Carol Thurlow Ryder
Passed away peacefully on June 21, 2003 due to melanoma cancer, age 69. Carol was born in Glen Cove, NY the youngest of four sisters. She grew up in Westbury, NY and was a graduate of Westbury High School and the State University of New York at Cortland with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education in 1955. She taught first grade from 1955-56 in Dania, Florida and moved to California in 1956. From 1956-59, she taught first grade in San Leandro, CA. She married Robert A. Ryder, Berkeley, CA, in 1958 and lived in Berkeley until 1967 at which time she moved to her present home in Kentfield, CA. Carol is survived by her husband, Robert and three children: Ted Ryder of San Anselmo, Jane Hitchcock of Sammamish, WA , and Suzanne Fogarty of Greenbrae, CA; five granddaughters and three sisters: Marie Gunn of Potomac, Maryland, Eunice Staab of Barnard, Vermont, and Helen Graikowski of Castine, Maine. Carol was an avid sports enthusiast who played tennis in Marin Leagues for the past 35 years; and in recent years, played golf at the Mill Valley Golf Course and Peacock Gap Country Clubs. She was manager and a founder of the Priory Tennis Club in Kentfield. Carol was a charter member of Marin Tennis Club and a current member of Peacock Gap Golf Club, and was last year's low handicap women's golf champion. Carol was also a member of Ross Guild - Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Kentfield Civic League - Board Member and Treasurer, Louise Boyd Museum, Kentfield Schools-P.T.A., and the Sierra Club. Carol was a homemaker and mother. Her interests also included the theatre, opera, symphony and art galleries. She traveled all over the United States, Canada, Hawaii, Europe and Australia. A Memorial Service will be held July 13th, Sunday 4-6 p.m. at the Priory Redwood Grove, Hanken Dr. off of Laurel Grove Ave., Kentfield, CA. Donations may be made to UCSF Foundation, in memory of Carol Ryder for Melanoma Research, P.O. Box 0248, San Francisco, CA 94143-0248.
Passed away peacefully and painlessly on Tuesday June 17, 2003. Kenneth donated his time to the Latino Community, Aids Foundation, Homelessness, United Farm Workers, and numerous Fairfax community projects. He was politically active; participated in numerous peace marches; graduated from Ohio University in Akron; and he was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed windsurfing, traveling abroad, the opera, and symphony. Kenneth lived a rich, full, healthy life. He is survived by his daughter Tia and many friends in many entities of life. He donated his body to Stanford for medical research.
Walter Carlton Thomson, Sr.
Called to God, peacefully at home on June 25th, 2003 following a courageous struggle with cancer. Born on July 17, 1921 in Berkeley California to the late John and Catherine Thomson, both of Scotland. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Martha Thomson (Bigall), sons Carl (Walter C.), James, and Paul, and daughter Martha Ann Milliken. Preceded in death by brother Kenneth Thomson and survived by brother John Thomson. Sorely missed by daughters-in-law, Carolyn Thomson, Vicki Thomson, Diane Thomson, and son-in-law Scott Milliken. Grandfather to eleven, great-grandfather to eight. Walter was a dedicated and devoted church member since 1932 at the Sausalito Presbyterian Church. He held many positions including elder, deacon and choir member. A 1939 graduate of Tamalpais High School, Mill Valley. He worked for 40 years as a Supervisorial Draftsman for the Dept. of the Navy. He was a past member of the Sausalito Planning Commission. Retired from the Board of Directors of Cameron House in San Francisco and an active member of the Presbytery of the Redwoods serving on the Westminster Woods Commission for over ten years. He was also a member of Edgewater Seniors and N.A.R.F.E. chapter 400. A veteran of World War II, he was an avid traveler and a master craftsman. Memorial Services will be held at the Sausalito Presbyterian Church, Saturday, July 19th at 11:00 a.m. Please no flowers. Donations may be made to the Sausalito Presbyterian Church Building Fund.
Marshall L. Peal
In loving memory of Marshall Lewis Peal, March 28, 1917 - June 15, 2003. He will be missed by his beloved wife, Lois; daughter, Jane; sister and brother-in-law, Andree and Oscar Budd Kleinfeld of Stockton; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Carol and Russell Tat of Walnut Creek; nephews Gary Kleinfeld and Robert Tat; niece Barbra Morgan; two grand nephews and two grand nieces. He retired from General Services Administration after 32 years of service to the U.S. Government. He was a graduate of College of Pacific with an MBA from Stanford University. He was an active member of National Association of Retired Federal Employees and Institute of Industrial Engineers.
Robert "Rocky" Reiner
Passed away Sunday, June 22, 2003 in San Anselmo. Beloved father of Rebecca Reiner, son of Doris Reiner of Mountain View and the late William Reiner of San Rafael; brother of Susan (Reiner) Silverman and Jenifer Reiner. A good friend to many. Services 1 p.m. Sunday, June 29, 2003 Mt Tamalpais Cemetery in San Rafael.
July 25, 1930 - June 25, 2003
Gracie will be missed by her husband of 54 years, Haddon Salt and their three children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. After a distinguished swimming and academic career in England, Grace married Haddon in April 1949. In 1964, Grace and Haddon along with their children Diana, Barry and John, immigrated to California where they founded H. SALT Esq. Fish & Chips. Grace was a proud Rotarian, becoming the first woman president of the Sonoma County Rotary Club. Her many accomplishments include getting her pilots license, navigating the white waters of the Rogue River, and being a successful real estate agent and broker. She will be remembered by friends and family for her zest for life, and her uncommon beauty and intelligence. Her family wishes her well on her journey back to Heaven, knowing that Heaven just got a little bit sweeter. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at CHAPEL OF THE LAKES, 1625 High Street on Saturday, June 28th, at 1:00 PM. Please call for more information. CHAPEL OF THE LAKES MORTUARY LAKEPORT, LAKE COUNTY 707-263-0357
Lilas Harcourt Usilton
Age 74 years old, died June 23, 2003 at home in San Anselmo. She was born on February 10, 1929 in Gilroy CA. She lived in Richmond CA from age three. She graduated from Richmond High School. She met her husband in September 1947 at the College of Pacific in Stockton CA, and graduated COP with a B.A. February 1952. Lilas married Jack Usilton on August 14, 1954. She is survived by her husband of nearly 49 years, her son Brian Usilton, her daughter Gail Usilton-Bailey, and her brother Michael Harcourt. She had four grandchildren: James Morgan, Monique King, Lia and Alana Usilton, and a great granddaughter Mikayla Morgan. Lilas moved to Marin County 48 years ago in September 1955 and lived in Tiburon, in Upper Lucas Valley, and for the past 32 years in San Anselmo. Over the years she worked at the Emporium in Northgate, was a substitute teacher, and volunteered at Kaiser Hospital. She enjoyed art history, opera, hiking and baseball. She and her husband traveled to Mexico, Canada, Egypt, Greece, China and many trips to India. Lilas was known by her friends and family to be deeply caring and available to them in crisis. She was seen as intelligent, thoughtful, generous, and energetic.
Merrill "Mike" R. Convis
Passed away June 22, 2003 in San Rafael, CA at age 86 after a brief illness. He was born July 10, 1916 in Chicago, IL. His great passions in life were education, athletics and politics. Mike received his B.S. in Social Studies from LaCrosse College in Wisconsin and began teaching and coaching. He married Marjorie Helen Iley in 1941. She preceded him in death. Mike served in the Navy during WWII in the Aleutian Islands and at Camp Park, CA. After his discharge from the Navy, Mike continued his teaching career at Tomales High School. In 1954 they moved to San Anselmo where he worked at Drake High School as an English and history teacher, counselor and coach for 22 years. While working full time, Mike also earned a Masters degree from California State University, Sacramento in 1965. He also worked as a starter for track and a referee for football for many years during and after his teaching career. One of Mike's biggest legacies was establishing the Drake Scholarship Foundation in 1965, the first such high school organization in Northern California. Mike retired as Head Counselor from Drake in 1977 but continued to serve on the Marin Education Foundation, the Marin Retired Teachers Association, and the Marin Athletic Foundation board for more than 20 years. In his retirement, Mike pursued his other passion -- politics. He was elected to the San Anselmo City Council in 1978 and was elected Mayor of San Anselmo in 1981. He is survived by his daughter Marilyn Armour; his grandson Michael Armour and his wife Laurie; his granddaughter Michelle Crook; and three great grandchildren. Mike will always be remembered by his friends and loved ones for his smile, great stories, friendliness, and dedication to helping people. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Donations in Mike's memory may be made to the Drake Scholarship Foundation, Drake High School, 1327 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo, CA 94960. Memorial Services will be held at a later date. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo - 415-453-8440
Lars A.F. Langenskiold
Passed away June 17, 2003. He is survived by his loving wife, Kirsten; his children Ebba, Gustav and Anna; his stepchildren Charlotte and Annette; and seven grandchildren. There will be no services.
Kathy Kern Marsh
Age 50, of Applegate, Oregon, formerly from Marin and Sonoma Counties, passed away June 18, 2003. She is survived by her husband, Mark Marsh; her mother, Paula Faulkner of Honolulu, Hawaii; her sister, Tay Kern of San Rafael; and brother, Gene Kern of Leominster, Mass. All of her family and many friends will miss her dearly. No services will be held at her request. Donations to your favorite charity.
Passed away June 18, 2003 in Middletown, CA at age 77. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law: Chuck and Kathy Sloan of Middletown and Jim and Diane Sloan of Santa Rosa; grandsons and their wives: Michael and Joy Sloan of Middletown, Bruce and Yvette Sloan of Middletown, and Jason and Michelle Gaab of Santa Rosa. Also survived by grandson Barry Gaab of Sacramento, granddaughter Traci Sloan of Davis and great grandchildren: Justin and Taylor Sloan of Middletown and Zackery Gaab of Santa Rosa. Mrs. Sloan was born in Plainview, TX and was a retired retail clerk. She was a member of the Baptist faith, Charter member of Hidden Valley Lake 49ers Club, and first President of Hidden Valley Ladies Luncheon Club. She was a previous resident of Petaluma, a collector of fine jewelry, bowling champion, loved to gamble in Reno, enjoyed playing cards: Pinochle and Bridge. A special thanks is extended to Helena House of Middletown, a home for assisted living, and Hospice of Lake County. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 28th, 1:00 PM at Hidden Valley Lake Country Club in Middletown, CA.
In Loving Memory of
JAMES FREDERICK DOMINEY
June 25, 1961-March 28, 2003
You touched our lives so briefly, but oh! so deeply, James. Thank you for the gift of your love, laughter, beauty, passion, and sensitivity. We will always remember you by your favorite tin of Peppermint Altoids, endless corny jokes, your stunning good looks, shiny cordovans, the "Lovesled," your love of Tabasco sauce and both gourmet and junk food. We know how much you delighted in cars, stamps and postcard collecting, and how much pleasure you found in music, books, and plumbing fixtures. We will never forget the times we spent biking, hiking, swimming, and playing together. You were an important part of our lives, and for that we will always be grateful. Happy Birthday, James!...we will miss you always..... C & M
Alphonse A. Boro Jr.
A native of San Francisco, passed away in San Rafael, CA, on June 18th, 2003, at the age of 92 years. Beloved husband of the late Irene V. Boro. Much loved father of Albert J. Boro and Barbara Boro Miles and father-in-law of Patricia M. Boro and William Miles. Loving grandfather of nine and great grandfather of six. Preceded in death by his brother John A. Boro and sister Mary Boro Celio. He received his degree in Pharmacy from the University of California in 1933. He owned Federal Pharmacy in San Francisco's financial district for over 30 years. He was a member of the YMI, San Francisco Council #1 for 70 years, an active member of the Men's Club of St. Stephen's parish and served as a Eucharist Minister. Family and friends are invited to attend a Visitation on Tuesday from 3 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. at Halsted N. Gray-Carew & English, 1123 Sutter Street, San Francisco. A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Stephen's Church, 601 Eucalyptus Drive, San Francisco, followed by Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, CA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity. HALSTED N. GRAY-CAREW & ENGLISH 415-673-3000
Age 65, died on June 18th, 2003 following a long illness. Tim was born in San Jose, California, on April 8th, 1938. In 1950, his family moved to San Rafael where Tim spent the remainder of his illustrious life, attending school at St. Raphael's and Marin Catholic and San Rafael High School. Tim was a deeply spiritual and contemplative person, dedicated to Native American and Eastern philosophies. He became highly skilled in T'ai Chi and other forms of the martial arts in his constant quest for peace and enlightenment. He was creative and inventive, and embarked on many an imaginative endeavor throughout his life. He was a fearsome pitcher in the Babe Ruth League, a junior Golden Gloves champion, and a prolific poet and illustrator. He was a voracious reader and a great comic with a sharp and clever wit. Tim was, at the core, a thoroughly kind and generous man who would, without hesitation, give his last nickel to someone else in need. May he rest in peace, finally, forever. Tim is survived by his brothers: Chris, of Greenbrae, and Greg, of Homer, AK; and his sisters: Penny Hopkins, of Sun Valley, ID, Belinda Zell, of Stinson Beach, and Priscilla Misner, of Petaluma; and by numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom he cherished for their own uniqueness. His parents, Bill and Mary Ann Fries, preceded him in death. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 27th, 11:30 AM, at St. Raphael's Mission Chapel.