Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - September 17, 2010


Jill Martine (Schirm) Brierley

Jill Martine (Schirm) Brierley died at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday evening at the age of 54, four years after being diagnosed with Stage 3 colorectal cancer. Her journey of the last four years can be followed on the Brierley Blogger at

She was born Aug. 25, 1956, in Burbank, the youngest of five children, and grew up in Southern California. She graduated from South High in Torrance, and graduated from University of San Francisco with a degree in information technology. While her children were young, she ran a home day care center and when they reached high school she transitioned to maintaining the Foothill High School Technology Department. She also was active at her church, CrossWinds Church of Dublin, and was a counselor for junior high and high school youth group trips.

She was predeceased by her mother Henriette (Scribe) Schirm and her sister Misheline Caldwell. She is survived by her husband of 32 years Casey, her children Bonnie (Rick) Hansen, Sean, Kyle and Brigette; her father Louis Schirm III, siblings Louis IV (Linda) Schirm of Yorba Linda, Lorette (Fritz) Harnsberger of Santa Barbara, Nicky (Tom) Suard of Napa; mother-in-law Peggy Brierley and in-laws Duffy and Gail of Torrance, and Kathy and Larry of Reno; many friends and extended family.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 25, at CrossWinds Church, 6444 Sierra Court in Dublin with a potluck lunch. In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations to the American Cancer Society July 2011 Pleasanton ColoRectal Walk for Life, specify to add to fund of the "Hope West Coast" Team-Jill's Fund; or to the Foothill High School Technology Department for purchase of new computers or other technical equipment.

John D. (Jack) Smith

John D. (Jack) Smith, who moved to Pleasanton in 1969, died Sept. 8 at the age of 72.

He was born Dec. 14, 1937, in Oakland. He worked for PG&E in Power Control in San Francisco and retired after 40 years, in 2002. He was affiliated with the 129th Alumni & Heritage Association; the El Dorado Brass Band of Sacramento; the Pleasanton Blairgowie Fergus Sister City Organization; and SIR's Branch 34. He was also a long-time member of St. Clare's Episcopal Church in Pleasanton.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife Pat; his children Deborah (Michael) Bennett of Danville and Diane Smith (Gregory) Young of McKinleyville; three grandchildren and one great-grandson. Friends and family are invited to funeral services at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Clare's Episcopal Church, 3350 Hopyard Road in Pleasanton. The family requests donations to St. Clare's Episcopal Church or the Salvation Army, 3950 Clayton Road, Concord 94521.

Erwin Munzinger

Pleasanton resident Erwin Munzinger died unexpectedly Aug. 26 at the age of 84.

He was born April 17, 1926, in Eberbach am Jagst, Germany, and immigrated to the United States in 1958. He moved to Pleasanton in 1987 upon retiring from an engineering career in Silicon Valley. He was a machinist by trade and enjoyed working in his machine shop building things for around his house as well as for friends and family. He was also an avid amateur radio operator and loved to talk with people from afar.

Mr. Munzinger is survived by his wife of 57 years Maria; his daughter and son-in-law Angela and Erik Miller of Livermore, and his son and daughter-in-law Frank and Stephanie Munzinger of Vacaville.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 25 at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, 4167 First St., Pleasanton.


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