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Norma Francisco
A native of Susanville, California and resident of Castro Valley for ten years died May 5, 2002 at the age of 74. She is survived by her children: Deborah Rago and husband Nick of Alamo, Lisa Selig of San Rafael and Valerie McGuire and husband Tim of Pleasanton. Sister of Alice Cotich of Salinas and Rudy Giovanetti of Oakland. Grandmother of Joey, Alison and Eddie Rago; Katie, Michael, Kimberly and Matthew Selig; Madeline and Nicholas McGuire. Long time companion of Douglas Howlett of San Leandro. Norma was preceded in death by her husband Edward Francisco in 1988. Norma enjoyed working with people during her 25 years at Macy's. She was an avid golfer and reader. She was an adored grandmother. A Memorial Mass will be held at Transfiguration Church, 4000 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley on Friday, May 10, 2002 at 11:00 AM. Contributions preferred to Midpeninsula Pathways Hospice, 7901 Oakport Street, Suite 3500, Oakland, CA 94621 and Leukemia Society of America N.C.C., 55 Hawthorne Street, #150, San Francisco, CA 94105-3912. 

Charles (Tad) Irvine
Born in San Francisco in 1905, six months before the 1906 earthquake. Tad Irvine died peacefully at home in Stinson Beach at age 97 on May 2, 2002. He began his career in the newspaper business in San Francisco at age 17. As an idealist and journalist, Mr. Irvine became a major activist on the West Coast during the struggle to create unions in the late 1930s and early 1940s. A dedicated humanitarian, he was committed to giving working people decent pay, working conditions, and protection. Over the years he witnessed, and liked to eloquently recount, many of the significant events that shaped San Francisco history. Tad had one daughter, Gail Irvine, by his first marriage. In 1964 he married Charlotte Schmidt and they shared their love of great literature, fine art, travel and friends. He is survived by his wife Charlotte, grandson Scott Roeglers, grandson Marc and wife Gaye Roegiers, great grandchildren Alexandra, Joshua, Julia and Zane, and stepson Daniel Schmidt. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Louise Levin
Passed away in San Rafael May 6, 2002 at age 95. Loving mother of Paul Levin and mother-in-law of Beth Levin of San Rafael. Dear grandmother of Tony, Michael, and Susan Levin. She was a native of Chicago. Graveside Services will be held Thursday, May 16, 2002 at 1:00 PM at Oak Woods Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Elizabeth Sibbett Miller
A 65-year resident of Marin County, died at Villa Marin after a short illness on April 25, 2002, a day shy of her 94th birthday. Betty Miller was born in Seattle, Washington on April 26, 1908. She spent her early childhood in the Marysville area where her father was a mining engineer, and moved to Berkeley, California and onto Provo, Utah. After graduating from Castilleja High School in Palo Alto, Betty majored in home economics at the University of Washington, studying fashion design. She worked in New York City for the clothing designer Elizabeth Hawes in the early 1930's before returning to the Bay Area to start her own business. She married Dudley F. Miller, a San Francisco lawyer, in 1935. They moved to Marin County in 1937 and were one of the early families to build in the Del Mesa tract in Ross. She lived there until 1985. She then became one of the first residents to move into Villa Marin in San Rafael and lived there until her death. After settling in Ross, they both were active in the community. Betty Miller used her skills in fashion design for the benefit of the Ross Valley Players in the late '30's and '40's. She was also an active member of the Marin Art and Garden Center and the Ross Valley Guild of the Sunny Hills Auxiliary, making aprons for the booth at the annual Grape Festival for many years. She used her sewing and teaching skills in numerous volunteer projects in support of the community and children's activities. Betty Miller also was instrumental in the creation of the Bargain Box which continues to benefit Sunny Hills Children's Services and helped in its eventual move to San Rafael. As a child, Betty Miller spent her summers in Inverness. In 1946, her family acquired property along the bay. She and her husband were committed to the preservation of open space as the County grew. Dudley Miller was active as legal counsel with the Marin Conservation League, and they both were active in other conservation efforts in the County from the mid 1940s through the early 1960s. Betty Miller is survived by her three children: Julia Thoron of San Francisco, Morgan Miller of Nicasio, and Dudley Miller of Fairfax, their spouses, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A Gathering will be held at the Villa Marin on May 19th at 5 p.m. The family suggests donations in her memory to Sunny Hills Children's Services, the Marin Agricultural Land Trust or to a favorite charity. 

Fern Jerrine Reynolds, A Resident of Novato, California
Born February 7, 1914 near Savery, Wyoming. Passed away May 5, 2002 in Santa Rosa, California, at the age of 87 years. Fern was a Homemaker and an artist who enjoyed gardening, sewing and pursuing many intellectual interests including communicating with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren via the Internet. Fern was married to Ulric H. Reynolds, U.S. Army, retired, for 64 years. Mother of three children: Ulric Reynolds III, the late Anne Reynolds Mahoney, and Carole Reynolds Borruso. She is the grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of 17. A Christian, she looked forward to enjoying her eternal life with Jesus. Friends and Family are invited to attend Funeral Services on Friday, May 10, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. and Visitation on Thursday, May 9, 2002 from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato, California. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151. 

R. Martin Gould
Of San Rafael, died suddenly at his home on Saturday, May 4, 2002 at age 60. He was born in Auburn, New York, on August 19, 1941. Marty was a business school graduate of Ohio Northern University and received his Juris Doctorate (JD) from the Ohio Northern University College of Law. After law school Marty worked for the U.S. Treasury Department -- Bank Examiner Division in New York City. Shortly after he began working for the Treasury Department, he was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. He suffered from this mentally debilitating illness for the remainder of his life. Marty moved to San Rafael in 1978 with his parents and was a devoted son, brother and uncle. Martin was an avid reader of business and investment books and periodicals and enjoyed charting stocks. He is survived by his beloved mother, Lillian K. Goldman, sister, Carole G. Friedlander, brother, Robert K. Goldman, brother-in-law, Mark Friedlander and sister-in-law, Ellen Goldman all of Marin. Nieces, Susan F. Wegner and Beth Goldman and nephews, Eric Friedlander, Brent and Jason Goldman and numerous cousins also survive him. His father, Max Goldman, predeceased him. Services were held at Sha'arei Sholom Cemetery, San Rafael, on Monday, May 6, 2002. Burial will take place at a later date in Auburn, New York. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice. 

Grace Helen Fordyce Imes
Was born in Portal, North Dakota on October 25, 1912. Her grandparents, Catherine and William MacKenzie and her parents, Wilhemina (Minnie) MacKenzie Fordyce and James Fordyce were all born in Scotland. She grew up in a loving family with her brother William and sister Kathryn, surrounded by good neighbors and friends. She was the loving wife of Merrill S. (Mike) Imes from June 22, 1937 until his death in 1981. Grace was a beloved granddaughter, daughter, sister, wife, aunt, great aunt, neighbor and friend. She died peacefully on April 21, 2002, with her garden in full bloom and her home still welcoming her loving family, good neighbors and wonderful friends. Grace will be remembered as a warm, caring person, full of life, and always looking for the good in the people around her. The Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 11, 2002 at The First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael, 1510 5th Street. 

Bruce Kendall
Age 65, died on April 26, 2002 in Redding, California. A native of Marin, he grew up in Fairfax, attending both Tamalpais and Drake High Schools. He raised his family in Woodacre before moving to Shasta County 30 years ago. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and was a member of the mounted patrol of the Marin County Sheriff's Department. An avid horseman, he spent several years raising horses. Bruce is survived by his sons Steve Kendall and Gary Kendall and granddaughter Kaylie, all of Redding, and his sister Jeanne Thompson of Fairfax. He will be missed by his family and friends. At his request, no service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1400 Dutton Ave.,Santa Rosa, CA or to a favorite charity. 

Ann L. Kuntz
Retired journalist and teacher, died peacefully in her sleep at Marin General Hospital on May 1, 2002 at the age of 62. Her death was caused by pneumonia following a long battle with emphysema. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1939, Ann graduated with honors from Louisiana State University in 1961 with degrees in English and French. She married Irwin "Tack" Kuntz the same year. Ann and Tack spent their honeymoon driving across the country to live in Berkeley, California, where their first two children, Margy and David, were born. The family moved to Princeton, New Jersey in 1965, where a third child, Lucy, was born, and then finally settled in Greenbrae in 1971. Ann's remarkable spirit, quick mind, and compassionate heart touched many lives throughout the years. She will be remembered not only for her devotion to her family, friends, and pets, but also for her passion for education, writing, and art. She was actively involved in the public school system for over two decades, and served in many capacities, including PTA President, newsletter editor, & "Hot Dog Day" mom. A self-taught journalist, Ann worked throughout the 1980s reporting on education and community issues for several Marin weeklies, including the Twin Cities Times and the Mill Valley Record. In addition, she acted as managing editor for the U.S. Forest Service Monitor and the Mill Valley School Record. From 1986 to 1994, Ann taught journalism at Mill Valley Middle School and founded the school newspaper, The Grapevine, which is still being published. She was especially proud of her students, some of whom won National Quill and Scroll journalism awards in 1993 and 1994. Ann also worked for the Marin Education Foundation and the Marin Conservation Corps, and co-authored a book, Computer Crafts for Kids. After retirement, Ann focused her attentions on her grandchildren, her art, and working with cat adoption services. She is survived by her husband, Tack, who teaches at UCSF; her three children, Margy Kuntz of San Anselmo, David Kuntz of Yardley, PA, and Lucy Kuntz of Berkeley; her five grandchildren, Danielle Hone, Rachel and Katherine Kuntz, and Aaron and Heather Fielden; her two step-grandchildren, Gene and Maggie Fielden; and her beloved pets, Jasmine, Patrick, and Fiona. Friends and family are invited to a Memorial Service on Saturday, May 18, at 5:00 PM at Peacock Gap Golf and Country Club, 333 Biscayne Drive, San Rafael, California, 415-453-3111. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ann's name to CATS, Inc. (1 Blackfield Drive, Box 110, Tiburon, CA 94920), to the Marin Humane Society (71 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, CA 94949), or to the Marin Community Food Bank (75 Digital Drive, Novato, CA 94945). 

Albert A. Lucia
Our Dad, Albert A. Lucia of Corte Madera passed away Thursday, May 2, 2002. He was 85 years old. A native San Franciscan, his family owned and operated the New Russian Hill Market for 65 years. It is a local landmark and has been a popular backdrop in many movies. Al reveled in his family and friends, loved music, dancing and good food. A Veteran of WWII, he earned a Bronze Star. Upon his return to San Francisco he became a wholesale liquor salesman, and proud member of the Teamsters Union. Al was a Marin County resident for 46 years where he and his wife Bernice raised their four children. He was an active member of WPAC Marin Co. Chapter 11, SIRS, ICF Branch 161 and The Goldenaires. Albert was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice J. Lucia (1989). Albert is survived by his children Suzanne (Robert) Armanini of Georgetown, Natalie (Paris) Giannini of Fair Oaks, Albert (Jenee) Lucia of Oceanside, Roberta (Todd) Newman of Novato; his grandchildren Franchesca, Louis, Bret, Adam, Todd, Lindsey, Jessica, Casey and Olivia; and his sister Mary (Pat) Presto of San Francisco. We would like to invite Albert's friends to his Rosary and Funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Church in Larkspur on Friday, May 10, 2002 at 10 AM. Funeral arrangements are by Mt. Tamalpais Mortuary/Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. 

Maria (Marisha) Thoelecke
Age 43, passed away in her sleep, April 22, 2002 in Novato. Maria is survived by her parents, Carl and Sylvia Thoelecke of Kentfield, her brothers John and Paul Thoelecke and her sister Suzanne Baird. Memorial Services will be held on May 11th at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Patrick's Church in Larkspur. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Saint Vincent de Paul, St. Sebastien Council, 43 Via La Cumbre, Greenbrae, CA 94904. 

Robert (Bob) Clarence Wilmes
Passed away peacefully Saturday, May 4, 2002, at his home in Tiburon. Bob was born and raised in San Francisco and moved to Marin County in 1967. He graduated from Lowell High in San Francisco and joined the Navy in 1943, serving until 1946 aboard the destroyer USS Irwin in the Pacific fleet. Returning home, he attended S.F. City College. He was a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 6, for over 50 years. When not working as an electrician in San Francisco, Bob spent most of his free time outdoors, fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed watching football, baseball and basketball games. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Nicholas Wilmes and Stella Ross Wilmes. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Dorothy Ann and their children, James Robert Wilmes of Santa Rosa, Barbara Ann Cohn (Steve) of Petaluma, John Edward Wilmes (Diane) of Auburn, Washington, and Carroll Marie Citi (John) of San Rafael. His brother Jack Ross Wilmes lives in Roseburg, Oregon. Grandchildren include John Robert Cohn and Rachel Ann Cohn, Joseph Robert Citi and John Wilmes' stepson J.K. Evans (Aimee) and great-grandson Dylan Hunter Evans. In accordance with his prior expressed wishes, there will not be a memorial service. Donations would be welcomed in his name to Hospice of Marin. 

Norman Lawrence Regnart
Born in 1934 to Roy & Sally Regnart, passed away peacefully at his home on May 3, 2002 surrounded by his loving family. He leaves behind his wife of 47 years, Sheila, to whom he was a loving and devoted husband. They were, in their youth and always, childhood sweethearts. He was also a loving brother to his sister, Suzanne Regnart. A devoted and caring father & grandfather, he will be deeply missed by his children, their spouses and his 12 grandchildren - Norman & Jeri Regnart, and their children Chris, Rebecca, Nick and Matty; Cindy and Steve Jordan and their children Sarah, Andrew, Rachel and Dan; Carol and Franco Lofreddi and their children Ashley, Holly, Elyssa and Sabrina. He was preceded in death by his youngest son Michael, and we are comforted knowing he is able to be with him again. He will be deeply missed as well by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim and Shirley Ray, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was a long-time resident Teamster for Borden's Milk Company in San Francisco, and often remarked that he truly enjoyed his working experiences as a milkman. He also worked as a credit manager for Borden's until they closed their Bay Area branch. Subsequently he worked for Western Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads, and Southern Pacific Land Company as a credit manager. He loved to read, he was a historian, and looked forward to fishing trips with his childhood friend, Bob Novello. He was a 49'er fan to the core and loved baseball too; he was a Little League coach when his children were young and enjoyed attending the games of his grandchildren. But the most important thing to Norman was family, and what he loved the most, was when they all gathered at the table, laughing and sharing stories. There are no words to truly express how much he will be missed by his family & friends. Friends are invited to attend a rosary service Tuesday, May 7, 2002 at 7 P.M. and a Memorial Mass on Wednesday, May 8, 2002 at 12:30 P.M. at St. Rafael's Church, 1104 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. Memorial contributions are preferred to St. Jude's Children's Research Center. Keaton's Mortuary (415)453-0571. 

Carlo T. Gelardi
Passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2002 after a year long battle with cancer. Carlo was born and raised in San Francisco's North Beach. He was very proud of his Italian heritage. He was known as a very classy dresser. He was a classic car enthusiast, who had his own cars, as well as a tending many of the car shows in the Bay Area. Carlo was a resident of Marin County for 23 years. He worked as a bridge serviceman on the Golden Gate Bridge for 25 years. He also tended bar at the Corinthian Yacht Club for many years. He is survived by his devoted wife Marlene, of 32 years. He was the beloved father of Carla Thawley and her husband Mike of San Rafael and Laurie Gelardi, of Los Angeles. He was preceded in death by his parents Pasquale and Mary Gelardi. He was the proud Nono of Michalea Thawley and Mia Gelardi. He leaves his father and mother in-law, Bob and Edna Creech, his loving sister, Marie Baeza and her husband, Tom. He is also survived by numerous loving cousins, nieces, and nephews and their families. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass on Tuesday, May 7, 2002 at 10:00 AM at St. Anselm's Church, Ross. Vigil Services will be held on Monday at 7:00 PM at Monte's Chapel Of The Hills, San Anselmo. Interment Valley Memorial Park, Novato. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday after 6:00 PM. Monte's Chapel Of The Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440. 

Yelva Giannini
Our beloved mother, nana, and bis-nana, Yelva Giannini, a long time resident of Larkspur, passed away peacefully on April 21st, 2002 at the age of 93. Born in San Vito Commune di Lucca, Italy, Yelva moved to America when three years old. Her family settled in San Francisco and, after her marriage in 1930, she moved to Larkspur. Yelva obtained her real estate license and for 26 years she worked for various Marin County realty firms. During this time, she also was involved in many community organizations. Her lifelong passion with gardening and entertaining culminated with the publication of "The Giorgi Sisters Cookbook", written in conjunction with her sisters, Lola Pucinelli and Vienna Giorgi. Family, friends, and neighbors have benefited greatly from her sage kitchen knowledge and advice. Her polpette and tortellini will sorely be missed. Yelva was preceded in death by Paris, her devoted husband of 50 years, her loving parents Attilio and Cesire Giorgi, and sister Lola. She is survived by her son, Bruce, sister Vienna, grandchildren Paris, Rhonda, Greg, and Mario Giannini, Theresa Dunham, their spouses as well as numerous great-grandchildren, and by Joyce Giannini. Yelva was an remarkable person whose love, spirit, energy, and generosity touched many. Her loving family and friends will miss her dearly. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, May 13 (which would have been her 94th birthday) at 11:30 at Mt.Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. 

Pamela B. Hooper
A resident of Novato, passed away May 2, 2002 at Marin General Hospital after a 20-year battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her family. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 8, 1946, she grew up in San Francisco, California and was a 1964 graduate of Mercy High School. She worked for Marin Catholic High School as an administrative assistant for the last 12 years. Mrs. Hooper was predeceased by her mother, Lucille Bettencourt (1995), her father Stanley Bettencourt (1997), and her brother Roy Padilla (1998). She is survived by her loving husband of 29 years, Keith, her two daughters Dana and Tiffany, Sister Vonnell Bettencourt and niece Shoshauna Bettencourt. She will also be missed by extended family and many friends. Friends are invited to visit on Tuesday, May 7th from 2-6 p.m. at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd. Novato. A Vigil Service will be recited at Our Lady of Loretto, 1806 Novato Blvd. at 7:30 p.m. also on Tuesday. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 8th at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Loretto. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions preferred to the American Cancer Society, 25 Bellam Blvd. #150, San Rafael, CA 94901. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151. 

Sylvia Jean Marlowe
Age 80, of San Rafael passed away on April 28, 2002 after an extended illness. A native of Wisconsin, Sylvia attended Wellesley, and then the University of Wisconsin, where she received her B.A. in Art History and Psychology and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology graduating Phi Beta Kappa and receiving the Mortar Board Award. While her husband was in graduate school at the University of Chicago, she was a Clinical Psychologist at Michael Reese Hospital. Following their move to the Bay Area, Sylvia worked as a Psychologist for the S.F. Unified School District, serving eight schools. In their early years, Sylvia served in Marin as the President of the League of Women Voters, and in later years, following her quilting hobby, founded one of Marin's quilting groups. She found that one of the highlights in her quilting experience was her national sale ... promoted by the Center ... of 100 of her quilts with all the proceeds donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Sylvia leaves her beloved husband, Melvin Marlowe, with whom she had celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on New Year's eve; her beloved sons, Jonathan Marlowe of San Rafael and Christopher Marlowe of Paris, France; a sister, who resides in Dallas, Texas, and another sister and brother, both residents of Wisconsin. Following the raising of her family, Sylvia returned to her profession, as a Clinical Psychologist at the UCSF Hospital, then as a Family Therapist at Children's Hospital in S.F., and later, as a Psychologist for Marin's School for the Deaf, including group therapy for parents of deaf children. Sylvia was always there for others. In accordance with her prior expressed wishes, there will not be a memorial service. Donations will be welcomed in Sylvia's memory to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, Al 36104...or, The Gilda Radner Cancer Registry Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263. 

Grant Lindsey Mitchell
Passed away peacefully at his home in Novato on April 28, 2002. Born in 1929 in Portland, Maine, Grant was the only child of Lena Phillips Martin and Byron E. Mitchell. Grant graduated from the Maine Maritime Academy in 1952 and served as an officer in the Merchant Marines for several years before joining the United States Navy. After an eighteen-year tour of duty he retired as a Lieutenant Commander while stationed at Treasure Island. Grant was a Brother in good standing with the Fairfax Lodge of the Masons of California and a member of the San Francisco Shriners. He was also a dedicated member of the Sierra Club and enjoyed world travel, cooking and the fine arts. His wife Carol Elizabeth Mitchell preceded him in death. Grant is survived by his loving family: daughters Carol Lee Olney and Diane Lynn Haxton, sons Glen Lindsey and Richard Dana Mitchell and grandchildren Tyler, Alison and Rebecca Mitchell. At his request, his ashes will be scattered at sea. A private Family Service is planned. Contributions in his name may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. 

Helen M. Smith
Helen M. Smith died April 17, 2002 at her residence in Mill Valley. She was 83. Helen moved to Mill Valley in 1954 and lived there continuously until her death, with the exception of a two and a half-year stay in Augsburg, Germany. In addition to raising two children in Mill Valley, Helen had a 20-year career in property management. From 1966 to 1974 Helen was an onsite manager at the Shelter Bay complex in Mill Valley. In 1974 she became Assistant Manager of the Cove Apartments in Strawberry. She retired in 1986. Helen developed many friendships throughout Marin County over the years due to her numerous activities with the Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Job's Daughters, PTA and local Democratic politics. She served as volunteer and docent at Marin General Hospital for 29 years and was instrumental in developing the hospital's puppet therapy program. Puppet therapy familiarizes children with the events and procedures they will experience before, during and after surgery. During her 20 years as a puppet therapist, Helen often arrived at the hospital by 6:30 a.m. to be with children prior to their surgery. Over the years her sessions greatly reduced the natural uncertainty and anxiety many youngsters feel when staying on the Pediatric Ward. Helen was also a docent at Marin General and served in that capacity for 14 years. She was the Docent Program Director for the last 10 years. Marin General Hospital named Helen their Volunteer of the Year in 1997. Helen was particularly proud of two educational programs for young people she helped develop at Marin General. The National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine (NYLF/MED) introduces outstanding, pre-med students to the world of medicine. NYLF/MED challenges students to learn about a broad range of topics, including educational requirements, career options, clinical practice, and complex ethical and legal issues facing the medical profession today. Since 1995, Marin General has hosted NYLF/MED students in a program planned and arranged for by Helen. Those programs consistently received top mention in student evaluations because of the exciting experiences students had, such as observing actual surgeries and exposure to real-life case studies in medical ethics. The School-to-Career Partnership program, developed by Marin County Schools, was her other interest. The program introduces high school students to career fields in partnership with Marin County businesses and health care facilities. This year's program successfully matched up several Career Partnership students with hospital internships at Marin General. A Memorial Service for Helen will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2002 at the Community Congregational Church located at 145 Rock Hill Drive in Tiburon. The Service begins at 11:00 a.m. The family asks that any remembrances be made in Helen's memory to the Marin General Volunteers Scholarship Fund in place of flowers. The mailing address of the fund is 250 Bon Air Road, Greenbrae, CA 94904. 

Judith Ossa Sullivan
Died May 3rd, 2002, after a long battle with cancer. Born December 18, 1940 in Studio City, California, Judith worked as a certified shorthand reporter for over 30 years in California and Canada. Since 1997, she worked in an official capacity as court reporter for the Honorable John E. Munter in San Francisco, California. She is survived by her loving husband, Alfred Sullivan of Marin, her daughter, Catherine Martin and two grandchildren of Houston, and her mother, Yolanda Schmoll of Studio City, California. Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, May 7th, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. at Keaton Mortuaries in San Rafael. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael. 

James M. Baxter
Passed away May 2, 2002 in Sonoma at age 72. He was a native of San Rafael and the husband for 45 years of Alice P. Baxter. Father of Gary, Gregory and Darci Boragno. Father-in-law of Lina and Norma Baxter and Mark Boragno. Grandfather of Ryan, Sierra, Karina, Gianna, Gabriella, Daniella, Jimmy and Tessa. Brother of Mary Jo Laurence. Also survived by nephews and nieces. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. - Korean conflict; a graduate of U.C. Berkeley; and a Tax Assessor for 20 years with the County of Sonoma. He was a member of Valley of the Moon Lions Club and SIRS; and a Sonoma resident for 38 years. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at Duggan's Mission Chapel, 525 West Napa Street, Sonoma, California at 11:00 AM, Monday, May 6th, 2002. Inurnment by Mountain Cemetery, Sonoma. Donations preferred to the American Cancer Society or Lion's in Sight, 3193 Tifany Lane, Napa, CA. 94559 Duggan's Mission Chapel 525 West Napa Street, Sonoma 707-996-3655. 

James G. Miller
Died on May 1, 2002 at the age of 93. Jim's wife, Ruth Curtiss Miller, died in 1992. Jim is survived by son James G. Miller Jr. and his wife, Barbara Jonas of San Anselmo, daughters Judy Miller of Santa Monica and Pat Garrett Rooney of Indianapolis, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren, living in Philadelphia and Indianapolis. Mr. Miller was a native of Pittsburgh, PA and a resident of Marin since 1958. Jim was a Marin County realtor and active with the local Chrysanthemum Society. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Monday, May 6th, 3 pm, at St. Isabella's Catholic Church, 1 Trinity Way, San Rafael. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorial contributions be made to the donor's favorite charity. 

Mervyn Edward Coghlan
Born November 16, 1926 and passed away April 28, 2002 at Marin General Hospital after a long illness. A San Francisco Fireman of 30 years service, he moved to San Rafael to retire and play in the sun. His loving wife, Beverly and beloved daughters, Cathie Cordner and Terry Jackson survive him. His four grandchildren, Shawna Hoch, Scott, Trevor and Derek Jackson; and his great-granddaughter, Allyson (Allie) all were so special to him. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. As a veteran of the Navy, he wished for a private Family Service at Sea. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925-1133. 

Paul Robert LaCazette
Passed away April 28, 2002 and will be dearly missed. He was born New Year's Eve, 1922 in San Francisco and always professed, "When I celebrate my birthday, the world celebrates." He was a kind and gentle soul with a wonderful sense of humor. Even in his last hospital visit, he had to cover up his legs for fear that the nurses would stare at his "sexy legs." And his quick wit served him well in life as a young man in the Navy, a deputy sheriff, a restaurateur, and most importantly as a loving son, husband, father, and grandfather. At 17 Paul joined the Navy and served in WWII with the "Mosquito Fleet." He was a Quartermaster on several PT boats in the South Pacific, the last one being the 550. After the war Paul settled back in San Francisco and worked as a deputy sheriff for the county of San Mateo, and later for Amador County where he met the love of his life, Edith. Ever the romantic, he married his lovely wife in 1970 at the Coco Palms Resort on Kauai. For the next 30 years they lived and worked together running Edith's family restaurant in Jackson. During this period, they commuted on their days off to their home in Belvedere and then Tiburon where Edith lives still. Paul was an expert boat handler and they spent many wonderful days on their beloved cruiser Domani both in the bay and the Sacrament delta, often visiting friends at the San Francisco, Delta, and Tiburon Yacht Clubs of which they were members. He was also a member of American Legion Post #313 of Larkspur. In addition to his loving wife, Paul is survived and will be fondly remembered by his extended and blended family, Diana LaCazette of Denver, Paul Jr. of Rhode Island, Robert and Lauren Pohler of Fairfax, John Nigra of Wellington, Nevada, Joseph Nigra of Pine Grove, CA, Vince Nigra of Wellington, Nevada, and his dearly loved granddaughter Samantha ("Sam you made the pants too long") Pohler of Seattle. At his request, no services will be held. A private gathering in remembrance of Papa has been held. We will miss you Papa and we will always celebrate your birthday! Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned & Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440. 

Frederick Charles Ravani, Sr., 1912 ~ 2002
Papa died, at the age of 90, at his home in Woodacre on April 22, 2002. He was a loving and beloved husband and father. He leaves his wife of 65 years, Peggy, his daughter Cricket, and his son Fred "Spike" Jr. Freddie was a wonderful man who lived a full and happy life. Being a strong man, he never had a harsh word for anyone. We will miss his twinkling eyes and warm smile. One day we will all be together again. God took him quickly and in a gentle manner; for that we thank our Lord. Fred Ravani's Family Services were private. 

Robert A. Schroth
Age 64 of San Anselmo, passed away on April 29, 2002 in San Francisco after a long and courageous battle with heart disease. Born and raised in San Francisco, he later moved to Marin County where he was a resident of San Anselmo for 34 years. Survived by his wife, Lynda, of 37 years, their son and daughter-in-law, Erik and Teri Schroth, and grandchildren Wesley and Addison of Petaluma, and son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Kelly Schroth of Kentfield. Mr. Schroth is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Gail Schroth, their children, Matthew and Lauren, sister-in-law Shelley Burdett, and dear friends Fred and Joy Plowman, as well as many lifelong friends. Until his early retirement, Bob worked in the sporting goods industry for over 40 years. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School in San Francisco and also attended the University of San Francisco. He was an avid fisherman and had a great love of the outdoors. Other hobbies included a passion for cooking. A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in Bob's name to the Marin Heart Fund, 2 Bon Air Road, Larkspur, CA 94939, or to a charity of your choice. 

Silvio José Argüello-Valle
Age 58. Silvio was born in León, Nicaragua on January 4, 1944 and died on April 29, 2002 in Greenbrae, California after a courageous battle with cancer. He received his law degree in 1967 from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua. He practiced law and was involved in Nicaraguan governmental affairs. He moved to Marin County in 1982 to be reunited with his siblings already living in the area. Silvio followed his entrepreneurial spirit and became an insurance professional serving the Hispanic community both as an agent and legal advisor. He enjoyed taking road trips, reading, and attending air shows. Silvio was a loving father, brother and uncle who will be missed by those who knew him. Silvio is survived by his son Silvio Federico of Nicaragua; his sisters Leslie, Norma, and Martha of California and Florida; his brothers-in-law Don and Woody; his siblings Miriam, Fabio, Danilo, Leonel, and Clemen of Nicaragua; his godson Alberto of Novato; and numerous nephews and nieces in California, Florida, and Nicaragua. A Memorial Mass will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 2nd, at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church in Novato. 

Angelo Rafael Bon
Suffering a sudden and unexpected death, Angelo Bon of Fairfax completed his earthly journey on April 27, 2002, and has gone home to God. Of French and Spanish descent, Angelo was born in Pleasanton, California, on June 19, 1927. Raised in San Rafael, California, Angelo graduated from St. Raphael's Parochial School in 1941. Whilst attending San Rafael High School, he was called to duty in World War II. Angelo saw gallant service in the U.S. Navy in the great war's Pacific Theater and he was present in Tokyo Bay during the formal surrender of the Japanese Forces. Upon his return home, Angelo continued his service to America by working for the government in the Post Office Department, San Rafael Office, giving 30 years of his life. Angelo also enlisted in the U. S. Navy Reserve and rose to the rank of Master Chief. His career with the Navy totalled 38 years. Angelo was the beloved son of Anton Bon and Maria Zaragosa Bon, and he was the cherished brother of Anthony Bon. Anton, Maria and Anthony have all preceded Angelo to Heaven. Angelo is deeply mourned by his wife of 52 years, Lucille Ghiringhelli Bon, and by his children Michael and Cathy. Angelo was the proud uncle of Steven, Gary, Debbie and Janice. Angelo was honored to be the great uncle of Stacy, Dana, Gregory, Dustin and Sara. And Angelo was blessed to be the great great uncle of Gabriel, Cynthia, Nathan and Celeste. Angelo is also mourned by his sister-in-law, Mrs. Rose Bon. Angelo was an honorary "member" Roy and Nancy Giorgi family, and he was a beloved second "Father" to Roy Giorgi, Jr. Angelo took great pride in being a member of the American Legion Twin Cities Post 313, the SIRS Branch 122 Fairfax, the San Rafael Goldenaires, and the Sons of Italy Marvelous Marin Lodge (Angelo's wife is of Italian descent). Angelo loved the game of golf, both as a player and as a spectator. It is rumored that he advised Tiger Woods, but it is not known if Tiger heeded Angelo's advice. Angelo was an avid reader and he loved to visit Marin's public libraries. A Rosary for Angelo will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2002, at Keaton Mortuary, 1022 E Street, San Rafael, at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, May 3, 2002, at St. Raphael Church, 1104 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, at 11:00 a.m. Angelo will be laid to rest with full military honors at the San Joaquin National Cemetery, Santa Nella, CA, on Monday, May 6, 2002, at 1:30 p.m. In view of Angelo's love of reading and his love of animals, memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the San Rafael Public Library, 1100 E Street, San Rafael, CA 94901, telephone 415-485-3104, or the Marin Humane Society, 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, CA 94949, 415-883-4621. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael. 415-453-0571 

Irene Frances Felder
Passed away peacefully at the age of 89 on April 25, 2002. She is survived by her beloved brother Frank, her sister-in-law, Virginia, two nieces, Joanna Felder Goldman and Betty Felder Larson, and truly loving friends. Irene was a native San Franciscan who worked for Del Monte Corp. for 41 years and retired as a Payroll Supervisor. Throughout her life, she was active, enjoyed the outdoors, and loved to travel. Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday, May 4, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. at Montgomery Chapel at the corner of Bolinas and Richmond Roads in San Anselmo. In lieu of flowers donations to the Salvation Army charity preferred. 

Jay J. Gettle
Age 51 of Corte Madera, passed away April 26, 2002 at his home. Loving husband of Veronica Gettle; father of Chris and Kelly Gettle of Corte Madera; son of Laverne Gettle of Calistoga; and brother of Kay Lopez of Cotati. Jay was a Certified Auto Technician and in 1989 became the proud owner of Marin Auto Science. He was also known as "The Pumpkin Man" by all the neighborhood kids for his display of carved pumpkins he put out every year at Halloween. Jay loved gardening, roses and vegetables. He loved to go fishing with the Mosquito Fleet out of Sausalito on the "June Bug" and he loved to go duck hunting at Sutter with his beloved dog, Gracie. Family and Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 4, 2002 at Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel, 270 Miller Ave. in Mill Valley. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Make A Wish Foundation, 120 Montgomery Street, Suite 1080, San Francisco, CA 94104-4313. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Barbara L. Swenson
On April 30, 2002, left this life to be with her Lord, after a mighty battle with the complications of pneumonia in her nearly three year old transplanted lung. She died peacefully at the UCSF Medical Center in the presence of her family. Barbara is survived by her husband of 35 years, Eric Swenson, and twin 31 year-old daughters, Karin Swenson of San Francisco and Kristin Henderson, and her husband Randal, of Litchfield, Connecticut, and by her best friend and loving mother Jean Price Lewis of Arlington, Virginia. She is also survived by her father Willis F. Lewis of Shreveport, Louisiana, her mother's sisters, Betty Swift of Arlington, Virginia and Mary Ellen Sparks of Montgomery, Alabama, her mother's brother James Price of McLean, Virginia, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Christopher and Pamela Swenson of Bonita Springs, Florida and other aunts, uncles and cousins throughout the country. Barbara was born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1942, and lived in Arlington, Virginia for much of her early life. She worked on Capital Hill in Washington, D.C. for several Congressmen in the 1960's, where she met Eric. She moved from Falls Church, Virginia with her family to San Anselmo in 1976. Barbara's spiritual and social lives were centered around her many dear friends at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ross and other wonderful people in the Marin Cursillo Community. She was a devoted wife and cherished the miracle of the birth and life of Kristin and Karin and the joy of being their mother. After a lengthly illness, Barbara received a lung transplant in May of 1999, extending her life and giving her nearly three more years, each day of which she thanked God and lived to the fullest, with special thanks to the donor of her new lung and the donor's family. She and her family will be forever grateful for the care she has received over the years from the doctors and other professionals at UCSF and Kaiser, San Rafael, whose skill and loving kindness helped to both extend her life and make her final days peaceful. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 PM, Saturday, May 4, 2002 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ross, on Lagunitas Rd. at Shady Lane. In lieu of flowers, Barbara would like any memorial gifts to be given to the UCSF Heart-Lung Transplant Family Fund, (Checks payable to U.C. Regents) 505 Parnasses Ave., Box 0126, San Francisco, CA 94143. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owed and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440.


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