Ernest De Coite
Pleasanton resident Ernest De Coite died March 18, 2007. He was born October 12, 1917. Ernie was a real estate broker in San Leandro for 45 years. His passions were dancing, fishing, and playing tennis and golf. He was a member of Sequoyah Country Club and Castlewood Country Club. The family would like to thank Linda DuBois and Hope Hospice for the care they provided Ernie. He is survived by his wife of seventy years, Pauline, three children: Steven, Linda and Edward; a brother Roy, sister Helen, eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat., March 21 at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, 4167 First St., Pleasanton. In lieu of flowers, his family request donations be made to Hope Hospice, 6500 Dublin Blvd., Suite 100, Dublin, CA 94568 or The Parkinson’s Institute, 1170 Morse Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94089.
Nancy M. Murphy
Nancy M. Murphy went to be with our Lord on March 24, 2007. She was surrounded by her family. Born on Nov. 18, 1933 in Chicago, IL, she made her home in Livermore for the past 44 years. She will be remembered for how she opened her home to all, her cooking, and for her love of dancing. She is survived by her children, Jim, Steve, Brian and John Schweiger, Carol Rice, Diane Hollison and Judy Berg, eighteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, and her sisters, Dolores Gebhardt, Patricia Tunney and Mary Ellen Sikora. She was preceded in death by her husband Maurice Murphy and grandson Bryan Browning. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thurs., March 29 at Callaghan Mortuary, 3833 East Ave., Livermore. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Arthur W. Prince
Arthur W. Prince died March 21, 2007 in Pleasanton. Art loved his family more than life itself. He enjoyed playing dice and cards with friends and family. He served in Vietnam where he was critically injured and spent 18 months in Walter Reed VA Hospital, He received a Purple Heart among many of the awards and medals. He is a hero. Art was best known for telling it like it is, but had a heart of pure gold. He is survived by his wife Lupe Prince, sons Tim and Joe, daughters, Barbi and Cynthia Rosalie, and five grandchildren and daughter-in-law Sandy, all who live in Livermore. He is also survived by numerous other family members and friends. Visitation is 3 to 5 p.m. Fri., March 30 followed by a service at 5 p.m. at Callaghan Mortuary, 3833 East Ave., Livermore. Burial will be at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery
with honors. Donations may be made to St. Jude’s.
Robert Emil Dal Porto
Robert Emil Dal Porto died March 24, 2007 after a long illness. He was 61. He was born in Oakland and lived in Livermore for 25 years. With his wife, Pam, he owned and operated the Livermore Ranch Kennels on Tesla Road for 22 years. Prior to moving to Livermore, Bob worked in property management in the Santa Clara Valley. In addition to being an entrepreneur and owning his own businesses through the years, Bob was an accomplished chef, loved his garden and was an avid admirer of collectible cars. He was very devoted to his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Pam, a sister Rita Marlen of Salida and her family and a sister Nancy Eisenhut of Scottsdale, AZ and her family. A memorial service will be held at 11 .am .on Thurs., March 29 at Callaghan Mortuary, 3833 East Ave., Livermore. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to a charity of choice in Bob’s memory.
Edward P. McCreary, Jr.
Edward P. McCreary, Jr. died April 16, 2007 in Fremont. He was 78. The New Mexico native had lived in Pleasanton for two years, moving here from Brentwood where he lived for three and a half years. He earned an AA degree from San Jose City College and was a US Air Force veteran. He worked in field procurement with Bechtel Corp. for 18 years. His hobbies were model railroads and golf. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Frieda S. McCreary, sons Edward and Frank and his wife Patti, grandchildren, Danny, Camie, Sean, Taylor, Trevor and Allison and great grandchildren Maddalynn and Makayla. A memorial mass was celebrated April 23 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton. Burial was private. Donations in his name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 7000 Village Parkway, Suite E, Dublin, CA 94568. Arrangements by Graham-Hitch Mortuary.
Rudy Enriquez died unexpectedly on April 12, 2007 at his home in Pleasanton. He was 52. He was born Jan. 20, 1955 in Huntington Park, CA. He had lived in Pleasanton for 33 years. He graduated form Sunset High School in Hayward in 1973. Rudy is survived by his parents Richard and Linda Benson of Pleasanton, sisters Jill Felts of Pleasanton and Julie (George) Avila of Livermore, a brother Anthony (Rebecca) Gonzales of Pleasanton, and nieces and nephews Susan, Michael, Andrew, Alyssa, Rachel and Ashley. A private service is planned in Johnsville, CA. Arrangements by Graham-Hitch Mortuary.
Charles Wesley Mann
Charles Wesley Mann died April 18, 2007 in Oakland. He was 24. He was born in Berkeley on Sept. 26, 1982 and moved to Pleasanton at the age of 2. He attended Valley View and Vintage Hills elementary schools, and Pleasanton Middle School and was a member of the class of 2001 of Amador Valley High School. He attended Brandeis University in Boston and graduated in 2005 with a BS in economics. He completed his masters program in finance at brandeis and spent six months in Brazil at F.G.B. He was an outstanding basketball player, captain of the high school team at Amador. He played guard on his college team and in Brazil. Most recently, he coached his sister Michelle’s basketball team the Liberty with Pleasanton Youth Basketball. He was a member of St. Matthew’s Baptist Church in Livermore. He is survived by his parents Michael Mann and Joann Daley of Pleasanton, sisters Jasmine E. Mann and Michelle A. Mann of Pleasanton, paternal grandmother Janice L. Mann of Virginia, and girl friend, Erica Richardson of Sacramento. Funeral services were held April 25 at St. Matthew’s Baptist Church in Livermore with Pastor Turner officiating. Burial was at Roselawn Cemetery
in Livermore. Arrangements by Callaghan Mortuary.
Kathleen M. Rogan
Kathleen M. Rogan died April 18, 2007 in Livermore. She was 89. She was a native of County Galway, Ireland and lived there until age 19 when she was sponsored by an aunt and uncle to immigrate to America in 1937. She married John Rogan in 1943. She was a very active parishioner at St. Joseph’s Parish in New York and a member of the Ave Maria Guild, and a member of the Moose Lodge. In December 2005, she moved to Livermore to be with her family. She enjoyed singing and gardening and was pro-life. She is survived by sons John (Lynn) Rogan of Livermore, Matthew Rogan of New York, James (Jennifer) Rogan of Coral Springs, FL; grandchildren, Ann, Kathleen and Patrick of Livermore and John and Michael of Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband John in 1970. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wurtsboro, NY. Burial will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery
in Valhalla, NY. Arrangements by Callaghan Mortuary.
Lois Fay Harmon
Lois Fay Harmon died April 17, 2007 in Livermore. She was 75. She had lived in Livermore for 25 years. Mrs. Harmon worked as a technician with Rhome Electronic for 6 years. She enjoyed reading. She is survived by a daughter Kathleen (Ralph) Guzman of Livermore and son Richard (Anne) Hankins of Pennsylvania, a brother, Lloyd Harmon of Ogden, Utah, sisters Ann Rooney of Cassville, Missouri and Artie Walden of Texas. She was preceded in death by siblings, Jess, John and Pearl. Funeral services were held April 25 in Livermore with Rev. Berni Fricke officiating. Arrangements by Callaghan Mortuary.
Richard O. Brierly
Richard O. Brierly, who was born and raised in Oakland, died April 19, 2007. He was 66. Richard had lived in Pleasanton for 35 years. He served his country in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne. Richard received his B.S. degree from California State University in Sacramento, then pursued a career with the Oakland Police Department, retiring after 21 years as a Lieutenant. After retiring, he worked at the Alameda County District Attorney’s office as an inspector for 12 years. He was affiliated with Le Societe de Camaraderie and the Oakland Police Officers’ Golf Association. Rich enjoyed golf and traveling in his free time away from the force. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Marilyn Brierly of Pleasanton, daughter, Stephanie England of Pleasanton, son and daughter-in-law John and Denise Brierly of Manteca, sister Jackie Lindberg of Idaho, and sister and brother-in-law Barbara and Tom Kugler of Alameda. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Jack, Emma and Stella Brierly, Haley England, and Kaela and Sydnee Canales and many nieces and nephews. Mass was celebrated April 24 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton. Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
in Hayward. Donations may be made to Multiple Myeloma Foundation, 383 Main Ave., 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851, or Hope Hospice, 6500 Dublin Blvd., Suite 100, Dublin, CA 94568. Arrangements by Graham-Hitch Mortuary.
Elsie Salmi Leighton
Elsie Salmi Leighton died April 15, 2007 in Dublin. She was 83. The native of Washington had lived in Pleasanton for 4 years, and Escondido for 15 years. She worked as a secretary for the Seattle Naval Yard in the late 1940s and for fifteen years as secretary of the Alhambra High English Department. Her hobbies included golf, tatting, and sewing. She is survived by a daughter Sigrie Leighton Potter and her husband Bill of Pleasanton, a brother Howard Salmi, sisters Ilmi Phillips and Ethel Dunkle and grandchilcren Nicoliina and Robby. She was preceded in death by her mother Lena, her father Frans and sister Sigre. A memorial service will be held in Seattle, Washington in June. Donations may be made to Hope Hospice or Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements by Graham-Hitch Mortuary.
Robert L. Basso
Livermore native and lifelong resident Robert L. “Bobby” Basso died April 21, 2007 of complications from diabetes surgery in Pleasanton. He was 69. He had well established ranching roots and lived in the country most of his life prior to moving to town in 1992. He was employed as an explosives technician for SOS in Hollister for 26 years before retiring in 1999. He was a member of the Livermore Rodeo Stockmen’s Association. He enjoyed the benefits of retirement through dinner exchanges with family and friends, playing cards and watching the Oakland A’s play. He was always ready to help family members and enjoyed making raviolis, especially for the holidays. He was particularly proud of his international travels to Italy, where he visited the birthplace of his family. He also visited Greece. He had a warm place in his heart for his dog, Skippy. Visitation will be 1 to 9 p.m. Thurs., April 26 with rosary at 7 p.m. at Callaghan Mortuary, 3833 East Ave., Livermore. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Fri., April 27 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 458 Maple St., Livermore. Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery. He is survived by his brothers Earl Basso and Raymond “Tuffy” Basso of Livermore and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Steve and Emma Basso, brothers Anthony “Shorty”, Clarence “Spoofy,” and Ernie “Fats.” Contributions to the American Diabetes Association, 1900 Powell St., Suite 285, Emeryville, CA 94608 would be appreciated by the family.
Elizabeth (Beth) Coleman
Elizabeth (Beth) Coleman died May 20, 2007 in Half Moon Bay. She was 45.
The native of Oakland, had lived in Half Moon Bay for three years. Prior to that she lived in Livermore for 15 years. Beth earned an associate degree from Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill. She worked as the general manager for Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco for five years. She loved the beach, hiking, reading and being with her family.
She is survived by her parents, Valerie Gannon of Dublin and Mark Johnson of St. Paul, MN; daughter Brieanne Coleman of Long Beach, a sister Christy Gannon of Livermore, brothers Tony Gannon of Livermore and Sam Gannon of Tulare, four nephews and two nieces.
A memorial service was held May 25 in Pleasanton.
Arrangements by Graham-Hitch Mortuary.
Vickie Lou Governor
Vickie Lou Governor died May 21, 2007 in Livermore.
She had lived in Livermore for 39 years. Vickie was a loving person. She had a gift for drawing. She left us too soon and will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband, Charles, sons Nathaniel and Matthew, her father Jay and stepmother Gertrude, and brother Eddie Governor of Livermore. She was preceded in death by her mother Sally in 1997.
A private celebration of her life will be held.
Arrangements by Callaghan Mortuary.