Edited Since 1963
Pleasanton and Sunol
Karl-Heinz Herrmann, 90, of Jackson, TN died on September 10, 2015 in Jackson, TN. Born August 10, 1925 in Schadeleben, Germany, Karl is the son of Otto and Marie Herrmann. He is preceded in death by parents and by brother Richard (Dickie) Herrmann. He is survived by his wife JoAnne (Colwell) Herrmann.
Karl immigrated to the United States from Germany at approximately age 2 with his parents. They came to Sacramento, CA with many other relatives and opened the Arcade Bakery there. He served in the US Navy and fought in WWII stationed in Japan. He later attended Stanford University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He worked as a Lifeguard at the public pool in Placerville, CA (The Placerville Plunge). It was there that he met his sweetheart JoAnne Colwell (daughter of Herbert and Or’Lene Colwell). They were married in August of 1954.
Jaunita Bjorklund a resident of Livermore for over 50 years, passed away peacefully on July 29, 2015. She was born March 20, 1926 in Aurora, Nebraska to Vernon and Florence Hagarity. After graduating from Hastings High School she attended the University of Nebraska. She received a Bachelor’s of Science with distinction in Biology and a minor in English.
After college Jaunita moved to Atascadero, California to teach high school. She later taught for many years in the science department at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton.
Susimo P. Soriano passed away on September 30, 2015 in Tracy, CA, from colon cancer at the age of 51. Born in the Philippines to Domingo M. and Pacita Soriano on December 2, 1963 he was a resident of Tracy, CA for 24 years. He was best known as “Max” by his friends, co-workers and family.
Susimo was a kind, fun and outgoing individual. He loved going fishing did not matter what time of the day, night, rain or shine, he’d beout on the water. He’d be out for hours even if the fish weren’t biting. Max was hard working. He worked for the City of Livermore, Street Department, as Maintenance Worker I. He liked going to the casino.
Richard Charles Duffus, age 87, of Tesla Road, Livermore, California died at his home on September 8, 2015 with his family by his side.
Richard was born in 1928 in Oakland, California, the son of the late Charles and Gertrude Duffus. He was predeceased by a brother Donald, a sister Peggy Powell and twin great-granddaughters, Grace Marie and Eva Rae Duffus.
Margaret Montan, born in Baker, Montana April 17, 1931, passed away, after a brief battle with cancer, on August 23, 2015 She was 84 years old.
She was preceded in death by her husband Donald. Margaret is survived by her four children: Kristen(Emily), Tom(Karen), Kären(Stephen Woodward), Ingrid, and three grandchildren (Xavie, Yzzy, and Leon).
Michael Curtis Looney was born in Hayward, Ca on May 1, 1946, the younger of two sons born to Ed and Dorothy Looney. Mike was also known as Mickey to many of his friends when he was growing up.
Mike fell in love with the love of his life, Sandy in 1981 and they were married on December 17, 1983. Together they blended their children to create a family of 6. Their family grew to include 12 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Resident of Discovery Bay
Bob Howe of Discovery Bay passed away Tuesday September 22, 2015 at the age of 86.
Dorothy Marie Lommel Steinhauer died September 20, 2015 at Astoria Gardens with family by her side. She was 90.
Dorothy was born in McKees Rocks, Penn., on November 29, 1924. She was raised in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. She graduated from the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.
Donald Rush, a long time resident of Pleasanton, passed away peacefully on September 21, 2015, after a lengthy struggle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Don was born and raised in Berkeley, CA. He attended St. Mary’s High School and was a graduate of the University of California where he received a degree in engineering. He was drafted during the Korean War and served in the Army Corp of Engineers. Don was a structural engineer who had his own structural engineering company for over 40 years. He loved his work and is responsible for the structural engineering of many buildings in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Sept. 5, 1963 - Sept. 24, 2015
Our beloved daughter, sister, and friend Corinne was taken away by the Lord too soon at age 52 after battling a brief illness.
She was born Mildred Marie Tappa, November 8, 1926 to Swiss immigrant parents James and Sylvia Tappa in San Luis Obispo California. While working the farm and helping run the household, she completed her education in 1944 graduating from San Luis Obispo High School. She went on to complete a college education. In the late forties Millie and Dave were introduced on a blind date. After two years of dating, they were married at the Carmel Mission in Carmel, California. Dave and Millie had four boys Steve, Mike, Danny, and Paul that they raised in Livermore, California.
Millie began a career of in class volunteer work with the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District in the late sixties. Beginning in 1970 through 1987 she held an executive clerical position at the Livermore School District.
Mary Noreen Stayton, 84, a former resident of Livermore for many years, passed away peacefully on September 15, 2015 with family by her side. Noreen was born in Oakland, CA on July 18, 1931. She is preceded in death by her parents Cyriel and Adeline VanSlembrouck, her ex-husband Charles Stayton, sons Robert and Frederick Stayton and grandson Jared Stayton.
Noreen moved to Livermore in 1960 with husband Chuck and together they raised six children. While her children were growing up, Noreen was very involved in their activities and with community organizations, as well. She loved spending time with her beloved family and friends. She was an avid gardener and collector, often traveling to attend Avon and Campbell conventions. Noreen loved to square dance with husband Chuck and later in her seventies, resumed that passion by joining a singles square dancing group.
(Formerly of Pleasanton, CA)
July 1, 1934 – Sept. 3, 2015
Robert DelaRosa was born in Marfa, Texas on September 9, 1931. He grew up on a farm with his grandparents before joining his family in Whittier CA.
He left home young, at the age of 13. He traveled throughout the state working different jobs. Along the way he met Max Garcia who told him of the work up north on farm land and railroad. Robert moved to Livermore, CA at the age of 15 pursuing work. Max would also introduce him to his sister Alice Garcia who would become his wife, the mother of his children and only love of his life.
Lifelong resident of Livermore
Barbara Fracisco Mertes, the driving force to establish Las Positas College in Livermore, passed away September 4, 2015 at the age of 85.
Barbara F. Mertes, Ph.D., has passed away at the age of 85. Barbara had an energy and passion for education, specifically community colleges. Her career spanned more than three decades including serving as a founding member of Las Positas College, Vice Chancellor of Institutional Planning and Facilities Development, and working on education policy issues at the state, national and international levels.
She served as dean of the Valley Campus, prior to its becoming Las Positas College.
ValGene Black, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on September 7, 2015, less than a month shy of 92. Val lived in Livermore since 1962.
He was born in Benjamin, Utah, on October 3, 1923, the eldest of the four children of Nels Clayton Black and Agnes Lavinia Ludlow Black. He grew up in Delta, Utah, and although he didn’t live on a farm, he enjoyed helping his grandparents on their farms. He raised rabbits & chickens, milked cows, and took care of his pet goat. In high school he was on the football, basketball, and track teams.
January 8, 1944
Verlin Dale Blackwell passed away on Labor Day after a valiant battle with congestive heart failure.
Richard William VanderBeek passed away September 9, 2015 at the age of 76 due to complications from diabetes and cancer. Richard was born March 13, 1939 to Bill and Lura (Roberts/Jones) VanderBeek in Modesto, CA where he lived until he joined the Marines in 1958. After his tour with the Marines, Richard moved to Livermore, CA in 1964.
Richard is survived by his wife of 34 years, Vera (Bower), children David (Kristine) VanderBeek, Dawn (Sean) Clancy, and Denise (Rusty) Steele, and his step-children Robert (Dana) Palmer, Tami Palmer, and his beloved grandchildren, Desiree, Jake, Joshua, Autumn, Alyssa, Maggie, Michael, Katlyn, Zachary and Delilah. He is also survived by his brothers, Jim Martin, Robert Jones, Randy Jones, Henry VanderBeek, and sister Sue Hall. He was married to his first wife Janice (Rego) for 20 years until her passing in 1979.