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Date: Saturday, 27 September 2014, at 10:57 a.m.

Edna (Smith) Schank
Edna (Smith) Schank, loving
mother, passed away March 3, 2010, in
Livermore after several years of
deteriorating health.
She was born Edna Berthe Craig
in Willows, CA, on
March 25, 1920. Early in her
life her family moved to San
Francisco, where she grew up in a
peaceful time for a child with her
three brothers and four sisters.
At the beginning of WWII she
fell in love with a young marine,
Jesse Smith. They married in
1942 before he went off to war.
Her first son Gerald was born in
1943, followed by son David in
1947. The young family moved
often to military bases in San
Diego, Hawaii, Cherry Point, and
San Francisco, finally settling in
Livermore in 1958 after Jesse
retired. Their youngest son Paul
was born in 1963. During this
time Edna enjoyed her pastime
of sewing, becoming the seamstress
for family, friends and
neighbors. She especially loved
creating frilly dresses for little
girls. Life was filled with family
get-togethers and the sports
events of her sons.
Following Jesse’s sudden
death from an airplane accident
in Livermore in 1966, she moved
to Gilroy, Reno, Gray Eagle, and
finally Williams, Oregon, where
she wed Ed Schank, a military,
long-time family friend. Following
his death, she lived many
years in Sutter Creek. Later she
would live in San Diego near
dear friends, the Norby’s, and in
Rocklin to be close to her sister
Joan. As her health began to
deteriorate, she moved back to
Livermore in 2007 to be near old
friends and her son David.
Edna was preceded in death
by her husbands Jesse Smith and
Ed Schank, her brothers Howard
(Big John) Craig, Robert Craig
and recently John Craig,and her
sister June Larson. She leaves
her younger sisters Kay Vanderbur,
Marilyn Allen, and Joan
Nepa. She will be greatly missed
by her sons and their families,
J.C. and Ramona Eaglesmith of
Taylorsville, David and Linette
Smith of Livermore, and Paul
Smith and fiancee Cindy Erich
of Sutter Creek. There are nine
grandchildren Jared, Justis, and
Jason; Matthew, Emily and Rachel;
and Tiffany, Daniel and
Bayleigh, and six young great
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to
Fisher House Foundation, www. At her request
there will be no funeral services
and burial will be private.

William E. “Bill” Hecht
Pleasanton resident William E. “Bill” Hecht
died March 27, 2010. He was born in
San Francisco to Denis and Patricia Hecht
on February 11, 1965, was raised
in Jamestown and Davis, CA
where he graduated high school.
He worked as an electrician for
25 years in San Mateo and was a
member of International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers Local
617. He enjoyed coaching and
supporting Pleasanton American
Little League. Bill was always
generous with his abilities, assisting
neighbors in need.
He also enjoyed sailing and
archery. Devoted father and
husband, he is survived by his
beloved wife, Nancy Hecht, and
adored sons, Dylan and Joshua.
He also leaves behind his loving
mother, Patricia Fullendorf Hecht
of Davis, sisters, Patricia M.
Hecht of Elk Grove and Peggy
Traverso of Davis.
Funeral services will be held
Thursday, April 1 at 10:30 a.m.
at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, 4167
First St., Pleasanton. In lieu of
flowers donations may be made
to Raskob Day School, 3520
Mountain Blvd., Oakland, CA

Lina B. Meyer
Lina passed away on the first
day of Spring, March 31, 2010.
After many blood transfusions,
her heart seized to function, and
a happy life came to an end.
She is survived by her son
Rčne and his wife Mary, daughter
Lauren and her husband Paul.
Lina was born Feb. 12, 1919.
She was raised in Zurich, Switzerland.
She lived in Monaco for
several years as an au-pair girl
during the Nazi occupation. After
the war, she returned to Switzerland,
where she met Paul in
1947 and married him in 1952. In
1953, they adventured to Chicago
for a year and a half. In 1955,
they moved to Seattle where
they lived for six years. In 1960,
the family arrived in Livermore.
Her, Rčne, son was born in 1961.
Soon after, Lina ran the nursery
school for the First Presbyterian
Church in Livermore for several
years and made many friends. We
all miss her deeply.
At her request, there will
be no formal services. Family
members will meet with friends
sometimes during the coming
warmer season.

Jack Charles Fiorio
Surrounded by his loving family,
Jack Fiorio, passed away
peacefully on June 18, 2010 at age 88.
A lifetime resident of Pleasanton,
Jack owned Fiorio’s Market and Meat
Service for over 40 years. He
was born in Livermore August
5, 1921 to Lillie and Charles
Fiorio. Jack was predeceased
by his loving wife Patricia in
1990 and his son-in-law John
Del Duco. He is survived by
his children Gary (Melinda) of
Manteca and Jacki Del Duco of
Livermore; grandchildren Brian
(Lisa) Fiorio, Pleasanton; Allison
(Derek) Scaggs, Manteca; Rachel
(Jeff) Jamison, Livermore;
Philip Fiorio, Reseda, CA; Gena
Del Duco, Livermore; Tony Del
Duco, Livermore; and four great
Jack attended Pleasanton
schools, graduating from Amador
Valley High School in the
class of ‘39. After graduation he
volunteered for the U.S. Navy in
World War II where he was an
aviation machinist mate. While
in the Navy he met Patricia and
they married following the end
of the war, 1946. They settled in
his hometown and raised their
family. They enjoyed traveling
together with various groups
across America also to Europe
and the Orient.
While in high school, Jack
was the first Alameda County
All Star in the 4-H program and
continued his relationship with
them through his business. Jack
was a former scout master in the
Boy Scouts of America troop 948
of Pleasanton. As a veteran of
the war he joined the American
Legion Post in Pleasanton and
he served as Post Commander.
He also was a member of the
Veterans of Foreign Wars in
Pleasanton. Jack was one of the
founders of the Amador Valley
High Boosters Club. He was
instrumental in the construction
of the Pleasanton Masonic Hall
and was a member of the Free
Masons. He served on many
church committees and served
as an Elder in the Pleasanton
Presbyterian Church. Later in
life he served as “Big Sir” of
the Pleasanton Sirs Association
and was active in the Pleasanton
Senior Center and a member of
the V.I.P.s there.
Jack was always pulling some
practical joke or kidding someone
He was one of Pleasanton’s
story tellers and was often quoted
by the newspapers or interviewed
by school children or the museum
for some point of Pleasanton’s
past. He saw this as an obligation
to carry on local history as his
mother was born on Main St. in
1896. One of his last appearances
was at the dedication of the mural
depicting old Pleasanton that was
painted on the side of his former
building on Peters Street. An accomplished
musician himself, he
was always excited to see young
performers playing music at the
Senior Center.
Jack had asked for no flowers
but a donation in his name be
sent to a charity of your choice.
A memorial service was held
Saturday, June 26.

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