Danville Express

Community Pulse - June 29, 2007


Mary Ann Alumbaugh

Danville resident Mary Ann Alumbaugh passed away June 1 after a lengthy illness.

She was born Nov. 29, 1947, in Martinez to Edward and Therese Paoli. She grew up in West Pittsburg and lived all but nine years of her life in the East Bay. She graduated from Pacifica High School in 1966 and continued her education at Diablo Valley College, where she earned an Associate of Arts degree. She later completed her registered nurse education and certification at Los Medanos College. She worked as a nurse in East Bay hospitals for a number of years until her retirement in 2001 due to health reasons.

She actively participated for years in her children's activities and in later years loved playing with her granddaughter, Kailey. She cooked for large gatherings of family and friends, and canned peaches each year with aunts Arlene and A.J. She was an avid gardener, liked to travel, and never missed a movie. She drew great satisfaction from her career as an emergency room nurse and paramedic specialist.

She is survived by Dennis, her husband of 35 years; her daughter Heather Alumbaugh and husband David Rippon; her eldest son Jason Alumbaugh and wife and daughter, Suzanne and Kailey Alumbaugh; and her youngest son Justin Alumbaugh. She is also survived by her brothers and their spouses, Edward and Linda Paoli, Gary and Judy Paoli, James and Janis Paoli, and John and Connie Paoli; as well as by her sisters and their spouses, Debra and Keith Yapp, Tracy and Fred Gibson, and Susan and Kevin Duffy. She is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces, and predeceases some of her aunts and uncles.

Marie Clanet (Plambeck)

Marie Clanet (Plambeck) died peacefully at home on June 11 after a brief battle with abdominal cancer.

She was born in Southern France in 1947 and during the early 1970s co-owned a restaurant in Paris. She moved to Houston, Texas, during the oil boom of the 1980s and became an expert in clinical skin care and an American citizen. For the past 25 years she operated her own business, Clanet Clinical Skin Care in San Jose.

She nurtured families in both France and the U.S. She is survived by her fiance Eric Plambeck, her partner of 12 years; her mother Antonia Clanet; brothers Alain and Christian Clanet; and nieces in France; her USA parents, Bill and Bev Plambeck, and her stepdaughters, Allison and MaryBeth Plambeck.

A memorial service was held June 24 at a private home. There will also be a Celebration of her Life at 6 p.m., Monday, July 16, at the Avalon Salon, 900 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose. In lieu of flowers, donations in Marie's name may be sent to Kaiser Hospice in Martinez.

Clifford Sherman McConville Jr.

Clifford Sherman McConville Jr. ("Skip"), 69, a former resident of Danville, passed away June 11 at his home in Fallbrook, Calif., from complications of a long and courageous battle with rheumatoid arthritis.

He was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on July 4, 1937, to Cliff and Ida McConville, and grew up in the small farm town of Firth, Idaho. He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Idaho, where he was President of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Upon graduation he joined General Electric's electronics division, and at one time worked on a project with NASA. During his early career with GE, he lived and worked in Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, Arizona and Illinois. He also taught advanced math classes at night and was months away from receiving his Ph.D. in mathematics when he left GE to start Computer Consultants, Inc. in Chicago. After selling CCI, Skip joined Cummins-Chicago Corporation as vice president of the Data Systems Division in 1970. He transferred to California to run Cummins-Chicago's San Francisco branch office in 1974, and then started American Financial Systems in partnership with his wife in 1987. When he retired due to disabilities, he managed his rental properties until he suffered a stroke in 1993 but he continued to oversee the family investments.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Deanna; children, Dr. Shari Kushwaha (Alok), Cliff (Konda Dees), Sue Cameron (Ron), Christy and Brian; and five grandchildren; his sister, Shirley Scofield (Jody); and brother Leon (Charlotte); and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held June 18 in Fallbrook. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Arthritis Foundation at arthritis.org.

Audrey Alma Vanderwerker Pite

Danville resident Audrey Alma Vanderwerker Pite passed away June 15 at the age of 76. She was born in New Haven, Conn., on Nov. 5, 1930, and was the program director for the Friendly Visitor Program in Walnut Creek. She also lived in Lafayette for a long time.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Pite of Danville; son, Douglas Putnam-Pite and his wife, Margaret Putnam-Pite of Santa Cruz; daughter Ruth Roberts of Pleasanton; and six grandchildren.

Services were private. The family welcomed contributions to Senior Outreach Services/Friendly Visitor Program, 1300 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek.

Brianna Lauren Grant

Brianna Lauren Grant, a Danville resident, passed away at the age of 17 after a courageous fight against MDS and undergoing a bone marrow transplant June 15.

She was born Jan. 12, 1990, and was an award-winning artist who loved to paint, draw and create stencils. Her passions included fashion, sewing and handcrafts and she was intelligent and fun-loving.

She was a beloved daughter of Iva and John Wilcox and James Grant and Mary O'Callaghan; sister to Trevor Grant and stepsister to Erin and Tara O'Callaghan. She leaves behind her great-grandmother, Sava Sipka; her grandparents, Mike and Bona Sipka and Joyce Grant; many aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

A funeral Mass was celebrated June 20 at St. Isidore's Catholic Church in Danville, and a service was held June 21 at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Danville. Donations can be made to National Art Honor Society (NAHS) at Monte Vista High School, 825 Hartz Way, Danville 94526.


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