Miscellaneous Marin County, California Obituaries

CEMSEARCH - OBITUARY CENTRAL - OBITUARY LINKS PAGE - SURNAME SEARCH UTILITY


First Name:
Last Name:
Eleanor Barnett Rhoads
Age 72, peacefully passed away August 16, 2002 in the San Rafael, California, home she had shared for 40 years with her loving husband, Richard (Dick) Rhoads. As she passed away, Dick stood by her side, as he had done for over 50 years of marriage to his beloved wife. Eleanor left behind not only Dick, but also her loving son, Steven Richard Rhoads. Only a few weeks before her death, Eleanor was diagnosed with cancer. She accepted her plight, and acknowledged her impending death, with the same grace, dignity, and courage that she had exhibited throughout her life. On her way to death, she managed to teach her husband and son how to accept her absence with that same grace, dignity, and courage. Eleanor Mae Barnett was born May 28, 1930, on her family's farm a few miles north-east of Clarksville, Iowa. She was one of eight born to Ornan and Fern Marx Barnett. Eleanor started her formal education at a little country-school. (She had to walk almost two miles to get to it, 'though she ran much of that distance on the occasions when she was chased by a bull.) She then graduated from Clarksville High School and went on to nurses training at the University of Iowa. She earned her degree in 1952 and married Dick, who had recently earned an accounting degree, also from the university, and who had known Eleanor since childhood. Their love produced their first son, Jeffrey Lee Rhoads, in 1954. Three years later, they brought their second son, and only other child, Steven, into the world. All the while, Eleanor worked as a nurse, caring for the sick and dying. She and Dick, along with their two boys, lived at various times in Denver, New York, and New Jersey. Their hope to move west, to California, was fulfilled in 1962, but only after Jeff fell victim to spinal meningitis and passed away at the tender age of seven. After moving west, Eleanor, Dick, and Steve settled down in San Rafael, just north of San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge. Dick worked in San Francisco, where he continued to pursue his career in public accounting. (He later became the chief financial officer for the Fairmont Hotels, where he spent the remainder of his career.) Eleanor, meanwhile, left the nursing profession, but continued to care for others as a volunteer at the local hospital. She also volunteered years' of services as the secretary of the First Methodist Church of San Rafael. Eleanor spent endless hours making the San Rafael home a peaceful haven for Dick and Steve. But she also earned a second college degree, this one from California State University in Sonoma, and read scores of books, including all 20 volumes of the World Book Encyclopedia, from A to Z. She took long walks every day and practiced yoga and designed the interior of her home with beautiful taste - and well-deserved pride. She was a seamstress and a sculptor. She painted pictures and painted the house and made gourmet meals. She was tireless in her quest to please. Eleanor loved animals and all things natural. She was particularly fond of the ocean and Southwest desert. Household pets over the years included a dog, two cats, two guinea pigs - and a monkey. Eleanor had a love-hate relationship with snakes and had a special place in her heart for frogs. But most of all, she and Dick were cat-people. Eleanor dreamed of traveling to Africa, and Dick made her dream come true when they first visited Kenya in 1983. They also traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. She, Dick, and Steve survived a shipwreck off the western coast of Canada, while returning from Alaska. She trekked with experts through the rainforests of the Amazon and visited the Galapagos Islands. She stood on the Equator in Africa and traversed jungle rivers in Asia. She and Dick rode the Orient Express and sailed across the Black Sea to what was then the Soviet Union. She stayed on tropical islands and stayed in elegant European hotels. And she always tidied up the hotel rooms before the maids arrived, just to make things a little easier for them. Eleanor's kindness touched everyone who had the good fortune of knowing her, and many who had not even met her. She was not only immensely kind and loving, but also considerate, concerned, caring, forgiving, gentle, intellectual, knowledgeable, grateful, graceful, fun, polite, artistic, talented, creative, clever, witty, dependable, responsible, and indispensable to her family and friends. Now she is irreplaceable. Her son Steve has told many that if everyone were like his mother, there would be no wars, no crime, no hunger, no pollution. In addition to her husband and son, Eleanor is survived by other loving family members, including her sister, Evelyn Dye, of Phoenix; brother Lyle Barnett and his wife, Marie, who still live on the family farm; brother Joe Barnett and his wife, Joyce, of Minneapolis; brother Ben Barnett and his wife, Beverly, of Iowa City; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding Eleanor in death were her first son, Jeff; her father, Ornan, and mother, Fern (Maudie) Barnett; sisters Gail Bolin and Rose Brown; and brother Ivan. Eleanor will rest in peace next to her son Jeff, in Lynnwood Cemetery, in Clarksville, Iowa. She will be sorely missed by those whose lives she has touched. But her spirit will live on in their hearts forever. 

Marye Rezab Rose
Died August 30, 2002 at her home in Kentfield after a short illness. Born December 30, 1932 to Carl and Marie Rezab in Winona, Minnesota, she is survived by her husband Donald and two children Erik and Dana and one grandchild Hunter Morgan Rose. Also survived by her older brother Joseph, his wife Carmon and their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren; her older sister Barbara, her husband Arnie, their children Jeff and Laurie Cisewski, all living in Minnesota. Marye graduated from Cotter High School in Winona, attended medical secretarial school in Minneapolis and then moved to San Francisco in 1960. She took her one and only job at Childrens Hospital of San Francisco and worked in breast cancer research for over 30 years retiring in 1987. Marye loved her family, flowers, her pet dogs, and she loved to wear hats for all occasions. Memorial contributions should be sent to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. 

Joan Martin Laird
Died September 5, 2002 at her home in Salt Lake City where, after a 16 year residency in Marin, she and her husband had moved this past July in order for her to be near her daughter after Joan was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Roger; mother, Mary Martin of Novato; daughter, Jody Doner of Salt Lake City; son, James Laird of New Canaan, Connecticut; sister, Carol Thompson of Berkeley; and five grandchildren. Joan grew up in San Rafael, attended Dominican High School and graduated from the University of California. She earned a Masters Degree in Special Education and headed Special Education Departments in high schools in New Canaan, Connecticut and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Joan loved tennis, bridge, literature, laughter and life. A Memorial Service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin at 240 Channing Way, San Rafael (East of 101) on September 13th at 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society are suggested. 

Patricia Anne Luchessa March 17, 1934~September 4, 2002
On September 4th, Patricia Anne Luchessa, a faithful friend of Bill W. peacefully died in Pleasanton California. She was 68 years old. At the time of death, Patricia was surrounded by her family. Patricia was born in San Francisco where she lived with her parents, Clarence and Anna Franz. As a child she received great pleasure from horseback riding. Patricia attended high school at the Convent of the Sacred Heart and graduated from USF with a BS in Behavioral Science. She will be remembered for her giving heart and tenacious spirit and the volunteer work she was involved in throughout her life at such places as the Auxiliary at Marin General Hospital, and St. Vincent's Church in Marinwood. Her compassion and dedication for women in recovery, will not be forgotten, nor will her Director's position she held for 12 years at Stepping Stones Recovery Home in San Francisco, or her position with the County of Napa as an Intake Rehabilitation Counselor. Her husband Timothy William O'Donoghue Jr. preceded her in death January 3, 2002. She is survived by her children, Edward Luchessa of Tahoe, Linda Luchessa of Steamboat Springs Colorado, Mary Jones of Sonoma, and Tresie Matthies of Pleasanton; her twelve grandchildren, and her five stepchildren: Timothy O'Donoghue III of Chico, Erin Becker of Ross, John O'Donoghue of Foster City, Patrick O'Donoghue of Foster City, and Thomas O'Donoghue of Chico. Friends are invited to attend a Rosary at 6 p.m. September 7, 2002 at Graham-Hitch Mortuary located at 4167 First Street, Pleasanton, CA. Celebration Mass will be on September 9, 2002 at St. Vincent's Church located at 1 St. Vincent's Drive, San Rafael, California at 11 a.m. Interment following Mass will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Stepping Stones Women's Recovery, a home for alcoholic women desiring recovery, or Valley Care Foundation, a nonprofit organization offering exceptional care to all patients. 

Geraldine "Jerry" Giusti
Born September 30, 1925 to Hannah and Carl Krause in Berkeley, California, entered rest September 2, 2002 at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, CA. Jerry moved from Berkeley at the age of four with her family to Kentfield, CA where she attended St. Anselm Grammar School and graduated from Tamalpais High School. Jerry was an avid book reader, loved animals, was a gourmet cook with special training in French cuisine for which she never obtained a taste. Jerry has also been a dialysis patient for 12 years. When Jerry was among her family, she shined. Her daughters Gale Townsend, Dennise Grimmer, Gina Giusti, Anna Giusti, sons Daniel Giusti and David Giusti, grandchildren Robert, Danielle, Jillian, Amanda, Mary, Sarah, Rebeka and Anthony, as well as eight great- grandchildren survive Jerry. She will also be greatly missed by her siblings Paul Krause, Dolores Barrett, Audrey Kane and Gloria Brumbley. Her brother Joe Krause preceded her in death. Friends are invited to attend Funeral Services beginning with a Rosary on Thursday, September 5, 2002 at 7:00 PM in the Chapel at Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA. Mass of the Resurrection will take place on Friday, 11:00 AM September 6, 2002 at St. Raphael Catholic Church, 1104 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael in the Mission Chapel with Burial following at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue. Donations may be made in Jerry's memory to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 1(510) 637-1241. Funeral assistance provided by Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA 415-459-2500. 

John S. Hyde
Stinson Beach resident John S. Hyde, a hardwood floor installation expert, passed away peacefully September 2, 2002 in San Francisco. Mr. Hyde died of a heart attack on the shoes of Baker Beach. He was 38 years young. Mr. Hyde, who knew Stinson Beach as home, is remembered as a kind and gentle soul whose life was his daughter Jesse age five, his home in Stinson Beach, and his beloved mountains of Buehla, Colorado. Mr. Hyde was born in Pueblo, Colorado, but relocated to San Rafael with his family when he was in the eighth grade. After graduating from San Rafael High School, he studied at La Varenne Culinary Academy in Paris. Upon completing his culinary studies Mr. Hyde took time to travel throughout Europe, visiting countries like Greece, France, Holland, and Italy. After working as a chef in upstate New York, Mr. Hyde returned to Marin. Though taking a brief stint as a pastry chef, he moved his professional focus towards the woodworking crafts and opened his own hardwood floor business -- a craft he practiced for the rest of his life. Mr. Hyde is survived by his mother and father, Margaret and John B. Hyde of Stinson Beach; daughter Jesse Hyde of Stinson Beach, wife Christine Hyde; sister and brother-in-law Mary "Pooh" King and Ron King of Novato; nieces and nephews Ronni, Hydee, Mary and Henry King of Novato; aunts and uncles Jim and Ethlyn Potestio and Bob and Paula Murphy and cousins Mary and Rich Lane and Mindy Potestio all of Pueblo, Colorado. John was deeply loved and will be sorely missed by us all. A Celebration of John's Life will be held at 5 PM Saturday, September 7, 2002 on the beach in front of his home at 98 Calle del Ribera, Stinson Beach. Following the Ceremony John's wife Christine and Jeff Moore, John's life long friend and soulmate will escort his remains on his final road trip home to Buehla. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

Carroll J. "Kip" Jacobson
Died at home on September 2, 2002, at the age of 85. A native of Minnesota, he lived in San Rafael since 1969. Kip's 40-year career with Northwest Airlines took him from Minnesota to California by way of Detroit and Chicago. He retired in 1982 as the airline's Northern California and Nevada District Sales Manager. Kip's first wife, Mary Louise Zelle, died in 1995. Peter, their youngest son, died in 1978. In 1997, Kip married Mary Jane Lutzeier. In addition to her, Kip is survived by three children, David, Mark and Carol; four grandchildren, Janet, Todd, Kristin and Karin; and one great-grandchild, Tanner. A Memorial Service for Kip will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 7, at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1100 Las Gallinas, San Rafael, CA 94903. Interment will take place at a later date in Minnesota. Memorials may be directed either to the Church or to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. 

Robert S. Wellbeloved Sr.
Passed away peacefully on September 4, 2002 at home in Mill Valley. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Barbara; his three sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Melanie of Mill Valley, Tremain and Ambra of San Francisco, Blair and Nicole of Cotuit, MA; as well as three grandsons, Hayden, Trey and Mason. Other survivors include, brothers David of Pleasanton, CA and James of Viera, FL. Robert ("Welby") was in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II and had a successful 30 year career as an IBM executive. He was loved and admired for his sense of humor, business sense and true gentleman qualities. Arrangements are being handled by the Neptune Society. Friends are invited to attend Memorial Services on Tuesday, September 10, 2:00 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 240 Tiburon Blvd. in Tiburon. Doug Heneke officiating. 

Geraldine "Jerry" Giusti
Born September 30, 1925 to Hannah and Carl Krause in Berkeley, California, entered rest September 2, 2002 at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, CA. Jerry moved from Berkeley at the age of four with her family to Kentfield, CA where she attended St. Anselm Grammar School and graduated from Tamalpais High School. Jerry was an avid book reader, loved animals, was a gourmet cook with special training in French cuisine for which she never obtained a taste. Jerry has also been a dialysis patient for 12 years. When Jerry was among her family, she shined. Her daughters Gale Townsend, Dennise Grimmer, Gina Giusti, Anna Giusti, sons Daniel Giusti and David Giusti, grandchildren Robert, Danielle, Jillian, Amanda, Mary, Sarah, Rebeka and Anthony, as well as eight great-grandchildren survive Jerry. She will also be greatly missed by her siblings Paul Krause, Dolores Barrett, Audrey Kane and Gloria Brumbley. Her brother Joe Krause preceded her in death. Friends are invited to attend Funeral Services beginning with a Rosary on Thursday, September 5, 2002 at 7:00 PM in the Chapel at Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA. Mass of the Resurrection will take place on Friday, September 6, 2002 at St. Raphael Catholic Church, 1104 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael in the Mission Chapel with Burial following at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue. Donations may be made in Jerry's memory to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 1-(510) 637-1241. Funeral assistance provided by Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA 415-459-2500. 

Ian F. "Scotty" Hardie
Of Eugene, Oregon died August 29th, 2002 of cancer. Mr. Hardie was born April 18th, 1914 in Nelson, British Columbia, to John and Mary Young-Walker Hardie. He married Louise Kohler in San Francisco on September 20th, 1952. He lived in Nelson, British Columbia from 1914-1920, Ayr, Scotland 1920-1922, Perth, West Australia 1922-1929, Honolulu, HI 1929, Vancouver, British Columbia 1930-1944, San Francisco, CA 1944-1958, San Rafael, CA 1958-1998. In 1998 he moved to Eugene, Oregon. He graduated from the University of California - Berkeley in 1936. In his early career, he worked as a Plant Manager for National Metals and then for Bank of America, retiring as vice president in 1979 after 30 years with the Bank. He was a member of the Bank of America Philatelic Society, Marin County Rod & Gun Club as well as Brussels Rod and Gun Club. He was awarded the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver; Boy Scouts of America Wood badge and the Australian King Scout (equivalent to BSA Eagle Scout.) He enjoyed stamp collecting; volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America and teaching Hunter Safety for the California Department of Fish and Game for 35 years. He and his wife enjoyed traveling. Survivors include his wife, sons Peter Hardie of Spokane, Washington and David Hardie of Eugene, Oregon. Two daughters, Mardel Richmond of Port Angeles, Washington and Sandra Friedemann of Petaluma, California, and six grandchildren. No Services were held. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Sacred Heart, 1121 Fairfield Street, Eugene, OR 97402. Rest-Haven Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Eugene, Oregon is in charge of arrangements. 

William Higgins
Passed away on September 1, 2002 at the age of 79. He was a longtime resident of San Anselmo. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the University of San Francisco, School of Law, he was an Attorney-At-Law in San Francisco for over 50 years. Since 1982, he practiced at the law offices of Higgins & Higgins along with his daughter, Valerie J. Higgins. His wife, Janet, his children, Valerie, William, and Robert, daughters-in-law Elizabeth and Monica, & his two grandchildren, Samantha and Stephanie, survive him. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., September 6, 2002, Mount Tamalpais Mortuary, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901. 

Angelica Joan Boyle Jorgensen
Passed away at her home in Corte Madera on Friday, August 30, 2002. She was born in Pine Knot, CA on July 2, 1932. She grew up in Big Bear Lake, CA and attended UCLA where she met her husband. She was a resident of Corte Madera for 43 years, and an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 50 years. She loved cooking, reading, sewing, crossword puzzles, flowers, and watching the birds in her backyard. Most of all she loved spending time with her family and helping those in need. Her family includes her husband of 49 years, Claron W. Jorgensen, her four children, Cynthia (Duncan) Werner, Claron M. (the late Diane), Laurence, and Christi (Steven) Mieure. She has two living sisters, Allison Hill and Jane McCrumb, 15 grandchildren, and seven nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to attend Funeral Services, Friday, September 6, 2002 at 11:00 AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 220 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Friends may call at the Church after 10:00 AM on Friday. Arrangements by ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, Petaluma, CA. Interment, Valley Memorial Park, Novato, California. CHEDA & LYONS 707-789-9000. 

Janet Kirk Pischel
Passed away at home in Greenbrae, CA, on September 1, 2002, at the age of 72. Janet was born in San Francisco on October 12, 1929, and moved to Ross, CA, with her parents, Harris and Katherine Kirk in the early 1930's. She graduated from The Bishop's School for Girls in La Jolla, CA, and attended the University of California. Janet was a past member of the Junior League of San Francisco, Marin Charitable Association and a "Pink Lady" at Marin General Hospital. She was also a member of the Lagunitas Club in Ross, CA. Janet is survived by her sister Kathie Feidler and her husband Art of Kentfield; children, Chip Pischel and his wife Nancy of Emerald Hills, Kirk Pischel and his wife Libby of Fairfax, Lisa Formaini and her husband Bob of Plano, Texas; grandchildren Jenn Pischel of Redwood City, Lindsey Pischel of Sydney, Australia, Katherine and William Pischel of Fairfax; nephew, Arthur Feidler of Mt. Shasta, CA. Private Services will be held. Contributions in her memory may be sent to The Bishop's School, 7607 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037, or the charity of your choice. 

Robert Joseph Righetti
Passed away on August 31, 2002, peacefully at home at the age of 62 after a courageous battle with cancer. Dearly beloved husband of Cheri Righetti, stepfather of Heather and Ryan Casteel, son of the late Joseph and Delores Righetti, nephew of James Righetti and Reggie Duarte, cousins of Gary, Stephen, Joan, Clifford Righetti, Frank Villani-Harper, Darlene Nocito, Kathy Bryant, and Barbra Treptow. He is blessed by many loving and caring friends and extended family members including Tom and Beth Minka and Ken Topping. Bob was a native San Franciscan and a longtime Marin County resident. Retired from Pacific Bell after 37 years of devoted service. He was a past president of the Northern California Chapter of American Public Works Association. He was also a proud member of the Marin County Disaster Council, the Marin Disaster Area Response Team, the Christoforo Colombo Club of Marin, and 30 year member of the Sausalito Yacht Club. Bob will be remembered by those who knew him for his quick wit, sense of humor, amazing recall, unique personal accounting system, enormous generosity, his incredible enthusiasm for hotrods, and the pride of his '77 Chevy Stepside. A Celebration of Bob's Life will be held at 1:00 on Saturday, September 7th at Mt. Tamalpais Mortuary, 2500 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery 2500 5th Avenue San Rafael, CA 94901. 

Audray Marie Clark
Died peacefully Monday, September 2, 2002 at home surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of Ken Young of Novato. Loving mother of Kimberly Chaney of Novato, Jennifer Craig of San Rafael and Courtney Armstrong and husband Matthew of Novato. Adored grandmother of Zack, Alexis, Ashlin, Natasha, Taylor and the late Brandon. A native of New York and a Marin County resident for the last 25 years. Age, 54. Audray was an A.D.O.N. for 10 years with the Kentfield Rehabilitation Hospital. Friends are invited to attend Graveside Services Saturday, September 7, 2002 at 11:00 AM at Valley Memorial Park, 650 Bugeia Lane, Novato. Friends are also invited to the Visitation Saturday after 10:00 AM at the Chapel of Valley Memorial Park, Novato. Funeral arrangements under the direction of ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville Street, Petaluma. CHEDA & LYONS ~ 707-789-9000. 

William Higgins
Passed away on September 1, 2002 at the age of 79. He was a longtime resident of San Anselmo. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the University of San Francisco, School of Law, he was an Attorney-At-Law in San Francisco for over 50 years. Since 1982, he practiced at the law offices of Higgins & Higgins along with his daughter, Valerie J. Higgins. His wife, Janet, his children, Valerie, William, and Robert, daughters-in-law Elizabeth and Monica, & his two grandchildren, Samantha and Stephanie, survive him. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., September 6, 2002, Mount Tamalpais Mortuary, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901. 

Lourdes (Nina) Mañeru Laidas
Born in the Philippines in 1914 to a Spanish Basque family. Graduate of Assumption College in Manila. Resident of the Bay Area since 1950. She worked for Ansor Corp./Philippine Airlines for 30 years. Lived in Marin County for the past 20 years. Daily Mass attendant at Saint Sebastian's Parish. Active in Young at Heart. Dedicated member of the Arts and Crafts and Sew & Sews. Founding member of La Peña, an Hispanic social club. Enthusiastic member of ALMA, Argentinean Ladies Mercy Association. Lover of music and a classically trained concert pianist. Supporter of San Francisco Opera for 30 years and the San Francisco and Marin County Symphonies for 20 years. Will be remembered for her boundless love and delight in family, friends, travel, music, food, wine, laughter and life in general. Most of all, she was a loving and devoted wife of Eugene Laidas, loving sister of Dolores Mañeru Arambúru of Madrid, cherished mother of Marie Laidas Sullivan and her husband Peter Sullivan, and the beloved Nana to Lara, David and Sean Sullivan. Preceded in death by sisters Carmen and Josephina and brother Gregorio. She was a friend to many and will be missed deeply by anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. Friends may call on Thursday, September 5th from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at Keaton's Mortuary at 1022 E Street In San Rafael. A Rosary Service will be held later that day at 6:30 PM at St. Sebastian's Church at 373 Bon Air Road in Greenbrae. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Friday, September 6th at St. Sebastian's Church. Committal at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to St. Anthony's Foundation, 121 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102 or to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Ave., Corte Madera, CA 94925. KEATON'S MORTUARY 415-453-0571. 

Christian Leach
Passed away at home in San Anselmo on September 2, 2002. He is survived by his devoted wife Vita Leach and daughter Grace Anne Leach of San Anselmo; loving parents Don and Marcia Leach of Kentfield; brother Doug Leach of Bend, Oregon; inlaws Doug, Betsey and Jesse Erwin all of San Anselmo. Christian was a native of Marin. He was 28 years old. He attended Saint Ignatius High School and graduated from Redwood High School. He also attended College of Marin. He worked for MARC helping the developmentally disabled. He was a member of the St. Anselm's community. Christian was a devoted husband, father and son. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass on Friday, September 6, 2002 at 11:00 AM at St. Anselm's Catholic Church, Ross, California. A Vigil Service will be held Thursday, September 5, 2002 at 7:00 PM at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, 330 Red Hill Avenue, San Anselmo, CA. A Visitation will be held on Thursday between 5:00 and 7:00 PM at the funeral home. Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael. Memorial gifts to Grace Leach Trust Fund, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 3 Tunstead Avenue, San Anselmo, CA 94960 preferred. 

Margaret L. Mosier
Age 68, passed away August 24, 2002 at her family home in Las Vegas, NV. She was born June 23, 1934 in Cherokee, Iowa. She was a 36-year resident of San Rafael and an employee of Sears for 33 years. She is survived by her daughter Janel Brookshire, son-in-law Lee of Las Vegas, son Jon, daughter-in-law Perlita of San Francisco, and eight grandchildren. Memorial Service at 12 Noon, September 8th at Daphne Fernwood Cemetery. 

Hank Chipley
Passed away on August 27, 2002 in Terra Linda where he has resided for 29 years. Hank was a proud member of the Carpenters Local #22 for 40 years. His passion for creating and building with his hands always kept him smiling. A Korean War Veteran and an active member of the Native Sons of the Golden West, Hank was preceded in death by his beloved son Larry. His loving wife of 47 years, Lauretta, son Dave, daughter-in-law Maria, and granddaughter, Katrina survive him. Friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service at Mount Tamalpais Mortuary Chapel, 2500 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael on September 5th, 2002 at 1:30 p.m. Contributions may be made to the Native Sons of the Golden West Charitable Foundation, 414 Mason Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94102. 

Ford E. Frame
Passed away on August 23, 2002, peacefully at home in Mill Valley at age 89. He was a longtime resident of Marin County. Ford was born in 1913 in Goshen, Indiana. Ford was a veteran of the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of Master Sergeant. Ford earned the WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, and European African Middle Eastern Theatre with five bronze stars. Ford served in campaigns in Normandy, Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe and Northern France. He was proud of his service career and remained a stout patriot until his death. Ford has a long and distinguished career in automobile sales and finance. He was district sales manager for the DeSoto, Fiat and Volkswagen automobile manufacturers. Ford also remained very active in real estate finance until his death. Ford was proud of his 50 plus year affiliation with The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Indiana, Lodge #325. The Grand Chapter of Arch Masons of Middletown, Ohio, Chapter 87, and the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. Those who knew Ford will remember him as kind and generous, strong, yet with a gentle nature. Ford was a one of a kind, "Gentleman and Friend" who will be greatly missed by those who knew him. Ford loved a good joke, attending social functions with his friends, and dressing to a "T". Preceded in death by his wives, Jennie Frame in 1984, Patricia Frame in 1997, and his beautiful stepdaughter Sharon Frey in 2001. He is survived by his son-in-law George Frey and his longtime close friends Kathy Fox and Marshall Benas. Ford considered the staff at Saxe Mortgage his family and will be sorely missed by Shirley Cervantes and Mary Smith. Private Memorial Services by the Neptune Society and Scattering of Ashes at Sea. Donations in Ford's name may be forwarded to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. 

In Memory
Maryann Laura Cinollo Kermoian March 20, 1928~September 2, 2001
One year ago today God called His Angel Home. Beloved wife, cherished mother, devoted grandmother and friend to all who knew her. The sparkle in her eyes encouraged hope and joy. The smile she wore warmed every heart. She inspired each whose path she crossed. "We were very lucky to have had you in our lives. You remain in our hearts until the day we are again together." 

Robert A. Baird
Age 64, passed away August 20, 2002 at Ashley Court in Turtle Creek, Dallas, TX. He was born in Portsmouth, NH on September 9, 1937. Bob's childhood years were spent growing up in Portsmouth, NH where even he admitted spending too much time at the movies. He graduated in 1959 from the University of New Hampshire and enlisted in the United States Army being stationed in Seoul, Korea where he received a direct commission. Bob's love for life and family will always be remembered. He loved traveling especially to New York, which he considered a second home. He was active in his community and served on the Board of Directors of the Camp Fire Girls. He was a kind, gentle man; absolutely adored by all who knew him. He leaves his companion of 18 years John McCall of Dallas, TX; daughter Mrs. Katharine Baird and son-in-law Michael Halsted of San Francisco; sisters Patricia Noble of Fort Pierce, FL and Janice Daring of Shapleigh, ME; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Bob contracted myelogenous leukemia at age 52 and was given six months to live. His love of life and strong will kept him active for 13 years until suffering a major stroke on March 30. Arrangements by Jerry Woods Funeral Home. Services were held on August 22nd at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Nocona, TX. Private burial at the Nocona Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Robert A. Baird, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 1390 Market Street, Suite 1200, San Francisco, CA 94102. 

Mervin Hill Bytheway, Jr.
Owner and President of Bytheway's Mfg., Inc., passed away at the age of 61 at his home in Orangevale, California on August 27th, 2002, surrounded by the love of his wife and children. Mervin moved to Sacramento at the age of 11. After graduation from Sacramento High School he went to work at his father's business, Sacramento Window Shade. Later he founded Bytheway's Mfg., Inc., also in Sacramento. Mervin, with his wife, Jann, took this infant company of just three people and built it into the largest wholesaler of custom window coverings in Northern California with over 300 associates. An association with Hunter Douglas Window Fashions began in 1980, and today, Bytheway's Mfg., Inc., is one of the largest independent fabricators and distributors of the Hunter Douglas brand of products in the U.S. Throughout his 45-year career in the window coverings industry, Mervin was known for the integrity he demonstrated in all of his business relationships. His word was his bond. Mervin's expertise and understanding of window covering products has earned him the respect of all those within the industry. Mervin's creative genius resulted in his receiving the Roscoe Award, the equivalent of an Oscar in the window coverings industry for his invention of the Tiffanay Tilt® blind. He had a positive impact on so many people's lives. Mervin was a very humble man who never sought the limelight or the glory. Anyone who met Mervin knew that he was a kind and considerate gentleman. Mervin charmed you with his subtle wit and spontaneous sense of humor. His zest for life led him around the world. He was an avid fly fisherman, golfer, hunter and all-round outdoorsman. He was quietly self assured. Mervin wasn't a Sunday Christian, he lived his Christianity, which was evident in the warmth and compassion that he extended to all. Mervin's greatest achievements in life were his unwavering faith in Christ and his commitment and love for his wife, daughters and grandsons. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Jann, of Orangevale. Mervin and Jann, whom he lovingly referred to as his "Glitter Girl", worked side by side for over 32 years, and, in spite of that, still stayed happily married. Their love and compassion for each other was obvious to all who knew them. They weren't just partners in business, they were partners in life. He is also survived by their three daughters, Kari Messner of Sacramento, Keli Wozniak of San Diego and Kasi Bytheway of Fair Oaks; and three grandsons, Shawn, Cody and Kasey Messner of Sacramento. A Memorial Honoring His Life will be held at Sunrise Community Church, 8321 Greenback Lane, Fair Oaks, California, on Thursday, September 5th, at 10:30 a.m. He will be missed, but not forgotten. A contribution may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society. 

Richard G. Castle
Passed away on August 27, 2002 in Santa Rosa at age 85 years. Dearly beloved husband of Martha Castle of Santa Rosa; cherished father of Geoffrey Castle of Santa Barbara, Beatrice Osborne and her husband Ronald of Rohnert Park, Mary Otto and her husband Pete of Yuba City; dear grandfather of Jeremy Finnerty of Santa Rosa, Kelly Finnerty of Walnut Creek, Jennifer Osborne of San Jose and Bara Joses of Belvedere. He was a past member of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, the San Francisco Yacht Club and the Alameda Yacht Club. He loved sailing and was the youngest 1st Place winner in the West Coast Sailing Regatta. He had been a resident of Marin County for most of his life. Honoring his request, no formal services will be held. Contributions in his memory are suggested to Heartland Hospice, 825 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Arrangements under the care of DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY. 

Philip E. Merriman
Died at home in Mill Valley of Cancer, August 16, 2002. Born in San Francisco on May 5, 1932. Following graduation from Lincoln High School in San Francisco, he attended U.C. Berkeley and was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity, graduating in 1954. Mr. Merriman served as a Lt. J.G. in the U.S. Navy from 1954 to 1956, then travelled and skied in Europe for nine months after his dischange from the service. He joined the firm of E.S. Merriman & Sons and became president during his tenure of 43 years. Mr. Merriman was past president of the California Mortgage Bankers Association, past president of the College of Marin Foundation Board, and served as an advisor to San Domenico School. He was an avid cyclist and tennis player for many years and enjoyed travelling with his wife Jan. He was a member of the Bohemian Club, Pacific Union Club, Lagunitas Country Club, and Marin Tennis Club. He is survived by his beloved wife Jan Kerrigan Merriman, his brother Dwight L. Merriman Jr., daughters Katherine Merriman and Emily Porter Merriman, grandsons Bentley Lanterman and Davis Lanterman, by daughter Margaret Merriman Lanterman who predeceased him, by nephews Dwight L. Merriman III and Gregory Merriman, niece Cynthia Merriman, former wife Elizabeth B. Merriman, and many dear friends. Friends are encouraged to contact the family for details on the Celebration of Life scheduled for September 9th. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Lance Armstrong Foundation, P.O Box 161150, Austin, TX 78716-1150 or Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925-1133. 

Evelyn Davis Taylor, September 21, 1916~August 27, 2002
Predeceased by her husband G. Howard Taylor. Loving mother of Richard Taylor, Maryellen Taylor and Rodney Taylor. Grandmother of David Theroux, Tiffany Taylor and Shawna (Taylor) Zimmer. Memorial Service to be held September 3, 2002, 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, San Rafael. Memorial gifts to Habitat for Humanity.


CEMSEARCH - OBITUARY CENTRAL - OBITUARY LINKS PAGE - SURNAME SEARCH UTILITY