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Chhabria, Camille Bois  
Camille Bois Chhabria Sep. 11, 1937 - May 22, 2016 Camille Bois Chhabria passed away peacefully, without pain and with her family, at her home in Tiburon, CA. She had been in an extended battle with ovarian cancer. She died once she could no longer live the way she had fun, happy and devoted to those around her. Born in Quebec, Canada, Camille moved to San Francisco in 1965 (temporarily, she thought). But there she met Joe, the love of her life. He turned on the charm and they were married in 1967. They moved to Mill Valley where she began the most important and rewarding career of her life as mother to Mark and Vince Chhabria. Later, she lived to be blessed with her beloved daughter-in-law, Amy Krause, and three grandchildren: Max, Leo and Brooke. All live in Marin County and were able to spend lots of time with her in recent years. Since 1988, Camille and Joe have enjoyed life in Tiburon, and were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary next year. While raising her children, Camille did not limit her focus to her family. She spent time helping people less fortunate - for example, taking care of kids at San Quentin while their parents visited loved ones in the prison. Later on Camille had a long career as a travel agent, earning the respect of her clients as well as the travel community in Marin. She enjoyed traveling all over the world with Joe, and later with her kids and grandkids. She made many trips to Canada and India to visit family. Camille was a nature lover and enjoyed hiking over our spectacular trails with her dear hiking group. She was a patron of the arts and enjoyed symphony, ballet, jazz and museums. Camille cherished her lifetime friendships as well as new ones. Above all she loved life, and always appreciated her good fortune over the years, never taking it for granted. Of the many things her family will miss about her, some of the biggest are her grace and elegance, her disinterest in status or material things, her loyalty to her friends and family, her unrelenting-but-fruitless attempt to teach her grandchildren manners, and her unwavering ability to think about how others are feeling before doing or saying something. There will be a private (family) scattering of ashes at Fernwood, Portuguese Trail. The family will host a secular commemorative service celebrating her life at Community Congregational Church in Tiburon on Saturday, June 11 at 3:00 pm. All friends and family are welcome.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal from May 28 to June 5, 2016
Kusick, Elizabeth Mercedes  
Elizabeth Mercedes Kusick Age 90, of Novato, California passed away on May 21, 2016. She was born in Legaspi, Philippines on November 28, 1925. Elizabeth met her husband, Joseph F. Kusick during her travels to the Untied States. They married on February 5, 1955. A loving wife and mother, avid gardener and devout Catholic, she is survived by her husband, sons Joseph Jr. and John (Charlot), daughters Jeanne and Julie (Randy), six grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 PM with a vigil service at 6:30 PM at Keaton's Redwood Chapel in Novato. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM on June 2nd at Our Lady of Loretto Church in Novato. Donations to Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church in lieu of flowers are welcome.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal on May 31, 2016
Lesley, Mark David  
Mark David Lesley In Loving Memory 12-29-1945 to 4-27-2016 Mark David Lesley beloved Chef and owner of Ambrosia Pizza passed away on April 27, 2016 in Greenbrae CA. He is survived by his daughter Lisa Lesley and son Kevin Lesley. Memorial Service will be at St. Johns Episcopal in Ross, CA June 4th 11:00 a.m. reception to follow. Donations can be made to The Mark Lesley Trust P.O. Box 612 Novato, CA 94947.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal from May 28 to June 1, 2016

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Hengen, Helen Fontes  
Helen Fontes Hengen Dec. 29, 1921 Mar. 24, 2016 Passed away March 24, at home in Windsor, CA. She was 94 years old. Born in Reno Nevada to Frank M. and Mary Teixeira Fontes from San George, Azores, Portugal. Helen moved to Marin County from Reno during the Great Depression to be with extended family. Her father was a dairyman and fisherman. Her parents owned a dairy business on Ranch Rd. off Paradise Dr. in Tiburon, where she walked to and from Larkspur Corte Madera School. While living at another dairy in Waldo, now Marin City she watched cars line up for the ferry crossing to San Francisco and then the building of the Golden Gate Bridge. She would take the train to Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley where she graduated with honors in 1940. During WWII she became a telephone operator with AT&T and witnessed Sausalito change from a sleepy fishing village to a West Coast ship building center for the war effort and then international tourist spot. It was there in Sausalito she met her future husband Willard K. Hengen, a commercial fisherman from Eureka, CA who preceded her in death in 1996. Helen was a member of the Sausalito chapters of I.D.E.S.S.T. and S.P.R.S.I. lodges and St. Patrick's Church in Larkspur. Preceded by her in death; sister, Lily McManus, and brother George Fontes. She is survived by her sister, Marie Stretton of Windsor, daughters Linda Forney of Healdsburg, Susan Guerrero of Bellingham, WA, son Willard M. Hengen of Bodega Bay, grandsons Robert Bosche, Davin and Trevor Spridgen, and cousins in Marin and Sonoma County as well as the Turlock area. A memorial mass will be held 12 noon, Wednesday June 1st at St. John the Baptist Church Healdsburg.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal on May 29, 2016
Martinez, Thomas G.  
Thomas G. Martinez August 9, 1933 - New Mexico May 17, 2016 - California Tom Martinez, age 82, passed away at home in Marin County surrounded by his family. Tom was born to Caroline Martinez and the Honorable Guzman Benjamin Martinez, Congressman for the state of New Mexico. Tom married Martha M. Martinez in San Francisco, his wife of 31 years who preceded him in death in 1995. Together they had two daughters, Veronica Brierley (Michael) and Yvette Dal Porto (Rick). He was the cherished grandfather of Sophia, Miguel, Lauren and Alexa. He is survived by his brother, Gene Martinez (Jennifer), and his sister, Shirley Bencomo, and many nieces, nephews, and first cousins. Tom moved to San Francisco in 1943. He attended St. Patrick's Grammar School, Sacred Heart High School, and graduated from Mission High School in 1951. Tom served the United States Army from 1952-1955, stationed in Alaska where he was a Cartographer. After the Army, he worked for the Port of Oakland as a Surveyor. He attended San Francisco State, and U.C. Berkeley, where he earned degrees in Civil Engineering, Business Administration, and earned a Real Estate License. He then went to work at Pacific Gas & Electric Company as a Civil Engineer for 35 years in the Land Department. He was an avid adventurer, hiking Machu Picchu Peru, skiing in Lake Tahoe with his grandchildren, golfing with his sons-in-laws and friends, canoeing in Thailand, fishing and hunting in California with his long time buddies, and exploring the far lands of Mexico, Europe, Canada, Southeast Asia and the United States. He was an avid runner and enjoyed running races in San Francisco and Marin County. He will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather who was generous, and kind hearted. He was considered a great friend to all that knew him. Tom served on the board of the Martha M. Martinez Fund of the Marin Community Foundation for 20 years. This is a non-profit charity fund established on behalf of his late wife to honor her long time community service in Marin County. The fund enhances the lives of senior citizens, students, and the Latin Community of Marin County. In kind Donations, on behalf of Tom Martinez, can be made to the Marin Community Foundation, The Martha M. Martinez Fund, 5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200, Novato, CA. 94949. A Catholic Mass will be celebrated at St. Hilary Catholic Parish, 781 Hilary Drive, Tiburon, CA at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 6, 2016. A Celebration of Life and Lunch will follow at Guaymas Restaurant on 5 Main Street, Tiburon, CA. Family and friends are welcome to attend Graveside Services on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at Valley Memorial Park, 650 Bugeia Lane, Novato, CA at 11:00 a.m.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal on May 29, 2016
Yee, John Lincoln  
John Lincoln Yee Passed away in the early morning hours on May 22, 2016. Born in 1933, John enjoyed a long life as a Sausalito native graduating from Tamalpais High School. He then attended classes at San Francisco City College and Heald College until he joined the Marines in 1953. After serving in Japan, John was honorably discharged in 1956. John returned from his military service and joined his father, brother, and sister-in-law at the Marin Fruit and Grocery store located on Bridgeway Blvd. in Sausalito. John delivered orders directly to long-time customers for over 30 years. John enjoyed many quiet artistic endeavors, such as, building and flying model airplanes, building stereos, creating miniature dioramas, caring for bonsai plants, cartooning, and drawing. John quickly succumbed to cancer and is pre-deceased by his father, Yee Tock Chee, or Willie Yee, his mother, Leong See Yee, his brother, Lawrence Jen, and sister, Helen Tom. His surviving loved ones' are his brother, Nathan Yee, his sister, Jackie Choy, and his sister-in-laws, Theodora Yee and Laura Jen, and many nephews, nieces, grand-nephews and grand nieces.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal on May 29, 2016

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Green, Douglas Randolph (Doug)  
Douglas (Doug) Randolph Green A long time resident of Fairfax died on April 22, 2016 at the age of 74. He was born on October 6th, 1941. He was the oldest son of Virginia Green. His brother Johnny Van Busick passed in 1976. Doug had many jobs over the years, but his true passion was fabricating body parts for race cars. He fabricated body parts for such notable drivers as Dan Gurney, Bobby Unser and for land speed record holder Craig Breedlove's Spirit of America. Doug is survived by his daughter Anastasia Simone Allemann, grandson Ocean of New Zealand, niece and nephew Tina and John Spencer Busick, their children Jonathan Van Busick, Tyler Dean Busick and Macey Lynn Busick of Elk Grove, and his partner in crime Nicole Sykes of Novato.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal from May 22 to May 28, 2016
Petitou, Ernestine "Tina"  
Ernestine "Tina" Petitou It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beautiful, loving, kind Mother Ernestine Petitou "Tina". Tina died May 26 in San Rafael at Kaiser Hospital following an emergency room visit. This was not an expected event. Our mother passed "peacefully". Tina was blessed to have spent the week surrounded by her family and friends as she started this journey to her next life. Tina was born May 30, 1927, in Echartes Ferrieres, France. She was married to the love of her life, Noel Petitou who passed in June of 2009 and we believe they are together again smiling. Tina is survived by her two daugther's Diane Yribarren and Jeanny Harris, and her two granddaughters Jennifer D'Ambrosio and Olivia Johnson, her two sisters Claudie Chourre and Giselle Sanchou, and her sister-in-law Georgette Fanfelle and numerous other nieces and nephews of many generations that she loved all dearly. A Funeral Mass Service will be held on Monday, May 30, at Saint Isabella's, 1 Trinity Way, San Rafael at 10:30 AM. Tina will be buried at Mt. Olivet on Tuesday May 31st at 10:30 located at 270 Los Ranchitos Road in San Rafael. Donations can go to Orphan Dog, P.O. Box 662, Lakeport, CA 95453 or at OrphanDog.org .
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Published in Marin Independent Journal on May 28, 2016
Simi, Kathleen (Kathy)  
Kathleen (Kathy) Simi Peacefully passed away May 13, 2016. She was born October 13, 1943, in Evanston, Illinois to Charles and Arlene (Turner) Perry. After living in various places in the U.S., along with brothers Charles (Chuck) and Phillip (deceased), the family finally settled in the Bay Area. Kathy attended Star of the Sea grammar school and Star of the Sea H.S. for 1 year and graduated from Washington H.S. in 1961. Kathy worked for PacBell for a couple of years. In 1962 she met Tony Simi and in 1963 they were married and spent the next 53 years together. Kathy and Tony raised three children Mark, Craig, and Natalie. In 1968, they moved to Novato and spent 35 years in the same home. They moved to Lincoln, CA in 2003. Kathy is survived by her husband, Tony, her son, Mark, daughter-in-law Teresa, grandchildren Cailin, Emily, Aiden, Tyler, Brody, Olivia, her son Craig, her daughter Natalie, son-in-law Jim Clark, and her brother Chuck Perry. Kathy is now with her best friend and sister-in-law, Diana Perry. Kathy will be remembered for what she did best and how she did it. She was a beautiful, fun, creative and giving person. Her finest moments were simply being a loving, and nurturing mom to her children and extended family. She had a sense of adventure and was always willing and ready to try something new. An intimate conversation with Kathy could enlighten a child and inspire a dream. Throughout her life she would beautifully write inspirational notes and masterfully draw a variety of doodles and comical animals and people. Kathy was a great listener to those in need. She made everyone feel okay about what ever was going on in their lives. She gave of herself by saying the right words. She gave of herself by writing the right words. Kathy had wonderful taste in decorating a home and had the patience to wrap a gift like no other person could. Kathy loved her family, she loved her poodles, and most importantly she loved being a mom, auntie, grandma, wife and friend. A celebration of life will be held at Our Lady of Loretto, 1806 Novato Blvd, Novato, CA Tuesday, May 31, at 11:00 AM. Donations can be made to Sutter Care Hospice - Attn. Gift Processing - 2200 River Plaza Dr. - Sacramento, CA 95833 or Susan G Koman Found. - 877. 465.6636 - koman.org - PO Box 650309 - Dallas, TX 75265. Kathy was an avid supporter of Koman, walked the walk for the cure and donated annually after the loss of Diana.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal from May 25 to May 28, 2016

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Friedemann, Ewald Henry "Ed,"  
Ewald, "Ed," Henry Friedemann Formerly of Novato, was welcomed into Heaven on May 21, 2016. Ed was born on August 23, 1925 in Herndon, Kansas. He served in the Pacific Ocean theatre during World War II and earned a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. He worked in sales engineering and management at Otis Elevator Company. Katherine Irene, his loving wife, survives him. He is also survived by his sister, Viola Breljie of Orange, California and his children, Susan (Tim) Miesner of Katy, Texas; Sandra (David) Ramsay of Auburn, Wash.; Sharon (Brad) Maas of Federal Way, Wash.; and Carl (Sarah) Friedemann of San Diego. He is mourned by eleven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews. Ed was a faithful and active member of the Lutheran Church. One of his favorite Bible verses was 1 Timothy 6:12, "Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses." His example and good humor will not soon be forgotten by his family or his church communities including St. John's Lutheran Church in Orange, Calif., Trinity Lutheran Church in San Rafael, Calif. and Community of Christ at St. Luke's in Federal Way, Washington. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at St. Luke's at 1:00 p.m. Burial will take place later at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Santa Ana, California.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal on May 25, 2016
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