Gwen Hartley passed away peacefully, in her sleep, from natural causes on Friday January 1, 2021 as a resident of Tampico Terrace in Walnut Creek, CA.
Gwen was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Edward Ernst Bode and Anna Ana (Saunders) Bode and grew up on the beautiful island of Oahu, HI. Gwen was preceded in life by her parents and siblings Mabel Burton, Edward, Norman, Joseph and Bobby. Gwen is survived by her sister Patricia Warren who lives in Honolulu, HI and her five children: Edward Eldon (Cecilia) of Clayton, Susan Ann Queen (Richard) of Carson City, Vickie Lynn Tarrant of Marysville, James Russell (Denise) of San Ramon, and Christine Louise Sylvia (Kevin) of Atascadero. Gwen is also survived by her eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren who she dearly loved: Ronald Earl Hartley, Natalie Christine (Whelan) Hartley (Edward) Angela Christine Marie (Burgess) Arnold (Susan), Shayna Lindsay Tarrant, Richard Russell "Richie" Tarrant (Vickie), Jared Richard Lovesy, Jenna Rose Hartley (James), and Joseph Charles “Joey” Sylvia (Christine); eight great grandchildren: Kai Mana Hartley, Kaleo Edward Hartley, Sage Desert Moon Hartley (Ronald), Mac James Tollefson, Anderson Paul Whelan, Elijah Joseph Whelan and Emma Grace Whelan (Natalie), and Maddox Anthony-Dean Ianni (Angela).
Gwen was the youngest of seven children and was lovingly referred to as Lani by her family and friends. At the age of 19, Gwen boarded a ship with her best friend and made her voyage to the Mainland (California) where she would eventually meet her husband Doc in Oakland. Gwen and Doc were married on January 4, 1958 and remained married for 57-years until Doc’s passing in 2015. Gwen and Doc started their own small business (Copy Print) in Pleasant Hill which they ran for more than 30 years, all the while, raising their five children
Growing up on Oahu, surrounded by her large extended family, Gwen’s love and affinity for family was evident. Having five children of her own, she loved having family gatherings. Cooking, sharing stories of her childhood in Hawaii, providing a warm and safe environment for everyone and was often considered the “second mom” to her children’s friends. Her love for the islands remained with her throughout her life and she was at peace whenever she was able to return home to visit family. Gwen was the true heart, soul and glue of her family and her unconditional love was present in everything she did. She was strong and fierce and stubborn, yet she was loving, loyal and forgiving.
Gwen is interred at Oak View Memorial Cemetery in Antioch. When allowed, the family plans to have a gathering for Gwen to celebrate her life. During these challenging times, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate and/or support your local businesses. As someone who was once a small business owner herself, we feel this is a fitting gesture in her honor.
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