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Dr. Mark S. Daniels 
Formerly of San Francisco where he had a dental practice at 450 Sutter, died March 27, 2002 in his San Rafael home. 
His sisters Adelaide Whitney and Pat Robbins of San Marcos, California and a brother, Dan Smiley of Bellevue, Washington, survive Dr. Daniels. 
Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 3, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. in the Mission Chapel at Saint Raphael's Catholic Church 1104 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, CA. 
Funeral assistance provided by Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery 2500 5th Avenue San Rafael, CA 415-459-2500 

Louis R. McCreary 
Louis (Mac) McCreary died March 19, 2002 following a brief illness. Born in Southern California, Louis resided in Marin County for over 45 years. Louis was the loving husband of the late Opal McCreary and was preceded in death by his devoted second wife Jean McCreary. Louis is survived by his daughter, Sandra McCreary of San Rafael, stepchildren, Tommy Cupp of San Jose, Priscilla Osenton of Red Bluff, Cynde Denny of Corte Madera, Randy Stemmer of Greenbrae, Kim Errico of Marinwood, Michelle Smith of Lake Tahoe, Valerie Scheiner of Novato, and numerous grandchildren. Louis will be missed dearly by his family, many friends and neighbors. A celebration honoring Louis' life will be held on Thursday, April 4th at 5:30 p.m. at the Chapel of the Hills Mortuary in San Anselmo. A reception will follow. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's organization of choice. 

John Paterson 
June 4, 1923-March 29, 2002
John was born in Bathgate, Scotland and came to Montreal, Canada as a two-year-old with his parents in 1925. He loved education from his earliest years and attended schools in Verdun, Montreal, Vancouver and Ann Arbor. His degrees came from McGill and The University of Michigan, and his life's work came from The University of California, Berkeley, California. The first born of William and Margaret Paterson, he has a brother, Archie, and sisters Margaret and Sheila. They survive, as does his 100-year-old mother. He married Susanna Bromage in 1954 and they have six children: Annan, Mary Cogan, Andrew Bromage, Susannah Margaret, Caithleen Telfer, and Nora Clarkson. His wife and children survive as do his 15 grandchildren: Carrie, Blake, Leland, Harry, John, Lucy, Zoe, Riley, Vanessa, Julia, Matthew, Tyler, Raymond, John Conrad and William. John probably would have said that his greatest moments in Academe came from gaining Tenure, from serving as Ombudsperson, from giving the Gayley Lecture, from publishing books and articles, and from retiring at the age of 62 in 1985. Reading and studying were his greatest delights to the degree that he read James Joyce out loud to Susanna when they were courting and when she was laboring to deliver one of their six children. These pursuits were overtaken in retirement by golf, which led him to new adventures and new competitions. Family reunions at The Sea Ranch were punctuated by rounds at the Sea Ranch course. John survived many illnesses, many surgeries which began when he was 40. In the end, his life was taken by Multi Infarct Dementia. His final caregivers were at WindChime of Marin in Kentfield where he received the best attention of all. The final verse of a poem written by John when he was 13 reads: "My journey's end is a tiny home/ With roses all around, /A loving wife, and children three/ That's why I'm homeward bound." 

Marian Sutherland Worlund 
Passed away after a long illness on December 21, 2001. She was a resident of San Anselmo for over 60 years. Born in Los Angeles on September 13, 1914. She moved with her mother and father, Loyd and Berniece Sutherland and sister Dorothy to Alameda at a young age. She graduated from Alameda High School in 1932 and attended San Francisco State for the next two years. Marian met her husband Elmer Worlund while he was stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco. They were married in 1935 and moved to Marin in 1940. Marian was a homemaker and a community volunteer. She enjoyed taking care of her home and family. She helped her husband with his insurance agency for many years until his death in 1975. She was a member of the Sunnyhill's Children's Services for years, starting as one of the original members that enjoyed taking care of the Grape Festival grounds when the annual event was held where the Red Hill Shopping Center is now located. Marian was also a familiar face at the Bargain Box in San Rafael, especially Peacock Alley. She was an avid reader, a wonderful gardener who created beautiful floral arrangements, and a congenial hostess to all who spent time in her home. She listened to what people had to say, offered advice if asked and most of all had a caring heart. She will be missed by all who spent time with her. She was a "real lady". Marian leaves her son Michael Worlund of Mill Valley, daughter Sharon Worlund of Point Reyes Station, who both stood by her during her "long goodbye" with Alzheimer's disease. Sister Dorothy Corum and sister-in-law Irene Frech. She was predeceased by her loving husband Elmer in 1975 and dear companion Eugene Dumesnil of Alameda in 1986. Her ashes were scattered off the Marin Coast in a private ceremony on Valentines Day February 14, 2002. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association North Bay Chapter or the American Heart Association. 

Emma L. Rossi 
A Resident of Kentfield Passed away at home on March 27, 2002 at age 93 years. Emma was the wife of the late Frank P. Rossi; mother of Frances Granville of Kentfield and the late Louis Rossi; grandmother of Matthew (Denise) Granville, Suzanne (James Thompson) Granville, Daniel (Dee) Granville, Michael (Shannon) Rossi; great-grandmother of Samantha, Jake and Natalie Granville, Caroline, Emma and Stephen Thompson, Nicole and Mackenzie Granville; mother-in-law of Virginia Rossi of Saratoga, California. Emma was a native of St. Helena, California; and a member of Whistlestop. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass on Tuesday, April 2, 2002 at 10:00 AM at Saint Anselm's Catholic Church, Ross, CA. A Vigil Service will be held on Monday, April 1, 2002 at 7:30 PM at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, 330 Red Hill Avenue, San Anselmo, CA. Visitation begins on Monday at 6:30 PM at the funeral home. Interment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael, CA. Memorial gifts to Whistlestop Senior Center or Hospice of Marin preferred. 
MONTE'S CHAPEL OF THE HILLS 
Family Owned and Operated 
San Anselmo, 415-452-8440 

Miyoko (Mickey) Watson 
On March 23, 2002, after a long bout with cancer, a wife, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many, was lost when Miyoko (Mickey) Watson, of Novato, peacefully passed away. She is survived by her husband, Thomas, her daughter Midori Demazure and son-in-law, Robert Demazure, two granddaughters: Christine Demazure and Jennifer Chistiensen, and great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Chistiensen. Her strength of personality and generous spirit will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. A Memorial Service will be held at Valley Memorial Park, Novato, on Saturday, March 30th at 11:00 AM. 

Margaret Beetem Ancker Died February 25, 2002, after a short illness. Born in Nebraska on May 15, 1909. Raised in Benecia, California. Educated at Dominican Convent Lower and Upper Schools and Dominican College. She earned an AB from U.C. Berkeley and a MA from Leland Stanford Junior University. Teacher, Rio Vista High School, 1935-42. Dean of Women, Kansas State Teachers' College, 1942-44. Counselor, City College of San Francisco, 1944-1970. She and her late husband, Sidney, built their hillside home in Sausalito in 1950, where they lived until 1991, at which time they moved to Smith Ranch Homes in San Rafael. She was a strong supporter of the San Francisco Symphony and Ballet, the theater, and fine arts, and enjoyed many years of worldwide travel. Margaret is loved and survived by a number of cousins and a large circle of friends the world over, including her very special friend, Constantine Panayiotou and his wife and family, in Thessaloniki, Greece. Private services will be scheduled with the Neptune Society. Donations may be made to your favorite charity. 

Buzz Davenport (Mancil Davis) Passed away March 14, 2002. Burial will take place at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, April 4, 2002 at 2:00 PM. 

Hazel Iretta Hughes Souza Of San Francisco, passed away in Greenbrae on March 28, 2002 after a short illness. She was born in Kaysville, Utah in 1911 and moved to San Francisco in the 1930's. Hazel was a makeup artist for the late Helena Rubenstein. Because of health reasons, she had been staying with her son, Raymond in Greenbrae for the past month. Hazel was preceded in death by her husband George L. Souza, her son Richard E. DeLeon, and her loving brothers and sisters. In addition to her son Raymond L. DeLeon of Greenbrae, Hazel is survived by her grandsons Raymond C. DeLeon and Ronald D. DeLeon, both of Novato, her great-grandchildren Joshua and Lauren DeLeon of Rohnert Park, and her daughter-in-law Jurlene of Ukiah. At Hazel's request, there will be no services. Donations in her name may be made to your favorite charity. Hazel will be sorely missed by her loving family and many friends. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571 

Elizabeth M. "Betty" Ziel Died on March 26, 2002 at age 88 in Petaluma, California. Mrs. Ziel was born Elizabeth McClure Merrill on June 29, 1913 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She married John Gustav Ziel in 1933 and lived in San Francisco and Marin County until 1966 when they moved to Santa Rosa, where Mr. Ziel died in 1983. Mrs. Ziel was active in the Colonial Dames, Daughters of the American Revolution, Francisca Club and the Century Club of San Francisco. She was also a past- President of the Youth Symphony Concert organization, which helped many youngsters throughout Northern California to develop interest in the musical arts. Survivors include her daughters, Charlotte Elizabeth Irving and Mary Patricia Olsen; and her son, John G.M. Ziel; six grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. At the request of Mrs. Ziel, there will be no services. The family suggests remembrances to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran Street, Petaluma, CA 94952. PARENT-SORENSEN Mortuary & Crematory Petaluma, California 

Jean Thibault Hogin
Died Sunday, March 24, 2002 at her home, at the age of 88. She was born in San Francisco, March 22, 1914. Jean was a court stenographer in San Francisco. During WWII, she was a nurse at Mare Island. She and her husband owned and operated Rosenstein-Rann Printing for 50 years. Mother of Josephine Anne Hogin of San Jose, Patricia Mary Hogin and Joseph Michael Hogin (Pam) of San Rafael, grandmother of Joseph Eugene Williams of San Rafael. Graveside Services will be held Thursday, March 28, 2002 at 3:00 PM in the Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Hospice of Marin or the San Francisco SPCA. Funeral Assistance Provided By Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA, 415 459-2500. 

William D. (Bill) Johnson
Age 65 died Palm Sunday March 24, 2002 at St. Mary's Hospital in Reno, Nevada of Pancreatic Cancer. He was born June 29, 1936 in California. He attended St. Anselm's, Marin Catholic and Drake high schools in Marin County. He served in the Air Force Reserves. He worked in Civil Engineering for Marin Muni Water District, the County of Marin, and the City of Petaluma, and various private firms in Reno, Nevada. He married Beverly Collins in 1965. Bill's hobbies included Gold Panning in the Sierra's, fishing, and bird watching. He is survived by his wife Beverly of Reno, mother Virginia Johnson of San Anselmo, California, daughter Valerie Cortez of Amarillo, Texas, stepdaughter Melissa Shipman of Santa Rosa, California, brother Stan Johnson of San Diego, California, four grandchildren in Reno, and four grandchildren from Santa Rosa, California, and his loving Schipperke Piper Tina. Contributions may be made to the ASPCA, Humane Society, PETA or any animal rights organization. Services will be held at the Chapel of the Hills in San Anselmo, California on Saturday March 30, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned & Operated San Anselmo 453-8440 

Elizabeth "Liz" Martha Lewis
Passed away March 22, 2002 in Novato at age 83. A devoted wife and mother, Liz was married for 49 years to Ralph C. Lewis of Ellensburg, Washington who died in January of 1987. In the early part of their marriage, they were active in a big band, "The Blues Chasers". Ralph was in the insurance business and a job change resulted in a move to New York in 1955. A later job transfer brought the Lewis family to Novato in 1963. They made their home in Marin Country Club. Liz was an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir and served for a time on the Good Shepherd School Board. She also enjoyed serving as a Novato Hospital volunteer and being "head groupie" when Ralph started the big band, "People of Note". Always an early riser, Liz enjoyed walking. She met many friends and neighbors in the course of her daily five mile walks and enjoyed the challenge of getting the people she met to smile. She is survived by her daughter Victoria and son-in-law Gregory Smith of Novato, granddaughter Courtney (Smith) Ploeger of San Diego, and Joanna (Smith) Reed of Petaluma, California. Visitation will be at Keaton's in Novato, Friday, March 29th, 4 pm - 7 pm. The Funeral will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1180 Midway Blvd., Saturday, March 30th at 11 AM. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers should be sent to Good Shepherd Lutheran School, 1180 Lynwood Dr., Novato 94947 or Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Dr., Corte Madera 94925. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato, CA 415-897-1151 

John Thomas Pell
Passed away in San Anselmo on March 22, 2002 at age 37. John was a native of Iowa and a horseman, who lived for roping. John is survived by his wife Laura McDonald Pell; his sons Travis, Kyle and Clayton Pell; his parents Kenneth and Mary Pell; his brother Kenneth Pell, Jr.; and his sister Vickie Blodgett; also by nieces and nephews. John is survived by The McDonald Clan of San Anselmo. Friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service on Thursday, March 28, 2002 at 11:00 AM at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, 330 Red Hill Avenue, San Anselmo, California. Inurnment will be private. Memorial gifts to The Clayton Pell Benefit Fund, Westamerica Bank, Red Hill Shopping Center, 834 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo, CA 94960. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

Helen Margaret Pulliam
Passed away on March 20, 2002 at age 76. She was a native of Kansas City, Missouri and a resident of Novato, California for 38 years. She had been Secretary for Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in San Francisco for 28 years. Mrs. Pulliam is survived by her beloved husband of 53 years, Edward Pulliam; her sister, Mary E. Lee and her brother-in-law, Ben Lee, both of Reno, Nevada. She will be sorely missed by her family, friends and neighbors. At Mrs. Pulliam's request, no services will be held. Memorial Contributions preferred to the American Heart Association. 

Gary Gene Sthymmel
On March 26, 2002 at 1:43 a.m. Gary Gene Sthymmel passed away at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco surrounded by his beloved family. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Montserrat, daughters Nuria, Adriana, respective husbands Norman and Joe, stepmother Catherine Munson, Stepbrothers Terry and Randy, and most adored granddaughter Violette-Camille. He lived in Terra Linda and sold Real Estate in Marin County for 25 years. The last four years he had been working alongside his daughters at Coquelicot in Larkspur. He was a past President of the Rotary Club in Terra Linda. He was a member of the Buddha's Universal Church in San Francisco. He loved reading, classical music, the arts, nature walks, birds and traveling. His body is to be cremated at the Neptune Society in accordance with his wishes. A private family gathering will be held to honor his life. 

Doris Marie Day
Passed away on March 23, 2002 at Marin General Hospital due to complications developed from a near lifelong and courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Mrs. Day was 72, a Marin native, and an active member of many local groups and organizations that were dedicated to helping disabled adults. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Benton Day; a son, Thomas and a daughter, Deanna; also by four grandchildren: Christine Eling, Sandra Elrod, Ryan Day, Sean Day; and two great-grandchildren: Ashley Elrod and Kevin Eling. She was the loving mother-in-law of Kate Day. Friends and family are invited to attend a Funeral Liturgy on Thursday, March 28, 2002 at 1:00 PM at PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Ave. and Keokuk St., Petaluma, CA. A Vigil will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at 7:00 PM, also at the mortuary. The family prefers donations and volunteer hours at Senior Access of Marin 415-459-6120. 

John J. Doherty
A 39 year resident of Tiburon died March 23, 2002 at the age of 79 years. A native of Massachusetts, he attended Boston Latin School and graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1943. During WWII, he served as Navigator & Commanding Officer on vessels involved in escort of North Atlantic convoys and amphibious operations in the Pacific. After the war, he served on several large Coast Guard Cutters. Upon finishing flight training in Pensacola, Florida, he was designated a Coast Guard Aviator and completed aviation assignments at Salem, Massachusetts; Honolulu; Wake Island; New York and Kodiak, AK. He was then assigned as Captain of the Port, San Francisco, controlling the safety and navigation of all Bay Area ports. After retiring from the Coast Guard in 1969, he worked for Pacific Far East Lines, serving as a Vice President for ten years. His position prior to retirement was at American President Lines as a special consultant. He is survived by his wife, Mary Claire Doherty; sons John Doherty Jr. of Tiburon, Owen Doherty of Shiloh, IL; daughters Maureen Doherty of San Mateo, Cathy Ference of Santa Rosa; seven grandchildren; sister Peg Hannigan; & eight nieces & nephews. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Monday, April 1st at 10:30 a.m. which will be held at St. Hilary's Church, 761 Hilary Drive, Tiburon. Donations in his memory may be sent to Hospice of Marin at 150 Nellen Ave., Corte Madera, CA 94925. 

Mario N. Galetti
Passed away on March 22, 2002. He was loved and adored by everyone who knew him. He is survived by his wife Tammy of five and a half years, his parents Lou and Marilyn Galetti, two sisters, April Moeller and Amber Galetti, a brother Joseph Galetti, a brother-in-law James Moeller, nieces, nephews, and a wonderful extended family. Mario worked as a painter for the past seven years. He loved all things outdoors, running, mountain biking, surfing, snow boarding and had run in the Lake Tahoe marathon in the past year. Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Service Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at 4:00 PM at Morrison Funeral Chapel, 990 Vintage Ave., St. Helena, CA. Memorial gifts preferred in Mario's memory directed to the Tammy Galetti Trust Fund, 1801 Grant Street, Calistoga, CA 94515. 

Raye Shapiro Rich
Passed away March 24, 2002 in San Francisco. Loving wife of the late Herbert H. Shapiro and the late Charles Rich. Beloved mother of Irving and Cynthia Shapiro and Gary and Dana Shapiro. Loving grandmother of Elyse and Chris Karow, Allan and Linda Shapiro, Karen Shapiro and Nick Racco, Anne and Paul Mulvaney, Sandra and Glen Bauer and Deborah Scherer. Loving great- grandmother of Tyler, Haley and Ryan Karow, Danielle and Jacquelin Shapiro, Evan and Robyn Mulvaney, Rachel Racco, Elliot Bauer and Celine Ditucci. Services will be held Tuesday, March 26th at 11:00 AM at SINAI MEMORIAL CHAPEL, Divisadero Street at Geary Blvd., S.F. Interment at Salem Memorial Park, Colma, CA. Donations to the Raye Shapiro Rich Education Fund at the Hebrew Free Loan Association or to the charity of your choice are preferred. 

Gladys Steven
Passed away peacefully on March 21, 2002 at the age of 100. She was born in La Porte, California, but lived most of her life in San Francisco. She was the loving wife of the late Lewis Steven, mother of Frances Findley, grandmother of Linda Martinez and great-grandmother of Angie and Amy Martinez. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and telling stories about her life and family. Gladys will always be remembered with much love by her family and friends and will be sadly missed by all. 

John David Wasson
Died peacefully at home in his sleep on March 23, 2002, at age 71 years, following a battle with bone and prostate cancer. He had been a longtime resident of Novato, California; was born in Raton, New Mexico; and had also resided in Oklahoma and California. John served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 and retired from Hamilton A.F.B. in 1971 after being stationed in England, South Carolina, Canada and Vietnam. After retirement from the Air Force, John went to work at the U.S. Post Office in San Rafael in 1971 and retired in 1995. He received an A.A. Degree from Indian Valley College in Novato, California. John was an active member of First Baptist Church of Novato for 40 years and served as a Deacon for 37 years. He was a Christian family man and a friend to everyone he met. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joyce Wasson; daughter, Mary D. Blanchard; and grandchildren: Amanda Simmerman and Sarah Blanchard of Littleton, Colorado; son, David A. Wasson and grandchildren: Laura A. and Johnny G. Wasson of Cotati, California; also survived by his nephew, Rich Hall of Cedaredge, Colorado. Viewing time will be Thursday, March 28, 2002 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato and a Memorial Service will be Saturday, March 30, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at Bayside Community Church, 1461 South Novato Blvd., Novato, CA. Memorial Contributions are preferred to the American Cancer Society, Marin County Unit, 25 Bellam Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901 or to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Ave., Corte Madera, CA 94925. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151 

Patricio Aguirre
Passed away February 21, 2002 at the age of 57 years. He was surrounded by his domestic partner of 34 years, George J. Hays and his many friends and colleagues. He is survived by his brothers Ben and Vic and sisters Alice and Jean, all of Manila, Philippines. Patricio was born September 1944 in Manila and came to the U.S. in 1959. He began his teaching career with the Army at the Presidio, eventually becoming a professor of business at San Francisco City College where he taught for 34 years. He was a member of the Masons Lebanon Pacific #136. He belonged to Christ Presbyterian Church, where he was an enthusiastic choir member. He will be greatly missed by all of his students and colleagues. "Goodbye Dr. Patt; we'll be seeing you!" A Celebration of his life will be held at Christ Presbyterian Church, 620 Del Ganado Road, San Rafael on Saturday, March 30, 2002 at 1:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Forbush/Aveson Trust for single parents at St. Ignatius Presbyterian Church, 2001 37th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116. Arrangements by ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, Petaluma, CA. CHEDA & LYONS 707-789-9000 

Peggy M. Johnson
Died peacefully at home on March 15, 2002 after a brief illness. Preceded in death by her husband Robert A. Johnson and son Jeffrey Johnson. Beloved mother of Dana Johnson (Timothy Fitzpatrick) and adored grandmother of Fannie Fitzpatrick, all of Healdsburg. Peggy graduated from Tamalpais High School and College of Marin and worked for 30 years as the Business Administrator for Marin Country Day School. She loved to travel and has been all around the world. As an active volunteer in her community, she put in many hours at the Healdsburg Library, Healdsburg Museum, local elementary school and hospital. She was also active with her homeowners association. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday, April 6th 11:30 AM at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 209 Matheson Street, Healdsburg. Arrangements under the direction of ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville Street, Petaluma. Memorial contributions to the Healdsburg Animal Shelter or The Endowment Fund of Healdsburg Museum. Ashes will be scattered privately at a later date. CHEDA & LYONS 707-789-9000 

David L McGahey
Passed away in Healdsburg, California on March 19, 2002 following a brief illness. David grew up in Philadelphia and began his successful career in broadcasting. David arrived in San Francisco in 1974 first working as Sales Manager of KNEW Radio. His professional career carried him to Sales Management positions at major radio stations in San Francisco, including KFOG, KNBR, and KFRC Radio. In 1983, David was appointed Sports Sales Manager at KSFO radio. He was instrumental in developing successful sales and merchandising programs for broadcast sponsorships of the Oakland A's Baseball, Stanford Football and other play-by-play sports broadcasts. David was an innovator in broadcast sports media and joined the Golden State Warriors Basketball team in 1989 as Director of Sales and eventually rose to the position of Vice President of Broadcasting until his retirement in 1997. David was widely respected by his colleagues and friends as an interested, compassionate person touching all those who crossed his path. He loved life and lived it fully, enjoying the theatre, ballet, the arts, collecting and traveling. David is survived by his Wife, Ruth Maher of Healdsburg, California and her children, Philip of Cotati, Ted of San Francisco, and Renee of Mill Valley, California A private celebration of David's life will be held for friends. Donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital 1 800 873 6983 or your favorite charity. Elizabeth (Betty) Marie Settle
Surrounded by her family, Betty passed away in her home on March 19, 2002. She was 71. A native of San Francisco, Betty graduated from Star of the Sea Academy and attended Lone Mountain College. She was employed at Pacific Fire Rating Bureau in San Francisco, and was married to Robert Ernest Settle in 1959 until he passed away in 1985. She lived in Marin County for 40 years. Betty was a loving wife and mother who enjoyed crossword puzzles, gardening, and cooking for her family and friends. Her greatest joy in life was being with her family. She is survived by her mother Margaret Finsterwald, and four children: Barbara Elizabeth Settle, Robert Martin Settle, Brian Ernest Settle and William Riley Settle. Friends may visit Monday after 3pm and for the Rosary at 7pm at Daphne Funerals Marin, 601 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. A celebration of the funeral Mass will be said Tuesday, 10am at St. Patrick's Church, 114 King Street, Larkspur. The family wishes any donations be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Marin. 

Paul George Meyer
Passed away peacefully at home March 21, 2002 at the age of 82. His wife and soul mate of 50 years, Lucille, preceded him in November of 2001. Paul, a native Californian, grew up in Albany, California and was a proud graduate of Cal Berkeley. After serving his country in WWII, he and Lucille enjoyed a successful career in the apparel industry. He traveled extensively with his beloved wife. His three loving children and his extended family survive him: daughter Kathy and Tom Franz, son Steve and Karen Meyer, and son Michael Meyer and his partner William Bell. His five grandsons Erik Franz, Peter, Christopher, Jeffrey and Will Meyer survive him. His extended families of Rome Horak Jr., Vicki Hess, Joni Wonacott and Mary Anne Hopfer will miss him. Family and Friends are invited to a Service at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, 330 Red Hill Avenue, San Anselmo on Monday, March 25th at 7:00 PM and a Funeral Mass at St. Anselm's Catholic Church, 97 Shady Lane, Ross on Tuesday, March 26th at 10:00 AM. Donations may be sent to his favorite charity, St. Anselm's Adopt-A-Family, P.O. Box 892, San Anselmo, CA 94979. 

Kenneth Gordon Davies
A resident of Corte Madera for over 30 years, passed away March 12, 2002. He was born in Vancouver, B.C., Canada in 1919. A graduate of Oregon State College in Landscape Architecture with a scholarship in Singing, he was a member of the S.F. Opera, S.F. Bach Choir, and went on to Broadway musicals and a solo singing tour of South America. He established his own landscape company in 1969 and gained a loyal following of clients who became friends. He enjoyed being a docent at Strybing Arboretum and a volunteer at Buck Research Center, Marin. He was a member of the California Horticultural Society and Friend of Pacific Horticultural Society. He was a caring human being devoting his entire life to creating beauty. He will be missed by his many friends. He is survived by longtime partner Bill McCauley, cousin R. Kenneth Kilborn, Washington, and many loving relatives in Canada. At his request, there will be no funeral or memorial. The Neptune Society will handle the scattering of ashes on the Sea. Donations to Strybing Botanical Gardens, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, in memory of Kenneth G. Davies will be appreciated. 

Norman E. Hunstock "Norm"
Died in Novato on March 20, 2002, after a brief illness. Norm was born in Homewood, Illinois, on February 22, 1921. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII, seeing action in the European theatre. Following the war, he was employed by Equifax for 36 years, retiring as an Executive Vice President. Norm is survived by Mary, his wife of 59 years; son John (Joi Doi) of Long Grove, Illinois; daughters Mary Zeppa (Manny Gale) of Sacramento, Norma Yukich (Jim) of Santa Rosa, Anne Painter of Washington, Pennsylvania, and Beth Hunstock of Novato; grandchildren Stephanie Williams, Sara Hunstock, Brandon and Rachel Yukich, Kerry, Andy, Kelly, and Alexandra Painter; and great- granddaughters Courtney and Camryn Williams. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday, March 23rd at 11:00 AM at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1100 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael. Donations in his memory may be made to: Alzheimer's Disease Research, 15825 Shady Grove Road, Suite 140, Rockville, MD 20850, or to Cedars of Marin, P.O. Box 947, Ross, CA 94957. 

Melva Lenander McCart
Passed away on March 15, 2002 at the age of 83 years. She was the beloved wife of Thomas Scott McCart for over 59 years; mother of Martha McCart Lombard and Thomas Scott McCart, Jr.; grandmother of Jennifer, Emily and Benjamin Lombard, and Travis and Tyler McCart. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law Elizabeth and Robert Saunders, her daughter-in-law, Carlene McCart, and sister-in-law, Janet Sigford. She was a member of the Church of the Roses in Santa Rosa, and a charter member and elder at Christ Presbyterian Church in Terra Linda. She and her family were among the first residents of Terra Linda. Born in Brookings, South Dakota, she grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and was a graduate of the University of Minnesota and was on the faculty. Also, she was a District Director for Camp Fire Girls in San Rafael. At her request, private family services were held. 

Merrie S. During
Passed away in Chico, California March 14, 2002 at the age of 84. Merrie was a longtime resident of San Anselmo and was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, in 1984. Merrie is survived by her daughters, Lynne Johnson of Oroville and Maura During Miedema of Carmichael. She is also survived by beloved grandsons Gabriel and Benjamin Miedema. There is no service planned, and burial at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery will be private. 

Josephine Leonardi
Wife of the late Guido Leonardi died Wednesday, March 20, 2002 in San Jose. She was 94. Josephine was the loving mother of Janet Hoy and son-in-law Roger Hoy. She was the adored grandmother of Mike, Tim and Steven Hoy and Pam Brown and four great grandchildren. Beloved sister-in-law of Ray Leonardi, Laura Herup and Marie Lorenzen. She was a lifelong resident of San Rafael and a homemaker for over 65 years. Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass Saturday, March 23, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Raphaels Church. A Vigil will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at Keaton Mortuary. Interment Private, Monday at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Friday at the mortuary. KEATON'S MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571 

Florence A. Lubarsky
Passed away in Santa Rosa on March 19, 2002 at age 85. Dearly beloved wife of the late Samuel P. Lubarsky; loving mother of Daniel P. Lubarsky and his wife Bobbie of Nevada, Judith Biss and her husband Kenneth of Santa Rosa, Claudette Lubarsky of Middletown, Paulette Allen and her husband David of Middletown, Marie Vogus and her husband Rick of Modesto and Teresa Lubarsky of Windsor; adored grandmother of Thomas, Johnny, Steven, Lisa, David Ricky, Danielle, Jonathan, Brittany, Brandy and Tess; great grandmother of eight. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was a native of San Francisco; and a member of the Italian Catholic Federation. Florence loved opera, ballet and was a patron of the arts. She also loved to read, especially anything to do with history. Her greatest love was spending time with her family. She was the most loving and giving mother and grandmother, who had a great deal of love, trust, and faith in God and all those who were part of her life. She will be greatly missed by all. Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass on Friday, March 22, 2002 at 9:30 AM at St. Rose Catholic Church, 398 10th St., Santa Rosa. Interment to follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 2930 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa. A Vigil Service will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 7:00 PM at Daniels Chapel of the Roses, 1225 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa. If desired, donations in her memory may be made to Memorial and Honor Program, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905. Visitation will be on Thursday, March 21, 2002 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES FUNERAL HOME. 

Melva Lenander McCart
Passed away on March 15, 2002 at the age of 83 years. She was the beloved wife of Thomas Scott McCart for over 59 years; mother of Martha McCart Lombard and Thomas Scott McCart, Jr.; grandmother of Jennifer, Emily and Benjamin Lombard, and Travis and Tyler McCart. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law Elizabeth and Robert Saunders, her daughter-in-law, Carlene McCart, and sister-in-law, Janet Sigford. She was a member of the Church of the Roses in Santa Rosa, and a charter member and elder at Christ Presbyterian Church in Terra Linda. She and her family were among the first residents of Terra Linda. Born in Brookings, South Dakota, she grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and was a graduate of the University of Minnesota and was on the faculty. Also, she was a District Director for Camp Fire Girls in San Rafael. At her request, private family services were held. 

Raymond Thayer Piatt
Passed away of natural causes in Sebastopol, CA on March 2, 2002. He was 71. Ray was born October 12, 1930 in Flint, Michigan to Donald Piatt and Anne E. Thayer. In the early 1970's, Ray was instrumental in creating and sustaining a popular singles group at the Unitarian Fellowship in Terra Linda, California. He is survived by his mother, brother Kenny Piatt and sister Linda Bradley, all from Michigan. Ray also leaves behind his children Cathy, Linda, Bill, Tina and Victor, granddaughter Madelaine and son-in-law Jeff Bodwin. We're gonna miss you Razor. Arrangements are with Parent-Sorensen Funeral Home. There is a gathering to honor Ray on March 24, 2002. Call 707-575-3687 for details and directions. 

Amelia Ann Yates
Passed away on March 17, 2002 at age 85 in Antioch, California. She was a native of Spirit Lake, Idaho, held a masters degree, and was a homemaker Her hobbies included computers and bridge. She was a member of the American Association of University Women. Mrs. Yates is survived by her daughters, Janet Yates of San Jose, Patricia Kratina of Oakley, and Maureen McGlathery of Pittsburg, California. She is also survived by four grandchildren and her brother, Thomas Kiblen of Post Falls, Idaho. Graveside Services are planned for March 25, 2002 at Holy Cross Cemetery in Spokane, Washington. Local Arrangements by BRENTWOOD FUNERAL HOME, CA. 

Merrie S. During
Passed away in Chico, California March 14, 2002 at the age of 84. Merrie was a longtime resident of San Anselmo and was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, in 1984. Merrie is survived by her daughters, Lynne Johnson of Oroville and Maura During Miedema of Carmichael. She is also survived by beloved grandsons Gabriel and Benjamin Miedema. There is no service planned, and burial at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery will be private. 

Josephine Leonardi
Wife of the late Guido Leonardi died Wednesday, March 20, 2002 in San Jose. She was 94. Josephine was the loving mother of Janet Hoy and son-in-law Roger Hoy. She was the adored grandmother of Mike, Tim and Steven Hoy and Pam Brown and four great grandchildren. Beloved sister-in-law of Ray Leonardi, Laura Herup and Marie Lorenzen. She was a lifelong resident of San Rafael and a homemaker for over 65 years. Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass Saturday, March 23, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Raphaels Church. A Vigil will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at Keaton Mortuary. Interment Private, Monday at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Friday at the mortuary. KEATON'S MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571 

Florence A. Lubarsky
Passed away in Santa Rosa on March 19, 2002 at age 85. Dearly beloved wife of the late Samuel P. Lubarsky; loving mother of Daniel P. Lubarsky and his wife Bobbie of Nevada, Judith Biss and her husband Kenneth of Santa Rosa, Claudette Lubarsky of Middletown, Paulette Allen and her husband David of Middletown, Marie Vogus and her husband Rick of Modesto and Teresa Lubarsky of Windsor; adored grandmother of Thomas, Johnny, Steven, Lisa, David Ricky, Danielle, Jonathan, Brittany, Brandy and Tess; great grandmother of eight. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was a native of San Francisco; and a member of the Italian Catholic Federation. Florence loved opera, ballet and was a patron of the arts. She also loved to read, especially anything to do with history. Her greatest love was spending time with her family. She was the most loving and giving mother and grandmother, who had a great deal of love, trust, and faith in God and all those who were part of her life. She will be greatly missed by all. Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass on Friday, March 22, 2002 at 9:30 AM at St. Rose Catholic Church, 398 10th St., Santa Rosa. Interment to follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 2930 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa. A Vigil Service will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 7:00 PM at Daniels Chapel of the Roses, 1225 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa. If desired, donations in her memory may be made to Memorial and Honor Program, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905. Visitation will be on Thursday, March 21, 2002 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES FUNERAL HOME. 

Melva Lenander McCart
Passed away on March 15, 2002 at the age of 83 years. She was the beloved wife of Thomas Scott McCart for over 59 years; mother of Martha McCart Lombard and Thomas Scott McCart, Jr.; grandmother of Jennifer, Emily and Benjamin Lombard, and Travis and Tyler McCart. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law Elizabeth and Robert Saunders, her daughter-in-law, Carlene McCart, and sister-in-law, Janet Sigford. She was a member of the Church of the Roses in Santa Rosa, and a charter member and elder at Christ Presbyterian Church in Terra Linda. She and her family were among the first residents of Terra Linda. Born in Brookings, South Dakota, she grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and was a graduate of the University of Minnesota and was on the faculty. Also, she was a District Director for Camp Fire Girls in San Rafael. At her request, private family services were held. 

Raymond Thayer Piatt
Passed away of natural causes in Sebastopol, CA on March 2, 2002. He was 71. Ray was born October 12, 1930 in Flint, Michigan to Donald Piatt and Anne E. Thayer. In the early 1970's, Ray was instrumental in creating and sustaining a popular singles group at the Unitarian Fellowship in Terra Linda, California. He is survived by his mother, brother Kenny Piatt and sister Linda Bradley, all from Michigan. Ray also leaves behind his children Cathy, Linda, Bill, Tina and Victor, granddaughter Madelaine and son-in-law Jeff Bodwin. We're gonna miss you Razor. Arrangements are with Parent-Sorensen Funeral Home. There is a gathering to honor Ray on March 24, 2002. Call 707-575-3687 for details and directions. 

Amelia Ann Yates
Passed away on March 17, 2002 at age 85 in Antioch, California. She was a native of Spirit Lake, Idaho, held a masters degree, and was a homemaker Her hobbies included computers and bridge. She was a member of the American Association of University Women. Mrs. Yates is survived by her daughters, Janet Yates of San Jose, Patricia Kratina of Oakley, and Maureen McGlathery of Pittsburg, California. She is also survived by four grandchildren and her brother, Thomas Kiblen of Post Falls, Idaho. Graveside Services are planned for March 25, 2002 at Holy Cross Cemetery in Spokane, Washington. Local Arrangements by BRENTWOOD FUNERAL HOME, CA. 

Charles T. Atwood, Jr.
Charles "Charlie" Atwood passed away suddenly on February 26, 2002 due to a brief illness. He was 69 years old. Charlie is survived by his parents, Charles, Sr. and Evelyn Atwood, brother Richard Atwood, Sr. and his family, sister Nancy Zimmer and her family, and his three daughters, Sue, Jill and Patty. Charlie will be missed dearly by his family, endless friends, neighbors and acquaintances. A Memorial Service will be held March 25th, 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Avenue in Sacramento. 

Francis Merlin Dimmick
Of Novato, passed away surrounded by family on March 18, 2002 at the age of 79. Merlin was born on November 14, 1922 in Fillmore, Utah and was married to his loving wife Lois, for 59 years. He served as a bomber pilot in the Army Air Corps during WW II, and following active duty held the rank of Major in the Air Force Reserves. Following the war, Merlin moved to Novato and worked at Hamilton Air Force Base as a civil service air-craft electronics technician. After retiring from civil service, he worked as a local real estate broker in Marin and Sonoma counties. Merlin was active in the Boy Scouts of America and 4-H. He served for many years in various positions of leadership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Merlin loved the outdoors and spent countless hours teaching his daughters and grandchildren the joys of camping, hiking and fishing.l He was an avid gardener and traveler who loved to have his wife and family accompany him on his many journeys. Merlin will be remembered most for his impeccable integrity, his service to others and an unswerving dedication to any effort he pursued. He will be dearly missed by those whose lives he touched. Merlin is survived by his loving wife Lois, his daughters Linda Dimmick (Mt. Pleasant, Utah), Sherri Dague (Grants Pass Oregon), and Susan Earp (Roseville, California); his sisters Berna Davies (Fillmore, Utah) and Margaret Winter (Elk Grove, California); 18 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. In memory of Merlin, friends are invited to a Viewing on Wednesday, March 20 from 5 PM to 8 PM at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato. Services will be held Thursday, March 21, 11:30 AM at the Novato chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the corner of Kendon Lane and Center Road. Interment will follow at Valley Memorial Park in Novato. 

Armen A. Forrest (Hagopian)
Of San Francisco, passed away March 16, 2002 at the age of 95. Dearly beloved wife of the late Chet Forrest; loving mother of Bob Forrest (Lynn) and Nancy Polen (Gordon); devoted grandmother of Lisa DuCharme, Rob Forrest and "Gammy" of Lauren and Kristen Polen; great grandmother of Sarah, Luke and Hannah DuCharme, Daniel and baby Forrest; dear sister of Florence Scott, William and Berge Hagopian. Also survived by numerous loving relatives and friends. She had been a skilled surgical nurse at St. Mary's Hospital; administrative duties at Laguna Honda Hospital; care-giver to several prominent San Francisco residents; generous volunteer to many San Francisco service agencies. Friends may visit Friday after 9:30 AM and are invited to attend a celebration of Funeral Mass 10 AM at St. Stephen Church, 601 Eucalyptus Drive, S.F. Committal Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma. In lieu of flowers, donations to Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, 2001-37th Ave., S.F. 94116 preferred. THE BUD DUGGAN FAMILY (650) 756-4500 ~ (415) 587-4500 

Georgia Mehiel
Passed away March 12, 2002 at age 74. Georgia was the loving wife of the late Michael Mehiel, beloved mother of sons Peter and his wife Peggy, Steven, Andrew and his wife Terri, and daughter Madeleine and her husband Scott Bancroft. She is survived by grandchildren Taylor Martin and Evan Alexis Mehiel, Melina and Michael Mehiel, Courtney, Paul and Matthew Bancroft, and Lisa Pulsinelli and her husband Gerald and great grandson Nicolas Pulsinelli. She was the beloved sister of Virginia now deceased, William, Helen and Katherine. A native New Yorker, Georgia and her husband Mike moved to New Haven, Connecticut after their marriage and then to New Jersey where they settled in Cresskill for the next 29 years. An extremely caring person, Georgia worked in the Public Health Nursing Department of Englewood Hospital for many years. She was very active in Saint John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church of Tenafly, New Jersey and served as the President of the Mother's Club. The Mehiels retired to Novato, California in 1986 and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary there in 1997. The Funeral Service was held at Saint John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church on Saturday, March 16th in Tenafly, New Jersey. Donations may be made in Georgia's name to the American Cancer Society. 

Phillip R. Niles
Passed away March 13, 2002 at age 55 as the result of an automobile accident near Bolinas. He was a native of Oakland, California, and is survived by his sisters Ann Church of Calistoga and Lanay Del Moral of Sacramento; his brother Mitchell Niles of Benicia; and nieces and nephews. Mr. Niles was founder and President of Driving Specialties Ltd., founded in 1975. A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, March 23, 2002 at 1 PM at Driving Specialties Ltd., 215 Commercial Street, Vallejo, California. Inurnment is private. Memorials preferred to donor's choice. ARRANGEMENTS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF STRUBLE FAMILY FUNERAL SERVICES 

Raymond Thayer Piatt
Passed away of natural causes in Sebastopol, CA on March 2, 2002. He was 71. Ray was born October 12, 1930 in Flint, Michigan to Donald Piatt and Anne E. Thayer. In the early 1970's, Ray was instrumental in creating and sustaining a popular singles group at the Unitarian Fellowship in Terra Linda, California. He is survived by his mother, brother Kenny Piatt and sister Linda Bradley, all from Michigan. Ray also leaves behind his children Cathy, Linda, Bill, Tina and Victor, granddaughter Madelaine and son-in-law Jeff Bodwin. We're gonna miss you Razor. Arrangements are with Parent-Sorensen Funeral Home. There is a gathering to honor Ray on March 24, 2002. Call 707-575-3687 for details and directions. 

Mary Tash
Of San Rafael, died peacefully on March 18, 2002 at the age of 56. Mary was born on April 1, 1945 in Santa Barbara, California, and grew up in Oxnard where she graduated from Santa Clara High School. After graduation, Mary moved to Northern California to attend Dominican College, where she graduated and earned her teaching credentials. Mary taught as an elementary school teacher for the Dixie School District. After leaving her teaching career in 1977, Mary began her second career with CSAA (AAA) Insurance where she was instrumental in developing a Claims Training Department that remains unsurpassed within the insurance industry. After her retirement in 1998, Mary volunteered her time as an animal advocate for All Creatures in San Rafael. Mary is survived by her mother, Mary N. Tash of Oxnard, her very dear friend, Billie Carroll of Ukiah, her "adopted" family of Mark and Dorothy Bye and their daughters of San Anselmo, and her beloved dog, Bailey. Arrangements were handled by the Neptune Society. At Mary's request, there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA., 94925-1133, or to a favorite charity. 

Johnnie P. Ward
Passed away suddenly on March 15, 2002 in Santa Rosa, California at age 59. Beloved husband for 39 years of "Cookie" Ward of Rohnert Park. Adored father of Lisa Barbour and her husband, Mitch of Cotati, Kimberly Dolinsek and her husband, Bryan of Rohnert Park, Shannon Ward Storms and her husband, Andrew of Petaluma, California. Loving son of the late Mamie and John Ward. Loving brother of Dr. Charles Ward and his wife, Linda of Alamo and Spencer Ward and his wife, Maryann of San Leandro. Cherished grandfather of Chris, Jack and Luke Barbour, Brianna and Marcella Dolinsek. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Johnnie and Cookie owned and operated Ward Trucking Co. for the past 12 years, a profession he truly loved. He was also known for his love of the grandkids, his family and telling jokes. He was a native of Marin County. Friends and family are invited to attend the Memorial Service, Friday, March 22, 2002 at 1:00 PM at the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, CA. 

Margaret Bradbury Ward
Age 104, died at her daughter’s home March 16, 2002. Until the last two weeks, she had enjoyed a weekly bridge game with longtime friends. She loved games, puzzles, and handwork which she could do from her big chair. She was born in Chicago in 1897, and married there in 1917 to Andrew Ward, a world champion sprinter. After his death in 1954 she moved from South Bend, Indiana to San Rafael to be near her daughter’s family and became a cherished part of all their lives. She was a member of the San Rafael Christian Science Church. Her son, Robert B. Ward, passed on in South Bend in 1988. She is survived by her daughter Jane Vernon, three grandchildren, James R. Ward of Columbus, Ohio, Jill Vernon Miller of San Jose, and Holly Vernon Aurell of San Anselmo, along with six much loved great grandchildren. Hospice of Marin was a blessing to her family. "Always a beautiful woman, she carried her years with exceptional grace." 

Rose Alberigi
Rose lived a full life for 90 years and passed away at home with her family on Sunday. She was born in 1911 in San Francisco and moved to Marin in the 1950's. She was the beloved wife of the late George Alberigi and the loving mother of Giodano, Robert and Glen; mother-in-law of Merry, Jenny and Angie; Noni of Carina, Michelle, and George; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. The focus of her life was her family and she will be remembered by them with much love. She thoroughly enjoyed life. All were welcome at her table, where the food was delicious and plentiful. Family and friends are invited to attend the Vigil Service on Wednesday, March 20, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. at Monte's Chapel of the Hills in San Anselmo and the Funeral Mass on Thursday, March 21, 2002 at St. Anselm's in Ross at 1:00 p.m. followed by Interment at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery in San Rafael. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marin or the Marin History Museum. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo 453-8440 

Jerry P. Chambers
Passed away in Deer Park, California on March 14, 2002 at the age of 60 years. Beloved husband of Nonie Castro. Loving father of Mark T., Deborah K., and Shawn P. Chambers. Devoted grandfather of Chelsea Raven Chambers. Dear brother of Vivian Hartman, Donnie, Pete, Abie, and Joe Chambers. Mr. Chambers was a native of Kentucky, and was self employed as a Dry Wall Contractor for over 40 years. At his request, private Family Services will be held. Arrangements by ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, Petaluma, California. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. CHEDA & LYONS 707-789-9000 

Joseph Ochsenschlager Killian
Passed away at home in Novato, California on March 15, 2002 at age 89. He was a native of Aurora, Illinois, but grew up in the Apple Orchard Country of Lake Chelan, Washington. His grandfather, Emil Theodore Killian, immigrated to the U.S. in 1850. Joe's parents, Emil Theodore Killian and Mathilda Louise Vogel, pioneered to Washington State in 1909 to take up apple farming. Joseph Killian was a Colonel in the Army Corps of Engineers and the recipient of numerous medals and awards; he was a graduate of West Point, Class of 1934; and worked as Chief of Plant Operations at Sonoma State University from 1964 to 1975. He was a man of great integrity and faith; a loving supportive father of eight, and a devoted husband to Jeanellen O. Killian, who passed away in December of 1999. Mr. Killian was predeceased by his daughter Mathilde in 1991, by his sister, Miriam, and brother, Curtis. He is survived by his children: Marjorie of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Joseph of Nicasio, California, Daniel John of Puyallup, Washington, James of Alamogordo, New Mexico, Mary of Sebastopol, Margaret of Santa Rosa, and Melanie of Castro Valley. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Joseph O. Killian was deeply loved and honored by his beloved wife, children, and extended family, and will continue to be loved and honored in memory. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, of which Mr. Killian was a member, at 367 5th Street, Novato on Thursday, March 21st at 10:30 a.m. Contributions to the church are welcome. 

Carlo Nocito
58 years young, passed away after a brief illness on March 14, 2002. Hailing from the Naples region of Italy, he eventually made his way to Marin via the New York/New Jersey area. He was the well admired and respected manager of Salute Ristorante for the past eight years and will be sorely missed by both his fellow employees and customers alike. In addition to his numerous friends and colleagues, he is survived by his loving son Vincente, and his sister Annamaria. A Memorial Service will be held at San Rafael Mission, 5th and "A" Streets at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20th. Everyone is invited to share in his farewell, with a reception to follow at Salute. Louise M. Paulson Passed away March 12, 2002 at age 82. She was a faithful witness for Jehovah for 54 years. A Memorial Service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at 5 Pivato Court in Novato, on Friday March 22nd at 7: 30 p.m. She is survived by her husband Sam Paulson, her sisters Anne Arnald, Ramona De Arce, Helena Bailey and cousin Walter Rosehill, her children Moana, Luana, Sandra and Guy, grandchildren Kimberly, Jason, Corinne, Pamela, Kelley and Chad and five great grandchildren. Louise was born and raised in the Hawaiian Islands and survived Pearl Harbor. She was loved and well thought of by many friends in San Francisco and Marin County, and will be missed by all. 

Raymond Thayer Piatt
Passed away of natural causes in Sebastopol, CA on March 2, 2002. He was 71. Ray was born October 12, 1930 in Flint, Michigan to Donald Piatt and Anne E. Thayer. In the early 1970's, Ray was instrumental in creating and sustaining a popular singles group at the Unitarian Fellowship in Terra Linda, California. He is survived by his mother, brother Kenny Piatt and sister Linda Bradley, all from Michigan. Ray also leaves behind his children Cathy, Linda, Bill, Tina and Victor, granddaughter Madelaine and son-in-law Jeff Bodwin. We're gonna miss you Razor. Arrangements are with Parent-Sorensen Funeral Home. There is a gathering to honor Ray on March 24, 2002. Call 707-575-3687 for details and directions. 

Edward Joseph Prando
Edward (Eddie) Prando was born and raised in San Francisco. He went to St. Theresa's Grammar School and Commerce High School. He attended the University of Santa Clara and graduated from USF in San Francisco with a Business Administration Degree. Edward entered the Navy at age 18. He served in two wars, World War II and the Korean Conflict as a radio operator. After completing his service obligation, he worked for the Franchise Tax Board and later joined the California Public Utilities Commission as an accountant until his illness of 31 years with Parkinson's Disease. He passed away on March 16, 2002 in Kentfield at age 76. Edward married Jean Regalia on June 17, 1961 and leaves his wife Jean; daughter Rita; son-in-law Randy Fry; mother-in-law Elena Regalia. Also surviving him are his twin sister Gloria and her husband Mario Paolini and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Rina McMackin and her husband Charles. A Rosary will be held Wednesday, March 20, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. and a Funeral Mass Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. Both Services will be held at St. Raphael Church in San Rafael, California. Interment, Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Donations preferred to your favorite charity or to Kentfield Rehabilitation, 1125 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield, CA 94904. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571 

Philip Alfred Sabatini
Passed away on March 15, 2002 at home in San Mateo, California of heart failure at the age of 77. He was a native San Franciscan. He is survived by a son, Mark Sabatini, and a daughter, Dana Sabatini, and a long time companion, Jan Welsh. Survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Pat Sabatini of Hillsborough and a sister and brother-in-law, Roberta and Michael Healy of Concord. One granddaughter, Christina Sabatini, and one grandson, Nickolas Sabatini. Survived by one nephew and four nieces and many cousins in a large extended Italian family. He was an automobile dealer for 35 years in Oakland, San Francisco, and Santa Rosa before his retirement. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army Air Corps. A Memorial Mass will be held at Our Lady of Angels Church, 1721 Hillside Drive, Burlingame, on Wednesday, March 20th at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations to Mission Hospice of San Mateo County, 151 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403 or the American Heart Association. 

Rose Cecilia (Rey) Shaffer
Died peacefully at age 94 on March 14, 2002 in San Rafael, California. Born in St. Louis, Missouri on October 28, 1907, she lived in Woodland, California from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s. She was a rose of a woman--beautiful, strong, and sweet. Rose dedicated her life, with great love, loyalty, and faith, to her family: her husband, Edwin, who died in 1990; her son, Charles, who died in 1964; her surviving children, Sr. Patricia Shaffer, Rosemary Battaglia, John Shaffer, and Carolyn Shaffer; and her eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Rose is also survived by her beloved sisters Margaret Coffman, Clara Fisher, Mary Cole, Aileen Wolter, and Alice Pittenger. Family and friends are invited to Nazareth House chapel in San Rafael on Thursday, March 21st for a Viewing at 10:00 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m.; and to St. Joseph Cemetery, Woodland, California for a brief Interment Service at 3:30 p.m. Contributions may be sent to Nazareth House, 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903. Keaton Mortuary, 1022 E Street, San Rafael, CA 415-453-0571. 

E. Paul Simonson A Resident of Novato
Age 72, died suddenly on March 14, 2002, at Marin General Hospital. He retired as a Chief Warrant Officer (WO-4) from the United States Army in 1975 after serving 29 years, including several tours of duty in Europe and Southeast Asia. He subsequently pursued a second career in structural engineering. For the past 20 years, he was an active member of the Golden Gate Barbershop Chorus of Marin County, serving as a past president, and currently as secretary and bulletin editor. He was a founding member of the "Old Town Four" barbershop quartet. He enjoyed travelling, nature photography, and square dancing with the Novato Stump Jumpers and Novato Squares. He participated in several local political campaigns, including the Scottsdale Marsh initiative, and was a frequent Yosemite Association work volunteer for various restoration projects. He was an active member of St. Francis Episcopal Church, Novato. He is survived by Edith, his wife of 26 years, Novato; her daughter, Ruth Miller and grandchildren Paul, Elisabeth, Zackary and Jacob, all of Grover Beach; two sisters, Kathryn Harmon and Terry Choy, and a brother, Joseph Welch, all of San Bernardino County; and a large extended family. Services will be held at St. Francis, 965-5th Street in Novato on March 22nd at 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Youth Harmony Program of Marin Chapter, SPEBSQSA c/o Jerry Lloyd, 540 Scenic Avenue, San Anselmo, CA 94960 or to St. Francis Episcopal Church, Novato, CA 94947. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151 

Julia M. St. Jovite
Born April 17, 1913 in San Francisco and passed away peacefully on March 15, 2002 in Novato. Julia was a lifetime resident of Marin County, a graduate of Mt. Tamalpais High and a former member of the Sausalito Y.L.I. She was the loving wife of Bernard St. Jovite who preceded her in death. Beloved mother of Gerard (Sue) St. Jovite, Carla (Robert) Grunigen, and a son who preceded her in death, Robert St. Jovite. She will be missed by her eight grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A Rosary will be held on Tuesday evening, March 19, 2002 at 7:00 PM at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd. Interment will be private. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 1801 Novato Blvd. 415-897-1151 

Rose Giusti
Passed away March 14, 2002 at the age of 87. Beloved mother of Valerie (Ed) Garaventa and Richard (Linda) Giusti; loving sister of Helen Reese and Alvin (Gladys) Iacono; loving grandmother to Lisa Dowd, Debbie and Kevin Ternan, and Mark and Sandra Garaventa, Lydia Wardle, Jessica, Sydra and Angelina Giusti; great grandmother of Lindsay and Melissa Dowd, Daniel, Ashley, and Matthew Ternan, E.J., Michael, and Alexandra Garaventa, Ryan, Brendon, and Alexandria Wardle, Sage and Sabbath Giusti; loving aunt of Susan Winterhalder and Lynn Kristal Smith. Born on September 22, 1914 in San Francisco, attended St. Rose Academy, dedicated to her family's business The Sonoma Mission Creamery of North Beach until her retirement. She was a member of the Native Daughters of the Golden West, a resident of San Francisco for 68 years until she moved to Marin County in 1983 where she enjoyed many wonderful years with her family. Family and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at St. Isabella's Church Terra Linda Tuesday at 11:00 AM followed by Committal Services at Mt. Olivet Cemetery San Rafael. Memorial contributions to your favorite charity preferred. Valente Marini Perata & Co. 415/331-0161. 

Julia M. St. Jovite
Born April 17, 1913 in San Francisco and passed away peacefully on March 15, 2002 in Novato. Julia was a lifetime resident of Marin County, a graduate of Mt. Tamalpais High School and a former member of Sausalito Y.L.I. She was the loving wife of Bernard St. Jovite who preceded her in death. Beloved mother of Gerard (Sue) St. Jovite, Carla (Robert) Grunigen, and a son who preceded her in death, Robert St. Jovite. She will be missed by her eight grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A rosary will be held on Tuesday evening, March 19 at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd. Interment will be private. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 1801 Novato Blvd. 415-897-1151. 

Loren Bennett (Ben) Taber, II
At rest at home on March 14, 2002. Ben was a native San Franciscan born on May 27, 1936. He was a graduate of Lowell High School and attended City College of San Francisco. After meeting Janet Stagg, they married in 1962 and resided in Corte Madera for 39 years. Ben was an avid participant of car rallies in the late 1950's and early 60's. In addition to being in the Army Reserves at Hamilton Air Base, he was also a fan of World War II fighter planes often seen at the Reno Air Races. Ben loved his yearly trips to Lake Tahoe and shared his good fortune with the Harvey family. One of his many skills was bowling, as he participated in many leagues. Ben recently retired from Whistlestop Wheels, where he was a dedicated driver and friend to all who knew him. A dedicated husband and father, he always unselfishly put others' needs before his own. His generous nature, kind heart and sense of humor will be greatly missed. Ben is predeceased by his father and mother, Dr. Clarence M. and Lauretta Taber, and his beloved cat "Sushi." He is survived by his loving wife, Janet, daughter Katherine Underwood (Steven), sister Dale, granddaughter Claire, niece Cristine and nephew Marc. Arrangements were handled by The Neptune Society. A memorial service will be held at a future date. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925-1133. 

Orin Wesley Adair
Memorial Services for Novato resident Orin Wesley Adair will be held at 1:30 PM Tuesday, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Novato. Mr. Adair died peacefully on Wednesday, March 13th, 2002 surrounded by his wife and children. Mr. Adair was born in the farming community of Redding, Iowa in 1915, and often recalled his early years spent with his warm and outgoing extended family of cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and his beloved siblings. Mr. Adair is remembered by his loved ones and friends as a "gentle giant" who embodied kindness, optimism, generosity and faith. Though faced with great adversity in life, he was forward-looking. Mr. Adair's tenacity and selflessness in his work and in his service to others were a marvel to those who knew and loved him. Mr. Adair was an alumnus of Simpson College in Iowa, which he attended following high school. At the height of the Great Depression in 1935, Mr. Adair migrated to San Francisco, where he made his living as a salesman, and as a skilled laborer in a shipyard then building the liberty ships. Mr. Adair embraced the novelty and spirit of California and San Francisco of the late 1930's, traveling and finding new friendships. He met his future bride Norrine on a train in 1940, when returning to Iowa to visit his family. Mr. Adair proudly volunteered for service to his country in World War II, joining the 8th Air Force. He piloted B-17 Bombers on 36 combat missions over occupied Europe. Among other service medals, Mr. Adair was awarded the Purple Heart for combat injuries suffered during a crash landing in 1945 at the Ardennes forest, France, behind enemy lines. He then flew transport missions for the war in Asia. Orin Wesley Adair received an Honorable Discharge in December 1946 with the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Mr. Adair was a devoted and loving husband and father. Though severely stricken with polio in 1954, he overcame the illness through arduous rehabilitation. Mr. Adair went on to provide for his wife and three children through hard work, with a kind and gentle spirit. Mr. Adair worked in sales for the Nachman Spring Corporation, and later for Friedrich's Furniture Company of San Carlos and Mill Valley California. Mr. Adair later owned and operated his own retail furniture business in Petaluma. Mr. Adair was active in his church. Upon retirement, Mr. Adair was very active in community and veteran service organizations, and is remembered for his love of people. Orin Adair was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7816 of Novato. He was also a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Mr. Adair was a volunteer for the American Association of Retired People, Meals on Wheels, and Whistlestop Wheels, and belonged to a weekly bowling league. Mr. Adair was recognized in 1994 by the California Legislature Assembly by his nomination for Outstanding Senior of the Year. Orin W. Adair is the beloved husband of Norrine H. Adair of Novato, loving father of Adrienne Milman of Florida, Michael S. Adair of Sonoma, and Gregory M. Adair of Yosemite. He is the brother of the late Ruth Hickerson of Iowa, Naomi C. Hendrickson of Virginia, the late Maurice C. Adair of New Mexico, and Fred B. Adair of Utah. He is also survived by five grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Novato or to the American Cancer Society. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151. 

Glenn Ross Chaplin
Born June 17, 1910 in LaJuanta, Colorado to Ethel and William Chaplin, Glenn passed away peacefully at Kaiser Hospital in San Rafael, CA on Friday, March 15, 2002 at the age of 91. Glenn was the last surviving child of seven; he served his country during WWII as a Navy Seabee, often following close behind the Marines as they Island hopped in the Aleutian Islands. He noted that during his entire time in the Navy, "he never saw a single city." Glenn was a retired business agent for local 235, the Hotel, Motel & Service Workers Union, now know as local 2 of San Francisco. He was wed on December 16, 1945 to Lucille Elsie Posare and from their union came their son Steven Chaplin. Glenn was very good at stained glass, and loved to garden above all other hobbies. Glenn leaves behind his wife of 56 years Lucille Chaplin, his son Steven Chaplin, three nephews and one niece. Friends are invited to join Glenn's family for funeral services on Monday, March 18, 2002 at 2:00 PM in the chapel at Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA. Private entombment at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery. Funeral assistance provided by Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery 2500 5th Avenue San Rafael, CA 415 459-2500 

Marcella Marie De Mandel
Died February 26, 2002 in Tiburon at the age of 89. She was born Marcella Marie Grasshoff on March 24, 1912 in St. Louis, Missouri. Her family moved to San Francisco when she was nine years old. She attended Lowell and St. Brigid's high schools. Her schooling gave her a lifelong love of literature and of the French language. Married in 1939, Marcella was the beloved wife of the late Jack E. De Mandel. She and Jack moved from San Francisco to Belvedere 34 years ago. She was a superb cook, an avid gardener, and a musician. She enjoyed travel immensely and had a lifelong appreciation of the natural world. During her life she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. Marcella is survived by her loving children, son Robin De Mandel and his wife Sherry of Tiburon, and daughter Sondra James of Orange; her grandchildren Jillian Brock and Scott James, and great-grandson Gavin Brock; her nephews Michael and Douglas Mooney; three grandnephews, Patrick, Eric and Michael Mooney, and grandniece Dawn Mooney; loving friends Virginia and John Schutz. Marcella had a very special relationship with her niece and godchild, Christine Mooney DeLapp. She will be remembered with a great deal of love by her family and friends. 

Rose Giusti
Passed away March 14, 2002 at the age of 87. Beloved mother of Valerie (Ed) Garaventa and Richard (Linda) Giusti; loving sister of Helen Reese and Alvin (Gladys) Iacono; loving grandmother to Lisa Dowd, Debbie and Kevin Ternan, and Mark and Sandra Garaventa, Lydia Wardle, Jessica, Sydra and Angelina Giusti; great grandmother of Lindsay and Melissa Dowd, Daniel, Ashley, and Matthew Ternan, E.J., Michael, and Alexandra Garaventa, Ryan, Brendon, and Alexandria Wardle, Sage and Sabbath Giusti; loving aunt of Susan Winterhalder and Lynn Kristal Smith. Born on September 22, 1914 in San Francisco, attended St. Rose Academy, dedicated to her family's business The Sonoma Mission Creamery of North Beach until her retirement. She was a member of the Native Daughters of the Golden West, a resident of San Francisco for 68 years until she moved to Marin County in 1983 where she enjoyed many wonderful years with her family. Family and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at St. Isabella's Church Terra Linda Tuesday at 11:00 AM followed by Committal Services at Mt. Olivet Cemetery San Rafael. Memorial contributions to your favorite charity preferred. Valente Marini Perata & Co. 415/331-0161. 

Carolyn Bergstrom Rossi
Carolyn passed away peacefully on March 14, 2002 in San Rafael after a year long struggle with pancreatic/abdominal cancer. She was born on March 13, 1939 in West Springfield, Massachusetts; preceded in death by her parents Louis Arnold Bergstrom and Jessie Sereque, both natives of Boston, Massachusetts. She moved to California with her family as a young girl, graduating from Sacramento High School in 1957. Carolyn received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Redlands before moving to San Francisco in 1962 where she began a career as a secretary, which culminated with her retirement as an executive secretary at the University of San Francisco where she served from 1966 until 1977. After her marriage in November of 1974, she moved with her husband to San Rafael where she worked part-time in various fields while devoting full-time efforts as a homemaker and mother. Carolyn was especially active as a volunteer coordinator for the San Francisco Opera Guild and as a member of the West End Neighborhood Association in San Rafael. In the past year, she was comforted by her association with the cancer support group based at the Tamalpais Retirement Center in Larkspur. Carolyn is survived by her husband, Robert Rossi, and daughter, Catherine Rossi, both of San Rafael. She is also survived by her sister Janice Castanho, (Robert) and niece Amelia Castanho of Walnut Grove. Other survivors include her father-in-law John Rossi Sr. and brother-in-law John Rossi Jr. of San Francisco; a sister-in-law Marianne Steeger (Brian) of San Juan Bautista and many cousins throughout California and the United States. All are invited to a Vigil Service on Monday, March 18, 2002, 7:30 PM at the Chapel of the Hills, 330 Redhill Avenue in San Anselmo. A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Raphael's Church on Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at 10:00 AM. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma will be private. Flowers will be welcomed; but for those who wish, donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Marin County Humane Society and Guide Dogs for the Blind. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440. 

Loren Bennett (Ben) Taber, II
At rest at home on March 14, 2002. Ben was a native San Franciscan born on May 27, 1936. He was a graduate of Lowell High School and attended City College of San Francisco. After meeting Janet Stagg, they married in 1962 and resided in Corte Madera for 39 years. Ben was an avid participant of car rallies in the late 1950's and early 60's. In addition to being in the Army Reserves at Hamilton Air Base, he was also a fan of World War II fighter planes often seen at the Reno Air Races. Ben loved his yearly trips to Lake Tahoe and shared his good fortune with the Harvey family. One of his many skills was bowling, as he participated in many leagues. Ben recently retired from Whistlestop Wheels, where he was a dedicated driver and friend to all who knew him. A dedicated husband and father, he always unselfishly put others' needs before his own. His generous nature, kind heart and sense of humor will be greatly missed. Ben is predeceased by his father and mother, Dr. Clarence M. and Lauretta Taber, and his beloved cat "Sushi." He is survived by his loving wife, Janet, daughter Katherine Underwood (Steven), sister Dale, granddaughter Claire, niece Cristine and nephew Marc. Arrangements were handled by The Neptune Society. A memorial service will be held at a future date. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925-1133. 

Lilla Thomas
A long time resident of Marin City died on March 11, 2002, of cancer. Born on February 14, 1908, Lilla leaves a community who was fond of her. Memorial services will be held on Monday, March 18, 2002, 1:00 pm; Marin City Church of God. 

Susan Marie Bucchiere
Died at her home in Pinole on March 10, 2002. Mother of Jason D. Anderson of Novato and Jeff L. Crooks of Pinole. Daughter of Hazel M. Anderson of Pinole. Sister of Kenneth Anderson and Maureen Mullin both of Sacramento, Kevin Anderson of Florida and the late Kim Anderson. Grandmother of Brea, Bubba and Milina Crooks. A native of Richmond, California, age 49 years. A resident of Novato from 1980-2000, Susan adored animals and loved to write poetry. Visitation will be on Thursday, March 14 from 1-8 p.m. and on Friday, March 15 from 12-8:00 p.m. at Wilson & Kratzer Mortuaries, 24th Street at Barrett Avenue, Richmond. A Vigil will be held on Friday at 7:00 p.m. at the mortuary. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 16 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 837 Tennent Avenue, Pinole. Memorials are preferred to Marin Humane Society, 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd, Novato, CA 94949. WILSON & KRATZER 510-232-4383. 

Blanche Corbett
Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 12, 2002 in Fairfax at age 76. Blanche was the owner of Corbett's Antiques in Fairfax for 41 years. She is survived by her loving son Greg Corbett of Fairfax and her brother Louis Bodar of New Jersey. Blanche was a native of New Jersey. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440. 

Alan L. Green A Longtime Resident of Ross
Died Monday, February 25th, 2002 after struggling with skin cancer and other related health problems. Alan grew up in Monrovia, California and graduated from Monrovia High School in 1958. He then attended Pasadena City College and later graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, where he met his wife, Carol. Alan worked as a Commercial Real Estate Broker in San Francisco for many years. He is survived by his two children, Daphne Russell of Denver, Colorado, and Spencer Green of San Francisco, California. A private Memorial Service was held at St. John's Church in Ross. 

Vivian Leeper Byers Otis
Passed away peacefully, Thursday, March 14, 2002 in San Rafael, California. Born October 16, 1916 in Tracy, CA, raised in East Oakland and Alameda. She graduated from Notre Dame Academy High School in Alameda and attended Merritt Business College. In 1939, she married Gilbert Byers at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Alameda. They had been married 54 years at the time of his death. She later married Jim Otis. She raised four children: Claire Paysse (Richard), Linda Byers, Mark Byers (Barbara) and Bruce Byers (Pam). She is also survived by her grandchildren: Francine Knittel (Greg), Lt. John Paysse (April), Jeanette Paysse, MD, Suzanne Steffen, Mark Steffen, Steven Byers (Michelle), Michael Byers (Marisol), Patrick Byers and Daniel Byers. Great-grandchildren: David and Joseph Knittel, Aryn, Elizabeth and Michelle Paysse and Bailee, Morgan and Alexia Byers. Also surviving is her cousin Jean Widergren. Vivian was a member of Our Lady of Loretto since 1955, was a C.C.D. teacher for 11 years, first treasurer of the school's Mother's Guild and school historian for six years. She belonged to the Notre Dame Alumnae Association, Nazareth House Auxiliary, "Helping Hands" and Novato Senior Citizens. She was employed as secretary to the Finance Director for the City of San Rafael for 16 years. Vivian enjoyed "good music" and dancing…her favorite performers were: Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby and the Mills Brothers! She also enjoyed her many bus trips to Reno, embroidery, and crafts. Last, but not least, Vivian enjoyed her family and was very proud of all of them. Family and friends are invited to visit Friday, March 15th from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a Vigil Service being recited at 7 p.m. at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd, Novato. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 16th at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church, 1806 Novato, Blvd., Novato. Interment will follow at Valley Memorial Park, also in Novato. Donations are preferred to Helping Hands care of Our Lady of Loretto or Nazareth House of San Rafael. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151.


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