In Memoriam

In Memoriam

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Helen Faye Gilbert

Dec. 22, 2017 - Helen Faye Gilbert of Turlock died Nov. 30. She was 84. Gilbert was born on Nov. 1, 1933 to James and Mary Bathgate in Kidder, Missouri. She graduated from high school in Hamilton, Missouri and worked for a short time in Kansas City, Missouri. At...

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Loren James Voelker

Nov. 30, 2017 - Loren James Voelker died Nov. 17, at Carson Valley Medical Center. He was 84. Voelker was born Oct. 24, 1933, in Manhattan, Kansas, to Theodore and Vanita Voelker. He graduated from Commerce High School in San Francisco, California in 1951, and...

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Eric Raymond Kristofferson

Nov. 21, 2017 - Eric Raymond Kristofferson, resident of San Jose, died Nov. 3. He was 70. Kristofferson was born to Alf and Ernestine Kristofferson Nov. 13, 1946 in San Francisco. He grew up in San Leandro, attending San Leandro High School. He obtained a master's...

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Clifford W. Olsen

Nov. 15, 2017 - Clifford W. Olsen of Pleasanton and San Ramon passed away Saturday, Nov. 4. He was 81. Born in Placerville, California on Jan.15, 1936, he was the youngest son of Christian William Olsen and Elsie Mae (Bishop) Olsen. Olsen graduated high school...

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George Friedrich

Nov. 9, 2017 - George Friedrich, a native of Germany, died Nov. 1. He was 83. Friedrich was born July 17, 1934 in Esslingen, Germany. He immigrated to Canada 1952 where he worked a variety of jobs - first as a farm worker, then a lumberjack and finally a...

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Harlan 'Sonny' Eugene Olson

Nov. 8, 2017 - Harlan “Sonny” Eugene Olson, resident of Livermore, died Nov. 2. He was 75. Olson was born on Aug. 12, 1942 in Onawa, Iowa. He grew up in a small farming community of Soldier, Iowa. At 17, he moved to Livermore, California and gained employment...

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Stephen J. Davis

Nov. 3, 2017 - Stephen James Davis of Palmyra, New York died Oct. 25. He was 64. Born Nov. 11, 1952, in Geneva, New York., Davis was the son of the late James F. Davis Jr. and Elizabeth Lyon Davis. After his parents were discharged from the U.S. Air Force in 1952...