Patricia “Patti” Foster

Patricia”Patti” Foster

November 4, 1953 – April 9, 2024

On Tuesday, April 9, 2024, Patricia K. Foster went home to be with Jesus. Her family was with her as she passed from earth to glory.

Patti was born November 4, 1953 to Bob and Elaine Johnson at San Francisco General Hospital.

A graduate of Washington High School, Fremont with some time spent at Ohlone College. She was now prepared for the many different jobs in her life. She did babysitting, and worked for her Dad at Goetz Brothers music and sporting goods in Redwood City. She worked for Raychem Corporation as manager of the department that made O rings for rockets. She was a school Administrator for John Mark Christian school from 1987-89. She spent 26 years working for Farmers Insurance under Louis Jenkins and Steve Kiddo. Finally she got to do her dream job which was actually a source of ministry for her. She worked at Romano’s Mortuary until it was sold and then on to Funeral Arranger for Fred Young Funeral Home. She managed two locations. One in Healdsburg and one in Cloverdale. She had high regard for Ernie Frandson and look at him as her mentor.

She loved her work and had a servants heart for the many people that came to her for guidance through the difficult time of loosing a loved one.

She had many different organizations that she did volunteer work for. She was Forperson for the Sonoma County Grand Jury, 95-96. She was three years as Chairperson for Relay for Life with her last year getting the highest donation total for that area. She was Chairperson for Shiloh District Cemetery for several years. She had a servants heart and wanted to serve her community and County that she lived in and loved so much.

One of her hobbies, besides re-arranging the furniture, which would happen often in our home, was knitting hats. She knit close to two hundred hats over a two year period that went to Operation Christmas Child. The last 60+ hats were given to children in Romania through an outreach ministry called Ministry 4 Kidz.

She is survived by her brothers Michael, wife Carolyn, Johannson and K.C., wife Lucinda Johnson as well as many nieces and nephews. She was a wife of almost 49yrs to Allan, Mother to our Daughter Amy, husband Michael Dale, our Son Rob, wife Emily Foster. She was Granny to Jeffery Sean Dale and two special grand dogs, Pokey and Teddy.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Because we know that she is at home with Jesus, we don’t say goodbye but,


A Homegoing Celebration will be held April 27,2024 at 2:00pm

Redwood Christian Fellowship
7789 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol, Ca.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

c/o Pacific Christian Center
3435 Santa Maria Way
Santa Maria , Calif. 93455

Tom Reed

Tom Reed

Cold Warrior

Thomas C. Reed died February 11, 2024, at his home in Santa Rosa. California, age 89 after a short illness surrounded by his family,

            Reed whose illustrious career as a former Secretary of the Air Force, longtime advisor to President Ronald Reagan, senior National Security Council official, real estate developer and author was born in New York City on March 1, 1934. He was raised in Connecticut, graduated from Cornell University in 1956 with a degree in engineering and accepted an ROTC commission into the US Air Force. He began his professional career at the Air Force Ballistic Missile Division in Los Angeles during the 1950s, the years of Sputnik and the Missile Gap.

After earning a graduate degree from the University of Southern California, Reed moved to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he designed two thermonuclear devices fired over the Pacific in 1962.  On leaving Livermore, Reed started and ran a successful high-tech company making superconductors, but he also developed an interest in politics.  In 1966 Reed became the Northern California chair of Ronald Reagan’s initial gubernatorial race.  He served as chief of personnel in the Governor’s first administration and then, in 1970, as Reagan’s statewide co-chair and re-election campaign director and remained committed to seeing Ronald Reagan become President of the United States.

During the seventies, Reed’s business interests turned to the land: developing the Breckenridge ski resort in Colorado and founding River Oaks Vineyards in Alexander Valley. That, in turn, led to the creation of Clos du Bois Wines in 1973.

In 1973 Reed was recruited to manage certain intelligence projects at the Pentagon in connection with the Yom Kippur War then raging in the Mideast. In 1975, the US Senate confirmed Reed’s appointment as Secretary of the Air Force. He served for two years in that capacity during the Ford and Carter administrations.  He was the first Secretary of the Air Force to have served in the Air Force.

In 1976 Reed became Director of the once-covert National Reconnaissance Office, responsible for all US satellite intelligence systems, both photographic and electronic, in operation during the Cold War.

During the eighties, Reed worked within Reagan’s NSC staff as Special Assistant to President Reagan for National Security Policy.  Reed’s primary contribution lay in charting Reagan’s road map for prevailing in and ending the Cold War.

Reed left Washington in 1983 to return to business pursuits, but throughout the years of Soviet collapse, Reed continued to advise the Joint Strategic Planning Staff on policy and intelligence matters.

During the nineties Reed traveled to Ukraine, assisting with the return of over a thousand abandoned nuclear weapons to Russian control.

With the coming of the millennium, Reed turned his attention to documenting the history of the Cold War and its principal players along with illuminating the possibility of nuclear terror to come.

His first book, At the Abyss: An Insider’s History of the Cold War with an introduction by Former President George H. W. Bush, was published by Ballantine Books in 2004.  It delves into the lives of those who fought and ended the Cold War without a nuclear shot being fired.

His second work, The Nuclear Express: A Political History of the Bomb and Its Proliferation was co-authored by Danny Stillman, former chief of technical intelligence at Los Alamos. It was published by Zenith Press in 2009, with a favorable review by William J. Broad, science editor of the New York Times.

In his third manuscript, Reed turned to history-based fiction with The Tehran Triangle, written with Sandy Baker and published by Black Garnet Press in 2012.  James Schlesinger, former chairman of the AEC, director of central intelligence, secretary of defense and then secretary of energy, wrote that, “The Tehran Triangle is a harrowing tale about Iran’s quest for the bomb. The story feels real; it could have been written by an intelligence insider and a nuclear weapons expert. And it was.”

Reed’s most recent volume, The Reagan Enigma, was published by USC’s Figueroa Press in 2014.  Enigma provides first-hand insight into the mind of the 40th president as he sought to end the Cold War.  Reagan Press Secretary Lyn Nofziger noted that, “On times, people,…-Tom Reed would be the most accurate.”

Reed’s later-year interests were focused on education, trying to find and support the brightest and the best students, the potential innovators and leaders, in Sonoma County.

Reed is survived by his wife Kay, his daughter Carolyn Reed Ellis of Napa, his oldest son Gordon and wife Kerry, now resident in Buffalo, and his youngest child, son Andrew now residing with his wife Alex in west Santa Rosa.  Reed is also survived by five grandchildren and two step grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Healdsburg Rotary’s scholarship fund.

A celebration of life will be scheduled later this year.

Mary Linda Wilson

Mary Linda Wilson

August 22, 1940 – August 25, 2023

Linda Wilson passed away peacefully at Cloverdale Healthcare Center, on August 25, 2023, just three days after turning 83.

Linda was born on August 22, 1940, in Pasadena, CA. to Willis and Barbara Wehr.  She was the second of three sisters.  As a child she enjoyed horseback riding, and she enjoyed writing.  Among her writings she wrote poetry.  Linda attended Westside Union School District and Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, California, graduating in 1957.

After graduating, she fell in love with and married Sammie Wilson and together they started a family that would grow to include three boys, Daniel, David, and Dale.  Linda was a wonderful homemaker, extraordinary mother, and provider.  Throughout the years, Linda earned her LVN in 1959 from Antelope Valley Junior College, and later owned the Atlantic Richfield gas station in Calistoga from 1969 through 1970. Linda worked at various hospitals over the years, Lancaster Community Hospital, Calistoga Convalescent Hospital, Manzanita Manor, and Santa Rosa Memorial.

She and Sammie loved to travel more than anything with the Redwoods being her absolute favorite place to camp.  With her comforting, gentle nature, and skills from nursing, she was able to care for Sammie at home for years before his passing in 2010.

Linda loved books, clowns and collecting all sorts of things. She continued to travel.  She was easy-going, caring and had a curious, sharp mind.  She was an avid reader and Scrabble player, enjoyed playing along with Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, and most of all, she adored her four grandchildren and her five great-grandchildren.

Linda is survived by her sister, Penny Burris of Weiser, ID, her sons, Daniel (Joy) Wilson of Mount Juliet, TN; David (Joanne) Wilson of Cloverdale, CA; and Dale (Nancy) Wilson of Lincoln, NE; grandchildren, Joshua Wilson of Tacoma, WA; Samuel Wilson of Lincoln, NE; Nicole Humber of Windsor, CA; and Tyler Ramirez of Sebastopol, CA; and the children of these grandchildren.

Services honoring Ms. Linda Wilson will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at Fred Young Funeral Home, 428 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Cloverdale, CA 95425 at 11:00am.

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Maurice Magsamen

Maurice Magsamen

It is with great sorrow that we share the passing of beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother Maurice (“Whitey”) Magsamen, who passed away peacefully from a staph infection in Santa Rosa on May 8, 2020 at the age of 84, with family by his side. Maurice was born to Jerome and Theresa Magsamen on March 30, 1936  in Petersburg, Nebraska.  He had an older brother Ben (on right in photo) – who sadly passed away the same week.  He is survived by his brothers Cletus and Frank Magsamen, and sister Mary Kay Adams.

Maurice attended Iowa State and while in Iowa, he met and married his lifelong love, Carmelita (Whitesell) Magsamen. Maurice and Carmelita moved to California in 1964.  During their marriage they had three children, John Magsamen, Anna Sierra and Theresa Plyler. Maurice worked for CalTrans, helping design the massive freeway and aqueduct systems in the Los Angeles area before moving to northern California. He finished obtaining his degree in Civil Engineering from Sonoma State University and worked for the City of Santa Rosa as a civil engineer for 30 years until his retirement.

Maurice loved geology, and tending to his beautiful gardens.  He was an impressive athlete, completing more than 20 marathons, and many century rides. He was actively involved with the Santa Rosa Cycling Club for many years, and completed their “Terrible Two” bike ride – one of the most challenging endurance cycling events in America.  More often than not, Maurice could be spotted on his bicycle throughout the beautiful rolling hills of Sonoma county.  Cycling was his passion, and one he avidly pursued for decades.  He fulfilled a lifelong dream by riding across the United States on his bicycle while in his late sixties, dipping his bicycle wheel into the Pacific Ocean on the Oregon coast, and again into the Atlantic Ocean in Maine a few weeks later.

Fiercely loyal, Maurice was a man of great integrity, compassion and intelligence, who loved the outdoors. In addition to his three children, Maurice was also the proud grandfather of five grandchildren – Madeleine, Evan and  Meredith Sierra, and Russell and Samantha Plyler.  But most of all, he was a devoted husband who remained steadfast and caring throughout his wife Carmelita’s lengthy illness.

His children decided that instead of wearing a traditional suit, Maurice would be buried in his biking attire, which we believe would have made him smile. Ride onwards into the sunset  Dad…you will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Maurice’s name to the American Diabetes Association.

Carmelita Magsamen

Carmelita (Whitesell) Magsamen


It is with great sorrow that we share the passing of beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and sister Carmelita Magsamen, who passed away after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 81. Carmelita passed peacefully at home on August 17, 2023, with her three adult children by her side. Carmelita was the oldest of three children born to Therald John and Catherine (Maher) Whitesell on August 9, 1942, in Waterloo, Iowa.  She had a brother John Whitesell (deceased) and is survived by her sister Kathryn Crawford. 

Carmelita was preceded in death by her devoted husband Maurice, to whom she was married for over 50 years. She is survived by their three children – John Magsamen, Anna Sierra, and Theresa Plyler. Carmelita managed to attend nursing school at night while still working and raising three kids. She earned her bachelor’s degree and became a licensed R.N., which was her primary career. She worked at Sonoma County Hospital and later at Memorial Hospital, where she cared for hundreds of patients in Orthopedics, the Cardiac Unit, and in the Operating Room.

Carmelita was an avid runner for many years, completing many races throughout Sonoma County. A life-long learner, she loved reading (especially historical biographies), attending lectures, the theatre, and never missed a BBC adaptation of a Jane Austin novel. In retirement, Carmelita was her mother’s loyal caretaker for many years. She also enjoyed being a dog mom, taking yoga classes, and spending time with her five grandchildren – Madeleine, Evan, and Meredith Sierra, and Russell and Samantha Plyler.

Carmelita will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Carmelita’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Priscila Navarrete

Priscila Navarrete

January 16, 1948 – October 18, 2022

With a heavy heart, we announce the passing of Priscila Navarrete at her home on October 18, 2022, surrounded by family. Beloved wife of Dr. Antonio M. Navarrete. Loving mother of Angelina, Marie and Cem Bolkan, Anne and Michael McCarthy, Antonio Domingo, and Isabel. Grandmother of Anla, Leyla, Gabriel, Nathan, and Sofia. Visitation on October 24, at 9 am, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 208 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, CA, followed by mass.

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Charles Alexander Wilson Jr.

Charles Alexander Wilson Jr.

Born February 27, 1939 died peacefully with his wife Bertie by his side on September 26, 2022.

Son of Charles A and Maria A Wilson, Chuck was born in Healdsburg, CA and lived on the family ranch part of which is now known as Wilson Grove – homestead of Matthew Alexander Wilson in 1857.

Chuck graduated from San Jose State and married Alberta Lee Mauler before serving together in the Peace Corps in Brazil. He received his Masters in Public Health from Minnesota State University.

Chuck had a deep faith in Jesus. He and Bertie served the Lord and people all over the world with Partners International for over 30 years.

Later in life, Chuck enjoyed spending time with his family – especially his grandchildren and served on the missions committee at Sunset Presbyterian Church and with Mission ConneXion in Portland, OR.

Chuck is survived by his life long partner and wife of 60 years Bertie, his two children and spouses, and five beautiful grandchildren.

Service will be held on October 6, 2022 at 10am at Eggen and Lance Chapel, Santa Rosa, CA and a service in Portland to be scheduled.

Flowers or remembrances can be sent to Bertie or in lieu of flowers donations can be made to Partners International, Spokane , WA.

Matthew Wilson


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Claude H. Le Clerc

Claude H. Le Clerc

January 17, 1940 – September 3, 2022

Claude Henri Joseph Le Clerc Philibert passed peacefully in his home surrounded by his family September 3, 2022. Born in Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada on January 17, 1940, to mother Marie Anne Schiavoni and father, Louis Joseph Napoleon Le Clerc.

He is survived by wife of 50 years Margarita, three children Pamela (Fred), Claudia (Fernando) and son Benoit. Two grandchildren Jenna and Quintin (Pamela) and two great grandchildren Hudson and Avery Jade (Jenna). Siblings Jean-Louis, Jean-Marie-May, Claudette, Benoit-Camille, Carmen, Robert, Real, Rino, Roger, and Rachel. And many nieces and nephews.

He left his native Canada in 1964 to join brother Benoit to Southern California to pursue business opportunities. Later in life business brought him to Sonoma County which became his home for past 42 years. Dedicated most of his career life in agriculture/landscaping industry. Always the consummate cook, which later lead him to take on the annual community Thanksgiving dinner which involved the preparation up to 150 turkeys which he did so with pride. Other interest includes tending to his garden, koi pond and spoiling his little girls (dogs).

While he will be missed, we are grateful for the 82 years God has blessed us with him. We know he is in a better place and although he is no longer physically with us, he will forever be in our hearts.

Visitation / Funeral Service – Friday, September 9, 2022 from 6-8 P.M.

at Eggen & Lance Chapel; 1540 Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa

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Terence Michael Coxon

Terence Michael Coxon

1944 – 2022

Terry Coxon laughed at his own jokes before he told them. He was born on July 3, 1944 in Oakland, California to Harold and Patricia Coxon. His family spent several years in Los Altos before settling in Palo Alto.

An early entrepreneur, Terry sold greeting cards door to door, earning enough to hire another boy to pull him along his sales route in a wagon. He and his older brother Ron picked and pitted apricots when orchards still abounded in San Jose. This being the 1950s, Terry enjoyed ample boyhood mischief—at one point he taught his friends to make small explosives, bought out the necessary ingredients from the local drugstores, and resold them to those same friends at a profit.

Terry enjoyed surfing in Santa Cruz, driving his Mustang, and family trips to Wrights Lake. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose in 1962, received a B.A. in Philosophy from Stanford University in 1966, served as a Lieutenant JG in the US Navy during the Vietnam War, and received an M.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1973.

Terry met Betsy Lamer at UCLA when he knocked on her door canvassing for Young Republicans. He cooked veal marsala for their first date and took her to Baskin-Robbins for ice cream. They married in November 1973 in Walnut Creek, lived briefly in West Vancouver, British Columbia and Burlingame, and settled in Petaluma in 1980 to raise their growing family.

Terry was the author of Keep What You Earn and the co-author (with the late Harry Browne) of Inflation-Proofing Your Investments. He edited Harry Browne’s Special Reports for 23 years and all of Mr. Browne’s investment books since 1974. When Browne tapped him to run for Vice President of the United States on the Libertarian ticket in 1996, Terry declined in order to preserve his privacy and notoriously late wakeup time.

Terry founded the Permanent Portfolio Fund and served as its president for 22 years. He was also the president of Passport Financial, Inc., a specialty financial publishing company.

Terry was a gentle, loving, and steadfast father. He instilled in his children a healthy suspicion of authority and a respect for precise language and the truth. He taught them to read Latin with varying degrees of success, watched their countless gymnastics meets and football games, and made them do a lot of chores. He took up snowboarding in his 50s so he could snowboard with his family at Alpine Meadows (where he rarely ventured past Roundhouse).

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