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Danville Express

Community Pulse - November 28, 2008

Obituaries

Susan Jane Sears

Susan Jane Sears, a resident of Danville, died Oct. 5 at the age of 63.

She was born to Genevieve and Warren O'Callaghan on June 21, 1945, in San Francisco and raised in a traditional Irish/Italian Catholic community along with her sisters Terry Catudio and Jeanne Nixon. She attended Mercy High School, then Lone Mountain College where she earned a degree in social sciences. After college, she married and lived in Germany for a year in the late 1960s with her husband Andrew Sears Jr., while Andrew served in the U.S. Army. After returning from Germany, they settled in the Bay Area and in 1970, she gave birth to son William and in 1979, daughter Nicole.

She was a social worker, working with disadvantaged families in Oakland; she later became a successful information technology professional at AT&T for 25 years. In retirement Sue and Andrew traveled California and Oregon in their travel trailer.

A funeral service was held Oct. 9 at St. Joan of Arc Church in San Ramon. Memorial contributions are appreciated to the American Diabetes Association.

Marvin J. Watson

Marvin J. Watson, a former resident of Danville, died Oct. 13 in Camino, Calif., at the age of 81.

He was born in Concord on Oct. 31, 1926, attended Mt. Diablo High School, and served in the U.S. Navy. In 1945 he married Shirley Cahill and they raised their six children. They relocated to Sonoma for 29 years before retiring to Camino in 2004 to be closer to their family. He worked in concrete construction for more than 50 years. He enjoyed golf and was truly dedicated to the "Driving Range" in Sonoma. He liked spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Shirley, in August; and three children, Lori (1990), Tad (2005) and Scott (2007). He is survived by his sons Mike Watson of Auburn, Kirk Watson of Clayton, and Jeff Watson of San Ramon; by his daughters-in-law Karen Watson and Gail Watson; by 11 grandchildren and two his great-grandsons; brother and sister-in-law Bill and Sylvia Watson; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Colleen and Buck Wilson and Sheila and Jerrell Gilreath, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held Oct. 22 at Chapel of the San Ramon Valley at Wilson and Kratzer in Danville. He was buried with his wife and their children at Oakmont Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Snowline Hospice, 6520 Pleasant Valley Road, Diamond Springs 95619.

Janice Marie Tucker

Janice Marie Tucker, a Danville resident, died Oct. 19 at the age of 70.

She was born in Memphis, Tenn., on May 31, 1938, to Leland and Ruby (Sawyer) Jordan and raised in San Mateo and Redwood City. She graduated from Sequoia High School in Redwood City and earned her bachelor's degree from San Jose State. After graduation, she worked as an elementary school teacher in the Union School District in San Jose and later became a stewardess and traveled all over the world, initially for United and then Pan American Airlines.

For the past 40 years she lived in the San Ramon Valley where she taught for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District until her retirement in 2001. She worked at Rancho Romero in Alamo, Country Club in San Ramon, and Vista Grande in Danville. She cared for her elderly father for the past 10 years. She was an avid traveler and loved to golf and read, plus was a big fan of film, theater and concerts.

She is survived by her father Leland Jordan; brother Gayland Jordan (Mary); daughters Stacey Tucker-Blosch (Eric) and Jillian Manley (Richard); and three grandchildren. A memorial service was held Oct. 24 at Wilson and Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley in Danville. Donations may be sent to the American Heat Association/American Stroke Association, 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame 94010.

Janet Ann Drozdowski

Janet Ann Drozdowski, 60, a resident of Danville, died Oct. 14 at her home surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer.

She was born June 18, 1948, in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of the late Joseph and Eleanor Homway. Following graduation from Bedford High School in 1966, she married her high school sweetheart Leon Drozdowski and raised two daughters. She fell in love with California early on in her life and with her family moved to the Bay Area more than 20 years ago. A devoted mother and grandmother, she loved to travel, collect elephants and dote on her five grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Leon Drozdowski of Danville; daughters Michelle Gereb of San Ramon and Kristina Komar of Poulsbo, Wash.; and five grandchildren. A memorial service was held Oct. 25 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Danville. Any memorial contributions can be sent to the Colorectal Cancer Coalition at fightcolorectalcancer.org.

Doris T. Clinch

Doris T. Clinch, a Danville resident, died Oct. 17 at the age of 86 following complications from surgery.

She was born Sept. 11, 1922, in Richmond. She was a homemaker and lived in Danville for the past 44 years. She enjoyed painting in watercolor and oil as well as creating art in stained glass. She was also an avid gardener, especially of roses. She also enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S., Europe and South America.

She was predeceased in 2000 by her husband of 52 years, John E. Clinch. She is survived by her son Melvin E. Clinch and his wife, Terry; two grandsons and three great-grandchildren. Donations to the charity of choice are kindly appreciated.

Donald James Morris

Danville resident Donald James Morris died suddenly of a heart attack Oct. 20 at the age of 47.

He was very active in the Danville community as a well liked coach involved in Mustang Soccer, SRVGAL Softball and the Indian Princesses. He was an avid downhill skier, loved power boating on Lake Tahoe and entertaining family and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife Michelle; daughters Alexandra, Brittany, Brooke and Madison; parents Bert and Betty Morris of Sarasota, Fla.; brother Mike Morris of Sacramento; sister Lori Brock (Doug) of Orlando, Fla.; three nieces and a nephew; uncle and aunt Paul and Sharon Morris of Oakland; cousin Katie Morris; mother-in-law Barbara Ageno of Danville; and brother-in-law Michael Ageno of San Francisco. A Memorial Service was held Oct. 26 at St. Mary's College Chapel with a private burial service at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette. Donations can be made in the memory of Donald J. Morris to the UCSF Foundation-Pediatric Heart Center, P.O. Box 0248 San Francisco 94143-0248 or to a favorite charity of choice.

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