Miscellaneous Marin County, California Obituaries

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Erna "Frankie" Longfellow
Erna "Frankie" Longfellow passed away October 26, 2002 at her home in Greenbrae, The Tamalpais. She was 85 years of age. Frankie, a prominent native Marinite, was schooled at Dominican Convent San Rafael, Katherine Branson School and she received an R.N. degree from The French Hospital School of Nursing in San Francisco. A world traveler and an avid champion golfer, she was a member of the People to People Golf Association of the U.S.A. She was a Captain of the Women's Annex at Meadow Club in 1953 when she pioneered their first Ladies Invitational. She still played and kept her membership at the San Francisco Golf Club. In 1997 she was awarded the National Philanthropy Award by the Northern California Presbyterian Homes. An honorary award was bestowed upon her for 38 years of uninterrupted service by the California State Real Estate Board. An original board member of the Marin Symphony, she continued to support its membership and drives. Frankie's affiliations were: The Northgate Group of the Marin Art and Garden Center, Marin Historical Museum, Fine Arts Museum, World Trade Club, San Francisco Golf Club, Sunny Hills, People to People Golf Association of the U.S.A., California State Board of Realtors, Marin Board of Realtors, Prudential Real Estate and the Jaguar Club. She is survived by a daughter, Ann Longfellow of Huntington Beach, and a stepson, Col. R.N. Longfellow of San Diego. Frankie enjoyed planning a party and entertaining and will be greatly missed. At her request, there will be no service. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family owned and operated San Anselmo (415) 453-8440 

James M. Stephenson
James M. Stephenson died peacefully at his home in Mill Valley on October 25th 2002 from heart failure. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 4, 1920 and came with his family to San Francisco as a young child. Jim attended Lowell High School in San Francisco where he met his wife, Patricia Kurtz. They celebrated their 60th anniversary in May of this year. He is survived by his son Jim and daughter-in-law Joan Murray of Mill Valley, daughter Lynne Fabricant and son-in-law Rene Fabricant of Eugene, Oregon, and five adored grandchildren. His son Mark preceded him in death. Jim served in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII and the Naval Reserve during the Korean War. After WWII he returned to school on the GI Bill and graduated from Golden Gate University. He retired from middle management with PG&E after 38 years, then became proficient in personal property appraising. Jim served on the Mill Valley Parks and Recreation board and was chairman in 1974-75. He was a long time member of The Family in San Francisco and the Mill Valley Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed tennis and was a long time member of the Mill Valley Tennis Club where he served as president in 1956 and on the board of directors again when the original building was replaced. He was an honorary lifetime member of The Olympic Club in San Francisco where he served as rugby commissioner and wrote for the Olympian magazine. He was an avid runner before the practice was common. He occasionally ran from his home in Mill Valley to the Olympic Club on Post Street where he'd change into his financial district attire for work. He finished five marathons, the last at age 70, and loved to run the Dipsea Race. Friends are invited to a Memorial Service at the Community Church of Mill Valley, 8 Olive Street on November 16 at 3PM. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers tributes to the Community Church of Mill Valley, the American Red Cross Bay Area Disaster Relief Fund, or Hospice of Marin. Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery 2500 5th Ave San Rafael, CA 94901 

Albert Figen
Albert Figen was born in Minneapolis on June 13, 1914. He enlisted in the United States Navy at the time of World War II and served in the South Pacific until the end. Al studied accounting at the University of Minnesota leaving early to take an accounting job in his brother Norman's accounting firm. He moved to California where he joined Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors rising to the position of Chief Financial Officer for over 20 years. When 31 Flavors was sold, he decided to go into business for himself developing Los Angeles real estate and building industrial buildings that filled a need and were extremely successful. His first wife Cynthia died in 1974 and he decided to travel to help recover. On a trip to China in 1979 he met his present wife Marianne Shone who had lost her husband Ray in 1977. They married in 1980 and enjoyed 22 happy years together. Twice a year they planned a cruise or trip to some interesting part of the world. They were visiting the Fall Foliage along the East Coast and Canada when Al died peacefully in his sleep off the coast of Sydney, Nova Scotia. He will be greatly missed by his wife Marianne and stepchildren Darrell Nelson and her husband Bill, Cynthia Shone Herzog and her husband Kramer, Rocky Shone and his wife Marcy. His seven grandchildren, Daniel Draper, Regina Livingston and her husband Mathew, William (Rob) Nelson Ph.D., Pam Amborn and her husband Geoff Amborn, Nate Shone, Matt Shone, and Jed Nelson, plus two great grandchildren Laz and Stephanie Livingston, all loved and respected him and will miss his counsel and guidance. Preceding him in death was his stepdaughter Stephanie Draper who passed away in 2001. Al was the youngest of a large and close-knit family. His oldest brother Milton Figen and older sister Honey Rutchick will deeply miss him. His brother Norman and sister Julie preceded him in death. Al's generous nature will be remembered by nieces and nephews: Linda, Vickie, Ethan, Marsha, Anita, Joanne, Allen, Joel, and Debbie. He was also loved and admired by ten grandnieces and grandnephews. "Big Al" as he was dubbed by his grandchildren was a gifted photographer and took many incredible photos on his travels. He enjoyed indigenous art, collecting various unique carvings, statues, and paintings. Al loved life in all its simplicity and complexity. He had great wisdom and was a major supporter of the American Cancer Society and the Jewish Community Center for Aging. He also enjoyed playing golf and was a New York Times' Crossword wizard. A Service for family and friends will be held on Monday, November 4, 2002 at 11:00 AM, Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, 2500 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, California. The family requests that any donations be made to Buckelew Programs, 914 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901. 

Josephine Firenze
Died at home on October 15, 2002, after a courageous battle against breast cancer. Jo was a 34 year resident of Fairfax, California. Jo, the daughter of Louis and Eleanor Firenze, was born in Hudson, New York on May 12, 1940. She was a 1958 graduate of Hudson High School, and a 1961 graduate of Saint Peter's School of Nursing in Albany, New York. Jo moved to California in 1963, and was a registered nurse with Kaiser Permanente of San Rafael for 32 years. Jo is survived by her two daughters and their husbands, Robin Hubinsky and Brendan Frost of San Francisco, and Tamara Hubinsky and Adam Bremner of New York City; three lovely grandchildren, Isabella Josephine Frost, Briana Greenwood Frost, and Max Hubinsky Bremner; two sisters and their husbands Nicolina and Jerrold Bisson of Manlius, New York, and Lois and David Ashcroft of Medfield, Massachusetts; and her former husband and mother-in-law, Frank Hubinsky and Virginia Benner of Brisbane, California. Jo is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and numerous beloved friends and coworkers. Jo loved her children, grandchildren, family, friends, her home, art, bocce ball, books, movies and Saturdays at Don's. She will be missed by many. A Celebration of Her Life will be held on November 16, 2002. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jo's name to the Ritter House, P.O. Box 3517, San Rafael, CA 94912, a San Rafael nonprofit organization that provides services, including health services, to low income individuals and families of Marin. Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael 

Lucille D. Foppiano
Longtime San Rafael resident, Lucille D. Foppiano died October 2, 2002 in Redwood City, California at the age of 86. Born in Washington State, Lucille spent her early years in British Columbia and Idaho. She worked as one of the only two female Loftsmans at the Oregon shipyards during WWII. Mrs. Foppiano was a longtime member of the Unitarian Church of San Rafael. She was active in many political causes and was Founder of the Woman's Spirit Group in Marin County. A writer, Mrs. Foppiano belonged to the Woman's Writing Guild. She was a published poet in several literary magazines. Lucille's passion for understanding "the other side of the story" led her to completing her first to be published novel (2003), "Daughter of a Strange God." She was the beloved wife of the late Gene Foppiano. Loving mother of Juanita Pilcher. Devoted grandmother of Robert Pilcher, Theresa Weeks (Richard) and the late Charles Pilcher, and cherished great grandmother of Tina, James, Lindsay, Joel, Christopher and Diana. A great-great grandchild, Levi, survives her. Friends are invited to attend Memorial Services, Saturday, November 2, 2002 at 2:00 PM at the Unitarian Church, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael, California. REDWOOD CHAPEL REDWOOD CITY, CA 650-369-5537 

Catherine Rynders
Born May 29, 1896 in Holland (The Netherlands). She migrated to Canada in 1912, then moved to San Francisco in 1927 and was a resident of Mill Valley since 1941. She was preceded in death by her husband Dick of 60 years and her son Fred, a general contractor and a long time resident of Mill Valley. She is survived by three grandchildren: Ellen (Charlie) Fisher of Watsonville, CA, Ed (Jenny) Rynders of San Rafael, Fred (Anne) Rynders, Jr. of Oakland; daughter-in-law Mildred of San Rafael, nine great grandchildren, six great great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews in Holland and Canada. She was a professional garment maker, loved traveling, camping, gardening and card games. She was a past member of Mt. Tamalpais German Club. A Memorial Service will be held at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery on November 2, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. Any contributions may be sent to Hospice of Marin or Guide Dogs for the Blind. Funeral assistance provided by Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA 415-459-2500. 

Gladys Bowler
Passed away October 27, 2002, in Novato at the age of 95. She was born and raised on a cattle ranch in Reese River Valley, Nevada, and attended boarding high school in Salt Lake City. A year at the University of Nevada provided a teaching credential. She taught and served as a principal of the school for a few years. She and her students landscaped the school and put on elaborate performances. She went to Carson City as a legislative aide for a session. It was a wild time to be in the capitol city as there were many people and a lot of money flowing to influence legislation that would allow gambling and longer trains. After working in San Francisco for a year she went to business school and held several jobs before becoming an office manager for Silver State Construction in Fallon, Nevada, a position she held for many years. At the same time she owned a dress shop, cared for her elderly parents and had a very busy social life. In 1954 an earthquake destroyed the dress shop. In 1959, after the death of her parents, Gladys moved to San Luis Obispo, CA, where she lived with her sister, Claire, and her husband Thrale Milburn. She worked for Peterson Construction Company, and, later sold real estate. In 1988 she moved to Los Angeles and lived with her cousin. During that time Teresa Ortega became a member of the household, and her son Albert was born. After the death of her cousin, Gladys, Teresa and Albert moved to Novato, CA, in 1993. Gladys moved to Hampton Court in San Rafael, CA, over a year ago, but Albert remained the light of her life. Gladys was a generous person, as her many friends will attest. She was known as a great cook and the life of the party. She is survived by her niece Pat and husband Lyle Lewis and her nephew Hugh and wife Marilyn and their children and grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to LITA, 4340 Redwood, #130, San Rafael, CA. 94903, or any favorite charity. The Funeral will be held at St. Patrick's Church in Fallon, Nevada on November 2, 2002 at 10:00 AM Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151 

Delia Maria Cabrera
Passed away on October 26, 2002 at age 90 years. Delia was a 15 year resident of Novato. She was born in Ecuador November 25, 1911 and came to America in 1985. In 1995 she fulfilled her dream of becoming an American Citizen. While living in Ecuador she worked as a nurse assisting in surgeries. Once in America she continued helping others by participating in Novato Senior Access, San Rafael Whistlestop and E. S. L. programs. She was totally devoted to her Sons and Grandchildren. She is survived by her Sons: George and Marco Vasquez; Grandchildren: Danny, Jesse, Vanessa, Jonathan and Natalie Vasquez; and Great-Grandchildren: Brandon Louis and Isabella. Friends and Family are invited to attend the Funeral Mass Thursday, October 31st. at 12 Noon at St. Anthony's Church, 1000 Cambridge Street, Novato. Vigil Services to be held Wednesday, October 30th at 6:30 p.m. at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd. Viewing will be held Wednesday, October 30th from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., also at Keaton's Redwood Chapel. Keaton's Redwood Chapel Novato, California 415-897-1151 

Ernest Hillary Castro
Passed away on October 22, 2002 in Greenbrae at the age of 85 years. Born and raised in Madera, California, he then moved to San Francisco in 1940, and then lived the rest of his life in Marin County. He is survived by his loving wife Frances Castro, daughter Barbara, grandson Lance Wiles, daughter-in-law Coby Wiles, great-grandchildren Darian and Corine Wiles, son Steven Castro, daughter-in-law Sara Castro and their son Taylor. He was retired from MJB Coffee after many years. In retirement he was employed by Monte's Chapel of the Hills Mortuary in San Anselmo. Ernie was a devoted family man and a very fine employee. Friends may call after 5:00 PM at Monte's Chapel of the Hills on Wednesday, October 30, 2002. A Vigil Service will be held at 7:30 PM. A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM at Valley Memorial Park in Novato. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

Frank T. Perachiotti
Frank Tony Perachiotti passed away on October 26th, 2002 at Kaiser Hospital from complications following a fall which broke his hip one day earlier. He was 86 years old. Frank was born in Tovey, a small coal-mining town in central Illinois on May 26, 1916. He attended elementary and high school there and in 1933 he enrolled at Eureka College in Illinois, with President Ronald Reagan graduating from there the year before. Frank was a star halfback on the football team and second baseman on the baseball team, which earned him election to the Eureka College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977. After graduation in 1937, he went back to his hometown and taught in the elementary school and coached baseball and basketball for four years. In 1941, he was drafted into the Army, served in the Armored Division at Camp Polk in Louisiana until June of 1942 when he was sent to the Air Force Physical Training School in Miami Beach, Florida. In September 1942 he graduated and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps. His first tour of duty was an assignment as Physical Training Officer at Hamilton Air Force Base. While at Hamilton, which he admits was known as the "Country Club of the Air Corps", he met Yvonne Rodoni, a native of Novato. They were married six weeks later in January 1943. He was stationed at Hamilton until 1945 by which time he had become Personnel Officer. In April of 1945 he was transferred to the Air Transport Command Base at Kwajalein. He was discharged from the service in February of 1946 as a Major. Frank and Yvonne settled down in San Rafael. For three months he worked for an insurance company in San Francisco, then decided to get into the real estate business, which lasted for 40 years, eventually under the name Perachiotti Realty. He and Yvonne moved to Novato in 1949 and have never left. Frank was a very active member of the Novato and Marin County community. From 1958 to 1962, he was active in the Novato Little League and Babe Ruth League as a director, coach and manager and in 1980 was Grand Marshall of the Little League Parade, throwing out the first ball of the season to his grandson, Tony Perachiotti. Frank was President of the Marin County Real Estate Board in 1960 and a member of the Marin County Grand Jury in 1964. He joined the Novato Rotary in 1963, became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1978, and President of Novato Rotary in 1984-85. He was an avid sports fan, never missing a sports event of his three grandchildren, Mia Perachiotti-Germack of San Francisco, Laura Stout of Tahoe City and Tony Perachiotti of San Francisco. He is also survived by his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Yvonne, and two sons, Frank Perachiotti, Jr., of Novato and Jon Perachiotti of Los Angeles. Frank's life will be celebrated at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1000 Cambridge Street in Novato with a Rosary on Wednesday, October 30th at 7 p.m., preceded by a Visitation from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and a Mass at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 31st. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to Novato Rotary Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 657, Novato, CA 94948. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151 

Elizabeth Ann O'Connor
Miss Elizabeth Ann O'Connor of San Rafael, CA passed away on October 21, 2002 after a long illness. Born on October 27, 1925 in Glen Ridge, NJ and preceded in death by parents John and Catherine (O'Day) O'Connor, brother John B. O'Connor, sister Jeanne M. O'Connor and stepnephew Seth Langwell. Betty was raised in Montclair, NJ, was graduated from Montclair High School and received medical training at Paine Hall. She enjoyed a long and successful career in the medical field, in both New Jersey and California, working in both family and clinical practices and research organizations. She last worked at California-Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Betty was an accomplished artist and had a deep passion for art, theatre and travel. She leaves behind her brother David of Forest Knolls, CA, sisters-in-law Joan O'Connor of Forest Knolls, CA, Edna O'Connor of San Rafael, CA, and Nancy O'Connor of Montclair, NJ. She lovingly adored her nieces, Marilyn O'Connor of Friday Harbor, WA and Catherine Malley (Jeff) of Niwot, CO, nephews Peter Allen O'Connor (Bethany) of Port Allen, LA, John O'Connor (Gabrielle) and Tom O'Connor of Montclair, NJ and stepnephews Shawn Langwell (Adele) of Petaluma, CA and Kelly Langwell (Debra) of Gualala, CA. Much joy was brought to her heart by her great nieces and nephews Kevin, Alisyn, Ryan, Spencer, Andrew and Kate. She will be missed by all. Final arrangements being made by Keaton Mortuary of San Rafael, CA. Interment will be at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Upper Montclair, NJ attended by family and followed by a reception at the Applegate Ice Cream Parlor on Grove St. in Montclair in honor of Betty's love of ice cream. The Family requests any donations be made to the Hospice Organization of your choice. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571 

Pauline Anita Cournoyer
Passed away in Petaluma, CA, October 25, 2002 wife of the late Raymond Cournoyer. Loving mother of Cathy Kelly and her husband Dennis of Petaluma. Adored grandmother of Brett Kelly of Petaluma. Sister of Duane Fredrick and his wife, Helene of Sonoma. A Native of Fort Bragg, CA, age 76 years. At the request of Mrs. Cournoyer, there will be no services. Private Inurnment will be at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael, CA. The family prefers memorials be made to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran St., Petaluma, CA 94952. PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY. 

Elizabeth "Betty" Ann (Miraglia) Fern April 5, 1933 - October 21, 2002
Passed away on October 21, 2002 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Devoted wife of 49 years to James R. Fern and dedicated mother James W. Fern, daughter-in-law Karen Fern, Carol Pugh, son-in-law Steve Pugh, Paul Fern and daughter-in-law Rebecca Fern. In her final years, Mrs. Fern lived to be around her only grandchild Alexandra Fern whom she loved deeply. She was preceded in death by her brother William and Sister Carol Sitzenstatter. Born in San Francisco to William and Anna Miraglia, Betty was raised in North Beach. She attended Presentation High School where she was an excellent student. Shortly after marriage she began a 10 year odyssey as an Army wife that took her to England and around the United States. She settled in Marin County in 1964 where she raised her three children and worked as an insurance agent for 20 years. She loved cooking, reading, traveling, putting on an incredible Christmas and was always up for a trip to the mall. Most of all she loved her family who will always remember her for her warm smile, wise council, deep caring and generosity. Burial took place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery on October 25. Memorial Mass, Saturday November 2 at 11:00 AM at St. Isabella's Church in San Rafael. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Marin. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E STREET SAN RAFAEL, (415) 453-0571 

Irene Rose Gautraud
Passed away of natural causes on August 20, 2002. Born in Throggs Neck, Bronx, New York, Irene was a San Rafael resident for the past 42 years. She also resided in Lompoc and Arcata. As a Humbolt State University graduate with a secondary teaching credential, Irene taught for many years throughout the Bay Area, Including Dominican Upper School, Marin County Schools, and San Francisco Unified, including the "New Comers School" in San Francisco. Irene will be fondly remembered by many as a member of the Christian Life Church in Novato and Shiloh Christian Fellowship in Oakland, the Marin County Orchid Society, and A.A.U.W. For many years she volunteered her services to the Marin County Fair. Her varied interests have included travel, textiles and sewing, San Francisco Opera and Ballet, gardening, German and ballroom dancing, cats, and her recent water color classes. Irene hosted many wonderful dinner parties and slide shows for her friends. With a lifetime of travel, in just the past seven years she traveled to Russia, China, Iran, Spain, Panama Canal, Holland, and Brazil. Irene had a wonderful spirit and love of life. Every year she surprised her neighbor's children with many holiday treats. Ms. Gautraud's family has preceded her in death. A Memorial Service has taken place at Marin Christian Church on September 3, 2002. Burial will take place in Hawthorne, New York. Memorial contributions may be made to Humbolt State University, Department of Education, Curriculum Endowment or Marin Christian Life Church, or Shiloh Christian Fellowship. 

Andrea "Andy" Hobart
Died at home with her family in Colfax, CA on September 17, 2002, after a short battle with a degenerative disease. She leaves behind her husband of 49 years, Robin, three children, Carey Hobart of Guerneville, Megan Hobart Smith of Rocklin, and Warner Hobart of San Rafael, and six grandchildren, Logan, Camille, Parker, Robin, Shannon and Darien. She also leaves a brother, Dr. Roger P. Kennedy of Los Gatos . She was 72. Andy and her family lived in Tiburon for 45 years, before retiring three years ago to the foothills, on several acres in Colfax. She was born in Minneapolis, Minn. and moved to California after attending Knox College and Northwestern University School of Nursing. Andy worked as a Registered Nurse for Marin County medical and intervention facilities to aid those who were chemically dependent for most of her working years. These facilities included: Marin General Hospital, Ross Valley Hospital, and Marin Services for Women. She was also a board member on the Alcoholism Council of Marin, as well as an avid volunteer for a myriad of activities she was passionate about. As part of her extensive volunteering and dedication to the health of others, she went on three Medical Missions to Ecuador, on one of which she took her eldest granddaughter, Logan, who was then 16. In the late '80's, Andy returned once again to college, earning a Bachelors Degree from Sonoma State University. Andy enjoyed sailing, and was a founding member (1954) of the Sausalito Yacht Club Women's Auxiliary. She was also very active at Westminster Presbyterian Church, and enjoyed her children's activities as well, including Girl Scout leadership. Andy loved to travel, including sailing trips with her husband and close friends around the Greek and U.S. Virgin Islands, a trip to England and Scotland with her son and aunt, a trip to Italy, France and Germany with a daughter, a Christian tour of the Holy Land, and many other traveling adventures. What Andy most enjoyed, however, was spending time with friends and family, including skiing, playing and visiting at Fiddler's Green, the family-built cabin at Lake Tahoe. She will be missed greatly, by many. There will be a Memorial Service and Gathering for Andy at Auburn Presbyterian Church, 13025 Bel Air Drive, Auburn, CA on Nov. 6th at 11:00 a.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Sutter Auburn Faith Hospice, 11795 Education Street, Suite 224, Auburn, CA 95602. 

Joseph Loehr McGerity, M.D. Ret. Col. U.S. Army
Joseph Loehr McGerity was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 16, 1928. The son of Louisa and James McGerity, he was raised in New York, West Virginia and throughout the South. He graduated as class valedictorian from St. Ann's High School in West Palm Beach, Florida in 1946. He attended Georgetown University, but graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Physics in 1950, and received his medical degree from Duke as well in 1954. He served in the U.S. Army and interned at Letterman General Hospital, San Francisco in 1954-55. After an assignment in Germany from 1955-58, he returned to Letterman for his medical residency. He served as the Chief of Outpatient Services at Madigan General Hospital in Washington before he was transferred to Korea in 1964. From 1965-67 he was a Fellow in Allergy at Buffalo General Hospital, and returned again to Letterman in 1967 to serve as the Chief of the Allergy Service. In 1972 he was appointed to Letterman's Physical Evaluation Board, and served on the Board both at Letterman and Madigan. He retired from the military as a Colonel in 1978, but continued to serve as the medical member of the PEB until 1993. In 1994 he became a Clinical Professor of Allergy at the University of California, San Francisco and continued his practice there until this spring. He also served on the Clinical Faculty at Stanford University for more than 20 years, and consulted at the Student Health Services Allergy & Immunology Clinic at San Francisco State University. He was the president of the Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Foundation Board of Northern California, and a member of the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology. In 1965 Dr. McGerity married Ruth Manuel, a nurse with Letterman General Hospital. They lived in Mill Valley and had two daughters, Mary and Kate McGerity. After his wife Ruth's death in 1990, Dr. McGerity married Lily Tarantino of San Rafael in 1996. They enjoyed extensive world travels, and many classes in art history at the College of Marin. He was active in the Presidio Yacht Club, where he served as Race Committee Chairman, and recently became an enthusiastic player in the Marin Bocce Ball League. His team, the Vagabondi, came in second in this summer's tournament. He was also a member of the Marin Elk's Lodge, the Sirs (Branch 47), and the Golden Gate Computer Society. Dr. McGerity died on October 19, 2002 in San Rafael; and is survived by his wife, Lily McGerity of San Rafael, daughter Kate McGerity of Mill Valley, daughter Mary McGerity of Monterrey, Mexico, stepdaughter Debbie Trimble of San Rafael, stepson Gary Tarantino of Petaluma, and sister Marilu Thomas of New Martinsville, West Virginia. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Hilary Church in Tiburon on Saturday, November 2nd, at 11:00 AM. The family requests that donations in his memory be made to the American Cancer Society. Keaton Mortuary 1022 E Street San Rafael 415-453-0571


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