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Community Pulse - August 7, 2009


Joseph Herbert Acorn, a resident of Danville, died at the age of 78.

He met his wife, Marylou, when they were juniors at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles where he was student body president in their senior year. Both graduated from Pomona College in Claremont. He attended USC in Los Angeles, majoring in religion, and served as a student pastor at Methodist churches in Cucamonga and South Pasadena. He served as minister of youth at Glendale Congregational Church and Hillcrest Congregational Church in Pleasant Hill. He also received a teaching credential from UC Berkeley and taught world history, psychology and American literature for 27 years at College Park High School in Pleasant Hill. Before retiring he served as president of the Mount Diablo Education Association. He enjoyed traveling, gardening, reading, playing bridge with his SIRs friends, and attending his grandson's baseball games. He has been an active member of Danville Congregational Church for 33 years where he served as Sunday school teacher, deacon and moderator.

He was preceded in death by his son David. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marylou; son Jeffrey; daughter Janet Matulovich, her husband Frank and their two sons. Friends are invited to a memorial service at Danville Congregational Church, 989 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Danville, at 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15. Donations may be made to Danville Congregational Church or Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Ave, Pleasant Hill 94523.

Angela Helen Bentkowski, a resident of Danville, died July 2 at the age of 66.

She was born Dec. 7, 1942, in Lithuania and came with her family to the United States in 1952 after the events of WWII displaced them from their beloved homeland. She attended St. Maria High School in Chicago and after moving to California received her bachelor of science in nursing from Fresno State University. She worked at John Muir Medical Center early in her nursing career. She also worked at State Farm Insurance Co. using her medical and sales background for training its claims group. She enjoyed the varied activities in her community, whether it was golf with her husband and friends or a spirited game of bridge with the ladies or Mah Jongg with her bag of quarters in hand. She was proud of her Lithuanian heritage and her many loving and supportive Lithuanian friends and family.

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Matt; son Mark of Fresno by a previous marriage to Dr. Rimvydas Plenys; her older brother Peter and wife Vita of Chicago; and sister-in-law Fran Bentkowski of Bethlehem, Pa.

Her interment took place alongside her parents at St. Casimir Lithuanian Cemetery in Chicago on July 10. A Celebration of Life for friends and family will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Lois "Lolo" Helen Allen, a resident of Danville, died July 19 at the age of 81.

She was born March 19, 1928, in Montana with her beloved sister June and raised in Alameda. She met her husband Bill on a blind date New Year's Eve 1948; they were married the following Oct. 24. They had two children, John and Wendy. Their first home was in San Lorenzo and in 1978 they moved to Danville. Her Card Club friends were a treasured gift in her life; they shared wonderful times at the Peter's cabin, Russian River, Twain Harte and she always looked forward to the annual Christmas party and family vacations to Lake Tahoe. She loved to cook, shop, read, work in the garden, do crossword puzzles and care for her little dog Dolly, but her family is what she treasured the most and she was a great-grandma of four.

Donations may be made to Hospice of The East Bay, Bruns House, 3470 Buskirk Ave, Pleasant Hill 94523, or the George Mark Children's House, 2121 George Mark Lane, San Leandro 94578.

Selma E. Brockman, a resident of Danville, died July 19 at the age of 87.

She was born Aug. 28, 1921. A native of the Bay Area and a longtime resident of Danville, she was a 1940 graduate of San Ramon Valley High School. She enjoyed music, art, crafts, gardening and visiting with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband John and is survived by her two daughters, Jane Brockman of Santa Monica and Bette Brockman of Danville.

Leo Hartford, a resident of Danville, died July 28 at the age of 41.

He was born June 27, 1968, to parents Sophia and Fred Hartford. He graduated from Novato High School in 1987 where he starred in football and lacrosse. He played lacrosse at Sonoma State University and graduated with a degree in kinesiology. He was inducted into the Marin County Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2008 for his success and contributions to the sport he so loved, an accomplishment of which he was especially proud. He launched Leo Hartford and Associates in 1993, which grew into the largest medical device sales business in the area. He was the No. 1 sales associate for Zimmer Holdings and was a 10- time President Award recipient. He recently was part owner of Vinoteca in Danville. He was involved with the Special Olympics, the Novato High and Sonoma State lacrosse programs, and Danville youth football and lacrosse programs.

He was preceded in death by his father Fred. He is survived by his three children, Morgan, 12; Sophie, 9; and Kai, 10 months; his mother, Sophia; brother, Patrick of Petaluma; and former wife, Lauren Hartford of Danville.

A vigil was scheduled for Aug. 4 at St. Isidore's Catholic Church with a Celebration of his Life the next day. In lieu of flowers the family requested donations in his name to the Leo Hartford Children's Memorial Fund, c/o Chase Bank, Danville Financial Center, 661 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Danville CA 94526.

Ronald David Nuti, a resident of Danville, died July 23 at the age of 64.

He was born May 6, 1945, in Chicago. He worked for RBS WorldPay as a National Account Executive. He worked for Dominick's Finer Foods in the Chicago area for 26 years and Lucky Stores in California and was highly respected in the grocery industry for over 45 years.

He was preceded in death by his father, Albert Nuti; and an infant baby daughter, Jennifer Nuti. He is survived by his mother, Margaret Nuti; his wife, Cathy, of Danville; and his four children, twins Kim Lefebvre and Jim Angie, daughter Heather Lombardo Domenic and son David Kerrin; and five-grandchildren.

A Celebration of his Life was held at St. Isidore Catholic Church on July 30. Memorials may be made to Sentinels of Freedom,

Peggy Goerl, a resident of Alamo, died July 24 at the age of 88.

She was born April 8, 1921, the first of eight children to J. Howard and Helen Schmelzer in Saginaw, Mich. After graduating high school, she attended Michigan State University. After college, she moved to Southern California and worked as an executive secretary at a large engineering firm. She met John Goerl on a blind date while golfing with another couple. They married in 1949 and later moved to Northern California. Her many interests included reading, gardening, sewing, knitting, baking, interior and fashion design, and Asian art.

She is survived by her loving husband, John; her two daughters, Lyn and Vicki; her three-grandchildren; one-great-granddaughter; and brothers, Phil and Nick Schmelzer.

A memorial mass was held Aug. 1 at St. Isidore Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Hospice of the East Bay/Bruns House, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill 94523.

Francis J. Regan, a resident of Danville, died July 26 at the age of 73.

He was born Oct. 27, 1935, in Auburn, NY. He graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. He went on to become an officer in the U.S. Navy. He served as a Lt. Commander on the USS Oriskany during the Vietnam War and was the recipient of the Navy Commendation Medal among other honors. He was a devout Catholic and active member in the Knights of Columbus at St. Isidore Church in Danville. In recent years he worked as a financial advisor for FSC Securities. He was one to never miss a grandchild's soccer game, basketball game or band performance. Besides his family, he enjoyed the outdoors, especially the beauty and solitude of Lake Tahoe.

He was the beloved husband for 49 years of Jeanne Knowles Regan; father of 5 children, Michael, Jim, Pat, Mary Lou, Teresa; and had nine-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was held July 31 at St. Isidore's Catholic Church in Danville. Donations may be made to Wounded Warrior

Herbert J. Texeira, a resident of Danville, died July 27 at the age of 93.

He was born March 2, 1916, in Waihee, Maui, Hawaii. At a very young age, he came to Oakland and was raised by his grandparents. He was a veteran of World War II and a Purple Heart recipient, having served as a sergeant in the infantry in the ETO in Germany and commended for his sharpshooting rifle skills. He was a Knights of Columbus member for 30 years and was a Grand Knight of the local council. He was also a member of an organization for Army veterans known as the "Ozarks" and proudly wore the hat with its emblem for many years.

He is survived by Saraphina, his dear wife of 66 years; two daughters, Priscilla Buchman (Bob) and Marcella Miranda (Ken); one granddaughter, and one great-grandson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill 94523.


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