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Alexander John (Sandy) MacIsaac
Passed away September 11, 2001 surrounded by his loving family, in San Rafael. He was 59 years old, a resident of Sebastopol for 32 years. Beloved husband of Nancy for 37 years, loving father to Sandy and Katie, dear father-in-law to Patrick Tamony and Amy MacIsaac, sweet grandpa to Sara and Caitlin Tamony, Hannah, Riley, Elyse, and Jordan MacIsaac, brother to Lyn Baker (Jim) Rosemary Marker (Ed), the late Timothy MacIsaac (Lana) and Victoria MacIsaac, favorite uncle to numerous nephews and nieces.
Sandy was born October 24, 1941 to Al and Ila MacIsaac in Bakersfield, California. He was raised in Coalinga, and graduated from San Jose State University to become a teacher. During his 37 year career at Sinaloa Middle School in Novato, he inspired more than 6500 students with his love of U.S. History. Sandy was a favorite teacher to many students who appreciated his kindness, sense of humor, and his passion for civic responsibility. A gifted athlete in his youth, Sandy coached many years at Sinaloa and San Marin High School. He further educated Novato's youth by leading yearly trips to Washington D.C., to learn more about our country's political system. His hobbies included golf, music, and watching his grandchildren grow. He will be missed more then words can express. A Memorial Mass will be held at Our Lady of Loretto, 1806 Novato Blvd., Novato, CA, on September 17, 2001 at 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sandy MacIsaac Scholarship Fund, c/o Sinaloa Middle School, 2045 Vineyard Rd., Novato, CA 94947. God Bless America. Arrangements under the direction of Pleasant Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary, Sebastopol. 

Helen O'Toole, A Resident of Kentfield
Passed away peacefully at home September 13, 2001, in Kentfield after a long illness. Age 83. Predeceased by husband Peter O'Toole, and her daughter, Paula O'Toole Sapiane. She will be sadly missed by family and many loving friends.
Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at St. Patrick's Church in Larkspur, on Tuesday Septmeber 18, at 11:00 a.m. Keaton's Mortuary, 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

James E. Strowger, December 3, 1916-September 11, 2001
Jim Strowger, age 84, passed away peacefully at home on September 11, 2001, after a lengthy illness. He is survived by sons Bob of Martinez, CA and Jim of Los Angeles, CA. Jim spent 30 years with Kerr Steamship Co. in Portland, OR, Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA. He was an avid golfer and had been a member of Riviera County Club, Pacific Palisades, CA and Marin Country Club, Novato, CA.
A service will be held October 6, 2001, at Christ Presbyterian Church, 620 Del Ganado, San Rafael, CA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the Marin Food Bank, 75 Digital Dr., Novato, CA 94949. Keaton Mortuary, 1022 E Street, San Rafael, 415-453-0571. 

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. 

Margot L. Adams, A Resident of Corte Madera
Died September 7, 2001. A native of Colorado, she moved to San Francisco and married Don H. Adams. They had two children, Derek and Deborah.
Margot had a lifelong involvement in the performing arts. She taught drama to adults and children, wrote and performed for the radio in the 1930s and for the theater in Marin County, Washington, D.C., and Buenos Aires. In the early 1970s, she returned to Marin where she continued writing, performing and teaching. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah.
A Memorial Service will be held on September 18, 2001 at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Innocents, 2 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera.

Alexander John (Sandy) MacIsaac
Passed away September 11, 2001 surrounded by his loving family, in San Rafael. He was 59 years old, a resident of Sebastopol for 32 years. Beloved husband of Nancy for 37 years, loving father to Sandy and Katie, dear father-in-law to Patrick Tamony and Amy MacIsaac, sweet grandpa to Sara and Caitlin Tamony, Hannah, Riley, Elyse, and Jordan MacIsaac, brother to Lyn Baker (Jim) Rosemary Marker (Ed), the late Timothy MacIsaac (Lana) and Victoria MacIsaac, favorite uncle to numerous nephews and nieces.
Sandy was born October 24, 1941 to Al and Ila MacIsaac in Bakersfield, California. He was raised in Coalinga, and graduated from San Jose State University to become a teacher. During his 37 year career at Sinaloa Middle School in Novato, he inspired more than 6500 students with his love of U.S. History. Sandy was a favorite teacher to many students who appreciated his kindness, sense of humor, and his passion for civic responsibility. A gifted athlete in his youth, Sandy coached many years at Sinaloa and San Marin High School. He further educated Novato's youth by leading yearly trips to Washington D.C., to learn more about our country's political system. His hobbies included golf, music, and watching his grandchildren grow. He will be missed more then words can express. A Memorial Mass will be held at Our Lady of Loretto, 1806 Novato Blvd., Novato, CA, on September 17, 2001 at 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sandy MacIsaac Scholarship Fund, c/o Sinaloa Middle School, 2045 Vineyard Rd., Novato, CA 94947. God Bless America. Arrangements under the direction of Pleasant Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary, Sebastopol. 

James W. Petricka
Friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, September 15, 2001, 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis Solano Catholic Church, Sonoma, CA. 

Gladys Morrissey Shiffman
Just three months short of her 94th birthday, Gladys Morrissey Shiffman passed on 11 Sept 2001 in San Rafael California. A loving and protective Mother to Carol Ralph of Terra Linda and Michael Shiffman of Mill Valley, Gladys was born in New York in 1907, raised in New Jersey and moved to San Rafael in 1972 with her husband Albert, who predeceased her in 1991. She is also survived by her grandchildren Daniel Shiffman and Rachel Raphael as well as Jodi Ralph Perrigo. She will also be missed by her great grandchildren, Lindsey and Garrett Perrigo. Her sweetness and affection will always be remembered. May she rest in Peace. For Grandma, September 13, 2001
Many years ago, when I was a teenager, I thought that Grandma would be a great character for a short story. Of course, her orange orb of a hairdo would play a major role in her character development. How could it not? It defined her in so many ways.
Orange stands for optimism and cheeriness, two qualities I always loved in Grandma. Despite her worrywart personality, she was ultimately an upbeat person filled with her own quirky truisms. We all heard "What will be will be, darlin'," as well as "As long as you're enjoyin' yourself, that's what matters." And that is what matters. Most likely, none of us ever thought of Grandma as a sage, but through her years, she developed a handful of Zennisms that attested to her wisdom.
Orange also stands for warmth, something Grandma had a tremendous amount of. Although regular visits to the hairdresser left her with somewhat irregular results--I never knew so many shades of orange existed--Grandma's heart burned a consistent hue of glowing warmth. Whenever she asked me, "What's doin', darlin?" she was really saying, "Tell me what's going on. I love to hear about your life because I love you so much." While we all aspire to the challenge of offering unconditional love to those around us, we all know how hard that challenge can be. But it wasn't for Grandma. She just was that way. She was warm, open-hearted, and knew no other way to love than with an unconditional heart.
Orange is bold, self-assured, and childlike. When Grandma threw a dinner party, she rarely made it to the table until the meal was over. Why? Because she did what she wanted to do. She had pressing needs to attend to, like wiping the countertops clean and putting away Ritz cracker appetizers. Despite the pressure of us yelling at her the entire meal--"Grandma! Mom! Glad! Will you please sit down?--she nonetheless stayed in the kitchen because it made her happy. In her own mild-mannered way, she was sure of what she wanted.
I don't think any of us ever thought of Grandma as trying to be a certain way…she just was who she was. Like a child, she was pure, sweet, and innocent.
Last April was the last time I saw Grandma, and I'm sorry for that. I wish I had had hours and days with her during the last few months. I would have told her stories about my life…stories about Matt, about our dog Abby, about how hard we work, and how hard and wonderful life is. I can hear her now saying, "Go on. Go on, darling," with that content smile and faraway eye-sparkle. And I would have gone on because Grandma lived for our stories. She loved it when we shared, and she made no secret of that. When it comes down to it, I think Grandma knew how to love better than any of us…and she loved us all more than we will ever know.
This was not the short story I had planned to write years ago. In that story, Grandma was alive. She applied lipstick, vacuumed green carpet, and served poundcake with Swensen's ice cream. She was alive. I don't think I ever really thought that Grandma would leave me because Grandmas are always around. They are constants, anchors in an everchanging world.
But Grandma is gone and I miss her so badly right now. Thank you for your smiling eyes and open ears. We will miss you forever. Rachel Shiffman Raphael.

Captain Steven M. Wallace
Age 55, died September 11, 2001 in Novato. Beloved husband of Margaret Wallace (Kiessling); loving father of Molly and Colin; beloved son of Bernice Wallace and the late Captain George Wallace; brother of Joan Wainwright and Carole Patridge. Captain Wallace, Master Mariner, is a graduate of California Maritime Academy and has been a San Francisco Bar Pilot since 1983.
A Memorial Service will be held at Our Lady of Loretto Church, 1806 Novato Blvd., Novato at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 17. A private dispersal of ashes at sea will be held at a future date. Donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1390 Market Street, Suite 1200, SF, 94102 or California Maritime Academy Foundation, P.O. Box 327 Vallejo, 94590. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato, CA 94947, 415-897-1151. 

Wilburn Youell "Bill" Wallace, A Resident of Mill Valley
Passed away on September 10, 2001 in Corte Madera at age 63 years. Dear husband of Mary Ann Miller of Mill Valley, loving father of Bodi Grayson Wallace of Henderson, Nevada, Christina Nicole Wallace of Santa Rosa, and Darcy Leigh Wallace of San Francisco, brother of Bob Wallace of Frisco, Texas.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Bill received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Oklahoma State University in 1963. Bill's 37 year Professional Career in Residential and Commercial Architecture and Construction began with Robert R. Weber & Associates, San Francisco; and continued with his partnership firms of Environmental Planning & Design Associates and Janis Construction in Sausalito. His design work of the last 14 years was in Mill Valley with his Wallace Construction and Bill Wallace Architect Companies. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1956 - 1964. Bill loved music and began performing with his guitar at the age of nine years. His college dance band (The Shadow Lake Eight) still meets annually for reunion gigs. Bill enjoyed golfing with his friends, skiing with his children, and working in his Lincoln, California Olive Grove with his wife which was his last adventure.
Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Celebration of Bill's life which will be held in the Garden of Bill's Previous Home at 46 South Knoll, Mill Valley on Friday, September 14, 2001 (TODAY) at 4:00 p.m. Memorial gifts preferred to the American Rose Society (Kilma Education and Visitor Center Building Fund), Sheveport, Louisiana.
RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL, 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, 415-388-1573 

Samara Rose Lee Abrell 
Died in Santa Rosa, CA September 10, 2001. Beloved daughter of Adrienne Ames of San Rafael and the late Kenneth Abrell. Loving sister of Elan Abrell and his girlfriend Delci, both of Vallejo. Adored granddaughter of Freal Abrell of San Rafael and Virginia Abrell of Reno, NV. Loving companion of Ray Dalziel. Adored master of her cherished dogs, Chuey, Rocky and 76. Also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A native of San Rafael, CA. Age: 19 years. 
Samara Rose was a 1999 graduate of Terra Linda High School. She has a special way that warmed the hearts of everyone who knew her - and the qualities that made her the wonderful person she was. She leaves us all with many beautiful memories. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, September 29, 2001 at 2 P.M. at McGinnis Park, San Rafael. The family prefers memorial contributions in her memory be made to the San Francisco SPCA, Maddie's Fund, 2500 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94103. Funeral arrangements under the direction of ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville St., Petaluma, CA. CHEDA & LYONS, 707-789-9000. 

John H. Barth, A Long Time Resident of Marin County 
Passed into eternal rest on September 8, 2001. He is survived by his daughter Joanna Leighton Nevesny, his sister Dolores Power of San Diego, nephews Thomas, Michael and Roger Power of San Diego and Richard Power of Dallas, Texas. 
John was born in Evansville, Illinois on August 13th, 1912 and married Helene Petek in 1940. During World War II, he was the director of the American Red Cross Field Service in California, and developed the CARE distribution program in England in 1946. From 1947-1960, he was the European economic correspondent and an investigative reporter for the Chicago Daily News Foreign News Service. From 1960 until his retirement, he was a public relations consultant in the Bay Area. 
His many friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 4:00 p.m. at the Tiburon Community Congregational Church Seminar Room, 145 Rock Hill Drive in Tiburon. Any contributions will be gladly excepted by Hospice of Marin or Rafael Convalescent Hospital. Funeral arrangements provided by Mount Tamalpais Mortuary 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA, 94901. 

Paul Broadman, Storyteller, Age 70
Passed away September 8, 2001. Born in New York City, raised in Connecticut, long time resident of Marin County. Survived by sister, Rita B. Johnson and family of Boynton Beach, Florida and many friends. Celebration gathering Monday, September 17, 2001, 6:30 p.m. at The Miller Avenue Church, 285 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley.

De Dian D. Lyons Ellie
Passed peacefully at home September 8, 2001 in San Rafael. Native to the Bay Area she was born November 30, 1929 in San Francisco. An artist and a Graduate of S.F. State, she found great joy in camping and boating. She was a master of inventions and improvising. Jazz, song writing, playing the guitar, storytelling, gardening and football were her favorite pastimes. In the 60's De owned a Lotus 23 racecar creating great memories at Laguna Seca racetrack in Monterey. While supporting her daughters, in the 60's and 70's, De cocktailed evenings after her day gig at Prince Charlie's, The Charles Van Damm, The Lion Share and The Wood's. Her co-working buddies at Electrix will miss her.
Wife of the late John H. Ellie, she is survived by her daughters; Lorraine Ellie of Marin, Lynn Ellie Yetter and (Bill) of Fairfax. Grandmother to Nicole & Emily Yetter.
Mom, this journey casts your sails towards beautiful sunrises and peaceful sunsets...We love you, we are paying attention!
At her request, contributions in her memory may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925-1133.

Margaret W. Marsh
Age 91, of Danville, formerly of Mill Valley and Novato. Memorial Service will be held September 15th, 2001 at 2p.m. at St. Timothy's Church, 1550 Diablo Rd, Danville (925) 837-4993.

Shirley Lucile Terry
Passed away in Mill Valley, CA September 12, 2001. Loving wife of Jim Parker. Pre-deceased by her beloved daughter Heather MacCalman and her parents, Jack and Catherine Terry.
Shirley is survived by her sisters Sylvia Hicks and Barbara Rossi. She will be sadly missed by many loving nieces, nephews, their families and friends.
Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at the Daphne Funerals of Marin Chapel, 601 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, California, Friday, September 14th, 2001 at 3:30 p.m. Arrangements by: DAPHNE FUNERALS MARIN, (415) 924-4004. 

Peter Batista Milani, Formerly of Novato
Passed away on September 8, 2001 in Lucerne, California at age 89. A native of San Anselmo, he had been a machinist for 20 years at H.C. Little Burner Co. He was a member of Sons of Italy #2537, ELKS Lodge #2704, BPOE Lakeport, Foresters and a Life Member of Firemans Association of San Anselmo. He was the first Fire Chief in Chester, California.
Mr. Milani is survived by his wife, Julia Milani of Lucerne, CA; son, Edward Milani of Novato, CA; stepdaughters, Jolene Poling of Fairfax, CA and Cathie Farr of Boise, ID; sisters, Anne Schroch of Paradise, CA; Miram Rinker of Railroad Flats, CA; Grandson: James Milani of Rohnert Park, CA; four other grandchildren & two great grandchildren.
A private Memorial Mass will be held. Burial at Tamalpais Cemetery in San Rafael. Donations may be made to Sons of Italy Building Fund, P.O. Box 327, Nice, CA 95464.

James W. Petricka
Of Larkspur passed away on September 10, 2001 in Marin. He was the beloved son of the late John and Marian Petricka, devoted brother of Natalie Hedlund of Colorado, and John Petricka, Jr. of Sonoma. James is also survived by 5 nephews, 1 niece and his dear friend Maurine Streett. He will be joining his mother who recently passed away. He was a native of California.
Friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, September 15, 2001 at St. Francis Solano Catholic Church, on the corner of West Napa Street and 469 3rd Street West, Sonoma, CA. Inurnment private.
Memorial gifts to your favorite charity preferred. Monte's Chapel of the Hills, Family Owned and Operated, San Anselmo; (415) 453-8440. 

Gretchen Singer
An accountant in her husband's accountancy partnership in San Francisco for many years, died in a Petaluma convalescent hospital on September 8, 2001. She was 91.
Known as "Buddy" to her family and friends, Mrs. Singer was born in Millburn, New Jersey, the oldest of five children. The family moved to San Anselmo when she was seventeen. She commuted by train and ferry to San Francisco where she worked as a secretary. She eventually met and married Jack V. Singer of San Rafael. The couple went to Montana to get married in a double ceremony with Jack's mother as the other bride. They were married for sixty-two years before Jack's death in 1993.
Mrs. Singer was a generous contributor to various charities both with time and donations. She was an avid craftsperson and spent many hours on quilt making and other projects. She continued to do accountancy work until the last few years of her life.
Mrs. Singer is survived by one son, Jack V. Singer of Las Vegas and Maui; two sisters, Pauline Adams of Fairfax and Dorothy Conser of Mountain View; two brothers, Fred Neese of San Anselmo and Paul Neese of Petaluma; three grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
There will be a private memorial service. The family would prefer donations to go to the American Heart Association. Keaton's Mortuary; (415) 453-0571. 

Curt Von Naumann, Formerly of Marin County
Passed away in Lakeport, California on September 5, 2001 at age 42 years. Husband of Bernice Naumann, loving father of Melissa and Sidney Naumann all of Denver, Colorado, dear son of Delores Black of Placerville and Charles Naumann of Mill Valley, brother of Cari Taylor of Lake Tahoe.
He was a native of San Francisco, a graduate of Redwood High School, and attended College of Marin.
Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. at RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL, 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, 415-388-1573. 

Florien Delbert Begg
Passed away on September 7, 2001 at age 75. Born in North Dakota on August 22, 1926, he graduated from Flathead High School in Kalispell, Montana. He joined the Navy, and after being discharged, moved to San Francisco. He graduated from Heald Business College, became a C.P.A., and started his private practice. He moved to Marin County in 1960. Mr. Begg enjoyed cars, skiing, and playing poker with friends.
Mr. Begg is survived by his wife, Lilian K. Begg; son, J.R. Begg; daughter-in-law, Marie Z. Begg; and granddaughter, Angela Grace Begg, all of San Rafael.
Friends are invited to attend Memorial Services on Friday, September 14, 2001 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 333 Woodland Avenue, San Rafael.

Alfredo Casanova Torres
Was born August 15, 1944 to Blanca Torres Casanova and Domingo Casanova. He passed away July 15, 2001 at the age of 56. He was born and raised in Lima, Peru and for the last 15 years was a resident of Santiago, Chile where he was the President and CEO of Marimar Shipping Consortium.
He is survived by his mother, Blanca Casanova; two sisters, Maria Laura Casanova Jesch and Rosario Carr-Casanova; two brothers-in-law, Kevin Jesch and Richard E. Levy; and nephew, Alexander of Novato; and by two daughters, Mariella Casanova Valenzuela and Claudia Casanova; son-in-law, Andres Valenzuela; and four grandchildren, Javiera, Andres, Gonzalo, and Antonia of Santiago, Chile.
The Casanova Family wishes to extend their gratitude for all the support, care, and prayers received during this time of sorrow. Alfredo will be missed. His spiritual presence continues to be welcomed and loved. The energy and joy that accompanied him remains a gift.

Deirdre de Corsia of St. Helena
Deirdre deCorsia, 55, the Membership Director for Meadowood Napa Valley, died Friday, August 31, 2001 at her home in St. Helena of complications from cancer.
Deirdre was born on November 24, 1945, in New York City. Her family later relocated to California, where she lived during her childhood in the cities of Brentwood, Bel Air and Santa Barbara.
Deirdre attended Utah State College. She married Robert Stricker of Mill Valley in 1978, from whom she was later divorced.
She moved to Napa Valley in 1986 and joined the staff at Meadowood, a hotel and private club in St. Helena, as Chief Concierge. Through her work, she achieved a place in the prestigious organization, Les Clefs d'Or. In 1993 she assumed the position of Membership Director for Meadowood, becoming the chief liaison to club members and their families. During her tenure, Deirdre guarded and fostered the traditions of Meadowood, providing innumerable opportunities for families and friends to unite in meaningful activities and events. Her absence from the daily lives of Meadowood staff members and club members will be felt profoundly.
Deirdre is survived by her son, Alex Stricker of San Francisco, and her step-children, Gabriel Stricker of New York and Shanti Stricker-Bischop of Mendocino, her sister, Carey Cramer of Scottsville, Virginia, her niece, Elizabeth Glynn of Chicago, Illinois, and her parents, Rachel and Ambrose Cramer of Charlottesville, Virginia.
A celebration of Deirdre's life will be held at Meadowood, 900 Meadowood Lane, St. Helena, 963-3646, at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2001. At Deirdre's request and in her words, a "Celebratory Frolic" is being planned in her honor, which will begin with a time for those who loved her to share heartfelt comments. Meadowood Members, staff members, and friends are invited to attend. Please bring your children to Deirdre's celebration. Deirdre loved children and playfulness and she wished for people to join together as a community on this occasion and to have a good time with her in mind.
In lieu of flowers, Deirdre's family has requested that donations be made in her name to We Care Animal Society, 1345 Charter Oak Avenue, St. Helena, CA 94574.

Benhardt B. Fischer, Sr.
Benhardt B. Fischer, Sr., resident of San Rafael for nine years, died in San Diego on August 14, 2001 after a short illness. He was 85 years old. He moved to San Diego in early August to be near his son, Benhardt Fischer, Jr. He was predeceased by his wife, Susan Atkinson Fischer, last October.
Mr. Fischer was born in 1916 and graduated from The United States Naval Academy in 1939. He served in the Pacific during WWII.
The Fischers moved to the Philippines in 1949 where they lived for over 30 years. Mr. Fischer founded B.B. Fischer and Co. in 1959. They divided their time between Manila and Marin County from 1968 to 1975 and settled permanently in Marin in 1976.
He is survived by a son, Benhardt B. Fischer, Jr. of San Diego, a daughter, Erika Fischer of Washington, D.C. and four grandchildren, Trevor and Siri Masterson of Washington, D.C. and Alexa and Jordan Fischer of Spring Lake, Michigan.
As he wished, there will be no memorial service. His ashes will be scat tered at sea. The family requests that memorial donations be made to San Diego Hospice, 4311 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103-1407.

James R. Lewis, Lt. Col. U.S. Army (Ret.), A Resident of San Rafael
Passed away on September 7, 2001, after a long illness.
Jim was born on September 9, 1918 in Louisville, Kentucky and enjoyed an exciting and very rewarding Public Relations career in the U.S. Army; and for several years after, served as Assistant Director of Communications for the Department of Human Resources in Sacramento during the Reagan Administration.
He was a definite "People Person", always caring and helpful, and shall be sorely missed.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betty, three children: Michelle, Pamela and Douglas (of Seattle and Los Angeles); six grandchildren: Stacey, Dakota, Kayla, Malia, Bailey and Jacob; one great-granddaughter, Peyton; a brother, George of Okeana, Ohio.
In his memory, we wish to thank all of the very caring and wonderful pe ople of Hospice of Marin and ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to this most wonderful organization.

Patrick Long
48, longtime resident of Marin County, died in his Novato home, Tuesday, September 4, 2001. Survived by his two sons, LCPL Christopher Long, 20 and Ryan Long, 17, Patrick was a proud and dedicated father. He also leaves behind his loving mother, Darlene Long of Redding, California; sisters, Linda Boyle, also of Redding and Sharon McClane of Pacific Grove, California, as well as numerous nieces. He is preceded in death by his devoted father, James R. Long.
Patrick was born in San Jose, California and moved to Redding in early childhood where he graduated from Shasta High School. Moving to Marin County in 1977, he attended College of Marin, obtained his Associates of Arts degree in Liberal Arts, then began his career in investigations. He joined the law firm of Brayton & Purcell in December, 1986, where he continued a long and satisfying career as manager of the investigations department.
Patrick enjoyed photography, collecting military and movie memorabilia and movies. He was an avid reader. Above all, Patrick enjoyed spending time with his two sons, both of whom he was very proud. He will be greatly missed by many.
A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, September 11, at 11:00 a.m. at Stafford Lake in Novato. The family requests Memorial contributions be made to the Chris and Ryan Long Scholarship Fund, Attn: Dena Grunt, in care of Brayton & Purcell, 222 Rush Landing Road, Novato, CA 94948-6169, or Blood Centers of the Pacific, Attn: Executive Office, 270 Masonic, San Francisco, CA 94118.

Andrew Robert Mikulic
Passed away June 27, 2001 from cancer in, Alameda, at age 30. Private Services will be held September 15, 2001. For information, call 415.924.2364.
Andy will be deeply missed by his family: Robert, father; Mary Ann, mother; his brothers, William and Ernest; his son, Bryant; and his many friends in the Bay Area.
Andrew was a loving and devoted father. Andy will always be our little buddy.

Laurie McLaurin Janin Williams, 1922 - 2001
"Think young and you¹ll never grow old,
The years will pass you by,
Birthdays are for merrymaking,
Present giving and birthday caking,
Age is the state of your mind
As the days of your years unfold,
Don¹t live in the past,
Right up to the last
Think young and you¹ll never grow old."

When she entered a room, she was fond of saying: "Let the joy begin."
Born in 1922 in Jackson, Mississippi and raised in New Orleans, Laurie Williams could captivate any listener with stories of her great-grandfather, Anselm Joseph McLaurin, a Governor and then Senator of Mississippi, and share tales of Southern aristocrats when talking about her father, Robert Armistead Janin, and her mother, Laura McLaurin Berry Janin Smith, but she was far more interested in today's news and not yesterday¹s exploits. She laughed easily and often. Her vibrant smile was second only to the twinkle of her blue eyes.
Her life mirrored the rhythm of her times and she had an inexhaustible passion for fashion. During World War II she lived and worked in Washington, D.C. In 1945 she studied lithography at the San Francisco Art institute and in the late 1940's she worked in Chicago as a model at Marshall Field's. She believed that "you can go from a bimbo to a countess with a hat" and that "when you put on something wonderful, you feel wonderful. Then you go out and meet the world head on and say - Hey, I think you¹re special. I got all dressed up for you."
In 1950, she married her second husband, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, and they settled in Bloomfield, Michigan where she "got hooked on tennis" with the help of Jean Hoxie, the tennis great who was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1965. Laurie and Rob retired in Tiburon in 1967. Widowed in 1987, she remained an active member of both the Belvedere Tennis Club and Harbor Point Racquet and Beach Club.
Another favorite saying was: "See you around campus kids." She is survived by sons McLaurin, Todd, and Robin; grandchildren Zachary, Zelda, and Cody; daughters-in-law Pat, Francine, and Marsha; countless loving friends and admirers. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, to please consider a donation to Youth Tennis Advantage, Laney Excellence Program: 6001 Shellmound Avenue, Suite #215, Emeryville, CA, 94608; contact Carlton Jones, 510-290-8027.

Mary Frances Callister, A Resident of Novato
Passed away on Thursday, August 30, 2001. She is survived by her husband, Warren Callister; son, Bill and his wife, Roni; son, Charles and his wife, Geri; grandchildren, Amber, Jesse, Tyler and Leah; great-grandchildren, Christoper, Alexis, and Caleb; nephew, Randy Tallman, his wife, Laura and sons, Ret and Joseph. She was a devoted member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Mill Valley. She leaves a legacy of love and will be missed by all who knew her.
Friends are invited to a Memorial Service at the Christian Science Church, 279 Camino Alto, Mill Valley at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 22, 2001. Donations in her memory should be made to the charity of your choice. 

Lenore W. Finzen
Died on September 6, 2001 at her son's home in San Rafael after a short struggle with leukemia at the age of 81.
Lenore was preceded in death by her husband, Hans Finzen, in 1977. She was born and raised in Hilmar, California. She attended Stanford University and obtained a degree in Nursing in 1945. She was a resident of Mill Valley for 50 years. She worked as a school nurse in the Mill Valley School District for nearly 30 years.
She is survived by her two sisters, Mary Fiorini of Delhi and Belleta Swanson of Hilmar; a son and daughter-in-law, Fritz and Barbara Finzen of San Rafael; a daughter and son-in-law, Ron and Laura Scudder of Chico; and seven grandchildren: Emily, Amy, and Matthew Finzen and Sarah, Emily, Rebekah, and Anna Scudder.
She enjoyed many hours of gardening and summers at her vacation home in "Potter".
At her request, no services will be held. Donations in her memory may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. 

Martha Alexander Olson
Passed away in San Rafael, September 4, 2001. Born in Missouri, Martha grew up in Arkansas, the youngest of four sisters. She was a warm, caring and supportive member of her family in Arkansas, Holland, and California. She will be remembered with love and gratitude by all who knew her.
Martha is survived by her husband, Ernest; her niece, Alma DeBisschop; her nephew, H.O. Kyler and their families.
Friends are invited to attend Memorial Services, Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at 10:30 a.m. at The Aldersly, 326 Mission Avenue, San Rafael. 
Donations in her memory may be made to the American Red Cross. Arrangements by ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville Street, Petaluma, CA. CHEDA & LYONS, 707-789-9000. 

Naydeen Wesel
Passed away on September 7, 2001 at age 84. Born in Jamesport, Missouri, Naydeen grew up as "Ruth Naydeen" in a small town in Missouri. She received her B.A. at Ottowa University in Ottawa, Kansas. She moved to the Bay Area in 1947.
Naydeen was active in churches wherever she lived. She loved music, traveling, and reading. Spending time with her family was her most important priority.
Naydeen is survived by daughters, Grace Edlund, Candace Paine, Anne Paulsen, Beth Steele, Rolayne Stortz, and Sherry Tuttle; sons, Bill Penny and Craig Beckstead; their spouses and partners; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. on September 10, 2001 at Redwoods Presbyterian Church in Larkspur. Memorial gifts may be made to Redwoods Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund at 110 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur 94939 or Sunny Hills Children's Garden, 300 Sunny Hills Drive, San Anselmo 94960.

Harold L. Hadley
Passed away in Santa Rosa on September 6, 2001 at age 96. He was the husband of the late Viola Mae McNew who passed away in 1979, and he married Charlotte Hunnell in 1982. Dear uncle of Doris J. and Richard D. Zimmerman of Shelbyville, Indiana. He is also survived by two great nieces and one great nephew.
Mr. Hadley was a native of San Francisco, a member of the SIRS, Elk Lodge #1108 of San Rafael, and the San Francisco Radio Club. He was a resident of San Rafael since 1981 and moved to Santa Rosa one year ago.
Friends are invited to attend Memorial Services on Friday, September 7, 2001 at 2 p.m. at the Fireside Chapel at LAFFERTY & SMITH COLONIAL CHAPEL, 4321 Sonoma Hwy, Santa Rosa. If desired, donations in his memory may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church in San Rafael.

Edward Joseph Stewart, A Resident of Novato
Passed away on September 2, 2001 at 84 years of age. Born in New York City, Mr. Stewart was retired from the Central Intelligence Agency. He held degrees, in law from Fordham University, and Cathedral College, New York. Mr. Stewart was in Naval Intelligence, World War II, an avid golfer, and a member of Our Lady of Loretto Church in Novato, California.
He is survived by his wife, Rita Stewart of Novato; sons, Jim Stewart of Bethlehem, Connecticut; Ed Stewart of Rohnert Park; and Bill Stewart of Novato; 11 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Mass will be held on Friday, September 7, 2001, 12:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Loretto Church. Burial at Memorial Cemetery to follow. Memorial contributions preferred to the Parkinson Foundation.

Katherine Sutthoff
A long time resident of Sausalito, passed away in Chico, California on August 14, 2001 after a long illness. Miss Sutthoff was born in Eureka, California on November 3, 1927, and raised in Piedmont and Sausalito. She graduated from Dominican High School in San Rafael and attended Dominican College and the University of Washington, where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. In her professional life, Katherine worked for the Bechtel Corporation and the American Red Cross in San Francisco. She was also an active volunteer with the San Francisco Opera and St. Anthony's Dining Hall. Survivors include a brother, Dr. John Sutthoff of Chico.
"Katherine was a very gentle, considerate person," Dr. Sutthoff said. "She was very generous to her many nieces and nephews, and was a model during her long illness, of an uncomplaining, optimistic soul. She was an example to all of us."
Inurnment was in the family plot at Mount Olivet Catholic cemetery in San Rafael. Contributions in her memory may be made to Hospice of Marin.

Gladys Kathryn Tomney
Passed away at the age of 103 years on August 21, 2001 in Winters, California after a very short illness. Gladys formerly lived in Sausalito in the Rotary Senior Apartments where many residents and people of Sausalito were so kind and helpful to her. She was an avid and accomplished bridge player to the end. She most enjoyed working with the ladies of the Star of the Sea Catholic Church Christmas Boutique whose kindness, friendship and support she often spoke. She moved to Winters, California in 1996. She lived independently to the end.
Gladys was born in New York City on January 19, 1898 and had the unique privilege of living throughout three Centuries. Prior to moving to California with her family in 1949, she was the secretary to the Director of Teachers College at Columbia University. She retired in Orange, California in 1963. She loved New York but attributed her long life to California.
She is survived by her daughter Jacqueline and husband Tony Avellar of Winters, California (formerly of Sausalito) and her son Edward and wife Marie Tomney of Rough and Ready, California. Gladys also had nine grandchildren, Edward and Michael Tomney of Rough and Ready; Mary Avellar Eaton of Corte Madera; Theresa Avellar Mariani and Thomas Avellar of Winters; Sarah Avellar Mathias of San Anselmo; Anthony Avellar of San Francisco; Margaret Avellar Biale of Corte Madera; and Andrew Avellar of Sonoma. She had 15 great grandchildren, Amanda and Alex Eaton; Andrew, Adam and Kelly Mariani; Christine, John, Amy and Megan Avellar; Clare and Catherine Mathias; Sage and Nicholas Biale; and Natalie and Grace Avellar. Her husband, John Dewey Tomney preceded her in death.
A Memorial Mass will be offered in honor of Gladys Tomney at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 9, 2001 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Winters, with a reception following at the Parish Center. All friends are invited.


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