Miscellaneous Marin County, California Obituaries

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Jack Lagomarsino
A long time Marin County resident, died peacefully at home on September 26th, 2002 after waging a courageous fight against lung cancer. Born in San Francisco in 1917, he grew up in Picnic Valley, San Rafael. He attended San Rafael High School where he was a lettered athlete in three sports: football, basketball, and baseball; and was voted the school's Athlete of the Year in 1936, the first year the award was given. Jack was inducted into the Marin County Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1996. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II as a Technical Sergeant in the role of Administrative Specialist from 1943 to 1945 at which point he was honorably discharged and settled back in Marin to raise his family. A lifetime lumberman who knew every aspect of his trade, he worked for Henry Hess Lumber, Graham Lumber, Shamrock, and Goodman's in Marin before opening his own lumber yard in Vacaville in 1972 and, subsequently, Winters Building Supply in Winters, CA in the early 1980s. Jack was a devoted family man who was generous in spirit, often sacrificing his own time, comfort, and personal interests in the service of others. He possessed a fine character, unfailing integrity, a quick wit and smile, and a lifelong philosophy of accepting the good along with the bad. Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis, of 43 years in 1985. He is survived by his devoted and loving companion, Helen Reed of Santa Rosa; his brothers George Lagomarsino of Benicia and Bob Schilling of Guerneville; his three children Carol Boyd of Rohnert Park, Ollie Lagomarsino of Fairfax, and Peggy Lagomarsino of Novato; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A Rosary Vigil will be held at Keaton's Mortuary in San Rafael on Monday September 30th at 7 p.m. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at St. Raphael's Mission Chapel in San Rafael on Tuesday October 1st at 11 a.m. Donations may be made in Jack Lagomarsino's memory to Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael. Keaton Mortuary 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571 

Cornelius H. Mentjox Sr.
Passed away in San Rafael, California on August 26, 2002, at age 93. "Dutch" as he was called by his long time friends immigrated to the United States from Holland at the age of 12. He began work at an early age in Bolinas for dairyman Steve Balzan. He later became a roofer. Mr. Mentjox was a long time resident of Marin County. He married Yolanda Romanin on May 11, 1936. They made their home in Santa Venetia until her death on October 4, 1972. He is survived by his loving family. Sons Neal Mentjox of Novato; Nat Mentjox and his wife Rosemary of San Rafael and a daughter Nancy Robinson and her husband Guy of Novato. Grandfather of eight, great grandfather of seven. Also survived by many nieces and nephews in Holland. Private Services were held at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery in San Rafael on September 27, 2002. 

Margo Harris Derzon
Passed away peacefully from a brain tumor at her Mill Valley home on September 19, 2002. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 7, 1935, she was an avid outdoors person, world traveler, and intrepid adventurer. She traveled to unknown and remote places around the globe, from Antarctica to Northern Pakistan, hiking all the mountains along the way. Whether close to home on the flanks of Mt Tamalpais, or on the glaciers in Patagonia, her eyes would light up at the sight of a beautiful mountain. Margo had boundless energy as a mother, caregiver, craftsperson, and caterer. For nearly eight years she managed ticket sales for many of the Mountain Play’s most successful seasons, and was later a board member of the Mountain Play Association. Margo also served on the board of Marin Discoveries, a community service that promoted day trips around Marin County and worldwide adventure travel. She was admired for her efficiency, energy, spirit, and enthusiasm. Her zest for life and her love of new experiences were inspiring to all who knew her. She lived life to the fullest, and reached into different cultures at every opportunity. Her infectious giggle was shared often and freely, even on the night before she died. Margo is survived by her husband, Bob; children Jim, Andrea, and Mike; brother Louis Harris; sister, Araya Sol; two daughters-in-law; and nine grandchildren. A Celebration of Her Life will take place on October 4, 2002 at 11:30 AM at the Mill Valley Community Center (180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley). Contributions in her name will be accepted gratefully by the following organizations: National Brain Tumor Foundation, 414 13th St. Suite 700, Oakland, CA 94612. Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Ave., Corte Madera, CA 94925. Marin Center for Independent Living, 710 4th St., San Rafael, CA 94901. Marin Community Clinic, P.O. Box 760, Larkspur, CA 94904. 

Albert Dell Mahood
Beloved husband of Joann for 54 years, beloved father of Joseph and Terri, and their spouses Carmen Mahood and Courtney Williamson, and doting grandfather of Ian James Williamson, passed away on September 25, 2002, after a lengthy illness. Mr. Mahood was a highly respected teacher at San Rafael High School where he taught science for 21 years. He was also an Associate and internationally recognized diatomist at the California Academy of Science in Golden Gate Park. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Mahood served for four years in the US Navy as a Pharmacist's mate. He was also a glider pilot and enjoyed woodworking. Memorial Services will be held on October 19, 2002, at Daphne Funerals Marin, 601 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to your favorite charity. 

Remembering SUE MONTGOMERY, 1931 ~ 2002
A dear and loving friend passed peacefully in Novato, CA. Interred at Warsaw, N.Y. 

Reverend "Father Paul" Perlite
Of Fairfax, passed away September 26, 2002. Son of the late John H. B. Perlite and Mabel J. DeMartini Perlite. Loving brother of Reverend John J., S.J. of Los Gatos, Dr. Thomas J. of San Francisco and Angela Donovan of Novato, brother-in-law of Helen Murray Perlite and Daniel Donovan. Beloved uncle of Tom, John, Mark, Paul Perlite and Denise, Dan, Jon Donovan and Teresa Loberg and 12 grand nieces and nephews. Ordained 1946. Former Pastor of Sacred Heart of Olema and founding Pastor of St. Thomas of Canterbury, San Jose. Assistant Pastor in Richmond, Alameda, Oakland, San Francisco and Palo Alto. Native of San Francisco. Retired 1985. In residence at St. Rita's, Fairfax for the past 17 years. Unofficial Chaplain of Sausalito Salmon Fisherman and the Local "Mosquito Fleet". Vigil and Rosary at St. Rita's Church, Fairfax, on Sunday, September 29, at 4:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco on Monday, September 30, at 9:30 a.m. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial donations preferred to Priest's Retirement Fund at Archdiocese of San Francisco, 1 Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco, CA 94109 or Nazareth House, 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903. Keaton Mortuary 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571 

George Byrne
Passed away at St. Michael Retirement Home on September 22, 2002. He was born in Vancouver, Washington in 1922. He served our country under General Patton during WWII. After moving to California he joined the IBEW Local 551 Chapter, received his 55-Year Pin and worked for North Bay Electric for 42 years. George was also a part of several organizations including the Historical Society, Marin Rod and Gun Club, American Legion, Goldenaires, SIRS Branch #7; and much enjoyed fishing. He was the loving husband of Patricia, brother of Robert Modesto, stepfather of Richard Foresti and Carol Foresti- Abrahamsen, father-in-law of Norma Foresti, grandfather of Alan, Michael, Donna and Joel Foresti, great grandfather of Erika and Michael Foresti. Private graveside services were held on Thursday at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery. Donations may be made in honor of George to Hospice of Marin at 21 Tamal Vista Blvd., Suite 101, Corte Madera, CA 94925. 

Nancy Ford
Born December 31, 1918 in Patterson, CA, died September 23, 2002 at Pine Ridge Health Care in San Rafael. Nancy lived in Mill Valley for over 40 years. Her colorful and eccentric personality along with her Nordic beauty will be remembered and talked about long after her passing. She will be remembered for her legendary musical concerts that she held in her home and her fabulous parties. She loved everybody, and everybody loved her. Wherever she went, it was like the circus came to town. Nancy served on the Board of the Mountain Play for many years. She owned and operated an Art Gallery in Fairfax called "Buffs Gallery" along with her late husband, George Skiff Ford Jr. during the late 1960s. They also owned and operated a gallery in San Francisco on Maiden Lane. Nancy was a gifted concert pianist, chorus director, and singer. She performed solo at the Hollywood Bowl when she was 16. She was also the World's Fastest Typist featured in a booth at the World's Fair during 1939-1940, typing over 180 words per minute. During the last few years of her life she enjoyed sitting on the bench in front of Peet's Coffee in Mill Valley, where everyone who passed by would say, "Hi Nancy, how's it going?" She will be greatly missed. Mill Valley will never by the same without her. She is survived by one daughter, Buffy Ford Stewart of Novato, CA; two sons, Marc Torvend Ford of Crozet, VA, and George Skiff Ford III of Mill Valley, CA; five grandchildren, Saynt Ford of Grass Valley, CA, Ciel Michelle Leon Ford of Modesto, CA, George Skiff Ford IV of Santa Rosa, CA, Luke Torvend Stewart of San Francisco, CA, and Noelle Boucher Ford of Portland, OR; and two great grandchildren, Tennessee Ford and Jonathan Ford of Grass Valley, CA. Services will be held on Sunday, September 29th at 2:00 PM at The Church of Our Saviour, 10 Old Mill Street, Mill Valley, CA, 415-388-1907. The Church is located on the corner of Old Mill Street and Lovell, across from the Old Mill School. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato 415-897-1151 

Charles Anthony Geminiani
Born in San Jose, CA in 1910. Son of Italian immigrants from Florence, Italy. Charles passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 26, 2002 in Greenbrae, CA at age 92. Charles was the loving husband of the late Alma Franchesci and loving father of Melanie Stich and Nino Geminiani, loving grandfather of Angela Stich, Alicia Geminiani and Damon Geminiani. Great grandfather of Darma Geminiani He is also survived by his brothers Lewis Geminiani and Charles Lerable. He was a longtime member of the Marin Rod and Gun Club. Friends are invited to attend a Chapel Service on Monday, September 30, 2002 at 10:00 AM at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, 2500 Fifth Avenue in San Rafael. Interment to follow. Special thanks to all who cared for Charles, especially Lorna LaPena, Clea Ho and Hired Hands. Memorial contributions may be made in Charles' memory to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. Thank you for your kind thoughts and loving prayers. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

Gary M. Gilbert
Of Novato peacefully died at home on September 24, 2002. Born August 23, 1932, Gary attended the University of Washington and completed his education graduating with Honors from California State College of Los Angeles (now Long Beach State University). He served five honorable years in the USAF as a Navigator and Officer. Mr. Gilbert was the founder of GCX Corporation, a specialty manufacturer for the health care industry. Currently located in Petaluma, California, GCX employs 125 people and serves customers worldwide. He is survived by his wife Paddy, two daughters Cassandra Borden and Elizabeth Gilbert, three stepdaughters Paula Farrell, Carla Kruger, Catherine Gilbert, two stepsons Joseph and John Kruger, 15 grandchildren, brother Skip Gilbert of Bellevue, WA, numerous nieces and nephews and his cherished dogs, Samantha and Nikita. His extraordinary energy, intelligence, attention to detail, generosity, love of life and people will not be forgotten. Gary received wonderful and loving care at home from his family, Sereana Yasa, Dr. Alan Pryor and his special friend, Dr. James Martin. A Celebration of His Life will be held at Deer Park Villa, 367 Bolinas Road, Fairfax, CA on Sunday, September 29 at 1:00 PM. Memorial considerations may be made to Hospice of Marin. 

Albert Dell Mahood
Beloved husband of Joann for 54 years, beloved father of Joseph and Terri, and their spouses Carmen Mahood and Courtney Williamson, and doting grandfather of Ian James Williamson, passed away on September 25, 2002, after a lengthy illness. Mr. Mahood was a highly respected teacher at San Rafael High School where he taught science for 21 years. He was also an Associate and internationally recognized diatomist at the California Academy of Science in Golden Gate Park. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Mahood served for four years in the US Navy as a Pharmacist's mate. He was also a glider pilot and enjoyed woodworking. Memorial Services will be held on October 19, 2002, at Daphne Funerals Marin, 601 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to your favorite charity. 

Reverend "Father Paul" Perlite
Of Fairfax, passed away September 26, 2002. Son of the late John H. B. Perlite and Mabel J. DeMartini Perlite. Loving brother of Reverend John J., S.J. of Los Gatos, Dr. Thomas J. of San Francisco and Angela Donovan of Novato, brother-in-law of Helen Murray Perlite and Daniel Donovan. Beloved uncle of Tom, John, Mark, Paul Perlite and Denise, Dan, Jon Donovan and Teresa Loberg and 12 grand nieces and nephews. Ordained 1946. Former Pastor of Sacred Heart of Olema and founding Pastor of St. Thomas of Canterbury, San Jose. Assistant Pastor in Richmond, Alameda, Oakland, San Francisco and Palo Alto. Native of San Francisco. Retired 1985. In residence at St. Rita's, Fairfax for the past 17 years. Unofficial Chaplain of Sausalito Salmon Fisherman and the Local "Mosquito Fleet". Vigil and Rosary at St. Rita's Church, Fairfax, on Sunday, September 29, at 4:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco on Monday, September 30, at 9:30 a.m. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial donations preferred to Priest's Retirement Fund at Archdiocese of San Francisco, 1 Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco, CA 94109 or Nazareth House, 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903. Keaton Mortuary 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571 

Gary M. Gilbert
Of Novato peacefully died at home on September 24, 2002. Born August 23, 1932, Gary attended the University of Washington and completed his education graduating with Honors from California State College of Los Angeles (now Long Beach State University). He served five honorable years in the USAF as a Navigator and Officer. Mr. Gilbert was the founder of GCX Corporation, a specialty manufacturer for the health care industry. Currently located in Petaluma, California, GCX employs 125 people and serves customers worldwide. He is survived by his wife Paddy, two daughters Cassandra Borden and Elizabeth Gilbert, three stepdaughters Paula Farrell, Carla Kruger, Catherine Gilbert, two stepsons Joseph and John Kruger, 15 grandchildren, brother Skip Gilbert of Bellevue, WA, numerous nieces and nephews and his cherished dogs, Samantha and Nikita. His extraordinary energy, intelligence, attention to detail, generosity, love of life and people will not be forgotten. Gary received wonderful and loving care at home from his family, Sereana Yasa, Dr. Alan Pryor and his special friend, Dr. James Martin. A Celebration of His Life will be held at Deer Park Villa, 367 Bolinas Road, Fairfax, CA on Sunday, September 29 at 1:00 PM. Memorial considerations may be made to Hospice of Marin. 

Albert Dell Mahood
Beloved husband of Joann for 54 years, beloved father of Joseph and Terri, and their spouses Carmen Mahood and Courtney Williamson, and doting grandfather of Ian James Williamson, passed away on September 25, 2002, after a lengthy illness. Mr. Mahood was a highly respected teacher at San Rafael High School where he taught science for 21 years. He was also an Associate and internationally recognized diatomist at the California Academy of Science in Golden Gate Park. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Mahood served for four years in the US Navy as a Pharmacist's mate. He was also a glider pilot and enjoyed woodworking. Memorial Services will be held on October 19, 2002, at Daphne Funerals Marin, 601 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to your favorite charity. 

Herbert "Bert" Mueller
Of Penn Valley, California, passed away September 22, 2002. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 16, 1931, and was married December 21, 1952 in Mill Valley, California to Lois Mueller who survives him. Mr. Mueller is also survived by his four children and six grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of the Foothills or Cancer Aid of Nevada County. 

Norman C. Ortman, Jr.- 1919~2002
Norman passed on September 25, 2002 in Santa Rosa, California. He is survived by Dorothy Wheeler Ortman, his wife for 55 years. He was a devoted husband and father. He is also survived by his sons, Howard S. Ortman of San Anselmo, and Norman F. Ortman of Santa Rosa and four grandchildren. "Bud" as he was known to his friends and family was born at home in Mill Valley, September 26, 1919. Those who knew Bud appreciated his warmth, humility, and honesty. He attended Tamalpais High, College of Marin, and Stanford University. His early working years involved labor relations and business management with Poultry Producers of Central California. Before his retirement he was a realtor in Marin County. He loved the outdoors, trout fishing, playing bridge and wilderness experiences. He was athletic and played college football and participated in track and field. He was a life member and past president of the Mill Valley Tennis Club. Following his retirement he played golf at Peacock Gap. Norman was active for many years in the Mill Valley Historical Society serving as president and board member. Family and Friends are invited to a Memorial Service Monday, October 7th at 11:00 a.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Roses in Santa Rosa. Donations may be made in Norman's memory to a charity of your choice. 

George Byrne
Passed away at St. Michael Retirement Home on September 22, 2002. He was born in Vancouver, Washington in 1922. He served our country under General Patton during WWII. After moving to California he joined the IBEW Local 551 Chapter, received his 55-Year Pin and worked for North Bay Electric for 42 years. George was also a part of several organizations including the Historical Society, Marin Rod and Gun Club, American Legion, Goldenaires, SIRS Branch #7; and much enjoyed fishing. He was the loving husband of Patricia, stepfather of Richard Foresti and Carol Foresti-Abrahamsen, grandfather of Alan, Michael, Donna and Joel Foresti, great grandfather of Erika and Michael Foresti. 

Paul G. Dinkelspiel
Died unexpectedly of a heart attack on September 17, 2002, at Marin General Hospital at the age of 67. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; uncle and aunt, Richard and Miriam Dinkelspiel of Marin County and several cousins. Private family services were held on September 21st in Sebastopol, CA. A Gathering in Remembrance of Paul will be held on September 28th at Chalet Basque Restaurant in San Rafael. For information, call 415-381-4734. 

Gary M. Gilbert
Of Novato peacefully died at home on September 24, 2002. Born August 23, 1932, Gary attended the University of Washington and completed his education graduating with Honors from California State College of Los Angeles (now Long Beach State University). He served five honorable years in the USAF as a Navigator and Officer. Mr. Gilbert was the founder of GCX Corporation, a specialty manufacturer for the health care industry. Currently located in Petaluma, California, GCX employs 125 people and serves customers worldwide. He is survived by his wife Paddy, two daughters Cassandra Borden and Elizabeth Gilbert, three stepdaughters Paula Farrell, Carla Kruger, Catherine Gilbert, two stepsons Joseph and John Kruger, 15 grandchildren, brother Skip Gilbert of Bellevue, WA, numerous nieces and nephews and his cherished dogs, Samantha and Nikita. His extraordinary energy, intelligence, attention to detail, generosity, love of life and people will not be forgotten. Gary received wonderful and loving care at home from his family, Sereana Yasa, Dr. Alan Pryor and his special friend, Dr. James Martin. A Celebration of His Life will be held at Deer Park Villa, 367 Bolinas Road, Fairfax, CA on Sunday, September 29 at 1:00 PM. Memorial considerations may be made to Hospice of Marin. 

Loraine Hansen Miller
Passed away peacefully on Monday, September 23, 2002, at the age of 87. Loraine was born in Sacramento on March 25, 1915. She spent her early years "raising" her younger sister, attending local schools and studying the violin. Upon completing studies at Sacramento Junior College, she was told there was no money for a four-year college, that her studies were over. Undeterred, Loraine hopped onto a bus and headed for Stockton. When she returned to Sacramento, she had landed three jobs, a scholarship, and was headed for college at the College of the Pacific. Upon completion of her degree at Pacific, Loraine became a grammar school teacher in Sacramento. Her career in music also progressed as concert violinist and ultimately concert director. The next stop in Loraine's odyssey was marriage to Wendall Miller. This led to a brief period as lecturer in music at the University of California. A family (with three sons: Martin, Warren, and Doug) soon followed. For the next 20 years, Loraine's duties were as homemaker. In 1967, Wendall died and Loraine was required to return to teaching to support the family. This part of her life lasted until her retirement in 1980. In the 1980s and early 1990s, in addition to travels around the world, Loraine spent most of her time working in Marin mental health. She was elected mental health volunteer for the year in the late 1980s. The last years of her life were spent in real retirement at The Tamalpais in Greenbrae. There she met many new friends. Loraine is survived by her sister Doris, her son Martin and wife Nancy, son Warren and wife Lindsay, son Doug, and grandchildren Dale, Joy, Sandy, and Natalie, plus her many friends at The Tamalpais and around Marin. Friends are invited to attend a memorial gathering that will be held on Monday, September 30th, at 4:00 PM. The gathering will be held at the Montgomery Chapel of the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California. The Chapel is located at the corner of Bolinas Avenue and Richmond Road in San Anselmo. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the agencies of Marin mental health. 

Frank Julian Peace
Age 28, of San Rafael, California, passed away on September 15, 2002, in San Diego. He is survived by his parents, Dr. Theopolis and Mrs. Brenda Peace, and his sister, Monica Peace, all of San Rafael. Frank graduated in 1992 from San Rafael High; many will remember him as a member of the band and the football team timekeeper. He pursued further studies at College of Marin and Glendale College of Aviation. Frank, having a near genius mechanical aptitude, had special interests in a wide range of technologies...computers, automobiles, and airplanes. Frank enjoyed a variety of outdoor adventures, such as motorcycling, flying, swimming, and fishing. His compassion, wit, and determination will be greatly missed. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, September 28th, 2-4 p.m. at Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, M.V. Donations appreciated to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Marin County Chapter. 

Ralph Wade
Former Marin and Sonoma County resident, passed away in Reno, Nevada September 10, 2002 after a short illness. He was the beloved father of five: Kitty Victorino, Ralph Wade, Valerie Johnson, John Wade and Carla Wade. The grandfather of eight: Joe and John Victorino, Tania McMullin, Andrew, Alice and McDaniel Wade, and Zach and Cassie Johnson. The great grandfather to Marina Gonsalves and Lauren Victorino. He was preceded in death by his wife Scottie of over 50 years. Mr. Wade was a veteran of WWII. He was born in Oklahoma, one of nine children. He came to California in 1956 to seek work and raise his family. His hobbies included fishing, reading and a good game of blackjack. He will be missed by all. Services will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, September 28th at Valley Memorial Park, 650 Bugeia Lane in Novato.


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