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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Born February 21, 1922
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