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Community Pulse - February 20, 2009

Obituaries

Henrietta Weckesser

Henrietta Weckesser, a resident of Danville, died Jan. 30 at the age of 87.

She was born July 28, 1921, in Chicago, Ill. She was an accomplished ballroom dancer, avid water skier and flawless homemaker, cook and seamstress. She was devoted to her family and enjoyed herself both as an attendee and volunteer usher at several Bay Area venues. In addition, she gave to her community by volunteering in the Health Education Office at Kaiser Hospital in Walnut Creek for more than 20 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband and friend Willi in 2003, and her daughter Andrea McNall in 2008. She is survived by her twin daughters Marsha Barnes and Sandra Pickett; four granddaughters; and three great grandchildren.

Services were held at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the charity of your choice.

Edna Roberta Lynch Scott

Edna Roberta Lynch Scott, a former resident of Danville, died peacefully surrounded by her family Feb. 1 at the age of 79.

She was born Nov. 30, 1929, in Alameda County. She was a graduate of San Ramon Valley High and Stanford University. She also received a master's degree from UC Davis. She was a descendent of early San Ramon Valley pioneers William Lynch and Mary Norris Lynch, was a great-great-granddaughter of California Pioneer Leo Norris and great-granddaughter of Civil War Veteran Charles Henry Watson. She was a teacher in the Woodland School District for more than 30 years.

She is survived by her sister Marilyn Lynch Morrison (Donald) of Danville; brother Leo Watson Lynch (Barbara) of Waterford; children Dana A. Scott Lee of Discovery Bay and Eric Martin Scott of Sacramento; eight grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by daughter Michele L. Scott Curtis and husband Jesse L. Scott.

A private graveside memorial was held at the Danville Alamo Pioneer Cemetery. Donations in her name can made to Central Asia Institute, P.O. Box 7209, Bozeman, MT 59771.

Pamela Sue Gaya

Pamela Sue Gaya, a resident of Danville, died Jan. 30 at the age of 61.

She was born July 19, 1947, grew up in Castro Valley, and graduated from Castro Valley High School. After high school she joined the airlines as a flight attendant. She married her high school sweetheart, Jerry Gaya, and raised two children in Walnut Creek. She went on to a career in real estate for more than 20 years and recently worked at J. Rockcliff Realtors in Danville. She was a member of the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce and was involved for many years in the Danville Little League with her grandchildren and others she sponsored. She was a great mentor in her industry, a positive influence, a wonderful and selfless friend and mother and grandmother.

She is survived by daughter Jocelyn Stewart (Tyler); son Ryan Gaya (Kelly); stepson Shawn Gaya; four grandchildren; and her little dog Lucy. A memorial service was held Feb. 6 at Community Presbyterian Church in Danville. Memorial contributions can be made to the Pam Gaya Memorial Fund, Wells Fargo Bank, 156 Diablo Road, Danville 94526.

Alfonso Mario Casatico

Alfonso Mario Casatico, a resident of Danville, died Feb. 4 at the age of 67 after having breakfast with friends.

He was born July 10, 1941, in Herkimer, N.Y. He moved to Oakland in 1951 and graduated from Oakland High School. He was married to Judith Thurlkill from 1964-1976. He moved around the Bay Area and settled in Danville. He was in the used car business for more than 35 years, a toy collector, street-rodder, Danville Duke and vintage car enthusiast.

He is survived by his children Allen Casatico and his wife Tammy, Damon Casatico and his wife Dawn, and Nicole Gilmore and her husband Jonathan; and six grandchildren; his sister Geraldine Grosso and brother-in-law Sylvano; niece Gioia Vusich and husband Joe; and his best friend Mary McAffee.

A memorial service was held Feb. 10 at Crow Canyon Country Club. Donations can be made to the Scleroderma Research Foundation, 220 Montgomery St., Suite 1411, San Francisco 94104.

Anna J. Garibotti

Anna J. Garibotti, a resident of Alamo, died Feb. 5 at the age of 91.

She was born June 7, 1917. She was an Alamo resident for 38 years and lived previously in Walnut Creek. She was a parishioner of St. Isidore Church in Danville, and formerly of St. Mary Church in Walnut Creek. She was a volunteer for 25 years with the Flamingo Guild and also worked in the kitchen of the Terrace Tea Room, both to benefit John Muir Medical Center. She was an avid gardener, and also enjoyed playing baseball and tennis.

She is survived by her daughter Lynne G. Blower; sister Frances Henso; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 25 years, Clarence Garibotti, in 1966; son Claude James Garibotti in 1990; and grandson Andrew Blower in 2005. She was also predeceased by her brother George Barich; and sisters Katherine Bertone and Rose Marie Sedar.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 13 at St. Isidore Church in Danville. Memorial contributions in her name can be sent to the John Muir Foundation, 1400 Treat Blvd., Walnut Creek, 94597.

Ouida C. Norris

Ouida C. Norris, a resident of Danville, died Jan. 24 at the age of 79.

She was born Dec. 22, 1929, in La Porte, Texas. She earned her bachelor's degree and began a career in bio-medical devices. Her work led her to Monroe Community College in Buffalo, N.Y., where she instructed students until her retirement in 1992. Her last 15 years were spent in Danville where she attended St. Timothy Episcopal Church. She enjoyed downhill skiing in her youth, listened to classical music, and savored fine dining.

She is survived by her sister Helen Appleby of Danville and many nieces and nephews. Her siblings Madge Collier, William Norris and Patricia Ann Norris have preceded her in death.

A Celebration of her life was held Feb. 14 at St. Timothy Episcopal Church in Danville. Donations can be made to Doctors Without Borders.

Bernard M. Brenner

Bernard M. Brenner, a resident of Alamo, died Feb. 7 at the age of 81.

He was born Aug. 21, 1927, in Chicago. He received his bachelor's degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, his master's from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and pursued a doctorate at Stanford University. An electrical engineer by training, he became president of two small companies on the East Coast. A true renaissance man, he was as nimble with his hands as he was with his mind. He was a mentor to many in his community, especially through his work with kids and adults, helping them improve their math, science, computer and English skills. He was also an active member of SIRS (Sons in Retirement), receiving multiple awards for his contributions.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 60 years, Roberta; his sister, Shirley Weiss; three children; and three grandchildren. Private funeral services were held Feb. 11. Donations in his memory may be made to Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Avenue, Pleasant Hill, 94523.

Edward James Padden

Edward James Padden, a resident of Alamo, died Feb. 8 at the age of 78 after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

He was born Dec. 27, 1930, an only child of Irish immigrants. He attended Fordham University, in lieu of an invitation to play baseball with the N.Y. Giants. During the Korean War he joined the Marine Corps, was invited to Officers Candidate School, and retired as a Captain. He had a successful 42-year career in the insurance business, which brought him from New Jersey to California in 1972. He retired at the age of 66 and spent his remaining years doing the things he loved - reading history and biographies, traveling to many countries, spending time with his family and looking forward to Sunday night family dinners.

He is survived by his wife Linda; six children Karen (Pete), Ted (Kim), Tom (Cindy), Rick (Aimee), Chris (Kristen) and Jennifer (Mike); and 15 grandchildren. The services were held Feb. 12 at St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon. Donations can be sent to Seattle Cancer & Wellness Center, 900 SW 16th St., Suite #100, Renton, WA 98057.

Wilfred Gladstone "Mac" MacGillivray

Wilfred Gladstone "Mac" MacGillivray, a resident of Alamo, died Feb. 2 at the age of 83.

He was born Nov. 25, 1925, in Paisley, Ontario, Canada. When he was 17, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served during WWII. While stationed in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he met Lois Morton, whom he would eventually marry. Upon leaving the Navy, he began his career in the bread business, initially delivering his wares from a horse drawn wagon. They moved west across Canada as his career advanced, finally settling in Vancouver, British Columbia, where they had their only child, Clifford. In 1965, the family moved to South Pasadena where they made many friends. His wife passed away in 1985 following a lengthy battle with cancer. Shortly thereafter he retired from Langendorf Bakery, concluding a nearly 40-year affiliation in the bakery industry. His son and wife gave birth to his grandchild, Michael, and moved to Alamo in 1991; he joined them several years later.

He is survived by son Cliff MacGillivray; daughter-in-law Robin MacGillivray; grandson Michael MacGillivray; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. No services were planned.

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