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Frances F. Canty
Fran, as she was known by all who knew and loved her, was born March 25, 1928 in Seattle, WA and raised in Washington D.C. and Havana, Cuba. She came to the bay area 1946 to be close to her father, the late civic leader George Folsom and spent the rest of her life here and in Sonoma County. Of naturally sweet temperament, her accomplishments in life were modest but significant. She raised, is survived by, and will be missed by two children; G. Chris Andersen, of Tiburon, and Karen D'Amico, of London, England. She was a loving Mother in Law to Joyce and Richard, grandmother of Janell and Anthony, and aunt to six nieces and a nephew. Her cherished husband, Harry, predeceased her in 1981. Fran was, with Harry, a lover of dogs, active in Sir Francis Drake Kennel Club for a number of years, and bred and raised Great Danes. Over time they finished a number of champions, but regardless of whether or not they were of show quality, both she and Harry loved and cared for all of their dogs equally. During the late 60's, the 70's, and into the 80's, she took great enjoyment and pride from helping make the spring and fall dog shows hosted by Sir Francis Drake Kennel Club a success. Her other interests included a voracious appetite for books, bridge, and the many friendships she made during the course of her life. According to her wishes, no service will be held. Contributions in her memory will be gratefully accepted by the Marin Humane Society. 

Sue Bishop Changaris
Passed away November 19, 2002, at the age of 82. A resident of Fairfield for the past two and half years, she lived in San Rafael from 1969 to 1999. She was a skilled seamstress and an active member of Family Motorcoach Assoc. & Apollo International. Sue and her husband enjoyed extensive motor home travelling. Sue is survived by husband Christopher Changaris, Fairfield, CA. Daughter and son-in-law Sherry and Charlie Swim, Paradise, CA, daughter Stephanie Changaris, San Carlos, CA, son Jeffrey Changaris, of Roseville, CA. Brother Howard Bishop, Charlotte, NC. Four grandsons, Scott Murphy, & Christopher Murphy, Frederick, MD, Kevin Murphy, Hoboken, NJ and John-Steven Swim, Chico, CA. Sue was predeceased by her daughter Dianne Murphy in 1990. No formal services will be held. 

Jacqueline Tucker Hall
Spectacular wife, mother, and grandmother passed away November 26, 2002 at home, surrounded by family. A resident of Terra Linda since 1959, she was mother of Randall, Mark, and Kristin and grandmother of eight. She was a singer, actress, water aerobics instructor at the Marin YMCA, secretary for the Tamalpais Union School District, and member of Christ Presbyterian Church where she served as a Stephen Minister. She had a BA in speech correction from Brooklyn College and a MAV from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She sang with the Winifred Baker Choral, the Jubilee Jazz Band, and the church choir. She performed with the Marin Actors Company, Ross Valley Players, the Sonoma Repertoire Theater, and the Richmond Masquers. She was married to K. Lynn Hall for 50 years this August. Lynn is a Ph.D. chemist, who worked at Chevron Research Company in Richmond for 31 years. He is a co-founder of the Jubilee Jazz Band, with whom he plays trombone. Randall is a Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University married to Susan and parent to Cortland. Mark is a mortgage broker in Santa Rosa, married to Betsy and parent to Erin, Katelyn, Colin and expecting a fourth child in May. Kristin, mother to Christopher, Kyle, and Hannah and married to John, is working on her Masters of Divinity and Certificate in Spiritual Direction. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, December 1, at 2:00 PM at Christ Presbyterian Church in Terra Linda. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Marin (www.hospiceofmarin.com). 

Henry August Miller
A long-time Novato resident, passed away on November 25, 2002 in Novato, CA. at the age of 84. Born in San Francisco, Henry was a student at St. Ignatius High School, S.F., and worked as an engineer at French Hospital and the SF Golf Club. He served in the U.S. Army in the 424th Infantry Regiment during WWII. He was a member of the American Legion (Noe Valley), SF Bowling Assoc., LITA and the Presbyterian Church of Novato. He also had a love for gardening. He is survived by his wife, Marian E. Shaffer; his daughters Phyllis Faulconer, Carol Dege and Patsy Clima; his step-daughters Penny Hansen of Novato and Cindy Wilborn of Lakewood. Friends and Family are invited for visitation Monday, December 2, 2002 at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato from 10 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. A Funeral Service will be held at 2 P.M. Monday, December 2, 2002 at the Presbyterian Church, 710 Wilson Ave., Novato. Burial will take place Tuesday, December 3, 2002 at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, CA. Memorial Contributions are preferred to the American Lung Association and Hospice Of Marin. 

Margaret Bush Tucker
Died November 28, 2002 at age 82. She is survived by her daughter Kathy, her son John, and her granddaughter Christina. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 AM, Monday, December 2, 2002 at Nazareth House, 245 Nova Albion, San Rafael. She will be buried in a private ceremony to be alongside her beloved husband John (Jack), who died August 16, 1996. Memorial contributions preferred, either to Mount Tamalpais Interpretative Association Gravity Car Project, P.O. Box 3318, San Rafael, CA 94912, or to Nazareth House. Keaton's Mortuary San Rafael (415) 453-0571 

Robert Woodward, 1924 ~ 2002
A resident of Marin County since 1946, Bob died Friday night, November 22, 2002. He was born in San Francisco on February 3, 1924. He was a Seabee in the Navy during World War II, and worked for West America Bank. He will be cremated and his ashes scattered over the waters. 

Diane Bourbon
Passed away quietly Saturday, November 9, 2002 in her home after a short struggle with cancer. She was born Diane Muriel Ferguson, June 6, 1936 in Ventura County. Diane will be deeply missed by her friends and family for her wonderful generosity and her free spirit. She loved cooking and entertaining. She was a lifelong Giants and 49ers fan. For the past ten years, she worked at the Indian Valley Golf Club. She was a loving mother to Laura Kathleen Bourbon and Spencer Emerson, and grandmother to Wayne McIntosh, Kyle and Ian Emerson. She is also survived by her brothers Steven Earl Ferguson, Bill Ferguson and Michael Brody, and her sister Kathy Ferguson. A Memorial and Celebration of Her Life was held Saturday, November 23rd at her home. The family is very grateful to Hospice of Marin and would be honored if donations were made to Hospice of Marin. 

Stephanie Kathryn Foster
Our beloved and beautiful Stephanie died Friday, November 22, 2002 at the tender age of 22. Born, January 20, 1980, Stephanie was a longtime resident of Novato. She attended Lu Sutton Elementary School, Hill Middle School and San Marin High School. Stephanie loved life, enjoyed children and was generous to a fault. She had a brilliant and dazzling smile, a warm heart and an infectious laugh. She was forgiving, carefree and touched the soul of everyone with whom she came into contact. The earth has lost a loving friend and daughter, a compassionate human being, but God has gained an Angel. We love you, Stephie. Stephanie is survived by her mother and stepfather, Roberta and Michael Davis of Novato and her grandmother, Arlene Foster. She is also survived by her grandfather, Lou Foster and his wife, Fran Foster of San Rafael. Family and friends are invited to Funeral Services, Sunday, December 1, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at the home of Kim Fink and Nanette Torre, 580 Fernando Drive, Novato, CA (415-893-0585). The family prefers contributions be made to Homeward Bound, a homeless services program in Novato, in memory of Stephanie. Alternatively, contributions may be made to the "Stephanie Foster Memorial Fund" c/o Bank of Marin, 1101 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901. 

Jean Lund
Beloved wife of the late Wallace. Loving mother of daughters Marsha Odom and son-in-law James of Cowarts, Alabama and Kristan Auerbach and son-in-law Arthur of Newport Beach, CA; grandmother of Paige and Tracey Odom; and great grandmother of Alexa and Krysta. Jean was a second generation native of California, residing in Larkspur for 40 years. For the past five years she was a resident of Extendicare Nursing Home in Dothan, Alabama. True to the name of her birthplace, her sunny disposition and strength touched all who knew her throughout her 86 years. Memorial Services were held on November 26th, 2002. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Roy Herbert Ransdall
Age 88 of San Rafael passed away. He is survived by his wife Dorothy. He was born and raised in San Francisco; and served as an officer with the Army Signal Corp. in Europe and North Africa during WWII. He retired after 34 years with PG&E, and worked to develop many of the major power plants now in use in California. Graveside Services will be held Monday, December 2, 2002, 11:00 a.m. at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery. 

Carmelo Vega
Of San Rafael, passed away Monday, November 25th, 2002 at age 67. He was a beloved Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle and Friend. He left a legacy of beauty for all to enjoy in the wonderful gardens he created as the owner of Vega Gardening Service. Carmelo was born in Puerto Rico and had been a resident of San Rafael for over 30 years. Carmelo is survived by his Wife, Waltraud, his three Daughters, one Son, two Grandchildren and Siblings. Friends are invited to attend a Rosary at Keaton's Mortuary: 1022 E St., San Rafael on Friday, November 29th at 7 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Raphael's Mission Chapel on Saturday, November 30th at 10 a.m. KEATON'S MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571 

Janet Lewis Dickson
Of Kentfield, died Sunday November 24, 2002. She was 87. Mrs. Dickson was born June 6, 1915 in Syracuse NY, to Edmund Lewis, Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, and Margaret Strong Lewis. Mrs. Dickson attended Syracuse University and graduated from Vassar College in 1937 and the Yale Nursing School in 1941. During World War II she served in the Army Nursing Corps in New Zealand, Guadalcanal, and Saipan. After the war she worked in hospitals in Syracuse and Detroit, MI before joining the first staff of Peninsula Hospital in San Mateo. While working in Bay Area hospitals, she earned her graduate degree in Public Health Administration from U.C. Berkeley. She married Frederick W. Dickson in 1959. After leaving nursing, she continued as an active volunteer in health issues, working for many years with the Marin Mental Health Association, Planned Parenthood and other organizations. Mrs. Dickson enjoyed a lifelong interest in many outdoor activities, including camping, gardening, baseball, skiing, travelling, and tennis. Her independent spirit and interest in the welfare of others is remembered strongly by her family and friends. She is survived her sister, Margaret Crosman of Skaneateles NY; a daughter Nancy Wiseman of Denver CO; two sons, Frederick Dickson Jr. of Petaluma, and Edmund Dickson of Fair Oaks CA; one stepson, Peter Kibbee of McLean VA; and three granddaughters. A gathering of family and friends will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, December 1, 2002 at the Dickson house. Memorial donations may be made to Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, 815 Eddy Street, Suite 100, San Francisco, CA 94109. 

Patricia C. Hamilton
Passed away November 19, 2002 in Sacramento, CA. Preceded in death by her loving husband, John Hamilton. Devoted mother and mother-in-law of Keith and Jonnie Thrower, Bill and Lee Ann McMeans, and Jim Hamilton. Cherished grandmother of Joe McMeans, Kourtney Thrower, and Danny McMeans. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, November 30th, 2002 at Richard Pierce Funeral Home, 1660 Silverado Trail, Napa. She will be Inurned at Mt. Vernon in Fair Oaks. 

Marian B. (Peg) Patterson, August 11, 1916 ~ November 10, 2002
Born to Vera J. and Wilson G. Byerhoff in Illinois, Peg passed away very peacefully while reading the Sunday paper at home at age 86. She was born in Illinois, raised in Ft. Dodge, Iowa later attending Iowa State Teacher's College (now, University of Northern Iowa). She began teaching elementary school in 1935 and arrived in Harlan, Iowa in 1937 to teach 2nd grade when it was forbidden to be married and be a teacher. She met and secretly married Floyd (Pat) Patterson in 1941, prior to WW II, just before he entered the Army and went to Northern Africa. They moved to SF, CA. following the war and settled in San Rafael (Glenwood) in 1960. Professionally, Peg worked during various periods -- Gaines & Co, Bell's Interiors, and Fireman's Fund. But most all, Peg was a great wife, an unconditional/non-judgmental mom and friend to many. She is predeceased by her husband Pat, a brother Wilson (Bud) Byerhoff, and niece Bev Folger. She is survived by a sister Jean Gaines (Ariz), sister-in-law Arlene Sunderland (Iowa), numerous nieces/nephews and an incredible set of friends and amazing neighbors who will deeply miss her. Her best friend and son, Steve Patterson, of San Rafael, also survives her. Peg loved the game of bridge, her many bridge groups, gardening, politics, professional sports, golf, reading, crossword puzzles, her home, cooking, sewing and was mentally engaged until her very last day. Most people will remember her fun laugh, her wonderful humor and positive ways to view the world. She gave much of herself and sought little in return. A Memorial Service is planned for Saturday December 7th, 4:00 p.m. at the home of her son, Steve: 323 Bayview Street, San Rafael, 415-453-6541. All of her friends and neighbors are welcome. For those wishing to contribute in her memory, consider the ALS Association (Lou Gehrig's disease), 27001 Agoura Rd. Suite 150, Calabasas Hill, CA 91301. 

Corry VanDrunen
Preceded in death by her husband John VanDrunen in 1976. Loving mother of Martin VanDrunen of Germany and Joanne Belluomini of San Rafael. Dear sister of Thea Hendriks of Sonoma and Carla Wicor of Sonoma. Devoted grandmother of Jonas and Lara VanDrunen, and Nicole and Daniella Belluomini. Dear mother-in-law of Dino Belluomini and Gabriele VanDrunen. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and cousins in California and Europe. Friends are invited to attend a Rosary Service on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 7:00 p.m. at Daphne Funerals Marin, 601 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, November 29, 2002 at St. Patricks Catholic Church, 114 King Street, Larkspur, CA starting at 10:00 a.m. Burial to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael, CA. 

Eselle Bowcock
Passed away November 22, 2002 in Fairfield, CA at age 89. She was born and raised in San Francisco, then moved to San Rafael before relocating to Fairfield, CA. Mrs. Bowcock attended Mission High School in San Francisco. After graduating, she worked as the Secretary to the President for the Federal Reserve Bank for four years. During her employment, she married William Bowcock. Mrs. Bowcock loved to have fun. She and her husband belonged to several social organizations. They formed a group of young married couples and called themselves "YOMACO". Other Swedish social groups included "Atta Vanner", and "Utile Dulci". YOMACO started as a church group, but soon began gathering at a different home every month. Mrs. Bowcock's daughters-in-law adored her and agree that the only thing left undone was that she should have written a book entitled "How To Be A Perfect Mother-In-Law". Mrs. Bowcock is preceded in death by her husband William. She is survived by her son Steve and daughter-in-law Darra Bowcock of Fairfield, son John and daughter-in-law Marge Bowcock of San Rafael, and son Douglas and daughter-in-law Rita Bowcock of Escondido, CA. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Robert Bowcock of San Francisco, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 30th at 4:30 p.m. at Paradise Valley Estates, 2600 Estates Drive in Fairfield. Memorial contributions may be sent to The Benevolent Society at Paradise Valley Estates, 2600 Estates Drive, Fairfield, CA 94533, or The Gideons. 

Victoria Travis Ford
A longtime resident of Terra Linda, California, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Tuesday, November 19, 2002. She had recently been diagnosed with lung cancer. Victoria was born in St. Joseph, Missouri to the Reverend William Turton Travis and Virginia Duncan Travis. She was raised in Chicago and lived in San Francisco before making a permanent home with her family in Marin County, California. During her life she had many interests and passions. She learned drawing and painting from her father and became quite an accomplished artist. Later, Victoria furthered her pursuit by studying at the Art Institute of Chicago. Throughout her life, Victoria loved classical music and played the recorder in an Early Music Society ensemble. Always a voracious reader, she loved history, especially English, Egyptian and Russian, as well as other classic and contemporary literature. Victoria was an avid gardener, an award winning Chrysanthemum grower, and died surrounded by her flowers. As a talented seamstress, she designed and created a memorial panel for the AIDS quilt on behalf of a close family friend. Always pursing something intellectual or creative, she was a continuing example of the arts and education for her family. Her interests actively live on with her children. She is survived by her husband Harold Paul Ford of Terra Linda, her eldest son Paul Travis Ford of San Francisco, daughter Mary Rebecca Ford of Terra Linda, and her youngest son Kyle Duncan Ford of Los Angeles. The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Hospice of Marin as well as the Marin Nurses Network for their incredible and gracious support. A private Memorial will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Victoria's name to the Guide Dogs for the Blind of Marin. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571 

Mitchell A. Thorson
Passed away in Santa Rosa November 21, 2002 at age 63. Loving husband of Vennie Thorson and beloved father of Todd, Megan and Matthew all of Santa Rosa. Dear grandfather of Cassi, Shawn, Chancelor, Thatcher, Abigail and Blayke. Dear great grandfather of Alexandra. Dear brother of Karen Hasser and brother-in-law of Cindy Lindquist and Ferrel and Lorenzo Porcelli. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Thorson was a native of San Francisco and a U.S. Army Veteran. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Tuesday, December 3, 2002 at 2:00 PM at LAFFERTY & SMITH COLONIAL CHAPEL, 4321 Sonoma Hwy, Santa Rosa. If desired donations in his memory may be made to the Make a Wish Foundation. 

Pieter Toal
Passed away peacefully at his home in San Anselmo on Friday, November 22, 2002. Beloved husband of the late Hilde Toal, and survived by his loving children Paul Toal of Santa Rosa, CA, Marya Byrne (Thomas) of Santa Rosa, CA, Rick Toal of Ridgecrest, CA and Inge Toal of San Anselmo. Loving Opa to Melissa, Rebecca, Janneke, Danielle, and Kristina. Pieter was an avid member of St. Anselm's Church in Ross. He was born on August 25, 1921 in The Netherlands. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts are preferred to the Ritter House, P.O. Box 3517, San Rafael, CA 94912. Monte's Chapel of the Hills San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

Mildred Searl Wisecarver
Passed away at MGH on November 19th, 2002 at age 81. She is survived by her husband Ward after 59 years of marriage and children Kent, Kurt and Renee; sister Coralyn Ramos; and four grandchildren. A private Memorial Service was held on November 23rd, 2002. 

Robert C. Bradley "Bob"
Died in Denver, Colorado, Thursday, November 21, 2002, at age 73 years. Husband of Frances H. Bradley of Denver, Colorado. Loving father of Debra Chapman of Petaluma, Maureen Machado of Petaluma, Robert C. Bradley II of Anchorage, Alaska, and Kelly J. Bradley of Rohnert Park. Grandfather of eight. Brother of John B. Bradley of Cotati, Donald Bradley of San Francisco and Jeanann Wilson of Nice, CA. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. A native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Mr. Bradley, a longtime Petaluma resident, was a former bus driver working for many years with Greyhound Bus Lines, Golden Gate Transit and the Marin Airporter. Family and friends are invited to meet on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at St. James Catholic Church, 125 Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Petaluma, where a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM. The Vigil Service will be held on Tuesday evening, 7:00 PM at the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma. Interment will be at Cypress Hill Memorial Park. In Lieu of flowers the family prefers memorial contributions to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 844, Santa Rosa, CA 95402 or the Lung Association of the Redwood Empire, P.O. Box 1746, Santa Rosa, CA 95402. 

Francis Edward Callon
A 54-year resident of San Rafael, passed away on November 3, 2002 in his 93rd year. Francis was the last Wells Fargo Bank 50-year employee; he retired in 1974 as Assistant Vice President and Manager of the Collection Dept., Data Processing Div., Head Office. To family and friends he was noted for being kind, intelligent; his wit and humor a blessing to those close to him. An avid lifelong reader, he enjoyed tennis and playing tenor and alto sax in his younger years, gardening in the midyears, good food and good company in the latter years. Francis was preceded in death by his beloved wife Louise and daughter Kathleen. He is survived by daughter Maureen, son Al and partner Al Fries, granddaughter Kerry and their loved ones. For those who wish, donations in his name may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Ave., Corte Madera, CA 94925. 

Max F. Cerini
Died in Novato, CA November 18, 2002 at age 65 years. Devoted husband of Patricia A. Cerini of Novato. Loving father of Todd F. Cerini and his wife Lisa of Petaluma. Loving Papa to Caitlyn Cerini and Max Thomas Cerini both of Petaluma. Loving son of Angelina "Ann" B. Campbell of Petaluma and the late Americo "Max" Cerini. Loving brother of David Cerini and his wife Muna of Petaluma. Loving brother-in-law of Ray and Shirley Ronsheimer of Petaluma. Survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Max married Patricia A. "Pat" Leveroni in 1961 at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church in Novato. He later became a partner in Shamrock Materials, Inc. being active in the company for the past 35 years. He enjoyed golfing, trap shooting, hunting, fishing, and was an avid sports fan. He was a native of Petaluma, CA; and a member of Petaluma Lodge #901 B.P.O.E., Novato Druids, Native Sons of the Golden West Nicasio Parlor, Foot Printers, California Indians, and the Wilson Gun Club. Friends and Family are invited to the Funeral Services, Tuesday, November 26, 2002 at 10:00 AM from the PARENT- SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, CA thence to Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church, 1806 Novato Blvd., Novato where at 11:00 AM a Funeral Mass will be celebrated. A Vigil Service will be held Monday evening at 7:00 PM at the Church. Friends may call at the Mortuary on Monday from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM and then again after 6:00 PM at the Church. Family prefers contributions to Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church or your favorite charity in memory of Max F. Cerini. Private family entombment at Valley Memorial Park, Novato. 

Nancy Ferro
Born July 1, 1947 in San Francisco to Michael P. and Coralie Ferro. After attending the Katherine Burke School in San Francisco and graduating in 1965 she went to Pomona College and received a B.A. in Philosophy where she was actively involved with women's rights and the anti-war movement. While there she met Conn Hickey whom she would later marry. After college she moved to New York to study Philosophy at the New School, they then moved to Washington D.C. where she started one of the earliest women's underground newspapers entitled Off Our Backs. In 1972 they moved to Saigon for two and a half years and Ms. Ferro was a student at Van Hanh Buddhist University, all the while remaining a political and social activist. Nancy continued her studies stateside at the University of Wisconsin in a Ph.D. program in Eastern Culture and languages. She and Conn were then married in San Francisco and together they moved to Rockford, Illinois where Nancy worked at Beloit College. In 1979 in Rockford, their daughter Kate Virginia Hickey-Ferro was born. Their son Brendan Michael Hickey was born in 1983. Nancy found her greatest joy mothering Kate and Brendan, and in 1985 the family moved to Marin County. True to her Italian heritage, the cooking and sharing of meals was a centerpiece of family life. She loved making hearth and home warm and welcoming. Never far from academics Nancy received a paralegal certificate from SFSU and did much work in family law. Nancy followed her spiritual quest with Yvonne Rand at the Green Gulch Zen Center; a path that would strengthen and sustain her throughout her life. In 1993, Nancy was diagnosed with cancer and courageously underwent numerous procedures and operations -- always with great resolve, true grace, and a will of steel. Her passion for high-spirited horses led her to be one of the partners and owners of a show-jumping equestrian facility in Nicasio, and there she continued to defy doctors' wishes by riding her horses both pre and post surgeries to the amazement of everyone around her. She fought a long and hard battle and on November 12, 2002, with her children by her side, and surrounded by the love and admiration of family and friends, she died peacefully at her home in San Anselmo. A Celebration of Nancy's Life will be held December 1st at 4:00 p.m. in Marin County. Further information may be obtained by calling her brother Mike at 510- 336-1078. Donations on Nancy's behalf may be made to West Coast Equestrians, a charity assistance organization, at 480 Riverside Drive, Suite 1, Burbank, CA 91506, or to the UCSF Foundation by contacting Allison Gray at 415-514-1646. Nancy is survived by her two loving children, Kate of San Francisco, and Brendan a sophomore at UCLA, her father Michael Ferro, Sr. of San Francisco, her brother Michael Ferro, Jr. of Oakland, cousins Ed Ferro and Joannie Greggans, and her faithful canine companion Zoe. She will be remembered by countless friends who are proud to have known someone who lived by the courage of her convictions and was an inspiration in life as well as death. 

Lucille Frances McVey
Was born on January 22, 1918, in Burrton, Kansas. She died peacefully on November 18, 2002, in Novato, at the age of 84. Lucille grew up on a wheat farm with her parents, three sisters and two brothers. She graduated from Moundridge High School in Kansas then went on to attend business college in Wichita, Kansas. She went to work for Cessna Aircraft Corp. where she developed a desire to fly. In 1943 she joined the WASPS -- Women's Airforce Service Pilots. She was trained as a pilot in Sweetwater, Texas then ferried airplanes for the Army Air Corp. out of Lovefield-Dallas, Texas. She then transferred to Lockbourne Airbase in Columbus, Ohio where she graduated as a first pilot on the four engine B-17 Bomber. She was later assigned to Buckingham Airbase in Florida to fly B-17s in missions to train Army Air Corp. Gunners over the Gulf of Mexico. While at Lockbourne she met and married John McVey (also a B-17 pilot). When her wings were clipped in late 1944 from the WASPS' disbandment, she joined her husband becoming a wife not a pilot! Traveling with her husband and his military career, they spent several years in Brandisi, Italy Tachikawa, Japan and various stateside assignments. She enjoyed memberships in the Ninety- Nines and the Marin Country Club. She took up golfing when flying was no longer available due to the WASPS' disbandment. She was an ardent golfer for the remainder of her life. Due to Congress passing a bill designating the WASPS as veterans of WW II, she will be Inurned at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA in the near future. She is survived by her beloved husband of 58 years John A. McVey, loving son John M. McVey, and granddaughter Kelley K. McVey all of Novato. In lieu of flowers contributions are preferred to the Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato 415-897-1151 

In Memory, Slim
Thank you for sharing your love and family life with us. Amelia and I miss you very much. Thanks, also, to Slim's many friends in California for your support during this difficult time.
Madeline G. Valdez Life Partner to Slim Alliman, January 2000-November 08, 2002, Las Cruces, New Mexico. 

Max F. Cerini
Died in Novato, CA November 18, 2002 at age 65 years. Devoted husband of Patricia A. Cerini of Novato. Loving father of Todd F. Cerini and his wife Lisa of Petaluma. Loving Papa to Caitlyn Cerini and Max Thomas Cerini both of Petaluma. Loving son of Angelina "Ann" B. Campbell of Petaluma and the late Americo "Max" Cerini. Loving brother of David Cerini and his wife Muna of Petaluma. Loving brother-in-law of Ray and Shirley Ronsheimer of Petaluma. Survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Max married Patricia A. "Pat" Leveroni in 1961 at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church in Novato. He later became a partner in Shamrock Materials, Inc. being active in the company for the past 35 years. He enjoyed golfing, trap shooting, hunting, fishing, and was an avid sports fan. He was a native of Petaluma, CA; and a member of Petaluma Lodge #901 B.P.O.E., Novato Druids, Native Sons of the Golden West Nicasio Parlor, Foot Printers, California Indians, and the Wilson Gun Club. Friends and Family are invited to the Funeral Services, Tuesday, November 26, 2002 at 10:00 AM from the PARENT- SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, CA thence to Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church, 1806 Novato Blvd., Novato where at 11:00 AM a Funeral Mass will be celebrated. A Vigil Service will be held Monday evening at 7:00 PM at the Church. Friends may call at the Mortuary on Monday from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM and then again after 6:00 PM at the Church. Family prefers contributions to Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church or your favorite charity in memory of Max F. Cerini. Private family entombment at Valley Memorial Park, Novato. 

Nancy Ferro
Born July 1, 1947 in San Francisco to Michael P. and Coralie Ferro. After attending the Katherine Burke School in San Francisco and graduating in 1965 she went to Pomona College and received a B.A. in Philosophy where she was actively involved with women's rights and the anti-war movement. While there she met Conn Hickey whom she would later marry. After college she moved to New York to study Philosophy at the New School, they then moved to Washington D.C. where she started one of the earliest women's underground newspapers entitled Off Our Backs. In 1972 they moved to Saigon for two and a half years and Ms. Ferro was a student at Van Hanh Buddhist University, all the while remaining a political and social activist. Nancy continued her studies stateside at the University of Wisconsin in a Ph.D. program in Eastern Culture and languages. She and Conn were then married in San Francisco and together they moved to Rockford, Illinois where Nancy worked at Beloit College. In 1979 in Rockford, their daughter Kate Virginia Hickey-Ferro was born. Their son Brendan Michael Hickey was born in 1983. Nancy found her greatest joy mothering Kate and Brendan, and in 1985 the family moved to Marin County. True to her Italian heritage, the cooking and sharing of meals was a centerpiece of family life. She loved making hearth and home warm and welcoming. Never far from academics Nancy received a paralegal certificate from SFSU and did much work in family law. Nancy followed her spiritual quest with Yvonne Rand at the Green Gulch Zen Center; a path that would strengthen and sustain her throughout her life. In 1993, Nancy was diagnosed with cancer and courageously underwent numerous procedures and operations -- always with great resolve, true grace, and a will of steel. Her passion for high-spirited horses led her to be one of the partners and owners of a show-jumping equestrian facility in Nicasio, and there she continued to defy doctors' wishes by riding her horses both pre and post surgeries to the amazement of everyone around her. She fought a long and hard battle and on November 12, 2002, with her children by her side, and surrounded by the love and admiration of family and friends, she died peacefully at her home in San Anselmo. A Celebration of Nancy's Life will be held December 1st at 4:00 p.m. in Marin County. Further information may be obtained by calling her brother Mike at 510- 336-1078. Donations on Nancy's behalf may be made to West Coast Equestrians, a charity assistance organization, at 480 Riverside Drive, Suite 1, Burbank, CA 91506, or to the UCSF Foundation by contacting Allison Gray at 415-514-1646. Nancy is survived by her two loving children, Kate of San Francisco, and Brendan a sophomore at UCLA, her father Michael Ferro, Sr. of San Francisco, her brother Michael Ferro, Jr. of Oakland, cousins Ed Ferro and Joannie Greggans, and her faithful canine companion Zoe. She will be remembered by countless friends who are proud to have known someone who lived by the courage of her convictions and was an inspiration in life as well as death. 

Dorothy Telfer Otis
Beloved mother, sister, and friend of so many, died Tuesday, November 19, 2002. Dorothy was born in 1904 in Oklahoma Territory and came west to California as a young child with her family. She taught school in Southern California in the '20s, was a school principal and owned a ranch in Fallbrook, California with her husband and two daughters in the '40s and '50s. After moving to the Bay Area she became principal of the Portola Valley School, from which she retired in 1966. She co-wrote and published WILDFLOWERS OF THE WEST and WILDFLOWERS OF THE EAST, hiked and sailed, traveled the world, delighted in the beauty of nature, and was actively involved in her community wherever she lived. Dorothy was loved by all who knew her and will be missed. She was a resident of The Redwoods in Mill Valley for the last two and a half years, and is survived by her daughter, long time Mill Valley resident and artist, Kay Telfer Cousineau. Memorial gifts may be made to the Sierra Club or to the Save-the-Redwoods-League. 

Ileene Peters Steigerwald
Age 92 years, passed away in Mill Valley November 19, 2002. She was born in Philadelphia on May 14, 1910. She will be missed by a wide circle of friends and a loving family that includes a daughter, three granddaughters and two grandsons and three great grandchildren. Ileene attended the College of William and Mary, graduated from University of Michigan, completed graduated studies at Columbia University in New York, at Gallaudet College in Washington DC, and at University of California Riverside. She had careers in journalism, counseling and psychology, and was a teacher at the California School for the Deaf in Riverside for nearly 20 years. She was a volunteer for the Literacy Program, for the Riverside Library and for the Veterans Hospital. She was a direct descendent of Revolutionary War soldiers and was a member of the DAR and DAC Societies, where she served as Regent and State Officer. After living in New York City and Ohio, she came to California in 1947 settling in La Jolla. She later moved to Riverside and then to Marin County in 1999 where she lived at The Redwoods in Mill Valley. Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael 415-459-2500 

Aaron Blackhurst
Our beloved, Aaron Blackhurst age 26 died November 13th, 2002 a lifelong resident of Marin County and '94 graduate of Tamalpais High School. A loving partner and father, he is survived by Lisa Rosen and their four month old son, Sehth, and stepdaughter Hannah. A loving son and grandson, he is survived by his grandmother Fran Johnson, and his mother, Donna Blackhurst. He carried an inner light that he shared with us all and he will be greatly missed. 

Max F. Cerini
Died in Novato, CA November 18, 2002 at age 65 years. Devoted husband of Patricia A. Cerini of Novato. Loving father of Todd F. Cerini and his wife Lisa of Petaluma. Loving Papa to Caitlyn Cerini and Max Thomas Cerini both of Petaluma. Loving son of Angelina "Ann" B. Campbell of Petaluma and the late Americo "Max" Cerini. Loving brother of David Cerini and his wife Muna of Petaluma. Loving brother-in-law of Ray and Shirley Ronsheimer of Petaluma. Survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Max married Patricia A. "Pat" Leveroni in 1961 at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church in Novato. He later became a partner in Shamrock Materials, Inc. being active in the company for the past 35 years. He enjoyed golfing, trap shooting, hunting, fishing, and was an avid sports fan. He was a native of Petaluma, CA; and a member of Petaluma Lodge #901 B.P.O.E., Novato Druids, Native Sons of the Golden West Nicasio Parlor, Foot Printers, California Indians, and the Wilson Gun Club. Friends and Family are invited to the Funeral Services, Tuesday, November 26, 2002 at 10:00 AM from the PARENT- SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, CA thence to Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church, 1806 Novato Blvd., Novato where at 11:00 AM a Funeral Mass will be celebrated. A Vigil Service will be held Monday evening at 7:00 PM at the Church. Friends may call at the Mortuary on Monday from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM and then again after 6:00 PM at the Church. Family prefers contributions to Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church or your favorite charity in memory of Max F. Cerini. Private family entombment at Valley Memorial Park, Novato.


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