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Antonio Aiello, Proprietor of Antonio's Restaurant in Novato
Passed away May 28th, 2002 surrounded by his loved ones. Tony was a simple and cheerful man who always made people feel good with a smile or a joke. He was an exceptional husband and father who will be missed. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Enza, his daughters Giovanna Spinozzi and Laura Aiello, his son-in-law Mark Spinozzi, and his brothers and sister in Italy. His Memorial will be held at St. Anthony's Church in Novato on July 6th at 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow the Service at Our Lady of Loretto in Novato. 

Robert J. Burkhart
Entered into rest Sunday, June 23rd, 2002 in Maui, Hawaii. Preceded in death by his wife Clara Burkhart and survived by his wife Autumn Burkhart. Loving father of Diane Kallbrier, Dale Burkhart, Elna Kay Ferguson, Donald Burkhart and step daughters January and Danielle Littleton. Brother of Donald and Larry Burkhart and Peggy Hoffmaster. Grandfather of eight and great-grandfather of four. Friends are invited to attend Memorial Services Monday, June 7th, 2002 at 7:00 PM at OAK HILL FUNERAL HOME'S Chapel of the Oaks, 300 Curtner Avenue, San Jose, CA. Inurnment in OAK HILL MEMORIAL PARK. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. 

Mary Zoe Collins
A Memorial Service will be held, 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 1st, 2002 at the 1st Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo, California. Mary died June 4th in Ross, California. She was 54. Mary was born October 27, 1947 in Portland Oregon to Virginia "Sue" & Alton Collins. She was eldest of two daughters. Mary was mentally challenged but not limited with her love. She has lived at the Cedar's School in Ross, California for over 40 years and was active in her community and the 1st Presbyterian Church, where she sang in the choir. She was a blessed example of unconditional love. Mary was the sunshine in so many people's lives. She is survived by: Lee Diane Collins Vest, Ron Vest; God Daughter, Zoe Stasko; her Cedar's School friends and staff and many blessed friends and all her family. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to: Cedar's School Building Fund: PO Box 947, Ross, CA 94957 Portland Memorial Funeral Home, Portland, Oregon in charge of arrangements. 503-236-4141 Dan Silva, director. 

Mary Adrienne Coudures
Born October 5, 1912, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on June 25, 2002. Devoted wife of the late Peter Coudures, loving mother of the late Donald Coudures, Donna Falzon and Adrienne Fowlie. Beloved mother-in-law of Frank Falzon. Adoring Grandmother of Dan (Cynthia) Falzon, Debbie (Steve) Ashburn, Dave (Mary) Falzon, Colleen (Kelly) Cornell, Brian Peter Fowlie, Kerri (Lance) Baetkey, and Kevin Fowlie. Precious Great-Grandmother to David, Stephanie, Kevin, Christina, Francis Pierre, Sarah Adrienne, Catherine, Caroline, Bridget, Jessica and Matthew. Beloved friend and sister of Frank and Winnie Marovich, sister of the late Ray (Virginia) Marovich and Tony (Lena) Marovich. Lifelong friend of Jean and Bob Levit. Mary will be greatly missed by many nieces, nephews and friends who loved her dearly. Her wonderful letters that she so loved to write and the many phone calls we enjoyed receiving will be missed and cherished by all who knew her. Mary and Peter enjoyed their retirement years in San Francisco as members of the Slavonic Mutual Society, Don Bosco Senior Club, S.F. Y.M.C.A., Lique Henri IV and, in later years, the Margaret Todd Senior Center of Novato. The manner in which Mary lived her life is an inspiration to all who knew her. She had a true joy of living and her love will never be forgotten. A Celebration of Grandma Mary's Life will be held at Notre Dame des Victoires - 566 Bush Street - on Monday, July 1st at 2 p.m. Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Marin - 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA. 94925. 

Alice Kennedy Richards
Died peacefully on June 27, 2002 surrounded by her family. She was 94 years old. She was born in Amery, Wisconsin on December 18, 1907 to Edwin Ruthven Kennedy and Mary Isabelle Thompson Kennedy, the first of four children. Her early childhood was spent in Sweetgrass, Montana near the Canadian border. She graduated from high school in Butte, Montana in 1927 and Butte Business College in 1930. She then moved to Washington D.C. where she attended George Washington University and went on to receive a law degree from Southeastern University in 1937. In 1938, she married Samuel E. Richards who attended the University of Notre Dame and graduated from Georgetown University School of Law. They moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 1947 where they raised four children. They were married 41 years until Sam's death in 1979. Throughout the years, she continued her lifelong pursuit of knowledge, studying at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Rockhurst College, and the University of California, Berkeley. She had a long career with the U.S. Government working for the U.S. Patent Office in Washington D.C., the Federal Aviation Agency in Kansas City, and the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command in San Francisco. She traveled widely throughout the world. After many years visiting her daughters in San Francisco, she moved to Marin in 1983. She was a 19 year resident of Novato. She will always be remembered as a loving, kind, and caring mother devoted to her family. She will be dearly missed by her children: David, Suzanne, Kathleen and Donald Richards; her grandchildren: Lance, Kim, Erin, Alyssa and Sara Richards; her great-grandchildren: Chase Kennedy Richards and Isabella Reece Fuentes; her daughter-in-law, Marty Richards; her sister, Agnes Kennedy of Washington D.C. and all who knew and loved her. Friends are invited to visit on Monday, July 1, 2002 at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato from 4-8 p.m. with a Vigil Service being recited at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on July 2, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1000 Cambridge Street, Novato. Burial will be private at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151. 

Frances Mary Reagan Schneider
Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1909 and a long time resident of San Francisco, passed away peacefully at the age of 93 in Rohnert Park, CA. Beloved wife of the late C. Bernard Schneider; beloved mother of Bernard F. Schneider, Margaret Anne Bailly, Paul E. Schneider, and Barbara Grace Keating; beloved mother-in-law of Joan Schneider, Ernie Bailly, Lydia Schneider, and John Keating; devoted grandmother of 18 and great grandmother of 16. She was predeceased by her beloved sister Adeste Reagan, Patricia Brennan, and Margaret Wanek. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on July 1st at 5:00 PM at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 4595 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA with private Interment at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Santa Rosa. Donations to the St. Elizabeth Seton Building Fund, Memorial Hospice or the School of the Epiphany Education Fund are preferred. Under the direction of Pleasant Hills Memorial Park, Sebastopol, CA. 

O'Shay Marrell Thomas, Sr.
Age 46, of Oakland, California, died Monday, June 24, 2002. The Funeral Service will be conducted Sunday, June 30, 2002, at 2:00 p.m. at the Open Door Church of Praise, 7828 Highway 19, Camilla, with Reverend Dr. Joe R. Thomas officiating. Interment will follow in the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. A native of Camilla, Georgia, Mr. Thomas, was born September 10, 1955 to the late Sadie Mae Saxon-Thomas and Charles James Thomas, Sr. At an early age, he confessed Christ and united with the Zion Grove Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Hamilton. At Zion Grove, O'Shay added his inimitable bass to the church choir. O'Shay's talent for music served him in the Mitchell County School System, where he graduated in 1973. O'Shay set the rhythm for marching band as percussion, section leader. After graduating, O'Shay joined the military where he served honorably in the United States Army. O'Shay moved to California where he met and was later joined in matrimony to Judith K. Cloyd. God blessed this union with three children. Survivors include two daughters, Janna L. (L.V.) Thomas-Anderson of McDonough, Georgia, Tiaka J. Thomas of Atlanta, Georgia; one son, O'Shay M. Thomas, Jr. of Atlanta, Georgia; two grandsons, Javaun Anderson and Jayden Anderson of Atlanta, Georgia; mother, Lillie Mae Ross of Camilla, Georgia; four brothers, Charles James (Oevilynn) Thomas of Augusta, Georgia, Marion Wayne Thomas, Winston H. Ross, and Henry Thomas of Camilla, Georgia; two brothers, Jeffery Ross and Hughett Thomas, preceded him in death; six sisters, Barbara Williams of Rahway, New Jersey, Wendolyn D. Thomas, Ruthie (Rodney) Brown, Katrinia Thomas, Kassandra (Merritt Hampton) Thomas and Ethal Jackson of Camilla, Georgia; grandmothers, Gussie Mae Carter, Ophelia Saxon of Camilla, Georgia; thirteen aunts; twelve uncles; two special nieces, Ordette Thomas and Xavier Thomas; a loving companion, Janeen Johnson. Robert Jester Mortuary of Camilla, Georgia is in charge of arrangements. 

Mary Adrienne Coudures
Born October 5, 1912, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on June 25, 2002. Devoted wife of the late Peter Coudures, loving mother of the late Donald Coudures, Donna Falzon and Adrienne Fowlie. Beloved mother-in-law of Frank Falzon. Adoring Grandmother of Dan (Cynthia) Falzon, Debbie (Steve) Ashburn, Dave (Mary) Falzon, Colleen (Kelly) Cornell, Brian Peter Fowlie, Kerri (Lance) Baetkey, and Kevin Fowlie. Precious Great-Grandmother to David, Stephanie, Kevin, Christina, Francis Pierre, Sarah Adrienne, Catherine, Caroline, Bridget, Jessica and Matthew. Beloved friend and sister of Frank and Winnie Marovich, sister of the late Ray (Virginia) Marovich and Tony (Lena) Marovich. Lifelong friend of Jean and Bob Levit. Mary will be greatly missed by many nieces, nephews and friends who loved her dearly. Her wonderful letters that she so loved to write and the many phone calls we enjoyed receiving will be missed and cherished by all who knew her. Mary and Peter enjoyed their retirement years in San Francisco as members of the Slavonic Mutual Society, Don Bosco Senior Club, S.F. Y.M.C.A., Lique Henri IV and, in later years, the Margaret Todd Senior Center of Novato. The manner in which Mary lived her life is an inspiration to all who knew her. She had a true joy of living and her love will never be forgotten. A Celebration of Grandma Mary's Life will be held at Notre Dame des Victoires - 566 Bush Street - on Monday, July 1st at 2 p.m. Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Marin - 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA. 94925. 

Rudolph Anthony Fourshey, Jr.
Age 55. Of Marin City, California passed away June 29, 2001. Rudolph was preceded in death by sister Lydia and parents Catherine Rose and Rudolph Fourshey Sr. Rudolph is survived by four children, one grandson, and numerous family and friends. Well known affectionately as Rudy, he married Catherine Estes and attended Sonoma State College. Most recently he resided in Hilo, Hawaii where he enjoyed spending time with his son and grandson. The Service and Burial were held in Hawaii. 

Evan Townsend Pugh
Passed away on June 18, 2002 of complications following a stroke. Born in San Francisco on April 28, 1921 Evan and his family moved to Belvedere in 1922, where he resided for the rest of his life. Graduating from Tamalpais High School, then serving with the Navy in W.W.II on a minesweeper in the Pacific, Evan went on to receive a degree from Stanford University after the war and he joined the Marine Reserves, retiring as Captain. For the most part of his professional career, Evan was Vice President of Overseas Shipping Company, agents for Scandinavian and British freighters and container ships. Evan’s great passion in life was the sea, and sailing was a sport he enjoyed his entire life. He started out as a toddler with his father on the San Francisco Bay; as a teenager racing his International 14, and many years of racing and cruising in various parts of the world including a Transatlantic voyage in his seventieth year from Bermuda to Cork, Ireland. He took an active part in the function of the yacht clubs he belonged to, serving as Commodore of the Corinthian Yacht Club; Secretary of the St. Francis Yacht Club and Rear-Commodore of the Cruising Club of America. He was always a willing volunteer, and in 1995 was named Belvedere’s Emeritus Citizen of the Year for his past and ongoing service to the community. Evan led a very good, honorable and active life and his memories will be very much cherished by his wife Barbara, daughter Nancy Norstad, granddaughter Francesca Norstad, sister-in-law Pauline Johnson and many friends. Friends are invited to a Memorial Service at the Corinthian Yacht Club on July 11, 2002 at 3:PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Belvedere- Tiburon Landmark Society at P.O. Box 134, Belvedere, CA 94920. 

Frances Mary Reagan Schneider
Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1909 and a long time resident of San Francisco, passed away peacefully at the age of 93 in Rohnert Park, CA. Beloved wife of the late C. Bernard Schneider; beloved mother of Bernard F. Schneider, Margaret Anne Bailly, Paul E. Schneider, and Barbara Grace Keating; beloved mother-in-law of Joan Schneider, Ernie Bailly, Lydia Schneider, and John Keating; devoted grandmother of 18 and great grandmother of 16. She was predeceased by her beloved sister Adeste Reagan, Patricia Brennan, and Margaret Wanek. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on July 1st at 5:00 PM at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 4595 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA with private Interment at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Santa Rosa. Donations to the St. Elizabeth Seton Building Fund, Memorial Hospice or the School of the Epiphany Education Fund are preferred. Under the direction of Pleasant Hills Memorial Park, Sebastopol, CA. 

Dorothy Pemble
Former longtime resident of San Rafael, died June 5, 2002 at age 87. Her husband, Chester, preceded her in death in 1960. Survivors include daughters Jan Koste of Petaluma, Carol Julian of Oak Harbor, Washington, and Martha Stocking of Reno, Nevada, four grandchildren and two great- grandchildren. 

Evan Townsend Pugh
Passed away on June 18, 2002 of complications following a stroke. Born in San Francisco on April 28, 1921 Evan and his family moved to Belvedere in 1922, where he resided for the rest of his life. Graduating from Tamalpais High School, then serving with the Navy in W.W.II on a minesweeper in the Pacific, Evan went on to receive a degree from Stanford University after the war and he joined the Marine Reserves, retiring as Captain. For the most part of his professional career, Evan was Vice President of Overseas Shipping Company, agents for Scandinavian and British freighters and container ships. Evan’s great passion in life was the sea, and sailing was a sport he enjoyed his entire life. He started out as a toddler with his father on the San Francisco Bay; as a teenager racing his International 14, and many years of racing and cruising in various parts of the world including a Transatlantic voyage in his seventieth year from Bermuda to Cork, Ireland. He took an active part in the function of the yacht clubs he belonged to, serving as Commodore of the Corinthian Yacht Club; Secretary of the St. Francis Yacht Club and Rear-Commodore of the Cruising Club of America. He was always a willing volunteer, and in 1995 was named Belvedere’s Emeritus Citizen of the Year for his past and ongoing service to the community. Evan led a very good, honorable and active life and his memories will be very much cherished by his wife Barbara, daughter Nancy Norstad, granddaughter Francesca Norstad, sister-in-law Pauline Johnson and many friends. Friends are invited to a Memorial Service at the Corinthian Yacht Club on July 11, 2002 at 3:PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Belvedere- Tiburon Landmark Society at P.O. Box 134, Belvedere, CA 94920. 

Frances Mary Reagan Schneider
Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1909 and a long time resident of San Francisco, passed away peacefully at the age of 93 in Rohnert Park, CA. Beloved wife of the late C. Bernard Schneider; beloved mother of Bernard F. Schneider, Margaret Anne Bailly, Paul E. Schneider, and Barbara Grace Keating; beloved mother-in-law of Joan Schneider, Ernie Bailly, Lydia Schneider, and John Keating; devoted grandmother of 18 and great grandmother of 16. She was predeceased by her beloved sister Adeste Reagan, Patricia Brennan, and Margaret Wanek. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on July 1st at 5:00 PM at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 4595 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA with private Interment at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Santa Rosa. Donations to the St. Elizabeth Seton Building Fund, Memorial Hospice or the School of the Epiphany Education Fund are preferred. Under the direction of Pleasant Hills Memorial Park, Sebastopol, CA. 

Harold R. Arthur
Loving husband and wonderful father, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, June 22, 2002 after a short illness. Harold grew up in Burlingame and returned here after serving in the U.S. Navy during WWII aboard the USS New York. He served in the Pacific at the Battles of Midway and Okinawa. He worked for Wells Fargo Bank for over 30 years and was the last Cashier responsible for all bank operations. He was very active in lobbying bank legislation at the national level. Harold was involved for many years at the San Francisco Commercial Club, serving as President for two terms. Upon retiring from Wells Fargo, he remained active in banking. He started the California National Bank with two partners, was President of the Bank of Trade and President and Chairman of the Board of Lippo Bank. He and his beloved wife, Rosemarie, traveled around the world several times. This provided the opportunity for him to pursue his hobby of photography, which has been locally exhibited. He was also an accomplished carpenter and enjoyed crafting furniture and renovating homes. Harold is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Rosemarie, brother Corrie Arthur, three daughters, Diane, Janet and Linda and three grandchildren, Kristen, Jeffrey and Kaitlin. At Mr. Arthur's request there will be no service. The family requests in lieu of flowers or other donations, friends sow California Poppies as a remembrance. 

Timothy Edward Cronin
Timothy Edward "Tim" Cronin of Mill Valley passed away June 23, 2002 after an extremely brief but courageous battle with cancer. Tim is survived by his devoted mother, Audrey Cronin of Novato, and his loving sisters, Connie Clements of Salem, Oregon and Claudia Wilson of Seattle, Washington. Tim was born on November 13, 1955 at Camp Zama, Japan but spent the majority of his life in Marin County. He attended Terra Linda High School and College of Marin. Additionally, he attained licensure as a financial counselor and insurance agent. The past three years he was a dedicated employee of Peck Stanton Hockett Insurance Agency in Mill Valley where he was an account executive. Tim was passionate about music and loyal to his friends and family, all of whom describe him as kind, tolerant, non-judgmental, and a gentle soul. Tim will be dearly missed by his family and friends for whom he serves as a "profile in courage" for having overcome many challenges while ending his life with dignity and grace. To honor Tim, memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. 

Janice A. (Jones) Denton
Of Salem, Oregon, formerly of Marin County, passed away June 24, 2002 at age 82. Janice was born in Oakland, CA on May 30, 1920. She lived in Mill Valley, CA and attended the Marin County schools and College of Marin. She was known as a classical ballet dancer. She lived in South Carolina and Ohio before moving to Salem in 1949. She was a volunteer at the Salem Library and past president of the YWCA. She enjoyed reading, gardening, golfing, and she loved dogs. Janice was predeceased by her husband Richard Denton in 1983. She is survived by her son Rick Denton of Bend, OR, daughters Leslie Perkins of Jacksonville, OR, Marcia Uffelman of Stayton, OR, and Marilee Corey of Salem, OR. Janice is also survived by her sister Meryl Morena of Kentfield, CA, 17 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Family Services will be private. 

Rebecca Garcia
Passed away on June 25, 2002 in San Anselmo in her sleep. She is survived by her brothers Arthur Pacheco of Mountain View, Joseph M. Pacheco, Louis G. Pacheco, and Patricio Pacheco, and one sister Mercedes Maes, all of San Antonio, Texas. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews in California and San Antonio. She was a member of the Italian Catholic Federation, St. James Branch #161 of Larkspur. She worked at the Presidio in San Francisco and retired after 40 years of Civil Service. She also worked as Secretary at St. Patrick's Parish for many years. Friends are invited to attend a Vigil Service Friday evening June 28, 2002 at 7:00 PM at RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL, Mill Valley. Friends may attend a Funeral Mass Saturday, June 29, 2002 at 12:30 PM at St. Patrick's Church, 114 King Street, Larkspur. Interment private. Friends may call for Visitation Friday after 2:00 PM at the Funeral Chapel. Memorial gifts preferred to Helping Hands, c/o St. Patrick's Church, 114 King Street, Larkspur, CA 94939 or to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

John L. Gulish (Jack)-53
Passed away on Monday, June 24, 2002, surrounded by his loving family, after a short but courageous battle against cancer. He was a loving father of Sasha Alexandra and Jessica Lauren of Mill Valley, dear son of John and Estelee Gulish of Florida, devoted brother of Kathy Meklir of San Francisco, Connie Aiello of Hawaii, Gary Gulish of Michigan, Janice Array of Florida, and Cindy Schornberg of Florida, and uncle to many nieces and nephews and a charismatic friend to many. A San Francisco resident formerly from Michigan, where he received his Bachelor's degree from Michigan State and M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. For the past 22 years Jack was an account executive for Bear Stearns in Chicago and San Francisco. Jack shared a passion for music, cooking, and sports and lived his life with a vitality that was enjoyed by anyone around him. Friends are invited to attend the Viewing held Friday, June 28, 2002 from 2-8 p.m. at Keaton's Mortuary in San Rafael. A Funeral Mass to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2002 at 10 a.m. at St. Anselm's Church in Ross, followed by a Burial at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery in San Rafael. Contributions may be made in his name to The Melanoma Research Foundation, 23704-5 El Toro Rd., #206, Lake Forest, CA 92630 or go to www.melanoma.org/fund. shtml. KEATON'S MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Marie Frances Hynes
Passed away on June 22, 2002 at Marin General Hospital at the age of 92. Marie was preceded in death by her loving husband, William "Bill" Hynes. Marie was born in San Francisco and a longtime Sausalito resident. Marie's business career was spent at the San Francisco offices of PG&E, where she was the Executive Secretary for the Vice President of Operations. In her younger days, Marie was an avid sailor and racer on the Bay, being one of the first women welcomed into the Corinthian Yacht Club. She also enjoyed Hula dancing and studying the Hawaiian and Asian cultures. Marie and Bill Hynes were fixtures in Sausalito, holding Sunday evening Happy Hours regularly for both old and new friends. Marie is survived by two sisters, Eugenie Orr and Olga Bloesch; nephew, grandnephews, and many, many close and dear friends. Funeral arrangements are being attended to by the Neptune Society. A gathering of friends to share memories of Marie and Bill will be held in mid July. For details, please call 831-642-9359. Memorial gifts to your favorite charity preferred. 

Amerigo "Vet" Vetriolo
101 years old, passed away peacefully June 25, 2002 at Nazareth House in San Rafael. He was born November 7th, 1900 in Stamford, Connecticut. He was preceded in death by his dear wife Cesarina Vetriolo. He is survived by his devoted daughters Barbara Costa and husband Gordon and Adrienne Caturegli and husband Robert; adoring grandfather of Michele, the late Michael, Debbie, Bobby, Carol, Mary, Melanie, Paul and Maureen. Also survived by ten great-grandchildren. "Vet" grew up in Stamford, Connecticut. After high school he attended Boston University. In 1920 he moved with his father, mother and sister to the West Coast where he went to Stanford University for one year and then to Oregon State where he graduated in 1924. He worked for the Bank of Italy, later the Bank of America where he met and married Cesarina Politi. Cesarina passed away in 1965. After working at the Bank of America he worked in the wine business and later for The Wine Advisory Board in San Francisco doing public relations for wineries throughout California. He joined the Marina lions in 1952. Served as president in 1966-67. He was a very active member and traveled all over the world with his fellow lions. "Vet" was also a member of the San Francisco Elks Club. He was their oldest member. His secret to a long life was: "Lead a clean life, think positive and try not to worry too much." He will be truly missed by his family. Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass on Friday, June 28th at 11:30 AM at the Nazareth House Chapel, 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA. In lieu of flowers please make remembrance of "Vet" to the Nazareth House or the Lion's Eye Foundation of California, 2340 Clay Street, Fifth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94115. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440. 

Charles Hoertkorn
Passed quietly on June 3, 2002, at the age of 94. Charlie was born in San Francisco, graduated from St. Ignatius and the University of San Francisco. He spent his entire business career with the Allied Grocers of California, growing the Wholesale Grocery Co-op into one of the largest in the country. A charter member of the Marin Golf and Country Club, Charlie spent his last 35 years playing golf and traveling with his wife of 67 years, Rita. A long-time resident of San Anselmo, and then the Marin Golf and Country Club in Ignacio, he is survived by his wife, Rita, and two of three sons, Richard of Ross and Steven of Queensbury, New York (eldest son Thomas predeceased Charles), daughter-in -law, Janice of Carlotta, California; his eight grandchildren, Suzanne Rice and husband Wayne of Eureka, Angela Hoertkorn of Davis, Katherine, Kelly and Charles, Jr. of Queensbury and Caitlin, Anna and Nicolette of Ross, as well as his four great-grandsons, Alexander, Curtis, Jacob and Andrew. A private Requiem Mass to honor his memory was attended by immediate family on June 15th, at Our Lady of Loretto Church in Novato. 

Alyce M. Mellen
Died peacefully June 20, 2002 at her home in San Rafael at age 84 after a short illness of cancer. Alyce was preceded in death by her first husband, Edward Read in l973 and her second husband, Ernest Mellen in 1989. She is survived by her loving daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Mel McCormack of Corte Madera and her adored granddaughter, Michelle McCormack of Chicago. Also surviving are her sister, Henrietta Rice, niece Katie Kinder and nephew James Rice. An elder sister, Helen Donovan, also preceded her in death. Alyce was born in her beloved San Rafael May 19, 1918, and, except for a few years as a young child, lived in San Rafael her entire life, graduating from San Rafael High School. After her retirement from Bank of America, she enjoyed traveling extensively, as well as spending time at the cabin in South Lake Tahoe. At her request, no services are planned. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Donations in Mrs. Mellen's name may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera CA 94925. 

Dr. Mervyn Stanley Simon
Passed away June 23, 2002 in San Rafael. Loved and loving husband for 62 years of Bette Adler Simon. Adored father of Stephen Adler (and Susan) Simon, Robert Alan (and Jeannie) Simon, and Susan (and Norman) Eisenberg. Cherished grandfather of seven and great grandfather of two. Devoted brother of Rosalie Simon Anixter. A loving and wonderful uncle. Merv brought much happiness and understanding to his many friends and patients. He was a life member of the American Optometric Association and a Shriner. Private family services were held at Temple Emanu-El under the direction of Sinai Memorial Chapel. Contributions may be made in memory of Mervyn to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925 or the University of California School of Optometry, Berkeley, CA 94720. 

Benjamin Prince Upham, Jr., May 7, 1925 ~ June 19, 2002
Born in 1925 at his family home in Mill Valley, on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais, lifelong Marin County resident Benjamin P. Upham, Jr. passed away on June 19, 2002 at the age of 77. Ben served as 3rd Asst. Engineer in the Merchant Marine during World War II, serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific. He worked for 30 years at Engs Motor Truck Co. of San Francisco, and then owned and operated Mike's Liquors and Wine Bar in Novato for 12 years, until 1993. An avid outdoorsman all his life, like his father before him, Ben loved the mountains, good fly fishing streams, and the wild places of California. He inspired many to spend their free time hiking. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Janet of Mill Valley; sister Leonore Russell of Greenbrae; daughter and son-in-law Nancy and John Louth and grandsons Daniel and Shawn of Bishop, CA; and son Ben Upham III and grandsons Jeremiah and Frank of Spokane, Washington. Donations in Ben's memory may be made to a favorite environmental organization or a charity of your choice. Memorial services are pending. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Michael Clyde Whelden, Born January 25, 1943 Died Monday, June 24, 2002
Michael was a truly beautiful free spirit who grabbed life for all its worth. He graduated from Robert Louis Stevenson School and attended both the California Western University and College of Marin. His great love for people, sports and the outdoors was fostered from birth by his grandfather, the late Arthur C. Oppenheimer and his father, the late Clyde G. Whelden He is survived by his wife, Jane Harnois Whelden; son Michael C. Whelden Jr.; his mother, Mrs. Clyde Whelden; his sister, Betsy Whelden Bliss, as well as many nieces and nephews. Private family service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Michael C. Whelden Memorial Fund, c/o The Stevenson School, 3152 Forest Lake Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953. 

In Memoriam
For our Dear Allison W. Rockey: The past years have done little to erase the impact of losing you that fateful day twenty years ago. Perhaps the coming years will bring a welcome measure of solace and understanding that has thus far eluded us. Your loving family, dad Guy, Mom Bobbie, s/dad Bill, brother Alan, sister Shannon, three s/brothers, a whole room full of classmates and a large circle of friends from San Marin H.S. I also wish to thank Novato Fire Dept. for the paramedic crew that responded that night. 

Herman H. Brandhorst
A longtime Marin County resident, passed away suddenly at Kaiser Hospital in San Rafael, Friday afternoon, June 21st, 2002 at the age of 84. He was a retired carpenter since 1979. Herman grew up in Hubbell, Nebraska on a farm. He joined the U.S. Army and served four and a half years during WWII in the 1st Armored Tank Division in Europe and North Africa. He then returned to Waterloo, Iowa and worked for John Deere Tractor Company before marrying Alice Wieser, his wife of 55 years. Shortly after marrying, Herman and Alice moved to Marin County, where Herman began his career as a carpenter. He was a hard-working man and built the home they resided in for 44 years in San Rafael. Herman enjoyed spending time with his family which included Kurt from Middletown. Marsha from Novato, and Bruce from Weimar. He truly enjoyed going to their summer home in Weimar. He also enjoyed working in his garden and barbecuing. Herman was a longtime member of Carpenter's Union Local 35 and Trinity Lutheran Church. Herman is also survived by his brother, Martin of Lakewood and two sisters, Margaret Spring and Dottie Preston, both of Lincoln, Nebraska and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Friends are invited to join the family for a Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Herman on Wednesday, June 26th at 10:30 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 333 Woodland Avenue in San Rafael. The family requests that any memorial contributions go to Trinity Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society, 25 Bellam Blvd., San Rafael, CA 94901.


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