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Baron Seaman Weiss
Passed away May 18, 2002 at age 89 in Greenbrae. Beloved husband for 60 years of Norenee Weiss, loving father of Katherine Weiss, Lisa Weiss and Barbara and Joseph Scafidi, cherished grandfather, dear brother of the late Mildred Kessler and Relda Goldberg, and loving uncle to many. Baron was the devoted son of the late William and Sadie Weiss and grandson of the late Moses and Elizabeth Rapken. Baron graduated from Lowell High School in 1929 and attended U.C. Berkeley. He was a WWII Army veteran. He was the President of Rapken & Co. Ltd. for 40 years. He was a lifetime Board member of the Hebrew Free Loan Association and a long time active member of Congregation Beth Israel Judea, S.F. He was an avid tennis player, runner, swimmer and walker throughout his life. Private family services were held under the direction of Sinai Memorial Chapel. Contributions to the Baron S. Weiss Special Needs Loan Fund for the Elderly, c/o Hebrew Free Loan Assn., 131 Steuart Street, Suite 425, SF/CA 94105 preferred. 

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 Ganedo Rd., San Rafael. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marin CASA Program, 30 N. San Pedro Rd., Ste. 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. 

Mary Sanfilippo
Passed away in Tiburon May 20, 2002 at age 99. Beloved wife of the late Joseph Sanfilippo, loving mother of Marilyn Navarro of Los Altos, Geraldine McDonough of Novato, Arlene Sanfilippo-Keilman of Tiburon, and the late Jean Fernandez. Also survived by 12 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren. She was a native of San Francisco, a member of St. Hilary's Church in Tiburon and the YMCA. Mary and her husband owned for 36 years, The Luna Cafe in San Francisco. Family and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass Tuesday, May 28, 2002 at 10:00 AM at St. Hilary's Church, 761 Hilary Drive, Tiburon. Friends may call for Visitation Monday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel, Mill Valley. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma. Memorial gifts preferred to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Ave., Corte Madera, CA 94925. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Sekou Iman Turner
Passed away May 22, 2002 at the age of 28. He was born in San Francisco, graduated from Sir Francis Drake High School in 1991 and attended Chabot College and College of Marin. He was an Alameda County Firefighter. He enjoyed snowboarding, water and snow skiing, and attending church. He is survived by his father Walter Turner-Chairman of the Ethnic Studies Department at the College of Marin and his mother Sharon Turner-Director of the Marin City Family Self-Sufficiency Program, two aunts Esther Casimere of Oakland, Deborah Turner of San Rafael, three uncles Greg Turner of Terra Linda, Stephen Ward of Fairfax, and David Ward of Richmond. Public Viewing is to be held on Monday, May 27 from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. at Russell and Gooch Funeral Chapel, located at 270 Miller Ave. in Mill Valley. Funeral Services are to be held Tuesday, May 28 at 12 Noon at the Cornerstone Community Church of God in Christ, located at 626 Drake Ave, Marin City. Interment Rolling Hills Memorial Park, Richmond. Memorial contributions preferred to Sekou Turner Educational Scholarship Fund for Future Firefighters from Marin City, in care of Redwood Credit Union 209 3rd St,San Rafael, CA 94901. Russell & Gooch 270 Miller Ave. Mill Valley 388-1573. 

Joseph J. Alexa, December 11, 1918 ~ May 16, 2002
Joe was born on December 11, 1918 in Kulpmont, PA, but resided in Marin County for 52 years. He passed into Heaven on May 16, 2002 after a short illness at home surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by his beloved wife, Alda "Skip", sons Wayne and Howard Gilliam. He leaves behind two sisters, two brothers, four grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces. He also leaves behind many friends. He will be missed by all including his four-legged friends. Joe served as a Merchant Marine for six years. He retired from Laura Scudders in 1983. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved to travel and cook. A Memorial Service is planned for June 9, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at Contempo Marin ClubHouse, 400 Yosemite Road, San Rafael. Friends and family are encouraged to share their memories and say a few words in celebration of Joe's life. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Hospice of Marin in Corte Madera, CA. 

Walter Conard 
Passed away May 21, 2002 in Clearlake, California. He is survived by his son, Richard Conard of Santa Rosa, and grandchildren, Chloe Cook of Forest Knolls, Ingrid O'Donoghue of Chico, and Christopher Conard of Sacramento, California. Walter lived in Woodacre, Marin County, for 35 years. He retired to Hidden Valley Lake in Lake County for the past 24 years. He had been a Building Contractor in Marin for 23 years. He was a native of Colorado. Walter was a member of the Mason's, Lion's Club, Middletown Mineral Society, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, 1945. He loved golf, rockhounding and fishing. 

Abdolkarim Jamasbi
Passed away May 18, 2002 at age 83 years. Dearly beloved husband of Zohreh Ahadpour Jamasbi and loving father of Babak Jamasbi of San Rafael, CA and Firouzeh Jamasbi of San Jose, CA. Grandfather of Leila and Kameron Jamasbi of San Rafael, CA. He also leaves behind his loving brothers Mehdi Jamasbi of Washington State and Jalal Jamasbi of Jahrom, Iran and his nephews and nieces and their families. He was known to the family as "Jamsbi", the eldest of three boys of Batoul and Ali-Mohammad Jamasbi. He was raised on a citrus farm in Jahrom, Iran and married Zohreh Ahadpour in 1960 in Tehran, Iran. He visited his children and their families often who reside in California. A gathering of family and friends will take place at a later date. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151 

Lois Pool Logan
Mother of San Rafael resident Carolyn Logan Fisher and grandmother of Brian and David Fisher, died May 21, 2002 at age 92 in Napa, California. Memorial Service Monday, May 27th, 2 p.m. at the St. Supery Winery in Rutherford, Napa County. Gifts to one's favorite charity are preferred in lieu of flowers. 

Sidney Thal
Sidney Thal, father of Marin County local, Stephen Thal and generous benefactor to Hospice of Marin, died at his Palm Springs home Monday, May 20, 2002 of natural causes. He was 92. For more than 50 years, his smiling mustached face greeted generations of shoppers at Fox's Gem Shop in Seattle. Mr. Thal was considered one of the city's most endearing personalities. "Sid was a warm, caring and community-minded individual, whose kindness and philanthropy extended beyond the communities where he lived and worked," said Hospice of Marin Foundation President, Mary Taverna. "Those of us who live in this community are so fortunate to be beneficiaries of his incredible philanthropic legacy." In 1999, Thal gifted Hospice of Marin with a generous donation to support the provision of bereavement services. "The Thal Family Fund assures that bereavement support is available for anyone in our community who is dealing with grief and loss, and requests Hospice's assistance," Mary Taverna added. Born in Massachusetts in 1909 to Jewish immigrants, Mr. Thal, a talented pianist, moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington. He met his future wife, Berta Altose, at piano lessons. The 1929 stock-market crash ended his studies. He became a traveling salesman, moved to Portland and settled back in Washington State at the start of World War II, where he was a civilian manager for the Navy in Seattle. After the war, he took a job at Fox's Gem Shop; and in 1949, the Thal's purchased the store. Mr. Thal never officially retired from the store. But as he aged, he devoted much of his time to writing, composing short stories and poems about the importance of his family. "My Father has been a wonderful role model", says son Stephen, "he taught me the importance of generously giving to community services and programs, and I am very proud of his philanthropic accomplishments." Mr. Thal was preceded in death by his wife, Berta, and is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Stephen and Brit Thal of Kentfield, and daughters, Cindy Muscatel of Palm Springs, and Joy Mann of Seattle, Washington. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marin Foundation, 21 Tamal Vista Blvd., Suite 101, Corte Madera, CA 94925. 

Mary Ellen Miron
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts on August 23, 1912, passed away peacefully May 17, 2002 at the Nazareth House in San Rafael. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years Fabien P. Miron. A devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Mary is survived by her loving daughters, Carole Gerbic of San Anselmo and Gail Bowyer and her husband David of South Carolina; grandchildren, Charles Gerbic, David Gerbic, Jeffrey Gerbic, Patricia Courtney and her husband Thomas, Diane Solbach and her husband Erwin. Mary also leaves six great grandchildren, Ryan, Hannah, Cameron and Theodore Courtney, Daniel and Brandon Solbach and a brother, Robert Conroy of San Rafael. Mary was a private duty registered nurse in Marin County for many years. She enjoyed baking for her family, gardening, reading and traveling. At her request, no services will be held. Memorial contributions are preferred to the Nazareth House, 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903 or to your charity of choice. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Jeannette Solini
Age 82 of San Anselmo, passed away May 20, 2002 at her home. She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Sharlene and Bob Zielinski of Lincoln and son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Candace Solini of Foresthill. Her niece, Vicki Thomas of San Francisco, grandchildren, John Zielinski of Las Vegas, Jason Zielinski of Livermore, Jeanne Zielinski of Petaluma and Marissa Solini of Foresthill and four great-grandchildren, Jacob, Joshua, Lauren and Casey Zielinski also survive her. Jeannette is the daughter of John and Catherine Pedeupe, born in San Francisco on January 14, 1920. She married George Solini March 1, 1942. They lived in San Francisco until 1955 when they moved to San Anselmo. They were married until George's death in October 1999. Her "big" sister Marie Rebizzo also precedes her in death in March 1998. Jeannette was a wonderful friend to many. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She always put her family first, and was so proud of all her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her sense of humor, her joking ways and companionship will be dearly missed by all. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 24, 2002 at St. Anselm Church in Ross. Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

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. 

Guy Felix Joseph Chetelat
Died peacefully at his home in San Anselmo, surrounded by family members, on May 11th, 2002 following a brief illness. Born in Vincennes, France on December 22, 1920, he attended schools in Paris and Versailles. In the early days of World War II, he used his grandfather's fishing boat to help ferry Jewish refugees to England. He served briefly in the French army and later enlisted in the British Royal Air Force in South Africa. He was sent to New Guinea to conduct aerial reconnaissance photography of Japanese installations from a Mosquito light bomber. Following the war, Guy initially tried growing coffee beans on a plantation in New Guinea, then moved to Australia where he worked for Twentieth Century Fox. Using funds frozen in the country, they produced the film Blue Lagoon. In addition, he opened the first outdoor movie theater in Sydney, on Bondi Beach. After coming to the U.S. in 1952, he worked briefly for Blue Shield. Using his actuarial skills, Guy and Dr. Gene Dixon created California Dental Service in 1956 to offer group dental insurance. Their company, now known as Delta Dental of California, became the industry leader. He was also instrumental in starting dental insurance plans in Hawaii and other states. He worked for Delta Dental for 32 years, serving as Vice President for national and special accounts in later years. A Frenchman who never lost his fondness for things French, or his accent, Guy became a true Californian and loved his adopted country. Among his passions were tennis, photography, and gardening (he particularly liked tree ferns and roses). He traveled widely throughout his life, and especially cherished recent trips taken with his family to China and France. A generous and warm person, he would happily give you the Hawaiian shirt off his back. Guy will be missed by his family and the many friends he made throughout the world. Guy is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary Jane, and children Guy Jr. of Redding, Roger of Davis, Monique of Sunnyvale, and Rene of San Anselmo, California. Also surviving are his daughters-in-law Bonnie Lampley and Catherine Chetelat, and grandchildren Alan, Thomas and Laurynne. In France he leaves three brothers, a sister and three nephews. Memorial Services will be held May 31st at 2 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ross. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John's Church (Box 217) or to Hospice of Marin. 

Barbara Curtin Rentfrow
Age 81, of Pullman, Washington died Thursday, May 9, 2002 in Spokane, after a brief illness. Barbara was born November 18, 1920 in Harrisburg, Oregon to Lloyd W. and Gertrude F. Shisler. The family later moved to Salem and Barbara graduated from Salem High School in 1938. She graduated from the University of Portland, St. Vincent's School of Nursing in 1943. She was an active member of both alumni associations. Barbara married John J. Curtin of San Rafael in 1944. He was an officer in U.S. Army Intelligence when they met. They made their home in San Rafael where Barbara was very active with St. Raphael's Mothers' Guild, Social Services, Meadow Club, American Red Cross, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts. In her nursing career, she worked at Ross General Hospital, San Rafael General Hospital (later the Cottage Hospital), with Dallas Wagner, M.D., and as a private-duty nurse. After John died in 1972, she moved to Washington State to be closer to her grandchildren. In 1983, Barbara married Mercer L. Rentfrow, whom she had first met in the 1940s. They made their home in Spokane and later Pullman, Washington. Mercer passed away May 1, 2002. Barbara was a wonderful and generous mother and a devoted grandmother. She took great pride in her family and enjoyed visiting and gathering with them all. She loved creative writing and wrote poetry to commemorate the special events in her life. With her advanced education and early years as a working mother, she was in many ways a woman ahead of her time. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Maureen and Jim Evermann of Pullman; daughter Kathleen Hodges of Seattle; son and daughter-in-law Shawn and Debbie Curtin of San Rafael; Bill Hodges of Seattle; grandchildren Jamie Tilschner (and Matthew), Katie Joy Druffel (and Bill), John Evermann, Noah Evermann, W.T. Hodges, Jennifer Hodges, Jeffrey Hodges, and Shane Curtin; great grandchildren Gabrielle and Meghan Tilschner; and nephews Rick, Steve, Gordy, Andy, and Marty Smith. Barbara was preceded in death by her sister, Frances Smith. Memorial Services in California are pending. Memorial donations may be made to Boys and Girls Town, 14100 Crawford, Boys Town, NE 68010, or St. Vincent's School of Nursing, University of Portland, 9205 SW Barnes Road, Portland, OR 97225. 

Shyrlee Hamilton
Passed away May 18, 2002 in Greenbrae, CA. She is survived by her husband William Hamilton, children Douglas Hamilton of Sacramento and Deborah Hamilton of Marin County. Also survived by grandchildren Andrew Hamilton and Courtney Hamilton of Sacramento, and her brother Veryl Cole of Illinois. She was a native of Illinois, born on March 11, 1925. Services are pending. Memorials may be made to Family House, 50 Irving Street, San Francisco, CA 94122. 

Annie Bell Johnson A Resident of Marin City
Passed away May 19, 2002 at age 73. Loving wife of Lee Andrew Johnson, dear mother of Virginia and Stella Johnson, Cora Cosio, Andrew Johnson and John Allen Johnson, sister of Buelah M. Jones, Otha Fowler and Dorothy L. Lyons, 22 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was a native of Monroe, Lousianna. Friends are invited to attend Funeral Services Thursday, May 23, 2002 at 11:00 AM at Cornerstone Community Church Of God In Christ, Marin City. Friends may call for Visitation Wednesday from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL, 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. Interment Private. 

Lawrence "Larry" Keeney
Passed away peacefully at home with his family by his bedside on May 20, 2002. He was 71. He was born in Buckeye, Arizona on December 2, 1930; he grew up in various cities throughout the U.S., settling in the Bay Area in 1950. Larry was a retired self-employed Mfg. Rep. in the home furnishings industry and a member of the HFRA in Northern California for 40 years. An avid and accomplished golfer and fisherman, Larry will be remembered best as the most loving and generous father a family could ask for. Survived by Isabelle, his wife of 49 years, his three children, Ken Keeney, Karen Doolittle, and Susan Dotto; grandsons John, Joseph and James Doolittle; granddaughters Sabrina and Sophia Dotto; and his brother Robert Bridges of Fayetteville, PA. A Celebration of His Life will be held at Keaton Mortuaries, 1022 "E" Street in San Rafael on Friday, May 24th at 2:00 p.m. for family and friends. Memorial contributions may go to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. KEATON MORTUARY 415-453-0571. 

LOVE Jonathan Kent Love
Jonathan was born in Berkeley, February 24, 1969 and passed away May 11, 2002 in Seattle. Jonathan graduated from Terra Linda High School in 1987. He attended Cal Poly and graduated from Chico State University in 1993 with a degree in Information Technology and Computers. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Deborrah and Ronald Bremond of Oakland, Nichole Henderson of Oakland, Kevin Bremond of Oakland, Michael Bremond of Virginia and his grandmother Gloria Rutiner of Larkspur. He is preceded in death by a brother Fedayeen Turner. A Memorial Mass will be held at 6:00 PM, Friday, May 24, 2002 at St. Benedict Catholic Church. The address is 2245 82nd Avenue in Oakland 94605. In lieu of flowers please make a donation: In Memory of Jonathan Love, Partnership and Youth Campaign, Downtown Oakland YMCA, 2350 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612. Please visit the online obituary and sign the guest book at columbiafuneralhome.com. 

Eleanor Devine
Passed away May 20, 2002 in San Rafael. A native of San Francisco. Beloved mother of Carol Hary, Janet, Claire and Gerald Devine. Loving grandmother of ten and great grandmother of three. She loved to garden, crochet and volunteered at St. Vincent's for 15 years. Mom, much love always. You're in God's care now. Services will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2002, at St. Isabella Church, at 10:30 a.m. Visitation at Keaton Mortuary, Tuesday, May 21, from noon to 5:00 p.m. Burial Holy Cross Cemetery. Keaton Mortuary 1022 E Street San Rafael, CA 94901 (415) 453-0571. 

Ruth Bernice Timboe Johnson, January 17, 1914 ~ May 19, 2002
Age 88, of Mill Valley, was born in Rugby, North Dakota. She is survived by her husband Kenneth Johnson, Retired Air Force Colonel, of Mill Valley; three children, daughter Billie Bonilla of Fairfield, California and sons, Donn Johnson of Sacramento and Dale Johnson of Polson, Montana. Also survived by eight grandchildren and her sister Margie Larson of Santa Rosa, California. 

Keith Lanning, August 9, 1925 ~ May 15, 2002
Keith Lanning, a Marin County resident for the last 47 years died May 15th, 2002 after a short illness at the age of 76. Following graduation from the University of California at Berkeley, he and his wife Donna moved to San Rafael in 1955. Much of his business life was centered in San Francisco, first in the advertising community and later as an executive of the California Redwood Association. He retired from the CRA in 1990 after having served as President and General Manager for more than 20 years. Keith was born in Dunsmuir, California in 1925 and served with the United States Coast Guard in WWII. Throughout his career, he remained active in the San Francisco business community and represented the advertising community as a Board member for the San Francisco Better Business Bureau. Keith was also an active member of the Bohemian Club located in San Francisco. Keith is survived by his three children, Lesley Lanning of Sonoma, California, Matthew Lanning of San Rafael, California and Martin Lanning of San Diego, California. He leaves three sisters, Bernos Hutchinson of Laguna Niguel, California, Bonnie McCarty of Seattle, Washington and Jacquiline Wiles, of Sacramento, California. Private Funeral Services will be held on June 8th, 2002 at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery where Keith will be buried with Donna, his wife of 52 years who died in June 1999. The family prefers contributions be made to a favorite charity in lieu of flowers. 

Gerald Francis Nowell, A Resident of Mill Valley
Passed away May 17, 2002. Gerald Francis Nowell was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 1918. Most of his years growing up were spent in St. Paul, Minnesota. He attended Cretin High School in St. Paul and went on to the University of Minnesota on a football scholarship. He played on two National Championship teams ('40, '41) and graduated with a degree in Finance in 1942. Jerry enlisted in the Army in 1942 and eventually obtained the rank of Captain. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Ribbon. In the post-war era, he settled in San Francisco where he met his wife Geraldine Kathleen Judge in 1952. They were married October 31, 1952 and became parents for the first time in October 1953 with their daughter Pamela. They moved to Mill Valley in 1954 where they have resided ever since. Their son, Timothy was born in December 1954. Jerry was active in the Marin Republican Party, Birthright, and Women Helping All People. He is survived by his children Pamela and Timothy, grandchildren Roya 14 and Alex 12, son-in-law Ray and daughter-in-law Jacque, and many nieces and nephews. Friends and family are invited to attend a Visitation Tuesday (TODAY) May 21, 2002 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, May 22, 2002 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel in Mill Valley. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Mill Valley. Reception to follow. Memorial gifts preferred to Women Helping All People. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Norma Anne Luce Osborne
Born September 13, 1931 in San Francisco. Passed away May 17, 2002 at her home in Sebastopol. Survived by daughters Linda Osborne, Nancy Lorenz, her husband David and their daughter Amelia, son Glen Osborne, his wife Shannon, and their children Nathan and Morgan, sister Jackie Darrington of Ukiah and her family, brother Douglas Luce of Castro Valley & his family. Norma grew up in Mill Valley, California. She graduated from Tamalpais High School in 1950, and attended numerous Junior Colleges. At age 18 she married Donald Eugene Osborne. The family lived in Lake, Marin, and Sonoma Counties. Norma was a member of the Redwood Empire Rose Society, the Santa Rosa Garden Club, and the Santa Rosa Arrangers' Guild. She met many kind and wonderful people through her activities in these clubs and held dear the friendships she had made there. Norma always appreciated the beauty that life has to offer, and everything she touched added more beauty to this world. Friends and family are welcome to attend a Memorial Service at the Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa on Sunday, May 26, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. Donations in her memory may be made to Memorial Hospice, 821 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. 

Phil Swig
Age 44, of Novato passed into the arms of God on Thursday, May 16, 2002, after a six-month battle with melanoma. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and friends. Phil was born July 30, 1957, to Irving and Mary Swig in Honolulu, Hawaii, when it was still a territory. When he was 17, he moved to Marin County, and graduated from Redwood High School in 1975. He attended the College of Marin and the University of San Francisco where he studied business and organizational management. Phil was a commercial real estate agent with Coldwell Banker in Greenbrae. He was an enthusiastic volunteer in his children's activities, coaching softball and Pop Warner and chaperoning field trips to Walker Creek as well as hikes and overnight trips for Boy Scouts Troop 42 in Novato. In his spare time Phil was an avid fan of the Grateful Dead and enjoyed listening to music and swimming on the Mudsharks swim team at Rolling Hills Club in Novato. Phil was married to Maureen Cole Swig from Petaluma for 14 years. He was the beloved father of Andrew and Kristen Swig. Phil is survived by his mother Mary Swig of Honolulu, Hawaii; his sisters Nancy Swig Silberman and her husband Arthur Silberman of San Rafael, Sue Blackburn and her husband Sam Blackburn of Corning, California, and Barbara Swig of Honolulu, Hawaii; his brother-in-law Pete Cole; his mentor and dear friend MaryEllen Newman of Santa Rosa; and his many wonderful friends and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. Phil left us far too early, but in his short time on earth he made many friends and lived life with love, gusto and passion. According to his family and friends, Phil Swig could make you roll with laughter and send happy tears down your cheeks. A Memorial Service is planned for Thursday, May 23 at 6 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Novato. Friends and family members are encouraged to share their memories and say a few words in celebration of Phil's life. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to a charity of their choice or to the Phil Swig Memorial Fund, c/o Julie Casey, 5 Los Cedros Drive, Novato, CA 94947. 

Barbara Martin Broussal Thompson
Of Novato, 74, passed away on May 19, 2002, after a long and courageous struggle with lung cancer. She is survived by her devoted husband of 26 years, Vernon "Tom" Thompson, her son John Broussal of Tempe, Arizona, and daughters Lauren Broussal Ringler of Richmond, Massachusetts, Jeannie Broussal of Lake Tahoe, and Renee Katches of Colfax. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren, her former husband Laurent Broussal of San Francisco, and her children's loving stepmother, Randi Slaughter Broussal. Barbara was born in Wyoming on April 12, 1928, to Homer and Wilma McCreedy Martin, spending her childhood on the Nebraska family farm before moving to Denver, Colorado during the Great Depression. After the death of her father in 1937 in an accident, and her mother's remarriage to Donald Ward, the family moved permanently to Marin County, California, where she graduated from Tamalpais High School. Bobby, as she was known affectionately to family and friends, was at heart a mountain girl, nurturing a love of the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada that lasted a lifetime. A talented amateur artist, many of her watercolors reflected this deep appreciation of beauty in the mountains. In later years her talent turned to photography, revealing a remarkable ability to capture the essence of a child's innocence in her portraits, and the splendor of nature in her landscapes. A woman of diverse interests, she also pursued extensive research in genealogy, sewed expertly, traveled throughout the South Pacific, enjoyed exploring the Northwest with her husband Tom, and was an avid fan of the moose. Her children remember her as a lively and fun-loving mother during their early years, with a knack for reciting old family legends, and singing songs to them accompanied by her ukulele. She nurtured a variety of family pets, enjoyed summer camping trips in her beloved mountains, and even in later years remained forever young at heart. Bobby will be sadly missed by her loving husband and companion Tom, and by her grieving children, who were fortunate to enjoy many years of her love, protection and care. She is pre-deceased by her mother Wilma and her beloved stepfather Don. She will also be missed by her many friends, cousins, aunt and uncle, and by her much loved and special dog, Dakota. There will be a private Memorial Service for family and friends at a later date. Donations may be made in Bobby's name to Hospice of Marin, in Corte Madera, California. 

Innocente J. "Buzz" DeGottardi
Age 89, of San Rafael passed away in Greenbrae peacefully in his sleep on May 17, 2002 following a short illness. The son of immigrant Swiss dairy farmers Paolina and Innocente DeGottardi Sr., Buzz was born on the family ranch bordering Tomales Bay on April 12, 1913. He grew up on the farm and graduated from Tomales High School in 1933. Following in his parents footsteps he lived and worked on the dairy farm most of his life. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Luca DeGottardi, his sisters Lucy Barrett, Carrie Bordessa and Josephine Reilley. He is survived by three sisters, Rita Cerini of Cotati, Edith "Tootsie" Perolini and Elvetia "Betsy" Streckfus both of San Rafael and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be at Keaton's Mortuary, 1022 "E" Street, San Rafael on Tuesday, May 21, 2002 from 11:00 a.m. until 7 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at Keaton's Memorial Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday May 22, 2002, followed by graveside services and burial in Olema Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Hospice of Marin or a favorite charity preferred. Keaton's Mortuary San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Eleanor Bruner Hyndman
Passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2002. Eleanor was born on October 21, 1905 in Geddes, South Dakota and lived on a farm with seven sisters and one brother. In 1932, she married Will Hyndman in Marcus Iowa, where they farmed for 40 years and raised two daughters. After Will's death, she moved to San Rafael in 1963 and worked at Marin General Hospital. Retiring at the age of 70, she took up Karate and earned her black belt in Karate at 94 years of age. Survivors include two daughters, four grandsons, a sister and many nieces and nephews throughout the United States. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Raphaels Chapel, 1104 5th Street, San Rafael, on May 29th at 10:30 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eleanor Hyndman Memorial Scholarship Fund at the East-West Karate School, 1414 4th Street, San Rafael, CA 94901. 

Beatrice Wilmans de Jung Rice, January 5, 1921 ~ May 8, 2002
Beatrice, lovingly known as Bede, was a long time resident of Belvedere, arriving as a newlywed in 1943. She married Edward Russell Rice, III of Belvedere on February 2, 1943. Russell died in September of 1993. They are survived by Michael W. Rice of New York and Palm Springs, Alexis R. Lydecker of San Anselmo, Stephanie Rice of Belvedere, Edward Russell Rice, IV, of Bainbridge Island, Washington and Timothy W. Rice of Roberts, Montana. Bede has also left behind 15 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Bede was born in San Francisco and grew up in Berkeley and Sausalito. She attended both the Anna Head School in Berkeley and Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley and then onto University of California at Berkeley where she joined the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. Bede was a housewife and yet had time in her early years for Sunny Hills and other charities. In her later years she was a member of the Century Club and Town and Country Club in San Francisco. She was also a member of the Museum Auxiliary and other museums as well. Bede and Russell traveled the world together after the children were gone. They played golf and traveled with their close friends as well. An avid reader, Bede was content to sit quietly with soft music playing. Although ill for the last few years, her loving quiet spirit left us with many gifts and memories. She was a wonderful friend to many, a loving mother and grandmother, and she will be dearly missed. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service Friday, May 31, 2002 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Belvedere. Memorial donations may be sent to St. Stephen's, 3 Bayview Avenue, Belvedere, CA 94920, or Belvedere-Tiburon Landmark Society, P.O. Box 134, Tiburon, CA., 94920 or Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA. 94925. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Ina Finn Sloan
Passed away on May 7, 2002 at age 98. Born in London, England on March 7, 1904 to Frederick and Jessie Finn and raised in England, Mexico, Canada and Sausalito, CA., she was a 1923 Tamalpais High School graduate. Ina married Richard V. Sloan of Mill Valley in 1933. They traveled extensively in the U.S. and the Philippines during his military career until returning to Mill Valley in 1950, at which time Ina worked for the Mill Valley Public Library until she retired in 1966. They were married for 57 years. She is survived by her children Richard H. Sloan of Mill Valley, Eileen Sloan McGowan of Larkspur and Robert W. Sloan of Dublin, CA, her seven grandchildren and eight great-children. A private family service is planned. Donations to your favorite charity preferred. 

Alden Lincoln Stock
Died peacefully May 16, 2002. Born 1914 in San Francisco, California and raised in Berkeley. He was a graduate of UC Berkeley and a resident of Kentfield for 63 years. He is survived by his wife Alberta Gunnison Stock and five children -- Stephen, Peter and Bruce Stock, and Claire Lazar of Oregon and Janet Stock of Oakland, California. Also survived by four grandchildren. His wish was for no funeral services. Donations in memoriam appreciated to a charity of your choice. KEATON MORTUARY 415-453-0571. 

Jane Wotherspoon Yoder
Passed away peacefully in San Rafael on May 14, 2002. Dearly beloved wife of the late Donald Earl Yoder (1986). Loving mother of Ronald Allen Yoder of Los Angeles and Marsha Jane Yoder of San Rafael. Grandmother of Windy Goodale of New York. She leaves behind her loving nephews and niece, Robert Wotherspoon (Joy) of Fortuna, Walter Soernsen (Kathy) of Merced and Penny Spaletta (Ralph) of Petaluma and their families. Also leaves loving nephew the late William "Rusty" Soernsen. She was known to family members as "Bunty", the youngest of five children of William Wotherspoon and Jeannie Andrew. The family came to America from Glasgow, Scotland, settling in Denver, Colorado, where Jane was born July 3, 1913. The family resettled in Petaluma, California. She was employed at Pioneer Hatchery in Petaluma prior to her marriage, September 27, 1940. She worked retail at H. Liebes and Livingston's in women's apparel for many years. At her request, no services will be held. A Gathering of family and friends will take place at a later date. She will join her loving husband Donald at Cypress Hill Memorial Park in Petaluma. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street San Rafael, CA 94901 415-453-0571. 

Cathy Chambers
Passed away May 14, 2002 in Forest Knolls. Beloved wife of Larry Chambers of Forest Knolls, loving mother to Sean Chambers and Stacey Graham, both of Forest Knolls. Loving sister to Bonnie Burns of Petaluma and twin sister to Carol Novak of Grass Valley and sister to Roger Miller of Seattle, Washington. Loving grandmother to MacKenzie and Tanner Graham. Cathy devoted her time, spending it with her children and grandchildren. A Memorial Service Celebrating Cathy's Life will be on Monday, May 20, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at Monte's Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home, 330 Red Hill Avenue, San Anselmo, California. Memorial Contributions can be made to M.A.D.D., 1474 Oak Avenue, Saint Helena, California 94574. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440. 

Bradley Allen Foulk
Born September 18, 1952, in Sacramento, was released from his earthly bonds on May 13, 2002, in San Rafael. Brad is the loving husband of wife, Isa (Haggerty) Foulk of San Rafael; loving son of Jay and Viola Foulk of Sacramento; and beloved brother to sisters, Sandra Wright of Sacramento, and Marla Moore of Sparks, Nevada. A graduate of Encina High School and an avid motorcycle enthusiast, he will be remembered and treasured by family members and friends. With sparkling blue eyes and dazzling smile, he always lifted your spirits. During his lengthy and courageous battle with M.S., Brad was an inspiration to all who met him. A zest for life and an abundance of love in his heart kept his indomitable spirit alive and vibrant. He was a teacher to us all. Celebration of Life Services will be held at a later date. 

LeRoy A. Post
Age 89, passed away at his home in Mill Valley on May 13, 2002 after a long illness. Mr. Post was born January 22, 1913 in Dryden, New York and lived in Upstate New York until the age of nine when he sailed to Florida to live. He returned to New York at age 15 and became a "Wall Street Runner" shortly before the stock market crashed. Shortly after, he returned to Florida to finish High School in Daytona Beach; there he developed his love for sailing. As a young man, LeRoy hitchhiked across the country working odd jobs and using his resourcefulness. He fell in love with Mill Valley on his way up the West Coast. He joined the Navy in Seattle (1935) and served aboard the Battleships U.S.S. Texas and U.S.S. Maryland as an Electricians Mate 1st Class. Returning to New York, he helped build the Battleship U.S.S. North Carolina, affectionately called "The Showboat". He served aboard her in WWII where their actions included the Battle for Guadalcanal. After leaving the Navy, Mr. Post met the love of his life, Constance Bacon, while traveling through Eugene, Oregon. They married and had two children before migrating to Mill Valley in 1952. Strong-minded and self-dependent, he started his own contracting business, "Post Electric Co.", whose motto in the 1960's became "Let Post Electric Turn You On". He was respected for his honesty, integrity, and quality, as well as his imaginative ideas. Mr. Post retired at age 78. A strong chess player, he started the Marin Chess Club, and was President for 15 years. LeRoy was well known for his unique and original brand of humor. Mr. Post is survived by his wife, Connie Post; daughter, April Post; son, Duane Post; and grandsons, Robin and Merlin Wade, all still living in Marin, as well as his half brother, Bruce Stark of Seal Beach, California. There will be an Open House Wake at their home in Tamalpais Valley on Tuesday, May 21st, 2002 at 5:00 p.m. Call 415-388-2215 for details. 

Robert L. DeSaussure
Passed away peacefully in his home in San Rafael on May 7, 2002 after a brief illness. He was 84 years old. He is survived by his three children: Jeff DeSaussure of San Anselmo, Janet Canon of Greenbrae, and Steve DeSaussure of St. Maries, Idaho. Loving Grandfather to Daniel and Sarah DeSaussure, James and Sean Canon, and Robbie and Stephanie DeSaussure. His wife Jean preceded him in death in 1995; they had been married 53 years. A native of California, Bob enjoyed a long and active life with many interests and hobbies. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II stationed in India. He returned home to his wife Jean and their young daughter after the war to begin family life and a business career. He started a successful commercial interiors company, Robert Morry Inc., and ran it until his retirement in 1981. He was a member of the Montgomery Street Motorcycle Club, enjoyed traveling, was a long time member of the Marin Yacht Club and the GMC Pacific Cruisers Club. He was happiest when he was "on the move". At his request, no memorial services will be held. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Marin. 

Bradley Allen Foulk
Born September 18, 1952, in Sacramento, was released from his earthly bonds on May 13, 2002, in San Rafael. Brad is the loving husband of wife, Isa (Haggerty) Foulk of San Rafael; loving son of Jay and Viola Foulk of Sacramento; and beloved brother to sisters, Sandra Wright of Sacramento, and Marla Moore of Sparks, Nevada. A graduate of Encina High School and an avid motorcycle enthusiast, he will be remembered and treasured by family members and friends. With sparkling blue eyes and dazzling smile, he always lifted your spirits. During his lengthy and courageous battle with M.S., Brad was an inspiration to all who met him. A zest for life and an abundance of love in his heart kept his indomitable spirit alive and vibrant. He was a teacher to us all. Celebration of Life Services will be held at a later date. 

Kathleen Cassidy Doyle Heersema
A third generation Californian of proud Irish heritage, Kathleen Cassidy Doyle Heersema died at Nazareth House in San Rafael on May 13, 2002. Although she was born in Los Angeles, she was, at heart, a true native San Franciscan. She was educated at the Convent of The Holy Names in Oakland. A proud Stanford alumna, she received a BA in Classics and a MA in Modern Languages. She was Women's Editor of the San Francisco Examiner, 1954-1967; Deputy Director of the Peace Corps in Panama, 1967-1969. In 1961 she was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown to the first California Commission on the Status of Women. Kathleen Cassidy was married to the late Richard E. Doyle in 1933. She married the late Dr. Philip H. Heersema in 1969. A devoted mother and grandmother, she is survived by her four children: Kathleen Ellen Maunder of Portland, Oregon, R. Stephen Doyle (Adriel) of San Francisco, Brenda Doyle Crane (the late Jim Crane) of Austin, Texas, and Micaela Doyle of San Rafael. She also leaves her seven grandchildren: Michael Maunder (Staci), Mark Maunder (Krista), Lauren Kim (Shon), Erin Doyle Corbo (Christopher), Katie Doyle Ventimiglia (Michael), Duffy Doyle Keever (Graham), and Cassidy Doyle. She is also survived by six great grandchildren. Kathleen was a gifted writer, an exceptional wordsmith, a passionate and loyal friend. Her unwavering discipline, intellectual curiosity, sense of humor, and joie de vivre, will be missed by all who knew her. A Memorial Mass will be held at Old St. Mary's Church, (California at Grant Sts. in San Francisco), on Monday, May 20, 2002 at 10:30 AM. A Mass will also be held at Nazareth House on Friday, May 17, 2002 at 9:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Nazareth House, 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903 are preferred. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571.


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