Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - May 7, 2010


Kathleen 'Kate' Wheatman

Kate Wheatman died May 2 at the age of 61 surrounded by her family after a brief and rapid illness.

She was born Sept. 3, 1948, in New York City. She attended Trinity College in Washington, D.C., and Boston University. She worked in Human Resources at Cal State Hayward, and retired a few years ago after more than 20 years in Employee Communications from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Since then, she has been active providing publicity and grant-writing services for local community agencies including the Tri-City Free Breakfast Program, Tri-Valley Writers, healthcare related foundations and other volunteer activities.

Ms. Wheatman loved travelling, walking, reading, movies and being with family and friends. Her favorite music came from Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and many others.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years Victor; daughters Laura Wheatman Hill of Philadelphia and Rebecca Clair Wheatman, who attends college in Los Angeles.

A viewing will be take place beginning at 5 p.m. Monday at Graham Hitch Mortuary, 4167 First St. A celebration of her life will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, also at Graham Hitch, followed by a brief ceremony at Pleasanton Memorial Gardens/Pioneer Cemetery, 5780 Sunol Blvd., and a reception at Century House, 2401 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton. Donations may be made to any medically based cancer research foundation or to Hope Hospice of Dublin.

John Pinto

John Pinto died at home April 15 at the age of 92.

He was born Dec. 25, 1917, and was a longtime resident of Pleasanton. He was one of the first Scout Masters of Troop No. 948, and he led Troop No. 998 along with his son, Kenneth Pinto, for many years. He was an avid fisherman and boater, a master gardener and enjoyed many trips to Reno with his wife Anna and his family. In recent years, he could usually be found in his garage where his friends gathered to have a drink and hear him tell stories of his many experiences. He worked in the Alameda shipyards during World War II, then held several jobs with the county including working at the Alameda County Fairgrounds and the racetrack. He retired from Alameda County Flood Control in 1980 after 30 years of service. He was a colorful, outgoing man and his gruff but generous nature will be long remembered by those who knew and loved him.

Mr. Pinto was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Anna, and a son, Richard. He is survived by son Kenneth Pinto and daughters Donna McGee, Joyce McNutt and Kathi Pinto Bernard; sisters Rosa Rocha of Hercules and Stella A. Baptista of Richmond; four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held April 22 at Graham-Hitch Mortuary in Pleasanton. Donations may be made to Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Ave., Suite 100, Dublin CA.

Carole N. Rose

Tri-Valley resident Carole N. Rose died April 18 surrounded by family and an assortment of four-footed friends.

She worked many years as a production pattern designer assistant for Byer of California and made many friends there, whom she considered as part of her extended family.

Ms. Rose was an avid quilter, making many baby quilts for friends' new babies and full sized quilts for family members. She was always on the lookout for that special piece of fabric that would fit into a project.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, William (Bill) P. Rose; sons William (Bill) P. Rose Jr. of Woodfords, George Matthew Rose of New York City, Patrick Allan Rose of San Francisco, and daughters-in-law Susie Pacheco-Rose of San Francisco and Karen Brickey-Rose of Woodfords.

No services are being held. Donations may be made to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.

Frank La Ferrera

Frank La Ferrera died April 21 at the age of 79.

He was born Aug. 3, 1930, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He moved to San Francisco when he was a boy and graduated from Mission High School. He was coined the "newspaper boy" in the North Beach district when he was 10 years old, standing in front of the old Fior de Italia in Washington Square.

Mr. La Ferrera was a foreman in the iron trade for 58 years and loved every minute of punking iron and the camaraderie of his co-workers at Soule Steele and RPS. He was an avid deer hunter, fisherman and loved working in his garden.

He was the husband to Marion for 62 years; father to Sandra and Denise and father-in-law to Ken; grandpa to Amber, Kendra and Brooke; and brother to Nancy, Steve and Salvatore. Donations may be made to Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Ave., Suite 100, Dublin 94568.

Col. John Toman

Pleasanton resident Col. John Toman, a Pleasanton resident, died April 23 at the age of 79. He was affectionately known to many simply as "the Colonel."

He was born May 5, 1930, in Scranton, Pa. He graduated from high school from Girard College in Philadelphia; he graduated from the West Point Military Academy in 1953, was assigned to the Army Corps of Engineers, and served a tour in Korea in 1954 as a combat engineer. He earned masters degrees in physics and civil engineering from the University of Illinois, and later resigned his active U.S. Army commission to accept a position at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he served for 26 years, retiring as a senior scientist in1990. He retired as a member of the Army reserves after 30 years of military service, in 1983, as the commandant of a U.S. Army reserve school for which he was awarded the highest military award in peace time, the Legion of Merit.

Col. Toman's passions for the last 20 years of his life were serving as chairman, CEO and president of Pan American Resources Inc., a public company with a patented system for converting landfill waste into electricity; and his national speaking engagements as an expert on energy and environmental issues. He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic parish and enjoyed world travel, woodworking, golf, performing as a vocalist, and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Mary Toman; children John J. Toman of Oakdale, Lani Toman of Redondo Beach, Tom Toman of Pleasanton, Lindy Chase of Loxahatchee, Fla., Chris Toman of Livermore; and eight grandchildren.

A vigil was held April 27 at Graham-Hitch Mortuary with a Memorial Mass celebrated the following day at St. Augustine Catholic Church, followed by a military honors committal at St. Augustine Cemetery in Pleasanton. Memorial contributions can be made to Girard College, 2101 S. College Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19121.


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