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Tri-Valley Death Notices: Lab Luminary, Assistant Scoutmaster, Dublin Little League Co-Founder

William Everett Beard, a resident of Dublin, died on New Year’s Day at the age of 88. Born in Hot Springs, AR, Bill is survived by his wife, two daughters, 10 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Marines and a member of the Mormon church.

Thomas Arthur Brewer, a resident of Livermore, died on Dec. 6 at the age of 72. Born on a moss farm in Missouri, Tom joined the U.S. Air Force in 1966. He was stationed in Maine and the United Kingdom. He spent the bulk of his career as an accountant. He is survived by his wife, his daughter, two step daughters, and seven grandchildren.

Frances Haw Britt, a resident of Danville, died on Christmas at the age of 94. Born in San Francisco. Fran worked for the U.S. State Department and Del Monte, from which she retired in 1978. She is survived by her three children, her grandchildren, and one great grandchild, who was born on Dec. 7 2013.

Michael N. Catrina, a resident of Pleasanton, died on Jan. 2 at the age of 83. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Michael served in Germany from 1951 to 1952. A native of Detroit, Michael worked for 40 years with the Alameda County corrections department. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and four granddaughters.

Thomas B. Cook, Jr., a resident of Pleasanton, died at home on Dec. 27. He was 87. Born in Kentucky, Tom served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. He spent the bulk of his professional career at Sandia/California laboratory where he was a pioneer in promoting diversity. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Virginia, their two children, and their grandchildren.

Lila Mae Driver, a resident of Livermore, died on Christmas Day at the age of 98. Her husband of 61 years, Bill Driver, died before her. She is survived by her two children and one grandchild.

Stanley Durst, a resident of Livermore, died unexpectedly on Dec. 27 at the age of 70. A realtor in California for 40 years, Stan was born in New York City and graduated from Michigan State University. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, their son and two grandsons.

Olivia Campbell Gieck, a resident of Pleasanton, died at her home with her family at her side on Dec. 5. She was 93. Born in South Dakota and raised in Lodi, Olivia worked as a cookie packer for Sunshine Biscuits in Oakland for 17 years. She volunteered at Kaiser in Pleasanton for 34 years.

Richard Gliozzi died at his home in Danville on Dec. 26. He was 64. He is survived by his wife, and their two children. Richard loved sports and volunteered as a Little League coach, as an assistant scoutmaster for Danville Boy Scout Troop 803 and the San Ramon Valley High School Women's Golf Team. He was also an usher at St. Isidore Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, friends and family have set up the Richard Gliozzi Memorial Fund for Richard-Thomas' education at www.youcaring.com.

Steve Gorecki, a resident of Danville, died on Christmas Eve at the age of 61. He is survived by his wife, their six children and their three grandchildren.

Marshall Walter Grant, a resident of San Ramon, died in his home on Christmas Eve. He was 78. Born in Oakland, Marshall married Karen Gillibrand in 1956. He helped found Dublin Little League and Dublin Pop Warner Football. His wife preceded him in death after 46 years of marriage. He is survived by their three children, 10 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Marshall's life at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Dublin on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow at the San Ramon community center.

Dorothy Schoen, a resident of Danville, died on Dec. 30 surrounded by her family at the age of 95. She is survived by her two daughters, four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Donations in Dorothy's memory may be made to the following: George Mark Children's House, 2121 George Mark Lane, San Leandro, CA 94578.

Pollyanna Sprenkel, a resident of Pleasanton, died on Dec. 20 at the age of 88. Born in Kansas, Polly moved to California with her husband Roger after he was discharged from military service following World War II. Polly was a bank teller at the Bank of America on Main Street for 30 years. She also volunteered at the Kaiser Medical Center. She is survived by three of her five sons, 13 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service to celebrate Polly's life on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of the Chimes at 32992 Mission Boulevard in Hayward. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Avenue Dublin, CA 94568

Dorothy Schoen, a resident of Danville, died on Dec. 30 surrounded by her family at the age of 95. She is survived by her two daughters, four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Donations in Dorothy's memory may be made to the following: George Mark Children's House, 2121 George Mark Lane, San Leandro, CA 94578.


Pollyanna Sprenkel, a resident of Pleasanton, died on Dec. 20 at the age of 88. Born in Kansas, Polly moved to California with her husband Roger after he was discharged from military service following World War II. Polly was a bank teller at the Bank of America on Main Street for 30 years. She also volunteered at the Kaiser Medical Center. She is survived by three of her five sons, 13 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service to celebrate Polly's life on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of the Chimes at 32992 Mission Boulevard in Hayward. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Avenue Dublin, CA 94568


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