Tuesday, March 3, 2015

In Memoriam: Nancy Newell

Nancy Gwerder Newell
Dec 26, 1933 - Feb 22, 2015
Born in Sacramento on the day after Christmas, 1933, Nancy was the first born of Melva (Offenbach) and Bill Gwerder of Walnut Grove, CA. She attended Beaver Union Elementary, Dominican High School in San Raphael, and graduated from Courtland High, where she earned the Bank of America Achievement Award for Science and Mathematics. Arriving at UC Berkeley in a new 1951 Ford convertible, she had no problem getting dates. A member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, and an excellent student, she earned a teaching certificate in four years rather than the usual five. In 1955, eschewing farm life, she married a city-slicker from Oakland named Pete Newell (not the basketball coach, the other one). After college, Nancy taught second grade to adoring children who called her "Mrs. Noodle."

In 1957 she unexpectedly came down with twins, Bill and Tom, followed shortly thereafter by John and Debbie. In 1964, she and Pete left everything and everyone they knew to move to Rhode Island, probably the gutsiest thing Nancy ever did. This began a lifetime of moves. She counted 18 addresses as home during her 60-year marriage. Nancy made friends quickly and easily wherever they lived. Her warmth and friendliness attracted people, who, when they got to know her, recognized her uniquely sincere interest in them. She was always thinking about what others needed and would benefit from, rather than about herself. 

In addition to doing volunteer work wherever she lived, Nancy served as President of the Homeowners Association of the Kiahuna Plantation on the island of Kauai for an unprecedented three terms, one of which involved the rebuilding of the project after the destruction wrought by Hurricane Iniki in 1992.

She was a talented decorator and designer, overseeing the complete remodeling of 2 houses, and the construction of 3 more. In earlier days, she enjoyed water skiing, tennis, golf and downhill skiing, while gardening, reading and needlepoint were rewarding avocations.

Nancy visited most of the states, and traveled to more than 30 countries on trips whose details she lovingly planned herself. But, her greatest joy in life, in addition to lively conversations with her friends, was her family. Nancy engineered two family reunions in a single summer. She knew, and kept track of, countless cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, etc. and was one of the few people who knew relationships so well she could tell you who was a second cousin and who was a first cousin once removed!

She is remembered most for her warm smile, her infectious laugh, her positive attitude, her ability to always see the good in people and most of all her abundance of love. She was a mother-in-law who was both adored and revered by her son- and daughters-in-law!

For the past 10 years Nancy fought hand-to-hand combat with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), a debilitating neurological disease. While nobody beats PSP, her fighting spirit kept it at bay longer than most.

Nancy loved to fly, both as a passenger and as a pilot, although she decided against soloing when she realized "there was no shoulder to pull off to." Now, she has taken off on her last flight, leaving this earth on February 22, 2015, to join with her beloved family and friends, including her cherished grandson Will, who she lost this past year.

She leaves her sisters, Diane Siegel (Jackson, WY) and Merrilee Dowty (Dundee, OR); her husband Pete; her children Bill (Piedmont, CA), Tom (Los Angeles, CA), John (San Anselmo, CA) and Debbie (Rogers) (Granite Bay, CA); eight grandchildren: Robbie, Danny, Andrew, Kyle, Peter, Hunter, Grace and Jack; daughters-in-law Carla, Terry and Cheryl; and son-in-law Guy.

A funeral mass will be offered by Father Charles Gagan, SJ on March 3, 2015 at Oakland's Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison Street, Oakland at 9:30 am, followed by a private burial. A Celebration of Life is planned for after Easter. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: CurePSP (The Nancy Newell Fund), 30 E. Padonia Rd., Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sfgate/obituary.aspx?n=nancy-newell&pid=174245039&eid=sp_shareobit#sthash.oTWHRJt4.dpuf

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Proposed House Rule re Leaks - comments due by March 20, 2015

Please review the proposed House Rule re Leaks.  This is presented to owners for comments.  All comments must be received by March 20, 2015.  Please send all comments to me:

 The AOBO has experienced a number of occurrences within the past year where water leaks within one beach house have given rise to mold in that beach house, in the common elements and in other beach houses within the building. Mold most frequently occurs as the result of moisture and from water leaks.  Mold is a hazardous material and its presence may pose a health risk to guests and personnel.   Water leaks can originate within a unit and penetrate the common elements and other units within a building.  As a result of this, the Board of Directors had determined it is necessary to adopt a house rule to respond to these situations.

Each owner and their rental agent have a duty to report immediately to the AOBO’s Managing Agent the presence of leaks or standing moisture within their beach house.  In addition, the Association may periodically inspect and conduct tests within beach houses for the presence of moisture, water leaks, and mold as it deems necessary or prudent. Inspections by the Association will be coordinated by the Managing Agent with notice to the beach house owner and such owner’s rental agent.  The Association will pay for the costs associated with performing these initial moisture level inspections.

Once the Association is notified of the presence of a leak or standing moisture within a beach house, it will conduct tests to determine the source of the leak or standing moisture, its severity, and whether it has penetrated or has occurred within the common elements, or penetrated or occurred within another beach house.  Testing may include, without limitation, moisture level measurements and testing for the presence and source of leaks.

It is important to immediately address any leaking or standing moisture as it will quickly find its way through the walls and floor and cause damage to surrounding units and common elements and potentially form mold.   Upon the discovery of the presence of moisture or a leak within a unit, the owner and owner’s rental agent will be notified immediately. The Managing Agent will repair the leak and remove the standing moisture and undertake remediation.

Once the source of the moisture is eliminated, the affected area must be dried completely to prevent the growth of mold.  Depending upon its severity, this could involve a variety of methods, including removal of drywall, application of fans or heaters, and/or removal of carpet. A unit may need to be taken out of service to ensure the proper repairs.

All expenses incurred by the Association in testing, in repairing the water leaks, removing standing moisture, and remediation, including but not limited to, costs associated with the use of certain equipment and the labor costs associated therewith, will be at that unit owner’s expense and shall be reimbursed by the owner upon billing from Managing Agent. Owners are responsible for all costs associated with repairing common elements damaged as a result of owner's water leak and may be responsible for costs associated with other beach houses damaged as a result of leaks or moisture originating within their beach house.

All leaks, repairs and damages will be documented by the Managing Agent and provided to the affected owner, the owner’s rental agent, and the AOBO.

Friday, February 6, 2015

In Memoriam

It is with great sadness that I advise owners of the death of long-time owner Mary Jo Becker on Tuesday.  Mary Jo had been ill with cancer for several years and unfortunately succumbed this week. Don Becker passed away 5 yrs ago.  Mary Jo is survived by her 6 children and 14 grandchildren.  She was 77 yrs old.

Her son, Tom Becker, advises that the memorial services will be as follows:

Friday February 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Spangler Mortuary in Los Altos, CA

Funeral Mass:
Saturday February 21 at 11:00 a.m.
St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Los Altos, CA
(or alternatively at St. Williams Church, 1 mile away).

Please send any condolences to Mary Jo's home:

Becker Family
432 Tyndall St.
Los Altos, CA 94022

Donations in Mary Jo's memory should be made to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society (LLS.org)