Miscellaneous Marin County, California Obituaries

CEMSEARCH - OBITUARY CENTRAL - OBITUARY LINKS PAGE - SURNAME SEARCH UTILITY


First Name:
Last Name:
Clyde Hatton
This past weekend, Ghilotti Bros., Inc. (GBI) lost one of its finest employees, Clyde Hatton. Clyde was one of the hardest working individuals the company has ever had, and his loyalty was second to none, a true team player and an asset to the company. Clyde started with GBI in 1968 as a construction laborer. Over the next 30 years, he worked his way up through the ranks to General Superintendent in charge of some of GBI's largest projects. Over the years, Clyde has worked on numerous projects. They were done right, from beginning to end. Clyde was able to bring the projects in on time and budget (it didn't hurt that he invited project inspectors to stay at his home where he treated them to free room and board at Barb's Boarding House). With his excellent work ethic and outstanding knowledge and experience, few projects can compare to the quality of one Clyde worked on. Of all his projects, one of which he was quite proud was the recently completed Crissy Field Renovation Project. The $13 million project included the installation of a 5-acre wetland reservoir, miles of multi-use paths, beach restoration and 3 acres of park and pedestrian amphitheater improvements. This project is truly one of San Francisco's most superb treasures. GBI and all of its employees express our prayers and sympathies to Clyde and his family. Sincerely, Mario, Eva, Mike and Dante Ghilotti 

Ruth McNulty Jameson
Died peacefully Thursday, January 9, 2003 at home in Petaluma with her loving family at her side. Age 88 years. Beloved wife of the late Col. D.C. Jameson. Loving mother of Carla Pronzini of Petaluma, Dana Wagner of Glen Ellen, Nona McNulty of Santa Rosa and Ruthe McAllister of Petaluma and the late James "Jimmy" Jameson. Adored grandmother of Alisa, Jason, Danae, Ryan, John, Lindsay and Danielle. Great- grandmother of Steven, Dana, Julia, Bobbi, Ian and Lindsay. Dear sister of Vida Legg of Sonoma. Loving mother-in-law of Jon Pronzini, Martin Wagner, Ron Suhrke and Robert McAllister. Mrs. Jameson was born and raised in Sausalito and was a graduate of Mt. Tamalpais High School. She was a Marin County resident for over 50 years and a resident of Sonoma County for the last eight years. She was an avid world traveler, gardener and sports fan. Friends and Family are invited to attend a Memorial Mass, Friday, January 17, 2003 at 11 AM at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 135 Liberty Street, Petaluma. The family prefers memorial contributions in her memory be made to American Cancer Society, 400 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma, CA 94954 or to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran Street, Petaluma, CA 94952. Funeral arrangements under the direction of ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville Street, Petaluma, California. CHEDA & LYONS ~ 707-789-9000 

Constance B. Kransberger (White)
Passed away January 12, 2003 in Santa Rosa, CA. Loving spouse of Arthur A. Kransberger. Survived by stepdaughter Lynda Ann Howerton, son-in-law Lawrence E. Howerton, grandchildren Elizabeth Ann Howerton of Santa Rosa, CA and Christopher L. Howerton of Sacramento, CA. Mrs. Kransberger was a native of Seattle, Washington. She enjoyed traveling the West Coast of the U.S., from Alaska to California; and resided in Marin County for 60 years, during which time she worked in Mill Valley as a Dental Assistant. Mrs. Kransberger was involved in several charities to aid Native Americans. There will be no services at her request. Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements under the direction of the NEPTUNE SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CA in Santa Rosa. 

Sean Riley Maloney
Passed away at home in Rohnert Park, CA on January 8, 2003 at the age of 16 after a long, courageous and inspirational battle against a brain tumor. Sean was born in Kentfield, CA on November 8, 1986. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Jean and John Maloney and uncle Ronald Maloney. Beloved son of Patricia and Kevin Maloney and cherished brother of Shannon Marie. Adored grandson of Rosaleen Bywater, and Geoffrey and Charlotte Bywater. Also survived by devoted aunts and uncles, Kathleen and Geoffrey Bywater, Jeanne and Fritz Akerlund; Diane and Kevin Comer; Laura and Jeffrey Friedman. Sean will be greatly missed by his first cousins Julia, Geoffrey, Grace and David Bywater; Geoffrey and Alex Akerlund; Christy and "KC" Comer; and Zachary and Brent Friedman. Sean leaves behind many other loving relatives, neighbors and friends, including best friends from childhood Scott Silveri, Chris Ross and Eric "Tuck" Nommsen and special friends Ryan Foley and Chris Allen. He is also survived by his loving godfather, Paul Gallagher. Sean was a student at Monte Vista Elementary School, Mountain Shadows Middle School and Rancho Cotate High School and best known for his involvement in and love of sports. Sean participated in both the CYO and Mountain Shadows Middle School basketball programs. He was a player on Pee Wee, Cal Ripkin, Babe Ruth and Rancho Cotate baseball teams. Sean also played for the Pop Warner and Rancho Cotate football teams and was recently honored by fellow students and teammates for his inspirational display of courage and strength off the field while battling his illness. Sean was an avid fan of both the San Francisco 49er's and Giants and had the honor of personally meeting Terrill Owens and Steve Mariucci this past fall as an onfield guest of Fox Sports and the 49er's. Sean was a parishioner of Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Cotati. Friends and Family are invited to attend a Memorial Mass in celebration of Sean's life on Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church, 150 Saint Joseph's Way, Cotati, CA. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend. Appropriate dress related to either his favorite sports or vacation spot of Hawaii is suggested in the spirit of celebration. The family is indebted to the medical staffs of Kaiser Permanente, Petaluma and San Francisco; University of California, San Francisco; and Hospice of Petaluma for their loving care and kindness. They are forever grateful for the concern and support of extended family, friends, coworkers and the community, outstretching to include residents of La Canada, CA who warmly welcomed and embraced Sean and his family on their many visits to their "second home" during his illness. In lieu of flowers, donations in Sean's memory may be made to Pediatric Brain Tumor, UCSF, 505 Parnassus, Box 0112, San Francisco, CA 94143-0112 or Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran Street, Petaluma, CA 94952. The family also has future plans for annual memorial sports awards in Sean's name and honor. Arrangements under the direction of ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville Street, Petaluma, CA. CHEDA & LYONS ~ 707-789-9000 

Ralph Meibergen
A 30 year resident of Tiburon, died January 13, 2003 from congestive heart failure, having been ill for several years. He was 79 years old. Mr. Meibergen was born in Bremerhaven, Germany to Louise and Siegmund Meibergen and attended Ermawn Lons School and Ober Schule. He was a University of Berlin student for two years. Ralph was a survivor of The Terezin, Czechoslovakia Camp and was liberated by the Russian Army in 1945. Ralph came to the United States in 1947. He served in the U.S. Army from 1949 to 1951. Ralph worked for T.W.A. as International Travel Advisor for eight years and later for various Palo Alto travel agencies. He started Tamalpais Travel Inc., in 1968 and retired in 1988. He enjoyed traveling, swimming, dancing and was also interested in theatre and music, and was a member of the Corinthian Yacht Club. Mr. Meibergen is survived by his wife of 28 years, June Meibergen and grandchildren Paula Sheehy, Rachel Hillesheim and Michael Robin, and great grandsons Kevin and Matthew Sheehy. Services will be held at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery on January 16th at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be sent to Guide Dogs for the Blind, San Rafael, CA. Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael 

Frank Robert "Bob" Studdert
Passed away peacefully at his home in Inverness Saturday evening, January 4, 2003 at age 71. Beloved husband of Sandra J. "Sandy" Studdert of Inverness and loving son of Lillian A. Studdert of Santa Rosa and the late Frank M. Studdert. Also survived by an uncle and several cousins. A native of Petaluma, Bob graduated from Stanford University in 1952 and received his law degree from the University of Idaho. He practiced law for many years in San Francisco, San Rafael and Inverness. For those who knew Bob, he will be remembered for his kind and generous heart, his sense of humor, and his love and enjoyment of nature, especially the peace and beauty of Inverness. A true environmentalist, he was also fond of dogs, music, good food, good friends and Stanford football. He was cherished by those close to him and he will be deeply missed. Friends and family are invited to celebrate Bob's life at a Memorial to be held on Monday, January 20, 2003 at the Olema Inn, Highway 1 and Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Olema from 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM. Those who prefer may contribute to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925. Arrangements made by PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, California. 

Leland Burger
An 82-year resident of Fairfax, Leland "Red" Burger passed away quietly in his home on December 20, 2002. Born in San Francisco, Red moved to Fairfax when he was two years old. He married his late, first wife, Elaine (Campodonica) in 1945. He married his late, second wife, Vicki in 1964. In the early 1940s he served as supervisor at Bethlehem Steel. After his tenure there, he worked many years as a landscape architect in and around Marin County. Red was a well-known and well-liked resident in the community, and was a member of the Elks Club. Red was an avid sports fan, both on the field and as an armchair quarterback. He was the Vince Lombardi of spectators. His family will cherish and remember his unfailing generosity, kindness of spirit and sense of humor. He is survived by his sister, Patricia Taramaschi, of Santa Cruz, California; nephew Gary Taramaschi of Santa Monica; and niece, Gail Jackson also of Santa Cruz. A Memorial Service was held December 24, 2002 at Chapel of the Hills in San Anselmo, California. 

Elliott G. Dodge, Jr.
Elliott G. Dodge, Jr. ("Ace") passed away January 9, 2003 in San Rafael, CA. He was born July 16, 1915 in Narberth, Pennsylvania. After attending Ben Avon High School he graduated from Union College, Schenectady, New York. He joined the Navy as seaman in 1940 and retired as Commander after spending 61 months on active sea duty during World War II; having served duty in Iceland, the Pacific, North Atlantic and the Mediterranean. He retired from U.S. Steel after a 30 year career as an executive in sales and engineering in 1976. Elliott married Anita Weymouth during the war. They had four children: Kip, Randy and twins Jeff and Nancy. Anita died in 1977. When he married Winifred O'Leal in 1981 he added to his family five stepchildren: Jo Anne Luckey, Leland O'Leal, Linda Leland, Mark O'Leal and Gail Chiaravalle. Elliott was very active in the Reserve Officers Association, Retired Officers Association, Navy League, Naval Order, and Naval Reserve. He was knighted into the Order of the Knights Templar in Wurzburg, Germany. Elliott enjoyed people and was a generous, loving husband and father. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him: his family, 14 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and most of all, by his loving wife Winnie. Friends are invited to a Memorial Service celebrating Elliott's life on Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 2:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your favorite charity. ARRANGEMENTS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF NEPTUNE SOCIETY, SANTA ROSA, CA. 

Pearl Jackson Drob
Age 75. Longtime resident of Mill Valley, departed this life on January 7, 2003, in Los Angeles, CA. Pearl was born January 31, 1927, in Houston, TX, to the union of Viola Lewis and Nathan Jackson. She first attended school in Houston, TX, and then Los Angeles, CA, graduating from Jefferson High School. In the early sixties, Pearl came to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue her passion of art, studying under renowned ceramicist, Edith Heath. During this period she married her husband of 40 years, Harold Abraham Drob, who preceded her in death. This union had two daughters, Elizabeth Drob (Chris Evanoff) and Sarah Drob Williams (Dr. Miguel Williams). Pearl is preceded in death by her grandson, James Elliot Evanoff. In her early years in Marin County, Pearl was active in the art community with membership in the Marin Society of Artists and the Sausalito Art Festival. She was an avid art collector including antiques, art pottery, African art, and jewelry. As an abstract painter, she participated in many local art shows. Her work was featured in many local newspaper articles. Pearl leaves to celebrate her life her mother of 98 years, Viola Lewis, aunt of 96 years, Miranda Jones, grandchildren Miles and Nicole, cousin Loretta , and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral Services were held January 10, 2003, St. John of God Retirement Center Chapel, in Los Angeles, CA. A Celebration of Pearl's Life will be held in the Bay Area at a later date. 

Virginia P. Duncan
Daughter of Edith May Daniels Hall and Thomas Putman Hall passed away in Larkspur on January 3, 2003. She was born in Stockton on June 10, 1909, where she lived with her grandparents after the death of her mother in 1913. She moved to Larkspur in the late thirties to live with her aunt and uncle, Mrs. and Mr. Russell. Virginia represented Northern California as Miss Redwood Empire in the 1939-40 World's Fair, and was active in the Summer Hills Foundation in later years. In 1942 she married Douglas Duncan, and from 1948 lived in Larkspur. From there they traveled the nation extensively. She is survived by her cousin Steve Daniels and 11 nieces and nephews. 

Clayton K. Harrop Died peacefully on January 10, 2003 at his home in Mill Valley. Clayton is a retired professor from Golden Gate Seminary where he taught New Testament and Greek for 39 years. His wife Shirley of 58 years, his daughters Judith, Joyce and Janice, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, as well as his sister Florence survive him. Family and friends are invited to attend a Visitation TODAY, January 14, 2003 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel in Mill Valley. Memorial Services will be at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at Golden Gate Seminary Chapel in Mill Valley. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Golden Gate Seminary Scholarship Fund, Tiburon Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573 

Joan Jacopi (1943 ~ 2003)
Joan Jacopi of Tiburon died unexpectedly on January 8, 2003 after a courageous and successful battle with breast cancer. She was the daughter of John and Irene Jacopi who preceded her in death, and the sister of Adrienne Gualco and sister-in-law of Joe Gualco. Survivors also include a niece, Tina Davis (Tim) of Mill Valley and a nephew, Scott Gualco. Joan attended St. Vincent de Paul Grammar School and Notre Dame des Victoires High School in San Francisco. She obtained a B.A. from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA in 1965, a Secondary Teaching Credential in 1966 from U.S.F., and a Master's Degree from San Francisco State University. She had also worked on a Ph.D. at Oregon State University. Joan taught from 1966-1998. Before retiring, she was employed by the Jefferson Union High School District in Daly City, where she taught History and Home Economics. She also taught classes at several Jr. colleges and at San Francisco State University. Joan was an accomplished horsewoman, seamstress, cook, and the best sister, sister-in-law, and aunt anyone could ask for. The Funeral is Tuesday, January 14, 2003 (today) at 9:15 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 2320 Green and Steiner, S.F. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: The American Cancer Society, 25 Bellam Blvd., Suite 150, San Rafael, CA 94901. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 

Jermain Earl Johnson, Jr.
Jermain Earl Johnson, Jr., 19 months old, passed away January 12, 2003 in Novato. Loving son of Jennifer and Jermain Johnson, Sr. of Novato and dear brother of Audrey, Alize, Moses and Messiah. Also survived by many loving family members. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Service on Thursday, January 16th at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, 330 Red Hill Avenue, San Anselmo, CA at 1:00 PM. Visitation will be before the Service from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Interment at Valley Memorial Park in Novato. Memorial gifts to Benevolent account for benefit of Jermain Johnson, Jr., Washington Mutual, Account #485-615580-3, 300 Las Gallinas Rd., San Rafael, CA 94903. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

Albert Levin
Albert Levin passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2003, at the age of 89. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Helen, their children Anita Levin, Judy (Cliff) Brooks, Jerry Levin, dear friend Bill Huff, grandchildren Alene, Marc, Eric, Aaron (Lisa), Jason (Tina), great grandchildren Raquel, Danielle, and Andrew, Goldie and Shirley Weinberg, favorite sister-in-law Ethel Trione and his little dog Candy. Services and Interment will be held at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, January 14th at Mount Tamalpais Mortuary and Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA, 415-459-2500. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Marin Humane Society, 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, CA 94949 or the charity of your choice. 

Mark Thomas Loughran
Adoring husband and trusted friend. Mark Loughran's life ended tragically on Thursday, January 9th, 2003, as a result of a car accident in Sausalito. Mark is survived by his wife Tina Loughran, to whom he was deeply devoted and two sons, Blake (7) and Brad (5), whom he adored. Born in San Francisco on October 4, 1963, Mark attended Our Lady of Mercy in Daly City and Saint Ignatius College Preparatory High School in San Francisco before graduating from San Francisco State University. He worked as an eCommerce Marketing Manager for AIG Insurance following a successful entrepreneurial career in commercial insurance. Mark was a member of the Knight's of Columbus and Saint Vincent De Paul Parish in Petaluma. Mark is also survived by his loving parents John and JoEllen Loughran of Daly City, brother and best friend John Loughran (Shelley) of San Bruno, sister Christine Sharps (Kevin) of Greenbrae and was a favored grandson of Frances Walsh of Santa Clara. Mark's love of life, sense of humor and devotion to family has left a legacy of deep friendships and treasured memories. Ever the entertainer, devoted husband, trusted friend, and doting father, Mark's spirit was infectious, leaving our hearts filled in his presence and forever diminished by his loss. A trust has been established for his children and donations may be made to First National Bank of Northern California, 975 El Camino Real, South San Francisco, CA 94080, c/o Loughran Childrens Trust. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 11:00 AM at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 135 Liberty Street, Petaluma. Friends are also invited to attend Vigil Services at the church, Tuesday (today) January 14, 2003 at 7:00 PM. Friends may call for Visitation after 1:00 PM Tuesday (today) at the ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville Street, Petaluma. A private family Committal Service will follow the Mass at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Petaluma. CHEDA & LYONS ~ 707-789-9000 

Willard Gaine Pittman
Willard Pittman passed away Friday, January 10, 2003, at the age of 91. A longtime Belvedere,California, resident, he had lived for the past few years at the Smith Ranch Homes in San Rafael. Mr. Pittman was born in Framingham, Massachusetts in l9ll and was a descendant of John Winthrop, the first Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1629; he is also directly related to the Willard family of Grafton, Massachusetts, America’s first colonial clock makers. In l916 his family moved to Ross, California. He attended the San Rafael Military Academy, Menlo College, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. During World War II, Mr. Pittman worked for the U.S. Army in both Hawaii and Alaska, supplying food to the troops in the Pacific theater. In l944, he married the former Nancy Hanks of San Francisco.The Pittmans later moved to Belvedere, where he owned a frozen food brokerage company and served as a member of the Belvedere Town Council. The couple enjoyed frequent trips to, and residences in, Kauai, as well as time spent fly fishing and gardening. He is survived by his daughter by his first marriage to the former Lisbeth Chenoweth, Deborah Cutter, of Healdsburg; as well as granddaughters, Megan McGill and Lisbeth McGill; great-grandchildren, Wolfe McGill and Maggie McGill Colvin; nephew Robert Hanks Goldsmith of Kentfield; grandniece, Leigh Goldsmith Maurus of San Francisco, and dear friend, Diana Hayward, of San Rafael. His loving wife, Nancy, predeceased him in l995. A memorial Service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lagunitas Road and Shady Lane, Ross, California at 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 18th. Memorial contributions may be made to Guide Dogs for the Blind, 350 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael, CA 94903. 

Jeanne L. MacArthur Rhodes
Tragically passed away on January 6, 2003 in Pensacola, Florida with her husband and brothers by her side. Dearly beloved wife of Charles "Kip" Rhodes; loving mother of Jeffrey MacArthur and two cats, Jack and Misha; adored sister of Tony, Chris, Jim and Tim Dallara; Auntie Sis of Corey, Calea, Zannie, Megan, Cassie and Jimmy; survived by many other aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws who love her very much. Age 53. A native of San Rafael, Jeanne graduated from Terra Linda High School in 1967. Alongside her husband, she owned and operated the popular Marin restaurant The Butchery" before they moved to Pensacola in 1994, where she was the general manager of the restaurant, Damons. Jeanne was a fantastic gourmet cook. She loved the Florida beaches and lounging in the sun. She absolutely adored her two cats and cherished spoiling them. We will remember her beautiful and vibrant smile, strong laugh and enormous heart of gold. Jeanne was full of life and energy and is already dearly missed by all. We love you "Sis". Friends and Family are invited to attend a Memorial Service honoring Jeanne's life on Saturday, January 18, 2003, 1:00 PM at Lafferty & Smith Colonial Chapel, 4321 Sonoma Highway, Santa Rosa. If preferred donations in her memory may be made to Ronald McDonald House or Make A Wish Foundation. 

Major Harry Baxter Shields
A longtime resident of Novato California passed away on January 10, 2003 due to complications arising from pneumonia. He was 85. He was born in Ipava, Illinois in 1917. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps first as an instructor in B-17's in London before America's formal involvement in WWII, then as a B-24 pilot stationed in North Africa and Italy surviving raids over the Ploesti oil fields in Romania, Germany and Austria with the 15th Air Force. In May 1944 his B-24 was shot down over northern Italy where he was captured and imprisoned at Stalag Luft III until 1945. He was a survivor of the infamous 240 mile "Black March" of prisoners from Poland to Germany in January of 1945. After being liberated from the Mooseburg concentration camp, Shields returned to the United States where he married Eleanor Ross Laurence. In 1948 he piloted C-47 transports in the Berlin Airlift supplying needed food to Berlin residents who were isolated by the Communists. At the outbreak of the Korean War he ran bomber missions out of Tachekawa Airfield near Tokyo. He was a two-time member of the "Caterpillar Club" having survived numerous emergency exits from disabled aircraft. In 1957 he was honored in ceremonies at Norton Air Force Base in Southern California for his contributions to aviation safety. Major Shields retired from the military in 1957 and moved back to Novato in 1958 where he concentrated on raising his family. He worked for the Department of Defense in civilian roles until his retirement in 1982. He served his local community as a volunteer for the "Meals on Wheels" program in Santa Rosa. During his retirement, he enjoyed golf, gardening and being with his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his sister Jean McGrath of Fairlawn Ohio, his wife of 57 years, Eleanor and five children: Rodger, Jim, Lauren, Meg and Susan, nine grandchildren Nick Stone, Phil Stone, Alissa Fiset, Jocelyn Fiset, Russell McCoy, David Shields, Rebecca Shields, Melissa Shields and Caitlin Greene. He was also a member of the elite corps of aviation pioneers known as the "Quiet Birdmen". Funeral Services will be held at the Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, 2500 5th Avenue in San Rafael at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 15th, 2003. 

Lois (Vargo) Anderson
Died Tuesday, December 24, 2002 at the age of 88 years. Cherished mother of Lawrence Vargo (deceased), David L. Vargo, Linda A. twain, and Norma Jan Criglar. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, two brothers and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held in San Francisco at Bethany Church at Clipper and Sanchez on Sunday, January 19th at 2:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church. 

John A. Bluth
A Celebration of the Life of John A. Bluth will be held for family and friends on Sunday, February 2nd from 1 to 4 p.m. at Four Points Sheraton Hotel on Northgate Drive in San Rafael. A teacher and coach, Mr. Bluth lived in Mill Valley since 1961. He died on December 10, 2002 in San Rafael. Born June 5, 1927 in San Francisco, Mr. Bluth was a graduate of Mission High School and San Francisco State University, where he earned a Masters in Education. He taught and coached in San Francisco for 34 years, first at Francisco Middle School and then at Wilson High School. Following retirement in 1987, he taught English to the foreign born in the Marin Literacy Program for nine years. He enjoyed tennis and swimming at Scott Valley Swimming and Tennis Club, woodworking at his home and travel. He made two trips to his mother's and father's native Slovenia to reestablish family contacts. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Margie; his three sons, Mark Jon of Mountainview; Brian Jon of El Verano; and Gregg Jon, along with his wife Virginia and their children Ross, Jack and Sandy, all of Hancock, Michigan. 

Mario DiPalma
Of San Rafael passed away January 4, 2003 in Kentfield at age 68 following a battle with cancer. Mario was born in New York City to Italian immigrant parents, Savario and Maria (De Luise) DiPalma, and is survived by his wife of 29 years, Elaine Meyer DiPalma, to whom he was totally devoted. He graduated from Haren High School in New York City where he was president of his senior class. He worked for Twentieth Century Fox while in high school and college to put himself through Queens College. Upon graduation in 1957 he attended U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School and as a commissioned officer served on active duty for six years aboard destroyers in Hawaii and San Diego. In 1963 he left active service but remained in the U.S. Navy Reserve where he served for 25 years and held several command positions including Commodore of a division of four minesweepers and Commanding Officer of the reserve force of the destroyer, USS Carpenter. He retired from the Navy Reserve as a Captain. Also in 1963 he moved to San Francisco where he joined Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. He later became a stockbroker and was with Birr Wilson and Co. for eight years and Sutro and Co. for ten years. In 1986 Mario became an independent wholesaler of financial services and was a Vice President with Bell Capital Management for the six years prior to his death. At Age 64 Mario obtained his pilot's license and was a volunteer with the Marin County Sheriff's Air Patrol. He was a volunteer with many other community organizations that included being president of his homeowners associations, chairman of the Animal Control Advisory Board, director of Theater Artists of Marin, board member of the Point San Pedro Road Coalition and president of San Rafael's dog park, Field of Dogs, which he started and built. He was a spirited man who loved people, dogs, sports, theater, music, flying, traveling, good books and good food. Mario's perpetual smile, good humor, infectious enthusiasm, generosity and zest for life will be remembered and greatly missed by his many friends and his family. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service and Celebration of Mario's Life Saturday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 10 Bayview Drive, San Rafael, California. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573 

Alfred Deo Fields
Of San Rafael, passed away peacefully on January 8, 2003 at age 84, surrounded by his loving family and devoted dog Sam. He is survived by his wife Jacqueline of 57 years of marriage, daughters Kathleen Edde (Steven) of San Anselmo, Ginny Rogers (Fred) of Petaluma and Janet Rowan (Todd) of Santa Rosa. Devoted grandchildren, Holly and Michael Edde, Rebekka and Mandy Rogers and Karina Rowan. Beloved sister Eleanora Edgar and numerous nieces and nephews. He lived most of his life in Marin and was employed as a Butcher for 38 years. He was past worshipful master of Mill Valley Lodge #356. Past president Native Sons of the Golden West #307 Fairfax, past president of Marvelous Marin High Twelve Club #132, and an active member in Sons of Retirement. He was proud to be a regular donor to the Irwin Memorial Blood Bank. He was also a WWII Navy veteran. Family and friends were most important in his life and he was always there with helping hands for anyone in need. A Memorial Service and celebration of his life will be held Sunday, January 19, 2003, at 1 p.m. at the Mill Valley Masonic Lodge, 19 Corte Madera Avenue, Mill Valley. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94952-1133, or Guide Dogs for the Blind, 350 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael, CA 94903. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

Michael Edward Gaffney Sr.
Passed away in Kona, HI on December 29, 2002. Born February 16, 1951 in San Francisco, CA. Beloved son of the late Robert Gaffney Sr. and Julie Gaffney. Devoted father of Tabitha Gaffney and Michael Gaffney Jr. Brother of Robert Gaffney Jr., William Gaffney and Gail Gaffney. Much loved uncle to Jason, Ashley, Steven and Allison Gaffney and Julia and Dylan Joyce. Brother-in-law of Debbie Gaffney and Mark Joyce. Cherished friend and ex-husband of Roxanne Anderson, the mother of his children. Michael was raised in San Francisco, CA and attended Most Holy Redeemer School and Lincoln High School in San Francisco. Michael lived in South Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, San Rafael, Guerneville, CA and late of Lahaina, Maui, HI. Michael was an avid sun worshiper and fulfilled his life long dream of living in Hawaii the last five months of his life. A friend to many who will be sorely missed by friends and family alike. A Memorial Mass to celebrate Michael's life will be held on Saturday, January 18th, 2003 at 10 AM at Church of St. Raphael and Mission San Rafael Arcangel, 1104 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901. 

Edna Hersch
Longtime Bay Area resident Edna Hersch died on Sunday, January 5th, 2003. She was 94. Born in Chicago on March 12, 1908, to Alexander and Nellie Bloch, Edna attended Northwestern University and Chicago Art Institute, married Sidney Braverman in 1928 and moved briefly to Los Angeles, before settling in San Rafael. After a stay in Vallejo during the Second World War, Edna and Sidney returned to San Rafael, where they raised their daughter, Janet, and were active in the community. After Sidney's death in 1966, Edna married Bert Hersch, spent several years in San Jose, and then returned to San Rafael, where she lived until her passing. She was an avid painter and gardener, a lover of the arts, an active member of the Villa Marin community, and a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Edna is survived by three grandchildren, Renee De Aviani, David Froman and Michael Froman, their spouses and eight great grandchildren. Donations to Marin Symphony in her memory are welcomed. A Memorial Service will be held at Villa Marin on February 2nd, at 2:00 PM. 

Ruth Rita Claire Jameson
Died peacefully Thursday, January 9, 2003 at home in Petaluma with her loving family at her side. Age 88 years. Beloved wife of the late Col. D.C. Jameson. Loving mother of Carla Pronzini of Petaluma, Dana Wagner of Glen Ellen, Nona McNulty of Santa Rosa and Ruthe McAllister of Petaluma and the late James "Jimmy" Jameson. Adored grandmother of Alisa, Jason, Danae, Ryan, John, Lindsay and Danielle. Great- grandmother of Steven, Dana, Julia, Bobbi, Ian and Lindsay. Dear sister of Vida Legg of Sonoma. Loving mother-in-law of Jon Pronzini, Martin Wagner, Ron Suhrke and Robert McAllister. Mrs. Jameson was born and raised in Sausalito and was a graduate of Mt. Tamalpais High School. She was a Marin County resident for over 50 years and a resident of Sonoma County for the last eight years. She was an avid world traveler, gardener and sports fan. Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Mass, Friday, January 17, 2003 at 11 AM at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 135 Liberty Street, Petaluma. The family prefers memorial contributions in her memory be made to American Cancer Society, 400 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma, CA 94954 or to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran Street, Petaluma, CA 94952. Funeral arrangements under the direction of ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville Street, Petaluma, California. CHEDA & LYONS ~ 707-789-9000 

Werner Knust
In loving memory of Werner Knust, a 39 year Mill Valley resident. Werner was a loving father to Fred Knust and Margrit Davis and grandfather to Eva-Marie DeFina and Tony Knust. His wife of 50 years, Eva, Passed away in 1999. Mr. Knust was born in Germany, immigrated in 1956 and spent his life as a Master Cabinet Maker. He passed quietly in his home on January 9th, 2003 and will be greatly missed. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 18th, 2003 at Peace Lutheran Church, Mill Valley, where he was a member for many years. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in San Rafael. 

Kenneth L. McKinnon
Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on New Year's Day at the age of 87. He was born in Rio Vista, California on February 12, 1915. He graduated from St. Joseph's Military Academy, University of California (Berkeley), and the School of Dentistry, University of California (San Francisco). For some years he taught on the faculty at UCSF. Kenneth practiced dentistry for children in San Rafael his entire career except for 1955-1957 when he served in the U. S. Army Medical Corps in Germany. He retired in 1980. He was a founding father of the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Marin, and spent many happy hours planting, cultivating and nourishing the gardens surrounding the Church. His spirit was expressed in the photographs, ceramic vases, flower arrangements, and gardens that he created. Kenneth was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary Story (nee Kilgore) McKinnon. He is survived by his children Elizabeth Anne McKinnon (Estacada, Oregon), John Alson McKinnon (Kalispell, Montana), Susan Mary McKinnon (Charlottesville, Virginia) and Sara Helen McKinnon (San Rafael), seven grandchildren, and his cherished companion, Alice Detweiler. A celebration of his life will be held at the Unitarian-Universalist Church on January 26th, 2003 at 2:30 p.m. At the request of the family, donations to UUCM Kenneth McKinnon Garden Fund (Unitarian- Universalist Congregation of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael, CA 94903), or the charity of your choice will be appreciated. 

Dorothy Mae Roach
Dorothy Roach, age 92, joined her Lord on December 26, 2002. Born in Indianapolis, IN July 20, 1910, she died in her sleep at her Mill Valley home. Dorothy will be greatly missed by her three children, Jack Roach, Joyce Grimm and Jane Orlandi, eight grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and counltess others who lovingly called her Grandma. She was a 45 year member of Eastern Star. Her friendly, helpful disposition was loved by all who met her. A Memorial Service will be held 1 p.m. on January 18th at the Masonic Center, 19 Corte Madera Avenue in Mill Valley. Remembrances may be made with either Marin Hospice or the American Heart Association. 

Jackie Shaw
A Memorial Gathering of family and friends of Jacqueline "Jackie" M. Shaw will be held in Marshall, California on January 18, 2003 at 1:00 PM. Those interested in attending may contact Karen Shaw at 415-663-8247. Jackie, 48, made her passing on December 21, 2002 in her home in Newport Oregon. A Memorial Service for her community in Newport was held at the Calvary Baptist Church on January 5, 2003. Jackie lived in Newport Oregon the past 15 years. Those in Newport who knew Jackie were touched by her unconditional loving and giving nature. The Calvary Baptist Church provided much support for Jackie and her community. Jackie would want memorial contributions made to Reverend Mark Harner at the Calvary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 2223, Newport, OR 97365. Jackie was born on August 2, 1954 in Providence, Rhode Island, the daughter of John "Jack" B. Shaw and Eleanor L. Shaw of San Anselmo. Marin County friends and family remember Jackie's gift of training horses and helping children learn to ride. She was the third of five children and is survived by her sisters Jo Anna Shaw, Cathy Spain, Karen Shaw and her brother Greg Shaw. 

Robert H. Tozer
Age 77, passed away December 16, 2002 at his home in San Anselmo. He was a native of San Francisco. He is survived by his wife Virginia, a brother and sister and children in WA, TX, and CA. Member Stationery Engineers Local #39, F&AM #370 and AOPA Pilots Assn. A Family Memorial was held. 

Stan Woodward ~ 1927 - 2003
Raised in Mill Valley and a 1945 graduate of Tam High School, Stan was a gifted, passionate athlete at Tam and continued to play and coach all of his adult life. Following a tour of duty with the U.S. Army, Stan married Dolores Toso who preceded him in death in 1986. Stan and Dee lived and raised their family in Mill Valley. Stan is survived by his long time companion Marti Tyler-Young, his four children Steve, Claudia Woodward, Barbara (Abe) Mares, and Joan (Gary) Bardwell, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. The family suggests contributions to Hospice of Marin, American Paralysis Association and Sonoma Food Bank. Memorial Service pending. 

George M. Bernard
Died peacefully on January 7, 2003 at the age of 89. He was a Novato resident for 40 years and a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West, I.D.E.S.I., I.D.E.S.S.T. and the U.P.P.E.C. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Mary; daughters Marilyn (Rick) Mellor, Beverly (Roy) King, and son George (Phyllis); six granddaughters and seven great-grandchildren; a sister Elsie Brolan and brother Edwin Rezendes; and two deceased sisters Eva Zawacki and Thelma Souza. Friends are invited to visit at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd, Novato on Sunday, January 12th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a Vigil being recited at 3 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Loretto, 1806 Novato Blvd. on Monday, January 13th at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Park, also in Novato. Memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands of Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church or to a charity of your choice. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151 

CORRECTION
Edward (Ned) Denmead
Passed away December 24, 2002 at age 86 in Greenbrae, CA after a long illness. Memorial Services at First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2003 at 2:00 PM. 

Ruth Schwartz Susnow
Passed away in Petaluma on January 6th, 2003 from Alzheimer's. Age 82 years. Dearly beloved wife of 56 years to the late Edward S. Susnow, M.D.; devoted mother of Lawrence Susnow, M.D., of Houston and Nancy Susnow Fleming of Santa Rosa; doting grandmother of Nathan, Joel and Gemma Susnow and Jacob, Rebecca and Adina Fleming. She was very proud of her grandchildren's achievements and especially supportive of her handicapped granddaughter, Gemma; aunt to many nieces and nephews; appreciative mother-in-law of Rita Grant Susnow and Andrew Fleming. Lifetime friend to Leonore Buchwald. Ruth was born in New Jersey on June 24, 1920, and grew up in San Rafael, California. Along with her younger brother, Sidney, Ruth helped her parents in their men's clothing store, Schwartz's. She met her future husband, Ed, while both were students at U.C. Berkeley. After graduating, she put Ed through medical school working as a secretary at Chevron. Ruth spent most of her married life in her beloved San Francisco, where she lavished attention on her children and excelled in sewing, making many clothes for herself and her family. She prided herself on her mathematical skills, and did the family bookkeeping. She was an avid reader. Ruth will be remembered for her love of family and friends, as well as her humor, intelligence and insight. Services were held at Eternal Home Cemetery, Colma, Rabbi George Schlesinger officiating. Donations in Ruth's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association--Northern California, San Rafael Office, 4340 Redwood Highway, Suite 23, San Rafael, CA 94903, or to the National Alzheimer's Research Association, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite #1100, Chicago, IL 60611. Sinai Memorial Chapel. 

George M. Bernard
Died peacefully on January 7, 2003 at the age of 89. He was a Novato resident for 40 years and a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West, I.D.E.S.I., I.D.E.S.S.T. and the U.P.P.E.C. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Mary; daughters Marilyn (Rick) Mellor, Beverly (Roy) King, and son George (Phyllis); six granddaughters and seven great-grandchildren; a sister Elsie Brolan and brother Edwin Rezendes; and two deceased sisters Eva Zawacki and Thelma Souza. Friends are invited to visit at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd, Novato on Sunday, January 12th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a Vigil being recited at 3 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Loretto, 1806 Novato Blvd. on Monday, January 13th at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Park, also in Novato. Memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands of Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church or to a charity of your choice. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151 

Richard Lee Carroll
Passed away after a lengthy illness in Greenbrae, CA on January 8, 2003. Loving son of Edna Hall of Sterling, VA and the late John William Carroll. Devoted husband of Louise Carroll of Petaluma, CA. Loving father of Lisa Hunsinger of Modesto, CA, Jon Carroll of Rohnert Park, CA, and the late Richard Carroll. Loving stepfather of Dawn Rhymer of Rohnert Park, CA, Laura Lee Pokovich of Novato, CA, Joe Thomas of Marin, CA, Frank Gonterman of Marin, CA, and Elizabeth Ann Gonder of Whitehorse, Yukon, Tina Louise Hoffman of Novato, CA, and Patrick Johnson of San Rafael, CA. Survived by numerous grandchildren. Brother of Letha Fisher of Kansas City, KS, Pam Thompson of Sterling, VA and the late Robert Carroll. Mr. Carroll was born in Oakland and reared in Marin. He was a former auto mechanic and enjoyed restoring old cars. Mr. Carroll was the operating engineer for Union Local #3 and worked at Reliable Crane and Rigging in Petaluma. He was 58 years of age. Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 3:30 PM at the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, CA. The family prefers memorial contributions to be made to the American Cancer Society, 400 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma, CA 94954. 

Madeline Damos
Age 76, passed away peacefully on January 5th, 2003 at her home in San Anselmo. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Russell, her son, Russell Jr. "Rusty", grandsons Jesse and Jason, great grandchildren Madeline and Jesse Jr. and four sisters, Angelina Teixeira of San Rafael, Rosalyn Imbesi and Shirley Davis of Modesto, and Lillian Colombo of Oakdale. Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Service celebrating her life on Saturday, January 11th, 11:00 AM at St. Rita Catholic Church in Fairfax. Madeline was a member of SPRSI #94 of Novato for over 50 years. ARRANGEMENTS MADE BY ABBY CHAPEL OF THE REDWOODS MORTUARY ROHNERT PARK, CA 707-584-7100 

John Bernard Doriss
Age 83, passed away January 8, 2003. Memorial Services January 12, 2003, 11:00 AM at Montgomery Chapel San Francisco Theological Seminary, Bolinas Avenue and Richmond Avenue, San Anselmo, CA. Contributions to The Guide Dogs for the Blind. Mount Tamalpais Mortuary and Cemetery 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA 415-459-2500 

Helen O'Hara Garvin
Born November 27, 1918 in Buffalo, New York, passed away December 26, 2002 in Roseville, California. Helen was a resident of San Rafael and Marinwood for 25 years. She enjoyed Tap dancing and was the youngest person ever to get Dance Masters at age 16. Services will be held Monday, January 13, 2003 at 1 p.m. at St. Rose Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Services entrusted to: Cochrane's Chapel of the Roses 103 Lincoln Street, Roseville, CA 916-786-7171 

Ruth G. Holchester
Of San Rafael, passed away on January 6, 2003. Ruth was the wife of the late Ralph E. Holchester and devoted aunt of Ruth Richards of San Diego and Susan Glau of King City. She was a native of Santa Rosa and 98 years old. Ruth was a member of San Rafael Chapter of Easters Star, High Twelvettes of Marin, San Rafael Improvement Club, Tamalpais Center Women's Club, Retired Teachers, Corona Club of Santa Rosa and The First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Service on Monday, January 13, 2003 at 10:00 AM at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, 330 Red Hill Avenue, San Anselmo, CA. Interment will be at Santa Rosa Memorial Park, Santa Rosa following the Service. MONTE'S CHAPEL OF THE HILLS Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

Aurora Jane Nave
Died peacefully at Kaiser Hospital SR on December 28, 2002 at the age of 89. She was born January 14, 1913 in San Leandro CA. Jane was a Novato resident since 1971. She was predeceased by her loving husband Albert Nave and her only sister Carmen Felt King Jackson. At her request no services will be held. 

Patricia Louise Schultze
Passed away in Santa Rosa, Tuesday, January 7, 2003 at age 77 years. Beloved wife of the late Richard Schultze. Loving mother of Richard K. Schultze of Windsor, Sandra J. Schultze of Thousand Oaks, CA, Susan P. Schultze of Windsor and Cindy S. Borges of Oak Park, CA. Adored grandmother of Bobby, Kerri, Kirk, Megan, Michael and Holly. Mrs. Schultze was born in Indiana, reared and education in San Francisco and a Sonoma County resident for the last 28 years. She was an active member of Windsor Community United Methodist Church. Memorial Services are pending. The family prefers memorial contributions in her memory be made to Sonoma County Battered Women's Shelter or Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or the American Lung Association or to the Windsor Community United Methodist Church. Private Interment. "How to Love your Mother" -- 1) Love her verbally. 2) Love her patiently. 3) Love her gratefully. 4) Love her tenderly. 5) Love her generously. 6) Love her forgivingly. 7) Love her cheerfully. 8) Love her honorably. Arrangements by ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville Street, Petaluma. CHEDA & LYONS ~ 707-789-9000 

William Christian Stritzinger II
Age 90 of Novato passed away January 3, 2003 at home. A native of Norristown, Pennsylvania, he graduated from Colgate University, with post-graduate BMA studies in the Wharton School and at Butler University. Residing in the San Francisco area since 1969, Stritz last worked as Chairman of the Board for Gump's, San Francisco. Previously holding positions as President of Potts-Woodbury, Kansas City; Sr. Vice President at Neiman Marcus, Dallas; Vice President at Associated Merchandising Corp., New York; and International Advertising Director for Trans World Airlines, New York and Paris. His on-site business experiences included South America, Europe, the Middle East, the United States, and the Orient. (He took Gump's back into China after President Nixon signed the Shanghai Communiqué.) Stritz also served on the Board of Trustees for Lone Mountain College and SF Conservatory of Music, Board of Directors for San Francisco Beautiful, Conservatory of Flowers Foundation, and Uptown Parking Corporation, and President of the Post Street Promenade all in San Francisco. His previous memberships were SF Host Committee and St. Francis Yacht Club. His daughter Nan (Jamie) Kelly of San Rafael, son, Chris III and granddaughter, Kelsey both of Antioch, survive him. His beloved wife, Fran, precedes him in death of only a few months. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573 

Ruth Schwartz Susnow
Passed away in Petaluma on January 6th, 2003 from Alzheimer's. Age 82 years. Dearly beloved wife of 56 years to the late Edward S. Susnow, M.D.; devoted mother of Lawrence Susnow, M.D., of Houston and Nancy Susnow Fleming of Santa Rosa; doting grandmother of Nathan, Joel and Gemma Susnow and Jacob, Rebecca and Adina Fleming. She was very proud of her grandchildren's achievements and especially supportive of her handicapped granddaughter, Gemma; aunt to many nieces and nephews; appreciative mother-in-law of Rita Grant Susnow and Andrew Fleming. Lifetime friend to Leonore Buchwald. Ruth was born in New Jersey on June 24, 1920, and grew up in San Rafael, California. Along with her younger brother, Sidney, Ruth helped her parents in their men's clothing store, Schwartz's. She met her future husband, Ed, while both were students at U.C. Berkeley. After graduating, she put Ed through medical school working as a secretary at Chevron. Ruth spent most of her married life in her beloved San Francisco, where she lavished attention on her children and excelled in sewing, making many clothes for herself and her family. She prided herself on her mathematical skills, and did the family bookkeeping. She was an avid reader. Ruth will be remembered for her love of family and friends, as well as her humor, intelligence and insight. Services were held at Eternal Home Cemetery, Colma, Rabbi George Schlesinger officiating. Donations in Ruth's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association--Northern California, San Rafael Office, 4340 Redwood Highway, Suite 23, San Rafael, CA 94903, or to the National Alzheimer's Research Association, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite #1100, Chicago, IL 60611. Sinai Memorial Chapel. 

Vivian Walter
Vivian Walter, aged 88, died peacefully at her home in Belvedere, California on Sunday, December 8, 2002. Born August 6, 1914 in Oakland, California to Abe and Ella Jacobson Cohn, Vivian was educated at the Hamlin School and attended the University of California, Berkeley. She was at the Pasadena Community Playhouse and then had a successful career in public relations, first in the film industry and later in San Francisco at the Palace Hotel. From 1955 onward, Vivian assumed key leadership positions in the successful fight for rights and services for the developmentally disabled. Beginning as a volunteer, one-woman hospital committee for the San Francisco Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC), she realized how desperate conditions were for the developmentally disabled. She built the case and the political support that culminated in the Lanterman Act, bringing about dramatic change for the services offered the developmentally disabled in California. Mrs. Walter was a member of the board of Golden Gate Regional Center, one of two pilot centers established in 1966 as a result of the Lanterman Act. She chaired "Mental Hygiene" for the California Council for Retarded Children, served as President of the Board of San Francisco ARC, Vice-President of the Southwest Region of ARC and also of the ARC National Board. She served on the State Council on Developmental Disabilities under Governors Pat Brown and Jerry Brown. At the time of her death, and for many years prior, she was a member of the Board of Cedars of Marin. Vivian Walter was preceded in death by her parents, her brother and her sister, as well as her husband, Stephen Walter. She is survived by her son, Edwin (Ned) Walter of Novato, her stepdaughters Daphne Walter Bransten of San Francisco and Jennifer Walter Fowler of New York City, and her cousins Stephen Cohn of Orinda and Marcia Cohn Growdon of Reno, Nevada. Her grandchildren, Lisa Bransten and Shelley Bransten of San Francisco, Anne Bransten Wooster of Mill Valley, Benjamin Fowler of Portland, Oregon and Stephen Fowler of New Rochelle, New York, as well as two great grandchildren also survive her. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 2 PM at Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts in Vivian's memory to the Cedars of Marin, P.O. Box 947, Ross, CA 94957. 

Marianne M. Bals
Passed away peacefully January 7th, 2003 at the age of 85, in her home in Tiburon after a brief illness. She was born in Toronto, Canada and is survived by her husband Herbert Bals after 55 years of marriage, her nephew David Pomeroy and family of Edmonton Alberta, Canada, and relatives in Norway, many friends locally and abroad. According to her wishes, private Services were held. Neptune Society of Northern California. 

Carol Safholm Capriotti
On December 16th, 2002, my sister Carol Safholm Capriotti passed away. She had been in poor health for some time, and on that Monday she lost her fight. Carol has been a private secretary, both for our Father with Pacific Far East Lines, and later with Lykes Lines. Born in Seattle Washington on November 17th 1930, to Gwen and Al Safholm, she moved with our family to San Francisco in 1942. She attended Marina Jr. High School, Galileo High, and Heald Business College. Carol married Rudy Capriotti in 1951. Rudy preceded her in death in 1999, also our brother Bud Safholm, in 1987. She left nine nieces and nephews and thirteen grandnieces and nephews. Also one brother-in-law Joe Garbarino, and of course me her sister. Sally Garbarino. She will be greatly missed by us all. At her request no services were held. Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery 2500 5th Ave San Rafael, CA 94901 

Edward (Ned) Denmead
Passed away December 24, 2002 at age 86 in Greenbrae, CA after a long illness. Survived by his wife of 59 years, Charlotte; son Walter; grandson Kenneth; and great- grandsons Eli and Quinn. Born in Schenectady, NY and raised in Albany, NY, Mr. Denmead graduated from the Albany Boys' Academy and from Brown University in Providence, RI in 1939. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, reaching the rank of captain. After a career with United Air Lines, Mr. Denmead retired in 1979. The Denmeads moved to Greenbrae in 1996. Memorial Services at First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2003 at 11:00 AM. MONTE'S CHAPEL OF THE HILLS Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

Cecil F. Ormond
Age 94, of San Anselmo, died Monday, January 6, 2003. He was born in England and immigrated to California as a young man. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and married Lillyan Rosen in 1943. They moved to San San Anselmo in 1947. He was employed by Pacific Telephone and retired at the age of 65. Survivors include Peter Hope and Eric Hope, his cousins, and Benita Page, his niece. Services will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM on January 11, 2003 at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, 330 Red Hill Avenue, San Anselmo with Interment at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery. MONTE'S CHAPEL OF THE HILLS Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

Andre Parker
Mr. Andre Parker 33, of Corte Madera CA, died January 5th, 2003 at Marin General Hospital following a lengthy and courageous battle with AIDS. Andre was born to Eileen Parker on January 30, 1969 in Monticello New York. He graduated from Bartlett High School in Anchorage Alaska in 1986, and went on to receive his associate’s degree from the University of Alaska. Andre was very dignified man. He loved life, people and animals, and in his valiant struggle with AIDS he managed to stay positive and keep his sense of humor to the very end. Andre was a voracious reader; he also was a fine artist and photographer. He loved and collected alternative music before it was a trend. He loved to shop and truly had a great appreciation for “the finer things in life.” He was well-traveled and had a gift for making those who came into contact with him feel special, loved and appreciated. Andre is survived and will be missed by “half the planet.” including the following family members: Brothers Charles Haskins and Jahi Jack; Grandfather Cary Parker Sr.; Uncles Cary Parker Jr. and Dennis Brewer; Aunts Sharon Parker, Louise Klassen, and Cristhal Bennett; First Cousins Reality Canty, Shimone Canty, Jyrmayne Canty, Cary Parker III, and Kjersti Parker and Jesse Bennett; Nieces and Nephews, Eileen, Zakia, Victoria, Donald and Charles Haskins Jr. Memorial contributions may be made to The Marin AIDS Project or the Marin Specialty Clinic in Honor of Andre Parker. A Celebration of Andre’s life will be held this coming Saturday, January 11, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at their home in Corte Madera. For further information, please call 415-328-6959. 

Frank Anthony Bramante
At rest, December 23, 2002 at the age of 87. Beloved father of Frank Joseph Bramante of Redding, CA and Adrian (Jeff) Gerstel of Brooklyn, NY. Cherished grandfather of Britt L. (Wade) Grimsman of Paskenta, CA, Brandi A. (Eric) Wagner of Santa Rosa, CA and Haley and Elliot Gerstel of Brooklyn, NY. Great grandfather of Ryan Bramante Wagner and Britney Rogers-Wagner. Son of the late Frank and Anna Bramante. Brother of Martin and Val Bramante of Belvedere, Francis Tringale of San Francisco and the late Anne Martos. Also survived by Brian Scott of Carmel, a close family friend. Employed as a milkman for Bellbrook and Challenge Dairies. Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Saturday, January 11, 2003 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael, CA. For more information, please call 1-530-347-4300. VALENTE MARINI PERATA & CO. 1-415-333-0161 

Marian Giosso
Of Greenbrae passed away on January 5, 2003. Wife of the late Albert Giosso. Loving Mother of Diane Bredt, John Giosso and Michael Giosso. Caring sister of Alan Holladay. Loving Grandmother of five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Make memorial contributions to: Whistlestop Senior Service, 930 Tamalpais Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901. Friends are invited to attend Funeral Services on Thursday at 1 PM in the Chapel at Daphne Fernwood Mortuary, 301 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley, CA, 415-383-7100. 

Carla F. Parsons, Retired College of Marin Secretary
Carla Parsons, aged 72, passed away on January 5, 2003. Carla was employed for 12 years at both College of Marin and Indian Valley College. She held positions in Facilities Management and was secretary to the provost at Indian Valley College, and last of all was employed in the College of Marin Science Center. She enjoyed travelling, especially on cruises and return trips to Hawaii, where she and her husband Art spent their honeymoon. Carla's husband of 25 years, Arthur C. Parsons, Jr., died in January 2001. Her marriage to Art brought together six children who mingled very well with each after they became acquainted. Martha DeLargy of Rockville, Maryland; Judith (Mrs. Jeffrey Struthers) of Orcas Island, Washington; Jeanne (Mrs. David McKevitt) of Sheridan, Oregon; Carol (Mrs. Bob Blanchard) of Fort Benton, Montana; Thomas Fieser of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Michael Parsons of Auburn, California; as well as five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery Chapel, 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be directed to ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) Association, 561 Pilgrim Drive, Suite C, Foster City, CA 94404 or Guide Dogs for the Blind, 350 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael, CA 94903. 

Judy Edell Pensotte, Beloved Wife
Judy Edell Pensotte passed away January 4th, 2003. She leaves behind her husband Joe of 54 years of San Rafael, a daughter Valerie, a son Dale, and two granddaughters Jenna and Savannah. She had many relatives throughout the States, and loved reading, gardening, camping and travel, until her eyes and health started to fail. No services held at her request. Her ashes will be scattered at her favorite spot. Funeral assistance provided by Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA 415-459-2500. 

Duncan Whyte, Jr.
Age 91, resident of Satellite Beach, Florida died peacefully January 3, 2003 with his family at his side. Uncle Dunc was born in Union City, New Jersey on April 15, 1911. He retired at age 85 from Berlin & Jones Company, Inc. as Chairman of the Board, Emeritus. He was also a proud member of the Envelope Manufacturer's Association of America, a 49 year member of the New York Athletic Club, and a WWII veteran. Eleanor, his wife of 66 years, preceded him in death. Uncle Dunc is survived by a loving family of nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, great grandnieces and great grandnephews, one great-great grandnephew, and many special friends. Duncan's life will be celebrated on Thursday, January 9th, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at Monte's Chapel of the Hills in San Anselmo at 330 Red Hill Avenue. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Duncan's memory to The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, 665 Third Street, Suite 345, San Francisco, CA 94107. MONTE'S CHAPEL OF THE HILLS Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

Giuseppina Ferrario (Josephine), 1910 ~ 2003
Josephine Colombo Ferrario was born in Magnago, Italy, in the Provincio da Milano. She immigrated to America in 1934. She married Mario G. Ferrario in 1935, who predeceased her in 1978. Josephine enjoyed her family, friends and sewing. Her baking talents, which included wonderful pies and outstanding chocolate chip cookies, were legendary. She was a charter member of Gruppo Lonatese. She is survived by her daughter Mary Ferrario O'Brien of San Rafael, four grandsons, Mike (Terri), Jim (Leslie), Rick (Donna) all of Petaluma and Gary of Marietta, Ohio, seven great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Her life revolved around all the generations that followed her, truly earning her the title of "Nonnie". Her physical presence will be missed at all the family gatherings, though her presence will never be forgotten. Friends are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, January 8, 2003 at 10:30 AM at St. Raphael's Church, San Rafael. Interment to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael. A Vigil Service will be held on Tuesday at 8:00 PM at St. Raphael's Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gruppo Lonatese Garden Fund. MONTE'S CHAPEL OF THE HILLS San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

Marilyn Jean Kennel
Died peacefully on January 2, 2003, at the age of 69. She was born October 28, 1933 in St. James, Minnesota. Marilyn was a Novato resident who worked at the Emporium in Corte Madera for 19 years. She was in the Army Medical Corps for two years, a parishioner of Our Lady of Loretto Church, and a member of the St. Vincent De Paul Society. She is survived by her loving husband Albert, two sons Ted and Vince, and three grandchildren. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass Friday, January 10, 2003 at Our Lady of Loretto Church, 1806 Novato Blvd., Novato at 11:00 AM. Memorial donations are preferred to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato 415-897-1151 

William Michael Kenney
Ended his battle with Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease on January 2, 2003 at his home in Hillsboro, Oregon. He was 55. With him at the time of his passing was his wife of 30 years Mary (Maidie) Foster and their children: Joelle, 25, Sierra, 20, and James, 14, all of Hillsboro. Bill was born in San Francisco and raised in Marin County, California. He was the son of the late Rose Krippner Kenney and Jerome Joseph Kenney of San Pablo, CA. Bill graduated from San Francisco City College and California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Horticulture. Bill was the owner and operator of North Bay Oil in Napa. He was an active member of the Napa Lions Club and served as president in 1985-86. Bill and his wife Maidie were active Foster Parents in California before moving with their family to Oregon in 1991. Bill worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Portland until his retirement in 1997. Aside from his family and father, Bill is survived by his siblings: Jerry Kenney of Novato, Roseanne Stolte of San Mateo, John Kenney of Brentwood, TN, Charlie Kenney of San Pablo, Jim Kenney of San Rafael, Kathy Aguilar of Martinez and Beatrice Oji of Martinez. There will be a Memorial Service on January 10, 2003, at 11 a.m. at the Hillsboro United Methodist Church, 168 NE 8th Avenue, Hillsboro, Oregon with a reception to follow at the Kenney home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Bill's name to the OHSU Foundation -- Kaye, For Alzheimer's Disease, 1121 SW Salmon Street, Portland, OR 97205, 503-228-1730. 

Regina Cecelia McNulty
Died on January 4, 2003, at the age of 94. She was born on November 13, 1908 to Matthew and Regina Boyle in Philadelphia, PA. She attended schools in the Philadelphia area. In 1929 she met Michael Francis McNulty whom she later married in 1930. In 1944, due to tuberculosis, the McNulty's and their two children, Charles and Joseph, moved to Denver, Colorado. She recovered from her tuberculosis but remained in Colorado until 1959, at which time the McNulty's relocated to San Jose, California to be near their oldest son Charles. After the death of her husband, Michael, Regina relocated to Marin County to be near her son Charles. She was a devoted parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua Church. She is survived by her loving sons Charles (Ines) McNulty of Novato, CA and Joseph (Susan) McNulty of Denver, CO; six wonderful grandchildren: Kathy (Larry) Tuccio of San Francisco, CA; Jerry (Denise) McNulty of San Rafael, CA; Dan McNulty (Patricia) of Abbeville, LA; Ken McNulty (Barbara) of Petaluma, CA; Ann Marie (Larry) Trujillio and Michael McNulty both of Denver, CO; and ten great-grandchildren. Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass on Wednesday, 11:00 O AM at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Novato. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are preferred to St. Jude Hospital. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato 415-897-1151 

Ann Shirley Anderson
Ann Shirley Anderson, age 65, of San Anselmo, died December 17, 2002 at 12:30 a. m. She was at home surrounded by her family and friends. Born in Lima, Ohio March 20, 1937 Ann Shirley's Passion for theatre, dance, and music led her to study at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio where she graduated with honors. Her passion and support of the arts was a lifelong pursuit. She was also a dedicated employee of Scarth Lyons & Associates for 28 years. Family was the center of Ann's life however and she is survived by her daughters Jana Michelle Anderson, Karen Sue Anderson, two grandchildren, her sister Sue Ellen Pleskach and her brother, Gene E. Patrick, both of Ohio. The loyal, kind, gentle, generous and loving ways of Ann Shirley will be terribly missed by all her family and friends. Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Service in Celebration of Ann Shirley, January 8, 2003 at 10 AM at Grace Cathedral. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to your choice of the following organizations: Rhett Bell Scholarship Foundation, Hospice of Marin, Ida Friend Infusion Center, UCSF Contact J. Anderson at 415-956-8429 for specific details. MONTE'S CHAPEL OF THE HILLS San Anselmo, 415-453-8440 

Damon Dean Dyslin
Damon and his twin brother, Darren, were born in Davisville, Rhode Island on February 6, 1960. Damon was the oldest twin by four minutes. Damon's eclectic sensibilities found him involved in a variety of things, including making pottery, gardening, cooking, going to movies, and entertaining. He was the consummate cook, an extraordinary storyteller with a quick wit, and had an exceptional ability to make others laugh. He also knew and loved God and found peace surrounded by his beloved redwoods in Woodacre, California. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Chris and Royal Mackenzie; his sister and brother-in-law, Roger and Denette Hilbert; his twin brother, Darren Dyslin; and his two children, Dawn and Davin; his brother and sister-in-law, Alex and Amy Mackenzie and their daughter, Ireland; as well as many friends too numerous to list. Damon fought his illness with courage, humility, and perseverance, and was an example of strength to many people. He passed away on November 11, 2002 in Santa Rosa, California. Memorial services were held in Rockford Illinois on December 27, 2002 and a Service will also be held at his home in Woodacre, California on January 11, 2003. For more information, please contact Tim Hysom at (301)471-4117. Damon, we were not ready to let you go. We will always love and miss you, and will never forget the impact that you had on our lives. Until we meet again........ 

Giuseppina Ferrario (Josephine), 1910 ~ 2003
Josephine Colombo Ferrario was born in Managno, Italy, in the Provincio de Milano. She immigrated to America in 1934. She married Mario G. Ferrario in 1935, who predeceased her in 1978. Josephine enjoyed her family, friends and sewing. Her baking talents, which included wonderful pies and outstanding chocolate chip cookies, were legendary. She was a charter member of Gruppo Lonatese. She is survived by her daughter Marry Ferrario O'Brien of San Rafael, four grandsons, mike (Terri), Jime (Leslie), Rick (Donna) all of Petaluma and Gary of Marietta, Ohio: seven great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Her life revolved around all the generations that followed her, truly earning her the title of "Nonnie". Her physical presence will never be forgotten. Friends are invited to attend the mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, January 8, 2003 at 10:30 AM at St. Raphael's Church, San Rafael. Interment to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael. A Vigil service will be held on Tuesday at 8:00 PM at St. Raphael's Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gruppo Lonatese Garden Fund. MONTE'S CHAPEL OF THE HILLS San Anselmo, 415-453-8440 

Gerarda Helena Petersen
Helena Gerritsen-Petersen passed away peacefully in Cotati Thursday, January 2, 2003 surrounded by her loving family. She was 74 years old. Beloved wife of Bart Petersen of Cotati. Loving mother of Jos (Lisa) Giliam of Clear Lake and Dirk Giliam of Rohnert Park. Loving stepmother of Tony (Mimi) Petersen of Sebastopol and Trudy (Kevin) Purcell of Oakland. Adored step grandmother of Taylor, Kyle, Anna, Sean and Ryan. Dear sister of Lenie Janssen, Lydia Ver Hoeven, Doreen Stein, Gerald Gerritsen and Bert Gerritsen, all of Holland. Loving sister-in-law of Correy Petersen. She was a native of Diaren, Holland and a Marin and Sonoma County resident for 45 years. Friends are invited to attend Memorial Services Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 11:00 AM at Holy Family Episcopal Church, 1500 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park. The family prefers that memorial contributions in her memory be made to Memorial Hospice, 821 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Funeral arrangements under the direction of ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville Street, Petaluma, CA. CHEDA & LYONS ~ 707-789-9000 

Michael B. "Slim" Alliman Passed away on Friday, November 8, 2002 at his home in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He was born on May 3, 1945 to Donald and Virginia Alliman. He is survived by his mother, Virginia Alliman; son Jake Walk Alliman; daughter Molly Jeanne Alliman and their mother Pamela Alliman. Slim lived in San Anselmo for 25 years and was widely known by all as a "good friend". He was an unforgettable, exceptional person who leaves behind many friends who dearly loved him. "A Remembrance for Slim" will be held Saturday, January 11, 2003 at the home of Ken and Candi Overman, 56 Shady Lane in Ross from 3-5 PM. Contact Jake Alliman 530-283-1577 for further information. 

Guido Frank Bisazza
Born on March 22, 1915 and entered into eternal rest on December 24, 2002 at age 87 years. A native of San Francisco, Mr. Bisazza was a graduate of Commerce High School and Golden Gate Business School. He began his business career with the Bank of Italy, under A.P. Giannini, but left the banking business during the Great Depression to become a delivery driver for the Holsom Baking Company. He met his future wife, Anne, at her parent's grocery store, which was located at 32nd and California Streets. Following his service in the United States Army during World War II, he began his career in the grocery business with Anne at his side. After many years and several locations in the City, he ventured to Sausalito to open his last store, the Big G Super. At that time, this was considered to be a very risky decision, as the location of the store was an abandoned shipyard, at the very outskirts of the town. Over the next 25 years, the Big G Super became a local landmark, serving the local residents and tourists, alike. Mr. Bisazza touched the lives of many people, both through his work-related activities and in his personal life. He served as president of the California Grocer's Association and was a charter member of the Marin Golf and Country Club. He will be truly missed by the members of his family and his many friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Mario Bisazza and his sister, Tillie Alioto, and is survived by his wife of 60 years, Annemarie Bisazza, sons, Richard Bisazza and Ronald Bisazza, daughter-in-law, Barbara Ann Bisazza, daughter, Valerie Ann Harper, son-in-law, Jeffery Harper, daughter, Kimberly Marie Selby and son-in-law, Paul Selby. Five grandchildren: Jennifer Bisazza, Carol Bisazza, Paul Bisazza, Melissa Harper and Christina Harper, as well as numerous nieces and nephews mourn their loss. A private Service and Inurnment was held at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery in San Rafael, California. 

Robert J. Gilbride
Of Fort Jones, California, died on December 31, 2002. He was 78 years of age. Mr. Gilbride was born to Frank and Amy West Gilbride in Verdi, Minnesota on November 8, 1924. After graduation from high school in Chamberlain, South Dakota, he attended the University of South Dakota. He served three and a half years in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was attached to the 4th Marin Division landing on Iwo Jima, where he was awarded the Purple Heart. Mr. Gilbride received his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota St. Cloud. He was a member of Lamda Chi Alpha, the Knights of Columbus, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, American Legion and the 4th Marine Division Association. He married Lucy Ann Bouska of Ely, Minnesota in 1949. She died in 1974. Mr. Gilbride served as a music instructor, counselor and psychologist for 15 years in the Midwest and as a school administrator for 20 years in San Rafael, California. He retired in 1985. He is survived by his daughter Colleen and her husband Joe Camicia of Dallas; three sons, Kevin and his wife Cindy of Brentwood, Calif., Timothy and his wife Anita of Arcata, Calif., and Brendan and his wife Fawn of Angwin, Calif.; a sister Kathleen of Yreka, Calif.; ten grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. A Visitation for friends and family will be held on Sunday, January 5, 2003 in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fort Jones from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. The recitation of the Rosary will follow at 7:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, January 6, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. His ashes will be placed with those of his wife on a private plot in Quartz Valley, Calif. The family suggests contributions to Madrone Hospice, 255 Collier Circle, Yreka, CA 96097, the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn. or St. Jude Children's Hospital--Cancer Research, 611 Massachusetts St., Indianapolis, IN 46205. The Girdner Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. 

Giuseppina Ferrario (Josephine), 1910 ~ 2003
Josephine Colombo Ferrario was born in Managno, Italy, in the Provincio de Milano. She immigrated to America in 1934. She married Mario G. Ferrario in 1935, who predeceased her in 1978. Josephine enjoyed her family, friends and sewing. Her baking talents, which included wonderful pies and outstanding chocolate chip cookies, were legendary. She was a charter member of Gruppo Lonatese. She is survived by her daughter Marry Ferrario O'Brien of San Rafael, four grandsons, mike (Terri), Jime (Leslie), Rick (Donna) all of Petaluma and Gary of Marietta, Ohio: seven great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Her life revolved around all the generations that followed her, truly earning her the title of "Nonnie". Her physical presence will never be forgotten. Friends are invited to attend the mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, January 8, 2003 at 10:30 AM at St. Raphael's Church, San Rafael. Interment to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael. A Vigil service will be held on Tuesday at 8:00 PM at St. Raphael's Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gruppo Lonatese Garden Fund. MONTE'S CHAPEL OF THE HILLS San Anselmo, 415-453-8440 

Gerarda Helena Petersen
Helena Gerritsen-Petersen passed away peacefully in Cotati Thursday, January 2, 2003 surrounded by her loving family. She was 74 years old. Beloved wife of Bart Petersen of Cotati. Loving mother of Jos (Lisa) Giliam of Clear Lake and Dirk Giliam of Rohnert Park. Loving stepmother of Tony (Mimi) Petersen of Sebastopol and Trudy (Kevin) Purcell of Oakland. Adored step grandmother of Taylor, Kyle, Anna, Sean and Ryan. Dear sister of Lenie Janssen, Lydia Ver Hoeven, Doreen Stein, Gerald Gerritsen and Bert Gerritsen, all of Holland. Loving sister-in-law of Correy Petersen. She was a native of Diaren, Holland and a Marin and Sonoma County resident for 45 years. Friends are invited to attend Memorial Services Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 11:00 AM at Holy Family Episcopal Church, 1500 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park. The family prefers that memorial contributions in her memory be made to Memorial Hospice, 821 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Funeral arrangements under the direction of ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville Street, Petaluma, CA. CHEDA & LYONS ~ 707-789-9000 

Margaret Tonge "Margie"
Passed away to God's open arms on December 30, 2002 in Santa Rosa. She will always be cherished in the memories of her loving husband of 56 years, Jim, her sons Jim III of St. Petersburg, FL and Jeff of Petaluma, as well as her daughter-in-law, Jenny of Petaluma. She will be deeply missed as well by her three sisters, Alberta Rawlinson of Roseville, Ruth Dashiell of San Leandro and "Kathy" Bella of Arizona, and her brother Ray Alt of St. Louis, MO. She is also survived, and will be lovingly remembered, by her grandchildren, Brian and Amy Tonge of Petaluma. Margie was born in Oakland and graduated from University High in Oakland. At one time in her career she held the world's record of 125 net words per minute in Speed Typing. She worked in the attendance office at Redwood High School for 20 years. She was referred to as "The Mom away from home". She was a great "Gal" and everyone loved her so very much. While living in Corte Madera (35 years), she served as Den Mother, Hot-Dog Lady, and Pink Lady. She also was famous for Pumpkin pies and Tonge Burgers while serving in the Sunny Hills Guild. Friends are invited to attend Church Services, Friday, January 10, 2003 at 11:30 AM at Church of the Nazarene, 1135 Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa. Burial Services will be held on Friday, January 10, 2003 at 10:45 AM at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 2930 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Arrangements under the direction of ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, Petaluma, CA CHEDA & LYONS ~ 707-789-9000 

Robert J. Walsh, January 3, 2003
Loving twin brother of Mary J. Carbone; also survived by nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews. A native of San Francisco, age 79 years. A long retired longtime employee of P. G. & E. Friends are invited to the Funeral Mass 11AM Tuesday, January 7, 2003 at The Lady Chapel, St. Dominic's Church, Bush & Steiner Sts. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Hospice By the Bay, 1540 Market St., #350, S. F., CA 94102-6035, preferred. HALSTED N. GRAY - CAREW & ENGLISH 

Clarence C. English "Doc"
Passed away in Napa on December 26, 2002. Born January 10, 1913 in Detroit, Michigan. Survived by son William English and daughter Kim Lemos, grandson William Jr., granddaughters Danielle and Cody, great-grandchildren Kasey and Sydnee, nephews Tom and Lon Schultze, his many golf buddies in Napa, and long time friend Arlene Lehr of Saginaw, Michigan. After attending Mich. State, Doc served with the Air Corps before and during WWII, in Africa and Italy. He resided in Marin County for 50 years, working for Standard Oil, Bechtel and many years in the bar and restaurant business. He owned and operated "39 Main" in Tiburon until 1975. He was a member of the Elks Club, V.F.W. and Bartender and Culinary Workers Local 126. His generosity and laughter will be missed by all. At his request, no services were held. A Memorial Dinner is planned to celebrate his 90th Birthday. 

Michael John Scotto
Michael John Scotto was born December 11, 1911 near Naples, Italy. At age seven, Michael came to the USA with his Mother and brother, Vincent, joining his Father, who had already moved to Novato. In 1929, Michael met Bernice Hoffman on a blind date in San Francisco. They were married in San Rafael on September 4, 1932 at St. Raphael's Church. Michael was a Real Estate Broker and Developer for over 40 years. In 1971, Michael and Bernice moved from San Rafael to their current home in Novato, where they have resided for 31 years. Michael had two daughters: Michele Hallett (Mrs. Jerry Hallett) and Joan Lewis, both of Novato; four grandchildren: Michael, Jerry, Renee and Rachael; and nine great grandchildren. His tenth great grandchild will be born in May 2003 to his grandson Jerry and his wife Leslie and will carry his name: Michael John Scotto Hallett. Michael will also be remembered by his three brothers: Vincent, Hugo and Guido and sister: Rosemary. This past September 4, 2002, Michael and Bernice celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary and on December 11th, Michael celebrated his 91st birthday. 

John "Joe" Joseph Varney
Of Novato passed away December 30, 2002 at the age of 33. Joe is survived by his father, Steven Varney of Novato; mother, Joyce Babbino of Mill Valley; grandmother, Ruth Varney of Mill Valley; brothers: Collin Varney, Scott Robertson, Mike Robertson and Aaron Hudiberg; sisters: Julie Colteaux (Paul) and Denise Gudgel. Joe was born in San Francisco and raised in Novato where, as a young man, he excelled in all local sports. He graduated from San Marin High School where he was a State championship wrestler. For many years after high school, he worked for Novato Builders Supply. He then moved to Red Lodge, MT, which he called his "second home". In Red Lodge he worked for Stillwater Mining Co. as a Hard Rock Miner. Joe especially enjoyed off-road recreation. We will all miss his laughter, infectious smile, and bold sense of adventure, along with his devotion to family and unconditional friendship. We are certain Heaven is a much more exciting place with him there. Private family Funeral Services were held Friday afternoon at Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel in Mill Valley. Memorial Gifts are preferred to your favorite charity. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573 

Rachael Checota
Passed away peacefully on December 27, 2002 surrounded by her five children. Rachael was born January 26, 1916 in Townsend, Wisconsin, daughter of Adolph and Evelyn Schmitt. She graduated from high school in 1932 when she was 16 years old and attended St. Catherine's College in St. Paul, MN. In 1938 she married Joseph Checota, who preceded her in death in 1986. She was a homemaker and raised five children. When the last of her children started school, she taught preschool and started a recreational program for the elderly in Watertown, Wisconsin, where she lived from 1945 until she moved to San Rafael in May of 2001. She lived her final days in the loving care of the Sisters and staff at The Nazareth House in San Rafael. Rachael is survived by her son Joseph (Ellen) Checota, Jr. of Milwaukee, WI, her four daughters Penelope Carew of Sturtevant, WI, Jennifer (Russell) Stevens of Trempealeau, WI, Rebecca Checota of San Francisco, and Monica Paoli of San Rafael, nine grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, two sisters Evelyn Belk of Phoenix, AZ and June Crawford of College Park, GA, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. In addition to her husband, Rachael was predeceased by two sisters and one brother. There was a Funeral Mass on December 29, 2002 at The Nazareth House. A Memorial Service will be held in Watertown, WI in the spring, and Rachael will be buried in Watertown next to her husband. If desired, donations in memory of Rachael Checota may be made to The Nazareth House, 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903. KEATON'S ~ SAN RAFAEL 415-453-0571 

Rolfe Croker
A dearly loved husband, father and friend, Rolfe Croker passed away in the company of his family at his home in Tiburon on December 27, 2002. He was 78 years old. Rolfe's struggle with cancer was one of courage and dignity, much as he lived his life, providing an inspiration to us all. Our loss is overwhelming and his memory will be cherished. He was an inspiration to all who were fortunate to be a part of his life. Rolfe was born in San Francisco on July 2, 1924. Very soon after graduating from Lowell High School in San Francisco during World War II he was inducted into the armed services and later survived injuries while participating in the invasion of Southern France. His roots in San Francisco are long lived, being the descendant of a pioneer family who came to California during the Gold Rush of 1849. His great grandfather was the first County Recorder of the City and County of San Francisco. It was only natural that Rolfe would devote his business career to the real estate industry. He followed in his father's footsteps becoming a realtor in San Anselmo, when he was nicknamed Croker the Broker. In 1956 he founded Pacific Coast Title Company and retired after selling the firm in 1999. Rolfe gave back to the community in many ways, including serving as President of the San Rafael Kiwanis Club. Rolfe's real passion was sailing. He grew up on the water in San Rafael where he learned to sail as a small child. He joined the San Francisco Yacht Club at the age of 15 and immediately launched his racing career on his Moon Boat. Rolfe's accomplishments on the race course include numerous San Francisco Bay Season Championships in several classes, Division Championships in the Danforth and Gulf of the Farallones Ocean Series, participating in nine Transpac Races to Honolulu and winning many honors on races from California to various Mexican destinations, including, Manzanillo, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. His successes on San Francisco Bay skippering his many boats are way too numerous to list. Rolfe was a member of the San Francisco Yacht Club where he served as Commodore in 1993 and 1994, the Marin Yacht Club where he served as Commodore in 1969, the St. Francis Yacht Club, and the Transpacific Yacht Club where he served as a member of the Board for many years and the Cruising Club of America. He was honored as Yachtsman of the Year at the San Francisco Yacht Club in 1987. Rolfe was a true gentleman, a mentor, a role model and a kind and thoughtful friend, father and husband. For those who knew him, please reflect on a favorite memory and you will smile. He is survived by his loving wife, Julie, his children Connie, Cindy, Patsy, Rolfe, Jr. (Mitsch) and their spouses, and Kirsten, 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a. m., Monday, January 6, at St. Hilary Church, 761 Hilary Drive, Tiburon, CA. After the Mass there will be a celebration of his life at 12:30 p. m. at the San Francisco Yacht Club in Belvedere. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marin or your favorite charity. Monte's Chapel of the Hills San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

Whitfield King
Passed away December 22, 2002 at age 70 after battling cancer for three years. Originally from Memphis TN, he attended Western Military Academy in Alton IL, later joining the Army, retiring as a Major after serving in Vietnam and Germany. Served as President of the Homeowners Assn. of Contempo Marin, active in the American Legion Post, San Anselmo, the Marin Co. Red Cross, and a member of the Marin Rod and Gun Club. He enjoyed cooking and taking trips in his motorhome He was a member of two RV groups. Survived by two brothers Gene Cohoe of Petaluma and Watkins F. Cohoe of Rancho Palo Verdes, two sons Whitfield King III of Texas and Brian King of Huntington Beach, granddaughters Katie and Anna King of TX, a nephew Bob Grenier of Novato, niece Wendy Arnold of Rancho Palo Verdes, sisters-in-law Marilyn Cohoe and Jean Cohoe, and his dear friend of 60 years Connie Pittman of Memphis, TN. He was dearly loved and will be missed by all. Friends are invited to a Memorial Service at 4PM January 9 at the American Legion Log Cabin, 120 Veterans Place, San Anselmo. 

Rolph H. Murk
Died in Tiburon December 28th, 2002. Born and raised in San Francisco. Served in the Army in the South Pacific during World War II. Worked for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co. for 32 years. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Lillian; children John, Jim, Dave, Tom and Karen; daughters-in-law Terri, Lorri and Kit; and grandchildren Niclas, Megan, Amanda, and Harrison. He was preceded in death by his parents Borghild and John, and brother Frank. Services are private. The family prefers memorial contributions to Hospice of Marin. 

Catherine Antonina Schuepbach, April 15, 1915 ~ December 28, 2002
Born and raised in Washington D.C. She moved to Strawberry Village in 1950. Married 1937-1997 to husband, Jerry. Loved birds, books, music and her family. Member of the Mill Valley Outdoor Art Club. She is survived by her son Christopher, daughters-in-law Nancy and Susan, sisters Marjorie Broughton, San Rafael, Marie Novotny, Delaware, brother Alexander Lipske, Maryland, five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. 

Walter Werronen
Passed away on Thursday, December 19, 2002 after having suffered from congestive heart failure for some time. He had been a resident of McKinleyville, California where he lived with his son, Greg Werronen for several years. Walter was born May 1, 1931 in New Jersey of parents Otto Werronen and Martha Ulvila. He grew up in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, received his A.A. degree from Suomi College in Hancock, Michigan, his B.A. degree from Kent State University in Kent Ohio and attended Suomi College as a seminarian. He completed his Master's degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and did post graduate work at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. He was ordained as a Lutheran minister in 1956 in Ashtabula, Ohio. He served as pastor for Faith Lutheran Church in Conneaut, Ohio from 1956 to 1958, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois from 1958 to 1962, at Holy Trinity Church in Berkeley, California from 1962 to 1967 and then Lutheran Church of the Cross in Berkeley from 1967 to 1974. His last parish was at Faith Lutheran Church in San Rafael, California from which he retired in 1988 after thirty two years in the ministry. Walter also taught and preached in Finnish for the Finnish community of the Bay Area, most notably Berkeley and San Francisco. He was listed as a member of the Symposium of Finnish-American Scholars, worked towards a doctorate degree at the University of Helsinki, Finland in 1982-83 and received the Order of the White Rose from the President of Finland for his work with Finnish-Americans. Walter is survived by his former wife, Bertha Pangrazzi of Iron River, Michigan, his son Greg Werronen and son Geoff Werronen and daughter-in-law Carol Werronen, granddaughters Hillary and Maia Werronen, all of McKinleyville, California; daughter Laura Kagy, son-in-law Ted Kagy, grandsons Clinton Millman and Jackson Kagy, all of Aptos California. Walter enjoyed music and singing and had a beautiful, booming bass- baritone voice that could be heard no matter how many others were singing. He sang with the Trinidad choir until recently. Walt enjoyed fishing, chopping wood, reading and watching sports, especially the NBA. He became an excellent cook. Walter kept a ministry of letters when his mobility was reduced, and corresponded with hundreds of friends across the country and Finland. Walt's entire life honored and reflected his Finnish Heritage. He will be greatly missed. A Memorial Service will be held at Lutheran Church of the Cross at 1744 University Avenue, Berkeley, California on Saturday, January 4th at 2:00 p.m. with a reception following. 

Patrick Oliver Higgins
Passed away in Cotati, CA on December 25, 2002. He is survived by sons Pat and his wife Michelle and John and his wife Donna, grandson Sean Patrick Higgins and granddaughter Tara Ann Higgins, sisters Kathleen Burke of Boston, Massachusetts and Nonie Scarry of Galway Ireland, and brother Michael Joe Higgins of Athenry, Ireland. A Rosary will be held on Friday, January 3, 2003 at 7:00 at ABBY MORTUARY, 6250 State Farm Drive, Rohnert Park. A Non-Liturgical Service will be held at the mortuary on Saturday, January 4, 2003 at 12:00 and a Church Service will be held at 2:00 on Saturday, January 4, 2003 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 150 St. Joseph Way, Cotati, California. 

Lloyd W. Benson, M.D.
Passed away in Santa Rosa, California on Saturday, December 28, 2002 at the age of 72. A native of Minot, North Dakota, he was raised and attended high school in Williston, ND, graduating in 1948, and was the Co-Captain of the State Championship Basketball Team in 1948; went to University of Minnesota and Luther College in Dekora, Iowa; attended medical school at the University of North Dakota and Pennsylvania University, doing his Internship at Burlington, Vermont and his Residency in Anesthesiology at the University of California. He practiced medicine at Stanford, Marin General Hospital, Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, and other California institutions. Dr. Benson was a ship surgeon for Grace Lines in New York. He was an avid skier, traveled extensively and enjoyed music and the arts. He is lovingly survived by his wife Jocelyn, his sister Louise Houns, his brother Dr. Lee Benson and his father Melvin Benson. A veteran of the United States Coast Guard. Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service on Saturday, January 4, 2003 at 1:00 PM at Santa Rosa Memorial Park Chapel, 1900 Franklin Avenue, Santa Rosa with Rev. Hugh Stevenson of St. Patrick's Episcopal Church officiating. Interment will follow. If desired, donations in memory of Dr. Benson may be made to Sutter/VNA and Home Hospice, 1110 North Dutton Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Arrangements under the care of the DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 

Alfred "John" Cazzaniga
"Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in heaven which allows our loved ones to shine down upon us to let us know they are happy." John was called into Heaven on December 23, 2002. Born November 27, 1938 in Susanville California, John spent most of his young life in Marin County where he attended San Rafael High School. After graduation in 1957 he joined the Navy and began his tour of duty on Midway Island, in the Pacific, and ending it in Stockton California. Completing his tour he became a member of the Sheet Metal Workers of Northern California, Local 104 Apprentice Program, which led to his career as a Sheet Metal Journeyman. In 1974 the family moved to McCloud California to build their dream home and raised their children in a "Norman Rockwell type environment". Due to medical reason in 1986 John and Nancy moved back to Novato. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Nancy, their two loving daughters Kimberly Messenger and Kelly Cazzaniga-Thiele and his two grandchildren Joshua and Trinity. He has been blessed not only with a loving family but with life long friends who have brought him much happiness. John has touched many with his courage in meeting the challenges of his life. John is also survived by his mother Floy and three siblings who all reside in Novato. A private Memorial Service will be held. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato 415-897-1151 

Berta Franzini
Born on May 18, 1928 in Appenzell, Switzerland, Berta Steingruber was the youngest of seven children. She emigrated to the United States at the age of 17 to join her brother Robert in San Rafael. She later worked at the Bon Air Market in Greenbrae where she met her husband Ernest. They married on October 16, 1954. She raised three children and worked out of her home as a seamstress and designer. She always loved to sew and, in later years, created handicrafts for the Nazareth House Auxiliary. She liked to travel, returning several times to her native Switzerland. Berta loved hiking in nature with her husband Ernest. Berta died peacefully in her home, surrounded by her family on December 29, 2002. Husband Ernest, loving daughters Deborah of San Francisco, Carol Taforo and her husband Terry and grandchildren Ted and Jack of Mt. Shasta, and son Dominick Steven of Portland, Oregon, survive her. Berta's warm, caring spirit will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Friends may call after 6:00 PM. A Vigil Service will be held at Monte's Chapel of the Hills on Thursday, January 2nd, 2003 at 7:00 PM with a Funeral Mass to be held on Friday, January 3rd at 1:30 PM at St. Isabella's Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nazareth House Auxiliary, 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440 

Daniel J. O'Sullivan
Passed away December 27, 2002 at his home in San Rafael after a four month illness. Dan was born July 16, 1923 in Chicago to Patrick and Bridget O'Sullivan. Dan graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 1941. Dan is survived by his sisters, Helen Martell and Theresa Dybdahl and brother, Leo Sullivan. Dan was predeceased by his sisters, Sr. Mary Thaddeus O'Sullivan OSU, Agnes Alladio, Rose Fowler, and Patricia Bunnell. Dan is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Dan worked for many years as Office Manager of the American Cancer Society office in San Rafael. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 3, 2003 at 12 Noon in St. Isabella's Church, 1 Trinity Way, San Rafael. Rev. Cyril O'Sullivan celebrant. Interment to follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael. At the request of the family donations to the Ursuline Sisters Retirement Fund, 400 Angela Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 would be appreciated. KEATON'S SAN RAFAEL 415-453-0571. 

Louis B. Pfaff
Passed away at his home in Petaluma on December 30, 2002. Devoted husband of Dorothy Pfaff. Loving father of Gary Pfaff and his wife Donna of Rockland, CA and Glen Pfaff and his wife Susan of Naperville, Illinois. Cherished grandfather of Nicholas, Jamie, Corinne, Christina, and Michael Pfaff. Loving great-grandfather of Isaiah Lopez. Brother of the late Dorothy Cole, Elmer Pfaff, and Warren Pfaff. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Pfaff was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Army from 1942-1945. He married his wife, Dorothy, on June 22, 1946 at St. Rita's Church in Fairfax, CA. Mr. Pfaff was employed as a bus driver by Greyhound for 30 years and Golden Gate Transit for four years. He enjoyed golfing and was an avid bowler. Mr. Pfaff was a diehard sports fan and enjoyed watching the 49'ers and San Francisco Giants. Mr. Pfaff was a member of the S.I.R.S. #100 of Petaluma, the American Legion Post #179 of San Anselmo and the Golden Gate Retirees. He was 87 years of age. The family prefers memorial contributions be made to Sutter V.N.A. and Hospice, 1110 N. Dutton Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Friends and family are invited to attend a Funeral Liturgy on Friday, January 3, 2003 at 1:30 PM at the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, CA. A Visitation will be held the same day, starting at 10:00 AM. Private Entombment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael. 

Richard Kaname Shinozaki
Richard Shinozaki of San Rafael passed away peacefully on December 26, 2002 at the age of 69 after a lengthy illness, surrounded by his family. Born in Sacramento, Richard graduated from Lodi High School, Delta College, and attended the University of the Pacific. He was a U.S. Army Veteran who served during the Korean War and he worked as a Transportation Engineer at CalTrans for over 25 years. Richard is survived by his wife Masako (Akiko), son Rick, daughters Karen and Diane, sister Lily Sasaki, and brothers James, Harvey, and Frank Shinozaki. He was preceded in death by his parents Hitoshi and Emiko Shinozaki and brother Eugene Shinozaki. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 4, 2003 at Perfect Liberty Church, 3850 Park Blvd., Oakland. The family respectfully requests no gifts or donations. Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael. 

George Alan Sorensen
Passed away peacefully at home on Christmas Day at age 71 years. He is survived by his loving wife Jackie Sorensen, his children Cheryl (John) Mardesich of San Rafael, Craig (Jeremie) Sorensen of Fallon Nevada, Kara Sorensen of Larkspur, Jennifer (Derek) Fox of Phoenix Arizona, and one grandchild Gregory Mardesich. Also survived by brothers Ron (Karon) and Richard (Pat) both of Salt Lake City, Utah. George was a retired Airline Pilot with American Airlines. Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, January 3, 2003 at Valley Memorial Park Cemetery Chapel with a Graveside Service to follow. Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 2171 Junipero Serra Blvd., Suite #720, Daly City, CA 94014. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440. 

Dorothea I. Taylor
Age 88, of Novato, died December 26th, 2002 at Novato Community Hospital. Survived by Jack, Rick, Jana, Jessica and Jeff. Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery 2500 5th Avenue, San Rafael.


Search this massive database of obituaries, cemeteries, and death records:

CEMSEARCH - OBITUARY CENTRAL - OBITUARY LINKS PAGE - SURNAME SEARCH UTILITY