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Wilson (Buck) Leon Bailey
Entered into rest April 8, 2002 in Novato, California at age 82 years. He was born March 28, 1920 in Vernon, Indiana and was a 42 year resident of Novato. Wilson entered the Army as an enlisted Corporal in 1940 and completed an Officer Candidate course in Infantry School in 1942 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. He was promoted on a regular basis and received the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Commendation Medal with the First Oak Leaf Cluster and was part of the Joint United States Military Advisory Group to Thailand from 1958-1960 and retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1964 after being stationed in Nebraska, Colorado, Michigan and Thailand. After his military career ended he bought and built up Buck's Saw Service in Novato until he retired in 1998. Wilson was very involved in the Novato community as a Founding member of the Novato Elks Lodge #2655 and had been a member of the New Castle, Indiana Elks Lodge since 1946. In the Novato Little League he held many positions including the Player Agent in 1967 and 1968 and Buck's Saw Service has been a team sponsor from 1971 to the present. Wilson loved to fish in San Pablo Bay and the ocean for salmon. He is survived by his wife Alvena L. Bailey; daughter Carol Bailey Mazur, her husband Edward, their children Katherine, David and Jonathan; son Mark Thomas Bailey, his wife Lori and their children Allison and Sarah. Services were held at Novato United Methodist Church and the Family requests that contributions be made in his memory to the Novato Elks Lodge #2655, P.O. Box #150789, San Rafael, CA 94915 or to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151. 

Harvey L. Emge
Friends are invited to meet Harvey's family on Saturday, April 20, 2002 between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. at Keaton Mortuary, San Rafael to celebrate his life. Keaton Mortuary 1022 E Street San Rafael, CA 94901 415-453-0571. 

Robert Gordon Paul
Born November 13, 1940 and entered into rest April 10th, 2002 at his San Rafael home. Bob is survived by his beloved wife Carolyn Paul and his mother Alvina (Allie) Giles, two brothers, two sisters, two sons, a daughter and six grandchildren. Friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service on April 21, 2002 at Redwoods Presbyterian Church, 110 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, California. A Celebration of his life will be held following the Service at the Marin Lagoon Clubhouse, 2 Bridgewater Drive, San Rafael, CA. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contribution in his name be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

Eleanor F. Campbell Passed away in Novato on April 14, 2002. A native of Kansas City, MO., Eleanor was a resident of Novato for 22 years. She was a member of the U.S. Air Force Wife's Association. She is survived by her sons: Duane (Phyllis) Campbell of Cloverdale,CA. and Douglas (Dana) Campbell of Chico, CA.; her grandchildren: Duane M. (Ilene) Campbell, Jr. of San Diego, CA., William S. and JoAnne Campbell of Cloverdale,CA., Tara L. Campbell of San Rafael, CA.; Ian, Heather and Colin Campbell of Chico, CA.; and her great-grandchilren: Ben Campbell of Cloverdale, CA., Lindsey and Chelsea Campbell of San Diego, CA. A Funeral Service was held Wednesday, April 17, 2002 at 1:30 PM at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, Novato, CA., followed by Burial at Valley Memorial Park, Novato, CA. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151 

Marian DeSilva Passed away April 16, 2002 in Santa Rosa. Beloved mother of Joel R. DeSilva of Santa Rosa and Ron DeSilva of Willits. Loving grandmother of four grandchildren. Friends are invited to attend Graveside Services on Friday, April 19th, 2002 at 11:30 AM at the Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, California. The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Marian's memory to your favorite charity. Funeral assistance provided by Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, California, 415-459-2500. 

Marion Pearl Nestler A long time survivor of breast cancer, passed away in peace on April 13th, 2002 of complications from lymphoma at age 74. Born in 1927 on her father's cattle ranch in Colbran, Colorado, Marion's family relocated to California in 1945, where she attended Long Beach City College and UC Santa Barbara. A dental assistant in San Francisco, she met her husband, Fred H. Nestler, DDS in 1954 while on a job interview. Smitten with Marion's lovely personality, Fred offered her a date, and later his hand instead of a job. A 35 year resident of Mill Valley, Marion devoted most of her career to raising her four boys. Active in the Mill Valley Community Church, she sang in the choir and volunteered for 15 years at The Redwoods Retirement Center. She retired to Sonoma in 1989 where she remained involved with the church choir. She loved to garden, travel, ski and spend time with her family. Known as "Oma" to her grandchildren, Marion is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Fred; sons Doug, David, Brad and Peter; four daughters-in-law; nine grandchildren; and her sister, Virginia Kerr of Sun City Center, Florida. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at the First Congregational Church of Sonoma on Thursday April 18th at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Jerry Charles Recor Captain, Sausalito Fire Department Age 53, died on Sunday, April 14, 2002, at his home in Sutter Creek. Captain Recor was born on November 3, 1948, at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Oakland. He was raised in Amador County and graduated from Amador High School in 1966. He served for more than 33 years in the Sausalito Fire Department and attained the rank of Captain. He is survived by his son, Jerry Vearen Recor of Point Reyes; daughters, Alexandra Elizabeth Recor and Victoria Christine Recor, both of Alameda; mother, Lucile Recor of Sutter Creek and fiancée, Peggy Randall of Berkeley. He was a farm boy at heart, loved hunting, fishing, pickling peppers and saving lives. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, April 18, at noon, at Daneri Mortuary in Jackson. Interment will be at the Sutter Creek City Cemetery in Sutter Creek. Arrangements are being handled by Daneri Mortuary in Jackson, California. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sausalito Fire Fighters Association, 333 Johnson Street, Sausalito, CA 94965. DANERI MORTUARY 209-223-0793 

James G. Cruickshank
Age 84 passed away April 15, 2002 in San Rafael. Husband of Betty Hickman Cruickshank; father of Janet, Hugh and Robert Cruickshank; grandfather of Sierra and Justin Rambow, Kendra, Jaime, Beth and Joshua Cruickshank; and uncle of Cheryl Hilleman, Fleur Graham, Jane Koning and Ken Hickman. During WWII, he served with the 2/1 Australian Infantry Battalion. He also spent four years as a German P.O.W. Jim retired from the San Francisco Newspaper Agency. He was a member of the Mill Valley Community Church and a long time volunteer at The Redwoods Retirement Center. At the request of Mr. Cruickshank, no services will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to The Redwoods Retirement Center Endowment Fund, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, CA 94941 or The Mill Valley Community Church, 8 Olive Street, Mill Valley, CA 94941. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Don R. Millar
Passed away peacefully on April 12, 2002 in his Fairfax home surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife Millie; son Gary Millar, daughter-in-law Julie Steier, granddaughter Sarah Jo; daughter Linda Millar, grandchildren Billy, Niki and Dylan; daughter Donna Thomas, son-in-law Peter, granddaughters Tanya and Suzanne; daughter Sandra Howard, son-in-law Dan, and granddaughters Alicia, Molly and Cassandra; son John Millar, daughter-in-law Cindy Wasserman, and grandson Taylor; and son Tom Millar, daughter-in-law Liz, granddaughters Caitlin and Alissa. He is also survived by brothers Ken, and Allan, sister Lois Carr and their families. Don was born October 12, 1928, in Oakland, California. He was a graduate of University of California at Berkeley, and was a practicing architect for 45 years. With his love of life and the outdoors he measured the seasons with Millie in his home of 47 years and on frequent visits to the Sierra and seashore. His sense of community touched the lives of many friends and a large extended family. There will be a celebration of his life Sunday, April 21, at 1:00 p.m. at Deer Park Villa, Fairfax. Donations in his name may be made to the Drake High School Scholarship Foundation, 1327 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo, CA 94960. 

Marie Agnes Moulthrop
Born June 6, 1919, entered into rest April 13, 2002 at the age of 82, at home with a friend by her side. A native of San Francisco, she lived her life there and in Marin County. Beloved mother of Jack Martin, Richard Moulthrop and Janet Wilks. Loving mother-in-law of Dorothy Moulthrop, Karl Wilks, Maria Damecena Martin, Joan Moulthrop and Rebecca Moulthrop. Beloved grandmother of Paul Moulthrop, Carey Martin, Devin Martin, Kelsea Wilks, Theresa Wilks, John Bettencourt, Alice Bettencourt and Fred Bettencourt. Dear sister of Steven Edmonds and aunt of Thomas and Janet Edmonds. Preceded in death by her parents Steven Edmonds and Agnes Edmonds, her son William Martin, and her niece Cynthia Lemont. She was a long time employee of California State Automobile Association and a long time volunteer at Nazareth House in San Rafael. Friends and family will gather between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 18th at Marie's home. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, April 19th at 1 p.m. in the Mission at St. Raphael's Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma. Contributions to Nazareth House in San Rafael. 

Marion Pearl Nestler
A long time survivor of breast cancer, passed away in peace on April 13th, 2002 of complications from lymphoma at age 74. Born in 1927 on her father's cattle ranch in Colbran, Colorado, Marion's family relocated to California in 1945, where she attended Long Beach City College and UC Santa Barbara. A dental assistant in San Francisco, she met her husband, Fred H. Nestler, DDS in 1954 while on a job interview. Smitten with Marion's lovely personality, Fred offered her a date, and later his hand instead of a job. A 35 year resident of Mill Valley, Marion devoted most of her career to raising her four boys. Active in the Mill Valley Community Church, she sang in the choir and volunteered for 15 years at The Redwoods Retirement Center. She retired to Sonoma in 1989 where she remained involved with the church choir. She loved to garden, travel, ski and spend time with her family. Known as "Oma" to her grandchildren, Marion is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Fred; sons Doug, David, Brad and Peter; four daughters-in-law; nine grandchildren; and her sister, Virginia Kerr of Sun City Center, Florida. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at the First Congregational Church of Sonoma on Thursday April 18th at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Dolores J. Nilsen
Of San Anselmo passed away on April 14, 2002. She is survived by her husband George Nilsen; devoted mother of Joan Nilsen, Jan Nilsen and Elizabeth Nilsen all of San Rafael, Daniel Nilsen (Lydia) of S. Lake Tahoe, CA, Laura Garcia (Greg) of Fairfax, CA, Mitch Nilsen (Terry) of Novato, and Robert Nilsen (Julie) of Louisville, Colorado. Also survived by six grandchildren. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass on Thursday, April 18, 2002 at Saint Anselm's Catholic Church, Ross, CA at 10:00 a.m. Friends may call for Visitation at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, 330 Red Hill Ave., San Anselmo on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Interment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Memorial gifts to St. Vincent De Paul Kitchen, San Rafael, CA preferred. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 453-8440. 

Ruth T. Riordan, Longtime Resident of Corte Madera
Passed away April 11, 2002 in Santa Rosa. Survived by her husband James E. Riordan, children Linda Payer, Patrick Riordan, Sally Riordan, Colleen Riordan and the late James E. Riordan, Jr., four grandchildren, two sons-in-law and a niece. Mrs. Riordan was an ardent supporter of the St. Vincent De Paul Society. A Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday, April 17th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 4595 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, California. Remembrances preferred to the American Lung Association. 

Nadine Sims
Age 84, at rest April 10, 2002 surrounded by loved ones who wished her peace. The loving wife of the late Jack Sims, and loving mother of Paula Collins, Cissie Sims, Molly Sims, John Sims and the late Daniel Sims. She was sister to Eugenia Dunne and Mary Katherine McKenna. She is survived by her devoted sister Pauline Teller of Larkspur and by seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. Nadine grew up in Ross, attended Dominican School and raised her family in San Rafael. She volunteered to serve in the Red Cross during WWII. She was active in her Parish of St. Raphael's and volunteered at the Marin Blood Bank. You could always find Nadine busy working in her garden where every visitor walked away with an armful of beautiful flowers, especially her prize roses. She was a member of the Marin Orchid Society and Marin Rose Society. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Anselm's Catholic Church in Ross at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2002. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Donna Fontes
Passed away peacefully in her San Rafael home on March 28, 2002. She is survived by her daughter Reneé, her lifelong companion Joe Strakowski, her brother and sister-in-law, Al and Vivian Fontes, as well as nieces and nephews, Sonny, Roxanne, Joe and Dianne. We will miss her and her sense of fun. There will be a private Family Memorial Service. Donna requested any Memorial Contributions be directed to Marin Ventures, 350 Merrydale Road, San Rafael, CA 94903. 

Myrle S. Monson
Died peacefully at his home in Fairfax on Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at the age of 86, surrounded by loving family and friends. Devoted and loving husband, father and friend, he is predeceased by his wife Eileen June Monson; and is survived by his daughter Sandra Jane Wikle and son-in-law Joseph Oren Wikle of Helena, Montana; his son-in-law Craig Anderson of San Rafael; his daughter Judith Eileen Anderson and son-in-law Marc Bruvry. He was the beloved grandfather of C. Scot Anderson and Eric Alan Wikle and cherished their presence in his life. Born in Bancroft, Idaho of parents Christian Alfred Monson and Jane Swainston Monson, he is survived by his sister Evelyn Craven of Pocatello, Idaho. A proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Myrle made Fairfax, California his home after serving in the Aleutian Islands, and completing his service at Hamilton Air Force Base. He was a skilled craftsman and journeyman tile setter for 30 years. A man of honor, integrity, commitment and humor, he leaves a legacy of love to all who knew him. Bring your memories and join family and friends in celebration of the life of Myrle S. Monson at Chapel of the Hills, 330 Redhill Avenue, San Anselmo. Visitation at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2002. There will be a private Interment Service on Monday. If you wish to make a donation in his name, the family suggests Hospice of Marin or the Arthritis Foundation, Northern California Chapter. 

Pauline A. Ratto, Marin County Educator
At age 93, Pauline Antoinette Ratto, a lifetime resident of Marin County, died peacefully after a short illness on April 10, 2002. She was the daughter of the late Scipio and Angelina Ratto and the only sister of the late Vivian L. Ratto. Born and raised in Sausalito, she attended Sausalito Grammar School, Tamalpais High School, and graduated from San Francisco State College. Her first teaching assignment was in the town of Tomales, and she spent most of her 37 teaching years in the San Anselmo School District. Pauline enjoyed traveling, gardening, music, and especially being with children. She was an accomplished seamstress, designing and making her own clothes. She had a keen interest in learning about and discussing current events, especially those concerning her beloved Sausalito. She spent her last three years as a resident of Nazareth House in San Rafael and spread much joy through her concern for and interest in everyone around her. She was a member of the Marin County Retired Teachers Association, a founding member of the Nazareth House Auxiliary, Star of the Sea Women's Guild in Sausalito, and the Sausalito Historical Society. She will be missed by her cousin Alice Casassa, her dearest friends David L. and Bernice Raffo, her loving Godson David A. Raffo, Paula Raffo deBlaauw, and their families. A Rosary Vigil Service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2002 at the Nazareth House Chapel, 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, 94903. Mass of the Resurrection will be said at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, April 15, 2002 at Nazareth House Chapel. Private Burial will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma. Donations in Pauline's memory, made to Nazareth House, are preferred. KEATON'S SAN RAFAEL MORTUARY. 

Donna Fontes
Passed away peacefully in her San Rafael home on March 28, 2002. She is survived by her daughter Reneé, her lifelong companion Joe Strakowski, her brother and sister-in-law, Al and Vivian Fontes, as well as nieces and nephews, Sonny, Roxanne, Joe and Dianne. We will miss her and her sense of fun. There will be a private Family Memorial Service. Donna requested any Memorial Contributions be directed to Marin Ventures, 350 Merrydale Road, San Rafael, CA 94903. 

Matilda Franz, A Resident of San Rafael
Known to most as Terry, Matilda Franz passed away peacefully on the morning of April 10, 2002 at the age of 73. Born May 24, 1928 in New York to Anna and John Hoffman, she was the widow of Harry Franz senior and the sister to Julia and John. She is survived by five children (Harry, Julianne, Bob, John and Mike) and nine grandchildren (Jennifer, Shaun, Lindsey, Rachel, Mary, Megan, Bobby, Kelly and Garrett). After marrying in 1948 in New York, Terry and Harry lived in Queens until 1962 when Harry was transferred to San Francisco. They moved to Marinwood with their children and have resided there ever since. After the passing of her husband in 1993, she took great pride and pleasure attending to her children, grandchildren and favored charities. An active member of St. Isabella's since 1962, she is also one of the original volunteers of St. Vincent's Depot, Vinnie's Closet and the St. Vincent's Women's Auxiliary helping to provide needed funds for the children of St. Vincent's School for Boys. Terry's life was her family, friends, and her charities, and she will be missed by all who knew her. Family and friends are invited to attend Rosary and Funeral Mass at St. Isabella's Church on Saturday, April 13, 2002 starting at 1PM. Donations may be made to St. Vincent's School for Boys. 

Clifford Warren Hunter Jr.
Age 60, died on April 10, 2002. He was born and raised in Marin County, a member of Masonic Lodge #191 F&AM and the ILWU Local 75. Visitation is on Friday, April 12, 2002 from 2-8 PM. Funeral Services and Interment will be on Saturday the 13th at 1:00 PM. All Services will be at Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery. Funeral assistance provided by Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA, 415-459-2500. 

Emil "Bud" Papina
Passed away at home in Petaluma, April 10, 2002 at age 86 years. Devoted husband of Augie Papina of Petaluma. Beloved father of Mary Ann Cheda and Janet Cella both of Petaluma. Loving father-in-law of Vern Cheda and the late Harold Cella. Cherished grandfather of Kirk, Michelle, LuAnn, Lisa, and the late Kevin Cheda. Great-grandfather of Ian Yrisarri, Emily, Carole Lynn, Riley, and the late Cody Cheda. He was a native of San Francisco. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Liturgy, Saturday, April 13, 2002 at 10:00 AM at ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville Street, Petaluma. Friends may call for Visitation at the Mortuary on Friday (today) from 12 Noon to 6:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carousel Fund, 17 Buckeye Ct., Petaluma, CA 94952 or Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran Street, Petaluma, CA 94952. Interment, Cypress Hill Memorial Park, Petaluma, CA. CHEDA & LYONS 707-789-9000. 

Pauline A. Ratto, Marin County Educator
At age 93, Pauline Antoinette Ratto, a lifetime resident of Marin County, died peacefully after a short illness on April 10, 2002. She was the daughter of the late Scipio and Angelina Ratto and the only sister of the late Vivian L. Ratto. Born and raised in Sausalito, she attended Sausalito Grammar School, Tamalpais High School, and graduated from San Francisco State College. Her first teaching assignment was in the town of Tomales, and she spent most of her 37 teaching years in the San Anselmo School District. Pauline enjoyed traveling, gardening, music, and especially being with children. She was an accomplished seamstress, designing and making her own clothes. She had a keen interest in learning about and discussing current events, especially those concerning her beloved Sausalito. She spent her last three years as a resident of Nazareth House in San Rafael and spread much joy through her concern for and interest in everyone around her. She was a member of the Marin County Retired Teachers Association, a founding member of the Nazareth House Auxiliary, Star of the Sea Women's Guild in Sausalito, and the Sausalito Historical Society. She will be missed by her cousin Alice Casassa, her dearest friends David L. and Bernice Raffo, her loving Godson David A. Raffo, Paula Raffo deBlaauw, and their families. A Rosary Vigil Service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2002 at the Nazareth House Chapel, 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, 94903. Mass of the Resurrection will be said at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, April 15, 2002 at Nazareth House Chapel. Private Burial will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma. Donations in Pauline's memory, made to Nazareth House, are preferred. KEATON'S SAN RAFAEL MORTUARY. 

Ray Schramm
Died peacefully in his Novato home of cancer on April 8, 2002. Ray was born May 14, 1924 in Beach, North Dakota and raised in Moorhead, Minnesota. It was in his childhood that Ray and his twin brother Roy learned to ice skate on a pond in their backyard. At 18 Ray and Roy joined the Ice Follies. They were known as the shackled Schramms, skating together with their wrists and ankles handcuffed to each other. Attempts have been made by other skaters to perform this act but none have been successful. He served in the Air Force and the Army as an aerial gunner, engine mechanic, and gunnery instructor from 1943 to 1946; he attained the rank of Sergeant. After finishing his tour of duty, he returned to Ice Follies. In 1948 he met a young lady named Nadine Thompson. Two weeks later they were married while on tour. Ray and his wife continued skating in Hotel shows and on television specials until 1953. Ray recalled those days as "a super world if you are young and not family oriented. You love the audience and the applause." In 1954 Ray and Nadine settled down in Marin to raise a family where they built their first ice rink in Mill Valley. A year later they moved to a larger facility in San Anselmo, Raydines' Ice Skating on the Miracle Mile. 11 years later they moved their business once again to an even larger facility in Corte Madera. Ray was the owner/operator of Raydine Ice Skating in Marin from 1954 until his retirement in 1986. During that time Ray and his wife touched the lives of many families in Marin County. During his retirement Ray enjoyed snow skiing, golfing, photography, traveling and visiting with his friends and family. He was a member of Sons in Retirement, Marin Country Club, Tam Creek Golf Association, and President of the Oak Creek Home Owners Associations. Ray is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Angela Schramm of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; his daughter and son-in-law, Hetti and John Franczak of Novato; and his four grandchildren, Siobhan and Imogen Schramm and Alexis and Zachary Franczak; his twin brother, Roy Schramm of Shadow Hills and five nephews; and sister Enola Staneart. The family has asked that any memorial gifts be sent to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA. 94925. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151. 

David Summer
Passed away April 10, 2002 in San Rafael. Dearly beloved husband of the late Claire Summer. Loving father of Carol Summer Chaney and father-in-law of Philip Chaney. Uncle of Joel and Jack Summer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on May 8th, 1914, he graduated from Boston University Business School and was a Major in the United States Army. He was a member of Temple Beth El in San Mateo, CA. Services will be held on Friday (TODAY) at 11:00 AM in the Chapel at Skylawn Memorial Park Cemetery on Highway 92 at Skyline Blvd., San Mateo. Interment will follow. 

Wilson Leon Bailey 
Passed away April 8, 2002. Friends are invited to visit with the Bailey Family on Wednesday, April 10, 2002 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 11 a.m. at Novato United Methodist Church, 1473 So. Novato Blvd., Novato, followed by inurnment at Valley Memorial Park at 2:30 p.m. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151 

Clifton Eugene Davenport, Jr. 
April 13, 1916 - March 15, 2002 Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Cliff's early school years and college years were marked by leadership roles and high academic achievements. He received congressional appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, but due to less than 20/20 vision he was rejected. His family lived on welfare after the stock market crash of 1929, and against all odds he was able to attend college by winning an academic scholarship to Wesleyan University. He worked to support himself and participated in many extracurricular activities, including election to the presidency of the student body. In 1939 he began his 40 years of service with the Social Security Administration. This was interrupted only by his naval appointment during WWII. Mr. Davenport has been a resident of Mill Valley since 1966. And is known for his generosity of spirit, kind heartedness, and willingness to be of service to many charitable and community oriented organizations including the Friends of the Mill Valley Public Library, Muir Woods Park Improvement Association, and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin. He is predeceased by his first wife, Betty Jean Davenport and second wife, Rosemary Hayes Davenport and daughter Dorothy Davenport. He leaves a son, Robert Eugene Davenport of Norfolk, Virginia and daughter Christine Davenport of Mill Valley and many loving grandchildren and friends. We will miss seeing him ride up Panoramic Highway every morning! A Memorial Service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin at 6 PM on 13 April 2002. Memorial donations may be made to the Mill Valley Public Library or Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin Social Concerns Committee in lieu of flowers. 

Mary Alice Deffebach 
Age 79, of Mill Valley passed away April 7, 2002. Mary Alice Deffebach beloved mother, grandmother, wife, sister and friend passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with lung cancer surrounded by her family at her home in Tiburon. Mary Alice, a native of Marin County, was born in San Anselmo on August 26, 1922 to Luigi and Dora Crottogini. She married Richard Todt and had two children, Marleen Ravizza and Richard Todt Jr. In 1947, she married Thomas Deffebach, Jr., heir to the Reed Ranch. Mary Alice was a remarkable woman who led a remarkable life. She often said, the best years of her life were spent working hand in hand with Tom on the Big Reed Cattle Ranch. Her favorite times were racing with Tom on horseback from the barn to Ring Mountain Ridge. They had a wonderful life together. Mary Alice's strong sense of family will be her legacy. She is survived by her two children, Marleen Ravizza and Richard Todt, Jr.; four grandchildren, Renee R. Kessler, Scotty Todt, Denise Ravizza and Josh Todt; four great grandchildren, Cecilia Mae Kessler, Kevin Thomas Todt, Carter Reed Kessler, and Angela Katherine Todt; brother, Louis Crottogini and her aunt Pauline Patocchi. Mary Alice's family truly was her pride and joy. Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral service at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 12, 2002 at Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel in Mill Valley. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma. Memorial Contributions may be sent to the Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Ave., Corte Madera, CA 94925 or your favorite charity. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Ave., Mill Valley 415-388-1573 

Annette W. Girot 
Passed away at age 88, April 8, 2002 in Walnut Creek. She was born in San Francisco where her ancestors settled shortly after the Gold Rush. She was raised in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Larkspur, having attended Larkspur-Corte Madera School in 1920-1925. She and her husband, the late Alfred Girot, Jr., built their home in Kentfield in 1946. After living in Marin County for more than 50 years, Mrs. Girot moved to Contra Costa County in 2000 to be near her family. Mrs. Girot was a homemaker, a talented crafts person, and a tireless community volunteer. She was a youth leader for 16 years and served on the boards of the Marin Region X and National Councils of Camp Fire Girls. She was a 25-year member of Sunny Hills Toy Booth Guild and a Braille transcriber. Mrs. Girot enjoyed making craft items and donated much of her work to local organizations. She was an avid world traveler. Mrs. Girot's daughter, Carol Smith of Alamo, and sons-in-law, Stan Smith of Alamo and Ed Parker of Pollock Pines, survive her. Mrs. Girot's grandchildren are Joanna Smith of Sacramento, Andrew and Leslie Smith of Rohnert Park, and Catherine Smith of Walnut Creek. She has two great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, another daughter, Antoinette "Dee" Parker, predeceased her. A private Memorial Service will be held. The family prefers donations to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera 94925, or to a favorite charity. 

John "Nelson" King 
Died of cancer on Tuesday, April 2, 2002 at the age of 76. Nelson King was born in Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated in 1943 from Phoenix Union High School where he was class salutatorian & managing editor of the Coyote Journal Newspaper. After high school, Nelson was recruited into the elite Navy V12 program. He received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles, and his commission from the Navy Supply Corp School at Harvard University in 1946. He played varsity baseball and football at UCLA. The men he met through his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, were some of his most treasured associations. At UCLA, Nelson fell in love with and married Bette Adams of Bakersfield, CA. Nelson is survived by three children, Anita Neuhausen of Mission Viejo, CA., Randall King of Flagstaff, AZ., and Christine Barsocchini of San Anselmo, CA. He also has five grandchildren, Kurt, Scott, and Tyler Neuhausen and Ryan and Lauren King. A sister, Sharon King Halpern, who lives in Richmond, CA, also survives him. The family moved to Marin County in 1955. Nelson worked 33 years for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph as a speechwriter, statistician and public relations officer. Through the years, he and Bette were active in the Military Order of Wine Tasters. They watched the wine industry grow with their San Francisco bay area friends. Nelson was active in Little League and SIRs. After Bette's death in 1997, Nelson returned to his beloved Arizona. Nelson had a zest for life. Whether it was dancing to Dixieland jazz or the Big Bands, rafting the Colorado River, trying out a new golf course, debating politics, or quoting lyrics from Cole Porter songs. He loved striking up conversations with acquaintances as he traveled across country, particularly if they could swap golf stories, baseball history, or movie trivia. Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life at 1465 West Island Circle, Chandler, AZ., on Friday, April 12, 2002 at 2 pm. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Edna E. Strahle 
November 1914 - March 2002 "Eddie" passed away peacefully on March 8, 2002 at Silverado Senior Living in Encinitas, California. Her humor, strength, and dignity will be remembered by all whose lives she touched. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Eddie lived most of her life in San Francisco and Marin County. Born in San Francisco in November 1914, she moved to San Diego in 1996 to be close to her family. Eddie was a beautician and model and was still modeling into her forties. Eddie married Fred Strahle in 1934 and they had one son Robert Lee Strahle born in 1937 who predeceased her in 1982. Eddie is survived by her two grandchildren Kimberly Lee and Scott Strahle, and five great-grandchildren. There will be a party in her honor on April 27, 2002. If you would like to remember Eddie, you may make a donation to Hospice of the North Coast at (760) 431-4100. 

Richard Conrad "Rich, Dick" Thiede 
Passed away April 2, 2002 in Santa Rosa at the age of 65. Rich was born in Camden, New Jersey and raised in Cranford, New Jersey. He graduated from Lehigh University and moved to California in 1964 where he earned his post-graduate degree at U.S.C. Rich was a member of the Redwood Empire Corsillo, Alliance Redwood Coast Housing, Mason's, and was an officer for Firemen's Fund Insurance Co. Rich enjoyed music, cooking, travel, High Tech, Acting and, most of all, spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife Roberta deVaul; son Richard Charles Thiede; sister Barbara T. Sibio; stepdaughter Elizabeth Toomey; stepson Mark Norys; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 13, 2002 at 1:00 PM at the Pleasant Hills Chapel in Sebastopol, 1700 Pleasant Hill Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Glide Memorial Church, 330 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. Arrangements under the direction of PLEASANT HILLS MEMORIAL PARK & MORTUARY, Sebastopol, 707-823-5042. 

Donald Eugene Wallace Donald E. Wallace of Tiburon, CA passed away on April 7, 2002 at the age of 77. He is survived by his wife Betty R. Wallace, daughter Judith R. Onton and husband Aare, and son Donald E. Wallace, Jr., wife Deborah, and their daughters Hattie and Amy. Don Wallace was a retired TWA captain with 30 years of service with the airline. He served in the US Navy in World War II and started his flying career with instruction at Kenmore Air Harbor near Seattle on the GI Bill. His first experience as a pilot was for the US Coast and Geodetic Survey in Alaska. Don was born in Spokane, WA on Sept. 25, 1924, the son of Athol G. Wallace and Hattie L. Collard Wallace. Don loved flying as his vocation and avocation. After retirement he was an owner of Commodore Seaplanes. He also owned a Seabee amphibious plane which he landed in front of his beloved beach cottage at Gig Harbor, WA. He loved to spend time there renewing his Washington heritage. That location turned into a focal point for reunions with all of his family and friends. He will be remembered at 1 pm, on Saturday, April 13, 2002 in a celebration of life memorial at the Commodore Center (SF Seaplane Base), 242 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley, CA. All friends of Don's are invited. 

Marie L. Carlson
A Resident of Woodacre Passed away at home on March 27, 2002 at age 76 years. Marie is survived by son Michael Carlson and his partner Robert Dry of Nicasio; her granddaughter Stephanie Dryson of Nicasio and her sister Kay Pollacek of New York. Marie was a native of New York and retired from the Air Force. Friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service on Friday, April 12, 2002 at 4:00 PM at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, 330 Red Hill Avenue, San Anselmo, California. Inurnment is private. Memorial gifts to your favorite charity preferred. MONTE'S CHAPEL OF THE HILLS Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

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. Audrey was employed early in her 50's as a Ctr. operator of Fair Issac Corporation; and from approximately 1987 through 1997, she was employed by St. Isabella's Church as a cook. Early in her 30's, Audrey was a volunteer for St. Phillips in Fairfax, Virginia and high school graduate of Lincoln High, Park Falls, Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by 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. Friends and Family are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Friday, April 12th, 6:30 PM at St. Anthony of Padua, 1000 Cambridge Street, Novato. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Anthony of Padua. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151 

Marie M. Fries
Known since childhood as Mary Ann and Mem, died peacefully at home of natural causes on April 7, 2002, with her family all around her. Mary Ann Müller was born October 24, 1912, to Dr. William and Marie Müller, in Germantown, PA. There she grew up, spending her summers in her beloved Catskill Mountains where she was a champion tree-climber. She studied Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and was awarded a scholarship to study in Europe. In 1936, she and her mother took an adventurous motor trip across the country to California where family members were stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco. It was there she met William V. Fries whom she married a year later. Mary Ann and Bill raised six children in the Bay Area, many of whom still live there with their families. Mary Ann was a long-time and very active member of the Marin Society of Artists. Her portrait paintings and lovely watercolors of familiar local landscapes are sprinkled throughout homes around Marin. In recent years Mary Ann made several more trips to Italy, France and Spain, adding more outstanding watercolors to her repertoire. Mary Ann's love of painting and traveling was matched by her passion for playing bridge and she was a sought-after member of any foursome around a card table. Her warmth, sense of humor, graciousness and serenity made her home a popular place for family and friends to congregate; she loved a lively gathering! Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband Bill and two of her grandchildren. She is survived by her six children: Timothy Fries of San Rafael, Christopher Fries of Greenbrae, Penelope Hopkins of Sun Valley, Idaho, Gregory Fries of Homer Alaska, Belinda Zell of Stinson Beach, California, and Priscilla Misner of Petaluma, California; eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild. She dearly loved and was loved by her daughter-in-law and Jim, her sons-in-law. Contributions in Mary Ann's memory may be made to Hospice of Marin, 415-927-2273. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Sebastian's Church in Greenbrae on Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 11:00 a.m., with a viewing preceding. Funeral arrangements are underway through Keaton's Mortuary, San Rafael. 

Max Schenk
Passed away Sunday, April 7, 2002 in his home after a courageous battle with emphysema. He is survived by his daughters Anita Knierim of San Rafael, Sharon Carlson of Rohnert Park and Laurene Smith of Rohnert Park; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was an Army veteran of WWII. He worked for the San Francisco Police Department for 25 years and in security for Fireman's Fund Insurance for ten years. A Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2002 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Keaton Mortuary in San Rafael. A Mass will be held Thursday, April 11, 2002 at St. Isabella Church in Terra Linda at 11:00 AM. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael, California, (415) 453-0571. 

Thomas Francis Mullahey
Passed away peacefully in Santa Rosa, California April 2, 2002 at age 82. Born in San Francisco and lived in Honolulu, New York, Guam, and Shanghai during his formative years. Graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in American history. A 25-year resident of Marin County. Lived 16 years in Oakland before moving to Santa Rosa last September. Entered the Marine Corps in 1942 and became one of Edson’s Raiders. Received letters of commendation for service in Guadalcanal and New Georgia. Resigned his commission in 1947 and rejoined the Corps in the reserves as a Major. Retired as a Colonel in the 1960s. Private employment included public relations work for the Hawaii Employers Council and freelance writing, voice-overs and producing in television. Returned to San Francisco in 1952 and continued freelance work while serving as the Director of Public Affairs for KRON TV. Worked as an executive speechwriter and management trainer for Bechtel from 1974 until his retirement in 1985. Played baseball, football, tennis, golf and lawn bowled. Traveled extensively and knew smatterings of a few languages. Was an avid reader, sports fan and enjoyed playing bridge. Tom exuded the spirit and pride of a Marine until the end. He was a great gentleman, had great intelligence and a breadth of knowledge that was very much admired. He was an outstanding provider for his small family and will be greatly missed by his daughter, Vicki Mullahey Thiele of Santa Rosa and former wife Joan Mullahey. No services will be held at his request. Memorial contributions can be made to the Georgetown University Alumni Fund, 3604 O Street NW, Washington DC 20077 or to a favorite charity. Chapel of the Chimes-Oakland 510-654-0123 “Service of Marked Distinction.” 

Gary Gustafson
Passed away in his sleep on March 26, 2002. Born in Sausalito in 1947, Gary graduated from Tamalpais High School in 1965. He joined the Army in 1966~1969, and served two tours in Vietnam. On his return, he owned a moving company and lived in San Francisco for his remaining years. Gary is survived by his father Fred Gustafson of Novato, his brother Dennis Gustafson of Marinwood, his sister Janice Gookin of Bandon, Oregon, his sister Gayle Culmer of Novato and their families. In Gary's short 55 years, he touched many lives. He was loved deeply and is missed greatly. Enjoy your new adventure, Gary. We'll see you when we get there. You are free at last. Memorial services are being planned. 

Gerda Hope Roth An extraordinary mother, sibling and friend left us peacefully on March 22nd, 2002. The eldest child of Fritz and Ruth Hope, originally from Hamburg, Germany, grew up in Oakland, CA. with her two siblings Josy Hope Ryan and John Hope. Gerda immigrated to America with her parents, sister and two grandmothers in the early stages of WWII. A graduate of Cal Berkeley, Gerda became a very successful real estate broker and business woman. She was an avid traveler with a love for literature and art. Gerda’s favorite pastime activities were playing bridge, doing crossword puzzles and watching the SF Giants. She touched the lives of so many with her spirit, strength and generosity. She will forever hold a special place in our hearts. Gerda Hope Roth is survived by her son, Daniel, daughters, Janet and Andrea and five grandchildren, Sara, Meegan, Blake, Anna and Michael. Private memorial. Contributions in her memory may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Ave, Corte Madera, CA 94925, (415) 927-2284. 

Robin E. Simon
Longtime Fairfax resident Robin E. Simon, died on March 21, 2002 after a battle with cancer. Robin, aged 62, most recently worked at the Sausalito Library. She was an artist, avid reader, gardener and armchair traveler who loved great meals and conversation. Born in Sydney, Australia, she is survived by her brother, Bruce Teague, sister Jocelyn Green and brother-in-law Allan Green. She is also survived by son Jacob Simon of Fairfax, daughter Ktalia Simon, son-in-law Andrew Moss of Chicago, and grandson Ian Simon Moss. Donations in Robin¹s name may be made to Hospice of Marin 415.927.2273. 

Abe Goodman
Passed away April 4, 2002 at his home in Mill Valley at age 84. Husband of the late Rita Goodman; father of Judith Johnson, Daniel Goodman and Dena Goodman; grandfather of Elias Goodman, David, Nathaniel and Adrienne Johnson; brother of Lillian Elkin and the late Mary Yutan. He was a longtime resident of Mill Valley and a summer resident of Siltcoos Lake, Oregon; and a Structural Engineer for the State of California. Graveside Services will be held on Sunday, April 7th at 2:00 p.m. at the Kol Sholom section of Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael under the direction of Sinai Memorial Chapel. 

Judith Ann Gorski
Passed away early in the morning on Thursday, April 4, 2002 after courageously fighting colon cancer over the past fourteen months. She was 58 years old. She was a loving and cherishing wife to her husband Larry; a proud and dedicated mother to her three sons Steve, Kevin and Vince; a generous mother (-in-law) to Mary and Carrie (and Doris); an enchanted grandmother to Ana; a loyal sister to her four siblings Wayne (Phyliss) and Dave (Lois) Cutcher, Rose (Raymond) Luyet, and Marlene (Gene) Kutchenwriter; a caring and tender daughter to her mother Orleana (the late Vincent); a "big sister" to her nieces and nephews; and a wonderful true-friend to the many people she touched throughout her life. Judy was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio and moved with her family to California in 1978, where she raised her boys on the soccer fields of Pleasanton. A stay-at-home mother, Judy also worked a number of flexible-hour jobs to help support her family. She was particularly proud of her accomplishments selling art. Later in life she moved to Novato, California, where she worked as a member of the St. Mark's School family of employees and worshipped as a member of the Unity Church, where she was studying to become a chaplain. Judy also loved to travel and during her lifetime was able to explore Tahiti, Europe, the Canadian Rockies, and Hawaii, among others. But mostly she relished being in the company of friends and family, who knew her as the first to arrive and the last to leave any gathering. Judy's final year was marked by the traits that defined her life. Anyone who had the honor of being with her during her journey was truly inspired by the dignity, faith, selflessness, humor and grace in which she faced life's greatest mystery. She died peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by the family who loved her and will miss her deeply. Memorial Services will be held on Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 PM at the Unity Church (600 Palm Drive, Novato, California) and on Saturday, April 20 at 10:00 AM at Good Shepard Church in Toledo, Ohio. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Hospice of Marin in the name of Judy Gorski. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL, 415-897-1151 

Martha Kauffman Hail
Passed away peacefully Saturday, March 30, 2002, surrounded by her family, at the age of 84. She was the beloved wife of the late Colonel C. L. Hail and is survived by her four children, Christopher Hail, Carolyn Morton, Leslie Forni, and Linda Godlis; her eight grandchildren; and her brother, Sewell Kauffman. She was born in Webster Groves, Missouri, December 17, 1917. She attended Mary Institute and Washington University in St. Louis. After her marriage, they traveled the world, eventually settling in Sausalito in 1959 with her family. She was a respected real estate agent for over 40 years and a longtime member of the Sausalito Woman's Club. An avid bridge player with a snappy sense of style and keen sense of humor, Martha will be remembered fondly by her friends and loved ones. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2002 at the Sausalito Woman's Club from 2 to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Sausalito Woman's Club Preservation Society, P.O. Box 2488, Sausalito, CA 94966. 

Richard R. King
Died suddenly on March 20, 2002 in Illinois. A native of California, he was born June 12, 1945. He lived most of his life in the Bay Area. He was a graduate of Novato High School, class of 1964 and served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He was a long time employee of Tad Alvord at Valley Tow in San Rafael. Mr. King moved to Illinois in 1998. He is survived by his wife Teresa. Inurnment is at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery. There will be a gathering to honor Rich at a later date. Inquiries may be made locally at 415-453-6834. 

Ada Louise Anderson Relfe
A Resident of Kentfield On March 30, 2002 Ada Louise passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family following an overwhelming battle with cancer. Devoted wife for 57 years of the late Arthur Wiley Relfe, she was the loving mother to Vicki Hamilton, Robyn Fay, and Jennifer Anderson, as well as the cherished "Muz" to eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Muz's love and devotion to her family will be desperately missed by her large extended family. Born and raised in Stockton, Ada Louise attended the University of Pacific. She and Arthur resided in Kentfield for over 40 years where she was active in Delta Gamma, Marin Charitable Association, Woodland Sponsors and the Francisca Club. Ada Louise's kindness and dedication to her family and community will forever be remembered by those she touched. Friends and family will celebrate her life and say their farewells at a 2:00 p.m. Memorial Service on April 12, 2002 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ross. With limited parking at the church, we suggest parking at Marin Art and Garden Center. Memorial Donations may be made by calling the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345. 
KEATON'S MORTUARY 
1022 E Street, San Rafael 
415-453-0571 

Augusto Villavicencio
Died April 1, 2002 in San Francisco, at the age of 80. He was a native of Guatemala and the father of William Villavicencio. A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, April 6, 2002 at the Mission San Rafael Archangel. Interment will be private. 
KEATON MORTUARY 
1022 E Street, San Rafael 
415-453-0571 

Vern Wilson
In loving memory of Vern Wilson of Fairfax. Born in San Francisco on February 5, 1916, he died on April 4, 2002. He was 86 years old. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran of WWII. He was an entertainment specialist, touring the country. He began an early career in radio prior to WWII. He was on "One Man's Family" and participated in many early radio shows and commercials; one well noted was "20 Mule Team Borax". He refused an offer to go to Hollywood because he did not want to leave San Francisco. He became a radio announcer on radio KYA. After his return from the war, he became a pioneer television announcer for KRON TV. He has been a resident of Marin County for 53 years. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Evelyn Wilson, two daughters Sherry Huffman of Orange County and Lauren Pfaff of Concord, his four grandchildren Mark and Travis Huffman and Nicholas and Jamie Pfaff, a sister Vera Brauer of Portland and two nieces Chris Wubbenhorst and Mary Olson. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Sunday, April 7, 2002 at 1:00 PM at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, 330 Red Hill Avenue, San A 
Obituaries for Thursday, April 4, 2002 

MORROW, Jerry C., of San Rafael, passed away April 2, 2002. Adobe Creek/ Cheda & Lyons, Petaluma, 707-789-9000. 
Jerry C. Morrow
Passed away peacefully at home in San Rafael on April 2, 2002. He served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. After retiring from the military, he worked for CSAA for 20 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Sonya. Beloved father of Jim, Dan, and Terry. Cherished grandfather of seven and great- grandfather of one. At his request a private Memorial Service will be held for the family. Entombment at Valley Memorial Park, Novato, California. Arrangements under the direction of ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville Street, Petaluma, CA 94952. CHEDA & LYONS, 707-789-9000 

Tina (Nonni) Acerbi
Died peacefully on Friday, March 29, 2002 at Marin General Hospital. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Donal Brown of Corte Madera, her grandchildren, David Luis-Brown of Berkeley and Paula Daley of San Rafael, her granddaughter-in-law Tina Luis-Brown, her grandson-in-law John Daley and one greatgrandchild, Dante Luis-Brown. She was born in San Francisco on July 4, 1907 and relished being a Fourth of July child. Her parents emigrated from Lucca, Italy so Nonni grew up in a loving Italian family, attended Galileo High School and studied piano and opera singing. She later taught piano and sang at weddings and at Italian club events. 

Tina (Nonni) Acerbi
Died peacefully on Friday, March 29, 2002 at Marin General Hospital. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Donal Brown of Corte Madera, her grandchildren, David Luis-Brown of Berkeley and Paula Daley of San Rafael, her granddaughter-in-law Tina Luis-Brown, her grandson-in-law John Daley and one greatgrandchild, Dante Luis-Brown. She was born in San Francisco on July 4, 1907 and relished being a Fourth of July child. Her parents emigrated from Lucca, Italy so Nonni grew up in a loving Italian family, attended Galileo High School and studied piano and opera singing. She later taught piano and sang at weddings and at Italian club events. She showed her resilience when, as a single mother, she supported her daughter and stayed a step ahead of increased rents by moving from one apartment to another in San Francisco's Marina district. For over thirty years she worked as a typist for Aetna Insurance in San Francisco and then Sequoia Insurance and Kemper Insurance in Menlo Park. 
She learned to drive when she was 55 and drove until she was 92. More than once, while driving on 280, she charmed law enforcement officers out of speeding tickets by telling them that her car just wanted to go that fast, the car was just coasting or that it needed exercise. After she moved to Marin County in 2000, she lived at Drake Terrace, Windchime of Marin and the Greenbrae Care Center. Nonni will be remembered for her devotion to her family, positive attitude towards life, delicious Italian cooking, vacations to Hawaii by herself, insistence that she was 10 years younger than her actual age which led her to retire at the age of 75, and ability to make friends in care facilities. Memorial services will be held at St Patrick's Church in Larkspur at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 5. The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the Student Benefits Fund, a support fund for students in need, The Branson School, P.O. Box 887, Ross, CA 94957. 

Dorothy Vaught Biancalana
Died at home Monday, March 25, 2002 after a willful and courageous fight against emphysema and lung cancer. She truly enjoyed the final months of her life surrounded by her children, good friends and bridge club. Her remarkable spirit and wonderful heart touched many lives throughout the years. Dot was born in Bluefield, West Virginia and was one of seven children. Her nursing career in North Carolina eventually led her to U.C. Hospital, San Francisco. She met and married Roland A. Biancalana, a native San Franciscan and together, they built a full and interesting life of 49 years until his death in 1997. Dorothy lived in Greenbrae for 50 years and raised three devoted children: Denise Biancalana Droese of Indiana, Barbara Biancalana Beaurline of Ross and Buddy Biancalana of Florida. She was very proud of her six grandchildren: Michael L. Droese, Jr., Mark Roland, Bianca Anne, and Anne Marie Droese, Bryn Americo Biancalana and Drew Edward Beaurline. Certainly, one of her happiest moments was watching her son, Buddy, play Ross Valley Little League and become a 1985 World Series Champion with the Kansas City Royals. In her final years, she was delighted to watch her grandson, Drew, and other local boys, play on the same Little League fields. She was the "knowledgeable matriarch of the bleachers" and everybody loved her. Dot will be sorely missed by her church, the community and her surviving siblings: Mary Vaught Ratcliff of West Virginia, William Joseph Vaught of Florida and Ruth Vaught Wetzel of Tennessee. A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, April 12 at 11:00am at St. Sebastian's Catholic Church, 373 Bon Air Road, Kentfield, Inurnment Private. Memorial contributions preferred to Ross Valley Little League, C/O Steve Pollack, Treasurer, 47 Bret Harte Rd., San Rafael, Ca. 94904., St. Sebastian's Church or a charity of your choice. 

Keaton's Mortuary 
1022 E St. San Rafael, Ca. 
415-453-0571 

Adela L. Florez
A longtime resident of Daly City, died peacefully at Primrose in San Rafael on Friday, March 29, 2002. She was 83 years old. Adela was born in Deming, New Mexico. She moved to San Francisco in 1941 with her husband Joseph V. Florez and baby son Joseph Jr. Both have preceded her in death. After 28 years of service, Adela retired from the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company at 150 New Montgomery San Francisco in 1983. She was an associate member of the Y.L.I., Alberian #93 a Catholic Women's Group. After retirement, Adela volunteered 2000 hours at Seton Hospital in Daly City; and a past treasurer of the volunteer guild. Her hobbies and activities included: cooking, gardening, tennis, going to the horse races, and watching Joe Montana or Steve Young quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. Mrs. Florez is survived by two daughters, Patricia Gillard of San Rafael and Barbara Schaeffer of Henderson, Nevada. She also leaves a devoted son-in-law Dana Gillard and grandchildren Leah Donnelly; Christina, Paul and Olivia Sanini and many nieces and nephews. A Rosary will be held Wednesday April 3, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. at Keaton Mortuary. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer's Association of Northern California, North Bay Chapter, 4340 Redwood Highway, Suite 23, San Rafael, CA 94903 or Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925-1133. 

Keaton Mortuary 
1022 E Street San Rafael, CA 
415-453-0571 

Joseph Louis Giomi
A Resident of San Rafael
Joseph lost his battle with cancer March 30, 2002 at the age of 78. A life time Bay Area resident, Joseph was born October 3, 1923 in San Francisco and moved to San Rafael at the age of 3. He was raised on a chicken ranch until he was drafted into the army aircorp in 1943, where he served in the South Pacific. Shortly after being discharged from the Army he met and married his beloved Miriam Rose who preceded him in death. Together Joseph and Miriam raised a family of four children who all survive him. Ron Giomi of San Jose; Ken (Alba) Giomi of Sebastopol; Deanna Giomi of Petaluma and Julie (Greg) Brown of Jacksonville, Oregon. He was the beloved Pa of twelve grandchildren; Christian, Jerrod, Mario, Heather, Ryan, Vincent, Kathryn, Angelina, Dario, Treg, Jarl, Kelsey and three great grandchildren; Christopher, Johnny and Genevieve-Miriam. He is also survived by his sisters Carolina Cretti, Ellen Raffi and brother-in-law Louis. He was brother-in-law to Gladys and Fred Bien and beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was a member of St. Raphael's Church and a former member of the Italian-Catholic Federation. He was well liked by those lives he touched and will definitely be missed. P.S. He made a hell of a crab cioppino! Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation at Keaton Mortuary on Wednesday, April 3, 2002 from 9:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. A Rosary will be held Wednesday, April 3, 2002 at Mission San Rafael at 7:00 P.M. A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday April 4, 2002 at St. Raphael Church at 10:00 A.M. Interment will be at Valley Memorial Park in Novato. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925.

See you aroundŠlike a doughnut! 

Keaton Mortuary 
1022 E Street, San Rafael, CA 
415-453-0571 

Mary Elizabeth Green
Passed peacefully on March 17th, 2002. Family and friends alike will miss her. She was a vital, strong and productive person, who was active in many charitable organizations. She enjoyed playing bridge, gardening and traveling. A private service was held on March 23rd. Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity. 

Raymond J. Kaskey, Sr.
A Resident of Greenbrae
Died at age 85 on March 29, 2002 following a brief illness. He was born December 2, 1916 in Pittsburgh, PA. and attended public schools there. In 1935 he joined the U.S. Army and upon being discharged in 1938 became an Army Reservist. He married his wife of 60 years, Katherine, just before being recalled to active duty during World War II. Transferring to the Air Corps, he served as tail-gunner on B-17's with the 410th Bomb Squadron, 94th Bomb Group and survived several close calls, attaining the rank of Sergeant. After the war Ray had a long career with the U.S. Postal Service in Pittsburgh and lived there until moving to Greenbrae in 1993. Survivors include his wife Katherine, son Raymond, daughter-in-law Sherry and daughter Cathy Johnson. A private family Service was held at Chapel of the Chimes in Santa Rosa. 

Joyce Lorraine Neuhaus
Passed away at her residence in Rohnert Park on March 30, 2002, age 72. Loving wife of the late Jim E. Neuhaus. Loving mother of Jerry Neuhaus of Sonoma, CA, Jay Neuhaus of San Rafael, CA, Justine Espinoza of Rohnert Park, CA, Jack Neuhaus of Novato, CA, Jeffrey Neuhaus of Larkspur, CA, Janice McCarthy of Rohnert Park, CA, Janine Rawlins of Petaluma, CA and Judith Neuhaus of Rohnert Park. Cherished grandmother of 12 and great-grandmother of 5. A native of Sioux City, Iowa. At the request of the family, no formal services will be held. Arrangements made by PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, CA. The family prefers memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran St., Petaluma, CA 94952. 

Vivian Orozco
Passed away Friday, March 29, 2002. She is survived by her loving husband Gustavo and their 3 children. Friends are invited to a visitation on Wednesday April 3, 2002 at the Christian Church of San Rafael, 50 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will follow at 1:00 p.m. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael. Memorial gifts preferred to Orozco Children's Trust Fund c/o Business Bank of CA., 1248 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901. 

Monte's Chapel of the Hills 
Family Owned and Operated 
San Anselmo 453-8440 

Oleg Semyonovich Pawlow
Of Greenbrae died peacefully on March 28, 2002 at Marin General Hospital from complications following an unexpected heart attack. He was three months shy of his 80th birthday. Born in Bulgaria, Oleg was a member of his country's national basketball team and played in the 1936 Olympics in Munich, Germany. He was an airforce pilot during the second World War and survived many harrowing experiences over the skies of Europe. After completing his college education, Oleg worked for the Ampex Corp. in Palo Alto for several years before starting his own business, United Audio Center of San Francisco. He was an avid military historian and in spite of his early experiences in life, Oleg had a never ending supply of jokes and stories that he loved to share with his many friends. He loved boating and was more often than not up to his elbows in motors or electronics either on his own boat, or those of his friends. During his later years he was a staunch supporter of the Russian American Community Services Organization and a very active parishoner at Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church in San Anselmo. He is survived by his daughter Elaine Muller recently of Newman, California and by his loving companion of the last 20 years, Alexandra Glazunova of Greenbrae. A Panehida will be held at Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church in San Anselmo on Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. and the Funeral will be at Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church on Friday April 5, at 10 a.m. Interment will be at The Serbian Cemetery in Colma. A Reception for Oleg's friends will take place immediately after the Funeral. The family prefers that donations be made to Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church in lieu of flowers. 

Monte's Chapel of the Hills 
Family Owned and Operated 
San Anselmo 453-8440 

Jeanne Virginia Simonini 
June 24, 1971-March 30, 2002
Jeanne was born and raised in Marin County. As a young adult, she moved to San Francisco and worked for Porter Novelli as the director of technology information. Her fun time was spent deep sea diving, snow skiing and trips to the Russian River. Although only 30 at the time of her death, she touched many people's hearts and lives. She would bring food to the homeless whenever she could. She was always there to take care of someone in need. She is survived by and will be dearly missed by her mother Susan Deardorff, father David Simonini, brother Clint Simonini. She is also survived by her two grandmothers, Virginia Perry and Lola Simonini, her aunts and uncles, Joe and Judy, Perry, Ed and Muriel Tarrant, Jan and Bob Ross and Tosca Giorgi; her two cousins, Todd and Shawn Ross. A Celebration of her life will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. at Deer Park Villa Restaurant, 367 Bolinas Rd., Fairfax, CA. Memorial contributions to Buckelew Programs, 914 Mission Ave., San Rafael, 94901 preferred. 

Monte's Chapel of the Hills 
Family Owned and Operated 
San Anselmo (415) 453-8440 

Robert B. Thomas 
Died peacefully on March 30, 2002 at the age of 84. He was born on July 4, 1917 in Detroit, Michigan. Robert served in the U.S. Army during World War II. During that time he was a prisoner of war in Germany. Upon returning to Detroit after the war he went to work for the American Automobile Insurance Company. He served in many managerial positions in various locations throughout the country before finally retiring as the Vice-president of field operations for the Firemans Fund Insurance Company twenty years ago. During his time in Detroit he met and married Alma Jean DiLaura who preceded him in death. Robert has three children that survive him, Barbara (Allen) Roy, Karen Noreen, and Michael (Larella) Thomas. Beloved grandpa of Karen DeGregory, Kristine Brewer, and Shaelyn Thomas, and two grandchildren who preceded him in death, Mark Roy and Susan Roy. He will also be missed by his great grandchildren. Robert will be remembered as a kind and loving man to all who knew him. A Visitation will be held Tuesday April 2, 2002 at Keaton Mortuary from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, April 3, 2002 at 11:00 A.M. at Faith Lutheran Church 355 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael. Interment will be private. 

Keaton Mortuary 
1022 E Street San Rafael, CA 415-453-0571 

Audrey Jean Wert
Rest In Peace
Passed away March 28, 2002. This rose of a woman died peacefully at home. She was 68 years old, born August 17, 1933 in Ontario, Canada. Our kind and loving mother was a longtime resident of San Rafael. Devoted mother of Paul Wert and daughter-in-law Beth Ann, granddaughter Madelaine Rose of Napa. Daughter Cindy Wert, and granddaughter Ashley. Daughter Karen Wert of Apalachicola, Florida. Sister to Betty, Donny, Judy, Jaquie, Sylvia, Wendy and Ross Tracey. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday April 3, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. at the Terra Linda Universal Unitarian Church at 240 Channing Way. A Celebration of life will follow the Memorial Service. 

Keaton Mortuary 
1022 E Street San Rafael, CA 
415-453-0571 

John E. Bonfiglio
Passed away peacefully March 29, 2002, in Greenbrae age 87 years. He is survived by two nephews, numerous cousins and sister-in-laws. He was preceded in death by his devoted wife, Irma, and brother Chester. John was born April 2, 1914 in San Rafael and worked for 45 years in the lumber industry. He was a former employee of Henry Hess Lumber, Fairfax Lumber, Service Lumber, and retiring from San Marin Lumber. He enjoyed working in his vegetable garden, and visiting with his friends from Club Italia. John will be sadly missed for his kind and gentle manners. Visitation will be Monday, April 1st 1:00-5:00 and Tuesday, April 2nd 10:00-5:00. Family and friends are invited to attend Memorial Services Wednesday, April 3, 2002 at 11:00 AM at Keaton's Mortuary, 1022 E St., San Rafael, CA. Burial at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations to your favorite charity. 
Keaton Mortuary 
1022 E Street San Rafael, 
415-453-0571 

Vern Martin
Age 45, of Canyon Country and formerly of Metuchen, New Jersey and Marin County passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, March 19, 2002. Survived by his adoring son, Alex Martin of Modesto, loving fianc ée Jodi Lynn Sharp, her daughter Alisha of Canyon Country, beloved sister Elizabeth Merrill, brother-in-law John Merrill, niece Rossie Merrill of Tiburon, brother John Martin, sister-in-law Beatrix Martin, nephew Kealan Martin of Berkeley, and many cousins, friends, and colleagues who loved him. Vern was a kind, gentle, and compassionate human being whose untimely death is deeply mourned. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, April 3rd at 2 p.m. at Eternal Valley Monument Park and Mortuary, 23287 North Sierra Hwy, Newhall, CA.


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