Danville Express

Community Pulse - May 25, 2007


Joseph Bancroft Dickerson

Joseph Bancroft Dickerson, former resident of Diablo, passed away unexpectedly at home in Chico on May 5 at the age of 25.

He was born in Walnut Creek on June 18, 1981, was a 1999 graduate of Monte Vista High School, and was currently attending California State University at Chico majoring in electrical engineering. He enjoyed many things in life, and was well liked by his friends and adored by his family.

He is survived by his parents John and Nina Dickerson; his brother Phil Dickerson; his grandmothers, Ruth Bancroft and Betty Dickerson; many aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends.

A celebration of his life was held May 12 at Wilson and Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley in Danville. The family respectfully declined flowers, preferring memorial contributions be made to the Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network, P.O. Box 235260, Encinitas 92023, www.span-california.org.

Leona Hoffman

Leona Hoffman, resident of Alamo, passed away May 10 at the age of 95 in the family home.

She was born to Esther and James Caven in BelleFourche, S.D., in 1912, the eldest of seven children. She and her husband Henry moved to Alamo in 1947 where they purchased property, built the "little stone house," planted a walnut orchard, and raised chinchillas. In her early days, she worked as a tailor, and owned and operated a cleaning business.

However she was best known for her love for cooking, and at the age of 84 published a cookbook titled "Leona Hoffman's Favorite Recipes-A Culinary Delight," which was a sellout with proceeds going to Guide Dogs for the Blind.

She started a catering business, and hosted weddings and gala parties, and mentored many of her nieces in the art of gourmet cooking. She was a member of the Danville Women's Club, the Alamo Women's Club, and was recently awarded a pin for 25 Years as a member of the Young Ladies Institute (YLI) at St. Isidore's Catholic Church in Danville. She was also active in the Italian Catholic Federation (ICF) in Danville and actively supported Guide Dogs for the Blind.

She was a devoted and loving wife of Henry Hoffman for almost 72 years; a loving sister to Violet Semmens, Edith Metez, Royal, James and Jack Caven, all deceased; and a sister to Lucille Stone. She was a loving and caring aunt to 22 nieces and nephews, and many more great and great-great nieces and nephews.

A service honoring her life was held May 15 at the Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward. In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations to the Hospice of Contra Costa Foundation, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill 94523.

Mary Ann Svetcoff

Danville resident Mary Ann Svetcoff, 79, passed away on May 13 in Alameda after a long illness.

She was born in Pontiac, Mich., on Dec. 11, 1927. She grew up in Southern California, graduating from Hollywood High School and was a longtime resident of San Bruno prior to moving to Danville six years ago. She was retired after 17 years with the Redwood City Department of Motor Vehicles. She was a founding member of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross in Belmont and enjoyed spending time at the beach, warm weather, shopping and dancing. She was an avid fan of the UCLA Bruins, the 49ers and the Giants, and was a master in the art of Greek cooking

She was predeceased by her grandson, Nicholas Robert Burr in March 2002. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Vosco Svetcoff; her children, Nicholas Svetcoff of San Francisco, and Nancy (Robert) Burr of Danville; her grandchildren, Ryan and Kristen Burr; a sister, Ann E. (William) Dres of Los Angeles; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Funeral Services were held May 17 at the Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland. Memorial contributions may be made to the Greek Orthodox Cathedral Building Fund, 4700 Lincoln Ave., Oakland 94602.

Lars William Nagel

Alamo resident Lars William Nagel passed away May 15 at the age of 53 of chondrosarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

He was born Aug. 22, 1954, in Chicago, Ill., and graduated from Frankfurt International School in 1972. He then attended the American College of Switzerland and graduated from New England College of New Hampshire with a degree in business. He worked in the telecommunications industry for the past 30 years plus enjoyed participating in whitewater rafting, snow skiing, golfing, soccer, basketball, and track and field. His love and knowledge of sports made him a natural mentor and coach, as well an appreciative spectator for his daughter Carlie.

He is survived by his wife Cathy Nagel; daughter Carlie; parents Karl and Ilona Nagel; brother and sister Eric Nagel and Joanne Connolly; in-laws Tony and Marge Bartkoski, and Bob and Sandy Bartkoski; and nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated May 19 at St. Isidore's Catholic Church in Danville. Donations can be sent in memory of Lars Nagel to the Bruns House, 2849 Miranda Ave., Alamo 94507.


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