Danville Express

Community Pulse - May 18, 2007


Sharon Jensen

Sharon Jensen, a 43-year resident of Danville, passed away peacefully on April 8, Easter Sunday, her favorite holiday. She was taken by an aggressive cancer, pleural mesothelioma, a diagnosis made only 40 days earlier.

She was born Sharon Adele Smith to George and Barbara Smith on July 9, 1941, in Glendale, Calif. She moved to the Bay Area in the early 1960s to attend San Jose State where she earned her teaching credential. She went on to teach in the Walnut Creek School District where she met Peter Jensen; they were married Sept. 28, 1963, and had two children. She spent her years in Danville and Diablo, Glenbrook, Nev., and lastly in Indian Wells, Calif.

She is survived by her best friend and loving husband of 44 years, Pete; loving children, Kristin and Brett; and four beloved grandchildren. Sharon is also survived by her son-in-law, Jerry and his family; Brett's partner Kristen; sisters Susan and Nancy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life was held at St. Isidore's Church in Danville on April 16. Burial was private. The family wishes, in lieu of flowers, donations to UCSF Foundation B1491, P.O. Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145-0339, or your favorite charity.

Harry B. McLaren

Harry B. McLaren, a resident of Danville, passed away and had services April 10 at Wilson and Kratzer Chapel of the San Ramon Valley.

He was married to Edythe McLaren for 66 years and is survived by three children, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

James Leonard Gregory

James Leonard Gregory, who was born in 1938, died April 12 with his loving family by his side.

He was born and raised in Macon, Ga., and served in the U.S. Navy from 1956-59. He graduated from San Jose State University in 1965, where he pledged Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. He worked for many years at Apple Computer, and later owned a printing business in the Pleasanton-Danville area.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Shirley; two daughters, Julie and Jamie, and sons-in-law, Charlie and Ryan; seven grandchildren; sisters Geraldine Gaines and Jeanette Weiche of Georgia; sister-in-law Carol and husband Jim; and many loving nieces and nephews as well as extended family; and his faithful dog Foxy.

Vito Bruno

Vito Bruno passed away at home in Danville on April 16 at the age of 79. He was born in Ohio on Feb. 12, 1928, and was a 32-year resident of Danville.

He was a Korean War Veteran and served in the U.S. Army; and was a self-employed machinist for 35 years; and enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Sandra Bruno; his son, Nick Bruno of Danville; daughter, Nancy (Mike) Wentworth of Concord; and two grandchildren. A Funeral Mass was celebrated April 19 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Danville, with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006.

Mary C. Hawkins (née Olsen)

Mary C. Hawkins (née Olsen) passed away in Danville on April 15 at the age of 81.

She was born in St. Paul, Minn., to Oscar and Cecilia (Gainor) Olsen and had been a 42-year resident of Danville. She was preceded in death by her much loved husband, Benjamin A. Hawkins. She was a longtime member of St. Isidore Catholic Church.

She is survived by her children, Thomas A. Hawkins of San Jose, Theresa (Terri) Phelan of Oakland, and John Hawkins of Danville; her sister, Theresa (Terry) McDonald of St. Paul; two grandsons; nieces, cousins and dear friends. A Funeral Mass was celebrated April 20 at St. Isidore and interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Red Wing, Minn.

Fred Weller

Fred Weller, a resident of Danville, passed away unexpectedly at home on April 25 at the age of 72.

He was born in Oklahoma on Dec. 16, 1934, and was a longtime resident of Danville. He served as an Army MP in Germany and worked in construction, retiring from Operating Engineers' Local #3; he was a business partner with his son in Diamond Sharp Equipment for 25 years and was also a real estate investor. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends at the family's Lake Shasta cabin.

He is survived by his beloved wife Beverly Weller; children Gregg, Bryan and Kristine; and grandchildren Michael, Jesse, Nikki and Ashley. He was the caring brother of Delbert, Pat, Stanley, Linda and Danny.

A funeral service was held May 1 at Wilson and Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley. Interment was at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette.

John James Gallagher

John James Gallagher passed away at his home in Danville on April 26 at the age of 84.

He was born in Ballindrait Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland, on April 16, 1923, and was a longtime resident of Pacifica before moving to Danville in 1976.

He was a member of the Teamsters Union in San Francisco for 35 years and played Irish Football in Ireland and in San Francisco. He was a member of the United Irish Cultural Association, the Tri-Valley Irish American Club, and also enjoyed painting, gardening, reading and dancing.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Mary; children Donna (Albert) Ferreira; Michael Gallagher; Cathy (Mike) Carter and Eugene Gallagher; two grandchildren, Aidan and Colin; and his brother, Jimmy Wynne.

A Vigil Service was held May 1 at Wilson and Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley with a Funeral Mass on May 2 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in San Ramon. Private interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice, 6500 Dublin Blvd., Suite 100 Dublin, CA 94568.

Judith Wood Ganley

Blackhawk resident Judith Wood Ganley, 67, passed away April 27 peacefully in her home with her husband and children at her bedside after a courageous nine-year battle against cancer.

She was born in Oakland on June 26, 1939. She graduated at the top of her class from Anna Head School for Girls in 1957, then attended Stanford University where she met her first husband, Serguey Kondratieff, whom she married in 1958. Together, they took up amateur motor racing, competing at such venues as Sears Point and Laguna Seca. After their divorce in 1969, she became a success on the women's professional racing circuit with teammates such as Janet Guthrie. She frequently traveled to England, where she met the love of her life, Grand Prix driver Howden Ganley of New Zealand, to whom she was married for nearly 32 years. They made their home in England from 1975-99, after which they moved to Blackhawk.

Though she retired from competitive driving in 1971, she remained involved in various aspects of motor racing. She devoted her acting, singing and leadership talents for many years to the Doghouse Club, whose annual cabaret extravaganzas raised considerable funds for a variety of charitable foundations. She also excelled at golf, winning prestigious amateur tournaments. She was elected Ladies Captain of the Maidenhead Golf Club, the only non-U.K. woman ever to hold that position. She also loved outdoor activities such as fly-fishing and horseback riding, especially in the company of her family.

She was preceded in death by her father John Belden Wood Sr., her mother Marian Singer Wood, and her brother Ralph S. Wood. She is survived by her husband Howden Ganley; brothers John B. (Bindy) Wood Jr. and Edwin K. (Mary) Wood II; daughter Erin K. (Tom) Pritchett and son Eric J. (Camie) Kondratieff; and four grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at Blackhawk and in England. Donatons may be made in the name of Judy Ganley to either the East Bay SPCA or to the Wheelchair Foundation, P.O. Box 2545, Danville 94526.

Barry F. Foon

Barry F. Foon, 46, passed away at his residence in Danville with his loving family at his side April 29.

He was born in Fairfield on Dec. 27, 1960. He was a vice president of Global Sales for the Celestica Corp. His passion was golf, and he was a member of the Blackhawk Country Club. He also enjoyed bowling, bonsai trees, playing cards and mah-jong with friends, and traveling to Hawaii, Scottsdale and Las Vegas.

He is survived by his loving wife Lisa; daughters, Samantha, age 6, and Sydney, age 4; parents Thomas and Evelyn Foon; brothers Brady (Genie) and Burt (Carolyn); nephews Neel and Ryan; niece Megan; mother and father-in-law, Edgar and Betty Okafugi; brother and sister-in-law, Matt and Laura Fukuda; niece Kira; and nephew Kenzo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Samantha and Sydney Education Fund, Wells Fargo account No. 5004879614. Funeral services were held at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Fairfield with a private burial at Rockville Cemetery.

Salvador de la Madrid

Danville resident Salvador de la Madrid passed away May 3 at the age of 95. He was born Jan. 12, 1912.

He loved to bowl and continued to enjoy the sport until he was 94. He especially enjoyed his trips to Reno with his Danville Senior League and was a fan of horse racing and baseball.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Rebecca. He is survived by his son Salvador Jr.; daughter, Sylvia Martinez (Richard); and two older sisters, Eva and Emma; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and his dear friend Jack.

A rosary and chapel blessing were held May 8-9 with burial at the Italian Cemetery in Colma. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice, 6500 Dublin Blvd., Suite 100, Dublin 94568-3151, or to a hospice of your choice.

Micky M. Brocco

Micky M. Brocco, 90, entered peacefully into rest in Alamo on May 6.

She was born in Niles on March 25, 1917, and was a longtime resident of San Lorenzo. She had been a parishioner of St. John's Catholic Church, and was active with many organizations. She volunteered with the Girl Scouts, and helping translate books to Brail for the visually impaired, and tutored children to read. She also worked many elections.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband William and her foster daughter Carole. She is survived by her loving children and their spouses, Bill and Sundy Brocco of Danville, and Carolyn and Denney Evans of Bakersfield; her sister Vicki Butler of Scotts Valley; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two nephews.

A memorial service was held May 12. Donations may be made to the Bruns House, 2849 Miranda Ave., Alamo 94507.


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