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Community Pulse - February 27, 2009


Jean Viola Gretz

Jean Viola Gretz, a resident of Alamo, died Feb. 12 at the age of 93.

She was born Feb. 25, 1915, in Scarsdale, N.Y. She discovered her life-long love of travel and adventure at an early age, giving up college to work in her mother's travel agency. She met her husband Charlie while skiing and they were married for 63 years. They moved with their family of five across the country to Los Angeles in 1948, where they lived on a ranch. She became a travel agent extraordinaire, traveling the world to more than 90 countries. In the 1980s they moved north to be near their grandchildren, spending vacations at their home at Bass Lake. She was active at Community Presbyterian Church in Danville in Bible Studies and Prime Time, continuing to sell travel to the age of 92.

She was preceded in death by her dear husband Charlie. She is survived by her daughters Betsy (Tim), Bonnie; son Jeff (Jeannie); five granddaughters; five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; brother Bert; sister-in-law, Eva and many dear friends in California and around the world.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 7, at Community Presbyterian Church, 222 West El Pintado Road, Danville. Memorial gifts can be made to the charity of choice, or Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Edward James Padden

Edward James Padden, a resident of Alamo, died Feb. 8 at the age of 78 after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

He was born Dec. 27, 1930, an only child of Irish immigrants. He attended Fordham University, in lieu of an invitation to play baseball with the N.Y. Giants. During the Korean War he joined the Marine Corps, was invited to Officers Candidate School, and retired as a captain. He had a successful 42-year career in the insurance business, which brought him from New Jersey to California in 1972. He retired at the age of 66 and spent his remaining years doing the things he loved - reading history and biographies, traveling to many countries, spending time with his family and looking forward to Sunday night family dinners.

He is survived by his wife Linda; six children Karen (Pete), Ted (Kim), Tom (Cindy), Rick (Aimee), Chris (Kristen) and Jennifer (Mike); and 15 grandchildren. The services were held Feb. 12 at St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon. Donations can be sent to Seattle Cancer & Wellness Center, 900 SW 16th St., Suite #100, Renton, WA 98057.

Wilfred Gladstone "Mac" MacGillivray

Wilfred Gladstone "Mac" MacGillivray, a resident of Alamo, died Feb. 2 at the age of 83.

He was born Nov. 25, 1925, in Paisley, Ontario, Canada. When he was 17, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served during WWII. While stationed in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he met Lois Morton, whom he would eventually marry. Upon leaving the Navy, he began his career in the bread business, initially delivering his wares from a horse drawn wagon. They moved west across Canada as his career advanced, finally settling in Vancouver, British Columbia, where they had their only child, Clifford. In 1965, the family moved to South Pasadena where they made many friends. His wife passed away in 1985 following a lengthy battle with cancer. Shortly thereafter he retired from Langendorf Bakery, concluding a nearly 40-year affiliation in the bakery industry. His son and wife gave birth to his grandchild, Michael, and moved to Alamo in 1991; he joined them several years later.

He is survived by son Cliff MacGillivray; daughter-in-law Robin MacGillivray; grandson Michael MacGillivray; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. No services were planned.