Capt. Gerald J. Van Norden

Capt. Gerald J. Van Norden

March 15, 1932 – January 15, 2022

Capt. Gerald J. Van Norden, retired U.S. Naval Aviator, passed away on January 15, 2022, at his home in Santa Rosa after a valiant battle with Parkinson’s disease. His wife of 66 years, Maxine, and several family members were present with him. Gerald was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 15, 1932, and grew up in Dearborn, Michigan, graduating from Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn and Wayne State University in Detroit. He majored in Speech and Radio Production producing several radio programs which were popular in those days, such as: “The Green Hornet”. Jerry enjoyed singing with his college trio known as, “The Townsmen”, was active in the Drama Dept. and TKE fraternity at Wayne State University. Of course, television was just around the corner, but the military intervened, and he was on his way to a distinguished Naval career.
Gerald entered the Naval Reserve in 1951 while attending classes at Wayne State University. He began his Navy career as an enlisted Communications Technician. In November of 1954, after his graduation, he was accepted into the Navy’s first Aviation Officer Class (AOC) at Pensacola, Florida. In 1955 he was designated an Ensign and in 1956 earned his Navy Wings.
After attending Naval Justice School, he was assigned to Patrol Squadron One located at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. He served there from 1956 to 1959 as Plane Commander and Legal Officer.
After a short stint as a civilian from 1959 to 1961, he returned to active duty and was ordered to NAS Corpus Christi as an in-flight and ground school aviation instructor. In 1964 he was transferred to VX-6, an Antarctic Squadron out of Quonset Point, Rhode Island. He flew C-117s and C-47s in support of the Navy’s Antarctic Base on Mcmurdo Sound.
In 1966, Gerald was selected for the TAR program and received orders to NAS Glenview as Flag Pilot to Chief of Naval Air Reserve Training. Four years later, in 1970, he was transferred to his first TAR billet at Naval Air Reserve Unit Alameda, where he worked in several different capacities including: Administrative Office, Manpower Officer, and Recruiting Officer.
In 1974, he was ordered to OPNAV in Washington as Reserve Coordinator for Logistics. In 1976 he was promoted to Captain and was ordered to Naval Reserve Readiness Command, Seattle. On October 10th, 1977, he became the Deputy for the newly created Naval Reserve Readiness Command, Region 22.
Gerald was ordered to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C. and returned to California as CO of the Personnel Support Detachment at Treasure Island, retiring in 1983.
He received many awards, including the Navy Commendation medal, National Defense Service medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Antarctic Service Medal, Meritorious Service medal.
After retirement, they moved to Sonoma County where he played in many golf and tennis tournament, was an avid gardener, did beautiful woodworking and tapestries, created many bird houses for the church bazaar, supported the Santa Rosa Symphony and marveled at the accomplishments of his six grandchildren. He loved all the timeless old ballads and knew all the lyrics from memory. Jerry and Maxine enjoyed many evenings at the piano singing them.
Gerald was predeceased by his oldest son, Keith in 2003. He is survived by his wife, Maxine; daughter, Susan (Robert Friedman); son David (Paula); grandchildren, Gregory (Stacy), Jennifer, and Russell Friedman; and Vincent, Evelina, and Francesca Van Norden.
“Fair Winds and Following Seas”, Capt’n.
A memorial service will be held at Santa Rosa Memorial Park; 1900 Franklin Ave., in Santa Rosa on May 9th at 1:00 P.M. Pastor Janette Saavedra officiating, followed by military honors at the graveside on the Veteran’s Lawn. Donations in his name may be made to the Endowment Fund at First United Methodist Church; 1550 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa 95405.

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Curt Ogden


Curt Ogden

1968 – 2022

Born August 7, 1968 A native to Spokane WA was taken from this world in a tragic motorcycle accident on Bicentennial Way in Santa Rosa CA on March 20, 2022. Curt was a lifetime extraordinary carpenter that through his career started In woodworking and that led him to building million dollar homes. The type of guy to pick up a wrench and fix a car or pick up a hammer and build a home. Who enjoyed camping, boating, a proud ECV clamper, loved riding motorcycles, watching Nascar, an avid Seattle Seahawks fan, loved performing charity with his motorcycle club The Good Ol’ Boys MC and enjoyed singing in his band Raw. He worked hard to honor the loved ones he lost Larry Ratto and Dave Komro and helped create Camp Komratto to honor their memory. A man who always worked tirelessly for the benefit of others. He prided himself with 15 years clean and sober and enjoyed the outreach he did for others while guiding them with their life of sobriety. Above all Curt was a family man who loved his wife kids and grandchildren. Curt has gone on to the golden hills to be with his father Curtis Eugene Ogden and his mother Donna Mae Raven. Curt was survived by his wife Cari Ogden, his brother Ron Ogden, his sisters Kim Ogden and Erin Chase, his daughter Cheyanne Ogden, his step children Amanda Peters, Kris Signs, Madi Hanson, Devin Oliva, Max Colfer, Carson Hanson and his grandchildren Zayden Christopher Curtis Leathers, Harlow Bee Hanson, Jayden Upchurch, Kayleigh Peters and Jaxxon Peters. He will truly be missed by many. May he rest in peace.

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Linda Louise Ingley


Linda Louise Ingley

1941 – 2022

Linda Louise Ingley of Rohnert Park, CA passed away on Monday, March 7th, 2022 at Santa Rosa Kaiser Hospital with her two daughters by her side. Linda was born on the family farm in Hillsboro, Iowa on Aug. 2,1941 to Roland and Lucile Newbold. After moving to Huntington Beach, CA she graduated from Huntington Beach High School in 1959. Shortly after marrying Robert Ingley, they moved to Sonoma County where she called home for over 60 years. Linda was very involved with raising her two daughters by volunteering with Bellevue School PTA, Bluebirds, and Campfire Girls, among many other community organizations. Linda was a longtime U.S. Postal Service Employee, she was appointed to Postmaster in Inverness, CA. She retired in 2005 with a Service Award for her 25 years. Linda enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening, and cooking, but most of all spending time with her family and her dog, Buster. She is survived by two daughters, Yvette Ingley Kennedy (Shawn) of Ukiah, CA. Stefanie Ingley Faddis (Garrett) of Lynden, WA. Her grandchildren Derek Kennedy (Tashi), Amanda Kennedy (Ryan), Kyle Kennedy, and Ryan Faddis. Great-grandchildren Talen Kennedy, Lillian Cranford, Easton Cranford, Brinley Cranford, Kingston Kennedy with another great-granddaughter on the way. Preceded in death by her sister, Joanne Booz. A graveside service will be held at Santa Rosa Memorial Park on March 28th at 1:00 p.m. Friends and family are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Santa Rosa Humane Society.

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Kalliope Smernes


Kalliope Smernes

1916 – 2021

Kalliope Smernes of Santa Rosa California passed away peacefully on December 21st, 2021 at the age of 105. Kalliope was born in 1916 in the village of Kandyla Greece to Demetrios and Gianula Karzis. In 1949 after surviving Nazi occupation of her village, Kalliope and her family moved to Athens where she lived until 1960 when she came to America and married Mr. Tony Smernes, Sr.

She is preceeded in death by her parents and siblings and her husband Tony Smernes Sr., Vikki Smernes Dumm (Frank), as well as her great-granddaughter Celeste Streutker and great-grandson Geno Smernes.

Kalliope is survived by Mrs. Nanci Streutker (Donald) and Mr. Anthony Smernes Jr. (Judy). She the was the cherished and adored “Yiayia” to Robert Streutker, Kurt Streutker, Dawne Cerecedes (Frank), Anthony Streutker (Joy) and Carlos Enriquez, Jennifer Smernes, Sarah Edson (Zak), Anthony Smernes III (Stacey) and Great-Grandmother to Charles and Nicholas Enriquez, Rachele Streutker, Nika and Anthony Edson, Tony, Gregory, Andrew and Gianluca Smernes. Adored “Theia” to Margarita Gianakouras (John).

Our amazing Yiayia was renown for her delicious Greek cooking, baking, hospitality and generosity. She lovingly cared for her grandchildren and loved to cook meals for her family and passed along many recipes as we spent decades with her in her kitchen. She was a member of the Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church and was an active member of the Ladies Philoptochos Group and enjoyed making dozens of perfect cookies and working at the loukoumades station at the annual Greek Festival. She enjoyed the simple things in life—sewing, knitting, reading, flowers in her garden and being with those she loved. She enjoyed watching Wheel Of Fortune, Jeopardy and Dancing with the Stars on TV and was incredibly informed on current events. Yiayia, you’ll live on in our hearts forever. May her Memory be Eternal.

Services for Kalliope will be private and at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church at 1110 Highland Drive, Novato, CA 94949

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