Triumphant Saints

Saint Paulus has been blessed by the witness and ministry of thousand during it nearly 150 years of service in San Francisco. The following are but a very small sample of those who have participated in Saint Paulus’ life and ministry, who now join in the triumph of Jesus resurrection. As we follow our brothers and sisters in faith into God’s promised land, we remember with fondness and thanksgiving:

Marion Anderson Daniels

Marion Anderson Daniels lovingly known as Nana was born January 23, 1920 to Alva and Rosie (Davis) Anderson in Canton, Mississippi. She received Jesus Christ as her personal Savior, at a very young age. She loved to read an array of religious books, enjoyed singing religious Hymns, and she was an excellent seamstress who attended classes at a San Francisco sewing school. She enjoyed attending family activities, visiting parks and museums, and occasionally shopping at the mall for various hats. In the city of St. Louis, Missouri she served faithfully in the Sunday school and choir.  In 1947, she moved to San Francisco, CA and was affiliated with Christian Ministry. She was active in the Sunday school and also on the Usher Board later attending Bible School. She was also instrumental in organizing a Prayer Band for her Church. She worked for many years as a Certified Health Home aid, and as a custodian for the San Francisco International Airport. She exchanged time for eternity on Saturday, October 21, 2005. Her memory will be lovingly cherished by her daughter, Ella Kendrick, 2 grandsons:  Antonio and Edward Kendrick, 4 grandchildren, Antonio, Natasha, Tyshawn and, Dominique Kendrick, brother, Flander (Morteal) Anderson, Gary, IN; sister, Susie (Otis) Shivers, Gary, IN; sister, Margaret L. Riley, Chicago, IL; brother Clyde Anderson, sister, Willie Anderson, sister-in-law, Inez Anderson, San Francisco, CA; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.


Rolland A Frazier

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Rolland was born in an airplane high over the city of New Orleans, Louisiana on September 22, 1958, son of Rossie L and Signa Frazier. He claimed New Orleans as his hometown. He grew up there along with three other brothers, two sisters, and a God child, and even though he left his hometown in the late 1970s to come to San Francisco, he always has a soft place in his heart for the city of his birth. He came to San Francisco looking for work, and found it in a variety of place and occasions—odd jobs, mover, construction, even working the docks all though the turbulent days of protest, war and love. Rolland met Sean Dennis Pratt in 1979, and forged an enduring and loving relationship, sharing both the heights and depths of partnered-love. Sean provided the most compassionate care for Rolland throughout his final struggle. Rolland was joined to the life of Saint Paulus Lutheran Church through the Friendship Banquet which he attended faithfully, and then became involved in its faith life more and more deeply with the encouragements of Sean and others. Rolland brought a quiet yet intense spirit to living, having touched many lives with his special gifts. Thanks be to God for the life of Rolland Frazier.


Tim Huyler

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Tim Huyler, 64, of Walnut Creek, CA, passed away on July 5th, 2011, at Alta Bates Hospital in Walnut Creek, after a long and courageous battle with lymphoma. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Eleanor Huyler, and his sister, Carole Stanton. He is survived by his brother John Huyler (Nona).He was born in Portland, Oregon on December 1, 1946, graduated from the University of Oregon in 1969 and retired to Walnut Creek after a 35 year career at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. He will be remembered as a kind and gentle man who gave generously of his time and resources. His adventuresome spirit led him to share many cruises with his family. He was a faithful member of St. Paulus Church, San Francisco, and gave unselfishly to its Night Ministry. His memory will forever be treasured by his family and friends.


Joseph Robbins (Rasmussen)

Joseph Robbins(Rasmussen) March 23, 1960 – March 17, 2008 Baptized on March 3, 2003. Joseph Rasmussen was born March 23, 1960 in Santa Rosa, CA, to Geneva Joyce Kirby Cartwright. He had three brothers, Bobby Hubbard of Santa Rosa, Donnie Hubbard of Clear Lake, and Floyd Robbins of Oklahoma, and two sisters, Patricia Damian of Clear Lake Oaks, and Linda Hubbard. He also had an aunt and uncle, Amelia and James Kirby of Santa Rosa. Joseph called San Francisco home. Of the years he spent here, 6 of the last 10, were spent on the streets, developing a significant network of friends and acquaintances. The toll, however, of those years outside was burdensome, and so when Mayor Gavin Newsom personally handed Joseph a key to his own place at the Empress Hotel (provided by the City), he gratefully accepted, and in August of 2004 moved inside. Over the years since, Joseph spent a good bit of time in creative ventures like beading and artwork. He had a ready sense of humor and laughed generously. He made friends easily and loved to joke and smile, infectiously. Joseph found a home at Saint Paulus Lutheran Church, welcomed with warmth and love by the entire congregation. After a period of spiritual discernment and under the caring and loving sponsorship of Norma Hopfer, Joseph was created a child of God in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on her birthday, March 3, 2003. This day of new life was never forgotten by Joseph nor by those who were blessed by being present. It was truly a resurrection event for us all. Joseph was a strong and determined witness for Jesus Christ. Indeed, God was pleased to make His appeal to others through Joseph’s words, “God loves you and so do I”. John 3:16 was his favorite Bible verse, and it was imprinted on his Saint Paulus business card. Joseph struggled through the last year of his life with us, but through it all he demonstrated a deep thanksgiving for all he had experienced, the love he had received, and the friendships he celebrated. His was a life of growing faith and a deepening understanding as a child of God. Truly he now rejoices with all the saints in life, and particularly with his Baptismal sponsor, Norma Hopfer.


Pamela Kay Lueck

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Pamela Kay Lueck, of Cocolalla, passed away on February 4, 2015, at age 64.  Her passing comes after a major intra-cerebral hemorrhage on February 1, 2015.  Pam was born July 29, 1950 at the US Naval Hospital in Great Lakes, IL to Frederick C Hein and Ethel M Hein.  Her family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area a year later.  Pamela graduated with a BA in history form Concordia Teacher College, River Forest, IL.

Pam married John W Lueck in 1972, which began a loving marriage of 42 and a half years that included three children and five grandchildren. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, who always went out of her way to support and foster the interest and talents of those she loved. Prior to moving to Cocolalla, ID, in 2006, Pam and John lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she lives for most of her life. Pam had a love for the outdoors and enjoyed sailing, skiing, backpacking and hiking. She also enjoyed music and sang with her church choir. She was an avid reader, loved to travel, and most of all to visit and play with her grandchildren.

Pam was a third grade teacher for two years in Chicago, IL. before moving back to San Francisco in 1974. There, she started her own business as a medical transcriber, which she ran for over 40 years, and continued to maintain after moving to Cocolalla. Pam and John bought Joe’s Philly Cheesestake in San point, ID. where she was excited to meet and greet people each and every day. Over the past six years, she was actively involved in bettering the community and recently became the representative for restaurants as a member of the Sandpoint Business Improvement District.

Her family and friends will always remember her for the twinkle in her eyes , her smile and her generous natures. She had an amazing ability to instantly become friends with anyone she met; a skill rooted in a talent for being able to carry on a conversation, and in the sincere interest she took in others. Her adventurous spirit and love of trying new things were another reflection of her outgoing personality that we will all miss.

Pam is survived by her husband John, and her three children and their families: Peter (Anne) Lueck and grandchildren Sarah and John of Altus, OK; Heather (Aaron) Wied and grandson Christopher of Baltimore, MD; and Jason (Carrie) Lueck and grandsons Ryan and Jonah of Hoover, AL.  She also survived by her mother, Ethel Hein, and sister, Paula Hein, of San Jose, CA.  She was preceded in death by her father, Frederick Hein.

For those interested, memorials may be made to the Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 1900 Pine Street, Sandpoint, ID 83864.


Franck Yee

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Franck Yee (November 28, 1924 – February 27, 2015) passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of Gaylian Yee.  Devoted father of Terri (David) Estrada, Tricia (Phillip) Grant and the late Derek Yee. But survived by his daughter-in-law Helen Yee. Loving grandfather of Matthew and Stephanie Estrada and Alexandra Grant. Loving brother of Ann Wong, and survived by his brother in law Richard Wong and Foone Luoie. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Frank was born and raised in San Francisco attended Polytechnic High School. Graduated University of California, Berkeley, he retired from City and County of San Francisco after many years of service, he taught real estate finance at City College of San Francisco. Served in many San Francisco Chinatown family associations in numerous different capacities.

Frank was a loyal fan of the 49ers, having had season tickets from the early Kezar days. He was also a loyal fan of the San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warrior and Cal Bear.

Friends are invited to a Celebration of Frank’s Life Saturday, March 14, 1 pm at Cypress Lawn Funeral Home (Tiffany Chapel) 1370 El Camino Real Colma, CA 94104. Family requests Aloha attire.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Franck’s name to Kaiser Foundation Hospital, attn: Kaiser Hospice SF, 4131 Geary Blvd, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94118.


Jeremy Seth Hybloom

Born September 24, 1971 and died March 11, 2006. He lived in San Francisco all his life. He was baptized at Saint Paulus Lutheran Church on July 13, 2003. Survived by his loving parents Susan and Kenneth Hybloom and Susan's godchildren, Renata, Hector, Danny, and Olga. Private Committal. Donations in Jeremy's memory may be made to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 1010 Hurley Way, Ste. #195 Sacramento, CA 95825.


Michael Hoffman

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Born April 16, 1949 in North Carolina. He served in the US Air Force as a sergeant during the Vietnam War. He took up residence in San Francisco, entering into a life-long relationship with Robert Keeler. He was cared for with great affection during his final struggle with cancer. He died in San Francisco on July 17, 2002.


Norma Hopfer

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Born March 3, 1913 in Uniontown, MA. baptized in March of 1913 at Immanuel Lutheran Church.  She was confirmed on May 26, 1926 in Newert, IL.  She died on August 26, 2007. At the time of her death, Norma Hopfer was just four foot four and weighed only eighty-five pounds. But inside that tiny frame was a woman of great strength and moral stature. Norma grew up on a small farm in southern Illinois, the middle child in a family of five. Upon graduation from eighth grade, she was awarded a scholarship to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, assuming she would complete high school. However, she never did go to high school, instead continuing to work on the family farm until her early twenties, when she moved to St. Louis and found employment as an apprentice to a custom tailor at an exclusive boutique. This experience affirmed her creative gifts and led to a lifetime skill of sewing beautiful garments and church banners, some of which are still hanging today. However, it was only a few years before Norma recognized her desire to become a teacher of young children. After some investigation, Norma discovered that the scholarship that had been offered to her after eighth grade was still available if she could successfully pass the college entrance exam. Without attending high school, Norma passed the exam and within the year, enrolled in college. After earning her teaching certification, she taught at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in St. Louis while continuing her college work. In 1951 she received a call to serve in the Bay area at St. Paulus Lutheran Church and school with the same pastor whose church she had attended when he was still in St. Louis. She loved the new multi-cultural community and the opportunities it presented. She also loved teaching young children (K-3) and was able to effortlessly integrate her artistic gifts with her teaching. Early in her career, Norma’s father always encouraged her to save some of her earnings so that she would have enough to take care of herself, so the discipline to save a part of each pay check was established early. However, it was her nephew who encouraged her to invest that savings and slowly that seed began to grow.

Norma was a woman without guile. What you saw was what she was. She was a woman who courageously spoke up for what she believed in. As a teacher she experienced the discrimination in salaries between men and women. She spoke up and she fought for equal rights and equal pay. Having grown up in the Lutheran church when they did not ordain women, she was very supportive of women clergy and affirmed their presence in the church. Norma was also an exceptionally generous woman and continued to teach and serve long after her retirement. She participated in programs to reach out to people who were homeless, sponsored people for baptisms, helped illiterate people learn to read, and often invited people in her community to come and eat with her. After having surgery in her early 90s she was told that she needed someone to stay with her during her recovery. Two formerly homeless men who had become members of St. Paulus volunteered to stay with her. In exchange for their care she taught one of them to read and shared morning devotions with both of them before they headed to work.


Tommy Janes

Thomas H. "Tommy" (April 23, 1939 - August 3, 2004) Died peacefully after complications from a stroke. Born in Pittsfield, MA. Tommy moved to SF in '79, and became active in the gay community. Tommy had talent, energy and a lifelong love of dance and theater. He was the artistic director of the SF Tap Troupe, and performed with them at Davies Symphony Hall. He was president of the Cycle Runners Motorcycle Club. After surviving many AIDS related illnesses, Tommy became a dedicated volunteer for AIDS Emergency Fund. Tommy spent his last years working part time as the coordinator for the Friendship Banquet at St. Paulus Lutheran Church. Survived by his mother, Dorothy Janes of Pittsfield; sisters, Jacquelyn (Jack) Weatherwax of Pittsfield and Mary Jo (Willie) Romero of Castro Valley. Predeceased by his father, Thomas B. Janes. Also survived by his cousin, Judy (Bruce) Todd of SF; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Tommy will be greatly missed by so many whose lives he enriched with his generosity, entertainment and understanding.


Richard Jumont

Born on September 27, 1961. He began a member of Saint Paulus Church at the same time that is wife, Theresa and their son, Ian, were baptized on August 27, 2000. He struggled with AIDS, worked to support his wife and child, was in and out of homelessness, but remained faithful to his church. He died in September, 2008, after a struggle with infection at San Francisco General Hospital.


Robert W Keeler

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Born January 12, 1940 and Baptized on January 28, 1940 in Toledo, OH in Little Flower Church. Robert lived in San Francisco. Here he met and shared his life with Michael Hoffman. During Michael’s struggle with cancer, he took care of him with affection and diligence. Robert survived his partner’s death, but began a slow deterioration which confined him to a wheel chair. Maureen Hopkins provided him with amazing support during this time. He was a member at Saint Paulus, his second family. He died from a broken heart and other complications on March 1, 2010 at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, CA. He had two brothers, Ken and Arnie.


Alfred R Lehman

Born June 7, 1921 in Dodge NE. He died in on December 13, 2006 in San Francisco at the age of 85. Private family burial for Alfred was held May 19 at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Dodge. He was born June 7, 1921, in Dodge to Ben and Ida Lehmann. Alfred baptized in 1921 and confirmed on June 2, 1935 in Dodge, NE at Immanuel Lutheran Church. He attended Dodge High School through the 10th grade and then moved to Missouri Valley, Iowa, where he graduated high school. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, Korea and Vietnam, making the Army his career. After 29 years of service, he retired and moved to San Francisco. He spent several years working for PG & E in San Francisco while studying for his bachelor's degree. He was a faithful member of St. Paulus Lutheran Church in San Francisco. Survivors include: three sisters, Anne Stough of Lakewood, Calif., Laura Hawk of Las Vegas and Dorothy Pflug of Omaha. Dorothy recently died Feb. 8, 2007.


Kenneth Schluter

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(April 22, 1915 - April 21, 2006) San Francisco native Kenneth Schluter passed away one day short of his 91st birthday. Preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Martha Hittenberger Schluter, Ken led a happy, gracious and generous personal and professional life. He graduated from Polytechnic High School and attended UC Berkeley. Following in his father’s footsteps, he joined Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company in 1936 and entered the army as a private in October, 1941. Service during WWII brought battle duty on the Aleutian Islands in Alaska where he gained the rank of Master Sergeant and then served in the European theatre. He returned to the phone company in 1946 where he worked until his retirement. An abiding passion was golf and, with Martha, a love of travel that took them around the world. Ken was a member of St. Paulus Lutheran Church and Golden Gate Speranza Lodge No. 30, F. & A. M. Surviving nephews and nieces are Gary Porter, Citrus Heights, Karen Peart, Sacramento, Russell Porter, San Mateo, Kenneth Krome, Folsom, Tina Hittenberger, Petaluma, Lee Ann Hittenberger, Seattle, WA, and Drew Hittenberger, Petaluma.


Martha Schluter

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Martha, being the only daughter of Marie and Carl Hittenberger, founders of C. H. Hittenberger Co, one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of prosthetic and orthopedic devices, was born in San Francisco on September 20, 1915. After working in virtually every aspect of the firm-from corsets to accounting, she assumed an executive role in the company, a rather uncommon role for a woman of her day. With her brother, Herman Hittenberger, and other family members, the company grew to over 100 employees and gained an international reputation for quality service and technical innovation. Always treating people with respect and kindness, she retired in 1991 after 65 years of helping the handicapped. She lived to see the 100th anniversary of her family’s business. Martha was a member of St. Paulus Lutheran Church, Eastern Star, Golden Gate Chapter #1 and the Daughters of the Nile, Islam Temple #25. Martha is survived by her husband, Kenneth Schluter, and her brother, Herman Hittenberger.


Hubert Walbrecht

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Born August 29, 1918 in Charleston, Nebraska, on the family farm. Hubert attended 1st through 8th grade in District 30; 9th through 12th at York High School, York College for 2 ½ years, University of Nebraska earning a Master’s degree in History and English. In 1940 he taught in District 30 for 2 years; 1 year at Bradshaw, Nebraska until April 1942, and taught all grades to 8th. He taught history and English at Schulyer High School and North Platte High School both in Nebraska. He also taught at Whittier High School in California from 1953-55. Hubert worked as the Department Supervisor at Robert Dollar Shipping Company in San Francisco, CA from 1955 until he retired after 27 years in 1982. He was retired for 19 years until his death on June 21, 2001 with his family close by in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was a faithful member of St. Paulus Lutheran Church 45 years and served on the PPSI Board of Directors for many of those years. He also served in World War 2 as a member of the Army from 1942 -45. He was a Tec 4 Sergeant in the 31st Infantry. He served in New Guinea and southern Philippines. At the time of his death he had a brother, Elton Walbrecht, another brother and sister in law, Norman and Polly Walbrecht, a sister, Carolyn Cantrell, another sister and brother in law, Ann and Richard Bruha, and many nieces and nephews and friends. Hubert was preceded in death by his father Christian Walbrecht, his mother Cora Walbrecht, his sister Helen Klapal, and sister in law, Ethel Walbrecht, and brother in law, Leonard Cantrell.


Lucy Walda

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Lucy F. Walda Born Lucy F. Thomas on June 29, 1920 to Arthur W. Thomas and Florence A. Thomas in Pioche, Nevada, where, along with her siblings Marguerite, Curt and Ruth, they lived together as a loving family. She graduated from Lincoln County High School in Panaca, Nevada in 1938, worked at the Lincoln County Courthouse and bank. She married George Homer Walda on March 7, 1953, who passed away in 1994. While raising two children, she worked for Hittenbergers of San Francisco, spent many hours on church projects at Saint Paulus Lutheran Church in San Francisco her lifelong church home, and served on school boards. Lucy will be remembered for her devotion and love to her husband, sons, and their families; her kindness and smiles, friendship, and the pleasant memories to all she touched. She is survived by her sons David G. Walda and Steve T. Walda and their families including her grandchildren Matthew Y.L. Walda and Octavia N. Walda. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00pm on Sunday, May 16th, at Garden Chapel, 885 El Camino Real, So. S.F., CA.


Shirley Warren

Born on February 1, 1920. She was baptized in 1925 and confirmed in 1933 at Zion Lutheran Church in Rhinelander, WI. She was a longtime member of Saint Paulus Lutheran Church in San Francisco giving to its ministry her devotion and energies. She left San Francisco in mid-2002 to live near relatives in southern California. She died in Irvin, Orange County, CA on July 5, 2003.


George R. Willliams

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George R. Willliams (Sept 29, 1929 - Feb 24, 2013) Passed away at the age of 83 in San Francisco. With him at his bedside, were his only grandson Casey, and our dear family friend, Jordan Ward. George was born on September 29, 1929 in Highland Park, Michigan. He had a twin sister Mary, who was born first, but unfortunately arrived into the world outside on the steps of the hospital. George always said that he kicked her out, because he preferred to be born in the comfort of the hospital.

At the age of fourteen, he and his family moved to Cygnet, Ohio. His mother taught school, and sometimes he and his siblings were students in her class. With a common last name of Williams, most of their peers hadn't a clue that she was their mother, as well as their teacher. After graduating from Cygnet High School in 1948, George held various jobs, including working on the Ohio Pipeline and constructing the Ohio Turnpike. He joined the United States Air Force in 1951 during the Korean War, and was trained as an airplane mechanic. After honorable discharge from the Air Force, he entered a five year apprenticeship program in the printing industry. He married Hilda Semler on September 15, 1956. From 1959 to 1964, he was a machinist with the Toledo Blade. During this time, they were blessed with their four children. Always the adventurer, the family spent 3 1/2 months traveling the U.S., where they settled in the San Francisco Bay Area. In July of 1965, he began his nearly 30 year career with the San Francisco Chronicle. Never one to sit still, George became involved with numerous volunteer organizations, as well as being active with the United Farm Workers, protesting the war in Vietnam, and working diligently to get the Glide Food program off the ground.

George never met a stranger, nor turned his back on anyone in need. Giving back to the community was a priority with him; his 60 plus years as a blood donor is evidence of that. For his continuous efforts in working for the senior community, the SF Board of Supervisors in 1996 honored him by declaring October 10th "George Williams Day" in San Francisco. He was a proud member of the International Typographical Union, Local 21.

George was preceded in death by his wife, Hilda B. (Semler) Williams of 46 years, his only son, Roger R. Williams, his brother, Nelson Williams, and his twin sister, Mary Counterman. He is survived by his daughters, Ann Williams (Kimio), of Yokosuka, Japan, Rosemary, of San Francisco, CA and Nancy, of Pinole, CA, his grandson, Casey Nakazawa Williams , of Yokosuka, Japan, his brother Paul (Virginia), of Fostoria, Ohio, his sister Martha Williams, of Washington, D.C., friend, Jordan Ward, and many nieces and nephews.

Feeding the hungry was very important to George; the family requests that any donations be made to the San Francisco Food Bank (sffoodbank.org) in his honor. A memorial service will be held on Sat. March 2, 3:30 -6 p.m. at St. Mark's Heritage Hall, 1111 O'Farrell, St., San Francisco.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on February 28, 2013


Benjamin Franklin Reed, Sr.

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Benjamin Franklin Reed, Sr. (85), of San Francisco, California, passed away Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24, 2013, at the San Francisco Veteran's Administration Hospice. He was born February 27, 1928, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to William and Nettie Reed, originally of North Carolina. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, I. Lee Murphy-Reed, his son Benjamin F. Reid, III, of San Francisco, and Verlee Reed (sister), of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Bryant Funeral Home, 635 Fulton Street, San Francisco, California. Pastor Daniel Solberg of St. Paulus Lutheran Church will officiate the service. Friends may view from 10:00am-11:00 am the day of the service. Additional viewing from 5:00pm until 7:00pm. Charitable gifts will be accepted at the funeral home on behalf of the Wounded Warriors Association of San Francisco.

Benjamin F. Reed, Sr. was an extraordinary man who loved his family and Country more than anything else life had to offer. He joined the United States Air Force to serve his Country pursue his passion for aviation and to obtain an Engineering degree. Spanning a career over thirty years, he a Tuskegee Airman, Atomic and Civil Engineer, Missile Man, Business man and philanthropist.

Special assignment to Vandenberg AFB, (Cook AFS) after Sputnik (recognized as a pioneer), Ben became a member of the Thor, Atlas, Minuteman and Titan II Missile Maintenance Teams, where he redesigned the Atlas Launch Pad. Special assignment to Japan, also assignments to Sandia and Kirkland, AFB in Albuquerque, New Mexico, National Bureau of Standards in Boulder, CO, and the 99th Air Force Squadron, under the command of General B.O. Davis, Ben flew 99 missions, (25 missions were customary), during his Air Force career. Ben was very stoic regarding some of his near death experiences while executing his orders. While flying a mission in the South Pacific, his plane crashed on an atoll near Guam leaving him blind in both eyes. Experimental surgery restored his sight in one eye and he regained partial sight in the other albeit temporary.

Ben lived his life with honor, courage and valor, without demanding preferential treatment due to his disabilities. Also, he is known by all to be an extremely generous and thoughtful man: anonymously dropping off a dozen turkeys to various charities during the holidays or walking around downtown handing out money to those with a greater need. A devoted and loving husband and father, Benjamin F. Reed, Sr. is an American Hero.


Anna Marie Jahn

Anna Marie Jahn (October 19, 1928 - February 17, 2014) was born in San Francisco to Frank and Freda Jahn. She attended George Washington High School and graduated in 1945. She spent her career working for the U.S. Army and Letterman Hospital in San Francisco’s Presidio. She retired in 1991. She was a regular and active parishioner with Saint Paulus Lutheran Church. In 2010 she moved to Walnut Creek, California where she was a resident at the Bethel Elegance Care Home. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Freda Jahn and her brother Max Jahn. She is survived by her sister Beverly Hall, brother-in-law Warren Hall, nephew James Hall, niece Pamela Cadwallader and husband Craig Cadwallader; grand-nieces Kelly Cadwallader, Courtney Hall, Erin Cadwallader, Stefanie Hall and Kristen Cadwallader. Graveside services will be conducted at Olivet Memorial Park in Colma on February 27th at 11:00A.M. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hope Hospice in Pleasanton, California or Saint Paulus Lutheran Church in San Francisco.


Olivet Winter Casey

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Olivet Winter Casey (July 2, 1919 – February 27, 2015) Born the fourth child to John Armistead Winders, Sr. and Sarah Lee Burkhalter Winters in Charleston, MS. She grew up attending St. John M. B. church and St. Paul’s CME Church. She joined the Baptist church at 12 years old, and was a member there until the family moved to Nashville, TN in 1937. She was a member of Fairfield MB Church until she moved to New Orleans in 1943. For many years she was a member of St. Paulus Lutheran Church, San Francisco.

In 1942 she was united in marriage to Vernal E, Casey who preceded her in death October 11, 1966. They had no children. Theirs was a nomadic life as they moved from military base to military base in the States and points in the Pacific Ocean.

Self-improvement motivated Olivet and she tried to do that by graduating from Pearl Senior High School in Nashville, TN; YMCA School of Commerce in New Orleans; City College of San Francisco; and San Francisco State University (Cum Laude). She was a life time member of the NAACP and also the San Francisco State University Alumni Association. She was a member of the American Association of University Women as well as a contributor to a long list of other organizations, notably the Urban League and the United Negro College Fund.

Olivet Casey always tried to be part of the solution to problems plaguing our society. She believed firmly in the idea that “Time is not measured in the years one lives, but what is done for others and one gives,” (Helen Steiner Rice)

She is survived by one sister, Pole Winters Fuqua, numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews. If life is a journey, it is often bumpy. Olivet thanks those who help her on the journey, as without their help, she could not have survived. Peace, Love, Joy.