Gary Hilton Palmatier
March 26, 1948 - July 21, 2017
Gary Hilton Palmatier 3/26/1948 – 7/21/2017 Obituary Parents: Wm J. & Hilton Audrey Palmatier He is survived by Wife of 31 years, Penny D. Palmatier; Son, Seth Hilton & Darlene Palmatier; Son, Jason Palmatier; Grandson, Tyler Hilton Palmatier; Sister, Wendy & Reuben Watanabe; nephew, Mark Watanabe. Gary was born 3/26/48 in West Nyack, New York, a graduate of University of Oregon 1969, a radio DJ known as “The Wasted Potato” for a number of years at KZEL, one of the first “rock” stations in Oregon and from 1978 – 2013 a licensed Real Estate Broker in Pleasanton CA. He retired to Bend OR 2013. His loves consisted of Music, all genres, making mixed CDs & taking a thermos of coffee on 3 hour road trips at dawn on unvisited highways & by-ways. Train rides with his grandson, walking his dog Barkley, old movies, crosswords & his “A’s” completed the picture of his outgoing personality. Gary: Thank you for making our family into what it became… You are loved and will be missed by so many....
Anne Zelpha Turner
Jan. 4, 1923 - July 15, 2017
Anne was born in Spring Glenn, Utah to Antone and Mitzie Smolic. She was happily married to Robert Turner for 70 years.They began their married life in Oakland, CA and spent about 15 of their child rearing years in San Lorenzo before moving to Pleasanton where they lived approximately the last half century. Anne was loved and is survived by four of her children; Mitzie Gadd, Robynn Turner, Robert Turner and James Turner and their families. She and Bob were blessed with 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Bob and her daughter Vicki Rosas.There will be a Memorial Service at Graham-Hitch Mortuary on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 1:30pm. A reception will follow....
John R. Piekarski
Sept. 14, 1946 - June 21, 2017
John Raymond Piekarski passed away suddenly on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 while surrounded by his loving family. John was born in Oak Park, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Forestry. He later attended the University of Oregon where he obtained a MBA in Forest Industry Management. He spent his early career in management in the forest products industry in the states of Washington and Indiana before he moved his family to Pleasanton, California thirty three years ago to hold a position in San Jose. Mid-career he received training in financial services and became an investment advisor and manager in the banking industry. After retiring he volunteered at Open Heart Kitchen and for many years at Valley Care Emergency Room, which he loved. He is survived by Sharon, his wife of forty- six years, their children Susan Piekarski Jorgensen and her husband Mark Jorgensen of Pleasanton; David Piekarski and his wife Andrea Goldstein-Piekarski of Redwood City; and his sister Gail Rowley and her husband Larry Rowley of Mountlake Terrace, WA. Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life at 10:00 am on Saturday, Ju...
Feb. 22, 1949 - June 10, 2017
Arizona City, Arizona
Lynda Kay (Sharpe) Rodriguez, age 68, of Casa Grande, Arizona passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Lynda was born on February, 22, 1949 in San Pablo, California to Walter “Jim” Sharpe and Wanda Sharpe (Bryant). She was the oldest of four siblings. Lynda was married for 36 years to David Rodriguez, of Niles, CA. They separated January 2016 when she relocated to Arizona. Lynda graduated from Richmond Union High School in Richmond, CA in 1967. She studied music at Chabot Community College and Cal State East Bay in Hayward, CA. Lynda was an accomplished musician and played piano, violin, classical guitar and sang exceptionally well. She settled into a career as an administrative assistant, where she met her husband, David. She had two children, Robin and Heather, and stayed home with them when they were young and the family relocated to Texas. Lynda did not like living in Texas and often joked that Rice-a-Roni commercials made her homesick for California. Upon returning to California in the late 1980’s, Lynda became a Realtor in Alameda County, CA. Based in Pleasanton, she served the Tri-Valley as a Realtor for over 25 years. Lynda used her leisure time to learn to play go...
Tomislav (Tom) Turkalj
Sept. 24, 1954 - May 22, 2017
Tomislav passed away peacefully in his home on May 22nd, 2017. He grew up in Zagreb, Croatia and was a resident of Pleasanton for 21 years. He was a proud father of three children, an amazing husband and grandfather. He was dedicated to providing the best for his family. Tomislav was loved by his many friends and colleagues, who will dearly miss him. His departure leaves a big hole in the hearts of his loved ones, but his memory will forever carry on. He is survived by his wife Nada, sons Matija and Gordan, daughter Mathea, granddaughter Mikaela, brother Dusko (Lilljana), brother-in-law Dragutin (Marta), sister-in-law Cvetka and the rest of his extended family. At his request, there will be no memorial service....
Annette Georgis Abrott
Nov. 30, 1916 - April 28, 2017
Granite Bay, California
Annette Georgis Abrott died April 28, 2017. She was born to Anthony and Margherite Giorgis on November 30, 1916. Annette was the youngest of five children: Anne, Kathleen, James, and Emma, all whom proceeded her in death. She is survived by her husband of 76 plus years, L. Arnold Abrott, her sons Arnold (Gloria) and Timothy (Kimberly), grandchildren Shannon (Michael), Kayla (Lance), Brad, Evan, and many nieces and nephews. Annette attended Pleasanton Elementary school and graduated from Amador High School in 1934, where she met the love of her life. Annette worked at the First National Bank of Pleasanton upon graduation. October 5th, 1940 Annette married Arnold in San Francisco at Saint Charles Church. Annette enjoyed family time around meals and games, time with friends, knitting, ceramic painting, pilates, walking, water aerobics, golf, and traveling. She and Arnold took many trips around the world....
Virginia Caroline Hansen
June 24, 1922 - April 17, 2017
With family at her side, Virginia Caroline Hansen, 94, died April 17, 2017 at her home in Pleasanton. Her husband Howard preceded her in death in 2012. Her son Hans died in 2013, incredibly also on April 17. Virginia will be fondly remembered by her children, Nancy (Peter Mills) of Tracy, and Tuny (Art) Dunkley of Pleasanton. She is survived by eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Virg was born in Bradley City, California and moved to Pleasanton in the 7th grade. She and Howard were high school sweethearts at Amador. She attended UC Berkeley for one year before marrying Howard in 1943. As a new bride she studied to become a nurse at St. Luke's Hospital in San Francisco. But she found it difficult to be apart from Howard so gave up her training and returned to Pleasanton. They lived their entire married life in two houses on Division Street. Virginia was a homemaker and Howard was a dairyman. The Hansens were co-owners of the Hansen & Giger Dairy on Hopyard Road. Sports were always an important part of Virg's life. As a young girl, she took up tennis and played into her 80s. For many years, she and her daughter Tuny were part of the same tennis group;...
Albert Ernst Schorno
Aug. 16, 1939 - April 15, 2017
Al Schorno, 77, a 40 year resident of the Bay Area, died April 15, 2017 at his home in Pleasanton. Al grew up in Roy, WA on his father's dairy farm. If you talked to Al for any time at all you will know he had fond memories of the dairy farm and his life there. After attending St. Martin's College, Al worked for various companies in southern California and realized that he wanted to be an entrepreneur. After serving in the US Army, he made the Bay Area his home where he ran his own trucking business, Quality Transport, Inc and Truck Rail Handing, Inc. in Fremont, CA. Al loved traveling, Harley Davidsons and cars. He liked fast cars and old cars! He also enjoyed long walks on the beach-he could walk for hours. He is survived by his 6 grandchildren (Schane Schorno, Trevor Konopka, Nicole Castillo, Samantha Castillo, Alexandra Della Santina and Catherine Della Santina) and one great-grandchild (Schelby Schorno) as well his children, daughter (Dayna Fuller) and pre-deceased by his son (Damon Schorno) and lastly his significant other of 20 years, Sondra Simpson....
William (Bill) Arthur Mulhearn
Nov. 2, 1924 - April 13, 2017
William (Bill) Arthur Mulhearn, formerly of Pleasanton, California, passed away peacefully on April 13, 2017 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Ann Mulhearn. He was born in Barrow-In-Furness, Lancashire, UK to William and Catherine Mulhearn. As a young man, he travelled extensively as a merchant seaman in Asia, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. While working in New Zealand, he met and married his wife, Elizabeth in 1950. In 1953, they settled in San Francisco, moving in Pleasanton to raise their family in 1969. Bill worked for 20 years for Coca-Cola in San Francisco and San Jose, and later managed Universal Cinema Systems in Pleasanton. He received great joy from his garden and shared his flowers and produce freely with friends and neighbors. Bill was a wonderful father and very proud of his three daughters, Kathleen Schultz, of Adelaide Australia, Maureen Craig, of Winston-Salem, NC, and Colleen Griggs of San Jose, CA. Also his four grandchildren, Elizabeth Broughton, of Winston-Salem, NC, Kyle Griggs of San Jose, CA, Ian Coonen, of Winston-Salem, NC and Caty Coonen (deceased) of Winston-Salem, NC....
James Nelson Harrington
July 3, 1950 - April 9, 2017
"Who's that good-looking guy?” would be our dad's comment to this photo. Jim was known by many for his sharp wit, sense of humor, and caring personality. James Nelson Harrington, loved father and friend, was taken so abruptly from our lives on April 9th, 2017. He was a proud father of his three kids (Spencer 27, Jonathan 33 and Emily 37) and spent many hours bragging about them to his friends. We are very proud of him as well. Jim came from a modest upbringing in Wichita, Kansas and his father Harry Harrington was born on the Potawatomie Reservation in Mayetta, Kansas. Jim was very proud of his Native American ancestry and was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomie tribe like his father. Jim's father went to Haskell Indian Nations University and started his own engineering company. Jim worked for his dad's business during high school then attended Wichita State. Our mom Helen and Jim were high school sweat-hearts and got married after graduating college. They moved to Olathe, Kansas to start a family and later to Overland Park. Jim was an active member of DeMolay and St Thomas Episcopal Church. He moved to California in 1997 for a job at ...
John Bernard Edmands
July 8, 1924 - April 8, 2017
Torquay, UK, United Kingdom
Retired Northern California newspaper publisher John Bernard Edmands passed away at a rest home in Torquay, England, on April 8, 2017, following a short illness. For 30 years, he was editor and publisher of the Pleasanton Times in Pleasanton, California, which later became The Times. Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, on July 8, 1924, to Kathleen and Alfred Edmands, he was the youngest of six children. His father was a railroad worker and his mother was a housewife. None of his siblings—Winston, Kathleen, Marjorie, Louis and Paul—survives him. Edmands attended school in Moose Jaw and later joined the navy. He worked briefly in Vancouver, B.C., and arrived in the United States in early 1950 to begin a job as editor of the Tulelake Reporter, a small weekly in Northern California. To purchase the newspaper, he partnered with Patrick Peabody, a publisher from San Jose, California, and Lyle Hass, a Tulelake resident who ran the newspaper's print shop. In fall 1952, they sold the news operation to Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Lester of Pleasanton. Edmands soon relocated to Pleasanton, where he became editor and publisher of the Pleasanton Times through a partnership with P...
Stephen Douglas McRee
Feb. 12, 1952 - April 4, 2017
Steve McRee followed God's call to Northern California to lead Shepherd's Gate through a major expansion of its ministry so it could serve more homeless and battered women and their children in its long-term, life-changing program. When Steve and his wife, Carla, arrived in 1996, the shelter was available for 30 days with a capacity for 13 women and their children. When God took him home to be with Jesus, the ministry could serve as many as 95 women and their children at campuses in Livermore and Brentwood. He was 65 when his heart failed. Livermore Mayor John Marchand said, "Steve was a man of tremendous faith, humor and conviction, even in the face of what many thought of as adversity. He was truly a champion for the oppressed." Sandee Wiedemann, a member of the board that hired McRee, said, "The gifts I see that Steve offered for the women and kids were not only CEO leadership, but the amazing caring, interest, compassion and eagerness to help them overcome their situation." In 1996, the ministry was housed in an old home on Portola Avenue where founder Alice Ann Cantelow had established the shelter. The ministry had purchased a 2-acre ...
Aug. 26, 1917 - April 2, 2017
Marie Antonini August 26, 1917 – April 2, 2017 Marie was born on August 26, 1917 in Livermore to Joseph and Maria Pereira. She was a lifelong Pleasanton resident and the youngest of 6 children. Her sibling’s names were Joseph, Manuel, Beatrice, Olympia and Tony. Her parents were Portuguese immigrants from the Azores and Portuguese was her first language. She grew up on the family farm on Tassajara Road and attended the one room Antone School, which was not far from her home. She graduated from Amador High School in 1935 and often spoke of having to get up early to milk cows before leaving for school, then coming home for more chores before doing her homework. After high school, her first job was at The First National Bank on Main Street. At age 22 she represented Portugal at the 1939 World’s Fair on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. Marie married John Garibaldi in 1942. The couple eloped to Reno, were married for 42 years and had two sons, David, the taller of the two and Rick. During this time, she cared for her home and family and became an excellent seamstress, often making her own clothes. In 1964, after many years as a stay-at-home mom, she went to w...
Angela Elizabeth Scatena
Nov. 27, 1992 - March 31, 2017
Angela Elizabeth Scatena passed from our world on Friday, March 31, 2017. Angela came into this world on November 27, 1992, the beloved daughter of Harvey and Michele Scatena of Pleasanton, California. Angela attended Walnut Grove Elementary School, Harvest Park Middle School and Amador Valley High School. Angela graduated from high school in 2010 and attended Las Positas Community College in Livermore California. Angela moved to Chico California in January of 2015. Angela had an enormous zest for life, and boundless energy. She was a bright light and that light touched many people in her lifetime. Her energy was contagious, and sometimes exhausting. There were few who could match her passion for life. Angela will be remembered for her amazing sense of humor, and her quick wit. Angela loved fiercely, and if you were lucky to be loved by her, the experience was life changing. Angela is survived by her father, Harvey, her mother, Michele, her brothers, Harvey III, Jay and Anthony. She also leaves her maternal grandmother Suzanne Coghlan, and nephew, Anthony Scatena Jr. Several loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends also survive her....
Oct. 9, 1929 - March 29, 2017
Lorraine was born in Brooklyn, New York, but spent most of her growing-up years in the little town of Ellenville, New York, about ninety miles north of New York City, where her parents owned a bakery. She was the youngest of four. Her two brothers served in the Army during World War II, while her older sister, now 102, helped their father in the bakery and was married to a local propane gas distributor. Lorraine was active in high school, being a cheer leader, a member of the Debating Club, the Glee Club, and was also active in the Drama Club, where she played many leading roles. One of her favorite remembrances was the summer she acted in summer stock at the Cragsmoor Theater, located just outside of Ellenville, working under the direction of Hollywood director Morton Da Costa – famous for his directing a string of hit Broadway productions in the 1950s, such as “Auntie Mame” and “The Music Man.” After high school, Lorraine attended New York University where she majored in dramatic arts and speech therapy. Upon graduating from NYU, she became a speech therapist in the New York City school system. It was during this period she met her husband-to-be, Eli, who was ...
March 24, 1947 - March 29, 2017
Mary Dillon, 70, of Washington, UT, passed away March 29, 2017 in St. George, UT, from asthma induced C.O.P.D. Mary was raised in CA, attended ASU in Tempe, AZ and lived in Pleasanton, CA from June 1976 to June 2013. Mary married Michael Dillon in July 1970 and together they had two wonderful children, a son, Morgan, and a daughter, Emily (Gary Hood). Mary was very proud of her children, son-in-law and three grandsons, Justin Hood, Christopher Hood and Aaron Hood. Mary and Mike retired to Cheyenne, WY in June 2013 and moved to Washington, UT in October 2015. Mary's family vacationed in Zion N.P. when she was young and Mary fell in love with the red rock country. She was very happy to wake up each morning to the sun rise setting fire to "her" mesas. When she was able, one of her favorite outings was to attend the Friday BLM Brown Bag lecture in St. George. Mary had many passions outside of her family, including jewelry making, crocheting and volunteer work, but her three main passions were people, travel and history. Her passing was quiet and peaceful and, now, she can breathe freely. She was cremated at the Cremation Center of Southern Utah. Per Mary&a...
Emma Grace Haus
Dec. 4, 2001 - March 28, 2017
Emma Grace Haus passed from our world on Tuesday, March 28th 2017. A Celebration of Life will be held at 4:00pm on Monday, April 17th at CrossWinds Church in Livermore California. The services are open to all who Emma touched in her lifetime. Emma Grace came into the world December 4, 2001 in Arizona, the beloved daughter of Rich and Katlyn Haus of Pleasanton, California. As a freshman at Amador Valley High School, she played on the girls Water Polo team -- wearing her favorite number -- the #7 cap. She was enormously curious and adventurous. She had a love for learning, and constantly asked questions and explored the world around her. She was frequently the one to lead the charge for a project, an adventure or a cause to help others. She had a passion for the outdoors and spent some of her best times backpacking, rock-climbing and riding her horse. Emma’s greatest aspiration was to play Water Polo at Stanford and become a pediatric neurosurgeon: combining her love for others and passions for science and learning. Emma was an old soul and very deep thinker who challenged herself to learn and experience life to its fullest. She had a huge heart and was always kind to e...
Joyce Webb Adams
Jan. 8, 1938 - March 6, 2017
Joyce Webb Adams, 79, passed away peacefully at her home in Pleasanton, California on March 6, 2017 after a long bout with cancer. She will be united with her husband Tom Adams who preceded her in death. Joyce had a big heart, always desiring to help others. Over many years Joyce helped countless people deal with life’s most difficult problems. She will be sorely missed. Joyce was the eldest child of four children born to Harry and Lorraine Webb of San Pedro, California. She is survived by her brothers Walter Webb, Robert Webb, Larry Webb, three nieces, Mary Simoens, Kathleen Webb, Christine Ruiloba, two nephews, Michael Webb, Patrick Webb, and many cousins including Margie Nilsson of San Pedro with whom she kept close contact. Born in 1938 in Long Beach, California, Joyce was raised in San Pedro, California. She was in the second graduating class of Mary Star of the Sea High School in San Pedro. On leaving high school, Joyce became a novitiate of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She then became a teaching nun and taught in Catholic schools in Texas and California for ten years. In 1967 she chartered a new life’s course, and earned a Master’s Degree i...
Thomas Edward Northam
Sept. 22, 1963 - March 1, 2017
Granite Bay, CA
Thomas Edward Northam, 53, former resident of Granite Bay and Pleasanton, CA died on March 1st, 2017 at Sutter Hospital in Roseville from injuries sustained in a car accident on February 18, 2017. Tom was born on 9/22/63 in Redwood City, CA to Ann Northam Hill and the late Raymond L. Northam. He attended Pleasanton schools and played soccer, Little League baseball and CYO basketball. He graduated with an incredible circle of friends from Amador High School in 1981 where he earned all East Bay Athletic League recognition in baseball and basketball. Tom then attended Chico State, where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, and earned a Political Science degree in 1986. After graduation, Tom went to Washington D.C. and was an aide to then CA senator, Pete Wilson, before starting his 30 year career with the Federal Aviation Administration. He started the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller at Concord Tower, was promoted to Bay Tracon in Oakland and then moved in 2002 to NorCal Tracon in Rancho Cordova, where he ended his career as an Air Traffic Control Operations Manager. Tom enjoyed sports. He played on the Tracon softball teams and coached his children’s soccer, b...
June 21, 1927 - Feb. 27, 2017
Hendersonville, North Carolina
Don Streitz, former resident of Pleasanton, passed away at his home in Hendersonville, NC on February 27, 2017. Born in Madera, CA on June 21, 1927, he grew up in Livermore and graduated from Livermore High School. He met and married Bonita Jean Wheeler in 1948. They settled in Pleasanton in 1952 and were married for 28 years. He worked at Kaiser Sand & Gravel for over 30 years and was a proud member of the Operating Engineers Local No. 3 for almost 72 years. His last 16 years were spent in North Carolina as a content homeowner who had the great good fortune to find true friendship and camaraderie with several longtime local residents. Don and his children shared a great affection for his adopted hometown and for his wonderful housekeeper and friend, Ginny. Don was a man of many talents and supremely ingenious. Always mechanically inclined, he had a lifelong love of collecting and tinkering. He also enjoyed reading and learning about new and varied subjects. He was never afraid or hesitant to help a stranger in need. His children will always remember how gracefully he moved, how hard he worked, and his years of extraordinary vitality. It can be said that he heard and followed a...
Carol Jean Famariss
Dec. 20, 1922 - Feb. 24, 2017
Livermore icon Carol Jean Famariss passed away on Friday, February 24, 2017 at the age of 94. As the founder of Carol Jeans Dance Studio, she taught dancing to thousands of students in Livermore from 1946 until 2007. Carol Jean who danced her way through more than six decades of wartime, and economic and social change once said that she particularly loved introducing youngsters to the joys of dance. The former Carol Jean Huddleston was born in Oakland on December 20, 1922. The daughter of Norma and Sam Huddleston, she was always known as Carol Jean and loved dancing, even as a little girl. Unable to attend school when she was young due to asthma, She and her family moved to Pleasanton at age 6 in order to help combat her asthma. At an early age, Carol Jean’s mother took her to dance lessons twice a week at the closest schools in Oakland and Hayward. There she learned tap and jazz dancing. Later, she traveled to San Francisco to learn ballet. While living in Pleasanton, the pastor at the Presbyterian church saw Carol Jean’s talent, and told her that she could use the church to teach other children to dance. Carol Jean and her family moved to Livermore soon after, where sh...
Charles Alden Shaw
June 8, 1925 - Feb. 24, 2017
San Rafael, California
A graduate of Harvard and Syracuse Universities, former Pleasanton resident Charles “Chuck” Alden Shaw died peacefully at his San Rafael home at age 91 on February 24, 2017, surrounded by his loving children. Chuck began as an engineer at General Electric’s Electronics Park in Syracuse, NY. He finished his career in Silicon Valley, working for Cadence Design Systems on software for integrated circuits and coordinating their research programs at universities around the country. He and his wife enjoyed travel, volunteering and spending time with their children and grandchildren. Chuck is survived by his two brothers, Daniel (Fofo) and Joseph (Lyna) Shaw; two daughters, Amy (David) and Polly Shaw; four stepchildren, Tim (Cindy) Irish, Greg (Sherry) Irish, Shary (Robert) Smith, Wally (Tammy) Partridge; ten grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Sandra Jeanne Shaw, and sister Betsey Bobrinskoy. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends....
James Farrel Pruett
July 27, 1934 - Feb. 6, 2017
James Farrel Pruett, 82, a long-time resident of Pleasanton, passed away surrounded by his family at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Stockton, CA. Farrel was born on a farm near Bloomfield, MO to Oscar and Myrtle Pruett on July 27, 1934. He was the 9th child and the 7th son. He attended a one-room school at Acorn Ridge near the farm, where he graduated from the 8th grade, after being the only student in his class from grades 6th through 8th. He entered 9th grade at Bloomfield High School, where he first met Anne Cooper, who would become his bride in 1956. They graduated high school together in 1952. He kept the promise he had made his parents when he started high school—that he was not going to stay on the farm, but go to California. Four of his brothers and one sister were already in Southern California establishing their families. Two weeks after graduation he drove cross-country, taking his parents with him. When his parents returned to the farm in Missouri six months later, he remained in Thousand Oaks, CA living with his sister. He went to work at Camarillo State Hospital, where he was trained as a Psych Tech. Two years later, he enlisted in the Air Force. After...
Robert Bruce Donaldson
Feb. 2, 1960 - Feb. 2, 2017
Robert Bruce Donaldson was born in Oakland, California, spending most of his life in Pleasanton and Livermore with several periods of adventure in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Former neighbor and friend, Tim Hunt, of Pleasanton, recalls that he was a skilled heavy equipment operator who did excavation and landscaping work with his backhoe. “He also took great interest in caring for DJ and Shea, sons of a former girlfriend, often bringing them to work with him and sneaking them in to enjoy the neighbors’ swimming pools at the end of the day during the hot summer months.” Predeceased by his adoptive parents, Robert E. Donaldson in 1979 and Geraldine P. Donaldson on December 21, 2016, he is deeply missed by his wife of two years, Kathy Lenn Donaldson, sisters, Karen and Jan, niece, Amy, and DJ and Shea, whom he considered as family. He was an active, cheerful child and carried those qualities into his adult years, despite suffering from two rare forms of cancer over the past 12 years. He died on his 57th birthday after complications from surgery near Paris, Tennessee, where he had moved with his mother several years ago. He was someone whose motto might well ha...
Alvin Junji Nishimoto
Dec. 20, 1944 - Jan. 20, 2017
Alvin Junji Nishimoto passed away on Jan. 20, 2017 after battling a rare disease. He was 72. Al was born on Dec. 20, 1944 in Topaz, Utah in a Japanese internment camp, the son of Thomas Hatsuo and Miyuki (Fujimura) Nishimoto. He grew up in Topaz and, after World War II, the family moved to Maplewood, Missouri where he graduated from Maplewood Richmond Heights High School. Al earned a Bachelor's of Science degree from the University of Missouri while participating in the Reserve Officer Training Program. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1969 in South Korea. He was discharged as a captain. He then earned a Master's of Business Administration from Golden Gate University in 1975. He did post-graduate work at Golden Gate. He married Vivian Fong Chan Nishimoto, on July 28, 1973. Professionally, he worked as a field service officer for the Xerox Corp. in San Francisco from 1969 to 1971. He then moved to United California Bank (later it became 1st Interstate Bank) in Los Angeles for eight years before joining First Hawaiian Bank in Honolulu where he was vice-president/training director from 1979 until he retired in 2011. He earned certifica...
Feb. 23, 1928 - Jan. 9, 2017
Isabel Cattalini passed away peacefully on Jan. 9, 2017. The former Isabel Silva was a Pleasanton native and a graduate of Amador Valley High School, class of 1946. She was the loving wife of Armand Cattalini, also a Pleasanton native, who preceded her in death in 2009. They were married for over 62 years. Armand and Isabel met while Armand was serving with the U.S. Army at Camp Parks during WWII. Armand was based stateside partially due to the death of his brother Alfred Cattalini, who was killed in action during a parachute jump while serving in the Philippines with the 511th parachute infantry regiment, 11th Airborne division the previous year, which left Armand the only surviving Cattalini. Isabel lived long enough to see Alfred's plaque enshrined on the recently dedicated Veteran's Memorial in the Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery. Armand and Isabel lived in downtown Pleasanton their entire married life, and Isabel gave birth to their only child, Cheryl (Caraballo) in 1954. Cheryl is also a graduate of AVHS. Isabel was the daughter of Portuguese immigrants, Frank and Angelina Silva, born on Feb. 23, 1928, and was one of a family of five children, consisting of brothers ...
Laura Renee Blomquist
Feb. 21, 1979 - Dec. 27, 2016
Laura Renee Blomquist, 37, of Fremont, CA went home to be with the Lord on December 27, 2016. Laura was a friendly, outgoing, caring person with a great sense of humor. She grew up in the Bay Area and lived in Pleasanton for over 20 years. Laura had a passion for animals and a love for people. Her laugh and smile will be missed....
May 18, 1954 - Dec. 23, 2016
Billy Martin, 62, of Oakland, CA, passed away on December 23, 2016 with his family at his side. Billy was born May 18,1954 in Fort Hood, Texas son of Floyd and Mitsue Martin. He graduated from Clovis High School and continued on to graduate from California State University, Fresno. He taught surveying and engineering at UCSF, Stanford, and several other Bay Area State Universities; was a Partner at BKF for 20 years; and most recently started Pacific Land Surveys and worked with RSE Engineering. Billy’s passions were his family, golfing, basketball, traveling, and practical jokes. He coached boy’s basketball for 17 years including coaching for CYA, Amador Valley High School, and Berkeley High School. He and his family loved to travel together, most recently in South America visiting the Galapagos Islands, Peru, and Bolivia. His life was interrupted too soon, but while on earth he embraced opportunities, and had a great curiosity and willingness to try new experiences. His smile and sense of humor will be greatly missed. Those that will miss Billy the most include his wife, Megan Martin, his two sons Samuel Martin and Colin Martin, his mother, Mitsue Martin, his brot...
Geraldine P. Donaldson
May 29, 1921 - Dec. 21, 2016
Geraldine P. Donaldson, who served her patients and the students of Pleasanton for decades as a physician and school trustee, died on Dec. 21, 2016 in Paris, Tennessee. Dr. Donaldson and her husband, Robert E. Donaldson, moved to Pleasanton in 1957, when they bought a home in Pleasanton Heights. Both served on the city planning commission. Later, she moved to a home on Foothill Road, where she lived until relocating to Paris, Tennessee, with her son, Robert, in 2013. Born to Frank Puerta and Maria Puerta (née Cuirana) in Pittsburg, CA. Both of Dr. Donaldson’s parents were born in Spain. After growing up in Fresno, she went to the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a nursing degree and then served in Hawaii during World War II. Returning to California, she went on to medical school, earning her MD at University of California, San Francisco, in 1951. First, a public health physician with Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, she then ran her private pediatric practice in Livermore where she specialized in treating patients with allergies, retiring at age 80. She also served as chief of staff at the Valley Memorial Hospital in Livermore, where she had surgical privil...
Richard LaMoore Waldo
April 13, 1925 - Dec. 14, 2016
After a brief illness and in the company of loved ones, former Danville Mayor Richard Waldo passed peacefully from this world on December 14, 2016. Dick Waldo was born in Minot, North Dakota on April 13, 1925. His mother said that he “came out of the womb smiling.” Dick loved life and lived his with great passion, enthusiasm, and kindness. He was raised by his parents in Bismarck and lived there until he joined the Navy in 1943. He was a corpsman (pharmacist mate) and was stationed at the Treasure Island Naval Hospital. After the war, Waldo attended Stanford University and graduated with a BA in history in 1948. Waldo would remain a steadfast fan of the Stanford Cardinal his whole life. In 1948, Waldo began a successful 35 year career with the Bell System. He held a variety of posts during his career in Fresno, Reno, and San Francisco. Waldo was working in the Coin Division of Pacific Bell when he retired in 1983. Waldo loved nature and was an avid outdoorsman, scout master, fisherman, bird watcher, and conservationist. He enjoyed camping in the back country, spending time in the High Sierras, and traversing the vast expanses of the American West. Waldo was a ...
Dec. 15, 1921 - Dec. 13, 2016
Irene Pignolet, 94 Irene Baker Pignolet of Pleasanton, California passed away peacefully in her sleep two days before her 95th birthday on December 13, 2016. She was the last of her generation, joining her husband, their siblings, spouses and friends. Her life began in Amsterdam, Ohio on December 15, 1921, where she was born the youngest of four children to Blanche and Charles Baker. The family moved to Cleveland, Ohio where Irene completed high school and continued to live until after she was married. After high school, Irene began working at a light bulb company where she saved up to buy her very own Singer sewing machine. Sitting at that Singer, late at night, she became the talented seamstress she was, creating perfectly sewn, beautiful garments for decades. Often after work, Irene and her sister Betty would enjoy a Coca-Cola at the Five and Dime Store where Chuck the Soda Jerk once invited her to a show, beginning the relationship of a lifetime and a marriage of 55 years. On September 5, 1942, Irene married Charles J. Pignolet in a simple ceremony. Since she was not quite of age yet, her parents had to give their signatures of approval, while Chuck was barely ...
Keith William Mielke
Nov. 15, 1933 - Nov. 22, 2016
Keith was born in Oklahoma in the middle of the great depression. He had a “Tom Sawyer-like” childhood that he recalled fondly. He was the first in his family to attend college. There he met and married his wife, Patricia, to whom he was happily married for 61 plus years. He died peacefully with Patricia and family by his side: daughter Lynne Mielke and husband John Gowey and son Eric Mielke of Pleasanton, two grandsons, Max Mielke and Spencer Gowey. He is also survived by another grandson Connor Gowey, two granddaughters, Erica and Madalyn Mielke, several nieces and nephews, as well as his sister, Jean Fratzke. Keith and Patricia retired to Pleasanton in 1998 to be closer to family. He served several years on the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council and was active in his church, the Unitarian Universalist Church in Livermore. Keith served three years on active duty in the Army Security Agency, serving in Germany for two years as a Russian translator. He earned his PhD from Michigan State University and was a tenured professor at Indiana University for 13 years, ending as chairman of his department. He left academia after he received an offer to move to New York City t...
Sandra Jane Barsanti
Jan. 30, 1940 - Nov. 22, 2016
Sandra (Sandy) Barsanti passed away quietly in her home with her partner of 21 plus years, Jack White, at her side. In the days preceding, Sandy's family was constantly by her side as she fought a brief battle with Leukemia. Born in Cleveland, OH, Sandy moved around a lot as the daughter of a career Army father. In her late teens the family settled in the Bay Area. She graduated from Oakland High School, then moved to San Francisco where she attended City College. Sandy became a wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many. She always desired to help others. This prompted her return to school to become a nurse. She specialized in psychiatric nursing and made a career. In her free time Sandy enjoyed cooking and hosting family and others in her community for dinners and Bunco. She also enjoyed baking, especially during the holidays with the grandchildren. Sandy took pride in her home and lovely yard. She also loved her Yorkies Casey and Max who preceded her. Sandy experienced a rich life of travel. She visited South America, Africa, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Russia, the Czech Republic, Australia and New Zealand just to name a few. She al...
Aug. 10, 1929 - Nov. 17, 2016
A devoted Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. Bernis had a caring nature for every person that she met. Even while ill, she would know all about every care giver that she had and their families. She grew up in the Bay Area and then moved to the Central Valley. Nine years ago she moved to Pleasanton to be closer to her children. She was 87 years old when she went home to be with the Lord....
James Clyde Mayo
Oct. 16, 1959 - Nov. 17, 2016
James Clyde Mayo, a man of deep Christian faith, died after suffering a stroke at the age of 57. While hospitalized after the stroke, the hospital chaplain reported that he kept repeating “Jim Mayo, man of God.” On other visits when she would read scripture, he would routinely finish the verse from memory. He was a graduate of Bethany Bible College in Santa Cruz with a Biblical studies major. Born in Oakland, Jim moved with his family to Pleasanton when he was nine. He attended Pleasanton schools, graduating from Amador Valley High in 1977. Professionally, he was the sales manager for Mayo Radiator and then handled outside sales for other businesses. He was a huge Giants fan and loved the mountains. He is survived by his children, Hallie Mayo and Kevin Mayo; his parents Dorothy and George Mayo; his sisters, Lou Ann Perry and Christina (Brian) Anderson; his brother, Edward (Tina) Mayo, many nieces and nephews and great nieces and a great nephew. He was predeceased by his wife, Cindy Mayo, and his sister, Laura Mayo Wigley....
Lael Arie Moffitt
June 23, 1933 - Nov. 16, 2016
Lael Arie Moffitt passed away November 16 2016 in Woodstock Georgia at the age of 83 surrounded by her loving family. Lee was born on June 23, 1933 in Eureka California and graduated from Eureka High School in 1951. She move to San Lorenzo California where she worked at Clayworth Drugs, there she met the love of her life, William Lyle Moffitt. Together, they owned six successful pharmacies in the East San Francisco Bay Area. Lee was an avid golfer and member of the Castlewood Country Club and successful real estate agent with Alain Pinel in Pleasanton California. Retiring in June 2005, Lee moved to Canton Georgia to live near family. She will always be remembered as a stylish and classy lady. Lee is survived by her four children and their spouses, Ned and Deborah Yost of Georgia, Danny and Linda Yost of Grass Valley, Karen and Bill Lehto of Canton Georgia, and William and Nicole Moffitt of Half Moon Bay. Lee was blessed with 15 grandchildren, Ned, Josh, Jenny and Andrew Yost, Ryan, Matthew, and Nicky Yost, Katie and Emma Lehto, Michael Frazier, and Lily, Chloe, William, Gracie and Audrey Moffitt. One great grandchild Jordan. She is also survived by her sister Janet Clair B...
Todd Kenneth Montell
Sept. 25, 1988 - Nov. 14, 2016
Castro Valley, California
Todd Kenneth Montell passed away due to an unfortunate accident on Monday November 14, 2016. Todd grew up attending schools in the Pleasanton Tri-Valley area, graduated from Redwood H.S. in Castro Valley and attended Chabot College in Hayward. Todd is a kind, sensitive soul and was loved by all his family and friends. He was very passionate about all the Bay Area sport teams, Oakland Raiders, A's, Warriors, San Jose Sharks and attended games frequency. Todd loved skateboarding and perfected his skills over the years, which made him an excellent snowboarder. Todd also loved the outdoors, and spent many vacations at his mother’s family property in Brownsville, CA and at his father’s property in Fort Jones, CA. He loved to fish Dry Creek in Brownsville, Lake Chabot in Castro Valley, Alameda rock wall, San Leandro Marina, the California coastline from Monterey to Baker Beach in San Francisco. Todd is survived by this father Ken Montell and his fiancée Linda Burr, brother Travis Montell, mother Jennifer (McBride) Gottesman, her husband Rick Gottesman, his loving grandmother Frances McBride, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Todd is preceded in death by his gr...
Shirley Nadine Wilson
Sept. 22, 1926 - Nov. 4, 2016
Shirley Nadine (McAdam) Wilson, a woman who lived life to its fullest, died November 4, 2016 in Pleasanton at the age of 90. When asked about her attitude while in hospice care, she responded she had a great life. In her last year, she organized a family reunion at Easter and then brought her family together for a fabulous dinner to celebrate her 90th birthday in September. Shirley was born and grew up in Oakland, the daughter of David King McAdam and Virgie Bernie Vernon. She sang with her father in live performances and on the radio, sparking a love of music. She graduated from Fremont High School. She was working in a dental office in Oakland when she met De Witt Wilson after he returned from World War II. They were married 62 ½ years and loved to sing to each other—their favorite song was "You are my sunshine." They moved to Pleasanton in 1966. While two of her sons were away at college, she joined with her daughter, Karen, to cook meals in large pots and then sealed them and sent them off to the boys at college. That's well before Zip-lock bags or vacuum sealing had been invented. The construction company they owned, Costanzo and Wilson, dona...
Pamela Sue Boni
Jan. 22, 1949 - Oct. 31, 2016
Pamela Boni was born in Napa, California on January 22, 1949 to Jack and Patsy Finnigan. She graduated from Napa High in 1967. She earned her Bachelor's degree and teaching credential at Chico State in 1971. That same year, on June 19, she married Robert and they made their home in Merced. They spent time living in Sacramento, Concord, San Jose and Santa Rosa. Pamela, Robert and their two daughters moved to Pleasanton in 1986, where she lived for her remaining 30 years. Pam worked for the Pleasanton Unified School District for over 25 years as a paraeducator and teacher at Harvest Park, Pleasanton Middle and Hart Middle School. She had just recently retired in June of 2015. She loved to shop, travel, and spend time with her family and friends. Pam had a gift of making you feel truly special. Her generous heart, Irish charm, and loving spirit will remain in the hearts of all that she touched. She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Robert and her two beautiful daughters, Amanda Boni of Pleasanton and Melinda Boni of San Francisco. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Pamela's name to The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network 1500 Rosecrans A...
April 23, 1948 - Oct. 30, 2016
Benjamin "Big Ben" Sarasua Sr., a 26-year resident of Pleasanton, died October 30, 2016. He was born April 23, 1948 in San Francisco, California. He is survived by his wife, Judy Sarasua of Pleasanton and his son, Benjamin Sarasua Jr. A memorial service will be held Friday, December 2 at 11:00 a.m. at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, 4167 First Street, Pleasanton....
Dr. Gerald L. Severin
May 5, 1934 - Oct. 27, 2016
Dr. Gerald Severin, distinguished physician, community leader and the first dermatologist to practice in the Livermore Valley, died peacefully at home October 27, 2016 after a courageous 12-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis and metastatic cancer. He was 82. Dr. Severin treated thousands of patients at his office in Livermore next to Valley Memorial Hospital, where he served as Chief of Staff for two years. He practiced for over 32 years before closing his office to accept a request to run the dermatology department at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Livermore. He ran that program for six years before retiring at the age of 70. He was known for taking time to get to know each patient and to listen to their concerns. Regarded as a brilliant diagnostician, he used that skill to save many lives. Known for his great sense of humor, his patients loved him. Jerry was a life-long adventurer and world traveler. After completing his internship in Minneapolis, MN, he and his wife, Charlotte, spent eight months travelling the world before fulfilling his doctor’s draft commitment as a battalion surgeon in Germany during the Cold War. They planned this extended trip be...
Karen Ellis Pico
Dec. 14, 1944 - Oct. 13, 2016
A great lady has left this world but her legacy lives on. In her professional life she took on the task of ending child abuse in this world and while the task continues, there are countless children and families that will never know how much she contributed to their breaking the cycle of child abuse. Her life was lived to the fullest. She was solo backpacking in her late 60's and introduced her family and many of her lady friends to the experience. Two major accomplishments were her completion of the 211 mile John Muir Trail, and work to create the Antioch Primrose Sand Dunes Preserve. Her motto was "Don't hold back." Karen was born in Los Angeles to Louis and Leola Pusina and lived most of her adult life in Pleasanton and Antioch. She graduated from Cal State East Bay and with a Masters degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University. She was a Marriage and Family Therapist and worked for 21 years at Parental Stress Service (Family Paths), a child abuse prevention agency, the last 11 as Executive Director. She is survived by her husband former Pleasanton Mayor Tom Pico Jr., children Adam and Mathew Ellis, step-children Tom Pico III and Jennife...
Aug. 3, 1935 - Oct. 12, 2016
Kathleen Mary O'Hanlon Law lost her battle to Parkinson's Disease on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 in Clovis, CA. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Tom after 47 years of marriage. She is survived by her loving children Tom, Terence, Eugene, Kathy and Alison; daughter-in-law, Michelle; sons-in-law, Chad, Llew and Joe; her wonderful grandchildren whom she loved so much, Alex, Sean, Everett, Ryan, Olivia, Sophia, Katey and Tommy; as well as her older brother, Gene; ; sisters and brothers-in-law and countless nieces and nephews who always made her laugh. The Law house was Kathleen's center and she was a gracious host and incredible chef. She loved having her very large extended family for gatherings and holidays. Kathleen and Tom were proud to be among the founding community of Saint Elizabeth Seton parish and school; she and Tom took parts in community theater, he singing and she dancing a mean Can Can. The Northern Westchester Irish American Social Club was a big part of their life. In 1979 Tom took a new position and the family moved to San Jose, CA. Kathleen worked part-time in the local schools and...
Nathan Joseph Buller
Oct. 12, 2000 - Oct. 9, 2016
Mooresville, North Carolina
Nathan Joseph Buller, 15, of Mooresville, NC passed away on Sunday, October 9, 2016. He was born in Springfield, MO, on October 12, 2000 to Andrew "Andy" Joseph and Amelia "Amy" Smathers Buller. Nathan was a sophomore at Lake Norman High School. Nathan was happiest with a fishing pole on the water. He was a masterful fisherman at Lake Norman and at the Coast. Nathan had an adventurous nature and a true zest for life. He was always kind and polite with a sparking smile that would light up a room. Nathan filled the lives of those that knew him with love, light and laughter. He was truly a happy soul. Nathan faced life as a gift but little did he know that he was the gift. He left footprints on this earth that can never be filled. In addition to his parents, Andy and Amy, Nathan is survived by his sisters, Calleigh Lindler Buller and Madeline Stella Buller both of the home; maternal grandparents, Joseph Fleetwood Smathers of Raleigh, NC, Barbara Ann Smathers of Canton, NC; paternal grandparents, Jimmy Vern Buller of Parson, KS, Betty Jane Buller of Mooresville, NC; uncles, Tim Buller (Bethany) of Houston, TX, Chance Buller of Parsons, KS and Josh Smath...
Phil Kenneth Mitchell
June 6, 1924 - Sept. 29, 2016
Red Wing, Minnesota
Former long-time Pleasanton resident Phil Kenneth Mitchell, LtCol, USAF, retired, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 29 in Red Wing, MN. Phil was born in Iola, KS and moved to Springville, CA as a young boy. He grew up there and graduated from Porterville High School in 1943, receiving his diploma and World War II draft notice on the same day. He served as an infantryman and was wounded in action in Germany, earning a Purple Heart. Upon his return home, he attended Stanford University on the G.I. Bill. He graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Air Force. He married the love of his life, Doris Eleanor James in 1958. Phil served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars while in the Air Force, and retired highly decorated as a lieutenant colonel in 1969. After his military career, he and Doris settled in Pleasanton, CA where they raised their three children. He continued working as an engineer until his retirement in 1986. In 2010 Phil and Doris relocated to Red Wing, MN to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Phil always enjoyed a good meal or dining out and vacatio...
Leone H. Berg
Nov. 30, 1923 - Sept. 20, 2016
Leone Henrietta Berg passed away peacefully on September 20, 2016 after 92 wonderful years. Marilyn, her daughter, and her grandson Eric were with her. She was born in Niagara, Wisconsin on November 30, 1923, to Nellie and James DeGroot. They eventually moved to Kimberly, Wisconsin then Little Chute, Wisconsin where she graduated from St. John’s High School. She worked at Fox River Paper Mill until Jerry "Bud" Berg married her on April 19, 1947 after his military service. The couple then moved to Detroit, Michigan where Leone took great joy raising their four kids: Marilyn (Dale) Nordquist, Mark (Dawn) Berg, Arlene Berg (died at age 3) and Ken Berg (Beth died at 48). Leone was a devoted Mom, homemaker and wife with Jerry for sixty-one years when Jerry passed away in 2008. They spent twenty-one years in Detroit, six in Minneapolis and then thirty-three in California. They always made time to come back to Appleton each year to spend time with family. Leone was involved with the church choir and volunteered at different charities including the American Cancer Discovery Shop in California. Leone loved to garden and socialize with many dear friends from all over....
Bette J. Dela Fuente
April 15, 1934 - Sept. 16, 2016
Bette J. Dela Fuente passed away on September 16, 2016 after suffering a sudden heart attack. She touched many lives with her quick, warm smile, positive attitude, loyalty, and genuine fun-loving spirit. Bette was born in Vacaville, CA and graduated from Mountain View High School, where she was a majorette. Bette married Vince Dela Fuente in 1953. They made their home in Sunnyvale, CA, where they had their two children Russell and Loren. Bette worked in San Francisco for the FBI as part of a secretarial pool, as a bank teller at American Savings and Loans in Sunnyvale, and as an aid for special needs children at Los Altos High School. Bette was an excellent golfer and, with her husband Vince, was a member of Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton for 30 years. Bette achieved eight "Holes in One" during this time, the most recent happening this past June. Vince and Bette traveled together around the world to many countries, and if a golf course was there …they played it! Bette is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Vince Dela Fuente, devoted children Russell Dela Fuente of Fremont, CA, Ms. Loren Loduha of Pleasanton, CA, and granddaughter Sara...
July 28, 1938 - Sept. 10, 2016
On September 10, Nancy McCormick lost her hard fought battle against leukemia. Nancy was very proud to have been born and raised in San Francisco. After graduating from Mercy High School she attended San Francisco City College where she made life long friends. Making an independent choice for the time (and one that greatly worried her mother) she and her friend Fran moved to Hawaii where she met Jim Wulferdingen. After marrying in San Francisco, Jim and Nancy moved to Pleasanton in the late sixties and raised four children. They were divorced in 1983 whereupon some of Nancy's greatest adventures began! Living in Pleasanton until 2004, she then moved to Lincoln, California. Throughout her years, Nancy was fortunate to work in many places where she developed lasting friendships. She was witty, warm, loved a good party, and tough as nails. She is survived by her sister Peg Weiss (Bud); daughters Julie Wulferdingen (Rob), Jamie Wulferdingen Graves (Mark) and Chris Wulferdingen (Paul); and son Scott Wulferdingen (Catlin). Nancy was a wonderful grandma and survived by her lucky grandchildren Roberto, Rafael, Matthew, Alex, Sebastian, Oliver, Jay, and Natalie. She is also...
Gloria Marie Stahlnecker
June 30, 1927 - Sept. 7, 2016
Gloria Marie Joseph Stahlnecker, a lifetime Pleasanton resident, passed away at the age of 89 years, on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, following a life well lived. Gloria was born on Second Street in Pleasanton to Joe and Mary Joseph. Gloria's paternal Joseph (Damiao) family is considered one of Pleasanton's Heritage Families, having settled in Pleasanton in the 1870's. Gloria attended school in Pleasanton, graduating from Amador High School in 1945. During WWII, Gloria served as a hostess at USO (United Service Organization) dances held at Pleasanton's Veteran's Memorial Building. Additionally, she and her father hosted many soldiers, sailors and marines from Camp Shoemaker (now known as Camp Parks) for dinner. For many years, Gloria remained pen pals corresponding with those she met. After graduating high school, Gloria worked at Camp Shoemaker and at the Livermore Veteran's Hospital as a secretary. Just a year or so after he sold her a car, Gloria married Herbert Elwood Stahlnecker in May, 1950. The couple settled in Pleasanton, raising four children, Carl, Paul, Brian and Annette. While rearing her children, Gloria was actively involved i...
Bertha Alicia Martin
June 24, 1945 - Aug. 28, 2016
Bertha Alicia Martin died Aug. 28, 2016 at Kaiser Hospital in Walnut Creek , CA. She was born Bertha Alicia Llamas in Tecolotlan, Jalisco, Mexico to Rosario Llamas. Bertha is survived by her husband of 43 years, Rene Martin her daughter (Ana) Daisy Loa and son in law Eddie Loa, her son Rene "Tito" Martin and his children Austin and Natalee Martin, her sister Maria S. "Sally" Gomez and her niece Adrianna Villamar, all of Pleasanton. Bertha was a devoted wife and mother and loyal friend who enjoyed singing and gardening. Her sense of humor and excellent cooking will be missed by all who knew her. A funeral mass will be held on Sept. 17, 2016 at 11:00 am at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Anthony Foundation at www.stanthonysf.org...
July 6, 1939 - Aug. 22, 2016
Judith “Judie” Johnson (nee O’Brien) passed away peacefully in Tucson, Arizona on August 22, 2016 surrounded by her family. Judie was born on July 6, 1939 in Chicago and attended St. Angela Academy in Morris, Illinois. As much as she loved the Midwest, the California sunshine was calling to her and so she moved with her four children to the San Francisco Bay Area. Judie was an independent free spirit who loved the ocean, eating popcorn, listening to Rod McKuen, and participating in all styles of dancing (she had even tried belly dancing!). When she retired from AT&T Communications in 1993, she finally had a chance to tackle all of the sewing projects that she had been putting off and was able to devote a great deal of time to her local St. Vincent de Paul Society. In 2006, Judie relocated to The Villages, Florida where she reconnected with her high school friends, played mahjong, researched her family genealogy, and participated in the Celtic Club. Everyone that knew her would agree that Judie was an unbelievably strong woman who spoke her mind, took care of those in need, and always put family first. Judie was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Naomi (nee Maroney...
Sept. 13, 1994 - Aug. 14, 2016
Alison Boswell, daughter of Dave and Elizabeth Boswell and sister to Henry and Aaron Boswell, was born September 13, 1994 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and lived in Pleasanton California since 1998. Most recently she was a student at Las Positas College where she studied with the dream of being a Disability Advocate. She graduated Amador Valley High School in 2013. Alison was very involved in the community during her short but full life. She was a Girl Scout for 13 years and achieved her Girl Scout Gold Award. She served as a Commissioner on the City of Pleasanton's Human Services Commission, and for many years was on the California Children Services Advisory Council that provides programs for disabled students transitioning to adulthood. She enjoyed playing Power Soccer and in 2015 her team competed at the Power Soccer Nationals in Boston. She loved going to camp in the summer, as well as baking, swimming, and downhill skiing. Her smile, joy of life, humor, courage and tenacity will be remembered in the hearts all who knew her. She will be missed by her parents, brothers, grandparents Sebastian and Sandra Reisch, and Gladys Boswell, aunts and uncles...
Kimberly Rachel Slichter - Gigliotti
May 22, 1971 - Aug. 5, 2016
Kimberly Rachel Slichter- Gigliotti age 45 passed on Friday August 5, 2016 in Sacramento in her sleep. Kim was born May 22, 1971 to Paul Slichter and Sharen Kragen. Kim was the oldest of three children born in San Leandro, California. She attended Amador Valley High school in Pleasanton and then went into the Navy where she served for five years with tours including Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Kim and Paul Gigliotti met in Denver Colorado. A year later they married in 1994. She is now survived by her three children Gabby, Jake, and Sophie Gigliotti. Her parents Paul (Carol) Slichter and Sharon (Bob) Kragen. Her Aunt Joyce (Roy) Ludwig and siblings Eric and Jennifer Slichter. Numerous Uncles, Aunts, Nephews, Nieces, and many more family members....
Carl Allen Holder Jr.
May 7, 1934 - July 30, 2016
Carl Allen Holder Jr., a man of deep faith who loved working with his hands and getting things done, died July 30. He was 82. Carl lived out his Christian faith by serving others in a variety of volunteer roles as well as mentoring young people throughout his life. He did it all with a big smile that blessed all he encountered. He worked with his hands and restored cars for each of his three daughters that he gave them when they turned 16. He also liked building projects such as homes for Habitat for Humanity and projects around his church, Graceway of Pleasanton. Carl was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He attended Capital Hill High School and Oklahoma State University where he was in the Sigma Chi Fraternity and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. He married Jacquelyn Caudle in 1958 and they have three daughters. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jacque, and their three daughters: Karen Ann (Brooke Burton) of Highland Ranch, Colorado (children Kelby, Marley and Thatcher); Carla Kay (Jeff Land) of Diablo, California (children Jennifer and Jessica) and Kelly Sue (David Elkins) of Portland, Oregon (children Emily and Paige). While attending Oklahoma State, Carl ...
Aug. 3, 1940 - July 28, 2016
Don Michael Covello went home to his Lord on July 28, 2016 after a long illness and many hospitalizations. He was being cared for at Healdsburg Hospital when he left us. He was recently a resident of Cloverdale CA after living in Healdsburg for 14 years. Don was born in Stockton CA and raised in San Francisco. He attended Mission High School and then USF where he received his BS degree in history. He was employed for many years by Raychem Corp in Menlo Park. His last employment before retirement was with Skasol Inc in Oakland. He and his wife Barbara moved to Healdsburg in 2002, where they enjoyed all that Sonoma County has to offer. Don was deeply involved with his church, first St Augustine's in Pleasanton and then Resurrection Parish in Santa Rosa. His membership in various organizations included Italian Catholic Federation, Catholic Cursillos in Christianity, Slow Food, Zinfandel Advocates and Producers, Sonoma County Wine Library, Don loved the outdoors. In his healthier days he played golf, hiked, biked, camped, and traveled to many countries, He loved sports especially football. He participated in bench press competitions and spent many hours in the gym. Don is surviv...
Mary Ellen Manzella
July 13, 1948 - July 18, 2016
Longtime Pleasanton resident Mary Manzella passed on July 18, 2016 in Austin, TX where she and her husband John Manzella of 49 years retired in 2012. Mary ran an in-home daycare for nearly 40 years in Pleasanton. She loved children and helped raise hundreds of kids in the community, loving them each as her own. Those who know her would tell you, "She never met a stranger, she was full of life, love and patience." Mary and John retired to Austin in 2012 to be close to family and their three grandsons. Mary enjoyed traveling the country with her husband in their fifth wheel, attending lots of youth baseball, basketball and football games, and enjoying retirement. Mary especially loved "date night" at the movies with her husband! Mary was born on July 13, 1948 in Oakland, CA to Claire and David Brandt. She attended Holy Names High School in Oakland and married her husband, John Manzella, a decorated Marine and Vietnam war veteran, on December 2, 1967. John and Mary moved to Pleasanton in the mid-70s and had two children, Christine and Paul. Mary is survived by her husband John Manzella, daughter and son-in-law, Christine and Doug Sechrist of Austin, T...
John Russell Morgan
Nov. 12, 1979 - July 17, 2016
John was born at John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek, CA. He attended Walnut Grove Elementary School, Harvest Park Middle School and graduated from Amador Valley High School with the class of 1998. He was a devoted sports fan of Washington Huskies football team, the San Francisco 49’ ers, the Seattle Seahawks, the Golden State Warriors and the San Jose Sharks. John had a huge and loving heart. He was devoted to his family and friends and he adored his niece and nephews. John died too young of complications of septic shock. He is survived by his parents Russ and Cheryl, sister Katie Warner, niece Kayla, nephews Riley, Justin, Brody, his “big brother” Louis Warner and aunts, uncles, and cousins. There will be a celebration of life for family and close friends in a couple of weeks. If you wish to donate, please consider a small donation in Memory of John Morgan to: Axis Community Health www.axishealth.org...
Jan. 17, 1971 - June 23, 2016
Wake Forest, North Carolina
Rebecca Ann (Cence) Horsley, 45, went home to be with the Lord on June 23, 2016. A beloved Daughter, Wife, Mother, Sister, and Aunt, Becky was born in Santa Clara, County, CA on January 17, 1971. She graduated from Pleasanton High School in 1989, and earned a degree in Communications from Sacramento State University. For several years after college, she was employed in the Insurance Industry before relocating to Raleigh, NC. While in Raleigh, she went on to earn her Teaching Certificate at Meredith College and later entered East Carolina Universityâ€™s Masters Degree Program. She found her true calling as a kindergarten teacher in the Wake County School System. She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, and was very active in the â€˜God Squad.â€™ Her family was her life and love, just as she was their love. Beckyâ€™s joy, humor, thoughtfulness, and love of life will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at Hope Lutheran Church. Pastor Lew Upchurch will officiate. Becky is survived by her husband, of 12 years, Charles Jeffrey Horsley; sons, Nicholas Paul Horsley and Charles Benjamin Horsley; ...
Arthur (Bud) Plato
May 8, 1926 - June 19, 2016
Arthur "Bud" Plato died peacefully, with his family by his side, on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at the age of 90. Bud was born on May 8, 1926 in San Rafael, California. He was a longtime Pleasanton resident and business owner. After graduating from Amador High school, he enlisted in the Navy. Once his service was complete, he returned to Pleasanton, the city he loved and became very involved in the community. In the early 1950's, he was a member of the Pleasanton volunteer fire department. Other affiliations include the Lyons Club, Planning Commission and VFW. Bud was well known as the owner of the American Cleaners, located in downtown Pleasanton, established in 1943 and prospering until his retirement in 1985. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Peggy Plato of Tracy, and 7 children: Paula Lucio of Tracy, Hap Plato of Tracy, Patty Vent of Salinas, Linda McCloud of Tracy, Lori Brandes of Pleasanton, Lynn Andrus of Arizona and Chip Plato of Manteca, as well as numerous grand children and great grandchildren....
Glenn Alen Valenziano
Jan. 9, 1963 - June 3, 2016
Glenn Alen Valenziano passed away unexpectedly June 3, 2016. Glenn loved to fish and be out on the water. He was a man of many trades. He loved spending time working around his motherâ€™s garden, making repairs at his brotherâ€™s homes and especially taking care of their family restaurant, Porkyâ€™s Pizza Palace. Glenn was happiest when he was helping others. Glenn was preceded in death by his father, Salvatore, was a devoted son to his mother, Shirley, a loving brother to Gary and his wife Jodi, & Gregg and his wife Patsy, and a caring uncle to Nicholas and his wife Kristina, Emily and Anthony. For those wishing to celebrate his life, a service will be held on Monday, June 13th at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, 4167 1st St, Pleasanton, CA. Viewing at 12:00, and service at 1:00pm. A reception will follow....
Joseph Nason Berry, Jr.
Dec. 9, 1962 - June 3, 2016
Hohhot, Mongolia, China
Joseph Nason Berry, Jr. was born in Oakland, CA on December 9, 1962. He grew up in Pleasanton, CA and was a graduate of Foothill High School in 1981. He attended Marion Military Institute in Marion, AL. Upon graduation he was commissioned an officer in the US Army Reserves. He died after a brief illness in Beijing, China on June 3, 2016. He was teaching English in Hohhot, Mongolia, China at the time of his death. He loved the people and especially the children that he taught. He is survived by his mother, Sharon Berry Olague, step father, Felix Olague, sister, Melissa Berry Tucker, and brother-in-law Todd Tucker, nephews Brendan and Daniel Tucker and nice Morgan Tucker and step brothers Michael and Gene Olague. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Nason Berry, Sr. in 1985. A celebration of Joeâ€™s life is scheduled for 12 pm on July 9, 2016, at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, 4167 First St., Pleasanton, CA 94566...
Arthur Truman Morley
Sept. 17, 1946 - May 26, 2016
Arthur Truman Morley, Jr. 1946-2016 Arthur Truman Morley, Jr., 69, passed away on May 26, 2016. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and servant of the Lord. Arthur leaves behind his wife of 47 years, Jeanie (Fitzgerald) Morley; his six children: Marc Morley (Ann), Jeremy Morley (Kristina), Tyler Morley (Michelle), Amy Bybee (Bryce), MaryAnn Hyte (David), and Kim Morley; and his 15 grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters: Nancy Sharp, Judith Judd, and Susan Rasmussen, He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Truman Morley, Sr.; his mother, Helen Sexton Morley; and his sister, Carole Ash. He was born in Ely, Nevada, on September 17, 1946. Most of his childhood was spent in Bountiful, Utah, where he excelled in sports as a youth. He served a full-time LDS mission in the Northern States Mission. Upon return from his mission, he met Jeanie Fitzgerald on the steps of the Cultural Arts Building at Weber State University. The two were married and sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on June 9, 1969. After serving as a reservist in the United States Army, Art took a job in Seattle, Washington, with the Life Savers Company, which was later acquired by Nabisc...
Bonita "Bonnie" Streitz
Dec. 7, 1930 - May 25, 2016
Bonita â€œBonnieâ€ Streitz, a long time resident of Pleasanton, passed away peacefully at home on May 25, 2016. She was born in Seattle, WA on December 7, 1930. She lived for a short time in Los Angeles, moved to Livermore as a teenager where she met and married Don Streitz in 1948. In 1952 they settled in Pleasanton which became Bonnieâ€™s lifelong home. Bonnie worked at General Electric Vallecitos for 38 years where she made many lifelong, treasured friends. As a mother, she was steadfast, generous and an ever present source of love and support. She loved knitting, the San Francisco Giants, and spending time with her family and beloved cats. In the last 50 years, she rarely missed her weekly appointment at the Beauty Nook on Main Street, one of her few self-indulgences. She is survived by her son, Steven of Sun City CA, daughters, Kay of Oakland and Dana (Ford) of Danville, her granddaughter, Phaedra Wilson and grandchildren Alexander and Isabella of Mounds, MN, brother-in-law, Robert Streitz of Elk Grove and cousin, John Wesseling, of Idaho....
John David Evanson
Aug. 18, 1928 - May 24, 2016
John David Evanson, 87, of Pleasanton, passed away peacefully on May 24, 2016. John was born in Northwood, North Dakota on August 18, 1928 to Parnell and Beulah Evanson. He attended Northwood High School and entered service into the Marine Corps as Private 1st class in 1946. After his dedicated service in the Marine Corps, John attended Everett Junior College in Washington and was shortly thereafter drafted into the Army for service in the Korean War. A leader and dedicated soldier, John received the Bronze Star for meritorious service as a Private First Class and quickly moved up in rank to Master Sergeant. After the war, John attended the University of Washington where he received his Bachelorâ€™s Degree in Business Administration and became a die-hard Husky fan. In 1956, he married his life time love, Anna Hein, and remained dedicated to her all his life â€“ a beautiful marriage of 60 years. Johnâ€™s career included employment with Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical, and Wells Fargo. Johnâ€™s life was exemplified by dedication, commitment and service. Proud to be an American and Veteran, John was a member of American Legion, Post 92 of Northwood, North ...
Joyce Jeanine Oxsen
July 3, 1933 - May 21, 2016
One Year Ago, Joyce J. Oxsen, 82, a 65 year resident of Pleasanton/Livermore area, passed away May 21, 2016. She was born on July 3, 1933 in Topeka, Kansas. Joyce graduated from Hayward High in 1951. It was this same year she met Ret. Pleasanton Reserve Police Officer and Good Samaritan, Ernest R. Oxsen and began her long and rewarding life in Pleasanton. She was a beloved and long time volunteer and employee for the Pleasanton Senior Center, newspaper, and VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing golf, travelling and anything community service related. She is survived by her son in law and daughter, Tim and Cynthia Schane of Manteca, Ca; 4 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. Joyce Loved Pleasanton and devoted her life to its service. She will always be greatly appreciated and missed....
Thomas McCoy Johnson
Aug. 3, 1938 - May 17, 2016
ThomasÂ McCoyÂ Johnson ResidentÂ ofÂ Pleasanton (AugustÂ 3,Â 1938Â â€“Â MayÂ 17,Â 2016) LongÂtimeÂ PleasantonÂ residentÂ ThomasÂ McCoyÂ Johnson,Â 77,Â passedÂ awayÂ (Cancer)Â peacefullyÂ withÂ hisÂ familyÂ byÂ hisÂ sideÂ inÂ hisÂ PleasantonÂ homeÂ onÂ MayÂ 17,Â 2016.Â Â TomÂ isÂ survivedÂ byÂ hisÂ wifeÂ ofÂ nearlyÂ 58Â years,Â SueÂ JohnsonÍ¾Â hisÂ 3Â children,Â KevinÂ Â (Leslie)Â JohnsonÂ fromÂ Pleasanton,Â KeithÂ JohnsonÂ fromÂ LakeÂ Tahoe,Â andÂ CherieÂ (Greg)Â BladesÂ fromÂ Tracy.Â Â HeÂ isÂ alsoÂ survivedÂ byÂ hisÂ fiveÂ grandchildren:Â BritniÂ (Mark)Â Miller,Â JordanÂ (Lexi)Â Johnson,Â KylieÂ (Brett)Â JohnsonÂ (soonÂ toÂ beÂ Bower),Â KendallÂ Blades,Â andÂ BrockÂ Blades.Â Â HeÂ isÂ alsoÂ survivedÂ byÂ twoÂ greatÂgrandchilden,Â PeytonÂ MillerÂ andÂ AubreyÂ Miller.Â Â RaisedÂ inÂ MillbraeÂ California,Â TomÂ isÂ theÂ sonÂ ofÂ JohnÂ McCoyÂ andÂ VirginiaÂ Johnson.Â Â HisÂ onlyÂ sibling,Â CarolÂ (Bra...
Jan. 9, 1932 - May 7, 2016
Marilu Furey passed away on May 7th at her home in Vacaville, California succumbing to pneumonia. She was well liked in her community and will be greatly missed. She was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She and her husband, the late Richard Furey, moved to California in 1961, settling in Pleasanton in 1965. They raised 3 children; Mike, Lee, and Katherine and became prominent figures in the community. Marilu became a phlebotomist and worked at Valley Care Medical Center in Pleasanton until she retired in 1996. She later moved to Vacaville to be closer to her oldest son, Mike. A true care giver at heart, before she became a nurse Marilu volunteered her time to care for the elderly. Even in her later years at Windsor House Convalescent Home she spent her days keeping busy helping fellow patients in every way she could. She touched every life that she came in contact with with her kindness, wit, and colorful opinions . She will be greatly missed and live in the memories of her family and friends....
Neal Linton Person
July 29, 1932 - May 2, 2016
Neal Linton Person, 83, entered into Heaven on May 2, 2016 while tending his garden. Neal was born July 29, 1932 in Hector, Minnesota to Linton and Esther (Schwarzkopf) Person. Neal graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Neal married Ardyce J. Dobberstein in 1952 and while living in Minneapolis they had son, Kevin and daughter, Neala. Upon graduating Neal accepted a job with Kaiser Aluminum in 1957 and moved the family to Spokane, Washington. In 1960 Neal was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis which confined him to a wheelchair the rest of his life. Neal and Ardyce separated and divorced in 1965. In 1969 Neal was transferred to the new Kaiser Aluminum Research Center in Pleasanton, CA. Neal met Audrey Marie, at a divorce recovery meeting in Livermore, CA. On June 1st 1977, after all their children were in college, Neal and Audrey married, and settled in a home in Pleasanton, CA, and began enjoying their â€œEmpty Nester Yearsâ€. They were active members of the Presbyterian Church, and enjoyed their travels to San Diego, Lake Tahoe and Spokane, WA. Neal took a wood carving class at the local recreation cent...
William "Gene" Eccher
June 5, 1928 - April 11, 2016
Long time resident of Pleasanton, California
William â€œGeneâ€ Eccher a long time resident of Pleasanton, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2016. He was born in Burke, Idaho and grew up in the Denver and gold country areas of Colorado. He and his family moved to Pleasanton in 1969. He is survived by his daughter, Mary K. Eccher, her husband Walter Molz of El Dorado Hills Ca., and his granddaughter Jill A. Bond, her husband Alex, and his great grandson Miles L. Bond. He was preceded in death by his wife Florence and son James in 2009. Family and friends are invited to celebrate a mass at the chapel of St. Elizabeth Setonâ€™s Catholic Church in Pleasanton, on Thursday May 26, 2016 at 10 am, and will be followed by a lunch reception at the same location....
John Clarke Slade
July 29, 1929 - April 4, 2016
Our beloved husband, father, uncle, and grandfather passed away peacefully after attending his favorite art class at Stoneridge Creek retirement community. Born in Wausau WI, he attended the University of Wisconsin where he met, and later married, Marilyn Sullivan. After his return from the Korean war he earned a degree in Criminology from Michigan State University. His professional career included Security Management for Sears and the Hecht Company, and later in Commercial Insurance for Employers Insurance of Wausau. After living in nine states and fifteen residences, John retired in Pleasanton. He enjoyed fishing, painting, woodcarving, skiing, and traveling extensively in the U.S. and abroad. John is survived by his loving wife Marilyn and children Scott Slade of Sunnyvale, Holly Moen of Davis, Nancy Kraemer of Pleasanton, Douglas Slade of Stafford, VA, and Carolyn McCarthy of Rumson, NJ. Also surviving are thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Friends and family are invited to the funeral service on Wednesday, April 13th at 10:00am, with viewing beginning at 9:00 am at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, 4167 First St., Pleasanton. Private family burial is...
July 10, 1918 - Feb. 27, 2016
Freda Rose Wall (Brandenburger), a woman whose love, grace, kindness and patience extended through five generations, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 27. She took her last breath in peace at home surrounded by loved ones and holding the hand of her beloved husband of 78 years. Freda was born on July 10, 1918, in Gibson, Montana, to German and Austrian immigrants Amelia and Frederick Brandenburger. She was the first of six children: Anne, Margaret, Freddie, Helen, and Sonny. When she was six, her family left Montana and moved to Southern California. Freda attended Huntington Park High School, which incurred extensive damages during the Long Beach earthquake of 1933. Newspaper reports from the time state that had students been inside during the quake, they would not have survived. As a teenager, one of Fredaâ€™s favorite pastimes was playing tennis with her sister Anne. When she was 17, she met the love of her life, a young car mechanic named Glen Wall. They met at a gathering of mutual friends. Their love blossomed quickly, just like the gardenias Glen used to bring her when he picked her up for dates. They were married on August 27, 1937, in Santa Ana, C...
Dec. 27, 1950 - Feb. 26, 2016
San Leandro, California
Please join us in celebrating his life May 13th at 2 p.m. at The Shop (Avilla's Taxidermy), 1754 Timothy Dr, San Leandro. We will meet to share stories, memories, food and laughter over the camp fire till the moon comes up as Al would have wished....
Darleen Marie Upmeier
Aug. 26, 1946 - Feb. 16, 2016
Darleen Marie Upmeier (nee Moore/Ryan), a fervent Irishwoman and American, was born a mirror twin to Coleen Pass on August 26, 1946 in Los Angeles. After a passionate productive life, she died of an extremely aggressive cancer on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at home under hospice care, surrounded by her family and friends. After graduation from Long Beach State she married John Upmeier in 1969 and with the help of great friends, carried on bravely during his years flying in the Vietnam War and Cold War service including three years in England. Darleen was always proud that both her daughters were born in California; Jennifer at Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento and Deborah at Washington Hospital in Fremont. Upon separating from the Air Force she moved to Pleasanton, where she made a home for many and presided there as "Mom" for over 40 years. Darleen spent enormous energy working for St. Augustine Church as a teacher and coordinator for over 25 years, and later wrote and implemented Adult and Family Faith programs in various Catholic Parishes in San Jose and San Francisco. Darleen introduced the Corazon program to St. Augustine in 1990. This program is still ongoi...
David Leon Edney
May 7, 1960 - Feb. 13, 2016
David Leon Edney Resident of Livermore/Arnold, CA May 7, 1960 â€“ February 13, 2016 Dave was born in Needham, MA. He graduated from Amador Valley High School in 1978. David served in the U.S. Coast Guard and the Reserves. Dave is survived by his wife, Nancy Schoendienst Edney, his parents, M. Carol and John W. Edney, his two children, Nathan and Audrey Edney, his granddaughter Miss Marley Maddison Edney, sisters, Diane Mack (John), Daveâ€™s twin and Joanna Martinez (Joseph), brothers, Keith (Heather), Jack (Laura) , Bud (Lisa). Dave embodied selfless service, concern, and actual care for the environment. He cared about all the things most people don't want to discuss. He thought through his ways and invested in people; and it showed. He taught perseverance with passion and concern. He exemplified a humble leader who was able to have a great part in many lives. Dave will be remembered for his tremendous work ethic, his positive attitude and his willingness to do anything to help a friend. Dave was an extreme endurance athlete who completely embodied the great outdoor lifestyle. Dave was a member of the Arnold RIM Trail Association Steering Committee and activ...
Marilyn Rose Heinzel
Oct. 22, 1937 - Feb. 4, 2016
Our mother, Marilyn, died on Thursday morning in Tracy, California. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Marilyn was a Registered Nurse for over 35 years and loved working in surgery, the recovery room and same day surgery. In the 1990â€™s she began a second career working for Costco. She was married for 20 years to her sweetheart, Richard (Dick) Heinzel, who predeceased her in 1979. Marilyn has three children, Elaine Eiden and her husband Rick of Tracy, Susan Cahill and her husband Tom of Santa Clarita, Ca. and Tim Heinzel and his wife Barbara also of Santa Clarita, Ca. Marilyn also has four grandchildren, Thomas and Caitlin Cahill and Ashley and Jennifer Heinzel. She is also survived by her sister Joan McCusker of Benicia, and her niece Carrie (Keith) Smith, her great-niece Peyton, and her nephew Michael Gravelle and was predeceased by her brother Jim McCusker and her parents James and Mary McCusker. She will always be missed by those who love her....
Merle Haas Telford
Oct. 7, 1929 - Feb. 2, 2016
Merle Haas Telford passed away from Alzheimerâ€™s disease on Feb. 2, 2016, in Concord, California. Merle was born on October 7, 1929, to Pearl and Merna Telford in Pierre, South Dakota. He was one of eight siblings including Marie, Phyllis, Iris, Arlene, Kenneth, Gene and Thomas. Merle worked in heavy construction and in real estate for many years in Pleasanton. He was a community activist and served in the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and became a lifetime member of the Lions Club. Merle is survived by his wife, Melda, two children, Linda (Jerry) Walton of Discovery Bay, Jim (Sally) Telford of Rapid City, South Dakota, one stepson, Lane (Debbie)of Santa Clarita, eight grandchildren, Amy Telford, Adam Telford, Aaron Telford, Justin (Danielle) Walton of Livermore, Scott (Tessa) Walton of Elk Grove, Steven (Debbie) Leavitt, Daniel Leavitt, and Rebecca Leavitt of Santa Clarita, eight great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews and extended family. Merle loved his family, relatives, and friends dearly. He will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather and a friend to everyone he met....
Oct. 18, 1927 - Jan. 28, 2016
Barbara T. Ashton, who baked thousands and thousands of cookies for others, went home to Jesus on January, 28, 2016. She was 88. As a homemaker and mother, Barbara readily served her family and others. One of her favorite ways was to bake her special oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. She made cookies for the churchâ€™s prison ministry, its evangelical outreach, its youth group and groups her children were in as they grew. She learned to make beignets while living in Louisiana. She made them for fundraisers, getting up very early to make the dough so they would be fresh later in the morning. She also made chicken soup from scratch and always had some in the freezer to give to a person who was sick or needed a meal. Her volunteerism extended to the schools, the library book program, youth programs, the Hope Hospice gift shop and the Kaiser facilities in Pleasanton where she logged more than 5,000 hours as volunteer. When her daughter sent her a hand-knitted prayer shawl as Barbara recovered from knee surgery, she in turn started a prayer shawl ministry at Centerpointe. She routinely knitted a shawl each week and the ministry has given more than 500 shawls over the y...
Aug. 9, 1955 - Jan. 23, 2016
After a six year battle with colon cancer, Meribeth Detweiler was called to the Lord at the age of 60 while surrounded by her immediate family. Meribeth is survived by her husband Karl and their children, Joel(Sarah), Todd and Jayna, her nieces Kathy Houret, Jayne Bower and Mindy Prow. and her â€œadoptive sisterâ€ Janet Kittler. She was born in Terre Haute, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her parents Paul and Evelyn Ellingsworth and her sister Jacque Bower. She graduated from West Vigo High School in Terre Haute and San Jose State University. She was brave to the end as she fought for her life, enduring numerous surgeries and chemo treatments with unbelievable strength and positive emotions. She loved to dance, loved to entertain, loved her children, her husband, her friends and especially her community. She served on the Pleasanton Human Services Commission and was a volunteer Barton Tutor at Valley View for many years. She also actively supported many local politicians and causes....
John Robert Watson
Feb. 28, 1925 - Jan. 17, 2016
John (Jack) Watson, 90, a resident of Pleasanton for the past several years, died peacefully on January 17, 2016, with family by his side. He was born February 28, 1925 along with his twin sister, Dorothy Higgs, (deceased) in Bellevue, PA. His family moved many times and ended up in Southern California where he met his wife, MaryAnn Horn(deceased). They began their family there with two girls. A new job with IBM brought Jack to Upstate New York for programmer training and then to Montgomery, AL, then back to New York all within six and a half years and he also added two more daughters to his family. After that time, he was transferred to San Jose, California and continued his career with IBM, Memorex Corp.,and then finally a small company in Northern California called ICOT. He retired at age 60. With his wife, MaryAnn, by his side they traveled everywhere in the US in a small travel trailer and eventually made their winter home in Apache Junction, AZ for the "snowbird" season and their favorite spot during the summer months was Hope, ID on Lake Pend Oreille. He was probably one of the few to have had a sailboat on the lake. They even travelled to Demark twice to meet their great-...
Tarey (Terry) Joann Thornburg
May 2, 1949 - Jan. 14, 2016
Tarey Joann Thornburg, a resident of Aurora, CO for the past 30+ years passed away January 14, 2016 at the Denver Hospice Impatient Care Center. Her dear friend, Denise (Dee) Strothmann, also of Aurora, was by her side. Surgery in the previous month did not slow the aggressive cancer with which she was diagnosed in December. Tarey went to Colorado to work for the Channel 2 television station as a station programmer, and then worked as a dispatcher for a trucking firm. There were many hours spent on the phone with Tarey â€œcatching upâ€ with friends in California: Meridyth Noble, Susan Nerton and her mom, Florence and brother, Roger, and many others. This remembrance is for those of us who knew Tarey in Colorado but are curious about her time in California, 1956-1968. I have it on good authority that Tarey arrived in Pleasanton in 1956 and attended Alisal Elementary School from second to fourth grades. Meridyth (Merilou) Noble remembers that first bus ride to Alisal Elementary School; this wide-eyed, little brunette introduced herself asking Merilou if she wanted to sit with her on the bus. Iâ€™ll bet Doug Amis and Jack Friedman remember those days at Alisal Elemen...
Sherrill Marie Hamilton
April 17, 1945 - Jan. 10, 2016
Sherrill Hamilton was born April 17, 1945 in Idaho to parents Glenn and Dona (Fenton) Walker. She grew up in Bellflower, California before her family moved to Dublin during her high school years. She graduated from Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton in 1963 and later graduated from Hayward Beauty College. Sherrill met her loving husband, Herbert Hamilton and were married in 1966. They would have celebrated 50 years of marriage in September. Sherrill was a devoted wife and mother. They had three children together and she stayed home with them when they were young. She was known as an excellent cook who loved to barbeque and no one left her table hungry. She loved gardening, sewing and cherished the Christmas holiday. She treasured her grandchildren and loved spending time with them. She had a generous heart and touched many lives with her presence. She was a beautician who served a number of private clients for many years. She was also a school crossing guard in Pleasanton for 20 years and became known as the â€œSmartie Ladyâ€ for the Smartie candies she routinely gave students. She was a member of two groups of the Red Hat Society and played Mahjong wee...
David Charles Muck
April 20, 1939 - Jan. 10, 2016
David Charles Muck, who based his life on being a disciple of Jesus, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on January 10, 2016 after battling a form of dementia. He was 76. His wife of 52 years, Carol, described Daveâ€™s life and personality as the epitome of 1st Corinthians 13, with his patience and kindness and the way he served her and their children. He served Centerpointe as an elder and was seen publically as the long-time commodore of the churchâ€™s humorous marching group, The Balloon Platoon. The â€œprecisionâ€ marching group fit Daveâ€™s sense of humor and his big laugh. He described his Balloon Platoon role as being â€œa clown for Christ.â€ Both he and Carol loved to sing and sang for decades with the Centerpointe choir. He also was an important ringer in the bell choir from its beginnings in the 1990â€™s. Dave was born and grew up in Beloit, Kansas. He learned to play golf with his dad and brothers and played throughout his life. He played collegiate golf, basketball (center) and tennis while earning his bachelorâ€™s degree at the College of Emporia. He went on to earn a masterâ€™s degree in math at Kansas State Te...
Eric C Larson
July 15, 1953 - Jan. 2, 2016
Eric Christian Larson of Pleasanton, CA, passed away on January 2, 2016, at the age of 62 after a long battle with cancer. He is predeceased by his parents Hugo and Kari Arentzen Larson and stepson J.R. Larson. He is survived by Anne (Sam) Larson, his wife of 35 years; daughter Sharon Esthena Larson Starnes, son-in-law Nick Starnes, and step grandson Cooper of Chico, CA; and daughter Whitney Larson, of Las Vegas, NV. Eric is also survived by his sister Ann Larson of Essex Junction, VT; sister Linn Barlow, brother-in-law Renn Barlow, niece Esthena and nephew Graham of Middlebury, VT; and brother Jens Larson, sister-in-law Maggie Larson and nephew Kyle of Phoenix, AZ. Eric is also remembered fondly by numerous cousins across the country. Eric was born in New York and grew up in Ramsey and Ridgewood, NJ. He graduated from Ridgewood High School and studied at Hartwick College before getting a degree in economics from the University of Massachusetts. Eric loved music. He performed in several rock bands while in high school and then in the late 70s he helped create and manage WoodDancer, a musical duo comprised of two close high school friends that toured the country for several ye...
Cyrus Edwin Finley
March 25, 1935 - Dec. 28, 2015
Cyrus Finley passed away suddenly on Dec 28, 2015, surrounded by family. He was a long-time Pleasanton resident until his retirement in 2005, when he moved to Arnold, CA. He was active in the Air Force for 15 years, finishing as a Captain in Air Defense Command. He went on to work as an Air Traffic Controller for 11 years and retired from Safeway as a Computer Administrator. He was active in volunteering in his daughters' activities, serving as President of the Drum and Baton Corps and also the Foothill High School Band Boosters. When he retired, he continued his volunteering with the Friends of the Library in Arnold, and was also an active member of the Lion's Club. Cy was a devout Catholic, a member of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton and the Our Lady of the Sierra in Arnold. He was an avid Notre Dame football fan, never missing a game. Cy is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary; two daughters, Dawn Abbey and Cindy Dourov; 2 sons-in-law, Terry Abbey and Alex Dourov; six grandchildren and their spouses, Zachary and Heather Abbey, Tiffany Abbey, Caitlin & Will Dyer, Andrew Abbey, Christopher Dourov and Matthew Abbey. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara, s...
Michael Vanden Branden
Oct. 17, 1944 - Dec. 16, 2015
Mike passed away peacefully at home on December 26, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife, Judy; his children, Tracy (Rob) Sebastian, Michael and Eric; grandchildren, Tyler, Dylan, Kai and Kalia Sebastian, Madeline, Elle, Dominic and Iris Vanden Branden, and Paul Vanden Branden. Mike was the eldest of the 6 children of Bud and Mary. His siblings are Dave (Gayle), Lynn, Gale (Doug) Sheasley, Paul (Rhonda) and Jim (Tracy). Mike enjoyed our Hawaii visits, his retirement "naps" and his summer gardening. He will be missed by his family and friends....
Jane Langford Heisch
Feb. 26, 1929 - Nov. 30, 2015
Jane Langford Heisch passed away on November 30, 2015 after a four year battle with Alzheimerâ€™s. Jane was born in Santa Clara, California and went to Santa Clara High School where she met and married Bob Langford. She enjoyed reading, cross-stitch embroidery, gardening and writing. Jane is preceded in death by her two husbands Bob Langford and Harold Heisch. She is survived by her children Linda Canfield (Terry), Debra LeClair (Bob) and Randy Langford and her grandchildren Christine, Michelle, Robby, Kelly, Beau, Grant, Kaitlyn, and Zachary and great grandchildren Derek, Brittany, Carly, Jackson, Shelby, Caleb, Abby, Connor, Oliver and one great-great grandson Evan. Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life at 2:00pm on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 3574 Vineyard Avenue, Pleasanton. A reception will be held immediately following the service at the home of Debra LeClair at 2235 Delucchi Drive, Pleasanton. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Alzeimerâ€™s Association at www.alz.org....
Timothy John Burns
Jan. 29, 1961 - Nov. 25, 2015
Timothy John Burns of Pleasanton, California, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 of complications with pneumonia. Tim was born on Jan. 29, 1961 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and also lived in Hawaii and Alaska throughout his adult life. Tim was most known for his comedic personality, along with his outstanding golf game. He applied his golf skills working as an Assistant Pro for many years and he very much enjoyed giving lessons. Tim was also a musician playing the guitar and singing, but he was most known for his lyrical abilities. Tim is survived by his mother, Patricia Burns of Pleasanton, California; along with siblings William Burns and Kelly Capilla of Pleasanton, Mary Burns of San Francisco, and Erin Burns Parker of Brighton, England. Tim was also an uncle to three nieces and two nephews. Tim will be remembered at St. Augustine's Church in PLeasanton, California, at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 with a reception following afterwards in the Parishioner's Hall. Tim was an animal lover, so if you would like to remember him in a special way, please make a donation in his name to Tri-Valley Animal Rescue or The Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek....
Kathleen "Kay" O'Leary Josephine
March 19, 1932 - Nov. 9, 2015
Kathleen "Kay" O'Leary passed away at her home in Pleasanton on Monday. Kay was born in San Francisco and graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy. Kay worked for Pac Bell for 25 plus years and retired in 1987. Kay is survived by her daughters Kathleen O'Leary and Peggy (Jim) Frasier and son-in-law Jim Brunicardi. She also leaves behind adored nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Patrick O'Leary, her loving children, daughter Theresa Brunicardi, and her son Patrick O'Leary. She will alway be in our hearts. Please contact Graham-Hitch Mortuary for service times....
Nancy Olive Henninger
April 1, 1937 - Nov. 5, 2015
It was with heavy heart that we whispered goodbye to our Nancy Olive on Thursday, November 5, 2015. A fourth generation Californian, Nancy was born to Madelyne and Lossie Leo Hays on April Fools Day 1937. The youngest of three sisters, she was raised in Santa Rosa and Oakland, California, graduating from Oakland High in 1955. Marrying Fred Henninger in 1956, they moved to Pleasanton in 1968 where they raised their four energetic kids and where they both resided until their respective passing's. Nancy began her working career at Saint Rose Hospital in Hayward and eventually retired from Valley Memorial Hospital in Pleasanton, making lifelong friends along the way. Best known for her keen and shrewd card playing skills, Nancy had a great sense of humor and was extremely creative with a gifted eye for decorating. Her warm home was always beautifully decorated for every holiday, with Halloween and Thanksgiving being her favorite. The loving matriarch of her family, Nancy's kind heart and generosity touched her family and friends in so many ways, including the numerous children she shared her home with as she shepherded them through difficult times. A true friend, Nancy will...
Margaret Mary Perri
Feb. 22, 1924 - Oct. 22, 2015
Margaret Perri passed away in Walnut Creek, CA, at the age of 91. Born in Detroit, Michigan, on Feb. 22, 1924, later migrating to California. She received her AA Degree from DeAnza College in 1973 and became a Student Teacher, Administrator for Alpine Travel in Saratoga and worked as a Conciege at Nordstrom in San Jose. She is survived by her Brother, Harvey Passanisi (Beverly Passanisi) of San Mateo; Son, Daniel Perri of Brattleboro, VT; Daughter-in-Law Candace Perri of Pleasanton; Grandsons, Scott Perri (Jennie Perri) of Castro Valley, CA; Matthew Perri (Danielle Stolman) of San Jose, CA; and Granddaughter, RaeAnne Caires (Mike Caires) of Charlottesville, VA. Preceded in death by her son, Raymond Perri; her late Husband, Rinaldo Perri; Sister, Anne Pombo; and Brother, Sam Pombo. She will be dearly missed by extended family and friends....
Patricia Loretta Millard
July 7, 1936 - Oct. 17, 2015
Patricia (Paddie) Millard passed away peacefully in Modesto, CA on Oct. 17, 2015 after a long illness. Paddie was born in San Francisco on July 7, 1936. She is survived by her many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jack B. Millard. Paddie and Jack raised their large family in Pleasanton, California. ...
Nov. 15, 1926 - Sept. 27, 2015
Hazel Irene Josephs was born on November 15, 1926, near Brandon, Minnesota to parents Helen and Joe Josephs. She grew up on a farm and learned how to milk cows, tend chickens, and plant strawberries from an early age. Mom loved growing up in the country. She had a deep love of nature and especially enjoyed the changing seasons. Mom, and her twelve siblings, attended a one room school house. As a child she enjoyed writing stories and poems. She was an avid reader throughout her life. She enjoyed gardening, garage sales, and antiques. She had a flair for decorating and her homes were always warm, inviting, and cozy. She was a fabulous cook who loved having family and friends gathered at her table. It was love at first sight when she met her husband, Rudy Cortez. They enjoyed close to 40 years together. Rudy passed away in 1986 at the age of 60. Mom had a deep faith and lived her life with compassion and love. She was truly a gentle soul. Hazel and Rudy raised their children in South San Francisco. Following Rudy's passing, Hazel lived in Folsom. She moved to Pleasanton in 2004 to be near her daughter, Rachel. While in Pleasanton, she lived at Ridgeview...
Aug. 23, 1930 - Sept. 4, 2015
The life of Barbara Fracisco Mertes, the driving force to establish Las Positas College in Livermore, will be celebrated in the building named in her honor, The Barbara Fracisco Mertes Center for the Performing Arts, on the Las Positas campus. The building was named in her honor when it was dedicated in October 2010. She was born and grew up in Livermore, attending St. Michael School and graduating from Livermore High School. She moved on to the University of California, Berkeley where she earned Bachelors of Arts and doctorate degree. She earned a master?s degree from San Francisco State University. She joined the Chabot College Faculty in 1963 to teach English and Rhetoric. Barbara advanced to serve as the Dean of Arts and Sciences in 1970 and then became the founding Dean of what became Las Positas College in 1975. She served there for 11 years until moving to the district office as Vice Chancellor for Institutional Planning and Facilities development. In that role, she wrote the master plans for both Las Positas and Chabot as well as writing competitive grant requests that resulted in more than $100 million outside of the regular budget allocations for the two ...
Muriel Marion Spoerlein
March 14, 1935 - Aug. 30, 2015
Muriel Marion (DeMoussett) Spoerlein, age 80, of Vacaville died quietly on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, around the time she would normally attend mass at Brookdale Vacaville Leisure Town (formerly Merrill Gardens) where she called home. She had suffered a major stroke a few days earlier which led to her death. Muriel was the first born child born March 14, 1935, in San Ramon, California to Edward John DeMoussett and Marguerite "Marion" Clark-Martinez. Her siblings were Vercia LaVern, Edward LeRoy and later joined by a second marriage to the Kelley girls; Jane, Kathleen, Ruth, Roberta and Camille. She attended a two room school house in San Ramon and later graduated from San Ramon High School. She was a devoted Catholic and cemented in her faith. She was baptized in her grandparents' church at St. Patrick's in Oakland in 1935 and celebrated her first communion at St. Isidore on May 27, 1945. She was confirmed "Mary" at her Confirmation also at St. Isidore on Nov. 26, 1949. She met the love of her life while working as a soda jerk at the Dutch Oven in Danville, California. After making sure she had his coffee ready before he walked in the door, Muriel won the heart of Ross S...
Mary Elizabeth Dana
Dec. 21, 1931 - Aug. 27, 2015
Mary Kramar Dana passed away on Aug. 27 at her home on Mohr Avenue, Pleasanton, at age 83, following a long illness. Mary married Gene Dana in 1950, and was the proud mother of four children, Glen of Roswell, NM; Donna of Newman, CA; Sandy of Ft. Collins, CO; and Daryl of Pleasanton, all of whom married happily and gave Mary a total of 10 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren who were a great joy to her. Mary was active in youth affairs as a young mother and enjoyed many years hosting Dana's Country Pumpkins at their Mohr Avenue ranch. She is survived by all her children and all her grands and great grands - as she referred to them - and her husband of 64 years, Gene and their beloved Ruby cavalier dog, Chile....
Alice Ann Cantelow
Feb. 22, 1924 - Aug. 22, 2015
former Livermore resident, California
A Celebration of Alice Ann Cantelow, one of God's very faithful servants and the founder of Shepherd's Gate, has begun in Heaven! After a very long illness, she passed away in Port Townsend, Washington, surrounded by family. She was 91. Alice Ann was dearly loved and respected by so many. She touched everyone she met with her enthusiasm for life, fun nature, passion for the natural world, and devoted service to God. An athletic standout at the private girls school she attended (Anna Head), Alice Ann went on to earn bachelor's degrees at UC Berkeley and Cal Poly. For two years of World War II she served as a radiowoman and chauffeur. After raising 3 girls, with active involvement in their Girl Scout troops and schools, she went on to teach, be a park ranger (Grand Canyon) and naturalist (Sunol Regional Park). Her greatest achievement, though, was Shepherd's Gate, a shelter for battered and homeless women and children which she founded in Livermore at age 60 and ran for nearly 10 years. Lives of more than 11,000 residents have been changed as a result. Alice Ann retired from Shepherd's Gate in 1996, but was not idle long. She began a ministry with Pat Ely, tirelessly ...
Chris Harold Hokanson, Ph.D.
Nov. 23, 1972 - Aug. 15, 2015
Chris Harold Hokanson, Ph.D., a resident of Marion, Alabama and former Pleasanton resident, passed away Aug. 15 in Boston, Massachusetts, at age 42 from amyloidosis stemming from multiple myeloma (blood plasma cancer). Born in Castro Valley, California, Chris grew up in Pleasanton, graduating as Co-Valedictorian of Amador Valley High School in 1991. He graduated with honors in English from Stanford University and also studied at Magdalen College at Oxford University. Chris earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English Literature at Indiana University, as well as a Masters in Education from the Harvard University School of Education. Following postdoctoral fellowships at Stanford University, the University of Illinois-Chicago, and the University of Alabama, Chris spent the past five years as Assistant Professor and Chairman of the English Department at Judson College in Marion. He also served as Division Head for the Humanities, overseeing multiple departments. A much-beloved professor and colleague, Chris received both college-wide teaching awards, one from the faculty and administration in 2014 and one from the graduating students of the class of 2015. Chris was a member an...
Renata Giulia Buteau
April 26, 1927 - Aug. 8, 2015
Renata Giulia Buteau, 88, a 20-year resident of Pleasanton, passed away on Aug. 8, 2015 in her home of natural causes. She was born April 26, 1927 in Providence, Rhode Island and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband in the early 60's. She raised a family of five in Fremont, California, and was an expert homemaker. She loved the sun and the beach and enjoyed movies and game shows and dancing. She also loved to travel and China, Egypt, and Jerusalem along with Hawaii were some of her favorites. But mostly, she enjoyed the company and love of her family. Renata is survived by her five children: Cheryl Shaw of Bend, Oregon; Teri Landuyt of Arnold, California; Jim Buteau of Palo Alto, California; Tim Buteau of Pleasanton, California; and Walt Buteau of Barrington, Rhode Island, along with eighteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Her husband, Walter George Buteau Jr., passed away in 1993....
Randall Jay Collins
June 1, 1956 - July 26, 2015
Randy Collins, 59, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Pleasanton, California after an eight-month battle with lung cancer. Born in Seattle, Washington to Ronald George Collins and Lola Edith Irene St. Cyr Collins, Randy grew up in San Bruno. He moved to San Jose to start his engineering career, and later moved to Pleasanton to raise his family. Randy began his career in high tech while attending San Jose State University. He was an engineer at GE Nuclear and GE Semiconductor, IT Manager at Siemens, IT Director at Synopsys, and Vice President of Customer Satisfaction at Network Appliance, from which he retired in 1999. A man of many interests, Randy was known for his intelligence and light-hearted sense of humor. He enjoyed cooking, shooting, playing guitar, driving motorcycles, and making others laugh. In 2007, he turned his passion for firearms into a business when he opened J&R Sports Supply in Livermore. Through his positive attitude, friendly customer service, and desire to teach others about firearms safety, Randy made many friends in the community and built a loyal following of customers at his business. In addition to being a certified NRA instructor, Randy wa...
Dixie McClure Kamp
Jan. 15, 1924 - July 24, 2015
Dixie Kamp, 91-year-old long time Pleasanton resident, passed away peacefully on July 24 surrounded by three generations of her family. She was married to Everett Andy Kamp (deceased) and had three daughters, Karen MacDonough (Tom), Betsy Miller, and Donna McMillion (George); six grandchildren, Sarah Borjon, Kelly McMillion Hankins, Suzanne MacDonough-Foure, Scott MacDonough, Charles Miller, and Gary Miller; and five great grandchildren. Dixie and Everett met in Corpus Christi, TX during World War II while Everett was in naval officer flight training. After the War, they followed their family heritage and farmed and ranched in the Pleasanton Dublin areas. Everett's grandfather was Henry P. Mohr, one of the founding fathers of Pleasanton. Their Kamps Pumpkin Patch off of Mohr Avenue was a popular place for thousands of school children and families to pick pumpkins. Dixie, also known as Nana to her grandchildren, enjoyed reading, listening to music, traveling the world, and playing bridge with the Pleasanton and Dublin Senior Centers' partners. She was fortunate to have spent many years traveling and enjoying her grandchildren and attending their activities. At Dixie's ...
William "Bill" Harold Chrysty
Aug. 20, 1966 - July 21, 2015
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22 at St. Augustine's Church, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton, CA 94566. Bill is survived by his two adoring daughters, Hannah Rose Chrysty and Mia Laurel Chrysty of Pleasanton, CA, his mother Barbara Chrysty, sister Carol Gary and her family of AZ. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Hannah and Mia Chrysty College fund, care of Sheri Hunter, address 7369 E. Fledgling Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85255....
John L Janowski
April 17, 1946 - June 12, 2015
John passed away on Friday, June 12 after a hard fought, 3 year battle with cancer. He passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side. John was born in Oakland CA and graduated in 1964 from Skyline High School in Oakland. He attended Cabrillo College before enlisting in the Marines and fighting in the Vietnam War from 1966-1968 where he was the recipient of 3 Purple Hearts. He joined the Oakland Fire Department in 1970 and retired after 31 years of service. He is survived by his wife Chris of 45 years, his daughter Nicole and her partner Marcus, his son Steve and his wife Dawn, his grandchildren Stoney and Alexa, Austin, J.T, Sam, Hayden and Shane, and his great granddaughter Shayleigh. He was also blessed with many very close friends who will miss him dearly. Friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of his Life on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 301 Main St., Pleasanton, CA 94566. Donations may be made to: VA Palo Alto Health Care System for General Fund # 2202 or American Cancer Society....
Roland Gerald Garrido
April 8, 1949 - June 11, 2015
Roland Gerald Garrido of Danville, California, was unexpectedly called home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, June 11 due to cardiac arrest. He will be remembered for his generous giving spirit, quick and keen humor, and wondrous joy of life. Roland was born on April 8, 1949, in Barrigada, Guam, to Jesus and Mathilda Garrido (both deceased). When he was three years old, the family moved stateside and settled in Hayward, California. Roland graduated from San Lorenzo High School in 1967 and then enlisted in the United States Air Force. During his military service, he aided in the cleanup and relief after hurricane Camille while stationed in Biloxi, MS in 1969. He received technical training while billeted in South Korea, which served him well in his career in technical sales, and later, recruiting. Roland was always ready for an adventure and enjoyed road trips, hiking and the outdoors, building and fixing things around the house, tinkering with cars, reading, and especially spending time with family and friends. He was known for his kind and giving nature and serving and helping others whenever the opportunity arose. Roland is survived by his devot...
April 22, 1945 - June 10, 2015
Alan Godfrey Hugunin, 70, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at his home in Pleasanton, CA. He was born on April 22, 1945, in Janesville, WI, to Roy John and Eva Godfrey Hugunin. Alan grew up on the family farm in Janesville, WI. He graduated Janesville Senior High School where he was the captain of the football team and won many horse pulling competitions. Alan attended the University of Wisconsin and received a BS, an MS, and a PhD in Agricultural and Food Science. While attending the University, he would meet and marry his wife, Jo Anne Merwin in Madison, WI in 1967. Alan served in the Army at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. In 1975, Alan and Jo Anne moved to Pleasanton, CA. He attended the University of California, Berkeley and received an MBA. Alan worked for several companies throughout his career in various executive roles; specializing in food technology and technical services. Alan eventually started his successful consulting business, Hugunin & Associates; serving clients throughout the world, especially in Asia and Latin America. He would finish his career working for Cargill, Inc. Alan enjoyed travel, sports, reading, anima...
Jan. 28, 1922 - June 5, 2015
Bernice Art passed away peacefully from complications of surgery on June 5, 2015. She was a most remarkable woman. Wherever she went, she made friends. She knew everyone and everyone liked her. She was born in Chicago in January, 1922 and lived through many bitterly cold winters and the Great Depression. She was college educated, a rarity in her time, and she worked many years as an administrative assistant for executives of insurance companies. She married Sam Art in San Antonio, Texas just before he was shipped out to Europe for WWII where he was an officer and bombadier. She was a great lover of music - opera, classical, theater, and enjoyed attending performances while in Chicago and later on here in the Livermore area. She came to Livermore about a year after the death of her beloved husband in 1992. She was an active member of the Livermore Lioness Club, the Livermore Senior Center and Congregation Beth Emek. She was also a world traveler and had been to Europe, Australia, Thailand, the Panama Canal and other places too numerous to mention. She is preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Celia Leland, her brothers Benn and Ray Leland, sister-in-law Zelda Leland ...
Ralph Luther Williams
July 11, 1933 - June 1, 2015
Santa Clara, Santa Clara County, California
Our loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend, Ralph Luther Williams Jr., age 81, passed away on Monday, June 1, 2015, in Santa Clara, California. He was born on July 11, 1933, in Grants, New Mexico, to Ralph Luther Williams Sr. and Avah Jane McGehee. Always a storyteller, Ralph loved to share that he was born on an Indian Reservation in a chicken coop and grew up with bright red hair in a non-traditional family ? especially for the times. His father was a bricklayer and his mother a stay-at-home mom. He also had a much older half-brother and half-sister. Ralph would later tell his own children how poor his "Okie" family was and that his thick accent almost impeded his attainment of his Master's Degree. In 1952, Ralph graduated from Chaffey Union High School in Ontario, California, where he was active in the Drama Club and was a Master Counselor of the DeMolay organization. Following high school, he joined the Army Reserve and served as a Staff Sergeant in the Korean War. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1956. Ralph was the first person in his family to go to college. In 1959, Ralph received his Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State College...
Scott Di Santo
Nov. 13, 1962 - May 22, 2015
Scott Louis Di Santo of Pleasanton, California, passed away after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. He was born in San Mateo, California, and attended school at St. Matthew's Catholic, Serra High, and the University of Nevada, Reno. He was employed at Lexus of Concord. Scott was preceded in death by his parents Louis and Patricia Di Santo and brother Michael Di Santo. He is survived by brother Martin Di Santo(Cyndi), sisters Lauren Ginocchio( Gary ), and Julie Zanoni(Chris), 13 nieces and nephews and a grandnephew. Among Scott's many interests, he had a particular passion for photography, cars, fishing, skiing, biking and boating. He was a gifted golfer, which he started playing at age 10 and continued playing for his high school and college teams. He treasured his vacations in Tahoe with family and friends. Scott will be remembered for his charming, compassionate and humorous quick wit. He had a smile that lit up the room!...
Carol Jean Ottens
March 19, 1934 - May 12, 2015
Carol Jean Ottens passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 with her husband, Harm, by her side. She had such an impact on so many people with her kind heart and willingness to help. Carol was born in Salt Lake City, UT, and eventually moved to the Bay Area, finally settling down in Pleasanton where she met her husband Harm working as a Switchboard Operator at Castlewood Country Club. Harm and Carol married in 1970 and enjoyed 45 wonderful years together. They later opened up Carol's Guest Home, where they took care of many elderly clients for over 25 years, retiring from the business in 2015. Carol loved taking trips to Reno with her husband, always staying at the El Dorado. She loved knitting, doing needlepoint and making porcelain dolls. Carol was always helping others in need, this was shown through her volunteer work at Shepherd's Gate and by the number of lives she impacted. She loved entertaining and any excuse to bring out her gold flatware, especially during Christmas when she would have the family over for Prime Rib and the Dutch dish Mouse. Carol is survived by her best friend and loving husband, Harm; children Charles Perkins, Michael Ottens, Pamela and husband ...
Patricia Virginia Duncan
Jan. 22, 1940 - May 12, 2015
Patricia (Pat) Virginia Duncan passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at her home in Pleasanton after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. She was born Jan. 22, 1940 in Paia, Maui, Hawaii to Margaret (nee Moniz) and Edward Boteilho DeCoite. She was the eldest of four children with three brothers, Edward (Eddie), Dennis and Reginald (Reggie) De Coite. Pat's grandparents were all born in Portugal. Her father moved the family to the Bay Area on May 19, 1956 when Pat was 16 years old. Pat hated to leave Hawaii. She graduated from Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo on June 12, 1958 and then worked for the Pacific Bell Telephone Company in Hayward for 13 years. The family later moved to Dublin, CA. Patricia was a beloved wife to James (Jim) W. Duncan for almost 49 years, married June 4, 1966 in Hayward, CA. She was a loving mother to David E. Duncan of Chandler, AZ, and Christopher A. Duncan (Raquel, nee Phillips) of Ripon, CA, and a proud and caring grandmother of granddaughters, Makenna and Kember, and grandson, Jace. Jim and Pat made their home in Hayward, San Leandro, and for the last 42 years in Pleasanton where they raised their sons. Pat and Jim were a...
Helen June Yelkes
May 25, 1926 - May 7, 2015
Helen June Yelkes, a resident of Pleasanton and former 43-year resident of Hayward, passed away peacefully on May 7, 2015 with her family at her side. Helen was 88 years old, passing 2 weeks short of her 89th birthday. Helen's husband of 50 years, Fred Yelkes, predeceased her in 2000. Helen is survived by three daughters, Michelle Yelkes-Paul (Mike Paul) of Pleasanton; Maureen Hayes (Ken) of Twain Harte and Mitzi Shaffar (Dan) of Pleasanton as well as five grandchildren: Matthew, Joshua, Shannon, Dane and Mallory. Helen is also survived by her younger sister, Dorothea Strandberg (Ed) of Keizer, Oregon. Helen was born in Portland, Oregon to Joe and Mamie Dewey on May 25, 1926. Helen attended Lindfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. Helen and her best friend, Norma Jean, attended a dance one evening in Portland where Helen met and later married Fred Yelkes, and Norma Jean met and later married Walt Sullivan. Helen and Fred moved to the Hayward Hills in 1956 when Fred transferred to Oakland for a job opportunity. Helen was an active wife, mother and homemaker who dedicated herself to her husband and daughters. Helen loved flowers and was an avid gardener who designed...
Harold August Zosel III
Feb. 5, 1958 - May 1, 2015
Harold "Butch" August Zosel III, 57, of Pleasanton, California, died in Alamo at the Bruns Hospice House on May 1, 2015 of cancer. Harold was born on February 5, 1958 at Eden Hospital in Castro Valley, California to Harold August II and Edith Marie Zosel. He would later become the older brother of Kristine Marie Zosel. He was raised in Pleasanton, attending Pleasanton Elementary School and Amador High School, graduating in 1976. He enjoyed baseball and golf, playing golf on Amador's golf team throughout high school. Like his father before him, his love for the game of golf continued at Castlewood Country Club where his unmatched skills earned him the title Golf Champion of Boys in 1977. After high school, Harold studied to become a plumber, joining the Plumbers Union 444 (now 342), working for Can-Am in Pleasanton and then Roeber's Plumbing Co. in Casto Valley, ending his career as foreman at KDS Plumbing. Harold's backbreaking labor became a prideful source of legacy as he would often share stories of the projects he'd completed, the buildings on which he'd left his mark, and the infrastructure he installed that many of us take for granted. His work was his humble way to ...
Betty Maxine McCarty
July 30, 1928 - May 1, 2015
San Ramon, California
Betty Maxine McCarty was born July 30, 1928 in Pratt, Kansas, the daughter of George and Lissa Carlson. She left this mortal world on Friday, May 1, 2015 at her home in San Ramon, and her blessed soul now soars in the heavens above. Betty is survived by her husband Donald L. McCarty of San Ramon, CA. She was preceded in death by her son David Lawrence McCarty, and is survived by her children Bonnie C. Springer (David V. Springer) of Charleston, South Carolina; Donna K. Ard (Michael G. Ard) of McKinney, Texas; Warren E. McCarty (Ingeborg B. McCarty) of Pleasanton, CA; grandchildren Christopher B. Ard, Jeffrey A. Ard, Cherisa M. Ard, Karin L. McCarty and Annika M. McCarty. She was one of eight children and is survived by her brother Glenn Carlson and sisters Dorothy Ulrich and Rowena Netzley...
Alma Guadalupe Spring
Oct. 4, 1968 - April 29, 2015
Pleasanton resident Alma Guadalupe Lauwerys Spring was only 46 years old when was taken suddenly from the lives of her loving family and friends on April 29, 2015. She leaves behind her loving husband of 24 years, Landon; her son Shane, daughter Miranda, mother Gloria Cedillo, father Peter Lauwerys, brother Emilio Lauwerys and a vast community of loving friends and students. Her brother, Pierre Lauwerys, preceded her in death. Alma graduated from McClatchy High School in Sacramento in 1986 and graduated from UC Davis in 1990. It is difficult to describe what the lives of her family and friends will be like without her enormous spirit and beautiful voice reaching out to us. Alma seemed to be infused with boundless energy, capable of being a wife, mother, friend, counselor, activist all at once; her love for all she knew was also boundless. Her kindness and friendliness to every person she met was an inspiration, but when she needed to be fierce, she was doggedly so. She worked as a Student Services Coordinator at Mount Diablo High School in Concord and was preparing to take the licensure test to become a licensed clinical social worker. Her life's work was to ensure students...
Ann Elizabeth Kyle
July 3, 1944 - April 26, 2015
Succumbing to the effects of a valiant 25 month long battle with ALS, Ann Elizabeth Kyle passed away quietly at home with her husband Michael at her side on Sunday, April 26, 2015. During the entire ordeal she never lost her ability to smile and enjoy the presence of both family and her many friends who visited. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She is survived by Michael, her two sisters, Kay Doan and Linda Haderer (Paul Haderer); sister-in-law Susan Schwerin, and nephew Kyle Schwerin and niece Kelly Schwerin; nieces Carrie Doan Higgins, and Amy Doan Mason (Michael Mason), and grand-nieces Erin Higgins and Miranda Mason; and nephew Nicholas Haderer (Chelsea Haderer), and grand-nephews Nathaniel and Liam Haderer. Ann was born to Robert and Alice Wilson in Washington, D.C. She was the second of three daughters. She spent her early years on the east coast. When she was junior high age she moved with the Wilson family to Stuttgart, Germany. Ann's father was a Director with the American Red Cross assigned to the European headquarters. Ann's father was then transferred to the San Francisco Red Cross office, and the family returned to the US locating in Burlingame...
Don Paul Brennen
Oct. 6, 1954 - April 25, 2015
Don was born in Albuquerque, the first New Mexican in his family. He joined the Navy after graduating high school in Farmington, and then completed college at NMSU in Las Cruces, moving to Sunnyvale, California in 1979, working for Western Electric as a programmer. It was there that he met his wife, Andrea, and on New Year's Day, 1982 he and Andrea eloped to Lake Tahoe. In 1984, Andrea and Don moved to Pleasanton and in 1988, their daughter Amy was born. It was during the early 80's that Don fell in love with windsurfing, going to the ocean, bay, and delta. He similarly was taken with cycling through his years in California ? first with mountain biking and then in 2005 he found a passion for road cycling after he and Andrea decided to pursue that as a shared activity. Don joined a few cycling teams ? Info Vista, and then Tri Valley Velo, racing with both teams and enjoying the training rides and camaraderie of riding with other cycling enthusiasts. Besides racing, Don enjoyed many organized rides locally, and traveling to places he and Andrea could ride multiple days, including Switzerland, Oregon, and Maui. A few years ago, Don cofounded a group of cycling friends calli...
Hathily P Johnson
1924 - April 17, 2015
Born in Southern California in 1924, Hathily was raised in the Pasadena area and went to the University of Arizona in Tucson until World War II when her mother wanted her close to home. Hathily met her future husband through a friendship with his sister. After her family moved back to Solano County, Hathily and Walter ("Brady") married and settled briefly on a ranch at Mokelumne Hill. They then moved to Orinda and began many adventures including sailing twice to and living in the South Pacific with their small children. Hathily moved with the children in 1957 to her father-in-law's Pleasanton ranch where they lived until 1979 when she moved to a house "in town." Hathily was a devoted mother and dear friend. She loved being a Cub Scout den mother, cheering on her children in various sports and activities, dancing around the house, family car trips and traveling. She played tennis with her friends at Castlewood for many years and was a founding member of the Golden Acorn Chapter of the Children?s Home Society. She was always smiling and cheerful. Hathily was diagnosed in 1997 with Alzheimer's and began the "long goodbye." She was pre-deceased by her parents, Marcus C. and...
John Joseph Hofstadt
May 19, 1945 - April 15, 2015
John Joseph Hofstadt was born on May 19, 1945 in San Francisco, California to John Henry Hofstadt and Marjorie Vivian (Thorn) Hofstadt. John graduated from Petaluma High School in 1964. John enlisted in the United States Navy in 1965, was discharged in 1969, and served in the Navy Reserve until 1971. Following his service, John was a member of American Legion Post 237 in Pleasanton and Post 202 in Brentwood. John married Donna Lee Anderson in 1968. John and Donna made their first home in Daily City and moved to Pleasanton in 1985. Donna preceded John in death in 2004. John was employed by various companies in appliance repairs. John retired in 2005 and started JJ Handyman Service. John married Eileen Frances Morley in 2006 and they moved to Brentwood to make their home. John passed away on the morning of April 15, 2015. John is survived by his wife, Eileen; his three sisters-in-law, Kathleen, Maureen and Laureen Morley; and his former mother-in-law, Betty Anderson. A remembrance service honoring John Joseph Hofstadt will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 3 at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to...
Hugh G. Hempill
Dec. 7, 1930 - April 12, 2015
Hugh was a devoted and loving husband and father who enjoyed life with his family and friends. His lifelong love of music began when he sang in his high school chorus and continued when he learned to play the guitar and banjo. He enjoyed going to musicals, folk music festivals, light opera and opera. Hugh was born to Helen and Alvin Hempill in New Castle, PA, but grew up in Chicago, IL. Frequent trips across the U.S. with his maternal grandparents instilled in him a love of travel. Later on, he continued to travel on work assignments both in the U.S. and North Africa. After high school, Hugh attended the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, majoring in Chemical Engineering. While in college, he met Barbara Kurth at a First Presbyterian Church youth group. They were married at the church on January 31, 1953. Following Hugh?s graduation, he worked for The Sherwin-Williams Company. He went on from there to Chemetron Corp., Union Tank Car Co., and Liquid Carbonic. During that time his sons, John and Tom, and his daughter, Jeanne, were born. When the family moved to Homewood, IL, Hugh became actively involved as secretary of the Homewood Little League and also coached. ...
Iris June Martin
May 31, 1927 - April 6, 2015
Iris June Martin, born May 31, 1927 in Dagenham, England to Louisa Maud Peters and James Archibald Frederick Hamilton, passed away peacefully April 6, 2015 at her home in Pleasanton. She was 87 years old. She was married to Edward W. Martin Jr. for 37 years and together, they had 5 children; James Martin (Cecilia) of Twain Harte, Robert Martin of Modesto, Crystal Chavez (Paul) of Sacramento, Leanne Martin of Pleasanton and Carolyn McManus (Mark) of Pleasanton. Dearly loved by her grandchildren; Natalie Selph, Jared, Matthew and Robert Martin, Gillian Smith, Kyle, Stephanie & Kristin McManus as well as 6 great grandchildren; Justin, Travis, Sterling and Rachel Selph, and Jude and Oliver Smith. Preceded in death by her husband Edward Martin in 1983, her brother James, sister Doris and sister Margaret of England and her sister Beryl of Australia. Iris was a war bride and was integral in arranging the first US airline to be privately chartered with all passengers being war brides and their 28 children. She worked as a Senior Health Attendant at Sherwood House Residential Care Home in Livermore for 10 years. Iris was a member the Roses of Britain Chapter of the Daughters of the...
Sept. 3, 1957 - April 5, 2015
Anju died after a 13-month battle with cancer Easter Sunday at the age of 57. She is survived by her husband, Tarun of Pleasanton, three children Sanam (Thakur) in Hong Kong, Mika, Nikhil; her parents Bhim and Sarla Makhija of New Delhi, India; her brother Vineet Makhija in Sydney, Australia and her brother Rajiv Makhija in Hong Kong. Her brother, Sanjay Makhija, has passed away....
Sept. 3, 1957 - April 5, 2015
Anju Bhatia, a beloved wife and mother who lived by her faith daily, went home to her Heavenly Father on Easter Sunday morning after a 13-month battle with cancer. She was 57. During her memorial service on April 9 at Valley Community Church, her friends and family commented on her strong Christian faith and her beautiful ability to touch each person that she met. Her brother, Rajiv Makhija, said, "I never remember her complaining. Her faith saw her through." The Rev. Bob Ferro said, "Anju prayed for God's will to be done." Her life was one of service to family and friends. One of her good friends, Judy Woo, called her "angel." Another sister in Christ said, "She wanted the glory of Christ to be reflected in her life." Indeed, many at the memorial service remarked upon the beauty and wonder of Anju getting baptized with her three children on Good Friday and being called home to heaven on Easter Sunday. Anju was born in Calcutta, India and moved to Hong Kong with her family during her school years. After completion of her GCE 'A' Level exams, she proceeded to the UK where she pursued her Honours Degree in Social Administration at the University of Sussex. ...
Catherine W. James
June 19, 1933 - April 5, 2015
Cathy passed away peacefully at home, early Easter Sunday surrounded by her family. She was 81 years old. Cathy was born in Pittsburg, CA, to Walter Richard and Ruth Smith Whidden. As the daughter of a Boy Scouts of America Executive, Cathy?s early years were spent in Reno, NV, Portland, OR, and Sacramento, CA. Cathy graduated from C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento. After graduation, she attended UC Berkeley as a Speech major. While at Berkeley, Cathy was an active member in her sorority, Chi Omega. After graduating from college in 1954, Cathy took her first teaching job at Viking Elementary school in Fresno, CA. It is here that Cathy's true love of education and children came together. It is also in Fresno that Cathy met the love of her life, Bill, on a blind date at the PalmOlive restaurant. As a young couple, Cathy and Bill spent a short time in Fresno while Cathy honed her teaching skills until their ultimate move to Santa Paula, CA, to start a family. Cathy gave birth to a daughter, Lori in 1961 and shortly thereafter she had son Michael in 1962. This was Cathy?s true joy in life; raising her two children. She spent countless hours nurturing her children in all...
Vincent Lawrence Delaney
Nov. 4, 1929 - March 28, 2015
Vincent Delaney, a 50 year resident of Pleasanton, died on March 28, 2015. He was born in San Jose, CA. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War. He moved to Pleasanton with his family in 1965. He retired from Operating Engineers Local Union # 3 at the age of 62. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Donna Delaney, and children; Lori Adkins, John Delaney & Jeri Delaney, his grandchildren; Daniel Adkins, Russel Delaney, Max Delaney, Brooke Delaney & Taras Lysyk....
June 19, 1933 - March 25, 2015
Rudy Johnson of Pleasanton passed away peacefully on March 25, 2015. Rudy had great strength of character, a deep understanding of the frailty of the human condition, and the ability to understood people?s struggles. With his calm, steady and compassionate gaze, he could always listen without judgment and provide wise counsel. He also had an appreciation for subtle humor, music, poetry and literature, as well as world travel. Rudy?s patience and grace served him well in his careers as a teacher, preacher, and administrator, and he was often called to soothe troubled waters. After growing up on a farm in Colorado, graduating from the University of Colorado and serving in the Army in Europe, he attended Stanford, followed by seminary. He began his career in the ministry by organizing a Lutheran congregation outside of Sacramento. Shortly thereafter he was called to start a new Lutheran church at Stanford; while there he also received his PhD in Education. After working in educational administration, he became an Episcopalian and started by leading an Episcopal congregation in Hayward that had lost its building as part of a lawsuit and needed to build a new church. His last ...
Betty Jane Puertas
Aug. 25, 1918 - Jan. 31, 2015
Betty Jane Puertas will be missed by family and friends. She lived a full life and enjoyed her family very much. Betty was the glue to the foundation of her family. She is survived by her son, Jerald of Pleasanton, CA, and 6 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandson....
Jan. 19, 1945 - Jan. 26, 2015
Ocean Township, New Jersey
Paula Huettig, 70, of Ocean Township, NJ died peacefully at home on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, with her husband David, stepson Tom, and his wife Sue at her side. Born in Georgia, Paula spent most of her life in Little Falls and Wayne, NJ. She worked for PF Laboratories, Inc. of Totowa, NJ and, in 2004, retired from her position in Human Resources after 27 years with the company. Following her retirement, she and her husband moved to Pleasanton, California, returning to New Jersey late last year. A lifelong member of the Episcopal Church, Paula was also a member of the Order of the Daughters of the King. Most recently both she and her husband were very active members of St. Clare?s Episcopal Church in Pleasanton, where Paula served as Directress of the Altar Guild for many years. She was also involved with the Valley Humane Society, where she volunteered in both the Pet Therapy and Paws to Read programs. She was predeceased by her first husband, Peter Imperiale, in 1985; and by her parents, Albert and Mary Wenderoth. She is survived by her husband, David Huettig; her aunt, Marie Stanish; and cousins, Carol Jung, Jeannie Milmoe, Dot Mazurkiewicz, Margaret Reisinger, Roberta...
Alan James Curdy
April 17, 1949 - Jan. 24, 2015
Gold Hill, Oregon
Alan Curdy 65 of Gold Hill Or. passed away January 24, 2015 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, Medford Or. Alan was born April 17, 1949 to Frank and Maxine Curdy. He grew up in Pleasanton, Ca where he graduated from Amador High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and serviced in Vietnam. Alan moved to Rogue Valley in 1984 and worked in the metal fabrication trade. He married Sally McCoy in 1992. His love of hunting began at an early age. He also loved his motorcycles and the feeling of freedom he had while riding. He is survived by his wife Sally; three children, Jamie Glass, Jeremy Curdy and Colt Curdy; and twelve grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Frank Curdy, sister Joyce Messa and six nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Leanne Cakus. Services were held January 30, 2015 at the Eagle Point National Cemetery, Eagle Point, Oregon...
July 13, 1930 - Dec. 26, 2014
Dr. Ward Bosworth Skinner died peacefully on December 26, 2014 in Castro Valley, California at the age of 84. Ward is survived by his daughter, Luree Jones of Pleasanton and 4 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister and son, Ward David Skinner. Ward was very active in the community. Ward opened his dental practice in Hayward in the early 1960's, where he joined the Hayward Chamber of Commerce and Lions Club, making many long time friends. He served as Lions Club President and the President of the Southern Alameda County Dental Association. He was an active member of the Castlewood Country Club and served on the Board of Directors for many years as well as the Castlewood Property Owners Association Board. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Jan. 31, 2014 from 2-5 p.m. at Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton, CA. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ward's life. Additional information is available at: http://www.bergepappassmith.com/mobile/obituary/Ward-Bosworth-Skinner/Hayward-CA/1465607...
Nancy Ellen Shelton
June 21, 1931 - Nov. 16, 2014
A memorial service celebrating the life of long-time Pleasanton resident Nancy Ellen Dyer Shelton will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at Centerpointe Presbyterian Church, 3410 Cornerstone Court, Pleasanton. Mrs. Shelton died November 16, 2014 at the age of 83. She and her husband, Donald, have lived in Pleasanton since 1967. Nancy was born June 27, 1931 in Salinas to Flo and Maurice Dyer. She graduated from Salinas High School in 1949 and then UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Art in 1953. After moving to San Francisco, she worked at the Emporium as an assistant buyer and also for Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Co. as a service representative. She met Donald Shelton in 1958 and they married in 1959. They lived in Oakland for a year, then San Lorenzo where they began raising their girls, Donna, Cathy, and Sarah. In 1967 the family moved to Pleasanton where Nancy was primarily a homemaker, while holding occasional part-time jobs in retail and with the American Red Cross. She volunteered at ValleyCare Hospital as member of the auxiliary for many years. The family enjoyed water skiing, their cabin in Arnold and cross country skiing. Nancy also loved to swim, hike...
Oct. 24, 1985 - Nov. 11, 2014
John Garrett Boerman, 29, of Folsom, CA died Nov. 11, 2014 at his home after a more than four year battle with cancer. He is survived by his parents, Carla and Brian Boerman of Folsom; his brother, Jake Boerman of Lincoln, CA; his grandmother, Elizabeth Boerman of Citrus Heights, CA and several other extended family members. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Emo Boerman of Alameda, CA and Mary Alice and Bill Hill of Little Rock, AR. John grew up in Pleasanton, CA, where he graduated from Amador Valley High School in 2004. He attended Whitworth College in Spokane, WA before moving to Ventura, CA and later San Jose, CA. He was very involved with Young Life, a Christian organization which has an outreach to high school and middle school students. Volunteering with Young Life since high school, John served for many summers at his favorite camp, Woodleaf, in northern California. John was an avid rock climber and loved to play guitar, ukulele, and various percussion instruments. His signature trademark was his incredible sense of humor and love of practical jokes, even until the end. His friends loved and appreciated his "snarky" attitude, and his extremely huge an...
Gary Lee Thompson
July 2, 1952 - Nov. 8, 2014
Wild Rose, Wisconsin
Gary Lee Thompson, 62, of Wild Rose, WI, formerly of Pleasanton died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. He was born July 2, 1952, in Moline, Illinois. He moved to Pleasanton in 1969 and enrolled in Amador Valley High School, graduating in 1971. Gary was dedicated to helping others, and served as a caregiver to many residents in the Pleasanton area. After high school, Gary volunteered many hours at the local VA hospital, and with the Marines during their annual Toys for Tots drives. Gary became a bit of a fixture in the community, and was always ready to have a cup of coffee with you. He is survived by his brothers Kenneth and Stan, a sister Connie, and many nephews, nieces, and friends....
Dora Mae Victorine Nairn
Nov. 4, 1929 - Oct. 26, 2014
Dora Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Dean Nairn. She is survived by 4 children, Cindie, Randy, Caine and Warren; 9 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren. Dora Mae touched the lives of so many and was a fixture in her community for decades, providing daycare for over 30 years. Services will be held at Graham-Hitch Mortuary at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 3, immediately followed by interment at Pioneer Cemetery....
Jerry L. Lemm
Dec. 6, 1933 - Oct. 17, 2014
Jerry L. Lemm, a long-time commercial real estate broker in Pleasanton, died on Oct. 17, 2014, at the age of 80. Jerry was known for his wide smile and his upbeat attitude. "Jerry was always very positive and tried to compliment people. The glass was always half full," said fellow commercial real estate broker Brad Hirst. He started his professional career as a pharmacist and then transitioned to commercial real estate in 1972 with Valley Realty. There weren't many commercial real estate centers, but the entire Tri-Valley was in a residential building boom. He worked daily in commercial real estate with his own firm, J.L. Lemm & Associates, until shortly before his death. John Ferreri, who was managing the Valley Realty offices when Jerry joined the company, shared a second-floor office building with Jerry for many years. "Every morning we would look forward to seeing Jerry's smiling face. He'd come up the staircase and then stick his head into our office to say Hi," said Ferreri. "He was a terrific guy." Mark Pleis, a commercial real estate broker, said, "He was friend, first and foremost and that friendship grew over 28 years. I trusted him with my life. He wore ...
Don Del Vecchio
Oct. 29, 1935 - Sept. 28, 2014
A beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Don Del Vecchio passed away after a brief but valiant fight with cancer at the age of 78. Don died at his home surrounded by his family. Don was born in Passaic, New Jersey where he lived with his parents, Domnick and Mary, and his younger sister Loretta. He attended college at the University of Oklahoma and received a bachelor?s degree in geology. In Oklahoma, he met his wife, Alice, who has been by his side for the last 56 years. After graduating college, Don got married then entered the Marine Corp in July 1958. In the Marine?s, Don served as an Officer. In 1966, Don settled in Pleasanton where he and Alice raised their two daughters, Linda and Donna. His family has grown to include Linda?s husband Gary (Cooper) and Donna?s husband Jeffrey (Henninger). In addition he is the proud grandfather of four grandchildren, Karrah, Andrew, Shane and Nicole. Don has had many interests over the years, these included golfing, sailing, playing the guitar and piano, cheering on the Yankees and the Oklahoma Sooner football team. Most recently his interests included collecting bronze statues, and world traveling. He had a p...
Mary Ann Manning
June 10, 1953 - Sept. 8, 2014
Mary Ann Manning, 61, of Dublin, CA, passed away on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 after battling breast cancer. She was born on June 10, 1953 in Evergreen Park, IL to Raymond and Margaret Lesin, followed by siblings Michael and Peggy. Her husband, Stephen, survives Mary Ann. Together they have four children: Kristie, Karie (and husband, Tom Chamberlain), Ryan (and wife, Katelyn), and Kyle as well as one grandson, Jeremy. Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend was a loving force who shared her kindness and spirit with those around her. Her devotion to her family filled her life with laughter and sorrow but no sorrow was greater than the passing of her son, Kyle. Diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer shortly after Kyle?s passing, who would believe the family could withstand any more pain. Mary Ann?s strength, determination, and stubbornness helped her to succeed in her one last goal; to dance at her son?s wedding just 3 days before her passing (http://youtu.be/4HJ3b44WAL4). Love and support then and now will keep the family strong but it is the memory of Mary Ann that will push them forward and continue to make new memories. We will never forget your love and prom...
William J. Bruton
July 27, 1947 - Aug. 27, 2014
Grass Valley, California
Bill Bruton died at Hospice of the Foothills in Grass Valley on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, following a long battle with cancer. He was 67. Bill grew up in Sunol and Pleasanton, graduating from Amador High School in 1965. He served in the U.S. Army and spent three years stationed in Germany. In 2000 he fulfilled a long-time dream when he and his wife Linda moved to a small ranch in Grass Valley, which they shared with their daughter and granddaughter. Bill loved the rural life and could only be coaxed back to Pleasanton occasionally to visit his family. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Barbara Bruton. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Linda; daughters Kim Hunter (husband, Jason); and Jennifer Goodwin; grandchildren, Hayden and Jake Jackson, Anthony, Christian, and Jonathan Hunter, and Kinsey Goodwin; brother, John Bruton (wife, Elena); sisters, Diane Larsen (husband, Gary); and Bonnie Bruton. He was a very special uncle to his many nieces and nephews, who called him Uncle Silly Billy. At his request no services will be held....
Karleta Belle Atkinson
Aug. 18, 1934 - Aug. 20, 2014
Born in Shawnee, Oklahoma on Aug. 18, 1934, 52 year Pleasanton resident Karleta Atkinson succumbed to the ravages of ovarian cancer 2 days after her 80th birthday. She was home under Hospice care surrounded by her family at the time of her passing. Karleta grew up in Berkeley, and graduated from Berkeley High School in 1952. She studied to became a dental assistant, but her passion was dancing. She met the man of her dreams, a handsome Cal Berkeley engineering student and football player, Robert Atkinson. They were married April 24, 1955, in Berkeley. After a few years of living in Berkeley, New York, and Southern California, Bob and Karleta established their residence in 1962 in Pleasanton. Karleta led a very active social life and enjoyed an eclectic variety of activities: Cal football games, opera, ballet, gardening, visiting museums, spending time at the family cabin in Strawberry during the summer, Yoga, Zumba Gold, line dancing, walking, painting, sewing and quilting, being with her many friends and family, traveling, gourmet cooking, and hosting and attending wine and dinner parties. She was left-handed and loved a challenge. Her favorite color was red. Throughout...
Gary Dean Logan
Dec. 9, 1938 - Aug. 20, 2014
Gary Dean Logan passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 20 after a short yet valiant battle with liver cancer; he was 75 years old. He touched so many lives with his gentle spirit and lively sense of humor. Gary's remarkable life included extraordinary achievements in spite of his humble beginnings. His resilience and goodwill were clearly demonstrated through his effortless charitable endeavors and love for children. Gary was born in San Francisco, CA, raised in Santa Barbara, CA and later moved to Independence, MO. He was introduced to The Andrew Drumm Farm for under-privileged children at the age of 13. Soon after, it was determined that Drumm Farm would become Gary's new home. During his residency, Gary attended East High School, graduating in 1956. After serving in the Navy for four years, Gary returned to California where he enjoyed a 54 year career in the electronics industry. He worked for companies such as Mel Labs, Zeta Labs, Shugart Associates and FlexStar. As a result of an acquisition of FlexStar?s disk drive repair facility, he started his own company. As Founder/CEO of BigByte Corporation for 25 years, Gary leaves behind a legacy of great influence and tangible accompli...
Roy Edward Niedt
Nov. 2, 1922 - Aug. 15, 2014
Roy Edward Niedt of Milton-Freewater, Oregon passed away on Aug. 15, 2014, at Regency at the Park in College Place at the age of 91 years. Roy was born in Dublin, California, to John and Amelia Niedt on Nov. 7, 1922. Roy grew up in Dublin attending Murray School and graduated from Amador High School in Pleasanton. Roy served in the 1504th Army Air Force base unit for five years during World War II. He was an airplane mechanic and was stationed in India, Burma and the east Indies. Roy married Virginia (Susie) Renick on August 26, 1946. The couple lived in Dublin and then Pleasanton. Roy owned and operated an auto parts store in Castro Valley, California until his retirement. Roy enjoyed golf, fishing and woodworking. He was a good and generous friend to everyone he met. Virginia passed away in 1994. In 1996, Roy moved to Milton-Freewater to reside with his sister, Bertha Berry. In 2009 Roy's health caused him to move to Quail Run Retirement Home and then to Pioneer House in Walla Walla. In July of 2013, he moved to the Regency at the Park in College Place. Roy was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Milton-Freewater, where he was baptized, proclaiming his faith i...
Gary Oren Brooks
May 31, 1943 - Aug. 5, 2014
Gary Oren Brooks passed away suddenly on Aug. 5, 2014, while on vacation in the San Juan Islands - one of his favorite places on Earth - on the boat he loved with his family at his side. Gary was born in Long Beach on May 31, 1943, and spent his early years with his parents Helen and Jack Brooks in Torrance, CA. He graduated from Brown Military Academy and then went on to earn his Bachelor's Degree in Business from Whittier College. While at Whittier, he was very active in the Orthogonian Society and the varsity football team. He met his future wife, and lifelong love, Jane, while there and with her constant support and devotion he went on to establish himself and make his mark in the home building industry. Gary began his career at Robert H. Grant Co. in Anaheim where he quickly moved up the ranks, becoming President of the Northern California Division and eventually President of the Corporation. This necessitated a move to the Bay Area for his family, which now included their daughter, Sharon, and their son, Mike. Upon the dissolution of the Grant Corporation, Gary set out to start his own company and began building homes in Northern California. Northbrook Homes became v...
Linda Reidenbach Salvador
June 17, 1959 - Aug. 2, 2014
Linda Reidenbach Salvador, 55, of Dublin, CA, passed away suddenly while vacationing in the Philippines on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. She was born June 17, 1959. Linda graduated from Maryknoll High School in 1976, University of the Philippines in 1980, and got her Teaching Credential from Cal State East Bay. She was married to Noel Salvador on Aug. 28, 1982. Linda is survived by her children Nicolle, Nina, Neil and granddaughter Evelyn, son-in-law Kurt Heisserer, parents Victoria and Ronald Reidenbach and siblings in the Philippines, Ramon, Michael, Patrick and Kathryn. Linda was a dedicated public school teacher at Mission Valley Elementary School in Fremont, where she taught Third Grade for over 15 years. She was a dedicated educator; she loved and cared for her students. Her wonderful spirit and joy will be celebrated with a Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 3, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive in Pleasanton, CA. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 4 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church....
John Henry Dion
Dec. 27, 1928 - July 24, 2014
John Henry Dion, born Dec. 27, 1928, in Beverly, MA, passed July 24, 2014. He resided at 443 Division St. #7 Pleasanton, CA. He is survived by 3 daughters, Valerie Sinkavich of San Francisco, California; Juliette Karjala of Beatrice, Nebraska; Georgette Pond of Amarillo, Texas; and 2 sons, John R. Dion of Raleigh, North Carolina; William H. Dion of Salt Lake City, Utah; seven grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was an avid golfer, loved pinochle, cribbage and card games of all sorts. In retirement he was the crossing guard at the intersection of W. Las Positas and Dorman for Donlon School in Pleasanton for 8 yrs. Sadly missed by family and friends....
Aug. 13, 1914 - July 20, 2014
Olga Busslinger left her earthly life on July 20, 2014, after nearly 100 years charming everyone she met. She was born in Mellingen, Switzerland on August 13, 1914, the youngest of 10 children. Olga came to the United States after World War II, having spent the war years in England. She worked as a domestic for many wealthy families throughout the United States in Chicago, New York, Florida and California. Her favorite part of her adopted country was Santa Barbara, where she spent many years before retiring and moving to Tracy, California to care for her older sister. In recent years Olga lived at Eden Villa in Pleasanton, where she endeared herself to all who resided and worked there. Although Olga never married, she leaves behind many nieces and nephews in Switzerland and France, along with many friends in Tracy and Pleasanton who adopted her, thus becoming her family. Anyone who knew her will always remember her bright eyes, constant, enormous smile, and ever present positive outlook. Her deep faith and convictions were the main constant in her life, along with her compassion for everyone. She never missed an opportunity to appreciate a flower, a new tree bud, or a bird in...
Jan. 4, 1927 - July 1, 2014
Donald Muentz passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer's on July 1, 2014. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Jan. 4, 1927. His parents were German immigrants and lived in a German community. After graduating from high school, he was drafted in the army and served a year and was honorably discharged in January 1946. He was a World War 11 veteran. After the army he worked in the steel mills and was a sailor on the iron ore boats in the Great Lakes. He got his college degree from Fenn College which allowed him to take every other quarter off to work. His parents moved to California and he followed them and got his teaching credential in Southern California. His first teaching job was in Fairfield, CA. He was hired by Livermore High School in 1959 to teach English and to coach wrestling. He was known for his muscle development. Don lifted weights in his garage and worked out regularly. Socially, he was quiet and reserved. His style was brusque and abrupt. His friends were other members of the English department. In 1966, he met Marjorie Heath, another teacher at Livermore High School, and they got married and had two sons, Aaron and Mark. Marriage and family changed his st...
Jean Elsberry Bountis
Nov. 15, 1923 - June 27, 2014
At the age of 90, Jean Elsberry Bountis passed into the hands of God on Friday, June 27, 2014. She passed away in the presence of family at her home in Pleasanton where she had resided since 1966. Jean was born on November 15, 1923 to Forest and Bessie Elsberry on a country farm in Paris, IL. Jean always had a love for music and started playing piano at an early age and faithfully played at Clay?s Prairie Church. After graduating from high school in Paris she continued her education at Stephens College in Columbus, Missouri. Two years later she transferred to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Continuing her passion for music, she learned to play concert Harp and graduated with a BS in Speech and Eluquotion in 1945. During her university years she participated in the war endeavors by chairing the Victory Garden effort in her local community and by selling War Stamps at Northwestern. Her university experience gave her the desire to spread her wings and travel the world; a passion that would always be a part of her. She completed her Flight Attendant training in Washington DC and flew with Capitol Airlines, TWA and Transocean Airlines from 1946-1949. Jean w...
James Leroy Willows, Jr.
Oct. 21, 1931 - June 21, 2014
Jim Willows, a loving husband, father and man of service to his community, passed away quietly at his home in Pleasanton on Saturday, June 21, 2014, while surrounded by family and friends. He was a very loving and passionate person who worked hard to be a role model for those who looked up to him. Born in Vallejo in 1931, the only son of James Willows, Sr. and Marguerite Patterson Willows, he grew up in the Bay Area and studied Physics at UC Berkeley, where he was a champion on the competitive chess team. He began his career as a nuclear physicist at the Lawrence Livermore Lab. In 1960, he lost most of his vision due to a degenerative eye disease and continued the rest of his career as a computer scientist at the Lab before retiring in 1993. Jim was a deacon in the Presbyterian Church for many years and after losing his vision, turning his passion for helping others toward the blind community, serving as Vice President and then President of the National Federation of the Blind of California. During his years of service, he accomplished many things, including co-authoring SB105, a state bill to improve services for the visually impaired in California, and he received...
Dec. 10, 1935 - June 9, 2014
Marlene Sandberg, 78, a 48-year resident of Pleasanton, died on June 9, 2014. Marlene was born on December 10, 1935, in San Diego, CA. She spent most of her youth living in Oakland, CA. She graduated from SF State with a BA in Education, and Stanford with a Masters in Education and Counseling. She was a beloved teacher to many children throughout her life, first and foremost to her children Anne and Kurt, and then to her students. Even when she wasn?t a full time teacher, she loved sharing her passions with youth, volunteering as a docent at the East Bay Regional Parks, and with the Pleasanton Book-legger Library program. Her love of nature began when she worked in Yosemite Valley during college summers, and she never missed a year visiting Yosemite from then on. She cultivated an appreciation of God?s creation in her family by planning many trips to beautiful places including an annual trip to Mammoth Lakes each summer. She loved hiking, cooking, reading, traveling, and being with family. Her positive attitude, generous nature, and kind heart touched many throughout her life. Her strong Christian faith and fellowship sustained her through her battle with Cancer the p...
Stephen John Marchi
April 27, 1955 - June 7, 2014
Steve was born in Manchester, CT, and graduated from Bedford High School in Bedford, MA, and earned a BS in Computer Science from Cal State Hayward. He joined Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in 1977, where he worked until his retirement in 2013. He then had the free time to go to the gym and ride his bike every day. With retirement, Steve also started his second career as a volunteer at local food banks. Steve is survived by his wife of 28 years, Jodi, and two wonderful sons John, 26, of San Francisco and Alex, 22, of Pleasanton; his parents Tom and Jane of Brentwood; two sisters Elizabeth (Rick) of Livermore, and Janice (Troy) of Livermore; and 12 nephews and nieces. His brother David preceded him in death. Steve enjoyed running with the Fleet Feet gang in Pleasanton, and their post-run coffee or pizza gatherings with all his fellow runners, many of whom became fast friends. He also worked with the volunteers at the Western States 100 race, where he spent one night a year standing in the American River helping runners across and tried to convince all his friends and neighbors to do the same. To his credit, many took him up on that offer. Steve had recently volunteered at the A...
Sarah Marie Liamos
May 9, 1992 - June 1, 2014
"To strengthen the muscles of your heart, the best exercise is lifting someone else?s spirit whenever you can." ------Dodinsky, Author Sarah Marie Liamos was easy to spot in a crowd with a beaming smile and often dressed in pink or animal prints that depicted her tenacious nature and joie de vivre. Sarah was a Pied Piper for small children and the babysitter of choice for many during her early teens. She volunteered many summers as a Junior Counselor and Counselor at Camp Taylor, a cardiac camp hosted in Livermore and Hawaii, where she served as counselor, mentor, role model, and friend to many young cardiac patients. Sarah was born with a congenital heart defect that left her with one-half of a heart. It was more than enough when coupled with a beautiful spirit that focused on the betterment of others. Sarah and her family chose to downplay her physical limitations and instead focus on her many talents and achievements. Sarah continued to work for others during her college years, serving as a weekly volunteer at a Salvation Army after-school program for children of the working poor in Manchester, New Hampshire. During her school breaks, Sarah spent time on college-spo...
Martha Carroll Draper
May 24, 1950 - May 29, 2014
Martha Draper, longtime resident of Pleasanton, passed peacefully away on May 29th at Kaiser Hospital in Walnut Creek with her family at her side. Martha was originally from Tennessee but moved to Pleasanton in 1979 to be with her family. She worked in retail for many years ending up at Emporium-Capwell in Pleasanton. For the past 22 years she lived at Ridgeview Commons where she will be greatly missed by all who knew her for her caring ways and intelligence, not to mention her skill as a poker player. She leaves behind her children, Katie Riggins (Chris), Jim Draper (Rori), Blake Draper (Judy), and Garland Draper (Skip Means), as well as her much loved grandchildren Grant, Claire, Daphne, Skyler, Jillian, and James and 5 great grandchildren. She was such a presence in all our lives, as well as many others and will be greatly missed. At Martha's request there will be no service. All who know her remember her passion for birds and bugs, creatures and critters, so any one wanting honor her memory can choose from an organization like the Nature Conservancy....
Michael William Rogers
Dec. 12, 1959 - May 23, 2014
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Michael William Rogers, 54, on May 23, 2014. After a long illness, Mike passed peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. Throughout his life and the difficulties of illness, Mike impressed everyone with his generous and loving spirit. Born December 12, 1959 in Los Angeles, Mike grew up in Honolulu Hawaii, participating in Boy Scouts, basketball and tennis, and was fascinated with the Apollo space missions. BLUE and GOLD ran through Mike's veins, beginning with Punahou School, from which he graduated in 1977. He then attended the University of California at Berkeley, graduating first in his class with a Chemical Engineering degree. After a brief career with Chevron, he was hired by Sitka, which was acquired by Sun Microsystems. He left Sun in 2004 and pursued opportunities with several start ups over the past ten years. Mike was a dedicated Cal Berkeley fan, GO BEARS!, attended basketball and football games and was active in alumni events. He was a lover of life and spending time with friends. The fiestas he threw at the Lair and his parties at home were epic and legendary. His many pastimes included wine tastin...
Will David Brennen
April 26, 1926 - May 22, 2014
Will David Brennen was born in Alvin, Texas, on April 16, 1926. He grew up in Texas and married Dolly Fay Sorge (Dorothy) in April, 1944 at the young age of 18. He served aboard the USS Nassau during WWII and was still serving the country abroad when his first child, Jane, was born in December, 1944. David subsequently earned a degree in Education from the University of Houston and a Masters degree in Education from the University of New Mexico. Over the the next 19 years, David and Dorothy brought 5 more children to this world: David (Rusty), Michael, Debbie, Don and last but not least, Diana (Dedi). Shortly after Dedi's birth, his daughter Jane and her loving husband Don Helminiak brought his first grandchild, Chris Helminiak, into this world. David had many passions in life including archery, photography, flying RC planes, cycling, hiking, and riding his motorcycle, but his greatest joy and source of pride was his children. David retired in 1991 and moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he remained busy helping others, playing with his RC planes, riding his bike, and enjoying the job of active grandparent. David's wife of 66 years, Dorothy, passed away in ...
Betty Marie Johnston
Feb. 14, 1920 - April 30, 2014
Betty Marie (Foyston) Johnston passed away peacefully on April 30, 2014, at 94. She was born in Seattle, WA, attended Port Orchard Grade School, graduated South Kitsap High School, and lived her early years helping her father raise her younger brother and sister while helping him run his turkey farm. Betty had four children. While raising them, she helped start the preschool program at Woodland Elementary School in Puyallup, WA. She belonged to the Retail Clerks Union and began her retail career at Tuffley's Market in Des Moines, WA; later working at Hi Ho Grocery Store and Elvin's Department Store in Puyallup. She lived in Arizona before moving to Pleasanton, CA. While in Arizona, she was active in Sun City Grandmother's Club. When Betty moved to Pleasanton, she participated in many activities while living at Ridgeview Commons. She took bus tours to various venues and enjoyed being involved in "Blankets for Kids." The past six and a half years she lived at Parkview Assisted Living. There she enjoyed walks to the Senior Sensory Gardens to see the sweet peas. Betty had dear friends during her long, active life. She leaves many of them behind along with her sister, Barbara (...
Verlan Keith Gabrielson
Jan. 2, 1933 - April 23, 2014
Verlan, ("Gabe" or "Vern") was born in Lindsborg, Kansas, the son of the late Wesley and Evelyn (Nelson) Gabrielson. He grew up in Lindsborg and went to Bethany College to earn a Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics. After serving in the U.S. Army, he then earned a Master of Science degree at Kansas State University. In 1959, Verlan and his bride moved to Pleasanton, CA, and joined the scientific team at Sandia Labs where he worked as a scientific programmer for more than 30 years. He was a member of several bridge clubs and enjoyed participating in bridge tournaments. He enjoyed playing golf, tennis and volunteering his carpentry skills with Habitat for Humanity. He was a member of the Centerpointe Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years where was an Elder and a Deacon. Verlan is survived by his loving wife, Janet; devoted children Mark Gabrielson (Maria) of Franktown, CO; Anne Gabrielson (Marilynne Roscoe) of Newport, OR; and Paul Gabrielson (Laura) of Arroyo Grande, CA. He had three grandchildren: David, Rachelle, and Eric Gabrielson. He is also survived by his brother, Kenneth Gabrielson of Wichita, KS, and sister, Carolyn Kimbrel (John), many nieces, nephews...
Sept. 9, 1936 - April 18, 2014
Loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Mary Cox, former longtime resident of Pleasanton, left this earth peacefully on April 18, 2014, with her family by her side. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Corrine Shepherd, and her brother Ted Shepherd of Oroville, CA. Mary will be greatly missed by her loving husband Marvin Cox of Gardnerville, NV, her sister Alberta Shepherd of Vallejo, CA, her children Bruce Cox (Cheryl) of Pleasanton, CA, Michael Cox of Washington and Brenda Cox Brouwers (Chris) of Truckee, CA, as well as her grandchildren, Christopher Brouwers of Brooklyn, New York, Cody Brouwers of Reno, NV, Brittney Brouwers of Fullerton, CA and Shawna Rae Brouwers of Reno, NV, as well as many loving, nieces, nephews, other family and friends. A memorial service will be held at Waltons Funeral Home at 1521 Church Street, Gardnerville, NV. The family will be greeting friends and relatives at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, 2014. A reception will immediately follow at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to be made in Mary?s name to The Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org....
Carol Ann Browning
Dec. 27, 1945 - April 11, 2014
Carol Ann Browning of Pleasanton, CA, died on April 11, 2014. Carol was born in Bethlehem, Pa. on December 27, 1945 to the late Orval and Florence Bauder. Carol graduated from Penn State University with a BA in Liberal Studies in 1967. She taught High School English in Bucks County, PA before relocating to California with her sister Betty. She married Orville Harry Browning in 1972; they moved to Pleasanton in 1976 and have been residents since. Carol is survived by her husband, her brother?s Dave and Dean Bauder, her children Rusty Browning and Mike Browning, and her granddaughter Ashley Browning....
Robert Lewis Nethery
Sept. 20, 1929 - April 8, 2014
Robert L. Nethery, "Bob" to friends and family and "Bobbie" to his grandchildren, died in his home in Murphys on April 8, 2014, after a two year battle with esophageal cancer. He was 84. Bob was born the sixth of eight children to Harry and Bernice Nethery on September 20, 1929, in Shullsburg, WI. He spent his teen years growing up in Rockford, IL, graduating from the local high school in 1947. A member of the Illinois National Guard, in 1952 Bob was activated during the Korean War and spent time at Camp Cook in Lompoc, CA before being deployed to France. His time in California inspired him to make his home in the Bay Area after his honorable discharge from the United States Army in 1953. He was employed by Safeway Stores for 27 years, ending his tenure as the store manager in Pleasanton in 1979. He was then self-employed selling solid waste management and recycling equipment before retiring to Murphys with his wife Jackie in 1994. Always active in the community, Bob was a devoted Rotarian, a charter member of the Moraga club, past President of the downtown Pleasanton club, most recently a member of the Arnold club, and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of Free...
Wayne Allan Singleton
Feb. 10, 1959 - March 31, 2014
A longtime resident of Pleasanton, Wayne passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. Family and friends are invited to attend his memorial service to be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Valley Christian Center, 7500 Inspiration Drive, Dublin. Lunch will be served after the service. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association....
Dec. 31, 1941 - March 29, 2014
Loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Joan Garofalo entered into eternal life on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Joan died peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family after a long battle with cancer. She was 72. The daughter of John and Jane Agnew, Joan was born December 31, 1941 in Memphis, Tennessee. Joan spent the majority of her life growing up in Northern California, and graduated from San Lorenzo High School in 1959. Joan met her husband Bert in 1958. They were married in 1963 and made their home in Castro Valley where they welcomed three daughters. In 1977, Joan and Bert moved their family to Pleasanton. Joan loved growing roses, genealogy, and traveling with Bert in their RV. Above all, she loved spending time with her family. Joan is survived by her husband of 50 years, Bert; her brother Joel; her daughters, Tiffany, April, and Linda; her grandchildren, Auston, Kira, Sam, Olivia, and Tory; and her great granddaughter Gemma. Joan was generous and loving and touched the lives of many people in her 72 years. The family is comforted by their wonderful memories of time spent with their "Grammy" celebrating the deep love she shared and model...
Scott Douglas Vaughn
Nov. 14, 1959 - March 27, 2014
Scott Douglas Vaughn passed away on March 27, 2014, after a long illness. He was born in Richmond, CA on November 14, 1959. As a boy he loved baseball and played in the boys? Little League team and went on to play baseball for Amador High School as a right fielder. Scott graduated from Amador High school in 1977. After high school Scott worked for Alpha Beta supermarkets as a warehouseman. He met and lived with his partner, Cynthia Roberts, who lovingly took care of Scott during his illness. They were together for fifteen years. Scott loved watching his favorite baseball team, the San Francisco Giants, as well as the San Francisco 49ers on television. Scott was preceded in death by his mother, Peggy Vaughn. He is survived by his father, Bob Vaughn; brother Steve Vaughn (Diane) of El Dorado Hills, CA; sister Susan Guglielmo (Mike) of Pleasanton, CA; nephews Nick Vaughn, Michael Guglielmo, Matthew Guglielmo and niece, Alexandra Vaughn. Burial will be in the family plot in the Pleasanton Pioneer cemetery at a later date....
Karen Hope Ornellas
Feb. 4, 1941 - March 20, 2014
Karen Hope Ornellas, a 48 year resident of Pleasanton, passed away March 20, 2014 following a long battle with Cancer. Karen was born in Modesto, California, on Feb. 4, 1941. She graduated from Hayward High School and worked for Mervyns' Department store in Dublin for 20 years. She also worked in the PNLL snack bar and was very active in her grandchildren's lives. Karen is survived by her husband of 48 years, Paul R. Ornellas, daughter Kelly Sleek (Todd) of Pleasanton, and son's Mike Ornellas (Teri) of Jackson and Dan Wesley (Val) of Canada; beloved grandchildren Nicole Singleton, Travis and Tanner Sleek, Michelle, Paisley and Cassidy Ornellas, and Hannah, Chanyn, and Halle Wesley, and her precious Garrett Scherer. A memorial service will be held at noon on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Lone Tree Cemetery in Hayward, 24591 Fairview Ave. A celebration of life reception will follow for family and friends at the Sleek residence....
Bernice Kathyrn Poli
Feb. 26, 1928 - March 16, 2014
Bernice Kathyrn (Gallagher) Poli of Pleasanton passed on March 16, 2014. She was born on Feb. 26, 1928, in Emeryville, CA, to Francis Joseph Gallagher and Jennie Lee Ragsdale. Bernice lived in Pleasanton for 50 years and was active in the Women?s Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars there. Bernice served many years as the organization?s treasurer and on the committee overseeing the modernization of the VFW Memorial Hall in historic downtown Pleasanton. She was also an active part of the Pleasanton VFW Veteran?s Day Parade. Bernice worked for Alameda County for twenty years as an accounting clerk in the Livermore and Hayward Offices, beginning her public service in District Attorney?s Office in Oakland. She was an active member of Retired Employees of Alameda County and Alameda County Retirement Employees Association. She was a member of the WOW (We Outrageous Women RedHatters). Bernice was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church where she volunteered in the Rectory office. Bernice volunteered in the education department of Kaiser Pleasanton and was named an outstanding volunteer. In her early adult years she was a journalist at the Oakland Post Inquirer; was...
Richard Del Tredici
Dec. 22, 1940 - Feb. 12, 2014
Richard Del Tredici, 73, died at home with his family by his side Feb. 12, 2014, after a courageous and graceful battle with cancer. Born to Walter and Helen Del Tredici, he grew up in San Anselmo, CA, lived in Pleasanton for 50 years, and was a local high school teacher/principal for 38 years. Richard loved knowledge, travel, and all things Italian. With his gentle strength, kindness, smile, and helping hand, he was an inspiration to everyone who knew him. Family was most important to Richard: Judy, his wife of 50 years, children Lisa (John), Michelle (Rocco), and Aaron (John), brothers David of New York, Robert of Montreal, Peter of Boston, sister Ann of El Sobrante, and three treasured grandchildren, Lizzie, Marcus, and Calvin. He was also blessed to be surrounded by loving and supportive friends and extended family....
Kathryn Claire Ruckteschler
May 2, 1947 - Feb. 9, 2014
Kathryn Claire Ruckteschler, a fourth generation San Franciscan, passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, at the age of 66 after suffering a long illness. Kathy was raised in Burlingame, CA and graduated from Burlingame High School and College of San Mateo. After college, Kathy joined TIA Airlines, along with her twin sister Terry, as an airline stewardess. She enjoyed many years of travel before settling down with her longtime soul mate and love of her life Lance Ruckteschler. Lance and Kathy recently celebrated their 40th anniversary. Kathy spent many years working with Lance in the family business, R. Lance and Sons. Kathy is the sister of Terry Lembi and Lee Mercer (Bob). Kathy is the mother of Jeff Ruckteschler (Lisa), Jason Ruckteschler (Ali), Lori Gibson (Dan), Staci Navarreta (Ron) and the Grandmother of Nina Ruckteschler, Jonathan McKee, R.J. Ruckteschler, Adrianna Ruckteschler, Hailey and Brody Gibson and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Donald Haff and Marie E. Haff, and Brothers-in Law Donald Lembi and Ken Mercer. Kathy lived a full life, enjoying her family and friends and was a generous, kind and loving woman...
Lela Thut Terrill
Feb. 20, 1923 - Feb. 9, 2014
Lela Thut Gonsalves Terrill was born in Modesto, CA, to Bertie Jane Tomer of Hanford, CA, and Wilhelm Thut of Seengen, Switzerland. She was preceded in death by husbands John Gonsalves and Cliff Terrill, and son John "Bud" Gonsalves, Jr. Lela and John Gonsalves Sr. had five other children, Larry (Bev), Jane (Steve), David (Barb), Susan, and Dennis (Kathe). She was a loving grandmother of 19 and adoring great grandmother of 26. Lela was a phenomenal cook and was famous for her Christmas fruitcakes. She loved to bake. She was also a wonderful quilt maker and loved to cross-stitch. Her loving and nurturing spirit and her love of talking will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Her family would like to thank everyone for their love and support, especially during Lela's final days at Parkview. She had incredible care from the Parkview caregivers and Hospice. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service and celebration of Lela's life at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Parkview Senior Assisted Living at 100 Valley Ave. with a reception immediately following in the Parkview Activities Room. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lela's memory may be made to Hope Ho...
Thomas Louis Morrell
Sept. 18, 1934 - Jan. 29, 2014
Union City, California
Thomas Louis Morrell of Pleasanton passed away Jan. 29, 2014 following a long battle with Cancer. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Sept. 18, 1934. He graduated from Hayward High School and San Jose State University. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Katherine A. Morrell, daughters Catherine Seymour, Marilyn Morrell-Kristal, Andrea Morrell; beloved grandchildren Blair McLeod, Jessica Strunk, Drew Kristal, Bryce Kristal, Trey Kristal; and great-grandchildren Magnolia McLeod, Henry McLeod, Gwendolyn Strunk and his brother William Morrell. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at the Masonic Home in Union City, 34400 Mission Blvd. A celebration of life reception will follow for family and guests. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer?s Association of Northern California, 1060 La Avenida St., Mountain View, CA 94024, or by calling, (650) 962-8111. Tom was a care giver for his wife Kathy and believed in the educational programs of the association....
Kimberley Ann Brooks
Sept. 11, 1962 - Jan. 21, 2014
Kimberly Ann Kayser Brooks of Pleasanton passed away peacefully on Jan. 21, 2014. She was born in San Jose on Sept. 11, 1962 to Ken and Barbara Kayser. She graduated from Santa Teresa High School where she was a standout athlete, playing on the varsity volleyball and softball teams. She attended San Jose State University where she graduated with a degree in marketing and was a member of the outstanding Spartan volleyball teams of the early 1980?s. Her teammates became life-long friends. Kim excelled in the business world as well, recently retiring as Group Vice President of Marketing at Safeway where she worked for 25 years. She cherished the many close friendships she made during her career. Kim was very active in charitable organizations and outreach and support for cancer patients. She was a fiercely loyal to her family and friends. Kim was married for 17 years to her loving husband, Rich Brooks and had two children, Ariana and Colton whom she adored. In addition to her husband and children, Kim is survived by her parents, Ken and Barbara Kayser, her brother, Steven Kayser (Lynn), sisters Karen Kottaridis (Chris) and Kathleen Rose (Pat), brother-in-law, Stephen B...
Philip Erich Scholz
Oct. 5, 1978 - Jan. 20, 2014
Philip Erich Scholz of Pleasanton, CA, died tragically on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 in a train accident in Santa Clara, CA. He was 35 years old. Philip was born in Seattle, WA, and graduated from Shorewood High School in Shoreline, WA. He earned a degree in Psychology from Santa Clara University in 2001. Upon graduation Philip began his career at NVIDIA, a Silicon Valley computer graphics company, where he was a senior marketing manager. Philip married Emily Mounce on April 28, 2006. Philip is survived by his wife, Emily Scholz, of Pleasanton, CA; parents Roberta and Fritz Scholz of Edmonds, WA; and brother Christian Scholz of Fremont, CA. Friends and family are invited to a memorial service at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 10 at the Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main St., Pleasanton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Philip Scholz Memorial Foundation, www.phils-foundation.com....
Kenneth Roy Mercer
Sept. 2, 1942 - Jan. 14, 2014
Former Pleasanton Mayor, Kenneth Roy Mercer, 71, of Pleasanton, died peacefully surrounded by his children early Tuesday morning. He was born to the late Vera and David Mercer in Vancouver, Canada and moved to San Bruno, CA as a very young boy. He attended Cappuchino High School and graduated from San Francisco State University('64). Ken began his career with Pacific Bell which brought him to Livermore as Manger where he was involved with many organizations and served as President of the Livermore Chamber of Commerce. He left Pleasanton to serve as Administrative Assistant to Assemblyman Carlos Bee in Sacramento for several years before returning to Pleasanton where he was elected to the Pleasanton City Council in 1976 and served as Councilman and Mayor until 1992. After retiring from Pacific Bell and politics Ken was a Vice President for Chicago Title and North American Title Company. He retired as a Vice President of Marketing for ValleyCare Health System in Pleasanton. He played Lob Ball for many years and he was always involved in local fundraising and enjoyed his many friends helping to barbeque with them at all kinds of charities and events in Pleasanton. Ken enjoy...
Alice Evelyn Reynolds
June 27, 1919 - Jan. 4, 2014
Dateline: Scotia, NY Alice Evelyn Reynolds, 94, of the Baptist Health Nursing and Retirement Center died peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 4, at her residence. Alice was born on June 27, 1919 in Lowell, MA and was the daughter of the late Leah and George Robinson. Alice was the beloved wife of the late Max Z. Reynolds who died in San Ramon, CA on April 26, 1991. She had lived in the Capital District of New York since 2002 and was previously of San Ramon, CA and Pittsburgh, PA. Alice was an avid bridge player and gardener. She had an eye for interior design and brought grace and beauty to her surroundings. She loved being a mother and was devoted to her five daughters, Alicia Graham (Wayne) of Pittsburgh PA, Sandy Reynolds of Calistoga, CA, Corrinne Reynolds of China Guangdong Province, Shenzhen, Shelley Zellmer (Greg) of Grass Lake, MI, and Connie Reynolds (Bill Gordon) Burnt Hills, NY; her Grand Children, Jeffrey Graham of Norfolk, VA, Wayne Graham Jr. of Aliquippa, PA, Katherine Zellmer of Columbus, OH, Kendra Dolson (Gabriel) of Jackson, MI, Jessica Seifert (Ryan) of New York, NY, Jennifer Wells (Gary Sr.) of Hudson Falls, NY, Sandra Bratlie (Darren) of Fort Collins, CO, Mo...
Msgt. Kenneth E. Bennetts
March 19, 1922 - Dec. 29, 2013
Kenneth Earl "Bud" Bennetts, age 91, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, surrounded by his family at his home. The son of James R. and Sigrid (Ohmen) Bennetts, he was born on March 19, 1922 in Iron Mountain, MI, and attended Lansing Eastern High School and Michigan State University. Ken initially began his military career by joining the Michigan National Guard, enlisting in the U.S. Navy when World War II began, serving as a medical corpsman in the Asiatic-Pacific theater, and helping to liberate the Philippine Islands. In 1956, he left the U.S. Navy to join the U.S. Air Force where he was a recruiter and hospital administrator until his retirement as a Master Sergeant in 1969. He was also a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. In 1943, he married "the girl next door," Miss Maxine Trefry. In retirement, Ken and Maxine made their lives in northern California where they spent many years in continued service to our fellow service men and women by serving in many offices within the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars including his time as District Commander. Ken enjoyed his wood shop where he spent many hours making cradles and wooden toys for his...
Sept. 19, 1939 - Dec. 21, 2013
On Dec. 21, Pleasanton, California lost a very dear resident, Dennis Lile. Born in South Bend, Indiana in 1939, Dennis grew up in Greenville, Kentucky and attended Greenville schools. As was customary in that locale, after high school he started working in the coal strip mining industry in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Dennis was a miner for 25 years, until the coal mines in that region closed. In 1988, he moved to California with his wife Donna. In 1991, he established Pacific Real Estate Services in Pleasanton. Dennis served the real estate and mortgage industry in California for over 20 years until he retired. Although he enjoyed the Real Estate business, his real love was cooking. Friends and neighbors knew him best as the one who entertained with scrumptious meals. Often he would show up at their doorstep with biscuits, stews, cakes and whatever culinary delight he wanted to cook that day, just to make someone's day a little brighter. He was an active member of Prince Of Peace Lutheran Church in Fremont, and later Trinity Lutheran in Pleasanton. Dennis is survived by his wife Donna, Brett Lile and family, John Lile of Kentucky, Brett Illers and family of Pleasanton...
Warren MacLeod Annis
Oct. 21, 1920 - Dec. 21, 2013
Warren MacLeod Annis passed away on Dec. 21, 2013, from natural causes. At the time of his death Warren had been living in Livermore for 2 ½ years after residing in the same house in Pleasanton since 1950. Warren was born on Oct. 21, 1920, in Duluth, Minnesota, the last of six children of Roderick Dhu Annis and Ethel Foss Annis. He attended Duluth, MN schools, graduating from Central High School and Duluth State Teacher?s College (now the University of Minnesota at Duluth) with a degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. After graduating college in December of 1943 Warren attended the Naval Reserve Midshipman?s Officer?s Training School (aka "90 day Wonder") at Columbia University in New York, New York, graduating as an Ensign on June 29, 1944. On July 3, 1944, he married Fannie Lambert, his college sweetheart, on his way to his assignment to the Amphibious Base at Coronado, California. Warren was then deployed to the USS Menard, APA 201, and sailed in the South Pacific arena during World War II, participating in the landing at Okinawa on April 1, 1945. His ship also transported the first occupational troops into Nagasaki, Japan, after the dropping of the atomic bomb. A...
Kyle Vincent Field
Oct. 17, 1990 - Dec. 20, 2013
Kyle Field was a born at Valley Care hospital in Livermore on Oct. 17, 1990. He was raised in Pleasanton and attended Vintage Hills Elementary, Pleasanton Middle School and Amador Valley High School where he graduated in 2009. Kyle loved sports and was a lettered Varsity Football player at Amador. After graduating from high school Kyle served for a year in the Air Force. Kyle was outgoing and gregarious, had a great sense of humor, and was a loving, supportive and loyal friend to many. He had great empathy and was a good listener. He had a real fondness for cars and driving. His outdoor passion was downhill mountain biking, especially in Lake Tahoe. Kyle was a natural writer and communicator. He had a special ability to connect with people with his great smile and endearing personality. He most recently enjoyed success selling automobiles in Dublin. He expressed a desire to someday work with young people with anxiety disorders in a youth camp setting. Kyle died on Dec. 20, 2013 at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley from complications following a catastrophic epileptic seizure. Kyle is survived by his mother and father, Deborah and Gregory, his brother and sister-in-la...
Gary Herbert Twisselmann
Aug. 9, 1938 - Nov. 29, 2013
Gary Herbert Twisselmann was born Aug. 9, 1938 in Atascadero, CA to Bugs and Elinor Twisselmann. He graduated from Paso Robles High School in 1956. He played on the 1955 All C.I.F Football Team, as well as the Shrine Football Classic in 1956. He played two years of football at Bakersfield Junior College and was named to the Junior College All America Team. Gary transferred to Cal Poly and received his Engineering Degree in 1962. He worked for Ford Motor Company in Southern CA until 1980 when he transferred to the Ford assembly plant in Milpitas. In 1983 Ford closed, and he worked at NUMMI in Fremont until his retirement in 2002 as Vice President of Engineering, Production Control and Quality Control Departments. Gary married Sally Stephan in 1958 and they have five children: Kimberly Cummer (Rick), Joan Thomas (Chris), Kathy Brown (Jack), Tom Twisselmann (Julie) and Tim Twisselmann (Sue). He has twelve wonderful grandchildren. Grandson Jacob Gary Twisselmann is waiting for him in Heaven. He is also survived by his younger brother Roy, sister in law Carolyn and two nephews. Gary represented the best of what a father, husband, grandfather and role model had to offer. He was ...
May 21, 1962 - Nov. 26, 2013
Dr. Scott L. Cumberland passed away Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 in Rapid City, South Dakota, at the age of 51 from epilepsy, a condition he had battled courageously for 34 years. Dr. Cumberland fought epilepsy, and in the last two years, cancer, with the same resilience, determination and indomitable courage he had for fighting any problem. Scott?s untimely passing occurred while visiting his son, Airman Kevin MacArthur, who is currently serving at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. Scott Lee Cumberland was born, May 21, 1962 in San Antonio, Texas. He was a loving and compassionate son of Willard and Dorothy Cumberland. He graduated from Winston Churchill High School in 1980 and earned Bachelor in Science degrees in Psychology and Chemistry while at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). In 2001, after earning a Chemistry doctorate, with emphasis on nanotechnology, from the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), Scott joined The Clorox Company in California, where he worked as a scientist, in various capacities, for close to 10 years. Living in California allowed Scott the opportunity to embrace his passions for outdoor rock climbing and motorcycle ...
Doris Petrine Gilpin
Oct. 27, 1912 - Nov. 26, 2013
Loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Doris Gilpin peacefully passed away on Nov. 26 having lived a full 101 years. She is survived by her children John Gilpin and Mike Gilpin; daughters-in-law Gail Gilpin, Yvonne Gilpin, and former daughter-in-law Betsy Gilpin; grandchildren Laura (Gilpin) Olson, Joe Gilpin, and Katy (Gilpin) Powers; and great grandchildren Luke, Charlotte, and Clark Olson, and Henry Gilpin. Doris was preceded in death by her husband Chester (Chet) Gilpin and son Jim Gilpin. Born Doris Petrine Johnson, she was raised in the small town of Mineota, Minnesota, and was of 100 percent Icelandic heritage. She was the 6th born in a farming family of 7 children, all of whom graduated from college. She married Chet in 1936 and, with a spirit of adventure, they relocated to California in 1940 so he could earn his Ph.D. They remained in California as Chet served in WWII as a naval officer and then raised their family. They were happily married for 60 years and traveled the world together. She was particularly pleased to visit relatives in Iceland whom she had not previously met. Doris was a devoted wife and mother who cared for her family and was very ...
March 1, 1919 - Nov. 24, 2013
Jannes Takens, born in Helpman, The Netherlands, in 1919, passed away at the age of 94 in his Pleasanton home on Sunday, Nov. 24. Jannes and his wife Janna, married just 2 weeks short of 65 years, immigrated to Pleasanton in 1950, finding their first job at the Meadowlark Dairy. They became proud citizens of the USA in 1955. They were helped by and thankful to so many generous and trusting people in their new country and community, making business deals on as little as a handshake, to eventually become owners of the Dairy. Jannes was an avid sports fan and sportsman. In his youth he won speed skating medals and played center midfielder for Bequick Soccer NL. Upon arrival in the U.S., he became an avid baseball fan and a popular coach of Little League baseball and soccer teams in Pleasanton. He loved bowling, sponsoring many teams, and continued to bowl well into his retirement years with his SIR friends. He helped put on many 4-H BBQ's at the fairgrounds, was an avid fair-goer with box seats at the fairgrounds, and also helped pay for new grandstands. A little-known fact is that he was a good horseman, a real cowboy. He and Janna were thankful in retirement to have been...
Adolph T Sisneroz
Jan. 28, 1932 - Nov. 22, 2013
Discovery Bay, California
Adolph T. Sisneroz passed away peacefully at home in Discovery Bay on Friday, Nov. 22 surrounded by his loving family. He was 81 years old. He was preceded in death by his parents Adolfo and Ascencion Sisneroz. He was born on Jan. 28, 1932 in La Salle, Colorado. He graduated from Washington Union High School in Fremont and joined the U.S. Marines at age 17. During his service he married the love of his life, Rosie Hernandez, and they were married 61 years. After the service, Adolph became a cabinet maker, eventually starting his own business, Adolph's Cabinets, in 1965 in Pleasanton, California. Adolph and his family lived in Pleasanton until he moved to Discover Bay in 1989. Adolph is survived by his loving wife Rosie. They have four sons, Danny (Pam), Wayne (Angela), Sam (Kelly) and Mark (Yvette). He has 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Adolph was a humble man who affected the lives of many people. He was always on the side of the under-represented and was always willing to lend a helping hand....
Sept. 6, 1941 - Nov. 21, 2013
Rudy D?Angelo, 72, passed away on Nov. 21, 2013 at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California. Rudy was born on Sept. 6, 1941 in Pennsylvania to Jerry and Marie D?Angelo. He grew up in California, Pennsylvania in a home upstairs from his grandparents and at ten years old he moved with his Mom and Dad to Perryopolis, Pennsylvania. His early years were filled with big family dinners on Sundays, swimming in the Monongahela River and trapping in the woods. He graduated from South Union High School in Uniontown, Pennsylvania in 1962. After high school Rudy enlisted in the Marine Corps and just a week after graduation he left for basic training at Parris Island. During his time in the Marines, Rudy qualified as an expert marksmen and also trained as an under water demolition expert. Throughout his life, Rudy remained proud of his military service and always lived by the Marine Corps motto "Semper Fi." In 1966 Rudy married Joyce Komlo. After a honeymoon in Miami, Florida they started their lives together in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As their family began to grow Rudy started a career in auto marketing and finance that would last 40 years. Job opportunities would take them acr...
Jan. 15, 1993 - Nov. 20, 2013
Formerly of Pleasanton, California
A beloved son, brother and friend. Matthew passed away tragically in an accident in Spain while studying abroad. Matthew is the son of Greg Yount and Sandy Yount, the brother of Adam Yount, and was loved like a brother and a son by his many friends. Matthew was a junior at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and a Scholar Athlete on their Division I golf team. He was a 2011 graduate of Foothill High School in Pleasanton, where he was a member of the golf team. Matthew attended K-8 at St. Raymond School in Dublin. Matthew loved his sports, golf, baseball (both playing and watching his Oakland A?s), football, snowboarding and skiing, mountain biking, basketball and surfing. These were all things that Matthew loved to do with both his family and friends. His love for life was evident to everyone through his bright smile, his warm and engaging personality and the joy he brought to all he touched. A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 at St. Raymond Church, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. Reception to follow in the Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the Matthew Yount Scholarship Foundation c/o Lions Club, PO Box...
Gregory N. Scott
April 21, 1965 - Nov. 19, 2013
Gregory Scott, 48, was a 10 year resident of Clifton, Colorado. He died suddenly on Nov. 19 in Clifton. He was raised in Pleasanton and attended Amador Valley High School, graduating in 1983. He was a 4 year member of the varsity baseball team. He also played football and basketball. He attended Ohlone Community College for two years. He enjoyed fishing, baseball and reading. He is survived by his daughter Courtney, mother Diane, brothers Patrick (Shelbi) and Jeff, and nephew Riley. He was preceded in death by his father Jack and Uncle Harold. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Century House on Santa Rita Road. Donations should be sent to St. Judes....
Kathern Ann Bell
Aug. 26, 1937 - Nov. 19, 2013
Kathern passed away peacefully at her Pleasanton home Nov. 19, after a long battle with Parkinson's. Kathern Archer was born in Dalton Arkansas, and grew up in Pontiac, Michigan where she met Jimmy Joe Bell. After giving birth to her twin daughters in July 1958, she left Michigan for the SF Bay Area, raising her family in Fremont after the death of Jimmy in 1998. Kathy met and is survived by her loving partner Robert Lovell. Together they were active in the Oakland A?s boosters, Pleasanton Senior Center, Parkinson Network of Mt. Diablo. Kathy will be forever missed by her surviving family: sisters Jessie Wilcox and Donna Taylor; children Tammy Bell-Sanchez, Sandi Bell, Michael and Susanne Schaaf, Mark and Chris Lovell and Paul Lovell; grandchildren Cylena Deak, Dino Moschetti Jr. and Ryan Rice; and great grandchildren Austin Brown, London Deak, Mason Rice, Amanda and Dylan Schaaf. A celebration of life will be held at her Pleasanton home at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. For further info, contact Robert Lovell at 461-5332. To share memories go to email@example.com. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Parkinson Network of Mt. Diablo www.p...
Genevieve "Gen" Zavanelli
Nov. 12, 1925 - Nov. 16, 2013
Genevieve "Gen" Zavanelli, devoted wife, loving mother, and dedicated nurse passed away peacefully at home in Pleasanton on Nov. 16. Gen is survived by her beloved husband, Dr. William "Bill" Zavanelli and children Barbara (Stuart) Zavanelli-Morgan, Mary (Dan Costa) Zavanelli, Tony (Pati) Zavanelli, Terry (Kevin) Koenig, daughter-in-law Karen Zavanelli and cherished grandchildren Nicole and Kevin (K.J.) Koenig and Steven Zavanelli. Her sons, Joseph and Andy Zavanelli, preceded Gen in death. Born Genevieve Ida Tigges, she was from Wadena, Minnesota. She served as a nurse for the United States Air Force during the Korean War. She met and married Bill while working at the USAF base in Montana. They moved West settling in California. Her family gathered recently to celebrate her 88th birthday and Bill and Gen?s 61st wedding anniversary. Gen will be greatly missed. Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Gen?s favorite charitable organization, Hope Hospice....
Vijay K Pun
Aug. 8, 1046 - Nov. 16, 2013
Our beloved mother Vijay passed away peacefully in Pleasantan surrounded by family. She united with our father Sohan S Pun in heaven. Our Mother was born in Amritsar, India and lived in New Delhi previously. She is survived by two sons, Mukesh (Mickey) and Rajesh Pun; and two daughters, Hemlata Pun and Meenu Saraf. She has six grandchildren; Varun and Dr. Siddarth Sehgal, Pallavi, Tulika and Sherwin Saraf, and Siya Pun. Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Chapel of Chimes in Hayward,CA followed by Bhog at Gurdwara Sahib in Fremont. Our mother will be missed dearly and may her soul rest in peace....
Randall Lee Eicher
Jan. 26, 1940 - Nov. 15, 2013
Randall Lee Eicher passed away on Friday, Nov. 15 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He has touched the lives of many with his determination, strength of character, gentle spirit and positive outlook on life. Randall was born in Connellsville, PA. He graduated from East Huntingdon High School and later attended Antelope Valley Community College in Lancaster, CA. After serving in the Air Force for 4 years, Randall enjoyed a 35 year career with the Federal Aviation Administration, working at the Los Angeles and then the Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Centers. He retired in 1998. He enjoyed playing golf, watching football, jewelry making, playing with his many slot machines, spending time with his grandchildren, and traveling the globe with his wife of 55 years. Randall is survived by his loving wife, Lois; devoted children Christine Raymond (John) of Livermore, Rebecca Hansen of Pleasanton, Richard Eicher (Isabel) of Ripon, and Craig Eicher (Kimberly) of Pleasanton; and grandchildren Jessica, Paul, and Brian Hansen; Joseph, Jillian, Elizabeth and John Eicher. His generous and loving nature will be missed by all who knew him. Friends and family are invited t...
Hubert Kenneth McNees, Jr.
June 20, 1944 - Nov. 13, 2013
Ken was born in Phoenix, AZ to Hubert Kenneth Sr. and Betty McNees. He was raised in Exeter, CA where he learned the value of hard work and ingenuity as the only son on a citrus and walnut farm. Ken graduated from Exeter High School and was drafted into the U.S. Army while studying at Fresno State. After a two-year tour in Germany, he completed his degree and began a 35-year career in the automotive industry, working for Firestone Tires, Hughes Aircraft, Peterbilt, and NUMMI. He could fix anything. His talents ranged from car and boat restoration to fine furniture making, always with unparalleled attention to detail. His family cherishes the pieces he created. At Fresno State he met his future wife, Jody, in the fall of 1968. They were married in May of 1973 in Lafayette and resided in Long Beach, CA. In 1977 they moved to Pleasanton, CA where they started a family. Ken was widowed in 2010 when Jody lost a valiant battle with brain cancer. Those who knew Ken saw that throughout Jody?s illness and their 42 years together, Ken lived for Jody and their family. Ken is survived by his two daughters: Lauren McNees of Winters, CA, and Andrea McNees of San Francisco, CA, both UC Da...
Aug. 29, 1988 - Nov. 10, 2013
Geoffrey Mapplebeck, 25, died in a car accident on November 10. A resident of Danville, he was a smart, kind, enthusiastic young man with a bright future. Born August 29, 1988, Geoffrey attended John Baldwin Elementary School, Charlotte Wood Middle School, and San Ramon Valley High School where he graduated in 2007. He had played Little League Baseball from the time he was 6 years old through AAA Baseball. He had also received his Brown Belt in Karate. When he was 12 years old he became completely enamored with everything computers: programming, websites, gaming? and after graduating high school he attended Ex?pression College for Digital Arts where he graduated with his BA in Game Art and Design in 2011. Program Director Ty Carriere remembers Geoffrey as "a fun student who was definitely excited about the work that he did. He was happy to be here," he said. Since graduating, Geoffrey created and was the head of a Danville-based website design firm and search engine team, according to associate Rich Wood of eWebsiteServices. Geoffrey is survived by his loving parents Roy and Terry (Corona) Mapplebeck, his sister Briana Mapplebeck, his 5 year old daughter Elayna Collins...
Marjorie Joyce Andreatta
Feb. 7, 1923 - Nov. 3, 2013
Marjorie Joyce Andreatta passed away peacefully on Nov. 3 in Pleasanton. She joins her husband Geno of 69 years who passed on Sept. 12. Marge was born in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia on Feb. 7, 1923, the oldest child of James and Christine Hurley. In 1942, she met Geno M. Andreatta, a handsome American soldier stationed in Australia. A serendipitous train ride to the beach set the stage for their meeting, which flourished into their courtship and marriage on March 7, 1944. One of 15,000 Australian warbrides, Marjorie left behind family, friends and way of life to embark on the joys and hardships of a new life in America with her husband. Marjorie worked as a candy girl at the Roosevelt Theatre in San Francisco before becoming an operator at Pacific Bell in 1954. Over 30 years of service, she progressed to and retired as a Trunk Engineer. In her retirement years, she maintained her relationships with Pacific Bell Telephone Company Pioneers and The 432 Club. When Marge and Geno relocated to Pleasanton in the mid-80s, she kept busy crafting, spoiling her grandchildren, and devoting her time and notable talents to organizations that helped others, including Daughters of t...
Edythe L. Shewfelt
July 31, 1914 - Oct. 24, 2013
Edythe L. Shewfelt (?Nana?) was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on July 31, 1914. Her family relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia where she married Edgar Ronald ?Ron? Shewfelt on Oct. 26, 1938. They began their married life as immigrants to the United States, moving to Berkeley, California where Ron worked as a pharmacist. They were extremely proud to become American citizens and they were grateful for the opportunity to pursue the American dream. Together they opened their own pharmacy and Edythe helped run the store, including working the soda fountain. Later in life they often recounted that all the money they had in the world was in the till the day they opened. Edythe and Ron raised their two children, Muriel and Larry, in Oakland. They lived there until Ron went to work for the Northern California Pharmaceutical Association, taking them to Sacramento in 1972. Ron?s work with the NCPA gave them the opportunity to travel the world. Ron and Edythe were married for 53 years before he passed away in 1991. Edythe continued to reside in Sacramento until 2006 when she moved to Pleasanton to be nearer to her extended family. Edythe was also preceded in death by her son ...
1933 - Oct. 11, 2013
Raul Cortez passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on October 11, 2013 after a battle with cancer. He was born in June,1933 in Los Angeles to Manuel and Adelfa Cortez as the oldest of four brothers. He was raised in Pleasanton and graduated from Amador Valley High School in 1952. Raul joined the Navy and served his country for four years, then attended San Jose State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. After graduation, Raul made his living in the car industry where he became a much respected sales associate, reputable manager, and owner of various automobile dealerships. Raul married his best friend and partner in life, Mariann, and they have been together for the past 50 years. They have one daughter together, Michelle, with Raul having five children from a previous marriage, one of whom passed after his birth. Raul and Mariann moved to Atascadero in 1980 with their daughter after purchasing the local Ford Dealership and renaming it Atascadero Ford with a business partner. Raul was an avid lover of the lake and boating and could be found at Lake Nacimiento with his family when he wasn?t working. He enjoyed water...
Eugene Austin Willis
Feb. 4, 1926 - Oct. 7, 2013
Pleasanton, Chico, California
Eugene Austin Willis passed away peacefully on Oct. 7. He was born to Lloyd and Margaret Willis in Ravenna, Ohio on Feb. 4, 1926. He was greatly loved by his family and friends. His smile and compassion for everyone that he knew will never be forgotten! Gene came to Pleasanton when he was 17 years old. He enlisted in the Navy and served his entire duty at Camp Shoemaker in Pleasanton, now known as Camp Parks. He met his loving wife, Dolores (Dee) Willis, while getting gas and hamburgers at Dee's father's gas station and restaurant. They fell in love almost immediately and married about six months later, Valentine's Day 1946. They were married for 67 years. Gene opened Valley Tire in 1958. It was located on the corner of Stanley Blvd. and Santa Rita Road. He owned and operated his business until 1988 when he moved to Chico, California. His daughter, Catherine Willis, preceded him in death. She was born with spina bifida, and passed away when she was five weeks old. His grandson, Tom Self, also preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Dolores Willis, and his 3 sons Tomm (Cheryl), Mike, and Denny Willis. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Joey Willis...
Elizabeth Anna Kopp
Dec. 20, 1925 - Sept. 30, 2013
San Jose, California
Elizabeth (Betty) was a long-time resident of Pleasanton until recently moving to San Jose. She is survived by daughter Deborah (Morris), son Dennis (Patty), grandchildren Aaron (Heather), Daniel (Jasmine), Suzanne (Alfredo), Jonathan, Christopher, Rosie and Katherine (Franklin) as well as great grandchildren Roman, Isabella, Lilah, Loralai and Luci. Predeceased by Edwin Daniel (husband), David Daniel (son) and Milo Kopp (husband). Betty will be remembered as being a strong, loving, kind woman who was always ready to help family and friends. She was a long-time volunteer with Hope Hospice and The Valley Care Hospital Auxiliary and a member of the Pleasanton Presbyterian Church....
Susanne Vivion Cook
April 24, 1938 - Sept. 23, 2013
Susanne Vivion Cook, 75, passed away peacefully at her home on Sept. 23 with her two daughters by her side. Susanne was born April 24, 1938 in San Bernadino, CA to Lee Emmet Vivion and Mary Eliza Vivion. In her younger years, Susanne?s family moved frequently due to her father?s changing occupations. Susanne attributed her flexible character to the experiences she gained while on the road with her parents. Her older sister, Shirley, was 12 years her senior and married young, so Susanne grew up mostly an only child. In 1959, Susanne married Maurice Cook, Jr. and they made their first home in Garden Grove, CA where they had their two daughters, Cheryl and Carol. In 1970, Maurice took a job in Northern California, and Susanne?s family relocated to a small 1.5-acre ranchette in Pleasanton. It was here that Susanne would live for the rest of her life. She had many fond memories "on the farm" while raising her family. She learned to grow much of the food she prepared - from fruits and vegetables to pork chops and chicken. Until just recently, neighbors would still see Susanne out front feeding her pet goose. Susanne was very devoted to raising her girls, and later spoiling he...
Geno Mario Andreatta
May 16, 1918 - Sept. 12, 2013
Geno Mario Andreatta passed away peacefully on Sept. 12, 2013 in his home in Pleasanton. He had recently celebrated his 95th birthday with close friends and family. Geno was born on May 16, 1918 in Dunsmuir, California to Italian immigrants Maria and Giuseppe Andreatta. He was the youngest and last surviving of 9 children. During WWII, he served with the 41st Infantry Division, US Army, Pacific Campaign. While stationed in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, he spotted a beautiful local woman on the train to the beach. Geno always playfully insisted that it was a wink from Marjorie that sparked their romance. They married on March 7, 1944. Geno had a long career as a die-setter working for Schlage Lock Co. in San Francisco and was active in the Machinists Union. After retiring, he continued to work as a security guard well into his eighties. He was an avid woodworker, and kept his family supplied with gadgets, whirlygigs, and frames for grandchildren's awards and Marjorie's craftwork. As a longtime resident of Pleasanton, he was the iconic Man in his Chair of Northway Road: no passerby went without a cheerful greeting of "Howdy Doody!" and he always had treats for the f...
Nancy Ellen Richardson
June 2, 1958 - Sept. 2, 2013
On Monday September 2 at 12:47 a.m., Nancy left us to be with God. She passed away at home with her husband Rick Von Pein and sister Susie Richardson at her side. Her sons, Tyler and Mitchell, her family and many friends were with her throughout the last weeks she was with us. She fought a long, incredibly brave battle with lung cancer. Throughout her fight she remained positive and in good spirits. Her last words were "It's all good." She touched so many lives with her bright and fearless spirit, and could make anyone feel like her best friend. Between her smile and the light in her eyes, she made the people in her life feel special. She was always concerned about others and worked to make people?s lives better. She especially treasured being Tyler?s and Mitch?s Mom and we loved how proud she was of them. She is survived by her husband, Richard Von Pein; sons, Tyler and Mitchell Von Pein; father, Brock Richardson; mother, Alice Richardson; brother, Steve Richardson; and sister, Susie Richardson...
Karen "BUBBE" Inkelis
April 9, 1948 - Aug. 31, 2013
Karen "BUBBE" Inkelis succumbed to Cancer on August 31, 2013 after a long battle. Born and raised in NY, Bubbe moved to Pleasanton in 1986 along with her husband, John Kondel, and her two sons, David Silversmith (FHS '89) and Jeff Silversmith (FHS '93). David (Karen Hemling) have three children; Aidan, Alice and AmeliaLee. Jeff (Marla Silversmith) also have three children; Ava, Peyton and Rylan. Bubbe loved spending time in her garden when not with her 6 grand kids. She volunteered at Valley View in their classes and was known through the school as Bubbe. She loved taking the grand kids to ballets, plays, concerts and the Alameda County Fair. Bubbe was a long time volunteer at Kaiser Walnut Creek, Pleasanton Police Department, the senior center and numerous other places. She was an active blood donor and believed in helping others in life. Bubbe's successful career in lighting includes winning the bid for the lights on the new Bay Bridge. Bubbe also taught math at many local community colleges in the area....
Elenora (Ella) Bienek Monette
Oct. 8, 1921 - Aug. 25, 2013
Elenora Bienek Monette, affectionately call "Ella," resided in Pleasanton for the past 44 years and passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 25, 2013. Born October 8, 1921, in Polonia, Texas, she was one of nine children born to Robert Bienek and Ottilie Schultze Bienek, also of Texas. The family lived in the rural Black Hill Community in Texas, where Ella, sometimes called "Ellie," grew up on her parents' large working farm with her five brothers and three sisters. Her father was multilingual and musically gifted playing several musical instruments, as were all of her brothers. On holiday with her sister, she met Reynolds "Ray" Monette in Galveston, Texas. Ray won Ella's heart and they were married June 21, 1941, in Houston. They settled in California. Ray and Ella were together for life's events. They had one daughter and a grandson. When war came, Ray dutifully enlisted in the Merchant Marines in 1941. Ella kept the home fires burning until he came home and their daughter was born. They made their life together in the Bay Area, mostly in San Leandro, until moving to Pleasanton in 1969. Ella cherished every visit "home" to Texas, but her life was in the Bay Area and Pleasanton, a...
Tony J. Costello
April 29, 1956 - Aug. 25, 2013
Tony J. Costello, who in more than 30 years of coaching, teaching and mentoring inspired hundreds of collegiate and high-school basketball players to better lives, died Aug. 25, 2013, after a valiant year-long battle with cancer. He was 57. Tony, the men's head basketball coach at Las Positas College, and Kinesiology and physical education instructor there, was surrounded by loving family members at the time of his passing, a fitting tribute to a person who valued loyalty, commitment and family in both his life and his work. The oldest of eight children born to Joan and Tony Costello Sr. of Pleasanton, Tony carried those values through his life and made them the cornerstones of an overwhelmingly successful career. In more than three decades as a coach, Tony influenced hundreds of young athletes to deliver superior effort, strive for greatness, and reach higher levels of performance. As a community college coach, both at Chabot College and Las Positas, he shepherded scores of players on to four-year institutions, many of them attaining the athletic scholarships that had eluded them as they left high school. Along the way, Tony was honored multiple times as Coach of the Ye...
Lee Brockway Young
April 10, 1950 - Aug. 25, 2013
Surrounded by his family, Lee Young, 63, passed away on Sunday, August 25. Born April 10, 1950 in Mexico, MO to Harold Lee Young and Ethlyn June Young Donahue. With his family, Lee moved to California as a young boy where he grew up in Orinda,CA. He graduated from Miramonte High School in 1968. Lee and his wife, Marsha, moved to Pleasanton in 1980 to develop his sand & gravel trucking business. In the winter he loved skiing on The Wall at Kirkwood and in the summers he was water skiing the course at New Melones Lake. He loved his Oakland Raiders, win or lose. He knew the year, make and model of every car ever made and owned many classic cars through out his lifetime. Lee had a larger than life presence and taught us all how to live life to the fullest. He is survived by his wife, Marsha, of 36 years, his daughter, Elizabeth Studebaker (Bryan), his mother, June Donahue of Moraga, CA, brother, Larry of El Dorado Hills, (Mary Kaye and nieces Alexa, Katina and Sophia). He will be deeply missed by so many who loved him....
Katherine Elizabeth Dutra
March 1, 1917 - Aug. 24, 2013
89 year resident of Hayward before moving to Pleasanton Kay passed away peacefully and is now reunited with her husband Edward, son Lynn and grandson Eddie in heaven. Kay loved to entertain and cook for her family and friends whenever the opportunity arrived. Known for her dip, lasagna, and wine cake, no one ever left her home without some food to go, as she always prepared enough food to feed an army. Kay was a very giving person and was regularly cooking up food and baking cakes for her neighbors and friends. Cared for by her loving niece Bev Morris and granddaughter Carol Dutra in her twilight years, Kay loved talking about cooking and new recipes to try. Kay is survived by her granddaughters Carol Dutra, Danielle Levy, and Angela Dutra. Also, Kay leaves behind 7 great grandchildren. Services will be held at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery on Mission Boulevard in Hayward, Calif. on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers a contribution may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America or the SPCA. Kay was a very special person who touched so many people and will be dearly missed by her family and friends....
Patrica Ann Williams
Feb. 11, 1929 - Aug. 22, 2013
Our loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Patricia Ann Learner Crocker Williams passed away on August 22, 2013, holding her daughter Cathy?s hand, in Fremont, Alameda County, California, after a valiant fight with cancer. She was born on February 11, 1929 in Oakland, Alameda County, California to Jack Elton Learner and Doris Lucille Calhoun Learner. Pat was a resident for the past 25 years of Pleasanton, California. She graduated from Oakland High School in 1946, later attending UC Berkeley, San Jose State College and Stanford University, where she received a Master?s Degree. She married Richard Lyle Crocker in 1947 with whom she had 3 children and 1 adopted son. She later married Ralph Luther Williams on August 19, 1988. Life began anew with Ralph as they shared interests and traveled the world together. Ralph made her feel young again. Pat?s passions in life included her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. As a reading specialist, teacher and administrator, Pat was a professional educator in the Castro Valley School District for over 30 years. She was active in many organizations, including Red Hatters, California Reading Association,...
Will Joel Friedman
April 28, 1950 - July 26, 2013
Pleasanton Psychologist Will Joel Friedman passes away (1950-2013) William Joel Friedman was born April 28, 1950 in Los Angeles to Selma Bella Himovitz and Martin David Friedman. He grew up in West Los Angeles until the family moved to Sherman Oaks in 1965. He graduated from Ulysses S. Grant High School in Van Nuys. Will studied briefly at Los Angeles Valley College and graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 1971. He completed a teaching credential at California State University, Northridge in 1973, and after teaching for a few years, earned a Master of Science Degree in Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles in 1979. Will was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology from Claremont Graduate University in 1986. While in school and throughout his professional life, he attended countless seminars, refining his art and broadening his scope in a wide range of specialties, always seeking passionately for the most effective ways to help people deal with life?s difficulties and transform unworkable behaviors. While living in Claremont, Will met his wife, harpist Dominique Piana, in the fall of 1984....
Irene R. Loos
Aug. 21, 1924 - July 26, 2013
Irene R. Loos passed away in the early morning hours of July 26, 2013 in her apartment at Parkview Senior Living at the age of 88. A memorial service celebrating the lives of both Irene and her late husband Harry, who passed in June, will be held at The Parkview Senior Living, 100 Valley Ave., near the Pleasanton Senior Center at 2:00 PM on Sept. 1. Irene was born in Milwaukee WI. and grew up in Scottsbluff, NE, where she graduated from high school and married Harry Loos. They were married for more than 70 years. She was a full-time mother during the childhood of her sons, Larry and James, in Scottsbluff. Irene was active in the PTA as a member and officer and participated in many other school activities. She was a den mother for the Cub Scouts and also taught Sunday school at the Emmanuel Congregational Church. She enjoyed sewing and shopping and always dressed elegantly. She was a competitive bridge player for most of her adult life. After raising her sons, she worked as a residential real estate salesperson. Irene and Harry moved to Oakland, CA from Nebraska in 1971 to be nearer to their sons and grandchildren. After relocating to Pleasanton, they both became active in t...
July 10, 1928 - July 19, 2013
This odd custom we have, trying to sum up the worth of a man?s life in two hundred, two thousand or two words, struggling against clichés like devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, dedicated son and brother, although those ring true. Now we find ourselves, moments after the passing of this man, our dad, our mother's husband, searching for the right words to encapsulate his legacy. This is our tribute to a man who stood strong and firm (oh so stubbornly firm), who continually conquered illness (until this final cancer took him), who stayed true to his Catholic faith, who took no shortcuts and told no lies. John lived to 85. Being a child of the depression, he left high school in 1945 as a junior to join the Navy, where he served over 20 years as a dental technician and medic, often attached to Marine Corps units. He took up lightweight boxing. He traveled extensively and made history in 1949 as part of the crew of the U.S.S. Burton Island icebreaker, the first known vessel to reach Nome, Alaska midwinter. John loved to learn. He left the service twice to study dentistry at Creighton University, but, the Korean War intervened and he was called back to active duty in 1950 ...
Ethel Marjorie (Marge) Hayes Methvin
March 17, 1925 - July 14, 2013
Ethel Marjorie (Marge) Hayes Methvin, resident of Pleasanton, CA and Newport, RI went to her eternal home on July 14, 2013. She was born in Newport, Rhode Island on March 17, 1925 to Frederick Charles Hayes and Florence May McKenzie. She is predeceased by sister, Florence M. Luckhurst, and five brothers, Harold F., Walter H., Norman A., Gilbert E. and Gordon M. Hayes. Mrs. Methvin graduated Rogers High School and became a dental assistant in Newport for many years. She was a member of the United Baptist Church, John Clarke Memorial, where she met her future husband Benjamin L. Methvin at the church?s young singles group. They married in 1949. Family was important, and she embraced her role as a mother by nurturing and pouring life into her children. She sought to instill solid, foundational truths into the lives of her children. She was unambiguous and confident, setting clear boundaries in her parenting. She did her best by giving a large part of herself to her children, encouraging them to grow and develop into responsible human beings. Her colorful New England language, accent, resiliency, wit and humor are warmly remembered. She was a social person and active in a loca...
Christine L. Gothan
June 26, 1964 - July 14, 2013
One year has passed since we lost you. God looked around His Garden And He found an empty place. He looked down upon earth and saw your tired face. He put His arms around you and lifted you to rest. God's garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best. He knew that you were suffering, He knew you were in pain. He also knew in heaven you would never hurt again. He saw the road was getting rough and the hills hard to climb, so He closed your weary eyelids and whispered, "Peace be thine." It broke our hearts to lose you but you didn't go alone For part of us went with you, The day God called you home. If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, We'd walk all the way to heaven And see you once again. We love you very much and You will be forever in our hearts. Mom and Dad; brothers Ron, Brian and Michael; husband Fred; sons Aaron (Mica), Brandon (Amber), and Camron; granddaughter Antoinette and grandson Jack....
Sept. 6, 1937 - July 12, 2013
Diane was a longtime resident of Pleasanton and passed away at age 75. She was born in Berkeley, California, to Ernie and Minnie Dahl. Diane married her husband John shortly after high school and they were married for 45 years before John passed away in 2000. Together they raised three daughters, Linda of San Diego, Karen of Livermore and Janet of San Francisco. Diane retired from LLNL after 20 years of service and volunteered for the ValleyCare Auxiliary for the last 12 years. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren Brandon and Courtney. Diane will be greatly missed by her family, friends and coworkers. A private memorial will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Valley Care Charitable Foundation in memory of Diane Rae, 1111 East Stanley Blvd, Livermore...
June 8, 1938 - July 7, 2013
Tony Mathews passed away peacefully in his Pleasanton home on Sunday, July 7, 2013. His wonderful presence will be missed immeasurably by his family and many friends. Tony was born and raised in Bakersfield. His favorite activity as a youth was playing flute and piccolo in the elementary, junior high and high school bands. He participated in music competitions in the marching band, the jazz band, and the symphonic music ensemble. In 1959, he moved to San Francisco where he lived for 16 years during which time he received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of San Francisco. Tony worked for Bank of America for 30 years. As Vice President, he managed departments in the Headquarters Administration and World Banking Divisions. In 1979, he began consulting to private businesses, specializing in productivity management and organization change. Later, he taught at UC Berkeley Extension. He was active in local causes. In San Rafael, where he and his wife Susan lived for 15 years, he served as a member of St. Paul?s Episcopal Church Vestry and as Senior Warden of the church. Moving to Pleasanton in 1997, Tony joined Pleasanton North Rotary and traveled with club members...
Robert James Trimingham
May 26, 1937 - June 30, 2013
Robert (Bob) Trimingham passed away June 30th at his home in Livermore, CA. He is survived by his sister Claire (Tom) Fields, nephew Christopher (Sheila) Martin, niece Nicole (Maytheni Allen) Ines, four great nephews and two great nieces, and also his companion of many years, Deloris Colonna. He was predeceased by his parents, James and Lorna Trimingham, of Pleasanton. Bob was born in Pleasanton in 1937. He attended Amador High School and went to Stanford University where he received a degree in Geology. He then received a degree in Physical Science/Education from UC Berkley in 1963, and attended the University of Rochester in NY for a Master?s Degree in Education. Bob had a teaching career in Geology, Physics, and Math at Livermore High School which lasted for 30 years before retiring in 1995. Bob remained a loyal Stanford sports fan his entire life. His other primary interest was minerals and collecting mineral species, from micros to large showy specimens. He was a courageous mineral field tripper who avidly traveled America for collections, mineral shows and museums. He was a member of the Livermore Valley Lithophiles Gem and Mineral Society for 45 years. He help...
Darlene Elaine Thomas
Aug. 10, 1933 - June 29, 2013
Apple Valley, California
Darlene Elaine (Buck, Thomas) Castleman, resident of Apple Valley, California, passed away at her home at Merrill Gardens Retirement Community on June 29 at the age of 79 from complications related to Parkinson?s disease. Darlene Elaine Buck was born to Mary Caroline Marlow (Green) and Chester Buck on August 10th 1933 in San Jose, California. She grew up in Newark, California and graduated from Washington Union High School in Fremont, California in 1951. Darlene was a talented tap dancer and a bright student, receiving a college scholarship from the California Scholarship Federation. As a child, she loved to play along the shore of the San Francisco Bay and during the summer be on the beach at Catalina Island. As a teenager, she enjoyed dancing at the Newark Pavillion and socializing at the Cloverdale Creamery. After high school, Darlene married Robert George Thomas and they had three children, Cindy Lynette Thomas of Newport Beach, California, Sheila Annette Thomas of Eugene Oregon, and Robert Curtiss Thomas of Dillon, Montana. She chose the town of Pleasanton, California to raise her family and helped to build homes on Happy Valley Road and Oak Lane. She worked at the Plea...
William Roland Corrin
Nov. 20, 1920 - June 23, 2013
William Roland Corrin passed away peacefully in his Pleasanton home on June 23, 2013; his family was with him. He was married for 59 years to Barbara, who passed away April 2012. He is survived by his sons Bill Corrin of Long Beach and Gary Corrin of Toronto and daughters Janet (Gary) Sears of Pleasanton and Lyn (Terry) Aaker of Long Beach, four grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. He was born and raised in Long Beach, CA, and enjoyed swimming and sailing as a youth. After attending Long Beach Jr. College, he served in WWII as an Army Air Corps B-24 bomber co-pilot in Europe, assigned to the ?Carpetbaggers?, a group that flew clandestine night missions. He worked for Granny Goose Foods for 35 years, working his way up to Director of Purchasing of all raw products. During that time the family lived in Niles, Salinas, and finally moved to Pleasanton in 1969. He was a charter member of the Salinas Valley Highlanders bagpipe band. He and Barbara enjoyed trips to Europe, Australia and the East Coast; many were with the Balloon Platoon. The Corrins were long-time members of Centerpointe Presbyterian Church, where they made lifelong friendships. Please join us for a Celebration of L...
Edward James McMahon
Feb. 10, 1943 - June 20, 2013
Pleasanton, CA, California
Ed, resident of Ft Worth Texas, passed away on the 20th of June 2013, at the age of 70, peacefully with his family at his side in Waldorf Maryland. Ed was born on the 10th of February 1943, in Dubuque Iowa and raised in Pleasanton California. Ed graduated from Amador Valley HS in 1961, served his country honorably in the US Army. He retired from General Motors in 1999 after 37 years of employment. He was a proud member of the UAW Local 816, the National Rifle Association and enjoyed two decades of coaching baseball, playing softball, cooking, spending time with family, fishing and shooting at the gun range. Ed is survived by his sisters Patsy Lund, Barbara Mills, Bette Olivares, his two sons Master Chief Shawn McMahon, Jason (and wife Kim) McMahon and his six grandchildren Blake, Kailey, Mackenzie, Aydan, Grady and Maylee McMahon. At Mr. McMahon?s request there is no service being held, please send your condolences to 2202 Pinefield Road, Waldorf, MD 20601....
Sept. 29, 1923 - June 10, 2013
Harry Loos passed away in the early morning hours of June 10, 2013 at the age of 89. Harry is survived by his wife of 70 years, Irene R. Loos of Pleasanton, his sons Larry A. Loos of Hayward and James L. Loos of Pleasanton, grandsons James C. Loos, Anthony F. Loos and Jeremy A. Loos, great grandchildren Ryan J. Loos, Emma M. Loos, Owen J. Loos and Wyatt A. Loos. Harry, the son of Heinrich G. Loos and Ana M. Wacker, was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and four sisters. Harry was born in Scottsbluff Nebraska where he graduated from high school and met and married Irene Schenaman. He started a small construction company, building homes, cement irrigation ditches, and other buildings and structures. He was a member of the Nebraska National Guard, was a founding member and coach of 23 Club, a little league baseball program, and was active in the Scottsbluff Nebraska Junior Chamber of Commerce. Harry loved to fish, hunt, garden and raise farm animals. In his later years, he remained very active and loved playing Bocce Ball. Harry and Irene moved to California in the 70?s where Harry became an insurance adjustor until injuries and health forced him to retire. Throughout...
Joanne Boucher Griffith
Feb. 26, 1943 - June 4, 2013
Joanne Boucher Griffith, also known by 'Jo-mamma,' 'Grandma Jo,' or Mom, was an amazing person who passed away at the age of 70 this week from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis while at Kaiser Hospital in Roseville. She was born in Philadelphia on February 26, 1943 and grew up in Pennsylvania. She married Dave Griffith in 1965 and in 1969 they moved to California to raise their family. In addition to being a caring and nurturing wife and mother, Joanne was a passionate educator and nurse and an outspoken human rights advocate with a strong sense of humor. Joanne had a lifelong love of learning. She constantly read and considered the world and current issues around her. She supported causes that gave opportunities for women and children and took in teens who were having trouble in life. Joanne and Dave sponsored Diana Makkonen to come to the United States from Ethiopia as a young girl to pursue high school and college educations. Joanne was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Loomis as well as Pleasanton Presbyterian Church. She was a fantastic cook and enjoyed hosting friends and family for good food and lively conversation. She was always inclusive of others both at h...
Anne "Nan" Cohan (née Anne Marie Walsh)
Jan. 10, 1922 - June 1, 2013
Nan Cohan passed peacefully on Saturday June 1st knowing she was cherished by her large family and countless friends. The devoted mother of two daughters and five sons, grandmother of twelve and great-grandmother of three, Nan was preceded in death by her husband Gene Cohan. She was a beloved mother-in-law, sister, aunt, niece, cousin and friend. Nan, born Anne Marie Walsh, was raised in New York City. Both her parents were Irish immigrants - mother Sarah Ryan from County Kilkenny and father Michael Walsh from County Sligo. Nan and Gene married in Astoria, New York in 1947 then spent twenty years living around the world before settling in Pleasanton. Their children?s birth certificates show part of Nan and Gene?s global trek starting in New York then touching down in Territory of Hawaii, Japan, California and Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. Admired for her spirit and soul, Nan was a valued co-worker, an extraordinary cook and a wonderful hostess. Each of her many homes became the place to be and she made everyone feel welcome and appreciated. Arriving in the summer of 1967, Nan embraced Pleasanton as home. After many years working for the City, she will be remembered as ...
Margaret "Peggy" Jean Karn
Jan. 22, 1929 - May 21, 2013
Margaret J. ?Peggy? Karn died May 21, 2013 in ValleyCare Hospital after a courageous 10-year battle with multiple system atrophy, a rare and debilitating disease. She was 84. She was born Jan. 22, 1929 in Oakland to Mary Celeste and Americus P. Britto. She grew up in Oakland and graduated from Fremont High School. When she was a sophomore at Fremont High, she met Richard Karn, who became the love of her life. They attended Dick?s Senior Ball together before he graduated and joined the Navy. They were married before Dick?s senior year at the University of California, Berkeley and she worked to put him through his final year. She raised their daughter, Pam, and their son, Bob, while they lived in Castro Valley and later Hayward. Dick established his own civil engineering firm in 1966. While living in Hayward, they were members of Hayward Dance Club and enjoyed quarterly dances to big band music. She was an active volunteer with the Almond Branch of the Children?s Hospital Auxiliary and enjoyed modeling in their fundraising fashion shows. They moved to Pleasanton 26 years ago. She was a member of Centerpointe Presbyterian Church (formerly Pleasanton Presbyterian) and served ...
Daniel Raymond Martin
Aug. 26, 1985 - May 9, 2013
Folsom, CA, California
Daniel Martin; handsome, intelligent and witty, passed away unexpectedly on the evening of May 9, 2013 at his home in Folsom, CA. Dan was born August 26, 1985 in Southern CA. Daniel grew up in Pleasanton, CA and attended Walnut Grove, Harvest Park, Amador Valley High School and Diablo Valley College. He also enjoyed his time in boy scout troop 998. Daniel had a passion for movie making, writing, acting and comic. He loved playing online video games and communicating on Facebook with his large following of friends. Daniels life was cut short, his family is heartbroken. Daniel will be greatly missed by his friends and family. Daniel is survived by his father Harold Martin, mother Melinda Keim, Step father Glenn Keim, step mother Debra Martin, brothers Matt and Mike, step bother Dustin Stedt, step sisters Leela Sherbon and Sonia Stedt, grandmother Nadine Martin and numerous other family and friends. Daniel we love you and miss you beyond words. Dan you will forever be in our hearts....
Anthony Dominic Scotto
Jan. 13, 1927 - May 1, 2013
Anthony was born at home, in Brooklyn, NY to immigrant Italian parents. He graduated from Saint Francis College where he received a degree in history, one of his passions. After discharge from the Army he joined his father and 4 brothers at the family wine shop, thus beginning his 30-year career in the wine industry. He pursued all aspects from retail, to wholesale, to importer but his true love was winemaking. But his true passion was the love for his family. Anthony is survived by his five children; sons Anthony, Dominic, and Gregory; and daughters, Felicia Barbalinardo and Monica Chappell along with 23 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother; Fr. Dominic Scotto, Chaplin at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. The family would like to also say a special thank you to Dr. Apte for showing honor, and empathy, Anita Sharples of Heritage Estates as well as his devoted caregivers Agnes and Katie. All who knew him will miss his faith-filled and generous spirit. Friends and family are invited to a vigil and visitation on Thursday, May 9, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at Graham-Hitch Mortuary in Pleasanton and a funeral service at St. Charles...
Ashley Kay Cligny
Feb. 16, 1991 - April 28, 2013
Ashley Cligny took her last breath peacefully early Sunday morning with her mother and father by her side. Ashley was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in October of 2011 while attending the University of California at Davis after transferring from Washington State University at the end of her sophomore year. Ashley was described as an ?old soul? and enthusiastically lived the typical life of a college student ? attending class, playing soccer, making and nurturing friendships and always wanting to spend time with family. In many ways, Ashley will be remembered most for her courageous battle with the disease that would take her life but not conquer her spirit, as she taught us to be positive not negative, loving not bitter and to marvel at the power of her spirit to overcome her circumstances. Ashley leaves behind her mother and father, Tani and John Cligny; Sisters, Jonalin McCollum and Janelle Cligny, brother-in-law Matt McCollum: niece Alice McCollum; father James Loughmiller, brother Chase Loughmiller as well as grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. A celebration of Ashley?s life and Mass is planned for Friday May 3rd at 11:00 AM at Saint Augustine?s Catholic Chur...
James Peter Campana
Sept. 3, 1926 - April 26, 2013
Sonora formerly Pleasanton, California
James Campana, 86, of Sonora, CA died peacefully on Friday, April 26. He was born to the late Arthur and Katherine Campana, September 3, 1926, San Francisco, CA. Jim attended Balboa High School and was written up in the SF Chronicle as "the Tommy Dorsey of Balboa High." He received a BA and MA in Music in 1956 from San Francisco State University. He was married 59 years to his late wife Rosemary, and they lived in Pleasanton, CA 37 years before retiring to Sonora, CA in 1996. Jim was hired in 1959 as the Band Director at Amador, and taught until he retired in 1979. Mr. C. was passionate about making a difference in his students? lives. In 1975 he founded the Amador Valley Jazz Festival and after his retirement, it was renamed the Campana Jazz Festival, which he attended faithfully every year. Jim was an active member of St. Patrick?s Church of Sonora, and SIRS. He traveled with his wife, family, and friends throughout his retirement. He enjoyed playing golf and dining at Caesar?s Restaurant of San Francisco with family and friends. Jim is survived by four children: Lisa Garon, of Pleasanton, Terri Campana, of Palenville, NY, Tina Wilbur, of Sonora, Paul Campana, of Fremont...
Marilyn R. Wright
Oct. 16, 1944 - April 26, 2013
Marilyn Rita Egelhofer-Wright went to be with our Father in Heaven on 4/26/13. She was born Oct. 16, 1944 in Palo Alto, CA to Raymond & Rita Egelhofer. She is already missed greatly by her children Matthew (Liz) Wright and Beth (Joel) Wright-McCarty. Nephew, Raymond (Megan) Egelhofer-Tracy. Her grand-children, Michael, Casey-Elizabeth and Shane, were all adored, along with her great-niece, Lorelei. Our mom will also be missed by numerous other family members and friends. Although our mom battled cancer multiple times, and of varying types over the years, she died of natural causes at home because her body was just ?plain tired?. She lived in Pleasanton, CA for most of her adult life and loved the community of friends she had there. Mom was a feisty fighter of cancer and although she was weak in the body from past treatments she continued to work full-time for AT&T as a Financial Analyst until her death. We are also proud to say she was an accomplished CPA and private tax accountant. Our mom enjoyed travel and has been all over the world on cruises and various trips mostly with her grand-daughter as her faithful travel companion. Mom was intrigued by different cul...
May 25, 1923 - April 24, 2013
Pleasanton has lost one of its most involved citizens with the death of Jack Dove on Wednesday, April 24. Jack was born in Saint Clair, Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia) to parents Chester Arthur Dove and Anne (Reese) Dove. His education was interrupted by military service. While getting pneumonia would be very bad news for most people, Jack considered himself lucky. It was as a young soldier recovering from his illness that he met Second Lieutenant Polly Klymer Moyer, who was in the Army Nurse Corps at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. She and Jack were wed on May 4, 1946 ? a marriage that lasted 65 years, until Polly?s death August 1, 2011. Jack had been in charge of the station hospital laboratory (1943-46). After Jack?s discharge from the service, he and Polly moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where Jack completed his degree in chemical engineering at Lehigh University. One month after his graduation, their daughter Suzanne was born. The Dove family had many ?nests,? moving often due to Jack?s career as a corporate executive in paint and chemicals ? first in Stamford, Connecticut, where son Jay was born. Jack was called back to military duty as an Army first lieut...
Oct. 12, 1912 - April 21, 2013
Ruth Matthies Stewart passed away peacefully on April 21, 2013. She was 100 years old. Ruth was born in Rochester, NY, where she lived until she & her husband retired in 1981. They relocated to Stockton, CA, and later to Sun City West, AZ. They moved to Pleasanton in 2000. Ruth was predeceased by her beloved husband Cliff in 2001, and brothers Bill, Dick, & Art Matthies. She is survived by daughter & son-in-law Wendy & Steve Ping of Pleasanton, and grandchildren Shawna Ping (Kailua, HI) & Eric Ping (Denver, CO)....
Hans James Hansen
March 14, 1957 - April 17, 2013
Hans James Hansen, 56, of Pleasanton, passed away on April 17 surrounded by his family. Hans was born to Howard and Virginia Hansen in Pleasanton, where he lived his entire life except for his years away at college. He met his wife Jill at Amador and they were married for 35 years. In his thirties, he became a Christian, which became the cornerstone of his life. His belief was the source of his incredible strength and optimism through his years of illness. Hans was a brilliant engineer, earning many patents, and truly enjoyed going to work every day. He will be remembered for his fantastic sense of humor and ability to make friends wherever he went. He is survived by his daughter Katrina (Seth) High of Boulder, CO, his son Aaron (Barbara) Hansen of Coronado, his daughter Sarah Hansen of San Francisco, and his daughter AnnMarie (Nicholas) Smith of Woodland Hills. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Cornerstone Fellowship in Livermore. Donations in Hans? name may be made to Hume Lake Ministries (www.humelake.org) or to Gospel for Asia (www.gfa.org)....
Marian "Kay" Richter
July 5, 1941 - April 1, 2013
Marian "Kay" Richter died on April 1, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Bismarck, N.D. on July 5, 1941 to Elsie and Emil Goetz of Hazen, N.D. She graduated as Salutatorian from Hazen H.S. in 1959 and continued her education at North Dakota State in Fargo with a degree in English. She met the love of her life, Jerry, in high school. They were married in Hazen on August 24, 1962. Her daugther, Susan, was born in 1966 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. and her son, Jeff, was born in 1968 in Albuquerque. After five years in New Mexico, the family moved to Pleasanton, CA in 1970 on a job transfer for Jerry. Kay was involved in 4-H as a leader when her kids were young. Church was an important part of her life. She taught Sunday School, mentored middle school kids and enjoyed singing in the church choir. Kay found joy in volunteering for Senior Support, Hope Hospice and Operation Christmas Child. She worked part time at Macy?s for 13 years. Kay experienced kidney failure in 1998 and was on dialysis for 5 years before receiving a kidney transplant in Nov. 2003 from a living donor. She received her cancer diagnosis on March 4, 2013....
Gordon Gilbert Englebretson
April 9, 1920 - March 29, 2013
Gordon Gilbert Englebretson, known by his loved ones as "Big G," was born in Greenwood, Wisconsin on April 9th, 1920. He passed away March 29th, 2013, just shy of his 93rd birthday. At the time of his passing, Gordon was a resident of Livermore, California. He is survived by his devoted wife of nearly 65 years, Edna, and their two sons, Don and Steve. In addition, Gordon leaves behind eight granddaughters and fifteen great-grandchildren. He will forever be remembered for his loving heart, his cheerful spirit and his infectious smile. We love you Big G!...
Cecile Wun-Sze Lee
May 13, 1966 - March 28, 2013
Pleasanton resident and physician Dr. Cecile Wun-Sze Lee passed away at home surrounded by her family on March 28, 2013 at the age of 46 after a courageous five-year battle with an aggressive form of breast cancer. She was born in Hong Kong on May 13, 1966, and moved with her parents to the United States at the age of one. A 1984 graduate of Cherry Hill East High School in New Jersey, she earned a bachelor?s of science degree with a major in bio-resource science at the University of California, Berkeley where she and Hank met and later married in 1992. She attended Tulane University Medical School with Hank in New Orleans, earning both her medical degree and a master?s degree in public health in 1993, becoming the first physician in her family. She completed her residency in dermatology at Tulane Medical Center in 1997. Cecile and Hank moved to Pleasanton and opened their practice, Pacific Dermatology. She was also on staff at ValleyCare Medical Center. Dr. Lee cared for her patients as if they were family members. In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening, cooking, reading, exercising, Tai Chi, knitting, Chinese painting, playing the piano and spending time with her family and...
James E. Adams III
July 13, 1941 - March 23, 2013
James E. Adams III, resident of Pleasanton for 37 years, passed away March 23, 2013 at the age of 71 from cancer. Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Marlys, two sons, three grandsons and a sister. He was born in California, attended school in Ventura and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Cal Poly Pomona. Jim's career was in Management of Trucking Freight Terminals for 45 years in the bay area and Central Valley and a member of the California Trucking Association. Jim coached youth football for the Concord Pioneers in the early 70's, Dublin Knights from the mid 70's to the mid 90's, and Dublin High School Freshmen/Sophomore team in the early 90's. Jim, often called Papa by friends and others, had a love for Hot Rods and became a member of the P-Town Push Rods. He attended many of the car shows around the bay area showing his pick-up trucks and was often seen at the Good Guys Shows at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds. Other interests were RV trips, watching rodeos, country dancing, gardening and traveling. Friends and family are invited to a Memorial Service on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, 4167 First Street, P...
April 25, 1932 - March 20, 2013
Helen Georgatos was born in Greece on April 25, 1932. Her parents, Marianna and Demostenes Pagulatos had five children. Married in 1952 to Jerry Georgatos, Helen had her first son Dean, in August, 1953, six days after a devastating earthquake on Cephallonia. After having her second son Dennis, the family immigrated to the United States and took up residence in Pleasanton in 1956, where Helen?s husband worked at the Standard Cheese Company. Helen worked at several laundries while her sons went to school. Helen and her husband remained in Pleasanton the rest of their lives; first renting a home on Rose Avenue and then buying a home in Pleasanton Heights. Jerry sustained a debilitating back injury while working at the Cheese Factory. No longer able to do the heavy lifting required in making cheese, they purchased the Bottle Shop, a liquor store in nearby Fremont. She was also a fantastic cook, preparing tantalizing Greek cuisine and serving it along with her quick wit. Jerry and Helen worked together almost every day at the store, building a devoted stream of customers and supporting each other through 26 years of their ownership. After selling the store, Helen and Jerry took ...
Alfred G. Krebs
April 11, 1936 - March 4, 2013
Alfred G. Krebs Sunrise: April, 11 1936 Sunset: March, 4 2013 Alfred (Fred) was born in Germany, escaped to Shanghai in 1939 and he lived there until 1948, when his family settled in Berkeley CA. After graduating high school, he joined the Marines where he rose quickly to Sergeant; thereafter, he worked at several trucking companies working his way up to Director of Commerce and Traffic. He was licensed to represent his company before the Interstate Commerce Commission. During the 70s and 80s, he was a professorial lecturer at Golden Gate University teaching motor carrier law. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Diane, the love of his life; his two sons Ken, Tom and their spouses, Leslie and Jerrilynn, and his grandchildren Justin, Katelyn, Joshua, Nick and Tim. Alfred and Diane have lived in Pleasanton since 1968. He enjoyed walking, reading, playing the slots, stock trading and playing bridge at the senior center and spending time with his friends. He also loved tennis in his earlier years. He was a generous and adoring father and grandfather. Family always came first. He was admired and loved by many people and his beautiful smile and handsome face woul...
Larry J Sozzi
May 2, 1947 - March 1, 2013
Larry Sozzi, 65, passed away March 1, 2013. He now has joined his mother Violet. Larry is a retired SF Firefighter of 20 years. He had a love for baseball & golf. He is survived by his wife Debbie, children Rick & Roxanne, daughter in-law Michelle, his father of 94 years Louis Sozzi, his brother Gary & wife Kathy, his sister Diane Pini & husband Dan, his brother in-law Rob King & his wife Cindy & nieces & nephews. Larry will truly be missed. The family gives thanks to Hope Hospice, Dublin, CA. Private service...
Jean Marie Pimentel Silva
Feb. 13, 1930 - Feb. 23, 2013
Jean Marie Pimentel Silva, 83 years old, passed away peacefully on February 23, 2013. Jean was the respected Matriarch and Star of her family. She was a great wife, an incredible and amazing mother to her four children and the absolute best grandmother to seven and great-grandmother to four. Her family was her world. Jean loved being a mother and grandmother and was actively involved in all of their lives. One of her greatest joys was treating her family to breakfasts and dinners, surprising her children and grandchildren with special family trips to Hawaii, crocheting sweaters and blankets for all and making the best cookies ever. Jean never admitted to spoiling her family, but rather said ?her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were just very well loved?. Jean was known for her hard work, incredible generosity and thoughtfulness. She had a very entertaining sense of humor and had a real zest for life. Jean loved to read, bake, play bingo, bowl, play cards, chat with friends and volunteer at the Ridge View Commons Senior facility?just to name a few. Jean was blessed with many wonderful friends and dear family members. She was loved by all, and she will be ...
F. David Storch
Dec. 5, 1936 - Feb. 23, 2013
F. David Storch, known as David, died peacefully in his Pleasanton home on Feb. 23, 2013, after a long battle with cancer. David was born to the late Herman Storch and Hermie Lenz on Dec. 5, 1936, in Madera, CA. He grew up in the Central Valley and later moved to the San Jose area with his mother and late stepfather William C. Terrell. He graduated from Campbell High School and earned a BA in Mathematics from San Jose State University. David worked as a computer scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 37 years, starting as an operator on the UNIVAC I, one of the first computers. He was the Group Leader of the Large-Scale Systems Group at what became the National Magnetic Fusion Energy Computer Center, responsible for the operating systems on the largest supercomputers available at the time. He retired in 1996. Flying was one of David?s favorite hobbies; he had a pilot?s license and several remote controlled gliders. In his retirement, he enjoyed Sudoku and weekly breakfasts with friends from the Livermore Lab. He also enjoyed camping and going to RV rallies, as well as helping his ex-wife Nancy Storch with various projects. David had a warm, friendly...
Allen Ellis Fairchild
Aug. 26, 1922 - Feb. 21, 2013
Allen grew up in Collins, MS and joined the Navy during WWII. He had many hair-raising stories of military service as a young man and enjoyed entertaining friends and family with these stories. He spent most of his life in the Bay Area with his family, which included his wife Doris, who predeceased him, and his children, John Fairchild, Mary (Mal) Cameron, and Anne Miller. He traveled the country for many years with his second wife, Beulah. He also leaves well-loved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He left for his current eternal home with a white shirt on and a smile on his face. Services will be held at Graham-Hitch Mortuary in Pleasanton on 3/3/13 at 2:30 p.m....
May 31, 1930 - Jan. 9, 2013
Richard M. Hovis died at home on Wednesday, January 9, 2013. Rick was born on May 31, 1930 in Boyers, PA. He was married and started his family in Chicago, before moving to California in 1966. Rick began his aviation career in the US Navy as a radarman and was an air traffic controller with the FAA for 32 years. A Pleasanton resident since 1967, he was a member of the local Catholic community, was active in marriage encounter, and helped begin Hope Hospice in 1980. He leaves behind Mary, his wife of 57 years; children Rick, Steve (Chris), Sherry; grandsons David, Luke (Jesse and Lane). We love you Pop and will miss you....
Perry Russell Coe
April 25, 1962 - Jan. 5, 2013
South Lake Tahoe, California
Perry Russell Coe, a former Pleasanton resident, passed away in South Lake Tahoe at the age of 50, a victim of fibromyalgia. Perry was born in San Mateo and grew up in Pleasanton. He graduated from Amador Valley High School. He spent his career in the aviation industry. While employed at National Airmotive, Rolls Royce and United Airlines, he performed aircraft maintenance as well as reciprocating and jet engine maintenance while holding applicable Federal Aviation Administration ratings. As a licensed pilot, he enjoyed flying small airplanes. Perry?s hobbies included motorcycling, kayaking, trading precious metals and traveling the world. His favorite travel destination was Barcelona, Spain. He created original art pieces using iron, silver and plastics. Over the years, he had a number of girl friends, but preferred staying single. He loved living at Lake Tahoe or near the ocean. His friends and family will miss his sense of humor, generosity and thoughtfulness. He is survived by his father, Kenneth Coe, his mother, Ruth Pauline Coe, his sister Laura Drake; uncles Scott Coe (Dorina) and Eugene Sprague; nieces Leanne Drake and Michelle Drake, nephew Allen Drake; ...
Michael Wesley Dean
Aug. 5, 1946 - Jan. 2, 2013
Michael Wesley Dean passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 2, 1213, at the age of 66 with family members at his side. Michael is the 6th of 7 sons of Stanley and Irma Dean who preceded him in death. Michael is survived by his daughter Melissa and brothers Stan, Jim, Ron, Bobby, Jerry, Tom and wife Susie, and a long list of nieces and nephews and their children. Michael?s music career spanned over 50 years as an entertainer, song writer and recording artist. He will not be forgotten, as his music will play on forever. Fortunately Michael was able to attend the Dean ?Dozen of Cousins? family reunion on Dec. 15th in Las Vegas which over 100 family members and friends attended. Michael did his final performance which everyone loved....
Oct. 10, 1920 - Jan. 1, 2013
Anne Donnellan passed away peacefully on New Year?s Day. Anne was born on a farm outside of Cleveland, Ohio. During World War II, she worked at Alcoa. After the War, she, her husband Bob, and their three children moved to Southern California, where she lived for 30 years. Upon Bob?s retirement from Lockheed, Anne and Bob moved to Paradise, Calif. Bob predeceased her in 1993. In 2006 Anne moved to Pleasanton to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Jim Zarrillo. Anne had a wonderful circle of friends and was very active. She most enjoyed playing poker at the Pleasanton Senior Center every week. Anne is predeceased by her husband, Bob and son, Danny. She is survived by her son Dennis, who lives overseas; her daughter Donna Zarrillo of Pleasanton; her grandchildren Matt Tibbetts of Apopka, Fla., Julia Edge of Portland, Ore., Dana Donnellan of Paradise, Calif., and Angela Donnellan. In addition, she is survived by her three great-grandchildren, Angela, Hannah and Sydney. Anne will be very missed by all who knew her. Services and burial will be in Paradise. A memorial service will be planned at a later date in Pleasanton. ...
May 11, 1920 - Jan. 1, 2013
Fannie Lambert Annis passed away on January 1, 2013, after suffering a stroke on December 31, 2012. We knew she would make it to New Year?s Day! At the time of her death, Fannie had been living in Livermore for 1 ½ years after residing in the same house in Pleasanton since 1950. Fannie was born Fannie Arnold Lambert in Superior, WI, on May 11, 1920. Shortly thereafter the family moved to Duluth, MN, where Fannie attended elementary schools, East Junior High School and Central High School. Fannie then graduated from Duluth State Teacher?s College (now the University of Minnesota at Duluth ? UMD) in 1942 with a bachelor?s degree in education. Fannie spent two years teaching in upper Michigan, one year teaching in San Francisco, CA (during World War II), one year teaching in Niles, CA and then 19 years teaching at Alisal Elementary School in the Pleasanton School District. Fannie always taught third grade, ostensibly because ?the math was too difficult in fourth grade.? She loved being a teacher and was always able to look at the humorous side of events in the classroom. Fannie retired in 1977 to be able to travel the world. In March of 1939, Fannie Lambert met Warren Annis?the...
Don L. Chalmers
Jan. 27, 1937 - Dec. 31, 2012
Donald Leroy Chalmers was born Jan. 27, 1937 at Children's Hospital in Richmond, CA. Don was a lifelong resident and native of Oakland, CA. He attended Manzanita, Brett Harte, and graduated from Oakland High in 1955. Upon graduating from high school, Don enlisted in the United States Air Force where he was eventually assigned to "The Strategic Air Command Headquarters Band." Don always said these were the best 4 years of his life. After leaving the Air Force Don worked for H.C. Capwells for a number of years until he retired in 2001. It was then that Don, through his best friend Jack Smith, rediscovered his love of music. After 30 years he picked up his beloved clarinet and joined the "Pleasanton Community Band." Later he became a member of the "Walnut Creek Concert Band", the "San Ramon Symphonic Band", as well as several other smaller groups. Don was a member of "The United States Air Force Musicians Alumni Assoc." and "The Worldwide International Military Music Society." His signature piece of music was "Memories of You" by Benny Goodman. Don is survived by his adopted family: Pat Smith; Vern and Jackie Brooks; Debbie, Mike, Brett, Cole, Carrie, Carter, and Cooper Bennett; a...
Nicholas Raymond Gigliotti
Dec. 9, 1928 - Dec. 30, 2012
Nicholas Raymond Gigliotti, 84 resident of Pleasanton for 40 years died Dec. 30, 2012. Born Dec. 9, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pa. to Giuseppe and Catherina Gigliotti, he was the youngest of six children and was preceded in death by all his siblings and parents. Nick graduated from Connelly Vocational HS in Pittsburgh, Pa. He furthered his education at the Triangle School of Drafting. His career began at LK Comstock, both in Pittsburgh and the Bay Area before retiring in 1991 after 31 years. Nick served in Army National Guard during the Korean War. Nick was transferred to California in 1973 which was the ?best move he ever made for his family?. There was no more ?snow to shovel? and he could golf year round! He devoted his life to his wife, children and family with an ultimate love. Nick was a member of the "dawn patrol" at Castlewood Country Club for nearly 35 years. Nick is survived by his loving wife Diane of 57 years, his devoted children Teresa (Mark) McCloskey of Farmington, N.M., Nick (Cindy) Gigliotti of Pleasanton, Ernie (Karen) Gigliotti of Houston, Texas, Paul (Kim) Gigliotti of Pleasanton. Ten grandchildren: Nicole Tyson of Grand Prairie, Texas, Lorra Williams (Jordan) of...
Howard Clemens Hansen
March 20, 1922 - Dec. 27, 2012
Howard Clemens Hansen, 90, died December 27, 2012 at his home in Pleasanton. His wife of 69 years, Virginia, was at his side when he died. He will be fondly remembered by his children, Nancy (Peter) Mills of Tracy, Tuny (Art) Dunkley of Pleasanton, and Hans (Jill) Hansen, also of Pleasanton. Howard is survived by his sister Ann Marie Mix of Palo Alto, as well as eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. The Hansens were early settlers in Pleasanton. Howard?s father immigrated from Denmark in 1912 and in 1919 invested in two dairies in Pleasanton. Howard would ultimately run one of those dairies (The Hansen & Giger Dairy), located on Hopyard Road. In 1966 when the business was no longer viable, the land, the cattle and the equipment were all sold. Howard spent his retirement years maintaining his beautiful garden and tinkering with his collection of Model T cars. He and Virginia traveled extensively, most notably to Denmark where they kept up ties with the extended Hansen family. He was a fine mechanic and could fix anything. In later years when he was weakened by the effects of Parkinson?s Disease, he still managed to run the house from his recliner. Howard spent his...
Dec. 23, 1919 - Dec. 25, 2012
Jim Blades, 93, died Dec. 25, 2012, at his Pleasanton home with his wife of 68 years, Margaret, and his family at his side. He will be fondly remembered by his children, John, Annis, Liz and Rick; grandchildren Lisa, Brian, Tony, Olivia, Skye, and great-granddaughter, Daisy Elizabeth. Jim was born in Chicago on Dec. 23, 1919. His parents moved to Brooklyn in 1931 where Jim attended Brooklyn Tech in preparation for MIT. It was in Brooklyn that Jim joined the Police Athletic League, and was the oldest known living member of PAL. Jim joined the Navy during WWII, and after his discharge married Margaret Annette Moore in Montreal on Dec. 19, 1944. Both Jim and Margaret?s families were from the Caribbean. Jim met Margaret on the island of Barbados where her family lived when he was 8 and she was 5. Jim and Margaret initially settled in Brooklyn where son John was born in 1946. They moved to Orinda in 1947, where Jim found employment at the UC Berkeley Radiation Laboratory. By 1954, the family had grown to include Annis, Liz and Rick, so the family moved to a larger home in Danville. The family moved again in 1971 to Pleasanton, this time to find a special home that could also a...
Norma Carolyn Briere
Sept. 20, 1930 - Dec. 24, 2012
Norma Carolyn (Campbell) Briere, 82, passed away peacefully on December 24, 2012 after a long battle with Alzheimer?s disease. Norma was born in Wauregan, Conn., on September 20, 1930. She moved with her husband and three children to Long Beach, Calif. in February 1962. She worked for many years in the insurance industry and ended her career working in containerized shipping. She moved to Pleasanton in 1989 and resided here until her death. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and was a ValleyCare Auxillary volunteer for many years. She enjoyed Dixieland Jazz and spent many weekends attending jazz festivals with her husband and friends. Norma was preceded in death in by her husband, Cletus Paul (Pete) Briere. She is survived by her daughter Kathryn (Roy) Schamanski of Tacoma, Wash., son Michael (Jamie) Briere of Lakewood, Calif. and daughter Sheri (Mike) Baldwin of Pleasanton; grandchildren, Melissa Schamanski, Emily (Ryan) Trivett, Nathan Briere, Cole Briere, Kevin Baldwin, Nick Baldwin and great-granddaughter Claire Ann Trivett....
July 19, 1930 - Dec. 23, 2012
Mary Edwina Wilcox Theodore Wiitala died Dec. 23, 2012 at Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley, Calif. She was born in Maysville, Okla. to Joseph Martin Wilcox and Henry Idel Frizzell Wilcox, both of Oklahoma. Mary is survived by her sister Laveta Fagundes, 81, recently of Tracy, Calif. and brother Grady "Jimmy" Wilcox, 80, of Pleasanton; her daughter, Nancy Theodore Heredia of Temple City, Calif.; her son, Richard Theodore of Apple Valley, Calif., 3 granddaughters, 2 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Joe and Idel Wilcox, husbands, Ed Theodore and Robert Wiitala and son Bobby Wiitala. She came to California in 1941 with her family, arriving in Pleasanton in early 1943. Her father owned, trained and raced Thoroughbred horses at Northern California, county fairs and in Phoenix, Ariz. She lived in Pleasanton for 69 years. Visitation will be held at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, Pleasanton, CA on Friday, Jan. 4 from 2-5 p.m. Services will be held at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, Saturday Jan. 5 at 9:30 a.m. Burial will immediately follow at Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery on Sunol Blvd....
Adrienne Claire Riley
July 22, 1954 - Dec. 17, 2012
Adrienne was born in Willows, California, to Howard and Wilma (Wells) Detling. She passed away on December 17, 2012, at Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley, with her husband, Mike, and their children Kevin, Megan, and Amy at her side. After graduating from Enterprise High School in Redding, California, in 1972, Adrienne attended the University of California at Berkeley, where she met and married Michael Lloyd Riley on September 7, 1974. Adrienne earned a BS degree in Nursing and a BA degree in Human Development from California State University, Hayward. Adrienne began her career as a Registered Nurse in 1981 with Kaiser Hospital Oakland; and since 1995 has been associated with the Maternal Child Department at Valley Care Medical Center in Pleasanton. Adrienne enjoyed reading, sewing, traveling, shopping, San Jose Sharks hockey, Cal football, and playing Bunko. Adrienne's passion in life was her family; especially her love for her three children, and her granddaughter, Madison. Adrienne is survived by her loving husband, Mike; devoted children- son Kevin, his wife Stacey Powell Riley, and their daughter Madison of Brentwood; daughter Megan and husband Patrick Bowen of...
William (Bill) N. Lorentz
Dec. 6, 1928 - Dec. 15, 2012
Boulder City, Nevada
William "Bill" N. Lorentz, of Boulder City, a kind and gentle man, active in his community and church, passed away Dec. 15, 2012. He was born Dec. 26, 1928 and raised on a ranch near Augusta, Montana. Bill went on to a diverse life and career. Bill earned money for college as a concrete worker on Hungry Horse Dam as well as in the Air Force ROTC program. Bill received a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering from Montana State in Bozeman, Montana and went on to work in nuclear engineering designing power plants and nuclear submarines. His professional career also included operating a landfill and recycle program for the City of Santa Cruz as well as a Popcorn Store on the wharf in Santa Cruz. Bill had many hobbies ranging from scuba diving, canoeing, bird watching to wood carving and loved traveling in his RV with Lee. Bill was an active partner in a Christmas Tree Farm in northern California which lead to an amazing variety of family adventures and lifelong friendships. Bill is survived by his wife, Natha Lee; siblings, Henry and Lew; and blended family of 4 children with his first wife Mary Ann and three daughters with his second wife Natha Lee. There are no words t...
Carroll Dale Steele
Feb. 9, 1937 - Dec. 7, 2012
Carroll Dale Steele was born in Alden, Minnesota, the son of Melvin and Irma (Schmidt) Steele. He grew up in Alden on a farm and graduated from Alden High School. He enlisted in the US Army when he was 18 and served in an active and reserve role from 1955-1961. He lived in Albert Lea, MN and Minneapolis, MN until he was 36 when he moved to California with his family. He got degrees at Foothill College in Los Altos, CA and San Jose State University, San Jose, CA (MBA). Among some of the places he worked are: Streater in Albert Lea, MN; Control Data in Minneapolis, MN, Mosinee Paper Mills in Wausau, WI; Measurex in Cupertino, CA; BTI in Sunnyvale, CA. On Sept. 7, 1991, Carroll was united in marriage to Jo Hesterly at Immanuel Lutheran Church in San Jose. They lived in San Jose until 2000, when they retired and bought a small ranch in Acampo. It is here where Carroll started collecting vintage John Deere tractors and built a barn to house all of them. Carroll loved playing softball, as he was on as many as 3 teams at any one time. His greatest passion was being surrounded by his family. Carroll died Dec. 7, 2012 at Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Val...
June 6, 1932 - Dec. 5, 2012
Richard Behiel passed away peacefully December 5, 2012 surrounded by family at ValleyCare in Pleasanton, CA. He was 80. Richard suffered complications due to breaking several ribs after a fall in October while doing yard work at home in Dublin. Richard, the 2nd of 8 children, was born June 6, 1932 in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada. He left the family farm in 1959 and moved to Oakland with his sister Lorraine and her husband Lee Dansereau. Richard and Lee, and several others of the Behiel family, would eventually retire as union carpenters. He was especially proud of his work on the Oakland Coliseum, BART Tube, SJSU Business Tower, and building his first house in the Oakland hills. Richard married Yvonne Lapointe in 1961 and moved to Pleasanton in 1970 to raise their four children. Richard moved to Dublin in 1982 during a divorce. Richard enjoyed Canada-USA family reunions, annual Father?s Day picnics, and spending time with family and the great neighbors of Hillsdale Drive throughout the 1970?s. He spent his retirement working in his home workshop, helping others, having coffee with friends after a workout at the gym, and watching as many of his grandchildren?s sporting...
Nov. 29, 1940 - Nov. 30, 2012
Jacqueline Fougeray Woodruff passed away the day following her 72nd birthday on November 30, 2012 following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was in her Pleasanton home, surrounded by loved ones. Born November 29, 1940 in Philadelphia, Pa., Jackie grew up wanting to see the world. As a ?service brat? she lived in many parts of the U.S. and North Africa before joining the Air Force as a young woman. She was granted admission to attend medical school at the University of Hawaii when her path took another turn, toward high tech engineering where she excelled at layout engineering at companies such as Texas Instruments and Mostek. Following her service in the Air Force, Jackie remained passionate about serving her community wherever she resided. She was active in CASA (assisting foster kids) in Dallas, Texas, the Washington Park Zoo in Portland, Ore., the Volunteers in Policing in Thousand Oaks, CASA in Alameda county and the Pleasanton Volunteers in Police Service program. Those who knew her will remember her as a beautiful, courageous, artistic and unbelievably well read individual. A staunch supporter of the fine arts, Jackie was also an amateur archeologist, ac...
Stephanie Ann Miller
Jan. 26, 1947 - Nov. 27, 2012
Stephanie Ann Miller loved to travel. She climbed Machu Picchu, walked the Great Wall of China and visited European countries from England to Russia. The one-year resident of Brentwood died suddenly Nov. 27, 2012, at the age of 65 when a case of the flu worsened into pneumonia. She and her husband, Robert Van Miller Sr., celebrated their one-year anniversary on Nov. 5. Prior to Brentwood, Miller lived for 10 years in Danville and before that lived in Pleasanton for many years. A native of Oakland, Stephanie was born at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland on Jan. 26, 1947. She grew up in San Lorenzo and was a cheerleader before graduating from San Lorenzo High School. During her years in San Lorenzo, she spent summers with her maternal grandmother on her farm in South Dakota. She went to work for the Oakland Police Department and served in a variety of roles before retiring after 20 years. She then moved onto to a marketing position with the Port of Oakland at the Oakland Airport. After 15 years, she retired from the port. Throughout her careers, she traveled widely. Italy and England were particular favorites. She met Robert through an official matchmaker about 2 ½ years ago. Bob w...
Robert Daniel Stoik
July 30, 1959 - Nov. 26, 2012
Robert Daniel Stoik, 53, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family following an 11 year battle with cancer. Bob was born and raised in Bloomer, Wis. and graduated from Bloomer High School. He earned a secondary education degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. His careers with Milton Bradley/Hasbro and Nintendo promoted his kid at heart attitude. He coached his daughters? various sports teams and loved bicycling and running. Bob is survived by his loving wife Catherine; devoted children Courtney, (Cal State Univ.-Chico) and Hannah, (Amador Valley High School). Bob is also survived by his mother, Audrey Stoik (Wis.); mother and father-in-law, Rose and Lee Cowan (Ill.); four sisters, four brothers and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death are father, Frank Stoik and nephew, Cale Stoik. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Friends and family are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm at Valley Community Church on 4455 Del Valle Parkway, Pleasanton, Calif. In lieu of flowers memorials can be sent to the American Cancer Society or Hope Hospice....
Dec. 25, 1942 - Nov. 10, 2012
Sharry Bautista passed away on Nov. 10, 2012. She was born on Dec. 25, 1942 in Valentine, Nebraska to Joy and Orville Greene. Her sister Donna was born 3 years later. Sharry married her former husband in 1961 and had 2 daughters, Kelly and Stacy. She was very active in her community for many years: serving 14 years on the Castro Valley Board of Fire Commissioners, volunteering at Laurel Grove Hospital, serving as Auxiliary president for 2 years and serving 1 year on the Alameda County Grand Jury. In 1987 she met and married the love of her life, Joe Bautista. They moved to Pleasanton in 2000 into a home that Joe built. They loved to travel, especially cruising. They had been on 25 cruises, visited more than 80 countries, 6 continents, and had planned to go Antarctica in February. They belonged to Castlewood Country Club where she played golf. She also had a great passion for gardening and spent many hours nurturing the plants in her yard. One of her favorite times of the year was football season where she would attend Raiders home games and watch the Nebraska Cornhuskers play college football. Sharry loved her family and her step family. She is survived by her loving husband, J...
Brenda Jane Murphy
Oct. 13, 1964 - Oct. 22, 2012
Brenda Jane Murphy passed away on October 22, 2012 at the young age of 48. Her final days were spent surrounded by her caring parents, loving children and extended family. Brenda was born October 13, 1964 in Livermore, California and was the only child of Adrian Senneff and Tony Gonzales. She grew up in Pleasanton graduating from Amador High School in 1983. Brenda proudly served her Country in the United States Army for several years before beginning her family. Brenda worked as an Administrative Assistant for over 10 years and loved being a stay at home mother when her boys were young. She enjoyed listening to music, reading a good book, watching scary movies with her Mom, shopping with her Aunt Cindy and visiting with family and friends. Brenda had a special bond with animals, especially with dogs and loved dog sitting for her Auntie Norma & Uncle Danny as well as her Dad and step-mom. Brenda is survived by her parents Adrian & Jerry Senneff and Tony & Pam Gonzales; her sons Adam Woodbury, Brycen Murphy and Cory Murphy; her daughter-in-law Katrina Woodbury and granddaughter, Addison Woodbury. She also leaves behind her brothers Antony Gonzales and Ed Gonzales; her niece...
Robert Walter Decker
May 26, 1950 - Oct. 21, 2012
Bob Decker passed away unexpectedly at home in Pleasanton, Calif. of heart failure on October 21, 2012. Born in Pittsburg, Penn., Bob?s family moved to the Bay Area in 1959 and he was a resident of Pleasanton for the last 35 years. He worked in the grocery business for 40 years, the last 25 at Sara Lee. Bob is survived by his wife Janice, son Stephen of Livermore, son Kristopher (Jennifer) of Castro Valley, sister Arlene (Gene) of Reno, Nev., brother-in-law Mark Anderson of Alexandria, Va. and granddaughter Hailey Decker. He is preceded in death by his parents Florian and Herman Decker, mother-in-law Marilyn Anderson, and father-in-law Harry Anderson. He enjoyed many outdoor activities, but his latest passion was duck hunting with his long time friend Alex. A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, November 26th, 5 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Donations can be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of your choice....
Maurice C. Cook, Jr.
Jan. 12, 1939 - Oct. 11, 2012
Maurice C. Cook Jr., 73, died surrounded by his family on October 11, 2012 in Walnut Creek, CA. Maurice was born January 12, 1939 in Long Beach, CA to Maurice C. Cook, Sr. and Theola Mae Cook. In his younger years, he was an active member of DeMolay and later became a Second Degree Mason. He married Susanne Vivion in 1959. During the winter months he enjoyed taking his family hunting and fishing and in the summers they waterskied and raced speedboats. When he retired from his QA engineer profession, he became a local favorite with school-aged children as one of Pleasanton?s school crossing guards. His 5 foot tall Harbor Seal mascot, ?Harbie?, could be seen by pedestrians and passing cars each day. Local newspapers even put his photo in the paper, highlighting him as a local colorful character. In his later years, he stuck closer to home and became content raising farm animals on his acre of property in rural Pleasanton. He often supplied fresh eggs for breakfast events at their neighborhood church, Faith Chapel. Maurice is survived by his wife of 54 years, Susanne V. Cook; daughters and their husbands, Cheryl and Stuart Craig, Carol and John Styles; five grandchildren, Ji...
Feb. 18, 1929 - Oct. 7, 2012
Marcia was born February 18, 1929 in Seattle, Washington to Norman E. and Ruth Hunter Churchill. She died peacefully on October 7, 2012 in her Indianola, WA home. Marcia lived a life of purpose and integrity; printed words barely scratch the surface of legacy of compassion and love she leaves to her friends and family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Marcia was a loving wife and mother, a true friend and doting grandmother whose optimistic character shined through in all she said and did. To Marcia?s family, she found happiness in sharing meals together, embarking on weekend trips of adventure with her grandchildren, and random moments of silliness and good laughs. To her friends, both far and near, Marcia was a genuine companion with a listening ear to all. Marcia grew up in Sunnydale and Seattle, WA, attending Highline High School and graduating from Seattle?s Lincoln High School as a member of the class of 1947. The following fall, she entered the University of Washington (U.W.) where she pledged as a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. Marcia lived in her sorority house during her enrollment at the U.W. and enjoyed many moments of laughter, fun, and eti...
Carol Linda Ghilardi
Dec. 24, 1948 - Oct. 3, 2012
Born on Christmas Eve, in Burlingame, CA, Carol was a surprise gift to her parents, John and Elizabeth Aguiar, as they had two older children. Though her life was cut short by Alzheimer?s and cancer, she managed to be that gift to her family, friends, and community. Most of her life was lived here in the Bay Area, though she spent her high school years in Costa Mesa, CA, where she graduated valedictorian. Returning to the Bay Area, she got her BA at the University of San Francisco and her MS in Marriage and Family Counseling at Cal-State Hayward. While attending graduate school, she began working for the City of Pleasanton as the secretary for Pleasanton Fire. She loved that job and kept it for 20 years, while at the same time caring for people as a licensed psychotherapist, in practice with her husband, Jim. They met while she was an intern at what is now called Axis Community Health Care. In 1987 they married and opened their office, Arroyo Counseling Services. Holding down two jobs, Carol still found time to volunteer; pioneering St. Augustine?s Aid?s Ministry, and doing prison ministry at the Federal Correction Institute and Santa Rita Jail. She also helped organize ?The ...
Arleen Ann Neu
Dec. 25, 1936 - Sept. 23, 2012
Arleen Neu was called gently home to Heaven on Sept. 23, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Templeton, Iowa, she was a 25 year resident of Pleasanton. She is survived by her loving husband LaVern Neu, five children, 16 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and their families. Services were held....
Eugene Wilfred Gadd
Dec. 15, 1931 - Sept. 22, 2012
Eugene Wilfred Gadd, age 80, went to be with the Lord on September 22, 2012. Eugene was born to Wilfred and Ellen Gadd on December 15, 1931 at Trinity Lutheran Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Gene is survived by his adoring wife Mitzie, his seven children: Mike Gadd (Anne), Cathy Perotti (John), Patty Santin, Rebecca Walker (Jon), Jeff Gadd (Jennifer), Kevin Gadd (E'Lese), Brett Gadd (Ashlee), and his ten grandchildren: Rachael, Emily, Eric, Cameron, Brian, Kelsey, Austin, Jason, Jessica, and Everett. He was the oldest of three boys; he leaves brother Bob behind (Overland Park, KS), and was preceded in death by brother Dick. Gene was also cared for by in-laws Bob and Anne Turner. An accomplished Eagle Scout, Gene served in the Navy during the Korean War from 1951-1955 as a plane director on the USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47). While on the ship, Gene tried out for basketball and baseball, and was selected for both teams. He was also very proud to be chosen for the 1954 San Diego Naval Air Station ?Skyraiders? basketball team. After his honorable discharge, he continued playing basketball and baseball for the University of Missouri Kansas City, where he graduated with a business de...
Sept. 13, 1948 - Sept. 18, 2012
Peter Wong, 64, of Pleasanton, California, passed away peacefully September 18, 2012, at Stanford University Medical Center. He was surrounded by family and friends. He was born September 13, 1948, in Taishan, China. He immigrated to New York City when he was 18 years old, moving to California in 1980. He has been living in Pleasanton since 1988. He worked as a communication technician for over 40 years with AT & T. He retired in 2009. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Linh Wong of Chalfont, PA; daughter, Christine Wong of San Jose, CA; grandchildren, Emma and Grant Wong of Chalfont, PA. A memorial service, burial and celebration of his life was held September 25, 2012, at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto. He will always be in our hearts and minds forever. He was the kindest and most compassionate soul. A beloved father and best friend, he was the greatest person we know. Dad, till we are able to hold you again, enjoy the fishing up there, we hear it's great! We love him so much!...
Robert Allen Wright
Feb. 5, 1943 - Sept. 15, 2012
Robert Allen Wright, loving husband, father, and friend, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 15. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, September 22 at The Pleasanton Senior Center at 4:00 pm on 5353 Sunol Blvd. He was born in Temple City, California on February 5, 1943 to Barbara and William Wright. His family moved to Lafayette in 1950 where he graduated from Pleasant Hill High School. He went on to attend Chico State where he met some of his life long friends. He proudly served in the National Guard from for 6 years. Through the guidance of his father in law, Stephen Roark, he learned the trade of Electrician. He had a passion for his work and excelled at everything he did. He retired from the Electrician?s 595 in 2002 and went on to teach in the Apprenticeship program. He married the love of his life, Marilyn, in 1966 and they moved to Pleasanton in 1971 where they established roots within the community that he loved and together raised their children Laura, Stephen and Michael. While in Pleasanton Bob was involved with the City Planning Commission and the Rotary Club. Bob and Marilyn recently celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary. H...
Patricia "Tricia" M. Martin
March 7, 1995 - Sept. 14, 2012
Patricia M. Martin (Tricia), 17, moved on to paradise on Sept. 14, 2012. Born in Walnut Creek, CA, she is survived by Kathleen Martin (mother) and preceded in death by Brian Martin (father). Tricia's short life was filled with trips to the beach and Disneyland, and cruises to the Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii. She loved listening to music, creating art, watching scary movies and hanging with friends. Tricia also loved animals including her three cats Sparklie, Herbie and Zephyr and her dog Kimmy (big black kitty). A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, 4167 First Street, Pleasanton, CA. Donations may be made in her memory to SuicidePreventionLifeLine.org or Tri-Valley Animal Rescue (TVAR)....
Doris Eleanor Mitchell
June 29, 1929 - Sept. 9, 2012
Doris Eleanor Mitchell, 83, passed away peacefully Sunday Sept. 9 surrounded by family. She was born June 29, 1929, in Oakland, Calif. She grew up in Oakland and graduated from Oakland High School. After graduation with a degree in Social Work from San Francisco State University, she was employed as a social worker for Alameda County. She met her future husband Phil K. Mitchell through a friend and co-worker, Doreen Mitchell, who is married to Phil's brother. Doris and Phil were married on April 19, 1958. While her husband served in the United States Air Force, the couple moved to various duty locations, including Ohio, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C. The couple settled down in Pleasanton, where they raised their three children, after her husband?s military retirement. They moved to Red Wing, Minn. in 2010 to be closer to their son Don and his family. Doris enjoyed traveling with her husband and family. Her favorite destinations included Mendocino, Lake Tahoe, and especially Carmel, where she and Phil honeymooned. Doris and Phil were charter members of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Doris treasured her family and will always be remembered for her generous spirit and her ...
Robert "Van" Vannatter
March 8, 1921 - Aug. 27, 2012
Scotts Valley, California
Robert Lee Vannatter, Jr., died peacefully in his sleep at home in Scotts Valley, CA on Monday, August 27, 2012. He was 91. Born in Gauley Bridge, West Virginia on March 8, 1921, Vannatter met his wife, Avis May Whitlock (1935-1975) in San Diego, CA, and they married in 1953. They had three children, who survive him: Michael Vannatter, Susan Vannatter-Prang, and Daniel Vannatter. An engineer by profession, Robert worked in the aerospace field in Burbank and Sunnyvale, CA for more than 35 years. During WWII, Robert saw service in the 82nd Airborne, 507th Paratrooper Division of the US Army. The country of France recently awarded him a Chevalier (Knight) medal of the Legion of Honor for his heroic efforts during the earliest hours of the Normandy invasion on June 6th, 1944. He will be missed....
Lily Ann Joberg
Jan. 17, 1923 - Aug. 23, 2012
Lily Ann Dowall Joberg died on August 23, 2012 at the home of her daughter, June Kowallis of Providence, Utah. She was 89 years old. She was born in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, the only child of William and Pauline Reynolds Dowdall. She spent her childhood in Morrison, Illinois and much of her adulthood in the Bay Area of California. She met Elgin A Joberg and was married on February 14, 1945 in San Francisco. They were blessed with three children, June Joberg Kowallis (Rodney) of Providence, Utah, Jeanne Joberg Brown (Doyle) of Moses Lake, Washington and David Joberg of Walnut Creek, California. She lived in Pleasanton, California for 49 years, where she raised her children and attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elgin, a granddaughter, Ann Marie Kowallis and a grandson, Kelsey G Brown. She leaves behind her 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren....
Linda L. Ansell
Jan. 20, 1941 - Aug. 22, 2012
Linda Louise Ansell passed peacefully on August 22, 2012 at her home in Pleasanton, California. Linda (née Massey) was born on January 20, 1941 in Cannelton, West Virginia. She was the 6th of 13 children and the 3rd of four girls. Her father, James Morris Massey, known as Maurice, was orphaned at a young age and worked in the coal mines of Kanawha County, West Virginia from the age of 11. Linda loved living in the countryside and said as a child she never considered herself poor. They had fresh vegetables from a huge garden the family kept and collected wild berries with her sisters. They canned everything and never went hungry. After graduating from Parkersburg High School, Linda worked for the government processing punch cards before she decided to move to California when she was 21 to live with her oldest brother, Jim, his wife Joan, and their young children. She was looking for a new life and found it in Santa Maria, CA. She loved working with numbers and soon found a job working as a teller at the Bank of America in Santa Maria. There she met Kathleen Silva who was soon to be Kathy Jones and her best friend. The two of them were still known for giggling and long t...
March 1, 1945 - Aug. 19, 2012
Judith Lynn Avellar passed away peacefully, with her children present on Sunday after a valiant battle with cancer. She will be sorely missed by many. Judy was born in New York and relocated to Mountain View, CA in the late 1950's. She moved to Pleasanton in 1977, then settled in Dublin for the last 15 years. Judy has been a business professional for the majority of her life, managing several different organizations throughout her career. Her passions in life were traveling, decorating, cooking and spending time with her family and friends. Judy is survived by her brother Steven Urban of Corona, CA; daughter Tammy Slabaugh and husband Eric; son Craig Hagenbaugh and wife Rachel; granddaughter Taylor Slabaugh, all of Tracy CA. Friends and Family are invited to attend a "Celebration of Life" at Beeb's at Las Positas Golf Course in Livermore, CA on Saturday, August 25th at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations be made to Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Ave., Dublin, CA 94568....
June 8, 1922 - Aug. 17, 2012
Tracy (former Pleasanton resident), California
TRACY?Arline Mills, a long-time Pleasanton resident, died here at her daughter?s home on August 17, 2012. She was 90. Mrs. Mills moved to Pleasanton in 1952 with her husband, Frederick ?Ed? Mills, and they lived in the same home on East Angela Street for more than 55 years until Ed died in July 2008. The only child of Charles and Alice Clifford, she was born June 8, 1922 in Dunmore, PA. She graduated from Dunmore High. She was the valedictorian of both her 8th grade class and her high school class of 1942. She was active in Girl Scouts and achieved the organization?s highest honor, the Golden Eaglet Award. After moving to California, she was a leader and a trainer for 30 years with the Girl Scouts. While raising her children, she volunteered with the Amador Valley High School Parent-Teacher Association and was named an honorary life member in 1967. She was active with the PTA throughout her girls? education. She also was honored by Rainbow for her service and led a variety of charitable activities in Pleasanton. After graduating from high school, she attended and graduated from the Palmer School of Business in Scranton. She worked as a secretary in Scranton and, ...
Ronald Duane Haug
Nov. 17, 1926 - Aug. 14, 2012
Ron was born November 17, 1926 in Cando, North Dakota to Christoffer August Haug and Susanna Olson. He passed away August 14, 2012 at a memory care community in Silverdale, WA. The Haug family moved to the Pacific Northwest during the great depression, and Ron graduated from Seattle?s Lincoln High School class of 1943. He played basketball on the varsity team and spent many happy hours playing softball at Lower Woodland Park. In the fall of 1943, Ron entered the University of Washington (U.W.) and played varsity basketball his freshmen year. After completing one year at the U.W., Ron entered the Coast Guard and served as a radioman on troop transport ships between San Francisco, CA and the Asian War Zones from 1944 through 1946. Upon honorable discharge from the service, Ron returned to the U. W. to earn his BS in Zoology. He entered Dental School at the University and in 1953 earned his DDS. He practiced general dentistry for five years and then returned to the U.W. to earn his Orthodontic Degree in 1960. During his studies at the U.W. Dental School, Ron met Marcia Churchill and they were married June 14, 1952 at the Florence Henry Memorial Chapel in Seattle. They ...
Sharon Van Heusen
Jan. 21, 1965 - Aug. 4, 2012
Former resident of Pleasanton, California
Beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend passed away on Saturday, August 4, 2012 in Clovis, CA after a brave fight against melanoma. She is survived by her husband Bill, son William, father Bob Apple and wife Mary, mother Joy Williams and husband Bill, brother Jimmy Apple, Aunt Denice and Uncle Sam D'Andrea and family, Uncle Larry and Aunt Ruth Apple and family, Aunt Barbie Wilson, Aunt Diane Apple, as well as other relatives and friends too numerous to list. She was preceded in death by infant son James Kirk Van Heusen in April 1993. Shari was a devoted mother and wife, a generous, loving spirit who brought light to the lives of so many. She took the lead in an assortment of civic and school activities from supporting our troops in the Middle East to bringing about the eScrip program at Alisal Elementary School. Shari also home schooled her son William up through high school. She enjoyed people, talking, reading, writing, arts & crafts and helping to bring about positive changes to our lives. She was excited about life, motivational and inspirational to those that knew her. Her love, support and care will be long remembered. Shari is very much missed by so many!...
Patricia J. Cortez
Feb. 25, 1928 - July 29, 2012
Patricia Baker Cortez CORTEZ, Patricia J. age 84 of Fairborn, Ohio, passed away Sunday, July 29, 2012. Pat was born to the late Galen and Gladys Baker on February 25, 1928 in Casstown, Ohio. She married Robert Cortez on April 1, 1967 in Fairborn, Ohio. Pat worked as a Civil Servant at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio retiring after 26 years of service. She was a strong supporter of the arts and military affairs activities in the Dayton region and lifelong member of the Officers? Wives Club at Wright Patterson Air Force Base as well as Eglin AFB, Florida, and Hickam AFB, Hawaii. Pat is survived by her husband, Robert Cortez; son, John W. McCance; granddaughters, Lauren and Katie McCance. She was preceded in death by her older brother William G. Baker formerly of Springfield, Ohio; survived in death by her younger sister Judith (William) Pantle of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania; and sister-in-law, Wanda Baker of Tampa, Florida. A private funeral is scheduled for August 3, 2012. The family has requested in lieu of flowers that donations be made in her name to any of the following organizations: Miami Valley Military Affairs Association Foundation, c/o Greene Giving, 25 Greene Street Xen...
Matthew Michael Lyon
April 16, 1970 - July 27, 2012
Walnut Creek, California
Matthew Michael Lyon died unexpectedly Friday evening, July 27, 2012 while hiking to meet Boy Scouts from Troop 820 as they completed a 30-mile backpacking trip on the Pacific Crest Trail. Matt was born in Salt Lake City on April 16, 1970. He was raised in Pleasanton, California and graduated from Amador Valley High School. He served a two year mission in Guatemala for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Following his mission he attended UC Davis where he earned degrees in Economics and International Relations. He married Eleanor L. Valencia on September 15, 1995 in the Oakland LDS Temple. He worked for Accenture for 16 years. He is survived by his wife Eleanor, children Connor, Jordan, Maxwell, and Sierra, parents Michael and Susan Lyon of Pleasanton, brothers Nicholas (Chelsea), Daniel (Holly), and Christian of San Francisco, niece Madison and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. Matt lived a life of selfless service to others and filled many church roles, including his most recent as the Bishop of the Walnut Creek II Ward. Matt enjoyed exploring the California coast, backpacking, gardening, home improvement projects, and spending time with his family ...
Oct. 30, 1912 - July 22, 2012
Harold W. Garden died July 22, 2012 at the age of 99. He was born to Joseph and Sarah Garden in Stoney Creek, Connecticut. He graduated from San Francisco State. He was a longtime teacher at Pleasanton Grammar School, beginning his career there in the early 1940's. Garden taught 7th grade and it was his favorite grade to teach. He was a teacher and principal for 33 years. He retired as principal from the Oakland School District. Garden also was a probation officer for 8 years. Garden loved to teach and help children and adults learn to read. He believed people should read at all times. He had a great sense of humor, and loved life. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Sally and Save Van Houten (Riverbank), grandson Joseph Crume (Germany), granddaughter Mickie Crume and great-granddaughter John Crume (Moscow, Russia). Deegan Funeral Chapel in Escalon handled private services for the immediate family, including burial at St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Escalon, CA....
John William Vincent
June 1, 1928 - July 18, 2012
On July 18, 2012,John Wm. Vincent went to join Jesus in Heaven. He was 84. John was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada June 1, 1928. He grew up in Transcona, Manitoba, Canada. He graduated from the United College in Winnipeg in 1950 with a degree in Psychology/Sociology. Shortly after graduating, John moved to California, worked on the Southern Pacific Railway and then was drafted into the U.S. Army at the beginning of the Korean War. After basic training, he was sent to Germany as a psychiatric/social worker. Upon discharge in 1953, he became an elementary school teacher. John spent his entire teaching career in the Menlo Park School District, teaching many grade levels with specialties in math, history and biology. He also served as one of the three District Principals. Early in his career, he left the district and spent a year teaching in a native school in Cordova, Alaska during the pre-statehood year of 1959. Academically, John completed a B.A. at the United College, an M.A. in Educational Administration at San Jose State and a second M.A. from Santa Clara University in Family Counseling. He was an accomplished pipe organist, having studied under Herb...
Maureen Mulholland O'Hare
Aug. 30, 1952 - July 8, 2012
Maureen Mulholland O'Hare, a 27 year resident of Pleasanton, passed away suddenly of natural causes on July 8th, 2012. Maureen was an empathetic soul who felt for those who were marginalized, poor or suffered from the ravages of war. Her warm smile, great heart and sense of fun were especially evident in her playfulness with children. Maureen was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 30th, 1952. She lived in Brooklyn, Florida, Lompoc and San Jose as the family relocated while her father worked on the missile programs. Maureen graduated from Leland High School in San Jose in 1970. She worked twenty years for Pacific Bell as a Staff Engineer. Maureen retired after the birth of her second child to concentrate on raising her children. She volunteered at Hillendale and Alisal schools where she particularly enjoyed teaching about Art History. She was a member of the inaugural St. Augustine parish neighborhood faith formation groups and loved dancing and museums. Maureen enjoyed traveling and frequently visited Ireland, the birthplace of her parents. Maureen is survived by her children Shannon and Brendan, her husband William, her mother Johannah Mulholland and her brother Rory Mulh...
Kathleen Ann Palmer
Feb. 4, 1951 - June 17, 2012
Kathy Palmer, a 30 year resident of Pleasanton, died suddently on June 17, 2012. She was born in Portland, OR on February 4, 1951. Kathy is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Jim, daughters Kristy (Elvis) Aviles and Karey (Scott) McAlpine, sisters Patti Harvey and Terry McArdle, and grandchildren Jascylette, Elvis Jr. and Elijah, and nieces Tiffany, Jen, Julie, and Michelle, and nephew Matt. Kathy was an avid sports fan, loving both the SF Giants and 49ers. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her friends and family. A private celebration of life will be held on Friday....
Andrew A. Salem, Jr
July 8, 1930 - June 9, 2012
Andy (81) passed away on June 9, 2012 at his home in Arnold, CA. A mass will be held on July 14th at 10:00am at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton, CA. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Anne; children: Steve (and Sandy) Salem, Vince (and Moya) Salem, Lisa (and Charlie) Giolzetti; grandchildren: Jeff, Michelle, Kyle, Brianni, and Brandon; great-grandchildren: Mckenzie, Ariana, and Mia; sisters Jeanette Aldi, Clara Williams. Preceded in death by sister Annette Horkan. Andy was born July 8, 1930 in New Haven, Connecticut to parents that had immigrated to the United States from Italy. When he was 2 years old, the family moved to Southern California (Hollywood) where he was raised. In 1952, he married and moved to the San Fernando Valley (Sun Valley) where he lived for many years. In 1975, he moved to Pleasanton, CA. He retired in 1992 and continued to live in Pleasanton until 2004 when he moved to Arnold, CA....
Dec. 6, 1987 - June 7, 2012
San Francisco, California
Alexander Woodruff. Alex died of a heart attack on June 7th in San Francisco at the age of 24. Alex moved to Pleasanton from Thousand Oaks in 2000 with his family, and was a 2006 graduate of Village High School. He was born in 1987. Alex is survived by his parents, his sister Claudine, brother Scot, nieces and nephews, Kate, Wil, Charlie, Chloe, Harrison and Bennett. Donations in his memory will be welcome at mccsf.org....
Dorlene F. Alves
Oct. 17, 1933 - May 31, 2012
Dorlene F. (Garcia) Alves passed away on Thursday, May 31, 2012 after a long battle with dementia. Dorlene, or "Doe" as she affectionately called by family and friends, was born and raised in Pleasanton. She graduated from Amador High in 1951 and married Edmond (Ed) Alves, the love of her life, on June 20, 1954. Dorlene was a homemaker most of her life. Raising, loving and supporting her children throughout their lives were her joys and her vocation. Do what makes you happy she would say. Dorlene was preceded in death be her son, Jeffrey Alves in 2009, her sister, JoAnne Holden in 2008, parents, William and Mrytle (Frager) in 1984. She leaves behind her husband, Edmond, of 58 years of marriage, her daughters, Janell (Richard) Anderson of Mountain View, CA, Jennifer (Steve) Dowden of Keller, TX their four children, Katie, Jackie, Maddie & Samuel, daughter in-law, Blanca Castillo-Alves, her two children, Isabel & Anthony of Simi Valley, CA, her brother Donald (Lillian) Garcia, their three sons, Steve, Mike, and Ronnie, her nephew Warren (Kathy) Holden, their children Chase and Kayleen. A private family grave site service will be held on July 14 at St. Augustine's cemetery i...
Ethel L. McDonald
Jan. 25, 1922 - May 25, 2012
Ethel McDonald passed away on May 25, 2012, at Valley Memorial Hospital, in Livermore, CA, of natural causes. She was 90 years old. Ethel was born in Calamus, IA, to Mike and Clara Thiel. On July 4, 1943, she married Kenneth H. (Mac) McDonald in Cape Girardeau, MO. In 1948 they left Iowa and moved to Washington State for the next 49 years. In 1997 they relocated to Pleasanton, CA. Ethel worked as a dental assistant for many years, as well as serving as office manager for their family automobile dealership. She was involved in many service organizations and was a former president and life-member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was also a member of St. Augustine?s Catholic Church. In addition to love of her family, Ethel?s greatest enjoyment came from arts & crafts, specializing in decorative egg art, and writing cards and letters. Ethel was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years and one sister. She is survived by her son, Ken McDonald (Barbara); two grandsons, Ken McDonald (Shari) and Jeff McDonald (Keri); and 5 great-grandchildren: Allison, Kelsey, Davis, Sean, & Cameron; a sister (Lois London) and many nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held at Schu...
March 31, 1941 - May 11, 2012
Orland Michael Silva, long-time resident of Pleasanton, passed away on May 11, 2012 at the age of 71. He was in his home with his wife and children at his side. Orland was born in Albany and raised in Rodeo, California. Upon graduating from John Swett High School, he went to work for PG&E and retired 33 years later. He then went on to work for the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory for 10 years. His love was for Bible Study Fellowship, where he could study and teach about his Lord, Jesus Christ. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 50 years, Paula; his children and their spouses: Pam & Josh Shinnick, Kathy & Andy Eelsing, Tim & Dawn Silva, Jennifer & Danny Sweeney and Mary & Angelo Scavone; as well as 15 grandchildren: Tyler, Jacob, Abby, Jason, Ryan, Brennan, Amy, Hannah, Faith, Tessie, Tommy, Travis, Mady, Mitchell and Leah. He enjoyed his family, the Forty Niners, Granada High Football and playing his saxophone. Many will remember him as ?Papa?. His warm smile and loving spirit will be missed....
Sage Lenhart Pattie
June 5, 1956 - May 11, 2012
Sometimes sorrow comes unexpectedly. In the midst of a valiant fight against cancer, Pleasanton psychotherapist Sage Lenhart Pattie passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 11, 2012 as a result of complications from the treatment in her battle with colon cancer. Sage loved life to its fullest and embraced life with gusto even amidst the most difficult of times. Her joy, ready laugh, and deep empathy will be missed by all who crossed her path. She was a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Pleasanton. She was widely known and appreciated for applying her practical therapy techniques along with discerning listening skills to help change lives. People often expressed appreciation for the gentle humor she brought to her work. She had planned to bring to her practice the unique skills developed in recent studies with Cathryn Clerc at Hippocrene Springs ? integrating horses as partners in the therapeutic process. Sage was born in Palo Alto and was a graduate of Palo Alto High School. During this time she was active in both Girl Scouts and Sea Scouts. Sage received her B.S. degree in Nutrition from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. After moving to Souther...
July 30, 1924 - April 19, 2012
Decorated World War II veteran Michael DeLia died April 19, 2012 at the age of 88. He was born July 30, 1924 in Watertown, New York and worked professionally as a hospital administrator. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Barbara DeLia, of Pleasanton, six of his seven children from a previous marriage, grandchildren and many friends....
Diane Louise Churka
Feb. 23, 1944 - April 17, 2012
Diane Churka, 68, enhanced downtown Pleasanton with her flowers, trees, and plants for the last 23 years at the SP Depot on Neal Street, and the Coffee Roast Express building at 780 Main Street. Born at home in Riverside Calif on Feb. 23, 1944 and died at home in Pleasanton, Calif. on April 17, 2012. Graduated from Highland School of Nursing in Oakland, designed and built the Coffee Roast Express business in three locations in downtown Pleasanton. She loved classical music, gardening, alpine skiing, the theater, designing and building interiors for home and business, and traveling on back roads throughout the USA. She is survived by her husband Edward Churka, daughter Alicia Lutz, son Mark Churka, two grandchildren, and one great granddaughter....
Dec. 22, 1934 - April 11, 2012
The son of Greek immigrants, Chris Beratlis was born December 22, 1934 in Livermore, CA and lived in Pleasanton his entire life. He had four sisters and three brothers. Three of his sisters survive him. He was married to his wife Glenda in 1965 and they had two sons, Christopher and David. David predeceased his parents in 1990. Chris worked in his family?s cheese factory at the end of Santa Rita Road as a young man. He served in the Army during the Korean War and was justifiably proud of his service. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He particularly enjoyed his son Christopher and his wife Erika and his grandchildren Jayme and Jared, his morning coffee shop ?guys? at Vic?s who came to be known, kiddingly, as ?the world problem solvers?, his Friday lunch ?Grub Club?, his abalone fishing trips, the Lake Shasta houseboat trips with his friends from the Sierra foothills. Chris was actively involved in civic affairs and at various times served on the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Pleasanton City Council, the Alameda County Fair Board of Directors, and with the Pleasanton?s Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Association in efforts to preserve, protect and enhance Plea...
Jan. 27, 1935 - April 2, 2012
Emilie Milton Seebach Born Jan. 27, 1935 Died April 2, 2012 Resident of Pleasanton Emilie Milton Seebach died Monday, April 2, 2012, at home and peacefully, in the company of family. She was a great woman who lived and loved fully. Born in Houston, Texas, to Earl and Gladys Milton, Emilie graduated from Lamar High School in 1953 in Houston, Texas, and attended the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. She married Robert Green in 1953 and reared her three children - Ron, Lori, and Lisa in Dallas, Texas. She was a charter member of Ridgeview Presbyterian Church in Farmers Branch, Texas, as well as church secretary and a member of the choir. She helped launch the HEMI initiative in the Dallas County Community College District as an Asst. to the Administrator and later served as Executive Asst. to the President of Corey Hebert, Inc. Emilie moved to California in 1988 with her marriage to Howard Seebach and was very active in the life of First Presbyterian Church of Livermore serving on the Session and on many committees. She was especially known for her creative leadership and organization in the church?s social activities. Along with Howard, in January, 1991, ...
Aug. 16, 1925 - April 1, 2012
Barbara Bone Corrin August 16, 1925 to April 1, 2012 Barbara Bone Corrin, age 86, of Pleasanton, passed away peacefully in her sleep April 1, 2012, with her family at her bedside. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Bill Corrin, sons Bill (Jr.) Corrin of Long Beach and Gary Corrin of Toronto and daughters Janet (Gary) Sears of Pleasanton and Lyn (Terry) Aaker of Long Beach. She is also survived by two sisters, four grandchildren, and nine nephews and nieces. The Corrin family moved from Salinas to Pleasanton in 1969. The center of their new life was the Pleasanton Presbyterian Church and its social activities. Barbara taught for fourteen years at Alisal School and was always thrilled when former students and parents recognized her. While in her 60s she took tap dancing and piano lessons, loved playing tennis and bridge, and was well known for her award-winning pies and jams. After her 1986 retirement, Barbara volunteered at Alisal and Mohr Schools, where Janet was teaching. She also enjoyed her Community Bible Study group, practicing Jin Shin Jyutsu Japanese healing arts, volunteering at ValleyCare Hospital, and performing at piano workshops. Her dear friendships...
Dolores Jean Caffey
Feb. 18, 1933 - March 18, 2012
Dolores Jean Caffey passed away on March 18, 2012 in St. Helena, California. She was a remarkable woman that lived a very full life. Born in Great Bend, Kansas to William and Ula Juergensen, she has lived in Clearlake for the last 22 years She was formally a resident of Pleasanton, CA where she lived for 12 years, and had also spent time in Claremore, OK, with her husband when her children were grown. Dolores had various careers throughout her lifetime. She was very proud of the fact that she worked for Philco Ford making electronic modules, thereby helping to launch the Apollo. In Pleasanton, she worked at Valley View School as the Cafeteria Manager. While in Oklahoma, she learned to be a taxidermist and to tan hides. She also raised many different farm animals. After moving to Clearlake, she started working for the Methodist Church in Clearlake managing their Thrift Store and vollentered there for the last 10 years. In her spare time, she loved her garden and to do needlepoint. She is survived by her family; husband of 60 years, Ronald Caffey; children, Robert Caffey (Stella) of Vallejo and Lenard Caffey (Sandy) of Pleasanton; grandchildren, Cariann, Katrina, Jesse (Eri...
Ellen Irene Keele
Sept. 16, 1915 - March 16, 2012
ELLEN IRENE KEELE: Born September 16, 1915, passed on March 16, 2012. Loving mother to four daughters; Geri (Keele) Vecchiarelli, Mariann (Keele) Roberts, Rita (Keele) Dort, Veronica (Keele) Plummer, 11 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. Survived by her brothers, Thomas Smith, James Smith and her sister, Agnes Purvis. Preceded in death by her brother, Laurence Smith and her sister, Ann Salmon. Ellen passed peacefully in the loving arms of her daughter, after a short illness at age 96. Ellen was born in New York, moved to Oakland and settled in San Leandro to raise her children. After successfully rearing her daughters, the entire family moved to Pleasanton over 25 years ago, to continue to raise the siblings together in a large family setting. The matriarch to a large clan, she and her daughters lived within 2 miles of each other and she will be missed by all. A memorial service will be held at Graham Hitch Mortuary, 4167 First St. Pleasanton, on Saturday, March 31st at 11:30 AM. A short reception will follow....
Francesca (Fran) Marie Springer
Sept. 23, 1957 - March 7, 2012
Fran passed peacefully on March 7, 2012 surrounded by family. Francesca was born Sept 23, 1957 in San Francisco to Barbara DeSantis and the late John E DeSantis. Mother to Jennifer Heafey and Michelle (Mike) DeLucia, grandmother to Michael and Marcus DeLucia, sister of Gina Hisel, Marianne Albretsen, Gianna DeSantis and John J DeSantis. Survived by Brian Heafey and Polo Morales and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and many loving & devoted friends. A woman of creativity and great strength, Fran was successful in launching multiple companies. She attended Notre Dame High School in Belmont. Fran?s heart was always in helping others and she never missed an opportunity to volunteer with the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life. Fran was always eager and ready to hop in the car and GO. She especially loved going to San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.Fran LOVED to dance and did so often and with great joy. The most special aspect of Fran was that she lived her life with joy and enthusiasm, and those of us whose lives she touched were truly blessed....
Lee Roy McGalliard
Sept. 8, 1930 - March 3, 2012
Lee Roy McGalliard Pleasanton (formerly of Cupertino) Lee Roy McGalliard, 81, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2012 with his daughter by his side. Lee was born in Miami, FL and raised in Pelham (Cotton), GA. As a young boy he worked in the fields picking cotton, as a grocery bag boy, in a diner and at the Coats & Clarke thread mill. He played semi-pro baseball and retained his love of the game throughout his life. In 1950 he joined the Navy serving on the USS Boxer during the Korean War and was stationed at Moffett Field. Near the end of his enlistment he met Nita at a dance in Stockton and they married 6 weeks later. Upon Lee?s honorable discharge they moved to Pelham, GA for a brief time before returning to CA where they lived in the Bay Area throughout their lives. Lee retired as Battalion Chief after 30 years with the Moffett Field Fire Department. A part-time job in 1963 at the Saratoga Horticultural Foundation grew into a passion for Lee. The knowledge he gained inspired him to start Lee?s Landscape & Maintenance which he ran for over 40 years before relocating to Pleasanton in 2006. It was his nature to teach anyone with an interest how to prune and care for...
William Andrew Evans
Oct. 25, 1936 - Feb. 25, 2012
William Andrew Evans William [Bill] Evans of Pleasanton, CA, [formerly of Saratoga, CA] passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 25, 2012. Bill was born on October 25, 1936 to William and Josephine Evans in Chicago, IL. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Mary Jo (Penny) Nichols Evans; children; Son, Bill Evans (wife Linda, daughters Mary and Kristina); Son, Michael Evans (wife Debbie, son Michael, daughter Rebecca); Daughter, Carol Kelly (husband Roland, sons Trevor, Garrett & Ryan); Daughter, Nancy Becker (husband Ron, son Grant, daughter Jordan). Brother-in-law, Fred Nichols, wife Pat & son David. He was brother to Patricia Thompson and Joyce Evans. Bill was a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Air Force. He served in the Strategic Air Command Unit and later served in Vietnam. He logged over 2000 hours of flight time in the cockpit of B47?s and C141?s. He loved seeing the world from the air. He received the Meritorious Service Metal for outstanding service. Bill earned his Bachelor?s degree from San Jose State University and his Master?s Degree from the University of San Francisco. His career after the military included Engineerin...
Angelita Chacon Martinez
April 4, 1915 - Feb. 11, 2012
Angelita Chacon Martinez passed away on February 11, 2012 with her family by her side. Angelita was born 4/4/1915 in Tucson, Arizona where she met the love of her life Pedro Martinez. They moved to California and settled in Alameda and they were married for 66 wonderful years. Angelita is survived by her Daughter, Diana Jean and her Son In-Law Robert Schwerin, her three Grandchildren Tony, Richy and Danielle and her Great- Grandchildren Nicole Danner and Preston Peel and many nieces and nephews. Angelita is preceded in death by her husband Pete Martinez, her sisters Eva Hynson & Cassie Rueda and her mother whom she always spoke about. Angie enjoyed bowling in a senior league once she had retired and traveled with her husband and daughter to many different places around the world. Angie recently resided at the Parkview, Memory Care in Pleasanton where she participated in many activities the last three years....
May 1, 1915 - Jan. 15, 2012
Irma Harmeson, 96, of Pleasanton, died peacefully on January 15, 2012 in Livermore, CA. Irma was born in 1915 in Sidney, Illinois. In 1938 she received a Business Degree from the University of Illinois. She married Robert H. Harmeson in 1940. Irma enjoyed being a homemaker, raising her children and spending time with her grand and great-grandchildren. In Illinois, she worked at Western Union, Collegiate Cap and Gown, and sold Fashion Two-Twenty cosmetics. Music was important to her as she played both the piano and organ. She and her husband loved to dance. Throughout her life she was active in community women's organizations, her church, multiple military organizations, and Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity. Irma and Robert retired to Mesa, AZ where they enjoyed many years of travelling and pursuing their hobby - genealogy. After her husband's death, she moved to California and continued her visits to family and friends. Irma was preceded in death by her parents; brother; her husband; infant daughter; and son, Leigh. She is survived by her children: Raynor; Terry; Linda, and Leigh?s wife, Janet. She also leaves behind her five grandchildren; and seven great-grand...
Monica L. Van Wegen
April 20, 1979 - Dec. 25, 2011
Monica L. Van Wegen, an Amador Valley High School track star who motivated countless others, died on Christmas morning after a five-year battle with brain cancer. She was 32. Monica was able to live an inspirational and fully functioning life until her final weeks. Her life was always filled with tremendous energy and enthusiasm to enjoy every day to its fullest. The enthusiasm was very contagious and fun to be around. Her energy found an outlet in running. She started by winning the 400-yard rabbit run at Valley View School and the 400-yard race at the Hershey Nor Cal Meet in San Jose, both while in the fourth grade. She ran competitively with great success for 11 years. She ran for fun and fitness for her entire life. Through running, she discovered her life?s work and passion as a fitness trainer and physical therapist. The running, school and work took Monica to Eugene, Ore., San Diego, Chico, Los Angeles, Tiburon and Sun Valley, Idaho. Monica recorded many accomplishments at Amador Valley, including: 1997 NCS 800 meter champion; 1996 Amador HS 4x400m relay team that was 8th fastest in the nation, 3:45.94; 1996 Amador HS NCS Championship Cross Country team; EBAL 20...
Elizabeth Jean Tremblay
May 20, 1919 - Dec. 14, 2011
Elizabeth Jean Tremblay, an expert and enthusiastic bridge player, died Dec. 14, 2011 in a San Jose senior care home. She was 92. Betty traveled widely to pursue her passion for bridge, playing tournaments as well as casual matches with friends. After living in Southern California for many years, she moved to Pleasanton about 30 years ago so they could be close to their grandchildren. She lived in Pleasanton for 25 years before moving to senior housing in Livermore and then San Jose so she could be closer to her daughter. Mrs. Tremblay was born May 20, 1919 in Madison, Wis. and spent her high school years in Glen Ellyn, Ill. where she graduated from Glenbard High School. She then enrolled in Beloit College in Michigan and graduated four years later. She moved to Chicago and worked as a proof reader for legal documents. While riding the train into Chicago, she met her husband-to-be Eduardo Tremblay. They had been married 55 years when Eduardo passed away in 1999. They had three children, Michael, Julie and Joel. Growing up, Julie recalled, ?Michael and I always knew that mom and dad were there for me. No matter what I did, I knew I was always loved and supported by the...
Paul Joseph Nappo
May 7, 1950 - Dec. 13, 2011
Paul was born and raised in Oakland, CA and was a longtime resident of Pleasanton, Ca. He passed away peacefully December 13, 2011 surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Angelo Nappo and in-laws Rudolph and Evalyn Peters. Paul was a devoted, loving husband, father and Nonno to wife Debra, daughter Stephanie (Josh), son Nicholas and granddaughter Hayden. Loving son to Frances Nappo, brother Thomas (Faye), Marilyn and Marlene (Ted) brother in law to David (Laurie), Denise and Ron (Christina). Favorite and adored uncle to many nieces and nephews as well as communal father to countless others. He also leaves behind many loyal, devoted lifelong friends. Paul was a proud member of Fratellanza Men's Italian Club and a devoted machinist at Koffler Electrical. His greatest joy's were outdoor activities, music, playing with the kids, time with family and friends and being with the love of his life, Debra!...
Jean Lois Bell
June 16, 1929 - Dec. 2, 2011
Jean L. Bell, 36-year resident of Pleasanton, California, passed away peacefully in her sleep Friday, Dec-2., here in town, surrounded and comforted by all of her closest family. She was preceded in death by her husband William Kenneth Bell in 1993, and is survived by their only child Douglas K. Bell, of Pleasanton, her daughter-in-law Deirdre A. Bell, and her three grandchildren whom she adored: Kandice D. Bell (Livermore), Victoria C. (Bell) Monical (Pleasanton), and Devin D. Bell (Pleasanton). Jean was born and raised in Lebanon, Indiana. She received her bachelor?s degree in music education from Northwestern University, Illinois, and spent 40 years teaching grade school and middle school band. After retiring in Pleasanton, she attended Lynnewood United Methodist church, enjoyed playing the recorder with friends, was a student of the Art Made Easy class at the Pleasanton Senior Center for many years, enjoyed travelling, and loved watching TV sports. She was immensely kind and friendly to all, kept her humor right to the end, loved the Lord, and was the best mother a man could ever have....
Jared Alan Johansen
Oct. 14, 1984 - Nov. 30, 2011
Jared Alan Johansen, beloved son of Alan and Christy Johansen unexpectedly passed away in his sleep early Wednesday morning November 30, 2011 at his home in Pleasanton, California. He was 27 years old. Jared grew up in Pleasanton and loved his many friends and teachers at Walnut Grove Elementary, Harvest Park Middle School, and Amador Valley High School. Jared was well known for his fun sense of humor and wit and his love of learning. He was a great brother, husband, father, son, a gifted athlete, dedicated scholar and respected friend. Jared was an avid fan of the San Francisco 49ers, Giants and the Warriors. He spoke Spanish fluently and served a two year voluntary mission for his church in Washington D.C. Jared attended college at both BYU and the University of Utah, earning a degree in Economics in 2009. He was married in the Portland Oregon LDS temple in 2008 to his adoring wife Tiffany Bleak. During the past 2 years, Jared loved his work and associates at the law firm of Gunderson Dettmer in Redwood City. He and Tiffany were happily looking forward to law school next year. Jared is survived by his wife, his 17 month old daughter Reese and another baby daughter Ja...
Robert "Bob" Werner
Aug. 5, 1929 - Nov. 30, 2011
Robert "Bob" Werner, longtime resident of Pleasanton, peacefully passed away Nov. 30, 2011. He was born in Oakland on Aug. 5, 1929. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in electrical engineering and became an army lieutenant when he graduated. He went on to work at the Lawrence Livermore Lab for 30 years, during which time he made trips to the Bikini atoll and the Nevada test site. He was a ham radio operator, had his pilot?s license, and liked to snorkel and ski. For the past 13 years his face lit up whenever he was with his eleven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Janet Huffman Werner. He is survived by his three daughters, Holly (Sergio ) Arce , Krista (Chad) Friesen , and Anjanette(Greg) Lundell , his grandchildren, Linda, Lisa, Joshua, Lucinda and Lydia Arce; Caleb, Katie, Daniel and Isaac Friesen; James and Calvin Lundell. He will be missed by his brother, Bill (Nancy) Werner, and by his sister, Nelda Olson. Friends and family are invited to attend services. Burial is planned for Dec. 9 at 2pmat the Felton Cemetery. A memorial service will be held on Dec. 10 at 10 am at Cedar Grove Church in Livermore....
Jack David Lauderback
Sept. 22, 1926 - Nov. 26, 2011
Jack David Lauderback Sept. 22,1926 - Nov. 26, 2011 Resident of Pleasanton, CA. Born in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in the Gresham area. Graduated from Estacada High School. Attended the University of Oregon at Eugene. Served in the Army and was stationed in the Philippines and Japan. Graduated from the University of Miami in Coral Gables Worked for Pacific Finance in Portland Ore. Married Leslie Rae Lauderback on May 28, 1954 Transferred to California in 1956 while working for Pacific Finance. Later worked for American Saving and Bell Savings. Survived by Leslie, his wife of 57 years. Three children James Robert Lauderback, David William Lauderback, Lynn Metcalf. Grandchildren Jacqualynn Metcalf, Tara Metcalf, Lily Metcalf, and son-in-law Royal Metcalf. Brother Robert Lauderback and sister Judy Lauderback Barrett. Predeceased in death by parents Kenneth and Lillian Lauderback and brothers James and Richard Lauderback. Private services will be held at Graham-Hitch Mortuary in Pleasanton, CA on Sat. Dec. 3 from 2-4pm. The family would like to thank the Veterans Community Living Center in Martinez CA for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made t...
Walter Lewis Dunkley
Feb. 15, 1918 - Nov. 11, 2011
Walter Lewis Dunkley, 93, died November 11, 2011 in Pleasanton, CA surrounded by his family. Walt was born February 15, 1918 in Olds, Alberta, Canada. He will be fondly remembered by his family, Dave and Cheryl Dunkley of Weatherford, TX, Art and Tuny Dunkley of Pleasanton, CA and Ken Dunkley and Catey Low of Montecito, CA, as well as six Dunkley grandchildren: Shana, Blaine, Michael, Dan, Paige and Claire. His loving wife of 64 years, Virginia M. Dunkley, ?Ginie,? predeceased him in 2008. Walt and Ginie raised their family in Davis, CA, and spent many retirement years together at Eskaton Village in Carmichael, CA. During their married life they enjoyed wonderful times with their three sons and six grandchildren as well as worldwide travel.. For the past three years, Walt lived in Pleasanton, CA. His family will cherish the memories of his positive and cheerful outlook, bright smile and sharp intellect. He was a source of pleasant optimism and good humor for all who knew him. No services are planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hope Hospice in Dublin, CA....
Richard Edward Hessel
March 15, 1951 - Nov. 5, 2011
Richard Edward Hessel, Ph.D. March 1951 - November 2011. After a two year battle with cancer, longtime Pleasanton resident Dick Hessel gently passed away at his Pleasanton home at the age of 60. Dick was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Otto and Ruth Hessel. After earning his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati, Dick shared his love of engineering as a professor at the The University of Cincinnati and Clarkson University, before moving into the private sector. Dick's career in the computer industry led him and his family to the Silicon Valley, where they settled in Pleasanton. The beloved husband of Connie Hessel for over 30 years, Dick is survived by his wife and two daughters, Andrea Kline Simon, 28, wife of Paulo Kline Simon; Kendra Hessel, 19; brothers Jim and Steve Hessel of Cincinnati; and his four cats. A true connoisseur of jazz music, the blues, and a lover of cats, Dick was also a weekly tennis player who will always be fondly remembered for his impressive beard and warm sense of humor. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Hope Hospice, so that the less fortunate may share in the same degree of love and care that Dick receiv...
Anthony Leroy Rose
Sept. 9, 1944 - Oct. 31, 2011
Anthony Leroy Rose beloved husband, father, grandfather, and loyal friend too many, was called home by the heavenly father on Monday, October 31st, 2011. Tony was born on September 9, 1944 to the parents of Antone Rose and Rose B. Rose, of San Jose, CA. He has one brother Donald E. Rose, now deceased. On April 27, 2011 he married his soul mate, Sharon Jean Rose. He is survived by his two sons, Michael and Daniel, and three daughters, Jeanna, Justina, and Janella, and eleven grand children. In 1963 he graduated from Oberfelt High School and then spent the six years as a reserve in the Army National Guard 159th infantry. However, hot roding was his true passion. Tony was one of the original seven founders of the ?P Town Push Rods Club? in Pleasanton, CA. He admired and collected hot rods for many years of his life. Overall, his most prized accomplishment was being a proud grandfather of eleven and soon to be twelve wonderful grandchildren that would make his eyes light up....
March 3, 1936 - Oct. 24, 2011
Stephen Isaac Berger March 3, 1936 ? October 24, 2011 Resident of Pleasanton California Steve Berger died at home on Monday, October 24, at age 75. He was born in New York City to parents Abraham and Hilda Berger, their only son. Steve won a scholarship to Julliard School of Music for cello and attended boarding school in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where he was a soccer player. Steve served in the United States Air Force, stationed in Japan. After his military discharge, he completed his schooling at University of Hawaii. It was there he discovered his passion for flying, earning his pilot?s license. During this time, he supported his new hobby by working as manager in the original Chuck Steak House along with the owner and his wife. During his career, Steve worked for six airlines, most notably Flying Tigers and World Airways for 20 years, where he was Vice-President of Sales and Marketing. It was during his time at Flying Tigers that Steve met the charming flight attendant who would become his wife, Joyce Mohr. The high point of Steve?s World Airways career was when he spent 8 months in Viet Nam, airlifting out U.S. troops. Steve later went on to work for Royal Cruise lin...
Lisa Renee Schneider-McKenna
April 2, 1970 - Oct. 19, 2011
Lisa Renee Schneider-McKenna, Age 41, of Pleasanton passed away with family by her side after a short battle with cancer. A Bay Area native Lisa grew up in El Sobrante CA and attended De Anza High School in Richmond, CA graduating in 1988. Lisa had many careers in the medical field including front office, bookkeeping,insurance and paralegal. Lisa enjoyed drawing, ceramics, cooking and taking yearly trips to Disneyland with her sons. Lisa was a beautiful mother who devoted her life to her children to make sure they always came first in her life. Lisa is predeceased by her twin sister Cheri and is survived by her two sons, Brandon and Dylan, her mother Lottie, father Kenneth, and her brothers Kenny and Michael....
Steven Frank Pahler
Feb. 6, 1970 - Oct. 19, 2011
Steven Frank Pahler, who taught thousands of Tri-Valley young people and adults to drive through his Precision Driving School, died Oct. 19, 2011 at the age of 41. Steve owned Precision Driving School for 11 years. His family recalled how effectively he worked with students who were scared about learning to drive. He also taught a number of non-English-speaking adults. ?He was so patient when he was teaching,? said his brother, Ryan. ?Although, he did tell us about the times he had to grab the steering wheel on the freeway and take over.? Steve loved to cook, whether it was his specialty, prime rib, or on the barbecue. He always prepared the turkey for Thanksgiving. An avid Oakland Raider fan, his apartment is loaded with Raider memorabilia, including a football autographed by Coach John Madden as well as helmet signed by all of the members of the 2002 Super Bowl squad. In his spare time, he loved to ride his Harley as well as camp and hike. His favorite vacation destination was Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Born Feb. 6, 1970 in Fullerton, CA, Steve moved to Pleasanton in 1984. He was a varsity swimmer and graduated from Foothill High School. He earned the rank of Eagle Sco...
Evalyn Taylor Peters
March 6, 1931 - Oct. 15, 2011
Evalyn Peters, a longtime Oakland resident passed away peacefully on October 15, 2011 in Pleasanton, CA. Her husband Rudolph Peters preceded her in death in May 2011. Evalyn is survived by her loving children, David Silva (Laurie), Denise Hallock, Debra Nappo (Paul), and Ron Peters (Christina). She leaves her adored grandchildren, Nicole (David), Stacy (Steve), Lindsay (Gentil), Stephanie (Josh), Nicholas, Jordan and Gavin, and great grandchildren Michael, Cameron, Cole, Anthony, Chayse, Adriana, Hayden, Claire and Evan. She was a loving sister to Doris Bowman, Judy Ellis, Karl Taylor and Linda Cooper. Dear sister in law to Ron and Joy Peters. Favorite Aunt to many nieces and nephews and surrogate mom to many. She also leaves her loyal and lifelong friends, Tom (deceased) and Mary Mowbray, Bill and Ann Taylor and Jay Naas. Evalyn was a member of the Oakland Garden Club and volunteer with the Oakland Food Basket. She enjoyed spending time in her garden and painting, but her greatest joy in life was time spent with her family and friends....
Dorothy Bernice Jolette
Feb. 6, 1916 - Oct. 13, 2011
Dorothy Bernice Jolette passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 13. She had been ill for the past three weeks but had enjoyed 95 years of a very good life. Born in Menominee, Michigan, she spent almost all of her first 75 years in Niagara, Wisconsin. Her husband Ray, preceded her in death in 1979, two brothers, Sonny and Lester Tappy, sister Joyce Kellerman, also preceded her in death. In 1991 she moved to Pleasanton, California where she began a new life, living near her son Barry and daughter in law Carole. In addition to Barry and Carole, she is survived by grandson Tim Jolette, his wife Debi and great-grandchildren Caitlin and Danielle, who live in Eldorado Hills, California. Her second grandson, David Jolette, wife Stacy and two other great-grandchildren, Nicole and Ryan, live in Denver, Colorado....
May 21, 1964 - Oct. 12, 2011
Seal Beach, California
Michele Daschbach Fast, 47, passed away in Seal Beach, California on October 12, 2011. Michele leaves, Patrick, her loving husband of 24 years; and their three children, Patrick, 20, a senior at CAL; Laura, 18, a UCLA freshman; and Lisa, 16, a junior in high school. The youngest of six children, Michele is survived by her parents, Howard and Leonore Daschbach; sisters and brothers, LeeLee Cusenza of Pleasanton, Lisa Fuerst, Laura Pitchford, and Mark Daschbach, of the Pennisula, and Rooney Daschbach of Sunset Beach. Michele also leaves behind her father-in-law, Stephen Fast, seven brothers- and sisters-in law, 15 nieces and nephews, three of Pleasanton, and two great nieces. Her Labrador Otis, has also lost his most loyal companion. Michele was born at Stanford Hospital and attended St. Raymond Elementary School and Sacred Heart High School in her local community. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara where she met her husband Patrick. Michele and Patrick settled in Seal Beach where they lived and raised their family for the past 16 years. Michele was a very dedicated sports fan. She stepped up to the plate supporting the teams of her children, nieces, and nephews. Michele w...
Robert (Bob) Charles Cannon
June 20, 1959 - Oct. 9, 2011
Oklahoma City, OK
Robert (Bob) Charles Cannon Former Resident of Pleasanton Bob Cannon, 52, of Oklahoma passed away unexpectedly Oct. 9, 2011. He was born in Buffalo, New York to Patsy and Charles Cannon on June 20th, 1959. He lived in Tonawanda, New York; Denver, Colorado; Placentia, California; Dayton, Ohio; Pleasanton and area cities, California and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was a member of the first graduating class of Foothill High School (1977). He excelled in tennis and golf and played on his high school team all 4 years. He traveled competitively for tennis. Bob joined the Army after high school and was stationed in Germany where he met his wife Maggie and married in 1982. He worked 20 years for Farmer?s Insurance (Dublin, CA and Oklahoma City). Moving up through the ranks, his last position was as a Software Development Lead. Bob always enjoyed a variety of sports and began running over the last five years. He participated in many marathons, ranking extremely high in many of his races. Even though he moved to Oklahoma 12 years ago, his devotion to the San Francisco 49ers never changed. He loved a variety of music and celebrated anniversaries with his wife at jazz fes...
Joyce Elaine Meyer
June 25, 1937 - Oct. 3, 2011
Joyce Elaine Meyer, a resident of Pleasanton for 44 years passed away on October 3, 2011. She was 74. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Centerpointe Presbyterian Church, 3410 Cornerstone Court, Pleasanton. Joyce was born June 25, 1937 on the way to the hospital from the family farm outside Assiniboia, Saskatchewan. She graduated from Assiniboia High School in 1955. She finished high school while living with friends and then enrolled in nursing school. She graduated in 1958 after putting herself through Regina College and the hands-on training at Moose Jaw Union Hospital. She was recognized at graduation with honors. Joyce moved to California from Canada in 1962, living on the Peninsula and then Pasadena where she met and married Rod Meyer. When Joyce was 39 she gave birth to her son, Ken. They moved to Pleasanton in 1977 and Joyce joined the maternity room team at Valley Memorial Hospital in Livermore. After Joyce and Rod divorced, she raised Ken as a single mother, supporting them working as a Charge Nurse. ValleyCare Medical Center opened in Pleasanton in 1991, just three blocks from hom...
Laurie Siatt Dunn
April 29, 1966 - Sept. 18, 2011
Elk Grove, California
Laurie Siatt Dunn passed away peacefully after an illness in the loving presence of her twin sister, Leslie, and husband, Craig. In addition to Leslie Siatt Lewis and Craig Dunn, Laurie is survived by her beloved son Gresham Dunn, her mother Linda Wagner, father Jim Siatt, nephew Shane Lewis, niece Lauren Lewis, and countless other relatives and dear friends. Laurie had bravely battled kidney disease from a childhood illness her entire life. Laurie attended both Alisal and Valley View Elementary schools, Pleasanton Middle School, and graduated from Amador Valley High School in 1985. Laurie attended Ohlone College in Fremont, CA where she received her early childhood education and she taught preschool for many years. Laurie was a gentle soul and a shining presence in so many lives and words cannot express how much she will be missed....
Oct. 15, 1934 - Dec. 20, 2009
In the loving memory of our beloved father Not a day goes by when we don?t remember you. Thank you for the light of knowledge you have given us. It has not only enlightened our lives but the lives of the ones you have touched by sharing your knowledge with whoever you met on the journey of your life. We all miss you and wish you could be with us to share the joys and happiness of our lives and your grandchildren. We all love you, remember you at every step of our life and salute you for making us what we are today....
Jan. 30, 1952 - Jan. 9, 2007
Hi Baby! I thought I would express my feelings in some lines from a Don Williams song - Some Broken Hearts never mend, some memories never end, some tears will never dry, my love for you will never die. I miss you so much. Until we meet again, You will live in my heart, Love your wife Mary....
Jan. 30, 1952 - Jan. 9, 2007
My Sweetheart, I miss you so much. I love you so much. Until we meet again, you will live in my heart forever. Your wife, Mary....
Keith W. Mielke
Nov. 15, 1933 - Nov. 22, 2016 Pleasanton, CA
“Keith was born in Oklahoma in the middle of the great depression. He was the first in his family to attend college. There, he met and married his wife, Patricia, to whom he was happily married for 61 years. He died peacefully with Patricia and family by his side. Keith served three years on...
Margaret M. Perri
Feb. 22, 1924 - Oct. 22, 2015 Pleasanton, California
Margaret Perri passed away in Walnut Creek, CA at the age of 91. Born in Detroit, Michigan on February 22, 1924, later migrating to California. She received her AA Degree from DeAnza College in 1973 and became a Student Teacher, Administrator for Alpine Travel in Saratoga and worked as a Conciege ...
Barbara A. Burton
Feb. 18, 1927 - Feb. 17, 2012 Pleasanton, California
Barbara Alice Burton passed away peacefully in her sleep February 17, 2012 in Pleasanton. She was born February 18, 1927 in Wilmington, Delaware to the late John Wilmer Parsons and Alice Davis Burton Parsons. She moved with her parents and brother, Burton Wilmer Parsons, to San Francisco in 1945. ...