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Helen F. Curry
Died in Novato on January 29, 2003 at the age of 83. Helen was born in Vacaville and moved to Marin County 80 years ago. She was raised in Fairfax and lived in San Rafael for many years. She attended Fairfax Grammar School and graduated from Tamalpais High School in 1937, where she was elected Girl's Class President. She worked as an usherette at the Rafael Theater during the 1930's. Helen married Richard Curry in 1941, who predeceased her in 1993. Helen is survived by her loving children: Michael (Jan) Curry of Novato, Richard (Patty) Curry of San Rafael, Don (Jan) Curry of Petaluma, Bill and Bob Curry both of San Rafael and Kris (Ken) Manz of Petaluma. She was the dear grandmother of Terri (Don) Hoover, Brian, Adam, Julie, Matthew, Kara Curry, Elissa (Noah) Overton, Lelah Manz and Stephen (Stephanie) Manz. She also leaves her five great-grandchildren Rian and Zoe Hoover, Sierra, Emily and Ashley Overton. Helen was one of six children and is survived by her last brother Bob Hurt of Ukiah, and numerous nieces and nephews. Helen was the Marin County Women's Bowling Sportswoman of the year in 1999-2000. She was also an avid S.F. Giants fan. Friends are invited to attend the Memorial Mass on Tuesday, February 4, 2003 at 2:00 PM at San Rafael Mission Archangel. Inurnment private. Memorial gifts may be made to the American Diabetes Assn., P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio 44720 or to your favorite charity preferred. MONTE'S CHAPEL OF THE HILLS Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

Bianca Dixon Pata
Of Novato, died at the early age of 34 on January 22, 2003. She is survived by Jenny and Mike Dixon of Tomales. Bianca was born in England and grew up in Tomales. Everyone who knew Bianca loved her. She had a way of making people feel at ease. Bianca was a beautiful person with a wonderful sense of humor and zest for life. She spent many of her holidays volunteering at St. Vincent's dining room and was a longtime employee of Safeway. Bianca had a large close circle of friends, her presence is sorely missed and we are truly blest to have had her in our lives. Friends are invited to a Memorial on Saturday February 1, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of the Assumption, Tomales, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Humane Society. 

Jack Richard Curley
Died at home in Twain Harte, California on January 28, 2003 from complications related to esophageal cancer diagnosed in July 2002. He was a nine-year survivor of bladder cancer and an eight-year survivor of prostate cancer. Mr. Curley was a co-founder of the Sonora Area Prostate Cancer Support Group and a longtime, active member of Alcoholics Anonymous. He was treasurer of the Tuolumne County Democratic Club, a member of the Tuolumne County Democratic Central Committee, and until July 2002 was campaign treasurer and election-compliance officer of Paolo Maffei’s successful campaign for County Supervisor for the Second District. In 2000 he was elected a Bill Bradley delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, possibly the first from Tuolumne County to be such a delegate. Mr. Curley was a graduate of San Francisco’s Lowell High School (1945), University of California, Berkeley (1949), and UCLA Graduate School of Business Executive Program (1968). He was a business executive with three newspapers: Minneapolis Star & Tribune; San Fernando Valley Times; and Orange Coast Daily Pilot, Costa Mesa-Newport Beach (1964-1980). Most recently he retired from his post of 14 years as chief financial officer of the Koret Foundation, a $300 million grant-making, private foundation in San Francisco. He served in the U.S. Army in the Korean Conflict as a Private and a 2nd Lieutenant. His significant assignment was as a company officer of the Quartermaster Parachute Packing Training School at Ft. Lee, Virginia, training paratroopers from the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Elva Bennetts (Harding) Curley of the family home in Twain Harte. He had four children with his first wife, Norma Elkington Curley of Irvine, three stepchildren, three grandchildren and one step grandchild. These seven adult children, spouses and grandchildren are: Jean Catherine Curley of Long Beach; John Richard Curley (Denise), and Morgan of Pacifica; James Norman Curley (Roxanne), Scott and Georgia of New Canaan, CT; Janis Margaret Kell of Laporte, CO; Elva Doris Harding (Séamus Vanecko) of San Francisco; Bradley Miles Harding (Lucrecia Ceruti) and Tomás Richard of El Cerrito; and Edward James “Ted” Harding of San Francisco. Jack Curley was a fourth-generation Californian. He was the fourth of five sons of Clyde Curley and Mary Lamb Curley. Two of his brothers died in 1985: Clyde Curley Jr. (Lorraine) of Mill Valley; and William “Bill” Curley (Barbara) of San Rafael. He is survived by two brothers, Robert Curley (Frances) of Modesto; and Charles Curley (Nancy) of Larkspur; and many nieces and nephews throughout California and the nation. He is also survived by four of his five Goggin family cousins, including his good friend and tennis coach, Jim Goggin (Maria). When he married Elva on February 29, 1980 he joined her loving family of five Bennetts brothers in Australia, all of whom became close friends. They are Edward “Ted” Bennetts (Dorothy) of Neutral Bay, NSW; Ralph Bennetts (Edna) of Frenchs Forest, NSW; Geoffrey “Teck” Bennetts (Pat) of Chatswood, NSW; Paul Bennetts (now deceased) (Meryl) of West Mackay, Queensland; and John Bennetts (recently deceased) (Adelaide) of Wentworth Falls, NSW. A celebration of Jack Curley’s life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, February 1, 2003 at the Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sonora Area Foundation/Columbia College or Twain Harte Tennis Court Renovation Project, P.O. Box 577, Sonora, CA 95370; or Hospice of the Sierra/Visiting Nurse Association, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370. 

Fay Beth Crutchfield-Hill
Born November 16, 1947 in San Rafael, CA to the late Randolph & Iris Edwards-Crutchfield, passed January 26, 2003 in Marin County at age 55. She leaves to mourn her loving husband of 21 years Tommy Lee Hill, her son Randy Jackson, her two brothers & her sister, her sister-in-law & a host of other relatives and friends. Quiet Hour on Thursday, January 30th at 6:30-7:30 PM and the Funeral Service on Friday, January 31st at 11:00 AM at Cornerstone Community Church of God in Christ, 625 Drake Avenue, Marin City. Graveside Service will be at 1:30 PM at Skyview Memorial Lawn, 200 Rollingwood Drive, Vallejo following the Funeral Service. 

Bianca Dixon Pata
Of Novato, died at the early age of 34 on January 22, 2003. She is survived by Jenny and Mike Dixon of Tomales. Bianca was born in England and grew up in Tomales. Everyone who knew Bianca loved her. She had a way of making people feel at ease. Bianca was a beautiful person with a wonderful sense of humor and zest for life. She spent many of her holidays volunteering at St. Vincent's dining room and was a longtime employee of Safeway. Bianca had a large close circle of friends, her presence is sorely missed and we are truly blest to have had her in our lives. Friends are invited to a Memorial on Saturday February 1, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of the Assumption, Tomales, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Humane Society. 

Maria Teresa Harrison Rojas
Passed away peacefully on January 29, 2003, surrounded by loving family members. She is survived by her daughters Cecilia (Dr. Donald) De Martini of Ukiah, Carmen (Dan) Maguire of San Anselmo and her son Ricardo (Martha) Rojas of La Paz, Bolivia and 14 adoring grandchildren. Her husband of 62 years passed away last February. Mrs. Rojas was born on April 24, 1917, daughter of Eduardo Harrison, a prominent mining entrepreneur and Ambassador of Bolivia to the Court of England under the reign of King George. Maria Teresa was educated in Europe, married in Bolivia and moved to the U.S. in 1960. Mrs. Rojas will be remembered for her graciousness, her kindheartedness and compassion. A Rosary will be recited in her honor at St. Anselm's Catholic Church (corner of Shady Lane and Bolinas Avenue, Ross) on Friday, January 31, at 10:00 a.m. followed immediately by a Mass of Christian Burial. 

Albina Florence Zappettini
On Sunday, January 26, 2003 Albina Zappettini, 83, of San Rafael, CA passed away while surrounded by family at Marin General Hospital. A wife to her loving and devoted husband of 63 years Ernest Zappettini. Beloved mother of Dianne Wehrer and husband Glen of Santa Rosa, and the late David Zappettini. Adored as "Nonni" to her Grandchildren, Christina McLean and husband Ron of Rohnert Park, and Jill Wehrer and boyfriend Chris of Healdsburg; Great-Grandchildren, Krista Oroszi-McLean and Jordyn Ava McLean; and many nieces and nephews. Born and raised in St. Helena CA she was the daughter of the late John and Angela Mazza, and one of three sisters, Angelina Acquistapace and the late Evelyn Thorne. After completing her education, she moved to San Francisco where she met the love of her life Ernie. 14 years later she relocated to San Rafael where she raised her children and helped her husband with his book work for Marin Sanitary & Recycling, of which he was a partner. Albina was known for her generosity and caring for others and always had a kind word. Those who knew her truly loved her. She had a great love for animals and the beautiful flowers which she was famous for growing in her garden. Most of all she loved and adored her family; they were most important in her life. We will miss her always. A Rosary will be held at Keaton's Mortuary Thursday, January 30th at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, January 31st at 1:00 p.m. at Saint Raphael's Church, and Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Donations in Albina's memory may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925 or Alzheimer's Association of Northern CA, 4340 Redwood Hwy., Suite 23, San Rafael, CA 94903. 

Bennie J. Anselmo, Sr. "Ben"
At rest on January 27, 2003 at age 84, in San Francisco. Born in Richmond, CA. Devoted husband of Joan Anselmo for 61 years; loving father of Bennie J. (Beverly) Anselmo, Jr., Gina M. (David) Sierra, and the late Allen Anselmo; cherished grandfather of Alan (Marie) Anselmo, Jennifer Anselmo and Alexandra Sierra; beloved son of the late Girolomo and Madalena Anselmo; dear brother of Pietta Menosse and the late Bernard Anselmo and Cecile Granzella. Ben is also survived by many nieces, nephews, loving relatives in Liguria, Italy and also many devoted friends. A WWII veteran of the United States Marine Corp., Second Marine Division, Ben was also a director and share holder of Golden Gate Disposal and retired after 50 years. He was a life long avid sportsman who loved to hunt and fish with his family and friends. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Service on Thursday at Saints Peter and Paul Church where a Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM. Committal to follow at the Italian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to your favorite charity preferred. Arrangements under the direction of VALENTE MARINI PERATA & CO. 1-415-333-0161 

Phyllis Foret Benz
Died December 21, 2002 at the age of 87. She was a long time resident of Larkspur, and a graduate of San Rafael High School. She helped out in the war effort working as a welder in the Sausalito Shipyard. She began her career with the phone company as an operator in Larkspur and retired from the same company after over 30 years of employment. In her later years, she enjoyed traveling and being a member of the Goldenaires. She was preceded in death by her two sons, Ranger Benz and Robert Benz. She is survived by her grandchildren, Becky Eastman, Brenda Descalso, Ron Benz and Roger Benz, and six great-grandchildren. 

Richard Felix Gade
Richard Felix Sommeruy-Gade died peacefully at home in San Anselmo on January 22, 2003 at the age of 84 after a long battle with cancer. Dick was a 44 year resident of Marin with his wife, Joy, and his family. Dick is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joy; his son Richard Sommery-Gade of Hawaii; his daughter, Anne Glasscock, also of Marin; his grandson David Glasscock of Beaverton, Oregon; his grandson, Richard Sommery-Gade of Ukiah; his granddaughter, Misty Behnke of Redding; as well as great-grandson Brodie Behnke and great- granddaughter Breeanna Behnke also of Redding. A Memorial Service to honor his life will be held on February 1 at 2 PM at St. John's Episcopal Church, Ross. Memorial gifts may be made to Marin Hospice or Homeward Bound. 

Louise H. Hammond
Passed away peacefully on January 21, 2003, just four days before her 90th birthday. She was a long time resident of Marin County. Louise was born in Chehallis, Washington and moved to Ashland, Oregon at the age of 11. She attended what is now Southern Oregon College and received her teaching certificate there and eventually her undergraduate degree from Oregon State University. She met her husband, Richard Watt Hammond while they were both in college working summer jobs at the Oregon Caves resort, where she sang and he played the trumpet. They married, and moved to the Bay Area in the early 40s. Her husband preceded her in death in 1972. Louise was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She had many friends in Marin County, and spent her last several years at the Aldersly Retirement Community in San Rafael. She is survived by her daughter, Demaris Hammond, and her granddaughter, Lilah Gliksohn, of Berkeley. 

Jacqueline (Jackie) Mello Keane
In Kentfield January 26, 2003, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at age 78. Beloved wife of the late Francis J. Keane; loving mother of Candi (Kevin) Koolhoven, Pene (Bruce) Luchessa, Kittie (Tom) Raskowsky and John (Ann) Keane; adored grandmother of Tim (Kerry) Cleland and Amber, Michele Cleland, Leesa and Michelle Koolhoven, Devon and Trevor Luchessa, Kelcie, Chase, Tess and Cole Raskowsky, and Ashley, Kaitlin and Kyle Keane; sister of Norma Granucci, and daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jack Mello. She was a native of Sausalito, attended Central School, Tamalpais High and Marin College and moved to Mill Valley in 1953. Her husband was owner/operator of Keane's Meats for 32 years. Jackie was a former employee of the County Planning Department and bookkeeper for Keane's Meats for over 30 years. Jackie's passions, besides her involved dedication to family, included tennis, cooking, and numerous local organizations. She was a diligent member and fundraiser for the Childrens Brain Diseases Foundation, Marin Foundation, Friends of Arequipa, Marin General Hospital Volunteers, Mill Valley Outdoor Art Club, and the Italian Catholic Federation, Br. #161 of Larkspur. Family and Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass Saturday, February 1, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 3 Oakdale Avenue, Mill Valley. Friends may call Friday after 4:00 p.m. and attend a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. at Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel, Mill Valley. Memorial gifts preferred to Childrens Brain Diseases Foundation, 350 Parnassus Avenue, Suite #900, San Francisco, CA 94117 or to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 8 Oakdale Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573 

Frank M. Wilson
Passed away Saturday, January 25, 2003 surrounded by his loving wife of 53 years, Margaret (Peggy), daughters Eileen (Rubio) Koops and Erin Wilson Farley. Born 1926 to Arthur (Jack) and Hanora Wilson. He was a life long resident of Marin County, a graduate of St. Raphael's School, San Rafael High, and College of Marin. Frank worked for 40 years for PG&E. He was a recognized Navy veteran of WWII, an active member of St. Rita's Parish, member of Sons in Retirement, Marin Model A's, Native Sons, and a volunteer at San Anselmo Police Department. He is also survived by his granddaughters Jenna, Natalie, and Gabrielle, sons-in-law Dirk Koops and Andrew Kolari. He will be greatly missed by all. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass, Friday, January 31, 2003 at 10:00 AM at St. Rita's Catholic Church, Fairfax, CA. A Vigil Service will be held at the church Thursday, January 30, 2003 at 7:30 PM. Visitation after 6:30 PM Thursday at the church. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael, CA. Memorial gifts to St. Rita's Helping Hands, 100 Marinda Drive, Fairfax, CA. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

Sue Mary Young
Passed away suddenly Saturday, January 25, 2003 at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae. A native of Arkansas and longtime Novato resident. She was 74. Mary was a member of Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church and active in the Our Lady of Loretto Helping Hands Organization. She also enjoyed gardening and cooking. Mary is survived by her loving husband of 48 years George Young of Novato, adoring children Katie Lougee of Santa Rosa and Jim Young of San Jose, cherished grandchildren Heather, Olivia and Parker Lougee of Santa Rosa, and siblings Glenda Gilliland of Clearlake and Ron Stracener of Los Angeles. Family and friends are invited to visit on Thursday, January 30th from 3-8 p.m. with a Vigil being recited at 7 p.m. at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 31st at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Loretto, 1806 Novato Blvd., Novato. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Park, also in Novato. Memorial Contributions preferred to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151 

Albina Florence Zappettini
On Sunday, January 26, 2003 Albina Zappettini, 83, of San Rafael, CA passed away while surrounded by family at Marin General Hospital. A wife to her loving and devoted husband of 63 years Ernest Zappettini. Beloved mother of Dianne Wehrer and husband Glen of Santa Rosa, and the late David Zappettini. Adored as "Nonni" to her Grandchildren, Christina McLean and husband Ron of Rohnert Park, and Jill Wehrer and boyfriend Chris of Healdsburg; Great-Grandchildren, Krista Oroszi-McLean and Jordyn Ava McLean; and many nieces and nephews. Born and raised in St. Helena CA she was the daughter of the late John and Angela Mazza, and one of three sisters, Angelina Acquistapace and the late Evelyn Thorne. After completing her education, she moved to San Francisco where she met the love of her life Ernie. 14 years later she relocated to San Rafael where she raised her children and helped her husband with his book work for Marin Sanitary & Recycling, of which he was a partner. Albina was known for her generosity and caring for others and always had a kind word. Those who knew her truly loved her. She had a great love for animals and the beautiful flowers which she was famous for growing in her garden. Most of all she loved and adored her family; they were most important in her life. We will miss her always. A Rosary will be held at Keaton's Mortuary Thursday, January 30th at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, January 31st at 1:00 p.m. at Saint Raphael's Church, and Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Donations in Albina's memory may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925 or Alzheimer's Association of Northern CA, 4340 Redwood Hwy., Suite 23, San Rafael, CA 94903. 

David K. Arentzen
Passed away on January 21, 2003. He was a resident of San Anselmo. He was born in Seattle, WA on December 21, 1947, to Edith and Leslie Arentzen. He had lived in Fairfax, VA and Honolulu, HI before moving to the Bay Area. He was a graduate of Sonoma State University. He was formerly employed by Sola Optical, Petaluma, CA before taking early retirement due to health. David was a volunteer at the Guide Dogs for the Blind and a docent on the SS Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty Ship. David always had a positive outlook on life. He will be well remembered for his wonderful sense of humor. David loved to travel, cook and sail on the bay. He loved it best when he could be doing anything outdoors in the sun. He is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth, cousin Jon Hanlein and family of Novato, dear friend Renata Wesselhoft of Clearlake, uncle Charles Arentzen of Tucson, aunt Janet Keenen of Seattle and many cousins throughout the United States. He was predeceased by his parents and by his loving cousin, Doerte Ziegler who passed away one day before David. A Memorial Service is planned on February 5, 2003 at 11:00 AM at the Presbyterian Church of Novato, 710 Wilson Avenue, Novato, CA. Memorial donations may be made to the Guide Dogs for the Blind, P.O. Box 3950, San Rafael, CA 94912. 

Maygene Giari
Died in Pasadena on January 11, 2003. Her husband of 55 years, Fred, was at her side. Maygene was born in Fallon, Nevada in 1917, graduated from Stanford University in 1940, and received her Masters in Library Science from Columbia University in 1942. She worked in General George Marshall's office in Nanking, China, following the end of World War II. Later she was a correspondent for Time and Life Magazine in Shanghai. She returned from China in 1947 and married her college sweetheart, Fred Giari, from San Rafael, California. Maygene lived in Southern California since 1948 and made her home in Pasadena for the past 45 years. In addition to raising two children, Maygene was an inspirational teacher and librarian at Westridge School in Pasadena for many years. Upon her retirement from teaching, she moved with her husband to Bartlesville, Oklahoma for ten years. There she became actively involved in the League of Women Voters and the American Civil Liberties Union. She wrote studies on prison reform and testified before legislative committees on prisoners' rights. She remained committed to prison reform throughout her life, and will be remembered as a crusader for intelligent corrections policy. Maygene was dedicated to social justice and humanitarian causes. She believed that "...the pen is mightier than the sword," and sought to show her students that words could transform conditions. Thirty years after her retirement from teaching, students were still writing to her. She made a lasting impression on those she worked with. She loved her family, her pets, and her garden, and filled her life with activity, correspondence, and friendship. Her most-often repeated quotation was "...I've got so much to 'tend to." Maygene will be missed and remembered by her husband, daughter Helen and son Rick, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A Family Memorial Service will celebrate her life. 

Jeannette Marie Lawrence
Passed away at home on January 24, 2003. Loving mother of Anthony Lawrence and Laura Lawrence. Proud grandmother of Allison Stenseth. Devoted aunt of Ken Del Castillo. Loved cousin of Corinne Rathjen. Daughter of the late Germaine and Palmira Lapeyri, and sister of the late Lorraine Lapeyri. She attended Jefferson Grammar School and graduated from Polytech High School in 1951. Jeannette was a glamourous waitress at The Papagayo Room in The Fairmont Hotel for many years. She was a member of Culinary and Bartender's Union, Local 878 for 40 years. She then moved to Marin County in 1968 and worked at the Fairfax Cleaners. Jeannette was known for her kindness and sense of humor. Friends are invited to attend the Memorial Mass 10:00 AM Thursday at Notre Dame des Victoires Church, 566 Bush Street, S.F. Interment private. HALSTED N. GRAY~CAREW & ENGLISH San Francisco 

Marvel Rice
Passed away Friday, January 24th, 2003, at her home in Sonoma at age 80. Born in Turlock, California in 1922, Marvel was a loving wife, mother and friend who will be remembered for her kindness and generosity toward others. In addition to raising her four children, she worked as a bookkeeper for the Sausalito Yacht Harbor and later for Dominican College in San Rafael. She volunteered her time to the Madera Guild and Sunny Hills Children's Garden, serving as a past President. Marvel lived in Sonoma with her husband for the past 12 years. Marvel is survived by her beloved husband of 60 years, Richard Rice of Sonoma; her sons, David Rice of Vacaville, Stephen Rice and daughter-in-law Josefina Rice of Vallejo; her daughters, Sandi Myers and son-in-law Ron Myers of Corte Madera, Shelly Allen and son-in-law Jeremy Allen of Windsor; granddaughters Tina Myers of Tomales, Renee Myers of San Francisco, Stefanie Rice of Vallejo, Jennifer Rice of Vallejo; and great-grandson Trevor Myers of Corte Madera. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, January 29th at 1:00 p.m. at Redwoods Presbyterian Church in Larkspur. The family requests memorial donations to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements under the direction of Duggan's Mission Chapel, 707-996-3655. 

Frank M. Wilson
Passed away Saturday, January 25, 2003 surrounded by his loving wife of 53 years, Margaret (Peggy), daughters Eileen (Rubio) Koops and Erin Wilson Farley. Born 1926 to Arthur (Jack) and IIanora Wilson. He was a life long resident of Marin County, a graduate of St. Raphael's School, San Rafael High, and College of Marin. Frank worked for 40 years for PG&E. He was a recognized Navy veteran of WWII, an active member of St. Rita's Parish, member of Sons in Retirement, Marin Model A's, Native Sons, and a volunteer at San Anselmo Police Department. He is also survived by his granddaughters Jenna, Natalie, and Gabrielle, sons-in-law Dirk Koops and Andrew Kolari. He will be greatly missed by all. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass, Friday, January 31, 2003 at 10:00 AM at St. Rita's Catholic Church, Fairfax, CA. A Vigil Service will be held at the church Thursday, January 30, 2003 at 7:30 PM. Visitation after 6:30 PM Thursday at the church. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael, CA. Memorial gifts to St. Rita's Helping Hands, 100 Marinda Drive, Fairfax, CA. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

Primo Testa
Died quietly in his home on Thursday, January 23, 2003. Primo was born on December 31, 1908 in the village of Cardono Al Compo, in Lombardy, Italy. He came to Fairfax when he was one and a half years old and has lived there for over 94 years. He was the Assistant Fire Chief of Fairfax. He was also employed by the San Rafael Glass Company and worked in the Marin Ship Yards during WWII. He purchased the Novato Paint Company in 1957 and sold the business when he retired in 1977. Retirement kept him active. He was a life long member of St. Rita's Church, helping in fund raising, the construction of the new church, assisting at Bingo and attended daily Mass for many years. He was a member of the Novato Kiwanis Club for 40 years and still attended the weekly luncheons up to last week. He was a graduate of Fairfax Grammar School and Tamalpais High School. Primo was married to his late wife Mary Testa, who died last July, for 68 years. He is survived by his two sons Robert and his wife Jo Ann and Richard and his wife Madelene. Both sons are retired from the Marin County Fire Department. He is the dear grandfather of Michael, Vicki, Lynn, Joseph, Correne and Dominic Testa. He was the brother of Ann Clivio and Ermma Leonardi. He was the uncle of Dennis Clivio and Janet Morgan. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass on Thursday, January 30, 2003 at 10:00 AM at St. Rita's Church, Fairfax, CA. A Vigil Service will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 7:30 PM at the Church. Visitation will begin at 6:30 PM at the Church. Interment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael, CA. Memorial gifts may be made to Helping Hands at St. Rita's Church. MONTE'S CHAPEL OF THE HILLS Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

Lyle Andrew Voss
Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 7, 2003 at the age of 75. He was born in Oregon August 18,1927. Most of his childhood was spent in Walla Walla, Washington. At age 16 he moved to Sacramento, CA with his family. After a brief time in the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II, Lyle worked in home construction and remodeling in Sacramento, San Francisco and Marin counties. After retirement he returned to Sacramento. Lyle enjoyed hunting, fishing, oil painting and crossword puzzles. Until his death he was able to play a mean game of Scrabble, challenging his friends and family members. Lyle was preceded in death by his parents Nora and Andrew Voss, and his brother James Voss. He is survived by his brother Ronald Voss of New Mexico; former wife Luella Voss; daughter Deanna Beerman and her husband Ken of Rohnert Park, CA; son Dennis Voss and his wife Tori of Vallejo; daughter Leandra Voss of Sacramento. Four grandchildren Harold Nelson of Santa Rosa, CA; Sierra Voss of Vallejo, CA; Brad Nelson and his wife Heather, U.S. Navy, Ingleside, TX; Jessi Voss of Vallejo, CA. No services were held at Mr. Voss' request. Those wishing to do so may make a donation to the American Cancer Society. The family gratefully acknowledges the staff and volunteers at Arden Rehab and Care Center of Sacramento for their kindness to Lyle during his time there. 

Robert Sigurdur Bogason
Passed away January 7th, 2003 at home in Mill Valley. He is survived by his beloved daughter Lindsey and his ex-wife Peggy of Sonoma County; his sisters Janie Breckenridge, Joanna Taylor and Shirley Ricketts of San Diego; and numerous nieces and nephews. He now joins his parents Geir and Nelda Lindsey Bogason. Born January 4th, 1940 in San Diego. Bob graduated from San Diego State University and Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley . He was the labor lawyer for Southern Pacific Railroad for 27 years. He spent the last seven years of his career in private practice. Bob loved attending his daughter's volleyball matches, the 49ers, fishing and telling stories. The funeral will be held on Monday, January 27th, 2003 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 8472 Blossom Lane, Lemon Grove, CA. Burial immediately following the funeral at Greenwood Cemetery at 4300 Imperial Ave. San Diego. 

Esther F. Cooper
Beloved 60 year resident of San Rafael, Esther F. Cooper passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2003 at the age of 88, after a brief and swift decline in health at the end of a rich and wonderful life. She had moved to Portland Oregon in 1999 to be closer to her children, leaving countless adored friends and bridge partners in Marin County. As a Life Master duplicate bridge player, astute stock investor, and tennis player, she kept her mind and body sharp and agile to the end. Esther was born in 1914 in Toledo, Ohio, and graduated from Swarthmore College in 1936. She met and married Stanley D. Ulrich in 1940 after moving to the San Francisco Bay area with her parents and sister. They built their home on Highland Avenue in Country Club Heights in San Rafael, where they raised their three children, Stephen and Barbara Ulrich, now Portland residents, and Shari Ulrich, now residing in Vancouver, Canada. Following Stan's death in 1961, Esther married Dr. Charles E. Cooper in 1970 and continued following her passions of the theatre, music, the stock market, bridge, and her love of life and people. Following Chuck's death in 1990, she moved to Spinnaker Point and finally to Portland. She is survived by her three children, as well as stepdaughters Ann Phythian and Elizabeth Starr, her grandchildren Dustin and Brandon Aman, Dara Ulrich, Doug and Charles Phythian, Lizzie Dorfman, and Julia Graff. Her spirit was an inspiration to all who knew her, and she will be forever missed. Her children invite you to write ECooper998@aol.com. 

Brant Cameron DeRieux
Age 46 and a former Fairfax resident, died suddenly Sunday morning January 12th, 2003 at the Vacaville home he shared with his adoring wife, Gayle DeRieux. Left to grieve are his devoted mother, Eleanor DeRieux, of Fairfax and his father, Lewis Joe DeRieux, of Arnold. Brant was preceded in death by his beloved aunts, Charlotte Zurfluh of Yuba City and Virginia Buck of Stockton. Surviving him are his uncles Ron Zurfluh of Yuba City and Don Buck of Stockton, and his mother-in-law Viola Gurlin of Fairfield. Also missing Brant will be his first cousins Sandra Zurfluh and Tracy Howard of Yuba City, Laura DuBois of Stockton, Karen Mackey of Lockeford, Kathy DuBois of Gilroy, Bob Buck of Santa Rosa, husbands and wives of the above, plus ten second cousins. Brant was born in San Jose on March 29, 1956, and moved with his parents to Fairfax in 1963. He attended Deer Park School, White Hill, Sir Francis Drake High and graduated from San Andreas High in Larkspur. As an artist with exceptional musical talent, he never failed to contribute something of value to those he encountered. He faced many obstacles with tremendous insight and courage. Brant shall never be forgotten. Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Memorial Service at Fairfax Community Church, 2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 1st, followed by a reception at the family home in Fairfax. Memorial contributions may be made to the Marin National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 710 C Street, San Rafael, CA 94901. 

Deborah Mumma Edwards
Passed away on January 22, 2003, at home in Ross. Beloved wife of Josselyn Y. Edwards; loving mother of James H. Edwards of Sonoma, Stanley Edwards Solomon of San Francisco, and Lucy Phillips-Edwards of Ashland, OR; caring mother-in-law of Deborah A. Edwards, Charles I. Solomon, and James J. Phillips; cherished grandmother of Ashley, James, and Emily Edwards, Sophie and Joseph Solomon, and Noah Phillips-Edwards. Daughter of the late Stanley N. Mumma and Anna E. Davis Mumma of Lancaster, PA; beloved sister of Lucy M. Lord of Wellesley, MA; and loving aunt to eleven nieces and nephews in the Lord and Edwards families. Deborah was born March 10. 1934, in Lancaster, PA. She attended the Shippen School for Girls, and graduated from The Madeira School in 1951 and Bradford Junior College in 1953. She married Josselyn Y. Edwards on April 24, 1954, and they soon moved to Wayzata, MN. In 1968, the Edwards family moved to Ross, CA. Deborah was active in the Ross-Brookwood Guild of Sunny Hills Children's Garden, and the Marin Charitable Association. Deborah loved the arts. Having spent a good part of her formative years in movie houses, Deborah was respected as the authority on cinema old and new. She also loved the theater, especially Broadway musicals. Deborah greatly enjoyed traveling with Josselyn around the world during their forty nine years together, and she equally enjoyed holding court with him at local coffeehouses with friends. Her greatest joy was being with her grandchildren, and all children. Her humor, wit, kindness and love captivated everyone she knew, and for that we will always remember her. Friends and family are invited to a Memorial Service on Wednesday, January 29, at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Stephen's Church Arts Camp, or Homeward Bound of Marin. 

Louis R. LaMont, Jr.
Passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2003 in Novato, CA at age 80. A native of Houston, Texas. Lou was a San Francisco Muni Driver for 27 years and a master trainer for the Municipal Railway for the last ten years of his career. He was very proud of his military career. He served in the Marines in the Pacific during World War II, was wounded and received a Purple Heart. His hobbies included hockey, auto racing and extensive traveling. Lou is survived by his loving companion of 17 years and 2nd mom to his children Mary E. Casteen. His wife of 30 years, Betty, preceded him in death by 18 years. He is also survived by his children: Linda Luedtke, Frank LaMont, Annette Sellers, Rose Mary Stevenson, Charles LaMont, Robert LaMont and Louis LaMont III. His stepchildren: Michael Casteen, Katherine A. Knight and Linda Casteen. Grandchildren: Jennifer, Jason, Holly, Tammy, Dustin, Eric, Crystal, Brandon, Michael, Joseph, Mikey, Mary, Amanda, Robert, Joshua and Travis and great-grandchildren: Collin, Little Ray, Sierra, Kaylee and Jordyn. Friends and Family are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Monday, January 27th at 1:00 p.m. at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato. In lieu of flowers the family prefers donations to a charity of your choice. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151 

John Duncan Mackenzie
A San Rafael resident for more than 30 years, died peacefully on January 18, 2003, at the age of 71, after a brief illness. Born in Southern California to Barbara Haines and J.F. Mackenzie, General Manager of Hollywood Turf Club, Duncan grew up in Palos Verdes and San Marino. His training as an explorer scout and many visits to the desert and High Sierras gave him a deep love and knowledge of nature. He was most at home in wild places and was a sportsman, traveler, and naturalist. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Stanford University in education, later teaching in St. Helena and Ross. Always interested in history and its artefacts, he pursued his love for antiques with the keenness of a treasure hunter, taking pleasure in the whimsy and beauty of everyday objects. Those who knew him well greatly appreciated his sharp wit, sense of the absurd, and fineness of character. Independent to the last, he was interested in many subjects, and, once coaxed, had a wealth of knowledge and stories to share. He leaves three daughters: Heather Mackenzie, Minnesota; Hilary Mackenzie, Monterey Peninsula; and Avery Mackenzie, Amsterdam; two sisters: Joan Burke, Sedona; Gail Mackenzie, Carmel; and one grandson, Brennan Haelig, Minnesota. A Memorial will be held in Marin in April. If you would like to attend, please contact the family at P.O. Box 223575, Carmel, CA 93922. 

Rosalee McDaniel
On January 11, 2003 Rosalee made her transition from this world to be with her angels. Rosalee was born July 31, 1923 in Fairmont, West Virginia. Born Rosa Lee Davis, she attended Lumberport High School in West Virginia, completing her education at Protestant School for Nursing, Clarksburg, West Virginia, receiving her degree June 1, 1945. After her graduation, Rosalee spent a six-month internship at the Pineridge Indian Reservation in Pineridge, South Dakota. Rosalee was extremely proud of her profession, remaining actively licensed for 58 years. After moving to California in 1958, Rosalee worked for Kaiser Hospital in Walnut Creek before becoming the first Director of Nursing at the then new Kaiser Hospital in Terra Linda, continuing her career in Nursing until retirement from Kaiser in San Francisco, specializing in orthopedic nursing. During and into retirement, Rosalee was a consummate volunteer. She believed in being a "Healer of the Spirit" as well as the mind and body. Her volunteering included MOM'S (Meals of Marin) where she lovingly delivered meals throughout Marin to AIDS patients and their families, Homeward Bound (accepting donations for the homeless at the Farmers' Market & the Food Bank receiving food for the Family Resource Center), the Human Race, Dog Rescue, Aids Hospice Care, Dixie Little League and over 30 years of volunteer service to the Church of Religious Science. Rosalee was a devout member of the Marin Church of Religious Science where many, many hours were spent learning and practicing and "playing in spirit". Wanting to stay busy, Rosalee worked respite care with elderly persons, some years younger than her, who needed companionship and assistance in their daily living arrangements. She had the honor of being nominated for Volunteer of the Year in Marin County and had recently joined the Goldenaires, always living life to the fullest! Rosalee will be dearly missed by her loving daughter Deborah Lee Mullin and husband Raymond James Mullin, grandson Randy Neil Severson, stepgrandson Thomas Wayne Mullin, all of San Rafael CA, brother Dale Davis and wife Ethel, of Bluefield WVA, niece Diane Davis Yasong, nephews Mark Davis, Gib Watkins and wife Ruth, Scott Garvin and wife Shirley, and many grandnieces and nephews along with her extended family of friends who called her Mom and Grandma and "Very Special Friend". And of course, her most recent rescue in love, her Pekinese Scooter. Rosalee's sister Maxine Davis Garvin and brother Billy Davis passed away previously. A "Celebration of Life" will be held February 1, 2003 at 11:00 a.m., Chapel of the Hills, San Anselmo. Private Interment will be at Valley Memorial Park in Novato. Flowers are appreciated and memorial contributions in Rosalee's name may be made to Meals of Marin, 1111 East Francisco Blvd., San Rafael, CA 94901. 

Pacita Guerrero Ranjo
Died January 23, 2003 in Novato, at the age of 75. Pacita was born in Laoag City, Philippines on January 26, 1927. Pacita was a homemaker who went to church every Sunday and loved to cook. Pacita is survived by her husband of 60 years Juan Ranjo and her children: Carlito of Hawaii; Naty and Fred of the Philippines; Marites of Colorado; Shawn, Lettie, Lyn, Gee, Josie and Nora all of Novato. Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass on Monday, January 27, 2003 at Our Lady of Loretto Church, 1806 Novato Blvd., at 1:00 PM. A Visitation will be held Saturday, January 25th from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM and Sunday January 26th from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM with a Rosary at 3:00 PM at Keaton's Redwood Chapel. Interment will be at Valley Memorial Park. Memorial contributions are preferred to Helping Hands of Our Lady of Loretto Church. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato 415-897-1151 

Mary A. Rodriguez
Mary A. Rodriguez, born on February 2, 1912 in Monaca, PA , died on January 11, 2003. Mary was a resident of Novato and formerly of San Francisco. Mary was the beloved sister of Sam Setting; Sue Koerner (Charles); Martha Lopez; Dolly Francesconi; Fred Setting (Lexi); and James Setting. Her siblings Louis, Rose, Joseph and John Setting all preceded her in death. Mary is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at 11:00 AM on Monday, January 27, 2003 at our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church, 1806 Novato Blvd., Novato. Donations are preferred to: St. Gabriel School, 2550 41st Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato 415-897-1151 

Primo Testa
Died quietly in his home on Thursday, January 23, 2003. Primo was born on December 31, 1908 in the village of Cardono Al Compo, in Lombardy, Italy. He came to Fairfax when he was one and a half years old and has lived there for over 94 years. He was the Assistant Fire Chief of Fairfax. He was also employed by the San Rafael Glass Company and worked in the Marin Ship Yards during WWII. He purchased the Novato Paint Company in 1957 and sold the business when he retired in 1977. Retirement kept him active. He was a life long member of St. Rita's Church, helping in fund raising, the construction of the new church, assisting at Bingo and attended daily Mass for many years. He was a member of the Novato Kiwanis Club for 40 years and still attended the weekly luncheons up to last week. He was a graduate of Fairfax Grammar School and Tamalpais High School. Primo was married to his late wife Mary Testa, who died last July, for 68 years. He is survived by his two sons Robert and his wife Jo Ann and Richard and his wife Madelene. Both sons are retired from the Marin County Fire Department. He is the dear grandfather of Michael, Vicki, Lynn, Joseph, Correne and Dominic Testa. He was the brother of Ann Clivio and Ermma Leonardi. He was the uncle of Dennis Clivio and Janet Morgan. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass on Thursday, January 30, 2003 at 10:00 AM at St. Rita's Church, Fairfax, CA. A Vigil Service will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 7:30 PM at the Church. Visitation will begin at 6:30 PM at the Church. Interment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael, CA. Memorial gifts may be made to Helping Hands at St. Rita's Church. MONTE'S CHAPEL OF THE HILLS 

Ruth M. Imhoff
Passed away in Burlingame on January 22, 2003 at the age of 90 years. A native of San Francisco, she lived in Larkspur for 44 years. She was preceded in death by her husband William "Bill" Imhoff (1991), her beloved sisters Alice Johnston (2001) and Dorothy Coffee (1982). She is survived by her loving niece Dianne Nowak and caring nephews Bob Johnston and Pete Mufich; also by many nieces and nephews and great and great great nieces and nephews. Visitation for Family and Friends will be Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m. Chapel Services will be on Monday at 1:30 p.m. at DRISCOLL'S, COMISKY, ANDERSON, VALENCIA STREET SERRA MORTUARY, 1465 Valencia Street (at 26th Street). Burial will follow at Olivet Memorial Park, Colma, CA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a favorite charity. DRISCOLL'S, COMISKY, ANDERSON VALENCIA STREET SERRA MORTUARY 415-970-8801 

Katherine H. Meherin
Passed away peacefully on January 23, 2003, surrounded by her family. Katherine (known to all her grandchildren as Katie) was born in Burlingame on April 23, 1914 and was married to William Patrick Meherin in 1938. She lived in Marin County for the past 60 years. Loving mother of Carolyn Peters and son-in-law Bob Peters of Los Altos, Patrick Meherin and daughter-in-law Sue Meherin of Novato, and Michael Meherin and deceased daughter-in-law Linda Meherin of San Jose. Adored grandmother of William Peters, Steve Peters, Carrie Lorton, Molly Foley, Melanie Meherin, Mark Meherin, Melissa Meherin, and Chris Meherin. She also has five great grandchildren. She was an avid gardener, seamstress, opera lover and one of the original Avon Sales Representatives. She was a world traveler. She loved fly fishing in the Sierras with her family, was a loyal S.F. Giants fan and enjoyed her bowling team. In the years following her husband's passing in 1963 she worked at Stan's Sporting Goods before it became Oshman's, and went on to become an avid golfer. She traveled every winter to warm weather to play golf. Her life has been deeply and lovingly intertwined into the lives of all her family and she will be sorely missed. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, January 27, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 1000 Cambridge Street, Novato. The family respectfully requests no flowers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Novato Community Hospital, Attn.: Development Office, 180 Rowland Way, Novato, CA 94945. 

Pacita Guerrero Ranjo
Died January 23, 2003 in Novato, at the age of 75. Pacita was born in Laoag City, Philippines on January 26, 1927. Pacita was a homemaker who went to church every Sunday and loved to cook. Pacita is survived by her husband of 60 years Juan Ranjo and her children: Carlito of Hawaii; Naty and Fred of the Philippines; Marites of Colorado; Shawn, Lettie, Lyn, Gee, Josie and Nora all of Novato. Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass on Monday, January 27, 2003 at Our Lady of Loretto Church, 1806 Novato Blvd., at 1:00 PM. A Visitation will be held Saturday, January 25th from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM and Sunday January 26th from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM with a Rosary at 3:00 PM at Keaton's Redwood Chapel. Interment will be at Valley Memorial Park. Memorial contributions are preferred to Helping Hands of Our Lady of Loretto Church. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato 415-897-1151 

Peyton Huddleston Bray, Jr.
Age 65, died January 18, 2003. He is survived by his sister Lucinda Watrous, his children Lisa Bloom and Peyton H. Bray, III, their mothers Gloria Allred and Faustin Bray, and his grandchildren Sarah Bloom, Samuel Wong, Cosmo and Tennessee Cothran Bray. Peyton was a resident of Fairfax, CA for eight years after moving there from La Jolla, CA. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania 1960. A very private man, he loved his family, humor, the woods, birds, playing music, James Joyce, Jazz, and football. He was a consummate archivist who catalogued and annotated all of his life interests. There will be a Memorial Gathering at Perry Park in Fairfax, CA, on Sunday, January 26 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Association for Cultural Evolution (www.ace.to), or the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (www.NORML.org). He was dearly loved and will be forever missed. He was the funniest guy we ever knew. 

Joseph A. Emanuele
Of Novato, passed away at his home on Tuesday, January 21, 2003. He was 68 years old. A long time resident of Marin County, he moved here with his family from Brooklyn, New York in 1967. A veteran of the Korean Conflict and a Paratrooper, he was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division and later, a Green Beret. He proudly served in many Bay Area Army Reserve units until he retired as a Master Sergeant in 1993. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his two sons, Joseph and Kenneth; Kenneth's wife, Nancy, their daughter, Natalie, and many other loved ones on the East Coast. Services will be held on Saturday at 1:00 PM. at Valley Memorial Park in Novato. Donations may be made in his name to The Hospice of Marin. Keaton's Redwood Chapel of Marin 415-897-1151 

Wendell D. Ames
Wendell Darwin Ames, 99, of Ashland, Oregon, died Monday, January 13, 2002 at home. He is survived by sons, John W. Ames (Janet Boggia) of Ashland and David B. Ames (Candace) of Hilo, Hawaii; grandchildren, Erica Nichols, Alice Lyle, John D. Ames, Alisa Ames, Marisa Ames; and three great-grandchildren, Jack Ames, Sam Nichols, and Oonagh Nichols. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Alice Slama Ames of Paxton, Nebraska. Wendell was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on June 24, 1903 to Isaac D. Ames and Nelle Gooch Ames and moved to California in 1938. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1927 and received his Master's degree from Columbia University in 1933. He taught in a one-room log school in Idaho in the 1920's, Lincoln (Nebraska) High School in the early 1930's and Tamalpais and Redwood High Schools in Marin County, California from 1954 to 1968. With his wife, he owned and operated Ames Book Shop in San Francisco's Financial District from 1939 to 1958, he was a civilian employee of the U.S. Navy on the San Francisco Embarcadero, and he volunteered as an aircraft spotter during WWII. He served on the Mill Valley (California) School Board in the 1950's and was a member of the Marin County School District Reorganization Committee. He was also a tutor for Native American Children, a CDF fire watch volunteer and an election volunteer in El Dorado County, California. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Litwiller -- Simonsen Funeral Home and Crematory, Ashland, Oregon. Interment will be at the family plot in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

M. Joan Amidei
On January 20, 2003, Joan Amidei died peacefully, surrounded by her family, at Marin General Hospital. Joan was born on August 12, 1932 to Joseph and Mary Powers of Edina, MN. She attended the Academy of the Holy Angels in Minneapolis and St. Louis Park High School in St. Louis Park. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1954, where she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority and active in theater and speech. In 1957, she moved to Chicago and became a television writer and producer for an advertising firm. While in Chicago, she met Neal Amidei, and the two were married in 1961. In 1968 the couple moved their burgeoning family to San Francisco and then ultimately settled in San Rafael. In 1975, Joan joined her husband at The Amidei Group, a strategic marketing, communications and public relations firm, where she worked as an executive for 25 years. A devoted, loving wife and mother, her many talents, her sense of humor, and her capacity for compassion, tolerance and love will be well remembered by her family and friends. Joan is survived by her husband of 41 years, Neal; her sons Christopher, Geoffrey, and Brian; her daughters-in-law Anna and Joan; and her grandchildren, Nathaniel and Eleanor. Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Service at noon on Saturday, January 25, 2003 at St. Hilary Church, 765 Hilary Drive, Tiburon, CA. In lieu of flowers, please remember Joan to the charity of your choice. 

Filomena L. Rosa
Died in San Rafael Monday January 20, 2003. She was 91. Loving wife of the late Frank S. Rosa and dear mother of Mary Theresa Nunes, Maria Angelina Silva and the late, Manuel Freitas Rosa and Edward S. Rosa. Beloved sister of Edwina Silva. Adored grandmother of eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Filomena was a native of Espalhafatos Faial Acores. She came to the San Joaquin Valley in 1958 and lived there until 1970 when she and Frank moved to Marin to be close to her family. She was proud of her family and devoted to the Portuguese organizations and the lady of Fatima. She was a member of Rainha Santa Ezabel. Friends are invited to attend a Rosary Saturday January 25, 2003 at 11:45 AM at St. Raphaels Church San Rafael immediately followed by the Mass of Christian Burial. Visitation will begin one hour before the Rosary at the church. Interment Monday at 10 AM at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. KEATON'S MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael, CA 1-415-453-0571 

Dale L. Schultz
Passed away peacefully on January 21, 2003. He was the beloved husband of Olivia, devoted father to Richard (Jennifer) and Diane Schultz; dear grandfather of Rebecca and Susan Schultz, brother of Eva Brass of Iowa Falls, Iowa; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Born in Hubbard, Iowa, he served 20 years as a U.S. Army officer earning the rank of Major in the Military Police. He then spent 20 years as a Supervising Special Investigator for the Department of Motor Vehicles. He loved to play golf. He was a member of Tamalpais Golf Club, Sirs Branch #47, The Retired Officers Association and the Goldenaires. At Dale’s request no services will be held. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society (Marin County only) 25 Bellam Blvd., Suite 150, San Rafael, CA 94901. Arrangements by ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, Petaluma, CA. CHEDA & LYON ~ 707 789-9000 

Josephine A. Taylor
Age 88, of Ashton Drive, Morrisonville, New York and formerly of San Rafael, CA died Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at the CVPH Medical Center. She was born in San Anselmo, CA on December 25, 1914 the daughter of Dominic and Mariane (Rhoda) Prola. Josephine married William D. Taylor in Lake Tahoe, CA in 1945. Mr. Taylor died in 1986. Mrs. Taylor was a member of St. Alexander's Church. Survivors include one son, Michael Taylor and his wife Rose Marie of Morrisonville, NY; one grandson, Paul Taylor of Los Angeles, CA; two granddaughters, Mary Ann Bass and her husband Andrew of San Diego, CA and Jillian Taylor of Morrisonville, NY. One son, Dennis J. Taylor, one brother, Joseph Prola and one sister, Emma Pinza died earlier. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the R.W. Walker Funeral Home in Plattsburgh, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at St. Alexander's Church in Morrisonville. Burial will be at a later date in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Jessie Carolyn Parker Baldwin
Passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 20, 2003 in San Rafael, California at the age of 100. Beloved mother and mother-in-law of Raymond and Lisette Baldwin of Novato, CA. She was predeceased by devoted daughter's Elaine Eman and Catherine Haight and by son's Bruce and James Baldwin of California and Oregon respectively. Her parents were Amy and Perry Parker of Albany, Oregon. Several grand and great grandchildren survive to remember her as the recent matriarch of a large family that are descendants of the early pioneers that settled the West in the early 1800's. She has chronicled many exciting episodes of life in those early days that hopefully will be published. Services will be held Friday, January 24th at 2:00 PM with a graveside ceremony at Sand Ridge Cemetery in Linn County, Oregon. Keaton Mortuary 1022 E Street San Rafael, CA (415) 453-0571 

Rosalee McDaniel
On January 11, 2003 Rosalee made her transition from this world to be with her angels. Rosalee was born July 31, 1923 in Fairmont, West Virginia. Born Rosa Lee Davis, she attended Lumberport High School in West Virginia, completing her education at Protestant School for Nursing, Clarksburg, West Virginia, receiving her degree June 1, 1945. After her graduation, Rosalee spent a six-month internship at the Pineridge Indian Reservation in Pineridge, South Dakota. Rosalee was extremely proud of her profession, remaining actively licensed for 58 years. After moving to California in 1958, Rosalee worked for Kaiser Hospital in Walnut Creek before becoming the first Director of Nursing at the then new Kaiser Hospital in Terra Linda, continuing her career in Nursing until retirement from Kaiser in San Francisco, specializing in orthopedic nursing. During and into retirement, Rosalee was a consummate volunteer. She believed in being a "Healer of the Spirit" as well as the mind and body. Her volunteering included MOM'S (Meals of Marin) where she lovingly delivered meals throughout Marin to AIDS patients and their families, Homeward Bound (accepting donations for the homeless at the Farmers' Market & the Food Bank receiving food for the Family Resource Center), the Human Race, Dog Rescue, Aids Hospice Care, Dixie Little League and over 30 years of volunteer service to the Church of Religious Science. Rosalee was a devout member of the Marin Church of Religious Science where many, many hours were spent learning and practicing and "playing in spirit". Wanting to stay busy, Rosalee worked respite care with elderly persons, some years younger than her, who needed companionship and assistance in their daily living arrangements. She had the honor of being nominated for Volunteer of the Year in Marin County and had recently joined the Goldenaires, always living life to the fullest! Rosalee will be dearly missed by her loving daughter Deborah Lee Mullin and husband Raymond James Mullin, grandson Randy Neil Severson, stepgrandson Thomas Wayne Mullin, all of San Rafael CA, brother Dale Davis and wife Doris, of Bluefield WVA, niece Diane Davis Yasong, nephews Mark Davis, Gib Watkins and wife Ruth, Scott Garvin and wife Shirley, and many grandnieces and nephews along with her extended family of friends who called her Mom and Grandma and "Very Special Friend". And of course, her most recent rescue in love, her Pekinese Scooter. Rosalee's sister Maxine Davis Garvin and brother Billy Davis passed away previously. A "Celebration of Life" will be held February 1, 2003 at 11:00 a.m., Chapel of the Hills, San Anselmo. Private Interment will be at Valley Memorial Park in Novato. Flowers are appreciated and memorial contributions in Rosalee's name may be made to Meals of Marin, 1111 East Francisco Blvd., San Rafael, CA 94901. 

Polly Jane Seastrom
Passed away January 14, 2003 at the age of 84. She was born in San Francisco , graduated from Lowell High School and Stanford University. She was married for 54 years to Norris, who passed away in '98. She is survived and will be missed by her daughters, Signe (John) Lando, Fairfax, CA, Karen (Charles) Bowen, Redmond, WA, and Nan (Gene) Toulouse, Foster City, CA. and grandchildren Todd and Stephanie Lando, John Bowen, Barry and Derek Toulouse and four great-grandchildren. She will be remembered for her love of music and her quick wit and sense of humor. At her request, there will be no service. 

Dennis Kirk Smith
Dennis was born April 13, 1953, San Francisco, CA. His mother Virginia, father Smitty preceded him in death. Dennis passed away December 27, 2002 after a short illness. Dennis was a free spirit who cared for his family and friends. He grew up in Terra Linda & is survived by his brothers Hansel, Wendel, Terry and John; sisters Candice, Cindy, Cathy and Tina, and many nieces nephews. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday January 25, 2003 at Sausaliato Christian Fellowship, 131 Filbert St., Sausalito. Contributions may be made to Helen Vine Detox or Saint Vincent. Much thanks to Toni. 

Gino P. Cecchi
Passed away on January 17, 2003. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth; devoted father of Barbara, Paul and Alan Cecchi; dear grandfather of Gina, Nicholas and Robert; loving stepfather of Susan, Bonnie, Victoria and John Skakel. Mr. Cecchi was a native of Chicago and 80 years old. He practiced law and accounting for over 50 years in S.F. Gino was a decorated Veteran of WWII, a member of the California State Bar Assn., A.I.C.P.A. and II Cenacola. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass on Thursday, January 23, 2003 at 10:30 AM at St. Anselm's Catholic Church, Shady Lane and Bolinas Road, Ross, CA. A Vigil Service will be held on Wednesday, at 7:30 PM at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, 330 Redhill Avenue, San Anselmo, CA. Interment private. Memorial gifts to St. Anthony's Dining Room or your favorite charity preferred. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

Alice Freiermuth
Passed away on January 18th, 2003 in San Rafael. Dear and beloved wife for over 60 years of the late Paul Freiermuth. Loving mother of Lynne and Frank Cambou, Dean and Carole Freiermuth, and Gary and Yolanda Freiermuth. Adored grandmother of Scott, Megan, Todd, Jenny, Paul, and Katie Freiermuth and Randy and Michele Cambou. Idolized great-grandmother of William Freiermuth. Alice was a kind and loving friend to many at Drake Terrace. She was a past matron of Richmond Chapter O.E.S. and past Grand Representative to the state of Vermont, O.E.S. She was a graduate of Mills College and an avid bingo player and Giants fan. She was a dear person who will be missed by all who knew her. We wish to thank all the incredible people at Hospice of Marin. Their kindness, loving care, and compassion were truly a blessing to our family. Memorial donations in memory of Alice may be made to: Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. Private Graveside Services to be held. 

Robert Standish Gittings
Passed away January 16, 2003 in his home, surrounded by his family, at 72 years of age. Survived by beloved wife of 42 years, Mary; his children Meredith of San Francisco, Royce of San Diego, and Bradley of San Francisco; grandchildren Daniel and Justin of San Diego; and brothers William and John of Racine, Wisconsin. Born in Racine, Wisconsin on August 3, 1930 to William and Carolyn Gittings, Mr. Gittings was a long time resident of Marin County. Designer and manufacturer of Gold Medal Furniture, he was recognized for his "uniquely innovative" designs by the American Society of Interior Design (ASID) and The Smithsonian Institute. One of the founding members of The Marin Opera Company, he served as president for two years. He was involved in political fundraising and campaign management at the local, state and national levels. A loving father, he will be dearly missed by his family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, January 25, 2003 at the Sausalito Presbyterian Church, 112 Bulkley Avenue. Gifts in his memory may be made to the charity of your choice. 

Edward James Laigniez-Cleary, November 18, 1924 ~ December 31, 2002
Passed peacefully into rest at the Menlo Park Veterans Hospital. Born in Chicago, Jim grew up there and in St. Joseph, Michigan. He served in the Navy during WWII as a naval gunner on merchant marine ships that made the perilous Atlantic crossing to bring vital supplies to our troops in France. After the war Jim attended Illinois Institute of Technology where he studied architecture, then came out to California and went back to sea, sailing worldwide aboard freighters from the West Coast. Jim inherited a lifelong love of France and all things French from his mother, Blanche, who was herself born in Lille. A long time resident of Mill Valley where for a time he operated a popular restaurant, Jim is deeply mourned by his loving wife Elisabeth, several relatives in France, and his many friends in the community. James was a longtime member of the 1st Church of Christian Science in Mill Valley, and a Memorial Service will be held at his home in Mill Valley, at 10:00 AM on Saturday, January 25th, 2003 (415-383-3789). According to his wishes his body was cremated and his ashes will be scattered at sea after the Service. Jim will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by his many friends and neighbors in the community as well as his beloved dogs, Frazier and Baxter. James was always sure that "all dogs go to Heaven," and no doubt he is now there surrounded by them. 

James Angelo Soldavini
Passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2003. Mr. Soldavini is survived by his loving wife Etta Soldavini of San Rafael; his daughter June (Duane) De Vincenzi; his sister Camille Mariani of Greenbrae; brother of the late Charles Soldavini, two granddaughters Laure Nichols and Michele Rucker. Also survived by two great-grandchildren. Mr. Soldavini was an office employee of the M.M.W.D. for 47 years. He played 3rd base for the semi-pro baseball team The San Rafael Merchants. He was a former member of the Elks Lodge in San Rafael. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass on Thursday, January 23, 2003 at 10:30 AM at St. Raphael's Catholic Church, San Rafael, CA. A Vigil Service will be held at the church on Wednesday, January 22, 2003 at 8:00 PM. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the church. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts to Alzheimer's Association, North Bay Chapter, 4340 Redwood Hwy., Suite 23, San Rafael, CA 94903 preferred. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

Sarah Bonita Todd, Passed away January 17, 2003
Retired Lieutenant Colonel Sarah B. Todd has resided in Mill Valley since 1965. After serving on active duty for 26 years, she was retired from the U.S. Army at the Presidio of San Francisco in 1968. She has been a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Tiburon, California, since 1973, where she served as elder, deacon, clerk of session, chairperson of the Spiritual Life Committee, as Redwoods Presbytery commissioner to the 1983 General Assembly and as a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly Committee on Presbytery and Synod Boundaries. Sarah Todd has served as a volunteer with the Terwilliger Nature Education Center, in the Latch Key program of the New Family Network of the Santa Venetia Community Center, as a tutor in the English as a Second Language Marin County Literacy program and as a Senior Peer Counselor in the Marin County Mental Health Older Adult Services. Reared in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the youngest of seven children, she received a bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Alabama and a master's degree in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. After graduation from college in 1937 she took the position of Girl Scout executive in Peoria, Illinois, until she entered the military service in 1942. Serving in the States and Frankfurt, Germany, her military assignments included duty as company and battalion commander; chief of military social work at Fort Ord Army Hospital and Letterman Army Hospital Medical Center, Presidio of San Francisco; chief of Troop Information, Northern Area Command, Frankfurt, Germany; chief of Oral Communications Department, Army Information School; Chief of Mobilization Branch, Plans and Operations, Headquarters Sixth U.S. Army, Presidio of San Francisco. She is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and was awarded the Legion of Merit for outstanding meritorious service. She is survived by (her brother Lazarus H. Todd, Sterling, Virginia, and) many nieces and nephews in the south and east. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, January 23, 2003 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Tiburon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Memorial Fund of Westminster Presbyterian Church, 240 Tiburon Boulevard, Tiburon, CA 94920. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL Mill Valley 

Helen Westin
Passed away January 16, 2003 in Santa Rosa, CA. Wife of the late George Westin. Mother of Jim, Myron, and Michael Westin and Georgeine Cannon. Also survived by eight grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. Sister, Manulita Rioux, relatives Sherrill and Lisa Westin and Rose Cox. Mrs. Westin was a native of New Mexico and a Marin County resident for 44 years. She was a homemaker for 58 years and loved to be surrounded by her family. Private Services are being held for family members. 

Elizabeth (Betty) Cheesewright
Was born in San Francisco in 1912. At age sixteen she became a professional dancer and for the next ten years traveled extensively throughout the world including three years in the Far East. She later became a fashion model in San Francisco. After she retired she moved to Marin and lived in Kentfield until passing away January 16, 2003 at the age of 90 years. Her parents and sister, Vivian, preceded her in death by many years. She left no relatives but had many good friends, notably Sophie and Ed Filippetti of Santa Rosa, Carol Ann Prendergrast of Connecticut and Vicki Wolf of Greenbrae. A Rosary and Mass will be held Wednesday, January 22, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Sebastian's Church in Greenbrae. Interment to follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael. Memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities, 2255 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94117. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

Dr. Edward H. "Ted" Maxwell
In Sacramento, CA on January 7, 2003 of a long term illness. Son of Dagmar (Sorenson) and Grant H. Maxwell, born in Alameda CA on May 21, 1933, the grandson of the Captain of the last four-masted sailing vessel on the West Coast. He is predeceased by them, his daughter Kristen Gail Maxwell and dear friend Ann Odom. Present at his bedside were his beloved daughters Karen and Leslie Maxwell, granddaughters Jessica and Sara Carmichael. Ted is survived by Karen (Tom Olson), grandsons Tyler, Connor and Mackenzie Secrest of Granite Bay and Leslie (Don Judd), granddaughters Jessica and Sara Carmichael of Elk Grove, a sister Anne Marie Maxwell of Santa Cruz and his former wife Judith Embree of Rancho Murieta. Ted was a graduate of Alameda High School, attended U.C. Berkeley and U.C. Medical Center, School of Dentistry, San Francisco. Following graduation he served in the U.S. Army as a Captain, supervising the Dental Unit of Coleman Barracks in Mannheim, Germany where Kristen and Leslie were born. While in Germany Ted developed a love of travel and hiking in the mountains. With his young family he enjoyed backpacking trips in the Sierras and they all mastered the climb up Half Dome in Yosemite Valley. Ted later returned to Europe and ascended the Matterhorn in Switzerland. Twice while skiing the Sierras he broke a leg, despite that, typical of his adventurous spirit, he continued skiing for many years. He relished his frequent motorcycle trips which he continued to pursue with the recent purchase of a new Harley. Dr. Maxwell's professional career in Marin Co. began July 1961 when he opened his dental practice in Terra Linda. He delighted over the years in treating generations of many families, retiring in May 1998. During the years he served as Assoc. Professor at U.C.S.F. Dental School. Ted derived considerable satisfaction from the opportunity to influence young dentists and imbue them with the love and respect he held for his profession. He continued his college association with Xi Psi Phi Dental Fraternity at U.C. S.F., serving in an advisory capacity. On many days the love of sailing found him on the water of San Francisco Bay in his sail boat "Dagmar", christened in honor of his mother. Photography became an avocation he pursued on his travels and which he loved to practice on his family from the time his daughters were toddlers to his last efforts at Thanksgiving. Ted leaves behind long time dear friends, Mike Prenter of Berkeley, Drs. Tony Smith and Sam Jaber who were his roommates at U.C.S.F., his partners Dr. Stan Rutner and John Bozich of Marin and Ralph Jacobs, MD who offered Ted the opportunity to open his practice in Terra Linda. Ted's family and friends will certainly miss his quirky sense of humor and remember his self description on his license plate CURMUGN (an irascible fellow), and that he could be, however he did it with style; he lived his life his way and enjoyed it. Thank you U.C. Davis Med. Center, Sacramento for the caring and supportive assistance to Ted and family. At Ted's request remembrances may be made to: The Terra Linda High School Edward H. Maxwell Scholarship Fund for students interested in the health care field, at Terra Linda High School, 320 Nova Albion, San Rafael CA, 94903. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at 1:30 p.m. on February 1st. at the Sheraton Four Points in San Rafael (Terra Linda), Highway 101 and Freitas Parkway. 

Dr. Edward H. "Ted" Maxwell
In Sacramento, CA on January 7, 2003 of a long term illness. Son of Dagmar (Sorenson) and Grant H. Maxwell, born in Alameda CA on May 21, 1933, the grandson of the Captain of the last four-masted sailing vessel on the West Coast. He is predeceased by them, his daughter Kristen Gail Maxwell and dear friend Ann Odom. Present at his bedside were his beloved daughters Karen and Leslie Maxwell, granddaughters Jessica and Sara Carmichael. Ted is survived by Karen (Tom Olson), grandsons Tyler, Connor and Mackenzie Secrest of Granite Bay and Leslie (Don Judd), granddaughters Jessica and Sara Carmichael of Elk Grove, a sister Anne Marie Maxwell of Santa Cruz and his former wife Judith Embree of Rancho Murieta. Ted was a graduate of Alameda High School, attended U.C. Berkeley and U.C. Medical Center, School of Dentistry, San Francisco. Following graduation he served in the U.S. Army as a Captain, supervising the Dental Unit of Coleman Barracks in Mannheim, Germany where Kristen and Leslie were born. While in Germany Ted developed a love of travel and hiking in the mountains. With his young family he enjoyed backpacking trips in the Sierras and they all mastered the climb up Half Dome in Yosemite Valley. Ted later returned to Europe and ascended the Matterhorn in Switzerland. Twice while skiing the Sierras he broke a leg, despite that, typical of his adventurous spirit, he continued skiing for many years. He relished his frequent motorcycle trips which he continued to pursue with the recent purchase of a new Harley. Dr. Maxwell's professional career in Marin Co. began July 1961 when he opened his dental practice in Terra Linda. He delighted over the years in treating generations of many families, retiring in May 1998. During the years he served as Assoc. Professor at U.C.S.F. Dental School. Ted derived considerable satisfaction from the opportunity to influence young dentists and imbue them with the love and respect he held for his profession. He continued his college association with Xi Psi Phi Dental Fraternity at U.C. S.F., serving in an advisory capacity. On many days the love of sailing found him on the water of San Francisco Bay in his sail boat "Dagmar", christened in honor of his mother. Photography became an avocation he pursued on his travels and which he loved to practice on his family from the time his daughters were toddlers to his last efforts at Thanksgiving. Ted leaves behind long time dear friends, Mike Prenter of Berkeley, Drs. Tony Smith and Sam Jaber who were his roommates at U.C.S.F., his partners Dr. Stan Rutner and John Bozich of Marin and Ralph Jacobs, MD who offered Ted the opportunity to open his practice in Terra Linda. Ted's family and friends will certainly miss his quirky sense of humor and remember his self description on his license plate CURMUGN (an irascible fellow), and that he could be, however he did it with style; he lived his life his way and enjoyed it. Thank you U.C. Davis Med. Center, Sacramento for the caring and supportive assistance to Ted and family. At Ted's request remembrances may be made to: The Terra Linda High School Edward H. Maxwell Scholarship Fund for students interested in the health care field, at Terra Linda High School, 320 Nova Albion, San Rafael CA, 94903. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at 1:30 p.m. on February 1st. at the Sheraton Four Points in San Rafael (Terra Linda), Highway 101 and Freitas Parkway. 

Henrietta von Husen Rice
A life long resident of San Rafael, California, passed away on December 31, 2002 at the age of 86. She was born in San Rafael on July 26, 1916 to Harry and Margaret vonHusen, graduated from San Rafael High School in 1933 and worked for many years as a secretary at the Bank of America in San Rafael. Henrietta married William A. Rice on April 16, 1938 and her husband of 47 years preceded her in death in 1984. She was a long time member of the Independent Order of Foresters and the San Rafael Goldenaires. Henrietta is survived by her son, James A. Rice and his wife, Gwyn, of Cache, Oklahoma; three grandchildren, Tim Winders and his wife Mara, Ken Winders and his wife Sherry, all of Levelland, Texas, and Elizabeth Conner and her husband Jack, of Lawton, Oklahoma; as well as her six great-grandchildren: April Conner and Michael Conner of Lawton, Oklahoma, Zachary Winders, Zane Winders, McKenna Winders and William Winders, all of Levelland, Texas. She is also survived by her nieces and their husbands, Katie and Larry Kinder of San Rafael and Pat and Mel McCormack, of Corte Madera, as well as a great-niece, Shelley McCormack of Chicago, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sisters, Helen Donovan and Alyce Mellen. No services will be held at her request. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be directed to: Project Independence, 555 Northgate Drive, Suite B-1, San Rafael, CA 94903 or Guide Dogs for the Blind, 350 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael, CA 94903. 

Andrew Whitehouse Simpson III
Born April 1, 1914, in San Francisco, to Lola Davis Simpson and Andrew Simpson Jr., Andy Simpson passed away January 8, 2003 at his home in Carmel, CA. He is survived by Ann, his wife of 50 years, and his children, Thomas Bowman of Honolulu, Suzanne Mattmiller of Greenbrae, Pamela Davis of Dallas, Diana Baldanza of Sebastopol, Andrew Simpson IV of Novato, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Andrew attended Menlo School for Boys and Stanford University. He was in the brokerage business with Schwabacher and Company in San Francisco until 1940. In 1941, he acquired and became President of Western Die Casting Company in Emeryville and remained so until 1985. His business affiliations include the American Die Casting Institute (President), the Society of Die Casting Engineers (outstanding achievement award recipient), California Cast Metals Assn. (one of the founding members), Emeryville Industries Assn. (President). Andrew was third generation director of the Bank of Stockton, after his father and grandfather. A.W. was an avid and excellent domino, poker and cribbage player. He enjoyed fly fishing trips to Wyoming, Dixieland jazz, Barbershop Quartet singing and his poodles. Andrew was a member of the Olympic Club, the Meadow Club, the Yosemite Club, the Lake Merced Golf Club, the Presidio Golf Club and a director of the Commercial Club of San Francisco. Andy was a great supporter of Ducks Unlimited and the Family Club of San Francisco. He was a trustee of the Marine Corps Devil Pups Program and one of the founders, in 1947, of the Guardsmen of San Francisco. Private family services have been held. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Guardsmen of San Francisco. A.W. will be deeply missed by his devoted family and many dear friends. HALSTED N. GRAY - CAREW & ENGLISH 

In Appreciation
The Shelton Family would like to express their great appreciation for all the support they received during the recent loss of the family patriarch, Merton P. Shelton M.D. Thank you, Dr. Cooper and Dr. Budge, as well as all of the other wonderful Doctors and Nurses at Novato Community Hospital who cared for our father. Thank you, to all of the members of the community and the members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church who supported our family during this time. The numerous acts of kindness and the outpouring of sympathy were a tremendous comfort and blessing. We were moved by the many individuals who expressed their love for Merton P. Shelton M.D., our beloved father and husband. 

C. Don Hodgen, Businessman and World Traveler
C. Don Hodgen, who has been a resident of San Rafael since 1966, died on January 14, 2003, from complications related to cancer. He was 86. Don was born in Ione, WA in 1916 and grew up in the Pacific Northwest and Canada, where he attended Dawson Grade School in Vancouver, B.C. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Seattle, WA and attended the University of Washington before entering the U.S. Army during World War II (Corporal, 89th Division). He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and a Life Loyal Sig. Don retired in 1980 from the Coca-Cola Company after 36 years of representing the parent company throughout all the western states, including Alaska, as District Manager with offices in Seattle, Denver, and San Francisco. Don traveled widely throughout the United States and the world, read extensively, appreciated art, and enjoyed sports as a participant, a spectator, and especially a fan of his grandchildren. Don was known for his dry humor, integrity, and quiet dignity. He will be missed by his wife of 57 years, Lu Hodgen of San Rafael; his three daughters, Terry Locatelli and her husband Bob Locatelli of Boulder Creek, Laurie Hodgen and her husband Malcolm Clark of Los Altos Hills, and Shelley Hodgen of San Rafael; and his three grandchildren, Kristi Locatelli, Ty Locatelli, and Kelly Clark. A Memorial Celebration will be held at 11 a.m. on February 2, 2003 at the Alta Mira Hotel in Sausalito. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the College of Marin Redwood Wind Quartet in care of the College of Marin Foundation, 835 College Avenue, Kentfield, CA 94904. Cremation arrangements provided by Mount Tamalpais Cemetery & Mortuary, San Rafael, CA, 415-459-2500. 

Joyce Elizabeth Brewer, Beloved Mother
Born October 9, 1932 in Los Angeles, CA, passed away peacefully at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae on January 14, 2003 at the age of 70. Preceded in death by her husband Don on December 13, 2002, "Her knight in shining armor". Loving mother of Donald Brewer Jr. of Bexley, Ohio; Mary Mac Propersi of Clayton, CA, and Clare Hollander of San Rafael, CA. Delighted mother-in-law of Margaret Murray Brewer, Michael S. Hollander and John Propersi. Loving grandmother of Molly Soleil Brewer and Hannah Clarice Propersi and Mia Aileen Propersi. She was a member of the Apostleship of Prayer and Saint Rita's Prayer Ministry and Social Justice Committee. Her hobbies included music, gardening and geology. A Memorial Mass will be held in Joyce's memory on Monday, January 20, 2003 at 11:00 AM in Fairfax, CA at Saint Rita's Catholic Church, 100 Marinda Drive. Interment will follow at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita's Catholic Church, 100 Marinda Drive, Fairfax, CA 94930, Sunny Hills, 300 Sunny Hills Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960 and St. Vincent's Dining Room, 820 B Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 or the charity of choice. Funeral assistance provided by Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA 415-459-2500. 

Pat Dore
J. Patrick Dore's life ended suddenly on Saturday January 11, 2003 at his home in Novato. Born March 18, 1942, the youngest of six boys, Pat was raised and educated in San Francisco. He entered the wine industry at an early age, beginning as a clerk in a fine wine shop in the Marina District and working his way up to many top positions at large wineries. In 1981 he founded his own wine distribution and marketing company, Coastal Wines, Ltd., eventually leading to the creation of the J. Patrick Dore' wine brand. In 2002, Pat founded yet another company, Wine Brands of California and the Victoria Street wine series. In addition to his successful wine career, Pat loved fishing and the open seas, as well as cooking, biking, traveling, being with his family and friends and most of all, making people laugh. Pat was guided by a deeply spiritual and religious soul and a generous, kind heart. He accepted all of life's obstacles with relentless optimism and the utmost courage. Pat truly believed in living life to its fullest, not compromising his passions and adding laughter and inspiration to the lives of everyone he knew. There are no words to express how Pat's family and friends will miss him. He is survived by the three loves of his life, Barbara, his wife of 34 years, two beautiful daughters Pam Dore' (30) and Kim Dore' (21) and countless loving friends and family. A celebration of Pat's amazing life will be held Sunday January 19, 2002 at 1 p.m. at St. Rita's Church, 100 Marinda Drive at Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. A reception will follow. Memorial contributions may be made by donations to the St. Vincent De Paul Society, San Francisco. 

Judy Grgich
Passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at her home in Petaluma, CA at age 50. Loving wife of John Grgich. Loving mother of Gabriel Grgich of San Rafael, CA. Dear stepmother of John Grgich of Columbus, OH. Cherished daughter of Evelyn Penwell of Victorville, CA. Adored sister of Charles F. "Fritz" Penwell of NY, Cathy Penwell of Petaluma, CA, Ivan Penwell of Fairfax, CA and Greg Penwell of Columbus, OH. Loving daughter-in-law of Marcella "Marcie" Grgich of Columbus, OH. Survived by her loving pet, Harryette. Also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Judy was born and reared in Columbus, OH on January 17, 1952; she graduated from Walnut Ridge High School. She married John Grgich in Columbus, OH, and they have been married for 24 years. They later moved to California. Judy and her sister, Cathy both work for Mulberry Neckwear in San Rafael, where Judy has worked for three years. She enjoyed playing the piano, gardening, roller skating, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, writing, and was known as a comedian. She was a wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend. Memorial Services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran Street, Petaluma, CA 94952. Arrangements made by PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, CA. 

Everett M. Hintze
On January 3, 2003, Everett M. Hintze passed away peacefully at his home in San Rafael getting ready to come to work. He was born in San Francisco October 22, 1938 to Ethel and Everett Hintze. Mr. Hintze dedicated his work life to serve the citizens of San Francisco and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission over 39 years. Graduating from San Jose State University in 1963 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, he enlisted in the U. S. Army Reserve and began his career with the City and County of San Francisco as a Junior Design Engineer. He assumed positions of greater importance throughout his long and distinguished career including management of large capital projects for Hetch Hetchy Water and Power and the SF Muni system. He had ascended to the rank of Manager of Capital Projects at the PUC at the time of his death. He was the loving son of Ethel Hintze who passed away in 1994 after a long illness. His cousins Donald J. Miller of Antioch, CA, Mark J. Miller of Alamo, CA, and Neil J. Miller of Bodega, CA survive him. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service in the War Memorial Green Room, 401 Van Ness Avenue, 2nd floor, San Francisco at 2:00 PM on Friday, January 24, 2003. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151. 

Timothy Lane
Age 40, of Arroyo Grande, died December 29, 2002 in Pismo Beach, CA in an automobile accident. He had lived on the coast for 14 years and was Tournament and Marketing Coordinator for the Avila Beach Golf Resort. Prior to moving to the coast, Tim Lane made his residence in Novato, CA. While living in Novato, Tim worked at the Hilltop Restaurant where his sense of humor and outgoing personality made him many friends. He is survived by his wife Judy and five year old daughter Allison of Arroyo Grande, mother Barbara Lane of Novato, father Don Lane of Nevada, two brothers Michael Lane of Vallejo and Christopher Lane of Gilroy, two sisters Susan Lane of Novato and Lisa Bednar of Chandler Arizona, grandmother Eleanor Lane of San Rafael, and uncle and aunt Sy and Nancy Forsythe of Novato. Tim was a loving father and husband. A Memorial Service was held at the New Life Community Church of the Nazarene in Pismo Beach on January 3, 2003. Donations may be made to the Timothy R. Lane Memorial Fund, c/o Mid-State Bank, 899 Grand Ave., Grover Beach, CA 93433. 

John H. Middleton
Died January 12, 2003 at home in Petaluma. He is survived by his wife Jane and children John L., Sally and Beth, and four grandchildren. No services. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran Street, Petaluma, CA 94954. Arrangements by Neptune Society of Santa Rosa, CA. 

Andrew Pera
Age 78, passed away at home in Terra Linda on January 14, 2003. Survived by his wife Velma, son David Pera, daughter Janine Pera, and seven grandchildren. Memorial Service at 10 a.m., Sunday, January 19th at Keaton's, Fifth and E Street in San Rafael. Remembrances may be made to: In Memory of Andrew Pera, Novato Charter School Foundation, c/o Novato Charter School, 940 C Street, Novato, CA 94949. 

Adrienne Schreiber Sloss
Passed away in San Francisco on January 9th, 2003. Age 69 years. Beloved mother of Hillary Anne Sloss and Alan Gerstle Sloss, grandmother of Andrew and William Sloss, daughter of the late Alvin Edward Schreiber and Rosetta Halter Schreiber. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College and an active member of the Bryn Mawr Club of San Francisco, Adrienne was also active in the Center for Attitudinal Healing, as well as the Jewish Community Federation, Friends of A.C.T., the International Diplomacy Council and World Affairs Council of Northern California. Donations may be made to the Center for Attitudinal Healing, 33 Buchanan Drive, Sausalito, CA 94965 or Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. Memorial Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, January 24th at Congregation Emanu-El, Arguello and Lake Streets, San Francisco. Burial took place in Michigan. Sinai Memorial Chapel. 

Edna Garaventa
Entered into eternal rest on January 14, 2003 in San Rafael at the age of 94. Wife of the late Edward C. Garaventa; adored mother of Ed (Valerie) Garaventa and Beverly (Bennie) Anselmo; loving sister of the late Victoria Daneri Canziani, Dominic Rossi and Irene Bondanza; devoted grandmother to Lisa Dowd, Debbie (Kevin) Ternan, Mark (Sandra) Garaventa, Alan (Marie) Anselmo and Jennifer Anselmo; great grandmother to Lindsay and Melissa Dowd, Daniel, Ashley and Matthew Ternan, E.J., Michael and Alexandra Garaventa. A resident of San Francisco for 89 years. Born on Potrero Hill, attended Commerce High School and Heald's Business College. She was a loving and dedicated mother committed to her career as a bookkeeper until her retirement at age 76. Edna was a member of the NDGW Orinda Parlor for 75 years and the Italian Catholic Federation at St. Bridget's. Her love of life and positive attitude will always be an inspiration to her family and friends. We will miss her dearly. Friends and Family are invited to attend a Vigil Service on Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 7:00 PM at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, 330 Red Hill Avenue, San Anselmo. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM, Friday, January 17, 2003 at St. Isabella's Church, Manuel Freitas Parkway, San Rafael followed by Committal Services at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael. Family prefers donations to the Alzheimer's Association or Hospice of Marin. Arrangements Under the Direction of Valente Marini Perata & Co. 415-333-0161 

Steven Jeffery Mattos
Died unexpectedly on December 18, 2002 as a result of a construction accident. A Celebration of Steven's Life will be held on Saturday January 18, 2003 at 80 Biscayne Drive in San Rafael -- home of Nathan and Lois Vickers. Those wishing to attend, please call 415-485-0216. 

Geoffrey Barrett Widenor
Of Sausalito passed away January 11, 2003. His parents, Mary Helen and Bill Widenor, his sister Victoria, and his fiancée, Annya White survive him. For the last year, Geoff was a Sous Chef at Treviso Restaurant in Sausalito. He attended Bishop O'Dowd and Berkeley High School. At the age of 17, he began his cooking career and later graduated from the California Culinary Academy. Geoff loved NASA racing and extensive traveling. Family and friends are invited to attend Visitation from 4 - 8 p.m., Friday, January 17, 2003 at Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel in Mill Valley. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 18, 2003 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Mill Valley. Interment will follow at Fernwood Cemetery in Mill Valley. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573 

Edith Hammett Albachten, Passed away January 11, 2003 at the age of 89.
Edith passed away peacefully along side her husband Kenneth. Edith will be remembered as a devoted and loving wife of 60 years to Kenneth Albachten. Edith was born in Mississippi and was a twin and one of ten children. Edith has been a resident of Marin County for over 60 years. Life's body of work was in Accounting and Bookkeeping. She was a Lady Elk of San Rafael Branch 1108. Edie loved to travel with her husband Ken and friends and was her most preferred pleasure. Edith loved to cook -- and all who remember her will remember how much she loved to make her special candy and give it to family and friends at Christmas. Edith will truly be missed by her loving husband Ken, who called her "dolly" and also missed by her sister Mary Ann Jones of Alaska, sister-in-law Juanita Albachten of Mill Valley, nephew John Albachten of San Rafael, niece Mary Margaret Helmke of Kenwood, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. Her physical presence will be missed at all family gatherings though her presence will never be forgotten. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service Friday, January 17, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael. If desired donations in her memory may be made to your favorite charity. 

Claire Brooks
Age 84, passed away in Madison, Wisconsin. She was born in San Francisco on June 19, 1918, the daughter of Armando and Bianca (Merlini) Rossi. Claire was married to Pearl Harbor survivor Joseph Brooks in 1938. She spent 20 years in various locations around the country before settling in Marin County in 1955. Claire and Joe retired to Sonoma until his death in 1986. Claire loved to entertain and was noted by all as a wonderful cook. Claire is survived by her daughters Carol (Wayne Bigelow) Brooks of Madison and Nancy (Dusty) Benedict of North Carolina; grandchildren, Earle Smith III, Shannon (Paul) Longo, Jennifer Smith, Brooks Benedict and Dustin Benedict; great grandchildren, Anthony and Natalie Longo; and sister Lee Smith of Roseville, California. 

Cheryl Ann Hernandez-Brumlow
Age 46, died December 28, 2002 in Kenai, Alaska. A Remembrance Memorial will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 4:00 p.m. at The Inn Marin, 250 Entrada Drive, Novato (415-883-5952). 

Edna Garaventa
Entered into eternal rest on January 14, 2003 in San Rafael at the age of 94. Wife of the late Edward C. Garaventa; adored mother of Ed (Valerie) Garaventa and Beverly (Bennie) Anselmo; loving sister of the late Victoria Daneri Canziani, Dominic Rossi and Irene Bondanza; devoted grandmother to Lisa Dowd, Debbie (Kevin) Ternan, Mark (Sandra) Garaventa, Alan (Marie) Anselmo and Jennifer Anselmo; great grandmother to Lindsay and Melissa Dowd, Daniel, Ashley and Matthew Ternan, E.J., Michael and Alexandra Garaventa. A resident of San Francisco for 89 years. Born on Potrero Hill, attended Commerce High School and Heald's Business College. She was a loving and dedicated mother committed to her career as a bookkeeper until her retirement at age 76. Edna was a member of the NDGW Orinda Parlor for 75 years and the Italian Catholic Federation at St. Bridget's. Her love of life and positive attitude will always be an inspiration to her family and friends. We will miss her dearly. Friends and Family are invited to attend a Vigil Service on Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 7:00 PM at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, 330 Red Hill Avenue, San Anselmo. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM, Friday, January 17, 2003 at St. Isabella's Church, Manuel Freitas Parkway, San Rafael followed by Committal Services at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael. Family prefers donations to the Alzheimer's Association or Hospice of Marin. Arrangements Under the Direction of Valente Marini Perata & Co. 415-333-0161 

Robert Clyde Hatton, June 17, 1942 ~ January 10, 2003
Robert "Clyde" Hatton, 60, of Petaluma passed away at home with family. Clyde was a proud Marine, served 1959-62; worked as a superintendent for Ghilotti Brothers Construction for over 30 years; enjoyed his horses (a true cowboy), camping, traveling and wood building. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Hatton; children: Paula, Bobby, Stacy, Clyde, Karie and Kim. Grandchildren: Daniel, Ashley, Christopher, Anthony, Brittany, Jason, Joseph, Jackson, Jason, Hailee and the little one on the way. Brother, Orb Hatton of Lake Don Pedro and sister, Bethy Estes. He was the most loving husband, father, grandfather and brother and will be greatly missed. Services celebrating his life will be held Saturday, January 18th, 2 p.m. at Petaluma Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma, California. Remembrances may be made to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran, Petaluma, CA 94954.


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