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Maria Anna Willcox

Maria Willcox died September 2007. She was born in Bad Kissingen, Germany, where she met, Lyman Screven Willcox. Lyman was born in Savannah, GA and graduated from West Point. Maria had learned English in high school and applied for and got a position as the secretary for the group where Lyman was assigned. This was at the end of the war in 1947. They were married on Valentine’s Day in 1948.

Their first of many assignments in the coming years was at Ft. Sheridan, IL, where daughter Jule was born in 1948. Over the course of a 25 year military career, they were assigned to many military installations, including one in Germany and one in Naples, Italy. It was a wonderful life, living in new places and meeting many people. Maria was naturally outgoing and made friends in many places. They retired in Savannah in 1972. Lyman passed away in 2003 and in 2006, Maria moved to the Cedar Grove senior apartments in Dublin, CA to live near Jule and her husband Walter Lee Smith. She attended the St. Francis of Assisi Anglican Church in Danville.

Maria loved church and was a member of St. John’s Church in Savannah where she was for many years active in the choir (she sang opera as a teenager in Bad Kissingen) and other church activities. She also volunteered as a Red Cross dental assistant for many years. She had a great sense of humor and was loved by many people for her generous and kind spirit. She was also very generous and never hesitated to offer a helping hand or give to others.

Maria loved listening to classical music, sewing, walking, and enjoying each day to the fullest.

Maria was born in Bad Kissingen, Germany, on January 3, 1929 to Margaretha Wertensteiner Lach and Willy Paul Lach.

In addition to her daughter Jule Smith and son-in-law Walter Lee Smith of Danville, she is survived by her brother Wolfgang Lach; another brother, Paul, preceded her in death in the 1960s. Other relatives living in Germany are two nieces, Geraldine Tkotz and Ulriche Bayerlein and two nephews, Andreas and Jochen Lach.

Services will be held in Savannah, Georgia on October 6 and at a later date at the St. Francis of Assisi Anglican Church in Danville.

Arrangements by Callaghan Mortuary.

Lois Mulqueeney Walker

Lois Mulqueeney Walker, matriarch of a pioneer Livermore Valley ranching family, died Dec. 7, 2007, on the family’s Mendenhall Springs Ranch. She was 86.

“She always said she wanted to come off the mountain feet-first and that’s exactly what she did,” said her son, Superior Court Judge Hugh Walker. She had returned to the ranch from the hospital the morning of the day she died.

Mrs. Walker loved that mountain-top ranch south of Livermore where she had lived since marrying her late husband, George Walker in 1944. He was a pro rodeo steer wrestler and roper who died in 1997. They were married 53 years.

She enjoyed an active and fulfilling life in the valley since being raised in Midway in the Altamont Hills. She attended St. Michael’s Convent in Livermore, Livermore High School and the Wilson Business College in San Francisco.

The family has a rich history with the Livermore Rodeo and its Saturday parade. During her formative years, Lois and her three sisters would ride their horses 14 miles in town the week before the rodeo so the horses could get acclimated before they were ridden in the parade.

Mrs. Walker’s father, Mike Mulqueeney, and her father-in-law, Hugh. S Walker, were both founding members of the Livermore Rodeo board. Her husband, George and son, Ward, also served on the board.

She was a Livermore Rodeo queen as were two of her daughters (Mary and Rita), her sister, Jerry Deck and Jerry’s daughter Diane Dugan and niece Virginia Mulqueeney Streiff. . Her granddaughter, Shannon Walker, served as queen of various rodeos.

Mrs. Walker also won Miss Alameda County crown in 1937 and defended that title a year later.

Mrs. Walker was a charter member of the Alameda County Cattlewomen along with her mother, Gladys Mulqueeney and her sister, Dolores Cornwell. She was treasurer of the state cattlewomen for 20 years.

She served as a 4-H leader in horsemanship and cooking and actively promoted the Junior Livestock Auction at the Alameda County Fair. In recognition of her support for the auction, she received the first “Carl Zwissig Award.”

Prior to marrying George Walker, she was a cashier at the World’s Fair on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay; held the ribbon at the opening of the new Altamont Pass road (Highway 50) and participated in the opening ceremonies of the Bay Bridge.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec 13, at Callaghan’s Mortuary, 3833 East Avenue, Livermore.

The funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 458 Maple Street, Livermore. Burial will be private.

She is survived by her sons, Hugh Walker of Livermore and his life partner, John Passama; Ward Walker of Livermore and his wife, Patricia; daughters Mary Walker Ericsson and her husband Gene Ericsson of Breckenridge, Texas, and Rita Walker Roeser and her husband Tim Roeser of Marsing, Idaho; her sister, Dolores Cornwell of Livermore; and her caregiver for four years, Shane Galino. She has 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The family prefers donations in her memory to the California Cattle Women’s Scholarship Fund, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Justin Crisis Fund or the charity of your choice.

Allan Thomas Bailey

Allan Thomas Bailey, 29 year resident of Livermore passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Dec 3, 2007 at his residence. He was 42.

Allan graduated from Livermore High School. He loved to play in his rock band in younger years. He was always happy soul, fondly renaming the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich; “Allan B. Sandwich.” Allan will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Marie in 2006. His is survived by his father, Henry Bailey of Livermore, daughter, Taylor Common of Clearlake, sisters, Karell Eckardt of Livermore, and Donna Siano of Saugus, and brother, Steven Bailey and his wife, Jamie of Tracy, 6 nephews, 2 nieces, and 1 great grandniece

Private services are planned. Final resting place will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Livermore.

Louis Mederios

Louis Mederios, 86, passed away peacefully at Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Fremont, on December 4, 2007. He was born in Pleasanton and was a 40 years resident of Livermore.

He is survived by a sister, Rose and brother-in-law Louis Pastino, sons James and Ronald, six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and John Mederios, four brothers and one sister.

Louis was a 45 year employee of Kaiser Sand & Gravel in Pleasanton and worked as a Readymix Concrete Batch Plant operator. In his youth, he worked on local ranches, including the gold mines in Nevada.

Family and friends will celebrate his life at a memorial service at 1 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 14 at Callaghan Mortuary, 3833 East Ave., Livermore.

Memorial gifts may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to a charity of choice.

Emily Delores Lopez

Emily Delores Lopez, 86, died November 30, 2007 of complications related to Alzheimer’s Disease. She was a Pleasanton resident.

Mrs. Lopez was born in Lemoore, CA and attended Lemoore High School. During World War II, she worked as a laboratory technician in the processing of dairy products for shipment overseas. She moved to Pleasanton in 1946 and was a business woman until her retirement in 1992. She owned A&D Laundromat at 722 Main Street and in 1965 opened Payless Cleaners at Amador Center. In the mid-1970s, she moved her businesses, Purity Cleaners and Sounds of Sherry to Pleasanton Plaza.

She was active in the Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Druids and supported annually all of the activities at Amador Valley High School including the renovation of the high school auditorium by purchasing seats. She was a long time member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, which she attended when it was located downtown on Rose Avenue and supported the building campaign for the new church on Angela Street. She was very active in the Portuguese paternal organizations. She founded the Livermore Council, Star of the Valley and was elected to statewide office and served as grand president of the Brotherhood of St. Anthony, 1966-1967.

She is survived by her children Delores Oxsen and son-in-law George Oxsen of Pleasanton, son George Michael Lopez of Pleasanton, and daughter Sherry Ann Lopez of Hayward; sisters Mary Lang of San Jose, Olivia Lage of Sacramento, and Cecilia Hughes of Pleasanton; six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband George Lopez and a brother Joe Andrade.

Arrangements by Graham-Hitch Mortuary.

Joseph John Ales

Joseph John Ales died at his home, surrounded by family members, on December 3, 2007, following a five month battle with cancer. He had celebrated his 80th birthday with 62 friends and relatives just six months earlier. Joe had devoted his entire 31-year career to teaching in local public schools.

Born on June 19, 1927 at the San Jose home of his parents Frank and Carmela Ales, Joe attended Sacred Heart Catholic School, Woodrow Wilson Junior High School, and San Jose High School from which he graduated in 1944. He majored in chemistry at San Jose State College, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in 1949 and a Master of Arts-Science Education in 1964.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1951-53, stationed with the veterinary corps in Sandusky, Ohio. He met a redhead, Beverly Schell. They became engaged in Dec. 1954 and married in Pacific Grove on June 5, 1955. Joe was hired by Tom Hart in 1955 to teach fifth grade, which he did for two years and then was assigned to 8th grade science, which he taught for 13 years. He moved to the new Dublin High School in 1970 and Amador Valley High School in 1975.

Joe’s friend and colleague, Don Rathjen, was working at the San Francisco Exploratorium. Don would show Joe a sketch of a demonstration model and Joe would create a working model. One of the models, a “floating puck,” was featured on the Dave Letterman Show.

For five years in the 1970s, Joe attended the National Science Foundation Summer Institute at UC Berkeley. He also was a teaching representative for the Industrial Initiative for Science and Mathematics Education. An active member of the local teachers’ association, Joe was the recipient of We Honor Ours Award in 1987. He was lifetime member of both the National Educators Association and the California Teachers Association. One of the honors he most cherished was being presented a diploma as an adopted member of the Amador Valley High School class of 1987 during the commencement ceremony.

Joe is survived by his wife of 52 years, Beverly, daughter Nancy (also a teacher) and her husband Tom Dwyer of San Luis Obispo; son Peter and his wife Rowena of Livermore; daughter Ann and husband Brad Lee of Paso Robles, granddaughter Sarah Dwyer, brother John and sister-in-law Bernice Ales of San Martin, niece Rosemary Eilers of Bend, OR, and nephew Philip Ales of El Dorado Hills.

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 15 at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton. A reception will follow. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to the Thomas S. Hart Memorial Scholarship Fund, sent to Amador Valley Scholarships, Inc.: AVSI/Tom Hart Scholarship Fund, 4665 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton, CA 94566.

Arrangements by Graham-Hitch Mortuary.

Joseph H. Myers

Joe said good-bye to his family and close friends on December 6, 2007. Joe was born in Anderson, California on December 12, 1920.

He was the son of Elsie and Homer Myers, sister of Elaine Booth. He was the husband of Florence Myers for 63 years. They had three children, Sue Kennemore, Nancy Johnson, and the late Mark Myers. He is survived by his grandchildren Lisa and Scott Kennemore, Samantha and Christopher Johnson, two great-granddaughters, Taylor and Natalie Kennemore, sons-in-law Jim Kennemore and Michael Johnson, granddaughter-in-law, Kelly Kennemore, and nephew Brian Booth.

Joe served in World War II and flew 30 successful missions as a B-17 pilot in the Air Force in Europe. He retired from the Port of Oakland – Oakland Municipal Airport. He was a ValleyCare Medical Center volunteer for many years after retiring. He has had a long struggle with heart disease and cancer but never gave up. He was a brave and loving man who will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Dec. 10 in Livermore. Burial was at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the ValleyCare Medical Center Emergency Room Expansion Fund or Hope Hospice.

Arrangements by Callaghan Mortuary.

Harry William Demmel

Harry William Demmel died December 6, 2007. He was 74.

He was born March 30, 1933 in Pittsburgh, PA and had lived in Dublin for 41 years. He graduated from Tulsa University, and served in the Coast Guard during the Korean Conflict. He retired as a house inspector after 35 years. He was a member of Valley Christian Center for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lorraine Demmel children Philip Demmel and Angela Demmel, all of Dublin, brothers Philip Demmel of Allison Park, PA and Raymond Demmel of Dublin. He also leaves behind grandchildren, Jacob Nagel of Dublin and Jadon Demmel of Rocklin, niece and nephew, Kathleen Nicklas and Raymond Demmel, both of PA.

There will be a celebration of Harry at a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 16 at Valley Christian Center, 7500 Inspiration Dr., Dublin.

Please make contributions to the Valley Christian Center Building Fund in Harry’s name.

Arrangements by Graham-Hitch Mortuary.

Jose Garcia

Jose Garcia, a resident of Livermore, passed away Monday, Dec. 10, 2007 in Walnut Creek.

Jose was born Jan. 20, 1932 in Zinaparo, Michoacan, Mexico, he was 75 years old.

Raised in Mexico, Jose moved to the United States in 1961. He worked at Pleasanton Garbage Co. for 35 years.

He is survived by his wife Guadalupe of 53 years, his children, Jose Garcia Jr. (Veronica) of Manteca, Armando Garcia (Guadalupe) of Lathrop, Maria (Trino) Gutierrez of Lathrop, Sylvia (Jose Luis) Villalobos of Lathrop, Carlos Garcia (Elizabeth) of Bothel, WA., Susana (Robert) Ray of Tracy, CA., his brother, Luis Solorio of Mexico,12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated Thursday, Dec 13th at 11 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 458 Maple St., Livermore. Burial will follow at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery, Livermore.

Arrangements by Callaghan Mortuary.

Jack Martin Freeman

Jack Martin Freeman died December 27, 2007 in Livermore. He was 73.

Jack was born Jan. 23, 1934 in Oakland, CA. He lived in Oakland for 57 years and Livermore for 16 years. He owned a business in the automotive industry. He was a member St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, St. Elizabeth’s Church in Oakland and past president of The St. Elizabeth Elementary School’s Parent’s Club, active member in the California Blue Grass Association, past member of the East Bay Aquarium Society and Fish Judges of America. His hobbies included woodworking, fishing, photography, music, gourmet cooking, community theatre, “A true Renaissance man” and a great friend

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Ronelva (Ronni) Freeman, son Doug Freeman and his wife Chris. a brother Herb Freeman, a sister Jeannie Hanson, and grandchildren, Jason, Taylor, and Ashley. He was preceded in death by a won, Kevin Freeman.

A funeral memorial was held Jan. 3 at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Livermore.

Donations in his name are suggested to St. Elizabeth Elementary or High School, in Oakland, CA.

Arrangements by Graham-Hitch Mortuary.

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