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Danville Express

Community Pulse - May 15, 2009

Obituaries

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 Ramon 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 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.

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