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Bacigalupo, Maria - Pleasanton  
Maria Bacigalupo Maria Henrietta Bacigalupo passed away peacefully on November 12, 2014 in Pleasanton, Ca, surrounded by family. Maria (Beattie) was born on May 24, 1927 in Berkeley and reared in San Francisco attending Sacred Heart School and Notre Dame de Namur High School. She and her beloved husband of 42 years, David E. Bacigalupo, who predeceased her in 1992, were married at Mission Dolores. They raised their family in Visalia, Ca. She is survived by her children David (Linda) Bacigalupo, Maria Robertson (Kurt Hereld), Paul (Lucy) Bacigalupo, Andrea (Robert) Lee, Laura (Skip) Jacobs; grandchildren Matt (Melissa) Garrett, Anthony (Yr) and Nicholas Bacigalupo, Alicia, Maggie, Emily and Claire Robertson, Leilani (Paul) Sinclair, Paul Bacigalupo, Theodore and Hampton Lee, David and Elizabeth Jacobs; great-grandchildren Aiden, Emma and Owen Garrett, Mia Bacigalupo, Alex and Casey Sinclair. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law Cyril and Odine Beattie; brother-in-law Ronald Basso; nephews Christian (Janell), Marcus and Shaun Beattie; niece Odine Hofdahl. Maria is remembered for her consummate enthusiasm for life, her generous spirit in helping others and community involvement through St. Mary's Parish and George McCann School in Visalia, Catholic Charities, Visalia Community Players and Ice House Theater, League of Women Voters, and as a Spanish interpreter for the American Cancer Society. When she moved back to San Francisco in 1994, she found great joy in volunteering, serving food to many, at St. Anthony's Dining Room, with Project Open Hand, and as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist to the hospitalized and home bound. Maria took much pleasure in cooking for her family and friends and in welcoming people into her home. She supported the performing and visual arts, traveled around the world, cared for all living creatures, had a deep passion for social justice and loved giving and receiving hugs. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin at 12p with the celebration of a Funeral Mass following in the Chapel of St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Pleasanton, on Saturday, November 22, 2014. Interment will be private at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, Ca. In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances may be made in her honor to St. Anthony Foundation, 150 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, Ca, 94102, or to Hospice of East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill, Ca, 94523.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 20, 2014
Bacon, John - San Mateo  
John William Bacon It is with great sadness that the family of John William Bacon announces his passing. He was 84 years old when he died at his home in Atherton from cardiac arrest in the early morning of November 13th. John William Bacon was born in San Mateo, California in 1930 to John Andrew Bacon and Helen Oberhelman Bacon, both natives of New Orleans. A lifelong resident of the Peninsula, he grew up in Burlingame and attended Our Lady of Angels School, Serra High School, Army and Navy Academy, and Santa Clara University. In 1950 he married the love of his life, Lynn Jackson Bacon; they were together for 64 years. They had eight children, and in 1963 moved to Atherton where they lived for the remainder of John's life. John's career in the lumber business began in the early 50's at San Bruno Lumber Company. In 1964 he purchased San Mateo Lumber with his father-in-law William W. Jackson. In 1971 he left San Bruno Lumber and acquired South City Lumber and Supply in South San Francisco. In 1975 he purchased Economy Lumber Company, Oakland, and in 2010 Piedmont Lumber in Oakland, now Economy Lumber Piedmont. Over six decades John built one of the largest group of lumber and building material companies in Northern California. By understanding the needs of professional contractors his companies were able to thrive in the face of growing competition. During the 1950's, John, working with his brother Donald Bacon and others, opened the Green Giant Nursery in Millbrae. A certain grocery vegetable company forced a name change to Green Garden Nursery. They became involved in organizing the Western Garden and Trade show which became the San Francisco Outdoor Garden Exposition in 1967. John kept horses in Woodside for many years while training for, participating in, and finishing, the endurance ride – The Western States Trail Ride, the Tevis Cup – 100 miles with the same horse and rider from Tahoe City to Auburn in under 24 hours. He was a member of the Rancheros Visitadores, and delighted in telling tales of his experiences on the trail of their annual ride near Santa Barbara. He served on the Alumni Board of the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad. If there are founding fathers of bike riding in the Menlo Atherton area, John was one. He knew very inch of "The Loop", the Alpine Rd. Sandhill Rd. ride that from the early 1960's into the 1990's was part of his weekend, usually accompanied by his good friend Douglas Hughmanick of Atherton, often trailed by a collection of their children. John was an insatiable reader, particularly of history, and always wanted to discuss the latest book. He loved to cook and barbecue for his family and friends whom he entertained with wit and wisdom as he tended the chicken and ribs. Late in life he took up painting and surprised many, including himself, with his artistic talent. John was by nature a very generous man. Giving to charities and causes too numerous to mention was an important part of his life. John is survived by his wife, Lynn Jackson Bacon of Atherton, and seven children: Leslie Bacon of Berkeley, John Bacon Jr. (Patricia Bolich) of Orinda, Grant Bacon of Burlingame, Thomas Bacon (Martha Abrams) of Menlo Park, William Bacon of Belmont, Susan McComas (Alex) of Palo Alto, and Peter Bacon of Lake Oswego, Oregon. He was blessed with sixteen grandchildren: Ariel (Sage), Ella, Alice, John III (Jack), Adam, Lena, Sarah, Adelaide, Ruth, Will, Lucy, Scott, Molly, Ashley, Emily and Alex. He enjoyed spending time with his four great-grandchildren, Olive, Charlie, Elle (Cheech), and Seneca. John was predeceased by his son, Scott Michael Bacon of Redwood City in 1995, and his only brother Donald, of Tillamook, Oregon in 2013. He is also survived by two nephews and a niece in Portland. He was loved and admired by many, and will be enormously missed. Rosary: Thursday, Nov 20th 7:30 PM Sneider, Sullivan and O'Connell Funeral Home 977 S. El Camino Real San Mateo Funeral: Friday, Nov 21st 11 AM Saint Raymond's Church 1100 Santa Cruz Ave Menlo Park Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery Santa Cruz Ave. and Avy Ave. Menlo Park In lieu of flowers please donate to: Doctors Without Borders & Smile Train
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Nov. 18 to Nov. 20, 2014
Bandel, Jacqueline - San Francisco  
Jacqueline Bandel April 3, 1932 - November 15, 2014 Jacqueline Bandel died November 15, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Jacqueline grew up in Piedmont, where she married and had four children. After her undergraduate education at U.C. Berkeley, she was an editor and a freelance reporter for Bay Area newspapers on social and political issues, while rearing her children. Intelligent, spirited, independent, and creative, she employed these qualities to publish a book of children's poetry, In and Out the Window, and to bring poetry to life for elementary school students through her interactive poetry program. She had a deep passion for the fine arts, especially opera and ballet. She was a dedicated and loving mother and grandmother who inspired her family with her creativity, humor and wisdom. Jacqueline is survived by her four children Todd, Sandra, Scott, and Jay, her seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. A celebration of her life will be held at the Claremont Hotel, in the Empire Room, on Sunday November 23 at 2pm. Donations in her honor can be made to Ashby Village, www.ashbyvillage.org . Arrangements by Sinai Memorial Chapel-Lafayette, CA.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Nov. 19 to Nov. 21, 2014
Bates Jr., James - Petaluma  
James "Jim" Bates, Jr. On Thursday, November 13, 2014, James "Jim" Bates, Jr. passed away peacefully in Petaluma surrounded by his sons. Jim was born on May 15, 1934, to Greek parents: Antigone Marquis and James H. Bates, and was a proud San Francisco native son. He is survived by his wife Anne, his sister, Diane, his sons James, Tony and Greg; beloved grandchildren Sophie, Elani and Emma, Jesse and Danielle; stepchildren and grandchildren Cynthia and Ananda, Annika and Tasha. Jim served proudly in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean War. He also served in the San Francisco Police Department for 18 years earning many commendations as well as the Medal of Honor. He started Bates' North Bay Built-in Vacuums in 1980 and over the past 33 years established himself as a prominent member of North Bay Contractors in Sonoma County. He will be remembered as a man who would sacrifice anything to help those close to him without regard for himself. A memorial service, followed by interment, will be conducted graveside at the Greek Orthodox Memorial Park, 1148 El Camino Real, Colma, California, on Friday, November 21, 2014, at 11:00 a.m.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 19, 2014
Beisel, Julius - San Francisco  
Julius K. Beisel June 23rd, 1933 - November 19th, 2014 Julius Beisel, age 81, passed away peacefully at his home in San Francisco on the afternoon of November 19th, 2014. Julius is survived by his loving wife Gerda of 53 years, his beloved children Gabriela and Marcus, his daughter-in-law Linda, and his two grandchildren Maximillian and Theodore. Funeral Services will be held at Duggan's Serra Mortuary in Daly City Tuesday, November 25th at 10:30am.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 23, 2014
Bell, Ed - San Rafael  
Ed Bell A lifelong San Rafael resident, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, November 14, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was 79 years old and died of complications from Lewy Body Dementia. Ed was born in 1935 at Cottage Hospital in San Rafael, the second son of Ellen and Bill Bell. He graduated from St. Raphael's Elementary School and Marin Catholic High School, where he met and later married his high school sweetheart, Norine Tarrant. They married in 1957 and raised six children. Ed was a well-known building contractor in Marin County for over 35 years, and was a partner of Tarrant-Bell Construction. Ed was pre-deceased by his brothers-in-law and business partners Bill Tarrant and Ed Tarrant. He was known for his attention to detail and fine finish work. Ed had numerous hobbies and interests. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and metal detecting. He was an avid, lifelong coin and stamp collector, traveling to coin shows throughout the state. Ed, affectionately known as "Poppi", cherished his family more than anything in the world. His wife, children, grandchildren, sons-in-law, and daughter-in-law were his absolute joy. He is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years, Norine (Tarrant) Bell, and his six loving children, Karen (Pete) Bloom, Shari (Lj) Silverman, Linda (Mike) Boggeri, Patrick Bell, Nanci (Garrett) Grialou, and Brian (Vicky) Bell. He leaves behind 16 adored grandchildren, Erica and Nicole Bloom, Jenna and Katie Silverman, Andrew, Dominic and Adam Boggeri, James, Madeline and Charlotte Bell, Haley, Jillian and Brooke Grialou, and Kristen, Lindsey and Scott Bell. Also mourning his loss are brothers Bill (Patsy), Jack (Mary), and Jim (Marie) Bell, brother-in-law Richard Tarrant (Linda) and sisters-in-law Mary Ann Tarrant and Muriel Tarrant, and nieces and nephews too numerous to mention who were very close to him. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road S.W., Liburn, GA 30047 or St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall, 820 B Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 would be appreciated. A memorial mass will be celebrated Saturday, November 22nd, at 10 AM at St. Raphael's Catholic Church, 1104 5th Avenue San Rafael. Monte's Chapel of the Hills (415) 453-8440
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Nov. 18 to Nov. 20, 2014
Benham, Arthur - San Carlos  
Arthur George Benham January 16, 1926 - October 26, 2014 After 88 years of enjoying life to the fullest, Arthur died peacefully at his home in San Carlos, CA on October 26, 2014 Arthur was born on January 16, 1926 in Healdsburg, CA to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Daniel Benham (Ruth Edna Church). He attended grammar school in San Francisco and then attended high school in Rio Vista where he graduated from in 1944. He then joined the Navy, graduated from midshipmen school at Columbia University in New York City and joined World War II in the Pacific shortly before World War II ended. After WW II, he attended the University of California at Berkeley where he was a member of the AKL fraternity and graduated with a BS in Business Administration. He then joined the Hearst Corporation in San Francisco where he served in various management positions in advertising for 38 years. After retiring in 1988, he volunteered at the San Francisco Attorney General's Office (fraud unit) for 10 years. In 1950 Arthur was married to Mary H. Benham and had two daughters - Sharon and Alanna. The family lived initially in Palo Alto, CA before moving to a home in west Menlo Park that Arthur helped design and build. After 20 years in Menlo Park he moved to San Carlos where he resided until his death. Arthur enjoyed many friendships as he loved people and people loved him. He was "one of a kind" and blessed with a wonderful sense of humor. He knew many jokes and told them well. He had a love for life and adventure and experiencing new people and places. He enjoyed traveling and did so frequently-there being very few places in the world that he had not been-at least once. He enjoyed the new cultures and learning the languages of his destinations. He remained active his entire life-playing tennis on a regular basis until age 88. He had a thirst for learning new things and was a voracious reader especially of history, culture and languages. He is survived by his wife of 40 years Adrienne H. Benham of San Carlos, CA; daughter Sharon Benham Kelly and son-in-law Thomas W. Kelly of Manhattan Beach, CA; Alanna Benham Dittoe and son-in-law John E. Dittoe of Piedmont, CA; Kirstin Dittoe Cicero and grandson-in-law Robert James Cicero of Hoboken, NJ and great-grandson John ("Jack") Robert Cicero of Hoboken, NJ whose October 7, 2014 birth gave Arthur much joy, just a few weeks before his death. There will be a private family service. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Society ( www.cff.org ) or The American Cancer Society ( www.cancer.org/donate ).
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Nov. 16 to Nov. 30, 2014
Berrios, Dolores - Danville  
Dolores H. Berrios Dolores H. Berrios, 80 of Danville, formerly of San Francisco, passed away on Nov. 20, 2014. Born June 24, 1934 to the late Arnold and Mary Graf in San Francisco, Dolores had been a secretary in education for 30 yrs. A memorial service will be held Sat. Nov. 29, 2014, 2:00 PM at Wilson and Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley 825 Hartz Way Danville. Please visit www.chapelofsanramonvalley.com for more information.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 23, 2014
Binalinbing, Elpidio - San Francisco  
Elpidio "Jun" Binalinbing Was born on April 7, 1930 in Albay, Philippines and he came to California in 1987. Elpidio was the oldest son of nine children. Elpidio is survived by his daughter, Janet; granddaughter, Jenna; siblings, Josephina, Lenore, Evangeline, Justine, Laura, and Violeta; and many nieces and nephews. Elpidio passed away on Nov. 18, 2014. He is now at peace. Friends are invited to visit on Wednesday, Nov. 26th after 3PM and attend a Rosary Vigil on Friday, Nov. 28th at 7PM at the chapels of Duggan's Serra Mortuary, 500 Westlake Avenue, Daly City. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 29th at 10AM at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 60 Wellington Ave, Daly City. Elpidio was a gentle, humble and kind man; Elpidio will be missed by all his family and friends.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 26, 2014
Boston, Kermit - San Francisco  
Kermit H. Boston 11/4/1935 – 11/23/2008 You left us six years ago today and remain deeply missed by all whose lives you touched: Barbra, Jane, Kimberly, Markus, Alicia, Blair, Regina, Natalie, your extended Boston family and the many friends who still treasure your advice and counsel.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 23, 2014
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