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Anthony Joaquin Almada
Born September 10, 1911 on Deer Island in Novato, in the family home (now under renovations) where five of his six siblings were also born. Descendants of early dairy farmers of Marin County, Anthony and family grew up in Novato and Petaluma. He moved to Mill Valley in 1955 where he and Camille raised their family. He worked for Marin Dell Milk Company until he retired in the mid 1970's. Tony was an avid fan of wrestling, 49'er football, and has followed baseball from the San Francisco Seal days to our current SF Giants. Since retirement, Tony and Camille traveled to Europe, Canada, in the U.S., and Hawaii. When he turned 80 years old, Tony and his sons took a trip to the Acores, Sao Jorge Island to see, his family's homeland and discovered family-owned land still there. It was a trip he never stopped talking about. He also enjoyed reminiscing about the early days of Marin County. We had a great time celebrating his 90th birthday, last September, surrounded by family and friends. Tony was a very hard worker with jobs ranging from typesetting, shipyard worker, grocery storeowner and working for the milk company. He also enjoyed reading, staying up with current events, gardening, and trying his luck at winning the lottery. But, you could say he won the lottery of a wonderful life. He died peacefully in his home in Mill Valley. Devoted son of Manuel P. Almada and Mary (deBorba) Almada. Loving brother, of Mary Souza, Manuel Almada, and Helen Almada. (All who preceded him in death). Also brother to Clara McAuley, Novato, and Joaquin Almada, San Francisco. Beloved husband of Camille Almada, ('99), and loving father of Anthony "Bud" (Colleen), and Ron Almada (Babbette), all of Hawaii, Donna Carrillo (C.J.), and Saralyn Almada, of Mill Valley. Wonderful grandfather to Jared and Raquel Carrillo, Heather Gordon and Josh Broberg. Great-grandfather of Anthony and Alexander Gordon. He will be missed by all that knew him. A Memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 2nd, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Mill Valley, with a reception following immediately after in Rectory Hall. Internment will be private in Petaluma at the family graveside. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marin RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Ave., Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Elizabeth Maloon Hiller
Born April 23, 1932 in Salem, Massachusetts and passed away April 28, 2002 in Corte Madera, CA at the age of 70. In 1964 she married Robert A. Hiller of San Francisco and lived in the city until their recent retirement in Corte Madera. An enthusiastic civic leader, she was a board member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames and The Heritage, and she was an active member of the Junior League, the Edgewood Garden and the Convent of the Sacred Heart. She is survived by her husband, daughters Susan Marshall of Mill Valley and Molly Brilliant of San Rafael, grandsons William and Andrew Marshall, a sister, Anne Kingery of Portland, Oregon, and brothers William and John Maloon of Salem, Massachusetts, and nine nephews and nieces. Friends are invited to a Memorial Mass celebration at the Noble Chapel at Cypress Lawn Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2002. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Heritage, 3400 Laguna St., San Francisco, CA 94123 or to a charity of your choice. 

Arlene Margaret McDaniel
Age 90 of Tiburon, passed away April 27, 2002 in Greenbrae. Loving mother of Jacqueline Ball of Tiburon; grandmother of Lisa Tanner and husband Roy of Novato, Vicki McDaniel of Clayton, Georgie Ball of Rohnert Park, Jolie Corrie of Tiburon; great grandmother of five and great-great grandmother of three. She is preceded in death by her husband Hugh McDaniel, son Victor McDaniel and grandson Stephen McDaniel. Margaret was born in Waterlou, Iowa and milked 19 cows everyday before school. She married Hugh in 1929 and moved to Tiburon in 1953. She worked for PG & E in San Francisco for 19 years and loved to go on vacation. No services are being held at this time. Interment will be at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery in San Rafael. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Ave., Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Brian Henry Sicabaig
Passed away peacefully April 27, 2002 at home from complications of Muscular Dystrophy at age 13. Loving son of Gary and Carol and brother of Andrew; grandson of Henry Sicabaig and Roy and Barbara Hanlon; nephew of Joe and Elaine Perez and Claire and Duncan Redman; cousin of Alex, Lisa, Nikki and Chloe. Brian was a student at Sinaloa Middle School where he enjoyed being with his friends. A sports fan whom loved to watch the Giants, 49'ers, Sharks and NASCAR. A Vigil Service will be held Wednesday, May 1, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. at Keaton's Redwood Chapel; 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato, CA and a Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, May 2, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church; 1806 Novato Blvd. Memorial Gifts may be made in Brian's Memory to Muscular Dystrophy Association; P.O. Box #78342, Phoenix, Arizona 85062-9916. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151. 

Teri Merritt Skinner
Passed away peacefully April 25th, 2002 at 56, after a tough battle with cancer. Teri is survived by her husband Tom, daughter Meredith, son Tom and daughter-in-law Allison all of San Rafael, CA, father Owen Merritt and stepmother Barbara Jean Merritt of Petaluma, CA and brother Gerald Merritt of Walnut Grove, CA. Teri was a loving mother and wife. She spent the majority of her time at her second home in Lake Tahoe. She was an avid gardener and loved walking in the woods with her dogs. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at St. John's Episcopal Church, 14 Lagunitas Road, Ross, CA (415) 456-1102. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Marin. 

Anthony Joaquin Almada
Born September 10, 1911 on Deer Island in Novato, in the family home (now under renovations) where five of his six siblings were also born. Descendants of early dairy farmers of Marin County, Anthony and family grew up in Novato and Petaluma. He moved to Mill Valley in 1955 where he and Camille raised their family. He worked for Marin Dell Milk Company until he retired in the mid 1970's. Tony was an avid fan of wrestling, 49'er football, and has followed baseball from the San Francisco Seal days to our current SF Giants. Since retirement, Tony and Camille traveled to Europe, Canada, in the U.S., and Hawaii. When he turned 80 years old, Tony and his sons took a trip to the Acores, Sao Jorge Island to see, his family's homeland and discovered family-owned land still there. It was a trip he never stopped talking about. He also enjoyed reminiscing about the early days of Marin County. We had a great time celebrating his 90th birthday, last September, surrounded by family and friends. Tony was a very hard worker with jobs ranging from typesetting, shipyard worker, grocery storeowner and working for the milk company. He also enjoyed reading, staying up with current events, gardening, and trying his luck at winning the lottery. But, you could say he won the lottery of a wonderful life. He died peacefully in his home in Mill Valley. Devoted son of Manuel P. Almada and Mary (deBorba) Almada. Loving brother, of Mary Souza, Manuel Almada, and Helen Almada. (All who preceded him in death). Also brother to Clara McAuley, Novato, and Joaquin Almada, San Francisco. Beloved husband of Camille Almada, ('99), and loving father of Anthony "Bud" (Colleen), and Ron Almada (Babbette), all of Hawaii, Donna Carrillo (C.J.), and Saralyn Almada, of Mill Valley. Wonderful grandfather to Jared and Raquel Carrillo, Heather Gordon and Josh Broberg. Great-grandfather of Anthony and Alexander Gordon. He will be missed by all that knew him. A Memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 2nd, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Mill Valley, with a reception following immediately after in Rectory Hall. Internment will be private in Petaluma at the family graveside. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marin RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Ave., Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Louise Delphina Urico
Passed away on April 10, 2002 surrounded by family after a short illness. She was 98 years old and would have turned 99 on April 28, 2002. Her husband, Robert Urico preceded her in 1976. She was a proud and caring mother to her five children, Joan Gordon, Sita Greer, Robert Urico and Jo Sohlman, while she continued to miss her son, John, "Binky," Gilliland, who died in World War II. Louise was a generous mother-in-law to Bob, Don, Carol and Wayne. She was an enchanting grandmother to 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Louise was born in Alameda. Over the years, Louise's genuine smile and outgoing personality were a delight to her many friends and acquaintances. She took special interest in her beloved animal companions whose presence in her life gave her much enjoyment. Amongst her hobbies, traveling the U.S. provided her with great pleasure and opportunities to form new friendships. While at home, she devoted many hours in her San Anselmo residence to her fondness for sewing. Her favorite creations were personalized Barbie Doll Ensembles for which she received recognition. At Louise's request, no service will be held. A private family celebration of life will held be held at a later date. 

Audrey J. Casey
Passed away peacefully Thursday, April 4th, 2002 at home from complications of emphysema. She was born December 23, 1934 in Washington, DC at Walter Reed Hospital; and graduated from Eastern High School in Washington, DC. Audrey was employed early in the 1950s as a Ctr. operator of Fair Issac Corporation; and from approximately 1989 to 1999, she was employed by St. Isabella's Church as a cook for priests. Early in her 30's, Audrey was a volunteer for St. Phillips in Fairfax, Virginia. Audrey loved to plant flowers. She loved and appreciated music, in the fact that her father was a musician and played percussion in The United States Army Band. Audrey was a very talented writer and loved to read. She was a good mother to Sharon, Cathleen and Colleen; that her grandchildren John, Ryan, Jeremiah, Shannon and Megan will carry on Audrey's legacy their entire lives. She was a good friend to many people. Audrey was a whole woman, a devoted wife, mother and friend. Her daughter Sharon will remember her whenever she sees two birds fly by; it will be a sign that both her parents are with her. Audrey was preceded in death by her beloved Husband John Frances Casey, Daughter Cathleen Casey, Mother Jennie and Father Joseph Young. She leaves her dear Children Colleen McKeon of Novato and Sharon Casey of Lawton, Oklahoma, Sister Betty Danielson and Brother Robert Young of Park Falls, Wisconsin. Grandchildren John, Ryan, Jeremiah, Megan and Shannon; as well as family members Bridgett, Bryan, Erica, Keriann and Nicholas Claussen of Santa Rosa, Carolyn and Kenny White of Baltimore, Maryland, and Richard Danielson of Park Falls, Wisconsin. A Memorial Mass was held on Friday, April 12th, 2002 at St. Anthony of Padua, 1000 Cambridge Street, Novato, California. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Anthony of Padua. 

Bonnie June Knight
A 30-year resident of Novato, Bonnie passed away on Saturday, April 20th, 2002 after a short, devastating battle with bacterial Meningitis. She was only 47. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 6, 1954, Bonnie moved to the Bay Area with her mother, father and brother in 1965 and to Novato in 1972. She was a sensitive, loving and gentle daughter, sister, aunt, niece and friend to many who cared about all living things. She loved the outdoors she loved animals… and she loved people. Whether in Levis and boots or perfume and a dress, Bonnie was equally at home in front of a campfire or in a fine restaurant. She could (and would) talk for hours. Friends were her greatest joy. She had a big heart and brightened the lives of all who knew her... family, friends and a menagerie of pets, including a horse, goat & four special kitties: Squeaky, Susie, Mittens & Jerry. Bonnie is survived by her mother, Bonnie Knight-Rosenthal of Novato, her brother and nephew, Tom and Mike Knight of Novato, and her aunt, June Cadenhead of Magalia. Bonnie touched the lives of many people; sometimes subtly, sometimes in big ways. She will be sorely missed by all who love her. They are comforted, though, knowing that her gentle spirit and loving memory will live on, as in her favorite song, “Fly” by Celine Dion. Services were held on Tuesday, April 23rd at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Novato. 

Robert Hall Langner
Born December 31, 1922 in Sacramento, California. Died Friday, April 12, 2002 in Oakland, California. Husband of Marilyn "Michael" May Langner. Father of Jonathan Hall (d), Jeffrey Lind, Cameron Bold, Cerena West (Zutis) and Jennifer May Langner (d). Loving Grandfather to Katherine, Christopher, Kristina, Gregory, Megan and Joanna. Bob was raised in Sacramento where he attended public schools and was educated in Business Administration and Economics at UC Berkeley. A graduate of the Foreign Service School in Washington, D.C., he became an Economics Instructor at the Center for World Business, San Francisco State University. Bob served duty as American Vice Counsel for the State Department in Buenos Aires, Argentina during World War II in economic warfare and commercial intelligence. In the three weeks preceding his passing, Bob returned to Buenos Aires and visited several ports of call throughout South America and the Falkland Islands. He served as Commercial Agent for export control and trade promotion for the U.S. Department of Commerce. He also served as Assistant World Trade Manager of the New York and San Francisco Chambers of Commerce, handling port promotion and foreign freight forwarding. In 1959, Bob took the helm at the Marine Exchange of the San Francisco Bay Region, where he worked for 35 years as Executive Director of the nation's oldest maritime service and promotional agency and transformed it into the hub of Pacific Coast water transportation, vessel traffic, and maritime activities and waterborne safety. He pioneered the nation's first system for tracking ships transiting all U.S. ports, the Vessel In-Port Locator System. As president and CEO of California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference (C-MANC) for 30+ years, he represented the ports and harbors of California, testifying annually before Congress to appropriate funding. He was a key member of the National Committee for International Trade Documentation's inaugural trip to China. Bob was co-author of "Shipping on a Sea of Red Tape" and he initiated numerous navigational development projects, task forces, regional and national industry and professional groups. Bob's other accomplishments included Chairmanship of the International Trade and Travel Exhibition in 1956 and the opening of the World Trade Center at the Ferry Building. He was Treasurer of the International Hospitality Center, Pan American Society, and World Affairs Council. Bob was active with the SF World Trade Association and the Commonwealth Club of California. He was President of the Northern California Society of Association Executives (NCSAE). Bob served as Chairman of the Mayor's Committee to Hire the Physically Handicapped in San Francisco. He was a National Defense Executive Reservist. A resident of Oakland's Rockridge neighborhood for over 35 years, Bob loved animals, raising "Terra," a Labrador breeder for the Guide Dogs for the Blind. A lifetime giver, Bob was an Emeritus Donor to the Irwin Memorial Blood Bank. A recreational pilot, counselor, gourmet chef, dance instructor, driving instructor, naturalist, gardener, amateur carpenter, environmentalist, world traveler and a great debater, Bob was a Renaissance man in every respect. Sorely missed will be engaging in his fiery discussions on current world events and history. Bob Langner was truly a man before his time in thought and deed. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, May 5, at the Mills Chapel, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, California at 2:00 p.m., with a private reception to follow. In memory of Bob, donations may be made to the American Friends Service Committee (a Quaker organization), 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102-1479, Telephone: 888-588-2372, Web: www.afsc.org, email: tcollins@afsc.org or Hillsdale College, 33 East College Street, Hillsdale, MI 49242-9986, Attention: John Cervini, Telephone: (517)437-9734, email to: john.cervini@hillsdale.edu. 

William Roby
Passed away April 19, 2002 at Kaiser Hospital in Terra Linda at age 84. He was a native of Toronto Ontario, Canada; a graduate of Alameda High School Class of 1935 and a Stock Transfer Agent for Pacific Gas & Electric. He was in Navy Intelligence during WWII, honored as a lifetime member of the Hall of Fame USA Football (soccer) Association, a Tiburon Little League coach, avid sports fan and loved to travel. William is survived by children: Karen and Jim Barrett, Pam and Don Roby and Marsha and Ken Roby; grandchildren: Shannon Strawn of Sacramento, Shelly Roby of Chicago, Regan Roby of Santa Rosa, Kerri Barrett of Novato, Kathleen Barrett of Phoenix, Will Roby of Berkeley, Erin Roby of Greenville, and great-grandchild Skylar Strawn of Sacramento. William is also survived by brother Eric Roby of Novato and sister Marilyn Wendland of Alameda. He was preceded in death by his wife Wanda, brother Thomas Roby and grandson Bret Barrett. Services are pending. Memorial contributions preferred to: Bret Barrett Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Marin Community Foundation. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151. 

June H. Stemple
Gone ahead April 16th, 2002 at her home in Novato at age 82. June was the daughter born June 6, 1919 to Nellie and Ray Christie in Hastings, Iowa. Her love, courage, wit and determination will always be treasured by her son Randy Smathers, of Argyle, Texas; her daughter, Sharon Smathers, of Sausalito, California; her sisters Mina Kimball and Leora Thompson; her brother Gerald Christie; and her many beloved family members and friends. At her request, no funeral services were held. In celebration of her life and as a tribute to how she lived it, her children request that you pay an act of kindness to someone, to share your laughter and keep on smiling. 

Philip N. Behrend
Age 55 of Mill Valley, passed away April 17, 2002 in Joshua Tree National Park. His wife and best friend, Ani Jackson and sister, Jeanne Behrend, survive him. Phil obtained his MD degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1972. From 1984-2002, he was working as an ER Physician at Kaiser Hospital in South San Francisco. Phil committed his life to service and was loved by his co-workers at the Kaiser Emergency Ward for his calming presence and gentle humor. A talented physician, his intuitive, thoughtful style and ability to make rapid accurate decisions gave comfort to his patients and made him an asset in the emergency ward. Phil discovered Buddhism in 1993 and his gentle kind nature flourished in the light of the Buddhist Teachings. A lover of the planet, he supported many environmental organizations, and trekked in the Himalayan Mountains through Nepal and Bhutan. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 27, 2002 at St. Hilary's Church, 761 Hilary Drive in Tiburon. Memorial gifts preferred to Greenpeace, P.O. Box 90136, Fredericksburg, VA 22404 or World Wildlife Fund, 1250 24th Street, NW, Washington DC 20037. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Josephine K. Palmer
Passed away April 23, 2002 in Napa at age 84. Loving wife of Thomas E. Palmer of Napa; mother of James Kovanic of Indiana; sister of Dorothy Nothhelfer of Illinois; stepmother of Mary Hartman and husband Roger of Mill Valley and grandmother of Katherine Hartman. A proficient knitter and very active in the Catholic Church, Josephine worked in banking; and for the last 20 years, enjoyed retirement. She was a native of Chicago, Illinois, recently moving from Illinois to Napa. Family and friends are invited to attend a Chapel Blessing at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 29, 2002 at Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel, 270 Miller Avenue in Mill Valley. Interment to follow at Daphne Fernwood Cemetery in Mill Valley. Memorial contributions may be made to Matrix, 94 Galli Drive, Suite C, Novato, CA 94949. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Lyle Deane Williams, Died April 11, 2002
Lyle Deane Williams of Sonoma, died April 11, 2002, at Kaiser Hospital, San Rafael, of a spider bite and heart failure. He worked and retired from Standard Oil/ Chevron from 1963-1993, with a two year break in service to serve his country in the US Air Force in Vietnam. He enjoyed fishing and gold mining. He was husband to Catherine Williams; father to Daniel E Williams; brother of Charles M Williams, Novato; nephew to D. Carolyne Adin, Novato. No services were held. He will be missed by family and friends. There will be a gathering of his friends on May 4, 2002 at the family residence. 

Philip N. Behrend
Age 55 of Mill Valley, passed away April 17, 2002 in Joshua Tree National Park. His wife and best friend, Ani Jackson and sister, Jeanne Behrend, survive him. Phil obtained his MD degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1972. From 1984-2002, he was working as an ER Physician at Kaiser Hospital in South San Francisco. Phil committed his life to service and was loved by his co-workers at the Kaiser Emergency Ward for his calming presence and gentle humor. A talented physician, his intuitive, thoughtful style and ability to make rapid accurate decisions gave comfort to his patients and made him an asset in the emergency ward. Phil discovered Buddhism in 1993 and his gentle kind nature flourished in the light of the Buddhist Teachings. A lover of the planet, he supported many environmental organizations, and trekked in the Himalayan Mountains through Nepal and Bhutan. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 27, 2002 at St. Hilary's Church, 761 Hilary Drive in Tiburon. Memorial gifts preferred to Greenpeace, P.O. Box 90136, Fredericksburg, VA 22404 or World Wildlife Fund, 1250 24th Street, NW, Washington DC 20037. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Rosemary Gast
Age 75 years, died in Petaluma on Sunday, April 14, 2002, after a long illness due to Alzheimer's disease. The daughter of Howard and Katherine (Kelly) Monley of Grand Forks, North Dakota, she was born May 19, 1926 in Grand Forks. She was the wife of the late Graydon (Dick) Gast. She is survived by daughters: Cathy Gast Feroe of Larkspur, CA, Joan Banker of Crested Butte, Colorado, Meg E. Rose and Mary Kelly-Williams both of Boulder, Colorado, Sheila McQueeny of Rohnert Park, CA; and sons: Richard Gast of Holly Springs, North Carolina and Jim Gast of San Francisco, CA. 20 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Two sisters: Donna Larsen of Pacifica, CA and Peggy McDermott of Louisville, Colorado also survive her. Two brothers, Fred and James Monley and her sister, Jean Dorsher, preceded her in death. Rosemary was a Marin County resident for more than 20 years and was an active parishioner and choir member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Larkspur. She was loved by her family and friends. Her sweet presence and gentle spirit will be sorely missed. Friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of Her Life at a Memorial Mass on Wednesday, May 1, 2002 at 5:00 p.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church at 114 King, Larkspur, CA. Arrangements under the direction of PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, California. 

James Charles Kane, Of Carmel Valley
Born September 7, 1955 in San Mateo, California. Beloved father of daughter Kathryn Maidie Kane and son Dylan James Kane of Carmel Valley. Survived by sister and brother-in-law Nancy and Guy Grignon of Carmel Valley. Also survived by brother and sister-in-law Richard and Pattee Kane of St. Helena, brother Peter Kane of Atherton and sister Pamela Kane of Sausalito, as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Maidie Oppenheimer Kane and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur C. Oppenheimer, who were long time owners of the historic Rancho San Carlos in Carmel Valley. Many of Jim's happiest days were spent living on this vast early day cattle ranch where he felt a close connection to the land. Jim graduated from Redwood High School in Marin County and attended school in Manhattan, Kansas. He joined the family business, Parisian Bakeries, but later moved to Carmel Valley as a young man. Jim enjoyed water skiing, snow boarding, and riding his motorcycle, but his greatest passion was his love for his children Katie and Dylan. They were the light of his life. Friends and family are invited to a Memorial Service to be held at Carmel Valley Ranch on Saturday, April 27th at 4:00 p.m. Donations in Jim's memory may be made to Tularcitos School Auditorium Fund, 35 Ford Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924 or Carmel Middle School Fund, P.O. Box 222740, Carmel, CA 93922. 

Irene Rochelle Katz
Irene Katz passed away unexpectedly April 23, 2002 at her home in Marinwood at the age of 62. A 35-year resident of Marin, Irene was born April 22, 1940 in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from Franklin High School and went on to the University of Washington. In 1960 she married Kenneth Katz and moved to Santa Rosa, California. They later moved to their present home in Marinwood. Irene was very active in Marin County in many ways. She taught preschool for 28 years, first at the Marin Hills Nursery School, and for the last 25 years at Oakview Nursery School, where she was fondly referred to as "Teacher Irene". At the time of her death she was helping to coordinate a 25-year reunion for the nursery school. She will be truly missed by all her present and former students and their parents. In addition to her teaching, she has played an integral role in the operation of the Marinwood Community Center for 22 years. In 1982 she was appointed to the Marinwood Pool Commission and continued to serve until the time of her death. She taught water safety and swim lessons at the pool for several years. For the last 15 years she has worked as the Office Assistant in the office at the Community Center. Her knowledge of the community and the services offered made her an invaluable resource -- much loved and admired by the people she worked with and those whom she helped. She was a fixture in her Marinwood neighborhood, waving at her friends as she ran, rode her bike or pushed her scooter. For several years she helped organize a successful block party on her street. She and her husband traveled extensively all over the world, were avid skiers and loved spending time at the family vacation home on Camano Island, Washington. She will be dearly missed by her husband Kenneth, her son Jeff Katz of San Diego, her daughter Carin Katz of Scotts Valley, her daughter Lisa Snyder of Sacramento, her sister Sandra Cohn of Oakland and her four grandchildren, Jeremy, Skyler, Kaylena and Spencer Katz of San Diego. A Memorial Service to honor and remember Irene will be held Sunday, April 28, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. at Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the "Irene Katz Memorial Fund", care of Oakview Nursery School, 70 Skyview Terrace, San Rafael, CA 94903, or in her name to the American Heart Association, or to your favorite charity. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440. 

Troy E. Lewis
Beloved father of Troy R. Lewis, Diane Menzie and Megan Lewis, beloved husband of Olive, passed away on April 18, 2002 at age 77. He was the beloved father-in-law of Wendy Lewis and George Menzie; grandfather of Cari, Ian, Bryan, Melissa and Scott; and great grandfather of Bailey. He served in the Navy during WW II, and after moved to San Francisco where he met his wife of 51 years. He worked for Pacific Bell for 36 years, was active in volunteerism, including serving on the San Rafael Parks and Rec. Commission (1965-70), where he was involved in planning neighborhood parks. He spent his retirement working on his computer, fly fishing, and hiking in Marin. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Heart Association. 

Eugene Orloff
Died peacefully at his home in San Rafael, on April 23, 2002. His family was with him during his last few weeks and he will be deeply missed by all of them. Eugene was born on September 21, 1915, in Harbin, China. As a youth he loved the water and worked on a river taxi on the Sungeri River near Harbin. He married his wife Helen of 65 years in 1937 and together they immigrated to San Francisco where they began an exciting life in their new country. Eugene worked as a painter on the Golden Gate Bridge and then in the Alameda Naval Shipyards during WWII. After the war, he established his Orloff Auto Body Shop in San Francisco, eventually moving his shop to 1970 McAllister in the city with a second shop at 38 Geary in San Rafael. Eugene spent his free time on reconstructing a Naval Air Sea Rescue boat which he christened "Orel". He and his family spent years vacationing on the Orel. Known by all as "DADA" and his wife as "MAMA BOO", he was Santa Claus to all of us. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Helen; his children Tatiana, Eugene and Michael; seven grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. Funeral Services are on Saturday, April 27th at 9:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 102 Ross Avenue, San Anselmo. A Vigil will be held on Friday, April 26, 2002, at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church at 6:30 p.m. Burial at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Jose Stuber Ortiz, February 11, 1975-April 19, 2002
Jose was the beloved husband of Giovanna, father of Stefano, son of Karen, and brother of Monte. Jose loved spending time with his family and was a devoted Jehovah's Witness. Jose was a SR. CAD Drafter at TWM Architects and will be deeply missed by all who loved him. The Memorial Services will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Saturday, April 27, 2002 at 3 P.M., 1137 5th St. Vallejo, CA. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to an educational fund for his son Stefano J. Ortiz at Redwood Credit Union, 209 Third Street, San Rafael, CA 94901. 

Bernard E. "Benny" Shepard
Passed away in Sonoma, California on April 23, 2002. Devoted husband of the late Vivian Shepard. Loving father of Bernard E. Shepard, Jr., and Dennis Shepard of Vallejo. Caring grandfather of James, Jason, David, Dennis and Sam Shepard. Great-grandfather of five. Beloved brother of Faye, Mildred, Leonard, the late Mary, and the late Merle. Mr. Shepard was 81 years of age. Friends and family are invited to attend a Funeral Service on Friday, April 26, 2002 at 2:00 PM at the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, California. A Visitation will be held the same day from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Interment will follow at Cypress Hill Memorial Park. 

Hedwig Linnea Young
After almost 102 incredible years, no one can dispute that Hedwig Linnea Young was an amazing woman. She lived in three centuries, learned to drive at age 66, became a mother for the first time at 41 (in 1941!), and was a self-made businesswoman and indomitable leader and role model for all her family. Grandma was one of a kind. She worked every day until she was 88 and drove until she was 95. She went to Europe at age 89 and then again at age 93 - and the grandkids still had trouble keeping up with her. Her determination and strong will were evident in all that she did. With an unmistakable sparkle in her crystal blue eyes, she never capitulated and never compromised. She loved her children, adoring husband, grandchildren, dogs, cats and the ranch. She loved being Swedish, driving a Volvo, eating Swedish pancakes, meatballs, and lingonberries; but most of all she loved entertaining. She had a captured audience of over 400 admirers at her 100th birthday party where she bellowed out Swedish and American songs to everyone's delight. Her great spirit, sense of independence, grasp of the hard work ethic, and love for life and family is the greatest legacy she could leave behind. Truly loved, appreciated, and dearly missed by all, she can never be replaced and certainly never forgotten. Linnea was born on a farm in Uddevalla, Sweden in 1900 -- the fourth of six children. She was educated as a weaving teacher, but decided that was not the life for her. So, in 1921 she immigrated to the United States in search of a new life and great adventures. She traveled first to her uncle's farm in Augusta, Montana, later moving to Seattle, Washington, and finally to San Francisco during the mid 1920's. It was during these early days in San Francisco that she met and fell in love with another Swede, Albert Young. Their courtship lasted several years and finalized in a very happy and prosperous marriage that produced three daughters, Anna, Jone and Cathrin. Although the new marriage and family altered Linnea's priorities, she still remained determined to build her very successful and lucrative bar business - Lena's Bar on the Embarcadero. Over time the fortunate couple were able to acquire numerous businesses and properties in Marin and San Francisco, including the Hilltop Café, Viking Bar, and a 50 acre ranch that later became the homestead for all the family. Throughout her life she was a shrewd business-woman who earned her own way and made her own life, never losing sight of her own roots or the hardships she had to endure to be a successful wife, mother and business-woman. Although Grandma's greatest claims to fame were "Best Dancer" at the Marathon and "Best potato Planter" in her voyage to Ellis Island, we all know her greatest achievements lie in the legacy of love, spirit and sense of adventure she bequeathed to those who touched her. Hedwig Linnea Young died on April 16, 2002 just shy four months of her 102 birthday. A private family memorial service was held on April 21, 2002. She is survived by three daughters Anna Young, Jone Bondoc (Rommel), Cathrin van den Toorn (Pieter) all of Novato - nine grandchildren: Britta Boys (Jonothan), Sig Brit Cox, Deann Da Silva (Marcio), Patience Patchet (Ted), Margaret Davis (Eric), Nick Bondoc, Annie van den Toorn, and PeeBee van den Toorn - and four great grandchildren: Christian Da Silva, Daniel Da Silva, Maddison Boys, and Gavin Patchet. We love you Grandma. Rest assured that we will continue to sing the "horse and the flea" and although your passing leaves a tremendous void in our lives, we go on with a lifetime of memories, learnings and a spirit that we attribute to you. Memorial contributions are preferred togo to: Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue Corte Madera, CA 94925; Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Avenue, San Rafael, CA; or NOVA Scholarship (make check to Novato Unified School District), Nova Independent Study, 1015 Seventh Street, Novato CA 94945. 

Philip N. Behrend
Age 55 of Mill Valley, passed away April 17, 2002 in Joshua Tree National Park. His wife and best friend, Ani Jackson and sister, Jeanne Behrend, survive him. Phil obtained his MD degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1972. From 1984-2002, he was working as an ER Physician at Kaiser Hospital in South San Francisco. Phil committed his life to service and was loved by his co-workers at the Kaiser Emergency Ward for his calming presence and gentle humor. A talented physician, his intuitive, thoughtful style and ability to make rapid accurate decisions gave comfort to his patients and made him an asset in the emergency ward. Phil discovered Buddhism in 1993 and his gentle kind nature flourished in the light of the Buddhist Teachings. A lover of the planet, he supported many environmental organizations, and trekked in the Himalayan Mountains through Nepal and Bhutan. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 27, 2002 at St. Hilary's Church, 761 Hilary Drive in Tiburon. Memorial gifts preferred to Greenpeace, P.O. Box 90136, Fredericksburg, VA 22404 or World Wildlife Fund, 1250 24th Street, NW, Washington DC 20037. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573 

Elaine A. Defatte
Surrounded by her loving children, passed away peacefully at her home on April 23, 2002. She worked at Albertson's and recently retired due to illness. Elaine was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin and was a California resident since 1977. Elaine is survived by her children Richard of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Denise Bailey of San Rafael, Tony of Ukiah, California and Debi Baker-Defatte of San Rafael. Also survived by a brother Bruce Smith of Racine and 14 grandchildren and many relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her son John, grandson Trevor, and parents Randy and Doris Smith. Services will be held at Contempo Marin Clubhouse on Friday, April 26th at 3:00 p.m. 

Waldo Giacomini
Passed away at home in Point Reyes Station at age 88, surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, April 23, 2002. Beloved husband of the late Louise Mazza Giacomini and the late Rita Cadden Valconesi Giacomini. Loving father of Robert Giacomini and his wife Dean, Richard Giacomini and his wife, Darlene, Jeannette Giacomini and David Giacomini. Stepfather of Peter Valconesi and his wife, Dana and the late Ray Valconesi Jr.. Adored grandfather of Karen (Brad) Howard, Diane (Sam) Hagen, Lynn (Teddy) Stray, Jill (Jeff) Basch, Lisa (Allan) Martinoni, Rick (Jennifer) Giacomini, Ron Giacomini, Katie Giacomini, Kristen Giacomini, Julie (Jim) Voss and Peter Valconesi Jr.. Great grandfather of Kevin and Andrew Howard, Eric, Melissa and Arika Martinoni, Avery and Miles Stray, Logan and Corinna Basch. Beloved brother of Fred Giacomini, Toby Giacomini, Esther Gambonini, Vivian Cetani, Ralph Giacomini and the late Joseph Giacomini. Son of the late Tobias and Celestina Giacomini. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was a native of Petaluma, California. A Point Reyes Station resident since 1938, Mr. Giacomini was a prominent dairyman in West Marin for 58 years. Friends are invited to attend the Vigil Service, Friday, April 26, 2002 at 8:00 PM at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 35 Liberty Street, Petaluma. Friends are also invited to attend the Funeral Mass, Saturday, April 27, 2002 at 11:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Olema, with Burial to follow at the Olema Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma. The family prefers Memorials be made to the West Marin Senior Services, P.O. Box 791, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, P.O. Box 70, Olema, CA 94950 or to your favorite charity. 

Amelia Giusti
Passed away in San Rafael on April 24, 2002 at age 91 years. Devoted and beloved mother of Diana Conn and adored mother-in-law of Gary Conn of San Rafael, sister of Assutina Casnova of Yountville and aunt of Frank Casnova of Napa. She was a native of Oakland, California. Mrs. Giusti was raised in Oakland and at the age of 12, she and her family moved back to Italy until she was 18 years of age. They then came to San Francisco where she met and married her husband Mario and lived in San Francisco with their daughter Diana until they moved to Marin County, living in Terra Linda in 1979. Her husband Mario passed away in March of 1990. She stayed in Terra Linda until about six years ago when she moved to Roses Residential Care Facility in Santa Venetia where she was very happy and received such wonderful care and love. For the past year she resided at Rafael Convalescent Hospital in San Rafael and received wonderful care. She was a kind, good, and devoted mother and mother-in-law who lived for her family to make life a better place Family and friends are invited to attend a Vigil Service Thursday (TONIGHT), April 25, 2002 at 7:00 PM at RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL, 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley and a Chapel Blessing Friday, April 26, 2002 at 11:00 AM at the Funeral Chapel. Friends may call for Visitation Thursday after 4:00 PM at the Chapel. Entombment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael. Memorial gifts preferred to your favorite charity. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Constantinos "Dino" George Petracopoulos
Passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2002 in San Rafael after a battle with Burkitt's Lymphoma at age 64 years. He had been a resident of Novato for the last 35 years. Dino was born November 15, 1938 in Kyparissia, Greece. A mechanical engineer, Dino had worked at Mare Island Naval Shipyard from 1979 - 2000. Dino was an alumnus of San Francisco State University and U.C. Berkeley and had served for two years in the Greek Army. Dino was very involved in the Novato Youth Soccer Association for 25 years and also very active in The Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church and The Macedonian Organization. Dino loved the restaurant industry, cooking, coaching and gardening. He is survived by his beloved Wife Thelma, Daughter Dina and Husband Pete Stathis, Son George and Wife Gina Petracopoulos and Daughter Jennie Petracopoulos. Three Grandchildren Dean, Sophia and Isabella. Brothers and Sisters in Greece and Daly City as well as many Nieces and Nephews. Friends and Family are invited to attend the Trision and Wake Thursday, April 25, 2002 at 7:30 p.m. at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato and the Funeral Service Friday, April 26 at 11:00 a.m. at The Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church, 1110 Dickson Drive, Ignacio. Interment at Valley Memorial Park following the Service. Donations may be made in his Memory to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1390 Market Street, #1200, San Francisco, CA 94102. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151. 

Eugene Orloff
Died peacefully at his home in San Rafael, on April 23, 2002. His family was with him during his last few weeks and he will be deeply missed by all of them. Eugene was born on September 21, 1915, in Harbin, China. As a youth he loved the water and worked on a river taxi on the Sungeri River near Harbin. He married his wife Helen of 65 years in 1937 and together they immigrated to San Francisco where they began an exciting life in their new country. Eugene worked as a painter on the Golden Gate Bridge and then in the Alameda Naval Shipyards during WWII. After the war, he established his Orloff Auto Body Shop in San Francisco, eventually moving his shop to 1970 McAllister in the city with a second shop at 38 Geary in San Rafael. Eugene spent his free time on reconstructing a Naval Air Sea Rescue boat which he christened "Orel". He and his family spent years vacationing on the Orel. Known by all as "DADA" and his wife as "MAMA BOO", he was Santa Claus to all of us. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Helen; his children Tatiana, Eugene and Michael; seven grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. Funeral Services are on Saturday, April 27th at 9:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 102 Ross Avenue, San Anselmo. A Vigil will be held on Friday, April 26, 2002, at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church at 6:30 p.m. Burial at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Dorothy Dolly Roche
Passed away peacefully on April 22, 2002. Dolly was born in Colorado on November 30, 1930 and raised in San Francisco. Dolly remained in the Bay Area, residing in Fairfax for the past 43 years. Surviving is her husband of 54 years, James Roche; two sons, Bill and John; daughter-in-law, Magali; granddaughter, Thalia, who is a sophmore in college; sister Betty Foster and brother Bill Scott; and many wonderful friends. She volunteered her creative talents and time for numerous charities and organizations. "She will be forever missed." At her request no formal funeral services will be held. If preferred donations in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 1400 No. Dutton Avenue, Suite #20, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. LAFFERTY & SMITH COLONIAL CHAPEL. 

Doris Lee (Campbell) Crocker
Doris Crocker died peacefully in her sleep on April 11, 2002 at the age of 96. She was born on October 12, 1905 in Royal Oak, Michigan, the fifth of six children. In 1927 she received her BA in teaching from Albion College in Michigan where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega. In 1929 she married Clinch Nathaniel Crocker, whom she had dated since their freshman year at Albion. She taught homemaking in middle school in Detroit until retiring to raise their two children. Clinch's work in the aviation industry took them to Tennessee, back to Michigan, and finally to the San Diego area in 1949. With the children grown, Doris resumed teaching homemaking until moving to Oakmont in Santa Rosa in 1971. In 1991 they moved to Novato. Throughout her life she was active in various groups in the Methodist Church, including being a member of the choir, Sunday School teacher, and president of the United Methodist Women. Doris' primary love was her family and friends. She and Clinch generously devoted much of their time to help those in need, from neighbors to Asian immigrants. Other interests included gardening, cooking, sewing, reading, and travelling. She and her husband enjoyed many trips to foreign countries, but the highlight was their seven-month driving trip throughout Europe in 1970, when they visited 30 countries including part of the former Soviet Union. The two had been married over 66 years when Clinch died in 1996. Doris is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dick and Jo Crocker of Novato, her daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and George Ziegler of Belmont, and her sister Grace Colwell of Dearborn Heights, Michigan. In addition, she had six grandchildren, Nancy Crocker, Jim Crocker, Steve Crocker, Ginny Victor, Cathy Burket, and Geordie Ziegler, and thirteen great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all her family and many friends. A Memorial Service to honor and remember Doris will be held on Sunday, May 5 at 2:00 PM at the Presbyterian Church of Novato at 710 Wilson Avenue. Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity. 

Bonnie Sinclair Gatlin
Passed away April 22, 2002 at her home in Novato at the age of 49. Born in Biloxi, MS, Bonnie has been a long time Marin County resident. She worked as the Senior Director of a major telecommunications company. She will be dearly missed by her husband Riley Gatlin, Novato; her son Todd Brennan, Novato; her sister Sandy Sinclair, Durham, NH; her brother-in-law Alan Wingate, Durham, NH; and her nephew Griffin Sinclair-Wingate, Durham, NH. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Thursday, April 25, 2002 at 1 PM at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato, CA. Memorial contributions are preferred to the American Cancer Society or Marin SPCA. Keaton's Redwood Chapel (415) 897-1151. 

Monica J. Hoopingarner
Age 86 of San Rafael passed away April 19, 2002. Loving mother of Margaret Hoopingarner of San Rafael. Monica was born in Nicaragua, educated in England, and was a resident of Marin County for the last 54 years. She worked as a Registrar for Irwin Memorial Blood Bank for 20 years. At her request, no services will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Diana C. Muirhead
Died peacefully on April 19, 2002, at age 44. Diagnosed with cancer two weeks before her death, and married just seven months earlier, Diana was surrounded by friends and family whom had come from around the United States and throughout California to be at her side in her final days. Diana was born in Montreal, Quebec and grew up in Greenbrae; graduated from UCSD in 1979 and then lived in London, working for BAFTA, before returning to the Bay Area and earning a M.F.A. (in cinematography) from S.F. State University in 1994. Though filmmaking and photography were her passion, Diana earned her living in the business world; she was an Assistant Vice President at Wexford Underwriting Managers in downtown San Francisco. Diana loved Hispanic cultural traditions, religious icons, the food and language, and was especially enamored with women's domestic altars. She was gentle in nature, sophisticated with the written and spoken word, and strong in her beliefs regarding social justice. Diana also dearly loved San Francisco; her close-knit family and wealth of friends; and above, all, her husband, Rick, stepdaughter Hana, and stepson Ido. Diana's mother, Beverly Millar Muirhead, preceded her in death. Diana is survived by her husband Rick Yoshimoto; her stepchildren; her father and stepmother, Fraser and Helen Muirhead of Tiburon; sisters Krista and Heather, and brother Robert; and both biological and honorary nieces and nephews. A celebration of Diana's life will be held on May 4 at the home she and Rick shared in San Rafael. Donations in her honor will contribute to Hana and Ido's education; checks made out to "College Bound Fund" may be sent to Muirhead Memorial, c/o Stone & Youngberg, Attn: Andrew Peterson, 50 California Street, #35 Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111. 

Priscilla Peterson ~ 1950-2002
Priscilla Peterson fell asleep in the Lord on April 18, 2002 after a long battle with bronchioloalveolar carcinoma (BAC). Her Funeral Rites were conducted at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church and she was Interred at Sebastopol Memorial Lawn Cemetery in a "green" plot. She is deeply missed by her family and friends. MEMORY ETERNAL! All contributions should be sent to the Priscilla Peterson Memorial Fund, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 102 Ross Avenue, San Anselmo, CA 94960. 

Luis Sosa
Age 48, of San Rafael, passed away April 16, 2002. He is survived by his wife Mirta, daughter Andrea and son Steven. Services will be held on Friday, April 26, 2002 at 2 PM at Mount Tamalpais Mortuary, 2500 Fifth Ave., San Rafael, 415-459-2500. Refreshments will be served at the Chapel immediately following the outdoor Services. 

Beulah White Gates
Age 84, of Novato, died peacefully in her sleep on April 13, 2002. Mrs. Gates was a long time resident of Marin at various times following the death of her first husband in 1969. Prior to that time she resided in Nevada for many years. She leaves a son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Janet White of Greenbrae, two grandchildren, Deborah White of Salt Lake City and Curtis White (Susanne) of Centennial, Colorado and three great grandchildren. Funeral Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation. 

Helen F. Hartzer (Maffei)
Passed away peacefully at home on April 15, 2002 at age 44 after a long bout fighting cancer. She is survived by her loving brother Anthony (A.J.) Hartzer, and a loving Aunt Helen. Cousins also survive her: Barbara, Linda, Patty and Mary Alice, many friends and other in-law family members. Helen was the Daughter of the late Joseph and Bette Hartzer. Sister to the late Robert and Richard A. Hartzer. Funeral arrangements are being handled through The Neptune Society. 

Aloysius John Koehler
Passed away April 20, 2002 in Novato at the age of 50. He was born in San Francisco and has been a long time Novato resident. He graduated from the Novato High School class of '69, then working as a construction superintendent, Carpenter's Local #217. He was a member of the Novato Chapter of Druids and the Native Sons Of California. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and golf. He was also a S.F. Giants fan (big time). He is survived by his daughter Victoria, his parents Betsy and Robert, his five brothers and two sisters. Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Thursday, April 25, 2002 at 11 A.M. at Our Lady of Loretto Church, 1806 Novato Blvd., Novato, CA. Memorial contributions are preferred to Novato Human Need Center and Hospice of Marin. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151. 

Ludo Thomas Robyns (Robijns)
Died at his home in Ross in his 86th year of cancer. He bore his final days bravely and in good spirits, so characteristic of his deep faith, stoical outlook and gentle nature. Tom took great pride in his Jesuit education and, from an early age, was active in St. Vincent de Paul Society work. He continued to support charitable causes throughout his life. He was born in Amsterdam on September 27, 1915. He attended St Ignatius College Preparatory School in Amsterdam. He studied engineering at the Delft University of Technology. During the Second World War, he served in the Dutch army and then participated in the Underground. In this capacity, he met his wife, Katharine, a Russian émigré, studying at the University of Vienna. In 1952, they sailed from The Netherlands to the United States and settled almost immediately in Ross, building the house on Berry Lane where they resided the rest of their lives. He joined the Pacific Gas and Electric Company as an engineer in the Emeryville research laboratories and was with that company in the head office in San Francisco for 28 years. He was involved in the creation of energy sources, from harnessing geysers to constructing turbines and dams, throughout Northern California. After retiring, he formed Robyns Associates, a technology exchange company, and traveled the world extensively with spells in Bangladesh, Pakistan and on Sakhalin Island, Russia. Tom helped to found the Netherlands-American University League in Berkeley in the 1970's and, during the 1960/70's, was active in Friends Outside, which supported the families of prisoners in San Quentin. He was a member of St. Anselm's Church, Ross and of Sirs Branch #47. He also loved to attend early morning mass at the Convent Chapel in Dominican University. His wife, Katharine, died in 1993. He is survived by a brother, John, in San Diego, and two daughters, Catherine and Ann, and four grandchildren (of San Francisco & Berkeley). A Memorial Service will be held in St. Anselm's Church, Ross at 12:00 PM on Saturday, April 27 followed by a reception at The Marin Art and Garden Center. 

Dr. Robert V. Welts
Died peacefully at his home in Belvedere, California on April 7, 2002. His amazingly kind, charming and endearing presence is and will be deeply missed by his family and friends everywhere. Dr. Welts (aka: The Young Dr. Welts and Dr. Bob), was born on November 23, 1920 in Mount Vernon, Washington. He graduated from High School in 1938, attended Skagit Valley Junior College and the University of Washington. After his graduation in 1942, he attended Northwestern Medical School, Chicago campus, where he was also in the Naval Reserves. He practiced Internal Medicine aboard ships, had a private practice in Palo Alto and eventually joined Kaiser Permanente. After his retirement, he volunteered his services for many years. Dr. Bob was a formidable opponent on the tennis courts of the Belvedere Tennis Club as well as at bridge tables the world around. He loved to travel and has left many wonderful journals of the visits and adventures he shared with his companions all over this globe. His "whirlwind" romance with Suzanne Austin began six years before their marriage in April of 1972. They were a deeply devoted and loving couple and could be seen walking their standard black poodle, Roger, along the streets of Belvedere and the Tiburon Green on many a day. Suzanne was his Precious and Bob was her Darling. He is survived by his brothers, Keith Welts of Seattle Washington and David Welts of Mount Vernon, Washington, his Step-son, Gregory Austin of Reno, Nevada, his Step-daughter, Susan Genevish of Tavernier, Florida as well as by many, many loving relatives and friends. A farewell gathering in memory of Dr. Bob will be held on April 27, 2002, 2:00 p.m. at 129 Golden Gate Avenue in Belvedere, California. 

Larissa Bobroff
A long time resident, passed away on April 14, 2002 in Napa. She was a loving and devoted mother to Nicholas R. Bobroff, loving daughter of Mila Bobroff of Sonoma and Alexander Bobroff of Stinson Beach. She is survived by her brother Andrew Bobroff, sister Alexander Matthews, brother in-law Thomas I. Matthews, nieces Tara, Julie and Alexis Matthews all of Novato, and many family members and close friends. She touched everyone with courage and her spirit as she saw life. The void left in our hearts will be filled with a lifetime of memories. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the celebration of Larissa's life (known to all as Laura) at Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery 2500 5th Ave. San Rafael, CA. On 4/21/2002 at 5:00 PM. Funeral Services will be held on 4/22/2002 at 11:00 AM at Mount Tamalpais & Cemetery. 

Millicent J. Denison
Passed away April 9, 2002, at Manor Care Nursing Facility in Walnut Creek, California. She was 81 years old. A 54-year resident of San Rafael, Millicent was born on October 8, 1920 Moline, Illinois. With her family, she moved to Ontario, California. Always an excellent student, she graduated from Chaffey High School, Chaffey Junior College and went on to attend the University of California at Berkeley. There she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Zoology. During World War II, Millie went to work as one of the first women chemists for California Research Corporation, an affiliate of Standard Oil Company. There she met and later married George H. Denison, a research chemist with California Research Corporation, who preceded her in death in 1993. Millie was very active in Marin County in many ways. She was a Blue Bird-Camp Fire Girls leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, PTA volunteer and Life Member, a long-time Guardian for Job's Daughters Bethel #48, and a member of Eastern Star. A volunteer for the American Cancer Society, she frequently drove cancer patients for their treatment, becoming a dear friend and source of support to many patients. She was a long-time and active member of The First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael. One of the first women Elders in the church, she was also the President of Presbyterian Women, a Sunday school teacher, and a member of pastor-seeking committees. Millie also worked at the Presbyterian Church thrift shop, Seek-and-Find, for many years. She is probably most well known and beloved for her work in the church kitchen, with her dear "crew of fellow cooks and bottle-washers." An excellent cook, with a cheerful sense of humor and great dedication, Millie and her friends prepared hundreds of meals, luncheons and buffets over the years. In addition to her volunteer work, Millie loved reading, sewing, traveling with her family, working crossword puzzles, gardening and cooking. Her family considers her the greatest cook, and family and friends gathered together frequently in the Denison kitchen as Millie prepared wonderful meals. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Betsy and Dave Lester of Lafayette, by her son and daughter-in-law, Art and Antoinette Denison of Livermore, and by her sons David Denison, of San Rafael, and George Denison II of Daly City; her sister, Norma Woltman, her niece Linda Burnham, her nephew and his wife Doug and Cathy Woltman and her uncle, George Somes, all of San Diego. Millie has five grandchildren, Andrew Denison, Jessica Zerga, Diana Denison, Jean Kirshner and Natalie Lester. She also has eight great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all her family. A Memorial Service to honor Millie Denison will be held Thursday, April 25, 2002, at 1:30 PM, at The First Presbyterian Church, 5th and E Streets, in San Rafael. The family requests that donations be sent to: American Cancer Society; 25 Bellam Blvd. Suite 150; San Rafael, CA 94901. 

Marjorie L. Pirie
Nurse, nurse educator, and artist, died at her home in Greenbrae, California on April 6, 2002. Marjorie was born May 19, 1920. She graduated from Plover Consolidated High School, Plover, Iowa in 1936. She attended Morningside College and received a Diploma in Nursing from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Sioux City, Iowa. She earned her bachelors and masters degrees in Nursing Education at the University of Minnesota, and later attended the School of Education, Graduate Division, at the University of California, Berkeley. Marjorie had a long and illustrious career as a nurse, nurse administrator, and nurse educator. She practiced nursing at various periods in her life (1941-1973), including serving in the Army Nurse Corps in England and France during World War II from 1942-1946 and practicing as a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, CA (1969-1973). Marjorie held teaching positions at the College of Nursing, State University of Iowa (1949-1952), at Charles T. Miller Hospital, St. Paul, Minnesota (1953-1958), the School of Nursing, at the University of California in San Francisco (1959-1969), and in the Nursing Department at the College of Marin, Kentfield (1973 to her retirement in 1985). As a Professor of Nursing, she enlightened students with her vast knowledge of medical-surgical nursing and in her specialty of neurological nursing. She was an inspiring and creative teacher, much admired by both students and colleagues for her eloquence and keen sense of humor. After retirement, Marjorie was active in both the Water Color Society and the Marin Society of Artists, serving as treasurer of the Water Color Society and receiving and hanging art for shows. She had a talent for being able to draw what she saw in nature; most notable was her ability to see things in nature and represent them in her art. Her talents were multifaceted. Artistically, she worked in the media of oil, acrylic, watercolor, lithography, and monotype, and was known for her black and white drawings. Additionally, she was accomplished in sewing and needlepoint. She is survived by a sister, Grace Erickson of Navada, Iowa, a brother Byron and wife, Marian Pirie of Rolfe, Iowa, and a sister, Marian and husband, Duane Samuels of Hayward, CA. Preceded in death by her Mother and Father, sister Eleanor and a sister Lola Buescher. Dearly loved by all her nieces and nephews. Her interment will be at Clinton-Garfield Cemetery, Rolfe, Iowa. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial on May 11, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. at the home of Irwin and Eva Diamond in Sleepy Hollow, San Anselmo, CA. 

Ludo Thomas Robyns (Robijns)
Died at his home in Ross in his 86th year of cancer. He bore his final days bravely and in good spirits, so characteristic of his deep faith, stoical outlook and gentle nature. Tom took great pride in his Jesuit education and, from an early age, was active in St. Vincent de Paul Society work. He continued to support charitable causes throughout his life. He was born in Amsterdam on September 27, 1915. He attended St Ignatius College Preparatory School in Amsterdam. He studied engineering at the Delft University of Technology. During the Second World War, he served in the Dutch army and then participated in the Underground. In this capacity, he met his wife, Katharine, a Russian émigré, studying at the University of Vienna. In 1952, they sailed from The Netherlands to the United States and settled almost immediately in Ross, building the house on Berry Lane where they resided the rest of their lives. He joined the Pacific Gas and Electric Company as an engineer in the Emeryville research laboratories and was with that company in the head office in San Francisco for 28 years. He was involved in the creation of energy sources, from harnessing geysers to constructing turbines and dams, throughout Northern California. After retiring, he formed Robyns Associates, a technology exchange company, and traveled the world extensively with spells in Bangladesh, Pakistan and on Sakhalin Island, Russia. Tom helped to found the Netherlands-American University League in Berkeley in the 1970's and, during the 1960/70's, was active in Friends Outside, which supported the families of prisoners in San Quentin. He was a member of St. Anselm's Church, Ross and of Sirs Branch #47. He also loved to attend early morning mass at the Convent Chapel in Dominican University. His wife, Katharine, died in 1993. He is survived by a brother, John, in San Diego, and two daughters, Catherine and Ann, and four grandchildren (of San Francisco & Berkeley). A Memorial Service will be held in St. Anselm's Church, Ross at 12:00 PM on Saturday, April 27 followed by a reception at The Marin Art and Garden Center. 

Dr. Robert V. Welts
Died peacefully at his home in Belvedere, California on April 7, 2002. His amazingly kind, charming and endearing presence is and will be deeply missed by his family and friends everywhere. Dr. Welts (aka: The Young Dr. Welts and Dr. Bob), was born on November 23, 1920 in Mount Vernon, Washington. He graduated from High School in 1938, attended Skagit Valley Junior College and the University of Washington. After his graduation in 1942, he attended Northwestern Medical School, Chicago campus, where he was also in the Naval Reserves. He practiced Internal Medicine aboard ships, had a private practice in Palo Alto and eventually joined Kaiser Permanente. After his retirement, he volunteered his services for many years. Dr. Bob was a formidable opponent on the tennis courts of the Belvedere Tennis Club as well as at bridge tables the world around. He loved to travel and has left many wonderful journals of the visits and adventures he shared with his companions all over this globe. His "whirlwind" romance with Suzanne Austin began six years before their marriage in April of 1972. They were a deeply devoted and loving couple and could be seen walking their standard black poodle, Roger, along the streets of Belvedere and the Tiburon Green on many a day. Suzanne was his Precious and Bob was her Darling. He is survived by his brothers, Keith Welts of Seattle Washington and David Welts of Mount Vernon, Washington, his Step-son, Gregory Austin of Reno, Nevada, his Step-daughter, Susan Genevish of Tavernier, Florida as well as by many, many loving relatives and friends. A farewell gathering in memory of Dr. Bob will be held on April 27, 2002, 2:00 p.m. at 129 Golden Gate Avenue in Belvedere, California. 

Niki (Osa Hall) Simons
A few months shy of her 90th, Niki passed away March 21, 2002 surrounded by her family at home. Born to American parents in Outlook, Sask., Canada the family moved to St. Paul, MN in 1918. She married a native Californian and came west in 1937 and to San Rafael in 1960. A 1977 retiree from San Rafael City Library, Niki began commuting by ferry to work in SF. In 1989 she began her volunteer career serving as president of Marin Heritage and the San Rafael Improvement Club and, as a member of the Cultural Affairs Service League, she received the Volunteer of the Year award in 1993. She is survived by sister: Avis Blanchette of Point Richmond, CA; brother: Gordon Hall of Montpelier, VT; son: Stefan and Mary Simons, grandchildren Cy and Leo of Bullhead City, AZ; and daughter: Leslie Simons of San Rafael, CA. A Celebration will be held on July 21, 2002, if you are interested in attending contact the funeral chapel. Donations may be given in her name to Hospice of Marin or to Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901. Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941 415 388 1573 

Ruth Musgrave Harper
Passed away peacefully at her home in San Francisco on April 14, 2002. Born December 16, 1902 in the Bank of England, she lived in the San Francisco area for 26 years. A hostess to Rhodes Scholars, and one of Australia's first women radio announcers, she traveled widely throughout her life. She spent many years as a docent at Grace Cathedral, and led several tours to the cathedrals of England. Predeceased by her son Nicholas Harper, her son-in-law LTC Justus Michael Molitor Lenschau, and her great granddaughter Isabella Valladares, she is survived by her sister Eleanor Karslake, of Devon England, her daughter Jane Lenschau, grandson James Lenschau, granddaughter Kate Valladares, great granddaughter-in-law Angie Lenschau, great granddaughter Alexandra Lenschau, and many nieces and nephews. Memorial Service on Friday, May 3rd is at 10 a.m. at Grace Cathedral. In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations in her name to Grace Cathedral. 

Helen Francis Maffei
At rest in Novato on April 15, 2002 at age 44. She was a loving and caring wife to David and a loving and devoted mother to Peter and Tony. She was the daughter of the late Bette and Joseph Hartzer, of San Francisco. She is survived by her loving in-laws Rosemary and Frank Maffei, many family members and close friends in Novato, Dunsmuir, San Francisco and elsewhere. She touched everyone with her courage, determination, zest for life and tell it like it is attitude. She always gave of herself in whatever way she could. She was an accomplished quilter, crafter, and homemaker, but her life was her family and friends. She will be remembered and missed by all who knew her. Friends are invited to attend the Memorial Mass at St. Anthony's Padua, 1000 Cambridge in Novato on May 17, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. Donations may be made to the cancer charity of your choice.


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