Miscellaneous Marin County, California Obituaries


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Jean Marie Mattos Maguire Mitchell
A San Francisco Symphony cellist of 35 years and a founder of the Marin and other Symphonies, passed away at her Mill Valley Home on October 8, 2001 due to a serious liver ailment. She was 80 years of age. Mrs. Maguire Mitchell was born in Stockton Calif. in 1921. After living in San Francisco she settled in Mill Valley Calif. in 1930 and remained there until her death. Beginning the Cello at age nine, she studied under Stanislas Bem of the San Francisco Conservatory, Williem Van den Burg, Principal Cellist of the Philadelphia Symphony, and Boris Blinder, Principal Cellist of the San Francisco Symphony. She attended Mill Valley public schools and graduated from Tamalpais High School. In 1935 she was the first winner of the Marin Music Chest Scholarship and later awarded a full scholarship to Dominican College. Her musical career began with dance band orchestras in the San Francisco area and included performing with Duke Ellington, Henry Mancini, Charles Mingus, Earnie Hecksher, and other renowned jazz musicians. Before continuing her career in classical music she played at the Curran, Geary, and Circle Star Theaters. She frequently performed in the Carmel Bach Festival. She started her classical career with the Houston Symphony Orchestra in 1950 under Efrem Kurtz. When she returned to Marin in 1951, she founded the Marin Symphony Orchestra with Ann Oppenheim, Tina Dewey, and Charles Meacham. She was a soloist with the San Jose, Sacramento, and Monterey Symphonies and performed with visiting orchestras and ballets including the New York City Ballet and the Fujiwara Opera Company of Japan. She was the first President and Principal Cellist for the Marin Symphony for 32 years. She was a featured soloist with the Marin Symphony on several occasions performing Schelomo (composed by Mill Valley resident Ernest Bloch), Beethoven's Triple Concerto, Dvorak's Cello Concerto and Strauss's Don Quixote. She continued to perform with Charles Meacham for over 40 years as one of the founders of the Marin Arts Quartet. She auditioned for and won a chair in the San Francisco Symphony cello section with Maestro Enrique Jorda in 1957. She progressed to the fifth chair of the cello section. During her musical career she developed close friendships with Arthur Feidler of the Boston Pops and Seiji Ozawa with whom she, along with the San Francisco Symphony, toured Japan, Europe, and Russia. After retiring from the San Francisco Symphony she founded the Emeritus Symphony Orchestra, comprised of retired musicians, which performed a number of free concerts throughout the Bay Area. Mrs. Maguire Mitchell also founded the Clear lake Performing Arts Society. She taught cello students privately for over 50 years an was on the faculty of College of Marin and San Domenico High School. On October 22, 2000, Mrs. Mitchell was awarded the first Sali Lieberman Award by the City of Mill Valley Art Commission for her accomplishments in the field of music. Mrs. Maguire Mitchell was the sixth liver transplant on the west coast (1988). She was forever grateful for the donation of her liver and fervently promoted organ donations in her later years. She is survived by her sister, Bernice Schneider of Belvedere and children of two marriages. Mrs. Maguire Mitchell was first married to Robert M. Maguire with whom she had three children Michael A. Maguire of Mill Valley, a Manager with AC Transit, Daniel G. Maguire, a Marin County Attorney and Monica J. Maguire of Santa Rosa, a Cellist that has performed with San Francisco, Marin, and Santa Rosa Symphonies. She then married Lucien Mitchell, Principal Violist with the San Francisco Opera and a member of the San Francisco Symphony for more than 35 years. She is also survived by a step daughter, Susan Zelenek of Santa Rosa and Step Daughter-in-law, Rose Marie Mitchell of Redwood City. She has 18 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Visitation and Rosary will be Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel Miller Avenue Mill Valley Thursday 6:30 p.m. and a Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Friday October 12, 2001 at St. Hillary's Church, Tiburon. The family requests any donations to be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel 270 Miller Avenue Mill Valley, CA 415-388-1573. 

William J. (Bill) Bond, January 24, 1928 - Sept. 16, 2001
Age 73, died on September 16, 2001, in Oregon. Born in Marin County, he was the son of Fred and Pansy (Barnes) Bond. He graduated from San Rafael H.S. in 1945 and joined the Navy where he served in the SeaBees (Construction Battalion). He met and married Ruth (Burnham) Bond, August 18, 1951 who graduated from Tamalpais High, and moved to Santa Rosa in 1959 thru 1979. Then to Graeagle, CA in 1979, and Oregon in 1990. He and his wife Ruth, of 50 years, raised seven children. He was a retired Carpenter by trade and in the Carpenter's Union in Santa Rosa. Sons: Larry Bond, CA, Tom Bond, OR, Daughters: Kathy Wilson of NV, Penny Pollock, Connie Sypriano and Margie Wayt of CA, Amy Hebert of WA, Sister & Brother-in-law, Shirley and Harry Cordall of Palm Springs. Also, 12 grandchildren and 1½ great grandchildren. He will be deeply missed. No services held. Contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation. 

Douglas J. de La Fontaine
Died on Friday, October 5, 2001. Loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Doug is survived by his wife, Trudy de La Fontaine; sons, Doug, Bill, Erik, Marc, John; and daughter, Suzy. Born in Fort Bragg on February 22, 1924, Doug was raised and lived in Mill Valley, retiring later to live in Forestville. Doug was a graduate of Tamalpais High School and U.C. Berkeley. He was a WWII veteran, awarded The Presidential Unit Citation while serving aboard the U.S. Submarine Cavalla. "Doug will be greatly missed and always loved. His patience, kindness, selflessness and humor will always be remembered by all who loved him, and we hope that the example he set with his life will serve to make us all stronger and better people." Memorial Services will be held at Summer Home Park on Sunday, October 14th, 2001 at 12 Noon. LAFFERTY & SMITH COLONIAL CHAPEL. 

Mary "Mickey" Remy McBride
Born July 4, 1921 in San Francisco and died October 6th, 2001 at Hillside Care Center in Terra Linda. Mrs. McBride had resided in Marin since 1929. She is survived by her children, Ron and (Cammie) Barbash of Kentfield, Billie Barbash and (Bob Burton) of San Rafael, grandchildren, Remy Franklin, Andrew, Chris and Stevie Burton, great grandchildren, Jeffrey and Devon Franklin and her brother, Robert (and Vida) Remy of San Rafael. Services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 10 at Chapel of the Hills Mortuary, 330 Red Hill Avenue, San Anselmo and at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 11, 2001 at St. Raphael's Mission Chapel on 5th Street in San Rafael. 

James Keith Morris
Passed away suddenly at Lake Tahoe on Sunday, September 30, 2001. Born in Oakland, California on April 3, 1935 to Florence (nee Tate) and George Morris. Jim attended City College/S.F. and served in the Korean War. He was a long time associate of Tate/Reynolds Co. later known as Envirocare. He is survived by his two loving daughters and their spouses: Janine and Peter Barth, Katherine and Tom Knoll and his dear granddaughter, Lauren Barth. Jim was predeceased by his parents, his brothers, Richard Morris of Carson City and Tom Morris of Walnut Creek. He is survived by his sisters, Nancy Petersen (Sid), Suzanne Caffey of Laguna Beach, and Margaret Morris of Inverness, sister-in-law, Marilyn Morris, as well as many nieces and nephews. Also left grieving is the Tate family, including his beloved Aunt Harriet. Jim is also survived by the mother of his daughters, his first wife, Louise and by his second wife, Donna. Memorial contributions may be made to National Parkinson Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136-1494. For information regarding the Memorial Service, please call M. Morris at 415-663-1621. 

Ophelia G. (Cesena) Sanchez Born March 14, 1930, native of San Francisco, California, passed away peacefully on October 6, 2001 at the age of 71. She is survived by her beloved husband, Joseph Sanchez and daughter, Eileen Sisemore and grandchildren, Lesly Griffin and her husband, Scott and great grandsons, Jack and Erik and grandchildren Joey, Renee, Victor Easley and Ryan Sisemore. Also survived by her mother-in-law, Julia Sanchez and mother Josephine Cesena; sister, Lupe Villar; brother, Edward Cesena and numerous nieces and nephews and many close relatives and good friends. She was a graduate of Mission High School and Munson Business College. She was a volunteer at Peninsula Humane Society and College of San Mateo. We will always love her and she will be missed by everyone touched by her beauty. Friends may visit on Wednesday, October 10, 2001 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the Vigil Service beginning at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, October 11, 2001 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Lukes Catholic Church in Foster City, California. All contributions preferred to the Peninsula Humane Society. O'Connell's Funeral Chapel 1311 South El Camino Real San Mateo, California 650-345-8585. 

James Van Buskirk
Died peacefully at home on September 26, 2001. He was 72 years old. He served in WWII and as a Navy pilot in Korea. He graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Jim was an avid skier. He and his wife, Maria, traveled the world skiing, but always returned to their beloved Lake Tahoe. He was an active member of St. Johnís Episcopal Church where he had served on the vestry. He belonged to the Rotary Club of Ross Valley, the St. Andrewís Society, and the International Explorerís Club. Jim settled in Ross 35 years ago where he and Maria raised their two daughters, Karen (husband Stanley Stern) and Kristina (husband Greg Hoffman). His survivors also include two grandsons, Jordan and Jack Stern, and step-granddaughters, Kim and Jessie Hoffman, his sister, Mary Jane Gram of Lacey, Washington, and her family. He will be greatly missed. A celebration of Jimís life will be held on Saturday, October 20 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Johnís Episcopal Church in Ross. A private family interment was held on October 7th. Donations in Jimís memory may be made to the Rotary Club of Ross Valley, P.O. Box 415, San Anselmo, CA. 94979-0415. Chapel Of The Hills Family Owned and Operated 415-453-8440. 

William G. Jarrold
Aged 80 years, a longtime resident of Marin passed away in Gardnerville, Nevada on October 1st, 2001 after a long illness. He is survived by his wife Patricia, a daughter, two sons, and four grandchildren. A Memorial Service is planned for Friday October 12th at St. John's Episcopal Church, 5th Street, Petaluma at 11:00 a.m. Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers may be made to St. Mary's Hospice of Northern Nevada, Carson City, Nevada, or to a charity of your choice. 

Lewis Ryan Byington
Age 81, died Tuesday, October 2, 2001 in his home in San Anselmo, California. Mr. Byington was born in San Francisco, CA. While attending U.C. Berkeley, he was a member or the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He graduated in 1941and then served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps in China, Burma and India during the Second World War. After the war, he attended and graduated from Hastings Law School. Later, Mr. Byington pursued a lifelong career in accounting. He raised his family in Newport Beach, California; and after the death of his then wife, Cosette Rowe, Mr. Byington retired and resettled in San Francisco, whereupon he married Janet (Jinny) Clifton Livermore - a lifelong friend. Mr. Byington held positions in financial management with Price Waterhouse, Young Spring & Wire Company, First American Title & Insurance, and Purex Industries. He served local communities as the President of the Lido Isle Community Association (LICA) and the Fallen Leaf Lake Community Association. He was active in supporting the San Francisco Symphony and Opera and contributed to the League to Save Lake Tahoe. He is survived by his wife Jinny, two sons, Lewis and Arthur, sister Ann of Chatham, Massachusetts and stepchildren Richard, Thomas and William. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to your favorite charity or to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75231-4596. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, October 12th at 2:30 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 2325 Union St. (at Steiner), San Francisco. 

Philip Henry Luft, A Resident of Novato
Born on January 28,1924 in South Pekin, Illinois. The son of William Luft and Louise (Schmidt) Luft. Preceded in death by Donald Luft, the sole sibling. Philip graduated a BSEE from the University of Illinois after enlisting in the Naval V12 program during WWII. He served on the USS Crescent City and was honorably discharged at the end of the war. He joined the Union Switch Signal Company as a Development Engineer and assisted in development of the first transistored equipment used in industry. He was issued a number of patents for his work and was Project Engineer on the first U.S. remote control train on the New York/New Haven Railroads. He later retired as owner of his own employment service agency. Mr. Luft passed away on September 28, 2001 at age 77, and is survived by his beloved wife Irene of 30 years, with a good deal of traveling to far away places; his four children, Greg, Ray, Steve and Diane; and his two stepsons Steve and Gregg and their families. There will be a private Memorial Service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Marin or a charity of your choice. 

Mae Lusinchi
Died in the evening of September 29, 2001, at Aldersly Retirement Home. Memorial Services will be held, Sunday October 7, 2001 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., 326 Mission Street, San Rafael. Donations may be made to The Marin Humane Society. 

Rosamond C. Reynolds
Born August 26, 1913 in Leominster, Massachusetts and died, at home, September 30, 2001 in Greenbrae, California. Roz and her husband, James Robert Reynolds, moved to Marin County in 1969. Her husband died in 1988. An artist, Roz studied fashion design at Traphagen School of Fashion in New York City in the 1930's and designed costumes for Brooks Theater and Beaux Arts Balls. In the Bay Area years, Roz worked with Ann O'Hanlon at Sight & Insight in Mill Valley and had an exhibit of her work at Fort Mason in San Francisco. Roz, a fourth generation Unitarian, was a member, a religious educator, and active in district work at First Church, Leominster, Massachusetts, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, and of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Larger Fellowship. She served as an Officer of the Unitarian Universalist Association in Boston in the early 1960's. She served as a Trustee of Thomas Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley in the 1970's and as the Chair of the Aurelia Henry Reinhardt Core Committee that raised the endowment for a professorship at the seminary. She was granted the honorary degree, Litterarum Humanarum Doctor, from Starr King School in 1979. She was personally supportive of many students and graduates as they explored and entered religious leadership. Roz was a Member of the League of Women Voters. She was active in her church and community in those issues that involved women, world peace and civil rights. A Memorial Service will be held on October 19th at 1 p.m., at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael, 415-479-4131. Memorial gifts may be made to the Rosamond Reynolds Scholarship Fund at Starr King School, 2441 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709. 

Judy Andersen, A Resident of San Rafael
Passed away peacefully on August 29, 2001 at age 51. Judy is loved and will be greatly missed. She had a happiness in her we all loved. She is survived by her mother, Mary Andersen, sisters Mimi and Pat, brothers Robert and Jim, nieces Kelley, Traci and Teresa, nephews Matthew and Marcus, and many other family members and caring friends. Contributions in Judy's memory may be sent to DrawBridge, a non-profit Arts Program for homeless children. PO Box 2698 San Rafael, CA 94912 

Mae Lusinchi
Died in the evening of September 29, 2001, at Aldersly Retirement Home. Memorial Services will be held, Sunday October 7, 2001 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., 326 Mission St., San Rafael. Donations may be made to The Marin Humane Society. 

Louise M. Keller
Loving Mother, Wife, Sister and Friend passed away peacefully at her home in Novato, California on September 18th, 2001. She was born on March 7th, 1921 in Keokuk, Iowa. Preceded in death by her loving husband, George W. Keller in 1998. She is survived by her daughter, Marjorie Barnes and husband, William Barnes of Novato; son William Keller and wife Dolores of Petaluma; daughter, Mary Madigan and husband, Richard of Petaluma; and son Emmett Keller of Petaluma. as well as her 16 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Also survived by her large family in Quincy, Illinois and extended family, Randy Jansen, Steve Schaefer, Gerda Psuik, and Lynn Throop, as well as a surrogate mother to many young men and women. She was a long time faithful member of the Jehovah's Witnesses for 42 years. Friends and Family attended a Memorial of her life on Friday, September 21st, 2001 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Petaluma. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. 

John T. "Jack" Little
Age 76, of Waldport died after a long illness on September 15, 2001 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis. He was born February 27, 1925 in Everett, Washington and grew up in the State of Washington. He graduated from Elma High School in Elma, Washington in 1943. He served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946. He married Josephine Bardera shortly after getting out of the Navy. In 1948, he began a career with the United States Postal Service in Mill Valley, California. In 1961, he was appointed Postmaster of the Mill Valley Post Office, a position he held until 1971. During his early retirement years, he traveled extensively with his wife, until her death in 1985. He married Connie Brotherton in Reno, Nevada in 1985. He and his wife settled in Newport, Oregon before moving to the Rogue Valley. He had lived in Waldport for the past year. He was a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and served as scout master for the Boy Scouts. His wife, Connie, preceded him in death. Survivors include three stepsons; numerous cousins in Washington; and nine grandchildren in the Rogue Valley area. 

Mae Lusinchi
Died in the evening of September 29, 2001, at Aldersly Retirement Home. Memorial Services will be held, Sunday October 7, 2001 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., 326 Mission St., San Rafael. Donations may be made to The Marin Humane Society. 

Ralph L. Preston
Passed away October 1, 2001. He is survived by his loving wife, Myra Preston; daughters, Wendy, Lori and Lisa; and granddaughter, Madeline. Born in Kent, Iowa in 1925, he was raised in Stockton, California and moved to Marin in 1960. After becoming a trained navy fighter pilot during WWII, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in accounting from U.C. Berkeley and later earned a law degree from U.S.F. He then pursued a 42 year career as a CPA, including managing partner at John F. Forbes. Ralph enjoyed exploring the world through the words of literature, exchanging of ideas with other members of the Bohemian Club, and extensive cruise ship travel from the Mediterranean to Alaska. His love for philanthropic work included board leadership for the Herbst Foundation, Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation, Children's Hospital of S.F. Foundation and U.S.F. Law School. He will be remembered for his overwhelming generosity to his family, friends and those in need. Private Services will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Christian Children's Fund at 2821 Emerywood Parkway, Richmond, VA 23294. 1-800-776-6767. 

Matthew Comerford Smith
Colonel, US Army (retired), born March 26, 1915 in Del Rio, Texas; died September 17, 2001 in Kentfield, California. Age 86 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years Isabelle Sinclair Rising Smith, of San Rafael, Calif. and his loving daughter, Lisa Sinclair Smith, of Novato, Calif. A West Point (USMA) 1939 graduate, he followed his father in a US Army career, retiring as a full colonel after 30 years service in 1969. In WWII he served with the 26th Infantry Regt. of the 1st Infantry Division until he was captured in North Africa. He spent 27 months in a German POW camp, OFLAG 64 in Schubin, Poland. Subsequently, after WWII, he worked at the US Army Office of the Chief of Staff at the Pentagon from 1945-1948. He went on to obtain a Master's Degree from Harvard in History, and to teach History at West Point. Further assignments included various staff and command positions in Italy, Germany, Korea, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., and as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel at the Presidio of San Francisco. He also attended the Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Penn. His awards included the: BSM W2 OLC, ARCOM, CIB, GSIdentBad, 1st Inf. Div. Citation, 1942. After his Army retirement, he worked for 10 years for the Bank for America, San Rafael, Calif. in the Trust Department. He loved to play golf and was a member of the Presidio Golf Club. He was also active in the Sons in Retirement (SIRS) Branch 47, The Harvard Club of San Francisco, and the Bank of America Retirees. He loved to travel, and especially to river raft. He rafted down five of the major rivers in the western United States. He was an avid reader, especially of US History books and novels. A Funeral Service and burial will be held on October 24, 2001 at Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may by made to the American Lung Association, 1740 Broadway, New York, NY 10019 or to the ALS Association, 27001 Agoura Rd., Suite 150 Calabasas Hills, Calif. 91301-5104. Keaton Mortuary 1022 E Street San Rafael, CA 94901 415-453-0571 

Cecil H. Boyd
Former Resident of Marin County Passed away on September 29, 2001 in Lakeport, California at age 61. He is survived by his daughter, Denise Herrell and grandsons, Ryan and Brandon Herrell of Bremerton, Washington; brother, Louis Boyd of Sonoma, California. At his request, there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Charles "Pard" Dahl
Passed away September 16, 2001. A service to celebrate his life will be held at Christ the Victor Lutheran Church in Fairfax this Saturday, October 6th at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in his name to Bread & Roses, 233 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera 94925. 

Timothy F. Harrington Jr.
Surrounded by his family, Tim Harrington died at the Vintage Estates in Greenbrae on October 2, 2001 at age 87. He is survived by his loving wife Emmagene (Jean) of 58 years and six children: Timothy Harrington III (Bernadette) of Lake Oswego, Oregon, Jane Murphy (Jerry) of Mercer Island, Washington, Mary McPartland (Mike) of Indian Wells, Edward Harrington (Fran) of Carmichael, Steven Harrington (Mona Lea) of El Cerrito and Ann Gillespie (Walt) of Fairfax. Tim was the beloved grandfather of eight: Sean and Bridie Harrington, Kate Murphy, Bill and Carrie Corey, Katie and Brad Harrington, and Emma Lea Harrington. Tim is also survived by two nephews and a niece: Mike Madden of Puerto Aventuras, Mexico, Mike Harrington of Silverton, Oregon and Patty Rendahl of Gilbert, Arkansas. Tim was born in Madison, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin where he earned a law degree. He served as a naval officer in WWII and practiced law in Beloit, Wisconsin until he moved his family to California in 1964. He retired from the Trust Department of the Bank of California (now Union Bank). Tim was a member of Saint Anselms Church and the Olympic Club for many years. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 6 at Saint Anselms Church in San Anselmo. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes any donations be made to the charity of your choice. Interment will be private at Mt. Olivet in San Rafael. Monte's Chapel of the Hillls Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo 453-8440 

Roni Eggleston-Locati
Roni died Wednesday, September 26, 2001 after a one year battle with cancer. She was born Roni M. Hannigan on September 19, 1941. Roni taught swimming at Drake High School for 30 years. She worked in a flower shop for several years, and worked at the Exploratorium for the last 15+ years. She loved to knit and crochet and all crafts. Survivors include her husband, Dan; daughters, JoLi Sharp of Great Falls Montana and Colleen Eggleston of Davis, California; sons, Graham Eggleston of Bolinas, California and Dennis Eggleston of San Rafael, California; and five grandsons. A celebration of her life will be Sunday, October 7, 2001 at 1 p.m. at Keaton Mortuaries in San Rafael. She requested that no one wear black, but go with Hawaiian tradition of wearing white or cheerful colors. Memorials are suggested to the Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571 

Thomas Carson O'Connell, Jr.
Age 68, passed away at his home on the Applegate River on Monday, October 1st, 2001. A Memorial Mass is planned for October 13th, at 10 a.m. at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Jacksonville. Thomas was born on July 28, 1933 in San Rafael California, son of Thomas Carson O'Connell, Sr. and Ellen Butler O'Connell. He graduated from Tamalpais High School in 1951. He attended U.C. Berkeley and graduated from the Maritime Academy in 1956. He served in the U.S. Navy and the Naval Reserves. He was the President of Carson Manufacturing Company in Petaluma, California for many years, and in 1986 he co-founded Barrier Systems, producers of the movable highway barrier with installations around the world. In 1990, he moved to Southern Oregon and was a llama rancher and breeder until his retirement in 1998. He is survived by his wife Nancy, four daughters, Jamie DeLaGarza and Jacqueline O'Connell of Petaluma, California, Julie O'Connell of San Francisco, California, and Jennifer Hundley of Oviedo, Florida, his brother, John Edmond O'Connell of St. Helena, California and four grandchildren. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Rogue Valley Medical Center Foundation, 2600 Siskiyou Blvd., Ste 100, Medford, Oregon 97504 for the benefit of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. 

Marian Bequette
Passed away on September 18th, 2001 in Santa Cruz at the age of 85. She leaves behind her daughter Lee Gillin (and husband John) of Santa Cruz, her son David Bequette (and wife Sue) of Chico, three grandchildren Bridget Smith (and husband Ken) of Santa Cruz, Erin Cox (and husband Scott) of Santa Cruz, Lisa Bequette of Cohasset and a great grandson Justin Smith. A native Californian, Marian was born in Lodi and spent her early years in San Francisco. She was a resident of Auburn for 50 years and worked as a secretary at Placer High School prior to moving to San Rafael to be near her daughter in 1981. She was active in Handicapables of Marin. Marian moved to Santa Cruz in late August to be near her family. Friends are invited to a Memorial Mass at St. Isabella's in Terra Linda on Saturday October 6th at 1:00 P.M. with a gathering immediately following at Freitas House Community Room. Remembrances may be made to Handicapables of Marin, 34 Pigeon Hollow Road, San Rafael, CA 94901 or to your favorite charity. 

Richard V. Godino
72 years old, died Friday, September 28, 2001, of cancer and double pneumonia in Saint John's Health Center, Santa Monica, California. He and his wife, Judith Barr Godino, had lived on Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley since 1958. Their children are Grace, Amy, John, Matthew and Rich. Their grandchildren are Rose, Nick, Rylan and Ian. Dick was born in Santa Monica. He was a graduate of Stanford University, Stanford School of Business and U.S.F. Law School. He was a sergeant in the U.S Army, honorably discharged. For many years, Dick was an attorney in the Marin County Counsel's office. Then he and partners had their own law firms in San Francisco, San Rafael, and Los Angeles. Dick requested that no funeral nor memorial service be held for him. However, his wife and children would appreciate those who knew him closely to write us a personal remembrance: funny, sad, while golfing, anything -- to be sent to his home, 532 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley, CA 94941, so all the Godinos can know him more completely. We shall put together a collection of memories for our family about Dick Godino and friends. Dick said not long before he died, if anyone wanted to donate a dollar in his name the Marin Agricultural Land Trust in Point Reyes Station was his first choice, Nature Conservancy, his next choice. 

Helen Louise Hass
Died on September 28, 2001 at Nazareth House in San Rafael. She was born in Butte, Montana on April 21, 1916, the daughter of John Hugo Dahling and Winifred Foley Dahling. With her husband, Fred she moved from San Francisco to San Rafael in 1946. Notoriously gracious and friendly, her life revolved around her community and her children who attended St. Raphael Grammar School and Marin Catholic High School. She is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Finnell of Pasadena, California, her four children, Frederick Hass of San Rafael, Robert Hass of Inverness, California, Claire Sherzer of Towson, Maryland, James Hass of San Francisco, eleven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. A Funeral Mass will be at Sacred Heart Church in Olema at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 6. Memorial contributions may be made to Nazareth House, 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903. 

Stanley Hoberg
Passed away Monday, October 1, 2001 at Novato Community Hospital at the age of 77. He was a native of Benson County, North Dakota and a Marin County resident for 47 years. Stanley is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Jean Hoberg; children: Bruce (Paula), George (Sharon), Paul (Christine), and Pam; grandsons: Brent, Stanley, Matthew, Brandon and Justin and his granddaughter Nicole. Stanley is also survived by two sisters, Ida Nelsen and Mary Larson and numerous nieces and nephews. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Local 3 and a 20 year member of All Saints Lutheran Church in Novato. Stanley was a member of the local band "People of Note". He was also an avid SF Giants fan and coached the Novato Little League. He served in the U.S. Air Force during WWII. Friends are invited to visit Thursday, October 4th from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato. A Memorial Service will be at 3 p.m. at All Saints Lutheran Church, corner of San Marin Drive and Novato Blvd, also on Thursday. Interment will be private. Memorial Contributions preferred to the American Cancer Society, 25 Bellam Blvd., #150, San Rafael, CA 94901 Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151 

Barbara C. Morehouse
Beloved wife of the late Howard K. Morehouse. Loving brother of Herman Schmidt of Stockton. Passed away September 29, 2001 at age 79 years. She was a native of San Francisco. Mrs. Morehouse worked for the City of San Rafael for 25 years in the Planning Department. She lived in San Rafael from the 1950s until moving to Stockton six months ago. At the request of the family no services will be held. 

Joseph Pirtz, Jr.
Passed away October 2, 2001 in Santa Rosa at age 89. Loving husband of the late June T. Pirtz. Beloved father of Diane P. (Herbert) Reinl of Grass Valley and Bette Jeanne (Philip) Zito of Santa Rosa. He is also survived by six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. A native of California, Mr. Pirtz was raised in Grass Valley, and he and his late wife lived and raised their family in Larkspur. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday, October 6, 2001 at 1 p.m. at the Fireside Chapel at LAFFERTY & SMITH COLONIAL CHAPEL, 4321 Sonoma Hwy, Santa Rosa, California. Private interment in Grass Valley, California. If desired, donations in his memory may be made to your favorite charity. LAFFERTY & SMITH COLONIAL CHAPEL 

Marilyn Doreen "Boots" Ridgley, A Resident of San Rafael
Died in her home Wednesday, September 26, 2001. She was born March 12, 1936 to the late James R. and Hazel Ridgley of Stockton, California. She attended Stockton Schools, graduating from Stockton College in 1953. For most of her adult life she lived in Marin County, working in San Francisco as an insurance adjustor for various companies prior to retiring from the firm of Crum and Forster. Marilyn was an avid fan of the S.F. Giants and S.F. 49ers. She was actively researching her family genealogy and loved spending time on her hobbies of bird watching, photography, and gardening. She is survived by her sister Patricia and brother-in-law Darrell Haynes of Lodi California. A family gathering Celebrating Her Life will be held in San Rafael. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Evelyn Stein
Age 86, passed away on September 29, 2001 in Greenbrae. Evelyn was a 45 year resident of Marin County, living in Corte Madera and most recently San Rafael. She was an active member of Pathfinders, and enjoyed bridge and golf. She and her late husband, Col. Wm H. Stein, were members for many years, of the Presidio Golf Club. She is survived by her son Stefan of San Francisco, niece Carol Glynn of San Mateo, nephew Richard Currie of San Ramon, five grandnieces and four grandnephews. Services will be held at Keaton's Mortuary Chapel on Friday October 5th at 7 p.m. Private Interment Presidio National Cemetery San Francisco. Keaton's Mortuary 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571 

Daniel Joseph Sweeney Jr., Founder of Tarantino's Restaurant, on Fisherman's Wharf
Son of Daniel Joseph Sweeney and Emily (Emma) Wissel Sweeney. Born on Christmas Day in San Francisco, California in 1909. He grew up in Eureka Valley, graduated from Mission High School, Class of 1927. Served in the United States Air Force, flying 39 missions over Japan during World War II. Daniel peacefully passed away at home in Greenbrae on September 30, 2001. He was the founder and operator of Tarantino's Restaurant in San Francisco in 1947, where he met his wife Zora Veljkov, to whom he has been married for 51 years. He was a former member of the Olympic Club where he played championship handball for years. He loved his family, his friends, golf and other sports, traveling and reading. Daniel is survived by his wife, Zora, sons Kevin, Tod and Dana, daughter-in-law Cheryl, grandsons Tyler and Austin, sister Muriel Herlihy, nieces Sister Claire Herlihy, Jean (John) Worton, Jan (Mario) Castillo, numerous cousins, grandnieces and grandnephews. Friends are invited to attend a celebration of Daniel's life on Friday October 5th, 2001 at 4 p.m. in the Livermore Room at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross on Sir Frances Drake Blvd. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925 or St. John's Serbian Orthodox Church 900 Baker, San Francisco, CA 94115. Funeral arrangements provided by Mount Tamalpais Mortuary, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA www.legacy.com 

Henry G. Grossi
Passed away Sunday, September 30, 2001 at his home in Novato at the age of 67. Henry is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Sharon Grossi. He was a native of Lompoc, California and a Marin County resident for over 60 years. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years and was a member of IBEW Electrical Union for 35 years. Friends are invited to attend Funeral Services on Wednesday, October 3rd at 2 p.m. at Valley Memorial Park Chapel, 650 Bugeia Lane, Novato. Burial will also be at Valley Memorial Park. Memorial contributions preferred to your charity of choice. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151. 

Virginia Rose Harper
Age 83, passed away Friday, September 21st, 2001. Dearly beloved wife of Arthur D. Harper, loving mother of Rosalie Harper and Geraldine Montiel and of son-in-law Javier Montiel. Devoted grandmother of Elisa, Renata and Jay Montiel and loving sister of Jane Suarez. Virginia is also survived by several nieces and nephews and by many loving and cherished friends. She will be missed greatly. A private Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 6th at the home of daughter and son-in-law, Geraldine and Javier Montiel. 

Theodore Alexander Kleege, Sept. 11, 1917 - Sept. 29, 2001
Born in Lincoln Nebraska to Karl and Selma Kleege, with siblings Mylda Kleege Bishop and Robert Kleege. Ted was brought up on a farm in Denton Nebraska. His parents were from Riga Latvia. They returned to Riga in the mid 30s and he joined the CCC camp and came to California. After the war, he returned to Lincoln Nebraska and met and married May Boyte. They had four children: Joyce, Robert, Richard and Roger. His wife died in 1981 and son Robert died in 1983. He supported his family by working in large factories, home construction and management. For the last 16 years, he has been the manager of NOVA RO II which is a 56-unit apartment complex built for seniors by the Novato Rotary Club. He was a member in the Fraternal Orders of Eagles, Moose and Elks; Margaret Todd Center, Novato Independent Elders and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He attended Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Ted has received many civic honors and awards for his work with Novato and Marin County seniors. He was a life long staunch Democrat. He was a man of great physical strength, quick witted, tender hearted, and devoted to his family. He loved little children, animals, music, friends (some of whom he has known for 80 years) family gatherings, parties, playing cards, dancing, and working crossword puzzles. He was the first to lend a helping hand and always had enough to share with those in need. Ted had a stroke on July 8th from which he passed peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, September 29th. He is survived by his brother, Robert Kleege, nephews, Bruce and Nevin Kleege, sister-in-law, Margaret Kleege; daughter, Joyce Kleege Seaton, son-in-law, Jim Seaton, grandsons, Norman Bouchal, Kristofer Seaton and his wife Roxanne Seaton; sons: Richard, Roger and his wife, Merry; great granddaughters, Shanteunelle and Jordan Bouchal; great grandson, Kody Kristofer Seaton; nephew, Elvin Bishop; niece, Mary Kate Bishop-Meadows (children of Mylda Bishop, deceased). Extended family: Donald Lohmeier, Delana, Saber, and Roman Heidrich, Elvin and Marina Meadows, Cara and Emily Bishop. Friends are invited to attend the viewing at Keaton's Redwood Chapel of Marin, 1801 Novato Boulevard between 1:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3rd. His funeral is at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1180 Lynwood Drive, Novato at 10 a.m. Thursday morning, October 4th. Burial will be at Valley Memorial Park in Novato, California. Memorial contributions may be sent to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Building Fund or Good Shepherd Lutheran School at 1180 Lynwood Drive, Novato, CA 94947. 

Jill P. Mitchell
85, daughter of C. Petrus and Vera Peterson was born January 4, 1916 and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. She graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and married Bertrand H. Mitchell of Norwalk, Connecticut in 1940. Jill worked professionally in radio and the theatre, and later as a social worker in Los Angeles and San Francisco. She is preceded in death by her husband Bert and son Peter. She is survived by her daughter Patricia of Los Angeles; her sister Patricia Larson of Hackensack, Minnesota, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and their children. Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Pasadena Presbyterian Church, Pasadena, CA. Cabot & Sons, Pasadena 629-793-7159. 

Lila Smith VanOrden, (1927 - 2001)
Passed away on September 29, 2001 of complications arising from cancer. She died in peace at her home in Kentfield, where she lived for over 30 years and raised her three children. She was born on February 5, 1927 and raised in Pelham Manor, New York, a suburb of New York City. At the age of 13 she moved to Los Angeles with her mother Evelyn and her brother Robert. She attended preparatory school in Mount Vernon Seminary in Washington, DC, where she graduated in 1944. She then attended her first two years of college at Wells College in Aurora, New York, then went on to graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1948. Lila became a U.S. Navy Intelligence Code Clerk shortly after graduation and then worked in the advertising industry in New York City until 1951. She moved to San Francisco in 1952, where she married Michael Khourie and had two sons, Peter and Matthew. In 1963 she married Howard Van Orden and had a daughter, Leslie. Lila spent time teaching elementary school and in residential real estate sales during the 1960's and 1970's, before retiring in 1975. She enjoyed tennis, golf, bridge, reading, and traveling in her leisure time. Lila's devotion to her children was paramount and unwavering throughout her 50 years as a mother. She will always be remembered lovingly by her children for this. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, October 3, 2001 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ross, 14 Lagunitas Road. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 150 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612. Keaton Mortuary, 1022 E Street, San Rafael, 415-453-0571.

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