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Community Pulse - October 17, 2008


Roger Elmo Mazzera

Danville resident Roger Elmo Mazzera died July 27 at the age of 72.

He was born Dec. 13, 1935. After retiring from Bank of America he pursued his love of golf. He also loved football and had a great sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife Joey; daughter Christine Mazzera; son Craig Mazzera; and two grandchildren. Donations can be made to the American Heart Association. Services were private.

Everett B. Hyde

Everett B. Hyde, a resident of Danville, died Aug. 24 at the age of 94.

He was born Sept. 27, 1913, in Berkeley and was also a former longtime resident of San Leandro. He was a World War II veteran and retired in 1976 after 30 years as an Alameda County employee. He was a dedicated and active member of Danville Congregational Church.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Betty M. Hyde; daughters Kathy Hyde of Palo Alto, Barbara Hyde of Chicago, and Elizabeth (Richard) Samuels of Portland, Ore.; and five grandchildren. His inurnment was private. Ralph R. Jacobs

Ralph R. Jacobs, a Danville resident, died Aug. 29 at the age of 65.

He was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., on New Year's Eve 1942. He was the second of two children and grew up in Buffalo. He attended New York University on a full scholarship, where he met his wife and mother of his children Leedia Gordeev. He was president of his college fraternity Kappa Sigma and graduated NYU with Honors, then entered Yale University for his post-graduate education, where he graduated with honors with a Ph.D. in physics.

They moved to Livermore where he was a scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. As a physicist, he recognized groundbreaking innovations in technology and their applications for daily life. He moved to Spectra Physics as a laser scientist, where he worked for nearly 10 years but returned to LLNL for the remainder of his career.

Ralph's wife Leedia died in 1999. Later he met Esther Ailor and asked her to be his wife on Aug. 27, just two days before he died. He is survived by his loving daughters Aleda Anne Jacobs and Liana Jacobs Boyarsky and by Liana's husband Jay Steven Boyarsky, and two grandchildren; his aunt Estelle Indyke; his brother and sister-in-law Edward and Mary Jacobs; and his fiancée Esther Ailor and her family. An educational fund will be established in his name by his daughters. Memorial Services were held Sept. 9 at Graham-Hitch Mortuary in Pleasanton.

Jerome V. Murphy

Jerome (Jerry) V. Murphy, a Danville resident, died Aug. 30 in Alamo at the age of 69.

He was born Nov. 2, 1938, to George B. Murphy and Claudia Mazzelle-Murphy in Louisville, Ky. He graduated from Bishop England High School and attended The Citadel both in Charleston, S.C. He moved to California in 1969 and made his home in Danville for 34 years and enjoyed a 37-year career in banking, retiring in 2002. He spent his free time deep sea fishing, gardening and cooking for his family.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Diane; daughters Cindy Sweeney, Marlene Alfonso, Michelle Jacomo, Claudia Arneson, Erin Edberg, Rebecca Murphy and son Michael Murphy; sister Sue Ellen; mother-in-law Terri Morris; sister-in-law Carole Hayes; sons-in-law Gary Arneson and Brian Edberg; and many grandchildren and friends. Donations may be made to the Hospice of the East Bay.

Nettie 'Mike' McCance

Nettie "Mike" McCance, an Alamo resident, died Aug. 30 peacefully in her sleep after a long illness, at the age of 93.

She was born July 16, 1915, in Manhattan to Katherine and Constantine Michail, one of five sisters. She married Paul McCance in 1944, and they had their daughter a year later. Mike taught elementary school, and worked tirelessly for the League of Women Voters. She valued family and friends above all else, and had a wonderful marriage filled with meals with friends, folk dancing and games, especially bridge.

She is survived by her daughter, Judith Folden, son-in-law Tom, and granddaughter Alyssa. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date, and those choosing to honor her memory, may do so with a donation to a charity of choice.


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