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Thomas McCoy Johnson
Aug. 3, 1938 - May 17, 2016
Pleasanton, California
Thomas McCoy Johnson Resident of Pleasanton (August 3, 1938 – May 17, 2016) Long­time Pleasanton resident Thomas McCoy Johnson, 77, passed away (Cancer)  peacefully with his family by his side in his Pleasanton home on May 17, 2016.  Tom is  survived by his wife of nearly 58 years, Sue Johnson; his 3 children, Kevin  (Leslie)  Johnson...

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William "Gene" Eccher
June 5, 1928 - April 11, 2016
Long time resident of Pleasanton, California

Tags: veteran

William “Gene” Eccher a long time resident of Pleasanton, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2016. He was born in Burke, Idaho and grew up in the Denver and gold country areas of Colorado. He and his family moved to Pleasanton in 1969. He is survived by his daughter, Mary K. Eccher, her husband Walter Molz of El Dorado Hills Ca., and his granddaughter Jill A. Bond, her husband Alex, and his...

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John Clarke Slade
July 29, 1929 - April 4, 2016
Pleasanton, California
Our beloved husband, father, uncle, and grandfather passed away peacefully after attending his favorite art class at Stoneridge Creek retirement community. Born in Wausau WI, he attended the University of Wisconsin where he met, and later married, Marilyn Sullivan. After his return from the Korean war he earned a degree in Criminology from Michigan State University. His professional career i...

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Freda Wall
July 10, 1918 - Feb. 27, 2016
Pleasanton, California/USA

Tags: teacher/educator, public service

Freda Rose Wall (Brandenburger), a woman whose love, grace, kindness and patience extended through five generations, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 27. She took her last breath in peace at home surrounded by loved ones and holding the hand of her beloved husband of 78 years. Freda was born on July 10, 1918, in Gibson, Montana, to German and Austrian immigrants Amelia and Freder...

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Al Avilla
Dec. 27, 1950 - Feb. 26, 2016
San Leandro, California
Please join us in celebrating his life May 13th at 2 p.m. at The Shop (Avilla's Taxidermy), 1754 Timothy Dr, San Leandro. We will meet to share stories, memories, food and laughter over the camp fire till the moon comes up as Al would have wished....

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Darleen Marie Upmeier
Aug. 26, 1946 - Feb. 16, 2016
Pleasanton, California

Tags: teacher/educator, public service

Darleen Marie Upmeier (nee Moore/Ryan), a fervent Irishwoman and American, was born a mirror twin to Coleen Pass on August 26, 1946 in Los Angeles. After a passionate productive life, she died of an extremely aggressive cancer on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at home under hospice care, surrounded by her family and friends. After graduation from Long Beach State she married John Upmeier in 1969 a...

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David Leon Edney
May 7, 1960 - Feb. 13, 2016
Livermore/Arnold, CA
David Leon Edney Resident of Livermore/Arnold, CA May 7, 1960 – February 13, 2016 Dave was born in Needham, MA. He graduated from Amador Valley High School in 1978. David served in the U.S. Coast Guard and the Reserves. Dave is survived by his wife, Nancy Schoendienst Edney, his parents, M. Carol and John W. Edney, his two children, Nathan and Audrey Edney, his granddaughter Miss Marley Madd...

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Marilyn Rose Heinzel
Oct. 22, 1937 - Feb. 4, 2016
Livermore, California
Our mother, Marilyn, died on Thursday morning in Tracy, California. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Marilyn was a Registered Nurse for over 35 years and loved working in surgery, the recovery room and same day surgery. In the 1990’s she began a second career working for Costco. She was married for 20 years to her sweetheart, Richard (Dick) H...

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Merle Haas Telford
Oct. 7, 1929 - Feb. 2, 2016
Pleasanton, California
Merle Haas Telford passed away from Alzheimer’s disease on Feb. 2, 2016, in Concord, California. Merle was born on October 7, 1929, to Pearl and Merna Telford in Pierre, South Dakota. He was one of eight siblings including Marie, Phyllis, Iris, Arlene, Kenneth, Gene and Thomas. Merle worked in heavy construction and in real estate for many years in Pleasanton. He was a community activist and se...

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Barbara Ashton
Oct. 18, 1927 - Jan. 28, 2016
Pleasanton, California
Barbara T. Ashton, who baked thousands and thousands of cookies for others, went home to Jesus on January, 28, 2016. She was 88. As a homemaker and mother, Barbara readily served her family and others. One of her favorite ways was to bake her special oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. She made cookies for the church’s prison ministry, its evangelical outreach, its youth group and groups her chil...

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Meribeth Detweiler
Aug. 9, 1955 - Jan. 23, 2016
Pleasanton, California

Tags: public service

After a six year battle with colon cancer, Meribeth Detweiler was called to the Lord at the age of 60 while surrounded by her immediate family. Meribeth is survived by her husband Karl and their children, Joel(Sarah), Todd and Jayna, her nieces Kathy Houret, Jayne Bower and Mindy Prow. and her “adoptive sister” Janet Kittler. She was born in Terre Haute, Indiana. She was preceded in deat...

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John Robert Watson
Feb. 28, 1925 - Jan. 17, 2016
Pleasanton, California

Tags: veteran

John (Jack) Watson, 90, a resident of Pleasanton for the past several years, died peacefully on January 17, 2016, with family by his side. He was born February 28, 1925 along with his twin sister, Dorothy Higgs, (deceased) in Bellevue, PA. His family moved many times and ended up in Southern California where he met his wife, MaryAnn Horn(deceased). They began their family there with two girls. A ...

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Tarey (Terry) Joann Thornburg
May 2, 1949 - Jan. 14, 2016
Aurora, Colorado
Tarey Joann Thornburg, a resident of Aurora, CO for the past 30+ years passed away January 14, 2016 at the Denver Hospice Impatient Care Center. Her dear friend, Denise (Dee) Strothmann, also of Aurora, was by her side. Surgery in the previous month did not slow the aggressive cancer with which she was diagnosed in December. Tarey went to Colorado to work for the Channel 2 television station as a...

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David Charles Muck
April 20, 1939 - Jan. 10, 2016
Pleasanton, California

Tags: business

David Charles Muck, who based his life on being a disciple of Jesus, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on January 10, 2016 after battling a form of dementia. He was 76. His wife of 52 years, Carol, described Dave’s life and personality as the epitome of 1st Corinthians 13, with his patience and kindness and the way he served her and their children. He served Centerpointe as an elder and ...

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Sherrill Marie Hamilton
April 17, 1945 - Jan. 10, 2016
Pleasanton, California
Sherrill Hamilton was born April 17, 1945 in Idaho to parents Glenn and Dona (Fenton) Walker. She grew up in Bellflower, California before her family moved to Dublin during her high school years. She graduated from Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton in 1963 and later graduated from Hayward Beauty College. Sherrill met her loving husband, Herbert Hamilton and were married in 1966. They woul...

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Eric C Larson
July 15, 1953 - Jan. 2, 2016
Pleasanton,, California
Eric Christian Larson of Pleasanton, CA, passed away on January 2, 2016, at the age of 62 after a long battle with cancer. He is predeceased by his parents Hugo and Kari Arentzen Larson and stepson J.R. Larson. He is survived by Anne (Sam) Larson, his wife of 35 years; daughter Sharon Esthena Larson Starnes, son-in-law Nick Starnes, and step grandson Cooper of Chico, CA; and daughter Whitney Larso...

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Cyrus Edwin Finley
March 25, 1935 - Dec. 28, 2015
Arnold, California
Cyrus Finley passed away suddenly on Dec 28, 2015, surrounded by family. He was a long-time Pleasanton resident until his retirement in 2005, when he moved to Arnold, CA. He was active in the Air Force for 15 years, finishing as a Captain in Air Defense Command. He went on to work as an Air Traffic Controller for 11 years and retired from Safeway as a Computer Administrator. He was active in volun...

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Michael Vanden Branden
Oct. 17, 1944 - Dec. 16, 2015
Pleasanton, California
Mike passed away peacefully at home on December 26, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife, Judy; his children, Tracy (Rob) Sebastian, Michael and Eric; grandchildren, Tyler, Dylan, Kai and Kalia Sebastian, Madeline, Elle, Dominic and Iris Vanden Branden, and Paul Vanden Branden. Mike was the eldest of the 6 children of Bud and Mary. His siblings are Dave (Gayle), Lynn, Gale (Doug) Sheasley, ...

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