Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - August 6, 2010


Edward Josef Rank

Edward Josef Rank died July 29 at the age of 75 at his home in Pleasanton.

He was born Feb. 5, 1935, in Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany, to Josef and Rosa Rank. He left Germany and found his way to Toronto, Canada, in the mid-1950s, where he remained for about six years. He bought a car and drove to San Francisco, where he met his future wife, Ursula. They settled in Pleasanton in 1971 after brief residences in Marin County and Hayward. They became U.S. citizens in 1979.

Mr. Rank's passions included sailing, skiing and golfing. He also loved traveling and exploring the California coastline and the mountains. He returned to Germany every few years to visit his relatives, some who still live in the family home built by his father.

He was predeceased by his wife Ursula in 2003, and sisters Rosamunde, Irmgard and Elisabeth. He is survived by his sister Renate of southern Germany; his children Elke Rank of Pleasanton and Stephan Rank of Parker, Colo.; daughter-in-law Kelly Hering-Rank; and three grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 7 at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, 4167 First St., Pleasanton, with a reception to follow at his home. Donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or Hope Hospice.

Bernice Rose Schott

Pleasanton resident Bernice Rose Schott died July 24 in Fremont at the age of 85.

She was born Feb. 7, 1925, in San Francisco, and lived in Pleasanton for 39 years. She loved knitting and spending time with her family. She also loved animals, television, going to Swiss dances and picnics, plus she was an A's and Giants fan.

Mrs. Schott was predeceased by her husband Albert Raymond Schott and sisters Rose Marie Schroff and Katherine Bensen. She is survived by her daughters Patricia of Manteca and Mary of Livermore; brothers Joe Kennel of San Francisco and Robert Kennel of San Bruno; and three grandchildren. Services were held at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton on July 28; burial is at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma. Donations can be made to the SPCA, No Kill Animal Shelters and Animal Rescue.

Carmen L. Jarnagin

Carmen L. Jarnagin, a resident of Pleasanton since 1958, died July 17 at the age of 94.

She was born July 4, 1916, and raised in Gridley. She was an interior designer and member of PEO and of Castlewood Country Club since 1957. She enjoyed bridge club, tea parties and her family. She was also the co-founder of Eden Hospital.

Mrs. Jarnagin was predeceased by her husband Dennis B Jarnagin in June 1991. She is survived by their four sons, Michael D. Jarnagin of Piedmont, Patrick G Jarnagin of Pleasanton, Jim B. Jarnagin of Pleasanton, and Terry K. Jarnagin of Arnold; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister Doreen Johnson of Castro Valley; and her three nieces. Friends and family are invited to a memorial at 11 a.m. Aug. 14 at Graham Hitch Mortuary, 4167 First St., Pleasanton.


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