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Publication Date: Friday, January 07, 2005

Obituaries Obituaries (January 07, 2005)

Robert L. Frazier

Longtime Pleasanton resident Robert L. Frazier, 61, died Nov. 20.

He graduated from University of Kansas with a bachelor's degree in engineering.

He worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for more than 25 years and was a deacon at the Pleasanton Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

His survivors include his daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Frazier of Pleasanton; an uncle, Owen Miller of Emporia, Kan.; two cousins, Robert Kemp of Titusville, Fla., and Carol Lord of Godfrey, Ill.; a mother-in-law; a brother-in-law; three sisters-in-law; and three nephews and two nieces.

A memorial service was held at Pleasanton Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd St., Suite 1100, New York, N.Y. 10016. Curtis Messinger

Curtis Messinger died at his home Dec. 2. He was 76.

Born on June 30, 1928, in Huron, N.Y., he lived in Hayward for two years and in Pleasanton for 35 years.

He served in both the U.S. Marines and the Air Force. A retired engineering geologist, he earned a bachelor's degree in geology from Cornell University in 1952 and a master's in engineering geology from University of Massachusetts in 1958.

At the time of his death, he was the commander of the 10th District of the American Legion.

Among his hobbies, he enjoyed hiking, nature classes, cooking, working crossword puzzles, watching "Jeopardy" and walking his dog at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area.

He leaves his wife of 51 years, Ardis Smith Messinger; his son and daughter-in-law, Lee and Cathy Messinger, and his daughter and son-in-law, Lyn Messinger and Michael Nard; one brother; two sisters; and four grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Gustine. Roxie Krikorian

Longtime Pleasanton resident Roxie Krikorian died in San Ramon on Dec. 3. She was 83.

Born in Fresno on Christmas day in 1920, she was a homemaker. In addition to living in Pleasanton for 35 years, she also resided in Oakland for 21 years.

She was a member of the St. Vartan Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church in Oakland and was devoted to her family.

She is survived by two sons, David Krikorian of Danville and Michael Krikorian of Pleasanton; a brother, Calvin (Bob) Sarkisian of Fresno; and seven grandchildren.

Earlier this year on Aug. 22, her husband, Mihran Krikorian, preceded her in death in Oakland.

A funeral service was held at St. Vartan Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church and a burial service was held at Ararat-Masis Cemetery Improvement Association in Clovis.

Memorial donations may be made to the Special Olympics of Northern California, 109 Stevenson St., San Francisco 94105. Marjorie Elise Thomas

Former Pleasanton resident Marjorie Elise Thomas died in Stockton on Dec. 4. She was 82.

Born in Emmit, Idaho, on Nov. 12, 1922, she lived in Pleasanton since 1957 until she moved to Manteca three years ago.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ward 3, in Pleasanton, where she held several posts.

A 22-year employee at Dean's Cafˇ, she and her husband were Oakland Raiders season ticket holders for many years.

She enjoyed watching sports and making afghans. She also loved to camp, fish, golf and travel, spending many summers in Jackson, Wyo. She had a special fondness for her miniature Chihuahua named "Princess."

She leaves two children, Janet Brown of Lathrop and Robert Thomas of Fremont; a son-in-law and three daughters-in-law, Joe Brown of Lathrop, Peggy Thomas of Fremont, Evelyn Walindzinski of Rosamond, Calif., and Judy Thomas of Fremont; three sisters; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Owen Thomas in 2001 and her son Kenneth Thomas in 2003.

A funeral service was held at the Chapel of Callaghan Mortuary in Livermore and she was buried in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation. Pearl Kay Turanski

Pearl Kay Turanski, a 15-year Pleasanton resident, died Dec. 4. She was 86.

Born in La Salle, Ill., on March 6, 1918, she lived in Morton Grove, Ill., for 50 years.

She was a hostess at Jake's Restaurant in Skokie, Ill., for 30 years and was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and the Pleasanton Senior Center VIP club.

She loved to go shopping as well as cook, bake, make crafts and play cards.

Her survivors include her companion of 10 years, Jack Fiorio of Pleasanton; a son, John Turanski of Davis; a daughter, Pat Mitchell of Pleasanton; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Her husband of 42 years, John Turanski, preceded her in death in 1989, as well as her 10 brothers and sisters.

A Mass celebrating her life was held at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church and she was buried at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to a preferred charity. Theodore 'Ted' Robinson

Longtime Pleasanton resident Theodore "Ted" Robinson died at Eden Medical Center on Dec. 18. He was 67.

Born in Oakland on Nov. 27, 1937, he was also raised in that city. He served in the U.S. Navy, and for 44 years, he owned and operated AC Paper & Supplies in Hercules.

Among his hobbies, he enjoyed working on antique cars, fishing and gambling in Reno.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Deanna Robinson; two sons, David Robinson and his wife Era of San Francisco, Jeffrey Robinson of Brisbane and his fiancˇe Manuela; three brothers and their spouses; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was buried at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Gustine.

Memorial gifts may be made to the American Heart Association, 11200 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA 94605 or to the American Diabetes Association, 1900 Powell St., Suite 285, Emeryville, CA 94608.

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