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Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 12:37 pm

Dorothy L. Irvine

Mother, grandmother, great grandmother

Dorothy Loraine Raudio McGinness Irvine, of Healdsburg, CA, passed away peacefully on April 4, 2013. She was 88 years old. Dorothy was born and raised in Fort Bragg, California in the Finnish Community of Sointula. Later she married George McGinness and had four children. After that marriage ended, she married Richard Irvine and they moved to Healdsburg. Dorothy owned and operated Dorothy’s Beauty Cove in Healdsburg until the 1970s, when she and Richard took to the road in their pick-up and fifth wheel trailer, always coming home for Christmas and taxes. Dorothy spent the last three years playing Bingo and working word puzzles with her friends at Emeritus of Vacaville. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Richard; her son, Wayne McGinness; her daughter, Janice Stuart; her sister, Francis Mankinen; her brother, Kenneth Raudio; and her parents, George and Lillian Raudio. She is survived by her sister, Phyllis Davis, of Phoenix, AZ; her brother, Eugene Raudio (Lorraine), of Fort Bragg, CA; her sons, Dennis McGinness (Linda), of Healdsburg and Jim Irvine (Cindy), of Vacaville; grandchildren, Randy Stuart (Annmarie), of Priest River, Idaho; James Irvine (Dawn), of Fairfield; Richard Stuart (Teresa) of Windsor; Mindy McGinness, of Windsor; and Christy Holman (Matt), of Vacaville; and seven great-grandchildren: Wendy, Rebecca, Samantha, Allan, Bailey, Randy, and Conner. A celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held at a later date.

Mollie Lewitter

Loving mother

Mollie Lewitter passed away peacefully on April 5, 2013 at her Petaluma residence at the age of 87 years. Devoted wife of the late Ed Lewitter. Loving mother of Marc Lewitter of Healdsburg, Susan Koehler of San Francisco, and Alan Lewitter of Petaluma. Dear Mother-in-law of Carl Koehler and Betsi Lewitter. Cherished grandmother of Ryan (Sierra) Lewitter, Allison (Alfonso) Koehler-Lopez, and Michael Koehler. Special great-grandmother of Michael Steven Lopez. Dear sister of Pearl Cutler of Fairfield and the late Adele Rosen. She was a loving aunt to Ellen, Alex, Wendy, Eileen, and Ruth. Mollie was born in New Jersey and married her childhood sweetheart. She began her work career in 1945 in SF working for Goldstein’s Costume Company. She and her husband lived their dream of buying a chicken ranch and moving to Petaluma in 1951. Despite weighing less than a sack of chicken feed, she was able to work the ranch and would matter-of-factly say she could lift a 100 pound sack by herself. She was an office manager for her husband in Cotati, worked for the City of Windsor Water Department and then the City of Petaluma Water Department for 20 years. She graduated from Sonoma State University with honors in the 1980s and was a student at the Life Long Learning Center at SSU. She was an avid knitter and donated hundreds of hats to chemotherapy patients and friends. Mollie enjoyed her membership (#111) at the Redwood Health Club and learned to swim when she was in her 60s. She played poker with the same friends for over 50 years. Her motto was “to do at least one nice thing for someone everyday.” A special thanks to Leticia Rivas, her loving caregiver and “Bella” her canine companion who comforted her during her final time. Friends and family were at a Graveside Committal on Monday, April 8, 2013 at B’nai Israel Cemetery in Petaluma. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Wilmar Volunteer Fire Dept. or Hospice of Petaluma in her memory.

Dorothy Todd Ruthnick

Matriarch of large family

Dorothy Todd Ruthnick, matriarch of a large loving family, traveler, scrabbler, and gardener died on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 surrounded by loved ones. Dorothy (Dot) was born in San Francisco but raised on a ranch in Los Gatos. She lived for over 50 years in Richmond where she participated in many local activities including the P.T.A., CHS, and the Richmond Museum. The last seven years of her life were lived on two acres in Sebastopol with her daughter Kathy and son-in-law, Doug. It was a return to her farm roots. She was surrounded by open space, garden and vineyards, orchards and wildlife, all things she loved. Dot liked to travel and meet new people, see new places and learn everything she could about where she was at the moment. She loved her family and always wanted to know what was new with everyone. She was open-minded and had a great sense of humor. She trained as an elementary school teacher at San Jose State, teaching for a number of years. She married Henry (Hank) Ruthnick who preceded her in death. They were married for almost 40 years and had four children; sons, Richard and his wife Dana of Healdsburg, Douglas of Healdsburg and daughters Patricia and her husband Chris of El Cerrito, and Kathleen and her husband Doug of Sebastopol. She had seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Dot taught them to be fair and tolerant, to listen non-judgmentally, to love books and reading, to enjoy nature, and to be happy and count their blessings. A memorial service will be held at 5217 Blank Rd. Sebastopol on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the hospice of your choice.

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