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Sharon Kay Romero
June 7, 1944 - May 5, 2024
Pleasanton, California

The family of Sharon (Sherry) K. Romero want to announce the passing of their beloved mother and sister on May 5th. Sherry will be remembered for her strength, wonderful sense of humor, artistic talent, angelic voice, and notable love of her family, friends and dogs. While she passed away peacefully, she also endured a lengthy 12-year battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. She was born in Washington, D.C. to her parents, Isabel and Howard Latimer during World War II. Her father was a pilot and lost his life in a plane crash just weeks after little Sherry was born. Isabel moved back to her parent’s home in Ohio for support in caring for her daughter. Several years later, Isabel met a handsome Navy officer named Paul Rundall. Paul also had a young daughter, Sandra, who was only four years older than Sherry. Isabel and Paul fell in love and married in 1950. They later moved to Arlington, Virginia. Paul went on to adopt Sherry and give her his name. Two years later her brother, Dennis, was born only to pass away from a congenital heart defect 7-weeks after birth. After 4 years of marriage, Isabel and Paul welcomed their third daughter, Kay. In 1956, the Navy ...

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Wayne S. Davis
July 27, 1946 - May 2, 2024
Marblhead, Massachusetts

Wayne S. Davis, age 77, of Marblehead, formerly an over 30 year resident of Pleasanton, CA, and over 20-year resident of Danvers, MA passed away on May 2, 2024 at Seasons of Danvers. Wayne was the beloved husband of the late Carol (Cuffe) Davis with whom he shared over 45 years of marriage. He was also the devoted father of the late Christopher Davis. Born in Revere on July 27, 1946, he was the son of the late Elwin S. Davis and the late Irma M. (Bowen) Davis. The family moved to Reading for a very short time and then moved to Danvers where Wayne grew up and graduated from Danvers High School with the Class of 1964. Wayne went on to receive a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and graduated in 1968. He worked as an information technology and services professional, traveling the world as a manufacturers' representative for several Fortune 500 companies for over 40 years until his retirement. Wayne and Carol lived in Marblehead for several years then moved to Pleasanton, California where they lived for over 30 years. They welcomed their son in 1981 and could not have been happier or more proud of Christopher. Wayne is surv...

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Anthony (Tony) Costello
April 8, 1931 - April 26, 2024
Pleasanton, California

Anthony H. (Tony) Costello, patriarch of one of Pleasanton’s deepest-rooted families, died April 26 at the family’s Birdland-area home of more than 50 years. He was 93. Tony was surrounded at his passing by family and his wife of 69 years, Joan, who set out with him on a true journey when his job promotion persuaded them to move from the East Coast to Pleasanton in 1973. The city looked very different then. Downtown was mostly a rumor, the Hacienda Business Park didn’t exist and Pleasanton’s population had not yet reached 20,000. But Tony saw a place of vast possibilities and believed that his family – eight children, including a 9-month-old – could thrive there. By the time of his passing, Tony and Joan had 25 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, and the vast majority of the West Coast Costellos continue to live, work and attend school in the area. Tony Costello was born April 8, 1931, part of a truly American story. His parents, Giovanni (John) and Angelina (Julia), were first-generation Italian immigrants who each entered the country as teenagers through Ellis Island – Giovanni’s last name, Castiello, being changed to Costello by the authorities ...

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Donald Paul Kruse
April 14, 1941 - April 26, 2024
Pleasanton, California

Donald Paul Kruse of Pleasanton passed away peacefully on April 26, 2024 at the age of 83. Don was the beloved husband of Lorna for 56 years, father to Alissa and Darren Kruse, and grandfather to Ty and Travis Kruse. Don was born in Sacramento. He had fond memories of growing up in Walnut Grove with his parents Edgar and Marcella along with his brother Carl and sister Barbara. Don received his bachelors of Music Education from Sacramento State, this is also where he met Lorna, the love of his life, playing the trumpet in 1959. Don started his teaching career in Galt, then earned his Masters of Yoga Breathing for Wind Instrumentalists from Cal State University, San Francisco. Don and Lorna married June 10, 1967 and shortly after moved to Pleasanton. Don touched the lives of many students as a Band Director with the Fremont Unified School District where he was teacher of the year in 1999. He continued to keep in touch with many students throughout the years and recently had drums donated in his honor to Amador Valley High School. Music was a passion for Don outside of the classroom as well. Don played the trumpet in the San Jose Wind Symphony for over 30 years. Play...

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Garret Hill
Aug. 27, 2002 - April 21, 2024
Danville, California

Garret was born Aug 27, 2002, in Walnut Creek, CA. Garret was born a Pittsburgh Steelers fan thanks to his dad, and his love for the Steelers never wavered. He enjoyed watching the games with his family while rooting on his favorite team. Garret grew up in Dublin, CA. He was a natural born athlete who had so much ability across many sports which he loved playing. He excelled in soccer, baseball, basketball, and football. He attended Valley Christian School in Dublin from Pre-K through 8th grade where he made many lifelong friends. He then moved to Pleasanton, CA and attended Foothill High School. Garret played football and JV basketball his first year of high school. Starting sophomore year, he put all his focus into his passionate love of basketball. He played Varsity basketball his sophomore and junior year and was an excellent shooting guard and defensive player. It would not be uncommon for Garret to make five to six 3-point shots in a single game. He also had great leadership skills both on and off the court. He had a huge love for music that crossed many genres, but particularly the 60s, 70s and he particularly enjoyed the Motown vibe. He loved the older music b...

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Aimee Lorene Zimmerman Gonzales
Sept. 30, 1984 - April 14, 2024
Livermore, California

Aimee Zimmerman fell asleep in death on April 14, 2024 in Palo Alto, Ca. surrounded by her family after a brief and unexpected illness, she was 39. Aimee was born in San Jose Ca. and raised in Mountain View, Ca. She later moved to Pleasanton and then Livermore, the birthplace of her father, grandmother and many more ancestors. Aimee followed in her grandmother Alice's footsteps and graduated from Amador Valley High school in Pleasanton, Ca. She then went on to become a licensed cosmetologist. Aimee had a passion for the outdoors, she loved to turn a patch of dirt into a blossoming garden. She was also a song writer/composer and musician. She played many instruments but her favorite was the piano which she played daily. She was also extremely intelligent and loved studying physics and astronomy. Aimee is survived by her son Peyton Detlefsen of Pleasanton, Ca; father Ron Zimmerman; mother Deborah Zimmerman, both of Livermore, Ca; sister Tanya Zimmerman of Lexington, Ky; niece Taylor Howell and nephew Micah Howell, both of Lexington Ky; grandparents Gary and Carole Cherry of Hollister Ca. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. She is preceded in death by her grandfath...

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Robby Perkins Sr.
March 24, 1963 - April 6, 2024
Pleasanton, California

Robby Perkins Sr. (Robert A. Perkins III), 61 passed away peacefully on April 6th, 2024. Born on March 24th, 1963, Robby lived an exciting and full life and enriched so many people’s lives. He was well loved by those who knew him. Robby was a well-known businessman managing high technology and bio technology companies. He was fluent in German, Spanish, and English, and grew up in Chicago and New Orleans. He was born into a disadvantaged home, briefly raised by his grandparents, and was later raised as a young man by “The Mercy Home for Boys." He graduated from St. Ignatius High School with honors earning a 4-year full scholarship to Stanford University's Undergraduate program. After graduating with a BA in Economics and International Relations, Robby gave his life to the US Peace Corps stationed in Costa Rica, as serving others was his lifelong mission. Robby furthered his career obtaining a master’s in business administration from Harvard's School of Business. Upon graduation, he met and married the love of his life Rocio Arango, and they now have two beautiful children all of whom lived in California. Robby took great pleasure of working in several reputable companies s...

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Randy Isaacs
Oct. 5, 1964 - April 6, 2024
Pleasanton, California

Randy Isaacs, known affectionately as “Big Red,” died of a heart attack doing what he loved, hiking out in nature. He was 59 years old. Randy was raised in Pleasanton, California, where he was a multi-sport student-athlete at Foothill High School, where he would later spend his career teaching, coaching, and mentoring students and players. Randy attended Columbia Community College in Sonora, California and Chico State University where he continued to play basketball. He traveled to Australia where he coached a Women’s basketball team and played internationally. After returning to the United States, Randy began his teaching career in the Pleasanton Unified School District, eventually transitioning to his Alma Mater. Randy’s career spanned 30 years and included teaching, coaching the Men’s Varsity Basketball team, and also serving as Athletic Director. Foothill fans will remember Randy as “the voice of Foothill football.” Randy married the love of his life, Karen (Lapp) Isaacs and together they raised their twin daughters, Haley and Alyson, in the town that he loved. Randy was preceded in death by his mother, Delsie Clayton, and step-father Darwin Clayton...

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Dolores Roma Machado
May 1, 1930 - April 2, 2024
Pleasanton, California

Dolores Roma Machado, born on May 1, 1930, in California, passed away on April 2, 2024, at the age of 93 in Pleasanton, California. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Dolores was a devoted wife to Gilbert Machado for 70 years and was cherished by all who knew her. She had a passion for gardening and flowers, finding joy and solace in cultivating beautiful blooms. She is survived by her daughter Michelle Casey Machado, grandchildren Tom, Ty, Erik, Tony, Shane, and Misty, as well as great-grandchildren Alaze, Elean, Anthony, and little Emma. Dolores is preceded in death by her husband Gilbert Machado and daughter Kathy Rizzo. Dolores Roma Machado will be deeply missed by her family and friends. May she rest in peace....

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William Loesche
March 28, 1935 - March 26, 2024
Pleasanton, California

William "Bill" Loesche, of Pleasanton, CA passed away at home surrounded by his family March 26. Formerly of Daytona Beach, FL and Honolulu, HI. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Patricia; three children, Brenda, Joseph, and David; four grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and a sister, Kathleen. Bill joined the Navy in Feb 1954. He & Pat were married in the territory of Hawaii in November 1957. He entered the University of Florida, Feb 1958, graduated with an EE degree and three young children. He joined Westinghouse in June 1962 with his assignments taking him to many locations. He left Westinghouse in June 1986, at the age of 51. He and Pat moved back to Hawaii and then traveled the world by ship, bringing home many wonderful stories and treasures. He loved sports, investing, and spending time with his family. His family always came first, and he was proud of their successes. Interment for the immediate family only at Punchbowl in Hawaii. The family would like to thank Hope Hospice for all their support during this difficult time....

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John Robert Nix
March 17, 1945 - March 17, 2024
Pleasanton, California

John Robert Nix, 79, of Pleasanton, CA passed away peacefully on his birthday, March 17th, 2024, while surrounded by family.  Some would say dying on his birthday (St. Patrick’s Day) gave voice to his Irish luck and signified the achievement of his purpose here on earth. John is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joanne, his children, Tyler and Connor (Sarah), and his siblings, Vicki and Grover.  John took incredible pride in his family.  He was a supportive and loving husband and a generous and compassionate father.  John and Jo were world-traveling companions, where exploration and adventure always won out over rest and relaxation.  Tyler and Connor fondly remember his humor, gregarious nature, and self-confidence – all qualities they seek to embody. Beyond being most well-known as a loving husband, brother, and father, his role as a teacher best defined and gave purpose to his life – a role that he often referred to as the best job in the world.  John's people and educational skills were exemplary from his first days at Dublin High School in the early 1970s through his last at Foothill High School in 2008.  While at Dublin High, John taught psychology and ran W...

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Gay Fremier-Grimm
Aug. 15, 1942 - March 13, 2024
Danville, California

On Wednesday March 13, we lost a bright light. Gay Fremier-Grimm was a strong woman with many interests and talents. She practiced Christian Science her whole life and was a staple in First Church Christ Scientist, Danville. In her over 20 year career as a Human Resource Director, she helped and was an inspiration to many. Gay was an artist- scrapbooking, photography, drawing and painting. She was an incredible mother and best friend to her daughter, Jeannine- always a shoulder to lean on and a supportive ear. Also an amazing wife, Gay and Gordon enjoyed traveling abroad, cruising, and trips to her childhood hometown, beautiful Carmel. In 2017 she became a nana and it suited her beautifully. Her grandchildren, Kai and Makena loved her with all their heart and loved their visits. There are no words to describe the ache we feel with her no longer with us. However, we remind ourselves, the only reason it hurts so badly is because she was such an incredible mom, wife and nana. We love you so much, Gay/ mom/ nana. Memorial service for Gay will be held at the Alamo Women’s Club on Sunday April 14th at 1 PM (1401 Danville Blvd, Alamo, CA 94507)....

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Donald Wilson Crocker
April 29, 1926 - March 11, 2024
Pleasanton, California

Don passed away peacefully during his sleep on March 11, 2024 in his Pleasanton home. Just the way he wanted to go! He was born in Evanston, Illinois. Growing up in Kenilworth and Chicago, he also enjoyed a family summer home in Spread Eagle, Wisconsin. Don enlisted in the Navy in July 1944. During WWII he was stateside as a Flight Line Plane Captain. In 1948 he married his wife, Jean Page. They raised their two children, Tom and Linda, in the Montclair district of Oakland, CA and later moved to Pleasanton, CA. Don worked in the asphalt industry for over 35 years. He was honored to be a member of the American Legion and he was a Master Mason. Don loved flying and anything having to do with aviation. He played the organ and piano and liked fishing and animals. Don is survived by his son, Charles Thomas Crocker, daughter, Linda Crocker Randall, son-in- law, Kelly Gerard Randall, grandson Brendan Patrick Randall, granddaughter Sierra Megan Randall, and great-grandson, Lucas Alexander Randall. The family prefers donations in his memory to American Legion Post 237 Pleasanton or an animal rescue organization....

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Willard Edward Johnson
Dec. 5, 1938 - March 6, 2024
Pleasanton, California

A longtime resident of Pleasanton, California, Willard Edward Johnson died on March 6, 2024, at 85 years of age. Born in Blackwell, Oklahoma, on December 5, 1938, he was the first child of H. Willard and Dorothea Johnson. Their family of six moved frequently. At one home near Oklahoma City’s Tinker Air Force Base, he watched World War II aircraft pass overhead daily. Young Will became enamored of aeronautics and decided to become a pilot. His father was a talented music instructor, performer, and band director; under his tutelage, Willard showed early promise as a cornetist, leading high school groups to two State championships while in 7th grade. But while music was always part of his life, air flight ultimately captured his imagination. At Will Rogers High School he fostered a friendship with Jack Hamilton that would last a lifetime. The boys bonded over their shared enthusiasm for model airplanes. Early members of the Tulsa Glue Dobbers, today believed to be the oldest radio-controlled flying club in the US, they built and flew their models on the vast plains of Tulsa. Willard was a proud graduate of WRHS Class of 1956 and a member of the Civil Air Patrol. He w...

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Rosanne Celine Holmes
Nov. 20, 1933 - March 5, 2024
Pleasanton, CA

Rose Holmes, age 90, passed away at home on March 5, 2024. She was born Rosanne Celine Morrissey on November 20, 1933, in Dublin, Ireland, one of five children born to Patrick and Katherine Morrissey. Rose met the love of her life Maurice Holmes in Ireland. They married in 1956 and immigrated to Boston, MA later that year before making their way to California in 1962. They adopted three children, Garrett, Candy, and Scott. She worked in Accounts Payable at Hexcel for over 25 years. In retirement, she volunteered countless hours at St. Augustine’s Church. She was a parishioner for over 50 years and attended mass daily. Rose was a kind soul that made a lasting impact on everyone she met. She loved to laugh, shop, travel, take cruises with her girlfriends, sing and dance to Irish tunes, and drink tea. Above all, she cherished the moments she spent with her family, leaving a legacy of love that will be deeply missed. The title of Nana was her favorite. She is survived by her sons Garrett (Angela) of Pleasanton, CA and Scott (Christy) of Reno, NV; brother Pat (Ide) of Dublin, Ireland; her 16 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews in the United S...

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Bob Grimes
Dec. 30, 1943 - Feb. 27, 2024
Pleasanton, California

Bob Grimes, 80, of Pleasanton, CA, passed away on February 27, 2024. Bob was born in Oakland, CA, on December 30, 1943 and grew up in Oakland. He attended Fremont Senior High School. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Bob opened B & G Automotive Service in Pleasanton, CA on Division Street in 1970 and later relocated the business to Old Santa Rita Road in the early 1980s. He dedicated himself to the automotive industry until his retirement at the age of 70. His love for cars extended to racing, attending car shows and working on and driving his beloved 1964 Corvette. A passionate golfer and car enthusiast, Bob enjoyed spending time at the Crow Canyon Country Club for 30 years. Bob & Marilyn made many life long friends at Crow Canyon Country Club. Bob was an active member of the Pleasanton Lions Club for 49 years. Bob will be deeply missed by his wife of 35 years, Marilyn Goble Grimes; his children Steven Grimes (Pam Grimes), Jill Mitchell (Ken Mitchell), Gabriel Lucero; his grandchildren Mitchel Grimes, Morgan Mitchell, Reese Mitchell, & Gage Mitchell, as well as his siblings Cory Grimes, Karen Casebeer, Debby Leglu, and David Grimes. He is preced...

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George C. Swanson
Feb. 3, 1933 - Feb. 23, 2024
Sandpoint, Idaho

George Clifford Swanson, 91, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 23, 2024 in Sandpoint, Idaho, with his daughter Julie at his side. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at the Fruitland Community Church, 6252 Fruitland Rd. Salem, Oregon with Pastor Ken Baker officiating. Burial will follow at the Lee Mission Cemetery, 2104 D Street, Salem, Oregon. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. at Kootenai Community Church, 477 Main Street, Kootenai, Idaho. George was born on February 3, 1933 in Helena, Montana to George V. and Sylvia (Bazinet) Swanson. He attended Helena schools and graduated in 1951. He enlisted in the US Army and served in Korea. Back home, he attended Montana State University in Missoula, graduating in June 1959 with a BS in Business Administration. By September he had accepted a job as a management trainee with Carnation Milk Company in Spokane, Washington. His career with Carnation spanned 45 years, taking him from Spokane to Sunnyside, Washington to Oakland, California and from a trainee to Branch Manager and Comptroller. George met Juanita June Denbeigh Howell while both were working f...

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Jacklynn Del Duco
Nov. 16, 1950 - Feb. 22, 2024
Livermore, CA

Jacklynn "Jacki" Del Duco, nee Fiorio, passed away on February 22, 2024, in Pleasanton, California, at the age of 73. She was born on November 16, 1950, in Pleasanton, California. Jacki was known for her funny, kind, and generous nature. She had a passion for baking, cooking, painting, and crafting; hobbies that brought her joy and creativity throughout her life. She enjoyed spending time with her family and always loved celebrating holidays and special events. Her friendships, some lifelong, were also very important to her. She is survived by her daughter Gena Ruggeri, son-in-law Dominick Ruggeri, grandson Rocco Ruggeri, daughter Tony Werner, and grandson Johnny Werner, her brother Gary Fiorio, sister in law Melinda Fiorio and many nieces and nephews. Jacki was preceded in death by her husband John Del Duco, father Jack Fiorio, and mother Patricia Fiorio. A resident of Pleasanton and later Livermore, Jacki attended Pleasanton Elementary School, graduated from Amador Valley High School in 1968, and attended Chabot College. She stayed involved in the local community including being a long-time 4-H leader. Her memorial service will be held on May 10, 2024, at 11:00 AM a...

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John TenBrook Rambo
Sept. 26, 1936 - Feb. 8, 2024
Livermore, California

John TenBrook Rambo, beloved father and grandfather, physicist, containment scientist and longtime Livermore resident, died at home early on February 8th, 2024 at the age of 87, surrounded by his family. Born in Port Angeles, Washington on September 26, 1936 to William Huber Rambo and Nell Anne Rambo (nee TenBrook), John was the beloved sibling of his older sister Joan. They had a close relationship throughout their lives, enjoying much laughter whenever they were together. John grew up in Portland, Oregon, where his father had an engineering practice designing lumber mills. John attended Central Catholic High School in Portland. After his parents divorced, he moved to Florida with his mother, finishing high school in 1954 at Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg. He recalled fellow student Charles Duke, the astronaut, remembering someone asking him if he would go to the moon — the answer was yes. John graduated from the University of Portland (UP), Oregon, in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and again in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science in physics. He attended class reunions over the years and had fond memories of young adult life. He competed on the UP...

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Steven T. Chapman
April 17, 1964 - Feb. 6, 2024
Pleasanton, California

Steven Todd Chapman of Pleasanton, CA passed away on February 6, 2024 at the age of 59. Steve was born in Corpus Christi, TX to William "Ronald" and Isabel Chapman (née Gamble) where his father was stationed at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi TX. Steven’s family moved to several military duty stations before settling in Pleasanton, CA in 1971. Steve graduated from Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, CA before training at the Institute for Business and Technology. Steve found his career at Belden Consulting Engineers as a CAD and IT manager. He was a talented guitarist and had a passion for performing with the Damn Dirty Apes band at venues in the Bay Area. Steve is survived by his loving family; wife Tiffany Chapman (née Withers) of Pleasanton, his son Ronald Chapman, his daughter Zoe Chapman-Parish (Trevor Parish) and his siblings, Suzanne Lang (Clifford), and Stuart Chapman (Barbara), brother-in-law George Withers, III. (Stacy Silva-Withers) and his in-laws, George, II and Carol Withers. Steve was a beloved uncle to Jessica (Janelle), Lindsey (Sarah), Emily (Kenneth), Trevor (Jackie), Trenton (Brittany) Kristen (Conor), Haley (Zac) and Charles Chapman. His ...

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Diana L Mason
Oct. 7, 1941 - Feb. 2, 2024
Pleasanton, California

Diana Lee Morgan Mason, a woman whose vibrant spirit touched each of us in unique and profound ways. Diana lived a life filled with passion, love, and an unwavering commitment to those she held dear. Diana’s life was not merely a sequence of moments; it was a pilgrimage guided by faith, love, and a profound connection with the divine. Diana was born on October 7, 1941, in San Pedro, CA, and from that moment, she embarked on a journey that would leave an indelible mark on the hearts of all who knew her. She grew up in Southern California, went to Anaheim Union High School where she met John Baker and they later married. Diana and John had a daughter, Catherine Rene Baker in 1959 who they both loved dearly. Diana worked as a dental assistant and later went on to dedicate 25 years to Certified Grocers in the Advertising Department. Her strong work ethic and dedication were evident in every aspect of both her personal and professional life. Upon retirement, Diana, alongside her then husband Chuck Mason, started a new chapter in their lives and moved to Menifee, CA. Together they embraced the joys of golfing and embarked on adventures around the world. From Menifee, CA, to P...

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Philip S Cooper
1928 - Jan. 30, 2024
Pleasanton, California

Philip S. Cooper passed away on January 30, 2024, at age 95. He went peacefully, in the company of his children, and with no regrets. He often said that his life had been better than he ever dreamed it could be, but his family and friends miss him terribly. Philip lived in Pleasanton for nearly 60 years and is survived by his children Ian Cooper of Orinda (Sari) and Monika Cooper of Walnut Creek (Ken), as well as his grandchildren, Zoë, Sofia and Jordan, his sister Nancy Bowman, brother Jerry Cooper, sisters- and brother-in law, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by Elva, his beloved wife of more than 60 years, his brother Robert Cooper, and his parents. Philip epitomized what it means to be a man. He was strong and tough but also compassionate and generous. He worked hard his entire life, baling hay and picking peaches and cotton in the Central Valley, 2 years in Korea with the Army, and then a lifetime as an educator. He taught high school for more than 60 years, retiring in his 60’s and then substitute teaching until he was 91! He also worked tirelessly to improve his community both through volunteer work and by advocating for what he believed in...

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Gayle Dee Lund
Sept. 25, 1938 - Jan. 28, 2024
Ripon, California

Gayle Dee Lund (Cairo) passed away suddenly on January 28, 2024 at the age of 85 at her home in Ripon California. A beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother (GiGi), godmother, aunt, sister, and friend, she leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories. Gayle was born on September 25, 1938 to Julius “Reno” and Dorothy “Alice” Cairo (Rison) in Richmond, California where she lived with her parents and older brother George until moving to Pleasanton in 1942. Gayle attended Amador Valley High School and was a proud Amador Don her whole life. She served on many committees over the years and especially enjoyed planning her class reunions and any event celebrating Amador or Pleasanton. She always looked forward to seeing friends and classmates. Keeping track of all the graduates of not only her class of 1956 but all the lists for those reunions was a responsibility she was passionate about. She never stopped being the cheerleader she was at Amador either as she could be found throughout her life in the stands during her daughter’s, grandchildren’s, and great grandchildren’s events which she rarely missed. Working on the book “Cruising Down Memory Lane” an...

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Heinz Gewing
Oct. 10, 1932 - Jan. 21, 2024
Dublin, California

Heinz Gewing passed away at the age of 91 in Dublin, California on January 21, 2024. Born on October 10, 1932 in Leoben, Austria, he spent his childhood in Shanghai, China, one of the only countries in the world that would accept Jewish refugees. Heinz and his family lived in a small apartment above his father's store, in an area known as the Shanghai Ghetto. It was not an easy life, but hard work, resilience and a sense of humor helped sustain them. After arriving in San Francisco in 1948, Heinz attended Lowell High School, graduated from UC Berkeley, and received his master's degree in educational counseling from Penn State. He and his late wife Lisa Gewing were married for over 50 happy years, raising their two daughters in Oakland, before moving up the California coast. Heinz started out as a teacher at Oakland High School. He later worked at the Job Corps, a program created during the Lyndon Johnson Administration as part of the War on Poverty. He went on to become the last Superintendent of the Murray School District and the first Superintendent of the newly created Dublin Unified School District. It was in Dublin that Heinz first met PTA president and parent volunte...

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Stanley Klescewski
March 18, 1930 - Jan. 17, 2024
San Ramon, California

Stanley ("Stan the Man") Klescewski, age 93, of San Ramon, California, died peacefully at home of old age on January, 17, 2024. Stan was born in Northeast Minneapolis, Minnesota, on March 18, 1930 to Stan and Helen Klescewski, both of whose families immigrated from Poland. Stan grew up in Minnesota and Wisconsin during the Great Depression with seven other siblings. Before finishing high school, he ran away from home at the age of 16 and joined the Air Force in 1949. He served for 3-1/2 years receiving jet engine mechanic training in Indiana and serving in the Korean War (Skull Airbase in England). He received his GED after leaving the Air Force and married his loving wife, Joyce Furst Klescewski in 1953. They were married until her death in April, 2019. Stan's military training opened up an opportunity to work for Boeing Airlines where he received additional airplane mechanical training which launched his flight engineer career. Stan initially flew commercial airline routes, but the majority of his career was with cargo and charter carrying airlines (such as Zantop, TIA/Transamerica, World, etc.) that took him all over the world. He had many interesting stories about forei...

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Stephen Jon Oase
Aug. 11, 1943 - Jan. 16, 2024
Pleasanton, California

Stephen Jon Oase (Steve), passed away on January 16, 2024 after a long illness, with family by his side. Born on August 11, 1943 in Oakland, CA, to Vernon and Verna Mae Oase. He was the oldest of 5 children. Steve is survived by his loving wife, Lucy, with whom he was married for over 42 years. She was his primary caregiver in his declining weeks and months. Her devotion and love was a gift of faith. Steve was the father of 3 children: Eric Oase of Las Vegas, NV; DeAnne (Jerry) Ball of Edmonds, WA; and Jeffrey Oase of Livermore, CA; 5 grand-children (Christopher, Matthew, Heather, Tayler, and Devon) and 2 great grandchildren (Cali and Carson). He is also survived by brothers: Kit Oase/Susan (Ripon, CA), Russ Oase/Kathy (Wilton, CA), Mark Oase/Nancy (Minden, NV), and sister Beverly Cobb/Kevin (Emmett, ID), and many nephews and nieces. Steve grew up in both Oakland and Castro Valley, CA, graduated from Castro Valley High in 1961. Shortly thereafter, he enlisted in the US Air Force and served 4 years before taking regular employment with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Company where he started as a meter reader and advanced to various positions that included Customer Se...

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Donna Reed
June 20, 1926 - Jan. 15, 2024
Pleasanton, California

Donna Bartley Reed, born June 20,1926 in Waterloo, Iowa passed peacefully at home on January 15th at the age of 97. She was the daughter of John and Ella Bartley. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Business Administration where she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Her first job after college was selling children’s clothes at Neiman Marcus in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas. She decided to return home to Waterloo where she met and married Dale Reed on April 16th, 1955. After many work transfers which included Peoria, IL, Washington DC, and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, she, and Dale settled in San Leandro, California in 1963. Donna was more than just a housewife. She managed their group of apartment buildings. Donna was active in the community serving for over 25 years on the Library Historical Commission where she headed up fundraising campaigns, worked on the restoration of the Casa Peralta House and helped the library to obtain much needed grant money. She was a 75-year member of PEO. She was also a member of the Alta Mira Club and the Friends of the Library. In her free time Donna enjoyed reading, sewing, knitting, playing bridge a...

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Francis Xavier Fitzgerald
Aug. 26, 1940 - Jan. 15, 2024
Pleasanton, California

Francis Xavier Fitzgerald was born in Rockaway Beach, NY on August 26,1940 to parents George Fitzgerald and Ellen Conlin Fitzgerald. Francis had two older brothers, George Jr, and Edward, and a younger brother Paul. All three brothers and his parents have preceded him in death. The family lived in the same house for nearly 70 years, seeing Francis commute into Manhattan every day to attend Xavier High School. He earned his BS from Fordham University. Following graduation, Francis worked as a staff counselor at Lincoln Hall, a juvenile reform and educational campus, which is where he would meet his first wife, Patricia A. King. Ms. King was a social worker at the campus and their love blossomed there. A couple years later they would wed in Manhattan, but move shortly to California. Francis found his first career of 25 years with Travelers in insurance and financial services. Their first son, Francis Jr. was born in New York, but their children Michael and Christine were both born in Southern California. A promotion, to run an Oakland and Walnut Creek office for Travelers, would move the family to Northern CA, to the town of Danville. Upon early retirement from Travel...

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Phyllis Weidler Gilbert
Jan. 6, 1940 - Jan. 8, 2024
Pleasanton, California

Phyllis Weidler Gilbert, 84, of Pleasanton CA, died while in the hospital of an aortic aneurysm. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1940 to Jay Benoir and Emma Dorothy Weidler. She grew up with a great desire to learn and during high school, her passion for math and science emerged. Phyllis began her college years at McGill University before attending the University of Pennsylvania and graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry. Phyllis met and married Samuel Vanderpoel Gilbert III and they had 3 boys, Sam, Jay and Geoff. Phyllis and her family eventually moved to Pleasanton, California where she raised her boys and went to work at Clorox Corporation in the Mass Spectrometry department. Phyllis retired from Clorox Corporation and she and Van opened a Wild Birds Unlimited store in Dublin, California. After Van passed away, Phyllis spent her time enjoying her kids, grandkids, great grandkids, playing bridge and tennis with her friends and volunteering in various ways in Pleasanton. Phyllis enjoyed traveling with her family and grandkids. She was most happy spending time with the people she loved. Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband Samuel Vande...

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Jaydene V Koberle
Dec. 3, 1935 - Jan. 5, 2024
Pleasanton, California

Watercolorist, world traveler and prolific gardener. Jaydene Koberle died peacefully, surrounded by her family on January 5th. She is now re-united with her beloved husband Herman, of 41 years. Jaydene and her husband were active members of the Lynnewood United Methodist Church in Pleasanton. She loved her community that included the weekly farmer's market and senior center lunches and activities. She is survived by her four children, Anne, Jill, Scott and Kevin and her three grandchildren, Keenan, Cameron and Carson....

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Robert Leroy Dutton
July 3, 1942 - Jan. 3, 2024
San Ramon, California

Robert Leroy Dutton died peacefully, surrounded by family, on January 3, 2024, at the age of 81. Known affectionately as Bob, he embodies honor, devotion, and loyalty and leaves an everlasting impact as an amazing husband, father, friend, and role model. On July 3, 1942, Bob was born in Oakland, California, a special place that would forever hold significance in his heart and life. Bob's desire to challenge himself and help others was evident throughout his educational pursuits. He attended San Leandro High School and continued at Contra Costa College, where he earned a degree in Criminal Justice. Bob served for five years in the United States Marine Corps. As a private, he excelled at Camp Pendleton in San Diego and served abroad in Okinawa, Japan, the Philippines, and Borneo, and advanced to the rank of sergeant. During his service, he received numerous honors, including a Good Conduct Medal, a Sharpshooter Badge and recognition for participation in the Laotian Conflict. His military experience instilled values of honor, courage, self-discipline, personal sacrifice, and selflessness, which he carried throughout his life. Committed to protecting his country and community, Bo...

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Christian John Miller III
July 4, 1937 - Dec. 29, 2023
Pleasanton, California

Chris Miller III was born in 1937 in the state of Connecticut and raised in a small town called New Canaan. He attended New Canaan's public schools and graduated from New Canaan High School. For his "senior prediction" Chris' classmates said that "Chris was most likely to star in a revival of Bob Hope's Casanova's Big Night". After graduating High School, he moved to Philadelphia, PA to attend the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania. At the Wharton School, Chris received a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a focus on Transportation. While in College, Chris participated in R.O.T.C, and after graduation was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve. In the Army, Chris discovered a great love for flying, and in particular flying Helicopters. In 1962, Chris successfully completed the Army's Helicopter Flight School. From 1963 through 1964, Chris flew combat missions in the Republic of South Vietnam. In 1965, Chris was redeployed to the Dominican Republic, where he continued to fly combat missions for the Army. July 1965 saw Chris' departure from the regular Army, and a relocation to San Francisco, CA. From his arrival in ...

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Elizabeth Livingston Rose
Nov. 1, 1929 - Dec. 29, 2023
Pleasanton, California

Elizabeth (Liz) French Livingston Rose brightened any room she walked into with her warm smile and vivacious personality. She died in Sacramento Dec. 29, 2023, after a long battle to recover from a stroke. She was 94. She was an active member of GraceWay Church for decades, seen most Sundays sitting with her good friend, Helen Gaeckle, in the second row. Born in New York City, Liz and her brother David were adopted by the Rev. Lawrence H. French (Dutch Reformed), and his wife Jenny. Unfortunately, both died before Elizabeth was 12, so custody was awarded to cousins Jay and Prudy Higgins who ran a dairy farm in rural New Jersey. Elizabeth and David lived on and helped on the farm where they spent the remainder of their childhood. Elizabeth attended Nursing School at Orange Memorial Hospital, where she graduated and worked as a registered nurse. She met her future husband, Paul L. Livingston, MD, there. They married in 1953 and left for California. He established a private medical practice and they had 3 children, Laura, Jonathan Jay, and Sarah. They moved to Pleasanton in 1966 and later divorced when their youngest child was 13. Elizabeth married fellow Castlewood Country...

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James Anthony Dickinson
Sept. 18, 1946 - Dec. 29, 2023
Pleasanton, CA

James Anthony Dickinson-known to those who held him dear as Jim-embarked from this earth on December 29, 2023. Born in California on September 18, 1946, Jim's life was a canvas of adventure, warmth, and kindness. As a father, brother, and son, his spirit resonated in the hearts of all who knew him. In his 77 years, Jim enjoyed his world and explored many hobbies, from the serene glide of a hang glider to the gentle ripple of a kayak on the water, each a testament to his childlike wonder and ceaseless curiosity. Jim's friendships were not mere connections; they were soulful and unique, each were cherished deeply. His professional life as the owner of JDEnergy consulting, and as a collaborator with A&E design, was a large part of his daily life. In the tapestry of Jim's life, threads of love and loss intertwine. He is survived by a constellation of hearts that beat in rhythm with the memories of his tenderness: daughters Jennifer and Amber, along with son-in-law Jason; grandsons Alec and Theo, who will carry forward his light; brothers Harvey, Robert, David, and Phillip, with sister-in-law Sally; sisters Margaret and Patricia; and a chorus of nieces and nephews. He now jo...

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Virginia 'Ginger' Creely
Sept. 11, 1950 - Dec. 27, 2023
Pleasanton, California

Virginia Elizabeth Creely (Ginger) A resident of Pleasanton since 1979. Sept. 11, 1950 – December 27, 2023 For her entire life, Virginia was always known as Ginger. She passed away on December 27, 2023 after battling cancer, melanoma, and finally falling to a stroke. Ginger was a warm, good–hearted woman with a great sense of humor and love of life. She made friends easily; always ready to help if in need. Ginger was born in San Francisco at the SF General Hospital. Initially, she lived in Berkeley but eventually moved to Hayward in 1956. She attended Mount Eden High School in Hayward until graduation in June, 1968. Afterward, she met and married Patrick Creely in late 1969. She then briefly settled in Castro Valley before moving to Dublin, where she gave birth to two children, Kevin and Amanda. Ginger worked as secretary at Physics International in San Leandro for a number of years before moving up to accounting and eventually into the contracts department preparing proposals. Eventually, she moved to Pulse Sciences, where she performed the same tasks. Ginger was always a joy to work with, always light hearted and outgoing. She worked hard at her jobs in multi-tasking rol...

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Joyce Schnars Freeman
Sept. 1, 1942 - Dec. 26, 2023
Pleasanton, CA

Joyce Schnars Freeman passed away at the age of 81in Pleasanton, California the morning of December 26, 2023 after a battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born on September 1, 1942 the third of three children in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to the Reverend Clarence and Mrs. Gladys Schnars. Her father was pastor of the Mount Lebanon Christian Church in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Mount Lebanon High School in 1960. She converted to Catholicism in 1963 and completed her formal education graduating from California State University, East Bay June 15, 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Services. She married Ernest Freeman from San Antonio, Texas in 1983 who was serving with the Navy in San Francisco, California. After his retirement from the Navy, Joyce and Ernest settled in Pleasanton, California. Joyce had an eleven year career as a property claims adjuster with Farmers Insurance in Pleasanton. Joyce joined Ernest in participating in the Diocese of Oakland Diaconal Formation Program in 1989. With the support and encouragement of Joyce, Ernest completed the program and was ordained as a deacon in 1995. Ernest was assigned to the Catholic Community of Pl...

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Melissa Jane Cox
Feb. 12, 1967 - Dec. 26, 2023
Pleasanton, California

On the morning of December 26, 2023 Melissa "Missy" Jane Cox passed away peacefully at Stanford Health Care Tri-Valley Hospital in Pleasanton, California and was surrounded by her loving family. Missy was 56 years old and although she left us far too soon, she has enriched our lives forever with love and wonderful memories. Missy was born on February 12, 1967 in Merced, California to parents David and Dolores Cox. She was the fifth born of seven children and lived in Pleasanton, California attending Walnut Grove, Harvest Park and Amador High School. Missy enjoyed playing sports including roller skating, ice skating and competitive soccer for the Pleasanton United Girls Al Caffodio soccer team. After high school Missy discovered her passion for working with people. Her strong work ethic and dedication helped build strong customer relationships earning her a professional achievement award with Clinique as a top sales woman. Missy’s continued ambition and entrepreneurial skills empowered her to become a successful business owner as she opened her own business in Dublin, California called Ra Tanning. Missy’s favorite things included cleaning, decorating and organizing. She lo...

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Sandy Ann Willett
Sept. 10, 1952 - Dec. 21, 2023
Pleasanton, California

Sandy Willett, 71, a 35-year resident of Pleasanton, died on Dec. 21, 2023 after a short uphill battle with Pancreatic Cancer. She is survived by her sister Sue Poliakevich, her husband, Bob, of 50 years, and her two adult children, son, Eric Willett, and daughter, Sarah Horgan, daughter in law Anna Breckenridge, son-in-law Michael Horgan and two grandchildren Lacey and Keegan Horgan. Sandy grew up in Daly City, CA and first met her husband to be, Bob, while the two worked at Candlestick Park. They married in 1973 and moved to Arcata, CA where Bob attended Humboldt State University, and Sandy started working at Humboldt State University. After Bob graduated they moved back to the Bay Area to Fremont for Bob's employment at the Fremont Police Dept and Sandy began a career in the Student Loan Accounting office at Cal State Hayward. Sandy and Bob moved to Pleasanton in 1988 after Eric and Sarah were born. Sandy retired from Cal State Hayward in 2005 and continued living in Pleasanton until her sudden passing. Sandy was a very loving person. Everyone else came first before herself. She didn't like the limelight upon herself. She enjoyed doing things "behind the scenes"...

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Jerry Boster
Jan. 15, 1942 - Dec. 18, 2023
Pleasanton, California

Jerry Boster, 81, passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of December 18th, 2023. Born January 15th, 1942 in Columbus, Ohio, he attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York and later graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in physics. His career was spent in the transportation industry in multiple capacities, from overseeing mass transit vehicle manufacturing, to accident reconstruction, to owning a small car repair business. In his retirement, he was a doting "Grampa" to his three granddaughters. He loved to watch sports, especially football, and always had a funny joke or story to tell. He is survived by Carol, his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 58 years; son Rick (Heather); daughter Kathy; granddaughters Julia (fiancé Ryan Burke), Eva, and Anna, and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Richard and Dorothy and older brothers Jim and Tom. The family wishes to thank A Gabriela's Villa in Livermore for the love and care they showed Jerry and our family the last three years. He will be dearly missed. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 9...

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Marilyn Foreman
Oct. 27, 1936 - Dec. 5, 2023
Pleasanton, California/Alameda

Marilyn Porter Foreman was born in Berkeley October 27, 1936. She graduated from Berkeley High in 1954 then UC Berkeley in 1958. She married Berkeley native Don Foreman June 28, 1958 who was in the US Navy and stationed in San Diego. She obtained her teaching credentials from San Diego State then taught in San Diego and San Jose before moving to Pleasanton in 1966 where she taught 3rd grade until her retirement in 1993. She is survived by sons Steve & Jim, sister in law Wendy, siblings Glen, Paul, Lee and grandchildren Kyle & Korrynn. However because of her matriarchal love her extended family were dozens. Marilyn was a thoughtful and generous soul never forgetting a birthday with cards of kind supportive words with gifts and cash given to a network of loved ones. Marilyn was blessed with an infectious smile and presence that would brighten a room forging life long friendships with quality women groups fondly known as "The God Squad" and "Big Hearted Sisters". After Don's passing in 2002 she rediscovered love with Frank Williams and went to concerts and travelled the World. Upon Franks death in 2016 she found love again with loyal teenage friend Dick Schulze until her passin...

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Freddie Leon Houston
Nov. 23, 1932 - Nov. 30, 2023
Pleasanton, California

Freddie Leon Houston, head football coach at Los Banos and San Ramon High Schools and later co-founder of Mission Hope Day Program passed away at the age of 91 on November 30, 2023 in Pleasanton surrounded by his family. We are grateful for the thoughts and prayers and will continue to celebrate his life and remember him, today and forever as a beloved Husband, Father, Coach and Friend. Fred Houston was born in Red Rock, Oklahoma on November 23, 1932 and spent his youth in Texas prior to his family moving to the Central Valley, California. Fred was a three- year letterman in football, basketball, and baseball at Shafter High School '51 and won all-conference honors in football and basketball. He attended Fresno State on an athletic scholarship and after graduation played football for the Special Services team of the United States Army. Stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey he met the love of his life, Dorothy McMinn, at a USO Dance in New York City. Fred was Honorably Discharged from the United States Army. Fred and Dorothy married in 1957 and settled in California. In 1958, Fred received his first teaching and coaching position at Los Banos High School. In his second year he le...

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A. David Gamble
Jan. 20, 1928 - Nov. 29, 2023
Pleasanton, California

Long-time Pleasanton resident Dave Gamble, a gentleman in every aspect of that word and a committed Christian, went home to be with the Lord in the arms of his wife on Nov. 29, 2023. He was 95. Dave was known for his gentle nature and concern for family, friends and strangers alike. He was a member of GraceWay Church (formerly Pleasanton Presbyterian) for more than 50 years and loved serving there. He was an elder and loved to cook for large gatherings as well as helping on projects to upgrade the facility and the grounds. He also volunteered at Open Heart Kitchen for many years. He graduated from San Diego High School where he excelled at quarterback on the football team. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in both Guam and the Philippines. After completing his Navy tour, he returned to San Diego and graduated from San Diego State College with a bachelor’s degree. While attending college, he worked part-time for Sears Roebuck and Co. and then joined the company after graduating. That started his life-long career in retail. He was promoted to the corporate office in Chicago in 1961. While living in Chicago, he met Rosalyn Lingner and they married in 1969. They transfer...

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Norman Wallis Kester
Aug. 29, 1935 - Nov. 23, 2023
Pleasanton, California

Norman Wallis Kester passed away on November 23, 2023, at Pleasanton Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at the age of 88. Norman was born August 29, 1935, at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, California to Clarence A. and Bernice K. (Lund) Kester. He spent his formative years in Alameda and Hayward California. He was a Chief Warrant Officer in the California Army National Guard when he retired in August 1995. He spent over 40 years in the military. On April 27, 1958, he married Suzann Kester in Karnak, Ill and they spent 65 years together 59 years of which were spent in Pleasanton, California where they were charter members of the Pleasanton Chapter of the United Methodist Church. Norman is survived by his lovely wife, Suzann, two sons, Jeffrey Wilson (Candy) of San Diego, California, Thomas Lund (Earl) of Pacific Grove, California and daughter Holly Ann (Del) Kjos of Pleasanton, California; granddaughter Kortney (Clarke) Powers of Auburn, California; two sisters-in-law Marcia Kester and Sharon Wilson; four nephews Michael (Shelia) Kester, Robert (Geraldine) Kester, Keith (Holly) Wilson, Garrett (Karen) Wilson and a host of great-nieces and great-nephews. He was precede...

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Edna J. 'Merle' Greer
July 13, 1926 - Nov. 15, 2023
Pleasanton, California

The family of Edna Janice "Merle" Greer are sad to announce her passing at the age of 97. She will be remembered for her strength and strong will, as well as her deep love of family. She will be sorely missed by all. Merle passed away peacefully on November 15, 2023, after a brief period of health challenges. Born in Gloster, Mississippi, to Dudley and Beatrice Byrd, on July 13, 1926, Merle was the eldest of four siblings. Her colorful life started here, where her father owned a small trucking company, hauling gravel. The family left Mississippi in 1941 with their beloved dog, Poochie, in a black Chevrolet, headed for California where Dudley would find work. Landing in Farmington, CA, for a short period, the family then spent a year in Sunol, while Dudley worked at Camp Parks in Dublin, and Merle attended Amador High School. Sunnyside, Washington, was the family’s next stop for about 8 years, where Merle and her sister, Connie, graduated from high school. Merle met the love of her life, Frank Greer, while he was home on leave from Naval Service in World War II. After brief stops in Bridgeport and Scottsdale, AZ, the whole family finally settled in Pleasanton in 1952. ...

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Donald Redgwick
April 25, 1933 - Nov. 8, 2023
Pleasanton, California

Donald (Don) Redgwick passed away on Nov. 8, 2023 in Pleasanton, Calif. at the age of 90. Don was born in Oakland, Calif. to Hubert and Ellen Redgwick. He was raised in Oakland & Hayward, and graduated from Hayward High School in Jan. 1951. Don attended San Jose State College, Napa College, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo before entering the Navy in 1955. After completing his service, Don earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Northern Colorado where he met his wife Beverly. Upon graduation, Don and Bev moved to the East Bay where Don went to work in the family construction business. They lived in San Leandro and Fremont, then settled in Pleasanton where they raised their family. Don worked at Redgwick Construction Company from 1958 until he retired and sold the business in 2005. He began as an estimator and became President when his father, Burt Redgwick retired in 1969. In addition to running the construction company, Don was also active in several trade organizations including EGCA (Engineering & Grading Contractors Association), AGC (Association of General Contractors), and AECE (Association of Engineering Construction Employers), was a trustee for the Const...

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Dorothy Jean Laird
Aug. 5, 1924 - Nov. 8, 2023
Pleasanton, California

Dorothy Jean Laird, 99, died November 8, 2023 in Pleasanton, California, where she had been a resident for fifty-one years. She was born Dorothy Jean Ofstedahl on August 5, 1924 in Platte, South Dakota, the daughter of Carl Ofstedahl and Josephine Nash. She was known to her family and friends as “Dotty.” Dotty attended public schools in Platte and Geddes, graduating from Geddes High School in 1942. She then moved to California, living in Glendale for two years, until a friend convinced her to return to So. Dakota and enroll in the University of So. Dakota. There she met fellow student and returning G.I. Ralph Laird Jr and they were married in July 1946. The young couple moved to California as Ralph began his teaching career. Three sons were born to them, and Dotty was a stay at home Mother in Vallejo and LaVerne. She was active in Phi Beta Phi sorority, the PTA, and the activities of her family. Dotty returned to college, graduating from Cal Poly Pomona in 1972, and became a teacher – teaching kindergarten and first grade in the Livermore school system until her retirement. Although she retired, she never stopped teaching after her grandchildren were born as she ...

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Joyce Robinson
July 30, 1924 - Nov. 5, 2023
Pleasanton, CA

Joyce A. Robinson, a long-time resident of Pleasanton, passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2023, at the age of 99. Joyce was born in London, England on July 30, 1924, to Henry William Brewer and Emily Louisa Brewer. She was evacuated to Cornwall along with her younger sister Vera at the start of WWII, later returning to London where she lived and worked during the Blitz of 1940 and 1941. She had a successful career as an Executive Secretary and taught typewriting and business skill classes at the Woolwich Polytechnic in London. After travelling in Europe during her twenties, her adventurous spirit led her to North America, where she worked her way across Canada for two years before coming to the United States and falling in love with San Francisco. She immigrated to the United States in 1958 and met Al Robinson on a Sierra Club outing. They married in 1959 and in 1961, their first daughter was born, followed by a second daughter in 1964. Joyce and Al raised their children in various locations across the San Francisco Bay Area, moving to Pleasanton in 1977. Joyce's gifts during this time were mostly channeled into homemaking, parenting, church, and community act...

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Judith Ann Hilger
Aug. 22, 1939 - Nov. 5, 2023
Pleasanton/Lincoln, CA/USA

Judith Ann Hilger, known to her loved ones as Judy, peacefully passed away from metastatic breast cancer on November 5, 2023, in Roseville, CA, at the age of 84. She was born on August 22, 1939, in San Francisco, CA, to her late parents, Viva and Edmund Niederhaus. Judy was a loving, supportive, and encouraging wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She had a remarkable ability to listen and provide wise advice. Judy dedicated over 35 years of her life joyfully and masterfully teaching mostly first grade. Her passion and dedication to education were recognized when she was honored as Teacher of the Year. She received her higher education from UC Davis and San Jose State, shaping her into the exceptional educator she became. Beyond her career, Judy had a multitude of hobbies that brought her great joy. She found fulfillment in philanthropy, actively participating in The Assistance League and PEO, always seeking opportunities to serve her community. Judy possessed a talent for gardening, creating a tranquil oasis in both her front and backyards. Her keen eye for interior design allowed her to create a haven within her home, beautifully decorated for every holiday and season. It ...

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Theresa Annette Lembi
May 2, 1947 - Oct. 25, 2023
Livermore, California

Theresa Annette Lembi (Haff) passed away peacefully on October 25, 2023 at the age of 76. A beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend, she leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, and cherished memories. Born in San Francisco, Terry was raised by her mother, Marie Haff, in Burlingame, California with twin sister, Kathy, and sister, Lee. She graduated from Burlingame High School in 1965 and then attended the College of San Mateo. Terry went on to join Pan Am airlines as a flight attendant and traveled the world sharing in many adventures with her twin sister by her side. She later married high school sweet-heart, Don Lembi. Together they raised their three daughters Nicole, Jackie and Danielle. Terry was extremely involved in PTA and school events, leading the charge to provide for her children and community. Later, when Don ran for city council and Mayor of Burlingame, Terry was instrumental in managing a successful campaign and standing by his side to support in every detail. In recent years, she's enjoyed spending time with friends and family, and watching her six grandchildren blossom and grow. Terry is survived by her sister, Mary Lee Mercer (Bob Sutter), th...

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Frank Darrell Agamau
Nov. 21, 1958 - Oct. 24, 2023
Pleasanton, CA

Frank Darrell Agamau, born November 21, 1958, passed away on October 24, 2023 in Vallejo, California. Frank's memory will forever be cherished by his family and friends. Frank is survived by his mother, Violet Leverne Nourse, sister, Deborah Fleming, brother, Duane Agamau, son, Ryan Agamau, his daughter Megan Souza, and five grandchildren, nephew, Shaun Fleming, niece, Stephanie Moeller and three great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in death by his father, Frank Agamau and niece, Violet (Campbell) Agamau. Frank attended Amador Valley High in Pleasanton and moved to Livermore, CA where he remained for the last 45 years. Frank was known for his straightforwardness to everyone he knew and kept people laughing with his look on life. He enjoyed fishing and motorcycle riding and never passed up a good deal. He will be deeply missed. A private service for the family will be held at Graham Hitch Mortuary in Pleasanton and a Celebration of Life will be held at Pine Street Bar in Livermore on Sunday, November 12, 2023 at 2pm for his friends and family to come together and share stories and honor his life....

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John Phillip Scafetta
Dec. 3, 1927 - Oct. 22, 2023
Eagle, Idaho

John Phillip Scafetta, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully on October 22, 2023 in his home surrounded by his family at the age of 95. John was born December 3, 1927 in Batavia, NY, where his parents settled after immigrating from Italy. He was the second oldest of 5 siblings, of which two still live in New York. He served in the US Navy from 1945-1947 and was proud to be a Veteran. He worked as a Manufacturing Engineer for Xerox Corporation, moved to Pleasanton, California in 1978 with his family and continued working for Xerox before transferring to Hexcel Corporation. John loved to golf, was a member of SIR’S and worked as a marshal at Castlewood Golf Course. He loved watching baseball and his favorite team was the New York Yankees. John also loved Jazz and Big Band music and you would always find him tapping his fingers to the beats! As a young man he learned to play the trumpet and picked it up again at the age of 90! John saw many changes in his 95 years and always embraced life. He was loved by all and had a way of making people around him laugh and feel at ease. He loved to garden and was handy with projects around the ho...

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Jeffrey Raymond Manchester
May 9, 1944 - Oct. 15, 2023
Pleasanton, California

Jeff led a wonderfully diverse life which included: rodeo, packer and guide in the high Sierras, Navel officer, Bank manager, treatment center director, 28 years at Sandia Lab, soccer coach for 37 years, and docent on the USS Hornet. His true loves were his wife Ann, daughters Katherine and Andrea, and granddaughter Gabriella as well as his adopted grandchildren Kelsey, Nathan, and Erika. In addition he is survived by his brothers David and Bill, sister Nicoleann, niece Vanessa, and nephews Ivan and Michael as well as their children and countless cousins. His true joy was his 45 years of sobriety, the spiritual journey that resulted and the many he knew through AA. He especially cherished time with the newcomers who were beginning their own journey. Ann thanks the best neighbors on the planet who cared so selflessly for Jeff at the end.Mass of Resurrection will be at St. Augustine’s, Pleasanton on November 4, sharing of memories at 9:50, Mass 10:30....

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Janet Lynn Harkness
Feb. 28, 1980 - Oct. 12, 2023
Dublin, California

Janet Lynn Harkness, born on February 28, 1980, in Atwater, California, passed away on October 12, 2023, in Dublin, California. Janet's memory will forever be cherished by her family and friends. Janet is survived by her mother Kathryn Harkness, father Ashley Harkness, Jr., sister Cynthia Dunnells (Paul), brother Daniel Harkness (Christy) and their children, aunt Sara Topcu (Ali), and cousin John Williams (Audrey) and their children. Janet attended Dublin High School, graduated from California State University Hayward with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, and earned a Master of Science degree from the California University of Pennsylvania. Janet's career included serving as a police officer in the East Bay Regional Park Police District in several roles, including patrol officer, detective, and trainer. Later, she joined the Offices of the District Attorney at Martinez and Richmond serving as a Case Preparation Assistant for Contra Costa County. Janet was a Reiki Master and Teacher. She described her life's calling as "energetic work with animals and their companions" as a Reiki practitioner. She enjoyed all sorts of creative activities including resin crafting, coo...

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Lucy Morgan
Feb. 26, 1943 - Oct. 6, 2023
Pleasanton, California

1943-2023 Lucy Margaret Morgan passed away on October 6th in Pleasanton, CA at the age of 80. She was a remarkable woman who will be deeply missed. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Morgan, and her children John (Bonnie), Sharon, Christine (Jason), Annette (Hans) and her grandchildren, Elise, Kayleigh, Trevor, Jack and Ava, all of whom she was so very proud. She is also survived by her 12 siblings, Cecilia, Barbara (Roger), Theresa (Paul), Catherine (Bernie), Dolores, Rita (Bill), Bernard (Jamie), Gene (Kim), Leo (Jan), Marietta (John), Bernadette (Craig) and Jeanette (Bruce). She was predeceased by her parents, Frank and Stella Zipp, and her infant brother Paul. Lucy, the third child was born on February 26, 1943 in Seattle, Washington and spent her entire childhood with all of her siblings in the home her father built. Lucy graduated from Holy Names Academy on Capitol Hill in 1961, and then went to the Cabrini School of Nursing where she graduated as an RN in 1964. She later graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Nursing. She started her career in Hospital Nursing in Seattle, WA and continued to Millbrae, CA, Syracuse, NY, Cleveland, OH, and San Jose, CA. H...

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Richard L. Silla
Oct. 4, 1928 - Oct. 6, 2023
Danville, California

Richard L. Silla, Resident of Danville. October 4, 1928 - October 6, 2023. Rich passed peacefully at his home of 45 years, just two days after his 95th birthday. Born in San Jose, he attended Oakland schools, and upon graduation from Fremont High School, went to work for his father’s business, C.G. Silla Music Company. Two years later he joined the National Guard, and a year after that, he married Gail Killian, his high school sweetheart. Before being discharged from the Guard, Rich was sent overseas to serve a year in Korea. After that, he returned home to go back to work in what later became the family business, Silla Music Company. After their father (C.G.) retired, Rich, together with his brother Joe, ran the business until they both retired in 1991. Rich had a full life with Gail, his beloved wife of nearly 67 years. They were very active socially, until her passing in 2016. Rich greatly enjoyed boating and water skiing in the early years, but the latter half of his life was devoted to golf. An avid golfer for many years, he still met up with his golfing buddies for lunch on a regular basis. Beloved by his entire family, Rich was also preceded in death by both of his b...

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Amelia Puricelli
April 21, 1941 - Oct. 4, 2023
Pleasanton, California

Amelia passed away on Oct 4th at home peacefully after a valiant battle with COPD with family and friends by her side. Amelia is survived by husband George Puricelli married for 64 years. Her daughter Debbie Puricelli of Livermore and Daughter Dorothy "Puricelli" Koons and her husband Jim Koons of Oceanside CA. She leaves behind 3 Grandchildren Ashley Vanderveen of Oceanside CA and husband Kyle Vanderveen, Trevor Koons of Oceanside and Kyle Puricelli of Livermore. She welcomed her first Great-Grandson George Vanderveen late last year and was thrilled to have him in their life. She was loved by all and will be greatly missed. Service to be held at Graham-Hitch in Pleasanton on Oct 13th @ 11:00AM. Final resting place will be at St. Johns Catholic cemetery in Escalon CA....

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Diane Lois Scott
Dec. 11, 1941 - Oct. 4, 2023
Pleasanton, California

Diane Lois Scott passed away peacefully at her Pleasanton residence on October 3, 2023. She will be remembered as a kind, caring, generous and very special lady who loved her family and friends. She had the most infectious smile and always a very positive attitude. Diane loved life and did whatever she could to make everyone around her appreciate and love life too. Diane grew up in Hayward and graduated from Hayward High School. She attended San Jose City College and Chabot College with an emphasis on Early Childhood. Diane worked for Sunset Designs, Safeway and the Pleasanton School District. She also volunteered many many hours for the Pleasanton Recreation Department. She held a variety of leadership and coaching positions for Girls Softball, Soccer and Basketball. She was also the President of Pleasanton Little League and ran the snack bar and supervised umpires for many years. Diane loved to work with young kids as they always held a special place in her heart. Diane also ran a Daycare and spoiled her kids with her baking talents especially her Gingerbread Cookies. She treated her kids with so much love and care that they didn’t want to go home. Toys, books, movi...

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Stephen (Steve) James Howell
Feb. 18, 1944 - Oct. 4, 2023
Pleasanton, California

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Stephen (Steve) James Howell, passed away peacefully on October 4, 2023. A decades long member of the Pleasanton community, he was 79, and a resident of The Parkview Assisted Living Facility. He was born on February 18, 1944, in New York, New York, to James Goff Howell and Sarah Frances (Flowtree) Howell. He and his family then relocated to Nebraska for a few years before making California their permanent home. Steve attended San Leandro High school where he met and later married his high school sweetheart, Pam (Davis) Howell. They were married for 59 years and raised three children together. Steve served as a firefighter for the city of Berkeley for many years before attending Cal State Hayward and earning a bachelor's degree in political science. He then proudly worked for the Internal Revenue Service for over 30 years. Steve had a real gift for the gab and could talk to anyone about anything. He will be fondly remembered for his contagious laugh and love of Queen Anne's Cherry Cordials. He spent many years involved in Job's Daughter, Bethel 14, Pleasanton, where he served as Associate Bethel Guardian from 1989 -...

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Marilyn Joyce Slade
Jan. 9, 1930 - Oct. 3, 2023
Pleasanton, California

Our beloved mother, grandmother, and aunt passed away peacefully in her home. Born in Milwaukee, WI, Marilyn attended the University of Wisconsin, earning a BS in Childhood Development and Education. Here she met and married John Slade. They raised five children, each born in a different state. She started her career as a librarian, and continued her education, earning a Masters Degree in Library Science at Rutgers University. Her professional career also included information management at AT&T. After living in nine states and fifteen residences, Marilyn and John retired in Pleasanton. They were married for 63 wonderful years. She loved writing poetry and short stories, reading books, and traveling extensively in the US and abroad. She was involved in many clubs and activities, including Friends of the Pleasanton Library, AAUW Wordsmith Writing Group, Tri Valley Writers Club, VIP Club at the Pleasanton Senior Center, and the Encore Luncheon Group. Marilyn is survived by her children, Scott Slade (Sara) of Sunnyvale, Holly Moen (Jim) of Davis, Nancy Kraemer of Pleasanton, Douglas Slade (Debbie) of Stafford, VA, and Carolyn McCarthy (Kevin) of Rumson, NJ. Also surv...

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Joseph Albert Graziosa III
June 6, 1956 - Oct. 1, 2023
Pleasanton, California

Joseph Albert Graziosa III was of catholic faith, 30 year resident of Pleasanton, graduate of Cal Berkeley, investment advisor of 40 years. Enjoyed a Good A's baseball game and duck hunting season....

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Ann Parnie Frobose
Aug. 9, 1936 - Sept. 25, 2023
Pleasanton, CA

Ann Frobose, a devoted follower of Jesus, went home to her Lord Sept. 25, 2023. She was 87. Ann’s lifelong love of learning was wide ranging. One expression of this was her extensive and deep study of Christian literature. Her sister, Pat Wahlen, said “She had a strong sense of God and Jesus and knew more about the Bible than anyone I knew.” Ann taught children’s Bible School for many years and led many Bible studies. She was a valued member in a variety of groups and communities. She maintained a lifelong bond with a group of classmates from Middlebury College. For years she and Rich participated in an Ignatian Companions group in Berkeley that focused on Catholic studies and community service. Ann’s passing will leave a hole in these and many other groups. Ann was a natural life coach. Her wisdom, kindness and love of people blessed those in her presence even when she was going through difficult times of her own. The eldest daughter of Elaine Helmer and Alexander David Parnie, Ann was born in Detroit and grew up in the suburb of Birmingham. Her dad routinely took the family on spring and summer road trips to see the United States. After graduating from B...

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Howard Lee Mendenhall
Nov. 9, 1936 - Sept. 25, 2023
Pleasanton, California

Howard Lee Mendenhall, affectionally called Mendy, passed peacefully with family at his side on September 25, 2023, at the age of 86 in Pleasanton, California. Howard Mendenhall lived his life to serve others. His kind and caring nature extended to everyone he met, and he was active in his community as well as around the world. He was patient and kind, anticipating the needs of others and taking care of them without being asked. Born in Hurley, Missouri to Harry and Nellie Mendenhall, he was the youngest of 9 children with a 25-year span between oldest and youngest. Howard, the baby of the family, attended kindergarten with his nieces. He was raised in a farmhouse with a well and a pump in the kitchen and no electricity until he was 12 years old. Stone County is known for being rocky and Howard would joke to his children that his family's crop was rocks because they spent so much time each year clearing out the rocks in the pastures and fields. Howard joined the Air Force at the age of 18 after graduating from Hurley High School. He played basketball for the Air Force and traveled throughout Europe. After his tour of duty, he attended Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tul...

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Patsy June Clark
June 6, 1930 - Sept. 21, 2023
Pleasanton, California

Our mother, Patsy June Clark (né Studebaker) passed away peacefully at age 93 on September 21, 2023. Pat was born and raised in Perry, OK and grew up surrounded by family, including an older sister, Peggy, and three younger brothers, Ralph, Don, and Ken as well as an extended network of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins remaining dear to her throughout her life. Pat was a proud member of the Studebaker clan, fascinated by the family history, in the '80s, she refurbished a 1960 Studebaker convertible to honor the family industry. Her interest further led her to travel to the birthplace of the Studebaker family in Germany, even meeting a few distant cousins along the way. After high school graduation in 1948, Pat left Perry, OK for the "big city", residing first in Oklahoma City, OK, and then Denver, CO, where she raised her daughters. She eventually settled in the San Francisco Bay Area for the next 50 years. Moving to California was a dream come true. She enjoyed a career as an executive assistant for NEA and Rossmore, finally retiring in 1995. Pat relished in all the best that San Francisco had to offer - fine dining, music, art, and close proximity to an i...

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Stephen Lawrence Pinto
Dec. 7, 1952 - Sept. 14, 2023
Livermore, California

Steve Pinto was born as the second of six children to his parents Larry and Ruth on December 7, 1952. He grew up in Oakland and graduated from Skyline High School in 1971. As the son of a 35-year veteran of the Oakland Fire Department, Steve joined the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department (LPFD) in 1974. His younger brothers Mark and Chris would end up working as firefighters as well (Alameda County and Berkeley) to cement a Pinto family legacy committed to fire protection in the East Bay. On February 26, 1978, Steve would marry the love of his life (Stella), and would remain happily married for 45 years. They moved to Livermore and had two daughters (Stephanie and Kristina) who attended Livermore schools and would follow their mom’s lead by ultimately working as educators for LVJUSD. As a man of faith, Steve was generous with his time assisting on projects both big and small at the Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church in Castro Valley. In his spare time, Steve loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter who also enjoyed fishing, water skiing, and playing golf. Additionally, Steve was an accomplished bass guitarist who played in various bands and loved listening to music (often on...

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Beulah Annette Shark
Jan. 15, 1938 - Sept. 14, 2023
Livermore, California

Beulah Annette Shark also known as Nana, age 85, passed away peacefully on September 14, 2023 at her home in McDonough, GA. Annette was born on January 15, 1938 to Irene Christian and William Christian, Sr. in McKeesport, PA. She was the eldest of three brothers and two sisters. She graduated from McKeesport High School in 1955. She married Philemon Shark, Jr. in 1955 and their 19 year wedded union produced four children. They moved to California in 1966. She was a mail carrier and Shop Steward for the United States Postal Service, retiring in 1992 after 25 years of service and later earned her certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Annette enjoyed traveling, listening to music, taking care of children, watching football, going to church, celebrating birthdays and holidays, cooking, baking, and spending time with friends and family. She lived life to the fullest. Annette was preceded in death by her parents, William and Irene Christian, sister Ada Younger, brother Herbert Christian, and sons Alfred Shark and Philemon Shark III. Annette is survived by her sister LaRelda Christian, brothers William Christian, Jr. and Garey Christian, daughters Victoria Shark and...

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James Hugh Walker
Jan. 20, 1943 - Aug. 31, 2023
Biloela, Queensland, Australia

A loving husband, father and grandfather, Jim Walker was the hardest of hard workers. Interested in everything and everyone, he was known for peppering new acquaintances with questions. It was impossible to embarrass him, as he didn't care what others thought or said about him. Generous and kind, he saw the good in people that others may have given up on. Jim's many friends and large family, both in Australia and the United States, mourn his passing on August 31, 2023, in Biloela, Queensland. His loving wife, Deirdree, was at his side. James Hugh "Jim" Walker was born in Livermore, California, on January 20, 1943, to Dr. Robert Hugh and Eugenia Marie O'Shea Walker of Pleasanton. "Bob" Walker was a veterinarian and rancher and "Genie" was a housewife and bookkeeper for their veterinary practice. Jim enjoyed assisting his dad with veterinary work and helping out at the Walker family cattle ranches. Following Bob Walker's premature death, Genie married John Edmands, then editor and publisher of The Pleasanton Times. For a short time, Jim worked at the newspaper. Jim attended St. Michael School in Livermore for eight years and spent two years at Amador Valley High School in...

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