Patti Parks-Telek died unexpectedly at her home in Danville on October 7. She was 75.
The third of four daughters born to Hollis and Edna Miner, she lived her younger years in Oakland and Hayward before ultimately settling in Danville.
Patti worked for the Internal Revenue Service for forty-five years, starting out as a clerk, then as a Revenue Officer and ending as a Diesel Compliance officer, climbing onto tanker trucks to test the fuel.
She enjoyed reading, watching college and professional football, researching her Norwegian and Swedish ancestry, scrapbooking, gardening, classical music concerts, stage plays and traveling with her husband Frank. Among their travels, she and Frank enjoyed exploring lighthouses, from Kilauea Point in Kaua’i to Hilton Head in South Carolina.
Patti is preceded in death by her husband Frank, her parents, and sisters Holly Gillingham and Mary Susan. She is survived by her stepson Scott (Dez) Shields of Danville, their daughters Rebecca and Stephanie, stepdaughter Susan Schaner and her children Steven and Kimberly, Franks daughters Kate and Lindsay Telek, sister Marty (Steve) Daniels of Pleasanton, niece Emily (Brett) Lange and their children Ainsley, Avery and Zachary.
Patti contributed to several charities, including Operation Smile, Doctors without Borders, Food Bank of Contra Costa, Parkinson’s Institute, and East Bay SPCA. A donation to one of these organizations in Patti’s name would be greatly appreciated.
At Patti’s request, no public services were held.
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