Jim Grossi, patriarch of West Marin dairymen

James Joseph Grossi, West Marin patriarch and pillar of the ranching community, passed away last week at age 98. Born in Novato, Jim worked, married and raised four children there; his children raised children of their own, who in turn had children—and they all loved Jim. “It was very important...

Maria Donna Lopez 1954 – 2010

Maria Donna Lopez, a Miwok Indian who grew up and raised a family in Point Reyes, passed away last week at age 56 after a ten-year struggle with kidney failure. Maria will be remembered for her powerful spirit, loving personality and untiring optimism in the face of tribulation. “She was...

Barbara Pace 1916 - 2010

Barbara Pace, a singer and botanist who hosted classical music concerts in her Bolinas garden for the last 40 years, passed away during the Easter afternoon storm. She was 94. Friends remember Barbara for her graciousness, humor and reserve. “She was a woman of indomitable will. You couldn’t stop her...

Bud Johnson, 1914 - 2010

Burton “Bud” Hartwell Johnson passed away January 28 in his Petaluma home. Bud lost his sweet Carolyn just two years ago, and now has joined her and his son Richard in the heavens. We know he is thankful for the support of family and friends that cared for him through...

Dick Mathews 1934-2010

Dick Matthews, unofficial mayor of Inverness, glass tradesman, perpetual host and father of seven, passed away last week. He was 76. “He was a hard workin’ fella that stressed politeness and giving,” said Dick’s brother, John “Jack” Matthews. “He liked hunting, fishing, partying and athletics—and he was exceptionally good at...