Kathleen Brann Loeffler
Passed away on February 3, 2003 in Novato at the age of 85. Born in San Francisco, Kathleen lived in Marin County for 44 years. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, sewing, entertaining and cooking for her family at her home. She was the President of Our Lady Of Loretto Mothers' Guild, Altar Society, President of the Republican Womens' Club, Officer in Lynwood Home Owners Assoc., worked with the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and 4-H. She is survived by her son Joseph Loeffler of Henderson, KY; her daughters Christine Vargas of Bakersfield, CA., Kathleen Pinkiert of Sacramento CA., Chloe Ann Key of Republic, CA. and eight grandchildren. Friends and Family are invited to visit at 4 PM, Wednesday, February 5, 2003 at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 AM on Thursday, February 6, 2003 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1000 Cambridge St., Novato. Burial will take place at the Presidio. Memorial contributions are preferred to the Hanna Boys Center. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151
Norman F. Silva
Passed away at home, surrounded by family on February 2, 2003. Raised in Hawaii, he settled first in San Francisco, moving to Marin in 1965. He was a graduate of Heald Business College and was a 30-year veteran of the SFFD. He is preceded in death by parents, Frank and Lily (Gus Neves), adored Uncle Henry, sister Mona, son Keith, and granddaughter Jo Beth Hostetler. He is survived by Dolores, his wife of 52 years, children Paul (Tina) Aviles-Silva, Kevin (Corinne), Rich (Cathy), Brad (Patti), Greg, Karen, Beth (Jay Hostetler), grandchildren Garett, Thomas, Jason, Kaitlyn Melissa, Brandon, Kara, Kacie, Karley and Joaquin. Aloha, you will be missed! Vigil will be at 7 PM, Friday, February 7th followed by the Funeral Mass at 11 AM Saturday, February 8th. Both Services will be at St. Isabella's Church, 1 Trinity Way, San Rafael. There will be a private Burial at the Golden Gate National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Carmelite Nuns of Marinwood or Hospice of Marin. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571
Linda McKenzie Heath
Loving wife, mother and friend, died peacefully surrounded by her family on January 13, 2003 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her father, Lewis Louraine, Sr., preceded her in death. Linda was born September 3, 1946 in Belleville, Illinois. She grew up in Texas and Massachusetts, but had lived in California for over 35 years, and Mill Valley for over 20 years before moving to Santa Fe. She married James Heath on September 18, 1988 at Sea Ranch. Linda is survived by her husband Jim; daughter Sarah McKenzie; son, Craig Heath; daughters: Jeanne Conklin (Peter), and Kristy Sansores (Julio); mother, Marilyn Rowan and stepfather William; brothers: Lewis Louraine, Jr. (Peggy), Phillip Louraine, Peter Louraine, and Joel Louraine (Maureen); sister, Laurel LaFlamme (Andre); niece, Michelle LaFlamme; nephew, Eugene LaFlamme; cousin, Marybeth Ries (Curt); and many other loving family members and numerous friends. Linda was an exceptional artist, a gifted quilter, an enthusiastic tennis player, an avid reader and a very successful graphic artist. She shared her passion for hiking and skiing with her husband Jim. All who loved her will miss Linda's wit, humor, warmth and generosity. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, February 7, 2003 at 7:30 PM at St. Anselm's Church located at Shady Lane and Bolinas Avenue in Ross, California. Michael Moore
Passed away January 29, 2003 in his home in Santa Rosa. He was born July 29, 1960 and is survived by his father Michael Sr. of Berry Creek, CA and his brothers James, Robert and Lawrence all of Sonoma County. He was a native of Marin County. His interests included motor cycle riding, computers, and tinkering with his cars. He also spent a lot of time with his concrete pumping business. Mike made a friend out of everyone he met. He will be missed greatly, especially by his beloved dog Maggie. Friends and Family are invited to celebrate Mike's life at Pete and Linda Hitchinson's home in Penngrove on Sunday, February 9th at 2:00 PM. Please join us at 1867 Weiss Lane off Petaluma Hill Road. Arrangements under the direction of the Neptune Society of Northern CA in Santa Rosa.
Harry F. Rothschild
At peace on February 1, 2003. Beloved husband to Eleanor Rothschild. Loving father to Susan Barnette and Sandi Manesis. Cherished grandfather to Andy Barnette, Mattie Barnette, Elias Manesis and Tyler Manesis. And a devoted friend to many. No service. Contribution may be made to a charity of choice.
Shirley Ann Tallman Donaldson Scott
Passed away peacefully at her home in Novato on January 31, 2003 surrounded by her family. She was 75. Shirley was a remarkable woman who had an extraordinary impact on everyone she met. She was born the baby in a family of seven courageous, obnoxious talented, headstrong siblings (Jack, Bobby, Kenny, Dean, Mary Jane and Helen) in Wyoming to even braver parents Birtie and Glenn Tallman. Although she left Wyoming as a teenager, Shirley would never lose that thirst for life and "get up and go" that she learned from growing up as a tomboy in the wilds of Douglas and Cheyenne. Shirley would often cry when she admitted that all she ever wanted to be was a nurse, but she couldn't because of eye damage she suffered as a child. But, her children would claim that, as "One of the greatest, Mothers of all time", Shirley not only became the best nurse, but also friend, confidant, cattle prod and ally one could ever wish for. While at San Jose State she met Jack Donaldson and they were married. They had four kids (Ayn, Ken, Kirt and Kris) while their military life took them to Germany, Greenland, Texas, Colorado and finally to California. The nurse also became Den Mother, wrestling expert and cheerleader, snack shack professional, carpool coordinator, therapist and an eager volunteer for anything that helped her kids. With the kids grown and her first marriage ended, Shirley fell in love with Dick Scott and they were married in 1975 with Dick's sons Brian and John joining the family. Their 27 years together were a true adventure as they toured the country on wheels, devoted themselves to life in the Marin Valley Mobile Country Club and supported all the kids as their own extraordinary lives took all forms of highs and lows. Shirley was larger than life and with an incredible energy level, she always tried to make a difference. "No sense fooling around" she was often heard advising. She loved performing and this motivated her to direct (and of course star in) Marin Valley Variety Shows like: Where Were You in '42 and Laugh-In. She also loved orchestrating other events like Oktoberfest and Christmas Parties to "help stay out of trouble and give folks things to look forward to". But by far her favorite was to dance and sing her version of "The Mexican Hat Dance", which she did to standing ovations in Australia, California, Florida, and Colorado and most recently aboard a cruise ship through the Panama Canal. There is also no doubt that Shirley was the greatest 49er fan that ever lived. Although Dick is a Raider's fan (and obviously a great sport), their home was a modest shrine to this great team and some of the great players over the years. Her prized possession was a teddy bear that she comforted at night that she named Joe after her favorite Niner of all time. Shirley was bold and had a strong opinion about most things (the Niner's could have learned a few things from her), but Shirley "didn't give a rats patootie" about what people thought about her. To some this was beguiling, but to those who knew her, this made her even more adorable and well respected. Although a strong character, Shirley was sentimental through and through and didn't mind showing her emotions. Her kids would often tease her that she'd cry at the drop of a hat, but she didn't care. However, she had the courage of a lion and it was Shirley who comforted the family as she faced the end of her life with incredible strength, dignity and grace. Shirley was a unique human being who touched the lives of so many. She will be missed forever. Shirley is loved and survived by her husband Dick Scott of Novato, her children Ayn Plant (formerly Debbie Donaldson) and her husband Charlie of Charlestown, RI, Ken Donaldson and his wife Ronna Somers of Novato, Kirt Donaldson of Novato and Kris Donaldson and his partner John Bowles of London, England; her stepchildren John Scott and his wife Linda from Sonora, CA and Brian Scott of Tiburon, CA; her grandchildren Kathleen Donaldson of Oakland, CA, Amelia Plant of Charlestown, RI and Ethan Scott of Sonora, CA; her brother Ken Tallman and his wife Dee of Tallahassee, FL; her sisters-in-law Dorothy McKnight and her husband Don of Sparks, NV and Babe Smith and her friend Hal of San Bruno, CA; her nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and recent great grandnephew; and her many friends here and abroad. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial on Saturday, February 8, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. at the Marin Valley Mobile Country Club "The Club House", 100 Marin Valley Drive, Novato, CA. The family gratefully acknowledges the staff of Hospice of Marin for all their love and support. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so may make a donation in Shirley's name to: Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925-1133, (415) 927-2273.
Kimberly Ann Shea
Passed away January 2, 2003, at the age of 45. She is survived by her husband Joseph Shea, children Benjamin, Katie and Melanie, mother Bea Chapman, sisters Claire (Charles) McCabe and Lisa (Michael) McCabe, nieces Meghan McNerthey and Kelly Rose McCabe, stepchildren Patrick and Christopher. Predeceased by her father William M. Chapman and her sister Denise Chapman. Kimberly is loved very much and forever will be remembered. Services were held in Indianapolis, Indiana.
John Edward Tatum, Jr.
Passed away January 29, 2003 in Clearlake, CA at age 43. He was a Musician in the U.S. Navy Band for five years while serving from 1978-1983, and was a member of Disabled American Veterans. He is survived by his father and stepmother, John and Darlena Tatum of Clear Lake; his mother Jeanette Tatum of Wichita Falls, TX; sisters Judy Kenyon of Novato and Teddi Ross of Tulsa, OK; and his brother Victor Tatum of Burkburnett, TX. Inurnment private. Donations to Lake County Mental Health Department preferred. ARRANGEMENTS BY JONES & LEWIS CLEAR LAKE MEMORIAL CHAPEL
William E. Twells
Passed away January 24th, 2003 at the age of 70 in San Rafael, California. Bill was born in Toronto, Canada on December 24th, 1932 and arrived in the United States in 1953 the same year in which he became a U.S. Citizen. He enlisted in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956 and during that time he ranked "Private First Class" and earned the "Good Conduct Medal." In 1957 he began 24 years of devoted service to the Department of Corrections, State of California at San Quentin State Prison until his retirement in 1981. Officer Twells carried out the mission of this prison with professionalism and dedication recognized by superiors and colleagues for which he received several commendations. He was also a longtime member of the "California Correctional Peace Officers Association." He is our hero who will never be forgotten. Bill was the beloved husband of Helen J. Twells also of San Rafael. Devoted father of Linda Antonio, Deanna Madru and Theresa Twells. Dear grandfather of Lori Antonio and Frank Antonio, Jr. First time great-grandfather to Landon Joseph Antonio and best friend to his dog, Bandit. Please remember Officer W.E. Twells to the charity of your choice. Interment will be family only.
Robert E. Vaughan
Robert E. Vaughan died February 1, 2003 in Novato at the age of 79. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, attended Central Michigan University and received his Master's Degree in Education from San Francisco State University. He retired from the NUSD after 20 years as an elementary teacher, Curriculum Specialist and School Principal. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Yvonne, sons Brian of Petaluma and Brad of Greenbrae, stepchildren Cindy Lenci of Hawaii and Rick Maldonaldo of Maryland. He will also be missed by his eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was a member of ACSA, MRTA, American Legion, and active in Branch 68 of SIRS. He had also been active in the Novato Elks Lodge, Lions Club, and the Marin Rod and Gun Club. At his request no services will be held. Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice of Marin, American Heart Association or American Cancer Society. Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato 415-897-1151.
William C. Byrd
Bill of San Rafael died on January 30, 2003, in his home at the age of 66. Born in Durham, North Carolina, he attended Elon College. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany. After being discharged, he worked for Pilot Life Insurance Company of North Carolina and remained in Germany where he met and married Mary Lou. Upon returning to California, he worked for Pacific Bell for 32 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Lou, three children: Maria, William and Brendan; his son-in-law Robert Montano and two grandchildren Cameron and Marlena; his two sisters Mary Ann and Jean; his brother Billy; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to a Viewing at Keaton Mortuary, San Rafael, February 3, 2003, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be held February 4, 2003, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Isabella Church, San Rafael. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571
Helen F. Curry
Died in Novato on January 29, 2003 at the age of 83. Helen was born in Vacaville and moved to Marin County 80 years ago. She was raised in Fairfax and lived in San Rafael for many years. She attended Fairfax Grammar School and graduated from Tamalpais High School in 1937, where she was elected Girl's Class President. She worked as an usherette at the Rafael Theater during the 1930's. Helen married Richard Curry in 1941, who predeceased her in 1993. Helen is survived by her loving children: Michael (Jan) Curry of Novato, Richard (Patty) Curry of San Rafael, Don (Jan) Curry of Petaluma, Bill and Bob Curry both of San Rafael and Kris (Ken) Manz of Petaluma. She was the dear grandmother of Terri (Don) Hoover, Brian, Adam, Julie, Matthew, Kara Curry, Elissa (Noah) Overton, Lelah Manz and Stephen (Stephanie) Manz. She also leaves her five great-grandchildren Rian and Zoe Hoover, Sierra, Emily and Ashley Overton. Helen was one of six children and is survived by her last brother Bob Hurt of Ukiah, and numerous nieces and nephews. Helen was the Marin County Women's Bowling Sportswoman of the year in 1999-2000. She was also an avid S.F. Giants fan. Friends are invited to attend the Memorial Mass on Tuesday, February 4, 2003 at 2:00 PM at San Rafael Mission Archangel. Inurnment private. Memorial gifts may be made to the American Diabetes Assn., P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio 44720 or to your favorite charity preferred. MONTE'S CHAPEL OF THE HILLS Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo - 415-453-8440
William C. Byrd
Bill of San Rafael died on January 30, 2003, in his home at the age of 66. Born in Durham, North Carolina, he attended Elon College. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany. After being discharged, he worked for Pilot Life Insurance Company of North Carolina and remained in Germany where he met and married Mary Lou. Upon returning to California, he worked for Pacific Bell for 32 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Lou, three children; Maria, William and Brendan; his son-in-law Robert Montano and two grandchildren Cameron and Marlena; his two sisters Mary Ann and Jean; his brother Billy; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to a Viewing at Keaton Mortuary, San Rafael, February 3, 2003, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be held February 4, 2003, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Isabella Church, San Rafael. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571
Josephine (Joie) Coutts
Beloved wife of 55 years to Alex T. Coutts passed away on December 22, 2002. Mrs. Coutts has been cremated at 92 years of age and her ashes will be an interment with dignity at buoy 7, west of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Of Kentfield passed away on January 30, 2003 in Grass Valley. She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Fred Fellows and the late Dr. Andrew B. Stockton. Devoted mother of Andrea Stockton Tacvorian of Grass Valley, CA. Dear grandmother of Timothy and Jason Ibanez. Loving sister of Mrs. Dorothy Harlan of Santa Clara. Mildred was a native of Plattsburg, New York and was 96 years old. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Service on Sunday, February 2, 2003 at 11:00 AM at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, 330 Redhill Avenue, San Anselmo, CA. Interment is private. MONTE'S CHAPEL OF THE HILLS Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo - 415-453-8440