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Rodriguez, Josefina - Citrus Heights  
Josefina Rodriguez November 30, 1919 - February 16, 2015 Josefina passed away peacefully in Citrus Heights, California on February 16, 2015, surrounded by family. Born in Venezuela, Josefina Mirabal met her wonderful husband, Alberto, in New York City where they were married in 1950. They later decided that they wanted to raise their three children in San Francisco and lived there from 1962 until 1990. While in San Francisco, Josefina secured babysitting jobs to afford her children a great education at St. James Grammar School, Immaculate Conception Academy, Riordan, and Sacred Heart. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, a dedicated Catholic, loved people, had a great sense of humor, and always made everyone feel welcome in her home. Josefina was loved by all of her family and everyone she met. Josefina is survived by her devoted and loving husband, Alberto, her children (Maria, Louis, and William), Linda Milani, who was virtually her second daughter, grandchildren Kelly Gonzalves (Gerald), Steven Rodriguez (Kelly), and great grandchildren, Marissa, Desirae, Dominic, and Alexandria. A memorial mass and services will be held at Calvary Catholic Cemetery Chapel (7101 Verner Ave., Sacramento, CA) at 1 PM on March 7, 2015, followed by a reception at VFW Hall in Citrus Heights. (Contact Maria for details.) In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to PreventBlindness.org or the ASPCA. PRICE FUNERAL CHAPEL (916) 725-2109), directors
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 3, 2015
Tullis, Elizabeth - Henniker  
Elizabeth Ann Tullis 66, of Novato, Calif., passed away Feb. 19, 2015 after a courageous battle with liver cancer. She was born March 9, 1948 in Bethesda, Maryland to Dr. John L. and Frances (Dwyer) Tullis. Liz graduated from high school in Millburn, N.J. in 1966 and Boston University with a degree in theatrical design in 1970. She spent time in graduate school at Columbia University. Summers were spent at the family home in East Orleans, Mass. In East Orleans, Liz's lifelong love of the theater began, spending her summers at the Orleans summer stock Arena Theater, painting sets, learning scenery design and basic behind-the-scenes theater arts. Liz always said East Orleans was a great place to grow up. Liz was an accomplished artist, photographer, seamstress, SCUBA diver and world-wide traveler. Passion for the theater arts was the basis for Liz's long career in theater. She began as a costume designer and cutter, worked as a scenic artist for repertory theater companies, the San Francisco Ballet, The American Conservatory Theater and the San Francisco Opera. For 26 years until her retirement in 2003, Liz was a scenic artist for many film and TV companies including Columbia, Lucas, Disney, Paramount, ABC, etc, mainly in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. Survivors include her mother Frances D. Tullis of Seminole, Fla., brothers David F. Tullis (Susan) of Henniker, N.H. and Jonathan T. Tullis (Barbara) of Seven Lakes, N.C. and nephews Christopher, David, Joshua and Devin Tullis, plus six great nieces and nephews, aunts and cousins and many dear friends. A memorial service will be held on March 22, 2015 at 3:00PM at the Novato Youth Center, 680 Wilson Ave., Novato, CA 94947. Donations in her memory may be made to the Novato Theater, 936-B Seventh Street #132, Novato, CA 94945 or via https://www.novatotheater.net/donate-2/donate/
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 15, 2015
Vapnek, Paul - San Francisco  
Paul W. Vapnek Feb. 22, 1929 - Feb. 28, 2015 Died peacefully in his sleep in San Francisco. Warm, kind, brilliant, and a giant of the legal profession who continued working until the end of his life, he was devoted to his wife, Pearl Coren Vapnek, whom he married on July 11, 1954, and who had a long and distinguished career as a textbook editor. He was immensely proud of his son Jonathan, a urologist and medical school professor in New York City, and his daughter Jessica, a lawyer and international development expert in San Francisco. His grandson David, age 10, brought him tremendous happiness and pride. Paul loved and admired David's dads, Sean SeLegue and Richard Zuniga. In addition to his brother-in-law Harry Coren, sister-in-law Judi Levine, and other relatives in California, Paul is survived by his sister Sylvia Arbesfeld and sister-in-law Susan Vapnek Pollack of Florida, and many beloved nieces and nephews including Mark and Nina Arbesfeld, Gail and Steve May, Evan, Gillian, Peter, Bari, and Brett Vapnek, Rebecca Coren, Devra and Wolfgang Moehler, and their families. Paul was preceded in death by his brother David. Paul earned a mechanical engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1951, and a dozen years later, after military service during the Korean conflict and a career as an engineer, Paul earned a law degree at night from the University of San Francisco Law School. He clerked for Judge William Sweigert of the federal district court and then joined the Townsend law firm where he practiced for half a century. He was the author of numerous articles and books on ethics and intellectual property, taught at Hastings College of the Law, Boalt Hall School of Law, and USF School of Law, and mentored countless students and lawyers. His extensive volunteer work with the State Bar of California, the Bar Association of San Francisco, and the Legal Aid Society was recognized in 2013 when Paul was awarded the state bar's triennial Harry B. Sondheim Professional Responsibility Award, which highlighted Paul's immense contributions to the legal profession in California, including editing the California Compendium of Professional Responsibility, helping establish the State Bar's ethics hotline, and co-writing the Rutter Group's treatise on professional responsibility. Paul contributed his time and energy to numerous organizations, including by serving on boards or committees of Temple Emanuel, the Legal Aid Society, the Democratic Forum, the State Bar of California, and the Bar Association of San Francisco. Paul lived a long life that exemplified hard work, loyalty, charity, and integrity, and he will be sorely missed. His legacy lives on in his intellectual work and more importantly, in his family. Paul would have welcomed donations to Jewish Family and Children's Services, USF School of Law, or the Legal Aid Society. Funeral at 1:00 pm Wednesday March 4th at Temple Emanuel, Arguello and Lake Streets, with burial to follow at Home of Peace Cemetery, 1299 El Camino Real, Colma.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Mar. 2 to Mar. 4, 2015
Venturi, David - South San Francisco  
David Edward Venturi February 16, 1944 - February 19, 2015 Native of South San Francisco. Loving son of Anna & Victor Venturi, survived by his sister Janet & daughter Janay, as well as many family & friends. Friends may visit between 11-12pm on Sat., Mar. 7th where a Liturgy Service will be offered at 12noon. Committal Private. In lieu of flowers the family would like contributions sent to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1700 Owens St. #190, San Francisco, CA 94158 Condolences may also be made at www.gardenchapel885.com .
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 5, 2015
Zippin, Patricia - Tiburon  
Patricia Jayne Zippin Local artist Patricia Jayne Zippin passed away at home in Tiburon on February 14, 2015 with her family at her side. The cause was breast cancer. She was born to Ben and Dorothy Schubert on January 5, 1930 in Ontario, Oregon. She lived in Idaho during her formative years and showed early artistic promise. She also became an accomplished swimmer and was Idaho state diving champion. Her artistic career was enhanced with study at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California. In the 1950's she also studied at the Academie Julian in Paris and the Philadelphia Museum School of Art. Pat returned to the Bay Area in 1960 and worked in the Berkeley office of Clark Kerr, President of the University of California, when she met and married Calvin Zippin of the UC faculty. She became affiliated for a number of years with the Sight & Insight Art Center of Anne and Dick O'Hanlon in Mill Valley. For many years she maintained her own studio and showed her work in the Industrial Center Building in Sausalito where her emphasis was on creation of abstract acrylic works of art. She had a number of one-woman shows in the Bay Area and beyond. She traveled widely, having lived for extended periods of time in Morocco, Paris, and London and visited many other parts of the world. Pat Zippin's immediate family consists of her husband, son Dr. David Zippin, daughter Jennifer (Greg) Kontzer and granddaughter Emma Jayne Kontzer. She was predeceased by her sister Virginia. A celebration of Pat's life will take place at 2:00pm Sunday, March 15 at Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive in Tiburon. Donations in Pat's memory may be given to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of your choice.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 8, 2015

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Banks, Charles - Cupertino  
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
Popescu, Rose Marie - San Francisco  
Rose Marie Popescu April 4, 1923 - Feb. 26, 2015 At rest at the age of 91. Dearly beloved wife of the late Marion James Popescu. Adored mother of John Popescu. Rose Marie was originally from Tacoma, WA but came and made San Francisco her home in 1955. She was a Stewardess for United Airlines from 1945 - 1960. Rose Marie was a Parishioner of St. Brendan Church and resided in the Miraloma (Mt. Davidson) area of San Francisco since 1963. She also volunteered at the Pastoral Care Department of Laguna Honda Hospital from 1985 - 1993. Rose Marie was a generous loving mother, a great cook, and was blessed by being able to travel the country. She will be deeply missed by all who were touched by her caring spirit. Friends are invited to visit on Thursday, March 5 after 9:00am at the Chapels of Valente Marini Perata and Co., 4840 Mission Street, SF. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated also on Thursday, March 5 at 11:00am at St. Brendan Church in SF. Committal to follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.vmpandco.com
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 2, 2015
Rubaloff, Marijoy - Eugene  
Marijoy Rubaloff June 27, 1928 - February 16, 2015 It is with deep sadness we share the news of the passing of our mother, Marijoy Temple Rubaloff. She is survived by her daughters Noelle Kathleen Robbins (Jerry) of Alameda, California; Joa Rubaloff (Carlos) of Zihuatanejo, Mexico; and Cinde Rubaloff (former spouse Stuart Nelson) of Chiriqui, Panama. She is also survived by grandsons Dylan and Cameron Nelson (Meredith); granddaughters Emily and Jessica Robbins, and Anai Rubaloff; and great grandson Peter Nelson. She will be missed by her lifelong friend Joan Simonson, Medford, Oregon, and her daughters Molly and Gail. Friendships our family deeply treasures. She is predeceased by her father Robert C. Temple, mother Florence Kramer, and brother Robert C. Temple Jr. as well as former husband, Noel Rubaloff. Marijoy attended Pomona College and, after raising her family in Woodland Hills, Ca, attained a Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of Oregon. She embarked on a wonderful phase of life in Eugene, Oregon spending 16 years as the newspaper librarian at the Eugene Register-Guard, enjoying the woods and coast of Oregon. Upon retirement she moved to Santa Rosa, Ca to be near her daughters. Here she was active as a volunteer librarian at Bouverie Preserve, librarian and school volunteer at Doyle Elementary; and a very devoted volunteer at The Living Room, serving homeless and at-risk women, where she was much appreciated. She loved her bridge games, a good glass of wine, her dear dogs, her flower gardens, books, and travel adventures. She visited Greece, Burma, Thailand, Mexico and Spain with daughter Joa; went on safari in Africa with grandson Dylan; and saw castles in the UK with grandson Cameron. She and Joan journeyed to Bali, and enjoyed many Elder Hostel experiences. She also explored meditation and Buddhist practice, with time spent at Spirit Rock, Marin County, Ca. She spent her last several years at Emeritus in Fremont, Ca, where she lunched with lady friends, spent time with children and grandchildren, and worked her Sudoku puzzles. Her mind was sharp; her organizational skills never failed her; her attention to detail, sense of humor, and interest in world and community affairs were remarkable until her peaceful passing. The words "I love you" and "I appreciate you" were often used during the past years. Marijoy's family and friends very much loved and appreciated her. Her family wants to thank Edna and Maria, and her other dedicated caregivers. Donations in her name can be made to The Living Room in Santa Rosa, Ca.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 2, 2015
Suttle, Damien - Atherton  
Damien Arthur Suttle 10-24-1981 to 02-29-2008 It has been 7 years now, and the pain of losing you is still palpable. You continue to be a part of our lives in so many ways. Every guest to our homes comments on what a handsome young man you were. In our dreams, you are real. When we awake, the "what if's" flood our minds. Pictures of you and symbols of your accomplishments flavor our rooms. Trees planted to honor you stand majestically above us, providing us with shade, awe, and tears. We love you Damien.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 2, 2015
Vasak, Otto - Fairfield, California  
Otto Vasak May 22, 1917 -February 26, 2015 Otto Vasak passed away, peacefully, on the morning of February 26th, at Paradise Valley Estates in Fairfield, California. Otto was born on May 22, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois to Otto and Zdenka Vasak. Otto, along with brother Francis and sister Jetta, grew up in the suburb of Berwyn, spending childhood summers along the shores of Lake Michigan. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Chemical Engineering. After working for the Glidden Company of Chicago, Otto entered the Army Air Corps program "Aviation Cadets in Engineering". He graduated on December 13, 1941, the same day on which he married Eleanor Grove, the love of his life. He went overseas with the 351st Bomb Group and became the Group Engineering Officer stationed in Polebrook, England. Otto left England on June 18, 1945, and completed his service as Assistant Chief of Bomber Maintenance at Wright-Patterson Air Materiel Command. His final discharge was in December of 1945 as a Major in the Air Force. He rejoined Elly and daughter, Nancy, in Chicago where he took a job with Sherwin Williams working in research and development. After son, Scott was born, Elly and Otto moved to California where he took a job as a Chemical Engineer with the Western Regional Research Lab, part of the Bureau of Agriculture and Industry. Daughters Lacey and Debbie came along in California and New Jersey, respectively. In 1951 Otto started his 33-year career with Chevron Research and Development. This career took Otto and his family to France, New Jersey, Iowa, and back to California, where he retired as the Manager of Process Research and Engineering. While living in Moraga, California, Otto was involved in many civic and church activities. He rekindled his love of music by playing clarinet in chamber groups and community bands. His love of backpacking and fishing took him on many trips to the Marble and Sierra Mountains with friends and family. He always caught his limit! In 1997, Otto and Elly made their final move with friends to Paradise Valley Estates, a beautiful retirement community in Fairfield, California. Otto served as president of the residents' council, joined a writers' group, and played clarinet with the Solano Winds Concert Band. A storyteller at heart, Otto published a book of memoires in 2014. These stories of an amazing man and a life well lived are a gift to present and future generations. Otto's positive and can-do personality touched the lives of all who knew him. A family man to the core, he serves as an inspiration to those who are following in his footsteps. Otto is survived by his loving wife, Elly, his sister, Jetta, his children Nancy Clemens (husband Paul), Scott Vasak (wife Geri), Lacey Thayer (husband Rob), and Debbie Eakins (husband Doug), grandchildren, James, Stacy (husband Scott), Sean, Christina (husband Rudy), Mike, Ryan (wife Rachel), Doug (wife Sarah), Stephanie, Neal (fiancé Vita), and Emily, and five great-grandchildren, Lilliana, Doc, Jeff, Johnny, and Fenton. His ashes will be interred with military honors at the Dixon V.A. Cemetery. A memorial will be held at Paradise Valley Estates multipurpose room on Saturday, April 18th, at 2:00 p.m.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 2, 2015
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