William Garrett McKinley died Sept. 25, 2003 in Pleasanton. He was 77.
The New Jersey native had lived in Pleasanton for two years, moving here from Riverdale, New Jersey where he had lived for 27 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in World War II. His education included graduation from Upsala College in Orange, New Jersey. He was a member of the American Legion John H. Lookhoff Post 232 of Prompton Plains, NJ.
He is survived by his children William McKinley, Kathleen Schults, and Patricia McKinley-Roach, a sister Dorothy Gustafson and eight grandchildren. Funeral services were held Oct. 1 in Pleasanton. Burial was at St. Augustine’s Cemetery
Arrangements by Graham-Hitch Mortuary.
Stanley Duain Schoeppler died Sept. 28, 2003 in Livermore. He was 81.
The Minnesota native had lived in Livermore since April of this year, moving here from San Jose where he had lived for 46 years. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942-45. He was a self-employed real estate broker for 40 years, a member of the Foxworthy Baptist Church and Filipino/American Church, active in both. He was also a member of the Kiwanis for over thirty years.
He is survived by his sons David Schoeppler of Carson City and Dean Schoeppler of San Jose, two brothers, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son Dwaine Schoeppler.
Burial will be Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. at Los Gatos Memorial Park in San Jose.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Arrangements by Callaghan Mortuary.
Evarista S. Cairel
Evarista S. Cairel died Sept. 28, 2003 in Pleasanton. She was 49.
The Philippine Islands native had lived in Livermore for thirty years, where she worked as a housekeeper for Marriott for eight years. She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Livermore.
She is survived by her husband Edmund Cairel of Livermore. She was preceded in death by a son Michael Cairel in 1993.
Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Fri., Oct. 3 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 458 Maple St., Livermore.
Burial will be at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation is from 4 to 9 p.m. Oct. 2, with vigil at 7 p.m. at Callaghan Mortuary, 3833 East Avenue, Livermore.
Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 150 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA 94612.
Lois Ruth Hill
Lois Ruth Hill died Nov. 25, 2003 in Livermore. She was 79.
She was born in New Jersey, and attended college at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. After she married, she and her husband Dick lived in Madison, Wisconsin while he got his Ph.D.. The couple then moved to Pittsburgh, PA, before settling in Livermore in 1958. She worked as a church organist and administrative volunteer at the First Presbyterian Church while raising her three boys. In 1970 she became interested in ecology and founded the Community Recycle Center, which signed up 80 varied community groups to volunteer one week each. By 1978, she convinced the city and garbage company to set up curbside collection. From 1972-1997, Lois and Dick traveled extensively in Europe and elsewhere, often with relatives and friends. In 1987, Lois began composing for organ on her custom-built home pipe organ. She was proud to have many of them published in “The Organist’s Companion.” In her final years, she took to writing simple poetry.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Dick, and their three sons, Mark, Ray and Bruce.
A memorial service was held Dec. 2 at the First Presbyterian Church in Livermore.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations in her memory be made to the American Cancer Society.
Paul J. Baer
Paul J. Baer died Nov. 22, 2003 at ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton. He was 77.
The Ohio native had lived in Livermore for 45 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving 1943-1964 in both World War II and Korea. He worked as a security guard for over 20 years for Singer-Friedman, Sandia Laboratories and Intel, retiring in 1986. His hobbies included woodworking, making jewelry boxes and figurines.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years Beatrice Baer of Livermore, daughters Katherine Baer of Watsonville and Susan Margaret Quintoa of Salida; a son Terry Baer of Oakridge, TN., fourteen grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren.
Services were held Dec. 1 in Livermore. Burial was Dec. 3 at the San Joaquin National Cemetery
Memorials may be made to a charity of choice in Paul’s name.
Martin “Marty” Phillips died peacefully at his Livermore home on Nov. 22, 2003.
He worked for 35 years as an investigator for Equifax. Music, especially jazz, was one of his passions. In his youth he played drums in a dance band. He was an avid amateur photographer and spent many hours in his dark room. For several years, he enjoyed producing copies of historical photographs for the Pleasanton Museum. He was involved in local and regional exhibits of fine art photography. He enjoyed golf, playing with the Local SIRS group and as a member of the Springtown Men’s Club.
He is survived by his wife Reba Phillips, sister Marcia Phillips, a son David Phillips of Israel and three stepchildren Lester Anderson, Joyce Moss and Barbara Cagle, several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Services and burial were private.
Donations may be sent to the American Society or to a charity of choice.
Anna Mae Edwards
Anna Mae Edwards died recently at Silver Oak Manor. She was 87.
The Pennsylvania native was a Castro Valley resident at the time of her death. She worked as an operator/supervisor for Pacific Bell for 25 years. She was a practicing Methodist, attending her neighborhood church in Castro Valley where she was a member of the church choir. She volunteered at Eden Hospital for three years and also competed in swimming in the Senior Olympics. She loved her pets, music and gardening.
She is survived by a daughter Susan Senft of Seattle, WA., son Robert Senft of Brentwood, and son and daughter-in-law Paul and Florence Senft of Livermore, eight grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
Funeral services were held Dec. 2 in Livermore.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2065 W. El Camino Real, Suite C, Mountain View, CA 94040.
Donna Mae Haas
Donna Mae Haas died Nov. 28, 2003 at her home of 29 years in Pleasanton. She was surrounded by her family and comforted by a quilt made by many loving friends. She was 58.
She was born in Seattle, WA., and moved to Pasadena as a youth, where she loved going to the beach with her parents. She graduated from Pasadena City College with an AA in mechanical drafting. She enjoyed family trips to Lake Tahoe with her favorite place Sand Harbor. She also enjoyed many wonderful trips in the aircraft that she and her husband Roger owned for almost 20 years. Her most memorable trips were flights over the Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon. In recent years she took up quilting. Her many memories of family and friends allowed her to leave life at peace and with no regrets. In this way she won her battle with cancer.
She is survived a son and daughter-in-law Jeffrey and Lara of Woodland, and two grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Dec. 3 in Pleasanton.
Adrienne Reynard-Covalt: Adrienne Marie Reynard-Covalt died Dec. 1, 2003 in Walnut Creek. She was 54.
The Chicago native had lived in Livermore for 13 years. She worked as a quality control inspector for USP Connectors for thirteen years. Her hobbies included photography and traveling.
She is survived by her husband Buz Covalt of Livermore, daughter Tina Marie Reynard and five stepdaughters and four stepsons, her parents Dennis Sr. and Mary Ellen Bourgeois of Las Vegas, and bothers Dennis, Michael, and Glenn Bourgeois and Steven Henderson, 28 step-grandchildren and 12 step-great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Thurs., Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. at Roselawn Cemetery, 1240 No. Livermore Avenue.
Evelyn Rose Moller
Evelyn Rose Moller died Jan. 28, 2004 in Pleasanton. She was 86.
The San Francisco native had lived in Pleasanton since 1933. She graduated from Amador Valley Joint Union High School in 1935 and from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1940. She had a lifelong love of art and worked in oils, acrylics, watercolors, and ceramics. For more than 20 years, she taught china painting in Pleasanton and Dublin to a group of students and friends calling themselves the China Dolls.
Evelyn was a founder and long-time member of the Amador Livermore Valley Historical Society and was also active in Mulberry Branch of the Children’s Hospital of the East Bay, California Cowbelles, the PTA and Murray School Mothers’ Club. She belonged to two card-playing groups and enjoyed that activity for many years. In addition, she loved gardening, decorating and entertaining family and friends.
She is survived by a brother, Dr. Arthur Boero of Manteca, daughter and son-in-law Lynn and Jack Skarratt of Pebble Beach, daughter-in-law Marsha Egbert and her husband Bill and son John of Tracy, 11 nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Harold Henry Moller, her parents John and Marie Boero, a brother Edmund Boero, and a son John Harold Moller.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Fri., Feb. 6 at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, 4167 First St., Pleasanton. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 54 at the same location. Burial will be at the Pioneer Cemetery
in Dublin following the service on Friday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice, 6500 Dublin Blvd., Suite 100, Dublin, CA 94568; Amador Livermore Valley Historical Society, 603 Main St., Pleasanton, CA, 94566, or the Dublin Heritage Center Museum, 6600 Donlon Way, Dublin, CA.
Vernon Raymond Engebretson, “The Cookie Man,” died Jan. 22, 2004 at ValleyCare Medical Centeer in Pleasanton. He was 84.
The Wisconsin native had lived in Modesto for five years, prior to that he had lived in Pleasanton for fourteen years. He shipped out to Germany to serve his country in the Army during World War II. He worked as a life insurance agent for 17 years. His hobbies included fishing, bowling, square dancing, playing cards and golf, traveling, baking cookies and his career of choice - retirement.
He is survived by his wife Beatrice Engebretson, his childhood sweetheart. The two were married for 63 years. Other survivors include a son and daughter-in-law Richard and Valerie Engebretson, son-in-law Jim Leatherman, daughter and son-in-law Pamela and Dan Ramirez, a brother and sister-in-law Kenneth and Kate Engebretson, sisters Gertrude Steinke and Elaine Winget, seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter Sandra Leatherman, and brothers Alden and Donald.
A memorial service was held January 30 at Ridge View Commons in Pleasanton. Burial was at the San Joaquin National Cemetery
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Vern Engebretson’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 7000 Village Parkway, Suite E, Dublin, CA 94568. Arrangements by Graham-Hitch Mortuary.
Frederick M. Medina died Jan. 25, 2004 at his home in Livermore. He was 51.
The Sacramento, CA native had lived in Livermore for seven years, moving here from San Bruno. He received an AA degree in 1980 and worked as a journeyman electrician. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Wheels Accessible Advisory Committee for the City of Livermore, and Ian Farquharson - USA Northern California Chapter. He collected coins and sports memorabilia.
He is survived by his wife Wendy Medina of Livermore, stepdaughter Bridget Houde of San Bruno, sisters Patricia Medina of Santa Cruz, Laura Medina of Brementon, WA., brothers Stephen Medina of Redwood City and Lawrence Medina of Sparks, NV., and two grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held Feb. 8 at noon in Redwood City. Call 650-714-1906 for details.
Memorials may be made to the Wheels DAR Scholarship Fund, 1362 Rutan Dr., Suite 100, Livermore, CA 94551.
Madonna JoAnn Nichols, a 37 years resident of Livermore, died unexpectedly Mon., Jan. 26, 2004. She was 64.
Madonna devoted the last 20 years of her life working in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District as a classroom aide. She loved children and enjoyed dressing in costumes to entertain them.
She is survived by her husband, Charles Eugene Nichols, a sister and brother-in-law Sherry and David Goodale, a brother and sister-in-law Terry and Cindy Williams of Nevada; her children, Tamara Thomas and her husband Todd, Pamela Turcotte and her husband Dan, Randy, Kryla, Patricia Steerdevant; stepchildren Mark Nichols and his wife Carol, Melinda Petersen and her husband Mike, Melanie Coupe and her husband Robert; sixteen grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her live was held January 31 at Marylin Avenue School in Livermore.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Madonna Nichols’s name may be made to Project Roadrunner, Marylin Avenue School, 800 Marylin Avenue, Livermore, CA 94551.
Ione Yvonne Reichlin
Ione Yvonne (Tenney) Reichlin died Jan. 22, 2004 at Stamm Home Care in San Ramon. She was 90.
The Berkeley, CA., native had lived in Pleasanton for 17 years and Santa Rosa for 10 years. She graduated from Berkeley High School in 1931. She was a homemaker. Ione was a fun loving person who never met a stranger. She loved to dance, a good joke, any crafts, card games, crossword puzzles, bingo and gambling. She was a wonderful cook, and anyone who knew her received a plate of cookies at one time or another. The family will miss their “Cookie Grandma.”
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law Michael and Janet Reichlin of Pleasanton, granddaughter Lori Bailey and her husband Bill of Patterson, grandson Michael Reichlin of Elk Grove, three great grandchildren, and cousins, nephews and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Frank Reichlin, in 1993.
No services are planned.
Donations in her name may be made to Hope Hospice, 6500 Dublin Blvd., Suite 100, Dublin, CA 94568, or to the Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley, 5353 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton, CA 94566.