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Community Pulse - January 30, 2009


Ardith Osborn Steger

Danville resident Ardith Osborn Steger passed away quietly Dec. 21 at the age of 87 with her family at her side.

She was born Dec. 11, 1921, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the fifth child in a family of six. The family moved to Danville in 1926. She graduated in 1939 from San Ramon Valley High School, attended UC Davis and graduated from UC Berkeley. She was stationed in Atlanta, Ga., while serving in the Navy Waves during WWII, returning to Danville where she married John C. Steger (Jack) Sr. and raised her family. She returned to San Ramon Valley High and taught home economics. Throughout her life she was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She is survived by her three children Jane Dahle (Cline) of Salt Lake City, Utah, John C. (Jay) Steger Jr. of Mendon, Utah, and Cynthia Nemanic (John) of Danville; two grandchildren; and brother Jim Osborn of Tucson, Ariz. Services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Alamo Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2949 Stone Valley Road. In lieu of flowers she asked for contributions to the LDS Alamo II Ward Missionary fund or the American Cancer Society.

Phillip H. Healy

Phillip H. Healy, a resident of Alamo, died while hiking at Oak Hill Park on Jan. 20 at the age of 74.

He was born June 10, 1934, in Angola, Ind. He attended Michigan State University, receiving a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and an MBA. His undergraduate studies at MSU were suspended for three years while he served with the U.S. Army from 1954-57 on a NIKE Missile Site. Upon graduation, he designed missile guidance systems while working for the Bendix Corp. He returned to MSU to complete his MBA and marry his college sweetheart, Dorothy. He later worked for Borg-Warner. In 1966, he began his 29-year career with the Dow Chemical Co. while living in Boulder, Colo. They moved to California in 1974, where he worked in management until his retirement in 1995. He was a gifted electrical engineer who was building computers on card tables in his bedroom in the 1970s. He loved the outdoors, nature and wildlife; especially his garden and birds. In recent years, the couple fulfilled a dream by traveling to all seven continents.

He was the beloved husband of Dorothy, his wife of 48 years; loving father of Stephen (Heather); four grandchildren; and caring brother of Judy, who predeceased him in 2005.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Oak Hill Park Community Center in Danville. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association at

Muriel Nesbitt

Muriel Nesbitt, a resident of Danville, died peacefully Jan. 22 at the age of 88.

She was born May 19, 1920, in San Francisco and grew up in Marin County as one of four sisters. During the war she worked for Bethlehem Steel. In 1949, she married Fred Nesbitt and they raised four children in Oakland and Richmond, and moved to Danville in 1964. She and her husband enjoyed square dancing, sailing, and international travel to Egypt, Australia, New Zealand and the Panama Canal. They also explored much of this country in their motor home. Following her husband's death in 1993, she continued to travel regionally in her campervan. One of her passions was working with wool, including dying, spinning and knitting. She enjoyed sharing her craft and taught spinning at local events and schools as well as generously gifting her knitted hats and flags. She loved her home and working in her garden. She will be especially remembered for her creativity, resourcefulness and her lively independent spirit.

She is survived by her sisters Eleanor Beck and Roberta Costello; daughter Laurel Nesbitt; son Richard Nesbitt (Linda); niece Kathy Winstead (Joe); son-in- law Jim Phinney; and grandchildren Mark Phinney (Angela), Betsy Phinney (Peter) and nine great grandchildren.

A "Hats Off to Muriel" memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, at Community Presbyterian Church in Danville. Bring or wear a favorite "Muriel" knitted hat or one of your own for the celebration. Donations may be made to Mono Lake Committee, P.O. Box 29, Lee Vining, 93541, or Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Ave, Pleasant Hill, 94523.

Edward Parrott Higley

Danville resident Edward Parrott Higley died Jan. 3 at the age of 75.

He was born Aug. 18, 1933, in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He graduated from Westminster School in Simsburt, Conn., and the University of Michigan. Nonprofit and public finance were his chosen professions, but his passion was for music and reading. He enjoyed traveling, sailing, hiking, belonging to SIRS, tennis, poker and cheering his grandchildren at their sports and school events.

He is survived by his beloved partner of 23 years, Gail Palmer; his sister Cary Ardenl; Gail's children, David and Liz Palmer, Karen and John Murphy; and Gail's seven grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, at Greenbrook Club House, 300 Greenbrook Drive in Danville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ted's name to the Danville Library, 400 Front St., Danville 94526.

Margaret G. (Peggy) Watson

Margaret G. (Peggy) Watson, a resident of Danville, died Jan. 10 at the age of 81.

She was born Oct. 29, 1927, and was a native of Paducah, Ky. She and her husband have lived in Danville since 1974. She was a gifted pianist and singer; she sang alto with the Greensboro Oratory Society in North Carolina from 1964-69, and with the Masterwork Chorus of Morristown in New Jersey from 1969-74. She also performed at New York's Carnegie Hall, Philharmonic Hall, and Lincoln Center. In Danville, she played piano with a small group of other aficionados. She attended St. Joseph's College in Emmitsburg, Md., and worked for many years in the office of the superintendent of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District until her retirement in 1992.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, William Milo Watson Jr.; daughter Susan Jones and husband Phillip of West Chester, Pa.; son Bill and wife Celeste of Raleigh, N.C.; son Tom and wife Patty of San Jose; eight grandchildren; brother-in-law Warren Thompson; sister-in-law Anita Goldsmith; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother Paul Goldsmith and her sister Elizabeth (Betty) Thompson.

A memorial service was held Jan. 14 at the Wilson & Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley in Danville. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Parkinson's Institute, 675 Almanor Ave., Sunnyvale 94085.

Eloise E. McVicar

Eloise E. McVicar, a resident of Danville, died Jan. 15 at the age of 88.

She was born in 1920 in Nampa, Idaho, the youngest of three children and was raised in Idaho and Oregon. In 1938, the family relocated to Oakland where she met her husband John. They were married in Seattle in November 1943 while he was on leave from the Navy. They have been residents of Danville since 1950. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to her family with a gentle, cheerful spirit.

She is survived by her husband John W. McVicar; children Bonnie and husband Fred Sundberg; John and wife Mary Ann McVicar; Patricia and husband Rod Moresco; nine grandchildren; and three great-grand-children. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Dorothy Skinner; and many nieces. She was preceded in death by her brothers Donald and Morris Skinner.

A Celebration of Life was held Jan. 22 at Hull's Walnut Creek Chapel. She was laid to rest at Oakmont Memorial Park. Donations may be made to Hope Hospice, 6500 Dublin Blvd., Suite 100, Dublin.


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