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Betty L. Schneider
Passed away on March 7, 2002 in Petaluma, California. She died suddenly and unexpectedly in her home. Age 60. Devoted wife of Hans, married for 39 years. Loving mother of Theresa Nelson (Patrick) and Robert Schneider (Cynthia) all of Petaluma. She was a loving grandmother of Justin Schneider, Gregory and Scotty Nelson. She is survived by her mother, LouEtta Worley and brothers Norman Worley of Folsom, Lester Worley of Castro Valley, Robert Worley of Manteca and Kenneth Worley, Salem, OR. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was born in Kansas and eventually settled in Petaluma in 1971. She was an active member of the Petaluma Women's Club. Former member of Rebecca Lodge, Soroptomist Club and many years as a 4H leader . Betty was devoted to all who knew her, she was tireless and unwavering She had a unique love of life, not often seen any more. Her every moment of life was filled with love for her grandchildren. We have much to thank Betty for and we all hope to continue in our lives with her love and support she gave us. She was the coach of our team and will be forever missed. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Services, Wednesday, March 13, 2002 at 1:00 P.M. at the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Petaluma. 

Cornelius Arnett III
Age 67, of Belvedere, California died on March 1, 2002 after a long bout with cancer. Mr. Arnett, a successful broker and banker, was known and beloved for his sparkling wit and ready smile. He recently retired as a First Vice President of Merrill Lynch after a 25-year career with the firm, originally in Denver, Colorado and later in San Francisco. Mr. Arnett had previously been an officer with a number of community banks in New Jersey and Connecticut, including serving as the President of the New Jersey Savings Bank of Somerville, New Jersey. Born in Yardley, Pennsylvania, "Cornie" attended Choate School and Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was a graduate of the University of New Mexico where he met and eloped with his wife of 45 years, Victoria Carol Mason Arnett. Mr. Arnett was active in civic and community organizations throughout his life and had served on the Tiburon Housing Committee which addressed issues of affordable housing. He was also an officer and director of Bread and Roses, a charitable group providing musical entertainment to the elderly and shut-ins. Cornie, a big fan of music in all its forms from Dixieland to Opera to Country to Jazz, also wrote and recited poetry for friends and family and often composed poems for special events. He was an enthusiastic sports participant and supporter, in 1961 conceiving of and staging for charity the first "pre-season" football game in U.S. history, played between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants. This concept later became the standard NFL four-game pre-season pattern. He enjoyed golf, tennis and small boat sailing, and at the time of his death was a member of the San Francisco Yacht Club, the Belvedere Tennis Club and the Mesquite Country Club in Palm Springs, California. Mr. Arnett leaves his beloved wife as well as his two children, George W. Arnett III of Lebanon, New Jersey, daughter Carlson Lee Arnett of Davis, California, and six grandchildren. He is survived by his brother, Dixon Arnett of Carlsbad, California and two sisters, Janice A. Palmer of Santa Cruz, California and Lee A. Young of Charlottesville, Virginia. A Celebration of Cornie's Life will be held on Sunday, March 24, 2002 at 4:00 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 240 Tiburon Blvd. at Greenwood Cove Road in Tiburon, California. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bread and Roses, 233 Tamalpais Road, Corte Madera, CA 94925. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Ernst "Ernie" Carson, April 26, 1920 - March 1, 2002
Passed away peacefully in San Rafael on March 1, 2002. He was a native of Duesseldorf, Germany and a 12-year resident of Vancouver, Canada. For the past 39 years, he has lived in his beloved Marin County. His wife Ingeborg of San Rafael, his two sons and their spouses, Rolf and Kristine Carson of El Cajon and Niels Helge and Jennifer Carson of Sterling, Virginia, and his cherished granddaughter, Kelley Victoria Carson, survive him. He also leaves a sister-in-law, nieces and nephews in Germany. At his request, no services will be held, only private prayers. His ashes will be strewn over the Pacific Ocean. Donations will be accepted with gratitude to the Marin Humane Society or the National Ataxia Foundation, 2600 Fernbrook Lane, Suite 119, Minneapolis, MN 55447. 

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. 

Jennie Rego
Passed away on February 14, 2002, Valentine's Day, in her loving husband's arms and with her devoted family at her bedside, after a prolonged siege of a deteriorating heart condition. Jennie is survived by her husband, Richard Rego of San Rafael, daughter Pamela Lovell of Concord, son Kraig Sundberg of Hailey, Idaho, son-in-law Ranjit Lovell of Concord, granddaughter Marissa Lovell and grandson Garrett Lovell. She was born December 4, 1916 in Brainerd, Minnesota, graduating from Washington High School and working in the area until 1964. That year, she moved to San Francisco and began working as an insurance underwriter for the then Dinner Levison. After working continuously for the same firm for 28 years, during numerous restructurings and take-overs, she retired from Sedgwick James in 1992. In 1965, she met and married Richard Rego. They moved to San Rafael's Peacock Gap area in 1978 where Jennie made many friends among her neighbors. Besides loving to entertain, she was well known for her craft skills, especially her cross-stitching, sewing and rugs. She and her husband traveled extensively. According to her daughter Pamela, "After worrying about never leaving Minnesota, she ended up traveling the equivalent of several times around the world." Jennie was a Past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star of Brainerd. She was also a lifetime member of the Sons of Norway Lodge in Brainerd and was active in the Sons of Norway organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. A reception in celebration of her life will be held for family and friends March 24, 1:30-4:00 at the Peacock Gap Country Club located at 333 Biscayne Avenue, San Rafael. RSVP (925) 672-3928. Any memorials may be made to Order of the Eastern Star c/o Masonic Temple, 2051/2 6th Street South, Brainerd, Minnesota, 56401 or to your local Sons of Norway Lodge. 

Esther Deil Smith, Longtime Marin Resident
Beloved mother of Grace D. Dauphinee of Oakmont, Sonoma County and Michael B. Smith of Citrus Heights. Grandmother of three, great, and great-great-grandmother of two. In 1935, she and her husband, L.C. Smith, moved to Corte Madera and opened his first floor covering store. 35 years later, they retired and moved to the Sacramento area where Mr. Smith died in 1991. Esther passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2002, one day after her 97th birthday. At her request, no services were held. 

Mae Margaret Van Loan "Bo"
Born January 1, 1945 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, died February 28, 2002 at home in Mill Valley, California. She was the child of Robert Richards Nettles and Marjorie Deane Abraham. She is survived by her husband of almost 30 years, Derek Van Loan, and their daughter Katrina Van Loan, her sister Marjorie Deane Blocker of Louisiana, her nieces Anna Leavitt and Elizabeth Onodera, and their uncle Forrest Nettles of North Carolina, as well as numerous cousins. She is also survived by over 100 children who attended the home child care that the Van Loan's conducted for 14 years in Mill Valley. After graduating from Istrouma High in Baton Rouge, she attended Louisiana State University. She and Janice Link operated a mobile restaurant in Berkeley, where they worked to successfully change street vending laws. She sang with the Lighthouse Singers of Marin, was Parish Secretary for Sausalito's Christ Episcopal and she volunteered with Bread and Roses. Mae Margaret brought wisdom and left happiness wherever she went. On March 21st, a public Memorial Service will be held at the Mill Valley/Mount Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Avenue from 7-8 PM. There will be a "pot luck" reception at the nearby Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto. The family requests no flowers. Gifts for her daughter's college fund may be sent to Katrina Van Loan, 186 Almonte Blvd., Mill Valley, CA 94941. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Allan Bernard Gallagher (Bud)
A native of San Francisco, passed away in San Rafael on March 4, 2002. He was the loving husband to Juanita for 54 years. Cherished father of Kathleen Montague (Michael), Michael Gallagher, Linda Masolini (Tom-deceased), Allan Jr. (Petula), and John (Anita). He was a caring grandfather of Leah, Megan, Kelly, Benjamin, Bella, Mari, Nick, Marcus and Cassandra, Michelle and Rachael. He is also survived by his sister June O'Conner and his nieces and nephews. He was a graduate of Mission High School, All City Baseball Team, a Merchant Marine Veteran, an avid golfer (made his hole in one on May 1, 1993), and a faithful fan of the 49ers and of the SF Giants. Family and friends are invited to attend the Visitation Service on Friday after 5:00 PM and also the Rosary Service at 7:00 PM at Mount Tamalpais Mortuary. The Funeral Mass will commence at St. Raphael's Church, 1104 5th Avenue, San Rafael on Saturday, March 9th at 11:00 AM. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association in c/o Mount Tamalpais Mortuary, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901. 415-459-2500. 

Hal B. Suhrke
A retired district supervisor with Continental Baking Co., died early Wednesday, February 6 2002, following a long illness. He was 78. A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Hal moved to the Bay Area as a young man, growing up in San Rafael. After serving in the Army during WWII, he returned to San Rafael and married Betty Tillman in 1947. They moved to Petaluma in 1986. Hal enjoyed playing golf, hunting, fishing, woodworking, and visiting the children in his neighborhood. If Hal was outside, you could be sure children would be with him. Hal was the loving husband of 54 years to Betty Suhrke. Beloved father of H.B. and Karen Suhrke, Ron and Nona Suhrke, and Gary and Peggy Suhrke. Devoted grandfather of Jennifer, Christopher, Amanda, Ryan, Tony, and Jason. He is also survived by his very best friend, Willie. Friends are invited to attend Memorial Services, Monday, March 11, 2002 at 1:00 PM at ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville Street, Petaluma. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran Street, Petaluma, CA 94952 or to your favorite charity. CHEDA & LYONS 707-789-9000 

Richard E. Thompson
Of San Rafael, died suddenly while golfing on March 1, 2002 at age 62. He is survived by his wife Hazel, son Greg, his wife Christina, two grandsons, mother Mary Munn, and brothers Dan and Bruce An Elder and Teen Bible Leader of Trinity Lutheran Church, Dick's Memorial is at Trinity, 333 Woodland Avenue in San Rafael, on Saturday, March 9th at 2:00 PM. 

Allan Bernard Gallagher (Bud)
A native of San Francisco, passed away in San Rafael on March 4, 2002. He was the loving husband to Juanita for 54 years. Cherished father of Kathleen Montague (Michael), Michael Gallagher, Linda Masolini (Tom-deceased), Allan Jr. (Petula), and John (Anita). He was a caring grandfather of Leah, Megan, Kelly, Benjamin, Bella, Mari, Nick, Michelle and Rachael. He is also survived by his sister June O'Conner and his nieces and nephews. He was a graduate of Mission High School, All City Baseball Team, a Merchant Marine Veteran, an avid golfer (made his hole in one on May 1, 1993), and a faithful fan of the 49ers and of the SF Giants. Family and friends are invited to attend the Visitation Service on Friday after 5:00 PM and also the Rosary Service at 7:00 PM at Mount Tamalpais Mortuary. The Funeral Mass will commence at St. Raphael's Church at 11:00 AM at 1104 5th Avenue, San Rafael. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association in c/o Mount Tamalpais Mortuary, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901. 415-459-2500. 

James Oh
Age 36 years, tragically died on March 2, 2002 from complications due to a skiing accident. He was the son of Sunyoung and Eunsook Oh of Rohnert Park, California. Brother of Meme Oh and Aunna Oh-Patton and her husband David of Cotati, California. Uncle of Naomi Patton and cousin/nephew to many. James' passions in life were the lakes, mountains and skiing. He had worked for Longs Drug Store for 12 years as a Manager in Sonoma County. Friends and family are invited to attend a Funeral Service on Friday, March 8, 2002 at 7:30 PM at PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, CA. Friends may visit the mortuary from 2:00 PM until the Service. For those who wish to join the procession, meet at the mortuary at 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 9 to Pleasant Hills Memorial Park in Sebastopol for burial at 12 Noon. Family prefers memorial contributions be made to Aunna Oh for James Oh. 

Peter Marshall Tucker
Peter Marshall Tucker, son of David and Jano Tucker and brother to Annie Tucker and Andrew Lyndon, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2002 after a long and courageous battle with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He was 24 years old. After moving to Marin County in 1983 from Lake Tahoe, Peter graduated with honors from the San Domenico School, Marin Catholic High School and the College of Marin. And for a number of years, Peter worked as a volunteer for the Marin Special Olympics and the Marin Center for Independent Living. He loved the out of doors and exploring trails, going to concerts and sports events, and being with his family and friends. In addition to his immediate family, Peter is survived by his aunts and uncles: Gaby and Selden Edwards, John and June Sullivan, and Marshall and Carol Tucker; and by his beloved cousins: Nan, Bruce, Polly, Maile and John; and by his niece Isabel. A Celebration of Peter's Life will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, March 10th, at the Mill Valley Municipal Golf Course Club House. In lieu of flowers, Peter requested that donations be made to Hospice or to the Peter Tucker Memorial Fund c/o P.O. 

Allan C. Hock, Third Generation Marinite
Passed away February 23, 2002 at age 79. He is survived by his loving wife Helen of 51 years, daughter Maureen Aguilar and son-in-law Dr. Gary Aguilar, son Gordon Hock and daughter-in-law Maria Hock, four grandchildren Stacey, Rebecca, and Russell Aguilar and Kenneth Hock, sisters Carol Snyder and Christine Kahn and nephews and nieces. He was a graduate of San Rafael High, Class of 1940, a Real Estate Broker since 1946, and he served in the Merchant Marines from 1942-1945. Private Services were held at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery. 

Eleanor Williams
Passed away peacefully on March 3rd, 2002 at California Pacific Medical Center at the age of 76. She lived life to the fullest while undergoing treatment for stomach cancer over the past few years. She will be missed by the many friends she made through her involvement with the Unitarian Church and the Folk Music Society of San Francisco. She is survived by her son, Alexander Williams who resides in Virginia and her daughter, Margaret Fink, her son-in-law, Keith Fink, and two grandchildren, Wesley and Monica Fink, from San Rafael. Eleanor was born and raised in Michigan. She obtained a degree in education from Oberlin College and became a grade school teacher. She moved to Maryland and then to California in 1979 with her daughter. She loved living in Marin County and San Francisco for the beautiful scenery and the people she befriended. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 10th at the Unitarian Church in San Francisco on the corner of Geary and Gough Streets. Donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Dominican University Nursing Skills Laboratory, 50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901-2298. 

Richard D. Colombo
Passed away at home after a brief illness on March 2nd, 2002. Richard was born in San Rafael on April 4th, 1930, and lived here all his life. He served in the military service during the Korean War. For 38 years, he was employed by Pacific Bell in the Special Service Division. For eleven of those years, he worked on Mt. Tamalpais maintaining the military communications. He is survived by his mother Angelina Colombo, his brother John Colombo, a son Michael Colombo and a daughter Michelle Butler and six grandchildren. He is also fondly remembered by his five nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to a Service at Keaton Mortuary on Thursday, March 7th at 10:30 a.m. Memorial contributions may be sent to WildCare, P.O. Box 150930 or Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street San Rafael, CA 94901 415-453-0571. 

Lt. COL (Ret) Raymond E. Gelnett
Passed away February 26, 2002, at age 93. He was born in Middleburg, Pennsylvania June 28, 1908 and later moved to Wheatland, North Dakota with his parents who took up farming. He graduated from North Dakota State University in engineering. He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce Gelnett, of 54 years; sons Robert L. Gelnett of Shreveport, Louisiana and Ronald H. Gelnett of Phoenix, Arizona; daughter Nancy Rae Burkham of Lancaster, Texas; sister Helen Noll of Northumberland, Pennsylvania; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He served in the South Pacific during WWII with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with whom he later worked in a civilian capacity as a Civil and Structural Engineer on dams and flood control projects before retiring in 1968. He was a member of Church of the Nativity in San Rafael and was involved in many church projects over the years. He was also a member of SIRS Group 122. He enjoyed golf, fishing, gardening, and travel. A Memorial service will be held at Church of the Nativity, 333 Ellen Drive, San Rafael on Saturday, March 9, at 2:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Church of the Nativity. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E STREET SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901 415-453-0571. 

Renee M. Oatman
Passed away this weekend in San Rafael at the age of 36. She is survived by her daughter Adora age 17 and her son Jeffrey age 11. She is also survived by her father Chuck Oatman and her two brothers Steve and Chris Oatman. Friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service on Wednesday, March 6, 2002 at 11:00 AM at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, 330 Redhill Avenue, San Anselmo, CA. MONTE'S CHAPEL OF THE HILLS Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440. 

James B. (Jim) Walker
Jim died on March 2, 2002 at home in Petaluma with his wife and partner of 44 years, Shirley Walker, at his side. Born February 18, 1932 in Pittsburgh, California to the late Frederick J. Walker and Frances Stow Bancroft Walker, then raised in San Francisco, California where his father was the editor of the Call Bulletin. Jim is predeceased by his sisters Patty Driscoll, Sheila Pragg and Miz Huttlinger, and survived by his brothers, Frank Walker (Isabel) of Mariposa and Mike Walker (Jane) of Walnut Creek. He was a Chevron Dealer for over 34 years, first with a station at Stanyon and Beulah in San Francisco and then with a station on Magnolia Avenue in Larkspur. After separating with Chevron, he owned and operated Walker Automotive in Greenbrae until health problems forced him to retire in 1992. Jim met and married Shirley Anne Gesbocker in 1957. They were 34 year residents of Corte Madera where they raised six children. Jim was a Volunteer Firefighter with the Corte Madera Fire Department, coached and sponsored Little League teams and had a great love for fishing and hiking, especially in the Toulomne Meadows area. He was also known to enjoy a trip "over the hill" to contribute to the Harrah and Ascuaga fortunes in Tahoe and Reno. Jim's greatest passion was his family. In addition to his wife, Shirley, he is survived by his children, Lilli Johnston (Kevin) of Novato, J.B. Walker (Jan) of Lafayette, Susan Peterson (Bill) of San Anselmo, Linda Fermin of Lodi, Fred Walker (Peri) of Davis and Nancy Hadley (Jevon) of Costa Mesa; his 13 grandchildren, Amanda, Devon, Jimmy, Carly, Kyle, Aprile, Brad, Tyler, Tucker, Connor, Isabel, Larkspur and a much anticipated baby girl due in July. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Elva Gesbocker and numerous nieces and nephews. We will always love and remember him for his incredible sense of humor, his enormous love and devotion to family, and the extraordinary way he "beat the odds". We are forever thankful to the family who gave us the most precious gift from their loss when Jim received a lung transplant in February of 1995 at U.C. San Francisco. At his request, there will be no Memorial Service, however his family will be having a private Celebration of his life in Petaluma. Funeral arrangements being handled by the Neptune Society, 2607 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 707-525-9700. 

Gladys L. Wallin
Age 80, passed away February 28, 2002 at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco after a short illness. Gladys Wallin was born in Rockford, Illinois and was a resident of Marin County for over 40 years. She graduated from Rockford Central High School in 1940, attended business college and served in the United States Navy for four years. Her career was within the food industry. She graduated from San Francisco City College Culinary Arts Department and worked for awhile in Southern California. She moved to San Francisco and joined her two sisters, Donna and Doris both deceased. At the time of her retirement, she was managing the Century Club of San Francisco. She was a member of the San Francisco Soroptimist Foundation, Marin Needle Arts Guild, Mended Heart Inc., just to name a few and was a Deacon of the First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo. Gladys will surely be missed by her sisters, Verna Hanson and Mildred Hausknecht, both of Illinois, many nephews, nieces, sister-in-law and many friends. No Services are planned at this time. A Family Gathering will be held in Rockford, Illinois, where burial will take place. Memorial contributions may be sent to The Diabetes Association, American Heart Association or your favorite charity. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

John A. Caple
Passed away on February 28, 2002 in Novato, California. He was born in Spokane, Washington on October 3, 1925. He lived in Lewiston, Idaho and studied music at the University of Idaho. He was an artist at the keyboard. John spent most of his life as a radio personality, first in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, then as the Money Man on KHQ Radio in Spokane, WA and various live commercials in the new medium of television. He moved to California in 1963 and did commercials on Channel 5 News, hosted Bay Sunday, had a talk show on KTIM in Marin County, and then to Music 'Til Dawn and a newscaster on KCBS. He also did many voice-overs for other stations and agencies in San Francisco. John is survived by his wife Florein, his brother, E.S. Caple of Santa Clara, his sister and brother-in-law Ruth Anne and Don Campbell of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, his son John Jr., of Pahrump, Nevada, his daughters Linda Adams of Sacramento, California, Kathy Nielsen of Almira, WA, and Elizabeth Wetzel of Spokane, WA., his stepson Kirk McDonald of Spokane, WA, and stepdaughter Candace McDonald, of Kirkland, WA. John was a member of the Aahmes Shrine and the Redwood Empire Scottish Rite. At the family's request, no formal services will be held. Any remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, North Bay Chapter, 4340 Redwood Highway, San Rafael, CA. Arrangements under the direction of PARENT SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMARTORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, CA. 

Aubrey Eldon Mahaney, Pearl Harbor Survivor
Born July 28, 1914 to Kuila and Luther Mahaney in Triplett Missouri, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Thursday, February 28, 2002 at the age of 87. Aubrey was a career Navy man, enlisting in 1932. He was serving on the USS Utah during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Aubrey retired from the Navy after 19 years of service as Chief Warrant Officer. Aubrey moved to Marin County 40 years ago, worked for the County of Marin in the County Assessors Office as a real-estate appraiser for about 10 years, and lived in Novato for 36 years. Aubrey was an animal lover, a San Francisco Giants fan and a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. He and his wife of 29 years, Edith, loved to travel and go on cruises. They where considered the cruise king and queen of Marin. Aubrey leaves behind his wife of 29 years Edith Ann, his sons Dale White and Wayne White, his daughter Sandra White, as well as his favorite niece Maxie Dethlefson of Missouri. Graveside Services with Military Honors will commence on Monday March 4th, 2002 at 2:00 PM at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael. Family and friends will be received at their home after the service. Memorial contributions may be made in Aubrey's honor to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Inc., 350 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael, CA 94903. "He was a gentleman, good friend and a loving husband". Funeral assistance provided by Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA 415 459-2500. 

Lt. COL (Ret) Raymond E. Gelnett
Passed away February 26, 2002, at age 93. He was born in Middleburg, Pennsylvania June 28, 1908 and later moved to Wheatland, North Dakota with his parents who took up farming. He graduated from North Dakota State University in engineering. He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce Gelnett, of 54 years; sons Robert L. Gelnett of Shreveport, Louisiana; daughter Nancy Rae Burkham of Lancaster, Texas; sister Helen Noll of Northumberland, Pennsylvania; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He served in the South Pacific during WWII with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with whom he later worked in a civilian capacity as a Civil and Structural Engineer on dams and flood control projects before retiring in 1968. He was a member of Church of the Nativity in San Rafael and was involved in many church projects over the years. He was also a member of SIRS Group 122. He enjoyed golf, fishing, gardening, and travel. A Memorial service will be held at Church of the Nativity, 333 Ellen Drive, San Rafael on Saturday, March 9, at 2:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Church of the Nativity. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E STREET SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901 415-453-0571. 

Margaret Q. Holt
A resident of The Redwoods in Mill Valley, died peacefully on February 19, 2002. Born Margaret Alice Quinn on June 24, 1918, in Hoxie Arkansas, she was raised in Willow Springs, Missouri, where she met and married Elmer (Jack) Holt, her husband of 51 years. They moved to San Francisco in 1944, after his discharge from WWII service in the Merchant Marines. Margaret first worked as a switchboard operator in Missouri and then continued her career as a "change-girl" on the San Francisco Bay ferries, but will be most remembered for her long career as the Director of Admissions for Notre Dame Hospital in San Francisco. Margaret and Jack retired in 1975, moving first to Clearlake Park, then to Antioch, and finally, Margaret moved to The Redwoods. She enjoyed her family and friends, many shopping trips with her daughter-in-law to The City of Paris, a lifetime of reading books, going on camping trips with her family and traveling with Jack in their motor home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, their daughter Judy DeLeon, and their granddaughter Carrie Baldwin, her sister Mary Quinn, and her brothers David, Fred, Edward, and John Quinn. She is survived by her beloved older sister, Maxine Curtis of Willow Springs, her sons James Holt (Linda) of San Francisco and Bob Holt (Leslie) of Sausalito, and her cherished grandsons, Kelly Holt, Jeremy Holt, and Elliott Holt. She also leaves three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Her family will truly miss her. A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held on Tuesday, March 12th at 10:00 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Santa Rosa & San Carlos Avenues, Sausalito, California. Margaret will always be remembered as a loving mother, treasured wife, devoted sister, and always a gracious woman. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Public Library of Willow Springs, Missouri, 65793. 

Raymond Stewart "Ray" Inglis
He was born in San Francisco on February 23rd, 1932 to his beloved Scottish parents, the late Arthur and Jeanne Inglis. Ray attended Lowell High School, City College, and San Francisco State University. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War 1952 until 1954. Ray retired to Sonoma after thirty-five years in the food brokerage industry in San Francisco. Ray was active in the community of Sonoma and the parish of St. Francis Solano Church. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and a selfless volunteer as a docent for the Sonoma Valley Historical Society and an officer of the Moon Valley DeAnza Retirement Community. Ray is survived by his devoted and loving sons Scott and Sean, Scott's wife Jennifer, and their children Madeline, Brendan, Gavin Inglis, Sean's fiancé Coyanne Miller, his longtime and loving companion Shirley Edwards. He is also survived by his former wife Catherine Sheridan Inglis, his cousins, and numerous nieces and nephews. Ray is sorely missed for his quick wit and caring ways by all who knew him. His love of life was contagious. Ray was an avid sports fan, gardener, cook, and dancer. He loved to entertain his friends, and wrote frequently to his friends and to the Sonoma Index Tribune. Friends are invited to attend a vigil service Tuesday, March 5th, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. at DUGGAN'S MISSION CHAPEL, 525 West Napa Street, Sonoma. A Funeral Service will begin Wednesday, March 6, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. from Duggan's Mission Chapel, then to St. Francis Church, 300 West Napa Street, Sonoma, where a Funeral Mass will commence at 11:00 a.m. Committal service will immediately following. Memorial donations in Ray's honor can be made to the Raymond Inglis Scholarship Fund, c/o Marin Catholic High School, 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield, CA 94904. DUGGAN'S MISSION CHAPEL MISSION CREMATION SERVICE Sonoma, CA 707-966-3655. 

Aubrey Eldon Mahaney, Pearl Harbor Survivor
Born July 28, 1914 to Kuila and Luther Mahaney in Triplett Missouri, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Thursday, February 28, 2002 at the age of 87. Aubrey was a career Navy man, enlisting in 1932. He was serving on the USS Utah during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Aubrey retired from the Navy after 19 years of service as Chief Warrant Officer. Aubrey moved to Marin County 40 years ago, worked for the County of Marin in the County Assessors Office as a real-estate appraiser for about 10 years, and lived in Novato for 36 years. Aubrey was an animal lover, a San Francisco Giants fan and a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. He and his wife of 29 years, Edith, loved to travel and go on cruises. They where considered the cruise king and queen of Marin. Aubrey leaves behind his wife of 29 years Edith Ann, his sons Dale White and Wayne White, his daughter Sandra White, as well as his favorite niece Maxie Dethlefson of Missouri. Graveside Services with Military Honors will commence on Monday March 4th, 2002 at 2:00 PM at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael. Family and friends will be received at their home after the service. Memorial contributions may be made in Aubrey's honor to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Inc., 350 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael, CA 94903. "He was a gentleman, good friend and a loving husband". Funeral assistance provided by Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA 415 459-2500. 

Harold Elmer Rivara
Former resident of San Anselmo, California, died peacefully at his home on February 28, 2002, in Hirschdale, California. Harold, known as Pete to his friends, was born on March 13, 1920, to Albert and Gilda Rivara in Ross, California. He attended Tamalpais High School and married Barbara Yeo when he was 21 years old. They were married fifty years until her death in 1992. They had four sons, Gary, Frank, Tony, and Petie. Harold worked most of his career as a sheet metal worker in Marin County, and moved to Hirschdale in 1980 when he retired. While he spent his youth riding horses on Mount Tamalpais as a member of the Marin County Mounted Sheriff Posse, hunting with his friends and being a devoted father and husband, he spent his retirement enjoying the fresh mountain air and beautiful view from his porch, working on house projects with his sons, and traveling and telling stories to his granddaughters. He is survived by four sons, five granddaughters, and three great grandchildren. By his own request, there will be no Memorial Service, but his family will be having a Celebration of Life in the coming weeks. Memorial contributions in his memory may be sent to Truckee Sierra Senior Services (meals on wheels) 10040 Estates Drive, Truckee, CA 96161 or Tahoe Forest Hospice, P.O. Box 759, Truckee, CA 96160. Arrangements by Truckee-Tahoe Mortuary, Truckee, California. 

David Price Sherrell
Died of heart failure on January 20, 2002, after a long illness. David graduated from Yuba High School in 1967, studied at the Pasadena Playhouse in L.A. before marrying Valerie Hastey. He enlisted in the Army and served in Vietnam. Under the G.I. Bill, he attended Yuba College and S.F. State, majoring in Theatre. He performed with Marin Theatre Co. and Ross Valley Players while working as a printer in Marin. In the early '80s, he ran the in-house print shop at the Independent Journal. Until his disability retirement in 2000, he was employed by Marin Graphics. David's writing served as his creative outlet for many years. David's parents, Lee C. Sherrell and Mary Hill Buzzetti, are deceased. He is survived by his brother, Michael, of Sebastopol; stepfather, Gil Buzzetti of San Rafael; daughter, Simone Tafalla, and grandchildren Anthony and Samantha of Yuba City, where a private memorial was held. 

Thomas Ayers
Age 50. Passed away January 9, 2002 after a long illness at home in Nevada. Preceded in death by his wife Constance, and brother Robert. Survived by his father Robert, mother, Dolores, both of Petaluma, sister, Georgia and her husband Bill Colthoff of Tiburon. Also survived by numerous loving nieces and nephews. Tommy was a Marin County resident for 30 years. He grew up in Fairfax, and attended Drake High School. 

James A. Graham, Sr.
Passed peacefully at home last Sunday evening. He was a resident of San Rafael for 31 years after moving from Munhall, Pennsylvania with his family. Mr. Graham had more that 35 years of distinguished service to his country. He enlisted in the Army at age 19 in 1942. He served in Europe where he received a battlefield commission while fighting with the 94th Inf. Div. He also served in Japan during the occupation. In Korea, he served with the 82nd Airborne and the 1st Cavalry. He went on to join the Military Police and was a champion sharpshooter with the US Army Advanced Marksmanship Unit. His dedication to duty and commitment to his fellows was rewarded with many commendations for service and valor, including the Silver Star, four Bronze Stars and five Purple Hearts. In 1958, he joined the Treasury Department where he continued to serve his country with distinction as a Special Agent of the ATF until he retired in 1978. He served his community as a Mason and Knight Templar and still found time to raise six children. He was, to his family, a hero in war, a hero in peace, and a true hero in our lives. 

Aubrey Eldon Mahaney, Pearl Harbor Survivor
Born July 28, 1914 to Kuila and Luther Mahaney in Triplett Missouri, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Thursday, February 28, 2002 at the age of 87. Aubrey was a career Navy man, enlisting in 1932. He was serving on the USS Utah during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Aubrey retired from the Navy after 19 years of service as Chief Warrant Officer. Aubrey moved to Marin County 40 years ago, worked for the County of Marin in the County Assessors Office as a real-estate appraiser for about 10 years, and lived in Novato for 36 years. Aubrey was an animal lover, a San Francisco Giants fan and a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. He and his wife of 29 years, Edith, loved to travel and go on cruises. They where considered the cruise king and queen of Marin. Aubrey leaves behind his wife of 29 years Edith Ann, his sons Dale White and Wayne White, his daughter Sandra White, as well as his favorite niece Maxie Dethlefson of Missouri. Graveside Services with Military Honors will commence on Monday March 4th, 2002 at 2:00 PM at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael. Family and friends will be received at their home after the service. Memorial contributions may be made in Aubrey's honor to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Inc., 350 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael, CA 94903. "He was a gentleman, good friend and a loving husband". Funeral assistance provided by Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA 415 459-2500. 

Francis "Frank" H. Ryan
Of Novato, passed away at San Rafael February 20, 2002, after a 5 year battle with Alzheimer's Disease. He was 79. Frank was born July 9, 1922, to Leo and Mabel Ryan in Mason City, Iowa. After graduating from Holy Family High School in Mason City he ventured to Burbank, California, where he was employed by the Challenge Ice Cream Co. In l943 he enlisted in the U. S. Merchant Marines and served as purser and medical officer aboard tankers for the Socony-Vacuum Oil Co. of New York. He was honorably discharged in l946 and then began a 32 year career with the Internal Revenue Service serving in Washington, DC, Springfield and Peoria, Illinois. After his retirement from the IRS in l978, he and his family moved to Novato where they still reside. On June 30, l945, he married Clarine Ostby of Washington DC, at The Little Church Around The Corner in New York City. Frank is survived by his wife of 56 years, Clarine. Also surviving are son, Eric and wife Pamela, of Fremont and son, Thomas and wife Ann, of Novato. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Christopher and Dana Ryan of Fremont and Jason and Sarah Ryan of Novato. Also surviving is one stepgrandchild, Adam Street of Oakland and his sister, Dorothy Bagley, of Sumner, Iowa. Frank was predeceased by his son, Paul, his parents and his brother, Donovan Ryan. Funeral Services were held Monday, February 25th at Keaton's Redwood Chapel of Marin, Novato, with the Reverend John Ridenour from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Novato, officiating. Burial was at Valley Memorial Park, Novato. 

Marion Allyn Starritt
Born on January 18, 1913 and passed away on February 26, 2002. She came to the San Francisco Bay Area from Chicago, Illinois in the '30's and was a resident of Marin County from 1948 to 1977. Marion retired from the Bank of California in 1977 to move to the gold country and open her own business in Cool. She lived in Auburn Lake Trails until 1997. As a resident of Marin in the 50's, she was active in the Sleepy Hollow Legend Club and a frequent volunteer at Marin General Hospital. Marion served in the Censorship Bureau of the Office of Naval Intelligence during WWII in San Francisco. She returned to work for Ross Valley Savings in the early 60's. Marion raised her family in San Anselmo. Her "retirement" involved her own business, her fund raising activities with the Cool Merchants Assn., as well as selling Avon products to local residents. She was widowed in 1986, but continued her active life. Marion returned to San Rafael in 1997, for health reasons, to live with her daughter Jane. She is survived by four children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Friends are invited to attend a Graveside Service at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael, California on Monday, March 4, 2002 at 11:00 AM. Memorial gifts to The Family Caregiver Alliance, 690 Market Street #600, S.F., CA 94104 preferred. MONTE'S CHAPEL OF THE HILLS Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo 415-453-8440. 

Nancy Elizabeth Finney Whitmore
Age 61, of Lebanon, Missouri, formerly of Marin Co., California, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2002 in Lebanon, Missouri. She was born and raised in Marin County, a 1958 graduate of Drake High School. She operated a counseling center in Tacoma, Washington and then worked as a caseworker for the American Red Cross. She retired to Lebanon, Missouri in 1997. Nancy is survived by a daughter, Beth Durreman, and her husband, Carl, two grandsons, Scott and C.J. Durreman, of Lebanon; Mo., her father, George Finney, a sister, Sharon Eide, and her husband, Harry of Novato; brother Charles Finney, San Rafael, an aunt, Ruth Pellegrini of Cloverdale, and many other relatives and friends. Services will be held in Lebanon, Missouri. Memorials to the American Diabetes Association and the American Red Cross. 

Jerry T. Dillard Son of the late Isabel Kauer and Terrell Dillard, passed away on January 22, 2002 at Marin General Hospital at the age of 66. A native of Missouri, he moved to the Bay Area as a child and was a long time resident of Mill Valley. He is survived by his son, Paul Dillard of San Francisco, his granddaughter Anastasia Dillard of San Mateo, and his sisters Virginia Van Koll of San Rafael and Ruth Kauer of Sacramento. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 16, at 4:00 PM at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 3 Oakdale Avenue at W. Blithedale in Mill Valley. 

James A. Graham, Sr. Passed peacefully at home last Sunday evening. He was a resident of San Rafael for 31 years after moving from Munhall, Pennsylvania with his family. Mr. Graham had more that 35 years of distinguished service to his country. He enlisted in the Army at age 19 in 1942. He served in Europe where he received a battlefield commission while fighting with the 94th Inf. Div. He also served in Japan during the occupation. In Korea, he served with the 82nd Airborne and the 1st Cavalry. He went on to join the Military Police and was a champion sharpshooter with the US Army Advanced Marksmanship Unit. His dedication to duty and commitment to his fellows was rewarded with many commendations for service and valor, including the Silver Star, four Bronze Stars and five Purple Hearts. In 1958, he joined the Treasury Department where he continued to serve his country with distinction as a Special Agent of the ATF until he retired in 1978. He served his community as a Mason and Knight Templar and still found time to raise six children. He was, to his family, a hero in war, a hero in peace, and a true hero in our lives. 

Kenneth Eugene Lan Franco Age 45 of San Rafael, passed away on Monday, February 25, 2002 after an acute illness. A Marin County resident for 15 years, Ken was born in Orange, California and raised in Southern California where he graduated from Saddleback High School. Ken was a dedicated and a knowledgeable sport fan and was especially enthusiastic about baseball and football. This past season he was an assistant coach for his sons' Pop Warner Mighty Mights team. Ken also enjoyed walking, music, cooking and entertaining. Ken is survived by his father Eugene Lan Franco, of Orange, California and his brother Bill Dobson of San Rafael. He also leaves behind Anne Battaglia, the mother of his three children: daughter Summer, twin sons Dan and Dave, and a stepdaughter, Christina Battaglia. Funeral Services followed by burial will be held at Mount Tamalpais Mortuary and Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, on Saturday, March 2nd, at 2:00 p.m. Friends may pay their respects on Friday, March 1st, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Mount Tamalpais. Funeral arrangements provided by Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA 415-459-2500. 

Mary Ella Ross, Born June 24, 1926 in Alabama, Mary passed away at her home in Novato on February 21, 2002 at the age of 75 after a long struggle with breast cancer. Mary was a 35 year resident of Marin County. She leaves behind her son Michael Ross of Eden Prairie, Minnesota and his wife Kim. Friends are invited to call upon the Ross family on Saturday, March 2, 2002 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Mount Tamalpais Mortuary and Cemetery 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael. Funeral Services will commence at 12:00 Noon on Saturday with burial following in the Redwoods section of Mount Tamalpais Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Mary's memory to Hospice of Marin 150 Nellen Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925-1133. Funeral assistance provided by Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery 2500 5th Avenue San Rafael, CA 415 459-2500. 

Robert Capon Sinclair Passed away peacefully at home in Mill Valley on Saturday, February 23, 2002 with his family by his side. Born August 22, 1914 in Hazelton, B.C. to his Scots/Canadian father, Robert Clyne Sinclair, and mother, Gertrude Mary. After moving to California, he worked for Greyhound Bus Lines in S.F. for 37 years until his retirement as head cashier in 1975. At the beginning of WWII, Bob became a naturalized citizen to join the Air Force. Upon returning from the Service, he met his future wife of 55 wonderful years, Berna Deene (Deenie). Robert truly loved golf, and played at least twice a week up until several months before his death. In his earlier years, he had won many trophies for his skill at the game. He also spent many happy hours behind the wheel of his beloved 1968 Alfa Romeo, and traveled extensively with family and friends through North America and Europe. Robert is survived by his loving wife Berna Deene, his daughters Cathy and Lindsay, and grandchildren Ranna, Jennifer and Robert, and was predeceased by his sister Joetta. Robert will be deeply missed by his many friends and family. By his request, a family-only service will be held celebrating his life and Scottish heritage. Donations may be made to Hospice of Marin, Corte Madera.


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