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Community Pulse - September 4, 2009


Howard Fred Nelson, a resident of Alamo, died Aug. 22 at the age of 89.

He was born Oct. 6, 1919, in Winnipeg, Canada, and was raised in Oakland. He was passionate about aviation; during WWII he flew three tours in the RCAF and RAF. Later he built his dream airplane and for the last 20 years enjoyed flying and the camaraderie of great friends.

He is survived by his wife, Grace Nelson; children Gene Nelson, Anne McNeil, Debbie Nelson, Mike Nelson, Patty Nelson and Julie Jankowiak; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Howard's Life will be held Sunday, Sept. 6, at Haute Stuff Restaurant, 521 Main St., Martinez.

Derric Dennis DesMarteau, D.D.S., a resident of Danville, died Aug. 20 at the age of 58.

He was born June 25, 1951. A native Californian, he was raised in Southern California. He played basketball at UCLA, and after graduation went on to attend University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco. He built a successful dental practice in Piedmont/Oakland for 28 years and enjoyed being the team dentist for the Golden State Warriors since 1986 and the Oakland Raiders upon their return to Oakland, as well as being affiliated with Cal sport teams.

He was preceded in death by his father George. He is survived by his wife Susie; sons, Chad and Sean; his mother, Patty; brothers, Rick, Scott (wife Michele), and Jim; and sister Brynne.

Friends and family are invited to a memorial service Saturday, Sept. 12, at Crosswinds Church, 6444 Sierra Court in Dublin. The family requests that gifts in his memory may be made to the Derric DesMarteau Memorial Fund at the University of the Pacific, Dugoni School of Dentistry, 2155 Webster St., San Francisco 94115.

Laurence D. Sherman Jr., a resident of Danville, died Aug. 17 at the age of 84.

He was born Dec. 26, 1924, and raised in Piedmont, where he met his future wife, Delane. They later moved to Alamo to raise their family. After moving back to Oakland in 1970, they returned to the Danville area in 1984 to be close to their grandchildren and stayed for the next 25 years. He proudly served in the Marines 4th Division during World War II, where he fought battles in Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. He was part owner of the L.D. Sherman Co., a wholesale stationery supply business. After retiring, he enjoyed keeping busy working part-time for his son's business.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Delane; daughter Kate Sherman of Walnut Creek, daughter Diane Sherman and her husband Gary Stepp of Santa Cruz, son Dan Sherman and his wife Danni of Danville, and their three children.

The family will hold a private gathering in celebration of his life. Donations may be made to a charity of choice.

Edward Albert Mathias, a resident of Danville, died Aug. 19 at the age of 79.

He was born Oct. 7, 1929, and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa., and is forever a Steelers fan. He served in the Navy in Korea as a medic. He worked in the steel industry and in 1969 moved his family to California, joined ARCO Vacuum Metals and later worked for Southwall Technologies. In retirement he enjoyed traveling and golfing with the Old Crows. He volunteered for the Senior Help Line and was a member of SIRS.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis; his son Edward; daughter-in-law Barbara; daughter Leslie Kraintz; son-in-law John, Curt and Liane Moldenhauer, Brian and Lisa Highfill and 14 grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Aug. 22. Donations can be made to Senior Helpline Services at 1035 A Carol Lane, Lafayette 94549.

Carl Robert Nelson, a resident of Danville, died Aug. 15 at the age of 71.

Survivors include his sons Chuck and Rick, granddaughter Morgan Paige, and sister Carol. No services are being held.

Leon Willis Roush, a resident of Alamo, died Aug. 20 at the age of 82.

He was born Sept 24, 1926, in Rockford, Ill., to Lloyd and Leone Roush. He married Mary Lou Michael of Rockwell City, Iowa, in 1944. After serving in World War II in the Navy aboard the USS John D. Henley, he returned to the Midwest to begin a 45-year career in the grocery industry. He worked for Eagle Food Stores (a division of Lucky Stores Inc.) and rose to the position of president. In 1978, Lucky Stores brought him west to work in the corporate offices in Dublin where he retired in 1989 as senior vice president. He enjoyed playing golf, woodworking, gardening, making candy and giving numerous hours in various capacities to his church.

He was preceded in death by his brother Robert and is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Mary; sister Shirley Jones (Donald); daughter Carol Combs (Edward); son Thomas Roush (Christine); eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at the San Ramon Valley Methodist Church in Alamo on Aug. 24. Donations can be made in his name to the San Ramon Valley Methodist Church Memorial Fund or to the American Lung Association.

Glenn Alan Brunskill, a resident of Danville, died Aug. 25 at the age of 52.

He was born April 21, 1957. An Alamo native, he graduated from San Ramon Valley High School in 1976. He was an avid outdoorsman with a passion for riding and repairing motorcycles and was highly respected as a mechanical wizard. He was a committed husband and father who considered it his greatest privilege to be a stay-at-home dad to help raise two beautiful daughters.

He is survived by his wife, Gisela; daughters, Sarah and Jessica; three siblings, Arleen Baldwin of Twenty-Nine Palms, Lynda Speck of Eureka and Lee Brunskill of Concord; and his uncle, Kenneth Brunskill of Fremont; plus many other loving family members and longtime friends.

A memorial service was held Sept. 2 at Wilson and Kratzer Funeral Home. Donations be made to the college funds of Sarah and Jessica: Wells Fargo Bank account number: 2170557496.

Mary Camilla Corr, a resident of Alamo, died Aug. 24 at the age of 80.

She was born in Oakland and graduated from St. Elizabeth's High School and Providence College of Nursing, both in Oakland. Upon graduation she married Owen David Corr, also of Oakland. They had 40 beautiful years and six children together. During her marriage she enjoyed a nursing career, always found time to plant a bountiful vegetable garden, and sewed clothing for her children late into the night. She traveled the world, first with Owen and then with her children and relished stories and postcards from her well-traveled grandchildren. She attended daily Mass with friends at St. Isidore's Parish. She also volunteered at the Thrift Station in Danville and was one of the shop's best customers.

She is survived by her six children and their spouses: Michael and Eva Corr, Nancy and Tom Brown, Matthew and Barbara Corr, Catherine and Bob Mainini, Monica and Jim Hauer, Julie and Chance Curtiss; and 14 grandchildren.

A rosary and visitation was held at Hull's Mortuary in Walnut Creek on Aug. 30. A Funeral Mass to celebrate her life was held Aug. 31 at St. Isidore's.

Saraphina Texeira, a resident of Danville, died Aug. 22 at the age of 92.

She was born in Oakland on Feb. 22, 1917. She was an excellent cook, a lover of dogs and cats, a gardener and artistic in sewing. She belonged to a ladies crafts group for many years. She was active with her husband Herb in the Knights of Columbus for 30 years where they formed many long and lasting friendships.

She predeceased by her husband, Herb; and her three siblings. She is survived by her daughters, Priscilla Buchman (Bob) and Marcella Miranda (Ken), one granddaughter, one great-grandson, and friends in the Bay Area and Northern California.

Services were private and arranged through Tradition Care, Pleasant Hill. Donations may be made in Sara's memory to the Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill 94523.