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Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 12:00 am

Robert ‘Whitey’ Diehl - Coached Analy Basketball 22 years

Robert Diehl died on April 7, 2009, in his Sebastopol home. Born and raised in Iowa City, IA, Diehl attended City High and received both his BA and Masters from University of Iowa, where he played basketball and baseball. He went on to play minor league baseball for Cincinnati with the 1953 Championship Knoxville Smokies.

He eventually settled in Sebastopol with his wife of 50 years, Donna Kay Meier. Diehl taught at Analy High School from 1959 to 1991, coached varsity basketball for 22 years, and freshman football, in addition to mentoring many students.

Diehl is survived by his wife, four children; Dan, Tom, Ted, and Tamsen; and nine grandchildren.

Michael Dale Crawford - Avid horticulturalist, landscaper

Michael Crawford died April 7, 2009 at home in Guerneville at the age of 63. Crawford was born in Bakersfield, CA, raised in Pismo Beach, CA, Hawaii and numerous other cities and towns throughout the Western U.S., as they moved often due to his Dad’s occupation in construction. He was educated at Baldwin H.S. on Maui, attended Maui Community College, Loma Linda University, Columbia Junior College and Pacific Union College in Angwin, CA. Michael served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam Era. He was a member of the Oahu Orchid Society for many years. He was an avid horticulturalist including landscape design. Crawford is survived by his beloved partner of 29 years, Paul W. Lepore of Guerneville; cousins of the Simmon’s family, many close friends and the Lepore family. Donations may be made in his name to The Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods at

Frances A. Croy-Auerbach - On Senior Center board 23 years

Frances A. Croy, also known as Frances A. Auerbach, died at her home in Sebastopol on February 16, 2009 at the age of 97.

Auerbach was born in Alberta, Canada, on April 4, 1911 to William Jackson and Mary Elizabeth Jackson. She was the youngest of nine children, five girls and four boys. She came to the U.S. in 1931 at the age of 20, and in 1941 married Walter Croy, a self-employed builder-contractor who built custom homes in the Sebastopol area. He died on November 22, 1984.

Auerbach met and later married Daniel Auerbach with whom she lived until his death on September 15, 2004.

She was involved in many local civic affairs and served as a volunteer for several local non-profits. She served on the board of directors of the Sebastopol Area Senior Center for 23 years, which was earlier known as the Burbank Activity Center, and served several years as that organization’s president. At the age of 90 she was honored as Sebastopol’s “Volunteer of the Year” for her long-time community service.

Auerbach is survived by several nieces and nephews, some of whom live in Canada and some in the United States, and two granddaughters, Sheila May Conway of Petaluma, California and Ethel Marie (Midge) Lewis of Castro Valley, California.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, April 18 at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary, 1700 Pleasant Hill Rd., Sebastopol. A reception will follow the ceremony at the Sebastopol Area Senior Center, 167 N. High Street, Sebastopol.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are encouraged to be made to the Sebastopol Area Senior Center, the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, or to your favorite charity.

Adrian Merrill Griffin  - Vietnam veteran, landscaper

Adrian Griffin died on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at the age of 63. Griffin was born in San Francisco, California on February 14, 1946. His mainstay was on the “Corner” of Bloomfield and Cunningham Rd., Sebastopol. He served in the Navy as a Fireman on USS Kearsarge an anti-submarine aircraft carrier during Vietnam. His trades included upholstery and landscape. After improving many highways, parks and businesses around the Bay Area he retired after serving 30 years in the labor union. He was the jack of all trades.

He is survived by his son Jason Griffin (Jasmin) and companion Kathy Rodrigues; brothers Brad and Eldon (Jeanne); sister, Corlis; and three grandsons: Adam William Griffin, Samual Richard Griffin and Ivan Adrian Griffin; also numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends.

Roy Travis Fowler - September 8, 1919 - April 9, 2009, Age 89

Roy was born in Bonita, Texas to Ottis and Bevlah Thompson Fowler. He was the oldest of six children and was predeceased by his parents, his brother William and his sister Gladys Skinner. Roy leaves a brother Emerson Fowler and sisters Lucy Wood and Ethyl Grant plus many nieces and nephews. He is survived by his wife of almost 30 years, Alva McClain Fowler, his son Wayne (MaryAnna)  Dodd, of Phoenix Az, Stepsons Steve (Julie) McClain of Santa Rosa, and Greg (Jewell) McClain of Hidden Valley, California, and two grandsons, Greg McClain Jr. of Virginia and Mark McClain of Hidden Valley, CA. Roy worked on farms in Texas and Oklahoma in his early career. He started repairing farm equipment, including crop dusters, then went on to be a car mechanic. he retired in 1984 from Petroleum Engineering in Santa Rosa after 10 years of taking care of their fleet of work vehicles. He served in Germany and Belgium in WWII, earning a Purple Heart. Roy lived in Sonoma County for about 40 years and enjoyed square dancing, traveling, camping, playing card games and visiting with friends and family.

His last two years were spent at Creekside Convalescent Hospice in Santa Rosa due to a series of strokes and Alzheimer's Disease.

Friends are invited to attend funeral services at 11 a.m. on Friday April 17 at Romano's Healdsburg Windsor Mortuary, 9660 Old Redwood Highway, Windsor. Interment will be private at Santa Rosa Memorial Park, Shiloh addition in Windsor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Roy's church, Windsor United Methodist Church.

Jesus Cuevas Sanchez - Enjoyed music, dancing and cooking

Jesus Cuevas Sanchez passed away peacefully on April 10, 2009 at his home in Healdsburg, CA. Born on December 12, 1922 in La Gavilanera, Coalcoman, Mexico. He worked for the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Company and also did property caretaking. In his younger years he was an avid deer hunter throughout Northern California. He enjoyed his music, dancing, cooking and the get-togethers with his family and friends. His grandchildren were the joy of his eyes. Preceded in death by his parents, his brother Benedito Sanchez and son-in-law Jesus Lopez. He is survived by his wife of 59 years Angelita Sanchez; loving father of Alfonso Sanchez, Andres Sanchez, Graciela Lopez, Rosalva Wagner (Tom), Maria Licea (Javier) and Modesta Jacinto (Lorenzo). Loving brother of Miguel, Elieser, Catalina, Jose, Rita, and Anita. Brother-in-law to Jesus Zamora (Otilia). Also survived by 14 grandchildren and one great-grandson, and several nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

Family and friends were invited to attend the Rosary service on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 7 p.m. and Mass on Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Church. Interment at Oakmound Cemetery, Healdsburg, CA.

Gilda Gianoli - Had just celebrated 96th birthday

Gilda Gianoli passed away April 7, 2009 at Healdsburg Senior Living Community. She had just celebrated her 96th birthday. Gilda was predeceased by her husband Caesar Gianoli. She is survived by her brother and his wife, Angelo & Inez Micheli, two nephews, Edward Micheli (Frances) & Clifford Micheli (Barbara). She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Eugenia Gianoli and her Gianoli nieces and nephews: Roberta Canup, Dennis Parker, Paulette Carroll, Ray Gianoli, Eugene Gianoli, Penny Parker, Ron O’Connell, Ed O’Connell, Russell Lambert and Lewis Lambert. She was great aunt to many.

Gilda was born in Dry Creek Valley and graduated from Geyserville High School. Gilda lived on Gray Court in Santa Rosa from 1950 to 2007 and been blessed by many wonderful neighbors and friends. She worked for Hall Brother Drugs for over 50 years and spent seven years working at St. Francis Pharmacy. She belonged to Las Roses Business and Professional Women’s Club and Native Daughters of the Golden West. Gilda has had wonderful care at Healdsburg Senior Living Community in both Memory Care and Skilled Nursing.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday April 18th at 1 p.m., at Geyserville Oriental Hall (formerly Geyserville Grange) Highway 128, Geyserville. Interment was private at Oakmound Cemetery.

 In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Memorial Hospital Hospice or Vineyard Hills Christian Church.

Samuel David Guinn - Jack of all trades

On March 31, we gathered to say goodbye to our son, our father, our husband, our brother  and our best friend, at the Wiley Funeral Home in Glen Rose, TX. Sam Guinn passed away unexpectedly on March 26, 2009  in Glen Rose, Texas. Sam was born in Torrance, CA and lived most of his life in Healdsburg, CA. Sam is survived by his father Richard Guinn; mother Karen  Hayner;  brother Robert Guinn, brother Kenny Hayner; wife Dawn Knight; son Marine Private 1st  Class Richard (Ricky) Mathew Guinn; mother to son Ricky, Lynn  Segovia; son Christopher (Ray Ray) Eugene Guinn; son Robert (Bobby) Bradford Guinn; nephew Robert Harris Guinn; niece Tiffany Guinn and extended family. Sam was a jack of all trades and  worked as a mechanic, welder,  landscaper, and heavy  equipment operator. He loved fast cars, motorcycles, boats, anything  with an engine. Sam was loving, loyal, protective and devoted to  his family and friends and will surely be missed by all. Sam was extremely proud of all his sons. He  loved watching them play football and never missed a game. In honor of Sam’s memory, a Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, April 19 at the Geyserville Grange from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is open for all who would like to honor his  memory. 

Ione J. Pellegrini - Moved to Cloverdale in 1930

Passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at the age of 95 in Petaluma. Ione was born in Fairfax to A. Jos. and Alice Giovannetti and moved to Cloverdale in 1930. She was a homemaker who thrived in her role as wife and mother.  She enjoyed crafts and playing cards; she did volunteer work for many activities at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. She belonged to St. Peter’s Altar Society, the Italian Catholic Federation, the Woman’s Improvement Club, and the Druids Circle. Ione was the loving wife of the late Louis W. Pellegrini and the late B. N. (Al) Ottoboni. She is the beloved mother of Sr. Patricia Ottoboni, O.P., James B. (Mary) Ottoboni, and Louise (Jim) Johnson and grandmother of Michelle Casad, Frances Pesavento, Dominic Johnson, and Anita Johnson. She is the dear sister of B. E. (Buster) Giovannetti and Dolores Cicchi. She is also survived by six loving grandchildren in the Pellegrini family and their children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son Dominic Ottoboni, her granddaughters Janet Ottoboni and Lynn Ottoboni, her sister Alice Picchi, brother Joe Giovannetti, and step-children Louis Pellegrini, Jr. and Norine Holmes.

Friends were invited to attend visitation beginning at 2 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 7 p.m., Monday, April 13, 2009 at Fred Young Funeral Home, Cloverdale. A Funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Cloverdale.  Interment will be private at Cloverdale Cemetery. Memorial contributions preferred in lieu of flowers to your favorite charity.

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