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August 15, 1946 -

April 2, 2007

A Lover of Life and All that Presents Itself

The world lost a woman of beauty and true valor when Nancy DelVillaggio, 60, of Los Altos succumbed to lung and breast cancer after a brief but hard-fought battle on April 2, 2007. She is survived by Carl, her husband and best friend of 39 years, sons Chris and Geoff, daughter-in-law Janet, grandsons Owen and Ian, her mother Ruth Bergman, 92, and brothers Todd and Chris. She also leaves behind a coast to coast network of friends who knew and will now grieve for the warmth and generosity of her heart.

A child of Westbury, New York and a graduate of Rider University, New Jersey,

Nancy married Carl just after graduation. They embarked on a career that included moves around the Midwest and East coast, settling happily in California in 1984. In each move, it was Nancy who reached out, built their lives and found new friends, often making them companions for life.

It was here in California that she and Carl successfully completed raising their sons, after which Nancy launched a full time career which culminated in the Presidency of Stanley Barber Inc., a career management and development company. At the same time Nancy helped found CAPWA, California Professional Women's Association, and became strongly involved in working for the mentally ill as a member of NAMI as well as a family board member and frequent newsletter author for the Alliance for Community Care.

To know Nancy is to understand that her love for family and friends was unconditional. She was a woman of unparalleled strength who expanded her heart to share that strength with those around her. Family and friends always knew of "Nancyisms", her ability to offer insight and to share life's joys and sorrows with just the right words at the right time. More than one friend, at one time or another, got her favorite admonition: Let it go!

Nancy mixed a love for sports with a passion for major league baseball, high voltage energy for exercise with a quiet love of reading and the most eclectic taste in music known to all. And finally, Nancy was a great lover of the feline friends who came to live contentedly with she and Carl.

The love Nancy inspired was shared by family, friends and extended to friends of her son's generation, who looked up to and always enjoyed Mrs. "D".

None, however, will know the depth of missing her more than her best friend, husband and constant companion, Carl.

A celebration of her life will be scheduled at a later date but the family asks, in lieu of flowers, for donations to be made to: Friends of Grace, c/o Grace Community Center, 484 East San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA. 95112.


September 20, 1917-

April 2, 2007

Husband of Alberta (deceased). Father of Robert Hyson (Barbara) and Peg Bickmore (Les, deceased). Grandpa to Brian Hyson (Aimee) and Wendy Guzman (Jose). Great-grandpa to Jesus Guzman. Retired auto mechanic, WWII Vet.

Services were held April 2, 2007. Donations in Virg's memory may be made to the Los Altos Senior Center or charity of your choice. Arrangements by Spangler's Mortuary.


Charles Edouard Brabant, age 75, passed away January 28 in Oak Harbor, Washington. Charles was born 16 April, 1931 in Montreal, Canada. He attended Loyola High School and McGill University in Montreal, and also studied engineering in Manchester, England. After leaving Montreal, he lived in Detroit, MI; Springfield, VA; Mountain View, CA; Stamford, CT; Los Altos, CA; and Point Roberts, WA. He worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, the Stanford Research Institute, and Quantum Science in New York City. He enjoyed sailing out of the Redwood City Marina, Stamford Yacht Club, Santa Cruz Harbor, and Point Roberts Marina.

Charles was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Alcide Brabant (1896-1964); mother, Eva Bernier Brabant (1898-1950); and son, Charles Edouard Brabant (1963-1965). Charles is survived by his ex-wife, six children, and eight grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at to Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery in Montreal this spring. A notice prior to the service will be published in the local Montreal paper for any interested parties.

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