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Danville Express

Community Pulse - April 4, 2008

Obituaries

Grace Katzer

Grace Katzer, who was a resident of Danville for many years, died March 23 at the age 87 from complications of pneumonia.

She was born in Wausau, Wis., on Dec. 15, 1920. She and Melvin Katzer were married in November 1942 before he left for three years in the Air Force. After the war and earning a chemical engineering degree at the University of Wisconsin, they moved to Richland, Wash.

She was an accomplished singer and sang in churches for much of her life. After moving to Danville in 1951, she supervised the startup of the Terrace Tea Room in Walnut Creek, which raised money for the Mt. Diablo Therapy Center. In 1967 she opened Carefree Travel Agency in Danville. The agency grew over the next 25 years, with the help of her sons Larry and Russell, to be one of the largest agencies in the East Bay, which gave her the opportunity to travel all over the world. About 1980 she and her son Russell opened the Carefree Institute of Travel to train travel agents.

She also played golf at Diablo Country Club for many years but eventually her interest turned to quilting. In 2000, she and her husband moved to Brentwood and lived on the golf course in the Summerset retirement development.

She was the beloved wife of Melvin Katzer for 65 years, and is survived by her three children, Russell Katzer, Larry Katzer and Barbara Nemanic; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. The family would appreciate memorial contributions to John Muir Pulmonary Rehab at 2700 Grant St., Bldg. 1 sta. 3, Concord 94520

William Marcus Miller

William Marcus Miller, Ph.D., a resident of Danville, passed away Feb. 19 surrounded by loved ones, at the age of 50.

He was born Sept. 19, 1957, in Louisville, Ky., and was raised in several states throughout the Midwest.

He had a zeal for life, familysic and, above all, astronomy.

He earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Western Kentucky University with a major in physics, a master's in computer science from the University of Kentucky, and a doctorate from Colorado State University. After working a few years in North Carolina for IBM, he settled in California working with Lawrence Livermore National Lab in research and development.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Darlene; sons Chase, Tanner and Derick; daughter Kimberlyn and son-in-law Jonathan; parents Fae and Charlie Clark of Florida/Kentucky; Bill and Jewel Miller of Florida; his brother and two sisters; and his grandmother.

A Celebration of Life was held Feb. 24 at Crosswinds Church in Dublin.

Lek Cheng Leong

Lek Cheng Leong, a resident of Danville, passed away peacefully at home Feb. 22 at the age of 92.

She was born in Singapore on June 30, 1915, and taught elementary school for more than 30 years. In 1983 she married her childhood sweetheart, Patrick Leong, and they lived in Hawaii until his death in 1993. She has resided with Tim, Julie and Mark Leong for the past 14 years.

As a member of Prime Time at Community Presbyterian Church, she made many lasting friendships that were a source of joy and fellowship. A memorial service was held March 15 at Community Presbyterian Church in Danville. Donations may be made to Prime Time, CPC, 222 W. El Pintado Road, Danville 94526.

Marie Elizabeth Bouret

Marie Elizabeth Bouret, longtime resident of Alamo, passed away peacefully Feb. 24. She was 82. Her devoted husband of 58 years, Pierre, passed away 10 Sundays earlier.

She was born Jan. 19, 1926, in Chico to Irish immigrants, Patrick and Mary O'Halloran. One of seven children, she grew up in Burlingame where she graduated from Mercy High School in 1944. She received a two-year degree from College of Notre Dame, Belmont, in 1946.

A devout Catholic, she was a Charter Volunteer Member of the John Muir Medical Center Auxiliary of Walnut Creek since its inception in 1959; she served as president of the Guild in 1984 and 1985; and was a dedicated volunteer at the Garret Thrift Shop through 2004.

She loved spending time with family and friends and was a multi-talented artist: an oil painter, seamstress, home decorator and fabulous cook who could turn any meal into an elegant feast.

She loved stylish clothes, bouquets of flowers and dancing with her husband.

She is survived by her children, Colleen Slater of Walnut Creek, Marc Bouret of Lafayette, and G. Pierre Bouret of Hanalei, Kauai; daughters-in-law Theresa Bouret and Mimsy Bouret; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; sisters Alice Carter of San Jose and Pat Hartnett of Redwood Shores; and many nephews, nieces and cousins.

A memorial Mass was celebrated March 1 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Danville. Donations may be made to the Garret Thrift Shop of John Muir Medical Center, 1530 Third Ave., Walnut Creek 94596.

Debora L. High

Debora L. High passed away peacefully Feb. 24 in her home in Danville, surrounded by family.

She was born May 9, 1957. She loved spending time with her grandson, traveling, cooking, gardening, crocheting and reading.

She is a former paralegal and co-owner of Grady's Chimney Sweep and Service.

She is survived by her husband, Grady; children Christina (Matt) Capittelli of Napa and Michael (Andrea) Larson of Newark; mother Beverly Baldwin of Richmond; brother Bob (Nancy) Baldwin of El Sobrante; and sister Denise (Jim) Grigg of Alameda. She was predeceased by her daughter Amanda Lynn Larson and father Howard Baldwin.

A memorial service was held Feb. 29 at Wilson & Kratzer, followed by a private interment at Joseph's Cemetery in San Pablo. Contributions can be made to UCSF, Melanoma Center, P.O. Box 45339, San Francisco 94145 or your favorite charity.

Bruce Ronald Aver

Danville resident Bruce Ronald Aver passed away Feb. 20 at the age of 73.

He was born May 13, 1934, and raised in Oakland, where he graduated from Oakland Technical High School and attended Oakland Junior College.

He served his country in the U.S. Army and worked for 30 years in the automobile industry until retiring in 1999.

He enjoyed traveling the world with his wife, Gloria, and spending time with his family. Kind-hearted and filled with laughter, his positive outlook influenced all he came in touch with.

He was the father of John, Matt, Jen, Jim and Susan; father-in-law of Carolyn, Carol and Jackie; and grandfather of six.

A memorial service was held March 6 at Peace Lutheran Church. Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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