Danville Express

Community Pulse - January 26, 2007


Helen Maxine Peterson

Helen Maxine Peterson, a former resident of Illinois, California and Arizona, passed away in her sleep Jan. 7 in Provo, Utah, at the age of 87.

She was born Aug. 10, 1919, and grew up in Decatur, Ill. She moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1944 when she married Robert "Pete" Peterson. They raised three children, enjoyed fishing trips, golfing and traveling together. Her hobbies also included oil painting, gardening, pottery, reading, sewing, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her three children, Joyce Ann Jarrard Bruce and Douglas Peterson of Danville, and Judith Lynn Peel of Provo; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by Robert, her husband of 60 years.

Services were held Jan. 13 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Danville.

Charles Alvin Patterson

Danville resident Charles Alvin Patterson passed away Jan. 7 at the age of 76 after a two-year struggle with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS).

He was born Oct. 24, 1931, in Los Angeles and spent his boyhood in Santa Rosa. He joined the U.S. Naval Reserve at 16, then the National Guard, and finally the U.S. Army when he was 17. He participated in active combat in the Korean War and was a proud member of the 1st Cavalry Division.

He was employed by Pacific Bell for 39 years, starting as a craftsman and working his way up to a district manager position. He was self-taught in many areas, and had a fun sense of humor. He loved the High Sierra, fishing and hiking, especially along the Yuba River.

He is survived by his wife Patricia Patterson; and his children Cap Patterson (Norma), Teri Rose (Grant) and Karen Gunari (Ken). He was also the beloved son-in-law of Allen and Alice Jennings, and the grandfather of 13 grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Jan. 12 at the Community Presbyterian Church in Danville with a gathering afterward at the Patterson home. Donations may be made to UCSF ALS Clinic, 400 Parnassus Ave., 8th floor, San Francisco 94143.


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