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Community Pulse - December 5, 2008


Gloria J. Campbell

Gloria J. Campbell, a former 23-year resident of Alamo, died Nov. 21 in Carson City, Nev., at the age of 86.

She was a native of Oakland and graduated from Gilroy High School where she was vice president of her junior and senior classes. She sang in choirs most of her adult life. She was also a member of Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.), Chapter RV.

She is survived by her husband John Sr.; three sons, John Jr. (Nancy), James Moore (Karri) and Robert (Theresa); two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Dec. 6 at San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church in Alamo. Gifts may be made in her memory to St. Mary's Hospice, 520 W. Sixth Street, Reno, NV 89503.

Arthur Francis Lassagne

Arthur Francis Lassagne, a 34-year resident of Danville, died Sept. 29 at the age of 73.

He was born Sept. 9, 1935, in Oakland. He moved with his parents to Lafayette in the 1940s and graduated from Acalanes High School in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-56 and married Marilyn Diane Becker in 1956. He worked as an accountant for a variety of firms before starting his own business, the Gold Bug, in 1962, as a resource for treasure hunters and prospectors. He published a newsletter and opened a retail store in Lafayette in 1965 selling prospecting equipment including metal detectors, gold pans and books on treasure hunting. The store moved to Walnut Creek in 1969. He also wrote many books. In 1973 he joined the Walnut Creek post office as a mail carrier and later a window manager until his retirement in 1993.

In 1980 he and his wife became involved in Siberian Husky Rescue and helped fight for a new Animal Control Ordinance for Contra Costa County. In the 1990s he expanded the Gold Bug business, selling digital maps and other resources for genealogical and historical research.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Becker, his three children, Mark Lassagne, Barry Langdon-Lassagne, Wendy Farnden; and eight grandchildren.

A celebration of his life was held Nov. 16 at Oak Hill Park in Danville.

Margaret Marcellino

Margaret Marcellino, a resident of Alamo, died Sept. 30 at the age of 76.

She was born July 31, 1932, in Coalgate, Okla. She graduated from Holy Names in Oakland and worked for Oro-wheat Bakeries for 25 years. She raised Irish wolfhounds and her last companion was a wolfhound she rescued, Grady 2.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Vincent Marcellino and their only child Vicki Ann. She is survived by her sister Patricia Grant of Palm Desert, her niece Michell Sosnoski of Dallas, Texas, and her nephew Scott Jackson of Laguna Niguel and their families.

Mark David Eastman

Mark David Eastman, a resident of Danville, died Oct. 4 at the age of 68.

He was born March 25, 1940, in Boston, Mass., to Abraham and Alice Eastman, Russian-Jewish immigrants. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Chicago and moved to New York to attend the New School for Social Research, earning a master's degree while supporting himself as a social worker in Harlem. He moved to California in 1969 and taught at CSU Hayward for a year before finding his Mecca, Diablo Valley College, in 1970. He co-created and team-taught American Popular Culture with his good friend, Stan Cornfield. In 2004 he retired from DVC but continued to teach part-time until summer 2008. He enjoyed blues and jazz music, Ingmar Bergman films, civil rights issues, Denmark, travels with Bob Dylan, cross-country skiing, mountain biking and teaching.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 17 years, Victoria Lorrekovich, and 16-year-old daughter Arielle. He was preceded in death by his sister Leni Rosenberg of Newton, Mass.

A service celebrating his life was held Nov. 8 at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill. Memorial donations can be made in his name to "Diablo Valley College Foundation" with "Mark D. Eastman" in memo portion of check, 321 Golf Club Rd., Pleasant Hill 94523.

Carolyn Potter Taylor

Carolyn Potter Taylor, a former resident of Alamo, died unexpectedly and peacefully Oct. 22 at the age of 55.

She was born April 8, 1953, grew up in Alamo, and graduated from San Ramon Valley High School. She attended Chico State University and earned a degree in theater arts. Through her career and volunteer service, she supported the community in many capacities and loved shopping, theater, gift giving, fashion, parties, event planning, family, friends and the celebration of art, music and life.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Heather and Randy Tooker, son Ryan Taylor, brother and sister-in-law Darryl and Marilyn Potter, sister and brother-in-law Michelle and Matt Newell, father of her children Ray Taylor, her dear love Eddie Hrabal and many, many more dear family and friends.

A celebration of her life was held Nov. 1 at the First United Methodist Church of Loomis.

Robert Lilja

Robert Lilja, a resident of Danville, died in Alamo on Oct. 24 at the age of 89.

He was born Aug. 3, 1919, in Oakland. He grew up in Livermore and graduated from Livermore High School. He was drafted into the U.S. Army shortly before Pearl Harbor, served in the European theater as a captain with the 95th Infantry Division under Gen. Patton, and was awarded the Bronze Star. He was the owner of Lilja Industrial Construction Corp. for more than 30 years. He was a leader in the Millwright Employers Association.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Kay Lilja; son Robert R. Lilja; four grandchildren and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his daughter Linda Remington in 1998. At his request there was no service.

Ted Rusley

Ted Rusley, a long-time resident of Alamo, died Oct. 28 at the age of 93.

He was born Nov. 8, 1914, on a cattle ranch near Baker, Mont. He spent his early years working on public works projects such as Fort Peck Dam and Shasta Dam as well as railroad projects. In 1945 he served in the Merchant Marines as steward on the SS John Ball. Growing up on a ranch, he became an entrepreneur. He owned a short order restaurant with his brother Sig, a beauty salon, a plastics extrusion company, a fueling station and a truck yard, which is still in operation today. He purchased property in Alamo in 1953 and built a house for his family over the course of eight years. He and his beloved wife Eleanor were founding members of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Walnut Creek.

He is survived by his daughter, Gail Erb of San Ramon; sister Alberta Raethke of Milwaukee, Ore.; three grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were held Nov. 4 at Oakmont Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to Project Vote Smart, One Common Ground, Philipsburg, MT 59858.

Marie C. Brown

Marie C. Brown, a resident of Danville, died Oct. 29 at the age of 92.

She was born Nov. 22, 1915, in Centerville, now Fremont. She graduated from Washington Union High School, Fremont, and Heald Business College, Oakland. After college, she went to work as an administrative assistant to the Oakland Rotary Club for 14 years. She enjoyed her worldly travels with friends and family, was an avid sports fan, really liked her bridge playing days, attending theater and chorus recital events and gardening.

She is survived by her daughter Pattie Hitch (Brown) and her husband Ken Hitch of Brentwood, and her son Stephen Brown and his wife Kathy Brown of Castro Valley; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren

Memorial services were held Nov. 28 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fremont. Memorial donations may be made to the Holy Family Sisters, Fremont, or a charity of choice.

Claude Wallace Rosenkrantz

Claude Wallace Rosenkrantz, a resident of Danville, died surrounded by his family Nov. 1 at the age of 85.

He was born Sept. 3, 1923, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from East High School and attended the University of Utah. He met his wife when they were children, and they maintained a friendship that blossomed into marriage. He went into the Navy during World War II. After the war he moved to California. His Uncle Andy introduced him to the game of golf at a young age and he had four holes-in-one and won many awards. Toward his retirement years he founded the pub he had always dreamed of as an investment and turned it into a successful bar. He had many interests from politics to sports to business. He was an excellent piano singer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jacquelin Burtch Rosenkrantz. He is survived by his three sons, Shurl (Kathy), Scott and Kevin (Kitty); granddaughter Valerie Rosenkrantz; and sister Alene (Jack) Schade. A remembrance was held Nov. 14 at the family home in Danville.

Edward 'Eddie' Robert Baiz

Edward "Eddie" Robert Baiz, a former resident of Danville, died Nov. 2 at the age of 58.

He was born June 4, 1950, in Berkeley. He graduated in 1968 from Harry Ells High School in Richmond. He was a Union Industrial Painter and worked diligently his whole life. He was known for his kind heart, fun-loving nature and passion for sports. His true passion was his son and best friend, Sean.

He is survived by his loving son Sean Edward Baiz, daughter Stacy Nicole Baiz, along with his son's long time girlfriend, Melanie Mosher. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Jean Baiz and only sister, Kathy Wright. Memorial services were held Nov. 6 in Elk Grove.

Jimmie Fred Pope

Danville resident Jimmie Fred Pope died Nov. 3 surrounded by family and friends at the age of 78.

He was born Sept. 14, 1930, in Oklahoma City. He graduated from Classen High School in 1948. He served in the Navy from October 1950 to 1954. He was assigned duty on the USS McDermit DD 677 then to the USS Maddox DD 731. He went on the USS Maddox's third cruise to Korea in 1953 and was aboard when the Truce was declared. He began his career at Western Electric in 1956 and transferred to the Pacific Telephone 1983 and retiring from Pac Bell in 1985. He enjoyed his home, his family, fishing and "shootin' the breeze."

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Valeen Pope; children Lori Lescher of California, David (Delia) Pope of Portland, Ore., Michael (Hali) Pope of Portland, Ore., and Vicki (Mike) Enos of Stockton; four grandchildren and three cousins.

A memorial celebration of his life was held Nov. 8, at Wilson & Kratzer, Chapel of San Ramon Valley in Danville.

Carolyn Louise Watson Mericle

Carolyn Louise Watson Mericle, a former resident of Danville, died Nov. 6 at the age of 73.

She was born Dec. 31, 1934, in Atlanta where she was raised and attended college. In 1959, while vacationing in Jamaica, she met Thomas P. Mericle of Grand Rapids, Mich., whom she married soon after. Together they made their way to the West Coast, and settled in the San Francisco Bay Area to live for nearly four decades in Walnut Creek, Alamo and Danville from 1970 to 1990. For the last 18 years, they made their home in Bodega Bay.

She is survived by husband Thomas Page Mericle Jr.; son Jim Mericle, and daughter Page Donovan; four grandchildren; and brother Clyde Watson Jr.

A private springtime memorial will be held in Yosemite National Park. Donations may be made in her name to The Yosemite Fund:

William M. Enos

William M. Enos Jr., a resident of Danville, died Nov. 7 at the age of 85.

He was born Oct. 22, 1923, and grew up in New Bedford, Mass. He and his wife Virginia have been residents of Danville for the past 30 years. As members of the Crow Canyon Country Club, they enjoyed many memorable trips with the "Old Crows." As a young man he served in the U.S. Navy, then went on to a career in automotive sales for 40 years. He also enjoyed bowling and golf.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Virginia of Danville; daughter Linda (Mike) Hill of Hilmar; son William F. Enos of Danville; daughter Sharon (Dan) Ross of Sacramento; two grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. He is also survived by his special niece Wendi Leyba, sister-in-law Gerry Leyba, and two sisters, Edith Grenier of Rhode Island and Marilyn Crider of Maryland.

A memorial service was held Nov. 15 in Pleasanton. Memorial donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1900 Powell St., Ste #120, Emeryville 94608.


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