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Community Pulse - January 16, 2009

Obituaries

Kathleen B. Johnson

Kathleen B. Johnson, a longtime resident of Danville and San Ramon, died Dec. 6 at the age of 93.

She was born Feb. 6, 1915, in New York City. As a young adult she worked on Wall Street as a financial secretary. On Dec. 4, 1940, she married Vernon Johnson, who was to be her devoted husband for 67 years. They lived in Fort Worth, Texas, until Vernon was called back to active duty during World War II. When he returned from overseas they lived in Great Falls, Mont. After the war they lived in New York, and in 1956 they moved to Danville with their two children, Bonnie and Rich, and their nephew Bob Benatar. She successfully battled breast cancer in 1962 and spent many years afterward volunteering in the gift shop at Mt. Diablo Hospital.

She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Paul Keck; by son and daughter-in-law, Rich and Eileen Johnson; by three grandchildren, and a nephew and niece and their family.

Per her request, there will be no services. Her ashes will be spread over the slopes of Mount Diablo from an airplane as were the ashes of her husband and parents. Donations may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Gift Management Services, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244.

Daniel Drake Polakof-Jurgenson

Danville resident Daniel Drake Polakof-Jurgenson died of brain damage from a bicycle accident Dec. 3 at the age of 44.

He played sax and jazz, symphony, band, and was a gourmet cook. He supported a family of five by giving away his paycheck for one year, and was a caretaker to his mother in her time of need. He cut two cords of wood by hand each winter and gave it to his friends. He rode 30 miles every day on his bicycle when not climbing 7,000-12,000-foot mountains.

He is survived by two sisters, and four nieces and nephews. Memorial services were Dec. 13 at a private residence in Danville.

Glenn G. Gooder

Glenn G. Gooder, a resident of Danville, died Dec. 4 at the age of 86.

He was born Jan. 20, 1922, in Orient, S.D., and moved to the Fresno area where he graduated from Clovis High School. He attended Fresno State College where he was student body president his senior year and the drum major for the marching band. He served in the Navy in World War II.

He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from University of Southern California with degrees in speech, which he taught at Los Angeles City College and Pepperdine University. He co-authored a book called "Improving Your Speech." He was the dean of students at Los Angeles Harbor College and then became the president of Los Angeles City College. He retired from Santa Barbara City College. He spent his last years as a consultant for the Junior Colleges. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, traveling with his wife and talking politics.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia, of 65 years; his daughter, Elizabeth Van Acker; son-in-law Scott Van Acker; and three grandchildren.

Ana Maria Olsen

Ana Maria Olsen, a former resident of Danville, died Dec. 7 at the age of 44.

She was born Nov. 15, 1964, in Sao Miguel Island in the Azores. She lived in Danville for many years before moving to San Joaquin County nine years ago. She was the owner of a steel processing plant, Universal Service Recycling, Inc. She enjoyed spending time at her ranch with her family, dogs, cats, Lustano horses and her quarter horse Doc Holiday. She loved the outdoors, traveling, gambling, rocking out to her 1970s music and spending time with nieces, nephews and her extended family. She loved to go back to the Azores as often as she could to spend time with all of her family there.

She is survived by her beloved husband Kirk Olsen of Clements; daughter Alexis Williams and husband Chris of Clements; son Anthony Olsen of Clements; parents Guilherme "Bill" and Donatilde Mendonca of Danville; brothers Dennis DeCosta of Lodi, Joe Mendonca of Merced and William Mendonca of Tracy.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 12 at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Lodi.

Helen Dorothy Nelson

Helen Dorothy Nelson, a resident of Danville, died peacefully Dec. 9 at the age of 89.

Her hobbies included sewing, gardening, crafts and playing cards. She also loved attending the sports activities of her grandchildren. She was employed as a manager by McFarland Candies until 1976. But her most loved role was being a wonderful wife, Mom, Gram and Gigi.

She was predeceased by her loving husband Kenneth of 71 years and her brother John Conser of Oregon. She is survived by her sons, James Nelson (Barbara) of Walnut Creek and Craig Nelson (Judy) of Mission Viejo; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services were held Dec. 12 at Wilson & Kratzer Mortuary in Danville. Memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill 94597, the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

George William 'Bill' Bay Jr.

George William "Bill" Bay Jr., a resident of Blackhawk, died Dec. 11 at the age of 88.

He was born Feb. 21, 1920, and was raised in Kenilworth, Ill. He co-founded Bay's English Muffins with his father and namesake. But his passion was flying, not baking, so his brother James took over at Bay's and Bill joined United Airlines in 1944 and stayed with it for his entire career. He started flying DC-3s, and his final flight as a captain was piloting a 747 from Honolulu to Chicago. At United, he met the love of his life, Lillian Walsh; they married in 1948, and in May celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. In 1950, they moved to Hillsborough, where they raised their family. They then lived in Reno, Nev., for 30 years, and Phoenix, Ariz., before returning to California in 2006.

Bill is survived by his wife Elizabeth Bay of Danville; his children, Carolyn Bay of Lexington, Ky., and Poland, Ohio; Martha O'Neil of Sandia Park, N.M.; Monica Bay of New York City and Lakeville, Conn. and William Bay of Danville and five grandchildren.

Private family services will be held in Hawaii. Memorial donations can be made to his favorite charity, the Boy Scouts of America.

Edward Lynn 'Ted' Fieger

Edward Lynn "Ted" Fieger, a resident of Danville, died after an eight-year battle against cancer Dec. 14 at the age of 56.

He was born Feb. 18, 1952, in the Midwest. His family moved to Santa Barbara, where he lived for many years before moving to the Bay Area. He spent most of his life in the equestrian field. He wore many different hats in his profession including judge, manager and exhibitor. Some of his accomplishments include being named Zone 10 Equestrian of the Year in 2005 and being part of a management team who organize events which have included the Olympic Trials and World Cup events. He was often referred to as a "Renaissance Man" and had many passions including golfing, surfing, scuba diving and horseback riding.

He is survived by his wife Diane, daughter Erica, his mother Georgia, sister Jill, nephew John and niece Janet. A memorial service was held Dec. 20 in Pleasanton.

Val Licciardo

Val Licciardo, a former resident of Danville, died Dec. 15 in Folsom at the age of 89.

He was born March 13, 1919, in San Francisco and later moved to the East Bay and then to Folsom. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII, where he was stationed in Papua New Guinea. He worked in the construction industry in San Leandro for 30 years. He loved fishing, traveling, and trips to the casino. Family and friends were the most important thing to him.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marian, daughter Valerie, and son Jack. He is survived by many nephews and three granddaughters and four great-grandchildren.

Marshall Perkes

Marshall Perkes, a resident of Danville, died Dec. 16 at the age of 81.

He was born Aug. 13, 1927. He was a fourth generation Bay Area native. He graduated from San Mateo High School in 1945 and served in the Navy at the end of World War II before distinguishing himself in three industries. He loved to share constant outdoor adventures with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Loa and a large extended family. A celebration of his life was held Dec. 20 at Hull Chapel in Walnut Creek.

Stanley Allen Stubbs

Stanley Allen Stubbs, a resident of Alamo, died Dec. 20 at the age of 72.

He was born Dec 15, 1936, in Springville, Utah. He dedicated 40 years to teaching in California. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since birth. He loved to golf with his sons and spend time with his grandchildren and great-granddaughter.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Ellen Carol Stubbs; his sons, Brett Stanley Stubbs of Oakley, Alan Richard Stubbs of Concord, Stanton Howard Stubbs of Danville and Christopher Dean Stubbs of Broomfield, Colo.; his daughters, Tana Ellen Gummere and Cindy Grace Stubbs, both of Alamo; and his grandchildren and great-granddaughter.

A celebration of his life was held Dec. 30 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Alamo.

Marvis Charlet Terry

Marvis Charlet Terry, a former resident of Alamo, died Dec. 23 at the age of 77.

She was born Nov. 28, 1931, in Galva, Ill., the oldest child of a farmer. She worked for Bank of America for 35 years, mostly in the Alamo branch where she was one of the first women promoted to a bank officer. She loved to garden and to cook, and her family. She was diagnosed with dementia in 1999.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, James Terry. She is survived by her brother Laverne Charlet of Kentucky; her sisters Marcy Inness of Illinois and Eileen Kenney of California; her daughters Sharon Terry, Shea Halligan and Cathy Wickboldt; her sons-in-law Joe Halligan and Walter Wickboldt; her sisters-in-law Mary Bader and Shirley Terry; her seven grandchildren; great-grandson and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were held Jan. 3 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Danville. She will be buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kewanee, Ill.

Judy Jacobs

Judy Jacobs, a resident of Diablo, died peacefully Dec. 24 at the age of 65 after a 20-month battle with breast cancer.

She was born Oct. 24, 1943, the eighth of 13 children, to the late Alvin and Margaret Wallander in Cato, Wis. She graduated from Reedsville High School in 1961 and moved to Sacramento in 1965. That fall, she met her future husband and love of her life, John, at a church social. They were married in 1967 and had two children.

While raising their children, the family moved seven times following John's career as an engineer and manager with a national construction contractor. During these moves, she was active in the local schools, churches and communities. She taught skiing in the Sierra and on smaller hills in Chicago. After settling in Alamo in 1979, she ran several marathons and played golf and tennis. She returned to college and graduated from University of San Francisco in 1987. Her life was marked by love of family, sailing and travel, taking her to 46 states and 24 countries. She was a longtime member of St. Isidore Catholic Church in Danville and co-founded the Young at Hearts and ministered with the Legion of Mary, serving the needs of the sick and elderly. She was also active with St. Joan of Arc Parish, Round Hill Country Club, Diablo Garden Club and the Berkeley Yacht Club.

She was preceded in death by her brothers Bill, Chuck and James Wallander. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, John; daughter, Jill Jacobs Baar; son, Patrick; son-in-law Aaron Baar; daughter-in-law, Rebecca Whittaker; and six cherished grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Mary Joan (Al) Haefke, Sister Margaret Ann Wallander, Jerry (Karen) Wallander, Jeanne (Hank) Shimek, Jack Wallander, Dorothy (Wayne) Dirkman, Eve (Richard) Engelbrecht, Donna (Richard) Quinn, Rick (Barbara) Wallander, and sister-in laws Jane Wallander and Luella Wallander and many nieces and nephews, extended family and good friends.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Jan. 3 at St. Isidore. Memorial donations can be made to the Wallander-McCulley Family Memorial Scholarship, Silver Lake College, Manitowoc, WI 54220; or the Jacobs Family Endowed Scholarship Fund, St. John's University, Collegeville, MN 56321-7222.

Harold F. Winkler Jr. ***PHOTO***

Harold F. Winkler Jr., a 37-year resident of Danville, died Dec. 26 at the age of 79.

He was born June 6, 1929, and raised in San Francisco. He was a graduate of Balboa High School. He served as a San Francisco police officer for 29 years and retired as a sergeant in 1985. He was a member of the San Francisco Police Officers Association, San Francisco Veteran Police Officers Association, Widows and Orphans Aid Association, Movie Guild, Municipal Motorcycle Officers of California, Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club KD6AAT-S.K., Balboa Buccaneers and a Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict who spent his time on a PT boat at Subic Bay. He enjoyed gardening, traveling in his trailer, riding his Harley Davidson, woodworking, computers and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart and beloved wife of 58 years, Betty Lou Winkler; sons Barry Winkler (Vicky) and Rodney Winkler (Beth); sister Arleen Wetmore and three grandchildren.

At the request of the family, a private service was held. Memorial donations may be made to the Widows and Orphans Aid Association, P.O. Box 880034, San Francisco 94103.

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