Michael Maine Mulvihill
Michael Maine Mulvihill
Passed away suddenly on June
16, 2010 at the age of 68 . Michael
was born in Oakland, CA
on July 25, 1941 and graduated
from St. Mary's College High
School. After serving in the U.S.
Navy, he owned a successful
popcorn business, Jack 'n Jill's,
and was known by his friends as
"Popcorn." Michael resided in
Danville and Pleasanton, CA for
most of his adult life.
Michael loved fishing, especially
telling fishing stories about
the sturgeon that got away, cooking
and spending time with family
and friends. He was a great
friend to many and would help
others in anyway he could.
Michael is survived by his
loving son, Michael Edward
Mulvihill, his grandson Quinn
Mulvihill and his daughter-inlaw
Melissa Selner. He was a
devoted father and grandfather
who will be missed greatly.
Friends and family attended
a funeral service on Friday, June
25 at St. Augustine's Church in
Pleasanton. Burial followed at
Holy Angels Sepulchre Cemetery
Arrangements by Graham-Hitch Mortuary.
Raymond “Ray” Groff Walton
Ray Walton, 80, of Modesto/Ceres,
Passed away at the Livermore VA (CLC)
Community Living Center
on June 11, 2010.
Born in Ardmore, Pennsylvania
on June 7, 1930, Ray came
from a large family. As a boy, he
sold peanuts to passers-by from
his own peanut stand.
At 17 years old he left home
and joined the United States
Army serving in Korea, in the
73rd Tank Battalion, running
ammo. and fuel to the tanks in
battle, and as a Military Police officer.
One of his cherished duties
was to play Taps at solemn occasions.
Ray's decorations included
the Korean Svc. Metal and the
United Nations Svc. Metal.
Ray had numerous jobs
throughout his lifetime. After
his second Honorable discharge
from the US Army he became a
police officer in San Francisco
with his beloved canine partner
“Shotgun” at his side. As an ambulance
attendant in San Bruno,
he delivered three babies enroute.
He was a cab driver in San
Francisco. He also had his own
Security Service with several
employees. Ray was a self-taught
Locksmith with a flourishing
business in Ceres until he had a
serious stroke at the age of 51 and
had to give it up. After that, he devoted
much of his time as a volunteer
at the Livermore Veterans
Hospital and C. L. C. where he
put in over 10,000 hours through
26 years as a volunteer. He became
a dedicated Service Officer
representing the same facility
for many years assisting fellow
Veterans with his knowledge to
ensure they received all benefits
to which they were entitled. He
had many canine companions
that accompanied him and were
a very important part of his life.
Ray, along with his best friend,
Ray Ring, coined the phrase
“Veterans Helping Veterans,"
also being a very active life time
member of Amvets, American
Legion, Veterans of Foreign War,
Korean War Vets, and Disabled
American Veterans. And participated
in creating the Veterans
War Memorial in Ceres.
Ray is survived by four children
and many grandchildren as
well as great-grandchildren.
He resided in Ceres, and
then in Modesto for many years
until he no longer could care for
himself due to his failing health.
He was diagnosed with a brain
aneurysm, and many cancers.
In May of 2009 he was relocated
to the Livermore V.A. and
resided in the C. L. C. where he
became friends to many fellow
Veteran patients and volunteers.
At his request, Pam, was by
his side as a friend and she ran
errands for him and his fellow
Ray’s wishes were that donations
be made to any Veterans
association in lieu of flowers. A
celebration of his life and Memorial
Services will be held at the
American Legion hall, 1001 S.
Santa Cruz Ave. Modesto, CA. on
July 10th 2010 at 1:00 pm. Final
resting place at the San Joaquin
National Cemetery, Santa Nella,
Judith Ann Starr
“I rejoice in the day when my
mortal shall put on immortality,
and shall stand before Him;
then shall I see His face with
pleasure, and He will say unto
me: Come unto me, ye blessed,
there is a place prepared for you
in the mansions of my Father.”
Livermore resident Judith
Ann Starr now lives peacefully in
the mansions of her Father.
Dean and Ilda Starr welcomed
Judy, their first daughter, into the
world on September 2nd, 1950.
Born and raised in Oakland, California,
along with her siblings
Michael, Janet, and Linda, Judy
was endowed with all the love
and forgiveness that her parents
raised her with.
She shared all of her love and
compassion as she acted as foster
mother to numerous children
over the years. Even when she
wasn’t caring for a foster child,
Judy treated her nephews and
nieces as if they were her own.
She provided counsel and guidance
when needed, she shared her
love for all things Disney with
them, and when Aunt Judy visited,
there were always lots and
lots of games being played.
Judy went on to adopt one of
her foster children, Esther, who
is every bit as kind and goodnatured
as her mother.
With her passing on Friday,
June 25th, Judy now joins her
mother and father, and her brother,
Judy Starr will be remembered
for many things, and every one of
them was borne of her immense
heart. She will be missed, and
Services were held on Wednesday,
June 30 at the LDS Chapel
on Hillcrest Ave, in Livermore.
Burial will be on Thursday, July 1
at 11:00am, in Nevada City, CA,
at The Sierra Memorial Lawn
Arrangements by Callaghan Mortuary.
Livermore resident Pauline
Croxton passed away June 23,
2010 with her sister and nephew
by her side. Born August 4, 1923,
in the Netherlands, Pauline spent
her childhood in Indonesia and in
the Netherlands during WWII.
She worked for the underground
in the Dutch Resistance movement
and was an interpreter in
five languages for the Dutch
After the war Pauline immigrated
to the United States.
She met her husband Donald
Croxton while hiking through
the Sierras with the Sierra Club.
She was active in recording plant
information at Mount Whitney
and kept journals of nature in her
beautiful surroundings in Placerville.
She and her husband Don
ran a successful bonsai specialty
nursery called Hortica Gardens.
Pauline and Don made many
friends as members of the Alpine,
Bonsai and Heather Societies.
She is survived by her sister
and brother-in-law, Margo and
Arne Kirkewoog, and her sister
Kitty van der Krol in the Netherlands
along with numerous
nieces and nephews.
Above all, Pauline loved and
celebrated the beauty of nature.
In one of her journals she wrote:
“Leaves are turning color. The
touch of autumn is evident all
over. The days are sunny and
in the morning the first frost is
on the grass.” She saw in nature
details that only a plant lover and
poet/artist would notice: “The
Jonquils and species Crocus are
showing leaves. Winter bloomers,
they are the messengers of
We hope the beauty of nature
follows Pauline into her own
next season. Heartfelt thanks to
the caring people at Rosewood
Gardens and Vitas Hospice.
Arrangements by Callaghan