Harold Reed "Buster" Bartlett
Born in Rock Springs, Wyoming December 8, 1925. Died August 3, 2003 peacefully at the Corte Madera home he built in 1961 with his beloved and devoted wife of 49 years Gloria by his side. Devoted father to Mark and Neil; father-in-law to Josi and Cherie; step grandfather to Chaintel and Rachel; adoring grandfather to Alec. Harold was a dear brother to Betty Cruchley, Beverly Beachamp, Mary Austin, Gerald Bartlett, Corinne Wininger, the late Dorothy Nicholas, and loving uncle and friend to many. Harold was a Navy veteran and served in the Asian Theater in WWII from 1944 - 46. Upon returning he joined the San Francisco Carpenter's local #22 Union and was a member for 57 Years. Harold was an avid fly fishermen. He caught a record worthy Trout on the Madison River in Montana. He also enjoyed flying seaplanes, baking and was a model airplane enthusiast. Burial is private. Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Service, Saturday, August 9th at 11:00 AM at Daphne Funerals Marin, 601 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera.
Edwin A. Garcia
Passed away in Cloverdale on August 1, 2003. He was the dear husband for 66 years to Virgie Garcia of Kentfield. Father of the late Mark Garcia. Caring grandfather of Nanette Garcia-Metcalfe and her husband Rich, and Katie Garcia, all of Petaluma. Great grandfather of Bryan, Stephanie and Joe Patterson and Brandon and Aaron Metcalfe, also of Petaluma. Brother of Helen Eugene of Fremont and the late Frank and George Garcia. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Ed was born in San Rafael on March 21, 1915 to Emily (Machado) and Frank Garcia. For over 50 years he commuted to San Francisco where he was the supervisor of the accounting department at Metropolitan Life. He and Virgie had moved to Cloverdale within the last 18 months. His favorite pastime was deer hunting in Ignacio with his friends, working in his garden and clam digging. Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Sunday, August 10, 2003 at 1:00 PM at PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Magnolia Avenue & Keokuk Street, Petaluma, CA. Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Hospice, 821 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 in memory of Ed.
Marie Kylstra Robertson
A long time resident of Mill Valley died Friday, August 1st, 2003 from heart failure. Marie was born 90 years ago in the north of Holland and at the age of one, immigrated to the United States with her family, eventually settling in Oregon. Her husband, George, was from Hawaii. His family reaches back many generations in island history. They met on a blind date at the University of Oregon and in the early 30's married and returned to the islands to raise their family. In 1960 they moved to Mill Valley and Marie and her daughter, Helene, opened a popular boutique called Anastasia's, first in El Paseo in Mill Valley and later moving to Bridgeway in Sausalito. They designed and made many of the clothes themselves and later sold their designs to stores and boutiques across the country under the Anastasia's label. Marie was an avid quilter and was commissioned by the Ford Museum to make a traditional Hawaiian quilt for permanent display. For many years she hand stitched quilts and donated them to the annual raffle to raise money for The Redwoods where she has lived since 1980. She was also a volunteer at the Mill Valley Library and received an award from them in 1995 for 25 years of dedicated service. In 1997, she was honored with the Grace Orne Award, an award presented to a Redwoods' resident for outstanding service and dedication to the community. Known for her creativity, her spirit, her love of gardening and her boundless energy, she will be missed by her family and many friends. She is survived by her children, Helene Robertson of San Anselmo, George Robertson of Waialea Bay, Hawaii, Joyce Robertson of Berkeley, and a grandchild, Rebecca Heller of Santa Monica. A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, August 23rd at 2:00 PM in the garden at The Redwoods in Mill Valley. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mill Valley Library Foundation or to The Redwoods, Mill Valley.
On Wednesday, July 30, 2003, Lorraine Rogers died in Sacramento following a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. Her daughter was at her bedside. Lorraine was 86 years old. She was born in San Francisco to Laura and Ismene Galli, Italian immigrants. She resided in Marin County for the last 50 years. Her family and many friends remember Lorraine for her generosity, her loving and outgoing nature, her contemporary thinking, and her great sense of humor. She was a wonderful mother and, though she had just one child, she was considered a second mother to many of her younger friends. Lorraine was a voracious reader and a favorite of the San Rafael Public Library staff. She loved to cook for family and friends but is renowned for her generous holiday gift bags of biscotti. A number of times over the course of her life, Lorraine faced adversity. In each case, she acted with humility, courage and resourcefulness. All who knew her recognize that Lorraine prided herself on her independence. Throughout her life, she lived by the values she learned from her parents -- honesty, integrity, and hard work. She is survived by her only child, Christine Rodrigues, of Sacramento and her brother Stanley Galli and his wife, Frances, of Kentfield. She was preceded in death by her sister, Irene Biggio. Interment of her ashes at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery and a celebration of her life will take place at a later date. Friends and family will be contacted shortly regarding the details. Donations in her memory may be made to the San Rafael Public Library or one of her favorite charities: The American Cancer Society, the AIDS Foundation, or the SPCA.
Alice died at home in Novato July 31, 2003. She was 98. She was born in Santa Rosa and for 70 years she was resident of Marin County, living in San Anselmo and Novato. Alice was a warm and generous person, always ready to help others. When friends at the Bethel Baptist Church needed cooks to prepare dinner Alice would rise to the occasion. When she was 89 she was still picking up her ladies and driving them to church. They named her car the little bus of Bethel. She loved flowers and gardening; you could often find her sitting in her garden listening to the Giants baseball games. She deeply loved her grandchildren and children. Her husband Chris died in 1981. She is survived by her daughter Marilyn Ryan of Corte Madera and her son Donald Schlag and his wife Heather of Scapoose, Oregon, three grandchildren, five great grandchildren, one brother, and four sisters. Memorial Services are private. Memorial contributions may be sent to Bethel Baptist Church, 1929 Novato Blvd., Novato, CA 94947. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato 415-897-1151
Irene H. Muhly Wayne
On Sunday, July the 27th of 2003, Irene H. Muhly Wayne passed away in Sun City, Arizona. As a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she will be greatly missed. She is survived by her daughter Karen, two sons Donald and Douglas, as well as her seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Irene was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 8, 1914, and grew up in Portland, Oregon where she graduated from business school and met her husband, Rev. Elmer Muhly. Elmer and Irene moved to San Rafael, California and established Resurrection Lutheran Church where Elmer served as pastor for many years. Irene worked for the Dixie School District in Marin County. After Elmer's untimely passing, Irene later married Alvin Wayne and spent the next 20 years living happily in Novato, California. In 1981, at the age of 63, she moved to Sun City, Arizona. She spent the remainder of her life there and often referred to herself as the "happiest little 'ole lady' in Sun City." Irene was a genuinely happy person, full of humor, with the energy of a child, even in her later years. During her life she enjoyed ballroom dancing, cooking, gardening, entertaining, doing her crossword puzzles and caring for her dogs.
Jean Ann Di Vicino
Formerly J.A. Popadak of San Rafael, August 1, 2003, is deceased after a long illness. Daughter of the late Albert A. Popadak and Ardis E. Nickerson Popadak of Lisbon Falls, Maine. She is survived by one brother, two sisters, two half sisters, seven nephews and three nieces. Jean was blessed with a loving family and a family of loving friends. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service Tuesday (TONIGHT) August 5, 2003 at 6:00 P.M. at RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL, Mill Valley. In lieu of flowers, donations preferred to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Ave., Corte Madera, CA 94925. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Ave., Mill Valley 415-388-1573
Allan L. Ward
Passed away unexpectedly on August 2, 2003 at the age of 56. He was born March 26, 1947 in South Bend, Indiana. After graduating from high school he served his country in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. During his time in the Army he received four Purple Heart medals and various military commendations. Upon returning to civilian life he attended the University of Norte Dame, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. He worked as an architect for 28 years, most recently in San Francisco. He was a Marin County resident for the last ten years. He loved to fish and had an interest in photography. He was happiest taking pictures of his son. He is survived by his wife, Deborah; son Grant age 9; two stepdaughters, Jennifer Thompson age 20 and Sarah Thompson age 18; and his sister Sondra Ward of Las Vegas, NV. Friends are invited to attend a service on Saturday August 9, 2003 at 1:30 PM at Keaton's Redwood Chapel in Novato. Visitation will precede the service from 10:00 AM until 1:30 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are preferred to Yosemite National Institutes - Olympic Park Institute Science Lab Fund, G.G.N.R.A. Bldg. 1055, Sausalito, CA 94965. Keaton's Redwood Chapel 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato 415-897-1151.
Ann Kelly Ward
Born in New York City, July 15th 1921. Passed away July 31st, 2003 at the age of 82. Ann received her Bachelor's Degree from The Sacred Heart Convent in Manhattanville, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She was the niece of Grover Whalen, NYC's Police Commissioner in the 1920's and Commissioner of the 1939 World's Fair, who was known as "Mr. New York". Ann moved to Sausalito in 1947 with her husband, Jack Slattery, a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy (deceased). Loving Mother of Sheila Smith of Reno, Jay and Katrina Slattery of Mill Valley. Loving Grandmother of Kelly and Dane Nott, Devon and Blake Slattery and loving Great Grandmother of Jessica, Tyler, Trevor and Jason Nott. Married John Ward in 1952 (deceased). Loving Stepmother of John Jr., Pierce and Patty Ward. As a resident of Sausalito for 56 years, Ann was very active in the community and was a member of The Guardsmen of San Francisco, The Sausalito Little Theater, The Women's Club of Sausalito, The Junior League of San Francisco, The Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito Yacht Club, Rotary Club of Sausalito and the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce. Ann was part of the opening team of the Sausalito Branch of Bank of Marin in the late 1960's and was promoted to Officer of the Bank of Marin/WestAmerica Bank in the 1980's where she worked until her retirement. Dubbed as Ms. Sausalito by all who knew her, Ann's vivacious personality, generosity and fun loving spirit will be greatly missed by those whose lives she touched. Ann's family invite her friends to join them at a Memorial Mass Friday, August 8, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. at Star Of The Sea Church, 180 Harrison Ave., Sausalito. In lieu of flowers it is preferred that donations are made to the Rotary Club of Sausalito's Senior Housing Fund. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Ave., Mill Valley 415-388-1573
William G. Neall
Age 84, formerly of Novato, died July 1, 2003 in Modesto CA from complications of pneumonia. Bill moved to Novato in 1989 from Cape Cod to be closer to his children and grandchildren following the death of his wife, Nancy. He was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Chruch, a macrobiotic, and an avid runner, competing in 10k races throughout Marin until he was 80. Before his retirement, Bill worked as a health physicist for the Navy; following retirement, he continued to work in a variety of jobs, most recently in the paint department at Sears. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his eldest son, William C. Neall. He is survived by sons Christopher (of Modesto) and Timothy (of Novato), daughter Sallie (of Minneapolis), brother James F. (of Marion MA), four loving grandchildren and daughters-in-law. Services will be held Friday, August 15th at 2:00 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 967 5th St., Novato. In lieu of flowers, friends may make contributions to Oxfam America or the American Cancer Society.
Marjorie Ruth Haas Van Couwenberghe
Passed away July 16, 2003. Born and raised in Muncie, Indiana, Marjorie joined the Navy during WWII where she met and then later married in 1945, Frank Benoit Van Couwenberghe, (deceased 1988). They lived in Sleepy Hollow, Marin County for 56 years, all that time at the same house on Butterfield Rd. Marjorie worked as a Legal Secretary in San Rafael for 22 years. She was known as an excellent fabric weaver and became known as an excellent pottery maker in her spare time. During her retirement, Marjorie spent as much time as she could enjoying her garden and a new pastime of bird watching. Marjorie was able to travel to Europe and spend time looking up her and her late husbands ancestral heritage. Even in declining health, Marjorie maintained her own home and independent lifestyle. She will be missed by her two sons Roger Van Couwenberghe, Sonoma, CA, Barry Van Couwenberghe, Grass Valley, CA and her loving daughter, Katherine Sousa, Roseland, CA. Marjorie left behind five grandchildren and one great grandchild, sisters Wilma Lucas, Norma Robbins, Olive Hanson and Barbara Mock (deceased), all from Muncie, Indiana. Her presence will be missed by all those whose life she touched.
James Joseph Flagerman
Passed away on to Heaven on July 31, 2003 at the age of 85. Beloved husband to Elizabeth Goss, loving father to Chris, Brigid and Tony Flagerman and adoring grandfather to Mary Elizabeth Flagerman, daughter of Chris and Clare Flagerman and father-in-law to Stacy Webb Flagerman, wife of Tony Flagerman. He was born on July 27, 1918 in San Francisco and was one of six children of the late Charles and Sarah Flagerman. Devoted brother to Sabina, Pat, Betty, Eileen and is survived by his youngest brother Jack Flagerman. Jim was a graduate of Mt. Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, CA. During high school he worked as a secretary in Tiburon as part of the construction for the Golden Gate Bridge. He used to frequent the Rose Bowl in Larkspur, CA. where he was known as an accomplished swing dancer with great charisma and was always well liked wherever he went. He was a World War II Veteran and served in the Allution Islands for the US Army. After the war, he was a dedicated employee of the Southern Pacific Railroad for 45 years. He mat and married Elizabeth Goss in 1944 and settled with his family in Marinwood, just outside of San Rafael of the next 30 years. For the past seven years he has been enjoying his retirement in Sun City in Roseville, CA. He was an avid swimmer, loved to hike, garden, travel and dance. He also was a volunteer for the Cancer Society. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Rose Church, 615 Vine Avenue, Roseville, on Monday, August 4th, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. Arrangements made by the Neptune Society of No. CA, Sacramento.
Eula W. Boardman
Passed away peacefully in Greenbrae on July 23, 2003, surrounded by her family. She was 78. She was the beloved wife of 37 years to Wes Boardman of Windsor; loving mother and mother-in-law of Beverly and Jack Roe of Rohnert Park, Denice and Norman O'Neill of San Anselmo; dearest sister of Barbara Gundlach of Anoka, MN and Ed Wengel of Ceres; devoted grandmother of Rodney Ford, Kim Johnson, Steve Parmelee, James O'Neill and Juli O'Neill. A native of Hazelton, ND, Eula considered the Bay Area home and returned with Wes to Sonoma County four years ago to be close to her family. She had a pioneering spirit and enjoyed several different careers. Eula was a nationally known authority on microwave cooking. She wrote two books on the subject and a book about Texas Hill Country travel. Eula appeared on local TV stations from coast to coast demonstrating microwave oven cooking. She was featured in many local and nationally syndicated articles on the subject. Prior to that Eula was a CLU in the insurance business. Earlier on she was a florist and a nursery woman. She was passionate about gardening and playing cards. Eula was a member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church of Windsor and the Santa Rosa Lioness Club. Friends are invited to attend Memorial Services to celebrate Eula's life on Saturday, August 9, 2003 at 11 a.m. at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 125 Shiloh Road, Windsor. Donations in her memory may be made to the City of Hope, c/o The Santa Rosa Lions Club, P.O. Box 1074, Santa Rosa 95402. For further information, please call FRED YOUNG & CO., Funeral Directors, 707-433-3329 or 707-894-2540.
Wilfred "Bill" G. Castle
Passed away peacefully at The Tamalpais in Greenbrae on July 28, 2003 at age 87. Father of Jane Pikios of Sausalito and Richard Castle of Clear Lake. He was a long time resident of Mill Valley. Private family services were held. A Service of Remembrance will be held Tuesday, August 5, 2003 at 1:00 PM at Tiburon Community Congregational Church, 145 Rock Hill Drive, Tiburon. RUSSELL & GOOCH FUNERAL CHAPEL 270 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 415-388-1574
William O. Cross, MFT
Died at his home in Middletown on July 26th, 2003 after a long struggle with Parkinsons disease. He died peacefully enfolded by the love of family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Lea and children, Sean and Marisa. Bill was born in Los Angeles in 1937. He graduated from UCLA in 1958 and received his MA in clinical psychology from the University of San Francisco and MFT licence from the State of California. He will be remembered for his dedicated service to the people of Marin in his work as a marriage and family therapist. He worked for Marin County Community Mental Health and in Private Practice from 1982-1995 and for Maui youth and Family services in Hawaii from 1995 -1998, providing out patient family and child therapy. Donations in Bills memory may be made to the Hospice in your community. Private services have been held. Cremation and sea scattering services pending under the direction of Santa Rosa Neptune Society.
Stuart Cameron McKelvey
Died of natural causes at the Laurel Creek Health Center, Fairfield, CA on May 26, 2003 at age 88. Stuart was born August 1, 1914 in Los Angeles to William Wilson McKelvey, newspaper executive, and Catherine Cameron (Tait) McKelvey of Argyll Parish, Scotland. Retiring from the U.S. Army in 1968 with the rank of Colonel after 20 years of service, Stuart lived in the Cove Apartments in Tiburon for more than 25 years. After retirement, he focused on his longtime interests in hiking and mountain climbing, photography and sailing. While a student at Fresno State College, Stuart won a bet that he could climb to the top of Mt. Lyell (13,006 feet) and return in less than 24 hours. He won the bet of $10 by seven minutes -- a record verified by the Sierra Club. During college summer vacations, Stuart ran the gas station at Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. That job provided great opportunities to hike, climb and study the flora of the park which became the place on Earth that Stuart loved best. He participated in three treks in the Himalayas and hiked across Scotland and in Patagonia. A favorite subject in photography was the wild flowers and mushrooms of Marin County. He donated his large collection of slides to the California Native Plant Society, Marin County Branch. He sailed his 42 foot yacht, the Cygnus, all over the Bay. Stuart had a lifelong love of English literature, especially poetry. At Fresno State College, he majored in English Literature and he was the poetry editor of the student magazine "Caravan." He continued his studies at the University of Southern California where he taught literature courses while a candidate in the graduate degree program. His studies were interrupted by his recall to Army service in 1951. He served in the Ordnance Corps in Korea, France and Germany, as well as in several posts in the U.S., including the Pentagon. In all of his postings, Stuart was recognized by his superiors for his devotion to duty and for the excellence of his work. Among several commendations, he was twice awarded the Legion of Merit. Stuart is survived by his brother, William, of Bangor, Maine and by loving nieces. His brother Donald preceded him in death. There will be a gathering of his friends later this year to remember Stuart. It is suggested that friends who wish to remember Stuart may contribute to two groups whose interests and work Stuart supported over many years. These are: California Native Plant Society, Marin County Chapter, Harrison Avenue, Sausalito, CA 94965; and Earth Island Institute, 300 Broadway, Suite 28, San Francisco, CA 94133. The above fails to capture Stuart's genial character, especially his sense of humor. But friends will be happy to know that just before the onset of his illness, Stuart planned to join "The Call of the Cuckoos," the San Francisco "Tent," Oasis # 22, of the "Sons of the Desert," the international association of fans of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy films.
Megan Elizabeth Noble
August 18, 1969 - July 26, 2003
Taken from us too soon due to injuries sustained in a traffic accident on Doyle Drive in San Francisco. She was 33. Megan leaves behind her parents Maryann Noble Williams and Stephen C. Noble, stepparents Jody Noble and Gary Williams, brothers Marc Noble and Joshua Kemery, and grandmother Barbara Noble. Born in Sheboygan Wisconsin and raised in Novato, Megan graduated from San Marin High School. She returned to college three years ago and was completing her Bachelor of Science and Organizational Behavior degree at the University of San Francisco and was to have graduated in December of this year. As a coordinator for a brand communications agency, she was well loved as a coworker and a friend; the space she leaves can never truly be filled. Always positive, outgoing and generous, she was a free spirit who touched the lives of all who knew her and we are the better for it. Megan loved to travel and she embraced friends from all over the world. Her heart was tender and her spirit for life was infectious. The Visitation will be on Friday, August 1st from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Keaton's Redwood Chapel of Marin, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato CA. (415) 897-1151. A scholarship fund has been established in Megan's name at the University of San Francisco. For donation information, please call (415) 422-2552 or (415) 422-2514. She was a gift of light who will be missed.
Henry Clarkson Scott
Age 74, a resident of San Anselmo, died peacefully July 6, 2003, surrounded by his family. The cause of death was cancer. Henry was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but he grew up on eastern Long Island. There he began his lifelong love of the outdoors, encouraged by his uncle, an enthusiastic birder. Music became passion of Henry's as he grew up. He played the tuba in the high school band, and he loved to sing. After he graduated from Stanford, Henry began his teaching career at San Francisco State. Then a speech he heard President Kennedy give inspired him to join the Peace Corps. For over two years, Henry and his wife Cynthia and a their children Molly, Katie, and Pete, lived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia while Henry was Deputy Director of the Peace Corps program in that country. It was a high point in all their lives. After Ethiopia, Henry helped found a new branch of the State University of New York ( at Old Westbury). In 1970, he moved west to become Dean and Student Advocate at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. There he married Catherine. They had three children, Chloe, Will and Sam, who live in Lagunitas. Henry once said, "What I enjoy most is being a father!" His six children survive him, as do his wife Caroline Helmuth and his brother Tom. He had seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sierra Club, the American Friends Service Committee, or the Charity of your choice.