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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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In memoriam: Antioch resident Beatriz Elizabeth “Bea” Truxton passes at 89

Tuesday, February 15th, 2022

Beatriz Elizabeth “Bea” Truxton

March 12, 1932 – January 28, 2022

Our dear mother, Beatriz Elizabeth Truxton, passed away January 28, 2022. Beatriz was born March 12, 1932, in Guayaquil Ecuador to Anibal Leon Barrera and Melania Medina Molina. She had two older sisters.

Beatriz married the love of her life, Perry Truxton, on December 16, 1950, in Ecuador after a whirlwind six-week courtship. They were two months shy of their 60th wedding anniversary when Perry passed away in 2010.

Beatriz made many friends in Central and South America and the Caribbean following Perry who worked for the Inter American Geodetic Survey headquartered in the Panama Canal Zone. During his service, they lived in Bolivia, Chile, Cuba, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Panama. In 1976, they moved to Alamogordo, NM. Beatriz and Perry continued to travel after Perry retired in 1985.

In her mid-60s, Beatriz decided to pursue education by first earning her G.E.D. and then continuing to earn her Associates of Art degree in 2008 at the Alamogordo branch of New Mexico State University. She also took many art classes, enjoying drawing and acrylic painting. She served students through a part-time job in the Language Lab as a Spanish tutor where she made many friends.

Beatriz enjoyed the beach and scuba diving when she was younger. She went camping because Perry promised her that she would not have to either cook or clean up! Beatriz and Perry were great dancers. Beatriz enjoyed animals. As a child, she had a monkey and an ocelot as a pet. She loved dogs. Her favorite breed was the beagle and favorite dog names were Ginger or Topsy!

Beatriz had a deep faith in her savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. She taught her children to also have a deep faith in God. Beatriz loved traveling. She enjoyed visiting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She made a priority to attend milestone events such as weddings, high school or college graduations and First Holy Communions.

In 2018, Beatriz went to live with her children. She lived with Roy in Tampa, FL before coming to live with Nellie in Antioch, CA. Beatriz joined the Antioch Senior Center where she participated in the painting activity. She also enjoyed going to the senior activity at the Celebration Center at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Brentwood, CA.

Beatriz is survived by her sons, Roy, Charlie (Vicki), and Stephen, and daughter Nellie (Brian) Beatty; grandchildren Emmanuel, Michael, Maureen, Elizabeth (Nathan) Blumhorst, Teresa, Jennifer, Katherine, Angela, Christopher, Sarah, Aaron, Rebecca, Annelise, and Maria; great-grandchildren Gabriel, Jacob, and Emrys; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

The family would like to thank both Hospice of the East Bay and the staff at Spyglass Villas 2 for the wonderful care they gave to Beatriz. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation be made to the Alzheimer’s Society in Beatriz Truxton’s name.

A funeral mass will be held on February 17, 2022, at St. Anthony’s Church, 971 O’Hara Ave, Oakley, CA  94561 at 12 p.m. with the rosary at 11 a.m. Interment is at Del Puerto & St. Mary’s Cemetery, 10800 CA-22, Patterson, CA 95363 at 11 a.m. February 18, 2022.

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In memoriam: Antioch homeless resident Tyrone Marshall passes at 64

Wednesday, January 5th, 2022

Vigil Thursday evening

Tyrone Marshall

Sunrise August 2, 1957 – Sunset December 20, 2021

Tyrone was born to the late Dorothy and Mayweather Marshall. In 1969 he earned his Scholarship of Fine Arts from UC Berkeley. Tyrone used to work for the shipyard, loved to exercise and studied martial arts from a Bruce Lee book. In 1981 he had his first and only child, April.

Tyrone will be remembered by his daughter; April, grandchildren; Eric and Cheyenne, sisters; Renee, Denise and Monica, brothers; Lamont, Spencer and Robert. His countless loving cousins, nieces, nephews and the community.

The viewing of the body is from 11am -12 and his funeral is from 12 to 2 pm at Dan Scales Funeral home at 107 W. 8th Street in Pittsburg, CA on Friday February 7, 2022. The burial will be at Oak View Memorial Park at 2500 East 18th Street in Antioch, CA.

“And now abide; faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13

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In Memoriam: Antioch resident Dan Fanucchi passes at 57

Tuesday, January 4th, 2022

Daniel ‘Dan’ Enzo Fanucchi

May 9, 1964 – November 18, 2021

Dan Fanucchi, 57, passed away suddenly at home on November 18, 2021, from congestive heart failure. Dan was born on May 9, 1964, in San Francisco, CA to his parents Enzo and Diva Fanucchi. Dan and his older sister Jeannie were raised in Daly City, CA and years later the parents and Dan moved to Foster City, CA. He and his wife Tami moved to Antioch in 1997.

Dan worked for a Bomb Detection Company in Fremont, CA for 25 years as a Facilities Tech and an EHS Specialist. Dan was happily married to Tami Fanucchi who was his partner in life for 29 years at the time of his death. Besides spending time with his family and friends, Dan had a passion for music, hiking, nature, sunsets and sunrises, long drives and watching sports.

Dan was known for his contagious, fun loving, personality, hugs, big smile, and humble down to earth, loving soul. Dan was saved and was known for his service to God at Golden Hills Community Church in Brentwood, CA and at Laurel Ridge Community Church in Oakley, CA. Dan was a great witness to the public. He is survived by his wife, two children, older sister, many aunts and uncles and cousins, nephews, and great nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life service on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 11:00 am at Laurel Ridge Community Church at 2459 Laurel Road in Oakley, CA.


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Long-time Antioch resident passes at 79, survived by 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren

Monday, June 28th, 2021

Virginia (Gini) Kay Christensen

February 1942 – June 9, 2021

Virginia (Gini) Kay Christensen, 79, a long-time resident of Antioch, CA, passed away after an extended illness on Wednesday, June 9, 2021.

Gini was born in Long Beach, CA, to James and Norma Caughron in February 1942. At the age of three Gini moved with her mother to post-WWII Germany, where her father was an officer in the US Army, in her early teens the family moved back to Southern California, relocating to Northern California in her early twenties. Gini began her work life as a Mermaid at the Disneyland Submarine ride, trained as a nurse in her early twenties, then a clerical worker employed by the Daily Ledger and the City of Antioch, City Clerk’s Office, finishing her career in the private sector.

Gini was a quiet lady with an artist’s heart. She loved painting, quilting, porcelain doll making and stained glass. Gini very much enjoyed singing, musicals, dancing, and animals-especially dogs. Gini was navigationally challenged resulting in many family trips that began with a plan that became an adventure…never lost.

Gini was preceded in death by both her father and mother, in 1986 and 2012 respectively, and her husband, Loren E. Christensen in 2000. Gini will be missed by her brothers, James Caughron and Robert Caughron, her children and stepchildren, Jeff Varner, deAnne McCoy, Victoria Varner, Lori Christensen Maxwell, Loren David Christensen, Mari Christensen Bourret, their spouses/partners, 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren, as well as a multitude of extended family and friends.

Gini’s family is planning an informal Celebration of Life on July 24, 2021 from 1-3pm at the Antioch Community Center located at 4703 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, CA.


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