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Sorrells, Eileen Josephine  
Eileen Josephine Sorrells Sep. 27, 1928 – Feb. 23, 2015 Resident of San Jose This remembrance to honor and celebrate the beautiful life of Eileen Josephine Sorrells our dear mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and loved one to all that knew her. Eileen's extreme battle with Alzheimer's disease ended peacefully on Monday, February 23rd 2015 at the age of 86. She shared with all she loved her extraordinary talents which included her exceptional cooking skills and her love of painting. Her kind heart and gentle nature was a subtle reminder of her strength and love. She is preceded by her dear son Anthony Sorrells, former daughter-in-law Debi Barstow and her sisters Angie Donato and Lucille Moreno. Her family members missing her deeply are her daughters Annette Sorrells and Adrienne Dallas, her sister and brother-in-law Helen and Walter Patapow, her grandchildren Rachel Peek ,Johnathan Dallas, Katie Dallas, Brian Roy and Jessica Williams and nieces and nephews Andrea Mitchell, Rosalie Lacson, the Donato family Cheri , Michelle, David, Rosemarie and Joe. She was a true blessing in all of our lives and will be always be in the hearts. Funeral on Wednesday - 3/4/15 @ 11am (visitation at 10am) at Lima Family Santa Clara, 466 North Winchester Blvd
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Mar. 1, 2015
Stamm, George F.  
George F. Stamm June 18, 1936 - Feb. 21, 2015 Lifelong Resident of Antioch The demise of George F. Stamm came after a massive heart attack on February 21, 2015. George was schooled in Antioch, CA. He attended Diablo Valley College and San Francisco State University. George Stamm was employed by Stamm Theatres, Inc. for over sixty years. Since the time George was born he spent every summer at Lake Tahoe. He also enjoyed traveling to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico because in his innate love of the ocean and the fish therein. George is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; devoted two children, George Anders and Anne-Marie Stamm both of Antioch. He leaves one grandchild, Cash Christopher Stamm of Antioch. George is also survived by his sister, Mary Ann Stamm Balocco, two nieces, Gina Harris of Brentwood, Jane Balocco of Antioch and one nephew, Jeffrey Balocco of Antioch. He also leaves three great nephews, Dean and Cal Harris of Brentwood and Gino Balocco of Antioch. George's quick wit and keen sense of humor will be forever remembered! Inurnment will be private. A Celebration of Life event will be held in March. Memorial donations may be sent to the Antioch Historical Society: 1500 West Fourth Street, Antioch, CA 94509
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Mar. 1, 2015
STEIN, RUTH B.  
Ruth Brainard Stein Ruth passed away Wednesday, February 18 at the age of 89. She was born in Manhattan Kansas in 1925 to Paul and Helen Brainard. In 1933, the family moved to Inglewood, CA which was close to Hollywood. Ruth became an extra in the movies and was in several films. In high school, she was elected beauty queen princess, with beauty queen Jean Crane, who later became a famous Hollywood actress. In 1944 she married Edward (Ted) Stein and moved back east, attending New Jersey State Teachers College while Ted attended Princeton. After returning to California, she helped her husband establish a presbyterian church in San Diego. They moved to San Anselmo in 1958 where she taught elementary school. They had four children: Larry, (now deceased) Karl, Laurel, and Paula. She was very active in PEO and Christ Presbyterian Church. She had a great sense of humor, playing jokes on all of us on April fools day, and her love of gardening, music and the arts endeared her to many people. Ruth was way ahead of her time, and in the 70's began practicing yoga, preaching the advantages of nutritional supplements, and making her own energy bars and protein shakes. She and her husband enjoyed travel, and the family spent time in the Philippines, Hawaii, Switzerland and Spain when Ted was on sabbatical. She is survived by her sister, Lois Brainard, her three children, (Karl, Laurel and Paula), five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. There will be a memorial held at the Villa Marin on Friday April 3, from 3:00-5:00 pm. Donations may be made to a Charity of your choice.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal on Mar. 1, 2015
Storer, James  
James (Jim) Samuel Storer Dec 17, 1933-Feb. 20, 2015 Resident of Benicia James (Jim) Samuel Storer was born in Hastings, Nebraska, on December 17, 1933, and passed away peacefully on February 20, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Lucille Storer, and his sister, Joan. He is survived by his loving family, wife Patricia (Pat) Mainini-Storer; Steve Mainini (Leslie); Scott Mainini (Natalie); granddaughters Alyssa and Ava Mainini; and a greatly anticipated, as yet unborn Baby Mainini to parents Scott and Natalie. He is also survived by his brother, Van; two children from a previous marriage, Steve and Nancy; in addition to niece and nephew, Leslie and Dr. Mark Storer. Jim graduated from Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco, served in the U.S. Army, and went on to graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1958. In years following, Jim earned his secondary teaching, counseling, and administrative credentials. Jim began his career in education as a teacher in 1959 for the then Richmond Unified School District. He advanced from teacher to dean, counselor, vice principal, and ultimately served six assignments as principal. Although he retired in 1993 from the West Contra Costa Unified School District, he continued as a home school teacher, and a substitute administrator until 2009. As a highly respected teacher and administrator, he touched the lives of so many. He chose a career in teaching knowing the rewards came from the lives one shaped. He was deeply touched each and every time a former student expressed appreciation because he changed their lives. He was always a gentleman! Grandpa Jim loved his family, friends, Benicia, his dog Molly, horseracing, swimming, travel, a good joke, a good book, the New Yorker, pepperoni pizza, chocolate, the SF Giants, games, singing songs with the grandkids, annual s'mores contests in Tahoe and life! Jim joined the El Sobrante Rotary club in 1986. He was a past president and a Paul Harris Fellow. The family requests donations to the Rotary Club of El Sobrante, Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 20134, El Sobrante, CA 94820. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Passalacqua Funeral Chapel, Benicia. Please visit the online tribute at www.passalacquafuneralchapel.com
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Published in Contra Costa Times on Mar. 1, 2015
STRATHAIRN, LOUISE  
Louise Strathairn Louise passed away peacefully with family and friends near on February 8, 2015. Born April 1, 1919 in Altoona, PA she moved with her parents Charles and Alice Gettemy to San Rafael with her sister Betty Jane Krogh in 1924. Her father started the Marin Credit Bureau and Louise attended San Rafael High going on to graduate from UC Berkeley in Philosophy. She joined Alpa Delta Pi, played violin and loved tennis. Louise met John Southmayd at the College of Marin and they married at the First Presbyterian Church in San Rafael in 1942 by John Jefferson Canoles. After the war they were reunited with their first son Eric John Southmayd of Alameda. They had two other children, Cynthia Louise Southmayd of Salem, OR and Dr. Robert Charles Southmayd of Stockton. Sadly, John died of leukemia at the age of 49 and Louise depended on parents, friends and church for support. She met and married Dr. Scott Strathairn and they were married for over 30 years until Scott's death in 2003. Scott was instrumental in the development of Marin General Hospital's surgical unit, served several terms as Chief of Staff and received 'Outstanding Physician of Marin' in 1995. Louise contributed many years of volunteer service at MGH. For 25 years Louise volunteered at Guide Dogs for the Blind primarily as a 'puppy tester', the first screening for suitable dogs. Throughout her life the presence of babies or dogs were a constant and deep source of happiness. Louise in time also became a 'Bell Ringer' and later a Deacon at First Presbyterian Church. She and Scott travelled extensively after Scott's retirement. Their union also brought into the family three of Scott's children from a prior marriage, Tom Strathairn of Encinitas, David Strathairn of Bolinas, and Anne Strathairn of Shelton, OR. Louise's later years were sweetened by the love of Roy Farrington Jones whom she met at the Villa Marin. They shared many travel adventures and much support and love. Many people loved Louise Strathairn through her long and full life. Those younger than Louise often found that they had been spiritually 'adopted' coming to think of her as a virtual mother. She was a good friend to have because she consulted her heart about the right thing to do before she spoke. She will be sorely missed. Louise is survived by her three children, Eric, Cynthia and Robert, her three stepĀ­children Tom, David and Anne, and grandchildren Scott Southmayd, Dylan Southmayd, Steven Southmayd, Sarah Quincy of San Diego, Elise Strathairn, Tay Strathairn and Ebie Strathairn in addition to nieces and nephews from the family of her sister Betty Jane Krogh. Memorial Service is scheduled for Sunday, March 8 at 2 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael, 1510 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. Donations in Louise's name may be made to Marin Community Clinic, Guide Dogs for the Blind, First Presbyterian Deacon's Fund, Hospice of Marin or any charity of your choice.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal from Feb. 25 to Mar. 1, 2015
Strong II, Edward Lambert  
Edward Lambert Strong II Aug. 22, 1926 - Feb. 16, 2015 Resident of Los Gatos Edward Lambert Strong II, loving husband and devoted father of three, passed away peacefully during the night on February 16, 2015. Ed grew up in Ogdensburg, N.Y., served in the U.S. Army and attended Union College, in Schenectady, N.Y. Ed worked for G.E. both in Europe and the U.S. for over 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and three sons, Ned, Tom, and Norm, and four grandchildren, Nick, Samantha, Ben, and Abbey. His smile and wonderful story telling will be missed by his family and friends. Services have been held with family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Edward's name to the American Heart Association, the Salvation Army or a charity of your choice.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Mar. 1, 2015
Swackhamer, William K.  
WILLIAM K. SWACKHAMER 7/27/1922 - 2/17/2015 Bill Swackhamer of Fortuna passed away on February 17th after a brief illness. He was born in Easton Pennsylvania in 1922, and met the love of his life Charlotte while attending West Chester University in Pennsylvania. They were married in 1948, and began their exciting journey through life. He taught music in New Holland Pennsylvania from 1948 to 1951, at which time they moved to Thermopolis Wyoming and both taught music from 1951 to 1955. During the summers they attended Columbia University in New York, receiving their Masters degrees. In 1955 they moved to Fortuna where he taught music at Fortuna High School until 1979, while raising two sons Mark and Bill Jr. Bill was known as a musician, woodworker and jokester and was telling jokes up to his last day. One of his great joys in life was performing music, both in small groups and orchestras. He played for many years in the Eureka Symphony, Humboldt Chamber and All Seasons Orchestra among others. During the summers they would enjoy the outdoors, and they spent many years camping throughout the Pacific Northwest as a family. After retirement in 1979 Bill began a new career as a piano tuner and enjoyed traveling the world for 30+ years with his wife, including dozens of international trips, visiting every continent (except Antarctica). Bill was preceded in death by his wife Charlotte; parents William and Margaret Swackhamer; brother John Swackhamer; and is survived by his sons Bill (Lyn) Swackhamer Jr and Mark (Stacey) Swackhamer; grandchildren Alaynna Swackhamer Green, Allen Swackhamer, Amy Swackhamer, Emily Swackhamer, and Katarina Swackhamer; niece Margaret Schroeder; and great-grandchildren Ainsley Green, Morgan Green and William "Will" Green. For information on services please contact mswack@swbell.net Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com and click on obits.
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Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, 2015
Thall, Bill  
Bill Thall Mar 8, 1948 - Feb 11, 2015 Boise, Idaho Bill loved working with people. He loved to meet and speak with all he came in contact with. He had a great sense of humor and caring.about him. He loved fishing, hiking, history, music and most of all a good joke. He was survived by his mother, Vi Thall, two sisters, a brother, three children and two grandchildren. "It takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, and a day to love them, but it takes an entire lifetime to forget them" A memorial for friends and family will be held 1:00 - 3:00 on March 8, 2015 in the clubhouse at 100 N. Rodeo Gulch Rd, Soquel, CA.
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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Mar. 1, 2015
Trigiani, Richard R. (Trig)  
Richard (Trig) Trigiani, 83, a resident of San Antonio Heights for 32 years, passed away in his sleep on February 23rd after battling lung cancer. He was preceded in death by Patricia (Long) Trigiani, his wife of 53 years. The only child of Nicholas and Rose Trigiani, Richard was born in New Jersey and the family moved to Southern California when he was 3. Trig attended Chaffey High School and Chaffey Junior College where he excelled in sports - especially football and track. He married Patty in 1952 and then served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War. Trig worked in the retail grocery business and then as a general contractor where he performed all phases of the building project from drawing up the plans to the completion of the construction. He also spent many years as a tract superintendent for Lewis Homes. Richard and Patty resided in Montclair until their children were grown and then built their dream home in San Antonio Heights, where the door was always open to anyone who wanted to come in and have a cup of coffee and chat. Trig was a dedicated family man and faithful volunteer. He was a member of the VFW and San Antonio Heights Citizens on Patrol from its inception. Trig enjoyed dancing, painting, cycling, playing the drums and harmonica, and continued to play and sing with the Harmonichoir until his death. Richard is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Sharol and Joe Harding of Upland, his son and daughter-in-law Todd and Kathy (Andrejko) Trigiani of Ontario, 3 grandsons: Anthony (and wife Meagan) Harding, Kole Trigiani and Bryce Trigiani, and 1 great grandson, Logan Harding. Services will be held at Life Bible Fellowship Church, 2426 N. Euclid Avenue, Upland, on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 3:00 pm. Internment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to San Antonio Heights Citizens on Patrol (SAH-COP);in care of: Bob Stinnett; 2479 San Antonio Crescent East, Upland, CA 91784
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Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on Mar. 1, 2015
Villemain, Patricia  
Patricia Villemain March 23, 1923-Dec. 25, 2014 Resident of Seattle, WA Patricia Anthony Villemain, wife of Dr. Francis T. Villemain & graduate of Pratt Institute, peacefully passed at 91 on Christmas morning in the sun with family around her in Seattle. Loved by her daughters Aylette, Cecily Tarin, Marissa & grandchildren, Andrew James Essad, Alexander Christ, Adeline Clara Wilson and Sean Francis Essad. Her ashes will be laid to rest with her family in Washingtonville, NY. under the family name, Morriss.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Mar. 1, 2015
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