Miscellaneous Marin County, California Obituaries

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Elizabeth Banks
Age 94, passed away August 26, 2002 in Greenbrae. Dearly beloved wife for 71 years to the late Samuel L. Banks, Sr. Loving mother of Rev. S. L. Banks, Jr., Claudis W. Banks, Dorothy Jean Parker and Alma R. Simmons; sister of Eddie Mae Wayfer and the late Blanche Correll; adored mother-in-law of Bobbie Banks, Sarah Banks, Earl J. Parker, Sr., and the late Stanley Simmons; grandmother of 15; great grandmother of 20 and great-great grandmother of 1. Elizabeth was born on February 26, 1908 to George Washington Correll and Jessie Story Correll in Magnolia, Arkansas. In 1942, she followed her husband Sam, a shipyard worker at Mare Island to Marin City. Elizabeth provided daycare for many of the women workers in the shipyard. She was a faithful member of Village Baptist Church for 44 years, an accomplished seamstress who enjoyed crocheting, ceramics, photography and flowers. Friends and family are invited to attend Funeral Services on Tuesday, September 3, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at Cornerstone Community Church of God in Christ, 626 Drake Ave., Marin City. Visitation will be Monday, September 2, 2002 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel in Mill Valley. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Ave., Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Paul A. Delagnes
Passed away at home in Sonoma surrounded by his loving family. Survived by devoted wife Carol of Sonoma, father of Rick Delagnes of Windsor & Andre Delagnes of Healdsburg, Yvette Curreri of Sonoma. Son of Maria Delagnes of Sonoma and brother of Elio Delagnes of Sonoma. Adored grandfather of seven grandchildren. Numerous nieces & nephews also survive him. Personable and outgoing, Paul was widely known throughout the Valley and in Fort Bragg, where he was a former motel proprietor, mayor and city councilman before moving to Sonoma. All around good guy Paul was a loving and devoted family man first and foremost. A graduate of Sacred Heart High School, Class of '55. A leader in the French Community before moving to Fort Bragg in 1967. An avid golfer. A Sonoma resident since 1988 and native of San Francisco, age 64 years. Friends and family are invited to attend the Rosary Monday evening, September 2nd, 2002 at 6:00 PM at Duggan's Mission Chapel, 525 West Napa St., Sonoma, CA and the Funeral Mass on Tuesday, September 3rd at 11:00 AM at St. Francis Catholic Church. 3rd St. West and West Napa St., Sonoma. Entombment at Mountain Cemetery, Sonoma. Family would be honored if Donations in Memory of Paul would be made to Hanna Boys Center, P.O. Box 100, Sonoma, CA or American Cancer Society, Sonoma Unit, 1415 Guerneville Rd., Suite #220, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. Duggan's Mission Chapel 525 West Napa St. Sonoma, CA (707) 996-3655. 

Lawrence Prosser Miller, 1924 ~ 2002, "Mike"
Mike (as he was known to everyone) was born in Slater, Missouri and later moved to Marshall, Missouri. Mike was the son of Ethyl Prosser Miller and Frank R. Miller who have both preceded him in death, and one brother Frank R. Miller, Jr. also deceased. Mike joined the Navy in 1941 and served for four years in the Submarine Service, stationed mostly in the South Pacific Operation where he saw much action as an Electrician aboard the USS Puffer. In 1945 he was discharged and lived in Marshall, Missouri for several years where he married and later moved to Independence, Missouri and was employed until 1970 at Lake City Arsenal there. Moving to California after retiring, he later was employed by the cable television industry in San Rafael for many years. Mike was above all else a family man. His sons, Michael and David remained close to him during his entire lifetime, playing an important role in each other's lives. He was always helping them fix, repair or giving advice from his vast mechanical knowledge. Mike could fix anything. He is survived by his two sons, three grandchildren Melissa, Stephanie and David, one great granddaughter Madison, and his daughters-in-law Kerstin Miller and Jill Myers. There will be a Funeral Service and Mass Tuesday, September 3rd at 12:00 Noon at Our Lady of Loretto Parish, 1806 Novato Blvd. in Novato. 

Oliver Mitchell Sr.
Of Marin City, passed away August 22, 2002, age 80. Husband of the late Doretha Mitchell, loving father of Oliver Mitchell Jr. and Sarah Mitchell Tillis, father-in-law of Otis Tillis, dear grandfather of Daeja-Dinae Tillis and Devante Nikko Tillis. Also mourned by his sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral Service, 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 31, 2002 at First Missionary Baptist Church, 501 Drake Avenue, Marin City. Burial San Joaquin National Cemetery, Guistine, California. For more information, call the Bayview Mortuary at 415-822-2820. 

Barbara M. Naify
Age 69, passed on at her own home, peacefully, in her sleep, on August 24, 2002. She is survived by her children Michael, Mark, Leslie, Christie and Robert and her seven grandchildren. Barbara battled with breast cancer for several years. There will be a Gathering in Her Memory at Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross in Marin County on September 3, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests that you make donation in Barbara M. Naify's name to either Lita of Marin, 4340 Redwood Hwy., Suite 101, San Rafael, CA 94903 or to the Marine Mammal Center, Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito, CA 94965. 

Jean Scott
Died peacefully at home in San Rafael on August 24th, 2002 after bravely battling a short illness. She is survived by her son Rick Taaffe and his wife Sallee, daughter Shawna Smith and her husband Dan; grandchildren Shannon and Todd Taaffe and his wife Kristi and Ryan and Tenille Smith and great grandson Alexzander Taaffe. She was born in Benton, Illinois in 1924, raised in Chicago and moved to Marin in 1948. Until her retirement she was an office manager and bookkeeper for several automotive dealerships around Marin. Jean will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Jean's Life, Saturday, September 7, 1 to 3 p.m. at 2250 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. 

Jean-Jacques "JJ," Yves Desiré de los Reyes Charmant 
A native of San Francisco and Marin County died August 26, 2002 in a motorcycle accident on his way to Mount Tamalpais to watch the sunset, a ritual JJ loved doing. He was born on May 13, 1980. JJ was the son of Jackie and June Charmant. They recall their son as loving and kind and who loved the outdoors. He was a sports enthusiast, an expert skier, cyclist and motorcyclist. Those who knew him will remember his love for life and his persistence in studying for his under graduate degree at USF in International Finance. Viewing on Friday, August 30 from 4- 8 PM, at Adobe Creek Funeral Home, Petaluma. Funeral Mass on Saturday, August 31st at 11 AM St. Anthony Catholic Church, Novato. 

Angelina Giovanini
Passed away peacefully at her home in Larkspur on August 28, 2002 at the age of 90. Born in Pittsburg, California on April 12, 1912, she lived in Larkspur for 55 years. With her husband Joe, they ran the Village Bake Shop -- first in Kentfield in the early 50's and then moved the shop to Larkspur across the street from the Masonic Lodge on Magnolia Avenue. She is survived by her beloved son Joe and her two sisters Katie Annello, Viola Lamonto, her brother Neno Cardinalli, granddaughter Angela and many relatives. She loved her garden and back yard. Up until July of this year, she was still tending her garden. In lieu of flowers, donations preferred to Hospice of Marin. A Funeral Mass will be held on September 4, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Sebastian Church, Kentfield. Viewing from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at The Mortuary, and Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3. Viewing will also be held at St. Sebastian Church on September 4, 2002 at Noon. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Marie A. Olivas
Died August 20, 2002 in San Rafael. Marie, wife of deceased Fernando Olivas, was born March 11, 1916 in El Paso, Texas. She is survived by Fernando, Louis, Walter, and Bernadette Payne, eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Funeral Services at Mission San Rafael Chapel, Saturday, August 31st at 9 a.m. Donations may go to Hospice of Marin, Corte Madera; American Cancer Society; or the American Stroke Association. 

Thomas G. Zeller
Age 57, passed away in his San Anselmo home on Sunday, August 25th, 2002 in the company of his family. He was the 11th child of Edward and Eva Zeller of Rapid City, South Dakota. He graduated from Cathedral High School and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Math from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He later attended Heald College/ Technical Institute in San Francisco. Tom is survived by his wife of 33 years, Janet; children Eric and Nicole; and grandchildren, Alexandria and Gabriel. He also leaves brothers, Edward of Tulsa, Oklahoma; John and James of Rapid City; and Donald of Farmington Minnesota; and sisters Mary Zeller Finley of Norco, Louisiana and Margaret Zeller, OSB of Erie, Pennsylvania, along with numerous nieces and nephews. A devoted environmentalist, Tom was a founding board member and treasurer of the Center for Sacred Ecology in Oakland. He was St. Anselm Parish's representative to the Marin Ecumenical Housing Association for four years, president for two years and a member of the Blue Ribbon Committee. The Hilarita Housing Complex in Tiburon was built during his Presidency. Tom was the proud owner of Zeller's Original Bakery in downtown San Anselmo for two years and sold it shortly before the big flood of 1982. He also had worked for PG&E, St. Anthony's Dining Room, was a Senior Tech Specialist for Bank of America, and for the past five years a Senior Support Engineer for Fair Isaac. Tom enjoyed singing in the Christmas choir, working on his electric car, the 49ers and especially being entertained by his grandchildren. A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, September 2, 2002 at 3 p.m. at St. Anselm's Church, 27 Shady Lane/ Bolinas Avenue, Ross, California. The Vigil will be held Sunday, September 1st at 7:30 p.m., St. Anselm's Gymnasium, 40 Belle Avenue, San Anselmo, California. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Center for Sacred Ecology or to Earthlight magazine. The address is the same. 111 Fairmount Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611. 

Michael T. Boss
Michael Boss, of San Francisco, passed away on August 26, 2002 after a very strong, courageous battle with colon cancer. Michael was born in San Francisco on September 16, 1946. He grew up in San Rafael, attending St. Raphael's grade school and graduating from Marin Catholic High School. He loved learning and literature, which he continued to pursue with passion at U.C. Berkeley, graduating in 1968. Michael was a member of Chi Phi Fraternity. At the time of his graduation, he was commissioned in the U.S. Navy. Having completed three years of active duty, he eagerly renewed his studies and focused on his passion and skills as a writer. He received his Masters in Journalism degree from Berkeley in 1974. Throughout his life he remained true to his desire to embrace learning, literature, writing and music. He was employed by the Pietro Group in San Francisco. He leaves behind his proudest, greatest achievement, his daughter, Jennifer Boss, who will miss his insight, wit, friendship and love. He is also survived by his mother Marie Cerles Boss, his sister Judy (Richard) Del Tredici, sister Monica (Bruce) Sauer and his brother Joe Boss. His father, Lou Boss, preceded him in death. He is also survived by his good friend and former wife, Erica (Rickie) Igoe, many nieces, nephews and many very caring good friends. A Service celebrating his love of life will be held on Wednesday, September 4, 2002 at 5:00 p.m. at Keaton's Mortuary, 1022 "E" Street, San Rafael, California 94901, 415-453-0571. Inurnment private. In lieu of flowers, donations to your favorite charity or to the Colon Cancer Alliance, Inc., 175 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011 are preferred. 

Liselotte Jordan A Resident of Novato
Passed away at her home on Monday, August 26, 2002. Born in Denmark on January 26, 1944, she was 58 years old. Liselotte was a flight attendant for United Airline and PAA. She married her husband William (Bill) Jordan on September 1, 1981. They met on a nonstop flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong on a 747. Lisa was a First Class Flight Attendant and Bill was the Captain of the plane. She and Bill are members at the St. Francis Yacht Club. Her family will remember her as full of Love, fun and energy. Liselotte is survived by her husband William R. (Bill) Jordan of Novato, CA and formerly of Ukiah, CA, stepdaughter Julie Bowers of Tracy, CA, stepson Lon Jordan of Folsom, CA, sister Annamia Corleone of Via, Italy, brother Toni Lamberg of Copenhagen, Denmark, mother Elsa Sorensen of Copenhagen, Denmark. She was preceded in death by her father Eric Sorensen. Memorial Services are pending at this time. Family prefers memorial donations to the American Cancer Society. Cremation Services are under the direction of Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are under the direction of Eversole Mortuary. 

Marie A. Olivas
Died August 20, 2002 in San Rafael. Marie, wife of deceased Fernando Olivas, was born March 11, 1916 in El Paso, Texas. She is survived by Fernando, Louis, Walter, and Bernadette Payne, eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Funeral Services at Mission San Rafael Chapel, Saturday, August 31st at 9 a.m. Donations may go to Hospice of Marin, Corte Madera; American Cancer Society; or the American Stroke Association. 

Lola E. Anderson
Passed away August 15, 2002. Beloved mother of Laura Knuutti and Barbara Von Holleban. Grandmother of seven, great grandmother of one, nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life August 31, 2002, 1 p.m. at 118 Mabry Way, San Rafael, California. 

Jennie Belleggia Berardi
Born in Glen Lyon, Pennsylvania on November 10, 1917. She passed away peacefully, at home, on August 24, 2002 in Santa Rosa, California. Jennie was the youngest of five daughters born to Giuseppe Belleggia and Maria Nicoletti Belleggia. In 1934, at the age of 16, she met and soon married Joseph Berardi -- a union that lasted 67 years and produced two sons. Soon after her first born son Louis arrived in 1935, Jennie boarded the trans- continental railroad and the two headed West to join her two sisters Rose and Nan. Joseph joined her shortly thereafter and the family settled in North Beach San Francisco, where a second son, Leonard, was born in 1941. Jennie always remained close to her sisters, Rose, Nan, Minnie, and Irene. Gradually the Belleggia family moved West. Jennie and Joe lived in San Francisco, while the rest of the family settled in Reno, Nevada. Jennie was a retired member of San Francisco Culinary Workers Local Union #2. Since moving to Santa Rosa in 1976 she was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church. She was devoted to her husband and family. She thoroughly enjoyed Italian cooking, dancing, family, friends and travel. She made numerous trips to Italy -- the most recent being in June 2001, when she and Joe were accompanied by both sons, daughter-in-law Adrienne, grandchildren Dominic and Rene, great-grandchildren Emmy, Quinn, Oliver and companion and friend Peter Babcock, as well as close friends Lisa Cothrell and Robert Stewart. Jennie was preceded in death by her husband in January 2002. She is survived by her sister Irene Wagner of Hastings-on- Hudson, New York, sons Louis and Leonard and spouses Adrienne and Kathleen, grandchildren, Lisa, Mark, Sean, Dominic, Hilary, Phillip, James, Rene, Todd, Tobias and Jon and 22 great-grandchildren. Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Her Life Mass at St. Rose Catholic Church, 1:00 PM, Thursday, August 29th. Please direct donations to Hospice or The Alzheimer's Association. 

LaRue Bocarde Daulton
Passed away peacefully in Carmichael, California on Thursday, August 22, 2002 at the age of 100. Dearly beloved wife for 49 years of the late Roy Bocarde and for seven years of the late Rev. Howard B. Daulton; beloved foster mother of Dagmar Collins of Sun City; adored stepmother of Joyce Wisner, Shirley Hammons, Patsy Daniels, Sheila Chilton, Howard B. Daulton, II and Richard Daulton; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A native of Sacramento, Kentucky, she was raised in rural Kentucky and always referred to herself as a "Kentucky Hillbilly!". Trained as a nurse in Kentucky, she moved to California and quickly noted there was a brighter future in the field of beauty salons. A graduate of California College of Beauty in the early 1930's, at her peak in this field, she owned 34 beauty shops (LeRoy Gordon Beauty Salons) from Napa to Los Angeles. At the time of her retirement, she gave each manager their own shop if they so desired. Always active in her church and Bible study, her faith was of prime importance. She was a longtime member of San Rafael Chapter No. 215, O.E.S., where she served as Worthy Matron in 1953. She was also a member of Ladies of the Nile; active with the National American Legion Auxiliary and active in the "Girls State" program and numerous other organizations. Generosity was the trademark of her life. She was an expert cake decorator, obtaining the title of Master Cake Decorator, adored all crafts -- crocheting, knitting, china painting, sewing, gardening, flower arranging, and many more. She received great joy in giving her handiwork to family and friends. Friends are invited to attend Funeral Services on Friday, August 30, 2002 at 10:00 AM at the DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES, 1225 Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa with Pastor Dave Hatton of Eskaton Community Church and Officers of Rose Valley Chapter No. 33, O.E.S. officiating. Private Interment, Cypress Lawn Cemetery, Colma. If desired, donations in her memory may be made to "The Resident Assistance Fund of Eskaton Village," 3939 Walnut Avenue, Carmichael, CA 95608. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2002 from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM at the DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 

Shirley Harris
Passed away peacefully at her home in San Rafael on August 16th, 2002, at the age of 84. She was born in Virginia, Minnesota on May 28th, 1918. Shirley lived in Marin County for 38 years. Until two weeks ago, she had been employed with Wihmar Property Management in Mill Valley for 20 years. She retired due to her health. She is survived by her beloved daughter Laurie Martin, Laurie's husband Ivan, her four cherished grandchildren Christopher, David, Catherynn and Joshua Frydenlund, and their father Jack. Nephew Nick Robison of Los Angeles, sister-in-law Tomako in Las Vegas, many relatives in California and Iowa, her best friend Wilma Head and her family, also in Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother and sister and one grandchild. An avid reader, her enormous interests varied from Tiger Woods to Lord Byron. You could always come to her with any problem and be assured to receive an honest, well thought out response, making you feel as though you were the most important person in the world to her. Per her wishes, a private Family Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2002 at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery with poetry and her favorite music. In lieu of flowers donations preferred to the Sierra Club or KQED. Shirley was loved and will be missed by all who knew her. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Donald Edmund Page
Age 75. At rest on August 25, 2002. Beloved husband of Mary; loving father of Tina, Athena, Theoni; cherished Ta-Ta of Zack, Austin, Taylor, Trevor, and Sage. A Celebration of His Life will be held on Thursday, August 29th at 11 a.m., St. Francis of Assisi in Novato 415-892-1609. 

John T. "Terry" Purcell
Raised in Petaluma, living his adult life in Greenbrae and San Rafael, passed away peacefully with family by his side on August 21, 2002 at the age of 77. Terry served with the Army Air Corps during WWII. He attended Oregon State as an undergrad, then Stanford University where he graduated with an MBA in Finance in the class of '49. While at Stanford, Terry met his lifelong sweetheart, Nancy Foss and married her in 1950. Terry's working career began with Fireman's Fund, and included employment with Western Asbestos, Kunst Painting, and the Dean, Petrie, and Haas accounting firm. He later got another MBA in Taxation, from Golden Gate University, and ran his own tax service, serving many people in the local area. In later years, Terry and Nancy led tours for the Saga Touring Co., allowing them to travel, separately and together, all over the world, from the Antarctic to the Galapagos, to Africa and Greece, and dozens of places in between. Terry is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Nancy, his sister Peggy Margiotta, his beloved children, Steven Purcell, Virginia (Ginger) Dale, Lisa Smith, Kevin Purcell, Brian Purcell, Sheila Purcell, Shawn Purcell, and Pamela Turner, and sons and daughters-in-law Carolyn, Ken, Steve, Trudy, Jan, Peter, Ly and Grant. Terry loved all of his 17 grandchildren: Michael, Christopher, Daniel, Ruth, Jennifer, Lydia, Jeremy, Megan, Colleen, Anna, Ryan, Sean, Luke, Rita, Hallie, Ashley, and Lindsey. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Funeral Mass and celebration of his life, Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 11:00 AM at St. Isabella's Catholic Church, 435 Freitas Parkway, San Rafael. An evening Memorial Vigil Service will be held at the church on Friday, August 30th at 7:30 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925, or your favorite charity. Private Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael. Arrangements by ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, Petaluma, California. CHEDA & LYONS ~ 707-789-9000. 

Viola A. Clapp
Passed away in Greenbrae on August 22, 2002 at age 79. Beloved mother of Richard L. (Joyce) Clapp of Petaluma, Susan (Michael) Panas of Santa Rosa and the late Karma Young. Devoted grandmother of Kari (Chris) Wilson and Buck Werts. Dear sister of the late Mike Haley. Sister-in-law of Joan Haley of Pt. Reyes Station. Loving daughter of the late Russell and Mary Haley. Vi is survived by her life long friend and companion, Julius "Rod" Rodoni. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. A native of Iowa, Vi has lived in Pt. Reyes Station for 46 years. She retired from the County of Marin Fire Department as a cook where she worked from 1957 to 1982. Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass, Wednesday, August 28, 2002 at 11:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Hwy. 1, Olema. Friends may call for Visitation on Tuesday, August 27, 2002 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville Street, Petaluma. Memorial contributions may be made to West Marin Senior Services, P.O. Box 791, Pt. Reyes Station, CA 94956 or to your favorite charity. Interment at Olema Cemetery in Olema, California. CHEDA & LYONS ~ 707-789-9000. 

Diana Rita Gray Baldini
A Marin native, was born on March 2, 1936; and passed away peacefully on April 18, 2002 at the Pleasant Care Skilled Nursing Facility. Diana was the daughter of the late George and Eva Baldini. She is survived by her brother George Baldini, Sr., two nephews George Baldini, Jr. and Rick Baldini, and their wives and children. She is also mourned by her aunts, uncles, several cousins, and friends who loved her. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 9:30 a.m. at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael, California. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to MARC or your favorite charity. 

Frances R. Maurovich
Passed away at the Nazareth House in San Rafael on August 21, 2002 at age 91. Wife of the late Natale Maurovich, loving mother of Anne McWhirter and husband the late Wallace McWhirter, Robert Maurovich and wife Nancy Maurovich, mother-in-law of Leroy Cheda, dear grandmother of Stephanie and husband David Nevin, Danielle and husband Shane Rogers, & Kyle McWhirter, adored great grandmother of Tyler Rogers, Connor and Cameron Nevin, sister of Catherine Lubicich, Agnes Ruffino, Angie Ruggeri, Sal and Johnny Giammona. She was a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Funeral Mass will be held today, Monday, August 26, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at the Nazareth House, 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael. Interment Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael. Memorial gifts preferred to The Nazareth House, 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Diana Rita Gray Baldini
A Marin native, was born on March 2, 1936; and passed away peacefully on April 18, 2002 at the Pleasant Care Skilled Nursing Facility. Diana was the daughter of the late George and Eva Baldini. She is survived by her brother George Baldini, Sr., two nephews George Baldini, Jr. and Rick Baldini, and their wives and children. She is also mourned by her aunts, uncles, several cousins, and friends who loved her. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 9:30 a.m. at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael, California. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to MARC or your favorite charity. 

Hugh W. Lytle, Former Newspaper Editor, Dead at 100
Hugh W. Lytle, a former Honolulu Advertiser editorial page editor and press secretary for Hawaii Gov. William Quinn, died Friday, August 16, 2002 at a senior residential home in Novato, California, at age 100. Mr. Lytle earned a Bronze Star during World War II for risking his life to obtain comprehensive accounts of Tenth Army operations on Okinawa. The Bronze Star citation reads: "His specialized professional and military skills, diligence, tact and efficiency, Maj. Lytle made contributions of material importance to the prosecution of the war against the Japanese." Those traits were also the basis of Mr. Lytle's notable contributions in journalism and public relations. "He was a strong and dynamic person," David Lytle of The Sea Ranch, California, said of his father. Mr. Lytle was the bureau chief for The Associated Press in Honolulu on December 7, 1941. He reported for military duty the same day and was assigned to military intelligence. Mr. Lytle was later named chief of the U.S. Tenth Army Information and Historical Service on Okinawa. After the war, the San Francisco Lowell High and U.C. Berkeley graduate, went to work at The Advertiser, where he wrote columns on the opinion page until the early 1960s. He joined Hawaii Governor Quinn's administration and later worked as a free-lance public relations consultant in Honolulu. Mr. Lytle retired to the Big Island of Hawaii in 1968; he moved to Novato in 1994. His second wife, the late Druzella "Drue" Lytle, was The Honolulu Advertiser's women's section editor from 1953 until her retirement in 1969. (Drue Lytle also was a resident of Novato until her death). Mr. Lytle is survived by his son David; a grandson Douglas of Prague, The Czech Republic; and two great grandchildren. At his request, there will be no funeral service and his ashes will be scattered at sea beyond the Golden Gate Bridge. 

Mildred O. Menefee
Passed away in Novato at her daughter's home on August 12, 2002 at the age of 87. She was born on February 12, 1915 in Albert Lea, Minnesota and lived in San Rafael for the past 40 years. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1935 with a degree in Education. Mildred married Tom Menefee in 1937 and raised their two daughters. She attended College of Marin's Nursing program and received her RN degree in 1970. Mildred was a nurse at Marin General Hospital until her retirement in 1980. She loved to play bridge, traveled extensively, was an Angel Island volunteer, enjoyed hiking, and worked at the Marin Civic Center in her retirement years. Mildred is survived by her two daughters, Lisa MacCubbin and Tomi Johnson of Novato, and her grandson Ladd Johnson of Scotts Valley, California. She will be remembered by all for her sense of humor and zest for life. A Memorial Service for family and friends to celebrate Mildred's life will be held at Presbyterian Church of Novato on Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Marin, or Shady Oak Cemetery Association, 316 Railroad Street, Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007.


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