Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - January 28, 2011


Betty Allen

Betty Allen died Jan. 13 at the age of 89.

She was born Sept. 26, 1921, in Los Angeles to Edward M. Bailey and Emma McCleary Bailey. As an only child she was raised in the Depression and became independent and resourceful. She met the love of her life Milton Allen in July 1940 on the way to Catalina Island and married him two months later. They moved to Alameda and settled in San Lorenzo where they raised a family. Ms. Allen loved cooking, sewing, reading, spending time in the sun and being active. She always remembered birthdays and never missed a chance to join a celebration.

Ms. Allen was predeceased by her husband Milton in 2003. She is survived by daughters Nancy Bowser (Bob) of Pleasanton and Barbara Burruss (Bob) of Roseburg, Ore.; six grandchildren, including Jeff Bowser (Patty) of Pleasanton; and 11 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Jan. 17 at Graham-Hitch in Pleasanton to celebrate her life. Donations may be made to Hope Hospice at

John Cooper Bloom II

John Cooper Bloom II, a former resident of Pleasanton for 18 years, died Jan. 13 in Fresno at the age of 67 after a long illness.

Mr. Bloom was born and raised in New Jersey. He worked for Japan Airlines in New York for years then transferred to California. He settled in Pleasanton with his wife JoAnne where they raised three children. He loved the Yankees, sports, bike riding, neighbors and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, JoAnne; daughters Catherine Bloom-Bouchereau and Elizabeth Bloom, and son John Bloom III; two grandchildren plus another one on the way. A celebration of his life will be held from 1-5 p.m. tomorrow at the Highland Oaks Cabana Club. Donations may be made to Hines Hospice Home, 1416 W. Twain, Fresno 93711-3914.


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