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Steinbergh, Marian (Wirkkala)  
Marian (Wirkkala) Steinbergh Feb. 15, 1927 - Jan. 20, 2017 Resident of Walnut Creek Marian Anita Steinbergh died on January 20 after a long illness with family at her side. Marian was an independent, creative, free-spirited woman of many talents with a great love of life, the arts, nature, all things French and Finnish, dogs, cats and family. Although most of her life was spent in Walnut Creek, Marian grew up in rural Western Washington, moving to Los Angeles in the mid-'40s to join her sister, Helen, later relocating to Oakland to attend the California College of Arts where she received a master's degree in fine arts and then on to San Francisco State for a second master's degree in music. While in SF she studied classical voice privately with Hans Frolich in whose studio she met her husband, Dr. Saul Steinbergh of Concord. They were avid opera goers, wine enthusiasts and travelers, journeying to France with the Medical Friends of Wine. Marian opened her voice studio, The ABCs of Music, on Arbutus Drive where she maintained a thriving practice until July 2010, becoming all the while an accomplished calligrapher and artist creating beautiful holiday cards each December and designing and sewing her fashionable clothing, including stunning opera gowns. She was an active member of the East Bay music group Senza Ritmo as well as of the National Association of Teachers of Singing where her voice students in regional NATS competitions gained superior ratings. At Diablo Valley College she collaborated with the late Harvey Berman on various productions including the opera, Suor Angelica, in which she performed the title role. Reflecting her strong Finnish heritage, Marian was Vice President and then President of the Palo Alto-Stanford Finlandia Foundation and later helped develop and present programs at various East Bay venues of songs and text related to the Finnish epic poem, The Kalevala. Marian was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel Wirkkala and Anna Haverinen, step-father, Carl Laakso and nine siblings. Surviving her are siblings Helen Solinas, Paul Wirkkala (Virginia), Lillian Bartholomew, Carolyn Curran and Pearl Russo (Blaise), sisters-in-law Joan Wirkkala and Mikell Laakso, and many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the kind and professional staff at the Sunnyvale Care Home in WC who were Marian's devoted care-givers for almost seven years. A memorial service celebrating Marian's life will be held in Pleasant Hill on March 4. For information call 925/935-4696 or email berkeleyarch@aol.com or plbl50@comcast.com. Those wishing to make a charitable donation in Marian's name might consider a local animal support group. View the online memorial for Marian (Wirkkala) Steinbergh
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Published in East Bay Times on Feb. 12, 2017
Steller, Marshall Rossier  
Marshall Rossier Steller Nov. 1, 1938 - Feb. 8, 2017 Resident of San Jose Marshall passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday February 8th. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Marshall was born in Oakland, but grew up in Costa Mesa. He became an avid golfer as he was a caddy at the Santa Ana Country Club. After graduation from Newport Harbor High, he attended Orange Coast College. His golf team won the State Championship. He transferred to San Jose State, where he met Sharon Ray from Albion, CA. Many of their dates were late night coffees at the counter at Original Joe's Restaurant. He graduated with an accounting degree and joined the army. After basic training he worked for Army Audit in Europe. Sharon and Marshall were married in 1963 and lived in Paris, France and Munich, Germany. In 1966 they settled in West San Jose where Marshall continued his auditing career with Defense Contract Audit Agency. Marshall and Sharon had 3 sons whom were raised on soccer and baseball fields. He was an avid volunteer for the leagues and at one point was a Little League Treasurer. While not at the sports fields Marshall was taking his family to games at the Oakland A's, Golden State Warriors and San Jose Earthquakes. After retirement he continued community activities. He volunteered at the San Jose Airport information booth. He ushered at San Jose Earthquake games and San Jose Jazz Festivals. He loved to refurbish cars and was a member of the Antique Automobile Club. Marshall is survived by Sharon his wife of 53 years, his sons Nathan and Tom and his six grandchildren: Max, Milo, Cosmo, Alex, Andy and Ava. He is also survived by his sister Linda, nephew David and many cousins. His son Stephan preceded him in passing. The memorial service to celebrate Marshall's life will be Saturday February 18th at 2:00pm at The Alameda Family Funeral & Cremation, 12341 Saratoga Sunnyvale Road, Saratoga CA 95070. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the charity of your choice. View the online memorial for Marshall Rossier Steller
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Feb. 15, 2017
Stephan, Paul  
Paul Stephan January 6, 1915 - February 2, 2017 Resident of Campbell Paul Joseph Stephan passed away of cancer at the age of 102. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Paul was raised in Wausau, Wisconsin on a working farm with his four younger siblings. At age 17, he ventured out west, ultimately settling in the Santa Clara Valley. After working several years in the steel industry, Paul formed S.O.S. Steel Co. of Santa Clara in 1946 with his two business partners, John Somers and Lee O'Rear. S.O.S. Steel was responsible for the fabrication of the framework for the Stanford Satellite Dish, as well as buildings in the Stanford Shopping Center and Pruneyard Shopping Center in Campbell. Today S.O.S. Steel continues the legacy that Paul, Lee and John started with major projects at Stanford, Santana Row and all over the Bay Area. In 1947, Paul met the love of his life, Betty Lowder, and they married in 1948 at First Baptist Church, San Jose. They raised four children in Willow Glen and the Los Gatos foothills, ultimately settling in Campbell. Paul and Betty were married for 60 years before Betty passed in 2008. Paul and Betty traveled extensively worldwide and were very involved in Christian ministries, including Overseas Crusades where Paul was the longest-standing board member, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Christian Business Men's Committee, and several churches in the Bay Area. Paul and Betty were referred to as "the missionaries to the missionaries," because of their encouragement to Christian workers overseas. Along with his Christian faith, Paul was passionate about physical fitness and "living to be 100." He surpassed that goal, living to 102 years of age. Paul was a bundle of energy, a great storyteller, and was dearly loved by everyone he met. He is survived by his four loving children, Joan (Don) Friss of Sonora, John Stephan of Sonora, Kathy (Mike) Crawford of Seattle, and Debbie (Pete) Rice of Campbell. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A private family memorial has been held. Donations may be made to Mount Hermon Association, Inc., P.O. Box 413, Mount Hermon, CA 95041 (or directly to their website at www.mounthermon.org ), in memory of Paul Stephan. Donations may also be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2350 Leigh Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124, in memory of Paul Stephan. View the online memorial for Paul Stephan
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Feb. 12, 2017
Steven, Dorothy Patricia Pilgrim  
Dorothy Patricia Pilgrim Steven March 17, 1921 ~ February 9, 2017 Carmel Dorothy Patricia Pilgrim Steven, 95, longtime resident of Monterey Woods, died at home in Carmel, California February 9, 2017. Born in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada March 17, 1921 to Elmer William Pilgrim and Mary Vincent Moffat, she emigrated to San Francisco, California at the age of 16. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a Master of Library Science, Dorothy was employed by the San Francisco Public Library, the Kern County Public Library, and the City of Monterey Public Library, from which she retired as director in 1987. Serving as the City's Library Director was one of the greatest joys of her life. An avid reader, the pleasure of which she shared with all members of her family, Dorothy had an ardent interest in music, art, architecture, clothes, gardening, politics, film and travel. She was always stimulating company, and had friends of all ages and backgrounds throughout her life. Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Jennifer and son-in-law, Wayne Ross; daughter, Kati and son-in-law, Alan Lewis; son, Alan Kren and daughter-in-law, Margaret Longstreth; son, Michael Leigh; grandson, Brian and granddaughter-in-law, Paula Ross; granddaughter, Jennifer and grandson-in-law, Michael Vanoli, and great-grandchildren, Gavin and Jack Ross and Julia, Sarah, and Andrew Vanoli. At Dorothy's request no services will be held. Donations in her memory may be made to the ACLU, 39 Drumm St., San Francisco, CA, 94111; the United Farmworkers of America, PO Box 62, Keene, CA, 93531 or the charity of your choice. Please visit www.thepaulmortuary.com to sign Dorothy's guest book and leave messages for her family. View the online memorial for Dorothy Patricia Pilgrim Steven
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Published in The Monterey Herald on Feb. 16, 2017
Stiles, Margaret Thaina Elizabeth  
MARGARET THAINA ELIZABETH STILES April 5, 1922~ February 14, 2017 At nearly 95 years old, Margaret Thaina Elizabeth Stiles (nee Rice) "Peggy" left us with a smile on her face and love in her heart as she listened to the beautiful voices of children sing her favorite love song on Valentine's Day. Peggy was born in Port Angeles, WA and lived there with her family including her twin brother, Norman until she was 6. Her family moved Longview Washington just as the country was slipping into depression. Peggy attended RA Long High School, graduating in 1940 as the world slipped into yet another war. She lost many of her childhood friends in the war. Peggy met and then married James Stiles in 1946. They built a beautiful home together in Longview, eventually adopting their two children, Bill in 1954 and Wendy in 1957. Life was grand. In 1964 during the floods in Humboldt they moved to McKinleyville, CA and then built another wonderful home in Sunny Brae (Arcata, CA) to raise their family. Peggy was a stay at home mom, she was always there for her family, feeding the neighborhood, transporting kids to and fro and helping wherever she could. When Wendy was young, Peggy decided to become involved with the local Girl Scout Troup, and became the leader shortly after. She had many funny stories to tell about her years as a Girl Scout Leader. Summer vacations were spent with family in Longview Washington and with Peggy's parents in Sidney, British Columbia. In 1980 Peggy became a grandmother, eventually ending up with many grandchildren whom she loved dearly. She was the best grandma: babysitting and taking the children on many adventures to the beach, Redwood Park and the bird sanctuary among the many places. She loved the 4th of July Festival on the plaza, the kinetic sculpture race and all the other activities in Arcata. After her husband Jim passed in 2001, Peggy's friends urged her to attend the Senior lunches at the Community Center in Arcata. She was very hesitant but finally gave in and, as usual, jumped right in and practically ran the place before long! She loved meeting all the people and being able to be an active part of her community. Peggy truly enjoyed the companionship she found in the many people she met during her years at the community center. In the last three years of her life, Peggy was delighted by her two great granddaughters, Jemma Belle born on her birthday in 2014 and Presley Jane 10 months later! She loved seeing them and receiving pictures of their growth and activities. Christmas 2016 was a very special time, Peggy's children, grandchildren and great granddaughters all came to celebrate the magic of Christmas with her. Peggy was preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Lillian Rice, husband of nearly 55 years, James Stiles, twin brother Norman Rice, niece Karin Rice and daughter-in-law Carolyn Curtice Stiles. She is survived by her son Bill Stiles of Eureka, son Brad Curtice (Gretchen) and their children and grandchildren Tyler and son TJ, Stormie, Levi and Anissa; daughter Wendy Nelson and husband Robert of Cora, Wyoming, and Wendy's children and grandchildren Brianne and Billy and Jemma Wirtanen of Gardnerville, Nevada, Jasen and Nina Madsen of Battleboro, CT, Hayley and Christopher and Presley Seckman of Fieldbrook, CA; and former son-in-law Michael Madsen. We are so very grateful for all the friends our mother had. She would want each one of you to know that you were all very special to her. We very much appreciate the support of her special friends Elwood and Deanna Bartlett who continuously looked in on her and helped with her transportation needs over the last few years and her neighbor, Pat Rossbach for her continued support and vigilance. We would also like to thank the staff and doctors at Mad River Hospital and the ER guys that came to her aid many times. Please join us for a celebration of her life on Friday, February 24th at 2pm at the Wesleyan Church of the Redwoods, 1645 Fischer Ave, McKinleyville, CA 95519. If you need directions or additional information, please call 707 822 5663. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com
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Published in Eureka Times-Standard on Feb. 19, 2017
Stone, John Richard  
John Richard Stone 05/09/1938 - 02/06/2017 Resident of Walnut Creek In 1971, when his children were five, three, and two, John Stone's wife, Rosemary Cecilia Stone, passed away after a valiant battle against cancer. Despite the hardships of being a single dad, "Pa" worked to ensure that his family stayed together in California, passing up opportunities that would have required him to relocate. In 1975, he married the second love of his life, Nancy Bedell Stone, and they had 34 wonderful years together until her passing in 2009. On Monday, John passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. Born in San Francisco's Sunset District, John is survived by his children Robert, Trish, and Mike, he was a wonderful friend to their spouses Adéla, Mike, and Jennifer, and he was a cherished Grandpa to Andrew, Emily, Jack, Logan, Payton, Ned, Lauren, and Caitlin. John attended St. Ignatius High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from USF. He worked for many years in the insurance industry, first at Travelers and then at CNA, until his retirement in 2005. Dad loved to cook, travel, paint, and challenge his mind. His wit, humor, strength, and love will be sorely missed. He was a hero to his children every single day. Catholic Mass in memory of John will be held February 16 at St. John Vianney Church in Walnut Creek at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa County. Offer Condolences at www.oakparkhillschapel.com . View the online memorial for John Richard Stone
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Published in East Bay Times on Feb. 12, 2017
Stopnick, Barbara L.  
April 3, 1934 - Feb. 10, 2017 Loving wife of Ronald A. Stopnick for 63 years. Mother of Mary Lucas (Bob), Theresa Elford (Scott), Denise Stopnick-Moser (Kirk). Preceded in death by her son, Ronald A. Stopnick Jr. Loving Nana of nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Sister to George Chrisman (Dorothy), Jacqueline Scott (Ken), Margot Lenarduzzi (Paul {deceased}) and numerous extended family. Funeral will be held at McCune Garden Chapel on Monday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please direct contributions to Kaiser Hospice of Vallejo.
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Published in The Reporter on Feb. 17, 2017
Storey, Lynn Brown  
Lynn Brown Storey Nov. 23, 1940 - Feb. 14, 2017 Salinas Lynn Brown Storey, age 76, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) from complications after having heart surgery on Monday, February 6th. She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Dr. Stephen Storey; her son Dr. Jeffrey Storey, his wife Kelly and their daughters Kasey and Kendra of Cheyenne, Wyoming; her daughter Julie Malone, her husband Eron and their children Justin, Tobey and Caitlynn of Salinas, California; and her daughter Amy Rattner, her husband Andrew and their sons Jacob and Tyler of Woodside, California. She is also survived by a large and loving extended family and close friends. Lynn attended Palo Alto High School, where she met her husband Stephen, before attending Smith College and Stanford University, where she got her B.A. in History in 1962. She went on to receive an M.A. in Education from Stanford University in 1965. Lynn married the love of her life, Stephen Storey, in 1962 at Memorial Chapel at Stanford University. After living in various locales across the country, she and Stephen finally settled down in Salinas in 1972 where Stephen practiced orthopedic surgery for 32 years. For the last 13 years, Lynn and Stephen split their time between their homes in Salinas, California and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Lynn was first and foremost a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She spent as much time as possible with her three kids, their spouses and her seven grandchildren, who were her pride and joy. Each of her kids and grandkids had a close, meaningful relationship with her and considered her a constant source of unconditional love and support. She was passionate about her family and friends, and her vibrant enthusiasm, love of life and keen sense of humor were true hallmarks of her personality. She never met a stranger and usually befriended people within five minutes of meeting them. Her warmth and love will never be forgotten by all who knew her. Lynn was also a dedicated professional volunteer for over 40 years. She served on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood and she was an active member and past President of the Junior League of Monterey County and the Medical Auxiliary of the Monterey County Medical Society. She and Stephen also annually sponsored emerging folk artists from across the globe, enabling them to come to Santa Fe and participate in the International Folk Art Market. Lynn also served on the Board of Directors of Lennox International, Inc. for 18 years. In her later years, she loved spending time with her family, playing bridge with friends and attending her "Bad Girls Book Club" each month. A Private Memorial Service Celebrating Lynn's life will be held in March 2017. In lieu of flowers, her family kindly requests that contributions be made in Lynn's name to Planned Parenthood Mar Monte. For more information, please see https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-mar-monte/ or email development@ppmarmonte.org Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte. Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com View the online memorial for Lynn Brown Storey
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Published in The Monterey Herald on Feb. 17, 2017
Sullivan, Darren  
Darren Sullivan May 5, 1970 - February 7, 2017 Resident of Seaside Darren James Sullivan, age 46, passed away at home on February 7th, 2017, after a brave fight against lymphoma. Born on May 5, 1970 in Monterey, California, Darren hailed from a longstanding local family and truly loved calling Monterey his hometown. He was a loving, funny, stylish and clever man who cared deeply for his family and friends. Darren married his beloved wife, Suzie, on 1/10/05 in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. They enjoyed 17 years together full of love, laughter and many adventures, including travels to his favorite destinations of Palm Springs and Mexico. Darren was a loving and devoted father to daughter, Charlee, a role he cherished from the day she was born. They shared a truly remarkable bond that was full of affection, humor and fun. He adored his little girl and was always thinking of special ways to bring her joy and laughter—from creating elaborate scenes with her toys that would surprise her after school, to coaching her softball team, to teaching her how to navigate deals on eBay. Darren was known for his all-around approachability and kind spirit. He was well-read, witty, and a great conversationalist, with a knack for appreciating the subtle ironies of everyday life. Sometimes, when making a point, his whole face would light up and it was impossible to avoid getting caught up in his enthusiasm. Darren was a lifetime fan of the San Francisco 49ers and Giants, and especially enjoyed going to games over the years with his dad, Harvey. He avidly followed each team through their triumphs and defeats, (holding a particular disdain for the Angels' 'rally monkey' of the 2002 World Series). Darren's knowledge of music, as well as his vast and varied record collection, was legendary. His predilection for obscure artists—especially from doom rock, psychedelic and metal genres—was widely regarded. He was also known for a love of horror movies and his great enthusiasm for Halloween. Despite his penchant for the scary, he famously donned a proudly homemade Duffman costume for 7 out of the last 10 years. Darren was a master beach party planner, providing everything from the grill and fire ring to wetsuits in assorted sizes for all kids in attendance, which was also a testament to his much-heralded thrift store expertise. He would delight Charlee and her friends by digging giant holes, finding sand crabs and anemones, and taking them for kayaking excursions. A graduate of Monterey High School and Sonoma State University, Darren spent his career serving individuals with developmental disabilities, first as a teacher and then as a social worker at San Andreas Regional Center. He loved his job and took great pride in serving his clients, whose families often expressed their great appreciation for the genuine care and concern he brought to his work with their loved ones. Preceding Darren in death was his beloved mother, Linda Rodriguez and his grandpa, James Rodriguez. Darren is survived by his loving wife Suzie and his daughter Charlee; his father Harvey (Lin); sister Erin; niece Layla and nephew Damon. He will also be lovingly remembered by many friends. A celebration of life will be held on Darren's birthday, May 5; details TBA. Condolences may be written to the family at www.bermudezfamilyfunerals.com View the online memorial for Darren Sullivan
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Published in The Monterey Herald on Feb. 19, 2017
Sullivan, Helen Madelyn  
Helen Madelyn Sullivan Nov. 7, 1932 ~ Feb. 2, 2017 Resident of Oakland, CA Helen Madelyn Sullivan, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, passed away on February 2, 2017. Helen was born on November 7, 1932, in Dallas, Texas. She and her husband, Eli Sullivan Jr., came to Oakland, California in 1956. Of this union six children were born; Stan, Hazel, Larry, Denise, Judieth and Naqqajj. Helen was a teacher for the Oakland Unified School District for over 30 years, teaching at various schools throughout her career until her retirement. Helen continued to teach for several years after retirement, filling in as a substitute teacher. Helen graduated from Holy Names College with a B. A. Degree in Social Science; Cal State University with a M. S. Degree in School Supervision/Administration. Helen was also a member of the Pi Gamma Mu National Social Science Honor Society Phi Delta Kappa. Helen loved playing and teaching piano, and played for a number of church choirs. Helen truly loved Gospel Music and believed that, "Music gives passions to a soul, wings to the mind, creativity to the imagination, and life to the Spirit." Helen loved traveling, both domestic and abroad. She loved visiting museums, art galleries, theaters and musicals. Helen also enjoyed her travels to Japan, China, Hawaii, France and Greece. Helen was a member of the National Council of Negro Women; the California Retired Teacher's Assoc.; Church Women United; the East/West/North Oakland Senior Citizens Centers; Gladys Williams Circle; and the Allen Temple Baptist Church Book Club Helen is the author of a Memoir, "Teaching In The Flatlands, A Three Decades Odyssey in Title 1 Schools." Helen is survived by her 6 children; 9 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and a host of extended families, friends, and church members. Helen will be truly missed by everyone who knew and loved her. A Memorial Service will be held at Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, CA, on February 21, 2017, at 11A.M. A private burial service will be held at Lone Tree Cemetery in Hayward, Ca. View the online memorial for Helen Madelyn Sullivan
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Published in East Bay Times on Feb. 16, 2017
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