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In Memoriam: Jeremy David “Lumpy” Sturgill

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Jeremy David Lumpy Sturgill In Memoriam: Jeremy David Lumpy SturgillJeremy David Sturgill

The One, The Only Lumpy”

December 5, 1979 – June 16, 2015

Jeremy “Lumpy” Sturgill, 35, of Brentwood, CA passed away unexpectedly on June 16, 2015. He was born in Concord, CA to parents Dave and Kathy Sturgill and a 1998 graduate of Clayton Valley High School. Lumpy owned and operated Lumpy’s Diner and Elle Dee’s Catering in Antioch, CA for the past seven years. This was his lifelong dream. Lumpy was a friend to everyone who walked through his doors and was an extremely generous man with a heart of gold.

Lumpy continuously gave back to his community by supporting events such as East County Little League, Tuberous Sclerosis Walks, Toys for Tots, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District, several diner hosted car shows in conjunction with the Midnighter’s Car Club and his annual Burger Eating Contest that particularly benefited the Special Kids Foundation.

Lumpy was an avid Oakland A’s and San Francisco 49ers fan. While he favored sports he also enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, camping, playing softball, pranking diner patrons, whipped cream fights and most of all loving his wife and two sons.

Lumpy is survived by his wife Marci, sons Jaxx David Lumpy and Maverick Anthony Van; mother Kathy Spangler Sturgill (Brentwood), father Dave “Digger” Sturgill and his wife Kim (Concord); grandparents Joe and Waneta Spangler (Pittsburg); numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and close friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Orville and Eula Sturgill; and his cousin Joel Knight.

A viewing will be held on June 23rd from 6pm-8pm at Moore’s Mission Funeral Home, 1390 Monument Blvd, Concord, CA and services will be held on June 24th at 11:00am at Calvary Temple Church, 4725 Evora Rd., Concord CA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank to The Jeremy “Lumpy” Sturgill Memorial Fund.

In life, Lumpy was surrounded by his angels and he will now forever be ours.

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In Memoriam: Helen Martinez, owner of Lou’s Place in Antioch

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Helen Martinez photo In Memoriam: Helen Martinez, owner of Lous Place in AntiochHelen Martinez

Resident of Antioch
June 25, 1930 – April 13, 2015

Helen Martinez passed away peacefully at home with her family on April 13th, 2015. Helen was born in Ohio to John & Pauline Trombitas who were recent immigrants from Romania. Helen moved to Contra Costa County as a child settling in Concord with her parents. She graduated from Mt. Diablo High School, married the love of her life, Robert Rueben Martinez and had two sons, Gary and John. As an adult Helen, attended Stockton Community College where she received her certificate in mill work trafficking. Helen was a dedicated employee to United States Steel Mill for over 45 years and loved her job. After retiring from the mill, Helen became the sole owner and operator of Lou’s Place on A Street in Antioch for over 30 years.

Helen Martinez young In Memoriam: Helen Martinez, owner of Lous Place in AntiochIn addition to her two sons she is survived by her daughter-In-law Debbie Martinez, her beloved Grandchildren, Angela, Mia, CJ, Quiller and Chason Martinez and four Great Grandchildren Savannah Beall, Johnny Rocha, Hailey Garcia and Summer Martinez. Helen was a cherished mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to all who knew her. She is known for her unconditional love, kindness and generosity. She will live forever in our hearts and be dearly missed. She was a blessing to all that knew her. Please join us for Helen’s Memorial Thursday, April 30, 2015, 12:00 at Higgins Funeral, Antioch. Luncheon & Celebration of Life to follow at the VFW Hall, Antioch.

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In Memoriam: Dylan Cody Rath

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

 In Memoriam: Dylan Cody Rath

Dylan Cody Rath

October 23, 1988 – April 12, 2015

Dylan C. Rath died tragically on April 12, 2015 while enjoying his passion of riding his Harley Davidson with family and friends. He was born in Pittsburg, Ca and was a lifelong resident of Antioch.

He graduated from Deer Valley High School in 2007, where he played baseball and was All-League pitcher and also pitched at Diablo Valley College for two years. He was employed for the last four years at Markstein Sales Co.

Dylan will be remembered for his trusting loyalty, his caring nature and his willingness to help others. Beloved son to Melanie and Dave Rath, brother to Jordan Rath, fiancee to Ashley Saylor, father to 3-month old Aria Rose Rath, and grandson to Alfred Jordan. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial in celebration of Dylan’s life on May 1, 2015 at noon at the Pittsburg Elks Lodge at 200 Marina Blvd.

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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
Theurer 1024x982 Former Antioch resident, Betsey Marie Theurer, passes

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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