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Community Pulse - April 3, 2009


Dorothea L. Murphy

Dorothea L. Murphy, a resident of Danville, died March 15 at the age of 94.

She was born Feb. 8, 1915, in Lubec, Maine. She was 12 years old when her family moved to the Fruitvale District of Oakland for her father's job transfer. During her married years, she lived in the Eastmont District of Oakland and later resided in assisted living in Danville. She received a bachelor of arts in music from Holy Names College in 1937 and was a teacher for the Oakland public school district until she retired in 1977. A devout lifelong Catholic, she attended St. Elizabeth's church and school, St. Bernard's, St. Benedict's and St. Cyril's church in Oakland. While living in San Ramon she was visited by priests from St. Raymond's. After marrying Joseph Michael Murphy of County Galway, Ireland, on Valentine's Day in 1942, she had two sons: James (Jim) in 1942 and John (Jack) in 1944. She was passionate about traveling, playing music and spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by husband Joseph and brothers Harold May and George May. She is survived by her sons Jim Murphy (Lori) of Pleasanton and Jack Murphy (Maureen) of Orinda; and two grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 24 at St. Augustine's Church in Pleasanton.

Marvin 'Bud' Lamson

Marvin "Bud" Lamson, a resident of Danville, died March 16 at the age of 74.

He was born Aug. 17, 1934, in Brimerton, Wash. He was raised in San Bruno and graduated from San Mateo High School. His childhood passion was baseball, starring through high school and beyond. He attended San Francisco State, went on to the U.S. Army, and graduated from Infantry Officer Candidate School becoming a lieutenant. His career was largely spent in the automobile industry including working for Chrysler Corp. where he met his wife Janice, then later owning and operating a dealership in Napa. He loved family times, the Napa Valley, good food, boating and sports.

He is survived by his wife Janice; children Darcie (Les) and Christopher (Luisa); and four grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 21 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Danville. Interment was at Queen of Heaven in Lafayette. Memorial contributions can be made to the Parkinson's Institute, 675 Alamanor Ave., Sunnyvale 94085.

Mary Botwinik Spack

Mary Botwinik Spack, a resident of Danville, died March 20 at the age of 99.

She was born April 6, 1909, in Kansas City, Mo. She was a teacher, businesswoman, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was married to the late Henry M. Spack for 55 years.

She is survived by her three daughters: Ilene Weinreb of Oakland, Barbara Spack of San Francisco, and Bari Winchell of Walnut Creek; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held March 22 at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette. Memorial donations may be made to Hillel Foundation Jewish Student Center in Berkeley or Planned Parenthood of Northern California.

Bert Barber

Bert Barber, a former resident of Danville, died March 9 at the age of 78.

He was born Jan. 12, 1931. He lived in Danville before retiring to Arnold in 1993. His career ranged over 25 years with UC Berkeley and Chabot Community College in Hayward. He enjoyed writing poetry, the outdoors, gardening and being with his beloved border collie "Yipper."

Ervin Julius Romans II

Ervin Julius Romans II, a resident of Danville, was killed in the line of duty March 21 at the age of 43.

He was born Aug. 29, 1965, in Ironwood, Mich., and graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1983. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps where he received numerous awards and citations, which included nine Meritorious Masts, three Letters of Appreciation, Good Conduct Medal with one star, Special Achievement Award, Meritorious Unit Accommodation and the Navy Achievement Medal. After serving nine years in the USMC he began his law enforcement career as a police officer for the Oakland Housing Authority. He was then hired by the Oakland Police Department where he served as a Range Master, Sergeant of Police supervising the Crime Reduction Team, and as a Team Leader for the department's SWAT Team. He received the department's highest honor, the Medal of Valor for helping save West Oakland residents in a fire. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved spending time with his family and friends.

He was the beloved husband of Laura "Nikki" Romans; loving father of Kristina Romans, Justin Romans, Kayla Romans, Kimberly Brown-Lawson, Cameron Brown-Lawson and Jaymes Silvera; treasured son of Chester and Sueko Romans; caring brother of Arthur and Tiffany Romans, and James Romans; and cherished uncle of Pamela and Johnathon Romans.

A vigil was held March 26 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Danville. Funeral services were held March 27 at the Oakland Coliseum. A Trust Fund has been established and donations can be sent to The Romans Children's Family Trust, C/O OPOA, 555 5th St., Oakland 94607.

William 'Bill' De Lima Jr.

William "Bill" De Lima Jr., a resident of Danville, died peacefully March 23 at the age of 81.

He was born Dec. 7, 1927. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a Farmers Insurance Agent for 50 years. He loved the outdoors, and especially loved being in a boat on a lake on a warm day with a fishing pole in his hand and a friend nearby.

He was the beloved son of William and Edna De Lima Sr.; devoted husband of 60 years to Shirley; loving father to Nancy (Ron) Silva, Steven (Kathy) De Lima, Jim (Susan) De Lima, and Sherry (Rick) Luttrell; loving grandfather to 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He leaves warm memories with his brother Kenneth and sister-in-law Beverly, his nephews and nieces, cousins, and many friends and neighbors.

A graveside service was held March 27 at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette. Donations to charity of your choice.

Marie Ruth Rantz

Marie Ruth Rantz, a resident of Danville, died March 25 at the age of 83.

She was born Dec. 3, 1925, in South Bend, Ind. She met her future husband Robert (Bud) during WWII and they were married 63 years, which encompassed years in Chicago, Arcadia and the past 21 years in Danville. She was a caring mother for all of her girls, especially Elizabeth's twin, Barbara Rantz, who was physically challenged and passed away in July 2004. She was a member of Community Presbyterian Church in Danville, where she served as an usher for many years. She loved playing bridge both for the game and the camaraderie of her partners, and she avidly read novels and would complete almost one a day.

She was the beloved wife of Robert Rantz; caring sister of Betty Klein; loving mother of Kathie Rantz and Elizabeth Rantz Stine; and proud grandmother to Suzanne and Robert Stine.


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Posted by V.E.G.
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on Apr 25, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Ervin Julius Romans II is the great-great-great-great-great-grandson of Barent Romans, a mapmaker, and the patriot of the American Revolution. Romans was eligible for membership of the National Socieety Sons of the American Revolution.

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