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John Francis Ryan
Died in San Rafael December 18, 2001 of complications from double pneumonia. He was a much-loved husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, brother-in-law, and friend. Born to Irish parents, John grew up in The Bronx, New York, attending Cardinal Hayes High School, Iona College and Ohio State University, where he received his MBA. John served in Korea as a 2nd Lt. in Charlie Co. and reached the rank of Captain upon his discharge in the United States Marine Corp. He started his career in marketing with U.S. Steel, but soon changed direction and worked in the business he really loved, Broadcast Advertising. First for CBS and subsequently for John Blair & Co., where he retired as Vice President of their San Francisco office after 20 years. John is survived by his wife, Bonnie; son, Sean; brother, Cornelius T. Ryan of Connecticut; sisters, Eileen Falvey of New York, Patricia Trutneff of New Jersey, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces and cousins in the USA, Ireland and Australia. Memorial Mass on Saturday, December 22nd at 11:00 a.m., St. Anthony of Padua, 1000 Cambridge, Novato. Graveside Services on Saturday, December 22nd at 1:30 p.m., Valley Memorial Park, 650 Bugeia Lane, Novato. Donations in John's memory will be appreciated to the New York Police and Firefighters Widow and Children Fund, P.O. Box 3713, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163 in honor of his father who was a New York City fireman. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151. 

James Henry Asselin, Sept. 8, 1918 - Dec. 17, 2001
Whose booming baritone voice captured hearts and minds. Loving husband of Frances. Loving father of Cheryl, Linda, Jeanette, David, Cyndie and James. Doting grandfather of Jake, Anton, James, Laura, Ellen and Zechariah, and cherished father-in-law to Richard, Jeff, Milton, Karen and Kathy. Services will be held Friday, December 21st at 11:30 a.m. at Mount Tamalpais Mortuary, 2500 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, 415-459-2500. 

Carl Begemann
MEMORIAL SERVICE For CARL BEGEMANN, (who died on December 13th at age 86). To Be Held In the Marin YMCA Club Room, 1500 Los Gamos Drive, San Rafael, Thursday, December 20, 2001, 1:40 P.M. Carl was a frequent presence at the YMCA for many years before becoming incapacitated, playing racquetball and participating in a variety of seniors' activities. He told his life story in the Club Room on January 18, 1986. He'll be missed. 

George Leo Elwell
Died unexpectedly on December 11, 2001 in Sarasota, Florida while visiting his daughter and son-in-law. He was born on December 4, 1924 in San Francisco. George was a third generation San Franciscan and a fourth generation Californian. He was a graduate of San Francisco's Washington High School in 1942, a member of the Society of California Pioneers and former member of the Olympic and Concordia Clubs. He founded Elwell Trucking in 1951, and was known throughout the industry for his business integrity and service standards. He retired from Elwell Trucking in 1989. George was a resident of Kentfield, California in Marin County since 1954. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Elsie M. Elwell, and two children George R. Elwell of Ivins, Utah and Carter C. Donovan of Sarasota, Florida, his sister Alice Somers of San Jose, California, two half brothers Michael and James Elwell of Santa Barbara, California, three grandchildren, Angelina, Jeremy and Rose Elwell, several cousins and many great friends. Those who knew George will always remember him for his enthusiasm of life, his sense of humor, and of course his running commentary on life which will be sorely missed. George was cremated in a quiet family service on Monday, December 17, 2001. In celebration of his life, a Bon Voyage Party will be held on Friday, December 21, 2001. 

Lilamay Pauline "Lila" Eterovich
Passed away December 15, 2001 at her son's home in Sebastopol at the age of 80, surrounded by her loving family. Lila was born, raised, and educated in North Dakota and moved to Marin County in 1970. She was an active member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church for many years. Lila enjoyed taking cruises abroad with her husband and friends. She was an excellent cook and took great pleasure in preparing meals for her family. Lila is survived by her loving husband Nick Eterovich of San Rafael; son Nick T. and wife Judy Eterovich of Lincoln, California; daughter Paula and husband Gordon Gray of Jackson, Wyoming; daughter Maria and husband Jim Prawdzik of Woodacre, California; son John and wife Val Eterovich of Sebastopol; brother George and wife Gloria Fairbanks of St. Paul, Minnesota; eight grandchildren: Nicholas, Dylan, Cassidy, Michelle, Tiffany, Nicole, Alexandra, and Ofeibia; two great grandchildren: Linzy and Alexis. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, December 22, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. at the Nazareth's House Chapel in San Rafael. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Sutter VNA Hospice, 1110 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Arrangements under the direction of PLEASANT HILLS MEMORIAL PARK & MORTUARY, SEBASTOPOL. (707) 823-5042. 

H. Loyd Merritt
Died December 14, 2001 at age 71. He is survived by his children: Phil, Karon, Daryl, Kelli, Paula and five grandkids. Services on Friday, December 21st at 1:00 P.M., Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel, 270 Miller Avenue in Mill Valley. 

Luther Norwood (Pastor)
Passed away in Ceres, California on December 14, 2001 at age 64. Formerly of Marin City and Sonoma. Loving husband of Willie Jean Norwood; dear father of April, Maple, Luther, Jr., Frank, David, Bernard, and Grady Norwood; grandfather of twenty eight; great grandfather of six; brother of Jo Louis; also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends. He was a native of Harrisville, Mississippi. Pastor Norwood worked for the County of Marin for 32 years as a Heavy Equipment Operator. He was the Associate Pastor for Marin City Church of God for 33 years. Friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, December 22, 2001 at 12 Noon at Cornerstone Community Church of God and Christ, 625 Drake Avenue, Marin City, California. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Nathaniel Peters
Entered into rest on December 11, 2001. Nathaniel lived in Corte Madera for 45 years and was the owner of a hotel development company for 25 years. Nathaniel is survived by his wife Laura. Funeral Service will be December 20, 2001 at Mount Tamalpais Mortuary, 2500 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael at 2:30 P.M. 

Jean Rouff Ross
Age 90, passed away December 16, 2001 at the Meadows Care Center in Napa. She was born October 14, 1911 in Chicago, the eldest of three daughters born to Benjamin and Esther Rouff of Chicago. Jean received high marks in high school and her wish was to go to college to study law, but she was needed to help support the family during the Depression Era. She became a legal secretary, at which she excelled. Jean had a very adventurous spirit and, as a lone single woman, traveled across country in 1939 to visit a cousin in San Francisco; and she attended the World's Fair on Treasure Island. In 1941, she married Maurice B. Ross and had two children. Jean was never cut out to be a homemaker. As soon as her son Ben and her daughter Bonna were old enough, she worked side by side with her husband "Ross" in the downtown Chicago parking lot business. Jean discovered and purchased the beloved "Miami" cottage on the shores of Lake Michigan starting a long tradition of happy family summers. In the 1950's, while other women were playing cards and shopping, Jean took oil painting and ceramic classes. She was a member of an investment group, a Cub Scout den mother and a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. She was also a founding member of the women's choral group, the Nortones. She took school children to performances of the Chicago Symphony and dragged her husband to every possible musical theater performance. She was always trying to instill culture into her family. She had an incredible desire for gaining knowledge and trying new things. In the 1970's, she was the first to have a microwave (then called a radar range) and embrace its features. All of her friends were afraid of it, but Jean was enthralled with its capabilities. She loved to cook and always was trying to do so as efficiently as possible, and the microwave was the answer. Jean moved to California in the 1980s to be near her daughter and son. She taught classes in Marin for seniors on how to use the microwave and wrote the accompanying cookbook. She sang in choirs in Marin. Her feisty independent spirit will be greatly missed. Jean was predeceased by her husband Ross. She is survived by her daughter, Bonna Ross and granddaughter Anya Elidi-Stubbs of Napa, her son Ben Ross and wife Debbie of San Rafael and grandchildren Gillian, Megan, Maurika and Jordan. She is also survived by her sisters Norma Glassner and Naomi Levine and her nieces Ellen Small, Jane Dugan, Laurie Phillips and nephew Perry Kanlan of Chicago. A private service will be held. Cremation arrangements were cared for by Treadway & Wigger Funeral Chapel and Crematorium. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Napa Valley, 3299 Claremont Way, Napa, CA 94558. 

John Francis Ryan
Died in San Rafael December 18, 2001 of complications from double pneumonia. He was a much-loved husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, brother-in-law, and friend. Born to Irish parents, John grew up in The Bronx, New York, attending Cardinal Hayes High School, Iona College and Ohio State University, where he received his MBA. John served in Korea as a 2nd Lt. in Charlie Co. and reached the rank of Captain upon his discharge in the United States Marine Corp. He started his career in marketing with U.S. Steel, but soon changed direction and worked in the business he really loved, Broadcast Advertising. First for CBS and subsequently for John Blair & Co., where he retired as Vice President of their San Francisco office after 20 years. John is survived by his wife, Bonnie; son, Sean; brother, Cornelius T. Ryan of Connecticut; sisters, Eileen Falvey of New York, Patricia Trutneff of New Jersey, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces and cousins in the USA, Ireland and Australia. Memorial Mass on Saturday, December 22nd at 11:00 a.m., St. Anthony of Padua, 1000 Cambridge, Novato. Graveside Services on Saturday, December 22nd at 1:30 p.m., Valley Memorial Park, 650 Bugeia Lane, Novato. Donations in John's memory will be appreciated to the New York Police and Firefighters Widow and Children Fund, P.O. Box 3713, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163 in honor of his father who was a New York City fireman. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151. 

Dorothy Sciaroni
Whose family first came to California in 1849, died on December 12, 2001 at her home in Greenbrae after a long illness. She was 88. A native of San Francisco, she attended Miss Burke's School and graduated from Mills College, where her great grandfather was a founding trustee. She married Rinaldo Sciaroni, Jr. of San Francisco in 1941. They moved to Marin County in 1948 where she lived until her death. Mr. Sciaroni died in 1972. She was a member of St. Sebastian's Parish. She is survived by four children, Arthur (Nan) of Mill Valley, Richard (Jacqueline) of Corte Madera, Robert (Jayne) of Reston, Virginia, and Ann (William) Schultz of Durham, North Carolina, and nine grandchildren, Jeffrey, Laura, Patrick, Thomas, Christine, Jill and Kathleen Sciaroni and Christopher and Eric Schultz. A Rosary will be said on Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 7:30 p.m. at Keaton's Mortuary in San Rafael. A Funeral Mass will be held on December 21, 2001 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Sebastian Church in Greenbrae followed by private interment. The family requests that donations be made to Hospice of Marin in lieu of flowers. KEATON'S MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Jane Elizabeth Zoslaw, A Resident of Mill Valley
Passed away December 18, 2001 at her home, at age 75 years. Loving wife of Charles Zoslaw of Mill Valley. Beloved mother of Monique H. Christle of Benicia and Glenn E. Zoslaw of Vallejo, and sister of Alfred C. Moore of Mill Valley. She was a native of Port Washington, New York. Jane previously resided in Brooklyn, New York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She was and will be remembered as a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and wife. A Celebration of Jane's Life was held on her 75th Birthday on September 15, 2001. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

George Leo Elwellv
Died unexpectedly on December 11, 2001 in Sarasota, Florida while visiting his daughter and son-in-law. He was born on December 4, 1924 in San Francisco. George was a third generation San Franciscan and a fourth generation Californian. He was a graduate of San Francisco's Washington High School in 1942, a member of the Society of California Pioneers and former member of the Olympic and Concordia Clubs. He founded Elwell Trucking in 1951, and was known throughout the industry for his business integrity and service standards. He retired from Elwell Trucking in 1989. George was a resident of Kentfield, California in Marin County since 1954. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Elsie M. Elwell, and two children George R. Elwell of Ivins, Utah and Carter C. Donovan of Sarasota, Florida, his sister Alice Somers of San Jose, California, two half brothers Michael and James Elwell of Santa Barbara, California, three grandchildren, Angelina, Jeremy and Rose Elwell, several cousins and many great friends. Those who knew George will always remember him for his enthusiasm of life, his sense of humor and, of course, his running commentary on life which will be sorely missed. George was cremated in a quiet family service on Monday, December 17, 2001. In celebration of his life, a Bon Voyage Party will be held on Friday, December 21, 2001. 

Lilamay Pauline "Lila" Eterovich
Passed away December 15, 2001 at her son's home in Sebastopol at the age of 80, surrounded by her loving family. Lila was born, raised, and educated in North Dakota and moved to Marin County in 1970. She was an active member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church for many years. Lila enjoyed taking cruises abroad with her husband and friends. She was an excellent cook and took great pleasure in preparing meals for her family. Lila is survived by her loving husband Nick Eterovich of San Rafael; son Nick T. and wife Judy Eterovich of Lincoln, California; daughter Paula and husband Gordon Gray of Jackson, Wyoming; daughter Maria and husband Jim Prawdzik of Woodacre, California; son John and wife Val Eterovich of Sebastopol; brother George and wife Gloria Fairbanks of St. Paul, Minnesota; eight grandchildren: Nicholas, Dylan, Cassidy, Michelle, Tiffany, Nicole, Alexandra, and Ofeibia; two great grandchildren: Linzy and Alexis. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, December 22, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. at the Nazareth's House Chapel in San Rafael. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Sutter VNA Hospice, 1110 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Arrangements under the direction of PLEASANT HILLS MEMORIAL PARK & MORTUARY, SEBASTOPOL. (707) 823-5042. 

Beverly Foster
Passed away December 18, 2001 in Livermore at the age of 82. Her son Brent W. Waters of Napa, sister Sally Hill of Santa Barbara, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren survive her. Her son Barry Waters preceded her in death. Beverly enjoyed living her last 35 years in Marin County. She worked in the restaurant business for many years. Beverly retired as a restaurant owner/partner from a large restaurant in San Francisco. 

Dr. Alvin Samuel Haag
Born in Wilmot, South Dakota in 1905, where he lived in a sod house. He grew up in Galveston, Texas where he earned the first Eagle Scout award for the state of Texas. Al, a long time resident of Belvedere, died December 15, 2001 at Aldersley Retirement Home. He graduated from Hobart College and received advanced degrees from Evangelical Theological Seminary, Colgate Rochester Divinity School, and received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston University. He served as Dean of Humanities at University of Redlands and taught at the American University of Beirut, San Francisco State and North Texas State. At the age of 70, he was ordained an Episcopal priest and served as a non-stipendiary priest at St. Stephen's Church for 20 years. He donated quality time and was a benefactor to Ritter House, and Friends of Arequipa. He served as President of the Marin Mental Health Association and was an honorary member of the Tiburon Rotary Club. His love of sailing led to many successes on the Bay, and an active participation in the San Francisco Yacht Club. He was supportive to the junior sailing program and he was the inspiration to his grandson, Russ Silvestri, who went on to compete in the America's Cup and the Olympics. He is survived by Idella Haag, his wife of 41 years who currently resides at Aldersley. He is also survived by his son, Dr. David Haag, a pediatric dentist in Irvine, CA; his daughter, Shirley Silvestri of Tiburon; his grandsons Michael Haag of Malden, MA; Steven Haag of Flagstaff AZ; Robert Haag of Brookline, MA; Russ Silvestri of San Francisco; granddaughter Laura Partridge of Truckee CA; Steven Haag of Anaheim, CA; Lauren Haag of Huntington Beach, CA., and seven great grandchildren. Memorial Service will be held at St. Stephen's Parish in Belvedere on Thursday, December 20th at 1:30 PM. Contributions in Al's memory may be made to St. Stephen's Church, 3 Bayview Avenue, Belvedere, CA 94920. 

Lanier Ruth Houston (Runge)
Lanier passed away suddenly on December 10, 2001 at the age of 50. She is survived by her husband Rashid Robert Houston of Cincinnati, Ohio and five loving children: sons Hanief Houston of Santa Rosa; Jordan, Aamahn, and Caleb Houston of Novato; and daughter Aanisah Houston of Novato. Beloved daughter of Stanley and Mary Runge of Cotati. Also survived by loving brothers and sisters-in-law: Keith and Meg Runge of Petaluma; Ross Runge of Petaluma; Michael and Patti Runge of Santa Rosa; Kevin and Marie Runge of Petaluma; and many nieces and nephews. A native of Petaluma, she was a long time employee at the United States Post Office in San Rafael, where she worked for over 27 years. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, December 21, 2001 at 1 p.m. at Cornerstone Community Church, 626 Drake Avenue, Marin City. Reception to follow at the church. Family requests in lieu of flowers that those desiring, may make donations to the Houston Children Trust Fund at any Exchange Bank branch. Arrangements under the care of PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY AND CREMATORY. 

Alexandra C. Leland
Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, CA, December 12, 2001, born in Grants Pass, OR, resident of Sausalito at age 47. Much loved by her parents, Mary B. Mikkelson and the late Dr. V.E. Mikkelson, Hayward, CA; sisters, Martha Yee, Los Angeles; Kathleen Mikkelson, San Anselmo, CA; Kristin Mikkelson-Jonsson, Mellerud, Sweden; Laura Moore, Atlanta, GA; and Holly Mikkelson, Spreckels, CA; uncles, David Binder, Chevy Chase, MD and James E. Mikkelson, Charlotte, NC; nine nieces and nephews, one great nephew, fourteen cousins, her former husband, Steve Leland, and countless friends. Alex (named Phyllis at birth) was an executive assistant in the S.F. office of the law firm of Latham and Watkins, where she was known for her quick wit, often expressed in phone and e-mail messages, as well as for her generosity, compassion, and commitment to social justice. She was a graduate of Hayward High School and attended U.C. Berkeley. The family held a private service, December 15, 2001. A celebration of her life will occur at 2 p.m., January 26, 2002, at the First Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin Ave., San Francisco, to be followed by a reception at the Cathedral Hill Hotel, one block from the church, at 1101 Van Ness Ave. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, a donation to the charity of choice, or to St. Anthony Foundation, 121 Golden Gate Ave., S.F. 94102; Little Brothers--Friends of the Elderly, 1150 Bush St., 3rd Floor, S.F. 94109; Glide Memorial, 330 Ellis St., S.F. 94102; or Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104. 

James Gleason "Jim" Powers
Passed away on December 14, 2001 in Santa Rosa, California. He is survived by his spouse of 64 years, Mable D. Powers and children, Shelley J. Cullimore and Gayle A. Powers. He is also survived by his brother, Wynn Manley Powers and sisters, Irene Newland and Alena McKinnon. Born on May 6, 1915 in St. Helena, he was a resident of San Anselmo for over 30 years and a county resident for 35 years. He was a Pacific Bell employee for 37 years, and a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. He enjoyed working with exotic woods and crafts; he was a league bowler; and he enjoyed traveling with his family. Donations in his name may be made to The Arthritis Foundation, No. Calif. Chapter, 657 Mission St., Suite 603, S.F., CA 94105. (Check or Credit Card, 800-464-6240). 

Robert E. "Bob" Riella
Passed away on Monday, December 17th, 2001 at his home in Petaluma at age 71. Born June 17th, 1930 in Santa Rosa, Bob was a native of Marin and Sonoma, and lived in Petaluma for the last 28 years. He retired in 1984 after 27 years with Pacific Bell. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Louise I. Riella; son Robert A. Riella and his wife Laura; grandchildren Christopher and Nicholas; brother Norman; sisters Judy Page, Sharon Genberg, Diane Polacchi; and numerous nieces and nephews. At his request, no formal Funeral Services will be held. 

Michael F. Castrejon
Died suddenly in San Rafael, California Friday, December 14, 2001 at age 41 years. Beloved father of Dustin and Danielle Castrejon of Petaluma. Loving son of Velia Castrejon of Cotati and the late Leopoldo Castrejon. Loving brother of Julie Pashilk (Steve) of Rohnert Park and Patty Gentry (Richard) of Rochester, New York. Adored uncle of Amanda Pashilk and Mary, Uriah and Sarah Gentry. Loving nephew of Estella Langarica of Corte Madera. Dear cousin of Jose Langarica of San Jose. He was a native of San Francisco and a longtime resident of Corte Madera. Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Mass, Saturday, December 22, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church, 114 King Street, Larkspur. Private Interment. The family prefers memorial contributions in his memory be made to the American Heart Association, 361 3rd Street, Suite F, San Rafael, CA 94901. Funeral arrangements under the direction of ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville Street, Petaluma, CA. CHEDA & LYONS 707-789-9000. 

Daisy M. Dondero
Passed away peacefully on December 14, 2001 in San Rafael at 100 years old. Two nephews, one niece and many relatives and friends survive her. Private Services and Interment. KEATON'S MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Dr. Alvin Samuel Haag
Born in Wilmot, South Dakota in 1905, where he lived in a sod house. He grew up in Galveston, Texas where he earned the first Eagle Scout award for the state of Texas. Al, a long time resident of Belvedere, died December 15, 2001 at Aldersley Retirement Home. He graduated from Hobart College and received advanced degrees from Evangelical Theological Seminary, Colgate Rochester Divinity School, and received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston University. He served as Dean of Humanities at University of Redlands and taught at the American University of Beirut, San Francisco State and North Texas State. At the age of 70, he was ordained an Episcopal priest and served as a non-stipendiary priest at St. Stephen's Church for 20 years. He donated quality time and was a benefactor to Ritter House, and Friends of Arequipa. He served as President of the Marin Mental Health Association and was an honorary member of the Tiburon Rotary Club. His love of sailing led to many successes on the Bay, and an active participation in the San Francisco Yacht Club. He was supportive to the junior sailing program and he was the inspiration to his grandson, Russ Silvestri, who went on to compete in the America's Cup and the Olympics. He is survived by Idella Haag, his wife of 41 years who currently resides at Aldersley. He is also survived by his son, Dr. David Haag, a pediatric dentist in Irvine, CA; his daughter, Shirley Silvestri of Tiburon; his grandsons Michael Haag of Malden, MA; Steven Haag of Flagstaff AZ; Robert Haag of Brookline, MA; Russ Silvestri of San Francisco; granddaughter Laura Partridge of Truckee CA; Steven Haag of Anaheim, CA; Lauren Haag of Huntington Beach, CA., and seven great grandchildren. Memorial Service will be held at St. Stephen's Parish in Belvedere on Thursday, December 20th at 1:30 PM. Contributions in Al's memory may be made to St. Stephen's Church, 3 Bayview Avenue, Belvedere, CA 94920. 

Betty Kopelowitz
Betty Kopelowitz died on December 14, 2001, at the age of 94. She was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved with her husband and daughter to Gainesville, Florida, in 1936. While in Gainesville, the family increased with two more daughters. She was a lifetime member of Hadassah and an active member of Congregation B'Nai Israel, where she was revered as a matriarch of the Jewish Community in Gainesville, Florida. In 1999, when she could no longer live alone, she chose to move to the Golden Manor Jewish Home for the Aged, in San Antonio, to be close to family. She joined Congregation Agudas Achim, and though here a short time, she was much loved and respected by all who met her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Max Kopelowitz, in 1975. She is survived by her much loved and loving family: Marilyn and Gedalyah Engel, of West Lafayette, Indiana; Cookie and Louis Belinsky, of San Antonio, Texas; Dovey Schneider, of Corte Madera, California; nine grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren. Graveside Service was held Monday, December 17, 2001 1:00 p.m. Agudas Achim Memorial Gardens (Austin Hwy) San Antonio, Texas. Rabbi David Kay officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Congregation Kol Shofar Tiburon, California or your local chapter of Hadassah. Arrangements with PORTER LORING 1101 MCCULLOUGH SAN ANTONIO, TX 78212 1-800-460-2704. 

Evelyn M. Rice
Died in Santa Rosa, December 14, 2001 at age 77 years. Loving wife, for over 56 years, of Clayton Rice of Healdsburg. Loving mother of Dr. Susan Jella and her husband Don Campbell of San Rafael and Clayton K. and his wife Tammy Russell Rice II of Las Vegas, Nevada. Beloved sister of the late Judge David Menary Jr. Beloved sister-in-law of Nancy Menary of San Rafael and Olive Walker of Sacramento. Loving grandmother of David Jella of Folsom, Brian Jella of Santa Rosa, Steven Jella of San Diego and Garrett Rice of Las Vegas. Loving aunt of Kathy Menary Maroney, Lynnie Menary Pelfini, David Menary III, Betty Lindsey and Jerald Rice. Also survived by other nieces and nephews. A native of San Francisco, she was a Life Master bridge player, duplicate bridge player at Healdsburg Senior Center, a Sustaining Member of Rotary Foundation, a member of the Pink Ladies of Marin General Hospital, Charter Member of St. Luke Presbyterian Church of Marin, Past President of the Vine Tremble Circle and Past President of the Country Club Guild of Sunny Hills of Marin County. At her request, no formal services will be held; private Inurnment. Those desiring may make contributions to the Healdsburg General Hospital Memorial Fund, 1375 University, Healdsburg, CA 95448. Arrangements under the direction of EGGEN & LANCE MORTUARY. 

Maria da Graca Rombeiro
Passed away peacefully at her home on December 15, 2001 at the age of 94. Born in Sao Miguel, Acores, she was a resident of Marin County for 32 years. Maria worked as a housewife. She collected Christmas decorations and decorated with her family at 'The Rombeiro Christmas House'. She is survived by her sons: Edmundo (MaryJo) Rombeiro of Novato, Eduardo (Carole) Rombeiro of Windsor, Jose Rombeiro from Canada, her daughter, Rosalina (Hele) Medeiros of Novato and many grandchildren and great grandkids. Friends and family are invited for visitation Wednesday, December 19, from 12 p.m.-7 p.m. followed by a vigil service at 7 p.m at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato, CA. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, December 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Loretto Church, 1806 Novato Blvd., Novato. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Park. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151. 

Dorothy Sciaroni
Whose family first came to California in 1849, died on December 12, 2001 at her home in Greenbrae after a long illness. She was 88. A native of San Francisco, she attended Miss Burke's School and graduated from Mills College, where her great grandfather was a founding trustee. She married Rinaldo Sciaroni, Jr. of San Francisco in 1941. They moved to Marin County in 1948 where she lived until her death. Mr. Sciaroni died in 1972. She was a member of St. Sebastian's Parish. She is survived by four children, Arthur (Nan) of Mill Valley, Richard (Jacqueline) of Corte Madera, Robert (Jayne) of Reston, Virginia, and Ann (William) Schultz of Durham, North Carolina, and nine grandchildren, Jeffrey, Laura, Patrick, Thomas, Christine, Jill and Kathleen Sciaroni and Christopher and Eric Schultz. A Rosary will be said on Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 7:30 p.m. at Keaton's Mortuary in San Rafael. A Funeral Mass will be held on December 21, 2001 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Sebastian Church in Greenbrae followed by private interment. The family requests that donations be made to Hospice of Marin in lieu of flowers. KEATON'S MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Marion Elizabeth Tacchi
Passed away on December 12, 2001, at Marin Convalescent in Tiburon at the age of 88. She was born and resided in San Rafael, California. In 1938, after a brief teaching career, she married Charles Louis Tacchi of San Rafael who died in 1992. She was a member of the Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church in San Rafael and was a past president of the former San Rafael Improvement Club. She is survived by a son, Thomas Charles Tacchi of San Rafael; a daughter, Mary Jane Tacchi of New York City; and three grandchildren, Torry, John and Charlie Tacchi. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, December 19, 2001, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 2510 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, California. Memorial contributions preferred to your favorite charity. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Marion Elizabeth Tacchi
Passed away on December 12, 2001, at Marin Convalescent in Tiburon at the age of 88. She was born and resided in San Rafael, California. In 1938, after a brief teaching career, she married Charles Louis Tacchi of San Rafael who died in 1992. She was a member of the Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church in San Rafael and was a past president of the former San Rafael Improvement Club. She is survived by a son, Thomas Charles Tacchi of San Rafael; a daughter, Mary Jane Tacchi of New York City; and three grandchildren, Torry, John and Charlie Tacchi. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, December 19, 2001, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 2510 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, California. Memorial contributions preferred to your favorite charity. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Ida M. Cullen
Died in San Rafael December 12, 2001, she was 75. Much-loved daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and friend. Born to Italian-American parents, Ida grew up in upstate New York. She came to Marin County in 1951 where she met her husband, Philip J. Cullen Jr., and settled in Terra Linda to raise her family. Ida retired from the County of Marin, having worked many years in the Tax Collector's Office and in the District Attorney's Office, Family Support Division. A woman of deep Catholic faith, she was a long time member of Saint Isabella's Parish. Ida was an excellent hostess and cook, her home was the center of many happy holiday celebrations and family gatherings. Proud of her heritage, she enjoyed everything Italian from Giuesspe Verdi to calamari. Ida loved to travel and had a penchant for Las Vegas and Reno. A practitioner of the Golden Rule, Ida was an excellent wife and mother, and a very dear friend to many. Ida is the daughter of Lillian Pepe and the late Armand Pepe, and the sister of the late Joseph Pepe. She is survived by her sisters Margaret Cassella and Anita Young; her brothers Armand Pepe Jr. and Ralph Pepe; her sons and theirs wives Melanie and Richard A. Cullen, and Jane Chesson and Philip J. Cullen III; her seven grandchildren Michael, Andrew, Daniel, Brooks, John, Katherine, and Mark; and by many nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass Monday December 17, 2001 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Isabella's Church, Terra Linda. A Vigil Service will be held Sunday at 7:00 p.m. at Keaton's Mortuary. Entombment Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael. Visitation will be after 10:00 a.m. Sunday at the Mortuary, Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Keaton's Mortuary 1022 E St. San Rafael, CA 415-453-0571. 

Lois M. Davidson
At rest in Greenbrae on December 7, 2001 after a long illness. Born in 1910 in Nebraska, she was raised and educated in Clarion, Iowa. She was the beloved wife of the late Forrest B. Davidson whom she married in 1936. A resident of Marin County for 41 years, she was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and P.E.O., as well as an avid bridge player, golfer and a painter. She is survived by her daughters Susan Thomas of Stanford and Jane Hills of Tiburon, granddaughter Catherine Hills and great granddaughter Jocelyn Marie Borden, also of Tiburon. She is also survived by her stepdaughter Jeanne Kline of Novato, and by her family. Two nephews, Frederick Sage of Colorado and Roderick Sage of Nevada and their families survive her, as well. We are deeply grateful for the loving care she received during the last six years of her life as a resident of Rafael Convalescent Hospital in San Rafael. Friends are invited to a Memorial Service on Tuesday, December 18 at 2:00 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 240 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. Memorial contributions may be made to Prevent Blindness Northern California, 4200 California Street, Suite 101, San Francisco, CA 94118 or to a favorite charity. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573. 

Patricia Padden
Died unexpectedly without suffering December 12, 2001. She was born February 8, 1925 to Cliff and Madge Frazer in Toledo, Oregon. She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years Thomas J. Padden, children Kathy Gallagher, Maureen Singleton and Tom Jr., grandchildren Brett, Christa, Daniel and Anna Gallagher and brother William Frazer. She attended grade school and Grant High School in Portland, Oregon graduating in three and one half years. After graduation Pat worked in banking and the insurance business until her marriage to Tom in 1950. Then she traveled with him to his F.B.I. assignments in Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and finally San Francisco and San Rafael where they lived for the last 40 years. She was a devoted homemaker and mother, active as a room mother at Mary Silveira School, St. Isabella's School, secretary for Parish and School Councils and President of the Mothers Club at Marin Catholic High School. Pat was active as President of the Nazareth House Guild and worked there until the day before she died. A humble, loving person and friend to many, she will be greatly missed by friends and family. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass Tuesday December 18, 2001 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Isabella's Church 465 Manuel T. Freitas Parkway, San Rafael. A vigil will be held Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Church. Inurnment Private Golden Gate National Cemetery. Memorial contributions preferred to St. Vincent de Paul in C/O St. Isabella's Church, Nazareth House, 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903 or to the donor's choice. Keaton's Mortuary San Rafael, CA 415-453-0571. 

Anita Irene Powell (Bohn)
Passed away peacefully December 10, 2001. She was born in Seattle, Washington, June 12, 1915 to Alfred and Mattie Bohn. Her father was Executive Chef at the Palace Hotel during the 40's, and her mother was a pastry chef. Anita graduated from Commerce High School in San Francisco, and subsequently attended California College of Arts And Crafts in Oakland. She married Melvin J. Powell in 1938, and is survived by her husband and her three children: Pamela Picken (husband Al), Jack Powell (wife Jessica), and Joanne Leach (husband Michael), along with her grandchildren Ed and Ron Picken, and Taylor Leach. She was admired for her artistic abilities, her gentle character, and her positive personality. She had a passion for dancing, exploring beaches, and enjoying her family. Since Anita loved dogs, donations may be made in her name to Marin Humane Society, Guide Dogs for the Blind Inc., or Canine Companions For Independence. The family especially would like to thank Maria Ramirez and Irma Solario who cared for Anita with such love and affection. She shall be missed. Monte's Chapel Of The Hills Family Owned & Operated San Anselmo, 453-8440.

Matthew R. Vidmar
Passed away on December 8, 2001, at the home of his daughter, Christina, in Sebastopol, California, at the age of 92 years. Born April 8, 1909, in San Francisco; a Potrero Hill Native. Mr. Vidmar's Barber Shop, located at 22nd and Hampshire, has been the place where Mr. Vidmar's customers have been coming since 1936 and continued until his death. A devoted father, and he is survived by: his daughter, Christina Piehoff; son-in-law, Claude Piehoff and grandchildren, Joseph Piehoff, Claudine Mason, and great grandchildren, Carly, Hailey, and Lauren. Funeral Service will be held Monday, December 17, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. at DUGGAN'S SERRA MORTUARY, 500 Westlake Ave. DC and preceded by a Visitation at noon. Committal Holy Cross Cemetery. Following the Services for those who wish to attend, a Reception will be held at Val's Restaurant, 2468 Junipero Serra Blvd. in Daly City. THE BUD DUGGAN FAMILY (650) 756-4500 / (650) 755-4834.


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