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Don Zingler
Entered into rest on October 12, 2002 after a long illness. Don was born April 8, 1942 in Neenah, Wisconsin. He liked to travel and was an avid reader owning several thousand books. After graduating from the San Rafael Military Academy and the U. S. Army reserve he worked as a hotel auditor. He was the current tiler and past master of Marin Masonic Lodge #191. A Memorial Service will be held to honor Don at the Marin Masonic Lodge, 1010 Lootens Place, corner of Fourth and Lootens on Saturday, November 2, 2002 at 2 PM. 

In Loving Memory
Eva S. Blaustein 10-12-1946 - 10-26-2000
Although its been two years since you left us, it seems like yesterday and we miss you more every day. Cris, Joe and Susan Gayman and Friends 

Mae Canziani
Passed away on October 23, 2002 at the age of 95. Preceded in death by her loving husband John J. Canziani and her daughter Jeannette Prandi. She is survived by her devoted son, John Canziani, daughter-in-law Therese Canziani, grandchildren John and Angela Canziani and her granddaugher-in-law Inna Canziani. Born in 1907 in San Francisco, she was a resident of San Rafael for over 60 years. She was employed by LeVille Food Products in San Anselmo for many years. She was an active member of Saint Raphael's Church and the Catholic Daughters of America. Her life was devoted to the care of others. She will be extremely missed by family and friends. Friends are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial on Monday October 28, 2002, at 10:00 AM at St. Raphael's Church. The Vigil Service will be held on Sunday October 27, 2002 at 7:00 PM at Chapel of the Hills Mortuary, San Anselmo. Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael. Visitation will begin Sunday 5:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorial gifts to the Jeannette Prandi Children's Center, 2 Jeannette Prandi Way, San Rafael, CA 94903. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned & Operated San Anselmo 415-453-8440 

Frank Diebold
Passed away Sunday, October 6, 2002 in Novato, CA. He was preceded in death by his wife Elsie. He is survived by his daughter Peggy, grandson Clint and sister-in-law Eleanor. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 2:30 PM at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato. Memorial Contributions preferred to the Salvation Army. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151 

Mae Canziani
Passed away on October 23, 2002 at the age of 95. Preceded in death by her loving husband John J. Canziani and her daughter Jeanette Canziani. She is survived by her devoted son, John Canziani, daughter-in-law Therese Canziani, grandchildren John and Angela Canziani and her granddaughter-in-law Inna Canziani. Born in 1907 in San Francisco, she was a resident of San Rafael for over 60 years. She was employed by LeVille Food Products in San Anselmo for many years. She was an active member of Saint Raphael's Church and the Catholic Daughters of America. Her life was devoted to the care of others. She will be extremely missed by family and friends. Friends are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, October 28th, 2002 at 10:00 AM. The Vigil Service will be held on Sunday at 7:00 PM at Chapel of the Hills Mortuary, San Anselmo. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael. Visitation will begin on Sunday at 5:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorial gifts to the Jeannette Prandi Children's Center, 2 Jeannette Prandi Way, San Rafael, CA 94903 preferred. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo 415-453-8440 

Robin Hope (Links) Mix
Robin Mix, 47, passed away Friday, October 18th, 2002 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was at home surrounded by her family and friends. Born in San Francisco, in July 1955 to Robert and Beatrice (Caplan) Links, Robin was a 1973 graduate of Terra Linda High School, In Marin County. She was a 16 year resident of Sonoma Valley, and worked as a dental assistant in both Sonoma and Marin Counties for over twenty years. An incredible friend to those in her life, Robin had an unmatched sense of humor, the most contagious smile and the need to protect, understand and cherish those she loved. She touched many lives and may best be known for her perseverance to do more than we can, and to "live life like we mean it." Robin was the loving wife of Thomas Mix, of Sonoma, and devoted mother to their two children Jessica and Aaron. She is also survived by her mother Beatrice Links, of Sonoma; twin brother Jonathan (and wife Laura) Links; sister Susan (and husband David) Reber; nieces Elizabeth Curran; Kate and Emily Reber, Annie and Beth Links; and nephew Clay Reber. Robin was preceded in death by her father Robert Links. She is deeply missed by her family, friends, and all those who were touched by her. "It is not length of life, but depth of life" --Ralph Waldo Emerson. Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Robin's Life at 2:00 p.m., November 10th, 2002, at Burlingame Hall (next to First Congregational Church/ Congregation Shir Shalom), 252 West Spain Street, in Sonoma. Memorial Donations in Robin's honor may be made to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 224523, Dallas, TX, 75222; Hospice of Marin, Valley of the Moon Team, 735 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476; or to the American Heart Association, Redwood Empire Chapter, P.O. Box 844, Santa Rosa, CA 95402. DUGGAN'S MISSION CHAPEL MISSION CREMATION SERVICE Sonoma, California (707) 996-3655 

Maxine James A Resident of San Rafael
Passed away on October 16, 2002 in San Rafael at age 86 years. A native of Oregon, Maxine came to Marin in 1960. Preceded in death by her son Dennis Wemeyer. Maxine was a long time nurse, a member of St. Rita's Parish in Fairfax and also St. Raphael's Parish in San Rafael. Long time member of the Marin Alamo Club. Dear friend to Bill W for over 30 years. Maxine was very helpful to many people in her community. A Memorial Service to celebrate Maxine's life will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 3:00 PM at the Alamo Club, 1360 Lincoln Avenue in San Rafael. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Marin Alamo Club, 1360 Lincoln Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901 

Virginia B. Buettner
Born in Marshall, CA, December 25, 1921; died October 18, 2002 in Santa Rosa, CA. She is survived by her 107 year old step father Erio Mitcham of Blythe, CA; step-sister Juanita Mitcham of Phoenix, AZ; daughters: Shirley Turner of Rohnert Park; Pauline Brown and her husband Heyna of Mill Valley; Marilyn Thompson and her husband Bob of Novato; Barbara Steel and her husband Donald of Novato; also her nephews and nieces; and her grandchildren: Wendy Brown, Paul Brown and Amanda Thompson. Virginia was Native American of both the Pomo and Miwok tribes. She was accepted as a member of the Miwok tribe just this past year. She was a very gentle quiet loving woman whom all that encountered with her immediately adored her for her kindness and elegant presence. Virginia had a passion for not only her children of eight, but for taking care of and nurturing her garden. She had a gentle heart for all people and things and would give of herself to her plants, animals, or anyone in need. She shared her life to many and was happy to be everyone's grandma. Services will be held at Mount Tamalpais Chapel in San Rafael, Thursday 11:00 AM, October 24. The family would be honored if donations in Virginia's memory were directed to Sonoma County Indian Health Project, Inc., 144 Stony Point Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95402. 

E. Ron Finch
Long time resident of Fairfax, died in Palm Springs, California on October 16, 2002. Born in Carman, Manitoba, Canada, on January 13, 1928, Finch moved to California in 1960. He was a successful Realtor in Marin County for many years. He is survived by his sisters, Phyllis Harwood of Manitoba, Canada and Bet Magnacca of Ontario, Canada, and his companion, Paolo Bagnod of Aosta, Italy. 

Lewis Levitan
Died October 20, 2002 at Kaiser Hospital. He was born in Chicago on December 14, 1936 to parents Edith Fishman Levitan and Leo Levitan, both deceased as well as his brother Eugene. Beloved husband for 44 years to Sandra Levitan, father of Lara Nelson (Todd) and Daniel (Kym) Levitan, grandfather to Jacob, Shelby and Angela, uncle to Mitchel Portnoy, Kori and Robert Levitan, and brother to Henry of San Rafael, CA. Lewis was a business owner manufacturers rep. in food service equipment for 40 years. He loved performing on stage especially the part of Milas Gloriousis in "Funny Things Happened on the Way to the Forum". Lewis helped produce and perform in plays at Congregation, Rodef Sholom and Congregation Kol Shofar. He was a fun loving story teller and dancer. Lewis was devoted to his dogs Boo Boo, Bamber and Bucky, and cat Barney. He was a loving, active grandfather, who enjoyed Monday night football. Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, or Diabetes Association. Graveside Services will be held on Friday, October 25, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at Mt. Tamalpais Mortuary and Cemetery 2500 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 

Alice Rae Martin
CORRECTION: Friends are invited to attend Memorial Services, Saturday, October 26, 2002 at 1:00 PM (not 11:00 AM) at Marin Covenant Church, 195 North Redwood Drive, San Rafael, CA. Funeral arrangements under the direction of ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville Street, Petaluma, CA. CHEDA & LYONS - Directors 707-789-9000 

Laurence E. Tresch
Died October 18, 2002 in San Rafael, CA. Born in Petaluma, near Two Rock. His family emigrated from Canton Ticano, Switzerland In Lugano and Bellinzona. He was of Swiss Italian heritage. He was a pioneer dairy rancher and purchased a 400 acre ranch in Two Rock near Petaluma. Laurence attended Petaluma High School, where he was an All-Star Baseball player. He also attended Santa Rosa Junior College. In the 1930s, Laurence was on a championship American Legion team for the Sebastopol post, where he hit a .447 batting average while playing a smooth fielding and hard hitting shortstop. He spent time in the Cincinnati Reds training camp in Stockton, CA where Mickey Shader was a scout. During World War II, he served in the Naval Yard in Vallejo where he served as an electrical layout man for the construction of submarines. He came home to marry Dorothy Cain, whom he met while in high school. Dorothy's father, A.J. Cain, was the founder of the Novato Utilities Company, serving the area with power, water and telephone service. In 1945, Laurence started Tresch Electric Co., a leading electrical contractor in Marin, Sonoma, and Santa Rosa. The company did some major jobs, such as the Frank Lloyd Wright Hall of Justice, the San Rafael Emporium, Macy's, Lucas Film, and many others. He was the president of the National Electrical Contractor's Association for five years. Laurence was also a member of the Petaluma Masonic Lodge and the Elks Club. In 1998, he celebrated his 63rd Wedding Anniversary to Mrs. Tresch, who passed away in 1998. Devoted husband of the late Dorothy Cain. Loving father of Maureen Tresch of Novato, CA and Dean Tresch and his wife Sybil of Spokane, WA. Adored grandfather of Lori Rotner and her husband Peter of San Diego, CA. Cherished brother of Albert Tresch and his wife Kay of San Ramon, CA and the late Robert Tresch, Jr. Treasured great-grandfather of Peter Rotner, Jr., John Rotner, and Matthew Rotner all of San Diego, CA. Also survived by several cousins, nieces, and nephews. At Mr. Tresch's request, private services were held. Memorial contributions may be made to Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA 95031. Arrangements made by PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, CA. 

John William Weitzel
Passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2002. Survived by his devoted wife Martha Weitzel of Santa Rosa; beloved father of Sandi Minutoli and her husband Steve of Petaluma and dear father-in-law of Pat Weitzel of Grass Valley. Four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren also survive John. For 52 years he owned and operated Priscilla's Cake Box and the Viennese Baking Co., both located in San Francisco. He also remained very active in the community. His memberships included the Rotary Club of SF, Lions Club, Kiwanis Club and the Rating Committee of the Northern California Golf Assoc. He remained an avid golf enthusiast for 60 years. He belonged to the Meadow Club Golf Course and owned the Buckingham Golf Course. He even traveled throughout the world to play golf. In addition to golfing, he enjoyed working with wood and building fine furniture the way his father taught him to. A native of Walla Walla, WA and Sonoma County resident for 10 years, John was 85. Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service on Thursday, October 24, 2002 at 5:00 PM at the Daniels Chapel of the Roses, 1225 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa. Private Interment, Santa Rosa Memorial Park. A Viewing will also be held on Thursday, October 24, 2002 from 9:00 AM until 8:00 PM. The family would be honored if donations in John's memory were directed to Memorial Hospice, 821 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401. 

Dorothy Guess
Born January 25, 1899, lived for three decades, and passed away September 24, 2002 in San Rafael at age 103. She was happily married for 68 years to Sheldon Guess (deceased), and is survived by her children: Beverly Ball and her husband, Dr. Walter O. Ball, San Anselmo Pediatrician (deceased), and Joan Latno and her husband Arthur C. Latno. Grandchildren: Dorelle Ball, Sheldon Ball, Tamara Owen, Scott Ball, John Ball, Bevanne Ball, Janny Latno, Mimi Latno, Missy Latno, Skip Latno and Dolly Howell. Also survived by 18 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Predeceased by her brother George Stanley and sister Gladys Fairall. Mrs. Guess had been a registered nurse (Childrens Hospital). She was a mother and homemaker, fantastic knitter and seamstress, artist (oil paintings), a great gardener, and a wonderful mother, wife and cook. She worked with Ballet Aquacade for many years, and traveled extensively with her husband to Europe and lived in Palm Springs, Arizona, Mexico, Canada and spent summers at Yellowstone National Park. She cruised with her daughter Beverly and grandsons Scott and John to Alaska and Hawaii. Remembrances appreciated to the Marin Humane Society or Hospice of Marin. 

Marianne Jury Lashua
Born in Claflin, Kansas, September 30, 1921; died October 16, 2002 in San Rafael. Survived by: sister Bernadette Mullenix of CO; brother Theodore Jury of San Francisco; 11 nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; ex-husband Jack Lashua of Novato; stepson Vane & stepgranddaughter Sadya Lashua of NY; and countless friends. Predeceased by sister Barbara Drees. Mrs. Lashua, self-described as a child of the Depression and the dust storms, attended Kansas State Fort Hays before completing a three-year nursing program at St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in 1943. After a year of nursing in MO, Mrs Lashua was inducted into the U.S. Navy, for which she practiced nursing on the West Coast until 1947 as a Lieutenant (jr. grade). She was most proud of her Navy service. Throughout her life, Mrs. Lashua continued to work as a nurse, including services at Laguna Honda in SF and Tamalpais in Marin, and in private practice. She was passionate about politics and sports, and loved to read. For the past 35 years, she could be seen in her beloved '67 VW Bug on her way to participate in her Church, hiking group, breakfast club, and the local school; to attend cultural events and lectures; to visit her friends. She was known for her smile, her concern for others, and her willingness to dispense advice with her love. Among the multitude of clippings and notes at her bedside was a quote from Mark Twain: "To get the full value of joy, you must have somebody to divide it with." We, her family, friends, neighbors, patients, associates, were fortunate to be counted among those with whom she shared her life and experiences. Services: Mass at St. Anselm, Monday 11:00 a.m., October 21st; Interment at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery. The family asks that no flowers be sent. Memorial gifts may be made to the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, 1520 Grand Ave., SR 94901; St. Anthony's Dining Room, 121 Golden Gate Ave., SF 94102; or the Canine Ctr. for Independent Living, P.O. Box 446, Santa Rosa, CA 95402. Monte's Chapel Of The Hills Family Owned And Operated San Anselmo 453-8440 

John William Weitzel
Passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2002. Survived by his devoted wife Martha Weitzel of Santa Rosa; beloved father of Sandi Minutoli and her husband Steve of Petaluma and dear father-in-law of Pat Weitzel of Grass Valley. Four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren also survive John. For 52 years he owned and operated Priscilla's Cake Box and the Viennese Baking Co., both located in San Francisco. He also remained very active in the community. His memberships included the Rotary Club of SF, Lions Club, Kiwanis Club and the Rating Committee of the Northern California Golf Assoc. He remained an avid golf enthusiast for 60 years. He belonged to the Meadow Club Golf Course and owned the Buckingham Golf Course. He even traveled throughout the world to play golf. In addition to golfing, he enjoyed working with wood and building fine furniture the way his father taught him to. A native of Walla Walla, WA and Sonoma County resident for 10 years, John was 85. Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service on Thursday, October 24, 2002 at 5:00 PM at the Daniels Chapel of the Roses, 1225 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa. Private Interment, Santa Rosa Memorial Park. A Viewing will also be held on Thursday, October 24, 2002 from 9:00 AM until 8:00 PM. The family would be honored if donations in John's memory were directed to Memorial Hospice, 821 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401. 

Linda Jean Calvillo
Passed away October 16, 2002 in Napa at age 62. Linda was born March 30, 1940 in San Rafael, California and raised in Marin County. She spent most of her life in San Rafael. She loved her music. She was a typesetter for Terra Linda Newspointer for 18 years. Linda is survived by her daughter Laurie Herbert of Rohnert Park; sister, Vivian Homan of Novato; nephew, Chris Grippi of Sonoma; stepdad, Mike Parker of Bradberry, CA; and grandson, Jesse Herbert of Rohnert Park. At Linda's request, no services will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of Richard Pierce Funeral Service, 1660 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94559. Memorial contributions may be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Northern California Chapter, 150 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612-3276. 

Marie D. Hecht
A native lifelong resident of San Rafael died October 17, 2002 after a lengthy illness. She was 82 years old. Loving mother of Richard Hecht of McGrath, MN, Roger Hecht of Philo, CA, and Russell Hecht of San Rafael, grandmother of seven, great-grandmother of two. She is preceded in death by her late husband Marston J. Hecht. Marie loved to travel the world visiting far off lands including Egypt, Europe and South America. She belonged to St. Vincent's Women's Auxiliary, Beta Sigma Phi Chapter and the CA Retired County Employees Association. She worked 23 years for the Superintendent of School Board of Education Dept. in San Rafael. Friends are invited to attend a Mass Service at St. Raphael Mission Monday, October 21, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. Entombment to follow at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery in San Rafael. Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at 919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1100, Chicago, IL 60611-1676, www.Alz.org 

Vincent Louis Pelfini
Died on October 13, 2002 at his home in San Rafael after a long and courageous battle with cancer. A 40-year resident of San Rafael, he was born in San Francisco on October 2, 1926. Vince was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 47 years, Veronica; his four children, John and wife, Lynnie, of Napa; Michele Donohue and husband, Brad, of Napa; Robert and wife, Stacy, of Novato; Nancy McInnis and husband, David of Kentfield; and 11 grandchildren. Vince had one brother, Dr. James Pelfini of San Rafael, who died in 1994. After graduating from Mission High School in 1944, Vince enlisted in the Army and served until 1946. He received a degree in Architecture from UC Berkeley in 1951 and became a registered architect. From 1954 until 1979 Vince worked in San Francisco at Stone, Marraccini, and Patterson Architects (SMP) serving as Construction Administrator, Director of Construction, Senior Vice President, Stockholder and Director SMP. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the American Arbitration Association. He administered the construction of hundreds of complex projects including hospitals, commercial and governmental facilities, and including a principal role in the San Francisco International Airport construction management program. In 1979 Vince started SMP-CM Corporation, ultimately titled PMA, a subsidiary of SMP. He served as president until he retired in 1985 to launch his own professional management and consulting firm, Pelfini Associates. He was active in the business, working mainly on private school and church projects in the Bay Area, until shortly before his death. He was known and respected for his unwavering integrity and honesty. Vincent was a Life Member of the Board of Directors of Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma and was on the Executive-Advisory board of Mt. St. Joseph-St. Elizabeth Family and Children's Services in San Francisco. A sports' enthusiast, he coached, managed and umpired his sons' Little League and Babe Ruth teams for more than 10 years. He attended and supported his children's many athletic endeavors and whole-heartedly enjoyed his grandchildren's numerous recitals, performances and sporting events. Vince loved traveling with his wife and friends and vacationing with his family. He was a passionate photographer, an avid tennis player and golfer. He was a golfing member of the Olympic Club since 1980. Vince will always be remembered as a wonderful man, respected by his peers, admired by his friends and cherished by his family. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Friday, October 25th at 10:30 AM at St. Hilary Church, 761 Hilary Drive, Tiburon. In lieu of Flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925; Hanna Boys Center, P.O. Box 100, Sonoma, CA 95476; or the Easter Seal Society for the Redwood Coast, 555 Northgate Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. 

Lois Silvernale
Of San Rafael, passed away at home October 16, 2002, cared for by her family and Hospice, much loved, and without distress. Born in Oakland in 1916 to William and Jessie McMurchy, Lois grew up in Sacramento, graduated from Sacramento High, and worked as an executive secretary, first in Sacramento and later in San Francisco. She and John McInnis married in 1939, settling in San Rafael after WWII, where they raised their children, John and Susan. When John McInnis threw his hat into the ring for San Rafael and Marin County politics in 1959, Lois joined him there, supporting his service on the City Council, as Mayor, and then on the Board of Supervisors, through to his death in 1972. In 1977, she married longtime friend Rex Silvernale, enjoying thereafter a life in retirement, of travel, love, and growing contentment. Lois loved Marin County, her family and her friends. She was an avid and excellent bridge player. She served actively in Marin service organizations throughout her life in the county, among them the San Rafael Improvement Club, the Northgate Group of Marin Art and Garden Center, the Friends of Arequipa of the Marin Foundation, and the Marin Symphony League. In recent years Lois fought back from two cancers and a broken hip, and then cancer's return. A slight, elegant woman, she was both strong and resilient, facing all that came with a stubborn grace. She leaves an extended family who loved her dearly; her sister Jean and Jean's family; her husband Rex; her son John, daughter-in-law Laurie; grandchildren Hillary, Brian and Scott, whom she adored; her daughter Susan and partner Joy Morrison; and Rex's daughters, Marcia and Sussan, their loved ones, children and grandchildren. At her request, no services will be held, and a gathering has not yet been scheduled. For those who wish, donations in her name may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned & Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

Berenice Friedman Stohl
Died peacefully, on October 17, 2002 at the age of 92. Berenice was the wife of the late Kenneth Stohl, mother of Audrey and Linda, loving grandmother of Julie and David, special "grammy Bern" to Kyle Nygren, mother-in-law to Gary Rivara, sister-in-law of Polly Friedman and Arlene Engebo. Berenice's family thanks the staff at Drake Terrace for 12 years of incredible love and caring. At her request, there will be no services. Donations may be made to Hospice of Marin (150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera) or Villa Marin Scholarship Fund (for Drake Terrace recipients), 275 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned & Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

Charles Max Tucker
Beloved husband, father, and friend. Born in Dyersburg, Tennessee. Died October 16, 2002 at the age of 72 after battling Parkinson's disease. He is survived by his wife, Mae; children Sherri, Karen, Charles and wife Denise, Eric; grandsons Tucker, Jackson, and Charles Tristen; brother Russell and wife Martha, sister Corrine and husband Bill, and sister Peggy; and many nephews, nieces, family, and friends, all who are honored to have known him. Donations may be made to Parkinson's Institute, 1170 Morse Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94089. Funeral Service 11 a.m., October 21, 2002, Valley Memorial Park, Novato, CA. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571 

Anna O. Bima
Passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at age 90 from complications following a heart attack. Anna was cherished by sons Alan, Don and Bob, daughters-in-law Eva and Jamie, grandsons Leo and Joe, as well as other family and friends. She was known to many as "Mom Bima" and loved answering to that name. Friends and family teased her about "being 65 for 20 years" because of her youthful energy and attitude. At her request, no formal services will be held. Her remains will be buried with those of her late husband, Joe, in Monrovia California. Donations in her memory may be made to Support Services for Elders, 1005 A Street, San Rafael, California 

Gene F. O'Connor Was born in San Francisco June 16, 1912, and moved to San Rafael as an infant. He is survived by his adoring wife of 55 years, Rosemary, and his loving daughter, Colleen Camp, nephew Joseph Smith and wife, Cecilia, and their children, James Smith, wife Rebecca, and children, Michael, Michele, and Matthew, nephews Matthew and Patrick Smith, niece Kelly Smith and her daughter, Brittany. Gene attended St. Raphael's School, San Rafael High School, University of California, Claremont Men's College, and Golden Gate College. His first business experience was in wholesale building materials distribution and he became an active partner in the J.B. Rice building material firm operating their Vallejo store. While in Vallejo he joined the Rotary Club and at that time was the youngest member in the State. When World War II started he sold his interest in the J.B. Rice Co. and enlisted in the Army Air Force, receiving his honorable discharge as an officer at war's end. He moved to San Francisco and obtained broker's licenses for insurance, real estate and appraising, and became actively engaged in investing in and developing real estate. In 1946 he married Rosemary and in 1948 they moved to San Rafael along with their infant daughter, Colleen. He opened an insurance office and continued his activities in development and acquisition of real estate. Gene belonged to many civic organizations, having been one of the founders and first president of the San Rafael 20-30 Club. He was a past member of the Lions and Rotary Clubs and the Meadow Club and a life member of the Elks Lodge and American Legion. He served on the Marin County Grand Jury and for four years on the San Rafael Planning Commission. He founded the San Rafael Beautiful Committee in the 60's, a group dedicated to the beautification of the City, and also the first group to put trees on Fourth Street in large planters, as well as other beautification projects. Gene was a very caring, compassionate man, and loved life, his family and friends. His hobbies were recording music from the 20's to the 90's; travel including trips and cruises to foreign countries, and especially planning and making changes and additions to his garden which was his pride and joy. He will be sadly missed by his family and those who knew him well. Friends may visit Keaton's Mortuary at Fifth and E Street, San Rafael, Thursday, October 17th. A Vigil Service will be at St. Raphael's Mission Chapel Friday, October 18th at 7 PM, and the Funeral Service will be at the Elks Lodge on Mission Avenue in San Rafael, Saturday, October 19th at 11 AM. Interment will be private. A Memorial Mass will be held later. Memorial donations may be made to Marin Home Care, 25 Bellam Blvd., San Rafael, CA 94901 or to St. Raphael's School, 1100 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901 or your favorite charity. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571 

Elena Petrini Passed away with her daughters at her side, on October 16, 2002, in Novato, California, at age 81. She was born on July 13, 1921 in San Francisco, California where she attended Presentation High School. Her parents, Costantino and Amanda Giusti were natives of Italy and were longtime residents of San Francisco and Novato. Mrs. Petrini was preceded in death by her loving husband Angelo. She was the loving mother of her daughters Andrea Innocenti and her husband Ugo and Cristina MacKenzie and her husband Michael. She was also the devoted grandmother of Marco Innocenti and his wife Heather, Daniela Innocenti-Beem and her husband Scott, Matthew and Adam MacKenzie as well as the loving great grandmother of Gianna Sofia Innocenti. A private Rosary will be recited on Thursday, October 17th at Keaton's Mortuary in Novato. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, October 18th at 10:30 a.m., at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church, 1806 Novato Blvd. in Novato. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151 

Marilyn Bolinger
Marilyn Bolinger, active civic leader and longtime resident of San Rafael, died after a brief illness on Saturday, October 12, 2002 with her loving husband, son, and daughter-in-law at her side. Marilyn was the devoted wife of Ray K. Bolinger, who for more than 15 years was the administrator at Marin General Hospital. Marilyn was thoroughly involved in community activities and she was an inspiration to those with whom she served. She was president of the Founders Auxiliary of Marin General Hospital and was a former president of the Marin Family Service Agency Board of Directors. She was a sustaining member of Marin Charitable and a member of the Northgate group of the Marin Art & Garden Center. She was a founding member of Marin Heritage committee which saved Falkirk and its 11 acres from development. In the mid-1980s she was elected to the San Rafael City School District and served for four years. She was a loving and inspiring friend and a devoted and accommodating neighbor. A native of Brooklyn who grew up in NJ, Mrs. Bolinger was a graduate of Elmira College in Elmira, NY. She and her family left Marin for Salinas when her husband became administrator of Natividad Medical Center in that city in 1982. They returned to Marin several years ago after he retired, at which time she picked up the threads of her Marin activities and renewed the friendships, which she never forgot. While in the Salinas area she served as president of the Markham Ranch of Monterey County Homeowners Association. She is survived by her husband; a son, Todd E. Bolinger, and a daughter-in-law, Tomoko Sato Bolinger. One son, Ray K. Bolinger, Jr., preceded her in death. So that her many friends can honor her, a Memorial Service in her memory is being arranged, and will be announced at a future date. Contributions in her memory are suggested to Marin Chapter of the American Cancer Society or the Founders Branch of the Marin General Hospital Volunteers. 

Marcia Hulbert Magnuson
Of The Bennett Valley (Santa Rosa) peacefully passed away at home on October 13, 2002. Born Marcia Hulbert Bristow in San Mateo, CA on March 15, 1933, she is survived by her beloved husband, Herbert A. Magnuson, daughter Lisa Admire of Sun Valley, Idaho, and sons Eric Magnuson and Elliott Magnuson of Marin County. She will also be missed by her eight beautiful grandchildren, Gavin, Barrett and Caitlyn Admire, Nicholas, Ryan and Everett Magnuson, and William and Mollie Magnuson, and daughters-in-law Lisa Magnuson and Katie Magnuson, all of whom loved her dearly. She is also survived by her three sisters, Toni Busse, Nancy Barbour, and Barbara Slattery, who were all the best of friends and so important in helping her celebrate her life during her final days. Her extended family meant the world to her, including wonderful nieces, nephews, cousins, and brothers-in-law, so many of whom provided friendship and comfort to the entire Magnuson family during a difficult time. The family would also like to thank so many of Marcia's dearest friends who reached out to her over the past months. She cherished every card, phone call, and visit! Marcia is remembered for her wonderful sense of humor, generosity, and love -- she was a true inspiration to everyone who shared in her life. She loved her family, and was happiest at family gatherings and events. As a master gardener, one of her greatest pleasures was tending her garden and creating beautiful flower arrangements for family and friends. She loved all of the outdoors including playing tennis, skiing, white water rafting, and mountain touring with her friends. She enjoyed painting and other types of work with her hands including her beautiful Christmas wreaths. Marcia gave generously of her time through the years, including volunteer posts with the PTA, school fundraising committees, and many years of service with the Junior League. An avid reader, she loved a great novel and enjoyed an intelligent and friendly chat on everything from world politics to proper bulb planting. The world will not be the same without Marcia, and she will be missed dearly. She will always remain in our thoughts and prayers! A celebration of Marcia's life will be held on Friday October 25th at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross, California. The family requests that no flowers be sent, rather please plant a beautiful flower or tree in your own garden to remember her. For those who wish, donations may be made to The National Brain Tumor Foundation, Oakland, CA. Please contact Eric Magnuson at (415) 381-6763 for further information.


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