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October 7, 1925 ~ October 20, 2016 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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Laura E. House was a long time resident of El Sobrante, CA, where she lived since 1949. Born in Santa Maria, CA to Herb and Hilda Black, her early years were spent in both Santa Maria and Madera, CA, where Herb was a fish and game warden for Madera County. Laura frequently accompanied her father on his wild life treks, and through these experiences, she developed her lifelong interest in and passion for all forms of wildlife. She graduated from Madera High School in 1943 and briefly attended UC Berkeley. Laura will be remembered as fun loving, genial, and gregarious. She will also be remembered for her profound passion for photography, especially photography of wildlife. She was a member of the Berkeley Camera Club for many years. Besides being interested in photography, she loved watching ice skating and athletic competitions such as golf, tennis, basketball, and football. Her favorite teams were the Golden State Warriors, Forty-Niners, SF Giants, and the Cal Bears. In her youth, she enjoyed swimming, and playing golf and tennis. She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph, her daughter Gail, as well as by her soul mate and partner of many years, Ernie Braun, who taught her the mastery of photography. She will be greatly missed by her son Roger and daughter-in-law Liz of Walnut Creek. She will also be missed by Ernie's children Jonathan and Jenny as well as by Ernie's grandson Allesandro, for whom she had great affection. Since Laura was a devoted follower of SGI Buddhism, a celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Oakland Buddhist Center at 3834 Opal St.; Oakland, CA 94609. Memorials in Laura's memory may be made to the Native Bird Connections at 20 Marston Rd, Orinda, CA 94563.