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Corinne "Rinny" Rutner-Malanca

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Corinne "Rinny" Rutner-Malanca Obituary
Corinne "Rinny" Rutner-Malanca Passed away on October 19, 2017 in the same hospital she was born in 55 years ago, with family by her side, after a short and courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband John Malanca, her children, Isabella, Andrei and Christina Afanasieff, her parents, Barbara and Stanley Rutner, and her two older sisters, Terry Lasater and Debra Butterfield, along with many extended family members. She grew up in Novato, CA and enjoyed a wonderful childhood. She had an aptitude and love for ballet dancing beginning at age three, and performed in local shows, and on television (with her best friend Jenny) before she was 10 years old. She also loved Latin ballroom dancing as an adult. She graduated in the class of 1980 from Novato High School. She later pursued a degree in International Business at Dominican University in San Rafael, CA. Corinne was a "people person", always making new friends while maintaining cherished friendships from her childhood, some of whom took turns taking care of her in the last months and days of her life. Our family will be forever grateful to those friends, for making this journey so much less painful than it surely would've been without them. Corinne married John Malanca in the Autumn of 2013. She was over the moon about it. They were wed at Rin's ranch in Montana, where they regularly visited with family. Thankfully, she enjoyed one last trip there in June 2017 with John and her parents. Rin's diagnosis came soon after that. She and John really thought she could beat it right up until the last day or two. Corinne was a passionate advocate and educator for the benefits of medicinal cannabis. She and John promoted the benefits of medicinal cannabis nationwide and beyond through their own non-profit organization, United Patients Group. Corinne also cared and contributed greatly to affordable access to mental health care in the San Francisco Bay Area. She will be dearly missed. Contributions may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans, Suite 200 Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
Published in Marin Independent Journal from Nov. 16 to Nov. 19, 2017
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