Althea Marie Nelson, a doctor of Podiatric Medicine, passed away at her home in Alamo surrounded by her family on Saturday morning, Jan. 6. She was lovingly known as "Honey."
She was born Nov. 23, 1914, to Margaret Schneider Nelson and George W. Nelson, D.P.M., and raised in Minneapolis, Minn. She was a gifted student and graduated from high school at barely 16 years of age. She graduated from Scholl College of Podiatry (then the Chicago College). She was the only female podiatrist for a long time in the state of Minnesota, where she practiced podiatry for more than 40 years, many in association with her father. She moved to Walnut Creek in 1991 and to Alamo with her daughter in 2001.
Over the years people were drawn to her sweet and caring disposition, her sharp intellect and wit, her strong devotion to family and friends, and her kindness and compassion.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Audrey Nelson Gordon. She is survived by daughter Roxanne Foster (Creig) of Alamo; grandsons Christopher and Scott Foster of Alamo; and numerous relatives and friends around the country.
The liturgy was scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 12, at St. Isidore's Catholic Church. Memorial gifts are preferred to Caring Hands Volunteer Caregivers Program through the John Muir Foundation, 1400 Treat Blvd., Walnut Creek, 94597, and Hospice of Contra Costa, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.
Virginia Theresa Beem
Virginia Theresa Beem, 80, passed away at her Danville home Dec. 28 after a lengthy illness.
She was born in Toledo, Ohio, on Feb. 28, 1926, and had been a resident of the San Ramon Valley for the past 50 years. She had a 20-year career as a medical assistant, and enjoyed playing cards, reading, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.
She was pre-deceased by her husband, Ted Beem in 1989. She is survived by her children, Louann Turjanis of Elk Grove, Jim Conter of Murietta and Jeff Conter of Danville; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Patricia Scott of Pittsburgh, Penn.
A celebration of her life was held Jan. 3 at Wilson & Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley.