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Community Pulse - May 22, 2009


Eunice B. Elworthy, a 50-year resident of Alamo, died April 17 at the age of 83.

She was born Feb. 17, 1926, in Ink, Ark. She previously lived in Gustine and was a 50-year Alamo resident. She was a homemaker for 63 years and an avid cook. She is survived by her husband, Robert Elworthy of Alamo; brothers John Brewer of Modesto, James Brewer of Modesto; sisters Gladys Mendonca of Modesto, Onnie Fontes of Modesto, Lucille Schwartz of San Ramon, Melba Blan of Waterford; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Darlene Coelho.

A Memorial Service was held May 9 at Hillview Funeral Chapel in Gustine. Remembrances may be made to Our Lady of Miracles Educational Center, 370 Linden Ave., Gustine 95322.

Mary Virginia SinClair Schutz (Jinny), a resident of Danville, died April 18 at the age of 86.

She was born Aug. 20, 1922, in Southern California. She was raised on the beaches, in the city, and on farms in California. When she was 17 she met George W. Schutz, a ROTC student at Cal. After three months they married in Oakland. She followed George to Panama and various other parts of the world during the war before they settled down in Berkeley. In 1950 when they had two young children they relocated to Danville. She worked for San Ramon High School for 21 years. She was an avid tennis player, swimmer and traveler, sharing life with George for 66 years.

She is survived by her daughter Jan Hennefer of Castro Valley; son Paul Schutz of Santa Barbara; one granddaughter in Santa Barbara; and two great-grandchildren. Memorial donations can be sent to the Hospice of the East Bay.

Susan Duffy Ward, a resident of Danville, died peacefully at the age of 80 just six weeks following the passing of her beloved husband Joseph Ward on April 26.

She was born Aug. 7, 1928, in Chicago, Ill., the eldest of six children. She graduated from Barat College in Lake Forest, Ill., earning a degree in liberal arts. On Feb. 3, 1951, she married Joseph Ward and they were married for 59 years. After moving to California in 1964, she spent most of her time volunteering at St. Isidore School, where her six children attended, her church and many community, nonprofit organizations. In her spare time, she enjoyed playing cards with friends, doting on her grandchildren, weekends in Carmel and a good game of tennis.

She was predeceased by her husband Joseph Ward; sisters Patricia and Carol; and brothers Joseph and William. She is survived by her six children, sons Mike Ward (MaryEllen), Jim Ward (Esther), Tom Ward (Joan); daughters Nancy Moore (John), Patti Rinetti (Rick), Mary Beaver (Rick); sister Marjorie; and nine grandchildren.

A rosary and vigil were held April 30 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Danville and a funeral Mass was celebrated May 1. Memorial donations can be sent to the Alzheimer's Association in her name.

Elaine Begun, a resident of Danville, died at home surrounded by family April 27 at the age of 73.

She was born March 14, 1936, in Chicago, Ill., and moved with her parents to San Francisco at a young age. She grew up in the Sunset District, attended Lincoln High School and at age 19, married Jay Begun, a native San Franciscan to whom she was married for almost 54 years. They raised three children and settled in Westlake and then Millbrae, before moving to Alamo in 1978 where she enjoyed the warmer weather (and the proximity to Nordstrom). She loved to travel, shop, and design and decorate homes, but her passion, above all else, was spending time with her seven grandchildren.

She is survived by husband Jay; children Suzi and Rob Goldstein, Ken and Cathy Begun, Darryn and Ann Begun; seven grandchildren; sister Judi and Don Caler; and many wonderful friends.

A memorial service was held April 30 at Congregation Beth Emek in Pleasanton. There was a private burial. Memorial contributions can be sent to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at or 2141 Rosecrans Ave, Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245.

Earnest Wesley Allen, a resident of Danville, died peacefully with his devoted girlfriend Ellen Putnam at his bedside April 27 at the age of 74.

He was born March 17, 1935, in Denver and was raised by his mother. They moved to San Leandro where he graduated from San Leandro High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Illene DeMello, on Sept. 5, 1954, just before he entered the Army. After several years in the Army, he returned to UC Berkeley where he obtained a Doctorate of Pharmacy and began working for Longs Drugs. They moved to their dream home overlooking the 14th tee of the Crow Canyon Country Club, where he was one of the original members and enjoyed many close friends while playing tennis and golf.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ilene and his two grandchildren Paul Allen and Christopher Allen. He is survived by his two sons Earnest and Trebor Allen, Earnest's wife Patricia Allen and son Sean Allen.

A memorial was held May 2 at Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville.

Arthur "Ed" Ash, a resident of Danville, died after a long illness at the age of 82.

He was born on July 12, 1927, near Verden, Okla., to Arthur and Minnie Ash. After serving in the Navy, he married Lenora Ford in 1950 and worked as an engineer in the construction industry on projects across the country. They moved to Danville in 1969 where he became the president of TransDyn Construction.

He is survived by his sister Edna (Ash) Coit; children Paul Ash, Donna Sabatasso, and Kelly Ash; and four grandchildren. A reception was held in his memory on May 6 at Wilson & Kratzer Mortuary in Danville. Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association of California.

James C. Perley, a resident of Danville, died unexpectedly in his sleep April 29 at the age of 46.

He was born April 1, 1963, and raised in Newark. He was passionate about life, his family, his music, and his career in law, following his father's footsteps. He was colorful in everything he did, and was always laughing.

He is survived by his wife Robi; and four young children, James II, 12; Hunter, 11; Ivanhoe Connor, 9; and Carlynn, 2. He is also survived by his mother Patricia; sisters Sheri, Sandra and Serena; brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held May 8 at Community Presbyterian Church in Danville. Memorial donations can be made to the James C. Perley Children Memorial Fund, Bank of the West, 307 Diablo Road, Danville 94526.

Gail Correia, a resident of Diablo, died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer May 14 at the age of 76.

She was born Aug. 9, 1932, in Alameda and raised in Oakland. Her passion in life was bargain shopping and Japanese flower arranging. She was the former president of Ikebana International SF Bay Area Chapter.

She was loved by her husband of 57 years, Norman Correia; daughters, Alicia, Wanda and Kathleen; and grandchildren Joshua and Samara. She is also survived by her best friend and sister, Joyce Bergstrom; as well as her many friends and relatives. A celebration of her life was held May 20 at Diablo Country Club.