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Clifton, Harmon - Contra Costa  
Harmon Clifton Oct. 31, 1923 - Aug. 19, 2015 Resident of Concord A very special man went home to most of his family & Lord on 8/19/15. A humble man with a keen sense of right and wrong mixed with lots of understanding and forgiveness; always giving one the benefit of the doubt and helping when their lives were not going well. A man who tirelessly cared for his family resulting in a 72+year marriage that lasted because of his strong commitment in honoring his marriage vows "for better or worse." He taught us to respect and in turn be respected. While his age sounds old his mind was young and alert. We already miss him very much. Sandra & Sharyn, daughters, and "person-dog" MeeToo. At his request, services will be private.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Aug. 23, 2015
Coffman, Sandra M. (Warner) - Contra Costa  
Sandra M. Coffman (Warner, Palmeri) Aug. 31, 1934 ~ Aug. 23, 2015 Resident of Martinez Sandy was a waitress, bartender at Mitch's Club. A cook at Mt. Diablo Hospital and at Contra Costa Regional Hospital. Preceded in death by her mother and father and beloved husband Charlie Palmeri. Sandy was the mother of six children; Robert Warner, Randall Warner, children Tammy Janus and Tony Warner, Sue Stewart (Monte), children Monte Jr., and Laura Wood, Sherry Dorothy (Craig), children; Danny and Chrissy Flores, Dottie Hernandez (Tommy) children; Debra, Margarita, Manuel, Arriana, Raquel Spurling, Ollie Villalpando, Michael Roddy, Charra Steele, Bobby Steele, William Steele, preceded in death by son Richard A. Warner, son Andrew Warner. 25 Great grandchildren and 1 great great grandson. Celebration of Life barbque at the Martinez Marina on the left side of Eastbay Regional Park on Sunday August 30th at 2:00 pm. All friends and family please come and celebrate with us.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Aug. 28, 2015
Cronin, Maureen - Pleasanton  
Maureen P. Cronin April 2, 1947 - Aug. 11, 2015 Resident of San Pablo It is with deep sadness that the family of Maureen Cronin announces her sudden and unexpected passing with her loving daughter by her side holding her hand. Born in Salt Lake City the family moved to California in 1959. She graduated from El Cerrito High and eventually settled in Tara Hills. Maureen truly enjoyed the company of others. She loved her customers at 4 Corners in Crockett and made many friends the last 7yrs at Macy's Hilltop. A member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Pinole her favorite places were Cambria, The Camellia Tea Room and any crepe or tea house! Maureen enjoyed antiquing and spending time with her daughter. Maureen touched many hearts in her journey through life, always selfless and thinking of others. Her beautiful Irish eyes will be forever missed. Preceded in death by parents Maurice and Rosemary Cronin, brother Mickey. Survived by her devoted daughter Maria Cronin, sister Terri (John) Hicks, brothers John (Julie) and Dennis Cronin; many nieces, nephews and loving friends. Rosary and visitation Fri. Aug. 28 6-8PM; visitation Sat. Aug. 29 9:30AM; Funeral Service 10:30AM at St. Joseph Cemetery 2540 Church Ln., San Pablo (510) 234-2012. Donations to help deter medical/burial expenses can be made at www.GoFundme.com are deeply appreciated.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Aug. 26, 2015
Danhakl, Helen - Oakland  
Helen Danhakl April 16, 1936 - August 12, 2015 Resident of Oakland Helen Jensen Danhakl, 79, an 8th generation Californian and fixture in the Oakland Piedmont real estate community for decades died peacefully Wednesday August 12th, following a brief illness. Her three children were at her side. Helen was born April 16th 1936 to Percival "Ted" Jensen and Alice Ontiveros Jensen. The Jensen family had immigrated from Denmark to the United States in the early 1800's, eventually settling in Utah. The Ontiveros family, were some of the earliest Spanish founders of California dating back to the late 1700's. Helen's great grandfather, Juan Pacifico Ontiveros, founded the town of Santa Maria CA. Helen was a resident of Oakland her entire life. She graduated from Oakland Technical High School in 1953 and enrolled at University of California, Berkeley at the age of 17, the first in her family to go to college. Helen took a "Toddlers Timeout" following the birth of her sons John in 1956 and Jim in 1958, returning to Cal in 1962 and graduating with a degree in sociology. As a single mother supporting two young boys, Helen worked a variety of jobs most notably at the Oakland Tribune in what she described as the "First Google" whereby customers could call and ask any question on any topic and Helen would find the answer. In April 1964, Helen married Thomas C. Danhakl a Chevron Engineer. They settled in the Montclair district of Oakland, adding to the family in 1966 with the birth of their daughter Christine. In 1969 the family moved to England and upon their return in 1971 moved to Piedmont CA. In 1975 Helen embarked upon what would become a highly successful real estate career. Helen was a broker in the Montclair offices of Coldwell Banker, Better Homes and for the past 25 years at Pacific Union. Blessed with a natural ability to understand client needs and an engaging personality, Helen was consistently one of the top producers in the Oakland Piedmont area selling over 600 homes in a career spanning nearly 40 years. A drive with Helen through the Oakland hills was a rich and entertaining history lesson of the people, places and events that have shaped the local area. She was known as a strong client advocate, with deep knowledge of real estate law and also as a creative problem solver. Helen never lost her love for real estate. A week before she died, she was still driving around "on tour" looking at homes, commenting on prices and making predictions. Helen was a long time and active member of the Bellevue Club in Oakland, Commonwealth Club of California, Sequoyah Country Club, Childrens Fairyland of Oakland and Oakland Parks and Recreation as well as numerous other social and political groups. She will always be remembered for her generosity, empathy, loyalty, strong wit, great story telling and her willingness for spirited action in the things she cared about. Helen was preceded in death by her beloved husband Tom who died in 2009 and is survived by her sons, John Danhakl (Katherine) of Pacific Palisades, CA, Jim Danhakl of Lemoore CA and Christine Danhakl of Oakland CA, Grandchildren, Tommy (Victoria), Katie (James Barnett), Stephanie, Richie, Lizzy and Maggie, and Great Grandchildren Julia and Teddy. Services and a celebration of Helen's life will be held Saturday, August 29th at 11 am at the Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland and is open to all who were touched by this unique and iconic lady. Donations in her spirit may be made to her favorite charity, the Salvation Army or the charity of your choice.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Aug. 21, 2015
Downing, Norman - Richmond  
Norman Collies Downing Jan. 10, 1930 - Aug. 22, 2015 Resident Richmond, CA Mr. Norman Downing passed away on August 22, 2015 He is survived by his loving wife, Theresa, and his three sons, Robert, Norman and Gerald. Visitation Friday August 28, 2015 from 4:00-8:00 pm. Funeral service Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., both at Wilson & Kratzer, Richmond, CA. Wilson & Kratzer (510) 232-4383
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Aug. 28, 2015
Freschauf, Francis John - Fremont  
Francis John Freschauf September 8, 1922 - August 21, 2015 Resident of Fremont Francis John "Bud" Freschauf passed away at the age of 92 on August 21, 2015, at Kaiser Hospital in Fremont, California, after a lengthy illness. He had been hospitalized there following a stroke in June, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine (Reimers), who passed away on August 17, 2008. Bud is survived by five children: Kenneth (and Julie) Freschauf of Mission Viejo CA, Mary (Freschauf) Gray (and Dr. Herbert) of Falmouth MA, Robert Freschauf of Las Vegas NV, Ellen Freschauf-Breaux (and Randy) of San Rafael CA and Joyce Freschauf (and Sue Petersen) of Pickerington OH. Grandchildren include: Byron Datus, Matthew Freschauf, Melissa (Freschauf) Moore, Lauren (Freschauf) McDonald, John Sanatar, Kenneth Sanatar, Jane (Gray) Parent and Anne (Gray) Lovett, Charles Watkins, Christopher Watkins, and Robert Freschauf Jr. He is also survived by several great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Francis was one of nine children of John and Mary (Talbot) Freschauf, and is survived by siblings: Thelma (Freschauf) Lindell of Santa Rosa; Marjorie (Freschauf) Nelson of Fremont; Mary Ann (Freschauf) Anderson of Oregon and Robert Freschauf of Hayward. He was preceded in death by sisters Alice (Freschauf) Spear of Fairfield; Betty (Freschauf) Goodstone of Sacramento; Vivian (Freschauf) Marshal of Hayward; and Angela Freschauf of Hayward. Francis was born in Lindsay, Nebraska, relocated to Hayward as a child and graduated from Hayward High School class of 1941. A World War II veteran of the United States Marine Corps 1st Marine Division, "G" Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, Weapons Platoon and he served at Peleliu, Okinawa and China. A long-time resident of Fremont, Bud retired from Crown Zellerbach Corporation in San Leandro in 1984. He enjoyed bowling, gardening and backyard bird-watching and was a fan of sports, history, and westerns. He also enjoyed trips to South Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley. His backyard tomatoes, swiss chard and homemade zucchini bread were always in high demand from his neighbors and among his large extended family. A devout Roman Catholic, he was a long-time member of Holy Spirit Parish (61 years) and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 3rd, from 5-8pm with a Vigil at 6:30pm at Fremont Chapel of the Roses, 1940 Peralta Blvd., Fremont, CA 94536. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, September 4th, 9:30am at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA 94536. A Military Honor Service and Burial will follow at 11:30am at Pioneer Cemetery in Dublin, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to the Dublin Heritage Center, 6600 Donlon Way, Dublin CA 94568.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Aug. 28, 2015
Gardner, Charles L.  
In Loving Memory Charles L. Gardner July 13, 1927 - July 1, 2015 The Charles Gardner Family wishes to thank friends, family and organizations for their expressions of sympathy during their time of bereavement. Mantye Tucker Gardner & Family
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Aug. 23, 2015
Ghirardelli II, William Augustus - Emeryville  
William Augustus Ghirardelli, II July 20, 1923 - August 13, 2015 Resident of Emeryville Bill went home to be with his Lord and Savior on August 13, 2015. A third generation Californian, he was born at home in Oakland on July 20, 1923. He was a cowboy at heart, a member of the Will James Society, an accomplished horseman, and had read every Louis L'Amour book many times over. He attended local schools and graduated from Oakland High where he was commissioner of boy's athletics and a track and football star. His athletic skills lead to many scholarship opportunities, and he chose Saint Mary's College, where he had an outstanding football career. Bill delayed his education to serve his country in World War II as an Army Sergeant, and was called up again as a 1st Lieutenant in Korea, for a total of 5 years active service. He was proud of his time in the military, and was active in the San Ramon Valley Veteran's Association for many years. In 1948 he received his B. S. from St. Mary's in economics and business administration. He married his sweetheart, Joanne Getchmann on August 8, 1947, and they recently celebrated 68 wonderful years together. After first settling in Oakland, they built a home in Danville, where they raised 3 children, as well as many dogs and assorted varmints. Bill built a career in advertising, starting his own company, Aim-Ad, which he ran successfully from 1960 to 1997, with offices in Oakland and Danville. He was active in Lion's Club, serving as President, Zone Chairman, and a founder of the Leo Club. Bill and Joanne were pioneer members of Community Presbyterian Church in Danville, attending there for 54 years. He served as a deacon, an elder, and Bible Study Fellowship leader. He also followed God's call serving in the Prison Ministry for 4 years, significantly changing a man's life. In retirement, he tutored many people as an ESL instructor. He loved life, people, parties, and road trips with Joanne. They built 2 mountain cabins for family to gather at Bear River and then Dorrington. Bill was devoted to his family above all. He was a loving and supportive father, and was the consummate Grandpa to his 6 grandchildren. He rarely missed their games, and performances, and coordinated many wonderful family vacations both in the U.S. and abroad, his favorite being trips to Italy. Grandpa "Delli" loved to gather his grandsons for the annual "Big Trees Camp" in Calaveras County. He served as camp & activities director, as well as chief cook and bottle washer, making memories that will last forever. Moving to Emeryville in 2012, Bill & Joanne enjoyed being closer to family, as well as Fenton's. Bill was one of their most devoted customers since the 1920's, always ordering a chocolate all around, non-pour milkshake! He made many new friends, both in his neighborhood, the nearby Emeryville Senior Center, and at First Presbyterian Church in Berkeley. He liked to tell people he was 92 years old. His parents, William A., Sr. and Elsie L. as well as his beloved sister Barbara precede Bill in death. He is survived by his wife Joanne, and his children William A. III (Jan), Jill (Steve), and Tim, his adored grandchildren, Matt, Ben, William A. IV "Bo", Nick, Genna, and Katie, as well as his brother Robert (Jan). There were no strangers to Bill, only friends he hadn't yet met. "Sempre Amici!" A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 at 1 PM on August 28, 2015. Family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Youth Business USA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded by his grandson, Bo, that assists underserved youth to develop new businesses. Their website is www.ybusa.org . Alternatively, please make donations to the deacon's fund at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Aug. 23, 2015
Gilbert, Elizabeth Ann (Betsy) - Contra Costa  
Elizabeth Ann (Betsy) Gilbert Jan. 9, 1940 - July 22, 2015 Resident of Brentwood, Ca Betsy left us unexpectedly on July 22, 2015. She was born in Dolgeville New York, then moved to Sacramento California with her mom at an early age. She married Brent Gilbert in 1969 and mentored, raised, and taught many young folks during their 46 years of marriage. She was a supporter and contributor to the ranch lifestyle which she perpetuated with her love of the western way of life. She will be lovingly remembered as Mom by the many cowboys who had the good fortune to be part of the Gilbert family. Betsy is survived by her daughter Nina Lilley and Nina's husband Frank Lilley and their daughter Sherri Lilley. She is also survived by her husband Brent Gilbert, their son Wes Gilbert, and several grand and great grandchildren. Betsy was pre-deceased by her mother, father, brother, and Betsy's daughter Becky, along with Brent's, mother and father and Brent's brother and sister. At Betsy's request there will be no services. She will be buried at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery and wait for her husband Brent to join her. Loved by all and missed by many Charitable donations can be made the U.C. Davis Veterinary Scholarship fund in honor of Betsy's sister-in-law Kim Gilbert Pauli.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Aug. 23, 2015
Gonzalez, Maria - Pittsburg  
Maria Gonzalez Dec. 24, 1937 - Aug. 23, 2015 Resident of Pittsburg Maria De Jesus Gonzalez, passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness. She was loved by so many who knew her and were touched by her generosity, love and tenderness. Maria was born in Vista Hermosa de Negrete Michoacán, Mexico. She married Juan Gonzalez in her hometown in 1956. In 1974, she moved along with her family to Pittsburg. There she was a homemaker, balancing that with running her kids to little league and soccer. She did her best to never miss a game. In the 1980's she served as an anti-drug advocate for Latino children and as a yard duty at Foothill Elementary. She proudly became a United States citizen in 1986. It was also in the 1980's that she discovered Bingo! The game served as both, a therapeutic outlet, and social one. She met and maintained many friendships there. Maria was a devoted catholic who never missed weekly mass at St. Peter Martyr. She loved her Chiweenie, T-bone, who she called "Pi-Pi-Lepew,' and took out for walks every morning. Maria was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease in 2005 and wasn't given much of a chance, by her kidney doctor, to live long. But, as with most everything, she battled it head on, started dialysis, and never let it slowed down her life or ambitions. She still traveled to Mexico, Las Vegas, southern California and points beyond. At a little over 100 lbs., she was tougher than those twice her size. Every winter, she would buy new blankets to donate to families who could not afford them, regardless of her financial situation. At times even spending every dollar she had on them. Maria is survived by her 11 children, 28 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Also, 4 sisters and 3 brothers. She joins her loving husband, Juan, in heaven. Along with her parents and sister. Friends and family are invited to a visitation on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 from 4-8pm at the Pittsburg Funeral Chapel. Funeral liturgy Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 at 1:00pm at St. Peter Martyr Church. Committal services following at Holy Cross Cemetery, Antioch.
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Published in Contra Costa Times from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2015
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