Bernice Kathyrn Poli
Feb. 26, 1928-March 16, 2014
Submitted by Graham-Hitch Mortuary
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 a sales person at Con’s Department Store, Oakland, sold seat cushions at the Oakland Oaks ballpark, Emeryville, before starting her family.
She is survived by her two sons, Francisco Poli, Ph.D, of Reno, NV, and Timothy (Shawn) Poli of Vacaville; nieces Maryfrances (Craig) Hall of San Leandro and Stephanie Requilon of Pleasanton; nephews Joseph (Darla) Hall of Chesterfield, MO; Sister-in-law Rachael Gallagher of San Leandro and her four legged grandchildren Thumper, Shadow and Jessie; plus many great- nieces and nephews. She was preceded in joining Our Father in Heaven by her husband, Francisco Jr; her mother and father, as well as her step-father Walter (Babe) Rabbitaille, and brother Francis (Frank) Gallagher.
The family asks that a donation be made in her name to the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.