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Roeth, Joanne Cairns  
Joanne Cairns Roeth September 2, 1926 ~ November 8, 2017 Resident of Walnut Creek, CA Joanne Cairns Roeth passed away suddenly on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. She lived a busy, happy life well into her 90's and will be greatly missed by several generations of family and friends. Joanne was born on September 2, 1926 in Lakewood, Ohio to parents Gordon Cairns and Ann Nistle Foster. Joanne attended College of the Pacific and Cal Berkeley, graduating with a degree in English. On March 4, 1950 she married John Watson Roeth Sr. (Jack) at St. Clements Episcopal Church in Berkeley. Joanne and Jack were a "yin and yang" partnership who lovingly raised a family of four beloved children and ultimately "adopted" their spouses whom they loved like their own: Anne Elizabeth Roeth (John Adair), John Watson Roeth Jr., Jane Roeth Walker (Bruno Walker) and George Cairns Roeth (Kristie Roach Roeth). Joanne was the very proud grandmother of nine young adults and their partners whom she just adored and were the loves of her life: Trusac John Roeth, Caitlin Jane Adair Niedermeyer (Colin), Justin Henry (Hank) Roeth (Haley), Emily Elizabeth Walker, Megan Jane Roeth, Michael Cairns Adair, Jack Millard Roeth, George Henry Walker, and Everett George Roeth, Joanne has a very, very beloved sister, Jane Cairns Bartow, who survives her along with her nieces Joanne Bartow Wilson, Nancy Bartow, and nephew, Thomas Bartow. While raising her family, Joanne Roeth tutored children and taught them to read and to develop an appreciation for books and the written word. She also designed needlepoint items, knitted many, many sweaters, scarfs, shawls, and blankets, worked at Jebba (Magnin's needlepoint store) in San Francisco, and worked in independent bookstores on Piedmont Ave., in Montclair, and in Orinda. One of her loves in life was reading and she made sure that her grandchildren developed a love for books and storytelling. Joanne spent the last few years working in the Rossmoor library one day a week--a job she treasured. Joanne loved world affairs and thoroughly enjoyed participating in lively discussions with friends and family. For many years, she played bridge weekly and treasured the time she spent with her many bridge friends. Joanne was fortunate to have lifelong friends whom she thought of as family: Lolly Todd and Pat Rowe. This tribute would not be complete without a mention of Joanne's beloved cat, Weeddog, who gave her so much love and companionship in her final years. Two of Joanne's favorite places to be with her beloved late husband and family were her condo in Aptos and in Cabin 7 at Feather River Resort. Fortunately, she was able to be in both places during the past few months and her spirit and memories will live on there. No public services will be held. The family suggests that any memorial contributions be sent to the East Bay SPCA 8323 Baldwin St. Oakland, CA 94621 or the Rossmoor Library 925-988-7744. View the online memorial for Joanne Cairns Roeth
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Published in East Bay Times on Nov. 19, 2017
Roman, Cecelia  
Cecelia Roman December 13, 1924 - October 19, 2017 Resident of Pacific Grove Cecelia Roman, a longtime resident of Pacific Grove passed peacefully at home with her family by her side. She was born in Carmel, CA to Gottfried and Emelia Noller. She worked civil service for 33 years, first at Fort Ord and then for the Defense Language Institute before retiring in 1994. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Frank Roman, daughter, Pauline and her son, Frank Roman, Jr. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dolly and Donald Azevedo of Pacific Grove, granddaughter, Sandra and husband Tony Warney of Ramona, grandson, Richard Hurley and Angela Toce of Pacific Grove, great-grandson, RJ Hurley and Hailey Wright of Sacramento and great-great grandson, Jamesin Hurley. The family would like to express their appreciation for the care and support given by Megan and Sandy of Hospice of Monterey and to Cecelia's longtime friend, Joan Campos. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be written to the family at www.bermudezfamilyfunerals.com View the online memorial for Cecelia Roman
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Published in The Monterey Herald on Nov. 19, 2017
Rutner-Malanca, Corinne "Rinny"  
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.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal from Nov. 16 to Nov. 19, 2017
Samson, Dorie Marie (Ridola)  
Dorie Marie Samson (Ridola) Resident of Oakland Dorie was born in Los Angeles, CA on Jan. 30, 1924, and passed away in Alameda, CA on Nov. 14, 2017. She was predeceased by her husband, Felicisimo (Sammy) Samson, parents, Leoncio Ridola and Mee (Matsumoto) Lauron, and step-father, Pedro A. Lauron, brothers Robert and George Ridola, and granddaughter Vanessa Lei Samson. She leaves behind her son, Daniel R. Samson (Christina), daughter Gloria R. Samson, grandchildren, Erik Tyler, Vincent L. Samson, Tiffani Tyler and Nichole M. Wong (Kevin). She also leaves behind great-grandchildren Sammy Hadley, Kailani Tyler, and Zachary Wong, as well as nieces Marie Nelson (Paul), Cynthia Seward (David), nephew James Ridola, and their families; and life-long friends and neighbors. She retired from Pacific Bell after 28 years of service. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing and watching cooking and game shows. Most of all, she loved taking care of her family. She will be missed by all who knew her. Many thanks to the Staff at Alameda Healthcare and Wellness Center who took care of Dorie for the past several months. All are invited to a Visitation, Monday, Nov. 20th, 4:00 - 8:00 pm at Holy Angels Sorensen Chapel, 1140 B St., Hayward, Rosary at 6:30 pm. Funeral Liturgy Mass will be 9:30 am at Christ the Light Cathedral, 2121 Harrison St, Oakland. Interment will be at St Mary's Cemetery, 4529 Howe St., Oakland following the repass. The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers, kind thoughts and remembrances of Dorie. Holy Angels Sorensen FD126 510-581-1234 View the online memorial for Dorie Marie Samson (Ridola)
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Published in East Bay Times on Nov. 19, 2017
Schuck, Glenn LaVerne (Featured)  
Glenn LaVerne Schuck Glenn LaVerne Schuck was born November 13, 1924 in Los Angeles, CA to Alpha and Theresa Schuck and died November 9, 2017 in Bellflower, CA. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served as a Boatswain Mate during WWII. He married Edith Dittemore on June 22, 1945. They were married for 64 years. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, they settled in Gardena, CA where he lived till 2015. He worked as an automotive mechanic and then as shop foreman at the L.A. Department of Water and Power, and retired after thirty years. He served in various ministries at Normandie Avenue Christian Church in Gardena and The Harbor Church in Lomita and impacted the lives of many. He was always willing to help people in need, and his life was a shining example of God's love. He was loved and respected by those who knew him, and was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by four children and their spouses: Leilani (Richard) Weatherington, Daniel (Deborah) Schuck, Andrew (Donna) Schuck, and Jennifer (Jerry) DiLeva; three granddaughters, Rebekah (Keith) Tague, Adrianne (Larry) Johnson, and Clarissa (Jonathan) Tashiro; two step grandsons Scott (Laurie) Cromie, and Mike (Robyn) Cromie; seven great grandchildren, brother-in-law Bob Reitnauer, and many nieces and nephews. He is proceeded in death by his parents, his wife Edith, his grandson Nathaniel Weatherington, and three sisters Betty Davis, Vera Murphy, and Theresa Reitnauer. A Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held on Monday, December 4th at 2:00pm at The Harbor Church, 25401 S. Western Ave., Lomita, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to Sonshine Children's Center, 18754 Hwy 160, Linefork, KY 41833. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze on Nov. 19, 2017
Schultz, Olivia  
Olivia Schultz, 93 of San Rafael, passed away on Sunday November 5, 2017. She was born in Canada and was the 6th of 9 children in a close knit family. After business school Olivia fell in love with U.S. Army Officer Dale Schultz, who was stationed in Canada. They married and moved to the U.S. where Dale's career took the family to Ohio, Maryland, Austria, Georgia and California. She was the beloved mother of Richard (Jennifer) Schultz and Diane (Lesley Gianetti) Schultz. Cherished Grandmother of Rebecca (Jason) Sotelo and Susan Schultz. Dear Great-grandmother to Hailey Sotelo. Olivia is preceded in death by her husband Dale. Olivia was a long time member of the San Rafael Goldenaires, The Spunky Steppers dance group, and Red Hat Society. An avid bingo player, she played up to 3 times a week between Goldenaires, Margaret Todd and Rotary Manor. In addition, Olivia played in various bridge groups and was a long time Macy's employee. She will be greatly missed by so many. In lieu of flowers, donations in Olivia's name may be made to the San Rafael Goldenaires at 618 B Street San Rafael, CA 94901.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal on Nov. 19, 2017
Shea, Sister Charlotte  
Sister Charlotte Shea July 4, 1930 - Nov. 13, 2017 Fremont Sister Charlotte Shea was grateful for 67 years in religious life. Eileen Marie was born on July 4, 1930 in Butte, Montana to Charles and Helen Harrington Shea. The family moved to San Francisco in 1944 where she attended Immaculate Conception Academy. Upon graduating in 1948, Eileen entered the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. Sister Charlotte served as a science and math teacher for 33 years, as Congregational Councilor for 10 years and enjoyed directing the Congregation's development office for more than 20 years. Proud of her patriotic birthday, she was active in Fremont civic and community affairs. Sister is survived by her brother, John and wife, Linda, and by many cousins. She was Aunt to Katie, John (Caryn), and Damon (Kristina) Shea, and Great-Aunt to Audry, Margot, Aya, Esme, and Ethan Shea of Nevada. The viewing for Sister Charlotte will be held Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Dominican Sisters Motherhouse in Fremont, CA. on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. followed by interment in God's Acre. Memorial contributions may be made to Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund 43326 Mission Circle, Fremont, 94539. View the online memorial for Sister Charlotte Shea
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Published in East Bay Times on Nov. 19, 2017
shirley, jane (Featured)  
SHIRLEY, Jane Helena Jane Helena Shirley of Glendora, passed away surrounded by family at Citrus Valley Hospice on October 21, 2017. Jane was born in San Pedro, California, to Charles Kerzic and Miriam Patmore. She moved to Big Bear Lake when she was ten and during her senior year of high school, she began dating classmate, Ronald Shirley. Jane attended Whittier College for two years and in 1957, married Ronald. Three years later, they settled in Glendora, where they raised three children and resided for fifty-seven years. Jane worked for several years in office administration at Conrac, a pioneer in the manufacturing of computer monitors, and for more than twenty years in office administration for Durston Manufacturing Co., a producer of automotive hand tools. Jane had a wide range of interests. She bowled in local leagues, raised funds for the American Cancer Society, and traveled to distant places. She enjoyed watching her favorite sports teams, reading a variety of fiction, and listening to diverse musical genres. Her enthusiasm for gaming, especially video poker, bingo, and horse racing, was often contagious. Nothing paled, though, in comparison to her love of family and friends. Jane leaves behind her husband Ronald Shirley, her daughters Sheryl and Lisa Shirley, her son Michael Shirley, son-in-law Robert Heiner, brother Bruce Kerzic, sister Tammy Corey, and her beloved granddaughter, Laurel Heiner. Memorial services are planned for Friday, November 24th at 1:00 pm at Oakdale Memorial Park, 1401 S. Grand Ave, Glendora
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Published in San Gabriel Valley Tribune on Nov. 19, 2017
Sozzi, Gary Louis  
Gary Louis Sozzi September 7, 1942 - November 1, 2017 Resident of Gardnerville, NV Gary Louis Sozzi passed away on Wednesday, November 1st (All Saints Day). His gentle spirit, fun-loving nature and positive outlook on life created a circle of influence of massive size and strength. Gary was born in San Francisco to loving parents Louis and Violet Sozzi. He graduated from Sacred Heart Cathedral, where he played football, went on to attend San Francisco City College, and later earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from San Jose State University. He then gained a coveted position within General Electric's (GE) Edison Engineering program which resulted in a Master's degree from UC Berkeley and a completed doctorate program at Stanford University. After joining GE as a nuclear engineer, he progressed to become an executive running GE's Nuclear Services division, where he led with grace and honor for 35+ years. While living in Saratoga, Gary was a member of La Rinconada Country Club, and a baseball / softball coach and mentor to many in the local community. In his retirement years, Gary and beloved wife Kathleen (Kathy) moved from the Bay Area to Gardnerville, NV. where they embraced the Sierra foothills and the various adventures that it offers. Of particular note was Gary's love of golf, skiing, photography, and fishing, which he especially enjoyed with family and friends. He also kept busy with various consulting engagements within the nuclear energy field, as well as volunteering with the Sheridan Fire Department, Genoa Lakes Golf Club and local homeowners association. Gary is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Kathy, devoted children Chris and Stephanie Matulich of San Jose, their respective spouses, Sarah and Tony, and grandchildren Luke and Maya Sozzi, and Hayden and Jackson Matulich. He is also survived by his sister Diane and her husband Dan Pini, and sisters-in-law Patty Dunn and Debbie Sozzi. He was preceded in passing by parents Lou and Vi, and brother Larry. His generous and vibrant spirit will be greatly missed by his many cousins, friends and all who encountered him. Memorial celebrations are planned for Gary at Almaden Country Club in San Jose, CA on December 3rd, 2017, and at Genoa Lakes Golf Club in Genoa, NV on the evening of January 4th, 2018. Additional details are available on Darling & Fischer's link at www.darlingandfischer.com , or you may reach out to Chris at chrissozzi@hotmail.com for further information. In lieu of flowers, Gary's family wishes to honor his memory and love for Nevada through the Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation. By donating, you will help children and their families in the fight against cancer. Visit https://www.nvchildrenscancer.org/gary to make an online donation. View the online memorial for Gary Louis Sozzi
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times from Nov. 18 to Nov. 19, 2017
Stokes, Shirley  
Shirley Stokes 1929 - 2017 Resident of Menlo Park Shirley Stokes of Menlo Park passed away on November 12th after a long illness. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and dedicated homemaker who also enjoyed community and artistic activities, golf and skiing. Shirley was born in Utah, one of eight children, only one of whom is still living. Soon after the end of the 2nd World War, she met the love of her life, Ted, to whom she was married for 70 years. Their early years together took them to the Bay Area where Ted graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. After a few years in Las Vegas, they returned to the Bay Area and settled on the San Francisco Peninsula where they lived happily for the next 15 years, raising their three children, Jeannie, Brad and Kelly. Ted's engineering profession then took them overseas for the next six years where they lived in Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, London and Abu Dhabi. They once again happily returned to the Bay Area and lived in Menlo Park for the next 40 years as their family grew to include five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Shirley was active with the Daughters of the American Revolution where she hosted the annual chapter luncheon, served on the board of the local chapter and provided Braille Flag Kits, which were purchased by many individuals and organizations nationwide. Shirley also spent many years with the Stanford Children's Hospital auxiliary, working at Allied arts and providing committee leadership for the annual Tally Ho fundraiser. She also organized holiday celebrations at the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital for a number of years. Always expressing her artistic side, often providing centerpieces for social events, Shirley developed her oil painting talent so that her work in her final years was of professional quality and can be found in a number of private collections. The family is planning a celebration of life in January 2018. Details may be found at http://tributes.com/ShirleyStokes . View the online memorial for Shirley  Stokes
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Nov. 19, 2017
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