, dozens of nieces and nephews, his good friend Jim and his beloved cat Sophie.

Phillip’s funeral service will be held Saturday, March 24th at Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo. The viewing is from 9:30-10:30am; service at 10:30-11:30am with burial at 11:30am with reception to follow. Guests are encouraged to wear 49er/SF Giants gear.

In lieu of flowers please send donations in his memory to: Junior Giants at Giants Community Fund.

Rose Dal Porto

Rose Dal Porto passed away at Windsor Manor Rehabilitation Center of Concord California USA. She was 94 years old and died on 3/14/2018 at 11:05 AM from Cardiac arrest while asleep in bed. She was born in Moutain View California USA. She was the daughter of Mr. Joaquin and  Mrs. Priscilla Guiterrez.
Ledo Dal Porto and Rose Guiterrez were married February 14th (Valentines Day) 1943 inSan Francisco, California. She attended Commerce High School in San Francisco California. Ledo and Rose lived with Sons Tito and Dino Dal Porto.
Roses Family moved from Mountain View CA to Portland Oregon during her early childhood. Then they moved to San Francisco right up to her marriage to Ledo. Ledo’s mother and father Gildo and Luginia Dal Porto were immigrants from middle San Ginese D. Compito, Lucca Italy. Rose had 5 siblings: Rebecca, Jo Joaquin, Daniel, Ralph and Junie Guiterrez. Rose and Ledo lived together all their lives in California. They lived in San Francisco, Redwood City, Campbell, Russian River at Guerneville-Guernewood Park, Lake County, Fremont, Pittsburg, San Leandro, and finally Antioch CA.
Rose was a very devout Christian and was not embarrassed or apologetic about professing  Jesus Christ as the Savior for all who believe in Him. She would tell this to everyone and to anyone she came in contact with. She was a true evangelist. She was a totally devoted Christian. She loved her cats and Rose and Ledo made their cats into there children and were devoted to their cats for their later years in Antioch CA. Rose was a very loving person and mother. Everyone loved her. Her surviving immediate family is: Ledo, Tito, Paul, Kirk and Hagen Dal Porto. Her Son Dino died in San Leandro CA 7/29/1992 at the age of 45. He was born 7/18/1947. Rose has been placed at Skylawn Memorial Park, San Mateo CA. Her service and burial will be  at 12:00 noon Wednesday 3/21/2018. Attendance will be limited to invited family and guests.

James Shu Zun Keh

Resident of Roseville, California

James Keh was born in Jakarta, Indonesia on November 1, 1956 to Herbert S.K. Keh and Ching Ming (Wong) Keh.  He lived in Hong Kong for five years before coming to the United States in 1967 and settling in San Mateo, CA.  He met his beloved wife Terry in 1975.  They were married on May 1, 1977 in Burlingame, CA and settled in Campbell, CA.  He graduated from the Santa Clara County Sheriffs Police Academy in 1990.  James began his career in the automotive industry and purchased his first automotive repair facility in June 1979 called Chucks Automotive/Radiator and Auto Detailing.  He was very involved with the City of Campbell and was a distinguished Kiwanis Club president.  He was also a member of the Campbell Chamber of Commerce, the Santa Clara County Sheriff Advisory Board, and several other committees that included the re-election of Congressman Norman Mineta as well as many other elected officials.  He simultaneously ran three successful corporations: Chucks Automotive, Bascom Auto Electric, and Auto Nav 2000.  He moved to Roseville, CA with a unique vision of combining his hobby and his love of teaching and created a new business, Virtual Safe Shot.

He was a mentor to many, had an incredible sense of humor and loved to tell stories of his past adventures.  He was a thrill-seeker who loved motorcycles, drag racing, shooting and sky diving. He also enjoyed gardening, caring for his koi, cooking his mother’s recipes and going to the movies. James loved spending time with his family, friends, his beloved dog Storm, and sharing his life on Facebook.

James was preceded in death by his father, Herbert S.K. Keh, and his mother, Ching Ming (Wong) Keh Habu.  He is survived by his wife, Terry Keh, daughters Michelle Keh-Steiner (Sean Steiner) and Jennifer Keh (Jamie Miller), grandchildren James Miller, Jennah Perez, Juliet Roman, Dominic Steiner and Madelyn Steiner, and sisters Helen Canevari and Dorothy Quan.  He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

Memorial service and interment will be at 10:00 A.M. Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Sky Lawn Memorial Park, Hwy 92 at Skyline Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94402.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in his memory to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 742030, Los Angeles, CA 90074-2030 or Kiwanis Club of Campbell Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 243, Campbell, CA 95008.

John Michael Swanson

John Swanson, aged 72, of San Mateo, CA, died at his home on March 13, 2018, at 7 a.m. of pancreatic cancer.

He was born April 21, 1945, in Chicago, IL, to Rose and Gunnard Swanson. He attended Northern Illinois University attaining a BS in business and an MBA with an emphasis on computer programming and systems management. John served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, working on Nike missile systems in Germany. He and his life partner, Laurel Hale, have been together since the late 1990’s.

At the beginning of his career, John programmed COBAL for a large utility company in Chicago for 15 years. Then, he moved out west to the San Francisco Bay Area and settled. He worked here as a consultant, deploying and developing solutions that enabled large, distributed, heterogeneous applications to work in sync. During his career, he helped develop and sell a white-listing solution for email here in the Bay Area, and also spent several years working behind the scenes to manage large data centers at Microsoft’s Redmond, WA campus. In 2012, he and Laurel decided to return to the Bay Area because they realized it is truly home to them.

One of John’s favorite pass-times was going to art museums. He was especially fond of late 19th and early 20th C. European art— Impressionism, Cubism, Fauvism, and others. Some of his favorite artists were Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh. He also was passionate about the Bay Area Figurative
Movement and Abstract Expressionism—some of his favorite American artists were Wayne Thiebaud, Mark Rothko, Richard Diebenkorn, and Frank Lobdell. Another passion was European history and France, where he traveled many times with Laurel. And he was passionate about cooking—he especially enjoyed the French chef Jacques Pépin.

John is survived by his partner, Laurel Hale, who lives in San Mateo, CA. He is also survived by his sons, David Swanson and Timothy Swanson, and by his grandchildren, Andrew Swanson and Madelyn Swanson. All live in Clarkston, MI.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, at Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo, CA.

In lieu of flowers, please donate funds to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at

Wilma Dorothy Moroni

Wilma Dorothy Moroni, of Millbrae, passed away peacefully March 13, 2018. Wilma was the twelfth of thirteen children born to Frederico and Rose Rosaia in South San Francisco on January 17, 1927. She was married for 65 years to the late Marvin Moroni.

Wilma is proceeded in death by her parents and siblings Adeline Bedford, Alice Puccetti, Albina Wessels, Linda Fernbach, Agnes Murphy, Eva Roberts, Florine Cafferta, Alvira Belvini, David and Henry Rosaia.

She is survived by her sisters Evelyn Fonseca and Eunice Canziani. Loving mother to Lynn (Michael) Bilinski and Don (Leslie) Moroni. Adored Noni to Jason (Callie), Julianne (Jason), Jeffrey (Erika), Dan, Gina (Aditya) and Mark. Dearest Noni Precious to Wyatt, Olivia, Neva, Elliot, Graham and Quinn.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, March 19, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Saint Dunstan’s Catholic Church, 1133 Broadway, Millbrae. Burial to follow at Skylawn Memorial Park, 10600 Skyline Blvd, Half Moon Bay. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Alzheimer’s Association or Sutter Health

Mary Cura Magpiong

Mary Cura Magpiong 90 years passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in Santa Rosa, CA.
She survived by sisters Lily Ann Alegre of Honolulu; Marrieta Reyes, Constance Albano, Ceny Poblete, Lody Lagpacan and brother Anthony Cura
of California.Children Gerri Delos Santos of Washington State, Randy Magpiong of Stockton, CA, Brad Magpiong of Honolulu, HI, Doug
Magpiong of Santa Rosa, CA, 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
Visitation 2/9/2018 @5pm – Rosary @7pm – Service 2/10/2018 noon. All will be held at “Our Lady of Angels” 1721 Hillside Drive,
Burlingame,CA 94010 she will be laid to rest with her late husband,Liberator L. Magpiong at Skylawn Memorial Park following the service.

Edmund Francis Aquino


He was one of eight children born to the late Dr. Frederick Castaneda Aquino and Rosalina Abella Aquino, and was a former husband of Encar De Borja. “Bong” (as he was fondly called by that name) will forever be remembered by his siblings Edwin, Edgar, Edna, Edith, Edward, Eden, and Edsel; by his children Christian, Kristine, and Jeffrey; by his daughters-in-law Stephanie and Michelle; by three of his grandchildren Aaron Jacob, Katharine, and Shawn; along with countless other friends and family whom were blessed to know him.

Chun Wo Tse

On March 2, 2018, Chun transcended into eternity at the age of 86.  He was just two days shied of his 87th birthday.  Chun was a courageous man in every sense of the word.  Born in Canton Province, he escaped China’s communists in seek of freedom and a better life for his family.  Only to realize he had to do the same a decade later, but this time to a completely foreign country.  This would have been a deal breaker for a majority of us.  But he had the courage and the belief that life can be better for his family.  A man of principles, he always taught us to be fair and to treat others the way we want to be treated.  A man of his words, he never failed to deliver what he promised to do.  And he always gave more than he received.  爸爸, we will forever remember your guidance.  Your gift will live on in each of us and you will forever be in our hearts and minds.  We love you.

Mary Martha Smith

Mary Martha Smith died in San Mateo on February 26, 2018 at the age of 84.  Adored by her deceased husband Herbert Smith and mother, Eleanor Lewis.  Loving mother to John, Larry (wife Susan), Garrett (wife Nicole) and Janeen (wife Mary).  Loving Grandmother to Christyaana, Alexandra, Marya, Zachary, Daliya, Ilana and Salo.  Loving Great Grandmother to Azeah.

Mary was born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania on June 1, 1933.  She graduated from Bowling Green University in Bowling Green, Ohio.  She was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority.  She was a career business woman at the top of her field in corporate America as both a Personnel Manager and a business owner.  She was a pioneer as a woman, to reach upper management in the corporate world at that time.

Mary was an avid duplicate bridge player and achieved the rank of Gold Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League in 1998.  She loved the game of basketball and watching the Warriors.  She got to see them win the championship.  She was a big show dog lover and world traveler.

Family and friends will truly miss her.

Friends may visit at Janeen Smith’s house Friday, March 9 from 5:00-8:00.  Memorials to the Mission Hospice & Home Care in San Mateo California preferred.

Walter Lewis Ernst

Walter Lewis Ernst was born on Dec 5, 1935 in San Jose, California to George and Lydia Ernst. George came from a long line of farmers and Lydia came to California from Oklahoma via Washington. The Ernst farm was one of a few owned by cousins up and down the street in San Jose.  Walt was the baby of the family, with sister Eleanore 5 years older and brother Robert 8.

Not only was Walt the youngest sibling, he was also the youngest of many cousins who all grew up together. There were many boisterous family gatherings with all of them. Lydia would cook 3 turkeys and a few chickens for Thanksgiving to feed everyone.

During his childhood, Walt remembered war rations, including chocolate covered raisins, which he hated, and having to pull down and latch the shades at night, so that no light would come from their house. Christmas presents were wrapped with the colored Sunday comics, and he vividly remembered Japanese kids at school being gone one day, never to be seen again. He always wondered how that could happen in America.

When Walt was 11 years old, George died unexpectedly. His mom couldn’t take care of all the chickens and everything else on the farm, so he spent his 12-year-old summer butchering and cleaning chickens.  He described himself as not the best student, and should have been moved to another school but was pretty sure that they gave him a break due to his circumstances, including the fact that he had to work to help his mom financially. He figured out he was a pretty good runner and got the most improved in PE, which helped boost his morale a bit.

When he was 13, he was riding his bike with his friend, and saw a fire truck going down the road. They followed it to see where it was going. It was his house,  burned down to the ground. His mother had to sell the farm, move to the city, and take a job in the cannery.

Being a December baby, he graduated from high school at the age of 17. Since it was during the time of the draft, he figured he might as well get it over with and enlisted.

After boot camp, he spent time in Germany and was able to take a nice tour of some of Europe during his leave.

When he was discharged,  he came back to San Jose and worked for the San Jose Mercury newspaper as a driver. A couple of years later, his mom passed away. He was able to get a job working at the post office at the San Francisco Airport where he worked for about 50 years.

He met Erlyne at First Immanuel Church in San Jose. At the time, he was working nights at the post office and going to the beach during the day. He was pretty tan during the summer and at first, Erlyne’s mother disapproved, thinking he was some sort of a “playboy” because of it. She was still attending Seward College in Nebraska, studying to be a teacher. Once she took her teaching position in Paso Robles, he went to see her almost every weekend.

They were married in July of 1963.

They moved to Burlingame and then to a rented house in San Mateo where Beth, Brian and Rene were born. In 1969, they were able to buy their first home. Meanwhile, Gloria Dei started its first school, so Erlyne helped by teaching part time the first year, while Walt was in charge of the 3 little ones and working nights. In 1972, they welcomed Brent into the family.

Walt loved playing cards. He would play cribbage at work during his breaks and taught his kids how to play at home. Every family gathering, he and his siblings would play pinochle or the group would play Hearts. Later in life, he would play games with the grandchildren every time they visited.

He was a wonderful son-in-law, always there to help out Erlyne’s aging parents. Every year he bought 2 corsages on Mother’s Day: one for Erlyne and one for her mother.

He liked baseball and was a Dodger fan because the first time he watched a game, the Dodgers were getting clobbered and he felt sorry for them because they were the underdog.

He loved old movies and he and Erlyne would go to Stanford once a week to watch one.

He was a great fix-it guy. Before the internet, he would go to the library to find a manual for the particular item so he could fix it himself. He even re-roofed his two-story house all by himself and did such a good job that an actual roofer stopped by and admired it. That roof is still in place 30 years later.

He was an excellent gardener. His yard always looked amazing.

He loved walking and would walk for hours every day after he retired.

He kept doing puzzles even up until his last week.

When the kids were grown, he started driving cars for Hertz at night, moving them from one location to another. This gave him the opportunity to drive a variety of different types of cars, from a Smart Car to a Corvette. He also made many friends and had some interesting adventures for about 30 years.

He was always the epitome of a gentleman. He would never let a woman walk next to the street. He always opens the car door for Erlyne. He would wait for others to choose their seat at a table before he would sit down.

He cared for Erlyne for many years after her stroke, being her sole caregiver until he was physically unable.  He kept up all her traditions for her including sending birthday cards to a myriad of people and continuing to write letters to her childhood friends.

He was always active in his church, being the treasurer for countless years. Whatever needed to be done at the church property he would be available to do, if he was able. One time someone told him he should run for church president. He immediately declined. Leadership was not in his makeup.

He is proceeded in death by his wife, Erlyne, brother, Robert and sister, Eleanore. He is survived by daughters Beth and Rene, sons Brian and Brent, sons-in-law Tim and Larry and daughter-in-law Michelle as well as grandchildren Courtney, Connor, Jessica, Daniel, Andrea, Chuck and “adopted” grandchildren Ana and Luka.

We love and miss him already.

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