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Community Pulse - August 21, 2009


Melva Ilene Leach, a resident of Danville, died Aug. 12 at the age of 86.

She was born June 26, 1923, in Fowler, Calif., and was married to Edward E. Leach for 55 years. She loved to walk for exercise and was an avid tennis player. She volunteered at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Walnut Creek for several years until her health prevented her.

She is survived by her three sons, Rick Leach and his wife Sandra, Gary Leach and his wife Robin, Jon Leach and his wife Penny, as well as four grandchildren.

A memorial service honoring her life will be at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette in the Inspiration Chapel on Saturday, Aug. 22. Donations may be made in her name to the Hospice of the East Bay online at, or by mail, Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill 94523.

Madge McCreary Page, a former resident of Danville, died Aug. 11 at the age of 87.

She was born May 27, 1922, in Memphis, Tenn., to Dr. and Mrs. Albert McCreary and was baptized into the Episcopal Church. She spent her childhood in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Florida, where she attended Florida State University at Tallahassee. She married Addison Carey Page Jr. in 1942, and while he was a U.S. Navy pilot during World War II, they were stationed in Pensacola, New Orleans and finally Alameda.

They moved to Danville in 1950 and raised two daughters. She enjoyed teaching cooking and sharing her expert sewing skills with the Girl Scouts, as well as other local charities. During the '60s and '70s they lived 12 years overseas in Australia, Africa, Kuwait, Italy and England, traveling and enjoying the art, architecture and cuisines of other countries. In 2002 she sold her house in Danville and moved to Marin County to be near her family.

She is survived by her two daughters; Harriett Page Redwine of Mill Valley and Anne Page Nelson of Danville; three grandsons; sister Cornelia Waters of Lakeland, Fla.; and brother Dr. Albert McCreary of Johnson City, Tenn; and many nieces and nephews.

A small committal service will be held later for family and friends at the Columbarium at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Danville. Donations in her honor may be made to Hospice by the Bay, 17 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Larkspur 94939.

Ib. O. Astrup, a resident of Danville, died at the age of 82.

He is survived by wife Annette and son Erik. Private services were handled by the Neptune Society.

Kenneth Ray Perkey, a resident of Danville, died Aug. 12 at the age of 76.

He was born in Tuckerman, Ark., on Sept. 29, 1932, to Herbert Perkey and Ruby Langston Perkey. He graduated from Modesto High School, class of 1950 and served in the Air Force from December 1950 to September 1958. He then attended San Jose State College and worked part time at a bowling center. He has his partner of many years, Harley Small, owned and operated Grand Lanes Bowling Center in Hayward. He was also the president of the Northern California Bowling Proprietors Association. In addition they owned and operated The Bottle Shops in San Leandro and Hayward. After retirement he took up golf and became a member of Crow Canyon Country Club; he was a past president of the ''Old Crows'' men's association and the world's best story teller.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Herbert Jr. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Gale; two daughters, Sandra K. Perkey-Messing (Mark) and Melissa Perkey; a nephew and two nieces; eight great-nephews and nieces; brother-in-law Scott McCormick (Denise) and Jim McCormick (Gloria) and their two children; and, of course, his four legged girls, Hannah and Lexie, who were always on his lap.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill.

Frederick Martin Neft, a former resident of Danville, died Aug. 4 at the age of 67.

He was born Nov. 15, 1941, and died in Las Vegas. He was a sales representative for Dorfman-Pacific. He spent a lifetime of giving and working for his church and community, in addition to being a devoted husband, father and grandfather. His other passions included classic cars and weight lifting.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Louise; two daughters, Laurie and Sara; seven grandchildren; and his brother Jerry.

A celebration of his life will be held in September.


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