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Geiger M.D., James - San Rafael  
Colonel (Ret.) James P. Geiger, M.D. Dr. James Geiger passed away peacefully at home on April 16, 2015. James was born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania, graduated from Washington and Jefferson College, and earned his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. James proudly served his country for 23 years with integrity, dedication, and distinction in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army. For his service he received 13 awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct, an award that he earned twice in his career. His army career included service in Europe, the Philippines, Korea, Vietnam, and postings across the United States from West Point, NY to San Francisco, CA. While in Vietnam he served as The Surgical Consultant to the U.S. Army for one year. James concluded his military service as the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. After his military retirement, James continued his medical practice for 27 more years as a cardiothoracic surgeon in San Francisco at St. Mary's Medical Center and in Marin County at Marin General Hospital. He was highly valued as a skilled surgeon and as an astute clinician. Throughout his medical career James found great purpose and fulfillment while teaching young physicians the science and art of medicine. He was a man of honor and dedication who helped countless people in his lifetime of service. James was an enthusiastic sailor at San Francisco Yacht Club, he served a term as commodore at Presidio Yacht Club, and he enjoyed golf at Marin Country Club. James loved travel, enjoyed wines and wineries, and enjoyed socializing with friends and colleagues. Above all, he cherished his wife, family, and home life. James was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by Helen, his wife of nearly 65 years; and their children, James L. Geiger (Cheryle), Susan Kearns (Allen), Lisa Geiger (Graeme), and Margret Lordon (Stephen); nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The memorial service will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, Mill Valley, CA on May 2 at 2 P.M. with a reception to follow. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dr. James P. Geiger may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Apr. 26 to Apr. 29, 2015
Giammona, Samuel - Daly City  
Samuel T. Giammona, MD Dec 17, 1930 - Mar 23, 2015 Dr. Samuel T. Giammona, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died March 23, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. He was 84. Dr. Giammona was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Maria (Russo) and Giuseppe Giammona, the 9th of 12 children. He grew up in a home that never wanted for laughter and love. Dr. Giammona graduated from Michigan State University, and was an avid Spartan fan throughout his life. He graduated from Yale University Medical School, where he also completed his Pediatrics Internship and made many lifelong friends. He completed his Pediatrics Residency at the University of Michigan. Dr. Giammona practiced primarily in academic medicine including the University of Miami and the University of California, San Diego (where he was vice-chairman of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine) as a Pediatric Pulmonologist and demonstrated his skill and love for teaching. Dr. Giammona was the chairman of the (former) Children's Hospital of San Francisco Pediatrics Department, and head of the hospital's Pediatrics Residency program. Many excellent pediatricians in San Diego, San Francisco and throughout California are proud to have had Dr. Giammona as their teacher and mentor. Dr. Giammona's first love was his family. He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Elizabeth Ann Giammona, his children Joseph (Barbara), Mary (David Hilton), Anne Newton (David), Andrew (Roxanna) and Aggie Burke (Pat); grandchildren James and William Giammona, Regina Giammona Jackson (Matthew Sirko), Jonathan Newton (Amy), Thomas Newton, Michael Giammona (Jacqui), Julianna and Manfredo Giammona, Torrance and Rhonnie Burke; and great-grandchildren Jameson and Jeremiah Giammona. He is also survived by his brothers Charles Giammona (Vina), Rev. Msgr. John Giammona, his sisters Agnes Giammona and Rosemary Starr and numerous nieces and nephews. He is survived by his longtime friends, Shaifol Bahrain and Melvin Baines. He was preceded in death by his parents and his other siblings. Dr. Giammona was a compassionate, generous, loving man. He cared passionately about children, the "little guy," and fairness for all. He lived life to the fullest. He will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations to Pathways Home Health and Hospice ( pathwayshealth.org ) and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation ( cff.org ) in Dr. Giammona's name are requested. Services will be private.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 19, 2015
Gill, Paul - Burlingame  
Paul V. Gill September 23, 1926 - March 8, 2015 Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and best friend passed away on March 8, 2015. Paul was the proud co-owner of Courting & Gill Stationers for more than 40 years. He was past president of the San Francisco Council of District Merchants Associations. Paul is survived by his wife of 67 years, June, his children Ruth Armistead, Debbie Edgar and Michael Gill (wife Linda). He is also survived by grandchildren, Stephen Yugoff (wife Kara), Natalie Gill, Trevor Gill, Monica Gill and great-grandchildren Maxwell Yugoff and Sabina Yugoff. A memorial service will be held on April 19th at 1:00 P.M. at The Hills of Eternity, in Colma, CA. The family would appreciate that donations in Paul's name be made to Mission Hospice in San Mateo, CA.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 18, 2015
Gordon, Linda - Sacramento  
Linda Mary (née Brunetta) Gordon Born July 17, 1949, passed away peacefully April 11, 2015. Family and friends may visit on Monday, April 20, 2015 after 4:00 PM with a Vigil Service at 7:00 PM at the CHAPEL OF THE HIGHLANDS, 194 Millwood Drive at El Camino Real in Millbrae. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Saint Dunstan Catholic Church in Millbrae. Committal at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 19, 2015
Graffeo, Maria - Resident Of Danville  
Maria Viktoria (Kraft) Graffeo September 21, 1938 ~ April 19, 2015 Maria was born on September 21, 1938, 76 years old, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on April 19, 2015, after a brief illness. Maria grew up in a small town in southern Germany called Gaggenau, nestled in the Schwartzwald (more commonly known as the Black Forest) just before World War II. The first part of her life was very difficult. Her father Franz Kraft died in World War II and her widowed mother Maria Kraft raised four children during hard times. Maria had an older brother Franz (deceased), and is survived by an older sister Erika Stoll, and a younger brother Eddie Kraft; also, many nieces and nephews in Germany. Maria's young formative years were growing up in post-World War II Germany where life was difficult, her family faced devastation, hunger and hard times, and without a father she never knew. In search of a better life, in 1961 Maria came to the United States via New York to be an au-pair. She moved from being a "farm girl in rural Germany" to a Park Avenue address where she took care of the two children of a famous New York architect. During this time, she met her future husband of over fifty years, Thomas L. Graffeo in New York. They were married in 1963 and she joined a very large New York Italian family-with much love. Soon thereafter followed their first child, Tom Jr., and then their daughter Erika. In 1967 her husband Tom was offered an opportunity for career advancement in the San Francisco office of the firm for which he worked. Without hesitation, they loaded up their 1961 Buick and drove to San Mateo, CA. where they settled in for 11 years. In 1978 they moved to Hillsborough and enjoyed living there for another 11 years. For the past 26 years, since 1989 they have called Blackhawk their home. In the mid-70s, Maria went back to school and got her associate's degree from the College of San Mateo. Upon completion of her degree she took a position as an administrative assistant at what would become Sprint Communications. She worked at Sprint for over 25 years and when she retired, was one of the longest-serving employee at the company in the Bay Area. Upon her retirement Maria was a Regional Manager working in Walnut Creek. The family has worshiped at St. Isidore's the entire time they have lived in Danville. Maria often enjoyed going to church and saying the rosary. Her other love was clearly her family, which was the center of her life. Maria was devoted to her family, her faith and her friends, and she took none for granted. She is survived by her husband Thomas, her two children Tom Jr. and Erika, Tom Jr.'s wife Theresa, and their three children; Lauren, Andrew and Tyler Graffeo- all teenagers. Once the grandchildren had arrived, she was always known by the term of endearment "Oma" which means grandmother in German. Maria loved being an Oma. Her hobbies included a passion for gardening and always enjoyed spring planting season, roses and fruit trees; if you were looking for Maria, you were sure to find her dabbling in her garden. Maria was also an avid walker, and could always be seen walking through Blackhawk. She loved to cook and bake, Maria became an accomplished needle-pointer, and did many Christmas stockings and pillows. Everything Maria did, she pursued with vigor she loved life, family and friends. Maria will be deeply missed by her family and all who have known her. Visitation will be Thrusday April 23rd from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Wilson & Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley 825 Hartz Way, Danville. The Funeral Liturgy/Mass will be Friday April 24th at St. Isidore Catholic Church 440 La Gonda Way, Danville beginning at 10:30 AM. Burial will be private at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Orange, CA
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 21, 2015
Graham, Patricia Ann - Resident Of San Mateo  
Patricia Ann Graham Passed on April 15, 2015. Her husband and the love of her life, Kenneth William Graham, preceded her in death. She is survived by her children Daniel, David, Debra and Donald and her brother, Robert Miller. Patricia was born July 31, 1931 to Norman and Dorothy Miller in Cleveland, Ohio. In her senior year the family moved to California. Pat graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1949. She attended San Francisco Junior College for 2 years where she met Ken. They fell in love and married in August of 1951. Patricia loved the outdoors, especially Yosemite National Park. She took all of her children to Yosemite and we loved it too. She spent every summer taking us camping, water skiing, hiking and boating. Pat worked at Aragon High from 1972 until retiring in 1986. In retirement both Pat and Ken thoroughly enjoyed volunteering as docents at the California Academy of Sciences. Pat and Ken have 13 wonderful grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be missed. At her request there is no service. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 2. Please call 541-232-9746 for details.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 26, 2015
Gray, Gussie - San Francisco  
Gussie Mae Gray April 26, 1911 - June 05, 2014 Happy Birthday, Gussie. We love you! Sail on!" it says, "sail on, ye stately ships! And with your floating bridge the ocean span; Be mine to guard this light from all eclipse, Be yours to bring man nearer unto man!" Lovingly your family and friends.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 26, 2015
Greenberg, Arlene - Tiburon  
Arlene Susan Greenberg Died peacefully in her home in Tiburon, California Saturday morning April 11th 2015 after courageously battling pancreatic cancer for over a year. She is survived by her beloved family: husband Roland, daughter Deborah Meshel (and husband David), her son Daniel Greenberg (and wife Jeanette), and her four grandchildren Jacob, Sophie, Rebecca and Madeline.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 24, 2015
Grubman, David - Berkeley  
David Grubman, M.D. August 7, 1924 - March 23, 2015 David Grubman of Berkeley, CA passed away peacefully in his home of congestive heart failure at the age of 90, on March 23, 2015. He is survived by his three children, Michael Grubman (Julia), Daniel Grubman, Barbara Grubman Alameda (Dan), his wife Lucy Scott and her two children, Cynthia Scott (Denis) and Susan Scott, his grandchildren Rebecca Grubman, Jessica Grubman, Madeline Grubman, Joshua Alameda, Benjamin Alameda and Joseph Alameda. David was born in the Bronx, New York to Gedalia and Ida Grubman, growing up in a one-bedroom apartment. He graduated from DeWitt-Clinton High School and soon after joined the Army during WW II. He graduated from The University of Indiana School of Medicine in 1948. He then continued his residency in General Surgery at New York Hospital and Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco. In 1955, he married his first wife, Doris Willner, and started his medical practice in Hayward, CA, on staff at St. Rose and Eden Hospitals. Michael, Daniel and Barbara were born during the next few years. After his divorce in 1971, he moved to Berkeley, CA and started his general practice near the University. He was on staff at the former Herrick Hospital and Alta Bates in Berkeley. Soon after moving to Berkeley, he met his second wife, Lucy Scott, a clinical psychologist. Together, they made their home in the Berkeley hills. Before and after retiring in 1984, he volunteered with the Peace Corp and other organizations as a physician on assignments in Israel, Vietnam, Togo, Nepal and Samoa. David was a true lover of classical music, and took up playing the violin at age 36. He played in the Hayward Orchestra, and later was a member of the Kensington Symphony for many years until age 88. At his 90th birthday party, he played a solo for the crowd, and then announced he was putting down his violin for good. David was an avid outdoorsman, where he pursued hiking, camping and snow skiing, teaching these skills to his children. They were a skiing family, spending weekends at the Sierra Club's Claire Tappan Lodge, in Norden, CA. Later on, he took up bicycling and along with his wife Lucy, bicycled through Japan, France, Scandinavia and many other countries around the world. He gave up snow skiing at age 80, while continuing hiking with the Sierra Club group through his 80's. He loved gardening and riding his stationary bicycle and engaged in both until the week before he passed. As an avid reader, David was a member of the Kensington Library Book Club, where he made many wonderful friends. His family would like to thank Pathways Hospice for their assistance this past year, along with the staff at Senior Helpers and his caregivers, Stacie Johnson, Elizabeth Tarango and Geeia Edwards, who helped him live out his life in his own home. At his request, a private memorial service was held by his family. Donations can be made to the Kensington Symphony, in memory of David Grubman, M.D.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Apr. 17 to Apr. 19, 2015
Gruschka, Jon - Foster City  
Jon W. Gruschka Jon W. Gruschka, 77, of Foster City, California, died on March 12, 2015. Son of the late Alice Richter and Henry Gruschka, loving husband of Joyce Gruschka, loving father of Lori and Richard Gruschka and grandfather of Ryan Gruschka. Born July 4, 1937 in Berlin, Germany and spent nine years in Shanghai, China before coming to the United States and settling in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He attended the University of Minnesota and got his undergraduate degree in History and later attended the University of Missouri where he earned a Master's Degree in Social Work. Jon and his family moved to Foster City, California in 1967. He worked as Regional Director of BBYO from 1967 to 1970 and then worked for 23 years with the Department of Social Services in Santa Clara County as Program Manager. He was a founding member of Peninsula Sinai Congregation in Foster City where he served as President three times and developed and served as Education Director for the Religious School for is first thirteen years. In his retirement, he enjoyed bridge, his family and was active in the Jewish Community. Donations can be made to Peninsula Sinai Congregation, 499 Boothbay, Foster City, California 94404.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 26, 2015
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