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Community Pulse - August 14, 2009


Terry Allan Jennings, a resident of Danville, died June 2 at the age of 70.

He was born in Oakland on Aug. 3, 1938. The family moved to Danville in 1955. He graduated from San Ramon Valley High School in 1957. He then joined the U.S. Navy and served from October 1957 to September 1963. During this time, he was stationed in Puerto Rico and Florida. Upon receiving his discharge papers, he returned to Danville where he was employed by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and then with M.B. Associates in San Ramon. He worked as a bartender part time in Danville, a local cable company, and two gas stations also located in Danville. He retired in 2001.

He leaves behind one son, Mark; a sister, Nona; two brothers, Chuck and Ronnie; five nephews and one niece. The family would like to thank the entire staff at the V.A. Clinic in Martinez for the excellent care given to him. Also, a big "thank you" goes out to his many friends who have been so thoughtful throughout the years and especially to Pat Morgan for his many years of kindness and caring.

A private service is being held Wednesday, Aug. 19.

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

He was born Oct. 27, 1935, in Auburn, N.Y. 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 five 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 Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill 94523.

Margaret (Pearson) Copeland, a resident of Danville, died Aug. 3 at the age of 68.

She was born Feb. 1, 1941, the first of two daughters of Andy and Bella Black in Corby, England. In 1964 she came to the United States and remained here the rest of her life. Early on she became an escrow officer for a title company and eventually opened an office as the manager for Placer Title Co. in Danville, in 1986. She worked for PTC until her retirement in 2006. While there, she earned the nickname of "Queenie" and "Her Royal Highness." On Oct. 5, 2005, she married her long-time companion, Jim Copeland. During the past three years, she fought a reoccurrence of her battle with cancer, which she was determined, but ultimately unable to win.

She is survived by her loving husband, Jim; sister, Isabelle; nieces, Diane and Candice; step-sons, Michael and David; step-daughter, Muriel; a great-niece, a step-grandson, and many friends.

A private celebration of her life was held at the family home Aug. 9.

Ellen Jane O'Connell, a resident of Danville, died in her late 80s.

Born in 1921, in Emeryville, she was a graduate of Emery High School. She worked as a keypunch operator for 30 years in private business and at the Oakland Naval Supply and at UC Berkeley. She moved to Danville after the devastating Oakland fire, which destroyed not only her home but everything she owned. She was injured and required surgery and never really recovered from the loss. It brought back painful memories of the loss of her husband and son and was worse because she no longer had her favorite things around to comfort her. She especially missed the beautiful wedding gifts she so proudly displayed in her home. She eventually purchased new things and her new home became as comfortable as her home in Oakland. She was especially devoted to family and having fun, and she enjoyed her last cocktail the day before she died.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 35 years, Pat; and her adored son Paddy. She is survived by her daughter Maureen, sisters Isabelle and Colleen (David), niece Kathy (Don) and sons Josh and Michael; niece Linda (Richard) and son Richard; niece Carleen, nephew Bill, Kari Hartmann and Jennifer Guiol and family.

Family and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 14, at St. Isidore's Catholic Church in Danville. A reception will follow at Rubicon Clubhouse. Private interment at St. Mary's Cemetery in Oakland.