Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - April 30, 2010


Theoharis 'Harry' Spiliotopoulos

Theoharis Anastasios Spiliotopoulos, known as "Harry," died peacefully March 23 at his Pleasanton home surrounded by friends and family at the age of 68.

Mr. Spiliotopoulos was born July 15, 1941, in Athens, Greece. He moved from Greece to Pleasanton in 1961 where his aunt and uncle resided and owned the Cheese Factory. He graduated from Cal Poly in 1969 with a degree in engineering technology and mechanical engineering. He worked for Huffman Refrigeration, SAI Engineering and for Bechtel Corp. for 38 years.

Mr. Spiliotopoulos was a man of many talents who could fix just about anything. He was a generous man who was known for helping his friends and family until the wee hours of the night fixing cars, computers, toasters, air conditioners or refrigerators. He was also an excellent cook specializing in his Greek cuisine and creme brulee. His hobbies included computers and restoring old cars.

He is survived by his loving wife Susan Spiliotopoulos of Pleasanton; two daughters and their spouses, Staci and David Valdix of Pleasanton and Trisha and Scott Carter of Pleasanton; and five grandchildren, Joshua, Corinne, Clayton, Whitney and Benjamin.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Marcia Bolton Carr

Marcia Bolton Carr died suddenly at her home March 25 at the age of 56.

She was born to Edward Perry and Jennifer Dole Wallerstein in Norwalk, Conn., on Dec. 27, 1953, and grew up in Massachusetts. She was married to Dr. Robert Scott Carr, and lived in Corpus Christi, Texas. She had bachelor's and master's degrees in literature and a master's in Family Counseling, all from Texas A&M. She taught English and later worked for a charitable organization in Corpus Christi. After her divorce, she had lived with her parents in Pleasanton since 1997.

She is survived by her children, Madelyn Carr and Evan Carr of Austin, Texas, and by her brother Dr. Nicholas Wallerstein (Jean) and his family in Spearfish, S.D., and her sister, Lisa Wallerstein (John Schuster) and her family in Livermore. A memorial service was held at St. Clare's Episcopal Church on March 29. Her family requests donations in her name be sent to Episcopal Relief and Development for Haitian relief, % St. Clare's, 3350 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton 94588.

William E. 'Bill' Hecht

William E. "Bill" Hecht, a Pleasanton resident, died March 27 at the age of 45.

Born Feb. 11, 1965, in San Francisco to Denis and Patricia Hecht, he was raised in Jamestown and Davis, where he graduated from high school.

Mr. Hecht worked as an electrician for 25 years in San Mateo and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 617. He enjoyed coaching and supporting Pleasanton American Little League. He was always generous with his abilities, assisting neighbors in need. He also enjoyed sailing and archery.

Mr. Hecht is survived by his wife Nancy Hecht; sons Dylan and Joshua; his mother, Patricia Fullendorf Hecht of Davis; and sisters, Patricia M. Hecht of Elk Grove and Peggy Traverso of Davis.

A visitation was held March 31 and a funeral took place April 1 at Graham-Hitch Mortuary. Donations may be made to Raskob Day School, 3520 Mountain Blvd., Oakland 94619.

Grace T. Weakly

Grace Weakley, 89, a resident of Pleasanton for 19 years, peacefully died at home March 28, surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Weakly was born June 15, 1920, in Petaluma to Leland and Marion Connell Gale. When she was a child they moved to San Leandro. She graduated from San Leandro High School, class of 1938, where she met the love of her life, Fred Weakley. Her joys and talents were raising their five children. She often traveled to the East Coast, and her trips to Boston and New York were memorable.

Mrs. Weakly is survived by her beloved husband of 68 years, Fred Weakley of Pleasanton; children Michael (Emily) Weakley of San Francisco, Patricia Willis of San Leandro, Barbara (Bill) Saltzman of Castro Valley, Dan (Irene) Weakley of San Ramon, and Joan (Rob) Ingraham of New York City; grandchildren, Andrea (Jason) Cook of Kansas City, Heather Saltzman of San Francisco, Laura Mary Saltzman of Hollywood and Allison Weakley of San Ramon; great-grandchild, Riley Grace Cook of Kansas City; siblings Jim Gale of Hanford, Gerry (Dick) Geiser of Healdsburg, and Carol (Bob) Zimmerman of Lafayette.

She was preceded in death by her brother Pete, who died in 1928.

Private family services will be held. Donations may be made to American Heart Association, East Bay Division, 426 17th St., Suite 300, Oakland 94612.

Bob Himsl

Bob Himsl, longtime Pleasanton resident, played his last winning hand and decided to cash in his chips when he died March 31, surrounded by his loving family.

To all who knew him Mr. Himsl was an ace of a guy. He was born July 7, 1936, in St. Cloud, Minn. He grew up in Concord, where he acquired lifelong friends. He graduated from Mt. Diablo High School in 1954. His life was a deck full of memories and friends.

Mr. Himsl was the owner of Bob Himsl Volkswagen in San Jose for 30 years. As a part owner of the San Jose Earthquakes professional soccer team from 1976-80, he was one of the pioneers of professional soccer in the Bay Area. He spent the last 20 years running California Waste Containment, never missing a day of work.

Mr. Himsl is survived by his Queen of Hearts, Charlotte Himsl, his wife of 52 years. They first met in Concord at the age of 10. Bob was a crossing guard who graciously helped the frequently tardy Charlotte.

He is also survived by his daughter Linnae Peterson, son-in-law Paul Peterson, grandsons Edward and William of Wilmington, Del.; daughter Lesley Boag, son-in-law Finlay Boag, grandson Alex and granddaughter Charlotte of Pleasanton; son Robert Himsl and daughter-in-law Kelli Himsl, granddaughters Emma and Grace of Pleasanton; his sister and brother-in-law Barbara and Tony Cavarno of Florence, Ore.; and his best friend Marvin McKean of Concord.

A memorial service was held April 10 at Graham-Hitch Mortuary. Donations may be made to the Bob Himsl Youth Sports Fund at Bank of the West, 5452 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton 94566.

William Trent Scoffield

William Trent Scoffield, age 40, experienced his final "Big Air Production" as he died April 2 of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Mr. Scoffield was born June 21, 1969, in Ogden, Utah, to Bill and Cherie Scoffield. He attended elementary school in Rhode Island and California while his dad was serving in the U.S. Navy. He attended Cupertino Junior High and graduated with the class of 1987 from Homestead High School in Sunnyvale. He was active in scouting and earned his Eagle Scout Award. He attended DeAnza and Utah Valley community colleges, where he was active in club volleyball. He worked for Bungie Adventures in the early years, jumping many bridges in Northern California. His personal motto of "Big Air" or "Bigger Air" characterized this period of his life.

He served with an LDS mission in Pittsburg, Pa., from 1991-93.

Mr. Scoffield married Sarah Haws of San Jose in the Oakland LDS Temple on Jan. 14, 1995. They are the parents of four children and were recently divorced. He forged out a career in e-commerce as the Internet became a meaningful option for online consumers. He was a key contributor with @Home,, PayPal, eBay, and Criteo. Most recently, he spent a week of fun and hiking with his children at Yosemite National Park.

Mr. Scoffield is survived by his children, Kessler (13), Parker (11), Benson (9), and Grace (8) of Peoria, Ariz.; parents, William T. and Cherie Scoffield of Fresno; siblings Tyler (Kathy) of Peoria, Ariz., Talmage (Jackie) of Pleasanton, Tosh (Lisa) of Pleasanton, Troy (Melanie) of Seattle, Stacey (Greg) Catton, of Fresno; as well as many nieces and nephews, Sandra Porto and many cherished friends. He was preceded in death by his sister, Shelly Anne Scoffield, who also died of lymphoma.

A funeral was held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Pleasanton Stake Center. Graveside services were held April 12 at the Bountiful City Cemetery, Utah, where he was buried next to his sister.

A memorial fund has been established at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation to honor Mr. Scoffield and his sister Shelly and support a Community Cancer Care Center soon to be built in Sunnyvale. Donations to the Foundation are welcome; visit

Helen Sedlak

Helen Sedlak, 90, died April 4 at home in Pleasanton after a valiant battle with lung cancer.

One of 10 children, she was born Oct. 22, 1919, to Peter and Mary (Plaskon) Shedlock of Llanfair, Pa. She worked as an inspector of tiny light bulbs for medical equipment and retired from General Electric in Cleveland, Ohio. She resided in East Cleveland and Euclid, Ohio, before relocating to California in 1984.

She is survived by her sister Julia (Jaye) Shedlock of Pleasanton and brother Peter (Catherine) Shedlock of Wickliffe, Ohio; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and friends. A memorial service was conducted at St. Augustine Catholic Church and a luncheon was held April 10 at Ridgeview Commons Diving Room. Donations may be made to Hope Hospice, Ridgeview Commons or Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley.

Stephen Larry Thomas

Stephen Thomas died peacefully April 8 at Valleycare Hospital in Pleasanton at the age of 75, surrounded by his family.

He was born Nov. 12, 1934, in Atlanta, Ga., and lived for the past 15 years in Pleasanton. He served as a Medical Corpsman in the Navy during the Korean War.

He was a Doctor of Chiropractic and appeared to have the "magic touch." His patients adored him and called him "Doctor T"

He was a thinker, a reader and loved a good debate. He also loved music from classical to Ravi Shankar. He was outgoing with a big smile and a wonderful sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife Nancy; four children, Marcus (Beverly), Lisa (Chuck), Leslie (Joel) and Kim; and grandchildren Andrew, Alison and Stephen.

Services were private.


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