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Community Pulse - May 1, 2009


Armand Borel, owner of the last orchard in Danville, died peacefully April 19 at the age of 80.

He was born Sept. 16, 1928, in Oakland, to Joseph and Maria Borel. He attended St. Mary's Elementary in Oakland and graduated from Berkeley High in 1944. He studied agriculture, his lifelong passion, at UC Davis. His family purchased the Walnut Ranch, now off I-680 at Fosteria, in 1923, and he lived there throughout his life. He served in the Army during the Korean War with a tour of duty in Japan. He was an avid hunter and longtime member of the Livermore Rod and Gun Club, undeniably the best Shotgun Trap Shooter in the valley. One of his hobbies was railroads and his home is full of memorabilia from his travels over the years. He also served as a volunteer firefighter and fire commissioner for the San Ramon Valley Fire District for many years. Anyone who knew him knew he could tell the best jokes in town and was always willing to offer a kind ear for a friend in need.

He leaves behind his walnut trees, his sweet dog Tippy and friends who cared deeply for him. His rosary was held April 24 at Wilson and Kratzer Mortuary in Danville.

Scott Dowd, a resident of Danville, died in Long Beach on April 9 at the age of 21.

He was born Jan. 20, 1988, the son of Sharon and Tedd and brother of Kyle. He was attending college in Long Beach. He enjoyed snowboarding, scuba diving and traveling with his family and friends. His friends have 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 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 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.

He was predeceased by his wife Patsy Ruth and their daughter Diane Timmons. He is survived by his two 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 April 20 at Lima Family Mortuary in Santa Clara.

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 her son David; daughter-in-law June; two grandchildren; and brother-in-law Charles. Visitation was April 16 at Fremont Memorial Chapel and a chapel service was held 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, 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.

Clisbee Blaine Kimball, a resident of Danville, died April 15 at the age of 86.

He was born May 4, 1922, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Clisbee Kimball and Pearl Agnes Oswald. He was a resident of California since 1946. He graduated from East High School in 1939 and the University of Utah in 1943. He served in the Army from 1943-46 and was a decorated officer for his services in combat in WWII. His professional career began in 1947 in Oakland with F.W. Lafrentz & Co. where he attained his CPA designation and retired as managing partner in 1963. He served as president of many professional and civic organizations. He had many outside interests and hobbies including: golf (five holes-in-one), oil-painting, miniature railroading, salt-water aquariums and traveling.

He was predeceased by his wife Gloria Greene, whom he married in 1944. He is survived by his five children: Jeff (Kathleen) Kimball, Kathryn Carroll, Scott (Shauna) Kimball, Debbie (Dave) Briggs and Connie (Kim) Wahlen; sister Janice Dean; 27 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. Services were held April 25 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Alamo.

Simone Vija Moody, a former resident of Danville, died April 15 in Costa Rica at the age of 38.

She was born July 11, 1970. She grew up in Danville and graduated from San Ramon Valley High in 1988. She lived between California and Costa Rica for the last 10 years. She leaves behind her 9-year-old son, Joshua Purcell; her sister, Sarah Butler; brother, John Moody and his wife Gabriella; as well as two nieces and four nephews.

Services were held April 25 at Community Presbyterian Church in Danville. Donations may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure at, or by mail, 150 Post St., Suite 755, San Francisco 94108.


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Posted by elaine m leon
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Feb 14, 2012 at 2:57 am

To My Best Friend Simone Via Moody ,

God looked around his Garden and found an empty place.
He then looked down upon his earth and saw your loving face.
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.
His Garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best.
As the days come and go and the world moves on,
I know you're still here, you'll never be gone.
On the night the Angel came and
took your hand,
We cried as you left for an unknown land.
But Heaven rejoiced as you came into
For your soul was a diamond, shining so bright!