Contra Costa Times

Lois B. O’Reilly: Obituary

Lois B. O’Reilly July 19, 1927 – Jan. 19, 2012 Resident of Berkeley Lois B. O’Reilly, 84, residing in Berkeley, CA passed away the evening of Thurs. Jan. 19, 2012 at Kaiser San Francisco hospital. She died of an aortic tear in her heart. She was born on July 19, 1927 in Detroit, MI, daughter of Leon & Nellie Black. Lois was an avid researcher in spirituality, channeling her knowledge and who touched many people with her own generous spirit. She graduated from Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Il in Religious Studies and Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA in Psychology. more

Elizabeth (Betty) Davalos: Obituary

Elizabeth (Betty) Davalos July 13, 1927 ~ Oct. 3, 2011 Resident of Walnut Creek Betty Davalos died quietly in her home in Walnut Creek, CA after a brief illness. Betty graduated from Westmont College in Montecito, CA in 1950. more

Willow Glen shorts: Westmont College plans free concert at Bayside Church

The Westmont College Orchestra and Chapel Band will give a free performance on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at Bayside Community Church, 1901 Cottle Ave. more

William Smrtnik: Obituary

William R. Smrtnik Resident of Pittsburg William “Bill” Robert Smrtnik, 71, entered into rest following a lengthy illness on December 15, 2009 in Pittsburg. He was born in Illinois on August 14, 1938 to Frank and Frances Smrtnik. Bill received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Westmont College in Santa Barbara and his Masters Degree from San Francisco State. more

More middle-class professionals join homeless ranks

Colin never thought he’d wind up on Skid Row. As a middle-class father and business owner, he had achieved the American dream. But that all came crashing down recently when his coffee-bean importing business went under and the home he was renting in El Segundo went into foreclosure.

With nowhere else to turn, the Westmont College graduate sought shelter for his family at the Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles. more