Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - July 16, 2010


Julia Henriette Breitling Wolters

Julia Henriette Breitling Wolters died June 12 of natural causes at her home in Pleasanton at the age of 66.

She was born July 17, 1943, to William Fredrick Breitling and Mathilde Henreitte Seiter Breitling. She graduated from West High School in Salt Lake City in 1961 and married Fredrick Charles Wolters III on Sept. 20, 1972, in the Salt Lake City Latter-day Saints temple. Her life was devoted to service and she found great joy in helping others. She loved being a homemaker and ran a daycare from home during the years her husband went to college and graduate school. She taught children's classes each Sunday, and for the past eight years served as caregiver for seniors working for Visiting Angels.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Gertrude Witt, Marilyn Brown and Lorna Malmborg and brother Harold Breitling. She is survived by her husband Fredrick; children Katherine Thomas (Austin), Jennifer Barker (Tony), Christine Matsubara (Jesse); and six grandchildren.

Services were held June 23 at Graham-Hitch Mortuary in Pleasanton. The next day there was a small family graveside service at Memorial Gardens in Livermore.

Michael Maine Mulvihill

Pleasanton resident Michael Maine Mulvihill died suddenly June 16 at the age of 68.

He was born July 25, 1941, in Oakland and graduated from St. Mary's College High School. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he owned a successful popcorn business, Jack 'n Jill's, and was known by his friends as "Popcorn." He loved fishing, especially telling fishing stories about the sturgeon that got away, cooking and spending time with family and friends. He resided in Danville and Pleasanton for most of his adult life.

Mr. Mulvihill is survived by his son Michael Edward Mulvihill, daughter-in-law Melissa Selner, and grandson Quinn Mulvihill. A funeral was held June 25 at St. Augustine's Church in Pleasanton with burial at Holy Angels Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward.

Mildred Lucille Davis

Mildred Lucille Davis, a Pleasanton resident, died June 29 at the age of 93 after a general deterioration of her health.

She was born Nov. 9, 1916, in Murray, Iowa, and moved to Crookston, Minn., where she grew up on a farm. In 1940 she moved to Berkeley, where she worked in retail and had fun living with roommates. She married Jack Davis in 1950. She was very active in the Mormon Church.

Mrs. Davis was predeceased by her husband Jack in 1987. She is survived by her son, David Lawson of Livermore; and five grandchildren. A funeral was held June 6 at Graham-Hitch Mortuary in Pleasanton with burial at Los Gatos Cemetery in San Jose.

Charles Robert Hokanson Sr.

Charles Robert Hokanson Sr., a Pleasanton resident, died of pneumonia June 15 at the age of 80.

He was born in Virginia, Minn., and spent his early years in Red Wing, Minn. At 13, he moved with his family to Richmond, where he was a four-letter scholar-athlete at Richmond High School. He attended Stanford University on scholarship and played varsity football and track, graduating with a BA in 1952 and an MA in 1954, both in education. At Stanford, he was a member of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity and played in the 1952 Rose Bowl. After several years teaching middle school students in Richmond as well as the children of officers at Subic Bay Naval Base in the Philippines, he enjoyed a 28-year career with Lucky Stores in the Bay Area, retiring in 1992.

Mr. Hokanson married Janet Heiser in 1968, and they moved to Pleasanton in 1970, building a house and raising three sons. He was a long-time member of Centerpointe Presbyterian Church. He loved working in the back yard, playing with the family pets, fishing and traveling to visit his sons.

He was predeceased by his parents, Swan Hokanson and Anna "Mimi" Hokanson Alexander, his stepfather Rudy Alexander, and his brother and sister, James "Jim" Hokanson and Mary Ann "Mollie" Saunders. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Janet Hokanson; sons Charles Hokanson Jr. of Arlington, Va., Chris Hokanson of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Craig Hokanson of Pleasanton.

A Christian memorial service was held July 9 at the Chapel of the Chimes Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Hayward. Charitable donations may be made in his memory to the Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada St., Pleasanton.

Jack Fiorio

Jack Fiorio, a lifetime Pleasanton resident, died June 18 at the age of 88.

He was born Aug. 5, 1921, in Livermore to Lillie and Charles Fiorio. He attended Pleasanton schools, graduating from Amador Valley High School in the class of 1939. After graduation he volunteered for the U.S. Navy in World War II where he was an aviation machinist mate. While in the Navy he met Patricia and they married following the end of the war in 1946. They settled in Pleasanton and raised their family. He owned Fiorio's Market and Meat Service for more than 40 years, making it one of Pleasanton's longest family-owned businesses.

While in high school, Mr. Fiorio was the first Alameda County All Star in the 4-H program, and he continued his relationship with the 4-H through his business. He was a former Scoutmaster in Boy Scout Troop 948 of Pleasanton. As a veteran of the war he joined the American Legion Post in Pleasanton and served as Post Commander. He also was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Pleasanton.

He was one of the founders of the Amador Valley High Boosters Club and was instrumental in the construction of the Pleasanton Masonic Hall where he was a member of the Freemasons. He served on many church committees and as an elder in the Pleasanton Presbyterian Church. Later in life he served as "Big Sir" of the Pleasanton Sirs Association and was active in the Pleasanton Senior Center and a member of its V.I.P.s.

Mr. Fiorio was one of Pleasanton's storytellers and was often interviewed by schoolchildren or the museum for some point of Pleasanton's past. He saw this as an obligation to carry on local history as his mother was born on Main Street in 1896. One of his last appearances was at the dedication of the mural depicting old Pleasanton on the side of his former building on Peters Street.

He was predeceased by his wife Patricia in 1990 and his son-in-law John Del Duco. He is survived by his children Gary (Melinda) of Manteca and Jacki Del Duco of Livermore; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A service was held June 25 for family and friends at the Pleasanton Senior Center.


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