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George Barlas
Age 87, passed away February 9, 2002. Born in San Francisco on August 31, 1914, George made Novato his home for the past 26 years. He was a liquor salesman until his retirement. His greatest love was his wife Gert, who preceded him in death. They had been married for 63 years, and had known each other all of their lives. His second greatest love was tennis, which he played for 70 years. George was a Masonic member of 55 years, and belonged to the City of Hope. In more recent years, he enjoyed volunteering at Kaiser Hospital in San Rafael, where he shared his sense of humor with everyone. He leaves a daughter, Sharon Gustafson and her husband Gary of Novato, as well as two granddaughters, Lainie Tompkins of Washington, D.C., and Andrea Menschel, who along with her husband, Rob, resides in Los Angeles. He also leaves two great-grandsons, Kyle and Jared Menschel. Gifts of remembrance on behalf of George may be made to Hospice of Marin or The Jewish Home in San Francisco. A private Celebration of His Life will be held by his immediate family. 

Elise J. Davis
Passed away on February 10, 2002 at age 96 in Redding, California. She is survived by her nephew, Gus Faure of Redding. She was a native of San Francisco; resided in San Rafael; and had been a public school teacher at San Anselmo School from 1927 through 1966, in San Anselmo, California. She was a member of the California Teacher's Association. Family services are private. 

Dorothy Drayna Freitas
Dorothy Freitas died peacefully Saturday morning at home in Sonoma with her husband Louis and her good friend Lucy Bravo by her side. She had been ill for some time and had recently come under the care of Hospice of Marin (Valley of the Moon Chapter). Dorothy was born September 6, 1914 in Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin and, for many years, traveled the Country selling girls' athletic equipment to schools nationwide. She lived in New York and Chicago before "discovering" California and spending much of her time in St. Helena. In 1970 she married Lou Freitas at St. Leo's in Sonoma; Lou was 60 years old and Dorothy was 55. It was the first and only marriage for each of them. Lou and Dorothy enjoyed golf and more golf, living in Sonoma, Borrego Springs, California, Wickenberg, Arizona, and finally returning to their beloved Sonoma. Dorothy is survived by her husband, Lou, her sisters, Valerie Siegel of Rockford, Illinois and Barbara Castren of Ojai, California, many nieces and nephews, and her great sense of style and taste. A Rosary will be said Tuesday evening, 7 p.m. at St. Isabella's Church in San Rafael (Terra Linda). A Mass of Christian Burial will be said Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Isabella's. In lieu of flowers the family prefers a contribution to your favorite charity. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Melissa Jeanne Graham
Passed away in Novato, California on February 8, 2002. Born in Booneville, California on December 22, 1923. Melissa was a descendant of Mendocino County Pioneers and a resident of Novato for 55 years. She was a member of the Army Nurse Corps during WWII and was a long-time secretary at Our Lady of Loretto School until her retirement in 1988. In 2001, Melissa was predeceased in death by her husband of 54 years, Arthur E. Graham. Her children David of Rohnert Park, Stephen and wife, Jill of Cobb Mountain, Timothy and wife Merrie of Arcata and Patrick and wife, LouAnn of Suisun, survive her. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to either the American Heart Association or Hospice of Marin. A Celebration of Life will be held at Our Lady of Loretto Church in Novato on February 13, 2002 at 1 PM. 

John Howard Hamarstrom
Passed away February 9, 2002 in Novato. A native of Missouri, he also lived in Richmond, Indiana and moved to California in 2000 to be with family. For 40 years, he worked as the District Manager of Prudential Insurance. He is survived by his daughter, Carol Jackson of Novato, California, two grandchildren Julie Stricker of San Rafael and Jeff Jackson of Truckee, California, two great-grandchildren Eric and Molly Stricker. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Tiburon Baptist Church, 445 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon, CA Interment will take place in Kansas City, Missouri. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151. 

Wilfred V. "Will" Lafranchi
Died peacefully, Sunday morning, February 10, 2002, surrounded by his loving family. Coming from a pioneer Marin County family being the fourth generation Swiss-Italian ranching family, he is survived by his loving wife Mary Elizabeth Lafranchi of Nicasio, California. Loving father of Randy Lafranchi and his dear friend Lynette of Nicasio, California, Rick Lafranchi and his wife Debby of San Anselmo, CA, Jan Reilly and her husband Kevin of San Francisco, CA, Scott Lafranchi and his wife Karen of Mill Valley, CA, Diane Deterding and her husband Pete of Carmichael, CA and Kimberly Suida and her husband Joe of Tucson, Arizona. Loving grandfather of Terra, Alanna, Christie, Scott, Rick, Ricco, Jake, Natalie, Luke, Sam, Joey and Kendall. Loving brother of Estelle Moretti of Petaluma, CA, Edward Lafranchi of Livermore, CA, Arthur L. Lafranchi of Santa Rosa, CA, and the late Henry Lafranchi. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was a native of Petaluma, California and passed away at age 78 years. A Member of: Over 50 year member of the Native Sons of the Golden West, Nicasio Parlor, over 50 year member of the Nicasio Druids, a founding board member of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, the Italian Catholic Federation of Cotati, Calif., Marin County Farm Bureau, past member of the Marin County Grand Jury, a 34 year member and past president of the Nicasio School Board, and was selected the Marin County School Board Trustee of the Year 1995. Friends and family are invited to meet, Thursday, February 14, 2002 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 35 Liberty Street, Petaluma, Calif., where a Funeral Mass will be celebrated. A Vigil Service will be held Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM at the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Ave. & Keokuk St., Petaluma, CA. Friends may call at the Mortuary beginning today (Tuesday) from 1:00 PM until 8:00 PM and again on Wednesday from 8:30 AM until 12:30 PM and then again after 4:00 PM. Those who prefer may contribute to St. Mary's Preservation Fund, P.O. Box 501, Nicasio, CA 94946 in memory of Will Lafranchi. Interment: Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 304 Magnolia Avenue, Petaluma, CA. 

George Andrew Parsons
Died Sunday, February 10, 2002 at the age of 89. George was born in Thayer, Iowa on February 2, 1913 and graduated from high school there before going on to Iowa State in Ames, Iowa, where he earned his BA in Industrial Economics. Before he could complete his masters, George was drafted into the Navy during WWII. He worked as an aviation photographer and was honorably discharged in January, 1946. George worked in his later years at Goodman's Lumber and Hardware in Novato. He was also an accomplished pianist and a published poet. He leaves his niece, Connie Fischer, her husband, Edward Fischer, great nephew, Gary Ballinger, great niece, Vicki Brauer and great-great nephews, Robbie and Dylan. Services will be held at Keaton's Mortuary in Novato, California on Saturday, February 16, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake, Iowa. 

Donald Maritzen
Passed away at home on January 31, 2002 after a long battle with cancer. Don is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary Elizabeth, and their five children, Michael Maritzen of Rio Nido, Mary Lynn Smith of San Clemente, Donna Stolz of Rohnert Park, Christopher Maritzen of Morro Bay, Carolyn Risley of Camp Meeker, and nine grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Stanley, of Stockton. Don was born and raised in San Francisco and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School. Don served in the Naval Air Force during the Korean War. He was proud to tell all that he spent that time patrolling the West Coast in a blimp. He lived in Marin County for 40 years, where he raised his family. After retiring from Pepsi Cola he moved to Sonoma County and spent his last two years in his former summer home in Camp Meeker. Don was an avid Forty-Niner fan and attended quite a few games. He was a member of SIRS men's organization in Fairfax and recently became a member of the Sebastopol chapter. He enjoyed playing golf and was a member of the Northwood Men's Golf Club. He loved camping and boating, especially at his campsite at Lake Pillsbury in Lake County. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to Sutter VNA and Hospice in Santa Rosa, or to the Restoration Fund of St. Phillip of the Apostle in Occidental. A Funeral Mass will be held on February 16, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Phillip the Apostle Church in Occidental, followed by a Celebration of His Life at Anderson Hall in Camp Meeker. Arrangements by ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville Street, Petaluma, California. CHEDA & LYONS 707-789-9000. 

Ann Ward Brown, A Resident of Sausalito
Passed away on January 16, 2002. She was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 18,1927. Beloved Mother of Paula Brown Caplice of Sausalito and Michele Brown Steiner of Santa Rosa. Grandmother ("PAL") to Mike, Nanette, Alex, Philip, Veronica, Stephan and Friedy. Great Grandmother to Aidan Jack. Most loved Sister of Catherine Ahern, Helen Cosgrove and the predeceased Frances Handley and John Ward. She was best friend and confidant to many nieces and nephews. Ann was an active member of the Marin County community. She spent many hours volunteering at her beloved Salvage Shop of Sausalito, The Visitor's Center and The Star of the Sea Food Pantry. Ann's encouragement and smile will be missed by all, however her legacy will live on. A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, February 16th, 11:00 a.m. at Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 180 Harrison Avenue, Sausalito. Memorial contributions may be made in Ann's name to the Sausalito Salvage Shop, 19 Princess Street, Sausalito, CA 94965--Attn: Nursing Scholarship Fund. 

Nancy Jane Greyerbiehl
Passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2002. She is fondly remembered by all of her dear friends and her loving family in Canada. A private Memorial Service will be held by her many friends. Idella Haag Idella Haag, a longtime resident of Belvedere, died peacefully at Aldersley Retirement Home in San Rafael on February 4th, 2002. She was 89 years old. Idella was born in Bremerton, Washington. She lived in Seattle until the end of World War II. During those years, she was involved in the retail fashion business, and briefly served as a driver for the officers of the U.S. Army during the war. California was home for the remainder of her life. She married Dr. Alvin Haag in 1959 and shortly thereafter they moved to Ignacio and later to Belvedere. Her many years of volunteering with the Marin Foundation (formerly Friends of Arequipa) included serving as President of the Foundation three times, and Chairman of the Oleander and Driftwood Units. Her innovative fundraising ideas produced many thousands of dollars. She and Al were generous with their resources, which started the Endowment Fund of the Foundation. Tiburon Thrift Shop benefitted from her expertise. She served as President of the organization, as well as Volunteer Manager for several years. Her enthusiasm for improvement projects was infectious, and she was able to get many volunteers to participate and increased the revenue substantially. She was an active member of St. Stephen's Guild and was a partner with Al and his ministry in the Church. They were members of San Francisco Yacht Club and Idella often modeled in the Auxiliary Fashion Shows. Traveling for many months a year was rewarding, but she was always happy to return home and get back to the bridge table! Her family remembers her most for her wonderful smile, positive attitude, sense of humor and unconditional support. She was predeceased by her husband of 42 years, Alvin Haag, who died on December 15, 2001. Mrs. Haag is survived by her daughter, Shirley Silvestri of Tiburon; Al's son, Dr. David Haag of Irvine; seven grandchildren, Michael Haag of Malden, Massachusetts; Stephen Haag of Flagstaff, Arizona; Robert Haag of Brookline, Massachusetts; Russ Silvestri of San Francisco; Laura Partridge of Truckee; Steven Haag of Anaheim; and Lauren Haag of Huntington Beach; and eight great-grandchildren. Memorial Services will be held at St. Stephen's Church, Belvedere on Tuesday, February 12 at 11:00 AM. Contributions in Idella's memory may be made to St. Stephen's Church. 

Allison Thorvald Hana "Al"
Died December 15, 2001. He was 77 years old. He was born in Texas November 10, 1924 and raised in San Francisco. He served in WWII, in England, where he met, and married Edna Tinsley. They had three children. He was an avid skier, and a hard worker, up until his death. He owned his own Construction company. He leaves a son, John and daughters' Sandy Michaelsen, and Karen Pyle, grandchildren, Lacey Michaelsen, Bryan, Evan and Lindsay Pyle. He also leaves a brother, Norman and sisters' Helen and Roxanne. A Memorial will be held February 23, 2002, 2:00 p.m. at Windsong Clubhouse, 8201 Camino Colegio, Rohnert Park, 707-794-7372. 

Catherine Moran Heckman
Died peacefully at home on February 5, 2002 with her adoring family by her side. Cherished wife of Dale Heckman; loving daughter-in-law of Neva Heckman; beloved mother of Marie Rose Prince and Frank Romaggi Prince IV; dear sister of Margaret Pasquini (Richard), Theresa Eisenberg (George) and Thomas Moran (Pamela); proud aunt of Sarah and Vincent Pasquini and Lizzy and Maggie Eisenberg; also survived by her loyal friend Pat Cornell. A third generation Californian and second generation native San Franciscan, Cathie was raised in San Francisco and San Rafael. She loved her family, summers on the Russian River, cooking, gardening and antique hunting. For 25 years Cathie was devoted to her work with the U.S. Postal Service. She was known for her compassion for and generosity to anyone in need. Cathie will be sadly missed by many loving relatives and friends. At Cathie's request, services will be private and a larger family gathering to celebrate her life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice or Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran Street, Petaluma, CA 94952. 

Donald Maritzen
Passed away at home on January 31, 2002 after a long battle with cancer. Don is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary Elizabeth, and their five children, Michael Maritzen of Rio Nido, Mary Lynn Smith of San Clemente, Donna Stolz of Rohnert Park, Christopher Maritzen of Morro Bay, Carolyn Risley of Camp Meeker, and nine grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Stanley, of Stockton. Don was born and raised in San Francisco and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School. Don served in the Naval Air Force during the Korean War. He was proud to tell all that he spent that time patrolling the West Coast in a blimp. He lived in Marin County for 40 years, where he raised his family. After retiring from Pepsi Cola he moved to Sonoma County and spent his last two years in his former summer home in Camp Meeker. Don was an avid Forty-Niner fan and attended quite a few games. He was a member of SIRS men's organization in Fairfax and recently became a member of the Sebastopol chapter. He enjoyed playing golf and was a member of the Northwood Men's Golf Club. He loved camping and boating, especially at his campsite at Lake Pillsbury in Lake County. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to Sutter VNA and Hospice in Santa Rosa, or to the Restoration Fund of St. Phillip of the Apostle in Occidental. A Funeral Mass will be held on February 16, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Phillip the Apostle Church in Occidental, followed by a Celebration of His Life at Anderson Hall in Camp Meeker. Arrangements by ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville Street, Petaluma, California. CHEDA & LYONS 707-789-9000. 

Dorothy Alice McMahon
Dorothy McMahon will always be remembered for her ability to make others around her feel better about themselves. She brought joy and understanding to any situation, which allowed her to make a tremendous contribution to any occasion. She has impacted the lives of many, and for that she will be sorely missed. She passed away on January 22, 2002 in Novato. Dorothy served the County of Marin for 30 years in the Marin County School District. She was secretary to Virgil Hollis, Superintendent of Schools. She was also active in St. Raphael Church and will be buried next to her husband, Marshall, who died in 1981. Friends are invited to attend Grave Side Services on Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael, California at 1:00 p.m. Visitation at Keaton's on Monday after 1:00 p.m. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Lena M. Regalia
A native of California, passed away in Santa Rosa, February 8, 2002, at age 88. She was the loving wife of the late Victor Regalia, beloved mother of Rosemarie Alden-Ridley and her husband James F. Ridley, dear grandmother of Dino Alden and his wife Paula, all of Santa Rosa. She was a parishioner of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Mrs. Regalia was a member of St. Anthony's Farm, Rose Red, Welfare League, I.C.F #198 of St. Eugene's, Italian Cultural Fdn., Saturday Afternoon Club and in San Rafael she was a member of the Opt-Mrs. Visitation will be held after 9:00 AM on Thursday, February 14, 2002 at LAFFERTY & SMITH COLONIAL CHAPEL, 4321 Sonoma Hwy, Santa Rosa thence to Holy Spirit Catholic Church where a recitation of the Rosary followed by a Funeral Mass will commence at 11:00 AM with entombment to follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Santa Rosa. If preferred, donations in her memory may be made to the Heart or Diabetic Association. 

Jill Waggener Anderson
Passed away peacefully February 4, 2002 in the company of countless family and friends after a three-year fight with breast cancer. She was 39. Jill is survived by her husband, John, of San Anselmo, her son, Jack, and her daughter, Caroline; her parents, Jim and Carol Waggener, of Green Valley; her sisters, Jennifer (Mike) Livengood of Belmont and Cheryl Waggener of San Francisco; her grandfather, Gordon King of Campbell; her parents-in-law, Jack and Diane Anderson of Piedmont; and four nieces and nephews. Born in San Jose in 1962, Jill lived in New Jersey and in California, graduating from Vintage High School in Napa in 1980. Following her 1984 graduation from California State University, Chico, Jill began her career in the retail industry. She was most recently an information systems executive with Williams-Sonoma in San Francisco. Even during her illness, Jill always put the health and happiness of others before herself. She served on the board of the Brookside School Parent's Club and Pixie Park and was an active fund-raiser for many breast cancer charities. Jill was a marvelous cook and entertainer, particularly well known for her zabaglione and fireworks displays. She loved to travel with family and friends and to sit quietly and watch her children play on the pier at Lake Tahoe or in the shadow of the Grand Tetons. Friends and family are invited to a Memorial Service at St. John's Episcopal Church, 14 Lagunitas Road, Ross, on Tuesday, February 12 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Jill W. Anderson to the Marin Breast Cancer Committee, P.O. Box 511, Kentfield, CA 94914, (415) 455-5882, www.marinbcc.org. 

Helen L. Cox, Former Resident of Marin County
Passed away at Petaluma Valley Hospital on January 19, 2002. She was born in Dayton, New York on January 12, 1923. She was predeceased by her husband, Cliff O. Cox in 1989 and her sister, Gertrude "Judy" Shepardson, also in 1989. Helen is survived by her brother, Herbert H. Comstock of Palm Springs, California; her niece, Candace Vawter of Rohnert Park; nephew, John Comstock of Houston, Texas; and nephew, William Comstock of Palm Springs, California. Helen moved West in 1949, settling first in Carson City, Nevada. Eventually, she found her way to Marin County where she worked in the restaurant business for many years. In 1954 she married Cliff Cox who, over the years, operated several restaurants in Marin. Following her time in the restaurant business, she worked in the Marin County Treasurer's Office, retiring in 1978. She and Cliff lived in Novato until May 1989 when they moved to Petaluma. Cliff passed away in November 1989, but Helen continued to live in Petaluma until her death. At her request, no services were held. 

Joanne Ellen Henderson
Passed away peacefully after a long illness on February 6, 2002. She was a member of the third generation in San Rafael. Her parents were John and Gabrielle Gillette and her grandparents were Walter and Ellen Gillette and Francois and Honorine Bordenave. Devoted wife of Paul for 51 years; loving mother of Cheri Morrisroe and Donya Braun and sons-in-law Edward Morrisroe and Corey Braun; idolized grandchildren Lawrence, Paul, Megan Morrisroe and Cameron, Trever and McKenna Braun. After completing her schooling at San Rafael High and Dominican College, she married her husband Paul. Together they travelled the world the next 22 years before returning to San Rafael. Her joy in meeting people throughout her life easily developed many friendships. Her beautiful personality and gracious manner will be remembered by all who came her way. If desired, in lieu of flowers, a donation to Guide Dogs for the Blind would be appreciated. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass on Monday, February 11, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Raphael Church, San Rafael. A Prayer Vigil will be held at Keaton Mortuary, Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 4:00 p.m. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Evelyn M. Johnson, A Resident of Corte Madera
Passed away January 30, 2002 at age 91 years. Beloved wife of the late Truman B. Johnson, loving mother of Truman B. Johnson of Corte Madera and Nancy McIntosh of Sebastopol. Also survived by six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was a native of San Francisco, a member of St. Patrick's Church, Larkspur, and the Italian Catholic Federation, St. James Br. #161 of Larkspur. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass Saturday, February 23, 2002 at 12 Noon at St. Patrick's Church, Larkspur. Memorial Gifts preferred to Hospice of Marin or to your favorite charity. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Kathryn Ann McLain (nee Gulbranson)
Age 75 years, of Minneapolis, died on February 5, 2002. She was preceded in death by granddaughter, Rabonni; sister, Loretta Hiestand; and foster son, Kassahun Gebre Michael. Kathryn died peacefully in the arms of her devoted husband of 56 years, Bud, and was surrounded by family and friends. Kathryn was the loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother of children: Christeen, Francis (Cere), Harley (Julie), Mary (Barry) Bram of Marin County, Faith (Wolfgang) Kirchdorfer, J.B. (Kris); foster daughter, Addie; grandchildren: Carrie (B.J.), Juno (Kim), Kathryn; Alakhi, Dane, Sohnja; Molly, Mira, Matt; Summer (Mark), McLain, Aharon, Gabe; Max, Mary; Greta, Eamonn, Mose; Farrah; great-grandchildren: Mark, Dallas, Shania, B.J.; Jordan, Taylor; siblings: Margaret (Lloyd), Gertrude (Vern), Barbara (Harley), Raymond, Dorothy, Jerry (Judy) and Darryl; sister-in-law, Verla; many adoring nieces and nephews; and life-long friend Ilamae Jacobson. Kathryn was born February 8, 1926, in Portland, North Dakota. She was the daughter of Harold and Alma (Brend). She graduated from Southwest High School, Minneapolis, in 1944. She taught in a one-room schoolhouse near Hillsboro, ND, until she married the Rev. Bernard McLain in 1945. She attended Mayville Teachers College and graduated from Montana State University, Phi Kappa Phi. Later she earned a master's degree in Guidance and Counseling from Mankato State. She taught English, German and Civics and directed plays at Jamestown High School and Winthrop High. Kathy was a life-long educator and activist for social justice and was proud to have served as a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1972 and to have been a friend of the Peace Pilgrim. She held offices, including President, of Church Women United and the Montana Women's Fellowship. She was a Delegate to the Grand Council of the United Church of Christ at Yale and served on the curriculum committee for Christian Education of the U.C.C. She was also active as both a member and office holder of the MN Education Assoc., Winthrop Education Association, Clergy and Laity Concerned, Another Mother for Peace, Winthrop Community Theatre, Eastern Star, PEO, and the Sons of Norway. She was also a charter member of Friendly Town. Life transforming experiences for our cherished Kathy were the birth of her first child and hearing the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech. Kathryn loved the arts, nature, travel and was a masterful storyteller who maintained her sense of humor and sharp wit until her last breath. Mom was a friend to all. Special thanks go to Hospice of MN and the loving people of HCMC for honoring and caring for our beloved Kathy. Happy Birthday, Mom. Memorial Service Saturday 2/9/02 at 12 noon, Mayflower Community Congregational Church, 106 East Diamond Lake Road, Mpls. 612-824-0761. Memorials preferred to the Mayflower Church Foundation. Cremation Society of MN, 612-825-2435. 

Ruth Shaffer
Born December 31, 1923 in Kokomo, Indiana to Madge and Manford Shaffer. Ruth passed away at the age of 78 on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at her home in the Novato Mobile Home Park. She was raised in Kokomo, Indiana and worked for the Delco Division of General Motors for 40 years. Ruth moved to Marin County in 1982 and worked for ten years for the County of Marin. Ruth was loved by her friends and neighbors in the Novato Mobile Home Park and held a special friendship with her neighbor, Jim Kendrick. Ruth loved animals, as well as people and wishes donations are made in her memory to the Marin Humane Society, the Marin Human Needs, or the American Cancer Society. Friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of Ruth's Life on Saturday, February 9th at 2:00 p.m. at Saint Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 967 5th Avenue, Novato, California. Funeral arrangements provided by Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA 415-459-2500. 

Felicitas (Felice) Joanne Billings
Passed away following a brief illness on February 2, 2002, in Greenbrae. Born in San Francisco on May 3, 1914, Felice was a graduate of Commerce High School. In 1936 she married Haskell “Josh” Billings and they moved to Marin in 1951. Felice was an avid golfer and played twice a week until she was 80 years old. She was a past member of the Olympic Club, the Meadow Club and Peacock Gap. She also loved playing bridge and dominoes with her friends until her death. Beloved mother of Judy Campbell of Atherton, Linda Waite of Carmichael and loving grandmother of Scott Campbell of Los Angeles, Jamie Oechsel of Kentfield, Karen Black of Carmichael, Sean Campbell of Milton, Massachusetts and Leslie Ragsdale of Carmichael. She will be fondly remembered as “Gigi” by her great-grandchildren Trevor, Kelly and Megan Oechsel, Ines, Colin, Lucas and Laura Campbell, Jeffrey and Alision Grandin and David and Jennifer Black. Also survived by niece Joan Sargen, nephews Fred Gellert, Herb and Steve Schreiber. Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Memorial Service celebrating her life at Marin Lutheran Church, 649 Meadowsweet Drive in Corte Madera on February 9th at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society. 

Idella Haag
Idella Haag, a longtime resident of Belvedere, died peacefully at Aldersley Retirement Home in San Rafael on February 4th, 2002. She was 89 years old. Idella was born in Bremerton, Washington. She lived in Seattle until the end of World War II. During those years, she was involved in the retail fashion business, and briefly served as a driver for the officers of the U.S. Army during the war. California was home for the remainder of her life. She married Dr. Alvin Haag in 1959 and shortly thereafter they moved to Ignacio and later to Belvedere. Her many years of volunteering with the Marin Foundation (formerly Friends of Arequipa) included serving as President of the Foundation three times, and Chairman of the Oleander and Driftwood Units. Her innovative fundraising ideas produced many thousands of dollars. She and Al were generous with their resources, which started the Endowment Fund of the Foundation. Tiburon Thrift Shop benefitted from her expertise. She served as President of the organization, as well as Volunteer Manager for several years. Her enthusiasm for improvement projects was infectious, and she was able to get many volunteers to participate and increased the revenue substantially. She was an active member of St. Stephen's Guild and was a partner with Al and his ministry in the Church. They were members of San Francisco Yacht Club and Idella often modeled in the Auxiliary Fashion Shows. Traveling for many months a year was rewarding, but she was always happy to return home and get back to the bridge table! Her family remembers her most for her wonderful smile, positive attitude, sense of humor and unconditional support. She was predeceased by her husband of 42 years, Alvin Haag, who died on December 15, 2001. Mrs. Haag is survived by her daughter, Shirley Silvestri of Tiburon; Al's son, Dr. David Haag of Irvine; seven grandchildren, Michael Haag of Malden, Massachusetts; Stephen Haag of Flagstaff, Arizona; Robert Haag of Brookline, Massachusetts; Russ Silvestri of San Francisco; Laura Partridge of Truckee; Steven Haag of Anaheim; and Lauren Haag of Huntington Beach; and eight great-grandchildren. Memorial Services will be held at St. Stephen's Church, Belvedere on Tuesday, February 12 at 11:00 AM. Contributions in Idella's memory may be made to St. Stephen's Church. 

Nancy B. Harris, A Resident of San Rafael
Passed away on January 30, 2002. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Ayers of San Francisco; three grandchildren, Tara and David Ayers of Petaluma and Brook Harris Chong of Southern California. Also survived by three great grandchildren, Ashley and Nicholas Ayers and Chelsea Mae Chong. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Thank you, Mom. Mrs. Harris was a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She had attended college in San Mateo and was a retired secretary from the San Anselmo and Kentfield School Districts. Services are private. Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, North Bay Chapter, (415) 472-4340. 

Joanne Ellen Henderson
Passed away peacefully after a long illness on February 6, 2002. She was a member of the third generation in San Rafael. Her parents were John and Gabrielle Gillette and her grandparents were Walter and Ellen Gillette and Francois and Honorine Bordenave. Devoted wife of Paul for 51 years; loving mother of Cheri Morrisroe and Donya Braun and sons-in-law Edward Morrisroe and Corey Braun; idolized grandchildren Lawrence, Paul, Megan Morrisroe and Cameron, Trever and McKenna Braun. After completing her schooling at San Rafael High and Dominican College, she married her husband Paul. Together they travelled the world the next 22 years before returning to San Rafael. Her joy in meeting people throughout her life easily developed many friendships. Her beautiful personality and gracious manner will be remembered by all who came her way. If desired, in lieu of flowers, a donation to Guide Dogs for the Blind would be appreciated. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass on Monday, February 11, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Raphael Church, San Rafael. A Prayer Vigil will be held at Keaton Mortuary, Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 4:00 p.m. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Marion C. Ibach
Age 96 of Mill Valley, passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2002 at Marin General Hospital. Beloved wife of the late Roy A. Ibach. She is survived by her son James S. Ibach and his wife Maryanne, daughter Christine Holly and her husband Richard, grandchildren Megan Ibach Seibel, Christine, James R. and Marion Amy Ibach and James W. Holly, Karen Holly Asper, Kimberly Holly Gross, and Kristen Holly; also by great grandchildren Theresa and Claire Seibel. A Memorial Service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 240 Tiburon Boulevard, Tiburon at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 10, 2002. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Marin General Hospital Foundation or Whistlestop Senior Center. 

Evelyn M. Johnson, A Resident of Corte Madera
Passed away January 30, 2002 at age 91 years. Beloved wife of the late Truman B. Johnson, loving mother of Truman B. Johnson of Corte Madera and Nancy McIntosh of Sebastopol. Also survived by six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was a native of San Francisco, a member of St. Patrick's Church, Larkspur, and the Italian Catholic Federation, St. James Br. #161 of Larkspur. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass Saturday, February 23, 2002 at 12 Noon at St. Patrick's Church, Larkspur. Memorial Gifts preferred to Hospice of Marin or to your favorite charity. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Madeline W. MacDonald
Died peacefully at her home in San Rafael, California on Saturday, February 2, 2002 at the age of 91. Born in Colusa, California, September 1, 1911, she grew up in Colusa, Williams and Piedmont, California. She spent the majority of her working life with the former Dorn Investment Co. of San Francisco. She was a member of the Junior League, the Society of Mayflower Descendants, Daughters of the American Revolution, the Meadow Club and DeAnza Country Club. She and her late husband, Joshua, traveled extensively during the 70's and 80's and were avid golfers. She was preceded in death by her husband Joshua MacDonald in 1992. She is survived by her son, Robert Kelly of San Francisco, granddaughter, Deirdre Kelly, of Walnut Creek, grandson Cabot Kelly of San Francisco, stepson Joshua MacDonald, Jr. of Vallejo, and numerous friends and acquaintances who will miss her enthusiasm, love of life and people. She leaves a legacy of brightening the lives of all with whom she came in contact and will be greatly missed. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 9th at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, 330 Red Hill Avenue, San Anselmo, California. 

Theresa Manfredonia
On February 6, 2002, Theresa passed away peacefully at the age of 81. She is survived by her husband Edward, of 58 years, her three sons Edward, Richard, and Donald, and five grandchildren Deanna, Megan, Melissa, Shannon, and Ronald. She was born in New York and moved to Marin 21 years ago with her husband and granddaughter Deanna. She was head of the Human Resource Department at On-Site Maintenance in Mill Valley. She dedicated her life to her grandchildren whom she either raised or had a major role in their daily upbringing. All grandchildren aspire to her ideals of always looking for the greatness of the person and cherished her ability to either help or give guidance. She will be dearly missed by her co-workers, friends and especially her family, who will always remember her as "The Great Italian Grandmother". Memorial Service is on Friday, February 8, 2002 at 12:00 Noon, St. Raphael's Church, 1104 Fifth Avenue, (415) 454-8141. 

James McKenna
Was born in Edgley, North Dakota July 8, 1911. He received his education through undergraduate in North Dakota. He taught High School and coached sports for the next nine years. In 1935, Jim married Violet Marie Renz who preceded him in death. In 1941, he entered the Army serving in the European Theatre during WWII. Upon returning to North Dakota, he left the military to become a restauranteur. This career was interrupted by a recall to the military and service in the Korean War. He remained on active duty and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Presidio in 1965. Jim started his life of volunteering back in his home state through membership in the Elks, Shriners and American Legion. His focus was always youth and people with disabilities. His interest in sports integrated with his interest in youth, led him to be appointed The American Legion State Athletic Director. While stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, he helped establish Alaskan Aide to Retarded Citizens. Later in Marin, he worked with the Marin Association for Retarded Citizens (MARC) for a number of years. Jim came to Terra Linda in 1959. Upon retiring from the military, he served as the Director of the Department of Labor Youth Work Program for ten years. After his final retirement, Jim developed a new career in volunteer work. He was extensively involved with Senior and Transportation programs and services in Marin County and throughout the State of California. Jim was one of the founding members of the Marin Commission of Aging (COA), and has served on that body since its inception in 1977. Between 1979 and 1981, he planned for and attended a California State House Conference on Aging in Sacramento and a White House Conference on Aging in Washington, D.C. As a result of these conferences Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) and California Senior Legislature (CSL) were created. Jim served on both of these bodies as well as TACC and many others. Jim's advocacy has helped secure the Older Californians Act of 1980, the Brown Bag program, the Respite Registry program, Alzheimer's Day Care Centers, and California Senior Legislature funding. Jim received the ASA Senior Award, Marin County Senior of the Year, Advocate of the Year, California Senior of the Year, and several other awards. Jim died a peaceful death at his home with his loved ones on January 31, 2002. He is survived by daughter, Carol McKenna; son, James McKenna, Jr.; and granddaughter, Katie McKenna. Services will be held Saturday, February 9th at 3:00 p.m. at the Christ Presbyterian Church in Terra Linda. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Tressa E. Pique
After a long and bountiful life, Tressa Pique passed away, at home with family, on February 4, 2002. She will join her husband, Paul, after a private ceremony at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Ruth Shaffer
Born December 31, 1923 in Kokomo, Indiana to Madge and Manford Shaffer. Ruth passed away at the age of 78 on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at her home in the Novato Mobile Home Park. She was raised in Kokomo, Indiana and worked for the Delco Division of General Motors for 40 years. Ruth moved to Marin County in 1982 and worked for ten years for the County of Marin. Ruth was loved by her friends and neighbors in the Novato Mobile Home Park and held a special friendship with her neighbor, Jim Kendrick. Ruth loved animals, as well as people and wishes donations are made in her memory to the Marin Humane Society, the Marin Human Needs, or the American Cancer Society. Friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of Ruth's Life on Saturday, February 9th at 2:00 p.m. at Saint Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 967 5th Avenue, Novato, California. Funeral arrangements provided by Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA 415-459-2500. 

Ruth H. Turner
Passed away peacefully at home in Novato on February 3, 2002 at the age of 86. Beloved mother of four, she is survived by her daughter Lillian E. Azzolino of Novato and sons William E. Turner of Grants Pass, Oregon and John H. Turner, Jr. of Talent, Oregon. She was preceded in death by her husband John H. Turner, Sr. and son Richard D. Turner. Grandmother of 13, great- grandmother of 24 and great- great- grandmother of two. Ruth was a Chaplain and an active member of the Salvation Army. Friends are invited to visit on Sunday, February 10th at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a Funeral Service being held at 2 p.m. Burial will be Monday, February 11th at 1:00 p.m. at Olivet Memorial Park, 1601 Hillside Blvd., Colma, California. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151. 

Suzanne T. Welts
Of Belvedere, California died peacefully at her home on Tuesday, 5 February 2002 at 7:30 p.m. while being tended by her husband, Robert, and immediate family after a brief illness. Suzanne was born 23 November 1915 in Chicago and moved to Reno, Nevada in 1935. There she attended the University of Nevada majoring in art and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. In 1937 she married Will Austin, a mining man. She bore and raised two children and remained a wife and mother until his demise in 1964. The couple moved to Belvedere in 1953 where she began painting and sculpting; art being one of the principle loves of her life. In 1972 Suzanne and Dr. Robert V. Welts were married in Reno, Nevada by Justice Gordon Thompson. After a confirmational tribal wedding in Kenya, Africa, the blissful couple lived in Belvedere until her passing. Mrs. Welts is survived by her devoted husband Robert, her brother Morton J. Traub of Santa Rosa, CA, her two children, Gregory Austin of Reno, NV and Susan Genevish of Tavernier, FL and by her ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Suzanne's life was one filled with beauty, art and unending love; she will be missed especially, by her family, her many friends and by the people she touched with her presence and art. She was a fine example of a truly loving human being. There will be a Memorial Celebration at her home in Belvedere for her family and friends Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. on 10 February 2002. If you wish, in lieu of flowers a donation to Sight and Insight, 616 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941 may be made. 

Felicitas (Felice) Joanne Billings
Passed away following a brief illness on February 2, 2002, in Greenbrae. Born in San Francisco on May 3, 1914, Felice was a graduate of Commerce High School. In 1936 she married Haskell “Josh” Billings and they moved to Marin in 1951. Felice was an avid golfer and played twice a week until she was 80 years old. She was a past member of the Olympic Club, the Meadow Club and Peacock Gap. She also loved playing bridge and dominoes with her friends until her death. Beloved mother of Judy Campbell of Atherton, Linda Waite of Carmichael and loving grandmother of Scott Campbell of Los Angeles, Jamie Oechsel of Kentfield, Karen Black of Carmichael, Sean Campbell of Milton, Massachusetts and Leslie Ragsdale of Carmichael. She will be fondly remembered as “Gigi” by her great-grandchildren Trevor, Kelly and Megan Oechsel, Ines, Colin, Lucas and Laura Campbell, Jeffrey and Alision Grandin and David and Jennifer Black. Also survived by niece Joan Sargen, nephews Fred Gellert, Herb and Steve Schreiber. Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Memorial Service celebrating her life at Marin Lutheran Church, 649 Meadowsweet Drive in Corte Madera on February 9th at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society. 

Ruth A. Ferguson (nee Adams)
Passed away on February 2, 2002 at Sun Health Hospice residence. Mrs. Ferguson was a former resident of Novato and a real estate broker in Marin County, California prior to retiring to Sun City, Arizona in 1981. She is survived by her daughter, Joan F. Brainard, Glendale Arizona and son, Douglas A. Ferguson of Palm Desert, California, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Memorials to the YWCA of Maricopa County Home Delivered Meals Program, 8561 N. 61st Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85302 or charity of your choice. Private services will be held later in Joliet, Illinois. 

Francis X. "Frank" Gorny
Died January 15, 2002 in Sausalito, California. Born in Chicago in 1929 to Francis X. and Terese Lahlum Gorny. Alumnus of University of Illinois; served in the U.S. Air Force. Survived by his sister Marilyn A. Gorny of San Francisco, many relatives and dear friends throughout the world. Frank is fondly remembered as the Advertising Manager of Roos-Atkins until the store closed in 1976. He later held similar positions with The White House and Good Guys. Memorial Mass on February 23rd, 2002 at 11 a.m., at the Star of the Sea Church, 180 Harrison, Sausalito. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association. 

Woodward Johnson
Science teacher for hundreds of students, was born in San Francisco, California, died at Kaiser Hospital in Terra Linda on January 30, 2002 at age 80. He attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles and worked in the business office of Bethlehem Steel during WWII. Woodward was in the Jesuit Seminary during which time he studied at the University of S.F. and Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, as well as teaching at Loyola High School. After three years of study at the University of Louvain in Belgium, he left short of ordination and returned to Los Angeles to teach there in the public schools. In 1955, he married Ysabel Schoning and had four children, Michael, Patrick, Tim and Teresa Arellano. He is also survived by his sister Mrs. Fred L. Donnelly of Walnut Creek, his brother Chuck Johnson of Los Angeles, and eight grandchildren. During his Sabbatical leave, the Johnsons traveled by camper in Europe for two months. In the Fall, Woodward did graduate work in Paleontology and Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. After retirement, Mr. Johnson volunteered at Hospice, Ritter House, as well as The House at San Quentin. Family and friends are invited to attend a Rosary Service Friday, February 8 at 7:30 PM at St. Anselm's Church, 97 Shady Lane in Ross. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 9 at 2:30 PM, also at St. Anselm's Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Father Paul Mary, O.S.B. Population Research Institute, P.O. Box 1559, Front Royal, VA 22630 or The Nazareth House, 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440. 

Arthur John Leonardi
Born January 30, 1956, Art lived life to the fullest until a heart attack claimed his life on Sunday, February 3, 2002. He was devoted to his loving wife Caren and their three children, Nicole, and six month old twins Rachael and Steven. He is also survived by his sister, Connie Giambra, niece Lila Giambra, and loving aunt, Norma Noeller. His parents, Angelo and Esther Leonardi preceded him in death. A lifelong resident of Marin County, he graduated San Rafael High School in 1974. He began his professional career with the Operating Engineer's Union, before beginning his own electrical company, A. Leonardi Electric. Beyond his success as an electrician, Art embraced life on the edge. From motor cross championships to competitive water skiing, to High Points World Champion Boat Racer two years in a row, Art strove to be number one and settled for nothing less. He was an assistant soccer coach as well. Loved by many, Art inspired loyalty and devotion, and offered the same to his friends and family. Besides his family, Art spent much of his spare time designing and facilitating the remodeling of their family home. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass Friday, February 8, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Loretto's Catholic Church 1806 Novato Blvd., Novato, with interment immediately following at Valley Memorial Park, 650 Bugeia Lane, Novato. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations for his children may be made to the Art Leonardi Trust Fund, c/o Westamerica Bank, P.O. Box 47, Novato, CA 94948. Keaton's Redwood Chapel (415) 897-1151. 

Madeline W. MacDonald
Died peacefully at her home in San Rafael, California on Saturday, February 2, 2002 at the age of 91. Born in Colusa, California, September 1, 1911, she grew up in Colusa, Williams and Piedmont, California. She spent the majority of her working life with the former Dorn Investment Co. of San Francisco. She was a member of the Junior League, the Society of Mayflower Descendants, Daughters of the American Revolution, the Meadow Club and DeAnza Country Club. She and her late husband, Joshua, traveled extensively during the 70's and 80's and were avid golfers. She was preceded in death by her husband Joshua MacDonald in 1992. She is survived by her son, Robert Kelly of San Francisco, granddaughter, Deirdre Kelly, of Walnut Creek, grandson Cabot Kelly of San Francisco, stepson Joshua MacDonald, Jr. of Vallejo, and numerous friends and acquaintances who will miss her enthusiasm, love of life and people. She leaves a legacy of brightening the lives of all with whom she came in contact and will be greatly missed. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 9th at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, 330 Red Hill Avenue, San Anselmo, California. 

James McKenna
Was born in Edgley, North Dakota July 8, 1911. He received his education through undergraduate in North Dakota. He taught High School and coached sports for the next nine years. In 1935, Jim married Violet Marie Renz who preceded him in death. In 1941, he entered the Army serving in the European Theatre during WWII. Upon returning to North Dakota, he left the military to become a restaurateur. This career was interrupted by a recall to the military and service in the Korean War. He remained on active duty and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Presidio in 1965. Jim started his life of volunteering back in his home state through membership in the Elks, Shriners and American Legion. His focus was always youth and people with disabilities. His interest in sports integrated with his interest in youth, led him to be appointed The American Legion State Athletic Director. While stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, he helped establish Alaskan Aide to Retarded Citizens. Later in Marin, he worked with the Marin Association for Retarded Citizens (MARC) for a number of years. Jim came to Terra Linda in 1959. Upon retiring from the military, he served as the Director of the Department of Labor Youth Work Program for ten years. After his final retirement, Jim developed a new career in volunteer work. He was extensively involved with Senior and Transportation programs and services in Marin County and throughout the State of California. Jim was one of the founding members of the Marin Commission of Aging (COA), and has served on that body since its inception in 1977. Between 1979 and 1981, he planned for and attended a California State House Conference on Aging in Sacramento and a White House Conference on Aging in Washington, D.C. As a result of these conferences Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) and California Senior Legislature (CSL) were created. Jim served on both of these bodies as well as TACC and many others. Jim's advocacy has helped secure the Older Californians Act of 1980, the Brown Bag program, the Respite Registry program, Alzheimer's Day Care Centers, and California Senior Legislature funding. Jim received the ASA Senior Award, Marin County Senior of the Year, Advocate of the Year, California Senior of the Year, and several other awards. Jim died a peaceful death at his home with his loved ones on January 31, 2002. He is survived by daughter, Carol McKenna; son, James McKenna, Jr.; and granddaughter, Katie McKenna. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Patricia I. Sheehy
Passed away in Sonoma, California on February 3, 2002 with her family by her side. She was born in Detroit, Michigan, March 18, 1931, and raised in Louisiana and Texas. She was a resident of Marin and Sonoma Counties for 43 years. She is preceded in death by her parents Roy and Mollie Smith, her husband William Francis Sheehy and her brother, Ronald J. Smith. She is survived by her five daughters, Catherine Cunningham Wright (Michael), Elizabeth Ann Cahill (James), Margaret Isabelle Mayer (Daniel), Maureen Frances Linde (Erik), and Patricia Eileen Davis (Mark), as well as her "grandbabies" Gavin, Haley, and Mackenzie Cahill, Zachary and Isabella Mayer, Danika, Julia and Ian Linde and Karlie, Kendall and Colton Davis; her step grandchildren Christie Stranzl, Stephen, James and Nicholas Wright. Her sister and brother-in-law Trudy and Cal Buck of Jacksonville, Florida and sister-in-law Jan Smith of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas and her nieces and nephew. She was a longtime employee of Novato Community Hospital. She enjoyed gardening, antiquing and reading. She loved Texas and was the #1 fan of the Dallas Cowboys. She was humorous, feisty and very dignified. She always put her family first and was most proud of her "five girls". She will be dearly missed. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran Street, Petaluma, 94952, Valley of the Moon Hospice Team, 735 Broadway, Sonoma 95476 and Dr. Clinton Lane. In lieu of flowers, please send any contributions to the above named hospice groups or to the American Cancer Society. Friends and family are invited to the Funeral Mass on Friday, February 8, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Loretta Catholic Church, 1806 Novato Blvd., Novato. Services are under the direction of the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue & Keokuk Street, Petaluma, California. Private Interment: Valley Memorial Park, Novato, California. 

Ruth H. Turner
Passed away peacefully at home in Novato on February 3, 2002 at the age of 86. Beloved mother of four, she is survived by her daughter Lillian E. Azzolino of Novato and sons William E. Turner of Grants Pass, Oregon and John H. Turner, Jr. of Talent, Oregon. She was preceded in death by her husband John H. Turner, Sr. and son Richard D. Turner. Grandmother of 13, great- grandmother of 24 and great- great- grandmother of two. Ruth was a Chaplain and an active member of the Salvation Army. Friends are invited to visit on Sunday, February 10th at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a Funeral Service being held at 2 p.m. Burial will be Monday, February 11th at 1:00 p.m. at Olivet Memorial Park, 1601 Hillside Blvd., Colma, California. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151. 

Donald R. Walden
Passed away suddenly on February 1, 2002. Don was born on December 13, 1953 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A resident of Olema, he worked for the National Park Service at Pt. Reyes National Seashore in Marin County. Don graduated from Skyline High School in Oakland and Humbolt State University in Arcata, California. Devoted and loving father to Cicely, beloved son of Beatrice and George, beloved brother of Linda and Bill Scharninghausen and Karen and Frank Taylor. Don leaves behind two nieces and two nephews and many loving friends. A Memorial Service and Gathering will be held on February 9, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at Pt. Reyes Visitors Center. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to: Erasto Ammi Scholarship Fund, c/o Arnie Kovin, 1616 Parkway Drive, Rohnert Park, CA 94928. BAYVIEW CHAPEL Berkeley, California. 

Jill Waggener Anderson
Passed away peacefully February 4, 2002 in the company of countless family and friends after a three-year fight with breast cancer. She was 39. Jill is survived by her husband, John, of San Anselmo, her son, Jack, and her daughter, Caroline; her parents, Jim and Carol Waggener, of Green Valley; her sisters, Jennifer (Mike) Livengood of Belmont and Cheryl Waggener of San Francisco; her grandfather, Gordon King of Campbell; her parents-in-law, Jack and Diane Anderson of Piedmont; and four nieces and nephews. Born in San Jose in 1962, Jill lived in New Jersey and in California, graduating from Vintage High School in Napa in 1980. Following her 1984 graduation from California State University, Chico, Jill began her career in the retail industry. She was most recently an information systems executive with Williams-Sonoma in San Francisco. Even during her illness, Jill always put the health and happiness of others before herself. She served on the board of the Brookside School Parent's Club and Pixie Park and was an active fund-raiser for many breast cancer charities. Jill was a marvelous cook and entertainer, particularly well known for her zabaglione and fireworks displays. She loved to travel with family and friends and to sit quietly and watch her children play on the pier at Lake Tahoe or in the shadow of the Grand Tetons. Friends and family are invited to a Memorial Service at St. John's Episcopal Church, 14 Lagunitas Road, Ross, on Tuesday, February 12 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Jill W. Anderson to the Marin Breast Cancer Committee, P.O. Box 511, Kentfield, CA 94914, www.marinbcc.org, 415-455-5882. 

Erma Averiette
Age 92, died peacefully surrounded by her family on February 3, 2002. Born in San Francisco, she moved to her Fairfax residence 59 years ago with her husband Charles, who preceded her in death in 1985. She is survived and will be missed by her son Ron Averiette, her daughter Sandy Hoke, grandchildren Tony and Janelle Averiette, and Christopher Hoke, great- granddaughters Katie and Kyra, daughter-in-law Leslie, son-in-law Woodrow, and many relatives and friends. Friends and family are invited to a gathering at her residence on Sunday, February 10, 2002 at Noon to share memories. For those who wish to do so, contributions in her name may be made to the Guide Dogs for the Blind, 350 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael, CA 94903. Inurnment at San Francisco Columbarium in San Francisco, CA. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440. 

Mildred Aileen Benaski
With family at her bedside, Mildred Aileen Benaski passed away peacefully after a sudden illness and hospitalization on Saturday, February 2, 2002 in Novato, California. Born in Monterey Park on September 19, 1913, she was 88 years young and the devoted wife of Leonard E. Benaski for 59 years. Mildred is survived by daughters Bette Holloway and her husband Milton of Sonoma, Marilyn Stoops and her husband Randall of Granite Bay, her grandchildren: Christopher and Jason Stoops of Granite Bay, Michael Holloway of Novato, Pam Baird and her husband, Charles and their three sons, Alex, Tom and Andrew of Culver City. She is also survived by four cousins, Mary Caldwell of Milford, Ohio, John McCollum also of Milford, Caroline Westerkamm and her husband Louis of Loveland, Ohio, and Wayne Finley in Ventura, California. A native Californian, Mildred met and married Leonard on June 18, 1942 in San Francisco. They moved to Hamilton AFB following the war after Leonard was discharged from the military. They remained there until 1950 when the family moved to Novato, where they have resided together on Peach Street for 52 years. During WWII, Mildred worked as a payroll supervisor at Hamilton AFB. In the mid 1950's, she began working for the American Red Cross as a case worker assisting military personnel with transfers and various family emergencies. She retired in 1974 from her position as Acting Field Director when the base was closed. After retirement, Mildred led an active life dividing her leisure time between volunteer work and her many and varied hobbies and interests. She was a member of the Novato Historical Guild, where she served as a docent. She was a great lover of animals and wildlife. Mildred especially enjoyed gardening, artwork, cooking, crafting, and decorating the family home. For many years she was a 4-H leader and taught many young boys and girls the skills of gardening, sewing and cooking. As an avid gardener, she became an active member and officer in the Novato Garden Club for several years. Mildred also exhibited her gardening skills at both the Marin County and Sonoma-Marin County Fairs, where she won numerous awards for both her floral displays and other horticultural exhibits. She received her greatest joy from sharing the flowers, fruits and vegetables she and Leonard raised with their family and many friends. Friends may pay their last respects from Thursday, February 7 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. or on Friday, February 8 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Keaton's Redwood Chapel at 1802 Novato Blvd. Mildred will be missed greatly, but remembered with greatest love by those she knew and touched. Friends and family are invited to a Memorial Service and reception to celebrate her life at the Saint Francis Episcopal Church, Novato to be held on Saturday, March 2nd, at 11:00 a.m. The family prefers memorial contributions in Mildred's memory to be made to Wildcare, P.O. Box 150930, San Rafael, CA 94915-0930, Critical Care Unit, Novato Community Hospital, 180 Rowland Way, Novato, CA 94945, or their favorite charity. 

William Wallace Collier
Passed away after a short illness on February 2, 2002 at the age of 83. Loving husband of Janet for 54 years. Devoted father of Douglas Collier, Helen Churchill, Ronald Collier, and Julie Rusby. He was the first of five children; preceded in death by his sister, Dr. Ella Collier, and survived by brother Charles Collier, sister Martha Trainer, and brother John Collier. Also survived by six loving grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and was a father figure to many more. Born in Colon, Panama on February 11, 1918, he was a long-time resident of the Bay Area. He was a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a BA in Economics in 1942 and member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He served in the Army Air Corp 13th Fighter Command in the South Pacific during WWII. He was the owner and manager of Collier Building Specialties in San Francisco since 1966 and acting consultant since 1985. He also was active in local politics in Corte Madera, serving as a City Councilman, and on the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustments. He was a creative artist, gardener, book collector, and avid sports fan. His sense of humor, gregarious laughter, warm guidance, and graciousness will be missed by all. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925-1133. A private family memorial will be held. Arrangements under direction of the Neptune Society. 

Harry Edward Cush
Passed away in Petaluma on February 2, 2002. Devoted husband of Ann Cush of San Francisco. Loving father of Terry Cush of Greenbrae and Carol Quan of Petaluma. Father-in-law of Henry "Oly" Quan of Petaluma. Dear brother of Maureen Jorris of Huntington Beach. Grandfather of Jennifer and Terrence Cush. Step-grandfather of Wendy Ann Quan. Harry worked for Regal Pale Brewery and Burgermeister Brewery, and retired from the State Public Utilities Commission as an Analyst. He was a longtime member of the San Francisco Yacht Club. Private family services will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Petaluma or to your favorite charity. Arrangements by ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, Petaluma. Entombment, Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, California. CHEDA & LYONS 707-789-9000. 

Bernard Kahn A Resident of Marin County Born in 1912, he passed away at age 89 on January 26, 2002. He is survived by new bride Lana Kahn, married 51 years to Mercia Kahn. Devoted and caring father of two daughters, many cousins, nephews, nieces, and two grandsons and one great grandson. A Memorial Service was held February 5, 2002 at 2:00 p.m., Chapel of the Chimes Rose Garden in Santa Rosa. A Memorial Celebration will be held Saturday, February 16th at 2:00 p.m. at daughter Noreen's home. For information call (415) 461-4069. 

Arthur John Leonardi
Born January 30, 1956, Art lived life to the fullest until a heart attack claimed his life on Sunday, February 3, 2002. He was devoted to his loving wife Caren and their three children, Nicole, and six month old twins Rachael and Steven. He is also survived by his sister, Connie Giambra, niece Lila Giambra, and loving aunt, Norma Noeller. His parents, Angelo and Esther Leonardi preceded him in death. A lifelong resident of Marin County, he graduated San Rafael High School in 1974. He began his professional career with the Operating Engineer's Union, before beginning his own electrical company, A. Leonardi Electric. Beyond his success as an electrian, Art embraced life on the edge. From motor cross championships to competitive water skiing, to High Points World Champion Boat Racer two years in a row, Art strove to be number one and settled for nothing less. He was an assistant soccer coach as well. Loved by many, Art inspired loyalty and devotion, and offered the same to his friends and family. Besides his family, Art spent much of his spare time designing and facilitating the remodeling of their family home. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass Friday, February 8, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at our Lady of Loreto's Catholic Church 1806 Novato Blvd., Novato, with interment immediately following at Valley Memorial Park, 650 Bugeia Lane, Novato. In lieu of flowers, memoral donations for his children may be made to the Art Leonardi Trust Fund, c/o Westamerica Bank, P.O. Box 47, Novato, CA 94948. Keaton's Redwood Chapel (415) 897-1151. 

Patricia I. Sheehy
Passed away in Sonoma, California on February 3, 2002 with her family by her side. She was born in Detroit, Michigan, March 18, 1931, and raised in Louisiana and Texas. She was a resident of Marin and Sonoma Counties for 43 years. She is preceded in death by her parents Roy and Mollie Smith, her husband William Francis Sheehy and her brother, Ronald J. Smith. She is survived by her five daughters, Catherine Cunningham Wright (Michael), Elizabeth Ann Cahill (James), Margaret Isabelle Mayer (Daniel), Maureen Frances Linde (Erik), and Patricia Eileen Davis (Mark), as well as her "grandbabies" Gavin, Haley, and Mackenzie Cahill, Zachary and Isabella Mayer, Danika, Julia and Ian Linde and Karlie, Kendall and Colton Davis; her step grandchildren Christie Stranzl, Stephen, James and Nicholas Wright. Her sister and brother-in-law Trudy and Cal Buck of Jacksonville, Florida and sister-in-law Jan Smith of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas and her nieces and nephew. She was a longtime employee of Novato Community Hospital. She enjoyed gardening, antiquing and reading. She loved Texas and was the #1 fan of the Dallas Cowboys. She was humorous, feisty and very dignified. She always put her family first and was most proud of her "five girls". She will be dearly missed. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran Street, Petaluma, 94952, Valley of the Moon Hospice Team, 735 Broadway, Sonoma 95476 and Dr. Clinton Lane. In lieu of flowers, please send any contributions to the above named hospice groups or to the American Cancer Society. Friends and family are invited to the Funeral Mass on Friday, February 8, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Loretta Catholic Church, 1806 Novato Blvd., Novato. Services are under the direction of the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue & Keokuk Street, Petaluma, California. Private Interment: Valley Memorial Park, Novato, California. 

Henry Walter Garsva
Passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 18, 2002 at his home in Greenbrae at age 80 years. Loving father of Michael Garsva of Stinson Beach, Susan Moore of Terra Linda and Timothy (TA) Garsva of Petaluma; endearing grandfather of Alicia and Lyndsy Moore; beloved brother of Olga DeSales and her son Robert DeSales of Nevada. Loving uncle to Peter Ward and Kathy Gazda of New Hampshire, Michael and Rebecca Ward of the Grenadines, Madeline McKay of Massachusetts, and a loving brother-in-law to June Ward of Massachusetts. Henry was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1921. He served in the armed forces in World War II as a decorated non commissioned officer from 1942 until January of 1946. Afterward, he attended Woodbury College and graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 1949. He then went on to develop a career in advertising that led him to the San Francisco Progress from which he retired in 1989. Henry follows his wife of 54 years, Lucille Garsva by four short months. He will be missed by all who knew him. No Services will be held at Mr. Garsva's request. Memorial gifts preferred to Citizens for a Better Environment, 1611 Telegraph Avenue, Suite #450, Oakland, CA 94612 or Save the Bay, 1600 Broadway, Suite 300, Oakland, CA 94612. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Joyce Winfield Walker
Passed away January 31, 2002, having lived her life with a seemingly inborn desire to do good. Born in Berkeley, California on October 8, 1917, she moved to Marin County graduating from San Rafael High School and attended College of Marin and University of California, Berkeley. She married her high school sweetheart David H. Walker III who predeceased her in 1981. Joyce lived in Belvedere for fifty years where she and David raised their four children, David S. Walker, Krista F. Walker, Kathleen W. Parker and Kim E. Walker. She also helped raise her ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She loved the symphony, bridge, gardening, and traveling. Joyce demanded of us only what she demanded of herself: that we help confront indifference and act with courage to help the youngest in need, children. She volunteered and supported the Marin Charitable Foundation, Sunny Hills Children's Garden and Vine Village Guild. She was a long time member of the San Francisco Yacht Club, the AAUW, the Belvedere Tiburon Landmark Society and the San Francisco Symphony. Her sister Sunny Patton currently resides in Dallas, Texas and her brother, Starring Winfield was killed in action in Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. In addition to her family, she will be missed by many friends and people whom she touched and moved during her life. Friends and family are invited to a service at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Belvedere at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2002 followed by a private interment. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of her life at The Cove House, San Francisco Yacht Club in Belvedere at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Joyce Walker to the Sunny Hills Children's Garden or the Vine Village Guild. Keaton's Mortuary, 1022 E Street, San Rafael, 415-453-0571. 

Charles E. Weesner, Mill Valley Architect
Passed away February 3, 2002 at age 64 years. Father of James R. Weesner of Minnesota and Katie E. Amodio of Sacramento. Companion of Elizabeth Nye Holmes of Mill Valley. He was a native of Indiana. No Services are being held at the family's request. Memorial Contributions in his memory may be made to The Farm School, 488 Moore Hill Road, Athol, Massachusetts 01331. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Claire C. Biguereau
Age 94 of Larkspur, California passed away in peace at Marin General Hospital February 2, 2002. Beloved mother of Barbara Figone (Charles) and four grandchildren, Celyn McGuinness, (Jim); Steven Figone, (Rhonda); Caralyn Davis, (Steve); and Cathy Figone. Claire loved her eleven great-grandchildren, Kristy, Katie, Mike, and Nick McGuinness, Cam, Tess, Emma and Tatum Figone, Brendan, Claire, and Scott Davis. Claire was born in San Francisco, March 2, 1907. She moved to Marin 25 years ago to remain close to her family. Friends and family are invited to a Funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Church, Larkspur, California. Please contact Keaton Mortuary for service time. The Family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Sisters of St. Joseph Retirement Fund, 11999 Chalon Rd. Los Angeles, CA. 90049-1524, or a charity of your choice. Committal at Holy Cross Cemetery private. Keaton Mortuary. 1022 E Street San Rafael, 415-453-0571 

Julius Fishman
Passed away at age 93, on February 1, 2002. Loving husband of Rose for 68 years. Wonderful father of William (and Roberta) Fishman, Elaine (and Robert) Ockner, Natalie (and Peter) Lenn. Adoring grandfather of Nancy (and Paul) Gibbs, David (and Debra Ellenoff) Lang, Sheri (and Tom) Levin, Michael (and Jean) Fishman, Richard (and Nina) Fishman, Julie (and Michael) Bunzel, Joanna Lenn and Joshua Lenn, and 12 great-grandchildren. Mr. Fishman began practicing law at the age of 21 in Chicago, Illinois with his late brothers, Samuel and Jacob Fishman. He became one of Chicago's most successful attorneys. He was active in Jewish life and legal activities. After retiring to Marin County in 1973, he became a volunteer at Legal Aid. He always wanted to help those in need. He was the most loving and caring man that ever walked this earth. Memorial Services will be held at Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael on Monday, February 4th, 2002 at 1:30 PM. 

Albert James MacCarthy
Of Mill Valley passed away on February 1, 2002 at the age of 81. Al was born in San Francisco on February 4, 1920. He is survived by his wife Iris of 56 years; sons, Michael MacCarthy of Santa Rosa, Greg MacCarthy of Mill Valley and daughter, Lynn Allen of San Rafael, daughters-in-law, Billie and Nancy MacCarthy and son-in-law Dr. Joe Allen. Grandfather to Steven, Larry, Michelle MacCarthy and Christopher Allen. Great-grandfather of Reis and Jessica MacCarthy, and brother of Battalion Fire Chief Charles MacCarthy, retired. He proudly served in the U.S. Army in World War II, and was a Life Member of the Telephone Pioneers and a member of the United States Power Squadron. Al was a dedicated employee of Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company for 38 years. At his request, no services will be held, however, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society of Hospice or Marin. 

Joyce Winfield Walker
Passed away January 31, 2002, having lived her life with a seemingly inborn desire to do good. Born in Berkeley, California on October 8, 1917, she moved to Marin County graduating from San Rafael High School and attended College of Marin and University of California, Berkeley. She married her high school sweetheart David H. Walker III who predeceased her in 1981. Joyce lived in Belvedere for fifty years where she and David raised their four children, David S. Walker, Krista F. Walker, Kathleen W. Parker and Kim E. Walker. She also helped raise her ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She loved the symphony, bridge, gardening, and traveling. Joyce demanded of us only what she demanded of herself: that we help confront indifference and act with courage to help the youngest in need, children. She volunteered and supported the Marin Charitable Foundation, Sunny Hills Children's Garden and Vine Village Guild. She was a long time member of the San Francisco Yacht Club, the AAUW, the Belvedere Tiburon Landmark Society and the San Francisco Symphony. Her sister Sunny Patton currently resides in Dallas, Texas and her brother, Starring Winfield was killed in action in Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. In addition to her family, she will be missed by many friends and people whom she touched and moved during her life. Friends and family are invited to a service at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Belvedere at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2002 followed by a private internment. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of her life at The Cove House, San Francisco Yacht Club in Belvedere at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Joyce Walker to the Sunny Hills Children's Garden or the Vine Village Guild. Keaton's Mortuary, 1022 E Street, San Rafael, 415-453-0571. 

Helen Brazil
Beloved wife of Ted, passed from this life Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at the age of 92. Helen lived happily in San Rafael for more than 70 years and shared her love of life and laughter with all who met her. She was the grandaughter of pioneers who engineered the road from Calistoga to Lake County and ran the stage stop at the top of the hills. A loving and stalwart mother and wife, she especially enjoyed playing the organ, embellishing stories, and taking sportscar trips to Reno. She is survived by her husband, her brother Newt Moore, sister Rosalain Wright, four grandchildren, and numerous great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed. 

Betty Lowell Christensen
Age 79, died peacefully while surrounded by her family on Tuesday, January 29th, 2002. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Betty was the devoted daughter of Goldie Alma Lowell. She grew up in New York, graduating from Bernard College in 1943. Well-known in New York as a professional singer, she met Marvin Christensen, a Marin County native, while performing at a New York City USO club during World War II. The couple became engaged shortly thereafter, and when Marvin was sent into active duty, they communicated through coded messages and arranged to meet and marry in California after Marvin was discharged from service. Betty remained in Marin for the rest of her life, dedicating her time to her children, to music, and to a wide variety of local community organizations. She volunteered for many years as a music teacher at her children's schools and later sang with the Marin Community Chorus. She was a Camp Fire Girls leader, an avid tennis, Bingo, and Bridge player, a birdwatcher, concertgoer, horse show mom, and proud member of the American Association of University Women and the ACLU. She is survived and will be dearly missed by her children: Cheryl Keller Brooks, Andrea Christensen, Scott Christensen, and Janet Christensen; her sons in-law Wendell Brooks, John Ranis, and Michael Clemons; and her six grandchildren: Samantha Keller, Stacey Lombardi, Janelle Lombardi, Michael Ranis, McKinley Clemons and Coleman Clemons. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, February 16th at 2:00 p.m. at the Marin Art and Garden Center Livermore Room. Contributions may be made to local Marin charities, including the Marin Community Foundation. Monte's Chapel of the Hill's Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo, 453-8440. 

Ronald Alan Crandall, September 22, 1934 - December 30, 2001
Stinson Beach resident, Ronald A. Crandall, much loved high school science teacher and Dipsea Race runner, whose turreted seaside home on Panoramic Highway always caught the attention of passers-by, died December 30, 2001. Ron, 67, suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Ron and his wife Harriet began building their sprawling Stinson Beach abode 35 years ago. It's three turrets and a tunnel that leads nowhere were creations of Ron's imagination and whims. Born in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, Ron was the third of five children. His mother Lois was an accomplished singer and patron of the arts. His father Glen was a dentist. As a boy Ron studied piano and voice, and planned to become a concert pianist. He studied aviation at Glendale College with the intention of becoming a commercial pilot. When the Korean War interrupted his plans, he became a marksman on the US Army Rifle Team, winning medals while competing throughout Europe. Ron's interest in aviation and world history persisted throughout his life. At the time of his death, he was building a World War II Navy Corsair fighter, which he had intended to fly. After the Korean War, Ron enrolled in Whittier College near Los Angeles, where he earned a BA in Biology and a high school teaching credential in Science and Mathematics. He met his wife-to-be, Harriet, while they were singing in the college A Capella Choir. The couple married in 1961, moved to San Francisco and bought their hillside property in Stinson Beach. They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary two weeks before Ron's death. A great music lover, Ron sang with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus for many years, and often with the San Francisco Opera Chorus and Olympic Club Chorus. Ron was a humble man who valued his family above all else. He is survived by his beloved wife, Harriet, and their three children, John, Timothy, and Mirina. A Memorial Service was held on January 7, 2002 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, San Rafael. Contributions in Ron's memory can be made to: Marin Alzheimer's Association, 4340 Redwood Hwy., San Rafael, CA. 94903. 

Julius Fishman
Passed away at age 93, on February 1, 2002. Loving husband of Rose for 68 years. Wonderful father of William (and Roberta) Fishman, Elaine (and Robert) Ockner, Natalie (and Peter) Lenn. Adoring grandfather of Nancy (and Paul) Gibbs, David (and Debra Ellenoff) Lang, Sheri (and Tom) Levin, Michael (and Jean) Fishman, Richard (and Nina) Fishman, Julie (and Michael) Bunzel, Joanna Lenn and Joshua Lenn, and 12 great-grandchildren. Mr. Fishman began practicing law at the age of 21 in Chicago, Illinois with his late brothers, Samuel and Jacob Fishman. He became one of Chicago's most successful attorneys. He was active in Jewish life and legal activities. After retiring to Marin County in 1973, he became a volunteer at Legal Aid. He always wanted to help those in need. He was the most loving and caring man that ever walked this earth. Memorial Services will be held at Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael on Monday, February 4th, 2002 at 1:30 PM. 

John Golden
Resident of Petaluma and formerly of Marin, died of lung cancer January 14, 2002 at age 52. A free-spirit, walking to his own drummer, John leaves his mother, Claire and sister Carol of Marin and nephew Willy of New York City. We'll share stories of John's life February 17 in Petaluma. Contact Carol for details at 510-242-7239. 

Bernard Kahn
Born in 1912, he passed away at age 89 on January 26, 2002. A resident of Marin County. He is survived by new bride Lana Kahn, married 51 years to Mercia Kahn. Devoted and caring father of two daughters, many cousins, nephews, nieces and two grandsons and one great grandson. A Memorial Service will be held February 5, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. Chapel of the Chimes Rose Garden in Santa Rosa. A Memorial Celebration will be held Saturday, February 16th, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at daughter Noreen's home. For information call (415) 461-4069. 

Rosemarie Jurs
Long time Mill Valley resident, Rosemarie Jurs, 64, passed away at home January 6, 2002, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. She was well known locally as co-owner, with her husband, Michael, of Capricorn Cookware in Mill Valley. A self-taught creative artist, she produced exquisite ethnic figures that are now heirloom collectibles. For years, they have graced Capricorn's display windows. In addition, she created surrealistic art works in a variety of media. She was a gifted pianist, an opera buff, a doll maker and a seamstress. She shared her husband's love of sailing and water skiing and also hiked, biked, gardened, explored the out-of-doors and traveled the world. As a TWA flight attendant for 27 years, she flew international routes to Asia and Europe, retiring in 1988. In 1970, one of her flights was hijacked and forced to land with two other jetliners on the desert of Amman. They were held captive on the plane for seven days. Finally, after all passengers were evacuated, the planes were blown up. She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Michael Jurs of Mill Valley, her sisters, Sigrid Metzner and Charlotta Gnaedig, and a nephew, Andre Metzner, all of Berlin, Germany. A private service will be held. Donations in her memory may be made to Hospice of Marin in Corte Madera or Guide Dogs for the Blind of San Rafael. 

Albert James MacCarthy
Of Mill Valley passed away on February 1, 2002 at the age of 81. Al was born in San Francisco on February 4, 1920. He is survived by his wife Iris of 56 years; sons, Michael MacCarthy of Santa Rosa, Greg MacCarthy of Mill Valley and daughter, Lynn Allen of San Rafael, daughters-in-law, Billie and Nancy MacCarthy and son-in-law Dr. Joe Allen. Grandfather to Steven, Larry, Michelle MacCarthy and Christopher Allen. Great-grandfather of Reis and Jessica MacCarthy, and brother of Battalion Fire Chief Charles MacCarthy, retired. He proudly served in the U.S. Army in World War II, and was a Life Member of the Telephone Pioneers and a member of the United States Power Squadron. Al was a dedicated employee of Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company for 38 years. At his request, no services will be held, however, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society of Hospice or Marin. 

Wadey G.F. Lackey "Wade"
Passed away January 25, 2002 in Lakeport, California at the age of 76. Wade was born, raised, and educated in Holland, Arkansas, and moved to Northern California in 1946. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. After the Service, he joined the Seabee Reserves for 20 plus years and then retired. After his retirement, Wade volunteered to train U.S. Navy Sea Cadets for many years. He was involved in the Northern California Ford F100 Elite Truck Club, Golden Gate Chapter. Wade also volunteered at the Petaluma Speedway, push starting sprint cars. He was predeceased by his wife Patricia J. Lackey and his brother Dwight Lackey. Wade is survived by his daughter Caron Anne and husband David Allingham; son Dennis and wife Gayle Lackey; daughter Deborah and husband Lee Hamann; brother Eugene and wife Bernice Lackey; sister Juanita and husband Herbert Jones; sister-in-law Nila Faye Lackey; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Private Services have been held. Arrangements under the direction of PLEASANT HILLS MEMORIAL PARK & MORTUARY, SEBASTOPOL (707) 823-5042. 

Shirley Stein
Died peacefully at home in Terra Linda on January 30, 2002, after a long illness. She was 82 years of age. Shirley was raised in Brooklyn, New York and attended Erasmus High School. During WWII, she worked as an executive assistant in New York's garment center. She met and married Paul Stein, who survives her, in 1948. They were preparing to celebrate their 54th anniversary when she died. They originally made their home in Paterson, New Jersey, where they raised two sons, Irwin Stein of Novato and Edward Stein of Covington, Virginia. Both are attorneys. Shirley's family, especially her five grandchildren, meant "everything" to her. Shirley and Paul moved to Terra Linda in 1986 to be closer to their grandchildren. She was active in the Sisterhood of Cong. Rodef Shalom, where she served on the Sisterhood Board. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, February 3rd, 2:30 PM at Cong. Rodef Shalom. Donations in her memory may be made to Cong. Rodef Shalom or Hospice of Marin. 

Joyce Winfield Walker
Passed away January 31, 2002, having lived her life with a seemingly inborn desire to do good. Born in Berkeley, California on October 8, 1917, she moved to Marin County graduating from San Rafael High School and attended College of Marin and University of California, Berkeley. She married her high school sweetheart David H. Walker III who predeceased her in 1981. Joyce lived in Belvedere for fifty years where she and David raised their four children, David S. Walker, Krista F. Walker, Kathleen W. Parker and Kim E. Walker. She also helped raise her ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She loved the symphony, bridge, gardening, and traveling. Joyce demanded of us only what she demanded of herself: that we help confront indifference and act with courage to help the youngest in need, children. She volunteered and supported the Marin Charitable Foundation, Sunny Hills Children's Garden and Vine Village Guild. She was a long time member of the San Francisco Yacht Club, the AAUW, the Belvedere Tiburon Landmark Society and the San Francisco Symphony. Her sister Sunny Patton currently resides in Dallas, Texas and her brother, Starring Winfield was killed in action in Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. In addition to her family, she will be missed by many friends and people whom she touched and moved during her life. Friends and family are invited to a service at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Belvedere at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2002 followed by a private internment. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of her life at The Cove House, San Francisco Yacht Club in Belvedere at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Joyce Walker to the Sunny Hills Children's Garden or the Vine Village Guild. Keaton's Mortuary, 1022 E Street, San Rafael, 415-453-0571. 

Virginia C. Crisp
Age 81, a 48-year Corte Madera resident, died gently at home on January 26, 2002 after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's Disease. She was born on June 8, 1920 in San Francisco and attended Galileo High School, the University of California at Berkeley and the Academy of Art College. She married the late Edward D. Crisp in 1942 and moved with her family to Corte Madera in 1953. While raising her children, she was active in the Camp Fire Girls and the Neil Cummins Elementary PTA. Later, she studied pottery and printmaking at the College of Marin and traveled several times to Europe. Mrs. Crisp is survived by daughters Jackie Whelan of Boulder, Colorado and Becky White of Larkspur, son Tom Crisp of Davis, son-in-law Dan White Sr. of Larkspur and grandchildren Erin and Danny White and Ashley, Kelly and William Whelan. At her request, no services will be held. The family prefers contributions to Hospice of Marin, the Marin Chapter Alzheimer's Association, or a charity of your choice. 

Julius Fishman
Passed away at age 93, on February 1, 2002. Loving husband of Rose for 68 years. Wonderful father of William (and Roberta) Fishman, Elaine (and Robert) Ockner, Natalie (and Peter) Lenn. Adoring grandfather of Nancy (and Paul) Gibbs, David (and Debra Ellenoff) Lang, Sheri (and Tom) Levin, Michael (and Jean) Fishman, Richard (and Nina) Fishman, Julie (and Michael) Bunzel, Joanna Lenn and Joshua Lenn, and 12 great-grandchildren. Mr. Fishman began practicing law at the age of 21 in Chicago, Illinois with his late brothers, Samuel and Jacob Fishman. He became one of Chicago's most successful attorneys. He was active in Jewish life and legal activities. After retiring to Marin County in 1973, he became a volunteer at Legal Aid. He always wanted to help those in need. He was the most loving and caring man that ever walked this earth. Memorial Services will be held at Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael on Monday, February 4th, 2002 at 1:30 PM. 

Shirley Stein
Died peacefully at home in Terra Linda on January 30, 2002, after a long illness. She was 82 years of age. Shirley was raised in Brooklyn, New York and attended Erasmus High School. During WWII, she worked as an executive assistant in New York's garment center. She met and married Paul Stein, who survives her, in 1948. They were preparing to celebrate their 54th anniversary when she died. They originally made their home in Paterson, New Jersey, where they raised two sons, Irwin Stein of Novato and Edward Stein of Covington, Virginia. Both are attorneys. Shirley's family, especially her five grandchildren, meant "everything" to her. Shirley and Paul moved to Terra Linda in 1986 to be closer to their grandchildren. She was active in the Sisterhood of Cong. Rodef Shalom, where she served on the Sisterhood Board. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, February 3rd, 2:30 PM at Cong. Rodef Shalom. Donations in her memory may be made to Cong. Rodef Shalom or Hospice of Marin. 

Richard B. Wilson Jr.
Passed away in San Francisco on January 29, 2002 at the age of 77 years. Loving father of Anthony J. Wilson and Natalie Wilson Whistler. Devoted grandfather of Anthony, Alexandra and Nicholas Wilson and Paige Whistler. He was a first generation San Franciscan. A veteran of WWII, U.S. Navy Submarine Service and a Pearl Harbor survivor. Dear friend of The Daniels, The Atkinsons, Tony Beckrey and many others. Friends may visit Monday from 6-8 PM at the Evergreen Mortuary of McAvoy O'Hara Co., Geary Blvd. at Tenth Avenue. Funeral will depart Tuesday at 9:30 AM and proceed to St. Ignatius Church where a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM. Private Committal. (Donations to the American Heart Association preferred). McAVOY O'HARA CO. 

Eugene Seright Arntz
Died January 26, 2002 at age 81, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's. Gene was born in North Dakota. He came to San Francisco at age 16. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a medic, as he refused for moral reasons to carry a weapon. With his three brothers, he started a general contracting business, in which he was active until his illness. His three sons now continue the business. He also developed and owned Red Hill Shopping Center in San Anselmo. In addition to his successful business career, Gene was a philanthropist, poet, philosopher, and a wonderful friend to many. He established a charitable foundation, published a book of poetry, and was well read in many areas. He had a deep love of nature, and spent lots of time gardening, sailing, hiking and skiing. Gene is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nelle Arntz, his four children, Allan, Katherine, Tom and Don, ten grandchildren, and his sister Jennie and brother John. He was a wonderful husband, father, and brother, and will be greatly missed. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, February 10th, 3:00 p.m. at St. Luke's Presbyterian Church in San Rafael. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association North Bay Chapter (415) 472-4340 or Hospice of Marin (415) 927-2273. 

A. Mackenzie Cantin
Died in his sleep at his home in Rossmoor, Walnut Creek, on Tuesday morning, January 29th, 2002 at age 90, following a long and valiant battle with pulmonary fibrosis. The son of Alexander Aimwell Cantin and Gail Sherman Van Kirk Cantin, Mac Cantin was born in Dresden, Germany on January 21, 1912, while his parents were touring Europe so that his father could study Architecture. (A.A. Cantin was the architect for the Orinda Theater in Contra Costa County, shared credit for the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph building in San Francisco, did original buildings for the College of Marin, and designed many other well-known Bay Area buildings.) Mac grew up to study Engineering for three years at Stanford, then graduated in Architecture at U. C. Berkeley. He became a prominent Bay Area architect in his own right, working first with his father -- they did San Francisco's Coronet Theater together -- and then on his own, designing schools, theaters, hospitals and homes throughout the Bay Area and beyond, including such buildings as the original Rheem Theater and Center in Moraga, The Merced County and Antioch General Hospitals, the Crest theaters in Los Banos and Sacramento, the Grove Theater in Pacific Grove, the Roxy Theater in Santa Rosa, and numerous other structures. Aided by Norma Thorpe Cantin, his loving wife of 65 years, Mac physically built a family summer cabin at Tahoe, beginning work in 1939. For the next quarter century Mac and Norma enjoyed summers at the lake with their children, with Mac commuting from the Bay Area and work each weekend. Mac and Norma also became enthusiastic world travelers, starting with a trip to Europe in the late 50's. After that first excursion, they criss-crossed not only this country but most of the world numerous times. They have also both been very active in Class of '35 Alumni activities at U.C. Berkeley. Along with Norma, Mac leaves a daughter, Robin Cantin Ronan, a son, Eugene Thorpe Cantin, son-in-law Dr. James Scarfe Ronan, two granddaughters, Kellie Ronan Weatherholt and Cheryl Ronan Ways, and two great-grandchildren, Austin and Jalene Weatherholt. Inurnment will be at Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland. Memorial contributions may be made to The Norma and Mac Cantin Class of 1935 Alumni Scholarship, c/o The Alumni Association, U.C. Berkeley. 

Anthony "Babe" Milani
Born April 22, 1920 in Sausalito to Joseph and Mary Milani, natives of Lonate Pozzolo, Italy, he passed quietly at home after a brief illness on January 27, 2002 in the company of his family. He was 81 years old. Preceded in death by brothers Frank and Louis Milani, devoted husband of Edith Milani for 57 years, beloved father of Charlene, Judith and James, grandfather of Stephanie, Jason and Tony and great- grandfather to Chase, Riely, Cole, Jacob and Shae. He was a graduate of San Rafael High School class of 1938 where he was captain of the football team and where he met and later married his high school sweetheart, Edith. He served in the U.S. Army for four years during World War II achieving the rank of Master Sergeant. Member of the 432nd Anti-aircraft Artillery Battalion under the famed 5th Army of Gen. Mark W. Clark, he was awarded the Soldier's Medal for Valor for saving the life of a drowning fellow soldier while serving at Bizerte, Tunisia in 1942. He was active in the Mediterranean theater of war and took part in the invasions of Africa, Sicily and Italy. A lifetime resident of San Rafael, he began his career as a mechanic for family owned Rafael Motors, then moved to Bianco Motors of San Rafael where he was to hold the titles of Service Manager and Sales Manager, for which he was awarded Top Salesman recognition numerous times throughout 30-plus year career. He was a member of the Elks Club of San Rafael, Native Sons of the Golden West, American Legion, Marin Rod & Gun Club and Gruppo Lonatese. After his retirement he took great joy in pursuing his love of gardening, gourmet cooking, football as a fan of the SF 49ers, and especially in the visits of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A private Funeral Mass was celebrated on January 30th at the St. Raphael's Chapel in San Rafael followed by same-day interment at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael. He will be missed greatly, but remembered with greatest love by all. Contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of choice. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Richard B. Wilson Jr.
Passed away in San Francisco on January 29, 2002 at the age of 77 years. Loving father of Anthony J. Wilson and Natalie Wilson Whistler. Devoted grandfather of Anthony, Alexandra and Nicholas Wilson and Paige Whistler. He was a first generation San Franciscan. A veteran of WWII, U.S. Navy Submarine Service and a Pearl Harbor survivor. Dear friend of The Daniels, The Atkinsons, Tony Beckrey and many others. Friends may visit Monday from 6-8 PM at the Evergreen Mortuary of McAvoy O'Hara Co., Geary Blvd. at Tenth Avenue. Funeral will depart Tuesday at 9:30 AM and proceed to St. Ignatius Church where a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM. Private Committal. (Donations to the American Heart Association).


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