Pleasanton resident John Edward Flatley died Dec. 22 of heart failure at the age of 80.
He was born Jan. 6, 1930, in New York City, the second of seven children of John and Beatrice Flatley, and was raised in the Bronx.
He began his military career in 1948 as an airplane mechanic in the Army Air Corps during the Berlin Airlift, and was accepted into the Naval Aviation Cadet program to become a pilot and officer. He met his wife Eleanor soon after arriving at his first duty station in Coronado. He flew and served as a line officer until he retired as a Commander in 1970. He had a second career as an electronic technician at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
After he retired, Mr. Flatley and his wife took their camper all over the desert to prospect, to the beach for sunsets, and to the mountains to stargaze. He spent much time in the garage and could improve or repair just about anything. His grandkids saved their broken toys for his visits.
He ran long before it became common and took up windsurfing when he was in his 70s. He loved cooking, talk radio, politics, tools, flashlights and growing tomatoes but most of all his family and his neighbors and friends and their families.
Mr. Flatley is survived by his wife Eleanor; children Michael, Ann and Joseph, and son-in-law Ken; seven grandchildren; sisters Helen and Irene, and brothers Thomas and Peter. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive in Pleasanton. Interment will be at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon.
Loretta Benevides Roque
Loretta Benevides Roque died at her home in Pleasanton on Jan. 17 surrounded by her family, at the age of 82.
She was born Oct. 23, 1928 to Dennis and Mary Benevides, raised in Fall River, Mass., and moved to Bridgewater, Mass., after she was married. Following the death of her husband she relocated her parents and children to Fremont. After she retired, she moved to Pleasanton to be closer to her family.
Ms. Roque worked at Mervyns of California for 25 years and enjoyed friends from the Mervyns Grande Dames Retiree Group and the Widowed Men and Women of Northern California. Her ultimate joy was her family and being a part of her granddaughters' lives.
She was predeceased by her husband Joseph S. Roque. She is survived by her children Scott Joseph and Mona Roque of El Dorado Hills, and Mary Lou and David Stuart of Pleasanton; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews in California, Massachusetts and Texas. A visitation was held the evening of Jan. 20 at Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels in Fremont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at St. Elizabeth Seton, 4001 Stoneridge Drive in Pleasanton. Burial will follow at Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery in Hayward. Donations may be made to Hope Hospice in Dublin.