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Kathryn Wyatt Holland
Wife of Col. James D. Holland, Ret., suffered a major stroke on May 17, 2002 and died thereof on May 23, 2002. She is survived by a loving family, her husband, her son Victor O. Warren, daughter-in-law Bonita Warren of Oakland, her grandson Colin O. Warren, her stepdaughter Patricia Appleby of Belmont, CA and two step-grandchildren Christopher Baldwin and Jennifer Baldwin. Kathy was an active gardener, with a love of roses. During her life she enjoyed international travel and remained active in the Burma Star Association and the Order of Military Wine Tasters. A Memorial Service in her honor will be held in the Officers Club at the Naval Air Station Alameda, Alameda, CA on June 8, 2002 between 2 and 4 PM. Her ashes will be scattered in San Francisco Bay. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in her name to the American Heart Association. 

Janne (Marianne) Melbye
Passed away in Greenbrae on May 24, 2002. She was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1921. She was married in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1942 to Percy Banck, who passed away in 1963. She is survived by her two sons, Erik Banck of Belgium and Clipper Banck of Sweden, three grandchildren, Peter, Therese and Madeleine Banck, all of Scandinavia and two great-grandchildren, Matias and Niklas Banck of Sweden. Janne moved to Greenbrae in 1972 from Denmark with her second husband, Colonel John Melbye. She spent her free time in Marin as a volunteer at St. Vincent's Dining Hall, as well as helping at Aldersly Retirement Home. Her hobbies were gardening, needlepoint and playing bridge. She was always willing to contribute to charitable causes and will be remembered for her generous, open heart. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, June 1st at 1:00 p.m. at Montgomery Chapel, San Francisco Theological Seminary, on the corner of Richmond and Bolinas Avenues in San Anselmo, California. 

Daniel James Pool
Departed this life on Sunday, May 26, 2002 at The California Veterans Home in Yountville, California. He was born on July 5, 1939 in Miami, Florida where he was raised until age 18. He then attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. In 1961, Daniel graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and Biology. On March 4, 1962, he married his college sweetheart Beverly Butler of Franklinton, Louisiana and shortly after began his tour of duty in the United States Army. While in the military, he served one tour in Korea, two tours in Viet Nam, and held various levels of responsibility, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Mr. Pool received numerous commendations while serving his country, including three Bronze Stars and several Army Commendations medals. He also obtained his Masters Degree in Military Science from The National War College. Daniel retired after 22 years of service, both active duty and as a Reserve Officer. In addition to his military career, Mr. Pool worked for the Department of Energy and the Department of Labor. Daniel came to Novato in 1974 and his love for music, outdoor activities, and community service followed him. He and his family joined the Novato United Methodist Church where he served as the Finance Committee Chair and church choir soloist. He was on the Board of Pop Warner, often announcing Saturday afternoon football games. Daniel loved to boat, water ski, fish and camp with family members and friends who shared his passion for the outdoors. He also pursued his love for learning by obtaining a Masters of Arts from the University of Southern California in Systems Management. He is survived by his wife Beverly Pool of Novato, California, son Derek Pool of Richmond, California, daughter Monica Pool of Dallas, Texas and mother Sara Mitchell of Georgia. Daniel is also survived by one grandson, eight nieces and nephews and a hosts of other family members and friends. Memorial Services will be held today, Friday, May 31, 2002, 6:00 p.m. at the Novato United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Endowment Fund of the Novato United Methodist Church would be appreciated. 

Merwin Nellie "Dude" Tyroler
Age 94, passed away May 24, 2002 at the Smith Ranch Care Center. Between two marriages, this twice-widowed Irish lady launched a successful 14-year career as entrepreneuse in the Southern California fashion industry. Her first love was Leslie H. "Budd" Fawkes in Portland, Oregon, from 1929 to 1940. Later came Paul M. Tyroler of Los Angeles, from 1954 to 1967. She moved to San Anselmo in 1978, where she was active in the Decorations Guild of the Marin Art and Garden Center before relocating to Smith Ranch in 1993. She was an avid reader and collector of books, especially historical and biographical. Merwin lavished attention on members of the canine world. Her friends will remember her witticisms, her deep faith, friendliness, and companionship. 

Gladys Victoria Wahlberg
Passed away on May 25, 2002 in Lebanon, Oregon with her family at her side. She was 92 years young. She was born on June 24, 1909 in the Bronx, New York, to Bertha and Carl Gustav Ramsen. Beloved wife of the late Knut Erik Wahlberg, married 47 years. Loving sister to the late Doris Rehnberg. She is survived by her sons, Carl Wahlberg of Lebanon, Oregon and Richard (and Mary) Wahlberg of Novato, her nephews Carl Rehnberg, Ed Rehnberg and John Rehnberg and families of the Bay Area, her cousin Geneva Schmidt and family of New Jersey. She will be missed by many loving friends. Gladys and her late husband Erik raised their family in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey and spent their retirement years living in Vasa Park, New Jersey until moving West to be closer to their sons. Both Gladys and Erik were very active in the Vasa Order of America, a Swedish fraternal organization. She will be lovingly remembered for her happy heart and kind spirit. Private Interment will be in Hackensack, New Jersey. 

Joanne Wheeler
Aged 73, passed away May 22, 2002 at her home in San Rafael. Ms. Wheeler was born in Los Angeles in 1928, and raised in Thousand Oaks as an adopted child of the influential Janss family. After her schooling at Stanford University and UC Berkeley, she settled in Terra Linda 45 years ago with her husband Harrison Wheeler. After her divorce in 1963, with three children to raise as a single mother, she returned to school and received her teachers' credentials at Dominican College. In 1966, she became an elementary school teacher with the Novato Unified School District. During her 28-year tenure with the District, she taught at Hamilton, San Ramon, Rancho and Meadow Park schools as well as serving as principal at Rancho and Loma Verde schools. Her final job before she retired in 1994 was as Director of Educational Services. Since her retirement, she has been active as a child advocate with the Marin CASA Program, and was called upon occasionally by the School District to assist with the Charter School Program. She is survived by her daughter Tish Mora of Santa Rosa, son and daughter-in-law Larry and Laddawan Wheeler of Chiang Mai, Thailand, son and daughter-in-law Bill and Jennifer Wheeler of San Ramon, and son-in-law Chris Mora of San Rafael. She also leaves grandchildren Christopher, Bianca, Adam and Tanner Mora, and Bill and Jessica Wheeler. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service Sunday, June 2, 1:30 p.m., at Christ Presbyterian Church In Terra Linda, 620 Del Ganado Rd., San Rafael. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marin CASA Program, 30 N. San Pedro Road, Suite 275, San Rafael, CA 94903 or Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Robert McMeans Coman
Robert Coman passed away peacefully in his home on May 20, 2002. He was born in San Francisco in 1919. His mother was a longtime Santa Rosa resident Mary Alice McMeans and his father was Commodore Robert Grimes Coman. Robert graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1941 and served as a commander in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War. After the war he traveled through Europe on a motorcycle, finally settling in the Bay Area. He met and married Erdine Newhall in 1954 and they moved to San Rafael to raise two children. Bob became a much loved and highly respected Realtor. After retirement he and his wife Dean traveled extensively and continued to be a loving presence in their children's lives. He is survived by his son Gary, his daughter Mary, and many close family friends. He is lovingly remembered for his kindness, his generosity, and his dry sense of humor. Friends are asked to make donations to their favorite causes. 

Bradford DeMarta
Entered into peace May 25, 2002. He is loved by his father Roy DeMarta, his mother Wilma Steinbeck, his brothers Steve, Craig and Chris DeMarta, his sisters Sandie McClary and Audrey Stevens. He will be deeply missed by his sons Dustin, Shane and Drew, and his many nephews and nieces, other family members, Ravin and friends. He touched countless lives and will be missed by all. A Memorial Service will be held June 4, 2002 at 11 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Cong. of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. In lieu of flowers, Brad requested donations go to the Helen Vine Treatment Center, 250 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael, 94901. 

Allan Foxx
Passed peacefully on the evening of May 25th, 2002 after fighting a courageous battle against cancer. At his bedside were his brother Dan and close friends Deirdre, Helga, Chuck and Jill. He loved his life in Mill Valley, his dinners at Vasco, his friends and extended family at Boyle Park. He showed us how to live and die with grace. He loved people and only saw the good in humanity. He leaves behind his beloved brothers Marty and Dan, his sister Roz, his brother-in-law Michael, sisters-in-law Robin and Cathy, four nephews and three nieces. The family wishes to extend its gratitude to Dr. David Lakes, Dr. Peter Eisenberg, the health care providers at Marin General, Kaiser, and especially those at the Hospice of Marin. A Memorial Gathering is planned to celebrate Allan's life on June 9th, 2002. 

Jeffrey Guasco
Passed away peacefully at his home in San Francisco on May 25th, 2002, after a long bout of cancer. Born in Larkspur, California on May 9th, 1956, Jeff attended grammar school in the Kentfield School District and graduated from Redwood High School in 1974. Jeff graduated from San Francisco State University in 1980 with a BA in Economics. He earned his Masters Degree at the London School of Economics. Jeff was a Past Master Counselor with DeMolay Redwood Empire Division of California. His parents, Patricia Cabella and Peter Guasco, who both live in Sonoma County, survive Jeff. He also leaves behind many sisters and brothers who will miss his humor and wit. Jeff's playful nature will be missed by his nieces and nephews. Jeff was blessed by having many friends from his community and around the world. Jeff was an international stockbroker who worked for several financial institutions during his career. He lived in London, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore. Prior to his death, Jeff maintained residences in Mendocino and San Francisco. He traveled extensively for work and pleasure visiting six continents. He was an avid reader whose many interests included gardening, music, collecting art and antiques. Jeff supported the arts and charities. He served on several Boards of Trustees, including ARIS of Santa Clara and Visual Aid. He was a practicing Buddhist for 20 years and was involved with the development of the SOKA University of America. Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Service and a Celebration of Life to be held at 2:30 PM on June 8th, 2002 at the SGI Center, 2450 17th Street in San Francisco. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SOKA University of America, Scholarship Fund, #1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656, in memory of Jeff Guasco. 

Omar E. McNally, Sr.
Passed away peacefully on May 25, 2002, 48 days shy of his 104th birthday. Omar was born July 12, 1898 in Ashland, Maine. In 1923, with his skills as an auto mechanic, he made his way across the United States to Marin County. There he met Regina C. Clark and they were married on July 25, 1925. Together they raised three children. Omar began working for a Studebaker company and in 1929, with partner William McClure; they opened a gas station on Fourth and Ida Street, in San Rafael. Seeing the need for organization, Omar and other mechanics joined a new union being formed in 1936. The Marin Labor Council was formed in 1937 and Omar became the secretary. In 1939, he was elected business representative for the mechanics and machinists in five North Bay Counties. He held this position until 1963 when he retired. Omar was also a member and past chairman of the Marin County Housing Authority. He also served as a trade advisor for the California state prisons' vocational program and once chaired the Marin County Redevelopment Authority. Omar just received his 80 year membership pin from the Odd Fellows Marin Lodge 200, where he was the longest active member. He was also a "Big Sir" in the Sons in Retirement Branch 22. After retirement Omar and Gene enjoyed traveling either by plane or their travel trailer and gardening in their San Rafael home. Omar's second passion was salmon fishing in the Pacific Ocean and steelhead fishing in the Klamath River. His first passion was his family. Omar was preceded in death by his wife Regina (1992), his sons Omar Jr. (2001), Fae (1978), and his daughter-in-law Marty (1996). Omar is survived by his daughter Sister Gene (Mitzie) McNally O.P., granddaughters Cheryl (David) Miller, Colleen McNally, Cathleen (Mike) Cook, great-granddaughters Tiffany (Art) Hoover, Kimberly (Scott) Martin, Katelyn Miller, great-grandsons Cody and Casey Cook, great-great- granddaughter Emily Martin, and great-great- grandsons Matthew Martin and Brandon Hoover. Family and friends are invited to attend the Burial on Thursday, May 30th, 10 a.m., at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael. A Memorial Service will be held in June. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Omar's name to the Dominican Sisters Mission, Colonia Esperananza, Tijuana, c/o Sister Gene McNally, P.O. Box 432327, San Diego, CA 92143. Keaton's Mortuary, 1022 "E" Street San Rafael ~ 415-453-0571 

Floyd G. Yost, Jr.
Beloved father of Guy Yost and Fiona Yost, husband of Julia Yost, died on May 27, 2002. He was a retired Commander of the U.S. Navy, who served over 22 years in active and reserve duty. Survived by his three younger brothers Richard, Charles, and Jon Yost, and many friends and relatives. He grew up in Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. and a Masters degree in advertising. With over 50 years as an Art Director in Advertising, he worked for agencies in Detroit, MI and San Francisco, CA. He enjoyed classic cars, photography, and sports, especially playing tennis; he will be missed by all. A Memorial Gathering will be held at 4 p.m. on May 31, 2002 at 70 Red Hill Circle, Tiburon, CA 94920. Any donations, please send to your favorite charity. 

JoAnn D. Burkeybyle
JoAnn died at her home in Novato, California May 23, 2002 after a bout with Leukemia. She is survived by her children Nichole Hernandez of Novato and Wayne Pruitt of Palm Springs. Her husband Barry Burkeybyle of Novato and her parents Joe Bettencourt of Ivanhoe, CA and Sue West of Exeter, CA. Brothers Danny, Bruce, Ronnie and Bobby of So. California, sister Bonita Royer of Texas, and many other family members. She was a member of the Open Door Church in Novato and a devoted mother, wife and caregiver. "God Blessed us with you, now you are Home with God. Be at peace. We love you." Your husband and children. A Memorial Service will be held in Viaslia, California on Saturday June 1, 2002. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato, CA 415-897-1151. 

Robert McMeans Coman
Robert Coman passed away peacefully in his home on May 20, 2002. He was born in San Francisco in 1919. His mother was a longtime Santa Rosa resident Mary Alice McMeans and his father was Commodore Robert Grimes Coman. Robert graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1941 and served as a commander in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War. After the war he traveled through Europe on a motorcycle, finally settling in the Bay Area. He met and married Erdine Newhall in 1954 and they moved to San Rafael to raise two children. Bob became a much loved and highly respected Realtor. After retirement he and his wife Dean traveled extensively and continued to be a loving presence in their children's lives. He is survived by his son Gary, his daughter Mary, and many close family friends. He is lovingly remembered for his kindness, his generosity, and his dry sense of humor. Friends are asked to make donations to their favorite causes. 

Olivia Christine Erikson
Passed away in San Rafael on May 22, 2002 at age 95. Beloved wife of the late Ire (Eric) Erikson, loving daughter of the late Marc Louis Buvelot and Margaret (Smith) Buvelot, loving sister of the late Eugene A. Buvelot, Maxine Hunter and Louise Fitzpatrick. She is survived by her nieces and nephews: Eugene C. Buvelot, Mark L. Buvelot, Carla Quarneri-Rojas, Ronald Hunter, and Louise Damato. Also survived by 30 great and great-great nieces and nephews. Olivia was born in San Francisco in 1906. The same year her family moved back to Bodega Bay and then in 1909 to Sebastopol where she resided for 26 years. She moved to San Francisco in the 1930's where she resided for 55 years and worked as a seamstress for the Simmons Mattress Factory. For the last 12 years of her life she resided in San Rafael. Before her death she was considered the oldest living member of the Coast Miwok Tribe called, the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. She was the great-granddaughter of Captain Stephen Smith who settled at Bodega Bay in 1841 and owned the Bodega Rancho, a land grant given to him by General Vallejo. Historians credit Capt. Smith with beginning the industrial revolution in California by establishing a steam operated saw mill in Sonoma County. Olivia's grandfather, William Smith, along with his six sons, established the Smith Brother's fishing fleet, which was operating until the late 1960's. His early ventures are said to have made fishing one of the county's major industries. The family property was located where the Bodega Bay Yacht Club and Bodega Bay Lodge now stand. Olivia's father, Marc Louis Buvelot, originally from Switzerland, operated a fishing market in Sebastopol until his death in 1934. Her mother, Margaret (Smith) Buvelot, was a member of the Bodega Band of Coast Miwok Indians. Many of her descendents are now members of the tribe called the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, whose territory include all of Marin and southern Sonoma Counties. Private Family Services were held on May 26, 2002 in Novato at Keaton's Redwood Chapel. Burial took place at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno. Memorial gifts preferred to the Coast Miwok Scholarship Fund c/o MAPOM, 2255 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94903. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151. 

Mary Lipori
Born December 5, 1912 in New York, New York, died peacefully with her family at her bedside at age 89 years on Tuesday, May 21, 2002. Preceded in death by her loving and patient husband, Amadeo "Al" Lipori. Mary is the beloved mother of Elaine Caldwell and her husband, Glenn of Scottsdale, Arizona, Ronald Lipori of Windsor, California, and Charles Lipori and his wife, Tamara of Rohnert Park, California. Devoted grandmother to James Badaglia and his wife, Ann, Ronald Badaglia and his wife, Stacey, Gina Lipori, Jennifer Lipori, Kimi Colaizzi and her husband, Jeff, Laraine Lipori, Bethany Lipori, and C.J. Lipori. Cherished great grandmother to Dominic and Jason Badaglia, Ashlyn Lipori-Russie, and Olivia Badaglia who will be born in September. She will be missed by her loving sisters; Madeline Piliero of New Jersey and Angela Abbey of Florida. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She will be remembered with love by her many friends and extended family, especially Linda Cleland and Marge Goodman. Mary with her husband and two sons moved from New York to Marin County in 1964 to open La Casa, a popular Italian restaurant in San Rafael. They operated the restaurant as a family until her retirement in 1976. Mary and her husband, Al moved to Petaluma at that time to be closer to their grandchildren. Together they enjoyed a very active social life and Mary provided loving childcare to several Petaluma children, all of whom called her "Grandma". She was very active in her parish, St. James Catholic Church, Italian Catholic Federation Branch #127, and the Sons of Italy. Her memory and the legacy of a life lived by traditional values will be treasured forever by all who knew her. Family and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Mass, Saturday, June 1, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 125 Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Petaluma, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran Street, Petaluma, CA 94952. PARENT- SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Petaluma, California. 

Omar E. McNally, Sr.
Passed away peacefully on May 25, 2002, 48 days shy of his 104th birthday. Omar was born July 12, 1898 in Ashland, Maine. In 1923, with his skills as an auto mechanic, he made his way across the United States to Marin County. There he met Regina C. Clark and they were married on July 25, 1925. Together they raised three children. Omar began working for a Studebaker company and in 1929, with partner William McClure; they opened a gas station on Fourth and Ida Street, in San Rafael. Seeing the need for organization, Omar and other mechanics joined a new union being formed in 1936. The Marin Labor Council was formed in 1937 and Omar became the secretary. In 1939, he was elected business representative for the mechanics and machinists in five North Bay Counties. He held this position until 1963 when he retired. Omar was also a member and past chairman of the Marin County Housing Authority. He also served as a trade advisor for the California state prisons' vocational program and once chaired the Marin County Redevelopment Authority. Omar just received his 80 year membership pin from the Odd Fellows Marin Lodge 200, where he was the longest active member. He was also a "Big Sir" in the Sons in Retirement Branch 22. After retirement Omar and Gene enjoyed traveling either by plane or their travel trailer and gardening in their San Rafael home. Omar's second passion was salmon fishing in the Pacific Ocean and steelhead fishing in the Klamath River. His first passion was his family. Omar was preceded in death by his wife Regina (1992), his sons Omar Jr. (2001), Fae (1978), and his daughter-in-law Marty (1996). Omar is survived by his daughter Sister Gene (Mitzie) McNally O.P., granddaughters Cheryl (David) Miller, Colleen McNally, Cathleen (Mike) Cook, great-granddaughters Tiffany (Art) Hoover, Kimberly (Scott) Martin, Katelyn Miller, great-grandsons Cody and Casey Cook, great-great- granddaughter Emily Martin, and great-great- grandsons Matthew Martin and Brandon Hoover. Family and friends are invited to attend the Burial on Thursday, May 30th, 10 a.m., at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael. A Memorial Service will be held in June. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Omar's name to the Dominican Sisters Mission, Colonia Esperananza, Tijuana, c/o Sister Gene McNally, P.O. Box 432327, San Diego, CA 92143. Keaton's Mortuary, 1022 "E" Street San Rafael ~ 415-453-0571. 

Matilda (Tillie) M. Potthoff
Passed away peacefully at Marin General Hospital on May 22, 2002. Born in Brooklyn, New York and a long time resident of Marin County. Beloved wife to the late Frank Potthoff, married for 56 years. Loving sister to the late John Tringali, Netta Scarpa Joseph Tringali, Ida Felix, Adele Cinelli and Mary DeNatale. She is survived by her dear sisters-in-law Norma Tringali and Rosalie Potthoff and her niece Donna Gates and her husband John of Novato, CA and her nephews Steven Scarpa and his wife Katie of Tiburon, Joe De Natale and his wife Mary of San Rafael, Frank De Natale and his wife Bliss of Berkeley, Barry Potthoff and his wife Vicky of San Francisco and Ward Potthoff and his wife Penny, of Daly City. She also had many great-nieces and nephews. She will be missed by many loving friends. Tillie was very active in her parish at St. Rita's Church in Fairfax, and donated her time at the Sunny Hill's Guild in San Rafael. For many years she sang professionally and later in Church choirs. She was also an avid golf player. Visitation for family and friend's will be on Wednesday, May 29 between 9:00 and 11:30 at Keaton's Mortuary in San Rafael. Following, a Funeral Mass will then be celebrated at 12:00 Noon at St. Rita's Church in Fairfax. Private interment will be at the Catholic Italian Cemetery, Colma, CA. Donations may be made in her name to the charity of your choice. Keaton's Mortuary 1022 E. Street San Rafael, CA 453-0571. 

Matilda (Tillie) M. Potthoff
Passed away peacefully at Marin General Hospital on May 22, 2002. Born in Brooklyn, New York and a long time resident of Marin County. Beloved wife to the late Frank Potthoff, married for 56 years. Loving sister to the late John Tringali, Netta Scarpa Joseph Tringali, Ida Felix, Adele Cinelli and Mary DeNatale. She is survived by her dear sisters-in-law Norma Tringali and Rosalie Potthoff and her niece Donna Gates and her husband John of Novato, CA and her nephews Steven Scarpa and his wife Katie of Tiburon, Joe De Natale and his wife Mary of San Rafael, Frank De Natale and his wife Bliss of Berkeley, Barry Potthoff and his wife Vicky of San Francisco and Ward Potthoff and his wife Penny, of Daly City. She also had many great-nieces and nephews. She will be missed by many loving friends. Tillie was very active in her parish at St. Rita's Church in Fairfax, and donated her time at the Sunny Hill's Guild in San Rafael. For many years she sang professionally and later in Church choirs. She was also an avid golf player. Visitation for family and friend's will be on Wednesday, May 29 between 9:00 and 11:30 at Keaton's Mortuary in San Rafael. Following, a Funeral Mass will then be celebrated at 12:00 Noon at St. Rita's Church in Fairfax. Private interment will be at the Catholic Italian Cemetery, Colma, CA. Donations may be made in her name to the charity of your choice. Keaton's Mortuary 1022 E. Street San Rafael, CA 453-0571. 

Huber Trindade
Passed peacefully away on May 18, 2002, in his home surrounded by his family. Born in Salto, Uruguay, he came to the United States in 1962 as a restaurateur invited by the Seattle World's Fair to represent Argentinean cuisine. He later settled in San Francisco and established various restaurants, the last of which was Las Margaritas Restaurant in the Cannery on Fishermen's Wharf. He is survived by his wife and companion of over 50 years, Emilia; his three daughters, Lilliana Trindade, Mirta Sosa, and Jacqueline Torres; his son-in-law, Mario Torres; his grandchildren, Steven Sosa, Andrea Sosa, Alexandra Torres, and Julianna Torres; and many family members in Uruguay and Argentina. He is lovingly remembered for his generosity, his gentle guidance, and entrepreneurial spirit. Friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service to be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, 2500 Fifth Ave., San Rafael, CA. 

Joan B. Allen
Passed away peacefully in her sleep at home in Petaluma, California on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 at age 65. Joan will be lovingly remembered as a devoted wife and mother and will be greatly missed by family and friends. She loved life and all living things and was never known to have said an unkind word about anyone. Joan was born in 1936 and was a third generation San Franciscan. She was a lifelong resident of the Bay Area; she cared for the environment and began recycling in the early 1970's, long before it was fashionable to do so. Among Joan's hobbies was sewing and her family members will treasure many of her creations, especially her grandchildren. Joan loved animals; in addition to her own pets, she cared for the occasional stray cat or dog. Joan is survived by her husband of 33 years, William C. Allen III, sons Curtis Eugene Carrillo of San Rafael and Craig Charles Carrillo of Santa Rosa, and by her two cherished granddaughters Mina and Caisy. A Celebration of Her Life will be held at her home for friends and family on June 15, 2002 at 2 p.m. Joan wholly supported the Hospice of Petaluma, and her family prefers that any memorial contributions be made to the Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran Street, Petaluma, CA 94952. 

Lyle Edwards Cook
A pioneer fund raising executive and consultant passed away May 8, 2002 in Greenbrae, California of complications from Alzheimer's disease at age 83. He was born in Astoria, Oregon, attended schools in California. In 1940 he received a BA in History from Stanford University. He founded the School of Fund Raising, was listed in Who's Who in America, and was remembered for his intelligence and thoughtfulness, tenderness, and kindness. He was well organized and well dressed, a true gentleman. He will be remembered as a man of few but always well-chosen words. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Olive Freeman Cook of Tiburon, Ellen Otto of Los Altos, Mary Vaage of Capitola and Jane Cook, and Joe Vassallo of Corte Madera, seven grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. Preceded in death by son James M. Cook. Memorial Service Monday, June 3, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at Old Saint Hilary's Church, Tiburon. Memorial contributions can be made to: Lyle and Olive Cook Family Fund for Ethics in Society, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-2215 or Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Ave, Corte Madera, CA 94925 

Armand Greenfield, A Resident of San Rafael
Passed away at home, in the company of his family, May 17, 2002 at the age of 74 from Mesothelioma. He is survived by his wife Corrine Greenfield of San Rafael, son Mark Greenfield of San Francisco, daughter Laura Greenfield of San Francisco, and daughter and son-in-law Lydia and Dan Boland of West Hollywood. He is also survived by his sister Vera Wolinsky of Los Angeles, nephew David Wolinsky of Los Angeles, niece Iris Wolinsky of New York, and niece Judith and husband Lanny Ziering of Los Angeles. Armand was born in Zurich, Switzerland and came to the U.S. in 1947. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 - 1953. He was a lifelong journeyman electrician with IBEW 6 of San Francisco. Armand was a devoted follower of Sai Baba and Ammachi. A private family service is being planned. It is hoped that those who knew and cared about Armand will offer their thoughts and prayers in their own way according to their individual beliefs. Donations in his memory may be made to Marin WildCare of San Rafael http://www.wildcaremarin.org/; The Milo Foundation of Mendocino County, P.O. Box 500, Willits, CA 95490; Hospice of Marin; or any Sai Baba or Ammachi charity. 

Gilbert W. Heisig, Jr.
Of Mill Valley passed away May 23, 2002, survived by his wife of 55 years Mary Evelyn Heisig, father of Gilbert E. Heisig and Robert T. Heisig, a native of Los Angeles, age 79 years. Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Mass Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, #3 Oakdale Ave., Mill Valley. Memorial gifts preferred to your favorite charity. Russell and Gooch Funeral Chapel 270 Miller Ave., Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Michael D. King
Age 45, died suddenly at his home on the 17th of May, 2002. He is survived by his wife Melody King and his five children Joseph, Zachary, Kasey, McKenzie, and Madelyn, his mother Harriet Brindley and sister Karen Labourdette, both of Novato. Mike graduated from Novato High School in Marin County in 1975 and moved to Sacramento in 1979 where he worked for Radiological Associates of Sacramento Medical Group for 20 years. As an avid football fan, Mike often refereed for many local High Schools in the Sacramento area. Friends are welcome to attend the Memorial Service Friday, May 31st at 4:00 p.m. at Reichert's Funeral Service, 7320 Auburn Blvd., Citrus Heights, CA 95610. In lieu of flowers, if you wish to make a donation toward the children's education, the Cowan Fundamental School has set up a "King Family Fund" at the Bank of Sacramento, 1750 Howe Avenue, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95824. 

Inge P. Marrino
An excellent artist, a source of musical inspiration for son, Peter, and artistic encouragement for husband Joe, died May 22, 2002 at 638 Bamboo Terrace, San Rafael, CA 94903. Friends are invited Sunday, June 2, from 2:00 p.m. to celebrate life. Joe and Peter welcome you. Call (415) 479-6704. 

Sekou Iman Turner, August 28, 1973 - May 22, 2002
He was born on August 28, 1973 in San Francisco, California to the union of Walter and Sharon Turner and was an only child. The family resided in San Rafael, California and Sekou attended Marin Horizon Montessori School in Mill Valley. Sekou's first desire to be a fireman was voiced after the Mill Valley Fire Department paid a visit to Marin Horizon, with one on their fire engines and a vivid presentation about what it was like to be a fireman. In his "Privit Thots" journal, written when he was five (spelling that has to be deciphered), he stated, "If I were a hero, I would stand in the middle of a fire and everyone would cheer for me and like me. Then I would raise my arms high above my head and say, thank you my friends and the people would cheer and shout for me." The family moved to Fairfax, California and Sekou continued his education at White Hill Middle School and he graduated from Drake High School in 1991. Sekou attended Little Mission Church of God in Christ with his grandparents, Elder Loyd Ward and Missionary Maxine Ward. At the age of eight he accepted Christ as his personal saviour. He later attended City of Refuge Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Oakland, California, under Pastors Elder Donald R. and Elder George M. Murray. After high school graduation, Sekou was employed with Costco Wholesale in Novato, California. While attending College of Marin, he continued working part time at Costco. During Sekou's tenure at Costco, he acquired a good work ethic. He began as Front End Assistant, which led to a position as a Front End Cashier. He later moved into the Photo Lab Department as a photo technician. He provided excellent member service and the customers appreciated him. Sekou had the opportunity to do a lot of traveling with his father, through Global Exchange. He traveled extensively in the United States and visited South Africa, Cuba, Mexico, Hawaii, and Canada. For a period of time, Sekou didn't always make good life choices. At the age of nineteen, he was attacked in San Francisco and stabbed in the heart. He actually died in the Emergency Room at San Francisco General. But, Sekou was miraculously given another chance to live. Sekou greatly attributed the quick response of the San Francisco Fire Department's Paramedics as making a difference in his living or dying. This ignited a desire to be able to do the same for others. He enrolled in the Fire Fighter Training Program at Chabot College. He later became a seasonal Fire Fighter for the Marin County Fire Department for about three years. During this time, he completed his Emergency Medical Training (EMT). As a result of Sekou's hard work and perseverance, his dream of being a fireman was realized. As one of his colleague's said, "He went out and took all the classes, worked real hard, pushed himself and did what he said he would do." In July 2001, Sekou was hired as a probationary Fire Fighter by the Alameda County Fire Department. Early Wednesday morning, May 22, 2002, while on a medical call in San Ramon, Sekou suffered a fatal heart attack after helping to load a patient into an ambulance. Sekou will always be remembered for his great sense of humor, fun-loving spirit, loyalty, dependability and generosity. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He leaves to cherish his memory, his parents Walter and Sharon Turner, two aunts: Esther Cassimere of Oakland, California and Debra Turner of San Rafael, California; three uncles: Stephen Ward of Fairfax, David Ward of Richmond, California and Gregg Turner of San Rafael, California; Cousins: John Quinn of Richmond, California, Keerena Ward of Novato, California, Rachael Sharchaf of Portland, Oregon, Malik Robinson of San Rafael, California, Stephanie Ward of Palmsdale, California and Jasmine Adkins of Oakland, California; A God Sister, Alena Carroll of Marin City, California and close friend, Noel Jackson-Robinson of Richmond, California, along with a host of friends and Fire Fighter brethren. 

Russell Wardlaw
Former Marin County resident for 41 years, passed away May 21, 2002 in Sebastopol, CA. Mr. Wardlaw is predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Alice Wardlaw. He is survived by his children, Blair Hunt of Novato, Gordon Wardlaw of Columbus, Ohio, Leslie Mikulich of Santa Rosa, Lindsay Farley of Sebastopol, and Leigh Bratton of Santa Rosa. Also survived by grandchildren, Gabriel Mikulich, Lacey Mikulich, Alexandra Hunt, William Wardlaw, Elizabeth Wardlaw, and Victoria Bratton. He leaves a brother, Gordon Wardlaw of Kentfield and a sister, Alyn Ellison of San Francisco, as well as Richard Mikulich, Daniel Farley, John Hunt, and Lorie Wardlaw. Mr. Wardlaw attended public schools in San Francisco and the University of California at Berkeley, he was a Registered Mechanical Engineer who worked for the Cookson Co. in San Francisco as their Chief Engineer for 36 years and as a Part Time Consultant since retirement in 1988. He served in the Merchant Marine in WWII as a jr. officer in the engine room. Mr. Wardlaw was a member of Cal Berkeley Alumni Association, retired Merchant Seamen Club-Santa Rosa, and Marin SIRS. He enjoyed gardening, reading, traveling and was a history buff. He was dearly loved and admired by his five children. His spirit and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him. There will be a Service Saturday, June 8, 2002 at 2:00 PM. Friends are invited to attend the services at the home of Lindsay and Dan Farley, 11289 Graton Road, Sebastopol, California. Memorials appreciated, in his name, to the Amyotrophic Lateral Schlerosis Association, 27001 Agoura Road, #150, Calabasas Hills, CA 91310. Arrangements under the Direction of the Neptune Society of Northern California in Santa Rosa, 707-525-9700.


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