Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - May 14, 2010


Juanita Virginia Ciardelli

Juanita Virginia Ciardelli died at her home in Pleasanton on May 10 at the age of 89, the day after enjoying a Mother's Day party with her family.

She was born to Elvira and Manuel Ramirez on April 5, 1921, in Hawaii and moved as a child to San Jose where she graduated from San Jose High School. She married Harry Ciardelli and they were stationed at the San Francisco Presidio during World War II. Afterward they returned to San Jose to raise their family. They moved to Pleasanton in 1985, where they became active in the Pleasanton Senior Center and traveled with them locally and internationally. She was an expert at ceramics and produced hundreds out of the kiln in her garage. In her later years, she enjoyed gardening in her back yard with her little white poodle, Buddy.

Mrs. Ciardelli was predeceased by her husband Harry in 1999; she is survived by her son Jim (Dolores) Ciardelli of Walnut Creek and her daughter Sue Martin of Pleasanton; and grandchildren Pepe Ciardelli, Zoe (Jeff) Ryan, Robbie (Laurie) Martin and Abby Martin. No services are being held but the extended family will gather to toast her life and share their memories of her. Donations may be made to a charity of choice.

Carol J. Waugh

Long time Pleasanton resident, teacher and artist Carol J. Waugh died May 9 at the age of 86.

She was born July 11, 1923, in Denver, Colo., to Bryan and Grace Jones. She loved drawing and painting from an early age and majored in art at the University of Denver. She later attended UC Berkeley with her future husband, Alfred Waugh, whom she had met when he was stationed in Denver while serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. She earned a teaching credential and shortly after getting married became an elementary school teacher.

Mrs. Waugh and her husband moved to Pleasanton in 1957. She taught kindergarten at Pleasanton Elementary School and Valley View Elementary School. She was a faithful student of Christian Science and an active member of the First Church of Christ Scientist, Livermore.

Mrs. Waugh was a life-long bird watcher and often expressed her love for birds and other animals in her drawings and paintings. A gifted watercolorist, she was a member of the Pleasanton Art League and often exhibited her paintings at the Alameda County Fair. She was also an avid collector of antique dolls and a member of both Doll Keepers and the Golden Hills Doll Club. She loved music and theater as well as visual arts and was a patron of many local performing arts organizations, including the Livermore-Amador Symphony of which her son Bryan is a member.

Mrs. Waugh was predeceased by her husband Alfred in 2006; she is survived by her son Bryan Waugh, her daughter Carolyn Rinetti and son-in-law Paul Rinetti; sister-in-law Mary Ellen Weeks and her husband Aubrey Weeks; and nephews and a niece. A memorial service is pending.


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