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Stilwell, Suzanne  
Suzanne Stilwell Passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2015 in Waycross, GA. She was born September 16, 1957 in Inglewood, CA. Suzy was raised and lived most of her life in the Torrance / South Bay area of California. She moved eastward with Gary Green, her longtime partner - first to Slidell, LA, then to Waycross. Suzanne was preceded in death by Mr. Green as well as her parents, Mary Ann Cooper Stilwell and LaRue Stilwell. Survivors include sisters, Mindy Kneepkens, of Corona, CA and Lisa Radeski, of Torrance, CA; brother, Jon Stilwell, of Sammamish, WA; and many cousins, aunts, uncles and other relatives. Suzy was a graduate of El Camino College and South High School, Torrance. Suzy was a master of many things including being a licensed cosmetologist, an amazing cook, a devoted animal lover, a protective sister, a devoted daughter. We take comfort from the many people who have counted her among their best friends. A Celebration of Life will take place at 2pm Saturday, April 25, 2015 at El Retiro Park, Torrance. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Suzanne's memory to: Ware County Concerted Services ( http://www.concertedservices.org/donate ) or Okefenogee Humane Society ( http://www.ohsadopt.org ) Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits
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Published in Daily Breeze on Apr. 19, 2015
Stoddard, Marilyn Dux  
Marilyn Dux Stoddard Marilyn Dux Stoddard was born June 3, 1924 in Vallejo, California, the first child of William A. Dux and Mary Holland Dux, she passed on April 7, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Thomas D. Stoddard, and her younger brother Bill Dux of Kauai, Hawaii. Marilyn lived a rich and wonderful life in many places of the world, and made Sonoma her final home for the past 24 years. She attended Summit, Park and Old Mill Grammar Schools in Mill Valley, before graduating from Tamalpais High School in 1942. During WWII, she worked at Marinship in Sausalito. She attended Dominican College and San Jose State where she received her teaching degree. She spent 14 years with the USAF dependent school teaching in Japan, Morocco, England and Wiesbaden, Germany where she met and married her husband Tom. Their son, Tom Jr. was born in England. The spirit of adventure, the opportunity to travel, and the students and friends kept the Stoddard's overseas so long. They returned to the States and Novato in 1965, where Marilyn taught at Pacheco and Olive Schools in Novato until retirement in 1989. In all she taught school for 39 years, and loved it to the last day, of her last class in 1989. She valued learning and tried to learn something new each day. Her interests included family, nutrition, cooking, politics, and reading. She had a strong interest in current events and world affairs. She is survived by Thomas Dutton Stoddard Jr., wife Siobhan, and grandchildren Rory and Aileen. She also leaves cousin, Joan Tieman of Mill Valley. She leaves sisters-in-law Bette Jo Dux in Kauai, Shirley Fuller, Catherine Stoddard, Alice Stoddard and Brother-in-law Donald Stoddard in Michigan, and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 11:00 AM at St. Francis Solano Church in Sonoma. Any memorial donations can be made to Hospice by the Bay, or St. Vincent de Paul Society - St. Isabella Conference or St. Francis Solano Conference.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal on Apr. 19, 2015
Sullivan, James G.  
James G. Sullivan Aug 6, 1936 - March 25, 2015 Antioch Born in Wiota, Iowa, Jim received his BS Degree at the Univ. of Nebraska. He served in the U.S. Army and upon discharge entered the Univ. of Chicago to obtain his MBA degree and CPA certification. In 1989 he founded Foxfire, Inc., a company in Walnut Creek, Ca., specializing in hospital revenue enhancement. His favorite pastimes were gardening, the Raiders and Nebraska Cornhuskers football. Jim will be deeply missed by his wife of 55 years, Jean, son Gregory, daughter Julia Robinson, and two grandchildren, Haley Schaup and Conner Robinson. There will be a private family remembrance. Memorials may be made to the Walnut Creek United Methodist Church.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Apr. 19, 2015
Terranova, Mildred "Millie"  
Mildred "Millie" Terranova, 95, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 13, 2015, in Valencia, CA. She was born in Brooklyn, NY on May 31, 1919, to the late Frank and Frances Vaccaro. Millie married Edward Terranova in 1946 and moved to Westchester, CA in 1948. In 1968, Millie and her family moved to Valencia where she lived for the rest of her life. She retired from a career in the medical supply industry working for the Warner Lambert Corporation. While in retirement, she volunteered and worked at the local Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center for many years assisting with the adult care and respite services. Millie loved life and especially enjoyed traveling, dancing, going to concerts and the theater with family and friends. She was very spiritual ~ an inspiration to all who knew her and her spirit will live on. Millie was preceded in death by her husband Edward Terranova and long-life companion Harry Higgins. She leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Alma Terranova, granddaughter, Lisa Terranova, as well as, many family members and friends. A visitation and Rosary will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Eternal Valley Memorial Park, 23287 Sierra Hwy., Newhall, CA 91321. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall, CA 91321, followed by burial at San Fernando Mission Cemetery. A reception celebrating her life will follow at the Valencia Northbridge Clubhouse, 23804 Grandview Dr., Valencia, CA 91354.
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Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Apr. 19, 2015
Thieme, Frits F.  
FRITS F. THIEME September 20, 1944 - April 16, 2015 Resident of Oakland Frits Frederick Thieme passed away in Oakland, CA on April 16, 2015. He was born on September 20, 1944 to the late Hendrik and Johanna Thieme in Bandung, Indonesia. He moved to the Netherlands in 1957 where he lived in the town of Eysden. In 1960, he immigrated to Oakland, CA with his family. Frits enlisted in the U.S. Army and was proud to serve in Korea. While in the military, Frits trained in the culinary arts, which became his passion. He worked as a cook for more than twenty years in several notable East Bay eateries. Frits also worked as a Taxi Driver for a period of time, and spent his final working years in the Transportation Department of Children's Hospital. Frits was married to Lana Thieme who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his brothers George and Benjamin Thieme. He is survived by a step daughter Shelly and three grandchildren. Frits is survived by his siblings, Yvonne Cranston, Irene Poche, Ineke Bruder, Dirk Thieme, Hennie Thieme, Hetty Sykora, Kitty Costello, Max Thieme, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was blessed with a very special niece, Lori Marrujo, who had managed all his personal affairs during his final years. Frits will be remembered for his unique sense of humor, his love of dancing, rock and roll music, and a good joke. He was an avid boxing, Forty-niner football, and horse racing fan. Most of us definitely will remember him for being a connoisseur of the finest colognes. He will be missed greatly, and will forever be in our hearts. A Chapel Blessing celebrating his life will be on Wednesday April 22, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Santos-Robinson Mortuary 160 Estudillo Ave. San Leandro. Interment will be private at Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, CA.
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Published in Inside Bay Area on Apr. 19, 2015
Thompson, Michael Paul  
Michael Paul Thompson Resident of San Pablo Michael passed away peacefully at his home April 11,2015. He was a talented musician that had a love for playing guitar and performing whenever called upon. He is survived by his fiancé, Janette Sheldon, mother Darleen Thompson, sister Jenny Davis, brothers Ronald and Oscar (Rose), nephews Erick Thompson(Karen) Don Bursey (Rochelle), niece Catherine Thompson. He is preceded in death by his father, Albert Thompson. Graveside service will be held Tuesday, April 21st, 2:30pm at St. Joseph's Cemetery, 2540 Church Ln in San Pablo.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Apr. 19, 2015
Thompson, William George  
Thompson, William George (Bill) William George Thompson (Bill), age 92, died on March 23, 2015, in Whittier, California. Bill is survived by his wife of 67 years, Joan Thompson of Whittier, CA; his daughter-in-law, Linnea Thompson Carter, of Novato, CA; his son and daughter-in-law, John and Nancy Thompson, of La Habra, CA; his daughter and son-in-law, Katie and Bill Keichline of Orange, CA; his daughter and son-in-law, Sally and Jim Bates, of Houston, TX; his son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Kara Thompson, of Rowayton, CT; and 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his son, William George Thompson (Tom), of Novato, CA and his great-grandson, Jaxon William Keichline, of Corona, CA. Bill was born on December 18, 1922 in Akron, Ohio, to parents William George Thompson and Beatrix Thompson. He graduated from Lawrence University in Wisconsin. Bill worked for more than 40 years as a business administrator, his last position being with Brooks Products, Inc., in Fontana, CA. He married Joan Sanders in 1948 and moved from Racine, WI to Whittier, CA, in 1950. The couple had five children. Bill and Joan loved to travel together, which included trips to Mexico, Central America, Europe and Asia. Bill was a great family man and a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Bill was a social, active man who enjoyed working in his yard, his many pets throughout the years, playing golf, exercising at the Whittier YMCA 3-4 days a week and singing with the Whittier Choralaires for over 30 years. Funeral services will be held on May 8, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Rainbow Chapel, Gate 17 entrance. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bill's life. The family would like to thank Presbyterian Hospital for their excellent, compassionate care of Bill during his last hospital stay.
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Published in Whittier Daily News from Apr. 18 to Apr. 19, 2015
Tierney, William  
William Tierney November 3, 1940 - April 14, 2015 Lafayette William Hawthorne Tierney passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at John Muir Hospital with his family by his side. Bill was born an identical twin in Brooklyn, NY and had an older sister and yes, an older set of identical twin brothers. Bill's family eventually moved to Monmouth Beach, NJ where he and his brothers and sister grew up. After college, Bill went to work for the Hathaway Shirt Company which meant relocating to San Francisco, and it was here that he met his wife Mary. Together they settled in Lafayette, CA where they have raised their three children and where they have built a strong community of family and friends. Along with being a family man, Bill had many other interests and talents. After the clothing business, Bill ventured into the restaurant business and purchased the Bull Valley Inn in Port Costa, CA in 1977. As his children grew older, he worked in sales and eventually pursued his love of golf. In 1991, Bill opened Tierney's Golf Center at Boundary Oaks Golf Course in Walnut Creek and then finally moved to Grayson Woods Golf Course in Pleasant Hill. In the later years of his life, Bill was dedicated to helping others and had a real knack for sharing his wisdom, hope, faith and clarity. He bestowed kindness and generosity to both new and familiar faces alike. He will be remembered for his truly dynamic personality, his great sense of humor and his nurturing spirit. Bill is survived by his loving wife Mary, his three devoted children, Sarah Sparkman (Shaun), Marcia, and Sean (Christina) and his five grandchildren Molly, Kate, Anna, Lily and Conor. He is also survived by his older brothers Raymond Tierney II and Richard Tierney as well as many nieces and nephews. A memorial mass will be held at Christ the King Church, 199 Brandon Drive in Pleasant Hill on Friday, April 24th at 10am. A reception to follow at Grayson Woods Golf Course, 400 Iron Hill Street, Pleasant Hill In lieu of flowers please make donations in Bill's name to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at: 230 East Ohio Street Suite 304, Chicago, Illinois 60611
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Apr. 19, 2015
Toscano, Sergio  
Sergio Toscano Nov. 17, 1975 - April 11, 2015 Resident of Oakland A beloved son of Luis and Rosa Toscano. A loving brother to Eric. Luis, and Adriana. A devoted father to Vanessa and Ysabel Toscano. Uncle, grandson, cousin and friend... Our family chain is broken, nothing seems the same. But as God calls us one by one, the links shall join again. Funeral: April 20, 2015, 10:00am, Albert Brown Mortuary, 3476 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, Ca 94611.
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Published in Inside Bay Area on Apr. 19, 2015
Unger, Trudi  
Trudi Unger A memorial gathering for Marin photographer Trudi Unger will be held on April 25 at 11:00AM in Mill Valley. Trudi died on March 9, 2015 after several years of declining health. She was 67. For more information, contact eilevy@hotmail.com or s.shoshanna101@gmail. com.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal from Apr. 12 to Apr. 19, 2015
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