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Community Pulse - February 6, 2009


Curtis Keith Hinrichs Sr.

Curtis Keith Hinrichs Sr., a resident of Danville, died Jan. 25 at the age of 78.

He was born June 23, 1930, in Hildreth, Neb., and moved to California and began studies at UC Berkeley. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He earned a Ph.D. in physics from UC Berkeley in 1961 and married Janet Carlson of Oakland. As a physicist, he worked at Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, Aerojet, Stanford Research Institute and E.G.&G. He was an active member of Community Presbyterian Church and served as an elder and deacon, on several Presbytery committees and the CPC missions committee. He loved the outdoors, hiking, the opera, a good glass of wine and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his children Kathryn (Jeff) Meier, Curt (Christine) Hinrichs, Carolyn Hinrichs and Carl Hinrichs; five grandchildren; and his brother Rev. Conley (Elsie) Hinrichs. A memorial service will be held at Community Presbyterian Church in Danville at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 8. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to CPC Missions Programs or Hospice of the East Bay.

Park B. Meiter

Park B. Meiter, a resident of Danville, died Jan. 21 at the age of 75 after a brief struggle with cancer.

He was born June 25, 1933, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Carl and Charlotte Meiter. He spent most of his growing-up years in St. Petersburg, Fla., and was a graduate of the University of Florida, and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He touched many lives with his compassion and humor. He was a member of Rotary and the American Association of Mechanical Engineers, and served as president in both organizations. He worked for Worthington Corp./Ingersoll/Dresser for 40 years. He also served as a deacon in the Presbyterian Church and was a member of Diablo Country Club. He enjoyed traveling, golf, fishing and being with his family, friends and animals.

He is survived by his wife, Grete; children Park A. Meiter, Cynthia Fenech (Jayme), Lisa Guzzi (Joseph) and Bill Meiter (Jodi); seven grandchildren; and sister Joan Evans. He was preceded in death by his grandson Justin Fenech and sister Marilyn Lane. A service celebrating his life is planned for 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, at Community Presbyterian Church in Danville. Donations may be made in his name to Danville Rotary, P.O. Box 224, Danville, 94526.

Marjorie Spear Patterson

Marjorie Spear Patterson, a resident of Danville, died Nov. 13 at the age of 91.

She was born July 2, 1917, in New Castle, Pa., and was a graduate of New Castle Business College. She worked briefly in business offices in the New Castle area, but soon after marrying became a mother. She raised five children, and the family moved a number of times in the ensuing years with stops in Detroit, Philadelphia, Kansas City, Littleton in Colorado, and San Jose and Danville. She always became involved in her children's schools and the life of the community.

In Danville, she was an active member of the Community Presbyterian Church for 30 years. At an advanced age, she decided that she would go back to school to earn a university degree. She enrolled at Hayward State University and three years later graduated with a bachelor's degree in Journalism at the age of 72. She then freelanced for several newspapers in the Bay Area.

She is survived by four sons, Dave (Mary) of Bradenton, Fla., Jeff (Diana) of Merriam, Kan., Bill (Helen) of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and Chris (Sylvia) of New Orleans, La.; one daughter, Charlotte, of Mill Valley; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Jan. 24 at Community Presbyterian Church in Danville. Later there will be a service in New Castle, Pa. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Cameron House in San Francisco.

Nils Hagberg Sr.

Nils Hagberg Sr., a resident of Danville, died Jan. 7 at the age of 92.

He was born May 24, 1916, in Frederiksberg, Sweden. In 1923, his family emigrated to the U.S. He grew up in Chicago, graduating from Lane Technical High School where he developed his metalworking craftsmanship. Later, he went through a challenging apprenticeship, becoming a highly skilled tool and die maker. During World War II, he was involved in the manufacture of many products essential to the war effort. During the postwar boom, he turned his attention to the manufacture of components for myriad products that had been unavailable during the War years. In 1950 with two friends, he started a metal stamping business, Parkview Metal Products of Chicago. In 1982, he and his wife moved to Danville and were active members of Crow Canyon Country Club. For many years, he played golf several times a week, playing in tournaments (winning some) and participating in social events such as the Old Crows men's group. He lived a thoroughly accomplished life in spite of a childhood accident that left his left leg permanently damaged.

He was predeceased by Margaret, his beloved wife of 59 years. He is survived by his sister Elvy Swanson of Pasadena; daughter Hilma (Peggy) Webster and husband William of Danville; son Nils Hagberg Jr. and wife Juanita of Oakland; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Rylan Alexander Fuchs

Rylan Alexander Fuchs, a resident of Danville, died Jan. 21 at the age of 17.

He was born Sept. 20, 1991, at San Ramon Regional Hospital. He attended Alamo Elementary School, Charlotte Wood Middle School, Stone Valley Middle School and San Ramon Valley High School. His hobbies included playing basketball, being artistic, working out, going to movies and "hanging out" with countless friends. He will always be remembered for his quick smile, sparkling blue eyes and his ability to make anyone in a room smile along with him.

He was preceded in death by his sweet baby sister Kalyn Andrea Fuchs in 1998, and his loving grandfather, Howard Lewis Fuchs in 1999. He is survived by his father Bill Fuchs; his mother Karen Williams and her partner Ron Harmon; brothers Tyler Fuchs and Treyton Fuchs; grandmothers Josephine Fuchs and Thelma Williams; his aunt Sandra Evans; uncles James Fuchs and Craig Williams; and his loving girlfriend Paulina Wszolek.

A celebration of his life was held Jan. 31 at Crosswinds Church in Dublin.

Dorothy Ann McMullen

Dorothy Ann McMullen, a resident of Alamo, died surrounded by her family Jan. 24. She was a long time member of Round Hill Country Club and attended De Paul University in Chicago.

She was the beloved wife of John E. McMullen; loving mother of John (Jack) Richard McMullen and Carole Ann O'Riordan and her husband Paul Francis O'Riordan; and precious grandmother (Nana) to Kacie Christine O'Riordan.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Jan. 30 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Danville. Memorial contributions to a Hospice or charity of choice in her name are appreciated.