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Mat Walburn
Passed away on December 4, 2001 at the age of 93. Dearly beloved mother of Marvin Walburn, Sterling Walburn and his wife Sally; loving grandmother of Joyce Sieg, Kathleen, Scot and Shawn Walburn; dear great grandmother of Shelby and Kelly Sieg and Shane and Nicholas Walburn; caring sister of Helen Hackmeister, Edward and Wallace Krueger and the late George Krueger. She was a Life Bridge Master traveling nationwide competing in tournaments and winning. She was an accomplished artist and fabulous gardener. She was a native of Spanish Lake, Missouri and a Mill Valley resident for 50 years. Honoring her request, private family services will be held. Inurnment will be at Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery in Black Jack, Missouri. Arrangements under the care of DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, Santa Rosa. 

In Memoriam, Dearest Ria,
Your birthday elicits immediate and unqualified love, for the lady who means so much to your family. We are comforted and fortified by our faith in the protection afforded us, by the heavenly serenity almighty god confers our savior Jesus Christ. In keeping with the foregoing, following are certain passages from a beautiful work (ballad), very popular in World War I when rendered by the glorious lyric tenor, John McCormac. The passage reads as follows:
There's a long long trail a-winding, into the land of my dreams.
Where the nightingales are singing, and the white moon beams.
There's a long long night a-waiting, until my dreams all come true.
And that's the day when I'll be going, down that long long trail with you.
All our love; Dick, our daughters, and our ten grandchildren, most of whom did not have an opportunity to meet you.
Till we meet again, my darling.

Donald Jennings Devoto
Died in Marin County on November 29, 2001. Mr. Devoto was an officer of the Hilton Hotel Corporation, retiring with the position of Vice President. He was a member of a pioneer family who came to San Francisco in the 1850s and built one of the first houses on Nob Hill. He was a graduate of Lowell High School and Cornell University, where he was a member of Ye Hosts, Sigma Nu Fraternity, and the Cornell Society of Hotelmen. During World War II, he served on General Omar Bradley's staff in the European Theater of War. Upon graduation from Cornell, he embarked on a 33 year career with Hilton Hotels, serving in many capacities, including opening and taking over four major Hilton properties, and serving in executive positions in San Francisco, the S.F. Airport Hilton, Dallas, Reno, and Atlantic City. Don participated in many outside activities, including Director of the San Mateo Convention Bureau, a trustee of the Nevada Gaming Commission, and President of the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association, where he was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame. He belonged to many charitable and civic groups, and was a tireless community worker; among them being The Guardsmen, Skal Club International, and Cayuga Advisors and the San Francisco Hotel Council. He was an avid sportsman and fly fisherman, and spent many summers in his home in Sun Valley, Idaho. He was a passionate environmentalist and worked diligently for those causes. Because of his great interest in young persons, he taught Hotel Administration at S.F. City College and was the senior member of the staff at the time of his death. He also held the title of Director of the Hospitality Program at the University of San Francisco. This wonderful, multi-talented, personable man is survived by his wife, of over 50 years, Nida; three children, Jeffrey, Dana, and Sally; seven grandchildren; and a brother Justin Devoto. Memorial Services are private. The family would suggest that any remembrances be made to the Nature Conservancy. 

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, mass to follow soon and remembrance/ wake at The Ghiringhelli's Deer Park Villa Restaurant December 15. 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." 

Rev. Yoshikazu Casper Horikoshi
Passed away in peace on Monday, December 3, 2001 at the age of 91. Rev. Horikoshi was born in Ooita, Kyushu, Japan. Upon graduation from seminary in 1934 from Kwansai Gakuin in Japan, he served the church in Manchuria. He later graduated from Boston University School of Theology in 1947. He dedicated his life as a Methodist minister for more than 44 years, serving in churches in Oregon, Washington, the War Relocation Center in Heart Mountain Wyoming, Oakland, Florin, San Jose, Fresno, Colorado, Toronto Canada, and Japan. He is survived by his beloved wife, Hisako Horikoshi of Richmond and four children: Elliot and his wife Joan of Danville, Nancy and her husband Hale Prather of Marin City, Katherine of Richmond, and Peter and his wife Wendy of Alameda. He will be missed by his grandchildren Stephanie (and Gaetano), Gregory, David (and Cristina), Thomas (and Kathryn), Steven and Kevin and great grandson Truls. Donations in his memory may be made to one's own church, or to Lake Park United Methodist Church, 281 Santa Clara Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610. Services will be held at Lake Park United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 15, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. 

Patria T. Linato
Passed away peacefully on December 1, 2001 in San Rafael surrounded by her devoted family. Loving wife of Pedro M. Linato who preceded her in death. She is survived by her four children: daughter Lourdes Patria and Drew Crawford, daughter Lynn Adrian Linato, son Peter Leland Linato, son Lolito John and Michele Linato; and her beloved grandchildren, Benjamin and Maria Crawford. She is also survived by many relatives and dear friends. This elegant lady, who graced our lives for 87 years, welcomed all with a nurturing spirit and her kind and generous heart. Her greatest joys throughout her life were her family, her deep faith, and her culinary talents that entertained and dazzled guests throughout the years. She will be greatly missed by those who had the joy and honor of knowing her. Visitation was held on Tuesday, December 4th at Daphne Funerals Marin in Corte Madera. Friends and family are invited to attend the recitation of the Rosary on Thursday, December 6th at 7 p.m. at Mission San Rafael, 1104 Fifth Avenue in San Rafael; and a Mass celebrating her life on Friday, December 7th at 10 a.m., also at Mission San Rafael. Interment will follow at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno. 

Edward M. Reichmuth
Passed away in Mill Valley on December 4, 2001 at the age of 86 years. Beloved husband of Carol Reichmuth of Mill Valley, loving father of Linda Berg of San Jose and Pam Roemer of Petaluma, dear grandfather of Jon, Matt, and Joe Roemer. He was a native of San Francisco, a Veteran of WWII, and served as Commander for the Mill Valley Post of Veterans of Foreign Wars for five years. He was a Volunteer Fire Fighter for 62 years for the Mill Valley Fire Department and a Volunteer Reserve Police Officer for 29 years. Ed served on the Mill Valley Parks and Recreation Commission for seven years. He was the co-founder of the Little League Baseball program in Mill Valley. Ed was always available to help the Mill Valley Community. Friends are invited to attend Funeral Services Saturday, December 8, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, #3 Oakdale Avenue, Mill Valley. Interment Private at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael. Friends may call for Visitation Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL, 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. Memorial gifts preferred to American Heart Association, Redwood Empire Region, P.O. Box 844, Santa Rosa, CA 95402 or American Lung Association, P.O. Box 1746, Santa Rosa, CA 95402. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL. 415-388-1573 

Theodore Saiki
Passed away November 1, 2001 of natural causes. He is survived by his sister, Jeannette E. Dores; brother-in-law, Robert M. Dores; and nephews, Michael R. Dores and Anthony R. Dores. There will be a Memorial Service at 11:30 a.m. on December 15, 2001 at the Montgomery Chapel, San Anselmo. 

Carl Clemans Bland
Passed away at Marin General Hospital on December 1, 2001 at the age of 90. A native of Texas, he resided in Marin for over 53 years. He is survived by his wife, Ella Bland, his son Jon Bland of Valencia, his daughter and son-in-law Charlene and Mark Haley of Sebastopol and sister LaVerne Groves of Camarillo. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Eileen (Mrs. Richard) Mannheimer of Sacramento, Colleen (Mrs. Patrick) Johnston of Cotati, Peter Bland of Valencia and Thomas Bland of Encinitas, and three great grandchildren. He graduated from the University of Southern California subsequently becoming an executive in the shipping industry carrying out the duties of owners of various international shipping lines while the ships were in ports on the Pacific Coast. He and Ella travelled extensively to the various countries represented by the shipping lines he represented as well as other countries. There, they made close and continuing friends. He also served as Lieutenant and Commander as a Naval Attache in Russia during WWII. In retirement, he was a member of Sons in Retirement Branch 22 where he served as the Big Sir in 1986. A scattering at Sea of his ashes is planned in a private ceremony. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Parkinsons Institute, 1170 Morse Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94089. 

Daniel Sean Dibert
Passed away on December 3, 2001 in Grass Valley, California at the age of 49. Sean was born in Key West, Florida and raised in Mill Valley and San Anselmo. He attended U.C. Berkeley and served on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Coral Sea during the Vietnam War. Beloved son of Colleen C. Dibert of Novato and Daniel H. Dibert of San Mateo. He is survived by his sons, Martin Dibert of Chico, California, Ryan and his wife Leanne of Grass Valley, Christopher Dibert and Patrick Dibert, also of Grass Valley. He is also survived by his sisters Mary C. Dibert of San Rafael and Kathy C. Daly of Rohnert Park. Funeral Services are pending at Hooper and Weaver Funeral Home in Grass Valley. 

Jennifer Fairbanks
In loving memory of Jennifer Rose Fairbanks, born in Paris, France on December 1, 1964, who passed away peacefully at her home in Sausalito, California on December 2, 2001. Jennifer was the beloved daughter of Terry De Martini and Warren Fairbanks, the cherished sister of Teresa, Mark, Christopher and Max Fairbanks, and the "fun" aunt of Ian, Chelsea, Patrick and Russell. She will be greatly missed by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and innumerable friends. From childhood Jennifer performed as an actress, starting with a fifth grade performance in Guys and Dolls, and continued to dazzle audiences in film, television, improvisation (with Robin Williams), stand-up comedy and comedy traffic school (whose appreciative students included Jack Lemmon, Neil Simon and Henry Jaglom, and other less notable violators). She was also a published writer and brilliant artist. Jennifer was kind, loving, generous and open hearted. She was an extraordinarily vibrant person who was a creative wellspring, truly unique and instantly humorous. Jennifer will be missed so very, very much. A Memorial Service will be conducted on Saturday, December 8th at 1:00 p.m. at the San Geronimo Valley Presbyterian Church. 

Rhea Kessler Fischer
Passed away in San Rafael on November 29, 2001, at the age of 94. Born in Seattle, Washington, and a resident of California for more than 60 years, her long musical career included several years with the San Francisco Opera, professional recitals in various San Francisco venues, and many years as a teacher of voice and piano. She is survived by her daughter, Julie Fischer Burford, and her son-in-law Stanley Burford, both of San Rafael, as well as grandson Scott Burford of Benicia, and granddaughter Karen Burford Isaac of Ridgefield, Connecticut. A Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, and arrangements are in the care of the Neptune Society. 

Eleanor Thompson Graham
Died on December 2, 2001 at age 90 in Santa Rosa, California, where she had been a resident of the Oakmont Gardens Retirement Community since 1998. Born in Comer, Georgia to Fay Davis and John David Thompson on October 15, 1911, she had lived in Texas, prior to her move to California, since her marriage to Russell Eldridge Graham in 1935. She and her husband moved to Bay City, Texas in 1940, and she made her home there for 58 years. In Bay City, Mrs. Graham had been a member of the First Baptist Church since 1940, teaching the Fidelis Class for 30 years, and serving as the pianist in the Adult Department of the church and in many other church capacities. She was a Charter Member of the Bay City Pink Ladies Hospital Auxiliary and of the Bay City Study Club, and a long time member of the Chautauqua Club and the Bay City Book Club. She was an accomplished Book Reviewer in Bay City and in the surrounding communities. Immediately prior to her death, Mrs. Graham had provided book reviews to a number of organizations in Santa Rosa and Greenbrae. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1981 and is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara Graham and Herbert Kreissler of Greenbrae, California, and a son and daughter-in-law, David Eldridge and Lynn Graham of Alexandria, Virginia. All who knew Mrs. Graham agreed that she was a "true Georgia Peach." Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Friday, December 14, 2001 at 10:30 a.m. at Tiburon Baptist Church, 445 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon, California. A private Grave Side Service will be held in Bay City, Texas, conducted by Dr. W.D. Baker, her pastor of over 25 years. Inurnment will be in Cedarvale Cemetery. A special fund in memory of Eleanor Thompson Graham has been established at Hospice of Marin. Donations in her honor may be sent to: The Graham/Kreissler Family Endowment Fund, Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. LAFFERTY & SMITH COLONIAL CHAPEL. 

Patria T. Linato
Passed away peacefully on December 1, 2001 in San Rafael surrounded by her devoted family. Loving wife of Pedro M. Linato who preceded her in death. She is survived by her four children: daughter Lourdes Patria and Drew Crawford, daughter Lynn Adrian Linato, son Peter Leland Linato, son Lolito John and Michele Linato; and her beloved grandchildren, Benjamin and Maria Crawford. She is also survived by many relatives and dear friends. This elegant lady, who graced our lives for 87 years, welcomed all with a nurturing spirit and her kind and generous heart. Her greatest joys throughout her life were her family, her deep faith, and her culinary talents that entertained and dazzled guests throughout the years. She will be greatly missed by those who had the joy and honor of knowing her. Visitation was held on Tuesday, December 4th at Daphne Funerals Marin in Corte Madera. Friends and family are invited to attend the recitation of the Rosary on Thursday, December 6th at 7 p.m. at Mission San Rafael, 1104 Fifth Avenue in San Rafael; and a Mass celebrating her life on Friday, December 7th at 10 a.m., also at Mission San Rafael. Interment will follow at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno. 

William Donald McGregor
Passed away December 2, 2001, with his wife at his side, after a valiant struggle with leukemia. He was born in Merced Falls, California on August 22, 1927 to William and Jesse Hossack McGregor. He lived much of his younger years in Antioch and Berkeley. After serving in the Navy, he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1952. In 1953, he married Barbara Rose Loomis and remained with her until her death in 1974. They were residents of Marinwood and together they were the parents of Katie Jane McGregor (Roger Mitchell), William Grant (Robin) and Elizabeth Anne (Jeff) Spencer. In 1982, he married Susan (Samm) Huber. He retired as a contracting manager from US Steel in 1984. Thereafter, he worked in litigation support. Bill and Samm took great joy in their life together, traveling, sharing good books and spending their time between San Francisco and Mendocino. He was also an avid golfer. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his grandchildren: Melissa, Alexandra, Marshall and Riley McGregor, Joseph and Jacob William Spencer. He was predeceased by his precious granddaughter McKenzie Rose Spencer in 1995 and his sister Jane Brandon in 1999. Bill was a man who maintained friendships for decades and he will be missed by many. There will be no Services. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The Leukemia Society. 

Cecile Charolette Hahn
Longtime San Anselmo resident and retired registered nurse died on November 29, 2001 at the Aldersly in San Rafael, following a stroke. She was 90 years old. She was born August 5, 1911 in Doris, California to Elma and Harry (Bert) Hessig. She was a member of a pioneer family that homesteaded and ranched on the Klamath River between Copco Lake and the California-Oregon State Line. Her family raised first Devon and then Herford cattle. Educated in Yreka and Berkeley, Mrs. Hahn took nurse's training at St. Francis Hospital in San Francisco. She married Albert P. Hahn in 1938 and lived in Marin since 1946, working as an RN at Ross, San Rafael, and Marin General Hospitals. Active in the PTA and the American Heart Association, she was named Marin Volunteer of the Year in the early 1980s. Mrs. Hahn is survived by three children: a daughter, Jeanne E. of Olympia, Washington; twin sons, Charles H. and Robert L. of Woodacre and Montague; and two grandchildren. The family prefers that any donations be made to the American Heart Association, Marin branch. 

Patria T. Linato
Passed away peacefully on December 1, 2001 in San Rafael surrounded by her devoted family. Loving wife of Pedro M. Linato who preceded her in death. She is survived by her four children: daughter Lourdes Patria and Drew Crawford, daughter Lynn Adrian Linato, son Peter Leland Linato, son Lolito John and Michele Linato; and her beloved grandchildren, Benjamin and Maria Crawford. She is also survived by many relatives and dear friends. This elegant lady, who graced our lives for 87 years, welcomed all with a nurturing spirit and her kind and generous heart. Her greatest joys throughout her life were her family, her deep faith, and her culinary talents that entertained and dazzled guests throughout the years. She will be greatly missed by those who had the joy and honor of knowing her. Visitation was held on Tuesday, December 4th at Daphne Funerals Marin in Corte Madera. Friends and family are invited to attend the recitation of the Rosary on Thursday, December 6th at 7 p.m. at Mission San Rafael, 1104 Fifth Avenue in San Rafael; and a Mass celebrating her life on Friday, December 7th at 10 a.m., also at Mission San Rafael. Interment will follow at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno. 

Susan Taylor Lumia
Passed away November 23, 2001 in San Francisco. She was 52 years old and is survived by her two sons, Jerry (Cindi) of Spokane, WA and Jason (Keri) of Dallas, Texas. She is also survived by two sisters, Sandra (Hoyt) of Atlanta, GA and Deborah of San Rafael and by four grandchildren: MaryRose, Taylor, McKenzi and Macee. A Memorial Service will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ross, CA at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5, 2001. 

Lillian Morse
Entered into rest on December 1st, 2001 at age 88. Lillian was born in Philadelphia, where she lived until she moved to Marin in May 2000. She was the mother of three sons: Ronald, Barry, and Bruce Morse. And is survived by five grandchildren, two great grandchildren and daughter-in-law, Carol. Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, Murray in 1959. She worked for the Federal Government for 18 years and single-handedly raised three successful sons, one CPA and two physicians. She excelled in all needlecrafts and recently had a show of her needlepoint work at Drake's Terrace in San Rafael. She was also knitting hats for homeless children and blankets for orphans of the September 11th World Trade Center tragedy. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, December 5, 2001 at Rodef Shalom at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901. (415) 459-2500. 

Edna May Harais Schuldt, Feb. 14, 1904 - Nov. 30, 2001
Lived 97 years loving her family. She was the daughter of Joseph and Nellie, sister of George and aunt of George, Ken and Jim Harais and their children: Tom, Kathy, Laura, Debbie, Patie, Michael, T.J., Debbie and Sheri. She was married 55 years to Edwin, who passed in 1989. She lived in San Francisco and worked as a milliner for the Norma Shop on Stockton Street. At 91, she moved to Novato with her family, where she became "Auntie" to a whole new community. Friends and family are invited for Viewing at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd. on Friday, December 7 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., with a Rosary Service at 7 p.m. followed by a Mass of the Resurrection, Saturday, December 8 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Anthony's Church, 1000 Cambridge Street, Novato, California. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151. 

Judith (Judy) Silver
Died on December 3, 2001 at her home of seven years in San Francisco surrounded by her loving family. She was 69, and bravely fought cancer. Born in Detroit, Michigan, she moved to San Francisco in 1954 with her husband, and was a past resident of Sausalito for over 40 years. A teacher by profession, she was devoted to her family and her community. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Sol Silver, and her children, Sam Silver of Greenbrae, Sara Silver of Santa Rosa and Abby and Ori Kochavi of Pacifica, and her loving grandson, Jordan Kochavi. Services will be held on Thursday, December 6th at 10:30 a.m. at Sinai Memorial Chapel, Geary Blvd. at Divisadero Street, S.F. Interment to follow at Home of Peace Cemetery, Colma. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Congregation Beth Sholom of San Francisco, Hadassah, or the American Cancer Society. 

Ana Arelys Guerra Escobar DeSouza
Born September 9, 1952 in San Salvador, El Salvador has passed away on November 30, 2001 of cancer at the tender age of 48. She is survived by her husband, Altair DeSouza and her four children, Arelys, Alyana, Clint and Cliff DeSouza and many relatives. Ana was a beautiful artist, a loving teachers aid of Fair Oaks Elementary, a humble, loving mother, a dedicated wife and caring friend. She stood strong in her faith and touched the life and spirit of every body who knew her. Ana will be sorely missed and will always be in our hearts; we love you (mom) Ana. Visitation at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, Tuesday, December 4, 2001, 4:00-5:00 p.m. The Funeral Service is Wednesday, December 5, 2001 at 11:00 a.m., The Church of Latter Day Saints, 220 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94903. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated 330 Red Hill Avenue, San Anselmo 415-453-8440 

Merle V. Eaton
Passed away in Santa Rosa on Saturday, December 1, 2001 at age 83. Dearly beloved husband of Ruth Eaton of Rohnert Park; beloved father of Lee Eaton of South Lake Tahoe, Lynn Lucas and her husband Daniel of West Richland, Washington; dear father-in-law of Lorna Eaton of Cotati; adored grandfather of Katie Pease and her husband Nathaniel of American Canyon, Kristina Eaton of Thousand Oaks, Matthew Eaton of Santa Rosa, Brett and Gregory Lucas of West Richland, Washington; devoted great grandfather of Leah Pease of American Canyon; dear brother of Agnes Mae Lillegraven of Wyoming, also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Luverne, Obert, Everett and Emery Eaton. Merle was a long time resident of Mill Valley and the Regional Service Manager for Toyota Motor Sales in San Francisco for 20 years before retiring to Rohnert Park. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force with the 13th Photo Reconnaissance in the South Pacific during WWII. He was a member of the Cross and Crown Lutheran Church, Rohnert Park, SIRS #132, Fairfax Lodge #556 F&AM. He loved camping and fishing. He was a native of Minnesota. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Tuesday, December 4, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. at Cross and Crown Lutheran Church, 5475 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. Contributions may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 1451 Guerneville Road, Suite 220, Santa Rosa 95403. Arrangements under the care and direction of DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 

Lee C. Jett
Passed away peacefully November 29, 2001 at the age of 76. Lee was born in Crowder, Oklahoma, raised in Vinita, Oklahoma. He came to Marin at the age of 20 and attended College of Marin. As a young man, he was the assistant manager at the Rafael Theater and manager of the Larkspur Theater. He served in the Army in Japan under the command of General Douglas MacArthur. Lee started a long and successful banking career with Bank of America in 1950. He retired after 40 years of service as vice president in charge of Visa Credit Card. Those who knew Lee will remember his kindness, warm personality and great wit. Lee loved to travel and to have a good time. He loved to entertain and was a great cook and a fabulous host. He is survived by his brother Floyd Jett and sister-in-law Cora of Grove, Oklahoma. A niece and two cousins, Joyce D'Ambra and Arthur Watkins. Lee loved people and was very popular. He will be sadly missed by many, including his dog, Muffin. He will be missed by his friend of over 50 years, Nora Helton and especially by his companion and life partner, Robert Nelson. Lee was a member of the Marin Chapter of Bank of America Retirees and G MOM. A party celebrating Lee's wonderful life will be held at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to the Diabetes Foundation. At Lee's request, arrangements by the Neptune Society. 

David Leslie Ironside
Passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2001 at age 34. He is survived by his father, David (Susan) Ironside of Oswego, Illinois; mother, Sharon (Kenneth) Tibbetts of Tucson, Arizona; brother, John Ironside of Lahaina Maui, Hawaii; sister, Kendra (Michael) Clancy of Elk Grove, California; nephew, Connor Clancy; paternal grandmother, Ethel Ironside of Sturgis, Michigan; maternal grandparents, John and Evelyn Papilli of Sun City West, Arizona; and a stepbrother, Kevin Tibbetts. David attended Novato High School in Novato, California. He was employed with Microtek, was a member of the Cornerstone Church in San Francisco and assisted in the San Francisco Prayer Breakfast as well as youth and teen groups. In lieu of flowers, Memorials to the Northwest Community Church, 505 West Hardy Road, Tucson, AZ 85737. Funeral arrangements by Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, Naperville, Illinois (630) 355-0213. 

Archibald McLelland
Died November 22, 2001 at home in Mill Valley, Calif. As the former President of McLelland Printing Co., he enjoyed working at his business in San Francisco. He was born January 1, 1903 in Glasgow Scotland. He was a member of the St. Francis Yacht Club, winning the Farrallone Island Race in his Kookaburra sailboat for 1956. A generous Philanthropist, he establishing the Archibald McLelland Foundation Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Marin. He will be missed by all who knew him. 

Martha Erma "Jill" Thaning
A 45 year resident of San Rafael, died December 2nd, 2001 at home. She was 85 years old. Mrs. Thaning was a native of Seattle and moved to San Francisco in 1937. She was the wife of the late Captain Ragnar Thaning, a shipping executive with a Swedish company. After marrying in 1944, Jill and her husband lived in Sweden for some years where their two children were born, but settled permanently in San Rafael in 1956. Mrs. Thaning was active in community affairs ever since moving to Marin County. She served in various organizations, some of which were: Marin Music Chest, San Rafael Improvement Club - past president, Sunny Hills, Thursday Musical Club, Ross Valley Players, Marin Art & Garden Center Tea Room - three terms past president, and Falkirk Cultural Center. She was also a member of Valley Baptist Church in San Rafael. Her hobby was collecting and refinishing antiques. She is survived by her son, Ragnar Thaning, Jr. of Austin, Texas; her daughter, Linda Tanning of San Rafael; three nieces, and several great nieces and great nephews. The family prefers donations in her memory be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Ave., Corte Madera, 94925. At her request, no Service will be held. 

Kenneth C. Finn
Passed away peacefully on November 30, 2001 in San Rafael after a brief illness, surrounded by his family. Age 78. Loving husband of 47 years of Barbara M. Finn, who survives him. Also survived by his six children and their spouses, Kenneth, Jr. (Alexandra) of Sonoma, Mark (Leslie) of Woodacre, Thomas (Bee Khuan) of Sleepy Hollow, Anne Butti (Larry) of San Anselmo, Ellen of Fairfax, and Maureen Highland (Steven) of Petaluma, and by thirteen grandchildren: Ryan, Bridget, Scott, Alex, Charlotte, John Paul, Meredith, Nolan, Sam, Genevieve, Chad, Rachael, and Sara. A native of San Francisco and a resident of Fairfax since 1955. Educated at St. Ignatius College Preparatory and the University of San Francisco. He retired as Chief Clerk and Administrator of the Marin County Municipal Court in 1984. He derived his greatest joy from his faith and his family. Friends and family are invited to attend a recitation of the Rosary on Monday, December 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at St. Rita's Church, 100 Marinda Drive in Fairfax and a Funeral Mass on Tuesday, December 4th at 11:00 a.m., also at St. Rita's Church. Interment will be private. The family requests that memorial gifts be made to St. Benedict's Parish for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 1801 Octavia Street, San Francisco, California 94109, or to St. Rita's Parish, 100 Marinda Drive, Fairfax, California 94930. 

Lise Biane, A Resident of Tiburon
Died on November 16, 2001 at age 65, in Placerville. Mrs. Biane was born on November 30, 1935, in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada, and had lived in California since age 21. She was a registered nurse at San Antonio Hospital and later founded her own business, Unique Care and Health Services. Mrs. Biane is survived by her two daughters, Rikie Biane of Diamond Bar and Daniele Biane of Lytle Creek; a sister, Denise Scott of Placerville; a brother, Guy Provencher of Montreal, Canada; and one grandson, Philo Biane, age 12. Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4, 2001 at San Geronimo Presbyterian Community Church in San Geronimo. 

Katharine Eddy Botsford
A descendent of a distinguished family which opened up Michigan timberlands in the 1870s and 1880s and subsequently moved West, died November 2, 2001 at the age of 93 at Rafael Convalescent Hospital in Marin County. She had resided in Tiburon for 37 years. She was born October 3, 1908, in San Francisco, the daughter of Edwin M. and Nell Fisher Eddy, sister of Selwyn Eddy, II, deceased, granddaughter of Selwyn Eddy, first president of Pacific Lumber Company. Known to her friends as Kay, she was the widow of business executive Edward P. Botsford, who died in 1982. As a young woman, she summered in Michigan where her relatives included her uncle, William L. Clements, industrialist, alumnus and Regent of the University of Michigan, who endowed the university's rare books library and archive which bears his name. Mrs. Botsford met and married her husband while living in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. They lived in New York City before and during World War II and then moved to the Bay Area. For many years, Mrs. Botsford assisted the Louis Benoist family in several capacities when they owned Almaden Vineyards in Los Gatos. Later she was a familiar figure among San Francisco's Jackson Square antiques dealers. She is survived by two nephews, Selwyn Eddy, III of Novato and Jonathan Budd Eddy of North Carolina, grandnephew Jonathan Charles Eddy, two grandnieces, Heather Michele Eddy and Katherine Frances Eddy of North Carolina. Mrs. Botsford was an alumna of the Katherine Delmar Burke School. Donations in her memory may be made to Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc., 350 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael, CA 94903, or the Glaucoma Research Foundation, 200 Pine St., #200, San Francisco, CA 94104. 

Grace Eileen Dubs
Passed away at Rafael Convalescent Hospital, Santa Venetia on November 29, 2001 at age 82. Born in San Francisco, raised in Oakland, owned Marveleen Dance Studio, Santa Venetia for 40 years. Survived by her husband of 60 years, Charles J. Dubs, mother of Darlene Matta, Karen Toupal and Charles E. Dubs, grandmother of nine and great grandmother of ten. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at Christ Presbyterian Church, Terra Linda, 620 Del Ganado on Saturday, December 8th at 1 p.m. Donations preferred to the Alzheimer's Association, 4340 Redwood Highway, San Rafael, CA 94903, Suite 23. 

Kenneth C. Finn
Passed away peacefully on November 30, 2001 in San Rafael after a brief illness, surrounded by his family. Age 78. Loving husband of 47 years of Barbara M. Finn, who survives him. Also survived by his six children and their spouses, Kenneth, Jr. (Alexandra) of Sonoma, Mark (Leslie) of Woodacre, Thomas (Bee Khuan) of Sleepy Hollow, Anne Butti (Larry) of San Anselmo, Ellen of Fairfax, and Maureen Highland (Steven) of Petaluma, and by thirteen grandchildren: Ryan, Bridget, Scott, Alex, Charlotte, John Paul, Meredith, Nolan, Sam, Genevieve, Chad, Rachael, and Sara. A native of San Francisco and a resident of Fairfax since 1955. Educated at St. Ignatius College Preparatory and the University of San Francisco. He retired as Chief Clerk and Administrator of the Marin County Municipal Court in 1984. He derived his greatest joy from his faith and his family. Friends and family are invited to attend a recitation of the Rosary on Monday, December 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at St. Rita's Church, 100 Marinda Drive in Fairfax and a Funeral Mass on Tuesday, December 4th at 11:00 a.m., also at St. Rita's Church. Interment will be private. The family requests that memorial gifts be made to St. Benedict's Parish for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 1801 Octavia Street, San Francisco, California 94109, or to St. Rita's Parish, 100 Marinda Drive, Fairfax, California 94930. 

Robert C. Johnson
Passed away at Marin General Hospital on November 24, 2001 at age 73. He was the loving husband of Mary P. Johnson of Corte Madera and brother of Jeanette Hansen of San Francisco. Mr. Johnson was a native of Aurora, Illinois, retired employee of Cal Trans, and a member of SIRS Branch #22, and married for 40 years. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass Monday, December 3, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Patrick's Church, 114 King Street, Larkspur. Memorial Gifts preferred to St. Patrick's School or St. Patrick's Helping Hand, 114 King Street, Larkspur, CA 94939. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573 

Edith Rose Levitan
Born on October 16, 1915, the mother of Lewis, Henry, and the late Eugene Harvey Levitan passed away peacefully on November 8th, 2001 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the age of 86. Edith is survived by her grandchildren, Danny, Kori, and Bob Levitan and Lara Nelson, her daughter-in-law Sandra, former daughter-in-law Judi, and great grandchildren, Jacob, Shelby and Angela. Her love of family, friends, music, dance, and long-time Poker buff, gave her life meaning and enjoyment. Contributions in her honor may be made to the Jewish Family and Children Services. Condolence visitations may be made on Sunday, December 9th, 2001 in Novato from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, please phone 415-479-8338. 

Geraldine J. "Gigi" Mettier
In Healdsburg, November 26, 2001. Beloved wife of Henry K. Mettier. Loving mother of Connie Marie Mettier and Henry K. Mettier Jr.. An alumna of Stanford University, Class of '51. A member of the Stanford University Women's Club, San Francisco Yacht Club and the St. Francis Yacht Club. Private interment Cypress Lawn Memorial Park. McAVOY O'HARA CO. 

Florence Behan Quinlan
Born in San Francisco, and a resident of Marin County for 55 years, died peacefully at The Tamalpais in Greenbrae on November 25, 2001 at age 96. Loving wife of the late Bob Quinlan; beloved mother of Patricia of San Francisco and Robert of Palm Springs; cherished grandmother of Kimberly Bakker of New York City; beloved aunt of Claire Croonquist and Richard Quinlan; beloved cousin of Deborah O'Brien; dear friend of Frankie Longfellow and her long faithful bridesmaid, Helen von der Leith. A tireless volunteer, she served the Marie Rose Guild, Sunny Hills Org., Catholic Social Services, and Marin General Hospital. A late blooming, but accomplished artist, she became a member of the Marin Artist's Society. A local Zen Center displays her painting of Indian Rock, and the soft beauty of her work was very much a reflection of her inner self. Florence was a fashionable, congenial though irritatingly consistent (long and straight down the middle) golfer at the Fairfax Meadow Club, where there is an annual memorial tournament in honor of her late husband. She and Bob loved ballroom dancing, actually won a few trophies, and were featured performers at the Kent Estate Viennese Waltz Galas. She was also an excellent bridge player and was always interested in self-improvement, studying French into her 80s. Florence will be fondly remembered for her warm smile, generous heart, zest for life, deep compassion, and her unlimited ability to bring out the best in others. A soul has passed but not been lost. The gentle joie de vivre that was her life-long essence lives on in all who knew and were touched by her unfailing love. On a daily basis, she never just awoke, she gently unfolded, as so shall she embark on her new journey with the private services of the Neptune Society at her request. Memorial Donations may be made to The Tamalpais Tomorrow Fund, 501 Via Casitas, Greenbrae, CA 94904 or the Alzheimer's Association, North Bay Chapter, Suite 23, 4340 Redwood Hwy., San Rafael, CA 94903. Arrangements by the Neptune Society of No. California, San Francisco. 

Don Sparrow
Passed away at home on November 29, 2001 at the age of 68 years. He grew up in Avanel, California, and graduated Avanel High School in 1951. He then entered the Air Force because of his love of flying, serving four years. He continued flying private aircraft the rest of his life. Don moved to Novato in 1959, opening his first hair styling salon in Nave Shopping Center in 1960. In 1966, Don opened his third salon, Face Value, in Pacheco Plaza Shopping Center, where he worked with his family until his illness forced him to retire. During his 40 years as a hair stylist, Don won may prestigious hair styling competitions, including the California State Championship and the Marin County Hair Stylist of the Year Award three consecutive years. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Sparrow of Novato; his children, Jon Sparrow of Petaluma, Ronald Sparrow of Sebastopol, and Carrie Mengarelli of Petaluma; a brother, Gerald Sparrow of Petaluma; and he was the grandfather of three. Friends are invited to attend Memorial Services, Thursday, December 6, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. at Valley Memorial Park Chapel, Bugeia Lane, Novato. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Marin or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, Petaluma, California. Inurnment, private. CHEDA & LYONS 707-789-9000. 

Grace Eileen Dubs
Passed away at Rafael Convalescent Hospital, Santa Venetia on November 29, 2001 at age 82. Born in San Francisco, raised in Oakland, owned Marveleen Dance Studio, Santa Venetia for 40 years. Survived by her husband of 60 years, Charles J. Dubs, mother of Darlene Matta, Karen Toupal and Charles E. Dubs, grandmother of nine and great grandmother of ten. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at Christ Presbyterian Church, Terra Linda, 620 Del Ganado on Saturday, December 8th at 1 p.m. Donations preferred to the Alzheimer's Association, 4340 Redwood Highway, San Rafael, CA 94903, Suite 23. 

Lucille Genevieve Meyer
Passed away peacefully at home on November 29, 2001 at the age of 80. Her loving husband Paul survives her. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in March of this year. She traveled extensively with Paul throughout the world. She loved to celebrate life with family and friends. She was born in New York and enjoyed a successful career in the fashion industry. She established her career in New York in 1939 and worked for the same company for more than 54 years. Her three loving children and her extended family survive her: daughter Kathy and Tom Franz, son Steve and Karen Meyer, and son Michael Meyer and William Bell. Her 5 grandsons Erik Franz, Peter, Christopher, Jeffrey and will Meyer survive her. Her extended families of Rome Horak Jr., Vickie Hess, Joni Wonacott and MaryAnne Hopfer will miss her. Family and friends are invited to a Service at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, 330 Redhill Ave., San Anselmo on Sunday December 2nd at 5:00 p.m. and a Funeral Mass at St. Anselm's Catholic Church, 97 Shady Lane, Ross on Monday December 3rd, at 10:00 a.m. Donations can be sent to her favorite Charity St. Anselm's Adopt-A-Family, PO Box 892 San Anselmo, CA 94979.


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