Gerald Henry (Jerry) Stunkel died peacefully Dec. 23 surrounded by his family. He was 79.
Mr. Stunkel, who had been battling Parkinson's disease, spent his entire educational career in the Livermore school district.
He was born on July 26, 1930 in Greeley, Colo. and was the second-born son to Henry and Gladys (Gieser) Stunkel. His older brother, Jim Stunkel, was tragically killed in an airplane accident shortly after returning home from World War II.
Mr. Stunkel graduated from Greeley Central High School in 1948. He was very active in the Boy Scouts of America, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout and securing friendships that would last his lifetime. He excelled in academics and athletics, distinguishing himself as an accomplished tennis player well into his senior years.
Mr. Stunkel graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1952, earning a Bachelor of Arts in education. In 1953, he married Janet Bailey. By 1954 he had completed his Masters of Education and entered the Army, serving at Fort Ord, Calif. during the Korean War.
After military service, he completed his California teachers credential and accepted an appointment as an English teacher at Livermore High. He also coached the high school tennis team. His career with the Livermore Valley Unified School District lasted nearly 40 years, during which time he served as principal at East Avenue and Mendenhall middle schools. In one of his efforts to motivate students, he promised to move his office to the roof of East Avenue School if they met a goal. The students hit the mark so he spent the day as principal administering the school from the roof.
In 1974, he married Beverly Reisbig Steinhaus and they made their home in Pleasanton. They were devoted members of Pleasanton Presbyterian Church (now Centerpointe) and provided leadership with the Cursillo movement (a weekend short-course in Christianity). He was a dedicated member of the zany and world-renowned Balloon Platoon comedy drill team that has marched in parades all over the world.
He is survived by his brother, Jack Stunkel of New York; his sons, Jim Stunkel and George Randal Stunkel of Livermore and Martin Gregory Stunkel of White Rock, N.M.; his daughter, Jennifer Farian of Tracy; step-daughters, Diane Steinhaus of North Carolina, Kathy French of Irvine and Amy Martz of Mission Viejo; and 14 grandchildren, David Stunkel, Michelle Carmichael, Heather Christine Cooney, Timothy and Shawna Stunkel, Nicole Nixon, Holli and Shelby Stunkel, Jamie and, Robin Stunkel, Ian and Annie French and David and Daniel Martz.
A service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Centerpointe Presbyterian Church, 3410 Cornerstone Court. The family prefers donations in his memory to Centerpointe Church. Burial will be private.
John Lawrence Barker
John Lawrence Barker died Dec. 12 after a battle with lung cancer at the age of 55.
Mr. Barker was born Feb. 17, 1954 in Spokane, Wash. and raised in Walnut Creek and Pleasanton. He was a 22-year resident of Livermore.
An iron worker for 25 years, Mr. Barker's passion was fishing. Although he was well-skilled in fly fishing and fly tying, he preferred chasing bass. He holds the lake record at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park for catching an 18 pound, 1 ounce bass there.
Mr. Barker is survived by his wife of 22 years, Diana Barker; daughter, Dawn (Hatch) Patterson; son, Eric Hatch; sister, Jody Barker Wood; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A service is planned to be held later this month at Trinity Baptist Church in Livermore. Call 895-7145 for more information.
A memorial service for Armand Cattalini will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 16 at Parkview Assisted Living, 100 Valley Ave. Mr. Cattalini, a lifelong Pleasanton resident, died Nov. 26 after fighting a long-term illness at the age of 88.