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Stewart Jay McFarland


Stewart Jay McFarland , long time Marin County resident, passed away on April18, 2023 after valiantly battling a long series of illnesses and health setbacks . He was born on August 20, 1955 in Corvallis Oregon and was a fifth generation Oregonian. As a young man in the late 70's he made his way to Marin County by motorcycle to join his brother and sister who had already set up residence .
Stu is survived by his longtime life partner Virginia Beauchamp , his sister Jennifer McFarland, mother Caroline McFarland, brother Alex McFarland, sister in law Marybeth McFarland , and two nieces Devan and Jenna, as well as his nephew Jake and great niece Sophia.
As a young man Stu , like many other children of the time, picked produce when not going to school . His dream to work for the Oregon Highway Department was denied to him by a congenital medical condition that kept him from being hired . He attended two semesters of college in Oregon and was a teachers assistant for a time. He was very gifted in all things mechanical. As a young man he would buy inexpensive cars and fix them to re- sell. He worked at a shop that renovated recreational vehicles . He also worked at a Christmas tree lot where he lived during the season to watch over the trees. In the span of his working career he held many jobs including being a manager of the Sears service center in the Northgate Mall . He also worked in other positions in the company including the Tool department and estimating carpet installations. People that met him there will remember him for his helpfulness and dedication. Stewart became a caretaker for well known Mill Valley photographer Pirkle Jones, who was a student of Ansel Adams . He was a manager for many years at San Anselmo Self Storage until his health forced him to retire early. He was valued for his honesty , friendliness, strong work ethic and troubleshooting abilities. If you needed someone you could count on, Stu was your man!
Stewart was a very sweet and loving person. While his health was still good , he enjoyed fishing, traveling, and treasure hunting at garage sales, flea markets, and second hand stores. He loved a good hunt and had a great eye for a find . If there was a job title for this hobby, his would have been “Urban Archaeologist”! He enjoyed listening to jazz music.
Stewart was fortunate to be able to travel for a time during which he visited Sweden, Maui, Boston, and locations in New York and Pennsylvania.
Stewart was on a kidney transplant list. Sadly, he was not able to get a kidney in time. In death, he was able to make tissue donations to help give a quality of life to several other people. He would have been happy and proud of that!
If you have any stories to share about Stu they would be greatly appreciated and collected into a book of remembrance for the family. (How did you meet, favorite memory or observance, any photos, etc.) They can be left as an email to [email protected] or by phone message to 415/686/1635.
Stu will be greatly missed by all of his friends and family.
A small family gathering will be held at his sister's home to plant a tree in his remembrance on what would have been his 68th birthday.
Donations in his honor can be made to :
Vivalon Senior services in Marin
The Marin Food Bank
The Marin Humane Society
or St. Jude's

Tammy Lee Davis


Tammy was the youngest of four children born to Nugean and Mary Jane. Tammy was raised in Sunnyvale, with her sisters. While growing up she made some lifelong friends, and she stayed connected with them throughout her life. In 1982 she met Ray while working as a temp within a company he worked. Through their courtship they married in 1985 and was blessed with their first child the following year, RJ, and Gene 3 years later. Tammy had a heart of gold and gave the boy's all the love she had. Ray and Tammy also gave them the joy of camping, fishing, boating and car shows. Tammy loved attending her children’s sporting events and was probably the loudest mom there. One could hear her from miles away. Tammy was just blessed with her first Grandchild, who she loved dearly. Tammy lived and loved hard. She never judged anyone and was there without asking for anything in return. Ray and Tammy had set roots in Hayward where they spent many years raising their family. Their home is also where she passed peacefully. This is a great sadness to all.

Survived by: Husband Ray, Sons, RJ and Gene, Daughter-in-law, Marcy, Grandson DJ, Sisters Vinney, Rhonda, Sharon and many Nieces and Nephews, Cousins, Uncles and Aunts and all of the extended family who called her Mom, Aunty, Granma, Sister and friend.

Bethina Fleischer

Bethina Fleischer, 68 years old of San Francisco, California & San Antonio, Texas sadly left us on March 2, 2023 following an acute illness. She was born in Bogota, Columbia. She is survived by her two sisters, Jeannette Fleischer (Florida) and Michelle Fleischer (Texas); her niece, Feliza and grandnephew, Ricardo.

Bethina followed in her mother’s footsteps as an artist. After her education at the University of Texas in San Antonio and in New York City, she became a commercial artist, a seamstress, and loved cooking and baking unique meals for her friends. Cooking became part of her art. She was always bringing people together in beautiful new ways. Friends and neighbors described her as a “free spirit” or the “Magic Woman” in the neighborhood. She was a helper of anybody who looked like they needed help. She was known to be sympathetic to people who were hurting or just needed a listening ear. She was also known to do sidewalk chalk drawings in her neighborhood of a winged heart in front of the house of the person who was having a birthday. Her motto was “Love saves lives”. She was also involved in producing two panels for the AIDS quilt. After 9/11, she wanted to do something to remember the lives lost. She made thousands of crosses out of coffee stirrers and placed them in one of the parks in San Francisco. A rabbi who knew her said she seemed to resemble peace and wholeness. Shalom.

She is to be cremated by Fernwood Funeral Home, Crematory and Cemetery in Mill Valley, CA.

Richard Merton Adams

Obituary of Richard Merton Adams

Richard Merton Adams (Dick) passed away of natural causes on Thursday, March 9, 2023. He was 93 years old. He attended Yale, and Chicago and Michigan Law Schools, which he followed with service in the Central Intelligence Agency in the field of psychological warfare.
While in law school he married Charlie MacMahon. They had 3 children and were married for 25 years before divorcing in in 1978.

He married Connie in 1994. He demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit early on, as reflected by the various odd jobs held in high school, his competing for a position in the food agency at Yale and operating a food business for students while in law school. This spirit carried over to his later years. He entered the practice of law in1964 specializing in real property, urban renewal, and federally assisted housing matters.

After practicing for 20 years, he gave up the law practice and turned his energies to business. He formed multiple companies and partnerships which developed and operated affordable and market rate housing in the San Francisco Bay Area. During this period, he served on the Board of Trustees and as an officer of various organizations. Including, for many years, Saybrook Graduate School, which prepares
students for advanced degrees in psychology. He also worked with native American communities and shared several of their traditions, while at the same time practicing Tai chi, and studying ancient Chinese traditions.

Adding to the mix was a strong interest in and feeling for color and the vibrations which flow therefrom. All these experiences fed into a lifelong interest in philosophy and search for an understanding of the nature of reality. He enjoyed the interaction with others of like mind and similar interests. To this end he and Connie attended conferences and traveled extensively.

Finally, he enjoyed listening to classical music, playing chess, observing athletic events and pursuing physical fitness.
Richard was predeceased by his first wife Charlie, his daughter Sara, and son George.
He is survived by his daughter Shelley, stepdaughter Ana, 4 grandchildren Megan, Sam, Anlya, and Maxine, numerous nieces and nephews and Connie, his business partner, travel
companion and beloved soulmate.

Carole Korb


Carole Joy Korb, passed away on March 8, 2023, in Redwood City, California, of natural causes.

Carole was born on January 16, 1941, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Irene and Irving Levinson. She grew up with loving parents, a devoted younger brother, Howard, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. Carole attended the University of Connecticut, where she pledged Phi Sigma Sigma and met her husband, Barry Korb. The couple lived in Connecticut with their two daughters, Jodi and Rena. After their divorce, Carole moved to Los Angeles in 1975 where she built a new life and career before moving to Pismo Beach. In 2013, she followed her girls and their families to the Bay Area, where she lived at Rossmoor in Walnut Creek.

Carole originally trained to be a special education teacher — one of the first in the program at UConn. After receiving a Master’s Degree and devoting many years to her profession, she reinvented herself as a businesswoman to better support her family. An early adopter of alternative medicines and natural foods, she merged her career goals with her personal interests to launch a successful sales and marketing business that developed over the years to focus on specialty foods and natural wellness products.

During the pandemic, Carole was diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), a rare degenerative brain condition. She had visited doctors for several years, trying to discover the cause of her numerous falls and difficulties moving her eyes to read. Carole staved off symptoms of her condition much longer than many others, which her doctors credited to her own determination. But ultimately she succumbed to the physical disabilities of the condition.

Carole was best known for her fierce, fun, and independent spirit. She was open-minded and progressive, a woman ahead of her time. A good and non-judgemental listener, Carole maintained lifelong friends from every stage of her life including her schoolmates from Bridgeport and Phi Sigma Sigma sorority sisters. She loved reading, crossword puzzles, gardening, and shopping, and she created strong bonds to Jewish communities everywhere she lived. In the last years of her life, her passions were movies, chocolate cupcakes, and cheeseburgers.

Carole was devoted to her family. She was a present and involved mother, doing jigsaw puzzles with her kids, answering the phone no matter the time of day, providing practical advice about life, and offering unconditional support. She loved to host her family and bring everyone together, spoiling her grandchildren whenever possible.

Carole leaves behind her daughters, Jodi and Rena Korb; their husbands, Mitchell Wortzman and Jason Bell; and four grandchildren, Samuel and Zoe Wortzman, and Jonas and Eliza Bell; as well as her brother Howard Levinson, his wife Shelley, and her three nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to CurePSP or National Council of Jewish Women in Carole’s memory.

Bradley Benton

1969 - 2023

Bradley C. (Brad) Benton, 54, of Mill Valley, CA, passed away on February 18, 2023, after a brief battle with cancer.

Brad grew up in Lake Bluff, IL, and graduated from Lake Forest High School in 1987. He migrated west where he earned a degree in Still Photography from the University of Southern California in 1991.

In 1994 he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and built a successful career in advertising and digital marketing first at Cohn & Wells and subsequently at Direct Partners. Hired by DP as a Marketing Strategist, Brad was quickly promoted to Chief Technology Officer and San Francisco office General Manager – positions he held until his retirement in 2018. Beloved by colleagues and subordinates alike, Brad was highly regarded for his brilliance as a data scientist, but even more for his calm kindheartedness.

Brad will be remembered by his family and many friends as a super-smart, hardworking, and fun-loving guy whose fierce loyalty, honesty, integrity and quick wit knew no bounds. In his free time, Brad enjoyed touring in his Roadtrek 190 Popular, cooking, gardening, photography, keeping watch over the neighborhood from his balcony perch and enjoying his pets, Templeton (cat) and Pepper (dog).

Brad is survived by his partner of 32 years, Kari Wagaman of Mill Valley, one sister Lauren (Chris) Schmanski and two nephews, Christopher and Matthew Schmanski, all of Kenosha, WI.

Brad was preceded in death by his parents, James Colton Benton and Betty Rose Benton formerly of Lake Bluff, IL.

Memorials can be directed to the Cancer Research Institute or the Marin Humane Society.

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