Miscellaneous Marin County, California Obituaries


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Manuel F. Rosa
Passed away at home in Corte Madera on December 10, 2002, at age 64. A native of Espalhafatos Faial, Azores, he is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Maria and his daughters Linda, Emily and Susie and four grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Filomena and two sisters Mary Theresa and Mary Angelina. Manuel was proud of his family and found strength in his faith. He was retired after working 35 years for the Tamalpais High School District. He was a long time member of the Portuguese Holy Ghost Society in Sausalito, Novato, Petaluma and Sebastopol. Friends and Family are welcome to attend a Viewing at 3:00 p.m. and Rosary at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 15, 2002, at St. Patrick Church, Larkspur. Funeral Mass Monday, December 16, 2002, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick Church. Burial Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571 

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 Frank 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. 

Willetta Rosine Sutley
Willetta Rosine Sutley of Mill Valley, passed away on December 10, 2002 at the age of 83. Born March 9, 1919 in Garfield, WA, she was the eldest daughter of Virgil S. and Doris Lamb West. Raised in Lewiston, Idaho, she graduated from Eastern Washington College of Education, Cheney. Willetta married Irvin H. Sutley in 1942. They shared 56 years of marriage before his death in 1998. She resided in her beloved Marin for 60 years. She is survived by her four children: Irvin, Janet, Richard, and Mary, and four grandchildren. Also survived by her two sisters: Louise (David) Elmore of Orangevale, CA, Dr. Mardell Schara of Butte, MT, and sister-in-law Barbara Sutley. As an accomplished seamstress, Willetta's works included costumes for local theatrical productions. Other activities centered around scouting, PTA, and student exchange programs. She was a longtime member of the Mill Valley Outdoor Art Club, the Marin General Hospital Founders Group, and the Sunny Hills Redwood Guild. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Ave., Corte Madera, CA 94925 or the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT), P.O. Box 809, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956. Arrangements are being made by the Neptune Society. A private family service was held and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. 

Josepha Toepfer
Passed away peacefully at home in Sonoma on December 11th, 2002 at 91 years of age. Wife of the late Phillip Toepfer. Mother of Imelda Egan of Sonoma, William Toepfer of Novato, Charles B. Toepfer of Petaluma, Patricia Johnston of Sonoma, Vern Toepfer of Sonoma, Eileen Roberts of Vacaville, Anita Watson of Alta, CA, and the late Phillip Toepfer, Jr. Dear sister of Gilbert Schwarz, Max Schwarz, Augusta Taylor, Ida Pace, Florence Kendall, and the late Alfred, Hubert, and Alphonse Schwarz, and the late Elfried Cordes. Grandmother of 25. Great Grandmother of 28, and Great Great Grandmother of one. She was a dedicated homemaker and a L.V.N. for 32 years -- many of those years at Marin General Hospital. She was a member of the Y.L.I. of San Anselmo, a 22 year resident of Sonoma County, and a native of Park, Kansas. Friends are invited to attend Funeral Services at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, December 18th, 2002 at St. Francis Catholic Church, Third St. West and West Napa St., Sonoma. Visitation on Tuesday, 12:00 Noon to 5 PM at Duggan's Mission Chapel, 525 West Napa St., Sonoma. Private Inurnment St. Francis Cemetery, Sonoma. In lieu of flowers Spiritual Bouquets are preferred. DUGGAN'S MISSION CHAPEL Mission Cremation Service 525 West Napa Street Sonoma, CA 95476 

Carol Cohn
Passed away in Petaluma on December 12, 2002 at age 83. Beloved wife of 52 years of the late Willy Cohn; loving mother of Ron Cohn, Lydia (and Stuart) Ross, Henry and Debbie Cohn; devoted grandmother of Richard, Joseph, Amy, Jason and Gregory. She was a volunteer for many years at the Marin Civic Center and Petaluma Valley Hospital. Longtime past member of Congregation B'nai Emunah, S.F., and currently a member of Congregation Beth Ami, Santa Rosa. Carol was deeply devoted to her family and loved by her many friends. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, December 15th at 11:00 a.m. at Eternal Home Cemetery's Chapel, Colma. Contribution to Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95905. SINAI MEMORIAL CHAPEL 

Saida Del Grande
Saida Del Grande died peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on December 12, 2002 at the age of 82. She was born February 14, 1920 in Lucca, Italy. In 1946 she moved to Fairfax, CA to be near family. In 1950 she met and married her devoted husband Leo Del Grande. She will be greatly missed by her husband Leo, son David, daughter-in-law Leana, grandsons David and Michael, her three sisters Rose Guelfi, Angelina Matteucci and Nila Leonori, and a host of family and friends. Friends are invited to pay their respects Sunday, December 15, 2002 between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM with a Rosary immediately following at Keaton's Redwood Chapel in Novato. A Mass will be held on Monday, December 16, 2002 at St. Vincent's Catholic Church in Marinwood at 1:00 PM. A Committal Ceremony will follow at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael. In lieu of flowers donations are preferred to St. Vincent's School for Boys. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 1801 Novato Blvd., 415-897-1151 

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. 

Manuel F. Rosa
Passed away at home in Corte Madera on December 10, 2002, at age 64. A native of Espalhafatos Faial, Azores, he is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Maria and his daughters Linda, Emily and Susie and four grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Filomena and two sisters Mary Theresa and Mary Angelina. Manuel was proud of his family and found strength in his faith. He was retired after working 35 years for the Tamalpais High School District. He was a long time member of the Portuguese Holy Ghost Society in Sausalito, Novato, Petaluma and Sebastopol. Friends and Family are welcome to attend a Viewing at 3:00 p.m. and Rosary at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 15, 2002, at St. Patrick Church, Larkspur. Funeral Burial Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571 

Robert Lee Thomas, Sr.
Robert better known to most of us as "PIE MAN" of Marin City, passed away in Fairfield December 9, 2002 at age 65. Loving father of Terry Lewis Thomas, Robert Thomas, Jr., Roderick Lee Thomas, Randy Dwayne Thomas, Helen Marie Thomas-Godfrey, Sheila Diane Thomas, Melba Ann Thomas-Banks, Sylvia Yvonne Thomas, Kimberly Machelle Thomas and Patricia Pratt. Dear brother of Ethel Smith, Clara Griffin, Clenzell Hogan, Emma Breedlove, Ida Hale, Anna Lawler and Joseph Thomas; 13 grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was a native of Talladega, Alabama. Robert worked for the Alta Mira Hotel in Sausalito, Keintz Bakery in San Anselmo for 38 years, Lady Baltimore in San Rafael, and Safeway in San Francisco as head baker. He recently retired from Sweden Bakery in Tiburon. Robert loved to bake and was famous for his chocolate chip cookies and sweet potato pies -- what a treat to many Marin City residents. Friends and Family may call for Visitation Tuesday, December 17, 2002 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM at RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL, Mill Valley. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 11:00 AM at the First Missionary Baptist Church, Marin City. Interment Rolling Hills Memorial Park, Richmond. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573 

John A. Bluth Of Mill Valley, passed away December 10, 2002 at age 75 years. Beloved husband of Margie Bluth, loving father of Mark Jon Bluth, Brian Jon Bluth, and Gregg Jon Bluth and his wife Virginia Bluth. Dear grandfather of Ross, Jack, and Sandy Bluth. A native of San Francisco, Mr. Bluth was a retired teacher of the San Francisco School District for 34 years. Friends and Family may attend a Memorial Mass Saturday, December 14, 2002 at 1:00 PM at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, #3 Oakdale Avenue, Mill Valley. Memorial gifts preferred to the Friends of The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, CA 94941 or to your favorite charity. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573 

Robert J. Craig
Passed away peacefully on December 10, 2002 at UCSF. He was born in Cushing, Oklahoma and at the age of sixteen he joined the Oklahoma National Guard, which was called to duty in 1940. After Pearl Harbor he applied for flight training and earned his pilot wings in September of 1942. While stationed in Great Falls, Montana he ferried all types of aircraft to bases in the U.S., Alaska and overseas. It was in Montana that he met and married his wife, Jane McDonnell. His career in the U.S. Army Air Corps and the U.S. Air Force included 62 Hump Missions in WWII, 94 sorties with the Berlin Airlift, 381 combat missions in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967. From 1951 to 1954 he was the pilot for the U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James in London. He was Wing Inspector General at McConnell AFB, Kansas, aircraft commander of a SAC B-47 "select crew" and Squadron Commander at Pease AFB, New Hampshire, commander of a C-130 Squadron in Taiwan, Wing Director of Operations at Offutt AFB, Nebraska, and Station Commander of Taipei Air Station, Taiwan. After 33 years in the Air Force he retired and flew for Air America and Continental Air Service in Laos. During his long career as a pilot he flew more than thirty types of aircraft and over 12,000 hours. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation, Medal for Humane Action and many other service and campaign ribbons. After his distinguished flying career he became a Realtor in Marin County and last worked for Coldwell Banker in San Rafael. Colonel Craig is survived by his wife Jane of Novato, ten grandchildren and his seven children: Stephanie Craig of Novato, John Craig of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Nancy Craig of Almaty, Kazakhstan, Mark Craig of Daly City, Richard Craig of Vallejo, Julie Macdonald of Novato, and Scott Craig of Los Angeles. Friends and Family are invited to attend a Memorial Service Friday, December 13, 2002 at 11:00 AM at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1000 Cambridge Street, Novato. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fisher House, 100 Bodin Circle, Travis AFB, CA 94535 or St. Vincent de Paul Conference at St. Anthony's at 1000 Cambridge Street, Novato, CA 94947. 

Chizu M. Hayes
Passed away during the early morning hours of Wednesday, December 11, 2002 in Cotati, CA. Chizu was born April 8, 1912 in San Francisco, CA. She was a Marin County resident for over 50 years prior to moving to Sonoma County. Chizu was a lover of fine arts. She dedicated her life to her garden and her family. Chizu was cherished and survived by her only child Mari E. Dempsey, her only grandchild Tami N. Grange, and her cat Mikki. She was truly a blessing in our lives and Chizu will forever be missed. No services to be held. Please forward all donations to Heartland Hospice, 2455 Bennett Valley Road, Suite B-214, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Burial will take place in the Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael, CA. 

James M. Hill
Passed away December 6th, 2002 in Portland, Oregon at age 65. A Navy Veteran, he is survived by his five children Carey, Michael, Katy, Patrick and Susan, and his sister Judy Criscione. Memorial Service at Keaton's San Rafael at 11:00 AM, Thursday, December 12th, 2002. Burial, next to his wife Sharon, following the Service, at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery. Memorial donations to your local chapter of Veterans or Hospice organizations. 

Gerald Hoeflein
Born November 16, 1935 in Ft. Worth, Texas, Jerry passed away on December 7, 2002. He is survived by his sister, Berniece Maples and husband Ed, his niece Judy Nelson and husband Earl, nephews Howard Hoeflein and friend Caryn Reade, and Mike Flowers and wife Kathi. There are also numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and cousins in California, Texas, and other states. The family wishes to thank his good friends Leslie Stavig and Roderick Lewis, who were so kind and caring during his final months, as well as Kaiser Hospital and Pine Ridge Care Center. Jerry spent the majority of his life as a bartender having worked many years at Gatsbys in Sausalito, Capps Corner in SF and, most recently, for Art's Pier 15 and Marin Joe's. At Jerry's request, there will be no services or memorial. Arrangements are being made by The Neptune Society. His ashes are to be scattered at Clear Lake, where he spent many happy days at his family's cabin in Kelseyville. Memorial contributions would be greatly appreciated if sent to the Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925-1133. 

Hazel Kerch
Long time Nicasio resident passed away in Chico on December 7, 2002 at the age of 87. A San Francisco native, she and her husband Glenn and their children moved to Nicasio in 1959 where she lived until February 2000. Hazel was preceded in death by Glenn and is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Gary and Linda Kerch of Chico, Tom and Jan Kerch of Nicasio, and by her grandsons Treavor Kerch of Rohnert Park and Adam Kerch of Nicasio. A Celebration of Her Life will be held Saturday, January 11, 2003 in Nicasio. Call 415-662-2302 for detail. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association or Hospice. 

Robert C. Martin
Passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 9th, 2002. Bob was a native of Vallejo, CA and has resided in Mill Valley since 1953. A civil engineer, he helped build many projects in Marin County as well as in other areas and countries. He was a member of the San Rafael Elks for 20 years and of three antique car clubs - the AACA, the DeSoto Club and the Dodge Club. He coached Pop Warner football and was a life-long football fan, as well as having played football for Santa Rosa Junior College. He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Patricia Martin of Mill Valley, and their sons, Steven Martin of Mill Valley and David Martin of Woodacre, as well as their granddaughters, Alexandra and Melissa Martin of Citrus Heights, CA, also many other family members and friends. A Memorial Service will be held at the Mount Tamalpais Mortuary Chapel, 2500 West Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, CA, on Friday, December 13th at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin. 

Elizabeth M. (Betty) Sheean
Passed away December 10, 2002 after a brief illness. She was a loving and caring mother to her six children: Christina, Joseph, Maureen, Daniel, Timothy and Michael and a wonderful companion and wife to Joseph senior for 53 years. She was a graduate of U.C. Berkeley. She participated in Girl Scouts and was a Girl Scout Master for several years. She also was active in AAUW. She retired in 1996 from the Health and Human Services Department of the Federal Government. Funeral arrangements to be private. 

Leo R. Callagy, Jr.
1935 - 2002 Leo R. Callagy, Jr., a retired veteran of the San Francisco Police Department, passed away on Sunday, December 8, 2002 at home with his family by his side. Leo, 67, is survived by his wife Alice, daughter Aileen, sons Leo, Steven and Jim, his son-in-law Daniel, daughter-in-law Rebecca and seven grandchildren. Leo is survived by his sister Maureen and her husband Ken, his brother Michael and his wife Judi, his brother-in-law Harry and numerous nieces and nephews. Leo is the son of the late California Webb and Leo R. Callagy, Sr. Leo was active in the Marinwood/Lucas Valley Little League. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was the owner of C.P. Photography. Burial will be private. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Leo's Catholic Church, 601 West Aqua Caliente Road, Sonoma, CA on January 3, 2003 at 6:00 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to the Dixie/Terra Linda Little League, P.O. Box 6806, San Rafael, CA 94903 or to your favorite charity. 

Natalie Firpo
Passed away peacefully on December 8, 2002 at the age of 94 years. Natalie is survived by her loving family, sister Elsie Ferley of Winnipeg, niece Shelly Ewing of Edmonton, nephews Doug (Sue) Thomas of Ladner, Lorrie Thomas of Edmonton, Dale Thomas of Boston Bar, Rick (Laura) Thomas of Harrison Hot Springs, sisters-in-law, Joey Thomas of Boston Bar, Ethel Thomas of Spruce Grove and Inez Boitano of San Francisco. No service by request. Donations in Natalie's memory to the BC Childrens Hospital Foundation or the Variety Club of BC, greatly appreciated. FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME 604-299-7720 

Ellen R. Myers
On December 4, 2002, Ellen R. Myers of San Rafael, widow of Edgar L. Myers, Sr., beloved mother of Connie Day, Pamela Myers, Edgar Myers, Jr. and Janine M. Perry, passed from this life into the next. She derived her joy from giving to her children, her strength and her courage from her faith, and her life was an extraordinary example to all who knew her. A private Celebration of Her Life is being held locally by the family that loved her, and a Memoriam is planned for Monday, December 30th at Loudon Park Mausoleum, at 3700 Wilkens Avenue, in Baltimore, MD, 21219 where her remains will be laid to rest with her true companion. Friends and family are invited to honor her life with donations to cancer research. 

Alma Ellis Randolph
Of Marin City, passed away December 8, 2002 at age 89. Beloved mother of Ben E. Randolph, Sr., Melvin Randolph, Cecelia Randolph-Harris, Ruth E. Randolph and Valena Randolph, loving grandmother of 8, great-grandmother of 16, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends survive her. A native of Port Hudson, Louisiana. Friends may call for Visitation Wednesday (TODAY) December 11, 2002 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel, Mill Valley. Funeral Services are Thursday, December 12, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Marin City. Entombment Fernwood Cemetery, Mill Valley. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573 

John W. Thomas
July 29, 1917 - December 6, 2002 Former 30 year Strawberry resident, John W. Thomas, passed away at age 85 in Concord, CA following a long illness. Born in Wenatchee, WA, the WWII veteran of the U.S. Army, worked as an accountant for 42 years in San Francisco. An avid golfer and bowler, he will be missed by his loving wife of 32 years, Alice M. Thomas; son, George A. Thomas of Novato; stepdaughter, Jeanne E. Pettingill of Manteca; sister, Mary Finch of Stockton; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his first wife, Anna Lee (Allen) Thomas in 1968 and eight year old son, John W. Thomas, Jr., in 1957. Visitation from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 10th at Ouimet Bros. Concord Funeral Chapel, at 4125 Clayton Road. The Funeral Liturgy at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 11th at Queen of All Saints Church, 2390 Grant Street, Concord. Private Interment at Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno. In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorial contributions be made to your favorite charity. Obituary listings for December 10, 2002 

James Alex Bernhardy
Born in Reno, Nevada to Janet and Charley Bernhardy, he grew up in San Anselmo. He is survived by sons Bruce and Charles, daughters Karen and Pamela, and four grandchildren, all of Sonoma County. Also survived by sisters Rose Anne Stoke of San Rafael, Barbara McEwen of Fremont, Loretta Sels of Sonoma County and Peggy of Nevada. Preceded in death by his son Wayne and survived by stepmother Nellie Bernhardy of Mendocino. He lived with his sister, Rose Anne Stock, until his death. 

Michael S. Block
In San Francisco on December 7, 2002 at age 41. Loving husband of Kathleen, devoted father of Emily, beloved son of Thelma (and Irving) Katuna and the late Robert Block, dear brother of Linda Block, dear uncle of Max and Jon Brodie, loved son-in-law of Teresa and George Gonio. Michael will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, December 10th at 1:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel-Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, SF. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Block Family Memorial Fund, c/o 39 Trellis Dr., San Rafael, CA 94903 preferred. 

Carmen R. Cicero
Died in San Rafael on December 6, 2002 at the age of 89. She was born in Meadow Valley, Plumas County, and was a 56 year resident of Marin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Cicero who died in 1989 and her son, Michael Cicero who died in 1994. She is survived by her daughter, Shirley Cicero of San Rafael, daughter-in-law Judy Cicero of Novato, grandson Mathew Cicero (Jennifer) of Rohnert Park, granddaughter Kelly McLean (Kevin) of Vancouver, Washington, great-grandchildren Nicole and Zachary Cicero and Teyline McLean. Mrs. Cicero was a 50 year member of NDGW, Marinita Parlor. Interment will be in Meadow Valley. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera 94925 or to a favorite charity. 

Irene Elizabeth Dole
A Novato resident for 25 years, died at Novato Community Hospital from congestive heart failure on December 6, 2002. Irene was born in Detroit, Michigan, the second youngest of seven siblings. She was trained as a stenographer in high school and was employed as a secretary for a number of firms in the Detroit area until her retirement in 1977. At that time, she moved to Novato to be with her son, Don, and his family. She was a gifted musician who began her study of the piano at the age of five. She loved sharing her gift with family and friends and often played sing-a-longs at the Novato Whistlestop meal site and more recently at her residence at Tamalpais Creek. For many years she accompanied the Sirenaders (Sirs in Retirement) singers at performances at convalescent and retirement homes throughout Marin County. Irene is survived by her only son J. Don, of Novato, her daughter-in-law Nancy, and two granddaughters Lisa of Novato and Jennifer of Point Reyes Station. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Charles Dole, who passed in 1959. Irene will be remembered by everyone whose lives she touch for her sunny disposition, warm smile, sense of humor and her genuine love of people. A Mass in remembrance of her life was celebrated for the immediate family on December 8th. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, December 13th, 2002 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Vincent's Chapel, Marinwood, California. Inurnment will be in Southfield Michigan. Irene was a breast cancer survivor. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Marin Breast Cancer Council, PO Box 511, Kentfield, CA. 94914, or to your favorite charity. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151 

Edith Mewhirter Hawley
Passed away peacefully on December 8, 2002, at The Tamalpais, Greenbrae, CA. Edith was the wife of Edwin Hawley and sister of Leila Hawley, both of whom passed away a number of years ago. Edith lived in Marin County for over fifty years, residing in Sausalito for the majority of that time. Edith was born in Alliance, Nebraska, on August 18, 1908, and spent her early years there. She and her sister moved to San Francisco in the mid 1930's. At the outset of World War II Kenneth Bechtel asked Edith to join him as his Executive Assistant as he was creating Marinship in Sausalito. As Marinship grew into one of the most vital wartime shipyards on the West Coast, Edith was at the center of its activities. She enjoyed meeting dignitaries ranging from King Saud of Saudi Arabia to Bing Crosby as they visited Marinship in support of our war efforts. After the end of the war she remained in Kenneth Bechtel's office at Industrial Indemnity Company until her retirement. Edith was a lifelong traveler. She recalled with special enjoyment an airplane trip around the world in the mid-1950's, taken before jets shortened distances. She also enjoyed playing bridge with her friends at The Tamalpais. At Edith's request, no services will be held. She prefers that memorial donations be made in her name to your favorite charity. 

Jeanne Thekla Murgatroyd
Born October 5, 1924 in San Francisco, CA, passed away December 8, 2002 in San Rafael, CA. She was very much loved and will be missed tremendously. Dearly beloved wife of Kenneth Robert Murgatroyd and beloved mother of Kenneth, James, Jeanne, Lawrence and Patricia. Adored grandmother of nine and great-grandmother of one. She was a graduate of St. Rose Academy and a graduate of Cal. Berkeley. After graduating she went on to be a great Air Force wife and mother while traveling the world with a family in tow. Private Burial Services will take place at Golden Gate National Cemetery. Visitation Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 PM at Keaton's, San Rafael. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to The American Cancer Society, 25 Bellam Blvd., #150, San Rafael, CA 94901 or to the charity of your choice. Keaton's Mortuary 415-453-0571 

Koichi Nishimura
Passed away in Mill Valley on December 7, 2002 at age 88 years. He was a native of Japan. Friends and Family are invited to attend Services Thursday, December 12, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. at RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL, 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 415-388-1573 

Lillian M. Sternquist
Born February 13, 1920 and passed away peacefully at her Novato home on December 4, 2002. Lill was born and raised in Washington State where she met the love of her life, Robert E. Sternquist, Sr. Married over 56 and a half years, they resided primarily in California. She is survived by her adoring husband and their three children: Karen Whiteaker of Canoga Park, CA, Robert Sternquist of Fox Island, WA, and Vicki Grenewetzki of Novato. She will also be missed by her eight grandchildren and two great-grandsons. A Memorial Service is pending. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Marin. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151 

Helen K. Van Otteren, Beloved Mother and Wife
Helen Van Otteren passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, December 5, 2002 with her loving husband and children at her side. Helen was born on Monday, September 8, 1919 in Detroit, Michigan to Margarete and Walter Billany. She was 83 years old. Helen was a graduate of Northern High School in Detroit, Michigan. She swam at the Detroit Yacht Club and held a gold metal for the Breaststroke, State of Michigan in 1937 and 1938. Helen married Wilbur "Bud" Martin Van Otteren June 7th, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan. During her life Helen held several jobs, but she was most proud of being a mother, raising her children and being co-owner of her husband's pneumatic tube manufacturing business. Her husband of 63 years, Bud, her son Thomas (Grace Valenti) Van Otteren and her daughter Juliet (Iain McGarvie-Munn) Van Otteren survive Helen. She will also be greatly missed by her granddaughter Raina Van Otteren and Helen's brother Robert Billing. A Celebration of Helen's Life was held at Mount Tamalpais Mortuary. Private Inurnment was at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery in San Rafael. Funeral assistance provided by Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA 415-459-2500. 

Marcelle M. Bes
Died in Greenbrae December 4, 2002 at age 94. Born in San Francisco in 1908, she was a lifelong resident of San Francisco until 1997. Loving wife of the late Gabriel Bes. Dear mother of Denise (Frank) Carrade. Devoted grandmother of: Denis, Richard, and Martin Carrade. Robert (Ingrid Van Koppen) Carrade, Michelle (Garrett) Blake, and David (Christine) Carrade, and the late Christine and Claudine Carrade; great grandchildren, Danielle, Melissa, Jennifer, Marc, Matthew, Nicholas, Barton, Jacob, Elizabeth and Gabrielle Carrade, Emily and Sarah Blake. Beloved sister of the late Alphonse (Alice) Ardourel. Aunt of Rene (Louise) Courpet and the late George (Henriette) Courpet. She is also survived by cousins and other relatives in France. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at the Nazareth House on Saturday, and Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma. Memorial contributions may be made to Nazareth House, 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903, Notre Dame De Victories, 560 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA, or your favorite charity. KEATON'S MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571 

Nola Dawn Lewis, December 22, 1937~November 20, 2002
Nola passed gracefully and surrounded by love after living bravely with breast cancer for two years. She is survived by her daughter, Serita Basilio-Lewis of Marin County, by her sisters, Shirley LeDuc and Jean Roath of MN and by many circles of loving friends. Nola loved a challenge and worked hard all her life to be the best person that she could be. She loved motherhood, family and friends, writing, singing, art, work and gardening. She was a pioneer and we have all been touched by her strength, humor, wisdom and gentle spirit. Her life was an inspiration to all who knew her and we are all so glad that she was here. Friends are invited to join in a Celebration of Nola's Life on Saturday, December 14th from 2-5 p.m. The Memorial Service will be held at the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Novato, CA. Donations may be made in her honor to the Center for Attitudinal Healing, 33 Buchanan Drive, Sausalito, CA or to the charity of your choosing. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571 

Jean May Lyons
Born in 1917, died on October 28, 2002. Jean began painting in her early years, and then turned passionately to teaching for over three decades, mainly at Bel Aire School. She gave her time to children's literacy into her last years. Jean's love of the written word blossomed in her 70s and 80s into her own poems and stories of human loneliness and gentle irony contained in a humorous faith in life. For Jean, all religions sprang from the same Divine Source, and the B'Hai Community was her spiritual home. She is survived by her husband, of sixty one years, Robert E. Lyons. Jean will be remembered with love by her daughters, Victoria Gordon, and Anna Lyons-Roost of Eugene, her six grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and many dear family and friends. Donations in her name can be made to the Marin Public Library. 

Kenyon Lee Rayner, 1931 ~ 2002
Passed away suddenly and unexpectedly from a heart attack on November 18, 2002 while traveling in Cancun, Mexico. Daughter of Richard and Martha Reid, she was born September 26, 1931 in San Francisco. She graduated from Everett Junior High and Mission High School in San Francisco. She attended the University of California at Santa Barbara and Berkeley. She was married to Arno Rayner for 42 years. She is survived by her three children Eric Rayner of Novato, Jill Templeton of Los Gatos and Neal Rayner of Ross, her daughters-in-law Karen and Amy Rayner, her son-in-law John Templeton, three grandchildren, Michelle, Scott and Kevin, and her dogs Taffeta and Paddington. Beyond her immediate family she counted so many people as dear friends. You know who you are. Her passions included traveling, folk dancing, volunteering & swimming. She approached life with a sense of adventure and playfulness, yet was always available to help anyone in need. She wished to be remembered for always making every effort. A Celebration of Her Life will take place in January. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.


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