Danville Express

Community Pulse - March 9, 2007


James A. Swarts

Danville resident James A. Swarts passed away Feb. 18 at the age of 94.

He was born March 25, 1912, in Kansas City, Kan. He married Etta Wooton in 1936, and they had two sons, Jim and Bill. In 1959, shortly after moving to California, Etta died, and in 1960, Jim married Vivian Lowpensky, who also had two children, Ted and Mariann. The family moved to Danville in 1960 and five years later they had another child, Sally.

He worked in the grocery business for 52 years, starting at the age of 19 as an "extra boy" for Milgram Bros. Food Stores and retiring in 1983 from United Grocers. He also worked for San Francisco Grocery Co. and operated his own store for several years in Topeka.

In retirement, he played golf, and he and Vivian were world travelers. He was an usher at St Isidore's Parish and active in SIRS, the Danville Senior Bowling League and Prime Time at Community Presbyterian Church. He felt fortunate to have met, married and loved two wonderful women. He was the proud grandpa of 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial Mass was celebrated Feb. 22 at St. Isidore's Church in Danville. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Ellen J. Hable

Ellen J. Hable, 53, passed away at her home in Blackhawk on Feb. 27, with her husband Ron by her side.

She was born and raised in Vallejo, and her circle of friends reached far and wide. She loved to organize special events such as golf tournaments, weekend getaways and parties for her many friends. She also brought rescue dogs into her home to provide a new and better life for them. Her giving spirit, laughter and limitless energy will be remembered by all.

She is survived by her husband Ron; her two best friends, Fairway and Mulligan; mother Doris; stepfather Sergio; brother Steve Scicchitano; and nephew Joseph.

A celebration of her life was held March 4 at Blackhawk Country Club. It is her preference to have donations sent in her memory to Smiley Dog Rescue, P.O. Box 2728, Oakland 94602.


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