Obituaries
November 21, 2019

Barbara E. Garrison

October 11, 2019

Barbara passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 11, 2019 from cancer.  She was born in Lincoln Park, Michigan on September 17, 1932.  She is survived by her three daughters, six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.  Barbara and her husband (Frank) married in 1948 in Lincoln Park, Michigan and moved to Fresno, California in 1950.  In 1964 they relocated to the North Bay.  Frank passed away after 52 years of marriage on March 15, 2001.  Daughter Elaine Brown, with daughter Shana and great granddaughter Katie, live in Novato, and daughter Mandy lives in Riverton, Utah with her husband Josh and great granddaughters, Athena, Zara, and Cora. Daughter Eleanor Stanley lives in Rohnert Park.  Her son William lives in Norman, Oklahoma and son Richard, wife Heather and great granddaughters Makenna and Grace live in Lincoln Park, Michigan.  Daughter Deborah Shanahan and her husband Tim live in Groveland.  Their son Kevin, wife Lisa, great grandson Aiden, and great granddaughter Riley live in El Dorado Hills and son Frank, wife Tessa and great grandsons Madden and Rory live in Redwood City.  Barbara has one surviving sister, Dorothy Lake of West Virginia.

Barbara lived many years in Rohnert Park and enjoyed life to the fullest.  She enjoyed bowling, traveling and crafts.  She was proud of her many years (approx. 40) as a member of AA.  She was active in the Fun After 50 club at the Senior Center.  She was a kind and generous spirit who loved others unconditionally.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the Fun After 50 Club in Rohnert Park.

There will be a Celebration of Life gathering for Barbara on Saturday, October 12th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Valley Village Mobile Home Park club house, 6401 Country Club Drive, Rohnert Park.

Gregory A. Beedon

September 20, 2019

Gregory A. Beedon, of Santa Rosa, Ca. passed away at home on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at age 71. He was born on July 11, 1948 in Burbank, California, the only son of Donald and Julia Beedon and older brother to Kimberly. He was raised in the San Fernando Valley in the town of North Hollywood. 

He met his wife, Barbara Hovore, at San Fernando Valley State College (now Cal State Northridge) where he received a BA in Fine Arts, Photography. He and Barbara married in 1973 and together they had one child, Tristan. After graduating, Greg and Barbara moved to Wilson, Kansas.  Greg worked for his uncle, at George Eschbaugh Advertising, where he learned the printing business, with an emphasis on silkscreen printing.  After two years in Kansas, Greg and Barbara moved to San Francisco and have been in the Bay Area ever since. Greg worked in advertising, and graphic arts, before getting into sales, working for Velvetone-Gallagher Printing. 

His son Tristan was born in 1979, and six years later Greg and Barbara opened a restaurant in Sonoma called TJ’s Sonoma Grill and Bakery (named after their son). Greg later became General Manager at Chevy's in Santa Rosa, then went on to work for Port Stockton and Sysco Food Service companies, in the position of Sales Manager for over 10 years.

Many know Greg from Signarama Rohnert Park, that he opened in 2004 and closed in 2014. In his last year he worked with Proforma and The Community Voice. He was very involved in the community as a participating member of the Rotary Club of Rohnert Park-Cotati, the Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce and the SCOOP Club. Greg was outgoing, kind-hearted and generous. He loved helping others and had a soft spot for nonprofits. He will be greatly missed. 

Greg is survived by his wife Barbara, son Tristan, mother Julia and sister Kimberly. He also has three grandchildren, Ethan, age 11, Raizel, age 7, and Mira, age 2. A celebration of life will be planned for a future date. Condolences can be sent to 2308 Viggo Way, Santa Rosa CA 95403.

 

 

Annie Rasmussen

September 21, 2018

2/11/32-9/16/18

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

July 20, 2018

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.