William J. Bruton
July 27, 1947 - Aug. 27, 2014
Grass Valley, California
Bill Bruton died at Hospice of the Foothills in Grass Valley on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, following a long battle with cancer. He was 67. Bill grew up in Sunol and Pleasanton, graduating from Amador High School in 1965. He served in the U.S. Army and spent three years stationed in Germany. In 2000 he fulfilled a long-time dream when he and his wife Linda moved to a small ranch in Grass Valley, which they shared with their daughter and granddaughter. Bill loved the rural life and could only be coaxed back to Pleasanton occasionally to visit his family. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Barbara Bruton. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Linda; daughters Kim Hunter (husband, Jason); and Jennifer Goodwin; grandchildren, Hayden and Jake Jackson, Anthony, Christian, and Jonathan Hunter, and Kinsey Goodwin; brother, John Bruton (wife, Elena); sisters, Diane Larsen (husband, Gary); and Bonnie Bruton. He was a very special uncle to his many nieces and nephews, who called him Uncle Silly Billy. At his request no services will be held....
Karleta Belle Atkinson
Aug. 18, 1934 - Aug. 20, 2014
Born in Shawnee, Oklahoma on Aug. 18, 1934, 52 year Pleasanton resident Karleta Atkinson succumbed to the ravages of ovarian cancer 2 days after her 80th birthday. She was home under Hospice care surrounded by her family at the time of her passing. Karleta grew up in Berkeley, and graduated from Berkeley High School in 1952. She studied to became a dental assistant, but her passion was dancing. She met the man of her dreams, a handsome Cal Berkeley engineering student and football player, Robert Atkinson. They were married April 24, 1955, in Berkeley. After a few years of living in Berkeley, New York, and Southern California, Bob and Karleta established their residence in 1962 in Pleasanton. Karleta led a very active social life and enjoyed an eclectic variety of activities: Cal football games, opera, ballet, gardening, visiting museums, spending time at the family cabin in Strawberry during the summer, Yoga, Zumba Gold, line dancing, walking, painting, sewing and quilting, being with her many friends and family, traveling, gourmet cooking, and hosting and attending wine and dinner parties. She was left-handed and loved a challenge. Her favorite color was red. Throughout...
Roy Edward Niedt
Nov. 2, 1922 - Aug. 15, 2014
Roy Edward Niedt of Milton-Freewater, Oregon passed away on Aug. 15, 2014, at Regency at the Park in College Place at the age of 91 years. Roy was born in Dublin, California, to John and Amelia Niedt on Nov. 7, 1922. Roy grew up in Dublin attending Murray School and graduated from Amador High School in Pleasanton. Roy served in the 1504th Army Air Force base unit for five years during World War II. He was an airplane mechanic and was stationed in India, Burma and the east Indies. Roy married Virginia (Susie) Renick on August 26, 1946. The couple lived in Dublin and then Pleasanton. Roy owned and operated an auto parts store in Castro Valley, California until his retirement. Roy enjoyed golf, fishing and woodworking. He was a good and generous friend to everyone he met. Virginia passed away in 1994. In 1996, Roy moved to Milton-Freewater to reside with his sister, Bertha Berry. In 2009 Roy's health caused him to move to Quail Run Retirement Home and then to Pioneer House in Walla Walla. In July of 2013, he moved to the Regency at the Park in College Place. Roy was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Milton-Freewater, where he was baptized, proclaiming his faith i...
Gary Oren Brooks
May 31, 1943 - Aug. 5, 2014
Gary Oren Brooks passed away suddenly on Aug. 5, 2014, while on vacation in the San Juan Islands - one of his favorite places on Earth - on the boat he loved with his family at his side. Gary was born in Long Beach on May 31, 1943, and spent his early years with his parents Helen and Jack Brooks in Torrance, CA. He graduated from Brown Military Academy and then went on to earn his Bachelor's Degree in Business from Whittier College. While at Whittier, he was very active in the Orthogonian Society and the varsity football team. He met his future wife, and lifelong love, Jane, while there and with her constant support and devotion he went on to establish himself and make his mark in the home building industry. Gary began his career at Robert H. Grant Co. in Anaheim where he quickly moved up the ranks, becoming President of the Northern California Division and eventually President of the Corporation. This necessitated a move to the Bay Area for his family, which now included their daughter, Sharon, and their son, Mike. Upon the dissolution of the Grant Corporation, Gary set out to start his own company and began building homes in Northern California. Northbrook Homes became v...
Linda Reidenbach Salvador
June 17, 1959 - Aug. 2, 2014
Linda Reidenbach Salvador, 55, of Dublin, CA, passed away suddenly while vacationing in the Philippines on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. She was born June 17, 1959. Linda graduated from Maryknoll High School in 1976, University of the Philippines in 1980, and got her Teaching Credential from Cal State East Bay. She was married to Noel Salvador on Aug. 28, 1982. Linda is survived by her children Nicolle, Nina, Neil and granddaughter Evelyn, son-in-law Kurt Heisserer, parents Victoria and Ronald Reidenbach and siblings in the Philippines, Ramon, Michael, Patrick and Kathryn. Linda was a dedicated public school teacher at Mission Valley Elementary School in Fremont, where she taught Third Grade for over 15 years. She was a dedicated educator; she loved and cared for her students. Her wonderful spirit and joy will be celebrated with a Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 3, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive in Pleasanton, CA. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 4 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church....
John Henry Dion
Dec. 27, 1928 - July 24, 2014
John Henry Dion, born Dec. 27, 1928, in Beverly, MA, passed July 24, 2014. He resided at 443 Division St. #7 Pleasanton, CA. He is survived by 3 daughters, Valerie Sinkavich of San Francisco, California; Juliette Karjala of Beatrice, Nebraska; Georgette Pond of Amarillo, Texas; and 2 sons, John R. Dion of Raleigh, North Carolina; William H. Dion of Salt Lake City, Utah; seven grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was an avid golfer, loved pinochle, cribbage and card games of all sorts. In retirement he was the crossing guard at the intersection of W. Las Positas and Dorman for Donlon School in Pleasanton for 8 yrs. Sadly missed by family and friends....
Aug. 13, 1914 - July 20, 2014
Olga Busslinger left her earthly life on July 20, 2014, after nearly 100 years charming everyone she met. She was born in Mellingen, Switzerland on August 13, 1914, the youngest of 10 children. Olga came to the United States after World War II, having spent the war years in England. She worked as a domestic for many wealthy families throughout the United States in Chicago, New York, Florida and California. Her favorite part of her adopted country was Santa Barbara, where she spent many years before retiring and moving to Tracy, California to care for her older sister. In recent years Olga lived at Eden Villa in Pleasanton, where she endeared herself to all who resided and worked there. Although Olga never married, she leaves behind many nieces and nephews in Switzerland and France, along with many friends in Tracy and Pleasanton who adopted her, thus becoming her family. Anyone who knew her will always remember her bright eyes, constant, enormous smile, and ever present positive outlook. Her deep faith and convictions were the main constant in her life, along with her compassion for everyone. She never missed an opportunity to appreciate a flower, a new tree bud, or a bird in...
Jan. 4, 1927 - July 1, 2014
Donald Muentz passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer's on July 1, 2014. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Jan. 4, 1927. His parents were German immigrants and lived in a German community. After graduating from high school, he was drafted in the army and served a year and was honorably discharged in January 1946. He was a World War 11 veteran. After the army he worked in the steel mills and was a sailor on the iron ore boats in the Great Lakes. He got his college degree from Fenn College which allowed him to take every other quarter off to work. His parents moved to California and he followed them and got his teaching credential in Southern California. His first teaching job was in Fairfield, CA. He was hired by Livermore High School in 1959 to teach English and to coach wrestling. He was known for his muscle development. Don lifted weights in his garage and worked out regularly. Socially, he was quiet and reserved. His style was brusque and abrupt. His friends were other members of the English department. In 1966, he met Marjorie Heath, another teacher at Livermore High School, and they got married and had two sons, Aaron and Mark. Marriage and family changed his st...
Jean Elsberry Bountis
Nov. 15, 1923 - June 27, 2014
At the age of 90, Jean Elsberry Bountis passed into the hands of God on Friday, June 27, 2014. She passed away in the presence of family at her home in Pleasanton where she had resided since 1966. Jean was born on November 15, 1923 to Forest and Bessie Elsberry on a country farm in Paris, IL. Jean always had a love for music and started playing piano at an early age and faithfully played at Clay’s Prairie Church. After graduating from high school in Paris she continued her education at Stephens College in Columbus, Missouri. Two years later she transferred to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Continuing her passion for music, she learned to play concert Harp and graduated with a BS in Speech and Eluquotion in 1945. During her university years she participated in the war endeavors by chairing the Victory Garden effort in her local community and by selling War Stamps at Northwestern. Her university experience gave her the desire to spread her wings and travel the world; a passion that would always be a part of her. She completed her Flight Attendant training in Washington DC and flew with Capitol Airlines, TWA and Transocean Airlines from 1946-1949. Jean w...
James Leroy Willows, Jr.
Oct. 21, 1931 - June 21, 2014
Jim Willows, a loving husband, father and man of service to his community, passed away quietly at his home in Pleasanton on Saturday, June 21, 2014, while surrounded by family and friends. He was a very loving and passionate person who worked hard to be a role model for those who looked up to him. Born in Vallejo in 1931, the only son of James Willows, Sr. and Marguerite Patterson Willows, he grew up in the Bay Area and studied Physics at UC Berkeley, where he was a champion on the competitive chess team. He began his career as a nuclear physicist at the Lawrence Livermore Lab. In 1960, he lost most of his vision due to a degenerative eye disease and continued the rest of his career as a computer scientist at the Lab before retiring in 1993. Jim was a deacon in the Presbyterian Church for many years and after losing his vision, turning his passion for helping others toward the blind community, serving as Vice President and then President of the National Federation of the Blind of California. During his years of service, he accomplished many things, including co-authoring SB105, a state bill to improve services for the visually impaired in California, and he received...
Dec. 10, 1935 - June 9, 2014
Marlene Sandberg, 78, a 48-year resident of Pleasanton, died on June 9, 2014. Marlene was born on December 10, 1935, in San Diego, CA. She spent most of her youth living in Oakland, CA. She graduated from SF State with a BA in Education, and Stanford with a Masters in Education and Counseling. She was a beloved teacher to many children throughout her life, first and foremost to her children Anne and Kurt, and then to her students. Even when she wasn’t a full time teacher, she loved sharing her passions with youth, volunteering as a docent at the East Bay Regional Parks, and with the Pleasanton Book-legger Library program. Her love of nature began when she worked in Yosemite Valley during college summers, and she never missed a year visiting Yosemite from then on. She cultivated an appreciation of God’s creation in her family by planning many trips to beautiful places including an annual trip to Mammoth Lakes each summer. She loved hiking, cooking, reading, traveling, and being with family. Her positive attitude, generous nature, and kind heart touched many throughout her life. Her strong Christian faith and fellowship sustained her through her battle with Cancer the p...
Stephen John Marchi
April 27, 1955 - June 7, 2014
Steve was born in Manchester, CT, and graduated from Bedford High School in Bedford, MA, and earned a BS in Computer Science from Cal State Hayward. He joined Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in 1977, where he worked until his retirement in 2013. He then had the free time to go to the gym and ride his bike every day. With retirement, Steve also started his second career as a volunteer at local food banks. Steve is survived by his wife of 28 years, Jodi, and two wonderful sons John, 26, of San Francisco and Alex, 22, of Pleasanton; his parents Tom and Jane of Brentwood; two sisters Elizabeth (Rick) of Livermore, and Janice (Troy) of Livermore; and 12 nephews and nieces. His brother David preceded him in death. Steve enjoyed running with the Fleet Feet gang in Pleasanton, and their post-run coffee or pizza gatherings with all his fellow runners, many of whom became fast friends. He also worked with the volunteers at the Western States 100 race, where he spent one night a year standing in the American River helping runners across and tried to convince all his friends and neighbors to do the same. To his credit, many took him up on that offer. Steve had recently volunteered at the A...
Sarah Marie Liamos
May 9, 1992 - June 1, 2014
"To strengthen the muscles of your heart, the best exercise is lifting someone else’s spirit whenever you can." ------Dodinsky, Author Sarah Marie Liamos was easy to spot in a crowd with a beaming smile and often dressed in pink or animal prints that depicted her tenacious nature and joie de vivre. Sarah was a Pied Piper for small children and the babysitter of choice for many during her early teens. She volunteered many summers as a Junior Counselor and Counselor at Camp Taylor, a cardiac camp hosted in Livermore and Hawaii, where she served as counselor, mentor, role model, and friend to many young cardiac patients. Sarah was born with a congenital heart defect that left her with one-half of a heart. It was more than enough when coupled with a beautiful spirit that focused on the betterment of others. Sarah and her family chose to downplay her physical limitations and instead focus on her many talents and achievements. Sarah continued to work for others during her college years, serving as a weekly volunteer at a Salvation Army after-school program for children of the working poor in Manchester, New Hampshire. During her school breaks, Sarah spent time on college-spo...
Martha Carroll Draper
May 24, 1950 - May 29, 2014
Martha Draper, longtime resident of Pleasanton, passed peacefully away on May 29th at Kaiser Hospital in Walnut Creek with her family at her side. Martha was originally from Tennessee but moved to Pleasanton in 1979 to be with her family. She worked in retail for many years ending up at Emporium-Capwell in Pleasanton. For the past 22 years she lived at Ridgeview Commons where she will be greatly missed by all who knew her for her caring ways and intelligence, not to mention her skill as a poker player. She leaves behind her children, Katie Riggins (Chris), Jim Draper (Rori), Blake Draper (Judy), and Garland Draper (Skip Means), as well as her much loved grandchildren Grant, Claire, Daphne, Skyler, Jillian, and James and 5 great grandchildren. She was such a presence in all our lives, as well as many others and will be greatly missed. At Martha's request there will be no service. All who know her remember her passion for birds and bugs, creatures and critters, so any one wanting honor her memory can choose from an organization like the Nature Conservancy....
Will David Brennen
April 26, 1926 - May 22, 2014
Will David Brennen was born in Alvin, Texas, on April 16, 1926. He grew up in Texas and married Dolly Fay Sorge (Dorothy) in April, 1944 at the young age of 18. He served aboard the USS Nassau during WWII and was still serving the country abroad when his first child, Jane, was born in December, 1944. David subsequently earned a degree in Education from the University of Houston and a Masters degree in Education from the University of New Mexico. Over the the next 19 years, David and Dorothy brought 5 more children to this world: David (Rusty), Michael, Debbie, Don and last but not least, Diana (Dedi). Shortly after Dedi's birth, his daughter Jane and her loving husband Don Helminiak brought his first grandchild, Chris Helminiak, into this world. David had many passions in life including archery, photography, flying RC planes, cycling, hiking, and riding his motorcycle, but his greatest joy and source of pride was his children. David retired in 1991 and moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he remained busy helping others, playing with his RC planes, riding his bike, and enjoying the job of active grandparent. David's wife of 66 years, Dorothy, passed away in ...
Betty Marie Johnston
Feb. 14, 1920 - April 30, 2014
Betty Marie (Foyston) Johnston passed away peacefully on April 30, 2014, at 94. She was born in Seattle, WA, attended Port Orchard Grade School, graduated South Kitsap High School, and lived her early years helping her father raise her younger brother and sister while helping him run his turkey farm. Betty had four children. While raising them, she helped start the preschool program at Woodland Elementary School in Puyallup, WA. She belonged to the Retail Clerks Union and began her retail career at Tuffley's Market in Des Moines, WA; later working at Hi Ho Grocery Store and Elvin's Department Store in Puyallup. She lived in Arizona before moving to Pleasanton, CA. While in Arizona, she was active in Sun City Grandmother's Club. When Betty moved to Pleasanton, she participated in many activities while living at Ridgeview Commons. She took bus tours to various venues and enjoyed being involved in "Blankets for Kids." The past six and a half years she lived at Parkview Assisted Living. There she enjoyed walks to the Senior Sensory Gardens to see the sweet peas. Betty had dear friends during her long, active life. She leaves many of them behind along with her sister, Barbara (...
Verlan Keith Gabrielson
Jan. 2, 1933 - April 23, 2014
Verlan, ("Gabe" or "Vern") was born in Lindsborg, Kansas, the son of the late Wesley and Evelyn (Nelson) Gabrielson. He grew up in Lindsborg and went to Bethany College to earn a Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics. After serving in the U.S. Army, he then earned a Master of Science degree at Kansas State University. In 1959, Verlan and his bride moved to Pleasanton, CA, and joined the scientific team at Sandia Labs where he worked as a scientific programmer for more than 30 years. He was a member of several bridge clubs and enjoyed participating in bridge tournaments. He enjoyed playing golf, tennis and volunteering his carpentry skills with Habitat for Humanity. He was a member of the Centerpointe Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years where was an Elder and a Deacon. Verlan is survived by his loving wife, Janet; devoted children Mark Gabrielson (Maria) of Franktown, CO; Anne Gabrielson (Marilynne Roscoe) of Newport, OR; and Paul Gabrielson (Laura) of Arroyo Grande, CA. He had three grandchildren: David, Rachelle, and Eric Gabrielson. He is also survived by his brother, Kenneth Gabrielson of Wichita, KS, and sister, Carolyn Kimbrel (John), many nieces, nephews...
Sept. 9, 1936 - April 18, 2014
Loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Mary Cox, former longtime resident of Pleasanton, left this earth peacefully on April 18, 2014, with her family by her side. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Corrine Shepherd, and her brother Ted Shepherd of Oroville, CA. Mary will be greatly missed by her loving husband Marvin Cox of Gardnerville, NV, her sister Alberta Shepherd of Vallejo, CA, her children Bruce Cox (Cheryl) of Pleasanton, CA, Michael Cox of Washington and Brenda Cox Brouwers (Chris) of Truckee, CA, as well as her grandchildren, Christopher Brouwers of Brooklyn, New York, Cody Brouwers of Reno, NV, Brittney Brouwers of Fullerton, CA and Shawna Rae Brouwers of Reno, NV, as well as many loving, nieces, nephews, other family and friends. A memorial service will be held at Waltons Funeral Home at 1521 Church Street, Gardnerville, NV. The family will be greeting friends and relatives at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, 2014. A reception will immediately follow at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to be made in Mary’s name to The Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org....
Carol Ann Browning
Dec. 27, 1945 - April 11, 2014
Carol Ann Browning of Pleasanton, CA, died on April 11, 2014. Carol was born in Bethlehem, Pa. on December 27, 1945 to the late Orval and Florence Bauder. Carol graduated from Penn State University with a BA in Liberal Studies in 1967. She taught High School English in Bucks County, PA before relocating to California with her sister Betty. She married Orville Harry Browning in 1972; they moved to Pleasanton in 1976 and have been residents since. Carol is survived by her husband, her brother’s Dave and Dean Bauder, her children Rusty Browning and Mike Browning, and her granddaughter Ashley Browning....
Robert Lewis Nethery
Sept. 20, 1929 - April 8, 2014
Robert L. Nethery, "Bob" to friends and family and "Bobbie" to his grandchildren, died in his home in Murphys on April 8, 2014, after a two year battle with esophageal cancer. He was 84. Bob was born the sixth of eight children to Harry and Bernice Nethery on September 20, 1929, in Shullsburg, WI. He spent his teen years growing up in Rockford, IL, graduating from the local high school in 1947. A member of the Illinois National Guard, in 1952 Bob was activated during the Korean War and spent time at Camp Cook in Lompoc, CA before being deployed to France. His time in California inspired him to make his home in the Bay Area after his honorable discharge from the United States Army in 1953. He was employed by Safeway Stores for 27 years, ending his tenure as the store manager in Pleasanton in 1979. He was then self-employed selling solid waste management and recycling equipment before retiring to Murphys with his wife Jackie in 1994. Always active in the community, Bob was a devoted Rotarian, a charter member of the Moraga club, past President of the downtown Pleasanton club, most recently a member of the Arnold club, and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of Free...
Wayne Allan Singleton
Feb. 10, 1959 - March 31, 2014
A longtime resident of Pleasanton, Wayne passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. Family and friends are invited to attend his memorial service to be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Valley Christian Center, 7500 Inspiration Drive, Dublin. Lunch will be served after the service. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association....
Dec. 31, 1941 - March 29, 2014
Loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Joan Garofalo entered into eternal life on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Joan died peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family after a long battle with cancer. She was 72. The daughter of John and Jane Agnew, Joan was born December 31, 1941 in Memphis, Tennessee. Joan spent the majority of her life growing up in Northern California, and graduated from San Lorenzo High School in 1959. Joan met her husband Bert in 1958. They were married in 1963 and made their home in Castro Valley where they welcomed three daughters. In 1977, Joan and Bert moved their family to Pleasanton. Joan loved growing roses, genealogy, and traveling with Bert in their RV. Above all, she loved spending time with her family. Joan is survived by her husband of 50 years, Bert; her brother Joel; her daughters, Tiffany, April, and Linda; her grandchildren, Auston, Kira, Sam, Olivia, and Tory; and her great granddaughter Gemma. Joan was generous and loving and touched the lives of many people in her 72 years. The family is comforted by their wonderful memories of time spent with their "Grammy" celebrating the deep love she shared and model...
Scott Douglas Vaughn
Nov. 14, 1959 - March 27, 2014
Scott Douglas Vaughn passed away on March 27, 2014, after a long illness. He was born in Richmond, CA on November 14, 1959. As a boy he loved baseball and played in the boys’ Little League team and went on to play baseball for Amador High School as a right fielder. Scott graduated from Amador High school in 1977. After high school Scott worked for Alpha Beta supermarkets as a warehouseman. He met and lived with his partner, Cynthia Roberts, who lovingly took care of Scott during his illness. They were together for fifteen years. Scott loved watching his favorite baseball team, the San Francisco Giants, as well as the San Francisco 49ers on television. Scott was preceded in death by his mother, Peggy Vaughn. He is survived by his father, Bob Vaughn; brother Steve Vaughn (Diane) of El Dorado Hills, CA; sister Susan Guglielmo (Mike) of Pleasanton, CA; nephews Nick Vaughn, Michael Guglielmo, Matthew Guglielmo and niece, Alexandra Vaughn. Burial will be in the family plot in the Pleasanton Pioneer cemetery at a later date....
Karen Hope Ornellas
Feb. 4, 1941 - March 20, 2014
Karen Hope Ornellas, a 48 year resident of Pleasanton, passed away March 20, 2014 following a long battle with Cancer. Karen was born in Modesto, California, on Feb. 4, 1941. She graduated from Hayward High School and worked for Mervyns' Department store in Dublin for 20 years. She also worked in the PNLL snack bar and was very active in her grandchildren's lives. Karen is survived by her husband of 48 years, Paul R. Ornellas, daughter Kelly Sleek (Todd) of Pleasanton, and son's Mike Ornellas (Teri) of Jackson and Dan Wesley (Val) of Canada; beloved grandchildren Nicole Singleton, Travis and Tanner Sleek, Michelle, Paisley and Cassidy Ornellas, and Hannah, Chanyn, and Halle Wesley, and her precious Garrett Scherer. A memorial service will be held at noon on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Lone Tree Cemetery in Hayward, 24591 Fairview Ave. A celebration of life reception will follow for family and friends at the Sleek residence....
Bernice Kathyrn Poli
Feb. 26, 1928 - March 16, 2014
Bernice Kathyrn (Gallagher) Poli of Pleasanton passed on March 16, 2014. She was born on Feb. 26, 1928, in Emeryville, CA, to Francis Joseph Gallagher and Jennie Lee Ragsdale. Bernice lived in Pleasanton for 50 years and was active in the Women’s Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars there. Bernice served many years as the organization’s treasurer and on the committee overseeing the modernization of the VFW Memorial Hall in historic downtown Pleasanton. She was also an active part of the Pleasanton VFW Veteran’s Day Parade. Bernice worked for Alameda County for twenty years as an accounting clerk in the Livermore and Hayward Offices, beginning her public service in District Attorney’s Office in Oakland. She was an active member of Retired Employees of Alameda County and Alameda County Retirement Employees Association. She was a member of the WOW (We Outrageous Women RedHatters). Bernice was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church where she volunteered in the Rectory office. Bernice volunteered in the education department of Kaiser Pleasanton and was named an outstanding volunteer. In her early adult years she was a journalist at the Oakland Post Inquirer; was...
Richard Del Tredici
Dec. 22, 1940 - Feb. 12, 2014
Richard Del Tredici, 73, died at home with his family by his side Feb. 12, 2014, after a courageous and graceful battle with cancer. Born to Walter and Helen Del Tredici, he grew up in San Anselmo, CA, lived in Pleasanton for 50 years, and was a local high school teacher/principal for 38 years. Richard loved knowledge, travel, and all things Italian. With his gentle strength, kindness, smile, and helping hand, he was an inspiration to everyone who knew him. Family was most important to Richard: Judy, his wife of 50 years, children Lisa (John), Michelle (Rocco), and Aaron (John), brothers David of New York, Robert of Montreal, Peter of Boston, sister Ann of El Sobrante, and three treasured grandchildren, Lizzie, Marcus, and Calvin. He was also blessed to be surrounded by loving and supportive friends and extended family....
Kathryn Claire Ruckteschler
May 2, 1947 - Feb. 9, 2014
Kathryn Claire Ruckteschler, a fourth generation San Franciscan, passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, at the age of 66 after suffering a long illness. Kathy was raised in Burlingame, CA and graduated from Burlingame High School and College of San Mateo. After college, Kathy joined TIA Airlines, along with her twin sister Terry, as an airline stewardess. She enjoyed many years of travel before settling down with her longtime soul mate and love of her life Lance Ruckteschler. Lance and Kathy recently celebrated their 40th anniversary. Kathy spent many years working with Lance in the family business, R. Lance and Sons. Kathy is the sister of Terry Lembi and Lee Mercer (Bob). Kathy is the mother of Jeff Ruckteschler (Lisa), Jason Ruckteschler (Ali), Lori Gibson (Dan), Staci Navarreta (Ron) and the Grandmother of Nina Ruckteschler, Jonathan McKee, R.J. Ruckteschler, Adrianna Ruckteschler, Hailey and Brody Gibson and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Donald Haff and Marie E. Haff, and Brothers-in Law Donald Lembi and Ken Mercer. Kathy lived a full life, enjoying her family and friends and was a generous, kind and loving woman...
Lela Thut Terrill
Feb. 20, 1923 - Feb. 9, 2014
Lela Thut Gonsalves Terrill was born in Modesto, CA, to Bertie Jane Tomer of Hanford, CA, and Wilhelm Thut of Seengen, Switzerland. She was preceded in death by husbands John Gonsalves and Cliff Terrill, and son John "Bud" Gonsalves, Jr. Lela and John Gonsalves Sr. had five other children, Larry (Bev), Jane (Steve), David (Barb), Susan, and Dennis (Kathe). She was a loving grandmother of 19 and adoring great grandmother of 26. Lela was a phenomenal cook and was famous for her Christmas fruitcakes. She loved to bake. She was also a wonderful quilt maker and loved to cross-stitch. Her loving and nurturing spirit and her love of talking will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Her family would like to thank everyone for their love and support, especially during Lela's final days at Parkview. She had incredible care from the Parkview caregivers and Hospice. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service and celebration of Lela's life at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Parkview Senior Assisted Living at 100 Valley Ave. with a reception immediately following in the Parkview Activities Room. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lela's memory may be made to Hope Ho...
Thomas Louis Morrell
Sept. 18, 1934 - Jan. 29, 2014
Union City, California
Thomas Louis Morrell of Pleasanton passed away Jan. 29, 2014 following a long battle with Cancer. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Sept. 18, 1934. He graduated from Hayward High School and San Jose State University. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Katherine A. Morrell, daughters Catherine Seymour, Marilyn Morrell-Kristal, Andrea Morrell; beloved grandchildren Blair McLeod, Jessica Strunk, Drew Kristal, Bryce Kristal, Trey Kristal; and great-grandchildren Magnolia McLeod, Henry McLeod, Gwendolyn Strunk and his brother William Morrell. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at the Masonic Home in Union City, 34400 Mission Blvd. A celebration of life reception will follow for family and guests. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California, 1060 La Avenida St., Mountain View, CA 94024, or by calling, (650) 962-8111. Tom was a care giver for his wife Kathy and believed in the educational programs of the association....
Kimberley Ann Brooks
Sept. 11, 1962 - Jan. 21, 2014
Kimberly Ann Kayser Brooks of Pleasanton passed away peacefully on Jan. 21, 2014. She was born in San Jose on Sept. 11, 1962 to Ken and Barbara Kayser. She graduated from Santa Teresa High School where she was a standout athlete, playing on the varsity volleyball and softball teams. She attended San Jose State University where she graduated with a degree in marketing and was a member of the outstanding Spartan volleyball teams of the early 1980’s. Her teammates became life-long friends. Kim excelled in the business world as well, recently retiring as Group Vice President of Marketing at Safeway where she worked for 25 years. She cherished the many close friendships she made during her career. Kim was very active in charitable organizations and outreach and support for cancer patients. She was a fiercely loyal to her family and friends. Kim was married for 17 years to her loving husband, Rich Brooks and had two children, Ariana and Colton whom she adored. In addition to her husband and children, Kim is survived by her parents, Ken and Barbara Kayser, her brother, Steven Kayser (Lynn), sisters Karen Kottaridis (Chris) and Kathleen Rose (Pat), brother-in-law, Stephen B...
Philip Erich Scholz
Oct. 5, 1978 - Jan. 20, 2014
Philip Erich Scholz of Pleasanton, CA, died tragically on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 in a train accident in Santa Clara, CA. He was 35 years old. Philip was born in Seattle, WA, and graduated from Shorewood High School in Shoreline, WA. He earned a degree in Psychology from Santa Clara University in 2001. Upon graduation Philip began his career at NVIDIA, a Silicon Valley computer graphics company, where he was a senior marketing manager. Philip married Emily Mounce on April 28, 2006. Philip is survived by his wife, Emily Scholz, of Pleasanton, CA; parents Roberta and Fritz Scholz of Edmonds, WA; and brother Christian Scholz of Fremont, CA. Friends and family are invited to a memorial service at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 10 at the Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main St., Pleasanton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Philip Scholz Memorial Foundation, www.phils-foundation.com....
Kenneth Roy Mercer
Sept. 2, 1942 - Jan. 14, 2014
Former Pleasanton Mayor, Kenneth Roy Mercer, 71, of Pleasanton, died peacefully surrounded by his children early Tuesday morning. He was born to the late Vera and David Mercer in Vancouver, Canada and moved to San Bruno, CA as a very young boy. He attended Cappuchino High School and graduated from San Francisco State University('64). Ken began his career with Pacific Bell which brought him to Livermore as Manger where he was involved with many organizations and served as President of the Livermore Chamber of Commerce. He left Pleasanton to serve as Administrative Assistant to Assemblyman Carlos Bee in Sacramento for several years before returning to Pleasanton where he was elected to the Pleasanton City Council in 1976 and served as Councilman and Mayor until 1992. After retiring from Pacific Bell and politics Ken was a Vice President for Chicago Title and North American Title Company. He retired as a Vice President of Marketing for ValleyCare Health System in Pleasanton. He played Lob Ball for many years and he was always involved in local fundraising and enjoyed his many friends helping to barbeque with them at all kinds of charities and events in Pleasanton. Ken enjoy...
Alice Evelyn Reynolds
June 27, 1919 - Jan. 4, 2014
Dateline: Scotia, NY Alice Evelyn Reynolds, 94, of the Baptist Health Nursing and Retirement Center died peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 4, at her residence. Alice was born on June 27, 1919 in Lowell, MA and was the daughter of the late Leah and George Robinson. Alice was the beloved wife of the late Max Z. Reynolds who died in San Ramon, CA on April 26, 1991. She had lived in the Capital District of New York since 2002 and was previously of San Ramon, CA and Pittsburgh, PA. Alice was an avid bridge player and gardener. She had an eye for interior design and brought grace and beauty to her surroundings. She loved being a mother and was devoted to her five daughters, Alicia Graham (Wayne) of Pittsburgh PA, Sandy Reynolds of Calistoga, CA, Corrinne Reynolds of China Guangdong Province, Shenzhen, Shelley Zellmer (Greg) of Grass Lake, MI, and Connie Reynolds (Bill Gordon) Burnt Hills, NY; her Grand Children, Jeffrey Graham of Norfolk, VA, Wayne Graham Jr. of Aliquippa, PA, Katherine Zellmer of Columbus, OH, Kendra Dolson (Gabriel) of Jackson, MI, Jessica Seifert (Ryan) of New York, NY, Jennifer Wells (Gary Sr.) of Hudson Falls, NY, Sandra Bratlie (Darren) of Fort Collins, CO, Mo...
Msgt. Kenneth E. Bennetts
March 19, 1922 - Dec. 29, 2013
Kenneth Earl "Bud" Bennetts, age 91, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, surrounded by his family at his home. The son of James R. and Sigrid (Ohmen) Bennetts, he was born on March 19, 1922 in Iron Mountain, MI, and attended Lansing Eastern High School and Michigan State University. Ken initially began his military career by joining the Michigan National Guard, enlisting in the U.S. Navy when World War II began, serving as a medical corpsman in the Asiatic-Pacific theater, and helping to liberate the Philippine Islands. In 1956, he left the U.S. Navy to join the U.S. Air Force where he was a recruiter and hospital administrator until his retirement as a Master Sergeant in 1969. He was also a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. In 1943, he married "the girl next door," Miss Maxine Trefry. In retirement, Ken and Maxine made their lives in northern California where they spent many years in continued service to our fellow service men and women by serving in many offices within the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars including his time as District Commander. Ken enjoyed his wood shop where he spent many hours making cradles and wooden toys for his...
Sept. 19, 1939 - Dec. 21, 2013
On Dec. 21, Pleasanton, California lost a very dear resident, Dennis Lile. Born in South Bend, Indiana in 1939, Dennis grew up in Greenville, Kentucky and attended Greenville schools. As was customary in that locale, after high school he started working in the coal strip mining industry in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Dennis was a miner for 25 years, until the coal mines in that region closed. In 1988, he moved to California with his wife Donna. In 1991, he established Pacific Real Estate Services in Pleasanton. Dennis served the real estate and mortgage industry in California for over 20 years until he retired. Although he enjoyed the Real Estate business, his real love was cooking. Friends and neighbors knew him best as the one who entertained with scrumptious meals. Often he would show up at their doorstep with biscuits, stews, cakes and whatever culinary delight he wanted to cook that day, just to make someone's day a little brighter. He was an active member of Prince Of Peace Lutheran Church in Fremont, and later Trinity Lutheran in Pleasanton. Dennis is survived by his wife Donna, Brett Lile and family, John Lile of Kentucky, Brett Illers and family of Pleasanton...
Warren MacLeod Annis
Oct. 21, 1920 - Dec. 21, 2013
Warren MacLeod Annis passed away on Dec. 21, 2013, from natural causes. At the time of his death Warren had been living in Livermore for 2 ½ years after residing in the same house in Pleasanton since 1950. Warren was born on Oct. 21, 1920, in Duluth, Minnesota, the last of six children of Roderick Dhu Annis and Ethel Foss Annis. He attended Duluth, MN schools, graduating from Central High School and Duluth State Teacher’s College (now the University of Minnesota at Duluth) with a degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. After graduating college in December of 1943 Warren attended the Naval Reserve Midshipman’s Officer’s Training School (aka "90 day Wonder") at Columbia University in New York, New York, graduating as an Ensign on June 29, 1944. On July 3, 1944, he married Fannie Lambert, his college sweetheart, on his way to his assignment to the Amphibious Base at Coronado, California. Warren was then deployed to the USS Menard, APA 201, and sailed in the South Pacific arena during World War II, participating in the landing at Okinawa on April 1, 1945. His ship also transported the first occupational troops into Nagasaki, Japan, after the dropping of the atomic bomb. Af...
Kyle Vincent Field
Oct. 17, 1990 - Dec. 20, 2013
Kyle Field was a born at Valley Care hospital in Livermore on Oct. 17, 1990. He was raised in Pleasanton and attended Vintage Hills Elementary, Pleasanton Middle School and Amador Valley High School where he graduated in 2009. Kyle loved sports and was a lettered Varsity Football player at Amador. After graduating from high school Kyle served for a year in the Air Force. Kyle was outgoing and gregarious, had a great sense of humor, and was a loving, supportive and loyal friend to many. He had great empathy and was a good listener. He had a real fondness for cars and driving. His outdoor passion was downhill mountain biking, especially in Lake Tahoe. Kyle was a natural writer and communicator. He had a special ability to connect with people with his great smile and endearing personality. He most recently enjoyed success selling automobiles in Dublin. He expressed a desire to someday work with young people with anxiety disorders in a youth camp setting. Kyle died on Dec. 20, 2013 at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley from complications following a catastrophic epileptic seizure. Kyle is survived by his mother and father, Deborah and Gregory, his brother and sister-in-la...
Gary Herbert Twisselmann
Aug. 9, 1938 - Nov. 29, 2013
Gary Herbert Twisselmann was born Aug. 9, 1938 in Atascadero, CA to Bugs and Elinor Twisselmann. He graduated from Paso Robles High School in 1956. He played on the 1955 All C.I.F Football Team, as well as the Shrine Football Classic in 1956. He played two years of football at Bakersfield Junior College and was named to the Junior College All America Team. Gary transferred to Cal Poly and received his Engineering Degree in 1962. He worked for Ford Motor Company in Southern CA until 1980 when he transferred to the Ford assembly plant in Milpitas. In 1983 Ford closed, and he worked at NUMMI in Fremont until his retirement in 2002 as Vice President of Engineering, Production Control and Quality Control Departments. Gary married Sally Stephan in 1958 and they have five children: Kimberly Cummer (Rick), Joan Thomas (Chris), Kathy Brown (Jack), Tom Twisselmann (Julie) and Tim Twisselmann (Sue). He has twelve wonderful grandchildren. Grandson Jacob Gary Twisselmann is waiting for him in Heaven. He is also survived by his younger brother Roy, sister in law Carolyn and two nephews. Gary represented the best of what a father, husband, grandfather and role model had to offer. He was ...
May 21, 1962 - Nov. 26, 2013
Dr. Scott L. Cumberland passed away Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 in Rapid City, South Dakota, at the age of 51 from epilepsy, a condition he had battled courageously for 34 years. Dr. Cumberland fought epilepsy, and in the last two years, cancer, with the same resilience, determination and indomitable courage he had for fighting any problem. Scott’s untimely passing occurred while visiting his son, Airman Kevin MacArthur, who is currently serving at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. Scott Lee Cumberland was born, May 21, 1962 in San Antonio, Texas. He was a loving and compassionate son of Willard and Dorothy Cumberland. He graduated from Winston Churchill High School in 1980 and earned Bachelor in Science degrees in Psychology and Chemistry while at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). In 2001, after earning a Chemistry doctorate, with emphasis on nanotechnology, from the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), Scott joined The Clorox Company in California, where he worked as a scientist, in various capacities, for close to 10 years. Living in California allowed Scott the opportunity to embrace his passions for outdoor rock climbing and motorcycle ...
Doris Petrine Gilpin
Oct. 27, 1912 - Nov. 26, 2013
Loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Doris Gilpin peacefully passed away on Nov. 26 having lived a full 101 years. She is survived by her children John Gilpin and Mike Gilpin; daughters-in-law Gail Gilpin, Yvonne Gilpin, and former daughter-in-law Betsy Gilpin; grandchildren Laura (Gilpin) Olson, Joe Gilpin, and Katy (Gilpin) Powers; and great grandchildren Luke, Charlotte, and Clark Olson, and Henry Gilpin. Doris was preceded in death by her husband Chester (Chet) Gilpin and son Jim Gilpin. Born Doris Petrine Johnson, she was raised in the small town of Mineota, Minnesota, and was of 100 percent Icelandic heritage. She was the 6th born in a farming family of 7 children, all of whom graduated from college. She married Chet in 1936 and, with a spirit of adventure, they relocated to California in 1940 so he could earn his Ph.D. They remained in California as Chet served in WWII as a naval officer and then raised their family. They were happily married for 60 years and traveled the world together. She was particularly pleased to visit relatives in Iceland whom she had not previously met. Doris was a devoted wife and mother who cared for her family and was very ...
March 1, 1919 - Nov. 24, 2013
Jannes Takens, born in Helpman, The Netherlands, in 1919, passed away at the age of 94 in his Pleasanton home on Sunday, Nov. 24. Jannes and his wife Janna, married just 2 weeks short of 65 years, immigrated to Pleasanton in 1950, finding their first job at the Meadowlark Dairy. They became proud citizens of the USA in 1955. They were helped by and thankful to so many generous and trusting people in their new country and community, making business deals on as little as a handshake, to eventually become owners of the Dairy. Jannes was an avid sports fan and sportsman. In his youth he won speed skating medals and played center midfielder for Bequick Soccer NL. Upon arrival in the U.S., he became an avid baseball fan and a popular coach of Little League baseball and soccer teams in Pleasanton. He loved bowling, sponsoring many teams, and continued to bowl well into his retirement years with his SIR friends. He helped put on many 4-H BBQ's at the fairgrounds, was an avid fair-goer with box seats at the fairgrounds, and also helped pay for new grandstands. A little-known fact is that he was a good horseman, a real cowboy. He and Janna were thankful in retirement to have been...
Adolph T Sisneroz
Jan. 28, 1932 - Nov. 22, 2013
Discovery Bay, California
Adolph T. Sisneroz passed away peacefully at home in Discovery Bay on Friday, Nov. 22 surrounded by his loving family. He was 81 years old. He was preceded in death by his parents Adolfo and Ascencion Sisneroz. He was born on Jan. 28, 1932 in La Salle, Colorado. He graduated from Washington Union High School in Fremont and joined the U.S. Marines at age 17. During his service he married the love of his life, Rosie Hernandez, and they were married 61 years. After the service, Adolph became a cabinet maker, eventually starting his own business, Adolph's Cabinets, in 1965 in Pleasanton, California. Adolph and his family lived in Pleasanton until he moved to Discover Bay in 1989. Adolph is survived by his loving wife Rosie. They have four sons, Danny (Pam), Wayne (Angela), Sam (Kelly) and Mark (Yvette). He has 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Adolph was a humble man who affected the lives of many people. He was always on the side of the under-represented and was always willing to lend a helping hand....
Sept. 6, 1941 - Nov. 21, 2013
Rudy D’Angelo, 72, passed away on Nov. 21, 2013 at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California. Rudy was born on Sept. 6, 1941 in Pennsylvania to Jerry and Marie D’Angelo. He grew up in California, Pennsylvania in a home upstairs from his grandparents and at ten years old he moved with his Mom and Dad to Perryopolis, Pennsylvania. His early years were filled with big family dinners on Sundays, swimming in the Monongahela River and trapping in the woods. He graduated from South Union High School in Uniontown, Pennsylvania in 1962. After high school Rudy enlisted in the Marine Corps and just a week after graduation he left for basic training at Parris Island. During his time in the Marines, Rudy qualified as an expert marksmen and also trained as an under water demolition expert. Throughout his life, Rudy remained proud of his military service and always lived by the Marine Corps motto "Semper Fi." In 1966 Rudy married Joyce Komlo. After a honeymoon in Miami, Florida they started their lives together in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As their family began to grow Rudy started a career in auto marketing and finance that would last 40 years. Job opportunities would take them acr...
Jan. 15, 1993 - Nov. 20, 2013
Formerly of Pleasanton, California
A beloved son, brother and friend. Matthew passed away tragically in an accident in Spain while studying abroad. Matthew is the son of Greg Yount and Sandy Yount, the brother of Adam Yount, and was loved like a brother and a son by his many friends. Matthew was a junior at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and a Scholar Athlete on their Division I golf team. He was a 2011 graduate of Foothill High School in Pleasanton, where he was a member of the golf team. Matthew attended K-8 at St. Raymond School in Dublin. Matthew loved his sports, golf, baseball (both playing and watching his Oakland A’s), football, snowboarding and skiing, mountain biking, basketball and surfing. These were all things that Matthew loved to do with both his family and friends. His love for life was evident to everyone through his bright smile, his warm and engaging personality and the joy he brought to all he touched. A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 at St. Raymond Church, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. Reception to follow in the Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the Matthew Yount Scholarship Foundation c/o Lions Club, PO Box...
Gregory N. Scott
April 21, 1965 - Nov. 19, 2013
Gregory Scott, 48, was a 10 year resident of Clifton, Colorado. He died suddenly on Nov. 19 in Clifton. He was raised in Pleasanton and attended Amador Valley High School, graduating in 1983. He was a 4 year member of the varsity baseball team. He also played football and basketball. He attended Ohlone Community College for two years. He enjoyed fishing, baseball and reading. He is survived by his daughter Courtney, mother Diane, brothers Patrick (Shelbi) and Jeff, and nephew Riley. He was preceded in death by his father Jack and Uncle Harold. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Century House on Santa Rita Road. Donations should be sent to St. Judes....
Kathern Ann Bell
Aug. 26, 1937 - Nov. 19, 2013
Kathern passed away peacefully at her Pleasanton home Nov. 19, after a long battle with Parkinson's. Kathern Archer was born in Dalton Arkansas, and grew up in Pontiac, Michigan where she met Jimmy Joe Bell. After giving birth to her twin daughters in July 1958, she left Michigan for the SF Bay Area, raising her family in Fremont after the death of Jimmy in 1998. Kathy met and is survived by her loving partner Robert Lovell. Together they were active in the Oakland A’s boosters, Pleasanton Senior Center, Parkinson Network of Mt. Diablo. Kathy will be forever missed by her surviving family: sisters Jessie Wilcox and Donna Taylor; children Tammy Bell-Sanchez, Sandi Bell, Michael and Susanne Schaaf, Mark and Chris Lovell and Paul Lovell; grandchildren Cylena Deak, Dino Moschetti Jr. and Ryan Rice; and great grandchildren Austin Brown, London Deak, Mason Rice, Amanda and Dylan Schaaf. A celebration of life will be held at her Pleasanton home at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. For further info, contact Robert Lovell at 461-5332. To share memories go to firstname.lastname@example.org. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Parkinson Network of Mt. Diablo www.p...
Genevieve "Gen" Zavanelli
Nov. 12, 1925 - Nov. 16, 2013
Genevieve "Gen" Zavanelli, devoted wife, loving mother, and dedicated nurse passed away peacefully at home in Pleasanton on Nov. 16. Gen is survived by her beloved husband, Dr. William "Bill" Zavanelli and children Barbara (Stuart) Zavanelli-Morgan, Mary (Dan Costa) Zavanelli, Tony (Pati) Zavanelli, Terry (Kevin) Koenig, daughter-in-law Karen Zavanelli and cherished grandchildren Nicole and Kevin (K.J.) Koenig and Steven Zavanelli. Her sons, Joseph and Andy Zavanelli, preceded Gen in death. Born Genevieve Ida Tigges, she was from Wadena, Minnesota. She served as a nurse for the United States Air Force during the Korean War. She met and married Bill while working at the USAF base in Montana. They moved West settling in California. Her family gathered recently to celebrate her 88th birthday and Bill and Gen’s 61st wedding anniversary. Gen will be greatly missed. Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Gen’s favorite charitable organization, Hope Hospice....
Vijay K Pun
Aug. 8, 1046 - Nov. 16, 2013
Our beloved mother Vijay passed away peacefully in Pleasantan surrounded by family. She united with our father Sohan S Pun in heaven. Our Mother was born in Amritsar, India and lived in New Delhi previously. She is survived by two sons, Mukesh (Mickey) and Rajesh Pun; and two daughters, Hemlata Pun and Meenu Saraf. She has six grandchildren; Varun and Dr. Siddarth Sehgal, Pallavi, Tulika and Sherwin Saraf, and Siya Pun. Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Chapel of Chimes in Hayward,CA followed by Bhog at Gurdwara Sahib in Fremont. Our mother will be missed dearly and may her soul rest in peace....
Randall Lee Eicher
Jan. 26, 1940 - Nov. 15, 2013
Randall Lee Eicher passed away on Friday, Nov. 15 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He has touched the lives of many with his determination, strength of character, gentle spirit and positive outlook on life. Randall was born in Connellsville, PA. He graduated from East Huntingdon High School and later attended Antelope Valley Community College in Lancaster, CA. After serving in the Air Force for 4 years, Randall enjoyed a 35 year career with the Federal Aviation Administration, working at the Los Angeles and then the Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Centers. He retired in 1998. He enjoyed playing golf, watching football, jewelry making, playing with his many slot machines, spending time with his grandchildren, and traveling the globe with his wife of 55 years. Randall is survived by his loving wife, Lois; devoted children Christine Raymond (John) of Livermore, Rebecca Hansen of Pleasanton, Richard Eicher (Isabel) of Ripon, and Craig Eicher (Kimberly) of Pleasanton; and grandchildren Jessica, Paul, and Brian Hansen; Joseph, Jillian, Elizabeth and John Eicher. His generous and loving nature will be missed by all who knew him. Friends and family are invited t...
Hubert Kenneth McNees, Jr.
June 20, 1944 - Nov. 13, 2013
Ken was born in Phoenix, AZ to Hubert Kenneth Sr. and Betty McNees. He was raised in Exeter, CA where he learned the value of hard work and ingenuity as the only son on a citrus and walnut farm. Ken graduated from Exeter High School and was drafted into the U.S. Army while studying at Fresno State. After a two-year tour in Germany, he completed his degree and began a 35-year career in the automotive industry, working for Firestone Tires, Hughes Aircraft, Peterbilt, and NUMMI. He could fix anything. His talents ranged from car and boat restoration to fine furniture making, always with unparalleled attention to detail. His family cherishes the pieces he created. At Fresno State he met his future wife, Jody, in the fall of 1968. They were married in May of 1973 in Lafayette and resided in Long Beach, CA. In 1977 they moved to Pleasanton, CA where they started a family. Ken was widowed in 2010 when Jody lost a valiant battle with brain cancer. Those who knew Ken saw that throughout Jody’s illness and their 42 years together, Ken lived for Jody and their family. Ken is survived by his two daughters: Lauren McNees of Winters, CA, and Andrea McNees of San Francisco, CA, both UC Da...
Aug. 29, 1988 - Nov. 10, 2013
Geoffrey Mapplebeck, 25, died in a car accident on November 10. A resident of Danville, he was a smart, kind, enthusiastic young man with a bright future. Born August 29, 1988, Geoffrey attended John Baldwin Elementary School, Charlotte Wood Middle School, and San Ramon Valley High School where he graduated in 2007. He had played Little League Baseball from the time he was 6 years old through AAA Baseball. He had also received his Brown Belt in Karate. When he was 12 years old he became completely enamored with everything computers: programming, websites, gaming… and after graduating high school he attended Ex’pression College for Digital Arts where he graduated with his BA in Game Art and Design in 2011. Program Director Ty Carriere remembers Geoffrey as "a fun student who was definitely excited about the work that he did. He was happy to be here," he said. Since graduating, Geoffrey created and was the head of a Danville-based website design firm and search engine team, according to associate Rich Wood of eWebsiteServices. Geoffrey is survived by his loving parents Roy and Terry (Corona) Mapplebeck, his sister Briana Mapplebeck, his 5 year old daughter Elayna Collins...
Marjorie Joyce Andreatta
Feb. 7, 1923 - Nov. 3, 2013
Marjorie Joyce Andreatta passed away peacefully on Nov. 3 in Pleasanton. She joins her husband Geno of 69 years who passed on Sept. 12. Marge was born in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia on Feb. 7, 1923, the oldest child of James and Christine Hurley. In 1942, she met Geno M. Andreatta, a handsome American soldier stationed in Australia. A serendipitous train ride to the beach set the stage for their meeting, which flourished into their courtship and marriage on March 7, 1944. One of 15,000 Australian warbrides, Marjorie left behind family, friends and way of life to embark on the joys and hardships of a new life in America with her husband. Marjorie worked as a candy girl at the Roosevelt Theatre in San Francisco before becoming an operator at Pacific Bell in 1954. Over 30 years of service, she progressed to and retired as a Trunk Engineer. In her retirement years, she maintained her relationships with Pacific Bell Telephone Company Pioneers and The 432 Club. When Marge and Geno relocated to Pleasanton in the mid-80s, she kept busy crafting, spoiling her grandchildren, and devoting her time and notable talents to organizations that helped others, including Daughters of t...
Edythe L. Shewfelt
July 31, 1914 - Oct. 24, 2013
Edythe L. Shewfelt (“Nana”) was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on July 31, 1914. Her family relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia where she married Edgar Ronald “Ron” Shewfelt on Oct. 26, 1938. They began their married life as immigrants to the United States, moving to Berkeley, California where Ron worked as a pharmacist. They were extremely proud to become American citizens and they were grateful for the opportunity to pursue the American dream. Together they opened their own pharmacy and Edythe helped run the store, including working the soda fountain. Later in life they often recounted that all the money they had in the world was in the till the day they opened. Edythe and Ron raised their two children, Muriel and Larry, in Oakland. They lived there until Ron went to work for the Northern California Pharmaceutical Association, taking them to Sacramento in 1972. Ron’s work with the NCPA gave them the opportunity to travel the world. Ron and Edythe were married for 53 years before he passed away in 1991. Edythe continued to reside in Sacramento until 2006 when she moved to Pleasanton to be nearer to her extended family. Edythe was also preceded in death by her son ...
1933 - Oct. 11, 2013
Raul Cortez passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on October 11, 2013 after a battle with cancer. He was born in June,1933 in Los Angeles to Manuel and Adelfa Cortez as the oldest of four brothers. He was raised in Pleasanton and graduated from Amador Valley High School in 1952. Raul joined the Navy and served his country for four years, then attended San Jose State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. After graduation, Raul made his living in the car industry where he became a much respected sales associate, reputable manager, and owner of various automobile dealerships. Raul married his best friend and partner in life, Mariann, and they have been together for the past 50 years. They have one daughter together, Michelle, with Raul having five children from a previous marriage, one of whom passed after his birth. Raul and Mariann moved to Atascadero in 1980 with their daughter after purchasing the local Ford Dealership and renaming it Atascadero Ford with a business partner. Raul was an avid lover of the lake and boating and could be found at Lake Nacimiento with his family when he wasn’t working. He enjoyed water...
Eugene Austin Willis
Feb. 4, 1926 - Oct. 7, 2013
Pleasanton, Chico, California
Eugene Austin Willis passed away peacefully on Oct. 7. He was born to Lloyd and Margaret Willis in Ravenna, Ohio on Feb. 4, 1926. He was greatly loved by his family and friends. His smile and compassion for everyone that he knew will never be forgotten! Gene came to Pleasanton when he was 17 years old. He enlisted in the Navy and served his entire duty at Camp Shoemaker in Pleasanton, now known as Camp Parks. He met his loving wife, Dolores (Dee) Willis, while getting gas and hamburgers at Dee's father's gas station and restaurant. They fell in love almost immediately and married about six months later, Valentine's Day 1946. They were married for 67 years. Gene opened Valley Tire in 1958. It was located on the corner of Stanley Blvd. and Santa Rita Road. He owned and operated his business until 1988 when he moved to Chico, California. His daughter, Catherine Willis, preceded him in death. She was born with spina bifida, and passed away when she was five weeks old. His grandson, Tom Self, also preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Dolores Willis, and his 3 sons Tomm (Cheryl), Mike, and Denny Willis. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Joey Willis...
Elizabeth Anna Kopp
Dec. 20, 1925 - Sept. 30, 2013
San Jose, California
Elizabeth (Betty) was a long-time resident of Pleasanton until recently moving to San Jose. She is survived by daughter Deborah (Morris), son Dennis (Patty), grandchildren Aaron (Heather), Daniel (Jasmine), Suzanne (Alfredo), Jonathan, Christopher, Rosie and Katherine (Franklin) as well as great grandchildren Roman, Isabella, Lilah, Loralai and Luci. Predeceased by Edwin Daniel (husband), David Daniel (son) and Milo Kopp (husband). Betty will be remembered as being a strong, loving, kind woman who was always ready to help family and friends. She was a long-time volunteer with Hope Hospice and The Valley Care Hospital Auxiliary and a member of the Pleasanton Presbyterian Church....
Susanne Vivion Cook
April 24, 1938 - Sept. 23, 2013
Susanne Vivion Cook, 75, passed away peacefully at her home on Sept. 23 with her two daughters by her side. Susanne was born April 24, 1938 in San Bernadino, CA to Lee Emmet Vivion and Mary Eliza Vivion. In her younger years, Susanne’s family moved frequently due to her father’s changing occupations. Susanne attributed her flexible character to the experiences she gained while on the road with her parents. Her older sister, Shirley, was 12 years her senior and married young, so Susanne grew up mostly an only child. In 1959, Susanne married Maurice Cook, Jr. and they made their first home in Garden Grove, CA where they had their two daughters, Cheryl and Carol. In 1970, Maurice took a job in Northern California, and Susanne’s family relocated to a small 1.5-acre ranchette in Pleasanton. It was here that Susanne would live for the rest of her life. She had many fond memories "on the farm" while raising her family. She learned to grow much of the food she prepared - from fruits and vegetables to pork chops and chicken. Until just recently, neighbors would still see Susanne out front feeding her pet goose. Susanne was very devoted to raising her girls, and later spoiling he...
Geno Mario Andreatta
May 16, 1918 - Sept. 12, 2013
Geno Mario Andreatta passed away peacefully on Sept. 12, 2013 in his home in Pleasanton. He had recently celebrated his 95th birthday with close friends and family. Geno was born on May 16, 1918 in Dunsmuir, California to Italian immigrants Maria and Giuseppe Andreatta. He was the youngest and last surviving of 9 children. During WWII, he served with the 41st Infantry Division, US Army, Pacific Campaign. While stationed in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, he spotted a beautiful local woman on the train to the beach. Geno always playfully insisted that it was a wink from Marjorie that sparked their romance. They married on March 7, 1944. Geno had a long career as a die-setter working for Schlage Lock Co. in San Francisco and was active in the Machinists Union. After retiring, he continued to work as a security guard well into his eighties. He was an avid woodworker, and kept his family supplied with gadgets, whirlygigs, and frames for grandchildren's awards and Marjorie's craftwork. As a longtime resident of Pleasanton, he was the iconic Man in his Chair of Northway Road: no passerby went without a cheerful greeting of "Howdy Doody!" and he always had treats for the f...
Nancy Ellen Richardson
June 2, 1958 - Sept. 2, 2013
On Monday September 2 at 12:47 a.m., Nancy left us to be with God. She passed away at home with her husband Rick Von Pein and sister Susie Richardson at her side. Her sons, Tyler and Mitchell, her family and many friends were with her throughout the last weeks she was with us. She fought a long, incredibly brave battle with lung cancer. Throughout her fight she remained positive and in good spirits. Her last words were "It's all good." She touched so many lives with her bright and fearless spirit, and could make anyone feel like her best friend. Between her smile and the light in her eyes, she made the people in her life feel special. She was always concerned about others and worked to make people’s lives better. She especially treasured being Tyler’s and Mitch’s Mom and we loved how proud she was of them. She is survived by her husband, Richard Von Pein; sons, Tyler and Mitchell Von Pein; father, Brock Richardson; mother, Alice Richardson; brother, Steve Richardson; and sister, Susie Richardson...
Karen "BUBBE" Inkelis
April 9, 1948 - Aug. 31, 2013
Karen "BUBBE" Inkelis succumbed to Cancer on August 31, 2013 after a long battle. Born and raised in NY, Bubbe moved to Pleasanton in 1986 along with her husband, John Kondel, and her two sons, David Silversmith (FHS '89) and Jeff Silversmith (FHS '93). David (Karen Hemling) have three children; Aidan, Alice and AmeliaLee. Jeff (Marla Silversmith) also have three children; Ava, Peyton and Rylan. Bubbe loved spending time in her garden when not with her 6 grand kids. She volunteered at Valley View in their classes and was known through the school as Bubbe. She loved taking the grand kids to ballets, plays, concerts and the Alameda County Fair. Bubbe was a long time volunteer at Kaiser Walnut Creek, Pleasanton Police Department, the senior center and numerous other places. She was an active blood donor and believed in helping others in life. Bubbe's successful career in lighting includes winning the bid for the lights on the new Bay Bridge. Bubbe also taught math at many local community colleges in the area....
Elenora (Ella) Bienek Monette
Oct. 8, 1921 - Aug. 25, 2013
Elenora Bienek Monette, affectionately call "Ella," resided in Pleasanton for the past 44 years and passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 25, 2013. Born October 8, 1921, in Polonia, Texas, she was one of nine children born to Robert Bienek and Ottilie Schultze Bienek, also of Texas. The family lived in the rural Black Hill Community in Texas, where Ella, sometimes called "Ellie," grew up on her parents' large working farm with her five brothers and three sisters. Her father was multilingual and musically gifted playing several musical instruments, as were all of her brothers. On holiday with her sister, she met Reynolds "Ray" Monette in Galveston, Texas. Ray won Ella's heart and they were married June 21, 1941, in Houston. They settled in California. Ray and Ella were together for life's events. They had one daughter and a grandson. When war came, Ray dutifully enlisted in the Merchant Marines in 1941. Ella kept the home fires burning until he came home and their daughter was born. They made their life together in the Bay Area, mostly in San Leandro, until moving to Pleasanton in 1969. Ella cherished every visit "home" to Texas, but her life was in the Bay Area and Pleasanton, a...
Tony J. Costello
April 29, 1956 - Aug. 25, 2013
Tony J. Costello, who in more than 30 years of coaching, teaching and mentoring inspired hundreds of collegiate and high-school basketball players to better lives, died Aug. 25, 2013, after a valiant year-long battle with cancer. He was 57. Tony, the men's head basketball coach at Las Positas College, and Kinesiology and physical education instructor there, was surrounded by loving family members at the time of his passing, a fitting tribute to a person who valued loyalty, commitment and family in both his life and his work. The oldest of eight children born to Joan and Tony Costello Sr. of Pleasanton, Tony carried those values through his life and made them the cornerstones of an overwhelmingly successful career. In more than three decades as a coach, Tony influenced hundreds of young athletes to deliver superior effort, strive for greatness, and reach higher levels of performance. As a community college coach, both at Chabot College and Las Positas, he shepherded scores of players on to four-year institutions, many of them attaining the athletic scholarships that had eluded them as they left high school. Along the way, Tony was honored multiple times as Coach of the Ye...
Lee Brockway Young
April 10, 1950 - Aug. 25, 2013
Surrounded by his family, Lee Young, 63, passed away on Sunday, August 25. Born April 10, 1950 in Mexico, MO to Harold Lee Young and Ethlyn June Young Donahue. With his family, Lee moved to California as a young boy where he grew up in Orinda,CA. He graduated from Miramonte High School in 1968. Lee and his wife, Marsha, moved to Pleasanton in 1980 to develop his sand & gravel trucking business. In the winter he loved skiing on The Wall at Kirkwood and in the summers he was water skiing the course at New Melones Lake. He loved his Oakland Raiders, win or lose. He knew the year, make and model of every car ever made and owned many classic cars through out his lifetime. Lee had a larger than life presence and taught us all how to live life to the fullest. He is survived by his wife, Marsha, of 36 years, his daughter, Elizabeth Studebaker (Bryan), his mother, June Donahue of Moraga, CA, brother, Larry of El Dorado Hills, (Mary Kaye and nieces Alexa, Katina and Sophia). He will be deeply missed by so many who loved him....
Katherine Elizabeth Dutra
March 1, 1917 - Aug. 24, 2013
89 year resident of Hayward before moving to Pleasanton Kay passed away peacefully and is now reunited with her husband Edward, son Lynn and grandson Eddie in heaven. Kay loved to entertain and cook for her family and friends whenever the opportunity arrived. Known for her dip, lasagna, and wine cake, no one ever left her home without some food to go, as she always prepared enough food to feed an army. Kay was a very giving person and was regularly cooking up food and baking cakes for her neighbors and friends. Cared for by her loving niece Bev Morris and granddaughter Carol Dutra in her twilight years, Kay loved talking about cooking and new recipes to try. Kay is survived by her granddaughters Carol Dutra, Danielle Levy, and Angela Dutra. Also, Kay leaves behind 7 great grandchildren. Services will be held at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery on Mission Boulevard in Hayward, Calif. on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers a contribution may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America or the SPCA. Kay was a very special person who touched so many people and will be dearly missed by her family and friends....
Patrica Ann Williams
Feb. 11, 1929 - Aug. 22, 2013
Our loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Patricia Ann Learner Crocker Williams passed away on August 22, 2013, holding her daughter Cathy’s hand, in Fremont, Alameda County, California, after a valiant fight with cancer. She was born on February 11, 1929 in Oakland, Alameda County, California to Jack Elton Learner and Doris Lucille Calhoun Learner. Pat was a resident for the past 25 years of Pleasanton, California. She graduated from Oakland High School in 1946, later attending UC Berkeley, San Jose State College and Stanford University, where she received a Master’s Degree. She married Richard Lyle Crocker in 1947 with whom she had 3 children and 1 adopted son. She later married Ralph Luther Williams on August 19, 1988. Life began anew with Ralph as they shared interests and traveled the world together. Ralph made her feel young again. Pat’s passions in life included her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. As a reading specialist, teacher and administrator, Pat was a professional educator in the Castro Valley School District for over 30 years. She was active in many organizations, including Red Hatters, California Reading Association,...
Will Joel Friedman
April 28, 1950 - July 26, 2013
Pleasanton Psychologist Will Joel Friedman passes away (1950-2013) William Joel Friedman was born April 28, 1950 in Los Angeles to Selma Bella Himovitz and Martin David Friedman. He grew up in West Los Angeles until the family moved to Sherman Oaks in 1965. He graduated from Ulysses S. Grant High School in Van Nuys. Will studied briefly at Los Angeles Valley College and graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 1971. He completed a teaching credential at California State University, Northridge in 1973, and after teaching for a few years, earned a Master of Science Degree in Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles in 1979. Will was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology from Claremont Graduate University in 1986. While in school and throughout his professional life, he attended countless seminars, refining his art and broadening his scope in a wide range of specialties, always seeking passionately for the most effective ways to help people deal with life’s difficulties and transform unworkable behaviors. While living in Claremont, Will met his wife, harpist Dominique Piana, in the fall of 1984....
Irene R. Loos
Aug. 21, 1924 - July 26, 2013
Irene R. Loos passed away in the early morning hours of July 26, 2013 in her apartment at Parkview Senior Living at the age of 88. A memorial service celebrating the lives of both Irene and her late husband Harry, who passed in June, will be held at The Parkview Senior Living, 100 Valley Ave., near the Pleasanton Senior Center at 2:00 PM on Sept. 1. Irene was born in Milwaukee WI. and grew up in Scottsbluff, NE, where she graduated from high school and married Harry Loos. They were married for more than 70 years. She was a full-time mother during the childhood of her sons, Larry and James, in Scottsbluff. Irene was active in the PTA as a member and officer and participated in many other school activities. She was a den mother for the Cub Scouts and also taught Sunday school at the Emmanuel Congregational Church. She enjoyed sewing and shopping and always dressed elegantly. She was a competitive bridge player for most of her adult life. After raising her sons, she worked as a residential real estate salesperson. Irene and Harry moved to Oakland, CA from Nebraska in 1971 to be nearer to their sons and grandchildren. After relocating to Pleasanton, they both became active in t...
July 10, 1928 - July 19, 2013
This odd custom we have, trying to sum up the worth of a man’s life in two hundred, two thousand or two words, struggling against clichés like devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, dedicated son and brother, although those ring true. Now we find ourselves, moments after the passing of this man, our dad, our mother's husband, searching for the right words to encapsulate his legacy. This is our tribute to a man who stood strong and firm (oh so stubbornly firm), who continually conquered illness (until this final cancer took him), who stayed true to his Catholic faith, who took no shortcuts and told no lies. John lived to 85. Being a child of the depression, he left high school in 1945 as a junior to join the Navy, where he served over 20 years as a dental technician and medic, often attached to Marine Corps units. He took up lightweight boxing. He traveled extensively and made history in 1949 as part of the crew of the U.S.S. Burton Island icebreaker, the first known vessel to reach Nome, Alaska midwinter. John loved to learn. He left the service twice to study dentistry at Creighton University, but, the Korean War intervened and he was called back to active duty in 1950 a...
Ethel Marjorie (Marge) Hayes Methvin
March 17, 1925 - July 14, 2013
Ethel Marjorie (Marge) Hayes Methvin, resident of Pleasanton, CA and Newport, RI went to her eternal home on July 14, 2013. She was born in Newport, Rhode Island on March 17, 1925 to Frederick Charles Hayes and Florence May McKenzie. She is predeceased by sister, Florence M. Luckhurst, and five brothers, Harold F., Walter H., Norman A., Gilbert E. and Gordon M. Hayes. Mrs. Methvin graduated Rogers High School and became a dental assistant in Newport for many years. She was a member of the United Baptist Church, John Clarke Memorial, where she met her future husband Benjamin L. Methvin at the church’s young singles group. They married in 1949. Family was important, and she embraced her role as a mother by nurturing and pouring life into her children. She sought to instill solid, foundational truths into the lives of her children. She was unambiguous and confident, setting clear boundaries in her parenting. She did her best by giving a large part of herself to her children, encouraging them to grow and develop into responsible human beings. Her colorful New England language, accent, resiliency, wit and humor are warmly remembered. She was a social person and active in a loca...
Christine L. Gothan
June 26, 1964 - July 14, 2013
One year has passed since we lost you. God looked around His Garden And He found an empty place. He looked down upon earth and saw your tired face. He put His arms around you and lifted you to rest. God's garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best. He knew that you were suffering, He knew you were in pain. He also knew in heaven you would never hurt again. He saw the road was getting rough and the hills hard to climb, so He closed your weary eyelids and whispered, "Peace be thine." It broke our hearts to lose you but you didn't go alone For part of us went with you, The day God called you home. If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, We'd walk all the way to heaven And see you once again. We love you very much and You will be forever in our hearts. Mom and Dad; brothers Ron, Brian and Michael; husband Fred; sons Aaron (Mica), Brandon (Amber), and Camron; granddaughter Antoinette and grandson Jack....
Sept. 6, 1937 - July 12, 2013
Diane was a longtime resident of Pleasanton and passed away at age 75. She was born in Berkeley, California, to Ernie and Minnie Dahl. Diane married her husband John shortly after high school and they were married for 45 years before John passed away in 2000. Together they raised three daughters, Linda of San Diego, Karen of Livermore and Janet of San Francisco. Diane retired from LLNL after 20 years of service and volunteered for the ValleyCare Auxiliary for the last 12 years. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren Brandon and Courtney. Diane will be greatly missed by her family, friends and coworkers. A private memorial will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Valley Care Charitable Foundation in memory of Diane Rae, 1111 East Stanley Blvd, Livermore...
June 8, 1938 - July 7, 2013
Tony Mathews passed away peacefully in his Pleasanton home on Sunday, July 7, 2013. His wonderful presence will be missed immeasurably by his family and many friends. Tony was born and raised in Bakersfield. His favorite activity as a youth was playing flute and piccolo in the elementary, junior high and high school bands. He participated in music competitions in the marching band, the jazz band, and the symphonic music ensemble. In 1959, he moved to San Francisco where he lived for 16 years during which time he received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of San Francisco. Tony worked for Bank of America for 30 years. As Vice President, he managed departments in the Headquarters Administration and World Banking Divisions. In 1979, he began consulting to private businesses, specializing in productivity management and organization change. Later, he taught at UC Berkeley Extension. He was active in local causes. In San Rafael, where he and his wife Susan lived for 15 years, he served as a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Vestry and as Senior Warden of the church. Moving to Pleasanton in 1997, Tony joined Pleasanton North Rotary and traveled with club members...
Robert James Trimingham
May 26, 1937 - June 30, 2013
Robert (Bob) Trimingham passed away June 30th at his home in Livermore, CA. He is survived by his sister Claire (Tom) Fields, nephew Christopher (Sheila) Martin, niece Nicole (Maytheni Allen) Ines, four great nephews and two great nieces, and also his companion of many years, Deloris Colonna. He was predeceased by his parents, James and Lorna Trimingham, of Pleasanton. Bob was born in Pleasanton in 1937. He attended Amador High School and went to Stanford University where he received a degree in Geology. He then received a degree in Physical Science/Education from UC Berkley in 1963, and attended the University of Rochester in NY for a Master’s Degree in Education. Bob had a teaching career in Geology, Physics, and Math at Livermore High School which lasted for 30 years before retiring in 1995. Bob remained a loyal Stanford sports fan his entire life. His other primary interest was minerals and collecting mineral species, from micros to large showy specimens. He was a courageous mineral field tripper who avidly traveled America for collections, mineral shows and museums. He was a member of the Livermore Valley Lithophiles Gem and Mineral Society for 45 years. He help...
Darlene Elaine Thomas
Aug. 10, 1933 - June 29, 2013
Apple Valley, California
Darlene Elaine (Buck, Thomas) Castleman, resident of Apple Valley, California, passed away at her home at Merrill Gardens Retirement Community on June 29 at the age of 79 from complications related to Parkinson’s disease. Darlene Elaine Buck was born to Mary Caroline Marlow (Green) and Chester Buck on August 10th 1933 in San Jose, California. She grew up in Newark, California and graduated from Washington Union High School in Fremont, California in 1951. Darlene was a talented tap dancer and a bright student, receiving a college scholarship from the California Scholarship Federation. As a child, she loved to play along the shore of the San Francisco Bay and during the summer be on the beach at Catalina Island. As a teenager, she enjoyed dancing at the Newark Pavillion and socializing at the Cloverdale Creamery. After high school, Darlene married Robert George Thomas and they had three children, Cindy Lynette Thomas of Newport Beach, California, Sheila Annette Thomas of Eugene Oregon, and Robert Curtiss Thomas of Dillon, Montana. She chose the town of Pleasanton, California to raise her family and helped to build homes on Happy Valley Road and Oak Lane. She worked at the Plea...
William Roland Corrin
Nov. 20, 1920 - June 23, 2013
William Roland Corrin passed away peacefully in his Pleasanton home on June 23, 2013; his family was with him. He was married for 59 years to Barbara, who passed away April 2012. He is survived by his sons Bill Corrin of Long Beach and Gary Corrin of Toronto and daughters Janet (Gary) Sears of Pleasanton and Lyn (Terry) Aaker of Long Beach, four grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. He was born and raised in Long Beach, CA, and enjoyed swimming and sailing as a youth. After attending Long Beach Jr. College, he served in WWII as an Army Air Corps B-24 bomber co-pilot in Europe, assigned to the “Carpetbaggers”, a group that flew clandestine night missions. He worked for Granny Goose Foods for 35 years, working his way up to Director of Purchasing of all raw products. During that time the family lived in Niles, Salinas, and finally moved to Pleasanton in 1969. He was a charter member of the Salinas Valley Highlanders bagpipe band. He and Barbara enjoyed trips to Europe, Australia and the East Coast; many were with the Balloon Platoon. The Corrins were long-time members of Centerpointe Presbyterian Church, where they made lifelong friendships. Please join us for a Celebration of L...
Edward James McMahon
Feb. 10, 1943 - June 20, 2013
Pleasanton, CA, California
Ed, resident of Ft Worth Texas, passed away on the 20th of June 2013, at the age of 70, peacefully with his family at his side in Waldorf Maryland. Ed was born on the 10th of February 1943, in Dubuque Iowa and raised in Pleasanton California. Ed graduated from Amador Valley HS in 1961, served his country honorably in the US Army. He retired from General Motors in 1999 after 37 years of employment. He was a proud member of the UAW Local 816, the National Rifle Association and enjoyed two decades of coaching baseball, playing softball, cooking, spending time with family, fishing and shooting at the gun range. Ed is survived by his sisters Patsy Lund, Barbara Mills, Bette Olivares, his two sons Master Chief Shawn McMahon, Jason (and wife Kim) McMahon and his six grandchildren Blake, Kailey, Mackenzie, Aydan, Grady and Maylee McMahon. At Mr. McMahon’s request there is no service being held, please send your condolences to 2202 Pinefield Road, Waldorf, MD 20601....
Sept. 29, 1923 - June 10, 2013
Harry Loos passed away in the early morning hours of June 10, 2013 at the age of 89. Harry is survived by his wife of 70 years, Irene R. Loos of Pleasanton, his sons Larry A. Loos of Hayward and James L. Loos of Pleasanton, grandsons James C. Loos, Anthony F. Loos and Jeremy A. Loos, great grandchildren Ryan J. Loos, Emma M. Loos, Owen J. Loos and Wyatt A. Loos. Harry, the son of Heinrich G. Loos and Ana M. Wacker, was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and four sisters. Harry was born in Scottsbluff Nebraska where he graduated from high school and met and married Irene Schenaman. He started a small construction company, building homes, cement irrigation ditches, and other buildings and structures. He was a member of the Nebraska National Guard, was a founding member and coach of 23 Club, a little league baseball program, and was active in the Scottsbluff Nebraska Junior Chamber of Commerce. Harry loved to fish, hunt, garden and raise farm animals. In his later years, he remained very active and loved playing Bocce Ball. Harry and Irene moved to California in the 70’s where Harry became an insurance adjustor until injuries and health forced him to retire. Throughout...
Joanne Boucher Griffith
Feb. 26, 1943 - June 4, 2013
Joanne Boucher Griffith, also known by 'Jo-mamma,' 'Grandma Jo,' or Mom, was an amazing person who passed away at the age of 70 this week from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis while at Kaiser Hospital in Roseville. She was born in Philadelphia on February 26, 1943 and grew up in Pennsylvania. She married Dave Griffith in 1965 and in 1969 they moved to California to raise their family. In addition to being a caring and nurturing wife and mother, Joanne was a passionate educator and nurse and an outspoken human rights advocate with a strong sense of humor. Joanne had a lifelong love of learning. She constantly read and considered the world and current issues around her. She supported causes that gave opportunities for women and children and took in teens who were having trouble in life. Joanne and Dave sponsored Diana Makkonen to come to the United States from Ethiopia as a young girl to pursue high school and college educations. Joanne was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Loomis as well as Pleasanton Presbyterian Church. She was a fantastic cook and enjoyed hosting friends and family for good food and lively conversation. She was always inclusive of others both at h...
Anne "Nan" Cohan (née Anne Marie Walsh)
Jan. 10, 1922 - June 1, 2013
Nan Cohan passed peacefully on Saturday June 1st knowing she was cherished by her large family and countless friends. The devoted mother of two daughters and five sons, grandmother of twelve and great-grandmother of three, Nan was preceded in death by her husband Gene Cohan. She was a beloved mother-in-law, sister, aunt, niece, cousin and friend. Nan, born Anne Marie Walsh, was raised in New York City. Both her parents were Irish immigrants - mother Sarah Ryan from County Kilkenny and father Michael Walsh from County Sligo. Nan and Gene married in Astoria, New York in 1947 then spent twenty years living around the world before settling in Pleasanton. Their children’s birth certificates show part of Nan and Gene’s global trek starting in New York then touching down in Territory of Hawaii, Japan, California and Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. Admired for her spirit and soul, Nan was a valued co-worker, an extraordinary cook and a wonderful hostess. Each of her many homes became the place to be and she made everyone feel welcome and appreciated. Arriving in the summer of 1967, Nan embraced Pleasanton as home. After many years working for the City, she will be remembered as ...
Margaret "Peggy" Jean Karn
Jan. 22, 1929 - May 21, 2013
Margaret J. “Peggy” Karn died May 21, 2013 in ValleyCare Hospital after a courageous 10-year battle with multiple system atrophy, a rare and debilitating disease. She was 84. She was born Jan. 22, 1929 in Oakland to Mary Celeste and Americus P. Britto. She grew up in Oakland and graduated from Fremont High School. When she was a sophomore at Fremont High, she met Richard Karn, who became the love of her life. They attended Dick’s Senior Ball together before he graduated and joined the Navy. They were married before Dick’s senior year at the University of California, Berkeley and she worked to put him through his final year. She raised their daughter, Pam, and their son, Bob, while they lived in Castro Valley and later Hayward. Dick established his own civil engineering firm in 1966. While living in Hayward, they were members of Hayward Dance Club and enjoyed quarterly dances to big band music. She was an active volunteer with the Almond Branch of the Children’s Hospital Auxiliary and enjoyed modeling in their fundraising fashion shows. They moved to Pleasanton 26 years ago. She was a member of Centerpointe Presbyterian Church (formerly Pleasanton Presbyterian) and served ...
Daniel Raymond Martin
Aug. 26, 1985 - May 9, 2013
Folsom, CA, California
Daniel Martin; handsome, intelligent and witty, passed away unexpectedly on the evening of May 9, 2013 at his home in Folsom, CA. Dan was born August 26, 1985 in Southern CA. Daniel grew up in Pleasanton, CA and attended Walnut Grove, Harvest Park, Amador Valley High School and Diablo Valley College. He also enjoyed his time in boy scout troop 998. Daniel had a passion for movie making, writing, acting and comic. He loved playing online video games and communicating on Facebook with his large following of friends. Daniels life was cut short, his family is heartbroken. Daniel will be greatly missed by his friends and family. Daniel is survived by his father Harold Martin, mother Melinda Keim, Step father Glenn Keim, step mother Debra Martin, brothers Matt and Mike, step bother Dustin Stedt, step sisters Leela Sherbon and Sonia Stedt, grandmother Nadine Martin and numerous other family and friends. Daniel we love you and miss you beyond words. Dan you will forever be in our hearts....
Anthony Dominic Scotto
Jan. 13, 1927 - May 1, 2013
Anthony was born at home, in Brooklyn, NY to immigrant Italian parents. He graduated from Saint Francis College where he received a degree in history, one of his passions. After discharge from the Army he joined his father and 4 brothers at the family wine shop, thus beginning his 30-year career in the wine industry. He pursued all aspects from retail, to wholesale, to importer but his true love was winemaking. But his true passion was the love for his family. Anthony is survived by his five children; sons Anthony, Dominic, and Gregory; and daughters, Felicia Barbalinardo and Monica Chappell along with 23 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother; Fr. Dominic Scotto, Chaplin at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. The family would like to also say a special thank you to Dr. Apte for showing honor, and empathy, Anita Sharples of Heritage Estates as well as his devoted caregivers Agnes and Katie. All who knew him will miss his faith-filled and generous spirit. Friends and family are invited to a vigil and visitation on Thursday, May 9, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at Graham-Hitch Mortuary in Pleasanton and a funeral service at St. Charles...
Ashley Kay Cligny
Feb. 16, 1991 - April 28, 2013
Ashley Cligny took her last breath peacefully early Sunday morning with her mother and father by her side. Ashley was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in October of 2011 while attending the University of California at Davis after transferring from Washington State University at the end of her sophomore year. Ashley was described as an “old soul” and enthusiastically lived the typical life of a college student – attending class, playing soccer, making and nurturing friendships and always wanting to spend time with family. In many ways, Ashley will be remembered most for her courageous battle with the disease that would take her life but not conquer her spirit, as she taught us to be positive not negative, loving not bitter and to marvel at the power of her spirit to overcome her circumstances. Ashley leaves behind her mother and father, Tani and John Cligny; Sisters, Jonalin McCollum and Janelle Cligny, brother-in-law Matt McCollum: niece Alice McCollum; father James Loughmiller, brother Chase Loughmiller as well as grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. A celebration of Ashley’s life and Mass is planned for Friday May 3rd at 11:00 AM at Saint Augustine’s Catholic Chur...
James Peter Campana
Sept. 3, 1926 - April 26, 2013
Sonora formerly Pleasanton, California
James Campana, 86, of Sonora, CA died peacefully on Friday, April 26. He was born to the late Arthur and Katherine Campana, September 3, 1926, San Francisco, CA. Jim attended Balboa High School and was written up in the SF Chronicle as "the Tommy Dorsey of Balboa High." He received a BA and MA in Music in 1956 from San Francisco State University. He was married 59 years to his late wife Rosemary, and they lived in Pleasanton, CA 37 years before retiring to Sonora, CA in 1996. Jim was hired in 1959 as the Band Director at Amador, and taught until he retired in 1979. Mr. C. was passionate about making a difference in his students’ lives. In 1975 he founded the Amador Valley Jazz Festival and after his retirement, it was renamed the Campana Jazz Festival, which he attended faithfully every year. Jim was an active member of St. Patrick’s Church of Sonora, and SIRS. He traveled with his wife, family, and friends throughout his retirement. He enjoyed playing golf and dining at Caesar’s Restaurant of San Francisco with family and friends. Jim is survived by four children: Lisa Garon, of Pleasanton, Terri Campana, of Palenville, NY, Tina Wilbur, of Sonora, Paul Campana, of Fremont...
Marilyn R. Wright
Oct. 16, 1944 - April 26, 2013
Marilyn Rita Egelhofer-Wright went to be with our Father in Heaven on 4/26/13. She was born Oct. 16, 1944 in Palo Alto, CA to Raymond & Rita Egelhofer. She is already missed greatly by her children Matthew (Liz) Wright and Beth (Joel) Wright-McCarty. Nephew, Raymond (Megan) Egelhofer-Tracy. Her grand-children, Michael, Casey-Elizabeth and Shane, were all adored, along with her great-niece, Lorelei. Our mom will also be missed by numerous other family members and friends. Although our mom battled cancer multiple times, and of varying types over the years, she died of natural causes at home because her body was just “plain tired”. She lived in Pleasanton, CA for most of her adult life and loved the community of friends she had there. Mom was a feisty fighter of cancer and although she was weak in the body from past treatments she continued to work full-time for AT&T as a Financial Analyst until her death. We are also proud to say she was an accomplished CPA and private tax accountant. Our mom enjoyed travel and has been all over the world on cruises and various trips mostly with her grand-daughter as her faithful travel companion. Mom was intrigued by different cul...
May 25, 1923 - April 24, 2013
Pleasanton has lost one of its most involved citizens with the death of Jack Dove on Wednesday, April 24. Jack was born in Saint Clair, Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia) to parents Chester Arthur Dove and Anne (Reese) Dove. His education was interrupted by military service. While getting pneumonia would be very bad news for most people, Jack considered himself lucky. It was as a young soldier recovering from his illness that he met Second Lieutenant Polly Klymer Moyer, who was in the Army Nurse Corps at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. She and Jack were wed on May 4, 1946 – a marriage that lasted 65 years, until Polly’s death August 1, 2011. Jack had been in charge of the station hospital laboratory (1943-46). After Jack’s discharge from the service, he and Polly moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where Jack completed his degree in chemical engineering at Lehigh University. One month after his graduation, their daughter Suzanne was born. The Dove family had many “nests,” moving often due to Jack’s career as a corporate executive in paint and chemicals – first in Stamford, Connecticut, where son Jay was born. Jack was called back to military duty as an Army first lieut...
Oct. 12, 1912 - April 21, 2013
Ruth Matthies Stewart passed away peacefully on April 21, 2013. She was 100 years old. Ruth was born in Rochester, NY, where she lived until she & her husband retired in 1981. They relocated to Stockton, CA, and later to Sun City West, AZ. They moved to Pleasanton in 2000. Ruth was predeceased by her beloved husband Cliff in 2001, and brothers Bill, Dick, & Art Matthies. She is survived by daughter & son-in-law Wendy & Steve Ping of Pleasanton, and grandchildren Shawna Ping (Kailua, HI) & Eric Ping (Denver, CO)....
Hans James Hansen
March 14, 1957 - April 17, 2013
Hans James Hansen, 56, of Pleasanton, passed away on April 17 surrounded by his family. Hans was born to Howard and Virginia Hansen in Pleasanton, where he lived his entire life except for his years away at college. He met his wife Jill at Amador and they were married for 35 years. In his thirties, he became a Christian, which became the cornerstone of his life. His belief was the source of his incredible strength and optimism through his years of illness. Hans was a brilliant engineer, earning many patents, and truly enjoyed going to work every day. He will be remembered for his fantastic sense of humor and ability to make friends wherever he went. He is survived by his daughter Katrina (Seth) High of Boulder, CO, his son Aaron (Barbara) Hansen of Coronado, his daughter Sarah Hansen of San Francisco, and his daughter AnnMarie (Nicholas) Smith of Woodland Hills. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Cornerstone Fellowship in Livermore. Donations in Hans’ name may be made to Hume Lake Ministries (www.humelake.org) or to Gospel for Asia (www.gfa.org)....
Marian "Kay" Richter
July 5, 1941 - April 1, 2013
Marian "Kay" Richter died on April 1, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Bismarck, N.D. on July 5, 1941 to Elsie and Emil Goetz of Hazen, N.D. She graduated as Salutatorian from Hazen H.S. in 1959 and continued her education at North Dakota State in Fargo with a degree in English. She met the love of her life, Jerry, in high school. They were married in Hazen on August 24, 1962. Her daugther, Susan, was born in 1966 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. and her son, Jeff, was born in 1968 in Albuquerque. After five years in New Mexico, the family moved to Pleasanton, CA in 1970 on a job transfer for Jerry. Kay was involved in 4-H as a leader when her kids were young. Church was an important part of her life. She taught Sunday School, mentored middle school kids and enjoyed singing in the church choir. Kay found joy in volunteering for Senior Support, Hope Hospice and Operation Christmas Child. She worked part time at Macy’s for 13 years. Kay experienced kidney failure in 1998 and was on dialysis for 5 years before receiving a kidney transplant in Nov. 2003 from a living donor. She received her cancer diagnosis on March 4, 2013....
Gordon Gilbert Englebretson
April 9, 1920 - March 29, 2013
Gordon Gilbert Englebretson, known by his loved ones as "Big G," was born in Greenwood, Wisconsin on April 9th, 1920. He passed away March 29th, 2013, just shy of his 93rd birthday. At the time of his passing, Gordon was a resident of Livermore, California. He is survived by his devoted wife of nearly 65 years, Edna, and their two sons, Don and Steve. In addition, Gordon leaves behind eight granddaughters and fifteen great-grandchildren. He will forever be remembered for his loving heart, his cheerful spirit and his infectious smile. We love you Big G!...
Cecile Wun-Sze Lee
May 13, 1966 - March 28, 2013
Pleasanton resident and physician Dr. Cecile Wun-Sze Lee passed away at home surrounded by her family on March 28, 2013 at the age of 46 after a courageous five-year battle with an aggressive form of breast cancer. She was born in Hong Kong on May 13, 1966, and moved with her parents to the United States at the age of one. A 1984 graduate of Cherry Hill East High School in New Jersey, she earned a bachelor’s of science degree with a major in bio-resource science at the University of California, Berkeley where she and Hank met and later married in 1992. She attended Tulane University Medical School with Hank in New Orleans, earning both her medical degree and a master’s degree in public health in 1993, becoming the first physician in her family. She completed her residency in dermatology at Tulane Medical Center in 1997. Cecile and Hank moved to Pleasanton and opened their practice, Pacific Dermatology. She was also on staff at ValleyCare Medical Center. Dr. Lee cared for her patients as if they were family members. In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening, cooking, reading, exercising, Tai Chi, knitting, Chinese painting, playing the piano and spending time with her family and...
James E. Adams III
July 13, 1941 - March 23, 2013
James E. Adams III, resident of Pleasanton for 37 years, passed away March 23, 2013 at the age of 71 from cancer. Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Marlys, two sons, three grandsons and a sister. He was born in California, attended school in Ventura and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Cal Poly Pomona. Jim's career was in Management of Trucking Freight Terminals for 45 years in the bay area and Central Valley and a member of the California Trucking Association. Jim coached youth football for the Concord Pioneers in the early 70's, Dublin Knights from the mid 70's to the mid 90's, and Dublin High School Freshmen/Sophomore team in the early 90's. Jim, often called Papa by friends and others, had a love for Hot Rods and became a member of the P-Town Push Rods. He attended many of the car shows around the bay area showing his pick-up trucks and was often seen at the Good Guys Shows at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds. Other interests were RV trips, watching rodeos, country dancing, gardening and traveling. Friends and family are invited to a Memorial Service on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, 4167 First Street, P...
April 25, 1932 - March 20, 2013
Helen Georgatos was born in Greece on April 25, 1932. Her parents, Marianna and Demostenes Pagulatos had five children. Married in 1952 to Jerry Georgatos, Helen had her first son Dean, in August, 1953, six days after a devastating earthquake on Cephallonia. After having her second son Dennis, the family immigrated to the United States and took up residence in Pleasanton in 1956, where Helen’s husband worked at the Standard Cheese Company. Helen worked at several laundries while her sons went to school. Helen and her husband remained in Pleasanton the rest of their lives; first renting a home on Rose Avenue and then buying a home in Pleasanton Heights. Jerry sustained a debilitating back injury while working at the Cheese Factory. No longer able to do the heavy lifting required in making cheese, they purchased the Bottle Shop, a liquor store in nearby Fremont. She was also a fantastic cook, preparing tantalizing Greek cuisine and serving it along with her quick wit. Jerry and Helen worked together almost every day at the store, building a devoted stream of customers and supporting each other through 26 years of their ownership. After selling the store, Helen and Jerry took ...
Alfred G. Krebs
April 11, 1936 - March 4, 2013
Alfred G. Krebs Sunrise: April, 11 1936 Sunset: March, 4 2013 Alfred (Fred) was born in Germany, escaped to Shanghai in 1939 and he lived there until 1948, when his family settled in Berkeley CA. After graduating high school, he joined the Marines where he rose quickly to Sergeant; thereafter, he worked at several trucking companies working his way up to Director of Commerce and Traffic. He was licensed to represent his company before the Interstate Commerce Commission. During the 70s and 80s, he was a professorial lecturer at Golden Gate University teaching motor carrier law. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Diane, the love of his life; his two sons Ken, Tom and their spouses, Leslie and Jerrilynn, and his grandchildren Justin, Katelyn, Joshua, Nick and Tim. Alfred and Diane have lived in Pleasanton since 1968. He enjoyed walking, reading, playing the slots, stock trading and playing bridge at the senior center and spending time with his friends. He also loved tennis in his earlier years. He was a generous and adoring father and grandfather. Family always came first. He was admired and loved by many people and his beautiful smile and handsome face woul...
Larry J Sozzi
May 2, 1947 - March 1, 2013
Larry Sozzi, 65, passed away March 1, 2013. He now has joined his mother Violet. Larry is a retired SF Firefighter of 20 years. He had a love for baseball & golf. He is survived by his wife Debbie, children Rick & Roxanne, daughter in-law Michelle, his father of 94 years Louis Sozzi, his brother Gary & wife Kathy, his sister Diane Pini & husband Dan, his brother in-law Rob King & his wife Cindy & nieces & nephews. Larry will truly be missed. The family gives thanks to Hope Hospice, Dublin, CA. Private service...
Jean Marie Pimentel Silva
Feb. 13, 1930 - Feb. 23, 2013
Jean Marie Pimentel Silva, 83 years old, passed away peacefully on February 23, 2013. Jean was the respected Matriarch and Star of her family. She was a great wife, an incredible and amazing mother to her four children and the absolute best grandmother to seven and great-grandmother to four. Her family was her world. Jean loved being a mother and grandmother and was actively involved in all of their lives. One of her greatest joys was treating her family to breakfasts and dinners, surprising her children and grandchildren with special family trips to Hawaii, crocheting sweaters and blankets for all and making the best cookies ever. Jean never admitted to spoiling her family, but rather said “her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were just very well loved”. Jean was known for her hard work, incredible generosity and thoughtfulness. She had a very entertaining sense of humor and had a real zest for life. Jean loved to read, bake, play bingo, bowl, play cards, chat with friends and volunteer at the Ridge View Commons Senior facility…just to name a few. Jean was blessed with many wonderful friends and dear family members. She was loved by all, and she will be ...
F. David Storch
Dec. 5, 1936 - Feb. 23, 2013
F. David Storch, known as David, died peacefully in his Pleasanton home on Feb. 23, 2013, after a long battle with cancer. David was born to the late Herman Storch and Hermie Lenz on Dec. 5, 1936, in Madera, CA. He grew up in the Central Valley and later moved to the San Jose area with his mother and late stepfather William C. Terrell. He graduated from Campbell High School and earned a BA in Mathematics from San Jose State University. David worked as a computer scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 37 years, starting as an operator on the UNIVAC I, one of the first computers. He was the Group Leader of the Large-Scale Systems Group at what became the National Magnetic Fusion Energy Computer Center, responsible for the operating systems on the largest supercomputers available at the time. He retired in 1996. Flying was one of David’s favorite hobbies; he had a pilot’s license and several remote controlled gliders. In his retirement, he enjoyed Sudoku and weekly breakfasts with friends from the Livermore Lab. He also enjoyed camping and going to RV rallies, as well as helping his ex-wife Nancy Storch with various projects. David had a warm, friendly...
Allen Ellis Fairchild
Aug. 26, 1922 - Feb. 21, 2013
Allen grew up in Collins, MS and joined the Navy during WWII. He had many hair-raising stories of military service as a young man and enjoyed entertaining friends and family with these stories. He spent most of his life in the Bay Area with his family, which included his wife Doris, who predeceased him, and his children, John Fairchild, Mary (Mal) Cameron, and Anne Miller. He traveled the country for many years with his second wife, Beulah. He also leaves well-loved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He left for his current eternal home with a white shirt on and a smile on his face. Services will be held at Graham-Hitch Mortuary in Pleasanton on 3/3/13 at 2:30 p.m....
May 31, 1930 - Jan. 9, 2013
Richard M. Hovis died at home on Wednesday, January 9, 2013. Rick was born on May 31, 1930 in Boyers, PA. He was married and started his family in Chicago, before moving to California in 1966. Rick began his aviation career in the US Navy as a radarman and was an air traffic controller with the FAA for 32 years. A Pleasanton resident since 1967, he was a member of the local Catholic community, was active in marriage encounter, and helped begin Hope Hospice in 1980. He leaves behind Mary, his wife of 57 years; children Rick, Steve (Chris), Sherry; grandsons David, Luke (Jesse and Lane). We love you Pop and will miss you....
Perry Russell Coe
April 25, 1962 - Jan. 5, 2013
South Lake Tahoe, California
Perry Russell Coe, a former Pleasanton resident, passed away in South Lake Tahoe at the age of 50, a victim of fibromyalgia. Perry was born in San Mateo and grew up in Pleasanton. He graduated from Amador Valley High School. He spent his career in the aviation industry. While employed at National Airmotive, Rolls Royce and United Airlines, he performed aircraft maintenance as well as reciprocating and jet engine maintenance while holding applicable Federal Aviation Administration ratings. As a licensed pilot, he enjoyed flying small airplanes. Perry’s hobbies included motorcycling, kayaking, trading precious metals and traveling the world. His favorite travel destination was Barcelona, Spain. He created original art pieces using iron, silver and plastics. Over the years, he had a number of girl friends, but preferred staying single. He loved living at Lake Tahoe or near the ocean. His friends and family will miss his sense of humor, generosity and thoughtfulness. He is survived by his father, Kenneth Coe, his mother, Ruth Pauline Coe, his sister Laura Drake; uncles Scott Coe (Dorina) and Eugene Sprague; nieces Leanne Drake and Michelle Drake, nephew Allen Drake; ...
Michael Wesley Dean
Aug. 5, 1946 - Jan. 2, 2013
Michael Wesley Dean passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 2, 1213, at the age of 66 with family members at his side. Michael is the 6th of 7 sons of Stanley and Irma Dean who preceded him in death. Michael is survived by his daughter Melissa and brothers Stan, Jim, Ron, Bobby, Jerry, Tom and wife Susie, and a long list of nieces and nephews and their children. Michael’s music career spanned over 50 years as an entertainer, song writer and recording artist. He will not be forgotten, as his music will play on forever. Fortunately Michael was able to attend the Dean “Dozen of Cousins” family reunion on Dec. 15th in Las Vegas which over 100 family members and friends attended. Michael did his final performance which everyone loved....
May 11, 1920 - Jan. 1, 2013
Fannie Lambert Annis passed away on January 1, 2013, after suffering a stroke on December 31, 2012. We knew she would make it to New Year’s Day! At the time of her death, Fannie had been living in Livermore for 1 ½ years after residing in the same house in Pleasanton since 1950. Fannie was born Fannie Arnold Lambert in Superior, WI, on May 11, 1920. Shortly thereafter the family moved to Duluth, MN, where Fannie attended elementary schools, East Junior High School and Central High School. Fannie then graduated from Duluth State Teacher’s College (now the University of Minnesota at Duluth – UMD) in 1942 with a bachelor’s degree in education. Fannie spent two years teaching in upper Michigan, one year teaching in San Francisco, CA (during World War II), one year teaching in Niles, CA and then 19 years teaching at Alisal Elementary School in the Pleasanton School District. Fannie always taught third grade, ostensibly because “the math was too difficult in fourth grade.” She loved being a teacher and was always able to look at the humorous side of events in the classroom. Fannie retired in 1977 to be able to travel the world. In March of 1939, Fannie Lambert met Warren Annis…the ...
Oct. 10, 1920 - Jan. 1, 2013
Anne Donnellan passed away peacefully on New Year’s Day. Anne was born on a farm outside of Cleveland, Ohio. During World War II, she worked at Alcoa. After the War, she, her husband Bob, and their three children moved to Southern California, where she lived for 30 years. Upon Bob’s retirement from Lockheed, Anne and Bob moved to Paradise, Calif. Bob predeceased her in 1993. In 2006 Anne moved to Pleasanton to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Jim Zarrillo. Anne had a wonderful circle of friends and was very active. She most enjoyed playing poker at the Pleasanton Senior Center every week. Anne is predeceased by her husband, Bob and son, Danny. She is survived by her son Dennis, who lives overseas; her daughter Donna Zarrillo of Pleasanton; her grandchildren Matt Tibbetts of Apopka, Fla., Julia Edge of Portland, Ore., Dana Donnellan of Paradise, Calif., and Angela Donnellan. In addition, she is survived by her three great-grandchildren, Angela, Hannah and Sydney. Anne will be very missed by all who knew her. Services and burial will be in Paradise. A memorial service will be planned at a later date in Pleasanton. ...
Don L. Chalmers
Jan. 27, 1937 - Dec. 31, 2012
Donald Leroy Chalmers was born Jan. 27, 1937 at Children's Hospital in Richmond, CA. Don was a lifelong resident and native of Oakland, CA. He attended Manzanita, Brett Harte, and graduated from Oakland High in 1955. Upon graduating from high school, Don enlisted in the United States Air Force where he was eventually assigned to "The Strategic Air Command Headquarters Band." Don always said these were the best 4 years of his life. After leaving the Air Force Don worked for H.C. Capwells for a number of years until he retired in 2001. It was then that Don, through his best friend Jack Smith, rediscovered his love of music. After 30 years he picked up his beloved clarinet and joined the "Pleasanton Community Band." Later he became a member of the "Walnut Creek Concert Band", the "San Ramon Symphonic Band", as well as several other smaller groups. Don was a member of "The United States Air Force Musicians Alumni Assoc." and "The Worldwide International Military Music Society." His signature piece of music was "Memories of You" by Benny Goodman. Don is survived by his adopted family: Pat Smith; Vern and Jackie Brooks; Debbie, Mike, Brett, Cole, Carrie, Carter, and Cooper Bennett; a...
Nicholas Raymond Gigliotti
Dec. 9, 1928 - Dec. 30, 2012
Nicholas Raymond Gigliotti, 84 resident of Pleasanton for 40 years died Dec. 30, 2012. Born Dec. 9, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pa. to Giuseppe and Catherina Gigliotti, he was the youngest of six children and was preceded in death by all his siblings and parents. Nick graduated from Connelly Vocational HS in Pittsburgh, Pa. He furthered his education at the Triangle School of Drafting. His career began at LK Comstock, both in Pittsburgh and the Bay Area before retiring in 1991 after 31 years. Nick served in Army National Guard during the Korean War. Nick was transferred to California in 1973 which was the “best move he ever made for his family”. There was no more “snow to shovel” and he could golf year round! He devoted his life to his wife, children and family with an ultimate love. Nick was a member of the "dawn patrol" at Castlewood Country Club for nearly 35 years. Nick is survived by his loving wife Diane of 57 years, his devoted children Teresa (Mark) McCloskey of Farmington, N.M., Nick (Cindy) Gigliotti of Pleasanton, Ernie (Karen) Gigliotti of Houston, Texas, Paul (Kim) Gigliotti of Pleasanton. Ten grandchildren: Nicole Tyson of Grand Prairie, Texas, Lorra Williams (Jordan) of...
Howard Clemens Hansen
March 20, 1922 - Dec. 27, 2012
Howard Clemens Hansen, 90, died December 27, 2012 at his home in Pleasanton. His wife of 69 years, Virginia, was at his side when he died. He will be fondly remembered by his children, Nancy (Peter) Mills of Tracy, Tuny (Art) Dunkley of Pleasanton, and Hans (Jill) Hansen, also of Pleasanton. Howard is survived by his sister Ann Marie Mix of Palo Alto, as well as eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. The Hansens were early settlers in Pleasanton. Howard’s father immigrated from Denmark in 1912 and in 1919 invested in two dairies in Pleasanton. Howard would ultimately run one of those dairies (The Hansen & Giger Dairy), located on Hopyard Road. In 1966 when the business was no longer viable, the land, the cattle and the equipment were all sold. Howard spent his retirement years maintaining his beautiful garden and tinkering with his collection of Model T cars. He and Virginia traveled extensively, most notably to Denmark where they kept up ties with the extended Hansen family. He was a fine mechanic and could fix anything. In later years when he was weakened by the effects of Parkinson’s Disease, he still managed to run the house from his recliner. Howard spent his...
Dec. 23, 1919 - Dec. 25, 2012
Jim Blades, 93, died Dec. 25, 2012, at his Pleasanton home with his wife of 68 years, Margaret, and his family at his side. He will be fondly remembered by his children, John, Annis, Liz and Rick; grandchildren Lisa, Brian, Tony, Olivia, Skye, and great-granddaughter, Daisy Elizabeth. Jim was born in Chicago on Dec. 23, 1919. His parents moved to Brooklyn in 1931 where Jim attended Brooklyn Tech in preparation for MIT. It was in Brooklyn that Jim joined the Police Athletic League, and was the oldest known living member of PAL. Jim joined the Navy during WWII, and after his discharge married Margaret Annette Moore in Montreal on Dec. 19, 1944. Both Jim and Margaret’s families were from the Caribbean. Jim met Margaret on the island of Barbados where her family lived when he was 8 and she was 5. Jim and Margaret initially settled in Brooklyn where son John was born in 1946. They moved to Orinda in 1947, where Jim found employment at the UC Berkeley Radiation Laboratory. By 1954, the family had grown to include Annis, Liz and Rick, so the family moved to a larger home in Danville. The family moved again in 1971 to Pleasanton, this time to find a special home that could also a...
Norma Carolyn Briere
Sept. 20, 1930 - Dec. 24, 2012
Norma Carolyn (Campbell) Briere, 82, passed away peacefully on December 24, 2012 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Norma was born in Wauregan, Conn., on September 20, 1930. She moved with her husband and three children to Long Beach, Calif. in February 1962. She worked for many years in the insurance industry and ended her career working in containerized shipping. She moved to Pleasanton in 1989 and resided here until her death. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and was a ValleyCare Auxillary volunteer for many years. She enjoyed Dixieland Jazz and spent many weekends attending jazz festivals with her husband and friends. Norma was preceded in death in by her husband, Cletus Paul (Pete) Briere. She is survived by her daughter Kathryn (Roy) Schamanski of Tacoma, Wash., son Michael (Jamie) Briere of Lakewood, Calif. and daughter Sheri (Mike) Baldwin of Pleasanton; grandchildren, Melissa Schamanski, Emily (Ryan) Trivett, Nathan Briere, Cole Briere, Kevin Baldwin, Nick Baldwin and great-granddaughter Claire Ann Trivett....
July 19, 1930 - Dec. 23, 2012
Mary Edwina Wilcox Theodore Wiitala died Dec. 23, 2012 at Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley, Calif. She was born in Maysville, Okla. to Joseph Martin Wilcox and Henry Idel Frizzell Wilcox, both of Oklahoma. Mary is survived by her sister Laveta Fagundes, 81, recently of Tracy, Calif. and brother Grady "Jimmy" Wilcox, 80, of Pleasanton; her daughter, Nancy Theodore Heredia of Temple City, Calif.; her son, Richard Theodore of Apple Valley, Calif., 3 granddaughters, 2 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Joe and Idel Wilcox, husbands, Ed Theodore and Robert Wiitala and son Bobby Wiitala. She came to California in 1941 with her family, arriving in Pleasanton in early 1943. Her father owned, trained and raced Thoroughbred horses at Northern California, county fairs and in Phoenix, Ariz. She lived in Pleasanton for 69 years. Visitation will be held at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, Pleasanton, CA on Friday, Jan. 4 from 2-5 p.m. Services will be held at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, Saturday Jan. 5 at 9:30 a.m. Burial will immediately follow at Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery on Sunol Blvd....
Adrienne Claire Riley
July 22, 1954 - Dec. 17, 2012
Adrienne was born in Willows, California, to Howard and Wilma (Wells) Detling. She passed away on December 17, 2012, at Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley, with her husband, Mike, and their children Kevin, Megan, and Amy at her side. After graduating from Enterprise High School in Redding, California, in 1972, Adrienne attended the University of California at Berkeley, where she met and married Michael Lloyd Riley on September 7, 1974. Adrienne earned a BS degree in Nursing and a BA degree in Human Development from California State University, Hayward. Adrienne began her career as a Registered Nurse in 1981 with Kaiser Hospital Oakland; and since 1995 has been associated with the Maternal Child Department at Valley Care Medical Center in Pleasanton. Adrienne enjoyed reading, sewing, traveling, shopping, San Jose Sharks hockey, Cal football, and playing Bunko. Adrienne's passion in life was her family; especially her love for her three children, and her granddaughter, Madison. Adrienne is survived by her loving husband, Mike; devoted children- son Kevin, his wife Stacey Powell Riley, and their daughter Madison of Brentwood; daughter Megan and husband Patrick Bowen of...
William (Bill) N. Lorentz
Dec. 6, 1928 - Dec. 15, 2012
Boulder City, Nevada
William "Bill" N. Lorentz, of Boulder City, a kind and gentle man, active in his community and church, passed away Dec. 15, 2012. He was born Dec. 26, 1928 and raised on a ranch near Augusta, Montana. Bill went on to a diverse life and career. Bill earned money for college as a concrete worker on Hungry Horse Dam as well as in the Air Force ROTC program. Bill received a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering from Montana State in Bozeman, Montana and went on to work in nuclear engineering designing power plants and nuclear submarines. His professional career also included operating a landfill and recycle program for the City of Santa Cruz as well as a Popcorn Store on the wharf in Santa Cruz. Bill had many hobbies ranging from scuba diving, canoeing, bird watching to wood carving and loved traveling in his RV with Lee. Bill was an active partner in a Christmas Tree Farm in northern California which lead to an amazing variety of family adventures and lifelong friendships. Bill is survived by his wife, Natha Lee; siblings, Henry and Lew; and blended family of 4 children with his first wife Mary Ann and three daughters with his second wife Natha Lee. There are no words t...
Carroll Dale Steele
Feb. 9, 1937 - Dec. 7, 2012
Carroll Dale Steele was born in Alden, Minnesota, the son of Melvin and Irma (Schmidt) Steele. He grew up in Alden on a farm and graduated from Alden High School. He enlisted in the US Army when he was 18 and served in an active and reserve role from 1955-1961. He lived in Albert Lea, MN and Minneapolis, MN until he was 36 when he moved to California with his family. He got degrees at Foothill College in Los Altos, CA and San Jose State University, San Jose, CA (MBA). Among some of the places he worked are: Streater in Albert Lea, MN; Control Data in Minneapolis, MN, Mosinee Paper Mills in Wausau, WI; Measurex in Cupertino, CA; BTI in Sunnyvale, CA. On Sept. 7, 1991, Carroll was united in marriage to Jo Hesterly at Immanuel Lutheran Church in San Jose. They lived in San Jose until 2000, when they retired and bought a small ranch in Acampo. It is here where Carroll started collecting vintage John Deere tractors and built a barn to house all of them. Carroll loved playing softball, as he was on as many as 3 teams at any one time. His greatest passion was being surrounded by his family. Carroll died Dec. 7, 2012 at Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Val...
June 6, 1932 - Dec. 5, 2012
Richard Behiel passed away peacefully December 5, 2012 surrounded by family at ValleyCare in Pleasanton, CA. He was 80. Richard suffered complications due to breaking several ribs after a fall in October while doing yard work at home in Dublin. Richard, the 2nd of 8 children, was born June 6, 1932 in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada. He left the family farm in 1959 and moved to Oakland with his sister Lorraine and her husband Lee Dansereau. Richard and Lee, and several others of the Behiel family, would eventually retire as union carpenters. He was especially proud of his work on the Oakland Coliseum, BART Tube, SJSU Business Tower, and building his first house in the Oakland hills. Richard married Yvonne Lapointe in 1961 and moved to Pleasanton in 1970 to raise their four children. Richard moved to Dublin in 1982 during a divorce. Richard enjoyed Canada-USA family reunions, annual Father’s Day picnics, and spending time with family and the great neighbors of Hillsdale Drive throughout the 1970’s. He spent his retirement working in his home workshop, helping others, having coffee with friends after a workout at the gym, and watching as many of his grandchildren’s sporting...
Nov. 29, 1940 - Nov. 30, 2012
Jacqueline Fougeray Woodruff passed away the day following her 72nd birthday on November 30, 2012 following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was in her Pleasanton home, surrounded by loved ones. Born November 29, 1940 in Philadelphia, Pa., Jackie grew up wanting to see the world. As a “service brat” she lived in many parts of the U.S. and North Africa before joining the Air Force as a young woman. She was granted admission to attend medical school at the University of Hawaii when her path took another turn, toward high tech engineering where she excelled at layout engineering at companies such as Texas Instruments and Mostek. Following her service in the Air Force, Jackie remained passionate about serving her community wherever she resided. She was active in CASA (assisting foster kids) in Dallas, Texas, the Washington Park Zoo in Portland, Ore., the Volunteers in Policing in Thousand Oaks, CASA in Alameda county and the Pleasanton Volunteers in Police Service program. Those who knew her will remember her as a beautiful, courageous, artistic and unbelievably well read individual. A staunch supporter of the fine arts, Jackie was also an amateur archeologist, ac...
Stephanie Ann Miller
Jan. 26, 1947 - Nov. 27, 2012
Stephanie Ann Miller loved to travel. She climbed Machu Picchu, walked the Great Wall of China and visited European countries from England to Russia. The one-year resident of Brentwood died suddenly Nov. 27, 2012, at the age of 65 when a case of the flu worsened into pneumonia. She and her husband, Robert Van Miller Sr., celebrated their one-year anniversary on Nov. 5. Prior to Brentwood, Miller lived for 10 years in Danville and before that lived in Pleasanton for many years. A native of Oakland, Stephanie was born at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland on Jan. 26, 1947. She grew up in San Lorenzo and was a cheerleader before graduating from San Lorenzo High School. During her years in San Lorenzo, she spent summers with her maternal grandmother on her farm in South Dakota. She went to work for the Oakland Police Department and served in a variety of roles before retiring after 20 years. She then moved onto to a marketing position with the Port of Oakland at the Oakland Airport. After 15 years, she retired from the port. Throughout her careers, she traveled widely. Italy and England were particular favorites. She met Robert through an official matchmaker about 2 ½ years ago. Bob wa...
Robert Daniel Stoik
July 30, 1959 - Nov. 26, 2012
Robert Daniel Stoik, 53, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family following an 11 year battle with cancer. Bob was born and raised in Bloomer, Wis. and graduated from Bloomer High School. He earned a secondary education degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. His careers with Milton Bradley/Hasbro and Nintendo promoted his kid at heart attitude. He coached his daughters’ various sports teams and loved bicycling and running. Bob is survived by his loving wife Catherine; devoted children Courtney, (Cal State Univ.-Chico) and Hannah, (Amador Valley High School). Bob is also survived by his mother, Audrey Stoik (Wis.); mother and father-in-law, Rose and Lee Cowan (Ill.); four sisters, four brothers and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death are father, Frank Stoik and nephew, Cale Stoik. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Friends and family are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm at Valley Community Church on 4455 Del Valle Parkway, Pleasanton, Calif. In lieu of flowers memorials can be sent to the American Cancer Society or Hope Hospice....
Dec. 25, 1942 - Nov. 10, 2012
Sharry Bautista passed away on Nov. 10, 2012. She was born on Dec. 25, 1942 in Valentine, Nebraska to Joy and Orville Greene. Her sister Donna was born 3 years later. Sharry married her former husband in 1961 and had 2 daughters, Kelly and Stacy. She was very active in her community for many years: serving 14 years on the Castro Valley Board of Fire Commissioners, volunteering at Laurel Grove Hospital, serving as Auxiliary president for 2 years and serving 1 year on the Alameda County Grand Jury. In 1987 she met and married the love of her life, Joe Bautista. They moved to Pleasanton in 2000 into a home that Joe built. They loved to travel, especially cruising. They had been on 25 cruises, visited more than 80 countries, 6 continents, and had planned to go Antarctica in February. They belonged to Castlewood Country Club where she played golf. She also had a great passion for gardening and spent many hours nurturing the plants in her yard. One of her favorite times of the year was football season where she would attend Raiders home games and watch the Nebraska Cornhuskers play college football. Sharry loved her family and her step family. She is survived by her loving husband, J...
Brenda Jane Murphy
Oct. 13, 1964 - Oct. 22, 2012
Brenda Jane Murphy passed away on October 22, 2012 at the young age of 48. Her final days were spent surrounded by her caring parents, loving children and extended family. Brenda was born October 13, 1964 in Livermore, California and was the only child of Adrian Senneff and Tony Gonzales. She grew up in Pleasanton graduating from Amador High School in 1983. Brenda proudly served her Country in the United States Army for several years before beginning her family. Brenda worked as an Administrative Assistant for over 10 years and loved being a stay at home mother when her boys were young. She enjoyed listening to music, reading a good book, watching scary movies with her Mom, shopping with her Aunt Cindy and visiting with family and friends. Brenda had a special bond with animals, especially with dogs and loved dog sitting for her Auntie Norma & Uncle Danny as well as her Dad and step-mom. Brenda is survived by her parents Adrian & Jerry Senneff and Tony & Pam Gonzales; her sons Adam Woodbury, Brycen Murphy and Cory Murphy; her daughter-in-law Katrina Woodbury and granddaughter, Addison Woodbury. She also leaves behind her brothers Antony Gonzales and Ed Gonzales; her niece...
Robert Walter Decker
May 26, 1950 - Oct. 21, 2012
Bob Decker passed away unexpectedly at home in Pleasanton, Calif. of heart failure on October 21, 2012. Born in Pittsburg, Penn., Bob’s family moved to the Bay Area in 1959 and he was a resident of Pleasanton for the last 35 years. He worked in the grocery business for 40 years, the last 25 at Sara Lee. Bob is survived by his wife Janice, son Stephen of Livermore, son Kristopher (Jennifer) of Castro Valley, sister Arlene (Gene) of Reno, Nev., brother-in-law Mark Anderson of Alexandria, Va. and granddaughter Hailey Decker. He is preceded in death by his parents Florian and Herman Decker, mother-in-law Marilyn Anderson, and father-in-law Harry Anderson. He enjoyed many outdoor activities, but his latest passion was duck hunting with his long time friend Alex. A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, November 26th, 5 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. Donations can be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of your choice....
Maurice C. Cook, Jr.
Jan. 12, 1939 - Oct. 11, 2012
Maurice C. Cook Jr., 73, died surrounded by his family on October 11, 2012 in Walnut Creek, CA. Maurice was born January 12, 1939 in Long Beach, CA to Maurice C. Cook, Sr. and Theola Mae Cook. In his younger years, he was an active member of DeMolay and later became a Second Degree Mason. He married Susanne Vivion in 1959. During the winter months he enjoyed taking his family hunting and fishing and in the summers they waterskied and raced speedboats. When he retired from his QA engineer profession, he became a local favorite with school-aged children as one of Pleasanton’s school crossing guards. His 5 foot tall Harbor Seal mascot, “Harbie”, could be seen by pedestrians and passing cars each day. Local newspapers even put his photo in the paper, highlighting him as a local colorful character. In his later years, he stuck closer to home and became content raising farm animals on his acre of property in rural Pleasanton. He often supplied fresh eggs for breakfast events at their neighborhood church, Faith Chapel. Maurice is survived by his wife of 54 years, Susanne V. Cook; daughters and their husbands, Cheryl and Stuart Craig, Carol and John Styles; five grandchildren, Ji...
Feb. 18, 1929 - Oct. 7, 2012
Marcia was born February 18, 1929 in Seattle, Washington to Norman E. and Ruth Hunter Churchill. She died peacefully on October 7, 2012 in her Indianola, WA home. Marcia lived a life of purpose and integrity; printed words barely scratch the surface of legacy of compassion and love she leaves to her friends and family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Marcia was a loving wife and mother, a true friend and doting grandmother whose optimistic character shined through in all she said and did. To Marcia’s family, she found happiness in sharing meals together, embarking on weekend trips of adventure with her grandchildren, and random moments of silliness and good laughs. To her friends, both far and near, Marcia was a genuine companion with a listening ear to all. Marcia grew up in Sunnydale and Seattle, WA, attending Highline High School and graduating from Seattle’s Lincoln High School as a member of the class of 1947. The following fall, she entered the University of Washington (U.W.) where she pledged as a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. Marcia lived in her sorority house during her enrollment at the U.W. and enjoyed many moments of laughter, fun, and eti...
Carol Linda Ghilardi
Dec. 24, 1948 - Oct. 3, 2012
Born on Christmas Eve, in Burlingame, CA, Carol was a surprise gift to her parents, John and Elizabeth Aguiar, as they had two older children. Though her life was cut short by Alzheimer’s and cancer, she managed to be that gift to her family, friends, and community. Most of her life was lived here in the Bay Area, though she spent her high school years in Costa Mesa, CA, where she graduated valedictorian. Returning to the Bay Area, she got her BA at the University of San Francisco and her MS in Marriage and Family Counseling at Cal-State Hayward. While attending graduate school, she began working for the City of Pleasanton as the secretary for Pleasanton Fire. She loved that job and kept it for 20 years, while at the same time caring for people as a licensed psychotherapist, in practice with her husband, Jim. They met while she was an intern at what is now called Axis Community Health Care. In 1987 they married and opened their office, Arroyo Counseling Services. Holding down two jobs, Carol still found time to volunteer; pioneering St. Augustine’s Aid’s Ministry, and doing prison ministry at the Federal Correction Institute and Santa Rita Jail. She also helped organize “The ...
Arleen Ann Neu
Dec. 25, 1936 - Sept. 23, 2012
Arleen Neu was called gently home to Heaven on Sept. 23, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Templeton, Iowa, she was a 25 year resident of Pleasanton. She is survived by her loving husband LaVern Neu, five children, 16 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and their families. Services were held....
Eugene Wilfred Gadd
Dec. 15, 1931 - Sept. 22, 2012
Eugene Wilfred Gadd, age 80, went to be with the Lord on September 22, 2012. Eugene was born to Wilfred and Ellen Gadd on December 15, 1931 at Trinity Lutheran Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Gene is survived by his adoring wife Mitzie, his seven children: Mike Gadd (Anne), Cathy Perotti (John), Patty Santin, Rebecca Walker (Jon), Jeff Gadd (Jennifer), Kevin Gadd (E'Lese), Brett Gadd (Ashlee), and his ten grandchildren: Rachael, Emily, Eric, Cameron, Brian, Kelsey, Austin, Jason, Jessica, and Everett. He was the oldest of three boys; he leaves brother Bob behind (Overland Park, KS), and was preceded in death by brother Dick. Gene was also cared for by in-laws Bob and Anne Turner. An accomplished Eagle Scout, Gene served in the Navy during the Korean War from 1951-1955 as a plane director on the USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47). While on the ship, Gene tried out for basketball and baseball, and was selected for both teams. He was also very proud to be chosen for the 1954 San Diego Naval Air Station “Skyraiders” basketball team. After his honorable discharge, he continued playing basketball and baseball for the University of Missouri Kansas City, where he graduated with a business de...
Sept. 13, 1948 - Sept. 18, 2012
Peter Wong, 64, of Pleasanton, California, passed away peacefully September 18, 2012, at Stanford University Medical Center. He was surrounded by family and friends. He was born September 13, 1948, in Taishan, China. He immigrated to New York City when he was 18 years old, moving to California in 1980. He has been living in Pleasanton since 1988. He worked as a communication technician for over 40 years with AT & T. He retired in 2009. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Linh Wong of Chalfont, PA; daughter, Christine Wong of San Jose, CA; grandchildren, Emma and Grant Wong of Chalfont, PA. A memorial service, burial and celebration of his life was held September 25, 2012, at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto. He will always be in our hearts and minds forever. He was the kindest and most compassionate soul. A beloved father and best friend, he was the greatest person we know. Dad, till we are able to hold you again, enjoy the fishing up there, we hear it's great! We love him so much!...
Robert Allen Wright
Feb. 5, 1943 - Sept. 15, 2012
Robert Allen Wright, loving husband, father, and friend, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 15. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, September 22 at The Pleasanton Senior Center at 4:00 pm on 5353 Sunol Blvd. He was born in Temple City, California on February 5, 1943 to Barbara and William Wright. His family moved to Lafayette in 1950 where he graduated from Pleasant Hill High School. He went on to attend Chico State where he met some of his life long friends. He proudly served in the National Guard from for 6 years. Through the guidance of his father in law, Stephen Roark, he learned the trade of Electrician. He had a passion for his work and excelled at everything he did. He retired from the Electrician’s 595 in 2002 and went on to teach in the Apprenticeship program. He married the love of his life, Marilyn, in 1966 and they moved to Pleasanton in 1971 where they established roots within the community that he loved and together raised their children Laura, Stephen and Michael. While in Pleasanton Bob was involved with the City Planning Commission and the Rotary Club. Bob and Marilyn recently celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary. H...
Patricia "Tricia" M. Martin
March 7, 1995 - Sept. 14, 2012
Patricia M. Martin (Tricia), 17, moved on to paradise on Sept. 14, 2012. Born in Walnut Creek, CA, she is survived by Kathleen Martin (mother) and preceded in death by Brian Martin (father). Tricia's short life was filled with trips to the beach and Disneyland, and cruises to the Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii. She loved listening to music, creating art, watching scary movies and hanging with friends. Tricia also loved animals including her three cats Sparklie, Herbie and Zephyr and her dog Kimmy (big black kitty). A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, 4167 First Street, Pleasanton, CA. Donations may be made in her memory to SuicidePreventionLifeLine.org or Tri-Valley Animal Rescue (TVAR)....
Doris Eleanor Mitchell
June 29, 1929 - Sept. 9, 2012
Doris Eleanor Mitchell, 83, passed away peacefully Sunday Sept. 9 surrounded by family. She was born June 29, 1929, in Oakland, Calif. She grew up in Oakland and graduated from Oakland High School. After graduation with a degree in Social Work from San Francisco State University, she was employed as a social worker for Alameda County. She met her future husband Phil K. Mitchell through a friend and co-worker, Doreen Mitchell, who is married to Phil's brother. Doris and Phil were married on April 19, 1958. While her husband served in the United States Air Force, the couple moved to various duty locations, including Ohio, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C. The couple settled down in Pleasanton, where they raised their three children, after her husband’s military retirement. They moved to Red Wing, Minn. in 2010 to be closer to their son Don and his family. Doris enjoyed traveling with her husband and family. Her favorite destinations included Mendocino, Lake Tahoe, and especially Carmel, where she and Phil honeymooned. Doris and Phil were charter members of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Doris treasured her family and will always be remembered for her generous spirit and her ...
Robert "Van" Vannatter
March 8, 1921 - Aug. 27, 2012
Scotts Valley, California
Robert Lee Vannatter, Jr., died peacefully in his sleep at home in Scotts Valley, CA on Monday, August 27, 2012. He was 91. Born in Gauley Bridge, West Virginia on March 8, 1921, Vannatter met his wife, Avis May Whitlock (1935-1975) in San Diego, CA, and they married in 1953. They had three children, who survive him: Michael Vannatter, Susan Vannatter-Prang, and Daniel Vannatter. An engineer by profession, Robert worked in the aerospace field in Burbank and Sunnyvale, CA for more than 35 years. During WWII, Robert saw service in the 82nd Airborne, 507th Paratrooper Division of the US Army. The country of France recently awarded him a Chevalier (Knight) medal of the Legion of Honor for his heroic efforts during the earliest hours of the Normandy invasion on June 6th, 1944. He will be missed....
Lily Ann Joberg
Jan. 17, 1923 - Aug. 23, 2012
Lily Ann Dowall Joberg died on August 23, 2012 at the home of her daughter, June Kowallis of Providence, Utah. She was 89 years old. She was born in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, the only child of William and Pauline Reynolds Dowdall. She spent her childhood in Morrison, Illinois and much of her adulthood in the Bay Area of California. She met Elgin A Joberg and was married on February 14, 1945 in San Francisco. They were blessed with three children, June Joberg Kowallis (Rodney) of Providence, Utah, Jeanne Joberg Brown (Doyle) of Moses Lake, Washington and David Joberg of Walnut Creek, California. She lived in Pleasanton, California for 49 years, where she raised her children and attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elgin, a granddaughter, Ann Marie Kowallis and a grandson, Kelsey G Brown. She leaves behind her 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren....
Linda L. Ansell
Jan. 20, 1941 - Aug. 22, 2012
Linda Louise Ansell passed peacefully on August 22, 2012 at her home in Pleasanton, California. Linda (née Massey) was born on January 20, 1941 in Cannelton, West Virginia. She was the 6th of 13 children and the 3rd of four girls. Her father, James Morris Massey, known as Maurice, was orphaned at a young age and worked in the coal mines of Kanawha County, West Virginia from the age of 11. Linda loved living in the countryside and said as a child she never considered herself poor. They had fresh vegetables from a huge garden the family kept and collected wild berries with her sisters. They canned everything and never went hungry. After graduating from Parkersburg High School, Linda worked for the government processing punch cards before she decided to move to California when she was 21 to live with her oldest brother, Jim, his wife Joan, and their young children. She was looking for a new life and found it in Santa Maria, CA. She loved working with numbers and soon found a job working as a teller at the Bank of America in Santa Maria. There she met Kathleen Silva who was soon to be Kathy Jones and her best friend. The two of them were still known for giggling and long ta...
March 1, 1945 - Aug. 19, 2012
Judith Lynn Avellar passed away peacefully, with her children present on Sunday after a valiant battle with cancer. She will be sorely missed by many. Judy was born in New York and relocated to Mountain View, CA in the late 1950's. She moved to Pleasanton in 1977, then settled in Dublin for the last 15 years. Judy has been a business professional for the majority of her life, managing several different organizations throughout her career. Her passions in life were traveling, decorating, cooking and spending time with her family and friends. Judy is survived by her brother Steven Urban of Corona, CA; daughter Tammy Slabaugh and husband Eric; son Craig Hagenbaugh and wife Rachel; granddaughter Taylor Slabaugh, all of Tracy CA. Friends and Family are invited to attend a "Celebration of Life" at Beeb's at Las Positas Golf Course in Livermore, CA on Saturday, August 25th at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations be made to Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Ave., Dublin, CA 94568....
June 8, 1922 - Aug. 17, 2012
Tracy (former Pleasanton resident), California
TRACY—Arline Mills, a long-time Pleasanton resident, died here at her daughter’s home on August 17, 2012. She was 90. Mrs. Mills moved to Pleasanton in 1952 with her husband, Frederick “Ed” Mills, and they lived in the same home on East Angela Street for more than 55 years until Ed died in July 2008. The only child of Charles and Alice Clifford, she was born June 8, 1922 in Dunmore, PA. She graduated from Dunmore High. She was the valedictorian of both her 8th grade class and her high school class of 1942. She was active in Girl Scouts and achieved the organization’s highest honor, the Golden Eaglet Award. After moving to California, she was a leader and a trainer for 30 years with the Girl Scouts. While raising her children, she volunteered with the Amador Valley High School Parent-Teacher Association and was named an honorary life member in 1967. She was active with the PTA throughout her girls’ education. She also was honored by Rainbow for her service and led a variety of charitable activities in Pleasanton. After graduating from high school, she attended and graduated from the Palmer School of Business in Scranton. She worked as a secretary in Scranton and, ...
Ronald Duane Haug
Nov. 17, 1926 - Aug. 14, 2012
Ron was born November 17, 1926 in Cando, North Dakota to Christoffer August Haug and Susanna Olson. He passed away August 14, 2012 at a memory care community in Silverdale, WA. The Haug family moved to the Pacific Northwest during the great depression, and Ron graduated from Seattle’s Lincoln High School class of 1943. He played basketball on the varsity team and spent many happy hours playing softball at Lower Woodland Park. In the fall of 1943, Ron entered the University of Washington (U.W.) and played varsity basketball his freshmen year. After completing one year at the U.W., Ron entered the Coast Guard and served as a radioman on troop transport ships between San Francisco, CA and the Asian War Zones from 1944 through 1946. Upon honorable discharge from the service, Ron returned to the U. W. to earn his BS in Zoology. He entered Dental School at the University and in 1953 earned his DDS. He practiced general dentistry for five years and then returned to the U.W. to earn his Orthodontic Degree in 1960. During his studies at the U.W. Dental School, Ron met Marcia Churchill and they were married June 14, 1952 at the Florence Henry Memorial Chapel in Seattle. They ...
Sharon Van Heusen
Jan. 21, 1965 - Aug. 4, 2012
Former resident of Pleasanton, California
Beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend passed away on Saturday, August 4, 2012 in Clovis, CA after a brave fight against melanoma. She is survived by her husband Bill, son William, father Bob Apple and wife Mary, mother Joy Williams and husband Bill, brother Jimmy Apple, Aunt Denice and Uncle Sam D'Andrea and family, Uncle Larry and Aunt Ruth Apple and family, Aunt Barbie Wilson, Aunt Diane Apple, as well as other relatives and friends too numerous to list. She was preceded in death by infant son James Kirk Van Heusen in April 1993. Shari was a devoted mother and wife, a generous, loving spirit who brought light to the lives of so many. She took the lead in an assortment of civic and school activities from supporting our troops in the Middle East to bringing about the eScrip program at Alisal Elementary School. Shari also home schooled her son William up through high school. She enjoyed people, talking, reading, writing, arts & crafts and helping to bring about positive changes to our lives. She was excited about life, motivational and inspirational to those that knew her. Her love, support and care will be long remembered. Shari is very much missed by so many!...
Patricia J. Cortez
Feb. 25, 1928 - July 29, 2012
Patricia Baker Cortez CORTEZ, Patricia J. age 84 of Fairborn, Ohio, passed away Sunday, July 29, 2012. Pat was born to the late Galen and Gladys Baker on February 25, 1928 in Casstown, Ohio. She married Robert Cortez on April 1, 1967 in Fairborn, Ohio. Pat worked as a Civil Servant at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio retiring after 26 years of service. She was a strong supporter of the arts and military affairs activities in the Dayton region and lifelong member of the Officers’ Wives Club at Wright Patterson Air Force Base as well as Eglin AFB, Florida, and Hickam AFB, Hawaii. Pat is survived by her husband, Robert Cortez; son, John W. McCance; granddaughters, Lauren and Katie McCance. She was preceded in death by her older brother William G. Baker formerly of Springfield, Ohio; survived in death by her younger sister Judith (William) Pantle of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania; and sister-in-law, Wanda Baker of Tampa, Florida. A private funeral is scheduled for August 3, 2012. The family has requested in lieu of flowers that donations be made in her name to any of the following organizations: Miami Valley Military Affairs Association Foundation, c/o Greene Giving, 25 Greene Street Xen...
Matthew Michael Lyon
April 16, 1970 - July 27, 2012
Walnut Creek, California
Matthew Michael Lyon died unexpectedly Friday evening, July 27, 2012 while hiking to meet Boy Scouts from Troop 820 as they completed a 30-mile backpacking trip on the Pacific Crest Trail. Matt was born in Salt Lake City on April 16, 1970. He was raised in Pleasanton, California and graduated from Amador Valley High School. He served a two year mission in Guatemala for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Following his mission he attended UC Davis where he earned degrees in Economics and International Relations. He married Eleanor L. Valencia on September 15, 1995 in the Oakland LDS Temple. He worked for Accenture for 16 years. He is survived by his wife Eleanor, children Connor, Jordan, Maxwell, and Sierra, parents Michael and Susan Lyon of Pleasanton, brothers Nicholas (Chelsea), Daniel (Holly), and Christian of San Francisco, niece Madison and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. Matt lived a life of selfless service to others and filled many church roles, including his most recent as the Bishop of the Walnut Creek II Ward. Matt enjoyed exploring the California coast, backpacking, gardening, home improvement projects, and spending time with his family ...
Oct. 30, 1912 - July 22, 2012
Harold W. Garden died July 22, 2012 at the age of 99. He was born to Joseph and Sarah Garden in Stoney Creek, Connecticut. He graduated from San Francisco State. He was a longtime teacher at Pleasanton Grammar School, beginning his career there in the early 1940's. Garden taught 7th grade and it was his favorite grade to teach. He was a teacher and principal for 33 years. He retired as principal from the Oakland School District. Garden also was a probation officer for 8 years. Garden loved to teach and help children and adults learn to read. He believed people should read at all times. He had a great sense of humor, and loved life. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Sally and Save Van Houten (Riverbank), grandson Joseph Crume (Germany), granddaughter Mickie Crume and great-granddaughter John Crume (Moscow, Russia). Deegan Funeral Chapel in Escalon handled private services for the immediate family, including burial at St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Escalon, CA....
John William Vincent
June 1, 1928 - July 18, 2012
On July 18, 2012,John Wm. Vincent went to join Jesus in Heaven. He was 84. John was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada June 1, 1928. He grew up in Transcona, Manitoba, Canada. He graduated from the United College in Winnipeg in 1950 with a degree in Psychology/Sociology. Shortly after graduating, John moved to California, worked on the Southern Pacific Railway and then was drafted into the U.S. Army at the beginning of the Korean War. After basic training, he was sent to Germany as a psychiatric/social worker. Upon discharge in 1953, he became an elementary school teacher. John spent his entire teaching career in the Menlo Park School District, teaching many grade levels with specialties in math, history and biology. He also served as one of the three District Principals. Early in his career, he left the district and spent a year teaching in a native school in Cordova, Alaska during the pre-statehood year of 1959. Academically, John completed a B.A. at the United College, an M.A. in Educational Administration at San Jose State and a second M.A. from Santa Clara University in Family Counseling. He was an accomplished pipe organist, having studied under Herb...
Maureen Mulholland O'Hare
Aug. 30, 1952 - July 8, 2012
Maureen Mulholland O'Hare, a 27 year resident of Pleasanton, passed away suddenly of natural causes on July 8th, 2012. Maureen was an empathetic soul who felt for those who were marginalized, poor or suffered from the ravages of war. Her warm smile, great heart and sense of fun were especially evident in her playfulness with children. Maureen was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 30th, 1952. She lived in Brooklyn, Florida, Lompoc and San Jose as the family relocated while her father worked on the missile programs. Maureen graduated from Leland High School in San Jose in 1970. She worked twenty years for Pacific Bell as a Staff Engineer. Maureen retired after the birth of her second child to concentrate on raising her children. She volunteered at Hillendale and Alisal schools where she particularly enjoyed teaching about Art History. She was a member of the inaugural St. Augustine parish neighborhood faith formation groups and loved dancing and museums. Maureen enjoyed traveling and frequently visited Ireland, the birthplace of her parents. Maureen is survived by her children Shannon and Brendan, her husband William, her mother Johannah Mulholland and her brother Rory Mulh...
Kathleen Ann Palmer
Feb. 4, 1951 - June 17, 2012
Kathy Palmer, a 30 year resident of Pleasanton, died suddently on June 17, 2012. She was born in Portland, OR on February 4, 1951. Kathy is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Jim, daughters Kristy (Elvis) Aviles and Karey (Scott) McAlpine, sisters Patti Harvey and Terry McArdle, and grandchildren Jascylette, Elvis Jr. and Elijah, and nieces Tiffany, Jen, Julie, and Michelle, and nephew Matt. Kathy was an avid sports fan, loving both the SF Giants and 49ers. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her friends and family. A private celebration of life will be held on Friday....
Andrew A. Salem, Jr
July 8, 1930 - June 9, 2012
Andy (81) passed away on June 9, 2012 at his home in Arnold, CA. A mass will be held on July 14th at 10:00am at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton, CA. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Anne; children: Steve (and Sandy) Salem, Vince (and Moya) Salem, Lisa (and Charlie) Giolzetti; grandchildren: Jeff, Michelle, Kyle, Brianni, and Brandon; great-grandchildren: Mckenzie, Ariana, and Mia; sisters Jeanette Aldi, Clara Williams. Preceded in death by sister Annette Horkan. Andy was born July 8, 1930 in New Haven, Connecticut to parents that had immigrated to the United States from Italy. When he was 2 years old, the family moved to Southern California (Hollywood) where he was raised. In 1952, he married and moved to the San Fernando Valley (Sun Valley) where he lived for many years. In 1975, he moved to Pleasanton, CA. He retired in 1992 and continued to live in Pleasanton until 2004 when he moved to Arnold, CA....
Dec. 6, 1987 - June 7, 2012
San Francisco, California
Alexander Woodruff. Alex died of a heart attack on June 7th in San Francisco at the age of 24. Alex moved to Pleasanton from Thousand Oaks in 2000 with his family, and was a 2006 graduate of Village High School. He was born in 1987. Alex is survived by his parents, his sister Claudine, brother Scot, nieces and nephews, Kate, Wil, Charlie, Chloe, Harrison and Bennett. Donations in his memory will be welcome at mccsf.org....
Dorlene F. Alves
Oct. 17, 1933 - May 31, 2012
Dorlene F. (Garcia) Alves passed away on Thursday, May 31, 2012 after a long battle with dementia. Dorlene, or "Doe" as she affectionately called by family and friends, was born and raised in Pleasanton. She graduated from Amador High in 1951 and married Edmond (Ed) Alves, the love of her life, on June 20, 1954. Dorlene was a homemaker most of her life. Raising, loving and supporting her children throughout their lives were her joys and her vocation. Do what makes you happy she would say. Dorlene was preceded in death be her son, Jeffrey Alves in 2009, her sister, JoAnne Holden in 2008, parents, William and Mrytle (Frager) in 1984. She leaves behind her husband, Edmond, of 58 years of marriage, her daughters, Janell (Richard) Anderson of Mountain View, CA, Jennifer (Steve) Dowden of Keller, TX their four children, Katie, Jackie, Maddie & Samuel, daughter in-law, Blanca Castillo-Alves, her two children, Isabel & Anthony of Simi Valley, CA, her brother Donald (Lillian) Garcia, their three sons, Steve, Mike, and Ronnie, her nephew Warren (Kathy) Holden, their children Chase and Kayleen. A private family grave site service will be held on July 14 at St. Augustine's cemetery i...
Ethel L. McDonald
Jan. 25, 1922 - May 25, 2012
Ethel McDonald passed away on May 25, 2012, at Valley Memorial Hospital, in Livermore, CA, of natural causes. She was 90 years old. Ethel was born in Calamus, IA, to Mike and Clara Thiel. On July 4, 1943, she married Kenneth H. (Mac) McDonald in Cape Girardeau, MO. In 1948 they left Iowa and moved to Washington State for the next 49 years. In 1997 they relocated to Pleasanton, CA. Ethel worked as a dental assistant for many years, as well as serving as office manager for their family automobile dealership. She was involved in many service organizations and was a former president and life-member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was also a member of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church. In addition to love of her family, Ethel’s greatest enjoyment came from arts & crafts, specializing in decorative egg art, and writing cards and letters. Ethel was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years and one sister. She is survived by her son, Ken McDonald (Barbara); two grandsons, Ken McDonald (Shari) and Jeff McDonald (Keri); and 5 great-grandchildren: Allison, Kelsey, Davis, Sean, & Cameron; a sister (Lois London) and many nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held at Schu...
March 31, 1941 - May 11, 2012
Orland Michael Silva, long-time resident of Pleasanton, passed away on May 11, 2012 at the age of 71. He was in his home with his wife and children at his side. Orland was born in Albany and raised in Rodeo, California. Upon graduating from John Swett High School, he went to work for PG&E and retired 33 years later. He then went on to work for the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory for 10 years. His love was for Bible Study Fellowship, where he could study and teach about his Lord, Jesus Christ. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 50 years, Paula; his children and their spouses: Pam & Josh Shinnick, Kathy & Andy Eelsing, Tim & Dawn Silva, Jennifer & Danny Sweeney and Mary & Angelo Scavone; as well as 15 grandchildren: Tyler, Jacob, Abby, Jason, Ryan, Brennan, Amy, Hannah, Faith, Tessie, Tommy, Travis, Mady, Mitchell and Leah. He enjoyed his family, the Forty Niners, Granada High Football and playing his saxophone. Many will remember him as “Papa”. His warm smile and loving spirit will be missed....
Sage Lenhart Pattie
June 5, 1956 - May 11, 2012
Sometimes sorrow comes unexpectedly. In the midst of a valiant fight against cancer, Pleasanton psychotherapist Sage Lenhart Pattie passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 11, 2012 as a result of complications from the treatment in her battle with colon cancer. Sage loved life to its fullest and embraced life with gusto even amidst the most difficult of times. Her joy, ready laugh, and deep empathy will be missed by all who crossed her path. She was a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Pleasanton. She was widely known and appreciated for applying her practical therapy techniques along with discerning listening skills to help change lives. People often expressed appreciation for the gentle humor she brought to her work. She had planned to bring to her practice the unique skills developed in recent studies with Cathryn Clerc at Hippocrene Springs – integrating horses as partners in the therapeutic process. Sage was born in Palo Alto and was a graduate of Palo Alto High School. During this time she was active in both Girl Scouts and Sea Scouts. Sage received her B.S. degree in Nutrition from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. After moving to Souther...
July 30, 1924 - April 19, 2012
Decorated World War II veteran Michael DeLia died April 19, 2012 at the age of 88. He was born July 30, 1924 in Watertown, New York and worked professionally as a hospital administrator. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Barbara DeLia, of Pleasanton, six of his seven children from a previous marriage, grandchildren and many friends....
Diane Louise Churka
Feb. 23, 1944 - April 17, 2012
Diane Churka, 68, enhanced downtown Pleasanton with her flowers, trees, and plants for the last 23 years at the SP Depot on Neal Street, and the Coffee Roast Express building at 780 Main Street. Born at home in Riverside Calif on Feb. 23, 1944 and died at home in Pleasanton, Calif. on April 17, 2012. Graduated from Highland School of Nursing in Oakland, designed and built the Coffee Roast Express business in three locations in downtown Pleasanton. She loved classical music, gardening, alpine skiing, the theater, designing and building interiors for home and business, and traveling on back roads throughout the USA. She is survived by her husband Edward Churka, daughter Alicia Lutz, son Mark Churka, two grandchildren, and one great granddaughter....
Dec. 22, 1934 - April 11, 2012
The son of Greek immigrants, Chris Beratlis was born December 22, 1934 in Livermore, CA and lived in Pleasanton his entire life. He had four sisters and three brothers. Three of his sisters survive him. He was married to his wife Glenda in 1965 and they had two sons, Christopher and David. David predeceased his parents in 1990. Chris worked in his family’s cheese factory at the end of Santa Rita Road as a young man. He served in the Army during the Korean War and was justifiably proud of his service. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He particularly enjoyed his son Christopher and his wife Erika and his grandchildren Jayme and Jared, his morning coffee shop “guys” at Vic’s who came to be known, kiddingly, as “the world problem solvers”, his Friday lunch “Grub Club”, his abalone fishing trips, the Lake Shasta houseboat trips with his friends from the Sierra foothills. Chris was actively involved in civic affairs and at various times served on the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Pleasanton City Council, the Alameda County Fair Board of Directors, and with the Pleasanton’s Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Association in efforts to preserve, protect and enhance Plea...
Jan. 27, 1935 - April 2, 2012
Emilie Milton Seebach Born Jan. 27, 1935 Died April 2, 2012 Resident of Pleasanton Emilie Milton Seebach died Monday, April 2, 2012, at home and peacefully, in the company of family. She was a great woman who lived and loved fully. Born in Houston, Texas, to Earl and Gladys Milton, Emilie graduated from Lamar High School in 1953 in Houston, Texas, and attended the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. She married Robert Green in 1953 and reared her three children - Ron, Lori, and Lisa in Dallas, Texas. She was a charter member of Ridgeview Presbyterian Church in Farmers Branch, Texas, as well as church secretary and a member of the choir. She helped launch the HEMI initiative in the Dallas County Community College District as an Asst. to the Administrator and later served as Executive Asst. to the President of Corey Hebert, Inc. Emilie moved to California in 1988 with her marriage to Howard Seebach and was very active in the life of First Presbyterian Church of Livermore serving on the Session and on many committees. She was especially known for her creative leadership and organization in the church’s social activities. Along with Howard, in January, 1991, ...
Aug. 16, 1925 - April 1, 2012
Barbara Bone Corrin August 16, 1925 to April 1, 2012 Barbara Bone Corrin, age 86, of Pleasanton, passed away peacefully in her sleep April 1, 2012, with her family at her bedside. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Bill Corrin, sons Bill (Jr.) Corrin of Long Beach and Gary Corrin of Toronto and daughters Janet (Gary) Sears of Pleasanton and Lyn (Terry) Aaker of Long Beach. She is also survived by two sisters, four grandchildren, and nine nephews and nieces. The Corrin family moved from Salinas to Pleasanton in 1969. The center of their new life was the Pleasanton Presbyterian Church and its social activities. Barbara taught for fourteen years at Alisal School and was always thrilled when former students and parents recognized her. While in her 60s she took tap dancing and piano lessons, loved playing tennis and bridge, and was well known for her award-winning pies and jams. After her 1986 retirement, Barbara volunteered at Alisal and Mohr Schools, where Janet was teaching. She also enjoyed her Community Bible Study group, practicing Jin Shin Jyutsu Japanese healing arts, volunteering at ValleyCare Hospital, and performing at piano workshops. Her dear friendships...
Dolores Jean Caffey
Feb. 18, 1933 - March 18, 2012
Dolores Jean Caffey passed away on March 18, 2012 in St. Helena, California. She was a remarkable woman that lived a very full life. Born in Great Bend, Kansas to William and Ula Juergensen, she has lived in Clearlake for the last 22 years She was formally a resident of Pleasanton, CA where she lived for 12 years, and had also spent time in Claremore, OK, with her husband when her children were grown. Dolores had various careers throughout her lifetime. She was very proud of the fact that she worked for Philco Ford making electronic modules, thereby helping to launch the Apollo. In Pleasanton, she worked at Valley View School as the Cafeteria Manager. While in Oklahoma, she learned to be a taxidermist and to tan hides. She also raised many different farm animals. After moving to Clearlake, she started working for the Methodist Church in Clearlake managing their Thrift Store and vollentered there for the last 10 years. In her spare time, she loved her garden and to do needlepoint. She is survived by her family; husband of 60 years, Ronald Caffey; children, Robert Caffey (Stella) of Vallejo and Lenard Caffey (Sandy) of Pleasanton; grandchildren, Cariann, Katrina, Jesse (Eri...
Ellen Irene Keele
Sept. 16, 1915 - March 16, 2012
ELLEN IRENE KEELE: Born September 16, 1915, passed on March 16, 2012. Loving mother to four daughters; Geri (Keele) Vecchiarelli, Mariann (Keele) Roberts, Rita (Keele) Dort, Veronica (Keele) Plummer, 11 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. Survived by her brothers, Thomas Smith, James Smith and her sister, Agnes Purvis. Preceded in death by her brother, Laurence Smith and her sister, Ann Salmon. Ellen passed peacefully in the loving arms of her daughter, after a short illness at age 96. Ellen was born in New York, moved to Oakland and settled in San Leandro to raise her children. After successfully rearing her daughters, the entire family moved to Pleasanton over 25 years ago, to continue to raise the siblings together in a large family setting. The matriarch to a large clan, she and her daughters lived within 2 miles of each other and she will be missed by all. A memorial service will be held at Graham Hitch Mortuary, 4167 First St. Pleasanton, on Saturday, March 31st at 11:30 AM. A short reception will follow....
Francesca (Fran) Marie Springer
Sept. 23, 1957 - March 7, 2012
Fran passed peacefully on March 7, 2012 surrounded by family. Francesca was born Sept 23, 1957 in San Francisco to Barbara DeSantis and the late John E DeSantis. Mother to Jennifer Heafey and Michelle (Mike) DeLucia, grandmother to Michael and Marcus DeLucia, sister of Gina Hisel, Marianne Albretsen, Gianna DeSantis and John J DeSantis. Survived by Brian Heafey and Polo Morales and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and many loving & devoted friends. A woman of creativity and great strength, Fran was successful in launching multiple companies. She attended Notre Dame High School in Belmont. Fran’s heart was always in helping others and she never missed an opportunity to volunteer with the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life. Fran was always eager and ready to hop in the car and GO. She especially loved going to San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.Fran LOVED to dance and did so often and with great joy. The most special aspect of Fran was that she lived her life with joy and enthusiasm, and those of us whose lives she touched were truly blessed....
Lee Roy McGalliard
Sept. 8, 1930 - March 3, 2012
Lee Roy McGalliard Pleasanton (formerly of Cupertino) Lee Roy McGalliard, 81, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2012 with his daughter by his side. Lee was born in Miami, FL and raised in Pelham (Cotton), GA. As a young boy he worked in the fields picking cotton, as a grocery bag boy, in a diner and at the Coats & Clarke thread mill. He played semi-pro baseball and retained his love of the game throughout his life. In 1950 he joined the Navy serving on the USS Boxer during the Korean War and was stationed at Moffett Field. Near the end of his enlistment he met Nita at a dance in Stockton and they married 6 weeks later. Upon Lee’s honorable discharge they moved to Pelham, GA for a brief time before returning to CA where they lived in the Bay Area throughout their lives. Lee retired as Battalion Chief after 30 years with the Moffett Field Fire Department. A part-time job in 1963 at the Saratoga Horticultural Foundation grew into a passion for Lee. The knowledge he gained inspired him to start Lee’s Landscape & Maintenance which he ran for over 40 years before relocating to Pleasanton in 2006. It was his nature to teach anyone with an interest how to prune and care for...
William Andrew Evans
Oct. 25, 1936 - Feb. 25, 2012
William Andrew Evans William [Bill] Evans of Pleasanton, CA, [formerly of Saratoga, CA] passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 25, 2012. Bill was born on October 25, 1936 to William and Josephine Evans in Chicago, IL. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Mary Jo (Penny) Nichols Evans; children; Son, Bill Evans (wife Linda, daughters Mary and Kristina); Son, Michael Evans (wife Debbie, son Michael, daughter Rebecca); Daughter, Carol Kelly (husband Roland, sons Trevor, Garrett & Ryan); Daughter, Nancy Becker (husband Ron, son Grant, daughter Jordan). Brother-in-law, Fred Nichols, wife Pat & son David. He was brother to Patricia Thompson and Joyce Evans. Bill was a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Air Force. He served in the Strategic Air Command Unit and later served in Vietnam. He logged over 2000 hours of flight time in the cockpit of B47’s and C141’s. He loved seeing the world from the air. He received the Meritorious Service Metal for outstanding service. Bill earned his Bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University and his Master’s Degree from the University of San Francisco. His career after the military included Engineerin...
Angelita Chacon Martinez
April 4, 1915 - Feb. 11, 2012
Angelita Chacon Martinez passed away on February 11, 2012 with her family by her side. Angelita was born 4/4/1915 in Tucson, Arizona where she met the love of her life Pedro Martinez. They moved to California and settled in Alameda and they were married for 66 wonderful years. Angelita is survived by her Daughter, Diana Jean and her Son In-Law Robert Schwerin, her three Grandchildren Tony, Richy and Danielle and her Great- Grandchildren Nicole Danner and Preston Peel and many nieces and nephews. Angelita is preceded in death by her husband Pete Martinez, her sisters Eva Hynson & Cassie Rueda and her mother whom she always spoke about. Angie enjoyed bowling in a senior league once she had retired and traveled with her husband and daughter to many different places around the world. Angie recently resided at the Parkview, Memory Care in Pleasanton where she participated in many activities the last three years....
May 1, 1915 - Jan. 15, 2012
Irma Harmeson, 96, of Pleasanton, died peacefully on January 15, 2012 in Livermore, CA. Irma was born in 1915 in Sidney, Illinois. In 1938 she received a Business Degree from the University of Illinois. She married Robert H. Harmeson in 1940. Irma enjoyed being a homemaker, raising her children and spending time with her grand and great-grandchildren. In Illinois, she worked at Western Union, Collegiate Cap and Gown, and sold Fashion Two-Twenty cosmetics. Music was important to her as she played both the piano and organ. She and her husband loved to dance. Throughout her life she was active in community women's organizations, her church, multiple military organizations, and Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity. Irma and Robert retired to Mesa, AZ where they enjoyed many years of travelling and pursuing their hobby - genealogy. After her husband's death, she moved to California and continued her visits to family and friends. Irma was preceded in death by her parents; brother; her husband; infant daughter; and son, Leigh. She is survived by her children: Raynor; Terry; Linda, and Leigh’s wife, Janet. She also leaves behind her five grandchildren; and seven great-grand...
Monica L. Van Wegen
April 20, 1979 - Dec. 25, 2011
Monica L. Van Wegen, an Amador Valley High School track star who motivated countless others, died on Christmas morning after a five-year battle with brain cancer. She was 32. Monica was able to live an inspirational and fully functioning life until her final weeks. Her life was always filled with tremendous energy and enthusiasm to enjoy every day to its fullest. The enthusiasm was very contagious and fun to be around. Her energy found an outlet in running. She started by winning the 400-yard rabbit run at Valley View School and the 400-yard race at the Hershey Nor Cal Meet in San Jose, both while in the fourth grade. She ran competitively with great success for 11 years. She ran for fun and fitness for her entire life. Through running, she discovered her life’s work and passion as a fitness trainer and physical therapist. The running, school and work took Monica to Eugene, Ore., San Diego, Chico, Los Angeles, Tiburon and Sun Valley, Idaho. Monica recorded many accomplishments at Amador Valley, including: 1997 NCS 800 meter champion; 1996 Amador HS 4x400m relay team that was 8th fastest in the nation, 3:45.94; 1996 Amador HS NCS Championship Cross Country team; EBAL 20...
Elizabeth Jean Tremblay
May 20, 1919 - Dec. 14, 2011
Elizabeth Jean Tremblay, an expert and enthusiastic bridge player, died Dec. 14, 2011 in a San Jose senior care home. She was 92. Betty traveled widely to pursue her passion for bridge, playing tournaments as well as casual matches with friends. After living in Southern California for many years, she moved to Pleasanton about 30 years ago so they could be close to their grandchildren. She lived in Pleasanton for 25 years before moving to senior housing in Livermore and then San Jose so she could be closer to her daughter. Mrs. Tremblay was born May 20, 1919 in Madison, Wis. and spent her high school years in Glen Ellyn, Ill. where she graduated from Glenbard High School. She then enrolled in Beloit College in Michigan and graduated four years later. She moved to Chicago and worked as a proof reader for legal documents. While riding the train into Chicago, she met her husband-to-be Eduardo Tremblay. They had been married 55 years when Eduardo passed away in 1999. They had three children, Michael, Julie and Joel. Growing up, Julie recalled, “Michael and I always knew that mom and dad were there for me. No matter what I did, I knew I was always loved and supported by the...
Paul Joseph Nappo
May 7, 1950 - Dec. 13, 2011
Paul was born and raised in Oakland, CA and was a longtime resident of Pleasanton, Ca. He passed away peacefully December 13, 2011 surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Angelo Nappo and in-laws Rudolph and Evalyn Peters. Paul was a devoted, loving husband, father and Nonno to wife Debra, daughter Stephanie (Josh), son Nicholas and granddaughter Hayden. Loving son to Frances Nappo, brother Thomas (Faye), Marilyn and Marlene (Ted) brother in law to David (Laurie), Denise and Ron (Christina). Favorite and adored uncle to many nieces and nephews as well as communal father to countless others. He also leaves behind many loyal, devoted lifelong friends. Paul was a proud member of Fratellanza Men's Italian Club and a devoted machinist at Koffler Electrical. His greatest joy's were outdoor activities, music, playing with the kids, time with family and friends and being with the love of his life, Debra!...
Jean Lois Bell
June 16, 1929 - Dec. 2, 2011
Jean L. Bell, 36-year resident of Pleasanton, California, passed away peacefully in her sleep Friday, Dec-2., here in town, surrounded and comforted by all of her closest family. She was preceded in death by her husband William Kenneth Bell in 1993, and is survived by their only child Douglas K. Bell, of Pleasanton, her daughter-in-law Deirdre A. Bell, and her three grandchildren whom she adored: Kandice D. Bell (Livermore), Victoria C. (Bell) Monical (Pleasanton), and Devin D. Bell (Pleasanton). Jean was born and raised in Lebanon, Indiana. She received her bachelor’s degree in music education from Northwestern University, Illinois, and spent 40 years teaching grade school and middle school band. After retiring in Pleasanton, she attended Lynnewood United Methodist church, enjoyed playing the recorder with friends, was a student of the Art Made Easy class at the Pleasanton Senior Center for many years, enjoyed travelling, and loved watching TV sports. She was immensely kind and friendly to all, kept her humor right to the end, loved the Lord, and was the best mother a man could ever have....
Jared Alan Johansen
Oct. 14, 1984 - Nov. 30, 2011
Jared Alan Johansen, beloved son of Alan and Christy Johansen unexpectedly passed away in his sleep early Wednesday morning November 30, 2011 at his home in Pleasanton, California. He was 27 years old. Jared grew up in Pleasanton and loved his many friends and teachers at Walnut Grove Elementary, Harvest Park Middle School, and Amador Valley High School. Jared was well known for his fun sense of humor and wit and his love of learning. He was a great brother, husband, father, son, a gifted athlete, dedicated scholar and respected friend. Jared was an avid fan of the San Francisco 49ers, Giants and the Warriors. He spoke Spanish fluently and served a two year voluntary mission for his church in Washington D.C. Jared attended college at both BYU and the University of Utah, earning a degree in Economics in 2009. He was married in the Portland Oregon LDS temple in 2008 to his adoring wife Tiffany Bleak. During the past 2 years, Jared loved his work and associates at the law firm of Gunderson Dettmer in Redwood City. He and Tiffany were happily looking forward to law school next year. Jared is survived by his wife, his 17 month old daughter Reese and another baby daughter Ja...
Robert "Bob" Werner
Aug. 5, 1929 - Nov. 30, 2011
Robert "Bob" Werner, longtime resident of Pleasanton, peacefully passed away Nov. 30, 2011. He was born in Oakland on Aug. 5, 1929. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in electrical engineering and became an army lieutenant when he graduated. He went on to work at the Lawrence Livermore Lab for 30 years, during which time he made trips to the Bikini atoll and the Nevada test site. He was a ham radio operator, had his pilot’s license, and liked to snorkel and ski. For the past 13 years his face lit up whenever he was with his eleven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Janet Huffman Werner. He is survived by his three daughters, Holly (Sergio ) Arce , Krista (Chad) Friesen , and Anjanette(Greg) Lundell , his grandchildren, Linda, Lisa, Joshua, Lucinda and Lydia Arce; Caleb, Katie, Daniel and Isaac Friesen; James and Calvin Lundell. He will be missed by his brother, Bill (Nancy) Werner, and by his sister, Nelda Olson. Friends and family are invited to attend services. Burial is planned for Dec. 9 at 2pmat the Felton Cemetery. A memorial service will be held on Dec. 10 at 10 am at Cedar Grove Church in Livermore....
Jack David Lauderback
Sept. 22, 1926 - Nov. 26, 2011
Jack David Lauderback Sept. 22,1926 - Nov. 26, 2011 Resident of Pleasanton, CA. Born in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in the Gresham area. Graduated from Estacada High School. Attended the University of Oregon at Eugene. Served in the Army and was stationed in the Philippines and Japan. Graduated from the University of Miami in Coral Gables Worked for Pacific Finance in Portland Ore. Married Leslie Rae Lauderback on May 28, 1954 Transferred to California in 1956 while working for Pacific Finance. Later worked for American Saving and Bell Savings. Survived by Leslie, his wife of 57 years. Three children James Robert Lauderback, David William Lauderback, Lynn Metcalf. Grandchildren Jacqualynn Metcalf, Tara Metcalf, Lily Metcalf, and son-in-law Royal Metcalf. Brother Robert Lauderback and sister Judy Lauderback Barrett. Predeceased in death by parents Kenneth and Lillian Lauderback and brothers James and Richard Lauderback. Private services will be held at Graham-Hitch Mortuary in Pleasanton, CA on Sat. Dec. 3 from 2-4pm. The family would like to thank the Veterans Community Living Center in Martinez CA for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made t...
Walter Lewis Dunkley
Feb. 15, 1918 - Nov. 11, 2011
Walter Lewis Dunkley, 93, died November 11, 2011 in Pleasanton, CA surrounded by his family. Walt was born February 15, 1918 in Olds, Alberta, Canada. He will be fondly remembered by his family, Dave and Cheryl Dunkley of Weatherford, TX, Art and Tuny Dunkley of Pleasanton, CA and Ken Dunkley and Catey Low of Montecito, CA, as well as six Dunkley grandchildren: Shana, Blaine, Michael, Dan, Paige and Claire. His loving wife of 64 years, Virginia M. Dunkley, “Ginie,” predeceased him in 2008. Walt and Ginie raised their family in Davis, CA, and spent many retirement years together at Eskaton Village in Carmichael, CA. During their married life they enjoyed wonderful times with their three sons and six grandchildren as well as worldwide travel.. For the past three years, Walt lived in Pleasanton, CA. His family will cherish the memories of his positive and cheerful outlook, bright smile and sharp intellect. He was a source of pleasant optimism and good humor for all who knew him. No services are planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hope Hospice in Dublin, CA....
Richard Edward Hessel
March 15, 1951 - Nov. 5, 2011
Richard Edward Hessel, Ph.D. March 1951 - November 2011. After a two year battle with cancer, longtime Pleasanton resident Dick Hessel gently passed away at his Pleasanton home at the age of 60. Dick was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Otto and Ruth Hessel. After earning his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati, Dick shared his love of engineering as a professor at the The University of Cincinnati and Clarkson University, before moving into the private sector. Dick's career in the computer industry led him and his family to the Silicon Valley, where they settled in Pleasanton. The beloved husband of Connie Hessel for over 30 years, Dick is survived by his wife and two daughters, Andrea Kline Simon, 28, wife of Paulo Kline Simon; Kendra Hessel, 19; brothers Jim and Steve Hessel of Cincinnati; and his four cats. A true connoisseur of jazz music, the blues, and a lover of cats, Dick was also a weekly tennis player who will always be fondly remembered for his impressive beard and warm sense of humor. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Hope Hospice, so that the less fortunate may share in the same degree of love and care that Dick receiv...
Anthony Leroy Rose
Sept. 9, 1944 - Oct. 31, 2011
Anthony Leroy Rose beloved husband, father, grandfather, and loyal friend too many, was called home by the heavenly father on Monday, October 31st, 2011. Tony was born on September 9, 1944 to the parents of Antone Rose and Rose B. Rose, of San Jose, CA. He has one brother Donald E. Rose, now deceased. On April 27, 2011 he married his soul mate, Sharon Jean Rose. He is survived by his two sons, Michael and Daniel, and three daughters, Jeanna, Justina, and Janella, and eleven grand children. In 1963 he graduated from Oberfelt High School and then spent the six years as a reserve in the Army National Guard 159th infantry. However, hot roding was his true passion. Tony was one of the original seven founders of the “P Town Push Rods Club” in Pleasanton, CA. He admired and collected hot rods for many years of his life. Overall, his most prized accomplishment was being a proud grandfather of eleven and soon to be twelve wonderful grandchildren that would make his eyes light up....
March 3, 1936 - Oct. 24, 2011
Stephen Isaac Berger March 3, 1936 – October 24, 2011 Resident of Pleasanton California Steve Berger died at home on Monday, October 24, at age 75. He was born in New York City to parents Abraham and Hilda Berger, their only son. Steve won a scholarship to Julliard School of Music for cello and attended boarding school in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where he was a soccer player. Steve served in the United States Air Force, stationed in Japan. After his military discharge, he completed his schooling at University of Hawaii. It was there he discovered his passion for flying, earning his pilot’s license. During this time, he supported his new hobby by working as manager in the original Chuck Steak House along with the owner and his wife. During his career, Steve worked for six airlines, most notably Flying Tigers and World Airways for 20 years, where he was Vice-President of Sales and Marketing. It was during his time at Flying Tigers that Steve met the charming flight attendant who would become his wife, Joyce Mohr. The high point of Steve’s World Airways career was when he spent 8 months in Viet Nam, airlifting out U.S. troops. Steve later went on to work for Royal Cruise lin...
Lisa Renee Schneider-McKenna
April 2, 1970 - Oct. 19, 2011
Lisa Renee Schneider-McKenna, Age 41, of Pleasanton passed away with family by her side after a short battle with cancer. A Bay Area native Lisa grew up in El Sobrante CA and attended De Anza High School in Richmond, CA graduating in 1988. Lisa had many careers in the medical field including front office, bookkeeping,insurance and paralegal. Lisa enjoyed drawing, ceramics, cooking and taking yearly trips to Disneyland with her sons. Lisa was a beautiful mother who devoted her life to her children to make sure they always came first in her life. Lisa is predeceased by her twin sister Cheri and is survived by her two sons, Brandon and Dylan, her mother Lottie, father Kenneth, and her brothers Kenny and Michael....
Steven Frank Pahler
Feb. 6, 1970 - Oct. 19, 2011
Steven Frank Pahler, who taught thousands of Tri-Valley young people and adults to drive through his Precision Driving School, died Oct. 19, 2011 at the age of 41. Steve owned Precision Driving School for 11 years. His family recalled how effectively he worked with students who were scared about learning to drive. He also taught a number of non-English-speaking adults. “He was so patient when he was teaching,” said his brother, Ryan. “Although, he did tell us about the times he had to grab the steering wheel on the freeway and take over.” Steve loved to cook, whether it was his specialty, prime rib, or on the barbecue. He always prepared the turkey for Thanksgiving. An avid Oakland Raider fan, his apartment is loaded with Raider memorabilia, including a football autographed by Coach John Madden as well as helmet signed by all of the members of the 2002 Super Bowl squad. In his spare time, he loved to ride his Harley as well as camp and hike. His favorite vacation destination was Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Born Feb. 6, 1970 in Fullerton, CA, Steve moved to Pleasanton in 1984. He was a varsity swimmer and graduated from Foothill High School. He earned the rank of Eagle Sco...
Evalyn Taylor Peters
March 6, 1931 - Oct. 15, 2011
Evalyn Peters, a longtime Oakland resident passed away peacefully on October 15, 2011 in Pleasanton, CA. Her husband Rudolph Peters preceded her in death in May 2011. Evalyn is survived by her loving children, David Silva (Laurie), Denise Hallock, Debra Nappo (Paul), and Ron Peters (Christina). She leaves her adored grandchildren, Nicole (David), Stacy (Steve), Lindsay (Gentil), Stephanie (Josh), Nicholas, Jordan and Gavin, and great grandchildren Michael, Cameron, Cole, Anthony, Chayse, Adriana, Hayden, Claire and Evan. She was a loving sister to Doris Bowman, Judy Ellis, Karl Taylor and Linda Cooper. Dear sister in law to Ron and Joy Peters. Favorite Aunt to many nieces and nephews and surrogate mom to many. She also leaves her loyal and lifelong friends, Tom (deceased) and Mary Mowbray, Bill and Ann Taylor and Jay Naas. Evalyn was a member of the Oakland Garden Club and volunteer with the Oakland Food Basket. She enjoyed spending time in her garden and painting, but her greatest joy in life was time spent with her family and friends....
Dorothy Bernice Jolette
Feb. 6, 1916 - Oct. 13, 2011
Dorothy Bernice Jolette passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 13. She had been ill for the past three weeks but had enjoyed 95 years of a very good life. Born in Menominee, Michigan, she spent almost all of her first 75 years in Niagara, Wisconsin. Her husband Ray, preceded her in death in 1979, two brothers, Sonny and Lester Tappy, sister Joyce Kellerman, also preceded her in death. In 1991 she moved to Pleasanton, California where she began a new life, living near her son Barry and daughter in law Carole. In addition to Barry and Carole, she is survived by grandson Tim Jolette, his wife Debi and great-grandchildren Caitlin and Danielle, who live in Eldorado Hills, California. Her second grandson, David Jolette, wife Stacy and two other great-grandchildren, Nicole and Ryan, live in Denver, Colorado....
May 21, 1964 - Oct. 12, 2011
Seal Beach, California
Michele Daschbach Fast, 47, passed away in Seal Beach, California on October 12, 2011. Michele leaves, Patrick, her loving husband of 24 years; and their three children, Patrick, 20, a senior at CAL; Laura, 18, a UCLA freshman; and Lisa, 16, a junior in high school. The youngest of six children, Michele is survived by her parents, Howard and Leonore Daschbach; sisters and brothers, LeeLee Cusenza of Pleasanton, Lisa Fuerst, Laura Pitchford, and Mark Daschbach, of the Pennisula, and Rooney Daschbach of Sunset Beach. Michele also leaves behind her father-in-law, Stephen Fast, seven brothers- and sisters-in law, 15 nieces and nephews, three of Pleasanton, and two great nieces. Her Labrador Otis, has also lost his most loyal companion. Michele was born at Stanford Hospital and attended St. Raymond Elementary School and Sacred Heart High School in her local community. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara where she met her husband Patrick. Michele and Patrick settled in Seal Beach where they lived and raised their family for the past 16 years. Michele was a very dedicated sports fan. She stepped up to the plate supporting the teams of her children, nieces, and nephews. Michele w...
Robert (Bob) Charles Cannon
June 20, 1959 - Oct. 9, 2011
Oklahoma City, OK
Robert (Bob) Charles Cannon Former Resident of Pleasanton Bob Cannon, 52, of Oklahoma passed away unexpectedly Oct. 9, 2011. He was born in Buffalo, New York to Patsy and Charles Cannon on June 20th, 1959. He lived in Tonawanda, New York; Denver, Colorado; Placentia, California; Dayton, Ohio; Pleasanton and area cities, California and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was a member of the first graduating class of Foothill High School (1977). He excelled in tennis and golf and played on his high school team all 4 years. He traveled competitively for tennis. Bob joined the Army after high school and was stationed in Germany where he met his wife Maggie and married in 1982. He worked 20 years for Farmer’s Insurance (Dublin, CA and Oklahoma City). Moving up through the ranks, his last position was as a Software Development Lead. Bob always enjoyed a variety of sports and began running over the last five years. He participated in many marathons, ranking extremely high in many of his races. Even though he moved to Oklahoma 12 years ago, his devotion to the San Francisco 49ers never changed. He loved a variety of music and celebrated anniversaries with his wife at jazz fes...
Joyce Elaine Meyer
June 25, 1937 - Oct. 3, 2011
Joyce Elaine Meyer, a resident of Pleasanton for 44 years passed away on October 3, 2011. She was 74. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Centerpointe Presbyterian Church, 3410 Cornerstone Court, Pleasanton. Joyce was born June 25, 1937 on the way to the hospital from the family farm outside Assiniboia, Saskatchewan. She graduated from Assiniboia High School in 1955. She finished high school while living with friends and then enrolled in nursing school. She graduated in 1958 after putting herself through Regina College and the hands-on training at Moose Jaw Union Hospital. She was recognized at graduation with honors. Joyce moved to California from Canada in 1962, living on the Peninsula and then Pasadena where she met and married Rod Meyer. When Joyce was 39 she gave birth to her son, Ken. They moved to Pleasanton in 1977 and Joyce joined the maternity room team at Valley Memorial Hospital in Livermore. After Joyce and Rod divorced, she raised Ken as a single mother, supporting them working as a Charge Nurse. ValleyCare Medical Center opened in Pleasanton in 1991, just three blocks from hom...
Laurie Siatt Dunn
April 29, 1966 - Sept. 18, 2011
Elk Grove, California
Laurie Siatt Dunn passed away peacefully after an illness in the loving presence of her twin sister, Leslie, and husband, Craig. In addition to Leslie Siatt Lewis and Craig Dunn, Laurie is survived by her beloved son Gresham Dunn, her mother Linda Wagner, father Jim Siatt, nephew Shane Lewis, niece Lauren Lewis, and countless other relatives and dear friends. Laurie had bravely battled kidney disease from a childhood illness her entire life. Laurie attended both Alisal and Valley View Elementary schools, Pleasanton Middle School, and graduated from Amador Valley High School in 1985. Laurie attended Ohlone College in Fremont, CA where she received her early childhood education and she taught preschool for many years. Laurie was a gentle soul and a shining presence in so many lives and words cannot express how much she will be missed....
Oct. 15, 1934 - Dec. 20, 2009
In the loving memory of our beloved father Not a day goes by when we don’t remember you. Thank you for the light of knowledge you have given us. It has not only enlightened our lives but the lives of the ones you have touched by sharing your knowledge with whoever you met on the journey of your life. We all miss you and wish you could be with us to share the joys and happiness of our lives and your grandchildren. We all love you, remember you at every step of our life and salute you for making us what we are today....
Barbara A. Burton
Feb. 18, 1927 - Feb. 17, 2012 Pleasanton, California
Barbara Alice Burton passed away peacefully in her sleep February 17, 2012 in Pleasanton. She was born February 18, 1927 in Wilmington, Delaware to the late John Wilmer Parsons and Alice Davis Burton Parsons. She moved with her parents and brother, Burton Wilmer Parsons, to San Francisco in 1945. ...
Daisy F. Roberson
Sept. 1, 1911 - Jan. 24, 2012 Pleasanton, California
Daisy Roberson, 100 a 10-year resident of Pleasanton died January 24, 2012. She moved to the Bay Area from Kansas City Missouri in the mid 1900's and lived in Fremont for over 40 years until moving to Pleasanton. Daisy was a homemaker and married to Sturgeon Roberson for nearly 50 years before he pa...
Pauline H. DeCoite
Jan. 3, 1921 - Jan. 23, 2012 Pleasanton, California
Pauline, of Pleasanton, was born in San Jose to Paul and Halcyon Hansen. She was preceded in death by husband Ernie in March 2007. During WWII she drove U.S. Officers around S.F. for the Red Cross while Ernie was in the Air Force. Ernie and Pauline, who were married 70 years were avid tennis playe...