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Date: Friday, 21 November 2014, at 12:25 a.m.

Patrick William Hansen
Patrick William Hansen was
born at the U.S. San Diego
Naval Hospital on January 26,
1954. He was the third eldest of
seven children born to Richard
and Kathleen Hansen. After his
11 year battle with Parkinson's
Disease, he died of complications
on June 16, 2009 at Hospice of
San Joaquin in Stockton.
Patrick was a long time resident
of Livermore. He graduated
from Livermore High School
in 1972. He is survived by his
mother, Kathleen Hansen of
Livermore, aunt/godmother,
Jane Claffy of Red Hook, NY;
sisters Colleen O'Neal and Mary
Heaton, both of Livermore;
Kathleen McGehee of Manteca;
and brothers Christopher
Hansen of Pensacola, FL; and
Mark Hansen of Sparks, NV. He
was also a loving and devoted
uncle to his fifteen nieces and
nephews and two great nephews.
He was preceded in death by his
father, Richard Hansen and a
sister Peggy Hansen/Hoover. He
loved family gatherings and had
a passion for music and playing
the guitar.
There will be a private family
memorial celebrating his life.
The family requests that any
donations be made in his name
to Hospice of San Joaquin in
Stockton, CA, or the Parkinson's
Institute & Clinical Center, (408)

Dr. E. John Ainsworth
Surrounded by his loving
family, John Ainsworth – worldrenowned
scientist, tennis player
and fan, photography buff, family
man and eternal optimist — gently
Passed away July 5, 2009, at
his home in Pleasanton after nine
months with esophageal cancer.
He was 76.
Carolyn, his wife of 49 years,
was so pleased that her husband’s
illness brought the family even
closer and comforted him in his
final days. Their daughters, Sue
Ellen Calcagno of Aptos and
Lee Ann Caldwell of Pleasanton,
joined their son Brent Ainsworth
of Novato at their father’s side.
John and Carolyn lived in San
Bruno from 1961-69, in Moraga
from 1977-88, in Walnut Creek
in 1989 and in Pleasanton since
2002. In his retirement, John was
an advocate for parks & rec tennis,
played with the Fairlands tennis
group and was a regular guest
speaker and science fair judge at
his grandchildren’s schools.
A native of Indiana, Dr. Earl
John Ainsworth Jr. enjoyed 39-
year career as a research scientist
and laboratory administrator,
focusing on the fields of radiation
biology, nuclear physics
and biochemistry. He worked
at the U.S. Naval Radiological
Defense Laboratory in San
Francisco (including much time
doing large-animal experiments
at Camp Parks in Dublin), Argonne
National Laboratory in
Lemont, Ill., Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory in Berkeley
and the Armed Forced Radiation
Research Institute in Bethesda,
Md. He retired in 1998 after an
honor-filled career that included
milestone experiments on the
medical benefits and fallout dangers
of radiation on living things,
yet he remained so humble.
John continued to contribute
to science posthumously by
gifting his remains to the University
of California-San Francisco
Willed Body Program so medical
students can learn about many
things, including esophageal
cancer, one of the more rare and
most lethal forms of cancer.
In addition to his immediate
family, he is survived by sons-inlaw
William Caldwell and James
Calcagno; daughter-in-law Edie
Ainsworth; granddaughters Melanie
Caldwell, Lauren Caldwell,
Kyla Ainsworth, Shannon Ainsworth
and Serena Calcagno; and
grandsons Jared Caldwell and J.
Dante Calcagno.
A private family ceremony
was held in one of his favorite
places, by his rose garden and
hummingbird feeder, in recognition
of his tremendous joy of
nature. The family wishes to
thank the team at Hope Hospice
of Dublin for its exceptional
In lieu of flowers, the family
requests that you perform
a simple act of kindness in his

Henry R. Cavagnolo
Henry R. Cavagnolo passed
away July 1, 2009 in Pleasanton.
He was 89.
Henry was born February 21,
1960 in San Francisco to Emilio
and Mary Cavagnolo. For 32
years of his professional career
he was a senior research technician
at Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory where he
worked on such projects as astron
and laser beams.
His passionate interests included
astronomy, photography,
animals and a love of nature. He
loved to hike and fish.
He will be remembered for
his kind, loving nature and gentle
spirit. He is deeply loved and
will be greatly missed. A special
thank you to all his doctors and
He is survived by a son Robert
(Janet), daughter Lynne (Michael),
grandchildren and great
grandchildren. He was preceded
in death by his wife of 46 years,
Nettie Vestina Cavagnolo, a
son Richard Henry Cavagnolo,
a stepson Ernest Mendicki and
his brothers, Louis and Achille
A memorial mass will be
celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thurs.,
July 16 at St. Augustine Catholic
Church, 3999 Bernal Ave.,
In lieu of flowers, the family
suggest donations to Hope
Hospice, 6500 Dublin Blvd.,
Suite 100, Dublin, CA 94568, or
St. Augustine Catholic Church,
Arrangements by Graham-
Hitch Mortuary.

Claudia A. Motta Thiel
Claudia Ann Motta Thiel, resident
of Discovery Bay, passed
away peacefully with family and
caregivers at her side on August
25, 2008, ending her battle with
Claudia was born in Oakland,
CA on May 2, 1939 to F. Nelson
and Margaret Vassallo. She attended
school in San Leandro.
Claudia graduated from the University
of Arizona and San Jose
State University and received her
teaching and reading specialist
credential. She taught school for
the Livermore Valley Joint Unified
School District for over 20
years before moving to Minnesota
where she worked with home
schooled children. She moved
back to California and continued
to teach, working with home
schooled children under HOME
Smart Kids and FAME Public
Charter School.
She is survived by her husband
Ron Thiel, children Chuck
and Minda Motta of Discovery
Bay, Carla (Thiel) and Scott
Mandrell of Minnesota, and
Lesley and Jack Thiel of Japan;
grandchildren, Jessica and
Monica Motta, Terra, Charles,
Sara, Joshua and Josiah
Mandrell, and Toni and Ben
Thiel, sisters Lois Mackenzie of
Livermore and Lynn and Peter of
Santa Barbara. She was preceded
in death by Walter C. Motta Jr.
Private burial was held on
Sept. 27 in Columbia, CA. The
family wishes to extend a special
thank you to Donna and Angela
and the rest of the staff of
Hospice of the East Bay for their
loving and compassionate care
and Knockpot Brigade with Kaleidoscope
in Byron, who offered
many meals during her final days.
Also many thanks to her closest
friends, Kim Mosher, Chris
Mullen and many, many more for
all their kindness and support.'

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