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In Memoriam: Longtime Antioch resident Dolly Rheem passes at 93

Friday, November 18th, 2022

Shirley Lois “Dolly” Rheem

February 11, 1929 – November 11, 2022

Shirley Lois Rheem, known as Dolly, passed away peacefully in her sleep November 11, 2022, in Antioch, CA. She was 93 years old. Dolly was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. Dolly leaves behind her four children: Son, Cindii, Jo and George; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Her husband Charlie, her four brothers: Don, Eddie, Bobby and Richie; and her parents, Albert and Mary (Minerva) Barnes, preceded her in death.

Dolly was born on February 11, 1929, in Pennsylvania. She went to school in Burnham and met her husband, Charlie Rheem, during her high school years. Dolly and Charlie eloped to West Virginia and married on January 10, 1948.

She loved flipping burgers at a burger joint in Thornton, Colorado to the song “Alley-Oop”. She thought it was fun. She also worked at the original Orange Julius in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The owner sent her home with nearly a gallon of Orange Julius every night. She worked in several fashion stores and eventually at Sears, working in the cashier’s department and Ticketron, the computerized event ticketing company.

In the late 1970s, Dolly and Charlie bought a house in Antioch, California and settled into retirement. Dolly volunteered at the Brown Bag community organization, servicing individuals and families in need of clothing and food.

Dolly loved country music and had a beautiful voice. Many Saturday mornings, her kids would wake up to her singing along to her country favorites.

She loved to read and always had a book in her hand. She enjoyed bowling and watching sports with Charlie. Throughout her life, she enjoyed painting ceramics, quilting, needle point, sewing, crocheting, decoupaging, and decorating for Christmas, Easter, and Halloween. She loved Easter so much that everyone had to have an Easter basket. She would sneak out of her house the night before Easter, set Easter baskets on her neighbors’ porches, and toss candy in their front yards.

She will be missed forever, and her memory will live on in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a tribute donation to help those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia


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In Memoriam: Longtime Antioch resident, former Press photographer Charles Smith passes at 73

Thursday, November 17th, 2022

Charles Edward Smith

July 18, 1949 – November 11, 2022

With humble acceptance of God’s will, we announce the passing of Charles Edward Smith on November 11th, 2022. Beloved husband of Betty Jean Waldrup Smith, and legendary father, grandfather, father-in-law, godfather, brother, uncle and friend will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Due to the upcoming holidays, and to allow proper travel time for out-of-town family members, the Celebration of Life for Charles Smith will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2023, at 11am at St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, 301 East 13th Street, Antioch, CA 94509. Further updates will be sent in the weeks to come.

Our family would also like to thank everyone for the thoughtful flowers, gifts, meals and offers of help during this very difficult time. It is comforting to know that we are not alone in our grief.

“Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed and forever dear.”

Publisher’s note: Charles was a photographer for the Antioch Press between 2001 and 2005.

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Facebook group created for Antioch woman who was victim of homicide

Friday, October 28th, 2022

Source: Facebook

A Facebook group entitled Justice for Antioch Woman Burned to Death has been created for Mikaeylla Elizabeth Sharlman who was the victim in a homicide in Antioch in which her body was found burning on the Mokelumne Trail. (See related articles here, here, here and here)

In a post on the page earlier this week Renee Myers wrote, “The family of Kayla shared a beautiful tribute of her that I am honored to share here with you all. As people of faith, I know it would mean the world to them to have your prayers this evening and in the long weeks and months ahead as they grieve this tremendous loss. We send our compassion, our love, and our sincerest condolences to them in this hour and in the painful days ahead.”

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In Memoriam: Celebrations of Life for 12-year-old Gianathon Vincent to be held Oct. 29 & Nov. 6

Saturday, October 22nd, 2022

Gianathon Michael Vincent

August 21, 2010 – October 1, 2022

Gianathon and two cousins Mason Hanlin and Cheyanne Comfort were struck Sept 16, 2022, by a speeding car. The doctors at Children’s Hospital determined that he was brain dead after being on life support for over a week. Shannon Rae Hanlin, his mother, made the heart wrenching decision to remove him from life support and the decision to donate his organs to save other lives.

Gianathon was a student at Antioch Middle School. He loved sports and video games, and his biggest love was riding minibikes. He was riding at three years of age.

He is loved and missed by his mom, Shannon Hanlin, his father Brentyn Vincent, his grandparents, Ray Hanlin, Pam Finley and Carla Sprio. He was also loved and will be missed by his cousins Mason Hanlin, Connor Hanlin, Jacob Comfort, Cheyenne and Jasmine Comfort. Also, his Uncle Anthony Hanlin, Aunt Jami and Uncle Johnny Comfort, Godfather Andrew Finley, Godmother Devina Collins, as well as numerous other family members and friends. He’s forever in our hearts.

Two Celebrations of Life for Gianathon will be held on Saturday, October 29 from 1:00-4:00 and another on Sunday, Nov. 6 at the VFW Hall located at Fulton Shipyard Road in Antioch. The first one will be a potluck so, if possible, please bring your favorite dish. We are also in need of drinks, water, and soda but no alcohol. Everyone is welcome. RSVP is not necessary, but we would appreciate knowing if you are coming so we can plan. Look forward to seeing you there. Thank you.

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In Memoriam: long-time Antioch resident, business owner, church deacon Johnny DeDeaux passes at 91

Tuesday, May 31st, 2022

John “Johnny” Isadore DeDeauxMay 17, 1930 – April 28, 2022

Resident of Antioch, California

John DeDeaux loved his wife.  That is something everyone understood who knew John for more than five minutes.

John Isadore DeDeaux was born to Bertha and Fred DeDeaux in the small town of Pass Christian, Mississippi on May 17, 1930, and following a short illness, passed peacefully in his home surrounded by family on April 28, 2022 – just a few weeks short of his 92nd birthday.  He had five siblings, Herbert, Fred, Philip, Barbara (Nina), and Eva DeDeaux.

After attending Pass Christian Catholic School through the 10th grade, he left the teen scene and joined the Merchant Marines.  Following his service in the Merchant Marines, he joined the Air Force and was stationed at Camp Stoneman, where he met Aleta Doss at a town carnival in Pittsburg, California in 1951, who later became his wife and love of his life for the next 68 years. As luck would have it, after meeting Aleta, he was drafted into the Korean War and sent overseas where the love letters were flying back and forth for the next several years. Upon his return in 1954, the two eloped, to her mom’s dismay, and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where John was stationed and their first son, John LaVance DeDeaux, was born. Shortly after, they moved back to Pittsburg where their second son, Brian Doss DeDeaux, was born, then purchased a home in Antioch, where they lived until he died.

John, being a determined man, went back to school and earned his high school diploma and worked at Fiberboard Paper Mill for a few years. Then, being a man of purpose, John quit his job, bought a van, painted it, and started Van’s Janitorial Service which he and Aleta managed successfully until retirement.

John loved hunting, fishing, gardening, wood working building bird houses, wishing wells, step stools, and other wood structures that all family members enjoy today. On occasion, he became a comedian entertaining family by re-creating Cousin Jody of Lonzo & Oscar from the Grand Ole Opry. Hat upside down, no teeth, guitar and singing…he didn’t spare details. He was a good dancer and could do a mean jitterbug.

Later in life, he became a Deacon in the Church of Christ and relished spending hours with the guys volunteering for the Church’s Food Give Away Program. John’s life took on many colorful and inspiring aspects during his almost 92 years on this earth. He will be remembered for his love of God, family, his infectious laughter and sharing ridiculous jokes.

Weeks before John’s passing, he enjoyed visits with his closest friends and family, including grandkids that came from far and near. John was blessed to LIVE fully until he died, maintaining the household books, attending to important household matters, telling silly tales, and dreaming of future plans.

John is survived by his loving wife, Aleta DeDeaux; 2 sons, Van and Brian; 7 grandchildren, Elasia, Jeff, Jillian, Johnny, James, Aleta, and Naomi; and 6 great grandchildren; Brother-in-law, Bobby; Sister-in-law, Marcelyn; and nieces and nephews, Brian, Jr., Alisha, Catrina, Kimberly, and Randy.

The family would like to thank John and Aleta’s dedicated caretakers, Christy and Mary. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Eastside Church of Christ 1020 E. Tregallas Road, Antioch at 1:00 pm on June 4.

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In Memoriam: 35-year Antioch resident Safeway deli worker Sharon Lee Heaney passes at 65 Service in Antioch today at 10 am.

Saturday, May 14th, 2022

In loving memory

Sharon Lee Heaney

March 6th, 1955 – March 2, 2021

We lost you a year ago.

Life has not been the same without you.

Sharon Lee (Gresko) Heaney was born to Eileen Gresko in Bakersfield, CA and grew up in San Francisco and later moved to Antioch in 1986.

Loving mother to Shannon Smario and David Heaney. A loving mother-law to Arenaeus Smario and proud grandmother to Sofia Smario.

She attended Galileo High School in San Francisco and worked in a dental office for many years. After having children, she worked for Safeway for 31 years, including about 10 years Antioch.

She enjoyed her life traveling, going out dancing, and feeding the neighborhood cats.

She will be missed by everyone.

A service will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, May 14, 2022, at St. Ignatius Church at 3351 Contra Loma Blvd. in Antioch. All are welcome to attend.

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In Memoriam: Former Antioch resident, one-time candidate for mayor C.L. “Verne” Loomis passes at 89

Tuesday, May 10th, 2022

C.L. Verne & Jennie Loomis


February 15, 1932 – September 22, 2021

Born near Jay, in Northeast Oklahoma on February 15th, 1932, to Clara and Clarence Loomis. C.L. “Verne” Loomis was the second oldest of five children. They moved to northern California in the early 1940’s and eventually settled in Antioch, CA.  Verne married Jennie Lucido of Pittsburg, CA in 1952. Together they raised four sons Garth, Bret, Kurt and Alan. Jennie passed away in 1994.

Verne married Juanita Wolven in 1996. They resettled near Branson, MO in 1997 until Juanita’s passing in 2012. Verne married Pauline Wartrous in 2012 and they remained in Kimberling City, MO until Verne’s death on September 22, 2021. Sadly, Pauline passed away in early April.

Verne worked in Antioch for Fibreboard Corp., the Lesher newspapers and owned and ran many appliance sales and repair shops in Contra Costa County. He spent the last 30 years in Antioch repairing sewing machines and vacuum cleaners in his home shop. He was a man of many talents and had a strong mechanical aptitude.  He even ran for mayor of Antioch, unsuccessfully. He was active with the Eastside Church of Christ on E. Tregallas Road in Antioch.

Verne is survived by his half-brother James Elkins of WA, his four sons, seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

A private service was held, and the family requests donations be made to the Eastside Church of Christ in Antioch, CA or Kimberling City Church of Christ in Kimberling City, MO.

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In Memoriam: Antioch High grad, TV news editor Scott Birmingham passes at 56

Thursday, April 21st, 2022

Services in Reno Saturday

Scott Birmingham

Tuesday, April, 1965 – Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Scott Birmingham, 56, of Reno, passed away at home in his sleep on March 2, 2022.

Scott was blessed to be a double transplant recipient (kidney & liver) from March 22, 2013. His family will be forever grateful for the grace & kindness of another family in their time of sorrow to extend Scott’s life for another 9 years. Those years weren’t wasted – and he lived them to the fullest of his abilities, even when he had to go back on dialysis just a year after transplantation.

He was preceded in death by his mother Marianne Montano Birmingham. He is survived by his wife of 9 years Lisa; his children Kyle, 15, and Kendra, 23; his father Gordon; his sister Brenda; his brother Patrick; his aunt Jeannie; 2 nieces Jennifer & Emma; 2 nephews Ian & Caleb; and 2 grand nephews Mason & Benjamin.

Scott was born on April 13, 1965 to Gordon & Marianne Birmingham in San Diego, CA where his dad was stationed while serving in the US Marines. After Scott graduated from Antioch High School in 1983, he went on to study & graduate with a degree in Broadcast Communications at Diablo Valley College.

He had many many friends, colleagues and former co-workers who adored him. His sense of humor and good nature were well known. Special mention should be given to his care team at DaVita Sierra Rose ~ they were like family and they cared deeply for him. He was never just another patient to them – and they shared a special bond.

After graduating, he started his first job at KTVN in Calif as a Video Editor & Photographer, beginning what would be a 20+ year career in Broadcasting. After relocating to Reno, he went on to work at KRNV from 2008 – 2021, where he enjoyed editing video for the morning news shows and eventually created a film review segment called “4 Your Review”, of which he hosted and was most proud. He was also an active & voting member of the Las Vegas Film Critics Society as well as the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

Scott was an award-winning short film maker as well as an award-winning Podcast host. He had deep roots in Reno’s film community and would often host, judge, moderate, and participate in everything film and movies. He spent several years as the President & Board Member of the Reno Film Festival and gave of his time to put on workshops and seminars to high school & UNR students the art of film making. To say movies were his passion is an understatement. He lived & breathed it every day of his life. He could – and did – talk about it for hours.

Scott became an Ambassador for Donate Life America and spoke to groups about the need, importance and logistics of becoming a donor – raising awareness. While he still had his mobility, he would participate in fundraising, go to the Reno Aces games to recruit & sign up new donors, and do the Fun/Run walks. April is National Donate Life month. The family encourages you to explore becoming an Organ Donor at As of this writing, there are 106,399 Americans waiting for a transplant. Please give the gift of life.

Services will be held at Walton’s Sierra Chapel (875 W. 2nd St) on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 2pm.

Donations or cards can be sent directly to The Birmingham Family at 2377 Red Maple Ct., Reno NV 89523.

To plant a memorial tree in honor of Scott Birmingham, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Service Details

Saturday, April 23rd, 2022  2:00 pm

Walton Sierra Chapel, 875 West 2nd Street, Reno, NV


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