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Meribeth Detweiler
Aug. 9, 1955 - Jan. 23, 2016
Pleasanton, California

Tags: public service

After a six year battle with colon cancer, Meribeth Detweiler was called to the Lord at the age of 60 while surrounded by her immediate family. Meribeth is survived by her husband Karl and their children, Joel(Sarah), Todd and Jayna, her nieces Kathy Houret, Jayne Bower and Mindy Prow. and her “adoptive sister” Janet Kittler. She was born in Terre Haute, Indiana. She was preceded in deat...

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John Robert Watson
Feb. 28, 1925 - Jan. 17, 2016
Pleasanton, California

Tags: veteran

John (Jack) Watson, 90, a resident of Pleasanton for the past several years, died peacefully on January 17, 2016, with family by his side. He was born February 28, 1925 along with his twin sister, Dorothy Higgs, (deceased) in Bellevue, PA. His family moved many times and ended up in Southern California where he met his wife, MaryAnn Horn(deceased). They began their family there with two girls. A ...

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Sherrill Marie Hamilton
April 17, 1945 - Jan. 10, 2016
Pleasanton, California
Sherrill Hamilton was born April 17, 1945 in Idaho to parents Glenn and Dona (Fenton) Walker. She grew up in Bellflower, California before her family moved to Dublin during her high school years. She graduated from Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton in 1963 and later graduated from Hayward Beauty College. Sherrill met her loving husband, Herbert Hamilton and were married in 1966. They woul...

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David Charles Muck
April 20, 1939 - Jan. 10, 2016
Pleasanton, California

Tags: business

David Charles Muck, who based his life on being a disciple of Jesus, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on January 10, 2016 after battling a form of dementia. He was 76. His wife of 52 years, Carol, described Dave’s life and personality as the epitome of 1st Corinthians 13, with his patience and kindness and the way he served her and their children. He served Centerpointe as an elder and ...

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Cyrus Edwin Finley
March 25, 1935 - Dec. 28, 2015
Arnold, California
Cyrus Finley passed away suddenly on Dec 28, 2015, surrounded by family. He was a long-time Pleasanton resident until his retirement in 2005, when he moved to Arnold, CA. He was active in the Air Force for 15 years, finishing as a Captain in Air Defense Command. He went on to work as an Air Traffic Controller for 11 years and retired from Safeway as a Computer Administrator. He was active in volun...

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Michael Vanden Branden
Oct. 17, 1944 - Dec. 16, 2015
Pleasanton, California
Mike passed away peacefully at home on December 26, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife, Judy; his children, Tracy (Rob) Sebastian, Michael and Eric; grandchildren, Tyler, Dylan, Kai and Kalia Sebastian, Madeline, Elle, Dominic and Iris Vanden Branden, and Paul Vanden Branden. Mike was the eldest of the 6 children of Bud and Mary. His siblings are Dave (Gayle), Lynn, Gale (Doug) Sheasley, ...

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Jane Langford Heisch
Feb. 26, 1929 - Nov. 30, 2015
Pleasanton, California
Jane Langford Heisch passed away on November 30, 2015 after a four year battle with Alzheimer’s. Jane was born in Santa Clara, California and went to Santa Clara High School where she met and married Bob Langford. She enjoyed reading, cross-stitch embroidery, gardening and writing. Jane is preceded in death by her two husbands Bob Langford and Harold Heisch. She is survived by her childr...

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Timothy John Burns
Jan. 29, 1961 - Nov. 25, 2015
Pleasanton, California
Timothy John Burns of Pleasanton, California, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 of complications with pneumonia. Tim was born on Jan. 29, 1961 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and also lived in Hawaii and Alaska throughout his adult life. Tim was most known for his comedic personality, along with his outstanding golf game. He applied his golf skills working as an Assistant Pro for many years an...

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Kathleen "Kay" O'Leary Josephine
March 19, 1932 - Nov. 9, 2015
Pleasanton, California
Kathleen "Kay" O'Leary passed away at her home in Pleasanton on Monday. Kay was born in San Francisco and graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy. Kay worked for Pac Bell for 25 plus years and retired in 1987. Kay is survived by her daughters Kathleen O'Leary and Peggy (Jim) Frasier and son-in-law Jim Brunicardi. She also leaves behind adored nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildre...

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Nancy Olive Henninger
April 1, 1937 - Nov. 5, 2015
Pleasanton, California

Tags: business

It was with heavy heart that we whispered goodbye to our Nancy Olive on Thursday, November 5, 2015. A fourth generation Californian, Nancy was born to Madelyne and Lossie Leo Hays on April Fools Day 1937. The youngest of three sisters, she was raised in Santa Rosa and Oakland, California, graduating from Oakland High in 1955. Marrying Fred Henninger in 1956, they moved to Pleasanton in 1968 whe...

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Margaret Mary Perri
Feb. 22, 1924 - Oct. 22, 2015
Pleasanton, California
Margaret Perri passed away in Walnut Creek, CA, at the age of 91. Born in Detroit, Michigan, on Feb. 22, 1924, later migrating to California. She received her AA Degree from DeAnza College in 1973 and became a Student Teacher, Administrator for Alpine Travel in Saratoga and worked as a Conciege at Nordstrom in San Jose. She is survived by her Brother, Harvey Passanisi (Beverly Passanisi) ...

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Margaret Mary Perri
Feb. 22, 1924 - Oct. 22, 2015
Pleasanton, California
Margaret Perri passed away in Walnut Creek, CA at the age of 91. Born in Detroit, Michigan on February 22, 1924, later migrating to California. She received her AA Degree from DeAnza College in 1973 and became a Student Teacher, Administrator for Alpine Travel in Saratoga and worked as a Conciege at Nordstrom in San Jose. She is survived by her Brother, Harvey Passanisi (Beverly Passanisi) of Sa...

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Patricia Loretta Millard
July 7, 1936 - Oct. 17, 2015
Modesto, California
Patricia (Paddie) Millard passed away peacefully in Modesto, CA on Oct. 17, 2015 after a long illness. Paddie was born in San Francisco on July 7, 1936. She is survived by her many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jack B. Millard. Paddie and Jack raised their large family in Pleasanton, California. ...

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Hazel Cortez
Nov. 15, 1926 - Sept. 27, 2015
Pleasanton, California
Hazel Irene Josephs was born on November 15, 1926, near Brandon, Minnesota to parents Helen and Joe Josephs. She grew up on a farm and learned how to milk cows, tend chickens, and plant strawberries from an early age. Mom loved growing up in the country. She had a deep love of nature and especially enjoyed the changing seasons. Mom, and her twelve siblings, attended a one room school house...

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Barbara Mertes
Aug. 23, 1930 - Sept. 4, 2015
Livermore, California

Tags: teacher/educator

The life of Barbara Fracisco Mertes, the driving force to establish Las Positas College in Livermore, will be celebrated in the building named in her honor, The Barbara Fracisco Mertes Center for the Performing Arts, on the Las Positas campus. The building was named in her honor when it was dedicated in October 2010. She was born and grew up in Livermore, attending St. Michael School and...

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Muriel Marion Spoerlein
March 14, 1935 - Aug. 30, 2015
Vacaville, California
Muriel Marion (DeMoussett) Spoerlein, age 80, of Vacaville died quietly on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, around the time she would normally attend mass at Brookdale Vacaville Leisure Town (formerly Merrill Gardens) where she called home. She had suffered a major stroke a few days earlier which led to her death. Muriel was the first born child born March 14, 1935, in San Ramon, California to Edward J...

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Mary Elizabeth Dana
Dec. 21, 1931 - Aug. 27, 2015
Pleasanton, California
Mary Kramar Dana passed away on Aug. 27 at her home on Mohr Avenue, Pleasanton, at age 83, following a long illness. Mary married Gene Dana in 1950, and was the proud mother of four children, Glen of Roswell, NM; Donna of Newman, CA; Sandy of Ft. Collins, CO; and Daryl of Pleasanton, all of whom married happily and gave Mary a total of 10 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren who were ...

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Alice Ann Cantelow
Feb. 22, 1924 - Aug. 22, 2015
former Livermore resident, California
A Celebration of Alice Ann Cantelow, one of God's very faithful servants and the founder of Shepherd's Gate, has begun in Heaven! After a very long illness, she passed away in Port Townsend, Washington, surrounded by family. She was 91. Alice Ann was dearly loved and respected by so many. She touched everyone she met with her enthusiasm for life, fun nature, passion for the natural world, and...

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Chris Harold Hokanson, Ph.D.
Nov. 23, 1972 - Aug. 15, 2015
Marion, Alabama

Tags: teacher/educator

Chris Harold Hokanson, Ph.D., a resident of Marion, Alabama and former Pleasanton resident, passed away Aug. 15 in Boston, Massachusetts, at age 42 from amyloidosis stemming from multiple myeloma (blood plasma cancer). Born in Castro Valley, California, Chris grew up in Pleasanton, graduating as Co-Valedictorian of Amador Valley High School in 1991. He graduated with honors in English from Sta...

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Renata Giulia Buteau
April 26, 1927 - Aug. 8, 2015
Pleasanton, California
Renata Giulia Buteau, 88, a 20-year resident of Pleasanton, passed away on Aug. 8, 2015 in her home of natural causes. She was born April 26, 1927 in Providence, Rhode Island and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband in the early 60's. She raised a family of five in Fremont, California, and was an expert homemaker. She loved the sun and the beach and enjoyed movies and game shows...

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