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Community Pulse - February 13, 2009


Rosemary F. Sutherland Peterson

Rosemary F. Sutherland Peterson, a resident of Alamo, died peacefully with her cat Doodlebug purring in her lap, and her companion Von "LaVonne" Joyce holding her hand, on Jan. 9 at the age of 68.

She was born April 12, 1940, in Berkeley and graduated from Berkeley High School in 1957. Growing up, she spent her summers with her pioneer families in Virginia City and Reno. On Oct. 27, 1962, she married James Peterson and had two sons Christopher James and Erik John. She lost her son Christopher tragically at the age of 33. She was a published author and educator and was awarded a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from UC Berkeley in 1972. Her first teaching assignment was in one of the schools in Reno designed by her grandfather. She taught at St. Mary's College in Moraga for more than 35 years where she led the Early Childhood and Montessori Education Department and mentored scores of young teachers. She helped the school become accredited to teach Special Education, Educational Psychology and assisted in developing the Master's Degree Program.

She is survived by her companion Von Joyce; her son Erik John Peterson of Walnut Creek; one nephew and three grand-nephews. She had many "children," as all teachers do, including Merrick Browne Jr. and his wife, Rachel, and their two children of Lafayette.

A memorial service was held Jan. 22 at Saint Mary's College Chapel in Moraga. Memorial contributions can be made to Northern Light School, 3710 Dorisa Ave., Oakland 94605.

Tracy Ann Sproul

Tracy Ann Sproul, a resident of Danville, died unexpectedly Jan. 24 at her home at the age of 48.

She was the beloved daughter of James A. "Doc" and Hope (Lucy) Sproul of Medfield, Mass.; loving sister of Hope L. Baldwin of Springfield, Ohio and Faith S. Aliprando and husband Vic of Atlantic Beach, Fla; and also had extended family and many close friends. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Jan. 31 at St. Edward the Confessor Church in Medfield, Mass.

Kevin Lee Convis

Kevin Lee Convis, a former resident of Blackhawk, died Jan. 23 at the age of 41.

He was born May 20, 1967, in Fullerton and graduated from San Ramon Valley High School. He will be remembered most for his refusal to let his handicaps get in the way of leading a full life.

He is survived his mother Linda Knowlton and her husband Dr. Edward Knowlton of Indian Wells; his father Gary Convis and his wife Debbie of Truckee; his sisters Kolisa Larue (Olivier) of Danville, Sarah Kliewer of San Diego, Janette Knowlton (Evan Abramowitz) of Boston, Mass., and Alicia Convis of Truckee; his brothers Chad Convis (Jo) of Redondo Beach, Jeff Knowlton of Reno, and David Zelkind of Durham, N.C.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. A celebration of his life was held Jan. 25 in Sacramento. The family plans a private memorial service for the scattering of his ashes with his "Gamps" in the spring.

Lois McClelland Sims

Lois McClelland Sims, a former resident of Danville, died Jan. 26 at her home in Kilauea, Hawaii, at the age of 86.

She was born Dec. 31, 1922, and her family moved to Danville in 1963 and resided in Danville and Alamo until 1980 when they moved to Utah. She was a licensed teacher in Pennsylvania and New York and taught senior high girls physical education. After moving to California from New Jersey, she retired from teaching to become a homemaker and volunteer in the community. She and her husband Norman were adult advisors for the Danville Junior Horseman's Association for 17 years. She was a member of the San Ramon Valley Horsemen's Association since 1965, a member of the California State Horsemen's Association, and the Novato Horsemen's Association. She was active in supporting recreational trails and was a member of the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council.

She is survived by her spouse of 56 years, Norman Sims, and their son, Scott Sims, DVM. A memorial service will be held on Mount Diablo in the spring.


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