Joe Gatz, R.I.P.

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Joseph A Gatz

February 8, 1952 – May 3, 2012

Joseph Anthony Gatz, 60, was born on February 8, 1952 in Quezon City, Philippine Islands and passed away peacefully at home in Stockton, California on May 3, 2012.

He worked for the United Postal Service as a package driver for approximately 10 years and then was a member of General Teamsters Local 439 for over 18 years.

In high school Joe was an avid athletic playing football, baseball and all around sportsman. He was inducted to the A.A. Stagg Football Hall of Fame in 2010. He received Volunteer of the Year Award in 2007 from Stockton Unified School District. For the last twelve years, Joe was the Stagg Athletic Booster Club President.

Joseph is preceded in death by his loving wife Jonelle Ann Brekenfeld. He is survived by his sons Micheal and Trevor, his brother Donald, nieces and nephews and numerous people who considered him family.

Stockton’s Dallas Braden is perfect

After doing what only 18 others in MLB history have done, pitcher dedicates day to two women who made it possible

Dallas Lee Braden, a Stockton resident who frequently pays tribute to his hometown, his deceased mother and the grandmother who helped raise him, paid the ultimate tribute Sunday at the Oakland Coliseum.

By Jason Anderson (Stockton Record)
Posted May. 10, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Updated May 10, 2010 at 12:10 AM

Dallas Lee Braden, a Stockton resident who frequently pays tribute to his hometown, his deceased mother and the grandmother who helped raise him, paid the ultimate tribute Sunday at the Oakland Coliseum.

The Oakland Athletics pitcher threw the 19th perfect game in Major League Baseball history and the first on Mother’s Day, retiring all 27 batters he faced in a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

The 26-year-old left-hander thrust his fist into the air when Gabe Kapler grounded out to shortstop to end the game. Braden was immediately surrounded by teammates and soon found his way into the arms of his grandmother, Peggy Lindsey, who was ushered onto the field by security.

The two of them shared an emotional moment near the third-base dugout. The more she cried, the tighter he held her.

“There was nothing I could say to tell her how I felt,” Braden said Sunday evening while celebrating at a friend’s home in Stockton. “I just had to grab her and hug her and let her know how much I needed her.”

Lindsey helped Braden overcome a troubled youth to reach the big leagues. His parents separated when he was young, he had an estranged relationship with his father, and his mother, Jodie Atwood, died of cancer when he was a senior at Stagg High School in 2001.
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