Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - September 3, 2010


Sylvia Love Becker

Sylvia Love Becker died July 31 at the age of 86 in Pleasanton after a brief hospitalization.

She was born Nov. 26, 1923, in Kansas City, Mo., where she was raised. When she met her husband Milton, she moved to New York City with him and spent her married life there working as a bookkeeper and raising her family. She moved back to Kansas City when her husband died in 1982, and then finally to Pleasanton in 1992 to join her family. She enjoyed listening to music, watching television, and observing the world around her.

Mrs. Becker was predeceased by her husband Milton Becker and her brother Morris Hertzfield. She is survived by her daughter Ilene Becker Forman (Mike) of Pleasanton, son Les Becker of Rockville, Md.; sister Rose Rovick of Prairie Village, Kan.; and three grandchildren. Burial took place at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Fairview, N.J., on Aug. 4. Donations may be made to the American Kidney Fund or the Da Vita Pleasanton Patient Emergency Fund.

Marcus Edmond Peterson

Marcus Edmond Peterson, a Pleasanton resident, died Aug. 9 at the age of 88 from complications of emphysema and Alzheimer's disease, with his niece and nephews at his bedside.

He was born Feb. 12, 1922, in Oakland to Marcus C. and Dorothy S. Peterson and shortly thereafter moved with the family to Southern California. He was a determined young man while in Boy Scouts and made Eagle Scout. He graduated from South Pasadena High School and enrolled at UC Berkeley, where he graduated in general education. As the United States entered World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and later the Army but was discharged for health reasons. He continued his education at Cal, obtaining a master's in history. After his father died, he took care of his mother and lived in Berkeley, near his beloved Cal. He worked for several years at Bethlehem Steel, and later began teaching high school history and English in Berkeley and surrounding cities.

Mr. Peterson was a dedicated writer of Old West histories and short stories and was frequently published in several magazines. In spite of health issues, he loved to row boats, perform gymnastics and hike. He spent weekends in Pleasanton helping his nephews and niece build tree forts and coasters and hiking, taking summer car trips to Aptos, Yosemite, exploring national parks, and later conducting college campus trips. After retiring from teaching, he moved to Pleasanton to be nearer to his sister. In 2005, he moved into assisted living.

He is survived by his sister Hathily Johnson of Pleasanton; her children, Walt (Pam) Johnson of Seminole, Fla., Marc Johnson of Pleasanton, Hathi Winston (Jerry Prettyman) of Pleasanton, and Chris (Lori) Johnson of Sunol; and seven great-nephews and nieces. Donations may be made to Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Ave., Suite 100, Dublin 94568. Private services will be held with a memorial planned at a later date.

Douglas Wayne Waite

Former Pleasanton resident Douglas Wayne Waite, 85, died Aug. 12 at Mercy Hospital in Redding.

He was born Jan. 8, 1925, in Oakland to Benjamin and Clara Oliver Waite. He served on the USS Dione during World War II, then commenced a 32-year career with Pacific Telephone, retiring in 1978. He lived in Pleasanton from 1988-92. He loved his family, friends, fishing, golf, camping and his dog Mocha.

Mr. Waite is survived by his wife of 40 years, Lynne Lockyer Waite of Redding; daughters 1990 Amador Valley graduate Cynthia Waite of Pleasanton, Teri York and son-in-law Matthew Dickerson of Pleasanton; and sister Barbara Betts of Huntinton Beach; as well as a nephew and several nieces and cousins. At his request no services are planned. Donations can be made in his memory to the Shingletown Volunteer Fire Department, 31990 State Highway 44, Shingletown, CA 96088.

Marion La Ferrera

Marion La Ferrera died Aug. 22, one day after turning 80, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease.

She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was evacuated to the mainland after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. She met her husband Frank, who died four months ago, when she was 13. She was a meticulous housekeeper, excellent cook and was the "glue" that forged her close knit, healthy and loving family. She was an avid poker player, loved watching and playing sports, decorating her home and entertaining family and friends.

She is survived by her children Sandra and Denise, son-in-law Kendall and three grandchildren.


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