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Danville Express

Community Pulse - January 2, 2009

Obituaries

Zelma Phyllis Gammer Roter

Zelma Phyllis Gammer Roter, a resident of Danville, died Nov. 18, in Henderson, Nev.

She was born Sept. 1, 1921. She was a teacher's aide for the handicapped with the Contra Costa School District and also a secretary for Temple Isaiah in Lafayette. She volunteered for a number of years at the Alzheimer's Respite Center at the Jewish Community Center. She also was a long time member of Temple Isaiah and sang in the choir. She loved music, theater and the arts, and loved to share a good joke to any new audience that came along.

She is survived by her two children, Mark G. Roter of Danville and Andrea Roter of Henderson, Nev.; brothers Ernie and Marty Gammer (Francis), and sisters Doris Damon and Marilyn Ross (Jerry).

Funeral services were held Nov. 25 at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette.

Helen Marie La Croix

Helen Marie La Croix, a 56-year resident of Danville, died Nov. 20 at the age of 92. She was born Feb. 28, 1916, in Falston, Md.

She is survived by her children, Helen Oliva, Carolyn Sydlik and Tim La Croix; five grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; a sister, Katherine Jennings of Falston; and niece Karen Lloyd of Falston.

Visitation was held Nov. 25 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Danville.

William Mansel Dawkin

William Mansel Dawkin, a resident of Danville, died Nov. 21 at the age of 89.

He was born Nov. 6, 1919 in Staten Island, N.Y., and was raised in the United States; Lima, Peru; and England. In WWII he served with the British 21st Independent Paratroop Regiment in Europe and the Welsh Regiment in Sumatra. He returned to the United States in 1957 with his wife Jane and two small children. He worked for Joseph Magnin and Mervyn's stores in corporate finance until he retired in 1986. Besides being an avid golfer and gardener, he volunteered as a respite worker for Hospice of Contra Costa for 15 years.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years Jane; son Steven and his wife Atsuko; daughter Amanda Booth; son Neil Nylander and his wife Tara; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and foster son. Donations may be made to any Hospice branch or the Contra Costa Humane Society.

Mary Rose Barry

Mary Rose Barry, a resident of Alamo, died Nov. 24 surrounded by family at the age of 64.

She was born July 13, 1944, and raised in San Francisco where she graduated from Star of the Sea Academy in 1962. She moved to Alamo with her husband to raise her two young children and lived there for the last 31 years. She retired from Pacific Bell after 34 years and from Verizon Wireless after 10 years. She filled the moments of her life traveling the world, gardening, cooking and rooting for the SF Giants. She loved her family, playing with her grandchildren, caring for her husband and gathering her large Italian and Irish families for legendary feasts.

She is survived by her loving husband of 41 years and best friend John; her son Tony, daughter-in-law Sarah; her daughter Tina; four grandchildren; her brothers Dick and Gino Eandi and their wives Barbara and Sandy.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 4 at St. Isidore Church in Danville. Memorial contributions can be made to the Caring for Carcinoid Foundation.

Mary Jane de Girolamo

Mary Jane de Girolamo, a resident of Danville, died Nov. 25 at the age of 51 with her family by her side, after an eight-year battle with cancer.

She was born Dec. 10, 1956. She was a dental hygienist and practiced in her husband Harry's Fremont office for 25 years until she became ill. She loved her pets and especially liked equestrian activities with her horse Ty. She also liked golf, hiking and fishing. She maintained her incredible positive attitude, exuberant energy and physical strength to the very end of her life.

She is survived by her loving husband of nearly 30 years, Dr. Harry de Girolamo; her mother Joanne Collier; brother Charles Collier; and sisters Cathy and Grace Collier. She is also survived by her nephews Ben and Brian Collier and niece Kaci Poor. She was preceded in death by her father Rob Collier who died in 1997.

Services were held Dec. 5 at Crosswinds Church in Dublin. Donations can be made in her name to Hope Hospice, 6500 Dublin Blvd., Suite 100, Dublin 94568.

Juanita Claire Lewis

Juanita Claire Lewis, a resident of Danville, died Nov. 29 in Alamo at the age of 91.

She was born Dec. 5, 1916. She was married to the late Anthony "Tootie" Lewis for 62 years. Survivors include her daughters Barbara Grant and Toni Baker; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 22 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded by her husband; daughter Shirley Cadloni; brother Charles A. Smith (Buddy); grandchild Shelly Van Pelt; and longtime friend Dorothy Fernandez.

A Memorial Mass was celebrated Dec. 5 at St. Vincent of Ferrer Catholic Church in Vallejo.

Lella (Cindy) P. Johnson

Lella (Cindy) P. Johnson, a resident of Danville, died peacefully Nov. 28 at the age of 85.

She was a native of Oklahoma and was raised in Colorado and lived in Danville for more than 50 years. She enjoyed many life skills such as medical stenography and clerical work, and her passion was being a school bus driver for 20 years. She enjoyed being active in the Grandmother's Club and Danville Senior Citizens. A great love in her life was her precious cat, Tuxedo.

She is survived by her children Ray Johnson and Linda Lord-Johnson of Danville, Signe and Jim McIntire of Tracy, Alan and Sue DeTar, Curt and Sandy DeTar of Sparks, Nev., Grant and Coyo Johnson of Oroville, and four grandchildren.

Donations may be made in her memory to Animal Rescue Foundation, P.O. Box 30215, Walnut Creek 94598 or you may honor her spirit by giving a heartfelt hug to those you love.

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