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Lawrence E. Curfman, III "Larry," 62, of Tiburon, California passed away peacefully on December 11, 2002 at Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, California. Mr. Curfman was born January 29, 1940 in Wichita, Kansas. At sixteen he entered California Institute of Technology and was graduated with a degree in Chemistry in 1960. He then entered Harvard Law School and was graduated with an LLB in 1963. After fulfilling his military service with the United States Coast Guard Reserve, he came to San Francisco in 1964 and was admitted to the California Bar. He was hired as an associate attorney at the Bledsoe Law Firm, an insurance defense firm, becoming a partner in 1970. In 1987 he left Bledsoe and became a partner at Sangster, Mannion & Curfman, a San Francisco plaintiffs firm. For thirty years he was a trial attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in personal injury, medical and legal malpractice, accounting and securities broker malpractice, wrongful death, premises liability, products liability, construction defect, and insurance bad faith. In 1994 he left Sangster and opened up an office in Tiburon, specializing in mediation and arbitration and serving as a Discovery Referee by appointment for the San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma Superior Courts. Mr. Curfman enjoyed many activities outside of his work. He and his family traveled extensively throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. He enjoyed playing the piano and was an avid reader. He was always up-to-date on current affairs, politics and science. He was an honest, gentle man who will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Mr. Curfman is survived by his wife of twenty-nine years, Elizabeth Hunt Curfman of Tiburon, his son, Lars Richard Curfman of San Mateo, a sister Ann Koch of Willits, California and a brother John Curfman of Wichita, Kansas. Memorial contributions may be made to Stanford University Hospital Clinic, East ICU Improvement Fund, c/o Barbara Odin, 300 Pasteur Drive, Stanford, CA 94305. A Celebration of His Life is planned for January 25, 2003, at 11:00 a.m. at the Olympic Club, Lakeside. 

Charles "Chuck" Emmons Many people will walk in and out of our lives, but only true friends will leave a footprint in our hearts. Charles "Chuck" Emmons died Sunday, November 24, 2002 in Albuquerque, NM. He is survived by son, Mark Emmons; daughter-in-law, Loraine Emmons; granddaughters, Michelle and Natalie Emmons of Albuquerque; and daughter, Jessica Early; son-in-law, Mike Early; grandchildren, Benjamin, Elizabeth, and David Early of Tyler, TX. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol (née Bottarini) Emmons of San Rafael, CA. Chuck was born in California in 1935 to Lawrence and Hester Emmons and was raised in both California and Oklahoma before settling in Marin County with his mother and stepfather, Noble Sonne, and stepbrother Rodney Sonne. He attended San Rafael High School, College of Marin, San Francisco State University, and MIT. He served in the Army in Germany. He had a long and illustrious career as a diplomat, serving in Colombia, Burundi, the Ivory Coast, Argentina, Poland, and France. Upon retirement from the Foreign Service, he briefly owned a travel agency in San Rafael before working as an Eligibility Worker for Marin County in the Civic Center. Chuck was well known and liked in San Rafael, where he was active with the Lions Club. Chuck was most proud of his family, his career as a diplomat, and his Lionism. Chuck will be missed as father, grandfather, and friend. The Reverend Jan Butin will lead a Memorial Service at 9:30 A.M. on Friday, December 27, 2002 at the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Terra Linda followed by a no host luncheon celebration of his life at Ring's Restaurant at the Embassy Suites Hotel in San Rafael. 

Ann Elizabeth Hartman Firstenfeld Died December 12, 2002 of cancer, age 69, a resident of Novato. Native of Minnesota, moved to Northern California in 1951 and to Marin County in 1959. Survived by granddaughter Alexandria Marie Firstenfeld and son Jon David Firstenfeld of Petaluma; grandson Nicolas Luis Firstenfeld and daughter Rebecca Ciel Firstenfeld of Ramona, CA; son Christopher Lee Firstenfeld and daughter-in-law Doreen Marie Firstenfeld of Sonoma. Private services were held. Ann's favorite charity was: Fund raisers for Animal Helpers, P.O. Box 102, Corte Madera, CA 94979. ADOBE CREEK/CHEDA & LYONS 331 Lakeville St., Petaluma (707) 789-9000 

George M. Gallagher Died in San Rafael, California on December 20, 2002, at age 89 years. Husband of the late Helen P. Gallagher. Loving father of Kevin G. Gallagher and Paul J. Gallagher, both of Point Reyes Station. Father-in-law of Katie Gallagher and Deanna Gallagher. Adored grandfather of Sean, Emily and Colin Gallagher. Brother of Eileen Gollan of Cloverdale, Katherine Feiderspiel of Berkeley and the late Robert E. Gallagher, William Gallagher, Jack Gallagher, Leonard Gallagher and Mary Gallagher. Brother-in-law of Nadine Gallagher of Oregon. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was a native of Point Reyes Station, California. Mr. Gallagher was reared and educated in Point Reyes Station and graduated from Tomales High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and later served as the Postmaster in Point Reyes Station for over 30 years. His hobbies included hunting, hiking and gardening. Mr. Gallagher was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Olema, the Nicasio Parlor #183 N.S.G.W. and the Nicasio Druids. Friends and Family are invited to attend the Funeral Mass, Monday, December 23, 2002 at 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Olema, CA. The Vigil Service will be held at Sacred Heart Church on Sunday, December 22, 2002 at 3:00 PM. Visitation will be on Sunday, 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM at the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Petaluma, CA. Interment will be at Olema Cemetery. The family prefers memorials be made to Sacred Heart Church, 10189 State Route #1, Olema, CA 94950 or to the West Marin Senior Services, 11431 State Route #1, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956. 

George M. Gallagher
Died in San Rafael, California on December 20, 2002, at age 89 years. Husband of the late Helen P. Gallagher. Loving father of Kevin G. Gallagher and Paul J. Gallagher, both of Point Reyes Station. Father-in-law of Katie Gallagher and Deanna Gallagher. Adored grandfather of Sean, Emily and Colin Gallagher. Brother of Eileen Gollan of Cloverdale, Katherine Feiderspiel of Berkeley and the late Robert E. Gallagher, William Gallagher, Jack Gallagher, Leonard Gallagher and Mary Gallagher. Brother-in-law of Nadine Gallagher of Oregon. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was a native of Point Reyes Station, California. Mr. Gallagher was reared and educated in Point Reyes Station and graduated from Tomales High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and later served as the Postmaster in Point Reyes Station for over 30 years. His hobbies included hunting, hiking and gardening. Mr. Gallagher was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Olema, the Nicasio Parlor #183 N.S.G.W. and the Nicasio Druids. Friends and Family are invited to attend the Funeral Mass, Monday, December 23, 2002 at 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Olema, CA. The Vigil Service will be held at Sacred Heart Church on Sunday, December 22, 2002 at 3:00 PM. Visitation will be on Sunday, 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM at the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Petaluma, CA. Interment will be at Olema Cemetery. The family prefers memorials be made to Sacred Heart Church, 10189 State Route #1, Olema, CA 94950 or to the West Marin Senior Services, 11431 State Route #1, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956. 

Walt Bruce
Of Novato died unexpectedly on December 18, 2002. He was 46 years old. Walt was the loving husband of Judy Bruce and the father of Ian and Kyle Bruce. He was the son of Wendell Bruce of Concord and June Bruce (deceased), the stepson of Maggie Bruce, and the nephew of Al and Joan Lithgow of San Rafael, Bud and Marlee Lithgow of Chico, and Cathy and Jim Pleck of Soulsbyville, CA. He will be sorely missed by his many cousins as well as his extended family: his mother-in-law, Audrey Franzini of San Rafael and her family, and his many nieces and nephews. Walt was a salesman in the Bay Area for over fifteen years, primarily in the floor covering industry. He was also a member of the United States Air Force for four years. Walt was very active in the Novato community, most recently as assistant coach for the Flame soccer team and for Pop Warner Football. Walt was very active in the Novato community, most recently as assistant coach for the Flame soccer team and for Pop Warner Football. A man of many interests, he was a history buff and golf aficionado. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday December 21, 2002 at 11:00 AM at Saint Anthony's Church, Novato. An account has been established in the name of The Bruce Family Children at Washington Mutual Bank, 251 Vintage Way, Novato, CA 94945. 

Richard Douglas Eugene Fremd
Formerly of Marin County, passed away December 17, 2002 at age 79. He had worked as a Financial Advisor with Assante. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, January 12th, 2003 at 10 AM at the Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, Sunnyvale, CA. Burial at Memorial Garden at the Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church. Arrangements under the Direction of Lima Family Sunnyvale Mortuary 1315 Hollenbeck Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 

James Enrico Bonfiglio
Passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2002 after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Jimmy was born on June 10, 1926, to the late Enrico Bonfiglio of Como, Italy and Lena Pareto of San Rafael. He attended San Rafael High School and lettered in football, basketball and baseball. Jimmy went on to serve his country in WWII with the U.S. Navy. James was predeceased by his first wife, Charlene "Babe" Ronan Bonfiglio in 1984. He was also predeceased by his second wife, Marie Rossi Mobbs Bonfiglio in August, 2002. Jimmy is survived by his four loving children Scott Bonfiglio of San Rafael, Lori McGreevy of Petaluma, Lane Tuoto of San Ramon, and Peter Bonfiglio of Kapaa, Hawaii, and their spouses John McGreevy, Tony Tuoto and Kim Bonfiglio. He is also survived by his three wonderful grandchildren Erin, Sean and Casey Tuoto, his sister Vera Olsen and her family of Santa Rosa. Jimmy had worked for the Marin Municipal Water District. But he spent most of his career with the Golden Gate Bridge District, where he was a Sergeant of the Toll Collection Officers. He was a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor of San Rafael and the SIRS. Jimmy also enjoyed his "trips to Reno", Bingo, playing golf with the SIRS and fishing. A Memorial Mass celebrating the life of James Bonfiglio will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Mission Chapel at St. Raphael's Catholic Church on Friday, December 20, 2002. The family requests that in lieu of flowers any donations should be made to the Hospice of Marin. 

Bea Christison
Of Sonoma, passed away December 16th, 2002 in Petaluma, CA. She is survived by her husband Ronald Christison, daughter Linda and her husband John, son David, grandchildren Steven, Kristin, Adam, and Mathew Long. She was born on January 13, 1927 in Arkansas. Mrs. Christison had been a resident of Marin County for 23 years, the past 15 in Sonoma County. She was a member of the Petaluma United Methodist Church, an active participant in the United Methodist Women for many years, and she had traveled with her husband, Ron, to many parts of the world. A Memorial Service will be held January 11, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at the Tamalpais Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore, Mill Valley. Donations to a charity of your choice. 

Karn Jacobson
Age 98, died peacefully in her sleep in San Rafael on December 13, 2002. A fixture in the Fairfax community, she was known to many simply as "Grandma". As a young child she travelled with her parents and siblings across the Rocky Mountains in a car that only went ten miles an hour, finally settling in Washington. There she met her husband, Howard, a saxophone player with whom she shared her 60-plus year career as a professional musician. Karn played accordion, led a ten piece orchestra and ran a local dance hall. The light of her life was their adopted son, Boyd, to whom she was a loving and devoted mother. After Boyd moved to Fairfax, she and Howard moved there too in order to be near him and to see their granddaughter (and her namesake), Karie, grow up. She passed on her love of music to her son and granddaughter. And even after retirement, Karn continued to perform for residents of Marin County nursing homes and at special events. She touched many lives with her generosity, zest for life, and flair for storytelling. She was constantly amazing people with her energy and memory for historic details. She also had a special love for little birds. Karn is survived by her granddaughter Karie, daughter-in-law Allison James, and five generations of beloved relatives in the Washington area. Friends are invited to a Celebration of Karn's Life to share memories and music on Saturday, December 28, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fairfax Womens Club, located at 46 Park Road in Downtown Fairfax. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to "Music In The Park, Fairfax", c/o Arlen Philpott, 39 Merwin Ave. Fairfax, CA 94930. 

Lt. Col. Frank E. Kirby, Sr. USAF (Ret.)
Age 86, of Longmont, died December 13, 2002 at LifeCare of Longmont, CO following a long illness. Lt. Col. Kirby was born August 23, 1916 in Nottawasaga, Ontario, Canada to Ernest H. Kirby and Daisy (COLLYER) Kirby. He grew up on a small farm near Amherst, New Hampshire, graduating from high school there. He married Margaret Ellen Schwab on October 3, 1936 at The Presidio of Monterey, California. Col. Kirby spent 32 years serving his country, joining the US Army, llth Calvary in California, stationed at the Presidio of Monterey in l936. He later transitioned into the Army Air Corps in 1948, later the United States Air Force. He began in the Air Corp as a Recon Officer with B-29 Group, mostly in the Pacific Theater. He would later be the commandant, Air Defense Command for Non-Commissioned Officers. He was stationed during his career all over the world, including Okinawa, Japan, the Philippines, England, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Colorado Springs with NORAD. He had a degree in Psychology and taught at the University of New Hampshire, ROTC programs, as a Professor of Air Science. Throughout his military career, he was an accomplished trumpet player and active bandleader for many Shrine and American Legion Bands. He toured with many of these groups, playing with numerous great swing bands and musicians. He was also the Director of the San Francisco Shrine Band for many years and conducted over 1100 musicians during the East-West Shrine Football Game half-time shows in the l960 and l970's. In l968, he retired to his home in Novato, CA and spent many quality years playing golf and conducting his own 21 piece orchestra, known as the Businessman's Bounce Band, later as the Frank Kirby Orchestra, where he provided all the arranging and conducting. Col. Kirby moved to Longmont from Novato, CA. in May of 2002. He is survived by his son Frank (Diane) Kirby, of Longmont, two daughters Mrs. Sandra Carol (Ben) Jacinto of Springfield, VA and Mrs. Nansi Ellen (George) Nuss of Phoenix, AZ. He is further survived by six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 20th at the Howe Mortuary Chapel, with the Reverend Jean Scott officiating. A cremation has been held. Contributions may be made to the Hospice of Boulder County, 2594 Trailridge Drive, E, Lafayette, CO. 80026 or to the American Heart Association, 1280 S. Parker Road, Denver, CO 80231. 

Sidney Eugene Stockwell
Died December 11, 2002 from pneumonia after a good, long life. Sid was a resident of Novato and was surrounded by his loving family until his death. Nora, his loving wife of 64 years, his sons Bob of Novato, Barry of Los Altos and Michael of Corona Del Mar, survive him. His eldest son, Sidney Paul Stockwell, preceded him in death in 1981. His grandchildren Angela Butcher, Leslie Harper, Melissa Horwitz, Michelle Stockwell, Jackie Stockwell, Jennifer Stockwell, Isaac Stockwell, Scott Stockwell, Carrie Stockwell, Patrick Stockwell, and eight great grandchildren also survive him. Sid was born in Pocatello, Idaho in February of 1917 and moved to California when he was five years old. He started his career in the paint industry in 1936 and met Nora, soon to be his wife, on his first day on the job. He retired from the industry at age 65. Sid and Nora traveled together throughout the United States and to Europe and the Soviet Union in 1976. They made a point to enjoy their grandchildren and great grandchildren as often as they could. His love, guidance, support, wisdom and spirit will live on in his family -- and his extended family -- because of the tremendous, but gentle impact he had on so many lives. He was loved and respected by so many and he, in turn, embraced everyone in his loving arms and heart. Sid was buried on December 12th at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery along side his son, Sidney Paul. Please join his family for a Memorial Celebration of Sid's Life that will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2003 at Tiburon Baptist Church located at 445 Greenwood Beach Road in Tiburon. Sid's favorite charities were the Alzheimer's Association/North Bay Chapter and Hospice of Marin. 

Mary Anne Westcott
Passed away at home in Petaluma, December 18, 2002 at the age of 45 years. Born in San Francisco, she attended Terra Linda High School and Marin Junior College. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and friend. Beloved wife of Fred Westcott of Petaluma. Devoted daughter of Layton "Mike" Duffy of San Rafael. She is also survived by her mother-in-law Jean Westcott of Petaluma; cousins Peter and Donna Harris and Dominic and Steve Sena all of Martinez; and in-laws Phil and Wendy Westcott of Novato, Pat and Sandy of Palm Desert, and Dave and Diane Westcott of Santa Rosa. Friends are invited to attend Memorial Services, Saturday, December 21, 2002 at 1:00 PM at Petaluma Valley Baptist Church, 580 Sonoma Mt. Parkway, Petaluma. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran St., Petaluma, CA 94952. Private Interment, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael. Arrangements by ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, Petaluma. CHEDA & LYONS ~ 707-789-9000 

James Enrico Bonfiglio
Passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2002 after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Jimmy was born on June 10, 1926, to the late Enrico Bonfiglio of Como, Italy and Lena Pareto of San Rafael. He attended San Rafael High School and lettered in football, basketball and baseball. Jimmy went on to serve his country in WWII with the U.S. Navy. James was predeceased by his first wife, Charlene "Babe" Ronan Bonfiglio in 1984. He was also predeceased by his second wife, Marie Rossi Mobbs Bonfiglio in August, 2002. Jimmy is survived by his four loving children Scott Bonfiglio of San Rafael, Lori McGreevy of Petaluma, Lane Tuoto of San Ramon, and Peter Bonfiglio of Kapaa, Hawaii, and their spouses John McGreevy, Tony Tuoto and Kim Bonfiglio. He is also survived by his three wonderful grandchildren Erin, Sean and Casey Tuoto, his sister Vera Olsen and her family of Santa Rosa. Jimmy had worked for the Marin Municipal Water District. But he spent most of his career with the Golden Gate Bridge District, where he was a Sergeant of the Toll Collection Officers. He was a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor of San Rafael and the SIRS. Jimmy also enjoyed his "trips to Reno", Bingo, playing golf with the SIRS and fishing. A Memorial Mass celebrating the life of James Bonfiglio will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Mission Chapel at St. Raphael's Catholic Church on Friday, December 20, 2002. The family requests that in lieu of flowers any donations should be made to the Hospice of Marin. 

Don Brewer, Sept. 28, 1932 ~ Dec. 13, 2002
A native of S.F. and a long time resident of Fairfax, he was a graduate of Stanford U. with a B.A. in economics. He was a member of the Marin Assn. Of Realtors since 1962 (33 years). During that time, he was affiliated with Fox & Carskadon, as a vice president and manager of their southern Marin office, Grubb & Ellis and currently with Coldwell Banker in Greenbrae. He also has been a property manager for many years. Activities with the Assn. Of Realtors involved numerous committees including Arbitration, Grievance and Communication, as well as serving on the Board of Directors. He is survived by his loving wife Joyce, of Fairfax, devoted father to Don Brewer, Jr., Mary Macconel Propersi and Clare Hollander, delighted father-in-law of Margaret Brewer, Michael Hollander and John Propersi. Devoting grandfather to Molly Brewer and Hannah Clarice and Mia Aileen Propersi. Favorite hobbies included travel, music and gardening and more gardening. Memorial Mass Friday, December 20, 11:00 a.m. at St. Rita Church, 100 Marinda Drive, Fairfax, CA. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the following charities would be greatly appreciated: Sunny Hills at 305 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo, CA and St. Vincent de Paul Society at 820 B, San Rafael, CA 94901. Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery 2500 5th Avenue ~ San Rafael 

Bernice E. Bruno
Cherished mother of Peter Sanguinetti, Bruce Bruno and Sister Patricia Bruno, O.P. died on November 29, 2002, at the age of 94. Bernice was a native of San Francisco. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Dominican Sisters Center, 1520 Grand Ave., San Rafael on Sunday December 22nd at 1 PM. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of Nazareth, 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, 94903 or the Sisters of St. Dominic, 1520 Grand Ave., San Rafael, 94901. 

Aldo Campagna
Passed away peacefully at his son's home in San Rafael on December 14, 2002 at 86 years of age. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Estelle, in 1999. He is survived by his sons Richard, William, and Charles, daughter Jeanne, and daughter-in-law Karen. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren Matt, Chris, Erin, Eve, Sierra, Jesse, Louis and Robert; also survived by six great grandchildren. Aldo lived in Marin most of his life. He graduated from Tam High School and enlisted in the Army at the onset of WWII where he served as a Glider Pilot in the 9th Troop Carrier Command. In recent years, he was active in the SIRS. He loved to bowl, play golf and play cards. He was always ready with a witty remark, and it is his quiet humor that we will miss the most. A Memorial Service for family and friends will be held at St. Patricks Church in Larkspur at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 21st, 2002. KEATON'S MORTUARY San Rafael ~ 415-453-0571 

Harry F. Flachs
Passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 12, 2002. He is survived by his wife, Joan of Novato, and his brother, Ellis Meredith of Bethesda, Maryland. Mr. Flachs served with the Military Police Corps, 1943-46 in the Middle East Theatre. He became a member of the San Francisco (Pacific) Stock Exchange in 1954. He enjoyed travel and golf and was an active member of the Marin Golf and Country Club. As per his request, no formal services were held. Memorial contributions to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. 

Margaret (Marge) Hayden
Age 74, of Mill Valley, died December 13, 2002 after a brief illness. Marge was born March 30, 1928 in Buffalo, New York and graduated from Cornell University in 1949 with a B.S. in Botany. In the early 1950's, she moved with her family to the San Francisco area where Marge spent three decades as an executive secretary in the International Division of Del Monte Corporation. After her retirement to Mill Valley, Marge began new careers with the Marin Humane Society and the Marin Chapter of the S.F. Opera Guild, serving as president of the latter in 1985-86. She was a supporter and volunteer with the Merola Opera Program, the S.F. Conservatory of Music, The Nature Conservancy, and Guide Dogs for the Blind. Her passions for opera and animals were legendary among her many friends and admirers. She touched all who knew her. Marge was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Peg Hayden and her brother, Joseph Hayden, Jr. She is survived by her cousins Frances Curtis, Sue Watson and Sallie Taylor of Tucson, Arizona and Peter Williamson of Dallas, Texas, and her niece, Kate Imus of Folsom, California. Memorial Services will be private. A Celebration of Marge's Life will be held at a later date. The family requests that any donations be made in Marge's name to the Marin Humane Society or to a charity of choice. 

Jonathan J. Krischer
Passed away unexpectedly on December 17, 2002 at the age of 60 in San Rafael. Born in San Francisco, Jon was a resident of San Rafael. Jon is the son of Evelyn Spiegelman; father of Jeffrey and the late Bradley Krischer; husband of Zandra Krischer; brother of Alan Spiegelman; also survived by other family members and friends. Jon could be counted on to help out whenever needed and was always there to offer assistance to friends and family. Jon was a U.C. Berkeley graduate in bacteriology and recently attended a Cal Bears football game with his longtime fraternity brothers. Graveside Services will be held on Friday, December 20th at 12:00 Noon at Home of Peace Cemetery, Colma. Donations preferred to Rabbi Michael Barenbaum: Special Fund at Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94903. SINAI MEMORIAL CHAPEL 

Ronald Alexander MacMillan
He was born in Oakland, CA June 18, 1912, and died December 17, 2002, in Tiburon. He has been a resident of San Rafael since 1968. Alex attended the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, was graduated from the Washington College of Law and admitted to the practice of law in Washington D.C. District Court and in the U.S. Supreme Court. He worked for the Federal Government for 36 years serving in Shanghai, France, Germany, and Washington D.C. Upon his retirement, Alex was awarded the Intelligence Medal of Merit for his years of service in the Central Intelligence Agency. Alex was a former Executive Director of Marin Conservation League. He was a member of Marin Rod and Gun Club, San Rafael Elks Lodge 1108, former President of Glenwood Homeowners Association and former member of the Board of Directors of Marin Audubon Society. He was an avid hiker and an accomplished swimmer. Alex is survived by his wife of 36 years Sue McCone MacMillan, his two children Ronald Alexander MacMillan Jr. and Sally Scott, two grandchildren, four great grandchildren, by his two sisters and his brother, and by Chris Daniels, his "trusted operative". A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery Chapel on Monday December 23, at 11:00 a.m. Contributions to Hospice of Marin or Marin Conservation League preferred. Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901 

Richard Schlis
Licensed contractor for 36 years in Marin County, died at home November 25, 2002 in Novato, surrounded by his wife, Lavinia Foley-Schlis R.N. and his daughter Marcy King N.A. from Phoenix, Arizona. Richard was born in Duluth, MN October 17, 1932 and was raised in Peoria, IL. He later moved to Marin County and worked for three roofing companies, as an estimator and project manager. He then became self employed: Roofing Inspection and Management. Richard and his wife established the Heritage Builders Co. and were associated with Heritage Homes Realtor, Charles Nygren in Novato. He was an avid fisherman and they visited many parts of the world: Europe, Mexico, and all 50 states. He is survived by his mother, Alicia Schwark and one sister Delores Crew of Peoria, IL. He is also survived by two children, Marcy King and Marty Schlis, from Arizona and five grandchildren. He was the adopted parent of Jim Pfennig of Santa Venetia. Richard is predeceased by his father Charles Schlis of Peoria, IL and two brothers William and Gene Schlis of Peoria. He is survived by two stepsons, Kevin Foley, Ph.D. and Gregory Foley, M.D. and predeceased by Patrick M. Foley. He is survived by five step grandchildren. His compassion, guidance, expertise, wisdom, and spirit, will be sorely missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him. No formal service will be held. Family and close Friends will celebrate his life. He will be cremated and his ashes scattered over the waters. Memorial contributions will be appreciated to Bruce Murphy, Chaplain, Marin General Hospital, 250 Bon Air Road, Greenbrae, CA 94904 or Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera 94925. 

John Robert Verzi
No services were held, at his request, for John Robert Verzi of Greenbrae,Calif., age 94, who passed away peacefully in his sleep at his son¹s home in Chico on Monday, October 7, 2002. John was born to Pasquale and Marla (Fernandez) Verzi on January 5, 1908, in San Francisco, graduated from Santa Clara University in 1930, and passed away on his 56th wedding anniversary. He was a loving husband and father, and a wonderful friend to all who knew him. John is survived by his beloved wife, Mona Pauline Verzi; a sister, Gloria Techeira of San Francisco; sons, John Verzi of Las Vegas, Melvin Verzi and his wife Ann of Chico; seven grandchildren, Scott, Steven and Kevin of the Bay Area, and Meagan, Morgan, Kelly and Adam of Chico; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Jerry Verzi of Danville, Calif., and four brothers, Bill, Arthur, Charlie, and Louie. John was a self-employed businessman who owned several hardware/variety stores in San Francisco for 40 years, retiring in 1972. He was an avid reader and world traveler, as well as a talented photographer, who won numerous awards for his work. His hobbies included folk dancing, and bowling. John was a life member of SIRS Tamalpais Branch #47 of Marin County. 

George Vicino Jr.
Passed away at his home in Novato on December 15, 2002 at age 52 years. Loving Father of Joseph and Matthew; cherished grandfather of Matthew Jr. Preceded in death by his parents George and Josephine; survived by his stepmother Yvonne; loved brother of Louise (Glen) Shipman and Diana (Jim) Edens; loving nephew of Louis and Louise Vicino; also survived by nephews Steve and Paul, and many cousins. George will be greatly missed by many friends. An active member of Native Sons of the Golden West, Loyal Order of Moose #475, Galileo Club, Marin Rod and Gun Club, and BPOE #2655. George was an Army veteran and member of the Local VFW. Friends are invited to attend the Celebration of George's Life on Saturday, December 21, 2002, 11 a.m. at the Elks Lodge, Redwood Blvd., Novato. Private Family Interment. Arrangements under the direction of Hogan, Sullivan & Bianco Chapel of the Sunset Funeral Home in San Francisco, 415-664-2413. 

Jennifer Kersnar Ghee
Just as she entered our lives Jennifer Ghee quietly and peacefully slipped away on December 11, 2002. Merely 51, she was a loving and very loved mother and daughter, and a unique and cherished friend to all who knew her. Being with her brought a smile to your face, knowing her made your life better. She was a model of patience, the definition of love, and the greatest mentor in the journey of life and faith. There can be no greater loss. Jennifer has left behind her beloved Craig, her loving children, Kevin and Krissy, their father, Woody, her mother, Betty, her brother, Jere, her sister, Juge, and a host of special friends. Jennifer's life will be celebrated on Friday, December 20, 2002, 3:00 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 967 Fifth Street, Novato, California, and on Sunday, December 22, 2002, 3:00 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, High Street and Grow Avenue, Bainbridge Island, Washington. Jennifer has asked that any memorials or donations made in her name be given to the Marin Dance Theatre, One St. Vincent Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903 or to the charity of your choice. 

Robert Minaberry
Passed away on December 12, 2002 at age 79. He was born on December 22, 1922 in Banca, France. A resident of Marin County for 33 years. He is survived by his wife Grace, daughter Denise and son Michael, Godchild Paul Ospital, and many sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, nieces and nephews here and in France. Friends may call to Monte's Chapel Of The Hills, 330 Redhill Avenue in San Anselmo on Thursday, December 19, 2002 after 6PM. A Rosary service will be held at 7PM. Robert will be escorted back to France by his wife and daughter and sister-in-law Marie Ospital where a Funeral Mass and Burial will take place. Monte's Chapel Of The Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo 453-8440 

Paulita San Roman
Passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2002 in Novato. She is survived by her husband Jose Guadalupe; her sons Carlos and Mario and her brother Luis. Friends are invited to attend the Rosary and Mass at Saint Raphael's Church on Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 6:00 p.m. Inurnment will be private. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo 453-8440 

Frieda Wurche
Former Novato resident Frieda Wurche, born in 1909 in Breslau, Germany (now Wrazlav, Poland), passed away in Kentfield on December 14, 2002, at the age of 93. As a young wife and mother in the eastern part of Germany during WWII and with her husband missing in action, Frieda fled west with her two young children, traveling with her valuables and food for the children hidden in her clothes. She eventually found her way to Novato in 1954, where she lived most of the rest of her life. She is survived by son Michael, daughter-in-law Philomena, and their children Shane and Kelly; by daughter Ingrid Akins and her children Kim, Todd, and Karen; and by their children. Also survived by her caring friend for many years Angela Brown. Frieda had a lovely voice and sang for several years with the Sweet Adelines. She was also an avid gardener. A caring mother, proud grandmother and thoughtful friend, Frieda will be missed by her many friends and family both in Germany and in Marin. Friends are invited to Funeral Services on Thursday, December 19th at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Tamalpais Mortuary Chapel, San Rafael. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Hospice of Marin. 

Ann Elizabeth Firstenfeld Hartman
Died December 12, 2002 of cancer, age 69, a resident of Novato. Native of Minnesota, moved to Northern California in 1951 and to Marin County in 1959. Survived by granddaughter Alexandria Marie Firstenfeld and son Jon David Firstenfeld of Petaluma; grandson Nicolas Luis Firstenfeld and daughter Rebecca Ciel Firstenfeld of Ramona, CA; son Christopher Lee Firstenfeld and daughter-in-law Doreen Marie Firstenfeld of Sonoma. Private services were held. Ann's favorite charity was: Fund raisers for Animal Helpers, P.O. Box 102, Corte Madera, CA 94979. ADOBE CREEK/SHEDA & LYONS 331 Lakeville St., Petaluma (707) 789-9000 

Thomas Martin Fountain
Thomas Martin Fountain our loving son and brother passed away Wednesday, December 11th, 2002, with his family by his side. Thomas is survived by his mother Delores Fountain and father Richard Fountain, two sisters Pat Jensen and Susie Linder, brothers-in-law Ken Jensen and Mike Linder, a niece Jennifer Jensen, two nephews Nicholas Linder and Matthew Linder, and his beloved dog Sky. Tom was a Master Woodworker by trade and his work will live on in our homes and in our hearts. Service for Family and Friends will be held Tuesday, December 17th, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at the Valley Memorial Park Chapel, 650 Bugeia Lane, Novato (off Atherton). The family requests any donations be made to Suicide Prevention Community Counseling of Marin, P.O. Box 4369 San Rafael, CA 94913-4369. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151 

Anna Marie Merkling
Passed away in Petaluma on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 at the age of 88, Anna leaves behind her son, Andrew H. Merkling and his wife Pegge E. Merkling, Petaluma, her grand-daughter, Jennifer Lynn Page and her husband Tony Page, and great-granddaughter, Emma Catherine Page, Novato. Anna was born in Fresno, CA, March 29, 1914; she was a resident of Marin and Sonoma counties for 84 years. Anna retired from P.G.&E. in 1979, after retirement Anna enjoyed, gardening, traveling in Europe and volunteering for the Heart Assoc. and Petaluma's Historical Museum. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 1:00 pm at Neptune Society Chapel, 2607 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. Contributions may be made in her memory to the American Heart Assoc. 

Harold Robert Merz
Born October 5, 1926, in San Francisco, CA. Died December 12, 2002, in Napa, CA. Father of Michael Merz, Melissa Merz, Amy Merz Wilcer, and Tony Merz. Grandfather of Camille Merz, Aidan Edgar, Noah Merz, and Abigail Wilcer. Brother of Frank Merz Jr., Lorraine Merz, and Lois Bevans. Preceded in death by his mother, Bertha Trost Merz, his father Frank Merz Sr., his sister Roberta Knittel, and his brothers Leonard Merz and Raymond Merz. A Rosary will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at St. Raphael's Church, San Rafael, CA. A Memorial Service will follow. Memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent De Paul, St. Anthony's Kitchen, or to your favorite charity.


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