Tim HODENFIELD

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Died on May 11. 2013, after a spirited fight with a glioblastoma brain tumor, diagnosed in October 2011. Throughout his treatment, Tim retained his sense of humor, his graciousness, and his appreciation for his family and many friends. Tim was born September 24, 1945 in Altadena, California and liked to say he grew up "in the Washington D.C./San Francisco area." He graduated from High Point High School, Beltsville, MD and attended Parsons College, Fairfield, IA. He served in the Marine Corps from 1966 to 1969. When he was discharged, he moved to Bloomington, IN, returning for yearly visits after making Northern California his permanent home in 1974. His work experience covered a vast range, from DJ to journalist to zucchini picker and even wedding officiant. Those experiences helped Tim become the gifted teacher, writer, and workshop facilitator he was. In 1978 he started at Flower of the Dragon and later worked with Vietnam Veterans of California/NBVRC, where he served countless veterans and touched hundreds of lives with his book and workshop "Winning the Employment Game", a comprehensive approach to job seeking. He also touched many lives teaching Health Education classes for Kaiser Permanente. Tim's work suited his versatility, intelligence, and his enjoyment of people. Tim was a lifelong, fervent S.F. Giants, 49ers, and Indiana Hoosiers basketball fan. Tim loved to have a good time with family, friends and colleagues. He lovingly crafted many a tape, then cds, of songs that would be the soundtracks of our lives. He hosted gatherings for any occasion; cheered his teams with plenty of good food and raucous commentary; and lit up the house for the Holidays. Tim is survived by the love of his life, Sue Brown Hodenfield, married for 33 years in June; his daughters, who he was so proud of Alicia (Lori Prior), Bridget C., and Jessica Brown (Nouri Salam); his treasured grandchildren: Levi Hylton, Rustin and Cooper Prior-Hodenfield, Leila, Lauren and Amira Salam; the mother of their daughters, Toni Hodenfield; and his faithful brothers, Chris (Trudy) and K.C. (Rox)Hodenfield, their families, a whole bunch of extended family and many life-long friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Janet and Hod Hodenfield, his brother Jan Hodenfield, and his daughter Melissa Brown and her husband Rob Pedroza. Tim's outstanding Kaiser medical team supported his courageous commitment to having a remarkably active, good quality of life for the past year and a half. The family wishes to thank Tim's wonderful caregiver, Barbara Opperman, for her attentive and loving care of Tim for the past seven months. Tim was also able, during his last weeks, to maintain his sense of humor and presence with us due to the compassionate, comforting support he and the family were given by Deb Grant, Carole Simpson, and Maricella Martinez of Memorial Hospice. A Memorial Service/Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday June 8, 2013, at Julliard Park (west side), gathering at 1:00 p.m., beginning at 2:00 p.m. Casual attire appropriate; tie-dye, Hawaiian shirts, Giants and 49ers gear encouraged. Donations in Tim's memory may be sent to: Vietnam Veterans of California, P.O. Box 378, Santa Rosa, CA.95402; The Melissa Brown Re-Entry Scholarship, c/o Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA. 95401 or to Memorial Hospice, 439 College Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 707-525-3730
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Daniels Chapel of the Roses
1225 Sonoma Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95402
(707) 525-3730
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from May 26 to June 3, 2013
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