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Date: Friday, 21 November 2014, at 12:24 a.m.

Martin Anthony Kunich
Martin Anthony Kunich went
home to be with his heavenly family on
April 3, 2009. Martin Anthony Kunich
was born to Angelo and Ane Kunich
on November 13, 1925 in Salinas.
At 17 Marty joined the Navy where
he was discharged as Seaman First
Class on March 27, 1946. After being
honorably discharged from the military,
Marty joined Standard Building
Company of San Francisco, and
worked there as a carpenter. Shortly
after, Marty married his sweetheart,
Laverne Biagini and had 2 beautiful
children, Gary Michael and Karen
Ann. There are also four grandchildren
Kim, Kevin, Karrie and Suzanne
and four great grandchildren, Jackie,
Lane, Allen and Maxx.
He left Standard Building and became
foreman for Henry Dolger and
built the Palisades in Daly City where
the song “Little Boxes” was inspired
by Malvina Reynolds in 1962. In 1963
Marty moved his family to Montclair,
in the Oakland Hills. Also, that same
year he was contracted by the
Claremont Hotel in Berkeley for a 3
year renovation. In 1967 Marty and
Laverne divorced. In 1968 he married
Shirley, but became a widow in June
1969. In the mid 70’s he met and
married Alice and they lived in Pleasant
Hill, where they had a fun, loving
extended family together. Throughout
Alice’s illness, Marty lovingly cared
for her until she passed. Marty then
moved to a Senior Apartment complex
in Oakley to be closer to his family,
where he met Phillip and his Mother;
Phyllis. They lived there until moving
to Livermore in 2003 to be closer to
Phillip’s family whom Marty adored.
Chapel Blessing was held April 8
in Livermore. Burial followed at Holy
Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery in Hayward.
Arrangements by Callaghan Mortuary.

Vernon Max Gosney
Vernon Max Gosney passed peacefully
in his sleep on April 1, 2009. He
was born on Feb. 24, 1928 in Winona,
Washington, to Ethel and Charlie
Gosney. He had lived in Livermore for
39 years.
Max graduated from St. John High
School in 1946 and Washington State
University in 1951 before serving in
the Air Force during the Korean Conflict.
Max was lifelong sports enthusiast,
having played for the USAF
fast-pitch All-Star team. He was also
an avid golfer and a member of SIRS.
He is survived by his wife of 58
years, Joby Gosney and his sister Joan
Schuster. Max and Joby had five sons,
Charles William, his wife Susan Lynn
Gosney, Patrick Max (deceased) and
his wife Rhonda Hanson (deceased),
Kevin Peter, Timothy Stephen and
Rich David; six grandchildren, Kristi,
Tiffany, Kellan, April, Elizabeth, and
Katlyn; and three great grandchildren,
Averie, Nevaeh, and Audrey.
Services were held April 8 at St.
Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in
In lieu of flowers, a donation in
Max's name to Hope Hospice would
be appreciated.
Arrangements by Callaghan Mortuary.

Lucila M. Camberos
Lucila Margarita Cortés Horta was
born on the 7th anniversary of Mexican
Independence Day on September 16,
1917 in Ciudad Guzman, Jalisco to
Agapito Cortés Vargas and Petra Horta
Mendoza de Cortés. She later admitted
that in her early years she was
convinced everyone in the Mexico
celebrated the birthday of her and her
identical twin sister. Lucila enjoyed
needle working, she was an expert
seamstress and an avid gardener including
rock gardens. She married
Miguel Camberos Fitch in Mazatlán,
Sin. MX on April 29, 1937. They
made their home first in Hayward,
then in Oakland where they raised
their family. She was a Livermore
Lucila is preceded in death by
Miguel in 1992, by her grandchildren
Edwin M. Hicks in 1996 and J. Jasmine
Goltz in 2000, in addition to 7
siblings. She is survived by her twin,
Maria Rogelia Cortés Horta of
Guadalajara, Jal, MX and her sister
Antonia Cortés de Bingham of
Blackfoot, ID. She is also survived by
her children Flora M. Hicks, John
Richard Camberos and wife Carole,
Maria Elena Stoner and husband Phil
Stoner, and Antonia L. Goltz and
husband Larry Goltz; grandchildren,
Robert W. Hicks and wife Michelle
Des Jardines, Peter T. Hicks, Martha
C. Hicks, Monica C. Hicks, Matthew
V. Hicks, Michael J. Camberos, Daniel
J. Camberos, Christina Camberos
Rapp and husband Brian Rapp, (twin)
Raymond A. Stoner and wife Adriana,
(twin) Michael D. Stoner and wife
Deborah Siler Stoner, Sherry Stoner
Decker and husband Kurt Decker,
Paula Stoner Straley, Suzanne Goltz,
sixteen great grandchildren, and a
great great grandson.
Donations can be made in memory
of Lucila M. Camberos: Hope Hospice,
6500 Dublin Blvd., Suite 100,
Dublin, CA 94568, or to Menlo
College in memory of Lucila M.
Camberos, to the J.Jasmine Goltz
Scholarship Fund, 1000 El Camino
Real, Atherton, CA 94027. Checks
should be payable to Menlo College
with J.Jasmine Goltz Memorial Scholarship
Fund, in memory of Lucila M.
Camberos to be entered on the memo
A Visitation will be held on Thursday,
April 9, 4-9PM, with Vigil at
7PM. A Chapel Blessing Service will
be held on Friday, April 10, 2009 at
12:00 noon all at Callaghan’s Chapel,
3833 East Ave., Livermore, CA. Burial
will be on Monday, April 13th at Holy
Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward.

Phyllis J. Parker (PJ)
Formeriy Phyllis J. Bell, and born
Phyllis J. Varey.
She was born on the fourth of July,
1918 in San Francisco, where her
father Walter B Varey was completing
his dental degree. Her mother Vida
Van Syckle was a church librarian and
very religious. PJ enjoyed fireworks
on every birthday.
PJ grew up in Everett, Washington
and graduated from Everett High
School. She made lots of scrapbooks
and was involved in the Girl Reserves
(Girl Scouts). She had no TV or video
games but did listen to the radio and
loved music. She played the piano.
She attended Rodgers Business College
to learn shorthand and the secretary
profession. She also attended
Univ. of Washington and Whitman
College as well as the University of
California; Berkeley. She had an extensive
vocabulary which grew her
whole life. She was very organized
and could spell almost any word.
One of her first jobs was as a
receptionist and office manager for her
fathers’ thriving dental practice. Her
second job was for Boeing Corporation
as a secretary in the engineering
dept. She transferred to the Naval Air
Station, Seattle and held a similar position.
She and her friend Jeanne Bates
moved down to California together
where they spent most of their lives. PJ
hired on at Lawrence Radiation Lab,
Berkeley, where she worked in the
engineering department as a secretary.
A young engineer who was working
with Oppenheimer on the Cyclotron
caught her eye.
PJ and James Bell married Dec.
1943 in Seattle, Washington. Shortly
there after Jim was rushed off to Oak
Ridge, Tennessee on a secret mission.
They could not phone each other and
all letters were opened and read by
security. Later PJ was able to transfer
to Oak Ridge and they lived in a shared
2 bed room home until married housing
was built. Jim Bell was supervising
the construction of the Magnetron.
After Oak Ridge, TN they moved
back to Berkeley, working for
Lawrence Radiation Labs. again and
started a family, three boys, James
Christopher Bell, Peter McKean Bell,
and David Walker Bell. All three are
still living.
The family moved to Livermore, in
1952 where Jim Bell was working at
the new Lawrence Livermore Radiation
They divorced in 1960 and PJ
married James M Parker in 1963. This
marriage caused a huge change in the
family as Jim Parker had six children.
For a short time there were 9 children
and 2 adults living in a 3 bedroom
Phyllis was an artist. She had an
eye for capturing the world. She knew
what she liked and she wanted the right
look including color combinations,
textures, and lighting. PJ loved to
garden and had great gardens with lots
of flowers. She was proud of her work
in the Everett victory garden during
WW2. She sewed everything from
clothing to patchwork blankets.
In Livermore, PJ was a huge volunteer.
She booked more than 13,000
hours volunteering at the Valley Care
Health System Auxiliary. She worked
as a candy striper helping patients in
the hospital. She was board secretary,
membership director, junior director,
and thrift shop volunteer. She wrote
profiles of volunteers and workers for
the Auxiliary newsletter; one per
month with 54 different write-ups in
She was involved in the Cask and
Mask acting group doing everything
from costumes to acting to refreshments.
She also helped out at the “little
theater group” for years. She was
involved in the Livermore Heritage
Guild and the Valley Opera Guild.
She especially enjoyed helping in
several Livermore wineries tasting
rooms on weekends.
There is one thing that PJ loved her
entire life and that was travel. From car
trips as a child to circling the globe as
an adult she was always traveling. She
traveled through most continents of
the world.
PJ suffered a stroke in 2001, which
changed her life forever. She suffered
severe neuropathy affecting mostly
her hands. Her description to me was
that picking things up felt like grabbing
a wire brush by the bristles.
She had to sell her home of 50 years
and move to a condo in Cherry Creek,
CO. She moved to Colorado to be
close to her son David. When the
condo became too much for her, she
moved to Sunrise assisted living at
Cherry Creek and later to Brighton
Gardens of Denver a much nicer place.
She died in her room while asleep

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