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Addison, Ilene - Sonoma  
Ilene Katherine Jones Addison January 15, 1945 - February 19, 2015 Died in Sonoma, California surrounded by her loving family. Born in San Francisco to Ray and Helen Jones, Ilene attended James Lick Middle School, Lowell High School, earned her undergrad at San Francisco State College and graduated first in her class at San Francisco Law School. Ilene is the cherished mother of Joseph Addison, loving partner to Joel Haggard, cherished sister of Barbara Jones and Marie Cesky, amazing aunt to Erin, Kerry, Helen, Pat, Eileen and Colleen, and cherished step mom to Debbie and Kenny, and adored by many great nieces and nephews. Dubbed by her niece as "Mayor of Sonoma", Ilene will miss her loving generous friends there. A retired attorney, Ilene has spent many years serving her community with projects through Soroptimist International of Sonoma Valley, Board member of The Farmers Market, St. Leo's Brown Baggers, The Hibernians, Native Daughters of the Golden West, Daughters of the American Revolution, Friends in Sonoma Helping, Catholic Charities and a co-founder with Joann of the award winning "Hit the Road Jane" Program at Sonoma High School. Family and friends are invited to A Memorial Mass which will be celebrated at St. Leo's Catholic church on Saturday, March 7th, 2015 at 11 a.m., 601 Agua Caliente Road West, Sonoma, CA 9547 In lieu of flowers, family requests donations to the FISH (Friends in Sonoma Helping) P.O. Box 507, Sonoma CA 95476-0507, or Brown Baggers in Ilene's Memory..
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 1, 2015
Adelman, Barnet - Atherton  
Barnet R. Adelman Barnet Adelman passed away on February 23, 2015, after a brief illness; he was 89 years old. He was pre-deceased by Beverly, his wife of 67 years, and survived by his three children, Stevan Adelman (Joan), Shanka Roseanne, and Daniel Adelman (Deborah); his grandchildren, Yolana Zimmerman, Darcy Tiller (Sandrine), Suzanne Colby (James), Alisha Adelman, Elizabeth Adelman, Arielle Adelman, Nathan Adelman, Gabriel Adelman; and five great-grandchildren. Barney was born December 17, 1925 in Helena, Arkansas, to immigrant parents, and raised in rural Mississippi during the Great Depression. He was admitted to Louisiana State University at the age of 16, but left prior to graduation to join the US Navy in WWII, where he served as the body guard for the Admiral of his fleet. After the war, he enrolled first in Union College in New York and then Columbia University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. He was the first in his family to attend and graduate from college. In 1948, he married Beverly Chazan, and started what would be an illustrious career in solid-fuel rocketry. In the 1950s, he was one of a small team that designed and developed the Minuteman Missile, which is still the core of the United States armed response system. He went to work for TRW, then known as Ramo-Wooldridge Corporation, but in 1959 he decided to leave TRW to co-found a company in Sunnyvale, California, United Technology Center, which specialized in solid fuel rocket systems. United Technology Center was eventually acquired by United Aircraft Corporation, now known as United Technologies Corporation, and was re-named the Chemical Systems Division. Barney served as the President of CSD from the time of its formation until he retired in the 1980s, and oversaw the development of the Titan III solid fuel booster system which was deployed for many launches from Cape Canaveral since its introduction. After retirement, Barney went on to provide expert consulting services in the fields of ballistics and military defense. His never-ending curiosity combined with an entrepreneurial spirit, a commitment to the survival and safety of the State of Israel, and a keen wit allowed him to maintain an enviable level of engagement and productivity late into life. Barney was driven to "make a difference" in the world and served as a role model for many, but none more than his children. Barney was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He managed the role of family patriarch with generosity and humility. A large personality with an exceptionally wellinformed and worldly intellect, complemented by a wonderful sense of humor, he served as an inspiration to all who knew him. His death leaves an unfillable void in the lives of his family and friends; he will be sorely missed. The family encourages donations be made to the Shalom Hartman Institute ( www.hartman.org .il) in lieu of flowers.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 1, 2015
Anton Sr., Hugh - Millbrae  
Hugh Roy Anton, Sr. 12/18/31 to 3/6/14 Hugh Roy Anton, Sr. passed away peacefully on March 6, 2014. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Dorothy. Hugh and Dorothy immigrated to the Bay Area from Canada in 1964 and settled in Millbrae for 21 years. While in the Bay Area, Hugh worked as a licensed Land Surveyor and General Contractor. He and Dorothy retired to Red Bluff in 1986. Throughout his career and his life, Hugh strove for excellence in everything he did. He is deeply missed. He is survived by daughter, Leslie and son, Hugh Jr. Donations in memory of Hugh R. Anton, Sr. can be made to the California Land Surveyors Association Education Fund.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 6, 2015
Aspelin, Kirsti - San Francisco  
Kirsti (Tiura) Aspelin Kirsti Aspelin passed away on Jan. 25, 2015, just 6 months short of her 100th birthday. She was born in Berkeley, California, and raised in Reedley, California. When she was 12 both of her parents had died. Kirsti and her two younger brothers were sent to live with families in Finland. In Finland, she worked as a waitress in the 1930's. She was the youngest ever Maitre d' at a famous restaurant in Helsinki. During WWII, her husband, Odert (Bill), served in the Finnish Army. Kirsti had three sons in Finland and a fourth in California. The family settled in the Sunset District in San Francisco. Kirsti devoted herself to raising four sons. She also worked a variety of jobs into her 80's, enjoying the independence and interaction provided by the workplace. Kirsti is survived by her sons, Erkki (Pat), Kai (Patti), Lasse (Kathy), John (Barbara), 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She will be missed by her family and friends at home and abroad, including The Redwoods, where she resided the last 15 years of her life. Memorial donations may be made in Kirsti's name to either The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, CA 94941, or the Finnish American Home Assn., 197 W. Verano Ave., Sonoma, CA 95476.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 1, 2015
Badgley, John - San Francisco  
John Roy Badgley 92, poet, architect, husband, father and sailor, died November 5, 2014, of complications from surgery. He was born in 1922 in Huntington, West Virginia, to Roy Badgley and Fannie Myrtle Limbaugh. John graduated Occidental College in 1943 with a degree in city planning. He spent a summer at Campobello as skipper of FDR's sloop Vero and participated in ISS with Eleanor Roosevelt. After graduating from the US Coast Guard Academy, he served as an officer in the South Pacific aboard the USS Bisbee, and later was on Admiral Nimitz's staff. He studied architecture on the GI Bill at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, mentored by Walter Gropius. After working for Sumner Spaulding, Welton Beckett, and Sandy Turner in Los Angeles from 1949 to 1951, John opened a private practice in San Luis Obispo and was the first licensed architect in the design department at Cal Poly. His designs featured signature elements such as walls made of rocks from local rivers. In 1965, John moved to San Francisco where he worked for Welton Becket as Project Architect on Coddington Shopping Center in Santa Rosa. In 1968, he joined Crocker Land Company and was responsible for the 1 Post Street and Mutual Benefit Life buildings and the development of Serramonte Shopping Center. In 1979, he became Vice President of Project Management at Cushman & Wakefield, where he managed the Crocker Galleria development and the historical restructuring of the San Francisco YMCA on the Embarcadero. John had a lust for life. He lived for sailing and owned many sailboats over the years. As President of the San Francisco Chapter of the Oceanic Society, he ferried Pt. Reyes Bird Observatory scientists to and from the Farallones aboard his sloop Liberty. He wrote Frigate Men about his time on the USS Bisbee in WWII. He sailed until the end of his life, and was skipper and commodore at the Laguna Woods Yacht Club in Southern California. His other great passion was winemaking. From 1979 until his death, he was a member of the Golden Gate Wine Society. He created a subterranean wine cellar at his home and made wonderful, award-winning artisanal wines with labels of his own design. John is survived by his wife, Jan Badgley, his brother, Theodore McBride Badgley, six adult children, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. John's first wife, Aileen Avery, died in 1943. After the war, John wed Kathleen Chalmers. They had a daughter, Lisa, in 1949. He married Elaine Harper Stranahan in 1953, and adopted her two children, Dan and Holly. They gave birth to a son, John Marcus Badgley, in 1962. After their divorce in 1973, he married Jan Atwell Goodman in 1975, and helped raise Michael Goodman, her son from her first marriage. John and Jan had a son, John Adam Badgley, in 1978. There are five grandchildren: Ezra Paul McCallister, Tamara Alexa Melnik, Oona Miranda Badgley, Nathan Eli Badgley Stern, and Taya Louisa Costales Badgley; and four great-grandchildren: Jacob Avery McCallister, Serena Evelyn McCallister, Rain Orin Long, and Cyrus Manu Melnik. John prized his family and embodied the role of patriarch elegantly. Our lives have been enriched by his broad view of the world and his continued engagement with it. We thank him for his insights and energetic long life. He is missed. Arrangements are pending for a private scattering of ashes.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 1, 2015
Banks, Charles - San Rafael  
Charles John Banks October 14, 1928 - February 2, 2015 Journalist Charles John Banks, 86, the political editor at KGO TV during the Reagan governorship, died peacefully at home on Feb. 2, 2015. Born to Lithuanian immigrant parents, Rose (Skinder) and Anton Banks in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on October 14, 1928, he was the youngest of four children; his parents and siblings (Edmund, Cezar and Sophia Banks) preceded him in death. After serving in the Marine Corps, Charles graduated from the school of journalism at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1952. His first job was as a reporter in Ironwood, Michigan, and was shortly thereafter called by the Associated Press to the Chicago bureau. While there he married fellow journalist Catherine (Vakos) and transferred to the AP in New York. He moved to the Bay Area in 1962 and worked for years at ABC as a television news reporter and editor, known on-air as "Chuck" Banks. He completed his career in public affairs for the U.S. Department of HEW and later, Social Security. A much-loved and admired father, he is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Catherine, and his three children, Anne Perrone (Giulio), Helen Banks Clerici (Mago) and Jano Banks (Gabriela) and seven grandchildren. His humor, unique way with words and opinions enlivened many a gathering, and no child ever had a greater friend and advocate. Possessed of a curious and quick mind, a gifted writer, his enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge, music, model airplanes, ceramics and much more, was contagious and inspiring. A 40-day prayer service will be read at the Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church, 1110 Highland Dr, Novato (Ignacio exit) on Sunday, March 8th, after the Liturgy, which begins at 9:30 am. A Celebration of Life luncheon will be held afterward in the church hall. Friends and relatives are invited to attend.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 2, 2015
Bautista, Reme - San Bruno  
Reme Areja Bautista April 5, 1928-February 19, 2015 Reme passed away peacefully at the age of 86 years old. Reme was born in Hawaii and lived in the San Francisco Bay area for the past 60 years. Reme is predeceased by beloved husband Oscar and survived by Roseanne Abad (daughter), Cesar Abad (son- in-law) and Cassandra Rose Abad (granddaughter). She is also survived by her sister, Norma Mullen, and predeceased by brother, Tim Areja and sister, Gloria Areja. Reme worked at California State Auto Association for 25 years. She was an active part in her husband's dental clinic and very instrumental in her daughter's preschool; where she was formally known as "Mrs. Reme" or "Grandma Reme". Family and friends may visit after 4:00 PM, Monday, March 2, 2015 and attend the 7:00 PM Vigil service at CHAPEL OF THE HIGHLANDS, 194 Millwood Dr. at El Camino Real in Millbrae. The funeral will leave the Chapel, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 10:00 AM for St. Duntan Catholic Church, 1133 Broadway, Millbrae where the Funeral Mass will begin at 10:30 AM. Committal, Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 1, 2015
Berling, Neil - Tiburon, California  
Neil Parker Berling Neil Parker Berling, DDS passed away in his home on February 18, 2015 in Marin County, California at the age of 68. Neil was born September 20, 1946 in Indianapolis, Indiana to parents Charles Joseph Berling Sr. and Betty Jane Creedon. After graduating from Purdue University, where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, he married Barbara Allen on March 8th, 1969. The two moved to San Francisco where he attended University of the Pacific Dental School. After obtaining his DDS, Neil set up his practice at 450 Sutter where he grew the business through his caring relationships with patients. He retired after 30 years of unparalleled service, and was able to dedicate his time to his family, and to the total renovation of two historical arks in Belvedere, where he had lived since 1976. He was also a member of San Francisco Yacht Club for over 40 years. Neil was a beloved coach and major contributor to Tiburon Peninsula youth athletics. He dedicated his life to raising his two sons Seth and Parker, coaching them in every sport from basketball to soccer to baseball. He drew great happiness from teaching them his personal passions, how to fly-fish and sail, creating wonderful and lasting memories in the process. He will live on through these passions, and the great sense of adventure that he ignited in his sons. Neil loved spending time with his family, and traveling the open road in search of the wild rivers of the West. He is survived by Barbara Berling; wife, Seth Berling; son, Parker Berling; son, Charles Joseph Berling Jr.; brother, Annie Hunt Bass; sister, Harmony Vallejo; niece, Andy Berling; nephew and Betty Jane Creedon; mother. The memorial service will be open to the public and will be held at The San Francisco Yacht Club, 98 Beach Road, Belvedere, CA on Thursday, March 5th at 2:00pm.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 1, 2015
Bertani, Alfonso - Vacaville  
Alfonso Bertani Sept 27, 1927 -Feb 19, 2015 Al passed away peacefully at the age of 87 after a long illness. A native of San Francisco, he served in WWII and worked as a lithographer for many years before retiring to Vacaville. A Forty Niner fan his entire life, he was predeceased by his wife of 39 years, his beloved Nina. They are together again. Survived by daughter Ann, son-in-law Fritz and grandchildren Jaclyn and Joseph. We will miss you Pa!
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 1, 2015
Bruno, Robert - San Francisco  
Robert "Bob" Bruno July 31, 1931 - February 22, 2015 On Sunday, February 22, 2015 our beloved father Bob Bruno left this earth to be with his one true love Barbara. After 31 years of service in the San Francisco Fire Department our dad learned how to enjoy life to the fullest. He was our friend, coach, mentor, cooking instructor, an outstanding listener, life of the party, bartender extraordinaire, social calendar coordinator and our ship/captain/crew instructor. Our dad was passionate about his family and his very dear friends and he showed this every day of his life. Bob was an incredible husband to our beloved mother Barbara. An outstanding Father and Father In Law to Laura and Chuck Torretta; Eddie and Paula Bruno; and Lisa and Jon DuPar. Remarkable Grandfather to Brittany, Taylor and CJ Torretta; Victoria and Tony Bruno; and Anjelica and Anthony Dupar. The Funeral Service and Celebration will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Visitation starts at 10:00 a.m. with the celebration immediately following at 11:00 a.m. at Duggan's Serra Mortuary, 500 Westlake Avenue, Daly City. Committal/Internment at Holy Cross Cemetery, 1500 Old Mission Road, Colma, California. In honor of Bob's legacy, treat your loved ones to a weekend getaway.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 1, 2015
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