ObituariesDaniel James Shoemake
A vigil for Daniel Shoemake will be held at the Graham-Hitch Mortuary at 4167 First St. in Pleasanton at 6:30 p.m. tonight, followed at 10 a.m. tomorrow by a funeral service in Pleasanton's St. Augustine Catholic Church. Mr. Shoemake graduated from Amador Valley High in 2007, attended San Diego State University, and was at the top of his class in the school's ROTC program. He was anticipating a commission as an Army officer in 2011.
On Thanksgiving Day, when Mr. Shoemake was back in Pleasanton visiting his family, they hiked to the top of Del Valle Ridge on the last holiday weekend they were all together.
Mr. Shoemake is survived by his parents Jean and Rex Shoemake, his brother Brett, and his sister Annie. He also leaves his grandparents JoAnne and James Shoemake and uncles, aunts and cousins.
Iola (Vi) Seagraves-Volking
Iola (Vi) Seagraves-Volking died Dec. 9 at the age of 93 in her Pleasanton home with her family by her side.
She was born Sept. 4, 1917, and grew up on her family farm in Madera. She and her husband Frederick Volking Sr. raised their three children in Alameda and enjoyed an adventurous life together of travel, flying airplanes and riding motorcycles. After her husband died in 1979, she moved to Pleasanton to be close to her children and grandchildren, and she continued her hobbies of ceramics, doll making, ballroom dancing and gardening. She also joined a walking group and took a daily walk at the Pleasanton Sports Park with others who became a special part of her life. In 1989, she married childhood friend Arnold Seagraves. They were married for 19 years until he died in 2008.
Ms. Seagraves-Volking was also predeceased by her son Thomas Volking. She is survived by her brother Andy Coltra, her daughter Marleen Armstrong, her son Fred Volking Jr. and his wife Sara; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life was held Wednesday at Graham Hitch Mortuary in Pleasanton, with a private family burial Thursday at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland. Donations can be made to Hope Hospice 6377 Clark Ave., Suite 100, Dublin 94568.