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Petersdorf, Louise Dorthea - Contra Costa  
Louise Dorthea Petersdorf 1928 ~ 2014 Resident of Dublin Louise Dorthea Petersdorf, a long-time resident of Dublin, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 8, 2014, at the age of 86, after a long battle with cancer. She leaves behind many family and friends in both Oregon and California. Louise was born in Portland, Oregon in 1928. In 1955, she moved to California with her then-husband and three children. Her mother June Kinney, her sister Mary Pethram, and her brother-in-law Bill Pethram, preceded her in death. A graduate of Western Oregon College, Louise pursued a career in teaching while raising her family. After her children were grown, Louise, who found great satisfaction in working, enjoyed managing a local retail clothing store. When the retail store closed, she took a position at Orchard Supply Hardware, from where she retired in her late seventies. Louise was an avid golfer who enjoyed playing all over the San Francisco and in Monterey Bay areas. A long-time member of the Castlewood and the San Ramon Royal Vista "Eighteen Holers" and "Niners," she loved traveling to different golf courses to play with her many friends. She frequently helped organize local golf tournaments and enjoyed her position as treasurer for several different club teams. Louise also looked forward to her yearly trips to Reno and South Lake Tahoe with her daughters and friends where she played golf and applied her good luck to gambling. Louise also loved working in her yard, solving extremely difficult jigsaw puzzles, and doing crossword puzzles. Louise was as sharp as a tack and had a fantastic ability to remember nearly every phone number she'd ever dialed or word she had ever used. Additionally, she said that misspelled words in newspapers and other texts jumped out at her as though they were "lit by neon lights." Most recently, Louise had enjoyed spending time with her family and playing BINGO with friends (taking her good luck with her). Louise was proud of the many accomplishments of her children and grandchildren. She was fortunate to have attended all of their college graduation ceremonies and weddings, and was looking forward to spending the holidays with her family. Louise is survived by her son Allan Petersdorf, Jr. and his wife Susan, as well as her daughters Sherry Moniz and Gay Spivey and Gay's husband Rich. She is also survived by her grandchildren Carrie Moniz, Rob Moniz and his wife Courtney, Josh Petersdorf, James Petersdorf and his wife Allie, Megan Petersdorf, and Molly Petersdorf, and her great grandchildren Shane Petersdorf and Colton Petersdorf. A Celebration of Life is being held on Friday, January 2nd from 2-4pm at the San Ramon Golf Club (9430 Fircrest Lane in San Ramon). Friends and family are invited to attend and to share their memories of and stories about Louise. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Susan B Komen organization.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Dec. 26, 2014
Peterson, Vernon - Paso Robles  
Vernon Peterson Mar 20, 1926 - Dec 4, 2014 Paso Robles After a brief illness, Vernon Karl Peterson, 88, stepped in Glory and into the arms of his Lord and Savior. He had been resting comfortably at home and passed away as peacefully as anyone could. Vernon was born in San Jose to Joseph and Edith Peterson. In 1943, he entered World War II and trained as a gunner on B-29's. As part of the peace-keeping armada after the war, he patrolled the North Pacific between Okinawa and Tokyo. As typical of his generation, he always downplayed his role in the war. In 1948, he married Ferne Paulsen of Hartley, Iowa. In 1951, he graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in diary manufacturing. Vernon, known as Vern, (or Pete by his colleagues) worked in the dairy industry for over 40 years—both in a creamery and later in dairy sales. He retired in 1992 and lived a full and rich retirement, both in Pleasanton and then in Paso Robles. Together with his brother Donald, Vern was a competitive cyclist and member of the San Jose Bicycle Club through the 1980's. In 1981, he co-promoted the hit velodrome series, "Breaking Away Friday Nights," with Don, at Hellyer Park in South San Jose. The series featured sprint cycling teams from around the west. The races drew as many as 4,000 fans a night, and over its 5-year run, the series made San Jose one of the cycle-racing capitals of the country. Vern was an avid sports fan of both the Oakland A's and the San Francisco 49'ers. He loved to golf, camp, fish, and work with wood. Vernon was preceded in death by both parents; brother Don; wife of 56-years, Ferne; and grandson Bret. He is survived by his beautiful love and companion, Juanita Hickman; sister, Marion; 5 children Susan, Steve (Julie), Stan (Silvia), Scott (Karen), and Syndee; 10 grandchildren Jason, James (Nora), Grace, Emily, Garrett (Alecia), Garth, Kayla, Michael, Jacob, and Megan; 3 great grandchildren Sadie Anne, Anabelle, and Trevor; and scores of beloved friends. Vernon Peterson was a great man of rich faith and grace who never held back expressions of love toward others. He was a true blessing to all who knew him and we are all proud to have had him as the patriarch of our family. The family is grateful for all of your prayer and support during his illness and during this time of transition. On January 3, 2015, a celebration of his life will begin at 10:00 am at the Paso Robles cemetery, followed by a reception at the Veteran's Hall in Templeton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion, Veteran's of Foreign Wars, or Wilshire Hospice. Kurt Hardenbrook (805) 238-4383
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Dec. 21, 2014
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