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Schmitz, Fern Katherine  
Fern Katherine Schmitz June 30, 1921 - July 24, 2015 Resident of Burlingame Fern was born in Chicago, Illinois and was raised by her single and hard working mother, Ann Carew. Fern was given the nickname Hope by her Aunt which she used until she went to High School. Fern and her mom survived Chicago Winters and the Great Depression together. She was forever marked by those years and never wasted a single thing, finding a use for every scrap of paper, every bottle cap, she was the original recycler. Fern and her mother moved out to Burbank, California in 1941 where Fern met and married her husband, Joseph Schmitz. They had 2 children, Carol and Steven and raised their family in Burlingame in the house where she resided for over 54 years until a series of falls mandated her move to San Rafael, where she could be near her son and family. She lived in a small nursing home called Schon Hyme and was lovingly cared for by the good people there. Fern was active in the St Catherines mothers club and also a founding member of the Burlingame Historical Society. She had a great love of history and an amazing memory up until the very end of her life. She loved good food, her favorite was spaghetti and meatballs and anything chocolate! Fern still handwrote and received handwritten letters from her many special and long time friends. Fern left us with some important lessons in life, she rarely complained, preferring to see the positive side of things. She always found an interest in other's life stories and remembered every detail. She put her family first and then her much loved friends. Fern is survived by her son, Steven Joseph Schmitz and daughter in law, Christine Ann Schmitz of Mill Valley. She is the much loved and admired grandmother of Michael Schmitz of San Francisco, Marisa Schmitz of Mill Valley, and Alex Schmitz of San Francisco.. Fern is predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Joseph Schmitz, and her beloved daughter, Carol Schmitz Marciel. Fern also leaves her loving goddaughter, Marci Berlo of Anacortes, Washington, and her many loving and cherished friends, including her granddaughter in law, Alana Montanari Schmitz, and Kate Michels. Ron and Sheila Santero of Burlingame and their family were very special to Fern and their kindness and generosity to her was so appreciated. Friends and Family are invited to attend Visitation and Rosary Service on Thursday, July 30 at 7pm at Crosby and Gray Funeral Home in Burlingame. A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, July 31 at 10am at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Burlingame. Donations in her memory may be made to NAMI of Marin.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal on July 28, 2015
Smith, Douglas A.  
Douglas A. Smith Doug passed away peacefully the end of May, the day after his 79th birthday, with family at his side. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Lucinda, three children: Kimberley, Christopher, Gregory, and three young grandchildren: John, Claire, Shepherd, and a forth due in Sept. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, he moved to the Bay Area in 1965 and worked for Crocker Bank and Bank of America in the investment management field. He married the love of his life, Lucinda, in December 1970, moving to Corte Madera to raise a family. Doug will always be remembered for his big bearded smile, deep laugh, quick wit, and unmistakable 6'7" frame. He was an accomplished baritone singer and a 30+ year member of the St. Francis Yacht Club men's choral group, Sons of the Sea. A devoted and loving father, he coached sports teams, chaperoned school field trips, and organized family and group camping trips across the Western United States. He was a strong supporter of the Boy Scouts and was particularly proud of the Life & Eagle Scout ranks his sons attained. He was great at making things fun, inventing games to make folks laugh and initiating lively discussions at the dinner table. A true sailor, he loved to sail around the Bay and jumped at any opportunity to crew on friends' boats. His ashes will be spread at sea with the wind at his back and the sun on his face. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Marin Humane Society, Novato, CA.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal on July 25, 2015
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