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Rapp, Karl - Los Gatos  
Karl Rapp August 13, 1931 - April 18, 2006 "Those we love do not go away – They walk beside us every day" Karl, nine years ago today God took you home. I am so blessed that he loaned you to me. You were the blueprint of what God intended a human being to be. It is said that "Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories." "Froggy", thank you my "Guardian Angel", for filling my heart with an abundance of beautiful memories that you so lovingly tucked into my heart where I can visit them every day. Thank you for still taking my hand and walking beside me every day. Sadly missed and forever loved, butterfly kisses and hummingbird hugs. Auf Wiedersehen. Edie
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 18, 2015
Rapp, Karl - Los Gatos  
Karl Rapp August 13, 1931 - April 18, 2006 "Some people come into our lives and quickly go – Others stay and leave footprints in our hearts." Dear Karl, it's been nine years since God took you home. You are our shining star; an example of what unconditional love and caring is all about. You were a great mentor of all things good. We love and miss you and thank you for all the beautiful footprints you left in our hearts. We also thank you for all the beautiful memories of a man who spread enormous love, joy, and grace to all the lives he touched. Love & hugs, your friends, adopted families, step-mother Trudy, and Ross.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 18, 2015
Rathe, Andrew - San Francisco  
Andrew Ratheaka "Red" July 6, 1980 – April 10, 2015 It is with saddened hearts that we share the tragic death of Andrew Rathe. A victim of a senseless homicide in the Sunset District of San Francisco. Andrew is survived by his father Randy (Karen), of Petaluma and mother Colleen Myhre of Guerneville. Andrew is survived by three brothers, Eric, Michael and Drake, and one sister Sarah along with many uncles, aunts and cousins, with an abundance of friends. Andrew leaves behind a son James Rathe, age 14 who was his shining light along with James' mother Kim Cissney. Services to be held at Duggan's Serra Mortuary, 500 Westlake Avenue, Daly City, CA. 94014 on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. followed by burial at Olivet Memorial Park, 1601 Hillside Blvd, Colma, CA 94014, with a celebration of life following at the reception center at Olivet Memorial Park. Donations or contributions may be made to James Rathe, for a "Benefit for Minors Savings Account" at Redwood Credit Union - www.redwoodcu.org (Routing No. 321177586 - Acct No. 10100000464399).
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 19, 2015
Reade, Lynne - Fremont  
Lynne Joy Reade March 31, 1927- March 19, 2015 Lynne Joy Reade was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, the eldest of three sisters. She moved to Southern California in 1947, met and married her husband, John "Jack" Reade, and settled in Whittier, California. Lynne and Jack lived in Whittier for 39 years until moving to Fremont, California in 1990 to be closer to their daughter's family. Lynne was an advocate for justice in many realms. In the Los Angeles area in the 1960's, she worked to support fair housing regulations. As a result of her civil rights activities she went to law school and became a lawyer at age 47, primarily defending people with criminal charges. Lynne was President of the Whittier Bar Association in 1986. An elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Lynne was active at all levels of the denomination, including her local church. She was known widely for her advocacy on justice issues and support of progressive religious efforts. Lynne put her time, energy, and heart into those causes in which she believed. Described by a friend as a "powerhouse", she demonstrated the impact one person could have. Lynne loved to travel, and continued to do so as recently as last August, eagerly researching and preparing for each new adventure. Lynne was married to Jack for just short of 50 years before his death in 2001. She was a devoted mother and grandmother to daughter Elaine (Dave) and granddaughters, Lauren and Hannah. Lynne loved nothing more than spending time with her granddaughters from the moment they were born. She was warm, generous, and thoughtful with family and friends. All of those who knew her and loved her are better people for having had her in their lives. Lynne is survived by her daughter, Elaine (David Towne), grandchildren, Lauren & Hannah, sister Carol Rush (Dick), and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 2PM at New Bridges Presbyterian Church, 26236 Adrian Avenue, Hayward, CA 94545. Donations may be made to The Reade Fund, c/o Presbyterian Foundation, 200 East Twelfth Street, Jeffersonville, IN 47130. The fund supports Lynne's church's mission to help the poor in the local community.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 26, 2015
Robinson Jr., Ray - Lafayette  
Ray C. Robinson, Jr. Ray C. Robinson, Jr., a longtime resident of Lafayette, CA., passed away March 30, 2015 at the age of 94 in Greenbrae, CA. Born in 1920 to Lillian and Ray C. Robinson, he attended Piedmont schools and graduated from the University of California in Forest Engineering in 1942. Ray was a member of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. A Navy Lt. who commanded PT Boats in the South Pacific during WWII, Ray saw action at Vella Lavella, Treasury, Bougainville and Green Islands and also in the Morotai area of New Guinea. After the war, he spent 8 months in Shanghai on the Foreign Claims Commission. Ray was Vice President of Harper, Robinson and Co. in San Francisco, Vice President and Director of Circle Airfreight International for many years and a co-owner of Buchanan Airport Hangar Co. in Concord. He retired at 86 years of age. His hobbies were fly fishing, skiing, hiking and hunting. While working in Africa, he took seven safaris into the bush. Ray lived in Lafayette, CA for 50 years, then spent 4 years at The Tamalpais in Greenbrae, CA. He was married to Joan Robinson, who survives him, for 64 years. There are four surviving children: Jeffrey (Bobbie) of Centerport, NY, Reed (Reinhild) of Incline Village, NV, Craig of Seattle, WA., Carol Knorpp (Jon) of Larkspur, CA and a daughter in law Shan Kerouac (Paul) of Issaquah, WA. There are eleven grandchildren: Selah Barney (Jesse), Megan Klemme (Scott), Ben, Mark (Chelsea), Craig, Ashley, Georgia, Rachel and Isaac (Jordan) Robinson, Jack and Griffin Knorpp and four great grandchildren: Elias, Saana, Athalia and Gabriel Barney. He was predeceased by a brother, John H., a grandson, Sammy, in 1993, and a son, Scott, in 1994. Ray was a Life Member of the Chancellor's Associates of UCSF, a generous supporter of the building program recently completed by St. Anthony Foundation in San Francisco and a member of Pentad Circle of the President's Council for a Scholarship Fund he and Joan have set up at the University of Illinois, Joan's alma mater. As the respected head of the Robinson family, Ray will be missed by every member. A private service is being planned at a later date. Donations may be made in his memory to St. Anthony Foundation, 121 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102 or The Tomorrow Fund for Senior Services for Northern CA, 1525 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94109.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Apr. 19 to Apr. 24, 2015
Rodack, Frederick - Sebastopol  
Frederick T. Rodack After 34,048 days on this earth, Frederick Theodore Rodack decided it was time to move on. Wherever he goes in his next journey, those left behind will marvel at the journey he had here. Born Feb. 1, 1922, to Isabelle O'Leary and Theodore Rodack in Sausalito, Fred explored the Bay Area before the iconic bridge existed. He rode the ferry to St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco. In childhood, he became an avid hunter and gardener and continued to enjoy salmon fishing and growing vegetables throughout life. Fred joined the U.S. Army in 1943. Soon after, his two-year walking tour of Europe began as part of the 94th Infantry Division. Starting out in Scotland, Fred and his unit made their way through Europe until finishing their journey in Czechoslovakia. When the War ended, Fred took classes at the Sorbonne in Paris before coming back to the States. There, he met a red-headed Army nurse from Kansas named Donnelle Nesbitt. Their romance began in the City of Lights and continued via letters once they returned to the States. After getting married in Kansas in August 1946, Fred and Donnelle made their home in San Francisco. Married 64 years, Fred cared for Donnelle during her battle with Alzheimer's. Fred graduated from the University of San Francisco with an English degree. He taught in Novato for many years and enjoyed decades-long friendships with fellow faculty and many students. Fred coached high school football and was an avid sport fan throughout life. In retirement, Fred lived in Sonoma County. Fred is preceded in death by his wife, Donnelle, his son, Don Rodack, and his daughter, Frenelle Plummer. He is survived by grandchildren Chip Mappus (Elena), Ariane Mappus Schrah (Mike) and Robert Plummer; and great-grandchildren Abigail, Amelia, Camille, Catherine, Isabelle and Scott. He also leaves behind many special friends. Fred's family especially thanks Julie Mendonca for her love, compassion and support. Graveside services will be held with Military Honors on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Sebastopol Memorial Lawn, 7951 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol, CA. Memorials may be made to your favorite charity. PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY-SEBASTOPOL.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 26, 2015
Ryan, Laurence - San Francisco  
Laurence "Lance" Francis Ryan April 3, 1946 - March 28, 2015 Laurence Francis Ryan died unexpectedly on March 28th, 2015. Born the eldest of 7 children in Limerick, Ireland April 3, 1946. Lance, aka Larry, helped his father build the new family home and till the farm in Pallasgreen. He always considered Co. Kerry, 8 miles from Dingle, as his home. From 1965-­-68 he served in the Garda in Dunlaoghaire, Co. Dublin. Went on to attend University College, Dublin. He moved to New York where he spent years as a Computer Engineer designing large systems for banking and healthcare. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Drummond, his son Sean Ryan (from a previous marriage to Joan d-­-2010), and siblings Helen, Noel and Breeda Ryan. Predeceased by parents Willie and Mary and siblings Theresa, Eddie and Tony Ryan. Memorial service will be held at 11am Saturday April 25th at Duggan's on 17th Street, San Francisco followed by lunch at 12:30pm at 5 Bird Street -­- one block from the Mortuary.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 19, 2015
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