Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - April 2, 2010

Obituaries

Louise Felton Tracy

Louise Felton Tracy died March 17 in Pleasanton, surrounded by family. She was 86.

Beloved wife and mother, Mrs. Tracy was born in 1923 in Starr, S.C., the daughter of the late Andy and Della Felton. She was raised in Miami, Fla., and used to tell stories of happy childhood days on Miami Beach. During World War II, Mrs. Tracy worked for the American Red Cross as a liaison between servicemen and their families. Throughout her life she volunteered for the Red Cross.

She graduated from University of Miami, with a degree in journalism, reflective of her talent and love of writing.

After moving to California, she married Clif Tracy in 1948, and they had six children. Even as she was raising a family, Mrs. Tracy was a writer, and had some articles published in popular women's magazines.

Mrs. Tracy returned to the workforce in 1968, with the American Red Cross. She also attended Graduate School at Cal State Hayward, earning a master's degree in family counseling. She worked at Cupertino Junior High School as a middle school counselor for the rest of her career. She positively impacted many teenagers' lives.

After retiring, Mrs. Tracy wrote the very successful book, "Grounded For Life -- Stop Blowing Your Fuse and Start Communicating with your Teenager." Still being reprinted by Parenting Press, "Grounded For Life" published in a number of different languages and sold successfully in many countries, including Mexico and Korea.

A cornerstone of Mrs. Tracy was her unshakable faith in God. She chose churches to attend by the way the sermons moved her, not on denomination. She attended Presbyterian, Baptist, Nazarene and Methodist Churches, and was closely affiliated with Unity beliefs.

She will be remembered for her amazing southern hospitality and ability to listen and empathize. She never judged but always loved.

Mrs. Tracy is survived by her son Mike Tracy of Rocklin, Calif.; daughter Della Davis of Capitola, Calif.; daughter Teresa Hansen of Elk Grove, Calif.; daughter Barbara Boyer of Pleasanton; son and daughter-in-law Matt and Maria Tracy of Pleasanton; and daughter and son-in-law Virginia and Mike Vickers of Pleasanton.; her adopted daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Jonathan Ha; and grandchildren Justin, Kristi, Nikki, Erin, Joe, Shannon, Grace, Maiya, Nate, Marisol, Louise, Benjamin, Lily, Christine, and two great grandchildren, Jordin and Cailyn.

She was preceded in death by her husband Clif Tracy.

A service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. April 3, at Lynwood Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave. A memorial gathering to follow in Pleasanton.

Carlos Cruz Herrero

Carlos Cruz Herrero died peacefully in Pleasanton March 13 at the age of 89.

Born May 3, 1920, Mr. Herrero was a native of Agana, Guam where he lived until 1939 when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving until his honorable discharge in 1970. A Master Chief Petty Officer, Mr. Herrero served aboard USS Portland, USS Cumberland Sound, USS Walton, USS Epperson, USS Los Angeles, and USS Kittyhawk. He was stationed at Treasure Island, Alameda, Kodiak, and Pearl Harbor.

A decorated veteran, he served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. While in the service, he was awarded the following: Navy Unit Commendation, Asiatic-Pacific Citation (eight stars), World War II Victory Medal, United Nations Ribbon, United Nations Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal, as well as numerous good conduct awards. Upon discharge from the military, he worked for the U.S. Post Office until 1991.

He is survived by Gloria, his devoted wife of 67 years; children Al (Sugar) of Orangevale, Carol Lehnus (Chuck) of Union City, Len (Laurie) of Castro Valley and Mary of Dublin; grandchildren Wynette, Carl , Thomas, Wendy, Annette, Joshua, Jennifer; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews ,all of whom loved him and will miss him very much.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Maria Leon Guerrero Dela Cruz and father, Tomas Herrero of Guam and seven siblings.

A visitation and viewing was held March 19 at Graham-Hitch Mortuary in Pleasanton with a Rosary following. A funeral mass was held March 20 at St. Raymond Catholic Church in Dublin.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to VFW Post 6298 P.O. Box 601, Pleasanton CA 94588.

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