Contra Costa Supervisor Gayle Uilkema has died

Contra Costa Supervisor Gayle Uilkema on March 13, 2012.

Contra Costa County Supervisor Gayle Uilkema died early this morning with her family by her side.  She had been battling ovarian cancer since mid-2010.

In her fourth term, the 73-year-old former Lafayette mayor has been absent from her seat behind the board dais in Martinez since December, when she suffered a bout of pneumonia she described as a complication of chemotherapy.

She had hoped to return to her customary full-time schedule this spring although she was planning to retire at the end of the year after serving 16 years.

What I will remember most about Gayle is how much she deep-down loved her job as a county supervisor. She will be missed.

A rosary will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday St. Perpetua Church at 3454 Hamlin Road in Lafayette. The funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, also at St. Perpetua.

Flowers should be sent to Hull’s, 1139 Saranap Ave., Walnut Creek, CA 94595.

Memorial donations may to sent to the American Cancer Society, 101 Ygnacio Valley Rd., Walnut Creek, CA 94596



Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • A great woman who will be missed in our county government. She showed concern and care across the entire county. God bless her family in this trying time.

  • Rob Schroeer

    Godspeed Gayle. I served on Lafco and the County Connection Board for many years with Gayle. When my late wife was fighting cancer she would visit her at Kaiser in her chemo sessions. That meant a lot to her, and me. God bless your family and your spirit.

  • BJD

    Sad news. May she rest in peace.

  • Margot Tobias

    Very sad news. She worked very hard for our community. She was intelligent, honest and caring.

  • Judy Lloyd

    Gayle was truly an innovator among women in office. She was calm and steady in her deliberations and a lovely woman who was always elegant. We shall truly miss her.

  • US Postal Service, Lafayette.

    Gayle Uilkema will be missed greatly. She was an outstanding woman and leader.
    Our prayers go out to her and her family.