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Rest in Peace ~ Deloris Breyhan

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I feel blessed to have been able to reconnect with my aunt after several years apart. It was very special for me to have the connection again with all of this family for at least nine years. 
My aunt was a twin! (She also had twin brother's, but more on that another time) Her twin, Doris, passed away not to long after I became in touch with the family again, July 17, 2007. Here are the twins when they were small, Doris is on the left and Deloris is on the right.

I was happy to see Doris the short amount of time I did. I can only imagine how my aunt Deloris must have felt when Doris passed away. Aren't they cute?
There was a Celebration of Life for Deloris "Dee" Betty Breyhan (nee~Lundberg) on August 5th of this year. I loved looking at the photo stream of pictures that played the whole time we were together.
Aunt Deloris loved to sew, she made clothes for her children and at least one quilt that I am aware of. Her mother, my grandmother did some sewing and making of…

Rest in Peace ~ Nanci Jenay McCormick

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b. 9/4/1977   d. 6/4/2016
As you may, or may not remember, I very recently posted regarding the loss of a long time family friend, Francis "Lynn" Block. This post is dated June 5, 2016 and can be found here.

Nanci is Lynn's daughter. We have now lost Nanci at a very young 38 years old. She has passed away from cancer, as did her mother. This family lost their mother/wife/grandmother, and one month later lost their mother/daughter/sister, each due to two very different types of cancer. 

Nanci was married with three beautiful children. She went to school and played sports with my daughters. Nanci was very athletic and took great care of her body...

She was a very hard worker and was truly loved by everyone at the company she worked for. The support of this company has been absolutely appreciated and amazing. 

She had a great outlook on life and supported her children in all of their endeavors, 110%. She served on the Little League Board, was a volunteer coach for soccer and ne…

Rest In Peace ~ Donald William Baxter

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b. September 23,1929    d. February 29, 2016
On June 17th 2016 we attended a "Reception, honoring Don." This was our second event on this day as we also attended the "Celebration of Life" for Vada Carnes, who I blogged about in my post prior to this one. 
We received in the mail a beautiful accordian card inviting us to this reception at St Michael's Parish Hall. There were several photos through out the card, and I was truly grateful to receive this. 
Don served in the United States Army Signal Corps in Korea. He was an electrician  by trade. During his free time he enjoyed inventing things and being challenged. 
Don married Sharon Hicks (my husband's cousin), who passed 15 months prior to him. They were married 60 years, had four children, and six grandchildren.
Don was known as an inventor and loved to tinker with things. He loved being home and enjoyed time with his family. He also loved See's Peanut Brittle, and the family had this on every table at the…

Rest In Peace ~ Letty Arvada "Vada" Carnes

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b. July 7, 1946   d. June 10, 2016
On June 17, 2016 we attended two celebrations of life. One was for Vada. I have known Vada and her husband almost as long as I have been married to my husband. Vada's husband worked with my husband.
Vada was always happy, she had a smile which made you smile too, even if you weren't in the mood. She was always truly happy to see you, you could see her eyes light up!
After I first met her, I tended to see her mostly at the cleaners where she worked. Later on we would see each other at our husband's functions with work. Occasionally we would run into them around town, mostly at a restaurant. The last time we saw her, several months ago, was indeed in a restaurant! We caught up with each others family and also quickly learned she had some health issues.
Vada and her husband had two children, a son, a daughter, and 5 grandchildren. They were dedicated to their family. Along with raising their own children, they helped raise a couple of their gra…

Rest in Peace ~ Benedito "Ben" John Chianfichi

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b. Jan 15, 1929 d. May 18, 2016
Ben was married to my aunt, Julianne Lundberg for 52 years. She passed away in April 2008. They had three children, my cousins.
Ben was in the National Guard, he was a cook. He enjoyed good meals and after graduating college with a degree in business, he became the owner and operator of Radder Dallas Food Brokerage Company.
He loved to golf and belonged to the Buchannan Fields Golf Club. My father, Duane Lundberg also belonged to this club. I can only image the fun they had together out on the course!
Ben and I met for breakfast one morning after after my aunt passed away. It was a great visit, and I am so glad we were able to do that, it leaves me with good memories. Before he moved to live with his daughter and granddaughter, I used to call him once in a while to see how he was doing.
Ben's services were June 10, 2016 in a catholic church in the town where he had lived. The highlight for me was when his granddaughter sang a song she wrote, "Best …

Rest In Peace ~ Francis "Lynn" Block

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Francis "Lynn" Block Jan 25, 1949 ~ May 1, 2016
Lynn, as she was commonly called, has been a family friend from day one. Our daughter's grew up together, went to the same High School and played softball together. As time went on, most of our daughters were married, and proceeded to have their own families. 
My husband and Lynn's husband went to High School together (which happens to be the same High School our daughter's attended years later). They played sports together and attended major sporting events. In fact, they bowl together now!
Lynn worked as a dental hygenist for several years but eventually started a home day care, and was always busy! My grandchildren were blessed to have been a part of this day care. She was so great with the kids and truly cared about them. As the kids have grown, our grandsons now play baseball in the same league. 
Lynn loved to quilt. She had a great group of family and friends she quilted with on a regular basis. I silently wished …

Rest In Peace ~ Ronald Lester Knott

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b. April 11, 1946 d. April 15, 2016
Lifelong Livermore resident Ron Knott passed away, at the age of 70, after a hard-fought battle with esophageal cancer. Ron will be remembered as a kind, gentle man, a beloved father and a loving husband- the kind of person you come across once in a lifetime. 
Ron graduated from Livermore High School, earned his Bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University and served his country as a pilot in the United States Naval Reserve, receiving an honorable discharge in 1969. Ron approached his roles as husband, father, and grandfather with a steady love and tenderness that, while unassuming, knew no bounds.
Ron will forever be loved by his wife Pam, his children Adam and Jessica, step-daughters Dana and Jill, his grandchildren Olivia, Michael, Adrian, Elijah, Emmy, and Zoey, siblings Don and Kay, as well as countless friends and family members.
Ron graduated from Livermore High School, earned his Bachelor's degree from San Francisco State Univers…