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In Memoriam: Bonnie Jean Poche (Watkins/Harris) passes at 78, celebration of life Friday, Nov. 9

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Mother of Antioch chiropractor Dr. Rick Harris, former long-time staffer for Antioch dentists Dr.  Lee Keller and Dr. Daniel Burk

Bonnie Jean Poche

June 17, 1940 – October 12, 2018

Bonnie was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, moved at an early age to Southern California and spent most of her adult life in Antioch, California. She lived a fulfilling life as a great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, sister, wife and friend. She loved to dance, entertain and socialize with her friends, coworkers and large family. Bonnie is survived by her husband of 25 years, Rich Poche, her four children, Robin, Rhondi, Robert and Rick, her brother, Harry, and sister, Sherry, along with numerous grandchildren, great grand-children, nieces and nephews. Please join us and share your stories of remembrance at a Celebration of Life on Friday, November 9, 2018, at the new Antioch Community Center located at 4703 Lone Tree Way in Antioch, CA from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

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Conchita “Connie” Soliz mother of former Antioch Councilman Manny Soliz passes at 81

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Conchita “Connie” Soliz

1937-2018

Antioch

Conchita Soliz went home to be with the Lord on October 5, 2018 at the age of 81.  The daughter of Zacarias and Olivia Narez, she was born and raised in Pittsburg.  After graduating from Pittsburg High, she went to work for the Pittsburg Unified School District as an Administrative Assistant.  During this time, she met and married the love of her life, Manuel Soliz and shortly thereafter, moved to Antioch and she began her longtime career with Antioch School District.

She loved her children, enjoyed trips to Disneyland and spending time with her three grandchildren.  God and Church were an important part of Conchita’s life, and together with Manuel, they attended and led bible studies and prayer groups.  She was dearly loved and deeply respected by all who knew her. 

Conchita was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 58 years, Manuel and is survived by her children, Manuel Jr. (Mary), Richard and Julie (Raymond) Figueroa and three grandchildren, Anthony, Maria and Gabriel (Figueroa), as well as sister Margaret (Gilbert) Vega and Joe (Frances) Narez and several nieces and nephews.

Friends and family are invited to a visitation at Holy Cross Cemetery Chapel at 2200 E. 18th St Antioch on Monday October 15th from 5 p.m. with a Vigil service beginning at 7 p.m.  A funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 16th at Most Holy Rosary Church, 1313 A. St. Antioch.

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In Memoriam – former Antioch resident and Contra Costa Deputy Sheriff Don Bell passes at 71

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriff Don Bell, left. Photo provided by his family.

Don Stuart Bell, a veteran of the Vietnam War and a former Contra Costa County Sheriff Deputy, died unexpectedly on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at age 71.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy Harter-Bell; his children Don Scott Bell, Leanne Herrick, Debra Peeling, and Dawnyll Hooker; and his grandchildren, Garret, Elizabeth, Alex, Ashlyn, Michael Patrick and Elijah. He is also survived by his siblings; John Bell and Susan Hoff.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, June 28th at 2 pm at the Folsom Veterans Hall – 1300 Forrest Street, Folsom, CA 95630.

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Memorial service for former Antioch Mayor and Police Chief Len Herendeen set for April 5

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Leonard K. Herendeen, former Antioch police chief and mayor, died on March 15, 2018.

Leonard King Herendeen

July 10, 1929 ~ March 15, 2018

Resident of Antioch, California

HE CAME, HE SERVED, HIS MEMORY LIVES ON”

Len was born in Long Beach, CA. He joined the Marine Corps. on July 30, 1946 and was discharged on January 28, 1948. In 1950 he married his college sweetheart, Jodena and bought their first home with the G.I. Bill. Two daugh­ters soon followed, Mary Herendeen and Terry Gurney.

He graduated from Long Beach State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1958. He received his Master’s Degree in Public Education in 1969. Len joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 1954. During the 25 years he served, he went up the ranks to Inspector.

He became a Mason and served for over 50 years. He was a Past Master. When he retired in 1979 he became the Police Chief of Antioch. He retired in 1991.

In December 1994 he was appointed Mayor of Antioch by the City Council and served through December 1996.

He married his second wife, Barbara in 1983 and they had 34 wonderful years together. She added three daughters to the mix; Debra Francisco, Sharon Moreland and Rachel Friedman.

Barbara would like those who worked with or knew Len to please join the family at a Celebration of his life at the Lone Tree Golf Course on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 5:30p.m. Seating is limited to the first 200 people.

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In Memoriam: Antioch businessman, former county official Earl Robert “Bob” Brooks Jr. passes

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Bob Brooks

Memorial service this Saturday, Dec. 2

R. “Bob” Brooks was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 29, 1944 to Earl Robert Brooks and Lela Jeanette Drears. He is survived by his wife, Barbara J Brooks and son, David Michael Brooks, his sister, Valerie Powell and brother-in-law, Joseph; and brother, Kim Lamar Veasey and sister-in-law, Debra and a host of nieces and nephews.

Viet Nam War Veteran – U.S. Air Force.

Had many personal accomplishments: A licensed private airplane pilot, professional singer, received a Bachelor’s degree, cum laude, 2006 and MBA degree in 2007 at the age of 63. Embraced Judaism together with wife, Barbara in 1992.

He had a long business career as a Licensed California Real Estate and Mortgage Broker, Income Tax Consultant, acquired financing for the movie “The Grand Canyon and It’s Hidden Secrets” by, Oscar Winning Director, Keith Merrill.

Former Associate Professor – Real Estate, California State University, Hayward, former Member, Board of Directors, Antioch Chamber of Commerce, founded Antioch Bail Bonds and the Delta Gazette Newspaper and owner of O.T.’s BBQ Sauce,

Vice Chairman, Contra Costa County Assessment Appeals Board from 2004 – 2014.

Bob passed away October 24, 2017. He received military honors and was laid to rest at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery on November 7, 2017

Donations can be made in Bob’s name to the American Cancer Society or your charity of choice. A memorial service will be held on December 2 from 2pm to 4pm at Congregation B’nai Torah, 50 Sand Creek Rd Ste 140, Brentwood, CA 94513. Please join me as we pay our last respect and celebrate the life of Bob Brooks.

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In Memoriam: Joanne Waldie, widow of the late Antioch native and Congressman Jerome Waldie passes

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Joanne Waldie, wife of the late Antioch native and former politician Jerome R. Waldie, passed away earlier this month, due to complications related to Alzheimers.  She was born on July 3, 1927 and passed away on October 11, 2017.  She is survived by her three children, Jill Waldie of Placerville, Jon and Kathy Waldie of El Dorado, and Jeff and Kim Waldie of South Lake Tahoe.  She leaves behind 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Waldie Plaza where the summer concerts in the park are held in Antioch’s downtown was named for the late Congressman.

No service will be held per her request. She asked that any donations in her memory be directed to local non-profit animal rescue organizations. 

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In Memoriam: Long-time Antioch school bus driver Barbara George, mother of Councilwoman Ogorchock

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Services to be held Friday, Oct. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ignatius of Antioch

Barbara at the age of 81 passed quietly on the morning of the 12th of October with family by her side. Barbara graduated from Richmond Union High School in 1954 and married her husband James in 1955, they were married for 61 years. James died August of 2016.

Barbara had six children, one a twin died at birth. Her surviving children are; Sherry Donovan, Lori, husband Richard Ogorchock, Michael, wife Diane George, Mitchell, wife Cyndy George and Joni, husband Joe Malfitano. Barbara had 14 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren, each held a very special place in her heart. Barbara is survived by her brother William Harris.

Barbara was an Antioch Unified School bus driver for 30+ years, she loved driving her bus #23. Barbara knew all of her children by name, she loved each and every one of them, and there were hundreds of them. Barbara also drove the bus for Delta Bowl, where she would pick up children take them bowling, which included her own children, would then take each of them home.

When Barbara retired from the school district she enjoyed quilting with her best friend Barbara, she was very involved in the Delta Quilters, she loved to read and her favorite magazine was Reader’s Digest. Barbara was an avid bowler, she and James bowled at least three times a week, if not more.

Barbara always had a hug, smile or quick come back, she will be missed by many, especially her family who loved and adored her.

Services will be held at St. Ignatius of Antioch, Friday, October 20th at 10:30 a.m. with reception immediately following. To honor Barbara, you can donate to St. Patrick’s Seminary for the Seminarian Formation or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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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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