June Marie Abbey
June or “Junebug” as she was known, died January 29, 2007 at her home in Dublin. She was 66.
The native of Teaneck, New Jersey had lived in Dublin for 34 years. She touched many lives with her gentle spirit, her devotion to family and her very positive outlook on life. June loved fishing, camping and traveling with her family. Pinochle with good friends and playing games with her grandchildren also brought her great joy. She was a wonderful crafts person, who made and donated holiday gifts to worthy charitable organizations. Karate, baseball and soccer were of great interest when her grandchildren were participating. June loved the world and the world loved her back. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Abbey Sr., her children Deborah Quezon and husband David Quezon; Robert Abbey Jr., and Scott Abbey. She is also survived by grandchildren, Jessica Abbey, Robert Abbey III, Jonathan Quezon, and Christopher Abbey.
Funeral services were held February 3 in Pleasanton. Burial followed.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the America Diabetes Foundation or the American Heart Association.
Arrangements by Graham-Hitch Mortuary.
Audrey Richards died January 31, 2007.
The native of Sterling, Michigan had lived in Livermore for 28 years. Audrey was well known for her kind heart and dedication to all. There is a very large extended family that saw her as their mother and/or Nana. She worked for 35 years in the restaurant and bar business. For the last 27 years, she had been an Avon representative. She had several hobbies and most were related to crafts. The last decade, she devoted many hours to the prevention and awareness of breast cancer. Her greatest joy in life was her unrelenting love and devotion for family and friends.
She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Floyd, her children, Sherry Pratt and spouse Bob of Livermore, Todd Richards and spouse Toni of Livermore, Scott Richards and companion Sharon Milstead of Mesquite, TX, and Jeff Richards of Livermore, as well as 15 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Mass of Resurrection was celebrated February 6 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Livermore. Burial was at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery
Arrangements by Callaghan Mortuary.
John Oliver Walker
Livermore resident John Oliver Walker died February 1, 2007. He was 92.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Gladys Walker, sons Kenneth (Gloria), Dale (Judy), and Jim (Sherry), seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Fri., Feb. 9 at Callaghan Mortuary, 3833 East Avenue, Livermore.
Memorial gifts may be made to a favorite charity.
Hiram Allen Phillips
Hiram Allen Phillips died January 23, 2007 in Tracy. He was 76.
He was a native of Oklahoma. The family came to California in 1939 and settled in Visalia. He graduated from Visalia High School in 1948 and then served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1948 to 1950. He came to Livermore in 1951 where he worked at the Fuseworks from 1951 to 1953. He lived in Livermore until 1978. In Livermore he worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 35 years as a supplies and distribution supervisor, retiring in 1988. He lived in Tracy from 1978-1988. In 1988, he and his wife spent the remaining years traveling, spending winters in Arizona and summers on the Oregon Coast. They enjoyed RVing throughout North America. He was a longtime member of the Livermore-Pleasanton Elks BPOE, partner of Norma’s Towing of Livermore since 1981, member of the Golden Anchor Boat Club of Tracy and served as the commander for three years.
He is survived by his wife Karen Phillips of Tracy, children Janie (Ralph) Corum, Steve (Joanne) Bretz, Stephanie (Tim) Harrah, Donivan Bretz-Seymour, Norm (Robyn) Phillips, and eleven grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren and one on the way.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 10 at Callaghan Mortuary, 3833 East Avenue, Livermore.
Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 11200 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, CA 94607.
Isabel Vidales Gilpin
Isabel Vidales Gilpin (“Isie”) passed on Monday, February 5, 2007 in Pleasanton.
Isie was born in Culiacan Sinaloa, Mexico on December 3, 1915. Isie had so many moments which were special in her life. Her marriage to Grampy tops the list, the birth of her beautiful daughter who she loved dearly, the births of her grandchildren and great grandchildren; who she absolutely adored, and finally her move from Arizona to California. Isie was able to spend her last years here in California surrounded with friends and family, attending the Friendship Center for Seniors in Livermore, going to the beach, boating, picnics, scenic drives and flowers, filled her last years with joy. We will always love you Isie.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Gilpin Goodwin of Tucson, Arizona; her grandchildren Deborah Isabel Whitehead Brown (Duane), Roy Charles Whitehead (Anna) and great grandchildren, Duane Leon Brown (Gina) and Delmer Saint Brown.
Services for “Isie” will be held on Friday, February 9, at 10 a.m. at Callaghan Mortuary, 3833 East Avenue, Livermore.
Detroit Barksdale died January 22, 2007 at Washington Hospital in Fremont. He was 75. He was a Livermore resident
He was born July 15, 1921 in Mississippi to Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Barksdale. Detroit received Christ at an early age and joined Jones Grove Missionary Baptist Church where he continued until he moved to Oakland. Detroit then moved to Livermore where he joined St. Matthew’s Baptist Church and met his current church family. He was well known and loved throughout the Livermore community by friends and merchants.
He is survived by his wife Katherine Barksdale, sons Willie Barksdale, Sylvester Dean, Alvin Barksdale, Jimmy Dean, and Keith Barksdale, daughters Djuana Barksdale, Alice Johnson, Betty Barksdale, Belinda Barksdale, Hattie Johnson, Sylvia Barksdale and Mary Dean, a host of sons and daughters-in-law, nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held January 30 at St. Matthew’s Baptist Church in Livermore. Interment was at the San Joaquin National Cemetery
Arrangements by Callaghan Mortuary.
Josephine Angela Chapple passed on February 4, 2007 with her daughter and son-in-law Mark by her side. She was 95.
Born on Nov. 1, 1909 on the family farm in Bartonville, Ontario, Canada, she married Clifford Chapple in 1930 and moved to Illinois. In 1951, the couple moved to Santa Rosa where Josephine was the administrative assistant at the Social Security Administration. She loved horse racing, gardening and taking care of her family. Josephine spent the last eight years of her life in San Ramon, where she took great pride in serving as president of the Residents Council at Merrill Gardens.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, and four nephews, Gerold Smith, Ronald Stevens, Joseph Connors and Patrick Connors. She will be greatly missed.
At her request, no formal services will be held.
Donations in her memory may be made to Canine Companions for Independence, Box 446, Santa Rosa, CA 95402 or VITAS Hospice.
Arrangements by Graham-Hitch Mortuary.
Ronn Douglas Schlesser
Ron Douglas Schlesser died March 15, 2007 in Pleasanton. He was 45. He was born July 8, 1961. He worked as a hair stylist and enjoyed that occupation for 28 years. He is survived by two daughters, Alivia Schlesser and Morgann Schlesser, both of Livermore, his former wife, Denise of Livermore and a sister, Darlene Jscobson of Twain Harte. Services were held March 25 at Peace Lutheran Church in Danville. A memorial fund has been established at the Uncle Credit Union, 2100 Las Positas Ct., Livermore, CA 94551, for his daughters, account #2224761. Arrangements by Callaghan Mortuary.
Richard King Earle
Richard King Earle died March 13, 2007 at his home in Livermore. He was 64. The native of Oakland, CA had lived in Livermore for 38 years. He was retired from Linford Company. He enjoyed vacationing in Hawaii, taking cruises and playing golf. He coached youth soccer for 11 years and played on an adult soccer team for 20 years. He is survived by his life mate, Charlene Proctor, children Michael Earle and Lisa Rogers, grandsons, Ryan and Thomas Earle and Brandon and Blake Rogers, and a sister, Sandy Hamilton. A celebration of his life was held March 25 at BoaVentura Vineyards in Livermore.
Clara Zuckerman died March 16, 2007. She was 90. The native of Dallas, Texas, was a resident of San Ramon. She was the granddaughter of the first permanent Orthodox rabbi in Dallas and one of six children. At the age of 16, she graduated as valedictorian of Dallas Technical High School and attended Southern Methodist University on scholarship where she graduated with honors at age 20. She then taught elementary school and worked for the Texas State Employment Agency in Dallas. She met and married her husband Samuel Zuckerman during World War II. After the war, they moved to California. For their first home, they chose a log cabin in Montclair. Later they moved to San Leandro, Oakland and then Vallejo. Samuel passed away in February 2000. Clara served as the president of a number of organizations, including the Spanish Club at Southern Methodist University, her Reform Jewish young adult organization in Dallas, the Haskala Club and the East Bay Council of Jewish Women, In 1957, she joined Samuel as a broker in a real estate business. Together they sold homes for 30 years. Through the business and their involvement in various organizations, they made many lifelong friends. In her late years, Clara especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Clara is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Judi and Ron Baskett of Pleasanton, grandchildren, Lawrence Basket and Marissa Basket, her son, Alan Zuckerman, and a brother David Herman. A memorial service was held March 20, followed by a family graveside service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Chai Lifeline, an organization that sponsors Camp Simcha, an oncology camp for Jewish children: Chai Lifeline, 151 West 30th St., New York, NY 1001. Arrangements by Graham-Hitch Mortuary.
Jimmie Leota Kline-Epps died March 22, 2007. She was 95. Mrs. Kline-Epps had lived in Livermore for 35 years. She was a member of SIRRETTES #101 of Livermore. During World War II she worked for ITEL, an electronics maker. Her hobbies included bowling and traveling to Europe and the Mediterranean both cruising and land travel. She is survived by her husband Richard Epps, children Pat Steever and Kathie McPhee, stepchildren Kathleen A. Smith, Christine N. Woy, Suzanne M. Ebaugh, Richard P. Epps, Mary E. Epps, a brother Rev. R.D. Wade, sister Oleta Cherico, eleven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren. Services were held March 27 in Livermore with her brother, Rev. R.D. Wade officiating. Burial was at Roselawn Cemetery
in Livermore. Contributions to Hospice of Contra Costa, 2051 Harrison St., Concord, CA 94520 would be appreciated by the family Arrangements by Graham-Hitch Mortuary.