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Carmen J. Chavez
Age 88, widow of I. Paul Chavez of San Rafael, died October 29, 2001 in Carson City, Nevada. She was surrounded by her three surviving daughters, Josephine Pickens Varner, Carmen G. Fraga and Helen J. Chavez. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be conducted by Keaton Mortuary, San Rafael. A Rosary will take place on Thursday evening, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. and a Mass will be celebrated at St. Raphael Church Friday, November 2, 2001 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571 

Mary Henry Crow
Was born on April 6, 1952 and passed away unexpectedly after a long illness on October 26, 2001 in her Sausalito home. Mary was loved by all who knew her for her warmth, sense of humor, and bright spirit. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State Northridge in 1975 and was recognized with distinction in her career as Human Resource Manager at UCLA and UCSF. She is survived by her beloved husband Joseph Crow, her father John Henry of Cutler, California, her sisters Anita Bryson of Piedmont, California, Jean Henry of Needham, Massachusetts, Cheryl Perry of Bethesda, Maryland, her brother Jim Henry of Fresno, California and many loving nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service is being held at the Sausalito Presbyterian Church in Sausalito on Friday, November 2 at 12:00 p.m. She will be interred at Smith Mountain Cemetery in Dinuba, California. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Ruth Noonan Thompson, Mother and Friend
Born in New York City in 1917, a graduate of Manhattanville College and a resident of San Rafael since 1958, Ruth passed away at the Nazareth House in Terra Linda on October 27, 2001. Devoted wife of the late William J. Thompson, Ruth was the loving mother of Kevin, Tom, Bill and Mark Thompson, Mary Tara McCarthy and Micaela Presti; sons-in-law Clem McCarthy and Joseph Presti, M.D.; and daughters-in-law Therese Hopkins and Karen Thompson. Her precious grandchildren are Elizabeth, Will, Joe and Andrew. She is also survived by her beloved sister Catherine Tobin of Albany, NY, and several nephews, nieces and cousins. Her extended family included John Rogan, the late Ann (Netta) Strom, Mel Strom and her dear friend Charlotte Euwer of New Jersey. Ruth enjoyed her many friends on both coasts. Very outgoing, she had a keen interest in the welfare of people. A long time member of St. Isabella's Parish and a volunteer at her children's schools, Kaiser Hospital and the Nazareth House, Ruth loved reading, opera, travel, Cheez-Its and telling stories of her years on the ranch in Colorado. Ruth had a warm sense of humor and made her children laugh until the end. Ruth also had a deep commitment to her faith. Her children are grateful for the loving care that the Sisters of Nazareth and staff of Nazareth House extended to Ruth and her family. A Mass celebrating Ruth's life will be offered Thursday, November 1, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Isabella's in Terra Linda. Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Nazareth House. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to the Nazareth House, 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903. 

Gearhart Edwin Weber, December 25, 1927-October 22, 2001
Died October 22, 2001. Born December 25, 1927 in Fresno, California to Peter and Katherine Weber. Survived by his wife Betty Jean Weber and their children Thomas P. Weber, Patrick G. Weber, Michael A. Weber and was predeceased by their son Robert E. Weber. Also survived by his former wife Mary Weber and their children; Christopher E. Weber, Susan B. Pomilia, Steven C. Weber, and Karen E. Cornett; and sixteen grandchildren; his sister, Elsie Reinhardt, his brother Leo Weber, his sister Marilyn Beck, his aunt Marie Fleming his uncle Rudy Geringer, and was predeceased by his sister Bernice Nagel. Ed attended Fresno State College where he lettered in Varsity football before he joined the army, serving in Japan. Ed then began a long career at the Pacific Bell Telephone Company, starting as a lineman and ending in management. He then worked as senior officer at U.W. Western in San Francisco until his retirement in 1990. Ed lived at Rossmoor Retirement Community where he was very active in Kiwanis, the Diablo Symphony, the Roadrunners RV Club and the Trails Club. He belonged to the Historical Society of Germans from Russia and was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church. Ed was very proud of his large and bountiful garden, providing fruits, vegetables and beautiful roses for his family, friends, and neighbors. A Memorial Service will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Creek Blvd. in Walnut Creek, on Saturday, November 3, at 11:00 A.M. Reception to follow. 

Jane H. Adams
Passed away October 11, 2001. Before her retirement she was a counselor at Redwood High School, past president of CSF, and a volunteer at Marin General Hospital. At her request, burial arrangements were made through the Neptune Society with no service to be held. Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. 

Carmen J. Chavez
Age 88, widow of I. Paul Chavez of San Rafael, died October 29, 2001 in Carson City, Nevada. She was surrounded by her three surviving daughters, Josephine Pickens Varner, Carmen G. Fraga and Helen J. Chavez. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be conducted by Keaton Mortuary, San Rafael. A Rosary will take place on Thursday evening, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. and a Mass will be celebrated at St. Raphael Church Friday, November 2, 2001 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571 

Augustine "Gus" Donoghue
A Memorial Service will be held for Gus at St. Ignatius Church on the campus of the University of San Francisco, Fulton and Parker Streets on Saturday, November 10, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. 

Henry Arthur Muller
Passed away on October 22, 2001 in Marin County. He had been a resident of Sleepy Hollow for 65 years, and was born in San Francisco on May 5, 1913. He is survived by daughter Maxine and husband Larry Nilsen; son Mark Muller and wife Jennie Muller and their son John Muller; and beloved cat, Rainbow. He was a long time building contractor; one of the original members of the Sleepy Hollow Homes Association; and helped build the Club House. He was a member of the Flying Cloud Sea Scouts and also of the Corinthian Yacht Club and the San Francisco Bay Oceanic Crew Group. Henry loved the sea and spent all his life sailing and teaching boating. He also built several sailboats, including a Thunderbird called the Yahi. Arrangements by the Neptune Society of Marin County, California. 

Ruth Noonan Thompson, Mother and Friend
Born in New York City in 1917, a graduate of Manhattanville College and a resident of San Rafael since 1958, Ruth passed away at the Nazareth House in Terra Linda on October 27, 2001. Devoted wife of the late William J. Thompson, Ruth was the loving mother of Kevin, Tom, Bill and Mark Thompson, Mary Tara McCarthy and Micaela Presti; sons-in-law Clem McCarthy and Joseph Presti, M.D.; and daughters-in-law Therese Hopkins and Karen Thompson. Her precious grandchildren are Elizabeth, Will, Joe and Andrew. She is also survived by her beloved sister Catherine Tobin of Albany, NY, and several nephews, nieces and cousins. Her extended family included John Rogan, the late Ann (Netta) Strom, Mel Strom and her dear friend Charlotte Euwer of New Jersey. Ruth enjoyed her many friends on both coasts. Very outgoing, she had a keen interest in the welfare of people. A long time member of St. Isabella's Parish and a volunteer at her children's schools, Kaiser Hospital and the Nazareth House, Ruth loved reading, opera, travel, Cheez-Its and telling stories of her years on the ranch in Colorado. Ruth had a warm sense of humor and made her children laugh until the end. Ruth also had a deep commitment to her faith. Her children are grateful for the loving care that the Sisters of Nazareth and staff of Nazareth House extended to Ruth and her family. A Mass celebrating Ruth's life will be offered Thursday, November 1, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Isabella's in Terra Linda. Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Nazareth House. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to the Nazareth House, 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903. 

Ani Lawlor Couch
Passed away on Sunday October 21st, 2001 after a 4-year illness. She is survived by her husband of 21 years Richard Couch, her brothers William and Peter Lawlor and her sister Susan O'Rourke. She was born in Glendale, California on January 4, 1956 and during her 45 years she was a champion Body Builder, avid Science Fiction collector and had a successful massage practice. She moved to Northern California in 1973 and settled in Marin in 1991. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday November 10th at the Fairfax Women's Club, 46 Park Rd, Fairfax CA. from 12:00PM - 6:00PM. It was Ani's wish that instead of flowers donations be made to the National Brain Tumor Foundation. National Brain Tumor Foundation, 414 13th Street, Suite 700 Oakland, CA 94612 - 2603. 

Leo W. Gleason
Died October 25, 2001 in Sonoma. A native of Syracuse, New York age 75. He is survived by his loving wife Betty and Seven children Jay Krenick, Ellen Cutrie and Elizabeth McCarthy all of Syracuse, New York, Thomas Krenicki and John Gleason of Novato, California. Leanne O'Sullivan and Marilyn Camilleri both of Sonoma. Also sixteen loving grandchildren and one great- grand daughter. A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, October 30, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Solano Catholic Church, corner of West Third and West Napa Streets (300 West Napa). Interment at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Sonoma. Arrangements under the direction of Duggan's Mission Chapel, Sonoma. (707) 996-3655. 

Joyce Lorraine Hobbs
Age 68, of Cameron Park, Calif. died October 16, 2001. She was born in Virginia in 1933. Mrs. Hobbs was a avid reader. She studied and graduated from Sonoma State College while raising seven children. She later joined her husband in the auto repair business as a mechanic. A mom and pop repair shop, Automotive Unlimited. She was an active member of the Regia Aeronautica of Marin. She is survived by her husband Richard Hobbs Sr., her sons Richard Hobbs Jr., James Hobbs and Jeffrey Hobbs, her daughters Teresa Hobbs, Kathleen Qualls, Sherry Larrabure, and Sally Moder. 14 grand children and 4 great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held January 23-2002 in Cameron Park, California. 

Nora Moeller
Passed away quietly on Monday, October 22, 2001, on the eve of her 94th birthday. Nora was a resident of Marin County for 56 years. Nora is survived by her loving daughters Carol Moeller Costa of Fairfax,CA, Sigrid Erika of Taos, NM, and Mira Moeller of Chico, CA. Her dear sister Marie Westwood, four grandchildren Pau, Tanya, Arjan and Karminder, and great-grandson Santino will also miss her. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and extended family members who loved and admired her. She was preceded in death by three of her siblings, Robin, Ella, and Mark, her husband Eric, her son Dirk, and her grandson Ranko. She was born October 23, 1907 to Dutch parents Catharina and Iwan Serrurier in Altadena, CA, where she grew up. In the late 1920's she moved to Berkeley to attend the University of California, where she earned a B.A. in Fine Arts. She spent one year studying art in Paris before returning to Berkeley to marry Eric Moeller in 1929. She and Eric lived on Lagunitas Road in Ross with their three children from 1945 until Ericís death in 1972. She then lived in San Anselmo until about one year ago. Nora had a lifelong passion for learning. She was an avid reader and lover of art, music and theater. She will be remembered for her strong interest in world events. For many years, beginning in the late 1950ís, she was active in the American Association for the United Nations, and served as Marin Chapter President. She organized a guest lecture by Eleanor Roosevelt for students in Marin. She later co-chaired the Marin committee which raised funds for UNICEF through the sale of greeting cards. Nora loved traveling, the outdoors, and exploring other cultures. She and Eric trekked on foot across British Columbia in 1933, a time when it was rare for a young woman to partake of such adventure. They also made numerous trips to Europe and Mexico and hosted several foreign exchange students in their Ross home. Well into her 80's, Nora welcomed travelers from around the world into her home. Nora cared passionately about protecting the environment. She recycled everything from envelopes to rainwater and at age 90 insisted on walking to the grocery store to prevent pollution. At age 50 she began to practice yoga daily and continued until very recently. Nora was very self-sufficient, hard-working and generous. She did most of her own property maintenance until her 90's and shared her cabin on the Mendocino coast with many friends and family for over 40 years. A memorial gathering is being planned. For information please call 530-891-6835 or e-mail rabrown@nevada.edu. In lieu of flowers Nora would have preferred that everyone make a charitable donation to one of her favorite organizations. The family suggests the Nature Conservancy or the League of Women Voters. 

John Marshall Hancock
A native of New York, New York, age 83 years. John passed away at his home in Forest Knolls on October 12, 2001. John was the devoted husband of my late mother, Clifford A. Hancock. John was the beloved stepfather of: Durel (Pat) Damos and family of San Anselmo; Keth (Joe) Patton of Columbia, California; Kelly Slattery and family of Forest Knolls; James Slattery and family of Forest Knolls; and Antoinette (Toni) Reynolds and family of Cotati. John was also the step-grandfather to Brent Barnes, Tracy Barnes, Maria Kinney and Ryan Reynolds. John Hancock's father was Marshall Hamilton Hancock of Chicago. His mother was Elizabeth Page Hancock of New York, NY. John had a late brother, Page Hancock, of London, England. John was the patriarch of a family and extended family too numerous to list here. I apologize for any omissions. He was a typographer, having retired many years ago. He retired from Omnicomp in San Francisco. Prior to that he had worked for the Marin I.J. After retirement, he and my mother travelled extensively. He also enjoyed playing bridge at the Goldennaires in San Rafael. Friends and family are invited to attend the Funeral Liturgy on Saturday, November 3, 2001 at St. Cecilia Church in Lagunitas, California. The Ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m. Reception after. Contributions may be made to Whistlestop Wheels or the Goldennaires in San Rafael. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo - 415-453-8440 

Suzanne (Sue) M. Ferrari
Sue Ferrari passed away at her Rohnert Park home on October 23, 2001. Wife of the late George F. Rich and the late Ray Ferrari. She is the beloved mother of Michael Rich and his wife, Jeannie Lamp of Naperville, Illinois. Grandmother of Lindsay Rich and Aaron Rich both of Naperville, Illinois. She was born in San Francisco, California on December 26, 1933. Daughter of the late George D. Jetter and Ann Jetter Gumperz. She was raised in Marin County, attended Tamalpais High School and graduated from Sir Frances Drake High School in 1953. Sue was active in Marin General Hospital Volunteers during the 60's and served on the Council of Volunteers in 1967. From 1970-72 she was president of Ross General Hospital Volunteers. She has been an avid supporter and contributor to Friends of the Animals in the Redwood Empire in Rohnert Park. At her request, there will not be a service. The family prefers contributions be made to F.A.I.R.E., P.O. Box 2001, Rohnert Park, CA 94927. Arrangements made by PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue & Keokuk Street, Petaluma, CA. 

Norine Ferrari Gamba
Passed away on October 14, 2001 in San Rafael at age 86. Beloved wife of the late Vincent L. Gamba. Devoted mother of Barbara Jean Gamba and Richard Gamba. Cherished grandmother of Scott, Trevor and Amy Gamba. Loving great grandmother of Ashlyn Gamba. Private family services were held. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Marin Unit, P.O. Box 151685, San Rafael, CA 94915. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned & Operated San Anselmo õ 415-453-8440. 

Elois Elaine Miggins
Elois Elaine was born on May 3, 1953 to George Coleman Sr. and Alice May in Greenbrae, California. The family has resided in Marin City since 1944. Elois better known as "Elaine" was a graduate of Tamalpais High School. After high school, Elaine began her career in banking and worked in the financial industry for 29 years. Elaine was an avid reader, loved watching her favorite television programs, and enjoyed cooking. She was a wonderful hostess, opening her home during the holidays for family gatherings. Her flare for decor was always evident for all occasions. Elaine was preceded in death by her father George Coleman Sr., sister Betty Times, and niece Allison Joy Camp. She leaves to cherish her memory husband Jimmie Louis Miggins, daughter LaShawn Monic Miggins, granddaughter Ashia Anisha Daniels; mother, Alice Coleman; sisters: Corene Camp, Yvonne Wallace, Mary Combs, Barbara Morgan, and Annette Holloway; brothers Robert Coleman and George Coleman Jr. Five brothers-in-law, a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Quiet Hour will be held on Monday, October 29, 2001 from 7:00 p.m. 'til 8:00 p.m. at Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel, 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. A Homegoing will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 30, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church, 501 Drake Avenue, Marin City. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Jane Ellery Neibert
Age 79, passed away at home on October 24, 2001 following a brief illness. She was a longtime resident of Tiburon. She leaves behind her two sons, Peter of Kentfield and Christopher of Sacramento, and three grandchildren, Dana, Joshua and Jericho. She was predeceased in death by her husband, Wid Neibert and her granddaughter Sage Elizabeth Neibert. Private family services will be held and interment will be at sea. Donations in her memory may be made to the Make a Wish Foundation or to a charity of your choice. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael (415) 453-0571. 

Dorothy May Rath
Long time resident of Napa, California passed away on October 23, 2001 in Gilbert, Arizona at the age of 80. Dorothy was born on March 26, 1921 in San Rafael, California, the daughter of Roy and Evelyn Prescott. Dorothy was the youngest of seven girls. She came to Sun Lakes, Arizona one year ago. Dorothy worked as a medical records clerk for many years, the last eight years, she worked for Napa Co. Infirmary, retiring in 1971. She was a member of the Napa Valley Country Club. Dorothy is survived by two daughters: Donna M. Ingram of Sun Lakes, Arizona and Judy A. Bartlett of Cotati, California; a sister, Nona Tilley of Charlston, S. Carolina; six grandchildren: Judy Morris, Mike Bartlett, Sheri Dicker, Bill Bartlett, Brian Bartlett and Dona Latham, eight great grandchildren: Shanna, Greg, Jenafer, Jimmy, Christine, Blake, Maria and Jessica. Inurnment will be in Napa, California. Arrangements entrusted to Valley of the Sun Mortuary, 10940 E. Chandler Hts. Rd. in Chandler, Arizona 85248, 480-985-9232. 

Rosaria "Rose" Sansone
Rose Sansone passed away on October 23, 2001 after fighting a courageous ten-year battle with Multiple Myeloma. She was born in Lioni, Italy on Christmas Eve 1940 and immigrated to New York with her family in 1958. She met and married her husband, Giovanni, in New York in 1966. They honeymooned in Carmel, fell in love with California, and settled in San Rafael and finally Novato. They owned and operated Giovanni's Restaurant in Novato for many years. She enjoyed gardening at home and hiking on Mt. Burdell. As the second of nine children, Rose helped raise her younger siblings. She was a devoted mother and wife. We admired her for her great strength and love for her family. She was a blessing to all and taught us so much. She left us with the wisdom to live a life of loving and caring for one another. Even up until the last hours of her life she was able to bring us closer together than we ever thought possible. Her only grandchild, Isabella, was "Nonna's" little angel. Rose passed away at home, surrounded by family and friends, on Isabella's third birthday. We could not have asked for anything more special. Rose is survived by her husband Giovanni, and their loving children John, Rosanna, Michael and his wife Donna, and granddaughter Isabella Rose; mother Antonia Soriano Tuosto, brothers Michelangelo, Vito, Pasquale, Antonio, and sister Filomena all of New York; brother Nicholas of San Rafael; and two nephews and eight nieces. She was preceded in death by her father Nicola Amato Tuosto and her brothers Gerardo and Francesco. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass Friday, October 26, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Loretto, 1806 Novato Blvd., Novato. Interment follows at Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael, CA. For information, contact Adobe Creek Funeral Home, 707-789-9000. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations in her name to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 3 Forest Street, New Canaan, CT 06840, 203-972-1250. 

In Memoriam - Larry Drake
Poet, died October 14, 2001 at age 89. He is survived by his daughter Judith and his grandson Michael. There will be a Celebration of Larry's Life at the Unitarian Church of Marin, 240 Channing Way, Terra Linda, Sunday, November 4th, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. His loving friends at the College of Marin. 

William Randolph Leathers
Passed away October 22, 2001 at age 83. He was born in St. Louis Missouri and raised in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Mr. Leathers attended Taft Prep. School and was a graduate of Yale University in 1941. He served in the O.S.S. as a Captain during World War II. He taught map reading in Aberdeen, Maryland during the war. He married Anne Flaherty in 1944 and they resided in Kansas City, Missouri until 1967 when they moved to Greenbrae, California. Mr. Leathers was employed with John Hancock Life Insurance Co. as a general agent for 35 years. He was a consummate traveler, a railroad and cruise ship connoisseur. Mr. Leathers was predeceased by his wife in 1971; and a son, "Ned" Edmund Leathers. He is survived by daughters, Anne Clune of Seattle, Washington and Martha Arrington of Lockeford, California; son, Randy Leathers of Greensboro, North Carolina and five grandchildren. Chapel Services will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Keaton's Mortuary in San Rafael, CA. Visitation will not be held. Committal at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society, Lodi Unit, 207 East Alpine Avenue, Stockton, CA 95204. Local arrangements are under the direction of the Lodi Funeral Home. 

Rosaria "Rose" Sansone
Rose Sansone passed away on October 23, 2001 after fighting a courageous ten-year battle with Multiple Myeloma. She was born in Lioni, Italy on Christmas Eve 1940 and immigrated to New York with her family in 1958. She met and married her husband, Giovanni, in New York in 1966. They honeymooned in Carmel, fell in love with California, and settled in San Rafael and finally Novato. They owned and operated Giovanni's Restaurant in Novato for many years. She enjoyed gardening at home and hiking on Mt. Burdell. As a daughter and a sister, Rose helped raise her younger siblings. She was a devoted mother and wife. We admired her for her great strength and love for her family. She was a blessing to all and taught us so much. She left us with the wisdom to live a life of loving and caring for one another. Even up until the last hours of her life she was able to bring us closer together than we ever thought possible. Her only grandchild, Isabella, was "Nonna's" little angel. Rose passed away at home, surrounded by family and friends, on Isabella's third birthday. We could not have asked for anything more special. Rose is survived by her husband Giovanni, and their loving children John, Rosanna, Michael and his wife Donna, and granddaughter Isabella Rose; mother Antonia Soriano Tuosto, brothers Michelangelo, Vito, Pasquale, Antonio, and sister Filomena all of New York; brother Nicholas of San Rafael; and two nephews and eight nieces. She was preceded in death by her father Nicola Amato Tuosto and her brothers Gerardo and Francesco. Friends can gather for a Vigil Service Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Loretto Church, and are invited to attend the Funeral Mass Friday, October 26, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Loretto, 1806 Novato Blvd., Novato. Interment follows at Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael, CA. For information, contact Adobe Creek Funeral Home, 707-789-9000. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations in her name to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 3 Forest Street, New Canaan, CT 06840, 203-972-1250. 

Delbert L. Blackburn Sr.
Longtime Marin resident and actor passed away at Stanford Hospital in Stanford on October 18, 2001 at the age of 66. He was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma on August 23, 1935. Delbert made his home for the last 20 years in Fairfax and was a resident of Marin County for 60 years. He is survived by sons: Michael Blackburn of Petaluma, Delbert Blackburn Jr. of Santa Rosa, Bruce Gattoni of Middletown, and Mark Gattoni of Santa Rosa, and three grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his mother, Helen Blackburn of Shawnee, Oklahoma and his wife, Wilma Blackburn. Delbert had retired from the Golden Gate Transit, where he was a bus driver. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, and avid writer and storyteller, longtime actor and artist. A Memorial Service will be held at Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church, 100 Tarry Road, San Anselmo, CA 415-453-8221 on Saturday, October 27, 2001 at 12:30 p.m. Arrangements by Neptune Society of Northern CA, Belmont, CA, 650-592-9880. 

Viola M. Bowie
Passed away Sunday, October 21, 2001 fortified with the Sacraments of the Holy Mother Church. Beloved wife of the late Wendell Bowie; mother of Bette Engels; grandmother of Susan Reams and Jeffrey Engels. Dear sister of Olive R. Sommers and her husband Raymond of St. Louis, Missouri; dear aunt of Stanley Baer and his wife Nancy of Jacksonville, Florida, Carole Johannsen and her husband Larry of Antioch, California and Sandra Baer of Washington, D.C. She is also the dear grand aunt, great grand aunt, and friend of many. Family and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, October 25, 2001 at Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel, 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Thursday. Interment will be at Santa Rosa Memorial Park, Santa Rosa, California. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hanna Boys Center, 17000 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476 or to a charity of your choice. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Constance Mary Hyde Hayes
Kind and loving Connie Hayes, passed away on October 15, 2001. Connie was a native of San Francisco born the 22nd day of August 1922 and a resident of Marin County for 36 years. Connie graduated from Commerce High. She worked for Standard Oil Co. in San Francisco and ARAMCO in New York. She later worked in the travel business, and the law office of Harold R. Hayes in San Rafael. Connie loved animals dedicating herself as volunteer Puppy Tester at Guide Dogs for the Blind for ten years. Connie married twice. Her first husband was Edward J. Hyde, an Engineer with Standard Oil Co. Her second husband was Harold R. Hayes, a longtime Marin Attorney. Connie will rest at peace with Harold at the San Francisco National Cemetery at the Presidio. At her request, there will be no funeral service. Connie is survived by her stepchildren, Martha Haldimann of Sierre, Switzerland; Judy Hyde of San Francisco; Heidi Belden of Cottonwood; and Karen Karlow of Tomales; three stepgrandchildren, Brooke Belden and Loui and Casey Karlow; Godchild, Susan Moitoza; Aunt, Marie Russe and Cousin, Joan Reynolds of Ventura. She was a Lady Elk with the San Rafael Elks Club and a member of the San Rafael Goldenaires. Memorial Contributions may be made to The Humane Society, Cancer Society or Hospice of Marin. 

Ellenruth Hellmann
Born March 2, 1905 in Germany, died on October 15, 2001 at the age of 96. Ellenruth passed away peacefully in her sleep at Marin General Hospital. She lived in San Anselmo for 29 years and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Her husband Otto Hellmann, her daughter, Ellenruth Milton and her great-grandson, Bjorn Schuldt preceded her in death. She is survived by her son, Rolf Hellmann and his wife Annemarie; her daughter, Ilse Cabral and her husband, Siegfried; her grandchildren, Ingrid Schuldt, Georgette Monez, Doris Hellmann, Eric Hellmann, Katherine van Dalen and Genevieve Martens; also by her great-grandchildren, Eli Schuldt, Kyle Monez, Tyler Monez, Trent Hellmann, Carlie Hellmann and Iris van Dalen; also nieces and nephews in Germany. There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, October 27, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 333 Woodland Avenue, San Rafael. Donations in Ellenruth's memory may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church. Interment is private. 

Beverly June Barone
Died October 11, 2001 at the age of 71 at Marin General Hospital from complications of late stage cancer diagnosed in June. She is survived by her son John, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren, six sisters, a brother, James Rogan and his wife and two children. Beverly was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend and is deeply missed by them. She was two years a widow and had spent many happy years as an active member of the Mill Valley Tennis Club with her husband Jack of 37 years. She loved to entertain and was an excellent homemaker and cook, as well as supporter and assistant to her husband in his building business. No funeral was held in accordance with her wishes. A private Memorial took place at her home on Saturday, October 20th for her closest family and friends. Donations in her name are gratefully accepted by Hospice of Marin. 

Viola M. Bowie
Passed away Sunday, October 21, 2001 fortified with the Sacraments of the Holy Mother Church. Beloved wife of the late Wendell Bowie; mother of Bette Engels; grandmother of Susan Reams and Jeffrey Engels. Dear sister of Olive R. Sommers and her husband Raymond of St. Louis, Missouri; dear aunt of Stanley Baer and his wife Nancy of Jacksonville, Florida, Carole Johannsen and her husband Larry of Antioch, California and Sandra Baer of Washington, D.C. She is also the dear grand aunt, great grand aunt, and friend of many. Family and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, October 25, 2001 at Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel, 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Thursday. Interment will be at Santa Rosa Memorial Park, Santa Rosa, California. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hanna Boys Center, 17000 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476 or to a charity of your choice. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Sister M. Laura Bray, OP
Sister Laura Bray, a Dominican Sister of San Rafael for 69 years, died on October 21, 2001 at Lourdes Convent in San Rafael. She was 90 years of age. Sister Laura, a native of San Francisco, entered the Dominican Sisters upon graduation from Notre Dame High School. For over 40 years, Sister Laura ministered as teacher and administrator at St. Dominic School, Los Angeles, St. Dominic School, San Francisco, St. Thomas School, Reno, St. Mary School, San Leandro, St. Raphael School, San Rafael, St. Michael School, Livermore, and S. John Vianney School, Rancho Cordova. Upon retirement, Sister Laura served at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Reno in admitting and chaplaincy until 1987. For a short while, Sister Laura provided volunteer services at San Domenico in San Anselmo before moving to Lourdes Convent. Sister Laura is survived by her brothers Frank Bray and Kevin Bray, her nephew Rev. Kevin Bray, nieces Maureen Bray, Bonnie Bray Doak, Karen Bray, Kristine Kain, Kathleen Bray and many great nieces and nephews. Her brother, Harry Bray died in 1930. The Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2001 at the Dominican Sisters Center, 1520 Grand Avenue, San Rafael at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Dominic Cemetery in Benicia. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Dominic, 1520 Grand Avenue, San Rafael, California 94901. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-543-0571.


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