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Community Pulse - April 11, 2008


Anthony Christopher Shafer-Battagello

Anthony Christopher Shafer-Battagello, a resident of Danville, passed away Feb. 27 at the age of 36. He died heroically trying to save the life of a woman on the Bay Bridge.

He was born Feb. 15, 1972. Since he was a young boy he was passionate about police work and he attended the Police Academy. He was committed to helping others. Most people would describe him as "always there for you, willing to lend a hand with a smile."

He is survived by his mother, Lana Dora Battagello; grandmother, Shirley Battagello; four uncles and aunts; his fiancé, Jennifer Allan and daughter Haley.

A service was held March 6 at St. Isidore's Church in Danville.

Ruby M. (Sandy) Morris

Ruby M. (Sandy) Morris, a resident of Danville, passed away Feb. 27 surrounded by family, at the age of 94.

She was born Dec. 15, 1913, in Calumet, Okla. After relocating to Walnut Creek in 1936, she became one of the first two mail carriers there. During the 1940s she delivered mail to the residents along Rural Route 2. She also worked at the Tahoe Valley Post Office and at the Danville Post Office, where she retired.

After retiring she and her husband, Lavern, traveled extensively. Preceding her in death was her first husband of 44 years Lenen Sandy; second husband of 28 years Lavern Morris; and three of her four children, Dixie Sandy, Lenon Sandy and Dale Sandy.

She is survived by her son Kenneth Sandy and his wife Dorothy of Danville; daughter-in-law Karol Sandy of Danville; stepdaughter Vernette and husband Scott Thompson of San Ramon; stepdaughter Jan and husband George Wiedrich of Rock Springs, Wyo.; stepson Steve and wife Evon of Sunnyside, Wash.; stepdaughter Yvette Supriano of Roseville; two grandsons; four granddaughters; eight step-grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a loving friend of 70 years, Billie Stephens of Danville.

No services were held per her request. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

Paul Brent

Alamo resident Paul Brent passed away March 1 at the age of 60, after a courageous fight with cancer.

He was born in Vancouver, Canada, on April 18, 1947, to William and Evelyn Brent. His family moved to the United States and settled in Oakland in 1951.

He was a graduate of Bishop O'Dowd High School and attended St. Mary's College in Moraga, after which he served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War.

His proudest accomplishments were his three children, Chris, Jessica and Kelly. They lived in Castro Valley where he worked as a real estate agent and developer since 1976. He later built his dream home in Alamo.

He had a passion for travel and sunshine. Family and friends loved his barbecues and he took pride in his skills as an amateur chef and gardener.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Cathy; his daughter Jessica and son-in-law Ryan Madigan; his son Chris and daughter-in-law Dana; grandson Max; brother Greg Brent (wife Debbie), sister Cheryl Hoffman (husband Larry) and stepfather John Lee.

A Memorial Mass was celebrated March 7 at St. Isidore's Church in Danville. Donations may be sent to Hospice of the East Bay or the Bruns House, at

Marjorie Jeanne Epstein

Marjorie Epstein, a resident of Walnut Creek and Danville, passed away on March 6 at the age of 85.

A native of Pennsylvania, she lived in Walnut Creek and Danville for 29 years. She was a corporal in the Marine Corps and long-standing member of Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland and Congregation B'nai Shalom in Walnut Creek.

She is survived by her children, Lisi (Ken) Norris and Dava (Patrick) Forté and four grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, George Epstein.

Services were held March 7 at Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living in Danville. Donations in her memory may be made to the center or Hospice of the East Bay.

Jack A. Stangel

Danville resident Jack Stangel died March 17 at the age of 77 at San Ramon Valley Regional Medical Center from complications due to the flu.

He was born Feb. 15, 1931, in Albion, Neb. Following graduation from Burley High School, in 1949, he attended Santa Clara University and Idaho State during the following two years. In 1951 he enlisted in the U.S. Army for service in the Korean War. In 1952 he graduated from Officers Candidate School, at Fort Sill, Okla., and served with distinction in the Korean conflict as a Forward Observer and Artillery Officer in the First Calvary Division.

Following his service, he settled in the Bay Area and completed his undergraduate degree at St. Mary's College in Moraga in 1957. He married Connie Bradley at St. Jerome's Catholic Church in Albany on April 22, 1957. That year, he also began a 36-year career with Pacific Telephone and Telegraph in San Francisco. During that time, he developed a management style of his own, never shying away from what was right and becoming known for his loyalty. He retired from Pacific Bell in 1993.

Jack and Connie settled with their three children in Alamo in 1968. He was instrumental in the forming of many youth organizations in the Tri-Valley and was for many years a manager/coach in San Ramon Valley Little League. His children attended De La Salle and Carondelet high schools in Concord, where Jack turned his attention to supporting their sports programs. In 1976, he founded the DLS Athletic Association and supported the athletic programs through the organizing of various fundraisers and programs. He also created the Nor-Cal Thoroughbred Baseball Summer Program for College Athletes.

He was an accomplished hunter and fisherman, and loved nothing better than to share with his children and grandchildren his love of the outdoors. He was a member of Hastings' Island Hunting Preserve in Rio Vista for 35 years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Connie; two sons, Brad Stangel of Beckwourth, Calif., and Christopher Stangel of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho; one daughter, Alison Shull of St. Helena; and seven grandchildren. A Memorial Mass was held at St. Mary's College Chapel on March 25.