In Memoriam

In Memoriam

 William N. Junk

William N. Junk

Feb. 16, 2018 - William “Bill” N. Junk of Livermore died Feb. 1 from the effects of dememtia. He was 88. He was born on Jan. 22, 1930, in Fresno to Frank and Laura Junk. When he was 2 years old, the family moved to Santa Cruz. There he attended Live Oak School,...

Margaret A. Cooke

Margaret A. Cooke

Feb. 16, 2018 - Margaret Anne (Collins) Cooke of Livermore died Dec.1 due to complications during a surgical procedure. She was 53.   She was born in Riverside, California on Feb. 29, 1963 to Jim and Anne Collins. She was raised in Santa Barbara and graduated from...

James W. Lyle

James W. Lyle

Feb. 16, 2018 - James W. “Jim” Lyle died Jan. 21 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 86. Lyle began working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in April 1964 for B Division. During his more than 45 years' association with the Lab, he always...

Nickie Mondell Brazel

Nickie Mondell Brazell

Feb. 15, 2018 - Nickie Mondell Brazell (a.k.a., Nick, Dad, Pa Pa Nick) died Jan. 14, after a battle with cancer. He was 75. Brazell was born Dec. 10, 1942, to Kenneth Wilson Brazell and Evelyn Marguerite (Carter) Brazell, in Romoland, California. He lived in...

Cheryl D. Krossa

Cheryl D. Krossa

Feb. 12, 2018 - Cheryl D. Krossa of Livermore, California died Jan. 25, after a yearlong battle with non-hodgkins lymphoma. She was 63. Krossa was born in New York City on Feb. 10, 1954 to Bruce and Evelyn (Clarke) Delemos. She and her family moved to the island...

William Day Barrowman

William Day Barrowman

Feb. 7, 2018 - William Day Barrowman died Feb. 3, due to kidney failure and complications from a fall. He was 79.   Barrowman was born in Sacramento on Aug.14, 1938. He started his mechanical career repairing garbage trucks in Sacramento. Knowing that he needed a...

Thomas R. Crabtree

Thomas R. Crabtree

Feb. 2, 2018 - Thomas R. “Tom” Crabtree died Jan. 6 after a four-month battle with metastatic bone cancer from melanoma. He was 73. Crabtree worked for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 25 years. After he retired in 2006, he volunteered for another...

 Tressie Elwanda Wellmer

Tressie Elwanda Wellmer

Jan. 29, 2018 - Tressie Elwanda Wellmer, 79, of Perryville, Missouri, died Jan. 27. She was 79. She was born March 24, 1938 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, daughter of William Ardell and Cleffie Leona (Stewart) Hartgraves. She and Paul Leonard Wellmer were married on Dec...

Charles Wraith

Charles Wraith

Jan. 24, 2018 - Charles “Chuck” Lucken Wraith died Jan 2. He was 86. He was born Sept. 25, 1931 in Luanshya, Northern Rhodesia to Elizabeth Lucken and Charles Roswald Wraith. The family was in Luanshya while his father developed a copper smelter for Rhone Antelope...

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Frederick T. Hatch

Jan. 22, 2018 - Frederick Tasker Hatch died Jan. 14. He was 93.   A research scientist, Hatch was born in Boston in August 1924, the son of Frederick Southard and Beatrice (Tasker) Hatch. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1944, from Harvard Medical School in...

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Abel Adolfo Garcia

Jan. 16, 2018 - Abel Adolfo Garcia of Livermore, California, died Dec. 22 at his home. He was 76. Garcia was born Feb. 3, 1941, in Benavides, Texas to Adolfo Garcia and Maria Aminta Yzaguirre. He graduated from Sundeen High School in 1959 and graduated third in...

Ernest Plechaty

Ernest Plechaty

Jan. 10, 2018 - Ernest (Ernie) Plechaty died Dec. 28. He was 88. With his heart of gold, and life practice of generosity, the son of Ernest and Katharine Plechaty was born and raised in Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1952. Upon graduation...

Jerrold C. Schaefer

Jerrold C. Schaefer

Jan. 10, 2018 - Jerrold (Jerry) Charles Schaefer died Dec.14, following a 17-year battle with a blood disorder that became leukemia. He was 76. Schaefer was born Nov. 10, 1941, a third-generation San Franciscan, the first child born to Emmett and Bernice Schaefer...

James Lee Silva

Jan. 3, 2018 - Thank you note from the family of Jimmy Silva James (Jimmy) Lee Silva, a life-long resident of Tracy, died unexpectedly during the early morning of Dec. 28. He was 40. Silva was born in Hayward, California on March 24, 1977, and moved to Tracy...

Wayne Thomas Whistler

Jan. 3, 2018 - Wayne Thomas Whistler died Dec. 24 in Fredericksburg, Texas after a four-year battle with dementia brought on by both heart and Type 1 diabetes complications. He was 72. Whistler was born in Oakland, but his formative years were spent living in...

John Daniel Garske

Jan. 3, 2018 - John Daniel Garske of Pleasanton, died Dec. 14 from esophageal cancer. He was 88. Garske was a good family man who prized a simple, but meaningful life centered on his wife Ann and their eight children. Garske was born in Sacramento, California on...

Patricia Ann Rankin

Jan. 3, 2018 - Patricia Ann Rankin died Dec. 2 after a lengthy illness. She was 67. Rankin was born March 9, 1950, in Newhall, California. She moved to Livermore in 1952 where she lived until her death. She attended the Livermore schools K-12 where she excelled...

Margaret Elizabeth Roelling

Dec. 28, 2017 - Margaret Elizabeth Roelling of Manteca, died Dec. 3. She was 64. She was born to the late Robert and Margaret McIntosh on Dec. 11, 1952, in Aberdeen, Scotland. Before retirement, she worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for more...

 Robert C. "Bob" Miller

Robert C. "Bob" Miller

Dec. 22, 2017 - Robert Chester “Bob” Miller died Dec. 7 in Manteca. He was 67. Miller was born on Dec. 15, 1949 in Bentonville, Arkansas and came to Stockton as a toddler. He resided in San Joaquin County his entire life. A graduate of Franklin High School,...

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LaWayne E. Janssen

Dec. 22, 2017 - LaWayne Eugene Janssen of Castro Valley died Nov. 10, 2017 after battling recurrent salivary adenocarcinoma. He was 90. Born in Ida Grove, Iowa on Sept. 23, 1927, he was the only child of Albert and Frieda Janssen. He grew up on a farm, and at...