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Thoelecke, Louis Francis  
Louis Francis Thoelecke A lifelong Marin Country resident, born on February 18, 1949, and passed away on December 30, 2014. Louis attended St. Anselm's Grammar School and Sir Francis Drake High School and graduated from San Francisco State College with a double major in political science and history. Louis served a tour of duty during the Vietnam War despite having a student deferment allowing him to avoid military service. Louis worked for several years in the grocery business for Lucky Supermarkets, then as a driver, dispatcher, and cashier for Desoto Taxicabs in San Francisco. After retiring at the age of 50, Louis became a Renaissance man, developing and maintaining investment properties in San Francisco and Marin, and devoting his extraordinary energy to a variety of interests. As a tennis player and member of Mt. Tam Racquet Club, he competed in tournaments throughout the Bay Area. He became an accomplished saxophonist and played in several musical groups from jazz quartets to "Big Bands" including the annual "Sewer Band" concert at the Marin Civic Center. He often played in musical groups at senior centers and nursing care facilities in the Bay Area. Louis was an avid duplicate bridge player and achieved the rank of bronze life master from the American Contract Bridge League. Louis was an early "green" pioneer, installing solar panels on his house long before it was fashionable and growing his own organically grown vegetables fertilized with compost he made himself and acquiring several beehives. His interest in wine was initially kindled when he served in the Army Reserves with Michael Mondavi. At their annual summer training at Camp Roberts, Michael would bring wine to taste. Five years ago, Louis embarked on a winemaking venture, planting vines in his terraced yard, taking classes at Napa Junior College and experimenting with varietals. Always interested in sustainability, Louis made his own wine for his private label Six Corners Vineyards. Louis was involved in the San Rafael West End Neighborhood Association and was instrumental in upgrading a roundabout near his home, including adding signage that contributed to safety for pedestrians in the residential neighborhood. He contributed generously to those less fortunate mainly by supporting the Novato Human Needs Center. His strong will to enjoy a vibrant, healthy life supported him well as he bravely negotiated the challenges of Parkinson's Disease in recent years, becoming an inspiration to all who knew and loved him. Louis is survived by his mother, Leona Thoelecke, two brothers, Loarn and Leslie Thoelecke, and a niece, Sharlene Rambke, all of Marin County; and a godson, Joe Mellin of San Francisco. A celebration of Louis' life will be held at the home of his longtime friend Laurel Mellin at 138 Woodland Avenue, San Anselmo, California on Saturday February 7th at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made in Louis' name to the Novato Human Needs Center, Novato, California.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal from Jan. 25 to Feb. 1, 2015
Thompson, Leslie L. "Tommy"  
Feb. 15, 1927 - Jan. 17, 2015 Leslie "Tommy" Thompson, 87 of Vacaville, passed away on the morning of Jan. 17. He was born in Arkansas on Feb. 15, 1927 to George and Grace Thompson. Tommy proudly served in the U.S. Navy until retirement and then went on to work as a Correctional Officer. Tommy was a golfer and motorcyclist. Most importantly, he was a family man; a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather who was devoted to his daughters. Tommy was preceded in death by his daughters, Brenda DeVore and Mary Jane Thompson. He is survived by daughters, Diane Henderson and Jennifer Thompson; son-in-law, Tom DeVore; grand-children, Victoria Ferrell, James Anderson, Haven Anderson, Dorsey Thompson, Mary and Marco Naranjo, Miles Woodford, Lacy Thompson, Kevin and Jessalyn Manzer, Jamie and Carolyn Caruso, Gheizel Prado and Hanna Quist; He is also survived by seven great grandchildren and a host of extended family. Tommy was laid to rest at the Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by Vaca Hills Chapel Funeral Home, 707-446-3233. www.vacahillschapel.com .
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Published in The Reporter on Feb. 1, 2015
Tippett, William George  
William George Tippett May 7, 1949 ~ January 16, 2015 Lifelong Resident of Alameda Native Alamedan Bill Tippett died January 16, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. Bill was born at the Alameda Hospital in 1949, to David & Fern (Rolfe) Tippett. He resided in Alameda his entire life, turning down opportunities to live in other communities because "Alameda has everything". He was a 1967 graduate of Encinal High School, attended Laney College where he competed in football & wrestling. He was unanimously inducted into the Encinal High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013. He is survived by his wife of more than 30 years Laura, daughters Shana Tippett and Alissa Lee (David), son John Dubois (Maggie) and six grandchildren Liam, Aubrey, Matthew, Nolan, Keriann & Asher, sisters Faye Bignone and Georgia Lanum (Jim), nieces June Amaya and Kimberly Peters, nephew Ben Peters (Melissa) as well as numerous grandnieces & nephews, sister-in-law Lynda Perry (Rich), extended family and beloved friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother David, Jr. and niece Judy Amaya Smith. Bill was a master plumber, sole owner of local business Bill Tippett Plumbing and a 42 year member of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 342. He loved photography, golf and was a skilled bonsai artist. A celebration of life for Bill will be held at the Encinal High School gym, 210 Central Av. Alameda, Saturday February 7, 2015 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the ALS Foundation in memory of Bill's dad David Tippett or Encinal High School Athletic Department in Bill's memory. For further information please contact Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director (FD745) www.alamedafuneral.org ALAMEDA'S ONLY FAMILY PROVIDER
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Published in Inside Bay Area from Feb. 1 to Feb. 6, 2015
Trawick, Gary  
Gary Trawick Feb. 2, 1943 - Jan. 22, 2015 Santa Clara Gary Trawick passed away due to heart disease in the comfort of his home and in the arms of his wife of 43 years, Shirley. Gary served in the United States Army from 1960-64 and enjoyed a 39-year career with Pacific Bell. Known to many as "Coach T," Gary leaves behind a legacy as a beloved football and baseball coach, having devoted a combined 41 years to coaching local teams. A dedicated mentor, Gary inspired and touched the lives of countless athletes. From the joys in his life, through to his medical setbacks, his will, belief and strength remained seemingly indomitable. Gary was always ready to make the most of a situation and enjoy the day with a happy-go-lucky attitude and an infectious laugh. Counted among the things he loved are family vacations, his dogs, a good movie, and his family, who always looked forward to Gary's spontaneous dances (most often to the tune of oldies such as "Woolly Bully"). He is survived by his wife; sons: Tony, Danny, David and Michael; grandchildren: Marcus, Taylor and Sophia; cherished cousins, in-laws and nieces and nephews who dearly loved their "Uncle Banana Nose." There will be a graveside burial service at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 1:30pm. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Heart Association.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Feb. 1, 2015
Triplett, Gary Lee  
Gary Lee Triplett An Extraordinary Man Gary Lee Triplett, 68, passed January 21 of leiomyosarcoma cancer at his home in Torrance, California, with his wife and brother, Jim, at his side. Gary was born on June 30, 1946, in Bellingham, Washington to Harley and Elizabeth (Bosman) Triplett. He attended Bellingham High School and Western Washington University. He was drafted into the Army where he served with distinction, mostly in Germany. Upon his honorable discharge he apprenticed in sail-making with North Sails, working with the America's Cup boats and eventually opened Triplett Sails in Bellingham. In the early 1990s, he moved to San Diego, California, where he worked in international communications and met his wife-to-be, Dr. Anita "Chris" Chavez. He then moved to Irvine, California, and altered his career path to dealing internationally in marble products for hospitality industry construction. He retired in 2002 after moving to Torrance, California. Gary loved every aspect of life. Whether it was meeting new people (no one was a stranger to him), visiting new places, exploring down an unknown turn-off on a road-trip, rising early to catch a gorgeous sunrise, waiting, camera in hand, for just the right shot of a magnificent sunset, or watching for a glimpse of wildlife, he soaked up everything life had to offer, with unmatched joy and enthusiasm. He was liked and loved by all who were fortunate enough to cross paths with him. Gary enjoyed individual sports, especially bicycling, sailing, and skiing. He traveled, toured, and cruised extensively with his wife to destinations world wide. Gardening brought him special pleasure. He also enjoyed cooking, especially pastas and barbeque grilled entrees. Gary is survived by his wife, Dr. Anita "Chris" Chavez, his four siblings, Judy Walston, Darrell Triplett, Jim Triplett and Wayne Triplett and their many family members, a step-daughter, Janet Lynn Geist, a granddaughter, Eden Maria Sessions, and his daughter-in-law, Jennifer (Triplett) Sharp. He lost his only child in 2008, Ryan Alan Murray Triplett, who died in a climbing accident in Mazama, Washington. A private open house to enjoy memories and share stories of Gary will take place in Torrance, in late February. A gathering of his family and many friends to celebrate his amazing life will take place in Bellingham, Washington, in July/August. Donations in his name may be made to a charity of your choice or the Salvation Army. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze on Feb. 1, 2015
Tunder, Sheryl  
Sheryl Tunder Dec. 9, 1938 - Jan 13, 2015 Resident of San Jose Sheryl passed away unexpectedly at her home at young age of 76. She is survived by her loving husband Richard Tunder of 53 years. Friends and family are welcome to attend a visitation on Monday, February 2, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm in Rm A, with a funeral service on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 1pm in the Drawing Room Chapel with a burial to follow. All services to be held at Oak Hill Funeral Home 300 Curtner Ave, San Jose, Ca 95125.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Feb. 1, 2015
Tyler, Ann Starr  
Ann Starr Tyler Feb 13, 1935 - Jan 14, 2015 Resident of San Jose, Ca Ann passed away Jan 14, at the age of 79, after a long life and a brief illness. She grew up in Coronado and moved to San Jose to attend San Jose State University. She was a teacher until she married and had a family. After raising her family she returned to the education system as a Librarian and then a substitute teacher. She enjoyed teaching, cruises, movies and singing in her church choir. Ann is survived by 4 children, Cathryn Kast, Steven Tyler, Scott Tyler, and Tracy Tyler, and 5 grandchildren, Rachel, Zachary, Joshua, Travis and Sarah. A memorial service will be held at 1pm on Feb 7 at St. Stephens in the Fields Episcopal Church located at 7269 Santa Teresa Boulevard, San Jose, CA.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Feb. 1, 2015
Unangst, Steven (Featured)  
In memory of Steven Unangst
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Published in San Jose Mercury News from Jan. 13 to Feb. 12, 2015
Van Wyck, William  
William Van Wyck July 6, 1953 - Dec. 27, 2014 Resident of Ft. Worth, Texas Bill was born in Berkeley and passed away while on vacation in Los Angeles. He graduated from Albany High School and served in the United States Air Force from 1973 to 1977. Using skills developed during his military service and an interest in computer applications, Bill worked at the Concord Naval Weapons Station until its closing, then took a similar career opportunity in Ft. Worth, where he was serving at time of his passing. Bill is survived by wife Ana Van Wyck, twin sister Diana Blair Yellowwings, siblings Doug Van Wyck (Hildy), Kathie Fullmer (Donald), Greg Chambers, parents Marian Chambers of Texas and Sam Van Wyck (Harriet) of Washington state, many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family who benefited from Bill's generous sharing of his computer tutoring skills. Services were held in Los Angeles, CA. Condolences, memories and laughter can be shared by all who knew Bill by speaking a kind word, helping the person next to you, or visiting an old friend, as Bill was known to do throughout his life.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Feb. 1, 2015
Vargas, Catherine Hill "Cata"  
Catherine 'Cata' Hill Vargas 1/8/36 - 1/24/15 San Jose Catherine Hill Vargas passed in peace on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Catherine was born in Uvalde, Texas in 1936 to Mr. and Mrs. Marcelino Hill, she was the oldest of 12 children. Loving Sister, Mother of Four, Grandma and Aunt to many. Memorial Services for Catherine will be held on Thur., Feb. 5, 2015 @ 3:00p at The Oak Hill Funeral Home. Reception is to follow.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Feb. 1, 2015
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