Danville Express

Community Pulse - November 23, 2007


George W. Schutz

Danville resident George W. Schutz passed away Oct. 26 at the age of 93.

He was born Aug. 30, 1914, in Alameda to George and Violet Schutz, the oldest of three children with a sister Melba and brother Clyde. He attended local schools and graduated UC Berkeley in 1938 with a degree in electrical engineering. At UC he was active in rowing crew and Naval ROTC, and he received his pilot's license.

He was called to active duty in November 1940 before Pearl Harbor, and he married Jinny on Feb. 1, 1941. They spent their first three years of marriage in Panama during World War II. He was transferred to the USS Nevada, and was on board during the D-Day invasion of France. He completed his tour of duty in the South Pacific and returned to his home in California in 1945. He was active in ROTC until 1960 and retired from the Naval Reserve with the rank of Commander.

He worked as an engineer for PG&E for 44 years. His family moved to Danville in 1950 and never left. He and his wife traveled to 30 countries, and tennis was their passion, as were the Cal Bears.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years Jinny; daughter Jan and son-in-law Ed; son Paul and daughter-in-law Karen; two grandchildren and one great-grandson.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 24, at Wilson & Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley, 825 Hartz Way, Danville.

Cheryl Lynn Humphrey Merkle

Danville resident Cheryl Lynn Humphrey Merkle, 53, died peacefully Nov. 8 at her home surrounded by her family.

She suffered from breast cancer for 14 years and was a successful fundraiser for the American Cancer Society raising over $100,000 in five years as Team Sherri.

She is survived by her loving husband John; her children Jason, Adam, Weston and Laurel; sisters Barbara and Marge; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were held Nov. 15 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in San Ramon. Donations can be made in honor of Cheryl to the American Cancer Society using the following link: http://www.acsevents.org and then using the Mosaic Memories link search for Cheryl Humphrey Merkle, Danville, CA.

Evelyn Tognoli

Evelyn Tognoli passed away peacefully at her home in Danville on Oct. 6 at the age of 85.

She was born and raised in San Francisco and will be fondly remembered for her great cooking and entertaining.

She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Aldo Tognoli; she is survived by her son Allyn (Tina) Tognoli; daughter Linda (Bob) Barry; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Lorraine Johnson and is "Aunty" to many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass was held Oct. 11 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Danville. Donations can be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 1390 Market St., Ste. 1200, San Francisco 94102.

Dorothy Lutz

Dorothy Lutz passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her family Oct. 12 in Danville. She was 83.

She was born and raised in Harlingen, Texas, where she met her husband Irving who was stationed there during World War II. They moved to Oakland after the war and started their family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Irving; her children Mark Lutz of Novato and Terri Lutz of Oakland; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Services were held Oct. 16. The family requests donations in her memory to the Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living, 4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville 94506.

Albert Werner King

Albert Werner King passed away Oct. 13 in Danville.

He was born in Sacramento to Werner and Freida King. He was a graduate of Alameda High School and attended UC Berkeley where he obtained a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering. He worked for Spreckels Sugar Co. as a factory manager for 33 years. His special interests were playing card games, yard work, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with his family.

He is survived his wife Barbara, daughter Elizabeth, sons Anthony and Nicolas King; four grandchildren and his sister Louise Patton. A Memorial Service was held in October at Community Presbyterian Church in Danville. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association 225 N. Michigan Ave., FL 17 Chicago, Ill. 60601-7633.

Fred Mario Caporicci

Fred Mario Caporicci, an Alamo resident, died Oct. 13 at the age of 87.

He was born May 30, 1920, and raised in Oakland. He also lived in Piedmont for 23 years and Alamo for 30 years. He was a proud member of the Sierra Club.

He was the beloved husband for 61 years of Shirley Caporicci; father of Gary (Kathy), Wendi, Julie (Stephen) Pelley and Jan (Pracha) Pises; grandfather of seven; and greatgrandfather of four.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 19 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Danville. Interment is at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette. Donations may be made to Stanford University Lymphoma Clinic, 875 Lake Wilbur Dr., Stanford 94305.

Wallace 'Kent' Runswick

Wallace "Kent" Runswick passed away at the age of 63 at his Danville home Oct. 18 after a long and valiant battle with colon cancer.

He was born in San Francisco in 1944 and raised in Richmond, El Cerrito and Kensington. He and his wife Nancy also lived in Hayward, Alamo and Danville. When he was young, his father Wally co-founded Prescolite in Berkeley, and Kent went on to found Inlite Corp. He loved his antique wooden boat "Mach Schnell," a 1958 Century Resorter, and he was a fly fisherman who always released his catch. He and Nancy also enjoyed international traveling.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years Nancy; daughters Nikki Spear of Texas, and Michelle Pinch of the U.K.; son Duane of Idaho; sister and brother-in-law Carol and Darryl Eisner of Westlake Village, and brother and sister-in-law Richard and Jeanie Runswick of Lafayette; sons-in-law Jamie Spear and Steven Pinch, daughter-in-law, DeIda; and seven grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews. A service was held at Sunset View Mortuary in El Cerrito. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill 94523.

Nicholas Edward Broderick

Danville resident Nicholas Edward Broderick passed away Oct. 20 at the age of 82.

He was born March 24, 1925. He graduated from Fordham University in 1948, and worked at Lawrence Livermore Lab.

He was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Dorothy, and his son Mark; he is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Jay and Carolyn, and his daughter and son-in-law Lynn and John; and two grandsons.

A Memorial Mass was celebrated Oct. 27. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, or to Fordham's Annual Fund, c/o Nicole Paciello, 888 7th Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10019 (in memory of Nicholas E. Broderick, Fordham College, '48).

Edgar F. Woolery

Danville resident Edgar F. Woolery passed away Oct. 22.

He was born Dec. 2, 1932, in Springfield, Mo., to Orville and Lorane Woolery. He served in the U.S. Navy as an aviator from 1953 to 1976 and retired as a Commander. He was a graduate of the USN Test Pilot School. His bachelor's degree was in mathematics and chemical engineering; he also had masters degrees in Physics, Theology and Divinity. He worked as a design physicist at Lawrence Livermore Lab from 1971 to 1993.

He is survived by his wife Jeannine; sons Bruce, David and Alan; daughters Susanne Wagner and Virginia Rogstad; 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Oct. 28 at San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church in Alamo.

Mildred F. Fitzpatrick

Mildred F. Fitzpatrick, a 28-year resident of Danville, died in Saratoga on Oct. 25 at the age of 92.

Mildred was born Nov. 12, 1915, in San Francisco. She is survived by son Richard J. Fitzpatrick of Gig Harbor, Wash., daughters Janet M. Fitzpatrick of Carmel, and Margaret A. McCarthy of Los Gatos, and grandchildren. Funeral services were held with interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette.

Bernice 'Bernie' Arata Fereira

Bernice "Bernie" Arata Fereira passed from this life peacefully on Oct. 30 in her Alamo home surrounded by his family.

She was born Nov. 7, 1917, in San Francisco and raised in Oakland, where she attended West Lake Junior High, Roosevelt High, and Lake Merritt Junior College. For 45 years she was an employee of Metropolitan Life Insurance, and was honored to be president of the company's San Francisco Bay Region Veteran's Association and the recipient of the Ecker Award. She served as president for the Lafayette Business & Professional Women's Club, Alamo Women's Club, Tioga Club at the John Muir Auxiliary, and a member of the Civic Arts League.

She was predeceased by her husband Gordon Fereira. She is survived by her nephew Charles (Laura) Fereira and great nephew and niece, Tyler and Koren, along with many adopted nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 7 at St. Isidore Church in Danville with a reception at the Alamo Women's Club. Donations may be made to the Contra Costa Humane Society, 609 Gregory Lane #140, Pleasant Hill 94523, or Martinez Hospice, 200 Muir Rd., Martinez 94553.

Sergio Fanucchi

Sergio Fanucchi, a resident of Danville, passed away Nov. 2 at the age of 70.

He was born May 19, 1937, in Arancio, Port Elisa, Lucca, Italy. He left Italy in 1960 to find a new life in the United States. In 1961 he married Mary; they had three sons, John, David and Gregory.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 7 at St. Isidore Church in Danville. Donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105 or Hope Hospice, 6500 Dublin Blvd., Ste. 100, Dublin 94568.


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