“Larkspur: Past and Present” describes the history of the city, but also captures the passion one of its leading citizens felt in preserving Larkspur’s heritage for all, while at the same time inspiring political and social change. 

After waging a fierce against cancer with determination, grace and the steadfast support of family members at his side, Daniel Albert Mac Donneil passed away at home in Mountain Grove, Missouri. The youngest of three siblings, Dennis Jr. & David, Dan was the only one born in Novato, CA. Dan attended the Essentialist School in Novato before transferring to Our Lady of Loretta School, in Novato. He attended St. Vincent High School in Petaluma from which he graduated in 1991. He was active in sports, that included baseball and soccer prior to high school, where he participated in Football and Baseball. He attended Santa Rosa Junior College, graduating with an Associate of Arts degree.

J. Dietrich Stroeh, age 80, passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 31, 2017. He was born on October 22, 1936, in Pasadena, California, and moved to Novato when he was 4 years old. He was a first generation American, son of immigrants, Tyyne Laaperi from Finland, and Otto Stroeh from Germany.

Elisabeth Maria Bentivoglio passed away peacefully in her Novato home and surrounded by her family on May 20, 2017. Elisabeth was born in 1934 in Burgau, Germany to Karl and Kresentia Gründler. 

Caroline “Quan” Young Bancroft passed away peacefully on May 18, 2017. She was born on June 5, 1949 in Santa Monica, California. Quan was very close to her parents, Harry and Caroline Young, and enjoyed a wonderful childhood in Lafayette, California. She graduated from Acalanes High School in 1967 and then attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California where she met her husband, Bill. They were married in 1969. They lived in Santa Barbara, Seattle and Detroit before settling in Novato, California in 1977. She was a very active wife and mother, raising their two children and volunteering in their classrooms, Brownie troop and Cub Scout pack. She worked as an educational aide in various elementary schools in Marin County. Enjoying a lifelong hobby of sewing, she loved working at Buttons and Bows in San Anselmo. She was diagnosed with Scleroderma in 2004 and battled the effects of her disease with the help of her wonderful Scleroderma support group, medical specialists, friends, family and her husband who she lovingly referred to as her “Superman”. She loved playing word games, watching Giants baseball, a good “B” movie, her pets and keeping in touch with her wide circle of friends.

Richard (Richie) Walter Browne, age 73, died peacefully at home in Sausalito, CA on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Richard grew up at the West Point Military Academy in NY, with his Father Capt. Walter Browne, the Academy Golf Coach, his adoring mother Katherine, and three siblings. He attended the …

Geraldine Ann (Harjes) Politz, 80, passed away after a long illness at home with her beloved husband by her side on April 9, 2017. Gerry was born on November 14, 1936 in Hamburg, MN. She was a Midwest farm girl. She studied at the University of Minnesota in 1954. While she loved her family i…

Frances (Noni) succumbed to the ravishes of Osteoarthritis and heart failure at her cottage in Novato, Ca. She was with her children who loved her dearly when she died.

Anna Maria Morrison, 96, of Novato, CA, passed away at home on March 27. Family and friends are deeply saddened by the loss of a woman who embodied the American dream. Anna lived each day with kindness, compassion, and welcoming spirit.

Dr. Fred Donald Youngswick died unexpectedly on March 15, 2017 while traveling in Siem Reap, Cambodia, with Catherine Haas Youngswick, his wife of 46 years, and four of their closest friends. Fred’s passing from sudden cardiac arrest was without pain or suffering.


Harvey John “Vic” Vicchio died peacefully on March 15, 2017, at his home in Carmichael, CA, with his wife of 70 years and his children by his side. He was 93 years old.

Renée Bilsborough-Abbott passed away peacefully at her home on March 8, 2017. She was born on October 12, 1925, in Logan, Utah, to Rulon Pugmire Keetch and Carol Archibald Wyatt Keetch. Her family moved to Bakersfield, California, where she spent her growing up years. She had three younger sisters: Marlene, Rula and Sheryl. Her father was a school principal in the Bakersfield Union School District. 

Our beloved Teresa Jaye Distel sadly passed away on Tuesday, February 7. She will be forever missed by her mother Kathy, her daughter Raquel Moritz and her sister Marlene. Her viewing will be held Thursday, February 16 at Keaton's Redwood Chapel on Novato Boulevard from 5 to 9 p.m. Her funer…

T. S. (Scott) MichaelPassed away peacefully at home, following a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He leaves behind his mother, Anita Studen, brother Steven Michael, niece Savannah Michael and step-father Ronald Studen. Also step-sister Candace Cradeur, step-brother Peter Studen, and extended family. His father, Robert Michael, predeceased him in 2004.

Frances was born on July 12, 1926 in Columbia, Mississippi to Harvey and Myrtis May.  Frances was a long-time resident of Novato, California.  She passed away peacefully with her family at her side on December 29, 2016 in Citrus Heights, California.


Søren Axelsen, a Danish American, passed away peacefully on December 6th, 2016, in Napa after 84 prosperous years. He was born on March 12, 1932 in Copenhagen, Denmark, and first traveled to the United States (New York) in 1952 on a Marshall Aid Plan scholarship. In 1956, he wed Ingrid Andersen, the former Miss Denmark (1953), and shortly thereafter immigrated to the United States. He was a successful wine entrepreneur involved in all facets of the wine industry, from grape growing through sales, on three continents (North America, South America and Europe), founding Cab.Corp. in 1980 which is headquartered in Novato and managed by his two sons.

Avon Virginia “Ginnie” Maloney, 96, passed away on November 10th, 2016. Ginnie was born on May 2nd, 1920 in Elkton, Oregon where she was born and raised along with her 9 other brothers and sisters. 

Raymond Myers most commonly known as “Dutch” of Penngrove California, passed away November 8th. He was born in Ross, California on February 14th in the year of 1931. Raymond attended St. Vincent School for Boys. He married Irene Myers in June 22, 1952. Dutch worked in the dairy industry for Robert McClelland. He then went into the waste industry and eventually became part owner of the Novato Disposal Service. He was a member of the Sonoma County Pigeon Club, and had a love for fishing. However his greatest passion was for his family, and watching his grandchildren play sports. 

Patricia “Pat” Jean Cassimus Patricia Jean Cassimus of Novato passed away at her home on Monday, November 7th at the age of 75. Born to Lillian and Rocky Ireland on July 3, 1941, she was raised in San Francisco and attended Lowell High School before becoming a flight attendant at Western Airlines and settling in Novato, where she raised her beloved family. She was preceded in passing by the love of her life, Alexander Socrates Cassimus, her devoted husband of 42 years. Her zeal for life will be deeply missed by her sons Mark and Christopher Cassimus, sister Gale Ireland, and her many treasured nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends – all of whom she truly adored. She brought much warmth and happiness to the lives of others with a kind and genuine spirit, enthusiastic sense of adventure, love of laughter, mischievous charm, and endearing presence. She found great joy in comforting and helping her loved ones and those in need. 

Eleanor May Swift Angulo peacefully passed away at her home on Saturday, November 12, 2016, surrounded by her devoted family. As beloved matriarch, she leaves behind a diverse legacy as a committed educator, dedicated wife, independent thinker, trusted friend, wise counsel and adoring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Flo Race passed away gently and quietly on September 25, 2016. She was the only child of Michael and Jennie Abbott, who preceded her in death. She was born and raised in San Francisco, married and moved to Novato in 1958. She enjoyed knitting, being with friends and having Sunday dinners with family. She is survived by her two children, Judy and Michael, grandchildren Jonathan, Kristen, Lindsay, Leslie and Cinnamon, Judy’s husband David, Michael’s wife Vicky, and Lindsay’s husband Levi.

Roy L. Barron, longtime newspaper editor, church and civic leader, died Oct. 16, 2016 at the age of 88. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Earline Rambo Barron; two daughters, Rebecca Bowen (Marc) of Pismo Beach, Katherine Fries (Richard) of Petaluma; and three grandsons, Matthew, Jonathan and Stephen.

Elizabeth “Beth” Benz passed away peacefully on October 17 at the age of 77. Beloved daughter of John and Mary Tupper of Montclair, New Jersey and loving sister of Mary “Minnie” Breithaupt of North Carolina, Tommy Tupper of Southhampton, New York, and Jack Tupper (deceased). She graduated from Montclair High School and went on to graduate from the Berkeley Secretarial School in New Jersey in 1959.

“Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty. There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail.” - Navajo song

Warren Julian Johnson passed away peacefully on September 17, 2016 at Novato Healthcare Center at the age of 90. The only child of Jonas and Judith Johnson, Warren was born on July 19, 1926 in Noonan, North Dakota. Warren was raised in Columbus, North Dakota and after high school graduation he joined the Navy during WWII. Upon his return from duty, Warren went back to school where he met the love of his life and wife of 66 years, Adrienne Martin. After marrying on August 6, 1950 in Bowden, North Dakota, Warren and Adrienne spent the next 38 years raising a family while earning a living in a variety of careers across the western United States. Their first home was in Washington State where Warren was a railroad crewman for the Great Northern Railroad. The next stop was southern California, first as a milkman in San Pedro and then on the assembly line for General Motors. Moving back to North Dakota in 1954 for the birth of their first child, Steve, Warren helped build the Garrison Dam. From there it was off to Denver, Colorado for the birth of their second child, Rebecca, in 1957. It was in Denver where Warren became a salesman for the Admiral Corporation, working for his best friend and brother-in-law Harris Hesketh. A promotion at Admiral, led the family back to southern California where their third child, Linda, was born in 1961 in Redlands. Work again relocated the now complete family to northern California where they settled in Novato in 1964. Warren’s final career move came in 1975 when he joined Sam Clar Office Furniture in Oakland. Warren enjoyed his 13 years at Sam Clar and had fond memories of his co-workers and employer and was proud to be a part of the Sam Clar family. He retired from Sam Clar at the age of 62. You would think that after all the career moves that the empty nesters would be ready to slow down, but it was quite the opposite. Warren’s dream was to buy a motor home and travel the United States - and did they ever. Over the next 22 years, the couple cruised the interstates, seeing the notable sights and making many friends along the way. It was an adventure that took them from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine; from Hollywood, Florida to Hollywood, California. They also made the long drive to Alaska where one of their fondest memories was the breathtaking sight of Mt. Denali. Their journey took them to 49 states, Adrienne claims that Warren could just never find that road to Hawaii. All this travel though, did not keep them from spending time with their many friends. They would spend three months each winter in Arizona with their snowbird family from North Dakota. Warren and Adrienne were also members of the Roamers Motor Home Club. They loved hanging out, sharing stories, meals and making lasting memories with their fellow Roamers friends. You could also find them at as many square dances as they could find. Warren was a member of the SIRS Organization, Chapter 22, and he and Adrienne were active members at Good Sheppard Lutheran Church since 1964. When back at home, Warren loved to play golf, hangout with his family, and play cards. And if you played Liverpool (card game) with Grandpa, you knew nine times out of ten he was going to win! Warren loved spending time with his kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, and Adrienne. Warren is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Adrienne, his three children Steve (Teresa), Becky Booth (Kirby), Linda Sack (Dan), grandfather to Brittney (Josh), Ben, Kelsey (Ty), Jake (Mary), Samantha, Danielle, Stephanie, and Troy. Great-grandpa (Big Pops) to Aidan, Connor, Kirby, and Brenner. Memorial Services will take place October 1, 2016 11:00am at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Novato, CA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Marin Village at www.marinvillage.org or Marin Village 4340 Redwood Highway, Suite F142, San Rafael, 94903.


The Marin County Transit District received some good news — a grant proposal was received favorably by Federal agencies, resulting in a $4.4 million grant earmarked for a maintenance facility.

SKINNER, Arleen Lorraine (Kolby) passed on August 16, 2016 at age 74 after lengthy illness. She was a 1959 graduate of Novato High School. She was a devoted wife to Thomas R. Skinner. A compassionate daughter of the late Reinhard and Beatrice Kolby (Sherry). Beloved sister to the late Raymon…

Rinda Mae (Kinard) Rafferty passed away on June 13, 2016 at the age of 91 surrounded by her family. She was born on September 11, 1924 in Rex, Georgia to Maude Evelyn (Waggoner) and James Cephas Kinard and raised in San Francisco. She is predeceased by her parents, her sisters, Evelyn (Walter) Bowring, Katheryn (Steve) Wiech, Betty (Norman) Miles and her husband of 59 years, Frank Rafferty.

Lorraine J. (D’Ambrogio) Kidder, 87, of Novato, Ca, peacefully passed away on June 16, 2016. Through the grace of God she joyously reunited in eternity with the love of her life, James (Jack) W. Kidder, Jr.

Jerry Hauke, previously of Mill Valley, passed away peacefully in his sleep while at home in Douglas City on April 14th, 2016. Jerry was born on October 25th, 1935 and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. In 1958 Jerry, along with his wife Mary and their daughter Jenny, moved to California and settled down in Mill Valley. There they had five more children; Jeff, Randy, Mike, Louise, and Will. While living in Mill Valley, Jerry pursued a career with CALTRANS and worked there for over 25 years before retiring in 1996. After retirement, he moved to Douglas City in northern California, living on his “Ranch” and spending his days as a self-described “Gentleman Cowboy”.

Dolores passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Monday, March 28. Dolores was a proud 4th generation native San Franciscan, born to John J. and Gertrude Briare. A devout Catholic with a giant smile, Dolores never met a stranger. She attended San Francisco Catholic Elementar…

On the eve of March 29, Gary Semereaux’s son, Tommy, and Sue Dunlap were at Gary’s bedside, as Nurse Gina coaxed Gary to freedom from his physical body and woes.

John ‘Frank’ Giari passed away peacefully at his home of 62 years in Novato on Feb.19, 2016, he was 96. Frank was a native of Marin County. He was born to Fulvio and Domenica Scopesi Giari who emigrated from Genoa, Italy to San Francisco. 

Inta Astrida Abele was born in Liepaja, Latvia, to Karlis and Zigrida Zarins on July 24, 1934, and died on February 14, 2016, becoming a special Valentine for her family to remember each year. 

Matthew died in the early evening of Sunday, February 7, at Kaiser Hospital (San Rafael) from complications following a fall just the previous day. His loving family kept watch with him during his last hours. 

November 30, 1966 -- January 23, 2016Sandy has been a welcoming presence at the Golden Gate Market in Sausalito for the past 10 years. She was a bright light and always had a smile for everyone, customers and colleagues alike.She was part of our community, and will be missed by all who knew …

Sue passed away on Nov. 27, 2015 at the age of 62. She was born and raised in Novato and graduated from Novato High in 1971. After high school, Sue worked in Novato for a few years and then moved to El Granada and Pacifica. Sue worked taking care of infant children and worked with children i…

Frits left us after a long, rich life on Jan. 21. He was born in Haarlem, grew up in Amsterdam during World War II and immigrated to the U.S. in 1957. He met his wife Gail in 1963 in Sequoia National Park where both worked that summer.