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Petrini, Erminio  
Erminio Petrini Age 89, of Tiburon, CA passed away July 21, 2015. He was born in Italy on November 30, 1925. Erminio graduated from Hubert Humphrey Hall of Mechanical Engineering. He married Flavia Bruno on September 10, 1950. Erminio had a career as a Craft Certified Master Plumber and member of Local Union 38. Erminio had a passion for family, his vineyard, wild mushrooms, winemaking and the outdoors. He is survived by four children; Anna (Rahman) Farsi, Martha Petrini, Sandra Petrini and Martino (Denise) Petrini, ten grandchildren; Rachel Paolini, Nadine Farsi, Natalie Farsi, Lisa Turchet, Steven Turchet, Matthew Petrini, Emily Petrini, Tino Petrini, Dominic Petrini and Tiana Petrini, great-grandchild; Frank Quesada, sister; Lidia Bernaza from Tar Porec, Croatia, nephew; Diodoro (Slavica) Bernanza, cousins; Remigio and Silvana Bernaza of Treviso, Italy and Lidia Radin of Mestra, Venice, Italy. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, July 30 at 12 Noon at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 114 King St., Larkspur. Keaton's Mortuary entrusted with arrangements.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal on July 26, 2015
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
Shaffer, Carolyn K.  
Carolyn K. Shaffer On July 15, 2015, Carolyn joined her loving husband of 51 years, Robert, who died on September 28, 2006. Born on October 28, 1931 in South Bend, Indiana, the third child of Victor and Miriam Kupferer, she spent 6th, 7th and 8th grades at three different schools in Pennsylvania during her father's service at the Marietta, PA Army Depot during WWII. When he was stationed in Tokyo after the end of the war, Carolyn and her mother returned to South Bend where Carolyn graduated from Central High in 1949. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority at Indiana University and graduated in 1953 with an AB in Fine Arts. Working in Yosemite during summers with college friends, she moved to California after graduation and attended the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco for a year of graduate study. She had her first date with her husband, a writer / photographer for the Indianapolis Star, who was doing a picture story of Indiana girls who were working in Yosemite. After a long distance romance, they were married in June 1955. Carolyn worked as a commercial artist in Indianapolis until they moved to San Francisco in September 1957. After their son, Don, was born in 1960; Carolyn worked as a free-lance artist and bookkeeper for her husband's commercial photo studio, and later as a secretary bookkeeper for architects and engineers in San Francisco until she retired in 1999. A member of Marin Society of Artists, Carolyn exhibited and sold many paintings after she, Bob and Don moved to Mill Valley in 1963. They enjoyed many vacations in the U.S. including return trips to Yosemite and other ski resorts. When Bob, her love and best friend died, Carolyn found living life alone difficult. She loved her son and his family deeply, but missed having Bob, her best friend and art critic. Her son Don, his wife, Becky, and their children, Zachary and Toriana, of Fremont, along with many nieces and nephews, survive her. In addition to her husband, Robert, Carolyn was predeceased by her parents and by her brother at age 23, an Air Force pilot stationed at Hamilton Air Force Base whose plane was lost at sea outside Stinson Beach during the Korean War. Her sister, Charlotte K. Ford of South Bend, Indiana predeceased her in May 2011. Carolyn and Bob's granddaughter, Kimberlyn, was sadly stillborn in 1998. Carolyn requested no memorial service, only family burial next to her husband at Fernwood Cemetery in Mill Valley, CA. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the charity of your choice.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal on July 29, 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
Wade, David Myrick  
David Myrick Wade Mar. 19, 1928 - June 24, 2015 Memorial Announcement Survived by wife Marian Marsh. Memorial service will be held, July 25, 3:00 PM, Church of the Nativity, 333 Ellen Drive, San Rafael.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal on July 22, 2015
Walker, Jacqueline Lee  
Jacqueline Lee Walker Jacqueline Lee Walker, aged 58, passed away peacefully on July 2, 2015 at her home in Novato after a brave yet consuming battle with cancer. Jackie was born on July 19, 1956 in San Rafael, California, the third child of Leo and Carlma (Symes) Houweling. Raised in Terra Linda, Jackie was a devoted and loyal friend to many who had known her since childhood and was an active member of the Terra Linda High School Class of 1974, helping to plan reunions and encouraging an involved alumni community. An avid horse lover and equestrian, Jackie was a dedicated member of the Novato Horseman's Association, working countless hours on their events and activities. Riding her horses through the beautiful trails of Northern California was her joy and her solace. Jackie worked for Thrifty Drugs for 13 years and as a Pharmacy Technician at Kaiser Permanente for 24 years until her retirement in 2013. She took much pride and satisfaction in her career, and she is remembered by her colleagues and friends as a conscientious and industrious co-worker. Her truest pride was in being a mother to her son, Nick, and a grandmother to her beloved granddaughter, Kaia. Jackie was present and beaming with pride at every game, performance, graduation, birthday and holiday; a constant presence of fun, and always full of life. She is remembered fondly and with love by all that she took under her wing over the years and always called her "kids." Jackie is survived by her son, Nicholas (Danielle) and granddaughter, Kaia, of Petaluma, CA. Her mother, Carlma Houweling, of San Rafael, CA. Brother James (Linda) Houweling, of Milton, FL. Sister, Jeanne (Sean) Smith, of Penngrove, CA. Sister Judith Allen of Coalinga, CA as well as many nieces, grandnieces and grandnephews. Dear and longtime companion, Anthony Cordero of Novato, CA. Honorary son, Dan (Andrea) Pelkey and family, of Medford, OR. She is preceded in death by her father, Leo Martin Houweling. According to Jackie's wishes, there will be no funeral service at this time. Family and friends will join together to celebrate her life and her memory at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Hospice By The Bay.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal on July 26, 2015
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