Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - March 26, 2010


Carl (Bob) Robert Banke

Carl (Bob) Robert Banke died March 10 at the age of 85.

A resident of San Leandro, he also spent many years in Castro Valley.

Mr. Banke is survived by Jerry Banke, his beloved wife of 65 years. He was the loving father to Debbie Ross of Sacramento and Carl Banke of San Leandro; brother of Goerge Banke of Brentwood, Ernest Banke of San Leandro and Dorothy Towers of Pleasanton. He also is survived by four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. March 27 at Valley Bible Church at the Crossing in Pleasanton. Call 227-1301.

Carol Ann Christensen

Carol Ann Christensen of Pleasanton died March 13 at the age of 73.

Mrs. Christensen was born in Bronx, N.Y. on March 1, 1937, the daughter of Robert and Harriett and sister of Robert Jr. She grew up in Queens and married George Christensen on April 6, 1957.

Mrs. Christensen was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who was active in many community activities to include Cub Scout Den Mother, Sunday school teacher, Parent Teachers Association member, Election Board member, Order of the Eastern Star, Pleasanton New Comers Club hostess and the Fremont Ladies Card Group.

Her family will always remember her as a gracious lady who loved her many friends and who showered them with sincerity, warmth and care.

Surviving Mrs. Christensen are her husband of 52 years, George Christensen and three children James Christensen and wife Joway of Danville and their two children; grandchildren, Michelle and Dillon; Glenn Christensen and wife Susan of Charlotte, N.C. and Kenneth Christensen of Washington, D.C.

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be at 11 a.m. March 27 at the Pleasanton Masonic Center, located at 3370 Hopyard Road. The family welcomes all who knew Carol to attend.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that her friends make donations in Carol's honor to the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, the American Cancer Society or the donor's favorite charity.

Billy Gene Dillon

Billy Gene Dillon, a resident of Pleasanton, died March 11 with family by his side. He was 76.

Although Mr. Dillon had a long and successful business career, his true talent and gift in life was his amazing ability to make people laugh. He could always be counted on for a quick-witted joke for any occasion or situation that presented itself.

Mr. Dillon is survived by three children, seven grandchildren, and nine great- grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Alice Dillon.

Funeral services were held March 18 at Graham Hitch Mortuary.

Patricia (Patti) Robarts

Patricia (Patti) Robarts died March 14 after a three-year battle with ovarian cancer and a courageous amount of chemo. She was 66.

Mrs. Robarts was born Feb. 15, 1944 in Los Angeles to parents Charles and Una Madsen. She attended Orange Coast Collage and Fullerton State University. She was a Pleasanton resident for 38 years.

Mrs. Robarts loved to entertain, read, and play piano and bridge. She volunteered at all levels in the Pleasanton community, including Meals on Wheels, all sport teams for her sons and at all of their schools. She was the principal fundraiser for Valley Christian Elementary School for six years. Mrs. Robarts was a committed campaigner for the Democratic Party and member of the Pleasanton Assistance League.

Mrs. Robarts is survived by her revered father, Charles R. Madsen of Hemet, Calif.; loved son Benjamin and daughter-in-law, Kim; and grandsons Jake and Dylan. She is also survived by cherished sister, Linda Hill (Jim) of Fremont; brother Don Ferguson (Shirley) of Boerne, Texas; adored aunt Mary Pierce (Rev. Russell) of Yankton, S.D.; and many loving nieces and nephews, as well as many close friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother and son, Daniel.

No services were held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Smile Train, which provides surgery for poor children to correct a facial deformity. Visit or send mail to Smile Train, PO Box 96208, Washington, D.C., 20030-6208.


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