Rotarians spend day sprucing up city's Pioneer Cemetery

Effort comes just in time for commemorative services planned by veterans May 25

Members of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton spent Saturday cleaning up and improving the looks of gravesites at the city's Pioneer Cemetery on Sunol Boulevard.

The work came just two weeks before the cemetery will serve as a major gathering place for Memorial Day services on May 25, an annual commemoration by Pleasanton veterans.

On Saturday, the volunteers labored to clean and spruce up some 30 of the grave sites, including realigning monuments, leveling and adding dirt, bringing in surface rocks and generally making the grave more appealing to the public.

This was the second of two volunteer efforts by the Rotary Club of Pleasanton to improve the looks of the cemetery.

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Posted by David Walden
a resident of Verona
on May 11, 2009 at 8:16 am

Just for the record, it is not the Downtown Rotary Club. It is the Rotary Club of Pleasanton. There are three Rotary Clubs that meet in Pleasanton, the Rotary Club of Pleasanton, the Rotary Club of Pleasanton North and the Rotary Club of the Tri-Valley.

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Posted by Mr. Soccer
a resident of Downtown
on May 11, 2009 at 9:55 am

Thank You for all your hard work, Rotary of Pleasanton. I hope that the Veterans have a great gathering of support. The city is a better place due to poeple like you that care for the good of all of us.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Highland Oaks
on May 11, 2009 at 12:45 pm

They have really made the cemetery look wonderful, now if only the City would find it in the budget to add water, so that it continues to look wonderful during the heat of the summer, those of us who have loved ones there would really appreciate it.

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on May 12, 2009 at 1:19 am

Thank you Rotary Club of Pleasanton...

As Sharon stated, it would be nice to have water on the property, and, there should be water there...

It seems we, the city, can develop sports fields and other amenities for our citizens but we can't spend probably 5% of what it costs to develop and maintain these amenities to bring water to an historical cemetery where some involved in the early history of this city are resting in peace - that's a shame...

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Posted by Gary Schwaegerle
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Gary Schwaegerle is a registered user.

For those interested in Supporting or keeping up with the Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery. Join the Newly Formed Group on Facebook. Web Link Description: "This Group was Created in Support of Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery - Preserving Heritage & History in Pleasanton, CA. The Cemetery was adopted by the Rotary Club of Pleasanton as 1 of its many Community Service Projects. Also supported by many other Orgainizations: ALVHS, VFW, DAR, BSA and many Individuals. With a Special Thanks to the original Pioneers moving the City of Pleasanton to adopt the Cemetery: The original 7 members: Howard Neely 1st chairman, Chris Beratlis 2nd chairman, Frank Capilla, Joe Cook, Bill Hirst, John Innis, Jim Wright Additional members: Pete Bailey, Jack Bras, Harold Ceizler, Vic Lund, and Gary Schwaegerle. The untold story: The Original 7 secured the Cemetery in Contract, ponied up $50,000. as well as the legal work to establish a 501c3 non-profit in order to preserve this asset a jewel in The Community of Pleasanton. "

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Posted by Gary Schwaegerle
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 23, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Gary Schwaegerle is a registered user.

Cute pic that's Gary Schwaegerle arms on yellow shovel and either Michael Hosterman or Lee Carlson blue shirt with cap Cheers in Service

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