Richard Alfred Gronberg - Owned ‘Buddha Cabin’ in Forestville
Richard “Dick” Gronberg died on June 12, 2009 in a cabin he built on his property in Forestville, known as “Buddha Cabin.” Gronberg was born on July 6, 1929 in San Francisco, to Oskar Albin Gronberg of Norway and Maren Kirsten Nielsen of Denmark, and went to school in San Francisco, graduating from Washington High School in 1947. He worked in his father’s used furniture store until he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1950.
He began building a home in Forestville in 1983, and in 2004, while at a Polka Festival in Washington State, Gronberg met his third wife Pat Peterson and they were married shortly thereafter.
He is survived by his wife Pat; his three children, Linda Ward (John), Carl Gronberg (Gina), and Paul Gronberg (Barbra); as well as his seven grandchildren, Kristen, Brendan, Jenna, Rochelle, Sean, Ryan, Ben; and his brother Henry Gronberg. He is also survived by his former wives May Gronberg and Carol Hince. A Memorial Service will be held at Petaluma Valley Baptist Church, 580 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy., in Petaluma, on Friday, June 26, at 1 p.m., reception to follow. All who knew him are welcome to attend.
Beverly Ann Swafford - Born in Graton
Beverly Swafford died on June 20, 2009 at the age of 72 in Santa Rosa. She was born in Graton, and has been a lifelong resident of Sonoma County. She was a member of Hessel Church for more than 40 years. Swafford enjoyed traveling in her motorhome throughout the U.S. with her husband Marvie and dog Magoo, as well as spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Dolores Rodrigues, and is survived by her husband of 52 years, Marvie Swafford; sons, Mark (Shawna) Swafford and Dale Swafford; daughter, Robin (Randy) Hawkey; grandchildren, Kristen, Ashley, Keith, Rachelle, Kaitlin and Ranae; sister, Kathie (Phil) Spears; brothers, Wilbur (Yvonne) Jones and Allan (Nancy) Jones.
A funeral service will be held Friday, June 26, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Hills Memorial Park, 1700 Pleasant Hill Road, Sebastopol.
Jeffrey Pagan - Owner of Fern’s Market
Pagan was the only child of the late Louie and Gail Pagan. He grew up in Union City, CA until moving to the Russian River area in 2005 where he and his wife became owners of River Gem Resort and Fern’s Market, both in Monte Rio.
He is survived by his wife, Renee Combes Pagan; sons, Nicholas and Cody Pagan; stepsons, Christopher, Kevin, Kenny and Troy Combes; grandson Willie Ray and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
A celebration of Pagan’s life will be held Wednesday, June 24, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Monte Rio Community Center, 20488 Highway 116, Monte Rio, CA. All are welcome.
Marc Richard McCracken
Marc Richard McCracken, 48, passed away on June 16, 2009, at home. Marc, a lifelong resident of Healdsburg, was born on Dec. 20, 1960, in Santa Rosa. Marc worked as a Route Sales Driver at Northern Energy. He went to school at Windsor Elementary and Healdsburg High. He was an accomplished fisherman, excellent extreme downhill snow skier, and an all around outdoors man. As a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, he recently completed the 2008 Sturgis road trip on his 2005 Harley Roadking.
Marc, a Christian, will be remembered for his generosity and willingness to help anyone in need.
He was the devoted and loving son of Patricia McCracken, loving brother to Melanie McCracken-Chrest, uncle of Suezane Grimm, and brother-in-law to Mike Chrest of Kaaawa, HI.
Special thanks to longtime girlfriend Pamela Livingston and best friend Allen Henderson "Hendie."
Predeceased by Richard L. McCracken, grandparents Alton and Mae McCracken, Albert and Irma Agostini, sister Allison Adele McCracken, and Uncle Alton "Mickey" McCracken.
There was a funeral service at 10 a.m. on June 24 at Shiloh District Cemetery. Services by Private Family Graveside. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Alice Evans Brooks
Alice was born September 16, 1916 at Scotia, California to her late parents, Wesley and Blanche Evans. On June 18, 2009 she died with her family nearby. Alice was the Duchess of Windsor in 1989. She loved her church, traveling and was a lifetime member of the Windsor Grange. Her family was the most important part of her life. She had an annual Christmas party with Santa for her family from 1964 to 2008 that was the highlight of her families Christmas season. She married in 1936 to the love of her life, Albert Brooks (deceased), who was a descendant of the original Brooks family that settled in Windsor in the 1850’s. There have been six generations of the Brooks family to live on the property. Her living siblings are Arthur Evans, Raymond Evans and Vernon Evans. Deceased siblings are George Evans, Gerald Evans, Blanche Palmquist, Clarence Evans, Ida Petersen and Frances Willey. She was dearly loved by her children, Vernon Brooks (Frances), Wesley Brooks (Martha), Carole Rombeiro (Edward), Marilyn Bolman (Richard), deceased Virginia Watson (Wayne) and Janet George (deceased Lyle). 13 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren also survive her and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 2 p.m. at the Windsor Community United Methodist Church, 9451 Brooks Road South, Windsor. A Private Interment Service will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2009.
Memorial contributions may be made in Alice’s Memory to the Windsor Community United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 87, Windsor CA 95492 or to Heartland Hospice Services, 2455 Bennett Valley Road, Ste. B-214, Santa Rosa CA 95404.
Marion M. Johnson - Born in Cloverdale
Marion M. Johnson joined her late husband Lee on June 18, 2009, at the age of 86.
She was the loving mother of Nancy Freitas and Michael (Vickie) Johnson. Marion was the adored nonie of: Alan and Chris Freitas, Amber, Ross and the late Katie Johnson, Stephanie (Alex) Orosco, Jack and Jenny Grey and, great nonie of Diego Orosco. She was the beloved sister of Ernest Angeli. She is also survived my many nieces and nephews.
Marion was born in Cloverdale and spent her entire life there.
Friends are invited to attend visitation Thursday, June 25, 2009 from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Fred Young F. H. 428 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Cloverdale 894-2540. A Cryptside service will be held Friday June 26, at 11 a.m. at Santa Rosa Memorial Park, 1900 Franklin Ave., Santa Rosa. A Celebration of Life will be held at her home in Cloverdale, Saturday June 27, from 2 until 6 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to you favorite charity.
Beverly Midson - Owned Midson Dress Shop
Beverly Midson passed away in Santa Rosa on June 12, 2009. Loving daughter of the late Fred H. and Grace S. Midson. Beverly was a native and lifelong resident of Sonoma County, age 70, and as such was very involved in her community. She owned and operated Midson Dress Shop in Healdsburg for years; she was a board member of the Friends of Lake Sonoma, Dry Creek Volunteer Fire Department, the Republican Club, Geyserville Chamber of Commerce and past board member of the Healdsburg Soroptimist’s Club. She loved gardening, but her real passion has always been animals, whether it was riding horseback with her parents or taking care of the loves of her life, her goats, dogs and cats. The family wishes to acknowledge Prema Ram for the wonderful loving care over the last few years.
A Celebration of her life will be held at a later date. If desired donations in her memory may be made to the Sotoyome Volunteer Fire Company, c/o Jack Brandt, 250 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg.
Laurie A. Thomsen - Lived in Alexander Valley for 26 years
Laurie A. Thomsen passed away at her home in Alexander Valley June 10, 2009 at the age of 55. Laurie was the loving wife of Jeffrey J. Thomsen and devoted mother of Michael Thomsen and Brianna Scott and her husband Brian. She was the dear daughter of Vern and Norma Cooper and beloved sister of Karen Cooper. Laurie was the beloved aunt of Justin Hinkle and adored grandmother of Jacob and Addison Scott. She is also survived by numerous lifelong friends.
Laurie graduated from Santa Rosa High School in the class of 1972 and lived in Healdsburg’s Alexander Valley for 26 years. She was most at home helping others and was a mother to many. Laurie loved to travel, especially road trips across the US with her family. From childhood, she had a love of animals and enjoyed horseback riding much of her life. Laurie was known for her infectious laugh, selflessness, famous chocolate chip cookies, and passion for the Giants. Her life’s joy came from being with her family and friends. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Friends were invited to attend a Memorial Service at the Alexander Valley Community Hall, 5512 Hwy. 128, Healdsburg, Saturday June 20, 2009 at 2 p.m. Interment was private at Oakmound Cemetery, Healdsburg. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society, 124 Watertown St., Suite 2D, Watertown, MA 02472.