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Judi Mellberg
Aug. 21, 1948 - Nov. 28, 2022
Napa, CA

A fourth-generation female born in Oakland California, a resident of Napa for 6 years and Pleasanton for 38 years, Judi passed away at The Berkshire from complications of Lewy Body Dementia. Judi was a graduate of Holy Names College with an Elementary school teaching credential. She taught for the Diocese of Oakland for 18 years and the City of Pleasanton pre-school system for another decade. She was involved with East Bay Girls Scouts, Pleasanton RADD and The Discovery Shop of Pleasanton. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Bill, Daughter Caitlin, Son-in law Brady Mitchell and three granddaughters. Brother’s Steve Tague of Kingman, AZ and Mike Tague of Brentwood, California and their families visited Judi often, including a family reunion at The Berkshire. Celebration of Life, December 18, 2PM at Valley Community Church, 4455 Del Valle Parkway, Pleasanton. The family wishes to thank the compassionate staff of The Berkshire, Collabria Care of Napa, and prefer that all memorials be directed to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047....

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Milton Harold Elm
Sept. 19, 1932 - Nov. 15, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Milton was born in San Francisco on September 19, 1932 to Edna Gillogley Elm and Harold C.F. Elm. He attended St. Paul’s Grammar School in San Francisco through eighth grade. His Family moved to Santa Rosa where he attended and graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 1951. He Graduated from Santa Rosa Jr. College in 1954. He worked for Pacific Bell for 36 years, retiring at the level of senior engineer in 1991. Milt Joined the Naval Reserve in 1949 after 35 years of service as a Chief Petty Officer. Milton retired as an Alameda County Reserve Deputy Sheriff after 50 years of service. He spent many years as a gun range safety officer. He was active in his parish of St. Augustine for 57 years. He served as a Sacristan, Communion Minister, and Altar Server at St. Elizabeth Seton Church. A true and faithful servant of the Lord. Milton is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen and children; Michael Elm (Teresa), Sharon Frazier (Hie), Chris Elm, David Elm (Cynthia), Maria Bird (Frank), Stephen Elm, Daniel Elm and Sister in law Patricia Haley. Grandchildren; Xander Elm, Larry and Chris Frazier, Emily Hart, Jessica Elm, Christian, Lauren, Elise, Conner and Winter Bryant Elm, Al...

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Bela Ashouri Yonan
Sept. 20, 1933 - Oct. 26, 2022
Pleasanton, CA

Bela Ashouri Yonan was born in 1933 and passed peacefully on October 26th, 2022 surrounded by her family. Bela immigrated to the United States in the early 1960s and attended Georgetown before ultimately moving west and graduating from San Jose State with a degree in Interior Design. She and her husband Charles moved to Pleasanton in 1967 where they raised their daughter, Frances. Bela worked for nearly 30 years at Viacom Cable in the engineering department, even earning Employee of the Year. During this time, she also had a thriving Interior decorating business. After retirement, Bela was active at the Pleasanton Senior Center and volunteered at Stanford Medical Center. Throughout her life, Bela was a proud Assyrian and had an unshakable faith in God. She entertained frequently and always welcomed family and friends into her home. She will be remembered for her elegance, her generosity and her easy laugh. She is survived by her husband Charles, sister Flora, brother Fred, daughter Frances (and son-in-law David Hoge), as well as her grandchildren AnnaBella and Charlie and many beloved nieces and nephews....

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Barbara Jean Mills
June 22, 1940 - Oct. 24, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Barbara Jean McMahon-Mills was born June 22, 1940 and passed peacefully on October 24, 2022 at the age of 82. Her siblings included her sisters, Elizabeth and Patsy, and her two brothers Ed and Richard. In 1949, the McMahon family moved to 2nd Street in Pleasanton, California. Barbara had a son, Donald Mills, a daughter Holly Mills-Novacek, two granddaughters Brittany Mitchell and Lindsay Grigoryev, and four great granddaughters Hayden, Evie, Preslee and Polina. Barbara attended Amador Valley High School, class of 1958, where she was crowned prom queen. She enjoyed entertaining, socialising, and painting, but most of all spending time with her family and friends. Barbara was ALWAYS the life of the party and enjoyed bringing joy to others. Service will be held for anyone who would like to join: November 17th at 11am Graham-Hitch Mortuary 4167 First Street Pleasanton CA 94566...

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Lawrence "Larry" Murphy
Feb. 8, 1946 - Oct. 22, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Larry passed from this life of natural causes. He lived a life full of love, family, friends, hard work, many adventures, and many accomplishments. He was born in Baltimore. Graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Academy. Graduated from Johns Hopkins University with BA. Graduated from University of Baltimore Law School with JD. He served in the Army National Guard in Maryland for over 12 years. Skiing, camping, fishing, canoeing, hiking and golfing were some of his favorite hobbies. He passed along his love of the outdoors to his children. He traveled many places including Europe, Mexico, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii and Australia! He is survived by his wife, Joy; sister, Sharon; brother, Timothy; children Kathleen and Michael, grandchildren Hannah and Maille and many nieces and nephews. Services will be at St. Augustine's Church in Pleasanton on October 27, 2022 at 1:00 PM with burial to follow at St. Augustine Cemetery....

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Margaret Fluck Smith
Nov. 9, 1948 - Oct. 19, 2022
Portland, Oregon

Margaret Ann (Peg) Fluck Smith passed away on October 19, 2022, in Portland, Oregon. The daughter of Paul George Fluck and Ella Lillias Dicke, Peg was born on November 9, 1948, in Madison, Wisconsin. She grew up in the close-knit neighborhood of Orchard Ridge, attending Madison schools through her graduation from West High. Four years at Oberlin College led to a BA in Biology (1970) and a friendship with Gary Richard Smith, whom she married on December 28, 1970. They were a mutually supportive couple for more than 51 years, enjoying especially their travels in the western parks and in Europe. Peg's graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, resulted in a PhD in Zoology (1978) and an enduring and productive research career at Berkeley’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, focusing on the genetics and evolution of mammals. She retired early due to disability caused by multiple sclerosis. Thereafter, Peg served as a volunteer, applying her tutoring and computer skills. Peg and Gary lived in Pleasanton, California, for 39 years, where they raised their son, Brian Kendall Smith. In 2016 they moved to Willamette View, a retirement community in the Portland, Oregon, are...

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Edna Joyce McCorkle
Feb. 11, 1937 - Oct. 18, 2022
Marysville, Washington

Edna "Joyce" McCorkle, age 85, passed away October 18, 2022, at Providence Hospital, Everett, Washington with her husband, Bruce, by her side. Joyce was born in Atlanta, Georgia on February 11, 1937. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Bruce, sons Jeffrey and Andrew, grandchildren, Katherine, Mark, Amanda, Samantha, great-grandchildren William and Benjamin. Joyce graduated from Joseph E. Brown Community High School in June 1954. Went to work for Retail Credit Co. Moved to California in 1957 to live with her brother Rogers (Billy) and Bruce’s sister. Joyce married Bruce in July 1959 and they moved to Waverly, Iowa where Bruce was station in the USAF. Moved back to California in 1962 after discharged. Joyce was a homemaker, loved to sew and very passionate about genealogy. She spent a lifetime researching her family and assisted others. In September 2004 she retired and moved to Marysville, Washington. By her wishes there will not be any services. Joyce’s ashes will be spread off the California, Marin coast per her request....

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Helen Hunter Bountis
Aug. 5, 1954 - Oct. 15, 2022
San Francisco, California

IN LOVING MEMORY Helen Hunter Bassett Hess Bountis passed into the hands of God on October 15th 2022 in her home at Portola Gardens, San Francisco at the age of 68 after difficulties with dialysis and end stage renal disease. Helen was born August 5,1954 in Manchester, NH to Jean and Apostolis (Nick) Bountis, the third of five daughters. In her youth Helen excelled in academics, gymnastics and piano. Every summer she enjoyed flying from California to Manchester, NH, and Paris, IL. For family vacations spending time with her Greek and American grandparents, as well as all her cousins. After graduating from Amador HS in 1972 she attended Stephens College majoring in Early Childhood Education and received an AA degree. Helen continued her education at UCLA, Chapman College and the World Campus Afloat. Helen had a beautiful smile and infectious laugh, she was fun-loving with a sense of humor and wit that delighted everyone. She became an accomplished pianist performing for friends and loved ones. Her thoughtfulness, kindness and superb memory for details was amazing. She never forgot a name. Helen loved people, she had a genuine interest in everyone she met whether it was a new nei...

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Stanley Dale Vierk
Dec. 30, 1933 - Oct. 15, 2022
Manteca, California

Stanley Dale Vierk liked to call himself “just a country boy.” He grew up in Cairo, Nebraska, son of the town mechanic, Victor Vierk, and grandson of the local mailman. As a teenager in rural Nebraska, he was curious about everything, whether that was fixing cars, operating a printing press, or learning polkas on the harmonica to impress the girls at the Czech-German club. After a stint in the Army during the Korean War, Stan came back to attend the University of Nebraska, where he graduated with a degree in chemistry and met the love of his life, Margaret “Susie” Powell. They married, and over the years, had five children and lived in Nebraska, Iowa, Washington and finally California. In the 1970s, Stanley began working in the new field of computer technology in Silicon Valley. His last job was at Seagate Technology, where he worked as an engineering manager, developing substrates for hard disks. During this time, Stanley went back to painting, a pastime he picked up in the army. He was active in the Pleasanton Art League and the Livermore Art Association and won awards for his paintings at Tri-Valley shows. Stanley is survived by his children: Victoria Kazarian, Pamela B...

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Lynne Katz
March 15, 1952 - Sept. 27, 2022
Pleasanton, California

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our beloved mother, wife and grandmother Lynne Katz, on the evening of September 27, 2022. Lynne, a thirty-seven-year resident of Pleasanton, passed away peacefully surrounded by her husband and their four children, at the age of 70. Lynne was born to Francis and Lenora Geary in Hawthorn, CA in 1952. Lynne was the youngest of five children. Her sister Christine, and brothers David, Thomas and Michael, all grew up in Torrance. All five children were very close and made sure to keep their families connected. Lynne was a dedicated mother who devoted her life to her family. Lynne loved to travel and go on countless adventures with her family. She will be remembered for her love of family, selfless generosity, crazy sense of humor, board and card game skills and love for music. Lynne is preceded and welcomed into heaven by both her parents and two brothers, David and Michael. She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Charles; their four children, Dawnya and her husband Ross, Tamara and her husband Aaron, Sarah and her husband Remington and Aaron and his wife Jordanna; six grandchildren, Andy, Tristan, Ross, Whitley...

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Robert Philcox
May 25, 1934 - Sept. 17, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Robert (Bob) Philcox, former Mayor of Pleasanton passed away Saturday at his home in Pleasanton. He passed peacefully, surrounded by his family. Bob was very grateful for the many blessings bestowed upon him during his lifetime. He was also a blessing to those many lives he touched. Bob was born in Brooklyn, New York on May 25, 1934 to Frederick and Ethel Philcox. He was raised with his brother, Fred Jr. and sister, Rita. Both predeceased him. Bob graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School. The family moved to Pleasanton in 1954 when his father, a Sergeant in the Air Force was transferred to Camp Parks in Dublin. Bob had worked at two banks in New York so he applied to the Bank of America. The manager did not hire him. That proved to be one of many blessings. Bob then applied at First National Bank of Pleasanton. He was interviewed by the founder and president, Harry Harding. Harry went east on business before making a decision whether to hire Bob. Unbeknownst to Bob, Harry interviewed Bob’s pastor in Brooklyn, who had high praise for the young man. Harry hired Bob as a teller. His starting salary in 1954 was $240 per month, about $11 per business day. Now the blessings ...

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Richard Lee Martin
June 25, 1936 - Sept. 13, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Richard “Dick” Martin passed peacefully September 13, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. Dick was blessed with a large family and always showed his four children the best example of a how to be a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Dick was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Helen Ryan Martin, his parents Julius and Virginia Martin, his sister Kathleen Ray, and his great-grandson, Jack Oliver Turner. Born in Redding, California, Dick launched his 25-year career with Bank of America after being honorably discharged from the United State Air Force in 1963. After a fulfilling career with Bank of America, Dick’s career included 15 years in the truck leasing industry and a decade as Business Manager of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton. In 1978 Dick Martin was ordained a permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Church and served the Catholic Community of Pleasanton for almost four decades. Shortly after his ordination, while doing hospital ministry, Dick kept noticing one particularly lonely wing, “filled with people hooked up to machines.” After nurses told him the patients were terminal, he thought to himself “what a terrible wa...

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Harm Ottens
Sept. 2, 1934 - Sept. 6, 2022
Bend, Oregon

Harm Ottens, a beloved longtime resident of Pleasanton, died on September 6, 2022 in Bend, Oregon at the age of 88. Harm, also known as Dutch, was born in Onnen, The Netherlands on September 2, 1934, the son of Aldert and Bouwina Ottens. In 1955, at the age of 21, he immigrated to the United States. He was a cook in the Dutch military, then at Fort Ord in Monterey California for the U.S. Army Officers Club, where he eventually became a proud citizen. He was sponsored by his sister, Janna, and her husband Jannes Takens. He worked at the Meadowlark Dairy for a short time, and then became a bartender, most notably at Castlewood Country Club and Hap’s Restaurant. He was a regular golfer, loved soccer, and always had a series of jokes to share with anyone willing to listen. In later years, he and his wife Carol established and ran “Carol’s Guest Home” a home for the elderly. Of course, Harm was the cook, something he thoroughly loved. He was also the one that prepared turkeys for our large Thanksgiving dinners that typically sat 30 – 40 people. Harm was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years Carol, his parents Aldert and Bouwina Ottens, his sister Janna (Ja...

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Sally Brown
Dec. 26, 1927 - Aug. 31, 2022
Livermore, California

Sally Brown, a beloved resident of Livermore, died on August 31, 2022, at the age of 94. Miss Sally, as she was fondly called, was known to many for her fierce determination, her generosity and her volunteerism. Sally was born on December 26, 1927, in New York City, the daughter of Arthur Ray Brown and Bertha Losak Maderas Brown. She grew up in the Ferrer Colony, an anarchist community in Stelton, New Jersey, attending the Modern School. She graduated from the New Jersey College for Women, and earned a Masters in Education from Rutgers University. Sally was a much-loved elementary school teacher in Livermore (known to her students at the time as Mrs. Feinberg) from 1964 until her retirement. She then began a new career as an attorney, graduating from the JFK School of Law in 1992. For seven years she served as a volunteer attorney for Legal Services for Seniors. Sally was a recognizable presence in Livermore: at concerts at the Bankhead, listening to music at the farmer’s market, attending community events, shopping at thrift shops and walking everywhere. She had a regular gig singing folk songs at the VA Medical Center in Livermore. Sally was a devoted long-time m...

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Chloe Anne Patzner
Dec. 29, 2021 - Aug. 28, 2022
Danville, California

Chloe Anne Patzner was born in Walnut Creek, CA on December 29, 2021. In typical Chloe aka Chlo Chlo fashion she made an early arrival to the world (as she liked to do things on her own time). She may have been born early, but she was strong, sweet, and sassy from the start. A true warrior. Chloe was diagnosed shortly after birth with Pierre Robin Sequence which required her to move to a childrens hospital for surgery etc. Chloe from day one was always stealing the spotlight as she was an amazing little angel. She was not much of a crier, but loved to make sure everyone knew who she was and let out a coo every now and then just to remind you she was there. Chlo Chlo knew what she wanted and if she had even a drop of a dirty diaper would yell until her diaper was clean. Small, beautiful and mighty Chlo Chlo was known for pulling out her tubes, or leads etc. Chloe again was beyond beautiful she had the biggest blue green eyes with long beautiful lashes, strawberry blonde hair, porcelain skin, a button nose and tiny cute little feet/toes. She truly captured the love from everyone she met in her short life. She even had multiple nurses painting her hands and toe nails at once and she l...

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Mary Marie Safreno
Nov. 18, 1931 - Aug. 28, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Mary Marie Safreno passed away peacefully early in the morning on Sunday, August 28nd. She was almost 91 years old. She was kind and humble and focused on the health and well-being of her family until she passed. Mary was born in the East Bay Area and raised by her Aunt Gloria and Uncle Tony in Hayward with her sisters Betty and Ellie. She attended Hayward High School. In 1953, she met Douglas, her husband of 65 years until his death in 2018. She lived in Pleasanton for 69 years, almost entirely at the same home that they purchased and expanded over the years. Mary had a very sharp mind and was the center piece of several sizeable businesses in the Pleasanton area, keeping the books and managing the back office. With Douglas, they went on to purchase, develop and own commercial real estate in Pleasanton. She was always working on something--her businesses, their real estate, her family, their home--she was not comfortable resting and worked from the moment she woke in the morning until she went to bed. She also was actively involved in several Pleasanton communities, including St. Augustine Catholic Church, Pleasanton public schools and 4H. Mary and Douglas spent a gre...

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Michael James Hill
Dec. 19, 1957 - Aug. 26, 2022
Tracy, California

To know Mike Hill is to walk into his garage filled with life size John Wayne cutouts and posters, Jack Daniels memorabilia, We Support Our Troops and American flags, Calco swag, wedding and family photos, an antenna made from a Coors bottle and duct tape for his old school stereo, an extremely organized workbench, and a framed cross stitch that says, “Love is what makes a home”. Mike was the second child born to Jim and Genene Hill in Colorado Springs, CO but moved to CA before he was a year old where he spent the remainder of his life…although he loved to claim his birthplace of CO in order to be different from his siblings and cousins. Mike showed his athletic prowess throughout his youth playing baseball, basketball and football; and equally impressive was his expertise in both ping pong and bumper pool. When the family moved to Okinawa, Japan in the early 1970’s Mike continued to pursue all three sports, even serving as the captain of the 9th grade basketball team that went on to win an island championship. Back in the U.S. for the remainder of high school, Mike found his real passion was basketball and played for the Dons at Amador Valley High School where he...

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Douglas R. Brenzel
Feb. 8, 1953 - Aug. 23, 2022
Livermore, California

Doug Brenzel passed away peacefully after a brief but valiant stand against brain cancer. He will be remembered as a kind, fun-loving and a much-loved son, grandson, husband and friend. Born in Livermore, Doug was the fourth generation to grow his family in the valley. As an only child, Doug spent his formidable years hunting and fishing with father in the hills on his uncle’s ranch near Brushy Peak As a young teen, Doug and his dad got involved in racing outboard hydroplane boats in a local club. This ignited Doug’s passion for speed and horsepower. At 14 years old he went to work in a local cabinet shop, cleaning up to earn funds to fuel his passion for engine building and horsepower. At 15, Doug purchased his first car, a 1957 Chevy which he meticulously customized to be ready to drive for his 16th birthday. Over the years Doug would build several custom cars and Harley Davidson’s. Doug graduated from Livermore High School in 1971 and went to work for a local machine shop for several years to hone his craft of engine building. In 1978 Doug received the opportunity to start a Snap on Tool dealership in the Tri Valley and the same year met, fell in love and ...

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Harold F. Finn
Sept. 8, 1934 - Aug. 23, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Harold 'Hank' Finn passed away peacefully in Pleasanton on August 23, 2022, in the presence of his wife Karen. He was born September 8, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois to Harold Francis Finn and Anna K. (Seibold) Finn. As a young man, Hank rose to the level of Eagle Scout and began his lifelong relationship with music. Hank married his beloved wife Karen Krueger, June 16, 1956, in a small chapel on the University of Chicago campus. They were married for sixty-six years. Hank earned a B.A. in liberal arts followed by a B.S. in physics from the University of Chicago. Hank was first employed at the Martin Company in Maryland followed by Allis-Chalmers in Greendale Wisconsin where he worked to develop a boiling water reactor. In 1962, Hank moved his family to California where he accepted a position with Lawrence Livermore Laboratory working on their test reactor. In 1966, Hank moved his family from Livermore to a new home in Pleasanton where he and Karen lived for fifty-six years. Hank’s career at the lab also spanned over fifty years. During that time, he worked on projects that advanced the field of quantum physics and the nation’s strategic nuclear defense. Hank loved working a...

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Charles Carlo Michelotti
Nov. 4, 1937 - Aug. 21, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Charles Carlo Michelotti, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend passed away at the age of 84 on Sunday, August 21, 2022, in Pleasanton, California. Carl was born to Josephine and Charles Cleto Michelotti on November 4, 1937. He was the eldest of three children and grew up in Seattle, Washington. Carl attended Seattle Preparatory School where he was a part of the high school football team and graduated in 1955. After graduation from high school, he went on to attend Central Washington University in Ellensburg. Following college, Carl started working in the ceramic tile business. He built his career in sales and management where he thrived in building tight relationships with clients for over 40 years. He was very well respected in the industry and was awarded for his achievements. In 1965, Carl was introduced by mutual friends to the love of his life, Sharrell, in Sacramento, California. The two of them hit it off right away, and Sharrell fondly remembers that she was taken by his charm and wit. Their love continued to blossom, and they were married on October 7, 1967. Carl and Sharrell resided in both San Mateo and Sunnyvale during which time ...

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Jensen Gerome Ybarra
Sept. 10, 1986 - Aug. 15, 2022
Livermore, California

The family of Jensen Gerome Ybarra, of Livermore, CA, is saddened to announce his passing on August 15, 2022. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Jensen was born on September 10, 1986, in Livermore, CA, the youngest of Karen (Sandvig) and Gerome Ybarra. As a child, he loved spending time fishing with his grandfather, playing street hockey, basketball, and any other sport with his brother and neighborhood friends. He stood out as a champion linebacker (#53) for the Amador Valley Dons football team, graduating from Amador Valley High School in 2005. After receiving his BA in Agriculture Business from California Polytechnic State University in 2009, dedication to his roots brought Jensen back to Pleasanton where destiny led him to meet his wife and best friend, Perri (Royea). They were married in June of 2017 and settled down as a happy couple in Livermore to enjoy a wonderful life, abundant with family, friends, and their beloved golden doodle, Ruthie. In August of 2021 life expanded as the couple joyfully welcomed their son, Callan, who was the pride and joy of Jensen’s world. As a father, Jensen beamed when Callan reached new milestones, and his fav...

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Robert James Harrach
March 30, 1937 - Aug. 14, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Robert James Harrach (Bob) of Pleasanton, California passed away on August 14, 2022 in Walnut Creek, California at the age of 85 years. After several years of declining health, cared for with love and skill by his son, Ben, he died peacefully with his son David by his side. Bob was born March 30, 1937 in Sterling, Colorado to father, Elmer William Harrach and mother, Esther Viola né Simmerman Harrach. Bob’s grandparents on both sides of the family (Ludwig and Anna Elizabetha Harrach, and James and Nelsena Simmerman) were among the pioneering settlers who transformed prairie into agricultural land in the area of Proctor, Colorado, northeast of Sterling in Logan County. As a teenager, Bob himself was a roustabout on the oil rigs outside Sterling. The youngest of four children, Bob grew up in Sterling where he excelled academically (especially in math, science, and art) and in sports (especially baseball) and he graduated Salutatorian of his high school class of 1956. He attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire on an academic scholarship and earned his bachelor’s degree in Physics from that institution in 1960. He later would return to Dartmouth as visiting...

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Joseph "Joe" Buonsante
July 1, 1931 - Aug. 12, 2022
Livermore, California

Joseph Buonsante, a man of many talents, was born July 1, 1931, in Mola di Bari, Italy to Pasquale and Graziella Buonsante. He passed peacefully at VA Livermore on August 12, 2022, at age 91, with his wife, Philomena and son, Patrick at his side. VA Livermore cared for Joe with utmost respect and dignity. Joe’s family immigrated to the US from Italy, when he was 3, and settled in San Francisco. He loved sports! In his younger years, he hung out at Helen Wells Playground, played basketball (Bruins), baseball, won All-City Long-jump, and always rooted for Giants, 49ers, and Warriors! After graduating from Galileo High, he worked for Southern Pacific. In 9152, he was drafted into the US Army and served in Korea. Under the GI Bill, Sgt. Joe, earned a teaching degree and Master of Arts Degree from San Francisco State College. For 35 years he worked as a Middle School English Teacher, Adult Ed, Resource Specialist, Program Specialist and Workability. Joe retired in 1992 from Pleasanton Unified School District and continued to be an inspiration to family, friends, and members of the community. He held roles with the Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Italian Catholi...

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Mark R. Hermanson
May 13, 1963 - Aug. 10, 2022
Carmel, California

Mark R. Hermanson passed away on Aug. 10 in his sleep in his Carmel home after a long battle with cancer. Mark was born in Oakland, CA, to his parents Sidney & Elsie Hermanson and raised in Pleasanton. Mark played Little League and Soccer. His lifelong love of camping, hiking and backpacking started in Boy Scouts. After graduating from Amador H.S. in 1981, he attended Chico State and started working as a bartender. People remember his quick wit and captivating stories. In his early 20's Mark and his friend Pat spent 3 months traveling in Europe, which of course included running with the bulls in Spain. Before moving to Carmel, he lived in SL Tahoe and skied often. Mark was a season ticket Raider holder for over 25 years. He loved traveling, Skiing, and most of all having adventures with his son Holden. Mark is survived by his son, his Brothers Bob of Sparks Nev. Gary of Alameda & Chuck of Pleasanton, and many nephews & nieces....

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Carol D. Gaskins
Nov. 29, 1938 - July 31, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, she always had an interest in the arts. She received her art training at the Art Center College of Design where she majored in commercial art, advertising, and illustration. She met Bob, her husband of 60 years, while attending the Art Center. He was an industrial design major. As her family got older, Carol worked for the Valley Times Newspaper in Pleasanton in the graphic design department for 8 years. Upon leaving, she joined 3 art groups, where she jumped into watercolor paintings, winning numerous awards over the years. Carol and Bob have lived in and enjoyed Pleasanton for over 50 years. Their daughter, Tracy, and her husband Russ, and their two daughters, their families, and three great grandchildren now live in Texas. Their son, Troy, lives close by in Tracy, CA. Per Carol’s request, there will be no services....

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G. Richard Wirtenson
Oct. 21, 1933 - July 23, 2022
Spring, TX

G. Richard "Dick" Wirtenson, 88, of Spring, TX and formerly of Pleasanton, CA & Acton, MA, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 23, 2022 in the comfort of his home. He leaves his dear wife, Helen M. (Lyons) Wirtenson, of Spring, TX; his children: Richard Wirtenson and his wife Joanne, of Shrewsbury, Laurene Couture and her husband Joe, of Sugarland, TX, Jean Marie Hollingsworth and her husband Paul, of Vienna, VA, Kathleen Linden and her husband Todd, of Spring, TX; his grandchildren: Natalie, Kyle, Dan, Alex, Matt, Max, Celeste, Anna, Gabby, and Griffin; his great-grandchildren, JoJo, Kolton, Karter, and John; along with many nieces, nephews, and friends. Dick was predeceased by his parents, the late George J. and Ann (Perez) Wirtenson; and his loving brother, the late Allen J. Wirtenson. Dick was born in Jamaica, Queens, NY; and was raised in Lynbrook, Long Island. He was a graduate of St. John’s High School in 1951, and was the first in his family to graduate from college (in turn, he was so proud of the fact that all of his children graduated from college) – he received a BS in Chemistry in 1955, and a Masters in Chemistry in 1957, both from St. John’s Universit...

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George Michael "Mike" Walsh, Jr.
March 4, 1947 - July 22, 2022
Pleasanton, California

George Michael "Mike" Walsh, Jr., a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, sadly left this world on July 22, 2022 at age 75. Mike was born to George Sr. and Caroline Walsh on March 4, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York, and he grew up in Glen Cove on Long Island, NY. After graduating from Glen Cove High School, he joined the Navy, where he served on the maiden voyage of the USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier. While stationed in Alameda, CA, Mike met the love of his life, Joann, and the two were later married on January 31, 1970. While raising their family in Pleasanton, Mike worked for over 25 years in finance and banking, most recently as a Senior Vice President at Silicon Valley Bank. He enjoyed countless hobbies, especially boating and attending his grandkids’ many sporting events. Mike is survived by his wife Joann (Promes), son Kevin (Natalie) Walsh of Pleasanton, daughter Carolyn (Kevin) Comerford of Pleasanton, grandchildren Mitchell, Nicholas, and Mason Walsh, Emily, Brendan, and Landon Comerford, his brothers Pat (Theresa) Walsh of Parker, CO, Tom Walsh of Longmont, CO, Chris Walsh of Niles, CA, and sister MaryAnn Shortell of Pearl River, NY....

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Larry L. Shaw
Dec. 22, 1934 - June 29, 2022
Pleasanton, CA

Larry, a 52 year resident of Pleasanton, passed away peacefully on June 29th at home surrounded by his family after a brief battle with Leukemia. He was a beloved husband of 57 years to Carol, loving father to Kerry Miller (Mike) and Eric Shaw (Margaret), an adored Grandpa of Justin Miller, Conner Miller, Alexis Shaw, Sophia Shaw and a newly Great Grandpa to Addison Miller. He was born in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, to Bert Shaw and Inger Mikelson. As a child he lived in Westly, Wisc. Newton Iowa and Northfield Minnesota. He attended Saint Olaf College where he was a stand-out on the track team, graduating in 1957. In 1958 Larry moved west accepting a position at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a physicist. He spent most of his time at the lab working on hydrodynamic test diagnostics, specializing in ultra-high speed photography. He worked at the Lab for 36 years, retiring in 1994. Larry was extremely active and had numerous interests and hobbies. He enjoyed fly fishing with friends, traveling with his wife Carol, relaxing in “his chair” with a good book and listening to music. He was a longtime member of SIR branch 101 in Livermore, and enjoyed the ...

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Catherine Anne Templeman
Oct. 29, 1953 - June 16, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Catherine Anne Templeman (Allen) peacefully passed away on June 16, 2022 after a brief illness. Cathy was born on October 29, 1953 in Oakland, CA to parents John and Mary. She spent her early years in Oakland and moved to San Leandro where she graduated from Pacific High School in 1971. It was there where she fell in love with Rick and they got married on June 9, 1973. The beginning of their marriage was spent in Union City where they welcomed their son Ryan. They then moved to Pleasanton where they had their daughter Lindsey. Cathy resided in Pleasanton for 38 years up until her death. Cathy devoted her time and attention to her family. When it came to Ryan and Lindsey, she never missed a sporting event, school field trip, or special moment in their lives. Her greatest fans called her “Grammy.” She loved every moment spent with her grandchildren Brayden, Zoe, Addison, and Emerson and never missed an opportunity to spoil them. Cathy worked as both a municipal and superior court clerk in Hayward and Pleasanton. In her retirement she enjoyed playing slot machines at the casino, trips to Capitola with Rick, seeing Broadway musicals, and lunch dates with her friends...

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Rene Umverto Martin
May 20, 1949 - June 16, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Pleasanton native Rene Martin passed peacefully at home on June 16, 2022 surrounded by his loving family. Rene adored people, making friends everywhere he went. After retiring from Kaiser Sand and Gravel he dedicated his time to making barbecue and flour tortillas for his friends. His greatest joy was to make people laugh with his silly jokes. He was a Giants, Niners and Warriors fan for life. He had a soft spot for animals and the underprivileged, always doing what he could to help them out. He was preceded in death by his beautiful wife of 44 years Bertha Alicia Martin. He is survived by his daughter Ana Daisy Loa (Eddie), his son Rene Martin Jr. aka Tito, grandchildren Austin and Natalee Martin, Grand dogs-pugs-Leo and Lucy, his beloved niece Adrianna Villamar, sister in law Maria Sergia aka Sally, many cousins, nieces and nephews and an abundance of friends....

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Carol Mae Zedlitz
March 17, 1936 - June 6, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Carol Mae Zedlitz was called home by our Heavenly Father on Monday after a valiant battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Carol was born in Toledo, Ohio and graduated from Devilbiss High School, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from the Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Carol was wed to Robert (Bob) Zedlitz on August 24, 1962 in Reno, Nevada while on a trip to California and started their married lives together for the next 60 years. Prior to raising her two children, Carol taught first grade. She was a devoted wife and caring mother. She built life-long friendships through her love of golf at Castlewood Country Club, her bridge club, and dedication to her faith and church groups. Carol is preceded in death by her sister Martha Philipps, father Francis N. Cuthbert, and mother Clyde A. Cuthbert of Lambertville, MI. Carol is survived by her loving husband Bob, and devoted children Bob Zedlitz (Mattie) of Stockton, CA and Jean Zedlitz of Livermore, CA. Her nephew Hal Philipps (Laurie), and their three children Reilly, Kelsey, and Denyil Philipps of Arlington, IL, and her niece Amy Kallberg, daughter Emma, MN. Friends and family are invited to a celebration...

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John Raymond Hudson
Aug. 28, 1935 - June 3, 2022
Pleasanton, California

John Hudson passed away suddenly on Friday, June 3rd in Pleasanton, California. John was born in Dallas, Texas, raised in Oklahoma, and spent the last 38 years in the Bay Area where his helping hands will be missed by his family, friends, and neighbors. John went to Will Rogers High School in Tulsa Oklahoma, earned a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University, and an M.B.A. from St. Mary’s College of California. He spent his early career building infrastructure power systems both in the US and overseas, with projects in Thailand, Peru, Pakistan, and Vietnam. He then became a sales engineer and ran teams for Westinghouse, General Electric, and United Technologies in New York City, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. In 1984, he settled in Northern California as CEO of Luminoptics. John moved his young family from Connecticut into the old water tower off College Ave in Livermore, CA in 1984, where he happily spent the next 15 years becoming an entrepreneur, starting a local business, and being active in the Rotary Club of Livermore. In Act 2 of his long and interesting life, John dedicated himself to supporting his wife Nancy as she focused on her career. They s...

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Julie Frick
July 12, 1961 - June 1, 2022
Livermore, California

Julie Anne Frick passed away on Wednesday, June 1st, at the age of 60. Although Julie was afflicted with a multitude of health issues stemming from kidney failure brought on by strep throat in 1975, an unrelenting spirit of joy and natural happiness defined her until the very end of her life. Julie was born at Eden Hospital in Castro Valley and grew up in Pleasanton. She attended Valley View Elementary, Pleasanton Elementary, and graduated from Amador Valley High School in 1979. She moved to Livermore in the early 1980s. Julie married Charles Frick in 1988. Their daughter, Vanessa Rose, was born 3 years later, creating a family, fully committed to each other. The family was completed in 2019 when Vanessa married Brian Osgood. Despite the hardships she endured throughout her life, Julie found great joy in gardening, animals, ice cream cones from Meadowlark Dairy, and time spent with her loved ones. Julie is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, her adoring daughter and son-in-law, her precious pups, Lily and Lulu, as well as many treasured family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her devoted parents, Stan and Barbara Burns, her beloved broth...

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Edwin Burkart
Aug. 4, 1935 - May 30, 2022
Pleasanton, California

On Monday, May 30, 2022, Ed Burkart, loving husband, father of three children and grandfather of five grandchildren passed away peacefully at age 86 surrounded by family at home. Ed was born on August 4, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois to Fred and Eleanor Burkart. He attended Drake University in Iowa. He met and married his wife, Maureen while in Iowa and their wedding anniversary is 64 years this month. Ed was a salesman and entrepreneur and successfully created a manufacturer’s representative firm which he sold upon his retirement. Ed valued his relationships and had a passion for helping people, in his business, his friends and family. After Ed’s confirmation into the Catholic Church in 2001, he quickly became engaged in service to the church and parishioners. He and his wife Maureen served as grief counselors through the church for nearly 20 years. He was never without a clean joke to tell and worked hard to make sure he didn’t repeat his jokes. Ed is survived by his wife, Maureen, his children Lori, Kathleen (Ted), and John (Valerie) his five grandchildren; Wesley, Mitchell, John Gabriel, Julianna, and Maria, his brother Bruce and nieces and nephews. A funeral service wil...

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Fred Bentley Badal
Jan. 20, 1939 - May 22, 2022
Pleasanton, CA

Fred Badal was born the third child of Abraham Baba Badal and Johanna Badal of Turlock, where his father was the pastor of the Assyrian church. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Turlock High in 1956. His love of learning took him onto Modesto Jr. College where he earned an AA Degree. Then to San Jose State with a BS Degree in electrical engineering in 1961. From Santa Clara he received an MBA, from Stanford, an Engineering Degree. Fred gained work experience with PG&E, engineering experience with Lockheed Martin and was hired by GTE where he worked until he retired. While there he was sent on jobs to The Philippines, Sinop, Turkey, England, and Germany. In May, 1967, Fred met the love of his life, Bettie, and married her a year later in August 1968. They started their lives together in Saratoga where they had 3 children. Natasha, Carolyn, and Christopher. Some of Fred’s hobbies included flying Cessna 172’s and Piper Cherokee Aircraft in the 1960’s, playing Bridge, reading and studying Biblical Archaeology, history, theology and business trends. In 1979 Fred moved his family to Corvallis, Oregon where he taught engineering classes at Linn Benton ...

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George Habib Ayad
1956 - May 19, 2022
Brentwood, CA

George Habib Ayad, 66, resident of Brentwood, CA, passed away on May 19th, 2022, with his wife and family by his side. He was born to Asal Ayad and the late Habib Ayad on Feb. 29th, 1956, in Palestine. George is survived by his eight children: Ryan Rodriguez, Jenniffer Ortiz-Alizieri, Ricky Rodriguez, Vanessa Lammers, Nicolas Ayad, Isabelle Ayad, Emalee Ayad and Kayla Ayad. George was a loving grandfather to six beautiful grandchildren. George spent his early years in Palestine mastering the art of jewelry making, and when he came to the United States in 1980, he continued to build his craft into a successful 38-year family business, Kasaria Jewelers, now located in Pleasanton, CA. George found joy in creating one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry for many and more often than not, customers turned into dear, lifelong friends. George enjoyed spending time with his family along the beautiful Northern California Coast as well as breathing in the fresh mountain air at the family cabin. George loved his adventurous travels all over the world to find unique gems for his special customers. George cherished spending downtime in his orchard and beautiful garden in the mountains always sha...

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Dorothy Harriet Stenstedt
Oct. 5, 1930 - May 19, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Dorothy Harriet Smith was born in Oroville, California, the daughter of Bert Laraway Smith, Jr., and Emily Harriet Strother. Dorothy grew up in Berkeley, graduating from Berkeley High School in 1948. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1952, where she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She married Erik Stenstedt in 1954, and during their fifty-two years of marriage, Erik and Dorothy lived in Sweden, California, Belgium, Iran, and back in California. After a short illness, Dorothy died quietly at home in Pleasanton, California, surrounded by the love and care of family and friends. She is survived by her four children, Emmie (Peter), Anders (Azar), Lars (Tirra), and Katarina (Gene); her nine grandchildren, Allie (Adam), Sophia (Georgie), Kristina, Mariko, Darius, Cyrus, Austin, Annika, and Ariane; and her two great-grandchildren, Perrin and Tobin. Dorothy loved her life, and she lived it to the fullest and in the brightest colors. She was smart, funny, loving, and generous. She was a steadfast friend and a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, always taking an interest in what was important to others. A...

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Vladislav Ako Bevc
April 9, 1932 - May 16, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Vladislav Ako Bevc passed away on May 16, 2022, in Pleasanton California, after a long battle with cancer. He was born on April 9, 1932 in Ljubljana Slovenia (at that time, part of the former Yugoslavia) to Ladislav and Ivanka Bevc. He often shared fond memories of his early childhood in Slovenia, where he spent time vacationing on the coast and in the mountains, and visiting family in the countryside. He excelled at school, particularly in mathematics and physics. His childhood was interrupted by World War II when his homeland was occupied by Fascist and Nazi forces, before falling to communism at the end of the war. The war separated Ako from his father Ladislav, who after spending years in refugee camps, emigrated to America. Ako was also separated from his sister Breda and mother Ivanka by the communists who seized their family home. Alone in communist Yugoslavia, Ako studied electrical engineering at the University of Ljubljana. He learned English, and had a job writing subtitles for American movies, and he dreamed and plotted of how he could get to America to join his parents and sister. His dream came true in 1955, when the communist government issued him exit papers...

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Douglas Arthur Bosma
March 4, 1939 - May 11, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Douglas was born on a dairy farm in Mille Lacs County, Minnesota, the son of Helen (Light) Bosma and Ed Bosma. He graduated from Milaca High School in 1956. Dong was an excellent athlete, a good student and loved vocal music. He attended Northland College, Ashland, WI from 1956 – 1958. It was there he met his wife, Patricia Uspel. Doug graduated from St. Cloud State college in 1960, with a teaching degree. In 1964 he and Patricia were married at St. Mary’s church, Tomahawk, WI. The couple had 5 children; Peter, Elizabeth (Handrage), married to Christopher, son Colin: Mary, mother of Malcolm and Hunter Abdul-Wajid: Timothy, married to Jennifer Honer, daughters Amanda, Hannah, Samantha: Sara married to Jared Schucha. Friends and family are invited to a Memorial Mass at St. Augustine’s Church (3999 Bernal Ave, Pleasanton, Ca 94566) on Nov. 11th at 10:00 a.m. A reception will follow in the church hall....

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Patricia (Pat) Lane
Aug. 17, 1931 - May 11, 2022
Pleasanton, CA

Pat Lane, the face of downtown Pleasanton for years, died May 11, 2022 of congestive heart failure. She was 90. Pat was the first Executive Director of the Pleasanton Downtown Association and pioneered programs that continue to this day such as the Saturday Farmers' Market and Friday Concerts in the Park. She served as President of the California Downtown Association. After retiring from the Association, you could find Pat staffing the community information table every Saturday she was in town. She was known as much for her volunteer activities as for her professional ones. She worked as a reporter for the Livermore Independent, Tri-Valley Herald, and the Pleasanton Times. While her two boys were growing up, she supported them on band trips and in their other activities such as Cub Scouts. She was named a life member of the Congress of Parents and Teachers. Her volunteer and professional work was recognized with the Ed Kinney Community Patriot Award, a Community Development Award from the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce as well as the Pleasanton Mayor's Award as a Human Service Commissioner and member of the Assisted Living Subcommittee that led the effort to bringing Park...

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Erin Elizabeth Winter
Nov. 13, 1975 - May 9, 2022
Livermore, CA

Erin Winter passed away suddenly on May 9 in Livermore, CA of natural causes. Born in Milwaukee WI, Erin grew up in Virginia, North Carolina, St. Louis MO, & Los Angeles CA, before moving to Tiburon CA, where she graduated from Redwood High School in 1992. She found quick success in the real estate industry before joining her mother Lynn and brother Mark in their thriving family business Hired Hands Homecare. It was there that she truly prospered, bringing light, commitment, and compassion to every day. She absolutely loved the life-work of senior care, and the opportunity to work alongside so many amazing people helping seniors and their families brought her great joy. In 2013, Erin expanded Hired Hands operations by opening an office in Pleasanton and moving to Livermore to be with her life partner Tim Ponder. It was here where she greatly enjoyed the ranch lifestyle, surrounded by many animals, and was thoroughly involved in their community, including the Livermore Rodeo Association. Erin felt strongly about helping people, and was a leader in her local PEO International chapter - educating, motivating, and celebrating women through philanthropy and education. Erin i...

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Reneé L Gielow
July 20, 1942 - May 9, 2022
Roseville, California

With deep sadness for her Family and many Friends, the bright spirit and gentle kindness of Reneé L. Gielow passed from this world at her home, under Sutter Hospice Care, in Roseville, CA. Reneé's short, but heroic battle with pancreatic cancer, was fought with the same courage, determination and positive attitude which was the hallmark of her life. Reneé was born in St. Paul’s Hospital, Livermore, CA to Albert & Berenice Charvo. She was preceded in death by her parents, loving and caring Uncle and Aunt, Bill and Mildred Clark, Step-Father, Tom Stokes, Brother, Albert Charvo first husband, George A. Spiliotopoulos, and brother in laws, Gary Engelken and Brian Brennan. She is survived by her husband, Charles H. (Chuck) Gielow, two children, Christine Spiliotopoulos, Stephen A. Spiliotopoulos, sisters, Leah Brennan and Judith Engelken and nieces, Elizabeth and Mary Lynn Engelken and Christi Hardcastle and Cindy Charvo. She married Chuck in September, 1988 and inherited three new children, Richard Gielow (Cara), Lynn Lee (Lester) and Laurie Kiely (Mark) and one grandson, Charles Scott Gielow (Chad), all of whom were able to assist and care for her in her final days. Know...

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Elizabeth Rickenbach
Aug. 4, 1935 - May 5, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Elizabeth was born in Scherzingen Switzerland and was one of six children. She met the love of her life, had her first child and moved to California to pursue the promise of the American dream. She had an amazing life, three children and was a very humble and down to earth person. Her passions were family, gardening, cooking & traveling. She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Elizabeth was predeceased by her husband Konrad and is survived by three children, Konrad Jr (Doris), Andreas (Kirsten), Suzanne (Tom) and six grandchildren, three great grandchildren (with a fourth on the way). A private celebration of life for immediate family will be held at a later date....

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Marie Carmella Guydish
Aug. 17, 1932 - April 29, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Marie Carmella Guydish passed away in her home in Pleasanton, CA with family and friends visiting her at her bedside over the two months she was ill with pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her husband, John and three children, David, Jayne & Jack and her four grandchildren, Jessica, Michael, Andrew & Austin. Her two daughter-in-laws, Debbie and Stacy were also at her bedside during her illness. Marie was born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania to Anthony and Angeline Sebia who both preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her three brothers, Joseph (Joe), Anthony (Butch) and Lewis (Skip). A service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 14th at St. Augustine  Catholic Church in Pleasanton, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either The American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in her memory....

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Janet Lilyan Hokanson
Feb. 11, 1932 - April 26, 2022
Livermore, California

Janet Lilyan Hokanson passed away in Livermore, CA, on April 26 at the age of 90. She was a beloved wife and loving mother and modeled a life of love and service to her family and friends. Janet was born in Hayward, CA, and graduated from Hayward High School in January 1949. She worked for 20 years for Montgomery Wards, mostly in auditing, at stores throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Her father led the well-regarded Harold Heiser Dance Orchestra, and Janet grew up social dancing several nights a week at major hotels and picnic sites throughout California. Proud of her Danish heritage, Janet joined the Danish Sisterhood in America in 1948 at age 16, remaining a member for the past 74 years. She was also a past member of the Valborg #1 lodge of the Dania Ladies Society Dannebrog of California and Nevada. In 1968, Janet married Charles Hokanson, Sr. After living in Castro Valley, CA, a couple years, they built a home in Pleasanton, CA, where they moved in 1970 to start a family. She lived in Pleasanton until 2019, when she moved to an assisted living facility in Livermore. Janet was a long-time member of Pleasanton Presbyterian Church and then Centerpointe Pr...

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Joyce Lee Soria
Oct. 30, 1938 - April 23, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Joyce Lee Mabry was born to Ollie and Mamie Mabry in Fresno, California along with her twin Eddie Marie Mabry, they were the youngest of five sisters including Pauline Lucille, Dorothy Oleta, and Vivian Ruth Mabry. The Mabry family moved across California for a good portion of the girls’ childhood to end up in Concord, California. After her first marriage ended, Joyce was introduced to Daniel Paul Soria, the man who would become the love of her life. They married July 1st, 1964. Joyce embraced Daniel’s children, Greg Paul Soria, and Luanna Marie Soria as her own, and they began to grow their family further with the adoption of their son Daniel Joseph “Pepe” Soria, and the birth of Melissa Ann Soria. The Soria family settled in Pleasanton, California, where they purchased the family home which saw the birth of 2 more generations. Known to those closest to her as Jojo, or Aunt Jojo, she was “Mom” to the whole neighborhood, and everyone’s “Grammy.” Joyce lived a long and happy life, devoted to her family. You could often find her sewing or crocheting a beautiful gift for someone she loved. To Joyce, family was by no means limited to biological relatives. Her heart...

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Diana Re
Nov. 10, 1942 - April 22, 2022
Livermore, California

Diana Re, a 52-year resident of the Tri-Valley, passed away on April 22, 2022, after a short hospital stay. Diana was born in Oakland, California to Virgil and Wilma (Harris) Steuble on November 10, 1942. As a young child her family moved from Oakland to San Leandro where she attended public school graduating from San Leandro High School in 1960. Diana met her future husband, Wayne, at her Senior Ball. They were married the following year and immediately started their family. Her last child, a second son, was born before her 20th birthday. In 1970, the family moved to Pleasanton where Wayne started his first teaching job. Initially, Diana was a homemaker and focused on raising their sons. But once the boys were old enough, Diana found work as a dental assistant in Dr. Ralph Juhl’s office and later with his successor, Dr. Michael McKim. She enjoyed her job as it provided her the opportunity to meet half of Pleasanton, then a much smaller town. She remained employed there for 31 years. She was active in supporting both sons and her husband, a high school coach, in all their sports activities. Many of the championship banners in the Tri-Valley high school gyms were made by D...

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Paula Mary Sledge
July 31, 1942 - April 17, 2022
Danville, California

Paula Sledge (Mary Paula Brownlow Sledge) peacefully passed away on April 17, 2022 after a lengthy illness. She is survived by her two sons, Scott and Timothy, her daughter in-law Heidi, her beloved sister Peggy, brother-in-law Jerry and niece Elizabeth. Paula had 6 grandchildren and 1 grandnephew (Renae, Conor, Logan, Tyler, Katie, Danny and Kyvon) whom will all miss her hugs and laughter. Born July 31, 1942 in Fort Worth, Texas, she graduated from Texas Tech University, where she met the love of her life, Don Sledge. They shared a remarkable life together blessed with family, travel, friendship from all over the world. Paula taught at and ran the Valley Parent Co-Op Preschool for over 20 years and was passionate about developing young minds. Former students would stop her in the street in their adult years to say hi. She left that kind of impression on the people lucky enough to be in her world. She also left her mark on the San Ramon area as a fierce fundraiser for John Muir Hospital and the Museum of the San Ramon Valley. She was a founding champion of the Museum and was often seen there welcoming visitors. She is again with Don now, playing golf and eating Mex...

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Josephine Jones
May 12, 1928 - April 8, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Our Loving, Strong and generous mom,Josephine Jones, passed away on Friday April 8th 2022 at 6:45 pm. She was 94 years young and surrounded by family at home. Josephine lived in Pleasanton for over 50 years, she was a retired CNA and loved and cared for many in their time of need. Josephine is survived by her 6 children, 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Booker Jones as well as all her siblings and friends. Be well moma, be well....

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Gustav Adolph Nystrom
May 10, 1948 - April 2, 2022
Dublin, California

Gustav passed away peacefully after a short battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 73 years old. Gustav was raised in Camaguey, Cuba. At the age of 12, after witnessing Fidel Castro’s Revolution, he and his brother fled to Chicago, Illinois, and later their parents were able to join them. During this time, he admirably took over the responsibility for his younger brother, shepherding him into a country where he didn’t speak the language or understand the culture. He received a BS degree in Astronautical and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois and MS and PhD degrees in Applied Mechanics from Stanford University. His professional career included tire research and design at Uniroyal, soil mechanics and foundational engineering at Exxon, and reconstruction of vehicular and industrial accidents using math and physics for his own company, Amador Newtonian Engineering, which he operated for 25 years. Though he had many academic and professional accomplishments, these were not what defined him. He was passionate about social justice, nonviolence, helping the less fortunate, devotion to equality for all, true enjoyment of learning about and respecting othe...

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Donald H. Krueger
June 9, 1927 - March 29, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Donald Henry William Krueger was born June 9, 1927 in Avon, Connecticut to Bernhard and Martha Krueger. On March 29, 2022, at the age of 94, Don passed away peacefully in Pleasanton, CA. surrounded by his family. After graduating high school, Don joined the Army and following basic training at Camp Blanding in Florida he was sent to Germany with the Occupation Forces. At the end of World War II he became a civilian working the same job for a year and then returned home to New York. Don graduated college from the Polytechnic Institute in New York with a Bachelor Electrical Engineering degree and a Professional Engineering License. Don's first job was with Sylvania Electric. He then moved to Schenectady, New York to join General Electric in 1955. He worked for General Electric for 34 years and retired in San Jose, CA. as an Operations Manager. On June 26, 1988, he married the love of his life, Pam Shagen. They lived in Saratoga for 10 years, then built their dream home in Pleasanton, California. Don and Pam spent 37 cherished years together, enjoying sports, cruises and traveling to over 47 countries. Through out Don's life he enjoyed writing poetry, tennis, golf,...

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Jerry Thorne
July 28, 1944 - March 27, 2022
Marana, Arizona

Born in Union City, Tennessee on July 28, 1944, Jerry was the only child of Vangie and Horace White ("Dugan") Thorne. He died on March 27, 2022 peacefully at his home with his wife Kalee in Marana, Arizona. Jerry went to the University of Tennessee at Martin where he was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and was a drum major in the marching band. He graduated in 1966 with a degree in Chemistry. He led a successful career for 26 years at Hewlett Packard / Agilent Technologies as a health and safety engineer, which brought him all over the world. He had a second career as a civil servant, beginning many years ago leading an effort to get a 50-meter swimming pool built in Pleasanton, and culminating in his election to Mayor of Pleasanton in 2012. His list of accomplishments is long and distinguished, and his dedication to the city he loved will not be forgotten soon. Jerry was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army. He supported several different organizations, but the ones providing support to military, veterans and their families were particularly close to his heart. Jerry loved music. He played the trumpet, and he often woke the house playing Reveille on the bugle...

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Stephanie Christine Bell
March 18, 1992 - March 27, 2022
Pleasanton, California

The world lost one of its brightest stars this year. We mourn the loss of our sweet sister, daughter and friend, Stephanie Christine Bell. The youngest of three sisters, Stephanie was born in Fremont, California. Her parents Karla Brown (current Mayor of Pleasanton) and Timothy Belcher and her two older sisters, Pam and Alicia were overjoyed when Stephanie’s arrival completed their family. A bright young woman throughout her 30-year life, Stephanie was known for her competitive streak and mischievous sense of humor. Her family settled in Pleasanton, where she thrived in her AP classes at Foothill High School and played volleyball as a member of the varsity team. Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2014 from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo. Immediately after graduation, Stephanie began to build a successful career at PG&E, in San Ramon, eventually earning a position as a Design and Project Engineer for high pressure gas lines. She enjoyed working and was known as smart, inquisitive, and fun-loving team member. Despite her health struggles, she enjoyed organizing snowboarding trips, chili cook-offs, and decorating ...

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Eric Dean Peterson
Feb. 16, 1958 - March 25, 2022
Leander, Texas, CA

Eric Dean Peterson was born in La Crosse, WI. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on Mar. 25, 2022 in Leander, TX. As a child he grew up in Dublin, CA. He loved sports and while growing up played baseball and football. His favorite sport was soccer, which he continued to play well into his adult years. He loved his animals and always had cats and dogs. He enjoyed the outdoors, and his job as a cable linesman allowed him to spend most of his waking hours there. He worked installing cable networks in CA, TX, and Alaska. He leaves behind his greatest love, his wife, Micki (Miller) Peterson. He also leaves his beloved daughters, Kayla & Kirsten Peterson. He will be dearly missed by his sister Mary and her husband Donald Stephenson, his sister Elizabeth Peterson, and his brother Kirk and his wife Claudia Peterson. He also leaves behind his father-in-law Ken and his wife, Donna Miller, his brother-in-law Jay Miller, his aunt, Pat Ruppenthal, and many cousins, nephews and one niece. He was preceded in death by his father Dean Peterson, his mother Karol Ruppenthal and his son William Peterson. He will be forever in the hearts of those who knew him. There will be a Cele...

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Sharon Hoggatt
1941 - March 16, 2022
Pleasanton, CA

Aptly described as beautiful, spunky, and independent, Sharon Hoggatt, 81, of Pleasanton, passed away on March 16, 2022. She was the beloved daughter to Geraldine and Roger. Sharon grew up in Fullerton and Bakersfield. “Tweeter” had many fond memories of attending East Bakersfield High School where she was a song leader and a social butterfly. She graduated from Cal State University, East Bay in her late forties. Real estate was both her profession and passion. Going on long walks, being in her garden, playing golf, or attending supper club were activities she enjoyed. She also loved the ocean and being anywhere warm, especially with her family. She was devoted to her three children and their spouses: Jennifer and Curt Rocca; Kevin and Julie Hoggatt; and Kristen and Ron Altbaum. She was also an amazing grandmother to her nine grandchildren: Lyndsey, Grant, Alex, Sierra, Austin, Jake, Brad, Lane, and Kayley. Sharon’s sisters are Rondi and Marilee of Bakersfield. She was preceded in death by her late husband and the love of her life, Doug Hoggatt, and by her faithful sister Bobbe. Friends and family of Sharon are welcome to attend a celebration of life in Sh...

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R. Norman Nelson, Jr.
Oct. 6, 1943 - March 10, 2022
Brentwood, CA

R. NORMAN (Norm) NELSON, JR. 1943-2022 R. Norman Nelson, Jr. of Brentwood, California passed away on Thursday March 10, 2022 at the age of 78. Born on October 6, 1943 in San Antonio, Texas to the late Betty (Cline) Nelson and Ralph N. Nelson Sr., Norm graduated in 1961 from Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas, Texas. After high school, he attended the University of Texas and graduated in 1965 with a degree in Business Administration. In 1966 he met and married his wife, Grace. He then went on to receive a masters degree in marketing from the University of California, Berkeley in 1967. He completed Naval Officer Training School in 1968 and was stationed in Hawaii where he served until 1971. After working for Exxon for 18 years, Norm changed careers becoming a Real Estate Broker. As a Broker, he specialized in residential real estate in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley area for 25 years until he retired in 2014. In 1975 Norm moved his family to Pleasanton, Ca., where he volunteered in many youth sports programs. He was also involved in several professional organizations including a golf group whom he met with regularly. Norm was also very involved with his chur...

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Don Allen Yocum
March 14, 1954 - March 10, 2022
San Ramon, California

Beloved husband, father, and friend, Don Yocum passed away at the age of 67 at his home in San Ramon, CA on Thursday, March 10, 2022, just 4 days shy of what would have been his 68th Birthday. He died peacefully in his sleep from a massive heart attack. Don was born in San Diego, CA. When Don was entering high school, he and his family moved to Pleasant Hill, CA where he graduated in the class of 1972, from Pleasant Hill High School. He went on to attend college at the University of Oregon. After one year as an Oregon Duck, Don transferred to Chico State University in California where he completed his education and graduated with a BA in finance. After college Don went to work in sales for his grandfather’s lighting company in Salt Lake City, Utah. This began his lifelong career in the electrical/lighting industry and opened doors leading to a position with GESCO that relocated him back to Northern California. Don retired in 2018 after 18 years with with Associated Lighting Representatives. He was an amazing negotiator and one of the top 5 electrical salesmen in Northern California. He is legendary within his field. Don is survived by his loving wife of 26 1/2 y...

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John M. Peterson
June 23, 1966 - March 3, 2022
Pleasanton, CA

John Milton Peterson was a man so remarkable that he actually had not one, but three birthdays. Born in Pequannock, New Jersey, in June 1966 to Al and Dee Peterson, John grew up as all kids did in the 70s: wild and free until it got dark — riding bikes and building forts in the woods, playing baseball, and creating imaginary worlds with his older sister and younger brother. When the family moved from New Jersey to California, John planted his roots firmly in the East Bay, first in San Ramon and later in Pleasanton. John attended Cal State East Bay where he was an active member of the Zeta Omicron chapter of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. At college, John not only earned his Bachelor’s degree, but he also gave up bachelorhood for good. While a student, he met Kelly Howell, whom he married and loved every single day of his life. They built their lives together in Pleasanton, raising two beautiful daughters, Allie and Maddie. John was an IT wizard, with long tenures at both PeopleSoft and Workday where his pranks were legendary. He loved being a father and always found a way to make his girls laugh — even when he was enduring chemotherapy for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. John batt...

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Matthew Donald Magoon
March 24, 1969 - Feb. 28, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Deeply loved son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend, Matthew Donald Magoon, 52, of Pleasanton, California, passed away peacefully at Valley Care Hospital February 28, 2022. He had bravely confronted and fought the physical challenges of diabetes. Matt was born March 24th, 1969 in Valley Memorial Hospital, Livermore, California, to Jeanne Marie Magoon and Robert Willard Magoon. He was raised in Pleasanton, the youngest of five children, Robert, Jeanette, Jacqueline, and Douglas. Matt, a skilled carpenter by trade, enjoyed woodworking projects and especially enjoyed building anything using scrap material. He experienced living in Livermore, Seattle, Denver (where Matt was president of the Raiders booster club), Modesto, and most of his years in Pleasanton. Matt will always be remembered for his big heart....

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Anne Beeman Lack
Aug. 17, 1937 - Feb. 26, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Anne Beeman Lack passed away on February 26, 2022 in Pleasanton, CA. She was 84. A native of San Francisco, Anne was born to parents Josiah and Helen Beeman on August 17, 1937. She graduated from Lowell High School and San Francisco State University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and teaching credential. In 1960 she married William Lack and moved to Marin where she began her teaching career. They moved to Pleasanton in 1971 where Anne joined East Avenue Middle School, teaching English and art classes. She enjoyed being on the leading edge of technology, incorporating digital animation into the English literature curriculum. She retired in 1997, after 20 years. She dearly valued the friendships she made at East Avenue during those years. In retirement, Anne loved to travel and took many memorable trips. She enjoyed summers at Pinecrest Lake – hiking, fishing, boating on the lake and making wonderful family memories. Anne had a fun-loving spirit and enjoyed fully participating in theme parties with family and friends. She loved music, playing both guitar and piano and sharing that love with her family. She played guitar in the Celebration folk service a...

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Carlo E Vecchiarelli Jr.
July 26, 1942 - Feb. 12, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Carlo E. Vecchiarelli Jr. passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 12th, 2022 after a short but strong battle with cancer, he was 79 years old. Born in 1942 in Alameda Ca, to his parents Carlo E. Vecchiarelli Sr. and Laura N. Mastroianni-Vecchiarelli, he grew up in San Leandro, Ca and attended Bishop O’dowd High School in Oakland where he graduated in 1960. It was, however, during his elementary school years when he attended St. Leanders in San Leandro where he met his future wife, Geri. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Geri Keele-Vecchiarelli, his son Carlo E. Vecchiarelli III (Chuck) & Chuck’s wife Brenda Freeman- Vecchiarelli, his daughter Veronica Vecchiarelli-Valleau (Rocky) & Rocky’s husband Kenneth Valleau. Carlo has five grandchildren, Tyler Blain, Josh Blain, Brianna Vecchiarelli, JonCarlo Valleu, AJ Valleau, and three beautiful great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He began his career at Chabot College in Hayward, Ca. in 1968 as a faculty member and professor in the science department. He taught there until becoming the dean of admissions and records in 1975. He remained a dean in administration f...

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Charles Patrick Fracisco
March 17, 1934 - Feb. 10, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Charles Patrick Fracisco passed away peacefully in Livermore on Tuesday, February 10, 2022. Pat was born on St. Patrick’s Day at St. Paul’s Hospital in Livermore, the oldest son of parents who were born and raised in Livermore and Pleasanton, respectively. He attended St. Michael’s School and later graduated from Livermore High School in 1951. After a brief period at St. Mary’s College on a basketball scholarship, he transferred to San Francisco City College where he played football; an injury ended his playing career, though his love of sports continued! He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Masters of Arts Degree in Physical Education from San Jose State College. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Pat’s teaching and coaching career in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) spanned 33 years. Initially, he was hired to teach and coach at Livermore High. He taught Physical Education and coached football, basketball, baseball and swimming. In 1963, he was asked to transfer to Granada High the year the school opened. At GHS, he taught, coached, and served as the school’s first Athletic Director. Pat coached football and basketball...

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Edmond Stephen Alves
Jan. 5, 1931 - Feb. 2, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Edmond Stephen Alves died on February 2, 2022, at the age of 91. Ed, as he was called by family and friends, was born in Providence, Rhode Island to immigrant parents in 1931. His family moved to Pleasanton, California when Ed was a young boy. Upon Ed's graduation from Amador Valley High School in 1948, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps in July 1948 at the age of 17. Ed was a proud Marine and served his country during the Korean War. He graduated from San Jose State University (under the G.I. bill) with a major in Business Administration. In 1954, he married Dorlene F. Garcia. They were married for 57 years before Dorlene's death in 2012. Ed & Dorlene (Doe) raised their family in Pleasanton. All of their children would go on to graduate from Amador Valley High School like both parents before pursuing college. Ed was active in the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) as well as the Knights of Columbus. He maintained life-long friendships with his high school classmates. Ed was an extrovert. He loved to talk with people. Since first becoming a grandparent in 1993, Ed loved spending time with his grandchildren and would drive or hop on a plane (to Texas or Southern California) for a quick...

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Paula Rollins
June 15, 1945 - Feb. 1, 2022
Florence, Oregon

Paula Kay Rollins had a smile meant for heaven. On February 1, 2022, heaven welcomed Paula and her beautiful smile. She was 77. Paula Kay Foster was born to Paul and Cassie Foster on June 15, 1945, in Puyallup Washington. California called and said to bring that gorgeous smile south to Alameda where she was raised. Paula graduated from Alameda High in 1963, where she was an excellent student, cheerleader and involved in student government. She then enrolled at Cal State Hayward where she would meet her future husband, Richard Rollins. Rich and Paula married and had three children, Richard, Ryan, and Rebecca. They were happily married for nearly 57 years. In addition to being a dedicated and loving wife, mother, and friend, Paula’s smiles were often found watching her children’s and grandchildren’s activities and sporting events. She was actively involved in church at St. Clare’s and then Crosswinds. Throughout her entire life, she held an unwavering faith in God, which she often shared with those around her. Paula is survived by her husband, Richard, her children, Richard, Ryan and Rebecca, her grandchildren, Jenice, Sierra, Nathan, Kelsey, Sophie, Nola...

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Donald Odean Mazy
June 23, 1938 - Feb. 1, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Donald (Don) O. Mazy left this plane of existence for his next flight on February 1st, 2022. He was born on June 23,1938 in Muskogee, OK to Virgie M. (Ellison) and Travis O. Mazy before moving to the Abilene, TX area in 1939. Don graduated from Abilene High in 1956, attended Texas A&M, and graduated from McMurry College in 1962. After teaching math for a year, Don joined the Navy. He was awarded Naval Aviation Observer (Navigation) wings in August 1964, and ordered to Bombardier/Navigator training in the A3B “Skywarrior” aircraft. During his 21-year military career, he made deployments to various aircraft carriers often as Officer in Charge of his detachment. On his last deployment to the USS Midway, he made his 409th and last carrier landing. His other assignments were to various squadrons at Whidbey Island, WA, Corpus Christi, TX, Agana, Guam, and Alameda, CA. He reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) and assumed command of Auxiliary Landing Field, Crows Landing, CA where he retired from active duty in 1984. After retirement from the Navy, he was a substitute teacher, worked at a local photo shop, and as an instructor for the Pleasanton Unified School District for...

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Gerrie M. Froberg
Oct. 18, 1933 - Jan. 25, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Gerrie Miller Froberg was born on October 18, 1933 in Cedar, Minnesota and died on January 25, 2022. Gerrie spent her childhood in and around Anoka, Minnesota and was the youngest child of Al and Hannah Bombarger. In 1952, she met and married Robert Miller, and moved to his home in Spokane, Washington. In 1953, the two became the proud parents of twin girls, Kathryn and Kristine, followed by their son, Kurt, in 1954, who died in infancy. In 1969, the family relocated to Pleasanton, California. During her life, Gerrie worked various jobs, but among her favorites was being a secretary at the Millwood Presbyterian Church office in Washington. While in California, she worked as a secretary for the Sunol Regional Park District and as the administrator to the Director's Office, secretarial pool, at the Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore. Upon retiring from the Lawrence Livermore Lab, she rekindled a relationship with Ken Froberg, whom she had known from High School in Anoka, Minnesota and they married in July 1989. The moved to his residence in Hurst, Texas. They only had one year together and upon his death, she moved back to her home in Pleasanton. She was also a me...

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Irene Still
June 24, 1933 - Jan. 21, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Irene (Kolofoles) Still, age 88, of Seal Beach and Pleasanton, passed peacefully on the evening of January 21, 2022, after several years of cognitive decline. Irene Still grew up in a quaint New England town, Methuen, which is located just north of Boston. She was a graduate of Endicott College, situated on the scenic shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Beverly, Massachusetts, and a graduate of Keuka College in upstate New York. The acclaimed field study programs offered by both colleges, as well as their proximity to an ocean and a lake, solidified her decision to matriculate there. While Irene was engaged in college-related fieldwork in Rochester, New York, she was housed in one of the dormitories at Colgate Rochester Divinity School. At Colgate she met and later married seminarian Howard Lewis Still. Being the wife of a minister was not something fun-loving Irene had ever envisioned for herself! But her chosen profession was Social Work, and they shared a conviction for serving. They were married at the Divinity School, and the President, Dr. Sanders, officiated. During their early years of marriage, Howard completed his seminary studies at Colgate while Irene was simultaneous...

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Teri Rae Mankins
Feb. 22, 1959 - Jan. 18, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Teri Rae Mankins passed away on Tuesday, January 18th 2022 after a hard-fought battle with breast cancer. Teri touched so many different people with her old soul and gentle heart. Teri was born in Roaring Springs, PA. She was an Air Force “Brat,” and lived in many different places until her parents moved to North Highlands, CA. She graduated High School and met her future husband at the tender age of 13. After graduating high school Teri enlisted in the US Navy where she served honorably until 1981. After leaving the Navy, Teri and her husband, Richard, moved to CA where she had a great 39-year career with one company although many names (ESL, TRW, Northrop Grumman) until retiring in June 2020. While Teri enjoyed many things such as travel and volunteer work with the Tri-Valley Mothers of Twins Club, above all she enjoyed spending time with her family and many friends. Some of the greatest vacations were simple things like camping and boating at Lake Folsom or houseboating with friends on Lake Oroville. Teri raised three wonderful children, Ann, Clint, and Neal in Pleasanton, CA with her husband, Richard, of 42 years. Teri is survived by her husband, Richard; her ...

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Louis Michael Russo
April 4, 1933 - Jan. 16, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Louis (Lou) Michael Russo April 4,1933 - January 16, 2022 We are so sad to announce the passing of Louis (Lou) Russo, who passed away peacefully on January 16, 2022, at the age of 88. He loved his wife of 65 years who sadly passed in 2021. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, spending time with his two sons, his grandchildren and golf with his friends. He loved sitting on the porch with his wife and talking with the neighbors. He also enjoyed getting together with his fellow UPS retirees. We were so lucky to have such loving and caring parents and to have them in our lives for as long as we did. Dad we will miss you, but you will always be locked in our hearts, and it comforts us to know you are back together with mom. Lou was born Louis Michael Russo, on April 4, 1933, in Suffern, New York. He graduated from Tuxedo High School in Tuxedo Park, New York. In 1952 he joined the Navy, where he was an aircraft mechanic in a squadron. Not long after that a couple new recruits joined the squadron, one of those was a redhead who caught his eye. After many attempts of pursuing her for a date and being turned down, she finally accepted, and the rest was history....

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Hildegard Juliana Melander
Nov. 12, 1939 - Jan. 15, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Hildegard Juliana Melander, beloved wife, mother, Oma, sister, aunt, friend, neighbor and elementary school teacher, passed away peacefully at home in Pleasanton, CA on Saturday, January 15, 2022, surrounded by family. She had a full life dedicated to faith, family, friends, teaching and travel. The second of five children, Hildegard was born November 12, 1939 in Aschaffenburg, Germany. During World War II, the family moved away from city bombings to Nordheim v.d.Rhön, a small farming village where her mother’s family lived. In 1952, they returned to Aschaffenburg. Hildegard finished school and started working for the American Express Company bank on a U.S. Army base, where her German father was bank manager, and where she could practice her English. In 1959, at age 19, on an adventure to experience life outside Germany, Hildegard and a friend traveled by boat to New York under sponsorship of a stateside relative who lived in Buffalo. They found jobs as au pairs in Buffalo, NY and then a year later rode across the country by bus to California where Hildegard worked at a bank in Los Angeles for another year. Hildegard then returned to Germany as she had promised her p...

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Alexandre Sébastien Denoix
Nov. 11, 1988 - Jan. 13, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Alexandre Sébastien Denoix, beloved son, brother and uncle, was tragically lost to us on January 13th, 2022. Alex was born on November 11, 1988, in Renton, Washington, and spent his early childhood in Bourges, France, then Bothell, Washington and Pleasanton, California. As a teenager, Alex excelled in sports; he was an especially talented soccer player. He graduated from Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, and later attended Butte College and Chico State University, graduating with associates degrees from both schools. Charming and clever, he lit up any room he entered. He was happiest in nature and loved the outdoors. He loved adrenaline-charged activities like rock climbing, skateboarding, and sailing. He thrived on adventure, and was always the first to the top of the mountain or first in the water if the opportunity presented itself. A true original, Alex did things his own way and with inimitable style, usually accompanied by his patented, infectious grin. A free spirit with a huge heart, family and faith were everything to him; two of his happiest and proudest days were his confirmation day in 2018, and his wedding in 2019. Alex is survived by his wife Natal...

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Dennis Joseph Hart
April 20, 1957 - Jan. 12, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Dennis Joseph Hart, a Pleasanton native and resident of over 50 years, peacefully passed away on January 12 th after a three-year battle with prostate cancer. Dennis was aged 64 and was surrounded by his wife, Leslee and children in their home in Pleasanton. Dennis was born in Castro Valley, CA in 1957 and was the fourth child of seven kids to Thomas and Mary Hart. He graduated from Amador Valley High School in 1975 and after earning a B.A. in Criminal Justice from San Jose State University, Dennis was hired as a Police Officer for the city of Alameda in July 1979. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2002 and held many roles throughout his 30 years of service for the Alameda Police Department including Patrol Officer, Traffic Officer, Investigator, Patrol Sergeant, and Hostage Negotiator. Dennis retired in 2007, but his drive and enjoyment of police work led him to co-founding an investigative services company where he worked with cities across the Bay Area to conduct pre-hire background investigations for public safety employment candidates. Shortly after becoming a Police Officer, Dennis married his high school love, Leslee Mohatt and the two recently celebrated their 40 th wedd...

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Barbara Elaine Hempill
July 22, 1931 - Jan. 10, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Barbara Hempill was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 22, 1931. She was the lovingly welcomed daughter of George and Robena Kurth. Because Robena had Parkinson’s Disease, Barbara learned to be independent, caring, and responsible at an early age. Love of God, family, friends and music played a central role throughout Barbara’s life. She learned to play the piano, and began singing in the church choir when she was 16. At 18 Barbara started teaching Sunday school and at 22 she became a Girl Scout leader. On January 31, 1953, Barbara married Hugh Hempill at the First Presbyterian Church in Chicago. In 1957 Barbara retired from her job as secretary to the controller of The Reuben H. Donnelley Corporation to stay home and raise a family. By that time she and Hugh had purchased a home on the far southwest side of Chicago. They welcomed their first child, John, later that year. He was followed by Thomas in 1959 and Jeanne in 1963. Shortly after Jeanne was born, the family moved to Homewood, Illinois, where Barbara continued to sing in the church choir as well as teach and superintend the Sunday school. She also attended courses at the community college, was a Cub Scout den moth...

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Audrey Aune
July 4, 1932 - Jan. 4, 2022
Pleasanton, CA

In loving memory of our Father and Mother, Gordon and Audrey Aune. Audrey and Gordon were both born in Portland, Oregon. They both attended college in Oregon were they met. Gordon Aune was born 12/24/1933 and passed Nov. 2, 2021. He preceded his wife of 67 years. Audrey Aune was born July 4 1932 and passed Jan 4 2022. They started their adventure with Gordon in the Air Force. Their time in the Air Force took them to Arizona, Texas, Florida and Alaska. During one of Gordon flights he got lost in Russian Airspace but luckily made it back to Alaska with barely enough fuel. Mean time Audrey worked as a school teacher. They then settled back in Oregon. They were then blessed with the opportunity to adopt twin daughters, Jeanne and Joanne. Three yrs later Audrey gave birth to a son, Mark. Gordons Job took them to Tustin, Calif. where they stayed for 4 yrs. Gordons Job then took them to Pleasanton, Calif. where they lived out the remainder of their life, in the same home for 50 yrs. They are survived by their 3 children, a daughter-in-law, 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Audreys sister, Gene, 5 nieces, 4 nephews, which also includes their children and grandchi...

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Ronald Charles Wallace
April 15, 1947 - Jan. 3, 2022
Pleasanton, California

Ron Wallace, 74 of Pleasanton, CA passed away on January 3, 2022, at his home, surrounded by his loved ones. He was diagnosed with Leukemia & lost his battle after 4 short months. Ron was born in Oakland, CA and attended local schools and played football at Fremont High, graduating in 1965. He went on to play football for San Francisco State & graduated with a BA in Business Administration & continued his education at Cal State East Bay & UC Berkeley. Following college, he enlisted in the Army and was very proud to be a veteran, supporting causes such as Stand-down. He went on to build a successful career in sales in the home furnishing industry for 47 years. He is survived by wife, Marjorie of 35 years, son Jason Banks, daughter-in-law Shannon, & grandson Nycoh of Walnut Creek & daughter Jessica Darling, son-in-law Scott, & granddaughters, Delilah & Dakota of Pleasanton. Ron was a life-long baseball enthusiast &; fan of the Oakland A’s & SF Giants. Not only did he love watching the game, but he also had a passion for coaching. Ron also loved to travel, garden, fine wine, playing Bocce and spending time with his family & many friends, but his love for his grandchildren was immeas...

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Dec. 12, 1964 - Oct. 1, 2022 Pleasanton, CA/USA

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