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DaMert, Frederick Allen  
Frederick Allen DaMert Jul 5th, 1946 Jul 17th, 2015 Fred DaMert - husband, father, inventor, business owner, light wizard, sunset/moonrise photographer, enthusiast of all things outdoors and artful, flew to the rainbow in the sky July 17, 2015, he was 69 years old. He grew up in Piedmont, California and spent his life living on all sides of the wonderful San Francisco Bay. Fred was a social man with a passion for hiking the High Sierra's, cycling on Mount Tamalpais and sailing the San Francisco Bay; his life was cut short due to ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) which he contracted from his military service. Despite his limited physical endurance from the illness his smile and positivity never left, and he always dreamed of returning to the mountains he once rode. Fred passed away peacefully in his home in the Kent Woodlands and is now smiling warmly in our hearts. After returning back to the bay from the Vietnam War his creativity flourished, and this inspiration sparked the beginning of what was to be a 40 year long career creating educational toys and gifts with his company based out of Berkeley, The DaMert Company. Fred taught us to live past the suffering of seeing him sick and just enjoy being alive together now. He was a spirited man thanks much in part to his grounded and loving, as well as, DaMert Company business partner and Ph.D. Rocket Scientist wife, Gail DaMert, whom he is survived by. Fred passed on his wildness and dance moves to his son and daughter, Brian and Sara DaMert. Fred is also survived by his artistic sister Mary Ann Cleary and husband, nieces Kelly Castaneda her husband and son, Amanda Chase her husband and son. His final months alive were full of happiness, cheer and wine surrounded by friends and family. A life celebration is being planned for end of August; contributions in lieu of flowers may be donated to ALS Association Golden West Chapter. Thank you Fred for showing us to dream beyond this reality.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal on July 26, 2015
DeVoto, Virginia "Dolly" (Kohnke)  
Virginia "Dolly" (Kohnke) DeVoto Born on May 27, 1915 to Edith Lenhart and Washington Irving Kohnke, Virginia was welcomed home from the hospital shortly after her birth by her brother, Irving J. Kohnke and her sister, Ethel M. Kohnke. Ethel in particular was thrilled with the arrival of her new "dolly" and thus the name by which Virginia's family and friends would come to know her was determined. The nickname "Dolly" fit Virginia perfectly. Dolly was bright, engaging and a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother. A native San Franciscan, Dolly attended Commodore Sloat Elementary School, Lowell High School and was a graduate of the 1938 class from Stanford University. As if to confirm her San Francisco roots, the Golden Gate Bridge formally opened on her 22nd birthday. In 1942 Dolly married Albert Anthony DeVoto and when Al and his business partner Lincoln Lewis served in World War II, Dolly earned her insurance license and successfully ran the DeVoto Lewis Insurance Brokerage for the next several years. Following the war Dolly became a full-time mother to Terence Alan (Terry), Randall Bruce (Randy) and Dennis James DeVoto. Dolly was an active member of the Olympic Club and the Silverado Country Club where she played golf well into her 80s. Her husband and sons always outdrove her, but invariably she was in the middle of the correct fairway while the men in her life consistently expanded their game to other fairways and out-of-bounds markers. Dolly was an early, active supporter of the disabled community. She was involved in several San Francisco and Marin County charities where she shared her time and her energy. She continued to contribute to numerous organizations throughout her life. She was predeceased by her husband Albert with whom she shared many wonderful years as she willingly put up with grand plans and sports outings designed by Al and the three boys. Her involvement dramatically increased the likelihood of the endeavor's success. The boys viewed their mom as a "gamer" long before the term became popular. Dolly's legacy continues through her son Terry, his wife Chrissy, their son, Mark and daughters Julie and Carolyn; through her son Randy, his wife Marlene, their three daughters Anna Pailhe (husband Sean and children Oliver, Chase and Charlotte), Jenny Eggers (husband Chris) and Lisa Nevin (husband Joey); and through her son Dennis and his partner David Schweitzer. The DeVoto family is most grateful to Dolly's loving caregivers. Aiesha, Zenaida, Elizabeth and Flora all served tirelessly to ensure Dolly's comfort and security. Dolly lived a rich and full life and passed away on July 23, 2015, two months after having celebrated her 100th birthday. She was preceded in death by her mother, Edith; and her father, Washington; her sister Ethel; her brother, Irving and her grandson Tommy DeVoto (son of Terry and Chrissy). A private memorial service was held by the family. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Dolly's name to Lifehouse, Marin Ventures, Hanna Boys Center or Salesians Boy and Girls Club.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal on Aug. 2, 2015
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