Wilson Dell Beebe
Entered peacefully into his rest on June 4, 2003 in his home at the Green Diamond Ranch in Petaluma at age 84. A longtime Sonoma County dairy rancher, Wilson's loving wife of 58 years, Blanche Beebe, passed on in 1997. He is survived by his daughter Terry Dell Robello of Novato, son Wilson Jerry Beebe of Windsor, daughter Skipper Lynn Beebe of Petaluma, grandchildren Antoinette Bissig, Luke Bissig, Raquel Beebe, Tracey Beebe, Claudia Bagshaw, Anna Larson, four great-grandchildren, numerous extended family members, his dear, devoted, and faithful companion for the past few years, Dorothy Jones, and numerous friends. The family would especially like to acknowledge the devoted long-term friendship of Jerry Harrington, who visited Wilson nearly every day at his dairy ranch for approximately the past year during his illness and was a continual source of encouragement and support for Wilson and the family. Born on October 11, 1918 in Fort Bragg, CA, Wilson first worked as a topper and logger in the woods before chain saws were employed. During WWII he was recruited to work as a rigger on the Liberty ships in the Naval shipyard at Oakland, CA. He then moved with his family to Tuolumne in the Sonora Mountains where he built his own home and worked for a few years as a dry stacker for a lumber mill. In 1949 he moved with his family to Olema, CA near Point Reyes, CA, where he began his long career as a dairy rancher. In 1976 his ranch was bought by the federal government for a 100-year park project at which time he moved the family from the dairy ranch in Olema and purchased the old Hall Ranch near Bloomfield, which is now known as the Green Diamond Dairy Ranch. He retired from active dairy ranching in approximately 1990, leasing the bulk of the Green Diamond Dairy Ranch to the Avila Family who also bought the cows and contract and who continue to run an active dairy at that location. Wilson is a sixth generation Californian, whose ancestors were the first California settlers at Point Arena, CA. Wilson's direct and extended family are also related to the Hoopa and Pomo Indian Nations of the California coast. He is well known for his love of family and friends, his sense of humor, his love of the land, the time he took to save a tiny pine tree one day, as well as giving his breakfast to some small chipmunks. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Sunday, June 15, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY on Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, CA. Viewing will begin at 8:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran Street, Petaluma, CA 94952.
Ruth Deane Crawford
June 15, 1920 - May 21, 2003
Ruth died at home May 21st, 2003 at the age of 82. Originally from the East Coast she had lived in Santa Rosa for 27 years after living 18 years in Marin County. She was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sonoma County and a 20 year volunteer at Sutter VNA & Hospice. She is survived by her two children, first husband, two nephews and a niece as well as many friends and lots of stuffed bears. Ruth touched many lives in this community. Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Her Life, including a Flower Communion, to be held June 15, 2003 at 4:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. Memorial donations may be made to: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sonoma County, Box 1745, Santa Rosa CA 95402 or Sutter VNA & Hospice, 1110 N. Dutton Avenue, Santa Rosa CA 95401.
Kenneth I. Martin
Died peacefully after a courageous battle on May 24, 2003 while surrounded by loving family and friends. Born in Salinas November 27, 1930, Ken was a "self made man." Some men work to live, but Ken lived to work. Shrimping on the SF Bay was more than a passion in his life and he quickly became an icon in the shrimping community. He never allowed the ravages of Multiple Sclerosis or stormy seas to keep him dockside. Verse came easily to Ken and while out on the bay he often composed poetry expressing his love for God, and his yearning for freedom and ultimate peace in the "life hereafter." Ken will always be remembered as a loving father, husband, and friend to all. His strength, generosity, and wonderful sense of humor will always bring joy to those who knew him. Ken is survived by his wife Rose, his children: Donald, Marcia, and Shelly, and his grandson Chris. A Gathering in His Memory will be held on June 21st, at 2:00 P.M. at the Martinez Marina on the knolls. Please call Rose for further details (925) 229-4153. Memorial donations may be made for his youngest daughter, Shelly Martin, to assist in her college tuition: c/o Marcia Martin-Trethric, P.O. Box 761, Sausalito, CA 94966.
Died at his home in San Rafael, June 5, 2003. He is survived by his sisters; Kathleen Lambrecht or Rocklin CA and Peggy Grant of Yorkville, Ill. A Memorial at the Sausalito Yacht Club will be announced at a later Date. Keaton's Mortuary 1022 E St. San Rafael 415-453-0571
Long time Marin County resident. Beloved mother of Elizabeth, Karen, Kenneth and Elane, passed away at home with her children by her side on June 1, 2003. Services will be private.
Peter I. Coenen
Today we remember the life of Peter I. Coenen, beloved son of Patricia and Alphonse Coenen, father of Christofer Curtis and Stefanie and Adrienne Coenen. Peter Coenen was born November 12, 1945, at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Novato High School in 1964 and earned his BS from Sonoma State, and Masters degree from San Jose State. He worked as a Waste Water Engineer at San Rafael, San Jose, and the Nevada Irrigation District. He is survived by his three children, Christofer Curtis stationed in England, Stefanie Coenen of Redding, and Adrienne Coenen of Colfax; his mother Patricia of Novato; his sister Annelle Coenen of Novato; and brothers Matthew Coenen of Novato and Christopher Coenen of El Dorado Hills. He was preceded in death by his father Alphonse and brother Robert. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2003 at 1:00 PM at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions preferred to a charity of your choice. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 415-897-1151
Passed away May 28, 2003 in Novato at age 82. Survived by Larry Hunter, sisters Jeanne Toner and Florence Robeson, children Gary Hunter, Suzanne Brennan, Scot Hunter, Mark Hunter, grandchildren Gina Drake, Joseph Hunter, Sarah Hunter, Jenna Hunter, and many great grandchildren, cousins, nephews and nieces. Lenora was an artist of life, who saw and brought out the best in everyone. Truly believing it is better to give than to receive, she reaped a harvest of love. She cannot be replaced, but her spirit lives on in all those so fortunate to know her. A Memorial Service will be held June 14th at 11:00 AM at Keaton Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato, CA. Donations may be made to Hospice of Marin, 21 Tamal Vista, Suite 101, Corte Madera, CA.
Keth "Joe" Patton
Passed away June 2, 2003 at his home in Kingman, Arizona at age 54. Joe was born and raised in Marin County and graduated from Sir Francis Drake High School. He is survived by his brother James Slattery, his sisters Antoinette Reynolds, Kelly Slattery, Durel Damos and Patti La Salle, his nephews Brent Barnes and Ryan Reynolds, his niece Tracey Barnes, aunts Eula Emond and Helen Pederson and numerous cousins. A Celebration of His Life will be held at 10:00 AM, June 21, 2003 at Marin Rod and Gun Club, Pt. San Quentin, San Rafael. Call 453-6106 for information and directions.
Richard Lloyd Gardiner
Richard "Hoss" Gardiner passed away in Citrus Heights, CA on May 21, 2003 due to complications of diabetes at the age of 44. He was the beloved son of John and Eileen Gardiner of Novato, CA. Caring brother of Russ Gardiner and his wife Theresa, and his sister Val Fiscalini and her husband Gregg of Petaluma. Dear uncle of Jennifer, Michael and Kathleen Gardiner, and Christopher and Katie Fiscalini. He was a native of Phoenix, Arizona. Richard will be remembered by his Novato High School classmates and golf buddies as "Hoss". His ready smile, caring nature and willingness to help others will be missed. Rich enjoyed golfing with his Dad, watching his nieces and nephews play sports, and camping with friends. He loved the Green Bay Packers, his many pets, and family gatherings. Friends and family are invited to attend the Memorial Services, Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 2:00 PM at the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk Street, Petaluma, CA. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to your local Humane Society or to the American Diabetes Association in memory of Richard Lloyd Gardiner. A Celebration of Rich's life was held on June 1st in Folsom, CA by his many caring friends in the Sacramento area.
Rose M. Graham
Passed away on June 3, 2003 at the SFUA Medical Center at age 70. She resided in San Anselmo for the past 30 years. Rose was born in Roundup, Montana on April 25, 1933 to Mike and Agnes Graham. She attended school at St. Benedicts in Roundup, graduating from Lavina High School in 1951. Upon graduation she joined the Army serving 20 years, retiring in 1971. Upon retirement she worked at The Presidio in Finance and Accounting, retiring in 1995. She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters: Margaret Martin, Bridget Humphreville, and Agnes Burris. She is survived by Mary Lyons, companion; two sisters Dorothy Elliott of Osceola, Iowa, and Mrs. Ernie (Florence) Frechner of Billings, MT; two brothers Mike Graham of Roundup, MT, and Charles and Bonnie Graham of Missoula, MT; and 17 nieces and nephews. Memorial Service will be held Saturday June 7, 2003 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Rita's Catholic Church in Fairfax, CA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice, St. Rita's Helping Hands, or the charity of your choice. Monte's Chapel of the Hills Family Owned and Operated San Anselmo 415-453-8440
Margaret (Marge) Pedroli
Died Friday, May 30, 2003, in Novato, at the age of 79. Margaret, a Marin County native, was born Margaret Mary O'Brien, in San Rafael, in 1923. She was a 1941 graduate of St. Anselm's High School. During World War II she worked for the USO. She and her husband Art moved to Novato in 1950 and raised their family. In addition to raising her family Marge worked for the telephone company for many years. Marge was a member of Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters. She was an avid reader and she loved to write short stories and poems. Marge is survived by three children: Patsy Green and Brian Pedroli of Novato and Paul Pedroli of Sonoma; five grandchildren: Jacob, Samantha and Lincoln Green and Josh and Kelli Pedroli; and two great grandchildren: Jessica and Jack Green. A Rosary will be held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, June 8, 2003 at Keaton's Redwood Chapel in Novato. Friends are invited to a reception at the Novato Druids on Grant Avenue immediately following. Memorial Contributions are preferred to Meals of Marin, San Rafael, CA. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 1801 Novato Blvd., 415-897-1151
Arlene Marie Reski
Born in Oakland, CA, she was a current resident of Novato. She was a homemaker, excellent cook, baked wonderful pastries, and a wonderful mother of three children and grandmother to many. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Marceli P. Reski; children Teresa, Paul and Christine; two grandchildren Eric and Drew; four brothers and two sisters. Burial at Our Lady of Czestochowa Cemetery, Doylestown, PA. In lieu of flowers please send your contributions to the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation at P.O. Box 7788, Santa Rosa, CA 95407, phone: 707-566-8647. Mount Tamalpais Mortuary and Cemetery 2500 Fifth Ave. San Rafael 415-459-2500
Valerie E. Ryan
Passed away in San Rafael on May 31, 2003 at age 92. A resident of Villa Marin, San Rafael for the past six years after residing for 18 years at Rossmoor, Walnut Creek. A volunteer at Providence Hospital, Oakland for several years. She was a graduate of Galileo High School and long time resident of San Francisco. Beloved wife of the late William T. Ryan for 64 years. Dear mother of Alice Abbott and husband Joseph of San Francisco and Tim Ryan and wife Annette of Belvedere. Grandmother of Charlotte Abbott and partner Rosamund Parr; Michael Abbott and wife Charlye-Lynn; Matthew Ryan and wife Susan; Kelley Ryan Warner and husband Eric; Julianne Ryan Tantum and husband John; and Kate Ryan Jazbec and husband Bill. Great grandmother of Emily and Lauren Ryan; Anne, Patrick and Jack Warner; Lucy, Henry and Charles Tantum; and Andrew and Ashley Jazbec. She is also survived by her sister, Frieda Middleton and brother, Archer Moze. A private family service was held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma. Contributions to a charity of your choice.
Peacefully at rest in Novato, June 2, 2003 at 79 years of age. Dearly beloved wife of George Capinaris; loving mother of John and of the late Joanne; also survived by her loving sisters, Ethel Hancock, Lucy Drulias and of the late Mary Roccos and her brother, Nick Kafkas. She will be greatly missed by her many relatives and friends. Friends and family may visit Thursday after 4:00 p.m. and are invited to attend the Trisagion at 7:30 p.m. at DUGGAN'S SERRA MORTUARY, 500 Westlake Avenue, Daly City. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, SF. Committal Greek Orthodox Cemetery. Donations preferred to: Holy Trinity Building Fund, 990 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco, CA 94132. THE BUD DUGGAN FAMILY (650) 756-4500 - (415) 587-4500
Passed away peacefully with her family by her side in San Rafael on Wednesday, May 28, 2003. Born Helen Marie Sanchez on October 10, 1928 in San Francisco, she was raised in Noe Valley and graduated from Mission High School. At 15 years old she went to work for the Southern Pacific Railroad. After high school, she met the love of her life Joseph Dito. They married in 1949, and were happily married for 54 years. In 1956, they moved to their new home in San Rafael where they raised their three children and spent their life. During the 60's and 70's Helen worked at Holiday Magic and Marty Links Printing, but was truly a homemaker. Helen devoted her life to her husband, children and grandchildren who brought her great joy. She has blessed them with cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Helen loved to garden and could make anything grow. She was well stocked with bulbs from her father's garden and shared them with family and friends. Helen would replant flowers and plants from her family's special occasions and keep them blooming year after year. She delighted in the wildlife that entered her backyard and made a haven for an array of birds and other small creatures. Helen also enjoyed cooking and pleased her family with many delicious recipes. Her famous peach pies made from the fruit in her garden were a family favorite. Helen also had a passion for good music, good books, and good movies enjoying both old and new. Her memory rarely failed her in recalling performers or movies and she was known as the family expert. In their later years, Helen and Joe enjoyed traveling and cruising the ocean with her family and friends. Her favorite destination was the Panama Canal. Helen was a woman with an eternally optimistic outlook and a keen sense of humor. She was selfless in nature and made everyone happier for the time they spent with her. Her Memory will hold a special place in the hearts of family and friends forever. Helen is preceded in death by her husband Joseph (2002) and her daughter Theresa (1977). She is lovingly missed by her daughter Diane Dito, her son Michael Dito, daughter-in-law Sheri Nave Dito, grandchildren Brooke, Blake, and Drew Dito, her sisters Gloria Quinn and Shirley Sexton, sisters-in-law Rosanne and Rachel Dito, in-laws Pete and Sandy Dito and many loved nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews and cousins. Family and friends are invited to attend the Rosary on Friday, June 6, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. at Mount Tamalpais Mortuary, 2500 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, June 7, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at Saint Raphael's Mission Chapel, 1104 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Mount Tamalpais Mortuary & Cemetery 2500 5th Ave., San Rafael, 415-459-2500