Barbara (Bobbie) Joan Cherry

Barbara (Bobbie) Joan Cherry passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014.

Bobbie was born in Oakland, California, on Aug. 2, 1930 to Sam and Lillian Berman. She lived with her parents along with her sister Elaine Berman (Weiss) and brother Paul Berman in Piedmont.

She met the love of her life, Kenneth Cherry, on the steps at Temple Beth Abraham while he was wearing his Army uniform. It was love at first sight for both of them! After four dates inside of one week, Ken proposed and they were married for 60 years.

Her passion was raising their three children, Bruce, Jeff and Linda, in Moraga. With kids in tow, Bobbie would be found sunbathing during the day and bowling at night.

She found great pride in taking care of the family at home. It was nonstop carpools for the kids, and she loved cooking for her family. It gave her such joy to do whatever she could for her family and friends.

After 19 years in Moraga, they moved to Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville, where they lived and played golf for 31 years. She played mah-jongg with “the girls,” and she and Ken played bridge with the same friends for 25 years. Bobbie and Ken could cut a rug and were always the last to leave the party. They traveled and cruised all around the world with their best friends, Hank and Fran Cohen. Her smile and sense of humor will be greatly missed by anyone she touched.

She is survived by her husband, Ken Cherry; her children Bruce (Kathy), Jeff (Lori), and Linda; grandchildren Jessica, Lisa, Corrine, Jason, Justin and Bryan; great-grandson Hunter and a soon-to-be great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 at noon at Home of Eternity Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA. Bobbie’s life was celebrated at 4 p.m. at Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Dr., Danville, CA 94526.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Ave., Suite 100, Dublin, CA 94568, or your favorite charity.

Sinai Memorial Chapel

(925) 962-3636

Miriam L. White

Miriam L. White of Palo Alto, California, died peacefully on Dec. 13, 2014 after an incredible 90-year journey. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Miriam moved to the Bay Area in 1968, and her seemingly boundless energy remained with her until the end of her life. While Miriam’s accomplishments were many — matriarch of a large, complex extended family; Navy WAVE veteran of WWII; fixture at Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital — she will be best remembered for her many acts of charity. Over her years at the VA, she accumulated an astounding record of over 17,000 volunteer hours. During that time, she started the VA hospital’s ongoing, popular “Soup for the Soul” program and was instrumental in the development of the VA’s Memorial Rose Garden. She did it not for personal recognition, but because she was Miriam. She was kind to strangers because she believed in people. May her memory be a blessing to all who knew her.

Predeceased by her husband of 35 years, Maurice White, Miriam is survived by her sons: Jay, of Vancouver, British Columbia; Richard, of Boston, Massachusetts; Jon, of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania; her daughter, Barbara Richardson, of Folsom, California; two stepchildren: Larry White of Redwood City, California, and Janet Mann of Truckee, California, as well as their spouses and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters: Sydney Colman of Lexington, Massachusetts, and Susan Marks of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in addition to innumerable friends. The family would like to especially thank her in-home caregivers, Marlowe Chua and Gladys Brady, for their devotion. Services and interment were held.