Died Wednesday, May 7th, 2003 after a lengthy illness. Born September 9th, 1950, in Plainfield, NJ, John-Michael was interested in history and nature, and had a lifelong love of horses and dogs. He remained in the Bay Area after Army service in the early '70's, and particularly enjoyed his conservation work in the Point Reyes area. John-Michael is survived and missed by loving family and friends. Contact the family for Service information. Please send memorial gifts to Swords to Plowshares, 1063 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, an important nonprofit group helping veterans in-need.
Jessie V. Freitas
Passed away in San Rafael on May 5, 2003 at age 96 years. Beloved wife of the late Edward L. Freitas for 61 years; dear mother of Elliott E. Freitas, Celine T. Cole and Sharon Frederick; loving grandmother of Mark, James and John Freitas, Karen Freitas, Lynne Freitas and Theresa Latham; Tom Cole, Peggey Cole and Kathleen Bauer; Paul and Douglas Frederick, Jan Baker, Erin Spoden, Corey Frederick and Gretchen Trapp; dear mother-in-law of Lorraine Freitas, John Cole and Jack Frederick; also survived by 17 loving great grandchildren. She was associated with the Funeral Industry for many years with her husband as owners of the Eureka Fluid Company. Support and care of her large family was her principal activity. She also enjoyed birding, china painting, orchid growing and travel. Her family will remember her great sense of humor. She was a resident of San Francisco for 25 years; a resident of Sonoma for the past 24 years; and a former member of St. Stephens Parish in SF. Family Graveside Services have been held in the Arbor Vitae Cemetery in Madera, CA. A Funeral Mass in her memory will be held in June for her loving family. ARTHUR J. SULLIVAN & CO., DIRECTORS 415-621-4567
John J. Slattery
Died in Santa Rosa on Sunday, May 4, 2003 at age 87 years. Husband of 43 years to Barbara Slattery of Santa Rosa. Father of Sheila Smith and Jay Slattery and wife Katrina. Grandfather of three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Mr. Slattery was born in New York City in 1915. He served his country in the United States Navy during WWII as a Lt. Commander. He served on the Sub Chasers in the Atlantic and Patrol Crafts in the Pacific Theater. Mr. Slattery was a graduate of Dartmouth College. He was a longtime resident of Ross before moving to Oakmont 11 years ago. Private family services were held. The family prefers memorial contributions in his memory be made to Sutter VNA & Hospice, 1110 N. Dutton Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Arrangements by ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville Street, Petaluma, CA. CHEDA & LYONS - 707-789-9000
Loving wife and mother died suddenly on May 3, 2003. Born in Altura, Minnesota in 1933, she moved to Novato with her husband, George in 1967. She began her career as a flight attendant for American Airlines in 1954. Married in 1959, the couple had three children, Kelly, Casey, and Peggy. Her remains will return to Altura, where her parents, Ray and Mabel Hilke and her brother Earl preceded her in death. Her brother Leslie resides on the family farm in Altura. Her love will be missed by her many special friends. She worked for American Airlines for more than 25 years as a sales associate -- known for her kindness, generosity and her beautiful smile. She was a member of the Kiwi Club, Novato Blue Chips, and the Novato Republican Women. She loved to travel, enjoyed the theater, music, art, and especially animals. She asked that there be no funeral, and that friends spend the money for flowers on something for their family and think of her. Family services have been held. If you wish, you may send a memorial to your favorite charity or Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Passed away May 7th, 2003 at The Redwoods in Mill Valley at age 100. Born in Berkeley on January 13th 1903, Edith lived in Mill Valley since 1926. She resided at The Redwoods since 1972. Edith is survived by her daughter Muriel Furchak, two grandsons Jack and Steve, three great granddaughters, and one great great-grandson. Memorial Service pending.
Edward W. Marshall
April 13, 1934 - May 5, 2003
After losing a bout to cancer. Ed contributed to the study of the migratory patterns and reproductive habits of the African Meerkat. He is survived by a daughter, Dawn Goeb, of Milwaukee, Wis. and many Marin County friends to whose merriment Ed made a significant contribution. We will miss you, old man.
Age 89, of Mill Valley, passed away April 22, 2003 in Greenbrae. His loving wife, Virginia Schmidt survives him. Hubert lives on in the lives and memories of all whom he so wonderfully touched. A Celebration of Hubert's Life will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 14th in the Green Gulch Zen Center Garden, 1601 Shoreline Hwy, near Muir Beach. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Strybing Arboretum Society, Ninth Avenue at Lincoln Way, San Francisco, CA 94122. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL Mill Valley, California 415-388-1573
GILBERT (GIL) L. MATTOS
On Saturday, May 10, 2003, there will be a Memorial Service for Gilbert (Gil) L. Mattos at the Shelter Bay Club House, 2304 Shelter Bay Avenue, Mill Valley. Gil died December 12, 2002, in Newark, New Jersey from liver failure complications. Because Gil grew up in this area and maintains contact with old friends, all friends are invited. Please call 415-383-5579 or 415-455-0467 if you plan to attend. Born June 24, 1939 in Mill Valley, he was the son of William and Tessie Mattos. At a very early age, Gil became interested in China and followed his bliss. He graduated from San Rafael High School in 1959 and from the College of Marin in 1962. While at the the College of Marin he had a scholarship to study for 19 months in Taiwan. He finished his undergraduate studies at San Francisco State in 1964. Then it was off to the University of Washington for his Ph.D. completed in 1973 with the assistance of a Fulbright Fellowship. Gil had two careers: the first with the government and the second at Seton Hall University where he headed up the Asian Studies Department. He also became a world-renowned expert in his field of linguists. Gil is survived by his daughters Holly Mattos and Jennifer Joseph, and his son Jimmy Mattos.
Michael Owen Ross
1949 - 2003
Passed away Friday, May 2, 2003 in Rohnert Park at age 53. Loving husband of Debra A. Ross of Rohnert Park, and beloved father of Christopher Ross of Rohnert Park. Loving son of Gene and Louise Ross of Rohnert Park, nephew of Earl and Alyce Ross of Cambria, CA, Don Ross of Bellevue, WA, and Glen Ross of Washington. Also survived by numerous cousins. Born in Glendale, CA, he was raised in Santa Rosa and educated in Marin and Santa Rosa. He served in the Army Reserves and the Civil Air Patrol. He loved remodeling houses, cooking for family and friends, hiking and landscape design. He was a loving husband and father. Private Burial Services were held. Interment at Santa Rosa Memorial Park. Arrangements under the direction of Santa Rosa Mortuary. Your wife and son will love you and cherish you forever.
Long time resident of San Rafael, died May 7, 2003. She was 85. Mrs. Immordino was born in Waterbury, CT and lived in Bayonne, NJ until she moved to San Rafael in 1985. Mrs. Immordino worked for Best Foods for over 30 years while she pursued her interest in the arts as a painter and lover of music, particularly the opera and was the keeper of the family's Italian Heritage. During World War II, while her husband served in the Army in the African and European campaigns, Mrs. Immordino was an American Red Cross volunteer and an enemy plane spotter. Mrs. Immordino had a great love of country and was a great American Patriot. Predeceased by her two sisters, Alster Hill and Trusiana Klung, she is survived by her sister, Africa Nalducci of San Rafael; her nieces, Valerie Klung Bastiaans, Laura Pohle, Natalie N. Sandell and nephew, Robert L. Nalducci and many great nieces and nephews, great great nieces and nephews. Her husband, Master Sergeant Peter Immordino, died in the Korean War, in 1952. Visitation and Rosary will be held on Friday, May 9, 2003, at 7:00 p.m. at the Mortuary. A Funeral Service will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Keaton's Mortuary, San Rafael. Interment Monday, May 12, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma. Memorial contributions preferred to Hospice of Marin 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. KEATON'S MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael, CA 415-453-0571
You left us a quarter of a century ago on this day, May 8th, 1978. We miss you very much and you are in our hearts always. The Giari Family
PEDROLI, Penelopie (Penny), 78, of Marin County, passed away May 3, 2003. Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel, Mill Valley, 415-388-1573.
Robert (Rocky) Lyman Mason
Age 82, died on April 20, 2003, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He and his wife were owner-builders of [probably] the first passive solar house, designed by architect Dan Goltz, in San Anselmo in 1980. He was a charter member of SIRS Branch 122, and enjoyed his work with the group until he left Marin to live near his children in Albuquerque in 1999. He was born in Reno, Nevada, on February 19, 1921, to Willard W. and Margaret F. Mason and was raised in Fontana, California. He attended Chaffee Junior College and the University of California at Berkeley. In 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and served as a B-17 pilot with the 8th Air Force. His plane was shot down on a raid over Berlin in February 1945 and he was a prisoner of war until his camp was liberated by Patton's Third Army in May of the same year. He returned to U.C. Berkeley and graduated in 1947 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for Standard Oil Company of California (Chevron) from 1947 until 1983. During the course of his career, he worked in many places, including California, Utah, Wyoming, Alaska, Libya and Iran. After retirement, he and his wife built their house in San Anselmo, California, where they lived until they moved to Albuquerque in 1999. They traveled extensively around the world and across the United States. He was an inveterate handyman who enjoyed woodworking, flying, sailing, bridge, and debating with his children. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elizabeth (Wiff), his children, James Lyman Mason, Janet Fulton Mason, Barbara Anne Mason, and Elizabeth Mason, eleven grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Paul Oakley Mason. We will miss his quiet wisdom, gentleness, dry sense of humor, and tolerance for the many ways we lived our lives --"Life is never fair."
Daniel John McCarthy
Passed away on Friday, May 2, 2003 at his home in San Rafael in the arms of his loving wife, Elaine. He was 58. He will be sorely missed by his wife, daughters Michelle McCarthy of San Francisco, Christine Rimer of San Carlos and son-in-law Christopher Rimer. He leaves behind many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A 4th generation native San Franciscan, Dan attended St. Ignatius High School and University of San Francisco. He proudly served as a Captain in the Vietnam War. Upon his return, he received his Jurist Doctorate from San Francisco Law School. Dan retired from Pacific Bell after 30 years of service as a regulatory attorney. He served his community on the President's Advisory Council at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and on the Boards of the San Francisco YMCA and Marin Catholic High School. It was Dan's sense of humor, his smiling Irish eyes and love of life that brought joy and laughter wherever he went. Even in death, people smile remembering all the wonderful moments shared with him. His profound sense of faith was an inspiration to all whose lives he touched. He was currently studying as a Provisional of the Knights of Malta. Family and friends are invited to remember and celebrate Dan's life at his Funeral Mass to be held on Thursday, May 8th at 10 a.m. at St Raphael's Church at 1104 Fifth Avenue in San Rafael. A Vigil and Rosary will be held Wednesday evening, May 7th at 7 p.m. also at St. Raphael's Church. In lieu of flowers, Dan would like donations to be made to Abbey of New Clairvaux, Sacred Stones Project, P.O. Box 80, Vina, CA 96092 or Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, 1735 Le Roy Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709. THE BUD DUGGAN FAMILY 650-756-4500 - 415-587-4500
Penelopie (Penny) Pedroli
Age 78 passed away May 3, 2003. Penny was the wife of John Pedroli who preceded her in death. She resided in Marin County for over 60 years. Penny is survived by her daughter Kathy (Pedroli) Casagrande, her son-in-law Carlo Casagrande, three grandsons, Vincent, Nicholas, and David Casagrande and three great-granddaughters, Allyson, Ashley, and Tailor Casagrande. Many nieces, nephews and friends will also miss her. Memorial Services will be conducted at a future date to be announced. Remembrances may be contributed to Caselli Family Dental Fund, c/o Hanna Boys Center, P.O. Box 100, Sonoma, CA 94576 or Marin County Guide Dogs for the Blind, or a favorite charity of your choice. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573
Alice V. Coleman
Of Marin City passed away on May 1, 2003 at the age of 87 surrounded by her family. She and her husband George, who preceded her in death, relocated to Marin City in 1943 from Louisiana. She was a homemaker who enjoyed not only making quilts but teaching others the art. She was an excellent cook and for years extended her culinary abilities to others for their special events. Alice leaves to cherish her memory seven children, Corene C. Camp of Richmond, Yvonne Wallace of San Rafael, Mary F. Combs of San Pablo, Robert R. Coleman of San Rafael, Barbara F. Morgan and George Coleman, Jr. of Marin City, and Annette D. Holloway of Slidell, LA. She also leaves six sons-in-law, 16 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Two daughters, Betty J. Times and Elois Elaine Miggins, as well as granddaughter, Allison J. Camp preceded her in death. A Quiet Hour will be held on Thursday, May 8th from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel, Mill Valley. A Celebration of Her Life will take place at the First Missionary Baptist Church, 501 Drake Avenue, Marin City, on Friday, May 9th at 11:00 AM. Interment Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery in San Rafael. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1573