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Community Pulse - October 31, 2008


Judith M. Sobey

Judith M. Sobey, a resident of Danville, died in September at the age of 70.

She was valedictorian of Oakland High School's class of 1955 and accepted with Honors at Stanford University; she went on to earn both bachelor's and master's degrees. Upon graduation from Stanford, she devoted herself to teaching, and in her 40 years within the Fremont Unified School District received Certificates of Recognition from the California Legislature and California Senate, as well as 1993's Teacher of the Year Award. Work created in her art programs for mentally disabled children received numerous accolades.

She is survived by her sons Jeremy Hainline and Martin Sobey, daughter Kelly Nicholas; brother Edward; daughter-in-law Sandy; nephews Steven, Scott, Mark and Todd; and three grandchildren. A celebration of her life was held Sept. 17 in Mountain View Cemetery's Tower Chapel in Oakland.

Ethel Ruth Helms

Ethel Ruth Helms, a resident of Alamo, died Sept. 27 with her two daughters by her side, at the age of 85.

She was born Jan. 7, 1923, in St. Louis, Mo., to Charles and Naomi Shockey. She married Leland Helms and after World War II, they moved from Moorhead, Minn., to Los Angeles where they raised their family of three children. She was known as an individual of great personal warmth, generosity and faith, and possessed an enduring sense of humor.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Leland Chester Helms. She is survived by her three children, Pat Gulliford of Alamo; Paul Helms of Sausalito; and Suzanne Helms of Seattle, Wash.; and three grandchildren. Memorial services were held Oct. 4. Donations may be made to the local Salvation Army, since her children said she recalled the organization helping her family during the Great Depression.

Betty Jean Bacon

Betty Jean Bacon, 85, a former resident of Danville and Pacheco, died in Citrus Heights on Sept. 21.

She was born Feb. 18, 1923, in Fremont, Neb., to Allan and Mattie Dykeman. She was a longtime resident of Danville and member of Soroptimist International of Pleasant Hill.

She was preceded in death by her husband Marvin and her sister Vera Gray. She is survived by daughter Anne (Richard) Wickersham of Orangevale, Calif.; and sister Beryl Jackman of Meridian, Idaho. A memorial service was held Oct. 3 at Oak Park Hills Chapel in Walnut Creek.

Edward Joseph Klicpera

Edward Joseph Klicpera, a Danville resident, died suddenly at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Walnut Creek on Sept. 28 at the age of 88.

He was born Dec. 5, 1919, in Cicero, Ill., to Joseph and Anna Klicpera, and lived the past 47 years in Contra Costa County. He served his country in the U.S. Navy as an electrician during World War II. Following the war he began his 62 year career as a tool and die machinist, retiring from the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory after 24 years of service in 1985. He was also an accomplished general aviation pilot. He was a past Exalted Ruler of the Concord B.P.O. Elks Lodge and an active member of St. Isidore Catholic Church in Danville.

He was predeceased in 1990 by his loving wife of 45 years, Helen Klicpera; his children, Kathy Klipera of Pleasant Hill and Michael Klicpera of San Diego; his sister Irene Kamba of La Grange Park, Ill.; his brothers, Johnny, Robert and Butchy Klicpera, all of the Chicago area; and three grandchildren. A Memorial Funeral Liturgy was celebrated Oct. 2 at St. Isidore's Church in Danville. He was buried with Helen at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette in a private ceremony.

Ronald Gilbert Brown Oct. 14, 1932 ~ Oct. 7, 2008

Danville resident Ron Brown died Oct. 7 in Danville at the age of 75.

He was born in Selah, Wash., on Oct. 14, 1932, and grew up on a farm. He attended University of Washington and Stanford University, where he received master's degrees in both business and engineering. He was a die-hard football fan of both alma maters. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the United States Coast Guard. He was a Silicon Valley executive and entrepreneur, spending most of his career with Sylvania. His passions included world travel, great wines and food, the opera and 49ers football, all shared with his true love Dee.

He is survived by his wife Dee; his son Dan (Tobi); daughters Theresa, Kathy (David) and Diana (Phil); step-children Rob (Karen) and Lisa (Michael); and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Jeff. A memorial service was held Oct. 10 at Wilson and Kratzer Chapel in Danville.

Madhavi Gandhi

Madhavi Gandhi, a resident of Danville, died Oct. 7 at the age of 48.

She was born Sept. 4, 1960, raised in Bombay and moved to California after her marriage. She treasured the time she spent raising her young family, but later went back to school to receive her Ph.D. from UC Davis, then taught computer science at California State University, East Bay.

She is survived by her husband Dhiren Gandhi; children Avinash and Ashvin Gandhi; sister Chandrahas Moholkar; parents Maruti and Vibhavari Moholka; and in-laws Krishnakumar and Padmavati Gandhi. A memorial service was held Oct. 11 at Wilson and Kratzer Mortuary. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1885 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill 94523.

Donald Miladinovich

Donald Miladinovich, a Danville resident, died Oct. 13 in Walnut Creek at the age of 76.

He was born in Oakland on Dec. 25, 1931, and lived in San Leandro until he moved to Danville 33 years ago. He received a B.A. in accounting from Armstrong College in 1952. He was a general contractor until 1972, when he embarked on various business ventures becoming a successful entrepreneur. He was active in the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, the San Leandro Masonic Lodge #113 F. & A.M., Oakland Scottish Rite , and Aahmes Shrine.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Edie Miladinovich; daughters Michel Gnutzman (Tom), Sophie Miladinovich, and Natalie Moss (Darin); and two grandchildren. A service was Oct. 19 at the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Moraga, with a Masonic service Oct. 20 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Concord. Interment was at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette. Memorial gifts may be made to Shriner's Hospital for Children-Northern California, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento 95817 or to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, 1700 School St., Moraga 94556.