Elizabeth (Betty) Hughes Glosser
Beloved mother of Marylou Rubke, cherished grandmother of John Rubke and Lisa Rubke fell asleep in death on February 7, 2003 at her daughter's home. She was 90 years old. Donations may be made to Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. No services will be held. Burial arrangements at Forestview Cemetery in Forestville, CA. By Adobe Creek Funeral Home.
May (Mayzie) Long
Died at her home in San Rafael, Monday, February 11, 2003. She was 97. She was the loving wife of the late Arthur G. Long and dear stepmother of Richard A. and Louanne Long of Redlands, CA. Adored grandmother of Lynne Rondelle of Santa Cruz and great grandchildren Seanna, and Analisa Rondelle Foley. Mayzie was a former Board Member of the Marin Symphony League and a pioneer real estate woman in Greenbrae. She lived in Marin for 46 years during which time she was an active participant in the San Rafael Improvement Club. Mayzie was also a lifetime member of the Catholic Church. Inurnment was at Golden Gate National Cemetery with her late husband Arthur. Memorial contributions preferred to Hospice of Marin. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street San Rafael, CA 415-453-0571
David G. Murphy
Died peacefully Monday, February 10, 2003 after a four month battle with cancer. He was born in Chicago, IL and was a Bay Area resident for over 50 years, most of it in Mill Valley. He retired as Manager of Personnel at the San Francisco Library in 1998. He loved his garden, music, the arts and traveling. His greatest love was opera. He is survived by his brother, Paul Murphy, sister Rosemary Saad, both of Chicago and his niece, Jane Hansen of Modesto, plus many beloved friends and his pets, Happy and Clawdette. He requested that no services be held and his ashes will be scattered at sea. Contributions may be made in his honor to the American Cancer Society.
Dolores A. Cunnane
Passed away peacefully at home in Greenbrae Monday, February 10, 2003. She was 80 years old. She will be deeply missed by her husband of 61 years, Edward J. Cunnane, her daughter Janice Cunnane Ayde, son Edward (Pat) Cunnane, daughter Susan (Jim) Rohrs, son Tom (Joann) Cunnane and son Tim Cunnane, granddaughters Danielle Ayde, and Shannon, Marion and Colleen Cunnane. She will also be missed by her sister Marion (Cecil) Normandin and several nieces and nephews. Dolores was a native of San Francisco and a resident of Greenbrae since 1976. She was a loving mother and grandmother devoting much of her time to her family. She enjoyed cooking, and gardening. Her memory will be forever cherished. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Rosary Friday February 14, 2003 at 2:00 PM at Keaton's Mortuary and a Memorial Mass Saturday February 15 at 11:00 AM at St. Sebastians Church, Sir Francis Drake Blvd. at Bon Air Rd. Greenbrae. Inurnment Private. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul or Guide Dogs for the Blind. Keaton's Mortuary 1022 E St. San Rafael, 415-453-0571
Sister Timothy Rocha, OP
Sister Timothy Rocha, a Dominican Sister of San Rafael for 64 years, died on February 11, 2003, at Lourdes Convent in San Rafael. She was 88 years of age. Sister Timothy, a native of Berkeley, attended St. Joseph High School, Berkeley, before entering the Dominican Sisters. She graduated from Dominican College then taught elementary school at St. Raphael School, San Rafael; St. Cyril School, Oakland; Sacred Heart School and St. Dominic School, San Francisco; St. Michael School, Livermore; St. Dominic School, Los Angeles; St. John School, Napa; St. Vincent Ferrer School, Vallejo; St. Catherine's Academy and St. Dominic School, Benicia; and Blessed Sacrament School, Santa Venetia. Following retirement from elementary school teaching, S. Timothy worked as bookkeeper at Dominican Convent, then became an ESL instructional assistant and tutor at College of Marin. She also assisted with the disabled at Forest Meadows Development Center. Before coming to Lourdes Convent in 1992, S. Timothy lived at the House of Hope in Oakland. The Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2003 at the Dominican Sisters Center, 1520 Grand Avenue, San Rafael, at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Dominic Cemetery in Benicia. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Dominic, 1520 Grand Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901. Services on Saturday, February 15, 2003: 9:00 a.m., Reception of the Body at Lourdes Convent, 77 Locust Avenue, San Rafael. 11:00 a.m. Funeral Mass.
Dorothy M. Rowebottom
Passed away on February 8, 2003 at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital due to complications from pneumonia after hip surgery. She was 78. Born in Philadelphia, PA she received her degree in Nursing at Hahnemann Hospital in Baltimore. She worked at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and other hospitals on the East Coast before becoming a Nurse-Stewardess for United Airlines during which time she completed her B.A. degree in Art at San Francisco State University. Dorothy moved to the West Coast in 1949 where she met her husband Howard in San Francisco. They were married in 1951. Settling in Tiburon, she worked at Marin General and Ross Hospitals until her retirement in 1990. Dorothy and Howard moved to the Oakmont Retirement Community in Santa Rosa in 1998. They were married 51 years. Dorothy is survived by her husband Howard, daughters Victoria (Tori) Barone (Ed) of Colorado Springs, CO and Kim Brown (Gary) of Crescent City, CA and her brother, Andrew Ferenz of Palm Desert, CA. A private family service was held.
Raymond J. Simpson
Age 86, former Assistant Superintendent of the San Rafael City Schools from the mid 50's to the mid 60's passed away Monday from cancer. Dr. Simpson was born in Spenser, Iowa, moving with his family to southern California when he was 6. His mother was a music teacher who instilled a lifelong passion in him. He formed a band with his three brothers after high school, and when the United States entered World War II he joined the Army Air Corps, forming and leading a service band. After the war, he completed his college degree and began teaching music in several public schools throughout the state of California. He received his doctorate in educational administration from Stanford University in 1957, and worked in the administration of the San Rafael City Schools, rising to acting Superintendent. He left to return to teaching at San Francisco State College, where he became chairman of the department of Secondary Education as the department's stature grew nationally. In retirement, he continued his lifelong love of music by organizing the Ray Simpson Big Band, playing the big band music of the 30's, 40's and 50's at the Corte Madera Recreation Center as well as many local functions over the years. Besides leading the band, he also arranged most of the band's selections; the music gained the appreciation of audiences wherever the band performed. He is survived by Helen, his wife of sixty years, his two sons, Tim and Tom, his granddaughter, Lori, and his brother James in South Carolina. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of Marin. No services are planned.
Elizabeth P. Wellborn
Betty Wellborn died peacefully on February 9, 2003 at the age of 91. She was born in Boston, MA and became the devoted wife of Arthur. She was a prisoner of war survivor from Santo Thomas in the Philippines and later traveled extensively throughout South America and the Middle East. She settled in California and most recently lived at the Redwoods in Mill Valley. A Funeral Service is planned for 11 AM on Thursday, February 13th at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Novato. KEATON MORTUARY 1022 E Street, San Rafael 415-453-0571
Henry S. Yeats
Died February 8, 2003 in Santa Rosa. Spouse of Henry C. Yeats. Children: Sally A. Takashiba, Mary L. Jasek, Debbie B. Lund. Grandchildren: Matt Lund, Lark Devore, Ryan Lund, Dana Jasek, Laura Jasek, Robbie Jasek. Great grandchildren: Zachary Lund, Trevor Lund, Seth Lund, Kyle Devore. Sister Mary Alice Hammer (living). Preceded in death by Art Zachry and Sara Fletcher, brother and sister. Sons-in-law: Wes Takashiba, Tom Jasek, and Mark Lund. Native of Buckhead, Georgia. Born May 15, 1921. Marin County resident for 50 years. Memberships: Mount Tamalpais United Methodist Church, Mill Valley; P.E.O. Sisterhood, Tiburon Chapter; Order of Eastern Star, Mill Valley Chapter. Clubs: Sierra Club. Hobbies/Interests: Family, hiking and nature, theatre and music, reading. Retired, Director of Nurses and Assistant Administrator, Shriner's Hospital, San Francisco; Lieutenant, U.S. Army Nurse Corps, WWII. Memorial Service February 22, 2002 11:00 a.m. Mount Tamalpais United Methodist Church, Mill Valley, 410 Sycamore Avenue. Donations: Mount Tamalpais United Methodist Church, Mill Valley. Arrangements under the direction of the Neptune Society of Northern California in Santa Rosa.
Helen R. Anderson
Formerly of Mill Valley, died on February 10, 2003 of natural causes at the age of 95. Her husband Stanley H. Anderson survives her in over 50 years of marriage. She leaves behind two sons, Gordon and Thomas, eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. Her daughter, Miriam died several years ago. Helen was active in the League of Women Voters for many years; she taught stenotype; was an electrical draftsman in her husband's office; she was a devoted needle pointer and played age group tennis for many years. Her extraordinary zest for life will be greatly missed. At her request no services will be held.
Leland S. "Lee" Bright, Nov. 15, 1924 - Feb. 8, 2003
Leland S. "Lee" Bright passed away peacefully at his home in San Rafael, on February 8, 2003, at the age of 78. He was a native of San Francisco and lived in San Rafael for 34 years. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Betty; their three sons, Leland III, William and Barton; daughters-in-law Hazel and Frances and eight grandchildren. Lee was a veteran of WWII having served in the U.S. Navy Amphibious Force in the Pacific from 1942 to 1946; he received a Naval commendation for meritorious service. He was in the financial management business for 44 years, retiring as Vice President and Principal of Sage Financial Corporation, a subsidiary of E. F. Hutton. He was past president and founding director of Western Securities Transfer Association; past president and founding director of Terra Linda Scholarship Foundation; Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 72; past Big SIR of Central Marin Branch #122; past president of Marin County MADD and served 20 years as a volunteer leader of the Boy Scouts of America. Lee was a member of the Marin County Civil Grand Jury and the San Francisco Federal Grand Jury; a volunteer fire lookout on Mt. Tam, and a member of San Rafael Police Department Volunteers In Policing. As he requested, a private family service will be held. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Students Scholarship Fund, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan, 49242-9986.
Frances Flint Gulick
Frances Flint Gulick, 88, of San Anselmo, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, February 8, 2003, surrounded by loving family members. Frances was the oldest child of two American teachers, Moses Delos Flint and Letha Ann Lindemann. She was born in Baguio, in the Philippines, on May 18, 1914. She moved back to Pasadena, California with her family in 1918, where she graduated from Pasadena High School at 16, as a Lifetime Member of the California Scholarship Federation. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts Degree from UCLA, with honors in History, at 20. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. At 21 she received her General Secondary (Teaching Credential) while attending UCLA, in 1935. She received her Senior College Credential in 1936. At 22, in June of 1936, she graduated from UCLA, with a Masters Degree in History. While at UCLA she met Albert Einstein. From 1936-1938 she taught 2nd-5th grade at Miguel Hidalgo School, in Brawley, California. These classes had an average daily attendance of 60 pupils ranging in age from 6 to 10. She had to plan well so that the older students didn't lose interest while she was teaching the younger children in the same classroom. From 1939-1940 she attended the U.C. Berkeley School of Librarianship, where she earned her Librarianship Certificate. She loved being a librarian. From 1940-1942 she was a librarian at Salinas High School, in Salinas, California. From 1942-1954 she worked as librarian at San Rafael High School, where she was the first full-time librarian at this school. She transformed the library from a room with books and bad lighting into a full-fledged library with appropriate furnishings. In July 1946, she married the love of her life, James Gulick, who taught English at San Rafael High School. During the 1950's she took a stand for equal pay for women, causing San Rafael High School to eliminate their women's salary schedule, which paid women less than men for the same work. In 1954, Frances quit her job to become a full-time mother. Frances was an excellent cook and enjoyed her role as mother of three girls. Her husband, Jim Gulick, predeceased her, in 1969. Frances is survived by her three daughters: Letha Marchetti, of San Rafael, Dorothy Thompson, of Fairfax, and Gail Armand, of Benicia; by her brother Delos Edward Flint of Reno, Nevada; by her sister Dorothy Foytik, of Davis, California; and by her four grandchildren: Ben and Laura Thompson, of Fairfax, Vanessa Maida, a student at Sonoma State University, and Alexandra Maida, a student at U.C. Santa Cruz. Frances had a late-life career working at the Yarn Nook in San Anselmo, where she worked part-time until she was 75. Over her lifetime she created hundreds of knit, crocheted and macramé masterpieces for family and friends. She was a member of "The Squares" at First Presbyterian Church, San Anselmo, where she made lovely afghans that were given to homeless shelters and battered women's shelters. Private Memorial Services were held. Donations in memory of Frances Gulick may be sent to Senior Access, 650 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94903.
Captain Walter Albert Helwig,
45 Year Corte Madera Resident
Retired Capt. Walter Helwig, 83, died peacefully on February 6, 2003 at his home in Corte Madera with his family by his bedside after a lengthy illness. Born in Newark, NJ on June 18, 1919, Mr. Helwig graduated from Irvington High School in Irvington, NJ before joining the National Guard and then enlisting in the U.S. Army. During his 20 year Army career Mr. Helwig served during World War II and the Korean War. While in the Army he was stationed in Georgia, Maryland, the Philippines, France, England, Utah, Monterey and Korea. He was at the Presidio of San Francisco when he retired. Mr. Helwig worked for the U.S. Postal Service at the Tiburon Post Office for many years before he retired. Mr. Helwig will be missed by his loving wife of 58 years, Sara "Helen" Helwig of Corte Madera, his daughters Donna Pfeiff of Novato, Jane Gootherts (and son-in-law Chris) of Ukiah, son Mark Helwig of Atlanta, GA and eight grandchildren: Cynthia and Michael Pfeiff, Julie and Eric Helwig, Paige, Rachel, Alicia and Miriam Gootherts. Devoted to his family, Mr. Helwig enjoyed cooking, gardening and spending time with his grandchildren. At his request, no services will be held. The family prefers memorial contributions to the Hospice of Marin, Marin General Hospital Development Fund, or Marin Home Care, or your favorite charity.
Richard Kroeck, a Mill Valley resident for the past 23 years, died at home February 6, 2003. He was 71. Mr. Kroeck was raised on Long Island, New York, and attended Middlebury College where he helped establish Lacrosse as a sport. After graduation he served in the Army with the U-2 Program in Turkey as a photo interpreter. After a brief career in the CIA he moved to Silicon Valley and worked for TRW. After moving to Mill Valley in 1980, he helped coach a start-up Lacrosse Club in Southern Marin. He has served on the Almonte Improvement Club board for the past 20 years, first as treasurer and most recently as Historian. He volunteered at Kaiser Hospital on Saturdays overseeing the student Community Service program and at the Rod and Gun Club each Thursday for their Bingo fundraiser. He was also frequently a waiter at the Rod and Gun Club social functions. He enjoyed bridge, dominos, crossword puzzles, fishing, and opera. Mr. Kroeck is survived by his wife, Connie & brother William of Boulder, Colorado. Memorial Services will be held, Saturday, February 15, 2:00 PM at the Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley. Memorial contributions may be made to the Methodist Church or to the Nature Conservancy, 201 Mission St. 4th Flr, San Francisco, CA 94105, Attn Katherine.