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Joyce Webb Adams
Jan. 8, 1938 - March 6, 2017
Pleasanton, California

Tags: teacher/educator, business

Joyce Webb Adams, 79, passed away peacefully at her home in Pleasanton, California on March 6, 2017 after a long bout with cancer. She will be united with her husband Tom Adams who preceded her in death. Joyce had a big heart, always desiring to help others. Over many years Joyce helped countless people deal with life’s most difficult problems. She will be sorely missed. Joyce was the eld...

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Thomas Edward Northam
Sept. 22, 1963 - March 1, 2017
Granite Bay, CA
Thomas Edward Northam, 53, former resident of Granite Bay and Pleasanton, CA died on March 1st, 2017 at Sutter Hospital in Roseville from injuries sustained in a car accident on February 18, 2017. Tom was born on 9/22/63 in Redwood City, CA to Ann Northam Hill and the late Raymond L. Northam. He attended Pleasanton schools and played soccer, Little League baseball and CYO basketball. He graduat...

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Carol Jean Famariss
Dec. 20, 1922 - Feb. 24, 2017
Livermore, California

Tags: arts/media, teacher/educator

Livermore icon Carol Jean Famariss passed away on Friday, February 24, 2017 at the age of 94. As the founder of Carol Jeans Dance Studio, she taught dancing to thousands of students in Livermore from 1946 until 2007. Carol Jean who danced her way through more than six decades of wartime, and economic and social change once said that she particularly loved introducing youngsters to the joys of dan...

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Charles Alden Shaw
June 8, 1925 - Feb. 24, 2017
San Rafael, California

Tags: veteran, business

A graduate of Harvard and Syracuse Universities, former Pleasanton resident Charles “Chuck” Alden Shaw died peacefully at his San Rafael home at age 91 on February 24, 2017, surrounded by his loving children. Chuck began as an engineer at General Electric’s Electronics Park in Syracuse, NY. He finished his career in Silicon Valley, working for Cadence Design Systems on software for integrate...

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James Farrel Pruett
July 27, 1934 - Feb. 6, 2017
Pleasanton/Stockton, CA

Tags: veteran, public service

James Farrel Pruett, 82, a long-time resident of Pleasanton, passed away surrounded by his family at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Stockton, CA. Farrel was born on a farm near Bloomfield, MO to Oscar and Myrtle Pruett on July 27, 1934. He was the 9th child and the 7th son. He attended a one-room school at Acorn Ridge near the farm, where he graduated from the 8th grade, after being the only stud...

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Alvin Junji Nishimoto
Dec. 20, 1944 - Jan. 20, 2017
Pleasanton, California

Tags: veteran, business

Alvin Junji Nishimoto passed away on Jan. 20, 2017 after battling a rare disease. He was 72. Al was born on Dec. 20, 1944 in Topaz, Utah in a Japanese internment camp, the son of Thomas Hatsuo and Miyuki (Fujimura) Nishimoto. He grew up in Topaz and, after World War II, the family moved to Maplewood, Missouri where he graduated from Maplewood Richmond Heights High School. Al earned a Bac...

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Isabel Cattalini
Feb. 23, 1928 - Jan. 9, 2017
Pleasanton, California
Isabel Cattalini passed away peacefully on Jan. 9, 2017. The former Isabel Silva was a Pleasanton native and a graduate of Amador Valley High School, class of 1946. She was the loving wife of Armand Cattalini, also a Pleasanton native, who preceded her in death in 2009. They were married for over 62 years. Armand and Isabel met while Armand was serving with the U.S. Army at Camp Parks during WWII....

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Laura Renee Blomquist
Feb. 21, 1979 - Dec. 27, 2016
Fremont, CA
Laura Renee Blomquist, 37, of Fremont, CA went home to be with the Lord on December 27, 2016. Laura was a friendly, outgoing, caring person with a great sense of humor. She grew up in the Bay Area and lived in Pleasanton for over 20 years. Laura had a passion for animals and a love for people. Her laugh and smile will be missed....

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Billy Martin
May 18, 1954 - Dec. 23, 2016
Oakland, California

Tags: teacher/educator, business, sports

Billy Martin, 62, of Oakland, CA, passed away on December 23, 2016 with his family at his side. Billy was born May 18,1954 in Fort Hood, Texas son of Floyd and Mitsue Martin. He graduated from Clovis High School and continued on to graduate from California State University, Fresno. He taught surveying and engineering at UCSF, Stanford, and several other Bay Area State Universities; was a Partn...

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Geraldine P. Donaldson
May 29, 1921 - Dec. 21, 2016
Paris, Tennessee

Tags: veteran, teacher/educator, public service

Geraldine P. Donaldson, who served her patients and the students of Pleasanton for decades as a physician and school trustee, died on Dec. 21, 2016 in Paris, Tennessee. Dr. Donaldson and her husband, Robert E. Donaldson, moved to Pleasanton in 1957, when they bought a home in Pleasanton Heights. Both served on the city planning commission. Later, she moved to a home on Foothill Road, where she l...

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Richard LaMoore Waldo
April 13, 1925 - Dec. 14, 2016
Danville, California

Tags: veteran

After a brief illness and in the company of loved ones, former Danville Mayor Richard Waldo passed peacefully from this world on December 14, 2016. Dick Waldo was born in Minot, North Dakota on April 13, 1925. His mother said that he “came out of the womb smiling.” Dick loved life and lived his with great passion, enthusiasm, and kindness. He was raised by his parents in Bismarck and lived...

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