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Community Pulse - December 14, 2007

Obituaries

Ana Baer Fien

Ana Baer Fien, 86, an eight-year resident of Danville and a 37-year resident of Alamo passed away Nov. 3 after a courageous and mercifully short battle with leukemia and lymphoma. She was surrounded by loving family members at the time of her death.

She was born April 28, 1921, in Montana and moved to Pittsburg with her family when she was a young girl. She attended UC Berkeley and graduated from UC San Francisco in 1944 with a degree in nursing. She served in World War II as a captain in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps and later taught nursing. She married her beloved husband Irving Fien, M.D., in 1955 and they were happily married until his death in 1990.

She was a world traveler who passionately supported education and was a perennial student until her death. She supported nonprofit organizations and loved the arts, museums, movies and visiting new restaurants with her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughters, Lorri Fien of Walnut Creek and Rhonda Stangrover of Alamo; sons-in-law Mick Stangrover and Phil Archibald; and three grandchildren; and numerous lifelong friends.

A celebration of her life will be held in early 2008. The family would appreciate memorial donations in lieu of flowers to Save Mount Diablo or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

William Robert Underhill

Danville resident William Robert Underhill died suddenly Nov. 3 in Desert Hot Springs at the age of 80.

He was born on March 7, 1928. He was enjoying retirement after a working 37 years as a State Farm Insurance Agent. He loved anything involving aviation, traveling, golf and, above all, his family.

He is survived by his wife Toni; daughter Kandi Mason; son David Underhill; son-in-law Scott; daughter-in-law Leda; and three grandsons. A memorial service was held Nov. 12 at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Castro Valley.

Ana Baer Fien

Ana Baer Fien, 86, an eight-year resident of Danville and a 37-year resident of Alamo passed away Nov. 3 after a courageous and mercifully short battle with leukemia and lymphoma. She was surrounded by loving family members at the time of her death.

She was born April 28, 1921, in Montana and moved to Pittsburg with her family when she was a young girl. She attended UC Berkeley and graduated from UC San Francisco in 1944 with a degree in nursing. She served in World War II as a captain in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps and later taught nursing. She married her beloved husband Irving Fien, M.D., in 1955 and they were happily married until his death in 1990.

She was a world traveler who passionately supported education and was a perennial student until her death. She supported nonprofit organizations and loved the arts, museums, movies and visiting new restaurants with her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughters, Lorri Fien of Walnut Creek and Rhonda Stangrover of Alamo; sons-in-law Mick Stangrover and Phil Archibald; and three grandchildren; and numerous lifelong friends.

A celebration of her life will be held in early 2008. The family would appreciate memorial donations in lieu of flowers to Save Mount Diablo or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

August J. (Jerry) Seiberlich

Danville resident August J. (Jerry) Seiberlich, died at Bruns House in Alamo on Nov. 8 at the age of 91 after a year-long illness.

He was born in Oakland on May 21, 1916, to Augustus and Louise Seiberlich. While at Oakland High School, he participated in varsity sports and was an AAU boxer. Upon graduation, he was employed by the U.S. Postal Service until his enlistment in the Navy in 1942, where he served as a SeaBee in the Pacific Theater, including Iwo Jima.

After the war, the family moved to Contra Costa County and to Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville in 1992. He graduated from Golden Gate College with a degree in accounting and, after working for a CPA firm in San Francisco, he and his brother Gordon in 1954 formed what is today Seiberlich Accountancy Corp. He was a member for more than 50 years of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Masonic Live Oak Lodge No. 61 F.&.A.M., and the Aahmes Shriners A.A.O.N.M.S.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Eleanor; son Terry; brother Gordon; and five nephews and nieces. Graveside services with full military honors were held Nov. 28 at the Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asked friends to consider a contribution to the Bruns House of Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill 94523.

Sophie 'Toby' Vrankovich

Sophie "Toby" Vrankovich, a former resident of Danville, passed away Nov. 21 at the age of 87.

She was born in San Leandro on Feb. 13, 1920, the youngest of 10 siblings. She was a homemaker for more than 60 years. She loved to shop in catalogs looking for very colorful clothing. She enjoyed golf trips and most of all going out to dinner.

She was preceded in death by her husband Nick Vrankovich in March, 1983. She lost her beloved sister, Gloria, in February 2005. She is survived by her son Russ (Judy), two grandsons, two great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She had requested there be no services.

John Peter Rakela III

John Peter Rakela III, a Danville resident, passed away Nov. 25 at the age of 56.

He was born Jan. 10, 1951, to John and Antoinette Rakela, who predeceased him. Friends remembered that he touched many lives with his sense of humor and dry wit and say he will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his wife Laura Rakela; siblings Sharon Bendahan and David Bendahan; his niece Jennifer McCartney; his father-in-law Gordon Duff; and numerous cousins and many friends.

A vigil service was held Nov. 29 at Wilson & Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley in Danville. The liturgy was celebrated Nov. 30 at St. Joan of Arc in San Ramon. Burial is at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette. Memorial contributions are preferred to St. Joan of Arc Building Fund or Father Dan Madigan, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.

Rosalia Gumataotao Pangelinan

Danville resident Rosalia Gumataotao Pangelinan passed away Nov. 26 at the age of 71. She was a resident of Danville for more than 36 years.

She was born Sept. 17, 1936, and raised in Guam. She moved to California in 1963. Her favorite activities were her early morning walks on the Iron Horse Trail and dancing

She has five loving children and was preceded in death by her eldest daughter Janet. She is survived by her beloved husband Thomas; children June (Paul Adachi) of El Cerrito; Thomas Jr. (Julie) of Las Vegas; Joseph (Cindy) of San Diego; and Tina (Moimusa Ahmadu) of Washington, D.C. She is also survived by four grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass was held Dec. 3 at St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon with interment at the Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette.

John Kraus

Alamo resident John Kraus, a longtime businessman in Contra Costa County, passed away Nov. 27 at the age of 85. He was born June 24, 1922.

He owned Alamo Pools and Crystal Springs Pools in San Mateo. He was instrumental in designs and construction on many buildings in the Midwest and has his name on many plaques displaying his gunite and construction work. He was a World War II veteran and was one of the Battling Bastards of Bastogne, 101st Airborne Division, Screaming Eagles. He loved fishing and boating on Lake Berryessa with his family and friends.

He was the beloved father of Patricia Lynn, Cheryl Nelson, Colleen Thornhill, Bonnie Matthey, and Dennis Kraus; and the cherished grandfather and great-grandfather of 20 children. He was preceded in death by his brother Karl Kraus Jr.

A memorial service was held Dec. 1 at Chapel of San Ramon Valley. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Hospice of East Bay.

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