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Margaret Elizabeth Colteaux, A Retired Nurse
Passed away peacefully at Rafael Convalescent Hospital on December the 12th, 2001 at age 92. She was born February 9, 1909, in Atchison, Kansas, to Henry and Elizabeth Buser--the eldest daughter of a family of nine children. Margaret began her nursing career in 1930 after graduation from Saint Francis School of Nursing in Wichita, Kansas. She married her late husband, Charles Colteaux, in 1932 and they moved to Southern California in 1936, where she continued her nursing career. Margaret and her family moved to San Rafael in 1948. She was first employed at San Rafael's Cottage Hospital and later at Ross Hospital. When Marin General Hospital opened, Margaret joined the nursing staff and was employed there until her retirement in 1970. She concentrated her service at Marin General in the delivery room of the Obstetrics Department, assisting in the delivery of hundreds of Marin's children. During her retirement she proudly enjoyed her numerous meetings with the mothers and the children she had helped to deliver. Margaret is survived by her three sons, Eugene Colteaux of Longview, Texas, whose wife, Jacqueline, is deceased; John Colteaux and his wife Genevieve of San Anselmo; and Norman Colteaux and his wife Sharie of San Anselmo. She also leaves 10 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Friends and family are invited to attend Memorial Services on Tuesday, December 18, at 11 a.m., at Saint Anselm's Church, Ross, California. The Family requests memorial gifts be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. Interment will be private. Monte's Chapel of the Hills San Anselmo, California, 453-8440. 

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. 

Isabelle Leonard
Passed away October 11, 2001 at the home of her daughter Kathleen Foley. Mrs. Leonard was born in a log cabin in Paulding County, Ohio February 5, 1909. She enjoyed her retirement years with her husband Harold at their home in Coldwater Lake, Michigan who passed away in 1997. She moved to Novato in 1998. Isabelle is survived by 3 children, 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements by the Neptune Society. 

Helen Matilda Lutkitz
Passed away at Marin General Hospital on December 11, 2001 after a short illness. She was born November 8, 1918 in Wharton, New Jersey. Helen married Staff Sgt. George Lutkitz, Sr. in 1943 and settled in the Bronx, New York. Upon her husband's death in 1970, Helen and her family relocated to Mill Valley. Survivors include son George J. Lutkitz, Jr. of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, daughter Elaine M. Lutkitz of Mill Valley and a grandson George J. Lutkitz, III of Greer, South Carolina. Friends are invited to attend a Vigil Service Sunday December 16, 2001 at 3:00 p.m. at RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL, Mill Valley. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. December 17, 2001 at Our Lady Of Mt. Carmel Church, Mill Valley. Entombment Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 388-1573. 

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, Brooke, 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 

Helen Matilda Lutkitz
Passed away at Marin General Hospital on December 11, 2001 after a short illness. She was born November 8, 1918 in Wharton, New Jersey. Helen married Staff Sgt. George Lutkitz, Sr. in 1943 and settled in the Bronx, New York. Upon her husband's death in 1970, Helen and her family relocated to Mill Valley. Survivors include son George J. Lutkitz, Jr. of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, daughter Elaine M. Lutkitz of Mill Valley and a grandson George J. Lutkitz, III of Greer, South Carolina. Friends are invited to attend a Vigil Service Sunday December 16, 2001 at 3:00 p.m. at RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL, Mill Valley. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. December 17, 2001 at Our Lady Of Mt. Carmel Church, Mill Valley. Entombment Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 388-1573. 

Omar Edward McNally Jr., Retired Postmaster of Corte Madera
A lifelong resident of Marin County, Omar was born at the Ross Hospital in Kentfield, California on August 3, 1926 to Regina Clark and Omar McNally. Omar peacefully passed away at home in Fairfax with his family at his side on Friday, December 7, 2001 after a gallant struggle with cancer. His wife Martha McNally preceded him in death on December 20, 1996. He attended San Rafael schools, West End through San Rafael High School, graduating in 1944. Omar served aboard the USS Belleau Wood in the Pacific during WWII. He continued his service to the Marin communities for over 39 years in the U.S. Postal Service, retiring as Postmaster of Corte Madera. He was a past president of the Corte Madera Chamber of Commerce, also the 20/30 Club, and vice president of the California Postmaster's Association. Omar is survived by his father Omar McNally Sr. of San Rafael, his daughters Colleen McNally and Cathleen (Mike) Cook, his grandsons Cody and Casey and his sister, Sister Gene OP. He loved his family, his friends, and life in general. Friends are invited to attend a celebration of Omar's life on Saturday, December 15, 2001, 11:00 a.m. at Saint Rita's Catholic Church, 100 Marinda Drive, Fairfax, California. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925 or the American Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements provided by Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA, 415-459-2500. 

Olga A. Rudy
She arrived with that European flair, captured the heart of San Francisco's finest young attorney, and stayed by his side for sixty-two years. They laughed, loved, cried, rebounded and played it all again as they rode the swells of their enchanted life together. She died peacefully at home in the night, following a small family gathering on Sunday, December 9, 2001. She is survived by her devoted husband, Sidney, their children, and six grandchildren. Her life was filled with friends and activities, travel and community. She was an active member of Hadassah of Marin, a student and lover of art history, a challenging bridge player, a water-ski enthusiast well into her seventies. Together she and her love traveled the world and with family enjoyed summers at Lake Tahoe. We will all miss her tremendously; her elegance and style will live on in our memories. Graveside Services will be on Friday, December 14 at 10:45 A.M., Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael. Donations in Olga's memory will be appreciated to Hadassah of Marin or Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael. 

Alice Brenner Becker
A Resident of San Rafael
A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Raphael's Church in San Rafael on December 15, 2001 at 11 A.M. 

Frank Springer Gaffney, Longtime Marin Resident
Frank S. Gaffney, a resident of San Rafael for over 50 years, died on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 from complications related to age. He was 91. Frank and his wife, Helen who preceded him in death by eight months, spent their careers with Jenkel- Davidson Optical Company in San Rafael. Frank was active in the community and in his church. He is survived by their son, Richard and grandson, Michael. A Memorial Service for Frank Gaffney will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 15th at the First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo, CA. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the church. 

Pete Galetti
Passed away on December 11, 2001 at age 89. Born in Tonco, Northern Italy, on February 18, 1912 and arrived in New York at the age of six months. His parents settled in Sausalito, California, where they opened a restaurant. Pete then moved to Fairfax where he worked for Brooks Tile Company, which he later bought and actively worked until he retired in 1974. He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Jim Rosa and daughter-in-law, Linda Galetti, and his brother, Louie Galetti of Calistoga. Pete married Virginia Rogero in 1940, who presently resides at the Rafael Convalescent Hospital. He is survived by three children, Larry Galetti, Gini Rowan and Lois Rosa Dean. Also by eight grandchildren, Gina Taverna, (Rosa) of Petaluma, Jeffery Rowan of Danville, Judi Tavenier (Rowan) of Fairfield, Kristy Rosa of Greenbrae, Tony Galetti of Los Angeles, Jill Rowan of Larkspur, Jason Rowan of Fairfax, and Jim Galetti of San Anselmo. He is also survived by eight great grandchildren. Pete and Nin enjoyed frequent trips to Lake Tahoe, his garden, sports, especially baseball, and his family. In the past two years, you could regularly find him visiting his wife, Nin at the Rafael. Pete was a loving family man and will be missed by all. Funeral Mass will be at St. Anselm's Church in Ross on Friday, December 14, 2001 at 11 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation or your favorite charity. 

Patricia Ann Lindbeck
Died Monday, December 10, 2001 at age 77 in Petaluma. Mrs. Lindbeck was a native of Portland, Oregon and a longtime resident of Novato. She was a member of Marin Christian Life Church in Novato, where she also worked as the church secretary before her retirement. She was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Albert Lindbeck; three sons, Steven Lindbeck, Michael Lindbeck, and Daniel Lindbeck; a daughter, Molly Ann Torgerson; four granddaughters and a grandson. She was also a devoted and beloved "mom" to dozens of other children. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Keaton's Mortuary, 1801 Novato Blvd. Memorial Services will be 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Marin Christian Life Church, 1370 S. Novato Blvd. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Christian Life School, 1370 S. Novato Blvd., Novato, CA 94947; or to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran Street, Petaluma, CA 94952. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151. 

Olga A. Rudy
She arrived with that European flair, captured the heart of San Francisco's finest young attorney, and stayed by his side for sixty-two years. They laughed, loved, cried, rebounded and played it all again as they rode the swells of their enchanted life together. She died peacefully at home in the night, following a small family gathering on Sunday, December 9. She is survived by her devoted husband, Sidney, their children, and six grandchildren. Her life was filled with friends and activities, travel and community. She was an active member of Hadassah of Marin, a student and lover of art history, a challenging bridge player, a water-ski enthusiast well into her seventies. Together she and her love traveled the world and with family enjoyed summers at Lake Tahoe. We will all miss her tremendously; her elegance and style will live on in our memories. Graveside Services will be on Friday, December 14 at 10:45 A.M., Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael. Donations in Olga's memory will be appreciated to Hadassah of Marin or Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael. 

William Timothy Carey
US Army retired peacefully passed away on December 6, 2001 after an extended illness at the age of 84. He was the eldest son of George and Lorraine Carey. His death was preceded by the death of his brothers John and Joseph and his beloved wife of 58 years, Ellen M. Carey. He is survived by his son David Carey (Denia) of Seattle, Washington; daughter Barbara Stanton (Tim) of Winnemucca, Nevada; Pamela Carey of San Anselmo, California; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also mourned by his loving caregivers who have become family; Monica, Julio, Alex, Junior, Andy and Irma. Mr. Carey Served with the Canadian Army during World War II until the United States entered the conflict at which time he enlisted in the US Army. He saw combat during WWII and the Korean War. He continued to serve his country until his retirement as a Major in 1960 due to health problems. Mr. Carey became the Comptroller for the Arizona State Division of Rehabilitation until his health again required him to retire. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. at Saint Hilary Church. 765 Hilary Drive, Tiburon, California. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans or Hospice of Marin. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E. STREET SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901 (415) 453-0571. 

June W. Carney, A Resident of Novato
Suffered a heart attack and died at her home in Novato on Thanksgiving Day, the 22nd of November, 2001. She was born at Elk Creek in Nebraska on June 25, 1920. She was a WWII Veteran and a Marin resident since 1959, moving to Novato in 1961. From 1965 until 1970, she worked at the Commissary Office at Hamilton AFB. After cremation, burial was at Valley Memorial Park in Novato. She is survived by her husband, CWO Leonard E. Carney, U.S. Army, Retired. 

James George Commins, Sr. 
Born in San Francisco on May 2, 1906. Beloved husband of Frances Leonard Commins (deceased) for 59 years. Father of James George Commins, Jr. (deceased), Bettyann Wright (Harry), Margo Landrum. Grandfather of Michael Nann, Kim Kelly, Brian Landrum, Fran Stiger, Tiffany Holstein and Christopher Commins. Great grandfather of three. Funeral Mass at Nazareth House Chapel on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 10:30 a.m. Donations in his memory are requested to Nazareth House, 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903. He was a resident of Nazareth House, and the family wishes to express our sincere thanks to the Sisters and staff of Nazareth House for their compassionate care. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E. Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571. 

Paul J. Hansen
Died peacefully at Kaiser Hospital in San Rafael on December 4, 2001 of complications from cancer. He was surrounded by his wife and children. He was 70 years old. Paul is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Lorayne Hansen, son Pete Hansen (Sølvi) of Nigeria, son Chris Hansen (Deanna) of Los Angeles and daughter Paula Hansen-Cook (Clay Cook) of Petaluma. He is survived by his brothers Juhl and Stan Hansen of Iowa, and sisters Hope Nielsen of Iowa and Marylou Kaveney of Novato. He was a loving grandfather of four: Kiel, Merethe, Eirik and Peter Hansen. He was a kind and gentle man, much loved by his family and many, many friends in the community. Born in the small town of Moorhead, Iowa on February 20, 1931 of Danish immigrant parents, he grew up in Moorhead and graduated from Iowa State College with a degree in general science and math. He joined the Navy where he served in the Pacific as an officer on the USS Duncan. In 1956, he moved to the Bay Area, married and started working for Honeywell as a mechanical engineer. He worked for Honeywell until his retirement, after 35 years, in 1991. He was a very active and long-standing member of his church, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin. Paul loved the outdoors and was often leading or taking part in hikes, camping or backpack trips all over California and beyond. Upon retirement he became an avid birdwatcher and also a docent at the Audubon Canyon Ranch in West Marin, where he delighted in teaching children about his love of nature. He often could be found walking on a beach, birding by the bay or fishing with friends for crawdads at one of the lakes up on Mount Tam. He was an active volunteer in the community, tirelessly helping out those less fortunate than himself. He loved to play bridge, was passionate about it, enjoying the mental challenge and stimulation of the game. Paul was a consummate handyman who could fix anything and everything; it was a very rare sight to see a repair truck outside the family home. He was a loving, gentle man who was admired and respected by all who knew him. He will be sorely missed. There will be a Paul Hansen Appreciation Day and Memorial Service on Sunday, December 30, at 2:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin church in San Rafael. Please join family and friends to honor and celebrate Paul's life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Audubon Canyon Ranch or the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin. The family wishes to thank all the many people who have given so much support in this difficult time. 

Omar Edward McNally Jr., Retired Postmaster of Corte Madera
A lifelong resident of Marin County, Omar was born at the Ross Hospital in Kentfield, California on August 3, 1926 to Regina Clark and Omar McNally. Omar peacefully passed away at home in Fairfax with his family at his side on Friday, December 7, 2001 after a gallant struggle with cancer. His wife Martha McNally preceded him in death on December 20, 1996. He attended San Rafael schools, West End through San Rafael High School, graduating in 1944. Omar served aboard the USS Belleau Wood in the Pacific during WWII. He continued his service to the Marin communities for over 39 years in the U.S. Postal Service, retiring as Postmaster of Corte Madera. He was a past president of the Corte Madera Chamber of Commerce, also the 20/30 Club, and vice president of the California Postmaster's Association. Omar is survived by his father Omar McNally Sr. of San Rafael, his daughters Colleen McNally and Cathleen (Mike) Cook, his grandsons Cody and Casey and his sister, Sister Gene OP. He loved his family, his friends, and life in general. Friends are invited to attend a celebration of Omar's life on Saturday, December 15, 2001, 11:00 a.m. at Saint Rita's Catholic Church, 100 Marinda Drive, Fairfax, California. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925 or the American Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements provided by Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA, 415-459-2500. 

Evlyn Francis Nash, Lifelong Teacher
Entered peacefully into rest at her home in San Anselmo on December 7, 2001. Evlyn was born in San Francisco on March 12, 1907. In 1917, her family moved to Marin County where she attended Ross Grammar School and Tamalpais High School. In 1929, she earned a degree in education from State Teachers College of San Francisco. Her first teaching job (1929-30) was at Clark School, an all grades, one-room schoolhouse near Tomales. In 1931 she transferred to the Red Hill School (later renamed Isabel Cook School) in San Anselmo, where she taught the first grade until her retirement in 1973. In 1936, she was married to Frank Nash, a contractor, who died four months later. She was a lifelong member of The Grand Chapter of The Order of the Eastern Star. She is survived by a nephew, David Luce of Portola Valley and by two grand nieces. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, December 19, 2001 at 3:00 p.m. at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, 330 Red Hill Avenue, San Anselmo, CA 453-8440. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned & Operated San Anselmo 415-453-8440. 

Arvid Hugo Ekenberg,
Died December 7, 2001, age 88. Preceded in death by his beloved wife Myrtle and parents Anna and Hugo Ekenberg. Survived by his son Arvid Carl, his daughter-in-law Patricia and their extended families. He will be remembered always for his erudition, his endless humor, his wisdom, his pragmatism and his generous spirit. A graduate of UC Berkeley '37. A 25 year employee of SF DPW. Good night, sweet prince. A private memorial will be held. 

Sara Garell
Passed away in San Rafael on December 7, 2001, age 90. Previously resided in Rossmore, California for 14 years. Formerly of Denver, Colorado. Beloved wife of the late Jack Gorell; loving mother of Marcia (& Richard) McLean and Dale (& Aggie) Garell, M.D.; Cherished grandmother of Randall and Melaine Hermann, Lisa Rose, Scott Garell, Tracy Northfield, Susan O' Neill, Cambria and Catia Garell; Adoring great grandmother of Kevin, Jason and Peter O'Neill, Brett, Andrew and Shea Northfield, Jacqueline Garell, Jack Hermann, Lassell Rose, Jr., Lauren and Maya McLean. Private Interment at Hills Of Eternity Memorial Park, Colma, CA. Donations to a charity of your choice. SINAI MEMORIAL CHAPEL. 

June Margaret Blackburn
Passed away December 6, 2001 of cancer. She is survived by her three children; Terese Ellen Gott of San Rafael, Christine Anne Bruno (Richard Bruno Jr.) of Sacramento, and John Thomas Blackburn of San Rafael. She was preceded in death by her husband Carl Blackburn, sister Maybelle Garric, and brothers Charles and Alfred Bona. Beloved aunt of nine nephews and three nieces and a host of relatives and friends. Member and treasurer of the Y.L.I Lagan #52. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in the new year. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E. STREET SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901 415-453-0571. 

William Timothy Carey
US Army retired peacefully passed away on December 6, 2001 after an extended illness at the age of 84. He was the eldest son of George and Lorraine Carey. His death was preceded by the death of his brothers John and Joseph and his beloved wife of 58 years, Ellen M. Carey. He is survived by his son David Carey (Denia) of Seattle, Washington; daughter Barbara Stanton (Tim) of Winnemucca, Nevada; Pamela Carey of San Anselmo, California; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also mourned by his loving caregivers who have become family; Monica, Julio, Alex, Junior, Andy and Irma. Mr. Carey Served with the Canadian Army during World War II until the United States entered the conflict at which time he enlisted in the US Army. He saw combat during WWII and the Korean War. He continued to serve his country until his retirement as a Major in 1960 due to health problems. Mr. Carey became the Comptroller for the Arizona State Division of Rehabilitation until his health again required him to retire. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. at Saint Hilary Church. 765 Hilary Drive, Tiburon, California. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans or Hospice of Marin. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E. STREET SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901 (415) 453-0571 

Arvid Hugo Ekenberg,
Died December 7, 2001, age 88. Preceded in death by his beloved wife Myrtle and parents Anna and Hugo Ekenberg. Survived by his son Arvid Carl, his daughter-in-law Patricia and their extended families. He will be remembered always for his erudition, his endless humor, his wisdom, his pragmatism and his generous spirit. A graduate of UC Berkeley '37. A 25 year employee of SF DPW. Good night, sweet prince. A private memorial will be held. 

Gertrude (Gertie) M. Foley
Age 90, formerly of San Rafael, CA, died Sunday, November 25, 2001 at Beverly Health Care in Greensboro, NC. A native Californian, Ms. Foley was born January 27, 1911 in San Anselmo. Most of her adult life was spent volunteering her time and efforts to better other peoples' lives. In 1929, she founded the Marin County Shut-In Society, for which she received a Presidential Citation from Franklin D. Roosevelt. While working at Marin Skateland, she devoted much of her time to working with autistic children. In her later years, she served as a board member and Treasurer for the Blind Adults of Marin, which led to a nomination for Senior Citizen of the Year in 1984. She remained active with the Blind Adults until 1986 when she moved to North Carolina to live with her son and his family. Ms. Foley is survived by her son, Michael Foley, and wife, Christia, and three grandchildren, Jordan, Melea and Heather. Anyone wishing to contact the family may do so at 2 Oakcliffe Court, Greensboro, NC 27406. 

Lillian Gassner A Memorial Service for Lillian Gassner will be held on Tuesday, December 11th at 1:00 p.m. at the Bennett House, 53 Taylor Drive, Fairfax. Lillian, age 87, died at home on December 3, 2001 from cancer. She is remembered and loved by her sister Kay, many friends, nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bennett House. 

Albert Ghiringhelli
Albert left San Rafael, his home town, early Tuesday, December 4th, 2001 after 79 years. Born in July, Al hunted and fished right here in town and was a local history expert. Al married Kathleen Cummesky, also born in San Rafael, and celebrated 55 years of love together. His father and mother, Ambrose and Rosa, created The Tamalpais Restaurant Bar & Hotel and The Tamalpais Liquor & Delicatessen in San Rafael, which Al ran for years. Al made the BEST barbecued rosemary chicken. Al graduated St. Raphael's Grammar and San Rafael High Schools. He retired from the Grocery UFCW and was loved by many shoppers. Favorite pets were Springer Spaniels and, in his youth, a raccoon and birds. A champion gunshot, dog trainer and field trial competitor, Al's love of nature, outdoors, camping and wildlife were tops. Al is survived by wife Kathleen, sons Kenny and spouse Aura, and Bill, grandchildren Matt, Tina, Billy, Aury and Perla and great grandkids Elijah and Christian. Friends, Memorial Mass Saturday December 15, 2001 10:30 a.m. at St. Raphael's Mission Chapel and remembrance/wake at The Ghiringhelli's Deer Park Villa Restaurant at Noon. Private interment Mt. Olivet/ arrangements Keaton's Mortuary. Memorial gifts in Al's name: a favorite charity or The Diabetes Foundation. "Never say goodbye, always say see you later." KEATON'S MORTUARY 1022 E St. San Rafael, CA 415-453-0571. 

Evelyn M. Hunt
Died Sunday December 2nd, 2001 in Novato, California. She was born in Lost Creek Wisconsin on March 14, 1914. She married John Joseph Hunt in 1940. He preceded her in death in 1997. She enjoyed her family and sewing. She is survived by her daughter Patricia, son Thomas and wife Donna, granddaughter Katie all of Novato. Granddaughter Paula Amsden and her husband Dr. Jeff Amsden of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her brother Marvin Seifert and his wife Mabel of Long Beach, California and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, December 22nd at Our Lady of Loretto in Novato at 10:30 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to Novato Community Hospital, 180 Rowland Way Novato, CA 94945. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151. 

Rondys R. Lawhead
Passed away in Novato on Wednesday, December 5, 2001. A native of San Jose, age 82. Dearly beloved wife of Roy Lawhead of Novato; beloved mother of Daniel Lawhead and his wife Linda of Novato and Douglas Lawhead and his wife Althea of Myrtle Creek, Oregon; adored grandmother of Jessicca, Matthew and Rebecca Lawhead of Myrtle Creek, Oregon; cherished sister of Shirely Toon of Las Vegas; dear aunt of Connie Prim, Craig Bond, Lynn Garrison and Leslie Belles; loved sister-in-law of Ardis Whitehead; also survived by her family pet dog, Pepper. Ronie was a beautician for 40 years and enjoyed square dancing, sewing, needlepoint, knitting, crocheting and her volunteer work with Novato Human Needs. No formal services will be held. Private Inurnment will be at Santa Rosa Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the care of DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY. 

Donald E. Lincoln
Born on December 7, 1923 died suddenly in his home in San Francisco December 6, 2001; son of the late Charles and Leta Lincoln; husband of Maryliz Lincoln and the late Marilyn West Lincoln; father of Mark W. Lincoln and the late Penelope S. Lincoln; father-in-law of Stephanie Lincoln and grandfather of Jessica and Brian; a Veteran of World War II; retired longtime employee of KPIX-TV and former Director of Engineering at Sutro Tower; a 40 year resident of Mill Valley; a member of SBE, BABES, SMPTE and Broadcast Legends. Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Mass Saturday, December 15, 2001 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Brendans Church, Rockaway Ave. and Ulloa St. Reception following. Interment in Hills Cemetery, Newman, CA. Donations in Don's memory preferred to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 300 Lake St., SF, CA 94118 or your favorite charity. ARTHUR J. SULLIVAN & CO., DIRECTORS (415) 621-4567. 

Marilyn Miller
Our friend Marilyn Miller passed from this world in July 2001 in a Petaluma Hospital, a few weeks from her 77th birthday. Marilyn was born in New York City on August 30, 1924. Marilyn described herself as "my father's daughter" and carried a photo of him in every purse throughout her lifetime. She loved the American Democracy as equally as she adored the country of Israel. Raised as a Jew, she traveled to Tel Aviv after the creation of the state, where she fell in with the bursting Russian theater community, establishing life long friendships as they went about setting up the national theater. Marilyn married a young Air Force officer early in life. On his last training mission prior to being shipped overseas, he was killed. Remaining a life long widow, she distributed her love to a close-knit circle of friends and to her various poodles over the years. She was a ferocious reader and followed the careers of her favorite politicians with great gusto. She supported local democratic movers and shakers and volunteered for the Democratic Party through the great elections of the last half-century. Marilyn had an opinion about everything coupled with low tolerance for incompetence, ignorance, bigotry, and poor service. Marilyn's love affair with San Francisco and the Bay Area began when she visited California and upon relocating, she soon became an agent for John Hancock Insurance. A perfect Virgo, she found her ideal vocation and her many happy clients can attest to her dedication and obsessive desire to please. Marilyn visited Israel several more times in the 1980's and 90's. Her passion for Israel and its people was never quite requited. She considered retirement there but realized that her failing health could be a detriment and reluctantly abandoned the idea. Instead, her plans of relocating to a local retirement community with her fluffy pooch "Baby" never came to fruition. Marilyn was diagnosed with Grave's disease a decade ago and was dealing with the various side effects until her death. Health issues mounted in frequency, and in April she lost the sight in one eye. Marilyn is survived by one nephew and four nieces. Her cremated remains will be carried by a friend to final and eternal rest in her beloved Israel. 

John Stanley Ott
Passed away peacefully at home in Sonoma on December 6, 2001, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1910, Stan was a professional City and Regional Planner for over 40 years, serving in Ohio, Nevada, Colombia, Jamaica, and many California communities before retiring from the San Rafael Planning Department in 1977 . Stan was an accomplished painter, looking to the natural environment for artistic inspiration. He loved his family dearly and enjoyed time spent with them at his favorite retreat, a cabin in the Sierras that he and his family built by hand in 1951. Stan is survived by his wife, Bettie Basye Ott, daughters Laura Reif, Judy Gregg, and Linda Potter (Jerry), six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a large extended family. Stan's first wife, "Val," passed away in 1988. A celebration of Stan's life will be held on Thursday, December 13 at 2:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. The family suggests donations in his memory to The Hospice of Marin. 

Carmelo (Mel) P. Riccardi
Passed away at home with his family on December 4, 2001; he was 77 years of age. Mel was born on August 22, 1924, to Italian immigrant parents, in the North Beach section of San Francisco. Always an intense family man, Mel stayed close to home spending his early years as a member of the Salisian's Boy's Club and continuing high school just down the street at Galeleo High. After serving his country as a Navy soldier in Japan, Mel returned to San Francisco to finish his education at USF, where he earned a degree in accounting. Mel met his wife and life long partner, Gloria Pochini on a bus traveling down Columbus Avenue. They were soon engaged on that same street at Café Tosca. The young couple eventually crossed the Golden Gate to raise their family in the Greenbrae neighborhood of Marin County. It was there that they lived for the next 41 years, raising their three sons Paul, Jon, and Robert. After several years working for others in real estate finance, Mel started his own business in a small office in El Cerrito, California. Like everything else, Mel treated work like a family enterprise. It wasn't long before his first two sons joined him in the business, which has since grown substantially. By keeping their clients' interests first, MPR Financial has helped thousands of families in the East Bay purchase their homes. The success of the business he began with his sons, was always a source of great pride for Mel throughout his life. Mel will live on in the loving memory of his wife Gloria, his three sons, their wives, his grandchildren Danielle, Rob and Talia his sister Ann, her three sons and many, many others. Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Service, Wednesday, December 12, at 10:30 at Saint Sebastian's Catholic Church in Greenbrae. In lieu of flowers, donations to the following organizations are very much appreciated. Glide Foundation Fund Development, 330 Ellis St. San Francisco, CA 94102 St. Anthony's Foundation, 121 Golden Gate Ave. San Francisco, CA 94102 KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E STREET SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901 (415) 453-0571.


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