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Community Pulse - July 17, 2009


Joseph Spataro, M.D., a resident of Danville, died June 21 at the age of 76.

He was born March 29, 1933, in Locri, Calabria, Italy. He received his medical degree from the University of Rome. He arrived in the United States in 1957 and joined his family who were living in Meriden, Conn., at the time. He trained as a neuropathologist at Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, N.Y., and was on the faculty for five years. He was the chairman of the Department of Pathology at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., for 37 years. He loved reading, travel, hiking, playing poker and watching soccer.

He was the beloved husband of Josephine; father of Elisa O'Hara, Marie Lyons and Helen Giuntoli; father-in-law of Michael O'Hara, Edward Lyon and Chris Giuntoli; grandfather of 10; and beloved brother of Henry, John, Mario, Aldo, Peter Spataro and Theresa Bobko.

Services were held June 28 at Wilson & Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley in Danville. A funeral mass was celebrated June 29 at St. Joan of Arc Church in San Ramon.

Tom A. McGovern, a resident of Danville, died July 4 at the age of 90.

He was born July 13, 1918. He loved family & friends, of which he had many, and vacations in Pine Crest. He was very active in the Danville Congregational Church and charitable causes including Shelter, Inc. - The Mary McGovern House in Concord and Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa County.

He was preceded in death by his high school sweetheart and wife of 57 years Mary C. McGovern (1998); daughter Carol A. McGovern and sister Evelyn Schmitt. He is survived by his son Tom McGovern (Diane) of Walnut Creek; daughters Kathy Haberman (Mitch) of South Lake Tahoe and Liz Roberts (Scott) of Livermore; brother Charles McGovern (Irene) 8 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren and loving companion Mona Day and her family.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Loaves and Fishes of Co.Co.Co. There will be a Memorial Service on August 22 at 3pm at Danville Congregational Church, 989 San Ramon Valley Blvd, Danville.

Shirley Katherine Ellmauer Goodman, a resident of Alamo, died July 5 at the age of 82.

She was born June 26, 1927 in Liberty, N.Y. She was a teacher by profession and continued this service throughout her life. She and her husband moved to Hayward, Calif. in 1956, and moved to Alamo in 1965 where they made their permanent home and raised their family.

She leaves her husband Dr. Donald Goodman of 58 years, sons Gregg, Glenn and Gary, and her 8 grandchildren.

The family would like to thank all of our friends and neighbors who have been so thoughtful throughout the years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to Monte Vista High School, 3131 Stone Valley Road, Danville, CA 94526.


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