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Date: Friday, 21 November 2014, at 12:17 a.m.

Loretta Anne Petersen
Laura Francis Olsonoski
(Loretta Anne Stevens) was
born in Richardville Township,
Minnesota on May 27, 1916 to
Steve Olsonoski and Francis
At a young age, her mother
died of smallpox after nursing
the town residents during an
epidemic. Her father remarried,
and Loretta helped raise and
care for her ten step-siblings.
As a young adult, she moved to
Vancouver, BC, Canada to work
and live with relatives, including
her beloved cousin Bernice.
She later relocated to the San
Francisco, California, Bay Area
where she met and married Paul
Petersen. Their son Robert was
born in 1952 in Hayward, CA.
Paul worked as a butcher for
Safeway stores and later as a
custodian for Livermore, CA
public schools until retirement,
while Loretta kept their home and
raised their son in Livermore. She
enjoyed her friends and activities
including exercise, art classes,
and casino trips.
After Paul’s death in 1996,
Loretta relocated to the Seattle,
WA area to be closer to her son
and grandchildren.
She lived at Queen Anne
Manor and then at the New Hope
group living home in Shoreline
until her death on December
18, 2009. She is survived by
her son Robert (Theano) and
granddaughters Lucia and Flora
Petersen, of Seattle. Loretta was
a strong, positive, and gentle soul
who will be missed.

George Paul Ruzbarsky
George Paul Ruzbarsky,
known to his friends as
California George,”passed
away Monday, December 7, 2009
at ValleyCare Medical
Center in Pleasanton due to
health complications. He was
born Nov. 25, 1933.
He is survived by his loving
wife of 51 years Loraine M.
Ruzbarsky, son Richard A Ruzbarsky
and his wife Samantha
Ruzbarsky, grandsons Brenden
and Tyler Ruzbarsky of Tracy,
and niece and nephew Joseph and
Barbra Ann Perone of NJ.
George was 76 years old. He
was a resident of Livermore for
40 years, moving from Illinois
in 1968. George had a variety
of careers in Livermore from
construction with Jim Nuppi
to owning his business “Clean
Rite Janitorial,” while delivering
uniforms to the Oakland Police
Department for Quality Cleaners.
He drove Livermore's Taxi Cab
initiated by Chief Michaels. He
was a High Tolerance CNC Machinist
Operator at Echo Works.
He then transitioned to Convenience
Store Management at
Jiffy’s & Am Pm and volunteered
his time, after retirement at Raja
Liquors, all in Livermore.
He truly enjoyed helping and
communicating with people in
the community. George had a
special love for working with law
enforcement when volunteering
with the R.E.A.C.T. group or doing
ride a-longs. There are many
today in the Livermore police
department in senior positions
who knew “California George”
when they were rookies just starting
out. George had always had a
profound respect for the men and
woman of the Livermore Police
Department (LPD) and Livermore
Pleasanton Fire Department
(LPFD). He also loved to shoot a
good game of billiards and have
a cocktail with his many friends
over the years at the Palimonie,
VE, Rodeo club and the Oak
Door where he got the nickname
California George." Although
his fun loving, outgoing, and
giving personality will be sorely
missed he had a good ride and
passed out some very good fatherly
advice that his son applies
today to his own children.
Mass will be celebrated on
Jan. 8, 2010, 11 a.m. at St. Michael's
Church, 458 Maple St.,
Livermore. Inurnment will be at
St. Michaels Cemetery directly
following the mass.
Arrangements by Callaghan

Kenneth D. Lee
Kenneth D. Lee died December,
25 2009, at the family home
in Tracy. He was born April 17,
1933 in San Francisco.
Kenneth is survived by his
children: Steven, Lorinda and
He was generous and kind to
others, he loved taking pictures,
boats, cars, adventure movies,
camping and travel. He had a
good sense of humor but was
firm in his beliefs. At the end of
his life he was strong and courageous,
with everything life threw
at him, he got through it like a
He will be greatly missed by
all who knew him.
Friends and family are invited
to come and visit with Kenneth,
on Thursday Jan. 7/10 from 9-11
a.m., with a funeral service to
follow at 11 a.m. with Military
honors at the Chapel of Callaghan
Mortuary 3822 East Ave.,
A private burial will be held
on Friday Jan. 8/10 at Ararat
Cemetery in Fresno
Arrangements by Callaghan

Helen Marie Burton
Livermore resident Helen
Marie Burton passed away on
December 13, 2009 after complications
with pneumonia at the age
of 83. Helen was born
in Newberg, OR on March 17, 1926.
She loved bowling, reading
and visiting extended family in
Helen is survived by her
husband of 60 years, Marsh;
her daughters, Marsha (Curly)
Hoaglan, Teresa Griffith and
by her daughter-in-law, Melissa
Burton. Helen is also survived by
her grandchildren Nicholas and
Marshall Hoaglan, Sara, Matthew
and Dyana Burton, Garrett
Mercado and Trevor Griffith and
by her great grandson Russell
Helen was preceded in death
by her son, Russell Burton
Burial was held at San Joaquin
Valley National Cemetery on
Tuesday, December 22, 2009.
In lieu of flowers the family
respectfully requests memorial
donations may be made to the
Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931
First Ave., Walnut Creek, CA
Arrangements by Callaghan

Thomas Raison
Thomas Latham Raison died December
19, 2007 in Livermore.
He was born in Chicago, Illinois
Nov. 3, 1921. In 1942 he enlisted in the
Marine Corps and served 18 months
in the South Pacific. Following his
discharge, he worked for AT&T where
he met Lorraine Coupe. After they
married in 1948 in Berkeley, he went
back to school and graduated from San
Francisco State University.
In 1966 they moved to Livermore
where he worked for the Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory until
his retirement.
Tom and Lorraine were active in
many Livermore organizations, including
the Livermore Amador Symphony
Association, where he served
on the board for 21 years and was
president for two years.
He is survived by his brother Robert
M. Raison and his wife Diane of
Danuba, CA, a nephew Dr. Charles
Raison of Atlanta, Georgia and a niece
Margo Ann Raison of Bakersfield,
CA. He was preceded in death by his
wife, Lorraine.
A memorial mass will be celebrated
at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. 458
Maple St., Livermore at 11 a.m. on
Feb. 9.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers
donations to a favorite charity.

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