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.
Published in Press Democrat from Dec. 13 to Dec. 14, 2017.