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The Independent

September 1, 2015

Obituaries

Thursday 08/27/2015
Patrick Murphy

Jan. 28, 1936-Aug. 14, 2015

Patrick Murphy resident of Fresno passed away peacefully August 14th with his family by his side. He suffered a long battle with Parkinson’s disease and complications due to pneumonia. He touched many lives with his love and compassion.

Posted: August 27, 2015 - 12:00 am
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Leslie Charles Sundberg

Sept. 11,1953 – July 3, 2015

Les Sundberg, 61, passed away July 3, 2015. He was born on September 11, 1953, in Rockford, Illinois, to Anna (Jensen) and Howard Sundberg. His family moved to Livermore in 1959 where he attended grade school, junior high school and high school. He graduated from Livermore High School in 1971.

Posted: August 27, 2015 - 12:00 am
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Robert (Bob) Eilers

On August 15, 2015, Robert (Bob) Eilers passed away just a month before his 67th birthday. He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Josephine Logsdon, his father, Robert Winant Eilers, and his grandson, Milo Benjamin Eilers.

Bob was born in Greenville, Texas on September 16, 1948. Bob’s father was in the United States Navy and Bob was raised in Hawaii, at Kaneohe Bay, and then Carlsbad, California where he loved surfing off Tamarack Beach. While attending Carlsbad High School, Bob began a relationship with the love of his life Kathryn McComas. They were married on August 3, 1968 in Grapevine, Texas. Being childhood friends and then sweethearts, their relationship spanned a total of 55 years. Kathryn and Bob settled their family in Livermore, California in 1978.

Posted: August 27, 2015 - 12:00 am
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Thursday 08/20/2015
Clara Elizabeth Griffith

Clara Elizabeth Griffith died on August 15, 2015. She was living at Kindred Convalescent Hospital when she passed away as a result of 2 strokes. Clara was born in Mc Curtain, Oklahoma, April 28, 1920. Her mother was Mary May Bales, a member of the Choctaw nation, and her father was James Sylvester Skidmore, an itinerant preacher and farm worker. Clara had two brothers and a sister. Clara was close to her younger brother Otis (Odie) Skidmore, until he died at the age of 50.

Clara lived in many places in her young and adult life. She worked as a waitress, a ranch worker, a cannery worker, a laundry worker, a house and office cleaner, she did everything she could to help support her family and later, her husband.

Posted: August 20, 2015 - 12:00 am
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Sarah (Sally) Anne Greenspan

Jan. 14, 1934 – July 23, 2015

Resident of Dublin, CA

Posted: August 20, 2015 - 12:00 am
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Sailes K. Sengupta

Sailes Kumar Sengupta, 80, of Livermore, California, passed away peacefully on August 14, 2015 at ValleyCare Stanford Health Center in Pleasanton.

Born in Bankura, West Bengal India to Bhabani Charan Sen and Pratima Sen (nee Gupta), he spent his childhood split between Bankura and Kolkata, India, growing up in a large joint family.

Posted: August 20, 2015 - 12:00 am
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Kelly Elizabeth Goins

Kelly Elizabeth Goins was a loving wife, a loyal friend, and a life-long learner. She was born on October 18th, 1980. Despite a zest and zeal for life, she succumbed to her illness on August 15th, 2015 at the age of 34 years old.

Kelly was preceded in death by her father Anthony Booker and her grandparents Raymond and Josephine Grogan. She was survived by her devoted husband Demetrius Goins, mother Kelly Gardner, two sisters Sharon Grogan and Jessica Booker, mother-in-law Esther Goins, father-in-law Arthur Goins, uncle Tim Grogan, aunt Amy Grogan, sister-in-law Aleyah Goins, brother-in-law Audarius Goins, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Posted: August 20, 2015 - 12:00 am
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Thursday 08/13/2015
Patience Rogge

Patience Rogge, avid supporter and activist for the Livermore Valley Wine Region, passed away May 23, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.

Patience worked tirelessly to protect the vineyard areas of Livermore from encroaching development. She was an active member of Friends of the Vineyards from 1985-1992, serving as president from 1990-1991. Her long-held dream was the creation of a Livermore Valley Wine Museum. Although the project has yet to be realized, it brought great attention to the wine region and its promotion. The creation of a Land Trust was just one of her many ideas.

Posted: August 13, 2015 - 12:00 am
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Dan Clifton

Dan Clifton passed away suddenly August 4, 2015.

He leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Roberta, his son Bruce, daughter Cyndi, grandson Preston (Ashley), and great-grandson Ryder. He also leaves behind his brother Ken in Wyoming and Ron (Joyce) in Arizona.

Posted: August 13, 2015 - 12:00 am
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Beverly Jo Britland

On July 24th, 2015, our beloved, Beverly Jo Britland went home to fly with the Angels. She was 53.

She was a resident of Livermore, CA.

Posted: August 13, 2015 - 12:00 am
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Will (Lee) Niles

Will (Lee) Niles passed away June 17, 2015 at 96 years young. He was born in Floydada, Texas.

Lee enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp. in 1940 and was honorably discharged in 1946 after serving as an Airborne Paratrooper and radio operator during WWII. He served in Okinawa and was at Guadalcanal. He had the honor of being on the USS Missouri on the day General McArthur accepted the Japanese surrender, aboard the same ship.

Posted: August 13, 2015 - 12:00 am
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Victor (Frisco Vic) Balibrera

Victor (Frisco Vic) Balibrera beloved husband of Monica Balibrera passed away peacefully on August 5, 2015. Frisco Vic was born in San Francisco, California on August 8, 1949.

He was preceded in death by his Mother, Irene Harrison-Balibrera. Frisco Vic is survived by 13 grandchildren; his son Victor Santino Balibrera and his daughter Alexis Dianna Balibrera; his stepchildren Johnny, Daniel, Desmond, Chantell De La Rosa and Destinee Downing. He will be greatly missed by his loving family, friends and his HENCHMEN MC Brothers.

Posted: August 13, 2015 - 12:00 am
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Wayne Nelson

Born Nov., 10, 1932, Wayne passed peacefully into rest on July 9, 2015, at the age of 82. He enjoyed living in Pleasanton.

He was an Electrician with local 595 and received his 55 year pin; served in the Air Force during the Korean War and loved his 67 Mustang Convertible.

Posted: August 13, 2015 - 12:00 am
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Jean Dolores Bettencourt

Jean Bettencourt passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at age 86 while surrounded with her loved ones.

Jean was a lifelong resident of Livermore and a descendant of Irish settlers who came to the Livermore valley in the 1860s. She graduated St. Michael’s School and Livermore High School before attending San Jose State College. She worked at the Veterans Hospital and met the love of her Life, Howard E. Bettencourt. They married in 1951. Jean took time out to raise her family and then returned work, retiring after 22 years as Assistant Director for the Livermore Housing Authority. After retirement, she took loving care of her sister, Jerry, for 12 years after their mother passed.

Posted: August 13, 2015 - 12:00 am
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James A. Hegarty

Jim was born in Oakland, California, to James and Florence Hegarty. He was raised in Santa Rosa, CA. He served in the Army during WWII. His mother changed his age so he could join the Army at age 16. A year later the war broke out. He spent the next four years fighting in the Pacific Theater, returning home after the war at the ripe old age of 21. During the war he served as a S/Sgt. in Company K, 184th infantry regiment, with the 40th infantry division, and the 7th infantry division. He survived beach landings in the Aleutian Chain, and the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Philippines. He was a mortar squad leader.

After the Army, Jim graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College and then UC Berkeley. He was employed by Lawrence Livermore Lab as a physicist for 33 years, retiring in 1988.

Posted: August 13, 2015 - 12:00 am
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Thursday 08/06/2015
Janel Louise Meredith

We sadly announce the passing of Janel Louise Meredith. She was welcomed into God's Kingdom on Sunday, July 26, 2015. Janel was born September 26, 1972 in Walnut Creek, CA, to Terry and Linda Bersie. She lived in Livermore where she worked tirelessly as mother and team member at Trader Joe's. Janel will be remembered as a devoted, loving, cheerful mother, daughter, sister, and friend by all lives she touched. She will be deeply missed by all.

Janel is survived by her three children, Ryan, Tyler, and Holly, her father and stepmother Terry and Joan Bersie, and her mother Linda Bersie. She is also survived by brothers Damon and Chris, and grandparents Mel and Marie Schubert.

Posted: August 06, 2015 - 12:00 am
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Shirley Jane McGoff

Sept. 22, 1922 - July 31, 2015

Shirley Jane McGoff (nee Petersen) passed away peacefully early Friday morning after a stroke the previous Tuesday night. She touched many people over her long life with her welcoming generosity towards her family and their many friends, and her friends, neighbors and colleagues. Her philosophy was, "you can always throw another potato in the pot," to make room for whoever happened to show up at dinner time.

Posted: August 06, 2015 - 12:00 am
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Kenneth Gilman Byrne

Kenneth Gilman Byrne was born October 18th, 1933 in Butte, Montana, to William and Pauline Byrne. He attended Pomona High School, graduating in June of 1953. It was there that he met Ruby Lawson whom he married December 26th, 1954, enjoying 53 years of happy marriage until she passed away of cancer in February of 2008.

Ken attended the University of Washington, where he graduated in June of 1957 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He went to work for Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque New Mexico, transferring to the Livermore, California facility in 1958. He worked at Sandia for 33 years until he retired in January of 1990 to begin traveling. He traveled all over the world seeing places such as Australia, New Zealand, Germany, England, Ireland, and most of the United States including Alaska, and Hawaii.

Posted: August 06, 2015 - 12:00 am
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Patricia M. Werner

Resident of Pleasanton

Patricia celebrated 65 years of marriage with her husband on June 17th. They were blessed with 6 children, 35 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.

Posted: August 06, 2015 - 12:00 am
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Oliver “Ted” Sale

Oliver Sale passed away peacefully July 30, 2015. He was 91. He lived a good long life developing chronic vascular issues in just the last few years, which were the cause of his death.

Oliver was born in Oakland, CA, and graduated from Fremont High. He was drafted into the U. S. Army during WWII where he was stationed at Brize Norton in England and served as a Corporal. England is also where he met his bride of 54 years, Joan. Joan came back with Oliver and they settled in Castro Valley where they lived until her passing in 2006.

Posted: August 06, 2015 - 12:00 am
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Health Fairs Provide Valuable Services to Tri-Valley

Health Fairs were held in Livermore and in Dublin this year. The fairs are designed to ensure that all Tri-Valley students have access to the state-mandated medical, vision and dental screenings necessary to register for school. Physicals - i…