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Ralph Clayton Hodson
Passed away Monday, September 17, 2001 at Novato Community Hospital of a heart attack. He was 63. Adored father of Shawn Hodson (Mary) and Sheri Suder (Chuck), loving companion of Jean Hanifen and cherished grandfather of Jenna, Scott and Brett. Ralph is also survived by numerous brothers and sisters.
Ralph was a 45 year resident of Marin County and a warehouseman for Bekin's Moving and Storage for 40 years. He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting and gardening.
Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service Friday, September 21st at 4 p.m. at the home of Ralph and Jean. Memorial Contributions preferred to the American Heart Assoc., PO Box 844, Santa Rosa, CA 95402. Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 415-897-1151. 

Lotte V. McWatters
Died in Greenbrae on September 17, 2001 at the age of 87. She was the loving wife of the late Thomas J. McWatters Jr. She is survived by nieces Anita McNulty and Carmel Clark.
She was born in the Philippine Islands, and came to Marin as a child, living in Mill Valley and Larkspur for over 80 years. Lotte was an art major at Dominican College graduating in the mid 1930s. She was the first curator of Marin County Civic Center Galleries retiring in 1996 after 30 years of service. Lotte was an art teacher and active in the Marin Art and Garden Center, the Marin Society of Artists and the Sir Francis Drake Kennel Club.
Inurnment was private and memorial contributions may be made to Marin Society of Artists or the Marin Arts Council. Keaton's Mortuary, 1022 E Street, San Rafael, 415-453-0571. 

Roger Ward Somers
Roger Ward Somers was born on October 14, 1926 in Evanston, Illinois. Somers moved to Marin County in 1950. In 1953 he co-founded the Bohemian community Druid Heights with the late poet Elsa Gidlow in Kent Canyon near Muir Woods.
Somers was a designer, builder and jazz musician. He designed and built several well-known homes in Northern Marin. Influenced by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and several traditional Japanese designs Somers created intricate woodwork influenced by the physical body and the natural environment surrounding Druid Heights. In 1972 he was commissioned by Neil Young to design and construct his famous tour bus Emily Flowers.
The rural community, Druid Heights is known around the world as one of the first bohemian enclaves that was established before the beat generation took hold in the San Francisco Bay Area. Druid Heights has housed dozens of musicians, writers, artists, and social activist over the past four decades, including Zen philosopher and intellectual Alan Watts, poet Gary Snyder, and Margo St. James, founder of the prostitute rights group, Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics (COYOTE).
Somers was also instrumental in the development of several Bay Area organizations including the Asia Society and the Henry George Society. Somers was featured in the 1968, James Broughton film, The Bed. 
Somers died at his home on Thursday, September 13th, 2001 from heart failure. His daughter, Dr. Geraldine Somers, of Boston, Massachusetts and his son Tagore Somers of Houston, Texas and his longtime companion Faye Somers survive him. 

Sharon Frey
Passed away at home in Petaluma, California on September 11, 2001. She is survived by her husband, George W. Frey, Jr.; brother, Merrill Noreen of Blue Ridge, Virginia; stepmother, Evelyn Noreen of Dekalb, Illinois and stepfather, Ford Frame of Mill Valley, California.
A native of Aurora, Illinois, Mrs. Frey attended the University of Miami and Naperville Junior College. She was a member of the County Wide Dog Training Club San Francisco Bay Area, West Highland White Terrier Club, Northern California Dachshund Club, and the Dachshund Club of America.
Donations may be made to the Hospice of Petaluma.

Francis Luke Slavich
Age 90, died at the Canterbury Woods Medical Center in Pacific Grove on September 13, 2001 after a long illness. Prior to moving to Pacific Grove with his wife Betsy in 1991, he and Betsy lived in Marin County for 43 years; both were native San Franciscans. Mr. Slavich, who attended the University of Santa Clara, was a salesman for Glass Container Corp. from 1947-1975.
A natural athlete known since high school by the nickname "Hands," he played football and basketball, put the shot, and rowed; his prowess earned him membership in the San Francisco Prep Hall of Fame, the Tom Rice Award for Athletic Achievement and Service to Sports, and selection to the University of Santa Clara Athletic Hall of Fame. He was also a collegiate All American in basketball and football and played for the Olympic Club basketball team in his post collegiate years.
In spite of his athletic achievements, however, his greatest pride was in his long marriage (66 years) and family. He adored his wife Betsy, who preceded him in death in February of this year. He fell in love with her the first time he met her, on a double blind date (she was supposed to be the other fellow's date but "Hands" quickly nabbed her), and never wavered in his devotion to her. He was very proud of his two sons, Michael of Petaluma and Denis of San Francisco, his daughter, Michele Marincovich of Portola Valley, his five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Service for both Francis and Betsy Slavich will be held at the Canterbury Woods Retirement Community in Pacific Grove on October 20, 2001 at 3 p.m. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of The Paul Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Alzheimer's Foundation. 

Mary Ruth Theile, A Resident of Sleepy Hollow
Passed away September 15, 2001 at age 89. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William E. Theile and a sister, Verna Mahagan. She is survived by her devoted son, William L. Theile of Lafayette, loving brothers, Bud Lambert of Colorado and Elmer Lambert of Washington, dear aunt of Carolyn McCartee of California.
Mrs. Theile was a native of Kansas, and a graduate of Cal Berkeley, Class of 1938.
Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Service on Friday, September 21, 2001 at 11:30 a.m. at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, 330 Redhill Avenue, San Anselmo, California. Friends may call for Visitation at the funeral home Friday at 11 a.m. Interment Mount Tamalpais Cemetery at 2 p.m. Friday. Memorial gifts to National Parkinson Foundation 1-800-327-4545, preferred. Monte's Chapel of the Hills, Family Owned and Operated. San Anselmo, 415-453-8440.

Alice Marie Brenner Becker
Born in San Martin, California on July 27, 1909, Alice died on September 15, 2001 at home with her daughter in Sacramento. She was a longtime San Rafael resident.
She is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Carl; her daughter, Patricia; son, Richard; grandchildren, Leif Whitmore and Sara Becker Welty; and great grandson, Jack. Also numerous nieces and nephews.
Alice will be remembered for her charity towards others, her love of family and her devotion to her Catholic faith. In remembrance, her family asks that Catholics offer Mass for her soul. Arrangements are being made by Nicoletti Funeral Home in Sacramento. 

Kent Brown Diehl, Jr.
Passed away peacefully at his home in Ross on September 15, 2001. He was 79 years old and had lived in Marin County for 53 years. Kent was born in Highland Park, Michigan on March 6, 1922. He was raised in Texas where his love of horses, rodeo and trick roping began. Kent was active as a boxer, Coast Guard sailing instructor, journalist, public relations man, and house remodeler before opening the Witherspoon & Postlethwaite Gallery in San Anselmo. He and his wife Sheila worked as antique dealers and appraisers for more than 25 years. Kent was the founder and long-time president of the Marin Cultural Center and Museum and was active in many local nonprofit organizations, including the Living History Centre. Most recently, he created the Virtual Museum to promote living California artists, in cooperation with the State Museum. Marin County residents enjoyed his annual appearances trick roping in July 4th parades, and many readers were inspired by his story as presented in the book Growing Old is Not For Sissies.
Kent is survived by his wife of 41 years, Sheila, his daughters Sharon and Keila, his grandchildren Christine, Nicholas, and Annika, his great-granddaughter Ali Jean, and his son-in-law Fred Hoerner.
Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service for Kent at 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2001 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ross. No flowers, please. Contributions in his memory may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. KEATON MORTUARY, 1022 E Street, San Rafael, 415-453-0571.

Augustine "Gus" P. Donoghue, Ph.D., A Resident of Inverness, California
Passed away September 7, 2001 at age 90 years. Donations may be made to USF Soccer Program; Hospice of Marin. Arrangements by Neptune Society. 

George Joseph Federighi, A Resident of Tiburon, California
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 

Marilyn H. Ferry, A Resident of San Rafael, California
Passed away on September 9, 2001. She is survived by her husband Horace F. Ferry of San Rafael, and sons Bruce Ferry of Walnut Creek and David Ferry of San Rafael.
Mrs. Ferry was a native of California. She was a volunteer with CASA-Marin Advocates for Children and a longtime member of Christ Presbyterian Church in Terra Linda.
Friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service on Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 4 p.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church in Terra Linda, 620 Del Ganado Road, San Rafael, California. Memorial gifts to Marin CASA Program, 1055 Las Ovejas, San Rafael, CA 94903, preferred. MONTE'S CHAPEL OF THE HILLS, FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED, San Anselmo, 453-8440.
 

Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas, A Resident of San Rafael, California
The victim of a terrorist attack on United Airlines Flight No. 93 on September 11, 2001, was born in Bloomington, Indiana on August 31, 1963. She was the daughter of Lawrence and Barbara Catuzzi of Houston, Texas and Lake Toxaway, North Carolina; the cherished and adored wife of Jack Grandcolas of San Rafael, California; the loving sister of Dara Ann Near of Short Hills, New Jersey and Vaughn Catuzzi Lohec of Chatham, New Jersey.
Lauren was a graduate of Stratford High School in Houston, Texas and the University of Texas in Austin, where she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. Lauren and Jack were members of the Marin Country Club in Novato, California. While residing in San Francisco, she worked for the law firm of Thelin, Marin, Johnson and Bridges as a marketing executive, followed by positions at Price Waterhouse and Good Housekeeping Magazine. Most recently, Lauren was collaborating with a publisher on a book related to women's lifestyle achievements aimed at boosting the self-confidence of women specifically, and adult behavior in general. This nonfiction work was a long-term goal and source of great pride to her. Lauren so appreciated the outdoors that, in her spare time, she participated in hiking, jogging, roller blading, and kyacking amongst many other activities. Lauren was a strong and caring friend to everyone she knew; she will be dearly missed by all. In addition, she is survived by Robert C.H. Near, Phillip A. Lohec, and her nephews, Stephen Near, Kevin Near, Matthew Lohec, and her niece, Emily Lohec, as well as Jack's parents, Leon and Rita Grandcolas of Carmel, California, and Rick and Laura Grandcolas, Jim Grandcolas, Susan and Bill Bauer, Mark Grandcolas, Nancy and Alan Meyer, nine nieces and nephews and numerous other friends and relatives.
Memorial Services for Lauren will be held in Houston on Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 5:30 p.m. at Saint John Vianney Catholic Church, 625 Nottingham Oaks Trail, and in San Rafael on September 22, 2001 at 9:30 a.m. at the Mission San Rafael Catholic Church, Fifth Street, San Rafael. For those who wish, contributions may be made to the Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas Foundation, 600 Travis, Suite 4200, Houston, Texas 77002.
Lauren left us the way she lived her life, strong, determined, courageous and our heroine. 

Jeannine R. Omo, A Resident of Santa Rosa, California
Passed away on Friday, September 14, 2001. She was 74. Loved ones and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at the Chapel of the Chimes, 2601 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa on Thursday, September 20th at 11 a.m.
Jeannine was born in Brussel, Belgium and married in 1945 to now deceased Air Force Lt. Col. Wayne Omo, a decorated combat pilot in three wars. She worked at the Emporium as a Department Manager for 20 years. She was also a Life Master Bridge Player.
She is survived by two sons, Ronald P. Omo of Redding and Gary W. Omo of Santa Rosa; a daughter, Christy L. Phelan of Santa Rosa; granddaughter, Tina Poma; great granddaughter, Hailey Poma, and her beloved pet "Tashi".
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society or the Society of your choice. Peace be with you always. Arrangements under the direction of the Neptune Society of Northern California. 

Brice Pace
Was born August 26th, 1915 in New York City, and has been a resident of Sonoma for the last 15 years.
Brice had a military career that expanded over 20 years. He was an ROTC cadet while attending New York University in 1936. He became a captain at age 26, a major at 27; In 1940 he was assigned to the Adjutant General's Office on Governor's Island, New York City.
Brice Pace was called into active service as a reserved Second Lieutenant in 1940 and served with General Omar Bradley at the First U.S. Army Group Headquarters in Europe in the Spring of 1944. In 1944 Brice was sent to England and assigned as a member of General Eisenhower's staff. He crossed the channel to France where he was in charge of clearing buildings previously used for SS Troop headquarters and other areas in remote locations to set up command centers. He was transferred in 1945 to Italy where he stayed until he returned home in 1946. In 1952, he was a Diplomatic Officer with the United States Army in Ottawa, Canada. In 1953 he was promoted to full Colonel. In 1955, Brice was assigned to the 6th Army Headquarters in the San Francisco Presidio.
After the war ended, Brice became the Chief of Data Processing at the Pentagon, in Washington, D.C., from 1957-59. It was in 1959 that Brice retired from military service.
It was at New York University that Brice received a B.S. in Geology. He received his master's degree in education from Dominican College, in San Rafael. After retiring from the United States Army as Colonel, he obtained his teaching credential from San Francisco State University, and taught math at St. Rose School for girls, in San Francisco and San Rafael Military Academy, (where he was also Dean of Academics).
One of his finest achievements was being the driving force to getting the Gymnasium erected at the Pentagon, and his name is on a plaque outside the gym to this day. Brice was a past president of the Sonoma State Historic Park Association, an avid cyclist and horseback rider.
Mr. Pace is survived by his loving wife Jane Pace, of Sonoma; his children and their families: Scott (and his wife Patricia, and their children Adam and James) Pace, of Sonoma; Dr. Jonathan (and his wife Heidi, and their children Ethan and David) Pace, of Vermont; and Pamela (and her husband Ken Sheppard, and her children Mindy Falter and Mike Lonsford) Lonsford, of Tacoma, Washington. He is also survived by his sister Marjorie Covell, of Sonoma, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service Saturday, September 22nd, 2001, at 11 a.m. at Duggan's Mission Chapel, 525 West Napa Street, Sonoma. Inurnment is private. Memorial contributions in Brice's honor may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Northern California, 856 Stanton Road, Burlingame, CA 94010. Arrangements under the direction of Duggan's Mission Chapel. 

George Stangenberger
George was born on July 30, 1907 to George and Nellie (Mulcay) Stangenberger in San Francisco. His mother died shortly after his birth and he went to live with his foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Breckenfeld. Upon Mrs. Breckenfeld's death, George went to live with his father in Corte Madera. While living in Corte Madera, he commuted to Polytechnic High School in San Francisco via train and ferry boat. It was here that he met his future wife of 59 years, Elmere. George enjoyed playing football both at Polytechnic Hi and later at College of Marin where he was on that school's first team. During his working years, he was employed with the General Land Office as a surveyor; by the Bureau of Public Roads as a road Foreman; and by PG&E where he retired in 1970 as a General Foreman. For the past 55 years, George made his home in Tamalpais Valley where he enjoyed gardening and hiking on Mt. Tamalpais. When the community decided to install a sewer system, he served as chairman of the newly formed Sanitary District. He was a member of the Tamalpais Conservation Club as well as the Masonic Lodge, both in Mill Valley and Alturas.
He is survived by his sons, Ray of Napa and Alan of Albany and granddaughter, Leah Taylor of Tamalpais Valley. His wife, Elmere passed away in 1995.
A Memorial Service will be held at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2001. 

Stanley G. Bransgrove
Passed away in Greenbrae on September 8, 2001 at 81 years of age. A native of Melbourne, Australia, he lived in the Bay Area since 1947. He is survived by his wife, Wanda "Diane"; children, Stanley, James, Sandy, Janie, Paul; ten grand children and four great grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his loving extended family: Louise (Nanny) Birdwell, Jeanne Sanchez, Mildred Farrar, James Farrar and Stephen Farrar.
Stan worked as a precision machinist in Australia and the Bay Area and was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers for 50 years.
He was a professional bicycle racer in his native Australia, and rode for the Malvern Star team. Among his many notable victories were back-to-back wins in the Quale 65, the Victorian Long Distance Road Championship and the Melbourne Cup on Wheels. Upon moving to the United States, he took part in many six-day races (winning the first he entered) and maintained a life long interest in cycling and actively assisted cyclists young and old with advice and emergency repairs.
Stan was a Freemason and was raised a Master Mason on June 27, 1945 in Greensborough Lodge No. 374. He was involved in the Cub Scouts and as a booster for the Tamalpais High School Sports Program and Music Department.
A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held at the Mill Valley Masonic Center, 19 Corte Madera Avenue, Mill Valley, CA on Wednesday, September 26, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Parkinson's Disease Foundation, or Trips for Kids. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL, 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, 415-388-1573. 

Orinda Ross
Age 89, born June 12, 1912 in San Francisco, passed peacefully on September 14, 2001. She was preceded in death by her husband Bernard C. Ross, Sr. and her oldest son Bernard C. Ross, Jr. She was the loving mother of Diane Redondo of New Jersey and Marjorie A. Ross of Foster City, CA. She also has a son Bob Ross of San Anselmo. She had 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchidren.
Friends are invited to attend the Rosary and Mass on Tuesday, September 18, 2001 at 7:15 p.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1000 Cambridge St., Novato, CA. A viewing will be held before Rosary beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Church. Burial will be private.
In lieu of Flowers contributions may be made to Guide Dogs for the Blind, 350 Los Ranchitos Rd., San Rafael, CA 94903. Monte's Chapel of The Hills, Family Owned and Operated, San Anselmo 415-453-8440. 

Stanley G. Bransgrove
Passed away in Greenbrae on September 8, 2001 at 81 years of age. A native of Melbourne, Australia, he lived in the Bay Area since 1947. He is survived by his wife, Wanda "Diane"; children, Stanley, James, Sandy, Janie, Paul; ten grand children and four great grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his loving extended family: Louise (Nanny) Birdwell, Jeanne Sanchez, Mildred Farrar, James Farrar and Stephen Farrar.
Stan worked as a precision machinist in Australia and the Bay Area and was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers for 50 years.
He was a professional bicycle racer in his native Australia, and rode for the Malvern Star team. Among his many notable victories were back-to-back wins in the Quale 65, the Victorian Long Distance Road Championship and the Melbourne Cup on Wheels. Upon moving to the United States, he took part in many six-day races (winning the first he entered) and maintained a life long interest in cycling and actively assisted cyclists young and old with advice and emergency repairs.
Stan was a Freemason and was raised a Master Mason on June 27, 1945 in Greensborough Lodge No. 374. He was involved in the Cub Scouts and as a booster for the Tamalpais High School Sports Program and Music Department.
A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held at the Mill Valley Masonic Center, 19 Corte Madera Avenue, Mill Valley, CA on Wednesday, September 26, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Parkinson's Disease Foundation, or Trips for Kids. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL, 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, 415-388-1573. 

Martin Dean
On September 7, 2001, at Pacific Hills Manor in Morgan Hill, Martin succumbed to his lengthy battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was 77. With him during the final days were his wife Betty, daughter Pam, and son Greg. He was also surrounded by caring staff members and dear friends Doris and Jorge.
Martin is survived by his wife of 56 years, his daughter Pamela and son-in-law Paul Cullen, son Gregory and daughter-in-law Cynthia along with grandchildren Michael, Bryan, and Jessica. He also leaves a brother Robert as well as a niece Suzanne and nephew Steven with whom he shares a common birthdate.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Martin entered World War II as a member of the U.S. Air Force immediately following high school graduation. After serving with honors, he returned and attended Alma College until he transferred to Michigan State University where he and Betty lived in the military housing on campus while he earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees. He began his educational career in Newark, Ohio, as a Speech and Hearing Therapist until he became Director of Special Education & Pupil Services. During his ten years in the Newark Public Schools, he also pursued his doctoral degree at Ohio State University. In 1973, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from St. Leo College.
When he accepted a position as County Coordinator of Special Education for Ingham County Schools, this brought him back to the home of his Alma Mater. His next career change took him across country to California to work for the San Diego City Schools as Director of Special Services. During this time, he was instrumental in establishing the first center for trainable retarded children. Three years later, he accepted a position in the San Francisco Unified School District as Asst. Supt. for Special Educational Services where he remained for thirteen years. His final professional move was to the Monterey County Office of Education where he held the position of Asst.Supt. for Special Schools and Classes. He retired in 1986.
Martin was elected to the Board of Trustees for Marin Community College for two four-year terms when a second campus, Indian Valley Colleges, was developed in Novato while he was Board President. He was also a member of St. Anthony's Parish Board. He worked tirelessly for professional organizations and legislation for handicapped children. His vacations and "spare" time were often devoted to the role of visiting instructor in a variety of settings: Denison University, St. Joseph's Priory, Sts. Peter & Paul Seminary, and the University of Maine.
For exercise, he officiated football and basketball for 20 years -- even added lacrosse. He loved a round of golf, but never took it seriously. He was a willing volunteer and active in the community, usually accepting the presidency of homeowners associations so he could unify the residents, organize events, and build playgrounds.
He will be gravely missed, but God needs him now, and he's earned a rest.
A Memorial Service is planned at Habing Family Funeral Home in Gilroy. The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Pacific Hills and Odyssey Hospice for their attentive care, and requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent in his memory to: The Parkinson's Institute, 1170 Morse Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94089-1605. 

Elizabeth Emerson
Retired lawyer Elizabeth Long Emerson, a longtime Mill Valley and Tiburon resident, died August 10, 2001. She was 86.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, September 23, at the Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Ross.
Mrs. Emerson is survived by two daughters, Cynthia Sill of Tiburon and Victoria Emerson of Columbia, South Carolina, and her son, William Emerson of Burbank; four grandchildren; and her nephew, Randolph Emerson of La Quinta. Her husband, Herbert Lyman Emerson, died in 1983.
Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925; or to Living Desert in Palm Springs, 47-900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 94460. 

William David Epstein
Devoted husband, father, and grandfather, he died on September 12, 2001, five days before his 77th birthday. He was married for 46 years to Helga Voigt Epstein. A resident of Marin County for 43 years, Bill was a self-employed insurance and investment counselor, highly respected for his integrity. He was born in Nashville, Tennessee and graduated from Vanderbilt University, Phi Beta Kappa. Bill served as a radio officer in the United States Navy during and after World War II and was stationed in both Okinawa and Shanghai. He worked in news and sales in Nashville radio and television stations before moving to California in 1954.
Bill treasured the English language and especially loved poetry, novels, and going to the movies and live theatre. He could recite from memory Shakespeare sonnets, as well as many other poems he studied in college. An avid fan of jazz and classical music, Bill was a loyal patron of Marin Symphony for more than 40 years. He also was a lifelong student of world history and current political events. He was a gifted writer. His family and many friends benefited from his warm and generous spirit and his quick wit. Before his recent ill health, he enjoyed travel with his wife, tennis, and hiking. He volunteered for many years at Whistlestop in San Rafael, providing investment and tax advice to seniors.
Bill always put his family first. He is survived by his wife, Helga; his son, David Alexander Epstein and daughter-in-law, Rose Marie Sarfaty of Piedmont; his daughter, Andrea Rose Mehigan and son-in-law, Denis F. Mehigan of Lake Oswego, Oregon; his son, Robert Frederick Epstein and daughter-in-law, Lisa Soll of San Rafael; his beloved grandchildren Alex and Sarah Epstein; Will, Kelly Rose, and Matthew Mehigan; and Noah and Zoe Epstein; and his sister, Rose Tomlinson of Cincinnati, Ohio.
His many friends are invited to attend a tribute in his memory on Thursday, September 20, at 11:45 a.m. at the Livermore Room in the Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross. Bill's family prefers memorial contributions be made to MATRIX Parent Network and Resource Center, 94 Galli Drive, Novato, CA 94949 or Marin Symphony, 4340 Redwood Highway, Suite 409C, San Rafael, CA 94903. 

Maryann L. Kermoian (nee Cinollo)
Passed away from complications of surgery. Beloved wife of Jack Kermoian; loving mother of Laura (Richard) Leigon, Diane Frederick, Kip (Patricia) Kermoian and Nancy (Leonard) Gazzano. Devoted grandmother of Nicollette Roulhac and Sean Leigon. Daughter of the late Ursula and Evo Cinollo. A native of San Francisco, she was a 43 year resident of Corte Madera. Maryann was confined to a wheelchair for 43 years, the after effects of Polio, but never complained or lost her sense of humor. She bore her Cross with remarkable grace.
She was a lifetime member of the Loyola Guild, a parishioner of St. Sebastian Church and a member of The Young at Heart.
A private Mass and burial was held, honoring her wishes. Donations may be made to the Carmelite Monastery, 530 Blackstone Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903, or to a charity of your choice. 

Frank Passa
Died in Santa Rosa, California on September 11, 2001 at 85 years. Devoted husband of Gabriella Passa of Santa Rosa. Loving father of Vivian Sommers and her husband Bill of Redwood City, California and Francine Karp and her husband Roger of Santa Rosa. Loving grandfather of Laura Marlor, Carolyn Sommers and Erika Passa-Lyttkens. Loving great-grandfather of Phoenix, Savannah and Madeleine Marlor. Loving brother of Josephine Caputo of Florida, Elsie Andersen of New York and the late Anna Miglorisi and Frances Goldberg. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
A native of New York City, New York, Mr. Passa served in the U.S. Army during W.W.II. He also was well known nationally and world wide as a "Bow and Violin Maker" making and restoring these musical instruments for the past 51 years of his life. He worked until two years ago, when illness forced him to retire. He was a member of The Family Club of San Francisco, Entente International Society of Violin and Bow Makers.
Private family services will be held. Memorial Services will be at a later date. Those who prefer may contribute to MCF Emergency Response Fund, 17 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Suite 200, Larkspur, CA 94939, to help all those who were victims in New York and Washington. Services are under the direction of the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, CA. Private Interment: Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael, California. 

Francis Luke Slavich
Age 90, died at his Pacific Grove residence on September 13, 2001. Prior to moving to Pacific Grove in 1991, he lived in Marin County for 43 years. Mr. Slavich, who attended Santa Clara University was a salesman for Glass Container Corporation from 1948-1975.
A natural athlete, he was a member of the San Francisco High School Sports Hall of Fame, Kezar Hall of Fame, Santa Clara Sports Hall of Fame. He was also a Collegiate All American in Basketball and Football and played for the Olympic Club Basketball Team.
His wife, Betsy, who died in February 2001, preceded Mr. Slavich in death. Survivors include his sons, Denis of San Francisco and Michael of Petaluma and his daughter, Michele Marincovich of Portola Valley.
At his request, no services will be held. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of The Paul Mortuary. Contributions are suggested to the American Lung Association. 

IN MEMORIAM
Rose Denise Solari December 16, 1997
In Memory of my Mother, a kind person who liked helping others and who volunteered at Marin General Hospital as a Pink Lady for 23 years. You will always be loved.
Your son, Arthur 

Conrad Theisen
A resident of Marin County for 48 years, passed away in Tiburon on Sunday, September 9, 2001. He was 85.
Born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in 1915, he and his wife came to California during World War II while he served in the Army Air Corps. Following his service, he moved to San Francisco where he earned a degree in Accounting from Golden Gate University. He became a Certified Public Accountant and worked most of his career for Employers Mutual Insurance of Wausau. He and his family moved into one of the first homes built in the Madera Gardens portion of Corte Madera.
After retiring in 1978, he spent much of his time playing tennis on the public courts of San Rafael, College of Marin and Palm Springs. He continued playing tennis until summer of last year. In retirement he took up Duplicate Bridge, and became a Bronze Life Master. He was also an active member for a number of years in the San Rafael Elks Lodge.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lydia Theisen; their son, Ron Theisen; and his wife, Alice of Novato; and his three grandchildren, Scott and Kelly Theisen of Novato and Eric Theisen and his wife of Winter Park, Florida, as well as cousins and nieces in Wisconsin.
A Memorial Celebration will be held by the family at a later date.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. 

Kenneth L. Wilson
Passed away in Penngrove, September 13, 2001. A native of Wisconsin, age 83. Beloved husband of 58 years to Louise Wilson of Penngrove. Loving father of Sherry Holmes-Bumgarner of Rohnert Park, Carla Sundberg-Arguelles of Penngrove, Kenneth Wilson of Novato, and Jon Wilson of Marysville. Dear father-in-law of John "Sandy" Bumgarner, Victor Arguelles, and Diana Wilson. Caring grandfather of Ken Holmes Jr., Karen Baseheart, Kathryn Hughes, Richard Sundberg, Kenneth Wilson Jr., Cody Wilson, and McKenna Wilson. Devoted great-grandfather of Timothy Baseheart, Taylor Mitchell, and Kelli Hughes. Dear brother of Sam Wilson, Virginia Bayliss, Audrey Christofferson, Ethel Kupczyk, Joyce Danz, and Jackie Baatz. Mr. Wilson is also survived by many nieces and nephews. A veteran of WWII, serving with the U.S. Army. His hobbies included Golfing, cooking, gardening, and hunting. A member of the American Legion, S.I.R.S., and the Tamalpais Golf Club.
Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass, Monday, September 17, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 125 Sonoma Mt. Pkwy., Petaluma. Friends may call for visitation from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday at the ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331, Lakeville St., Petaluma. Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Building Fund, Hanna Boys Center, the American Cancer Society Redwood Chapter or St. Peter Chanel Seminary in San Francisco.
Interment will be at Cypress Hill Memorial park, Petaluma, CA, CHEDA & LYONS, 707-789-9000.


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