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Services to be held Tuesday for victim, Christopher Anthony Monico, in last Monday night’s murder in Antioch

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Chris Monico Services to be held Tuesday for victim, Christopher Anthony Monico, in last Monday nights murder in Antioch

Christopher Anthony Monico

April 16, 1993 – March 2, 2015

Christopher Anthony Monico (also known as Christopher Anthony Chiquillo) entered into brightness at approximately 11:30pm on Monday, March 2, 2015. Christopher’s parent, Central Americans Ninoska Monico and Walter Chiquillo were blessed with a beautiful son Friday, April 16, 1993, as well as his four older sisters on warm, sunny Friday in San Francisco. Born to a family of San Francisco Mission Natives, to Central American parents that found and built a home in this majestic community, his family, like so many other families, was recently displaced from the home they lived in their entire lives in the heart of the Mission, and forced to move out of the City. The last of five children, he was destined to be a warm, amiable, creative, and heavenly soul. He was always, and forever more, a person, a soul that felt and knew his body; he danced, hugged, consoled, and felt the cumulative and speckled spirits of those and everyone around him. Christopher never ceased to enchant and delight when he performed – a fact not left unnoticed, having been recruited at age 8 by the San Francisco Ballet. His smile, one that could never be forgotten, was in and of itself a bright and burning spot on this Earth meant to heal those in most distress. Christopher was a poet that felt, touched, and healed people in a manner that could never be known through this written format. A good and Godly man, he was fated to feel the depths of humanity from top to bottom, and though he died young, his purpose was ultimately realized.

This is a tremendous loss for Christopher’s family. He is survived by a 4-year-old son, Christopher Jr., loving partner, mother, father, four sisters, six nephews, four nieces, aunts, uncles, countless cousins, friends, and more and more and more. Hearts shattered, his family is seeking to bury Christopher with the love and dignity that he deserves. Many of you were touched by Christopher’s deep emotional sensitivity to what is humanity, and his family is thankful for the abundance of love that has been offered at this time.

Family welcomes donations at ‘Christopher Monico Funeral Funds’ www.gofundme.com/nvjpks.

With great sadness and unity,

The Chiquillo-Monico-Zapata Family

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Scion of historic Antioch family, George Stamm passes, celebration of life on Saturday

Friday, March 6th, 2015

George Stamm Scion of historic Antioch family, George Stamm passes, celebration of life on Saturday

George F. Stamm

June 18, 1936 – Feb. 21, 2015

Lifelong Resident of Antioch

The demise of George F. Stamm came after a massive heart attack on February 21, 2015.

George was schooled in Antioch, CA. He attended Diablo Valley College and San Francisco State University. George Stamm was employed by Stamm Theatres, Inc., started by his grandfather, for over sixty years.

Since the time George was born he spent every summer at Lake Tahoe. He also enjoyed traveling to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico because in his innate love of the ocean and the fish therein.

George is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; devoted two children, George Anders and Anne-Marie Stamm both of Antioch. He leaves one grandchild, Cash Christopher Stamm of Antioch. George is also survived by his sister, Mary Ann Stamm Balocco, two nieces, Gina Harris of Brentwood, Jane Balocco of Antioch and one nephew, Jeffrey Balocco of Antioch. He also leaves three great nephews, Dean and Cal Harris of Brentwood and Gino Balocco of Antioch.

George’s quick wit and keen sense of humor will be forever remembered!

Inurnment will be private. A Celebration of Life event will be held at the Stamms’ home on Saturday, March 7.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Antioch Historical Society: 1500 West Fourth Street, Antioch, CA 94509.

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Former Antioch resident, Betsey Marie Theurer, passes

Friday, January 30th, 2015
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Betsey Marie Theurer

Betsey Marie Theurer, age 85 of Cushing, passed away on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at the Linwood Village Nursing Home, Cushing.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Palmer Marler Funeral Home, Cushing, OK.

Betsey was born on August 2, 1929 to Winfield Sherward and Ellen (Green) Upson in Oakland, CA. She grew up in Antioch, CA., graduating from Oakland CA. Betsey worked for seventeen and half years as a CNA. She previously worked at Oakland Army Base as a secretary. She was in Topps club, local 250 union. She was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Antioch, CA. She loved cats.

She is survived by her daughter Beth Hartshorn of Cushing, grandchildren Michael Braver, Christopher Hartshorn and Jeanette Hartshorn, great grandsons; Raiden Layne Hartshorn and Grayson Eston Allen Holba, and step-grandson Landry.

She was preceded in death by her sister June Upson; brother Alfred Upson; aunt Beryl Upson Surgenor.

Condolences and online guest book are available at www.palmermarlerfh.com.

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Antioch resident Don Cutshaw passes at 79, service on Wednesday

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Donavon Cutshaw Antioch resident Don Cutshaw passes at 79, service on Wednesday

Donavon Dean “Don” Cutshaw

February 11, 1935 – October 19, 2014

Antioch

Donavon Dean Cutshaw (Don), of Antioch, was born in Woodward, OK, February 11, 1935, and passed in his sleep on October 19, 2014. His family moved to Reedley, CA, when he was a child. He found the love of his life, Jeri Gregory, near the end of 1954 and they were married March 9, 1955. They moved to the Antioch area soon thereafter and lived there until their heavenly homegoings.

Don worked for for the Sante Fe Railroad for 38 years and served as a Staff Sergeant E-6 in the Army National Guard for nearly 10 years. He was a longtime member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Antioch, CA, where he served as deacon, Sunday School superintendent, teacher, and choir member. He recently attended Family Worship Center in Brentwood.

Don is survived by 4 of his 5 children — Steven Cutshaw, Randy Cutshaw (Karry, his spouse), Scott Cutshaw, and Kaci Cutshaw-Rigney (Kevin, her spouse), all of Antioch. Don was a proud grandparent to Michael Cutshaw (Jennifer, his spouse), Jason Cutshaw (Nicole, his spouse), Eric Cutshaw, Katie Rigney-Sands (Jonathan, her spouse), Rickie Cutshaw, Joshua Cutshaw, Marcus Cutshaw (Brantley, his spouse), Kolleen Rigney-Singleton (Elijah, her spouse), Zachary Cutshaw, Laura Cutshaw, and Scotty Cutshaw. Don was also a proud great-grandparent to 10 beautiful great-grandchildren.

Don is also survived by his sister, Berthella Simon, of Orange Cove, CA, as well as various nieces, nephews, and cousins. Don was preceded in death by his parents, William and Gertrude Cutshaw; a sister, Linda McDaniel; a son, Donavon Dean Cutshaw, Jr.; his wife of 47 years, Jeri Cutshaw; a great-grandson, Carter Jack Cutshaw.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm, at Higgins Funeral Home in Antioch, CA.  Celebration of Life will be on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at Family Worship Center, located at 161 Sand Creek Road, Suite A, Brentwood, CA, at 11:00am.  Interment to follow at Oak View Cemetery, Antioch, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request donations to the “Christmas in Tijuana” ministry through Family Worship Center. 

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Long time Antioch homebuilder, real estate developer and broker, Ralph Garrow, Sr. passes at 96

Saturday, April 19th, 2014
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Ralph Garrow, Sr. at his desk.

OBITUARY

Ralph Ray Garrow, Sr.

November 16, 1917 – April 14, 2014

Born in Stockton with his twin brother Mel, the last of 11 brothers and sisters, Ralph graduated from Stagg High School and studied business after that. He came to Antioch before World War II to work for his brother Brag at the American Laundry and met his future wife, Eunice Higgins. He enlisted in the Army after Pearl Harbor in 1941 and was first stationed in Oklahoma. Eunice traveled to meet him in Kansas and they were married there on June 20, 1943. They were married for 61 years until Eunice passed away in 2004. After their wedding, Ralph served in the South Pacific Theatre on Eniwetok Atoll and the Philippines until 1946. On the troopship trip back after the war, Ralph read a real estate textbook and obtained his broker’s license after arriving home.

Active for over 50 years as a homebuilder, real estate developer and broker, he was instrumental in building over 5,000 homes in Antioch, Oakley and Brentwood plus brokering real estate sales. He helped launch the careers of dozens of real estate professionals with Ralph Garrow Real Estate and Delta Bay Real Estate. Ralph was a member of the Delta Association of REALTORS and its founding organization. The business he started continues today as Ralph Garrow Real Estate and is managed and operated by his family.

Eunice and Ralph vacationed yearly in the warm weather climes of Hawaii, Palm Desert and Boulder Creek and cherished their time spent with family and friends. Ralph loved playing golf and spent countless hours practicing his short game, fulfilling a dream when they moved from Antioch to a home on the fairway at Summerset in Brentwood in 2000. He and Eunice also enjoyed watching their thoroughbred horses race at Golden Gate Fields. His other hobbies were photography and the stock market. His drive, spirit, generosity and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his son Ralph Garrow, Jr. (Laurie) of Antioch, daughter Joslyn Missy Vigil (Kim) of Brentwood, grandchildren Alex and Ian Garrow of Antioch, Jasmine Sexton (Andre) of Oregon, Beau Vigil of Brentwood and Taylor Vigil of Rohnert Park, plus 3 great grandchildren, Bailey, Ethan and Judah Sexton. Ralph was preceded in death by his wife Eunice, father Alex, mother Lena, brothers El, Brag, Jack, Bob, Bill and Mel, plus sisters Ethel, Ruth, Lucille and Laverne. The family would like to thank the staffs of Westmont Compass Rose of Brentwood and Vitas Hospice for the special care and attention given Ralph during his final months.

A celebration of Ralph’s life will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Brentwood Funeral Home, 839 First St. in Brentwood with visitation at 10:00 AM and memorial service at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow in the Garrow family plot at Stockton Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Ralph would have wanted you to give generously to your favorite charity.

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Long time Antioch community volunteer, Smoky Jones passes, memorial Saturday

Friday, April 11th, 2014

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JOSEPH W. JONES

SMOKY”

November 14, 1923- February 24, 2014

Born in Utah and raised in Boise, Idaho, Smoky came to Antioch with wife Jody Jones to work for the then new DuPont plant, in 1956. After 26 years with DuPont he retired in 1982. Known for the many charities they volunteered for, the couple was known for always volunteering as a couple. Together they were nominated as Citizens of the Year for many years of work with the Cancer Society, Delta Learning Center, The Senior Center Buses, the Antioch Garden Club, the Antioch Historical Society and the Antioch Friends of the Animals and animal shelter.

Smoky Jones train 244x300 Long time Antioch community volunteer, Smoky Jones passes, memorial SaturdaySmoky was known as the “Train Man”, having built a wonderful model train layout in his home and much train memorabilia in his garden. Much of the trains have been donated to the Black Diamond Line Train Club on Fulton Shipyard Road and to the Antioch Historical Society. As in life, several charities have already benefitted from their estate. Smoky lost his wife Jody to cancer in 2012 after 60 years of marriage. He was preceeded in death by his wife, 2 sisters, his parents and a son in 1977. He is survived by a daughter, Marsha Habberstad of Idaho and a granddaughter he never knew, Jody Jones Marquette of Idaho, cousins, nieces, nephews and his sister in-law Betty Berg.

His friends and family will gather at the Red Caboose on Fulton Shipyard Road on Saturday, April 12 at 1 P.M. to celebrate his life and their lives as a couple. Smoky actually wired the Caboose and befriended Jim Boccio to help him restore the Caboose when Jim first brought it to the Fulton shipyard location. Smoky was anything and everything about trains and his one great love, Jody.

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Lifelong Antioch resident Steve “Skeeter” Sanchez dies at 59, memorial on Friday

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

 Lifelong Antioch resident Steve Skeeter Sanchez dies at 59, memorial on Friday

Steven (Skeeter) Lynn Sanchez

December 4, 1954- March 20, 2014

Resident of Antioch

Steven (Skeeter) Lynn Sanchez, 59, of Antioch died Thursday March 19, 2014. Skeeter leaves behind his two daughters Jeni (Steve) Spiegel, Tara (Andrew) Jensen, his son Jason Sanchez his loving grandchildren Devyn Jensen; Joseph, Jacob, and JayLynn Spiegel. He is survived by his mother Patsy Porter, brother John (Shirley) Sanchez, Uncle Tom Garrison, many nieces and nephews that he loved as his own, and countless family and friends.

Skeeter was raised in Antioch and graduated from Antioch High School in 1973. He worked at UPS for 28 years where he made numerous friends with his co-workers and customers. He was well known for volunteering where needed in his community and always staying actively involved. He dedicated his time to Antioch Little League where he coached many teams. He also loved broadcasting Bay Area high school sports with Comcast.

Skeeter was loved for his outgoing personality, contagious laugh, sense of humor, and extremely big heart. His love for God will always be remembered. Skeeter will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

A celebration of life will take place on Friday, April 11, 1:00 P.M. at Golden Hills Community Church 2401 Shady Willow Lane in Brentwood. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Golden Hills Community Church.

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Obituary: Raymond “DeDe” Bass

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Raymond DeDe Brown Obituary: Raymond DeDe BassRaymond “DeDe” Bass

Age: 74

December 24, 1938 to December 17, 2013

Longtime resident of Antioch, CA

Survived by his wife Margaret

and Children: Keli Bass-Brown,Vikkie Cain, Ryan & Randy.

Survived also by his brothers; Ronald and Richard

Graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1956

Went into the Navy in 1956 to 1959

Worked many years at Fibreboard Corp in Antioch

He loved his NASCAR and SF 49ers Fan.

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