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Obituaries 2-4-16

Paul Vincent Wright Master builder who gave back to his community

Paul Vincent Wright 
died Jan. 30, 2016 at his home surrounded by family. 
Paul was born March 15, 1922 at Saint Elizabeth’s Infant Hospital in San Francisco and was put in the care of the Daughters of Charity. When Paul was 2-years-old, he was adopted by Lola Wright and moved to Santa Rosa. Lola was an independent woman. With her brother John Keegan (JK) Wright and their mother, Julia Keegan Wright, she owned a ranch called Riverlands in Guerneville where they raised prunes. 
Climbing trees and swimming in the Russian River was an idyllic early childhood. When Lola suddenly passed away, Paul was then cared for by his grandmother, Julia. Paul attended St. Catherine’s Academy in Benicia where he developed his lifelong dislike for tapioca pudding. 
He soon returned home to Sonoma County and joined Lola’s brothers family, JK and Marian Wright. JK and Marian embraced Paul as their own and raised him with his new family—sisters Margaret and Joan, and his brother John.
 Paul, who went by the nickname of Bush (because of his unruly head of hair), attended St. Rose School and Santa Rosa High School where he excelled in sports, if not academics. He was a winner of the Blanket Award in basketball and excelled at tennis. After high school, at the age of 19, Paul was working in San Francisco helping to construct the Union Square Garage. When Pearl Harbor was bombed, Paul went right down and signed up for a civilian construction group to ship out to Pearl Harbor. Ten days after the bombing Paul was in Hawaii rebuilding Pearl Harbor. Although he was a civilian, Paul worked seven days a week, 12 hours a day under military command. However, he still found time to perfect his hula and embrace the Hawaiian Islands.
 After a year at Pearl Harbor Paul was sent back to the Mainland as his induction papers were waiting at home. When Paul docked in San Francisco he went right over and signed on with the Merchant Marines. For the rest of the war, Paul sailed the South Pacific as a merchant seaman delivering men and supplies. 
This started a lifelong love of travel and adventure. Paul traveled to all seven continents and to places that few have heard of. When the war ended, Paul returned home to Sonoma County to marry his sweetheart Peggy (Margaret Daugherty). They raised a family that grew to six children. Paul joined his father JK in the post-war building boom. Paul teamed up with Ben Oretsky in 1957 to build Santa Rosa’s new Montgomery High School. This started the partnership known as Wright & Oretsky that lasted until 1969 when Ben retired. 
The 1970s saw Paul continue building as Paul V. Wright, Inc. with the help of Sid Lipton, who was a long time employee of Wright & Oretsky. 
In the late 1970s the Press Democrat named Paul the Redwood Empire Master Builder. In 2003 the North Coast Builders Exchange inducted Paul into the Construction Hall of Fame. Paul was one of the founders of St. Eugene’s Church and Cardinal Newman High School. He was named Cardinal Newman Regent Emeritus in 1994 and received the John Henry Newman Award in 2009.
 Paul’s philanthropic giving was very important to him. He was proud that with humble beginnings that he could give back to this community in meaningful ways. 
Paul retired in 1982 to continue his travels and perfect his golf game. However, in 1984, with the passing of his wife, Peggy, life changed. 
Paul was so fortunate to meet and marry, in 1986, the former Marcie Shepard. Paul spent the rest of his life with his bride, as he would like to say, golfing in the desert, inspecting construction sites, visiting his beloved beach house, playing dominos with family and friends (source of extra income) and just being around people, young and old. 
Predeceased by his wife Margaret Jane and daughter Kathleen Mary; his parents, Marian and John Keegan Wright, siblings Margaret Henderson and John Wright; 
Survived by his wife Marcella; sister Joan Forsell; children Jay (Kathy), Paul C., Tim (Helen), Michael (Katie), and John (Jane); Stepchildren Susan Ball (Brad), Marcie Lyons (John); and 20 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
 Our deepest gratitude to his caregivers: Vicki Patterson, Kristy Herold, Reyna Rose, Maria Villalobos, Jamie Wynn and Karen Ornbaun. 
Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Cardinal Newman High School, 50 Ursuline Road, Santa Rosa, 95403: Catholic Charities, PO Box 4900, Santa Rosa Ca 95402. Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Foundation, 1154 Montgomery Drive, Suite 1, Santa Rosa, Ca, 95405 or Redwood Empire Food Bank, 3990 Brickway Blvd., Santa Rosa, 95403. 

Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at St. Rose Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Tenth and A Streets, Santa Rosa, CA
A reception will follow Mass at Wild Oak Saddle Club. 550 White Oak Dr., Santa Rosa. 
The family will have a private interment at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Santa Rosa.

John Deas

Avid fisherman who served his country

John Deas, 95, died peacefully on Jan. 25, 2016 surrounded by family and loved ones.  Preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, stepson, Gerald and stepdaughter Diane (Tom), he is survived by his wife of 49 years, Patricia; sons John (Ellen), Bob (Debbie), Marvin (Sandy);daughter Ruby (Jim); stepsons Joel (Scott) and Tim; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  He served his country as a Navy Boatswain’s Mate in WWII and had careers in the Navy, as a tugboat captain, with the Union Pacific Railroad and, last of all, as an appliance repairman. An avid fisherman, he passed his love of the sport on to his sons and grandsons.  He and Patricia spent their entire married life in Sebastopol, he was a continuous member of VFW Post 1000, San Francisco, for 20 years and a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Santa Rosa.  A celebration of his life will be held on Feb. 4, 1 p.m. at Pleasant Hills Memorial Park, 1700 Pleasant Hill Road, Sebastopol.

Obituaries 1-28-16

David Scott Anderson

Big heart, great sense of humor and larger than life personality

David Scott Anderson, a longtime resident of Sebastopol, died peacefully at home on Jan. 9. He was born and raised in Santa Barbara on July 1, 1959.  To most of his friends he was known as “Little Burr” due to his hair. He is survived by his wife Sandra, son Matt, sisters Cheryl and Patricia Anderson of Sebastopol, sister Cindy of Taos, New Mexico and brother Jim of Santa Barbara. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and many friends and co-workers at Analy High School where he had been a long time employee. Dave had a loving spirit and enjoyed the outdoors spending many happy days at Lake Sonoma, Bodega Bay and the Sebastopol Golf Course. He loved to tinker with mechanics and spent hours working on cars, boats, motorcycles, electric bikes, computers and RC cars.  He was also an excellent skier and spent many fun vacations at ski resorts including Snowbird in Utah where he lived for a short time and Lake Tahoe. Dave will be remembered for his big heart, his warmth, his sense of humor and his larger than life personality. A viewing will be held for close friends and family on Jan. 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Parent-Sorenson Mortuary at 301 South Main St. in Sebastopol, 829-5433. A celebration of Dave’s life will also be held on the same day Jan. 23, from 1:30 to 4:30 (for close friends and family) at the Odd Fellows Hall (upstairs) at 195 North Main St. (cross street McKinley) in Sebastopol

Lorraine Houston Tolley

Loved gardening, reading and music

Lorraine was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 18, 1921, and died on Jan. 7, at the age of 94, in San Francisco, California. Lorraine was the daughter of Scott and Hanna Houston. She married Ilo Verl Tolley in New York City on April 3, 1944. They returned to San Francisco after a year in New York City. She and Ilo met while she was performing her Hawaiian Steel Guitar repertoire at a church function. After San Francisco, they moved to Redwood City  next was Sebastopol, where they lived for almost 50 years. After Ilos death, Lorraine returned to San Francisco sharing a home with Eric and Sunny. Lorraine and Ilo raised four children. Lorraine was predeceased by Ilo and their son, Warren. Lorraine is survived by Trudy (Ed), Karen, and Eric (Sunny). Also surviving are three granddaughters, Dawn, Holly (Kevin) and Kayla and great grandsons, Andrew and Trent. 

Lorraine actively participated in her childrens scouting and school activities. She also worked in the banking industry. Lorraine loved gardening, reading, music and astounded all with her self-taught computer skills. A private memorial service will be scheduled for later this year.

Paul Joseph Rupp

Loved his family above all else

Paul Joseph Rupp died peacefully on Dec. 4, 2015 in his Sebastopol home at the age of 74. Born in Santa Rosa, he was a lifetime resident of Sebastopol. 
In 1960, he graduated from Analy High School. Later, he served in Vietnam, after the service he became a bus driver for greyhound and later for Golden Gate Transit. He retired after 30 years of service.
 In 1967 at St. Sebastians church, he married his sweetheart and Sebastopol resident, Marilyn Straight. They raised two daughters, Debbie and Deanna on the property where he grew up. 
Paul loved his family above all else, sharing with his wife, daughters and sons-in-laws and grandchildren his love for camping, fishing, old cars and tractors, bicycles, Giants games and many happy vacations and family reunions. 
He was a hard worker all his life, kind, funny and a true gentleman. Paul had an uncanny memory for people, places and events, especially the history and statistics and facts related to sports. He enjoyed biking, walking and hiking the Sebastopol back roads of his youth with friends and family. Preceded in death by his parents Joe and Hertha Rupp, brothers-in-law, Gary Vogel, Jim Straight and John Smith, and father-in-law Frank Straight.
 Paul is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Marilyn, loving daughters Debbie Barrett (Mike), Deanna Hansen (Perry) and adored grandchildren Patrick, Rebecca and Ryan Barrett, Julie and Jessica Hansen, loving sister Arlene Vogel and loving mother-in-law Lula Straight. He leaves behind a large extended family in the Danish community and the Rupp, Vogel, Straight, Hansen, Smith, Wilson families. He will be remembered and missed by all of the family. 
A funeral mass will be held on Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. at St. Sebastian's Catholic church in Sebastopol.

Beryl B. Frazer

Matriarch deeply beloved by all

Beryl B. Frazer died on Jan. 15, at age 98. She was born Dec. 31, 1917, and was a lifelong resident of Sebastopol. She attended Sebastopol Grammar Schoool, graduated from Analy High School with the class of 1935 and still thought of herself as an Analy Tiger. Not long after graduation she opened a gift shop in downtown Sebastopol. She was married in 1939 to George J. Frazer, her high school sweetheart. During WWII, while George served overseas, she volunteered helping veterans at Yountville and Mare Island. She also was active in the Sebastopol Victory Garden project at what is now Ives Park. Beryl had a wide range of interests including travel, dancing, gardening and baking. But no interest was greater than her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was truly the matriarch of her family and deeply beloved by all. She will be greatly missed by her sons, Dean Frazer and wife Joanne of Arizona and Kent Frazer and wife Sandra of Santa Rosa, her three grandchildren, Tami Frazer and Teri Frazer of Arizona, and Mike Frazer and his wife Marie of Windsor, and her great-grandchildren, Katelyn, Zachery, Sierra-Marie, and Skyler. She will also be deeply missed by her longtime care giver and best friend, Stephanie Elphick of Camp Meeker. Private interment will be held at the Sebastopol Memorial Lawn Cemetery. A Celebration of her life will be held on Feb. 20, at 1 p.m. at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (formerly the Sebastopol Veterans Memorial Building), located at 282 South High St. Donations may be made in Beryl’s memory to the Redwood Gospel Mission, P.O. Box, 493, Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Obituaries 1-21-16

Lynne Stevens

Kind, gentle and contemplative spirit

“There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” ~ L. Cohen

It is also how the light can leave. Lynne Stevens died at 70 years of age,  on Dec. 11, 2015 and slipped towards the light. She was vacationing in Costa Rica with friends when she was pulled into a riptide and drowned. Stevens was the daughter of Clarence and Alice Stevens and was born in Berkeley on Oct. 2, 1945. She is survived by a younger brother, Earl Stevens of Willits.  She kept many friends from her school days, graduating Berkeley High School in 1962, with many lifelong connections. Lynne had one life desire and that was to have a daughter. Sabrina survives her mother, living and working with children in Willits. Stevens was a part of the back to the land movement in the 70s, partnering and building an off-the-grid cabin in Mendocino County. Reinventing herself in the early 90s she moved to Sonoma County to find more work and service opportunities. She was a survivor and thriver, working several human service jobs before retiring in 2010 from Sonoma County Public Health.  She will be missed by the many friends in and out of her spiritual community, friends who were drawn to her kindness, gentle contemplative spirit, compassion for others with different struggles and her groundedness. She will be missed but live on in our hearts. She leaves her life partner, Donna Jones, her family and extended family in Sebastopol, where she lived her last 15 years.  Her memorial will be at the Community Church of Sebastopol on Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. The public is invited to attend the memorial to honor and celebrate Stevens and a life worth living.

Tetsuro Fujii

Family man who enjoyed traveling

 Tetsuro Fujii died at home on Jan. 16 at the age of 90. Survived by his wife Rose of 65 years; daughters Lynn, Carol, Ann and Doris with respective husbands Grant, Rowland, Clay; sons Ken and John with respective wives Rachel and Jennifer; grandchildren Ben, Josh, Reid and wife Megan, Kate, Kylie, Quinn, Max, Sarah, Nicholas and great-grandson Desmond. During the war, he was interned at Poston, Arizona and Crystal City, Texas, where he met Rose. He graduated from UC Berkeley Medical School in 1953. After completing his residency, he served in post-war Korea as a Captain in the Army Medical Corp. Upon his return to Sebastopol, he set up private practice from which he retired after 41 years in 1998. He was a member of Enman no Tomo, JACL, Enmanji Buddhist Temple and Sonoma County Medical Association. He and wife Rose enjoyed traveling and watching their children and grandchildren’s many activities. The family would like to thank Memorial Hospice and the MaiFiji care givers who attended him in his last days. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Enmanji Buddhist Temple at 1200 Gravenstein Highway South, Sebastopol, CA 95472. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Enmanji Temple Memorial Hall.

Julie Kozlowski

Selfless and fun loving with an infectious laugh

Julie Kozlowski, a devoted mother and grandmother who was born into a Greek produce family and married into a Sonoma County farming family, died  on Jan. 12 at her Sebastopol home after a battle with cancer. She was 58.She was born in Ogden, Utah, where her father and grandfather were in the produce business. At the age of five, her parents moved the family to Sonoma County, where her father, Andy Skikos, would open Andy’s Produce in Sebastopol. She attended Ursuline High School in Santa Rosa and served as a song leader for the athletic teams. A family member introduced her to her future husband, Perry Kozlowski, and they were married on Feb. 18, 1978. For many years, she worked in the Sebastopol store, then worked in the administrative office for Andy’s Produce, helping to run the business alongside other family members. “She was not only my sister, but my best friend,” said her younger sister, Shelley Klucznik of Santa Rosa. “She was a very selfless person, and would always think about others. Her family and her kids and grandkids were everything to her.” She and her husband also had their own apple orchard in Sebastopol, where they grew Gravensteins and other apple varieties.Throughout her life, she loved to travel, including a family vacation in Cabo San Lucas and road trips in her motor home, which she named “Thelma,” after the 1991 film “Thelma & Louise.”  “She was always up for an adventure,” her sister said. “She was very fun loving and she had an infectious laugh.”

Holidays were a big deal, and she enjoyed celebrating them with her family, especially when they came up with themed parties, such as the pajama party they threw one Christmas. She attended St. Sebastian Church in Sebastopol and donated to many community charities, particularly charities for children and animals. “Dogs and horses were a big part of her life,” her sister said. “And her grandchildren were the light of her life.”Lovingly known as “Juju” to her three grandchildren, she enjoyed going to their sporting events and other activities. She was preceded in death by her older brother, Jim Skikos of Sebastopol, who died in 2014. In addition to her younger sister, she is survived by her parents, Andy and Kathrin Skikos of Sebastopol; her husband, Perry Kozlowski; her daughters Janae Kozlowski and Jina Homan of Sebastopol; her son Tyler Kozlowski of Sebastopol; her brother, Chris Skikos of Sebastopol; her sister, Kim Heing of Santa Rosa; and three grandchildren. A rosary service was held at 6 p.m. on Monday Jan. 18, at St. Sebastian Church in Sebastopol and was followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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