Kip Anthony Micheli
While many people go to great lengths to help others, Bonnie Burington of Montara says her good friend Kip Micheli went further.
"He would give the shirt off his back," she said. "Matter of fact, I think he did that once."
Kip Anthony Micheli, who lived in Montara for about five years before recently moving to Las Vegas, died at his home there on March 13, at age 46, due to problems following a heart attack suffered earlier in the month.
He was born Jan. 10, 1958, at French Hospital in San Francisco. He attended Avalon Elementary School in South San Francisco and the South San Francisco High School, graduating in 1975.
Mr. Micheli worked for many years at Berlin Food Equipment in South San Francisco. For the past two years, he had worked at the Neighborhood Mart in Montara.
He had lived for a long time in Pacifica, prior to living in Montara. He moved to Las Vegas in January.
"He was a real easygoing person," said Burington. "No matter what was going on in his life, he would do anything to help people.
"Kip was loved and will be greatly missed."
Mr. Micheli is survived by his sons Tom Micheli of San Bruno and Mike Micheli of Fairfield and his mother and stepfather Dorothy and Tom Mizak of Las Vegas. He is also survived by his sisters Barbara Van Zandt of Oroville and Gale Micheli of Lafayette, La., brothers Ron Micheli of Copperopolis, Calif. and Roy Micheli of Charlotte, N.C., and two nieces, two nephews, seven grandnieces and one grandnephew.
A celebration of Mr. Micheli's life will be held at 11 a.m. at the Point Montara Lighthouse on Sunday, April 4. For information about the memorial, call Burington at 728-5218.
Marie Cunha, a 64-year Coastside resident, died peacefully on March 26 at her La Honda home, at age 81, surrounded by her daughters and family.
Mrs. Cunha was born Marie Marlene Amaral on Nov. 22, 1922, in Manteca, Calif. She attended Banta School and, at age 14, met her future husband, Henry Cunha, while marching with a drill team at the Pescadero Holy Ghost Festival.
"Marie knew the moment she saw Henry they were destined to spend the rest of their lives together," said Mrs. Cunha's family in an obituary they wrote together. "And that they did."
The couple were married on Sept. 13, 1940, and settled in Half Moon Bay, where they lived for the next 30 years.
Throughout her life, Mrs. Cunha had a variety of occupations but, her family said, her greatest joy was being a wife, mother and her husband's partner in business. Together, the Cunhas, along with Mr. Cunha's brother Fred, established the Cunha Brothers Dairy Farm, where the Half Moon Bay Golf Links course now exists and which continued until the late 1960s.
They also established a commercial cattle and farming business in La Honda, and raised their four daughters.
In 1970, the family moved to La Honda, where they built their dream home.
Mrs. Cunha was a loving and dedicated mother and grandmother, her family said. They also described her as an excellent cook and a gracious hostess.
"No one ever left Marie's kitchen hungry," the family said.
Mrs. Cunha was also a strong supporter of the local I.D.E.S. and 4-H. She was a member of the Farm Bureau, the Druids and the Grange, all agriculture-related organizations that trace their roots to the early 1900s.
"Marie's energy was boundless," her family said.
Mrs. Cunha is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Henry Cunha, her parents Manuel and Rose Amaral, her brother Joe Amaral and sisters Laura Smith and Rosie Pasetti.
She is survived by her daughters Judy Wilson of La Honda, Jeanette Modena of San Gregorio, Henrietta Weeks of Woodside and Pam Muteff of Half Moon Bay.
She is also survived by grandchildren Gina Tadman, Sheryl Wilson, Hank Modena, Mark Modena, Brian Weeks, Kyle Muteff and Collin Muteff, and two great-grandchildren, Travis Modena and Ryan Tadman.
She is also survived by a brother, Manuel Amaral of Stockton, and a sister, Josephine Foley of Tracy.
A Rosary service was held Tuesday at Miller-Dutra Coastside Chapel. A funeral service is planned today, Wednesday, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church, to be followed by a celebration of life and reception at Mrs. Cunha's home in La Honda.
Julie Marie O'Hanlon Karabats
Julie Marie O'Hanlon Karabats, a Chico resident and the new wife of Half Moon Bay native Chris Karabats, died at Enloe Hospital in Chico, Calif., due to a medical/physiological cause which is under investigation.
Though only 21 at the time of her death, Mrs. Karabats had strongly distinguished herself as a spunky individualist, talented pianist, an inspirational piano teacher and a young woman devoted to her faith.
The program of her March 11 funeral, held in the Oroville church where she was the pianist, noted that she had walked down the aisle for her June 2003 wedding, held in the same church, barefoot.
"That seems to be the way she approached all of her life, with passion and zeal and a flair for individuality," it read.
Mrs. Karabats was born March 4, 1983, in Chico and raised in Oroville, where her childhood was filled with riding her bike, climbing trees and playing the piano.
She was home-schooled through the eighth grade and attended Las Plumas High School, where she excelled in her studies, music, cross country and track, and from which she graduated as valedictorian of her class. Friends recalled that she made her valedictory speech barefoot, as well.
Throughout her life, her passions were music and her faith. For the past five years, she had been a music teacher, and at the time of her death had 32 students, ranging in age from 5 to 60. She also acknowledged the faith that her parents had introduced to her when she was very young.
"She was a leader," said her mother-in-law, Janis Karabats of Half Moon Bay. "A strong, dynamic leader."
Mrs. Karabats also was the pianist for her church, the Oroville Church of the Nazarene. More people - perhaps 400 - packed the church for her funeral, said her mother-in-law, Janis Karabats, than for her wedding in June.
She entered Chico State University on a full scholarship, from which she was due to graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in math. The college flew its flag at half-staff in commemoration of Mrs. Karabats.
But she had no immediate plans to put her degree to work. Her goal was to be a wife and mother.
"She wanted a family," said her mother-in-law.
Mrs. Karabats is survived by her husband, Chris, who had grown up in Half Moon Bay and relocated to Chico in 2002, her parents Ron and Sue O'Hanlon and younger siblings Jason O'Hanlon and Joanna O'Hanlon, all of Oroville. She is also survived by her in-laws, Arthur and Janis Karabats of Half Moon Bay and her grandparents Don and Rosemary Abram, Lloyd and Evelyn Gentry and Tom and Genie O'Hanlon.
A funeral service was held March 11 at the Oroville Church of the Nazarene in Oroville.
A trust fund has been established, and contributions can be made FBO Julie O'Hanlon Karabats, at any Washington Mutual branch or to the Oroville Church of the Nazarene at 2238 Monte Vista Ave., Oroville, CA 95966.