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Community Pulse - January 23, 2009


Sheldon A. 'Pop' Pearson

Sheldon A. "Pop" Pearson, a resident of Danville, died Jan. 10 at the age of 91.

He was born April 25, 1917. He was a World War II Veteran and former Bank of America employee of 40 years. He married Arlene Pearson in 1939 and moved from Oakland to Danville in 1951. He spent his time loving his animals and devoting time to feeding the wildlife on his four acres. Woodworking was one of his favorite hobbies and there was nothing more important than the love he felt for his family. He also looked forward to his Thursday night card games with the boys.

For the past 69.7 years he was the devoted and loving husband to Arlene Pearson; father to Ardy Deardorff passed (Mel), Susan Archibald (Bob) and Arnold Pearson (Margo). He is survived by 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

There was a private burial. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the East Bay Bruns Home of Alamo, 2849 Miranda Ave., Alamo, 94507.

Horace B. Simi

Horace B. Simi, a former resident of Blackhawk, died Dec. 25 at the age of 86.

He was born in Berkeley and raised in San Francisco. He graduated from Polytechnic High in San Francisco at age 16 and attended San Francisco Junior College. He joined the Army Air Corps in Sept. of 1942 and served as a Link Trainer Instructor at Hobbs, NM. It was here in 1943 that he married the love of his life Helen Ivers of Stockton. After the war they returned to the Bay Area. He was in sales and management with several trucking companies in San Francisco, Chicago, Denver and Dallas. In 1965 he joined SeaLand in Oakland, a pioneer in the container shipping industry, and spent three years living in Tokyo and three years in Hong Kong. He retired in 1986 and returned to his beloved Bay Area to be close to his family.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Helen Simi of Walnut Creek; daughter Valerie Simi of Concord; son Ron Simi and daughter-in-law Linda Simi of Orinda; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Rachel J. Weiner

Rachel J. Weiner, a former resident of Alamo, died Dec. 25 at the age 20.

She was born Jan. 3, 1988, and her early and happy childhood in Fresno and moved to Alamo with her father in 2002. She attended Monte Vista High School for one year before transferring to Cross Creek Manor for Girls in LaVerkin, Utah. After graduation she returned to the Bay Area and most recently resided in the Sacramento area.

She is survived by her father, Michael Weiner; her step-mother, Denise Weiner; her mother, Nancy Miller; her step-father, Randy Miller; and her siblings, Joshua and Jessica Weiner.

Eleanor J. Randall

Eleanor J. Randall, a resident of Danville, died Dec. 27 at the age of 90.

She was born on Dec. 23, 1918 in Seattle, Wash. She attended and received a degree from the University of Utah. She taught physical education at Bishop O'Dowd High School. A longtime resident of San Lorenzo, she attended church at St. John's. She was a member of the St. Gerard Women's Club and Mother Singers. She loved to play bridge, but her favorite pastime was watching baseball.

She is survived by her loving daughters, Cathie North, Susan Defesi, and Pamella Highfield, 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grand-children, one great-great-grand-child, and many extended family and cherished friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, George Randall, Jr. in 2006 and her son, George Randall, III in 2003.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Jan. 5 at St. John's Catholic Church, in San Lorenzo. She will be laid to rest with her husband at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Frederick M. Hanson, M.D.

Frederick M. Hanson, M.D., a resident of Danville, died peacefully Dec. 27 at the age of 87.

He was born Sept. 10, 1921, in Geneva, Ill. He attended the University of Illinois where he graduated with honors. He received his M.D. from the Duke University School of Medicine in North Carolina. For a year he interned in obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University, then entered the U.S. Navy, where, as part of the Naval Medical Corps in Kentucky, he did psychiatric counseling with wounded veterans.

Returning to civilian life in 1945, he worked at the Cushing Veterans Hospital in Massachusetts, became a research fellow with Harvard University, and then, coming west, pursued his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. In 1953, he established his own practice in Walnut Creek, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. He was one of the "founding fathers" of the original John Muir Memorial Hospital and its first Chief of Staff.

He is survived by his wife Diane O. Hanson; son F. Michael Hanson; daughter Karen Phillips; step-sons Scott Tillinghast and Brian Tillinghast; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Jan. 9 at the Community Presbyterian Church in Danville. Memorial donations can be made to the John Muir Health Foundation, 1400 Treat Blvd., Walnut Creek, 94597.

Gale Newcomb, D.D.S.

Gale Newcomb, D.D.S., a resident of Danville, died Jan. 2 at the age of 81.

He was born Feb. 1, 1927, in Oakland. He served in the Air Force after World War II in the occupation and later became a dentist. He had a practice in Castro Valley for 25 years.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Virginia; daughter Carolee and her husband Dave Thompson, D.D.S.; son Paul and his wife Grace; and four grandchildren. At his request there were no services.

Patricia (Mostny) Hejtmanek

Patricia (Mostny) Hejtmanek, a Danville resident, died Jan. 7 at the age of 58 after a nine-year battle with cancer.

She was born Dec. 12, 1950, in Santiago, Chile, as the first of five children. At the age of 12, she immigrated to San Francisco with her family and quickly adapted to American life. She was married happily for many years, and had three children. While she spent most of her life in the Bay Area, she also lived in Bakersfield and El Paso. Her primary focus was being a mother and she volunteered at her children's schools, Jewish Organizations and Junior League. In recent years, she became successful selling real estate.

She is survived by her children: Jen and husband Tom, Steven and Rachel; two grandchildren; parents Kurt and Marion Mostny; siblings Daniela van der Steen, Yvonne Nouri, David Mostny and Andrea Mostny; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Jan. 11 at Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Anti-Defamation League.

Nasser Shariatpanahy

Nasser Shariatpanahy, a 20-year resident of Danville, died Jan. 6 at the age of 50.

He was born July 17, 1958, in Tehran, Iran. He received his computer science degree in Michigan and worked in software development for 25 years. He loved children and enjoyed coaching his son's soccer team, the Mustang Red Devils.

He is survived by his loving family, beloved spouse of 17 years, Sheila Linehan of Danville; his cherished son Dylan Shariat-panahy of Danville; brothers Saeed, Masood and Mansur, all of Iran; sister Parvin of Iran; and many nieces and nephews. His sister Parvaneh preceded him in death.

His funeral was Jan. 10 at Graham-Hitch Mortuary in Pleasanton.


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Posted by Michael Wolfes
a resident of another community
on Jul 22, 2011 at 9:06 am

To the family of the late Patricia (Mostny) Hejtmanek, I want to extend my condolences on her passing. It has been 2-1/2 yrs since she passed away and only last night did her name come up in my memory as a former girl-crush of mine when I was in college and she was still a student at Westmoor High School in Daly City, CA. She was a beautiful lady and I can only regret not being able to get to know her better.