|Obituaries • 02-20-2013||| Print ||
DOCHTERMAN, Louan “Lou”
GEORGE, Mildred E.
DOCHTERMAN, Louan “Lou,” of Castro Valley, passed away on Monday, February 11, 2013, at age 86. Mr. Dochterman was born in Chicago, Illinois and served in the U.S. Navy on the air craft carriers U.S.S. Lake Chaplain and U.S.S. Midway in World War II. He went on to graduate from Northwestern University. He brought joy to many as a professional musician and lit the way for countless young people as a music teacher in Palatine, Illinois and in Oakland. He is survived by his wife Elaine, brother Seth, son Robert, daughter Diane Kemp, grandchildren Kristin Pollard, Ian Kemp, Megan Wiley and great granddaughter Ave Pollard. Lou loved fishing and playing Big Band Swing (sax, clarinet and flute.) Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. today, February 20, at Jess Spencer C. Mortuary, 21228 Redwood Road in Castro Valley. Burial will follow at Lone Tree Cemetery in Hayward.
GEORGE, Mildred E., August 6, 1916 – February 5, 2013. Millie George is now with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ after living a wonderful 96 years. She passed away quietly Tuesday night, February 5, 2013. Raised in Decatur, Illinois, Millie married Earl George in October 1935. After enlisting, Earl and Millie went to California when the U.S. Navy sent him to serve his four years at the Naval Air Station in Alameda during World War II. Millie and Earl settled in California after the war, buying their first home in Oakland where they started their family, first having son Michael then daughter Donna. In 1954, the family moved to Castro Valley, where Millie worked for the Castro Valley School District, retiring after 25 years of serving the children as a school Cafeteria Manager, school bus driver and teacher’s aide. During these years, Millie and Earl became square dancers, developing lifelong friendships with members of the “Shin Diggers” dance club. Church was always important to Millie and Earl and, over the years, they faithfully attended Oakland’s Neighbor Church, and Castro Valley’s First Baptist Church and Redwood Chapel. Millie lived in Castro Valley with her family for 50 years until moving with Earl to Samaritan Village Retirement Community in the Central California valley city of Hughson, near Turlock, in 2004. Millie and Earl celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in October 2005 just before Earl’s passing in December of 2005. Millie has spent her remaining eight years at Samaritan Village, developing many friendships there. Millie is survived by her son, Michael (Tricia) of Castro Valley; daughter, Donna Gregg of Fresno; grandchildren, Christa Comfort, Monica Hubbard, Casey Garza and Kevin Gregg; great-grandchildren, Joshua 12, Ethan 10, Sarah 10, Caleb 8, Keegan 7, Nathan 6, Garrett 5, Travis 5, Elyse 3 and Emilie 1. A memorial service to celebrate Millie’s life will be held at Samaritan Village, 7700 Fox Road, Hughson, California, on Saturday, March 2, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer a contribution be made to the “Alexander Cohen Hospice House,” 2201 Euclid Ave., Hughson, CA, 95326 (located at Samaritan Village). These gifts are in remembrance of Millie George and to honor their superb staff, including Dr. Pickell and his sweet yellow lab, Chaplain Charlie Crane and his soothing hymns, and the nurses, aides and volunteers who provided Millie with compassionate care and made her passing such a peaceful one.