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Charles Edwin Harton
Died at his home January 11, 2002; he was 83 years old. He was a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, where he attended Derita High School in Charlotte. He received a BS degree from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina and an MBA degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He entered flight training with the Army Air Corps in 1940 and served a 23 year Air Force Career, retiring as a Colonel in 1963. During World War II, he served in the European theatre as a Heavy Bomber Squadron commander and in the Pacific theater as a casualty transport pilot. Among his decorations were the Air Metal with Clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the French Croix da Guerre avec palm. Following a career with the Federal Home Loan Bank Board of San Francisco, he was a private contractor of educational, auditing and internal control services to financial institutions until 1987. The years following his retirement were devoted to family, travel, golf, the management of family business and affiliations with the Retired Officers Association and the Citadel Development Foundation. Some of his greatest pleasures during recent years were his constant struggles with his golf game while playing the senior group at the Meadow Club where he was an Honorary Life member. He is survived by his beloved wife Nancy Jane Ryan Harton, his daughter Holly Ryan Harton-Hernandez, his granddaughter Michaela Margaret Hernandez, his son-in-law Michael G. Hernandez, MD, his remaining brothers Leslie and Ben Harton and his remaining sisters Honey Hudson and Ethel Lynch. A family service will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Charlotte, North Carolina. Memorial donations may be made to the Citadel Development Foundation, The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina or a favorite charity. 

James Grover Knight
Died on January 20, 2002 after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease. He was 90 years old. Jim was born December 7, 1911, in San Francisco and raised his family in Marin County. He was a manager of display design for Kay and later Zale Jewelers. He retired from that as well as the Para Mutuel Employees Guild, Local 280, and moved to Sonoma and Kaanapali, Maui. His love of Hawaii began with his service time in the Navy at Midway Island during WWII. His other passions were baseball and art. He is survived by his wife Marjorie of San Rafael; his son Michael Knight of Pasadena; daughter-in-law Kristin Pflueger- Knight; granddaughter Kailani Knight; daughter Diana Knight Perdue and son-in-law Robert Perdue of Fairfax; many cousins, including Dr. Peter Nelson and Dr. Nigel Hampton. The family would like to thank the Rafael Convalescent Hospital and send a special hello to Rena, Effie, and Tiger. At Jim's request, there will be no service. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street San Rafael, 415-453-0571. 

Margaret E. McCourt
Passed away Monday, January 21, 2002 in Greenbrae, California at age 86 years. Margaret is preceded in death by her husband James McCourt Jr. Loving mother to Nina Walker of Belchertown, Massachusetts, Gary McCourt of Santa Cruz, California, Laurie Lopez of Fairfax, California. Loving grandmother to Sean McCourt, Katie McCourt, and Tom Lopez. She was an avid golfer and a very active volunteer and a veteran navy nurse during WWII. Margaret was a native of Rumford, Maine. Friends are invited to attend a Rosary Service Wednesday (today) January 23, 2002 at 7:00 PM at Monte's Chapel Of The Hills Funeral Home, 330 Redhill Avenue, San Anselmo. Friends may call after 6:00 PM. Interment will be Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 11:00 AM at Golden Gate National Cemetery, 1300 Sneath Lane, San Bruno, CA. Monte's Chapel Of The Hills Family Owned And Operated San Anselmo, 453-8440. 

LeRoy Page
LeRoy W. Page founder of Beverage Industry News and the BIN Merchandiser and long time Ross resident, died in his sleep January 20, 2002 at his home in Ross. He was 98. Mr. Page was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 1903. Two years later his family moved to Petaluma. After graduating from Petaluma High School, he began a long and exciting business career. In 1920, at age 17, he became the youngest stock broker in San Francisco. He also was a music publisher as well as a sales representative for a major cosmetics firm in San Francisco. In the 30's, he moved to Willows to help manage his uncle's printing business. He later became editor of the weekly Willows Journal, and was a Glenn County delegate to the Republican Party. In 1935 he and his partner, James Leroy Rogers, founded Liquor Industry News in San Francisco, changing its name the following year to Beverage Industry News to better reflect its representation of the entire beverage industry. The newspaper was reported to be the first publication of its kind established after the repeal of Prohibition. It was nationally recognized from the start as a highly principled industry leader and remains so today as the monthly magazine, the BIN Merchandiser. In 1942, shortly after the United States entered World War II, Mr. Page enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was attached to the Seabees. He was first assigned to Adak, Alaska, where he established the Seabee newspaper, the Willawa. He was later re-assigned to the South Pacific and Honolulu as correspondent and then managing editor of SEABEE, the outfit's official service-wide publication. After his discharge from the Navy in 1945, he continued to publish Beverage Industry News and the BIN Merchandiser, joined by his sons, Philip and David, in the '70's and '80's. He retired in 1993 at age 90. His son David, is currently Publisher. Mr. Page was a member of the San Francisco Press & Pacific Club and a long time member of the Meadow Club in Fairfax, Marin County, where he was president in 1966. He was devoted to the Christian Science religion and active in his church. Mr. Page was predeceased by his first wife of 28 years, Erva Skinner Page. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Elizabeth McGrane Page, his three sons Philip, Stephen and David Page, three step children, five grandchildren: Patricia Mogul and Paul, Marika, Thomas and Julia Elizabeth Page, five step-grandchildren, and his devoted caregiver, Barbara Caldwell. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Mr. Page's name be made to Marin Home Care at Marin General Hospital, P.O. BOX 8010, San Rafael, CA 94912 Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo (415) 453-8440. 

Bruna Raffanti
Passed away peacefully at home in San Francisco on January 17, 2002. She was the beloved wife of the late William J. Raffanti, Sr. Mrs. Raffanti is survived by her daughter Pat Newsom of San Anselmo and her son William J. Raffanti, Jr. of San Francisco. She was the loving grandmother of Jennifer L. Newsom, Brennan J. Newsom, Jr., and Erick A. Newsom, and great grandmother of Grace M. Newsom. Mrs. Raffanti was a native of San Francisco and was 90 years old. She and her late husband were original home owners of their home in the Marina. They lived there since 1930. The couple was married for 65 years. Mrs. Raffanti spent many summers in Marin County. She was a former president of Seton Guild at St. Vincent's de Paul Church in San Francisco. Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 10:30 at St. Anselm's Catholic Church in Ross, California. Interment was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael, California. Memorial gifts to Hospice By The Bay, 1540 Market Street, Suite 350, San Francisco, CA. 94102 or your favorite charity preferred. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo, 453-8440. 

Robert Elwell Thawley, Sr.
He was born May 8, 1932 in Ketchikan, Alaska, and died suddenly on Friday evening, January 18, 2002. He was surrounded in love by his wife of 45 years, Patricia; sons Robert Jr., Peter and Michael; and daughters-in-law Marian, Liz, and Carla; and a host of friends and family. Bob was a loving and involved grandfather to Kristen, Steven, Aidan and Michaela. He loved the sea and the hills of Marin, loved living well, and relished the simple pleasures of retirement after a distinguished career with Chevron Oil, during which he lived and traveled in New York, Connecticut, Europe, and the Bahamas. Rosary at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 24 at Keaton Mortuary, San Rafael, with Viewing from 4-7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be said at St. Anselm Church, San Anselmo on Friday, January 25 at 11:00 a.m., with a Viewing prior to the Mass, 10:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. A Reception will follow; Interment will be private. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation or to Guide Dogs For The Blind. Keaton Mortuary 1022 E Street San Rafael, 415-453-0571. 

Gaylen M. White, Jr. January 15, 1960 -- January 3, 2002
Gaylen was raised in Marin. He is survived by an uncle, George White and an aunt, Jean White. Gaylen loved fishing, hunting and science. Burial Services will be held at the Mission Church of St. Raphael's, 1104 5th Ave., San Rafael, January 25, 2002 at 11:15 AM. 

Warren Wolff
Warren (Bunny) Wolff passed away unexpectedly on January 2, 2002 in his beloved Marin County. He was 78. Mr. Wolff was born on October 23, 1923 in San Francisco. He was the son of George Wolff, Sr. and Jean Ward Wolff and grandson of prominent San Francisco physicians Florence and James Ward. Mr. Wolff attended public and private schools in California, chiefly in Marin and San Francisco. Mr. Wolff served in the Navy during World War II. He graduated from Stanford University in 1946. Warren worked for the Bank of America in San Francisco in the 1950's. He married Lee Broadbent in 1952. They raised two children in Marin, principally in Tam Valley (flooded out!) and San Anselmo. He and his late older brother George, Jr. built a cherished oceanfront vacation home, Sand High, at Stinson Beach in the late 1950's. Warren Wolff accepted a position with the U.S. Agency for International Development in 1962, leading to several third-world assignments throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Bun and Lee divorced in the late 1970s. Mr. Wolff returned to Stinson Beach upon retiring in the early 1980s and built a fine Lagoon-view home, the venue for his well-attended 75th birthday party. In the late 1990s he decided to move to Villa Marin in San Rafael, bringing to a close a fulfilling association with West Marin that began in his teens and lasted about 60 years. His life was enriched by his many friends and he often spoke of them warmly. Mr. Wolff is survived by his children, Jean Walton Wolff of Capitola and Norman Muir Wolff of Salinas. A Memorial Service and Celebration of Warren Wolff's Life will be held on Tuesday, January 29th, 2002 at 12 Noon at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, 240 Channing (at Professional Center Parkway), San Rafael (Terra Linda), (415) 479-4131. CARPOOLING IS ESSENTIAL. A Reception at nearby Villa Marin will follow. For maps by fax, please call (831) 424-5875. Donations in memory of Warren Wolff may by sent to any progressive charitable organization, especially those benefiting the land and people of Marin County. 

John Francis Ferraiuolo Sr.
Loving husband to Dee, passed away peacefully at Kaiser Hospital in San Rafael on January 17, 2002 at the age of 82. He was born in Colusa, California on April 15, 1919. He was the youngest of five children. John was a graduate of Colusa High School and Yuba City College. During WWII, he worked in the shipyards in San Francisco. John was a retired Service Manager, having served the Bay Area for over 45 years at Rossi's Garage, Novato Toyota and Dexter Toyota. He was a 49-year member of the ELKS Lodge, a member of Club Italia, the SIR'S, a former Moose and a former Native Son's of the Golden West, and a former Marin Rod and Gun Club member. John was an avid fresh water fisherman; he also loved gardening, traveling and was seldom found without a good book. He had been a resident of Marin County for over 50 years. John leaves behind his dedicated wife Dee, his son John Ferraiuolo Jr. (Peggy) of Petaluma, his daughter Marie Bell (Jim) of Sonoma, his son Joe Ferraiuolo (Karen) of Ukiah, his five grandchildren: Christine Bell, Tim Bell (Jennifer), Michelle Andrews (Bruce), Rebecca McCloskey (Tom) and Angela Ferraiuolo. He also leaves behind his six great-grandchildren: Wayne, Andy, Stefanie, Leigh, Danielle and Johnathan. His brother Frank Ferraiuolo of Colusa and Vera Florio of Colusa will also miss him. John made friends easily; he touched the lives of many people. Friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of John's Life on Thursday, January 24th at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church, 1806 Novato Blvd., Novato, California. In lieu of flowers, John's family requests donations be made in his memory to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925 or to the charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements provided by Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA, 415-459-2500. 

Leonard V. Martin
Attorney and originator of The Cannery in San Francisco, died in his home at Ross on January 19, 2002. He was 81 years old. He is survived by Susan, his wife of 58 years, and his sons Stephen Martin of Ross, Andrew Martin of Richmond, Christopher Martin of Ross, Paul Martin of St. Helena, and nine grandchildren. Donations may be sent to Hospice of Marin, to the Save San Francisco Bay Association, or the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center. 

Edward Charles Ward
Was born in San Francisco, May 1, 1909 and passed away January 15, 2002. He lived all his life in San Rafael and built the house for his family and dear wife, Mary, who predeceased him in 1990. Much beloved father of June and James King and Paul Ward. Very cherished grandfather of Claire Oberhausen, Steven King, Michael Ward, Julie Reynolds and David Ward. Very special great grandfather of Jenna, Sean, James, Julie Anne, Christopher, Robert, Johanna, Isaac and Audrey. He retired after 30 years as Chief Electrician at Hamilton Field. The Boy Scouts of America awarded him the Silver Beaver Award for volunteer service. In his retirement, he became a skilled woodworker and created beautiful treasures for all his family. "We will miss you Bapa dearest." Funeral Mass was held at the St. Raphael Catholic Church on Friday, January 18th. Remembrances may be made to the charity of one's choice. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

William "Bill" Dean Allen
Passed away at age 84 on January 9, 2002 in Napa after an amazing 29 year battle with cancer. Bill graduated from Piedmont High in 1935 and then attended Cal Berkeley where he was a member of the Swim and Rugby Teams. In 1941 he graduated from OCS at the Naval Academy, Annapolis. During WWII he was a Lieutenant Commander and Skipper of the minesweeper USS Chickadee seeing action in the North Atlantic and the Invasion of Normandy. Sailing was Bill's greatest passion and he was an excellent captain, cook, and navigator. He traveled by sailboat all over the world. Bill worked as a yacht broker and was a member of the St. Francis and San Francisco Yacht Clubs. He will always be remembered as a great friend, and excellent sailor and loving father. Bill is survived by his three children: Susan Allen and her friend Ted Doherty of San Francisco; Mary Allen of San Francisco and David; and Stacey Allen of Napa. A Celebration of His Life will be held on Thursday, January 24 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Francis Yacht Club. The family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 1031 Jefferson Street, Napa, CA. 94559. Local arrangements were under the direction of the Claffey and Rota Funeral Home, 1975 Main Street, Napa, California. 

John Daniel Halligan
Passed away January 17, 2002 in Greenbrae, California after a long illness at the age of 54. John was born in San Francisco, raised and educated in San Rafael and moved to Sonoma County in 1987. He attended St. Rafael's Catholic School where he was an altar boy and graduated from San Rafael High School in 1965. John enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in Vietnam aboard the U.S.S. Tolovana as a radioman. He received numerous medals, including two Bronze Stars. John worked for 30 years as a retail clerk, retiring in 2001. He enjoyed baseball, having played little league and coaching for many years. John was a family man; he loved his wife Mary Ann, his two sons Daniel and Anthony, and his dog Snoopy. We will miss his love of life and wonderful sense of humor. John was predeceased by his parents John and Jacqueline Halligan. John is survived by his loving wife of 25 years Mary Ann, sons Daniel and Anthony, sister Jean and husband William Thompson, sister Mary and husband Dan Barber, brothers James and Robert Halligan, father and mother-in-law Eraldo and Kathryn Zaro, brother and sister-in-law Charles Zaro and Susan Hayes, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Donations may be made to the U.C.S.F. Liver Transplant Center or the Hannah Boys Center. Services will be held Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at the Pleasant Hills Chapel with burial to follow. Arrangements under the direction of PLEASANT HILLS MEMORIAL PARK & MORTUARY, SEBASTOPOL, 707-823-5042. 

Dorothy C. Allen
At eternal rest January 11, 2002 at age 79. Born in Healdsburg, California, April 8, 1922. She made her home in San Rafael with the late William C. Allen, Jr. She was involved with Boy Scouts, Campfire Girls, and PTA. Retired from the Langendorf retail bread store. She enjoyed reading, football and needle work. Beloved mother of William C. Allen III, Donna Halbe, James Allen and Michael Allen. Devoted grandmother of 9 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She was a loyal, caring and a long time friend of many. She will be missed by family and friends. At her request she will be cremated by the Neptune Society. A celebration of her life will be held at her home for friends and family on February 2, 2002 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 203 Willow, San Francisco, CA 94102 or your favorite charity. 

William "Bill" Dean Allen
Passed away at age 84 on January 9, 2002 in Napa after an amazing 29 year battle with cancer. Bill graduated from Piedmont High in 1935 and then attended Cal Berkeley where he was a member of the Swim and Rugby Teams. In 1941 he graduated from OCS at the Naval Academy, Annapolis. During WWII he was a Lieutenant Commander and Skipper of the minesweeper USS Chickadee seeing action in the North Atlantic and the Invasion of Normandy. Sailing was Bill's greatest passion and he was an excellent captain, cook, and navigator. He traveled by sailboat all over the world. Bill worked as a yacht broker and was a member of the St. Francis and San Francisco Yacht Clubs. He will always be remembered as a great friend, and excellent sailor and loving father. Bill is survived by his three children: Susan Allen and her friend Ted Doherty of San Francisco; Mary Allen of San Francisco and David; and Stacey Allen of Napa. A Celebration of His Life will be held on Thursday, January 24 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Francis Yacht Club. The family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 1031 Jefferson Street, Napa, CA. 94559. Local arrangements were under the direction of the Claffey and Rota Funeral Home, 1975 Main Street, Napa, California. 

Jenny Arild
Died peacefully in San Francisco on January 8, 2002, in her 100th year. She was born in Bergen, Norway and became a proud United States citizen. She is survived by two sons, Tor Arild of Woodside and Jon Arild of Fairfax. She also leaves ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Aage Emil, oldest son Roy Aage Arild of Campbell and five siblings. She is also survived by one sister, Aslaug Westre of Haugesund, Norway and her daughter-in-law, Sissel Arild of Campbell. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday, January 26, 2002 at 2:00 P.M. at the Norwegian Seamen's Church, 2454 Hyde Street, San Francisco. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jenny Arild Minnefond at the Norwegian Seamen's Church, 2454 Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA 94109. 

Clayton F. Bassett
Age 40. A tragic accident has taken an amazing man. As his sister-in-law, Laura, said, "He crammed 80 years of life into his short 40 years of life." He lived life as though there wasn't a tomorrow and everyday was new and exciting to him. He loved his work with a passion that few people have the good fortune to experience when it comes to work. Long hours and hard work paid off as he directed his company, Peak Engineering, Inc. to become the success that it is. His respect for all of the wonderful people who worked with and for him in the office, Steve, Mahendra, Tammy, Sandra, and Renee, to just name a few, may not have always come across, but it was always there. And his men, how he felt about them all, cannot be expressed in a short narrative, but he respected and held each of them in great regard. His brother-in-law, Jay, said, "There'll never be another man such as Clayton." As his father-in-law Morgan stated, "Clayton had an incredible ability to keep unbelievable amounts of details in his head." Ask him any detail about one of his jobs running and he had the answer for you straight from his memory. He was also an incredible family man and devoted his entire self to being there for his wife, Barbara, and their two children, Danielle and Breezy. Often, he would come home after 12 hours of work and still had the energy to chase the girls around the house as they squealed with delight and then, when all was quiet and in the dark, jump out of nowhere to spook Barbara as she was headed for bed! He also saw Barbara through a recent serious illness with a strength and warmth few people possess. He was a devoted son to John and June whom he called in New Hampshire on a frequent basis. His father and mother both stated that, "I could never be more proud than I was of Clayton." He lost his first-born daughter, Katie, in 1994 when she was just 11. The loss of Katie was always present and encouraged him to always strive to be his best; and he was at everything he did. He enjoyed working with his hands and gained the nickname as growing up of "Tinkerbell" because of all his tinkering. You'd think a grown man would be embarrassed of that nickname, but not Clayton; he was proud. Even at an early age, people around him were amazed at what he could accomplish when he set his mind to do it. His father-in-law, Thayer, said it was because, "Clayton doesn't know that there may be anything he can't do." From rebuilding a fireplace to completely gutting and redoing a house, he was in his glory, griping from time to time during the activity because it wasn't exactly perfect, but always beaming at the end. Clayton played hard, as well, and like life in general, he played "on the edge." He skydived and rode ATV's as though in a race. His good friend, Chuck said of Clayton that he "Lived life at 100mph and that was when he was taking a break!" He also loved to go camping with his dear friends, Willie, Chuck, and Brad, who also worked with him, and their families. His newest enjoyment was a boat. No, Clayton had never driven a boat that big before but he took to it like he'd been at the helm all his life. Barbara's mother, Alice, once stated that, "It's so reassuring to me that Clayton is so capable as I know he can take care of any problem or emergency that could occur." Gail, his mother-in-law would sit back and say, "You know Clayton!" when he tackled something as it always worked out for him. His positive thinking wouldn't have allowed it any other way. Cathy, Clayton's sister-in-law, lives in Ohio, but anytime she called, it was important for Clayton to get on the "horn" and banter back and forth. They had a mutual respect and love for each other and enjoyed the teasing of each other immensely. Children held a special place in Clayton's heart. Not only his own, but any he was around. Here was a gruff and tough construction worker whose heart was on his sleeve when a child was around. Whether it be playing peek-a-boo or just wanting to cuddle, Clayton loved when children were around him and the more the better. The arrival of his niece, Baby Claire, brought him such joy whenever she was near and ready to be held or played with. He loved her deeply. Four years ago, Clayton and his family moved to Novato, California to live. There they all found a true neighborhood in every sense of the word. Clayton and Barbara often remarked at how lucky they were to have the friends they came to love and treasure. Fred, Renee, Debbie, Mark, Pat, Sue, Mike, Janet, Mike, Cheryl, Jill, Tom, Barbara, and Andre', just to name a very few of the special people in Clayton's home world that became an important aspect of his life. Clayton served four years in the United States Army. Although it was only four years, he earned numerous commendations, recognitions, and awards. He was very proud of his enlisted years and even commented recently that he would gladly fight for his country in our most recent events if "they" would let him since he was "so old." Clayton had a very special bond with his sister, Diane. His nickname for her was Ding, which he lovingly called her into adulthood but had started because it was short for ding-a-ling! He loved telling stories about their growing up together in a lovely little town called Grafton in New Hampshire. It was there that Clayton graduated from Mascoma High among his many friends. A friend from those days, Luke, also had many stories to tell about all the trouble the two would stir up. Hours would pass between them as they swapped old stories, one after another. Another friend, Scott, also had funny and not-so-funny stories to tell about Clayton. He remarked often of what a "one of a kind man" Clayton was regarding how he lived. Although he was born and raised in New Hampshire, he was fortunate to have Uncle Wes, Aunt Carole, Nadine, Toby, Clyde, and Delaina here. Although it wasn't often that they saw each other, knowing they were there, just a phone call away, meant the world to Clayton. Clayton had another set of special relatives who lived close by -- Uncle Lew, Aunt Ruth and Ross were very special to him and he enjoyed visiting with them tremendously. Clayton also had relatives in France whom he loved dearly. My sister was right, Clayton was only 40 when he was taken from us all but he lived life to its fullest and as he always said to Barbara when she worried about him, "Baby, if it's my time to go, then I'll go and no one knows when or how so you just gotta give it your all, all the time." Well, Clayton gave it his all and, now, will be missed by all. A celebration of Clayton's life will take place on Wednesday, January 23 at 1:00pm at Keaton's Redwood Chapel of Marin, located at 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato. Private visitation will begin at 12:00. Immediately after, all are invited to the Bassett Family home for a reception. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established at the First National Bank at 975 El Camino Real, S. San Francisco, CA 94080 Attn: Randy. The name of the fund is The Clayton Bassett Memorial Fund. 

David Joseph Burgess
Passed away at home on January 15, 2002. A loving and devoted brother, uncle, and friend. He is survived by his brother Ron, sister-in-law Debra Burgess, and his nieces Danette Burgess, Lizette Burgess, Suzette Burgess, and other family members and friends whom he loved dearly. He is preceded in death by his father David W. Burgess and his mother Lucille A. Burgess. David was a native of San Francisco. He was an electrician and a long-time member of IBEW Local 6. He worked at Capital Electric with his brother Ron, and enjoyed working with all of his friends and family. He moved from San Francisco in 1975 to Marin County and lived in Greenbrae, San Rafael, Tiburon, and Novato. He was extremely intelligent in Math, Science, and Political Science; he would love talking to his friends and discussing all the issues of the world. He loved to read and had a photographic mind, so he memorized everything he read. He had a genuine love for children and animals which was easily seen when he was with his three nieces, and which became his main focus in life. He loved his nieces very much, Danette, Lizette, and Suzette, and he helped them to achieve their goals in life. He and his brother Ron had a special bond that no one could ever break. They were close from the time Ron was brought home from the hospital and Dave looked into the crib and it continued his whole life. The people who knew him will tell you he had a heart of gold. He will be truly missed by his friends and family. A special thanks to Lisa and Rick Knight, The Keller and Valls families for their love and support, and to so many friends who also offered help and support. God bless all of you, and Thank You All. Friends and Family may visit at 10:00 a.m., with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 22nd at Keaton's, 1801 Novato Boulevard in Novato. There will be a Funeral Mass celebrated at our Lady of Loretto Church at 10:30 a.m. on January 23rd at 1803 Novato Boulevard in Novato. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151. 

John Daniel Halligan
Passed away January 17, 2002 in Greenbrae, California after a long illness at the age of 54. John was born in San Francisco, raised and educated in San Rafael and moved to Sonoma County in 1987. He attended St. Rafael's Catholic School where he was an altar boy and graduated from San Rafael High School in 1965. John enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in Vietnam aboard the U.S.S. Tolovana as a radioman. He received numerous medals, including two Bronze Stars. John worked for 30 years as a retail clerk, retiring in 2001. He enjoyed baseball, having played little league and coaching for many years. John was a family man; he loved his wife Mary Ann, his two sons Daniel and Anthony, and his dog Snoopy. We will miss his love of life and wonderful sense of humor. John was predeceased by his parents John and Jacqueline Halligan. John is survived by his loving wife of 25 years Mary Ann, sons Daniel and Anthony, sister Jean and husband William Thompson, sister Mary and husband Dan Barber, brothers James and Robert Halligan, father and mother-in-law Eraldo and Kathryn Zaro, brother and sister-in-law Charles Zaro and Susan Hayes, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Donations may be made to the U.C.S.F. Liver Transplant Center or the Hannah Boys Center. Services will be held Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at the Pleasant Hills Chapel with burial to follow. Arrangements under the direction of PLEASANT HILLS MEMORIAL PARK & MORTUARY, SEBASTOPOL, 707-823-5042. 

Frederick William John
Died January 8, 2002. A long time resident of Marin County, Frederick was born in Brooklyn, New York. He received a degree in Industrial Mechanical Engineering from Pratt Institute, New York; also a degree from United States Naval Training School in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis. He was a World War II Veteran, serving in the United States Navy, retiring as a Commander. Frederick was regarded as a Pioneer in Plastics Engineering and served as Past President of Society of Plastics Industries. He co-authored several college level teaching text books for the Plastics' Industry, and was well known as a teacher and lecturer. He holds many patents relating to the use of plastics in laboratory equipment. He is survived by wife Alma; two sons, Frederick II and Laurence, and daughter Elsa Latini; three grandchildren, Kristen, Frederick III and Francesco Latini; son-in-law Tommaso Latini; and daughter-in-law Katherine Hoey. A Celebration of His Life is planned for February 2nd, 2002. 

Carroll Tracy Morton
Known as Tracy, he passed away at home on Sunday, January 13, 2002 at the age of 75. Beloved husband to Barbara, his wife of 44 years. Father to Louis Morton of Sonoma, California and Suzanne Morton Ewasko of Incline Village, Nevada. He is survived by his brother, Robert Morton of Oroville, California and his sister, Grace Morton Wahlberg of Berkeley, California. Loving grandfather of Mary, Grace, Ellen and John Morton and Gwendolynn Ewasko. Tracy was born in Sacramento on December 29th, 1926. He attended Claremont Men's College before serving as an Officer during the Korean Conflict. Tracy taught for more than 20 years at Lincoln High School in San Francisco. A lover of horses and all animals, Tracy was an active member in the Tamalpais Trail Riders and the Horse Association of Sleepy Hollow. Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Service on January 27th at 3 p.m. at the Fairfax Masonic Lodge in Larkspur, 1122 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, CA. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Marin County. 

Nadine Alma Noll
Passed away peacefully at home on January 13th, 2002. Born in Richmond, Indiana; she lived in San Rafael for 30 years. Beloved mother of Rebecca and her husband Michael; Jeff and his wife Melissa; Andy and his wife Jeanny; Phillip; and Tony and his wife Michelle. Her pride and joy were her grandchildren, Christine, Russel, Adam, Jessica, Michaela, and Kassidy. Loving sister of Mary Jane Meyer and her husband Tom; and loving aunt of her nieces Kellie and Stacey, and her nephew Brook. Nadine had many successes in her life. She was a veteran of WWII, graduated from the New Mexico State University with a B.A. in Business Administration, and took great pride in her role as an Army Wife. She loved traveling, volunteering for Hospice of Marin, quilting, cooking, and playing Mah-Jong with her friends, but her greatest joy was being surrounded by her family. Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Service at the Marin Art and Garden Center on Sunday, January 27th, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Hospice of Marin are preferred. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo 415-453-8440. 

Agnes "Trixie" Pfeifer
Passed away peacefully on December 23, 2001 in Novato, at age 69. She was born on June 24, 1932 in Fuerstenfeld, Austria. Immigrated to Canada in 1953 as a mail-order bride. On the boat to Canada she met a new husband to be, Leo Pfeifer, and they were married in 1954. While in Canada she worked in the insurance industry and continued this career (with Equitable Life) upon moving to Marin County in 1964. She worked with Equitable until retiring to Novato in 1992. In retirement she doted over her two grandchildren, Karl and Erik, read novels and swam with her friends at the YMCA. She is survived by Roy, her only son, daughter-in-law Brenda, three sisters and one brother. Private family services were held. Memorial donations may be sent to the Novato Buck Center. 

Bruna Raffanti
Passed away peacefully at home in San Francisco on January 17, 2002. She was the beloved wife of the late William J. Raffanti, Sr. Mrs. Raffanti is also survived by her daughter Pat Newsom of San Anselmo and her son William J. Raffanti, Jr. of San Francisco. She was the loving grandmother of Jennifer L. Newsom, Brennan J. Newsom, Jr., and Erick A. Newsom, and great grandmother of Grace M. Newsom. Mrs. Raffanti was a native of San Francisco and was 90 years old. She and her late husband were original home owners of their home in the Marina. They lived there since 1930. The couple was married for 65 years. Mrs. Raffanti spent many summers in Marin County. She was a former president of Seton Guild at St. Vincent's de Paul Church in San Francisco. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Service on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 10:30 at St. Anselm's Catholic Church in Ross, California. Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael, California. Memorial gifts to Hospice By The Bay, 1540 Market Street, Suite 350, San Francisco, CA. 94102 or your favorite charity preferred. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo, 453-8440. 

Clayton F. Bassett
Age 40. A tragic accident has taken an amazing man. As his sister-in-law, Laura, said, "He crammed 80 years of life into his short 40 years of life." He lived life as though there wasn't a tomorrow and everyday was new and exciting to him. He loved his work with a passion that few people have the good fortune to experience when it comes to work. Long hours and hard work paid off as he directed his company, Peak Engineering, Inc. to become the success that it is. His respect for all of the wonderful people who worked with and for him in the office, Steve, Mahendra, Tammy, Sandra, and Renee, to just name a few, may not have always come across, but it was always there. And his men, how he felt about them all, cannot be expressed in a short narrative, but he respected and held each of them in great regard. His brother-in-law, Jay, said, "There'll never be another man such as Clayton." As his father-in-law Morgan stated, "Clayton had an incredible ability to keep unbelievable amounts of details in his head." Ask him any detail about one of his jobs running and he had the answer for you straight from his memory. He was also an incredible family man and devoted his entire self to being there for his wife, Barbara, and their two children, Danielle and Breezy. Often, he would come home after 12 hours of work and still had the energy to chase the girls around the house as they squealed with delight and then, when all was quiet and in the dark, jump out of nowhere to spook Barbara as she was headed for bed! He also saw Barbara through a recent serious illness with a strength and warmth few people possess. He was a devoted son to John and June whom he called in New Hampshire on a frequent basis. His father and mother both stated that, "I could never be more proud than I was of Clayton." He lost his first-born daughter, Katie, in 1994 when she was just 11. The loss of Katie was always present and encouraged him to always strive to be his best; and he was at everything he did. He enjoyed working with his hands and gained the nickname as growing up of "Tinkerbell" because of all his tinkering. You'd think a grown man would be embarrassed of that nickname, but not Clayton; he was proud. Even at an early age, people around him were amazed at what he could accomplish when he set his mind to do it. His father-in-law, Thayer, said it was because, "Clayton doesn't know that there may be anything he can't do." From rebuilding a fireplace to completely gutting and redoing a house, he was in his glory, griping from time to time during the activity because it wasn't exactly perfect, but always beaming at the end. Clayton played hard, as well, and like life in general, he played "on the edge." He skydived and rode ATV's as though in a race. His good friend, Chuck said of Clayton that he "Lived life at 100mph and that was when he was taking a break!" He also loved to go camping with his dear friends, Willie, Chuck, and Brad, who also worked with him, and their families. His newest enjoyment was a boat. No, Clayton had never driven a boat that big before but he took to it like he'd been at the helm all his life. Barbara's mother, Alice, once stated that, "It's so reassuring to me that Clayton is so capable as I know he can take care of any problem or emergency that could occur." Gail, his mother-in-law would sit back and say, "You know Clayton!" when he tackled something as it always worked out for him. His positive thinking wouldn't have allowed it any other way. Cathy, Clayton's sister-in-law, lives in Ohio, but anytime she called, it was important for Clayton to get on the "horn" and banter back and forth. They had a mutual respect and love for each other and enjoyed the teasing of each other immensely. Children held a special place in Clayton's heart. Not only his own, but any he was around. Here was a gruff and tough construction worker whose heart was on his sleeve when a child was around. Whether it be playing peek-a-boo or just wanting to cuddle, Clayton loved when children were around him and the more the better. The arrival of his niece, Baby Claire, brought him such joy whenever she was near and ready to be held or played with. He loved her deeply. Four years ago, Clayton and his family moved to Novato, California to live. There they all found a true neighborhood in every sense of the word. Clayton and Barbara often remarked at how lucky they were to have the friends they came to love and treasure. Fred, Renee, Debbie, Mark, Pat, Sue, Mike, Janet, Mike, Cheryl, Jill, Tom, Barbara, and Andre', just to name a very few of the special people in Clayton's home world that became an important aspect of his life. Clayton served four years in the United States Army. Although it was only four years, he earned numerous commendations, recognitions, and awards. He was very proud of his enlisted years and even commented recently that he would gladly fight for his country in our most recent events if "they" would let him since he was "so old." Clayton had a very special bond with his sister, Diane. His nickname for her was Ding, which he lovingly called her into adulthood but had started because it was short for ding-a-ling! He loved telling stories about their growing up together in a lovely little town called Grafton in New Hampshire. It was there that Clayton graduated from Mascoma High among his many friends. A friend from those days, Luke, also had many stories to tell about all the trouble the two would stir up. Hours would pass between them as they swapped old stories, one after another. Another friend, Scott, also had funny and not-so-funny stories to tell about Clayton. He remarked often of what a "one of a kind man" Clayton was regarding how he lived. Although he was born and raised in New Hampshire, he was fortunate to have Uncle Wes, Aunt Carole, Nadine, Toby, Clyde, and Delaina here. Although it wasn't often that they saw each other, knowing they were there, just a phone call away, meant the world to Clayton. Clayton had another set of special relatives who lived close by -- Uncle Lew, Aunt Ruth and Ross were very special to him and he enjoyed visiting with them tremendously. Clayton also had relatives in France whom he loved dearly. My sister was right, Clayton was only 40 when he was taken from us all but he lived life to its fullest and as he always said to Barbara when she worried about him, "Baby, if it's my time to go, then I'll go and no one knows when or how so you just gotta give it your all, all the time." Well, Clayton gave it his all and, now, will be missed by all. A celebration of Clayton's life will take place on Wednesday, January 23 at 1:00pm at Keaton's Redwood Chapel of Marin, located at 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato. Private visitation will begin at 12:00. Immediately after, all are invited to the Bassett Family home for a reception. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established at the First National Bank at 975 El Camino Real, S. San Francisco, CA 94080 Attn: Randy. The name of the fund is The Clayton Bassett Memorial Fund. 

David Joseph Burgess
Passed away at home on January 15, 2002. A loving and devoted brother, uncle, and friend. He is survived by his brother Ron, sister-in-law Debra Burgess, and his nieces Danette Burgess, Lizette Burgess, Suzette Burgess, and other family members and friends whom he loved dearly. He is preceded in death by his father David W. Burgess and his mother Lucille A. Burgess. David was a native of San Francisco. He was an electrician and a long-time member of IBEW Local 6. He worked at Capital Electric with his brother Ron, and enjoyed working with all of his friends and family. He moved from San Francisco in 1975 to Marin County and lived in Greenbrae, San Rafael, Tiburon, and Novato. He was extremely intelligent in Math, Science, and Political Science; he would love talking to his friends and discussing all the issues of the world. He loved to read and had a photographic mind, so he memorized everything he read. He had a genuine love for children and animals which was easily seen when he was with his three nieces, and which became his main focus in life. He loved his nieces very much, Danette, Lizette, and Suzette, and he helped them to achieve their goals in life. He and his brother Ron had a special bond that no one could ever break. They were close from the time Ron was brought home from the hospital and Dave looked into the crib and it continued his whole life. The people who knew him will tell you he had a heart of gold. He will be truly missed by his friends and family. A special thanks to Lisa and Rick Knight, The Keller and Valls families for their love and support, and to so many friends who also offered help and support. God bless all of you, and Thank You All. Friends and Family may visit at 10:00 a.m., with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 22nd at Keaton's, 1801 Novato Boulevard in Novato. There will be a Funeral Mass celebrated at our Lady of Loretto Church at 10:30 a.m. on January 23rd at 1803 Novato Boulevard in Novato. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151 

Taner Pura
Passed away on January 14th, 2002. He co-owned the Lady Baltimore bakery in Novato. Taner possessed a warm and giving personality that will be missed by his family and customers. Funeral services will be held January 21st at 1:00 p.m. at the Napa Valley Memorial Park in Napa. A reception following the funeral will be held at 5:00 p.m. at Lady Baltimore, Novato. 

Wilma Young
Age 91, died in her sleep after a brief illness at her home in Corte Madera on Tuesday January 15th, 2002, a beautiful, sunny winter day. Wilma was the daughter of a gold rush era California family. During WWII Wilma was a police dispatcher in Sausalito. She served as Deputy City Clerk for Sausalito for twenty-nine years. Wilma and her husband owned a restaurant and grocery store in Sausalito. She was a past president of the Folk Dance Federation of America, a KTIM radio host, and an avid bingo fan for over fifty years. She traveled extensively throughout the west, studying the many historical sites. Wilma was preceded in death by her husband, Allyn T. Young, a Sausalito native. She is survived by a son, Thomas A. Young and his wife Lynne of Corte Madera; grandsons Lee Young of Forest Knolls, Noel young of Missoula, Montana, and Justin Young of Corte Madera. She is also survived by her sisters Betty Jenkins and Helen Berg, and many loving relatives. Donations may be sent to Hospice of Marin. 

Bernice "Babe" Behrendt
Died peacefully, January 12, 2002, two months short of her 100th birthday. Born Bernice Crocker on March 4, 1902 in San Francisco, she and her sister Edna performed a song and dance routine and were the top paying child act on the Pantages Northwest Circuit during the teens. She attended Polytechnic High School, where she was a star basketball player, and then Commerce, so she could learn "how to support" herself. She was a life-long dog fancier who, along with her husband Eduard (a dog show judge) bred, raised and showed purebred show dogs in the 30s and 40s. She became a superintendent for AKC sponsored dog shows and put on 12 to 15 dog shows a year for kennel clubs from Monterey to the Oregon border for nearly 50 years. She had lived in Kentfield since 1978. She will be best remembered for her long association with the Golden Gate Kennel Club for which she became Show secretary in 1940, and continued to superintend their shows, of which their winter show is one of the most prestigious in the U.S., until her retirement in 1999. She was honorary present of that group at the time of her death. Bernice is survived by her loving son Richard and daughter-in-law Susan of Ross, grandson Greg, his wife Amiira, granddaughter Kristen, all of Los Angeles; grandnieces Sharon Hallgrimson, Jennifer Buttimer Scharff, grandnephew Scott Buttimer and great grandnephew Erik Hallgrimson. Bernice loved dogs, the 49ers, good stories and a good laugh. Her sense of humor and strong faith saw her through nearly a century of life on her journey toward God. At her request, there will be no service, but her family plans a celebration of her 100 years later this year. Memorial donations may be made to Silent Unity, 1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, MO 64065-0001, or Guide Dogs for the Blind, P.O. Box 3950, San Rafael, CA 94912-3950. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Eileen Margaret Bullock
Died Wednesday, January 16th, 2002 from a long-term illness at age 52. Eileen was born in Kentfield and lived in Marin throughout her life. She attended St. Raphael's, San Rafael High and College of Marin. She was employed by Longs Drugs, Fireman's Fund and Freitas Law Firm. Eileen was an avid animal, nature, and theatre enthusiast and was often engaged in activities involving these areas. She also enjoyed, and was very skilled in, the arts of sewing, crocheting and knitting and always gave away her creations to those she loved. Eileen is lovingly remembered by her family which includes her mother, Helen Bullock of San Rafael, sisters Diane Ryan and Carol Patton of Vancouver, Washington, sister Mary Coyne of Castro Valley, sister Patricia Bullock-Booze of Antelope, brother David Bullock of Santa Rosa, brother Stephen Francis Bullock of Oakland and nine nieces and seven nephews. A Rosary will be held on Sunday, January 20th at 2:30 p.m. and a Memorial Mass on Monday, January 21st at 10:30 a.m. Both will occur at St. Isabella's Church in Terra Linda. Her family requests that in lieu of flowers, that remembrances be sent in Eileen's name to either: American Diabetes Association, 1900 Powell St., Emeryville, CA 94608 or to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, 11435 Cronhill Dr, Owings Mills, MD 21117. 

David Joseph Burgess
Passed away at home on January 15, 2002. A loving and devoted brother, uncle, and friend. He is survived by his brother Ron, sister-in-law Debra Burgess, and his nieces Danette Burgess, Lizette Burgess, Suzette Burgess, and other family members and friends whom he loved dearly. He is preceded in death by his father David W. Burgess and his mother Lucille A. Burgess. David was a native of San Francisco. He was an electrician and a long-time member of IBEW Local 6. He worked at Capital Electric with his brother Ron, and enjoyed working with all of his friends and family. He moved from San Francisco in 1975 to Marin County and lived in Greenbrae, San Rafael, Tiburon, and Novato. He was extremely intelligent in Math, Science, and Political Science; he would love talking to his friends and discussing all the issues of the world. He loved to read and had a photographic mind, so he memorized everything he read. He had a genuine love for children and animals which was easily seen when he was with his three nieces, and which became his main focus in life. He loved his nieces very much, Danette, Lizette, and Suzette, and he helped them to achieve their goals in life. He and his brother Ron had a special bond that no one could ever break. They were close from the time Ron was brought home from the hospital and Dave looked into the crib and it continued his whole life. The people who knew him will tell you he had a heart of gold. He will be truly missed by his friends and family. A special thanks to Lisa and Rick Knight, The Keller and Valls families for their love and support, and to so many friends who also offered help and support. God bless all of you, and Thank You All. Friends and Family may visit at 10:00 a.m., with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 22nd at Keaton's, 1801 Novato Boulevard in Novato. There will be a Funeral Mass celebrated at our Lady of Loretto Church at 10:30 a.m. on January 23rd at 1803 Novato Boulevard in Novato. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151.


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