Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - August 27, 2010


John Brendan McWilliams

John Brendan McWilliams died Aug. 18, surrounded by his family, after an 11-year battle with kidney cancer. He was 60 years old.

A lifetime resident of Pleasanton, he was born in Livermore on Feb. 4, 1950, to John L. and Barbara J. McWilliams, who both predeceased him. He attended Pleasanton schools and was a 1968 graduate of Amador Valley High School. After graduating from college in 1971, he began his lifelong career working for the city of Pleasanton's Public Works Department. He retired in 2006 as Chief Utilities Systems Operator. Mr. McWilliams, like his father before him, enjoyed watching Pleasanton grow and serving this community and its residents. He could always find time to tell a story or two about the "old days" and was proud to call Pleasanton his home.

He is survived by his wife Donna; daughter and son-in-law Erin and Scott Hanau, and daughters Megan and Mallory McWilliams; sisters Lynne (Philip) Champlin, Janis (Larry) Miller and Barbara Eccher, brother Lee McWilliams; and his dog Bailey. A vigil was held at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton, with a Mass celebrated at 10:30 a.m. today. Interment will be private. Donations in Mr. McWilliams's memory may be sent to "The John McWilliams Memorial Fund," c/o US Bank, 749 Main St., Pleasanton 94566, or Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Ave., Dublin 94568.

Patricia Lee Hagberg

Patricia "Pat" Lee Hagberg, a Pleasanton resident, died unexpectedly Aug. 22 at Valley Care Medical Center at the age of 69.

She was born in Upland, Calif., on Oct. 29, 1940, to Rollin and Mary Lemon. She joined the Navy Waves when she graduated from high school, and soon thereafter married Edward W. Hagberg.

Mrs. Hagberg began babysitting her children and their friends, which grew into a home business of watching the neighborhood kids after school. When her daughters were young, she managed their softball games alongside her husband, "Coach" Ed, and enjoyed scorekeeping and leading cheers. When her kids grew up, she went to work for General Electric as a Security Supervisor and retired in 2006. After that, she spent every waking moment with her four grandchildren, taking on the challenges to do things they did, such as riding roller coasters, water slides, jet skis, bungee jumping, and zip lines. She liked traveling and spending time in Las Vegas, Tahoe and Southern California. She also enjoyed playing computer games, as well as making and designing leather belts, watchbands and wristbands for her kids and their friends.

She is survived by her husband Ed; daughters Robin Martin and Teri Kolon; son Eddie Hagberg; four grandchildren; sister Helen and brother-in-law Hal Edmon; and many relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pleasanton with reception immediately following. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society in her name.

Beverlie S. Bota

Pleasanton resident Beverlie S. Bota died July 27 at the age of 81 from a long-term illness that included Alzheimer's disease.

She was born July 11, 1929, in Schenectady, N.Y. She was a graduate of Oswega State University where she earned her teaching credential. She was a member of the of the California State Professional Teachers Association and a member of the National Mesa Organization. She worked for 40 years as a teacher, positively affecting thousands of students over her career.

She is survived by husband Ricardo Bota; sons Rick Bota and Andrew Bota and daughter Maria Groves; daughter-in-law Kim Bota; and four grandchildren. A private Catholic Mass was celebrated Aug. 9 at St. Augustine Church in Pleasanton. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Alzheimer's Association at

Susanne Kirstina Mullfors-Kernan

Susanne Kirstina Mullfors-Kernan, the daughter-in-law of Pleasanton School Board Member Pat Kernan, died Aug. 6 at the age of 37.

She was born in Karlskogfna, Sweden, on Feb. 13, 1973, and was a gifted artist and gardener.

She is survived by her husband Phil, sons Sami, 9, and Timmy, 6, and daughter Sara, 4; parents Tapio and Aulikki Mullfors; sister and brother-in-law Pia and Henrik Dahlstrom, and in-laws Pat and Marcia Kernan, Rebecca and Phil Darke, Karissa and Doug Murray, Brittany, Stephanie and Breanna Kernan; and many friends. Memorial services were held Aug. 14 at her home in Brentwood.

Donations to help support her children may be made payable to the "Kernan Memorial Account" and mailed to UNCLE Credit Union, Attention Jim Ott, 2100 Las Positas Court, Livermore 94551.


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