In Memoriam

In Memoriam

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William Afonotele Tololi

Jan. 4, 2016 - William Afonotele Tololi of Livermore died Dec. 29. He was 70.Tololi was born March 23, 1945 in American Samoa and came to America in 1966. He brought his carpentry skills and an unparalleled zest for life. He married his loving wife, Kathy, on...

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Dennis R. Jorgenson

Dec. 23, 2015 - Dennis R. Jorgenson of Livermore died Dec. 17. He was 77.Jorgenson was born in Minnesota on June 28, 1938 to Oscar and Rose Jorgenson. He enjoyed being Norwegian, loved his family and friends and was proud to be a member of the First Presbyterian...

John O. ‘Jack’ Davis

Dec. 21, 2015 - John O. ‘Jack’ Davis died Nov. 30. He was 88.Davis was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 23, 1927, to his parents, the late Clark and Grace Adams Davis. He attended elementary school in Saltsburg and then attended New Kensington schools,...

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Fred Roads

Dec. 18, 2015 - Fred Roads of Livermore died Dec. 15. He was 82.Born Nov. 19, 1933, Roads grew up in the Napa Valley. He joined the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 1957 as a maintenance coordinator and worked in Mechanical Utilities for more than 30 years...

Curtis R. Brown

Dec. 8, 2015 - Curtis Ray (Curt) Brown died Nov. 26. He was 86.Brown was born Feb. 8, 1929 in Chandler, Oklahoma and served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He married his wife, Clara, in 1951.Brown worked at Southern Pacific Railroad before going to work...

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Roy L. Page

Dec. 8, 2015 - Roy Lee Page of Livermore died Nov. 27. He was 88. Page was born Oct. 26, 1927, in Escondido, California.  He served as a merchant marine, was a gunite worker and fire fighter.  His firefighting work brought him to Lawrence Livermore National...

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Ted Wieskamp

Dec. 8, 2015 - Ted Wieskamp of Livermore died Nov. 24. He was 80.Weiskamp was born Jan. 17, 1935, and grew up in Medford, Oregon where he graduated from St. Mary’s High School. He attended Southern Oregon College of Education before joining the United States Air...

John Woodruff

Nov. 25, 2015 - John P. Woodruff died Nov. 11. He was 73.Born in Shelby, Ohio on Feb. 22, 1942, Woodruff came to Livermore in 1964 to work at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and worked there until his retirement in 2002.He is survived by his wife,...

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Dante ‘Don’ Arthur Ridolfi

Nov. 18, 2015 - Dante “Don” Ridolfi of Tracy died Nov. 16. He was 94.Ridolfi was born Oct. 14 to Idamo and Ida Ridolfi in New England Mills, California, now known as the town of Weimar. He grew up with six lively brothers and sisters and attended Placer High School...

Susan Hojnacki

Nov. 10, 2015 - Susan Hojnacki of Livermore died Oct. 14. She was 51.Hojnacki was born on June 6, 1964 in Cheektowaga, New York, to Anthony and Rose Hojnacki. She received a Ph.D.in imaging science from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester, New...

Ronald W. Mayle

Oct. 29, 2015 - Ronald William Mayle died Sept. 28. He was 65.Mayle was born on Aug. 1, 1950, at the Offutt AFB Hospital in Nebraska. He was a 1968 Graduate of Plattsmouth High School and valedictorian of his class. He also served as his junior class president....

Joann B. Smith

Oct. 29, 2015 - Joann Bernadette Smith died Oct. 19. She was 70. Smith was born Oct. 12, 1945, in Cleveland, Ohio to Margaret Nauman and Joe Wolf. She earned a bachelor’s degree at University of the Pacific and made her career in protective services for Lawrence...

John William Loy Sr.

Oct. 19, 2015 - John William Loy Sr. of Turlock died Oct. 10. He was 85.Loy was born on the family farm in Jersey County, Illinois on Feb. 28, 1930, one of three sons born to Frank F. and Lula Mae (Day) Loy. He grew up in Jersey County and attended Medora High...

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Ronald Strawser

Oct. 7, 2015 - Ronald Anthony Strawser of Manteca died Sept. 15. He was 64.Strawser was born May 18, 1951 in Oakland, California to Donald and Gloria Strawser. He was a United States Veteran serving his country proudly through the Navy. He was a Manteca resident,...

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Kathy Baker

Oct. 2, 2015 - Kathy Baker, 49, a consummate professional known for her infectious smile and kind and caring spirit, died unexpectedly Sept. 22, following injuries sustained in a tragic accident.Baker was born Sept. 30, 1965, in Kennewick, Washington, to Floyd and...

Tung-Yu (Chinnie) Kwan

Sept. 30, 2015 - Tsun-Yu (Chinnie) Kwan died Sept. 6. She was 81.Tsun-Yu (Chinnie) Kwan passed away peacefully at her home in Kensington, California, on Sept. 6, six days short of her 82nd birthday.Kwan was born Sept. 12, 1933, in Tientsin (Tianjin), China. She was...

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Richard Duffus

Sept. 30, 2015 - Richard Charles Duffus of Livermore died Sept. 8. He was 87.Duffus was born June 26, 1928 in Oakland, California to Charles and Gertrude Duffus.Duffus was united in marriage in 1949 to Rae Marilyn Zander. He was very proud of his family, his...

Lee Talbot

Sept. 25, 2015 - Lee Talbot died Aug. 3.Talbot’s life was about going fast. His family referred to him often in the last few years as the “Energizer Bunny." In his youth, he built and raced motorcycles and cars with his friends on dirt tracks and in the California...

Sailes Kumar Sengupta

Sept. 25, 2015 - Sailes Kumar Sengupta of Livermore died Aug. 14. He was 80.Born in Bankura, West Bengal India to Bhabani Charan Sen and Pratima Sen (nee Gupta), he spent his childhood split between Bankura and Kolkata, India, growing up in a large joint family....

William Masadas

Sept. 25, 2015 - William (Bill) V. Masadas, longtime resident of Oakley, died Aug. 27. He was 60.Masadas was born Aug. 17, 1955, in Pittsburg, California to immigrant parents Benigno and Maxima Masadas. He graduated from Pittsburg High in 1973 and attended Diablo...