Danville resident Roland John Cerny died April 24 at Kaiser Medical Center in Walnut Creek at the age of 88.
He was born Jan. 2, 1920, in Missouri and moved to California by covered wagon at the age of 6. He was a resident of Contra Costa County for the last 34 years, living in Danville. He worked for the Federal Aviation agency for 33 years. His favorite passion in life was flying, which he did from the age of 16 to 86, fully instrument rated. He was a licensed commercial sea captain and loved fishing on his yacht and fishing at his fish camp in Alaska with his great-grandchildren. He greatly enjoyed golfing and belonged to the Old Crows Golf Club, The New England Village Hackers Golf Club, and The Las Positas Senior Golfing Couples. He was looking forward to his golfing trips this year to Sedona, Ariz., and Hawaii.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike (Joan) Cerny of Sunol and Ronald (Darlene) Cerny of Brentwood; six grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; and by his special golfing partner for the last three years, Carmen Epperson of Castro Valley. A remembrance and celebration of his life were held May 3 at Bosco's Bones & Brew in Sunol.
Mary Dorothy Lonsdale
Mary Dorothy Lonsdale, a resident of Alamo, died May 3 at the age of 88, after a brief illness, at the home of her daughter Ruth Nelson and son-in-law John Nelson.
She was born April 4, 1920, in Biddeford, Maine, where she graduated from Biddeford High School. She and her husband Joseph raised their family in Abington, Mass., where she was active at St. Bridget Church. She was also an avid bridge player. After her children were grown, she earned her license and worked with Trufant Realty. She continued her education at the local community college and at Harvard University, and wrote and published poetry.
She moved to the Rossmoor retirement community in Walnut Creek in 2000 to be close to her children and grandchildren. There she participated in bridge and other activities with her many friends.
She was predeceased by her husband Joseph Lonsdale, son Stephen Lonsdale and sister Eleanor Hawkes. She is survived by daughters Mary Roy and Ruth Nelson, and sons Joseph, Robert, David, Paul and Peter Lonsdale; her brother Stephen Ryan; and 19 grandchildren.
The funeral was held May 10 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Danville.
Heinz J. Slawinski
Heinz J. Slawinski, an Alamo resident, died May 9 shortly after celebrating his 83rd birthday.
He was born May 7, 1925, in Germany and had been a Bay Area resident for many years. As a youngster he attended Peralta Grammar School and graduated from Oakland Technical High School. He enjoyed archery, bowling, dancing and had a love of music. He was a veteran of World War II, a member of Nature's Friends and the German Club. He was a lineman for Pacific Bell for more than 20 years.
He was predeceased by his son Carl in 2005. He is survived by his wife Tania, daughter Gretchen and son Richard.
A service was held May 12 at Wilson and Kratzer Mortuary in Danville. Donations may be made to a veteran's organization of your choice in appreciation of Heinz's service to his country.
Rolf G. Sommerhaug, M.D.
Rolf G. Sommerhaug, M.D., a resident of Alamo, died May 2 at the age of 69.
He was born Nov. 12, 1938, in Narvik, Norway, a town with a good downhill ski run. At 12 years of age, his family moved to Bodø where he met his future wife, Gunvor. While in Bodø, he pioneered construction of its first and only downhill ski run, and continued his boyhood passion for slalom skiing. During this time, he began an appreciation of jazz that persisted throughout his life.
In 1957, he moved to Seattle with his parents. He attended the University of Washington as an undergraduate and went on to the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He completed his general surgery training at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle and his thoracic-surgery residency at the University of Michigan. During medical school he developed a passion for sailing.
In 1961 he married his sweetheart Gunvor. He served with the U.S. Air Force Reserves from 1964-1971. In 1971, the family moved to the Bay Area. In 1974, he and his colleagues started the cardiovascular program at Mount Diablo Hospital, where the first elective coronary bypass surgery was performed later that year. He also authored multiple papers on coronary bypass surgery, and was a guest lecturer throughout the United States and abroad.
He is survived by his wife Gunvor; his sister Tulle; his sons Eiler, David and Nils; his daughter-in-law Kimberly; and his two grandchildren. A private memorial service was to be held at the family home. Remembrances can be made to the American Heart Association, Hospice of the East Bay or Art For Life Foundation.