Rita Catherine Davidson
Passed away April 3, 2003 after a short illness. She was born August 14, 1921 in New York City, New York and was resident of Novato since 1954. She is survived by her thirteen and spouses: James (Judy) Davidson, Stephen (Connie) Davidson, Carol (Michael) Reilly, Gail (Michael) Campetti, Rosemary (Bob) Ernster, Kathleen (Thomas) Allen, Dennis Davidson, Alan Davidson, Cynthia (Mark) Sawyer, Suzanne (John) Branch, John Davidson, Barbara (Bill) Kendall, Teresa (James) White. She is also survived by her 27 grandchildren, Tammie, Cathie, Stacie, Angela, Christine, Patrick, Kimberly, Michael, Jennifer, Robin, Mathew, Neil, Carly, Stuwart, Russell, Duncan, Ellery, Jack, Emily, Robert, Andrew, Nicole, Danielle, James, Ben, Austin, Dylan and 14 great grandchildren, Caitlin, Morgan, Ashley, Thad, Zachary, Gage, Page, Cassandra, Melanie, Megan, TJ, Kelsey, Kenneth, and Blaze. Her sister, Isabel Winsch of New York and Seven nieces and nephews survive her. Her granddaughter, Pamela Jean Hale, preceded her in death. Rita proudly served her country as an Machinist's Mate First Class, United States Navy from 1942 to 1945. She was a homemaker for many years and when she returned to the work force she was a telephone operator at the Public Health Hospital, San Francisco and Hamilton Air Force Base, Novato. She ultimately retired from the civil service where she worked as a Journeyman level machinist on nuclear submarines at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, California. Rita was very active in the Catholic Daughters of America, Disabled American Veterans, and WAVES where she served on their boards and various committees. She was the first woman Commander of the American Legion Post 540. She was involved in many community organizations, including the Margaret Todd Center and the literary club. Her family and numerous friends and colleagues will dearly miss Rita. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 8th (10-6 p.m.) at Keaton's Redwood Chapel in Novato. A Rosary will be held Tuesday, April 8th at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Loretto Church, Novato. Funeral services will be held at Our Lady of Loretto Church at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2003.
Died peacefully surrounded by her family on April 1, 2003 in her home in San Rafael, California. Born the fourth child of Helen and Henry Putzel on July 27, 1920 in New Rochelle, New York. Moved to St. Louis, MO where she graduated from Mary Institute. Helen received her BA from Mt. Holyoke College and her master’s degree in education from Winnetka Teacher’s College. Taught school and served as the Head of School at Grace Hill Settlement House in St. Louis, MO. Was married to Richard (“Dick”) Bibbero for over 58 years. Lived together in Washington D.C., St. Louis, MO, (where they began their family), Grand Rapids, MI and settled in San Francisco, CA where they raised their three children and lived for over 30 years. They moved to Marin County in the late 1980’s and spent a great deal of time at their home at Lake Tahoe. Helen loved her family, friends, hosting events, entertaining, art, traveling and flowers. Her life included much community service and philanthropy including serving for more than 25 years as a member and officer of the Little Jim Club of volunteers for Children’s Hospital in San Francisco and later as a member of Bookworms volunteers for Marin General Hospital. She is survived by an adoring husband Richard, her children Richard Bibbero, Jr. (LaMoyne) of Carson City, NV, Joan Buckley (Michael) of Sonoma, CA, and Nancy Cherney (David) of Novato, CA. Helen is also survived by granddaughters Tiffany Buckley, Melissa Buckley, Jillian Buckley, Liza Cherney and Nicolle Buckley as well as her brothers Max, Louis and Henry. In addition, she is survived by sisters in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives. Helen was a dignified, classy lady who will be dearly missed by many people. Private services are being held and arrangements made through Sinai Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions can be made to: Mt. Holyoke College, Development Office, South Hadley, MA 01075-1424; Hospice of Marin Foundation, 21 Tamal Vista, Suite 101, Corte Madera, CA, 94925; or The Helen & Henry Putzel Fund, c/o Barnes Jewish Hospital, P.O. Box 790369, St. Louis, MO 63179-9847.
Mary Anne Combs
A Resident of Greenbrae
Died on March 31, 2003 at age 88 years. A native of Corning, she met and married her late husband, Edward Elvey Combs, in 1936 while in nurses training. They lived back East until after the war, and in 1946, they settled in the East Bay town of Albany with their four children. There, Anne was involved in P.T.A., Albany Mothers Club, Epworth Methodist Church, local Rep. Party and helped to co-found the Albany U.N. Chapter when the U.N. was first located in San Francisco. In 1965, Ed and Anne moved across the Bay to Greenbrae where Anne headed up six years of holiday bazaars at the First United Methodist Church of San Rafael. Anne and Ed were active in the Marin Power and Sail Squadron, with Anne receiving the first "First Mate" award, making her the first official female member. She leaves behind four children: Dr. JoAnne Combs of Los Angeles, Mary Lou Combs of Greenbrae, R. Dean Combs and Elvey S. Combs, both of Sacramento, plus seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held in San Rafael. Graveside Service in Corning, date pending.
Perle M. Herman
Passed away on March 31, 2003 at age 83. Perle is survived by her husband Robert, sons Bill and Jon, daughter Vicki Clayton and grandchildren Val, Vanessa, Nicholas and Laura. Born in Santa Rosa, Perle was educated at the Ursuline Convent and Santa Rosa Jr. College. Perle and Bob were married in 1941. Active in charitable work, Perle was President of the Ladies Elks Club between 1985 and 1988 and President of the Marin Foundation from 1991 to 1993. Perle had a lifetime interest in antiques and enjoyed playing bridge with her many friends. She loved to travel, garden and entertain. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Private services were held for the family at Chapel of the Hills Mortuary. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita Church in Fairfax.
Lousia Marian ("Maisie") Meadowcroft
Passed away peacefully at Coventry Park in San Francisco on March 26th, 2003. Beloved wife of the late Allan James Meadowcroft. Gracious mother to Marian Anderson, Una Skelly, and Herbert Meadowcroft. She is survived by three brothers and one sister, nine grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. Born in Ireland, she arrived in San Francisico at the age of nineteen and settled for most of her adult life in San Anselmo, CA. She and Allan traveled widely, drawn by a search for new experiences while maintaining close ties with their international families. She was known for her warm hospitality, her love of music and her church, and for her attention to the doings of her family. She always looked for ways to serve. Maisie expected the best of herself and all who touched her. Services were held at the First Presbyterian Church, on Sunday, April 6th . Gifts in her memory may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Avenue, San Anselmo, 94960, or to Hospice by the Bay, 1540 Market Street Suite 350, San Francisco, 94102.
There will be a Celebration of Life for MacDonald Sardeson on Friday, April 11, 2003 at 2:00 PM in the Garden Room of the Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross, CA. Mr. Sardeson died March 15, 2003 at Novato Community Hospital. Memorial donations may be made to Spectrum Center for Gay and Lesbian Interests, 1000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo, CA 94960.
Mary Dorothy Piro
Went to her eternal reward on April 3, 2003. She was born in Bisbee, AZ on August 31, 1913, and came to San Francisco at the age of six. She attended St. Peter's School and Lux Business College. In 1936 She married Dominic Piro and together they raised four children. Mary was a kind and loving homemaker. In 1963 they moved to Corte Madera. Mary was the Activity Director at the Nazareth House for eleven years and a member of their auxiliary for thirty-one years. She was a member of St. Sebastians Catholic Church and belonged to the Young at Heart and the Sew and Sews where she helped sew linens for the Church. She had a great zest for life; enjoyed traveling and was friendly and warm to all people. She loved God, her family and her friends. Mary is survived by her sons, Daniel of San Francisco and Hawaii; Robert of Petaluma; Jerry and daughter in law Gail of San Rafael; and daughter Beverly Compagno and son in law Tony of Larkspur. Mary is also survived by thirteen grandchildren; Steve and wife Julie, Mary, Kathleen, Susan, Laurice, Michael, Kimberly, Thomas, Michelle, Brian, Steven, Marc and Pam. She is survived by five great grandchildren Stevie, Gina, Joseph, Matthew and Anna. A Memorial Mass of Celebration and Thanksgiving for Mary's life will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at 11:00 AM at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 373 Bon Air Road, Greenbrae. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nazareth House, 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903; or to St. Sebastian St Vincent de Paul Conference, 373 Bon Air Road, Greenbrae, CA 94904. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street San Rafael, CA 94901 415-453-0571
Passed away peacefully at her home in Mill Valley on March 29, 2003 at the age of 81. She will be forever loved and missed by her family and friends. Rosa was born in Unterjoch , Germany on June 6, 1921 and moved to Mill Valley in 1952, with her two children to live with her uncle, William Gerung. Rosa will be remembered for the love in her heart, the sparkle in the eye and her sweet gentle nature. She loved to dance. hike, laugh, garden, cook, sew and knit. Rosa is survived by five great grandchildren, her grandchildren, Tina and Dennis Dunne, Lori Smith, Gunther Brauner and Denise Chan, her son Gunther Brauner Sr., and her very dear friend, Wolfgang Koehling. A celebration of Rosa's life will be held Saturday April 5th at 1:00 p.m. at her home.
Rose D. DiLaura
Rose DiLaura, age 88 passed away peacefully Tuesday March 25, 2003 in Corte Madera, California. Born in Albany New York, she resided in Grosse Pointe, Michigan for many years, moving in 1986 to Northern California to be near her children and grandchildren. Widow of Chauncey J. DiLaura, she is survived by her children Rose Marie Thompson (James) and Chauncey J. DiLaura Jr. (Emily) and her grandchildren Angela and Grace DiLaura. A Celebration of her Life has been held. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Ave., Corte Madera, CA 94925.
Mary P. Jimerson
Born on November 19, 1916, she died peacefully on April 1, 2003 in San Rafael. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, married and moved to Queens where she raised her two daughters. Mary moved to Bogota, NJ where she owned and managed a local tavern. She also worked for several years in the Dialysis Department at Holy Name Hospital, in Teaneck, NJ as a Technician. She retired after 20 years and moved to Florida where she resided until the death of her husband, Earl Jimerson. Mary relocated to California in 1997 to be near her daughters. Mary loved bowling, camping fishing, bingo and people. She maintained her humor throughout her life and was a joy to her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all. Daughters Beatrice Abbate and Phyllis Abbate; granddaughters Deborah, Catherine, Linda, Tina and Christine; and great grandchildren Josh, Daryl, Justine, Hannah, Taylor, James and Jesse survive her. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, April 8th at 6:30 PM at Montgomery Chapel, corner of Bolinas and Richmond, San Anselmo.
Marny Antoinette (Say) Jones
Age 80, died on April 1, 2003 at home in San Anselmo. Marny was born in Modesto, CA on February 7, 1923, a fourth generation descendant of the pioneer Kerwin and Say families. Marny grew up in Modesto and Sacramento and lived in many places throughout the United States as an Air Force wife. She and her beloved husband, Jean, were married for 59 years and settled for the last 36 years in Marin County. Marny was a 1944 graduate of Stanford University and earned her Master's Degree in Speech Pathology from San Francisco State University. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority. She worked as a speech therapist in the San Francisco Public Schools. Marny embraced life fully for all her 80 years. She had great concern for the environment, was a lover of the arts, especially the stage, and was a "word freak", always poring over a crossword puzzle or analyzing a word's origin. She was an engaged member of Christ Church in Sausalito for many years. She is survived and will be sorely missed by her husband, Jean K. Jones; daughter, Deborah Conrad of San Anselmo, CA; son Christopher Jones and his wife, Iris Jones of Chelmsford, MA; daughter, Sara Danielson and her husband, Joseph Danielson of Richmond, CA; daughter-in-law, Barbara (Rose) Jones of Port Ludlow, WA; and grandchildren Evan and Andrew Jones, Erin, Nicholas, and Delaney Danielson, and Emily Conrad. She was preceded in death by infant daughter Barbara Jones and son Jean King (Soc) Jones, Jr. Marny was a special person much loved by a wide circle of family and friends. She will be truly missed. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 7, 2003 at Christ Church, Sausalito. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Marny's name to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925.
Age 82, resident of Graton since 1997, died at home March 6, 2003. Born May 28, 1920 in the Bronx, New York , the youngest of three sons of Louis and Dora Moscow (Moscowitz), Bernie left school at 14 to help support his family. Educated and nurtured by the Left, He became an active labor organizer and champion of civil rights. As a member of the US Army 44th Combat Engineers, Bernie took part in the invasion of North Africa in WWll, serving four years in the European Theatre. He was proud to be a part of the liberation of Dachau. Trained as a linotype operator, he worked in the printing industry in New York until moving to Mill Valley in 1959. Bernie founded Graphic Arts of Marin, a commercial printing firm in Sausalito, which operated until 1993. He was a board member of ACLU/Marin & one of the original organizers of the Sausalito Art Festival. After moving to Sonoma County with his companion of 20 years, Martha Metzger, Bernie quickly became active in his new community, participating in the Read To Me program, Friends of the Sebastopol Library, Graton Day committee & his special interest, the Graton Day Labor Center. Bernie is survived by his partner, Martha; son Dennis of Sebastopol; daughter Laura of Half Moon Bay, and their spouses, Laura and Bob; grandchildren Jason, Jenny, Sean and Jesse; former wife Marie and nephews and a niece in the East. A Celebration of Bernie's life is planned for Sunday, April 6th at 2 PM at the Sebastopol Community Center. Donations in his honor may be made to: Centro Laboral de Graton, PO Box 42, Graton, Ca 95444, Sebastopol Community Center, PO Box 2028, Sebastopol, Ca 95472, Music for the Schools, c/o Jim Corbett, 50 Mark West Springs, Santa Rosa, CA, 95403, The American Civil Liberties Union, (ACLU-your local chapter).
Gisela Yturriaga Romagosa
Died Monday, March 31, 2003 at 10:15 PM after a short battle with cancer. Mrs. Romagosa lived in Tiburon since 1967. She was born on October 15, 1934 in Campechuela, Cuba. She later fled Castro's communist regime with her husband and son. Gisela was a great wife and a wonderful mother who dedicated her life to her family. She enjoyed homemaking, gardening, and bird watching. She loved poetry and art. A credentialed teacher in Cuba, she was a teacher to us all. Gisela is survived by her husband Juan Romagosa, her son Juan Romagosa, Jr., and his wife Lone with their two sons Marc and Alex; her younger son Ricardo Romagosa and his wife Fleur, her four brothers and sisters and a loving, extended family. Service will be held Saturday at 1:30 PM at Our Lady of Mt. Carmen in Mill Valley. Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery 2500 5th Avenue San Rafael, CA 94901
Ruth Catherine Spangler
Died peacefully in Clearlake Oaks California on Sunday March 30th, 2003. She had been in a care home there for about two years. Born on a farm in rural Nebraska-July 13, 1903, she missed becoming 100 by a few shorts months. The family moved to Mill Valley in 1942, where she remained a homemaker all her life. She had an active Christian life, first at the Methodist Church and then at the Miller Ave Church in Mill Valley. Her husband Harold Spangler preceded her in death in 1964. She is survived by a sister Mildred Bahner of Hot Springs, Ark., four sons, Dwight of Huntington Beach, Duane of Middletown, Wendell of Petaluma, Carroll of Mill Valley and fifteen grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. A Memorial Service will be held after regular Sunday services at Miller Ave. Church, 285 Miller Ave., Mill Valley 12:00 Noon on April 6. All are welcome.