Annie was the “Talk of the Towns” columnist for Rohnert Park/Cotati newspapers for 35 years. She was civic-minded, serving through the Lady Lions, RP History Society, Sister City, Arts Commission, Founder’s Day Parade Grand Marshall and more. She left her mark on Rohnert Park.
Ron and Annie Rasmussen moved to Rohnert Park in 1960 with their two older children, Jo Ann and Ray. René and Janet came along in the early 1960’s. All the kids attended local schools. The family was active in sports, Annie played women’s softball for many years as well as participating in many other community activities.
Married in 1952 after meeting at the Marine Corp supply depot, Islais Creek, in the city of San Francisco, the couple lived in the city while Ron completed his military service, and attended college. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary in July.
Annie has 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Ron and Annie also include in their family 11 exchange students who came to live with them over the years from: Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Guatemala, Japan, Holland and Spain. Their door was always open to host visitors and family.
Annie was the daughter of Spanish immigrants who came to work in the fields of California in the early 1900’s. She was born in Mountain View, California on February 11, 1932. She was a graduate of Mission High School in San Francisco. She passed on September 16th, 2018. Her husband, Ron, said that since she died on his birthday, he was sending God the best birthday gift. Her children, Jo Ann (Robert) Sotelo, Ray (Sheri) Rasmussen, René (Keith) Martin and Janet (Jeff) Wilbert were all with their mother over the last few weeks of her life.
Annie was a strong Christian and a member of Cross and Crown Lutheran Church who spent a lot of time caring for and helping others. Most recently, she would go each week and sing old favorites with a room full of seniors at the Santa Rosa Convalescent Hospital.
She has loved a lot and was loved a lot in return.
There will be an Open House Celebration of Life:
Sunday, October 7th, 2018
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Cross and Crown Lutheran Church and School
5475 Snyder Ln.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to Cross and Crown Lutheran Church and School for a Memorial Scholarship.
Deborah Bourn Bailey passed away on Sunday July 8, 2018 and was reunited with the love of her life, Peter Dirck Bailey, who proceeded her in death in December, 2016.
Debbie was born in Hampton, NH in 1938 and lived throughout the United States during her 58-year marriage to a career sailor. A 45-year resident of Rohnert Park, Debbie was named as one of Rohnert Park’s Top 20 Citizens on the city’s 20thanniversary. Debbie received many awards for volunteer work in the local community. She played clarinet in the Rohnert Park Community Band for many years until injuries forced her retirement.
Debbie had a long career working as a teacher’s aide at Waldo Rohnert and John Reed Elementary Schools. Debbie was a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of the USA, including leading a Brownie Troop until the end of her life. She was active as a Unit Trainer for the district. As the local Girl Scout cookie director, her, and her neighbor’s driveways were filled every year with cookie boxes until they needed to find a larger location. She was a very active volunteer in the Redwood Empire Cursillo Community and inside San Quentin State Prison with Kairos Prison Ministry. She was a proud lifetime Boston Red Sox fan. Her real passion was simply spending time and connecting with people.
Deborah is survived by her four children Gale (Larry) Boucher, Peter (Kathy),
Chris (Kimberly) and Steven (Janet). Debbie has 10 grandchildren, Peter, Anthony, Sean, Nicholas, Ian (Jen), Katelyn (Mysty), Joshua (Juistina), Rachel, Dillon and Benedict (Alice). She is survived by her brother Anthony Bourn of Colorado and by numerous nieces and nephews.
There will be a Vigil at Daniel’s Chapel of the Roses Monday, July 23, 2018 at 6 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Joseph’s Church in Cotati on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow at the St. Joseph’s Church Hall.
Donations can be made to Debbie’s Brownie Troop 10431 at Exchange Bank.