Miscellaneous Marin County, California Obituaries

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Jacqueline Simpson Orrick
Born on August 18, 1923 in Marshall, Illinois. Jackie passed away suddenly of a heart attack at her home in Sonoma on June 14, 2002 at age 78. Wife of the late Harry Orrick, she is survived by her daughter Sarah Vare of Richmond and son Monty Orrick of Clackamas, Oregon. Her niece, "Susie" Roach-Stewart and nephew, Michael D. Roach with their families in Lake Oswego and Portland, Oregon. Always the proud "Gammy" to granddaughters, Abigail and the twins, Brooke and Beth. After graduating from Indiana University, she migrated to the Bay Area working in San Francisco as an executive secretary until she married. She then helped establish, with her husband, the Orrick, Travel Bureau in San Anselmo. Her career changed to motherhood and keeping homes in Ross and later Kentfield. During this time, she maintained an avid involvement in Pi Beta Phi Sorority as well as membership in numerous local groups including Woodland Sponsors, Ross-Brookwood Guild, and Sunny Hills. She and Harry retired to Sonoma in 1987. All along this course, Jackie kept loving friendships which delighted and sustained her to the end. We all miss her deeply, and will never forget her sweet way. We'll meet to remember Jackie this Sunday, June 23rd at 2:00 p.m. The Memorial Service will be held at St. John's Church in Ross on the corner of Lagunitas Road and Shady Lane. The family would appreciate any donations in Jackie's name be given to Marin Association for Retarded Citizens ("MARC") or Sunny Hills Children's Garden. 

William H. Simpson, Sr.
Passed away peacefully and painlessly at 81, surrounded by family at his Santa Rosa home on Friday, June 14, 2002. Dearly beloved husband of Thetys Simpson of Santa Rosa; beloved father of Bill Simpson, Jr. and his wife Nancy of Santa Rosa, Bernie Simpson and his wife Lynn of Santa Rosa, Barbara Merk and her husband John of Las Vegas and Shirley Schaufel and her husband Roger of Vacaville; dear brother of Thelma Dickson of Woodacre, California. He is also survived by several grandchildren and great grandchildren and his beloved dog, Laddie. He was a native of Arcata, CA. Bill served in Patten's 3rd Army 399th Division at the Battle of the Bulge where he received the Purple Heart. He went into the Sheet Metal business and opened Dickson-Simpson Co. in Marin County. He built pleasure boats, flew airplanes, restored antique furniture and built Grandfather Clocks. His favorite activity was to be out on the water in one of his boats. Private Services were held. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Heartland Hospice, 825 Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa 95404. Arrangements are under the care and direction of DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 

Opal Lee Wick
Born 1921 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Died June 13, 2002 in Novato, California at age 81 years. Opal lived in London, England and Fairbanks, Alaska. She returned to Novato, California in 1963 where she has since lived with her husband and family. Opal is survived by her husband Richard of 53 years of Novato, daughters Willene of Santa Rosa, Verna of Stockton, and son Larry of Lake Bay, Washington. Opal had four children (Harvey is deceased). There are 14 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and five great, great-grandchildren. Opal was a very likeable person, always willing to help others when needed. She enjoyed folk dancing, traveling, fishing and camping. 

Aldo S. Obertello
Passed away peacefully at his home in Corte Madera on June 15, 2002 at age 89. Beloved husband of 60 years of Anna M. Obertello of Corte Madera, loving father of Sandro Obertello and father-in-law of Nancy Obertello of Novato, dear uncle of Alida, Anna Marie, Elvia, and Ornella. He was a native of Bargone, Italy and immigrated from Italy in January of 1955. He was a retired shareholder in 1974 of Golden Gate Disposal Co. in San Francisco. Friends and family are invited to attend a Vigil Service and Funeral Mass at 7:00 PM Wednesday evening, June 19, 2002 at St. Patrick's Church, 114 King Street, Larkspur. Friends may call for Visitation from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Church. Entombment Thursday, June 20, 2002 at 11:00 AM at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael. Memorial gifts preferred to the Salesian Boys and Girls Club, 680 Filbert Street, San Francisco. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Mortimer Weiss, M.D.
Renowned surgeon and 1st Chairman of Acupuncture Advisory Committee of State of California passed away peacefully Sunday, June 16th, 2002 at his home in Belvedere. Husband, father, grandfather and friend to all. Dr. Weiss is survived by his loving wife, Veeve, son Robert and his wife Judy; son Richard and his wife Susan, and their two children, Sylvia and Bobby; stepchildren Linda and her husband Jack Rhodes, Robert Brill and his wife Donna. At his request, there will be no services. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in memory of Mortimer Weiss to your favorite charity. 

Edna Marie Cilento
Born on May 29, 1909 in San Francisco. Passed on peacefully at Pine Ridge Care Center, after a long illness. Wife of the late James Cilento, she is survived by her daughter. Joan Cochran of San Rafael, sister of Vera Cacace of Santa Rosa and Alfred Ferrari. Grandmother of Denise Domino, Great Grandmother of Derrek and Danielle of Pacifica. A long time resident of San Francisco, she owned a restaurant in North Beach, the Kream Kup. Moved to San Rafael in the 60's, was a member of Marin Rod & Gun club and the Goldenairs. Was an avid Bingo player at St. Rita's Church. Her passion in life, was her family and her cooking. Her kindness, sincerity, and love of life will be missed by all who knew her. And she will never be forgotten. A Celebration of Life and Memorial Service will be held at Good Shepherd Church, 909 Occana Boulevard, Pacifica, Saturday, June 22 at 9:15 a.m. Flowers would be appreciated and then donated. 

George A. Bertram, Sr.
Died peacefully in his Sea Ranch home Saturday, May 18, 2002, surrounded by his family. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 57 years, Doris, children Leanne, George, Carole, Bonnie and Sarah and their spouses, sister Sally, 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild. George was born in San Francisco in 1924, served in World War II and lived in Marin County until 1971, when he came to Sea Ranch and never left. He loved his work, especially in construction and real estate. He embraced with gusto all that life offered; and, though he traveled the world, he always said that nothing could compare to the beauty and peacefulness of the North Coast. At the request of the family, memorial contributions may be made to: Redwood Coast Medical Services, P.O. Box 1100, Gualala, CA 95445. 

Richard Eric Johnson
At rest June 7, 2002. Born in S.F. June 17, 1933. He was a fifty-year member of I.B.E.W. Local 6. Member of Mission Lodge #169. A friend of Bill W. for over 30 years. Retired to Lake Co. in 1994. Preceded in death by son, Chris Erik Johnson and brother Rodney Warren Johnson. He is survived by his wife Marilyn, daughter Janet Giambra, brother Ray Johnson, grandchildren Christopher Johnson, Jennifer, Stefanie and David Parker. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. At his request no formal services will be held. Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Sunday June 23, 2002, at noon, at the American Legion Post 179, aka The Log Cabin, 120 Veterans Place, San Anselmo, (415) 459-9932. Memorial donations in Richard's name may be made to American Lung Assn. or Northlake Adult Day Center, 1026 Compton St, Lakeport, CA 95453. 

Linda H. Reed
Linda Reed, founder and director of Tamalpais Day Services in San Anselmo, passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2002. Linda started "Tam Day" in 1978 as a day treatment center for adults who suffer from mental illnesses. Under Linda's direction Tam Day has gone on to become a model facility. In 1990 Tam Day merged with Buckelew Programs. Linda was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on August 28, 1943. She graduated from Keuka College in Penn Yan, New York in 1965 with a degree in nursing. She worked as an R.N. in Buffalo, New York before going on to Adelphi University to obtain her Masters in Psychology in 1968. Linda then went on to work at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn, as a Psychiatric Nurse. In 1971 while on vacation in San Francisco, Linda met her future husband Rich in Golden Gate Park. They were married at her family home in Shillington, Pennsylvania on September 9, 1972. After their marriage the couple lived in San Anselmo and San Rafael before moving to Black Point in 1978. When Linda settled in Marin she started work on the Crisis Unit of the Marin Mental Health Dept. Linda then went to work as Program Director of Psych Day center in San Rafael before going on to start Tam Day. Today Tam Day offers programs that Linda was instrumental in creating. She was especially proud of the dual diagnosis and vocational training programs offered by Tam Day and Buckelew. Linda was considered by many to be a pioneer in the Marin County mental health field. Linda and Rich traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad. Over the years they back packed, hiked and canoed all over the West, in the Cascades, Sierras, and Rocky Mountains. Linda was an avid hiker on Mount Tamalpais and a supporter of the West Point Inn on Mt. Tamalpais. Linda was also a main organizer of the annual block party in her Black Point neighborhood of Novato. Linda is survived by her husband of 29 years Rich of Black Point, daughter Stephanie of El Sobrante, and sons Chris of Aspen, Colorado, and Brian of Arcata. Linda is also survived by her parents Frank and Elizabeth Humphreys of Reading, Pennsylvania, and sisters Susan Schappell of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Betsy Czepiel of West Springfield, Massachusetts, and Cathy Ventura of Yonkers, New York. A Celebration of Linda's Life will be held outdoors at Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross on Tuesday, June 18th at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Marin Works/Dual Diagnosis Programs c/o Buckelew Programs, 914 Mission Street, San Rafael, CA 94901, or to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. 

Sue Stroebe Wigell
Died suddenly, but peacefully, of cancer on June 10, 2002 at the age of 80. She is survived by son, David Stroebe, Silicon Valley business owner; daughter, Dr. Carolyn Stroebe, Licensed Psychologist in Berkeley; cherished grandchildren, Suzanne, Michelle, Ying, Ryan, Shelby, Carter and other beloved family members Patricia Craven, Janice Stroebe and Judy Wigell. Sue was native to Texas, born August 29, 1921, but lived most of her life in California, four decades in Marin. She earned BS degrees in Music and English at Texas Womens' University, then became a teacher. Sue married Dr. George Stroebe, an executive Chemical Engineer for Chevron Research. George died of cancer after 21 years of family life. Later, Sue was married to Art Wigell, teacher and musician, for 20 years until his death. Sue was a homemaker and artist/ craftsperson who co-owned a business. She was an active church member of Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian then First Presbyterian of San Rafael. She was joyous, generous, thoughtful and kind. Join us for a celebration of her life of love, Wednesday June 19th, 2002 at 10:30 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael. Donations to Presbyterian Woman of San Rafael, Chaplains of Marin General or American Cancer Society. 

Primula Marilyn Kennedy
Died peacefully at home in San Rafael, CA on June 11, 2002 following a valiant battle with cancer. She was born July 9, 1940 in Perth, Australia. She married Brian Kennedy on January 19, 1963 in Australia. They enjoyed over 39 years of happiness together. She is survived by her husband, Brian of San Rafael; her sons Paul (Rosemary) of Illinois, Christopher (Lydia) of Michigan, and daughter, Amanda (Kirt) of Utah. She is also survived by her granddaughter and light of her life, Sarah. She loved her family and will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Primula valued education and had recently acquired a Ph.D in Economics. She was an avid chef & loved to cook for friends and family. She also loved to create beautiful cross stitch tapestries for loved ones. A Memorial Service to honor her life will be held on Saturday June 15th at 11:00 a.m. at the Christ Presbyterian Church in Terra Linda, 620 Del Ganado Road. 

Francisco Silveira Rosa
Died at his residence in San Rafael on June 12, 2002, age 93. He was born in Ribeirinha Espalhafatos Faial, Azores and came to the United States in 1959. He worked for Gallo Winery and retired when he was 65 years old. He was one of 12 children--11 boys and 1 girl. He is survived by a loving wife, Filomena; his children Manuel F. Rosa, Mary Theresa Nunes and Mary Angelina DaSilva. His son Edward Rosa is deceased. One sister and eight brothers predeceased him. Also survived by his brothers Pedro and Louis Rosa. Grandfather of eight grandchildren and great grandfather of six great grandchildren. Francisco's Visitation will be held at St. Raphael Church, June 16, 2002, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. followed by his Rosary and Mass. Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery on Monday, June 17th, at 11:00 a.m. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Noel S. Rosen
Passed away peacefully at home in San Francisco, California on May 29, 2002. He is survived by a loving family: his wife Linda Miller Rosen of San Francisco, brother Bern Rosen and sister-in-law Judi Rosen of San Francisco, son Scott Rosen and daughter-in-law Krista Rosen of San Anselmo, daughter Michele Long and son-in-law Bruce Long of Santa Rosa, daughter Jaclyn Rosen of San Francisco, son Mark Rosen of San Francisco, and grandchildren Elisabeth, Casey, Bradley, and Matthew. Noel was born in San Francisco in 1937. He attended San Mateo High School and later received a masters degree from San Jose State University. He worked as a pharmaceutical salesman and later as a real estate broker for many years. He loved to sail, ski, and explore the great outdoors. We will miss his adventurous spirit. A private family celebration of his life will be held on June 23, 2002. 

Gene Bellville
Gene passed away unexpectedly at his home in Phoenix, Arizona on Wednesday, December 5, 2001 at the age of 39. He graduated from DeVry University in Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Programming. He loved outdoor activities such as jet skiing, biking, hiking, roller hockey, volleyball and camping, but his real passion was skydiving and automobile racing. Gene is survived by his daughter, Janelle Cortright; mother, Carole Bellville; brother, Bob Bellville; brother and sister-in-law, Don and Gretchen Bellville; niece, Amber Bellville; nephew, Aaron Bellville; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends. A Memorial Service and Interment were held on January 2, 2002 at Phoenix Memorial Park in Phoenix. Arizona. 

Primula Marilyn Kennedy
Died peacefully at home in San Rafael, CA on June 11, 2002 following a valiant battle with cancer. She was born July 9, 1940 in Perth, Australia. She married Brian Kennedy on January 19, 1963 in Australia. They enjoyed over 39 years of happiness together. She is survived by her husband, Brian of San Rafael; her sons Paul (Rosemary) of Illinois, Christopher (Lydia) of Michigan, and daughter, Amanda (Kirt) of Utah. She is also survived by her granddaughter and light of her life, Sarah. She loved her family and will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Primula valued education and had recently acquired a Ph.D in Economics. She was an avid chef & loved to cook for friends and family. She also loved to create beautiful cross stitch tapestries for loved ones. A Memorial Service to honor her life will be held on Saturday June 15th at 11:00 a.m. at the Christ Presbyterian Church in Terra Linda, 620 Del Ganado Road. 

Amy H. Dana, A Resident of San Rafael
Died June 9, 2002 at age 91. Mrs. Dana was born in Crawford County, Iowa. She is survived by her sister Esther Flair of Columbia, Missouri and nieces and nephews. Her husband Cecil Dana preceded her in death. At her request there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society or Guide Dogs for the Blind. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Dr. Marvin Richard Gilberg, A Resident of Ross, California
Passed away late Saturday evening June 8, 2002. Born February 3, 1921, in Boise, Idaho, he was the son of the late Gerald and Susan Gilberg. Dr. Gilberg graduated from Washington State University in 1943, where he majored in Zoology and was a college basketball All-American. He later entered the School of Dentistry at the University of California at San Francisco. A Commissioned Officer in World War II, Dr. Gilberg was stationed at Letterman Hospital in the Presidio and was later attached to the Evacuation Hospital in Wurzburg, Germany. Upon leaving the Service, Dr. Gilberg moved to San Francisco, California, where he practiced dentistry at the 450 Sutter for over 40 years. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Wilma Eileen Richardson Gilberg, his two sons, Mark and Erik Gilberg, his two daughters, Kirsten Alston and Mia Benedict, his seven grandchildren, Kelsey, Dwight, Tyler Jacob, and Grace Marie Gilberg, Hunter and Savannah Benedict, and Greer Alston, and his brother, Jack Gilberg. Dr. Gilberg was a member of the Meadow Club in Fairfax, California, and an avid golfer. They say you can't take it with you; for the many of you who lost a lot of money over the years to Marvin's golfing prowess, he wants you to know that he is taking it with him. A Memorial Service will be held today at 3 p.m., Tuesday, June 11, at the Meadow Club in Fairfax, California. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family asks that donations be sent in honor of Dr. Marvin Gilberg to Washington State University Foundation (address: French 442, Pullman, WA 99164-1042). You may also choose to designate your contribution to one of two funds: The Herbert L. Eastlick Scholarship Fund or the WSU Basketball Program. 

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Gloria Marie Homen (Dallara) Harder
Family and friends are invited to attend services at Duggans Mission Chapel, 525 West Napa St., Sonoma, California (707) 996-3655. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, June 12th from noon to 9:00 PM. The Memorial Service celebrating her life is on Thursday, June 13th at 1:00 p.m. 

Raymond Joseph Hebel
Known to family and friends as "Rocky" for his steady and consistent character, died in peace and serenity on June 5, 2002 at age 84. Raymond was born in Chicago to the family of Joseph and Mary Hebel. He was an accomplished football and baseball player in his youth. He graduated from Loyola University in Chicago with a Masters Degree in Social Welfare. While working for the Catholic Social Services, he volunteered for active duty in 1941. He served with distinction as a Captain in the Army Air Corps where he trained bombardiers for the Pacific Theatre. He was stationed in Victorville, CA. Rocky moved to Marin County in 1951. He was acknowledged for 31 years of selfless dedication and service to the children of St. Vincent's School where he served as Assistant Director. In retirement, he was an ardent gardener. He helped his sons build homes and his grandchildren to establish investing programs. Raymond is survived by Kathryn, his loving spouse of 59 years. He is survived by sons Michael of San Francisco, Joseph of Jackson, David of Petaluma, and Mark of Bandon, Oregon; by daughter Susan of Colorado Springs, Colorado; six grandchildren: Jonathan, Cari, Max, Jolie, Christian, and Kayleen; daughters-in-law Carol, Gity, Marilyn, Norma, and Sharon; and son-in-law Brent. Beloved son Steven died in 1972. His kindness, sincerity and optimism will be missed by all who have known him. He will be deeply missed and never forgotten. A celebration of Raymond's life will be held at St. Isabella's Church in Terra Linda where he enthusiastically served as an usher for 30 years. Date and time to be announced. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Marin or the American Cancer Society. 

Mabel I. Kelleher
Age 94 years, passed away June 7, 2002 in Greenbrae. Dearly beloved wife of the late Dennis J. Kelleher; loving mother of Donald Kelleher and Joan Bohne; dear mother-in-law of Donna Kelleher; grandmother of Valerie Herzog, Bari Williams and Leigh Everitt; and ten great grandchildren; also survived by one brother, Chester Armstrong and three sisters, Florence Reisner, Margie Olsen and Gladys Pash. Friends are invited to attend a celebration of the Funeral Mass, today, Tuesday, June 11th at 10 AM at St. Brendan Church, Ulloa Street and Rockaway Avenue, S.F. Committal Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma. Donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Greater Bay Area Chapter, 121-2nd Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco 94105 preferred. THE BUD DUGGAN FAMILY (650) 765-4500 ~ (415) 587-4500. 

Andrew Mainhart, June 29, 1923 ~ May 30, 2002
Passed away after an illness at age 78. He was born in the Ukraine in a German Colony, to Taisa Schwarzach and Gustav Mainhart. He lived in Germany from 1942 - 1949, Chile 'til 1961, Philadelphia 'til 1963, and Marin County 'til 2002. Andy was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in 1955 and since then was an active member of the Mill Valley Congregation. He started an automotive business in San Rafael in 1970 - August 1995, thereupon retiring. His daughter, Julie, took over 'til 2001, when the business was sold to Darren Streckfuss and is still in operation as, "ANDY'S AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR". We will all miss him: family, friends and clients for his very outgoing personality, sense of humor, love of travel, and many great stories.... He is survived by his wife, Michele Mainhart of Corte Madera, his daughter, Julie Lucas, of Larkspur, and two granddaughters, Lindsay Lucas of El Sobrante, and Stacey Lucas of Larkspur. Memorial Services will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at 11 Knoll Lane in Mill Valley, 415-388-1385 on June 15th at 1 p.m. 

Tilbert Peter Mersch
Died unexpectedly on Monday morning, June 3, 2002 in San Rafael. He is survived by his sister, Renate Berger of Berlin, Germany, his brother Falk Mersch of Oxford, England, and his long time girlfriend Vicki Basil. Tilbert was born on February 26, 1940 in Krojanke, Germany to Gisele and Theodor Mersch. Tilbert immigrated to California at the age of 19 and worked in the restaurant business until his death. He was employed by the El Paseo restaurant in Mill Valley. Tilbert was loved and respected by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten. A Memorial Service, followed by a light lunch, will be held in his honor at 11:15 AM on Thursday, June 13, 2002, at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in San Francisco. The family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association in his name. 

Charles E. Nowell (Ed)
Ed Nowell died at Marin General Hospital after a short illness on June 4, 2002. He leaves a son, Thomas, a daughter-in-law, Cary Mathews Nowell, and two grandchildren, Peter and Abigail and many good friends. In 1948 he married Helene Richardson. They moved to San Francisco and later to Marin County. In 1962 they started NOWELL'S INC. in Sausalito which specialized in antique light fixtures and repairs. The business soon became a West Coast pioneer of high quality Victorian restorations and reproductions. Ed will be remembered by friends and family for his infectious smile and indomitable spirit. Memorial Services have been held. Donations may be sent to Integrated Community Services, 3020 Kerner Blvd. San Rafael, 94901, or to a preferred charity. 

Harold Baron
Age 88, longtime San Quentin Village resident, arts patron, and champion of cross-cultural understanding, died May 28, 2002, at Aegis of Corte Madera. Formerly of Staten Island, he was Articles Editor of Redbook and Today's Woman. He wrote for Reader's Digest, Look, This Week, Travel, Family Circle, Woman's Home Companion and many other publications. He taught writing at Columbia University and Queens College of the City University of New York and volunteered as an English teacher to disadvantaged children. Mr. Baron was President of the Chinese Arts Council, Board Member of the Society for Asian Art, and member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, World Affairs Council, Asia Society, US-China Peoples Friendship Association, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and many other organizations. Celebration of Life and Dedication of a dance studio in his honor June 16 at Marin Dance Theatre (415-499-8891). Contributions encouraged to Marin Dance Theatre. 

Emil Joseph Bettega
A resident of El Cerrito, passed away Thursday, June 6, 2002 at the age of 86. Emil was the loving husband of predeceased Elsie Jane Bettega. Emil was born in Corte Madera on September 25, 1915 to parents Stephano and Antoinette Bettega of Colico, Italy. He grew up in Kentfield with his brother David and sister Antoinette, and later raised his own family in El Cerrito. Emil was deeply involved in the community as a parent, employer and citizen. A Carpenter by trade, Emil was recently honored as a 60-Year Member of San Francisco's Local 22. He worked for the Fred J. Early Company for many years. He worked on innumerable projects, which included construction work at Alcatraz. Later, he was a founder and part owner of C. Norman Peterson Contractors of Berkeley. The company was later sold to Dillingham Construction Company, where he worked late into his life as a Consultant. Emil was a longtime member of both the Berkeley Breakfast Club and the El Cerrito Lions Club. In life, one will not come across a person of higher integrity and honesty. Throughout his life he enabled the lives and careers of countless others. He loved his wife and family above all. In 1970 he built a home on the north shore of Lake Tahoe where he loved to spend time. Emil was the father of Beverly Ipsen of Clayton, recently deceased, Carole Ransome of Moraga and Michael Bettega of Clovis. He had six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. There will be a Memorial Service held at St. Ambrose Church in Berkeley (1145 Gilman ph: 510-525-2620) at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2002. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to either: the El Cerrito Lions Club (P.O. Box 684, El Cerrito, CA 94530) or the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, 5841 Cedar Lake Road, Suite 204, Minneapolis, MN 55416, ph: (800) 541-5454; email: www.myathenia.org. CHAPEL OF THE CHIMES "Service of Marked Distinction" 510-654-0123. 

Anna Maxine Wheeling DeRosa
Passed away in Petaluma, June 6, 2002. Wife of Albert DeRosa of Petaluma. Mother of Mike (Gretchen) McDonald of Petaluma, David (Christina) DeRosa of Sacramento, Craig (Andrea) DeRosa of Petaluma and the late Susan McDonald. Grandmother of Melanie McDonald, Isaac, Spencer, Hannah, and Rachel DeRosa. Sister of George Wheeling, Jean Kauffman, and Lorraine McDonald. Born in Pennsylvania on September 26, 1931, Mrs. DeRosa worker for over 20 years at the Bernard Eldredge Elementary School in Petaluma. She had a great love for her family, and was a mother to everyone whose lives she touched. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass, Monday, June 10, 2002 at 11:00 AM at St. James Catholic Church, 125 Sonoma Mt. Pkwy., Petaluma. Arrangements under the direction of ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville St., Petaluma. Private interment will be at Cypress Hill Memorial Park, Petaluma. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nicky P. Foundation, P.O. Box 2515, Novato, CA 94948-2515. CHEDA & LYONS 707-789-9000. 

Douglas Austin Emerson, Sr.
A lifelong resident of Marin passed away Monday, June 3, 2002 in San Rafael after a long illness. Beloved husband of Joan Emerson for 42 years, loving father of Douglas Emerson, Jr. of Indiana and Steven Emerson of Sebastopol, he was 64. A second generation San Rafael resident, Doug attended pre-school at the Dollar estate (now Falkirk), Coleman and E Street grammar schools, and graduated from San Rafael High School in 1956, continuing to the College of Marin. He enjoyed a 40-year career in the floor covering business. Participating generously in scouting activities with his two sons was one of his great pleasures. He delighted in hiking, biking, and running throughout the watershed district, Mt. Tamalpais environs, and other scenic trails in Marin, as well as maintaining fitness regularly at Gold's Gym. Known for his uniquely playful sense of humor, Doug always reached out to others with kindness. Family, friends and acquaintances whose lives were touched by him, all note without hesitation or exception, "He was such a wonderful man." Memorial Services will be Tuesday, June 11, 2002 at 10 a.m., St. Paul's Church, 1123 Court St. (at Mission) in San Rafael. Contributions for a memorial bench in the Mt. Tamalpais environs may be made after Tuesday's services at any Westamerica Bank Branch, designated c/o Joan Emerson, Fund for Doug Emerson, Sr. Memorial Or memorial contributions may also be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1123 Court Street, San Rafael, CA 94901. 

Gloria Marie Homen (Dallara) Harder
Passed away peacefully in her sleep in San Pablo, California on June 5, 2002 at 71 years of age. She is the dearly beloved mother of Donna (Bruce) DeRosier of Helena, Montana, Richard E. Dallara (deceased), Debbie (Mark) Emery of Glen Ellen, Daniel Dallara of Sonoma, Nancy (Nat) Davis of El Sobrante, Christine (Ken) Janson of Sonoma, Ed Dallara, Jr. of Novato and Matthew (Marie) Dallara of Novato. She is also survived by her brothers Manuel (Sandy) Homen of Tucson, Arizona and Ed (Mary) Schimberg, Jr. of Arkansas. Survived also by her cherished grandchildren Sharleen DeRosier, Jonnie Diane DeRosier, Alura (Stephen) Barsun, Sarah Emery, Joshua Davis, Danny Dallara II, Charlotte Dallara, Cameron Janson, and Kiana Janson. Gloria was preceded in death by her brother Al Homen, her mother and stepfather Aurora and Ed Schimberg, her son Richard, and her father Manuel Rodrigues Homen. Gloria was a very loving and generous mother to her eight children, nine grandchildren, countless nieces, nephews, cousins, coworkers, friends and loved ones. Gloria was very proud of her large family and took special care to participate in all of their important life celebrations with unselfish love. Born in San Jose, Gloria grew up in Petaluma and San Rafael and spent much time at her father's dairy. She graduated from St. Vincent's High School in 1948 and married Ed Dallara that fall. In 1958, they relocated to Sonoma where Gloria became an active member of the St. Francis Solano Mother's Club in Sonoma, California. Gloria and Ed divorced in 1981 and she relocated to the Bay Area in the late 1980s. Most recently, Gloria worked for the City of Richmond as an Office Specialist where she made numerous friends. Seeking out her roots, she and her daughter Donna traveled to the Azores Islands and met her Portuguese cousins for the first time in 2001. Following this trip overseas, she experienced a renewed interest in her Portuguese heritage, attending Bay Area Portuguese fiestas. She is currently a member of the New Life Christian Center in El Sobrante, California, a reflection of her strong faith in God. Family and friends are invited to attend Services at Duggan's Mission Chapel, 525 West Napa Street, Sonoma, California. A Viewing will be held on Wednesday, June 12th from Noon to 9:00 p.m. A Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held on Thursday, June 13th at 2:00 p.m. followed by a short Graveside Service at Valley Cemetery in Sonoma, California. Our loving mother has always been the heart of our family's happiness. She will be missed dearly. May she find eternal peace and happiness, which she so richly deserves, with her Lord and Savior in Heaven. 

Vernon Walter Humber
A longtime San Francisco and Marin resident, passed away on Tuesday, June 4th, 2002 at the age of 82. Vernon was a very prominent and respected civil trial lawyer in San Francisco, serving as president of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Before his successful law career, he loyally served his country for 30 years as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army, and the Army reserves. In retirement, he loved traveling, gardening and spending time with his wife, Lena, children, stepchildren, and grandchildren at his beautiful and welcoming home in San Rafael. He had a deep commitment to family and friends and will truly be missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. Vernon is survived, and fondly remembered, by his wife Lena, first wife Anne, his three brothers, Bert, Merrill and Harold, and his four children, Erik, Jon, Karen and Siri. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Vernon Humber to the San Francisco Bay Area Council of Boy Scouts Endowment Fund (510) 577-9000 for under privileged Boy Scouts.


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