Walnut Creek Death Notices

Some of the people with ties to Walnut Creek who have passed away recently

Linda Ann Betlan, a resident of Walnut Creek, was a graduate of Castlemont High School and St. Mary's College. She was a career coordinator at Amador Valley High and Dublin High for 15 years. Betlan died on Dec. 27 at the age of 72.

W.C. Bowie, a resident of Walnut Creek, had lived in the city since 1970. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Fair Oaks Baptist Church in Concord. Bowie died on Dec. 26 at the age of 91.

Alice Mae Cummings, a resident of Walnut Creek, was born in Wisconsin. She graduated from business school and moved to Alamo with her husband. Cummings worked for the Contra Costa County Department of Agriculture. In 1989, she and her husband moved to Rossmoor. She was a volunteer at the John Muir Outpatient Clinic. Cummings died on Dec. 12 at the age of 90.

James Harrison Disney, a long-time resident of Walnut Creek, was born in North Dakota. He graduated from the University of San Francisco, where he was student body president and head yell leader. He also earned a law degree from USF. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and served on the U.S.S. Hornet. Disney also worked in corporate law and was a deputy district attorney for Contra Costa County. He was a past president of the Diablo Sailing Club as well as the Kiwanis Concord. Disney died on Dec. 13 at the age of 83.

Shirley Holzkamp, a former resident of Walnut Creek, was born in Massachusetts. She graduated from Syracuse University and initially worked in the fashion industry before moving with her husband to California. She had careers in cake decorating, floral arrangements and antiques. She belonged to the Daughters of the American Revolution and was a PTA president as well as den mother. She moved to Napa in 2009 to be close to her family. Holzkamp died on Dec. 27 at the age of 86.

Jacqueline Lietz, a resident of Walnut Creek, worked for the city's Civic Arts Education Program. She was deeply involved in the horse riding community. She also volunteered for the Scottsdale Squids, the Aquabears, Aquanuts, Guide Dogs and Porsche Club of America. Lietz died on Dec. 23 at the age of 63.

Alexandra Balaban Provenzano, a resident of Walnut Creek, was born in Montreal and grew up in New York. She earned a degree in nursing and worked as a registered nurse. Provenzano died on Dec. 27 at the age of 61.

Scott Charles Webb, a resident of Walnut Creek, lived in the East Bay for 40 years. He was an expert on World War II history and The Beatles. He liked playing Scrabble and watching Antiques Roadshow on the History Channel. Webb died on Dec. 26 at the age of 46.


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