November 5, 1939 – January 20, 2015
November 5, 1939 – January 20, 2015
April 10, 1935 – January 20, 2015
June 20, 1921 – January 18, 2015
July 11, 1936 – January 18, 2015
May 2, 1965 – January 17, 2015
November 23, 1928 – January 15, 2015
August 2, 1909 – January 12, 2015
Libby’s life spanned over 105 years, a feat few can claim. Born in 1909, she was the last surviving of the nine children (six girls and three boys) of Wolf Schonzeit and Jennie Weiner, Russian immigrants who owned a kosher butcher shop in Brooklyn, New York.
Libby married the love of her life, Paul Silverstein, in 1934. Together they had two children, Peter and Bette. After fifty years of marriage, Paul passed away in 1984. Paul and Libby’s son Peter died in 2007. Libby is survived by her daughter Bette; son-in-law George Marks; daughter-in-law Roz Silverstein; grandchildren Don Marks (wife Gabi), Amy Marks Davila (husband Teddy), Michele Silverstein (husband Rick Furman), Keith Silverstein (wife Shari); great-grandchildren Taylor Davila, Evan Davila, Matthew Furman, Samantha Furman, Noa Marks, Saul Marks, Gabriella Silverstein and Annabel Silverstein; and many loving members of her extended family.
Both Paul and Libby dedicated their careers to education, working in New York City schools and spending their summers working as counselors at summer camps. Upon retiring after decades working in public education, they relocated to Heritage Village in Connecticut, played some golf and traveled the world.
After Paul’s death, Libby moved to San Diego to be close to her daughter Bette’s family and her many West Coast relatives. Libby was a proud and active member of Hadassah, served as a volunteer in the Rancho Bernardo public library, and was one of a group of women who knitted hundreds of beanies so that no newborn left Pomerado Hospital with its head uncovered. She was the designated driver at the Gateway Senior Resort in Rancho Bernardo until she was 96. Astute and independent-minded throughout her life, it was she who decided when it was time to turn over the keys.
At 105, Libby did not look a day over 85 and possessed a modern and progressive sensibility that belied her many, many years on this planet. Until the very end, she loved to tell stories and possessed a sharp mind and amazing memory of both past and present. Conversation, her family, her books, word search puzzles and her 5 o’clock Scotch were among her favorite things. Not able to travel much after 102, Libby loved letters and visits and particularly enjoyed her birthdays and holidays with family and friends. During the last year of her life, Libby continued to play a challenging game of Rummy Q, insisting that her great-grandchildren follow the rules and winning most games!
Libby leaves a legacy of love, kindness and an exceptionally long and well-lived life. Her family is grateful for the dedicated care she received from friends, extended family and caregivers towards the end of her life. If you wish to make a donation in honor of Libby’s life, please consider Hadassah or City of Hope.
July 30, 1996 – January 12, 2015
Service: Monday, January 26, 2015 5:00 – 8:30 pm
11330 Campo Rd., La Mesa, CA 91941
March 11, 1920 – January 12, 2015
February 23, 1922 – January 11, 2015
August 1, 1943 – January 11, 2015
November 25, 1950 – January 11, 2015
May 4, 1955 – January 11, 2015
January 26, 1949 – January 11, 2015
September 24, 1947 – January 11, 2015
June 17, 1951 – January 10, 2015
July 22, 1940 – January 9, 2015
June 17, 1925 – January 8, 2015
Carmelita Crawford Mays, also affectionately known as “Nanny”, was the eighth of eleven children born to the Zachary and Birdie English Crawford on June 17, 1925 in Hominy, Oklahoma. Her loving parents along with six brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.
After she completed her formal education in Hominy, Oklahoma she relocated to San Diego, California. In 1946, she married Irby Allen Trimble and gave birth to her three children, Irby Allen Trimble, Jr., Sharon Angela, and Cormick Zachary (who preceded her in death in 2010).
Carmelita attended nursing school at Grossmont College and was in the first class of African Americans to receive her L.V.N. certification where she graduated with honors. In 1973, Carmelita relocated to Oakland, California where she lived and worked in private duty nursing for 23 years. She was the private nurse for Edgar F. Kaiser for 10 years until her eye sight began to fail, after which she retired and began taking classes at the Occupational Training Center for the Blind in Palo Alto, CA. In 1996, after the death of her brother and sister-in-law she relocated back to San Diego to be near her immediate family. She attended the Greater Trinity Baptist Church, under the leadership of Dr. Clyde E. Gaines. Then Greater Life Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. Willie E. Manley, and her last church Integrity Church under the leadership of Rev. Collis Hunt. Carmelita loved the Lord and was always very active in her church service. She loved attending the San Diego Center for the Blind where she went on fishing trips and made all kinds of arts and crafts, which many took first place at the San Diego County Fair.
She was a very special grandmother to her beloved six grandchildren. She was the fabric of her family to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her sisters and brothers. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, telling jokes, talking on the phone, and family time mostly. She always looked forward to traveling to Oklahoma every other year to be with her beloved baby sister, Marguerite, and her nieces and nephews.
Carmelita leaves to cherish her loving memory, her son Irby Allen (Johnny) Trimble, Chester, CA,; daughter Sharon Angela Brown, (Huriah (“Robert”) Brown, Jr.); San Diego, CA; six grandchildren, Stephanie Michelle Green-Overstreet (Eric), San Diego, CA, Donald Howard Bingham (Shannon), Philadelphia, PA, Joseph Franklin Whaley, Jr., (Faith), Philadelphia, PA, Tanassa Telesse Tabor, (Alex) Newport News, VA; Cormick Allen Trimble, Moreno Valley, CA, and Precious Trimble; twelve great-grandchildren and three great-great- grandchildren; two sisters, Marguerite Crawford Quinn, Oklahoma City, OK and Geraldine Daniels (Charles), Hominy, OK. Her lifelong friends, Mary Gotell, Gloria Gotell, and Aary Armstrong, along with a host of nieces, nephews, and friends abroad.
August 5, 1929 – January 8, 2015
March 25, 1943 - January 7, 2015
Charles John (Chuck/Charlie) Reiches Jr passed on January 7, 2015 at 5:20pm at Scripps Memorial La Jolla Hospital.
He was born on March 25, 1943 to Charles John Sr and Margaret Belle Smith Reiches in New Rochelle, NY. On June 2, 1973 he married Mary Margaret Lenihan who survives him.
He is also survived by his son Charles Maurice (Chai), 2 sisters Ellen Marie Reiches of New Rochelle , NY, Teresa (Steven) Schacher-Reiches of Spring , TX, 1 brother John Reiches of New Rochelle, NY, 2 neices Lisa Parascandola and Kristie Parisi as well as several cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents, a brother Thomas Anthony and a sister Margaret Janice.
He attended Blessed Sacrament elementary and High school – where he was active as stage crew member and their football team ( graduating as captain of their foot ball team). Upon graduation he worked for a short period of time for the US Post Office in New Rochelle. In 1964, he moved to San Francisco, CA, attended / graduated from the Structural shipfitting apprenticeship program at Hunters Point Naval Station, San Francisco which led him to Guam as a ship fitter at Naval Station (1971-1977), then to Sup Ship San Diego/ North Island as a Structural Planner /Estimator until his retirement (1977-2005).
People who knew and cherished him would describe him as sometimes brutally honest, a dinosaur of strong integrity and a proud man of strong faith.
Over the years, he suffered with progressive cardiac and circulatory problems –succumbing to the complications of bypass surgery.
Memorial services which will take place in New Rochelle and in San Diego are pending.