Obituaries • 12-05-12 | Print |  E-mail

FENECK, Armand J.

HOLLISTER, Donald Drury


PEMBERTON, Billy George


WHITE, Arthur Edwin

WILSON, Robert G.



FENECK, Armand J., of Castro Valley, passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2012, at age 89. Mr. Feneck was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and played in the Drum and Bugle Corps. He worked as a plumber and was proud of his 60 year membership in Local 342. A celebration of his life was held Dec. 3 at Jess C. Spencer Mortuary in Castro Valley.


HOLLISTER, Donald Drury, of Castro Valley, passed away on Saturday, November 24, 2012, at age 79. A native of Berkeley, Mr. Hollister was a physicist, inventor, adventurer, philosopher, father, husband and friend. Interment was at Golden Gate National Cemetery in Nov. 30.


LOVELAND, Sharron, who formerly lived in Castro Valley for 42 years, passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at age 72. Ms. Loveland worked in accounting for many year prior to retiring. She had lived at Astoria Gardens in Tracy for the past six years. Services were private. Interment was in Michigan.



PEMBERTON, Billy George, age 82, died at his home in Vacaville, on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012. Bill was born on August 7, 1930, in Panhandle, Texas to Alfred Pemberton and Ruby Held. He is predeceased by both parents and both siblings, Peggy Herrod and Sue Jones. Bill was a Private First Class in the Air Force from 1947 to 1951. He married Gale Bonifield in 1956 and immediately migrated to California, eventually settling in Castro Valley in 1966, where he spent most of the rest of his life. He is survived by his children, Alfred Pemberton, Bonisue Pemberton Coburn and Peter Pemberton; and grandchildren, Daniel Pemberton, Sara Pemberton, Melanie Pemberton, Molly Pemberton, Peter Coburn and Dylan Pemberton. Bill taught English at Cal State Hayward until the recession in the 1970s.  He then relied on his extra-ordinary skills as a painter, carpenter, mechanic and jack-of-all-trades to make a living. He ended his career at the Valley Inn, on both sides of the bar. He was a proud member of the Moose Lodge and won many trophies for his skill on the pool table. He liked to read, work crosswords, and watch his tomatoes grow. He boasted of his grandchildren ad nauseam and never stopped flirting with the ladies. Bill was a teacher above all else — an example and consummate professor. When he was presented to a grandson’s class one day, the teacher asked him, “Why did you choose teaching as a vocation?” His reply was, “I didn’t choose it, it chose me.” A granddaughter asked him to explain “irony,” which he did in much detail. He died on a day when we give thanks for the people we love. He would have appreciated the irony in that. A very heartfelt thank you to his daughter-in-law, Kathy Pemberton, for all the time, energy, love and smoothies she provided him at the end.


RODRIGUES, John Sr., of Castro Valley, passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at age 93. A native of Maui, Hawaii, Mr. Rodrigues worked as a shipwright in Pearl Harbor until 1957 when he moved with his family to California, where he worked as a carpenter. A funeral Mass was said Dec. 4 at Our Lady of Grace Church in Castro Valley.


WHITE, Arthur Edwin, of Castro Valley, passed away of cancer at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. He was 80. A native of Pittsburg, Calif., Mr. White was a U.S. Army veteran. He had been living at Baywood Court for the past two years and had served as a senior volunteer with the California Highway Patrol in Castro Valley. A celebration of his life will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Willow Park, 17007 Redwood Road, Castro Valley. (510-537-8989). A memorial service will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m.


WILSON, Robert G., of Castro Valley, passed away on Tuesday, November 27, at age 88. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Mr. Wilson was a U.S. Army veteran. He enjoyed a 37-year career with State Farm Insurance. A memorial service was hald Dec. 3 at Manor Baptist Church in San Leandro.




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