Marilyn Duggan CASELLI
1940 - 2017
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CASELLI, Marilyn Duggan Marilyn Duggan Caselli passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at home in Sonoma, after a valiantly fought battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her four loving children. Mar, as she was affectionately called, was born in San Francisco on January 17, 1940, along with her twin brother, Leonard, to Mary and Leonard Duggan. Her twin brother was born seven minutes before her and she liked to say that it was the only fight he ever won. Marilyn was the loving mother of Michael Caselli and his wife Sheila, Teresa Caselli, Tisha Caselli-Chinn and her husband Byron, and Molly Caselli; adoring grandmother of Craig and Cyle Caselli, Kendall Slade, Evan and Emma Chinn, and Jacob and Richie Cross; dear sister of Leonard F. Duggan Jr. and his wife Emily, Susan P. Duggan, Letitia Tatarian and her husband Ed and Richard Duggan and his wife Stephanie. Marilyn is also survived by her former husband, Dr. Richard Caselli, former son-in-law, Steve Cross, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Marilyn attended St. Emydius Grammar School and Mercy High School (Class of 1957) in San Francisco. She then attended San Mateo Junior College before transferring to San Jose State University where she earned a BA and a school librarianship credential in 1961. The extended Duggan family began spending summers at their ranch on Moon Mountain Road in the 1930s, and while Marilyn was in college, her immediate family moved to Sonoma after purchasing a local funeral home. It was a weekend trip to Sonoma to see her family where Marilyn met her future husband, Richard Caselli. They married in 1963 and settled in Sonoma where they raised their four children. In 1982, Marilyn entered the family business at Duggan's Mission Chapel in Sonoma. She became a licensed funeral director in 1983 and received her crematory license in 1987. She took great pride in and considered it a privilege to serve the people of Sonoma Valley while helping them to get through difficult circumstances. Marilyn loved nothing more than to spend time with her children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews. She was always the life of the party and always had sound advice and a positive attitude. She had a strong faith that sustained her and believed strongly in the power of forgiveness. Her door was always open to family and friends. She often ended large family dinners, over a noisy table filled with laughter, with her favorite quote, "It's a great life!" Marilyn was a past president of the Catholic Charities Auxilliary, The Native Daughters of the Golden West, and the Redwood Empire Funeral Director's Association. In lieu of flowers the family would be honored by a donation to Hospice by the Bay, 190 West Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476, or Sonoma Overnight Support, 151 1st Street West, Sonoma, CA 95476. Funeral services under the direction of Duggan's MIssion Chapel in Sonoma. Visitation at Duggan's Mission Chapel on Thursday, December 14th at 4:00 p.m., followed by a Rosary at 6:00 p.m. Funeral Mass to be said on Friday, December 15th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Leo's Catholic Church.

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Published in Press Democrat from Dec. 13 to Dec. 14, 2017.
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December 27, 2017
Sorry sorry for the loss of Marilyn...I was honored to have known her...I have lost 4 family members and Marilyn was always there for me and always gave me a hug and we did shed a few tears will be missed...xoxoxo
Caryn Bettencourt
Caryn Bettencourt
December 15, 2017
Mike, Theresa, Tisha and, Molly-
Your mom provided so many of us with sincere compassionate consideration in our times of grief. I hope you all get that same sweet kindness now. I'm so sorry for your loss.
cousin Randy Caselli and family
December 15, 2017
Marilyn was a pleasure to work with and will be missed. She is in our prayers. With our sincere condolences, the staff of Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma
December 15, 2017
Thoughts and prayers for the Duggan and Casseli families.
Letitia Delan
December 13, 2017
My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. I will miss her dearly.
Denise Cordoni
December 12, 2017
December 12, 2017
Marilyn was a dear friend to me. I will miss her and her warm laugh and the happy times we shared. May your family find Peace now Sending my prayer to all the family and loving thoughts Treasure all the memories that you have of your Mom, sister, grandchildren and friends God Bless you Marilyn
Linda Shockey
December 12, 2017
Everytime I saw Mar I was greeted with a warm hug and a smile. She was a beautiful soul. I wish I had gotten to know her better. May she rest In peace and may perpetual light shine upon her.
Cousin Eireann McCarthy
December 12, 2017
Dear Mike and Family, it is with my deepest sympathy!! I wrap my arms around you with love and light. Your Mom was so very, very good to me!!! Together our Mom's are talking right now!!! Love you Mike, please give my best to your family!!!
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