Jan. 28, 1931 - March 17, 2023
Helen Whitaker passed away on Friday, March 17 at age 92. Helen was known by my her many friends and loved ones for her expansive mailing list for thoughtful cards celebrating a wide variety of holidays. She was an active member of Lynnewood United Methodist Church and PEO, where she was well-loved for her caring and generosity. She moved to Pleasanton in 1999 after living for 40 years in Alhambra/San Gabriel (CA), where she had a successful 30-year career as a tax consultant. She was proud to be one of the original residents of the Stoneridge Creek retirement community when it opened in 2013. Helen treasured her family above all else and organized several multigenerational vacations. She was proceeded into heaven by her husband of 52 years, Kenneth. She is survived by her son (Brian), daughter (Colleen), and four grandchildren (KC, Lindsey, Alyssa, and Tricia). Her 6 great-granddaughters were the light of her life....
Jan. 28, 1940 - March 10, 2023
Robert (Bob) Rubino, 83, passed away peacefully at his home on March 10, 2023, surrounded by those he loved. A resident of Moraga, CA, Bob was born in Oakland, CA on January 28, 1940, to Jack Sebastiano Rubino and Mona (Chapman) Rubino. After high school, he joined the Air Force (1958-1961) and was stationed in Georgia, Florida, and then Greenland. After completing his service, he worked at JCPenney, first selling men's clothes in Oakland, then decorating the windows of the five-story JCPenney in San Francisco. He loved that job as it allowed him to explore his interest in interior design. He later began his career in the car business, selling cars at Morris Landy Ford and Good Chevrolet in Alameda to being General Manager and Partner at Cochran and Celli Chevrolet and Connell Auto on Broadway Auto Row in Oakland. While his career in the car business spanned 40+ years, his love of cars, specifically Corvettes, Cadillacs, and Jeeps, lasted his lifetime. Bob loved his friends, good food and wine, travel, music, and waterskiing/houseboating; and he loved his family more than anything. Throughout his life he traveled to many places including Spain, Rome, Venice, Greece, Switzerla...
Oct. 3, 1932 - Feb. 26, 2023
Rancho Cordova, CA
Phyllis was an elementary school teacher for the Pleasanton Unified School District from 1970-1993. While she taught at Vintage Hills, she was affectionately known to her students as Mz Lynn or simply Mz. She loved traveling and was a passionate Oakland A's and Raiders fan, with season tickets to both teams, when the Oakland Coliseum was still small. Along with her daughter, Ruthie and son, David, she is survived by her grandkids: Jack, Sean, Cailin, Tom, Ryan and Tommy II....
Verna Rose Kelsey-Jahn
Aug. 13, 1942 - Feb. 23, 2023
Castro Valley, California
Verna Rose Smith married to Skip Kelsey and later Jerry Jahn passed on 2/23/2023. She was a loving person who loved the lord. She loved MG’s and going on all the tours with the Sorry Safari club members. She was a Coca Cola association member and collector. Formerly worked for the Oakland Police Department for 25 years. She is survived by her 2 sisters, 2 stepdaughters, nieces and nephews and numerous friends that she enjoyed spending time with. The Celebration of Life will be held at a later date....
Joel Gibbs Stites
March 23, 1973 - Feb. 20, 2023
Los Angeles, CA
Joel Gibbs Stites, 49, of Los Angeles, CA, passed away February 20, 2023 peacefully at his home. He was born on March 23, 1973 in Elgin, IL. Joel was the oldest child of David Stites of St Petersburg, FL, Linda Stites of Elgin, IL, and the awesome "big" brother of sisters, Tessa Copeland of Elgin, IL, Jane Stites of Lake in the Hills, IL, and Susie Stites, Roseville, CA. He is survived by the above mentioned and his grandma, Shirley Minster of Elgin, IL, niece, Hadley Copeland, and nephew, Brandon Copeland of Elgin, IL. He attended school in Pleasanton and graduated from Amador Valley High School of Pleasanton, CA in 1991. His love and passion for music and arts started at an early age, playing the piano as a child. He performed in several plays as well. It didn't take long to see that Joel was gifted musically, and he picked up many instruments and indulged in various genres. While excelling in playing the piano and keyboards until present day, he also sang with a cool, raspy vocal. Joel performed with many bands, live in concert and in recording studios. From backyard or garage bands in his younger days to larger venues from Chico to Los Angeles, Joel played and recorded...
Elva M. Cooper
1932 - Feb. 8, 2023
Elva M. Cooper passed away on February 8, 2023, at age 90. She was born in Inglewood, California and attended college at San Diego State and the National University of Mexico in Mexico City. And for close to 60 years she lived in Pleasanton with her husband Philip Cooper, raising their family, teaching, and contributing thousands of volunteer hours to her community. She is survived by her husband Philip Cooper (m. 1959), her children Ian Cooper of Orinda (Sari) and Monika Cooper of Walnut Creek (Ken), her grandchildren Zoë, Sofia and Jordan, sisters- and brothers-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. Her parents and her sister, Joyce Crane, preceded her in death. Elva went with no regrets – she often said she had checked off all of her bucket list items - but her family and friends miss her terribly. Elva was a fierce, independent woman who always stood up for the underdog. She was a lifelong educator who saw education as a way to bring opportunities to the disadvantaged. Through her tireless volunteer efforts she fought to provide supportive family crisis housing, food security for poor families, housing security in indigenous communities, and political r...
Sept. 19, 1942 - Feb. 6, 2023
After 80 years of a life well-lived, Dan Dawson passed away on February 6, 2023. Dan was born on September 19, 1942 in Rockville Centre, New York to Daniel W. Dawson and Frances Davison Dawson. Dan grew up in Oceanside, New York, graduating from Oceanside High School in 1960 and then heading off to Cornell University, where he majored in mechanical engineering. While at Cornell, he met the love of his life, Elizabeth (Betty) Enzel, a student at nearby SUNY-Cortland. They married on August 14, 1965 and moved to the Boston area to pursue further graduate studies. Dan received a Master’s degree in 1968 and a PhD in 1973 from MIT in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. First living in Cambridge, followed by Arlington and then Bedford, Dan worked at the Watertown Arsenal conducting research on metal alloys for various national defense applications which inspired his doctoral thesis in titanium alloys. Always an avid runner, Dan ran the Boston Marathon four times between 1968 and 1974. Dan, Betty, and their two sons headed west in November, 1974 when Dan took a position with Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California and purchased a home in Pleasanton...
Carol Deller Monahan
Nov. 24, 1938 - Jan. 30, 2023
On January 30, 2023, Carol Deller Monahan, age 84, beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, and friend, a long-time member of the Pleasanton, California community, died peacefully in the loving presence of family in Valencia, Ca. Carol, a woman of generous spirit, warmth, and admirable tenacity, was born and educated in Pittsburgh, PA. Throughout her life, she traveled the world and held a special fondness for her years spent as a young bride in Munich, Germany. She and her cherished husband, A. Joseph Monahan (1938-2007) raised their young children in Murrysville, PA, then moved the family to Pleasanton, Ca. in 1980. She tirelessly supported her children with their many sports and activities, joining PTAs, and volunteering to lead and organize any number of youth organizations. She was a dedicated member of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and Soroptimists International. With an artful and keen eye, she ran her "Soft Petal" flower shop and helped families find their perfect homes as a real estate agent. In her retirement and facing the loss of her dearest husband, Joe, Carol moved to southern California to be near family. As a founding member of “The Frivolous Floosies” Re...
Patricia Lankford Baer
Oct. 31, 1940 - Jan. 25, 2023
Earth lost an angel and Heaven gained one on the death of Patricia Lankford Baer (Patti) on January 25, 2023. Patti was born October 31,1940 in Washington D.C. to Arthur and Marjorie Lankford. They initially lived in VA but later moved to SLC, UT. As a grade-schooler at the Presbyterian church in SLC, she met Alvin Baer, her future husband. During that time, she contracted polio, but because of a doctor with progressive methods she was able to recover. Patti's father's job took them to Idaho Falls, ID, where Patti went through Jr and Sr High. She was an active member of Job’s Daughters, where she attained the level of Honored Queen. She also joined P.E.O., eventually being honored with both 50 year and 60 year pins. She started her higher level studies at the College of Idaho and Idaho State. Due to her father's health problems, the family moved back to SLC where Patti continued her education at Westminster College. She started dating Alvin, and in 1962 they married. He was in the USAF and based in AZ, so they started married life in Chandler, AZ. She continued her education by taking classes at Arizona State. It was there that she enjoyed being an extra in the Jerry L...
Patricia L. Baer
Oct. 31, 1940 - Jan. 25, 2023
Earth lost an angel and Heaven gained one on the death of Patti Baer on Jan 25, 2023. Patti was born in Washington D.C. to Arthur and Marjorie Lankford. They initially lived in VA but later moved to Salt Lake City, UT. As a grade-schooler at the Wasatch Presbyterian Church, she met Alvin Baer, her future husband. During that time, she contracted polio, but a doctor with progressive methods helped her recover. Patti's father's job took them to Idaho Falls, ID, where Patti was an active member in Job’s Daughters. She also joined P.E.O., eventually being honored with her 60 year pin. The family moved back to SLC where Patti and Alvin started dating; they married in 1962. He was in the Air Force, so they started married life in Chandler, AZ. While continuing her education at Arizona State, Patti enjoyed being an extra in the Jerry Lewis movie “The Nutty Professor.” She loved to tell that story. After Alvin graduated pilot school, they were transferred to Dover, DE where two of Patti's greatest blessings, Carol-Ann and Kristin, were born in the base hospital. leaving the Air Force, she and Alvin moved the family to CA. She was "Mrs. Mom" through the girls' childhoo...
Nathan Douglas Quimby
Feb. 7, 1983 - Jan. 21, 2023
Nathan Douglas Quimby, a resident of Livermore for over ten years, passed away tragically in an automobile accident on January 21, 2023 in Livermore. Nathan was born on February 7, 1983, in Hayward, California, the much loved firstborn son of Claudia L. Regalia, originally of San Mateo, and Douglas P. Quimby originally of Minnesota. A smiley and happy baby from the start, Nathan was the first grandchild and first great grandchild in his family. Nathan grew up in Hayward. His brother and lifelong best friend, Kenny, was born two years later. Sadly Nathan’s father Doug passed away while Nathan was still a small child. Times were hard, and life was challenging for Nathan’s little family. Despite these difficulties, Nathan always had a positive outlook. He did his best to help his mom and to protect and encourage his younger brother. Nathan adored his mother and remained close to her his entire life. Don L. Bayhi entered Nathan’s life at age 10. Don soon became Nathan’s father, providing for him, teaching him, and guiding him into adulthood. Don and Claudia created a loving home for their family, and at age 14, Nathan’s sister, Madison was born. Nathan watched ov...
Dorothy S. Hardin
Jan. 18, 1925 - Jan. 17, 2023
Dorothy passed away a day shy of her 98th birthday after a long and well-lived life. She was a kind and gentle soul who moved through life with grace and gratitude. Born in San Francisco to Alma and August Schmidt, she grew up happily with her four siblings in the then small town of Pleasanton. Later in life she would chronicle that experience in a series of short stories, many of which, to her delight, were published. Soon after graduating from Amador High School in 1943, she met a sailor from Florida at a USO dance – a year later they wed. Together they built their life and raised their daughters in Dorothy’s beloved hometown. Not only was Dorothy a gifted writer, she also had a beautiful voice. She sang with a band while in high school and then later with Pleasanton’s Broadway Chorus. She was often heard singing in her garden—her sanctuary. All were welcomed into this enchanted space that inspired creativity, where life’s questions could be answered or a broken heart could be mended. “Digging in the dirt” was indeed sunshine to Dorothy’s soul. Dorothy was also a talented artist. And, to the delight of her family and anyone lucky enough to sit at her table,...
Cynthia Jean Schane
June 15, 1952 - Jan. 13, 2023
Manteca, Ca, California
Cynthia Jean (Oxsen) Schane passed quietly at 7:35pm on Friday 1/13/23 of natural causes, with husband Tim by her side holding her hand. She is leaving behind husband Tim, daughter Tracy and Jaylene, Grandson and wife Vincent and Kellee, Great Granddaughter Alexandra Jean, nieces Dawnielle and Jennifer, nephew Michael and a veritable treasure trove of lifetime friends including Nancy (Mullins) Scott and her family. Cindy inherited her father’s wit and tongue, and both her parent’s heart, always having a warm hug for anyone in need, and always having a home for a pet needing a home. She will be missed hard by all of us that knew her....
Teresa Renee Sheehan
Feb. 16, 1961 - Jan. 7, 2023
Teresa Renee Sheehan passed away peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by her loved ones. She was raised in El Granada, California and graduated from Half Moon Bay High School in 1979. She loved the San Francisco Bay Area and spent her entire life here. Her hobbies included gardening, pottery, and movies. She loved basketball and often watched the Golden State Warriors. She planned to retire next year, hoping to visit family and friends, relaxing by the poolside, reading her collection of books, and caring for her animals. She is predeceased by her parents Edward and Ruby. She is survived by her son Samuel, her brother Matthew, her niece Jacqueline, and her nephews Timothy, Mickey, and Garrett. She's a loving, caring, and compassionate person, and we'll see her again soon. "With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: 'Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.'" - Revelation 21:3,4...
Lucas Allen Emmett
Dec. 13, 1994 - Jan. 2, 2023
The world lost a bright and shining light. Lucas Emmett aka “The Director Luke” entered God’s Eternal Kingdom far too young, at the age of 28. Luke suddenly and unexpectedly passed on the second day of this year 2023. Luke grew up in Pleasanton, CA. He graduated Foothill High School in 2013 where he became interested in, and studied photography and videography. After high school he furthered his photography and videography skills and education at San Diego Mesa College. Luke is survived by his mother Marilou, his father Roger [Geoff], his siblings Amy [Chris], Sara [Chris], Katie [Chloe] and Aunt Tami [Glenn], Uncle George [Jeanne], Uncle Craig [Donna] and many other loving extended family members. Luke loved his dogs Emma and Roman. They are being well cared for by Luke’s family. Luke traveled the world extensively. He loved seeing new places, experiencing new cultures and making new acquaintances and friends. He simply loved people and got so much joy from all of his travels. He visited more than 30 countries and shared wonderful stories of laughter, excitement, experiences, culture, new foods and friends from each of the places he visited. At his core L...
Ralph "Dennis" Remund
Jan. 16, 1944 - Dec. 30, 2022
Dennis Remund passed away peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by his family on December 30, 2022. He was raised in Oakland, CA and graduated from St. Elizabeth’s High School in 1962. He married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Jeanne Silva in 1964. They relocated to Castro Valley for a few short years then settled in their forever home in Pleasanton, CA where they raised four children together. Dennis was a well respected plumber who worked on many landmark projects throughout the Bay Area. He was a Local 444 which merged with Local 342 union member who worked for only two employers for the duration of his career before his well-deserved retirement. Dennis enjoyed camping and boating with his wife and family. He created lasting memories at numerous California recreational lakes including his favorite, Lake Shasta where they vacationed every summer for over 30 years. He loved sports, specifically baseball and football and was a die hard Green Bay Packers fan. Dennis was a talented craftsman who enjoyed woodworking in his spare time. He was a known practical joker. He loved creating gag gifts for family during the holidays and wrapping them in creati...
Michael Douglas Watkins
Dec. 29, 1940 - Dec. 28, 2022
Mike was born and lived most of his life here in Alameda County. Apart from a few years in San Francisco and a stint in Germany with the Army, Mike called Oakland, Hayward and finally Pleasanton home. Establishing a long career in the trucking industry, Mike split much of his free time between the golf course and the backyard with friends, neighbors, his many beloved dogs and a few cats. Country music, particularly Bonnie Raitt and Willie Nelson, were often heard in his company. He was the sort of fellow who loved talking to anyone, and never shied away from long, philosophical conversations. A smart man, a curious man, and a kind man. Those who spent more than a few moments with him loved him dearly and will miss him sorely. Mike passed peacefully in the company of loved ones and pets at home. He is survived by his family of Rita, Jessica, Carol, Tom, Zach, Kim and Otis....
Albert Ronald Thiessen
Feb. 21, 1932 - Dec. 27, 2022
Albert Ronald Thiessen (90) of Livermore, California passed away on December 27, 2022, after a long battle with dementia. Albert, fondly known as Ron, was born to Albert and Dorothy Thiessen on February 21, 1932, in San Francisco, California. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1950 and later studied Physics at UC Berkeley and CSU Hayward. Ron served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He worked as a Physicist for 35 years at Lawrence Livermore Lab. Ron is survived by his wife of 69 years, Patricia, and their children: Tom Thiessen of Chandler, Arizona; Rosanne and her husband, Richard Pasierb of Fort Myers, Florida; Larry Thiessen of Magalia, California; Annette and her husband Ronald Fleener of Pleasanton, California; and Dennis Thiessen and his wife Sandra of Manteca, California. Ron is also survived by the couple’s 11 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his sister Barbara Liss, of San Ramon, California; and survived by his brother John Thiessen, of Camino, California. Ron was an accomplished pianist who enjoyed playing for his neighbors, family, and friends; later for the residents of Sunol Creek Memory Care. He loved playing basketball and lob b...
Mary Frances Stuker
Aug. 25, 1941 - Dec. 27, 2022
Southport, North Carolina
Mary Frances Stuker, age 81, of Southport, North Carolina passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2022. Mrs. Stuker was born August 25, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois, daughter of the late James and Margaret Walsh. Mary was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. She made this world a better place by always reaching out to others, finding the joy in being kind, doing thoughtful deeds, making others happy, and by giving from the heart. Her generous and loving ways will be greatly missed. She was raised in Des Plaines, IL, and graduated from St. Scholastica High School in Rogers Park area of Chicago and then went on to become a Registered Nurse l. She worked first at Holy Family Hospital in Des Plaines. From there she went on to St. Mary’s Hospital (largely connected to Mayo Clinic) in Rochester, MN, where she was Assistant Head Nurse of a Post Open Heart Surgery Intensive Care Unit. Then she moved to San Francisco, CA and worked at the University of California Medical Center in the cardiovascular unit. After that she worked in varied hospital units (in California and in Virginia) including being head nurse of an orthopedic unit, and Emergency rooms at Valley Memorial...
June 3, 1952 - Dec. 27, 2022
Diana Quan Cabrall, from Pleasanton, California, died unexpectedly on December 27th. She was 70 years old. Diana’s family is deeply saddened and shocked by her sudden death. Diana was born on June 3, 1952 to Margaret Chu Quan and Frederick Douglas Quan in Oakland, California. After losing both her own mother and father at a young age, Diana and her two sisters were lovingly raised by her grandmother, aunts, uncles, and cousins in and around Oakland and San Francisco. Diana graduated from Oakland High School in 1972 and attended Laney College while studying Early Childhood Development coursework. Some of her jobs around this time included working as a switchboard phone operator for AT&T and a secretary for the Oakland Athletics Major League Baseball team. After meeting John Cabrall on a city bus, and accepting his proposal on a green felt chair, the two were married in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on Lake Merritt in 1980. The two lived together with their first son among the East Oakland hills of Montclair until one stormy night when a tree collapsed and destroyed their rental home. Diana and her new young family were taken in by friends and family for a coupl...
1939 - Dec. 26, 2022
Long-time Pleasanton Businessman, Family man and Friend to many Dennis was a kind, methodical man, who left his mark on many people with his smile and sense of humor. He was earnest, honest and hardworking, serving Pleasanton's small business community with his first shop Amador Sports & Hobbies, then opening The Sports Den. He also had a small bowling shop at The Granada Bowl. Adding his contribution to local sports, he coached PJFL and Ballistic United teams, too. He turned to real estate appraisal and retired this past July after 35 years as an appraiser, to the end, he ran his own show...But not while working at Crocker Bank in SF, where he met Patricia “Patty” Shorten, who pointed out that orange socks did not go with his brown leisure suit. Pat and Dennis were married in 1965 and moved to Pleasanton in 1968...and that's where it all began, a life filled with many adventures—Yellowstone sojourns; snow skiing (he had a truly graceful style, and you could spot him coming down the mountain from a mile away) and water skiing (had to have a boat, of course, named “Our Waterbed, Pleasanton”); camping (mmm, mmm, mmm, french toast on the griddle); Bed & Breakfasting (neve...
Donald (Don) Robert Provan
April 5, 1956 - Dec. 26, 2022
Don Provan, age 66, died unexpectedly of a sudden cardiac arrest on December 26, 2022 at home in Pleasanton, CA. Don developed networking software for his whole career. In 1982 he met his wife, Jan, while they developed the core Internet protocols(TCP/IP). After getting married in 1984, they commemorated their shared love for computing by naming their children after the protocols they worked on together, TCP/IP, Tara Calleigh Provan, and Ian Provan. While his children were growing up Don loved playing computer games with them. His other passion was geocaching. After discovering it, Don pursued geocaching avidly. He found over 10,000 caches in 18 countries. His favorites were puzzle caches, making two and solving thousands. He also supported Jan in raising 19 puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind and collected frog themed art that is displayed throughout their home. Don was born in Washington, DC to Marcia and John Provan. He grew up in Alexandria, VA, He graduated from TC Williams High School where his love of music grew as a member of the marching band. He was passionate about the school’s historic football championship, popularly depicted in Remember the Titans. He then w...
John Brumby Boruk
Oct. 9, 1964 - Dec. 22, 2022
San Luis Obispo, CA
A few days before Christmas, John Brumby Boruk passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer at the Santa Clara hospital where he was born 58 years ago. Growing up in Pleasanton in the 1970-80s, he was both sensitive and strong, channelling his powerful 6'4" build and athleticism into a love of sports. There wasn't a sport he couldn't quickly master (or beat his older sister at), from the usual team sports, to water/snow skiing, golf, track & field, and everything in-between. His most memorable athletic accomplishment was as a punter for the Amador Valley High School Dons in the early '80s. He continued on as a punter for San Francisco State University where he studied communications. John treasured his friendships, remaining close with many teammates and college buddies until the end. He also loved the excitement of city life, making San Francisco his home for 10 years before settling in the South Bay, then ultimately landing in San Luis Obispo three years ago. An upbeat (and frequently offbeat) young-at-heart man, he enjoyed traveling, the beach, sports, and hanging out with friends. Some of his favorite trips included childhood summers at his grandparents' home in Baton...
H. Roger Lewis
July 31, 1932 - Dec. 17, 2022
The Rev. H. Roger Lewis, known in the Livermore Valley for his warmth and kindness, was promoted to meet his Lord face-to-face on December 17, 2022. He passed at Bethany Home in Livermore at the age of 90. Roger pastored Cedar Grove for 20 years after moving to Livermore in 1974. After leaving Cedar Grove, he established Monarch Ministries and ministered to fellow pastors with monthly gatherings, individual meetings over meals and a monthly newsletter. He leased a commercial quality color copier to produce the 16-page newsletter and did so until a couple of years before his passing. When in public, he always had a smile for servers at restaurants and checkers at supermarkets and loved to kindly minister to them. The newsletter provided one outlet for his graphic design skills, an aspect of his art gifting he pursued throughout his life. He also loved to work with wood and draw. Roger served several three-year terms as a director of Shepherd’s Gate, the Christ-centered home in Livermore and Brentwood for women and their children. His family summed up his life in three words: faith, love and kindness. Roger was born to Howard J. and Lillie Mae Lewis in Rochester, NY and...
Gerard Joseph Fourie
Aug. 11, 1953 - Dec. 16, 2022
After a 2 year battle with a rare form of leukemia, Jerry (Don't call him Gerard!) Fourie passed away with his family around his bedside on December 16, 2022. Jerry was born to Margaret and Alfred Fourie in San Francisco on August 11, 1953. He spent his younger days in South San Francisco graduating from St. Veronica's School in 1967 and Serra High School in 1971 (where he was the recipient of the Bank of America Science Award). He attended the University of San Francisco and graduated in 1975 with a BS in Business Administration. At USF, he was a member of the Delta Sigma Pi Fraternity. He retained many lifelong friends from his schooling days (in fact, every year since 1984, he played in the annual "Whackers and Hackers" golf tournament with his Serra buddies). On March 17, 1973, he had his first date with a USF classmate, Michele Dallas. Jerry knew she would follow him through life (at least that's what Michele told him!) and they married on June 11, 1977. At their wedding reception, Michele's father made a point of saying, "I'm 78 years old, I want grandchildren!" Within 2 years, their first daughter, Gabrielle, was on the way (born in early 1980)! Her sisters Lauren ...
Thomas Philip Leary Sr
Aug. 23, 1939 - Dec. 12, 2022
Thomas Phillip Leary Sr. (83) residing in Lucerne, California passed away on December 12, 2022. Thomas, known by all as Tom was born in Queens New York on August 23, 1939. He spent most of his childhood in Saranac Lake New York, growing up with his aunts, uncles, and cousins under the watchful eye of his grandmother. Tom attended Catholic school and upon graduating he enlisted in the United States Navy and saw the world. Tom was a loving father and husband raising three children, Thomas Jr., John and Michelle. He later married his wife Denise of 40 years and helped to raise her sons, Larry, Michael and Loic. He will be remembered by his wife, six children their wives, his fourteen grandchildren one who is his namesake Thomas III, and six great grandchildren. Tom always took an active role with his children and enjoyed spending time as a child himself on the lake where he grew up and later in life on the lake where he built a home. He always had a boat before and after the Navy as boating was one of his favorite pass times. You could usually find Tom with family or friends enjoying a bottle or two of wine along with some cheese, crackers and stories on any given day. He en...
Kirk Irvin Iverson
July 3, 1959 - Nov. 30, 2022
Gold River, CA
Kirk Irvin Iverson, 63, born in Fargo, ND on July 3, passed away unexpectedly in his home in Gold River, CA on November 30, 2022. Kirk was born to Keith and Ione Iverson in Fargo, ND in 1959. The family moved west and settled in Pleasanton, CA in 1967. Kirk attended Wells Middle School and was the first graduating class from Foothill High School in 1977. During his time at Foothill High School, he made lifelong friends, who affectionately called him Ivan for the rest of his life. He attended Chico State University from 1977 – 1982 and like any true Chico State student, enjoyed his time at Upper Bidwell Park and floating down the Sacramento River. Kirk also spent many summers at Lake Shasta water skiing with friends and family. He married Bonnie Larsen in 1983 and they had two children, Brittany (1986) and Blake (1988). Although he and Bonnie divorced, he always found time for his kids, and they enjoyed various adventures from camping to the beach, to trips to Disneyland and Mexico. Kirk loved to work construction and in 1997 he moved to Guadalajara, Mexico to help build a large production plant. He continued to live there until the early 2000’s. During his time ther...
Aug. 21, 1948 - Nov. 28, 2022
A fourth-generation female born in Oakland California, a resident of Napa for 6 years and Pleasanton for 38 years, Judi passed away at The Berkshire from complications of Lewy Body Dementia. Judi was a graduate of Holy Names College with an Elementary school teaching credential. She taught for the Diocese of Oakland for 18 years and the City of Pleasanton pre-school system for another decade. She was involved with East Bay Girls Scouts, Pleasanton RADD and The Discovery Shop of Pleasanton. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Bill, Daughter Caitlin, Son-in law Brady Mitchell and three granddaughters. Brother’s Steve Tague of Kingman, AZ and Mike Tague of Brentwood, California and their families visited Judi often, including a family reunion at The Berkshire. Celebration of Life, December 18, 2PM at Valley Community Church, 4455 Del Valle Parkway, Pleasanton. The family wishes to thank the compassionate staff of The Berkshire, Collabria Care of Napa, and prefer that all memorials be directed to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047....
Oct. 1, 1931 - Nov. 23, 2022
Mary was a loving mother and grandmother, who passed away peacefully at 91. Born in La Paz, Bolivia to Jose Calderon and Maria Villegas Calderon, Mary was the youngest girl of 5 children and the only one in her generation who received a university education in the US. After returning to Bolivia, she worked in various government agencies and US institutions such as the Peace Corps and USAID. Mary met her future husband, Oscar, while he was working in Bolivia. They called each other "Vida" which means "life" in Spanish. They did not get married until 1965, after she had moved to southern California a few years earlier. They had their only child, Joe, in August 1966. In 1968, the family moved to Beirut, Lebanon and lived there for 15 years. It was the "Paris of the Middle East" and Mary loved the Mediterranean lifestyle and multi-cultural people. During this time, Mary focused on raising her child far away from family, and frequently evacuating due to the ongoing civil war that started in 1975. Once their son graduated from high school in 1983, the family decided to move back to the US and settled in Santa Barbara, CA because it reminded them so much of Beirut. Mary...
Harvey Bernard Kameny
March 17, 1937 - Nov. 23, 2022
Harvey Bernard Kameny entered eternal rest unexpectedly on November 23, 2022, in Pleasanton, CA at the age of 85. He was born to Dr. Louis & Mrs. Pauline Kameny on March 17, 1937, in Oakland, CA. He grew up in Alameda, CA & resided in Pleasanton for the last 46 years. He is a graduate of Alameda High School & attended University of California where he was a member of Phi Lambda Pi fraternity as well as St. Mary’s College. Harvey was a long time Pleasanton Rotarian & very active within the community. He was an avid art & wine collector as well as a supporter of the Ducks Unlimited group. He loved to travel the world via cruises & visited many places over the years. Harvey loved to spend his weekends watching football, especially the San Francisco 49ers & Cal Bears. When it wasn’t football season, you could find him in San Francisco at the home games of the Giants or at home watching the away games on TV. He is survived by his wife Kim Kameny, his children; Sharon Kameny, Kevin (Julie) Kameny & Diane (Jim) Carte & his four beloved grandchildren; Brandon & Emily Kameny, Austin & Samantha Carte & his beloved Bichon; Murphy. Although Harvey was an only child, he had an exte...
Jeanette Arline Frevola
Nov. 28, 1928 - Nov. 20, 2022
Jeanette was born Jeanette Arline Love. Her natural father, Arlin Love, was lost fighting a forest fire when she was just 3 years old. Her mother, Signa Mae, later remarried Alfred Field and he legally adopted her and she became Jeanette Field. It is one of life's grand coincidences that at her birth her name was "Love" because that is one word that describes her life. Love of her husband, Vincent Frevola - married for 56 years, until his passing in 2004. Love of his father, Nonny (James Vincent Frevola), a sweet man whom they cared for in their home on School St in Pleasanton until his passing. Love of their four lovely daughters, Cindy Engel, Denean Gable, Nancy Strohmeyer & Marianne Sekany. Love of her 14 Grandchildren & 18 Great Grandchildren. Jeanette was the embodiment of LOVE. The children in the neighborhood knew there was always a cookie and a smile for them at her home. The students at Amador High and Foothill High knew that she was there to help, quietly and with love in the library. Her daughters knew that the gentle but firm parenting she administered was given in love. Her beloved husband, Vince, was the center of her love for 56 years and quietly trusted that love ...
Milton Harold Elm
Sept. 19, 1932 - Nov. 15, 2022
Milton was born in San Francisco on September 19, 1932 to Edna Gillogley Elm and Harold C.F. Elm. He attended St. Paul’s Grammar School in San Francisco through eighth grade. His Family moved to Santa Rosa where he attended and graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 1951. He Graduated from Santa Rosa Jr. College in 1954. He worked for Pacific Bell for 36 years, retiring at the level of senior engineer in 1991. Milt Joined the Naval Reserve in 1949 after 35 years of service as a Chief Petty Officer. Milton retired as an Alameda County Reserve Deputy Sheriff after 50 years of service. He spent many years as a gun range safety officer. He was active in his parish of St. Augustine for 57 years. He served as a Sacristan, Communion Minister, and Altar Server at St. Elizabeth Seton Church. A true and faithful servant of the Lord. Milton is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen and children; Michael Elm (Teresa), Sharon Frazier (Hie), Chris Elm, David Elm (Cynthia), Maria Bird (Frank), Stephen Elm, Daniel Elm and Sister in law Patricia Haley. Grandchildren; Xander Elm, Larry and Chris Frazier, Emily Hart, Jessica Elm, Christian, Lauren, Elise, Conner and Winter Bryant Elm, Al...
Bela Ashouri Yonan
Sept. 20, 1933 - Oct. 26, 2022
Bela Ashouri Yonan was born in 1933 and passed peacefully on October 26th, 2022 surrounded by her family. Bela immigrated to the United States in the early 1960s and attended Georgetown before ultimately moving west and graduating from San Jose State with a degree in Interior Design. She and her husband Charles moved to Pleasanton in 1967 where they raised their daughter, Frances. Bela worked for nearly 30 years at Viacom Cable in the engineering department, even earning Employee of the Year. During this time, she also had a thriving Interior decorating business. After retirement, Bela was active at the Pleasanton Senior Center and volunteered at Stanford Medical Center. Throughout her life, Bela was a proud Assyrian and had an unshakable faith in God. She entertained frequently and always welcomed family and friends into her home. She will be remembered for her elegance, her generosity and her easy laugh. She is survived by her husband Charles, sister Flora, brother Fred, daughter Frances (and son-in-law David Hoge), as well as her grandchildren AnnaBella and Charlie and many beloved nieces and nephews....
Barbara Jean Mills
June 22, 1940 - Oct. 24, 2022
Barbara Jean McMahon-Mills was born June 22, 1940 and passed peacefully on October 24, 2022 at the age of 82. Her siblings included her sisters, Elizabeth and Patsy, and her two brothers Ed and Richard. In 1949, the McMahon family moved to 2nd Street in Pleasanton, California. Barbara had a son, Donald Mills, a daughter Holly Mills-Novacek, two granddaughters Brittany Mitchell and Lindsay Grigoryev, and four great granddaughters Hayden, Evie, Preslee and Polina. Barbara attended Amador Valley High School, class of 1958, where she was crowned prom queen. She enjoyed entertaining, socialising, and painting, but most of all spending time with her family and friends. Barbara was ALWAYS the life of the party and enjoyed bringing joy to others. Service will be held for anyone who would like to join: November 17th at 11am Graham-Hitch Mortuary 4167 First Street Pleasanton CA 94566...
Lawrence 'Larry' Murphy
Feb. 8, 1946 - Oct. 22, 2022
Larry passed from this life of natural causes. He lived a life full of love, family, friends, hard work, many adventures, and many accomplishments. He was born in Baltimore. Graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Academy. Graduated from Johns Hopkins University with BA. Graduated from University of Baltimore Law School with JD. He served in the Army National Guard in Maryland for over 12 years. Skiing, camping, fishing, canoeing, hiking and golfing were some of his favorite hobbies. He passed along his love of the outdoors to his children. He traveled many places including Europe, Mexico, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii and Australia! He is survived by his wife, Joy; sister, Sharon; brother, Timothy; children Kathleen and Michael, grandchildren Hannah and Maille and many nieces and nephews. Services will be at St. Augustine's Church in Pleasanton on October 27, 2022 at 1:00 PM with burial to follow at St. Augustine Cemetery....
Margaret Fluck Smith
Nov. 9, 1948 - Oct. 19, 2022
Margaret Ann (Peg) Fluck Smith passed away on October 19, 2022, in Portland, Oregon. The daughter of Paul George Fluck and Ella Lillias Dicke, Peg was born on November 9, 1948, in Madison, Wisconsin. She grew up in the close-knit neighborhood of Orchard Ridge, attending Madison schools through her graduation from West High. Four years at Oberlin College led to a BA in Biology (1970) and a friendship with Gary Richard Smith, whom she married on December 28, 1970. They were a mutually supportive couple for more than 51 years, enjoying especially their travels in the western parks and in Europe. Peg's graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, resulted in a PhD in Zoology (1978) and an enduring and productive research career at Berkeley’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, focusing on the genetics and evolution of mammals. She retired early due to disability caused by multiple sclerosis. Thereafter, Peg served as a volunteer, applying her tutoring and computer skills. Peg and Gary lived in Pleasanton, California, for 39 years, where they raised their son, Brian Kendall Smith. In 2016 they moved to Willamette View, a retirement community in the Portland, Oregon, are...
Edna Joyce McCorkle
Feb. 11, 1937 - Oct. 18, 2022
Edna "Joyce" McCorkle, age 85, passed away October 18, 2022, at Providence Hospital, Everett, Washington with her husband, Bruce, by her side. Joyce was born in Atlanta, Georgia on February 11, 1937. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Bruce, sons Jeffrey and Andrew, grandchildren, Katherine, Mark, Amanda, Samantha, great-grandchildren William and Benjamin. Joyce graduated from Joseph E. Brown Community High School in June 1954. Went to work for Retail Credit Co. Moved to California in 1957 to live with her brother Rogers (Billy) and Bruce’s sister. Joyce married Bruce in July 1959 and they moved to Waverly, Iowa where Bruce was station in the USAF. Moved back to California in 1962 after discharged. Joyce was a homemaker, loved to sew and very passionate about genealogy. She spent a lifetime researching her family and assisted others. In September 2004 she retired and moved to Marysville, Washington. By her wishes there will not be any services. Joyce’s ashes will be spread off the California, Marin coast per her request....
Helen Hunter Bountis
Aug. 5, 1954 - Oct. 15, 2022
San Francisco, California
IN LOVING MEMORY Helen Hunter Bassett Hess Bountis passed into the hands of God on October 15th 2022 in her home at Portola Gardens, San Francisco at the age of 68 after difficulties with dialysis and end stage renal disease. Helen was born August 5,1954 in Manchester, NH to Jean and Apostolis (Nick) Bountis, the third of five daughters. In her youth Helen excelled in academics, gymnastics and piano. Every summer she enjoyed flying from California to Manchester, NH, and Paris, IL. For family vacations spending time with her Greek and American grandparents, as well as all her cousins. After graduating from Amador HS in 1972 she attended Stephens College majoring in Early Childhood Education and received an AA degree. Helen continued her education at UCLA, Chapman College and the World Campus Afloat. Helen had a beautiful smile and infectious laugh, she was fun-loving with a sense of humor and wit that delighted everyone. She became an accomplished pianist performing for friends and loved ones. Her thoughtfulness, kindness and superb memory for details was amazing. She never forgot a name. Helen loved people, she had a genuine interest in everyone she met whether it was a new nei...
Stanley Dale Vierk
Dec. 30, 1933 - Oct. 15, 2022
Stanley Dale Vierk liked to call himself “just a country boy.” He grew up in Cairo, Nebraska, son of the town mechanic, Victor Vierk, and grandson of the local mailman. As a teenager in rural Nebraska, he was curious about everything, whether that was fixing cars, operating a printing press, or learning polkas on the harmonica to impress the girls at the Czech-German club. After a stint in the Army during the Korean War, Stan came back to attend the University of Nebraska, where he graduated with a degree in chemistry and met the love of his life, Margaret “Susie” Powell. They married, and over the years, had five children and lived in Nebraska, Iowa, Washington and finally California. In the 1970s, Stanley began working in the new field of computer technology in Silicon Valley. His last job was at Seagate Technology, where he worked as an engineering manager, developing substrates for hard disks. During this time, Stanley went back to painting, a pastime he picked up in the army. He was active in the Pleasanton Art League and the Livermore Art Association and won awards for his paintings at Tri-Valley shows. Stanley is survived by his children: Victoria Kazarian, Pamela B...
Oct. 4, 1937 - Oct. 11, 2022
A force of love and passion to be reckoned with On the morning of October 11th, long-time Pleasanton, CA resident, Shirley (Valencia) Ludwig passed peacefully in her sleep and was born into eternity, in Salem, OR. She spent the prior days surrounded by the love, laughter and tears of family and friends. Born October 4th, 1937, in Richmond, CA. The former roller derby queen, bowling and water-skiing enthusiast was affectionately known as "Ducky" to her friends and family and "Grandma Shirley" to her 8 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Grandma Shirley will always be remembered for her infectious laugh and fiery spirit. She loved family gatherings and adventures with her grandkids to places like the San Francisco Zoo, or her favorite seafood joint in San Francisco, Scoma's. Sometimes her road trip adventures would lead to unexpected detours or destinations, however fun was always on the menu. Ducky cherished, and was proud of, her Portuguese heritage, she loved to laugh, watch football and was quite the cheerleader at all family sporting events! She passionately loved her family and extended family, especially her two sisters: Diane "Tootsie" and Terri. Ducky always up...
March 15, 1952 - Sept. 27, 2022
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our beloved mother, wife and grandmother Lynne Katz, on the evening of September 27, 2022. Lynne, a thirty-seven-year resident of Pleasanton, passed away peacefully surrounded by her husband and their four children, at the age of 70. Lynne was born to Francis and Lenora Geary in Hawthorn, CA in 1952. Lynne was the youngest of five children. Her sister Christine, and brothers David, Thomas and Michael, all grew up in Torrance. All five children were very close and made sure to keep their families connected. Lynne was a dedicated mother who devoted her life to her family. Lynne loved to travel and go on countless adventures with her family. She will be remembered for her love of family, selfless generosity, crazy sense of humor, board and card game skills and love for music. Lynne is preceded and welcomed into heaven by both her parents and two brothers, David and Michael. She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Charles; their four children, Dawnya and her husband Ross, Tamara and her husband Aaron, Sarah and her husband Remington and Aaron and his wife Jordanna; six grandchildren, Andy, Tristan, Ross, Whitley...
May 25, 1934 - Sept. 17, 2022
Robert (Bob) Philcox, former Mayor of Pleasanton passed away Saturday at his home in Pleasanton. He passed peacefully, surrounded by his family. Bob was very grateful for the many blessings bestowed upon him during his lifetime. He was also a blessing to those many lives he touched. Bob was born in Brooklyn, New York on May 25, 1934 to Frederick and Ethel Philcox. He was raised with his brother, Fred Jr. and sister, Rita. Both predeceased him. Bob graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School. The family moved to Pleasanton in 1954 when his father, a Sergeant in the Air Force was transferred to Camp Parks in Dublin. Bob had worked at two banks in New York so he applied to the Bank of America. The manager did not hire him. That proved to be one of many blessings. Bob then applied at First National Bank of Pleasanton. He was interviewed by the founder and president, Harry Harding. Harry went east on business before making a decision whether to hire Bob. Unbeknownst to Bob, Harry interviewed Bob’s pastor in Brooklyn, who had high praise for the young man. Harry hired Bob as a teller. His starting salary in 1954 was $240 per month, about $11 per business day. Now the blessings ...
Richard Lee Martin
June 25, 1936 - Sept. 13, 2022
Richard “Dick” Martin passed peacefully September 13, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. Dick was blessed with a large family and always showed his four children the best example of a how to be a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Dick was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Helen Ryan Martin, his parents Julius and Virginia Martin, his sister Kathleen Ray, and his great-grandson, Jack Oliver Turner. Born in Redding, California, Dick launched his 25-year career with Bank of America after being honorably discharged from the United State Air Force in 1963. After a fulfilling career with Bank of America, Dick’s career included 15 years in the truck leasing industry and a decade as Business Manager of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton. In 1978 Dick Martin was ordained a permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Church and served the Catholic Community of Pleasanton for almost four decades. Shortly after his ordination, while doing hospital ministry, Dick kept noticing one particularly lonely wing, “filled with people hooked up to machines.” After nurses told him the patients were terminal, he thought to himself “what a terrible wa...
Sept. 2, 1934 - Sept. 6, 2022
Harm Ottens, a beloved longtime resident of Pleasanton, died on September 6, 2022 in Bend, Oregon at the age of 88. Harm, also known as Dutch, was born in Onnen, The Netherlands on September 2, 1934, the son of Aldert and Bouwina Ottens. In 1955, at the age of 21, he immigrated to the United States. He was a cook in the Dutch military, then at Fort Ord in Monterey California for the U.S. Army Officers Club, where he eventually became a proud citizen. He was sponsored by his sister, Janna, and her husband Jannes Takens. He worked at the Meadowlark Dairy for a short time, and then became a bartender, most notably at Castlewood Country Club and Hap’s Restaurant. He was a regular golfer, loved soccer, and always had a series of jokes to share with anyone willing to listen. In later years, he and his wife Carol established and ran “Carol’s Guest Home” a home for the elderly. Of course, Harm was the cook, something he thoroughly loved. He was also the one that prepared turkeys for our large Thanksgiving dinners that typically sat 30 – 40 people. Harm was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years Carol, his parents Aldert and Bouwina Ottens, his sister Janna (Ja...
Dec. 26, 1927 - Aug. 31, 2022
Sally Brown, a beloved resident of Livermore, died on August 31, 2022, at the age of 94. Miss Sally, as she was fondly called, was known to many for her fierce determination, her generosity and her volunteerism. Sally was born on December 26, 1927, in New York City, the daughter of Arthur Ray Brown and Bertha Losak Maderas Brown. She grew up in the Ferrer Colony, an anarchist community in Stelton, New Jersey, attending the Modern School. She graduated from the New Jersey College for Women, and earned a Masters in Education from Rutgers University. Sally was a much-loved elementary school teacher in Livermore (known to her students at the time as Mrs. Feinberg) from 1964 until her retirement. She then began a new career as an attorney, graduating from the JFK School of Law in 1992. For seven years she served as a volunteer attorney for Legal Services for Seniors. Sally was a recognizable presence in Livermore: at concerts at the Bankhead, listening to music at the farmer’s market, attending community events, shopping at thrift shops and walking everywhere. She had a regular gig singing folk songs at the VA Medical Center in Livermore. Sally was a devoted long-time m...
Chloe Anne Patzner
Dec. 29, 2021 - Aug. 28, 2022
Chloe Anne Patzner was born in Walnut Creek, CA on December 29, 2021. In typical Chloe aka Chlo Chlo fashion she made an early arrival to the world (as she liked to do things on her own time). She may have been born early, but she was strong, sweet, and sassy from the start. A true warrior. Chloe was diagnosed shortly after birth with Pierre Robin Sequence which required her to move to a childrens hospital for surgery etc. Chloe from day one was always stealing the spotlight as she was an amazing little angel. She was not much of a crier, but loved to make sure everyone knew who she was and let out a coo every now and then just to remind you she was there. Chlo Chlo knew what she wanted and if she had even a drop of a dirty diaper would yell until her diaper was clean. Small, beautiful and mighty Chlo Chlo was known for pulling out her tubes, or leads etc. Chloe again was beyond beautiful she had the biggest blue green eyes with long beautiful lashes, strawberry blonde hair, porcelain skin, a button nose and tiny cute little feet/toes. She truly captured the love from everyone she met in her short life. She even had multiple nurses painting her hands and toe nails at once and she l...
Mary Marie Safreno
Nov. 18, 1931 - Aug. 28, 2022
Mary Marie Safreno passed away peacefully early in the morning on Sunday, August 28nd. She was almost 91 years old. She was kind and humble and focused on the health and well-being of her family until she passed. Mary was born in the East Bay Area and raised by her Aunt Gloria and Uncle Tony in Hayward with her sisters Betty and Ellie. She attended Hayward High School. In 1953, she met Douglas, her husband of 65 years until his death in 2018. She lived in Pleasanton for 69 years, almost entirely at the same home that they purchased and expanded over the years. Mary had a very sharp mind and was the center piece of several sizeable businesses in the Pleasanton area, keeping the books and managing the back office. With Douglas, they went on to purchase, develop and own commercial real estate in Pleasanton. She was always working on something--her businesses, their real estate, her family, their home--she was not comfortable resting and worked from the moment she woke in the morning until she went to bed. She also was actively involved in several Pleasanton communities, including St. Augustine Catholic Church, Pleasanton public schools and 4H. Mary and Douglas spent a gre...
Michael James Hill
Dec. 19, 1957 - Aug. 26, 2022
To know Mike Hill is to walk into his garage filled with life size John Wayne cutouts and posters, Jack Daniels memorabilia, We Support Our Troops and American flags, Calco swag, wedding and family photos, an antenna made from a Coors bottle and duct tape for his old school stereo, an extremely organized workbench, and a framed cross stitch that says, “Love is what makes a home”. Mike was the second child born to Jim and Genene Hill in Colorado Springs, CO but moved to CA before he was a year old where he spent the remainder of his life…although he loved to claim his birthplace of CO in order to be different from his siblings and cousins. Mike showed his athletic prowess throughout his youth playing baseball, basketball and football; and equally impressive was his expertise in both ping pong and bumper pool. When the family moved to Okinawa, Japan in the early 1970’s Mike continued to pursue all three sports, even serving as the captain of the 9th grade basketball team that went on to win an island championship. Back in the U.S. for the remainder of high school, Mike found his real passion was basketball and played for the Dons at Amador Valley High School where he...
Douglas R. Brenzel
Feb. 8, 1953 - Aug. 23, 2022
Doug Brenzel passed away peacefully after a brief but valiant stand against brain cancer. He will be remembered as a kind, fun-loving and a much-loved son, grandson, husband and friend. Born in Livermore, Doug was the fourth generation to grow his family in the valley. As an only child, Doug spent his formidable years hunting and fishing with father in the hills on his uncle’s ranch near Brushy Peak As a young teen, Doug and his dad got involved in racing outboard hydroplane boats in a local club. This ignited Doug’s passion for speed and horsepower. At 14 years old he went to work in a local cabinet shop, cleaning up to earn funds to fuel his passion for engine building and horsepower. At 15, Doug purchased his first car, a 1957 Chevy which he meticulously customized to be ready to drive for his 16th birthday. Over the years Doug would build several custom cars and Harley Davidson’s. Doug graduated from Livermore High School in 1971 and went to work for a local machine shop for several years to hone his craft of engine building. In 1978 Doug received the opportunity to start a Snap on Tool dealership in the Tri Valley and the same year met, fell in love and ...
Harold F. Finn
Sept. 8, 1934 - Aug. 23, 2022
Harold 'Hank' Finn passed away peacefully in Pleasanton on August 23, 2022, in the presence of his wife Karen. He was born September 8, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois to Harold Francis Finn and Anna K. (Seibold) Finn. As a young man, Hank rose to the level of Eagle Scout and began his lifelong relationship with music. Hank married his beloved wife Karen Krueger, June 16, 1956, in a small chapel on the University of Chicago campus. They were married for sixty-six years. Hank earned a B.A. in liberal arts followed by a B.S. in physics from the University of Chicago. Hank was first employed at the Martin Company in Maryland followed by Allis-Chalmers in Greendale Wisconsin where he worked to develop a boiling water reactor. In 1962, Hank moved his family to California where he accepted a position with Lawrence Livermore Laboratory working on their test reactor. In 1966, Hank moved his family from Livermore to a new home in Pleasanton where he and Karen lived for fifty-six years. Hank’s career at the lab also spanned over fifty years. During that time, he worked on projects that advanced the field of quantum physics and the nation’s strategic nuclear defense. Hank loved working a...
Charles Carlo Michelotti
Nov. 4, 1937 - Aug. 21, 2022
Charles Carlo Michelotti, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend passed away at the age of 84 on Sunday, August 21, 2022, in Pleasanton, California. Carl was born to Josephine and Charles Cleto Michelotti on November 4, 1937. He was the eldest of three children and grew up in Seattle, Washington. Carl attended Seattle Preparatory School where he was a part of the high school football team and graduated in 1955. After graduation from high school, he went on to attend Central Washington University in Ellensburg. Following college, Carl started working in the ceramic tile business. He built his career in sales and management where he thrived in building tight relationships with clients for over 40 years. He was very well respected in the industry and was awarded for his achievements. In 1965, Carl was introduced by mutual friends to the love of his life, Sharrell, in Sacramento, California. The two of them hit it off right away, and Sharrell fondly remembers that she was taken by his charm and wit. Their love continued to blossom, and they were married on October 7, 1967. Carl and Sharrell resided in both San Mateo and Sunnyvale during which time ...
Jensen Gerome Ybarra
Sept. 10, 1986 - Aug. 15, 2022
The family of Jensen Gerome Ybarra, of Livermore, CA, is saddened to announce his passing on August 15, 2022. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Jensen was born on September 10, 1986, in Livermore, CA, the youngest of Karen (Sandvig) and Gerome Ybarra. As a child, he loved spending time fishing with his grandfather, playing street hockey, basketball, and any other sport with his brother and neighborhood friends. He stood out as a champion linebacker (#53) for the Amador Valley Dons football team, graduating from Amador Valley High School in 2005. After receiving his BA in Agriculture Business from California Polytechnic State University in 2009, dedication to his roots brought Jensen back to Pleasanton where destiny led him to meet his wife and best friend, Perri (Royea). They were married in June of 2017 and settled down as a happy couple in Livermore to enjoy a wonderful life, abundant with family, friends, and their beloved golden doodle, Ruthie. In August of 2021 life expanded as the couple joyfully welcomed their son, Callan, who was the pride and joy of Jensen’s world. As a father, Jensen beamed when Callan reached new milestones, and his fav...
Robert James Harrach
March 30, 1937 - Aug. 14, 2022
Robert James Harrach (Bob) of Pleasanton, California passed away on August 14, 2022 in Walnut Creek, California at the age of 85 years. After several years of declining health, cared for with love and skill by his son, Ben, he died peacefully with his son David by his side. Bob was born March 30, 1937 in Sterling, Colorado to father, Elmer William Harrach and mother, Esther Viola né Simmerman Harrach. Bob’s grandparents on both sides of the family (Ludwig and Anna Elizabetha Harrach, and James and Nelsena Simmerman) were among the pioneering settlers who transformed prairie into agricultural land in the area of Proctor, Colorado, northeast of Sterling in Logan County. As a teenager, Bob himself was a roustabout on the oil rigs outside Sterling. The youngest of four children, Bob grew up in Sterling where he excelled academically (especially in math, science, and art) and in sports (especially baseball) and he graduated Salutatorian of his high school class of 1956. He attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire on an academic scholarship and earned his bachelor’s degree in Physics from that institution in 1960. He later would return to Dartmouth as visiting...
Joseph "Joe" Buonsante
July 1, 1931 - Aug. 12, 2022
Joseph Buonsante, a man of many talents, was born July 1, 1931, in Mola di Bari, Italy to Pasquale and Graziella Buonsante. He passed peacefully at VA Livermore on August 12, 2022, at age 91, with his wife, Philomena and son, Patrick at his side. VA Livermore cared for Joe with utmost respect and dignity. Joe’s family immigrated to the US from Italy, when he was 3, and settled in San Francisco. He loved sports! In his younger years, he hung out at Helen Wells Playground, played basketball (Bruins), baseball, won All-City Long-jump, and always rooted for Giants, 49ers, and Warriors! After graduating from Galileo High, he worked for Southern Pacific. In 9152, he was drafted into the US Army and served in Korea. Under the GI Bill, Sgt. Joe, earned a teaching degree and Master of Arts Degree from San Francisco State College. For 35 years he worked as a Middle School English Teacher, Adult Ed, Resource Specialist, Program Specialist and Workability. Joe retired in 1992 from Pleasanton Unified School District and continued to be an inspiration to family, friends, and members of the community. He held roles with the Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Italian Catholi...
Mark R. Hermanson
May 13, 1963 - Aug. 10, 2022
Mark R. Hermanson passed away on Aug. 10 in his sleep in his Carmel home after a long battle with cancer. Mark was born in Oakland, CA, to his parents Sidney & Elsie Hermanson and raised in Pleasanton. Mark played Little League and Soccer. His lifelong love of camping, hiking and backpacking started in Boy Scouts. After graduating from Amador H.S. in 1981, he attended Chico State and started working as a bartender. People remember his quick wit and captivating stories. In his early 20's Mark and his friend Pat spent 3 months traveling in Europe, which of course included running with the bulls in Spain. Before moving to Carmel, he lived in SL Tahoe and skied often. Mark was a season ticket Raider holder for over 25 years. He loved traveling, Skiing, and most of all having adventures with his son Holden. Mark is survived by his son, his Brothers Bob of Sparks Nev. Gary of Alameda & Chuck of Pleasanton, and many nephews & nieces....
Dec. 12, 1964 - Oct. 1, 2022 Pleasanton, CA/USA
On Saturday, October 1, 2022, David "Dave" Carlson, loving husband, father, son, and brother passed away. He was born on December 12, 1964 to Beverly and William Carlson in Downingtown, PA. He emigrated to California where he met and married Kimberly Thompson in 1999. Together they raised three won...
Carol D. Gaskins
Nov. 29, 1938 - July 31, 2022 Pleasanton, California
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, she always had an interest in the arts. She received her art training at the Art Center College of Design where she majored in commercial art, advertising, and illustration. She met Bob, her husband of 60 years, while attending the Art Center. He was a...
G. Richard Wirtenson
Oct. 21, 1933 - July 23, 2022 Spring, TX
G. Richard "Dick" Wirtenson, 88, of Spring, TX and formerly of Pleasanton, CA & Acton, MA, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 23, 2022 in the comfort of his home. He leaves his dear wife, Helen M. (Lyons) Wirtenson, of Spring, TX; his children: Richard Wirtenson and his wife Joanne, of Shre...
George M. Walsh, Jr.
March 4, 1947 - July 22, 2022 Pleasanton, California
George Michael "Mike" Walsh, Jr., a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, sadly left this world on July 22, 2022 at age 75. Mike was born to George Sr. and Caroline Walsh on March 4, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York, and he grew up in Glen Cove on Long Island, NY. After graduating ...