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Kelly, Daniel  
Daniel Joseph Kelly Dec. 24, 1949 - June 28, 2015 Resident of Antioch Daniel (Dan) Kelly passed away into the arms of God surrounded by his family on Sunday, June 28th. He touched many lives with his loving, generous heart and was a most devoted son, brother, father and grandfather. Dan was born in Oakland, CA and graduated from Mt. Diablo High School, Concord in 1968. He entered the U.S. Air Force shortly after his graduation and served for four years as a mechanic on C-130 aircrafts. He served tours of duty in the Phillipines, Vietnam and Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas. Dan married Frances Enea, his high school sweetheart in 1969 and together they made their first home in Jacksonville, AR while Dan was stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base. They were blessed with three children, Colleen Ariente, Diane Leese and Joseph Kelly all residents of Brentwood. Dan worked for Pacific Gas and Electric for over 30 years and recently retired. Dan is survived by his former wife, Frances, daughters Colleen (John) Ariente, Diane (Mark) Leese, plus the apple of his eye, his disabled son, Joseph Kelly and loving grandchildren, Gianna Ariente, Ava Ariente and Jonathan Leese. Dan is predeceased by his father, Willard Kelly and survived by his mother, Joan Kelly, sister Peggy Day, brother in law George Day, nieces Kelly Day, Joanie (Ernesto) Avila, and nephews Joaquin Madrigal, Ernesto, Anthony and Nathan Avila. Dan was an avid car enthusiast and enjoyed going to all the car shows in the area. He loved his rock music and lived life to the fullest. His enthusiasm and love for life will be greatly missed by all that loved or knew him. Family and friends are invited to a visitation from 4 - 7 pm on Tuesday, July 7th, with the vigil at 7 pm at Holy Angels/Holy Cross Funeral Center, 2200 East 18th Street, Antioch. Funeral Liturgy, will take place Wednesday, July 8th, 10:30 am. St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch, at 10:30 am followed by committal, Holy Cross Cemetery, Antioch. In Dan's memory donations can be made for Dan's son, Joseph Kelly's, program for the developmentally disabled at, Community Access Program ("CAP") of Antioch, 3640-B Lonetree Way, Antioch, 94509 or The American Cancer Society. Holy Angels Funeral & Cremation Center FD#1958
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Published in Contra Costa Times on July 5, 2015
Koontzy, James Ernest  
James Ernest Koontzy Sept. 12, 1949 - June 23, 2015 Resident of Martinez Funeral services will be held on July 10, 2015 at 3:00pm at Dan Scales Funeral Home, 107 W. 8th, St., Pittsburg, CA 94565.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on July 5, 2015
Kopitar, Terrill Lynn  
Terrill Lynn Kopitar September 30, 1943 - June 21, 2015 Resident of Bay Point Terrill Kopitar (Papa) passed away on a sunny Sunday morning, Fathers Day and the Summer Solstice of 2015, after a long valiant battle with cancer, with family at his side. He spent his childhood and young adult life in Port Chicago, a small and friendly town until the Navy claimed the town, he relocated to Bay Point. He attended Pacifica high school with many friends, where he played Football, a sport he loved, then went to Acalanes high school. A testament to his good nature and kindness Terrill remained friends until the end, of whom he had befriended in his young childhood years from Port Chicago, and people he met along the way. Terrill worked for PG&E most of his life, was a proud, dedicated and hard working man. There he made some lifelong close friendships as well. Admirably and most of all he was solidly a man with integrity. Terrill had a love for cars and racing like no other. His knowledge of cars was beyond superior, I could go as far as to say he was an 'Auto Aficionado'. He also was a history buff, was passionate about the automobile and American history. He loved sports, NASCAR, wrestling, favorite teams were S.F. 49'ers, S.F. Giants and Oakland Warriors. However, cars and racing was his driving force. He co-owned a sprint-car which his good friend Ken was the driver of. Terrill not only co-owned it, he was the mechanic, painter, and did body work on the race car too. His hobbies included hands on rebuilding and refurbishing cars; restoring to stock, making hotrod motors, custom work, painting, bodywork, tearing down the last bolt off the frame and rebuilding from scratch, piece by piece and to his specifications. He always worked with ultimate precision and perfection. To name a few he completely rebuilt were a Triumph, a Camero, an Oldsmobile, and owned too many to name. A family man and a very genuine loving father, who spent many summers with his children and family camping in the beautiful Californian mountains. The cabins were where he enjoyed hiking and fishing, more of his favorite pastimes. Terrill is survived by his beloved family; 4 Daughters; Terrillynn Kopitar, Tina Kopitar, Tania Kopitar and Toni (Kopitar) Edberg. 7 Grandchildren; (Terrillynn's) Morgan Swank, Cameron Swank, Angelina Swank, and Raquel Kopitar, (Tina's) Vanessa Caldwell, (Toni's) Justin Edberg and Tyler Edberg. 5 Great Grandchildren; (Morgan's) Ryan S, (Cameron's) Hailey S, (Vanessa's) Scott C. and Ryan C. and (Justsin's) Winter E. 2 Brothers Timothy Kopitar and Bruce Kopitar. And 2 nieces Lisa and Sierra. Preceded in death by his Grandparents Rose and Charles Skaggs, Parents Colleen and Joseph Kopitar, and Brother Christopher Kopitar. Though Terrill still had dreams of his future -- in his own words, he said nothing could have ever have made him more proud than being a father to us……. We love you dad. Terrill's precious and tender soul is deeply loved and missed, and heaven now has a new angel. Family and friends join us in 'Celebration of life' memorial services, 2 – 6 pm, Sunday July 12, 2015, at the Willow Pass Community Center in Concord. 2748 E. Olivera Rd, Concord CA 94519, off Willow Pass Rd. Family to have private burial services. His resting place will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery, next to his Mother and Brother, and taken to his favorite place in the mountains. To leave condolences, please visit www.hullschapel.com
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Published in Contra Costa Times on July 5, 2015
Kraus, Edwin "Jerry"  
Edwin "Jerry" Kraus Passed away in Novato, peacefully in his sleep, with his family by his side. He was 89. Our father was born 12/20/1925 in Raymond, WA. He served in WWII. He worked for The Coca Cola Bottling Co. for 30 yrs. Survivors: Beloved wife Renna Kraus of 69 years. two sons, Tim Kraus (Claudia), Terry Kraus (Linda), daughter Karen (Kraus) Smithers (Rick), daughter in law Paula (Kraus) Finley. He was preceded in death by his youngest son, Ed Kraus. He also leaves, seven grandchildren, four step grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and seven step great grandchildren. Our Dad would do anything for anyone! He loved the great outdoors, his friends, family and a nice cold beer! No services, per Jerry's request.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal on July 5, 2015
LaFaunce, Maxine Marjorie  
MAXINE MARJORIE LAFAUNCE Maxine, the third child of Ethel and Fred Smith, was born December 1, 1922 on the family ranch on Stillwater Creek east of Redding. She attended Buckeye School traveling each day with her older sister Thelma and brother Elmer by horse and cart. She had the luxury of attending Shasta High School on an actual school bus and graduated in 1940. During World War II she worked as a welder building bomb racks at McClellan field in Sacramento. In 1944 she married Don LaFaunce whom she had met prior to the war when he was working as a steel worker on the Shasta Dam. Don's career as a fisheries biologist for California State Fish and Game took them from Seattle to Los Molinos, Sacramento, Weaverville and in 1967 to Eureka where she lived until her death on June 19, 2015. Maxine was very active in the Order of the Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron of the Ferndale chapter and also served as Deputy Grand Matron of the Grand Lodge. Maxine was not one to be idle. She loved to work outside tending to her flower beds and berries. When not outdoors she baked cookies and breads for everyone. She was a down to earth, no nonsense individual who will be missed by all who knew her. Maxine was preceded in death by her parents Ethel and Fred Smith, husband Don LaFaunce and sister Thelma Clendinen. She is survived by her brother Elmer Smith of Shasta Lake, sons Norman (Barbara) of Modesto and Garry (LeeAnn) of Eureka, grandchildren Michael LaFaunce (Marissa) and Julie Rosser (Nathan) of Eureka, Alexa LaFaunce of Lincoln City, OR and Courtney LaFaunce of Modesto and great-grandson Dexter LaFaunce. Arrangements are being made through Gobles's Mortuary in Fortuna. A memorial service will be held on July 7th at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel at Goble's, 560 12th Street. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com under obituaries.
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Published in Eureka Times-Standard from June 30 to July 5, 2015
Lahn, Harue "Holly"  
Harue " Holly" Lahn Feb. 13, 1927-July 2nd, 2015 Resident of San Jose HARUE "Holly" LAHN, Age 88, has gone home to be with our Lord on July 2, 2015. She was born on February 13, 1927 in Yokaichiba, Japan. She lived in San Jose, California for nearly 48 years and enjoyed life in the Bay Area. She enjoyed travel and visiting family and her home country. Harue is survived by her son Charley and wife Edita; daughters Jean, Evelyn and husband John, and Carol; four grandchildren, Ruben, Jennifer and husband Brandon, Iris and husband Matthew, and Roger Jr.; three great grandchildren, Audrey, Elijah and Noah; as well as siblings and extended family in Japan. Mom, we will miss you deeply for your love, counsel and support and all the wonderful memories. The family asks in lieu of flowers a donation to Yu Ai Kai Senior Center of San Jose at http://yuaikai.org/donate or to Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org/donate .
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on July 5, 2015
Laster, William  
William Laster Aug 22, 1928 - Jun 20, 2015 Resident of San Lorenzo William N. Laster was 86 when he passed away peacefully in his home in San Lorenzo surrounded by family on June 20, 2015. He was diagnosed with cancer 10 years ago. He grew up in Los Angeles and after high school he joined the Navy. He spent the majority of his career in life insurance and real estate. As an agent and broker, his greatest joy was finding the "perfect" house for his customers. He was always a good provider for his family and became a better father throughout the years. He was generous and would enjoy spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was always interested in what they were doing even to the last days. His loving family includes his wife of 63 years, Ann Marie; children: Steve, Carlise, Katherine and John, 5 grandsons and wives and 1 great granddaughter: a sister and her family. We will miss him so very much. Family and friends are welcome to join us to remember him on Saturday, July 11th at 11:00 am at Grissom's Mortuary in San Lorenzo. To sign the online guest book, please visit Grissom's website. Grissom's Mortuary 510-278-2800 grissomsmortuary.com
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Published in Inside Bay Area on July 5, 2015
Long, Edna Louise  
Aug. 7, 1927 - May 9, 2015 Edna Louise Parrott Long died in San Jose on Saturday, May 9, at the age of 87. Edna was born Aug. 7, 1927, in Woodland, and was the daughter of the late Etta Viola (Lake) Smith and Jay Cullup Smith. She graduated from Woodland High School in 1945. During her marriage to Marshall W. Parrott, she resided in Berkeley, El Cerrito and Milpitas. Later she married Ivan Long and lived in San Jose and Penn Valley. She was a Legal Secretary until she moved to San Jose in 1978 and a homemaker for the rest of her life. She will be greatly missed by her survivors including her children, Marsha Hovey and David Parrott of San Jose; grandchildren, Jill Garcia and Robyn Carlsen of San Jose, Nicole Sanchez and husband Nicholas of Anchorage, Alaska, Miranda Parrott and Logan Parrott of Martinez; great-grandchild, Haylee Carlsen; sisters, Ethel Johnston of Woodland, Edith Anderson of El Macero and brother, Roger Smith of Vale, Oregon. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan H. Long, in 2002. A private memorial was held on May 19 and interment was conducted at Monument Hill Memorial Park, Woodland. For more information, 408-722-1210.
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Published in Daily Democrat on July 5, 2015
Maddox, Mackie F.  
Mackie F. Maddox July 25, 1937 - June 7, 2015 Concord, CA Mackie Maddox entered into rest on June 7, 2015 due to complications following his battle with lung cancer. He was 77. Mackie was born July 25, 1937 in Sylacauga, AL to Olive and James Maddox. He is survived by his children, Brenda Johnson of CA and Bradley Maddox of WA, 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He was an avid golfer and a proud navy veteran. He retired recently from the bar/restaurant industry which he had been part of for the past 50 years. He took great pride in being a loyal and true Alabama fan "Roll Tide". According to his wishes, Mackie was cremated and during a private ceremony his remains will be scattered at sea by his children. A celebration of life will be held in his honor at a later date for family and friends. TraditionCare Funeral Services 925-827-2911 www.traditioncare.com
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Published in Contra Costa Times on July 5, 2015
Martens, Eleanor Frances (Wallace)  
Eleanor Frances (Wallace) Martens 1928 ~ 2015 Las Vegas, NV (formerly of Carmel, CA) Eleanor Frances (Wallace) Martens passed away May 30, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she was lovingly cared for by her sister Marilyn. She was born in Dubuque, Iowa in 1928—the fourth of eight children. Eleanor developed an early love of playing guitar and singing with her musical family. At 13, Eleanor and her older sister Jean sang with a popular band in Dubuque called "Dinner with the Smiths" on KDTH radio and also performed together as "The Sunshine Sisters". In time, Eleanor moved to Detroit to work as a photo retoucher—it was there she met her future husband Bill Wallace. In 1960 they moved with their two children to California, eventually settling in Carmel. After Bill and Eleanor went their separate ways, she started writing music and performing locally, including for the troops stationed at Fort Ord. In 1966 she recorded an album called "Songs of the Middle Way." It had a small release but it has since become a 1960's folk-music collectors' item. Eleanor had an insatiable appetite for reading and writing about a myriad of subjects and could talk for hours about what she had learned. Eleanor was unique in many ways—not following the norms of conventional thinking. She valued her privacy but loved being with her family. She was Gramma Ellie to her two grandchildren, Alex and Erik Brinsmead. She is also survived by her children, Mike Wallace and Michelle Parravano (Ron); and surviving brothers and sisters, Charles and Ray Martens, Marilyn Sam and Ruth Callen. The family had a private celebration of her life in Las Vegas.
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Published in The Monterey Herald on July 5, 2015
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