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Danville Express

Community Pulse - April 25, 2008

Obituaries

Francis X. Vizena

Frank Vizena passed away peacefully at the Bruns House Hospice in Alamo at 10:20 p.m., Saturday, April 12, at the age of 76, after a long battle with cancer and spending nearly six weeks in the hospital. He was surrounded by his family members, friends and even his dog Molly on his last day.

He was born Sept. 11, 1931, in Danvers, Mass., one of seven children of Joseph Vizena and Alice Lavoie Vizena. All his siblings reside in New England: Joseph Vizena and wife Frances, Eugene Vizena and his wife Joan, Marie Jones and husband Robert, Dorothy Vizena, Charles Vizena and wife Sandra and Beatrice Sybert. After high school he served with honor for several years in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne.

He had a long career traveling all over the United States as superintendent of the machine shops of American Can Co. and later was supervisor for the Tydeman Machine Works in Redwood City. He also enjoyed dancing with his wife Ella, golfing, traveling, solving crossword puzzles and gardening. He was an avid reader and had a wonderful sense of humor - a "larger than life" kind of man.

He is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Ella Smith Vizena; his six children: sons Francis Vizena Jr., Eugene Vizena and daughter-in-law Sharon, James Vizena and daughter-in-law Christy, Michael Vizena, Steven Vizena; daughter Adrienne Baumann and son-in-law Rene; and stepsons Laurence Smith and Curtis Smith. He is survived by his former spouse Marjorie Coleman, 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Isidore's Catholic Church in Danville at 10 a.m., Friday, May 2, and a reception will be held immediately afterward across the street. A military ceremony will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Sacramento Valley VA Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road in Dixon.

In lieu of flowers, those who desire may make a memorial donation to Hospice of the East Bay, c/o Bruns House, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill, 94523.

Daniel W. Boudett

Daniel W. Boudett passed away peacefully March 13 in Danville at the age of 95.

Born in Portland, Ore., in 1913, he and his sister, Doris, were raised in Everett, Wash. His family moved to California when he enrolled at UC Berkeley.

After graduating in 1935, he received his M.D. from UCSF School of Medicine, where he met his wife, Bernice Baldwin, of Gilroy. They were married in 1940.

During WWII he served as a flight surgeon in the 482nd Bomb Group of the Army Air Corps. Upon his return, he practiced as an ear, nose and throat physician in San Mateo until he retired in 1978.

He also served on the faculty at UCSF, and was active in the San Mateo County Medical Association, of which he was president in 1952. He was a long-time member of the Peninsula Golf and Country Club.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing and skiing, and also loved to tinker. After retirement he immersed himself in sculpture, sketching and painting, and was a member of the Peninsula Outdoor Painters Society.

He was predeceased by his wife Bernice in 1990. He is survived by his three children: John Boudett of San Anselmo, Kathy Galloway of Alamo, and Nancy Boudett of Napa. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Private services and burial were held March 16. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the East Bay.

Charles C. Marshall

Charles C. Marshall, a resident of Danville, passed away March 15 at the age of 56.

He was born Dec. 1, 1951, in the East Bay. He had a great love of sports, especially baseball, from childhood long into his adult life and played professionally before serving as a Green Beret in the Vietnam War. He later worked in the insurance and annuity business for nearly 30 years.

He is survived by his loving wife, Louise, of Danville; parents Bud and Marge Marshall of Antioch; sister Jamie Ray of Antioch; daughter Brandi Marshall of Kansas, and stepdaughter Colleen Laneer of Arizona; plus many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Michael and sister Brandy Ross. Services were held March 20 at Oak Park Hills Chapel in Walnut Creek with burial at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette. Donations may be made to the American Red Cross or American Legion.

Dorothy Mae Schlaegel

Dorothy Mae Schlaegel, a former resident of Danville, passed away quietly at home in Roseville on Feb. 28 a the age of 91.

She was born Sept. 2, 1916, in Los Gatos. She lived in the San Jose area for 30 years before moving to San Francisco with her family while her husband Carlton studied for his opera-singing career. They then moved to Phoenix, and finally to Danville in 1979. She was active with church and senior activities in the area before moving to Roseville in 2004.

She was predeceased by her husband, Carlton. She is survived by her sons, Ronald Schlaegel of Alamo and Martin Schlaegel of Roseville; her best friend Shar Martinez, also of Roseville; her daughter-in-law Marlene of Alamo; her brother Stanley Luce of Seattle; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; plus many friends throughout California.

A private family service was to be held at a later date.

Ronna Bates-Skarda

Ronna Bates-Skarda, a resident of Diablo, passed away March 13 at the age of 49. She was taken after a short battle with Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer.

She was born June 20, 1958, in Sacramento. She grew up in the Sacramento area, moving to Danville in 1996 with her husband Stephen. She made a career of being a loving mother with children ranging in ages from 33 to 5. She was a wonderful and caring daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend.

She is survived by husband Stephen, sons Jason (wife Tara), Sam, and Skyler, daughter Danale (husband Justin), and five grandchildren

Funeral services were held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Alamo on March 19, with burial at Fair Oaks Cemetery in Fair Oaks.

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