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Community Pulse - July 25, 2008


Rae Ellen (Stroube) Gaffney

Rae Ellen (Stroube) Gaffney, a former resident of Danville, died June 4 at her home in Amarillo, Texas, at the age of 52. She was the wife of Stiles Gaffney and daughter of B. Ellen Stroube of Danville.

She was born June 24, 1955, in Oakland. She graduated from Ygnacio Valley High School, the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and received a degree in Home Nursing from Amarillo College.

She was a homemaker and gourmet chef who loved the beauty and peace of gardening. She also loved animals, especially her beloved dog Shadow. She lived in Concord and Danville prior to moving to Amarillo.

Donations may be sent to ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation), 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek, 94598. A private Celebration of Life was held.

Lola G. Imlach

Lola G. Imlach, a resident of Danville, died June 20 at the age of 95.

She was born Oct. 21, 1912, in Lynden, Wash., and has lived in Alaska, Pt. Richmond, Hayward, Santa Rosa, Rossmoor and San Ramon. She worked as a department manager at Macy's for 38 years and loved every minute of it. She loved animals and wildlife and would spend many hours in Rossmoor observing the deer, turkey and squirrels. She also loved spoiling her pets and had many cats over the years. She also loved babies and her grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter Sharon and son-in-law Harry Hardwick; her grandchildren and their spouses; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

A memorial service was held June 28 at Wilson & Kratzer in Danville.

R. William Henderlong

Danville resident R. William Henderlong died June 22 in Walnut Creek at the age of 83, after a courageous battle with cancer. He served as an elder and deacon at Community Presbyterian Church where he was a member for over 40 years.

He was born Ralph William "Bill" Henderlong Jr. in Sacramento on May 3, 1925. After graduating from high school in 1943, he was drafted into the Army and was stationed in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was stationed on Tinian when the Enola Gay bomber took off to drop the atom bomb on Japan.

After his Army discharge, he earned his bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley. On June 26, 1949, two weeks after graduating, he married his sweetheart Julie, also a Sacramento native. He went on to earn his MBA from UC Berkeley's School of Business, where he developed his life-long love of the Cal Bears football team. Then he followed in his father's footsteps and became an oil company executive. Several years later, he and friend Charlie Olson pioneered family style pizza parlors, opening their first Straw Hat pizza parlor in 1959. When they sold their business in 1970, he embarked on a career in commercial real estate.

He was an early and enthusiastic board member of the Museum of the San Ramon Valley; president of the Danville Lion's Club; volunteered with Berkeley Mission Homes; was a director of the School of Business at UC Berkeley; and a founding director of Tri-Valley National Bank.

He loved to fly, owning several airplanes over the years, and he and Julie traveled throughout America and the world. He also enjoyed jazz festivals and regional theater productions, backpacking, dominos, and getting together with friends and family.

He is survived by his beloved wife Julie; daughters Karla, Kathryn (husband Vernon Holloway) and Karen; and nephews and a niece. A memorial service was held July 1 at Community Presbyterian Church. Donations in his memory may be made to Aoki Diabetes Research, 1935 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento 95816, or Presbyterian Hunger Program, attention "Hunger in Appalachia," Presbyterian Church USA, Individual Remittance Processing, P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.

Mary Westwick Colmenares

Mary Westwick Colmenares, a resident of Alamo, died June 23 at the age of 75 at Kaiser Medical Center in Walnut Creek after a battle with kidney and heart functions.

She was born May 6, 1933, in Oakland, graduated from Oakland High School and went on to the UC Berkeley where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in bacteriology. She ran a medical lab in San Francisco until retiring in 1998. She enjoyed traveling, reading and her needlework.

She is survived by her husband Carlos A. Colmenares of Alamo; daughters Sonya Dinsley of San Ramon, and Julia Colmenares Stewart (David) of London, UK; and brother William Westwick of San Francisco. She also leaves relatives in California, Oregon, and Norway. A memorial service was held June 30 at the Oak Park Hills Chapel in Walnut Creek.

Bernice Lorene Carroll

Bernice Lorene Carroll, 84, of Danville, died June 20.

She was born Sept. 18, 1923, in San Francisco, the youngest daughter of John and Margaret Lucy. She loved the Bay Area, living her entire life here, though she traveled extensively. She attended San Francisco State to study music and later worked for Contra Costa County Supervisors James Kenney and Tom Powers. She loved politics and serving the public and retired in 1986.

In 1954 she married Floyd "Bud" Carroll and they enjoyed a wonderful marriage of laughter, parties and traveling until he died in 1991. She then discovered the Dixieland Jazz Festival circuit and attended several festivals each year, often with her niece Jennifer.

She is survived by her sister Margaret Milburn and her husband David of Arroyo Grande; sister Eleanor Arnold of Brea; stepson Dennis Carroll of Martinez; brother-in-law Norman Carroll and his wife Judy of Columbia, S.C.; and nieces. The family suggests donations to Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation, P.O. Box 30215, Walnut Creek 94598.

Ethel Mae Buell

Danville resident Ethel Mae Buell died June 26.

She was born in 1920 in Davenport, Iowa. During the Great Depression, the family moved to Berkeley, where her father, George P. Hall, opened a diner on Telegraph Avenue in front of Sather Gate. She was the youngest of five children and graduated from Berkeley High. She attended UC Berkeley for two years before getting a war-time job at Pacific Bell in San Francisco.

She married Russell Buell in 1946 and moved to Orinda where she worked as an administrative assistant to the President of Bancroft Library at Cal. Upon retirement, she and Russ moved to Crow Canyon Country Club where they were charter members and where she resided for 20 years. She is fondly remembered for her fierce sense of competition in Shanghai Rummy and Dominoes.

She is survived by her son Steven Buell of Hollister; and two grandchildren. The family hosted a luncheon in her honor July 19 at Crow Canyon Country Club.


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Posted by Mark Medina
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on Sep 8, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Looking for Russ Buell that worked with me at Pure Carbonic Co in Berkley Ca. just in a friendly way.