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In Memorium: Fred Rouse, 2016 candidate for Antioch City Council passes at 57

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Fred Rouse
4/22/60 – 7/23/17

Fred, loving husband of Tina Rouse, was born on April 22, 1960 in San Antonio, TX and passed away peacefully in Antioch on Sunday evening, July 23, 2017 at 57 years of age.

Fred and Tina met in San Jose at Santa Teresa High School and later married in Cupid’s Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 21, 1986. Fred loved Tina with all his heart and would do anything for her. They shared their life together as well as pet names for each other and their favorite songs – Eric Clapton’s Wonderful Tonight, Chicago’s You’re the Inspiration and You Are My Sunshine. He was a caring, loving, and giving protector. Fred had a wonderful sense of humor, loved his family and friends deeply and appreciated them greatly.

Fred’s biggest passion was music and he played with many bands over the years. He began playing music at eight years old and was proficient in over a dozen instruments. He loved everything about music including all types of audio components and vinyl records collecting close to 1,000 over the years. The Beatles were one of his favorite groups.

Fred also had a heart for philanthropy and helped out in many ways in the Antioch community including volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, educating elementary students about banking and money, and teaching foster children guitar through his program Guitars Not Guns. He also ran for City Council in Antioch in 2016 and served for ten years on the Board of Administrative Appeals.

Fred was predeceased by his parents, Roy M. Rouse of New York and Jean Rouse of Boston and his brother, Roy Rouse II. He leaves behind his beloved wife Tina of 31 years; Colleen (sister) and Dave (brother-in-law) Cushion, niece Kristy and three great nieces/nephews, niece Cindy Cushion Causer (Nathan) and three great nephews; two nieces Annie and Amanda; his Uncle Marty and Aunt Shelly of New York, four cousins and their families; two cousins, Donya and Patrick Murphy and their families; many beloved family members on Tina’s side of the family and many wonderful friends.

Services were held for Fred on Friday, August 4 at St. Julie’s Catholic Church in San Jose and a graveside service at Oak View Memorial Park in Antioch on Saturday, Aug. 5, followed by a reception at Higgins Chapel also in Antioch.

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In Memoriam: Antioch resident Dale Staley

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Dale Staley 9/22/53 – 7/16/17

Dale Staley was born in Chicago on September 22, 1953. In Castro Valley, on July 16, 2017 at approximately 10:30 am, he went home to the Lord.

Dale died far too young at only 63 years old. He is survived by his wife, Sheryl, his children, Patrick and Jennifer, his dog William, and his brother Timothy. 

Dale was born in Chicago but soon moved to Dallas where he spent most of his youth. He attended college at UGA (Univ. of Georgia, Athens). It was during his college years that he would begin his lifelong love affair with photography. A hobby which endured throughout his life. He also deepened and developed his love of astronomy and astrophysics while in college. 

After college, he returned to Chicago where he met his wife, Sheryl. They moved to Memphis, TN where their daughter was born. Soon after they moved to Dun Woody, GA. A few years later they moved to CA, where their son was born. Ultimately, they moved to Antioch, CA in 1995 and have lived there since. 

Dale was a man who loved life and loved to explore all that it had to offer. He rarely passed up the opportunity to learn something new when given the chance, a trait he passed on to his children. He also instilled in them the desire to fearlessly pursue what they were passionate about and to be willing to take risks in life. 

He also loved God and Christ and it is through them that he expressed another great love and passion of his, working with youth. He took great joy in working with students at both Church on the Rock and First Family Church, both in Antioch, CA. He especially enjoyed working with the Middle School group and found great joy helping students and encouraging them throughout the years. 

Over the years he has lived a full life and served as an inspiration and encouragement to many. Dale’s spirit lives on in the many lives he has touched and lessons he has shared with his students, friends, and family.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 2:00-3:00 p.m. at First Family Church at 3195 Contra Loma Blvd. in Antioch, CA followed by a potluck reception and celebration of Dale’s life.

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In Memoriam: Long-time Antioch priest Father Vicente passes, services Wed. and Thurs.

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Father Vicente celebrates 60 years in the priesthood in August, 2015. File photo.

Father Francisco Vicente, OP the long-time priest at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Antioch died on Saturday, June 17 at the age of 88.

In a post on the church’s Facebook page on Saturday morning the church announced his passing and offered a prayer.

“It is with deep sadness that the Dominican Community announces the Passing of Fr. Francisco Vicente into eternal life early this morning.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the Soul of all the Faithful Departed through the mercy of God Rest in Peace. Amen”

The funeral arrangements for Father Vicente are as follows:

Vigil

Wednesday, June 21st at 7:30pm

Holy Rosary Church

1313 A Street, Antioch

Funeral Mass

Thursday, June 22nd at 10:00am

Holy Rosary Church

Luncheon Reception immediately after Mass at Holy Rosary

Burial

Thursday, June 22nd at 2:00pm

Saint Dominic’s Cemetery

Benicia, California

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In Memoriam: Antioch resident Glenn Houston

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Glenn Houston

Glenn Houston, 68, died June 7th, 2017, with his wife by his side in Antioch, CA.

A memorial service will be held Monday, June 12th, 2017 at 1:00 pm in the home of Monica Houston for close friends and family.

Glenn spent most of his adult life in Roseville, CA with his son and daughter. Glenn and Monica spent the last 12 years married and shared many happy memories with friends and family. Glenn enjoyed working on cars, building car models and cooking. He was an amazing father and husband and was always willing to offer a helping hand. He fought a long battle with many health complications, but always found the joy in life and was comical to the end.

Mr. Houston is survived by his wife, Monica Houston; son Ed Houston; Bill Houston and spouse Stephanie Huston, daughter Missy and spouse Casey Stice, Carol Clark, Natane Engle and Tiffany Whipple, and 11 grandchildren.

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In Memoriam: Clark Gelhaus, long-time Antioch health club owner, passes

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Clark Warren Gelhaus

May 18, 1932 – April 23, 2017

Celebration of Life, Sunday, June 4th at Solar Swim & Gym

Clark Warren Gelhaus was nearly 85 years old when he passed at Kaiser Hospital in Antioch on April 23 after suffering a severe hemorrhagic stroke.  He was surrounded by family as he passed, along with current and former employees who saw Clark as family.  Clark was a gentle, caring and passionate man, committed to community and touching all those who knew him.

Clark is survived by his wife Ingrid, daughter Marion Gelhaus-Shore with husband Randy, and grandson’s Brodie and Nik.  He was preceded in death by his parents, George Gelhaus and Dorothy (Randall) Gelhaus, siblings Joyce Shivel (Gelhaus), Clayton and Larry Gelhaus.

Clark was born on May 18, 1932 in Oakland, California and grew up in El Cerrito and Lafayette, graduating from Acalanes High School in 1950.  He graduated from San Jose State with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education in 1955.  The same year he graduated he acquired a pool in Antioch known to everyone as the “C” Street Pool, which is now known as Solar Swim and Gym.  In his nearly 70 years of teaching swimming, Clark has taught the grandchildren of people he once taught to swim.

Clark was the founder of the Delta Skimmers recreation swim team in Antioch, Delta Divers US Springboard Diving Team, Delta Dolphins Skin and Scuba Dive Club and helped to start the Holiday Run with Kiwanis.  Clark also served on the Antioch Waterfront Committee and was in the Naval Reserves from 1955-1958.

Clark was very hardworking and dedicated to his business that he ran with his wife Ingrid until his sudden death.  His greatest joy was teaching swimming and interacting with his gym members and working side by side with his wife of 53 years. Clark has touched the lives of thousands in his hometown of Antioch, the city that he loved.

The celebration of his life is planned for June 4th at Solar Swim and Gym at 12 noon.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Kiwanis Club of the Delta, 3377 Dear Valley Rd #239, Antioch CA, 94531 for a scholarship fund set up in Clark’s name.  More information can be found at Facebook.com/solarswimgym

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Celebration of Life for Jane Parsons, former Antioch City Treasurer, this Saturday

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Jane Parsons photo from her 2015 Antioch Citizen of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award.

The family of Jane Parsons, the former Antioch City Treasurer who passed away on May 20th, has announced there will a Celebration of Life, this Saturday June 3, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at the Bridge Marina Yacht Club, located at 20 Fleming Lane in Antioch.

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Former Antioch City Treasurer, Jane Parsons passes

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Jane Parsons in a photo from 2016 for her 2015 Antioch Citizen of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award.

October 13, 1932 – May 20, 2017

Jane Parsons was born in Berkeley on October 13, 1932 and died of cancer on May 20. She was 84 years old.

In 2016, Parsons was honored with the Citizen of the Year Lifetime Achievement award by the Antioch Chamber of Commerce for her many years of service to the community. Following is what was written about her, then:

“Jane Parsons was first appointed as a City Treasurer in 1983 and went on to win five elections, retiring in 2004. Jane has volunteered for over forty years for many community efforts including Rivertown Jamboree, Holiday De Lites and the Lighted Boat Parade, Soroptimist International of Antioch, Delta Thunder Boat Parade, Delta 2000 and is a past Commodore of the Driftwood Yacht Club.

Jane is the longest serving member of the Antioch Chamber’s Ambassadors, supporting mixers, ribbon cuttings and more. She is one of those rare individuals who serves quietly and always has a smile and wonderful attitude. Those who have worked with her over the years do so because she is so inspiring and she serves without regard to personal gain and always for a good cause, women, children and the entire community.”

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Alameda Co. Deputy Sheriff, Antioch resident, who died last week to be eulogized at Concord Pavilion, Friday

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Deputy Michael Foley, photo courtesy of Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.

By Allen Payton

The funeral service for Michael Foley, an Alameda County Deputy Sheriff and Antioch resident, will be held this Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Concord Pavilion.

The 60-year-old was struck by a bus at the Santa Rita jail in Dublin on Wednesday, February 22 and died from his injuries, the next day. Foley worked for the Concord Police Department for 29 years, prior to his service with Alameda County.

A message was posted on the Sheriff’s Facebook page on Thursday: “It is with great sadness we report that Alameda County Deputy Sheriff Michael Foley has died from his injuries. Mike started his law enforcement career in 1978 as an Officer with the Concord Police Department. After a long and successful 29 year career there, he retired and was hired by ACSO in 2007. Michael was one of the hardest working Deputies on this agency. He used his experience and wisdom to mentor countless numbers of young officers throughout his career. He was an extremely kind man who loved his family, friends, co-workers and community. He believed in public service and making the world a better place. All of us who were touched by his life will never forget him. He is a role model and a great example for others to follow. Our hearts are broken today. Please keep Mike and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Sheriff escort for Deputy Foley’s body on Sunday, Feb. 26.

On Sunday, Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs escorted Foley’s body from John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office Coroner’s Bureau, according to a post on the Alameda County Sheriff’s Facebook page.

He is survived by his wife Tammie, and children Michael, Jr. and Tonya. A GoFundMe account has been set up to benefit the Foley family and has been verified by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. http://www.gofundme.com/deputy-mike-foleys-family-fund. According to that site, Foley “chose to work as a deputy at the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office to put his son, Michael Jr., through college.”

In addition, the San Francisco Police Credit Union has established an account under the Deputy Sheriffs Association of Alameda County Charitable Foundation for the benefit of Deputy Sheriff Michael Foley. Contributions may take place in person at a local branch, mail or electronically utilizing account #1387350 S5 M Foley Memorial Fund.  Funds may be forwarded to SFPCU via mail or electronically as follows:

ACSO DSA Charitable Foundation for Michael Foley

2550 Irving St San Francisco, Ca 94122

Acct#1387350 S5

Routing#321076496

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