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Community Pulse - November 14, 2008


Helen L. Rayhill

Helen L. Rayhill died Oct. 22 at the age of 87.

She was born May 21, 1921, raised in Watsonville, and lived her adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area. She loved people and was able to see the good in everyone. She enjoyed golf, tennis, flowers, fashion and interior design.

She was preceded in death by her son Robert E. Rayhill. She was the cherished mother of Sally Dellanini and William Rayhill, sister of Hal Bidelman, and wife of Ken Pearson. A celebration of life will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Danville Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St. Flowers may be delivered to the memorial site after 1 p.m. Nov. 16; donations can be made to the Parkinson's Institute, 675 Almanor Ave., Sunnyvale 94085.

Ronald Gilbert Brown

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 U.S. 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 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 Moholkar; 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 earned 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 held 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.

Esther Cederborg Shick

Esther Cederborg Shick, a resident of Rossmoor and a member of the Community Presbyterian Church in Danville, was at home with her beloved husband of 66 years, Orville, and family when she died Oct. 12 at the age of 89.

She was born May 7, 1919, in Oakland to Swedish immigrants Axel and Hilma Cederborg and left California to attend Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., where she sang with Billy Graham in the early days of his ministry. She met her husband Orville at Wheaton College and they were married in the Oakland Swedish Mission Covenant Church. Esther was a Military Chaplain's wife early in their marriage and they later served three Presbyterian Churches, in Hancock, Md., Portsmouth, Va., and Community Presbyterian Church in Danville in 1961.

She was a companion to Orville in service to CPC for 24 years, as well as a teacher, competitive tennis player and active in many church activities including Sunday school, choir and senior citizens. They traveled all over the world with Orville leading at least 30 tours with friends and former parishioners.

She is survived by children Kenneth, David, Jonathon and Karen; daughters and son-in-law Margaret Ann Shick, Kathryn Shick and John Sutton; and eight grandchildren. A memorial service was held Oct. 18 at Community Presbyterian Church in Danville. Memorial contributions are suggested to CPC or Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill 94523.

Joan A. Belles

Alamo resident Joan Alice Belles died Oct. 10 at the age of 71.

She was born June 25, 1937, to John and Alice Potempa in Michigan City, Ind. She had an active career in property management and was retired for the past 15 years. Her passion in life was her family. She loved to travel but especially loved to spoil her grandchildren, who knew her as "Grammy."

She was predeceased by her husband Jim and is survived by her daughter Pam and son-in-law Brian; three grandchildren; brother Richard; sister Deonne; and countless nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A service was held Oct. 16 at St. Isidore Church in Danville.

Margaret 'Peggy' DeValle

Margaret "Peggy" DeValle, a resident of Danville, died Oct. 4 at the age of 71.

She is survived by her husband Paul; son Gregory DeValle; daughter Michelle Challenger; six grandchildren and many other loving relatives and friends. A Memorial Mass was celebrated Oct. 11 at St. Isidore Church in Danville.