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Date: Sunday, 20 July 2014, at 10:38 p.m.

James David Golder

James David Golder, a former 30-year Coastside resident, died peacefully on Sept. 24 at his home in Bellingham, Wash., at age 74 after a courageous battle with diabetes and emphysema.

Mr. Golder was born on June 23, 1929, in East Chicago, Ind. He attended the University of Illinois, and was a decorated veteran of the Korean War.

He was a real estate broker on the coast for 30 years, and moved recently to Bellingham upon his retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Jian, of Bellingham, sons John Golder of Ukiah and Tim Golder of Pacifica, stepson Bobby Huang of Seattle, stepdaughters Darcie Galle of El Granada and Danelle Crump of the Gold Coast, Australia, and stepgranddaughters Zoe and Maggie Galle of El Granada.

He is also survived by his sister Mary Golder and niece Eleni Stavroudis of Santa Rosa, and nephew Alexander Stavroudis of Petaluma.

Mr. Golder's family invites friends to a celebration of his life scheduled for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the Community United Methodist Church at 777 Miramontes St. in Half Moon Bay. The cele-bration will be followed by a reception in the church's Parish Hall.

In lieu of flowers and in honor of Mr. Golder's father, the Rev. James T. Golder, the family has requested donations to RACA, Recovered Alcoholic Clergy Association, at

Christopher Alan Schmidt

Christopher Alan Schmidt of Loma Mar, known as "Schmidty" to friends, died Sept. 20 at Kaiser Hospital in Redwood City at age 48, having lost his battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Mr. Schmidt was born in Pleasanton and raised in Fremont. In 1974, he moved to Loma Mar, and for the past 25 years had dedicated himself to working at and running the YMCA Camp Jones Gulch in La Honda, eventually as facility director.

His goal in his work there, said his family, was to "help ensure that camp was a wonderful place for thousands of children to come, learn and discover about the joys of life."

Mr. Schmidt and his wife, Gwen Swan, shared what she called "an awesome love" for each other. Avid fans of the San Francisco Giants, they were season-ticket holders who seldom missed a game.

For several years, Mr. Schmidt also played on the Loma Mar Slugs softball team. He also loved Corvette automobiles, television's "Star Trek" and actress Marilyn Monroe.

And he loved his home. He felt like there was no better place to live than the town of Loma Mar, his family said.

Mr. Schmidt is survived by wife of 16 years, Gwen Swan of Loma Mar, who is part owner of the Coastside Land Surveying company located in Half Moon Bay. He is also survived by his parents David and Phyllis Schmidt of Fremont, his brother Mark Schmidt, his mother-in-law Norma Swan of Concord, his aunt and uncle Jackie and Bill Wilson of Fremont, and cousins Stephen Osborne, David Osborne and Jessica Scher.

A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. at the YMCA Camp Jones Gulch in La Honda, followed by a reception at Duarte's Tavern in Pescadero.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts in Mr. Schmidt's name to the YMCA Camp Jones Gulch or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Ellen Rose Robertazzi

Ellen Rose Robertazzi, a 48-year resident of Moss Beach, died peacefully Sept. 30 at the Bougainvillea Care Home in South San Francisco.

Mrs. Robertazzi was born in Watertown, S.D., in 1916. She came west to work a series of jobs, including for Boeing in Seattle, and then came to California in the 1940s. There, she met her husband, Albert Robertazzi, and they were married in 1953.

Mrs. Robertazzi was also employed by AT&T for 10 to 15 years, and was one of the first workers at the former St. Catherine Hospital on Half Moon Bay (now Seton Medical Center Coastside) when it opened, answering the switchboard. She was employed there for about 10 years.

The Robertazzis were avid bingo players upon retirement. Mrs. Robertazzi was a Moss Beach resident from the early 1950s until 2000, when she relocated to the Bougainvillea Care Home to be near family.

Mrs. Robertazzi was a caring and loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be missed by all who knew her, said family members, who extend special gratitude to Mrs. Robertazzi's caregivers.

Mrs. Robertazzi is preceded in death by her husband, Albert Robertazzi, who died in 1998, her parents, Patrick and Mary O'Brien, and her siblings Judy, Marge, Nora, Catherine, John, Joe, Mike and Thomas.

She is survived by her loving daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ann and David Lanahan of San Bruno, and adoring grandchildren AB David Lanahan, who is stationed with the Air Force in Texas, and Kerry Anne Lanahan of San Bruno.

A Rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7, at Duggan's Serra Mortuary at 500 Westlake Ave. in Daly City. Private interment will be held Friday, Oct. 8, at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

John V. Souza

John V. Souza, a San Gregorio native and longtime Coastside resident, died Sept. 24 at Carson Hospital in Carson, Nev., at age 63 following a battle with cancer.

Mr. Souza was born Nov. 15, 1940 in San Gregorio. He graduated from Half Moon Bay High School in 1958, and moved to Idaho in 1978. While on the coast, he was a farmer and rancher; in Idaho, he became a crop consultant in the southern area of the state.

He then moved to Paradise, Calif., to be near his father. He lived there for 10 years until moving to Nevada 10 years ago.

Mr. Souza was an avid hunter, fisherman and sports enthusiast.

"John will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him," said his family.

Mr. Souza is preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Souza, his uncle John Souza and aunt Helene Bolls. He is survived by his father, Norman Souza, and stepmother Vera Souza, both of Paradise, and his companion Jasmine Shackley of Carson. He is survived by an aunt, Esther Bernardo, of San Mateo.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of choice.

Donald Detrick

Longtime Half Moon Bay resident Donald Detrick died Oct. 3 in a San Mateo hospital, at age 54 and following a brief ill-ness.

Mr. Detrick was born March 17, 1951 in San Francisco. When he was 5, his family moved to Montara. He attended Farallone View Elementary School in Montara and Half Moon Bay High School, graduating in 1969.

He spent his youth surfing on the coast, and later worked as a bartender at the Montara Inn, a family business run by his parents Harold and Norma Detrick, before honing his skills as a carpenter. He worked as a carpenter for the last 30 years, mostly on the Coastside.

Two years ago, Mr. Detrick moved to Redwood City, where he formed a community self-help group called the "Free Thinkers."

"He was a nice guy and a good friend to others," said Mr. Detrick's brother, Paul Detrick, of Montara. "He will be missed."

Mr. Detrick is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Norma Detrick, and his brother Robert Detrick, who was killed during the Vietnam War.

He is survived by his two children, Robert and Marlena Detrick, of Bakersfield, his brother Paul Detrick and nephew Adam Detrick, both of Montara.

Graveside services were held in early October, at Skylawn Memorial Park.

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