Danville Express

Community Pulse - July 27, 2007


Barbara W. Morrissey

Danville Barbara W. Morrissey passed away June 27 at the age of 83.

She was born on a small farm July 27, 1923, in Cash County, Iowa, and moved to California at the age of 3. She had been a Danville resident for 57 years, and was a member of St. Timothy Episcopal Church, 49ers Investment Club, Crow Canyon Country Club, and 4-C niners Women's Golf Club. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and family, and she saw most of the world.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Morrissey; two sons, Michael Morrissey and Thomas Morrissey (Martha) both of the Chicago area; sister Rachel Vasiliev of Palo Alto; brother Eugene Williams of San Ramon; and granddaughter Melissa Morrissey.

Memorial services were held July 14 at St Timothy's Episcopal Church. Contributions in her memory may be made to Hope Hospice, 6500 Dublin Blvd., No. 100, Dublin 94568 or the American Cancer Society.

Dwight Eugene Howland

Dwight Eugene Howland, a former Danville resident, passed away June 26 in Las Vegas, Nev., at the age of 81.

He was born March 10, 1926, in Oakland, Iowa. He grew up in the San Diego area and served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He moved to Las Vegas eight years ago, where he attended the First Church of Religious Science. He enjoyed salmon fishing trips in Canada with his son Bruce.

He is survived by his loving companion, Ruth Merwin; his daughter, Sheryl A. Widger and her husband, Tom of Oakley; son Bruce A. Howland and his wife Susan of San Ramon; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Alice Howland, in 1993. Memorial donations to the American Cancer Society are appreciated.

Caralee Anne Marquardt

Danville resident Caralee Anne Marquardt, 49, passed away peacefully on July 1 surrounded by family and friends.

She was born June 29, 1948, and raised in Piedmont. She attended Corpus Christi, Holy Names High School, and later graduated from both the University of Hawaii with a bachelor's degree in Education, and Holy Names College with a master's in Education. She taught at Los Cerros Middle School in Danville and will be remembered by her thoughtful generosity, warm hospitality, and contagious sense of humor.

She is survived by daughters Mindy and Monica; sisters Kathleen (Joe) Schoennaeur, Becky (Brad) Klemm, Mollie Beam, and Tina (Louis) Carpio; brothers Dan, Shawn, and Darren (Lisa) Bonnington; six godchildren; and 24 nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Isidore's Catholic Church in Danville on July 7 with burial immediately following at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette. Mourners were invited to dress in islandwear.

Lawrence 'Al' Hedstrom

Lawrence "Al" Hedstrom, who formerly resided in Danville, passed away the evening of July 4 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Dec. 22, 1931, in Donna, Texas. He graduated from Kansas University with a degree in economics and became a regional sales manager for Standard & Poors. He opened the Northwestern United States sales territory for the company in Seattle, then moved to the San Francisco office where he worked until he retired in 1993. He also was a world-class jazz clarinetist, making his clarinet debut at age 6 when he played a solo version of "America" for the governor of Kansas. He went on to play first chair clarinet in the high school band while still a sixth-grader. He continued playing at a professional level well into his retirement years. He was also a standout tennis player representing Kansas University in many competitions. He continued to enjoy the game playing at a high level while a member of Round Hill Country Club. He and his wife Patty moved from Danville to Lincoln, Calif., in 2002.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 43 years, Patty Hedstrom; two daughters, Laurie (Steve) Kinsella of Brentwood, and Mrs. Alice (Steve) Sawdey of Livermore; and three granddaughters. Services were held for him July 12 at Oak Park Hills Chapel in Walnut Creek.

Jean Lewis Miller Jr.

Jean Lewis Miller Jr., a resident of Danville, died July 1 in Danville at the age of 76.

He was born in New Jersey on July 7, 1930, and raised in Southern California. He graduated from Monrovia High School, attended Pasadena City College, and graduated from UCLA with bachelor's and master's degrees in education. He was a member of the UCLA Varsity Crew for three years and was honored as outstanding oarsman and crew captain. He served in the Naval Reserves eight years, concurrent with college and subsequently while working as a teacher and wrestling coach. He worked for a short period for Avnet and Hughes Aircraft as a data programmer, then found his passion in developing and owning restaurants, leading a successful entrepreneurial career spanning four decades.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Anita; by his four sons, Mark (Stephanie), Doug (Melanie), Tim (Diane) and Mike (Gina); and nine grandchildren. A memorial service was held July 14 at the Community Presbyterian Church in Danville. The family suggests donations in J. Lewis Miller's name to U.C.S.D. Wiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, 8950 Villa La Jolla Drive, Suite C-129, La Jolla, CA 92607-0948, or donate online at health.ucsd.edu.


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