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Community Pulse - October 24, 2008


Robert John Allen Jr.

Robert John Allen Jr., a former longtime resident of Danville, died in Fair Oaks, Calif., on Sept. 5 after a long fight against Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

He is survived by Melinda, his wife of 46 years; his son Rob and wife Jennifer; his son Michael and wife Carla; his daughter Amy; his brother Bruce and wife Doral; his mother Nancy Budd; and two grandchildren. No formal service will be held. Donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Carl Forsberg

Carl Forsberg, a longtime resident of Danville and Rossmoor, died Sept. 6 at the age of 85.

He was born Aug. 28, 1923, to a Swedish immigrant in San Francisco, and grew up in Sacramento, graduating McClatchy High School and Sacramento Junior College. In 1943 he enlisted in the Navy. He married his college sweetheart, Ada Little, before being commissioned for Amphibious Training in Maryland. He served as a lieutenant and officer-in-charge of LCT landing craft with the U.S. South Pacific fleet. After returning from Okinawa in 1945, he attended UC Berkeley, graduating with a degree in architecture in 1949.

He worked at an architectural firm in Berkeley, then accepted a position at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In 1974, he transferred to the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., and in 1975 was promoted to head up the construction branch for the Office of Military Applications. His responsibilities included the design, construction and budget activities for all the nuclear weapons production plants and national laboratories in the United States. After he retired in 1985, they returned to the Bay Area in 1988. Besides his professional life, he was active in the communities, schools and churches where he lived. He was also an avid fisherman, hunter and gardener.

He is survived by his daughter Catherine Simi and her husband Michael of Danville; his son Dr. Rikard Forsberg and his wife Lori of El Dorado Hills; and four grandchildren. Services were held Sept. 12 at Wilson and Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley in Danville. Donations can be made to the Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill 94596.

Bill Callanan

Bill Callanan, 88, a native of Ireland and former resident of San Francisco, died peacefully at his home at Diablo Lodge in Danville with his three children by his side.

He was predeceased by his wife Mary Callanan; he is survived by his children, Kevin Callanan (Sally) of Petaluma, Maureen Neumann (Dirk) of Danville, and Bill Callanan (Ruth) of San Francisco; and five grandchildren; as well as brothers, sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews in Ireland. Donations may be made to the Employee Gratuity Fund at Diablo Lodge, 950 Diablo Road, Danville 94526, where a loving staff made him a fond part of their compassionate family for the past nine years. A private family service was held.

Walter Retzlaff

Walter Retzlaff of Alamo died in his home Sept. 1 at the age of 73 following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Oct. 14, 1934, in Milwaukee, Wis., graduated from Wauwatosa High School in 1952, and attended Marquette University. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserves submarines. He married Judith G. Zeeman in Wauwatosa, Wis., on Oct. 15, 1955. He worked for several companies throughout his management career in the construction machinery industry including Rexnord, CMI and Caterpillar Tractor. After retirement he worked for the Town of Danville. Walt was an avid sailor and a former member of both the Palo Alto and Oakland Yacht clubs. He also did volunteer work with the Contra Costa Sheriff's Department and was 2007 Contra Costa County Volunteer of the Year.

He is survived by his wife, Judy; son Mark and his wife Susan Retzlaff, son Dan and his wife Yvonne Retzlaff, son Tom and his wife Tiffany Retzlaff, daughter JoAnne Retzlaff; five grandchildren; brothers David Mauthe and William Mauthe; sister Janet Casey; and his uncle, Dr. Howard Mauthe. Funeral services were held Sept. 11 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Danville. Memorial funds have been established in his name for Messiah Lutheran Church and the Martinez Hospice Program.

David Mensing

David Mensing, a former resident of Danville, died at the age of 84.

He was born June 9, 1924, in Oakland and lived most of his long life in the Bay Area. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Japan. He worked in the lumber business for Louisiana Pacific and Georgia Pacific fostering a lifelong love of trees and forests. He raised four children, three step-children and loved his 15 grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; sons Scott, David Michael and William; daughters Julie, Milly and Kristin and their extended families. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis, daughter Holly, and mother Edith Mensing. A memorial service was held Sept. 13 at the Wilson and Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley in Danville. The family has requested contributions to the All Wars Memorial at Oak Hill Park in Danville. Please send c/o Julie Simpson, 495 Palm Ave., Penngrove, CA 94951.

Bert Kamalman

Bert Kamalman, a resident of Alamo, died unexpectedly Sept. 8 while playing golf.

He was born June 20, 1934, in St. Paul, Minn., and graduated from San Francisco State University in 1956 with a degree in business. He went on to a 40-year career at Pacific Steel.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marilyn Weder Kamalman. He is survived by his wife Arlene; his son, David and daughter-in-law Kim; two granddaughters; and Arlene's children Teri (Curt), Linda and Brad (Lucy) and their 11 children. He was laid to rest Sept. 11 at the Mountain View Cemetery, Home of Eternity, in Oakland with a celebration of his life at his and Arlene's home in Alamo. Donations can be made to Peace for Families,, or the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Helen E. Morrison

Helen E. Morrison, a Danville resident, died peacefully Sept. 9 in Danville at the age of 83 after a two-year battle with lung cancer.

She was born Dec. 22, 1925, to Marie and Charles Catalde and grew up in Southern California before moving to Danville in 1996, when her best friend and love of her life William Morrison passed away after 54 years of marriage.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Sharon Morrison, Jeff and Roberta Morrison, and Greg and Bonni Morrison; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Services were held Sept. 15 at Lima Family Milpitas Fremont Mortuary. Donations can be made to Hope Hospice, 6500 Dublin Blvd., Suite 100, Dublin 94568.

Michael Atella

Michael Atella, a former resident of Danville, died unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep Sept. 12 in Hinsdale, Ill., at the age of 58.

He was born Oct. 11, 1949, and was a graduate of UCLA. He was a long-time resident of Danville where he coached Little League for more than a decade.

He is survived by his children, Julie and Tony. He was also a loving son, brother, uncle, friend, teacher and coach. A funeral Mass was celebrated in Illinois on Sept. 15. A celebration of his life was held Oct. 11, on what would have been his 59th birthday at noon at Osage Park.