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Butte, Mary - San Pablo  
Mary Butte May 27, 1939 ~ Jan. 19, 2015 Resident of Pinole Loving mother, grandmother & great grandmother went to join God on January 19, 2015 after a long brave battle with cancer. Mary was born in Colorado and came to California at an early age where she remained a resident of Contra Costa County for the rest of her life. Mary was a homemaker, a wonderful mother and a beautiful friend to many. She is survived by one son, Jeff Butte, and two daughters, Terresa Parrish and Laurie Knisely, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She is also survived by her two sisters and one brother. Please join us in a celebration of her life. Services will be held at Wilson & Kratzer in San Pablo; please contact the family or Wilson & Kratzer for the date and time. In lieu of flow ers, please make donations to St. Jude's Childrens' Hospital. Wilson & Kratzer 510-232-6552
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 28, 2015
Callister, Shirley Price - Lafayette  
Shirley Price Callister July 2, 1922 ~ January 18, 2015 Lafayette, CA Shirley Price Callister, our mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on January 18, 2015. Shirley was born at home on July 2, 1922 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the youngest of five children of Julia Blanche Lauritzen and Thomas Lawrence Price. As a child, Shirley enjoyed dancing, spending time with her friends and trips to the family's ranch in southern Utah. She graduated from East High School in 1939 and then attended the University of Utah. As a young woman, she especially enjoyed her job as a roller-skating Western Union telegram courier. In 1942 Shirley married the love of her life, Cyril Taft Callister MD, and they remained inseparable for 61 years until Cy's death in 2003. Shirley and Cy moved to Northern California during WWII where Shirley worked at Tidewater Oil in San Francisco. Later they lived in Dragerton, Utah and the Seattle area before settling Lafayette in 1948 where they raised their five children. Shirley enjoyed gardening, bridge, cooking, needlepoint and traveling. She and Cy visited many sites around the United States, Europe and New Zealand and even participated in a medical exchange program in the former Soviet Union during the Cold War. One particular highlight was their trip on the QEII to London with a return on the Concorde supersonic jet for their 50th wedding anniversary. Shirley was also very active in the Tuolumne Guild that raised money for the creation and improvement of John Muir Medical Center, and in the Women's Auxiliary of the Contra Costa Medical Society. Shirley's family was the focus of her life. Her home of over 65 years in Lafayette was her castle and she was the anchor and practical voice in a house full of lively personalities. Her wit, humor, wisdom and love for life were contagious. From her famous 4th of July parties to many family events, she was the consummate hostess. Everyone was welcome and any pretensions were checked at the door. Even at 90 years old, "Mima's House" was always "home" for her extended family which over the years grew to include a multitude of her grandchildren's college classmates who all loved her dearly. She is survived by her five children Susan Price Callister, Barry Price Callister (Cecilia), Ann Callister (Bruce Brennen), Bruce Callister (Deborah Cox), and Brian Callister, MD (Rose Lorea) and eight grandchildren Devin Callister, MD, Mathew Callister, Andrew Callister, Coreen Callister, Louis Callister, Liam Callister, Erin Callister and Connor Callister as well as many beloved nieces and nephews and extended family. She was preceded in death by her four siblings, Thomas Price, Maurice Price, Rhea Bain, and Helen Gray. A celebration of her life is planned for Saturday, February 7th, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA 94549. In lieu of flowers donations are welcome for Hospice of East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 30, 2015
Cate, Catherine Polomoni (Honey) - San Jose  
Catherine Polomoni Cate (Honey) April 20, 1919 - Jan. 6, 2015 Formerly of Livermore Catherine was born in Livermore, CA and lived most of her life there. She moved to a Skilled Nursing Facility in San Jose, CA in Oct. 2013. Catherine was a member of St. Michael's Parrish and an avid golfer at Springtown her group of golfing buddies. She also served many years with the Valley Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She is survived by her niece Lee Ann Boynton (Jim), her great niece Christina Dennington (Chase), her great nephew Brian Boynton (Mallory) and five great-great nieces Evelyn and Emilia Dennington and Ainsley, Teagan and Quinn Boynton. A graveside service has been held at St. Michael's Cemetery. Any donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 25, 2015
Caulfield, Joseph - Contra Costa  
Joseph Caulfield May 6, 1927 - January 9, 2015 Walnut Creek Joseph or "Big Joe" as he was fondly known, passed away peacefully at home with his family on January 9th, 2015. Born and raised in Oakland, California, he attended St. Mary's College High School where he played football and baseball. He attended St. Mary's College where he played football, before leaving for service in the Coast Guard at the end of World War II. Upon his discharge from the service, he returned home and finished his studies at Santa Clara University, graduating in 1951 with a degree in business. He spent 20 years in various sales positions, before becoming an entrepreneur as owner of Caulfield's Office Products in Oakland where he conducted business for over 17 years. Joe had a special love for the Christian Brothers and always reflected fondly on his time at St. Mary's College High School. He received the DeLaSalle Award for outstanding alumni leadership, and was inducted into the school's sports hall of fame in 1993. Joe had a passion for all sports and was a loyal fan to his hometown teams the Oakland Raiders and the Oakland Athletics. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Loretta and four children, Tom (Holli), Dan (Marta), John and Cass (Andy) and seven grandchildren. His brother Patrick and many nieces and nephews also survive him. He is preceded in death by his parents Tom and Sarah Caulfield and his brother Tom. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to St. Mary's College High School – Scholarship Fund, 1294 Albina Ave. Berkeley, CA 94706 A memorial mass will be held on Friday, January 30th at 10 am at the Church of St. Anne, 1600 Rossmoor Parkway, Walnut Creek.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 26, 2015
Chew, Sam G. - Pleasant Hill  
Sam G. Chew Sept. 17, 1919 - Jan. 10, 2015 Resident of Chateau Poet's Corner in Pleasant Hill Sam, beloved husband, father and friend, passed away peacefully at the age of 95. He is now with his beloved Ada, his wife of 63 years. Sam was born in China and immigrated to the United States at the age of 15. He learned English and reaped the rewards of hard work and perseverance. After graduating from Galileo High School, Sam joined the army, serving in World War II overseas as an Army Sergeant procuring and preparing food. Upon returning from the war, he married Ada in 1946. He later attended Golden Gate University through the GI Bill, earning a degree in accounting. In the late 50's, he briefly owned a grocery store in San Francisco named Roxie Food Center. Family life revolved around the hours of the store, with Sam and Ada finally realizing their dream of having their own business. He then moved his family to Walnut Creek, California in 1965 so his family could experience the warm climate and joys of suburban living. From there he commuted to his job as an accountant/auditor for the City and County of San Francisco, and retired after 25 years of service. Often working two jobs to support the family, life was not easy. He supported his children to the best of his ability, both in their successes and in their times of illness. His daughter, Christine, remembers his excitement when he purchased his first television set in 1953, when television was still a novelty. His son, Stanton, has fond memories of going fishing with him at lakes and on party boats in the ocean for rock cod. His son, Clinton, remembers his dad's gardening skills. He hosted many family dinners, where his love of cooking came through in all the dishes he prepared throughout the years. Sam loved to dance, and with Ada, enjoyed stepping onto the dance floor well into his late 80's. In addition to dancing, his hobbies included growing fruits and vegetables, bowling, and traveling domestically and to various parts of the world. Sam leaves behind his daughter Christine Crosbie and her husband Les, granddaughter Janet Mueller and her husband Jason, and great grandson Jay Mueller; his son Stanton Chew and his wife Margaret, grandson Mark and his wife Catherine, granddaughter Angela Steffes and her husband Adam, and grandson Tom; his son Clint Chew and his wife Pat, grandson Dylan, granddaughter Erin and grandson Miles. Sam enjoyed a long and happy life as the family patriarch. A true believer in a healthy diet and active lifestyle, he will be missed.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 25, 2015
Corlett Jr., Donald Alexander - Pleasant Hill  
Donald Alexander Corlett, Jr. Feb.15, 1937 - May 19, 2014 Concord, CA Donald Alexander Corlett, a devoted husband and father, made his transition from this physical world on May 19, 2014. He touched many lives with his generous good will and his contagious sense of humor. Don was born in Kobe, Japan, and graduated from Grant High School in Portland, OR. He was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity at Oregon State University. After earning his B.A. in Bacteriology and his M.S. in Microbiology, he was awarded a Ph.D. in Food Science and enjoyed a successful career as a food scientist. A lifelong researcher and adventurer, after Don's 24-year tenure at Del Monte Foods, he started Corlett Food Consulting Services, travelling overseas many times to deliver food safety courses to professionals. As a pioneer in food safety, Don published his book, HACCP User's Manual, in 1998. Don and his beloved wife Carol loved visiting with their friends far and wide and were 30 year members of Unity Church. Don is survived by daughter Susan Corlett of Alameda, son Kenneth Corlett of San Diego, daughter Margie Corlett Eastman of Santa Rosa, nephew Stephen Corlett, and grandsons Kyle and Gabriel Corlett and Tony and Joe Eastman. His warm, loving spirit will be missed by us all. Friends are invited to a memorial celebration of his life at 2:00 pm, February 21, at Unity Church, 1871 Geary Rd., Walnut Creek. The family asks that any donations be made to Hospice of the East Bay. TraditionCare Mortuary 925-827-2911 www.traditioncare.com
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Feb. 1, 2015
Culang, Edward - Pleasanton  
Edward Culang Resident of Pleasanton Edward Culang was born to Jimmy and Purificacion Culang in San Francisco. He graduated from Lowell High School then went on to earn an Associate Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Heald's Engineering College in San Francisco. Edward's career included working for Wells Fargo Bank and for Xerox Corporation as a Customer Service Engineer for 25 years. On Monday, January 19, 2015 Edward died at his home in Pleasanton, of complications from his chronic health problems. Edward is survived by his mother, Purificacion Culang and his 8 siblings, James Culang, Vickie Santos, Cecilia Hidalgo, Nattie Fong, Mary Yuen, Ellen Campana, Luis Culang and Francis Culang and their spouses, Judith Van Herik, Frank Santos, John Hidalgo, Raymond Fong, James Yuen, and Lamberto Campana, Jr. He was the uncle of Arthur & Alex Culang, Gena & Ryan Santos, Adrienne, Laura & Yvonne Hidalgo, Mark & Loretta Fong, Nathaniel, Janelle & Jared Yuen, and Lamberto Campana, III, and was grand-uncle to Sydney Yuen & Mason Esguerra. They will miss their Uncle Eddie, as will all who knew him. Family and friends are invited to a Rosary and Celebration of Life on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 7:00pm, at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, 4167 First Street, in Pleasanton. There will also be a Memorial Service on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 10:00am, at St. Augustine Church, 3999 Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 28, 2015
de Vries, Harry - Walnut Creek  
Harry de Vries Aug 22, 1924 - Jan 21, 2015 Resident of Martinez Harry de Vries passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Born in Soerabaia, Indonesia in 1924, he came to California in 1961 via the Netherlands. Harry is survived by his brothers Jan de Vries and Body de Vries of the Netherlands. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Lily (Lieke). Harry was the loving father of Melanie, Ingrid, Ralph, Bob, Jon and Cedric, and grandfather of 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Viewing from 6 pm to 8 pm Friday, January 30, at OAK PARK HILLS CHAPEL, 3111 N. Main St., Walnut Creek. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, January 31st at 11:00 am at Christ the King Church, 199 Brandon Rd., Pleasant Hill. Interment immediately following at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1965 Reliez Valley Rd., Lafayette. Express condolences at oakparkhillschapel.com .
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 28, 2015
Dufresne, Lona - Sonoma  
Lona Dufresne Jan. 14, 1936 - Jan. 9, 2015 Antioch Lona Lee Dufresne passed away on Friday, Jan. 9th. with her daughters, Robin Dufresne of Sonoma, Rhonda Dufresne Rafferty of Brookings Oregon, and her sweetheart of 17 years, Gene Anderson of Pinole at her side. Lona grew up in Richmond and attended Richmond High School where she had a small group of friends, many that resulted in life-long friendships and was also where she met and married Leo Dufresne. During her marriage she went to work at the Richmond Police Dept. as a secretary for the Vice and Juvenile Depts. After her divorce she met, through co-worker Steve Zeppa, his father Al Zeppa, with whom she had an 8 year marriage. Because of her gentle loving nature she was known as "mom" to some of those that she worked with and still had occasional contact with even after her retirement in 1993. After her retirement she moved to Antioch to be closer to family. Being with her family and friends always came first and was intertwined with her interests of water-color painting, sketching, antiquing and decorating of her home. She also enjoyed her class reunions and through this she connected with her sweetie, Gene, a fellow classmate. Other survivors include her sister, Judy Arnold of Antioch, 5 grandchildren, Nichole Lee, Destree Hall, Michele Plummer, Amy Hulsey and Matthew Hulsey. Also included are 5 great grandchildren, Cody, Caleb, Chloe, Hector-Ray and Gabriel. A memorial is planned for Saturday January 31st at 12:30pm. Immediately following there is going to be a Celebration of Life at The Lodge at Sonoma 1325 Broadway at Leveroni & Napa Roads, Sonoma, CA Duggan's Mission Chapel 525 West Napa St. Sonoma, Calif. 95476
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 25, 2015
Ebel, Robert Franklin "Bob" - Walnut Creek  
Robert "Bob" Franklin Ebel Apr. 4, 1952 ~ Jan. 19, 2015 Resident of Concord, CA Bob passed away with his loving wife Karen by his side, just as she was every day the past 27 years. Bob worked for 25 years as a mechanical/electrical technician in Rossmoor before he retired in 1996. Bob spent considerable time during his retirement immersed in his passion for fishing. His life-long hobby lured him to numerous locations in the U.S., though he spent most of his time fishing on the California Delta. Bob is survived by wife Karen; sons Jason (Tammy), Bobby (JoAnne) and Eric; seven grandchildren; Travis, Santiago, Tony, Ozzie, Nathan, Jase and Alissa. His generous, loving spirit will be missed by many. Services will be held Jan. 31, at 1 p.m., at Oak Park Hills Chapel, 3111 N. Main St., Walnut Creek. Visit oakparkhillschapel.com for more information.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 28, 2015
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