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Jerry Cooper A Resident of Fairfax
Passed away from cancer August 7, 2002 at his Fairfax home. Jerry was the devoted husband of Laura Cooper for 35 years; proud father of Julie and husband Sean Ryan; loving stepfather of Linda Kaulukukui, Larry Salvisberg, and Bruce Salvisberg; (all of Marin County), beloved grandfather of Shannan Salvisberg (of Petaluma); and younger brother to Doyle Heath (of North Carolina). He was preceded in death by brother Robert Cooper and parents Fred and Marie Cooper. Jerry was born in Nebraska, raised in Colorado, and became a Marin County resident in 1963. He was a retired employee of Fairfax Lumber, where he enjoyed serving customers for twelve years. Jerry was a member of the Independent Order of Foresters and the Marin Rod and Gun Club. Throughout his life, he was an avid animal-lover and Denver Bronco fan. He enjoyed listening to music and camping. Jerry's family would like to thank Hospice of Marin, Carol Vernal, and Sharon Kelly for making his final days as comfortable and peaceful as possible. In lieu of flowers, Jerry and family would like donations to be sent to San Rafael's Guide Dogs for the Blind or Second Chance Rescue (P.O. Box 2958 San Rafael Ca 94912). Jerry's family would also like to invite anyone whose lives he touched to attend a Memorial potluck picnic at Peri Park in Fairfax on Saturday August 24th at 12:00 noon. 

Virginia Azevedo Davis, Nurse
Age 49, of Sonoma, passed away August 3, 2002, quietly at her home in Sonoma, surrounded by her family. Mrs. Davis was a graduate of Modesto High School, Sacramento State University and the UCLA School of Nursing in 1981. Having worked in the OR, OB-GYN, family practice and public health, she entered the field of infertility. After working in PFC in Reno, Nev., and San Francisco, and North Bay Fertility in Santa Rosa, she realized her dream and opened her own practice, Davis Fertility Services in 1997. Virginia was preceded in death by her brother Jimmy; and father Henry. She is survived by her loving son Kevin: and husband Jan of Sonoma; mother Isabel; sisters, Margie and Jennifer; brothers, Henry and Manuel; nieces, Lisa and Lori; nephews, Dan, John, Michael, Dylan, Nick, Bret and James. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins in Modesto. Friends are invited to attend Memorial Services at 3 p.m. Sunday, August 11, at St. Leo's Catholic Church with Monsignor John J. O'Hare officiating. Private Inurnment. Donations in Virginia's name can be made to the Kevin Davis Fund, c/o Cal Federal Bank, 19245 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma, California 95476 or the Hospice of Marin, Valley of the Moon Team, 735 Broadway, Sonoma, California 95476. Arrangements by Mission Cremation Service under the direction of Duggan's Mission Chapel. 

Karen K. Wilkinson
Age 60, passed away August 7, 2002. She is survived by her loving husband of 25 years Jack, son John and two grandchildren, sister Robin, niece Heather and countless friends and other relatives. A native of Pennsylvania and Marin resident for over 25 years, Karen retired as a flight attendant for TWA after 30 years, and became an active member of Silver Wings. She then worked at the Marin County Office of Education and later the College of Marin as assistant to the director of nursing before opening her own Oreck retail store in 1999. Karen lived with verve, making her husband a very happy friend. She will be mourned by her many friends who loved her. Services are being held Sunday, August 11, 2002 from 3:00 PM at Marin Art & Garden Center. In lieu of flowers, donations in the memory of Karen may be sent to the American Cancer Society. 

Anna Marie Cordone
A lifelong San Rafael resident, passed away August 6, 2002 in San Rafael. Beloved wife of the late Marius Cordone, a longtime Marin Realtor. She was an elementary school teacher for many years and some of her fondest memories were teaching at a one room schoolhouse in Lucas Valley. She loved children and teaching. After having children, she was a substitute teacher for a number of years before retiring. She was generous with volunteering her time. She was a kind and loving person and a friend to many. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her children John and Richard of San Rafael and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to attend the Vigil Service on Tuesday August 13, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Raphael Church in San Rafael. The Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Raphael Church. Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael. Memorial contributions may be made to Nazareth House, 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94904 or Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925 or to a favorite charity. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E STREET SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901 (415) 453-0571 

Zalmon H. Garfield, Ph.D.
Lover of life and friend of those in need, died of congestive heart failure at Marin General Hospital in Kentfield, California at the age of 83 on August 3, 2002. Dr. Garfield was born in Norfolk, Virginia on February 14, 1919. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1932 when only thirteen years old. A graduate of Maury High School in Norfolk, Virginia in 1936, he served as editor-in-chief of the high school newspaper and excelled in debating. He went on to receive his degree in journalism from Washington and Lee in Lexington, Virginia in 1939, where he joined Phi Eta Sigma Fraternity in 1937 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1939. In 1940, he earned a Master of Science degree in Journalism from Northwestern University. Dr. Garfield began work for the City News Bureau in Chicago and later became an editor on the Chicago Defender. He was active in progressive politics in Cook County and director of the presidential campaign for former Vice-President in the FDR administration, Henry Wallace. He received an appointment as Ensign in the U.S. Navy in 1942, and spent almost four years in active duty during World War II in the Pacific on the ship Crescent City where he was deck and communication officer. He volunteered for a special mission aboard a submarine in the Guadalcanal area. Later, he served as gunnery officer on the ship Winged Arrow. At the time of his honorable discharge, he had reached the rank of Lieutenant Senior Grade. After discharge from the Navy, Dr.Garfield returned to political activism in Chicago, followed by work in progressive politics in Pennsylvania. At Jerrold Electronics, the original television cable system, where he worked from 1949, he became President of the firm at the age of 39, qualifying for membership in the Young President's Association. He retired from the company in 1962, while continuing as a business consultant. Dr. Garfield began another career after receiving both a Master of Arts degree in 1964 and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1968 from Temple University in Philadelphia. He worked at Eagleville, Pennsylvania as a therapist in the drug and alcohol abuse treatment program. He was also acting director of Horizon House in Philadelphia. Then Dr. Garfield entered mainstream politics, running the Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign for Milton J. Shapp who was elected in 1970. Dr. Garfield served as the Executive Assistant to the Governor, later run Shapp's successful second campaign, and continued as Special Consultant to the Governor throughout his administration. From 1971 to 1972, Dr. Garfield worked for Harmon International in Europe. He and his wife Patricia moved to London and for several months traveled extensively around the world as the Honorary Pennsylvania Ambassador. Returning to the States, he became regional director of the National Institute of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse from 1972 to 1973. From 1975 to 1976, Dr. Garfield was Dean of the San Francisco Campus of the California School of Professional Psychology. This vivacious and versatile man enjoyed tennis, squash, opera, theater, and literature. He was a supporter of numerous charitable causes. A psychotherapist in private practice from 1976 until his death, Dr. Garfield's strength of character, wisdom, and compassion is missed by all who knew him. Survivors include Patricia, his loving spouse for thirty-three years, and their four children, Lynda Malavanya, Steven Garfield, Wendy Garfield Burger, and Cheryl Kaufman. Other survivors include his older brother Morton Garfield, former wife Marjorie Garfield, 8 grandchildren: Ryan and Madison Burger, Joey and Sean Garfield, Nicholas Kaufman, Ben Summer, Micah Noe, Danielle Shelley, and great granddaughter Michaela. Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Service on Saturday, August 10th at the Alta Mira Hotel in Sausalito, California. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Zalmon H. Garfield Memorial Fund or the charity of the donor's choice. DRISCOLL'S, COMISKY, ANDERSON VALENCIA STREET SERRA MORTUARY 415-970-8801 

Nathaniel Marans
Long time political activist and resident of Old Tiburon, passed away on July 29, 2002. A graduate of Columbia University, with a passion for adventure and flying, along with experience in both civilian and military aircraft, qualified him as a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force. After enlisting in Ottawa, Canada he was assigned to the first volunteer American 'Eagle' Squadron, (#71), being organized. He shipped out from Halifax on August 24,1940... and landed in Liverpool, England five days later, right in the middle of an Air Raid. He remained with the R.A.F. until his retirement in August of 1946. On his return to the USA he continued on flying fixed wing Commercial Pilot, and Test Pilot on helicopters, ... ending in 1954, after a six month contract in Alaska. He returned to San Francisco, settled down, married ('Gene ) and a year later bought their present Tiburon home. Starting anew, he ventured into Auto sales, became a Manager ... and in 1961 opened his own business on Van Ness Ave., in San Francisco. It was called Van Ness Motors. He closed in 1971, when he and his wife decided to take a well earned, prolonged, European Vacation. On their return, he changed careers, going into Real Estate Sales. Obtaining his Real Estate Broker's license, he opened an office, 'Montecito Realty' in San Rafael... 16 years later,(1988), he closed to retire for the last time. Mr. Marans' wife Eugenia, to whom he was devoted, died in 1999. He is survived by a brother Joseph Maranz of Martinez; two nephews, Jacob and Jonah Maranz also of Martinez; his wife's sister and her husband, Leona and Don Davis of Belvedere; his wife's niece, Marcia Clark of San Rafael, whom Mr. Marans regarded as a daughter; and many other relatives and friends. Private family services will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be sent to the Leukemia Society of America. 

Genevieve A. Padgett
Age 75, and a native of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, died August 5, 2002 in Santa Rosa, CA. Devoted wife of the late Roy A. Padgett. Loving mother of Jeff Padgett and his wife Helen of Lakewood, WA, Bob Padgett and his wife Donna of San Francisco, CA, Kathy Azzopardi and her husband Sam of San Bruno, CA and Denise Settle of Vallejo, CA. Loving grandmother of Gena Padgett, Jennifer Padgett, Courtney O'Connelly, Becka Padgett, Ann-Marie Hintermann, Christine Hintermann, Sandy Hintermann and Heather Settle. Loving great-grandmother of Kayla Anderson and Kaj O'Connelly. Loving sister of Alice Nemekto of Casselberry, Florida, Marie Medigovich and her husband John, Marjorie Duffy all of Rohnert Park, CA, Leo Skovronsky and his wife Mae of Allentown, PA, Otto Skovronsky and his wife Betty, Sylvia Stanton and her husband Jack all of Tunkhannock, PA, Cathy Dugan and her husband Bob of Branchville, NJ and the late Tom Skovronsky. Loving sister-in-law of Eleanor Skovronsky of Dallas, PA and Martin and Ouida Wise of Petaluma, CA. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Genevieve leaves behind her canine companion "Vari". Friends and family are invited to attend the Funeral Services Saturday, August 10, 2002 at 10:00 AM at the PARENT- SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, CA. Friends may call at the Mortuary on Friday from 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM and again on Saturday until Service time. Those who prefer may contribute to their favorite charity in memory of Genevieve A. Padgett. Interment: Cypress Hill Memorial Park, Petaluma, California. 

Karen K. Wilkinson
Age 60, passed away August 7, 2002. She is survived by her loving husband of 25 years Jack, son John and two grandchildren, sister Robin, niece Heather and countless friends and other relatives. A native of Pennsylvania and Marin resident for over 25 years, Karen retired as a flight attendant for TWA after 30 years, and became an active member of Silver Wings. She then worked at the Marin County Office of Education and later the College of Marin as assistant to the director of nursing before opening her own Oreck retail store in 1999. Karen lived with verve, making her husband a very happy friend. She will be mourned by her many friends who loved her. Services are being held Sunday, August 11, 2002 from 3:00 PM at Marin Art & Garden Center. In lieu of flowers, donations in the memory of Karen may be sent to the American Cancer Society. 

Rose S. Cericola, A Resident of San Anselmo
Passed away on August 7, 2002 at the age of 85. Mrs. Cericola was the wife of the late Dominic Cericola; mother of David Cericola of Forest Knolls and Carole Brown of Los Gatos, CA; also survived by six grandchildren and five great grandchildren; sister of Lena Guzzo of Pacifica and Joe Chulla of Marysville, CA. She was a native of Colorado and lived in Marin for 40 years. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass on Saturday, August 10, 2002 at 10:00 AM at St. Anselm's Catholic Church in Ross, CA. Visitation will be Friday, August 9, 2002 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, 330 Red Hill Avenue, San Anselmo, CA. Interment will be private. 

Veronica Conway
Passed away on August 6, 2002 at the age of 87. A native San Franciscan, she resided for the last several years in Marin County. Veronica is preceded in death by her husband John P. Conway. She is survived by her sister Phyllis Lyons and her daughters Joanne Johnson and Carole Patane, her sons Jack and Kevin Conway and daughters-in-law Geneva and Charna Conway. She also leaves six grandchildren: Pam and Noelle Johnson, Jill and Jaimee Patane, and Shalene and Shaun Conway. Veronica's family would like to thank Al Gazzano for being a devoted companion and enriching her life. Friends and family are invited to a Memorial Mass at St. Isabella's in San Rafael on Saturday, August 10th at 12 Noon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to your charity of choice. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151 

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. 

Genevieve A. Padgett
Age 75, and a native of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, died August 5, 2002 in Santa Rosa, CA. Devoted wife of the late Roy A. Padgett. Loving mother of Jeff Padgett and his wife Helen of Lakewood, WA, Bob Padgett and his wife Donna of San Francisco, CA, Kathy Azzopardi and her husband Sam of San Bruno, CA and Denise Settle of Vallejo, CA. Loving grandmother of Gena Padgett, Jennifer Padgett, Courtney O'Connelly, Becka Padgett, Ann-Marie Hintermann, Christine Hintermann, Sandy Hintermann and Heather Settle. Loving great-grandmother of Kayla Anderson and Kaj O'Connelly. Loving sister of Alice Nemekto of Casselberry, Florida, Marie Medigovich and her husband John, Marjorie Duffy all of Rohnert Park, CA, Leo Skovronsky and his wife Mae of Allentown, PA, Otto Skovronsky and his wife Betty, Sylvia Stanton and her husband Jack all of Tunkhannock, PA, Cathy Dugan and her husband Bob of Branchville, NJ and the late Tom Skovronsky. Loving sister-in-law of Eleanor Skovronsky of Dallas, PA and Martin and Ouida Wise of Petaluma, CA. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Genevieve leaves behind her canine companion "Vari". Friends and family are invited to attend the Funeral Services Saturday, August 10, 2002 at 10:00 AM at the PARENT- SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, CA. Friends may call at the Mortuary on Friday from 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM and again on Saturday until Service time. Those who prefer may contribute to their favorite charity in memory of Genevieve A. Padgett. Interment: Cypress Hill Memorial Park, Petaluma, California. 

Mildred V. White, A Resident of San Anselmo
Passed away August 5, 2002 at the age of 91. Mrs. White was the wife of the late James White; mother of Patricia Thurston of Novato and the late Frank Ellis; also survived by nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. She came to Marin in 1965 and was a native of Healdsburg, California. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts to Vision Impaired of Marin, 1137 4th Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 preferred. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

Elvid W. DuRose, A Resident of Corte Madera
Passed away on August 4, 2002 at age 90. He was the devoted companion of Dallas Peterson of Corte Madera. Mr. DuRose was also survived by five nieces and nephews, nine great nieces and nephews and 12 great- great nieces and nephews. Mr. DuRose was a native of Porterville, California. He lived in Marin for 46 years and worked for the Federal Government for over 30 years. Private Family Services were held. Memorial gifts to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925 preferred. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

Merrily H. Finnegan
Age 59, quietly passed away at her home in Sonoma, California, early in the morning of August 2, 2002, surrounded by her loved ones. For over 36 years, she was the beloved spouse of B. James Finnegan. She was the dear parent and friend to her two children: Bernard J. Finnegan, 31, of San Francisco, and Molly F. Finnegan, 26, of Davis. A native and resident of Marin County for over 40 years, Merrily and her husband were longtime members of both Marin Yacht Club and the Delta Yacht Club. She also participated in the Woman's Investment Group based in San Rafael. Merrily was a distinguished alumna of the University of the Pacific in Stockton. For the past 25 years, Merrily was the Controller for the San Francisco law firm of Finnegan, Marks & Hampton. She was best known for her ability to produce beautiful gardens filled with flowers of every color. She loved and produced beautiful roses which were her true passion. At her request, there will be no formal services held on her behalf. Duggan's Mission Chapel 525 West Napa Street Sonoma, California 

Walter Bernard Klink
Passed away in San Rafael, California, on August 3, 2002. Loving father of Adam Klink of Petaluma, California. Mr. Klink was born October 5, 1927 in Pennsylvania. He was a veteran of the Korean War and received a Purple Heart for his services. Mr. Klink held a Ph.D. of Sociology from Columbia University. He was a professor for UCSF and enjoyed writing in his spare time. Mr. Klink was 74 years of age. At the request of Mr. Klink no formal services will be held. Arrangements made by PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street in Petaluma, California. 

John Allen Ruef
Passed away peacefully in his home at 34 Meadow Drive in Mill Valley on Friday, August 2, 2002. John was born on January 11, 1943 at Ross Hospital in Ross, California. He attended the one room schoolhouse at McNear's Brickyard, where Mrs. Black taught him, until his family moved back to Mill Valley. Upon his family's return to Mill Valley, John attended Alto School, Edna Maguire School and graduated from Tamalpais High School in 1960. After graduation, John enlisted in the Army and was active until 1966 when he was honorably discharged. After returning home from the Army, John joined the Alto Volunteer Fire Department, worked for the Veterans' Administration and volunteered with alcohol and addiction recovery patients. At the time of his death, John had been clean and sober for 22 years. John loved to travel and especially enjoyed visiting the Oregon coast and the Grand Teton Mountains. Reading, gardening, Giants baseball, Forty-Niner football and British comedies were some of his favorite pastimes. John will be deeply missed by his daughter Kathryn Ellen Ruef of Maud, Oklahoma, stepdaughter Shelley Byrd of Maud, Oklahoma, sister Beverly Ann Ritsch of Chester, California, brother David Paul Ruef of Oakland, California, niece Tami Jeanne Fetter of Mill Valley, California, mother Jeanne Marchisio McVae of Mill Valley, uncle David Robert Justice of Mill Valley, California and many other family and friends. At his request, there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made to The Redwood Gospel Mission, The American Lung Association or the American Heart Association. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573 

Nathaniel Coleman, Sr.
Passed away on July 31, 2002 at his residence in Marin City surrounded by his family. He leaves to mourn his loving wife Marie Coleman, one daughter Nancy Burton, five sons Albert of Novato, Nate Jr., Bobby, Reggie, Ricky Coleman and the late Billy Ray. Mr. Coleman was a native of Louisiana and passed away at the age of 70 years. Friends may call for Visitation Wednesday evening from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL, Mill Valley. Family and friends may attend the Funeral Service Thursday, August 8, 2002 at 1:00 PM at Church Of God, Marin City. Interment Private. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573 

Merrily H. Finnegan
Age 59, quietly passed away at her home in Sonoma, California, early in the morning of August 2, 2002, surrounded by her loved ones. For over 36 years, she was the beloved spouse of B. James Finnegan. She was the dear parent and friend to her two children: Bernard J. Finnegan, 31, of San Francisco, and Molly F. Finnegan, 26, of Davis. A native and resident of Marin County for over 40 years, Merrily and her husband were longtime members of both Marin Yacht Club and the Delta Yacht Club. She also participated in the Woman's Investment Group based in San Rafael. Merrily was a distinguished alumna of the University of the Pacific in Stockton. For the past 25 years, Merrily was the Controller for the San Francisco law firm of Finnegan, Marks & Hampton. She was best known for her ability to produce beautiful gardens filled with flowers of every color. She loved and produced beautiful roses which were her true passion. At her request, there will be no formal services held on her behalf. Duggan's Mission Chapel 525 West Napa Street Sonoma, California 

Mrs. Charlie Canuta Drusilla Hicks
Age 92. Born April 16, 1910 in Mason City, Iowa. Passed away July 29th, 2002. A Memorial Service will be held August 10th at 1:00 p.m. at Adobe Christian Center, 2875 Adobe Road, Petaluma. She was preceded in death by her spouse Clair and daughter Sheila Mae Weiss. Charlie was a 50 year member of Women of the Moose in Chicago. Survived by sons Gary D., and Richard A. Howell, daughter Rosemarie Dalton, 17 grandchildren, and 33 great grandchildren. Charles Watson "Chuck" Mathis
Of Sonoma, passed away July 23rd, 2002 at age 79. Beloved husband to Audrey Borland Mathis for 56 years, and also survived by daughters LoMae Mathis-McKean (Scott) of Lynnwood, Washington and Melodie Mathis Johnson (Randy) of Colusa, California. Also survived by grandchildren: Joseph McKean and Mason McKean of Lynnwood, Washington, and Jonelle Johnson and Casey Johnson of Colusa, CA. Chuck was employed by Pacific Gas & Electric in San Rafael for 36 years and a Supervisor of Customer Service. He was a past member of the Marin Rod and Gun Club, PSEA, Marin Square Dance Association, and Reddy Rovers RV Group. A Memorial Service will be held August 10th from 1-3 p.m. at Vintage House, 264 1st Street East, Sonoma, California. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Guide Dogs for the Blind, Shriner's Hospital, or a charity of your choice. 

Gregory E. McConnell
Of San Anselmo passed away July 24, 2002 at Marin General Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was 76 years old. He served in the South Pacific during WWII on the Navy's USS Mobjack. Mr. McConnell was co-owner of the 3 Jack & Greg's Service Stations in Marin from 1956-1985. He was a founder of the Marin County Service Station Owner's Association and served as its first president. He enjoyed woodworking, reading, traveling and surfing the net. He is survived by his wife, Sherrill of San Anselmo and son John of Sausalito. His Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., August 7th at the First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo. Memorial gifts may be made to the Marin General Hospital Chaplaincy Program or to a charity of choice. 

Sharon N. (Gransee) O'Brien
1946-2002, was born 16 July, 1946 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and passed away 2345 hrs., 29 July, 2002 in the Kaiser Hospital, Terra Linda, California. Sharon was the daughter of Orvil Gerald and Elsie N. Gransee and sister of Bill Gransee of Novato, California. Sharon and F. Patrick O'Brien were married 29 December, 1971 in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Novato, CA. During their 10 year marriage, Sean R. O'Brien and Shannon M. O'Brien were born. Sharon graduated from Novato High School in June, 1964. Attended and graduated from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington in June, 1969 with a LIFE Teaching Certificate. Sharon began teaching in Niland, CA where she met, fell in love and married Pat O'Brien. Later they moved to Alaska to teach for the BIA in the "BUSH" in a two teacher school in Kotlik. Then at a four teacher school in Goodnews Bay. After that in Chefornak where Sharon became the Principal/Teacher when Pat resigned to become a Police Officer in San Diego, CA. Sharon then resigned about June, 1980, moved back to Novato, CA. Eventually she worked her way up to court clerk in the court system in Marin County, all the while raising her two children (Sean and Shannon) as a single parent with the assistance of her mother and brother along with many friends in and around Novato. Viewing will be held at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato on Monday, 05 August, 2002, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; also on Tuesday, 06 August, 2002, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Church Services at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at South Novato Blvd. and Midway, Novato, CA on Wednesday, 07 August, 2002 at 11 a.m. Burial in family plot at Rosendale Cemetery, Rosendale, Wisconsin. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151 

Beverly T. Pripps
Age 87, of Larkspur, passed away July 31, 2002. "Mom" will be greatly missed by her daughters, Barbara (Daniel) Kelly, Patricia (David) Engelhard and Nancy (Eric Kelly) Frease; grandchildren, Dana (Randy) Ferris, Jody Frease, Sean Kelly, Terrence (Laura) Kelly, Jordan Frease and Cynthia (Mark) Coffman; great-grandchildren, Laura and Melissa Ferris and Brittany Coffman. A Memorial Service is planned at a later date. 

Barbara Balis Dexter Lohse Scrimgeour
Of San Rafael, California passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2002. Barbara was born October 25, 1917 in Montague, CA, graduated from Woodland High School, and married John S. "Jack" Lohse of Woodland, where she lived until moving to San Rafael, CA the late 1960's. Family was her greatest source of happiness. She also had a great love of nature and especially all animals - great and small. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, William Boyer Scrimgeour Jr. of San Rafael, CA; her daughter, Elisa Karen Warford of Woodland, CA; granddaughters and grandsons-in-law, Wendy and Steve Cooper of Sacramento and Shelley and Robert Day of Woodland, CA; nine great-grandchildren, Jason and Andrew Hall, Erica and Jacklyn Roach, Adrienne, Kristina, Jennifer and Brendan Day and Cody Cooper; sister and brother-in-law, Bethel "Betsy" and Pete Cunningham of Monte Sereno, CA; stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Tom and Anita Scrimgeour of Yuba City; sister-in-law, Barbara Scrimgeour Hamilton of Galveston, Texas; nieces, nephews and their families; and her much-adored cats, Elizabeth and Tiger Boy. She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Alla Dexter, brothers, William and Robert Dexter, sister, Marjorie Stanley, stepson, Brad Scrimgeour, and stepdaughter, Candace Glenn. There will be a private Celebration of her life held in August. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the SPCA. 

Dennis L. Tate
Born May 10, 1944 in Vallejo, California, Dennis crossed over peacefully surrounded by his devoted wife and family. Dennis and Janie were married on Valentine's Day in 1971. He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1972, which gave new meaning to the commitment "in sickness and in health". Dennis was a man of many talents who successfully found his true niche in life when he established his 21 year career as a State Farm insurance agent in 1967. In this he excelled as the multi-awarded professional in Marin County until the disease forced him into retirement in 1988. He was an avid water skier and proud owner of "Tate's Titanic", the ski boat he built. Dennis was also a hang glider for several years. His favorite story of that adventure was the time he flew side by side with a bald eagle off Hull Mountain near Lake Pillsbury in Lake County...."the ultimate hang gliding experience". Beloved husband of Janice, father of Trina, Kaylene, and Marcella, Dennis is survived by his father Willard of Vacaville, brother Randall of Fairfield, and brother Alan of Middletown. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews. Dennis was predeceased by his mother Nina, sister Rita, and brother Michael. A private celebration of Dennis' life was held at his home in Ignacio on July 13, 2002. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Northern California Chapter, 150 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612. 

Jeffrey Crooks April 25, 1975 ~ July 25, 2002
Jeffrey Crooks of Novato, California, passed away in Pinole, California on July 25, 2002 at the age of 27. He is survived by his three children of Pinole: son Jeffrey, Jr. (Bubba), daughters Brea and Melina, brother Jason D. Anderson of Novato, grandmother Hazel Anderson of Pinole, his companion Nancy Harrison of Pinole, and many cousins and caring friends. Jeffrey loved his children and loved to play basketball with his friends. He also enjoyed football. A Viewing is being held on Saturday, August 3, 2002 from Noon to 4 PM at the Funeral Home, 5145 Sobrante Avenue in El Sobrante, California. For additional information, please call Smith & Witter Funeral Home in El Sobrante, 510-758-5466. 

Sharon N. (Gransee) O'Brien
1946-2002, was born 16 July, 1946 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and passed away 2345 hrs., 29 July, 2002 in the Kaiser Hospital, Terra Linda, California. Sharon was the daughter of Orvil Gerald and Elsie N. Gransee and sister of Bill Gransee of Novato, California. Sharon and F. Patrick O'Brien were married 29 December, 1971 in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Novato, CA. During their 10 year marriage, Sean R. O'Brien and Shannon M. O'Brien were born. Sharon graduated from Novato High School in June, 1964. Attended and graduated from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington in June, 1969 with a LIFE Teaching Certificate. Sharon began teaching in Niland, CA where she met, fell in love and married Pat O'Brien. Later they moved to Alaska to teach for the BIA in the "BUSH" in a two teacher school in Kotlik. Then at a four teacher school in Goodnews Bay. After that in Chefornak where Sharon became the Principal/Teacher when Pat resigned to become a Police Officer in San Diego, CA. Sharon then resigned about June, 1980, moved back to Novato, CA. Eventually she worked her way up to court clerk in the court system in Marin County, all the while raising her two children (Sean and Shannon) as a single parent with the assistance of her mother and brother along with many friends in and around Novato. Viewing will be held at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato on Monday, 05 August, 2002, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; also on Tuesday, 06 August, 2002, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Church Services at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at South Novato Blvd. and Midway, Novato, CA on Wednesday, 07 August, 2002 at 11 a.m. Burial in family plot at Rosendale Cemetery, Rosendale, Wisconsin. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151 

Richard Lee Sater
Beloved father, son, husband, brother and dear friend passed away at his home on Wednesday, July 31, 2002, at the tender age of 60 following a courageous battle against cancer. He is survived by his loyal and loving wife, Sandra; adoring mother, Helen; brother, Ron; sister, Peg; and two sons, Jeffrey and Christopher. Rick passionately pursued a busy career serving hospitals and orthopedic surgeons in San Francisco with prosthetics and durable medical equipment. Through his work, Rick developed many loyal friends who provided love and support throughout his illness. Rick was an avid collector, sports fan, fly fisherman and tennis player. He was friendly and caring. He was a generous heart who will be greatly missed by his family and friends. At Rick's request, no services will be held. Friends and family who wish to express their love, respect and remembrances are invited to send donations, in memory of Rick, to Hospice of Marin Foundation, 21 Tamal Vista, Suite 101, Corte Madera, CA 94925 (415) 927-2273 or The American Cancer Society, 25 Bellam Blvd., San Rafael, CA 94901 or by calling 800-227-2345. 

Dennis L. Tate
Born May 10, 1944 in Vallejo, California, Dennis crossed over peacefully surrounded by his devoted wife and family. Dennis and Janie were married on Valentine's Day in 1971. He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1972, which gave new meaning to the commitment "in sickness and in health". Dennis was a man of many talents who successfully found his true niche in life when he established his 21 year career as a State Farm insurance agent in 1967. In this he excelled as the multi-awarded professional in Marin County until the disease forced him into retirement in 1988. He was an avid water skier and proud owner of "Tate's Titanic", the ski boat he built. Dennis was also a hang glider for several years. His favorite story of that adventure was the time he flew side by side with a bald eagle off Hull Mountain near Lake Pillsbury in Lake County...."the ultimate hang gliding experience". Beloved husband of Janice, father of Trina, Kaylene, and Marcella, Dennis is survived by his father Willard of Vacaville, brother Randall of Fairfield, and brother Alan of Middletown. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews. Dennis was predeceased by his mother Nina, sister Rita, and brother Michael. A private celebration of Dennis' life was held at his home in Ignacio on July 13, 2002. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Northern California Chapter, 150 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612. 

Sharon N. (Gransee) O'Brien
1946-2002, was born 16 July, 1946 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and passed away 2345 hrs., 29 July, 2002 in the Kaiser Hospital, Terra Linda, California. Sharon was the daughter of Orvil Gerald and Elsie N. Gransee and sister of Bill Gransee of Novato, California. Sharon and F. Patrick O'Brien were married 29 December, 1971 in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Novato, CA. During their 10 year marriage, Sean R. O'Brien and Shannon M. O'Brien were born. Sharon graduated from Novato High School in June, 1964. Attended and graduated from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington in June, 1969 with a LIFE Teaching Certificate. Sharon began teaching in Niland, CA where she met, fell in love and married Pat O'Brien. Later they moved to Alaska to teach for the BIA in the "BUSH" in a two teacher school in Kotlik. Then at a four teacher school in Goodnews Bay. After that in Chefornak where Sharon became the Principal/Teacher when Pat resigned to become a Police Officer in San Diego, CA. Sharon then resigned about June, 1980, moved back to Novato, CA. Eventually she worked her way up to court clerk in the court system in Marin County, all the while raising her two children (Sean and Shannon) as a single parent with the assistance of her mother and brother along with many friends in and around Novato. Viewing will be held at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato on Monday, 05 August, 2002, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; also on Tuesday, 06 August, 2002, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Church Services at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at South Novato Blvd. and Midway, Novato, CA. Burial in family plot at Rosendale Cemetery, Rosendale, Wisconsin Keaton's Redwood Chapel ~ 415-897-1151 

Muriel Barbara Ronan
Died July 27, 2002. Survived by her sister, Gloria Reymond. Three children, James Ronan, Casey Dodele, Charlene (John) Aughe, and numerous other relatives. Family and friends are invited to a Funeral Service Saturday, August 3, 12:00 p.m. at the Neptune Society, 2607 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa. A celebration of her life following in Sebastopol. Donations preferred to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 29316, SF 94129. 

Jean B. Sottou Passed away on July 31, 2002 in Novato, CA, at the age of 81. Jean was born January 19, 1921 in Aramits, France. He served in the French Underground Forces during WWII. He came to California in 1951. A member of the Novato Seniors Club, Novato Historical Guild, Indian Valley Artists Assn., Ligue Henri IV, Lafayette Club, Les Faneurs, and the French Gardener's Club. During his retirement he enjoyed his hobby of wood sculpture, exhibited his work in county fairs and won numerous awards and ribbons. Father of Bob Sottou and Denise Kane, father-in-law of Bill Kane, brother of Jean P. Sottou of Aramits, France, ex-husband of Charlotte Sottou, grandfather of Rachel and Chris Kane. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Jean's Family thanks his dear friend Bernadette Flanagan for her patience, devotion, and loving care at the end of his life. Friends and family are invited for Visitation on Friday, August 2, 2002 from 5 to 7 PM. A Rosary will be held at 7 P.M. at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Loretto Church at 11:30 AM on Saturday, August 3, 2002. Private entombment will be held at Valley Memorial Park. Donations to Hospice of Marin are preferred by the family. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151 

David Charles Coyle
Passed away on July 29, 2002 at the age of 61 years. He was born and raised in the Dos Palos area. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1962 through 1966 as an electronic technician aboard the U.S.C.G. Cutter TANEY. His home was in Novato for the past 31 years. For almost 30 years he worked as a Customer Service Engineer for IBM in San Francisco before retiring in 1996. Dave was a skilled craftsman and particularly enjoyed woodworking. He gained a passion for fly fishing and camping from his dad and actively enjoyed these pastimes for many years. He especially loved Wawona and eventually purchased a cabin there. He was an avid reader, an expert at crossword puzzles, and a self-taught guitarist. He received pleasure maintaining "Duke," his 1967 Ford Galaxy. Dave was preceded in death by his sister Virginia Hollister. He is survived and loved by Carol, his wife of 38 years, son David S. Coyle, daughter Kim Heuvelhorst, son-in-law Mark Heuvelhorst, grandchildren Kaitlin and Andrew Heuvelhorst, brother Ken Coyle, sisters Erin Doerges and Jane Pelton, and mother-in-law Camille Shannon. Burial will take place at Oakhill Cemetery, 40188 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA at 10:00 AM on August 3, 2002. The Memorial Service will follow at 11:00 AM at the same location. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to "Friends of the Bassett Memorial Library at Wawona,", P.O. Box 2008, Wawona, CA 95389; or Novato Human Needs Center, 1907 Novato Blvd., Novato, CA 94947. 

Sharon N. (Gransee) O'Brien
1946-2002, was born 16 July, 1946 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and passed away 2345 hrs., 29 July, 2002 in the Kaiser Hospital, Terra Linda, California. Sharon was the daughter of Orvil Gerald and Elsie N. Gransee and sister of Bill Gransee of Novato, California. Sharon and F. Patrick O'Brien were married 29 December, 1971 in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Novato, CA. During their 10 year marriage, Sean R. O'Brien and Shannon M. O'Brien were born. Sharon graduated from Novato High School in June, 1964. Attended and graduated from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington in June, 1969 with a LIFE Teaching Certificate. Sharon began teaching in Niland, CA where she met, fell in love and married Pat O'Brien. Later they moved to Alaska to teach for the BIA in the "BUSH" in a two teacher school in Kotlik. Then at a four teacher school in Goodnews Bay. After that in Chefornak where Sharon became the Principal/Teacher when Pat resigned to become a Police Officer in San Diego, CA. Sharon then resigned about June, 1980, moved back to Novato, CA. Eventually she worked her way up to court clerk in the court system in Marin County, all the while raising her two children (Sean and Shannon) as a single parent with the assistance of her mother and brother along with many friends in and around Novato. Viewing will be held at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato on Monday, 05 August, 2002, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; also on Tuesday, 06 August, 2002, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Church Services at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at South Novato Blvd. and Midway, Novato, CA. Burial in family plot at Rosendale Cemetery, Rosendale, Wisconsin Keaton's Redwood Chapel ~ 415-897-1151 

Muriel Barbara Ronan
Died July 27, 2002. Survived by her sister, Gloria Reymond. Three children, James Ronan, Casey Dodele, Charlene (John) Aughe, and numerous other relatives. Family and friends are invited to a Funeral Service Saturday, August 3, 12:00 p.m. at the Neptune Society, 2607 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa. A celebration of her life following in Sebastopol. Donations preferred to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 29316, SF 94129. 

Jean B. Sottou
Passed away on July 31, 2002 in Novato, CA, at the age of 81. Jean was born January 19, 1921 in Aramits, France. He served in the French Underground Forces during WWII. He came to California in 1951. A member of the Novato Seniors Club, Novato Historical Guild, Indian Valley Artists Assn., Ligue Henri IV, Lafayette Club, Les Faneurs, and the French Gardener's Club. During his retirement he enjoyed his hobby of wood sculpture, exhibited his work in county fairs and won numerous awards and ribbons. Father of Bob Sottou and Denise Kane, father-in-law of Bill Kane, brother of Jean P. Sottou of Aramits, France, ex-husband of Charlotte Sottou, grandfather of Rachel and Chris Kane. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Jean's Family thanks his dear friend Bernadette Flanagan for her patience, devotion, and loving care at the end of his life. Friends and family are invited for Visitation on Friday, August 2, 2002 from 5 to 7 PM. A Rosary will be held at 7 P.M. at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Loretto Church at 11:30 AM on Saturday, August 3, 2002. Private entombment will be held at Valley Memorial Park. Donations to Hospice of Marin are preferred by the family. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151


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