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Diane Louise Churka
Feb. 23, 1944-April 17, 2012
Pleasanton, California
From Marge Churka Elwell
Sept. 1, 2012

Sorry to hear about your loss. She will be missed.

From Tom & Judy Tuite
June 13, 2012

Diane was a part of downtown P-town, along with Ed. She will be sorely missed. Our love goes out to Ed, Eric, Alicia and the grand kids.

From Julie Frey
May 14, 2012

I worked at the Coffee Roast as a teenager, and a bit during college. It was my favorite place to hang out, and Ed and Diane were wonderful to work for. I will always remember Diane's smiles, her positive can do energy, her encouragement, and of course her beautiful flowers and gardening. I will also never forget the very best surprise birthday party ever, I got to celebrate at the Coffee Roast for my sweet 16. It was a breakfast party with Diane's famous zucchini carrot muffins, her amazing biscotti, and, of course, fabulous coffee drinks & fresh squeezed juice for everyone. I felt very special that day. Such wonderful hospitality, always! Diane, I hope you know how very much your presence in Pleasanton is missed. You were wonderful.

From Jack & Bernie Cruger
May 2, 2012

We moved to Pleasanton in 1986 probably the best place we have ever lived. When the Coffee Express opened up at the old train station, I think Bernie and I were the first customers. The funny part about this was that we were not coffee drinkers. The Coffee Roast did not have tea, at that time, so we brought our own. Many evenings we were the only customers until word got out through the Pleasanton Newcomer’s Club and other organizations in town. Diane did not want us to pay for just hot water but we wanted them to survive, so we paid for the water. The Coffee Roast Express was a big part of our lives, we met news friends there, we held parties, and I and many other business men meet there with clients. We followed Diane and Ed to their first location on main street and later on when I retired I went to work for Diane opening the store every morning. We have a lot of memories of Pleasanton and the Coffee Roast Express, in particular, and the friends we still have. Diane, we miss you and Pleasanton more that anyone can ever imagine, it will be the memory of a life time.

From Nicole Stahl
April 30, 2012

Diane, I am so sorry to hear of your untimely passing. It was more than 20 years ago that you and Ed welcomed me when I knocked on the door of the old train station you were in the midst of reviving, and accepted my offer to write a little history of the building that you could use in the promotion of the first Coffee Roast Express. You left a legacy for Pleasanton that will endure forever. Thank you for your vision. You touched many lives and will always occupy a special place in my heart.

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