He was born March 3, 1928, and raised in Detroit, Mich., the younger of two children of European immigrants, Arthur Williams (English) and Mary Theresia DeBuscher (Belgian), and was a diehard fan of the Wolverines, Tigers, Lions and Red Wings. He joined the U.S. Navy in March 1945 at the age of 17 and served aboard the USS Hubbard and USS Hector during World War II and the Korean War. He met the love of his life Laura Marie Casale in 1951 while stationed in Long Beach, got married, and embarked on a 15-year journey as a traveling Navy family, living in Long Beach; San Diego; Great Lakes, Ill.; Buena Park, Calif.; Blackfoot, Idaho; Virginia Beach, Va.; Dublin; and finally Pleasanton, raising six children. In 1966, after 22 years of Navy service, Master Chief Petty Officer Williams retired and was awarded the Secretary of the Navy Commendation for Achievement Award for his outstanding work aboard the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise. His second career was in the HVAC industry and included working for Linford in Oakland, Spartan and Associates in San Ramon, and Longs Drugs in Walnut Creek, retiring in 1997.
In Pleasanton, Mr. Williams played an active role supporting the Pleasanton Little League, and was a member of the Foothill High School Athletic Boosters. His retirement years were filled with trips to Lake Tahoe, grandchildren's sports, family events and gardening. He was a member of the HOGS (Highland Oaks Geezers) and took pride in the awards he won for his Christmas decorations.
He was predeceased by Laura, his wife of 55 years, his parents and sibling. He is survived by his daughter Michele Toliver of Pleasanton; son Art Williams Jr. (Lisa) of San Jose; son Scott Williams (Amy) of Oceanside; son Tim Williams (Colleen) of San Francisco; son John Williams of Colorado Springs; daughter Annette Garrity (Bill) of Dublin; daughter-in-law Linda Williams; 17 grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at noon, Friday, March 11, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. A Military Honor Guard will follow immediately after Mass, then a memorial reception in the church hall. Donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans (dav.org).
Edward John Prinz
Pleasanton resident Edward John Prinz died Feb. 13 at the age of 71.
He was born July 26, 1939, in Illinois and graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., in 1961. He came to California in 1964 and received his master's degree from University of San Francisco in 1972. He began teaching in 1963 and retired in 2001 and always said that each day teaching brought him joy and he was lucky to have found his profession early in life. He taught elementary school for many years in the Pleasanton Unified School District. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Amador Valley Lions Club, and enjoyed cooking, music, attending plays and reading.
Mr. Prinz was predeceased by his son Brian Andrew and his brother Andrew Karl. He is survived by his children Mira Prinz Arey and Jeff Prinz; sister-in-law Carol Prinz; and many cousins, nephews and nieces. A memorial service was held Feb. 20 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pleasanton. Donations may be made to a favorite charity.
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