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Community Pulse - November 7, 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 a 1993 Teacher of the Year Award. Work created in her art programs for mentally disabled children received many 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.

Christine Ann Silva

Danville resident Christine Ann Silva, 59, lost a courageous battle with lung cancer and emphysema on Sept. 15.

She was born in (South) San Francisco on Aug. 2, 1949, to George Jones and Elizabeth Bigelow Jones. She lived most of her youth in Calaveras County; Nelson, British Columbia; and Santa Rosa. She spent most of her adult life in Redding; South Lake Tahoe; Gardnerville, Nev.; and Danville. She attended Notre Dame University, Nelson BC, Canada; Shasta College and SLT Community College. She spent 22 years as a real estate agent before becoming a medical billing software specialist for Web MD.

She is survived by her father George Jones; former husband Bob Silva; partner Danny Wycech; daughter Erin Davenport and her husband Larry Davenport; son Ryan Silva; son Jeff Silva and his wife Sherri Silva; four grandchildren; and her poodle Rosie. A Celebration of Life was held in South Lake Tahoe on Oct. 11. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of the East Bay.

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 was 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. He is survived by 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 Church. He was buried with Helen at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette in a private ceremony.


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