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McKeon, Dolores - San Mateo  
Dolores Collopy McKeon Dolores was the loving and much loved mother to Mick (Judy), Tim (Kim), Peggy Toomey (Dan) and John (Beckie). She was the fun and loving Grandma to her 11 grandchildren: Chandra, Brad (Maggie), Jenny Sindel (Chad), Meghan Boehm (Mike), Matthew, Bryan, Colene, Katie, Kelsey, Nick, and Olivia and six great-grandchildren: Bailey, Reese, Heidi, Brody, Caitlin and Austin, who she adored unconditionally. Born in San Francisco in the 20s, Mom left us a bit shy of her next decade. There are so many adjectives to describe Mom - loving, fiercely independent, feisty, quick witted, always bringing laughter to family and friends, adventuresome and a huge cheerleader to her children's academic and religious schooling, sporting events and daily life. She taught her family to fight for what you believe in and that Family is the most important thing in life. Starting from her most significant loss of her Mom at the age of twelve, Mom graduated from Cal Berkeley in 3 years, headed off to teach high school Math and English on a US Air Force Base in Japan, returned and married Joe McKeon who preceded her in death in 2007. Her Aunt Helen (replacing her mother) was her loving support through high school, college and the early raising of Mom's four children. Mom provided such amazing experiences and our summer adventures will never be forgotten. Mom then became an accomplished and naturally gifted real estate agent, world traveler and life master of bridge. The Family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff at B & B Care Home in San Mateo (especially Carmen and Anka) for their ongoing 4.5 years of care, love and positive interaction with Mom. Death leaves a heart ache, no one can heal. Love leaves a memory; no one can steal (Irish Tombstone). You will always be in our hearts, celebrations and thoughts. We love you MOM! Private services will be held per Mom's wishes. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Dolores' memory to the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org .
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 26, 2016
Mingoia SND, Sr. Julie Carmel - Belmont  
Sr Julie Carmel Mingoia, SND July 28, 1917 – June 21, 2016 For almost 99 years of life and 76 years as a Sister of Notre Dame, Sister Julie Carmel Mingoia reflected God's goodness to everyone she met. The fourth of five children born in San Jose to Italian parents, Frank and Rose Mingoia, Carmela attended Notre Dame High School in San Jose, then entered the novitiate in Saratoga in 1940. As Sr. Julie Carmel, she became an excellent teacher, positive, energetic and patient. For more than thirty years, she worked with children and families in many Notre Dame schools from Covina in southern California to Portland, Oregon, before being missioned to Madonna del Sasso in Salinas. There, for an additional thirty years, she loved the children and families in the school and parish. Sr. Barbara Matasci, principal at Madonna for many of those years, said that Sr. Julie Carmel was happy serving wherever she was needed -- as a classroom teacher, teaching assistant, librarian, computer teacher, art teacher, yard duty supervisor. She was also a parish greeter and Eucharistic Minister, and she especially enjoyed bringing Communion to the homebound. In 2003, Sr. Julie Carmel became one of the founding members of the Province Center Community in Belmont. She quickly adapted to her new community and made friends with the Province staff and with the neighbors. For months after she left Belmont, neighbors continued to ask about "the friendly Sister who used to walk by every day and always stopped to say hello." The Sisters are grateful for the gentle care Sister later received at the dementia centers at Mercy Retirement and Care Center in Oakland and at Palm Villa, in Redwood City. Sister Julie Carmel was blest with a large and loving family. To her niece, Barbara Torrison, "Aunt Carmie was a joy to be with." Predeceased by her brothers, Manuel, Ben, and Joe, and a sister, Jay, her joyful spirit will be greatly missed by her nieces, nephews, numerous cousins, and by her Sisters of Notre Dame. After a Rosary at 10:30, Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29, at the Notre Dame Province Center in Belmont. Burial at 2:00 at the Mission Cemetery in Santa Clara. A celebration will also be held in Salinas at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Sisters of Note Dame de Namur, 1520 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, CA 94002 or online at snddenca.org
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 27, 2016

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MacDonald Jr., DeWitt - San Rafael  
DeWitt Kenneth (Ken) MacDonald Jr. June 23, 1928 – June 4, 2016 Dewitt K. MacDonald Jr., known to his friends as Ken, passed away on June 4, 2016 surrounded by the presence and the unbounded love of his four sons and longtime caregiver Ericka. Ken was born on June 23, 1928 in Albany, New York to Grace M. MacDonald and Dewitt K. MacDonald, both of whom preceded him in death, as did his brother Seward W. MacDonald, and his loving wife of 60 years Mary M. (Dolly) MacDonald. He is survived by his four sons and daughters-in-law, Ken (Linda), Dwight (Kim), Chris (Susan), and Thomas (Karen), and also by his grandchildren, Colin, Todd, Arielle, Haley, Brett, Briggs, Elle, Hale, Alexa, Blake, Sofia, and Ella. Ken's parents were from Quaker Street, New York, a small farming town about 25 miles from Albany, where Ken was raised. He spent summers as a small boy on his mother's family farm. Later, after his parents acquired a small cabin on North Hero Island, Lake Champlain in Vermont, he would spend summers there working on local farms. He loved North Hero and Lake Champlain, a passion that was shared with Dolly, his four sons and now grandchildren. Ken attended the prestigious Albany Academy from grade school through high school. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1950 and went on to serve on a destroyer as an officer in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He met Dolly while stationed at Treasure Island and the couple were soon married. Following his naval service, Ken attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1956. He practiced law and became a partner at Nelson, Boyd and Menary, a small firm in San Rafael, CA. He chose to practice at a smaller firm in order to be his own boss and, more importantly to him, be able to devote time to his family. He retired from his law practice in 2002. Ken always made time to be active with his boys. One of his favorite activities was participating in little league with his sons where he either coached or managed teams for 16 years. He enjoyed long family summer vacations. North Hero was a favorite when the boys were young. Then later the family also spent summer vacations in Sun River, Oregon at the home they built with lifelong friends Edward and Patricia Shelton. His devotion to his family and his character were never more evident than in the care he gave Dolly during her illness in the years before her death. In addition to a busy law career and being a devoted husband and father, Ken was very active in the community. Some of his many community activities ranged from being President of the Kentfield School District Board of Trustees, to serving on the board of several Marin County foundations. He was dearly loved by his wife Dolly, four sons, his four daughters-in-law, his grandchildren, and his caregivers. He was a remarkable man of impeccable integrity and class who will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. A mass will be celebrated in his honor at St. Sebastian Church in Kentfield on the twenty-seventh day of June at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to a charity of your choice that aids veterans.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 18, 2016
Murtagh, Phyllis - San Francisco  
Phyllis A. Murtagh (Burke) April 18, 1912 – June 17, 2016 Phyllis passed away on June 17, 2016 at the age of 104. Born April 18, 1912 in San Francisco (3rd Generation) Preceded in death by parents David and Annie, husband Jack, great grandson (Baby Jack), brothers Martin and William, sisters Rose and Veronica. Survived by sons John (Maria), Robert (Carol), grandsons Robert (Melissa), Michael (Sandra), great grandchildren Sarah, Eli, and Hudson. Additionally survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, and extended cousins both in the US and Ireland. A proud graduate of St. Peter's Grammar School and St. Peter's Academy, (1930). Past President N.D.G.W. (Utopia) and a fifty plus years parishioner of the original St. Michael's Church. Past member of the Don Bosco Club, and Riordan Mother's Club. Thirty year Office Manager for Doctor Eugene Solovieff, Orthopedic Surgeon. Phyllis was a devout Catholic of great faith. The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Sheila Heagney, Rosaleen McDaid, and Irene Byrne for their outstanding care and friendship over the last three years. Thanks to the outstanding compassionate nursing care from the Bay Area Care Team, Mary O'Connor (RIP) and Kathleen O'Connor, R.N. Friends may visit Friday, June 24th after 5:00pm at Duggan's Serra Mortuary, 500 Westlake Avenue, Daly City, with a Rosary Service at 7:00pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, June 25th at 10:00am at St. Paul's Church, Valley St, & Church St., San Francisco, CA. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma. Reception to follow. Donations to St. Paul's Church, 1690 Church Street, San Francisco CA 94131; St. Peter's Catholic School, 1266 Florida St., San Francisco CA 94110 or St. Anthony Foundation, 150 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from June 22 to June 24, 2016

Obituaries from the Past Week

Mason, Howard - Belmont  
Howard E. Mason, Jr. 1932 - 2016 Howard Mason, 83, passed away peacefully at his home in Belmont on May 28th. Howard was a lifelong Californian, born December 5th, 1932 in Glendale, California. He graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1950 after which he proudly served in the US Army as part of the Signal Corps. Howard earned a degree in Business from Menlo College in 1957 and attended Golden Gate University to prepare for the CPA exam. He also earned his MBA at San Francisco State. Howard was married to Catherine Dewey Mason from 1959 until her death in 1995. They moved to Belmont in 1960 to raise their family and be part of the community. Howard was actively involved with the bond measure that purchased Twin Pines Park in 1972 and was a member of the Belmont City Finance Commission from 1978 – 1995. In 1995 Howard was elected Belmont City Treasurer and served two terms. He was recognized as the William Ralston Citizen of the Year by the Belmont Chamber of Commerce in 1995 and by Menlo College in 1999 for his long time service to their Alumni Association. More recently Howard greatly enjoyed the Road Runner's Square Dancing organization. Howard loved accounting and finance and worked in those fields all his life. Highlights of his business career include helping to found Bank America Real Estate Investments as their CFO in 1970. Howard helped the company go public as BRE Properties (recently acquired by Essex) and Howard retired in 1996. In 2000 Howard joined the Doelger Trust in Daly City. He was extremely proud to be a Trustee believing his career came full circle from working for the Doelger Company in the 1960's to caring for the Doelger legacy today. Most of all Howard will be missed as a loving Dad and Grandfather by his children, Doug and Annie, and grandchildren, Catherine and Mary. A memorial is planned for Monday July 11th at 5:30PM at the Senior Center, Twin Pines Park in Belmont. His family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to Menlo College or to schoolforce.org which benefits Belmont City Schools.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 19, 2016
Miklos, Jack - San Francisco  
Jack C. Miklos Jack C. Miklos died on June 16, 2016, at his San Francisco home, just one month shy of his 90th birthday, with his wife and son at his side. A native of Moscow, Idaho, Jack earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart in the Asian Pacific Theater during World War II before serving in the American Foreign Service for 36 years. During his diplomatic career, he was posted in Yokohama, Japan; Tangier, Morocco; Istanbul, Turkey; Nice, France; Bombay, India; Colombo, Sri Lanka; and twice in Tehran, Iran. During his later posting in Tehran as Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy, he also served as interim Charge d'Affaires during the Pahlavi regime. Before he retired, Jack was stationed in Washington, D.C., as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs. Jack received a master's of science degree from Stanford University. He attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where he established a permanent scholarship endowment in memory of his father, Jack D. Miklos, which supports 15 students each year. Jack is survived by his wife of thirteen years, Helga Justman, and was predeceased by his first wife, Rhoda Virginia Knudten Miklos. He also is survived by his son, Stephan Douglas Miklos (Lorraine); two daughters, Shari Judith Behrens (Tom) and Melpomene Irina Doner (Dennis); seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; his stepson, Alex Justman (Sandy); his stepdaughter, Dr. Jessica Justman (Jack Lerner); three step-grandchildren; his sister, Margaret M. DuBois; and one nephew. He loved and was loved by all and will be greatly missed.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 19, 2016
Mohr, Beate - San Francisco  
Beate Mohr died on the evening of June 3rd, at home, in the company of her loving friends and flourishing plants, one month shy of her 99th birthday. Born in Breslau in 1917 to Elfriede and Paul Mohr, Beate's early years were comfortable, enriching ones. She grew up with two sisters, Rosemary and Hennie. Neither survives her. Beate was a Holocaust survivor. After the war she was reunited with her surviving family…her mother and her older sister, Rosemary. They came to the United States in the early 50s. Beate lived in the Sunset District for 50 years. She worked at Bergman Banner Company for over 30 years. She enjoyed traveling and regularly vacationed in Switzerland with family and friends. She often swam at USF where she held the record for freestyle in the 80+ age group. Beate enjoyed walking at Stow Lake, being a frequent customer at several local restaurants, spending time with friends, tending to her houseplants and collecting kitchen gadgets. She loved animals of all kinds, especially dogs. Beate was a modest, private person in many ways but also a very hospitable one. She was openminded and philanthropic. Her sense of humor was also evident. She considered her life a gift. She left an indelible impression. She is survived by cousins and friends in the United States and Europe. Thanks are due to the Institute on Aging and Hospice by the Bay for providing sensitive, respectful, kind care during the last years of her long, interesting life. A graveside service was held on June 8 at Hills of Eternity.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 19, 2016
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