Danville Express

Community Pulse - August 24, 2007

Obituaries

Joe A. Callaway

Joe A. Callaway, 85, a resident of San Ramon, passed away Aug. 3.

He was born June 1, 1922. He moved to the San Ramon Valley three years ago from Belmont where he lived and raised his family for more than 40 years. He was a retired aircraft maintenance manager for United Airlines where he worked for more than 35 years. He was a decorated war hero receiving a Bronze Star Medal and three Bronze Battle Stars as he served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1940-45.

He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Dorothy, in 1999, and by a son, Wayne. He is survived by two sons and their wives, Joe and Jeannie Callaway of Danville, and Terry and Donna Callaway of Las Vegas, and a daughter-in-law Laverne of Hemet, Calif. He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Aug. 18 at Wilson & Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley in Danville.

Patricia E. Griffiths

Danville resident Patricia E. Griffiths, 83, passed away peacefully at her home Aug. 13. She was born July 25, 1924.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Darwin Griffiths. She is survived by her sons Gary (Gloria) Griffiths of Sierra Madre, Calif., and Patrick (Peggy) Griffiths of Denver; daughter Gayle Jones of San Antonio; and her brother, Bill Jessen of Utah. She was the loving grandmother of nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Aug. 17 at Wilson & Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley. Donations may be made to your favorite charity in the name of Patricia Griffiths. A private interment will be held at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette.

Barbara L. Thomas

Danville resident Barbara L. Thomas, 47, died suddenly Aug. 14 from respiratory complications.

She was born Nov. 30, 1959. She worked at Crosslink Capital for seven years and recently had started a new job at Saints VC. She enjoyed life to the fullest with her golf "outings," especially getting an eagle before her son; her swim team "buddies" at Pacific Masters; her referee "calls" with Mustang soccer; and her "extra" time with the East Bay Astronomical Society.

She is survived by her husband William; her son Will; her brother Russ; her mother Polly; and her sister Marie, who all will miss her comical phone calls during her daily BART rides. A memorial service was held Aug. 21 at Wilson & Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley. Donations may be made in her memory to Deerfield Academy, Mr. Tom Henry, 7 Boyden Lane, Deerfield, MA 01342.

Flor Lisa B. Pena

Danville resident Flor Lisa B. Pena passed away Aug. 10.

Visitation was held Aug. 16, with a blessing service, at Jess C. Spencer Mortuary in Castro Valley.

Lorne 'Mac' McDonald

Lorne "Mac" McDonald, 85, passed away at home on Aug. 8.

He was born Feb. 14, 1922, in Alberta, Canada. He moved to San Carlos as a young child and remained in the area throughout his life. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War WII between 1942 and 1946. In 1983, he retired from AT&T after 35 years of service.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 59 years, Jeanne; son and daughter-in-law, Lee and Lori McDonald of Danville; daughter Lori McDonald of San Ramon; and five grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Community United Church of Christ in San Carlos, open to all. The family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society.

Frank E. Stanko

Frank E. Stanko, a former resident of Pleasanton, died on Aug. 8. He was born on Aug. 2, 1943.

He will be remembered for his love of running, sports, geography, history, music and especially his wit and sense of humor.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Yvonne. He is survived by Scott and Danielle and their spouses, Jennifer and Kevin; and six grandchildren. A Memorial Mass was held Aug. 16 at St. Isidore's Catholic Church in Danville.

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