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Community Pulse - October 10, 2008


Sylvia Goldberg Gardner

Sylvia Goldberg Gardner, 91, died Aug. 21, in Danville.

She and Ben L. Gardner, her late husband, are remembered for lovingly opening their home to family and friends. She is survived by her children Carol (Gerard) Silverman and Michael (Marsha) Gardner; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. A memorial service is to be announced.

James Michael Newton

James Michael Newton, a resident of Diablo, died Aug. 23 at the age of 63.

He was born June 23, 1947. He touched the lives of many people in his 20 years as a search and rescue pilot with the Air National Guard.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn Newton; sisters Penny Newton-Tibbetts, Phyllis Newton-Carpenter, Patricia Newton and Paula Newton Molgaard; two grandchildren; and two stepchildren. He was the beloved son of Lorna Adams and Richard Newton and beloved stepson of Barnard Adams. A Memorial Mass was held Aug. 28 at St. Isidore's Church in Danville. Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1900 Powell St. Emeryville 94608.

Basil R. Nunes

Basil R. Nunes, a former Resident of Danville, died Aug. 23 at his home in Pine Grove at the age of 87.

He was born Feb. 28, 1921, to Brazil and Adriana (Vierra) Nunes in Tassajara Valley. He married his wife, Dorothy Carlson, in 1949 in Oakland and the newlyweds made their home in Danville for 35 years. He was a self-taught engineer and for 50 years was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers. He worked for Rhodes and Jamieson for 35 years setting up concrete plants and managing its operations, retiring in 1982. He also farmed tomatoes and ran a welding shop out of his barn where he made and repaired trailers and other ranching equipment. Ranchers would come from all over to have him make cattle brands. In the 1970s they built a retirement home in Pine Grove where they moved to after his retirement. He enjoyed motorcycles, snowmobiling, hunting, and salmon fishing.

He is survived by his great-niece, Judy Badger of Martinez; niece Shirley Stanley of Morada; nephew Larry Gonsalves of Turlock; and sister Irene Gonsalves of Turlock. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Dorothy Nunes, in 1994; brothers, Frank Nunes, John Nunes and Joseph Nunes; and sister, Mary Nunes. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for him Aug. 29 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Pleasant Hill. Interment is at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette. Contributions may be made to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, 8800 Venice Blvd., Suite 207, Los Angeles 90034.

Dave Dobrich

Dave Dobrich, a longtime resident of Blackhawk, died at his home Sept. 6, following complications from diabetes, at age 81.

He was born July 19, 1927, in Oakland but lived in Contra Costa County since he was 6 months old. He was the youngest son of Nickolas and Draga Dobrich and graduated from Pittsburg High School. His love of music led him to form the Dave Dobrich Orchestra that played at many dances in the county. He played in the U.S. Army Ground Force Band during World War II. His career as a businessman began with a service station, car wash and liquor store and led to owning and developing commercial and residential real estate. With his wife Naomi, he explored England, Germany, France, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia among other countries. Their last trip was a return to Victoria, Canada, where they had honeymooned, to celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary. He also spent much time at Zephyr Cove in Lake Tahoe.

He is survived by his wife Naomi; daughters Michele Williams (husband Jeff), Melinda Shaw (husband Robert), Melanie Dobrich, Maureen Dobrich; two granddaughters; and his spaniel Penny. Memorial services were held Sept. 10 at Wilson and Kratzer Mortuary in Danville.


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