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Marin County, California Obituary and Death Notice Collection - 22

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Date: Saturday, 14 May 2011, at 11:53 p.m.

Tim Parnow
San Rafael native, Timothy Joseph Parnow died in a tragic skiing accident on Saturday, February 22, 2003 in northern Idaho. He was 45 years old. Tim was born August 5, 1957, and raised in San Rafael, where he started working in his father's construction business, Custom Builders, when he was 16. Tim married Liz Pryor in 1981, and the two lived in Davis, California, until 1983. After searching for a small community surrounded by the outdoors, they moved to Sagle, Idaho. Tim worked for another builder in the Sandpoint area, but in the late 80's, branched off to start his own business, adopting the family business name, Custom Builders. Tim, and his partner Rob Strang, specialized in custom woodworking and craftsmanship in residential and commercial projects. Tim was a sweet, strong man, an avid skier and mountain biker, and cherished those rare "good ice days" when the small area lakes would freeze smooth for ice-skating. He and his daughter, Amber, sometimes enjoyed dawn skating excursions before school. Tim loved music, particularly reggae and The Grateful Dead. Tim is survived by his wife of 21 years, Liz Pryor, and their daughter, Amber, age 16; his mother Caroll Parnow of San Rafael; five brothers, Rob, Pat, Pete, Mark and Dan Parnow; six sisters, Tappy Nelson, Kate Mierlot, Cynthia Saxena, Trish Manchenton, Mary Devereaux and Noel Parnow; and 19 nieces and nephews. A gathering is scheduled for 2:00 PM, Sunday, March 9, 2003 at the City Forum in Sandpoint. A Marin Memorial Service will be held Sunday, March 23, 2003 at Noon at Lucas Valley Community Church. Contributions toward Amber's college education can be made to the Tim Parnow Memorial Fund, Panhandle State Bank, 231 N. Third Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho, 83864.

Carroll Thomas Perry
Passed away unexpectedly yet peacefully at his home on February 21, 2003. A native of Colorado and long time Marin County resident, he was involved in numerous local organizations including the Sirs, the Elks and the Novato Presbyterian Church, to name a few. His wife of 48 years, Ann Perry, preceded him in passing. He is survived by his daughter Jill Kelly, son-in-law Dan Kelly and his granddaughter Katie Kelly, as well as countless friends and associates he touched along his life's path. A Celebration of his Life will be held on Sunday, March 9th at 2:30 PM, Novato Presbyterian Church, 710 Wilson Avenue, Novato. Donations may be made in his honor to the Alzheimer's Association, North Bay Chapter or the charity of your choosing. Keaton's Redwood Chapel, (415) 897-1151

Sylvia Deavitt Steele
Age 71 of Tiburon passed away February 22, 2003. Sylvia was married to Roderick M. Steele who preceded her in death in 1989. She is survived by her beloved children, Brian Steel of Larkspur, Corey Steele of San Rafael, Alan Steele of Burlingame, David Steele of Walnut Creek, Alexa Steele of Lewiston, Idaho; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Sylvia was born in Spokane, WA and previously resided in Lewiston, ID before moving to Marin County. She received a Bachelor's Degree from Washington State University at Pullman and her Master's in Psychiatric Sociology from the University of Colorado at Denver; she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta. Sylvia enjoyed a career in public service working for various Family Counseling State Agencies in Washington and Idaho. She had a love for travel and had traveled extensively with her husband Rod. Sylvia was a fabulous cook and, as a result, loved trips to France and the Italian Lakes Region. Her last trip was a Safari to Africa. She adored her friends, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and had a special affinity for her Siamese cats. Sylvia served as a board member of the Landmarks Society in Tiburon, was involved with Crossroads, and a benefactor of the Tiburon Library. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and movies. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Friday, March 7, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. at the Landmarks Art and Garden Center in Tiburon, CA. Memorial gifts preferred to the Landmarks Society, P.O. Box 134, Tiburon, CA 94920. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL Mill Valley, 415-388-1573

Josepha A. Stobba
Passed away February 17, 2003 at the age of 101 years. She is survived by her daughter Betty Massat of Santa Cruz; grandchildren Stanley (Chip) and Anthony Massat of Santa Cruz; daughter in law Betty Stobba of Novato; grandchildren Sherri Olsen of Rohnert Park and John Stobba II of Sebastopol; great grandchildren Eric and Monica Olsen of Rohnert Park and Matthew and Bradley Stobba of Sebastopol. Services were held on February 22, 2003 in Santa Cruz. Burrial will take place in Illinois.

Mary D. Williams
Passed away in Sacramento on February 26, 2003 at age 48. She was a resident of San Rafael. Loving mother of Lynn Morgan, Michael Williams, Joseph Foster , and Tamara Williams; sister of Sandra Johnson, Theresa Battle, Cathi Foster , and Rochelle Conrad; daughter of Calvin Johnson. She leaves seven grandchildren and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was a native of Mississippi. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday March 5, 2003 at 11:00 AM at Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel, Mill Valley. Visitation Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral chapel. Interment Private, Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Sebastopol. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL Mill Valley, 415-388-1573

Irene M. Bundesen
Died in Novato, CA on February 27, 2003 at the age of 83 years. Devoted wife of the late William F. Bundesen, Jr. Loving mother of William F. Bundesen, III and his wife Cathie and Gerald C. Bundesen and his wife Dolores all of Petaluma. Loving grandmother of Denise Messer and her husband James, Victoria McMahon and her husband Patrick, Bart Bundesen, Derek Bundesen and his wife Staci and Gregory Bundesen. Loving great-grandmother of Clinton Messer, Kyle Messer, Sierra Messer, Mitchell McMahon and Grace Bundesen. Loving sister of Mabel Ghisletta and her husband Steve of Napa, Gladys Buletti and her husband Chester of Santa Rosa and the late Jean Crescini, Stella Cella and Rocco Bassi. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was a native of Petaluma, CA; a member of Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church of Novato; Native Daughters of the Golden West Petaluma Parlor; North Bay Dairy Women; and the Bennett Valley Grange. Friends and family are invited to attend the Funeral Services, Tuesday, March 4, 2003 at 9:30 AM from the PARENT- SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, then to St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, 35 Liberty Street, Petaluma, where at 10:00 AM a Funeral Mass will be celebrated. A Vigil Service will be held Monday evening at 7:00 PM at the Mortuary. Those who prefer may contribute to Cleft Palate Foundation, 414 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 or to your favorite charity in memory of Irene M. Bundesen. Private Interment at Liberty Cemetery, Petaluma, CA.

Dave George Mariani
Died peacefully at home in Novato, February 26, 2003. Born in 1920 in San Francisco, Dave was a lifelong resident of Marin County. He attended San Rafael High School and Marin Junior College. Dave flew 35 combat missions (from Italy) over Germany, Austria and Romania during World War II. He was a graduate of Santa Clara University (SCU), 1949 as an All American Basketball Player. He played for the YMI, and numerous rec. leagues and semipro basketball teams, including the Oakland Blue and Gold and Bittners. He was a member of Marin High School Sports Hall of Fame and SCU Athletic Hall of Fame. Dave was a cherished friend and teammate. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dorothy, children Jean, Mary (John) O'Mara, Barbara, Dave (Glynis), Mike (Anna), Margie, and Terry (Mitch) Nilsen, nephew Bob, grandchildren Jenica, Jackie, Dave, John, Sara, Stephanie, Michael, Christopher, Tony (and dog, Max). He is preceded in death by his brother, Guido and sister, Mary Petri. A special thank you to all of the wonderful people at Kaiser for their care during his illness. Donations appreciated to Hospice of Marin or the Bronco Bench Foundation c/o SCU Athletic Department, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053. MONTE'S CHAPEL OF THE HILLS

Carroll Thomas Perry
Passed away unexpectedly yet peacefully at his home on February 21, 2003. A native of Colorado and long time Marin County resident, he was involved in numerous local organizations including the Sirs, the Elks and the Novato Presbyterian Church, to name a few. His wife of 48 years, Ann Perry, preceded him in passing. He is survived by his daughter Jill Kelly, son-in-law Dan Kelly and his granddaughter Katie Kelly, as well as countless friends and associates he touched along his life's path. A Celebration of his Life will be held on Sunday, March 9th at 2:30 PM, Novato Presbyterian Church, 710 Wilson Avenue, Novato. Donations may be made in his honor to the Alzheimer's Association, North Bay Chapter or the charity of your choosing. Keaton's Redwood Chapel, (415) 897-1151

Ann Spurling
There will be a Memorial Service for Ann Spurling on Saturday March 1, 2003 at 11 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael, on 5th and E Streets.

Marie Rose (Gleason) Stafford
August 23, 1919 - February 27, 2003
Peacefully at rest February 27, 2003. Dearly beloved wife of the late Walter John Stafford; loving mother to June Casey, John (Stella), Michael (Sandra), William (Margaret). Devoted grandmother to Vincent Casey, Natalie Foley, Michael Stafford, Shauna Stafford, Christopher Stafford, Sean Stafford, Christina Stafford, Shamus Stafford, Elizabeth Stafford and Michelle Stafford; proud great-grandmother of seven; loving sister-in-law to Sister Marie Stafford. Born in Iron Mountain, Michigan, she traveled to San Francisco by train at six months old. Mrs. Stafford attended St. Rose Academy and Mission High School in San Francisco. Mrs. Stafford moved to Novato eighteen years ago and immediately became an active member of St. Anthony Of Padua Catholic Church and their Alter Society. She was also a member of the church's Renew group. Mrs. Stafford was also an accomplished seamstress. Mrs. Stafford was very proud of her bragging rights of giving birth to five children in three and 1/2 years, courtesy of twins! Viewing will be Sunday, March 2, 2003 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, with a Rosary at 4:00 PM at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato, CA. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 AM, March 3, 2003, at St. Anthony Of Padua Catholic Church, 1000 Cambridge St., Novato, CA. Burial services will be private at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, CA. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Family Infirmary, P.O. Box 3248, Fremont, CA. 94539. Keaton's Redwood Chapel (415) 897-1151

Wilbur Lewis Watkins
Wilbur Lewis Watkins passed away February 25, 2003 in Napa, California. Born in Elmira, New York on May 16, 1922 he spent his early years in Westport, Connecticut and Weston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Conn., and was elected to the Order of Old Farms, the highest award given by the school. He joined the Navy during WWII and became a Marine Corp pilot after graduation from Naval Air Station at Pensacola, Florida. He was later station in Quantico, Virginia and the Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro, California where he was in charge of the aerial gunnery school. After discharge in 1946 as a captain, he lived in Natick and Weston, Mass. and was involved in various businesses before coming to California in 1953 where he became President of General Paint Company and was elected in the Young Presidents Organization. Subsequently, he became Executive Director of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and was influential in the planning and building of Channing House in Palo Alto, one of the first retirement centers in California. In 1986 he joined the board of the Marin Community Clinic and as Chairman was instrumental in attaining the federally qualified health status critical to the Clinic's funding and long-term stability. Upon retirement he became active in Centerforce, an organization that helps strengthen individuals and families affected by incarceration. In 1944 he married Jean Baker of Pasadena, CA. He leaves three sons, Peter Baker Watkins of Napa, CA, Michael McClave Watkins of Corona del Mar, CA and Craig Alexander Watkins of Sebastopol, CA, and a daughter, Louisa Watkins Ward of Napa, CA, as well as two grandsons, Robert and Samuel of Sebastopol, CA. He was remarried in 1988 to the now deceased Eugenia Lang Thompson of Tiburon. In addition to the four children of his first marriage, he also leaves a stepdaughter, Leda Thompson Thayer of Novato, CA, a stepson, Andrew Thompson of Tiburon and three stepgrandchildren, Alexandra Thompson and Travis and Rose Thayer. He is survived by a sister, Sydney W. Phillips of Ipswich, Massassachusetts and a brother, Tedrowe of Bigfork, Montana as well as six nephews and nieces. Private Inurnment arrangements are under the direction of Richard Pierce Funeral Service, 1660 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA. Memorial contributions may be made to Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Connecticut or to the Marin Community Clinic in Greenbrae, California.

Hazel Marie Baker
Age 84 of Novato passed away April 24, 2003 at her home. Her husband, Frank W. Baker, preceded her in death. Her loving son, James Baker and his wife Lynn of Novato; granddaughters, Jamie Baker of Sacramento and Jana Baker of Los Angeles survive her. Hazel worked as a legal secretary for 40 years. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Ladies of the Oriental Shrine, and the Novato Senior Center. Some of her hobbies were bowling, gardening, sewing, cooking, bingo, playing games and working puzzles. Though spending time with her granddaughters is what she enjoyed most. At her request, no services will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner's Hospital for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817 or Center for Companion Animal Health, c/o Univversity of CA, Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573

Barbara S. Garatti
Barbara Garatti passed away suddenly on April 25, 2003 at her Rohnert Park residence at the age of 58. She was the beloved wife of Larry Garatti. Loving mother of "Scooter" Garatti and his wife Kim of Petaluma and Mike Garatti and his wife Amy of Rohnert Park. Devoted grandmother of Anthony, Austin and "Drew". Caring sister of Sheryl Kern and her husband Roy of Roseville, Frank Hovanec and his wife Lynda of Yreka, and David Hovanec and his wife Joan of Forest Hill, CA. Dear daughter-in-law of Marjorie Garatti of San Rafael. Also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Barbara was born in Kentfield, CA to the late Vandy and Lynne Hovanec, and has resided in Sonoma County for 38 years. She worked for the Petaluma City School District for 27 years as the Cafeteria Manager at both Kenilworth and Petaluma Junior High Schools. Barbara enjoyed camping, gardening and the time she could spend with her grandsons. Friends and family are invited to attend a Funeral Liturgy on Thursday, May 1, 2003 at 11:00 AM at PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, CA. Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at the Mortuary from 11:00 AM until 8:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran Street, Petaluma, CA 94952.

Phyllis Oja Jones
Born 1928 in Casper Wyoming, she graduated with degrees in Chemistry from the University of Denver and spent many years with Dow Chemical Co., ending as Technical Director of Cordis Dow Co. She then turned to the humane movement, becoming president of first, Marin Humane Society and then, Sonoma's. Widowed early by the accidental death of Dr. Raymond Oja, she married Ray Jones 33 years ago. Phyllis was a member of the Rotary Club of Marin Evening, the Sausalito Woman's Club and several gun clubs. Along with her husband, of Sausalito, Phyllis leaves a sister Elizabeth Bockstahler of Colorado Springs and a brother Rick Beyer of Ogden. At her request there will be no service and contributions to the Humane Society of Sonoma County (P.O. Box 1296) are preferred.

Hele R. Medeiros
Passed away peacefully at his home in Novato on Monday, April 28, 2003 at the age of 81. A long time Marin resident, he worked as an auto mechanic in Novato for 60 years. He is survived by his loving wife Roselina Medeiros, his daughter, one brother, three brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Friends and family are invited for Visitation Thursday, May 1, 2003 from 12 PM to 7 PM and a Rosary at 7 PM at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato, CA. A Mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, May 2, 2003 at Our Lady Of Loretto Catholic Church, 1806 Novato Blvd., Novato, CA. Interment to follow at Valley Memorial Park. Memorial contributions are preferred to Hospice for Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 415-897-1151

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