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Obituary: Celeste Marques (1927-2019)

Celeste Marques passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of December 15, 2019. She was born on March 27, 1927 in Lowell, Massachusetts where her parents settled after emigrating to the United States from Madeira, Portugal. As a young girl, Celeste moved to Paul Do Mar, a small Portuguese …

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Obituary: Wilhelmus Gerardus “Bill” Vanderklugt (1940-2019)

Bill Vanderklugt was born in Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands. The son of a baker and one of 14 siblings, he immigrated to the United States in 1958 where he met and married “Bep,” his beautiful wife of 57 years. The couple became United States citizens in 1972 and lived in Lodi, Sacramento, Manteca and …

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Obituary: Rita Theresa Martin (1935-2019)

Rita Martin passed away peacefully on September 17, 2019 at her home in Martinez at the age of 83, surrounded by her family after a brief fight with cancer. Rita was born in San Francisco and was a graduate of Immaculate Conception Academy. Shortly after graduation Rita began her career …

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Obituary: Frankie James Patrick Bologna (1992-2019)

Martinez native Frankie Bologna, age 26, died Monday, July 8, 2019 at his home in Mankato, Minnesota. Funeral services will be 11:00am, Friday, July 19, 2019 at St. James Catholic Church with Father Timothy Hall officiating. Visitation will be at the church Friday beginning at 10:00am.   On Monday, July …

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Obituary: Jerry “Coach” Phillips (1934-2019)

Jerry Phillips, beloved father, loving husband, brother, teacher, mentor and “Coach” passed away on Sunday, June 23rd at the age of 85. Jerry was a longtime resident of Walnut Creek. Jerry was a legendary basketball coach at Sacred Heart High School and a member of both the Sacred Heart Cathedral …

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Obituary: Robert (Bob) I. Schroder (1928-2019)

Robert (Bob) Ingersoll Schroder passed away at the age of 90 on March 29th with his loving wife at his side. He had a major impact on the City of Walnut Creek and the County of Contra Costa. Bob was born in San Francisco in 1922 and moved with his …

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Obituary: Michael Craig Cusack (1949-2018)

Mike Cusack passed away on Tuesday December 18th, 2018. He was surrounded by his three loving daughters, two son-in-laws, his sister and his best friend of 55 years.  Mike was born in Modesto, to Mary and George Cusack on July 24th, 1949. He grew up in Pleasant Hill, graduated Pleasant Hill …

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Obituary: Thelma Joyce Tolerton (1932-2018)

Mrs. Thelma Joyce (Beisley) Tolerton, passed away from a brief illness with family by her side, at age 86 on October 22, 2018 in Thousand Oaks, California. She was born on February 23, 1932 in Oakland, to the late Thelma Ruth and William Fredrick Beisley. Known by her family and …

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Obituary: Jane Baird Silva (1923-2018)

Jane Baird Silva passed away October 10th surrounded by her family at the age of 95. She was born in St. Mary’s, Ohio to James Richard and Mabel Baird and was raised in Greenville, Ohio. Jane met Donald Silva, now deceased, while serving in the U.S. Marines (’43-’45) at MCAS …

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Obituary: Dorothy Masayko (1922-2018)

Dorothy Masayko, daughter of Pauline and Jacob Lorenz, passed away on August 5, 2018. Dorothy was born in Billings MT and attended the University of Montana. When the U.S. entered World War II, she volunteered for the Women’s Auxiliary Corps of the US Army. Near the end of the war …

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