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Keilch, Patrick T. - Berkeley  
Patrick T. Keilch October 8, 1948 - September 12, 2016 Patrick T. Keilch died peacefully at home in Berkeley, in the loving care of his family, on September 12, 2016. His death was expected, but was still a shock for his family, friends and associates. He was born in La Jolla, CA on October 8, 1948 to his loving parents, Virginia and "Jack" Keilch. His memories of growing up in San Diego were dear to him. His father was a retired Lt. Commander in the Navy, having served in WWII. Jack was also a scout for the Chicago White Sox and taught that love of baseball to Patrick and the family. Virginia was also instrumental in their family church, various social groups and volunteer activities. They taught their children to be politically progressive and to work for justice for all people. Patrick was a happy child, a natural entertainer and made friends easily. He learned to work hard and was a natural athlete, skilled at many sports and had a love of the ocean. After graduating from Pt. Loma High in 1966, he attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated with a BA in History. Following graduation, he joined the City of Berkeley, working as a recreation aide at Willard Park. From that position, he rose up in the government to become a park supervisor, supervisor of student work force, energy officer and finally the Deputy Director of Public Works. He retired in 2004 after working 33 years for the City. As part of the department, he used his great intellect, statesmanship, personality, excellent writing/speaking skills and years of various city connections to make many major improvements in the community. With others, Patrick started a workers union; was instrumental in establishing the first curbside recycling program in the nation; changed all city diesel vehicles to bio-diesel; established a natural gas station for alternative fuels; worked on the recovery of the city affected by the Oakland/Berkeley Fire. He was often called at 2am to mitigate some disaster and contact the necessary city workers - as he was the top official who lived in Berkeley, the city he loved so much. Patrick met the love of his life, his wife Linda while they were both enrolled at UCB. They raised their family of three, teaching them to be peace loving and fair minded. They traveled, and enjoyed being with their families. Patrick is survived by his children: Marlena, her husband Brad Johnson, and their two children Brayden and Avery; Sabrina and her husband Adrian Morse; and Cassidy Keilch. Also included are his brother John and sister Kathleen and their families. Family and friends are invited to a "Celebration of Life" this Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2pm - St. John's Church, 2727 College Ave., Berkeley. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations for a "memorial" bench for Patrick at the Berkeley Marina.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 22, 2016
Kilian, Neil - Corte Madera  
Neil Kilian Neil Kilian died unexpectedly on September 2, 2016 at the age of 69. He was born June 18, 1947 in Melbourne, Australia to Geoff and Betty Kilian. He grew up in the town of Hughesdale with his sister Jill and had fond memories of family vacations at Rye, a place where they spent time on the beach and fished. Neil was a proud Australian and appreciated everything from good ol' Aussie slang to Vegemite and meat pies. He loved his mates dearly and the camaraderie they shared. He would often reminisce about the fun times they had going to dances during their adolescent years or the hours they spent listening to rock n' roll music. Neil loved tinkering with cars, a hobby that eventually led to his first career and his love for the Bathurst 1000 in Australia and Formula 1 racing. On January 12, 1980 he arrived in the United States to be with the love of his life, Donna, whom he met while traveling in Europe in 1972. He quickly assimilated into the Italian-Irish Durney/Ramazzotti clan and cherished the times when the entire family was together. Neil was the proud father of Shaun and Nicole. He valued their close sibling relationship, helped with extracurricular activities and never missed a single one of their school or sporting events. He loved vacations with his family, especially those spent in Carmel, Lake Tahoe, Sunriver, and Hawaii. Neil was an engineer at heart and worked as a plumber for Pribuss Engineering for 30 years. Over these three decades, he developed strong relationships with his many coworkers and had endearing nicknames for each one. He was hard working and strived for perfection managing to bring a smile or laugh to those he encountered. In addition to his day-to-day job, Neil was also a great asset to his wife's family business. He quickly grew to love American sports and got enjoyment out of watching his favorite teams: the San Francisco 49ers, the Giants, the Golden State Warriors and the USC Trojans. In addition to developing a love for American sports, he never forgot about his number one Aussie rules football team – the Essendon Bombers. He had a strong passion for golf and tried to get a round in with his buddies whenever and wherever he could. Neil enjoyed entertaining friends in the comfort of his own home, was an avid reader, and loved watching movies and popular television series. Music remained important to him throughout his life and he always made sure it was a part of family dinners. He often would play songs from his collection which spanned from the 1930s to today's top hits. Neil had an extreme love for comedy and the charisma to deliver a witty remark or joke in almost any situation that no one else could have. He will be remembered for his extreme warmth, great sense of humor, and the unique ability to light up a room. He will be deeply missed by his entire family and his many friends. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Donna Kilian, children Shaun and Nicole, Mother-in-law, Dorothy Durney (Dot), sister Jill Locke (Trevor), nieces Stacey Stares (Paul), Belinda Callaghan (Nathan), great nieces and nephews, Kynan, Bohdi, Marley and Drew. He is predeceased by his Best Man and Father-in-law Joe Durney, parents Geoff and Betty Kilian and beloved dog Teddy. A celebration of Neil's life will be held in January of 2017, information to follow at a later date. Donations can be made in Neil's name to your favorite charity.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 25, 2016
Knee, Martina W. - San Francisco  
Martina W. Knee Martina W. Knee, born March 12, 1954 passed away September 26, 2016. She was a wife, a godmother to her South Sudanese son, an anti-genocide and human rights activist, and a highly respected and successful corporate lawyer. Martina was born in Vienna Austria, and at the age of 2, immigrated to the US with her parents Theodor and Annemarie Wanko, both accomplished MD's. They lived in Washington DC. Martina received her primary education at Holton Arms School. She graduated from New Trier East High School near Chicago and completed her sophomore year at the University of Chicago. She moved to the Bay Area in 1974 and was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UC Berkeley in 1981. In 1984 she received a JD from Boalt Hall, Berkeley. She worked her way through Berkeley as an undergrad and through Boalt Hall as a grad student. In 1984 she joined Heller, Ehrman, where she became a partner, in corporate securities law in its San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices. In 1995 she left Heller to become VP and General Counsel for UUNET, an ISP that went public in 1995 and grew rapidly to be the world's largest ISP. In 2005 Martina retired from corporate life and returned to the Bay Area where she nurtured her Jewish identity and explored the mental and physical toll the Holocaust exacted on her Jewish mother's mother and other relatives who lived in Austria. She became a passionate anti-genocides activist, initially serving as Executive Director of the Bay Area Darfur Coalition. She gave generously of her time and resources to co-found Act for Sudan, an alliance of US citizen activists and Sudanese refugees living in the U.S. who advocate for an end to genocide and mass atrocities in Sudan. In 2009 she became a Carl Wilkens Fellow, an organization focused on increasing the capacity of community leaders and grassroots organizers to create the sustained political will for the prevention and cessation of genocide. She co-chaired the International Human Rights portfolio of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs' Task Force on Israel, World Jewry, and International Human Rights. She was a member of Board of Directors of the Helen and Joe Farkas Center for the Study of the Holocaust; a member of the Advisory Board of the University of California, Berkeley Law School Human Rights Center; an officer and Director of Living Ubuntu, focusing on the health and well-being of refugees aid increasing public awareness of refugee needs; a member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties; a member of the Jewish Public Affairs Council; a member of American Jewish World Services; and the Northern California Director of the 2009 Pledge to Protect National Canvass, an effort to build a broad base of support in advance of key provisions of the Genocide Prevention Task Force Report of 2008. She supported many other human rights organizations. Martina was honored as a "Darfur Hero" by the Save Darfur Coalition in October 2007 and received the Honorable Tom Lantos Memorial Humanitarian of the Year award, 2008. In 2006, Martina and her husband, Michael, assisted a family of South Sudanese who emigrated from Uganda to San Francisco. Martina and Mike mentored and tutored two of the younger members of the family who graduated from Stuart Hall High School. Emmanuel, who earned a college degree with their love and support, is like a son to them. The funeral service will be held at Sinai Memorial Chapel, 1501 Divisadero St., San Francisco at 1 pm on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. Burial will follow at Sha'arei Shalom (Gates of Peace) at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, 2500 Fifth Ave., San Rafael at 3 pm. Contributions in lieu of flowers should be sent to: • HIAS, Memorial Gift in honor of Martina Knee,1300 Spring St., Suite 500, Silver Spring, MD 20910 • Lehrhaus Judaica, Memorial Gift in honor of Martina Knee, The Reutlinger Center, 2736 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 • Community Service Fund at Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., San Francisco, CA 94118
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 29, 2016
Koenigsberg, Susan - San Francisco  
Susan Koenigsberg April 20, 1924 - September 9, 2016 Susan died peacefully at home after a short illness. Susan Rachel Neuberger was born in 1924 in Halberstadt, Germany, daughter of Robert and Johanna Marcus Neuberger. She was their only child. Moving with her parents to London as a small girl, she grew up there, attending South Hampstead High and North London Collegiate schools. She attended Newnham College Cambridge during the Second World War, obtaining a degree in Organic Chemistry. Back in London, Susan began working for the GEC, but soon decided to augment her education, accepting a Fullbright Scholarship to study in the USA. She attended both Iowa State University in Ames, and Columbia University in NYC. It was at ISU that she met her true love, Ernest Koenigsberg, who was completing his PhD in Ames. Their studies completed, he followed her back to the UK, where they were married in August 1955. Their daughter Joanna was born there 2 years later. In 1957, they moved to the US, to Kansas City Mo., and then to the Bay Area,where son Martin was born. Susan continued to live in San Francisco until her death. Susan was able to stay at home through her children's youths, and chaired Laurel Hill Nursery School for a period. She participated in academic projects at Cal Berkeley. In the 1970's she went back to school (SF State) as a "re-tread" to study her first interest, Economics. After gaining a Master's Degree in the subject, she taught at university level at SFSU, Cogswell and Chabot colleges until retirement. Susan enjoyed travelling, especially to Europe to see her daughter and grandchildren. She was a lifelong fan of Jane Austen, regularly re-reading the canon. She expressed her creativity in knitting and Bargello, among other skills. Susan is survived by her children, Joanna (Tim Miles) and Martin, and by her grandchildren Rebecca Advani (Arun), Robert Miles, and Meadbh and Seamus Koenigsberg. Susan was buried September 18th, beside her beloved Ernest. Donations in Susan's memory to Parkinson's charity www.davisphinneyfoundation.org or to your local food bank. Susan was outraged that in 21st century America, children go hungry.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 25, 2016
Kriletich, Jacqueline - Novato  
Jacqueline Laine Kriletich Jacqueline Laine Kriletich passed away peacefully at home in Novato on September 18, 2016. Jackie was born December 21, 1930 to John Joseph & Hazel Elizabeth Laine. Jackie is survived by her beloved husband of 64 years, Mark Kriletich. She will be deeply missed by her daughter, Marsha McVey (Ken) and sons Steven (Margaret) and Mark (Lora). Jackie made it abundantly clear that her "shining stars" were her six grandchildren Kristy Carriere (Brett), Megan Warren (Dylan), Justine Crescencio (Rey), Sarah Kriletich, Scott Kriletich, and Heather Kriletich. Known as "GG", Jackie's greatest treasures in life were her eight great-grandchildren Brady, Jack, Wyatt, Logan, Katherine, Camryn, Kenzie and Brooklyn. Jackie is also survived by her sister Margaret Ryan (d/Francis) and preceded in death by her sisters Elizabeth Tscharner (d/Charles) and Jean Lehman (d/Harold). Although she had no biological brother, Jackie's cousin, William Moore (Mary), held a special place in her heart. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. A native San Franciscan, Jackie graduated from St. John Ursuline High School in 1948 and has continued a lifelong friendship with several of her classmates. Jackie and Mark raised their family in South San Francisco where she stayed active volunteering for their children's schools and Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church Mother's Club. Jackie and Mark loved to travel with family and friends visiting Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the Caribbean, Hawaii and the East Coast. For many years they entertained at their weekend home in Arnold where they welcomed family and friends with "open arms". The "Bay Area" was home to Jackie and after a career move to Modesto, Jackie & Mark moved to Novato 18 years ago to be close to their children, grandchildren and extended family. Jackie lovingly volunteered her time at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church where she was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and worked many hours on the yearly Church rummage sale. Jackie will be lovingly remembered for her incredible dedication to her family. She was loved by all who knew her, and will be missed by all those whose lives she touched. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 1000 Cambridge St., Novato, CA 94947, Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that donations be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society or St. Jude Children's Hospital.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 25, 2016
Lavezzo, Renzo - San Francisco  
Renzo Carlo Lavezzo Dec. 27, 1927 - Sep. 23, 2016 At rest in San Francisco September 23, 2016 at the age of 88. Dearly beloved husband of Gloria Ann Lavezzo (nee Fontana). Loving father Rick Joseph and Stephen John Lavezzo. Dearly beloved son of the late Giambattista and Rosa (nee Raggio) Lavezzo. Cherished brother of Giuseppina(Giosy), Benedetta(Bettina), Maria, Gerolamo(Jimmy), Giuseppe(Joe) and Constantino. Loved by all the Fontana sisters and their families, he is survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as many God-children. Renzo built and co-owned Victoria Pastry Company in San Francisco's North Beach and Marin for over sixty years. A Native of Soglio, Italy, Renzo immigrated to America after WWII with his father and brothers, to avoid losing the American citizenship that his father worked so hard to obtain. Renzo met and married beautiful Gloria Fontana, and together they raised two sons. His humility, modesty, and generous nature were an inspiration to all who knew him. He was always ready to help and provide sound advice to anyone in need. Friends may visit after 5 pm on Wednesday and are invited to attend the Vigil Service on Wednesday at 7 pm. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday at 10:30 at St. John the Evangelist, 19 St. Mary's Ave., San Francisco. A private service will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery where Mr. Lavezzo will be laid to rest. Online condolences may be offered at www.vmpandco.com .
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 27, 2016
LeBlanc, Joseph - Foster City  
Joseph "Joe" LeBlanc 1925 - 2016 Departed this Earth on Friday, September 23, 2016 after a short illness. Survived by his loving wife Billie, following 65 years of a most happy and productive marriage, 7 children; Lisa (Paul), Mary Jo (Al), Jeffrey (Pb), David, Leslie, Stephen, and Stephanie (Jason), 11 grandchildren; Joseph (Joanna), Nick, Hallie Jo, Sam, Lindsay, Kaitlyn, Zoe, Jessie, Stevie, CJ, and Jet, and great-grandchild Zeha. Born in Michigan, son of Joseph and Irene LeBlanc of a pioneer family who settled in the downriver area of Detroit Michigan in the early 1800's. Joe graduated from the University of Detroit in 1950 following service aboard the USS Hamlin in the Pacific Theater during WWII. He continued his Naval Reserve training as a Lieutenant in Submarines. Former President of Taylor Engineering in Detroit, he joined Bechtel Power Corporation in 1974. His management duties in Project Operations and Business Development moved Joe and his family to Hillsborough, Seoul, Tokyo, Newport Beach, and finally back to Hillsborough. A final move in retirement relocated Joe and Billie to Foster City. Until recently, Joe was active as Usher, Sacristan, and occasional Altar Boy at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church. He was a regular volunteer of weekly food distribution for the Second Harvest "Brown Bag" program. He enjoyed parties, was a "sing-a-long" guitarist, an erratic golfer, and an avid crossword puzzle and sudoku fan. His humor, social presence, expert bartending and generous nature will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Have a martini, shaken or stirred, in his name, at your favorite watering hole. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Joe's life at the Memorial Mass at 11am on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 300 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, CA. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, it was Joe's wish that a donation be made in his name to Second Harvest or Mission Hospice.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, 2016
Lev, James - San Francisco  
James "Jamie" Brooks Lev We miss and love you. Your Family
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 22, 2016
Liston, Marilyn - Indio  
Marilyn A. Liston In memory of Marilyn A. Liston of Indio, Ca. Previously of the bay area, who passed away July 23, 2015. She is survived by her loving husband, Warren and her brothers Douglas, Donald and Bruce. Services will be held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael on Saturday, October 15 at 1:00 P.M. with inurnment to follow. For more information contact: Mt. Olivet at 415-429-9020. P.S. There will be refreshments at The Lounge following the ceremony. Entrusted to Wiefels Funeral Directors, Palm Springs, Ca.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Sept. 24 to Sept. 26, 2016
Lockard, Dorothy - San Francisco  
Dorothy Ellen Judge Lockard 1928-2016 Dorothy Ellen Judge was born on October 27, 1928 in Elmira, New York, the youngest of the four children of John Walter Judge and Ruth Ellen Roberts. In June 2016, Dorothy declined sharply in strength. She passed away peacefully on June 28, 2016, at her son's house in San Rafael, California. "Dottie" grew up in Elmira, and moved to Tucson, AZ in 1950. There her daughter Rita was born in 1951. She married Kirby Lockard in 1956, and they had two sons, Scott and Brodie. During 1961-62 the family lived in Boston, where Dottie volunteered in the ER of Mount Auburn Hospital, beginning a long, distinguished nursing career. Dorothy earned her nursing degree in 1971, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1977. She taught nursing at the University of Arizona before moving to the Veteran's Administration as a nursing administrator. She later transferred to San Diego, and then Portland. In 1979, her son Brodie suffered a severe accident while at Stanford. Dorothy spent the next year between Portland and the Bay Area, assuring the best care and outcome for him. She transferred to Palo Alto, and she and Brodie eventually moved to Redwood City. She remained at the Palo Alto VA until her retirement in 2009 as Associate Chief Nurse. Brodie moved to Hawai'i in 2000 and Dorothy visited often. In 2013, she relocated to Scott and his wife Nancy's house north of San Francisco. Dorothy was a loving mother, devoted to unwavering support of her children, with a particular emphasis on their education. She will always be remembered as a loving, smart, determined, and empathetic friend, mother, and grandmother. She is survived by her brother Donald, her three children, grandchildren Gina, Brian, Brodie and Kendra, and great-grandchildren Martin, Houston and Zella.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 25, 2016
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