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Fioretti, LaJeanne - San Francisco  
LaJeanne Fioretti Aug. 26, 1931 - Apr. 19, 2015 Walnut Creek LaJeanne Marie Fioretti, age 83, died in Walnut Creek, Sunday April 19, 2015 of natural causes. She is survived by her four children: Stephen Fioretti, Lynn Fitzpatrick, Mark Fioretti, and Melanie Fries. She also leaves behind ten grandchildren: Sean, Alexa, Alex, Christian, Lucas, Charlie, Max, Emma, Mia, and Olivia. Born of Swedish descent, LaJeanne and her twin LaVonne, the daughters of LeRoy and Gladys Erickson, were born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 26, 1931. While visiting her twin in San Francisco LaJeanne met her future husband Renzo Fioretti. They lived in San Francisco and had their first son Stephen, then moved to Orinda via Walnut Creek and had three more children. Busy raising four kids she still had time, with inspiration from her new Italian family, to become an amazing cook. Gnocchi with tomato and rosemary, osso buco, asparagus with fried eggs and burnt butter sauce, and garlic rosemary chicken were some of her signature dishes. The kitchen really was the heartbeat of the Fioretti home. She worked at "The Lazy K House" in Lafayette for over 20 years, selling indoor and outdoor home furnishings. Her home was beautiful inside and out and was the gathering place for many holiday celebrations and memories. Many of these memories included Christmas with LaVonne's family also known as "the kissing cousins." The twins were inseparable throughout their lives as were their families. LaJeanne loved to travel. She also enjoyed golf and gardening. She especially loved her grandchildren, always doting and always asking about them. "Nana" never missed a birthday or a special event. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 30th at the Church of Santa Maria, 40 Santa Maria Way, Orinda, CA 94563. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 531313, Henderson, NV 89053, or at .
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Published in Contra Costa Times on May 3, 2015

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Freitas, Freda - Richmond  
Freda M. Freitas (Anderson) Resident of Crockett Freda died peacefully in her home on April 30, 2015 in Crockett, CA at the age of 73. Freda is survived by her husband, John Freitas, son Marty Freitas, daughter Julie Searle, daughter Jeanne Lamb (David), daughter Kelly Adams (Tracy) and son Randall Freitas. Freda is also survived by her five loving grandchildren. She is preceded in death by mother Gladys Anderson, Father Oran Anderson and brother Donald Anderson. Freda was born on September 9, 1941 in Non, Oklahoma. She graduated from John Swett High School in 1959. She married John Freitas, her one true love in 1965. Her five children remember her as a loving and supportive mother. Freda was accomplished at teaching sign language and often donated translation services to her community and church. She also owned her own business, The Fire Place, where she turned her hobby of crafts and ceramics into a business that she loved. She was a kind and generous individual who loved her family and many friends. She was an active and dedicated member of the Rodeo Freewill Baptist Church and often volunteered at the church providing meals and services to those in need. A memorial service is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Hosselkus Chapel, located at One Rolph Park Drive in Crockett, California with a reception to immediately follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Freda's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The American Cancer Society at . Condolences can be sent to . The family would like to thank Kaiser Hospice for their dedication.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on May 2, 2015

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Florence, Viola R. - Hayward  
Viola R. Florence March 30, 1920-April 25, 2015 Resident of Hayward The family of Vi Florence, wish to make known her peaceful passing on April 25, 2015. Born on March 30, 1920 to Beatrice and Jess Rebero of Hayward. Vi was 95 years old. Vi attended Burbank School, Bret Harte, and Hayward High School. She received her High School diploma in June, 1984 from the Castro Valley Adult School. She was employed at Hunt-Wesson in Hayward from 1936-1981, where she became a Laboratory Technician. There, she met the love of her life, Monte Florence, whom she married on June 15, 1941. They lived in Hayward their entire married life of 58 years. Monte preceded her in 1999. Vi was active in the City of Hayward for many years and was a volunteer and lifelong member of the Hayward Historical Society. She was a member of the Young Ladies Institute of All Saints Catholic Church and the Hill and Valley Club. She loved to travel to the Hawaiian Islands on vacation. She also spent many years listening and watching sporting events, especially Oakland A's Baseball. She also enjoyed her garden and planting beautiful flowers. Above all, Vi enjoyed watching her family grow up and share in so many happy times together. She will be greatly missed by each one of them, especially her devoted daughters: Janice (Dave) Brazil of Danville and Trish (Bob) Maas of Monterey. Vi's treasured grandchildren: Marlo (Rich) Fregulia, Lori (Steve) Tahsler, Ryan (Jamie) Maas, and Nick (Jennie) Maas. Her 8 loving great-grandchildren: Rachel and Jake Fregulia, Lucas and Gabriella Tahsler, Mason and Ava Maas and Hayden and Dalton Maas. Vi was preceded in death by her brother Jess Rebero Jr. and sisters Hazel Criss and Alta Rogler along with her parents Jess and Beatrice Rebero. She is survived by her brother, Buzz Rebero of Hayward. Vi's family would like to thank Cristina Nica and Anita Devi for their love and care for Vi. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in honor of Vi's life. Her final resting place is Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. Charitable contributions can be made to: Hayward Historical Society or Make a Wish Foundation
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Apr. 30, 2015

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Falcon, Joel - El Cerrito  
Joel Falcon Dec. 25, 1962 ~ Apr. 21, 2015 Resident of El Cerrito Cherished son, brother, uncle, soulmate, buddy. A devoted son who put his family's needs before his own left this world suddenly and too soon. He leaves behind his parents, Sylvia & Lou Falcon, sisters Alena Steiner, (Jonathan), Alicia Brasuell (Wade), Monica-Mary Falcon (Greg), nephew Aaron Brasuell, nieces Megan and Melissa Gonzalez, Sylvia Brasuell, loving partner Candy Kasalo, Uncle Al Morin and many cousins. A graduate of Salesian high school and Sonoma State University, he was an avid gardener since childhood and continued to make it his livelihood. He most enjoyed family gatherings with family and friends over good food and wine, always entertaining with his dry sense of humor and frequent puns. Joel left this world doing what he loved, picking abalone and fishing with a friend. Our hearts are broken but we know he rests in God's care. The family is grateful for the Westport volunteer fire department. You are invited to a celebration of Joel's life on Saturday May 2nd, 1:00 p.m. at Arlington Park, Club House Kensington. Remembrances to Sempervirens Fund.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Apr. 26, 2015
Freschi, Denise - Pleasanton  
Denise Freschi Resident of Brentwood Denise Lynette Freschi, age 60, of Brentwood, CA entered heaven's gates on April 22, 2015 with her family by her side. She was born March 14th, 1955 in Richmond, CA to the late Mayo and Mae Joyce Bookout. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Jack Freschi; four children, Johnny, Natalie, Michelle and Dan Freschi; and five grandchildren. Denise Freschi was the most incredible wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and great aunt. She was a selfless human being and known for her ease in frequent conversation with even total strangers. Her signature gift of joy, shown through her constant smiling, laughter, and joking around, will never be forgotten. Visitation will be located at Holy Cross Cemetery in Antioch from 5-7pm with the Rosary starting at 7pm on Thursday April 30th, 2015. The Funeral service will be held at St. Anne Catholic Church in Byron on Friday, May 1st, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. with a graveside service and reception to follow in Antioch at Holy Cross Cemetery.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Apr. 28, 2015
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