Danville Express

Community Pulse - June 8, 2007


William Allen Morse

William Allen Morse, a resident of Danville, passed away May 10.

He was born June 15, 1927, in Miami, Fla. He graduated from the University of Miami with a doctorate in law. He served in the Coast Guard from 1944-46 and in the Army from 1955-57. He practiced law in Miami and then moved West to assist with the development of Blackhawk. He enjoyed golf and good friends.

He was the beloved husband of Helene Bo Morse, and treasured son-in-law of Clifford and Helene Kohlweck.

A celebration of his life was held June 5 at the Blackhawk Museum. The family requests donations be made to the Rotary Foundation in his memory to Kilmer and Associates, c/o Rotary International, 1234 Travis Blvd. #A, Fairfield 94533.

Anne Marie 'Re' Bonnel

Anne Marie "Re" Bonnel, former resident of Danville, passed away in her sleep May 15 in Elk Grove at the age of 74.

She was born Sept. 2, 1932, to William and Elaine Crosson in Oakland. She attended Presentation High School in San Francisco and graduated from College of the Holy Names in Oakland with a master's in early childhood education. She married husband John W. "Jack" Bonnel in 1955. They had six children.

In the 1960s, her family moved several times throughout the country for her husband's job, but her heart always remained in California where she returned to live in 1973. She lived in both Southern and Northern California. She dabbled in modeling but her passion for children drew her into teaching.

She taught "Mommy and Me" classes as well as preschool and elementary grades. She also developed curriculum and administered preschool programs. And she volunteered for ESL programs, Catholic education programs, community programs and literacy programs throughout her life.

She was predeceased by her husband in 2002, and by her younger brother Richard "Dick" Crosson in 2006. She is survived by her six children and their families, including 16 grandchildren.

A Catholic Burial Mass was celebrated May 19 at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Oakland, followed by burial at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette. Contributions in the name of Re Bonnel may be made to Bay Area Crisis Nursery, 1506 Mendocino Drive, Concord 94521.

Frans Gerrit Jan Speets

Alamo resident Frans Gerrit Jan Speets, 63, passed away May 15 in Alamo after a long and difficult battle against cancer, with his wife Rocio by his side.

He was born in Hilversum, The Netherlands, on Oct. 3, 1943. He was educated in the Netherlands and served as a lieutenant in the Royal Dutch Army after completing his university studies.

In 1972 he joined Kaiser Aluminum Corp. in San Francisco, where he pioneered world-wide trading in several bulk commodity chemicals, specializing in liquid caustic soda, a primary building block for much of the world's commercial chemistry. He received an MBA degree while studying at night during his tenure at Kaiser. In 1975, he was recruited by Holland Chemical International and moved to Houston, Texas, where he was promoted to vice president.

He left Holland Chemical International in 1983 and began building businesses in chemical trading, manufacturing and distribution. He founded Grupo Transmerquim in late 1983, which is today one of the leading chemical distribution companies in Latin America with 32 locations and 15 countries; in 1988 he purchased the chlor-alkali manufacturing plants of Stauffer Chemical Co., a company known today as Pioneer Americas, one of North America's leading manufacturers of chlorine, caustic soda and related products.

In 1997, he retired from daily operational management of his business interests, and in recent years, he divided his time among family life; travel with his wife Rocio; a number of real estate development projects in the United States and abroad; and the guidance of Grupo Transmerquim through a period of rapid growth and change. He served as Grupo Transmerquim's chairman of the board for 24 years.

He is survived by his wife Rocio; his children Mark and Carla, and Michael and Paulina; four grandchildren; brothers Rainer and Eric; his sister Elseline; and beloved Jack Russell Terrier, Chiquita.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated May 21 at St. Isidore's Church in Danville and he was laid to rest at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette.

Geraldine A. 'G-ma' Slocum

Danville resident Geraldine A. Slocum passed away May 20 at the age of 76.

She is survived by her children, John Slocum, Carol Whitaker and Laurie Slocum; son-in-law Rick Whitaker and daughter-in-law Lindy Slocum; and two granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orval Slocum.

A celebration of her life was held at the Chapel of the Chimes Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Hayward on May 25.

Joyce L. Damé

Joyce L. Damé, 84, died May 25 in her Danville home at the age of 84.

She was born Feb. 21, 1923, in Dill City, Okla., and graduated from Wooster High School in Reno, Nev. She was the owner of two dress stores, Joyce Fashions in Sacramento and Joyce Fashions in Lafayette. She especially loved painting, gardening and cooking. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Sacramento, and was a 13-year resident of Danville.

She is survived by her son Rick Damé and his wife Jennifer of Danville; two granddaughters and one grandson; sister Betty Burton and her husband Don of Port Orchard, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services were held May 31 at Wilson & Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley in Danville. Memorial contributions are preferred to American Cancer Society, 1885 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill 94523.

Chii Yuh Chern

Chii Yuh Chern, 68, a resident of Danville, passed away May 23.

He was born June 25, 1938, in Taipei, Taiwan, the fourth of nine children. He graduated from National Taiwan University in 1961, then came to the United States in 1964 and obtained a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in the field of mechanical engineering in 1971. He worked for 35 years as an engineer with Bechtel Corp. in the nuclear industry and never missed a day of work.

He was, above all else, a dedicated husband, father and friend. He married Poying married in Berkeley in 1967 and settled in Contra Costa County to raise three daughters in Moraga and Danville. He loved playing golf, going on cruises, photography and watching football and baseball on his big screen television.

He was a beloved husband of Poying, and loving father of Eugenia, Regina and Stella.

A memorial service was held May 31 at Inspiration Chapel in Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette.

Scott Watson

Scott Watson, a Danville resident, 53, lost his battle with cancer on May 24 after a year-long fight.

He was born July 25, 1953. He was a concrete contractor in the Danville and Auburn areas, and when not working, he was always looking for a golf game or a place to ride his Harley. He was a giving person who did not hesitate to donate a kidney to his sister Lori. He raised his two daughters alone and struggled to live to see his daughter Shannon graduate with a Master's degree from Chico State six days before he died.

He was preceded in death by his brother Tad, and sister Lori. He is survived by his two daughters, Shannon and Stacy; one grandchild; his loving companion and best friend, Toni Rossi; his parents, Marvin and Shirley Watson; brothers Mike, Kirk and Jeff; sisters-in-law Karen and Gail, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held June 2 at Wilson & Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley in Danville. Donations made be made in his memory to Snowline Hospice, 455 Placerville Drive, Placerville 95667.

Anna Rose Betters

Anna Rose Betters passed away at the age of 95 sitting peacefully in her wheelchair with her daughter and son-in-law at her side in their home in Danville on May 21.

She was born into the Massucco family on May 14, 1912, in Fresno. She was a beautician and owned many beauty shops, dress shops and boutiques including Betters Beauty Shop in Madera. Her husband Walter Betters was a partner in Valley Feed and Fuel and Valley Wholesale Building Materials in Madera.

She lived for a long time in Rio Del Mar in Aptos by Santa Cruz, and enjoyed sailing, playing bridge, cooking Italian food and traveling, and for a period of time taught dance at Arthur Murray. She moved to Danville three years ago to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Ronn O'Connor.

She is survived by Beverly and Ronn; two grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated May 26 at St. Isidore's Catholic Church in Danville with a graveside ceremony May 30 at the Calvary Cemetery in Madera. Donations can be made to the priestly order of the Oblates of St. Joseph, at 544 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz 95060, which includes a member of the Massucco family.


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