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Carl F. Stranzl, 1926 – 2015

Carl F. Stranzl passed away on May 7, 2015, after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma. Carl was born to Franz and Marie Stranzl on September 18, 1926 in Alameda, CA with a thirst for knowledge, quest for adventure, passion for conversation, unwavering dedication to family and an ability to make friends wherever he went. Carl experienced a lively childhood growing up in San Francisco with three brothers and memorable summers at his family's home in Felton. In 1955, he married Carol, his partner in life, travel and adventure and settled in Mill Valley to build their home and raise a family. As a teenager, Carl worked for the California Department of State Parks on wildlands projects, joined the US Army in 1944 and was a recipient of the Purple Heart for wounds sustained during the invasion of Okinawa. After returning home from war, Carl worked for the US Customs Dept., co-owned and operated the original Cole Hardware Store with his brother Richard, and completed his career in Building Inspection for the City and County of San Francisco, retiring with over 25 years of service.
Carl lived to explore. He traveled to visit family members in Austria and extensively throughout Europe on several occasions. Additionally, Carl spent over 20 summers visiting Prince of Wales Island, in Southeast Alaska. He was active in the Mill Valley Seniors Club; Marin Rod and Gun Club; Moose Lodge of Craig, Alaska; an avid reader and user of the Mill Valley and Fairfax public libraries and loved spending time tending to his fruit trees.

We will forever miss our father's amazing stories, search for the best fishing hole, ability to play songs on his harmonica by ear, knowledge, talent and ability to do and teach us so many things, and be the life of any party.

Carl leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Carol, daughters Sharon and Gretchen, their husbands Tom and Jim, respectively, who he loved and considered to be sons of his own, grandchildren Jason, Ian, Warren and Leah, great-grandchildren Morgan and Gavin, all of whom he was deeply proud of and shared many stories and experiences, brother Frank with whom he had deep and lasting memories, and beloved nieces, nephews and cousins in both the US and Austria. Carl was preceded in death by both of his parents and younger brothers Richard and Alfred.

A celebration of Carl's life will be held on Saturday, July 11 at 11 am at St. Hilary's Catholic Church in Tiburon, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Carl's honor to Mill Valley Seniors Club, Friends of the Mill Valley Library, Marin Rod and Gun Club or Hospice by the Bay.
The family would especially like to thank Hospice by the Bay and Nazareth House of San Rafael for their dedicated and loving care for Carl during his final months.

(Published May 27, 2015)

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