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Crittenden Ph.D., Mary Rita - Palo Alto  
Mary Rita Crittenden, Ph.D. April 6, 1928 – March 28, 2015 A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Dr. Mary Rita Crittenden passed away peacefully in the company of family on March 28, 2015, at home in Palo Alto. She was 86 years old. Mary Rita was born in Binghamton, N.Y. on April 6, 1928. After graduating high school, she traveled 40 miles west to her beloved Cornell University, where she majored in psychology and also studied theater. Following graduation in 1950, she headed west to obtain her master's degree in psychology at Mills College in Oakland. Her Bay Area adventure finished for the moment, Mary Rita returned east in 1952 to begin work as a school psychologist in Rochester, N.Y. There she met her wonderful future husband, Rod Crittenden. They married in August 1955 in Rochester and for their honeymoon drove to California, where she had a job awaiting her – and never left. They ultimately settled in San Francisco's Parkmerced community and soon welcomed a son, John, followed by daughters Anne and Jean. Mary Rita was a loving wife and mother, and instilled in her children a love of learning as she shared with great enthusiasm the joy of their every new discovery. In 1964 Mary Rita returned to work as a psychologist for the San Francisco Unified School District, and in 1968 she began a long and notable career at the University of California, San Francisco. She received her Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1977, and at UCSF rose through the ranks of the clinical professor series to become Chief Psychologist in Adolescent Medicine and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics until she retired in 2003. Mary Rita was valued and beloved by her colleagues at UCSF as well as those whose children she helped. Wise and prescient, in the late 1970s she advised families and students that neurological development does not stop at adolescence but continues into the mid-20s. It was another 30 years before neuroscientists and MRI technology could confirm what she knew from her own observations all along. She loved the theater, butterflies, the warm and fragrant air of Hawaii, the view of the sun going down over Lake Merced from her living room chair in her Lakeshore home. But most of all she loved her family. As grandchildren arrived, she marveled at every step of their development and took great pride in their achievements. And they loved her back. When any of them had exciting news, it was always "I have to tell Nana!" In 2005 Mary Rita and Rod left their home in the City for the Vi senior community in Palo Alto. Over the next ten years they shared many wonderful experiences, traveling on ships to many exotic destinations, taking day trips to special Bay Area locations, experiencing the performing arts, and most of all, enjoying their mutual companionship. Mary Rita is survived by Rod, her husband of nearly 60 years, children John Crittenden, Anne Dickson, and Jean McDevitt, grandchildren Joseph Crittenden, Katherine Crittenden, Gordon Dickson, Sean Dickson, Kenneth McDevitt, Kellen McDevitt, Lauren McDevitt, and great-granddaughter Holly Crittenden (daughter of Katherine). In lieu of flowers, the family requests that Mary Rita's memory be honored by donations to The Mary Rita Crittenden Fund for Behavioral Science Research, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. A Mass in memory of Mary Rita will be held on at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13, at the Church of the Nativity, 210 Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park. Reception to follow.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 26, 2015
Cudahy, Michael - Kula, Hawaii  
Michael Cudahy, Jr. Carmel, California – Michael Cudahy, Jr., 76, died Friday, April 17, 2015 at home with his family in Carmel. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Lake Forest. He went to Deerfield Academy and graduated from Colorado College where he was member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Michael's business career began in sales at Marshall Field's and then at Callaghan Publishing Company. In 1970 he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and went into the natural foods business. Michael sold the business, Rock Island Foods, in 2001 to Nestle International. Michael was an avid golfer and a member of the Cypress Point Club in Pebble Beach, California, and the King Kamehameha Golf Club in Maui, Hawaii. Michael is survived by his wife of 41 years, Mary Cudahy; 3 stepchildren: Henry Combs, Elizabeth Somerby, and Mastin Combs; his mother, Annie May McLucas; his sister, Shaun Cudahy Block. He was the son of the late Michael Cudahy.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Apr. 20 to Apr. 26, 2015
de Figueiredo, Jack - San Francisco  
Jack T. de Figueiredo Jack T. de Figueiredo, dearly beloved husband and loving father, passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2015, following a lengthy illness. He was born in Portugal in 1932, to Arthur and Maria de Figueiredo. He has one sister, Celeste Giannini, of Redwood City, Ca. He is survived by his devoted wife of 42 years, the former Margery Hutter, his children, David (Jack), Steve (Tina), Ron (Jan) and Linda de Figueiredo, and Lisa (Jason) McDonald. He is also survived by two step-children, Toby and Lisa Morris. He has 8 grandchildren, Stephanie Anderson, Courtnie Harmon, Jacque de Figueiredo, TJ and Corrina Fonseca, and Parker and Taylor MacDonald and Steven Borch, and 5 great grandchildren. He was a graduate of Sequoia High School and College of San Mateo where he played basketball. After discharge from the Army, Jack married the former Valerie Spence in 1954 and they had five children. He then embarked on what was to become his newspaper career with the Redwood City Tribune for 30 years ending up as Advertising Director. He was Publisher of the San Carlos Enquirer and former President of the California Newspaper Advertising Managers and Executives Assn. After retiring from the newspaper business he became a Sales Associate with Coldwell Banker in San Carlos. He also was Co-Owner and Assistant Publisher of California Golf Magazine, former President of Edgewood Golf Assn., member of the Elks Club, Lions Club, and active member of the community. He loved cooking and BBQing for family get-togethers. He and Margy moved to Sun City, Lincoln Hills, in 2002, where he enjoyed golf, camping and fishing with his buddies. His family wishes to extend their thanks to the staff of Roseville Care Center for their care and concern. His funeral service will be held Wed., April 29, 2015, at Crippin & Flynn Chapel, 400 Woodside Road, Redwood City. Viewing at 11 am, service at 12 noon and internment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos. Reception following at Redwood City Elks Club. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to Parkinsons' Disease Foundation or American Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice. Grissom's Mortuary 510-278-2800 grissomsmortuary.com
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 26, 2015
Dell, Kenneth - 54, West Long Branch  
Kenneth Richard Dell West Long Branch Kenneth Richard Dell, 54, of West Long Branch, passed away on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015. Born in Holmdel, he attended local schools, and graduated from Rutgers University in 1982. He was an employee at a New York City law firm. Ken spent many happy years at the N.J. shore which he loved, but a part of his heart was always in San Francisco where he lived for some time. He also spent many many happy hours doing gardening and landscaping. He was predeceased by his father William in 2006. Ken is survived by his mother Ruth, brothers Christopher and his wife Theodora, Tracey and his wife Kathleen, and Scott and his wife Annie, a niece Christiana, a nephew Boyan, his aunts Kathleen of Bradenton, FL, and Mary of Eugene, OR., and cousins Ruth Ann of Baltimore, MD. And several other west coast cousins. Visitation will be at the Holmdel Funeral Home, 26 South Holmdel Road, Holmdel, on Tuesday, April 28th from 5 to 8 P.M., with a Funeral Service being offered at 7:30 P.M. The family will hold a memorial service at a time to be announced in the future. In lieu of sending flowers, please consider a donation to amfAR the Foundation for AIDS Research, 120 – Wall Street, 13th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10005, or at amfAR.org For directions or to post an online condolence for the family please visit www.holmdelfuneralhome.com
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 26, 2015
Dixon, Antoinette - Pleasant Hill, Ca  
Antoinette K. Dixon A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Gabriel's Church, 2559 40th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116 at 11:00am on May 2nd, 2015 followed be a Celebration of Life at the United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to St. Gabriel's Church.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 26, 2015
Durbin, Edward - Point Richmond  
Edward Durbin Dec 23, 1927 - Apr 12, 2015 Ed died at age 87 at his home in Point Richmond, CA. Devoted husband to Joan E. Morris. Loving father of Yarrow and Meg Durbin and stepfather of Erica Kaplan and Mark Morris, and dedicated grandfather to Naomi, Rayden, Eli, Gabriel, Austin and Leila. Ed was executive vice president with Kaiser Aerospace since the company's inception, instrumental in building its success. He was an arts devotee, skilled tailor, lifelong sailor, invaluable member and leader at Richmond Yacht Club since 1978, where a celebration of Ed's life will be held on June 6, 1 – 3 pm: 350 Brickyard Cove Road, Point Richmond, CA. Donations may be made to CHOICE Charitable Trust (c/o Yarrow Durbin, 5524 2nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107), which supports education for the children of immigrants.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 26, 2015
Evans, Rose - San Francisco  
Rose Mary MacPhee Evans Rose Mary MacPhee Evans died peacefully at home on April 13, 2015, after a long lifetime filled with the desire to do good in the world. Born in San Francisco on January 30, 1928, she entered Stanford University at the age of sixteen, then married Matthew Evans at twenty and raised four children. She worked as an elementary school librarian when her children were young, and encouraged her students to write their own books, which other children could then check out and read. She then went back to school for a master's degree in special education and taught people with developmental disabilities for many years. She was a founding member of the Susan Snyder Center, a program for developmentally disabled adults which emphasized respect and empowerment. Among other things, the Snyder Center had a woodshop class which taught the use of power tools in carpentry. In her spare time, and after she retired, Rose continued to advocate for justice and compassion in the world. She researched and wrote a children's book, Friends of All Creatures, about people throughout history who taught compassion for animals. She published a magazine, Harmony, which advocated a consistent ethic of life. Even in the last few years of her life, frail with many health problems, she continued her advocacy: she worked with her church family to convert the site of their earthquake-damaged church into Section 8 housing for disabled adults. Rose was a committed Christian, and appreciated the teachings of other religious paths, especially Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and the Baha'i faith. Rose is survived by her children, Anne, John, David, and Valeria Evans. She was a spectacularly loving granny to Rowan Witebsky, Michael Evans, Linden Witebsky, Miranda Evans, and Zachery Evans. A memorial service for Rose will be held at the Baha'i Center of San Francisco at 170 Valencia St. on Sunday, May 3rd, at 1:00 p.m.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 26, 2015
Feng, Rangxian - Resident Of Walnut Creek  
Rangxian Feng Feb 24, 1922 - April 23, 2015 Rangxian Feng, an architect whose career spanned China and the US died at 93 in John Muir Hospital, Walnut Creek, CA. Born and educated in Shanghai, he practiced architecture for 60 years, with the final 10 years at the architectural firm FCA in San Francisco. He survived by his great grand son, grandchildren, son and daughter in laws, daughter Banwen and sons Tianqiu of Melbourne, Australia and Tian Feng of Walnut Creek, and his wife of 67 years Yuzhong Li. Learn more about his life at www.FengRangxian.info . Express condolences at oakparkhillschapel.com
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Apr. 25 to Apr. 26, 2015
Filter, Jeffrey - Moraga  
William Jeffrey Filter December 11, 1950 - April 10, 2015 William Jeffrey Filter, aged 64, died peacefully at home on April 10, 2015 after a yearlong struggle with Pancreatic Cancer. Jeffrey, beloved son, brother, husband and father was born on December 11, 1950 in Dallas, Texas, and raised at Congress Lake, Ohio from 1953 on. He graduated from University School in Cleveland in 1969, and attended the University of Southern California where he earned a B.A. in 1973 and M.B.A. in 1975. Jeff was a member and president of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, Delta Pi chapter, USC varsity Crew and Rugby teams, and a Trojan Knight. Jeff moved to San Francisco in 1975 and spent the rest of his life in the Bay Area. Jeff's financial career spanned forty years starting with Solomon Brothers, and continued with Hambrecht & Quist, Woodman, Kilpatrick & Gilbraith, Alex Brown, Campbell Cowperthwait, and Merrill Lynch. He was a past member of the San Francisco Bond Club (club historian and president 2002) where he received the Oliver V. "Hobbs" Merle Memorial Award in 2000. He was also a past member of the French and Olympic Clubs, as well as a current member of The Bohemian Club, and Walnut Creek Sunrise Rotary, where he established the award winning "Fiscal Fitness" program for high school seniors. Jeff's biggest joys were playing music – guitar and piano - and bringing people together for great food, wine and conversation. He was the consummate storyteller and considered the "historian" for friends' and club lore. He was a regular at Sam's Grill and a true Bohemian. Jeff is survived by his wife Victoria Von Arx, daughter Elise, son George, sister Susan Filter and her husband Peter Koch of Berkeley, sister Karen Filter of La Jolla, mother Nancy Himmelright Wickes of Berkeley, father William H. Filter and stepmother Peggy Filter of Reno. Should you desire, donations can be made to UCSF to help find the cure for Pancreatic Cancer. Send checks to USCF c/o Sarah Krumholz, P.O. Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145-0339. In the memo line write "Andrew Ko's research in memory of William Jeffrey Filter."
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 26, 2015
Fortier, Leslie - San Francisco  
Leslie Bella Fortier Passed away Monday morning, April 13, 2015. She was surrounded and supported by her loving family and caregivers during the last days of her life. Born on November 22, 1968 in San Francisco, Leslie grew up with her twin sister, Linda Sonia Fortier and parents, Sonia Bella and Olney Rudolph Fortier. She attended St. Anne Grammar School and St. Rose Academy High School graduating in 1987. Leslie earned her AA Degree at SF City College completing the Hotel and Restaurant Program and graduated from Sonoma State University in 1992 with an English Literature degree. 1992 started Leslie's teaching career impacting many lives and spanned 22 years. She taught Korean children English at the James Foreign Language Institute in Gumi City, South Korea where she lived from 2009 to 2010.She returned to the US and worked for Karuna, Torn Ranch and Anchor Marine earning several Employee of the Year awards for being an exemplary employee. She taught Sunday school at Calvary Life Christian School in Petaluma taking great pride in teaching children about God. She worked as a social advocate for youths, and helped many Down Syndrome students learn to overlook what others saw and they in turn saw a teacher they loved and adored. Musically gifted, she taught children piano, working at Move Over Mozart Piano School. Leslie ended her teaching career at ELS, (English as a Second Language) where she taught at Golden Gate University. Students cherished Leslie and often referred to her as their "American Mom." Leslie is survived by her twin sister, Linda Sonia Fortier-Eason, Brother in Law, Kevin M. Eason, adored nephew, Kevin Olney Eason (KJ), Father, Olney R Fortier, cousins Leslie knew Alina Hartoonian, Lynn Pasquerella, John Kuchle, Keli Lemoi, Spencer Kuchle, Pierce Kuchle, Charlene Ennis, Tina, Ron, Justin and Sophia Galetti and Brenda and Paul Bernier. Students, colleagues, friends and family will miss Leslie dearly.You are home Leslie…..Que Sera Sera.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 26, 2015
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