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Community Pulse - April 10, 2009


Mervyn B. Weis

Mervyn B. Weis, a resident of Danville, died March 22 at the age of 85.

He was born April 17, 1923, in San Francisco and lived the greater part of his life in the Bay Area, with a shorter period in the New York area. After being discharged from the Army after Word War II, he began a lifelong career in the Jewelry Industry. He joined the Bulova Watch Co. in 1956, which became his second "family" and retired in 1981 as National Sales Manager and VP of Sales. He subsequently worked in the diamond business for a number of years.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Madge Olsen Weis; daughter Kathlyn Weis-McKnew (Hank); son Mark Steven Weis (Roberta); and four grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, May 3; for further information, call 820-3330 or 838-6286. Memorial gifts can be sent to Hospice of the East Bay, for Bruns House, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill 94523, or a charity of choice.

Victoria DeZan Hardie

Victoria DeZan Hardie, a former resident of Alamo, died surrounded by family March 8 at the age of 92.

She was born May 25, 1916, in Blythe, the fourth of seven children born to Italian immigrants, Victor and Angelina DeZan. She developed her ambition to become a teacher while attending the one-room school in the Mojave Desert town of Red Mountain. To further her education, she lived away from home to attend high school in Bakersfield and Los Angeles, paying her way by working as a live-in household helper. She completed her bachelor's degree at UCLA in 1939. Her first teaching position was on the Paiute Indian Reservation in Kernville. She and her husband Donald were married in 1939. After relocating to the Bay Area in the early 1940s, she began her career in the Alamo School District - later a part of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.

She was predeceased in death by her husband of 60 years, Donald Hardie, in 2004. She is survived by her daughters Lynn Rodeheaver and Jan Kinney; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Sam Tullis

Sam Tullis, a resident of Alamo, died March 27 at the age of 63.

He was born April 14, 1945, in Oakland and he graduated from San Leandro High School in 1962. After serving in the U.S. Air Force for four years, he earned his degree in English from Cal State Hayward. A one-time owner of Crow Canyon Lumber, he spent most of his professional life as a respected member of the real estate community. He enjoyed shooting, fishing, golfing, bowling, buying and trading on eBay and collecting brothel decanters.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Linda; his sons, Andy, Toby, Joey (fiancee Lisa); daughter Carrie and husband Eric; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service was held April 3 at San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church in Alamo. Memorial donations can be sent to the Northern California Chapter of the National MS Society.

Gregory A. Fiveash

Gregory A. Fiveash, a resident of Danville, died March 27 after a sudden illness at the age of 43.

He was born Oct. 1, 1965, in Ceres, the first of two sons to Arthur and Judy Fiveash of Hughson. He attended Hughson High School, where he was a member of the wrestling team and graduated in 1983. He attended Modesto Junior College, and then went on to earn his BS degree in graphic communications from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He began his career in the printing industry and quickly found his calling in sales. For the past nine years, he worked in medical sales, most recently as a highly successful medical device sales rep at Codman Johnson & Johnson, where he consulted with neurosurgeons to help numerous patients with brain injuries and illnesses. In 2007, he earned his place as one of Codman's Top Eight Sales Reps in the United States. He enjoyed basketball, golf, working out, traveling and spending time with his friends and family, including his beloved dog, Holly.

He is survived by his wife, Laura; his daughter, Sarah, both of Danville; his parents, Arthur and Judy Fiveash of Hughson; his brother, Tony Fiveash of Hughson; as well as two nieces, two nephews, and a host of other family, friends and colleagues throughout the Bay Area and Central Valley.

Services were held April 3 in Modesto. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or the Humane Society.

Russell Oaks Jenkins **PIC

Russell Oaks Jenkins, a resident of Danville, died March 28 at the age of 76.

She was born May 20, 1932. She touched many lives with her gentle spirit, her warm smile, and her unconditional love. She is survived by her daughter, Bonnitta Mignon Oaks, and two grandchildren. A memorial service was held April 4 at Wilson & Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley in Danville.


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