We sadly announce the passing of three members: Joan Narahara (a past president of the League of Women Voters of Alameda), Eileen Bitten, and Patti Heimberger.
Joan Narahara passed away on 13 March, at age 86. Joan was a second generation Alamedan who attended Porter Grammar School before being interned in Topaz, Utah, during WWII, and graduated from Alameda High School with honors. She received her bachelor’s degree in microbiology and certificates in medical technology and exfoliative cytology from UC Berkeley/UCSF, followed by two years at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore doing cancer research. Joan returned to work for Alameda County as a lab technician, cytologist and microbiologist, retiring after 40 years. Read more here.
Patti Heimburger passed away on 3 April from an unexpected heart condition. She was 75 and had just returned from one of her many adventure trips, this one to India. Patti was born in Long Beach, California, and was a first-generation Californian, along with her sister Carolyn and brother Hans. After graduating from Wilson High School in Long Beach in 1961, she headed to Greenbrier College in West Virginia. Patti's interest in drawing and painting—a lifelong passion—began in her early years of college. Read more here.
Eileen Bitten passed away on 12 April, after a long battle with cancer. She was 73 years old. She will be reunited with her beloved husband, Robert C Bitten, also of Alameda; her parents Thomas P and Eileen McPeak Kenney of San Francisco; and her sister, Mary Ann Weintraub of Los Angeles. She is survived by her daughter Jane Dorsey of Glendora (husband Kevin Dorsey) CA and her brother Michael Kenney (wife Marissa Kenney) of Phoenix AZ. and grandchildren and great grandchildren. Read more here.