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Carl Vito Camarda
Died Monday at his home in San Rafael. He was 81. Carl was the loving husband of the late Lola Camarda and dear father of Gary Camarda and wife Gabrielle, David Camarda and wife Margot, and Carla Soares & husband David. Beloved brother of Phyllis Coletta and the late, Nick Camarda and Ann D'Acquisto. He was the adored grandfather of Paul, Carlo, Julie, Nicole, Lauren, Gina, and Brian, and great grandchildren Isabella, Angelo, Andrew and Haylee. He was a native of San Francisco and a 47 year resident of Marin. Carl was in the produce business for over 50 years and owner of North Bay Produce. He served in the Marine Corps during WWII. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass Friday November 8th at 11:00 AM at Mission San Rafael Arcangel. Interment private, Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery. Memorial contributions preferred to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Ave., Corte Madera, CA 94925. KEATON'S MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571 

Peter J. Ferrarese
Passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2002. Peter was born May 22, 1915 in Dunsmuir, CA to Dominic and Clara Ferrarese. His mother passed away when he was three years old. He attended school in Dunsmuir through the second grade. Peter and his dad moved to San Francisco where Peter attended St. Paul's Catholic School. Peter also went to Grant Avenue School in Novato then on to San Rafael High where he graduated in 1935 as Student Body President. Soon after, he went to work for the Bank of America in San Francisco. After learning the ropes, he was transferred to Westwood, California. Peter spent the rest of his working life in banking: First National Bank of San Rafael, Crocker National Bank, Bank of Marin, and Westamerica Bank. Peter moved from San Rafael to Novato in 1949 where he was the manager of a new branch of The First National Bank of San Rafael. He oversaw the building of a new banking facility known as Crocker Bank. After moving to Novato, Peter became involved in community service, the formation of Little League, 4-H Clubs, Kiwanis, Fire District Commissioner, School Board Trustee, Founding Member of the Novato Community Hospital Board of Trustees, and a member of the Chamber of Commerce. During his life he actively pursued his hobbies: hunting, fishing, golf, and gardening. In October 1939 he married Margaret Ring, who preceded him in death. His second wife Ellen Eilert also predeceased him in death. He is survived by his children: Peter Ferrarese, Paul Ferrarese, and Patricia Browder; four grandchildren: Sean, Robyn, Dana and Rhim. Memorial Service to be held at St. Anthony's Church in Novato on Friday, November 8th at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers contributions to your favorite charity or to the Guide Dogs for the Blind. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571 

Valerie Sloane Lawrence, December 22, 1951~November 1, 2002
Our much loved friend Valerie Lawrence passed away November 1, 2002 after a long illness. Valerie was born in New York City but had lived in Marin since 1980. Valerie was a wonderful musician and songwriter. Her lyrics were poetic and unusual, and she moved her rapt audiences with her lovely voice and words. With her unique and elegant stage presence, Valerie's wheelchair all but disappeared as she held the guitar she lovingly called Ruby (after her mother). She recorded a CD of her original songs called "Blue Like a White Bone". She also volunteered as a music teaching assistant at Drake High School. Valerie was truly a regal presence to be reckoned with, and her strenth of mind and will sustained her through many years of physical struggle. Her beloved sister Gayle Lawrence and her mother Ruby preceded her in death. She is survived by her father Richard Lawrence, half sister Jennifer Lawrence and half brother Jeffrey Lawrence. In one of her songs, Valerie wrote, "Sweet memories always burn bright. Some of us get it so wrong. Some of us get it so right." Valerie got it right. A truly loyal friend, she always found just the right words to say to a friend in need of support. She was thoughtful and generous to each of us, and will be deeply missed. Valerie served faithfully as one of Jehovah's Witnesses for over 24 years. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service for Valerie on Saturday, November 9, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at 2600 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Fairfax 

Karen Marie Maxfield
Passed away peacefully on November 1, 2002. Beloved daughter of Charlotte and William Maxfield, and cherished sister of Beverly, Bill, and John Maxfield and Marjorie Leber. She is also survived by her aunt, uncles, cousins, niece, nephews and numerous friends, and her loving companion, Remy Balonon, and Karen's loving pet cat Charlie. Karen touched the hearts of everyone with her caring and sensitive spirit, her sparkling smile and gift of humor. Friends and family are invited to celebrate her life with a Memorial Service at 10:30 AM at Mt. Olivet Cemetery Chapel, 270 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael, CA 415-479-9020. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael, CA 415-453-0571 

Paul Neese
A surveyor for MMWD for thirty-one years and self-employed in Marin County for a number of years, passed away at this home in Petaluma on November 5, 2002 after a brief illness. He was 80 years old. Paul was born in Milburn, New Jersey and traveled with his family and grandparents to San Anselmo by boat through the Panama Canal after his father's death. He was three years old, the youngest of five children. The family joined his mother's twin sister who had settled in Marin earlier and made their home in San Anselmo. Paul had many wonderful memories growing up with the family in San Anselmo when it was a different place and a different pace. The hills were his backyard and his adventures were many. Later, when the family built a cabin in Strawberry, he found great enjoyment hiking in the Sierras. Paul served in WWII as a Gunnery Instructor from 1943-1946. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in Forestry in 1949. He was a member of the California Alumni Foresters. Paul and Maggie were married in 1959 and lived in Marin for many years before building a home in Bodega Bay. They eventually moved to Petaluma in 1998. Paul was proud of his work as the Surveyor for the District. For a time he was in charge of the watershed and he instituted many changes to improve the facilities and the land. At that time he headed the Land Department for the District. After he retired from the Water District he was elected as a Board Member for the District. He served for four years, contributing his unique experience and skills. He was also proud of his surveys, which he completed with careful consideration and liked to joke that he had made his mark on Marin with his tiny, L.S. 2771 discs that can be found at the sites that he surveyed. Paul is survived by his wife of 43 years, Maggie Neese of Petaluma, daughters Paula Neese of Petaluma and Mary Stompe of Novato and son, Thomas Neese of Spokane, WA, sisters Pauline Adams of Fairfax, Dorothy Conser of Mountain View, brother Fred Neese of San Anselmo, four grandchildren, as well as a cousin and nephews and various great-nieces and nephews. He was the son of the late Francisca Neese of San Anselmo and the brother of the late Gretchen Singer. Interment will be private. Friends are invited to a Memorial Event at the Petaluma Senior Center (211 Novak Drive) at 2:00 PM on Sunday, November 10, 2002. The family prefers memorial contributions to the Petaluma Senior Center or Hospice of Petaluma. Arrangements by PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Petaluma, California. 

Amanda Noland
Age 20, was killed in a fatal car crash on November 02, 2002 near Guerneville. Amanda was an Artist. She loved photography, music, films, literature, poetry and nature. A year 2000 graduate of Terra Linda High School, Amanda was attending Santa Rosa Junior College. Amanda will be sorely missed by her loving parents, Doug and Cecile Noland, of Lucas Valley, sister, Elise Noland of San Francisco, and by her relatives and friends. Amanda will live on in our hearts and in her gift of life through organ donation. A Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 on Friday November 8th, at Christ Presbyterian Church of Terra Linda, 640 Del Ganado Rd. Contributions in her name may be made to the Marin Chapter of NAMI, 710 C St. # 215, San Rafael, CA 94901. 

Jean Leon Camino
Passed away in San Rafael, Sunday, November 3, 2002 at age 65 years. Son of Marianne Aleman of Novato and the late Jean Camino. Stepson of the late Pete Aleman. Brother of Jeanette Cruz and husband Jack of Novato, Jean Baptist Camino of Novato and Michel Camino of Merced. Uncle of Josie, James, Julie and Matthew. Mr. Camino was a member of the Los Banos Basque Club and the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco. He served in the French Army in Algeria for two years. Mr. Camino worked as a Greens Attendant for 30 years for Olivet Memorial Park in Colma. He was a member of the Cemetery Workers and Greens Attendants Union Local #265. He was a native of France. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass Thursday, November 7, 2002 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1000 Cambridge, Novato, CA. Friends may call for Visitation Wednesday, November 6, 2002 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville St., Petaluma. Interment will follow the Funeral Mass at Valley Memorial Park, Novato. The family prefers memorial contributions in his memory be made to your favorite charity. CHEDA & LYONS - Directors 707-789-9000 

Florence S. Conroy
Passed away November 1, 2002 in Petaluma. Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Volunteer and Gardener. Born February 25, 1924 in Mt. Angel, Oregon. Graduated Mt. Angel Academy, 1941. Founding member of the Mt. Angel Gardening Club. Volunteer at Friendship House in New York City, 1950's. Married Edward J. Conroy, Jr. and moved to San Francisco in 1955. She served her community by volunteering at Head Start, Hunters Point, founding member of T.E.K.A.; human and social activist with many organizations. Moved to Petaluma in 1972. Volunteered at Hospice, P.E.P., St. Vincent de Paul Schools. Member of C.L.A.S., Y.L.I., Church Women United, N.C.C.W., D.I.G.S. Survived by husband, Edward J. Conroy; son, Edward (and Karla) Conroy of Petaluma; daughters, Naomi Conroy of San Francisco, Clare (and Ian) Bott of Harpenden, U.K., Sara Conroy, of Houston, TX, Ruth Conroy of San Francisco, and Brigid Conroy of Petaluma. Proud grandmother of Katie, Jill and Emily Conroy of Petaluma and Sophie Bott of Harpenden, U.K. Also survived by brother Oswald Hassing; sisters Mary Louise Billington, Frances Hauth, and Bertha Heisler all of Oregon. Many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Friends are invited to meet Friday, November 8, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 125 Sonoma Mt. Pkwy., Petaluma where a Funeral Mass will be celebrated. An evening Vigil Service will be held at the church on Thursday, November 7th at 7:00 p.m. Friends may call for Visitation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville St., Petaluma, CA. Share your garden with Florence, bring a flower or foliage to contribute to a celebratory bouquet. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Petaluma or the Petaluma Kitchen. CHEDA & LYONS ~ 707-789-9000 

Jen Leigh "Booboo" Griffin
Passed away in Sacramento on November 1, 2002 at the age of 31. She was born in San Francisco and was raised and educated in Marin County. Jen was a member of the Hallacreek Horseriding Club for the physically challenged. She also volunteered at Kaiser and the Highschool Disc Jockey. She enjoyed horseback riding, fishing, camping, music, computers, teddybear collecting and she liked videotaping. Survivors include her parents Jim and Ellen Griffin; brother Rob Griffin; sister Jamie Lawson; nephews Robert Griffin, James Griffin, Brian Lawson, Chris Lawson and wife Marilyn; grandnephew Ryan Lawson; grandparents D.L. and Essie Griffin of Missouri; aunts Sally Alexander and husband Freddie; Jean Costagli and husband Val, Linda Majore and husband Larry, and Linda Mainini; uncle Keith Allen Griffin as well as numerous cousins. She was predeceased by her grandparents Joseph and Betty Mainini and her uncles Wayne Griffin and James Mainini. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2002 at 2:00 PM with Interment to follow at the Pleasant Hills Memorial Park Chapel, 1700 Pleasant Hills Road in Sebastopol, 707-823-5042. Donations may be made in her memory to the Jerry Lewis Telethon. 

Helen Hurt
Our mother peacefully passed away on October 29, 2002. She was the heart and soul of our family and the emptiness of her place in it can never be filled. Helen was born and raised in San Rafael. Her parents were Frank and Maria Leonardi, who were originally from Parma, Italy. She is predeceased by her sisters Clementina, Pearl, Mary and Louise and brother John, her beloved husband Marvin and first husband John Hicks. She is survived by her son William Hicks, daughter Helen McNutt and daughter-in-law Julia Hicks. She was much loved and will be missed by her grandchildren Kathleen Tobin, Timothy McNutt, Robert Hicks, Lisa Hotchkiss, Laurie Scott and Colleen McNutt, and her great-grandchildren Michelle, Melissa, Ben, Luke, Amanda, Austin, Emily and Lauren. Helen lived in Novato and worked for the Emporium before her retirement. She loved to play golf, was an avid 49'er fan and was a generous and loving friend. A Memorial Service was held in Lake County on November 3rd. Donations to the Marin Cancer Project, PO Box 1146, Ross, CA 94957 or the American Cancer Society would be much appreciated by her family. 

Stephen L. Parodi, 1916 ~ 2002
Passed away peacefully on October 26, 2002 after a brief illness. A native of San Francisco, he attended schools in Daly City and graduated with honors from San Francisco College receiving a Bachelor of Arts and General Elementary Teaching Credential. Steve began his teaching career in 1940 in Madera, CA. He met and married Marie Faulkner in 1942, but the advent of World War II interrupted his career as teacher and husband. He was recruited into the U.S. Army, advancing to the rank of 1st Lieutenant and ultimately serving as Commanding Officer of Detached Patients at an 1800 bed hospital in northern France. Upon his return from the European Theatre, Steve resumed his education as a graduate student at Stanford University, receiving a Master of Arts, General Administrative Credential, and several other credentials in his chosen field of education. This long career in education took him from principal and curriculum coordinator at Park School in Mill Valley, to Superintendent of Ross School District, to Coordinator of Adult Education at Marin Community College, to Superintendent of San Anselmo School District, and culminated with his appointment as Chief, Bureau of School Apportionments and Reports - School Finance, California Department of Education. His retirement in 1982 marked more than 40 years of service to the children, schools and communities of our State. As a retiree, Steve was very active in the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) willingly serving in many capacities and chairing several committees. Steve was also a life member of the Corinthian Yacht Club. He conscientiously served on the boards of Corinthian Yacht Club, Corinthian Harbor Company, and Corinthian Caterers Company. He and Marie enjoyed many years sailing the bay and river deltas with Richardson Bay and Corinthian Cruising Clubs. Steve leaves his loving wife of 60 years, Marie F. Parodi, and his three children: son Stephen R. Parodi and spouse Paula of Eureka, CA, daughter Kathleen Parodi Noble and spouse John of Sugar Land, Texas, and son John R. Parodi and spouse Celia of Corte Madera, CA. He also leaves his three grandchildren of whom he was so very proud: Evonne, Robert, and Leslie Noble. He is survived as well by his sisters Kay Landucci and spouse Al, and Josephine Faulkner and spouse Bob, his brother-in-law Enrico "Doc" Arrighi, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Giovanni and Maria Parodi, his sister Louise Arrighi, and his beloved grandson Justin Parodi. Friends are invited to a Memorial Service on Friday, November 8, 2002, 2:00 PM at the Corinthian Yacht Club, Belvedere, CA. Donations in Steve's name may be made to a favorite charity. 

Elizabeth C. Preston
Of Marin County, died on November 2, 2002 at Novato Community Hospital after a long illness. She is survived by her son Clifford Canon of Rohnert Park, CA; her granddaughter Carri Canon of Fairfield, CA; her brother William Breitenstein of S. San Francisco, CA. Mrs. Preston was 80 years old and was born in Healdsburg, CA. Friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service on Thursday, November 7, 2002 at The First Baptist Church of San Rafael, 1411 Lincoln Avenue, San Rafael, CA at 2:00 PM. Inurnment private. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

Blaine J. "Skip" Walter
Skip Walter, age 55, died accidentally on July 26, 2002. He is survived by his son, mother, father, sister, six brothers, his fiancée, and many nephews and nieces. He is, and always will be, missed. Services have already been held. 

George J. Coleman
Died October 29, 2002 in his 89th year at home in Belvedere where he resided since 1951. He was well known on the Tiburon Peninsula having established the first nursery in 1955. He retired as owner of the Cove Nursery 29 years later. Mr. Coleman was born in 1914 in Buckinghamshire, England, the eldest son of Joseph and Minnie Coleman. Throughout World War II he served in the British Army 43rd Reconnaisance Regiment and was twice captured by the Germans and twice escaped. After discharge, he came to Marin County to visit his sister Madge, who had moved to Mill Valley as the war bride of George Meyer, and decided to stay. Mr. Coleman served for 17 years with the Belvedere Volunteer Fire Department 11, as Assistant Fire Chief, during the time when the volunteers were the only fighting force. In 1996, the City honored him as Citizen Emeritus for his long tenure with BVFD and his numerous contributions over many years to community beautification projects. He was an active member of the Northern California Association of Nurserymen, Marin Fuschia Society, Lions Club, and Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society. He is survived by his wife of 40 years Mary (Mollie) West Coleman; stepdaughters Nancy Love Parish, Irvine; M. Gwaltney Mountford, Concord; and Elizabeth Love Barron, Santa Rosa. He was known as "Poppa" to his grandsons Daniel Connick and Isaiah Barron. Also surviving are his brother Raymond Coleman and sisters Madge Meyer and Mary Fitzgerald, all of California, and Violet Lawson and Daisy Steptoe, both of England. He was predeceased by his sister Louise Clark and brothers William and James Coleman. The family requests that tributes be made to the Landmarks Society Art and Garden Center, P.O. Box 134, Tiburon, CA 94920 or Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. Arrangements for a Celebration of Life are pending. 

R. Stephen Hollyer
Passed away suddenly on October 24, 2002, from a heart attack, at the age of 49. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was a long time resident of Marin County, as well as Houston, Texas. Steve taught the world a lot about life, love, and God. The golden rule was his motto, and he had the biggest heart imaginable. He let the light shine through into everyone's life with his wonderful smile, his laugh, and his big blue Texas eyes... He was all about fun and all about hard work. His sense of humor filled the room -- it was contagious till our stomachs hurt from laughing. We all thought he was the most brilliant man in the world. He seemed to know about almost everything from how to frame a house to network computers. He could build go-karts and think up incredible ideas for homework writing assignments. He had patience like no one else. The teenagers loved him because he was way cooler than all of the parents, and really easy to talk to. Sad days turned into happy days with his ability to see the good in things. He was awesome at the French horn, trumpet, and piano. He loved to wake up early and ride his bike out to the lake. He was very strong. He touched the lives of many and we will really miss him a lot. Steve is survived by his family from Houston, TX. Steve was a fantastic father to his three beautiful kids, Samuel, David and Caroline. He is also survived by his parents, Richard and Doris Hollyer, his two brothers John and Peter, and his sister Ginger. In Marin, he is survived by his girlfriend Kim Henry and her two children Andrew and Jenn, and his many friends and work associates. A Memorial/Celebration of His Life will be held this Sunday, November 3, 2002 at Stafford Lake at 11:00 AM in the morning. "Goodness and Love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever." Psalm 23:6. We love you Steve! 

Geraldine Frances Jennings
Left us on Sunday afternoon, October 13, 2002 at Smith Ranch Care Center in San Rafael. She was born in San Francisco on October 18, 1921 upstairs from her father's business. She attended various schools in San Francisco, graduating from Balboa High. She went on to work at various professions, including Safeway and several insurance companies. She was a member of the YLI and ICF. She met her lifelong friend Bertha Sanborn during those years. She married James Jennings and moved to Marin County. Gerry, Jim and Bertha were constantly together and traveled throughout the U.S. Jim and Bertha both passed away in the early '90s. Gerry was a regular at the Gold Nugget in San Anselmo and will be missed by Romano, Paul and Ralph and others at Marin Joe's, her most favorite restaurant. She will also be missed by Lue, Mary, Nancy and Dick, Joan and Jim, Al, Ralph as well as Alma and Charles, Ellie and Cliff, Ron, Ernie, Anne, Kathleen, Cathy, MaryAnn, Don, Diane and Ray and lots of others who knew this Classy Lady. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Raphael's Mission in San Rafael, Saturday, November 16th at 1 PM. 

Morris J. Katz, Retired Lt. Colonel, U.S. Army
Died at home on October 20, 2002 at age 85. Beloved husband of Sylvia since 1971, widower of Eleanor, survived by sons James, Martin, Gary, Larry and daughter Dena and 12 grandchildren. A long time resident of San Rafael, CA, he attended San Rafael Military Academy as a youth. Born in 1917 in Shanghai, Morrie entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1940 after graduation from Galileo High School, San Francisco. He joined the U.S. Army after World War II and worked in Military Intelligence in the Far East for many years, including numerous tours in Japan and Korea. At one time he gathered together and headed one of the most productive Intelligence Collection Teams ever assembled by the U.S. Army. Retiring at Presidio of San Francisco in 1964 as a Lt. Colonel, he joined Allstate Insurance Company before his final retirement in 1981. An avid golfer, Morrie and Sylvia could be frequently found at the Presidio Golf Course and lately were members at Richmond Country Club. Many of their trips were taken just so they could play golf at a different course. Graveside Services will be held at Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, CA on Monday, November 4, 2002, at 2:00 p.m. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571 

Anne Lareau
Age 83, died peacefully at her beloved home in Fairfax after a vibrant and creative life. Loving and inspired mother to four children and five grandchildren. Married 48 years to the late Joe Lareau Jr. A brilliant teacher and active member of the community, she will be missed. All who knew her are invited to her Memorial Service November 16th, 2 p.m. at Marin Art and Garden Center, Ross. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Children's Defense Fund, 25 "E" Street NW, Washington DC 20001. 

Vivian Lee Scott, Born May 12, 1913.
Left this world October 4, 2002. The "Duchess" died at home, surrounded by all those who loved her. She is survived by her adoring daughter, Toni Lee Scott and loving son-in-law, Angelo R. Ligi. She lived a very exciting and wonderful life and always DID IT HER WAY. "WE'LL KEEP YOUR LIGHT SHINING IN OUR EYES. WE WON'T SAY GOOD BYE -- JUST GOODNIGHT, SWEET DUCHESS". In lieu of flowers, remembrances preferred to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Ave., Corte Madera, or the Jewish Family & Children Services, 600 5th Avenue, San Rafael, or the Marin Humane Society. 

Dorothy Nelle Arntz
On October 30, 2002, at age 80, Nelle passed away due to cancer. She was at home surrounded by family. Born Dorothy Nelle Underwood, in Reeves, Tennessee, she enjoyed a small town Southern childhood. She studied nursing in Memphis, earning her degree as an R.N. During WWII, she served in the U.S. Army as a nurse. Soon after moving to San Francisco in the 1940's, she met and fell in love with Gene Arntz, her husband of 53 years. They raised four children, and had a wonderful life together. Gene passed away from Alzheimer's disease in January 2002. Nelle is survived by her daughter, Katherine Jones, her sons, Allan, Tom and Don Arntz, their spouses and ten grandchildren. She also leaves three sisters, and many nieces and nephews. Her family is especially grateful to her niece Jeannie Schutt, who provided such wonderful loving care to the end. Nelle was a quiet and gentle person, selfless, accepting and non-judgemental of others. She was loved by many, and will sorely missed. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Luke's Presbyterian Church in San Rafael on November 10th at 2:00 p.m. Donations may be made to Hospice of Marin or the Alzheimer's Association of Northern California. 

R. Stephen Hollyer
Passed away suddenly on October 24, 2002, from a heart attack, at the age of 49. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was a long time resident of Marin County, as well as Houston, Texas. Steve taught the world a lot about life, love, and God. The golden rule was his motto, and he had the biggest heart imaginable. He let the light shine through into everyone's life with his wonderful smile, his laugh, and his big blue Texas eyes... He was all about fun and all about hard work. His sense of humor filled the room -- it was contagious till our stomachs hurt from laughing. We all thought he was the most brilliant man in the world. He seemed to know about almost everything from how to frame a house to network computers. He could build go-karts and think up incredible ideas for homework writing assignments. He had patience like no one else. The teenagers loved him because he was way cooler than all of the parents, and really easy to talk to. Sad days turned into happy days with his ability to see the good in things. He was awesome at the French horn, trumpet, and piano. He loved to wake up early and ride his bike out to the lake. He was very strong. He touched the lives of many and we will really miss him a lot. Steve is survived by his family from Houston, TX. Steve was a fantastic father to his three beautiful kids, Samuel, David and Caroline. He is also survived by his parents, Richard and Doris Hollyer, his two brothers John and Peter, and his sister Ginger. In Marin, he is survived by his girlfriend Kim Henry and her two children Andrew and Jenn, and his many friends and work associates. A Memorial/Celebration of His Life will be held this Sunday, November 3, 2002 at Stafford Lake at 11:00 AM in the morning. "Goodness and Love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever." Psalm 23:6. We love you Steve! 

David Turk
David Turk, our father, husband, and dear friend to many, died Sunday, October 27th 2002. He was an inspiration, full of life, love, adventure. I, and others (who tell me with deep sincerity) find him their example and vision of what is best in a man, in a person. Born in St. Louis, he spent years as a young man at Gross Point, Michigan playing football for their long undefeated team, crashing a lakefront party with his best friend in the speedboat they’d built, and spending summers ”working the ranch” in The Rockies of Idaho, a remote wilderness. In later years he adventured as a smoke chaser fighting forest fires on foot and served in the air force (never on active duty). He and my mother met at the University of Michigan, where he completed a degree in psychology. They made their way to Berkeley, California in 1966. He was accepting of all people and life. He was an instrument of justice and goodness. Whether stopping to help every injured animal found or organizing the Biafran Air lift in 1967, he always put everything into it, never gave up. He believed in giving to people, helping people and putting all others before himself. Through many years his love and friendship have filled this community. His spirit lives in my mother Lisa, sister Talia and me Darian, to be found by and given to the world. All are invited to enjoy his life with us at a service and a reception this Monday, November 4th. At 11:00 am the service will be given at Montgomery Chapel in San Anselmo (cross streets Bolinas and Kensington). Immediately following the service we will go to Samuel P. Taylor State Park, a favorite place of his (on Sir Francis Drake Blvd.) for a celebration of his life (reception). All are welcome to join us for both or either of these events. 

Dorothy Nelle Arntz
On October 30, 2002, at age 80, Nelle passed away due to cancer. She was at home surrounded by family. Born Dorothy Nelle Underwood, in Reeves, Tennessee, she enjoyed a small town Southern childhood. She studied nursing in Memphis, earning her degree as an R.N. During WWII, she served in the U.S. Army as a nurse. Soon after moving to San Francisco in the 1940's, she met and fell in love with Gene Arntz, her husband of 53 years. They raised four children, and had a wonderful life together. Gene passed away from Alzheimer's disease in January 2002. Nelle is survived by her daughter, Katherine Jones, her sons, Allan, Tom and Don Arntz, their spouses and ten grandchildren. She also leaves three sisters, and many nieces and nephews. Her family is especially grateful to her niece Jeannie Schutt, who provided such wonderful loving care to the end. Nelle was a quiet and gentle person, selfless, accepting and non-judgemental of others. She was loved by many, and will sorely missed. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Luke's Presbyterian Church in San Rafael on November 10th at 2:00 p.m. Donations may be made to Hospice of Marin or the Alzheimer's Association of Northern California. 

R. Stephen Hollyer
Passed away suddenly on October 24, 2002, from a heart attack, at the age of 49. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was a long time resident of Marin County, as well as Houston, Texas. Steve taught the world a lot about life, love, and God. The golden rule was his motto, and he had the biggest heart imaginable. He let the light shine through into everyone's life with his wonderful smile, his laugh, and his big blue Texas eyes... He was all about fun and all about hard work. His sense of humor filled the room -- it was contagious till our stomachs hurt from laughing. We all thought he was the most brilliant man in the world. He seemed to know about almost everything from how to frame a house to network computers. He could build go-karts and think up incredible ideas for homework writing assignments. He had patience like no one else. The teenagers loved him because he was way cooler than all of the parents, and really easy to talk to. Sad days turned into happy days with his ability to see the good in things. He was awesome at the French horn, trumpet, and piano. He loved to wake up early and ride his bike out to the lake. He was very strong. He touched the lives of many and we will really miss him a lot. Steve is survived by his family from Houston, TX. Steve was a fantastic father to his three beautiful kids, Samuel, David and Caroline. He is also survived by his parents, Richard and Doris Hollyer, his two brothers John and Peter, and his sister Ginger. In Marin, he is survived by his girlfriend Kim Henry and her two children Andrew and Jenn, and his many friends and work associates. A Memorial/Celebration of His Life will be held this Sunday, November 3, 2002 at Stafford Lake at 11:00 AM in the morning. "Goodness and Love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever." Psalm 23:6. We love you Steve! 

David Turk
David Turk, our father, husband, and dear friend to many, died Sunday, October 27th 2002. He was an inspiration, full of life, love, adventure. I, and others (who tell me with deep sincerity) find him their example and vision of what is best in a man, in a person. Born in St. Louis, he spent years as a young man at Gross Point, Michigan playing football for their long undefeated team, crashing a lakefront party with his best friend in the speedboat they’d built, and spending summers ”working the ranch” in The Rockies of Idaho, a remote wilderness. In later years he adventured as a smoke chaser fighting forest fires on foot and served in the air force (never on active duty). He and my mother met at the University of Michigan, where he completed a degree in psychology. They made their way to Berkeley, California in 1966. He was accepting of all people and life. He was an instrument of justice and goodness. Whether stopping to help every injured animal found or organizing the Biafran Air lift in 1967, he always put everything into it, never gave up. He believed in giving to people, helping people and putting all others before himself. Through many years his love and friendship have filled this community. His spirit lives in my mother Lisa, sister Talia and me Darian, to be found by and given to the world. All are invited to enjoy his life with us at a service and a reception this Monday, November 4th. At 11:00 am the service will be given at Montgomery Chapel in San Anselmo (cross streets Bolinas and Kensington). Immediately following the service we will go to Samuel P. Taylor State Park, a favorite place of his (on Sir Francis Drake Blvd.) for a celebration of his life (reception). All are welcome to join us for both or either of these events. 

Anna B. Carne
Passed away in San Rafael on October 27, 2002. She was born on August 25, 1907 in Sacramento, CA. Beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Anna was a constant example of strength, courage and humor to all those whose lives she touched. Anna will be dearly missed, but her spirit will live in our hearts forever. Graveside Services will be held at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery on Saturday, November 2nd, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. 

John J. Curristan
Died October 21, 2002, at age 64. He is survived by four daughters and seven grandchildren. Services will be held, Monday November 4th, 11:00 AM at our Lady of Loretto Church, 1806 Novato Blvd., Novato. 

Conrad R. Dahlman
Conrad Dahlman passed away suddenly after a short illness at his home in Petaluma on Wednesday, October 30, 2002 at age 71. Beloved husband of Marion Dahlman. Loving father of Jennifer Dahlman and her husband Michael Rogers and John Dahlman and his wife Melanie Hayden, all of Redwood City, CA. Devoted grandfather of Zachary Dahlman of Redwood City, CA. Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Monday, November 4, 2002 at 7:00 PM at PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, CA. The family prefers memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran Street, Petaluma, CA 94952. 

Edward H. Elliott
Born December 19, 1917 in Salisbury, Maryland, passed away peacefully in Santa Rosa, California on October 30, 2002 in the presence of his devoted granddaughters Michelle Zedek and Alison Lehman. He joins his beloved wife Louise and dear daughter Carolyn Smith in Heaven. Ed was the youngest of eight children. He married Martha Louise Faison in 1940. He enlisted in the United States Army August 17, 1942 and did his basic training in Camp Edwards Mass. He received special training at the G.M. Institute in Flint, Michigan and then was shipped to Fort Ord California, then the Presidio of Monterey and the University of California at Berkeley where he was promoted to Corporal Sergeant. He was discharged on April 12, 1946 at which time he enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves until 1952. Following discharge he returned to the East Coast and under the G.I. Bill attended Salisbury State College majoring in accounting. Following college he and his family returned to the West Coast and settled in the Berkeley area where he worked for Stokely Van Camp and upon retirement became self employed as a real estate agent then broker. Ed was active in many civic organizations and clubs, including Albany Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Albany, Berkeley Breakfast Club, Berkeley Elks, Napa Valley Ranch Club, Oakland Order of Moose, and Berkeley Board of Realtors, which he held important leadership. Ed was preceded in death in 1991 by his loving wife Louise and in March 2001 by his daughter Carolyn. He is survived by his granddaughter Michelle Zedek, her husband Frank and children Frank Jr., Lucas, and Maddison; his granddaughter Alison Lehman and her husband Larry and many dear friends. Ed was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. He will be greatly missed by all whom he leaves behind. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Tuesday, November 5, 2002 at 4:00 p.m. at Sunset View Chapel in El Cerrito, 101 Colusa Ave. (junction of Fairmont Ave. and Colusa). A reception will immediately follow; details to be provided. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the American Diabetes Association. 

R. Stephen Hollyer
Passed away suddenly on October 24, 2002, from a heart attack, at the age of 49. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was a long time resident of Marin County, as well as Houston, Texas. Steve taught the world a lot about life, love, and God. The golden rule was his motto, and he had the biggest heart imaginable. He let the light shine through into everyone's life with his wonderful smile, his laugh, and his big blue Texas eyes... He was all about fun and all about hard work. His sense of humor filled the room -- it was contagious till our stomachs hurt from laughing. We all thought he was the most brilliant man in the world. He seemed to know about almost everything from how to frame a house to network computers. He could build go-karts and think up incredible ideas for homework writing assignments. He had patience like no one else. The teenagers loved him because he was way cooler than all of the parents, and really easy to talk to. Sad days turned into happy days with his ability to see the good in things. He was awesome at the French horn, trumpet, and piano. He loved to wake up early and ride his bike out to the lake. He was very strong. He touched the lives of many and we will really miss him a lot. Steve is survived by his family from Houston, TX. Steve was a fantastic father to his three beautiful kids, Samuel, David and Caroline. He is also survived by his parents, Richard and Doris Hollyer, his two brothers John and Peter, and his sister Ginger. In Marin, he is survived by his girlfriend Kim Henry and her two children Andrew and Jenn, and his many friends and work associates. A Memorial/Celebration of His Life will be held this Sunday, November 3, 2002 at Stafford Lake at 11:00 AM in the morning. "Goodness and Love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever." Psalm 23:6. We love you Steve! 

Helen Hurt, June 28, 1912 ~ October 29, 2002
Memorial Service will be held Sunday, November 3rd, 2002 from 1 to 3 p.m., Buckingham Home Owners Association, Kelseyville, California. 

Margaret S. Morgan
Beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away suddenly on October 24, 2002. Several days earlier, she had celebrated her 90th birthday surrounded by loving family and friends. Born on October 17, 1912, she grew up in New York City and Brookline, Massachusetts. A brilliant student, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Mt. Holyoke College in 1933 where she majored in economics. In 1935, she married John G. Morgan (Lt. Col., U.S. Army Ret.), her beloved husband of 58 years. She maintained a home in Reston, Virginia, although she spent much of the past nine years in Marin County living with her family. Margaret was known for her keen intellect, her loving heart, her kind nature, and her warm smile. She had a passion for gardening, which brought her great joy. She is survived by her three sons, Richard Morgan, Ronald Morgan, and John Morgan, a daughter, Rosemary Morgan, their wives and husband, seven granddaughters, four grandsons-in-law, and five great grandchildren. Along with her husband, her son Roger preceded her in death. Her unfailing love brought boundless joy to many, and she shall live in the hearts of her family and friends forever. A Memorial Service honoring her life will be held on Friday, November 8, 2002 at 4:00 p.m. at St. John's Church, Ross. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery next to her husband on November 14, 2002. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, San Domenico School, or St. John's Church. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571 

Rachel Shaina Ours, May 14, 1971 ~ October 25, 2002
Died in a highway accident. May her memory be a blessing to her family and many, many friends. Cherished daughter of Shoshana David and Alan Phelps and Jake and Nicole Ours of Santa Rosa. Sister to Jennifer and Ted Van Midde of San Geronimo, Johanna and Joe Hunter of Santa Rosa, David Ours of San Rafael, and Jacob Phelps of Santa Rosa. Loving aunt to Zachary Rosenbaum, Jason, Jessica, Chelsea, and Nina Van Midde, and Willy Hunter. Beloved cousin of Lisa Erikson. Born in San Francisco and raised in Santa Rosa, she attended Rincon Valley Middle School, Nonesuch School, Santa Rosa Junior College, and Dominican College. As an adult she resided primarily in Marin and Sonoma counties. Always very creative, she became an accomplished equestrian, potter, and florist. She was a long time supporter of the music of her dear friend Creek Hart. Rachel's name will be included in the November 3 remembrances at Glide Memorial Church, SF, 9:00 and 11:00 AM Celebrations. Family and friends will gather for a Memorial Service on November 24 at 3:00 PM at Congregation Ner Shalom, 85 La Plaza, Cotati. Donations in Rachel's name would be gratefully accepted to: Women's Recovery Services, PO Box 1356, Santa Rosa, CA. For more information call 707-538-7933 or 707-539-2928. 

Charles C. Prugh
Career Consultant in San Francisco and Marin County, died Sunday, October 27th, 2002 at his home in San Anselmo. He was an independent career consultant, who closed his office in San Francisco in August because of failing health due to prostate cancer. For 30 years he taught courses and workshops in career changes and transitions at the College of Marin, as a member of the part-time faculty. He was a published author and professional speaker at conventions, conferences and association meetings. Mr. Prugh had been a self-employed career consultant since 1973, providing counseling/ job changing/ career transition services to individuals and companies. Over time he has helped more than 20,000 thousand adults find or create a rewarding career. Larry Paulger of Novato said, "Charlie helped everyone who came in contact with him. He lifted me up to see what I could do with my life and helped me make it better." Charles was a World War II veteran, having entered the U.S. Army with a group of students from Occidental College in 1943. He served in Headquarters Co. with G-2 Intelligence, 99th Infantry Division, in five major combat areas as part of General Patton's Third United States Army, including landing on the beach at Le Havre, the Battle of the Bulge, and crossing the bridge over the Rhine at Remagen. After the war he served in the Nuremberg War Crimes Commission. He completed his bachelor's degree at Columbia University and attended Union Theological Seminary in New York and San Francisco State University for postgraduate studies. He married his wife Eleanor in Port Washington, New York in 1959, and they relocated to San Francisco. Charlie was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and migrated to southern California with his family in the early 1930s. A 39-year resident of Marin County, he was an active parishioner at St. John's Episcopal Church, serving two terms on the Vestry and being twice elected Jr. Warden. A Memorial Service in thanksgiving for his life will be held at St. John's, 14 Lagunitas Road in Ross, on Saturday, November 23rd, at 2:00 p.m. Mr. Prugh is survived by his wife Eleanor, their three daughters, Jennifer Prugh Kerslake of San Jose, Rebecca Prugh of San Rafael, and Stephanie Mahoney of Marinwood, and two granddaughters, Kelsey Lyn and Samantha Lauren Mahoney. Memorial contributions to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, are suggested, or to Town of San Anselmo (SPAR), 525 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo, CA 94960, for the purpose of obtaining open space in the Sorich Park Area, where he lived. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440


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