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Submitting an obituary

The Ark publishes information about deaths in two forms: paid death notices for which a fee is charged, and news obituaries that are prepared by reporters.

Paid death notices are advertisements, in your own words, and can be placed by filling out this form; follow the link for more information: Submit a paid death notice.

News obituaries are biographical sketches of the deceased that are prepared by reporters and published at the discretion of editors. Suggest a news obituary by sending an email to

in memoriam


Christopher Mar Benediktsson

Christopher Mar Benediktsson, age 66, died May 22, 2017, at his home in Belvedere, Calif., after a long illness.



E. Arthur Ross

Art Ross of Mill Valley transitioned to his eternal reward, which leads us to reflect on a life well lived: his life. He was a man of integrity and kindness with a quick wit that was maintained to the end.



Margaretha "Meka" Crosby

Margaretha (Meka) Crosby of Tiburon, age 76, died on May 19, 2017, after a long illness.



Heather Lee Hermann

Heather Lee Hermann, née Crew, age 55, died peacefully at her home in Tiburon, California, on May 10, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She fought a courageous 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer.


Robert Lynn Abbott

Robert Lynn Abbott of Sacramento died peacefully on May 3, 2017, at the age of 83. He is predeceased by his parents, Albert and Marion Abbott, and survived by his partner Gloria Heidi Cannon; siblings Sharon Cusick of Ohio and Jan (Joann Birkenstock) Abbott of North Carolina; children Tara (Alexander) Taft of Stow, Mass., Tane (Kristin) Abbott of Larkspur, Calif., and Kia (Paul) Ray of Madison, Ala.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


















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