Pleasanton resident Nancy Lou Patton Strunk died Dec. 12 surrounded by her family, a little over a month after she was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. She was 74.
She was born June 17, 1936, in Atlanta, Ga., where she lived until she graduated from high school. She met her husband-to-be, Harold K. "Hal" Strunk as a 15-year-old sophomore in high school when she went to a fraternity social with a long-time friend and Hal's fraternity brother. They married at Peachtree Methodist Church a week after Nancy graduated from high school and celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary in 2010.
They lived in Southern California for a number of years and settled in Pleasanton in 1972, saying they knew it was the right place when they went to Dean's Café downtown and had a hearty breakfast. Ms. Strunk worked part-time at UCLA and as a library assistant at Dublin High School. She and her husband traveled widely, visiting 24 countries during their life together including a photo safari to Kenya that fulfilled a life-long dream of hers. They lived for five years in Saudi Arabia when Hal was a Hospital Administrator for the Saudi military. Ms. Strunk was a member of the Centerpointe Presbyterian Church since 1973 and volunteered at the annual Vacation Bible School, as well as serving for years on the Mission Committee. She also was a member of the Livermore-Amador Valley Assistance League.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, retired Navy Capt. Harold K. "Hal" Strunk of Pleasanton; children Karen Pearson (Roy) of Discovery Bay, Melanie Adams (Douglas) of Rancho Murietta, and Wayne Strunk of Sacramento; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A Celebration of her Life will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 22 at Centerpointe Presbyterian Church in Pleasanton. Gifts may be made in her memory to the Centerpointe Church Building Fund, 3410 Cornerstone Court, Pleasanton 94566.
Teri Lynn Allen (Cavestri)
Teri Lynn Allen (Cavestri) died in her home in Seaside, Ore., at the age of 58 on Dec. 18 after fighting cancer for three months.
She was born in Pleasanton on May 9, 1952, to Marjorie and Anthony Cavestri. She grew up in Pleasanton and moved to Seaside shortly after she was married in 1976. She worked for the Clatsop County Planning Department for 33 years before retiring in 2008 and was well known for her hard work and devotion to the planning department as well as her husband's plumbing business. She loved to spend time with her family, and support her children in athletics; she never missed a game and was involved for years with the SHS booster club. She also enjoyed gardening, camping, sewing and cooking.
Mrs. Allen was predeceased by her mother Marjorie Cavestri of Pleasanton. She is survived by her husband Vaughn Allen of Seaside; son and daughter, Brian and Beth Allen, currently residing in Portland; father Tony Cavestri and brother Bruce Cavestri of Pleasanton; and other family and many friends. A celebration of her life was held Jan. 4 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seaside. Contributions may be sent to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center or the American Cancer Society.
Ann Veronica Cocksedge
Ann Veronica Cocksedge, a resident of Pleasanton for more than 40 years, died Jan. 7 at the age of 76 with her family at her side.
She was born July 19, 1934. She was an RN and graduated from St. Mary's College in London and attended UCSF. She worked in her profession for more than 50 years at Eden Hospital, St. Rose Hospital, John George Hospital and Pleasanton Convalescent Hospital. Ms. Cocksedge loved her heritage, the outdoors and travel. She belonged to the Daughters of the British Empire, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Island Yacht Club, Loners on Wheels and Allegro Vacation Club.
She is survived by her children Clare (Jeff) Wood, Graham (Connie) Cocksedge, Roger (Margaret) Cocksedge, and Ann (Scott) Davis; and three grandchildren. A Memorial Mass was celebrated Jan. 11 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton. Donations may be made to the American Red Cross or the Valley Humane Society in Pleasanton.
Bernice "Bea" Margaret Loundagin
Pleasanton resident Bernice "Bea" Margaret Loundagin died Jan. 7 at the age of 85.
She was born Jan. 30, 1925, in Milwaukee, Wis. She married Robert "Nick" Loundagin, and they enjoyed over 50 years of marriage together, living in several locations over the years and finally retiring in Port Angeles, Wash. After Nick's death, Bernice moved to Pleasanton to be near her family. She lived in Ridge View Commons, where she made many friends.
She is survived by her daughter Kathy Torres and son-in-law Albert; four grandchildren and their wives, and three great-grandchildren.
Giovanni Zampierin, a resident of Pleasanton, died Jan. 9 at the age of 84 after a 14-month battle with lung cancer.
He was born in Bassano del Grappa, Italy, on Jan. 7, 1927. He worked as a tool and die maker in Italy, Canada and Campbell, Calif. He met his wife, Emma, while they both were immigrating to the United States in 1958. They married in 1959 and spent 52 loving years together. They lived primarily in San Jose before moving to Pleasanton in 1997 where Mr. Zampierin became an avid bocce player at the Pleasanton Senior Center.
He is survived by his wife Emma Zampierin; sons Paul (Patty) and David (Jenn) Zampierin; and four grandchildren. A Vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, 4157 First St., Pleasanton. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Augustine Church, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton, followed immediately by a reception at the church hall. Donations may be made to Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Avenue, Suite 100, Dublin 94568-3024.