Ann Parnie Frobose
Aug. 9, 1936 - Sept. 25, 2023
Ann Frobose, a devoted follower of Jesus, went home to her Lord Sept. 25, 2023. She was 87. Ann’s lifelong love of learning was wide ranging. One expression of this was her extensive and deep study of Christian literature. Her sister, Pat Wahlen, said “She had a strong sense of God and Jesus and knew more about the Bible than anyone I knew.” Ann taught children’s Bible School for many years and led many Bible studies. She was a valued member in a variety of groups and communities. She maintained a lifelong bond with a group of classmates from Middlebury College. For years she and Rich participated in an Ignatian Companions group in Berkeley that focused on Catholic studies and community service. Ann’s passing will leave a hole in these and many other groups. Ann was a natural life coach. Her wisdom, kindness and love of people blessed those in her presence even when she was going through difficult times of her own. The eldest daughter of Elaine Helmer and Alexander David Parnie, Ann was born in Detroit and grew up in the suburb of Birmingham. Her dad routinely took the family on spring and summer road trips to see the United States. After graduating from B...
Stephen Lawrence Pinto
Dec. 7, 1952 - Sept. 14, 2023
Steve Pinto was born as the second of six children to his parents Larry and Ruth on December 7, 1952. He grew up in Oakland and graduated from Skyline High School in 1971. As the son of a 35-year veteran of the Oakland Fire Department, Steve joined the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department (LPFD) in 1974. His younger brothers Mark and Chris would end up working as firefighters as well (Alameda County and Berkeley) to cement a Pinto family legacy committed to fire protection in the East Bay. On February 26, 1978, Steve would marry the love of his life (Stella), and would remain happily married for 45 years. They moved to Livermore and had two daughters (Stephanie and Kristina) who attended Livermore schools and would follow their mom’s lead by ultimately working as educators for LVJUSD. As a man of faith, Steve was generous with his time assisting on projects both big and small at the Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church in Castro Valley. In his spare time, Steve loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter who also enjoyed fishing, water skiing, and playing golf. Additionally, Steve was an accomplished bass guitarist who played in various bands and loved listening to music (often on...
Beulah Annette Shark
Jan. 15, 1938 - Sept. 14, 2023
Beulah Annette Shark also known as Nana, age 85, passed away peacefully on September 14, 2023 at her home in McDonough, GA. Annette was born on January 15, 1938 to Irene Christian and William Christian, Sr. in McKeesport, PA. She was the eldest of three brothers and two sisters. She graduated from McKeesport High School in 1955. She married Philemon Shark, Jr. in 1955 and their 19 year wedded union produced four children. They moved to California in 1966. She was a mail carrier and Shop Steward for the United States Postal Service, retiring in 1992 after 25 years of service and later earned her certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Annette enjoyed traveling, listening to music, taking care of children, watching football, going to church, celebrating birthdays and holidays, cooking, baking, and spending time with friends and family. She lived life to the fullest. Annette was preceded in death by her parents, William and Irene Christian, sister Ada Younger, brother Herbert Christian, and sons Alfred Shark and Philemon Shark III. Annette is survived by her sister LaRelda Christian, brothers William Christian, Jr. and Garey Christian, daughters Victoria Shark and...
May 31, 1948 - Aug. 31, 2023
Longtime Pleasanton architect, historian and community leader Charles Huff passed away of natural causes on August 31, 2023. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather and someone with a giant smile who always made you feel like the most important person in the room. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 11, 2023, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1225 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton. A reception will follow at the Veterans Memorial Center, 301 Main St. Charles’ life began in Berkeley on May 31, 1948, the only child of Ruth and James Huff. While he would later return to his NorCal roots, he spent most of his childhood in the Los Angeles suburb of Whittier. When he was 12, he joined a Baptist church and was inspired by a parishioner who practiced architecture. That man offered him a part-time internship after school, sparking his six-decade love affair with designing homes and other buildings. Charles was a track sprinter at California High School and landed an athletic scholarship to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he later graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. It’s also where he met Kathleen Rominger, whom he...
James Hugh Walker
Jan. 20, 1943 - Aug. 31, 2023
Biloela, Queensland, Australia
A loving husband, father and grandfather, Jim Walker was the hardest of hard workers. Interested in everything and everyone, he was known for peppering new acquaintances with questions. It was impossible to embarrass him, as he didn't care what others thought or said about him. Generous and kind, he saw the good in people that others may have given up on. Jim's many friends and large family, both in Australia and the United States, mourn his passing on August 31, 2023, in Biloela, Queensland. His loving wife, Deirdree, was at his side. James Hugh "Jim" Walker was born in Livermore, California, on January 20, 1943, to Dr. Robert Hugh and Eugenia Marie O'Shea Walker of Pleasanton. "Bob" Walker was a veterinarian and rancher and "Genie" was a housewife and bookkeeper for their veterinary practice. Jim enjoyed assisting his dad with veterinary work and helping out at the Walker family cattle ranches. Following Bob Walker's premature death, Genie married John Edmands, then editor and publisher of The Pleasanton Times. For a short time, Jim worked at the newspaper. Jim attended St. Michael School in Livermore for eight years and spent two years at Amador Valley High School in...
Frank Laurence Uhler
June 29, 1937 - Aug. 30, 2023
Longtime Pleasanton resident, and Amador Valley High School teacher, Frank Uhler passed away on Wednesday August 30th, 2023. Surrounded by his loving family, Frank passed in the Pleasanton home where he raised his family since 1967. He is survived by his wife Sharon Uhler, daughter Dana Pluck, son Kurt Uhler, grandchildren Trevor Pluck and Madeleine Pluck, his sisters Barb Lenmark and Pam Redstone and Brother-in-Law Jim Redstone. Frank was born and raised in Bakersfield, California to Frank R. and Dorothy A. Uhler. He graduated from East Bakersfield High School where he excelled in academics, played clarinet in the marching band, and competed on the varsity swim team. After high school, Frank attended Bakersfield College, graduating in 1957. He spent the summer of 1956 as a volunteer fire fighter in Tehachapi. He then went on to Fresno where he worked in his Uncle Jim Rosetta’s hardware store, Fresno Ag, while attending Fresno State University. Graduating in 1959, he received a degree in Industrial Arts, with the plan of teaching his passions. His first years teaching were at Mt. Whitney High School in Visalia. The move to Visalia was fortuitous. Not only was the school t...
Virginia Louise Kleffman
June 18, 1930 - Aug. 28, 2023
Virginia, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother whose family and friends meant the world to her, passed peacefully in her home with family by her side. She was 93 and succumbed to chronic heart and lung problems. Also known as Gin, Virginia was born to Carl and Irma Purtle in Rosston, Arkansas, during the Great Depression. The youngest of six children, Virginia grew up in a farmhouse that lacked electricity, a furnace and indoor plumbing. She graduated from Laneburg High School as valedictorian of her class. It was between her junior and senior year of high school that Virginia, while visiting her sister in Kansas City, met the love of her life, Don Kleffman of Creston, Iowa. She would date other people during her senior year of high school but she knew her time with Don was special. She kept the tickets from their first date at a roller derby for the rest of her lifetime. Virginia and Don were married on March 17, 1949, beginning more than 71 years of devotion. Their deep love and commitment to each other were an inspiration to all who knew them. She worked briefly at a soda fountain, telephone and insurance companies, but her true passion was being a wife, mother and...
Dec. 29, 1952 - Aug. 23, 2023
Dennis McEnery, a native of Yonkers, New York, and a California transplant, has left us with fond memories of his journey through life. He was a proud graduate of Mission San Jose High School and San Jose State University, where he cultivated his love for the environment. Yet, his path would soon diverge into two remarkable passions. First, while at college, he met the love of his life, Marna, with whom he shared his days till the end. Their love story created a beautiful family with the birth of their son, Cliff. Second, Dennis found himself working at a winery, discovering a passion for winemaking. Alongside this, he honed his construction skills, masterminding the transformation of a brewery into the now-iconic J Lohr Winery in San Jose. After over a decade in Lake Tahoe, Dennis and Marna settled in Pleasanton, where he continued to practice his craft, leaving a mark on countless homes in the Tri-Valley area. Dennis McEnery is survived by his loving wife, Marna, their son, Cliff, sister Nancy, and granddaughters Aria and Mika. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to a charity of your choice in Dennis's memory. A celebration of life is planned for Sept. 1...
Jan. 5, 1943 - Aug. 22, 2023
Maury Green passed away two days after suffering from an AVM bleed in his brain. Maury grew up in Mexico, Missouri. He lettered in basketball and was valedictorian of his class at St. Brendan High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Rolla School of Mines (now Missouri University of Science and Technology) in ceramic engineering securing a job at A. P. Green in Mexico, MO following graduation. After earning his master’s degree in ceramic engineering at Rolla, he headed to California. He worked over 40 years for Kaiser Aluminum and Refractories and National Refractories in Milpitas then Pleasanton as a research engineer. During those years he also earned a MBA at Santa Clara University in California. He called himself a “car guy” owning many vintages and makers of cars for auto crossing and car shows. Attendance at the Good Guys car shows was a must as well as, in recent years, Friday luncheons at Sunshine Saloon in Pleasanton with fellow car guys. He loved reading and was very vocal on the country’s political state. He loved watching Giants baseball, 49ers football and those Warriors would frustrate him to no end. He is survived by his three children, Erica...
Jared James Fon Yau Ke'liikuikahi Lee
April 8, 1998 - Aug. 14, 2023
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Jared Lee, a son, brother, and friend of exceptional character and boundless spirit. Born on April 8, 1998, Jared left us too soon on August 14, 2023, leaving an extraordinary legacy of kindness and service in his wake. Jared grew up in Danville, graduated from Dougherty Valley High in San Ramon, and was a class officer, member of the several sport teams and clubs, and was a Mr. Wildcat finalist. He was also an Eagle Scout in Danville’s Troop 60, and most recently worked as an Ombuds at UC Irvine. He is survived by his loving family, including his parents, Roger Lee and Michelle Lee, his sisters, Michaela Lee and Noelani Lee, as well as many cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Jared will be remembered for his compassionate spirit, his empathy, appreciation for nature, and love of the Lord. He was someone who filled the room with warmth, always ready to help those in need and spread smiles wherever he went. Jared had a quiet, determined enthusiasm for everything he put his mind to. He loved the Boy Scouts and eventually became an Eagle Scout. He loved running and eventually competed in an Ironman half...
Sept. 19, 1938 - Aug. 9, 2023
On August 9th Jim Kester passed away in his Pleasanton home where he had lived for 59 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Florence Kester, his brother William Derby, his son Steven Kester and his loving wife of 55 years, Sandra Kester. Jim will always be missed by his brother Dennis Kester, his children Melanie Calvert and Ken Kester and his grandchildren Keith Kester, Gary Kester, Scott Kester, Robert Lewis, Stephanie Lewis and Ryan Kester. Jim grew up on the beaches and playgrounds of Alameda. At Hayward High School he played trumpet in both the school band and the jazz band. Thus began a lifelong love and appreciation of jazz, big bands and all musical genres. With his partner, Larry Rogers, he opened and operated Larry’s Market in Alamo followed by a string of Dandy Dogs Restaurants in the Bay Area and Palm Springs. At the Livermore Dandy Dogs, Jim cheerfully served the Livermore community until his retirement. He was known as a man with integrity, honesty, and a wicked sense of humor. A graveside service will take place on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, 11:30a.m. at the West Point Cemetery. Condolences can be made to the family by going t...
Samuel Franklin Eccles
Sept. 19, 1930 - Aug. 8, 2023
Samuel Franklin Eccles September 19, 1930 - August 8, 2023 Samuel Franklin "Lou" Eccles was born in Reno Nevada to parents Forrest Walker Eccles and Bessie Kelly. He grew up on Ridge Street and Lee Ave, old Reno, and attended Reno High School. He played alto saxophone and while in high school organized a dance band. He completed his undergraduate work in Physics and Mathematics at the University of Nevada Reno, receiving his B.S. degree in Physics in 1952. He continued with a Masters in Physics at LSU Baton Rouge in 1954. He received his PhD degree, with a thesis in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Washington Seattle in 1958. He then spent a year in Amsterdam, Holland doing research at a nuclear physics institute. He served as assistant professor of physics at University of Nevada Reno for three years before joining the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory (now LLNL) in 1962. At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory he worked in experimental low energy nuclear physics, in neutrino physics, in the top secret "Z Division", with offices inside of a vault, nature to the work never mentioned, and later worked in International Nuclear Proliferation and finally in t...
Oct. 13, 1943 - Aug. 6, 2023
Surrounded by his family, Robert (Bob) Brown passed away on Sunday, August 6th after suffering a heart attack on July 19th. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Donna, his two children, Julie ( Randy) and Ryan (Julie), and his four grandchildren, Reece, Remy, Garrett and Summer. He loved all of them dearly. He joins his mother Debra, his father Hank, brother Tom and sister Shirley in heaven. Bob was born on October 13, 1943 and grew up on the south side of Chicago. He went to Leo High School where he excelled in academics and athletics. After high school, Bob attended Illinois State University where he received a degree in education. In 1967, Bob and Donna moved to Hayward for a couple of years before settling in Pleasanton where they would spend the next 52 years. Bob received a masters degree in counseling from San Jose State in 1974. He went on to hold numerous positions in education at both Pleasanton Unified School District and San Ramon Valley Unified School District. In 2000, Bob retired from Pine Valley Middle School in San Ramon where he was a guidance counselor. Bob loved the water and spent many summers fishing with his brother Tom. He was also an avid fan of boxing a...
John Jacob Guydish, Jr.
July 31, 1930 - July 31, 2023
John Jacob Guydish, Jr. passed away on his 93rd birthday from a bout of pneumonia. He had his family at his bedside for days preceding his passing. He is survived by his three children, David, Jayne & Jack, his four grandchildren, Jessica, Michael, Andrew & Austin and his sister, Dolores Buggy. His two daughter-in-laws, Debbie and Stacy were also at his bedside during his illness. John was born in West Hazleton, Pennsylvania to John Sr. and Pauline Guydish who both preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Marie Guydish (Sebia), and his brother, Tom Guydish. A service will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, August 15 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton, Ca. As a Navy Veteran of the Korean War, a military service will also be held at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, a veteran's cemetery in Dixon, CA at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Disabled American Veterans (DAV) or Wounded Warriors in memory of John J. Guydish, Jr....
Leonard Victor Cheney
May 9, 1940 - July 31, 2023
Dr. Leonard Victor Cheney passed away on Monday, July 31, 2023, surrounded by his wife and three children. He was a devoted and loving son, husband, father, and grandfather. Leonard, known to all as Len, was born on May 9, 1940, to Leonard P. Cheney and Viola Seidcheck Cheney in Chicago, Illinois. At two years old, his family moved to San Leandro, California, where his mother created a loving home and his father owned and operated a local auto-supply store. He graduated from San Leandro High School in 1958 and attended UC Berkeley for two years where he was in Air Force ROTC. Len then transferred to the UCSF School of Dentistry, graduating in 1964 at the top of his class with a specialty in Orthodontics. Following dental school, Len served as a captain in the Air Force and was stationed at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, for two years working as an orthodontist and teaching English to children. After his service, he traveled extensively, including through Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Burma, India, the Soviet Union, Germany, and France. Many of the wonderful stories he told throughout his life came from these adventures. Upon returning to the United States, Len lived in Be...
Salli Lou McQuaid
May 17, 1943 - July 31, 2023
Walla Walla, WA, Washington
Born May 17, 1943 to Mary Lou Randall (nee Robertson) and Hugh Simpson in Eugene, Oregon. Siblings Ronnie Randall (deceased), Greg Randall (Elmira, OR), Roxanne Reid (Noti, OR), Jeff Randall (Veneta, OR) and Vernon DuWell (Springfield, OR). Salli graduated from Cottage Grove HS, attended college first at the U of O and then San Jose State where she received an MA. Salli had three children: Jim Wiley (deceased), Colleen Wiley (Sweet Home, OR) and Darren Wiley (Dorena, OR). Salli met and married Mike McQuaid in 1987 and gained two stepdaughters Patricia Luperine (Pleasanton, CA) and Ann McQuaid (West Oakland, CA). In addition, she has been blessed with eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Salli trained in Korean Martial Arts and competed in a tournament in Korea. In addition, she wrote art and dance performance reviews for various SF Bay Area papers. Salli developed a small art publication while living in Pleasanton, CA. In 1999 Mike's job took him to The Woodlands, Texas (just north of Houston) where Salli began her development as an Art Quilter, producing her first quilt in 2006 and never stopped. Her work has been hung at The Foundry and Whitman College in W...
Patricia L. Lanning
July 23, 1949 - July 26, 2023
Patricia L. Lanning was a 54-year resident of Pleasanton. She died Wednesday July 23rd at her home after a brief illness. She was a native of Pittsburgh, PA and moved to Fremont with her family in the early 1960’s. Where she graduated from Mission High school in Fremont. Patricia also attended Chabot / Las Positas college. Patricia was a lover of animals and always had numerous pets. She recently adopted 8 feral cats in the last year. In the 1970’s she showed dogs, in the 1970’s through the early 1990’s she owned and raced thoroughbred racehorses. In the 2000’s she showed Siamese Cats. Patricia was active over the years with many charitable organizations. She was proudest of running the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association –Ladies Auxiliary at Bay Meadows in the 1980 and the monies raised to purchase a modern horse ambulance at Bay Meadows Racetrack. Patricia was a Pari-Mutual clerk for over 20 years and worked at racetracks though out Northern California. Patricia retired from EDC Electric Inc in Fremont, CA where she was the office manager. Patricia is preceded in death by her husband Michael Lanning, her parents Collette Oldfield and Kenneth Oldfield, a...
Patricia Louise Burns
March 17, 1937 - July 24, 2023
PLEASANTON - Patricia Louise (Lawton) Burns, age 86, of Pleasanton, California passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love and comfort of her family on Monday, July 24th, 2023 at home. Pat was born on St Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1937 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania along with her twin brother Eugene. She was the daughter of Irish immigrants Mary Hayes and John Lawton. Pat attended Saint Raphael Catholic School in Morningside, Pennsylvania. In 1959 Pat married William F. Burns and they had six children. They settled in Pleasanton in 1968 and Pat got her California real estate license in 1971 and ran a successful business for over 45 years. Pat loved playing golf and was a long standing member of Castlewood Country Club. She also enjoyed betting on the ponies at the fair, travel, attending the theatre, playing bridge, throwing parties, watching sports, and going to the cinema. She was an active member of the Pleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City Association and enjoyed many visits to Mexico. She loved her girlfriends. They were her rock. Pat will undoubtedly be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know and love her. Left to honor her legacy and cherish her memory are...
Feb. 9, 1936 - July 22, 2023
Thomas Anthony Dominic “to-be-Joseph” Lembo was born a twin in Denver Colorado on Feb 9, 1936. His ambitious Italian parents Philander and Angeline moved their family of five to Oakland, Ca, to pursue the bakery business. “Tommy” grew up in the Bay Area learning the bakery trade. He successfully opened and managed 13 popular Adeline Bakeshops in the city of San Francisco. Tom was friendly and outgoing. He was an early riser and greeted everyone with a smile by name. No one was a stranger. He would often say, “you will have many friends if you greet everyone you pass with a smile.” He was an avid 49ers fan, loved tennis and had a strong Catholic faith. After he retired, Tom and his wife of 53 years, Diane, opened the popular Danville restaurant called Lotsa Pasta. As a fun local eatery and meeting place, they employed many high school students who fondly remember Lotsa Pasta as their first job. Many friends remember it as the place “everyone knows your name” and said Tom was “one of a kind” and frequently would have his customers' orders on the ready before they even parked their car. Tom is survived by his wife Diane and his five children Leslie Lem...
Charles F. Crohare
April 22, 1932 - July 16, 2023
Charles F. Crohare, 91, of Livermore, CA, died on July 16, 2023 following a short battle with cancer. He passed peacefully at home surrounded by family on his beloved property in South Livermore. He is preceded in death by his wife, Alice, and his parents Charles D. Crohare and Eleanor Martin (Berg). He is survived by his daughter Alyce (Henry) Englehardt and son Charles T. (Patty) Crohare; grandchildren Adam (Victoria) Englehardt, Lauren (Mike) Jennings, and Brandon (Travis) Crohare; step grandchildren Fallan Groth and Cortney (Kevin) Brazil; great grandchildren Haley, Carly, Charlotte, Jack, and Mason; and step great grandchildren Hudson and Madison. With deep roots in the Livermore Valley, Charles oversaw the Tri-Valley’s largest olive operation, Olivina, for 71 years. Born in 1932, Charles was a third generation Livermore resident, and he inherited the historic property in 1952 following the passing of his father. Featuring historic olive trees dating back to 1882, orchard operations were expanded in 1999, and the Crohare family has produced extra virgin olive oil for the past 25 years. Charles could always be found at Olivina with his trusted dogs by his side (German ...
Feb. 7, 1937 - July 16, 2023
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother and matriarch of the Orozco family. Herlinda was born in Los Angeles California but her family was originally from Tepatitlan, Jalisco Mexico. At six months old, her family bought a dairy farm in Durango, Mexico where she lived and worked until she married our father at 23. In 1960 she married the love of her life Luis G Orozco who passed away in 2020. The newly weds made their way to Fremont California where they raised their five children; Luis jr, Maricela, Jesus, Carlos and Nancy. In 1984, our parents, along with their now adult children opened our first Casa Orozco Mexican restaurant in Dublin California and two years later another one in Livermore. In 1990 the family moved to Livermore in order to be closer to our businesses. Tita, as she was affectionately known by her ten grandchildren, was so appreciative of all the support that the community has given our family businesses throughout the years and always viewed our guests and staff as part of her ‘familia’. Tita loved the Tri Valley area; the rolling hills, lush vineyards and welcoming people. Our mother was surrounded by all of her children,...
Robert Allen Long
May 23, 1946 - July 9, 2023
Many small children are enchanted with dinosaurs. Very few, however, have a lifetime fascination with fossils. Robert Allen Long was in the exceptional minority. Born May 23, 1946, in Whittier, California, some of Rob’s earliest childhood memories are visiting the impressive local public library with his parents (Elsa Erbes Long and O. Aubrey Long) and his older brother (Tom). There, in the children’s section, Rob discovered many books depicting dinosaurs. He was hooked! By age 11, Rob was saving up his allowance for bus fare to downtown Los Angeles on weekends. From the bus station, he hiked through not-so-nice neighborhoods to reach the towering city library. For 25 cents, he could get an inter-library loan from almost anywhere in the state, allowing him to read scientific tomes and papers about fossil discoveries. At that time, libraries did not have photocopy machines available to the public, so Rob took tracing paper and pencils to trace the illustrated fossils. By age 15, Rob had the audacity to hitchhike to University of California, Berkeley, to tell Fulbright scholar Dr. Samuel P. Welles that he had made an error in his scientific paper. Rob believed th...
Patricia Anne Taylor
June 28, 1955 - July 8, 2023
Patricia Anne Applebaum Taylor, a long-time resident of Pleasanton, passed away after a lengthy battle with a Glioblastoma brain tumor on July 8, 2023. She was born June 28, 1955 in Passaic NJ, eventually making her way to Southern California, where she spent her young life. She moved to Northern California in 1985, and aside from a brief stint in Massachusetts, has lived on the West Coast ever since. Patti was an avid quilter and had been a member of Amador Valley Quilters. She loved gardening and her roses often won prizes at the Pleasanton Rose Show. Patti is survived by her husband of 47 years, William (Bill) Taylor, daughter Kathryn Taylor & son-in-law, Ben Whalen, son Michael Taylor & daughter-in-law, Allison Skavdal, mother Connie Evans, sister Jody Applebaum and brother Michael Applebaum. She loved her grandchildren Ryan (17), Amelia (14), Finleigh (13), Asher (11), and Reese (2.5), and Dakota Blu, her dog....
Dolores Marie Cardenas
March 9, 1962 - June 28, 2023
Dolores Marie Cardenas (Pinkela), a lifelong animal whisperer who found her white knight late in life, left us too soon this year. Dolores passed away in June from a short illness while surrounded by family. She was 61. Known to her loving family as Suzie, she was born in San Jose, CA, in 1962 to Frank and Carmen Pinkela (Carballo). At the time, she was the baby sister to Ken Pinkela. Soon enough, she would be a middle child when baby bro Frank Pinkela III was born 18 months later. Suz grew up in Northern California, attending schools in various cities before graduating from Clayton Valley High in 1980. She played a mean flute (that her family never heard) and competed in the drum and bugle corps. During her childhood, her family grew as her father remarried and Dolores was gifted with a stepmother (Rosie Pinkela) and a third brother! Eric Pinkela was nearly her birthday buddy, stubbornly waiting until one day (and 10 years) after her birthday to enter her life. After high school, Suzie had a varied career that spanned the automotive industry (car dealerships, car hauler dispatch) and the service industry (including Sears repair). Then she went through a midlife career cr...
Douglas W. Schiel
June 10, 1941 - June 24, 2023
Doug Schiel — A long time resident of Pleasanton, CA passed away unexpectedly Saturday, June 24, 2023. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota June 10, 1941, Doug spent his childhood in Dearborn, Michigan outside of Detroit. His parents, Walter and Margaret Schiel along with younger brother Richard and sister Carolyn moved cross country in 1957 settling in Whittier, California, outside of Los Angeles. It was here where he met, and fell in love with Sandy, with whom he’d go on to share 59 years of marriage together. Following high school with an interest in mechanical engineering and an opportunity to compete at the college level in swimming he enrolled in the University of Wyoming, in Laramie, bringing Sandy along for this new adventure. After graduation from college and a few years back living in the Los Angeles area working in Aerospace Engineering, Doug moved with his family to Pleasanton in 1971 where he started his career in automotive engineering with Peterbilt Motors, and then with New United Motors Manufacturing (NUMMI) shifting over to Quality Assurance. His passion for golf lead him to the perfect retirement job at Dublin Ranch Golf Course for 15 years as a Course Marsh...
Joann Marie Tucker
Sept. 16, 1942 - June 23, 2023
Joann Marie Tucker, long-time resident of Pleasanton entered into Christ's glory at 6:44 AM on Friday, June 23rd, 2023. She was born on September 16th 1942 in Detroit Michigan where she grew up and, in 1961, met her Husband of 62 years, Tom Tucker. And served as the wife of a Coast Guardsman until Tom was discharged in 1965. Joann worked at Tom’s side as he built his career in the Hospital Information Technology business. He served many years with Grace Hospital in Detroit The state of California reached out to Tom and Joann in 1972 and transferred them to Sacramento developing Pre-Paid Health Plans for Sacramento residents, Tom became IT Director for San Francisco General Hospital and during those 7 years she was a highly respected and loveable member of the San Francisco Health Department community. During these adventures Joann led the family development of 4 active sons and relocating from Detroit to Sacramento in 1972 before moving and finally settling down Pleasanton in 1974 where they raised their 4 sons. Joann Tucker was active in working with Guide Dogs for the Blind and Valley Humane Society's Canine Comfort Program which shares the unconditional love that pets offe...
Judy Beth Mason Vollgraf
Aug. 21, 1941 - June 23, 2023
Judy Vollgraf passed away June 23, 2023 in Pleasanton, CA at the age of 81. Judy was born in Elmira, New York, to Sallie and Joseph Mason. She was a graduate of Thomas A. Edison High School in Elmira Heights, NY where she proudly twirled her baton as majorette. Judy and her husband Bob married in 1962, and with their children, Susan and Rob, lived in Whittier, CA and Southfield, MI before settling in Pleasanton, CA in 1974. She enjoyed crafting and taught arts and crafts classes at Rio Hondo Community College in Whittier, CA. She enjoyed creating stained glass, macramé, holiday décor, and other arts and crafts for her family and home throughout the years. She also loved tending to her garden. An active member of the Assistance League of Amador Valley for 28 years, she served on the board in various roles including Vice President of Resources and Development and Grants Chairman. She loved participating in ALAV’s fundraising and service events including the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (a favorite of hers), Operation School Bell, Screening Eyes Early (SEE), and other philanthropic events. She also volunteered as part of the Pleasanton Centennial Celebration in 1994. Judy played Bun...
July 29, 1944 - June 16, 2023
Linda Googins passed away peacefully on June 16th, in the family cabin in South Lake Tahoe, at the age of 78. She is survived by her sister Lonna VanMeter, as well as her three children and families: Brad Googins, wife Milena and children, Alexandriia and Brock; Sean Googins, wife Racquel and children, Audrey and Jacquelyn; Tiffany Westhoff, husband Paul and children, Kayne (wife Leighanna expecting) and Peter. Linda was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on July 29th. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Chico State University, in education. Following that accomplishment, she grew into a remarkable and distinguished teacher for many years in the Pleasanton school district, then again in the Fairfield/ Vacaville area. She loved teaching, always pouring her heart and soul into every class she had the honor of leading. Her passion for teaching students touched the lives of many during her illustrious teaching career. While raising her three children and pursuing her career in teaching, Linda was also intensively involved in sports as a coach, manager, scorekeeper, cheerleader, well informed fan, and the best ‘team mom’ anyone could have asked for. She had a passio...
July 9, 1924 - June 16, 2023
Lifelong born and raised Pleasanton native, Barbara passed away peacefully on Friday, June 16, just three weeks shy of her 99th birthday. Barbara was a proud and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, friend, church secretary and volunteer at the Museum on Main. Her greatest joy was her family and fellow classmates from the Amador High School class of 1942. At Amador High School she met and married her husband, Joe Wolfenberger, and together they shared 65 years of a loving marriage. Barbara is survived by her four children, Joe (Betty), Steve (Georgia), Alan (Carrie) and Joan (Lou), as well as nine grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren. Barbara is also survived by her brother, Bud, and his wife, Marilyn, as well as many nieces and nephews. Family was the bedrock of a long life well lived. With only 32 students in the graduating class at Amador High School, friendships with classmates were lifelong and cherished. Many vacations and trips were shared with her Amador classmates. In later years she enjoyed volunteering at the Museum on Main with classmate and wedding bridesmaid, Verna Garabaldi, where they were treasured resources regarding...
Diane Kay Scott Sanchez
Oct. 12, 1953 - June 16, 2023
Diane Kay Scott Sanchez went to be with the Lord on June 16th, 2023. Diane was with her husband Bob at the time of her passing. Diane was the eldest daughter of Lee Earl Scott and Carolyn Joan Scott born October 12, 1953, in Villisca, Iowa. Soon after being born, she and her mother returned to Mare Island Naval Shipyard to join her father who was serving on the USS Mount McKinley. After her dad’s separation from the US Navy the family returned to Villisca, IA where she started school. Her sister Denise Lynn and brother Kirk Lee Scott were born. In 1960 her family moved to San Mateo, CA. In 1963 the family purchased a home in Milpitas where Diane graduated from Samuel Ayer High School in 1971. Diane won the Betty Crocker Home Economics award and was Publicity Chairperson of her high school. Diane enrolled at San Jose State University Home Economics program. In 1973 she transferred to Cal Poly University where Diane graduated with a B.S. in Home Economics with a textile concentration. Diane loved fabric. She was a member of Cal Poly Rose Float Committee which creates a float for the Pasadena Rose Parade each year. She organized her team to cook three meals each day for 10...
Oct. 11, 1940 - June 5, 2023
William Ernest Bernard, Sr. passed away, peacefully, at his home in Henderson, NV, on June 5, 2023, with his wife and son by his side. He was born on October 11, 1940 to Ernest and Rose Bernard at St. Paul's Hospital in Livermore, CA. He was a graduate of Amador High School, class of 1958. He excelled in sports, playing baseball, basketball and football. His senior year he was awarded the Parks Air Force Base sports trophy. He retired from Lone Star Industries in Pleasanton and retired to Henderson, NV where he enjoyed playing golf several times a week. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his son Ernest William Bernard. He is survived his wife Stephanie, his son William Ernest Bernard Jr., his granddaughter Brittany Bernard and his sister Margery Bupp. He will be remembered for his smile and his great sense of humor. Remembrances may be made, in his name, to UCLA Medical Center, Westwood or the American Heart Association. There will be no services....
John Thomas Upmeier
Dec. 29, 1946 - June 1, 2023
John Thomas Upmeier, a 47-year resident of Pleasanton, passed away after a 21 year battle with Parkinson’s in his home under hospice care, surrounded by his family and friends. John attended St. John’s Seminary. He changed plans; graduated with a major in Philosophy and went off to marry his lifelong love, Darleen Marie Moore, in 1969. John enlisted in the United States Air Force, becoming an officer and F4 navigator. He bravely flew in combat during the Vietnam War, stationed in De Nang. He then was stationed with his growing family in England for 3 years. John and Darleen had two daughters. John was always proud that both his daughters were born in California; Jennifer, at Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento and Deborah, at Washington Hospital in Fremont. Once completion of service with the Air Force, he moved to Pleasanton to work at Del Monte in Alameda. John worked tirelessly at Del Monte for 30 years working as a Warehouse Manager in Alameda, Emeryville, San Jose and Modesto. Many projects at work and at home benefited from his attention to detail, love of details, tracking details in spreadsheets and reviewing details! His home benefited from his designs....
Jimmie Lee McClure
April 27, 1942 - May 18, 2023
Jimmie McClure, 81 of Oakland, Pleasanton and Groveland, California passed away peacefully surrounded by family on May 18th, 2023 Jimmie’s early life was spent living in El Centro and Brawley, CA; enjoying the country/ranch life before moving to Oakland, CA with his mother. He attended school at Fruitvale Elementary, Bret Harte Middle School and Oakland High School, where he developed many lifelong friendships. Jimmie played baseball in high school and was a part of his Oakland High School’s Oakland Athletic League Championships during his senior year; he continued his education and baseball career at Oakland City College, where his team found success competing in the finals of the 1960 CCCAA Community College League of California College Championship his freshman year. The following year he signed to play baseball with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and traveled to Vero Beach, Florida for spring training; While there he saw all the great Dodgers players of the time. He was assigned to the Great Falls Electrics in Great Falls, Montana and played in the Pioneer League. Jimmie played 2nd base and his team went on to win the Pioneer League that first season. He also h...
Thomas Joseph Gallagher
May 9, 1938 - May 13, 2023
Proud citizen of Pleasanton since 1970 Devoted and loving family man and loyal friend to many, Thomas "Tom" Gallagher faithfully embraced his passing peacefully and went to be with our Lord and his beloved wife Carolyn of 50 years on May 13th after battling with several medical complications for close to 6 months. He had celebrated his 85th birthday just days prior. Tom was a lifelong Alameda County Resident, 3rd generation Californian and a very proud Irish Catholic American. Tom was born and raised in Oakland by his parents Joseph and Loretta and grew up in the Diamond district along with his two older sisters Mary and Joanne. He attended St. Jarlath Parish Church and School, and Bishop O'Dowd High School. He then went on to earn a Business Finance Degree at the University of San Francisco, but Tom would like to say "Life really began" when he started dating the love of his life Carolyn Russell. After only a 10-day courtship he proposed, and they were married at St. Jarlath in Oakland in October 1963. Soon children followed. Three sons in a row, Michael, Kevin, and John and in the summer of 1970, they packed up their two Impalas and made the big move to Pleasanton. He said ...
David Warren Anderson
Sept. 21, 1930 - May 12, 2023
David Anderson, long time resident of Dublin, CA, passed away at the age of 92 . He is survived by Shirley, his wife of 70 years, and their children Sandra (Ed), Suzanne (Tim), David, Sharon (Rick), and Douglas, 13 grandchildren, James, Justin (Monica), Nathan, Megan (Kyle), Ashley, Skyler, Haley, Hannah, Zachary, Sophia, Sydney, Tommy, and Marie, and 5 great-grandchildren Daisy, Isabel, Annabelle, Atlas and Ceres. Dave was born in Minnesota to parents, Hjalmer Anderson and Valborg Sagen. Along with brother Burton Anderson, the family moved to Wisconsin where Dave was an Eagle Scout, a basketball player and a graduate of Central High School. Dave attended the University of Minnesota, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Business. After graduation Dave enlisted in the Navy. While waiting for an appointment, he worked at G. Heileman Brewing Company where he met Shirley. Dave attended Officers Candidate School and received additional training at Northwestern. He and Shirley were married and received their first military assignment to Hawaii. His Navy career took them to many destinations including Florida, Kansas, Maine, Pennsylvania, Iceland, Texas, and California. Dave retired after 2...
June 20, 1952 - May 11, 2023
It’s with immense sadness that we must announce the sudden passing of our Mother Deborah Dee Waterman. A beloved Mom, Grandma, sister, and friend, Debbie passed away on May 11th, 2023 in Pleasanton, CA surrounded by loved ones. There aren’t enough words to express the influence and impact a wonderful soul like Debbie had on the lives of her children, family and friends. Debbie was born June 20th 1952 to Charles and Dee Foster. The oldest of 7, Debbie developed a nurturing spirit by looking after her siblings. Debbie remained close to her family throughout her life spending time visiting Arizona where most of her sisters and Mom reside. After starting a family in Tucson, Debbie relocated to California in 1993 where she raised her children with Daniel Waterman. It was here she found her “tribe of friends” who supported her and loved her deeply. Anyone who knew Deb can tell you how fun, energetic and free spirited she was. It was common to find Debbie on the phone with one of her sisters or girlfriends, telling jokes and laughing for hours. Debbie was a loving mother and grandmother. She lived for her kids Kevin, Sarah, and Brian as well as her grandkids Trevor, Isab...
Robert Jackson Barr Jr.
Nov. 12, 1941 - May 1, 2023
San Ramon, California
Robert Jackson Barr, Jr., 81, of San Ramon, CA, passed away on May 1st after a difficult battle with lung cancer. Robert was born on November 12th, 1941 to Robert and Evelyn Barr in Tucson, AZ. A few years after high school, Robert joined the Navy, where he proudly served from 1961 to 1967, on the USS Midway. After the Navy, Robert enjoyed a full life, with multiple careers, a big extended family, and multiple hobbies. Trained as an electrician in the Navy, Robert returned to Northern CA, where he began his career at Pacific Bell as Facility Manager, retiring in 1987. After this, he became owner and manager of the Golden Torch RV Park in Arnold, CA. After many cold, snow-packed winters, Robert decided to return to the East Bay in 1996, where he worked as Facility Manager at Watergate Towers in Emeryville, CA, retiring after more than 15 years of service. Robert met Ofelia in 1988 and spent 24 years together traveling around the world, caring for their garden full of fruit trees and orchids. Robert enjoyed collecting coins, firearms, pig souvenirs, holiday decorations and tools. Robert’s pride and joy was his black and cherry red restored 1955 Buick Special. He traveled c...
Frank Francesco Roselli
July 25, 1943 - April 16, 2023
Frank Roselli was called to be with God and passed away peacefully on April 6, 2023. Frank lived an amazing and storied life that started with humble beginnings as the son of farmers in Italy then saw him emigrate to America where he became a famous chemist. Frank “Francesco” was born in the summer of 1934 in Colombara, Italy a small suburb of the village of Frontone in Le Marche region of central Italy. As a boy he worked in the nearby fields of San Savino with his parents Iolanda and Arduino Roselli. They lived a simple but happy life as small farmers. Wanting an education for their only son (Frank’s brother Natalino died as an infant) Arduino and Yolanda scraped together their meager savings and along with help from Uncle Antonio in America, they were able to send Frank to the seminary school in nearby Cagli. It was not usual for farmers' children to attend school, let alone a seminary, but for Frank this was the chance of a lifetime. After attending the seminary school for three years and passing some difficult exams, Frank earned acceptance to the prestigious Instituto Technico Industriale Montani in Fermo, Italy. A proud family moment for sure, but finance...
Dec. 2, 1940 - April 5, 2023
An infinite capacity for love and the ability to never let people run out of second chances were the hallmarks of the beautiful life of Rosie Josephine Pinkela. She passed away peacefully at home on April 5. She died at 82 years old after a brief illness. Rosie was born in the tiny town of Jordan Valley, Oregon, and grew up on a cattle ranch. Her family then operated a boarding house in town and Rosie worked with her family to feed the myriad travelers who passed through, and much of the town on a daily basis. It was there that Rosie became a Basque Oinkari dancer which led to a lifelong love of music and dance, from traditional songs and choreography all the way to Elvis and line dancing. While Rosie loved Jordan Valley and her family, she realized that she wanted to live in the big city of Boise, Idaho, to pursue a career and to experience the world. Her ambition quickly led her and her best friend Barbara to pack up and head for California without jobs or a place to live. Rosie lived with cousins for a few months before deciding that California was the place to stay. She quickly found an apartment and started a career in computers. That nascent career led her to meet tw...
David Henry Roberts
Jan. 1, 1946 - April 4, 2023
David Henry Roberts (Dave) was welcomed into this world on New Year's Day 1946 in South San Francisco CA by parents Benjamin Max Roberts and Eva Daisy Roberts. When Dave was a toddler, his family moved to Tracy CA where his father was a founding partner in the Tracy Garbage Company. Tracy was a good place for Dave to grow up…he could walk into the tomato fields with a salt shaker and eat right off the vine. He would become a pole vaulter at Tracy High, land his first job working at a gas station, remodel a 36 Ford as a very young man, and begin his 40 year career as a mechanical technician at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Dave’s artistry, meticulous attention to detail and ability to build just about anything with elegance was admired by friends and colleagues at the Lab where he made critical contributions to the large laser projects of Shiva, Nova, Beamlet and NIF. When Edward Teller came to the lab to sign copies of his biography Energy and Conflict, a young Dave stood in line to have a copy signed for his dad. He couldn’t believe that Edward Teller actually wanted to chat with him and find out what it was like to be a mech tech at the lab. But he did. And eve...
Aug. 7, 1937 - April 1, 2023
Yevgeni Philipovitch passed peacefully surrounded by family and friends on April 1, 2023 at the age of 85. Yev, as he was affectionately known by friends and loved ones, was born in Bandargaz, Iran. He grew up on a family farm and learned the value of hard work at an early age. Coming to the United States as a foreign student to study at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Yev knew very little English and had little money. He was married in 1964 to Dorothy (Sachs) and graduated Cal Poly in 1966 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. He became a licensed Professional Agricultural and Civil Engineer in California, Idaho and Nevada. Employed by Johns Mansville as an engineer out of college, Yev and his family initially resided in Stockton, and later lived in Modesto as he went to work for Stanislaus County. In 1984 the family moved to Pleasanton, where Yev worked and owned various civil engineering firms. Yev worked as a civil engineer for over 50 years in the design and management of all types of infrastructure projects. Later in life and continuing until close to his death, he worked for AECOM. Through hard work and professional success, he was able to achieve the American dream. Y...
Oct. 11, 1924 - March 30, 2023
After a full life of 98 ½ years, Marguerite "Peggy" Magoffin passed away at her Pleasanton home on March 30, 2023. The matriarch of her family, she will be remembered for her dedication to her family, her dogs, her gardens, and her career that spanned more than six decades. After graduating from high school, she went to work for her father's insurance agency in December 1943. She remained loyal to the business for more than 63 years until retiring in 2007 at the age of 83. She met her first husband, Wally Brown, Sr., at an Oakland Oaks game in 1941 when he was a young pitcher. She described their relationship as "love at first sight" as he vowed to marry her just three days after they met. They had two children together – Wally Brown, Jr. and Candy – and were married for 31 years before divorcing in 1972. She considered herself lucky to enjoy a second love, Col. Mort Magoffin, a WWII hero and ace fighter pilot, after they met at Castlewood Country Club. They enjoyed 32 years of marriage until his death in 2007. Peggy dedicated much of her life to in the insurance business, where she worked alongside her son for more than 40 years. Her family and friends often joked that they w...
Oct. 2, 1951 - March 30, 2023
Stephen Roberts, 71, of Pleasanton, CA passed away peacefully on March 30. Stephen was a kind, loving soul who loved singing in choirs, played basketball, loved the Warriors and 49ers as well as the U of A Wildcats. He also loved cars and trains and enjoyed listening to a wide variety of music, walking, gardening, running, lifting weights, and greeting others with his gentle hello wherever he went. On daily walks, he even looked forward to greeting the neighborhood animals which always came running to him. Stephen comes from a large family and is survived by his wife Rebecca, his son Chad (Tina), His daughter Michelle (Dave) and his two grandsons Makai and Neiko, his brothers and sisters Diana (Jim), Danny, Vernon (Marge), Ron (Debbie), Suzette (David), Laura, John (Jodi), as well as his mother-in-Law Nancy and brothers-in-law Glen (Rita, James, and Matthew), and Douglas, and several nieces and nephews. Stephen was preceded in death by his father Daniel Paul Roberts and his mother Dorothy Marie Roberts. Stephen was born in Bloomington, Indiana. As a young boy, the family moved to Tucson, Arizona where he went to school and graduated from Palo Verde High School and la...
Charles Erwin Richey lll
June 15, 1941 - March 27, 2023
Charles Erwin Richey lll was born in Niles, California on June 15th 1941 to Charles Erwin Richey ll and Roberta Scott Clark of Sunol, CA. The family moved to Pleasanton, CA in 1951. He was a graduate of Amador High School, class of 1959. He met his wife Diane and they were married in 1963. He remained a resident of Pleasanton until his death. Charles was a metal fabricator, welder and had a love for hot rods, motorcycles and drag racing. He was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for many years. He passed away peacefully and is survived by his wife: Diane, five children: Chuck, Jason, Natalie, Aaron and Josh, and six grandchildren: Chip, Georgia, Camille, Josh Jr., Dylan and Dax. His great-grandchildren Addilynn, Geovany, Freya, Jackson & Elenimae....
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....
Ignacio R. Sandoval
July 31, 1944 - March 15, 2023
Ignacio R. Sandoval (Tosh, Tacho), 78, passed away peacefully on March 15, 2023, in Pleasanton California. He was born in Pearsall Texas as the youngest of ten children to Guillermo and Maria Sandoval. The family moved to Livermore California in the late 1940’s. Tosh served in the Army during the Vietnam war as a PFC from 1965 to 1967. He was a laborer with the Laborers Union Local 304, working for John Buranis Construction and Kaiser Sand & Gravel before retiring in 2002. Tosh will be remembered for his kindness and giving heart. Tosh had an endless amount of love for his family & cherished every moment with them. Whether that consisted of going to Lake San Antonio from 2003 to 2013, golfing with his brothers after retirement, or making his much desired Enchilada Casserole to share with the family. He was a Loyal Die Hard Raider Fan and he also found lots of enjoyment in rooting for the Warriors. He is preceded in death by his mother and father as well as eight of his siblings. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Patricia / Tish, children Rene (Gary), Rena, David (Amanda), Kevin (Denise) and Kelly (Steve), his brother Sandy (Marie) as well as eight grandchildren...
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 b...
Verna R. 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 D...
Joel G. 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, I...
Elva M. Cooper
1932 - Feb. 8, 2023 Pleasanton, California
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...