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January 18, 1943 - January 8, 2022
Jeanne grew up in Tarreytown, NY, the youngest of our girls. She attended Mercy College in New York and married Paul Narbut in 1963. They lived in Tennessee and Ohio before settling in California where they raised their two children, Matthew and Stacey. Jeanne worked as a labor and delivery nurse at the Queen of the Valley Hospital for twenty-five years. She loved theater, films, books, birds, and travel.
She had many friends and belonged to numerous organizations: Community Projects where she enjoyed working at the Thrift Store; AAUW book group and gourmet group; an East Bay Hikanbyke group; and Friendship Force where she met people from around the world and hosted them in her home for stays, later traveling to their country and staying with them.
She is survived by her son Mathew (Yvette) of Hawaii, daughter Stacey Goodwin of Walnut Creek, grandsons Jaiden Narbut and Michael Goodwin, and sisters Rolande Kraus and Pauline Bowles.
June 6, 2022
Fiercely independent, Claudia Lynne Davison passed away on June 6, 2022, at the age of 75. She is survived by her sister Pamela Witherspoon, brother Gregory Davison, and nieces Marin Witherspoon and Erin Davison.
She had retired from work at the Port of San Francisco. Claudia served many years as a Director on the Board of Southshore Lagoon HOA and was key in establishing architectural guidelines, a color scheme for the community, redesigning the garden and landscaping. She was very active in politics. She loved exploring the outdoors and spent many happy times camping, hiking most of the East Bay trails, and taking many trips to the Sierras and Burning Man. With friends, family or by herself she traveled to Australia, Canada, Greece, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain and the Yukon.
Claudia took great joy in her garden and proudly was the annual hostess to a pair of breeding ducks and their ducklings. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and neighbors.
January 19, 1945 - April 13, 2021
May 29, 2021
Bob Heimann was born in Wisconsin to a family with a bar downstairs from their home on the upper floor. Around age ten, he moved in with his sister Rosemary and her family who raised him. He joined the Airforce in 1967 and served until 1971 and was stationed in Nova Scotia and Sunnyvale, CA, where he made his home. He got a degree in accounting and went on to get his MBA from Santa Clara University.
He joined Hikanbyke in the late 1990s and was both a hiking and biking member. After a canoeing trip on the Russian River, he quickly became interested in kayaking and did a lot of U.S. trips and some kayak racing around the Western States and Canada.
He moved to Texas and bought a home on the Guadalupe River along with several rentals. He kept up with his hiking and biking, including mountain biking, and even did the 100-mile Lonestar Trail Hike as a fundraiser for a local library. He garnered $6,500 from pledges.
He had a motto: “Slide into the grave all worn out, skidding in sideways, shouting, “Holy shit, what a ride!” That’s what he did. He lived life to its fullest.
March 15, 1941 - September 21, 2021
Ed joined Hikanbyke in 1999 at the age of 58 when he was looking for some new friends. Little did he know he would meet his future wife, Andrea (Andi), among all those new friends. They were married in 2002 with many of his Hikanbyke friends present. He was a tech nerd and soon created a website for Hikanbyke where he enjoyed being their Webmaster. Twenty-three years (23) later many of those same Hikanbyke friends attended his Celebration of Life in March of 2022. He will be greatly missed by many.
September 2, 1942 - March 15, 2020
Judy Sutherland grew up in Cornwall, New York, and received her BA from Cornell, and an MSW from Michigan State. She was a California vocational rehab counselor for 31 years. Judy’s love for life despite many medical issues was an inspiration for all that knew her.
She traveled in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, the Galapagos Islands, the Middle East, North America, and New Zealand. She had many hobbies: skiing, sailing, pottery, picture framing, and Chinese cooking. She volunteered with multiple organizations. She hiked and camped. She loved laughing and dancing and was always up for a party or potluck.
Judy loved her family and her friends and deeply appreciated each one. She had a ready smile and a kind word; she loved, music, art, theater, beaches, food, cooking, a glass of wine, bridge, board games, books, and her cat Zoe. She will be sorely missed.
Judy is survived by her life partner Richard Garrison; her sister, Debby Lewis (Glyn); brother, John Sutherland (Siobhan); nieces, Mala Sutherland and Lauren Bokaer (Devin) and grand-nephew Avi Bokaer.
November 18, 1940 - September 13, 2019
Linda Ellsingsen Grevstad
July 14, 1951- September 13, 2019
October 24, 2012
Lynne lost her courageous batter with breast cancer while surrounded by friends in her Alameda home. Born in Chicago, she had already traveled to Mexico, France, Switzerland, and Italy before spending a year in Aspen, Colorado, where she took a job working evenings so she could ski all day. The next year, 1972, she moved to California where she married Davey Jones and cruised with him to Mexico on their trimaran. She discovered many people on boats couldn’t cook, so she started writing cookbooks. Soon she was writing reviews and newsletters.
Besides being an active member of Hikanbyke, Lynne was involved in so many fantastic activities and adventures. She was a cookbook writer, an avid photographer, a great party hostess, a docent at the Oakland Zoo, a sailor with Latitude 38 and Bay & Delta Yachtsman, and a great storyteller. Lynne was smart, funny, irreverent, spirited, colorful, and a teacher, kayaker, and animal lover. She was an amazing friend.
October 22, 2006
Sally was a ray of sunshine that brought light to her family and friends. She had the ability to make people feel comfortable, encouraged, supported, and loved regardless of the situation. Sally was known for her beautiful flower arrangements, thoughtful letters, vibrant watercolors, and zest for life. She was a woman of faith and blessed with an abundance of friends and family who loved her.
October 7, 2010
Katie was born on July 31, 1939, in Knoxville, TN. In the late 1970’s, she earned her MA in Psychology and began her practice. By 1983 she had earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA and had a thriving therapy practice, specializing in women’s issues in Los Angeles.
In the early 1990’s she moved to Northern California and began a new practice in San Ramon. She was a warm person and easily made friends who shared her interests in skiing, golfing, and hiking. Besides being a member of Hikanbyke, Katie was a member of the Westwood and Rusty Bindings ski clubs and the Orinda Hiking Club. She also enjoyed water skiing and bicycling.
She will be remembered for her love of the outdoors, her willingness to listen, and her eagerness to help others.
February 21, 1922 - April 5, 2015
Al was a photographer who lost his home in the Oakland/Berkeley Hills fire in 1991, along with his vast collection of photos. He was a hiking member who also belonged to the book group (in its early days) and hosted the group in his home.
June 10, 2016
January 18, 2004
Fred was a new member of Hikanbyke. He knocked at my door when I was hostess for the Book Club that month, arms were laden with food. He preceded to facilitate the discussion of The Botany of Desire, that month's book choice, by asking questions with the information he had gathered over the internet.
He was used to taking charge, as he had been a superintendent of schools in New Hampshire and Director of Cotopaxi Academy for US expatriates and diplomats in Ecuador. He was also a mortgage broker, a career counselor, a talented jazz musician, and a genealogist.
Most of all, Fred was an adventurer, think of Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. Having climbed Cotopaxi three times in his younger years, Fred was planning a 4th climb in his sixties but on January 18, 2004, death took Fred from those who loved him. Although I did not know him long enough, I knew I had lost an important and special friend.
Written by Bobbi Bader
February 8, 2012
July 29, 2011
Bob was a great tease and was always smiling. He hiked but he liked parties more, so whenever he was on a hike it was like a party.
January 2, 2011
May 16, 2014
Don was an intelligent, kind man who loved the outdoors. He was a scientist at Cal working on the Genome Project. He climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and rafted down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. He joined his Hikyanbyke friends mostly for hiking, especially on Mt. Diablo, but also for urban walks and restaurant visits.
April 2, 2007
Nancy Selk was a hiker who loved the hills of Berkeley as well as those in Marin. She was a smart, well-read, and very thoughtful person with a great sense of humor.
November 26, 2010
Margaret was a long-time member of Hikanbyke who died in a car accident on Highway 49. She was fun-loving and adventurous and a loving mother and grandmother.
May 21, 2012
Rudy was a man who showed up at parties with his own keyboard and entertained folks. He was a bond trader even after retiring. He was a hiker, and friends planted a Live Oak tree at the Lafayette Reservoir in his memory.
Joan Maramonte was always looking for a way to be of help. That’s how I re-met her years after we graduated from high school together. She came up to me at Shipmates and asked how she could be more involved. She joined Hikanbyke in its early days and became a gracious, regular hostess for the pinochle group. Even in her last days, she wanted friends to go for walks with her. Written by Joanne Lagerstrom.
October 16, 1949 - July 2003
Ken passed away due to injuries sustained in a bicycling accident in Orinda, CA. A lifetime Bay Area native, Ken was raised in San Mateo, and graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.S and a Masters in Engineering. He spent his life devoted to the rigors of civil engineering while residing in Moraga, CA, and more recently Castro Valley.
Ken was a caring and loving father and he immensely enjoyed sport fishing throughout his life. In recent years, cycling became his favorite pastime as he completed his dream of riding the Tour of the California Alps, a 16,000-foot, 129-mile ride only a week before his death.
October 20, 2022
Rebecca Harris Mallon, age 81, passed away at her sister’s house in Paris on October 20, 2022. Rebecca was born in San Angelo, Texas, but spent most of her life in Orinda and Lafayette in the San Francisco East Bay. After graduating from Acalanes High School, Rebecca went on to earn her teaching certificate from San Jose State. She was a Resource Specialist for over 30 years with the Lafayette School District, spending more of her career at Springhill Elementary. She had a part-time career as a travel agent.
Rebecca was a worldwide traveler. She recently returned home from a Norway/Iceland cruise before traveling to Paris. Her zest for life is shown in her myriad of activities: she volunteered at the Lafayette Library bookshop, Town Hall Theater, The Lesher Theatre, and the Acalanes Reunion Committee. She was a long-time member of Hikanbyke, a hiker, biker, host and manager of the annual picnics and holiday parties each year. She also led a weekly hike around the Lafayette Reservoir. She was a long-time active member of Forma Gym where she took many classes, including TRX, Body Power, Balance & Core, Cardio Sculpt, and Zumba. She was well-versed in world affairs and had an annual subscription to the Oakland Speakers Series, which features well-known figures and authors. Rebecca enjoyed walking along the Iron Horse Trail while socializing with friends. She was always there to offer her love and support to her family and friends, through good times and bad. Rebecca was a dear friend to many and will be greatly missed.
April 14, 2023
Anna Marie Lindner passed away peacefully on Friday, April 14, 2023, in her residence at Belmont Village of San Jose. Ann was born in Devils Lake, ND, where she lived with her parents and four siblings. She graduated in 1962 with a degree in nursing from the College of Saint Scholastica. She moved to the west coast in 1964, and worked at Oakland's Children's Hospital when she met her former husband, Al Lindner
Ann spent most of her career as an Alameda County Public Health Nurse, retiring in 2001 after 35 years of service. During her tenure she served as the Chair of the Professional Performance Committee for Alameda County Public Health Nursing and was the Nursing Chair for the California Public Health Association.
Ann enjoyed traveling with her many friends, being in nature, whether it be hiking, afternoons in Capitola or gardening and political activism. She was extremely generous with her time and energy; however, her greatest passion was spending time with her daughters, son-in-law and grandchildren who brought her immense joy.
Ann is survived by her two children, and her four grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister who has relocated from Minnesota to Austin, TX, to be near her son and his family.
August 19, 2017
Champa was born in India and grew up in Bombay, moved to Dubai after she married and came to the United States in 1984. She was the loving mother of two sons and four grandchildren.
Champa was a wonderful hostess for Hikanbyke events and our planning meetings. She was known for her “boisterous” laughter, adventurous spirit for travel and wonderful Indian cooking.
Otto’s sudden death shocked Hikanbyke members; he was the first member to die. Otto was an avid biker and hiker who led many of our hikes. Be it Mt. Diablo or Half Dome, he was often at the head of the other hikers. Besides being one of our top leaders for events and our first membership chairperson, he frequently offered his home for our planning meetings and was known for bringing quiche to all potlucks.
He was a smart, kind, friendly man who loved to dance. He was always a gentleman. After he died, Hikanbyke decided to set up a memorial bench in honor of those former member who died.
September 12, 2022
Lou Ann died from the long-term effects of a stroke she experienced in 2018. Raised in Texas, she was a cheerleader and a member of a country western band, singing wherever they could. She earned a BA at Cal and her Master's Degree, also in psychology, at JFK University.
She was a grief counselor for over 35 years. She and her first husband owned Schwinn City Bike Shop in Antioch.
Lou Ann had a passion for the outdoors and was an enthusiastic member of Hikanbyke and made many dear friendships in the group. She will be missed by many friends and her family—including 10 grandchildren.