Clare Evans died peacefully in her sleep Jan. 14 at age 85.
Mrs. Evans was born Oct. 27, 1924 in Philadelphia. She met her husband Joe while in high school in Philadelphia and they married soon after he returned from service in World War II. She worked for the federal government in administrative assistant positions before her children were born and then returned to work when they were older. Her husband's job with the FAA took the family to live in many places over the years: New York, Phoenix, Lancaster, Livermore, Southern NJ, then finally retiring in Sedona, Arizona and Las Vegas. In 1999, she moved back to the Tri-Valley area, to Pleasanton, to be closer to family.
Mrs. Evans had many hobbies -- bowling, baking, playing cards, crocheting, crafts, but her special passion was bingo. She struggled with losing the vision in one eye and impaired vision in the other in her 50s due to a genetic condition, but made the most of life with the use of visual aids, patience and good humor. She greatly appreciated the services of the Pleasanton Senior Center's Low Vision group and the Paratransit buses.
She is survived by her sons, Shawn of Mendocino and Tim (Amy) of Fayetteville, Texas; daughters, Eileen (Claudio) Pinto of Pleasanton and Patricia (Rick) Gindes of Swampscott, Mass.; and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Joseph, in 1991.
The family would like to thank and acknowledge the loving care provided by her caregivers at the Valle Verde Care Home during the past three years.
In respect for her wishes, no formal services will be held, but her ashes will be brought to join her husband's at the Southern Nevada Veteran's Cemetery in Boulder City, Nev. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the organization researching her genetic condition, PXE International, 4301 Connecticut Ave., NW, Ste. 404, Washington, D.C. 20008.
Derald "Del" Siebert
Derald "Del" Siebert died peacefully Jan. 20 at home at the age of 75.
Mr. Siebert was born Nov. 11, 1934.
He is survived by wife, Marty Siebert; sister, Doris Burns; half-brother, Robert Kirkpatrick; daughters. Lisa, Leslie and Chris; stepchildren, Andy and Carrie; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A service was scheduled to be held Jan. 24.
Velma Emma Johnson
Velma Emma Johnson died Jan. 19 in Pleasanton, where she lived for the past 15 years.
She was born in Oakland in 1923.
She is survived by her daughter Greta (Hal) LaFlash of Pleasanton, grandsons Chris (Sara) LaFlash of Laguna Beach and Dan LaFlash of Pleasanton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chet Johnson.
A service was scheduled to be held Jan. 30 at The Parkview Assisted Living. Donations can be made to the American Heart Association in lieu of flowers.
Christopher Stephen Mantione
Christopher Stephen Mantione died Jan. 21 at the age of 42.
Mr. Mantione was born April 7, 1967 in Portland, Ore., and moved to San Ramon in 1981. He was a 1985 graduate of California High School. He was a Certified California Nurseryman and worked for nurseries in the Tri-Valley area. He loved being outdoors and working with plants. He had most recently worked at Orchard Supply Hardware in Livermore.
Mr. Mantione had been a passionate Star Trek fan since childhood. He also enjoyed fishing, camping, all sports, especially baseball and hockey, and reading.
He is survived by his parents, Charles and Patricia Mantione, formerly of San Ramon, now of Charlotte, N.C.; brother, Mark Mantione of Livermore; sister, Alicia Beach; nieces, Emily and Stephanie Beach of Charlotte; many aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous friends.
Services will be held in Charlotte, N.C. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., Charlotte, N.C., 28277 in Mr. Mantione's memory.