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Alberta Marie "Sis" Stocks
Passed away on August 12th, 2002 at the age of 80. Beautiful wife of the late Maurice Stocks of 56 years. Loving mother of Steven Stocks, Debbie Ryan, and Peter Stocks. Devoted grandmother of ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She was raised in San Francisco, a Veteran of World War II, and lived in Terra Linda for 35 years, Oakmont for 11 years and Sacramento for the last four months. A Memorial Mass will be held Tuesday, August 20, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at the Star of the Valley Catholic Church, 545 White Oak Drive, Santa Rosa. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be sent to "Sutter VNA Hospice" 2800 L Street, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95816. 

Anthony F. Teixeira
A life long resident of Marin, passed away on August 13, 2002. He was 80 years of age. Tony, to his many friends, ran the Teixeira Dairy business for 26 years, which was located in Bolinas, CA. After the dairy was sold, he worked for the Point Reyes National Seashore for 14 years after which he retired. He was a Veteran of WWII. He was also a member of several organizations, including the Native Sons of the Golden West, the IDES, a Portuguese organization, and the Marin Rod and Gun Club. He loved to travel with Angie, his devoted wife of 56 years in their motor home. He made many friends on his travels, and will be sorely missed. Tony expired in a local convalescent facility after a long bout with Alzheimer's disease. He is survived by his loving wife, Angelina, his only son, Thomas Anthony, (Barbara), his grandson, Anthony Thomas, (Ana) and his granddaughter Kelly Angelina. He is also survived by his brother, Joseph Teixeira, and his three sisters, Christina Silveira, Molly Waters, and Irene Teixeira. Friends are invited for viewing at Keaton's Mortuary in San Rafael, after 3:00 p.m., August 14, 2002. The Rosary will be at 8:00 p.m., at Keaton's on August 15, 2002. A Funeral Mass will be said at 1:00 p.m., at St. Raphael's Church in San Rafael, on August 16, 2002, followed by entombment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Terra Linda, California. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E STREET SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901 (415) 453-0571. 

In Memory of WESLEY WORTHING OLSON, SR.
Died August 15, 2001, age 82 at Greenbrae Care Center, with family and staff in attendance. He is survived by his wife Charlotte, son Wesley W. Olson, Jr., daughter Candida Olson Burkett, son Mark A. Olson; four grandsons, Wesley J. Olson, Scot Olson, Tod Olson, Troy Olson; two granddaughters, Darci D. Olson, Jenni Olson; six great grandchildren, Alisea, Brandon, Brittiani, Tyler, Bailey, Kaylee; also two nephews, Tom Olson, and Jeff Olson. He worked for AT&T and Pacbell for 28 years. He also worked for BART for 12 years. He was a veteran of WWII, served aboard U.S.S. Oklahoma for four years, and was stationed on Guam during WWII for two years. He was a resident of Marin County for 55 years: five years in Inverness and 50 years in Santa Venetia. 

Kenneth D. Ritchie
A Seattle native and Fairfax resident for 63 years, died early Sunday morning after a long illness. He was 88 years old, and was preceded in death by his wife, Loretto, and his brothers Stanton and Leslie (Bette) Ritchie. Dearly beloved father of Edward Ritchie (Merle) of Danville and Patricia Pearson of Fairfax. Beloved grandfather of Sharon, James (Sarah) and Brian (Sherry), Timothy, Stephannie (Gil), Suzanne, and great- grandchildren Ashley, Charles, Caitlin, Andrew, Jacqueline, Kenneth, William, Samantha, Casey and Jamie, step-great grandfather of Rudie, Jordan, Erica and Ryan; beloved uncle of Robert Ritchie, Lesley Muller (Bruce), Marie Wright and the late Lorraine Calhoun and Gloria Ritchie. Youngest child of Robert James and Mary Anne Ritchie, Kenneth spent part of his early childhood in Hawaii before moving to Australia, where he spent a happy childhood in the company of his godmother, Any Yen, in the rural outback town of Adaminaby, New South Wales. He also attended Christian Brothers' High School and the Sydney Conservatory of Music. Arriving in San Francisco in 1928, he worked for Lachman Brothers and Standard Oil and attended University of San Francisco Law School. During the Second World War, Ken worked first as a timekeeper at Marinship in Sausalito, then as manager of the post- exchange at Hamilton Air Force Base. In 1945, Ken became a salesman/driver for Wonder Bread, serving markets in southern Marin until his retirement in 1975. He was a member of the Teamsters' Union, Local 484. Kenneth Ritchie served as Grand Knight of the Nights of Columbus San Rafael Council 1292, and was also District Deputy and Faithful Navigator of Archbishop Hanna General Assembly, Fourth Degree. He was a member of St. Rita's Parish in Fairfax for 63 years. In his retirement, Ken enjoyed cooking, reading and gardening, and traveled extensively throughout Europe and Australia. Friends may call on Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Keaton's Mortuary, 5th and E Streets, San Rafael, with Rosary to be said at 3:00 p.m. at the Mortuary. Funeral Services will be held Monday at St. Rita's Church in Fairfax at 11:00 a.m., with Entombment to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael. The family requests that donations be sent to Sara's Garden (Sara O'Hara Goosby), c/o Humboldt Botanical Gardens, P.O. Box 4914, Arcata, CA 95518. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Anthony F. Teixeira
A life long resident of Marin, passed away on August 13, 2002. He was 80 years of age. Tony, to his many friends, ran the Teixeira Dairy business for 26 years, which was located in Bolinas, CA. After the dairy was sold, he worked for the Point Reyes National Seashore for 14 years after which he retired. He was a Veteran of WWII. He was also a member of several organizations, including the Native Sons of the Golden West, the IDES, a Portuguese organization, and the Marin Rod and Gun Club. He loved to travel with Angie, his devoted wife of 56 years in their motor home. He made many friends on his travels, and will be sorely missed. Tony expired in a local convalescent facility after a long bout with Alzheimer's disease. He is survived by his loving wife, Angelina, his only son, Thomas Anthony, (Barbara), his grandson, Anthony Thomas, (Ana) and his granddaughter Kelly Angelina. He is also survived by his brother, Joseph Teixeira, and his three sisters, Christina Silveira, Molly Waters, and Irene Teixeira. Friends are invited for viewing at Keaton's Mortuary in San Rafael, after 3:00 p.m., August 14, 2002. The Rosary will be at 8:00 p.m., at Keaton's on August 15, 2002. A Funeral Mass will be said at 1:00 p.m., at St. Raphael's Church in San Rafael, on August 16, 2002, followed by entombment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Terra Linda, California. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E STREET SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901 (415) 453-0571. 

Beatriz Arce Cawley
Passed away August 9th peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Beatriz was born in San Francisco on October 2, 1924. She attended St. Brigid's School for elementary and high school, and went to work for the California Division of Highways upon graduation. She married Bob Cawley, her husband of 54 years, on September 20th, 1947 and began their family of five children. In 1956 they moved to Marinwood, where they lived for the rest of their lives. Beatriz returned to school during the 1970's attending College of Marin and U.C. Berkeley to earn a B.A. in Philosophy and Social Science, and San Francisco State to earn a Master's in Social Work. Beatriz loved to travel. She and Bob journeyed to locations in Africa, Asia, Australia, Central and South America, and Europe in addition to several cities in the U.S. and Canada. In May, they enjoyed a cruise to view glaciers in Alaska. For all her travels, Beatriz's favorite places on earth were her beloved San Francisco and Marin County open spaces. She walked across the Golden Gate Bridge on the day it opened in 1936 and in 1986 when it celebrated 50 years of existence. Beatriz loved life and the myriad ways to enjoy it. She was an avid reader and appreciated the arts. Always a strong swimmer, Beatriz especially loved swimming in rivers and lakes. Few of her companions could swim with as much confidence and endurance as she did. She also enjoyed bicycling and hiking. In 1995, she took up kayaking and her enthusiasm drew her daughters and granddaughters into the sport with her. Many fond memories were made paddling through the waves of San Pablo Bay and hiking on Marin County trails. Nothing was more important to Beatriz than family. Her children and grandchildren will always consider themselves blessed for the unconditional love and positive example she gave them, and for the appreciation of family she instilled in them. Beatriz was preceded in death by her beloved parents Forunato and Enriqueta Arce, and brother Rafael Arce. Her devoted husband Bob passed just eight weeks before she did. Beatriz is survived by her caring sister and brother, Sara Allan of Napa and Alfred Arce of San Carlos; her loving children Linda Danielson (Joe), Cecilia Cawley-Redman, Robert Cawley, Maryann Mason (Steve), and Susan Inman (Dave); her adored grandchildren Elizabeth Falk (Pete), Isela Redman, Kristina Danielson, Kathleen Danielson, and James Mason; and dear step-grandchildren Jason and Monica Inman. Numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, as well as many, many neighbors and friends will miss her loving and vivacious spirit. A Rosary will be held at Keaton's Redwood Chapel of Marin, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato, Thursday August 15th at 8:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Isabella's Church, 1 Trinity Way, San Rafael on Friday, August 16th at 11 a.m. The family wishes friends and relatives to join them in a celebration of Beatriz's life following the Internment. Donations in Beatriz's name may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925; or to the American Cancer Society, 25 Bellam Blvd., Suite 150, San Rafael, CA 94901. 

Jeanne C. Dinsmore
Jeanne Coakley Dinsmore passed away August 11, 2002, at the age of 68. She was born in San Francisco. Her husband Robert W. Dinsmore, preceded her in death in 1995. Jeanne was a caring, giving, loving family woman and friend. She enjoyed a lifetime of wonderful friends, laughter, entertaining and traveling. Jeanne is survived by her four sons, Brad and wife Connie Dinsmore of Atlanta, Bobby and wife Lisa Dinsmore of Modesto, Barry and wife Cindy Dinsmore of Napa and Brian and wife Mimi Dinsmore of San Francisco. She also enjoyed being Grandma Goose to eight grandchildren: Brianna, Brooke, Madison, Drew, Brandon, Alexandra, Jack and Jacob. Jeanne graduated from Polytechnic High School and San Francisco State University where she earned her degree in Education. She was a kindergarten teacher for many years. Jeanne was a teacher by nature and had a great impact on her grandchildren, teaching them to swim, draw and sew. After moving to Novato in 1968, Bob and Jeanne joined Marin Country Club where they met some of their closest and dearest lifelong friends. After staying home and raising her four sons, Jeanne opened Hansel's Employment Agency. She continued working in the employment and health care industries until retiring two years ago in Sun City Grand, Surprise, AZ. Jeanne loved life and never lost her sense of fun and adventure. She recently spent time visiting her family at Sugarloaf Country Club in Atlanta, going on a family vacation in Lake Tahoe and celebrating her 50 year high school reunion. Jeanne was a devout Catholic and a member of their Catholic Church her entire life. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, August 16 at 3 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Novato. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Memory of Jeanne Dinsmore to Sun City West, Sun Health Hospice, 21739 North 151st Avenue, Sun City West, AZ 85375. 

Roy Dotto Sr.
A life long Marin resident passed away on August 9, 2002 at the age of 91. Born in San Anselmo in 1911 in his home with the help of a midwife. He went to school in San Anselmo. Upon completing school, he went to work for Fairfax Lumber. In 1931, Roy left Fairfax Lumber to work for San Rafael Glass, where he worked as a glazier and then the Shop Superintendent until he retired in 1973. In February of 1931, Roy met his beloved Rena, whom he wed later that year and who would be at his side for the next 70 years and survives him. The most important part of Roy's life was his family. Roy's legacy includes his five children: Joan Farris, (Jim); Roy Dotto Jr., (Yvonne); Al Lamperti, (Judy), all of San Rafael, Dorothy Werner (Chris) of Windsor and the late Vic Lamperti. His family also includes 12 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren, and still counting. Along with telling his grandchildren and great grandchildren stories, Roy enjoyed hunting, camping and fishing. Roy bagged his last buck at the age of 90. In retirement, Roy took up hobbies such as woodcarving, stained glass and gardening. He credited his longevity to staying active with all of his family and interests. Roy was very proud of his Italian heritage, his garden (in particular his tomatoes which were the best in town), and the fact that numerous family members have pursued and been successful in the glass business. He was a member of Club Italia. His parents, Daniel and Katherina Dotto, brothers Al and Louis, sisters Eva Baldini and Marie DiMastri, predeceased him. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass Friday, August 16, 2002 at 10:30 AM at Saint Raphael's Catholic Church, San Rafael. A Vigil Service will be held Thursday, August 15, 2002 at 7:30 PM at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, 330 Red Hill Avenue, San Anselmo, CA. Friends may call at the funeral home between 5:00 and 7:30 PM on Thursday. Inurnment will be private. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440. 

John Rutledge Kleespies
On July 19, 2002, John left his life as he lived it, with quiet dignity. A resident of The Tamalpais in Greenbrae, CA, John was a literate, erudite, gracious, genteel and gentle man. He had an acute interest in national and world affairs. He enjoyed travel, the symphony and the arts, reading, the beauty of nature and getting together with long- time friends. He loved to entertain, did it often and with elan. His honesty, generosity of spirit and dry humor endeared him to all. John's journey began in Corpus Christi, Texas, December 13, 1915, when he was born to George and Lora Rutledge Kleespies, the youngest by many years of their seven children. He was reared and educated in Texas and Prescott, Arizona. He received his B.S. degree from Sul Ross College in Alpine, TX in 1937 and his M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1948. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1941-1945, attaining the rank of Major. He was recalled to service in 1952-1953. John found his niche professionally with the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in San Francisco in several roles commencing in 1958 and culminating as Manager of Information Systems. Accomplished in his profession, he was admired as a leader and teacher. He retired in 1977. He was a member of the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco and several business and professional organizations and clubs. He resided in San Francisco for 28 years. In 1998 he moved to The Tamalpais where he quickly became an admired and loved member of the community. He is sorely missed. John was predeceased by his three sisters, three brothers and recently by a cherished nephew, David Bounds. His survivors are nephews Henry J. Kleespies, Jr., Port Arthur, TX, George T. Kleespies, Nederland, TX, W.J. Kleespies, Corpus Christi, TX, F.J. Rutledge, Ardmore, OK, and Billy G. Kleespies, Kerrville, TX, and nieces Frances Curtis, Mirando City, TX, and Freda Carpenter, Anna M. Curry and Merlene Schumacher, all of Brenham, TX, and many grandnieces and grandnephews. At John's request no services were held. Donations may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. 

In Loving Memory of LOIS IMELDA (WOLFF) RASMUSSEN, March 23, 1922 ~ August 9, 2002
Lois Rasmussen was born in Cupertino, California on March 23, 1922 to Debra Agnes (Jones) Wolff, a homemaker, and William Alvard Wolff, an orchardist. Lois passed away on August 9, 2002 following complications after cardiac valve replacement surgery. She was the fifth child in a family of six children. The family moved to San Francisco when she was six months old. Lois graduated from Mission High School in 1940. She was active in sports in high school and continued her athleticism as a member of the San Francisco Volleyball Team that captured the California Championship at the World's Fair at Treasure Island two consecutive years. Lois was also a member of the Native Daughters of the Golden West. She served as their president and was a participant of that organization's award winning Drill Team. After working for Simplicity Pattern Company, Lois attended the IBM School of Electrical Accounting and later worked for the Simmons Mattress Company in the accounting department. Lois did the accounting for her family's business that specialized in remodeling vintage homes in San Francisco. Lois met the love of her life, Ove Rasmussen, while attending a dance at the Italian-American Club. After the dance she told her mother, "I met the man I am going to marry!" The couple raised two children and experienced 43 fun-filled years residing and entertaining on Christmas Tree Hill in Corte Madera, California. Lois was a member of the Larkspur-Corte Madera PTA, Cub Scout Den Leader, and a volunteer for the Red Cross. She loved to garden, take rides in the country, and read spy/murder mysteries. She had a flare for cooking with fresh seafood, vegetables and fruits. Canoeing the Russian River, sailing the San Francisco Bay, and tennis were youthful pastimes. Adult hobbies included playing dominoes, pinochle, and bridge. She was an ardent fan of the San Francisco Giants and '49ers, but transitioned to become a devout Mariners fan after moving to the Seattle-Bellevue area (Surrey Downs, Bellevue and Madison House, Kirkland). Lois always carried a warm smile and cared about everyone. She loved family, friends, and celebrations with good cuisine. Lois was a devoted and loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and friend to many. She will be deeply missed, but lives on in our hearts. Lois is survived by her son Dr. Eric O. Rasmussen, wife Janice Rasmussen and sons Marc and Scott of Bainbridge Island, WA; daughter Lynne Deal, husband John F. Deal and daughter Brittany and son J.J. of Yarrow Point, WA; sister Geraldine Shotts of Rohnert Park, CA; brother William A. Wolff of Los Gatos, CA; sister Beaulah Christal of San Bruno, CA; and sister Dorothy Ohlsen of Bellevue, WA. Lois joins beloved brother Harold Wolff, killed in a motor vehicle accident in 1989. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Lung Assoc., 2171 Junipero-Serra Blvd. #720, Daly City, CA 94014-1980 or the American Heart Assoc., 120 Montgomery Street #1650, San Francisco, CA 94104. Services will be held for Lois Rasmussen at Duggan's-Serra Mortuary, 500 Westlake Avenue, Daly City, CA 94014 (650) 756-4500 on Saturday, August 17th at 10:00 a.m. 

Louis Bonelli
Born March 21, 1907 in South San Francisco. Passed on August 10, 2002 at the Yountville Veterans Home where he was a resident for the past five years. Louis lived in Marin County since 1940 where he worked in sheet metal construction and as a bartender in San Rafael. He served in the Navy for three and a half years during World War II. Louis is survived by his nephew, Joseph Bonelli, who resides in Las Vegas, Nevada and his great nephew, Damon Bonelli from Southern California. A celebration of Louis's life will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Keaton Mortuary in San Rafael on Wednesday, August 14, 2002. Visitation after 12 Noon Wednesday at Keaton's. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael, California. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Roy Dotto Sr.
A life long Marin resident passed away on August 9, 2002 at the age of 91. Born in San Anselmo in 1911 in his home with the help of a midwife. He went to school in San Anselmo. Upon completing school, he went to work for Fairfax Lumber. In 1931, Roy left Fairfax Lumber to work for San Rafael Glass, where he worked as a glazier and then the Shop Superintendent until he retired in 1973. In February of 1931, Roy met his beloved Rena, whom he wed later that year and who would be at his side for the next 70 years and survives him. The most important part of Roy's life was his family. Roy's legacy includes his five children: Joan Ferris, (Jim); Roy Dotto Jr., (Yvonne); Al Lamperti, (Judy), all of San Rafael, Dorothy Werner (Chris) of Windsor and the late Vic Lamperti. His family also includes 12 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren, and still counting. Along with telling his grandchildren and great grandchildren stories, Roy enjoyed hunting, camping and fishing. Roy bagged his last buck at the age of 90. In retirement, Roy took up hobbies such as woodcarving, stained glass and gardening. He credited his longevity to staying active with all of his family and interests. Roy was very proud of his Italian heritage, his garden (in particular his tomatoes which were the best in town), and the fact that numerous family members have pursued and been successful in the glass business. He was a member of Club Italia. His parents, Daniel and Katherina Dotto, brothers Al and Louis, sisters Eva Baldini and Marie DiMastri, predeceased him. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass Friday, August 16, 2002 at 10:30 AM at Saint Raphael's Catholic Church, San Rafael. A Vigil Service will be held Thursday, August 15, 2002 at 7:30 PM at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, 330 Red Hill Avenue, San Anselmo, CA. Friends may call at the funeral home between 5:00 and 7:30 PM on Thursday. Inurnment will be private. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440. 

Richard Kui Fu Lee
Passed away peacefully at his home in Santa Rosa on August 8, 2002 at age 69. Born in Honolulu on June 4, 1933. He is the cherished husband of Daphne Medeiros Lee, beloved father of Terry, Malia, Kahala, and Richard, and grandfather of Michael. Also survived by his twin Lawrence, brothers Francis, Herbert, and Ernest, and sisters Violet Maunu, Ellen Ching, and Evelyn Char. He graduated from Kaimuki High ('51), University of Hawaii ('57), and San Francisco State ('61) and taught at George Washington High (SF) and San Jose Jr. High (Novato). He loved watching baseball, fishing, gardening with his friends and selling his melons, radishes, and Manoa lettuce at the Saturday Farmers Market. Services are Wednesday, August 14th at 11 a.m. at Resurrection Parish, Santa Rosa. Arrangements under the direction of ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville Street, Petaluma, California. CHEDA & LYONS 707-789-9000. 

Frederick C. Neidert, A Resident of Corte Madera
Passed away July 25, 2002 at the age of 85. Husband of Dorothy Neidert. He was a native of San Antonio, Texas. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Thursday, August 22, 2002 at 7:00 PM at RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL, Mill Valley. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Charlie D. Simpson
Of Corte Madera, age 81, died at Marin General Hospital on July 17, 2002 after a three-month illness. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jo-Ann, and daughter, Sabrina; grandchildren, Clare and Miles Zimmerman. He leaves a sister, Flora Irvine Hurlocker of Concord, NC and many dear cousins, nieces and nephews. Charlie worked in his family photography business in North Carolina. During WWII, he was an aerial photographer at Langley Field, Virginia. In 1951 he was recruited by a U.S. Government Agency. After two years in Washington, he was transferred to the San Francisco Bay Area where he remained until he died, (moving to Marin in 1956.) Because the hours of his government job were "unusual", he was able to have many part-time jobs and do a good bit of volunteer work with his daughter's school mates as well as other students at Ross School. His part-time jobs, not only supplemented his income, but contributed to his eclectic interests in Marin County: classes at Marin J.C., photo lab jobs, freelance photography, gas jockey, and working at Colonial Liquors, both in Kentfield and Corte Madera. After age 70, he was able to do something dear to his family's life style! He enjoyed the last of his part-time jobs as "Mr. Recycle" in Tiburon. He managed to touch many people from all over Marin during his nearly half century here. A celebration of Charlie's life will be held August 15th, at 4:30 p.m. at Deer Park Villa in Fairfax. Donations in Charlie's memory may be made to your favorite charity. 

Barbara Dewees Donzel
Age 71 died Monday August 5, 2002 in her home. A loving Wife, Sister, Mother, Grandmother, & Great-Gandmother, she is survived by her loving husband David Donzel, brother David Dewees and sister, Carolyn Dewees; her four children and their spouses: Tripp and Barbara Curtis, Leslie Curtis, Evan and Jennifer Curtis, and Catherine and Michael McQuilkin; Fifteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. She loved life and never lost her sense of fun and adventure. She was a true friend as well as the life of the party. Any donations can be made in her name to either: MATRIX Parent Network and Resource Center or WildCare. Keatons Mortuary (415) 453-0571. 

Sherman Leland, Jr.
One of San Francisco's most colorful personalities, Sherman Leland, Jr., 71, died of pneumonia at Marin General Hospital on the morning of August 8th, 2002. A lawyer and fourth generation San Franciscan, he worked in commercial real estate in San Francisco and Marin. Descendant of an early California pioneer family that migrated from Massachusetts during the Gold Rush, Sherman was the son of Sherman Leland M.D. and Marialice Donohue Leland. He was the grandson of T.B.W. Leland M.D., the coroner of San Francisco for many years, and Florence McMahon Leland. Born in San Francisco, he graduated from Washington High School and the University of California at Berkeley. He enjoyed lifetime friendships of his Psi Upsilon fraternity. After serving in the Army during the Korean War, he graduated from George Washington University Law School. Having met on a summer trip to Europe, Sherman married Diane Smith of Dover, Delaware, who survives him. Sherman is also survived by his daughter, Anne Kiernan of San Francisco and her children Jake and Kate, and his son Sherman Leland III of Oakland and his children Sophia and Griffin. Surviving him also are his sisters Sylvia Day of Belvedere, Jane Pedley of San Francisco and Betsy Link of Los Angeles. Sherman was a member of the California Pioneer Society and the "Marin Joe's Club". Long a resident of San Francisco and Novato, in recent years he produced Chateau Sherman merlot from his Marin vineyard grapes. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, August 13th at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151. 

Joan Y. Lovejoy
Born Joan Yuen Ling Woo in Canton, China in 1948, at age five she fled the Communist with her family to Hong Kong, where she resided through high school. She then emigrated to the United States where she worked her way through college, graduating cum laude from San Francisco State with a degree in mathematics. Upon graduation, she began working for insurance companies in the San Francisco financial district, first in rating, then underwriting, and finally in data processing in positions of increasing responsibility. When she left her most recent employer, Kemper Insurance, for disability due to cancer, she was business analyst for the company's western region. She was married for nearly 26 years and lived in Novato that entire time. She is survived by her husband, Douglas, sons James and Michael, all of Novato, her mother Marya Woo of San Francisco, sisters Rosemary Ko of San Francisco and Anna Tam of Novato, and brothers Joseph Woo of Fremont, John Woo of Cupertino, and Michael Woo of San Jose. Joan was a giving, caring, considerate person and had many friends in the Bay Area insurance community, Hong Kong, the United States and Canada. She always put others first, and was happy to help anyone she met. In her memory, donations may be made to Novato Community Hospital or a favorite charity. 

Ann Weston
Passed away peacefully on August 9, 2002, at the age of 57. Born in San Francisco, Ann was raised in Southern California, graduated from San Marino High School and the University of Redlands, and completed an internship in public affairs with the Coro Foundation in San Francisco. A cellist with the Marin Symphony for 30 years, Ann also served on the Board of Directors of the Symphony and the Association of California Symphony Orchestras. A realtor for the past 13 years, she served as President of the Marin Association of Realtors, chaired the Affordable Housing Committee for the Association, and was named Realtor of the Year 2001. Her civic contributions included chairing the Downtown Vision Committee for the City of San Rafael and the Board of Directors of the San Rafael's Chamber of Commerce, where she was a member of the Affordable Housing Committee. Ann is survived by a son, John Weston of Carmel, and a sister, Jeanie Mills of Fullerton, California. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marin Symphony Association, 4340 Redwood Hwy. 409-C, San Rafael 94903, or a charity of one's choice. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, August 13, 2002 at 4:00 p.m. at the Showcase Theater, Marin Civic Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags. 

Fred T. Dagg
Passed away on July 31st, 2002, at theage of 90. Mr. Dagg was the husband of Harriette Dagg of Country Club Hills Il, father of Karen Dagg also of CCHills, father of Carol Sterritt of Sausalito, and grandfather of Gabe Sterritt. He was a passionate family man, who early on in his career strayed from the corporate scene to open his own accounting office, to have time to take his girls to the park after school. Although married for close to 62 years, a month before his death, he referred to his wife as "one big sparkle." Well known in Chicago for his accounting skills, he was called upon by old employers for fiscal advice well into his 80's.Throughout his life, he enjoyed travel, especially if it meant enjoying a body of water, where he could float motionless on his back for hours. (He never minded being used by young swimmers as a type of raft.) Friends of Carol Sterritt will be invited to a celebration of his life to be announced shortly. 

Barbara Dewees Donzel
Age 71 died Monday August 5, 2002 in her home. A loving Wife, Sister, Mother, Grandmother, & Great-Gandmother, she is survived by her loving husband David Donzel, brother David Dewees and sister, Carolyn Dewees; her four children and their spouses: Tripp and Barbara Curtis, Leslie Curtis, Evan and Jennifer Curtis, and Catherine and Michael McQuilkin; Fifteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. She loved life and never lost her sense of fun and adventure. She was a true friend as well as the life of the party. Any donations can be made in her name to either: MATRIX Parent Network and Resource Center or WildCare. Keatons Mortuary (415) 453-0571. 

Valerie Shawn Grogan
Age 52, passed away from cancer, August 1, 2002 in Cambridge, MA. Shawn received her BA from Mills College in Oakland in 1973. An editor of the Mills Quarterly Alumni Magazine, she interned in Washington, DC under Congressman Pete McCloskey, and also headed the National Student Get Out To Vote Campaign. While working in Sacramento, she rewrote the California State Voters Pamphlet. She worked tirelessly for the public schools in Marin County, in addition to being a member of the Kentfield Schools Foundation. She authored the original campaign for parcel tax funding for the Kentfield Schools. She raised funds for both Wildcare and the Marine Mammal Center. She is survived by two children, Bryan (New York) and Erin (Colorado), mother Patricia Grogan (San Rafael), brother Thomas James Grogan Jr. (Santa Monica), sister Megan Grogan Anderson (Mill Valley), and partner William Dodd (Cambridge, Mass.). In lieu of flowers, please send Donations to the Point Reyes Bird Observatory, Stinson Beach or the Marine Mammal Center. Call 415-454-5166 for Memorial Service Information. 

Sherman Leland, Jr.
One of San Francisco's most colorful personalities, Sherman Leland, Jr., 71, died of pneumonia at Marin General Hospital on the morning of August 8th, 2002. A lawyer and fourth generation San Franciscan, he worked in commercial real estate in San Francisco and Marin. Descendant of an early California pioneer family that migrated from Massachusetts during the Gold Rush, Sherman was the son of Sherman Leland M.D. and Marialice Donohue Leland. He was the grandson of T.B.W. Leland M.D., the coroner of San Francisco for many years, and Florence McMahon Leland. Born in San Francisco, he graduated from Washington High School and the University of California at Berkeley. He enjoyed lifetime friendships of his Psi Upsilon fraternity. After serving in the Army during the Korean War, he graduated from George Washington University Law School. Having met on a summer trip to Europe, Sherman married Diane Smith of Dover, Delaware, who survives him. Sherman is also survived by his daughter, Anne Kiernan of San Francisco and her children Jake and Kate, and his son Sherman Leland III of Oakland and his children Sophia and Griffin. Surviving him also are his sisters Sylvia Day of Belvedere, Jane Pedley of San Francisco and Betsy Link of Los Angeles. Sherman was a member of the California Pioneer Society and the "Marin Joe's Club". Long a resident of San Francisco and Novato, in recent years he produced Chateau Sherman merlot from his Marin vineyard grapes. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, August 13th at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151. 

Mary Lunneborg
Milnor, ND died July 17, 2002 in her home. Mary was born September 21, 1916. She married Edwin Lunneborg Dec. 2, 1938 and they farmed until his death. She moved into Milnor in 1989 and was a winter resident of Marin County. The focus of Mary's life was her large family and her many friends. Six children, Ann Snow, Marilyn Worner, Karen Wohler, John and James Lunneborg, all of ND and Joan Lunneborg, Marin City, 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, survive her. The funeral was at Milnor Lutheran Church with burial at Dunbar Cemetery on land donated from the Lunneborg Homestead. 

Ann Weston
Passed away peacefully on August 9, 2002, at the age of 57. Born in San Francisco, Ann was raised in Southern California, graduated from San Marino High School and the University of Redlands, and completed an internship in public affairs with the Coro Foundation in San Francisco. A cellist with the Marin Symphony for 30 years, Ann also served on the Board of Directors of the Symphony and the Association of California Symphony Orchestras. A realtor for the past 13 years, she served as President of the Marin Association of Realtors, chaired the Affordable Housing Committee for the Association, and was named Realtor of the Year 2001. Her civic contributions included chairing the Downtown Vision Committee for the City of San Rafael and the Board of Directors of the San Rafael's Chamber of Commerce, where she was a member of the Affordable Housing Committee. Ann is survived by a son, John Weston of Carmel, and a sister, Jeanie Mills of Fullerton, California. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marin Symphony Association, 4340 Redwood Hwy. 409-C, San Rafael 94903, or a charity of one's choice. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, August 13, 2002 at 4:00 p.m. at the Showcase Theater, Marin Civic Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags. 

Helen C. Buchignani
Who was born August 17, 1922, passed away at her home in San Rafael on August 7, 2002. She was survived by her three children, Dianne Buchignani-Kuzmanich, Raymond (Rocky) Buchignani and Nancy Cicchetti, and her grandchildren, Manny and Nicola Cicchetti and Johanna Buchignani. A feisty lady who loved people, music (especially Sarah Vaughan records) and food. Friends and family are encouraged to attend a gathering at Nancy's home in San Anselmo on Saturday, August 10 at 2 p.m. (Call 415-453-6880 for directions). In lieu of flowers, donations to Marin Meals on Wheels are encouraged.


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