Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - May 25, 2007


Michael Karl Hamblin

Michael Karl Hamblin died April 23 at the age of 56.

Born Dec. 18, 1951 in Toledo, Ohio, he grew up in San Francisco and graduated from Paul Revere High School. He lived in Chatanooga, Tenn., Livermore and Oakland before moving to Pleasanton nine years ago.

He spent 25 years working in masonry and later worked for Home Depot for three years. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, gardening and cooking. He was also affiliated with City Team Ministries.

He is survived by parents Margaret and Ernest; step-daughter Lisa; son Michael K. Hamblin II; sisters Marge and Patty; and nieces Leslie and Loretta.

A memorial service was scheduled for May 16 at Graham-Hitch Mortuary.

Joseph A. Higgins

Joseph A. Higgins died May 12 at the age of 58.

Born May 7, 1949 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Mr. Higgins had lived in Pleasanton for the last 15 years and in Southern California for 37 years before that. He also served in the Army.

Mr. Higgins is survived by his wife Catherine Higgins of Pleasanton, mother Myrna Bills of Oregon, daughters Carrie Higgins of Pleasanton and Katie Higgins of Livermore, son Philip Higgins of Pleasanton, sisters Peggy Valko of Central California and Barbara Cleaver of Oregon, brother Tracy Higgins of Oregon and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father James Higgins.

A private memorial service is planned. Donations can be made to a local hospice agency.

John F. Vomacka

John F. Vomacka died May 9 at the age of 43.

Born Feb. 25, 1964, Mr. Vomacka was a longtime Tri-Valley resident. He was an expert marksman and gun collector. He spent his free time at the beach, the gym or riding his Harley. Mr. Vomacka loved deeply and never had a harsh word for anyone. He will be deeply missed by his biker brothers, friends at the Fellowship, and Lu Lu, the love of his life.

He is survived by aunts and uncles Ted and Larrissa Vomacka of Antioch, Bill and Karen Vomacka of North San Juan, Jim Vomacka of Rocklin and Marlene Martin of Rocklin; step-mother Phylis Vomacka of Grass Valley; brothers Dean Vomacka of Tuscon, Ariz. and Steven Conely of Grass Valley; sisters Lisa Conley of Grass Valley and Joy-Ann Mickey of Santa Cruz; step-son Joseph Smythe of Pleasnton; and devoted partner Lourdes (Lu Lu) Smythe of Pleasanton.

He was preceded in death by his father John Vomacka and his grandmother Anna Vomacka.

Patricia Rita Otvos

Patricia Otvos died May 12 at the age of 88.

Mrs. Otvos was a native of Syracuse, N.Y. and was a dedicated homemaker for 65 years, making her home and raising her family in Pleasant Hill for 46 years. Her most precious times were being with her family, whom she held close to her heart. Mrs. Otvos was a parishioner at Christ the King in Pleasant Hill. She also volunteered faithfully at Mt. Diablo Hospital in the cardiac care unit, where she was warmly appreciated.

She is survived by her loving family, sons Jay Otvos of Antioch, Ron Otvos of Pleasanton and Mike Otvos of Pleasanton; daughters Sister Josepha D.C. of Los Altos Hills, Judy Merrill of Chico and Mary Pat Patrick of Pleasanton; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation and a funeral mass were scheduled for May 18 at the Christ the King Catholic Church, 1990 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill. A burial was scheduled in Lafayette.

Donations can be made to the Catholic Charities or any charity of your choice.


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