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Richard A. Ashby
Of Stockton, California, passed away Monday, November 12, 2001 at the age of 85. He was born in Berkeley, California, was a resident of Marin for 20 years, and has lived in Stockton for three years. Mr. Ashby was self employed as a Manufacturers Representative for 20 years. He was in the Army Air Corps during WWII and was a member of the Family Club of San Francisco. Mr. Ashby is survived by his children, Larry A. Ashby of Washington, Douglas K. Ashby of Yuba City, Susan C. Ashby of Fairfax, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. Per the request of Mr. Ashby, no Services will be held. Private committal. 

Mary E. (Jean) LeGallee
In Corte Madera on November 12, 2001, peacefully in her sleep at home, age 85. Born in Texas, raised in New Mexico, she moved to California in the 40's and Marin in the 80's. Beloved 'Mom' to her son Jim, 'Mrs. L', to Michael, 'Fanny' to Dru, Cass and Tia, 'Aunt Jean' to nieces and nephews in Calif, NY and Texas and 'Jean' to her many friends from 20 years in Retail Sales in Mill Valley. She was loved and will be missed. At her request, no services will be held. Donations may be made to Hospice of Marin or Marin Home Care. 

Donald Garvin Merritt, August 8, 1943-August 16, 2001
Resident of San Rafael for 31 years. Native of Mt. Kisco, New York. Attended Tufts University. Moved to San Francisco in 1963, where he was Traffic Manager at KRON-TV before becoming a Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant and President of Merritt & Associates Financial Planning. Don also founded MasterPlan Human Asset Management of San Rafael. Don is survived by: wife Jean, daughter Tracy Daly, son Stephen, granddaughter Evangeline, sister Judith Rylander of Wake Forest, North Carolina, brother David of Indianapolis, Indiana, brother Bruce of Manteo, North Carolina. Don was active as a coach in Little League ('78-'80) and Pop Warner Football ('80) as well as Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Don loved family gatherings and was always happiest in the company of his family. He enjoyed landscaping & the challenge of home improvement projects, as well as teaching his children and grandchild about the lore of the outdoors, camping & fishing. A celebration of Don's life will be held Saturday, November 17, 2 p.m. at the Marin Art and Garden Center. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to support pancreas cancer research at Johns Hopkins University. Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Department of Pathology, Room 2242, The Weinberg Building, 401 N. Broadway Baltimore, MD 21231-2410. 

Peggy Suvanasarn
Longtime resident of San Rafael, died peacefully at home on Sunday, November 11, 2001 at the age of 48, after a long battle with lung cancer. Peggy, along with her husband Pornchai (Lek), owned and operated the wonderful Thai restaurant Gulf of Siam for many years. The Suvanasarns were pioneers in bringing Thai food to Marin County and introduced many diners in Marin to the particular spicy and aromatic joys of Thai cuisine. Peggy was beloved by customers and all who knew her for her warmth and sense of joy in life. In recent years, Peggy had been employed at Cal Fed Bank, where she was the operation manager at the Greenbrae branch. She had recently become a U.S. citizen, of which she was proud. She was consummately kind, always enthusiastic about life, and possessed of a particularly lovely and beatific smile. She radiated goodness and joy; hugs were a specialty of hers. Peggy is survived by her husband Lek, and children Pinthip and Pornthep (Oat), as well as relatives in Thailand. Memorial gifts may be made to the Suvanasarn Children's College Fund at Cal Fed Bank, 230 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae, California, 94904. There will be a small, family-only Service. 

William Eugene Watkins
Longtime resident of San Rafael, currently residing in Rohnert Park, passed away in St. Louis, Missouri on November 10, 2001 at age 64. Dearly beloved husband of 36 years to Shirley Watkins; Beloved father of William Jr., Robert and Brad Watkins, all of Vacaville, Penny Watkins of Rohnert Park and Wayne Watkins of Rohnert Park; Dear brother of Art Watkins of Petaluma and Joyce D'Ambra of Lincoln, Brother-in-law of Roseanne Grey of St. Louis, Missouri, Bev Watkins of Petaluma and Ray D'Ambra of Lincoln; Adored grandfather of eight, uncle to nine nieces and nephews and father to 40 foster children. He was a native of Vinita, Oklahoma. Mr. Watkins served his country in the United States Air Force and as a Sergeant with the Marin County Sheriffs Department for 27 years. He was a member of the Elks Club of Petaluma, the Odd Fellow Association of San Rafael and an avid motor home traveler. Friends are invited to attend Funeral Services on Saturday, November 17, 2001 at 3:30 p.m. at the DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES, 1225 Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa. Private Inurnment. 

Richard L. Weber
Of Novato, passed away on Saturday, November 10th, 2001 in Novato. Born in Friend, Nebraska in 1915, he had been a Novato resident since 1948. Mr. Weber joined the U.S. Army in 1936 at Ft. Crook, Nebraska. He received campaign awards for Normandy, Rhineland, and The Ardennes battles in the European theatre in WWII. In 1947, he transitioned to the newly formed U.S. Airforce. He retired as a warrant officer from Hamilton AFB in 1966 after 30 years of service. Mr. Weber joined Bank of Marin in 1966 and retired as the purchasing officer in 1980. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Charles Ward of Novato and his granddaughter, Kristine Skeen of San Francisco. Services will be Friday, November 16 at Keaton's Funeral Home, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato with Visitation at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 844, Santa Rosa, California, 95402. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151. 

Mildred Wittman
Died at her home in Greenbrae after a brief illness on November 10, 2001 at the age of 91. Milllie was born Mildred Elizabeth Vaughan on October 20, 1910, to Cora and George Vaughan, in Oakland, California. She was a third generation Californian; a descendent on her motherís side of the pioneer family of Rice who settled in Lake County at the turn of the 20th century. Her father was born in Healdsburg. Mildred moved from Oakland with her family, sisters Cora and Avaloo and brother George, to Antioch at the age of one. She resided there until she was fifteen when the family moved to San Francisco after her father's death. In San Francisco she attended business college and worked at the Bank of America for eighteen years. She married Jack Wittman in 1945 and enjoyed 56 years of marriage until his death one year ago. The couple lived in Marin for 54 years. Millie was a homemaker and mother of two sons, Vaughan of Amarillo, Texas and Steven of San Geronimo, California. Her sonsí families include Vaughanís wife, Nancy, and grandchildren Kendre and Joel and Steveís wife, Cathy, and grandchildren Yuri and Stevie. Millie is survived by one sibling, George, of Danville. Millie died peacefully at home. Aided by her family and Hospice she was able to remain a courageous example of the kind of life she led - one of facing what life had to offer and meeting it head-on. She has been an inspiration to her many friends and to her family, especially this past month, and will be remembered for how she lived her life and faced her death. The family wishes to express its gratitude to Hospice of Marin and would like to suggest that if anyone would like to make donations in Millieís name that they be made to Hospice. 

Velma Zeien
Beloved wife of the late Robert Zeien, passed away in the early morning on Wednesday, November 14, 2001. She leaves behind five devoted daughters, Jolene (John) Gugel of Lakeport, Deanna (Rich) Locati of Petaluma, Beverly (Art) Watkins of Petaluma, Nancy (Al) Nystrom of Santa Rosa, Linda (Don) Nehasil of Rancho Murieta, seven grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Private Services will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of Marin. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151. 

John Richard Blackburn
Passed away on November 8, 2001, John ("Blackie") Blackburn died peacefully in Greenbrae. He was born in Clarksburg, a small West Virginia mining town, on October 6, 1917. He graduated an Ensign from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1939 and married Margaret Rocke of Charleston, West Virginia, on June 6, 1941. He served in both the Atlantic and Pacific during World War II, escorting convoys in the U-boat-infested North Atlantic, protecting the the Normandy landings, taking FDR to Yalta aboard the USS Quincy, and was one of the first Americans to enter post-War Japan. For his service during the war, he was awarded the Bronze Star and the European Theater, Pacific Theater, China Service, and World War II Victory medals. After the war, he was an instructor and administrator at the Naval Academy, then served in the Korean War, including the landings at Inchon. He was promoted to Navy Captain in 1958 and spent three years in Japan and the Philippines with his wife and four children. He retired from the Navy in 1963 and moved with his family to Sunnyvale, California, where he enjoyed rewarding careers with GTE Sylvania and General Electric. He retired in 1982 and relocated with his wife to Rohnert Park, where he played golf, tended to his very large backyard garden, spoiled his grandchildren, and authored several articles about World War II and the Saudi royal family. His wife Margaret passed away in 1994. He spent his final six years at Stinson Beach with his dear companion, Patti. John is survived by his son John Jr. of Santa Clara, son Joseph Ramsey II of Long Valley, New Jersey, daughter Letita Lawson of Hayward, and daughter Lisa Collett of Stinson Beach. A Memorial Service will be conducted at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ross on November 14, 2001. He will be remembered as a very kind and loving father and grandfather who set a very fine example for all to follow. 

Gregorio Castillo
Known by all as Greg, passed from this life on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2001 in Novato. He was 71 years of age. Martha, his wife of 45 years, his four children, Joseph, Cathy, Gregory Scott and Stephanie, as well as five grandchildren, Michael Lazaro, William and Mayla Swift, Kendall and Shelby Klein, survive him. He was born on March 12, 1930 along an irrigation canal in Yuma, Arizona, the fifth of 12 children born to Jose and Cornelia Castillo, and grew up on a small farm in Holtville, California. He was a graduate of San Diego State University, majoring in pre-law. From there he entered the U.S. Air Force, beginning his aviation career. He became a jet fighter pilot and served 11 years. Greg ended his Air Force service as a captain-pilot with the 29th Fighter Squadron in Great Falls, Montana. Upon leaving military service, he continued to pursue his passion for flying and joined United Airlines in San Francisco. Greg again attained the rank of Captain, piloting a variety of aircraft until his retirement from United in 1996 after 33 years. He and his wife Martha have lived in Novato since 1966. The family worshiped at Our Lady of Loretto Church. Greg was a man of quiet but distinctive attributes who treasured the company of his family and friends. He is remembered as a compassionate and generous man. He was patient and selfless, and put the welfare of others ahead of his own. His strength of character was built upon his uncompromising integrity and honesty, exceptional generosity, and genuine love. In the midst of this love, Greg was able to pass peacefully in his own home and in the presence of his family. "And now these three remain, faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love." 1 Cor. 13.13. Friends and family are invited to attend a Funeral Service at Our Lady of Loretto Church, 1806 Novato Blvd. on Thursday, November 15 at 11 a.m. A viewing will be available beforehand at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd. from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151. 

Janice A. Hemphill
Former Marin City resident, passed away November 4, 2001, age 63, in Lacey, Washington. Service will be held Friday, November 16, 2001 at 1 p.m. @ Cornerstone Church, 625 Drake Ave., Marin City, CA. Janice was survived by her six children, Greg Ford, Ronnie Ford, Pam Rogers, Steven Gibson, Natalie Gibson, Jimmy Hemphill, eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren, 2 brothers & many family and friends. 

Ruth Catherine Schwartz
Ruth Catherine Schwartz, a two year resident of Sonoma and prior 58 year resident of Marin, died Sunday, November 11, 2001. She was 88. A homemaker for 55 years, Mrs. Schwartz was a past member of the Corte Madera Women's Club and enjoyed sewing, worldwide traveling and drafting house plans. She designed the plans for the home in which she and her husband built for themselves. Mrs. Schwartz is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Judith and Bill Fink of Suisun and Laurie and George Dray of Bel Marin Keys; sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Diane Schwartz of Fresno and Kenneth and Heather Schwartz of Masonville, NY; grandchildren, Ann Bridges, Kerry Spyrow, Patricia Conrow, Jean Llapitan, Chris Kelly, Erin Kelly, Lisa Hudson, Matthew Schwartz, Brady Schwartz, Kevan Schwartz, William Schwartz, Erika Schwartz and Hilary Schwartz, and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Schwartz in 1998. Interment will be private at Bahia Valley Memorial Park in Novato. Memorial Gifts are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association, Greater San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, 2065 W. El Camino Real, Suite C, Mt. View, CA 94040. Ouimet Bros. Concord Funeral Chapel (925) 682-4242. 

Ethelyn "Lynn" Sellinger, Social Activist and Community Leader
Died peacefully in her sleep after a long battle with cancer at her home in Mill Valley on Saturday, November 10, 2001. Lynn was a native of Sacramento where she was born to Ethelyn and George Sellinger on May 27, 1918. She was a graduate of UC Berkeley and New York School of Social Work, Columbia University where she received her Master's Degree in Medical Social Work. During the McCarthy era, the State Assembly passed the Levering Act requiring all public employees to sign a loyalty oath. Lynn refused and resigned her position with the California State Department of Public Health. To honor her work against "loyalty oaths", she subsequently received the Norma and Murray Hearn Social Action Award from the New York School of Social Work. Lynn went on to have a distinguished career at the University of California Medical Center, where she became director of the Department of Social Work. After her retirement, Lynn became involved in a variety of community activities. She was an active member of the League of Women Voters. Lynn was an early and loyal supporter of Marin County Supervisor Annette Rose. In recent years Lynn served as a member of a task force for the Marin County Trauma System, on the Marin Emergency Medical Care Commission and on the Southern Marin Emergency Paramedic System. She is survived by a brother, George Sellinger, of Incline Village, Nevada. A private service will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made to the Marin Conservation League, 55 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 21, San Rafael, CA 94903. Arrangements were handled by RUSSELL & GOOCH, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Joan Sturm
Passed away in San Rafael on November 8, 2001 after a brief illness. She leaves her husband of 53 years, Edward Sturm, and her three children, Daniel Sturm of Point Richmond, Karen Rasmussen of Monument, Colorado and Ted Sturm of Fremont. She is also survived by her four grandchildren, Robin Rasmussen of Boulder, Colorado and Ashley, Jordan and Samantha Sturm of Fremont. She will always be in our hearts. At her request there will be no services. Remembrances in her honor will be gratefully appreciated if made to the American Cancer Society. 

Richard L. Weber
Of Novato, passed away on Saturday, November 10th, 2001 in Novato. Born in Friend, Nebraska in 1915, he had been a Novato resident since 1948. Mr. Weber joined the U.S. Army in 1936 at Ft. Crook, Nebraska. He received campaign awards for Normandy, Rhineland, and The Ardennes battles in the European theatre in WWII. In 1947, he transitioned to the newly formed U.S. Airforce. He retired as a warrant officer from Hamilton AFB in 1966 after 30 years of service. Mr. Weber joined Bank of Marin in 1966 and retired as the purchasing officer in 1980. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Charles Ward of Novato and his granddaughter, Kristine Skeen of San Francisco. Services will be Friday, November 16 at Keaton's Funeral Home, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato with Visitation at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 844, Santa Rosa, California, 95402. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151. 

Sally Ann Asmussen
83 years old, homemaker and resident of Marin County for over 50 years, passed away unexpectedly and was found November 8, 2001. A very loving mother to daughter, Joyce Asmussen, and to her son, Stephen Asmussen, daughter-in-law, Mellissa, she also adored her two grandchildren, Gregory and Sarah Robyn Asmussen. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Lucille and Irene Schultz of Clinton, Iowa, Mary Rowland of Los Angeles, and a brother, Joseph Schultz of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Throughout her life, she loved and cared for many dogs and cats most recently Bozi, Taffy, and Pumpkin. Her cat Clancey survives her and misses her dearly. She was a longtime parishioner at St. Raphael Church in San Rafael, where she volunteered in the Mission Gift Shop and in the Altar Society. She also served meals at the St. Vincent Dining Hall. She was active in the Goldenaires Senior Citizen's Organization. She was always very nurturing and full of life and enjoyed many activities, including dancing, gardening, Giants' baseball and cooking. Mom lived simply, laughed often and loved deeply. She was fond of cutting out uplifting cartoons and sharing them with family and friends. She explored many ethnic cuisines, using fresh organic foods often from the Marin County Farmer's Market. She is known for her homemade pies, sauces, jams, and her traditional holiday dinners. A daily meditator, Mom believed ardently in the power of prayer and prayed for her children, friends and those in need each day. She was always very grateful for the small gifts, flowers and cards that were given to her and was known for sending beautiful handwritten messages to encourage friends and family. She truly celebrated life at each holiday and relaxed quietly in the beauty of nature that surrounded her. She is deeply loved and dearly missed by all of us. A Funeral Mass will be held to celebrate her life on Wednesday, November 14 at 1:00 p.m. in the Mission Chapel at St. Raphael Church in San Rafael. There will be a Rosary in her honor on Tuesday, November 13, at 7:00 p.m. at Keaton's Mortuary, 1022 E Street, San Rafael, with Visitation from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Memorial donations to the St. Vincent Dining Hall would be appreciated. Keaton Mortuary 415-453-0571. 

Nelson Glen Freed
Died at the age of 54 on November 6, 2001 at his home in Mill Valley surrounded by family and close friends. Nelson was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland where he met and married Debbie White in December of 1968. The couple and their two daughters moved to Mill Valley in 1986. Though trained as an engineer he eventually became a law firm executive. His last job was executive director of Thelen Reid and Priest, a national law firm -- a position he held from 1992 to May of this year when illness forced him to retire. Nelson was an innovative administrator, an unfailingly devoted husband and father, a warm and loyal friend. He had an exceptional ability to focus on other people, to genuinely share in their joys and sorrows. His irreverent view of the world helped his friends and family get through tough times. His great joy was hiking and biking on the trails of Mount Tamalpais; his interests included jazz, photography, pottery-making and gardening. He is survived by his wife Debbie Freed of Mill Valley; a daughter and son-in-law, Shanna and Maurizio Bruschi of San Francisco; a daughter Bethany Freed of Sausalito; his parents, Dorothy and Carl Freed of Baltimore, Maryland; a brother and sister-in-law, Sheldon and Marsha Freed also of Baltimore, Maryland as well as an abundance of beloved nieces and nephews. Nelson's death has left an unfillable empty space in the world and gaping hole in our hearts. Words cannot express how much his family and friends will miss him. Contributions may be made in his name to the Melanoma Support Group UCSF Mount Zion Auxiliary 1600 Divisadero Street San Francisco, CA 94115 or to The Genetic Alliance 4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 404 Washington, D.C. 20008- 2304. 

George Hartwick
Today November 12, 2001, George Hartwick of Kentfield, California passed away. His life was marked by the gifts he has left within the hearts of those he loved and inspired. These gifts were justice, generosity, patience, perseverance, compassion, truth, integrity, and a consistent awareness that the heart is always senior to possessions or status. His inspiration is carried on by his immediate family Gayle Hartwick of San Rafael, Joyce Hartwick of Parsonsfield, Maine, Jill Willett and her sons Wade and Chris of Washburn, Maine and Carl Hagens of Seattle, Washington. George, the son of Fredrick and Bertha Hartwick grew up and worked in San Francisco where he learned through the depression how important it was to hold together and support the ones you love. His family took in others who were in need, and George and his family have continued with this legacy. In his childhood, he worked on an apple ranch with horses and fully understood the importance of hard work, cooperation, and the value of a close knit family. He brought his strong values, dry wit, and keen intelligence to the business sector as an attorney at Bronson, Bronson, and McKinnon Law Firm in San Francisco. You are welcome to come for viewing and to give last respects at Keaton Mortuary in San Rafael on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 13th and 14th. We will hold a celebration of his life on November 14 at 6:00 p.m. at Keaton Mortuary (E Street and 5th Avenue in San Rafael) with family and friends. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Meyliss L. Kaufman
Died peacefully at home on November 4, 2001. She was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia and had lived in Marin County for more than 30 years. Her husband, Al Kaufman, preceded her in death. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Don Gaskill of Nanaimo, B.C. and her four children, Peter Mason and Kristine Sheets-Stewart of San Rafael, Stephen Mason of Petaluma and Paul Mason of Sonoma. Her grandchildren James Mason and Justin Sheets, her daughter-in-law Maryann Mason, son-in-law Jaimie Stewart, many nieces and nephews and her dear friends Susan, Tom, Steven and Lauren Monahan also survive her. At her request, a private Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Her family asks that donations be sent to Hospice of Marin. 

Mary B. Moline
A 15 year resident of Greenbrae, California. Mary B. Moline, Attorney, died November 8, 2001 at Stockton, CA, age 48 years. She was the daughter of the late Dr. Robert E. and Iva Moline of Linden, CA. Survived by her brother Robert & his wife, Lois. Mary graduated as Valedictorian of her class at St. Mary's High School in Stockton. She graduated from Dominican College, Maxima Cum Laude in 1974. She attended the University of San Francisco School of Law from which she received her Juris Doctor in 1977. While at USF she was Assistant Managing Editor and contributor to the USF Law Review. She practiced law in San Rafael and San Francisco where she was associated with Thomas J. Boyle, Esq. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, November 17th, 12 noon, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Alfalfa Street, Linden, CA. Contributions may be made in Mary's Memory to the Mayflower Choral Society Scholarship Fund, PMB 414, 4286 Redwood Highway, San Rafael, CA 94903. 

Marjorie Petersen
Marjorie Betts Petersen of Sausalito, 88, died peacefully November 9, 2001 at the Pine Ridge Care Center from the infirmities of old age. She was well known in the Marin boating fraternity as an ocean voyager and author of two books of her sailing adventures. Mrs. Petersen was a native of Brooklyn and during her youth was active in dinghy sailing and racing on Sheepshead Bay, New York. She met her future husband Al Petersen following his return to New York from a single-handed circumnavigation of his 33' gaff-rigged cutter "Stornoway". After their marriage in 1953, she moved aboard and began a life of deepwater sailing. Their subsequent voyages took them over 80,000 miles. She is the author of "Stornoway East And West," a narrative of a voyage to the Mediterranean. In 1961, they sailed from New York via Panama to Sausalito and subsequently on a three year circle of the Pacific Ocean, described in her book "Red Sky At Night." In the early 70's they departed on a five-year voyage which took them back to the Mediterranean, the East Coast and return to Sausalito where they remained until Al's death in 1981. In recent years, Marjorie has lived in retirement in San Rafael. She is survived by many sailing friends. A scattering at sea of her ashes is planned. 

Janet Louise Bauer
Passed away on November 7, 2001 in Petaluma. Dearly beloved mother of James Scott Oswalt and his wife Rosalie of Japan, Victoria Bettencourt and her husband Michael of Santa Rosa, Craig Oswalt of Texas, Valerie Oswalt of Cotati and Elizabeth Oswalt of Texas; loving grandmother of Justin, Casey, Chelsey, James, Tyler and Matthew. Janet's true joy in life was the theater. She was an active member of the Novato Community Players, Masquers Theater Company and the Ross Valley Players. Her proudest achievement was a role in the Mountain Play production of "My Fair Lady". Janet loved animals very much and had cats and dogs at her side all through her life. A native of Dallas, Texas, age 65 years. Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. at the Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Frances Drake Blvd. Ross, CA. Contributions in her memory are suggested to the Marin County Humane Society, 171 Bel Marin Keys, Novato, CA 94949. Arrangements under the care of DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, Santa Rosa, 707-525-3730. 

Harold E. Bauer
Passed away suddenly, November 6, 2001 at age 79. Beloved husband of Joan Bauer of Petaluma. Loving father of Alice Nuding of Fremont, NB and Beth Erdmann of Petaluma. Grandfather of Brian, Benjamin, Dolores, Zachary and Travis. Brother of Doris Trapp of Orando, WA. A long time Mill Valley resident. After retirement from Golden Gate Transit, Mr. Bauer traveled, the last 15 years residing in Morro Bay, California. Friends are invited to attend Funeral Services, Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 2:30 p.m. at ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville St., Petaluma. Visitation will be after 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday. The family prefers contributions be made in his name to your favorite charity. Private interment, Cypress Hill Memorial Park, Petaluma CHEDA & LYONS 707-789-9000 

Janet Louise Bauer
Passed away on November 7, 2001 in Petaluma. Dearly beloved mother of James Scott Oswalt and his wife Rosalie of Japan, Victoria Bettencourt and her husband Michael of Santa Rosa, Craig Oswalt of Texas, Valerie Oswalt of Cotati and Elizabeth Oswalt of Texas; loving grandmother of Justin, Casey, Chelsey, James, Tyler and Matthew. Janet's true joy in life was the theater. She was an active member of the Novato Community Players, Masquers Theater Company and the Ross Valley Players. Her proudest achievement was a role in the Mountain Play production of "My Fair Lady". Janet loved animals very much and had cats and dogs at her side all through her life. A native of Dallas, Texas, age 65 years. Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. at the Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Frances Drake Blvd. Ross, CA. Contributions in her memory are suggested to the Marin County Humane Society, 171 Bel Marin Keys, Novato, CA 94949. Arrangements under the care of DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, Santa Rosa, 707-525-3730. 

Sue S. Fisher
Passed away peacefully on October 29, 2001 in San Rafael, at age 86. Devoted wife of the late David P. Fisher, Sue was the loving mother of Bruce and his wife Pat of Inverness, IL, Phillip and his wife Joan of Greenbrae and Sylvia and her husband Paul Roye, of Greenbrae. Three adored grandchildren also survive her, Beckie and Eric Fisher and Michael Roye. Sue was born and raised in Chicago where she met and married Dave and raised their family. When her children were in college, she entered the workforce at the University of Chicago, as assistant to the bursar. Upon Dave's retirement, they moved to Florida, where he passed away in 1980. Sue remained in Florida until 1997, when she moved to Marin County to be closer to her family. Declining health did not deter Sue from enjoying a good meal, a good movie, a good joke and good company. Sue leaves behind many close friends and family members who will remember her wonderful sense of humor and quiet, gentle ways. Remembrances may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association, 430 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60611. 

Johanna M. (Jopie) Keizer
Died peacefully November 1, 2001 at the age of 90 in her Sausalito home. Jopie was a resident of Sausalito for ten years and was the widow of the late Hendrick (Henk) Keizer of Sausalito. She is survived by a stepson Jan Keizer & his wife Maria Elena Keizer of Corte Madera and two step grandchildren, Nancy Keizer.Cohen of San Francisco and Keith Keizer of Holualoa, Hawaii. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews and their children in the Netherlands. Born, May 24th, 1911 in Nijmegen the Netherlands. Jopie emigrated to the United States in October 1991 at the age of 80; when she married Henk Keizer. Jopie was active in the Sausalito Salvage Shop. She enjoyed gardening. She was also a regular and generous contributor to the economy of the State of Nevada. A private memorial is being planned. Cremation by Pacific Interment Service of San Francisco. Jopie's cremains will be scattered at sea within sight of the Golden Gate. Memorial donations can be made to the Hospice of Marin at 150 Nellen Ave., Corte Madera, CA 94925 (415) 927-2273. 

Dorothy Shears-Mauroni
Resident of San Rafael formerly from San Francisco, passed away November 7, 2001. Dorothy was 79 years of age. She passed away November 7, 2001 at home in San Rafael. She was the loving wife of John Mauroni and dear mother of Richard Shears and daughter-in-law Nancy Shears. She was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. In her adult life she moved on to San Francisco where she was the founder of Shears Medical Services, Inc., of which she gave her heart and soul, working up until 1998. Any memorial contributions may be made in her name to St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105. 

Bertram J. "Bert" Talbot
A resident of Tiburon, Bert passed away of a massive heart attack on September 10, 2001, while visiting relatives in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is survived by a sister, Elizabeth DeCourey, a nephew, Michael DeCourey 2 grandnieces and 2 grandnephews, all of St. Paul and many friends. All are invited to a Memorial Mass at St. Hillary's Church in Tiburon on November 16 at 5 p.m. followed by a reception at the Belvedere Tennis Club. Memorial contributions to a charity of your choice. 

Marijke Parker Kremers
Artist, beloved mother, sister, aunt and friend. Born 12/25/37 in Hilversum, the Netherlands; she went just as the harvest moon rose in the Halloween sky. Most recently living in Palm Springs, she spent her happiest years in Marin. Marijke's life will continue to be celebrated by her daughter, Jeannine Parker, son David Parker, brothers Walter and Onno Kremers, sisters Marianne Boroditsky and Carla Divinsky, nieces and nephews Marc, Karen & Leon Boroditsky, Mara Silver and Aaron Divinsky. A private Memorial will be held by the family this weekend, please call (415) 456- 5543 to attend. 

Stephen Valdemar Luergan
Of San Anselmo, CA. passed on peacefully Nov. 7, 2001 after a lengthy illness. He will be dearly missed by his surviving children, Sahreem Luergan of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Valdemar Luergan of San Rafael, Daemian Luergan of San Anselmo and Tony Leon of San Anselmo. He was 69. He will be remembered by family and friends for his love of the Marin County land, his passion for jazz music and his devotion to his children. Services will be private. Memorial Contributions may be made to the: American Lung Association, 115 Talbot Ave., Santa Rosa, Ca. 95404. 

Robert E. Sundberg
Beloved son, husband, father and grandfather died peacefully at his home in San Rafael, on Nov. 8. 2001 surrounded by his loved ones. Born in Hackensack, N. J. on December 11, 1933 Bob graduated from Bucknell University in 1955, enrolled as a member of The Kappa Sigma Fraternity, ROTC and as Captain of the varsity soccer team. Bob was stationed in Northeastern France as a 1st Lt. with the Army Corp. of Transp. where he met his future wife of 45 years. They returned to Providence, R.I. with their daughter in 1959 where he worked for The Gorham Silver Co. until his retirement in 1989. During this time, the family relocated to San Rafael in 1960. Bob was a member and 5 year Trustee with The Elks Club, Lodge #1108 in San Rafael. In 1991, Bob became co-owner of "Shark's Deli" in Tiburon until the summer of 1997. Bob will be dearly missed by his loving wife, Monique, his sister, Ann Purcell of Rowayton, CT., his daughter, Anne, his son Mark, his daughter in law, Tammy and his five grandchildren: Luke, Adam, Lisa, Kaylie and Bret. Bob will be remembered always for his love of family, his sense of duty and his deep religious faith. Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Service, Tuesday Nov. 13, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. at The Church of St. Raphael. Interment will be private. Memorial gifts may be made to: Marin Catholic High School, 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Kentfield, CA 94904 c/o scholarships, The Church of St. Raphael 1104 Fifth Ave., S.R. CA 94901 and Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Ave. Corte Madera, CA 94925 

Ruth Johnson Bannon
Who resided in Larkspur, Calif., died Wednesday, October 31, 2001 peacefully in her home after a long illness. She was 78. Originally born in Brooklyn, New York, she moved to California in the mid-1960's and has resided in Marin ever since. She was an active member of the Marin County Needlepoint Guild, and made a significant contribution to the needlepointed kneeling cushions, which adorn Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. She also spent many years as a Braille transcriber for the Marin County Braille Association. She was active in several Episcopal Church Diocese throughout her residence in California, and was currently a member of The Church of the Nativity in San Rafael, Ca. She is survived by her daughter, Christine Bannon of New Jersey, and a son, Felix Bannon of Novato, California, and by the many friends whose lives were enriched because of Ruth. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 10th, at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Nativity, 333 Ellen Drive, San Rafael, California. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Church of the Nativity or to Hospice of Marin. 

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

Norm Mitchell
On November 5, 2001, Norm died peacefully at home in San Rafael while surrounded by his loved ones. Born in Canada in 1912, Norm moved to Los Angeles when he was a child. He attended L.A. High. He was a baseball star at UCLA and later in life he continued his love for baseball by coaching his grandsons' teams in Ross and San Rafael. He also cheered loudly for his grandchildren in Sacramento. Norm's joys in life were thoroughbred horse racing and his family. Norm was a Captain of the 100th Battalion, Company C in World War II, where he led his Japanese American Friends in campaigns in Italy and received a Purple Heart. Norm said the Nisei were the finest fighters in America. He returned home with the antiwar sentiment, "We must seek another solution." Senator Daniel Inouye gave Norm a book commending him as a "Great American Patriot." He will be dearly missed by daughters Norma Peterson, Marianne Rayburn, and her husband Rick, five grandchildren, Jake, Laurel, Kelly, Mitch and Marty, two great grandchildren, Leah and Cody, and their mother Bridget, and Dorothy Green, Norm's sister. Norm's wife, Connie, predeceased him. A Memorial Service will be held at the Mission San Rafael on Fifth Avenue on Saturday, November 10 at 11 a.m. Arrangements by KEATON'S MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Anne M. Polland
A Memorial Celebration of the life of Anne Marie Polland is set for Sunday, November, 11, 2001 in San Francisco. The Celebration will be held at 7 p.m. at the American Conservatory Theatre, 415 Geary Street, San Francisco. Ms. Polland, 54, died November 1, 2001 in her home in Fairfax, California. As the business agent for both the Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts Union, Local 16, as well as the Theatrical Wardrobe Union, Local 784, she had worked for 30 years in the Bay Area in costume and wardrobe for theater, film and Industrial Light & Magic in San Rafael. She is survived by her sister, Melinda Annis, of Sacramento, Calif.; her brothers, Mark Polland of Rescue, Calif. and Greg Polland of Louisiana; by nieces Carly Polland, Heather Polland and Casey Polland; by nephews Toby Annis and Derek Polland; and by sisters-in-law Kathy Polland and Jan Haag. Her parents, Elizabeth and Clyde Polland and two brothers, Leonard and Clifford Polland, preceded her in death. Contributions in her name may be made to Foodlink, a nonprofit food distribution service to California food banks, at P.O. Box 292700, Sacramento, CA 95829. 

Samuel Franklin Simon
Amy Farrell and Lyle Simon sadly announce the birth and death of their son Samuel Franklin Simon on October 19, 2001. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday November 10, 2001 at Keaton's Mortuary. Keaton's Mortuary 1022 E St. San Rafael, CA 415-453-0571. 

Martha Hayes Snow
Died at Williamsburg, Virginia on Wednesday, November 7, 2001 at the age of 95. She was predeceased by her loving husband, U.S. Army retired Colonel Clifford M. Snow, who died on January 15, 1988. Martha was born in San Francisco, California on October 26, 1906 and lived most of her life in and around that city. The daughter of William and Mary Hayes, Martha was educated by the Dominican Nuns and at the Sisters of Mercy School in San Francisco. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1925. Martha Snow retired after 40 years of service with Schroeder, White & Johnson, Insurance Brokers in San Francisco. She was a member of the prestigious San Francisco Club for Native San Franciscans, was a life member of the University of California at Berkeley Alumni Association, and an active member of the Mill Valley, California Golf Club. Martha is survived by her stepdaughter, Pattye Snow Hickey of Williamsburg, Virginia, Stepson, Richard Dean Snow of Vancouver, Washington, nieces Eleanor Hayes Allen, Atherton, California, Joyce Hayes Burroughs of Terra Linda, California, and cousin Mae Power of County of Waterford, Ireland. Died earlier were twin sister Clare Barbara Hayes; brothers William and Francis Hayes; and sisters Virginia Hayes Dorman, Gertrude Hayes Haley, and Anna Hayes Ellison. A Service of Memory will be conducted at Patriots Colony Continuing Care Retirement Center in Williamsburg, Virginia on Friday, November 9, 2001. There will be a private interment at the National Cemetery, Presidio of San Francisco, California at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 13 and a Memorial Mass at St. Hillary's Catholic Church in Tiburon, California at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 14, 2001. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to "Hanna Boys", 1700 Arnold Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476, or your personal desires. 

Erik Unneberg Waage, September 25, 1974-November 5, 2001
Erik passed away peacefully with his family around him at his mother's home in Novato. Erik was raised in Novato, and was living in the East Bay. We all enjoyed his wry sense of humor. He met his lovely partner, Kendra, through a mutual interest in martial arts. Erik was also very close to Kendra's son, Matthew whom he treated as his own. He will be remembered as a close friend, a good brother, a caring partner, and a loving son. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Matthew Stone Scholarship Fund. Checks may be made out to K. Stone, c/o R. Waage, 5 Hanover Ct., Novato, CA 94947. Services will be private.


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