Aline Béraud McCright
Aline Béraud McCright
Passed away peacefully in her
sleep on July 24, 2009 after a
long, debilitating illness. She was
surrounded by family and friends
in her final days. Born on January
30, 1947, she was 62 years
old. Aline was born in Firminy,
France, near the larger city of St-
Etienne. She spent her youth in
that region and obtained her nursing
degree from the Croix Rouge
Francaise. She immigrated to
the United States in 1973, first
to Ohio, and then to Livermore,
California in 1976. She worked
as a registered nurse, but in the
1980s, she changed careers and
earned a BA in foreign languages
from California State University,
Hayward, followed by an MA
from San Jose State University.
She taught French, and occasionally
Spanish, in public and
private schools in Alameda and
Contra Costa counties.
Aline enjoyed ballet, folk
dancing, yoga, aerobics and
swimming. She loved nature
walks and nurtured wildlife in
need. She cared for her pets and
did pet sitting for others. She
had talent for interior and garden
design. She was an accomplished
cook and prepared many dishes
from her native France, as well
as North Africa and the Middle
She leaves behind Daniel,
her husband of 36 years, and
their sons, Andrew Michael McCright
of San Francisco and
Ian Georges McCright of Livermore.
She is also survived by her brothers,
André Béraud of Firminy,
France and Jean August Béraud
of Berthouzit, France, three
nephews and a niece. She was
preceded in death by her parents,
Georges Béraud and Rose Bonidal
A private cremation is planned.
Donations to charitable, hospice,
animal protection, educational or
community organizations in her
name will be greatly appreciated
by the family.
Barry W. Riggs
Barry W. Riggs passed away
peacefully in his Livermore home
on Sunday, July 26, 2009, after
a tough battle with cancer.
Born in Calgary, Canada
on April 5, 1954; he devoted his life
to his family and friends.
He enjoyed fishing, driving his truck,
camping, spending time with family,
and helping others. Those who
know him remember his positive
disposition and unique, booming
laugh. He managed to touch
the lives of so many and will be
greatly missed by all.
Barry is survived by his wife
and best friend Shirley Riggs; his
children: Glen Riggs and partner
Keith Thomson, Staci Riggs and
husband Brett Hart, Dustin Riggs
and partner Scott Strain; Brian,
Shannon, and Shawn Yount; his
mother and father, Don and Alice
Riggs; his sisters Audrey Saxton
and Heather Riggs. Sean, Aaron,
Garrett, Dustin Hart and Grant
Strain called him Grandpa. Tyler
and Blake Saxton knew him as
Uncle Barry. He was preceded
in death by his sister Bonnie
Family and friends are invited
to a Memorial Service on
Thursday, August 6 at 11 a.m.
at Trinity Church, 557 Olivina
Ave, Livermore. Please make
donations in Memory of Barry to
Hope Hospice of Dublin.
Rose Eleanor Shenave
Rose passed away quietly on
July 30, 2009 with all her loved
ones at her side. She was born
in Manteca, CA on January 25,
1919, and moved to Pleasanton
in 1924 with her parents Joseph
and Mary Souza and 10 siblings.
She was a lifelong resident of
She was preceded in death by
her husbands, Lawrence Mendonca
and Frank Shenave, son,
Wilfred Mendonca, daughter,
Patricia Shenave and grandson,
Ricky Gunn. She is survived by
her sons, Norman Mendonca of
Tracy, Frank Shenave of Pleasanton,
daughters Donna Martin
of Woodland and Sandra Sevier
of Salida, 15 precious grandchildren,
22 great-grandchildren and
4 great-great grandchildren. She
touched the hearts of everyone
she knew and was truly an inspiration
to all who loved her.
Mass will be celebrated at 10
a.m. Thursday, August 6th at St.
Augustine Catholic Church, 3999
Bernal Ave., Pleasanton.
In lieu of flowers our family
request donations to be made to
the Leukemia Foundation. Blood
donations would be a blessing to
all in need.
Grandma “Roley” will truly
be missed by all who loved her.
Rest in Peace with your precious
Lord Mom, until we meet in
Heaven, your precious, precious
Arrangements by Graham-Hitch Mortuary.
Mark V. Caress
Mark V. Caress was born on
July 29, 1955 and passed away
unexpectedly on July 22, 2009
at the age of 54.
Mark is survived by his wife of
22 years, Mary; children Michael
and Tawny; stepchildren Mark,
Nick (Ellen) Perjanik and by his
grandchildren Stephen, Anthony,
Joey, Laura and Sherul.
Family and friends are invited
to attend a Memorial Bar-b-que
for Mark on August 8, 2009 at
11 a.m. at Granada Little League
In lieu of flowers the family respectfully
requests memorial donations
in Mark’s name be made
to the Granada Little League Jr.
Umpire Program. http:// www.
Arrangements by Callaghan
Mark Gerard Lester
Mark Lester died at his home
on Tuesday, July 28, 2009. He
was 48 years old.
Mark was born in Livermore
February 6, 1961, and raised in
Pleasanton, attending Walnut
Grove, Harvest Park, and Amador
Valley High schools before
going to St. Mary’s College in
Moraga, where he graduated
Teaching was Mark’s vocation.
He had students ranging
in age from elementary through
high school in private schools in
the Bay Area and at the YMCA
childcare center in Fremont. He
came back to his hometown as
education director for Museum
On Main and the Amador/Livermore
Valley Historical Society.
Recently he had been promoted
to museum manager. Mark created
many valuable programs,
including the popular Lark in
the Park series, which taught
children (and their parents) local
history based at individual parks
in Pleasanton. His programs for
school children visiting the museum
also were highly acclaimed.
Many young people also enjoyed
the crafts projects he offered on
the museum lawn during special
events downtown. This summer,
Mark split his duties between the
museum and the city’s newest
park, Alviso Adobe on Foothill
Road, where he could share with
visitors his love of local history.
A gentle soul, Mark brought
smiles to many he encountered.
He loved Pleasanton. His hobbies
included hiking, and collecting
hats (which he used in his museum
presentations), flags, and
coins. He will be deeply missed
by all those who knew him.
Mark is survived by his mother,
Beverly Anglin of Pleasanton;
his sons Nicholas and Christian
of Modesto and Pleasanton; his
daughter Jacquie of Modesto; his
brother and sister-in-law Michael
and Rosalinda Lester of Fremont,
and their children, Megan,
Shawn, and Jessica; plus several
cousins. He was pre-deceased
by his father, Lloyd Lester; stepfather
Bob Anglin; sister Mary;
and brother Matthew.
Memorial services were held
August 1, at St. Augustine’s
Catholic Church (of which he
was a member since childhood),
followed by private interment.
The family suggests memorial
donations to Mark Lester Memorial
Scholarship, c/o Museum On
Main, 603 Main Street, Pleasanton,