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Marin County, California Obituary Collection

Marin County, California Obituary and Death Notice Collection - 25

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Date: Saturday, 14 May 2011, at 11:59 p.m.

Samuel W. Goodhope
Age 47 of Healdsburg, California, beloved husband of Mary, died from cardiac arrest on April 19, 2003 in San Rafael, California. Sam graduated with high honors from the University of California at Berkeley in 1978 with a degree in Economics and was a 1982 graduate of Harvard Law School. Sam had been a member of the State Bar of California since 1982. From 1983 to 1985, Sam was a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs in Washington, DC. Sam also worked for White & Case in New York, New York, Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison in San Francisco; Fried, Frank, Shiver, Harris & Kempleman in Washington, DC, and Swidler & Berlin in Washington, DC. From 1991 to 1998, Sam was a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas in Austin. He initiated the State of Texas' investigation into Microsoft with regard to antitrust and consumer protection issues. Sam loved his family and friends, his fellow "Wurzburg Wolves", Giants' baseball, 49ers football, his enormous record collection, and he was passionate about current political events. He leaves his wife Mary Sherman, mother Else Goodhope of Terra Linda, CA, daughters, Kimberly Kay of Terra Linda, CA and Kristen Kathleen of Rockville, Maryland, son SamFred of Albuquerque, New Mexico, sister Doris Bourne of Foster City, CA, nephews John Bourne of Irvine, CA and Daniel Bourne of Foster City, CA, uncle Gunter Kleisus and family of Petaluma, CA, and many relatives in Germany. He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel C. Goodhope. A Memorial Service will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1180 Lynwood Drive, Novato, CA on Friday, April 25, 2003 at 2:00 o'clock. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sam Goodhope Memorial Account, 268 Almond Way, Healdsburg, CA 95448. KEATON'S MORTUARY 415-453-0571

Erik Hayden Grieve
Abruptly passed away at the early age of 29 on Sunday, April 20th, 2003 while enjoying dinner with family at his home. His passing was unexpected and immediate. Erik died a happy man, surrounded by his loving wife Hyla, daughter Tatiana, his wifešs mother Heidi Warner, brother-in-law Troy Molander, and his sister-in-law Jen Molander. He spent the last days of his life healthy and in joyous spirit. His last hours were spent laughing and joking while sharing the fun of his daughteršs first Easter egg hunt and drawing cartoon characters with his family. His final act was exchanging kisses with his daughter. Erik leaves behind his beloved wife Hyla, his adoring 16 month old daughter Tatiana and his soon-to-be-born daughter Keira. He was the youngest child and cherished son of Jeanette and Hayden Grieve; brother of Samuel, Jenil, Arliss, Charlotte and Walter. Erik was a dearly loved member of his wifešs family, and treasured friend to all in his life. Everything about Erik will be missed. To watch him as a father was inspirational. To witness the unwavering love in his marriage warmed the heart. To be his friend was an honor. His love, laughter, generosity, and brotherhood will always grow in the void that his passing has left behind. We will all miss you Erik. Service will be held at noon on Friday, April 25th at the Montgomery Chapel, corner of Bolinas and Richmond, San Anselmo. For directions, please contact Mt. Tamalpais Mortuary at 415.459.2500. The services will be followed by a celebration of Erikšs life. Directions to the reception will be provided at the service.

Betty Monchick
Passed away at 72 years of age. Beloved wife, mother and grandmother. Survived by husband, Sheldon; daughters, Linda Walshin and Jakki (Michael) Lynch; son, Steven (Janee) Monchick; grandchildren, Ruby Lee Monchick and Samuel London Lynch. Betty was voted Volunteer of the Year in Marin for 1986 for her volunteer work for the American Diabetes Association. She operated the Marin Chapter of the American Diabetes Assn. from her home in Terra Linda, maintaining a 24-hour hotline and did fund raising by managing a bingo game for 11 years in Petaluma and Marin, for which she was awarded Volunteer of the Year five times. Betty worked for Graphic Arts of Marin in Sausalito, the Marin Independent Journal, and was proprietor of Bill Chill Yogurt & Ice Cream in Terra Linda for nine years. Services will be held Thursday, April 24th at 1:00 PM at Home of Eternity Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. Donations in her memory may be made to the Easter Seals Organization. Arrangements by Sinai Memorial Chapel - Lafayette

Leatrice Sheppard
Passed away at home on April 21, 2003, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Leatrice is survived by Robert, her loving husband of 46 years; daughters Karen, Debra and Robyn; sons-in-law Bobby Joe, Rick and Victor; and three beautiful grandchildren: Jesse, Jillian and Samantha. She will be deeply missed by all. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Alzheimer's Assn. North Bay Chapter, 4340 Redwood Highway, San Rafael, CA 94903. Services to be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 26, 2003 at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery in San Rafael.

Kathleen P. Wormuth
Of San Rafael, passed away in Granite Bay, CA on April 17, 2003 at the age of 84. She was the wife of the late Martin F. Wormuth; mother of John F. Wormuth of Auburn and Kathleen Bosua of Florida; stepmother of Martin R. Wormuth; sister of the late Frances Keating; also survived by six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. At Kathleen's request private family services were held Wednesday, April 23, 2003. Memorial gifts to Elim Care Inc., Bank of America, Account No. 08061-028-16, 403 E. Bidwell Street, Folsom, CA 95630. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo - 415-453-8440

Violet E. Ahlquist
Of Mill Valley passed away on April 21, 2003 at age 90 years. Beloved wife of the late Arthur V. Ahlquist, loving mother of the late Shirley O'Hara, sister of William Scott, sister-in-law of Marge and Aura Ahlquist, and also survived by nieces and nephews. She was a native of Pennsylvania. Family and friends are invited to attend Funeral Services Friday, April 25, 2003 at 10:00 AM at RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL, Mill Valley. Vigil Service Thursday evening at 7:00 PM at the Funeral Chapel. Entombment Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael. Memorial gifts preferred to Alzheimer's Association, North Bay Chapter, 4340 Redwood Highway, Suite No. 23, San Rafael, CA 94903. Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573

George H. "Buzz" De La Montanya
Passed away in Ukiah on April 18, 2003 at age 58. Loving husband of Lynn De La Montanya of Sonoma. Beloved father of Aaron (Christy) De La Montanya and Carrie De La Montanya and beloved stepfather of Nicole (Conrad) Gersley, Michelle Brinkley and Natalie (Bill) McIntyre. Dear son of Dorothy De La Montanya and the late James De La Montanya, and dear brother of James and Ralph De La Montanya. Beloved grandfather of Dax De La Montanya and stepgrandfather of Andrew, Payton, Shelby, Douglas, Josh and Briana. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was a native of Ross, CA; a veteran of the U.S. Navy; and a member of the Faith Lutheran Church. He was also a past member of the Horseless Carriage Club of Petaluma. He enjoyed Black Powder Rendevouz and also fishing and hunting. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Sunday, April 27, 2003 at 2:00 PM at the Faith Lutheran Church, 4930 Newanga Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. If desired donations in his memory may be made to the Faith Lutheran Church. LAFFERTY & SMITH COLONIAL CHAPEL

Samuel W. Goodhope
Age 47 of Healdsburg, California, beloved husband of Mary, died from cardiac arrest on April 19, 2003 in San Rafael, California. Sam graduated with high honors from the University of California at Berkeley in 1978 with a degree in Economics and was a 1982 graduate of Harvard Law School. Sam had been a member of the State Bar of California since 1982. From 1983 to 1985, Sam was a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs in Washington, DC. Sam also worked for White & Case in New York, New York, Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison in San Francisco; Fried, Frank, Shiver, Harris & Kempleman in Washington, DC, and Swidler & Berlin in Washington, DC. From 1991 to 1998, Sam was a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas in Austin. He initiated the State of Texas' investigation into Microsoft with regard to antitrust and consumer protection issues. Sam loved his family and friends, his fellow "Wurzburg Wolves", Giants' baseball, 49ers football, his enormous record collection, and he was passionate about current political events. He leaves his wife Mary Sherman, mother Else Goodhope of Terra Linda, CA, daughters, Kimberly Kay of Terra Linda, CA and Kristen Kathleen of Rockville, Maryland, son SamFred of Albuquerque, New Mexico, sister Doris Bourne of Foster City, CA, nephews John Bourne of Irvine, CA and Daniel Bourne of Foster City, CA, uncle Gunter Kleisus and family of Petaluma, CA, and many relatives in Germany. He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel C. Goodhope. A Memorial Service will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1180 Lynwood Drive, Novato, CA on Friday, April 25, 2003 at 2:00 o'clock. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sam Goodhope Memorial Account, 268 Almond Way, Healdsburg, CA 95448. KEATON'S MORTUARY 415-453-0571

Todd George Mattson
Todd Mattson, 41, passed away April 9th, 2003 at Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland, WA after a valiant fight with cancer. Todd was born June 19th, 1961 in Manitowoc, WI. He was a resident of Novato through most of his childhood years. Todd achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at the young age of 14 and was a member of Troop 12. A graduate of San Marin High School, he attended San Jose State University where he earned a bachelors degree in advertising and met his future wife, Ellen Wishner. Todd and Ellen were married August 31st, 1985. As an advertising executive, Todd worked for various firms in the Bay Area. This experience led to strategic positions in Northwest firms specializing in business development for software companies. Todd and Ellen were blessed with twin children, Alex and Katie. Todd was a popular coach of children's sports, including baseball and basketball. He enjoyed golf, snow skiing, camping, hiking, and playing soccer. Todd had a great love for and pride in his family and many devoted friends. In addition to his wife and children, Todd is survived by his parents, Brian and Evelyn Mattson of Novato, his brother Greg Mattson of San Diego, and three sisters, Tammy Dunn and Andrea Doney of Battleground, WA and Sandra Mattson-Schondel of Santa Rosa. Todd had a large and loving family including many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. A Remembrance Celebration will be held on Friday, April 25th at Wooden Cross Lutheran Church in Woodinville, WA. A local Service will be held Friday evening, May 2nd at 8:00 p.m. at All Saints Lutheran Church, 2 San Marin Drive, Novato. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a scholarship fund established for Todd and Ellen's children: Bank of America c/o Nicole Vuu, 19160 Woodinville-Davall Road, Woodinville, WA 98072.

William B. Payne, M.D.
Born November 21st, 1932 in Olathe, Kansas to Howard E. Payne and Fay V. Thomas. Passed away peacefully at home April 20th, 2003 with his loving wife of 45 years at his side. He is survived by his wife Julia A. Payne, daughter Kelly L. Loney and her husband Kevin of Puyallup, Washington, and brother H. Thomas Payne and his wife Carolyn of Stilwell, Kansas. He is also survived by his two grandchildren, Nora and Gunnar Loney, as well as six nieces. His son, W. Garth Payne, preceded him in death March of 1986. He will be missed dearly by all his family as well as the many friends and neighbors whose lives he touched. Dr. Payne earned his undergraduate and M.D. degrees at Kansas University where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta social fraternity and lettered two years in distance swimming. He had his residencies in Internal Medicine and Dermatology in Richmond Virginia, New Orleans, Louisiana and San Francisco. He and Julia eventually moved to Marin County, California where he practiced Dermatology for 35 years. His gentleness and warmth touched many people during his tenure as a Dermatologist here. Private Services will be held by the family. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice of Marin or the American Diabetes Association. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato 415-897-1151

Joseph F. Silveira
Was born October 1, 1923 on the Miller Ranch which is now Marinwood. He passed away April 17, 2003 in Santa Venetia. He was a rancher and dairyman. He was the son of the late Anthony F. and Mary E. Silveira. Beloved husband of Evelyn Silveira, brother of George P. Silveira (Alice), Anthony F. Silveira (Lorraine) and Jean Silveira O'Donnell (Leo) and the late Helen Silveira DeBorba, Carlos Silveira and Dolores Silveira Cordeiro. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and many dear friends. Joe attended Dixie School and San Rafael HIgh School. He was a previous Fire Commissioner of the Novato District Fire Dept. (1965-1979) and before he became ill, a director of the Dairyman's Milling Co. and the Novato Sanitary District. Joe was a member of the Nicasio Parlor #183 Native Sons of the Golden West, Novato Druids Grove #113, Petaluma Elks Lodge #0901, Novato Volunteer Fire Dept., I.D.E.S.I. of Novato Lodge, I.D.E.S.S.T. of Sausalito. Friends are invited to visit Tuesday, April 22nd from 10am to 4pm and Wednesday, April 23rd from 9am to 5pm at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd. Novato. A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, April 23rd at 7pm at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church, 1806 Novato Blvd., Novato. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, April 24th at 10:30 am also at Our Lady of Loretto. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Park, Novato. Donations preferred to your charity of choice.

Helen May Vaughn
Passed away in Novato on April 19, 2003 at the age of 89. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles Vaughn, mother of William Vaughn of Novato and Bonnie Vaughn of Santa Rosa, also survived by nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Helen had lived in Marin County for 62 years and was a native of Walla Walla, Washington. Friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service on Friday, April 25, 2003 at 7:00 PM at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, 330 Redhill Avenue, San Anselmo, CA. Inurnment private. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo- 415-453-8440

Patricia Fambrini
January 16, 1928 - April 18, 2003
"To be born Italian and live in the mystical green blanket of the country was like winning the gold ring while riding the merry-go-round." In a recent memoir this is how Patricia Fambrini expressed her pride in her hometown, San Anselmo, and her heritage. The beginning of this poetic tribute to her life found its way onto Patricia's yellow pad only days before her death. Patricia Fambrini, age 75, passed away in her sleep on the morning of April 18th, 2003 probably as she conjured up dreams of the elaborate feast of tasty hand made culinary delights she would be sharing with her family the very next day. Daughter of Ben and Stella Guglielmo, Patricia is the middle of three children who included older sister, and best friend, Jane Brenta, younger brother, Ben Jr. Patricia and husband, Lawrence, raised a houseful of children, one boy and four girls. When their son Stephen was taken from them at 17 she was torn apart, but her strength kept the family together. She still had four blossoming young women to raise into the successful individuals they are today. She is survived by her four daughters, Lauren Scott, Patrice Fambrini, Stephanie Fambrini, Gayanne Fambrini, two grandchildren, Maia Scott and Desmond Fambrini, her son-in-law, Mark Scott, her sister-in-law, Gloria Mei, her brother-in-law, Robert Fambrini, as well as much loved nieces, nephews, and friends. Patricia has worn many hats and has meant many things to many people over the years. Thus, she was known by many names. To some she was Patricia, Josephine, Pat, Patsy or Patty. Yet others called her P.J., Lolly, and to her family, Mom, Nupi, Princess, Gram, and Mamoo. Though she had many names, Patricia was one powerful individual, and she is still in the hearts of those who have been blessed by her presence. Indeed, knowing Patricia is like winning the gold ring while riding the merry-go-round of life.

Raymond Lutzker
Raymond Lutzker, long-time resident of Strawberry, died at home with his family around him, on March 6, 2003, of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He was 71 years old. Dr. Lutzker was born on May 30, 1931, in Englewood, New Jersey. He grew up in New York where he went to the Bronx High School of Science. He came out to California to attend Stanford University. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean war, after which he did graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley. During his years at Berkeley he worked at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory and studied optometry. He spent his summers in the U.S. Merchant Navy taking supplies through the ice floes to the Arctic. Dr. Lutzker practiced optometry in Strawberry for 25 years, where he lived and was an active member of the community. He enjoyed hiking in the mountains and skiing. After retiring he spent much of his time in Alpine Meadows where he skied on the Masters Ski Team. Dr. Lutzker collected classic and contemporary independent films and was actively involved as a volunteer with both the Film Institute of Northern California and the San Francisco International Film Festival. Dr. Lutzker is survived by Mary-Ann and their two children, Dimity Lutzker of Strawberry, and Mark Lutzker of Atlanta, GA. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 1390 Market Street, Suite 1200, San Francisco, CA 94102-5306.

Joseph F. Silveira
Was born October 1, 1923 on the Miller Ranch which is now Marinwood. He passed away April 17, 2003 in Santa Venetia. He was a rancher and dairyman. He was the son of the late Anthony F. and Mary E. Silveira. Beloved husband of Evelyn Silveira, brother of George P. Silveira (Alice), Anthony F. Silveira (Lorraine) and Jean Silveira O'Donnell (Leo) and the late Helen Silveira DeBorba, Carlos Silveira and Dolores Silveira Cordeiro. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and many dear friends. Joe attended Dixie School and San Rafael HIgh School. He was a previous Fire Commissioner of the Novato District Fire Dept. (1965-1979) and before he became ill, a director of the Dairyman's Milling Co. and the Novato Sanitary District. Joe was a member of the Nicasio Parlor #183 Native Sons of the Golden West, Novato Druids Grove #113, Petaluma Elks Lodge #0901, Novato Volunteer Fire Dept., I.D.E.S.I. of Novato Lodge, I.D.E.S.S.T. of Sausalito. Friends are invited to visit Tuesday, April 22nd from 10am to 4pm and Wednesday, April 23rd from 9am to 5pm at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd. Novato. A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, April 23rd at 7pm at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church, 1806 Novato Blvd., Novato. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, April 24th at 10:30 am also at Our Lady of Loretto. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Park, Novato. Donations preferred to your charity of choice.

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