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Community Pulse - April 24, 2009


Marian C. Hamilton

Marian C. "Aunt Mimi" Hamilton, a resident of Alamo, died March 31 at the age of 84 after a lengthy decline with Alzheimer's disease.

She was born June 8, 1924. She was a longtime employee at I. Magnin and Bullocks. She was a lover of people and fashion; a teacher of dance, she danced to her own drummer; and a passionate lover of God's creatures.

She was predeceased by husband Jack Hamilton; sister Margaret Ceresa and brother John Cantwell. She is survived by sisters Francise Fiorentino and Roberta Hamilton; numerous nieces and nephews; grand-nieces and great-grandnieces.

A gathering of family and friends for a garden memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 25, at a private location; call 283-7189. Donations may be made to the County Animal Services Department Animal Benefit Fund, 4800 Imhoff Place, Martinez 94553.

Cleo McCroden

Cleo McCroden, a 38-year resident of Alamo, died peacefully after a long battle with Parkinson's disease April 16 at the age of 90.

She was born Sept. 19, 1918, in San Francisco and grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1941, she married Allen Bateman, a returned missionary in the Salt Lake Temple, but he died piloting in March 1949, and she was widowed with her two small children, Sherry and Brad. She married James Littlejohn, an attorney for Chevron, in 1952. They had twins, Michael and Michele, but they lost Michael shortly after birth; their final child was Lance. After just 11 years together, Jim passed away in 1963. In 1965, she married Thomas McCroden, a geologist for Chevron, and they moved to Alamo in 1971 and built their home in Round Hill. Tom passed away in 1983. From 1985 until his passing in 2007, Bob Hildebrand was her treasured companion. She loved skiing, tennis, but above all else, golf. She had three holes-in-one and won three country club championships. She was an amazing seamstress and cook, a savvy investor and loved people.

She leaves behind her two brothers, Wayne (Myrna) Nelsen and Byron (Diane) Nelsen; two daughters, Sherry (Paul) Morris, Michele Ireland; three sons, Brad Bateman, Lance (Janene) Littlejohn, and Brian (Nadia) McCroden; 14 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held April 25 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Alamo. Memorial donations can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research or the Perpetual Education Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Joan Marie Fitzgerald

Joan Marie Fitzgerald, a former resident of Danville, died April 13 at the age of 49.

She was born Oct. 3, 1959, in San Francisco and lived in the Bay Area throughout her life. She enjoyed helping others and was very active in her church at East Bay Fellowship in Danville and more recently at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship in Pacifica.

She leaves behind many people whose lives she touched, including her mother Myrtis; her brothers Jim, Kevin and Michael; her sister Janet; her sisters-in-law Denise and Kimberly; her niece Erika; and her beloved friends David and Laura Cannon and their family. Joan was predeceased by her father Dr. James T. Fitzgerald, and her grandparents.

A vigil was scheduled for April 24 at McAvoy O'Hara and Evergreen Mortuary in San Francisco and a memorial service is being held April 25 at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship in Pacifica. Donations may be made to Lighthouse Christian Fellowship in her memory.

John Eugene Wells

John Eugene Wells, a resident of Alamo, died surrounded by loved ones April 1 at the age of 86.

He was born Aug. 31, 1922, at home in a dugout in southeast Colorado. He grew up on a farm and survived the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. A veteran of World War II, he received training at the University of California and served in the European Theater. He settled in Contra Costa County in 1947 with his wife, Shirley Murdoch Wells, who died in the polio epidemic in 1954, leaving him with two small daughters. In 1955, John married Dorothy Deal Wells, who adopted his daughters, Kacy and Janice, and gave him another daughter, Stephanie, and a son Lauren. In 1964, he moved his family to Alamo and built on a wooded hillside overlooking Mount Diablo. He was one of the first seven teachers who opened Las Lomas High School and from 1951-1983 he taught industrial arts and psychology and became a much-loved counselor. After he retired, he volunteered as a counselor at Las Lomas, Assistance League of Diablo Valley and the Wellness Community. Because he was part Native American, he became interested in their arts and helping Native American schools and colleges. He loved gardening, jewelry making, waterskiing, reading and politics. He and his wife Dorothy were longtime supporters of Save Mount Diablo.

He was preceded in death by his older sister, Edna, and his brother, Charles Wells. He is survived by his sisters, Fern Hankla of Albuquerque, N.M., and Ruth Waldrop of Knoxville, Tenn.; his wife, Dorothy Wells of Alamo; his children, Kacy Matheny of Alamo, Janice DeCovnick of Walnut Creek, Stephanie Diers of Glencoe, and Lauren Wells of Spain, and their spouses; and four grandchildren.

A gathering of family and friends is planned for 1 p.m., Saturday, April 25; for the location, call 935-1282 or 938-0737. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Save Mount Diablo, 1901 Olympic Blvd., Suite 220, Walnut Creek 94596.

Daniel Ernest Vincent

Daniel Ernest Vincent, a former resident of Danville, died March 23 after a long illness, at the age of 48.

He was born March 2, 1961, in Berkeley, reared in Danville and was a resident of Colfax for 16 years. He was an Eagle Scout, a published composer, author and songwriter. He sang for many programs in Auburn, such as D.A.R.E. and took much enjoyment in the annual Christmas songs he and fellow musicians would perform at senior citizen residences in Placer and Nevada counties. He was an amazing guitar player and teacher and did a great job of impersonating Elvis.

He is survived by his mother, Shirley Vincent of Alta; his brother, Harold; and his sister, Lauran Hawker. He was preceded in death by his father, Chester. A memorial service was held at Colfax United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions can be made to P.O. Box 1734, Colfax 95713 in the name of Shirley Vincent.

Walter E. Nervik

Walter E. Nervik, a resident of Danville, died peacefully with his wife at his side April 6 at the age of 86.

He was born March 3, 1923, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to John and Valborg Nervik. A lieutenant in the Air Force, he served as a navigator during World War II. After the war, he attended UC Berkeley, earning a Ph.D. in chemistry. He worked as a nuclear chemist and administrator at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 35 years. It was common for him to play three rounds of golf a week, rain or shine. He was a member of Castlewood Country Club and served as a board member and president. He enjoyed listening to classical music, traveling, tending to his roses, and cooking. He loved the mountains, especially backpacking in the Sierra Nevada. He was an avid reader of anything scientific and always asked for "peace and quiet" as a gift.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marge; brother John Nervik; sister Edna MacIntyre; son, Richard and his wife Jo; daughter Barbara and husband Ron; and four grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister Doris Birkeland.

A Celebration of Life was held April 19 at San Damiano Retreat in Danville. Donations can be made to California Alumni Association-UC Berkeley Scholarship Fund: (, Yosemite Fund ( or the Diablo Symphony, P.O. Box 2222, Walnut Creek 94595.

Scott Dowd

Scott Dowd, a resident of Danville, died April 9 at the age of 21.

He was born Jan. 20, 1988 and was the treasured son of Sharon and Tedd and brother of Kyle. All his family and friends are greatly saddened that he did not have the opportunity to fulfill his dreams. He was attending college in Long Beach. He enjoyed snowboarding, scuba diving and traveling with his family and friends. His friends have many fond memories of their baseball and soccer years.

A celebration of life was held April 18 at the Dowd's residence. Memorial donations can be made in his name to Save Mount Diablo or Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Herman 'Tim' Timmons

Herman Timmons, a 58-year resident of Alamo, died April 11 at the age of 96.

He was born Oct. 3, 1912, in Laurel, Del. After high school he joined the Army where he attended radio school. After three years in the Army, he worked for Makay Radio in New York City. He joined the Navy during WWII and was sent to Treasure Island in San Francisco to study communications. During that time, he met Patsy Ruth (deceased) at the USO. They married in 1946 and enjoyed their life together for 58 years. He worked for the United Press International in San Francisco for 30 years. He and his wife had three daughters, Diane Timmons (deceased), Jane Ireland and Joani Vogel.

He is survived by his two loving daughters Jane Ireland and Joani Vogel; son-in-law, Joe Ireland; granddaughter, Diane Ireland; niece, Betty Sullivan; and nephew, Gene Jones. Funeral Services were held at April 20 at Lima Family Mortuary in Santa Clara.

Violet Marion Mohn

Violet Marion Mohn, a resident of Danville, died April 13 at the age of 86.

She was born Jan. 29, 1923, in Thief River Falls, Minn. She was the only child of Amelia and Fredolf Anderson. Her mother died at childbirth and she was raised by her grandmother Mary Anderson, father and uncle John Anderson. She moved to California in 1945 and married Howard Mohn. They had two sons, Michael in 1947 and David in 1951. She worked for Gilbert F. DeBorba in Fremont for 26 years and worked for five years for Michael C. Cooper in Hayward until retiring in 1985. She lived at her house in Fremont for 53 years before moving to Danville with her son David's family in June 2004. She was a charter member of the Alameda County Legal Secretaries Association as well as a charter member of the Township Twirlers square-dance club. She was an avid player of bridge and water skied until the age of 70.

She is survived by a son, David; daughter-in-law, June; two grandchildren; and a brother-in-law, Charles. Visitation was April 16 at Fremont Memorial Chapel and a chapel service was held on April 17 at the mortuary. Interment is at Irvington Memorial Cemetery in Fremont. Memorial donations may be made to Niles Congregational Church, 255 H Street, Fremont 94536.

Stephen Paul Adams

Stephen Paul Adams, a resident of Danville, died surrounded by family April 17 at the age of 67.

He was born March 6, 1942, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to the late Benedict L. Adams and Rita (Sheffield) Adams. He was a graduate of Mepham High School in Bellmore Long Island, N.Y., where he grew up with his younger sister. He graduated from the University Of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Finance in 1964. He began his 43-year career as an auditor with General Dynamics in New London, Conn. He worked as a personal accountant for William S. Paley, president of CBS in New York, and then began a successful career with British Petroleum as project manager for the North Slope Pipeline Project. He and his family relocated from New York to Houston, Texas, and eventually to California in 1975. He worked for Rossmoor for 15 years as the director of Mutual Operations and CEO until his retirement in 2007. He looked forward to his retirement and time with his family and hobbies. He enjoyed golfing with his son, playing with his grandson, going to Giants games and vacationing in Hawaii. He coached CYSA soccer for 17 years and also served on the board at the local level and managed at the state level.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Sue Ann (Longenecker) Adams; son Stephen B. Adams and his wife Stefanie of Tracy; grandson Stephen Joseph Adams; sister Anne Christine Craig of Tucson, Ariz.; a niece and nephew as well as relatives in New Jersey and New York. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Shannon Kathleen Adams; an infant son, John; brother-in law, Phillip Craig; and niece Beth Burmann.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 24 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Danville. Burial will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette. Memorial contributions in his honor can be made to Make-a-Wish Foundation or Smile Train.