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Israelito N. Beltran
Affectionately known as Lito, joined our Heavenly Father on November 6, 2001 in his Novato home surrounded by loved ones. His wife Tess, their six children and four grandchildren survive him. His nine brothers and sisters and many nephews and nieces also survive him. Visitation will be held at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato, California on Friday, November 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with a Prayer Vigil at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, November 10 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Loretto Church, 1806 Novato Blvd., Novato. Interment will follow at Valley Memorial Park, Novato, California. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151 

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. 

Louie Galetti
A Calistoga resident, died peacefully at his home on Sunday, November 4, 2001, with his family at his side. Louie was born in Oakland, California in 1913, soon after his family arrived in the United States after a long journey from Italy. The family settled in Sausalito, where Louie's father and mother had a restaurant near the ferry terminal and Louie and his brother, Pete, helped with the business. Louie's father made enough money during bootleg days to retire at an early age and the family moved to Fairfax in Marin County, where Louie became involved as part owner of a local restaurant. In the late 30's, Louie went to work for Golden Gate Distributing as a liquor salesman, a job that would continue for 40 years, interrupted briefly by a tour of duty in WWII, where he served in Austria. His friendliness and positive attitude make him one of the best salesmen the company ever had. Upon retirement, Louie and his family moved to Calistoga, where they lived in a home that they had built themselves, along with his father-in-law. Louie was loved by all and is survived by his wife, Marie; two sons, Joel and Lou, Jr., all of Calistoga. He also leaves a brother, Pete, of Fairfax, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Donations may be directed to the Adventist Health Home Care Services at St. Helena Hospital, Deer Park or to Hospice of Napa Valley, Napa, CA, as they were both very helpful during Louie's last years. Private Services were held. A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, November 9, 2001, 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Calistoga, with Father Andrew Metcalf officiating. Arrangements are being cared for by Morrison Funeral Chapel, St. Helena, CA 707-963-3536. 

Lydia A. Grossi
Passed away on November 5, 2001 at her residence in Marshall, California at age 82 after a long illness. She was the devoted wife of the late Henry B. Grossi. Loving mother of Alice L. Morris and her husband Bill of Pt. Reyes, California, Kathleen A. Einers and her husband Jerry, Dorothy L. Ghirardelli and her husband Gildo, all of Petaluma, California and Henry M. "Sonny" Grossi of Marshall, California. Loving grandmother of eight and loving great grandmother of 14. Loving sister of Angelo Mazzucchi and Lorraine Camozzi, both of Petaluma and the late Armand Mazzucchi. Survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Grossi was born, reared and educated in Tomales, California. She married in 1941 and was married to Henry B. Grossi who passed away in July 1998; they were married for 57 years. She helped her husband on their dairy ranch in Marshall and also was an avid gardener and had a great affection for her animals on the dairy. She had been a member of the Sons of Italy of Petaluma, California. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Services, Saturday, November 10, 2001 at 8:30 a.m. from the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, California, thence to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 35 Liberty Street, Petaluma, where at 9:00 a.m. a Funeral Mass will be celebrated. A Vigil Service will be held Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Mortuary. Those who prefer may contribute to St. Helen's Catholic Church, c/o Church of Assumption, P.O. Box 82, Tomales, CA 94971 or to the Alzheimer's Association, North Bay Chapter, 50 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 in memory of Lydia A. Grossi. Friends may call at the Mortuary after 10:00 a.m. on Friday. Entombment: Tomales Catholic Cemetery, Tomales, California. 

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. 

Marilyn Ann Roberts
Died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Novato, California on Tuesday, November 6, 2001. Marilyn was born in Oakland, Calif. on November 5, 1938 as the only child to Beverly "Frank" and Gladys McKenney of Napa. She grew up in Napa and attended Napa High School and then San Francisco State College, where she earned her degree and teaching credential. Loving wife of the late Dewey Roberts, Marilyn was a resident of Novato for over 32 years. Together they owned Nobody's Perfect Cafe and Angel's Art Gallery, both in Novato. Marilyn was loved by her friends and family. She is survived and will be dearly missed by her mother, Gladys McKenney of Napa; her three sons and three daughters-in-law, Robert and Kim of Rohnert Park, Andrew and Debra of Stockton, and Joseph and Michelle of Novato. She was also a loving grandmother to Wesley, Emily, Travis, Hannah and Madison. Visitation from 1 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 8th at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Boulevard, Novato. The Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, November 9th at the Presbyterian Church of Novato, 710 Wilson Avenue, Novato. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151. 

Henry Paul Shobar
Passed away suddenly on November 3, 2001, while enjoying life to the fullest--89 years young. A Larkspur resident for the past 45 years. He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of over 67 years, Mary; his loving children Jerry (Judy) Shobar, Robert (Lorna) Shobar and Janice (Ralph) Simoni; sister Doris Madden; adoring grandchildren Mark and JJ Shobar, Michelle Damodaran, Chris, Jeff and Jessica Shobar and Kevin and Scott Simoni; six great grandchildren and many close relatives and friends. A basketball star and graduate of Commerce High School, Henry was the founder and owner of Advertising Specialties Unlimited until he retired in 1980. He also founded the Golden Gate Advertising Specialty Association and was a dedicated member of the Lions Club, SIRS and Slovenian Lodge S.N.P.J. Henry was an accomplished banjo player and, in his younger years, had his own band. Henry will be greatly missed and will be remembered always for his passion for life, his love of family and jovial personality. Friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Saturday November 10 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church, 114 King Street in Larkspur, CA. Remembrances may be made to: Electrophysiology Heart Lab c/o Marin General Hospital, 250 Bon Air Road, Greenbrae, CA 94904. 

William F. "Bill" Bundesen, Jr.
A native of Petaluma, California and life long resident of Sonoma County and Northern Marin County, died in Novato, California on November 4, 2001 at age 82. Devoted husband of Irene M. Bundesen of Novato. Loving father of William F. Bundesen, III and his wife Cathie, Gerald C. Bundesen and wife Dolores, all of Petaluma. Loving grandfather of Denise Messer, Victoria Bundesen, Bart Bundesen, Derek Bundesen and Gregory Bundesen. Loving great grandfather of Clinton Messer, Kyle Messer, Sierra Messer and Grace Bundesen. Loving brother of the late Aletha Bertsche and Herbert M. Bundesen. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Bundesen was a well known dairy rancher, being in the ranching industry for over 50 years. He and his wife Irene have been married for 56 years, owning and operating their dairy in Novato. He retired from ranching in 1974. He was an avid hunter. He also was known by his friends as "The Sausage Maker," making many different types of breakfast and dinner sausages. A member of: Past Grand President of Native Sons of the Golden West for the State of California in 1984 and 1985, past Governor General of Redwood Empire Assembly #9, a member of the Board of Directors of St. Vincent's Boys Home in Marin County, Native Sons of the Golden West Nicasio Parlor #183, serving as recording secretary for 25 years, Novato Druids, and the Bennett Valley Grange. Friends and family are invited to attend the Funeral Services, Thursday, November 8, 2001 at 9:30 a.m. from the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, thence to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 35 Liberty Street, Petaluma, California, where at 10:00 a.m. a Funeral Mass will be celebrated. A Vigil Service will be Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Mortuary. Officers and Members of Native Sons of the Golden West Nicasio Parlor #183 will conduct their ritual immediately after the Vigil Service. Friends may call at the Mortuary after 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday. Those who prefer may contribute to the Cleft Palate Foundation, 414 Mason St., San Francisco, CA 94102 or to your favorite charity in memory of Bill Bundesen. Interment: Liberty Cemetery, Petaluma, CA. 

Jeffrey Scott Buxton
Of Petaluma, died of a heart attack on November 2, 2001 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico at age 45. He was an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Analytical and Administration Consultant, affiliated with Private Capital Corporation, ESOP Services, Inc., and ESOP company clients throughout the country. Jeffrey was born in Long Beach, California, was a 1974 graduate of Novato High School and 1981 graduate of Golden Gate University. He was a member of the ESOP Association of America. Jeff was a painter, gourmet chef, musician and avid golfer. His survivors include Jane E. Buxton, wife, Petaluma, CA; Dickson C. and Betty Buxton, parents, Novato, CA; Brian M. Buxton and Blake A. Buxton, brothers, Novato, CA; Julienne Buxton, sister, Novato, CA; Robin L. Rippetue, sister, Redlands, CA; Olga G. Hoffman, mother-in-law, Short Hills, NJ; Albert J. Hoffman and Brenda A. Hoffman, brother and sister-in-law, Millbrae, CA; Patricia L. Hoffman, sister-in-law, Burlingame, CA; Ellen A. Hoffman, sister-in-law, Short Hills, NJ; James W. and Nobue Hoffman, brother and sister-in-law, Kanazawa, Japan. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jeffrey Scott Buxton Memorial Fund, Employee Ownership Foundation, 1726 M Street, Suite 501, Washington, DC 20036 or to the American Heart Association. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, November 9, 11:00 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1000 Cambridge Street, Novato, CA. KEATON MORTUARY 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato, CA (415) 897-1151 

Omer Lee Cotterell ("Lee")
Age 83 of San Bruno, passed away on November 4, 2001 after a short illness. Mr. Cotterell was a retired Partner of San Francisco's California Builders Hardware, and had served as an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers in World War II and the Korean Conflict. A longtime volunteer at Kaiser Permanente Hospital, South San Francisco, Mr. Cotterell was a Past Master of the San Francisco Masonic Lodge #120, and a member of the Odd Fellows fraternal organization. He is survived by his son, Lee of New York; daughter, Barbara Lee McKechnie of Rhode Island; sister, Lucille Gilmore of Oregon; and nieces and nephews. Contributions in his name may be sent to Masonic Homes of California, 1111 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108, or to the charity of your choice. Omer Lee Cotterell: John 3:16 

David C. Crum
Died in San Rafael November 3, 2001 at the age of 81. He was the loving husband of the late Jeanne Crum, dear father of Michael Howard and Janet Liebermann. Beloved grandfather of Amanda, Christopher, Glenn and Matthew Howard and step-grandson David. A native of Philadelphia, he was a pilot in the USAF for over 20 years. After retiring from the Service, he became a Private Detective practicing for 15 years. He was an avid fisherman and accomplished in the art of fly tying. Private family services will be held. KEATON'S MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571 

Lydia A. Grossi
Passed away on November 5, 2001 at her residence in Marshall, California at age 82 after a long illness. She was the devoted wife of the late Henry B. Grossi. Loving mother of Alice L. Morris and her husband Bill of Pt. Reyes, California, Kathleen A. Einers and her husband Jerry, Dorothy L. Ghirardelli and her husband Gildo, all of Petaluma, California and Henry M. "Sonny" Grossi of Marshall, California. Loving grandmother of eight and loving great grandmother of 14. Loving sister of Angelo Mazzucchi and Lorraine Camozzi, both of Petaluma and the late Armand Mazzucchi. Survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Grossi was born, reared and educated in Tomales, California. She married in 1941 and was married to Henry B. Grossi who passed away in July 1998; they were married for 57 years. She helped her husband on their dairy ranch in Marshall and also was an avid gardener and had a great affection for her animals on the dairy. She had been a member of the Sons of Italy of Petaluma, California. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Services, Saturday, November 10, 2001 at 8:30 a.m. from the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, California, thence to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 35 Liberty Street, Petaluma, where at 9:00 a.m. a Funeral Mass will be celebrated. A Vigil Service will be held Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Mortuary. Those who prefer may contribute to St. Helen's Catholic Church, c/o Church of Assumption, P.O. Box 82, Tomales, CA 94971 or to the Alzheimer's Association, North Bay Chapter, 50 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 in memory of Lydia A. Grossi. Friends may call at the Mortuary after 10:00 a.m. on Friday. Entombment: Tomales Catholic Cemetery, Tomales, California. 

Carlisle Rickards, Jr.
Passed away November 1, 2001 in Paradise, California at age 81. Carl was born on September 16, 1920 in Willits, California to Carlisle and Emma Rickards. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII, after which Carl and his brother owned and operated Home Market and Drake Market in San Anselmo, California, and then went into real estate development in 1959 in San Rafael. He was instrumental in the development of Woodland Center and Northgate Industrial Park. Carl retired to Paradise in 1971, where he continued to develop commercial properties in Butte County. He was the Founding Director of the Bank of Paradise, Chairman of the Board, Real Estate Developer in San Rafael, Paradise, and Chico, California, and supporter of numerous community, outdoor and wildlife activities. He was a member of the Paradise Rod and Gun Club, Honorary Deputy Sheriff's Association, Masonic Lodge, and the American Legion- San Anselmo, California. Carl is survived by his wife, Lillian Rickards, whom he married on April 13, 1945; he is also survived by son, John Rickards of Moraga, California; son, Jim Rickards of Paradise; brother, Homer Rickards of San Rafael; sister, Betty Smith of Youngstown, Arizona; four grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. Carl is predeceased by his daughter, Carleen Johnson. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 9, 2001 at Rose Chapel, Paradise, California. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to: Alzheimer's Association (Millie's Place), 780-B Luther Drive, Paradise, CA 95969 or Valley Ridge Hospice, 7126-E Skyway, Paradise, CA 95969. 

In Memory of Jean and Christiane Scarrone
There will be an informal Memorial Service for the Scarrones this Saturday, November 10, 2001 from 2 p.m. to 4. p.m. in Heatherwood Park, near the junction of Liberty and Midway in Larkspur. All are welcome. Contact Jennifer and Mark Stevens for more information at (415) 927-4035. 

Craig Frederick Schwarberg, March 27, 1956 - October 18, 2001
Craig Frederick Schwarberg passed away October 18, 2001 after a long illness. Craig was born in Pasadena, California and raised in Whittier and Tiburon, California. He graduated from Redwood High School in 1974, where he was captain of the water polo team. He graduated from Stanford University in 1978 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science. In 1980, he became an executive for the Health and Hospital Program for the country of Abudabi, the United Arab Emirates. Craig earned his Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago in 1982. He went on to have a successful career in business finance and acquisitions in New York City, specializing in the insurance industry. He served on many boards of directors, in this country and abroad. Craig met his wife Joann in San Francisco, California, and they were married in 1984. After pursuing his career in San Francisco and New York, Craig lived in Belvedere from 1994-1995 and was active in Westminster Presbyterian Church in Tiburon. Craig and his family moved to Kansas City in 1996. Craig immediately became involved in a number of community organizations. He was a committed scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Epilepsy Research and also for the Kansas Cancer Institute. He was Chairman of the Board of ReStart, an organization serving the homeless for Greater Kansas City. Craig was a mentor with the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program, and served as Vice President of Finance for the National Brain Tumor Foundation, headquartered in Oakland, California. Craig is survived by his wife, Joann; their three children, Carter, Guerin, and Laine; his parents, Clifford and Katherine Schwarberg of Belvedere, California; his sister, Lynn Lubbock of Tiburon, California and Ann Gaillard of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and nieces Jaime and Lindsey Lubbock. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service was held Friday, October 26th at 11 a.m. at the Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, Kansas. Any memorial contributions may be made to ReStart, 918 E. 9th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106 or the National Brain Tumor Foundation, 414 13th Street, Oakland, CA 94612. 

Kathryn Bergen Tomaroff
Passed away November 2, 2001 at the Redwoods in Mill Valley at age 99. Mother of Merilyn M. Lafferty of The Sea Ranch, California and Barbara M. Felton of San Francisco, California. Also survived by three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She graduated from Pace Institute- School of Accountancy. Her hobbies were reading, de'coupage, and needlework. She was Ecumenical in her devotions. She was a native of Jamaica, Queens New York, lived in Edgewater, Florida, and moved to Marin County in 1974. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service Sunday, November 18, 2001 at 2:30 p.m. at The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. Memorial gifts preferred to The Redwoods, Attention: Development Dept., 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, CA 94941. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573 

Howard A. Bottini
A native of San Francisco, Howard died in Petaluma on November 2, 2001, age 63. Devoted father of Thomas A. Bottini of Petaluma. Loving son of Dorothy Dent of Rohnert Park, Calif., loving stepson of Leonard Dent. Loving brother of Russell Bottini of Oregon. Private family services will be held. Those who prefer may contribute to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran St., Petaluma, CA 94952 in memory of Howard A. Bottini. Arrangements under the direction of the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, CA. Private Interment. 

Gerardo Joseph Brancato
Passed away in San Rafael on November 5, 2001. Beloved husband of the late Josephine Rose Brancato. Loving father of Robert Gerard Brancato and Loretta Geraldine Brancato. He was a native of New York (Long Island) and a resident of Marin County for over 25 years. He enjoyed the Marin Countryside. At his request, no services are being held. HALSTED N. GRAY--CAREW & ENGLISH San Francisco, CA. 

William F. "Bill" Bundesen, Jr.
A native of Petaluma, California and life long resident of Sonoma County and Northern Marin County, died in Novato, California on November 4, 2001 at age 82. Devoted husband of Irene M. Bundesen of Novato. Loving father of William F. Bundesen, III and his wife Cathie, Gerald C. Bundesen and wife Dolores, all of Petaluma. Loving grandfather of Denise Messer, Victoria Bundesen, Bart Bundesen, Derek Bundesen and Gregory Bundesen. Loving great grandfather of Clinton Messer, Kyle Messer, Sierra Messer and Grace Bundesen. Loving brother of the late Aletha Bertsche and Herbert M. Bundesen. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Bundesen was a well known dairy rancher, being in the ranching industry for over 50 years. He and his wife Irene have been married for 56 years, owning and operating their dairy in Novato. He retired from ranching in 1974. He was an avid hunter. He also was known by his friends as "The Sausage Maker," making many different types of breakfast and dinner sausages. A member of: Past Grand President of Native Sons of the Golden West for the State of California in 1984 and 1985, past Governor General of Redwood Empire Assembly #9, a member of the Board of Directors of St. Vincent's Boys Home in Marin County, Native Sons of the Golden West Nicasio Parlor #183, serving as recording secretary for 25 years, Novato Druids, and the Bennett Valley Grange. Friends and family are invited to attend the Funeral Services, Thursday, November 8, 2001 at 9:30 a.m. from the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, thence to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 35 Liberty Street, Petaluma, California, where at 10:00 a.m. a Funeral Mass will be celebrated. A Vigil Service will be Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Mortuary. Officers and Members of Native Sons of the Golden West Nicasio Parlor #183 will conduct their ritual immediately after the Vigil Service. Friends may call at the Mortuary after 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday. Those who prefer may contribute to the Cleft Palate Foundation, 414 Mason St., San Francisco, CA 94102 or to your favorite charity in memory of Bill Bundesen. Interment: Liberty Cemetery, Petaluma, CA. 

Dorothy Elizabeth Cook
Passed away November 4, 2001 at age 86. Survived by three children, Steven Cook of San Jose, Virginia Zion of Reno, Nevada, Greg Cook of Fort Collins, Colorado; six grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Archie Cook. There will be a Service on Saturday, November 10th, at 1 p.m., 3520 Walton Way, San Jose. Friends are invited to attend. For more information, call Steven at (408) 243-0677. 

Vasheest Phillip Davenport
Vasheest Phillip Rodney Davenport died peacefully in his home on October 28, 2001 In Lagunitas, California in the company of friends. He was born in Weaverville, California on June 23, 1943. Although Vasheest was an avid traveler, he lived the majority of his life in Northern California. Raised as a Christian from birth, in the mid 1960's, Vasheest embraced the Sufi movement and was a mureed of the late Murshid Samuel L. Lewis. He founded the non-profit Sufi center, Sami Mahal, in San Rafael, which thrived from the late 1970's through the early 1990's. With a passion for music and a beautiful singing voice, Vasheest was a founding member of the Sufi Choir and his life-long devotion to Sufism never wavered. Vasheest Davenport is survived by his four loving children, Kevin, Shirin, Andrew and Benjamin, his granddaughter Chloe, and his brother Robert. A Memorial Service for Vasheest will be held at the Fairfax Community Church on Sunday, November 11 at 4:30 p.m. 

Walter (Walt) Freitas
Died Sunday, November 4, 2001 at home after a brief illness. His wife, Beverly, was at his side. He recently celebrated his 90th birthday with Family and friends at his home in Pebble Beach. Walt was the son of M.T. Freitas and Maria B. Freitas, Marin County Pioneers and was raised at the Family's "Home Ranch" in what is now the Terra Linda area of San Rafael. The youngest of nine children, he was orphaned at an early age and raised by his older brothers and sisters. He attended St. Mary's College High School in Berkeley and the University of Santa Clara. In 1938, he graduated from Hastings College of Law and joined his brother, Judge Carlos Freitas, in what they were to call "The Freitas Law Firm" in San Rafael. The two brothers remained law partners for 25 years. Badly injured immediately before Pearl Harbor, he was rejected for regular military duty and assigned to the Office of Army Ordnance during the War. He also served as California's State Inheritance Tax Appraiser in the 1940's and 50's. In the early 1950's, he and his brother Louis took over dairy operations at the Family's Freitas "C" Ranch in Novato. When dairy operations ceased in the early 1960's, the ranch was developed into a community called San Marin. Walt also was very active working with Joseph Eichler and John Kenny in designing and developing Terra Linda in the 1950's and 60's. In 1973, Walt left Marin County and retired to his home in Pebble Beach. He was an active and avid golfer and fully enjoyed bird hunting in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys. He was a member of the Monterey Peninsula Country Club, the Sonoma County Trailblazers and a Life member of Ducks Unlimited and California Waterfowl. In 1979, he married Beverly King Sweet with whom he enjoyed a joyous marriage until his recent death. He is survived by his daughter Carol, son David, five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. His daughters Paula and Cathy, and his son Teddy predeceased him. A Rosary will be said on Tuesday night, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Keaton's Mortuary, Fifth and E Streets, San Rafael. A Funeral Mass and a Celebration of Walter's life will be at St. Isabella's Catholic Church, Freitas Parkway, Terra Linda on Wednesday, November 7 at 10:00 a.m. The Family suggests donations in Walter's memory may be made to your favorite charity or the Freitas Foundation, 874 Fourth Street, San Rafael. 

Virginia "Fritzi" Hartman
Age 90 of Bryan, Ohio passed away Saturday, November 3, 2001 following an extended illness. She was born April 23, 1911 to John and Etta (Hunt) Bigelow in Bowling Green, Ohio. She married John Hartman on March 22, 1936 and he survives. She graduated from Bowling Green High School in 1929 and Bowling Green State University in 1934, where she majored in French and English. She was a member of Alpha Phi Sorority and Phi Beta Kappa Honorary. She did additional graduate work at The Ohio State University in music. A teacher, she began her career at North Troy School in Wood County, Ohio. She also taught at Lake High School and Delta Public Schools. She moved to Bryan, Ohio in 1943 and taught English and music in Bryan City Schools, retiring in 1973. She created the musical groups: "Kalypso Kids", Saxophone Ensembles, and a Dixieland Band. She also directed church choirs in the First Presbyterian Church and Wesley United Methodist Church in Bryan. During her early life, she toured coast to coast on the Keith Orpheum Vaudeville Circuit with the Vincent Lopez Debutantes, Rita Rio and with her brother Jack Bigelow's Musical Misses. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church for 55 years and the Fortnighty Study Club. She was also a member of the Bryan City Band and was a featured soloist. In 1989, the Bryan Area Foundation named her Citizen of the Year and the Williams County YWCA honored her as a Woman of Achievement in the Arts. She was given the Alumni Community Service Award by the BGSU Alumni Association and was inducted to the Hall of Recognition by the Williams County Historical Society. In 1999, she was given the title "Great Lady of Jazz" by the Dixieland Jazz Festival in Sun Valley, Idaho. Surviving in addition to her husband, are two children, John Bigelow Hartman and wife Judi of Mill Valley, California and Georgetta Kuhman and husband Rick of Upper Arlington, Ohio; three grandchildren, Melissa (Kuhman) Smith and husband Josh, Sarah Hartman Kuhman, and Heidi Lancaster and husband David; and two great grandchildren, Hailey and Natalie Lancaster. Services for Virginia "Fritzi" Hartman will be held at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Bryan, Ohio on Tuesday, November 6, 2001 at 12:00 noon with the Reverends Casey Wilson and Edward Auchard officiating. Burial will follow at Fountain Grove Cemetery in Bryan. In lieu of flowers, memorials in loving memory of Virginia "Fritzi" Hartman may be given to the Wesley United Methodist Church, Bryan, the Bryan Area Foundation or Bowling Green State University Alumni Association Hartman Book Fund. Arrangements by Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home 1-800-262-3139. 

Annunziata "Nancy" Mani
Age 100, passed away peacefully October 22, 2001 at Westside Care Center, Petaluma, California. Following a Requiem Mass at St. Anthony's Church in Novato, she was buried on October 27th in the family plot at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma. Born in Assisi, Italy on 26 June, 1901, she emigrated to the United States in 1920 with her brother, sister and parents. She was married to Amedeo Mani on January 8, 1930 and bore four sons, whom she loved and nurtured her entire life. Together with her husband, she devoted her entire life to family, friends and her Roman Catholic faith. Her beloved husband died four years ago, and she is survived by her loving sons, Richard, John, Carl and David, as well as five grandsons and seven great grandchildren. Her long and fruitful life may best be described as one lived in striving for fulfillment in small things, an ambition for her family tempered with love, and an ever-present concern for those in need. Hers was a home filled with love and sharing and wonder gnocchi and ravioli. She set a silent but powerful example for all who knew her. Mama Mani was the glue that held the family together through many trials. She will be sorely missed by all of us. 

Dorothy G. Murphy
On October 25, 2001, just one month before her 89th birthday, Dorothy Murphy passed away peacefully at home. A long time Monte Rio resident, she was owner and operator of Rien's Sandy Beach and Campground. Her loving husband, Leland S. Murphy, her sister, Betty Brashear and her brother, Roland Dalton preceded her in death. She is survived by her sister, Barbara Brashear, her brother, Waldo Drury and her stepson, Lee Murphy Jr. and family. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews who regarded her as a very special aunt. A Gathering to Celebrate Her Life will take place at Rien's Beach on Sunday, November 25th at 11 a.m. Anyone who would like to attend and say goodbye is welcome. 

Madeline Antoinette Smeland
Of San Rafael, died peacefully on November 3, 2001 at the age of 80. Beloved mother and grandmother. Survived by her four daughters, Catherine, Christine, Charle and Celeste and their families: sons-in-law Jack Alter, Russell Cole and Lee Dewitt; grandchildren; Steven, Desiree, Dashel, Mackenzie, Cendahl, Evan and Collin. Of Italian heritage, Madeline was born August 20, 1921 in Colorado to Catherine Goglio and was raised in a large and loving extended family. A working mother, her interest in home and family was reflected in her community work to benefit homeless people. Friends may visit from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 6 at Keaton's Mortuary, 1022 E Street, San Rafael, 415-453-0571. Graveside Service at Skylawn Memorial Park, San Mateo on Wednesday, November 7 at 11:00 a.m. Madeline will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all her family and friends for her sharp mind and tenacity. 

Kathy Ann Ulrichs
Age 55, passed away at her home in Mill Valley on November 3, 2001. She fought a long and courageous battle with cancer and was an inspiration to all who knew her. Kathy was born in Livermore, California, the daughter of a ranching family. She attended San Jose State College and after she graduated, obtained her teaching credential and taught second and third grade classes in the San Jose School District for 11 years. In 1979, she married and moved to Mill Valley, California where her children were born. She was very much involved with the education of her children and volunteered in the Mill Valley school classrooms for many years, as well as being PTA treasurer. She also worked in her husband's CPA firm. Kathy was a keen sports fan and loved to watch Mill Valley Little League games. Traveling was also her great joy and she traveled extensively throughout the world with her family and friends. She is survived by her husband, George and children, Jason and Elizabeth of Mill Valley; her mother, Florence Vargas; grandmother, Angela Dezzani; brother, Tom Vargas; and sister-in-law, Cheryl Vargas; and nephews, Benjamin, Matthew and Daniel, all of Livermore, California. A Memorial Service will be held at our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Mill Valley on November 10, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. and immediately followed by a reception at Da Angelo’s Restaurant in Mill Valley. 

Marion Johnson Wallace
Celebrating the life of Marion Johnson Wallace, there will be a Memorial Service held on November 24, 2001 at 11 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Novato. Marion was born on February 25, 1915 in Brookville, Pennsylvania. The daughter of Frances Ambrose and Bessie McCracken Johnson, and sister to elder brothers Gene and Jerry. After graduating from Spencer Business College, Marion was married in 1939 to Dr. David R. Wallace, also from the town of Brookville. During World War II, Dr. Wallace served as a captain in the Army Signal Corps in Joplin, Missouri, where Daphne was born. After returning to Brookville for a few years, they moved with their new son, David, and daughter, Daphne, to Richmond, Virginia, where Dr. David Wallace acted as Director of Public Dental Health Services for the states of Virginia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Later on, Marion served as secretary at Ewing High School in Trenton, New Jersey. When they moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Marion was a congressional secretary to Representative George Gekas and Representative Joseph Zord. For the following nine years in Harrisburg, Marion and Dave had the pleasure of working near each other at jobs they both found fascinating and rewarding. They also enjoyed traveling to England in 1969 when Dr. Wallace spoke at the World Health Organization Conference in London. In 1984, Marion and her husband moved to Novato to be close to their children; and within the year, David had succumbed to heart failure and passed away. Marion had found a sustaining comfort at the Presbyterian Church of Novato where she joined the Stephen Ministry Program and other Bible Study Programs. She was also an accomplished seamstress, creating designer fashions for herself and her daughter and home furnishings. Each home reflected her flair for interior design and her love of antiques, which she loved to refinish. She played the piano and loved to sing. Marion enjoyed gardening and being out doors in nature. Marion was very athletic, played basketball in high school and she also swam. She enjoyed bird watching and she loved her pet dogs. Most of all, she loved being close to her family, her children and her grandchildren. As all friends have remarked, "She was a very sweet and special lady." and, as her children remember, she was the dearest, loving Mother and Grandmother who provided the happiest of memories to everyone she met. Her son-in-law, Tyrus, remembers that her lemon meringue pie was unsurpassed! Marion is survived by her two children, David R. Wallace II, and Daphne Wallace Gerlach, her husband, Tyrus Gerlach and her three grandsons, Serge, Johann, and Erik Gerlach--all from Novato. She is survived by one nephew, Michael Johnson, five nieces, Susan and Nancy Johnson, Deanna W. Gause, Joyce W. Sterling, Pamela W. Woodruff and two sisters-in-law, Esther W. Gause and Ruth W. Humphrey--all from Pennsylvania. In Marion's honor, the family requests donations be made to either the Presbyterian Church of Novato, 710 Wilson Ave., Novato, CA 94947, Homeward Bound of Marin, 199 Greenfield Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901, or Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Ave., Corte Madera, CA 94925. Keatons' Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151. 

Emanuel Perivolaris, April 5, 1930-October 22, 2001
Our beloved father, husband and friend died peacefully at home in Novato. He is survived by his 98 year old mother from Greece, his loving wife, Ethel, loving daughters Despina, Stephanie and Joanna. Emanuel has a large extended family in Greece, New York and in Novato, including his aunt Irene Perivolaris and many cousins and friends too numerous to list. He was a generous and kind person. He loved his garden and all animals, but especially his cats and dogs. He will be profoundly missed and never forgotten. Services were private. 

Thelma P. Cooper
Born January 4, 1914 in Ashley, Illinois, deceased October 31, 2001. Died in her sleep at her daughter's home in Elk Grove, California, where she was staying following a recent heart attack. She was the widow of William P. Cooper who preceded her in death. She is survived by her loving daughter, Carol Howenstein and son-in-law Al Howenstein of Elk Grove, Calif., two granddaughters Cheryl Vereschagin and Debra Stacy and five great grandchildren. She is also survived by a niece and two nephews and numerous distant cousins. She was a school teacher and small business owner prior to moving to Marin County in 1968. She worked as a nurses aide at Ross General Hospital, retiring in 1980. She was an active member of the 1st. United Methodist Church of San Rafael for 33 years. A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday at the 1st. United Methodist Church, 9 Ross Valley Drive, San Rafael with the Reverend John Auer officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers contributions to the American Heart Association. 

Beno L. English, Jr.
Passed away on October 29, 2001 after a short illness. Mr. English had retired as a Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) after 20 years service in the U.S. Army. He held both MPA and EDD degrees. Following Army retirement, he held management positions in the Novato USD, Oakland USD, and as Executive Director of Associated Student University of California (ASUC), Berkeley. He retired as Assistant Director of Public Works for Alameda County. He is survived by his wife, Heather and son, Norman. A Memorial Service will be held on November 9, 200l at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church in Novato. Donations in his memory may be sent to the United Negro College Fund, 8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, P.O. Box 10444, Fairfax, VA 22031. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151. 

Marguerite Flagiello
Who lived in Kentfield for 41 years passed away on October 24, 2001 in San Francisco. She was 87. Mrs. Flagiello, the wife of the late Ben P. Flagiello, was born in San Geronimo, Mexico. Political unrest led her parents, Edward and Caroline Senten, to bring their family to the U.S., where they settled in San Francisco. Mrs. Flagiello was a graduate of Polytechnic High School in San Francisco, where she starred on the girls track team. She worked as a model at I. Magnin's and then worked as an insurance underwriter, one of the few women in San Francisco holding that job at the time. In 1942, she and Mr. Flagiello-high school sweethearts-were married in Reno, Nevada. They moved to Kentfield in 1954. She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Flagiello; her son, Michael Flagiello and his wife, Pat, and two grandchildren, Caroline and Matthew, all of San Francisco. Private family services were held. Memorial donations may be sent to St. Anthony's Dining Room, 121 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102. The Bud Duggan Family (650) 756-4500. 

Roger L. Bohne
Died peacefully in his sleep on October 28, 2001 surrounded by close family members just hours after being "best man" at son, Gregory's wedding ceremony in the Woodinville, WA home of Roger and Joan Kelleher Bohne, his wife of 14 years. Roger is survived by Joan; his son, Greg & his new daughter in law, Veronique of Aix en Provence, France, both now living in San Francisco; his stepsons, David Hurd of San Francisco and Scott Hurd of Kirksville, Missouri; his daughter in law, Lori and grandchildren, Lindsey, Melissa, Allison, Julianna, Christopher, and Steven, also of Kirksville. Roger was the son of the late Sammy Bohne, a major league baseball player and grew up in San Francisco. He was a graduate of Stanford University, a member of Delta Chi Fraternity, an avid bridge player, golfer and fly fisherman. He loved life, food, and wine and exchanging anecdotes and jokes with his many close friends. He truly will be missed. Private services will be held. Remembrances to a charity of choice. 

Robin Burns
A lifelong resident of San Rafael, passed away Sunday, October 28, 2001 of lung cancer. He was born at Cottage Hospital, graduated from San Rafael High School and served with the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII. He started at an early age to work in a business his grandmother started in 1908, Burns Florist. He worked there for over 60 years, until his retirement. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Doris; his daughter, Debbe; his son-in-law, Charlie; and his two granddaughters, Julie and Tori. There will be no services held per Robin's request. Mary Henry Crow
Was born on April 6, 1952 and passed away unexpectedly after a long illness on October 26, 2001 in her Sausalito home. Mary was loved by all who knew her for her warmth, sense of humor, and bright spirit. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State Northridge in 1975 and was recognized with distinction in her career as Human Resource Manager at UCLA and UCSF. She is survived by her beloved husband Joseph Crow, her father John Henry of Cutler, California, her sisters Anita Bryson of Piedmont, California, Jean Henry of Needham, Massachusetts, Cheryl Perry of Bethesda, Maryland, her brother Jim Henry of Fresno, California and many loving nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service is being held at the Sausalito Presbyterian Church in Sausalito on Friday, November 2 at 12:00 p.m. She will be interred at Smith Mountain Cemetery in Dinuba, California. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Beno L. English, Jr.
Passed away on October 29, 2001 after a short illness. Mr. English had retired as a Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) after 20 years service in the U.S. Army. He held both MPA and EDD degrees. Following Army retirement, he held management positions in the Novato USD, Oakland USD, and as Executive Director of Associated Student University of California (ASUC), Berkeley. He retired as Assistant Director of Public Works for Alameda County. He is survived by his wife, Heather and son, Norman. A Memorial Service will be held on November 9, 200l at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church in Novato. Donations in his memory may be sent to the United Negro College Fund, 8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, P.O. Box 10444, Fairfax, VA 22031. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151. 

Louise Howard
Died peacefully in her sleep at home in San Rafael on October 27, 2001. Loving wife of Francis Howard and wonderful mother and grandmother to three children, Jeff, Jan, and Tom and 12 grandchildren, Ben Wattles; Katie, Charles, Wendy and Justin Hoeveler; and Vanessa, Charles, Michael, Annie, Erin, John and Matthew Wattles. She was Chairperson for Committee for Art at Stanford University and 25 year docent at the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University. Nana's love of art was only surpassed by her love for Francis and family. Tireless charades and card player with her grandchildren and, as well, the most enthusiastic and loyal fan at their dance performances, soccer and tennis matches, basketball games and crew races. Extraordinary and eternal inspiration to all who love life and to all she touched and knew. Private family services will be followed by a reception for friends at the Stanford Faculty Club at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 4th. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cantor Center for Visual Arts or the Stanford University Department of Athletics. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-435-0571.


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