The Schlereth family has been here ever since, with son Howard now married to Sandra and their three children--Donalyn and Matthew also living in Pleasanton and another son, Daymon, living in Corning, near Chico. Donalyn, who attended Walnut Grove Elementary and Harvest Park Middle schools and graduated from Amador Valley High, now lives in the Jensen tract with her husband Scott and their three children: Gary, an eighth-grader at Harvest Park and one-year-old twin daughters Parker and Piper.
A close-knit family, the Schlereths have been a popular, well-known family in town with "Grandpa Howard" especially remembered for his good humor and seemingly endless number of jokes. His jovial personality, Donalyn believes, was the result of his absolute determination when he was growing up under his mother's care during the hard times of the Depression to push ahead no matter what the odds and succeed. When he talked of those early days or of the harsh war years, he was never bitter, but always proud of his accomplishments. He also always put his own family first, finding ways to communicate or sometimes even sneak a visit during the times he was stationed elsewhere.
Mr. Schlereth was cremated at his request and the family will place his ashes in a crypt in St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery shortly. Although he wanted to be remembered just in life, not in death, granddaughter Donalyn won't let that happen. There'll be a nameplate on the crypt where she intends to place a rose and plant a kiss occasionally just to show how a great man should be remembered.
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