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Community Pulse - August 1, 2008


Genevieve (Jean) Maser-Reed

Danville resident Genevieve (Jean) Maser-Reed died June 24 at the age of 90.

She was born July 3, 1917, in Elizabeth, N.J. She lived in Hawaii and worked as a telephone operator during World War II. She moved to the Bay Area about 65 years ago.

After the birth of her one and only daughter, Sally, she opened and taught at her own preschool in Walnut Creek. She loved the sun and warm weather and traveled to her home in Palm Desert for the winters. She welcomed the entire family to join her on Easters.

She was a long time member at Diablo Country Club and spent many years golfing. But above all, she was a mother and grandmother. The last 19 years of her life were spent enjoying the additions of nine great-grandchildren to the family.

She was preceded in death by three husbands, her sisters and a brother. She is survived by her loving daughter, Sally Neumann; two granddaughters and nine great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held July 3 at Oakmont Memorial Park and Mortuary in Lafayette.

Samuel Denton Woolsey

Samuel Denton Woolsey, a long time Danville resident, died June 28.

He was born in 1932 and raised in Alice, Texas. He worked on oil rigs at a young age, then joined the U.S. Air Force and flew fighter jets in Europe and the U.S. He later flew commercial jets around the world for Pan Am and United.

When the Federal Aviation Administration forced him to retire at age 60, he earned a law degree and began a long fight against this unjust rule. He helped start Boy Scout Troup 815, rode a Harley, worked with HAM radio and the Sheriff's Department. He also went to Grateful Dead shows with his kids, played with his grandkids, and was active in Job's Daughters and the Masons. He was an avid rock hound and member of the Contra Costa Mineral & Gem Society, and died doing what he loved - searching for precious rocks.

He is survived by his loving wife, three children and four grandchildren. Services were held July 11 at the Masonic Lodge in Pleasanton.

David Hagberg

Former Alamo resident David Hagberg passed away June 30 while hiking on the Rough Go Trail at Annadel State Park in Santa Rosa. He was 65.

He was born in Berkeley and moved to Sebastopol in 1984. After serving in the Navy, he was a firefighter for the city of Richmond for 26 years, retiring in 1996. He was also a successful entrepreneur, property developer and auto mechanic.

He enjoyed a life filled with running, hiking, traveling in his RV, fixing cars and being with family and many friends. He had a wealth of practical knowledge and wisdom, which he used to help and mentor others.

He was the husband of the late Maureen Hagberg and is survived by his children Tom and Shelley Hagberg, and Theresa Davis; two grandchildren; brother Dennis Hagberg; sister Janet Ishikawa; and fiancée Mary Ruppenthal. A memorial service was held July 8 at St. Sebastian's Catholic Church in Sebastopol. Donations can be made to the family for a memorial picnic table or bench.

Walter John Silva

Walter John Silva, a resident of Alamo, died July 5 at the age of 85 after an extended illness.

He was born May 15, 1923, in Oakland. He was class president and valedictorian of his class at Oakland Technical High School, and also graduated from UC Berkeley. He served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II and fought in the battles of D-Day on Omaha Beach. He received his honorable discharge with a rank of staff sergeant in 1946.

Having survived the war, he felt the rest of his life was truly a gift. He was an avid 49er fan, attending every home game for 51 years. He was a prolific gardener and cook who always aspired to try new recipes. He had a successful career as a manufacturer's representative in the furniture industry.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Elizabeth Polari Silva; three daughters, Candice Tamisiea, Valerie Silva Kiesler and Lisa Scruggs; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother Edward Silva and his sisters Violet Silva and Madeline Hess. Services were held July 11 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Danville, followed by burial at the Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette. Memorial gifts may be sent to Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill 94523.