David was a great guy.... the strong, silent type. He never said too much but had a very charasmatic presence. I always really liked him, and am very sorry to hear that he passed away. He was a very special guy... and I remember how he loved those cars.
Kent, was an incredible friend that touched the lives of and loved by so so many. Kent, Rob, Galen and I were inseparable growing up together throughout our lives. Our four families were close and shared summers up at Lake Pillsbury and grew up together in Santa Rosa.
From Janet Angell on January 8th, 2013
Kent was such a sweet, kind, soft-spoken fellow. We were classmates at Spring Creek, Slater and Montgomery. He was such a lovely person. I am so sorry that he is gone. Blessings to his friends and family.
From Cathy Perry on May 28th, 2013
Kent was such a fun loving good soul. I think of him often.
I remember Bill's sparkling blue eyes and his quick smile. He was always joking around and having fun at Montgomery. I'm so sad to hear he has passed away. He was a kind and loving guy. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
From James Rich on April 6th, 2013
Smoats-Ama-Tuna! That's what we called Bill after he would cross over the line. A pity he couldn't master his habits. A good friend and bad roomate.
From Nancy Stennes (Waldo) on July 14th, 2013
Bill was a lot of fun. We sat next to each other in Chemistry class. Am very sorry to hear he is gone.
From Susan (Sue) (Rathman) Stempel on March 9th, 2013
Cindy was able to talk to anyone, anywhere. Because of her, I came out of my shell!! She taught me to open my eyes and speak up to strangers.
She also learned to enjoy sports after high school..... in health. She learned that she had potential and was athletic... and turned what she had been wrongly taught, around.
From Louise Biados on June 7th, 2013
I didn't know Cindy had passed! We lived around the corner from each other and were good friends in elementary school. She had a great smile and beautiful eyes.
From Denice Pearce (McCulloch) on March 14th, 2014
I met Cindy in the one year I attended Mongomery. It was my senior year. We became friends and stayed friends after high school. I remember when she was in that terrible car accident that her mother died in. It was a terrible time for Cindy. We stayed in touch over the years. I visited with her once when she lived in S CA. She visited up in N CA where I live now a couple of times. We always laughed a lot. The stories I could tell. I just found out this past summer (2013) that she died. I feel so bad. I don't know when I just know she's gone. I loved her and will remember her always.
Mark was one of the most talented guys to grace Montgomery High School. He could sure make me laugh! I will always smile when I think of him!
From Janelle (Delvaux Jones) Ogg on July 13th, 2013
This wonderful man will always have a special place in my heart. Looking forward to our ultimate reunion in heaven where we can smile together as we talk about our amazing children and grandchildren and how the LORD cared for the family he had to leave behind.
Cindy, Kevin and I all grew up together and played in the school symphony for many years. Cindy's family had a pool where the neighborhood kids hung out. She was a lovely gal, good friend and had a very kind family - her brother David, mother Audrey and her Dad Tom. Cindy died in a motorcycle accident the year before we graduated. My sympathies to her friends and family.
Mark was one of my best friends throughout Jr. High and High School. Mark along with his family helped me make it through those years as I didn't have a strong home life myself. I spent more time at The Nelsons Home than at my own. Thanks Mark, Janice, Mrs. Nelson and Mr. Nelson. I Loved you all.
From Janet Angell on January 8th, 2013
Mark was such a great guy. Always a gentleman, kind, and a good listener with a great big heart. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
Dear Jerry, You were one of the most caring and compassionate people I ever had the pleasure of knowing. I doubt you ever let many people see your sensitive and fragile side. I feel grateful for the short time I was a part of your life. Thank you.
From James Rich on April 6th, 2013
Jerry was my roomate, my mechanic and my friend. Ever since I got the call that terrible day in August 1986, I have missed him. Lisa is right...Jerry was one of the nicest people you would ever want to know. You will always be "my other brother Jerry"!
From Robert Estes on May 5th, 2013
Loyal True Gifted
A loyal friend, a true seeker, a gifted mechanic;
switch any of the words, they all pertain.
Jerry left us bereft, what's left is memories of a fine man, a Harley, a drink, a wink, and the absolute love towards his friends.
From Janet Angell on May 11th, 2013
I remember being at the "fight" between Jerry and Mike West after school at Herbert Slater and also remember how kind, loving and protective Jerry was to the girls at schoo lin Junior High and High School. I am very sad to hear that he has passed away. My sympathies to his family and friends. He was a great guy and always very kind to me.
Ken was a great friend. He would come over to my house and we would sit and talk for hours. I was so sad when he passed away, and I still feel the same 40 years later. He was kind, gentle, loving and had a great sense of humor. What a guy!
From Nancy Stennes (Waldo) on July 14th, 2013
Ken was a good friend of mine. So sad to have lost him at such a young age. Rest in peace, friend.
Karen and I grew up in the same neighborhood and went thru Elementary, Jr. High, and High school together. Every day she came to my house and we rode to school together. After graduation we lost touch. About 15 years ago I saw her Obituary in the Press Democrat and just started crying. She was a young mom, like myself and her sudden passing broke my heart. God Bless and God Speed.
I am so sad to hear that Brian passed away. We were classmates since we were tykes....Spring Creek, Slater and then Montgomery. Brian was a lovely person - genuine, kind, and open hearted to all. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
From Robert Estes on April 22nd, 2013
Brian worked for years at Sonoma Development Center, even back when it was Sonoma State Hospital.
He spend his adulthood in care of others. He was beloved at SDC! He was the unofficial "Mayor of Eldridge" and all the clients and co-workers knew whenever there was a problem , Brian was the MAN to go to.
Briian's legacy is his friends and family. Those who knew him will never forget his genrerousity of spirit and dedication to others.
Santa Rosa ecologist Marco Waaland pioneered a way to allow development while preserving wetlands throughout the Bay Area.
His work establishing wetland mitigation banks changed the way government does business and placed Waaland at the forefront of environmental protection policies.
"This process dramatically changed the way land development was approached by the regulatory and development communities, allowing for the conscious use of land to proceed while preserving threatened and endangered habitat and species," his wife, Janessa Oliger-Waaland, said Monday.
Waaland, who founded the award-winning environmental consulting firm Golden Bear Biostudies, died Saturday at Kaiser Medical Center in Santa Rosa. The 52-year-old had battled leukemia for 17 months.
Real estate broker Nathan Botwinik, who began partnering with Waaland in 1995 to set aside such banks, called Waaland a visionary scientist and "icon in wetland preservation."
By establishing wetland mitigation banks in Sonoma County, he enabled developers to buy into those "banks" of protected aquatic habitat in exchange for building in other environmentally sensitive areas.
He "took the concept in its infancy and developed a game plan that the (government) agencies adopted," Botwinik said. "He wrote the book."
The San Francisco native grew up in North Beach but graduated from Montgomery High School, Santa Rosa Junior College, Humboldt State University and Utah State University in Logan, where he earned his master's degree.
A litany of public initiatives from Sebastopol to Sacramento and Monterey relied on Waaland's biological expertise. They included the Prince Memorial Greenway, the Santa Rosa Creek master plan, Brush Creek's restoration to bring back spawning salmon and trout, a local vernal pools task force, and an endangered plant-protection program on the Santa Rosa plains.
"Marco really believed in the protection and preservation of the environment and endangered species," recalled Frank Kasimov, a redevelopment program specialist for the city of Santa Rosa.
"Public agencies and developers both respected his integrity and advice."
Waaland was among the founding members of the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation.
"The Laguna was his great love," his wife said. "It was very important to him that the development that took place on the Laguna took place in a way that preserved and enhanced the Laguna."
Waaland was a devoted father and husband, a member of St. Eugene Cathedral, Catholics for the Common Good, the Native Plant Society, Society for Ecological Restoration and Management and a school board member of St. Eugene Cathedral School.
His respect for life encompassed the natural world and unborn babies, whom he spoke out in defense of.
"He had the greatest appreciation for life, all life . . . of anybody I've ever known," his wife said.
"Marco really was a bridge in many areas of his life: a bridge between the Old World of his Italian heritage and the new; a bridge between the Catholic faith and a more natural form of spirituality; a bridge between the pro-life movement and pro-choice movement. He had the ability to bridge across differences."
Survivors, all of Santa Rosa, also include his daughter Gemma Waaland; stepsons Ryan and Ethan Sedgwick; parents Delores and Glen Waaland; siblings Paula Timmerman and Carlo Waaland; and many others.
Loved ones will gather for a rosary Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Roses, 1225 Sonoma Ave., in Santa Rosa.
A funeral Mass follows Thursday at 1 p.m. at St. Eugene Cathedral, 2323 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. During the Mass, family, friends and associates will have a chance to share their memories of Waaland.
The family suggests donations to Stanford University Medical Center, Office of Medical Development, 2700 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, 94025, or to the California Native Plant Society, Milo Baker Chapter, P.O. Box 892 Santa Rosa, 95402.
Marco, too, was a good friend. He was a true visionary. He worked with others at Humboldt State University to develop one of the first "green" water treatment facilities ever. It is a self contained system, in which plants render sewage harmless. The plants, in turn, feed other aquatic animals, in a self-contained system. It is brilliant. If you're ever in Arcata, go by the treatment facility and take a self-guided tour (if they're still allowing people to do that).
Just learned of Marco's passing recently. He was a kind and gentle soul, and will be deeply missed by friends and family.
Many people don't know -- he gave up much of his young life to return to Santa Rosa to help his family when they needed his help. This kind of self sacrifice shows a genuine love for others.
Goodbye, Marco. You were a special person, and you will never be forgotten.
I didn't really know Dennis very well, but what impressed me was when I did see him how he always made time to chat with me and how kind he was.
I was sad to read of his passing in the paper so many years ago.
From Sharon Wheeler Pike on July 22nd, 2013
My younger brother was my best friend at Montgomery and was 2 years younger than me. He learned to read at age 4 and was the "gifted" child of the five of us.
Dennis was a journalist, winning many awards such as the SF Press Award. There is a tree with a plaque erected for him at Sonoma Dev. Center where he gave record breaking amounts of volunteer time assisting clients and staff. His journalism work was remarkable in that he infiltrated little known isolated groups such as the Moonies where he barely escaped their work camp, and truthfully reported the poverty of the citizens under Marcos' rule in the Phillipines where he won second place in the world with his articles and won a return trip to meet Imelda and get an autographed book from Marcos, himself. His tree is in front of the education dept at SDC across from the admin. building. The sun shines brightly there with peace and serenity.
Liz was my best friend since fourth grade. We went to St. Eugene's, Slater and Montgomery together, rode the bus for daytrips in San Francisco with her sisters, biked to the Rural Cemetery during vacations, and eventually went to college and were roommates. We laughed at the same jokes, fought over the same boys and went on the same adventures with each other. Her family was my family. She was 34 when she died, and left a loving husband, four young kids, her family and the rest of us. I still find it hard not to cry when I think of her and I miss her every day.
I remember that Linda had piercing blue eyes, a bright white smile and a great sense of humor. She was always friendly and kind to others. I am so sorry to hear that she has passed away. My sympathies to her family and friends.