In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Frederick Kovar

Frederick Kovar

April 4, 2018 - Fredrick Kovar, a 52-year resident of Walnut Creek, died March 2 following a brief illness. He was born Sept. 20, 1933 in Cleveland, Ohio. The first in his family to graduate from high school, he went on to graduate from John Carroll University and...

Willie D. Thompson

Willie D. Thompson

April 4, 2018 - Willie D. Thompson died Feb. 15. He was 72. Thompson was born Nov. 15, 1945. He began his career as a health and safety technologist in the Hazards Control Department at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in March 1984. Several years later, he...

Anthony “Tony” Ruggiero

Anthony “Tony” Ruggiero

March 20, 2018 - Anthony “Tony” Ruggiero died at his workplace in Livermore, California, on March 1. He was 62. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio along with his younger brother Michael Ruggiero and older sister Cindy Riffici to parents Anthony Ruggiero Sr. and Adeline...

Paul Sims Knechtli

March 7, 2018 - Paul Sims Knechtli of Livermore died Dec. 13. He was 78. Knechtli was born in Sacramento on April 14, 1939  to Louis and Kathleen Knechtli. He was married to Frances in 1962. Knectli worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the machine...

Arthur Rodrigues

March 7, 2018 - Arthur “Art” Rodrigues, a native of California and a Livermore resident for 53 years, died Feb. 16 at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans. He was 73. Rodrigues was born in Oakland, the middle of three sons. He graduated from Berkeley...

Richard S. Bryan

Richard Bryan

Feb. 27, 2018 - Richard Bryan died Jan. 12. He was 91. Bryan was born April 11, 1926, In Minneapolis, Minnesota. He joined the Navy at 17 and served on the U.S.S. Killen. He ended his naval career in Portland where he met and married the love of his life, Betty,...

Olivia M. Ayson

Olivia Ayson

Feb. 27, 2018 - Olivia Ayson, of Stockton, California, died Jan. 8, surrounded by her family who will forever miss and treasure her. She was 74. Ayson was born March 5, 1943. She retired from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory several years ago and continued...

Edward O. Mueller

Edward Mueller

Feb. 27, 2018 - Edward "Ed" Mueller, a resident of Banks, Oregon died Jan. 7 at Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro, Oregon. He was 67. Mueller was born May 18, 1950, in Oakland, California, the son of the late Otto Mueller and Charlotte (Neddersen) Mueller....

Paul E. Jarvis

Paul Jarvis

Feb. 27, 2018 - Paul Edward Jarvis of Redwood City died Jan. 2. He was 76. Jarvis was born in Deadwood, South Dakota on Sept. 17, 1941 to Edward and Hilma Jarvis of Lead, South Dakota. He was raised in Eugene, Oregon with his late sister, Patricia (1949-1980)....

James Alfred Happe

James Alfred Happe

Feb. 27, 2018 - James Alfred “Jim” Happe, resident of Livermore, died Feb. 9. He was 88. Happe was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota to Mabel and Alfred Happe on Dec. 23, 1929. He attended Cretin High School, an all-boy Catholic school and met his future wife,...

Jerry Whitcomb Gerich

Jerry Whitcomb Gerich

Feb. 27, 2018 - Jerry Whitcomb Gerich died Dec. 23, 2017 at Kaiser Sunnyside Hospital in Portland, Oregon. He was 76. He was born on June 3, 1941, in Evanston, Illinois to Ellen and Jerry Gerich. He received an undergraduate degree in engineering and graduate...

Enzo DiPietro

Enzo DiPietro

Feb. 27, 2018 - Enzo DiPietro died in his sleep Jan. 31. He was 97. He was born in Bozzano, Italy Oct. 3, 1920. He arrived in the United States in 1929 and spent most of his childhood in Sparks, Nevada. In 1938, he represented the Nevada National Guard at the Camp...

Eleanor Jean (Barrett) Collins

Feb. 27, 2018 - Eleanor (Elly) Jean (Barrett) Collins died Jan. 2. She was 90. Collins was born in 1927 to Dewey and Hazel Barrett in Fowler, California. She graduated from Richmond Union High School in 1945. She married the love of her life, Edward Collins, in...

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Mau-Hsiung Chen

Feb. 27, 2018 - Mau-Hsiung Chen died Feb. 12 due to respiratory disease complications. He was 77. Chen was a world-renowned physicist in the field of atomic theory and a staff physicist in the Theory and Modeling Group of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory...

 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...