Miscellaneous Marin County, California Obituaries

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Bernice Pitcairn
A resident of Ross for 40 years and a resident of Rancho Mirage for 25 years died December 22, 2001 in Rancho Mirage. She was 72. She started her career as a school teacher, but for the last 35 years she was a managing partner with Pitcairn Accountants, Inc. That Firm, headquartered in San Francisco, limited its practice to forensic accounting and worked on litigation projects all over the United States as well as in Europe, Asia and South America. Bernice received her BA from United College (now the University of Winnipeg) and her BPed from the University of Manitoba. She was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority and a confirmed conventionite. Bernice was a volunteer for years with “Meals on Wheels” and with other volunteer groups. She supported many charities, but her favorite was Childreach headquartered in Warwick Rhode Island. Through that organization she helped support children for 38 years in Hong Kong, Africa and South America. Her current “foster daughter” lives in India. Childreach provides direct help for the child with clothes, schooling and health care. They also provide health care, counseling and other assistance to the entire family and the local village. Since Bernice had a son, she always “adopted” a girl overseas. In many countries, women are treated as second class citizens. She felt that by supporting a girl whose family and community also benefited, she ensured the “adopted girl” would became more precious to her family and the community. Bernice is survived by her husband of 46 years, John, a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Accountant and their son Rodger, an attorney in Washington, DC. Her ashes will be placed in the Palm Springs Mausoleum. The family prefers memorials be made to Childreach International, 155 Plan Way, Warwick, RI 

Bruce Allan Barsotti, A Native of San Rafael
Passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2001 in San Rafael after a long illness at age 51. Bruce is survived by his loving mother, Edith Barsotti of Novato; loving wife, Adrienne of Novato; and his two sons, David and Michael Barsotti, both of Novato. Bruce was owner and operator of Barsotti's Body & Fender Inc. of San Rafael for 35 years. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. Bruce is preceded in death by his father, Aldo Barsotti. Friends may attend a Cryptside Service Monday, December 31, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, 2500 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, California. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts preferred to the Guide Dogs for the Blind, 350 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael, CA 94903. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo 453-8440. 

Thomas W. Jackson
Died at his home in San Rafael on December 9, 2001. He was 64 and a native of California. He is survived by his uncle, David Jackson Sr. and two aunts, Margaret Helen Russell and Pauline M. Ortega, and several cousins. A resident of San Rafael for 50 years, Tom graduated from San Rafael High School in 1956. He served in the Air Force for four years and then worked for P.G. & E. for 37 years. He was a devoted fisherman and enjoyed boating. Tom was also a member of the Marin Rod & Gun Club, where he liked to sit and feed the ducks and geese. He looked forward every year to a vacation at his favorite place Lake Alminor with his friends. He is survived, also, by his dog, Pal. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service Saturday, January 5, 2002 at 1 p.m. at Keaton's Mortuary. Tom's cremated remains will be buried with his father at Valley Memorial Park, Novato, California. KEATON'S MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Kathleen I. Margetts
Passed away at her home in Santa Rosa. For twelve years she was married to the love of her life, the late Leslie Margetts. She is survived by her dear son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Christine Margetts, of Santa Rosa. Kathleen also leaves behind her grandson, Duncan and her siblings, Julia, Alan and Tony, all of England, and Mary of Australia. Kathleen was a life long member of the Catholic Church. She absolutely loved to ballroom dance and spent her Fridays dancing at the Finley Center. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Catholic Liturgy Service on Monday, December 31, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at the DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES, 1225 Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa. Private Inurnment. If desired, donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Sonoma County Unit, 1451 Guerneville Road, Suite 200, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. 

Eric Warren Nelson
Passed away in peace in Sacramento December 9, 2001. A loving and devoted son and father. Survived by his mother Lillian Hanneke of Sonoma, son Joey, daughter Debbie Boyd (her husband Joe), grandson Joseph of Sacramento, aunts, uncles and cousins. Born August 30, 1940 in Bend, Oregon, raised in Mill Valley, and a resident of Sonoma. Friends are invited to join the family for memorial services on Monday, January 7, 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Mill Valley. 

Bernice Pitcairn
A resident of Ross for 40 years and a resident of Rancho Mirage for 25 years died December 22, 2001 in Rancho Mirage. She was 72. She started her career as a school teacher, but for the last 35 years she was a managing partner with Pitcairn Accountants, Inc. That Firm, headquartered in San Francisco, limited its practice to forensic accounting and worked on litigation projects all over the United States as well as in Europe, Asia and South America. Bernice received her BA from United College (now the University of Winnipeg) and her BPed from the University of Manitoba. She was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority and a confirmed conventionite. Bernice was a volunteer for years with “Meals on Wheels” and with other volunteer groups. She supported many charities, but her favorite was Childreach headquartered in Warwick Rhode Island. Through that organization she helped support children for 38 years in Hong Kong, Africa and South America. Her current “foster daughter” lives in India. Childreach provides direct help for the child with clothes, schooling and health care. They also provide health care, counseling and other assistance to the entire family and the local village. Since Bernice had a son, she always “adopted” a girl overseas. In many countries, women are treated as second class citizens. She felt that by supporting a girl whose family and community also benefited, she ensured the “adopted girl” would became more precious to her family and the community. Bernice is survived by her husband of 46 years, John, a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Accountant and their son Rodger, an attorney in Washington, DC. Her ashes will be placed in the Palm Springs Mausoleum. The family prefers memorials be made to Childreach International, 155 Plan Way, Warwick, RI 02886. 

Joyce Marcia Reed Pritchett
Joyce entered into rest on December 24, 2001, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in San Francisco on November 8, 1926, to George and Marcia Reed, attended Mission High School and resided in San Rafael for nearly 40 years. Joyce was recently honored for 50 years of dedication to the Grand Chapter of California Order of Eastern Star. She enjoyed traveling, music and the arts. Her guidance, strength, and love will be remembered and appreciated by family and friends. Survived by her family, Diane Pritchett, Doug, Judy, Bryan, and Kim Pritchett, and Fred, Melanie, Eric, and Tina Acosta. A quiet family service was held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Joyce Marcia Reed Pritchett, payable to: American Lung Association, of San Francisco and San Mateo County. Send to: American Lung Association, 2171 Junipero Serra #720, Daly City, CA. 94014. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. 

Fred C. Rose,
Former Conductor and Music Director of the Oakland Municipal Band, passed away Friday, December 28th. A former resident of Novato, he was 85. Born in San Francisco, Fred began his long musical career in the Navy in the 1930s. During World War II, he served as Admiral "Bull" Halsey's bandmaster in the Pacific theater. Following a short stint in civilian life after the war, he enlisted in the Army where he eventually rose to become the Assistant Leader for the United States Army Band in Washington D.C. Upon leaving the Army in 1962, Fred moved to Marin and became the Director of Music for the San Rafael Military Academy. In that same year, Fred picked up the baton to lead the nationally recognized Oakland Municipal Band, a position he would hold for 26 years until his retirement in 1987. Fred and his wife, Katie, were credited with keeping the band together after Proposition 13 budget cuts eliminated most city support for the band in the late 1970s. Fred rounded out his musical career as Business Representative for the Musicians' Union Local 6. He also operated a piano restoration shop and gave private music lessons. Fred is survived by his stepson, Matt Lovett, daughter-in-law Olivia, and grandchildren Lauren and Caroline. Services are pending. 

Mary Jane Rector Sellers, Oct. 12, 1915 - Dec. 26, 2001
Mary Jane R. Sellers, age 86, passed away peacefully at the Laurel Creek Health Center, Paradise Valley Estates, Fairfield, California. She is survived by her husband, Col. Coleman Sellers, USAF(R), their two daughters: Letitia Jane Little, two loving grandchildren: Mason S. Little and Lindsay J. Little of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and daughter, Joanna A. Shaw of Santa Fe, New Mexico; and a sister, Barbara Rector Seaver of Pebble Beach, California. Mary Jane was born to H.B. and Gladys Rector of Piedmont, California. After graduating from Piedmont High School (Highlanders), she attended the University of California and became a member of the Alphi Phi Sorority, Berkeley Chapter. She was an active member of the Alphi Phi Alumni of Marin County. During WWII, she became a licensed pilot and qualified herself for entry in the Woman's Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) Program and graduated in class 44-10 in December 1944. General "Hap" Arnold, commander of the Army Air Forces, USA, presented her wings to her. Coleman and Mary Jane were longtime residents of San Rafael, Marin County, California. Mary Jane was a member of the Northgate Group and the Moya del Pena Library Group at the Marin Art and Garden Center at Ross, California. In 1998, they moved to Paradise Valley Estates, retirement community in Fairfield, California. Memorial Service will be held on January 5, 2002 at 1:30 p.m. at the St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 10 Bayview Drive, San Rafael, California. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Hospice or to your favorite charity. After the Service, the family invites you for refreshments, to be served in the recreational facility on the grounds at St. Luke Presbyterian Church. 

Tucker C. Simpson
Following a brief illness, he passed away comfortably on December 19, 2001 in Santa Rosa California at the age of 71. Born in Berwyn, Illinois, he completed his studies in Journalism at San Jose State College (Class of '53), and went on to serve in three branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. His civilian career brought him satisfaction, as well as recognition as an editor for prominent Bay Area firms. His children: Michael Simpson, Peggy Seifert, Claire Simpson, Claudia Simpson, Sarha Simpson, Martha Brown and his grandchildren: William Conner Meredith, Lauren Brown, Christopher Brown, Lindsey Brown, as well as his many friends and associates will miss him dearly. Family and friends are welcome to join us on January 5, 2002 at 2:00 p.m., at the San Rafael Yacht Club to celebrate his life. Those wishing to make a donation in his honor may address their donations to the Humane Society of Sonoma County. 

Mercedes Donnelly Sweeney
Our dear mom, grandma, mother-in-law, aunt, and friend was born in Pennsylvania November 28, 1916. After moving to Detroit and marrying her beloved John C. Sweeney, she raised five wonderful yet outrageous children whom she loved beyond measure. "God is Love; His plan for creation can be rooted only in love….Every saint who has penetrated to the core of Reality has testified that a divine universal plan exists and that it is beautiful and full of joy." --Paramahansa Yoganada. On Christmas, at 12:01 a.m., with her children Jack, Janey, Judith, Mary Kay, and Mark (her son Jerry awaited her in the next life) and her niece Peggy surrounding and tending her, with her grandchildren John and Lynn nearby, she passed in angelic, radiant joy after a short illness and a long, loving life. Mercedes was a California resident for the past 30 years where the moderate weather and expansive ocean gave her comfort and pleasure. She now makes her home solely in our hearts where her love resides forever. As someone who loved home, the Sweeney family recommends any commemorative gifts be made to Homeward Bound of Marin, an organization helping individuals and families move home for good. 

Bruce Allan Barsotti, A Native of San Rafael
Passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2001 in San Rafael after a long illness at age 51. Bruce is survived by his loving mother, Edith Barsotti of Novato; loving wife, Adrienne of Novato; and his two sons, David and Michael Barsotti, both of Novato. Bruce was owner and operator of Barsotti's Body & Fender Inc. of San Rafael for 35 years. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. Bruce is preceded in death by his father, Aldo Barsotti. Friends may attend a Cryptside Service Monday, December 31, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, 2500 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, California. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts preferred to the Guide Dogs for the Blind, 350 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael, CA 94903. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo 453-8440. 

Jean Louise Elkin, A Resident of Novato
Known and loved by many, passed away on December 27th in Novato. Born January 28, 1924 in San Francisco, Jean grew up surrounded by the wide cultural diversity of little Italy. Tradition was an important part of her heritage as her mother Jean Hodgkinson, gave her a set of values and heritage from her homeland in Scotland. Her father, Robert Hodgkinson brought contrast with his English heritage that blended together to raise a very gifted and giving child. Always an active and involved member of the community, Jean began a life long tradition of helping others by sharing what little they had during those difficult early years. Jean was blessed with two sisters, Mona and Vera, as well as a niece Corinne (Mickey to her friends) who became as close if not closer than any sister could be. On June 2, 1946 Jean married Lauren Elkin Jr. and began a partnership that lasted 55 years. Less than a year after getting married she graduated from Saint Luke School of Nursing in 1947 and began her career in nursing. Jean continued her education and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska in 1959. Her passion for nursing continued throughout her life and Jean was one of the first two nurses hired when Novato General Hospital opened. Known as Jean Elkin the friendly nurse whose compassion and dedications for caring were legendary. She was a champion for both employees and patients. Her compassion for those hospitalized, her joy in helping bring a new child into the world, unending commitment to do everything possible help save lives and ability to console families were very special qualities that became the standard for care at Novato General. Her love of life and people was tireless. Her dedication and support for her husband and family were deep rooted and absolute. As a military wife, Jean traveled throughout the United States and Japan and was passionate about sharing and giving at every opportunity. In Japan she learned to speak Japanese and became actively involved in working with the children to help them understand the culture of both the United States and Japan. Her ability to bring the Japanese culture alive has been an inspiration for many Novato children to explore their own heritage and culture. Her passion for life and people was never ending. During their travels throughout the world, both Jean and Lauren gave a great deal of their time and energy for the Box Project, National Industries for the Blind, Guide Dogs for the Blind of San Rafael, Rainbow Girls, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, as well as many other organizations. Jean and her husband Lauren both played an active role in helping those less fortunate regain their dignity and respect and become valued members of society. Jean was a very giving, compassionate person who made everyone feel they were part of her family. Her fine Scottish sense of humor always made everyone feel welcome. So many people's lives have been touched by her deeds that her memory will live with us for generations to come. She was truly a phenomenal woman and will be missed by all. Jean was an active member of Saint Francis Church in Novato since moving to Novato in 1946. She requested that in lieu of flowers a donation be made in her memory to Saint Francis Church. Friends and family may pay their respects at Keaton's Chapel of Marin, 1801 Novato Boulevard in Novato on Sunday, December 30th from 12:00-4:00 PM in Novato. The Service will be held at Saint Francis Church at 967 Fifth Street in Novato at 1:00 PM on Monday, December 31st, 2001. Jean will be buried at Valley Memorial Park Cemetery in Novato. Her husband, Lauren Elkin Jr., daughter Linda Jean Elkin, son Lauren Elkin III and daughter-in-law Claudia Elkin, two grandchildren Lauren and Michael Elkin, Corinne Church her sister and Robert Stansfield her great nephew survive her. 

Madeline Moeckel
Born and raised in San Francisco, a resident of Novato, she died December 24, 2001 at the age of 82. A devoted mother and wife, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 57 years, Frank Moeckel and her daughters, Dorothy Reynolds and Frances Stewart. Loved mother of Joseph and his wife Marylu Moeckel. Beloved grandmother, she is survived by seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She is also survived by her dear sister and brother-in-law, Geri and Bob Sturdivant of Seal Beach, California. A Memorial Mass is to be held Wednesday, January 9, 2002, 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Loretto Church, Novato, California. Donations may be sent to Hanna Boys Center or the charity of your choice. 

Mercedes Donnelly Sweeney
Our dear mom, grandma, mother-in-law, aunt, and friend was born in Pennsylvania November 28, 1916. After moving to Detroit and marrying her beloved John C. Sweeney, she raised five wonderful yet outrageous children whom she loved beyond measure. "God is Love; His plan for creation can be rooted only in love….Every saint who has penetrated to the core of Reality has testified that a divine universal plan exists and that it is beautiful and full of joy." --Paramahansa Yoganada. On Christmas, at 12:01 a.m., with her children Jack, Janey, Judith, Mary Kay, and Mark (her son Jerry awaited her in the next life) and her niece Peggy surrounding and tending her, with her grandchildren John and Lynn nearby, she passed in angelic, radiant joy after a short illness and a long, loving life. Mercedes was a California resident for the past 30 years where the moderate weather and expansive ocean gave her comfort and pleasure. She now makes her home solely in our hearts where her love resides forever. As someone who loved home, the Sweeney family recommends any commemorative gifts be made to Homeward Bound of Marin, an organization helping individuals and families move home for good. 

Mary O'Day Weiss
Passed away December 25, 2001 in Greenbrae, California. Mary was a native of New York City and a long time Marin resident. She was a former member of the Marin Democratic Central Committee. Mrs. Weiss is survived by a daughter, Victoria of Los Angeles; a son, Fred of Washington State and four grandchildren. Friends are invited to attend a Vigil Service Sunday, December 30, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, 330 Redhill Avenue, San Anselmo. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, December 31, 2001 at 12:00 noon at St. Sebastian's Catholic Church, corner of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and Bon Air Road in Greenbrae. Interment will be held at a later date at St. Mary's Cemetery in New Britain, Connecticut. Memorial contributions preferred to Catholic Charities. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo 415-453-8440. 

Patsy Bunds
Passed away December 23, 2001 in Novato at the age of 72. Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Patsy has been a Marin County resident since 1947, previously living in San Francisco and Oklahoma. She attended Polytechnic High School in San Francisco, worked for San Rafael Glass Co. and Dumont Corp. as a bookkeeper where she met he husband Clifford, to whom she would have been married to for 45 years in February 2002. She was also a homemaker and mother for 45 years. Patsy was a longtime member of Children's Home Society, Jolly Rodgers Chapter and Hospice Society. She enjoyed her home, friends, family and gardening. Her love of life and other people were an inspiration for all of us as she fought a tough battle against Lupus for 23 years. She will be dearly missed by her husband, Clifford C. Bunds, Jr.; her daughters, Pam Harman (Santa Rosa) and Julie Pimentel (Lakeport); sons-in-law, John Harman and Dennis Pimentel; brother, Jack Brittain (San Francisco); sisters, Bettye Berison and Billie Johnson (Wichita, KS) and Jean Coddington (Walnut Creek); step-grandchildren, Jason Pimentel, Bob and Tom Harman. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, December 29, 2001 at 11 a.m. at Valley Memorial Park, 650 Bugeia Ln. Novato, California. Memorial Contributions are preferred to Alliance for Lupus Research, 1270 Ave. Of The Americas, Suite 609, New York, NY 10020. Keaton's Redwood Chapel (415) 897-1151. 

Michael John Koberle
56, of Woodacre died suddenly on December 21, 2001, of complications from cancer. Mike was a graduate of Saint Ignatius High School, The University of San Francisco and San Francisco Law School. He practiced civil law in Marin County for 23 years. Mike served in the Navy Reserve and was a former, longtime member of Corinthian Yacht Club. He was an avid 49'er fan and most especially enjoyed good puns and silly jokes. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 26 years, Robin, his daughter Kerry and son, Chris, and his dearly loved granddaughter Shaelin, all of Woodacre. In addition he is survived by his sister, Anne Koberle of Mill Valley and a large extended family of in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends. A Celebration of Mike's Life will be held in several weeks. Donations in Mike's memory will be appreciated to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Russell and Gooch, Mill Valley, 415-388-1573. 

Doris M. Myers
Passed away in Petaluma on December 18, 2001 at age 90 years. Loving wife of 59 years to John "Pat" Myers of Bloomfield. Beloved mother of William R. (Patricia) Myers of Bloomfield and Thomas C. (Jayne) Myers of Petaluma. Devoted grandmother of John, Cassandra and Jeffrey. She was a native of Yakima, Washington and a member of the San Anselmo Baptist Church. Friends are invited to a Memorial Gathering to meet with the family on Thursday, January 3, 2002 from 12 Noon to 2 p.m. at the ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville Street, Petaluma. The family prefers contributions be made to your favorite charity. CHEDA & LYONS 707-789-9000. 

Jane M. Neville
Passed away in Petaluma, California, December 19, 2001, dearly beloved mother of Sherry A. Neville of Petaluma and Susan Scott of Victorville. Adored grandmother of Danielle Scott. Dear friend of Bernard Campbell of San Francisco and Russ Ford of Petaluma. Also survived by many friends and co-workers at PG & E and her quilting and sewing groups (and Guinness). A native of San Francisco, she was Age 57 years old. Friends are invited to attend the Memorial Mass, Saturday, December 29, 2001 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 35 Liberty St., Petaluma, California. The family prefers memorials be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 844, Santa Rosa, CA. 95402. PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, 707-763-4131. 

Tom Romano
Born in New York in 1909, died after a brief illness on December 22, 2001. He lived in San Francisco for many years and moved to Marin County in 1970. He was a retired warehouseman at Gigi & Associates for over 20 years. Tom was an Army Veteran in WWII, serving as a Master Sergeant. In the Aleutian Islands. He loved the outdoors and being with his family. Tom never married but served as a father to his loving nieces and nephews. Tom is survived by his brothers Pat & Dan Romano, his sisters Mary & Rose. His loving nephews Joseph Shanks and Bill Romano, nieces Carma, Monaca, and Mindy. Uncle Tom loved fishing and nature. He will be greatly missed by his God-son Joseph Shanks and his dog Molly. Friends are invited to attend the funeral services on Thursday December 27, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at Valley Memorial Park Cemetery, Novato. Memorial gifts may be made to the Marin Wildcare. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned & Operated 453-8440. 

Marjorie Rossi
A long time resident of San Rafael passed away at the Mission Carmichael nursing facility in Sacramento on December 18, 2001. Born May 15, 1913 to Henry Danforth and Florence Compton in Charleston, Missouri. Preceeded in death by her husband of 65 years, Frank J. Rossi. Loving mother of Nicholas D. Rossi of Eldorado Hills, California; Francis D. Rossi of San Jose, California; and Robert J. Rossi of Walla Walla, Washington. Grandmother to 14 and Great Grandmother to 13. Loving sister of Edward Danforth of Omaha, Nebraska and Robert Danforth of Lake Ridge, Virginia. Graveside services will commence on Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 11:00 AM at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, California. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the charity of your choice. Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, 459-2500. 

Jack Edward Toomey, Retired Inspector SFPD
Born July 5, 1926 to Rose and Thomas Toomey. Jack, retired from the SFPD after 30 years of service. He again retired after 10 years from the SFPD Credit Union as Vice President. Jack was a WWII Navy Veteran. He passed away at home in Fairfax on Saturday, December 22, 2001 at the age of 75. He leaves behind his wife of 30 years Marjorie Pouline Toomey, his children Michael (Wanda) of Modesto, Christopher (Lil) Taiz-Toomey of Los Angeles, Stephen of Oroville, Matthew of Tucson, Arizona and Kathleen (Mark) Mackenzie of Oroville. He will also be greatly missed by his grandchildren Jennie and Sara Mackenzie. His brother and sister-in-law, Thomas A. Jr. and Dorothy Toomey predeceased Jack. Jack was a member of the Mount Tamalpais Stamp Club. Private cremation services were held at Mount Tamalpais Mortuary and Cemetery in San Rafael, California. Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery 2500 5th Avenue San Rafael 459-2500. 

James Joseph ("Jacques") Earley
Passed away December 16, 2001 at age 55. After fighting his way back from several heart attacks and a serious stroke, Jacques succumbed to complications from a second and devastating stroke. He will be remembered as a mercurial thinker, a good friend to many, and--above all--a doting father to Gabriel, Eva, and Claire. A celebration of Jacques' life will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, January 5, at the Unitarian Church, 240 Channing Way in San Rafael. For information or directions, please contact Marcy Telles at 472-7639. 

Dolores "DeDe" Redahan Frank
Born in San Rafael. Age 86. Died in Petaluma after a short illness on December 19, 2001. DeDe was the beloved friend and mother of Bryan Redahan, Carolyn Flaherty, Maureen Keating, and Nicole (Shirley) Overend; stepmother of Karen Mastro and Kevin Frank; mother-in-law of Dan Flaherty and Jolinda Redahan; grandmother of Paula Overend and Tracy Lowe; Colleen Keating, Cathy Sivori, and Michelle Keating-Burton; Patrick Flaherty and Denise Fabbri; and Sean, Bernie, Matthew, and Sara Redahan; great grandmother of Danielle Overend and Christopher Oberzeir; Chelsea and Chad Rexrode and Rachael Engle; Steven and Kyle Sivori; Nicholas Fabbri; and Raven Burton. She will be dearly missed. Those wishing to remember DeDe are asked to make a donation to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran, Petaluma 94952 or to "SCCF for Gracie Allen" Sonoma Children's Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 2246, Sonoma, 95476. At her request, Funeral Services will be private. DRISCOLL'S, COMISKY, ANDERSON VALENCIA STREET SERRA MORTUARY SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA. 

Thomas W. Jackson
Died at his home in San Rafael on December 9, 2001. He was 64 and a native of California. He is survived by his uncle, David Jackson Sr. and two aunts, Margaret Helen Russell and Pauline M. Ortega, and several cousins. A resident of San Rafael for 50 years, Tom graduated from San Rafael High School in 1956. He served in the Air Force for four years and then worked for P.G. & E. for 37 years. He was a devoted fisherman and enjoyed boating. Tom was also a member of the Marin Rod & Gun Club, where he liked to sit and feed the ducks and geese. He looked forward every year to a vacation at his favorite place Lake Alminor with his friends. He is survived, also, by his dog, Pal. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service Sunday, January 6, 2002 at 1 p.m. at Keaton's Mortuary. Tom's cremated remains will be buried with his father at Valley Memorial Park, Novato, California. KEATON'S MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Robert "Bob" Milliken
Died in Boise, Idaho on December 5, 2001, at age 75, of complications from pneumonia. Bob was born in South Bend, Indiana, on October 5, 1926 to Frank and Lora Milliken. He lived in San Francisco as a young man before settling in Marin County, where he was known as a handyman "par excellence." Bob is survived by his wife Margaret "Mickey" Milliken, one half-brother, and one half-sister. 

Dolores "DeDe" Redahan Frank
Born in San Rafael. Age 86. Died in Petaluma after a short illness on December 19, 2001. DeDe was the beloved friend and mother of Bryan Redahan, Carolyn Flaherty, Maureen Keating, and Nicole (Shirley) Overend; stepmother of Karen Mastro and Kevin Frank; mother-in-law of Dan Flaherty and Jolinda Redahan; grandmother of Paula Overend and Tracy Lowe; Colleen Keating, Cathy Sivori, and Michelle Keating-Burton; Patrick Flaherty and Denise Fabbri; and Sean, Bernie, Matthew, and Sara Redahan; great grandmother of Danielle Overend and Christopher Oberzeir; Chelsea and Chad Rexrode and Rachael Engle; Steven and Kyle Sivori; Nicholas Fabbri; and Raven Burton. She will be dearly missed. Those wishing to remember DeDe are asked to make a donation to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran, Petaluma 94952 or to "SCCF for Gracie Allen" Sonoma Children's Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 2246, Sonoma, 95476. At her request, Funeral Services will be private. DRISCOLL'S, COMISKY, ANDERSON VALENCIA STREET SERRA MORTUARY SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA.


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