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Catalina R. Torres Resident of Martinez Catalina Ruvalcaba Torres born in Yahualica, Jalisco, Mexico and raised in Martinez, California, passed on Saturday September 6, 2008 at the age of 44. Catalina was a powerful woman and an exceptional role model for her family, friends and community. Catalina was a graduate of Alhambra High School, a certified cosmetologist and an alumnus of Saint Mary's College in Moraga where she majored in Women's Studies. As a former student of Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, she returned as a math instructor and tutor for over ten years. She worked part time as a cosmetologist as well. Catalina was also a teacher for a high school program, "Go Get it" (GGI), in Concord where she tutored various subjects. She volunteered for "STAND!" also in Concord serving as an advocate for battered women. Catalina leaves behind a legacy of advocacy of helping those most in need. She made a positive impact in the East Bay Community especially for women and students. She will always be remembered as an advocate for families, education, service, peace, and love. Catalina lovingly referred to as "Cata" is survived by her two sons Nicolas Carmona (age 22) and Rafael Carmona (age 24), daughter-in-law Veronica, grandson Andrew; Mother Rafaela Ruvalcaba Torres, Father Eustacio Torres, younger siblings: Guillermo, Silvia, Eustacio Jr., Patricia and Noe; and an extended family. All who knew and loved Catalina are invited to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church on the corner of Estudillo & Mellus St. in Martinez, to a time of visitation, Thursday, September 11 beginning at 4:00 pm. A memorial mass will follow on Friday, September 12 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to DVC Foundation - Catalina Torres Scholarship or call (925)685-1405. Holy Angels Funeral & Cremation Center, San Pablo (510) 234 - 2012 Published in Contra Costa Times on Sept. 11, 20

Eustacio Torres Jr. Former Martinez Resident Eustacio Torres Jr., born in Orange County and raised in Martinez, California, passed on Sunday, July 19th 2009 at the age of 41. Eustacio was a loving and kind man dedicated to his family and community. Eustacio was a graduate of Alhambra High School and an alumnus of San Francisco State University where he majored in Science and Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Always a passionate athlete, Eustacio achieved the designation of "All American" in wrestling while attending SFSU. At the impressive age of 18 Eustacio became a license contractor in the State of California as a way to finance his education. When Eustacio saw a need, he would try to fill it. Whether it was coaching Alhambra High School's wrestling team, helping his parents, family, or friends, he always took great pride in sharing with others. In 1998, he relocated to Southern California to pursue graduate school studies. Thereafter, a career change led him to continue honing his craft as a General Contractor. Surely and steadily he became the sole proprietor of Sharp Construction, a development and remodeling firm located in San Diego, California. With numerous successful projects completed under his tenure, Eustacio will leave long standing examples of his dedication and commitment to the building industry. He also built pride and love in his family and friends through his compassionate heart and we will be a long standing example of his everlasting love. Eustacio lovingly known as "Stash" or "Tacho" is survived by his Mother Rafaela Ruvalcaba Torres; Father Eustacio Torres Sr.; siblings Guillermo, Silvia, Patricia, Noe; brothers-in-law Alberto and Alfonso; his nieces and nephews he loved as his own, Rafael, Nicolas, Victoria, Luis, Moises, Isabella, AJ and great-nephew Andrew. He was preceded in death by his beloved sister Catalina Torres. All who knew and loved Eustacio are invited to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church located at 1125 Ferry Street in Martinez, to a visitation vigil on Friday July 24th at 4pm. A funeral service will follow on Saturday July 25th at 11am. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be accepting donations at Wells Fargo Bank account #2629533015. - See more at:
San Bruno fire victim: Elizabeth Torres, 81, was matriarch of large extended family By Lisa Fernandez

The large Torres family is suffering the loss of a family matriarch, as relatives pray that three other family members will recover rapidly from burns resulting from the blast.
Elizabeth Torres, 81, who lived with her daughter Cindy and son-in-law Allen Braun in a Claremont Drive home in San Bruno, died despite Braun's attempt to rescue her by carrying her to the front porch, said one of Torres' nine children, David Wharton, 57, of Fair Oaks.
"He saved my mom," Wharton said. "But a second blast" killed her.
Braun is now in the hospital with 40 percent of his body burned, Wharton said.
Braun's wife, Cindy, 45, and her sister Sandy Arnold, 58, are both in induced comas at St. Francis hospital. Arnold, who lives in Petaluma and works as an office clerk, has burns on 70 percent of her body. Cindy Braun, who used to be an office manager for Forbes magazine, has burns covering half her body, Wharton said.
"This is monumental for us," he said. "The only reason I can talk is because I haven't accepted it yet."
He said his mother worked as a nurse's aide for UC San Francisco for 27 years. In her later years, she got around in a wheelchair, even when she visited casinos, a favorite pastime. Torres was married twice and had nine children: Everett, Virginia, Sandy, David, Linda, Michael, Sharon, Gregory and Cindy.

Collateral Victims

Sergeant Paul Starzyk, 47, was a devoted family man and dedicated police officer. On Sept. 6, 2008, Sergeant Paul Starzyk was killed in the line of duty protecting those whom he was sworn to serve. His co-workers write, "Here is a man that got all he ever wanted. Great career, good friends, the best wife, and a great life. He left this world with no regrets. No matter where he ended up, he is sure he will see some of his co-workers there." Paul was born in Madison, Wis., and grew up in DeKalb, Ill. Paul graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. After graduation, Paul accepted a position with the Bank of America Corp., which led to his move to California. After excelling in this industry, he realized his true calling was in helping others, a realization that led him to a career in law enforcement. Paul Starzyk started his law enforcement career as a reserve police officer at the Martinez Police Department in 1992. In 1996, Paul became a full-time police officer, serving the citizens of Martinez on a daily basis. In December 2007, Paul continued his professional journey and was promoted to the position of police sergeant. Paul was always seen as a leader in the police department and has always had the respect and admiration of his fellow law enforcement officers. Paul is survived by his loving wife, Shannon, and their three children, Vincent, 6, Jacob, 4, and Jessica, 20 months. With Shannon, Paul said he finally had everything he ever really wanted. Paul and Shannon's life became complete after the birth of their three children. Paul is also survived by his parents, Marvin and Ann Starzyk of Rockway, Ill.; and his three sisters, Elizabeth, Kathryn and Julia. Paul loved with all his heart and he made us laugh so very often. Paul was an expert skier and an accomplished tri-athlete. He loved playing video games with his kids and long-distance bicycle rides. He was a loyal friend, and more importantly, he was a happy, humorous man we all enjoyed so very much. He was a true hero! Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Concord Pavilion. The Martinez Police Officers Association has created a trust fund to help Paul's family in their time of need. Donations can be made to the Starzyk Family Memorial Fund in care of the Contra Costa Federal Credit Union, 1111 Pine St., Martinez, CA 94553. Ouimet Bros. Concord Funeral Chapel, 4125 Clayton Road, Concord, CA 94521, is assisting the family; 925-682-4242. - See more at:
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