James Duckett

James E. Duckett

March 25, 1937 – April 7, 2024

Jim passed away peacefully surrounded by family. He is survived by his wife Linda (Santa Rosa, CA) and son Paul (San Francisco, CA). He leaves behind his sister-in-law and brother-in-law and several nieces and nephews.

He attended Sonoma High School and Santa Rosa Junior College. It was at SRJC where he met the love of his life, Linda Brandt.

Jim went into the Air Force in 1958. He was stationed on the Island of Crete. Upon his return, Jim and Linda were married on May 7, 1961. They lived in San Angelo, Texas where Jim completed his time in the Air Force. 

Returning to California, Jim worked as an Electronic Engineer for several companies in Silicon Valley. Jim and Linda lived in Sunnyvale and San Jose for over 40 years. They moved back to Santa Rosa in 2006 to be closer to family (and great wine).

Jim and Linda enjoyed travelling. Trips to Paris, Italy, Australia, and Mexico are some of the highlights. They enjoyed drives to Bodega Bay for crab sandwiches at Spud Point.

Jim was genuine and kind, with a positive outlook on life, always smiling, a great sense of humor, quick witted, and enjoyed giving back to his community.  He volunteered at his church and for F.I.S.H., a local food pantry.

A celebration of life will be held on April 27, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2000 Humboldt Street, Santa Rosa. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the church is preferred.

Joseph Radovich

Joseph Radovich

March 6, 1929- April 13, 2024

Joseph Radovich, beloved husband, brother, and friend, passed away peacefully on April 13, 2024. Born March 6, 1929, he lived a life marked by his dedication to his passions, animals, and loved ones. 

Joseph was a man of many diverse talents and interests. From a young age, he showed a natural inclination towards mechanics, eventually establishing his own Forklift company. His insatiable curiosity about the world prompted him to embark on numerous journeys, each filled with stories that now accompany him on his journey beyond.   

He shared 63 years of cherished memories with his beloved wife, Angelina Radovich, who preceded him in death on April 16, 2018. Theirs was a love story marked by unwavering devotion and mutual respect. In his passing, he can now find solace in their eternal companionship.  

Joseph Radovich will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. He is survived by his loving brother, Luciano Radovic, who will carry on his legacy of strength and perseverance. Though he may no longer be with us in body, his spirit will continue to live on in the hearts of those who loved him. May he rest in peace. 

Hanny Cummings

Hanny Annette Cummings

(AKA – “Hanneke” or “Anna”)

March 21st, 1945 – February 15th, 2024

Born and raised in Enschede, the Netherlands by Albertus Johannes Evers and Pauline Heutink Evers, Hanneke Evers grew up amidst the aftermath of World War II, cherished as the middle child in a close-knit family of six siblings. Despite the challenges of the era, she fondly reminisced about her joyful childhood, enriched by the bond she shared with her family.

As a young woman, Hanneke excelled as a gymnast and later found her passion for fashion and design. Her journey into the textile industry in Enschede marked the beginning of an extraordinary chapter in her life. In 1964, fate intertwined her path with the legendary arrival of the Beatles in Amsterdam. This momentous event led to her involvement in producing unique Beatle clothing in the textile company she worked at, igniting her brief career in modeling and her lifelong love of clothing design.

In pursuit of adventure and love, Hanneke embarked on a transformative journey to England and eventually to the United States. It was in Laguna Beach, California, where she found her soulmate, James Howard Cummings II. Their love story blossomed against the scenic backdrop of Laguna Beach, culminating in marriage and the joyous arrival of their two children, Shane and Arlette.

Settling in the idyllic landscapes of the Sea Ranch, Hanneke embraced her artistic inclinations, capturing the beauty of her surroundings through her lens. Her photographs adorned the walls of the Sea Ranch Lodge for over a decade, a testament to her keen eye for nature’s splendor.

In Santa Rosa, California, Hanneke’s multifaceted talents continued to flourish. A skilled tennis player, accomplished clothing designer, and avid photographer, she found solace and inspiration in the bountiful landscapes of Sonoma County and Napa Valley. Her affinity for nature, particularly flowers, fueled her passion for photography, a pursuit she cherished throughout her life.

She loved the beautiful wineries and would always be willing to show them off to everyone. The enjoyment she got from this was not just wine tasting but finding the details in the art, the Architecture and of course the flowers that she would seek out and photograph. Halfway through her life, she changed her name to Anna where she was recognized by her Italian circle and subsequently by her friends and acquaintances as well.

Amidst her creative endeavors, Anna remained devoted to her family, nurturing them with love and care. Her home-cooked meals, crafted from the bounty of her organic gardens, became a cherished tradition shared with loved ones. Despite the distance from her native Netherlands, Anna maintained a deep connection with her extended family, bridging the gap through shared memories and cherished visits.

In her later years, Anna’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease posed challenges, yet her spirit endured, leaving an indelible mark on those who knew her. As she reunites with her beloved husband of 50 years in a place of eternal peace, Anna leaves behind a legacy of creativity, warmth, and unwavering love.

Anna is survived by her sisters Jettie and Liesbeth, her brother and sister-in-law Gerhard and Lies, her brother Bert, numerous nieces and nephews, her son and daughter-in-law Shane and Anne Cummings, her daughter Arlette Cummings and her cherished grand dogs Teddy, Howie, and Colt.

Hanneke Evers (middle)

The old market in Enschede, 1964

Consuelo Tapia

June 29, 1927 – January 30, 2024

Consuelo Tapia died peacefully on January 30, 2024, from natural causes, she was 96. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. For years Consuelo traveled every summer to Mexico in their 1957 Ford Chevy pickup, to where her mom lived, finally making Santa Rosa her permanent home but always remembering her culture. She was proud to become a US Citizen at 65 and was determined to give her children an opportunity for a better life and she succeeded.

Consuelo was born in Tumbiscatio, Michoacán and came to Sonoma County while still in her teens. She picked apples, cherries, prunes, and grapes, then worked in Sebastopol at the Cannery, eventually working, and retiring from SR Memorial Hospital as a Hospital Housekeeper.

She spent her golden years hiking with Dad and the family, hunting for Clearlake diamonds and other treasures. She was famous for her authentic Mexican cooking, especially albondigas , homemake tortillas, and rice pudding. She loved gardening, her favorite flower was the red rose. She liked needle point and often made beautiful, embroidered pillows and tablecloths for family and friends . She enjoyed watching westerns, I Love Lucy, and tackling word puzzles.

She was predeceased by her husband Alvaro Tapia Sr., sons Charles(Betty);  JoseLuis; Alvaro Jr.(Chuya). She is survived by her loving children: Joe Sr.; Malinda; Jane (Marvin predeceased); Wanda (Richard); Albert; Jessie (Wayne predeceased); Larry; Angela (Will) and over twenty-two grandchildren and over twenty great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.

We would like to thank Consuelo’s caregivers at Park View Post Acute, especially Darinel, & Saul J., for all their wonderful care.

Services will be held at Eggen and Lance Mortuary at 10:30am on Wed. Feb. 14, 2024, with services beginning at 11am. A Rosary will be held at the Eggen & Lance Chapel on Feb.13 between 4-8pm. Address: 1540 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA  95401

The family would like to invite all friends and acquaintances who knew Consuelo to join us at a Celebration of Life at Brookwood Social Club, email for details at ctapia1927@gmail.com

Yukiko Miller

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of our Mother Yukiko Miller.  She passed peacefully on January 6, 2024.  She was born in Sapporo, Japan and moved to the U.S. when she was 20.   Yukiko was a very strong, caring, and happy woman.  A wonderful Mother and woman that you could talk to.  Always with her cup of coffee and Virginia Slims those conversations went on for hours.  She worked as a bartender at Moon Dogs for many years.  Everyone loved her and would go sit at the bar and just visit.  Yuki leaves behind her children Susan, Johnny, Joann, Donald, Linda,Tony, Carol, Felix, Mary, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be forever loved and missed.

Eugene (Geno) Ralph Franceschi

Eugene (Geno) Ralph Franceschi

              October 14, 1935 –January 14, 2024

Geno Franceschi passed away on January 14, 2024.  He was 88 years old, and a life-long Sonoma County resident.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Geno was born in Healdsburg, California on October 14, 1935.  His parents were Tony and Linda Franceschi.  He was the second of four children- Richard (deceased), Julie, and Lloyd.  Geno’s early years involved working on the family’s ranch on Westside Road where they produced hops, prunes, corn and green beans for the commercial market.

Geno married his wife, Sandy, on September 24, 1960, in Reno.  The couple celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary last September.  Geno served for six years in the National Guard.  He worked in the construction trade and became a building contractor.  He volunteered in the Forestville Fire Department for 28 years and served for 13 years as a director.  He was Scoutmaster for the Forestville troop where both of his sons became Eagle Scouts. In addition, he served as a Little League coach.  Geno, along with his two brothers, was elected Forestville Citizen of the Year in 1987.

After retiring from construction, Geno and Sandy traveled in their motor home throughout most of the western states, and as far East as Branson, Mo. He loved metal detecting and showing off his latest finds.  He spent many days at the family cabin in Lake Tahoe and was also a frequent visitor to several casinos locally and in the Tahoe/Reno area. You could often find him tending to his backyard garden. He especially enjoyed spending time with his five grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Sandy, his sons Don (Elena) and Mark, and his daughter, Lisa Sartori (Rocky).  He is also survived by his grandchildren Joey, Marina, Ean, Anna (Kevin) and Tony, along with his brother Lloyd (Tomasine) and his sister Julie Richardson.

Family and friends are invited to the Funeral Service on Friday, February 2, 2024 at noon at Eggen & Lance Chapel, 1540 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Interment to follow at Santa Rosa Memorial Park Shiloh Annex at 1750 Shiloh Rd., Windsor, CA 95492. A Rosary will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2024 at 6 p.m. at Eggen & Lance Chapel.

Maureen Latimer

Maureen Ann Latimer passed away on January 15, 2024.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Warren Latimer, with whom she had a loving marriage for over 53 years. She was the proud mother of Elizabeth (Liz) Garbocci, Kathleen Ely, Caroline Latimer, John Latimer, and Mark Latimer, and grandmother to Ryan, Jennifer, Robert, Ashlin, Ethan, Julia, Patricia, Claire, and Emily.  She was great-grandmother to Madison, Rylee, Mia, Gwyn, and Griffin. Maureen was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Helen Foley of Spokane, Washington and by her brother, Thomas Foley of Washington, D.C.

Maureen was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. She was the youngest member of an extended Irish clan. She was a graduate of Holy Names Academy High School and the San Francisco College for Women. She married Richard Latimer on August 20, 1960, and they settled in Santa Rosa where her husband taught at Santa Rosa and Piner High Schools for over 30 years. In 1978, Maureen joined the Sonoma County Personnel Department (Human Services) and retired in 1997 as a Senior Personnel Analyst.

Maureen was a member of the Spokane Junior League, served on the Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council, the Sonoma County In-Home Support Services Advisory Committee and the Sonoma County Association of Retired Employees.

A funeral mass will be held on Friday, January 26, 2024 in Oakmont at Star of the Valley Roman Catholic Church in Santa Rosa at 11:00 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa.

Ida J. Box

Ida Mae Janet (Hanson) Box passed away peacefully on December 30, 2023, at the age of 93, in Santa Rosa, Ca.  Ida was born on March 19,1930, in Gregory, SD, to Nils and Myrtle Hanson, the eldest of six. The family moved to Minneapolis, MN where she grew up and attended school. Ida especially enjoyed ice skating and sledding in the winter months with her siblings. Ida married her high school sweetheart Robert Box on May 5, 1950, in Ukiah, Ca. They settled in Santa Rosa, Ca where Ida was an executive secretary at Bank of America. Ida was a very accomplished wife and mother, raising their four children and kept a beautiful home. Bob and Ida faithfully attended Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, where she served in children’s and women’s ministries. Ida’s faith radiated in her daily life. The love of the outdoors led Bob and Ida to build a cabin in Plumas County, where they spent many years sharing it with family and friends. Ida was always knitting, crocheting or sewing. She brought life to countless dolls and teddy bears, even creating her own label “Bears by Boxhaus”. She loved music and dancing the polka, teaching all the grandchildren “It’s just a quick two step!”. Her laugh was infectious and she truly enjoyed life.

Ida was preceded in death by her husband Robert Box, her parents, 5 siblings, and a great-granddaughter. She is survived by her children Gary (Naomi), Shelley (Allen), Joanne (John) and Renee (Mike). She also leaves 11 grandchildren, Benjamin, Jonathan, Silas, Deric, Jessie, Andrea, Aaron, Jared, Eric, Kristen, Steven, 17 great grandchildren, 7 great great grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.

Graveside services will be held on January 19, 2024 at 2pm at Santa Rosa Memorial Park. Followed by cookies and coffee at Eggen and Lance Mortuary, 1540 Mendocino Ave in Santa Rosa.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to The Christian Worship Hour, in Aberdeen, SD to honor Ida.

Chuck Leffew

It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Charles “Chuck” Leffew.

Chuck was born on September 21rst, 1951 at Hamilton Field in Novato to Ann and Charles Leffew Sr. He passed away in his home on December 29th.

A lifelong Santa Rosa resident. He graduated from Piner High School in 1969. During these early years he learned house painting and construction from his stepfather, who he worked with, learning a trade that would carry him into his adult years. He later served in the Navy during the Vietnam War, being stationed in Hawaii, Guam, and serving several tours at sea. While still in the service, he married and had his first son with the war coming to a close shortly after. Like many returning servicemen, Chuck had a difficult time reintegrating back into civilian life. He would carry those memories of the war with him for the rest of his life. But he returned home to be the best husband and father he could be. The following years would see the birth of this second son and working hard to support his family. In his work painting for Codding Construction, he would be a part of the growth of many Sonoma County Communities. He would later remarry to Cindy Lou Wilkenson, who would prove to be his soul mate and partner through the rest of his life.

However, while these things tell you what Charles did in a broad sense, they don’t tell you who he was. He loved music, vintage muscle cars, and classic westerns. He could listen to any song and replicate it on his guitar. He loved his wife and his family to the best of his ability and tried to pass to them the best that he had to offer. But the thing we all remember will be his sense of humor. Everyone who knew Chuck had a “Chuck Story”. The anecdotes of some joke he told that pushed the limits of humor to its breaking point, or of the pranks that will live forever in the retelling. Humor was often how he connected with people.

During his life with Cindy, Chuck worked many years as a handy-man. He worked with his youngest son Brandon, and many are the tales of lessons about life learned through humor and the right tool for the job. It is now his kids privilege to pass on the fine tradition of the “dad joke” that Chuck honed to a fine art, to their children. In this way we pass on the best of who he is to us in our hearts.

To us, Chuck is more than the sum of his accomplishments. It is a lifetime of moments shared with him that can not be forgotten. At this time of life, he never wanted people to be sad…though many of us are. Chuck wanted laughter; he wanted people to celebrate life.

To honor his wishes, a service will be held at Eggan and Lance Chapel in Santa Rosa on February 3rd at 11:00 A.M.  Anyone with a who wishes to celebrate his life or share their own Chuck Story is welcome to attend.

Christopher Michael Tice

Christopher Michael Tice

December 8, 1984 – December 15, 2023

Christopher Michael Tice passed away peacefully on December 15, 2023, surrounded by his loving family.

Chris was born on December 8, 1984, in Redwood City, California to Susan Dick. He was the eldest of three children and grew up in Stockton, CA where he enjoyed hanging with his friends and spending his weekends at Stockton 99 Speedway. Life’s journey would bring the family to Cloverdale, CA where Chris would graduate from Cloverdale High School with the class of 2004. Chris enjoyed traveling with family, Nascar, watching the San Francisco 49ers, the marvel universe, and most of all, he adored his nephew and nieces.

Chris leaves to cherish his memory, sister, Melissa (Matt) Long; brother, Michael (Shelby) Tice; nephew, Hudson Tice; nieces, Hallie & Lyanna Long.

Services honoring Chris will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2024, at Eggen & Lance Chapel in Santa Rosa, CA with services beginning at 11:00am.