Danville Express

Community Pulse - November 2, 2007


Marjorie Jane (McMahon) Brucker

Danville resident Marjorie Jane (McMahon) Brucker passed away Sept. 25 at the age of 84.

She was born Dec. 11, 1922, and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She met Richard Brucker in high school and they became engaged during World War II, and married June 8, 1946. Several years later they moved to Northern California and raised their eight children here, living in Hayward, Castro Valley and Danville. She loved to travel and once the children were raised, she and Richard traveled to Europe and Switzerland, plus enjoyed Lake Tahoe. She was proud of her Irish heritage and enjoyed visiting Ireland several years ago. She also loved music of every kind.

She is survived by her husband, Richard P. Brucker, and her eight children: Linda Pearl, Susan Rhodes, Nancy Brucker, Marcia Kelley, Richard Brucker Jr., Elizabeth Phillips, Christopher Brucker and Carol Coates, seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brothers Edmund and Gordon McMahon, her sister Patricia Courts, and her granddaughter, Marjorie Bruckopoulos.

Those who wish may make a donation to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

August H. 'Augie' Gaspar

August H. "Augie" Gaspar, a resident of Danville, passed away Sept. 25 in Walnut Creek at the age of 90.

He was born in Oakland on March 30, 1917. He attended St. Mary's College High School in Berkeley, and St. Mary's College in Moraga. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a B-17 Bombadier in Europe during WWII. He was a P.O.W. for 19 months as a result of the raid on Munster. After the war, he remained as an officer in the Air Force reserves, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He also worked as a baker for 35 years at the Langendorf Bakery in Oakland, retiring in 1977. He was a long time resident of San Lorenzo, most recently residing in Bethel Island and Danville.

He was preceded in death by Mary, his wife of 49 years. He is survived by seven nephews, one niece, and countless grandnieces, grandnephews and loving, lifelong friends.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 28 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Danville with entombment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. Donations may be made in his memory to St. Mary's College High School, Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1294 Albina Ave., Berkeley 94706; or to the American Red Cross at www.bayarea-redcross.org.


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