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Gloria Janas Johnson
Passed away at 12:05 am on Sunday, September 23rd, 2001 in her Marin City home after several months of battling Pancreatic Cancer. Mrs. Johnson was born November 12, 1936 in East St. Louis Illinois, to Edward and Viola Janas, both who preceded her in death. The family moved to Marin City during World War II and Gloria is second of five generations raised in this community; Gloria attended Tamalpais High School.
Gloria was renowned for her classy style, quick wit, her delicious food and generosity to those she loved. Her beautiful corner garden at 76 Cole gave everyone who passed by a chance to admire the beautiful plants and flowers of which she so lovingly took care. She could be seen on the bike trails of Mill Valley and Sausalito power walking and enjoying nature.
She leaves behind to grieve her three children, Belinda Cook of Marin City; Oshalla Diana Marcus of Venice, California; and Edward Marcus of Vallejo, California. Her daughter, Rachelle Jones preceded her in death five years ago, as did her youngest sister, Sandra Janas. Her remaining sisters, Barbara Smith of San Francisco, Joyce Dilosa of San Francisco, Melissa Thomas of Marin City, and a host of inlaws, relatives, friends and admirers also survive her.
Memorial Services will be held on Friday September 28 at Noon at the Ru ssell & Gooch Funeral Home, 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, California. Interment Services will be held at 3 p.m. at the Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in South San Francisco.
Mail any correspondence to 76 Cole Drive, Marin City, CA 94965. For more information, call 415-332-3689. 

Steven Charles Laughton
Died on September 25, 2001 in Mill Valley at age 38. He is survived by his wife, Kim, and their children, David, Kate and Mark. He leaves his parents, Jim and Sharon Laughton; brothers Jim Laughton Jr. and wife Jamie; Mitch Laughton and his wife Galen all of Reno. His cousins Sharon Hawkins, Vinton Hawkins and his wife Kari of Sacramento; Aunt Diane Hawkins and her husband John of Reno; parents-in-law Nancy and Peter Thompson of Houston; brothers-in-law Todd Thompson and his wife, Lisa; Brooke Thompson, and grandmother-in-law Nonie Thompson survive him. Beloved friends, Ana Dalanan, her son Christopher, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins also survive him.
Steve will be remembered as a dedicated husband, father and son. He loved to travel, visiting over 30 countries during his life, including Singapore where he worked and lived with his family for four years. He led an active lifestyle, enjoying running, mountain biking, climbing, skiing and surfing. He especially enjoyed spending many good times at Lake Tahoe with his family and friends.
Steve was born in Reno, Nevada and was graduated from Reno High School. He received a bachelors degree in accounting from the University of Southern California and a masters degree in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He was a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst. He built a successful career as a global portfolio manager and was most recently employed by Dresdner RCM Global Investors and Deutsche Bank AG.
Services will be Friday, September 28, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 240 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon, California. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to NAMI California Educational Programs, 111 Howe Avenue, Suite 475, Sacramento, CA 95825-8541. 

William A. "Mort" Martinis
Passed away peacefully in his sleep, August 22, 2001, in Sonoma. Mort was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, April 7, 1931. The family moved to Coronado in January 1942, and he graduated from Coronado High in 1949. He attended San Diego State College and then enlisted in the Navy when the Korean War started. After completing his tour of duty, he moved to San Francisco. He was a longtime Bay Area resident, living in Sausalito, Tiburon and Sonoma. He worked for years in the real estate offices of Sally Hetrich, and of Frank Howard Allen. For a time, he also owned and operated a framing shop in Sausalito. Audiences of Pelican Players in Tiburon were treated to many a good laugh by his local stage performances.
Mort is survived by his son, Kelso P. Martinis; daughter, Alexandria Davenport; and two grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Joanne Martinis Hakes, her husband and children of Coronado.
Donations in Mort's memory may be made to the Chula Vista Nature Center, 1000 Gunpowder Point Drive, Chula Vista, CA. 

Benton Charles Coit
Died on September 22, 2001 at age 87. He is survived by Nancy, his wife of 49 years and their children - Benton C. Coit Jr. (and wife Doris) and Laurie O'Brien (and husband Dale). He also had five grandchildren, Allison, Jennifer, and Christine Coit and Morgan and Jonathan Peters. 
He was a graduate of the Class of '36 at U.C. Berkeley and later served as President of the Business School Alumni Association. He was a C.P.A. and a retired partner of the firm Deloitte and Touche. He served as President of the San Francisco Chapter of the California Society of C.P.A.'s. 
He was an avid golfer and a long time member of the Meadow Club. He most recently served on the Board of Directors of Sunland Vineyards Company and the Drown Foundation.
A Celebration of his Life will be held at the Meadow Club at 11 a.m. Friday, September 28th. A scholarship has been established in his name at the U.C. Berkeley Haas Business School, 520 Student Services Building #1904, Berkeley CA, 94720. 

Elizabeth Ann Cadigan Correction: Memorial Services to be held on September 25th at 10 A.M. at St. Anthony's Church, 1000 Cambridge St., Novato, CA. 

Virginia "Ginny" Carreiro
After a long illness and a short battle with Acute Leukemia, Virginia, 74, passed away at home on September 17, 2001. She leaves behind her husband of 54 years, Jack F. Carreiro, and their children - John Carreiro (and wife Kathryn) of Auburn, Suzanne Carreiro of Marinwood, and Warren Carreiro (and wife Toni) of San Rafael. She had six grandchildren - Jacob Fenston, Justin, Kyle, Matthew, Colleen, and Bryan Carreiro.
Family and friends are invited to gather in celebration of Virginia's life on Tuesday September 25, 2001 at 11 a.m. at Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross. The family would appreciate donations to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. 

Charles "Pard" Mero Dahl, A Resident of Fairfax, California
Passed away September 16, 2001 after a short battle with cancer at the age of 72. Pard is survived by his children and grandchildren: son, Craig (and wife Helen, daughter Hana of Mill Valley); daughter, Jeanette (and husband Thomas, children Cabel and Stephanie Dawson of Scotts Valley); son, Chuck of Williams, Oregon; stepdaughter, Janine (and husband Jason, children Conor and Megan Kowalski of Florence, Montana); and stepson, Paul Kalstad (and wife Dana Kalstad of Rohnert Park).
Born in 1929 and raised in San Francisco, Pard was an avid sailor and member of the Sea Scout Ship Flying Cloud. He graduated from UCSF Dental School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He practiced dentistry in Marin County from 1957 - 2001. He was a charter member of Christ the Victor Lutheran Church in Fairfax, and a Boy Scout Master of Troop 7 in Fairfax where he shared his love of camping and backpacking with many.
A Service to Celebrate his Life will be held at Christ the Victor Lutheran Church in Fairfax on Saturday, October 6th at 2 p.m. 

Gary Allan Mennick
Suddenly, but peacefully taken from this life on September 15, 2001 while vacationing on Lake Garda in Italy. Caring spouse and love of Lynne Lalanne-Mennick, loving father of Kristian Adam Mennick, Jenae, Jenifer and Laurent Lalanne, and cherished friend of Richard Flout. Beloved son-in-law of Alba Ravazzini, brother-in-law of Dale Ravazzini and Mike Patterson, Terry and Nancy Ravazzini.
Gary was a firefighter in his 24th year on active duty with Engine 54 of the San Rafael Fire Department. He was a devoted member of the American Firefighters Association of America, an avid environmentalist and a supporter of the Nature Conservancy and Sierra Club. A true believer in a new way of positive thinking for all human kind was displayed by his countless years as a supporter of New Dimensions, KPFA, the Science of Mind, and always demonstrated by his way of life. He loved all sports on the high school level as a participant and spectator, as well as the SF Giants and Cal Bears. We've all lost a truly remarkable friend and a positively vibrant, spiritual human being. He touched many lives with his compassion, warmth and selflessness. He taught us so much. Filled with love, he will be greatly missed, but his spirit will live on.
Friends are invited to attend a special celebration of his life on Monday, September 24, 2001 at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1551 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. Interment to follow at Santa Rosa Memorial Park, 1900 Franklin Avenue, Santa Rosa. Visitation will be held at LAFFERTY & SMITH COLONIAL CHAPEL, 4321 Sonoma Hwy., Santa Rosa on Sunday, September 23, 2001 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Donations may be made to the Nature Conservancy, or charity of your choice. 

Lee F. Mueller, A Resident of San Rafael
"Poopcy", an amazing one-of-a-kind man whose mold was broken when he was born, passed away at home September 6, 2001, three days short of his 79th birthday.
Lee was born in Colorado in 1922. He moved his family to San Rafael, where for many years he achieved top salesmanship in Northern California with the company of Champion Spark Plug. Lee enjoyed cooking, camping and sports. He especially excelled in fishing and hunting.
Lee is survived by his wife, Louise; his three children, Patti Chavez, Debi Graham, and Stephen Mueller; his sister, Nita; ten grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
Friends are invited to a Memorial Service at St. Isabella's in Terra Linda on Saturday, September 29, 2001 at 10 a.m., with a Wake immediately following at 28 Carroll Court, Terra Linda. Remembrances may be made to Hospice of Marin. The Mueller Family: 479-1652 - 492-0234. 

Edith Anne Ryan Robinson
Edie Robinson, long time San Geronimo Valley Resident and community service activist, died of cancer at her home on Monday, September 17, 2001. She was 85.
Edie was born January 27, 1916 in Sheridan, Oregon and grew up in Vancouver, Washington. As a child, Edie was surrounded by a large, joyous family including her parents, two sisters, a brother, and numerous cousins, aunts, and uncles. She was outgoing and popular, yet stayed very close to her family. Her parents were active members of the Presbyterian church in Vancouver. Like her mother, Marie, Edie had a loving, upbeat personality and among other things became a consummate pie-maker, a skill which she applied throughout her life to the delight of those around her. She loved to travel and had an adventuresome spirit. When Edie and her sisters, cousins, and friends went to the river for a swim, it was always Edie who dove in first. She frequently took day trips to the beach and to Portland with her family. While in high school, she was taught by her aunt to knit.
Edie graduated from Fort Vancouver High School and Washington State University. She was the first in her family to graduate from college. She taught high school for two years and upon the outbreak of World War 2, she joined the U.S. Navy as a WAVE where she was stationed in Washington, D.C.
Edie married Brook Robinson (March 23, 1917 - December 12, 1967) in Vancouver in 1949 and eventually settled in San Geronimo Valley in 1958. She taught first through fourth grades for many years and eventually became Principal at the Inverness School. Edie was known for her flamboyant style and her generous spirit. She travelled to Europe with theater groups and was a volunteer in Mission at Sitka, Alaska for six years, working on the grounds at the Presbyterian's Sheldon Jackson College. She often returned to the Vancouver area to visit family and friends.
Edie was a pillar of the community in the Valley, and took her civic service seriously. She was a member of the San Geronimo Valley Planning Group and was the first recipient of the Edie Robinson Community Award, which will be perpetuated each year in her name. As an active Christian and member of the San Geronimo Valley Presbyterian Church for over 30 years, she housed a church-sponsored Vietnamese family for the better part of a year. She also opened her house to a Pastor for months when he and his family first came to the Valley. She served on the current Pastor-Seeking Committee until her death. She was the driving force in remodeling the Valley Presbyterian Church where her own philanthropy knew no bounds. Edie was a member of the Session (governing body) for years and also for many years read papers of Seminary students who were candidates for the ministry. She was the church's fundraising Holly Fair Chairman for many years and topped her blackberry pie making at 90 pies one year. She also actively participated in the every other Friday morning church cleanup. Besides these activities, she knit constantly, often while reading or talking on the phone at the same time.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Brook, and brother, Fred Ryan. She is survived by her two sisters, Eleanor Leaver of Seattle, Washington and Marjorie Worthington of Springfield, Missouri, and by seven nieces and nephews (Fred Ryan, Jr. of Vancouver, Washington, Suzanne Ryan Roberts of Portland, Oregon, Kay Worthington of Salem, Oregon, Julie Linder of Springfield, Missouri, Jim Worthington of Sacramento, Greg Leaver of Seattle, Washington, and David Leaver of Los Altos, California).
Services will be held at San Geronimo Valley Presbyterian Church on Saturday, September 29, 2001 at 3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to The San Geronimo Valley Presbyterian Church.

Elizabeth Ann Cadigan
Correction: Memorial Services to be held on September 25th at 10 A.M. at St. Anthony's Church, 1000 Cambridge St., Novato, CA. 

Virginia "Ginny" Carreiro
After a long illness and a short battle with Acute Leukemia, Virginia, 74, passed away at home on September 17, 2001. She leaves behind her husband of 54 years, Jack F. Carreiro, and their children - John Carreiro (and wife Kathryn) of Auburn, Suzanne Carreiro of Marinwood, and Warren Carreiro (and wife Toni) of San Rafael. She had six grandchildren - Jacob Fenston, Justin, Kyle, Matthew, Colleen, and Bryan Carreiro.
Family and friends are invited to gather in celebration of Virginia's life on Tuesday September 25, 2001 at 11 a.m. at Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross. The family would appreciate donations to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. 

James Roy Cook A Resident of Novato for 37 Years Passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at Novato Community Hospital at age 61. Born in Bisbee, Arizona, he came to Marin County after serving four years in the Marine Corps. He became a union electrician working out of Local 551. His career spanned 40 years in the Marin County area.
He enjoyed kids and played a part in starting the Novato Little League, which he coached for close to 15 years. He was also a member of the Petaluma Masonic Lodge and was a charter member of the Novato Elks Lodge. An avid sports fan, he especially enjoyed horse racing and the time spend at the racetrack.
James is survived by his wife of 43 years, Rose Cook; his father, James Colvin and stepmother Fern Colvin; son, James Cook of Petaluma; daughters, Chris Puccinelli and Michele Espinoza (Ricardo); and his five grandchildren: Ken, Cameron, Paul, Catlin and Victoria.
Friends are invited to visit Sunday, September 23rd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato. Funeral Services will be held Monday, September 24th at 11 a.m., also at Keaton's. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions preferred to the Novato Elks Lodge or a charity of your choice. Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 415-897-1151. 

Louis H. Leonardi
Died Wednesday, September 19, 2001 in San Rafael, age 98. He was born February 14, 1903, in San Francisco. He is survived by his loving wife Shirley; his son Henry; a daughter Louise; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a stepson Gary.
An electrician and electrical contractor by trade, he was a 96 year resident of San Rafael. Starting as a young man, he built an electrical contracting business, that at one time spanned the state of California with jobs at the Oregon and Mexican borders at the same time. During World War II, Louis contributed to the war effort by performing electrical installations and repairs at various military airfields and Navy shipyards. L.H. Leonardi Electric Construction Company was one of the original contractors to install lighting on the San Rafael Richmond Bridge when it was built.
An accomplished smooth dancer, Lou and Shirley entered and won dancing competitions. He also enjoyed dancing at several social clubs he belonged to. After retiring, Lou became a travel enthusiast, traveling to many points around the globe. His favorite place to visit was the village where his father was born in Northern Italy.
Visitation will be Sunday, September 22, 2001, at Keaton Mortuary, San Rafael, from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. Burial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday morning at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Keaton Mortuary, 1022 E. Street, San Rafael, CA 94901, (415)453-0571. 

Gary Allan Mennick
Suddenly, but peacefully taken from this life on September 15, 2001 while vacationing on Lake Garda in Italy. Caring spouse and love of Lynne Lalanne-Mennick, loving father of Kristian Adam Mennick, Jenae, Jenifer and Laurent Lalanne, and cherished friend of Richard Flout. Beloved son-in-law of Alba Ravazzini, brother-in-law of Dale Ravazzini and Mike Patterson, Terry and Nancy Ravazzini.
Gary was a firefighter in his 24th year on active duty with Engine 54 of the San Rafael Fire Department. He was a devoted member of the American Firefighters Association of America, an avid environmentalist and a supporter of the Nature Conservancy and Sierra Club. A true believer in a new way of positive thinking for all human kind was displayed by his countless years as a supporter of New Dimensions, KPFA, the Science of Mind, and always demonstrated by his way of life. He loved all sports on the high school level as a participant and spectator, as well as the SF Giants and Cal Bears. We've all lost a truly remarkable friend and a positively vibrant, spiritual human being. He touched many lives with his compassion, warmth and selflessness. He taught us so much. Filled with love, he will be greatly missed, but his spirit will live on.
Friends are invited to attend a special celebration of his life on Monday, September 24, 2001 at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1551 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. Interment to follow at Santa Rosa Memorial Park, 1900 Franklin Avenue, Santa Rosa. Visitation will be held at LAFFERTY & SMITH COLONIAL CHAPEL, 4321 Sonoma Hwy., Santa Rosa on Sunday, September 23, 2001 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Donations may be made to the Nature Conservancy, or charity of your choice.

Debra Aileen Beyer, A Resident of San Rafael
Age 48, died at home on August 29, 2001 surrounded by loved ones after a courageous six year hi-tech battle against cancer. Fiercely independent, she was able to balance a lifelong legal secretary career and raising a family. An outdoors woman, she loved photography, sketching, kayaking, rock hounding, and road trips to various beautiful places to do them. Indoors, her passions were needlepoint and other crafts. Part of a five generation Marin family, her love of community is proven by her large collection of volunteer "T" shirts from many Marin and Bay Area events.
She will be missed, especially by her mother, Rosina Beyer; her son, Shane Beyer; her brothers, Richard, John and Dan Beyer; and her husband, John Vonderlin. May her happy feet be dancing in Heaven. Private service pending. 

Elke Annemarie Braum
Daughter of Wilhelm Friedrich Knop and Hedwig Knop passed away peacefully while at home with her family on September 18, 2001. She was a loving mother and loyal friend. Her courage and strength will continue to guide her children, Thomas H. Braum and Victoria R. Braum and her friends and family who loved her. Elke Braum is also survived by her loving sisters Frauke Puetz, Heike Knop-Sohns, and Silke Knop-Stern.
Elke was born in Dortmund Germany on December 21st, 1934. She later received a Bachelors degree in French and a Bachelors degree in English at the University of Innsbruck. In 1973 she and her family moved to America. She then began to pursue a Masters Degree in International Relations, which she completed at San Francisco State University. She later pursued a career with the Department of Corrections for the State of California.
Her family will always remember her as a person who sacrificed her own needs in order to fulfill the needs of her children. Her children are extremely grateful to have had the privilege of having her as a mother. Her daughter-in-law, Sheryl R. Braum is honored to have known her as a woman filled with elegance, grace, and dignity.
Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Service September 22nd at 1 p.m. at Valley Memorial Park Chapel, 650 Bugeia Lane, Novato. Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 415-897-1151 

Mary Broomfield
Passed away September 15, 2001 in San Rafael, California. She was a member of the Sunshine Club, Grandmother's Club of Marin City and volunteer for Senior's Citizen Brown Bag of Marin City. Quiet Hour is Sunday, September 23, 2001 at Marin City Church of God In Christ, 639 Drake Avenue from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
The Funeral Service will be on Monday, September 24, 2001 at 11 a.m. New Strangers Home Baptist Church, 1442 Fulton Street, San Francisco. The Interment is at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery in San Rafael, California. 

Honor D. Brown, A Resident of San Anselmo
Died peacefully on September 10, 2001 at age 93. Mrs. Brown moved to Marin County in 1955 with her family, taught kindergarten at A.E. Kent School in Kentfield until her retirement in 1972. Subsequently, she volunteered her skills as a reading tutor with the Marin Literacy Program, and was honored in 1998 for her ten years of dedicated service. She was also active in the local chapter of the American Association of University Women, and enjoyed her membership in the Marin retired Teachers' Association.
Originally from Arizona and Southern California, and educated at UCLA, Honor married Judd Brown of Humboldt County in 1930. They eventually settled in Arcata, where Mrs. Brown became a demonstration teacher at Children's Elementary School, an affiliate of Humboldt State College, while raising her family.
Sometimes referred to as "a legend in the Kentfield School District," Mrs. Brown was valued for her effective teaching and professional leadership. A friend and former colleague says of her, "she was the best at whatever she undertook. She influenced many, many lives in a positive and encouraging way."
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and David Sievers of San Rafael, and by her daughter Sue Brown of San Francisco.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Death and Dignity Alliance, P.O. Box 98058, Washington, D.C. 20090-8058. 

Elizabeth Ann Cadigan
Died peacefully in Novato on September 17, 2001 age 79, of cancer. A native of Colorado, Elizabeth moved to Marin in 1946. She was the devoted mother of Madeline, Claudia and Andrea Celoni, loving stepmother of Susan Cadigan and grandmother of Tony Pera. Preceded in death by loved husbands Louis J. Celoni and Jeremiah G. Cadigan. 
Memorial services to be held on September 24th at 10 AM at St. Anthony's Church, 1000 Cambridge St., Novato, CA. If desired, donations in her memory may be made to Hospice of Marin or the Alano Club of San Rafael. 

Virginia "Ginny" Carreiro
After a long illness and a short battle with Acute Leukemia, Virginia, 74, passed away at home on September 17, 2001. She leaves behind her husband of 54 years, Jack F. Carreiro, and their children - John Carreiro (and wife Kathryn) of Auburn, Suzanne Carreiro of Marinwood, and Warren Carreiro (and wife Toni) of San Rafael. She had six grandchildren - Jacob Fenston, Justin, Kyle, Matthew, Colleen, and Bryan Carreiro.
Family and friends are invited to gather in celebration of Virginia's life on Tuesday September 25, 2001 at 11 a.m. at Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross. The family would appreciate donations to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. 

William Franklin Conklin
Passed away at home in Dublin on September 18, 2001. Mr. Conklin was born in Novato, California on April 1, 1959 and had been a resident of Dublin for the past seven years. Mr. Conklin was Coach and Chief of Umpires for Dublin Little League and was founder and a member of Novato Travelers Softball. He also played for Hayward C.H.P., and Beale Properties, as well as the Novato Knicks and Modesto Bees semi-pro baseball teams. He was a member of Celebration Christian Center in Livermore.
Mr. Conklin is survived by his wife, Jennifer; children Ryan, Alex and Tyler, all of Dublin; parents, Bill and Gloria Conklin of Novato; sister, Jeanne Conklin of Healdsburg; brothers and sisters-in-law, Hal and Ellen Conklin of East Meadow, New York and Bob and Lesley Conklin of Novato. He was the son-in-law of Glen and Ruth Petersen of Sonora; and brother-in-law of Bob and Melissa Perry, Tim and Diana Petersen, Dan and Mike Petersen. Bill is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visiting hours will be held Thursday, September 20, 1-8 p.m. at Wilson & Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley, 825 Hartz Way, Danville, California with a Celebration of Life to be held Monday, September 24th at 12 Noon at Celebration Christian Center, 1135 Bluebell Drive, Dublin, California. Memorial donations may be made to the Bill Conklin Children's Fund c/o Cal Fed Bank, 7889 Dublin Blvd., Dublin, CA 94568. For further information, please call Wilson & Kratzer Mortuary, Danville 925.820.2999. 

Harvie M. Freed, A Resident of Mill Valley
Passed away September 12, 2001 at age 95. Loving husband of the late Zelma Freed. Father of Norman Freed of Palo Alto; grandfather of Richard Freed of Walnut Creek and David Freed of Santa Cruz.
Harvie enjoyed music and playing the saxophone. He played the saxophone professionally, semi-professionally and often donated to play for multiple groups.
Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at 1 p.m., Saturday, September 22, 2001 at Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel in Mill Valley. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts are made to a charity of your choice. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL, 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, 415-388-1573 

Betty M. Heilig, Teacher
Passed away on September 13, 2001 in San Rafael after a short illness at 87. She was born in Sacramento and graduated from San Jose State University. She went on to teach Jr. High and High School in Sacramento, Washington, D.C., Cape Cod, and Japan, retiring after teaching for nine years at Adeline Kent Middle School in Kentfield. Betty loved teaching almost everything and anything from English and history to cooking, sewing and swimming. As a young woman, she modeled in San Francisco, trained and rode horses and excelled at many styles of dancing, as well as taking flying lessons. Always loving her garden and flowers, she was a member of the Inverness Garden Club.
Betty met the love of her life, Major Edward (Ned) B. Heilig, who preceded her in death. Major Heilig was a pilot at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento during W.W.II. They traveled all over the world during his career in the Air Force.
She will be greatly missed by her loving sons, Gary W. Taylor of Sacramento and Robert P. Taylor of Meadow Vista, CA; her devoted daughter Lynne E. Ridley of San Anselmo; Grandchildren Darlene McGregor, Cheryl Cannon, Debbie Gonsalves, Kevin, Julie, Warren, Jason and Robin Taylor; Jonathan, Megan and Auston Ridley; nine great-grandchildren; loving mother-in-law to Paula Taylor of Sacramento, Jan Taylor of Meadow Vista and John Ridley of Mill Valley; her brother Robert N. Philpot preceded her in death.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Adeline E. Kent Middle School, c/o Kentfield School District or American Diabetes Association. Monte's Chapel of the Hills, Family Owned and Operated, San Anselmo, 415-453-8440. 

Gary Allan Mennick
Suddenly, but peacefully taken from this life on September 15, 2001 while vacationing on Lake Garda in Italy. Caring spouse and love of Lynne Lalanne-Mennick, loving father of Kristian Adam Mennick, Jenae, Jenifer and Laurent Lalanne, and cherished friend of Richard Flout. Beloved son-in-law of Alba Ravazzini, brother-in-law of Dale Ravazzini and Mike Patterson, Terry and Nancy Ravazzini.
Gary was a firefighter in his 24th year on active duty with Engine 54 of the San Rafael Fire Department. He was a devoted member of the American Firefighters Association of America, an avid environmentalist and a supporter of the Nature Conservancy and Sierra Club. A true believer in a new way of positive thinking for all human kind was displayed by his countless years as a supporter of New Dimensions, KPFA, the Science of Mind, and always demonstrated by his way of life. He loved all sports on the high school level as a participant and spectator, as well as the SF Giants and Cal Bears. We've all lost a truly remarkable friend and a positively vibrant, spiritual human being. He touched many lives with his compassion, warmth and selflessness. He taught us so much. Filled with love, he will be greatly missed, but his spirit will live on.
Friends are invited to attend a special celebration of his life on Monday, September 24, 2001 at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1551 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. Interment to follow at Santa Rosa Memorial Park, 1900 Franklin Avenue, Santa Rosa. Visitation will be held at LAFFERTY & SMITH COLONIAL CHAPEL, 4321 Sonoma Hwy., Santa Rosa on Sunday, September 23, 2001 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Donations may be made to the Nature Conservancy, or charity of your choice. 

Harold John Mibach
Passed away in Mill Valley on September 19, 2001 at age 89. Loving father of Catherine Mibach Guiraut of Tiburon and Elisabeth T.G. Mibach of Ottawa, Ontario, dear uncle of Richard Mibach of Daly City, Arlene Stephens of La Habra, and Betsy Hawkins Raye of San Jose, and grandfather of Jonathan Hawkins, Ottawa, Ontario.
A native of San Francisco, Mr. Mibach was a graduate of St. Mary's College in Moraga and Sacred Heart in San Francisco. He was a retired Government Employee for some 35 years. He was a Veteran of WWII. He belonged to the Order of Forester's. He volunteered at Bargain Box in San Rafael, Family Store in Mill Valley, and was a Avid Camera Buff and Book Collector.
Friends are invited to attend a Vigil Service Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 4 p.m. at RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL, Mill Valley. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass Monday, September 24, 2001 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 3 Oakdale Avenue, Mill Valley. Friends may call Sunday after 3 p.m. at the Funeral Chapel. Memorial gifts preferred to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Mill Valley or to St. Mary's College, Moraga. Interment Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL, 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, 415-388-1573 

John Skidmore O'Brien, A Resident of Larkspur
Died peacefully in his home on September 18, 2001, with his wife, Linnea O'Brien at his side. Born in San Francisco, he lived a rich and remarkably full life in his 68 years, practicing residential architecture since 1957. His inspired designs, including his own waterside home in Larkspur, are scattered amidst the Marin County hills he loved so much. He was a man known for his love of the water, an accomplished sailor at a very young age, a skilled boat builder who, in recent years, developed a passion for windsurfing and outrigger canoeing. Anyone who knew him will tell you these pursuits had more to do with the friends he came to know and love than the sports themselves. Our lives are all richer for knowing him, a loving father and husband, a fiercely loyal friend and a truly good man. He was one of a kind, and the best kind there is!
He is survived by his wife, his sister, Deborah O'Brien, and his three sons, Peter, Josh and Matt.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The National Brain Tumor Foundation, 414 Thirteenth Street, Suite 700, Oakland, CA 94612. 

Betty L. Sorum, A Resident of Novato
Died on September 18, 2001 at the age of 75. She is survived by her daughters, Ann Maurer of Petaluma and Gayle Magnisi of Novato. Four grandchildren: Christopher Maurer of Washington, D.C., Kelly Maurer of Petaluma, Ellen and Cody Heimann of Novato, and two great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her ex-husband and life-long friend, John Sorum. She is also survived by two brothers and two sisters, numerous nieces and nephews.
Born in Westhope, North Dakota, she graduated from Tamalpais High School, and Healds Business College in Santa Rosa. She was retired from the Department of Social Services in Marin County. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Novato, and was active in church and social organizations for many years, including LITA.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2001 at the Presbyterian Church of Novato, 710 Wilson Ave., Novato at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions should be made to: Evan Lynman Memorial Fund, c/o The Presbyterian Church of Novato, 710 Wilson Ave., Novato, CA 94947. 

Ernest M. Weitz, M.D.
Passed away in San Francisco on September 19, 2001 at age 71. Beloved husband of Carol; loving father of Drs. Susan and Howard Mandel and Dr. Michael and Janice Weitz; devoted grandfather and toy-maker of Spencer, Mallory, Steven, Robbie, David and James; dear brother of Pearl Bass, Phyllis Silverman and Terry Putterman; devoted uncle to many nieces and nephews; special friend to many. An active member of Congregation Beth Sholom, he established Beth Sholom's Men's Club. An avid sports fan, woodworker and "universal maven".
Funeral Services will be held today, Friday, September 21 at 2 p.m. at Sinai Memorial Chapel, 1501 Divisadero Street at Geary Blvd. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Cong. Beth Sholom, 1301 Clement St., SF 94118 or The Auxillary, U.C.S.F. Mount Zion, 1600 Divisadero St., San Francisco, 94115. 

George Joseph Federighi, A Resident of Tiburon
Passed away September 14, 2001 at age 90 years. Father of George B., Robert J., and William D. Federighi, five grandchildren, former husband of Donna Drews, and long time companion Sylvia Baraff.
He was a native of San Francisco and lived in Tiburon for the last 40 years. George was the founder of the Federighi Food Machinery, Inc., Stero Dishwashing Machine Manufacturing Company and Cork Pops Inc. He was an avid inventor who invented the wine cork remover called "Cork Pops", a champagne bottle opener, and a garlic peeler for restaurants. He spent the past 18 years tinkering in his workshop and coming up with many more inventions. He will be missed by his family and friends.
Friends are invited to attend a Vigil Service Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL, 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. Friends may call for visitation Thursday after 2 p.m. at the Funeral Chapel. Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass Friday, September 21, 2001 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Hilary's Church, 761 Hilary Drive, Tiburon. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts preferred to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925.
RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL, 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, 415-388-1573. 

Lucille Ward Garsva
Passed away in Greenbrae on September 17, 2001 at age 79 years. Beloved wife of Henry Garsva of Greenbrae, loving mother of Michael Garsva of Stinson Beach, Susan Moore of Terra Linda, and Timothy (T.A.) Garsva of Petaluma, dear grandmother of Alicia and Lyndsy Moore, sister of June E. Ward of Boston, Massachusetts.
A native of North Weare, New Hampshire, she graduated from Sanford High, Sanford, Maine, Registered Nurses Training at Doctor's Hospital, Biddeford, Maine, and did her Internship at Concord Psychiatric Hospital, Concord, New Hampshire. She worked as a Staff RN and Charge Nurse at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles, Monterey Peninsula Hospital in Monterey, Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, and Staff RN and Night Supervisor at Kaiser Hospital in San Rafael.
No Services will be held at Mrs. Garsva's request. Memorial gifts preferred to Marin Mammal Center or the National Wildlife Federation. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL, 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, 414-388-1573.


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