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Charles G. Wilson Jr.

Charles G. Wilson Jr., 95, of Los Altos, passed away peacefully on the evening of Monday November 6, 2017. He is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Norma E. Wilson, his step-daughter Cindie and her caring husband Mike, three grandchildren Brian (Cybele), Scott (Natalie) and Kristi (Sean), six great-grandchildren, Zach, Mikaela, Grant, Giselle, Kate and Ivy, and nieces Lisa and Maureen.

Born in Long Island, New York, June 21, 1922. The son of Elizabeth Sullivan and Charles G. Wilson, Sr., he was one five children, the second oldest, with three brothers and one sister. 

He enrolled in the Navy in July of 1940, at the age of 18. He served from 1940-1946. He was deployed on the USS San Francisco, and saw action at Pearl Harbor. He was one of the oldest and few remaining Pearl Harbor survivors. In August of 1946, at the age of 24, he concluded his military service and returned to San Francisco, where he lived and worked for a majority of his life. 

Charles made a career in the food industry, working at several restaurants in San Francisco. He spent some of the most enjoyable years of his career as an assistant manager at the Olympic Club, where after 13 years of service, he retired and was honored with a lifetime membership.

He and his wife Norma moved to Los Altos in 1975, and eventually retired there. Charles was an avid reader. He also enjoyed traveling with Norma, taking trips to Palm Springs, and taking cruises to various locations. Charles loved to play and watch golf. Although Charles had access to one of the most prestigious golf courses in the area, he made a rule of never playing golf while he was working.  One of his most memorable experiences was working the 1987 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club.

The family would like express their gratitude to the staff and doctors of the VA in Palo Alto, and especially the staff and doctors of the VA in Menlo Park. He was always treated with the utmost respect and kindness.

There will be a public closed-casket visitation on Wednesday, November 15 from 2-4pm with a rosary at 3:00pm in the Los Altos Chapel at Spangler Mortuary 399 So. San Antonio, Los Altos, CA 94022

There will also be a Funeral Mass Thursday November 16 at 10:00am at St. Williams Catholic Church 611 S. El Monte Ave. Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 followed by a graveside service at 11:30am at Gates of Heaven Cemetery 22555 Cristo Rey Dr. Los Altos, CA 94024

A reception will follow at Bella Vita Restaurant 376 1st. St. Los Altos, Ca 94022

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Charles’ honor to the Veteran’s Association. More information can be found at https://www.paloalto.va.gov/giving/

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Daniel Henry Curran

Daniel Henry Curran, 72 of Bayfield, passed from this world to the next on Mon., Jan. 29 in Rochester, Minn. with his daughters at his side, after an extended battle with cancer. He was born on June 29, 1945, in Elkhorn, Wis. to Agnes Josephine (Meyerhofer) Curran and George Francis Curran, of Lake Geneva.

As a child he attended Central School and St. Francis de Sales Catholic School, later graduating from Badger High School. Daniel’s undergraduate education began at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; he later joined the U.S. Army Reserves and finished his architectural degree at the University of Milwaukee, where he also attended graduate school. Initially, he was a draftsman for Johnson, Wagner, Eisley, Widen and Hipp of Milwaukee, assisting with plans for the Milwaukee Area Technical College and South Division High School. Once he became a registered architect, he opened his own practice in Lake Geneva. Designs by his firm ran the gamut, though Daniel particularly enjoyed historic preservation and renovation. Among many projects, he guided the renovation of St. Francis de Sales Church, the Riviera, Holy Communion Episcopal Church, and Landmark Center in Lake Geneva, Wis.; renovated the St. Francis Friary in Burlington, Wis., and designed many new homes. From 1989 to 1996 he worked for the Red Cliff Housing Authority and helped rehabilitate more than 130 houses through the Comprehensive Assistance Improvement Program, funded through H.U.D. In 1996 he started on a related path of building inspection, and worked for the City of Superior, later becoming the city’s chief building inspector.

Along with his paid work, Daniel took pride in serving others. He was president of the Lake Geneva Rotary Club, he was elected to the Lake Geneva City Council for a two-year term, and was a member of the Lake Geneva Planning Commission. He also served on the Bayfield, Wis. Architectural Review Board, the Bayfield Historic Planning Committee, and the Bayfield Comprehensive Planning Committee. With Roger Bristol, Daniel was instrumental in the creation of Bayfield’s Fountain Garden Park. He volunteered as a Lay Leader of Prayer for the St. Francis Catholic Church in Red Cliff, Wis., Holy Family Catholic Church in Bayfield, St. Louis Catholic Church in Washburn, Wis., St. Joseph Catholic Church in La Pointe, Wis., and St. Ann Catholic Church in Cornucopia, Wis. Through leading prayer, lecturing and serving at Mass, Daniel gained great joy and deepened his faith.

Daniel is survived by his daughters, Katherine (Justin) Hansen of Bayfield, and Claudia (Andrew) Broman of Janesville, Wis.; his grandchildren, Alex and Carter Hansen, and Evelyn and Nelson Broman; brothers Thomas Curran of El Cajon, Calif. and Patrick Curran of Rockford, Ill., and sister Helene Churchill of Lake Geneva, Wis. along with countless people he has touched throughout his life. He was preceded in death by his second wife, Joyce Evelyn Grant, the mother of his children; two sisters, Rosemary Lemire of Escanaba, Mich., and Kathleen Wilson, of Lake Geneva, brother Gerald Curran, and his parents. He will be greatly missed.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at St. Francis Catholic Church, Red Cliff. With Visitation from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the church, also, 2 pm to 4 pm on Sunday, Feb. 4th , with a prayer service at 3:30 pm at the Bratley Funeral Home Chapel in Washburn. Father Kevin Gordon and Father Brian Dulli Officiating. Interment at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, with military honors performed by the Apostle Islands Honor Guard.

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Terry Harry Roach

June 25, 1940 – September 10, 2016

Terry passed away peacefully with his devoted wife of 33 years, Linda, and loving daughter, Terrie, at his side. Terry was surrounded by loving church members, as well as loving family and friends who stood by him as he battled lung cancer with the same verve with which he lived his life.

Terry is survived by his brothers, John (Sharon) of Concord; Rob (Janine) of Pacifica; son, Danny, of Walnut Creek; daughter, Terrie (Dave) Simpson of Discovery Bay; grandchildren, Kris, Cassie, Serena, Justin; great-grandson, Tyler; sister-in-law, Laura Blue, of Pacifica; and many loving nieces, nephews, grand-nephews and grand-nieces.

As a native San Franciscan, he loved being a Teamster Union member of Local 85 for 46 years; SF Old Timers Baseball Assoc.; N.C.V. Boxers Assoc. and Mazzetti’s Pacifica Bakery 5 AM’er’s Coffee Crew. Terry was often seen traveling about San Francisco and the Peninsula visiting familiar faces and places. His smiling face and quick wit will be greatly missed.

A Celebration Of Life Memorial Service will be held by Terry’s Home Church Family at TAPESTRY CHURCH, 1305 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, CA on Saturday, November 5th at 10:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: www.gofundme.terryroachmemorial.com which will help support Bethlehem A.D., the annual event which Terry always loved being a part of. Sponsored by Tapestry Church, which is a 501(c)(3) charitable donation

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Konstantinos “Gus” Vardakastanis

Konstantinos “Gus” Vardakastanis passed away in San Francisco on Friday, September 22, 2017 at the age of 57. Gus was a well-loved and well-known local San Francisco businessman and the owner of Gus’s Community Markets. His strong presence and deep sense of caring for his family, and his customers, who he treated as family, was sincere and long lasting.

Gus was predeceased by his father – Dimitrios Vardakastanis. He is survived by his mother – Eleni Vardakastanis, his wife – Georgia Vardakastanis and his two sons – Dimitri Vardakastanis (Penny) and Bobby Vardakastanis (Katerina), brother – Yianni Vardakastanis (Nitsa), sister – Angelica Skiadopoulos (George), nephews – Yianni Skiadopoulos (Lina), Dimitri Skiadopoulos, and niece – Eleni Vardakastanis (Achilleas), and four beloved grandchildren – Giorgia, Kostaki, Kosta, and Eva Vardakastanis.

Gus was born September 15, 1960, on the island of Zakynthos, Greece (Vasilikos).

Gus immigrated to San Francisco in 1976 at the age of 16, with his family where he found work at various produce markets.

In 1981, Gus decided to go back to the island where he met and wed Georgia on February 1, 1981. Together, they returned to San Francisco and in the summer of 1981, Gus and his father fulfilled their dream of opening their own produce market in the Haight. Four years later, they opened a second market in the Outer Sunset (Noriega Produce).

In the early 1990s, Gus and his sons, Dimitri and Bobby, who were actively a part of the business by then, moved locations to expand Haight Street Market and in 2011, added a full-service market to better serve the community Gus loved so dearly. His hard work was rewarded with extreme loyalty from the neighborhood and his work ethic was seen not only through his sons, but through the many employees that have been through the “School of Gus.”

In 2013, Gus and his sons started working on the development of Gus’s Community Market in the Mission, allowing them to serve yet another neighborhood in the city. This endeavor expanded on the vision of what Gus created over the past 30 years, with the same heart and passion for customer service, community and pride in quality products that he had applied to his other two markets.

Gus was the hardest working man everyone knew, but he was still able to find a balance between work and family. Recently he was able to let go of the reigns to his sons and long term employees, while still maintaining a presence at the store, in order to spend more time with his wife and young grandchildren. In Sonoma, Gus fulfilled one of his life long dreams of producing his own family wine and discovered his love and passion for growing his own food. He built a sanctuary for himself and his family, to enjoy the fruits of his labor and after 36 years of marriage, was able to spend more time with Georgia. Their love was an unconditional love that matured over the years into an enduring bond that was visible to all who knew them. A love like theirs is timeless.

Gus also took pride in his sons and the lives they have created for themselves and their own families. The relationship that Gus had with his two sons, Dimitri and Bobby was more than simply father and child. They were colleagues, business partners, and best friends. They had a mutual respect and truly depended upon each other. This trio was rarely seen apart and these memories will never fade.

In the last years we all saw Gus’s new found love of the land of growing his own produce and gardening, and rewarded himself for his lifelong hard work. Over his 30 years in San Francisco, he was still very connected to his family and community in Zakynthos. This year, for the first time, Gus was able to take his sons and their families on a once in a lifetime vacation to the island where he was born.

Everyone who met Gus loved him immediately, he had a strong presence and his connections were deep and long lasting. Family was always first, he always made sure everyone was taken care of, and he never held resentments towards anyone. He leaves a void in all our hearts that will never be filled. We can and will keep his spirit alive through the memories we all hold so dear to our hearts. Fly high Gus.

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Charlotte Coyne Morrison

Charlotte Coyne Morrison, age 83, passed quietly on the evening of July 20th, 2017. A 57 year resident of Belvedere CA. and daughter of Thomas Roswell Coyne and Charlotte Eckhart Coyne of Chicago. “Charie” moved to California over six decades ago where she fell in love with and married Robert Wendell Morrison, of Bradford, Pennsylvania at the age of 28. Widowed at 52, she again fell in love and married Steven Robert Biggart, of San Francisco, until his death in 2005. A devoted and loving Mother, she is survived by her sons Robert Wendell Morrison, Jr, his spouse, Margaret Ethridge Morrison of Foresthill, CA and Thomas Thayer Morrison and his spouse, Sloane Perry Morrison of Burbank, CA. Step children Carry Biggart Hobson, her spouse David Hobson of Hillsboro, OR and Craig Stuart Biggart and his spouse, Veronda Ann Biggart, of Cascade MT. She is also survived by Grand children, Shaun Patrick Marshall-Morrison, his partner, Qurat U. “ Anna” Ali of Salem, OR Steven Anthony Marshall-Morrison of San Francisco, Robert W Morrison, III of San Francisco, Caroline Hobson of Hillsboro OR, Brandy Lynne Funk and Megan Nichole Pankratz of Cascade MT. She dedicated much of her adult life to charities such as the Shriner’s Hospital, Belvedere auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museum, and Sunny Hills, supported local organizations such as the Marin Garden Club and the Francisca Club, and she was an avid supporter of local entrepreneurs. Over the course of her life, she touched many souls with a generous heart. The family has requested that those wishing to honor her memory donate in her name to one of the following charities. Marin Mammal Center, The Humane Society of Marin, Saint Jude Children’s Hospital, or Habitat for Humanity.

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