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Chapman, Barbara Mary - Contra Costa  
Barbara Mary Chapman Jan. 13, 1944 – Feb. 25, 2015 Resident of Antioch Barbara passed away peacefully at home on February 25, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Berkeley, Ca on January 13, 1944. She attended Cornell Grammar School and Graduated from Albany High in 1961. Barbara met and fell in love with her husband of 52 years Ernie Chapman. Together they made their home in Antioch, Ca. She worked in the medical supply field for over 20 years and retired to care for her mother in 2003. Barbara was the loving mother of daughter Christina (Greg) Farina of Antioch, Ca and son Andrew (Michelle) Chapman of Copperopolis, Ca; Caring Noni to Adrianna, Christopher, Asjanae and Kaylianna Farina, Drew Chapman & Katie Russo and brother Donald (Chere) Biagi of Brawley, Ca. She was known as Noni to many others and a friend to all. Barbara will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. Her favorite place was Hawaii where she renewed her wedding vows and spent many happy times with her family. In lieu of flowers, please donate in her name to Susan G. Komen to help win the battle for Breast Cancer. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday March 4, 2015 at 11:30 am at St. Joseph Cemetery 2540 Church Lane, San Pablo.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Mar. 1, 2015
Clancy, Daniel William - Concord  
Daniel William Clancy Jul. 20, 1960 - Feb. 12, 2015 Concord Dan was raised in Concord though most recently a resident of Tualatin, OR. He passed away on Feb. 12, following a recent diagnosis of esophageal cancer. Dan was born in San Francisco to James A. (deceased) and Diane R. Clancy. He was a graduate of Queen of All Saints, and Mt. Diablo High School. Dan worked as a lithographer and at UPS in Concord and Tualatin. He was blessed with many dear friends who enjoyed his priceless sense of humor. Dan leaves behind a loving family including his mother Diane Clancy, son Killian, sisters Susan Serventi, Sharon Burt (Greg), Carol Freitas (Vernon), brothers Michael & Thomas Clancy, Cameron Royce, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Dan was very proud to have 25 plus years of sobriety. He thoroughly enjoyed hiking, fishing & bird watching. A memorial celebration of Dan's life will be held at The Concord Senior Center at Baldwin Park, 2727 Parkside Circle, Concord, on Saturday, March 7, at 1pm. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to GoFundMe.com , Dan Clancy, Concord, for his son Killian.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Mar. 1, 2015
Clark, Jill Wessman - Clayton  
Jill Wessman Clark Born June 16, 1963 Resident of Clayton To all those whose lives were touched by this wonderful woman, dear friend and mother: On February 21st, Jill Clark went to sleep and didn't wake up. For anyone that knew her, Jill was a bright spark and a joyful spirit. She loved with all her heart and gave everything she had to give to those she loved. Jill spent her last days here with us in good spirits and good health. She recently chose a career in teaching at a facility just down the street from her son's place of work. She visited him often and had never seemed happier in all her life. One beautiful day, Jill went so far as to climb out of her car in traffic, prance down the road between cars and throw her arms around her son and shout,"I love you! Drive... I mean, 'ride' safe" as he sat atop his new motorcycle at an intersection, down the street from where they both worked. Jill walked her own path, and always had so much love to give! Jill and her son were together last week to celebrate the 65th wedding anniversary of her parents; Jack and Carolyn Wessman. She spent these last days pouring love and adoration over her friends, family and beloved animals as she always has and always will. In memory of Jill, her family asks that we all carry a glint of stardust in our hearts for all the bright and shining moments that she left with us. Jill is survived by her son Barrett Clark, sister Julie Wessman, father Jack Wessman, mother Carolyn Wessman, future daughter in law Renee Renfandt, niece Tonya Wessman, niece Chelsea Talosig and the man she loved. For those of you who wish to attend Jill's services, they will be held at the Clayton Library at 6125 Clayton Rd on Saturday, February 28th at 2:00 PM. On my mother's behalf, I would like to offer both her love and mine to everyone whose heart she touched. I know in my heart, if Jill knew she had one day left with us, she would personally go knocking on a couple hundred doors from dusk 'till dawn to give every one of you a huge hug and a bright smile with that beautiful laugh she graced us with so often.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Feb. 25, 2015
Cohen, Betty - Eureka  
Betty Cohen Nov. 2, 1926 - Feb. 21, 2015 Humboldt County Betty Axe Cohen - Passed away on February 21, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years Henry Cohen. She was an adored mother, grandma/Baba and great-grandma to many. Born in 1926 in Portland, Oregon, she moved to Berkeley, California in 1958. After retiring from Lehman Brothers, she and her husband moved to the Napa Valley. Her rocky road, orange rolls, love, laughter, support and spirit will be missed by all that knew her. A celebration of her life is planned for a later date.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Mar. 1, 2015
Cohen, Maurice - San Francisco  
Maurice Cohen Resident of San Francisco Passed away on Feb.21 at home in San Francisco. He leaves behind his wife, June, daughter Danielle Wood (Dave), son David and fiancee Rachel Thur, grandchildren Cate, Declan and Shane Wood, sisters Hannah Harrar, Odette Ettedgui, brothers Daniel and Jacques Cohen, numerous nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. Maurice, in his own words, "lived the American dream". Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, February 24 at 1:00 P.M. at Eternal Home Cemetery, 1051 El Camino Real, Colma.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Feb. 24, 2015
Cooper, Robert C. - Martinez  
Robert C. Cooper July 4, 1928~Feb 17, 2015 Martinez Professor Emeritus Robert C. Cooper, University of California, Berkeley. Bob was born in San Francisco and raised in Alameda. On February 17th our much loved husband, father, brother, grandfather, teacher and colleague peacefully left us to face this world without his ever present wit and humor. Bob received a B.S. in Public Health from the University of California Berkeley in 1952. He then went on to Michigan State University where he earned his M.S. in Microbiology and Public Health in 1953. He then served during the Korean War in the Medical Service Corps, U.S. Army, Army Environmental Health Laboratory 1953-1955. He also served in the United States Public Health Service (Reserve-Retired) 1956-1976.He earned his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Pubic Health from Michigan State University in 1958. In 1958 he accepted a teaching position at the University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health and also served as Director of SEEHRL, College of Engineering, School of Public Health, 1980-1991. After a long and distinguished career he became Professor Emeritus in 1991. He served as Senior Vice President, BioVir Laboratories from 1991-2014. Bob enjoyed sailing all his life and was a maritime history buff. He had a life time passion for learning, wood working and storytelling. He had a unique ability to find a fitting joke in any situation. Bob is survived by his devoted wife Pat of 56 years, his sister and best friend Anita Roche, his children; Kate, Becka (Marshall), Matt, Rob (Kathy) and 9 loving grandchildren; Jonathan, Kevin, Ryan, Margot, Rachel, Jenna, Ava, Audrey and Claudia. Our Family would like to thank Kaiser Martinez Hospice nursing and support staff for their dedicated care during the last months of Bob's life. Friends and family are invited to a memorial mass at Christ the King Catholic Church – 199 Brandon Rd., Pleasant Hill, Ca. March 6, 2015 at 10:00am. Reception to follow. Private interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Lafayette CA.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Mar. 1, 2015
Costa, Judith Elaine - Contra Costa  
Judith Elaine Costa Dec. 25, 1943 ~ Feb. 11 2015 Resident of Concord, Ca Born Christmas Day 1943, passed February 11, 2015 Judy was preceded in death by mother Elizabeth, father Manuel and brother Douglas. She is survived by daughter Catherine Fryer of Napa, son Jeff Neil (Kari) of Phoenix, brother Dave Costa (Joanne) of Concord, grandchildren: Jessica, Patrick, Brandon, Riley, great granddaughter Elayne, nephew and nieces. Memorial Service 11:00 AM Saturday February 28th at Vineyard Concord 1970 Grant St., Concord. CA. 94520
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Feb. 25, 2015
Costa, Rob - Livermore  
Rob Costa Nov. 18, 1964 - Feb. 22, 2015 RC Readymix Livermore The world unexpectedly lost a very special man on Sunday afternoon. Rob touched the lives of many with his kind heart, gentle smile, and giving nature. He was born in Livermore and resided in Tracy. After graduating, he worked for World Airways in Oakland, California. Following the closure of World's Oakland facility, Rob began work at Livermore Concrete. In 1998, Rob ventured out and opened RC Readymix Co. As a successful businessman, he supported the community in many ways. He donated to Extreme Makeover Home Edition and supported local 4-H members at the Alameda County Fair. He helped the Livermore Rodeo Association, the Mule Deer Foundation, Little League Baseball, girls' softball teams, Vietnam Wall, and the Little League World Series. Anyone who knew Rob knew what an amazing person he was -- Level-headed, sweet, and extremely loyal. Rob enjoyed many things in life, but most important to him were his family and friends. He recently celebrated 25 years of marriage with his wife Nicole. Rob was truly a hands-on father who enjoyed traveling the country to watch Jaime play softball and sharing his love of music with Krista. His son Robert was always by his side, whether at work, fishing, hunting or just hanging out. Rob had a passion for S.F. Giants baseball, weekend trips to Reno, and hosting card games in his poker room at his home. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and looked forward to the annual Klamath River salmon fishing and out-of-state deer-hunting trips with close friends and family. Rob loved to BBQ and was always creating new recipes to share with his friends. He had a natural gift to just make people smile. Rob is survived by his loving wife Nicole and his devoted children Robert (Jordan), Jaime (Antonio) Hernandez, and Krista Lupo. He is also survived by his sister Donna, nephew Michael Camacho, and Uncle Bob (Ruth) Frick. Rob was preceded in death by his grandparents Bob and Eva Frick, parents Norm and Judi Costa, and sister Linda Lupo. A viewing will be held Tuesday at Callaghan Mortuary, 3833 East Avenue, Livermore, from 6 to 7 p.m. A celebration of Rob's life will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 2020 Fifth Street, Livermore, on Wednesday March 4, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. Reception will be held following the services at Basso's Arena, 6030 Dagnino Road, Livermore. Should friends desire, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Mar. 1, 2015
Courter, Alta Darlene - Antioch  
Alta Darlene Courter Feb. 24, 1935 - Feb. 2, 2015 Antioch Alta Darlene Courter passed away peacefully at her home on February 2, 2015 after a seven-year battle with Multiple Myeloma. She was born Alta Darlene Provancha in Prescott, Kansas Feb. 24,1935, the second of four children born to Hazel and Elmer Provancha on a 160 acre farm 60 miles from town. Her mother, father and brother, Donald Provancha, preceded her in death. She is survived by her sister, Janice Barnett (husband Paul) of Lovington, NM, her brother Edwin Provancha (wife Jan) of Sanger, TX, and her sister Cheri Provancha (wife Diana) of Visalia, CA. She was also preceded in death by her step father Wayne Messerschmidt. Alta married Keith Courter, who preceded her in death, and together they raised two surviving sons, Dan Courter (life partner Melody Royal) of Brentwood, CA and Mike Courter (wife Fran) of Antioch, CA. Alta is further survived by four grandchildren, Carrie Courter of Morgan Hill, CA, Cristi Courter of Abilene, TX, Nicole McCollum (husband Keith) of Scotts Valley, CA and Logan Courter of Antioch, CA, four great grandchildren, Kaedance, Declan, Finnian and Rorey McCollum, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Alta was wonderfully cared for throughout her illness and the many years previous by her second love, Ernie Reyes, of Antioch CA, and cherished as family his two children, David Reyes (wife Tami) and Rachelle Trasey (husband Sean), David's son Nicholas Reyes, Rachelle's two daughters Shae Trasey and Rylan Trasey, and Ernie's three sisters, Louise Salazar, Tillie Pult, and Helen Fernandez. A remembrance service will be held at noon on Saturday March 14, 2015 at the Elks Lodge, 200 Marina Blvd, Pittsburg, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to fight the disease which took her life. Send tax deductible donations to: Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 3883 Main Ave, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851 At her request, Alta's ashes will be scattered at sea in the spring, in a private ceremony.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Feb. 23, 2015
Daniel, Dr. Erno Scipiades - Santa Barbara  
Dr. Erno S. Daniel December 15, 1946 ~ February 21, 2015 Resident of Santa Barbara, CA Dr. Erno Scipiades Daniel died suddenly and unexpectedly at his Santa Barbara, California home on Saturday, February 21, 2015. He was 68 years old. Dr. Daniel was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and will be missed dearly by his loving wife, four children, and their families. Dr. Daniel was born on December 15, 1946, in Budapest, Hungary. He was the son of professional musicians Dr. Erno and Katinka Daniel. Dr. Daniel was a young child during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and its aftermath, the events of which transpired mere blocks from his childhood home in Budapest. To celebrate his 60th birthday, his entire family joined him for an unforgettable trip to Hungary and Romania. As a teenager, Dr. Daniel immigrated to the United States in 1960 with his mother and sister where they were reunited with his father who had fled Hungary a decade earlier. Dr. Daniel became a United States citizen in 1964. He was a proud American who believed deeply in American ideals and held strong convictions about the great freedoms and responsibilities we enjoy as American citizens. Dr. Daniel was a graduate of the Santa Barbara High School class of 1964, and in 1968 he received an undergraduate degree in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Daniel received a master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego, writing his thesis on Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. In 1975, he completed his M.D. at the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine, and he completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at UCLA in 1978. Dr. Daniel met the love of his life, Martha Peaslee, at the UCLA Medical Center where she was a registered nurse. In a true love story, they married in Martha's childhood hometown of Stillwater, Minnesota, on August 14, 1976, less than six months after their first date. At the time of his death they had been happily married over 38 years. Being a husband and father were the greatest joys of Dr. Daniel's life. Erno and Martha have four children: Kristina, Michael, Mary, and Monica. Dr. Daniel had an unwavering commitment to his family and his greatest happiness was being with them. Professionally, Dr. Daniel was a renowned physician who practiced since 1978 at the Sansum Clinic (formerly the Santa Barbara Medical Foundation Clinic) in Santa Barbara, California. Early in his career, Dr. Daniel pursued an interest in the developing medical specialty of geriatric medicine, and was among the first physicians in the United States to be board certified in the specialty. He had special interests in dementia and Alzheimer's Disease, and he lectured across the country and was the author of textbook chapters, papers, and a variety of educational materials on the topics. For his work, Dr. Daniel was recognized by the Alzheimer's Association's Santa Barbara chapter with their 2001 Leadership Award. At the time of his death, Dr. Daniel also served as the Medical Director of the Vista del Monte Rehabilitation and Care Center and was on the medical and scientific advisory board of the Center for Cognitive Fitness and Innovative Therapies of Santa Barbara. In 2008, Dr. Daniel published a book, Stealth Germs in Your Body, which received national attention. Dr. Daniel was a special kind of doctor whose story is best told by the numerous patients and families whose lives he touched. He was a master diagnostician who remembered every medical and personal detail about his patients. He will be greatly missed by his many colleagues at the Sansum Clinic and Cottage Hospital, his loyal patients whom he treated as family, and their families. Dr. Daniel is survived by the love of his life, Martha Peaslee Daniel, and their four children and their families: Kristina Daniel Lawson and her husband Matt Lawson of Walnut Creek, California; Michael Peaslee Daniel and his wife Erica Lash Daniel of Truckee, California; Mary Daniel Gullett and her husband Randy Gullett of Foster City, California; and Monica Ann Daniel and her boyfriend Andre Shevchuck of Pleasant Hill, California. Dr. Daniel was the proud grandfather of Katherine Lawson (10), Graham Lawson (5), Tyler Daniel (3), Molly Daniel (1), Jonathan Gullett (5), and Evan Gullett (1). Dr. Daniel was thrilled to be expecting his seventh grandchild - a boy - who is due to be born in the summer of 2015. Dr. Daniel is also survived by his sister, Alexa Maland, her husband, Lynn, and their two children, Daniel and Sarah of Salt Lake City, Utah, and by his first cousin and lifelong best friend, Dr. Peter Patkos, and his family, of Budapest, Hungary. In recent years, he enjoyed a special friendship with his sister-in-law, Ann Bunce, and her husband, Dr. Brian Bunce, of Stillwater, Minnesota. He was incredibly fond of his West Highland Terrier, Ollie. Dr. Daniel was predeceased by his parents, Erno and Katinka Daniel, and by his in-laws, Ernest and Mary Peaslee. A funeral Mass is planned for Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at our Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church at 1300 East Valley Road in Montecito, California. A celebration of his life will follow the Mass at The Fess Parker Resort at 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard in Santa Barbara. As he wished, Dr. Daniel will be buried at a later date in Stillwater, Minnesota, alongside Martha's family. Dr. Daniel spent his entire professional career at the Sansum Clinic and loved practicing medicine in Santa Barbara. The family extends special thanks to Dr. Thomas Beamer, Dr. Thomas Jones, Dr. Joseph Aragon, and Dr. Kurt Ransohoff. Memorial donations may be made to the Sansum Clinic in the name of Dr. Erno Daniel.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Feb. 25, 2015
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