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Danville Express

Community Pulse - May 2, 2008

Obituaries

Dorothy Kruzick

Dorothy Kruzick, a resident of Danville, passed away April 12 at the age of 79.

She was born Sept. 27, 1928, in Winnipeg, Canada, and grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, where she attended St. Joseph's Academy and graduated from North High School. She then attended Stevens College in Columbia, Mo.

Upon returning to Iowa she followed her passion for dance and taught ballroom dancing at Arthur Murray's Dance Studio. In 1950 she married Louis Kruzick. They lived in Iowa, Missouri and Michigan before settling in Danville in 1984.

During those years she pursued a real estate career, raised a family and remained married to her devoted husband for over 57 years.

She had a courageous spirit and was an inspiration to everyone in the way she handled her many health challenges throughout her life. She had a fun-loving nature and infused laughter into almost any situation.

She is survived by her husband Louis and her daughter Kelly; and her brother Pat O'Callaghan, his wife Julie and their family. She was predeceased by her parents Robert and Claire O'Callaghan and her son Brad.

A Celebration of her Life will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 2, at St. Joan of Arc in San Ramon. A reception lunch will follow at Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville.

Mae F. Dong

Danville resident Mae F. Dong passed away March 20 at the age of 69.

She was born Nov. 21, 1938, and had lived in Danville since 1970. She was a graduate of UCSF School of Pharmacy. Her wide range of talents includes being a pharmacist, preschool teacher, Chinese painting artist and versatile seamstress. She and husband also designed the house they lived in for 38 years. She enjoyed hiking, cooking, baking and gardening, and exchanging greetings with her neighbors during her daily walks.

She was the wife of Richard G. Dong and mother of Michael K. Dong and Catherine E. Meyer. She has a son-in-law Jon Meyer and two grandsons. She is also survived by her father Johnnie G. Fong, sister Suzanne Fong and brothers Donald Fong and David Fong. She also has many siblings-in-law, nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers she had expressed the desire for donations to be made to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 633 Third Ave., New York, NY 10017, or to the American Cancer Society by calling (800) 227-2345.

James Ellis Temple Sr.

James Ellis Temple Sr., a former resident of Danville, died March 11 at the age of 76, due to complications of Parkinson's disease.

He was born March 11, 1932, and raised in Arkansas. He served in the U.S. Navy after high school and settled in the Bay Area after being discharged.

He had a successful career selling Buick automobiles. He served as president of San Ramon Valley Little League in 1976 when the team played in the championship game in Williamsport, Pa.

His love of life and sharp wit endeared him to many. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years Barbara Jean, his daughter Laura Minto and son-in-law Kevin Minto of Nevada City, his son James Temple and daughter-in-law Marci Temple of Clayton, and four grandchildren.

Leo Scully

Alamo resident Leo Scully passed away March 27 after a life of joy-filled adventures and a courageous three-year journey with ALS. He was 57.

He was born and raised in Slayton, Minn., the son of LaVerne and Franklin "Speed" Scully. At age 5, he saved a young neighbor girl from drowning; many years later he again saved a young child from drowning in a friend's swimming pool.

He graduated from Slayton High School in 1968 and from Mankato State University in 1973. He married his wife Bonnie in 1978 and they enjoyed an extremely happy marriage for 30 years. Both pursued successful careers in telecommunications, each retiring in 2000.

Throughout his life he loved to travel, was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing cards with his poker friends. With their help he was able to play poker until shortly before his death, pleased to win the last hand they played together. With a relaxed, wonderful sense of humor and a positive, loving approach to life, he chose to see the good in everything.

He is survived by his wife Bonnie, his mother LaVerne, sisters Kay and Gail and their husbands Owen and Jerry, brothers Mark and Mike and their wives Debbie and Carolyn, mother-in-law Gerry, and extended family members and friends.

A Celebration of Life was held April 5 at the Creekside Community Church in Alamo. In lieu of flowers, if desired, donations may be made to Creekside Community Church of Contra Costa Community Inc. or Hospice of the East Bay.

Parker Dalton Gibbs

Parker Dalton Gibbs, a resident of Danville, passed away peacefully March 17 at the age of 80.

Born Dec. 2, 1927, in Madera, Calif., he was an only son and his parents Jim and Ruth were farmers. He married his high school sweetheart and they lovingly argued politics until the day he died.

He served in World War II aboard the USS Mississippi and received his education from Fresno State University where he was president of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. He worked for Chevron U.S.A. for 36 years and received an honorary doctorate degree from the Colorado School of Mines.

Active in his community, he volunteered, served on many boards and councils and believed in the gift of donation. He loved his family and friends, his religion, playing golf, Tony Bennett, dinner at San Francisco's North Beach Restaurant, poker with the SIRS, traveling, fish and chips, watching and performing magic, The Three Stooges, "Blazing Saddles," being a frequent guest of San Francisco's Italian Athletic Club, Bob Newhart, Dean Martin, a good martini, Lena Horne, making napkin rabbits, Sinatra, and telling great jokes and stories.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years Catherine "Babe" Gibbs; daughters Leslie Kalmes of Houston, Texas, Lisa DuRán of Denver, Colo., and Liz Marquez of Modesto; son Parker Timothy Gibbs of San Francisco; sons-in-law Xavier DuRán and Mike Kalmes; daughter-in-law Amy Morris Gibbs; five grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial services were held April 5 at St. Isidore's Catholic Church in Danville. Donations are suggested to a charity of your choice.

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