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Community Pulse - May 8, 2009

Obituaries

Joyce Mary Noia Uznay, a former resident of Danville, died April 2 in Seattle at the age of 87.

She was born Dec. 30, 1921, in Alameda. She was the granddaughter of early Danville ranchers Francisco and Maria Noia, daughter of Antone and Isabel Bernice Halnan Noia. She moved to a ranch overlooking Hayward after completing grammar school in San Ramon. Her first job after graduating from Hayward High School was with the Bank of Italy in Hayward, which became the Bank of America.

She was predeceased by her husband Walter in 1971. She is survived by her son William, and many Noia relatives. There will be a celebration of her life at Oak Hill Park at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 9. Memorial remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Charles L. Thomas, a resident of Danville, died March 18 at the age of 91.

He was born July 7, 1917, in Tacoma, Wash., and moved to California before his first birthday. He was the only child of Walter and Dollie Thomas. He graduated from San Rafael Military Academy in 1935, attended Stanford University and served in the U.S. Army in the Philippines during World War II.

He married his wife Jane on March 12, 1941, and they recently celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. They resided in Palo Alto for many years where they raised their three children. They moved to Portland, Ore., in 1968. In 1981, he retired from Owens-Illinois Glass Co. They returned to Danville in 2003 to be closer to their daughters.

He is survived by his daughters Judy Domeno (Tom) of Diablo, Linda Thomas of Dublin, and W.C. Casey Thomas of Beaverton, Ore.; and his faithful golden retriever, Buddy.

Donations in his memory may be sent to Hanna Boys Center, P.O. Box 100, Sonoma 95476, or to Guide Dogs for the Blind, P.O. Box 151200, San Rafael 94915. Interment will be at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto. A family memorial will be held this summer.

Jane H. Thomas, a resident of Danville, died April 6 at the age of 90.

She was born Aug. 27, 1918, in Berkeley. She graduated from the Anna Head School and attended Stanford University where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority. She married her husband Charlie on March 12, 1941, and they recently celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. They resided in Palo Alto for many years where they raised their three children. They moved to Portland, Ore., in 1968 and in 2003 they returned to Danville to be closer to their daughters.

She is survived by her daughters Judy Domeno (Tom) of Diablo, Linda Thomas of Dublin, and W.C. Casey Thomas of Beaverton, Ore.; and her faithful golden retriever, Buddy.

Donations in her memory may be sent to Hanna Boys Center, P.O. Box 100, Sonoma 95476, or to Guide Dogs for the Blind, P.O. Box 151200, San Rafael 94915. Interment will be at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto. A family memorial will be held this summer.

Joseph Regis Riordan, a resident of Danville, died peacefully surrounded by his family March 29 at the age of 87.

He was born Dec. 30, 1921, in Manhattan, N.Y. In 1940 with WWII at hand, he was given a Presidential Appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. He was assigned by the Navy to a tour of duty in the South Pacific on a destroyer, where he saw action in six major battles. He was wounded, but survived a kamikaze bombing on the ship losing half of his men. He medically retired from the service as Ltd. JG with a Purple Heart. In 1945, he met the love of his life, LaVerne whom he affectionately called "Hopp." They met in San Francisco, halfway between her home of Hawaii and his of New York, and three months later they were married. His career as a sales manager for the Northern California region for United Can, Hunt Foods and Beatrice Foods lasted nearly four decades. During that time, he started the San Ramon Valley Little League with seven other Danville men. He was well known as "The Coach" for the Indians for 13 years. He was also a lector at St. Isidore Catholic Church for 37 years. In retirement, he continued his pursuit of the perfect golf game almost daily at Castlewood Country Club. He also volunteered as the Danville Weather Reporter for the News, was an active Sierra Club member, as well as an avid Giants and 49ers fan.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 63 years, LaVerne; four children, Dr. William Riordan (Claudia), Leslie Lethaby (Leonard G. Lethaby III), Timothy Riordan and John Riordan; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial donations can be made to Paralyzed Vets at PVA.org, Paralyzed Veterans of America, 801 Eighteenth St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20006-3517.

Eloise J. Tegen, a resident of Alamo, died April 14 at the age of 83.

She was born Nov. 24, 1925, in Waco, Texas. She attended Baylor University until she met and married Richard "Dick" Tegen. She lived in Alamo for the past 47 years. After raising her family she became self-employed in the investment field, enjoyed playing cards with the Baca Club, and created floral arrangements. She loved to knit and to cook everything, especially baking cookies and making candies at Christmastime.

She is survived by her daughter Diane Eloise Tegen; son-in-law Jose Villalobos Sr.; four grandchildren; brother Kenneth Jones; and niece Janice Kay Kreigel. A memorial service was held April 25 at Hull's Walnut Creek Chapel in Walnut Creek. Memorial donations to the American Cancer Society are appreciated.

Lois Borlandelli, a resident of Alamo, died April 18 at the age of 77.

She was born Jan. 5, 1932, and was a lifetime resident of the San Ramon Valley and graduated from Livermore High School. She worked at the Livermore Veterans Hospital for 20 years before retiring to turn her full attention to her family and home. She enjoyed hunting with her brothers as a girl and later became interested in cooking, antiques and gardening. She enjoyed automobile trips with her husband Carlo, including a trip across the United States in 1996, and was his invaluable assistant in his volunteer work at the Museum of the San Joaquin Valley and Niles Canyon Railway. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 29 last year.

She is survived by her husband Carlo; son Mathew and daughter-in-law Shelley of Lakeside, Mont., sister Helen Zaro of Livermore; and numerous nieces and nephews in California and Oregon.

A rosary in her honor was held April 26 at Wilson and Kratzer Chapel in Danville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Isidore's Catholic Church in Danville on April 27. Memorial donations can be made to the Niles Canyon Railway, 6 Kilkare Road, Sunol 94586, or the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, P.O. Box 39, Danville 94526, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Susan Duffy Ward, a resident of Danville, died peacefully just six weeks following the passing of her beloved husband Joseph Ward April 26 at the age of 80.

She was born Aug. 7, 1928 in Chicago, Ill., to Joseph and Helen Duffy. She was the eldest of six children. She graduated from Barat College in Lake Forest, Ill., earning a degree in liberal arts. On Feb. 3, 1951, she married Joseph Ward and they were married for 59 years. After moving to California in 1964, she spent most of her time volunteering at St. Isidore School, where her six children attended, her church and many community, nonprofit organizations. In her spare time, she enjoyed playing cards with friends, doting on her grandchildren, weekends in Carmel and a good game of tennis.

She was predeceased by her husband Joseph Ward; sisters Patricia and Carol; and brothers Joseph and William. She is survived by her six children, sons Mike Ward (MaryEllen), Jim Ward (Esther), Tom Ward (Joan); daughters Nancy Moore (John), Patti Rinetti (Rick), Mary Beaver (Rick); sister Marjorie; and nine grandchildren.

A rosary and vigil were held April 30 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Danville and a funeral Mass was held May 1. Memorial donations can be sent to the Alzheimer's Association in her name.

Elaine Begun, a resident of Danville, died at home surrounded by family April 27 at the age of 73.

She was born March 14, 1936, in Chicago, Ill. and moved with her parents to San Francisco at a young age. She grew up in San Francisco's Sunset District, attended Lincoln High School and, at age 19, married Jay Begun, a native San Franciscan to whom she was married for almost 54 years. They raised three children and settled in Westlake and then Millbrae, before moving to Alamo in 1978 where she enjoyed the warmer weather (and the proximity to Nordstrom). She loved to travel, shop, and design and decorate homes, but her passion, above all else, was spending time with her family and spoiling her seven grandchildren.

She will be missed every day by husband Jay; children Suzi and Rob Goldstein, Ken and Cathy Begun, Darryn and Ann Begun; seven grandchildren; sister Judi and Don Caler; and many wonderful friends, many of whom she knew for more than half a century.

A memorial service was held April 30 at Congregation Beth Emek in Pleasanton. There was a private burial. Memorial contributions can be sent to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at www.pancan.org or 2141 Rosecrans Ave, Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245.

Earnest Wesley Allen, a resident of Danville, died peacefully with his devoted girlfriend Ellen Putnam at his bedside April 27 at the age of 74.

He was born March 17, 1935, in Denver and was raised by his mother. They mother moved to San Leandro where he graduated from San Leandro High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Illene DeMello, on Sept. 5, 1954 just before he entered the Army. After several years in the Army, he returned to UC Berkeley where he obtained a Doctorate of Pharmacy and began working for Longs Drugs. They moved to their dream home overlooking the 14th tee of the Crow Canyon Country Club, where he was one of the original members and enjoyed many close friends while playing tennis and golf.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ilene and his two grandchildren Paul Allen and Christopher Allen. He is survived by his two sons Earnest and Trebor Allen, Earnest's wife Patricia Allen and son Sean Allen.

A memorial was held May 2 at Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville.

Arthur "Ed" Ash, a resident of Danville, died after a long illness at the age of 82.

He was born on July 12, 1927, near Verden, Okla., to Arthur and Minnie Ash. After serving in the Navy, he married Lenora Ford in 1950 and worked as an engineer in the construction industry on projects across the country. They moved to Danville in 1969 where he became the president of TransDyn Construction.

He is survived by his sister Edna (Ash) Coit; children Paul Ash, Donna Sabatasso, and Kelly Ash; and four grandchildren. A reception was held in his memory on May 6 at Wilson & Kratzer Mortuary in Danville. Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association of California.

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