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Community Pulse - June 19, 2009


Gino G. 'Fluffy' Cerruti, a resident of Danville, died June 4 at the age of 79.

He was born Feb. 11, 1930, in Oakland to Guiseppi and Maria Cerruti and was the youngest of three children. He lived in Oakland for most of his life while raising his family, during which time he was a partner for 35 years in the Oakland Scavenger Co. He spent many years in Sugarpine and Sonora prior to moving back to Danville to be closer to his family. He loved deer hunting and trout fishing as well as tending to his vegetable garden. He was also a lifetime member of the Alpicella Club.

He was preceded in death by his sister Nicoletta. He is survived by his three sons, Steve, Gino and Mark and his daughter-in-law Janet; three grandchildren; his brother Baci of Moraga; and many nephews and nieces.

A memorial service was held June 11 at St. Joan of Arc in San Ramon. In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations be sent to Special Olympics East Bay Region, c/o In Memory of Gino G. Cerruti, 3480 Buskirk Ave., #340, Pleasant Hill 94523.

Frank Keith Boscow, a resident of Alamo, died June 4 at the age of 79.

He was born Dec. 27, 1929. He was a firefighter for 30 years, as well as a land surveyor. He started with the Piedmont Fire Department, and ended his career as Battalion Fire Chief in San Leandro. He loved Lake Tahoe and owned a home in Kings Beach with his wife for more than 50 years. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and influenced his children, grandchildren and anyone who was part of his life.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Sue; his sister, Carmean Small of Placerville; sons Jerry Boscow of Alameda and Tom Boscow of Placerville; daughter Jane Gaube (Don) of Alamo; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Per his request, there will not be a service.

Edna Joan Ward, a former resident of Danville, died June 6 at the age of 91.

She was born Aug. 10, 1917, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated from Jamaica High School in Queens. After World War II, she and her husband settled in Uniondale, Long Island, to raise their family. She was a homemaker for most of her married life and was an active member of the community and PTA. Upon retiring from 12 years at Bloomingdale's Department Store in 1978, she and her husband moved to Pinellas Park, Fla., to enjoy their retirement years.

She was predeceased by her husband Joseph Peter Ward. She is survived by her children Richard Michael Ward and Loraine Marie Ward of Danville, and Joseph William Ward of Charlotte, N.C.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Roman Catholic services were held June 9 at the McEwen Funeral Home in North Carolina and interment was June 11 at St. Charles Cemetery in Pinelawn, N.Y.

Edward "Papa" Arnold Behrens, a resident of Alamo, died surrounded by his family June 9 at the age of 89.

He was born Nov. 29, 1919, in Kearny, N.J., and spent his youth in Neptune, N.J., with his parents Emil and Grace, brother Bill and sister Grace. At the age of 20, he joined the flying cadets and later became a flight instructor at Yuma Army Airfield during WWII. He was honorably discharged at the end of the war as a lieutenant colonel and returned to Berkeley to be with his wife Gladys and daughter Bonnie. He attended UC Berkeley and passed his CPA exam in 1948. He retired in 1979 as vice president and controller of Foremost McKesson Land Division, formerly known as Crocker Land Co. He purchased a new home in Alamo where he resided the remainder of his life. He enjoyed playing golf, tennis, handball, bridge and most recently walking in the park with his dog friends who became like family.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 57 years, Gladys L. Behrens. He is survived by his daughter Bonnie Parker and her husband Richard of Pleasant Hill; grandson Michael Parker and his wife Lori of Clayton; granddaughter Michelle Copeland and her husband Charles of Aurora, Colo.; two great-grandchildren; and his beloved canine companion, Abigail.

A celebration of his life was held June 13 at Oakmont Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations to a favorite animal charity.

Zenaida "Emma" Arcayena, a resident of Danville, died June 10 at the age of 54.

She was born Sept. 20, 1954, to Andres and Anselma Poquiz. Her caring ways, unique sense of humor, strong will, generosity and abundant love for her grandchildren will be dearly missed by all family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Daniel Arcayena; children Victor and Lea; three grandchildren; and 11 siblings.