Monday, October 25, 2010

David B. Stewart Obituary

David B. Stewart
Born on August 31,1921 in Berkeley CA. Died on October 1, 2010 in Pleasant Hill, CA.
David was the son of Floyd and Anna Barrows Stewart and the brother of Elizabeth, Donald, Jean and Allen Stewart. He grew up in Berkeley and graduated from University High School in 1939. He attended UC Berkeley, graduated in 1943 with a degree in history. While a student at Cal he was a member of Sigma Phi fraternity, ROTC, Rally Committee, Scabbard and Blade, Phi Phi and Alpha Phi Omega. He played both football and rugby at Cal. He met June Breschini in a freshman English class at Cal and they dated through college, marrying on March 17, 1944.
David served with the US Army Infantry in the European Theater during World War II earning the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. After his war service he settled in Lafayette and worked at Acalanes High School as a teacher and Administrator while working towards his PhD in Education.
In 1959 he began a career at UC Berkeley, first in Relations with Schools, then with Teacher Placement and finally as the Director of Undergraduate Admissions. In 1969 he accepted a position with PG&E as director of their education and scholarship programs. He served in the Naval Reserve, retiring as a Captain in 1968.
June and David lived in Lafayette and raised their family there until 1994 when they moved to Rossmoor. Dave loved travel, family and especially Cal athletics. He was forever hopeful that “this would the year the Bears would go to the Rose Bowl”. He is predeceased by his wife June who died June 1, 2010, and is survived by his brother Allen of Washington State; his daughter Mary (Daryl) of Lafayette; sons David (Daria) of San Francisco and Robert (Angel) of Healdsburg; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and many other loving family members.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Edna Ellis Malnik Obituary

Edna Ruth Ellis Malnik

Ruth died peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, October 1, 2010. Ruth was born on December 5, 1921 in Stockton, California where she spent her formative years. She graduated from Stockton High School as the valedictorian of her class. She then attended the University of California, Berkeley where she graduated with a degree in English. Ruth had a long and rewarding career in education starting as an English teacher and ending her career as a high school counselor. Ruth spent the majority of her career in the Acalanes Union High School District and she retired from her position as high school counselor from Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek. After her retirement, Ruth enjoyed a full life that included involvement with the Silver Wings Repertory in Pleasant Hill, the Senior Centers of Concord and Pleasant Hill, travel and constant involvement in her grandchildren’s lives.
Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, William Fred Ellis and Edna Craig Ellis; her brother, Everett Ellis; her sister, Clare Ellis Linn; and her husband of 40 years, Conrad Joseph Malnik. Roth is survived by her daughter, Clare Malnik Ensenat; her son, Steve Malnik; her grandchildren, Armando and Celia Ensenat and Mario Malnik; Many loving nieces and nephews and her devoted companion in her later years Don Orton.
Ruth will be remembered by her extended family and friends for her kind hear, wonderful sense of humor, love of music, prose and anything theatrical as well as her great spirit for life. Those who were fortunate to know Ruth were touched by her warm affection, love and genuine regard for others.

Bob Stevens Obituary

Robert Edward Stevens
August 12, 1922-June 11, 2010
Robert (Bob) was born in Santa Barbara, CA and raised on his family’s ranch in Goleta. Bob attended Oregon State University, where he met and married the love of his life, Barbara (Bobbie) Mattes. He went north to college on a football scholarship, which culminated in an appearance in the 1946 East West Shriner Game. Bob was an active member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and lettered in both Track & Field and Football. His major study was Education, with an emphasis in Industrial Arts. Additionally, he was involved in Student government- highlighted by his election to Student Body President in 1945.
Following his marriage to Bobbie in December of 1946 and graduation from Oregon State in June of 1947, the couple returned to the Bay Area, where Bobbie was born and raised. Bob’s first teaching position commenced in the fall of 1947 at Sunnyvale High School. In 1948, he started his career at Acalanes High School in Lafayette as an Industrial Arts teacher, football coach and assistant track coach. In 1964 he became Vice Principal / Dean of Boys and ultimately served as Principal up until his retirement in 1978. While raising his family in Lafayette he was a long standing member at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Lafayette Kiwanis Club, Reliez Valley 4-H Club, Lafayette Horseman’s Association and the cofounder of Springbrook Community Swim Club.
After completing his 30 year career at Acalanes High School, Bob and Bobbie retired to their ranch in Calistoga in 1979. He enjoyed his later years on the ranch, returning full circle back to the lifestyle he had missed so much in Goleta. He was constantly busy running his tractor, working in the shop or feeding the horses. Bob would always make time to admire the ridge top view of the Napa Valley as well as the peaceful sounds of nature by his reservoir. He also enjoyed many family gatherings and celebrations up on the ranch, cherishing what was most important to him, his family and friends. Bob & Bobbie were active members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Santa Rosa, supporters and volunteers of the Sharpstein Museum and active members of Mt St. Helena Golf Course in Calistoga.
As he lived his life, Bob was a man of upmost integrity. During his career he championed for all his students, both the mainstream kids as well as the kids with challenges, never giving up on anyone. He had an innate capacity to connect with and positively influence all types of individuals. This was most likely the product of his ability to command a presence, his sharp wit and keen sense of what was most important in live.
At two months shy of his 88th birthday, Bob was in good health. Then he was the victim of an unfortunate pedestrian auto accident as he was crossing the road to retrieve the morning newspaper. Bob is survived by his daughter, Caryl (David) Gibson of Eugene, Oregon, son, James (Jana) Stevens of Solana Beach, CA, and son, Thomas (Danita) Stevens of Orinda, CA; 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Stevens, and daughter Joanna Bowman.