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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. 

Bernice Shemano
Passed away on February 19, 2002 in Detroit, Michigan. Beloved mother of David and Tracy Shemano and Hannah Shemano. Cherished grandmother of Daniel, Jana and Jonathan Shemano. Gravesite Services were held at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery on February 21st, 2002. Contributions may be sent to Hospice of Michigan, 400 Mack Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201. It has been requested that contributions should reflect: In memory of Bernice Shemano with notification to Hannah Shemano. Sinai Memorial Chapel. 

Herbert Paul Sieber
Age 64, of 50 Legend Road in Sleepy Hollow section of San Anselmo, died quiety at his home on March 9, 2002 after a long illness. He was surrounded by all of the members of his immediate faimly: his wife Gayle, his daughter Wendy of Chicago, and his son Derek of Santa Barbara. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his sister, Gloria Kusman, and his brother, Norman Sieber, both of Chicago. Herb was president of H.P. Sieber & Associates of Terra Linda, an insurance organization. He grew up in Chicago, Illinois and received a degree in business from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. He was also a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Herb moved to California in 1963 and several years later formed his own company here. An avid golfer, he played many well-known courses throughout the United States. He was a member of the Meadow Club in Fairfax, the Marin Country Club in Novato and Palms Country Club in Palm Desert. He maintained contact with his alma mater and was active in alumni affairs. He was also a board member of the Marin Humane Society. Memorial Services will be held locally at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, March 17, at Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home, 330 Red Hill Avenue, San Anselmo. A reception will follow at the Meadow Club immediately after. The Funeral will be held March 21 at Concordia Cemetery, 7900 Madison Street, Forest Park, Illinois 60130. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those wishing may make a contribution in Herb's name to the charity of their choice. MONTE'S CHAPEL OF THE HILLS Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440. 

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. 

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 6 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. 

Beatrice I. Kearney (nee Donovan)
Of San Francisco, passed away March 12, 2002. Beloved wife of the late William K. Kearney; loving mother of Kathleen (Pat) Kearney RSM, William and Janice, Kevin and Donna, and Mark and Rebecca Kearney; loving grandmother to Kimberly and Mike Blanton, Eric, Stacie, Kristine, Brendan, and Kirsten; daughter of the late John and Bridget Donovan; loving sister of Agnes Geramoni, John Joseph Donovan and the late Raymond Donovan; also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. She was a graduate of St. Paul's High School, Class of '38. Former employee of K & E Variety Store, San Francisco. And a long time member of St. Gabriel's Parish. Friends may visit Friday after 3:00 p.m. and are invited to attend the Vigil Friday 7:00 p.m. at DUGGAN'S SERRA MORTUARY, 500 Westlake Avenue, Daly City. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday 12 Noon at St. Gabriel Church, 40th and Ulloa, SF. Donations may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925 or Recreation Center for the Handicapped, 201 Skyline Blvd., SF 94132. THE BUD DUGGAN FAMILY (650) 756-4500 ~ (415) 587-4500. 

Herbert Paul Sieber
Age 64, of 50 Legend Road in Sleepy Hollow section of San Anselmo, died quiety at his home on March 9, 2002 after a long illness. He was surrounded by all of the members of his immediate faimly: his wife Gayle, his daughter Wendy of Chicago, and his son Derek of Santa Barbara. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his sister, Gloria Kusman, and his brother, Norman Sieber, both of Chicago. Herb was president of H.P. Sieber & Associates of Terra Linda, an insurance organization. He grew up in Chicago, Illinois and received a degree in business from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. He was also a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Herb moved to California in 1963 and several years later formed his own company here. An avid golfer, he played many well-known courses throughout the United States. He was a member of the Meadow Club in Fairfax, the Marin Country Club in Novato and Palms Country Club in Palm Desert. He maintained contact with his alma mater and was active in alumni affairs. He was also a board member of the Marin Humane Society. Memorial Services will be held locally at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, March 17, at Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home, 330 Red Hill Avenue, San Anselmo. A reception will follow at the Meadow Club immediately after. The Funeral will be held March 21 at Concordia Cemetery, 7900 Madison Street, Forest Park, Illinois 60130. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those wishing may make a contribution in Herb's name to the charity of their choice. MONTE'S CHAPEL OF THE HILLS Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440. 

Ricardo Edmundo Alvillar
A memorial for Fairfax Police Officer Ricardo Edmundo Alvillar will be held on Saturday March 23, 2002, 2:00pm at the Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. Ric's family invites all who loved and respected him to join them. Ric died at home early the morning of March 10. Fairfax Police Officers and Ross Valley Firemen tried valiantly to save him. He was 48. Ric was born in Los Angeles May 14, 1953 to Edmundo and Esperanza Alvillar. When he was 13 the family moved to Sonoma County. Ric met his first wife and mother of their four children, Teresa Winburn, while working as night auditor at the Tiburon Lodge. Ric's career in law enforcement began in the City of Pacifica. In 1981, he began his 22-year tenure with the Fairfax Police Department where he was employed at the time of his death. Ric was the Department's Crime Prevention Officer, Domestic Violence Liaison Officer, Mental Health Liaison Officer, and Spanish interpreter for the Ross Valley. He was dedicated to the people of Fairfax and referred to them as "my brothers and sisters." Ric's passion was his family and his community. He had a brilliant mind and a wicked sense of humor. He was compassionate, gracious, kind, forgiving, reliable, generous, and loving. He was peaceful and a peace-maker. Ric loved music, playing guitar, cooking, fishing, hunting, bird-watching, and hiking. Ric was an expert marksman and life member of the National Rifle Association. He was proud that he'd never missed voting in an election since he was 18. Ric is survived by his wife Therese, sister Carmen Shultz of Lake County, daughters Esperanza Howard of Windsor, Gwyneviere Romero of Cotati, Rebecca Alvillar of Rio Nido, son Ricardo Jr. of Fairfax, stepson Neal Walter of Los Angeles, five grandchildren, his best friend, Aubrey Rattan of Burbank (aka Councilman Kenny or Tito the prison clown), and hundreds of other friends. Ric's brother Conrado and his parents preceded him in death. An account has been established at a local bank on behalf of Ric's children. Contributions in Ric's memory may be sent to the Alvillar Children Education Fund (payable to the fund), c/o Sponsor T. Alvillar, P.O. Box 1014, Fairfax, CA 94978, or to a charity of choice. 

Shannon Lauder Bell, August 31, 1969 - February 27, 2002
Shannon Lauder Bell, a passionate young woman with a zest for life, has died at age 32. Her infectious laugh and ever-present twinkle in her eyes revealed Shannon's sociable personality. She pursued life in a unique and spirited style. She wore all black before it became a universal fashion statement. She loved letting her inner self out to play. Whatever reaction it provoked from others was worth the risk. Shannon was universally loved as the best babysitter ever. Children enjoyed her playful nature and kind heart. Her hide-and-seek skills were admired and her bedtime stories delighted her young friends. Children embraced her innate ability to be a child at play. Her creative imagination was expressed through writing poetry and children's stories as well as painting. She loved vivid colors and the freedom of abstract painting. She attended the San Francisco Art Institute and the prestigious Emily Carr Institute of Art in Vancouver, B.C. Stubborn, strong-willed, tenacious, Shannon insisted upon independence. Feeling her way along, constantly on the move, Shannon had not yet found that one thing that would capture her attention and entice her to settle down. Ever thoughtful and kind to others, Shannon's lifestyle, perilous and daring, will forever define her as a free spirit who remained loyal to her desire to be herself. Shannon was a native of Sausalito. Her undergraduate schooling began at the Sausalito Nursery School and concluded at Redwood High School. She is survived by Nancy and Buddy DeBruyn of Sausalito, Monte Bell of Vermont, Mimi Lauder, Doug and Marianne Bell of Vancouver, B.C., Fred and Claire Bell of Monte Lake, B.C. and numerous cousins. Memorial donations may be made to the Sausalito Woman's Club Scholarship Recognition Fund (SWC-SRF), P.O. Box 3045, Sausalito, CA 94966. A Shannon Bell Scholarship for the Arts will be established in her memory. 

Knut Arvid Borg
Died 10 March 2002 at the age of 98. He was born 02 December 1903 in Sundsvall, Sweden. He served in the United States Merchant Marine with distinction during WWII, later attaining his Master Mariner certification and the rank of Captain. Captain Borg was preceded in death by his beloved wife Mildred and daughter Dr. Sandra Borg, friends Capt. Albert Miller and Hans Waage and his dogs Pele and Nike. He is survived by his daughter Eleanor Renton and son Paul Borg, grandchildren Charles, David, and John Renton and Charles Borg and great grandchildren Dillon, Knut Joshua and Carlie Elizabeth Renton, as well as devoted friends Carol Chandlee and Bob Smith. He lived an epic life and will be missed by all. Donations may be sent in his name to St., Francis Animal Protection Society, P.O.B. 506, Campbell, CA 95009. 

Roberta Bryce
Age 77, mercifully went to her God on March 9th, 2002 after suffering a heart attack at Kaiser in San Rafael. Roberta leaves behind a brother, six sisters, aunts, nephews and nieces in Michigan; her dearest friend of 35 years Geri Hulet and her loving friends in Christ at Trinity Lutheran Church. Roberta also leaves behind her loving "adoptive" West Coast family Katie and Richard Trimble, Skip and Lettie Hulet, grandchildren Julia, Gregory, Justin, Wyatt and treasures Goddaughter Amy and Great Goddaughter Sabrina. For over a period of 20 years, Roberta lovingly taught 1st through 8th grade at TLS in Wisconsin. Memorials to Trinity Lutheran School. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 16th at 11:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 333 Woodland Avenue in San Rafael. Burial at Sea. 

Patricia Georgia De Nezza
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, passed away suddenly on March 12th, 2002 at the age of 59. She is survived by many loving family members, including her husband Dick, her children, Christine, Matthew, and Timothy, their spouses, and her four grandchildren. Patricia was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and also worked as an administrator at the Hamlin School in San Francisco. Her beautiful smile, generous spirit and love of life will be dearly missed by all. Family and friends are invited to attend a Vigil Service Friday evening, March 15th at 7:00 PM at Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel. Family and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass Saturday, March 16th at 11:30 AM at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, #3 Oakdale Avenue, Mill Valley. Friends may call for Visitation on Friday evening from 6 to 9 PM at the funeral chapel. Memorial donations preferred to the Rotary Club of Tiburon Sunset, 403 Hilary Drive, Tiburon, CA 94920. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Laure M. Goudal
Passed away in San Francisco, March 9, 2002 at age 91 years. Dearly beloved wife of the late George A. Goudal; sister-in-law of Noela Goudal; dear aunt of Jacqueline Bier and Carole Pezet; also survived by grandnieces and a grandnephew; a long time resident of San Anselmo, California. Private Funeral Services were held Wednesday followed by Committal at Holy Cross Cemetery. Contributions to the Alzheimer's Association preferred. McAVOY-O'HARA CO. 

Beatrice I. Kearney (nee Donovan)
Of San Francisco, passed away March 12, 2002. Beloved wife of the late William K. Kearney; loving mother of Kathleen (Pat) Kearney RSM, William and Janice, Kevin and Donna, and Mark and Rebecca Kearney; loving grandmother to Kimberly and Mike Blanton, Eric, Stacie, Kristine, Brendan, and Kirsten; daughter of the late John and Bridget Donovan; loving sister of Agnes Geramoni, John Joseph Donovan and the late Raymond Donovan; also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. She was a graduate of St. Paul's High School, Class of '38. Former employee of K & E Variety Store, San Francisco. And a long time member of St. Gabriel's Parish. Friends may visit Friday after 3:00 p.m. and are invited to attend the Vigil Friday 7:00 p.m. at DUGGAN'S SERRA MORTUARY, 500 Westlake Avenue, Daly City. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday 12 Noon at St. Gabriel Church, 40th and Ulloa, SF. Donations may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925 or Recreation Center for the Handicapped, 201 Skyline Blvd., SF 94132. THE BUD DUGGAN FAMILY (650) 756-4500 ~ (415) 587-4500. 

Patricia Craig Cirimelli
Age 79, passed away after a short illness on February 19, 2002. She had a very peaceful, painfree death with both her daughters at her side. She is survived by loving relatives and friends who will miss her. St. Patrick's Day was Pat's favorite day and a St. Patrick's Day memorial gathering will be held for her in the main auditorium at The Redwoods in Mill Valley at 4pm on March 17, with guests asked to wear something green. 

Stanley S. Griffin
Of Kentfield, California, passed away on March 5, 2002 after a lengthy illness. He was 89 years old. He was born in Summerberry Saskatchewan, Canada on October 11, 1912. In 1923, at age 11, he moved with his family to Long Beach, California. He was a graduate of San Jose State University, where he majored in aeronautics and received the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Light Heavyweight Championship Title in 1937. He became a pilot for Pan American Airways in September of 1940 and in 1942 was transferred to Army Transport Command to fly the C54 Transport on routes to Africa and Europe. As a C54 Transport pilot, he was responsible for the safe delivery of essential cargo, passengers, mail and the wounded troops to our hospitals on the east coast. This operation ended with the war and he was transferred back to civilian routes in the U.S. He was honored as a veteran by the United States Air Force. He retired as a Captain from Pan American in October of 1972 after flying the 747's for three years. He was a member and past President of the Ross Valley Rotary, which commended his exemplary record of civic leadership and responsibility. Tennis was his sport, and he enjoyed hiking with the "Geezer" Patrol. He will be missed by his wife of 31 years, Camille and his stepchildren Deborah and Mark and his beloved granddaughter Katherine. He is also survived by his two brothers Tom and Bob and many nieces and nephews. At his request, there will be no memorial service. The family will be having a private Celebration of His Life in Kentfield. 

Anton Kuehn, Former Resident of San Rafael
Passed away March 6, 2002 at age 87 in Napa, California. He was a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mr. Kuehn had been an executive at the American Can Company for 38 years before retiring in 1976. He was a member of SIRS; B.P.O.E., Tam Organ Club; and the first President of San Rafael National Little League Baseball, 1955 and 1956. He sang at Marin County nursing homes with SIRS and barber shop quartets. His hobbies also included painting. Mr. Kuehn was predeceased by his wife Charlotte in 1996. He is survived by his daughters Kathleen Warren of Idaho, Arline Bastien of San Rafael, his son James Kuehn of Napa, son-in-law Jon of Idaho, daughter-in-law Cindy of Napa, nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. His ashes will be scattered at Sea by the Neptune Society of Northern California. Memorial gifts may be made to the Neptune Society Hospice or charity of choice. 

Marie Markey
Age 93, died peacefully in her sleep on March 6, 2002. She was born and raised in Bay City, Michigan. A very talented performer, Marie danced with a girls' chorus line and sang for her own weekly radio program. In 1935, she married Allen H. Markey, a creative and caring man, and settled in Midland, Michigan where Allen worked as an Instrument Specialist with Dow Chemical, while Marie lovingly raised five children. She and Allen retired to sunny San Rafael in the early 1980s. Marie's great optimism, beautiful smile and infectious laughter will be greatly missed. She is remembered by her son, David Markey and daughter-in-law Chris of Michigan; daughter Sally Farrell of San Rafael; son Rob Markey and daughter-in-law Sharon; son Randy Markey and daughter-in-law Carolyn; daughter Meg Burke; and daughter-in-law Carol Markey, all of Michigan; her 12 grandchildren including Eric Markey, Chantelle Smith, Heather Dourron, Angela Markey, Stephani Smith, Julianne Reyes, Wendy Yalom, Ashley Markey, Terra Johnson, Martin Burke, Molly Farrell and Emily Burke; her nephews, Frank Simons and Ken Simons, as well as nine great grandchildren. Marie's husband, Allen, died in 1998. Her three sisters including Dorothy Shade, Maybelle Goossen, Leona Brooks and three brothers: Howard Simons, Art Simons and Franklin Simons died earlier. A private Memorial Service with a Scattering at Sea will be held in San Francisco. 

Germana Mugnaini
Age 94, passed away on March 10, 2002. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 14th, 2002, Saint Isabella's Church in Terra Linda. Entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, California. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94924. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440. 

Elizabeth Weaver, 1907 - 2002
Elizabeth Crouere Weaver, age 94, died peacefully at The Redwoods in Mill Valley on March 8, 2002. Mrs. Weaver was preceded in death by her husband, John F. Weaver, Sr., her son, John F. Weaver, Jr. and her daughter, Georgina Reidel. She is survived by many loving relatives, including grand and great-grandchildren. A native of San Francisco, Mrs. Weaver lived most of her life there. She was a devoted member of the Epiphany Parish and the Native Daughters of the Golden West, Orinda Parlor #56. While living at The Redwoods during the past 13 years, Mrs. Weaver enjoyed gardening, crocheting, working on the annual bazaar and visiting with her grand and great-grandchildren. Friends and family are welcome to attend a Memorial Mass at The Redwoods on March 20, 2002 at 3 p.m. in the auditorium following a private burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that donations be made to The Redwoods at 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, CA 94941 or Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 3 Oakdale Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Howard Stanton Ebbinghausen, A Resident of Novato
Stan Ebbinghausen, native of California, passed away March 4, 2002. Beloved brother of Dale, Judie and Carol. Dearest friend of Sharon and Janice and Wyatt and many more. He was a Vietnam Vet, worked for Lucas Valley Dairy and, prior to retirement in 1990, Food Villa. He was an avid traveler to India, Mt. Everest, Peru, Mongolia; also an avid hiker. A Gathering to Celebrate Stan's Life will be held at 575 Louis Drive, Novato, California between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on March 12, 2002 (TODAY). The family would like to express appreciation for all the support from his many friends. Donations may be made to Hospice or Guide Dogs of California in lieu of flowers. 

Leo P. Gerbich
Of Reno, Nevada, died March 6, 2002 at the age of 87. Surviving Leo are his wife Denise, son Dennis, sister Virginia Slivka, two stepdaughters, grand and great grandchildren. From youth, Leo lived in Marin and moved to Reno in 1965 where he met and married Denise. He will be missed by his friends and family. 

Germana Mugnaini
Age 94, passed away on March 10, 2002. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 14th, 2002, Saint Isabella's Church in Terra Linda. Entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, California. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94924. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440. 

John Francis Smith, Longtime Resident of Kentfield
Passed away on March 7, 2002 at the age of 80 in Greenbrae from complications related to pulmonary fibrosis. He was born on September 13, 1921 in San Francisco and attended St. Ignatius High School and Santa Clara University. He served in World War II in Germany and Austria. He was a member of the Olympic Club of San Francisco and Meadow Club of Marin County. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret Repetto Smith of San Rafael, his daughters: Stephanie Rand of Piedmont and Valerie Toews of Los Altos, five grandchildren, and his only sibling, Elizabeth Jane McPartland of Los Altos. A Memorial Service will be held at Villa Marin, 100 Thorndale Drive, San Rafael on Wednesday, March 13th at 10:00 a.m. with a reception to follow. A private family service will also be held. Contributions in his memory may be made to The American Heart Association. 

Vivienne Beatty Terry, A Longtime Resident of Novato
Passed away Friday, March 8th, 2002 at Pine Ridge Care Center in San Rafael. She had been a resident there for some two and one half years. Vivienne and her husband, Paul, were married for more than 56 years. They lived in the same house in Novato for more than 50 years and were actively engaged with the Novato Community Players for more than 40 years. Vivienne was in more than 150 productions, as actress, singer, dancer, producer, director and Board member, for many years. She literally lit up the stage. Vivienne had the ability, while on stage, and while standing next to another cast member who might be somewhat shy and ill at ease, to place a hand on that person's hand or shoulder and to have that performer break into a smile, indicating a big boost. She was the most loving wife to Paul, and the adored mother of Peggy Smart of Ukiah, California, Catherine Terry of San Francisco, California, Joanne Terry of Portland, Oregon, Steven Terry of Mesa, Arizona, Patrick Terry of Canyon Country, California, and the beloved grandmother of six. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 23rd from 1-4 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi, Episcopal Church, 967 Fifth Street, Novato. The Service will be at 1 p.m. followed by a reception. 

Lydia Smith
Passed away in Bolinas, California on March 2, 2002. She was born in New Jersey in 1902. Her family moved to Plymouth in Amador County, CA, when she was three weeks old. She graduated from Sutter Creek High School, located in the booming Mother Lode. In 1925 she graduated from San Francisco State College with her teaching credential and earned her master's degree in creative arts there in 1960. Her thirty-years of teaching began at Pierce Point and continued in other Marin County Schools in Bolinas, Marin City and Lagunitas. In 1927 she moved to Bolinas where she later met and married Sherman R. Smith, Jr., the great-grandson of Gregorio Buones who was a recipient of the Spanish Land Grant, Las Baulines. They donated land for the Bolinas Fire Department, which Sherman founded, and to the Boat Club and for several years they owned and managed the grocery store. They shared many happy years together before he passed away in 1982. She continued to develop their remaining property according to their original plans. Mrs. Smith has donated many items from the Buones family to the Bolinas Museum. As an active member of the Bolinas community, she was chairman of the Bolinas Bazaar for several years; served on the board of their Community Center and on the Bolinas Cemetery Board, which helped to reorganize and improve the area. She gave her support and input to the Senior White Caps and was involved in getting the Whistlestop Bus Transportation Service for west Marin seniors through the unrelenting efforts of Ed Rykin. Lydia died peacefully at home on March 2, 2002, and is survived by several nieces and nephews. The family suggests she be honored by donations to the Bolinas Fire Department, c/o Lydia Smith Memorial, PO Box 126, Bolinas, CA 94924. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 16, 2002, at the First Presbyterian Church, Bolinas, at 2:00 p.m. Keaton Mortuary 1022 E Street San Rafael, CA 94901 (415) 453-0571. 

Sandra Deane Carlson
Local artist, Sandra Deane Carlson of Mill Valley and Larkspur, died of February 16th, 2002. She was 67. A gifted painter and photographer, Ms. Carlson studied at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) and Claremont College. By her early 20's she had won attention and been exhibited at various noted museums and galleries, including the San Francisco Museum of Art and the Legion of Honor. In 1958, her painting "Reflections" won the National Orange Show. She holds the distinction of being one of the original members of San Francisco's historic Six Gallery, an important center for painters, sculptors and poets during the most creative period of the Beat Generation years. Ms. Carlson also studied photography under Ansel Adams who recognized her talent. This resulted in extensive work for Polaroid, exploring the potential of the Land Camera. Before returning to the Bay Area she lived in Mendocino, then for many years in New York where she worked for the venerable Magnum Photography Agency. "Sandy" was a gentle soul who shared colorful stories about her earlier years in North Beach, enjoying life during the Beat era, and social gatherings amidst recognized art figures, such as Imogene Cunningham, Dorothea Lange and Dorr Bothwell. Ms. Carlson is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Pierce and Eleanor Carlson of London, nieces Gail Parker of London, and Adrienne Carlson of Sydney, Australia and three grand nephews. 

Patricia Craig Cirimelli
Age 79, passed away after a short illness on February 19, 2002. She had a very peaceful, painfree death with both her daughters at her side. She is survived by loving relatives and friends who will miss her. St. Patrick's Day was Pat's favorite day and a St. Patrick's Day memorial gathering will be held for her in the main auditorium at The Redwoods in Mill Valley at 4pm on March 17, with guests asked to wear something green. William K. Freeman, Sr.
Born May 10, 1942 in San Francisco, died on Sunday March 3rd, 2002 at Marshall Hospital in Placerville, California. His wife of 34 years, Judy, brother Doug, son William Jr., and daughters Laura and Patty, as well as 4 grandchildren survive him. William was a sixth generation Californian who enjoyed fishing, camping, and garden railroading. He was a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West, Mt. Tam Parlor 64 and the California State Railroad Museum. He was also a third generation Stage Technician and a member of IATSE Local 16, and worked for 36 years as a Stage Electrician and was the Master Electrician for the San Francisco Opera/Ballet Association and for the City of San Francisco. Services for William will be private, and in lieu of flowers the family would prefer donations to go to: Sierra Wildlife Rescue PO Box 2127, Placerville, CA 95667 (530) 621-4661. 

Harry Abraham Frumkin
Born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania to Irene and William Frumkin on May 4, 1935, passed away on March 1, 2002 in his home in San Rafael. Harry had graciously endured a harrowing illness for longer than could have been expected. He was 66 years old. Harry graduated from MIT in 1957 with a master's degree in chemical engineering and came to California for employment with Chevron Corp. After retirement from Chevron, he worked for Mobil Corp. and spent one and a half years on assignment in Turkey. In connection with his work he traveled widely and took great interest in the art, music and cuisine of different cultures. He relished good food and was a veritable reference source of restaurants. His favorite sports were baseball and football of which he was a storehouse of information. He loved the paintings of Monet and most recently, the music of Tchaikovsky and Schubert. He was a caring, devoted father and husband, gracious and gentle and beloved by all who knew him. Harry is survived by his wife Cirel and sons Jesse of San Francisco and Toby of Santa Rosa. They miss him and remember him with love and devotion. Remembrances may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94924. 

Clemens John Kreer
A native of San Francisco, passed away on March 6, 2002 at the age of 63. He is survived by his wife, Carol, his children, Christian (wife Kina) and Erica, his beloved grandson, Jonas, his brother, Henry, his sister, Dorothea, and their families. He loved caring for flowers and worked as a gardener in Golden Gate Park and for the San Francisco Board of Education, and enjoyed most his roses at home. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his memory to the Friends of Recreation and Parks: Restoration of the Conservatory of Flowers. 501 Stanyan Street, San Francisco, CA 94117. Private services to be held. 

William "Bill" Largent
Passed away on March 5, 2002 in Petaluma at the age of 81 years. He is survived by his wife Lela Largent, his children Billie and Doug, six grandchildren, six great grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. He also leaves his brother Ernie Largent of Montana and his sisters Helen Burgan of Texas, Mary Jane Jones of California, and Betty Baker of Montana. A native of Montana, Mr. Largent lived in Marin County for most of his life and recently moved to Sonoma County. While in the Army, Mr. Largent held the office of Chief Mechanic for V-17 Bombers. He received decorations and citations for European, African, and Middle Eastern Campaigns, a Medal and Distinguished Unit Badge GO 50 WD, on 17 June 1944. Friends and Family are Gathering on Sunday, March 24th, 2002 at 1:00 PM., at 445 Pepper Lane in Petaluma. Donations in his memory may be sent to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran Street, Petaluma, CA 94952. 

Florence Ann Pedone
Died March 6th, 2002 at home in Sonoma at age 88. Wife of the late Joseph Pedone. Mother of John Pedone of Novato, Rosemary Coleman of Sonoma and James Pedone of Sonoma. Mother-in-law of Kathy Knebel and George Coleman. Grandmother of Brian (Stephani) Gilliland, Angela Coleman and Stephen Coleman. Great Grandmother of Maxwell Gilliland. She was preceded in death by four sisters. She was a former member of I.C.F., Sons of Italy and a member of St. Francis Parish. She was a native of San Francisco; a graduate of Commerce High School, S.F.; a resident of Marin from 1955 - 1974, and a 28-year resident of Sonoma. Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service at 1:30 PM at Duggan's Mission Chapel on Tuesday, March 12th, 2002, thence to St. Francis Catholic Church, 3rd. Street West and West Napa Street where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 PM. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Wednesday, 11:30 AM. Vigil at Duggan's Mission Chapel, Monday evening at 7:00 PM. Donations to Hospice of Marin, Valley of the Moon Team, 735 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476. DUGGAN'S MISSION CHAPEL 525 West Napa Street, Sonoma 707-996-3655. 

John Sydney Russell
Born San Francisco, California September 5, 1926. Died March 3, 2002. Attended Hollywood High School. Civil Air Patrol pilot at age 18 in 1944. Served during World War II in the Army Air Corps. Attended the University of California Berkeley, during the years 1946-1950. In 1950, he married Joan Ruth MacPhee in San Francisco, CA. Real Estate broker and appraiser in the Bay Area for 35 years. San Francisco School of Law Graduate 1977. Long-time active member of Sigma Nu Fraternity (Lifetime) and UC Alumni. Founder of UC Alumni Book Discussion Group. Member of San Francisco Guardsmen. Loving father to Phillip, Janet & David, of Marin and Sonoma Counties, and brother to Don Russell of Pacific Palisades, California. Beloved grandfather of Luke, Shannon, Jeffrey, Benjamin and Jennylin Russell. John loved canoeing on the Russian River, attending the soccer games of his grandchildren, traveling with friends, and visiting loved ones. John was a gifted musician, playing both the piano and the accordion. He was known for his playful and offbeat sense of humor, and enjoyed telling colorful stories of his family's past. He brought dignity to every situation. A celebration of John's life will take place on March 16 at 1 p.m. at the United Church of Christ, 825 Middlefield Dr., Petaluma. Please call (707) 795-0539 for information. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America, 1390 Market St., #1200, San Francisco, CA 94102-5306. Arrangements by Pacific Interment, San Francisco, CA (415) 431-9940. 

Walter L. Safir
Passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 19, 2002 at his home in Oakland, at age 79. Walt worked for many decades as a director of purchasing with various San Francisco Bay Area companies, most recently Ocadian in Corte Madera. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, May 26 at 4:00 p.m. at the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Berkeley. For information, write to: Safir Memorial c/o P.O. Box 992296. Redding, CA 96099.


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