Christopher Stephen Mantione
Christopher Stephen Mantione
died January 21, 2010. He
was a Pleasanton resident.
Chris was the beloved son of
Charles and Patricia Mantione,
formerly of San Ramon, now of
Charlotte, NC. He is also survived
by a brother, Mark Mantione
of Livermore, and a sister,
Alicia Beach, nieces Emily and
Stephanie Beach of Charlotte,
many aunts, uncles, cousins and
Chris was born in Portland,
Oregon April 7, 1967 and moved
to San Ramon in 1981. He was a
1985 graduate of California High
School. He was a Certified California
Nurseryman and worked
for nurseries in the Tri-Valley
area. Chris loved being outdoors
and working with plants. He had
most recently worked at Orchard
Supply Hardware in Livermore.
Chris had been a passionate
Star Trek fan since childhood.
He also enjoyed fishing, camping,
all sports, especially baseball
and hockey, and reading.
Services will be held in Charlotte.
A Mass of Christian Burial
and inurnment will be February
6, 2010, at St. Matthew Catholic
In lieu of flowers the family
requests donations to St. Matthew
Catholic Church, 8015
Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.,
Charlotte, NC, 28277, in memory
Mel Helbacka died January
18, 2010. He was born Sept. 12,
He was married
for 48 years to
his "Little Princess,"
Linda; his family includes
daughters and sons-in-law
Laura Bryant (John) and Debbie
Winn (Darren); and his pride and
joy, his grandchildren, Morgan
and Dylan Bryant and Kendell
and Konrad Winn. Mel was
an Allstate Insurance Agent in
Livermore for 4- years, with a
desire to "spread joy."
Without a doubt, his favorite
passion was to grab his "Little
Buttercup" Linda and go cruising.
Up in the skies when clouds
roll-in, You'll hear Mel doin'
some bowlin', Lightning and
thunder, don't yell Yikes, It's our
friend Mel tossing some strikes.:
Richard P. Gallagher
Richard P. Gallagher, 88, died
January 23, 2010, at his home
of natural causes. The former
Livermore resident, lived in Fall
River Mills, CA.
Richard Paul Gallagher was
born April 7, 1921 in Livermore,
Ca., to Joseph Michael and Mary
Francis (Martin) Gallagher. After
graduating from high school he
later served in the U.S. Navy,
in WWII, after marrying his
High School sweetheart, Leona,
in 1941. He was a long time
employee for Caterpillar tractor
in the Bay Area, then later,
in Gridley, where he and Leona
operated Farmers Café. In 1972,
Dick and Leona moved to the
Intermountain area, where he
purchased the John Deere dealership
from Charlie King. It was
there he launched the pump business
that became his main focus
in later years.
His family notes: Dick loved
the business of helping people.
And there are few greater needs
for people than water. It was hard
to tell where his pump business
stopped and personal time began.
For it was not unusual for Dick to
leave the house on service calls,
weekends and holidays, rain or
shine. He was always there when
the water stopped.
He will be missed greatly by
his family and everyone he knew,
especially those he helped, in a
time of need.
Dick is survived by, Leona,
his wife of 68 years, his daughters
Phyllis Berryman, of Chico,
and Linda Parker, of Burney,
(son-in-law) Gregg Berryman,
(son-in-law) Rodger Parker,
four grandchildren, four greatgrandchildren,
grandchildren and four sistersin-
law, Jean Kruger, Dorothy
Johnson, Alice Bruns and Helen
Kruger. He was preceded in death
by granddaughter, Diane Smith,
brother Francis Gallagher and
sister Irene Madigan.
Robert Louis Bergmann
Robert Louis Bergmann, born
Nov. 15, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois,
passed peacefully in his Livermore
home January 24, 2010
surrounded by his loving family.
He was 79 years of age.
Mr. Bergmann proudly served
his country during the Korean
War in the U.S. Marine
Corp. and will be laid to rest at
the Sacramento Valley National
Cemetery in Dixon, CA.
After attaining his B.S. (Biology/
Anatomy and Physiology)
at San Jose State and his M.S.
at CSU Chico (Entomology)
Mr. Bergmann was a proud and
dedicated Educator devoted to
bettering education and “making
a difference in people’s lives”
whether it be at the High School
or Community College level. He
was elected acting president at
Mission College in Santa Clara
three times, even though he
never applied for the position.
Mr. Bergmann was instrumental
in developing new programs at
West Valley and Mission College;
such as psychiatric technician,
vocational nursing, allied
health, biological sciences, hospitality
management, real estate,
general business, management
and supervision, physical education,
marketing, secretarial skills
and fire sciences, with many
programs targeted at economically
disadvantaged or minority
Mr. Bergmann was very active
in community youth sports having
coached Pop Warner football,
Little League baseball and girl’s
softball, CYO basketball, as well
as coaching high school football,
tennis and swimming teams.
He always said that his greatest
achievement, and the one
closest to his heart, was his
family. He was always so proud
of his children, grand children
and great grand children. Mr.
Bergmann is survived by Bonnie,
his loving wife of 55 years,
his son Robert (wife Katherine),
and his three daughters Erin
Trammell (husband Lee and
grandchildren Robert, Kristen
[great grandchildren Vanessa and
Yesenia], Justin, and Jessica),
Dayle Tupper (husband Michael
and grandchildren Ryan, Dylan
and Kyle) and Dana Johnston
(husband John and grandchildren
Ben and Vance).
Our Father will remain in our
hearts forever. He taught us the
value of pride, honesty, integrity,
determination and hard work,
mental and moral strength as well
as dedication to family. We will
miss his wonderful wit and sense
of humor (“Dad’isms) and his
council. He has greatly enriched
the lives of his family, students,
and all who had the pleasure to
A private service was held on
2-3-2010 at the Sacramento Valley