She was born March 17, 1938, in Chicago, Ill. She graduated from Lawrence College and went on to earn a doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of Toledo.
She moved to Danville in the mid 1970s where she raised four boys. She was a friend to all she knew and her only regret in life was that she couldn't personally say goodbye to everyone who made her who she was.
She died peacefully at the Bruns House Hospice Facility of pancreatic and liver cancer. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Manfred; her three sons Michael, John and Matthew; four daughters-in-law; and eight grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, May 31. Contact an immediate family member for details.
Francis (Frank) Otto Archer
Danville resident Francis Otto Archer died April 21 at the age of 86.
He was born in Geneva, Neb., on Feb. 16, 1922, and his early years were spent in Nebraska and Oklahoma. In 1942 he both married Nelda Mae Golliver and entered the U.S. Army Air Force. He served in World War II flying C-46 and C-47 airplanes in Africa and Europe. After leaving the service in 1945, he flew commercial airplanes for Resort Airlines out of Miami, Fla., and relocated with the airline to Oakland in 1956.
When his piloting days were over, he spent many years with Chevron, retiring in 1987. During 50 years in the San Ramon Valley area, he and Mae raised their family and were active in the San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church and many other community groups.
He was predeceased by his daughter Patricia Reading. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Nelda Mae Archer; daughters Carol Archer of Martinez and Paula Perez (husband Ken) of Tracy; and three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at the San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church on April 28.
John Joseph Schembri
John Joseph Schembri, a resident of Danville, died April 22 at the age of 77.
He was born Feb. 23, 1931, on the island of Malta and immigrated to New York in 1952. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Laura in 1955 and moved to San Francisco soon thereafter. He worked as an electrical engineer with AT&T for more than 30 years, was a pioneer in fiber optic technology and was granted five patents in this field.
He moved to Danville in 1987 and built his dream house. He enjoyed his garden, tinkering in the garage, traveling the world, and spending time with his family.
He was predeceased by his sister Hilda Cassar. He is survived by his wife Laura; son Arthur Schembri and daughter Suzanne Schembri; brother Anthony Schembri; sister Doris Boytinck; and three grandchildren.
A vigil was held April 24 at Wilson and Kratzer in Danville; a Liturgy Mass was celebrated April 25 at St. Isidore Catholic Church. Interment with Military Honors was at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette. Contributions to the National Kidney Foundation of Northern California, 131 Steuart St., Suite 52, San Francisco 94105 would be appreciated.
Virginia Altvater Schumacher Lewis
Virginia Altvater Schumacher Lewis, a resident of Danville, died quietly at home April 29 at the age of 97.
She was born Feb 8, 1911, in San Francisco and lived in Northern California all her life. She graduated from Sarah Dix Hamlin School in 1928, attended college and was a member of the Phi Omega Chi sorority. She married Russell Schumacher in 1935 and moved to Oakland until 1951 when they moved to Danville.
She loved to entertain at barbeques, played golf and bridge and raised two children. After Russell's death in 1971, she cruised the world and met Dewey Lewis whom she married in 1976. They traveled and cruised each year logging hundreds of thousands of miles. Dewey died in August 1993 leaving her a widow once again.
She is survived by her son Kern W. Schumacher of Incline Village; her daughter Joy Pritchard of Carmel Valley; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A private family memorial service was held. To remember her through a donation to the American Heart Association, send it to 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame 94010.
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